falconeyes

falconeyes

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falconeyes: A hands-free drone is a compelling idea and it will come.

However, it will have to be a small drone (Spark-like), not a 2kg $1500 monster like the ADII.

Actually, someone may do a follow-me (GPS tracker) smartphone app for the Spark due to this Airdog kickstarter ;)

Thanks for the detailed information. Highly appreciated, maybe it should be emphasized more (ADII vs. competition).

However, the argument about wind does IMHO only apply partly. One would have to compare profile (surface) vs. weight. A more lightweight drone may actually perform better if it is very compact and low profile. Eventually your are correct of course as area increases by a lower power than volume.

Nevertheless, my argument any wording (monster) is preemptive. Autonomuous drones will crash eventually and a lighter drone will cause less damage. Or may be legal where a more heavy drone is not.

Therefore all tracking drones will be lightweight eventually.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 16:42 UTC
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Robert1975: This machine destroys the "competition" of good, original art photographers - this is good development. Finally, formulaic "pro" landscape shots will be devalued as they should be. Shooting focus stacked 14-24 or 11-24 in RAW does not make you a "pro".

Only man can create artwork... Because man is free from "algorithms"!

As I said, this is getting philosophical.

Creativity and Free Will don't contradict the fact our brain is a machine. There is a lot of scientific literature about both. And a certain area of psychology has made good progress in showcasing that Free Will, at least in many cases being studied, turned out to be an illusion (i.e., people insisted to have made decisions by free will, when they didn't (unconscious input etc.)).

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 16:30 UTC
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Robert1975: This machine destroys the "competition" of good, original art photographers - this is good development. Finally, formulaic "pro" landscape shots will be devalued as they should be. Shooting focus stacked 14-24 or 11-24 in RAW does not make you a "pro".

Only man can create artwork... Because man is free from "algorithms"!

This is getting philosophical.
Man too is a machine (made from cells) and the brain is a computer, only a billion times faster than even the newest GPUs. Of course, it does execute algorithms. Learning and intuition are algorithms ...

However, this "billion times faster" does make a big difference. Current "deep learning" stories are a big hype and we are an estimated 30 years away still to rhe point where things do really get interesting.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 08:48 UTC

A hands-free drone is a compelling idea and it will come.

However, it will have to be a small drone (Spark-like), not a 2kg $1500 monster like the ADII.

Actually, someone may do a follow-me (GPS tracker) smartphone app for the Spark due to this Airdog kickstarter ;)

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2017 at 10:53 UTC as 6th comment | 3 replies
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falconeyes: The same NR commentor now also cited another Japanese news article (featured comment on NR). IMHO, this other article does make a lot of sense and puts the current quotes from Nikon into a broader context.

Nicely, the Google translation can be read as is. So without further ado, here it is (split into pieces because of length restrictions)
Google translation:

Ok, with this interpretation in mind, here comes my critique ...

1. The current move by Nikon management is encouraging and going in the right direction. Esp. they now accept mirrorless as inevitable future ...

2. I still see a severe lack of imagination from Nikon, still closing eyes. E.g.,

- the trend for unified still/video cameras, starting at 6k and 24fps+

- the challenge of competitive AF in mirrorless

- Nikon-ish rather than pinpointing exactly where future innovation will come from. This still is backward rather than forward thinking.

3. Nikon still needs consulting from some capable forward thinking team knowledgable of their industry.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2017 at 10:36 UTC
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falconeyes: The same NR commentor now also cited another Japanese news article (featured comment on NR). IMHO, this other article does make a lot of sense and puts the current quotes from Nikon into a broader context.

Nicely, the Google translation can be read as is. So without further ado, here it is (split into pieces because of length restrictions)
Google translation:

Here comes my interpretation:

1. industrial lens technology = use synergy from Nikon semiconductor equipment sector

2. Nikon management had a brainstorming, accepting they need to change ...

3. Nikon fears mirrorless b/c it is hard to differentiate, think optics in the high resolution mirrorless could do the trick.

