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JacquesBalthazar: Got to be honest: each iteration of the iPhone made me look at my pile of expensive digital photography tools and wonder "why bother". Then using the phone gave the answer: lag, noise, low res, no DoF control, lousy low light, rigid 26mm equiv angle of view, etc.

Last year's iPhone XS was a step change: the added 50mm equiv camera and the new computational wizardry allow me to produce clean images that I thought only possible with a mid/high end digital camera, for around 75% of my use cases (portait, travel, social, quasi macro, etc). In good light at least.

The iPhone 11pro's 13mm equiv further reduces the need for special gear to produce compelling imagery. And the "night mode" thing looks promising. The computational power and speed seem phenomenal, opening the door for wonderful "cheats". OK, 12 MP is not 42MP or whatever, and we still need specialised tools for sports, wildlife, large prints, etc, but that gear bag in the corner will increasingly be gathering dust.....

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dpfan32, in all industries, there are always the specialised professionals and work. And those account for a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of the worldwide sales of the market segment that they represent and are a part of. No industry, like photography, can survive (as we know it today), because of the the billions of people worldwide taking photos with their mobile phones, 1 million are specialised and need dedicated hardware.

Point made, instead of selling a dozens of thousands of cameras worldwide such as Canon and Nikon for example do yearly, Apple and Samsung combined sell more than a billion phones a year. Now, imagine those roles reversed.......

The consumer market drives the industry, not the speciality submarket in any of them. Photography is rapidly becoming, and exclusively, only what your hands are holding, for 99999999% of the time and for 99999999% of world's population

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2019 at 09:23 UTC
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Why do we even feature news about this company that in 30 years went from a $5000 start-up to a trillion dollar giant, thanks to it's roots as a telecommunications supplier for the Chinese government and then stealing intellectual property, patents and technology from everyone around the world? Really, why we even talk about these people, give them any more free marketing or credit for anything whatsoever?

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To make my point very clear, everyone copies and steals technology, it's the name of the game of business.

Some steal and copy more, and some are worse or better at it.

Huawei it's among the best at copying and most fruitful at stealing. They are not the "bad" guys, but they are by an extremely long stretch, one of the "top bad" guys.

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2019 at 09:18 UTC
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JacquesBalthazar: Got to be honest: each iteration of the iPhone made me look at my pile of expensive digital photography tools and wonder "why bother". Then using the phone gave the answer: lag, noise, low res, no DoF control, lousy low light, rigid 26mm equiv angle of view, etc.

Last year's iPhone XS was a step change: the added 50mm equiv camera and the new computational wizardry allow me to produce clean images that I thought only possible with a mid/high end digital camera, for around 75% of my use cases (portait, travel, social, quasi macro, etc). In good light at least.

The iPhone 11pro's 13mm equiv further reduces the need for special gear to produce compelling imagery. And the "night mode" thing looks promising. The computational power and speed seem phenomenal, opening the door for wonderful "cheats". OK, 12 MP is not 42MP or whatever, and we still need specialised tools for sports, wildlife, large prints, etc, but that gear bag in the corner will increasingly be gathering dust.....

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JacquesBalthazar, I absolutely agree with you. Your viewpoint on all this is absolutely correct, balanced and absolutely valid in a usability standpoint.

I firmly believe, that it will only take sensors to get a bit bigger and the resolution upped into the 20MP range, and its positively game over for most photography cameras and brands as we know them today. Compete and utter game over.

The naysayers can all happily hear themselves talking and saying otherwise at will, but we are on the cusp of mobile phones becoming the world's primary imaging capturing devices for 99% of the population.. and that including "real photographers", whatever that means in space and time since knowledge and talent will mostly be replaced by technology that compensates for what people don't have.

End of story.

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2019 at 09:11 UTC
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Kashim: Eye watering prices.

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Bobthearch, you make an excellent point! Indeed best battery life, plus a bigger screen than the S model. And even if not being AMOLED, I have to say it's among the very best LCDs on the market.

It was last years best value, and its this year's even better value.

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2019 at 08:59 UTC

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My recap of all these new phones is: they all have worthy upgrades and, price discussions aside, will all be undoubtedly good devices.

