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An Extra Class amateur radio operator and very amateur photographer who enjoys night sky photography.


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LOL. One size fits none concept! That thing is nearly as big as my Sony RX100M3, which is a good compact camera that will out shoot any smartphony camera. Yep, I spelled it smartPHONY on purpose. If I want to carry around something as big as this accessory, I will simply carry my RX100M3.

Link | Posted on Jun 26, 2017 at 13:33 UTC as 32nd comment

Totally stupid IMO. First, $30 dollars for a two bit app? Seriously. Every scanner I have ever owned has come with an attachment for scanning negatives and slides, as well as the software to process both. Even cheap document scanners are going to do a much better job than using a tablet for lighting an a smartphone to take low res images, low res compared to a real scanner. And a scanner won't have all the weird distortions due to taking the images at an angle and/or having spots on the tablet screen casting shadows. Chances are that if you have negatives, you already have a scanner, so why settle for an overpriced and greatly inferior set up?

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2017 at 18:24 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply

Very nice visually. I have nothing but praise for the mathematician for accomplishing this difficult alignment of images.

The soundtrack sounded like an eerie combination of a church choir and thousands of swarming hornets. I guess the filmmaker who added the soundtrack thought he could make it seem like an old scifi movie, but he basically just made me mute the sound. Note to filmmaker: This is science fact, not fiction, so your soundtrack was totally off the mark.

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2017 at 18:06 UTC as 26th comment | 3 replies

A permanent record? Well until they go out of business and their servers go off line....

Link | Posted on May 26, 2017 at 20:25 UTC as 16th comment | 1 reply
On article FilmLab is a film negative scanning app for smartphones (112 comments in total)

I have lots of old negatives from family that span back into the 1930s. But why would I want to photograph a negative with another camera, especially a smartphone camera? That is stupid unless you really don't care what quality you get. If you are going to post an old photo on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc., then it probably doesn't matter. But if you want quality images of old memories, then use a good film scanner. They only run about $300 and create 16-bit TIF images which can be edited like RAW images in Photoshop and other apps. Do it right.

Link | Posted on May 12, 2017 at 19:22 UTC as 34th comment | 4 replies

LOL! This article sounds very much like the team of doctors trying to put a good spin on the patient's cancer diagnosis. Yes, you have stage 4 cancer and it is unstoppable. But for a lot of money we here at BS Cancer Inc will pump you full of drugs that will do little more than make you wish you were already dead, while boosting our bottom-line profits. But all is not as bad as it seems. For a mere zillion dollars we can extend your life at least a few days, maybe even a week!

It is called Smartphone Kickingyourbutt cancer. The vast majority of new camera owners are getting them in the form of a smartphone built in camera. The vast majority of camera owners could care less about what we want in a camera, they use their cameras differently than us. They are perfectly content with the built in camera on the expensive smartphone and are totally disinterested in buying a standalone camera--nor do they need one. They are not us.

Link | Posted on May 3, 2017 at 14:23 UTC as 35th comment | 8 replies
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Eric Ouellet: Don't photograph train tracks, don't do bike without your helmet, don't walk without shoes, don't look too far, don't breath too quick, don't think too much...

The alternative I guess would be to let fools become Darwin Award winners as so many humans would if left to their own stupidity....Oh, and why don't you tell that to your mom who probably had to constantly yell at you to not do stupid things.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2017 at 14:47 UTC

I'm not sure which lens and FL I would choose, nor will I waste any more time thinking about it. But one thing is for certain. Whichever decision I made would seem like the correct one at the beginning, but soon thereafter I am positive I would wish I had made a different choice. Such is life!

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 14:11 UTC as 171st comment

I don't see any need for this. Why turn a lossy format into a more lossy format. If you need to make your crappy website load faster, then hire someone who knows how to code it properly and stop using that garbage called Adobe Flash. JPEGs are not slowing down the internet much in the age of high speed connectivity. Lousy web page designs and video slow things down way more. Again, this is trying to solve an issue that doesn't really exist, and it does a terrible job in the process.

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2017 at 13:45 UTC as 27th comment | 4 replies
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Edward48: Don't you just love public forums? 6 posts and already, without a shred of evidence, libellous posts pointing the finger at the victim.

