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The kickstarter page is full of over-hype. They claim they use LiDAR on board. Last time I checked, LiDAR cannot fit into a small drone yet. I I don't see them fitting a normal LiDAR T/R window on the drone.
And drone tracking is basically rubbish without machine vision. They use a GoPro as the main and only (as far as I see) cam, I would highly doubt the actual effect.
Other than these, it is just a cartoonish Karma.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 05:33 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply

The future is here. Synthetic aperture is not new concept in image acquisition. But bring it into consumer electronics is still extraordinary work. Bravos to the guys even for trying to attack this and wish every luck for them to succeed.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 05:12 UTC as 12th comment
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1908 comments in total)

Why the whole announcement appears in such a hassle? Does the stole truck carry many A9 cameras, so Sony has to move up the announcement?

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 15:57 UTC as 367th comment | 3 replies

Rumor says there will be an analog SQ-1. I would hold on for that.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 06:26 UTC as 33rd comment
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BRWAT: I wouldn't touch it. Synology NAS have far more features to ensure a high level of connectivity, are less expensive and can be used as a mail server, web server, plus you can use a billion other apps.

Drobo is a one trick pony.

@David Rogoff

Maybe check QNAP. I am eyeing these two: ARM based TS-531 which sells round $499 and the x86 based TS-563 at around $550. Both of them supports all the bells and whistles plus 2 x 1GbE. The newer TS-531 even has 2 x 10GbE on board.

I am using a 2-tray QNAP NAS now, x86 based. So far so good. I have had a spontaneous self crash once. That was right after a firmware upgrade. Other than that, 0 problem, although I did not use too much of complex functionalities either.

Generally, I feel QNAP systems' feature and functionality are on par with Synology systems. People do say Synology OS and Apps are easier to use. I can see that in some of the usability designs. But QNAP stuff are fine to me, no killer issue.

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 03:40 UTC
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LukeDuciel: $1100 is a little bit too hefty. $800 for 3 lights would be great!

Thanks and please forgive my jumpy reading.
I shall dig a bit the deals. It seems 3 lights for my side video works are within reach.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2017 at 05:52 UTC
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weathersealed: Praise, speculation, criticism of built products carries much less weight when then techs are not certified by Sony to repair this lens or sat down with the design team and gone over everything why and what for.

For me, the insights weigh more than a "certified by xxx" badge.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2017 at 03:10 UTC

$1100 is a little bit too hefty. $800 for 3 lights would be great!

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2017 at 02:43 UTC as 2nd comment | 2 replies
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semorg: can't wait for the Chinese knockoffs become available in 2-3 months.

Yeah, Godox is leading innovation in this area.

Oh, it is also a Chinese company.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 16:36 UTC

”(and personally, I wish they'd taken whatever development costs the KeyMission ate up and poured those into the DL series instead).“

I cannot agree more!

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 16:34 UTC as 78th comment | 1 reply

Sigma, please please make some effort in quality consistency! especially, fix the off-focusing ones before send them to customers!

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2017 at 08:50 UTC as 10th comment | 1 reply
On article First Look: Fujinon MK18-55mm T2.9 cine lens (64 comments in total)
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PowerG9atBlackForest: Ha, ha! #3 shows that the lens' focus can be adjusted to a distance in m and another in ft. How's that? Another fake?

how about thinking twice before posting?

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2017 at 08:47 UTC

With a reasonable price, we are liberated from ground and now have 6 degrees of freedom for composition.

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2017 at 03:19 UTC as 18th comment | 1 reply
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Shlomo Goldwasser: Photo 2 was taken by an MQ-9 Reaper drone?

Not funny. A lot of people's live-hood around desert area still relies on camel convoy like this. I don't think they have any less right trying to make a living.

I could say the same for a photo of American trucks on interstate: I'd like to see the picture after a Тополь-М strike. How would you feel?

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2017 at 03:14 UTC

The news really reflects my feeling for Sony: excellent sensor but rubbish camera design.

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2017 at 02:59 UTC as 10th comment
On article Fujifilm X100F pre-production sample gallery (235 comments in total)
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Roadrunner123: It would have been nice to see some photos of moving kids in low light to get an idea of how fast the focus is.

X-T20 + some lens like 23/2 would suit you better for the kido pics. the AF speed on X100 is limited by the lens config.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2017 at 02:58 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 Review (1180 comments in total)
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taestell: I have the GH4 now and only use it for photography. I would love to get the new in-body image stabilization and higher resolution sensor, but I can't bring myself to spend $2,000 on that. I feel like most of the added expense is for video features that I won't use. Perhaps the G85 would be worth considering but it seems like less of a "step up" from my GH4 and more of a lateral move.

To be honest, for still photography, GH5 is not a good choice. In fact, I would not recommend M43 to my photo-only friends.

The physical limits is very real. And the price tag for good M43 cameras now a days is quite hefty too.

For less money, you can get Sony A6500 - APS-C sensor with 5-axis IBIS and an equality (if not better) amazing AF system in a smaller bulk.

I do eye for GH5, but mainly for the purpose of hybrid shooting. In this regard, GH5 should be second to none.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2017 at 04:22 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 Review (1180 comments in total)
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scifisteve: Personally, it is hard to get excited over a 4/3d's sensor camera. I do not care about all the bells and whistles. The bottom line is, the lenses let the camera down! If you decide to use a speed booster, you loose any advantage of auto-focusing, but you can get low light performance and wide angle lens options on that setup. Every native lens you put on this camera has a 2X multiplier!!! So--no wide lenses and poor low light performance !!! So, using this camera means that for the best results you will have to have total lighting control, or a very bright day. Then, you have to make do with many lenses with few wide angle options, and high F stops!!
But, if you are looking for wide angles and low light advantages, start with an APS-C or full frame camera, light and portable. Then build on that with an external recorder. Each system has its trade offs, that is true, but I am not a fan of small sensors. P.S. file size can be an issue. 60 to 100 Mb/sec easy, but 300 Mb/sec?

@Michael Ma
I can't agree more. I hardly takes my Nikon DSLR out unless I have a plan to shoot something in highest quality in my capability.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2017 at 03:57 UTC
On article Feisty upstart: Hands-on with the Fujifilm X-T20 (357 comments in total)

I just realized T20 is cheaper than 100F for my use....ouch.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2017 at 03:43 UTC as 28th comment
On article Throwback Thursday: Fujifilm X100 (174 comments in total)

My X100s is working strong.

Some of my favorite photos were taken with this camera. It is a lovely gear when you roam around the city.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2017 at 03:21 UTC as 40th comment
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