XeroJay

XeroJay

Lives in Toronto
Works as a Photographer
Joined on Dec 4, 2007

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This case will get thrown out faster than a day-old burrito.

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2017 at 17:58 UTC as 38th comment
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Nobby2016: why the low resolution limit?
my phone can sure handle more, it has a pretty fast processor.

Google photos free allows 15mp images. This app outputs only 3mp.

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2016 at 14:35 UTC
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XeroJay: Tried it. Not bad, but don't expect flatbed level results. The biggest hindrance is the 2000x1500 pix (3mp) output. All files end up at that resolution, which is okay for some old point & shoot or Polaroid prints, but completely useless for any real prints.

Maybe true, but the results aren't even that sharp. Believe me, there is faaaaar more detail in a 5x7" print than what this app will capture. This app has potential to be great though, if they update it to allow for more capture points and a greater output resolution

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2016 at 13:36 UTC

Tried it. Not bad, but don't expect flatbed level results. The biggest hindrance is the 2000x1500 pix (3mp) output. All files end up at that resolution, which is okay for some old point & shoot or Polaroid prints, but completely useless for any real prints.

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2016 at 02:49 UTC as 18th comment | 2 replies
On article Spoilt for choice: which Sony RX100 is right for you? (302 comments in total)

It's about time someone put together this comparison. I've been looking into one of these for my father, but Sony's made it a bit confusing to say the least. In one hand, it's great that they are upgrading their camera so quickly. On the other hand, it's a bit crazy how quickly. As soon as one RX100 is released, the next is in the works.

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2016 at 13:36 UTC as 30th comment

Is anybody else seeing a ton of noise in the OOF areas even at iso100? My 5DIV is silky smooth even at 800... Have these images been oversharpened?
EDIT: Nah, it was just the monitor I was viewing them on (a big TV that's set too bright!).
The images look decent.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2016 at 14:10 UTC as 125th comment

Honestly, 9 out of 10 images that have a sky in 500px have had the sky swapped. This just makes it easier for anybody to do that. The line between "great photography" and photoshopping say already blurred.

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2016 at 23:46 UTC as 59th comment
On article Field Test: Wedding Photography with the Fujifilm X-T2 (233 comments in total)
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elefteriadis alexandros: One of the most important aspects in Wedding and professional photography is the perspective and depth of field control, and for a serious photographer anything smaller than medium format is not acceptable for that reason. Smaller formats is only for sports and speed situations.
Of Course young people they don't understand that because they didn't have the opportunity to compare small format with big one.

I'm not interested, since it's something that I'm well aware of. I have a closet full of old MF gear, 120, 220 rolls etc that I will never use again. It had it's value to me back when I first started in the photography business. The world has moved on now, and I have moved on with it.
I think this is in fact trolling, and you have a MF film-snob superiority complex. As if you're the only one here who's used it and you're better than everyone else that chooses to use more modern tools. So great. We get it. You like MF film and think it's the greatest, and that's cool, but don't come here trolling and pretend you're just trying to educate us. Like I said, I've done the MF thing, and I'm DONE with it.

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2016 at 00:07 UTC
On article Field Test: Wedding Photography with the Fujifilm X-T2 (233 comments in total)
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elefteriadis alexandros: One of the most important aspects in Wedding and professional photography is the perspective and depth of field control, and for a serious photographer anything smaller than medium format is not acceptable for that reason. Smaller formats is only for sports and speed situations.
Of Course young people they don't understand that because they didn't have the opportunity to compare small format with big one.

No, what you did was not share an opinion on personal preference; you made definitive claims, stating them as if they were fact. You then went on to insult "young people" who according to you, don't understand. What happened here is not very interesting, it's called trolling. Young people understand this. Why don't you?

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2016 at 21:07 UTC

This is nothing new at all. There have been apps that do this for years

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2016 at 14:08 UTC as 12th comment
On article Field Test: Wedding Photography with the Fujifilm X-T2 (233 comments in total)
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elefteriadis alexandros: One of the most important aspects in Wedding and professional photography is the perspective and depth of field control, and for a serious photographer anything smaller than medium format is not acceptable for that reason. Smaller formats is only for sports and speed situations.
Of Course young people they don't understand that because they didn't have the opportunity to compare small format with big one.

Well, good news for you; Fuji has you covered with their new Medium Format release! I'm assuming you'll be buying it, what, with a bold statement like that...
... oh, but wait, MF lenses don't come in f1.4 or f0.95, so that makes your statement about DOF completely backfire of you.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2016 at 20:18 UTC
On article Nikon reportedly eliminating 1000 jobs in Japan (518 comments in total)
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mxx: I'm not too worried about Nikon. It's a difficult time for many companies, not just Nikon. I'm sure they'll weather any storm.

Just look at Pentax. For the last two decades the favourite saying on DPR was that Pentax's days are numbered. Yet here they still are in one form or another, producing cameras.

