Tom_A

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On article Apple iPhone X review (379 comments in total)
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Sactojim: iPhone X=dead phone. https://www.forbes.com/sites/ewanspence/2018/01/29/apple-iphonex-failure-sales-estimate-truth-marketshare-production/#2521be633bd5

They sold 1 million mess phones in a quarter that had one week less than last year’s. Hence it would be the same or slight year on year growth if adjusted. With more profit.
It is obvious that many commentors for some reason would like apple to fail. And that precludes neutral reading of the facts. Neutral fact is that they did very well
Across the board, only macs slipped a bit.
I wouldn’t mind failing in my work the way Apple does, if Inwould believe all the conjencture.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2018 at 06:42 UTC

Soderbergh is one of the top directors. Provided the script is good, it may well look good enough.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2018 at 07:25 UTC as 67th comment | 3 replies
On article Apple iPhone X review (379 comments in total)
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princecody: An iPhone X SE I read online already is set to be Apples next phone lol. Maybe that means a normal iPhone X will ONLY be $500 soon??

Rumors are only rumors

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2018 at 11:18 UTC
On article Apple iPhone X review (379 comments in total)
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yahoo2u: Apple has decided to half its original number that it said it would manufacture. The people don't like it nor want it.

Well. Not one report is an apple statement, as I thought. Lots of conjecture about why. Last year they also reduced production after the superbusy holiday season, that is not abnormal.
In other reports it seems that the X was a very solid seller in tye holidays, despite the high price.
We will soon hear more on their earnings call which I think is next week. If I were a betting person, my money would be on them having had a stellar past quarter.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2018 at 11:14 UTC
On article Apple iPhone X review (379 comments in total)
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yahoo2u: Apple has decided to half its original number that it said it would manufacture. The people don't like it nor want it.

Rumor mill. Please point me to that Apple statement.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2018 at 05:48 UTC

Looks like a sensible camera for a backpacking holiday, for people who want memories of all activities.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2018 at 11:13 UTC as 36th comment

The only thing this test proves is that a multiprocessor machine like the imac pro can be terrifyingly fast using optimised software. This is often the case using video editing software. For photo editing operations that are not optimised the raw clock speed of a single processor computer may be more important.
It looks like photoshop isn’t fully optimised so less need to invest if that is your primary tool. If you are primarily a video editor then the imac pro seems a reasonable investment, it seems sensibly priced if you take the good monitor into account.

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2018 at 14:06 UTC as 33rd comment | 2 replies
On article Film vs Digital: Fashion photography shootout (401 comments in total)

I made a disproportionate number of my best photos with an old Rolleiflex. The technical quality of the negatives was excellent and it resulted in great prints or scans, but more importantly it was a camera that made me slow down much more than any other of my cameras. That made the photos better.
Of course a rolleiflex is not suitable for sports photography but it is still a great tool for contemplative photography.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2018 at 09:44 UTC as 105th comment | 2 replies

an affordable, compact scanner for decent medium format scans would make me use my rolleis etc again

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2018 at 16:09 UTC as 43rd comment | 1 reply
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dansclic: Clever American should ask their « clever » president to make a law voted that says 1. batteries have to be removable, 2. That software upgrades must be provided for at least five years without causing disfunctioning.

I don t mind the non user replaceable batteries, phone is slimmer and can be more water-resistant. I recently got the battery changed at an Apple store and it took 2 hours without a phone. After 4 years of use, that is ok for me.

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2017 at 08:40 UTC
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andyus08: At least Apple do something about it. I own Iphone 6 and it is extremely slow on everything...email, facebook,...all apps. It takes 5 seconds or more to start the app. I thought it was new app couldn't run smooth on old iphone 6.
So for $29, I'll take a chance to replace it because my phone is still in good shape, working fine and I don't see the need for new phone.

My iPhone 6 Plus battery was in a terrible state, holding max 1/3 of the original energy according to an app, so I had it recently replaced at the Apple shop and indeed it works quicker now, esp at lower energy %.
I did find it quite reasonable to manage battery life and shutdowns with their OS, but they should have been transparent about it.

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2017 at 08:38 UTC
On article Have Your Say: Best Gear of 2017 (201 comments in total)
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Graham Meale: Can we assume that everyone who voted in this poll has either owned or extensively used all the equipment? Otherwise I don't see that it has much validity.

Spot on. It is just some light entertainment.

