TrojMacReady

TrojMacReady

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trainingpants: Interesting as art, but the "message" about plastic bottles fouling the oceans is aimed at the wrong audience. In the U.S. and Canada It's illegal to dump into the ocean plastics that can float. Probably true of virtually every affluent country in the world. Those plastic bottles end up in landfills or recycled. In China and many poor countries, that isn't the case. Here's a primer on U.S. EPA regulation of ocean dumping of waste.

https://www.epa.gov/ocean-dumping/learn-about-ocean-dumping

Fun fact: almost all U.S. waste dumped in the oceans is uncontaminated sediment dredged from our waterways to keep them clear for shipping.

Another fun fact, the internet is (mostly) worldwide.

But a large part of the plastic pollution comes from nurdles, a direct result of production. Less use/more recycling can lead to less production. Regardless of where that production happens, the oceans affect us all.

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2016 at 14:57 UTC
On article Sony FE 50mm F2.8 Macro Sample Gallery (84 comments in total)
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iamatrix: Definitely looks like the sharpest lens I have seen yet on the Sony system. Doesn't really have that 3D look, but the per pixel detail looks impressive.

Similar to the 70-200 f/4, 28mm, 35mm f/1.4 and 85mm, less sharp than the 55mm and 90mm.

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2016 at 19:36 UTC
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Peter Del: The first three are wonderful.
I hope all the plastic is recycled!

@ nonflashplease:

Yes, after seeing this, my opinion of ocean waste has changed into the positive direction. In fact, I just want to throw all my bottles in the sea, right now.

Get real, this topic alone shows that aside from aesthetics, this feeds the discussion and awareness of plastic in the ocean, like any other project on the subject. The one trying to pollute this topic with crabby nonsense though, is you.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2016 at 22:40 UTC
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Old Cameras: I visited a Gatorade bottling plant once. Plastic bottles between 12 and 64 oz were injection molded and later filled, stacked and shipped. The raw material is polyethylene pellets and a certain percentage of recycled plastic (shredded rejected bottles). 2.2 million a day, every day, and that was just one plant and one product. They used a lot of compressed air to blow mold the bottles in their various sizes. The volumes just seemed staggering.

...or you filter the tap water yourself and recycle your own bottles by refilling them. I even do that when I stay in California a few months a year because I can't stand the horrible chlorine taste of their tap water. Simple carbon filter setup does the trick.

There's very little excuse to keep buying dozens of water bottles per week/month when the above option is usually cheaper too.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2016 at 22:32 UTC
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entoman: Greg Lecoeur's stunning composition stands head and shoulders above the other images here in terms of photographic skill, but in terms of pure relevance, the shot of the dead polar bear by Vadim Balakin is the one that hits hardest. So sad, and so preventable, is the impact of global warming on the wildlife of our planet.

Are you listening, Mr Trump???

" just goes to prove you see the world through one lens."

Or that some people fail to read, see the context of the picture.

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2016 at 18:14 UTC
On article Canon EOS M5 added to studio scene comparison tool (87 comments in total)
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Phily: Well, judging from this tool, the difference between the M5 and the M3 is not night and day

And interestingly enough, that difference swings the other way when you look at deeper shadows (often the limiting factor in low light high ISO shots):
https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/image-comparison/fullscreen?attr18=lowlight&attr13_0=canon_eosm5&attr13_1=canon_eosm3&attr13_2=sony_a6300&attr13_3=canon_eos80d&attr15_0=raw&attr15_1=raw&attr15_2=raw&attr15_3=raw&attr16_0=6400&attr16_1=6400&attr16_2=6400&attr16_3=6400&attr171_2=off&normalization=full&widget=1&x=-0.13554147465437788&y=-0.9744162087912086

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2016 at 11:33 UTC
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TrojMacReady: The A99II is missing from the actual content.

Contradicted by both Sony and the release date in the US, which is two weeks away still.

