Renard DellaFave

Renard DellaFave

Lives in United States Raleigh, USA, AK, United States
Works as a Electrical Engineer
Has a website at
Joined on Dec 22, 2003


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Michael - Visual Pursuit: So now they release a software that doesn't need their effin' servers?
That is about what appaled me when I bought my card some time ago,
never managed to get ad hoc connection working, and wasn't happy with
sending my files over a 3rd party server.

Now with the advent of a Canon card in the near future, eye-fi is certainly dead.

The Toshiba cards don't offer an infrastructure mode, so are kind of inconvenient when you have to disconnect from your WiFi internet just to transfer photos.

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2016 at 06:26 UTC
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G G: Anyway, the "WiFi on SD card" approach is doomed to disappear. Both practically and economically, WiFi belongs to the camera, not the memory card.

Eventually, but even cameras as recent as the Sony RX-100 don't have WiFi built in, and will be in use for many years. Also, it may be easier to offer new features with new WiFi cards rather than relying on camera companies to update firmware.

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2016 at 06:24 UTC
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Renard DellaFave: Did they ever put a useful exposure bracketing range on the RX100 successors?

Nevermind, even the III has +-3EV vs the crippled 2/3 EV of the original. Still don't understand why they did that.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2015 at 03:31 UTC

Did they ever put a useful exposure bracketing range on the RX100 successors?

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2015 at 03:25 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply

Interesting concept but not a very tempting purchase for lots of reasons. I would add to some of the street photo discussions: you can get a lightning extension cable.

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2015 at 18:43 UTC as 16th comment
On article Lightroom 5 Public Beta: What's New (90 comments in total)
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Jan_Shim: Would be nice if Adobe releases a version without its cataloging engine. Not every photographer, pro or otherwise, want or need to catalog their pictures. I come from Corel Paintshop Pro, ACDsee camp where you would just browse to the folder containing the images and edit away. Paintshop Pro saves image thumbs in each folder so loading those hundreds or even a thousand images is really fast - very effective without a cataloging engine hogging computing resources or risk database corruption. The PSP way has been very effective unfortunately Corel still hasn't released a 64-bit version so I'm contemplating LR5 especially now it has a one-stop photo editing capability.

It's built around it, but clearly I"m not the only one who would like the "it" without the forced "workflow". It's as annoying as iPhoto. I end up importing a folder, doing my edits, then deleting the catalog entirely. What good is a database that can't keep track of little things like moving files using the filesystem or other apps? You're not supposed to touch anything w/o running it by LR first? Bah.

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2013 at 20:51 UTC
On article Just Posted: Ricoh GR preview (158 comments in total)
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Plastek: Brilliant camera. Puts the point of mirrorless existence in doubt now. Especially when it comes out that APS-C compact with excellent lens is smaller than m4/3 or 1" mirrorless with a lens.

We all understand you. We just don't agree.

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2013 at 16:47 UTC
On article EXIF tracking services help find missing cameras (78 comments in total)
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Paul Farace: A stolen camera ends up on some web-retail site or in a hock shop... purchased by some unknowing or thinking nudnik who then may and I repeat MAY post a picture... only to be confronted by the original owner.

It reminds me a friend of mine who had her very expensive camera stolen out of her car in Florida. The police gave her the usual "can't help you without a signed confession of the theif, etc." Well a few days later she sees her camera on a certain website (yea, it was that rare of a camera that it could be ID'd immediately)... she purchased it and arranged to pick it up from the "seller" who only lived a few miles away! She called the police again and they again gave her the run-around until she said she was going to meet them anyway and would be "armed." The detective got on the line immediately and they all went together to arrest the crook.

One Hour Photo: "Snapshot was originally a hunting term". (shiver)

Link | Posted on Dec 30, 2011 at 15:32 UTC
On article EXIF tracking services help find missing cameras (78 comments in total)
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art1sta: am I the only one that finds this creepy. Anyone that can just about trace every picture you have posted online. Even if you only post family/holiday pics like myself, thats a mighty strong database of your life and your family.

I wonder if they can trace unlisted/protected galleries from the likes of flickr, smugmug etc

If they can read the picture file (as a robot) then they an read the exif. BTW, Flickr added a nice Geotag feature. You can set spots and distances for areas where it should strip the geotags.

Link | Posted on Dec 30, 2011 at 15:31 UTC
On article EXIF tracking services help find missing cameras (78 comments in total)
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Vincent de Groot: Not a bad idea, I however can imagine a better solution for the problem..

1. The camera shows on the display the name and e-mail address of the owner (this could be in a about menu or shown when the battery has been removed).
2. The camera needs a PIN code/password to be activated after battery change.
3. The camera stores encrypted image files.
4. On the memory cards a text/pdf file is stored with the owner information.

The owner can activate and setup these options via the software that comes with the camera, changes only can be made with a password.

Concerning feature 3 there is an additional benefit in this, it protects the data on memory cards in case they get lost. If a lost card is found feature 4 offers a way how the card can be returned to the owner, the same applies for feature 1 when the camera is lost.

I do hope camera manufacturers will read this ;-)


Oh please, pgp level encryption takes a trivial amount of CPU and power. I don't have a need or desire for it but it's technically very easy.

Link | Posted on Dec 30, 2011 at 15:28 UTC
On article EXIF tracking services help find missing cameras (78 comments in total)
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Bob from Plymouth: I like the "Find My iPhone" App available with iCloud which can not only locate my phone, showing me where it is on a GPS map but can also deactivate it if I choose.

Something similar on a high end camera would be good.

That'd be great I agree since it'd also mean the camera had a transmitter instead of just a GPS reciever. So maybe it could then also post to websites without EyeFi + iPhone or a WiFi spot.

