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  1. The Takumars look impressive! By the way, are these the SMC version?
  2. I use external both external drives and DVD (2 copies for things I really care about). Regarding DVDs, I have been happy with the Taiyo Yuden brand. It's a little more expensive than the most common brands, but I think it's worth the price.
  3. I liked the Ninja Star, with one battery it could go for long and it was small and light to carry. I too hope they make a new 4k/6k version.
  4. I have been using ebay since the very beginning and bought and sold many things. As a buyer I only had a couple of issues which were not properly scams but more things that were missing in the description. As a seller instead, since ebay is strongly in favor of the buyer, I usually avoid to sell to users with just a few feedbacks or to users who signed up in ebay just a few days before. And in case of expensive items I also don't sell to users which only buy baubles. However I noticed the customer service got a lot worse in the past years, starting from the "help" page of ebay which makes harder to contact the customer service. And when you do manage to contact them, usually they will give very generic answers. You do have to bother them quite a bit to have some kind of thorough reply. Ok, I don't expect the red carpet, but I would rate ebay's cursomer service just a little better than those of the phone companies. And I don't like at all the new policy implemented this year of having ebay handling all the payment to the seller. It stinks too much of a monopoly. I prefer to have paypal as an external intermediary of the sepa bank thansfer
  5. I think Fujifilm might release some new cameras, maybe a XH2 or a XT5. The XH1 in light of the competition needs a refresh
  6. My plans, if this virus craziness cools down a little, is to get one of either a Panasonic S1H, a combo of Blackmagic P6K + Panasonic S5. But I am waiting to see the video specs of the coming Fuji GFX 100s. I am positive that for stills it will be a monster of a camera. If the video specs are interesting and if the price in Europe will be in the S1H range more or less, I may consider to stretch my budget and do a switch.
  7. In fact many Americans consider they go to a different country when they go to a different US state, while for Europeans that would be seen as going only to a different region
  8. Commander Marko Ramius of the Red October "... you will receive the Order of Lenin for this, Captain!" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzKXGKfqGzU
  9. I think that Canon never intended this camera to be targeted at professional works. There are the 1D and Cx00, etc. line for that. 5R with hardware limitations, software limitations? Probably the potential user of this product will never need to record more than 1 minute of 8k raw and definitely will never work on Premiere with H265 files. This is the camera targeted to rich amateurs like parents recording graduations and soccer games, rich tourists, etc. where there are way more potential users for each potential one using it as a professional tool. After all, the Canon lenses are good, the PDFAF is good, colors are good. The aggressive marketing of Canon is good at selling products and probably Canon will sell a lot fo 5R and 6R. Just go to any camera shop and you will see 40% of the space taken up by Canon, another 40% by Sony, 10% by Nikon and the remaining 10% divided among Panasonic, Leica, Olympus.
  10. 12k camera for 10000 euro/dollars. Probably about as much for the new computer needed to work with those files 🥴😰
  11. The first ever camera I touched was the analog camera from Olympus of my father. It's from the 1980s and it is still working today even if no one is using it any more. Always sad news when decades of expertise and craftmanship goes torn up by the stock market logic and the so called "investment companies", which are nothing more than the legal, pusillanimous and modern form of a buccaneer.
  12. Wow, good to know! I too can jump on the Prores Raw wagon 😀
  13. It means the economy there runs faster and people have more money, which translates into a higher number of human interactions on long distances. It's the same thing as the virus popping up more in big cities than in remote mountain villages
  14. The covid-19 coming out of a lab due to a conspiracy is a fake news. Artificial virus exist and are created for research purposes but they have in their RNA codes a footprint easily recognizable as human by other scientists, since they have long chains in their RNA code originating from the human intervention. Virus deriving from natural mutations instead have small mutations spread out all over their RNA code. This is what said a prominent scientist in a tv show in Italy. This tv show is know for being a serious one.
  15. Well, hasn't been New Zealand the first country on the planet to have universal suffrage, rights to indigenous populations and a total ban on any military ship of any country, allies included, having nuclear propulsion or capable of using nuclear weapons?
  16. Here in Italy the new public enemy number 1 are people jogging outside, even if alone, even if in a mountain path, seen as the new plague spreaders, as if just by the fact of going out of a building you become magically infected by THE sickness: the virus will see you and will instantly put you into an intensive care unit. The tv media? We have basically no idea of anything but the virus, with an update of the number of infected about every 30 minutes. Any news about any other country is always about the virus, new cases in Spain, new cases in the UK, US, etc. Every talkshow is about the virus and each evening there are at least two of them, Monday to Sunday.
