Prognathous

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ttran88: Early reports are coming in saying the fingerprint scanner is in a very bad position. People's photos are ruined with fingerprints. You would think Samsung being an ex camera manufacturer would have noticed these quirks.

> "Once you set up fingerprint authentication — but not before you take this step — the GS8's camera app will tell you to regularly clean your lens at launch, via a pop-up message."
http://www.androidcentral.com/your-galaxy-s8-will-remind-you-clean-finger-grease-your-camera-lens
More on the subject:
http://www.theverge.com/2017/3/29/15098488/samsung-galaxy-s8-face-unlock-id-scanner-security
http://www.droid-life.com/2017/01/30/opinion-galaxy-s8-fingerprint-dumb/

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2017 at 00:32 UTC
On article Pentax KP sample gallery (95 comments in total)

The ISO 64,000 shot is 20 times faster than the Konica SR-G 3200 film I used a couple of times in the 90's, and looks about 20 times better. Nice progress :-)

https://www.dpreview.com/sample-galleries/9625050354/pentax-kp-sample-gallery/4053697162

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 14:08 UTC as 10th comment
On a photo in the Pentax KP Sample Gallery sample gallery (1 comment in total)

This is beyond impressive.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 14:04 UTC as 1st comment
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Prognathous: I loved RT, but over the years they added so many features, that it's really difficult to understand which feature to use and when. I haven't tried v5 yet, but up until recently the UI was overloaded with redundant options.

Also, their new forum is much less convenient than the old one, and it's a shame all the old threads were deleted, especially the Play RAW threads.

I'll still be using RT to occasionally convert RAW files from cameras that DxO 11 doesn't support, it's just unfortunate that it'll be a confusing affair compared to what it was in the past. Hopefully UI will improve in the future, because it terms of capabilities RT is superb. In some cases it's actually better than most commercial applications, its curves control is definitely better than DxO for example.

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2017 at 07:24 UTC
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Prognathous: I loved RT, but over the years they added so many features, that it's really difficult to understand which feature to use and when. I haven't tried v5 yet, but up until recently the UI was overloaded with redundant options.

Also, their new forum is much less convenient than the old one, and it's a shame all the old threads were deleted, especially the Play RAW threads.

It's not only about hiding. I don't know which of the many redundant tools is best. I expect the project lead (or whoever is the equivalent of a product manager here) to come to this conclusion and by default only display the best set of tools. I don't want to do research on all tools and spend hours to find out which is best.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2017 at 20:00 UTC
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Prognathous: I loved RT, but over the years they added so many features, that it's really difficult to understand which feature to use and when. I haven't tried v5 yet, but up until recently the UI was overloaded with redundant options.

Also, their new forum is much less convenient than the old one, and it's a shame all the old threads were deleted, especially the Play RAW threads.

@ogniw (cont') - It's nice to see that an archive of the old forum is still there. I thought the plan was to delete it. Is it not anymore? What I liked about the old forum was that better organization and easier to read layout. The current setup with all discussions in one flat list is a mess, and the way tags are used doesn't help much.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2017 at 22:44 UTC
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Prognathous: I loved RT, but over the years they added so many features, that it's really difficult to understand which feature to use and when. I haven't tried v5 yet, but up until recently the UI was overloaded with redundant options.

Also, their new forum is much less convenient than the old one, and it's a shame all the old threads were deleted, especially the Play RAW threads.

@ogniw - I experienced no performance issues with previous versions, so that's not a reason in itself to use RT more.

Deciding which option to use when there are so many that can achieve a certain result in different ways is difficult. It's not a matter of just searching among all the sliders for the ones I've been using in the past, and ignoring all the rest as "noise"; not when I know that some of the alternative new options can potentially be better. So I end up trying different redundant options to achieve the result I want, and I waste a lot of time in the process. They should just figure out what is best and remove all the excess features from the GUI, or hide them by default. I had no issues with usability of RT until a 2 years ago, but versions I've tried since have been gradually becoming more and more confusing to use.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2017 at 22:43 UTC

I loved RT, but over the years they added so many features, that it's really difficult to understand which feature to use and when. I haven't tried v5 yet, but up until recently the UI was overloaded with redundant options.

Also, their new forum is much less convenient than the old one, and it's a shame all the old threads were deleted, especially the Play RAW threads.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2017 at 20:24 UTC as 10th comment | 8 replies

How many batteries and what type?

