Francis P

Joined on Oct 19, 2012

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Amazon has a fantastically predatory business-model:

Company ABC produced product XYZ and listet it on Amazon’s marketplace because it’s pretty much the only way to reach the masses.

Amazon sees XYZ is very popular, so they make a cheaper version that looks very similar.

Amazon lists it, and ensures any search for product XYZ or company ABC end up getting funnelled through their Basics page first, so as to poach many potential buyers with their cheaper version. And this is the part I have a real problem with. Anyone should be allowed to make their own version of a product or service, that’s how the market continues to develop. But abusing your monopoly position to ensure your product is shown as the top result whilst burying the original, that’s manipulation.

Amazon is currently under investigation for this very practice in Europe and may be forced to reveal how they use all the data they collect when people shop on Amazon.

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2021 at 07:01 UTC as 111th comment | 2 replies
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Thomas22: This is another reminder of there being nothing new under the sun. As a kid, I had a cheap Super 8 Instamatic movie camera -- and it and every other Super 8 camera of the time had a pistol grip. The only thing that is new is combining that pistol grip with a gimbal. Had that been possible in the 1970s, it sure would have spared us all a lot of really shaky home movies.

Except it turns out that there’s no gimbal. I hope this gets turned down (should do, there’s nothing unique that sets it apart from prior art).

Link | Posted on Dec 31, 2020 at 06:33 UTC
On article Nikon Z6 Review (1151 comments in total)
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Entropius: The big competitor for the Z6 is a used D750. I can get one of those for around a third of the price (and might, if I want to go fullframe).

Sure, it's bigger, but if Nikon really wants to make the point that the system is smaller, they need to take advantage of the shorter flange-focal distance to make some combination smaller/cheaper/sharper normal and wide lenses.

The biggest argument against fullframe, for me, is that the Sigma 18-35/1.8 is so damn good, so I'm sticking with my D500 for now.

Well I’m sold - I’ll get a D750 instead of a Z6, it does 4K right?

*If you find any sarcasm in this post, finders keepers.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2019 at 18:50 UTC
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Howard: Who goes to Kansas anyway?

Most of Kansas City lies in Missouri, not Kansas (that’s what the MO after Kansas City in the titles of the news video stand for).

I‘m German and even I know that.

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2018 at 17:55 UTC
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glokenpop: Seems like something that should be part of the mac eco system without a dongle.

This is Apple we are talking about - if anything, it will now be of interest to Apple because it relies on a dongle.

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2018 at 05:09 UTC
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falconeyes: The tree has no value except for humans.
To humans it has no value except to take photos.
So, please ...

I think it’s also a precedence thing - if you don’t stop people destroying a landmark now, it would quickly become acceptable to abuse everything in the name of getting likes. Just like that numbskull Logan Paul whose actions contributed to the demonetarisation Problem that has YouTubers up in arms.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2018 at 13:37 UTC
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Stigg: there is great concern about damage to a lopsided tree in a lake but no concern about the permanent damage done to the maori people and their culture by the illegal aliens who dropped in uninvited and were never deported. this exceedingly pretentious concern about "the environment" or some symbol of it is pure hypocrisy when there isn't equal or greater concern about a people losing their homeland to illegal aliens. the name of that homeland in this case is aotearoa. new zealand is merely a name chosen by the illegal aliens.

„by the illegal aliens who dropped in uninvited and were never deported. “

I’ll leave, but as a net-contributor to the economy I want every single dollar I ever paid in taxes waiting for me at the departures lounge.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2018 at 13:31 UTC
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naturetech: I will never own a so-called 'smart' watch.

My 'dumb' watch has a $2 replaceable battery that can last for over 5 years.

My 'dumb' watch can survive drops, shocks and major abuse.

My 'dumb' watch will readily endure swims, showers and 200 meter plunges.

My 'dumb' watch does not seal its user in another digital bubble.

My 'dumb' watch does not become obsolete rubbish in the span of 3-4 years.

How fortunate we are all individuals with our own needs and desires, otherwise we'd all be rocking a crappy watch that doesn't discretely allow me to screen calls, reserve a car from Drive-Now, reply to messages, get alerts and messages, unlocks my Mac purely based in proximity, allows me to pay for stuff, helps me take pictures from awkward angles as it serves as a remote for an iPhone that shows what the lens sees, helps me track my fitness through a myriad of sensors etc. etc.

I've only had mine since last Saturday, but wouldn't want to do without. I also used to have a Pebble, and if it hadn't been the second replacement that also died of the same production flaw, I would've gone with that instead.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 15:55 UTC
On article Hands-on and in-depth with the Sony a6500 (550 comments in total)
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ekaton: Fuji releases major FW upgrades and takes care of its customers. Sony spits out new cameras instead. My a6300 will go on sale. Am done with their aps-c line.

I'll give you €250 and will even pay for shipping.

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2016 at 12:19 UTC
On article D500 owner formally accuses Nikon of false advertising (461 comments in total)
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sandy b: Apple software out soon, DPR obviously thought the wifi was not an issue based on its scoring. Most of the people complaining here have no D500, or ever used one, and the D500 knocks the snot out of what they are shooting.

