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To catch up with Android, Apple would have to shift into reverse .

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2019 at 13:45 UTC as 24th comment | 2 replies

Yet another thing we can blame on Brexit , this happening the following day .

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2019 at 22:15 UTC as 35th comment | 2 replies
On article Pentax K-1 II Review: A worthy upgrade? (1549 comments in total)

The testers repeatedly say no eye or face detection - perhaps they didn't fully explore the menus or read page 53 of the user manual

Link | Posted on Dec 25, 2018 at 22:37 UTC as 31st comment
On article Pentax K-1 II Review: A worthy upgrade? (1549 comments in total)
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PDL: I think DPR needs to set up a web page where they explicitly define how they test cameras. Such as:
1. What lens they request from the manufacturer.
2. How they provide "consistency" in their lighting, distance, color balance and camera setup.
3. How they evaluate that the camera body is square to the target both vertically and horizontally.
4. On the really stupid bicycle test - how to get consistent speeds and turns from the "rider".

DPR just needs to be a little more honest in explaining their methods for testing. Serial numbers for bodies and lenses would go a long way to convince people that tests use common elements across the board.

Instead of the ‘bicycle test’ which arguably has some variability, how about using something like a model train set in the studio , with a track that sits and zags and on which the locomotive can be run at set and repeatable speeds ( time it for one circuit of the track ) and have the camera at a set position relative to the track , with the same repeatable lighting .

Even the bicycle test could be improved by using a motorcycle in a large empty car park , having it driven at set speeds ( either just by the rider using the speedometer, or by timing the run ) along a designated course , do runs at 10mph , 20mph , 30mph up to whatever speeds would be safe - maybe there’s even a race track or a bit of public road with some curves over which this could be done safely , repeatedly and without causing a nuisance .

There would be various practical and repeatable tests that could be devised to remove all argument.

Link | Posted on May 25, 2018 at 02:13 UTC

Could 'they' not have just removed the sawn branch and left the rest of the tree ?

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2018 at 15:47 UTC as 21st comment
On article Pentax K-1 Mark II: What you need to know (461 comments in total)
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Vignes: sending a perfectly good working camera to get its boards changed is risky. it'll depend on the quality of the local Ricoh service center. why don't they offer a trade-in.

Here’s the price list I was sent this morning by SRS

Upgrade to the new Pentax K-1 II from only £699 when you part-exchange a Pentax camera.

Upgrade Values*
Camera PX Value Body Cost Balance to pay
Pentax K-1 £1,100 £1,799 £699
Pentax K-3 II £450 £1,799 £1,349
Pentax K-3 £400 £1,799 £1,399
Pentax K-70 £350 £1,799 £1,449
Pentax KP £600 £1,799 £1,199
Pentax K-5 II £250 £1,799 £1,549

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2018 at 08:55 UTC
On article Pentax K-1 Mark II: What you need to know (461 comments in total)
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Vignes: sending a perfectly good working camera to get its boards changed is risky. it'll depend on the quality of the local Ricoh service center. why don't they offer a trade-in.

They are offering trade ins ; at least my email this morning from SRS Microsystems lists trade in prices for a number of Pentax bodies .

I just bought my K-1 , deeply discounted , about a month ago ; the trade in offer , which would see me paying £699 to change , is not that attractive to me , but if the dollar conversion is right , and the same offer was made here in the UK , it would take me back more or less to the list price as it was at the end of last year .

As it is , the new camera is selling ( or will be ) for £200 less than the old one ; but I wonder if that will be an initial offer ?

I remember the K-1 being £1600 at introduction, then brink hiked to £2K , where it remained until November or thereabouts, at which point there were reductions. I waited until after the new year , at which point there was even more discounting going on , and picked mine up for £1600 .

I did have an inkling that something was afoot , but still very happy with what I have .

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2018 at 08:51 UTC
On article Best cameras over $2000 (227 comments in total)

This comparison engineered to exclude Pentax K-1 , which could be the winner .

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2018 at 13:16 UTC as 59th comment | 8 replies

The correct spelling is offenCe , not offense : we do not yet live in the United States of Great Britain .

Link | Posted on Nov 27, 2017 at 20:30 UTC as 10th comment | 9 replies
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ZeBebito: I wonder why they all that gear. It would be nice to see some Hasselblad 100mp shots from space too.

In another note, why the comments in the Panasonic sponsored video are disabled?

Given that the original moon missions used Hasselblad ( ELX if memory serves ) before downgrading to Nikon , there is an argument for that .

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2017 at 00:24 UTC
On article RIP Lightroom 6: Death by subscription model (1623 comments in total)
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casperghst42: What some people forget is that with a subscription model, the software stops working the second you stop paying ... and you loose access to your data.. that is what is wrong with the subscription model.

No it doesn’t - you just stop where you are and no longer get updates .

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2017 at 14:27 UTC
On article RIP Lightroom 6: Death by subscription model (1623 comments in total)

I have to disagree strongly with all this negativity .

I started with Photoshop when it was in its infancy .

I didn't purchase every version of PS , and I was glad my employer paid for it .

Because of the expense , software piracy was rife , and this was no doubt a problem for Adobe - no wonder they worked hard to make this as difficult as possible .

In time , cameras , computers and OS were upgraded - these upgrades were EXPENSIVE - hundreds of pounds each time , and if you didn't do it then you couldn't install the ACR for your new camera ; Adobe had you where they wanted you .

