Stephan Def

Lives in Europe
Joined on Aug 27, 2011
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https://plus.google.com/+darktable/posts
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nixda: The article points out that one would need to ask for permission when posting to certain "social media sites, such as Facebook or Twitter, as those sites carry advertising that is attached to the content of its pages."

Does it not occur to people here that any problem can be avoided by not posting to such sites?

Are people not aware of the fact that such sites strip the user of all rights to their own creations?

Are people so cheap and greedy that they prefer to be stripped of their rights, rather than support regulation that protects the rights of creative people? Besides, there are sites that are free and do not strip people of their rights. Best of both worlds.

To me it seems that social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter have people in a stronger bind in many instances than some totalitarian regimes. Go after those sites first.

@nixda you are refuting you own arguments, they are self-contradictory. "Posting on a private website without any intent to commercially utilize these pictures is totally fine." So who has to prove what to whom at what cost in such a case? You know that the cost for the potential litigations cannot be carried by the normal people.

"They can harass you for violating privacy laws, but not for taking pictures from public places." ... I have been harassed under current laws in Germany, for no good reasons more than once and I am a very obvious non-comercial hobby photogapher. So give these suckers more legal leeway and the harassment will only increase exponentially for sure.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2015 at 19:31 UTC
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nixda: The article points out that one would need to ask for permission when posting to certain "social media sites, such as Facebook or Twitter, as those sites carry advertising that is attached to the content of its pages."

Does it not occur to people here that any problem can be avoided by not posting to such sites?

Are people not aware of the fact that such sites strip the user of all rights to their own creations?

Are people so cheap and greedy that they prefer to be stripped of their rights, rather than support regulation that protects the rights of creative people? Besides, there are sites that are free and do not strip people of their rights. Best of both worlds.

To me it seems that social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter have people in a stronger bind in many instances than some totalitarian regimes. Go after those sites first.

@nixda I think you got it wrong, the proposal as it stands will enable for everyone to be harassed. You photograph a street scene with some landmarks in it, post it on your own website and get sued for royalties, damages whatever.

But an individual hobby photographer may even get harassed whilst in the process of photographing a panorama by some assumed authority asking to see his permit, authorization etc.

Any way you cut it, it sucks. Its taking away basic freedoms and rights from the people.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2015 at 17:12 UTC

Here is how it works: Angela Merkel is member of the CDU, Axel Springer Print house has huge power within the CDU, defacto they tell Angela Merkel what politics they want and they get it. Axel Springer sees themselves in aggresiive competition against Google amongst other U.S. Internet companies. Therefore Axel Springer is pursuing a political Strategy against Google using Angela Merkel (CDU) as their executioner for that strategy.

Then Angela Merkel makes Günther Öttinger EU Komissioner for digital economics and he in turn makes proposals to change copyright laws against fair use policies that have been in place for hundreds of years, the goal being to squeeze out Google and other U.S Internet entrepreneurs to make Axel Springer happy in Germany.

If that becomes the law, then there will be collecting company's similar to the mpaa and gema that specialize in sueing Internet service and content providers to paying their dues. This will change ground rules in the digital space.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2015 at 09:48 UTC as 37th comment
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FujLiver: Shows everything that is wrong with the EU.

The UK is smart, as it will become the most photographed country it will continue to be the number one destination for tourists.

You reap what you so. Have pity on us who live in the EU dictatorship

No not necessarily, the UK has to legislate a law of their own which has to be compatible with the laws of the UK. If the UK would say no then it creates a political disagreement EU/UK thats all. The EU cannot force the UK to do anything.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2015 at 09:26 UTC
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Johan1967: Who cares. In practice it doesn't matter at all.

Yes ist does. You are wrong.

Link | Posted on Jul 4, 2015 at 15:00 UTC
On article DPReview recommends: Best smartphone cameras (370 comments in total)
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Terry Breedlove: I can't think of any reason for a micro SD card slot anymore. That is so old school and nowadays just not needed.

That comment makes exactly zero sense. I cannot see how such reasoning is sound. Why would anyone want to have less options? Especially for storage, which never seems to be enough.

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2015 at 12:29 UTC
On article DPReview recommends: Best smartphone cameras (370 comments in total)
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SergioBR: Note 4 ??? (http://www.phonearena.com/news/iPhone-6-Plus-vs-Samsung-Galaxy-Note-4-vs-DSLR-blind-camera-comparison-you-choose-the-best-camera_id65832)

Samsung Galaxy S6 ??? (http://www.phonearena.com/reviews/Samsung-Galaxy-S6-edge-vs-Apple-iPhone-6-Plus_id3968/page/3)

Panasonic CM1 , Lumia 1020, 808 ??? http://smartcam.club/node/3225

I am very interested in the Note 4, because it has a fantastic large display. I think on a smartphone the size and quality of the display is a major factor to consider. Because one of the reasons I would buy one is to have my photos with me all the time for show & tell purposes. So you might consider weighting display quality into your assessment of value with a stronger factor. Also the possibility of using the smartphone for RC and tethering with other equipment is a very big deal for a lot of people I think. I know that it will be for me.

I am looking forward to your review of the Note 4. Thanks.

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2015 at 12:13 UTC
On article Island life: Samsung NX500 Shooting Experience (168 comments in total)

No EVF is a real problem, from what I understand it makes the Camera unusable in bright light. So even if I want to buy the nx500 that would have me worried.

The next step up is the nx1, which is a bit of a pricey move, considering that there are good alternatives. Something coming in between with EVF?

I see Samsungs strengths in their state of the art technology, the connectivity, they need to leverage that more. Tethering and RC with smartphones. Immediate image processing and display on tablets, TV's etc.

