jonathanj

jonathanj

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

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On article Flickr Marketplace image licensing program shuttered (91 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 (91 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 (91 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 (230 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 (1196 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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jonathanj: Thanks for a sensible article showing real life usage. Just a question, in normal use did you find the power zoom slow? I have occasionally been tempted by these super zooms, but always put off by the electronic zoom that takes several seconds to zoom. Was this an issue in real life usage?

thanks! Will keep an eye out for one in a shop to see how the zoom handles...

Link | Posted on May 11, 2016 at 12:52 UTC

Thanks for a sensible article showing real life usage. Just a question, in normal use did you find the power zoom slow? I have occasionally been tempted by these super zooms, but always put off by the electronic zoom that takes several seconds to zoom. Was this an issue in real life usage?

Link | Posted on May 10, 2016 at 15:40 UTC as 82nd comment | 2 replies
On article Opinion: Pour one out for Samsung cameras (324 comments in total)

I admit I didn't watch the video, but doesn't this mean that you need to carefully stack your fridge in order that everything is visible from the camera? Also, what about condensation on the camera lens? Seems completely pointless but at least it gives us something to talk about :-)

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 02:29 UTC as 80th comment
On article 4K video: What you need to know (286 comments in total)
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jonathanj: The content is fine, but the presentation is awful. Text too large, way too much scrolling, and no pre-loading of images meant I gave up halfway through.

As this is a new style of post (or at least I don't recall seeing something similar before) I suspect that dpreview staff are looking for general comments showing how it has been received. I don't generally post similar "complaints over nothing" (check my posting history - I'm not trolling), but since changing the format/ styling is relatively easy fix that will please not only me but other people too (see other comments below), it seems sensible for me to offer my feedback. You don't have to read it....

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2015 at 07:56 UTC
On article 4K video: What you need to know (286 comments in total)
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jonathanj: The content is fine, but the presentation is awful. Text too large, way too much scrolling, and no pre-loading of images meant I gave up halfway through.

I could do.... or dpreview could just use the same font size as the rest of their site. This is not rocket science or an unusual request, I would just like the same standard text I see elsewhere. I don't really expect to have to use a plugin for this.
Oh, and that doesn't address the lazy load of pictures.

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2015 at 06:00 UTC
On article 4K video: What you need to know (286 comments in total)
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jonathanj: The content is fine, but the presentation is awful. Text too large, way too much scrolling, and no pre-loading of images meant I gave up halfway through.

Right, because it's reasonable that the first thing you do when you visit a website is adjust the text size, right? It's perfectly reasonable to expect a website to conform to standard design patterns without needing to be tweaked page by page. The rest of dpreview (including this page) manages that, why shouldn't the feature pages?

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2015 at 04:56 UTC
On article 4K video: What you need to know (286 comments in total)

The content is fine, but the presentation is awful. Text too large, way too much scrolling, and no pre-loading of images meant I gave up halfway through.

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2015 at 01:17 UTC as 26th comment | 7 replies
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