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I had to register my drone , passing an online training and online exam for a certification here in Europe (in my case at the Federal Aviation Authority here in Germany). The procedure is decided and the same all over the EU , required for drone pilots since January 1st 2021. The certificate is valid for 5 years and accepted in all European countries for flying a drone there. The local situation and restricted flight zones in the individual countries must be respected, of course. The US obviously need to fry an extra sausage again instead of accepting exams, permits and certicates valid elsewhere in the world, especially all over Europe, at least. I personally don't see a reason for another test in the US. Anyway, I presently don't plan to travel there and bring my drone.


Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2021 at 13:54 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On article There can be only one: why isn't the EOS R3 an EOS R1? (580 comments in total)
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mermaidkiller: Theory #4: Canon regrets releasing a 1DXiii which is not mirrorless so it cannot mount the new high end RF lenses. Now when they are developing the R1 but with the Olympics 2021 only a month away, they should release a mirorless 'in between' high end DSLR which is the R3, as they feel otherwise the Nikon Z9 and Sony A1 will take this place.
The R1 will be released before the World Cup 2022 Qatar.

@mermaidkiller: The 1DX III isn't "outdated" at all but still serves extremely well for many pros worldwide valueing an optical viewfinder, responsive and lag-free operation, durability, battery life and more. But those who're touting a one year old highend camera being old fashioned are the manufacturer's best friends and marketing supporters, of course, by making people believe that they always need to buy the latest ML tech to do the job and not to be lost in the competition. BTW, I have both the 1Dx III and R5 and both worlds have there advantages and disadvantages.


Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2021 at 21:31 UTC
On article Sony a1 review (2596 comments in total)
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BackToNature1: Whether or not the Sony a1 produce uncompromising images in very high definition at an exceptional shooting rate without losing sight of the subject has yet to be fully vetted. It's ultimately the person taking the pictures since just about ALL Camera brands such as Nikon, Canon, and Sony have products that deliver.

So it's really about personal choice/preferences. Regardless, if folks want to still disregard the effects of an Global Pandemic and so called Smartphones Cameras, any other real limits they mention really don't matter as much.

@Dpreview's conclusion:

"Casual" shooters are just fine with the R5 or 7RIV, but advanced amateurs and pros need to buy the A-1 ;-) Sony's marketing department couldn't express it better ;-)

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2021 at 12:03 UTC

DJI rather should put their efforts on upgrade solutions for their existing drones such as the costly Mavic II Pro to meet the new rules and certification requirements in the EU (and the US) regarding geo fencing and radio modules and thus prevent their customer base from being locked out using their drones in the future. New toys are nice and good for their business, but not the primary concern of the countless owners of the existing HQ drones right now, IMO


Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2021 at 14:43 UTC as 32nd comment
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Dave Etchells: Great article, Mike! The one thing I'll add is that multi-exposure scanning in my experience is most useful when scanning color positives (slides). Shadows in color slide film can get *really* dense, and multi-scanning can help a lot in penetrating them. As you experienced, color negative film doesn't get all that dense, so the dynamic range generally falls within the limits of the basic scanner hardware. (Note too, that the most dense parts of the image on a negative are actually the highlights rather than the shadows :-) Great, great article, you did a superb job of going through all the features and how they played out in actual usage. Bravo! :-)

Yes, I appreciate the subject and efforts of the author, too. However, flatbed scanners cannot live up to the quality of film scanners such as the Nikon Coolscan 5000/4000 ED and thus make the comparison of the scan software a bit questionable with regard to the output quality, IMO. You surely can compare handling, options etc but quality- wise the hardware is the limiting factor and the software differences are levelled out. If I had no a film scanner I rather would go for photographing the slides via a macro setup than using a flatbed scanner. If you just need small images for the web etc, it doesn't matter that much which hardware option you chose and which software you use . On HQ film or even drum scanners the software differences are more evident. For archiving my best slides, I definetly would go for the best hardware, too. Just my 2 cents.


Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2021 at 18:23 UTC
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rpjallan: Couldn’t find the ebook by Mark Segal on the SilverFast store. Looks like it could have been replaced by the version 9 one which is a pity...

Silverfast has removed the E-book from their store to push their own new publication for v9. That's really a shame and I don't think Mark Segal is very pleased about it. The good news is that it's evidentally available now from another source:
As said, it's by far the best ebook I've seen - not just for SF but overall .

In fact SF 9 is pretty much identical to V 8.x apart from some optical tweaks and a bit redesigned Worflow pilot - not worth the money, IMO. I think you could take Mark Segals book for v9, too, though. I personally would prefer Mark Segal's book over the SF publication at any time.


Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2021 at 16:22 UTC

continued from my post below:
I don't apply grain reduction in Silverfast and just a very slight sharpening (I'm using Topaz, afterwards). Dust removal is excellent in SI, but you have to be careful with Kodachrome though they advertise the removal there, too. But you can loose some fine details if you apply it globally. That's why I use the masking options which work well. One point that's very annoying is there price policy. They charge 250 € for the upgrade from v 8.8 to v 9 which doesn't change much compared too v 8.x apart from a somewhat redesigned worflow pilot. That's not acceptable. Their forum is dead, too and the support leaves a lot be desired. But apart from that, I'm very happy with Silverfast. You can view some of my scanned slides here if you're interested:

I had scanned Kodachrome 64, Fuji velvia 50 and some Ektachrome 200/400, too. So there might be some differences if you look closely.


Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2021 at 20:56 UTC as 73rd comment | 2 replies

I'm using Silverfast Studio AI 8.8 on my Nikon Coolscan 4000 ED film scanner and recently scanned a lot of slides again. I agree that the program is complex but if you're willing to dive into the options and accept the steep learning curve, it's simply excellent. Especially, If you invest into their ICC-targets, the default colors are very accurate. I don't rate the scan process extremely slow, either. I agree, though, that the documentation is poor, especially since they don't include the manual anymore which was part of previous versions (v 6 etc). There are some video tutorials on their site which can help for beginners but mostly don't offer very detailed insights. That's why I bought the e-Book from Mark. D. Segal, which covers each and every detail on 300+ pages (plus around 50p of the appendix) . It's by far the best I've seen so far. Shadow lifting can be a bit of a weak point but that's immanent to scans. That's why I use LR, PS etc in post - to be continued...


Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2021 at 20:35 UTC as 75th comment
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SteveNunez: So what happens to the hundreds of thousands of current drones that don't have this 'Remote ID' tech- what becomes of those drones?

I don't think that the drone manufacturers will offer separate modules for existing drones. They want you to buy new drones that have that feature built in- until the next round of restrictions. And DJI is banned in the US too. I'm also pessimistic that aftermarket modules would work for consumer drones without affecting the operability, i.e weight, flight abilities, battery life etc. I'm no engineer, though. There's no grandfathering either. They repeatedly change the rules and regulations not valid and foreseeable at the time of purchase of your drone and don't care about the existing investments. I'm afraid my $$$$ drone will be a piece of wortless scrap - at least for use in the US. In the EU, new regulations come into effect next year, too, including the requirement of courses and driver licenses.
I'm not sure if the continuous hazzle is worth it for the average photographer. In fact it seems to be more difficult to legally fly a drone in the US than to use firearms.


Link | Posted on Dec 30, 2020 at 15:10 UTC
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Harry33: I am currently using the CaptureOne 20 for Sony release.
Yes the 21 upgrade has some new features, but actually most of them are what I do not need.

I am a professional visual artist and I have certain editing methods - let's call them a pro work flow.
I do not use any automated features, not even auto mask of edges. It actually slows down the editing, because I need to correct it all the time.

The new upgrade may download images and handle sessions faster, but that is not the most time consuming part of my work.
If the software could just draw the mask the way I want to just by touching an area of the image, it certainly would be nice.
However, the AI would then have to be in direct connection with my brains and heart.
And that is not going to happen.

