uniball

Joined on Jun 7, 2012

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Elite83: Yet, they still can't even provide buyers with relevant battery information. I'd prefer to know the ACTUAL SIZE of the battery. Not approximate "XX hour(s)" measurements gathered in some lab.

I have little respect for companies who can't even be honest with their customers.

As above, it's irrelevant. The only number that counts is run time. Apple expects it users to understand that.

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2016 at 07:07 UTC
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Robo2k: Perhaps you could inform your readership about the following:

RAW is not available inside the built-in photos app, only available for third-party apps.

The 'Bokeh' mode is not shipping with any iPhone right now, but will be added later (date undisclosed) to the 7 Plus ONLY as a software update.

Photos and 3rd parties need to support/adopt dng. I would imagine the next update will take care of the Apple side.

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2016 at 06:57 UTC
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io_bg: It's larger than most people hoped but at least it's very reasonably priced. The choice between this and the 27mm f/2.8 is going to be tough.

And close focus. And it probably doesn't shake the camera when AF comes to a stop. And the draw of the 27 is blah.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2016 at 11:05 UTC
On article DPReview recommends: Best Cameras for Kids 2015 (105 comments in total)
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Knize 10: Any recommended cameras for WIVES ????

Mine's easy. As long as it's Minolta and uses film it's accepted. My old Nikons never found their way into her hands. Better condition, arguably better bodies, basically the same pool of lenses she had (although I am now a fan of the Minolta draw vs Nikon).

For digital I suspect she's on her way to absconding with my XT1. Fine with me. We swapped her XE1 for a new XE2 (though both are still around) and I fell in love with it. She can have the XT1.

Link | Posted on Jan 3, 2016 at 17:34 UTC
On article DPReview recommends: Best Cameras for Kids 2015 (105 comments in total)

I don't agree with many of the choices. Been there, no interest. Believe it or not, kids know IQ as well, if not better, than we do. Give them most of the above and they'll push the camera aside after the first few shots.

iPods have worked for our grandkids. Decent camera relatively speaking, video, a host of other functionality that will insure it's with them when they want to take a shot, easy cataloging and built like a tank compared to inexpensive cameras. We see way more interest in photography with the iPod's than when we bought them one of the choices above.

Link | Posted on Jan 3, 2016 at 17:27 UTC as 6th comment
On article Sony finalizes buyout of Toshiba's sensor business (91 comments in total)
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sh10453: I'm just shaking my head at how cheap this deal is, $150 million.
Not just the sensors, fab, etc., but the memory controllers too!!!

Why in the world didn't Nikon buy this business and become in control of their own sensors?

Anyway, one less competitor in the sensor business. Not a good thing for consumers.

Japanese companies tend to over pay for acquisitions. The low price give us an indication of what a mess the business is.

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2015 at 23:21 UTC
On article Recipe for 6S: iPhone 6S Real-world Sample Gallery (122 comments in total)
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LF Photography: Something is wrong here... My old iPhone 4S makes better photos than that.

Well, OK. But I use a 4S and my wife a 6. I guess she's a better photographer than I am as that's certainly not our experience. Nor my experience when I'm using her 6.

Link | Posted on Oct 9, 2015 at 21:38 UTC
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uniball: Paying for the looks. Another Lacie, though more reliable.

Agree with the drives. Though now that HGST is owned by WD, who knows. I was referring to the enclosures. We standardized on Lacie at an office. Didn't last long, they all failed in short order. Tried again 10 years later, 6 enclosures, 1 lasted for more than a year without a failure. Tried G-Tech, same power supply failure rate as Lacie's, though the electronics never failed. Better experience with the cheapest I can find. Speeds are the same, they're all using chipsets with comparable specs.

Unless one feels like paying for looks, one can do better with much cheaper enclosures.

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2015 at 10:43 UTC

Paying for the looks. Another Lacie, though more reliable.

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2015 at 07:44 UTC as 8th comment | 3 replies
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Tord S Eriksson: My Aperture was flakey lately, but the latest update to the OS fixed all issues as by magic.

But with it came Photos, and that didn't agree with my way of doing things at all! But easily fixed with CleanMyMac3, which seemingly elegantly deleted Photos, with no ill effects!

Photos was eagerly awaited, but was definitely not for me! With it came the OS upgrade which, as by magic, improved my old iMac!

Interesting. I was also having issues with Aperture. With a referenced library, images were missing every time I opened it. Different images every time.

With 10.10.3, these issues have totally disappeared.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2015 at 15:07 UTC
On article Fujifilm XF 16mm F1.4 moves from roadmap to retailers (227 comments in total)
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John McMillin: Looks like a lovely lens, but Fuji jumped the shark when they called the depth-of-field scale "perfect" for manual control enthusiasts. It looks less than one inch wide, with only two footage marks. How usable is that?

