Scales USA

Lives in United States Spokane, WA, United States
Works as a Electrical Engineer
Joined on May 20, 2007

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Smart Phone manufacturers are seeing the bottom drop out of sales. They are looking for ways to give buyers a reason to upgrade to newer phones.

It seems pretty universal that improved cameras are seen as a feature that brings in new buyers and upgrades. Since all the manufacturers are doing it, its pretty obvious that lots of surveys show that many people want better cameras on their phone.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2016 at 18:24 UTC as 29th comment | 1 reply
On article Fotodiox releases new LED studio-in-a-box (49 comments in total)

I wish it had been available years ago before I built my own larger setup. There are so many ebay and etsy sellers taking photos with their smart phones on the kitchen table who could benefit. I started by lining a large cardboard box with cloth, it had sides that could swing open or close, and I used a 750 watt Tota Light with my 1990's digital camera that needed a ton of light to function. I could only run it for a few minutes before things got too warm. So, I built a large photography light table using 12 - 98 CRI 4 ft tubes that can also have a flash as supplement. It can be lit from below as well.

Sure, a dedicated studio is great, but there are so many who will see a huge improvement in product photography that the potential is there.

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2016 at 02:10 UTC as 11th comment

I think that questions about the project could be answered by visiting the link to the rescued film project. I see it as a form of social anthropology. Home made movies and old photos sell well on ebay and Etsy, so its a popular thing, perhaps a view through someone's window in times gone by.

And, of course, there may always be a valuable Elvis or Beetle photo or other potentially priceless image.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2016 at 05:29 UTC as 15th comment
On article Sony warns against use of unauthorized third-party apps (183 comments in total)
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tech_head: Here in America that means nothing.
The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act requires them show that the modification lead to the failure.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnuson–Moss_Warranty_Act

So if the dial falls off they cannot void the warranty because you used different software. If they can prove the malfunction is dues to third party software, then and only then can they void the warranty.

The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act confuses a lot of people. When was the last time you saw a product that did not have a "Limited Warranty". By issuing a limited Warranty, claims against a manufacturer are severely limited. Implied Warranties are always eliminated in a Limited Warranty. You cannot install a supercharger on your car engine, and when it blows, claim the engine was defective. You cannot defeat the overheat preventions in a camera and then claim that the sensor meltdown was a warranty issue. You can use any brand of camera strap, any brand of compatible memory, and any brand of compatible lens, but if you interfere with the operating system and brick the camera will get you nowhere unless its Canon, who is very forgiving when it comes to things like that. They may not be tomorrow.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2016 at 04:13 UTC

While I'm happy to see lower costs of photo rated LEDs, as far as cost per lumen, it does not hold a candle to high CRI CFL's where 85 watt lamps usually sell in the $20 range. Compact CFL's use a extremely high frequency power supply, so they do not flicker because the frequency is much higher and the decay time of the phosphor is relatively slow.

The nice thing about LED lights is that they do not heat the subject nearly as much as a Tungsten lamp. A 500 watt or 1000 watt tungsten with a reflector gets a nearby subject very hot and very quickly. I also doubt that two of these would come near to matching the light output of my 750 watt Halogen Tota Lamps. They are extremely bright, and even hotter. I've tried 35 watt LED's, even multiple ones did not cut it.

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2016 at 15:01 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply

Michael always made my day a little brighter when I read his articles. I'm glad that he is no longer suffering.

Its a rare talent to not only be a expert on a subject, but to be able to communicate your knowledge to others in a clear and enjoyable way.

Link | Posted on May 30, 2016 at 21:18 UTC as 5th comment

The Smart Phone business is dying, the market is saturated, and phone makers are trying to find a way to boost poor sales. I really doubt that most buyers pay a lot of attention to the camera in their phone, but even if 10% do, it can boost sales.

Link | Posted on May 28, 2016 at 16:07 UTC as 6th comment
On article Readers' Showcase: Phil Garcia (73 comments in total)

I liked no 5. From a technical point, its very difficult to get white on white, the camera will capture the image as gray, so you have to really master the settings manually, get a perfect exposure, etc.

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2016 at 03:08 UTC as 29th comment

The question with patents is the cost to actually produce it. The complex array of tiny lenses, lcd, and half mirror will add to the cost. Apparently, it can be fitted without increasing the hump size, and battery life might be a little better in liveview when the main LCD is off. There might be no need to turn it on for those who use a viewfinder, since the image can playback after its taken, right in the viewfinder.

A feature like that, if it works would be interesting, f/11 lenses can autofocus using liveview and you can still use the viewfinder. Smaller and less expensive f/5.6 lenses could autofocus with a 2X TC without using the rear lcd to frame the image, which is difficult in bright daytime.

I read thru the patent, which discusses the difficulties of using different methods to get the result, it makes you appreciate the thought and effort that went into this patent. This patent builds on a previous Canon patent.

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2016 at 03:48 UTC as 14th comment

I suspect that keeping the lens stopped down is something that comes with using a mirrorless camera. The pixels on the main sensor will overload with the aperture fully open and AF will be worse because of blooming.

