Zapirian

Zapirian

Lives in United Kingdom Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
Joined on Jun 9, 2011

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On article Lightroom Mobile for Android is now free to use (36 comments in total)

To be honest I'd have little use for this without the sync to desktop. Therefore I would say this is a good marketing move, giving something for 'free' when in fact in many areas it's more basic than the other editing tools on the market.

I only signed up to the CC(As I bought the standalone LR6) to get access to this for doing basic stuff and image selection on tablet on the sofa to get away from behind a desk for a little while.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2015 at 13:27 UTC as 12th comment
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nerd2: Nice tablet but simply priced wrong. I need minimum 8GB ram and 256GB storage for any productivity tasks and they charge $300 premium for that? No thanks.

And the surface book costs even more, $1699 for 8GB/256GB configuration... I thought apple pricing was terrible and MS one is worse.

@Dark goob
If you are buying computer hardware with resale value as a serious consideration then you are going about it the wrong way. Most people using hardware for creative/productivity want something that works and meets their requirements. They'll then use it until its completely obsolete or dies. I doubt users of Surface will be worrying about the resale market.

@Stanchung
I think that was mactheweb's point, you pay that much just for a graphics tablet, the Surface is all in one.

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2015 at 09:04 UTC
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photogeek: $2700 for a "loaded" config on that Surface Book. Good luck with that. Microsoft clientele is not _that_ well heeled, by and large. It mostly consists of folks who go "the best I can do is a hundred bucks". By way of comparison, a Core i7 15" (!) MacBook Pro with the same amount of RAM and SSD is $200 less.

And that's even before you consider the issue of Apple updating their pro lineup to Skylake CPUs sometime later this year.

@Dark Goob

What a load of tosh. I bought my wife a Surface Pro 2 to replace her a netbook, and so she could do work on it rather than taking my laptop or using the desktop upstairs.

Sure she plays "Frozen" and "Inside Out" on it and a few other little games, but she can also use Office and other applications for her job. When traveling I use it for Lightroom/Photoshop so I don't have 1000s of photos to deal with when I return. I also play "Heroes Of The Storm" on it at low graphical settings. Newer Pro 3s are better by being less heavy, as the Surface Pro 2 is still a little chunky to use as a tablet.

The main bad thing is some flimsiness. My wife damaged the kickstand and now it sometimes comes off. The problem is you cannot get a replacement part from MS. You can get an accidental damage policy when you buy it and get a replacement unit, but you cannot get a replacement stand. If the stand fails completely the only option will be to buy a cover with an integrated stand.

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2015 at 08:49 UTC
On article Sony Alpha 7R II Review (2163 comments in total)
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joyclick: No sky is going to fall if Sony stopped selling their"best sensors" to Nikon and others.It may turn out to be a blessing in disguise.There is no reason why a sensor far superior to Sony's "best" cannot be and will not be made.
It can and will happen and Sony will be put in its proper place.

@Joyclick
In fact if they stopped supplying their best sensors to Nikon they would be "King" of sensors, at least until Nikon get their own competitive sensors developed. And Canon's double sensor with 2 sensor processors isn't exactly reeking of "State of the art" either, so I'd put money on them having a fair amount of work to come out with a competitive sensor product unless they have something in the pipeline. Obviously Sony would not be "King" without competition, but stating that their considered position would be down to an inflated ego is just as silly as thinking that Sony would be "King" of sensors for eternity.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2015 at 08:12 UTC
On article What difference does it make? Sony uncompressed Raw (621 comments in total)
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WSLam: The processor can't do lossless compressed RAW? Really? I find that really hard to believe... Does doing lossless compression require more processing power than doing a lossy compression? I suspect the difference will be minute.

I sense there is an 'attitude' problem here. Just like the Auto ISO Minimum Shutter Speed implementation. They finally did it, but they decide to only allow users to adjust the shutter speed in full stop instead of 1/3. Makes no sense...

Could even be that functions and features of the camera can work with lossy raw and uncompressed without any major work/revision. But working on a different compressed format of data might be more of a major reworking than it would appear to the layman.

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2015 at 07:27 UTC
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Marksphoto: Any useful new features for wedding photographers?

Not really interested in stitching and hdr here. We need a more robust book module, clone feature from selected images, maybe a good website building module... you know, the stuff that will get us through our workflow on the daily basis.

Unfortunately it's unlikely they'd push Lightroom into the realms of their other products. Lirghtroom does enough photo specific things already, and since Photoshop comes with the subscription model then that can provide some of the other functionality required.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2015 at 07:04 UTC
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Marksphoto: Any useful new features for wedding photographers?

Not really interested in stitching and hdr here. We need a more robust book module, clone feature from selected images, maybe a good website building module... you know, the stuff that will get us through our workflow on the daily basis.

