A Owens

Lives in New Zealand (Aotearoa) Auckland, New Zealand (Aotearoa)
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On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1491 comments in total)
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barrym1966: actually it aims to be in the same league as the D5 and the 1DX

It murders the D810 and the 5D IV

barrym, do you mean there is no 14 bit lossless raw option? How else can 42mp raw files be smaller than 36 or 30? Regarding comparing it to 5d and 810, really?

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 19:13 UTC
On article Google AI adds detail to low-resolution images (149 comments in total)

Goodness this is a tough audience. I would not have even picked that the bottom left one was a face. Remarkable.

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2017 at 03:14 UTC as 39th comment | 1 reply
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Steve in GA: Something tells me Mr. Von Wong has an agenda.

@c45, do we have the freedom to destroy the planet?

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2017 at 00:32 UTC
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Dragonrider: Environmentalists need to quit screaming about specific commodities and start addressing the basic issue of excess population. It is the root problem and a damn hard one to solve (probably why they don't want to address it).

I agree @JackM but neither do rich nations. Not really. Not beyond posturing and rhetoric. We just keep on polluting and driving around in our monster trucks. And poor nations have no notion of the consumption of rich nations.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2017 at 21:17 UTC
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Dragonrider: Environmentalists need to quit screaming about specific commodities and start addressing the basic issue of excess population. It is the root problem and a damn hard one to solve (probably why they don't want to address it).

I agree with @Kharan. While increasing human population is problematic, it is rich nations' lifestyle that is the main issue. We need to find a way of living that is less dependent upon rapacious exploitation of natural resources. The planet's dire state is due to the lifestyles of the minority.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2017 at 20:59 UTC

I am unlikely to ever buy this sort of camera but I hope enough people do. Somehow I am a tiny bit reassured to know someone still wants to make something like this.

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2017 at 22:16 UTC as 170th comment

Fabulous image. These are not easy images to make. A few years ago an Australian photographer made a similar image of the moon rising over a visitor lookout on Mt VIctoria in Wellington, New Zealand. But he made it as a movie using 1300mm effective focal length. https://vimeo.com/58385453
Wait a few seconds into the movie until people move into the scene and you can see how fast the moon moves into the frame at this perspective. The photographer does not have long to get the right composition.

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2017 at 21:59 UTC as 34th comment

Does anyone know who makes the sensor in these things and its base ISO rating?

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2017 at 21:01 UTC as 34th comment | 1 reply

There must be a paucity of innovation at this show when new colour options qualify as a "gem". Such accolades should be reserved for the announcement of the wooden grip and crocodile leather half-case.

Surely if something deserves the "utterly unnecessary" tag in the context of image making tools, this is it?

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 18:00 UTC as 66th comment | 1 reply
On article Dell's 8K monitor goes on sale in March for $5000 (215 comments in total)
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EskeRahn: It does sound a bit like overkill on a 32" monitor, unless you use it really close...

Most people can just distinguish details down to around 1/12000 of the viewing distance. At my age it is more like 1/7000. I have met a single eagled eyed guy with a 1/25000 limit though, I'm sure he would love it.

I have made some test-sheets where you can test your eyes in seconds, that can be found here: http://eskerahn.dk/wordpress/?p=32

Yes, these are very valid points regarding viewing distance. Personally I find it difficult to justify going over 5k for an editing screen at this time. However as prices come down, an 8k screen in larger sizes (nicely framed or mounted) will make for a very nice viewing screen in a lounge, office, gallery etc.

Of course we will need capture devices upwards of 40mp to do justice to such a viewing screen.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 01:04 UTC
On article Dell's 8K monitor goes on sale in March for $5000 (215 comments in total)
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Joed700: I have a 5K monitor and there's hardly any media that plays 4K, so what is the point of 8K?

Well of course the purpose of 5k is to enable you to edit 4k movies while providing some space for menus and tools. So you are free to create your own content! But your point is nonetheless valid at this time but as time passes, more content will become available.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 01:00 UTC
On article CES 2017: Hands-on with Nikon D5600 (322 comments in total)
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On the Road Again: "In terms of specs, the D5600 offers only minor improvements over the D5500, but that's not a bad thing."

Oh, please! Just look what Panasonic was able to improve in GH5! This is really something new comparing to GH4! And according to you minor improvement "is not a bad thing" - are you serious?... :(

Panasonic and other MFT systems had so much further to go to even achieve parity with the low end DSLR's like this one. And they still are not there and yet their size and cost have skyrocketed. And they are still stuck with a tiny sensor. After a couple more generations of improvements in phone cameras, it is possible that they will be the main players in the mirrorless market. In fact they are already.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 00:55 UTC
On article CES 2017: Hands-on with Nikon D5600 (322 comments in total)
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a voice of reason: nikon continues to bore the crap out of me, w\o any exciting advances in design,no evfs,other makers offering rangefinder layouts as additional body options. ibis happening more & more,nikon continues to push out pointless incremental releases that seem exercises in naming schemes rather than developments in design\ capabilities.
canikon seems obsessed w protecting markets,ignoring technological \design advances explored by fuji oly, panny & sony. nikon1 tried everything but producing an exciting enthusiast model with great controls, their attempt to resurrect past design,controls,build quality..the df is a bloated confused mess, a parody of more successful attempts by fuji olympus & panasonic & sony
nikon once had the swagger& tone that made them objects of desire & technology appealing to real shooter,bit of chance taking..today canikon are boring with designs approved by bean counters rather than enlightened designers with fingers on the pulse of cutting edge developments.

