jonathanj

jonathanj

Lives in Hong Kong Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Joined on Oct 2, 2011

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On article A comfortable fit: Panasonic Lumix GX850 overview (117 comments in total)
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mcshan: Slightly bigger than the GM5 but you get less? I too wish it kept the small EVF. Okay...advantages: tilting screen and small built in flash may please some. Cheaper BUT the GM5 had really come down in price.

Tough to please everyone I suppose.

My hope is that this is the GM1 replacement, there'll be a GM5 replacement later....

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2017 at 12:28 UTC
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junk1: Sure it uses micro cards? Your specs state: "microSD/SDHC/SDXC"

Or did you mean:
"microSD/microSDHC/microSDXC"???

I was literally about to order a new/modern SDXC card for my GF7, and some day I'll likely have a GF9......

I think they meant micro(SD/SDHC/SDXC)...

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2017 at 12:25 UTC

Personally I'd add an LCD screen protector - camera LCDs seem far more prone to pick up scratches than phones or tablets. Generally I take the camera down to a local phone shop and ask them to cut a clear phone protector to fit - not all of the will make the effort, but those that do can generally do it faster and neater than I can.

Link | Posted on Dec 28, 2016 at 02:37 UTC as 33rd comment | 6 replies
On article Flickr reveals its top 25 photos of 2016 (190 comments in total)
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Chris Noble: Interesting that they are all landscapes. No street photography, no portraits.

Actually I think it might have to do with rights - I asked a question on the flickr group and didn't get a response - by submitting a photo, you grant flickr rights over the photo - what happens in the case of street photography where you don't have model releases, etc.? My guess is that flickr played safe and only selected photos with no people in them, so there is no risk of being sued by subject....

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2016 at 02:33 UTC
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jonathanj: Just checking something that's not 100% clear to me, if I access the device from a Windows PC when the device is not on another WiFi network (I.e if I'm out and about and the two devices are connected directly) does the device show up as a normal drive, or do I need to use some kind of dedicated app?

The reason I ask is that I have a small windows 2 in 1 that does not have a full size USB port or SD card slot. It would be great if I could use this device to backup cards, but then separately connect to it with the computer to do basic tagging etc. using lightroom or another program.

Thanks Dale, that answered my question!

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2016 at 03:11 UTC
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jonathanj: Just checking something that's not 100% clear to me, if I access the device from a Windows PC when the device is not on another WiFi network (I.e if I'm out and about and the two devices are connected directly) does the device show up as a normal drive, or do I need to use some kind of dedicated app?

The reason I ask is that I have a small windows 2 in 1 that does not have a full size USB port or SD card slot. It would be great if I could use this device to backup cards, but then separately connect to it with the computer to do basic tagging etc. using lightroom or another program.

Yeah, the trouble with that is that my device works unpredictablely with adaptors to a full size USB port, I think because they try to draw power it can't supply. I've tried with (non wireless) hard drives and never gotten it to work consistently - hence my asking about the wireless. I did read that section you quoted :-)

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2016 at 00:48 UTC

Just checking something that's not 100% clear to me, if I access the device from a Windows PC when the device is not on another WiFi network (I.e if I'm out and about and the two devices are connected directly) does the device show up as a normal drive, or do I need to use some kind of dedicated app?

The reason I ask is that I have a small windows 2 in 1 that does not have a full size USB port or SD card slot. It would be great if I could use this device to backup cards, but then separately connect to it with the computer to do basic tagging etc. using lightroom or another program.

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2016 at 03:12 UTC as 12th comment | 5 replies
On article Flickr Marketplace image licensing program shuttered (87 comments in total)
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doctor digi: "Shuttered" - do you mean "closed".

No doubt you "reached out" to them to find that out.

Sheesh. So sick of this BS-Speak.

I hear "deprecated" more often than "depreciated".... both are pretty bad!

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2016 at 14:10 UTC
On article Flickr Marketplace image licensing program shuttered (87 comments in total)
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jonathanj: No similar article on Amazon discontinuing their 12 dollar unlimited photo storage? I'm amazed :-)

I'm using it.... it was great, by far the cheapest way of archiving photos that I found, and dpreview promoted it when it launched. $60 is still better than most of the competition, but a poorly communicated 4-fold increase in price is normally enough to raise comments.
Not directly relevant to Flickr, but I felt like commenting because dpreview are probably not quite so eager to criticize an Amazon product withdrawal. All cloud companies will cut products whenever the numbers merit it - there's nothing unique about Flickr cutting theirs.

