falconeyes

falconeyes

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Is this the level of innovation Adobe thinks is acceptable to CC users?

It saves to click 4 corners with the mask tool and then use content-aware fill which was inroduced with CS5, I believe. Actually, it just makes a script a built-in feature.

Where is the real innovation? A new tool like content-aware fill as such?

Link | Posted on May 26, 2016 at 22:28 UTC as 37th comment | 6 replies

Not a bad idea for a plugin or filter program.

However, I'll look forward to more deep testing of its mask tool vs. e.g., Topaz ReMask which would be my reference for the tree vs. sky example.

The example video with the couple vs. water created a terrible mask though.

Link | Posted on May 21, 2016 at 10:35 UTC as 48th comment
On article SmugMug Films: Passport to Morocco (48 comments in total)
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Sean65: The use of a tripod in bright light and narrow streets is more than a little odd.

I know the places photographed in this film. Using a tripod (plus long coat in hotr weather btw) sets you apart from the crowd which is necessary to take good pictures. If you look closely, he tends to put down his tripod to then shot freehand with his Sony ;)

Which all makes sense if you know how tourists (when they stop walking) in, e.g., Fez, are approached all the time otherwise ...

Link | Posted on May 15, 2016 at 08:57 UTC
On article Video: Meet the Nikon D500 (187 comments in total)
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saeba77: image the same quality sensor and similar AF in a mirrorless body as the A6xxx.
Damn if only Nikon making that not cannibalize his own market:(

@Zerixos,
agree with your arguments. Except that an EFCS (electronic first curtain shutter) removes the requirement to close shutter in LV first, without the mentioned negative impacts. The only constraint is that EFCS is hard to make for 1/2000s or shorter.

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2016 at 11:45 UTC
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MrTaikitso: When Lytro launched their first (innovative but impractical) camera, I said Canon or Adobe should buy them. Neither did, and being they had so much venture finding ($200m if I recall) I knew they would survive to eventually get their business model right, and they have, as their remarkable machine announced at NAB shows. Canon make very good (high end) movie cameras, but have Sony and Panasonic on their tail, but most importantly of all, Canon's greatest technology has always been their AF. So it would have made sense for them to invest in a technology that makes focusing obsolete in specific use cases - namely Lytros.

Instead, they launched the unversatile unimaginative M series so Panasonic and Oly ate them for lunch.

I have never owned a Canon camera (love their scanners and printers!), but know how good their gear can be from other users and results, but they cannot rest on their past reputation.

Buy Lytro Canon & launch a revolutionary multi-focus APSC mirrorless.

@MrTaikitso: if you look closely, what Lytro does is not disruptive.

More precisely:
Both Lytro (M=6) and Canon (M=1.4) use a Multipixel sensor with M^2 sensels per microlens. They are closer than you think and just use a technology originally introduced by Fuji (phase sensels). Multipixel sensors patents cannot be defended (obvious technology) and soon, all sensors will be of Multipixel type (cf. Sony and Samsung).

Personally, I think M=2 (quad pixel) is the sweet spot.

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2016 at 14:37 UTC

This news is welcome.
Esp. in BIF this camera seems to be made for, backlit subjects are very frequent and the ability to push shadows is an important asset for the D500.

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2016 at 11:20 UTC as 38th comment
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Donald B: I think you need to compare it to the k3ii at iso 6400 raw .

Made my day.
Logic errors in arguments this large are rare :)

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2016 at 11:15 UTC
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falconeyes: Thanks for the additional info.
As a matter of fact, it means the Lytro Cinema is an example of the "Multi-Pixel AF Sensor" with 21 MP and Multi=6x6.
The Canon Dual-Pixel AF Sensor is another example with Multi=2x1.
For some time now, I advocate a broader adoption of Multi-Pixel AF Sensors, specifically Quad-Pixel with Multi=2x2.
OTOH, it is a significant step-back from the original idea of a real Light-Field or plenoptical camera which requires a much higher sub-ray resolution being captured. But this stepped-back specification yields a much more interesting camera overall, still increasing the available depth of field by a factor six.

Just adding to it...
We do not know yet the 35mm-equivalent properties of this camera. But as it looks massive, even F-Stop numbers of 6*N could imply shallow-enough depth-of-field to make this camera operate more like a conventional camera which requires constant focus operation.

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2016 at 08:26 UTC

Thanks for the additional info.
As a matter of fact, it means the Lytro Cinema is an example of the "Multi-Pixel AF Sensor" with 21 MP and Multi=6x6.
The Canon Dual-Pixel AF Sensor is another example with Multi=2x1.
For some time now, I advocate a broader adoption of Multi-Pixel AF Sensors, specifically Quad-Pixel with Multi=2x2.
OTOH, it is a significant step-back from the original idea of a real Light-Field or plenoptical camera which requires a much higher sub-ray resolution being captured. But this stepped-back specification yields a much more interesting camera overall, still increasing the available depth of field by a factor six.

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2016 at 08:13 UTC as 39th comment | 1 reply

I think the D5 is all about the kind of images you get, not the image quality of each. Don't forget, at daylight an RX100 easily matches the image quality of an DSLR. But the DSLR may catch images the RX100 will fail at.

