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photographytragic: I had my Nikon 35Ti break twice on long airplane flights. Was never on the floor, always in a lap bag.
It would purr before it died. Nikon did the first fix begrudgingly, but refused the second, said operator error!
Modern mirrorless with in-body stabilisation also have alarming sympathetic vibrations.
My Sony A7RIV's are a classic example.
Sure, Covid stopped long flights, but 2000km on corrugated roads have not broken them or even displaced the sensor slightly , even with that sensor-mount issue (that my early units would have)

"but 2000km on corrugated roads have not broken them or even displaced the sensor slightly "

I suspect the frequency is part of the issue. Engine vibrations are much higher frequency than road vibrations and closer to the normal response time of the device.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2021 at 16:17 UTC
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Radovan: I assume that this is because all the miniaturized parts. Should not be a problem for your Olympus in a top box.

I'd carry the camera in some foam padding. Larger parts have more mass.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2021 at 16:12 UTC

wrong thread.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2021 at 16:11 UTC as 8th comment
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dvmagni: Quad Lock has a vibration dumping system that work to save your phone. Bought it for more phone safety, now Apple tell me that I made the right choice.

I bought a mount specifically designed for 'off roading and jobsite use" for that very reason

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2021 at 15:12 UTC
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trewsbury76: So stabilisation systems on APPLE I-phones may be rendered useless by constant vibrations...how about cameras with similar IBIS systems with wear and tear risk?

I would expect that a high end sports camera like a GoPro would have more internal shock protection. They also have a lot more room in the camera to provide that protection.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2021 at 15:10 UTC

This brings up another thought. People using their phones for navigation who put them up on the dash... I can only imagine that constant sun exposure for hours at a time cannot be good for the photocell.

I mount mine below the level of the dash to keep it out of direct sun.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2021 at 15:08 UTC as 11th comment
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MPUK: This is old news and happened a couple of months ago for lots of the PA photographers. A bean-counter accountant must have done a deal somewhere. I presume that it's either free or massively discounted kit for the publicity of someone using it. The cameras are good and the lenses are great but I personally know very few professional sports or news photographers that have chosen and financed a change from Canon or Nikon to Sony out of their own pocket. Yes it drives Canon and Nikon to wake up and try to catch up technically, but I can't get away from the feeling that any agency that forces their staff photographers to use a particular brand of camera just to save money is pretty disrespectful to the photographers themselves.

"A bean-counter accountant must have done a deal somewhere"

Basically, this is true and it's not a bad thing. Unlike independent photographers, an organization needs a huge level of cross compatibility, including the ability to replace or repair a defective unit on this spot.

Despite arguments here, all the major brands can do a good job. News organizations need a commitment, not just on price, but on *global* service. Apparently in the case, they liked Sony's deal. To a large organization, hat is more important than minor tech quibbles. Doesn't mean others are considered inferior.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2021 at 11:34 UTC
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rialcnis: I will get one, if the supposed upcoming Surface Duo 2 is built in China and as long as Samsung really manufactures these in their new, non-China factories.

Microsoft should have made the Surface Go a phone...

Why MS is going Android is proof they don't care about phones.

They tried, but failed miserably in the marketplace. Same with browsers, now they use the Chrome browser engine.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2021 at 11:55 UTC
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AbrasiveReducer: Mentioned in passing is that this drive hasn't been "officially supported" since 2015. Now, "officially" supported sounds a lot like "pre-production"; something meant as an all-purpose excuse should the need arise. But with something as important as backups, it may not be feasible for any company that isn't big enough to support the product forever, to sell this type of product.

If a company changes to a different lensmount, customers may be angry but they don't suffer any loss and thus you're not liable. But data storage?

"irony is that the cloud should be the solution"

Don't think that anything you place in the cloud is private. Your material IS scanned as people have found out the hard way. Whether it's (possibly) copyrighted material, or perhaps other content that trips some NSA triggers, it gets looked at. I don't remember the exact numbers but there were very many accounts that Apple (who until recently was very pro privacy) handed over. Investigative journalists have had accounts locked for 'violating Google's standards' or for alleged copyright infringement.

Encrypt everything you put on the cloud BEFORE you upload it.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2021 at 00:46 UTC
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Chaz F: Why on earth does anyone want to connect an external hard drive to the internet? Mine is usually not even connected to my PC, let alone the internet. I connect it only when I want to backup something or retrieve it and then I disconnect it immediately.

