Mario G

Lives in United Kingdom London, United Kingdom
Joined on Jun 19, 2012

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Thanks for the idea, it was new to me.
I'll cut a few centimetres of a £3 1m velcro tape (resulting in a total cost of ~£0.20) and just make my own.

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2015 at 23:57 UTC as 31st comment | 1 reply
On article Accessory Review: Western Digital My Passport Wireless (83 comments in total)
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Mister Roboto: A nice alternative at a cheaper price would be Kingston Digital 5-in-1 Mobile Companion

That's what I got instead of this WD drive for travelling photo backup, the only problem with the Kingston is that it takes ages if you have lots of data to copy, not a big deal if you can leave it to run for a while, and at least it comes at a much lower decent price.

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2015 at 01:10 UTC

It looks like the camera had an accident into a tree

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2015 at 22:09 UTC as 87th comment
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Jylppy: Canon Guatemala announcing point-n-shoot macro photo competition?

That would have honestly been way more exciting than this.

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2014 at 21:37 UTC
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Darren Lee: this would be great...if im on vacation and just finished a full day taking pics or video...i can dump the files to this while relaxing at the hotel and then insert the card back into my camera ready for the next day....USB 3.0 is fast enough even...only need to bring a couple of 64gb cards and i'm set...never need to bring my laptop anymore.

@misolo: yes sure, whether the drive is inside or outside the laptop shouldn't make too much of a difference (although external drives might have a higher risk to get dropped). I agree that nothing is risk-free (and especially keeping however many copies in the same place just covers you from a device failure but if you lose the "same place" that holds them all you'll still lose them). I just thought about this device as a backup (i.e. an additional copy to have besides your SD card, to keep in your hotel room and backup at the end of the day - so if you lose your card/camera/all your belongings while you're out, you still have the previous days of photos).

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2014 at 23:51 UTC
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Darren Lee: this would be great...if im on vacation and just finished a full day taking pics or video...i can dump the files to this while relaxing at the hotel and then insert the card back into my camera ready for the next day....USB 3.0 is fast enough even...only need to bring a couple of 64gb cards and i'm set...never need to bring my laptop anymore.

And then keep your finger crossed until you get back home and check that the drive hasn't been shaken too much during the travelling?

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2014 at 14:17 UTC
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Mark Banas: The "Achilles heel" of this device as a photo SD card backup is the reliance on a web-browser to actually copy the data. Apparently, you can't just put an SD card into it and automatically copy the contents to the HDD (like Hyperdrive iUSBPortHD and Sandisk Connect); a supported device with a browser and screen (phone, tablet, laptop) has to be wirelessly connected to tell the drive to copy the contents. With this second device required, there are many alternatives (RavPower WD-01, Kingston MobileLite, Sony WG-C10, etc.) that can duplicate the functions, if not the storage space, and many of these can also charge the phone or tablet at the same time!

That's quite a design oversight... even if everybody might have a "capable device" phone in the pockets, it's just gonna make the whole process quite more of a hassle than what it should have been. Is the phone/tablet just needed to kick off the copy at the beginning, or does it need to stay connected for the entire copy to avoid interrupting it?

Link | Posted on Sep 6, 2014 at 12:55 UTC
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zodiacfml: I hope there's an option not to delete files.

I would switch the SD card to read-only anyway before putting it in this drive (or in any untrusted computer for that matter).

Link | Posted on Sep 6, 2014 at 12:45 UTC
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Kirk Bruner: Alpha? Are they kidding? Did no one at Samsung think this name through? Did they even stop to think if someone might already be using the name Alpha for something? Lawsuit in 5, 4, 3, 2,

Watch out the Greeks coming around to sue all the folks that have been using their Alphabet®.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2014 at 11:00 UTC
On article Ricoh announces Pentax XG-1 superzoom (205 comments in total)
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WetCoast: Sadly, its top ISO sensitivity of only 3200 is ancient. With advances happening so quickly, save up for something better 6 months from now. (Please, for creativity's sake.)

Surely ISO 3200 is already way over what anybody should ever imagine to use with this sensor size...

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2014 at 22:44 UTC
On article Budget M43: Kodak Pixpro S-1 First Impressions Review (137 comments in total)
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stratplaya: Is Kodak still "Kodak"? I wonder if the company sold the brand the same way Polaroid did.