Link | Posted on Dec 24, 2017 at 03:50 UTC
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panther fan: Options are nice. But the lenses will not work as you are used to.
The XPan "Sensor" is 65 mm × 24 mm
The X1D Sensor is 43.8mm x 16 mm (in 65x24 crop)

I was rather refering to the idea of a new exposure standard. Total light has no influence on exposure. Angle and depth of view have an influence of the picture of course.

Link | Posted on Dec 22, 2017 at 01:00 UTC
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panther fan: Options are nice. But the lenses will not work as you are used to.
The XPan "Sensor" is 65 mm × 24 mm
The X1D Sensor is 43.8mm x 16 mm (in 65x24 crop)

If you use a hand light meter you do not need to know the size of a sensor.
If in some way you think you that when a bigger sensor receives, say, double the light, you should change the exposurej with a stop, then you’d be mistaken.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2017 at 16:25 UTC
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panther fan: Options are nice. But the lenses will not work as you are used to.
The XPan "Sensor" is 65 mm × 24 mm
The X1D Sensor is 43.8mm x 16 mm (in 65x24 crop)

The total light isn t that important, just fun to know.
For the light metering the aperture stays the same.
The angle of view of the 30mm will become a pleasant 45mm, should be nice in use.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2017 at 02:11 UTC
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tonywong: http://www.thecamerastore.com/blog/stolen-hasselblad-gear-reunited-with-the-camera-store-.aspx

Stolen Hasselblad Gear Reunited with The Camera Store
by Evelyn Drake
Within 48 hours of thieves leaving The Camera Store in shambles of shattered glass and robbing us of nearly $35,000 of specialty camera equipment, Constable Tony Hogendorp and Constable Paul Teworte from Calgary Police Service have recovered our stolen Hasselblad equipment. Two suspects were taken into custody outside a Calgary mall Monday afternoon, after meeting an officer who answered a Kijiji listing.

(more in the link, Leica still missing)

I was thinking that these items would be difficult to resell and indeed, they were found out quickly.

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2017 at 07:19 UTC
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aramgrg: Hilarious! Have you ever heard consumer car website claiming Rolls-Royce as the car of the year?

Actually I happily use Fuji and I am humble enough not to say that Leica doesn't deserve its price. A friend has a Q, I found it a perfect walk around camera with great results. An experience with an M240 a few years ago was also very positive.

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2017 at 14:27 UTC
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Atomez: Leica cameras and lenses are 90% made in Portugal. Then they're shipped to Germany where they insert the imaging sensor from Japan (Sony), the red dot and "Made in Germany" logo.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMGKEdn4ULk
(the video is portuguese spoken, but you'll get it)

CMOSIS get a lot of their business from space agencies. Highly specialist sensors for satellites and the like. Hence, they sure know what they are doing.
I seem to remember that I once read that they use a fab in France, but honestly I might misremember.
I tried a friend's M240 when it came out. Camera is indeed a bit bloated as Barney remarks, the indoor evening pictures I made were very, very nice.
Based on that experience I have no problem believing Barney's statement that the sensor is "good enough". It is really more a matter if you are happy using such a truly manual tool compared to say a top fight nikon.

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2017 at 14:24 UTC
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(unknown member): And it has NO software for editing video included, or for editing photographs from RAW properly either, but here Apple are just like every other phone manufacturer. This is a deterrent if you are someone who ONLY uses their phone, because then you wont have anything to do such stuff already. Chances are that existing softwares that do work may not with the new phones. DXO11 cannot read LG G4 dng files for example, even though it is the latest version. Lightroom 4.4 can, though it is much older than the phone: such is well worth finding out first!! And if you do own a Mac, must you upgrade to High Sierra to be able to use it to read the latest iPhone's videos and images, and edit them? Can you edit them on a Mac OS own software, or do you have to buy expensive Apple softwares, on account of the fact that having been forced to upgrade to use your new phone at all, you have obsoleted your perfectly good video softwares!!??

Apple’s iMovie is a free download. Same with Garageband, Pages, Numbers etc.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2017 at 20:49 UTC

I tried it in the local Apple shop. Camera is really quite ok, sufficient for people who are not really into photography. There is a reason why P&S cameras are disappearing.
Very quick with good skin colours. Of course, if you zoom in afterwards you can see the difference with a "proper" camera, but I can perfectly understand why snapshot/souvenir photo takers like my parents and my brother only use a phone.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2017 at 13:44 UTC as 9th comment
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