Biowizard

Biowizard

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YAY! Maybe I can NOW finally process that Instamatic Film I found in my ancient Kodak camera recently when clearing out a cupboard, and call it cutting-edge art!

Brian

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2017 at 00:04 UTC as 7th comment
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kodachromeguy: It is funny ( or pathetic). Whenever an article appears about a camera with a sensor smaller than 24*36mm, the "full frame" crowd goes into overtime claiming how their bigger sensor has more dynamic range, better photons, no equivalence, ad nauseum. Then when a camera like the Hasselblad has a sensor larger than 24*36, all of a sudden, it is indistinguishable from full frame, not needed, no one in his right mind would buy it, etc.,etc. Sigh, a bit of hypocracy perhaps? Or self justifying?

NO sensor is a "CROP" sensor. Film, and its fixed formats, has gone the way of the Dodo. ANY sensor is full-frame for the size it is, and BIGGER is BETTER if you want ultimate quality, SMALLER is BETTER if you want a degree of affordability and portability. Choose your favourite, and get on with it. End of.

Brian

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2017 at 10:26 UTC
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(unknown member): Olympus makes good cameras and lenses. I haven’t used the M43 system, but still have the 4/3 EM1; which in its day was a terrific camera, and still a lot of fun to use. I did have the film-era OM1 and OM4ti, which were both ground-breaking and class-leading professional cameras.

The commenters who like to disparage the M43 have a point, in that by adopting the small sensor Olympus finally left the stage as a major player for professional photographers; leaving the field clear for the full-frame Canons and Nikons.

Photographers with any genuine experience that pre-dates digital photography will recognise the photographic heritage in current Olympus products. Pixel-peeking nerds have no idea what a beautifully balanced camera feels like, or why genuine photographers will always buy an Olympus product blind. These lenses (equivalence? nerds!) will produce superb images because they’re made by a proper camera manufacturer, rather than a gadget-maker; they are made for photographers.

I love SONY. All my HiFi is SONY. They make great AUDIO products. Can't stand their cameras, with their gold-fish-bowl colouration and excessive sharpening algorithms. Such a waste of Zeiss lenses.

Brian

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2017 at 22:41 UTC
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(unknown member): Olympus makes good cameras and lenses. I haven’t used the M43 system, but still have the 4/3 EM1; which in its day was a terrific camera, and still a lot of fun to use. I did have the film-era OM1 and OM4ti, which were both ground-breaking and class-leading professional cameras.

The commenters who like to disparage the M43 have a point, in that by adopting the small sensor Olympus finally left the stage as a major player for professional photographers; leaving the field clear for the full-frame Canons and Nikons.

Photographers with any genuine experience that pre-dates digital photography will recognise the photographic heritage in current Olympus products. Pixel-peeking nerds have no idea what a beautifully balanced camera feels like, or why genuine photographers will always buy an Olympus product blind. These lenses (equivalence? nerds!) will produce superb images because they’re made by a proper camera manufacturer, rather than a gadget-maker; they are made for photographers.

I am also an OM-1n vintage user (my first serious SLR, bought in 1976, new, and over the next 3 years, a total of 4 prime Zuikos and lots of other bits and pieces, ALL of which I still have, and ALL of which still work perfectly). And my first serious (ie, NON-Sony Mavica) digital camera was the E-1, which again I still have and use from time to time. Now using the OM-D E-M1 as my usual camera, and in love with it.

YES, I've owned Canon, Nikon, and even Contax cameras over the years too - and the Contax S2 is still one of my film go-tos if I want one, but for me, Olympus has shone the light all the way.

Brian

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2017 at 00:25 UTC

Why do I prefer LCD displays to OLED? Now let me think ...

Brian

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2017 at 13:09 UTC as 5th comment

In the short time we've been discussing this, how many Americans have died from GUNSHOT?! We desperately need to start getting risk assessment into proportion.

Brian

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2017 at 13:07 UTC as 9th comment
On article RIP Lightroom 6: Death by subscription model (1633 comments in total)
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Albert Valentino: My last purchase from them was my upgrade to CS6. I refuse to subscribe to software.

Rather glad I bought both my PC and Mac versions of CD6 on DVD - so when I come to transfer to a new computer, I should have no problems finding the install image!

Brian

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2017 at 11:13 UTC
On article RIP Lightroom 6: Death by subscription model (1633 comments in total)
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Albert Valentino: My last purchase from them was my upgrade to CS6. I refuse to subscribe to software.

Me too. I bought TWO copies of Photoshop CS6 - one for my Windows PC, and the other for a Mac, which I didn't even have at the time! Then I bought a Mac (full specced-out 15" MacBook Pro) to run it.

