scott_mcleod

Lives in Australia Australia
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Mark Turney: I’m generally against AI ... but in this case?!

@cosinaphile - Yes! A truly mind-opening read. It was one of those books that had me stopping periodically to just sit and think and stare of into the distance for a while before continuing. Much like "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance", but in a different way (of course!)

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2017 at 23:15 UTC
On article Canon EOS Rebel SL2 / EOS 200D Review (545 comments in total)
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Wubslin: I've been assured by the mirrorless / bridgecam fan cubs on here that the SLR has no future.

Yet Nikon and Canon are still - stubbornly - making new ones. How dare these giant corporations not do as they're told?

@CCD FTW

"Seem to just have issues with people who prefer mirrorless without much actual thinking."

See, I fixed it for ya!
(LOL)

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2017 at 23:10 UTC
On article Canon EOS Rebel SL2 / EOS 200D Review (545 comments in total)
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Peter Bendheim: I had the SL1 as a walkabout and it was a surprisingly good and small camera. I'm sure this will be in the same league.

Cosmetically speaking, I'd be awfully glad if Canon Japan would get rid of that grossly ugly Rebel name with its B-Movie style hideous red font and just call it a 200D like they do in most other parts of the world so it looks kinda normal and not something from the almost-departed Toys-R-Us store.

@Richard - don't you mean Andre Agassi?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E78OnfyQiWo

:D

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2017 at 23:06 UTC
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sh10453: (Part 2)
As for the database, and as long as one is not doing, or planning on doing, something illegal, they should have no problem with this proposal.
However, if the intention is to be able to catch the bad guys, then the standard (and the database) will have to include measures to uniquely identify the drone (like it is done in airplanes).
That would facilitate catching John Doe if he sends his drone to capture naked images of his ex wife while sun-tanning in her backyard, or sending it to hover over a military base, for examples!!!

Registration could be done automatically at the time of purchase.
Any suggestion of licensing fees for private use is a bad idea, aside from a small, nominal, initial registration fee. Commercial use is a different matter.

Some rules for all to play by is far better than chaos.

Ah, the old standby: "If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear"

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2017 at 22:31 UTC

Parasitic twin FTW!

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2017 at 20:37 UTC as 40th comment
On article SainSonic launches 50mm F1.1 lens for APS-C cameras (252 comments in total)
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Marti58: I do see 11/12 blades in this image

https://f.ptcdn.info/646/044/000/oathgyuv7AbCEwGAQk5-o.jpg

I have to say that in the link you posted, the aperture sure does look nice and symmetrical - indeed much better in this respect than some *very* expensive lenses from certain highly regarded manufacturers.

I look forward to seeing some samples from this lens!

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2017 at 22:48 UTC
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scott_mcleod: Umm... since it's a movie about a possessed camera, by the looks of it, I'm guessing your "did we miss anything?" is sarcasm?

If it's *not* sarcasm, then, yes, you missed it...

Perfectly well acquainted, thank you.

But on DPR, judging by the variety of takes in the comments above, who knows, eh?

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2017 at 07:46 UTC

Umm... since it's a movie about a possessed camera, by the looks of it, I'm guessing your "did we miss anything?" is sarcasm?

If it's *not* sarcasm, then, yes, you missed it...

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2017 at 23:07 UTC as 88th comment | 2 replies
On article 4 times when a Hail Mary might be the right move (94 comments in total)
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whakapu: Fantastic shots. Not sure about using spray and pray technique for that men's room shot. The more surreptitious the shooting in some situations the severer the potential beating.

LOL I see what you did there :)

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2017 at 22:54 UTC
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Majauskasson: Funny that NASA can take detailed pictures from 250 miles above Earth showing Bergun in all its glory. From 250 miles up yet. But can't take decent pictures of the "Lunar Landers" from just 50 miles above the moon. But they do show what they say are the landers. These tiny black dots they say are the Landers. Photoshop, maybe? Not NASA. Good luck Bergun. Careful what NASA tells you. (Google "LRO" lunar landers - it'll make you laugh). Bergun can relax.

There are no aircraft at "250 miles up"...

