LH

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I'd guess Dr Tommy Korn, MD is a big Apple fan to go to such lengths to use a phone where more professional equipment is more typically used. Not saying phones can't play a part in helping medical care, but the eye deserves no shortcuts. I've used home photos to avoid doctors office visits by showing details of skin condition to my dermatologist which had worked out fine.

On a technical note, Apple has really pulled off another world beating first here by having a macro capability where the lens is less than 1 inch from the subject and somehow not have the illumination of the subject blocked. For me, more telephoto length macros have always been easier.

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2021 at 16:03 UTC as 24th comment | 4 replies
On article Hands on with the Sony a6600 and a6100 (384 comments in total)
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Ahmad Alnusif: Are the people at Sony out of their mind including a micro USB port in a 2019 "flagship"? Where is the USB-C running USB 3.0?

It has gotten to the point of any new development that isn't USB C in 2H2019 should be considered an embarrassment. In this case it's really a reflection on the low development investment level by Sony of this camera.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2019 at 20:44 UTC

The list is missing support for some equipment approaching 2 years old (Pixel 2 is months away from 2 years and the Fujifilm X-T3 is almost 1 year). I'm sure there are many others missing. FWIW, the file viewer I use (Directory Opus) shows all the RAW files I've tried as does my photo database (IMatch 2019) and Fast PictureViewer Pro.

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2019 at 22:36 UTC as 52nd comment

Compete fail trying with Pixel 3 and X-T3. BT paired, the phone showed WiFi connected to the camera (without Internet connection as expected). Also had location services turned on (obviously doesn't make sense unless you're geotagging but I think it's required for apps that scan for WiFi). Was trying to remote shoot, but didn't try out other modes. Ended up trying from scratch a second time. Deleted BT pairing on camera and wiped the storage on the app to get it to start over fresh. No better luck the second time. For as awkward and ugly as the previous version was, at least I could make it connect most of the time.

Honestly think its time for Fujifilm to throw in the towel trying to develop their own apps. Maybe concentrate on publishing solid APIs and let 3rd party developers make this work. I'd pay up to $20 for a phone app that worked.

Link | Posted on May 31, 2019 at 19:50 UTC as 15th comment
On article Hands-on with the new Peak Design Travel Tripod (311 comments in total)
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Mikspin: The design looks good but I hate Swiss Arca plates. I know that I am in a minority around here, But I tried them, and almost sent my D800 over the edge at The Grand Canyon due to not visually being able to see the lock up and having to depend on feel alone. Just to little dovetail exposed to get a definite purchase on the camera. The manfrotto 200pl overs double the grip area. I am so paranoid that the smallest plate I now use, is the manfrotto pl.410.

Couldn't agree more about RRS and their aggressive patent stuff. Now you have to order Sunwayfoto from ebay via Korea or some vendors on aliexpress. What makes this especially frustrating is that RRS doesn't even make a panning clamp that would be all that appropriate for this use (too big and appears to have integrated arca dovetail where one isn't needed). There was a time when Adorama had some, but not sure if that holds anymore. Same thing can be said for L brackets with a removable vertical section (not even talking about the fancy way RRS does it now). I've heard from some vendors that they think the RRS patents would possibly be invalidated if challenged but the market for these items is so small it's not worth pursuing due to the likely legal fees.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2019 at 20:05 UTC
On article Hands-on with the new Peak Design Travel Tripod (311 comments in total)
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Mikspin: The design looks good but I hate Swiss Arca plates. I know that I am in a minority around here, But I tried them, and almost sent my D800 over the edge at The Grand Canyon due to not visually being able to see the lock up and having to depend on feel alone. Just to little dovetail exposed to get a definite purchase on the camera. The manfrotto 200pl overs double the grip area. I am so paranoid that the smallest plate I now use, is the manfrotto pl.410.

I've done just what you suggest with a combination of parts primarily from Hejnar Photo. He offers more rail lengths with various configuration options than anyone else I've run across, plus ones with integrated clamps in lots of sizes. To that I've added a Sunwayfoto panning clamp and mini rotator from nodal ninja to make a very compact but strong setup.

Link | Posted on May 21, 2019 at 19:14 UTC
On article Choosing a camera Part 3: the trade-offs of sensor size (432 comments in total)
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LH: A similar analysis of format size & compromises by Ming Thein at https://blog.mingthein.com/2019/02/21/bigger-isnt-always-better/

Always interesting to hear the perspective from a working pro photographer.

I believe he is no longer a Hasselblad ambassador. He also sold off some (but not all) of his Hasselblad equipment in the past year. I'm sure as a working pro he has demands which influence the equipment he chooses for each job which may not be germane to many people. He seems to look at the job and it's requirements and goes from there. Sometimes its m43 (particularly if handheld video is needed) and other times FF or medium format. My takeaway was that all this equipment has gotten so good your choices might come down to factors other than format, and he makes clear there are exceptional situations.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2019 at 16:59 UTC
On article Choosing a camera Part 3: the trade-offs of sensor size (432 comments in total)

A similar analysis of format size & compromises by Ming Thein at https://blog.mingthein.com/2019/02/21/bigger-isnt-always-better/

Always interesting to hear the perspective from a working pro photographer.

