Eiffel

Lives in United Kingdom London, United Kingdom
Joined on Jan 25, 2009

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Eiffel: As a long time pro user of Flickr, the price increase to $50/month is old news as my renewal two months ago went from $24.95 in 2017 to $49.99 this year (and I don't recall seeing anything about it then). I must say the new features are somewhat underwhelming, probably because of the lack of serious competition (Instagram is not the same thing at all!).

… yeah this is the annual rate!

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2018 at 18:16 UTC

As a long time pro user of Flickr, the price increase to $50/month is old news as my renewal two months ago went from $24.95 in 2017 to $49.99 this year (and I don't recall seeing anything about it then). I must say the new features are somewhat underwhelming, probably because of the lack of serious competition (Instagram is not the same thing at all!).

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2018 at 11:45 UTC as 52nd comment | 3 replies
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windmillgolfer: The new owners need to make clear ASAP what their plans are regarding Flickr Pro and free accounts. I’ve been wondering what I really gain from having. Pro account and thing of converting to the free option or migrating elsewhere. The purchase by SmugMug could be a good thing or the catalyst for moving - much as it would be a pain to migrate.

If you have an old (pre 2013) 'Flickr Pro' you do get unlimited storage, and an ad-free site. I seem to recall that there is also some benefits for people who, like me, synchronize their flickr galleries with lightroom...

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2018 at 12:54 UTC
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jvanatta: Oooh, 5k, wide gamut, and color accurate? I was piqued: the current 5k options I know aren't color accurate. Certainly my Dell UP2715k isn't, though it's a gorgeous display. Has my next monitor arrived at last?

Oh wait, it's just 2560x1440, making it comparable to my NEC PA27 Spectraview from 2011. "Most advanced" indeed. Because it has a built in KVM? ::rolleyes::

With hardware calibration, the UP2715K is not too shabby (at least mine isn't). It does lack uniformity control and suffers from a bit of light leakage, but in actual use, it is looking great next to an (older) Eizo CG

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2018 at 22:16 UTC
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xofydna: I lusted after this camera for years and finally bought one second-hand a couple of years ago, and it is my main camera for real estate and hobby photography. The battery life is superb (I haven't even got a spare as I can easily shoot 4 or 5 houses on one charge...although I appreciate that's probably asking for trouble), and if it broke I would probably replace it with another a900 (i have already tried breaking it once ny dropping it down some marble stairs but it wasn't its time to go). I just love optical viewfinders although the only EVF i've ever tried was the a57. I mainly use it with a sigma 12-24 (old model), a minolta 20mm/2.8 and a minolta 28-85. And what else would I do with the 4gb duo pro memory card i bought for my sons old psp if not stick it in the 2nd slot to act as an emergency card?

I concur with the recommendation of the old sigma (EX) and the Minolta 24-85, which I both use on my A900 (the 24-85 being the best walkaround zoon I could find)

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2017 at 21:33 UTC
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Lan: I look forward to reviews showing well (or otherwise) this can perform image editing tasks in Photoshop.

Of particular interest would be the ability to calibrate the screen; so it would be nice to see the Delta-E numbers too.

On the whole, it looks like it could be an excellent device!

As it is a full windows machine (as is the surface 3), the screen can be calibrated and profiled using common solutions (xrite, Argyll CMS, etc.).

it is no different from a garden variety laptop (except for an above average screen resolution and a smaller form factor).

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2015 at 20:35 UTC
On article Sony brings uncompressed Raw to a7S II, a7R II and... (556 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: The amateur astronomy community will have to rewrite “Their Astronomy Bible” when it comes to Sony cameras now. Sony cameras were basically blacklisted for Astro Photography use because of this issue and rightfully so. For AP work the lossy RAWs made it a no go right from the start.

However, once it is corrected I would see no photographic advantage for the Canon cameras they so religiously recommend.

@rrccad, Capture One Pro for Sony is available for pocket change (Euro 50), if interested.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2015 at 21:27 UTC

Sony users will also be pleased to know that Capture One Pro for Sony has also been updated to version 8.1

Getting a full fledged version of C1Pro for the princely sum of Eur. 23 is not a bad deal!

Link | Posted on Dec 30, 2014 at 00:16 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply
On article Travel tripods: Comparing 5 aluminum kits (112 comments in total)
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Felix E Klee: For today's light weight compacts and system cameras, wouldn't it be possible to create an advanced tripod that just weighs about a pound / 0.5 kg, and that is extensible to a variable height of up to 5 foot / 1.5 m? No market?