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2016 at 18:44 UTC

The A99II is missing from the actual content.

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2016 at 17:16 UTC as 86th comment | 5 replies
On article Next level: iPhone 7 Plus camera review (190 comments in total)

I wouldn't call skintones natural. There's still the infamous yellow veil in most daylight shots, which also affects skintones (the liver disease look). It's probably there to make every shot look like it's peak golden hour. In lower light, AF is much slower than on the S7. Like a factor 2 or 3. This is where dual pixel AF has clear benefits still.

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2016 at 23:36 UTC as 32nd comment
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G1Houston: Apple's point is that there are too many card formats and new and better ones keep coming, so it does make sense for the users to use an adapter instead to swap/update the reader(s) when needed.

An odd argument when having a reader built in does in no way stop people from using other external readers either.

The only real reason is margins, at the cost of convenience.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 23:51 UTC
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vFunct: Good. SD cards are slow and unreliable, and higher-end XQD cards aren't widely supported yet, so we need the industry to move forward to wireless.

The best way to do that is to remove the SD card slot, so people stop using that crap.

First, no camera will come close to those Wifi speeds when transferring to a computer.

Second, there are and have been SD cards with read and write speeds of up to 280 MB/s and 250 MB/s respectively
http://www.cameramemoryspeed.com/reviews/sd-cards/sandisk-extreme-pro-280-mbs-uhs-ii-32gb-sdhc-memory-card/

With the built in camera wifi of say a D5 or D500, you won't even get 1/10th that speed.

Best to leave the capitals at home if you haven't been paying attention to the subject the past years.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 23:37 UTC
On article Google Pixel XL real-world sample gallery (103 comments in total)

The "per pixel" sharpness goes up several times with the HDR set to auto. Gone is most of the smearing and thanks the temporal NR through stacking, noise is relatively low still.

Impressive.

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2016 at 17:47 UTC as 11th comment
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Yassine Eraman: The only thing i want in the smartphone camera is the optical zoom (without add ones) like what in the iphone 7 plus or as Asus zoom, but I really want to see one day optical zoom x10 in a phone with thickness less than 12mm and for sure a bigger sensor (1/7") and of course the full access to camera !!

The Galaxy S4 zoom was pushing it with a 10X optical zoom, 15mm thick body and 1/2.3" sensor. And that was already at the obvious cost of lens speed.

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2016 at 12:47 UTC
On article Apple revamps MacBook Pro lineup, adds 'Touch Bar' (866 comments in total)

50% price hike in 4 years for a similarly specc'd model here. Holy cow....

The problem I see with the touchbar is tactile feedback. It's not going to be like physical keys and we learned to type blindly, so we no longer have to stare at our keyboards.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2016 at 19:33 UTC as 212th comment
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Carsten Thomsen: Continue from previous post:
6. Apple is slightly hot on the Red and Green Channels, Google is more Cool, and more neutral.
7. When I view the two imagines full screen, to get an overall feel of things, Apple colors are much more punchy. Even when dropping the Exposure by 0.5 EV. This is probably due to the wider color gamut.

My conclusion: If sharpness is the only criteria, Google wins by a small margin. But Apple has a more conservative (abberation free) approach to image processing, and with the wider gamut is gives a more pleasant picture for my taste.

On a recent vacation I shot the 7 Plus exclusively, and time and again I when compared the recorded shot on the screen with the "real world" just captured, I was astounded by the accuracy of color rendering and exposure.

I would suggest the DP Review offers more insight and guidance to the processing going on in high end smart phones, it is a totally new game.

The Apple processing algorithm is a bit dodgy. Here in a studio, colors and WB come out ok, but in outdoor daylight, it adds the famous yellow veil to mimic the golden hours in almost every shot that involves a sky. Add to that a a very low blackpoint for a bit of a washed out look.

