Reactive

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You'll need a very deep desk to put this on! I tried using my 32" TV on my (large) desk, but it was impossible to use because it was too big - much like sitting on the front row at the cinema. You need to be able to place it at least 1.2 m / 4 ft away otherwise your neck is scanning side to side like an owl to take in the full picture.

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2017 at 12:16 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
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jnd: "Corrects the phenomenon in which in very rare cases the shutter can no longer be released."

One has to wonder how they come up to fix these really obscure errors and not offering some more usual enhancement or feature upgrade, I'm sure 7D II users could come up with more interesting things to update. I guess some high profile customer run into such bug and reported it to Canon which got it fixed with this firmware update?

" not offering some more usual enhancement or feature upgrade"
Exactly, like Magic Lantern! They manage to pack tons of incredible features onto most Canons... although oddly 7D MkII is missing.

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2017 at 15:17 UTC
On article NAB 2017: Hot products and trends (46 comments in total)

DaVinci Resolve: "...and should attract a lot more new users to the system." Provided new users are given some training and a packet of tranquilizers. I downloaded the free version, and found it virtually impossible to get started with any editing, getting lost in an arcane cascade of bins, folders, clip editors, and spending ages trying to find a timeline where I could actually arrange my clips. The help system is (was) useless at explaining the mess.

"Virtual reality, or VR, has been trying to get traction in the market for several years." Yeah, because nobody wants to sit (or stand rooted to the spot) playing a nauseating 'action' game. Great if you have a completely empty unobstructed warehouse to run about in (with padded walls) but otherwise silly.

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2017 at 11:41 UTC as 23rd comment | 1 reply
On article Trends to watch at NAB 2017 (25 comments in total)
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rfsIII: Please spend some time hanging around the VR booths. Sooner or later it's going to hit big and it would be nice to be prepared.

True. It's going to hit many walls and floors.

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2017 at 12:31 UTC
On article TriLens triple lens holder coming to Kickstarter (165 comments in total)

Perhaps there should be a rival website called Nonstarter for inventions like this.

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2017 at 12:28 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Throwback Thursday: Minolta DiMAGE X (117 comments in total)

Does Throwback Thursday have to feature digital cameras? If not I'd love to see the Minolta 9000 featured. That was a real mean battleship of a camera, especially with the motor drive attached. Built in auto-focus, and an LCD and buttons on the back - white hot for 1985!

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2017 at 12:20 UTC as 49th comment | 4 replies
On article TriLens triple lens holder coming to Kickstarter (165 comments in total)

That looks very uncomfortable, and I expect all the lenses will get broken as their weight pulls your pants down around your ankles and you fall over.

"There’s nothing worse than coming home from a photo shoot and realize that you’ve missed irreplaceable moments because all your lenses got smashed against a wall by accident.”

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 11:55 UTC as 32nd comment
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great Javier: The other option is to wait for a canon full frame mirrorless. There you will have access to all the lenses ^^.

I agree with the OP. Canon (and/or Nikon) will release a pro mirrorless offering long before Sony has persuaded many/any pros to switch. All their existing glass will work and, if I'm not mistaken, in the last few years Canon have made considerable improvements in their focusing systems, first STM, now Nano-USM, so upgrading the focus systems of classic pro lenses won't be an issue.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 11:37 UTC
On article Sony a9: Why being better might not be enough (765 comments in total)

I think Sony's attempts to gain a foot in the sports arena could possibly be flattened when Canon and/or Nikon release their own mirrorless offerings, which would of course accept existing lenses. The pros will happily wait around a year or two for a few extra fps. As for Olympus' attempts to use the word 'pro' all around the E-M1 MkII, that must surely be doomed if a pro's prime [sorry] concern is having the same subject separation as their current combination.

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2017 at 12:00 UTC as 158th comment | 3 replies
On article Trends to watch at NAB 2017 (25 comments in total)

I firmly believe that VR will go the same way as 3D. It might gain some traction in a few military/technical spatial training installations, but it'll never gain significant popularity in the home since running about crashing into walls and furniture is completely impractical. Far more interesting is the subtle use of AR, like Google Glasses, but that's rarely mentioned.
8K, as discussed before on previous threads, is completely unnecessary as we can't even see the pixels on a 4K image. HDR is interesting, and once that's mainstream we will have all the display perfection required for human eyeballs forever. 8K is a silly waste of bandwidth, storage and processing energy, but the manufacturers have to think of something to keep them going, just like the false '3D revolution' which helped shift units until 4K became commercially practical.

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2017 at 07:34 UTC as 6th comment
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1879 comments in total)
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Reactive: The spec sheet makes this look like the best performing and feature rich camera ever made. But being a Sony product, I know from bitter experience that it must include a significant flaw, or at least some badly chosen design compromises, that will irritate every single day. So apart from the pro-spec price, where's the Achilles heel on this one?

