marianco

Lives in United States Monterey, CA, United States
Works as a Physician, Psychiatrist
Joined on Feb 15, 2003

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On article Apple unveils iPhone 7 and dual-cam iPhone 7 Plus (947 comments in total)
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noflashplease: It turns out that we're already past the peak of iPhone sales. Apparently, that peak was reached sometime in late 2015, so now the iPhone is going the way of the iPod and iPad...selling in ever diminishing quantities. The great irony is that Mac sales look more stable than any other Apple business line.

Apple still makes over 90% of the profits in the smartphone market. Every one of the iPhone 6 and 6s users want to upgrade. And there are 270 million of them.

Apple is also number 2 in the world of watches in profit.

And Apple still makes 90% of the profits for computers costing over $1000.

And it now has 17 million Apple Music subscribers - good for an extra $2 billion a year and growing.

Not bad at all.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2016 at 05:25 UTC
On article Lytro announces Illum light field camera (349 comments in total)

It is now 2016. The Lytro Illium was released in 4/2014 - more than 2 years ago. Initially $1500, it is now sells for $360. It is still limited to 4 megapixels of resolution of specialized thin-depth-of-field photos - when most of the time people want everything sharp. 4 megapixels only good for web photos. It doesn't do video. No upgrade to the camera is in sight. Their CEO stepped down. That doesn't bode well. It already looks obsolete. It's like my 3MP Nikon Coolpix 990 from 2000.

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2016 at 16:14 UTC as 1st comment

These are pretty uninspiring photos. They look cartoonish rather than realistic.

Why would anyone want to buy the Panasonic if this is the best you can do?

I wouldn't.

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2015 at 09:12 UTC as 4th comment
On article DxO ONE real-world sample gallery (181 comments in total)

These are bad, dark, low dynamic range, bland, uninspiring photos.

The photos immediately convinced me to NOT buy the DXO ONE Camera.

I would rather carry a Sony RX100 II camera with me.
1. It would be much quicker to use for candid photos
2. It allows external flash to improve people photos and to improve lighting of the dark portions of the photos.
3. It has the same resolution as the DXO ONE Camera. I
4. It is as easily pocketed as the DOX ONE Camera.

I would also rather use an iPhone 6S PLUS for photography since at 12 megapixels, it would do a better job than the DXO ONE.

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2015 at 16:14 UTC as 12th comment | 7 replies
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Nick Pisani: Well I am a "Johnny come lately!". Not being especially computer literate and older (73) I finally got around iPhoto (which I knew I would). I then wanted to progress into "Aperture. and what happens is Apple ups & discontinues Aperture. From all reports then "new" Apple Photo's" program is not for me. I am interested in of course saving my photo's in the usual way, but also doing some limited corrections with my Wacum pad. That is some facial smoothing, removing a telephone line, etc.
I read that the new Photo's software was being geared for cell phone photography and not much else.
I also heard that Adobe's Lightroom was not a good choice for an Aperture replacement. Looking at amazon, prices & configurations seem to go all over the place.
Guys like us need a article or email (clickitnick@icloud) touting the software that would be a good next step after "iPhoto".

Adobe Lightroom is a great replacement for Aperture. Even Apple recommends using it as a replacement.

I was shocked and pleased that Adobe cloned so much of the Aperture workflow that the latest Lightroom is nearly a drop-in replacement for Aperture. Of course it is much more sophisticated as well. It was competition from Apple's Aperture that drove Adobe shitless into greatly improving Lightroom.

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2015 at 15:45 UTC

AARGGGG. Photos is inadequate. The worse part is that your photos a trapped in its library. You cannot edit them in another app like with PHOTOS for the iPhone. I think Photos will mature and more features will come in to allow editing in other apps.

Apple IS A BRAND FOR PROFESSIONAL USE. However, for Apple is also a company of EXTREME FOCUS. Apple generally will only create a product only if it can do better than the competition.

For example, when it comes to pro video software, there is NOTHING BETTER THAN FINAL CUT PRO. And Apple continues to go whole hog in supporting it.

When it comes to professional photography apps, Apple has decided that it cannot do better than the competition - which is Adobe. Adobe - scared shitless - competed well against Apple's Aperture. And Apple acknowledged Adobe's win. Adobe even cloned the Aperture workflow so much the newest Lightroom acts like Aperture compared with old versions of LR. I was shocked and pleased.

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2015 at 15:40 UTC as 106th comment | 3 replies

So is this the end for Minolta-Sony cameras?

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2015 at 19:58 UTC as 3rd comment

1. M3 ergonomics are much better than with the M2 and M1
2. Wi-Fi = instant sharing of photos with your kids, friends, facebook via your iPhone
3. Wi-Fi = remote control via your iPhone
4. 6X autofocus speed of the M1
5. Flip Screen for more creative photos and selfies
6. Full HD Video
7. Digic-6 processing for much lower noise.

The M3 is a huge upgrade to the M2 and M1.

Luckily, despite not being sold in the US, we can buy it through eBay!

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2015 at 18:12 UTC as 16th comment
On article Hands-on with Canon's 'not-coming-to-USA' EOS M3 (598 comments in total)

eBay!

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 07:02 UTC as 159th comment
On article Relio is a powerful LED light in your pocket (26 comments in total)
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Wubslin: Oooooh, a portable white LED. Amazing.

No-one has ever thought of such a thing before.

You can get cheap ones from Walmart.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2014 at 09:16 UTC

I wish Canon would do something like this.

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2014 at 05:18 UTC as 5th comment
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mike winslow: geez its so tiring to listen to photographers who think that they are artists.. So what if you know where to stand.. I knew Renoir, he was a friend of mine, and you sir, are no Renoir lol..

Stated while wearing a straitjacket in a rubber room.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2013 at 17:43 UTC
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Sam The Man: proves Professional Walmart Associate = Professional Photographer

Not really. There was no mention that a Professional Walmart Associate is a professional photographer. Thus, there is no proof of that assertion.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2013 at 17:42 UTC

I prefer Eric Thayer's photos.
But Joshua Lott's are also excellent.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2013 at 17:41 UTC as 10th comment
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fuego6: Get rid of that hand in the photo... any amateur would have cropped/healed it out... geesh.. really?

The hand is deliberately part of the photo. If you don't realize that, you are truly a noobie rank amateur.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2013 at 17:39 UTC
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