Bilora used to make the Biloret, which comes close, and which can be had cheap. However its technology is roughly half a century old. I'm willing to pay up to 200 USD / EUR for a tripod matching the above specs. Of course light weight tripods are not great in wind, but it's not always windy.

Carbon is an incredible material. I used very thin carbon legs for a fun table tripod design: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:363348

Good to see some in-depth review of travel tripods, an useful product category.

I would have liked to see a test of the Velbon Ultra REXi L, which is a valid contender in the category, at a lower cost (1.3kg, 39cm closed, 1.53m extended, 4kg max weight capacity, without head for below £100+head of choice), and -in my experience, sturdier than a Manfrotto 190XDB

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2014 at 11:02 UTC
On article Review: Ona Lima camera strap (148 comments in total)

Sad, I though this site was about photography not fashion

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2014 at 11:44 UTC as 55th comment | 4 replies
On article Hands-on with the retro Nikon Df (231 comments in total)

Reminds me of the Minolta 600si Class, which was an attempt a recreating the manual focus look on a more modern camera ("Full Frame" film based, but with AF).

Designers went as far as to dress up the exposure compensation dial to look like a winding level but crippled the body in some other ways (slow fps)

http://tammesphotography.weebly.com/minolta-dynax-600si.html

At least the minolta brought back some great ergonomics and was good value (I still have one and it works well more than 15 years after purchase...). In fact it was a very coherent product, more so than the Df in my view.

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 15:08 UTC as 54th comment | 3 replies
On article DxOMark looks into lenses for the Sony SLT-A99 (9 comments in total)
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Eiffel: Interesting, but I wish more lenses were covered in this review, especially some old Minolta lenses such as:
300F2.8, 200F2.8, 200F4.0 marco, 100F2.0, 35F2.0, 24F2.8, "Special handshake" 28-135F3.5-4.5, etc.

My view is that it's a very sharp lens with great range, but not without practical issues (flare, weight, wide angle only macro, and -more significantly- long minimum focusing distance)

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2013 at 13:47 UTC
On article DxOMark looks into lenses for the Sony SLT-A99 (9 comments in total)

Interesting, but I wish more lenses were covered in this review, especially some old Minolta lenses such as:
300F2.8, 200F2.8, 200F4.0 marco, 100F2.0, 35F2.0, 24F2.8, "Special handshake" 28-135F3.5-4.5, etc.

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2013 at 10:50 UTC as 12th comment | 5 replies
On article X-Rite i1Profiler v1.4 features scanner profiling (6 comments in total)

As the owner of 4 X-rite products (i1d2, i1dDisplay Pro, Color Munki Photo, Colorchecker), I can't help but be disappointed by the fact that the cheapest way to get access to the scanner profiling feature is to buy a 4th product (i1Publish Pro).

Fortunately, there are more financially available solutions!

Link | Posted on Jan 28, 2013 at 18:23 UTC as 2nd comment

While the photographic hardware is underwhelming, it is still better than what one finds on any other android powered phone.

Given the open nature of the OS, this will give unprecedented potential for customization and new functionality (raw modes, usable bracketting for exposure/flash or possibly focus, image tagging, time lapsing, and, no doubt, many silly new modes), as well as fixes to issues manufacturer conveniently ignore. Hopefully this is the first of a long line of proper cameras with usable interfaces.

I hope DSLRs will move to the Android plaform in the near future, which would provide a way around the quircks and manufacturer imposed limitations of current firmwares

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2012 at 08:38 UTC as 79th comment | 2 replies
On article Just posted: Fujifilm X10 in-depth review (145 comments in total)

Thank you for the review. I must say that I was expecting better compared to my Canon Powershot S100 (which only scored 72%) and some of the hype.

- Image quality, Jpeg or Raw is equivalent at best despite the slightly bigger sensor (at low or high ISOs)
- The Fuji is bigger, heavier and lacks many of the features I like (24mm,
GPS, etc.)
- Combining the power switch with the zoom control is, in my view, not such a great idea, as it's not possible to set the camera to a given focal length reliably if one turns it on and off.

Having a viewfinder is a plus, as is the faster lens in telephoto (although a limited version thereof), but the price differential makes it unattractive

Maybe the next version will correct all these issues...

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2012 at 23:27 UTC as 17th comment | 3 replies
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