GaryJP

GaryJP

Lives in Hong Kong Hong Kong
Works as a TV Production, Directing, Shooting, Editing
Joined on Mar 11, 2006

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ishootyouDOTcom: Great but unfortunately he didn't set focus to infinity. A GoPro would have done a better job ☹️

The stars are pretty sharp if you view or download it at a high enough resolution.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2017 at 02:54 UTC
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Frank C.: Pretty violent stuff. It's amazing to me the Apollo astronauts managed to survive the solar winds' lethal ioninzing radiation and radiation zapping around inside the Van Allen belts, I've often wondered why no human has ventured past low orbit since the Apollo missions... I guess hippees and techies back then were pretty smart, a lot smarter we are today from the looks of it

... and Stanley Kubrick filmed the moon landing. ;)

http://www.clavius.org/envrad.html

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2017 at 02:53 UTC
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junk1: If only batteries from certain supplier(s) failed, that would point towards the batteries. But if all of them failed, then it's likely something else.

There is a worsening problem in lithium batteries as we demand they get smaller and more powerful. And we DO. Look at the bellyaching about battery life or size on every review here.

The chances of thermal runaway increase. Samsung, according to internal sources, tried to push the envelope too hard.

It amused me that people were highlighting the early restrictions on putting Note 7s in your hold baggage when flying, because every airline I fly on has been telling you not to do that for years now, as most photographers or videomakers know. Airlines know that ALL Lithium Ion batteries are a fire risk in this regard. They have not been singling out any one manufacturer. Not on long haul international flights. maybe it is different in the US.

That danger, and the world's depleting supplies of lithium, are making the search for replacements pretty urgent.

http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/130380-future-batteries-coming-soon-charge-in-seconds-last-months-and-power-over-the-air

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2017 at 07:35 UTC
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cosinaphile: samsung is run by fools... the battery issue ....poor testing leading to failures in washing machines , and n abandoning the nx line when it was just gaining notice for its excellent sensor..... what a shame they didnt at least try to rebrand it by licensing a legacy name like so many lenses have done , ive never liked the ring of the samsung name its a clumsy word and does not scream quality

nikon makes the same blunder with the coolpix moniker , just a silly name or fuji excellence diminished with the stupid name finepix

they are not all bad i think panasonic using lumix name was a smart move

We can all have our views. Whether that justifies us in considering those who actually DO the job cretins is something else entirely.

As someone said once: "It's such a pity all the people who REALLY know how to run the country are driving taxis or cutting hair."

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2017 at 07:21 UTC
On article Canon granted third most US patents in 2016 (142 comments in total)
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Paul B Jones: Jeepers, the folks whose main form of recreational activity is disliking Canon are taking this pretty hard.

LOL.

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2017 at 05:10 UTC
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junk1: If only batteries from certain supplier(s) failed, that would point towards the batteries. But if all of them failed, then it's likely something else.

Samsung SDI is an affiliate company with its own stock listing and has been since at least the 1990s. In fact it was the order for batteries from them that Samsung itself cancelled first. It makes phone parts and batteries for many companies, including Apple.

"Samsung SDI was listed as an Apple supplier in the U.S. company’s suppliers’ list for 2016. Samsung SDI declined to comment when asked whether it currently supplies batteries to Apple.

However, batteries from more than one supplier, including TDK , had problems.

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2017 at 04:12 UTC
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Mike FL: "blames battery" while the fact is battery burning.

What's the logic?
1. Are Samsung run by 10 years old?
2. Samsung run by guys with IQ=10 years old?
3. Who buy Samsung story has 10 years old IQ?
4. All of above.

Take you pick.

Oh don't talk nonsense. It was quite possible to follow the development of this issue as it happened if you followed the tech press. And it's unwise to assume people with no connection with the company somehow know better. Particularly before the report has even been seen. A major problem was that sporadic faults quite often are not easy to provoke or test under laboratory conditions and Samsung simply could not blow up their own phones

Compared with other companies, like Fuji, that I have dealt with (who have taken up to 18 months to even ADMIT an issue) this was a pretty fast handling of the situation.

In my experience every company has the odd ethics free person working for it. Even Apple.