Hey monkeybrain, well, fair enough, we can definitely agree that there are different Taiwanese people disagreeing on various things :)
Then there is also more ambiguity in what the English adjective "Chinese" is translated from... quite a few Taiwanese people talked to me referring to their language as 中文, whereas I always heard 中國 as referring to the Mainland (but there might be people thinking differently about that too...).

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2014 at 00:32 UTC
On article Budget M43: Kodak Pixpro S-1 First Impressions Review (137 comments in total)
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stratplaya: Is Kodak still "Kodak"? I wonder if the company sold the brand the same way Polaroid did.

But yeah, when referring to country of manufacturing etc. it's commonly accepted to use the adjective Chinese/Taiwanese to refer to the PRC and ROC respectively... although that's a quite politically sensitive matter and you might want to make sure not to talk about "sovereign country" or even just "country" but more like "region" in this case when dealing with PRC or you might have some troubles...

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2014 at 22:09 UTC
On article Budget M43: Kodak Pixpro S-1 First Impressions Review (137 comments in total)
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stratplaya: Is Kodak still "Kodak"? I wonder if the company sold the brand the same way Polaroid did.

@monkeybrain the adjective "Chinese" is actually used by people in Taiwan to refer to themselves in terms of ethnicity or other older Chinese traditional things (cultural, language, food, etc.) predating the PRC/ROC split happened after WW2.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2014 at 21:58 UTC
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MikeFairbanks: Not very nice to steal a name like that m-ipad. Hmmm.

That to me is something I can't get past. Be as original as possible. That name is, regardless of what the company says, an attempt to sound just like Ipad, and that's not cool.

Might as well call it iiPad. It's just about as close.

So now "pad" is exclusive of apple and anybody else using it is stealing it from them?

Link | Posted on May 16, 2014 at 23:09 UTC
On article Create your own DSLR external battery pack (68 comments in total)
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Mario G: Looks quite bulky that brick at the top of the camera, possibly slightly obstructing the camera controls... not to mention the conveniently accessible switch to fry your camera.

Fair enough for the handling, that would depend on the camera and personal preference anyway. But the voltage switch pushing things outside specs is not very convincing, if I really had to use this setup I'd make a couple of rounds of duct tape on it to be safe...

Link | Posted on May 2, 2014 at 20:10 UTC
On article Create your own DSLR external battery pack (68 comments in total)

Looks quite bulky that brick at the top of the camera, possibly slightly obstructing the camera controls... not to mention the conveniently accessible switch to fry your camera.

Link | Posted on May 2, 2014 at 00:09 UTC as 23rd comment | 2 replies
On article Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R real-world samples gallery (270 comments in total)
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HSway: Looking at the Sony, Fuji and other major players in mirrorless field I am actually *glad* that Nikon and Canon effectively as well left them this segment to themselves. They build systems I have serious doubts Nikon would come close to. Same for the large sensor compacts. Nikon was always, except an occasional feat, struggling outside the dslr.
The more so that the segment is picking up more slowly. They perhaps deserve more coin than they get at the moment but this is a work that will pay off though it can’t be quite fully evaluated by a yearly profit just yet.

Nikon might cover every possible niche in the 14-1200mm, but soon niches might be the *only* thing they cover... other mirrorless might have a more limited coverage but that's already at least 80-90% of the photographers' needs.
Current profits or losses aren't really a good indication of future profitability, see Nokia/Blackberry. Cameras might have a higher entry/exit barrier due to legacy lenses but that's not gonna last forever for Canikon...

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2014 at 20:24 UTC
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PerL: Many great images. And its not about the camera, its about the talent of the photographer.
But since this is a gear forum:
Among 60 finalists, used cameras: 1 mirrorless (Fuji XPro-1), 1 SLT (Sony A77), 3 P&S (2 superzoms), of course only phones in the phone class (10). The rest DSLRs. Seems like the "dinosaurs" are alive and well.

Are the "dinosaurs" the (still good skilled) eldery photographers still attached to their mirrors and pentaprism since the prehistoric film times? :-)
And as you say it's about the talent of the photographer, so if you manage to overcome the resistance of these dinosaurs to grab and use a mirrorless, there is no reason why they couldn't have got the same results.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2014 at 12:13 UTC
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