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On article Canon patents 400mm F5.6 catadioptric 'mirror' lens (191 comments in total)
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williams359: Canon will make it twice as sharp as they use to be, twice as fast focusing and the sell it for five times the price

True, and it'll probably still have the same awful f8 maximum aperture, which nowadays will make autofocusing unreliable on all but top end cameras.

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2017 at 10:05 UTC
On article A fully loaded iMac Pro will cost you $13,200 (457 comments in total)
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mailman88: Fully loaded is right, of BS.
Who in their right mind would spend $13,000 for a computer?

@MrBrightSide: For 3D rendering work it's best to have more than one GPU - the more cores the faster the render completes. And if one GPU goes wrong, you just take it out and continue working until the replacement arrives. This Apple toy is limited to one GPU because they've crammed it into a tiny case. Next to a very powerful CPU, it / both of them will undoubtedly be throttling under heavy load to stop themselves going up in flames. There's a good reason why high end workstation PCs and gaming rigs have lots of fans and water cooling - because they need them.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2017 at 16:45 UTC
On article A fully loaded iMac Pro will cost you $13,200 (457 comments in total)

And it's still hopelessly under-specified for 3D animation work! Just one blazing hot GPU trapped in a tiny case next to a blazing hot Xeon CPU... with no possibility of adding a second or third GPU.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2017 at 16:34 UTC as 21st comment | 2 replies
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Reactive: Never before has the all-in-one computer concept seemed so completely absurd. Paying outrageous prices for all the compromises and risk of an all in one device.

@Gmon750: You make a lot of assumptions. Where I work we do a lot of 3D animation and rendering work (with associated Photoshop work) and we wouldn't touch any all-in-one computer, Apple or Windows. Our PC's have had their components reconfigured and reused many times (for minimal cost) and our rendering speed is already at least double that of this Apple toy, since we fit two nVidia GPUs. We could fit three, but it doesn't make economic sense when each year AMD and nVidia bring out something that is much faster than the previous generation. But at least we have the opportunity to increase our rendering speed significantly every couple of years, with the only expense being the GPUs. If this Apple device really only has a one year warranty, I'd live in fear of heat related problems.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2017 at 08:23 UTC

Never before has the all-in-one computer concept seemed so completely absurd. Paying outrageous prices for all the compromises and risk of an all in one device.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2017 at 13:14 UTC as 8th comment | 4 replies
On article 2017 Buying Guide: Best consumer drones (34 comments in total)

"Until recently, aerial photography (and videography) was an expensive proposition requiring helicopters or airplanes."
That's not true - radio controlled helicopters have been around for years for around the same price as a drone (or less), with hobbyists strapping compact cameras underneath to take boringly similar aerial photos. Not much has changed, except the drones can fly themselves home and are harder to crash, and the countless irresponsible idiots who fly them have spoiled the entire hobby by causing the introduction of unwanted legislation.
Is anyone marketing a drone-killing catapult yet, that fires a net into the sky to bring them down?

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2017 at 12:54 UTC as 11th comment | 4 replies
On article Nikon D850 vs Sony a7R III: Which is best? (1059 comments in total)
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Eddie G963: Will someone smack Canon in the back of the head please to wake them up. In the future they could be the next Kodak!!! Yes I know... I know cries the Canon fanboys they're still #1 but I can see that changing. Kudos to Sony and Nikon on their A7RIII and the 850 for their great multi purpose game changing cameras. I wish the Canon would rise and smell the coffee. I may to have to sell off a bunch of Canon glass...

It probably sounds daft, but what I don't like about any of the high-spec Canon or Nikon models is their huge physical size. I saw a Canon 5D Mk IV and 7D MkII in a camera shop, and they looked ridiculous (and frankly old-fashioned) next to the Olympus OM-D EM1 MkII, the lenses even more so.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2017 at 13:08 UTC

I think all the massively sized / massively expensive phones will start to look very silly once battery technology allows a sensible range of practical smartwatches with their own micro-SIM. I would prefer a long thin device for my wrist, say 3" x 1" x 0.2" thick, that is both phone and watch all in on, with 5 day battery life.

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2017 at 13:15 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply

If the only Yashica camera I ever owned is representative of their quality, this new toy will have to:
a) Let light leak onto the sensor to spoil each shot.
b) Use an ineffective winding mechanism so half the shots are double exposures.
c) Use an ineffective lens mount so none of the shots are ever quite in focus.
Only a small proportion of the 40+ age group (includes me) are ever going to want to relive the 'joy' of missing the shot because you were changing the 'film'.

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2017 at 13:02 UTC as 24th comment | 1 reply
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dave_bass5: I think this will be a good time saver once its matured, but as with the Content Aware tool demos, the images shown all seem thave been taken to help with showing this effect. Narrow DOF and good contrast. These would probably be easy to make using the existing tools.
Still, it shows that Adobe are still pushing ahead, and not just taking our money (which I have no issue paying, as its a service and not just a program) and stagnating.
IMO with cheaper programs like Afinity and Luminar showing a very mature set of tools at a much lower price Adobe has to keep pushing ahead.

Don't forget that Adobe didn't invent Content Aware - it bought in the technology from external researchers. It would be wonderful if the lethargic Adobe developers could do something useful, like providing a colored icon option for the UI.