This said (and knowing that the name "Pro" is the consummate hot thing now and has to be stamped on just about anything on earth).. for Apple to go that route as well now with the iPhone, instead of basically having done nothing, I expected them to actually have added some true hardware and software oriented "Pro" features worthy of the new labeling, like:

- Apple pencil support.
- USB-C.
- ProMotion high-refresh display.
- In-display finderprint reader.
- Reverse wireless charging (not really a must, but would be nice).
- A pro-level dedicated camera and video app.
..........you know, basic stuff that just about all high-end competition already has or is starting to have.

But anyways, I guess.. thank you for the extra "Pro" camera and (finally) a "Pro" high-speed charger included in the box.

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2019 at 08:14 UTC as 121st comment | 3 replies
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Kashim: Eye watering prices.

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Sorry it's ALL ABOUT THE PRICE and that's why the XR sold worldwide more than double the number of the S & SMax combined.

..and this year will be the same but probably with an even more abysmal gap.

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2019 at 07:46 UTC

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Apple's three step iPhone sales strategy:

1) Sell the same thing all-over again.
2) Keep the same prices of last year's model that basically no one one bought and that will sell even less this year.
3) Lower the price for the budget phone that is the only one left that actually makes them money.

As iPhone sales worldwide are on a spiraling down plummet, it's not a coincidence this was the FIRST keynote where they did not start the presentation (sorry.. entertainment show) with the awesome usual pompous speeches about sales figures and market growth.. instead, as Tim put it so well, "let's get right to product presentation".

Apple is hilarious.. I wonder how much Steve Jobs is laughing now..

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2019 at 06:10 UTC as 127th comment | 2 replies
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Kashim: Eye watering prices.

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..they are as eye watering as last year's when the prices were exactly the same and sales figures dropped around 50% worldwide for the Max (now "Pro") units.

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2019 at 06:00 UTC
On article Phase One announces new XT camera system (233 comments in total)

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It actually looks like a really nice system.

As for if its worth the price, I'll let that judgement to the people that actually buy it, use it, enjoy it, and hopefully know what they are doing with it.

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2019 at 16:32 UTC as 25th comment | 1 reply

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Why do we even feature news about this company that in 30 years went from a $5000 start-up to a trillion dollar giant, thanks to it's roots as a telecommunications supplier for the Chinese government and then stealing intellectual property, patents and technology from everyone around the world? Really, why we even talk about these people, give them any more free marketing or credit for anything whatsoever?

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2019 at 16:29 UTC as 24th comment | 7 replies

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There are 2 companies that soon will bow out, Ricoh/Pentax and Olympus. Sooner or later its a done deal and actually I'm surprised they have lasted this long. Not because they don't make great products.. they do!

But their marketing is tragically poor, they get almost no media exposure and they have made some poor judgements and choices especially in the last few years.

Personally, I hope they can stick around for the long run because all competition is a good thing and they are trully iconic brands.

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2019 at 18:59 UTC as 85th comment | 18 replies

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Looks like a fantastic camera, no questions about that! This said, I think is a little pricey. In the FF category, the Kinefinity MAVO LF 6K is substantially less while the new S1H will equally deliver about the same image quality for about 1/4 of the price.. and soon other comparable IQ cameras will come out and crumble the prices down further.. a tough sell.

And this is not considering the lower sized sensor 6K cameras coming out that basically cost a fraction (given of course that FF cameras cannot be directly compared to smaller sensors price-wise.. clearly a different category). But IQ wise?.... hummmm getting closer.

Either way, kudos to Canon, indeed looks like an amazing piece of pro-gear. At half the price, it would certainly be a huge hit and massive shaker in the market.. I would even consider it myself. But at its proposed cost, no way.

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2019 at 13:46 UTC as 39th comment | 10 replies

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I'd love to know what is the point of Sony phones.

Positively no one buys them, are overpaid, their design never stands out by any original or otherwise ergonomic means, their is sales figure tank usually by about double or more per year, they keep adding markets they retreat from to their list, their cameras are perpetually barely in the average range (not to say ridiculously performing for the price). They've gone from 8MPs to 13MPs to 12MPs to 24PMs to 19MPs now back to 12MPs & they never seem to get it right. Yes, they have gorgeous displays (that are absurd overkills anyway).. so, and?.... I just don't get this endless slow dying agony that Sony never seems to want to put an end to.