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2017 at 03:44 UTC
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cosinaphile: samsung is run by fools... the battery issue ....poor testing leading to failures in washing machines , and n abandoning the nx line when it was just gaining notice for its excellent sensor..... what a shame they didnt at least try to rebrand it by licensing a legacy name like so many lenses have done , ive never liked the ring of the samsung name its a clumsy word and does not scream quality

nikon makes the same blunder with the coolpix moniker , just a silly name or fuji excellence diminished with the stupid name finepix

they are not all bad i think panasonic using lumix name was a smart move

"samsung is run by fools."

Like Canon and Nikon.

Sadly, that's what happens when all the real experts are too busy posting to DPReview.

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2017 at 01:26 UTC
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junk1: If only batteries from certain supplier(s) failed, that would point towards the batteries. But if all of them failed, then it's likely something else.

There are good technical reasons (thermal runaway) why this is a potential danger of all lithium batteries.

http://www.economist.com/blogs/economist-explains/2014/01/economist-explains-19

https://phys.org/news/2016-10-troy-wolverton-lithium-battery-dangers.html

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2017 at 01:25 UTC
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Mike FL: "blames battery" while the fact is battery burning.

What's the logic?
1. Are Samsung run by 10 years old?
2. Samsung run by guys with IQ=10 years old?
3. Who buy Samsung story has 10 years old IQ?
4. All of above.

Take you pick.

No. Samsung initially believed the problem lay with batteries that had only been used in phones sold in certain countries .

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2017 at 00:56 UTC
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junk1: If only batteries from certain supplier(s) failed, that would point towards the batteries. But if all of them failed, then it's likely something else.

Depends on the specs you demanded from the external supplies for the batteries. If there was, as some suggest, an unforeseen problem when the batteries expanded it could still be the battery problem, but the responsibility may have been those specs.

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2017 at 00:28 UTC
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wetsleet: Samsung should just have consulted some of the experts here, saved themselves a load of bother trying to work out the cause.

Factually they turned a very good profit for the year despite the problem.

http://www.theverge.com/2017/1/6/14188390/samsung-q4-2016-profits-guidance-increase-earnings

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2017 at 00:25 UTC
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onemoremile: So, Samsung is saying that the battery is not hardware?

It is not THEIR hardware. Although one of the companies that made the battery still bears the Samsung name it is now a spin-off company.

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2017 at 00:22 UTC

Pity. It was a great phone and I hated having to trade it in.

I gave up on iPhones two generations ago.

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2017 at 00:21 UTC as 27th comment | 1 reply
On article Close-up: Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 (126 comments in total)

I need to start saving up, or figuring what equipment to trade in.

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2017 at 02:01 UTC as 11th comment
On article DJI reportedly takes majority stake in Hasselblad (191 comments in total)
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Kevin Coppalotti: Apple? Google? The white house?
who will be next???
Trust no one.
Mulder.

The White House is going to be sold to the Russians.

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2017 at 23:54 UTC
On article CES 2017: hands-on with the Canon PowerShot G9 X II (193 comments in total)

Scroll down and look for the obligatory trashing and bashing .......

Never fails.

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2017 at 05:47 UTC as 23rd comment
On article 2016 Roundups: Fixed Prime Lens Cameras (190 comments in total)
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GaryJP: "This one goes out to all the 'zoom with your feet' types."

Ah, the ones who don't know what the characteristics of different focal lengths actually do, and why. :)

Bit defensive there "dude". The fact is different focal lengths have psychological as well as physical characteristics - ask any even half decent cinematographer or even many stills guys - and a fixed lens does not do everything you might require in that sense.

You CAN shoot portraits on 24mmm full frame, nobody says you can't, but don't expect it to look comforting.

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2017 at 05:41 UTC
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SungiBr: Aside for the typo on 'cannon', I'was really shocked to read that the two people that wrote the article are both, professional and photographers. Really bad advice for that.

Also, I taught a Basic Photography class for undergraduate journalism students the last couple years and they often are confused on what are a professional camera, because they thought it would simple be a DSLR cam. My answer are always 'the camera you use to do a professional job'.

Of course, a better e more expensive camera are more capable, durable and are better at somethings, but they are not always a 'full format' one. Specially if you are invested in really good glass.

You'd be amazed how often writers get it right and a sub-editor knows "better".

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2016 at 01:16 UTC
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maxnimo: How silly.
A true professional wedding photographer uses an 8" x 10" view camera with a thick black cloth.

How cool that could be!

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2016 at 01:15 UTC
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