4. They think the trend to even higher resolution will continue and carry over to mirrorless.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2017 at 10:28 UTC
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falconeyes: The same NR commentor now also cited another Japanese news article (featured comment on NR). IMHO, this other article does make a lot of sense and puts the current quotes from Nikon into a broader context.

Nicely, the Google translation can be read as is. So without further ado, here it is (split into pieces because of length restrictions)
Google translation:

To rebuild the camera business, the company focuses on honeing the basic performance that the user feels "Nikonashi". Recently I canceled the launch of a high-end compact camera, and I could not meet the user's expectations. Idea to refine photograph expression thoroughly, to strengthen the support of professionals and enthusiasts.

On the other hand, high-performance cameras generally have difficulty in handling, and there are also problems that users tend to fix. We will examine women's development projects etc. and try to expand the user's field.

end.of.article
Author Ming Yutaka from Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun
[source http://newswitch.jp/p/9579 via Nakayamahanzaemon via NR]

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2017 at 10:15 UTC
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falconeyes: The same NR commentor now also cited another Japanese news article (featured comment on NR). IMHO, this other article does make a lot of sense and puts the current quotes from Nikon into a broader context.

Nicely, the Google translation can be read as is. So without further ado, here it is (split into pieces because of length restrictions)
Google translation:

In February Nikon concentrated production of optical parts, and in April we gathered the optical design functions that were dispersed in each business division and established an optical headquarters. Apply the design technology cultivated with industrial lenses to consumer cameras, centering on the head office. The cost of industrial lens processing is tens of millions of yen, so we take out the elements of design technology and keep costs down to the level that can be mounted on cameras.

The reason to rush to improve the performance of camera lens is to differentiate image sensor with high pixel count and mirrorless. It is more than 20 million pixels in the highest-end SLR camera. In the future, there is a possibility that conventional lenses can not fully express the expressiveness of a high pixel sensor. Also, the simple mirrorless mechanism is difficult to differentiate from competition. Increase lens performance and make a difference in photographic expression.

cont'd...

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2017 at 10:11 UTC
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falconeyes: The same NR commentor now also cited another Japanese news article (featured comment on NR). IMHO, this other article does make a lot of sense and puts the current quotes from Nikon into a broader context.

Nicely, the Google translation can be read as is. So without further ado, here it is (split into pieces because of length restrictions)
Google translation:

Nikon diverts industrial lens technology used in semiconductor exposure equipment and the like to digital camera. Develop lenses with high optical performance for image sensors with high pixel count, and improve the basic performance of cameras. Within 2-3 years, we aim to be mounted on mirrorless cameras and other devices. With the spread of smartphones, the camera market has shrunk rapidly, and reform of the camera business is urgent. Improve the performance of "royal road" centered on middle and high class machines, aim for brand revival.

cont'd...

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2017 at 10:05 UTC

The same NR commentor now also cited another Japanese news article (featured comment on NR). IMHO, this other article does make a lot of sense and puts the current quotes from Nikon into a broader context.

Nicely, the Google translation can be read as is. So without further ado, here it is (split into pieces because of length restrictions)
Google translation:

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2017 at 10:04 UTC as 36th comment | 6 replies

Reading through both sources, it cannot be deduced Nikon is developing mirrorless BEYOND the Nikon-1. Top "in a genre" and "superior to rivals", not "top mirrorless" ... And the DSLR mention was made to the general question, answering they would make both, DSLR *AND* mirrorless, not they would make a DSLR-quality mirrorless.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2017 at 09:44 UTC as 38th comment

The translation from NR was shortened. It reads: "... On the other hand, we need fun. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a project like “an easy-to-use DSLR for girls”?"

So, the sentence "OTOH we need fun" wasn't part of the comment on mirrorless anymore, he did NOT say the mirrorless needs to be fun.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2017 at 09:38 UTC as 40th comment

Interesting is the emphasis in both sources ... optical (lens) performance and build-quality/ergonomy.