You misunderstand. This Sony genuinely looks excellent on paper, and I'd love it to be a wonderful device. I don't care whether it's better or worse than a Canon or Nikon. It's just that the spec seems too good to be true, and having owned several Sony products I know they never turn out to be quite as good as you thought they'd be. I was wondering if anyone had spotted any holes in that red-hot spec sheet? Sorry for asking.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 12:25 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1879 comments in total)

The spec sheet makes this look like the best performing and feature rich camera ever made. But being a Sony product, I know from bitter experience that it must include a significant flaw, or at least some badly chosen design compromises, that will irritate every single day. So apart from the pro-spec price, where's the Achilles heel on this one?

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 11:38 UTC as 76th comment | 9 replies
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Reactive: It's very hard to get excited about an eclipse. I watched a total eclipse over the UK (in/around 1997-2000) and yes it was a bit weird - but very unexciting. It's daytime and then it goes a bit dark for about half an hour. The birds don't know what's going in, thinking evening has arrived. Then it's all over and you go back to work. If you want a similarly exciting photographic experience, hold a circular bit of card in front of a flashlight in a darkened room.

It was probably exciting for ancient civilizations with all their dodgy beliefs in angry gods and assorted 'signs from above', but without that mystique it's just an unusual phenomenon. Take your camera kit into a forest and listen to how the animals respond to the unexpected dusk. It's much more interesting than loading up all your ND filters and standing by your tripod for a few boring pictures of a black circle.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 14:41 UTC
On article Canon EOS 77D Review (259 comments in total)

Just like the 80D review, I'm left thinking: forget it - better wait for a 90D or 6D MkII. As for the reviewer's comment "The EF-S 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS USM... but our copy suffered from overall softness throughout the zoom range" - too true! I have the original 18-135mm, and it's always been disappointing when pixel peeping. Even the much cheaper and very plasticky 55-250mm is much sharper and more contrasty, allowing me to forgive its crap build quality - it's the glass that matters after all. What a shame Canon didn't improve the 18-135 optics at the same time as the AF.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 12:18 UTC as 21st comment

It's very hard to get excited about an eclipse. I watched a total eclipse over the UK (in/around 1997-2000) and yes it was a bit weird - but very unexciting. It's daytime and then it goes a bit dark for about half an hour. The birds don't know what's going in, thinking evening has arrived. Then it's all over and you go back to work. If you want a similarly exciting photographic experience, hold a circular bit of card in front of a flashlight in a darkened room.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 11:40 UTC as 6th comment | 6 replies

Too many players in the game. Canon and Nikon make more and more models to fill every niche. Sigma and Tamron dominate the independent lens makers. So what space is there for Pentax with its technically proficient but rather unattractive models? Does anybody remember Minolta? It was fantastically innovative in its day but gave up the camera business. I expect Olympus will be next.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2017 at 11:36 UTC as 25th comment | 5 replies
On article 2017 Pulitzer Prize winners for photography announced (168 comments in total)
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moimoi: Wow. That series captured in the Philippines is insanely good.

True, and yet many (rich) monkeys frequenting this site will verbally bounce up and down screeching with delight in their efforts to ridicule a 5 year old award-winning digital camera. I'll never forget my music teacher who won a local photographic competition with the cheapest SLR available at the time... a Zenit E. I expect all the Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax and Minolta entrants felt a bit silly.

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2017 at 11:52 UTC
On article 2017 Pulitzer Prize winners for photography announced (168 comments in total)
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Quantum Scientist: Gloom, despair, suffering, agony, violence and the dark side of life wins again. Let's get as many people to focus on this negativity as possible, which is likely to create more of it. Once again, Pulitzer Prize reveals what low life pathetic scum they really are. They prove once again that their "prize" means nothing.

I genuinely agree with the OP. Visual news media likes nothing more than tugging the heart strings with endless stories of violence and death, often telling the story with over-acted gravitas for maximum drama. Open a copy of New Scientist magazine and you'll find the world is full of bright new discoveries and advances for our world. So stop giving prizes for focusing on all the idiots (those slinging missiles, gassing/killing people, trading/using drugs, or owning guns for 'self defence') and report on the intelligent and worthy people of the world who are trying to make it better.

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2017 at 11:38 UTC
On article Headed to Havana? Check out these photo spots (61 comments in total)

Shouldn't that title be "Heading to Havana", i.e. a verb? You can have a single-headed arrow or a multi-headed monster, but you can't be headed to a destination. Personally, I'm flyed to Spain for my holiday this year ;-)

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2017 at 13:06 UTC as 23rd comment | 4 replies
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eurycea: Just spell it right in American and I'll say it correctly...it's not hard.

I once heard Huw Edwards introduce a piece with "So are you sat there on your sofa wondering why..." The present tense is SITTING! He wasn't even attempting the past tense, where many people make that basic mistake. It's only a matter of time before we hear on the BBC News: "So, did you went to work today as normal?"

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2017 at 12:27 UTC
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