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2019 at 14:15 UTC as 82nd comment | 6 replies
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stevo23: Still no Fuji support...?

I was a long time user of DxO Optics Pro prior to using a Fujifilm X-T2. DxO may have made a calculated decision, but they also lost me as a customer along with my loyalty. I switched to Capture One Pro. It's a deeper product which has a higher learning curve (and some features not as automated) but it's capabilities and results are outstanding. Now when I shoot with some of my cameras which are supported by DxO, I just go to Capture One instead. Capture One and Fujifilm now have a strategic relationship with even better support. I can say DxO would have to really wow me to change back if they suddenly started offering support.

About 8 months ago I was curious how many other RAW converters (both major and minor) didn't support Fujifilm X-Trans in any fashion. Funny thing, DxO stands alone (along with the on-line services Goggle Photos and MS Photos). Somehow, everyone else saw an opportunity. At this point, it's their loss.

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/60778996?image=0

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2018 at 02:50 UTC

The statement, "Beta participants can expect the update by the end of this fall" isn't strictly true. Essential released Android 9.0 on the PH-1 to their customers today. That is the very same day Google released on Pixel.

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2018 at 22:19 UTC as 15th comment | 3 replies

At this point the Panono design is using 4 or 5 year old technology. Hard to imagine it's worth the price even at 50% off (excluding the original cost of the Indiegogo).

Link | Posted on Dec 22, 2017 at 22:10 UTC as 15th comment
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Ab Latchin: I was a Panono backer from their first round of fundraising. After a couple of years I realized I hadn't received the camera (I forgot about it)... After a quick email they explained to me they were selling a retail unit at a much higher price and shipping a kickstarter unit at the same time (subsidizing their "too low" price with new sales).

However they did give me the opportunity to get a refund with a slight difference, I forget why, and I took it. So while they were in business they were very fair to my mind and I wish the team all the best of luck in the future.

Ab Latchin - you were one of the lucky few who got refunds. I tried the same thing and got a reply saying...

"Please be aware that we offered the Panono Camera during our Indiegogo campaign as a perk, which is basically a bonus. You are free to return the Panono Camera if you don't like it, but as it is only a bonus, you will not get money in return. This is how Indiegogo has built their platform and is not something we can change. We are of course very sorry that we can't refund your contribution from Indiegogo."

Link | Posted on Jul 4, 2017 at 16:20 UTC
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Vanitas Photo: It is a shame, the good thing:backers got the product, he sold the company (instead of bankrupting it or worse) but this a productalso for a niche market, the demand would have wither once the hype passed away.

If you look at their Indiegogo campaign, the numbers don't come close to adding up. What is reported is 453 units and a total of $325,729 and that includes the soft items like posters, supporter, and accessories. Total backers from cameras were 413 and 262 for the non-camera perks (some of which are included in the camera categories). That is far from the $1,250,028 total with 2608 backers. I'm guessing they were on the hook for delivering many more units than the 400 units stated.

Link | Posted on Jul 4, 2017 at 15:11 UTC
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uzman1243: Sun surveyor has been there for a while and it's almost identical to photo pills (excluding all the dof calc and etc).

+1 on Sun Surveyor. Have used it for years.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2017 at 04:23 UTC
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justshootyou: How can you design a back pack to lug around heavy camera equipment and not have an integral padded waste belt to offset the load from the shoulders?

The overall design is very nice, but I'll stand by my argument that it lacks proper design to transfer weight off the shoulders. Not aware of hiking/camping backpacks which transfer weight to the "waist" rather than hips. From their video the waist strap appears to be more a stomach strap whose utility is to stabilize the backpack while cycling or something like that. Most weight transfer hip straps are padded, which their waist strap doesn't have. On pretty much all the photos of the backpack on their models the backpack rides too high to even come close to someones waist let alone even lower onto the hips. The proof would be to try one one and see for yourself which Kickstarter can't do. I'm a big fan of Peak Design and have lots of their stuff, but didn't see this one working for me.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 17:28 UTC
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justshootyou: How can you design a back pack to lug around heavy camera equipment and not have an integral padded waste belt to offset the load from the shoulders?

I agree with the need for a waist-belt to transfer loads off the back/shoulders. I'm not considering their backpacks. Others have said that this backpack is for short hops so the belt isn't needed, but I find a waist belt nice even when walking around a city for several hours. With a belt there will be some compromise on speed of access vs comfort, but I look to Peak Design to solve hard problems like this, and it seems they just punted on the backpacks. Have the Everyday Messenger which I like, but on a recent vacation decided at the last minute to just put an insert into my regular non-photo specific backpack. Worked out great given the variety of non-photo gear needed some days. Even if I could get along without the waist-belt, it doesn't seem the backpacks are nearly as versatile as designs honed in the hard-core backpack world.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2016 at 22:06 UTC
On article Snapseed features creep into Google+ for Android app (12 comments in total)

Many of these same features are in the regular gallery app in KitKat on android. Always find the comments about why all Google app features don't appear on iOS interesting. Still waiting for iTunes/iMessage/facetime/etc to show up on android.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2014 at 02:52 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
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