It depends what you want a camera to do. If you want to take it to bed and post about your prowess on gear forums then exciting is what you want. But if you are more interested in the pictures than the camera then boring is good. They are designed to do a job. In this regard most Canon and Nikon cameras are boring.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 00:49 UTC
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newe: Good ole Marissa Mayer....she's the poster child now of what a Board of Directors should NOT do; hire because it "looks good." Yahoo has become a trash bin under her watch. Obviously she was not qualified for the position, but what does she care? She's made her millions upon millions and so on. What is worse is that the real culprits in all this, the Board of Directors, were so neutered and afraid of her and the media that they could not do the right thing and get rid of her ages ago. The Board deserves just as much of the blame in all this. All this while the "regular folk" at Yahoo get screwed over for doing their jobs. Another example of prime corporate gangsterism in America.

Actually I feel she has done a great job keeping it going as long as she has and getting $5bn out of it for shareholders. It was dead long before she took over. She outlasted AOL, Napster, AltaVIsta, Netscape, MySpace etc. etc.

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2016 at 09:03 UTC

Thanks for a very useful review of the latest iteration of this device. I have the original one and have used it extensively for travel and now never take a laptop. A 6 inch phone and a Passport Wireless and I'm good to go. And with LR Mobile, Snapseed and probably others, RAW is supported.

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2016 at 18:22 UTC as 7th comment
On article Next level: iPhone 7 Plus camera review (189 comments in total)
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Eugene CH: I am sorry, but: the smartphones are phones first. In second approach, they have an additional function: camera. Therefore, in my opinion, such devices have nothing to do in a specific photographic site. They could be analyzed in a specific site if that exists.

Sorry but that is plain wrong, especially for younger users. In fact they hardly ever use the phone functionality in these devices. Taking and sharing images, social media, navigation and internet access, you name it. But not making phone calls.

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2016 at 17:09 UTC
On article Apple revamps MacBook Pro lineup, adds 'Touch Bar' (870 comments in total)
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Petrogel: Unfortunately since Steve Jobs Death, Apple is hiding more and more into the shadow of what once used to be. Both hardware and software are getting ridiculous (even more ridiculous than the golden drone)
The good thing is Microsoft is bridging the gap and i'm afraid we might have to change "boat".

@Trek of Joy Yes there is no arguing that Apple has made huge amounts of money from its phones. And that MS who used to occupy the top spot has declined a lot.

But most of Apple's profit comes from its phones. If it cannot maintain the margins and volumes from phones then it will decline like MS. Smart phones are now largely commodities and nobody has any real advantage. There is really very little to choose between the top 10 phones on the market. And personal religions aside there is little to choose between Android and Apple OS. Apple need to come up with something new if they want to persuade people to keep paying premiums for their products.

Google is not a phone company and if it stopped making phones tomorrow it's profits would probably increase.

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2016 at 13:38 UTC
On article Apple revamps MacBook Pro lineup, adds 'Touch Bar' (870 comments in total)
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Petrogel: Unfortunately since Steve Jobs Death, Apple is hiding more and more into the shadow of what once used to be. Both hardware and software are getting ridiculous (even more ridiculous than the golden drone)
The good thing is Microsoft is bridging the gap and i'm afraid we might have to change "boat".

@Trek of Joy; That was then and now is now. For 2016 Apple has just reported its 3rd straight quarter of declining sales. Apple have a very narrow base for its phenomenal success. And it has not used its incredible earnings of recent years to continue innovation and broaden its base in the way Google has. Even iphone sales have started to decline and that is their biggest earner. It will be very interesting to see what they do over the next year or two. I hope they are working on something big.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2016 at 23:03 UTC
On article Field Test: Birds in flight with the Nikon D500 (92 comments in total)

I very much enjoyed this video. However the fact that it is a paid advertisement does somewhat diminish the value of opinions expressed about the subject equipment. Notwithstanding that DPR retains right of content veto.
It would be nice to include this format as part of the formal independent equipment reviews IMO.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2016 at 04:27 UTC as 31st comment | 1 reply
On article Field Test: Birds in flight with the Nikon D500 (92 comments in total)
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rfsIII: Fantastic! For the next one I vote we change it up and go for something a location that's urban, gritty, real...how about street portraiture with the new SB500 Speedlight or it's Canon equivalent? Miami? Philly?

OK, I will have a look at that movie. Looks nice. And Sean Connery acts in it. But I do think the D500 is aimed directly at nature photographers so the location for this video is good IMO. There are other cameras better suited to the street.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2016 at 04:02 UTC
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