AshMills

Lives in United Kingdom Sixpenny Handley, Dorset, United Kingdom
Works as a Photographer
Has a website at www.AshMills.com
Joined on Aug 19, 2002

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And see how the products have transformed since CS6 !

Ahem.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2017 at 20:23 UTC as 55th comment | 1 reply
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silentstorm: This is just like removing that 3.5mm jack.

Next... Apple car with triangle tires. Why? Because the round wheels are more than 100yrs old, dated back to the 1st locomotive. Time to remove that!

Cheaper to make = more profit. Sell dongle/wireless headphones = more profit.

Force people to buy new computer to play/edit h265 format video = more profit.

Make people think they can tell if their TV has 8K vs 4K = more profit.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2017 at 08:52 UTC
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h2k: "There are a lot of advantages to the HEIC format"
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And i have a lot of prejudices against storing my snaps in an Apple format - and against converting my snaps via web upload. Who'd do this?

If you ever tried editing h265 video - you may need to upgrade..

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2017 at 12:59 UTC

Wow, he's annoying.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2017 at 10:41 UTC as 29th comment
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Torsten Hoff: Just go to Settings -> Camera and change the storage format from "High Efficiency" to "Most Compatible" -- that way you don't need to convert anything.

OSX12 will no doubt not have the option.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2017 at 09:06 UTC
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h2k: "There are a lot of advantages to the HEIC format"
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And i have a lot of prejudices against storing my snaps in an Apple format - and against converting my snaps via web upload. Who'd do this?

Also this "industry standard" does have patent costs, which will go to....

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2017 at 09:05 UTC
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photoaddict: HEIF sounds like a modern image format that we all sorely need.

HEIF files are compatible with the ISO Base Media File Format (ISOBMFF, ISO/IEC 14496-12) and can also include other media streams, such as timed text and audio.

Digital cameras and smartphones can use HEIF to achieve single-file packaging of burst photos, focal stacks, and exposure stacks.

Image Items: storage of individual images, image properties and thumbnail(s).

Image Derivations: derived images are generated during run-time based on descriptions such as rotation, grid and overlay.

Image Sequences: storage of multiple time-related and/or temporally predicted images (like a burst-photo shot or cinemagraph animation), their properties and thumbnails.

Auxiliary Image Items: storage of an image data which complements another image item. An alpha plane or a depth map are examples for such images.

Image Metadata: storage of EXIF, XMP and similar metadata which accompany the images stored in the HEIF file.

Yep, and if that one and only file gets corrupted, you can loose it all in one shot...

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2017 at 09:04 UTC
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Timur Born: Can HEIC be decoded by parallel threads to make good use of modern multi-core CPUs?

This is one big disadvantage of JPG that becomes more and more prevalent (even more so in combination with the rather serial PDF format).

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2017/06/macos-high-sierra-tech-preview-a-quick-look-at-the-stuff-you-cant-see/

This points out the additional hardware requirements for HEVC (h265) - so if you were, for instance, a company that sells computers, it is in your interest to push people towards 8k embedded video...

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2017 at 09:01 UTC

Is Apple a patent holder for HEIF perchance?

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2017 at 08:58 UTC as 14th comment | 12 replies
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photoaddict: Um, I am pretty sure that when the images are sent via email or to other apps, the sent images are exported to JPG for maximum compatibility.

Do they then get re-transcoded to HEIF on OSX11 ?

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2017 at 08:18 UTC
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sirhawkeye64: I hate how Apple forces some things on you.... like new image formats, especially if they are not industry-standardized (at least I don't think HEIF/HEIC is). If there is still an option to save as JPEG too at the same time, then I'd be OK with it, but if I need to use a converter to convert all my images, then I'm not going to be a happy camper. But I guess if LR Mobile continues to work and be supported on iOS 11, then perhaps I could just switch to that as it also saves things as DNGs and you can save images as JPEGs from within the app. I honestly don't use the built-in camera app on the iphone for anything more than taking pictures of notes on whiteboards. For everything else, I tend to use LR Mobile.

My other concern is how do we knkow that when you upload your images to be converted, they aren't being stored somewhere on someone's network without your knowing??? That's the other bothersome part about having to use a website to convert images from HEIF/HEIC to JPEG....

Really? I still only use MP3.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2017 at 08:12 UTC
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h2k: "There are a lot of advantages to the HEIC format"
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And i have a lot of prejudices against storing my snaps in an Apple format - and against converting my snaps via web upload. Who'd do this?

With storage so cheap is this really a problem? Presumably the internet will continue to be jpeggish- or will every image online need to be converted...

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2017 at 08:08 UTC
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panchorancho: This stand looks great. It appears they're utilizing the new patented 3M material that was initially used for both military and space applications on the ISS which allows for stronger, durable, but a lightweight honeycomb structure. The rigid integrity index must be far higher than previous materials used in light stands. I believe this will create a forced cubic pressure of 10 times, beating the previous record for such a device.

Which is fabulous on a press release, until you try it and find where your centre of gravity has moved to on the first gust of wind.

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2017 at 08:47 UTC

That's got to chafe if you had to save up to buy one.

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2017 at 17:43 UTC as 84th comment
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WickedMaPhoto: What I want to know is how is his Lightroom so responsive? 100% comes into focus in less than a second and the sliders don't seem to lag, using a laptop. I'm on an OC'd, beastly desktop and it runs like crap. Granted it's an older i7 but it's running at 4.2ghz and everything else runs like formula one on this machine. Is LR that much better on Mac or what?

16MP images?

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2017 at 20:10 UTC
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TN Args: IMO these specs suggest an APS-C mirrorless, where f/0.9 eqivalates to f/1.4, and f/1.2 to f/1.8. Hence creating APS-C lenses with the DOF of an f/1.4 standard lens and an f/1.8 portrait lens on full frame.

Could they have speedbooster lens elements built in? For instance a 90 MF f1.6lens with a 0.58 Speedbooster could make a 52mm lens with a 0.9 aperture?

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2017 at 23:08 UTC
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bobn2: Those don't look like a FF 52 and 36mm looking at the diagrams, the angle of view looks quite small, more as though they a re telephotos for the 1 system, especially given that they are both telephoto designs with negative power at the back. Mind you, they have negative power (huge) at the front, too. But the patent does give a image height of 21.6mm, which would be FF. Odd.

Could they have speedbooster lens elements built in? For instance a 90 MF f1.6lens with a 0.58 Speedbooster could make a 52mm lens with a 0.9 aperture?

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2017 at 23:08 UTC
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Saurat: Interesting that it is the two 'electronics' companies that are really pushing the boundaries, leaving the traditional camera companies looking conservative, slow and stupid.

Do you really think this is a large step ahead of Arri?

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2017 at 10:59 UTC
On article Hands-on with new Fujifilm X-E3 (200 comments in total)
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DMillier: The only thing wrong with my XE1 for me is the front and rear grips. I solved the front grip problem myself by adding a half case with a bulgy bit around the grip area. The rear thumb grip however, is just wrong, it is too far to the right. It looks like on the XE3 all they have done is make it even smaller but left it too far to the right. There is an art to designing "thumb grips" that done right (like on my Pentax K5) means you can almost balance the whole camera on your thumb.

Have you tried using Sugru to reshape the grips to fit your hands?

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2017 at 10:05 UTC

Wish I could get my head around DX crop equivalence arithmetic - my simple brain can imagine FF and 2xcrop but I struggle with 1.5 crop. 122mm equivalent lenses dont help! :-)

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2017 at 08:52 UTC as 26th comment | 3 replies
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