Lastly, I do not need any new users additions like new learning modes or automated dehazing. It just don't work.

Anyways, the CaptureOne 20 is a really complicated and fine professional tool for me. I do love it.

@ panther fan : I have not yet downloaded C21. But in fact, my old perpetual LR 6 works way better with auto masking than C20. And evidentally C21 still has no history protocol. Apart from that the raw conversion of C1 ist very good - and I don't want be hooked by Adobe's subscription model. But I'm not sure if C1 will completely go that route in the future, too.


Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2020 at 18:07 UTC
On article Photokina is cancelled indefinitely (368 comments in total)

Today I got this information from Koelnmesse, too. It's extremely sad news and the end of an era. I had always visited the Photokina in the past 30+ years and every time was looking foreward to the event. The personal contacts and conversations, the possibility to try and compare products - not to mention the numerous inspirations from smaller companys cannot be replaced by websites. So it's a big loss, especially for smaller manufacturers and ten thousands of visitors. The trial to transfer the real life experience completely into the virtual world isn't a positive trend, IMO. There were many good presentations and instructions on the Photokina , too. Some big players such as Adobe had already skipped the trade show in the past and direct their efforts to hook the customers to their cloud based rental model instead. Another questionable trend.


Link | Posted on Nov 27, 2020 at 18:55 UTC as 67th comment
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Autoxave: What about animal eye focusing?

It really would be great to have this in the 1 DXIII, too. But I don't think that this will be offered in a future update, unfortunately, because they want 1DxIII owners to buy an additional R5 or R6 for that.


Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2020 at 01:59 UTC

I think it's primarily the cumulative heat and the long cool-down time that may be problematic even for occasional HQ video recording -not the recording period per se. It's wrong to expect the R5 to be a HQ video cam for longer sessions though the advertising may have contributed to that expectation at launch. I personally shoot stills for 90% of the time with some shorter video if needed. However, if I shoot stills in a hot enviroment, i.e Africa, all day long and want to switch to an intermediate 5-10 min video, I don't know if the cumulative heat would prevent even that or causing the camera to shut down very soon. If I cannot use the cam for 30min or so even for stills by then and thus i.e. miss some unique wildlife scenes, that would certainly be a no go for me. So there's a lot of uncertainty for occasional video shooters, too, if the R5 reliably can be used for that kind of scenarios. I will certainly wait for more real life reports before I decide to go for the R5.


Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2020 at 13:58 UTC as 296th comment | 8 replies
On article Canon EOS R6 added to studio test scene (401 comments in total)

I wonder why the Raws from the R6 look noticeable crisper und sharper compared to the 1DxIII. I guess it's the lens they used ? If not, it would be a major blow for the IQ of the costly flagship just introduced. Of course, at high ISOs the 1DxIII is better for noise, though. Sorry if this has already been discussed and evaluated -I didn't read all the posts.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2020 at 15:12 UTC as 7th comment | 4 replies
On article Canon EOS-1D X Mark III review (1351 comments in total)
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Mohammad 7888: why are image quality results so different compared to results provided by DXOMARK ?

DXO measurements are taken by using the electronic shutter (ES) without further notice. That's why people were wondering that the 1DxIII falls short even to the 1 DxII by DXO's scores. If you go to Bill Claff's site (https://www.photonstophotos.net/Charts/PDR.htm) and compare the graphics for ES vs MS you'll see the proof - even if you take the DXO based data for ES vs MS. By using the mechanical shutter the DR - at least at lower ISO's- is much better than the Sony A9 and simply the best of all current DSLRs including the new Nikon D6. I don't know why DXO obviously still is trying to rate down Canon by their settings.


Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2020 at 23:13 UTC
On article Canon EOS 90D Review (973 comments in total)
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David M. Anglin: I received my 90d on 9/13 and have performed real world testing including a week of wildlife in GTNP/YNP. I do not shoot video, so I can’t comment on that portion of the review. I totally agree with DPR findings on AF through the OVF. My feeling was that around shot 10, the AF could not keep up with the burst rate and started to lag and Loose focus lock. Breaking up the burst and letting the buffer partially clear doesn't seem to solve the issue. Ergo feels perfect, new sensor delivers great IQ / noise control, colors are great, and fun to shoot. Live view AF works great, but I can’t use live view to handhold a 100-400 II or big whites. Reading the spec, I feel like the M6 II and 90d internals should have swapped bodies. I have the m6 II on the way to determine if it can act as a backup to my primary wildlife camera(1dxii). I believe Canon is out of the daze, but is staggering around on direction. I really wish C had released a comparable (or better) M5II with integrated EVF.

thanks for reporting - interesting. I think we cannot expect the AF to be comparable to the 1Dx II, though. At least for me, it would be more important how the 90D compares to the 7d2 in this regard. As another poster pointed out, DPR evidentally tested the face tracking during their bike test with ITR switched on leading to the discouraging results given the just 45 focus points for face detection through the finder compared to 5000+ in live view. Regular wildlife and bird shooters usually leave ITR turned off, though. Maybe this could explain the confusion and many positive reports and examples regarding the tracking AF contracting DPR's results (see i.e. at FM). So it would be important to know if you had ITR switched on or off for your wildlife shots ? Anyway, it's absolutely possible that the 90D cannot keep up with more erratic and quick movements in bursts no matter of the ITR being deactivated. So just to make sure that ITR didn't influence your results.


Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2019 at 14:09 UTC
On article Canon EOS 90D Review (973 comments in total)

I have been considering the 90D along with my 7d2 or even to replace the latter for wildife & BIF photography since the bump in resolution is appealing for cropping. Too bad the conclusions of dpreview are nothing short of disappointing as for the accuracy of the tracking AF through the finder. On the other hand, some photogs evidentally are happy with the AF of the 90D: http://ksimonian.com/Blog/2019/09/28/canon-90d-review-nfl-game-action-auto-focus-results-49ers-vs-steelers/ - no wildlife or BIF, though. So I think we need more real-life reports of wildlife shooters to come to a final judgement.

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2019 at 18:07 UTC as 138th comment | 1 reply
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AlejandroI: Common guys they are just asking for the profile names, not the password. Anyways this is our fault... if you want security, you cant have privacy.

Dont complain, or just move to the jungle :)

If nothing to hide, why be nervous :)

"why care if there's nothing to hide" is the usual stupid opinion of those ignoring the importance of privacy in tody's world leading us directly to total surveillance , profiling everybody, thought's control and China's social rating system at the end of the way.

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2019 at 13:11 UTC
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Robin Ducker: Perhaps Sony can put its technological expertise into a couple of things for me and a raft of others. Creating a human sympathetic menu system that isn't like some Byzantine scrolls and an firmware upgrade process that doesn't blow away my hard fought for 3 memory settings would be a darn good start. ;-|

And as long as they don't understand the importance of service and support and vastly improve in this direction rather than just seeing themselves as an electronic company solely driven by technology, NPS and CPS will continue to be the first choices for pros.


Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2019 at 23:22 UTC
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Fly18: So if I am expected to upgrade every year (I am assuming a new major release every year), how is this different than Adobe? It seems to me Adobe is cheaper.

@Ross the Fidler: You're missing the point. It's not the complaint for paying for the upgrades and honoring the work of the programmers, especially with regard to a small company who doesn't sell millions of licences. The key point is the massive price increase over the last years € 69.-, € 99,- € 119.- € 159.- and if the price/ratio is still in balance compared to the features of the previous version. Even around € 100.- has been ok in past, but with 34% increase compared to the last upgrade just 12 months ago, it looks like PhaseOne has turned into a greedy Adobe-like company, too And announcing this steep increase while many companies offer discounts in the Cyperweek is telling, too.

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2018 at 13:50 UTC
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