If the software is not out, the. Either the box should say that it WILL be iOS compatible in the future, or nothing at all, but as is, the box is lying. Add to that that the wireless communication features of the D500 are considerably more constricted than even two of Nikon's own cameras which advertise the same communications standards, I think that the complainant is fully in the right in this.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2016 at 05:40 UTC
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Aroart: Great review I returned an a7 for the same reasons and was hoping the m2 gens would be the answer.. Seams like the a6000 or the a77m2 would be the better options for sports.. I recently took the A6000 to a dog park and got a pretty good hit rate with the kit lens about 65%-70% in focus... I also had my Canon 7dm2 with a 50mm 1.8 stm and hit rate was more like 90%-95%.. I find it rather amusing that so many people bash Canon and Nikon for not being as advanced as mirrorless and yet the most important thing in photography being in focus, mirrorless is still behind... With the exception of the NX1.. Good luck finding lenses for sports for that system...

The 7D kit lens isn't much better, because it's a 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6, not a 50/1.8. The latter can also be sported by an a6000 with an adapter if I'm not mistaken.

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2015 at 06:25 UTC
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Francis P: Seems like Canon is more and more likely to become little more than a lens manufacturer, with only a token camera offering (a la Sigma). Wouldn't be a bad thing though - Canon lenses with a native mounts for the other systems would sell rather well I think.

Who knows, maybe we'll be soon talking about Sonikon (or Nikony) instead of Canikon.?

It may not be good enough for pros, and those who think they need pro-like performance, but it is good enough performance for most amateurs and hobbyists, and they tend to make up more of the market.

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2014 at 07:12 UTC
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johnsmith404: A First in the industry: A teaser for literally nothing.

Maybe it's a dry-run?

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2014 at 07:10 UTC
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Francis P: Seems like Canon is more and more likely to become little more than a lens manufacturer, with only a token camera offering (a la Sigma). Wouldn't be a bad thing though - Canon lenses with a native mounts for the other systems would sell rather well I think.

Who knows, maybe we'll be soon talking about Sonikon (or Nikony) instead of Canikon.?

"lenses are a way to attract buyers to buy their cameras" - indeed, and that is why Canon really needs to step up their game, because Sony's A7/r/s allows you to enjoy the freedom of any lenses out there thanks to a wide range of adapters. The days where Canon could guarantee good sales of their DSLRs because of their great lenses is coming to an end.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2014 at 10:04 UTC
On article Sony shows off upcoming full-frame lenses at Photokina (335 comments in total)

35mm 1.4? SOLD!

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2014 at 22:14 UTC as 20th comment | 2 replies

Seems like Canon is more and more likely to become little more than a lens manufacturer, with only a token camera offering (a la Sigma). Wouldn't be a bad thing though - Canon lenses with a native mounts for the other systems would sell rather well I think.

Who knows, maybe we'll be soon talking about Sonikon (or Nikony) instead of Canikon.?

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2014 at 21:54 UTC as 31st comment | 5 replies
On article Sony unveils FE PZ 28-135mm F4 G OSS cinema lens (120 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: That is a nice lens. If I was shooting full frame video that would be what I would chose. However, I can’t help but think that an M4/3 version of this lens could be F2.8 all the way through for the same size if not smaller.

I think that you are also forgetting that this lens is for use on the A7s, which allows photography and videography at light levels so low, no m4/3 can keep up, not even with an f2 lens.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2014 at 12:30 UTC
On article Adobe CC Announcements: What you need to know (181 comments in total)
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KelvinHammond: I'd say that those who whine about CC probably have no idea how to effectively use 95% of the features LR or PS. For those of us that have already used PS for 20 years, and LR for maybe 10, the sheer power of the software for enabling us to turn pixels in to $$'s, including infinite updates, is a grand bargain!!! I spend more then that on coffee every month, which is btw, equally important.

This is good business, not some crybaby Tea Party event. :)

"I'd say that those who whine about CC probably have no idea how to effectively use 95% of the features LR or PS."

That might be true, but a lot of us are whining because Adobe asks us in Europe to pay around 70% more than US users. Wouldn't mind so much if we were get 70% more features, but then I'd have to learn how to use 165% of them to make you happy ;D

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2014 at 20:10 UTC
On article Nikon D810: What You Need to Know (140 comments in total)
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Brigcam: What about this line in the press release?

"Nikon will also be making a Software Developers Kit (SDK) available in the near future for the D810. This SDK will give third party developers the resources needed to create applications and enhance the flexibility of the D810"

Is that just for remote control apps, or are they actually going to open up the camera itself? That would be huge if the latter.

I fear it will be the former, as the latter would be a bit of headache regarding warranty liabilities (is it Nikon's responsibility to fix a camera that's been bricked by 3rd party software?).

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2014 at 10:59 UTC
On article Adobe CC Announcements: What you need to know (181 comments in total)
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Barry Pearson: My career was in the computer industry, working for a company which made part of its income from software revenues. So part of my own income came (in effect) from software revenues, which for our own operating systems tended to be on subscription/rental. So I have a different view from many people here, and I am comfortable with the CC model. (And I don't see software piracy as a victimless action).

I have long said that I believe the first software to be considered by club-level photographers should be Lightroom or the equivalent, rather than Photoshop which has been the traditional first product in the UK. Then editing software can be added if needed. I know people who make effective use of Photoshop Elements, with or without Lightroom. I also know many people who use Photoshop and struggle with it, while they clearly don't need anything beyond Elements or the equivalent.

Photoshop is not a monopoly. Even Adobe don't think so, hence Elements, which is not CC.

My issue, like many here in Europe, is that we are asked to pay a LOT more than US users. The cheapest subscription option in the US is $9.99, but here it's €12.99, which is over $17USD. We may have higher sales taxes, and porting to a foreign language may not be cheap either, but it shouldn't almost double the damn price.

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 08:56 UTC
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