jonathanj

jonathanj

Lives in Hong Kong Hong Kong, Hong Kong
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On article Opinion: DJI has abandoned professionals (417 comments in total)
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Ty Audronis: Ryan Ross on FB sent me this link... it gets even worse. My apologies to anyone that I may have insinuated is paranoid...

https://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/21/world/asia/dji-drones-china.html

DJI is a chinese company - obviously they have to hand over any data they have if the government asks for it, what else would you (or the new york times) expect? The same is true of any company that has a physical presence in China - at any moment officials can legally walk through the door and take whatever they want.
The key point here is not that they might hand over data, but **what data are they collecting, why, and how long are they storing it for?** That's the point to flight: even if it is necessary to check whether a drone is in a no-fly zone, there is no reason to tie this to individual customers, and absolutely no reason to log this information on a server somewhere and store it indefinitely. If you have any influence on professional organizations, get them to lobby for data privacy!

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2017 at 10:41 UTC

No need to work, can travel around the world wherever he likes taking photos - I think he got a better deal than Zuckerberg! His instagram (@myspacetom) is worth checking if you like that style.

Link | Posted on May 7, 2017 at 02:46 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 Review (1196 comments in total)
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jackf00: To DPReview staff
Thank you for the good review
I have a remark concerning the compare mode tool in the conclusion page.
If you do a comparision with the GH4, the GH4 appears to be better in term of Raw quality, jpeg quality, Viewfinder rating and High ISO perf which is contradicting what you write in the different tests ?

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@Dragonrider, so when that happens, you add 5 points (or whatever) for every camera that has 4k.... that's exactly the advantage of having absolute scoring is that it means the numbers do increase when manufacturers add more features, so we can compare this year's model to last year....

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2017 at 08:02 UTC
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Bob Furly: A much better alternative that I've been using here in rainy Vancouver, BC, is the Euroschirm Handsfree trekking umbrella. It's more adjustable via telescoping main shaft so you can have it closer to your head or much higher, and it has a much larger canopy that will cover your body like a big golf umbrella. It also only weighs 365 gm vs this article's nubrella's 1400 gms. Two models: the Swing Handsfree and the Telescoping handsfree (more compact design, smaller canopy) - but both models have the telescoping main shaft. Headquarters in Germany - and Atlanta is North American distributor. Very good quality! And you don't need their special harness that's shown in the picture because each umbrella comes with two 'clips' that attach to any backpack harness.
https://www.alpinsport-basis.de/media/image/product/13393/lg/euroschirm-handsfree-umbrella-system_1.jpg http://www.euroschirm.com/

Followed the link and this looked like a good product... but then i realized that the same effect could be obtained just by strapping a normal folding umbrella to a backpack strap... good idea but not sure this is is worth 80 Euro.

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2017 at 02:24 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 Review (1196 comments in total)
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jackf00: To DPReview staff
Thank you for the good review
I have a remark concerning the compare mode tool in the conclusion page.
If you do a comparision with the GH4, the GH4 appears to be better in term of Raw quality, jpeg quality, Viewfinder rating and High ISO perf which is contradicting what you write in the different tests ?

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Agree with Rouseabout - we already have the gold / silver / bronze awards that indicate the best cameras at a given point in time, scoring would be more useful if you did it in absolute terms. Or, failing that, at least indicate (for each review) what you are scoring against - i.e. would what the camera have to do in order to score 100..... as it stands it's just another random number :-)
That said, the strength of dpreview reviews has never been the numbers, it's been the overall depth and attention to detail, and kudos to the team for maintaining that.

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2017 at 02:09 UTC
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jonathanj: Customer feedback my a***. How exactly do.they engage with their customers? Is there even an official web forum or email address for general feedback? I would like to buy a Canon mirrorless if it has certain features, how would I even begin to communicate that to Canon?
I have ranted about this before, but canon, along with all the camera companies except maybe the real high end such as Leica and Hassleblad, have an almost total absence of direct customer engagement. They sell through third parties, service through third parties, and generally keep as far away from end users as possible. An occasional focus group in Tokyo or a couple of "ambassadors" or such like is not a customer engagement strategy. Note that even most of the English language social media engagement is by regional or national branches, with very little connection to the people in Japan driving strategy and product decisions.
They may well be valid decisions and certainly the people making them know far more than I about the camera market, but the one thing they are not is customer driven.

@Zdman & Entoman, good points, but asking your current customers is also a great way of getting "more of the same" responses - people who bought your existing products are probably broadly happy with your existing solutions, so you're never going to collect the feedback that would lead you off in a totally different direction. That's not to say it's not valid, but if you survey your customers over a period of time in which your sales are declining, what you are left with is survivorship bias - you're not getting the answers that would tell you what you would need to do in order to attract the people who stopped buying your products. Focusing solely on existing customers works great in a growing market, not so well in the current climate....

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2017 at 06:46 UTC
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jonathanj: Customer feedback my a***. How exactly do.they engage with their customers? Is there even an official web forum or email address for general feedback? I would like to buy a Canon mirrorless if it has certain features, how would I even begin to communicate that to Canon?
I have ranted about this before, but canon, along with all the camera companies except maybe the real high end such as Leica and Hassleblad, have an almost total absence of direct customer engagement. They sell through third parties, service through third parties, and generally keep as far away from end users as possible. An occasional focus group in Tokyo or a couple of "ambassadors" or such like is not a customer engagement strategy. Note that even most of the English language social media engagement is by regional or national branches, with very little connection to the people in Japan driving strategy and product decisions.
They may well be valid decisions and certainly the people making them know far more than I about the camera market, but the one thing they are not is customer driven.

Some good points above, and I may be being a little harsh, certainly I'm not sure about the CPS engagement. Also I genuinely believed they outsourced support - I may be wrong on this, or perhaps it differs between countries.
I do think, however, that there is a huge gap to what they (and the other camera/ electronics companies) could be doing - pro-active engagement with current and prospective customers including normal consumers as well as professional users, public feedback and suggestions, etc. etc.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2017 at 02:12 UTC

Customer feedback my a***. How exactly do.they engage with their customers? Is there even an official web forum or email address for general feedback? I would like to buy a Canon mirrorless if it has certain features, how would I even begin to communicate that to Canon?
I have ranted about this before, but canon, along with all the camera companies except maybe the real high end such as Leica and Hassleblad, have an almost total absence of direct customer engagement. They sell through third parties, service through third parties, and generally keep as far away from end users as possible. An occasional focus group in Tokyo or a couple of "ambassadors" or such like is not a customer engagement strategy. Note that even most of the English language social media engagement is by regional or national branches, with very little connection to the people in Japan driving strategy and product decisions.
They may well be valid decisions and certainly the people making them know far more than I about the camera market, but the one thing they are not is customer driven.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 15:42 UTC as 57th comment | 13 replies
On article A comfortable fit: Panasonic Lumix GX850 overview (119 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 34th 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 16th 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 (89 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 (89 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
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