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SantaFeBill

SantaFeBill

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On Am I missing something here? article (563 comments in total)

Just a note to posters: The article is questioning Nikon's _strategy_, not the camera per se.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 17, 2014 at 20:51 UTC as 19th comment | 5 replies
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Alan Kett: New piece from Thom Hogan today about just how bad then new Nikon track will be for existing users. If what' he's saying is correct, the only way to edit existing NEFs (and I have several thousand of those myself) will be to maintain a dedicated box and existing NX2 going forward. Not good.....

"Why not just convert to TIFF or DNG ... ." As far as DNG is concerned, CNX2 will not export a file in that format. If you use the Adobe converter, you lose the edits you did in CNX2. As for TIFF, I exported a D7000 14-bit NEF to uncompressed TIFF using CNX2. The resulting TIFF file was a little over 90MB. Using LZW compression _increased_ the file size to 122MB!
So what are you going to do, if, as some have posted elsewhere, you have tens of thousands of images you've processed with CNX2? Calculate how many terabytes of storage you'd need to save the TIFFs, then what it would cost. Yes, storage has gotten cheaper, but not that much cheaper. )-:
Of course, what most will have to do is to save some subset of the CNX2-processed images to TIFF, and realize that the work they've done on the others will be lost when CNX2 stops working on their system, which will happen at some point.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2014 at 19:34 UTC

Significantly less capabilities than CNX2, and CNX2 will no longer be supported when NX-D is officially released.
I've rather tenaciously (some would say foolishly :-) ) held on to using CNX2, but even I see it is now time to find something else.
I hope that the developers of Photo Ninja will soon follow up on their plans to add local adjustments to the program. My results with the trial version have been quite striking, except when I need to adjust only an area rather than the whole image.
DPR's headline should have read "Nikon releases beta version of _last_ generation Capture NX software". :-(

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2014 at 17:58 UTC as 47th comment

Since where I live the sunlight is usually bright enough that you need a VF (OVF or EVF) to shoot outdoors, U.S. $1100 for a compact (that's not so compact) isn't attractive to me. But of course YMMV.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 22:44 UTC as 22nd comment | 5 replies
On Nikon Coolpix P600, P530, S9700 go big on zoom range news story (51 comments in total)

From Panasonic we get the GH4, from Nikon we get more Coolpixs. Be still my heart.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2014 at 16:00 UTC as 9th comment
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SantaFeBill: I just wish it had two things: A Bayer-array sensor, so there would be a greater option (and quality) of RAW conversion available, and a small attachable GPS unit that would automatically write GPS data to the file as the picture is taken, as is the case with my DSLRs. Come to think of it, it's probably healthier for my pocketbook that it doesn't have these. :-)

Thanks, Sessility, but none of the three RAW converters that I currently use for my non-Nikon files (ACDSee Pro 7, DxO 9, and Capture One Pro 6) support current Fuji X-Trans sensors, according to their respective Web sites. Again, perhaps fortunately for me ... . :-)
LR may support them, but what I don't like about LR would be a long and (to the discussion here) irrelevant post.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 30, 2014 at 00:01 UTC

I just wish it had two things: A Bayer-array sensor, so there would be a greater option (and quality) of RAW conversion available, and a small attachable GPS unit that would automatically write GPS data to the file as the picture is taken, as is the case with my DSLRs. Come to think of it, it's probably healthier for my pocketbook that it doesn't have these. :-)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2014 at 17:49 UTC as 6th comment | 2 replies
On Adobe leaks 'Lightroom Mobile' app news story (210 comments in total)

Another reason to think that the computer version of LR will go to a subscription-only basis.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 19, 2014 at 05:04 UTC as 33rd comment
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Mahmoud Mousef: It's really simple.
Social networking sites are a marketer's wet dream and a dream for central planners and profile-building global spying agencies.

You (and your kids) are the product. Make no mistake about it. You are exploitable to the maximum extent of the law. In case you haven't noticed, there is no law. EVERYTHING you do online is being recorded, including your phone calls and Skype calls.

Your details, pics and associations are shared with many companies in back-room deals; you have agreed to this. If you are OK with your associations and content being exploited by marketers and shared with government, insurance and god-knows-what-else, continue using these 'free' services.

If you're OK with these spies spying on you, that's fine. Just don't say anything critical of your so-called leaders or you may find yourself on the receiving end of a big stick real quick.

You are not in charge of your content. Your content and activities are there to be sold and exploited.

"I don't do anything wrong, so I don't have to worry that the state knows everything I do." Tell that to the literally millions of people who were killed by their governments in the 20th Century alone, simply because of who or what they were, not because of anything they did. In Hitler's Germany, all you had to be was an 'Untermensch', in Stalin's Soviet Union, peasants who were seen as an obstacle to collectivization.
Tell that to the tens of thousands that are now being imprisoned or executed around the world today simply because of their ethnicity, religion, or politics.
How can you know anything about history or current events and think that an authoritarian government waits to punish those it wishes to until they actually do something that would, in a free society, be considered a crime?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 9, 2013 at 02:11 UTC
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SantaFeBill: Sorry there's no optional EVF. Where I live, the usual bright sunlight makes an LCD useless outdoors, unless you mount a hood. Then you lose compactness and the advantage of an articulated LCD panel.