  17. Unless there is a common way to test for the virus, those percentages will vary from country to country depending also on how you do the test and how you collect the data. For example here in Italy we have a higher mortality rate compared to other countries, but we do the test mostly to people who come to the hospital because they feel very sick, which means this is already a filtered sample. On the other side we have quite a few vips which tested positive like soccer players or politicians and none of them is showing bad symptoms. Probably people which are positive but are not sick are way more than what presumed. After all this is a flu, on steroids, but it will work as a flu. How many are affected each year? How many require hospitalization? How many will die from it?
  18. How pandemics can change history? Well, sometimes a lot... 160-180 AD. The Antonine plague, some kind of smallpox, measles or bubbonic plague, strikes the Roman Empire at the very apex of its life. Weakened, the Empire is attacked simoultaneously by a coalition of barbarians on the Rhine and the Danube. After a lot of efforts the invasion is pushed back, but the Romans from now on will be always on the defensive, integrating more and more Germans in their amry ranks. Moreover, the impact on society was quite strong, with an economic crisis and an inflation which never stopped to rise for the next 150 years. It marked also the rise of other religions, in particular "revealed religion" like Christianity and Mithraism. 1919. The Spanish flue is widespread all over Europe. In the same year the treaty of Versailles was taking place among the belligerants of WWI. The US president Wilson, which was respected from the other parties and was supportive of softer terms against Germany, got sick from the flu and went back home. This left France a free hand to impost harsh terms on Germany. 16 years later Hitler came to power. XVI-XVIII century. All the topic on smallpox, measles and the conquest of the New World, even if I don't think they are so much related. 1347. the Black Death kills one third of Europeans, but the other two thirds remaining made a leap forward. 100 years later there was the Reinassance, printing press, oceanic navigation, artillery, a strong middle class, the establishment of countries based on nationality like in France, England, Spain, Portugal, etc.
  19. The measures implemented in China could not have been put into place here in Europe. In many East Asian cultures an individual is a piece of a community. Here in the Western culture a community is the sum of the individuals. The result of 3 decades of cuts to public spending, finance piracy, privatization, out of control liberalism, the habit of local politicians to say "we will talk in the EU parlament" and the EU parlament replying "it's not a mattern of our concern"
  20. My cat is very vocal, hard for her to be the sound operator
  21. Same as here in Italy, where this measure has been in force since 10 days with valid reasons for travel being only work, health issues, buying food and other reasons of necessity
  22. With everybody at home, cats will be favourite actors
  23. Here in Italy it's also true. For example now our healthcare system is working close to maximum capacity in most regions and in some areas with the most covid19 cases is working beyond its maximum capacity, which means nurses working 10-12 hours instead of 8, lack of intensive care beds, etc. And part of the problem with this virus is that for years the healthcare system has been weakened because the political religion was and still is "privatization, austerity and liberalism are better" with many public services being given away to the private sector a small bite at a time.
  24. I think one major problem for you guys in the states is that there is no public healthcare system. Here in Europe we have one in basically every country, from Italy to France, Denmark or else. And being a public service, besides helping anyone who needs care, it can also hunt down the threat. We are close to 100000 tests done and doing the proportion with the population number, it would equal to about 500000 tests for the US. For example in one small town near Venezia with an unusual high contentration of covid19 cases, the entire population had the test done and after the quarantine and the treatment for the most critical situations, the situation improved a lot. Triage has been included in the emergency guidelines for hospitals over here, as a last resort.
  25. Here in Italy we are in an almost total lockdown. Shops closed, pubs closed, schools closed, church service reduced, public events canceled, sporting events canceled, public transport reduced and so on. And this until April at least. We even need a valid reason to go outside in case the police ask (and they do), with valid reasons being work, health problems, purchase of food, visiting a sick relative, going back home and things like these. I have never seen my country so empty. You really do see not many people around, which by Italian standars is quite strange. You can also see people going around with a mask, which has never been a habit here, and people not giving a hug and a kiss when meeting each other, which instead has always being a common Italian habit. I also think that this virus is still a flu, even though quite a strong one. And being a flu (that is low mortality, high diffusion), I guess the number of people being infected is way more than the number found with the test. The test doesn't give you a real number of total cases, just the number you found and a rough estimate on the population. Probably there are many people who got infected but never got sick, and others that, even if sick , were just having minor symptoms, like the ones normally associated to a flu or a cold. Otherwise it's hard to explain such an explosion of cases in the past 10 days. Other European countries are just 2 weeks behind us and should lock everything down now, not in two more weeks. Spain is having a surge in cases now, 3000 already with a population half the Italian one in a country twice as big. This virus is not so dangerous by itself if you are not already weak for other reasons (age, cancer, hearth problems, diabetes, etc.) but it can have a strong impact on the healthcare system.
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