doak

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PhotoKhan: Check this out to further understand how the image came to be and what we are actually seeing:

https://youtu.be/Q1bSDnuIPbo

Reading about the stars that orbit this black hole is equally mind bending. We've been able to observe complete orbits over the span of 16 years. The closest this star, S2, comes in its highly eliptical orbit is 3x the distance of Neptune from the sun. But Neptune takes 165 years to orbit our sun.

Link | Posted on May 13, 2022 at 16:14 UTC
On article In-depth tripod review: Leofoto 'Summit' LM-364C (122 comments in total)
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kparseg: Who do you contact and how much $$ it'd cost if you need to have your tripod serviced?

There are US based distributors of Leofoto. Not sure of their support capacity.

Link | Posted on Aug 31, 2021 at 16:53 UTC
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Ruby Rod: The comparisons they show are impressive, but don't actually tell you how successful the effort was. What you need to see are three images- a high resolution image of the subject, the low resolution image, and the processed image. If you could compare the processed image to a high resolution image of the subject, you might not be terribly impressed.

Agree w/ mpy... The enhancement generates a similar level of detail as the reference but doesn't get them correct. The man's enhanced eyebrows are different from the reference. The cheetah's eye shape and spot pattern are different from reference.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2021 at 17:21 UTC
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pollup: This temporal noise reduction is indeed the most interesting feature of that phone, as it may soon come to mirrorless cameras with a stacked sensor, and apparently, all camera makers are going that route.

Since the sensor readout speed is faster than 10ms according to DPR, it means the sensor can shoot more than 100fps even though it only outputs 20fps max. I think the stacked sensor has enough memory to hold 5 frames: 4 recorded frames in memory + 1 assembled frame that is the one eventually output to the main CPU.

I've been waiting a long time for such a feature to happen.

Is that how it achieves the 4 frame temporal noise reduction while still providing 20fps output? Ie, it is using the higher framerate capabilities for noise reduction but continuous AF is the bottle neck in terms of realized frame rate?

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2021 at 16:24 UTC

Do Nenah and Tim work together?
Great photos!

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2021 at 21:27 UTC as 9th comment
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APenza: The police will now have to carry gram scales to check whether that drone you’re flying or that bag of weed you’re carrying is under the lawful limit.

Is that Police scale calibrated?

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2021 at 15:19 UTC
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NickyB66: Let's hope it does not try and RTH (Earth).

There is a sample return aspect to Perseverance. Another craft has to collect the samples then a TBD rocket will fly them home.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2021 at 17:39 UTC
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Sabud: Another near `pad sized´ smartphone. Where to find a good small sized model??
I will stick to my old and thrusty Sony Experia Z3 Compact size 132x66mm (with case-mate) and 1 week battery life in Ultra Stamina mode.

Agree. The Samsung Galaxy S10e is a smaller pocketable device. About the same size as the S7.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2021 at 16:56 UTC
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doak: Last year I bought a Dell U2720Q 27" 4k monitor USB C monitor w/ 90W PD & looked forward to one cable connection for my laptop. Then was disappointed to find out that the monitor supports only 30Hz via USB C. To get 60Hz have to use HDMI. Also found that 32" curved would be better size for 4K office work. But the 27" still looks great for photos.

Yes, HDMI works of course. Then need AC adapter as well. But doesn't utilize USB hub capability of monitor.

I had been hoping to use just one USB-C cable for power, display, USB hub, sound--use my monitor as a dock basically. Now that I've set USB C hub to 2.0 (thanks Edison) the display is better and all other capabilities are available. Thunderbolt is pretty amazing but the details (what cable to get for instance or how to config monitor) are many.

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2021 at 03:55 UTC
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Mr Bolton: I've watched Star Trek episodes where they told the Holodeck what to make and it made it..

This is the first version of that.

Teleporting would revolutionize the alpine ski experience!

And of course many other things.

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2021 at 03:48 UTC
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doak: Last year I bought a Dell U2720Q 27" 4k monitor USB C monitor w/ 90W PD & looked forward to one cable connection for my laptop. Then was disappointed to find out that the monitor supports only 30Hz via USB C. To get 60Hz have to use HDMI. Also found that 32" curved would be better size for 4K office work. But the 27" still looks great for photos.

Oh, sweet! Thanks. I'll try that.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2021 at 21:19 UTC

Last year I bought a Dell U2720Q 27" 4k monitor USB C monitor w/ 90W PD & looked forward to one cable connection for my laptop. Then was disappointed to find out that the monitor supports only 30Hz via USB C. To get 60Hz have to use HDMI. Also found that 32" curved would be better size for 4K office work. But the 27" still looks great for photos.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2021 at 15:26 UTC as 7th comment | 4 replies
On article The best Google Photo alternatives (277 comments in total)
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Tim van der Leeuw: NAS solutions are local backup only, They don't address remote (offsite) backup, and they also don't allow the quick & easy sharing of online photo sites like Flickr.