In my German Nikon forum, the following image from the Bundesliga Bayern Munich game was posted (Player: Vidal) -> http://www.nikon-fotografie.de/vbulletin/picture.php?albumid=30124&pictureid=498687
Credit Michael Weber, IMAGEPOWER
D5 JPEG ooc, AF-S VR FL 600/4 + TC-14E III + strong crop at ISO 8000 f/5,6 1/1250s
Mr. Weber: "Image taken from across the playing ground, the opposite side of the goal and previously, I struggled with mild blur in similiar situations."
That's the kind of images which do actually sell!
Anything else, this DPR article included, can only give a weak impression of how the camera performs, or doesn't. In my German Nikon forum, Michael writes: "I am more than content (with the D5), the more the longer I work with it".

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2016 at 15:50 UTC as 33rd comment
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Robert Kempen: Leica reports record revenues for the past financial year with 'double digit' profits - unlisted company, of course, so does not need to provide exact profit numbers, but the revenue number is a new record for Leica's photographic division

Bottom line: M, Q & SL are selling like hot cakes and so is the new S

B&H must be smiling...

@Robert Kempen
> unlisted company, maybe, but in Germany business does still follow the rules ;)
-> https://www.bundesanzeiger.de/ebanzwww/wexsservlet?session.sessionid=f96ae031a172c833e3a010224fdbaecb&page.navid=detailsearchlisttodetailsearchdetail&fts_search_list.selected=eccf989a8a489f92&fts_search_list.destHistoryId=61614

They make profit around 38 and 14 million € (2014 and 2015 resp.) but don't shift any of the profit into the next year.

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2016 at 14:29 UTC

Most expensive tripod ever: microgravitation :)

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2016 at 12:41 UTC as 24th comment
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falconeyes: This is a tiny project for a company the scale of FB. Cool but tiny.

Nevertheless, I am glad to see that undercover projects are still making it to the surface in large corporations :)

Tiny it is.
Miniscule team and prototype-level hardware solution.
Roughly equivalent to what a decent engineering university's thesis work would achieve.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2016 at 22:07 UTC
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RPJG: Does anyone know why 14 horizontal cameras are required, given the quite wide 19mm-equivalent field of view - e.g., for better stitching results?

@Mark Banas
Assuming the standard 100° FoV (diagonal) of current VR glasses, 2x8k translates to about full HD per eye.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2016 at 14:15 UTC
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ProfHankD: In the past few years it seems everybody has discovered that you can stick an array of cameras together for 360 capture. The Surround 360 does not seem to be a particularly clever nor cheap way to construct the multi-camera, and I wouldn't call overnight stitching fast. As far back as 1999, my research group showed two different multi-camera 360-degree rigs on autonomous platforms, with real-time stitching and video wall pan/zoom on a Linux cluster (fed captures via 802.11 wireless), in our research exhibit at IEEE/ACM SC99: http://aggregate.org/EXHIBITS/sc99_360.jpg

That said, we didn't do stereo, and the stereo video processing and encoding is far from trivial. I applaud Facebook freely releasing the design and software for others to use and help improve. I look forward to the actual open source release, which they say will happen "on GitHub this summer."

I agree. I am loking forward to learn which algorithm exactly they adopted to compute the stereo disparities. That seems to be at the heart of the news ;)

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2016 at 14:07 UTC

This is a tiny project for a company the scale of FB. Cool but tiny.

Nevertheless, I am glad to see that undercover projects are still making it to the surface in large corporations :)

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2016 at 14:05 UTC as 4th comment | 3 replies
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Mssimo: So video output is VGA resolution?

> they have to provide what they say
No, they do not.
They just try to stay connected to their money flow from venture capital. In the end, Lytro will fail. The only question for the people currently on board is how much longer they can run their party.

FYI, the current trend in 3D image and video aquisition is with a distributed set of ordinary high-res cameras and clever software. Aka structure from motion. Lytro doesn't seem to be part of that. 700+ MP may sound much. But above approaches easily deliver several Gigapixel (from their multiple cameras) and are still cheaper overall whith better depth resolution.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2016 at 11:47 UTC
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falconeyes: All of this sounds great on paper.

Only problem is that this is from the guys who are known to promise rather than deliver.

Here is a company which produces Lightfield cameras which actually do serve a purpose and where the company is making actual money rather than trying to impress investors
-> http://www.raytrix.de/

Sometimes, I simply don't get it why performers don't get media attention.

BTW, the more Lytro is entering the industrial market, the more likely they break Raytrix patents ...

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2016 at 11:29 UTC

All of this sounds great on paper.

Only problem is that this is from the guys who are known to promise rather than deliver.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2016 at 00:08 UTC as 51st comment | 4 replies
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falconeyes: Before people get too excited ...
This is a 220mm F4 lens at the long end.

A lens like the Nikon 70-200/4 is both cheaper and lighter than this camera. So it all comes down to actual image quality, how well the lens really resolves.

The diffraction limit for F4 is 1.34µm, the pixel pitch is 2.4µm. So, if this lens is diffraction-limited stopped down to F5.6, it may be a winner. Otherwise, it won't deliver anything a DSLR cannot at the same price and weight (at the long end).

Looking for4ward to an actual lens test. This is where the RX100m3/4 really shines.

Some don't seem to get the point I was trying to make. But don't worry ;)

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2016 at 21:20 UTC
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