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How often does one go diving and forget they had a USB stick on their person? If they just say "it'll survive a 40C wash" then that probably covers most extreme eventualities one would subject a USB stick to.

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2017 at 00:22 UTC as 11th comment | 2 replies
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ozturert: This is the future of photography: Continuous 4G (5G etc..) connection.

Yet I fairly frequently visit rural parts of the UK where any phone signal at all is a minor achievement, never mind getting a stable 4G connection. It may be the future but its a distant one.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2016 at 12:42 UTC
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Light Pilgrim: How does it compare to Lee Big Stopper?

Isn't the Lee actually cheaper than this? I know this one is variable but as an owner of a B&W 10 stopper I can't think of many occasions where i've been using it and I thought 'I wish this was only 5 stops'.

And as others have mentioned, it seems strange to require those with the very common 77mm filter thread to us an adaptor.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2016 at 08:47 UTC
On article Flickr Marketplace image licensing program shuttered (87 comments in total)
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Favorable Exponynt: I don't want to sell my images. A lot of people also don't (at least not through Flickr) so who cares.

Given some "cease and desist" emails I have had to send down the years then it seems everyone helped themselves for free to flickr when they wanted stock photos anyway.

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2016 at 09:29 UTC
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Alphoid: Good lenses, but not quite as exiting as the previous Sigma Art.

The prices went up for what they are. Quite a bit.

Just because the RRP is high doesn't necessarily mean that's what the street price will be (especially once the initial demand from early implementers dies down). The 50 Art for instance is cheaper than it was at launch despite being held in very high regard.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 11:33 UTC
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Light Pilgrim: Why Apple calls it waterproof if they will not replace a water damaged phone?

NetMage - correct, but the point stands that the manufacturer can't know what precise conditions a waterlogged phone has been subjected to when it comes in, which is why they will exclude water damage from warranty.

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2016 at 19:39 UTC
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Light Pilgrim: Why Apple calls it waterproof if they will not replace a water damaged phone?

I should imagine the disclaimer is because if the thing has suffered water damage then they have no idea after that event how that water damage occurred and whether the conditions were within the parameters of the standard it is meant to comply to (which in this case I think is at the pressure of being under 1m of water for a few minutes?). You could send it in saying you spilt a glass of water on it, whereas the truth is you took it to the bottom of the deep end at your local pool. "Water resistant" is for accidental immersion/the thing getting a bit wet and not for going snorkeling with. And even proper intended for underwater use casings can and do fail (as a diver I know will testify).

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2016 at 16:35 UTC
On article Corel PaintShop Pro X9 arrives with improved workflow (48 comments in total)

I've used PSP for a good few years (dating back to the JASC era) as its a capable and cheap tool for doing the small percentage of shots that I can't do what I want with in LR. Just a shame though that some bugs seem to move from version to version or in some cases reappear (as a beta tester a few versions ago I reported and got fixed an issue where launching it would screw the colour profile on my second monitor, it then reappeared on X8).

The amount of new features added per version are so low now that generally you can skip 1-2 iterations and not miss out on anything. It'd be better if they just stretched the product cycle by a year and actually worked on making the current versions as close to 100% as they can.

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2016 at 07:07 UTC as 15th comment
On article Getty employs robots for underwater shots in Rio (41 comments in total)
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photophile: White balance must have been off - water's actually blue, rather than green.

Depends which pool you're referring to. The diving well turned very green. The water polo pool next to it started going green too. The swimming pool (which is at a totally different facility) has been fine whenever i've seen coverage.

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2016 at 09:23 UTC
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hammarbytp: I'm trying to think of a good reason why anyone would want to do a 17 hour exposure.

Can't wait to tell my wife on days out "just one more shot, the exposure was a touch out on that one"

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2016 at 12:36 UTC
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Cjar: A lot of adjectives but does it have flip locks for the legs or those tiring twist locks.
Spikes?

Says clasp-style in the description and the pictures also suggest that's the case.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2015 at 19:52 UTC
On article Corel releases ParticleShop brush plugin for Photoshop (83 comments in total)
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The Name is Bond: Does Paintshop pro have non-destructive and nested layers yet? I consider these fundamental for pro useage as a cheap substitute to Photoshop.

I used to use Serif Photoshop which had both and had so much potential to be a half-decent replacement for Photoshop but for some useability/UI issues, slowness and ancient bugs going back 10 years that had never been fixed and were infuriating. Serif evidently didn't practice the Microsoft principle of "Eat your own dog food" as their marketing people would have gone nuts, as I did.

And is it multithreaded yet? By that I mean, is it using the full capability of the microprocessor.

How long ago was a "few years"? I've been using it for masking (and grouped/nested layers at that) and so on since about version 9. Not 100% of effects can be applied in a non-destructive manner but there are just over a dozen adjustments that can be applied as layers (I think PS has around 18?). It is one on the best things that's not full Photoshop for bitmap level adjustments. 95% of my stuff never needs more than Lightroom so I have PSP around as a cheap tool to do the other 5%.