Link | Posted on Dec 30, 2011 at 15:26 UTC
On article Mirrorless camera buying guide (172 comments in total)
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Alexsfo: Live View is superior to OVF. I wasn't able to judge colors, WB, exposure, DoF, various color modes, accurately through OVF when I had Canon DSLR (Its live view is unusably atrocious). I much rather prefer Live View full time cause I know exactly how my shot is gonna look like so mirrorless is the way to go. With the arrival of Nikon 1 we now know that on-sensor phase detect AF is a piece of cake so I have no doubt we'll be seeing a lot of tracking and continous AF improvement next year making DSLR even more irrelevant and suitable only for folks who are too old to give up OVF.
Mirrorless is not necessarily about size reduction. We now have a choice of large mirrorless system (Nex) and smaller compact Micro Four Thirds system.

I just can't get into OVF (or EVF) shooting at all. I did it back in the film days but once I got a screen on the back of the camera it was just such a relief.
How that'll change when I need glasses to see at arm's length, we shall see...

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2011 at 02:34 UTC
On article Buyer's Guide: Enthusiast raw-shooting compact cameras (271 comments in total)
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Rolandigital: You don't have to shoot RAW to sharpen up pictures after. It can be done with JPEGs.

With the low level of compression in "fine" mode JPGs, you can do 90% of what you can do in raw. But you'll be kicking yourself if you needed that last bit. Still, like the 4x4 analogy, I wouldn't leave it on all the time. 2MP is enough for half of my shots, for that matter. But raw is a great option to have. (

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2011 at 01:31 UTC
On article Buyer's Guide: Enthusiast raw-shooting compact cameras (271 comments in total)
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Cy Cheze: The S100 is not yet widely available, at least not in backward NYC, so not an option for X-mas buyers. But is that the reason it is not included in the comparisons?

I think it's for lacking a hot-shoe. Pretty lame reason for leaving it and/or the S95 out, IMHO.

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2011 at 01:28 UTC
On article Buyer's Guide: Enthusiast raw-shooting compact cameras (271 comments in total)
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Nick Carrigan: Sorry DPReview but you haven't convinced me to shoot in RAW.

You've claimed that shooting in JPEG is a terrible experience. Could it also be a fact that certain companies just have a poor JPEG engine design?

Olympus has created a truly excellent JPEG engine. It isn't just in the XZ-1 but also the E-P/E-PL series as well. Why can't other manufacturer's do this?

Most P&S cameras have awful JPEG engines that can't even compete with an Apple iPhone image. If Apple can make this work, then certainly a *camera* company should be able to -- (a leer towards Canon/Nikon.)

If everyone would invest the time to create a good JPEG engine then RAW mode really wouldn't be necessary for the average user. Sure, RAW has some advantages but it shouldn't be a requirement to justify the camera's IQ.

Personally, I find it sad when I read a review that says "well, the JPEG engine sucks but RAW is great. So, we'll give it a Gold award."

Some of us don't really want anything complicated enough to call a "workflow". Just want to shoot and use (i.e., upload somewhere)

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2011 at 01:24 UTC
On article Buyer's Guide: Enthusiast raw-shooting compact cameras (271 comments in total)
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markmosk: I love reading the comments as much as the educated reviews. What other forums have such well informed and opinionated people? I'm always left thinking that everyone has their own criteria so a combative tone (sometimes found here) is a little silly.

...the criteria I'm left with after all of this is shutter release speed. At the end of the day, you should be able to get a good image from any of these but it's the ongoing issue of shutter lag that still gets me. It's avoided with DSLRs and I'm still gonna always take the most shots with my iphone (best camera=onya) even though it's delay in the new OS and when you've got a lot on the phone kills me.

So who's got some real world thoughts on which of these as quickest shutter release/bursts/record times. Didn't see it in there (maybe it is).


There are few new model digicams, even compacts, with any noticeable half-press to full-press lag.

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2011 at 01:23 UTC
On article Buyer's Guide: Enthusiast raw-shooting compact cameras (271 comments in total)
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dasar: well, I do not see the canon S100 in this group. If the IQ of G12 is good, what will the one of S100 be ?

Yeah, I kinda skipped the rest of it when I saw that neither the S95 or S100 were in there. WTF...

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2011 at 01:21 UTC
On article Buyer's Guide: Enthusiast raw-shooting compact cameras (271 comments in total)
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Lyle Aldridge: Great article, Barney! I'm not even in the market for a camera of this class (or didn't think I was), but I found this to be one of the best in a long time. The British usage and spelling ("different to," and "neighbouring") took me back to the early days of the site, too. Thanks.

So we're telling the English how to use English, now, are we? What shabby behaviour.

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2011 at 01:20 UTC
On article Adobe releases Lightroom 3.6 and ACR 6.6 (40 comments in total)
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snuffalufagus: Is there a lens profile for the s100? Last time I checked it was able to read the RAW files but there was no lens profile.

There is with this final release, yes. PTLens also now has the S100, and PhotoAcute will with their next release.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2011 at 21:05 UTC
On article Fujifilm releases X-S1 premium EXR 26X superzoom (383 comments in total)

So is this the grail for Sony DSC-F828 owners (like me...) who've been waiting for something with a similar feel, and "large" sensor, but seeing only "travel super-zooms" with 1/2.3"?

True, the F828 had so much noise that the Panasonic FZ150 or Sony HX100V both probably are superior to it in IQ in every respect (I assume), but I've always been looking for something that truly seemed to be the F828's heir, with not only a long lens, but a nice substantial one.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2011 at 22:30 UTC as 15th comment
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