However, they dropped AF performance from that list which is THE most distinctive feature between competing mirrorless offers. Except "Nikon-rashii" is meant to include AF performance too.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2017 at 09:30 UTC as 41st comment

Is it the 10.5" iPad Pro which creates the kind of pressure to make this kind of announcement this early?

Anyway, the 120 Hz iPad Pro with Apple Pencil was the first device I tried where drawing actually started to feel like the real thing, pen and paper. So, this is why I am wondering ...

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2017 at 02:41 UTC as 8th comment | 10 replies
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Vivid1: All the signs are there that Adobe is dropping the standalone version - too bad for photographers like me who have been loyal customers for many years - Adobe obviously does not need our money any more... I Recently invested in On1 suite - looks really good so far! Now only if there was a away to convert Lighroom adjustmens and catalogues for over 100,000 images :-(

@Fujica
> If you dislike a certain supplier then there are plenty of others to choose from
If this were true long term I'd agree.
However, history has shown that subscription models have created monopolies which later led to nationalization to avoid corporate misconduct. Think electric, postal, phone services in Europe. We don't need to happen this again only because somebody cried cloud.

E.g., there is nothing to prevent Adobe from increasing their fee to $50 or $100 per month and swallow all competitors using the pile of money they would get out of it. And Adobe is just the beginning, think Facebook, Amazon, Google, Apple, Microsoft ...

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2017 at 02:19 UTC
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Vivid1: All the signs are there that Adobe is dropping the standalone version - too bad for photographers like me who have been loyal customers for many years - Adobe obviously does not need our money any more... I Recently invested in On1 suite - looks really good so far! Now only if there was a away to convert Lighroom adjustmens and catalogues for over 100,000 images :-(

@Fujica you make so many different points it is hard to reply. Still, I disagree. E.g.

1. Netflix et al. and subscriptions
Subscriptions are ok. Subscriptions are for consumables which cost money to renew, like newspapers, electric currency, broadcasting, internet access etc. Rented software is none of that, just a marketing stunt making people believe a useless cloud component makes rented software a subscription.

2. I purchased my copy of Adobe PS CS6 and have a eavy customer account with them. There are more people hacking CC than there were hacking CS. Because when you end the subsription, you would loose your data otherwise. In many countries, this then isn't even illegal.

3. Don Quixote Who says the subscription model will prevail? It is an easy move at first. But it will all swing back when people start to refuse to pay for their hundreds of software "subscriptions". In the end, it will be a big mess with many small software companies and overall innovation being the victim.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2017 at 16:11 UTC
On article Macro photography with the Fujifilm GFX 50S (53 comments in total)

MF is challenging for Macro as you need a 2x macro to fill the frame where a smaller sensor may only need 1x. And Fuji only has a 0.5x lens ...

Therefore interesting to see Fuji sponsored this kind of challenging topic.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2017 at 12:56 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply

Just before the East German wall was teared down, all the government cared about was 40th anniversary activities.

You must be evil to see any similiarities here ;)

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2017 at 12:35 UTC as 33rd comment
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Vivid1: All the signs are there that Adobe is dropping the standalone version - too bad for photographers like me who have been loyal customers for many years - Adobe obviously does not need our money any more... I Recently invested in On1 suite - looks really good so far! Now only if there was a away to convert Lighroom adjustmens and catalogues for over 100,000 images :-(

Fujica, wrong comparison. Rather think of having to rent your TV, your computer, your computer OS, your furniture, your clothes etc. ...

Rental-only software is a recent phenomenon in the consumer section which is beneficial to big companies like Microsoft or Adobe but in the long run, will destroy competition leaving trapped customers. Would consumers be less blind, it would not happen.

Which is why I don't think Adobe will drop LR standalone anytime soon.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2017 at 12:24 UTC

Since when does a 2s animated GIF-equivalent outperform a decent Fireworks photo? I say so having shot fireworks myself, like http://gallery.falklumo.com/LumoArt/Night/i-HxFh7pX/A

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2017 at 22:39 UTC as 22nd comment | 1 reply
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