Samuel Dilworth

Samuel Dilworth

Lives in France Paris, France
Joined on Feb 20, 2011

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nachos: Lighting evolves pretty slowly; no need to return only 8 months later with the same products as before.

Agree with Dan51. Consequently, today much of the market for this truly high-end stuff is well-heeled gentlemen amateurs (they’re practically always men). The stereotypical dentist who likes nice kit and can trivially afford it.

The problem with that crowd is that they are in perpetual search of novelty. Thus companies that made their reputation on reliability and backward compatibility, for example, find themselves outflanked by fast-moving competitors who steal market share with a steady supply of gimmicks and redesigns. Eventually the old guard is forced to cut costs and attempt to innovate in the current, superficial sense of that word (i.e. new features). There isn’t much left for pro customers who want something to work day in and day out for twenty years and be compatible with the company’s latest stuff for that duration … but with the market for professional photography in the state it is, perhaps that matters less than it used to.

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2018 at 17:12 UTC
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AlanG: I haven't been to Photokina but my experience at the NYC Photo Expo since the early 80s may be similar. At one time that show featured every type of pro gear... strobes, heavy duty studio stands, view cameras and special lenses, darkroom, backgrounds, specialized grip and shooting platforms. Later when digital first came in, it was also the place for high end digital cameras, scanners, and software demos. This show was pretty much the only place I could see this gear plus some manufacturers had show discounts.

Now all of this has changed. Few are even interested in "pro" gear like that, and we can learn most of what we need about gear and software on the internet. The last time I went to the show I was pretty disappointed and found I could see way more interesting stuff by going to B and H Photo.

Photokina was different, though. I went a couple of times at the tail end of the industry’s heyday (back when Andy Westlake was still here!). I’m not well connected but managed to talk to heads of companies, lens designers, and other big shots whom I’d normally never meet. They told me things I never found out elsewhere, presumably because I asked the right questions and hardly anyone does. That was cool.

But times change, and moving to an annual format reeks of a new boss coming in and throwing out fresh (and daft) ideas to ‘earn’ their obscene pay-cheque. I’ve seen this before in similar organisations under the stress of change. The key decisions are shockingly often taken for self-promotional reasons by career climbers with no interest in or knowledge of the market the company serves. Late capitalism can be ugly.

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2018 at 17:00 UTC

It’s always sad to see the demise of a product with unique properties. Even if those properties are a bit weird and niche-use.

Here’s to hoping that Fujifilm’s exit from film helps shore up the remaining makers.

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2018 at 08:10 UTC as 5th comment | 2 replies
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Androole: For the kind of shooting I do, Ilford Delta or Kodak TMAX are functionally identical, so it's not really a big deal for me. I never deal with any exposures involving reciprocity failure, which seems to be touted as really the principle advantage of Acros.

Acros was pretty cheap, though, so there's that...

Acros was cheap somewhere in the world? Where I live (buying from shops anywhere in Europe) it was the most expensive of them all. I’m sure that contributed to its poor sales.

I have seven 36-shot rolls of it left. I’ll have to use them well.

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2018 at 08:08 UTC
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mxx: Hmm, Fujifilm discontinues films and Kodak adds films...

Hopefully symbiotic.

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2018 at 08:03 UTC
On article Report: Apple won't release the next Mac Pro until 2019 (210 comments in total)

All anybody wants is a tolerably attractive box with current desktop-class components, current ports, and modest expansion options for special uses or the unpredictable future. Instead Apple, a company with more development resources than the rest put together, is taking literally years to come up with a new desktop PC.

All of this makes me suspect the next Mac Pro will be as fussy and precious and inappropriate as the 2013 model. I don’t know why Apple insists on being so clever in this space. There isn’t big money to be made either way, so why not just give the content creators roughly what they ask for? Save the cleverness for future-defining products like wearables, the car, even the iPhone, etc.

I like macOS as much as the next guy – which is to say less than anyone liked it in the glory years of Snow Leopard but a lot more than the alternatives – but waiting for hard-hitting Mac hardware would try the patience of Job.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2018 at 16:48 UTC as 41st comment | 6 replies

“It is better to be good than to be original.” — Mies

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2018 at 16:32 UTC as 64th comment
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mosswings: So...the reason why people choose Eneloops is not necessarily recycle time. This just says the IKEA batteries have somewhat lower series resistance. It's things like self-discharge rate (very low on Eneloops), total number of charge cycles before failure (high on Eneloops), and reliability (high on Eneloops) that make Eneloops desirable. Until the LADDA batteries are shown to best the Eneloops in these areas, it's best to reserve judgement on their suitability...and note as such in your comments, editors.