I guess... though Pentax was sold to Ricoh a few years ago.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 01:48 UTC
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AlanG: For quite a while it has been clear that maximizing profits is Apple's goal and the needs of creative professionals is not a priority. By comparison, it took a while but Microsoft's Surface Studio indicates that Microsoft now wants to fill that role and is more than capable enough to do it.

Yeah right. The only problem with that is that the Surface Studio can't use the new pro TB3 storage options at all. Apple knew what they were doing, because pro photographers use CF, pro video guys use Cfast, and they need storrage waaaaay faster than what USB3.0 can do.
The MBP is too pro for the hobbiests here

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2016 at 21:57 UTC
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jamesm1291: This price reduction on dongles does not alter the fact that these peripherals should not be necessary in the first place. This is a simple case of the Apple engineers thumbing their noses at the mass of us peons who are being forced into Apple's new concept of the future. While USB-C/thunderbolt connectivity could be a universal application in the future, today it is not. Neither is Apple's intent to force this change a reason for eliminating the SD card or USB-3 ports. That is just a slash and burn mentality.

But USB-C is a universal format. The way everyone is crying here you would think they didn't ready the part where TB3/USB-C is fully backwards compatible with every single USB device ever made. You're not forced into anything. Look: https://www.amazon.com/AUKEY-Female-Adapter-Macbook-Chromebook/dp/B00W98IJ0O/ref=pd_lpo_107_lp_t_4?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=1NHFP40N7W7GVJFZ33WY
At $4.99, I'm sure you could afford to pop one of these on every device you own. Even $20 covers every port now being converted to your old format. (edit: actually you can get two for 7.99, so $16 has you covered.)
As for the SD, I've been a full time pro photographer for over 15 years, run a studio where we used the Fuji S2, S3, Nikon D70, D200, D300, D3, D3s, D4, D4s, Canon 10D, 20D, 30D, 5D, 5DII, 5DIII, 5DIV, 1DIII, 1DsII, 1DsIII, 1DIV, 1DX and I'm sure many more. You know what they all have in common? CF cards. I've never once had any pro photographer hand me an SD card to upload.

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2016 at 21:46 UTC
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electrophoto: the only decent move would be to put the SD Reader back where it belongs.: inside the macbook pro.

or at least have the decency to include it NO additional price... with a handwritten apology note added to it...
something like: "Sorry, we forgot to put this inside the macbook... but this is at least free".

Electrophoto: actually, the new mbp is what I want. I do love the new design, and I was hoping they would omit the useless (for me) SD slot and ugly USB ports in favour of the new USB-C/TB3 format. So, I did get what I want, exactly, and I do plan to buy one. Sorry for everyone else's luck, but it's my gain.

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2016 at 17:26 UTC
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chadley_chad: I went on Macrumours earlier, out of interest, because I know whatever Apple do, their loyal isheep will follow. Thing is, I don't think I've ever seen so many complaints about Apple!

For me, my 3ghz i7 iMac seems to get slower and slower with every new OS update - not that I wanted to update; but Apple forced me to when I bought a new iPod touch as it was only compatible with their new crappy OS! The OS on the iPod was also so bad, I sold it for £100, loosing a cool £129 in 2 weeks ... But I didn't care ... The latest iTunes has to be the biggest pile of crap ever written.

My iPad is also getting slower and slower; and as for my phone; well, I switch to Samsung a long while back and never looked back!

Apple is heading for a hard fall; and you know what, I have no pity ... Their arrogance and inability to bring good new products to the table, at good prices, and listen to their customers is shocking!

Again, complaining be it here or there means nothing if the sales are there. Apple claims record pre-orders on this, so it could all be wasted breath.

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2016 at 02:08 UTC

If Apple somehow manages to sell this thing in record numbers, then all of this complaining is redundant. In the end, selling units is all they care about. Complain all you like, but if the new mbp is a success for Apple, then they were right to design it the way they did. Based on pre-order status, it looks like it will be a huge success for them.

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2016 at 00:01 UTC as 45th comment | 1 reply
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electrophoto: the only decent move would be to put the SD Reader back where it belongs.: inside the macbook pro.

or at least have the decency to include it NO additional price... with a handwritten apology note added to it...
something like: "Sorry, we forgot to put this inside the macbook... but this is at least free".

Except for one thing: Apple doesn't owe you anything. You don't like what they make, don't buy it. That's your choice, but don't expect anything as radical so a redesign, or as pointless as an apology. They've always been the most design-forward tech company out there. They haven't changed.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2016 at 23:47 UTC
On article DPReview Asks: What was your first camera? (764 comments in total)

Camera:Pentax K1000.
Digital Camera: Sony DSC S85

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 15:26 UTC as 511th comment | 1 reply
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sunilkumar: Steve Job had a philosophy of closed system( its in his biography and movie too), when Wozniak was arguing with him on ports and open system he was very abrupt on taking everything out. So it was his vision to avoid all that complexity and he said it he does not want to get into unnecessary complexity.

No wonder apple took it out SD, i agree it will be pain in the neck initially but we will get used to it.

This is going to be my first Mac, just waiting on delivery.... :-)
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And pros use CF, and Cfast.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 22:03 UTC
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