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 on: Today at 07:10:14 AM 
Started by marcmccalmont - Last post by marcmccalmont
For Sale SONY A7II as new condition very little use with box, strap, USB cable, manual, battery
Marc [email protected]

 on: Today at 07:01:42 AM 
Started by torger - Last post by torger
I've now released v1.0.2, with the new stronger gamut compression, which is optional. The old is still in and works the same.

What's new:

Downloads (win, mac, source):

 on: Today at 06:36:19 AM 
Started by DeanChriss - Last post by DeanChriss
The Timer Cleaning function which you describe is different than the Auto Nozzle Check feature, which is designed to keep the nozzles maintained when printing.  I would add that even though I have my Timer Cleaning function set to "Off", it will still check the nozzles and clean if the printer has been off for an extended period of time.  In fact it seems that "off" is actually the same as setting it to the max setting.  Not sure if this is a bug or intended, but it certainly doesn't do what it says it does.

The Auto Nozzle check feature can be set to check the heads periodically while actively printing despite any sleep conditions.  It can also be set to check at the start of every job, which might be useful for large unattended runs.  You can also tell the printer how many attempts to clean the nozzles are acceptable, from 1 to 3.  I'm not sure what the printer does if it cleans the specified number of attempts and still fails the ANC.  I assume it stops printing.  Initially in the 9900 it would just start printing again, but I believe Epson saw that was pretty stupid and changed it.

I'm going to enable my ANC function for a while, I'm just curious if Epson has made any progress on this feature since it was introduced.  I know some have reported it works pretty well. so far I havenít had many issues, if I leave the printer off for an extended period of time (weeks) it sometimes does a brief clean when I power it up, but my ink levels arenít really showing any stress and my maintenance tanks are not much different than after the initial fill.

I had ANC turned on for a while and then turned it off. Turning it off seems to eliminate any nozzle checking except those that occur at power up. The odd thing is that it seems to do a nozzle check at power up even when ANC and the Timer Cleaning Function are both turned off. Based on what the manual says that should not happen, but it's OK with me if it does as there is very little ink use. In the end I settled on ANC turned off and the Timer Cleaning Function set to its maximum (60 hours) just to make sure it does a nozzle check after being off for a couple days even though it seems to do this regardless of the settings. I have always set the nozzle cleaning attempts to 1, assuming an error message like the 7900 if the cleaning attempt failed. That's just because I'd like to know about the issue and I can then do manual cleanings. But regardless of any of these settings I haven't seen any clogs or excessive ink use so I think the printer is performing well.

Thanks again for confirming these things.

 on: Today at 06:24:05 AM 
Started by Rob C - Last post by Rob C
I'm surprised you were disappointed, John. I don't feel any serious sense of 'invasion of privacy', so to speak; in fact it seemed to me that some subjects were actually asked to 'hold it' for a moment. There's much less invasion than I felt myself doing when my watch was away for its service: I'd ask folks what time it was, and they sometimes looked at me as if this old guy was about to try to mug 'em! An attempt which would have been hilarious to observe. Maybe I need to wear suits.

Of course, one must never forget that the video is a commercial advertisement, and what's what isn't always obvious; might even have used paid models here and there.

If anything, I took exception to the written stuff, where lack of a screen on the cameras is turned into a plus, when in my mind, it's anything but: I now never chimp unless specifically in a very backlit situation such as within a restaurant shooting outwards at something against a window onto daylight, in which case the natural reaction, even of Matrix, is to create silhouettes which may or may not be the intention. Then, I switch to manual metering and go from there. In normal outdoor backlight, I need not even move away from Matrix on Auto-ISO as it handles the scene perfectly within the DR of the camera, the old D200 system included.

So, the objection (mine) is to the policy of offering less as more and rationalising it as an improvement for the better photographer. Bullshit; I've been a pro photographer all my adult working life, and all of us need help in some circumstances unless we want to bracket our socks off, which is a bore unless we're getting paid to do it. A screen can be very handy indeed, even if the screen image is primitive, and a histogram is never a bad idea, either. Nothing forces anyone to be a constant chimper unless they want to be, in which case, it's their camera and their money. Which thought, of course, can be applied just as easily to anyone who wants to throw away an advantage and pay for the privilege.