Quite. NiCd cells have lower internal resistance again, but no-one’s using them any more for good reasons.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2018 at 21:20 UTC
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Retzius: I hate opera.

Plenty of photographers hate art too.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2018 at 17:17 UTC
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KoolKool: for serious amatuer...don't buy this, buy OMD EM1 or at least EM5
E-PL series is for soccer mom and casual photo taker

No-one who uses the word “serious” in this context can be so.

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2018 at 13:51 UTC
On article Report: GoPro is looking for a buyer (160 comments in total)
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so-what-17: as with every company out there you can't be bill gates, as more companies make more money the head chief ceo want the big bucks and the cut back affect workers, who cares about workers no one, all they care about is the product making a profit sure but don't get greedy. I've said this before about go pro, you get hung up on a product thats really a who cares product, when i buy a camera I'll have till it dies so the next model who cares, and i know i lot of people that do the same and with action cam there is so many that go pro is the canon/sony of action cam big deal i have a Polaroid xs80 which i bought 6 years ago and it still works and than getting into the drone market as dji is the best not really but that was a lost from the beginning

Breathe!

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2018 at 21:44 UTC
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MikeFairbanks: I would love to get a camera like this, but as long as they don't offer full manual control or at least shutter priority, it's a no-go for me. There is no logical reason for them to handicap these cameras. Auto and P modes for the tourists (or enthusiasts) are great. But some people want to shoot sports like surfing, which demands an extremely high shutter speed.

It is a strange design choice to offer Raw support (very welcome) but no manual mode.

Probably in a room in Tokyo this makes sense to the old men who dreamt it up, but it’s this sort of muddled thinking that has given Apple and Google the market on a platter.

On the other hand, Olympus gives you 22 scene modes split across two sub-modes! Including one for smoothing skin tones “…suitable when viewing images on a high-definition TV.”

Sigh.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2017 at 16:34 UTC

When I looked into getting this camera, I found that something crucial was missing. I think there was no ability to set the shutter speed or something basic like that. You’re expected to fiddle with exposure-compensation to get near your desired settings. That’s intolerably clumsy for me and made the TG-5 a non-starter despite its many impressive attributes.

You might not care about this, of course.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2017 at 15:14 UTC as 34th comment | 4 replies
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Greg OH: They should make it so you have to keep the "film" in the refrigerator.

Only the ‘pro’ stuff!

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2017 at 21:11 UTC
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mxx: As expected, again much derision here over the idea, and I myself would also not buy one. Still, many out there obviously loves the idea.

That makes me wonder: Over the years many forumites have suggested a very simple, basic digital camera with a good sensor, and those ideas have always been panned as not commercially viable. Maybe one of the better known manufacturers should be brave and try it anyway?

Maybe it will fall on a crowd-funded startup to produce the simple, high quality camera you talk about. The big manufacturers do not seem interested. I think there would be a large market for it at a sane price, as I’ve said for years. It’s bound to come eventually, but the catastrophic Nikon Df that missed the main reasons people like old cameras, has probably delayed it.

The key point to understand is that old cameras are nice to use because they are simple and functional, not because they are old (nostalgia) or retro – although those qualities appeal to some people as this Yashica shows. Less is more.

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2017 at 11:55 UTC
On article Sigma's new 16mm F1.4 will cost $450, ships this month (359 comments in total)

Impressive. A price that means business.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2017 at 16:50 UTC as 92nd comment

This video is two minutes long. Make sure you’re not commenting here before you’ve watched it.

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2017 at 11:09 UTC as 13th comment | 3 replies
On article RIP Lightroom 6: Death by subscription model (1633 comments in total)
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happypoppeye: People love paying on a monthly basis...

They love deferring payment. And they’re too thick to add up the total cost in dollars and freedom.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2017 at 23:12 UTC
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dav1dz: I don't mind the overall direction Adobe is taking, but I wish they would leave the Lightroom branding alone and called the new Lightroom CC something else. Lightroom Classic CC is just an odd choice.

The word “Classic” is the only clue they’re giving you that it won’t be around for long. They’d call it “Pro” or something similar if they had proper plans for it.

Take the hint.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2017 at 14:58 UTC

Subscription software is basically incompatible with the gig economy. You want to concentrate your costs (such as buying software) in the good times and reduce costs to a bare minimum in the lean times.

Which freelancer wants hundreds of euros per month of fixed costs for all the subscriptions companies think they should charge today? Certainly not I.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2017 at 14:51 UTC as 282nd comment | 2 replies
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