These are the same people that make most of the sensors used for all other phones & make stellar photo cameras.. and they end up with among the most underperforming picture taking (and expensive) mobile phones in the industry and designs that look like 5 years ago.

I really don't get it.

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2019 at 12:41 UTC as 45th comment | 6 replies
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This product is actually interesting and I commend them for their effort.

The only real problem I see here with this product line (and the buyers' investment) is the fact that as the iPhone gets upgraded (along with its form factor and lens arrays), the case you just bought, is now instantly obsolete and just a new item for your trash can. And then what? You go ahead buy yet another case again for the newer iPhone?

It's cool that there are companies making products like this.. let's not knock them down because it's not a bad idea and it's always admirable to have the courage and creativity to make something new. But in this fast changing industry where phones get updated before you have time to timely release products for the current version, I find this a very tough proposition.

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Because I don't take photos with mobile phones except for useless and daily random stuff. I use my cameras when I want to take real pictures.

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2019 at 11:37 UTC
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This product is actually interesting and I commend them for their effort.

The only real problem I see here with this product line (and the buyers' investment) is the fact that as the iPhone gets upgraded (along with its form factor and lens arrays), the case you just bought, is now instantly obsolete and just a new item for your trash can. And then what? You go ahead buy yet another case again for the newer iPhone?

It's cool that there are companies making products like this.. let's not knock them down because it's not a bad idea and it's always admirable to have the courage and creativity to make something new. But in this fast changing industry where phones get updated before you have time to timely release products for the current version, I find this a very tough proposition.

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Adam007, I hear you. I have 2 phones (because of private use/work reasons and also because there are apps that I can only find specifically for one of them):

1) Happily on an iPhone XR that I upgraded from an iPhone 7, and that I plan to keep for at least another couple of years as long as it works well and the battery doesn't crap on me (like the iPhone 7's battery did).

2) I'm also on a Galaxy Note 8 (that is basically the same as a Note 9, and now again almost the same as the Note 10). It's a great phone, I love using the pen, works flawlessly, the battery still ok and I am not upgrading anytime soon whatsoever, period.

Link | Posted on Sep 4, 2019 at 20:22 UTC

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This product is actually interesting and I commend them for their effort.

The only real problem I see here with this product line (and the buyers' investment) is the fact that as the iPhone gets upgraded (along with its form factor and lens arrays), the case you just bought, is now instantly obsolete and just a new item for your trash can. And then what? You go ahead buy yet another case again for the newer iPhone?

It's cool that there are companies making products like this.. let's not knock them down because it's not a bad idea and it's always admirable to have the courage and creativity to make something new. But in this fast changing industry where phones get updated before you have time to timely release products for the current version, I find this a very tough proposition.

Link | Posted on Sep 4, 2019 at 19:42 UTC as 13th comment | 6 replies
On article Tamron SP 35mm F1.4 Di USD sample gallery (108 comments in total)

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I have one and is the best 35mm I've ever owned of any brand, of any speed and of any price, that's it. Durability?.. well, that's the only thing I still don't know, time will tell.

Tamron today is a very different company from the Tamron of just a few years ago. Job very well done.

Link | Posted on Sep 4, 2019 at 15:32 UTC as 30th comment | 2 replies

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ahhhhhh so now downsizing an image get it pixelated it's "computational photography". It figures, anything today that's not "computational" or "AI", it's out of fashion. Even my bathroom's toilet paper, dog and socks are AI too..

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2019 at 20:06 UTC as 23rd comment

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This camera better live up at least half to it's hype so it can end the "Dx" cameras on a positively note. This is certainly the end of the line.. the last of "Dx" DSLRs Nikon will ever make, everything moving forward will be mirriroless.

I only worry if it ends up just being some sort of glorified fast(er) D850 for double the price. That would end this iconic camera series in a very flat line.

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2019 at 19:54 UTC as 27th comment | 2 replies

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Chinese phones? ..with locked bootloaders, forbidden to root, unable to oust all the crap, banned from deleteling all bloatware, barred from zapping all malware and unauthorized to obliterate all the spyware inside? No thank you.

I couldn't positively care less about how many billions and trillions of pixels they put inside their camera modules and how much marketing BS they throw at everyone's eyes.

Link | Posted on Sep 1, 2019 at 08:47 UTC as 11th comment | 7 replies
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