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2017 at 12:16 UTC
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Majauskasson: Funny that NASA can take detailed pictures from 250 miles above Earth showing Bergun in all its glory. From 250 miles up yet. But can't take decent pictures of the "Lunar Landers" from just 50 miles above the moon. But they do show what they say are the landers. These tiny black dots they say are the Landers. Photoshop, maybe? Not NASA. Good luck Bergun. Careful what NASA tells you. (Google "LRO" lunar landers - it'll make you laugh). Bergun can relax.

You do know that the highest resolution Google Earth images come from *aircraft*, right?

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2017 at 23:46 UTC
On article How do you know you need a new camera? (410 comments in total)

I wish I'd kept my D700. The 5DIII that replaced it was "better", but I really didn't get the use out of it in the time I owned it that I did with the Nikon. And what I used it for, and the enjoyment I got out of it (the 5DIII), certainly did not justify the enormous (for me) cost of switching.

It's *way* too easy to get carried away with the upgrade arms race...

Link | Posted on May 28, 2017 at 23:10 UTC as 60th comment
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cosinaphile: so since customers perceive log as having separate and distinct value from a camera body , they don't want to "devalue" log by simply incorporation it into a camera body by design

did he actually say that , more or less ?

wow .... just ,.....wow .... is there an understanding or agreement in the industry as to the stsatus of log, what exactly would explain that mindset against the fact
that multiple makers see it as a profit producing software enhancement ?

wow

Surely if it had been included with the GH5 from the get-go, it would not be seen as "devaluing" the feature (gag) - but the GH5 as a whole would have seemed like a better value proposition? (as an extra benefit, none of the discussions, hand-wringing and angst over the extra $100 would have ever happened!)

I mean, it's not like Panasonic has to pay a royalty for every body that has V-Log activated...

Link | Posted on May 8, 2017 at 23:29 UTC
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ProfHankD: So, how do you know that there is actually a drone out there? It would be fairly easy to computationally render your flight from a terrain database. Think of it as a sort of "Touring" test. ;-)

I see what you did there...

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2017 at 21:48 UTC
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Jefftan: Sony Eye AF works on animal eyes too?
Anyone knows?

I suppose it would depend on what parameters the camera uses to define an "eye". I was startled when my D700 (yes, way back when) unerringly focused on my cat's eyes (despite the very un-human grey fur and gold irises) so I would be surprised if a much more modern camera wouldn't do it even better.

Link | Posted on Mar 19, 2017 at 22:03 UTC
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scott_mcleod: I realize this is rather OT compared to the general tone of comments here, but it occurred to me that this device might prove useful for inspecting the inside of pipes, tanks and other structures with limited space (especially if you could fit a small light to it). But I doubt it will see such use.

In an industrial/commercial setting I would expect (i.e. hope) that the operator would be trained to avoid such scenarios. Or the app could include an audible warning countdown to loss of flight (better yet, a timed auto-RTB feature)

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2017 at 23:49 UTC

I realize this is rather OT compared to the general tone of comments here, but it occurred to me that this device might prove useful for inspecting the inside of pipes, tanks and other structures with limited space (especially if you could fit a small light to it). But I doubt it will see such use.

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2017 at 22:40 UTC as 32nd comment | 5 replies
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Aroart: IMO most selfie takers are not to tech savy or mechanicals inlined. All drones needs a bit of maintenance even a single strand of hair can get caught in the prop and wind up that it will stop the motor.. I think if Kim Kardashian promotes this product it will sell like hot cakes...

At last, a new "angle" on Gonzo! (the mind reels...)

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2017 at 22:32 UTC
On article Leica SL gallery update (220 comments in total)
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Jaythomasni: Leica Adopted Minolta... nice

The Minolta CL and CLE did indeed have rangefinders. The CLE in particular was a really neat little camera, and IIRC, the first-ever M-mount body with aperture-priority shooting. I wish I'd bought one a few years ago before the prices started to go through the roof...

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2017 at 02:07 UTC
On article Google AI adds detail to low-resolution images (149 comments in total)
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Greg VdB: Google AI learned from the best:
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/24/world/europe/botched-restoration-of-ecce-homo-fresco-shocks-spain.html

Thanks for posting the Ecce Homo link. For once I was genuinely speechless! (eventually I thought of a few acrid remarks, but it did take a while)

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2017 at 01:18 UTC
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