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2016 at 14:08 UTC
On article Flickr Marketplace image licensing program shuttered (87 comments in total)

No similar article on Amazon discontinuing their 12 dollar unlimited photo storage? I'm amazed :-)

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2016 at 10:19 UTC as 17th comment | 4 replies
On article Lenovo Yoga Book features unique 'on-demand' keyboard (90 comments in total)
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Glen Barrington: I don't see this as having much value for a photographer. could one run even a basic photos organizer/viewer on something like this? Yeah if you don't have too many photos - 64 gig of storage and 4 gig of ram using an Atom based CPU won't go very far with today's current software and photo sizes. Even using m43s raw photos, you can't store THAT many photos in the computer, and Online storage and management of raw photos for anything but Canon, Nikon, and Sony raws is difficult to impossible (And C, N, & S is all the raw Amazon photos support; and which, if you compare their photo requirements, seems to form the backbone of several online storage services).

Photographically, it is no more 'complete' as a photography platform than the typical generic android tablet. And Lenovo already offers some very nice and very inexpensive Generic Android tablets of pretty high quality.

It might be useful for the person more interested in words than photos though.

...and one of the factors I consider when buying a camera is storage media. I'm not saying I'd never buy a camera that used CF cards, but it would need to have some essential feature not otherwise available in order to compensate for the inconvenience of using a card reader. Obviously, YMMV :-)

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2016 at 09:41 UTC
On article Lenovo Yoga Book features unique 'on-demand' keyboard (90 comments in total)
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Glen Barrington: I don't see this as having much value for a photographer. could one run even a basic photos organizer/viewer on something like this? Yeah if you don't have too many photos - 64 gig of storage and 4 gig of ram using an Atom based CPU won't go very far with today's current software and photo sizes. Even using m43s raw photos, you can't store THAT many photos in the computer, and Online storage and management of raw photos for anything but Canon, Nikon, and Sony raws is difficult to impossible (And C, N, & S is all the raw Amazon photos support; and which, if you compare their photo requirements, seems to form the backbone of several online storage services).

Photographically, it is no more 'complete' as a photography platform than the typical generic android tablet. And Lenovo already offers some very nice and very inexpensive Generic Android tablets of pretty high quality.

It might be useful for the person more interested in words than photos though.

I had to laugh, in some ways I agree, I'm whining :-)
But although when I'm sat at home, I can have all of those items within easy reach, when I'm travelling the last thing I want to do is "juggle" (I chose that word deliberately) all of these things. I have tried it with a asus transformer chi. The micro usb to usb cable doesn't carry enough power to power the hub with a USB hard drive (128gb is not going to last me long for backups whilst travelling). So that's a plug needed, which means I can't do backups whilst out and about, and it's quite common for hotel rooms not to have two plugs close enough to simultaneously power the hub and the laptop.
Yes, it's possible, but I'm not going to buy a device like this one unless it makes my workflow simpler and/or easier, and requiring another set of devices and cables does the opposite. A truly photographer orientated laptop or tablet would be built around the entire workflow, not just the editing.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2016 at 09:40 UTC
On article Lenovo Yoga Book features unique 'on-demand' keyboard (90 comments in total)
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Glen Barrington: I don't see this as having much value for a photographer. could one run even a basic photos organizer/viewer on something like this? Yeah if you don't have too many photos - 64 gig of storage and 4 gig of ram using an Atom based CPU won't go very far with today's current software and photo sizes. Even using m43s raw photos, you can't store THAT many photos in the computer, and Online storage and management of raw photos for anything but Canon, Nikon, and Sony raws is difficult to impossible (And C, N, & S is all the raw Amazon photos support; and which, if you compare their photo requirements, seems to form the backbone of several online storage services).

Photographically, it is no more 'complete' as a photography platform than the typical generic android tablet. And Lenovo already offers some very nice and very inexpensive Generic Android tablets of pretty high quality.

It might be useful for the person more interested in words than photos though.

@Vanitas - in theory, yes, but from another page "It only has microSD, microUSB and mini HDMI inputs" http://www.trustedreviews.com/lenovo-yoga-book-review#lRJyfUpyDsWgxoiK.99
Good luck juggling all those cables needed to get your USB external hard drive plugged in and powered..... (plus a usb card reader if you want to copy photos from a camera)

Link | Posted on Sep 6, 2016 at 01:03 UTC
On article Lenovo Yoga Book features unique 'on-demand' keyboard (90 comments in total)
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Glen Barrington: I don't see this as having much value for a photographer. could one run even a basic photos organizer/viewer on something like this? Yeah if you don't have too many photos - 64 gig of storage and 4 gig of ram using an Atom based CPU won't go very far with today's current software and photo sizes. Even using m43s raw photos, you can't store THAT many photos in the computer, and Online storage and management of raw photos for anything but Canon, Nikon, and Sony raws is difficult to impossible (And C, N, & S is all the raw Amazon photos support; and which, if you compare their photo requirements, seems to form the backbone of several online storage services).