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2017 at 12:54 UTC
On article First iPhone X hands-on field test with sample photos (386 comments in total)

Is there any point in anyone doing any sort of review of an iPhone? Good, bad, or terrible, the fools who so love paying for them will still shuffle to the store, arms outstretched, so they can drool or ejaculate all over the shop front, days before it goes on sale. No critical review will deter them, nor any judgment on the obscene price of the product. Poke one of these zombies and ask them why they need it, and they'll look confused and say "but it's the latest iPhone innit?"

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2017 at 18:23 UTC as 53rd comment | 7 replies

Call me old fashioned, but I thought lots of people wanted to take endless pictures of themselves, wherever they are, whatever they're doing, and post it immediately to the latest social media gadget? #nandos #bog #gooddump, etc.

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2017 at 08:24 UTC as 21st comment

Wonderful! Looks just like all the ruined shots that my first Yashica camera gave me! Can't wait to get out my old Olympus OM10, stick in a roll of this trash, and relive all those painful memories of money wasted on useless prints.

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2017 at 16:31 UTC as 68th comment
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BigEnso: "Not surprisingly, Nik-developed Snapseed is not included in the transaction, and will remain with Google. The company plans to continue actively developing and improving the mobile image editing app."

Improving? The new user interface in the current version (2.18) of Snapseed is a serious downgrade from the previous version. I have no idea who their UI team has as members but it doesn't appear that any of them are photographers.

Google are the masters at destroying interfaces, usually their own. Whether it's Gmail, Maps, or whatever, their 'improvements' usually involve removing or hiding all the most useful features, and making the Android versions needlessly unintuitive and feature light.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2017 at 11:54 UTC
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Jim F: My kneejerk reaction to all of this is that I question Adobe's naming of these two Lightroom CC choices. Would seem like the better names of these two options would be something like LR Cloud and something like LR Desktop or something similar instaed of LR CC "Classic" which, to me smacks of some connotation of something from the past which will ultimately go away, which is what scares some folks that, Classic too, will go away as other software choices "in the past" have done.

Correct. "Cash cow is business jargon for a business venture that generates a steady return of profits that far exceed the outlay of cash required to acquire or start it." In other words, Adobe's wet dream.

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2017 at 19:45 UTC
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Copal Fit: Canon as always covers a broad consumer photo market, and Canon sells by quantity. Unfortunately especially for semi-professional shooters, Canon went quite dormant in the full frame area after they were on top with this technology with the 5D MkII before Nikon announced the D800(E) series in 2012. It should take Canon until 2015 with the 5Ds series to make a high MP camera. In addition, Sony came out of nowhere with FF mirrorless and option to adapt Canon EF glass onto their cameras. Canon still has nothing to compete with Sony's FF mirrorless success. Can Canon allow itself to lay back and be less innovative especially in the sensor-specific FF area since 2012? For a short time it might work, but in the long term Canon will lose against faster progressing camera technology currently seen in Sony and Nikon models. Even the vestment in a broad variety of EF lenses won't protect Canon for very long. Canon has a steep road ahead to keep up with other competitors in years to come.

Very true. The article mentions image stabilisation and ultrasonic focusing as Canon innovations, but how long ago was that? A decade? Still no 4K on mid range models, even though Canon knows an awful lot about video. Dual pixel AF is a recent and clever innovation, but I don't know how long Canon can continue with not-quite-there specifications and greedy price rises every time they update a lens or body (e.g 6D MkII).

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2017 at 08:43 UTC
On article Have it your way: which 24MP Canon should I buy? (253 comments in total)
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Reactive: Waiting for an EOS 90D, with 4K and Digic 7 (or 8) processor.
If Canon don't manage that by early 2018, they should start closing their factories.

Don't get me wrong - I'd be the last to say I really must have 4K, although I do like doing video, and my next TV will undoubtedly be 4K. It's just that Canon will look simply incompetent if they don't include 4K on the 80D's successor, where other much cheaper cameras already include it.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2017 at 08:09 UTC
On article Have it your way: which 24MP Canon should I buy? (253 comments in total)

Waiting for an EOS 90D, with 4K and Digic 7 (or 8) processor.
If Canon don't manage that by early 2018, they should start closing their factories.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2017 at 12:14 UTC as 12th comment | 5 replies
On article RIP Lightroom 6: Death by subscription model (1633 comments in total)

The strangest thing here is people arguing about the 'value' of Cash Cow compared with the original CSx twice-yearly model. All Adobe CS products were always obscenely overpriced. The 'upgrade' prices were even worse, making you pay 75% all over again for exactly the same ancient code with just a few over-hyped and irrelevant new 'features'. Adobe realised this pain, so tried to hide their greed by opening a tap on your bank account called 'Cash Cow', like it or not. Like ALL monthly subscriptions, it's designed to make you forget how much you are paying for something (far too much), often when you don't need it any more and even when the service gets worse. If it were a utility company you'd switch supplier. Use your camera maker's bundled RAW app, then move to Gimp, Inkscape, Krita, Libre Office, FreeCAD, Scribus, Blender (and many more) to do all your work for no cost at all, with brilliant (often instant) support from friendly users, frequent feature updates and happy users.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2017 at 08:00 UTC as 376th comment
On article Meet the Canon PowerShot G1 X III (327 comments in total)

If I wanted a dinky little camera with proper dials on it... oh, and a large choice of interchangeable lenses, 4K video, very good dynamic range, likely firmware updates, and all for much less $ than this Canon will ever be... I'll take the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III please! Far, far, more versatile and still tiny.

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2017 at 11:46 UTC as 51st comment | 1 reply
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