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2015 at 10:58 UTC
On article Corel releases ParticleShop brush plugin for Photoshop (83 comments in total)
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The Name is Bond: Does Paintshop pro have non-destructive and nested layers yet? I consider these fundamental for pro useage as a cheap substitute to Photoshop.

I used to use Serif Photoshop which had both and had so much potential to be a half-decent replacement for Photoshop but for some useability/UI issues, slowness and ancient bugs going back 10 years that had never been fixed and were infuriating. Serif evidently didn't practice the Microsoft principle of "Eat your own dog food" as their marketing people would have gone nuts, as I did.

And is it multithreaded yet? By that I mean, is it using the full capability of the microprocessor.

Its had layer support for years. It also went 64 bit a couple of releases ago (they still bundle a 32 bit build for plugin compatibility).

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2015 at 09:12 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV Review (1561 comments in total)
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Scales USA: •16 fps continuous shooting (with metering and focus fixed at the first shot)

The usefulness of this feature is mostly lost on me. Why would I want 16 FPS for a still subject or one where lighting does not change.

1 in focus shot plus 15 oof shots does not sound worthwhile.

As to sales, I don't have any actual sales info, so it may be a best seller or a bust. It does have some nice features, but 16FPS with no change in focus is not one of them.

I thought the focus stacking support was quite limited? Certainly there are some things you can do with it but fixed AF definitely limits its applications.

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2015 at 21:16 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV Review (1561 comments in total)
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Scales USA: •16 fps continuous shooting (with metering and focus fixed at the first shot)

The usefulness of this feature is mostly lost on me. Why would I want 16 FPS for a still subject or one where lighting does not change.

1 in focus shot plus 15 oof shots does not sound worthwhile.

As to sales, I don't have any actual sales info, so it may be a best seller or a bust. It does have some nice features, but 16FPS with no change in focus is not one of them.

"Baseball batter, pitcher
Tennis serve
Football kicker
Cricket batsman..."

Surely you'd have to be the referee/umpire to be close enough to shoot those @70mm equivalent?!

Link | Posted on Jul 31, 2015 at 09:12 UTC
On article Shutterdial offers Flickr searches based on EXIF (21 comments in total)
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Mike FL: "subject, focal length, shutter speed and aperture.".

Q1. why no ISO?

Q2. by "subject". HOW?

Regarding Q2, possibly flickr's recent and horrific auto-tagging project.

Link | Posted on May 15, 2015 at 08:03 UTC
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ryan2007: I am curious about forum rules when it comes to commercial advertising.
It is one thing to review a product vs placing a link to ask/pledge money. How is this not in violation of said rule. What exactly is the grey area here.

Here is a quote from said forum rules and it specifically mentions Kickstarter here?

Commercial advertising.

Commercial website linking or advertising is not allowed, if you wish to advertise on the site please contact us. This rule includes owners of other digital photography websites promoting themselves on the forum. You will be banned and have all of your messages removed. Other things we consider spamming that will result in removal of messages and a possible ban: never posting anything but links to your own site, soliciting votes / support for your entry in a contest, soliciting contributions (be it for charity, a Kickstarter project or a survey). If you wish to post such content please contact us first.

This isn't the forum though.

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2015 at 21:55 UTC
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Schweikert: Tough sell. Photographers will blow money on cameras and lenses but are cheap when it comes to gadgets which are just as easily home made.

A Canon rear lens cap is $7 + hot glue and velcro. DIY will out sell this product.

The concept is solid though.

Or rather than sell the entire cap, just sell packs of pre-cut velcro discs with adhesive backings.

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2015 at 21:54 UTC
On article Go wide! Hands-on with Canon's 11-24mm F4 L (229 comments in total)
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Cdog: 11mm zoom? This is the second worse decision Canon has made recently. (see the 5DF-ail.

Can't wait to see how distorted the foreground objects will be and how ridiculously tiny the background will be. This is the perfect lens for NYC apartments. Literally nothing else.

Being an owner of the Sigma 12-24 II then I can tell you 12mm is alot of fun. Yes you get some odd distortions but that's precisely what I bought it for because it produces some unusual/interesting shots.

And thats a big old bit of kit despite not being a stop slower, so no surprise this Canon one is a beast.

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 08:03 UTC
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ArminH: I would love to buy PS CC - But I'll NEVER rent it!

Its about as good a plan as potentially being left with no software if the rental price rises to an unacceptable level in the future. It also offers you the flexibility not to upgrade if none of the new features are of any worth to you. Even on the old licencing model an awful lot of people only upgraded every couple of versions of Photoshop, and an awful lot of people are still quite happily getting stuff done with the pre-CC releases.

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 11:26 UTC
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