Why not manual focus? With the current firmware, its quite usable. Anytime dof is of value, I trust what I see far more than what some engineers programed for what might work for most people. Its not like we're still using film cameras and optical only viewfinders.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2015 at 14:07 UTC
On article Fujifilm XF 16mm F1.4 moves from roadmap to retailers (227 comments in total)
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Maff maff: Sadly they have left out IS. If they wouldn’t it would have increase the versatility in super low light even further and I know this is a wide angle with F1,4 maybe on a body which is good for ISO 3200.
Having the possibility in the company’s to leave out IS on lenses is for me a deal breaker for body’s with no IBIS and the reason why I like systems which have this like Olympus some Sony and others. Here IS is guaranteed for all lenses and no option for the manufacturer to leave it out somewhere which will happen even on expensive primes like here.

Demographics will make in body OIS a major selling point. As we age we need it more and more.

Given your unavoidable advance in age, many of you responders will be eating your words at some point in time. I was one of you.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2015 at 14:01 UTC

"Something brought over from Aperture that continues to bug me is how photos are stored on my computer. Unlike Lightroom, which puts the original images in a logical structure in normal folders, everything in Aperture is buried inside a 'package'"

Given the author's lack of Aperture knowledge, does anyone know if Photos can deal in a referenced environment?

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2015 at 13:50 UTC as 56th comment | 3 replies
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kodos: This is one reason I will never use Apple software. They seem to get "bored" of it easily. Look at how they also nerfed Pages. I only use Adobe and Microsoft software now. Cross platform and as software companies we know they are in it for the long haul, so it is unlikely they will move resources to work on $17k Gold Watches.

"Apple is looking at "large general purpose customer base" where the business is easier to gain." Yet they constantly change their software making it more difficult for general purpose users to acclimate to their new software. I started dumping all Apple software a few years ago and Aperture is about the only Apple app still being used. I got tired of endless changes for little to no enhanced functionality.

Having use Mac's since '84, I no longer recommend it to potential general purpose switchers. If they know Windows, stick with it.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2015 at 13:46 UTC
On article Accessory Review: Drobo Mini RAID (149 comments in total)
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The Squire: If you need high capacity, resilient, high performance file storage... Don't work on a laptop. Buy a workstation and kit it out properly. It'll cost you less, give you more options, and perform better. Forget about expensive, compromised, external disk drives for anything but off-site backup.

Well, my experience with G4 Mac towers certainly supports this. Zero problems over decades with a noisy, hot box full of as many drives I could cram in them. iMac's introduced me to the joys of externals. More to go wrong. I keep 2 power supplies and 1 enclosure as spares at all times.

Other than once when I decided to save money and buy some refurb'd Seagates, never any issues with the hdd's. Just the enclosures.

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2014 at 09:19 UTC
On article Accessory Review: Drobo Mini RAID (149 comments in total)
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Daniel Yong: This is what Scott Kelby thinks of Drobo
http://scottkelby.com/2012/im-done-with-drobo/

And this is what he's using now...
http://scottkelby.com/2012/my-life-after-drobo/

I have/had about 20 years with OWC. 11 tb of data, probably 20 enclosures over the years. Once they switched to the Elite AL Pro series Sam referred to I've had nothing but one failure after another. None were power brick issues, the electronics failed. I'm currently having nothing but problems with 2 different OWC USB3 portables being improperly ejected or not recognized by my MBA. I borrowed a Seagate and a Lacie portable, no issues at all. So its not the OS.

I'm now looking for an alternative supplier.

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2014 at 09:10 UTC
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GlobalGuyUSA: If you train an animal to push a shutter button -- is it any different from pushing a remote shutter button yourself? He created the "studio" in nature, worked hard for the opportunity, he chose the camera settings, he chose the photo, he edited it significantly, he processed it professionally, he presented, and it was his gear. He did AT LEAST 50% of the art work. More, IMO.

If a dog walks on a wet painting -- does the painter not get credit?

Unfortunately, that's not copyright law. Nor does it follow Slater's account of what happened back then.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2014 at 00:06 UTC
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GlobalGuyUSA: If you train an animal to push a shutter button -- is it any different from pushing a remote shutter button yourself? He created the "studio" in nature, worked hard for the opportunity, he chose the camera settings, he chose the photo, he edited it significantly, he processed it professionally, he presented, and it was his gear. He did AT LEAST 50% of the art work. More, IMO.

If a dog walks on a wet painting -- does the painter not get credit?

I dunno know. Who trained you, was it your camera the first time? Did you develop your first shot?

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2014 at 07:51 UTC
On article Sony Alpha 7 Review (1600 comments in total)

Sounds like my initial experience with an NEX-7 I returned after 3 weeks. Poor implementation of the evf switching and raw only. I admire the size but the camera has to be fun to use as well.

The lens line does absolutely nothing for me. For Alpha lenses, a big turnoff.

Good, no interest here.

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2014 at 17:54 UTC as 230th comment
On article PPE 2013: Hands-on with Fujifilm's newest cameras (24 comments in total)
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Elaka Farmor: or a FF X200 with 5 axis stabilization :-)

Yes, specs are important. Must have 5-axis stabilization. On what would certainly be a fixed wide lens camera.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2013 at 12:20 UTC
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