It is NOT libelous to consider all the possibilities. I guarantee the police are considering that as well as a lot of other possibilities. But I do wonder if this was perhaps a troubled company in financial trouble or going to be in financial trouble if they got stuck with a lens that didn't sell. Perhaps the design failed, and it was better in their minds to dump the failed lenses in the Pacific and stage a burglary. That scenario is just as possible as a burglary, and more probable too.

And do we know for a fact this was even reported to police? Maybe even just a cover story for clients who were expecting lenses soon but the company couldn't deliver them so they concocted an internet hoax. Question everything, or be taken in by a lot of BS.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2017 at 14:19 UTC

To date the only Sony app I have found to be useful is the Time Lapse app which I use as an internal intervalometer. But that app is totally clunky and kluge and has limited value. I merely use it for the intervalometer feature to time my photos. Once done shooting I transfer the RAW images to my computer, process them in Lightroom and/or Photoshop, then create my video with another app. I don't ever allow Sony apps to process my files as they will make a mess of them.

This new app seems to be in the category of useless to me. I can just shoot bracketed images or multiple images from a tripod, then better process them in LR and/or PS. Sony apps like this will take too long to set up and will be too clunky to use. The moment will be long gone by the time you get that darn app set up to take the photo. Sunset will have already passed and the middle of the night will be upon you!

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2017 at 14:56 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply
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MargoB: Boy, most of the commenters here are the life of the party.

I think there are a lot of unimaginative morons here that wouldn't understand history if it crawled up their backsides and called them momma. Well as they say, you can't fix stupid.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2017 at 18:41 UTC
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Frank666: Mesmerizing? How is something one can't see mesmerizing?

If you just watched to first few seconds, then yes pretty boring. But if you watch the whole video then you see as line drawings start to be used, then later line drawings are replaced with B&W photos, and later still they transition to color photos. And there are many other transitions shown as well. The transitions mark the history behind the newspaper and how it evolved over a century and a half.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2017 at 18:37 UTC
On article Super Bowl Halftime lit up by choreographed drone show (96 comments in total)
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Bombastic: Damn fine half time show.
NOW if only that incredibly obscure sport would be half as interesting.

American football is at least interesting, unlike a sport in which a bunch of wussies kick a ball around for a long time with little to show for it. I'd rather watch grass grow than watch soccer game.

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2017 at 18:00 UTC

Hmmm, another crowdfunding ripoff. I think the vast majority of crowdfunding projects are nothing more than ways for crooks to make a good salary for a few years then fold up leaving the investors high and dry. I have absolutely no sympathy for the investors. A moron who invests in a scam that is clearly a scam gets what they deserve. If inventors don't have the wherewithal to obtain legitimate funding from financial institutions, much less even create a decent business plan, then only morons will invest with them.

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2017 at 21:03 UTC as 42nd comment | 6 replies

Just look at Polaroid photos from a few decades ago. What happened to your memories? They faded away, or nearly away. Instant film is notoriously short lived. I doubt the film for these is going to fair much better. So the irony is, you have expensive film that produces a short lived, lackluster photo, and you need to scan and save it to a digital file if you want to still view it a decade or more down the road. Hmmm....pass!

Link | Posted on Dec 28, 2016 at 17:56 UTC as 20th comment | 5 replies

Oh goodie, another dumb bleeping Kickstarter project slash stupid non-photographers gadget. Buy a real camera from a company that knows how to secure financing. Kickstarter is just a ripoff web fiasco that allows undesirables to take money from morons to pay the salaries of lazy jerks who have no intention of ever bringing a final product to market, much less support that product. Vaporware would be the better term to use.

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2016 at 14:39 UTC as 13th comment | 2 replies

Or you could buy a really good chipped adapter for less the $100 USD and buy ND filters for lens(es). If you already have a need for ND, then you probably already own the ND filters. This adapter is a very expensive one-trick pony.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2016 at 16:10 UTC as 6th comment

Yuk. Were the judges mostly blind? The starling photo was at the bottom of the list for all the photos shown. It is not a good photo at all. I'm not sure how it even made the final cut, or even the first cut!

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2016 at 16:51 UTC as 40th comment | 2 replies
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Ben O Connor: We need no cooler in Finland! There is the thing called "winter" here !

We don't need it in Texas either, even in summer. Heat really isn't that much of an issue.

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2016 at 17:29 UTC
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