Francis Sawyer

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Will Hikari: カノンさま、がんばって!

I could warn them, if only I spoke Hovitos.

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2017 at 18:59 UTC
On article Grab a free copy of DxO OpticsPro 9 while you can (186 comments in total)

"enter your email address hereunder before February, 28th 2017"

Seen on their site TODAY, March 8.

Somebody over there doesn't understand the calendar.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2017 at 02:44 UTC as 4th comment
On article Grab a free copy of DxO OpticsPro 9 while you can (186 comments in total)
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Skipper494: Seeing that version 11 is current, it is an obvious ploy to send you emails to update, possibly even sell your email. In any event, I've always found it better to use the camera manufacturer's RAW converter to go to tiff and then process that.

So set up a spam-bucket E-mail account.

I would think anyone using this site would have done that by now.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2017 at 02:42 UTC
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M H S: I just tried it out, and it works pretty well. However, in typical Flickr fashion, the interface/access to the feature is unnatural and inefficient. For example, why should you have to search first to find a photo, then search for photos similar to the result.

It seems more sensible to give you the option to "search for similar" directly from your photostream.

Anyhow, as someone with a bit of a background in AI/Image Recognition, I enjoy and appreciate the feature. Hopefully it will be improved in soon-to-come updates.

Flickr's UI is so dismal that I stopped using the site.

It's truly pathetic.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2017 at 02:41 UTC

Meanwhile, they still haven't rolled back their disastrous UI changes.

What a mess.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2017 at 02:39 UTC as 5th comment

No TLCI rating.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2017 at 02:32 UTC as 3rd comment
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Irakly Shanidze: How loud is the fan?

CRI is not a legit measure of color accuracy for lighting for cameras. What you should be looking for is TLCI, which is missing from the manufacturer's specs.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2017 at 02:31 UTC
On article These are the four cameras that won Oscars in 2017 (112 comments in total)
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dennis tennis: meh, none of these are pocket able. I'm not going to shoot an award winning movie if I have to lug one of these monsters around. I should be able to chill at my local Starbucks, and with a moment of inspired creativity, shoot a dance-musical starring myself and win multiple Oscars. Come on people, how can creative geniuses like me be able to share my greatness with the masses if these cameras are so freaking huge.

The Epic is a "monster?" You must be feeble.

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2017 at 10:34 UTC
On article These are the four cameras that won Oscars in 2017 (112 comments in total)
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Michael Ma: Great to see Canon's withholding of 4K in their DSLR's is paying off in their success of their cinema line of cameras.

Canon is way out in the weeds. Their product line is vastly overpriced and doesn't appeal to anyone in particular.

Their motion-picture offerings are trounced by BlackMagic on one end and Red on the other. Their still-camera line is moribund, and hobbled by ridiculous shortcomings like the lack of intervalometers for time-lapse and poor codecs for video.

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2017 at 10:32 UTC
On article These are the four cameras that won Oscars in 2017 (112 comments in total)
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SKashyap: I am more than happy with a GoPro. Future is about smaller cameras and not otherway.

Uh, yeah. That's why the Epic is tiny compared to preceding cameras (and some contemporary cameras).

But you can't dissipate the heat generated by the computing hardware to process true 4K+ imagery in a GoPro at this point.

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2017 at 10:25 UTC
On article These are the four cameras that won Oscars in 2017 (112 comments in total)
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silentstorm: I'm wondering what does DPR mean by "true" RAW recording? Care to elaborate further? Sony seems to be the only one saying their F55 & F65 can record true 16bit RAW for video with wider than film colour gamut. Really curious to know more detail about "true" here.

Thanks.

4:2:2 refers to the way the color is encoded by the codec, not the Bayer pattern on the chip.

Also, it's "raw", not "RAW." It's not an acronym.

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2017 at 10:22 UTC
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Peter von Reichenberg: Nice. Were designers at Delkin fired or they just had a holiday in time of development of this black box?

What do you want it to look like, a holiday poinsettia? A bathing cap? A French loaf? A panda?

Cat puke?

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2017 at 09:59 UTC
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cosmicnode: Where's the XQD slot? I currently have 2 different readers for XQD amd compact flash/Sd. It would be good to have only one.

XQD and SxS: More ridiculous proprietary crap.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2017 at 09:57 UTC
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zilver: Delkin? Whatever happen to Belkin suing?

And my friend keeps belchin'.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2017 at 09:57 UTC
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FLruckas: No USB C or eSATA?
Can't seem to find this reader on their website.
Until the price of CFAST cards drop, I'm not super interested in cameras that use them.

They won't drop. The falling prices of CF and SD back in the day were driven by widespread consumer adoption. That will never happen with CFast. It's unnecessarily big and fast, in a world where SD serves the vast majority of needs just fine.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2017 at 09:56 UTC
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Thomas Caudle: Still have my old screw-mount Spotmatic II (a?). Very cool having all the Pentaxes listed together. Ah, but all the film emulsions to choose from (and keep straight). Alas.

Yep, I have a Spotmatic IIa also. The IIa is "virtually identical to the SP II, but with an "electric eye" introduced to support the Honeywell line of dedicated flashes. It was only available in the North American market."

http://camerapedia.wikia.com/wiki/Pentax_Spotmatic

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2017 at 09:38 UTC
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Francis Sawyer: Yes, because Nikon has the basic intelligence to put an intervalometer in its cameras.

Canon, \/\/TF? There is NO excuse for omitting an intervalometer from ANY camera today. It's an essentially free feature to implement.

DP Review spent years hounding Canon for not having a warning light if you happened to open the CF hatch while a file was being written. But it gives them (and everyone else) a free pass on leaving out the intervalometer? Ridiculous.

That's what you call "misrepresenting?" That was the complaint I remembered from numerous reviews of that era. I didn't go back and scour them for the exact verbiage. The gist is accurate: The complaint was about CF card access while images were being written.

And I agree with you on the complaint being a non-issue, which why I said it was ridiculous that Canon got hounded about it but gets a free pass on omitting a widely useful and free-to-implement feature.

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2017 at 12:15 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Canon EOS 77D (449 comments in total)

Let us guess: Still no intervalometer for time lapse.

Oh wait, it says, "Built-in interval timer." So Canon finally added something that should have been standard on every camera at every price for the last decade?

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2017 at 11:57 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply
On article Hands-on with the Canon EOS 77D (449 comments in total)
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Howard: No AFMA, yikes, crippled!

\/\/TF is "AFMA"?

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2017 at 11:55 UTC

Wow, finally: an action cam with an endless-recording mode.

The last time I checked, the GoPro STILL bafflingly didn't have this.

But no 24 FPS? \/\/TF?

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2017 at 11:44 UTC as 4th comment
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