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On article Opinion: DJI has abandoned professionals (407 comments in total)
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Sergey Borachev: People die as a result of inadequate control over powerful tools. Let's hope the authorities have learnt from the ongoing and painful experience of allowing guns in the community. Drones are so powerful and difficult to monitor and control, and what we have seen is only the beginning of what certainly will be much more capable and problematic in future as they proliferate.

Sergey, you have aroused the wrath of libertarian NRA fans.
Malcolm, you miss the point. Devices that can cause disaster in the wrong hands (like bringing down an airliner full of people with a drone) need to be regulated and controlled. It's that simple. I love guns but I'm an old-school NRA type - from the era where the NRA didn't want every nitwit to have a firearm - the era before all the mass shootings we now endure.
Terry, the no-gun nation of Japan is one of the safest places on earth. Here's a simple equation: no guns = no gun deaths.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2017 at 18:13 UTC
On article Opinion: DJI has abandoned professionals (407 comments in total)
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mr.izo: are you naive enough to think, this is really 100% dji decision? same "happend" to google, when nsa wants/demands collaboration.
it's all about data and surveillance..

Not a valid comparison. Google isn't endangering the lives of airplane passengers and pilots. (Although just give them some time with automated vehicles.)

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2017 at 18:07 UTC
On article Opinion: DJI has abandoned professionals (407 comments in total)

Don't blame DJI, blame the self-centered idiots who want to to what they want to do. DJI could face liability issues if they enable destructive behavior, so they have taken a prudent course.
Better would have been to provide an encrypted override for qualified pilots.
As for this idea: "Have the mobile device running the DJI GO app send a ping to the FAA if a drone enters restricted airspace and forward the ping to the tower controlling that airspace. " How many more ATC staff are you willing to pay for (training, salary, benefits)? They are overworked already, and this "solution" would add more work and more potential for fatal accidents.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2017 at 18:03 UTC as 33rd comment
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Retzius: If a person is having a negative experience on Instagram or Facebook can't an individual just not log on or create a new account that blocks who is allowed to post? I don't understand why a person would keep using a particular social media app if they felt they were getting bullied...

It would be interesting to see a bit more depth to the "studies" about social media. The family structure and family dynamics need to be included. I've taught kids ages 11-12 to 18 in a pretty primitive and toxic environment, and some of them were totally unaffected by it. Those kids had good family support and structure.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2017 at 01:46 UTC
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Clyde Thomas: Stir discussion and provoke thought. Well done.


Dark Mirror Season 3 Episode 1 "Nosedive" is an excellent future projection for this same topic. It takes Instagram to its ultimate evolution, where you must have a certain number of "likes" before you can rise in social status. Some neighborhoods will refuse to allow you to live there unless you have a following.

And no sane person would want to live in one of those neighborhoods.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2017 at 01:43 UTC
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cosinaphile: Instagram and Facebook are just 2 manifestations of the wrong turn of society when we submit to allowing corporations to form our societies direction

food air water toxins carcinogens entertainment ..and now the mind itself

. i wonder if anything is safe from the damaging effects of corporate control

Good points. It's pretty easy to be safe from a lot of it by not participating in it. Go online? Sure, for facts and information and ideas. Social media? Why bother? Same for bad food and the like. Entertainment? Most of the public entertainment is hardly worth the time. Photography (actually looking things outside the self, and finding creative and challenging ways to capture them in images or video) is a great entertainment. Reading is another - used books are sold for $1 or less in shops or at the local library. Sports. Yoga. Nature. Music - play it yourself is nice; also there's great stuff online. Food? Learn to cook; have some friends over.
The problem is consumerism and no one is forced to play that game.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2017 at 01:42 UTC
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HarryLally: What has this got to do with photography or photographic kit? What will the next article be on? Cookery?

I understand the responses to your comment. They are of the same mindset that calls graffiti "art" instead of "vandalism." Sorry, it's vandalism. And instagram snapshots are not photography; photography implies much more. Just as poker is not a sport, even though poker tournaments are shown on sports channels on TV.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2017 at 01:37 UTC
On article Olympus TG-5 gallery updated (71 comments in total)
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pkcpga: I wish Olympus would come out with a m4/3 or 1" sensor rugged camera, something Sony rx100 sized but durable and waterproof.

"Nikon did precisely that with their rugged Nikon 1 AW1 camera. "
No, they did not. They came out with an ILC that lacked image stabilization.