The X-E1 system costs US $400 more than the X-M1 system. I think Fuji could have made an optional EVF that would sell for less than $400, but of course that would have had a possible negative effect on X-E1 sales.
An optional EVF would have given people the choice of having one or not, or adding one later if they found a need.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2013 at 00:03 UTC

Sorry there's no optional EVF. Where I live, the usual bright sunlight makes an LCD useless outdoors, unless you mount a hood. Then you lose compactness and the advantage of an articulated LCD panel.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2013 at 16:26 UTC as 9th comment | 4 replies

Just one more reason to stay far away from Adobe products (except - perhaps - the free ones). And as far as LR goes, it's only a question of 'when', not 'whether' Adobe does the same with it.

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2013 at 15:30 UTC as 239th comment

G6 - Strange combination of advanced features that would appeal to the technical savvy user but an obsolete sensor that will turn those same users off. I can only guess that Panasonic was afraid that a significant sensor upgrade from the G5 would hurt sales of the GH3.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2013 at 16:58 UTC as 9th comment
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mpgxsvcd: The dpreview comments make it sound like this lens will act like an F2.8 lens for light gathering. It will act just like an F1.8 lens for light gathering.

You're quite right. An f/1.8 lens is an f/1.8 lens, whether it covers APS-C, FF, or MF. F-stop is a ratio between the focal length and the size of the maximum aperture opening. I'm most surprised DPR doesn't seem to understand that - and it makes me wonder about their reviews. ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 18, 2013 at 16:12 UTC
On Panasonic unveils DMC-GF6 with Wi-Fi and NFC capabilities news story (53 comments in total)

Interesting, but still no attached GPS unit to write GPS data at time of exposure. No options to add EVF or hot-shoe external flash.
No GPS is SOP for m4/3 (one reason I've stayed away), but the lack of reasonably-priced external flash option seems strange if Panny is really aiming this at more sophisticated users as well as less sophisticated ones. As, to a lesser extent, does the lack of an EVF.
(The FL-360L is priced at US$270 at B&H. I can't see many adding a unit of that price to the GF6.)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2013 at 19:50 UTC as 14th comment

The kit lens already looks huge compared to the body. Wonder what a 500 would look like?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 22, 2013 at 00:39 UTC as 25th comment
On Google pulls plug on desktop version of Snapseed news story (65 comments in total)
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DavidVogt: Lovely, I bought this program for $20 and now there won't be any updates. Thanks, Google!

From the Google Official Blog:
"Beginning today we’ll no longer sell or provide updates for Snapseed Desktop for Macintosh and Windows"

Seems perfectly clear. And yes, updates to OS and/or other system components mean that at some point the desktop version of Snapseed will stop working.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 14, 2013 at 23:31 UTC
On Google pulls plug on desktop version of Snapseed news story (65 comments in total)

And do some still think that the rest of the Nik programs for desktop are going to stay around? That would be a triumph of hope over experience.
"Do not ask for whom the bell tolls. It tolls for Nik software ... ." (With apologies to John Donne.)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 14, 2013 at 23:19 UTC as 23rd comment | 3 replies
On First Impressions: Metabones Speed Booster article (355 comments in total)
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SantaFeBill: Quote from the review:
" we calculated a focal length multiplier of about 1.07x ..."

Can someone explain how _multiplying_ the focal length by 1.07 _decreases_ the focal length?

According to my calculator, 50 x 1.07 = 53.5.

Even if you think DPR doesn't know the difference between multiplication and division, and divide 50 by 1.07, you still don't get the values for reduced focal lengths stated in the review.

Apparently somewhere in the process '0.71' got turned into '1.07'. ( And then there was the multiplier value of '1.09' mentioned earlier in the review)

Proofreading anyone?

Thanks for the clarification. As you say, we need to specify whether we mean 'physical focal length' or '35mm equivalent focal length'.
Guess I've been around photography so long that I always read 'focal length' to mean the physical measurement, as was safe in the old days.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2013 at 23:37 UTC
On First Impressions: Metabones Speed Booster article (355 comments in total)

Quote from the review:
" we calculated a focal length multiplier of about 1.07x ..."

Can someone explain how _multiplying_ the focal length by 1.07 _decreases_ the focal length?

According to my calculator, 50 x 1.07 = 53.5.

Even if you think DPR doesn't know the difference between multiplication and division, and divide 50 by 1.07, you still don't get the values for reduced focal lengths stated in the review.

Apparently somewhere in the process '0.71' got turned into '1.07'. ( And then there was the multiplier value of '1.09' mentioned earlier in the review)

Proofreading anyone?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2013 at 18:28 UTC as 27th comment | 5 replies
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