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Michael Hession

just wanted to note that when i first published this review, i had clearly not seen the USB port on the side (i am an idiot, yes), and stated that only a micro-SD card existed on the Rou 4. There is in fact a USB port, and I corrected the review to reflect that. sorry! Read more

I think you said it best with your review of the M60. Leica makes great cameras for no-one, and that’s a shame. Who on earth will buy this but the most die-hard red dot fanatics? Two thumbs down. (That price is lunacy even for Leica!) Read more

I feel like even that’s a stretch. given how good the a7rii has proven to be (and really, just how all around good the whole a7 line has been - maybe minus the vibration from the a7r’s gunshot shutter), there are too many options, and now too many lens adapters (not to mention the crisp zeiss 55) to really justify a Read more

Who will buy this? Leica lovers, and thats all. Leica is only around for its optics is it not? They would not be surviving if they were a camera company. The cameras are like their “We can do whatever we want” part of the company, every company has one of those, just not as prevalent as this.
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The problem of multiple focal points becomes a huge issue the closer you bring the object to them. Image stitching becomes more difficult, and the chance of having blind spots increases. The focal area(a cone) must overlap to do stitching, but when you get close, that overlapping doesn’t happen. Read more

Presumably the type of math where it’s difficult to do once (for all possible focal points/light field stuff selected by the user), but fairly simple to create many desirable presets to limit the processing power it requires for each photo. I don’t know a whole lot (read: none) of experience with photography, but I Read more

What kind of math are we talking about when they’re trying to stitch together photos from (slightly) different angles? Maybe they’re close enough so that it doesn’t matter? Read more

I’ve been saying for some time on this blog that the next necessary step in camera development would be using multiple sensors, this is a fantastic start. I always imaged this idea would be for the DSLR, (the chip makers have hit a wall) but count me in on this approach. I hate to say it but these guys are going up Read more

Me, too. I bought a Juno-106 back in ‘93 at music store near my college campus. Paid $350 for it used, which I felt was a lot of money, but well worth it. My favorite part of it, that no one really knows unless they looked at it carefully, is that the whole bottom of the synth is made of wood, painted black. Read more

Same here. I just checked to see how much they go for on ebay and they’re at least $600 or more for a working one.
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I actually own a real Juno-106.
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I’ve got a legit original Juno 106 in the closet at home. Wonder how well that thing works now. Read more

I have a pocket operator 14 (sub) its the most fun you can fit into a 60 dollar calculator. Actually its more fun than can fit into the amount of space it takes up. But these things... actually look useful. If their componentry and hardware aren’t total shite ill buy all 3. Read more

This post makes me miss my old studio... Those were the proverbial, “Good ole days!”

As a long time musician I can unequivocally say these are neither analog or cheap. For a full size reproduction - maybe. But why would I pay all that money for emulation and tiny knobs? A real musician would just buy a software version and use midi peripherals. Read more

Or you could go actually buy an old roland analog synth for a fraction of the price. (It would have midi control too.)
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So not truly analog, but an emulation in a small cabinet? Cool, but only real advantage over software then is offloading cpu and the gear fetish? Read more