Also not mentioned in the article is integration with any of these options with your camera. On Canon cameras for instance, photos can be synchronized with Canon's cloud for a temporary free storage, and from their they can be copied to Google Drive, Flickr, or Adobe CC storage.
That's a quick and convenient way to back up your shots directly from the camera.

@tkbslc Oh, i see that sounds pretty good security wise but in terms of independence it relies on an interface provided by Synology HQ. Thanks again!

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2020 at 16:36 UTC
On article The best Google Photo alternatives (277 comments in total)
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Passereau: The best thing is to buy a NAS (200$) + some Terabyte disk (100$) and that's set for ... 10 years. Free stuff is never completly free. Policies changes continuously.

Setup a mirrored RAID configuration in the NAS for reliability.

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2020 at 16:29 UTC
On article The best Google Photo alternatives (277 comments in total)
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Tim van der Leeuw: NAS solutions are local backup only, They don't address remote (offsite) backup, and they also don't allow the quick & easy sharing of online photo sites like Flickr.

Also not mentioned in the article is integration with any of these options with your camera. On Canon cameras for instance, photos can be synchronized with Canon's cloud for a temporary free storage, and from their they can be copied to Google Drive, Flickr, or Adobe CC storage.
That's a quick and convenient way to back up your shots directly from the camera.

@pkosewski, Thanks for your replies. In the 1st part of 1st reply, i understand if it is behind router then it is 'safe'. But what @tkbslc is suggesting (i have a Synology NAS and was aware of this capability but haven't enabled it out of fear) is allowing access to the NAS from the internet. I'll have to look into it. Might be a good option that i control.

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2020 at 16:28 UTC
On article The best Google Photo alternatives (277 comments in total)
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Tim van der Leeuw: NAS solutions are local backup only, They don't address remote (offsite) backup, and they also don't allow the quick & easy sharing of online photo sites like Flickr.

Also not mentioned in the article is integration with any of these options with your camera. On Canon cameras for instance, photos can be synchronized with Canon's cloud for a temporary free storage, and from their they can be copied to Google Drive, Flickr, or Adobe CC storage.
That's a quick and convenient way to back up your shots directly from the camera.

@tkbslc How secure is sharing links to pictures on a NAS which i'm assuming is inside a home LAN, behind the router firewall? I'm not throwing darts, sincerely curious how that is setup securely. Is a port opened in the router for the NAS? Are the photo software and NAS safe?

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2020 at 01:45 UTC

Cameras are likely the most complex consumer devices integrating optical, mechanical, electrical and now electronics with software into a form that the user interacts with intimately capturing memories or creating art to provoke emotions in later viewings.

I've always thought them magical from when i first saw my dad's Kodak with collapsible bellows lens and shutter that had to be cocked to my first 35mm cam, a rangefinder Olympus XA (after some 110 and disc film cams) to a Nikon FA SLR then Pentax DSLR and now Fuji mirrorless.

The time with my FA was probably the height of my experience what with shooting film and processing/enlarging b&w in my own little darkroom. Digital has for sure made things easier/more convenient/more capable but now, as with most everything, the work is done looking at a screen whether in the viewfinder or processing. The diversity/richness of experience is being lost.

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2020 at 17:21 UTC as 29th comment | 4 replies
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GiovanniB: I've just installed it and it's a huge leap! Previously I was disappointed because the AF of the X-T3 was in some ways inferior to that of my Sony A7r II (the X-T3 lost tracked subjects more often, failed in low light). Now it easily surpasses this (older) Sony. My new standard AF setting will now be AF-C with tracking and face detection. With this firmware, the X-T3 is all I wanted it to be: A modern powerhouse with classic controls that is fun and intuitive to shoot with.

Yes, in AF-C set AF mode to Wide Tracking, place the AF indicator on target, activate AF and watch it track the subject as it moves or you move the cam.
http://fujifilm-dsc.com/en/manual/x-pro2/shooting/af_mode/index.html
The active AF indicator used to look like the 3x3 zone but now in 4.0 it is a single square.

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2020 at 14:53 UTC
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Samuel Dilworth: BEWARE:

Last year, DxO released PhotoLab 3 with limited-time promotional pricing, just like they’re doing now (until November 19 this time). I waited until near the end of the promotional period before committing … and did.

TWO DAYS after the supposedly limited-time offer expired, they dropped the price significantly further for a Black Friday sale.

Two polite complaints to customer support about the deceptiveness of this pricing strategy got me nothing (this is a company based near Paris after all).

Don’t say you weren’t warned!

It is good software, though.

Looks like DeepPRIME noise reduction is Elite version only.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2020 at 21:40 UTC
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nandbytes: Kudos to Fuji for keeping their previous models updated.

Hi Thanks, Is another reason for sports pro photogs not using Fuji being a lack of fast telephotos?

At the same pricepoint how does XT3 compare to Canon or Sony?

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2020 at 17:12 UTC
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