There are a ton of new issues to be solved that the mirrorless technology brings.

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2016 at 03:30 UTC as 52nd comment | 5 replies

Engineers have to trade off features. You can't have it all. The Professional level PJ cameras tend to value the ability to get the shot in tough lighting conditions, so a little less low ISO DR might be a good trade for high ISO performance.

Cameras do seem to be more niche oriented lately, with a particular type of user in mind. Comparing isolated features of one versus a camera optimized for a different type of user will result in articles like this one. DPR did not say it was bad directly, but the glaring headline and comparison reveals that the author of the article highly values features that Nikon feels can be traded for low light performance. I can't say who is right, its just what it is.

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2016 at 01:52 UTC as 145th comment
On article How to: iFixit disassembles the Fujifilm X100T (102 comments in total)

The service manuals I have require a precision measuring tool to assure that the sensor is aligned to a few 10 thousands of a inch. Shims are used to adjust it. The same with the lens mount. Actually, Canon sensors have a number written on the corners that need to be shimmed. The number gives the shim size.

I'd be very careful to replace any items that look like washers in the exact same location, since they might be shims of different thicknesses.

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2016 at 19:51 UTC as 23rd comment

Is the minimum speed for a new or low level formatted card, or for a card that has been written to and must be erased? That's a issue for many users who do not realize that write speeds vary depending on whether the card is new or has been used and formatted with in-camera normal formatting. Low level formatting returns a card to new status, but its generally optional.

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2016 at 20:16 UTC as 10th comment

I'd be interested in the implementation of live view, in the past, its been worthless.

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2016 at 20:09 UTC as 29th comment | 2 replies
On article Ultra-compact: Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II review (546 comments in total)

Sony's roots lie in making small products, and that has served them well. Sticking to what they do best will continue to benefit them. Personally, I've stayed away from most tiny things, but just the other day, I sent my vintage Sony Walkman(CD player) from the 1980's to the thrift store. It was small, but weighed ton. I still have a earlier audio cassette version.

I have several old Sony Reel to Reel decks. I fix them and resell them, they are almost always defective, they were all unreliable. On the other hand, the old Teac decks almost always work fine, possibly needing a belt or two.

While I'd hope that their products will be reliable, I have yet to see it happen, their current products are throw-away items, they are too expensive to repair, or parts are not available. I do wish that they would improve in those areas. I might yet buy one.

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2016 at 05:31 UTC as 36th comment

Release of papers, TV and radio interviews always happen when its time to ask for a initial or extension to a research grant, paid for by us, of course. That's not necessarily bad, I'm all for research, but I also take these announcements with a grain of salt. Few of them ever turn out.

If the idea had obvious merit, I'd like to think that the camera companies would be funding the research and buying up patents. However, companies can be blind to a good idea, when that happens, they become another Polaroid or Kodak. They both had the underpinnings of modern digital photography within their company, but the management could not imagine the effect it would have and did not go all out to develop it. They spent money, but it required a all-out effort if they were to become the big players.

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2016 at 05:21 UTC as 23rd comment
On article Retro through-and-through: Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review (2481 comments in total)

I noticed some obvious light-dark flickering in some of the scenes. Was the camera using a fixed aperture, or was the aperture changing and causing the flicker?

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2016 at 03:36 UTC as 203rd comment | 2 replies
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Big Richard: In FY 2013 Sony sold 11.5 million cameras. In FY2015Sony forecasts only 6.1 million cameras. 47% drop.

Pretty shocking.

I wonder how long Sony will stick with Cybershot and APSC? The sensor business thanks mostly to Apple and Nikon is the reason for the profits along with FF mirrorless where there is no competition.

Sony is making money and needs to stick with their profitable core: Sensors, professional video and FF mirrorless. Cybershot and NEX are the boat anchors holding them back from making higher profits. Now I see why last years A6000 replacement was cancelled, and there hasn't been a new apsc lens for 2 1/2 years.

In case you did not read the financial report, their profitable core business in sensors lost 97 million. (Batteries are part of that business unit)

Camera sensors are a very small part of that business, its dominated by cell phone, tablet sensors, and their sales is way down.

As far as profits, their other lines are doing much better than cameras. Mobile Communications up 133%. Pictures (Movies) up 227%. Game and Network Services up 45.5%. Imaging is near the bottom of the profit list.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2016 at 01:46 UTC

Although it wasn't specifically mentioned, the speed and availability of parts and repair service is certainly important to someone who actually needs to have their cameras available for use. Sure, have a backup, but if it takes 2-3 months for service, you might need multiple backups, and backup lenses are expensive.

Then, there is reliability.

So, the performance and IQ are a part of the equation, but for some, not the most important or even in second place.

I realize that its expensive and difficult to gather reliability information, but availability of service centers, spare parts, and average turn-around time might be easier.

I do agree with the gist of the argument, each photographer has his needs and priorities, he also has his biases. I often see comments like why doesn't brand X have a feature brand y has? Take this to the obvious conclusion, and all cameras would be the same.

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2016 at 04:37 UTC as 78th comment
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