The selling feature of that product is that it was a personal cloud. You could reach your content from anywhere.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2021 at 00:31 UTC
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cosinaphile: cloud solutions are for the birds.... if you want data safety keep it physically separate from potentially 7 billion other people 3.8% of whom, it is said , are sociopaths ... a smaller number of that set are very "computer creative "

not joking

if you have a large collection of data and want it safe make a choice and put the most important on a cheap drive of known dependability [ info is out there ]

then get a few more drives and drive image your master disconnect , test its integrity \ content as an external drive with a drive to usb cable

once confirmed disconnect one or two copies and put them in a anti static bag and store it away from your collection of neodinium magnets [or use SSD if you can ]

taking irreplaceable data repositories and plugging them into the internet in the 2021 is fraught with danger .

My current backup drive is USB connected disk ONLY during backup process

I'm going to add an SSD to the process... with no moving parts it's probably the one to keep in the safe.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2021 at 00:29 UTC

I have one that I stopped using a few years ago when ransomware started to spread. My backup process is to keep the backup completely unconnected.

Every week or so (or if I've made a bunch of changes) I plug in my USB drive (after confirming with my antivirus that I'm clean), run a robocopy script, then disconnect the drive. Takes only about a minute.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2021 at 00:13 UTC as 8th comment
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dlb41: I never knew that low rider cars were about politics.

The vintage/hotrod/custom community where I live is very wide open socially to all genres of customization. I don't know if that's different elsewhere.

Even if it's outside one's personal automotive specialty there is some incredible workmanship.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2021 at 14:38 UTC

Reminds me of a Rolex watch, with a back story of being used on the job by a house painter for years, in very beat up shape, sold for a very large amount (I don't remember the number) at auction. No special history, not owned by anyone famous.

Weird thing happen in auctions.

Link | Posted on May 28, 2021 at 23:19 UTC as 3rd comment
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jxh: Great project. Opens up a lot of ideas for personalization.

BTW, if you're on a budget, Harbor Freight has some pretty well made similar case options at low prices

Link | Posted on May 13, 2021 at 13:45 UTC

Great project. Opens up a lot of ideas for personalization.

Link | Posted on May 13, 2021 at 13:43 UTC as 12th comment | 1 reply
On article Opinion: Do we really need all those buttons and dials? (897 comments in total)
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kreislauf: Awesome, most male power-users here equalize the number of buttons with the quality of a camera.

I want to take photos with my camera and most of the time, i do not constantly change photometry, drive mode or whatever you need all the many buttons for. Don't get me wrong: if you need the buttons for your workflow, you should have and use them.

But I picked up a simple point and shoot camera and work with that for a while and in that way found, what direct controls I really need and want for my personal workflow. It's not that many and a X-E4 would fit my needs, sadly. Maybe I need to check my testosterone level...

Sometimes too many controls work against efficiency. Microsoft Word can do so much, but changing things is such a labyrinth that even advanced users just set their basics and templates and leave it at that.

I use program mode 99% of the time, with the over/under control to get the effect I want. Occasionally change focus mode and color temperature.

Link | Posted on May 12, 2021 at 10:52 UTC
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jxh: Why wasting all this tech on 'ultra wide' (isn't 23mm wide enough). The most important feature in a phone is a stronger telephoto.

"And ultra wide for selfies" I am surprised that the narcissistic generation has not noticed how awful they look with an ultrawide.

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2021 at 11:56 UTC
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zakaria: Those who create the sensors control the photography world and its orientation. I hope that Nikon builds its own sensors and that Fujifilm returns to produce its own sensors. Sony and Canon determine what photography looks like, the kinds of its sensors, when to focus on still photography, and when to focus on video.

"I hope that Nikon builds its own sensors and that Fujifilm returns to produce its own sensors. " This is a bit of a misunderstanding, almost no producer of cameras or other major product BUILDs their own chips. They are built by chip fab houses (to customer specification). Apple is the largest user of chips in the world, but they don't manufacture them.

Currently we are at a chokepoint of chip production. Automakers are shutting down production lines, Samsung (despite being one of the few fab houses) my be delaying its new Note product because of availability. Between covid and geopolitical issues, as well as production problems (one of China's largest suppliers has collapsed amid scandal).

Camera makers have to get in line behind everyone else (and they hold less clout, as does, surprisingly, the auto business*). Some lean times still ahead.

[* Despite being an expensive, high visibility product, the auto industry tails behind phones, computers and TV makers in volume]

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2021 at 16:44 UTC

Why wasting all this tech on 'ultra wide' (isn't 23mm wide enough). The most important feature in a phone is a stronger telephoto.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2021 at 17:38 UTC as 4th comment | 4 replies
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