I think Leica must have recently hired a psychologist to work in tandem with their marketing and development departments. There's nothing strange as folks, and they seem to have realised that.


 on: Today at 06:02:39 AM 
Started by BernardLanguillier - Last post by barryfitzgerald
No - all the best Sony lenses, and all the high-end Sony-developed lenses, are E-mount.

Sure, there are third-party lenses - Zeiss and Sigma provide a good mix of lenses - but that doesn't translate to ongoing long-term support for the mount. For one, there's no up-to-date A-mount answer to the 16-35/24-70/70-200 trio that forms the core of many photographers' arsenals - the existing Sony A-mount lenses are no match for the E-mount GM series (16-35 pending), the Canon set (the 16-35 III being recently announced, and the superb 11-24 also exists as an alternate wide-angle option) or even the relatively weaker Nikon lineup. And there's no sign of an update on the horizon either.

IMO Sony is letting A-mount die a slow death while all the work goes into bring E-mount AF performance up to par, with the eventual aim of abandoning mirrored designs altogether. The first-generation A7 bodies were little more than digital backs. The second generation are much better, at least matching entry-level SLR performance. The A9 will probably be suitable for general photography/event/wedding use - I'd imagine something like 5D3, D750 or D810-level AF performance - and I'd imagine they're probably aiming for a sports/action-capable version (likely with 8k video) in time for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. They're still releasing a few A-mount bodies here and there, to allow current users to keep using their lenses for a decent amount of time until their eventual obsolescence, but they appear to be putting minimal work into high-end A-mount lenses. And these A-mount bodies appear to be mostly a mix of off-the-shelf components also used by other cameras, as well as dual-use technologies that would equally benefit mirrorless designs - there's very little that's new that appears geared towards SLR and wouldn't also benefit future E-mount designs.

I don't disagree the lens front has been quiet and does need beefing up. But releasing a £3k camera isn't a sign of a company dumping the mount. Reality is you can put A mount lenses on both A and E mount bodies. E mount lenses are expensive and work only on that mount. Those who held off selling their A mount gear are coming out smiling now. I would never invest in E mount because there are so many bargain A mount lenses around it would cost a fortune to buy into that mount.

 on: Today at 05:39:04 AM 
Started by Rob C - Last post by Rob C
"To a point more CO2 offers benefits"Ö

Unless you are in a car in a garage!


Or waiting to get off the Palma - Barcelona ferry.

Regarding the garage - may be exactly what one was looking to find.


 on: Today at 05:33:08 AM 
Started by tom b - Last post by Rob C
Excellent strategy :)

Kinda depends just how far down that line one finds oneself...

By the time a worthwhile digi L becomes available to me, I think I'd rather just use what I have; probably would anyway, but the idea feels something I want to experience. Last ones I touched were an M3 and, much later, an R6.



 on: Today at 05:25:52 AM 
Started by torger - Last post by Theodoros
There's no Mamiya version of the XF either... The platform suggested from Mamiya is still the DF one.
What sounds strange to me, is that they bought all the rest of the Mamiya/Leaf shares only about a year ago so that they would have 100% control over the company.... They bought Mamiya as to close it down?

Never the less, it will be a sad story if Leaf ceases production... It is the only "open" platform left as to provide backs to third party platforms...  I wonder, wouldn't an investor care as to save Mamiya? But OTOH I reckon that an investor would probably require to have access to the software and to the new (XF) platform, other than adding a "FF" Cmos back and video to the Cmos based sensor backs... and I'm not sure if Phase One is prepared to share any of those with a possible investor... at least not the C1 software...

 on: Today at 05:15:33 AM 
Started by tom b - Last post by GrahamBy
the more dentists & such who buy Leica stuff new, the more of it will be available used down the line at more reasonable prices for folks like me.  ;D

Excellent strategy :)

 on: Today at 04:56:33 AM 
Started by uintaangler - Last post by E.J. Peiker
Fast turn around time, special wavelength filter requests, modifying cameras that they previously haven't done, etc...

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