doctor digi

Lives in United States CA, United States
Works as a Photographer / Club Owner
Joined on Jun 26, 2001

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DrSL: Ah, Android...

https://thehackernews.com/2017/11/android-location-tracking.html

Nothing wrong with Android.

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2017 at 19:57 UTC

"Can it survive the smartphone?"

No.

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2017 at 15:03 UTC as 101st comment

Stones and glasshouses come to mind... I don't feel sorry for him. I'm afraid he asked for it.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2017 at 18:52 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
On article Hands-on with new Canon L-series primes (295 comments in total)
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doctor digi: "Every aspect of the new TS-E lenses feels extremely well-machined. Canon has long experience of designing tilt-shift primes and everything from build quality to the feel of the focus rings oozes quality."

If only it were true. I have a 24mm TS-E II and the shift mechanism stopped working after a year. When it was fixed at a Canon-approved repair centre I was told it was because the rack in the rack and pinion had split. It is made of plastic and, I was told, they don't last long if the shift is used a lot.

I've now had the lens for several years with no problems (it's my main lens). That's only because I always lock the shift in place between sequences of shots so it can't be shifted accidentally by bumping the front of the lens, and I am very careful and slow when racking it.

I'm disappointed that Canon chose to use plastic for the mechanism. I expect these new lenses are the same.

@arbux: Yes, I had an issue. Yes, I have had no further problems. That's *only* because I'd handled the shift extremely carefully - far more carefully than I should have to (I don't mistreat my lenses). My point is that the rack is plastic - something I would not expect in such an expensive lens in a component that is obviously going to be under continual use.

So my point still remains valid. It most certainly is not "well machined" nor "oozes quality".

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2017 at 13:13 UTC
On article Hands-on with new Canon L-series primes (295 comments in total)

"Every aspect of the new TS-E lenses feels extremely well-machined. Canon has long experience of designing tilt-shift primes and everything from build quality to the feel of the focus rings oozes quality."

If only it were true. I have a 24mm TS-E II and the shift mechanism stopped working after a year. When it was fixed at a Canon-approved repair centre I was told it was because the rack in the rack and pinion had split. It is made of plastic and, I was told, they don't last long if the shift is used a lot.

I've now had the lens for several years with no problems (it's my main lens). That's only because I always lock the shift in place between sequences of shots so it can't be shifted accidentally by bumping the front of the lens, and I am very careful and slow when racking it.

I'm disappointed that Canon chose to use plastic for the mechanism. I expect these new lenses are the same.

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2017 at 17:42 UTC as 7th comment | 4 replies
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Bernie Ess: What is all the fuzz about? When I look at those pics, iPhone and Google pixel, I see a slight improvement in overall quality compared to let's say a 5 yo Galaxy Note 2 or so, but any (!) system camera with a m4/3 sensor or larger easily trumps those cameras in any light condition, delivering much (!) better clarity, sharpness, noise levels, robustness of the files etc. Mobile phones are the solution for convenience, but they still fall far behind dedicated cameras.
You can buy today a used Fujifilm X-E1 for less than 200 bucks, maybe 350 with the excellent 35/1,4, and it wipes the floor with any available smart phone.
But of course the Nerd factor of a Fujifilm is much lower.

Nothing to do with Nerd Factor. I have a 1DsIII and also a Panasonic gm5 (M43). However, for sheer convenience when I just want a general photo, I use my phone every time in such a situation. Not every photo has to be completely noise free, RAW format, and artefact free, taken with a 100-400L lens. It depends on the situation.

Link | Posted on Oct 9, 2017 at 21:14 UTC

Wow. Technology looking for a problem! That's a first.

Link | Posted on Oct 9, 2017 at 20:59 UTC as 31st comment | 1 reply
On article Google shares high-resolution Pixel 2 sample photos (172 comments in total)
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peterwr: Looks to me like it's optimised for closeups of food (and faces, which are about the same distance) and small groups of young people having fun. Mid-shot portraits and landscapes, not so much.

Oh, and 50iso is a waste of time.

So, you'd get a poorer image if it was old people having fun? I guess so. That's the trouble with youth today - they never design anything with older people in mind.

And another thing - if it wasn't for us X-geners you wouldn't even HAVE a Pixel phone. So get off my lawn!

Link | Posted on Oct 9, 2017 at 20:57 UTC
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doctor digi: Perhaps they should start looking at the length of copyright instead of this. 25 years please. Not 70. Not 90. Not 120. Just 25.

I think short copyrights are best. Then there is less chance of orphaned works. The current lengths annoy me - I had a case where I wanted to use both text and photos from a book and couldn't because of copyright. The book was published in 1898! Unfortunately both the photographer and author were young when it was created and both lived to be well over 90, dying in the late 1950s. Nobody knows who owns the copyright to text or pictures. Why should such a work, published in the 19th century still be in copyright? Why should copyright extensions be made retroactive? None of this should be the case.

Link | Posted on Oct 9, 2017 at 20:48 UTC

Perhaps they should start looking at the length of copyright instead of this. 25 years please. Not 70. Not 90. Not 120. Just 25.

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2017 at 20:43 UTC as 6th comment | 7 replies
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Miguel88: I am ordering an X and look forward to the review so will cancel my order if the X isn't everything I hope it will be.

For he neigh sayers regarding the face ID, Apple has said its only stored on the phone and not forwarded anywhere else. I believe them.

Also, I've nothing to hide. They already have my face other from municipal cameras around town.

"neigh sayers". Must be purchasing a horse too...

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2017 at 21:36 UTC

" the amount of people involved in the manufacture"

Sorry for being a pedant, by I expect more from the author of such an article (interesting though the article may be). Far too many people use amount when they mean number.

It's "number of people". Would you say "amount of hours in a day"? No.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2017 at 02:56 UTC as 35th comment | 1 reply

Design taken from the Apple MacBook Wheel.

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2017 at 03:37 UTC as 4th comment
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(unknown member): Pointless.

Exactly.

It only draws lines, not points.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 04:19 UTC

Thanks for the video of it. I can see what it does; the handful of examples shows everything that can be achieved with it. I can now save time and effort by not having to download it to try it.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 04:17 UTC as 2nd comment
On article Handy tool helps you say no to work for 'exposure' (86 comments in total)

Whenever I see the term "reaching out" I think of monkeys in a tree. Nor do you end a "Dear..." letter "All the best"; it would be "Yours sincerely".

I think I'll stick to writing my own letters, thanks.

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2016 at 00:54 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
On article DxO ONE adds Raw image workflow for iOS (16 comments in total)

For a moment there on the main page I thought the image of the DxO One was for a "Throwback Thursday".

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2016 at 09:27 UTC as 7th comment

Why don't you people simply get a drill and drill the proper holes in the case to get access to the old ports?

After all, that solution worked with the 3.5mm headphone socket on the new iPhone 7, didn't it? Youtube videos of the modification surely can't be wrong! ...

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2016 at 19:25 UTC as 120th comment | 1 reply

I don't know about this lens, but YN flashguns are excellent. I have several and use them a lot. Many Chinese rip-offs are usually very poor quality (you get what you pay for), but I can't fault the YN guns.

I have one Canon gun, but I'd never buy another. They are overpriced for what they are.

Lenses are perhaps a different matter :-) I guess we have to wait and see how this one performs in comparison to the Canon version.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2016 at 17:51 UTC as 13th comment | 1 reply
On article Throwback Thursday: Game Boy Camera (70 comments in total)
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Edgar_in_Indy: Where's the sample images gallery?

Neil Young got it off the camera. Surprised you can't do it too!!! :-)

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2016 at 19:54 UTC
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