Distinctly Average

Lives in United Kingdom United Kingdom
Joined on Sep 8, 2018

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On photo AMKE-landing-8014 in the A big year - birds 2020 challenge (3 comments in total)

Fab shot.

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2020 at 17:14 UTC as 2nd comment
On photo Ruined Bee Shot in the Fail challenge (5 comments in total)

I did a very quick edit of your shot just for fun, well mainly to see if I could manage it. My skills are not too good either. I am sure though if you posted it on the retouching forums on this site there will be plenty of people who will have a go and do a far better job than I.

http://www.distinctlyaverage.co.uk/stuff/4019131.jpg

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2020 at 12:42 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On photo Cuckoo & Stonechat in the A big year - birds 2019 challenge (1 comment in total)

Thanks for all the votes.

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2019 at 06:41 UTC as 1st comment
On article Hands-on with the new Peak Design Travel Tripod (309 comments in total)
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ProDude: I'll be sticking with my Gitzo Traveler and their small ballhead. Supports more than I'll ever need but is so nice, compact, light and rigid and doesn't transmit vibrations. This Peak model is clever in some regards but not without it's faults. The price is a bit more than what it commands in my opinion as well. Oh well.......yet another product that will fall into obscurity.

Here in Europe we see loads of people with Gitzo tripods. Always look over heavy and expensive to me when I see someone lugging one around with their 600 attached.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2019 at 20:38 UTC
On article Hands-on with the new Peak Design Travel Tripod (309 comments in total)
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Dan Tong: Generally I find these news articles quite good, but this one is disappointing.

1 No explanation for how this travel tripod mechanism is different from other conventional ones. What is it claim to do better ? How does it accomplish what it does well (locks down with greater stability than the reviewer expected). ?

2 No link to the Kickstarter web page.

Pete Mckinnon has a good review of it too on Youtube

Link | Posted on May 23, 2019 at 20:31 UTC
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Gavin 11: Interesting, in the UK Costco have closed all the instore Labs and moved all photo processing to a Central Lab Location, all work still undertaken by Costco and Costco staff.

Yep, and they do a great job for a decent price.

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2019 at 22:02 UTC
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FrithjofA: And what do need 8k for? I would be happy for full HD TV in my area. 4K is not even an option. Good luck.

I can also see aspect ratios changing. Then we will have a real mine field of choice. What will camera makers choose to support. There are already changes in top end models from Red and their ilk. Fun times ahead.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2019 at 21:31 UTC
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FrithjofA: And what do need 8k for? I would be happy for full HD TV in my area. 4K is not even an option. Good luck.

That is not what I am saying, and I am not against 8K. Just that currently there are a lot of hurdles to overcome.

For home users, a good HD tv will outperform el cheapo 4K TVs in general. The gap will increase with 8K. No point upgrading on the cheap there. We will also need to replace our set top boxes, probably our broadband and AV receivers. The hdmi cable compatibility minefield will have to be faced again.

Content creators will need to upgrade their desktops, mobile creators will struggle. Upload bandwidth in many parts of the world is a big issue

Streaming services will need a lot of investment. Many home users in my part of the UK still struggle to watch 720p content.

Satellite providers are already struggling with bandwidth. They also have little 4K content, at least native and not upscaled.

The movie industry costs are huge, especially in costumes, sets and even matte work. 8K means they have to work a lot harder.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2019 at 20:25 UTC
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FrithjofA: And what do need 8k for? I would be happy for full HD TV in my area. 4K is not even an option. Good luck.

It really is not only relevant to gamers. Frame rate and refresh rate are different things. It does make a difference and quite a noticeable one. To get a panel at a high refresh rate and resolution costs, especially with the other qualities that make a good display.

You are also correct this is a photographic website and for photography a high resolution monitor is superb as long as it has all the other things like accurate colour rendition etc. For movies, 8K has a lot of challenges to overcome.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2019 at 19:33 UTC
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FrithjofA: And what do need 8k for? I would be happy for full HD TV in my area. 4K is not even an option. Good luck.

I am talking about TVs and normal viewing distances. Gamers on the whole want faster refresh rates over resolution, and it makes a difference. Watching Fast moving action, high refresh rate makes a difference. I would rather have a 144mhz 1080p on my tv over a 60hz 4K any day.

Still images are a different matter, resolution is a good thin. For video consider that many cinemas are projecting 2K - 4K images on screens far larger than any of us have at home. We also should consider that more people are consuming media on portable devices, so bandwidth is an issue. For film makers, 8K presents many other challenges.

As others have said, there really is a lot more to it than just upping the resolution. To simply buy a screen just because it is 8K is daft, unless it has everything else right.

Room filling screens? I think the wife would have a fit. She think my 50” is far too big already.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2019 at 19:02 UTC
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FrithjofA: And what do need 8k for? I would be happy for full HD TV in my area. 4K is not even an option. Good luck.

8K, what size screens do people actually want? Even at 1080p the pixels cannot be seen on the majority of devices, so what is the point?. For me, upping the refresh rate is more important.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2019 at 11:01 UTC
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cosinaphile: pretty cool i remember my first build in maybe 96 or 97 where a 2 gb drive was abot 110 usd now 14 tb? wow

Esstee,

I've been in the industry for many years now. I have worked on everything from mercury delay line memory to high capacity SSD enterprise class systems connected to mainframes and the like. Been working on one this week. It really is astonishing how far we have come, but have also gone backwards at the same time. People have lost the knowledge and skills to buy and choose what is actually the best tool for the job. People are obsessed with the latest shiny and new options and rarely see the drawbacks. SSD has numerous limitations and is often very under utilised. HDD or even LTO tapes can bee a better option in many scenarios. Back in the days of IBM, ICL and the like, when platters the size of a car were spinning in temperature and humidity controlled clean rooms things were more considered and had to be. I was in a building a few weeks ago where one of those old roughly 2m diameter disks was on show. It was 5mb capacity. Astonishing.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2018 at 09:23 UTC
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syberman7: Wow. Trouble is you'd have to buy two so one could be backup. That's an immense amount of data to put on an old fashioned HDD. They are severely limited in usefulness by antiquated transfer speeds.of around 200 MB/s. It really only makes sense if the size and speed increase together. For instance NVME M.2 drives are an order of magnitude faster in transfer speeds. What we actually need is a 14TB NVME drive - that would make more sense.

Not really the point of these drives. They are high capacity drives meant for long term storage. A slower but reliable medium is exactly what they are designed for. Do you really think you need SSDs for remote access? Or indeed for long term storage. Even tapes are better for long term backup use than NVME. When considering data backup there is a lot to consider other than speed. I see data centres going the route of SSD quite often for their storage because the salesmen pushes that idea, even though it is not the best place to put the SSDs. Why? Because they are profitable, that is all.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2018 at 09:11 UTC
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