Here's an example:
http://i-cdn.phonearena.com/images/articles/259626-image/previews-mosaics-5.jpg

It's how you pick them out in every "blind" comparison on the net.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2016 at 10:21 UTC
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Eric Calabros: iPhone killer? Are you joking? XL image is full of moire, oversharpening artifacts and horrible chroma noise everywhere. iPhone7 is softer but way cleaner, natural and WB is accurate.

The iPhone 7 lens looks marginally better than the one on the Plus model, but still miles behind the Pixel.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2016 at 17:13 UTC
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Eric Calabros: iPhone killer? Are you joking? XL image is full of moire, oversharpening artifacts and horrible chroma noise everywhere. iPhone7 is softer but way cleaner, natural and WB is accurate.

https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/image-comparison/fullscreen?attr20_0=google_pixelxl&attr20_1=apple_iphone7plus&attr21_0=50&attr21_1=1173&attr22_0=daylight&attr22_1=daylight&attr26_0=raw&attr26_1=raw&attr293_1=wide&normalization=full&widget=423&x=-0.5389898052068812&y=0.3047494120844708

The lens on the iPhone 7 Plus is abysmal in comparison.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2016 at 15:13 UTC
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Dr_Jon: So they are scaling 5,472 to 4k (well 3840 across, 4096 isn't present, which is fine for pretty much everybody I assume), how does that work for aliasing and moire, as their previous efforts at small amounts of down-scaling haven't been great?

http://www.sony.com/electronics/cyber-shot-compact-cameras/dsc-rx100m5/specifications

Defaults. The default sharpening on the A6300 4K and A7SII output is still too high, the A7RII shows much less moiré still (less default sharpening) in APS-C 4K mode than those 2. It uses about 1.2X oversampling in this mode.

https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/image-comparison/fullscreen?attr29_0=panasonic_dmcgh4&attr29_1=sony_a7rii&attr72_0=4k&attr72_1=4k-apsc&normalization=full&widget=200&x=0.10504219638395096&y=-0.4092298289974674

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2016 at 20:36 UTC
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Dr_Jon: So they are scaling 5,472 to 4k (well 3840 across, 4096 isn't present, which is fine for pretty much everybody I assume), how does that work for aliasing and moire, as their previous efforts at small amounts of down-scaling haven't been great?

http://www.sony.com/electronics/cyber-shot-compact-cameras/dsc-rx100m5/specifications

No need to look at old stuff, when we have recent examples.

A7S vs A7SII:
https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/image-comparison/fullscreen?attr29_0=sony_a7s&attr29_1=sony_a7sii&attr72_0=4k-apsc&attr72_1=4k&normalization=full&widget=200&x=-0.39320620047270627&y=-0.5057996330170482

A6300 vs Gh4:
https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/image-comparison/fullscreen?attr29_0=sony_a6300&attr29_1=panasonic_dmcgh4&attr72_0=4k&attr72_1=4k&normalization=full&widget=200&x=-0.39320620047270627&y=-0.5057996330170482

RX100 IV vs GH4:
https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/image-comparison/fullscreen?attr29_0=sony_dscrx100m4&attr29_1=panasonic_dmcgh4&attr72_0=4k&attr72_1=4k&normalization=full&widget=200&x=-0.3917321333231638&y=-0.4711591599889469

It's certainly going to be much better than the A7S, going by the improvements made since. Especially the A6300 (the most recent in the list above) shows promise for the current product releases: most detail, least amount of moiré and least amount of aliasing.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2016 at 18:05 UTC
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Dr_Jon: So they are scaling 5,472 to 4k (well 3840 across, 4096 isn't present, which is fine for pretty much everybody I assume), how does that work for aliasing and moire, as their previous efforts at small amounts of down-scaling haven't been great?

http://www.sony.com/electronics/cyber-shot-compact-cameras/dsc-rx100m5/specifications

Which "previous effort" are you going by?

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2016 at 17:32 UTC
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