When CC came out , I was delighted : two industry standard pieces of software for less than the cost of a couple of beers a month - no dreaded expensive update every two or three years , and the latest version of ACR or whatever always to hand .

I think it is one of the biggest bargains in photography since we were given eyes , and I wonder at people who poo poo it .

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2017 at 11:43 UTC as 312th comment | 4 replies
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Henryti: What serious and important photographers murabayashi and all you commentors must be that you need to trash us fools for wanting one. He compares it to Fuji's, which cost 10 times more. They're not in the same market, love.

It's a fun gadget.if Holga put in a digital sensor and sell it for $150, I'd get one too. You guys are taking yourselves too seriously.

Or compare it to the like of a Pentax Optio I-10 or MX-1 , both of which bark back to iconic models whilst giving a practical user experience .

Incidentally , the PT cruiser was an ugly thing , certainly not a big seller here in Scotland , and in no way compares to 1930’s cars like Mercedes 260D of that era , far less the 540K , nor Rolls-Royce , Bentley or Hispano-Suiza models of the 1930’s ; if you must compare with Americana , my friend’s 1938 Packard 8 is on another level too . Even cars of the 1950’s , like my Mercedes W105 , Jaguars , Standard Vanguard and many others hadn’t moved so far in styling from the 1930’s , but still had the solid engineering and tactile feel that has been all but lost from the modern day trash that infests our roads now .

With cameras , too , much has been lost and many of the mechanical and tactile pleasures of the older cameras are lacking from present day offerings . If this feeling wasn’t shared , these retro styled cameras wouldn’t exist .

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2017 at 09:41 UTC

I’ve never bought anything from Wex , although been vaguely aware of them .

Have bought a fair bit from Calumet over the years , both Edinburgh and Glasgow branches , largely because you can actually go into a shop and look at things .

They also have an extensive range and of own brand products , which tend to offer good value , and are a great place to pick things up when needed urgently .

I too would have thought Calumet were the stronger and better known brand , but can only assume new owners want to break away from USA parent company ?

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2017 at 06:25 UTC as 18th comment | 1 reply
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Brian Homer: My local Calumet is actually OK but in the bizarre branding decision to keep the shops as Calumet but to make the website Wex - currently the Calumet store presence is now absent from the web. Very weird decision making- there are some FAQs buried but it takes effort to find them most people wanting to find a Calumet store will probably be frustrated.

Simon , perhaps the plan is to move away from Calumet USA and not be seen as the same company . I go back to them being KJP and H West X Ray Ltd .

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2017 at 06:15 UTC
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Brian Homer: My local Calumet is actually OK but in the bizarre branding decision to keep the shops as Calumet but to make the website Wex - currently the Calumet store presence is now absent from the web. Very weird decision making- there are some FAQs buried but it takes effort to find them most people wanting to find a Calumet store will probably be frustrated.

I regularly visit the Glasgow branch where staff are very good . My employer buys a lot of kit and supplies there .

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2017 at 06:11 UTC
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zzzxtreme: Any fans of ffordes? good experience with them

Yes , I buy regularly from them , great service , good prices , great range of used stock . Have traded in to them . Very efficient and nice people to deal with .

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2017 at 06:09 UTC
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Hello123: As though this is going to stop a terrorist. People need to step up and say enough is enough. Of course, they won't and the TSA infringement will continue to get worse and worse. Meanwhile, if a terrorist wants to take a plane down, they can easily go on the black market and purchase a shoulder fire missile on the black market. Or they can put a bomb on a lunch cart.

One of the airports on one of the islands here in Scotland ( can't remember which one ) has done exactly that , and abolished all security checks as people did say enough is enough .

I hate airports universally now , between being fleeced for parking , queuing , paying customers being treated like criminals , delays , cramped accommodation on flights , crap food on offer , all the hassle at the other end .

Last year , I had occasion to travel down from Scotland to St Albans - colleagues flew ; I took the car after checking my sat nav and seeing the driving time was a little over four hours . I set off early , 6am , to avoid traffic and was there before my colleagues who had to leave home around the same time , have all the hassle at the airport , same at the other end , claiming bags and picking up hire car , and each of them paying something like £200 to BA , plus that hire car , while I did the round trip for just over £100 petrol . Since I was going along to take photos/video , all my gear travelled unmolested in the boot of my car and I took everything I needed rather than having to limit my kit . I was also home first , as I found out next day since their return flight was delayed , and that was with me going for a meal then having a snooze in the car before driving back up .

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2017 at 02:10 UTC

The primary reasons for no one being allowed in would be twofold :

Health and safety - as the photographer himself stated , much of the ship was unlit , there are trip hazards everywhere , collapsed structures , slippery surfaces - all in all very real risks of him coming to harm , and with no one knowing he was there , had he been trapped or injured inside that huge ship , he might have perished and lain undiscovered for some time .

Secondly , the ship would still have been full of personal possessions and valuables - without suggesting the photographer was one , the authorities would not have wanted looters on board .

One last thought - not being sure what stage investigations might have reached , the ship could potentially still have been a crime scene which he could have contaminated .

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2017 at 01:15 UTC as 40th comment | 3 replies

My 27" 1920x1080 monitor is fine for most tasks , including photo editing , but where that Samsung would really come into its own would be for video editing .

I could have a long timeline stretched out along the bottom of that screen , with decent size panes for clip bin , scrubber and sequence windows above it , and space to spare for scopes and other tools .

I don't do gaming .

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2017 at 14:06 UTC as 13th comment | 1 reply
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