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2017 at 13:58 UTC as 6th comment
On article GIMP seeks funding for future advanced features (239 comments in total)

Just fix the GUI. GIMP is already powerful enough as it is.

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2017 at 11:17 UTC as 5th comment

Missed opportunity. Would have been so much more interesting if they made a Graphene version...

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 11:13 UTC as 91st comment
On article Modern Mirrorless: Canon EOS M5 Review (1633 comments in total)

The 15 Most popular comments are from 3 months ago. How useful.

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2016 at 17:11 UTC as 164th comment | 2 replies
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Prognathous: Nokia, be bold. Use an APS-C sensor and an f/8.0 lens. It would be pocketable (when turned off, lens retracted to phone), and image quality in daylight would be far far better than anything ever seen on a smartphones. It won't be any worse in low light too, as APS-C has about 4~5 stop advantage over cellphone sensors. f/8.0 in this case would be equivalent to a cellphone equipped with an f/2.0 or f/1.4 lens.

Also, call this model "The Weegee" (of "f/8 and Be There" fame, to those not familiar).

Ricoh GR is an easily-pocketable APS-C camera with an f/2.8 lens. If you think replacing this lens with an f/8.0 lens brings no benefits in further reducing the size, then we don't have much to discuss here.

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2016 at 07:58 UTC

Nokia, be bold. Use an APS-C sensor and an f/8.0 lens. It would be pocketable (when turned off, lens retracted to phone), and image quality in daylight would be far far better than anything ever seen on a smartphones. It won't be any worse in low light too, as APS-C has about 4~5 stop advantage over cellphone sensors. f/8.0 in this case would be equivalent to a cellphone equipped with an f/2.0 or f/1.4 lens.

Also, call this model "The Weegee" (of "f/8 and Be There" fame, to those not familiar).

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2016 at 05:48 UTC as 14th comment | 11 replies
On article Action-packed: Sony a6500 review (1150 comments in total)
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Prognathous: The review was posted yesterday, but all the "Most popular" comments are from past weeks. How does that make sense to anyone?

For all intent, the review was posted yesterday. The fact that some parts of it were posted earlier doesn't change that these comments are now out of date.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2016 at 14:34 UTC
On article Action-packed: Sony a6500 review (1150 comments in total)

The review was posted yesterday, but all the "Most popular" comments are from past weeks. How does that make sense to anyone?

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2016 at 05:44 UTC as 90th comment | 3 replies
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Prognathous: Since a trial is not available, maybe someone can shed some light as to what advantages Affinity offers over Corel PaintShop Pro X9?

@HowaboutRAW - I'm using DxO Optics Pro 11 for RAW conversion and use RawTherapee for files from cameras that DxO doesn't support. I'm content with both.

My main interest in Affinity is as an alternative to the (similarly priced) PaintShop Pro. I use the latest version (X9) and like it, but the buzz around Affinity makes me think that I may be missing out on something better.

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2016 at 06:58 UTC

Since a trial is not available, maybe someone can shed some light as to what advantages Affinity offers over Corel PaintShop Pro X9?

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2016 at 01:51 UTC as 37th comment | 7 replies
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Timbukto: I've never had as good experience with NIMH AAA's compared to the AA counterparts...I don't know if battery chemistry and quality has improved since I've last tried AAA NIMHs. I would trust a compact Flash that used a custom Li-On over AAA NIMHs.

Good to know, thanks. If this flash uses 4x AA batteries, then it's a missed opportunity. There are countless such flash units around, and they're all needlessly heavy when mounted on a light compact or mirrorless camera. 2x AA is much more suitable for these cameras. Try the old Olympus FL-36 for example. Just the perfect weight and balance on small cameras (and super capable in its own right, with full tilt and swivel, dedicated TTL and non-TTL auto).

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2016 at 07:22 UTC
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Prognathous: Swivel is nice, AAA isn't. Overall the Meike MK-310/320 is a more attractive compact flash, even more so when it costs only a fraction of this Metz.

@Cameracist - if you're ok with the extra weight of 4 AA batteries there are countless good flash units in the market. The challenge is to find a capable flash unit with 2x AA batteries. A flash like the old Olympus FL-36 (swivel & 2x AA) is hard to find these days.

As for the zoom, it is only useful if you use direct flash. If you're like me and always use bounce flash it's pretty useless. It doesn't increase power (try it) and it only makes the lighting more contrasty (which is not something you normally want when using bounced light.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2016 at 07:20 UTC
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