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2017 at 19:37 UTC
On article Olympus TG-5 gallery updated (71 comments in total)
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Techo: All this release did is lower the price on the TG-4. The IQ is just as awful as a 3-5 year old tough cam.

You are getting slagged for your comment, which is typical of trolls.
I had the TG-2 and TG-3 and sent them both back due to abysmal IQ. Haven't used the TG-5, but from the many sample photos online it appears only marginally better. Very soft and often things like leaves, grass and the like appear painted on with brushstrokes. If you're only sharing photos on Facebook it's probably OK, but if you need to crop and/or enlarge you may not be happy with many of your shots (depending on the subject and the texture of the scene.
Now, trolls, slag on.

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2017 at 19:33 UTC
On article Olympus TG-5 gallery updated (71 comments in total)
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Jefftan: which raw extraction software to use is best?

Try working with FastStone or IrfanView or RawTherapee. All free. No need to do any conversion before editing. You also can open and then Save As...
I used to use Adobe stand-alone DNG converter but it made a mess of curves and contrast.

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2017 at 19:28 UTC
On article Olympus TG-5 gallery updated (71 comments in total)
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Mateus1: Supprise, TG-5 renders colours better then very expensive Fuji X-T2 - including skin tones and greens. X-Trans III brings worse colour ballance vs X-Trans II and I.

Troll much?

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2017 at 19:26 UTC
On article Olympus TG-5 gallery updated (71 comments in total)
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infrequenttraveller: I - and others maybe too? - have a general problem which is not limited to the TG-5, but applies to all of this waterproof cameras: I mostly need them for kayaking. However, usually I'm wearing varifocals which I swap for sports glasses while on the water - but the sports glasses are not varifocals and for distance only.

So, I just can't see what's on the display when I'm sitting in the kayak. Why can't we get some kind of very simple aid like the sports finder of old, attached to the camera body? something like the Ikodot viewfinder?


I would even get an Ikodot for this camera, but, alas, there's no accessory shoe to put it in...

As we all are getting older, could we get some help in this regard please, Olympus, and whoever is making such cameras?

It's not just about getting older. In many bright situations rear screens are useless. P&S becomes "point and pray."
P&S makers went through a phase of eliminating EVFs. Thank goodness they came to their senses for the most part, and reinstated EFVs. Maybe they will get smart with the "tough" cams one of these years...

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2017 at 19:25 UTC
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Toselli: In my opinion he prepared the camera knowing that for how the environment around was configured he had a 99% of possibility that the shutter would have been triggered. He even modified the environment around the camera to have that high possibility. Now in my opinion it's not that different when you take a picture of a landscape on a tripod, and you set an Intervalometer to trigger the shutter after a few seconds after you pull up the mirror. It's the same thing: in both cases you don't personally take the picture, but you configure the environment around the camera to trigger the shutter.

You're right, and we can take this one step further. One can set up motion-activated shutter release to get images of wild animals. It's done all the time. It would be ridiculous to claim that the animals own the images, or that the photographer doesn't.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2017 at 02:24 UTC
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golfhov: https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/world/2011/jul/04/shutter-happy-monkey-photographer
For those trying to make this into something it isn't.
Here is Mr. Slater in his own words. He had NO creative intent. The monkeys played with the camera and randomness ensued.
So all those turning this into "Mr Slater clearly setup the camera in the best manner and directed the monkeys" need to step off the crazy train.

Much art has no "creative intent." Randomness - and viewer/audience participation, both voluntary and otherwise - is considered to be the essence of much modern art, music and drama.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2017 at 02:23 UTC
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BBQue: Had the photographer set the camera to "continues shooting mode" before handing it to the monkey and triggered the release, or used a remote release, there would be no legal battle. It's totally silly and irrelevant in my opinion, whether the monkey pressed the button or not. But then I am not a lawyer, thank God!

It is a sad day, when PETA completely goes overboard and destroys a human being, all in the name of "animal's copyrights" (which don't even exist). What's next? Do we have to ask animals for consent to have their pictures taken at the zoo?

Don't give PETA any more ideas!