Brian

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2017 at 11:01 UTC

Might almost work in cold weather - but just imagine how horrible its wearer would become on a hot summer's day or when filming in the tropics. And if you jacket contains all your gear, you can hardly take it off and hang it on a chair-back when you need to let your eccrine fluids evaporate. In short, YEUCK.

Brian

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2017 at 00:05 UTC as 17th comment

Single viewpoint, stereo ("3D") image - WOW. VR?! Not at all. Again.

Brian

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2017 at 18:55 UTC as 7th comment
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Biowizard: Provided one flies one's DJI drone within the law, obeying local and national rules, avoiding restricted airspace, and so on, I can't see what the issue is. This is no more intrusive than the fact that every time I power up my phone, the authorities know where I am. In fact, it's less so: the drone is NOT logging its telemetry to the internet; simply broadcasting it at a local level, so law enforcement can intercept the info when necessary.

Brian

No, this is more like the fact that every day I drive my car, its number plate is scanned by dozens of Police cameras. Every time I walk into a shopping mall, my image is recorded on CCTV cameras. Face it, we live in a surveillance world these days. And I am not bothered if someone (with the right, expensive kit) can see where my drone is flying.

After all, who said I told DJI my actual name, or email, or postal address? A cheap tablet on a borrowed WiFi connection and Mailinator mailbox is all that's needed to register the drone and start flying. Jus' sayin' ...

Brian

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2017 at 23:45 UTC
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Biowizard: So based on a statistically significant sample (90 million is not bad), the average number of lenses per camera sold is only 1.44?! Less than one and a half lenses per camera?!!

Why bother with a lens mount at all? Seems most folks would be better off with a large-sensor "Bridge" camera!

Brian

Wow! I buy good bodies and keep them for the life of my lenses!

Brian

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2017 at 23:41 UTC
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Biowizard: Nice spherical camera, by the looks of it - but this is not the same thing as VR. Single-viewpoint non-stereo imagery simply is not what "Virtual Reality" means.

Brian

What VR actually means, is the user's ability to move around within and interact with a virtual 3D space. Even if the user can't touch or move objects, they should be able to walk behind, peer inside, or underneath, etc. Converting a real space into a VR model involves 3D scanning, not taking one photo - even if you have 8 cameras with overlapping images. Flight simulators like X-plane actually ARE true VR, and can be very immersive when used with stereo video headsets such as the Oculus Rift. It cheapens brands of otherwise very interesting cameras, to claim "VR" for single-point photography.

Brian

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2017 at 23:40 UTC

So based on a statistically significant sample (90 million is not bad), the average number of lenses per camera sold is only 1.44?! Less than one and a half lenses per camera?!!

Why bother with a lens mount at all? Seems most folks would be better off with a large-sensor "Bridge" camera!

Brian

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2017 at 21:53 UTC as 11th comment | 7 replies

Love the design - so NOT "GoPro". But ...

"21.14-million-pixel 1/2.3-type backlit CMOS sensor [that] turns out only 6.9MP still images"

... um, WHY?!!

Brian

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2017 at 21:51 UTC as 2nd comment

Nice spherical camera, by the looks of it - but this is not the same thing as VR. Single-viewpoint non-stereo imagery simply is not what "Virtual Reality" means.

Brian

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2017 at 21:04 UTC as 9th comment | 3 replies

Provided one flies one's DJI drone within the law, obeying local and national rules, avoiding restricted airspace, and so on, I can't see what the issue is. This is no more intrusive than the fact that every time I power up my phone, the authorities know where I am. In fact, it's less so: the drone is NOT logging its telemetry to the internet; simply broadcasting it at a local level, so law enforcement can intercept the info when necessary.

Brian

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2017 at 15:37 UTC as 9th comment | 2 replies

At the moment I am blessed with excellent broadband - 80Mbps down, and 20Mbps up. But were I to move house, chances are I would be throttled to 8Mbps down (or worse), and as little as 500Kbps or so up. In that situation, I utterly could not use a "Cloud" service when every time I press my shutter button, 20MB of data is created.

Do I buy LightRoom 6 while I still can? Or just stick with Photoshop CS6?

Perhaps the latter. Adobe has taken enough of my money already.

Brian

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2017 at 15:10 UTC as 270th comment | 2 replies
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Bhima78: Same effect as just smearing vaseline on your lens. Hell, you can do this in post without the vaseline mess and without spending a used Honda Civic to achieve it.

Just ONE point of order here - who the HECK would actually put Vaseline on their lenses? You'd never be able to remove it!

Brian

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2017 at 00:57 UTC

At last ... the Professional's LensBaby! I Leica lot! ;-)

Brian

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2017 at 00:54 UTC as 59th comment
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