Photographically, it is no more 'complete' as a photography platform than the typical generic android tablet. And Lenovo already offers some very nice and very inexpensive Generic Android tablets of pretty high quality.

It might be useful for the person more interested in words than photos though.

Oh, and if it doesn't have a full size SD card slot or a full size USB port, the workflow is going to be pretty frustrating (I've run into this hurdle with another windows tablet device - lots of messing around with extra cables and adapters). Neither mentioned in the press release - will look for the full specs.

Link | Posted on Sep 4, 2016 at 03:50 UTC
On article Lenovo Yoga Book features unique 'on-demand' keyboard (90 comments in total)
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Glen Barrington: I don't see this as having much value for a photographer. could one run even a basic photos organizer/viewer on something like this? Yeah if you don't have too many photos - 64 gig of storage and 4 gig of ram using an Atom based CPU won't go very far with today's current software and photo sizes. Even using m43s raw photos, you can't store THAT many photos in the computer, and Online storage and management of raw photos for anything but Canon, Nikon, and Sony raws is difficult to impossible (And C, N, & S is all the raw Amazon photos support; and which, if you compare their photo requirements, seems to form the backbone of several online storage services).

Photographically, it is no more 'complete' as a photography platform than the typical generic android tablet. And Lenovo already offers some very nice and very inexpensive Generic Android tablets of pretty high quality.

It might be useful for the person more interested in words than photos though.

I agree - unless atom processes have massively improved over the last year, I can't see this being particularly useful for windows based editing software.
By the way, amazon supports DNG (I convert to DNG to take advantage of their low cost photo backup)

Link | Posted on Sep 4, 2016 at 03:48 UTC
On article Still solid: Fujifilm X-E2S Review (239 comments in total)
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Andrei L: You know what I don't get about DPReview's scoring bars ? The compare feature. If you compare the X-E2s to the X-T1, despite sharing the same sensor (and perhaps having some minimal sensor generation differences in the JPEG profiles), X-T1 comes out as better for High ISO and IQ overall. X-E2, same thing. I own X-E2, it's the same in every possible way, except for the protruding grip, back button labeling and the S having the actually quite welcome Auto (aka Hand it over to a noob to snap some).
While I do get it that the bar raises with each passing year, I'm wondering what value is there in the comparison feature, since it's so unreliable as long as 'expectations' change with almost every season?

I agree. I think it would be far more useful to accept grade "inflation" and have the scores go up each year as cameras get better. Then we could compare cameras without having to remember when each camera came out and make mental adjustments for time.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2016 at 11:20 UTC
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1179 comments in total)
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Mustafa: Cue the 'no 4K, no sale' brigade.

and the "no-IBIS", "no weathersealing" brigades too. I'm a bit slow today, what do the 45 and 90mm lenses translate to in 35mm equivalents?

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 12:38 UTC
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jonathanj: If it could reliably pick the shots that are in focus and sharp from a sequence, it would be a godsend. I don't care about automatic aesthetic judgement, but having to wait for lightroom to render 100% previews to check sharpness is a pain...

My above comment aimed at Mrrowe8, obviously.

Link | Posted on May 27, 2016 at 23:56 UTC
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jonathanj: If it could reliably pick the shots that are in focus and sharp from a sequence, it would be a godsend. I don't care about automatic aesthetic judgement, but having to wait for lightroom to render 100% previews to check sharpness is a pain...

Sure, not quite sure why you react so strongly, but happy to elaborate :-)
I take a series of handheld shots in marginal light, something that pushes the limit of my equipment. I do so accepting that I'm not going to get a 100% hit rate, so I might take 3 or 4 shots for every composition. When I get home, I then need to render all of them at 100% just to compare at 100% sharpness, and pick the sharpest, before I can do the normal thing of comparing the different compositions and choosing the best. This either takes 5-10 seconds per photo whilst scrolling through, which is just long enough to prevent me staying focused, or an additional step in the import process at the start before I can work in images. This is what I call 'a pain' - your terminology may vary. And yes, I could buy a new computer but I have already upgraded twice purely for adobe product performance and I don't really care to do so again. An reliable automated focus checker would mean I could concentrate on picking shots based on composition and exposure and only render at 100% if I need it for retouching.

Link | Posted on May 27, 2016 at 23:55 UTC

If it could reliably pick the shots that are in focus and sharp from a sequence, it would be a godsend. I don't care about automatic aesthetic judgement, but having to wait for lightroom to render 100% previews to check sharpness is a pain...

Link | Posted on May 27, 2016 at 15:19 UTC as 36th comment | 6 replies
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