I had a second look at the Canon 5D mk 3 yesterday, and even though the image quality is good or even benchmark, technology wise they are a joke.

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2015 at 08:39 UTC as 16th comment | 1 reply
On article Nikon releases ViewNX-i image browsing software (108 comments in total)
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Stephan Def: Nikon would be better off to support Darktable.org, its already there and it works.
After Nikon discovered that they can no longer continue with Capture-Nx2 they should have changed something conceptually in their Software-Cubicle. Free and open Software is the way to go.

It's obvious that Nikon can't compete in the Software space, they don't have the skill or the experience or the budget apparently.

check this out: https://plus.google.com/+darktable/posts

user base is steadily growing at a nice rate.

Link | Posted on Mar 19, 2015 at 19:20 UTC
On article Nikon releases ViewNX-i image browsing software (108 comments in total)
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Stephan Def: Nikon would be better off to support Darktable.org, its already there and it works.
After Nikon discovered that they can no longer continue with Capture-Nx2 they should have changed something conceptually in their Software-Cubicle. Free and open Software is the way to go.

It's obvious that Nikon can't compete in the Software space, they don't have the skill or the experience or the budget apparently.

@y HowaboutRAW ... I think most people probably would run it on a Mac. However it also runs on a Linux PC.

Link | Posted on Mar 19, 2015 at 11:35 UTC
On article Nikon releases ViewNX-i image browsing software (108 comments in total)
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rugosa: It's free and works well. As usual mostly bitching in the comments section!

Conjecture is more like it. Loss of trust and lack of confidence based on recent events. See also D600 class action lawsuit. You see, its not so much that they had a defect in the product, the real problem was how Nikon management thought they could get away with it. There are more reasons not to trust them, than there are reasons to trust them.

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2015 at 16:48 UTC
On article Nikon releases ViewNX-i image browsing software (108 comments in total)
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rugosa: It's free and works well. As usual mostly bitching in the comments section!

"The reason thet Nikon dumped Capture was the company that owned it decided not to support/distribute it any more. "

I doubt that Story, and Nikon has never come out and said what really happened. Nikon could have bought out the Capture-NX2 product, the IP and the developers working on it. In the real software industry such deals happen all the time, especially if the new owner had no interest in pursuing that product line themselves and could have made some nice cash by spinning it off to Nikon. Looks to me more like someone was stubborn, greedy and unwilling. Its just so much easier to leave customers standing in the rain.

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2015 at 14:06 UTC
On article Nikon releases ViewNX-i image browsing software (108 comments in total)
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rugosa: It's free and works well. As usual mostly bitching in the comments section!

Since you seem to be so clever, please explain why Nikon had to dump Capture-Nx2? (which was really a strong product)

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2015 at 12:18 UTC
On article Nikon releases ViewNX-i image browsing software (108 comments in total)

Nikon would be better off to support Darktable.org, its already there and it works.
After Nikon discovered that they can no longer continue with Capture-Nx2 they should have changed something conceptually in their Software-Cubicle. Free and open Software is the way to go.

It's obvious that Nikon can't compete in the Software space, they don't have the skill or the experience or the budget apparently.

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2015 at 12:15 UTC as 33rd comment | 5 replies
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Stephan Def: I'm so underwhelmed I don't know what to say. Wonder whats going on.

its hard to tell what all may be going on, 28MP may very well create a lot of issues with camera shake.

There may also be some issues with backlighting and lens flare. I know when I do backlit scenes that will always flatten the image.

Other than that maybe samsung just needs to treat themselves to a more advanced jpeg engine, which will allow for more tweaking in the settings.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2015 at 08:04 UTC

I'm so underwhelmed I don't know what to say. Wonder whats going on.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2015 at 21:19 UTC as 29th comment | 1 reply
On article CP+ 2015 Sigma Interview - "small office, big factory" (194 comments in total)

Thanks for the Interview, it is very good to get a deeper insight into what kind of a company Sigma is. I learned many things from the Interview that I did not know before. Thank You.

I plan to buy one or two of Sigma's lenses. I consider the USB dock to be a key advantage. I think you forgot to mention that Sigma offers a mount conversion service. This is of huge value, all Sigma lenses should participate in that offering.

I found the part about how Sigma has been using Computers for lens design particularly interesting. Good thing that 'Moore's Law' is affecting lens design at Sigma.

I am very confused about the Sigma Foveon Sensor, is it better or not? Why? What about BSI?

Finally I feel though, that it is not enough to produce good hardware, software is also of primary importance. If everybody depends on Adobe to render their final images, then that is not a good situation. There are very good open source packages for image rendering that need to get some key support.

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2015 at 10:24 UTC as 37th comment | 1 reply
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QuarryCat: so true!

a man with the courage to speak out why is fact!
Thank you Mr. Iida

Fujifilm has really good prime lenses, but they are all slow and the are all missing stabilization!

And a even better camera with a better AF won't change this on the lenses we have right now. That should be clear.
It is not a camera fault alone - so for faster AF they will need new lenses.
It was the same with Nikon before AF-S, Sony, Olympus E-Mount and others more.

And Fujifilm needs to think about the stabilization - if the built an even higher resolution sensor - people have to use tripods or very fast times - so it will be better to have stabilization in every lens or even in the body.

And Fujifilm should rethink the aperture -
I don't like 1/3 steps,
I don't like the loose aperture rings and
I dislike the sunshades on Fujifilm lenses.
They should be harder and get precise in place.

I tend to agree on some of those points. It seems to be not possible to put stabilization in the body for some reason. Maybe its just the patents, who knows. IBIS would be the perfect solution, however sony is also not doing it and Samsung is also missing this on their Mirroless. It would be interesting to get some more info as to the technical why??

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2015 at 12:01 UTC
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