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2017 at 02:21 UTC
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cosinaphile: i have more respect for the intellect of this one playful macaque than all the peta lawyers in the universe

i do think PETA did grave damage to their already mixed reputation with this nonsense ....they only served to paint themselves petty misguided fools out to prove a point that never existed


Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2017 at 02:20 UTC
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FilmDigital: FYI: no one can copyright an idea. Section 102(b) of the Copyright Act specifically states: “In no case does copyright protection for an original work of authorship extend to any idea, procedure, process, system, method of operation, concept, principle or discovery, regardless of the form in which it is described, explained, illustrated or embodied in such work."

In this case, it means that the photographer's "idea" to let the animals play with the gear and trip the shutter at their discretion CANNOT be copyrighted. ANYONE can use this method, if they so choose, to photograph wildlife.

Copyrights DO cover “original works that the creator fixes in a tangible form." In other words, it protects the specifics of creative works after they're published or printed or otherwise distributed.

Bottom line: nobody can steal or profit from your work without your consent, but you can’t safeguard the idea behind it.

And your point is exactly what, as far as the image in question is concerned?
He was trying to copyright the image, not an idea.
If he had fed the monkey for snapping the shutter, he could have claimed it was a work for hire, in which case he would own it.
But far more practical to just claim he used a remote shutter release.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2017 at 02:20 UTC
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MaxFury: People don't give you feedback on the EOS M cameras because they see the competition like Sony, Fujifilm and so on fulfil their needs and go buy that instead of getting into your trashy mirroless line. In other words they don't give a sh!t to begin with. So you won't get any feedback. This is why a company needs a strong leadership because making the right decisions in not always obvious.

Also I wouldn't bet on only the DSLR's being used in the Olympics. Wait till Sony releases their next gen Full Frame cameras and then talk. Because I expect them to absolutely destroy the competition.

Canon is doomed to fail with a weak mindset like this. They don't see mirroless as the future. They intentionally and maliciously cripple their own cameras, like the 5D IV, screwing over their own customers that they lie about caring. And their are too slow to make a decision.

It's still not too late to invest in a MAJOR way into mirroless Canon. But you need to do it NOW and not 5 years from now.

Donnie G claims that "5.7 million shoppers bought Canon interchangeable lens cameras (DSLR and mirrorless) in 2016. That's 5.7 million people who voted in favor of Canon's management decisions with their wallets."
Not at all true. Most people go to their local camera shop and buy what's there. Most local camera shops carry Canon and Nikon. Period. For that reason, most people are virtually unaware of Pentax, Panny, etc., and their first camera is likely to be a Canon or Nikon. Even if they switch to buying from Amazon or B&H, they reflexively look at Canon or Nikon - they are unaware of anything else. This has nothing to do with "Canon's management decisions" and everything to do with the local camera shop and the power of habit.

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2017 at 17:23 UTC

"introducing 4K to the entry-level is linked to the 4K TV market. How quickly that takes off and penetrates will tell us how and when we should introduce 4K to more affordable cameras. "
This kind of thinking will ensure that their products lag. 4K produces better footage when displayed on normal HD monitors, not to mention 8mp images. Canon execs seem sadly out of touch. This is also demonstrated by Canon's repeated failure to provide meaningful burst rates (1.5fps? 3fps? Are they joking?) and meaningful buffer depth.
You want to be dominant in the ILC market? For mirrorless, the first step is to get your products up to the level of Sony, Oly and Panny in terms of features and performance.

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2017 at 17:18 UTC as 4th comment
On article What's missing? Ming Thein on the state of mirrorless (744 comments in total)
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gordonrussell76: I am afraid I have lost a lot of respect for Ming over this blog. I posted a few comments directly over on the blog. He responded with the following comment

YOU are the one with the sense of entitlement. YOU expect the internet to provide content for free, agree with your views, make you feel good – for free – then when you don’t get what you want, YOU become rude, sarcastic and abusive to somebody you’ve never met. I wonder if you’re as pleasant and charming in real life, or just when you’re hiding behind a keyboard."

Needless to say the above was a gross exaggeration of what has traspired, please have a look my username over there is Funkmonkey, legacy thin.

I responded to the above post saying that I am not hiding behind a keyboard just that I found his whole one almost troll like and I was left feeling almost as if he were trolling his own blog to increase traffic. Interestingly he has not allowed that comment to be posted. So he sensors his blog to make himself look good.

No way to find your comments nor his response based on your vague reference to his blog. Please provide details on how to access, so that we may judge for ourselves.

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2017 at 17:11 UTC
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