In fact there are publishing plugins for SmugMug, WordPress, Picasa, 500px and others.

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2015 at 11:54 UTC
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Marksphoto: Any useful new features for wedding photographers?

Not really interested in stitching and hdr here. We need a more robust book module, clone feature from selected images, maybe a good website building module... you know, the stuff that will get us through our workflow on the daily basis.

Not sure I'd call that a "Website builder" module, perhaps I understood the phrase differently. Should be able to set up a publishing service in lightroom like I have for FB and Flickr, but to a web server. Webpages already build should be able to do something with dynamic HTML for build the pages requested with all images from that folder location. I'd be surprised if that isn't already possible with the "Build your website" hosting services. I guess something should be possible with something similar to the Book module that outputs a simple website but not sure it's going to be a useful addition the majority of their customers.

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2015 at 07:25 UTC

Is this stock they couldn't shift in the rest of the world?

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2015 at 07:50 UTC as 148th comment | 1 reply
On article iFixit tears down Sony's new a7R II to find its secrets (268 comments in total)

"NFC antenna
We find a trio of boards hiding behind the grip, supporting a couple of chips and what looks like an NFC antenna. Perfect for Sony's Playmemories Mobile application, the NFC chip will allow interactions between smartphones the a7R II when Wi-Fi is not an option."

NFC is just a handshake to initiate a Wi-Fi connection. NFC isn't used for massive data transfers. It still uses Wi-Fi for the connection for transferring photos or remote functionality.

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2015 at 08:03 UTC as 17th comment
On article Under the hood: A closer look at the Sony a7R II (593 comments in total)
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ttran88: Where can I buy one of these, they're back ordered everywhere.

@Francis
I guess someone some where might have a single change of underwear. A-Mount and E-Mount. Just 2 lens mounts.

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2015 at 09:40 UTC
On article Lytro ILLUM and Desktop software get major updates (37 comments in total)
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DStudio: When Lytro released their first camera it was written off by many as a gimmick. But I think the company's shown they are serious.

Rosenthal clearly believes in this vision, and it's slowly coming into focus for consumers.

There was an article not long ago saying they were refocusing their efforts on the video market instead of stills. Good to see they are still supporting their existing products though

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2015 at 12:36 UTC
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AlexisH: "Following a successful Kickstar campaign"

Kickstar?

I'd much prefer a show where footballers kick celebrities *joke*.

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2015 at 09:02 UTC
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Zapirian: Quick, lets put together a Photoshop action to imitate the bubble bokeh and sell it. Or even better an iPhone App to apply it to phone pics and sell it at 0.99 pence/cents.

Where is the name calling? There is none in my post. Not sure what you are on about.. Even the "Some people" is followed by a ":P" trying to make it light and an unserious non-defamatory comment. Sorry if you found that rude. I actually find the mocking tone of your first response is ruder than anything in mines.

Maybe a cultural or tone thing that doesn't translate well to text. I'll try and be more obvious in the future.

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2015 at 08:58 UTC
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Zapirian: Quick, lets put together a Photoshop action to imitate the bubble bokeh and sell it. Or even better an iPhone App to apply it to phone pics and sell it at 0.99 pence/cents.

Geez, it was a joke. Meant to poke fun at the people who would rush out and buy an app the same way the hipsters will rush out and contribute to the kickstarter for this ridiculously priced lens. Really thought I was serious???? I've seen how ridiculous blurred backgrounds attempting to look like shallow DOF look, without trying to replicate 15 aperture blade bokeh balls!!!! Some people :P

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2015 at 07:12 UTC

Quick, lets put together a Photoshop action to imitate the bubble bokeh and sell it. Or even better an iPhone App to apply it to phone pics and sell it at 0.99 pence/cents.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2015 at 15:19 UTC as 15th comment | 6 replies
On article Opinion: Did Sony just do the impossible? (1069 comments in total)
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Average User: I have put in my order for this camera...and I am grateful to Sony for producing a camera that will further enhance the memories of our family life. But I am also still keeping my Nikon D750. I thought Maki san's forthrightness was a breath of fresh air, that Sony mirrorless is still a little behind DSLR's in management of noise and focus, and consequently in quality of low ight photography. So I will keep and use my Nikon for those situations. And I can't accept the idea that Nikon is just sitting doing nothing. I am very grateful for the increased quality of their cameras as well.
My point is, Sony, Nikon, Samsung, Canon and others... I would like to celebrate the progress each of them is making...and at this time that we are contemplating the success of Sony's imagineering, I don't understand the necessity for running down the others.

I didn't think that "Sony mirrorless is still a little behind DSLR's in management of noise", but just in general Sony approach the noise reduction differently. Don't all Sony's have more pronounced chroma noise? Not just specifically mirrorless models?

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2015 at 07:41 UTC
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