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Wednesday, 21 April 2021


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Slightly less than 49mm, so that’s like using a 50mm on an Hasselblad, which is a classic wide angle focal length in medium format. Is this a coincidence or did someone at Fuji plan this?

Apple's AirDrop is Apple's way of preparing you for they day that they remove all the ports from their products.

Panasonic's Image App allows you to control the camera from your phone and to upload the image to the phone or the Cloud. You can transfer files from the phone to the computer via Bluetooth. I have only done it once, transfer via card reader works fine for me.

I like the joy of discovering six month old images on the SD card. It's like the forgotten roll of unprocessed film that you discover in your sock drawer.

Well, I like both versions. How about a print sale?

AirDrop is something that works because of the closed Apple ecosystem. Combinations of transfer I've tried and my experience:
Apple to non-Apple (PC or Android): fiddly, Bluetooth is the best bet
Android to PC: easy with a cable, can be easy on home network (if you can set it up) or fiddly as above
Non-Apple to Apple: forget it.

I can send picture files from my Sony A7R3 to my MacBook Pro almost as easily as with Air Drop from my iPhone. I mainly shoot RAW with my Sony so these large files take a bit longer to transfer than is the case with the iPhone files.

I probably once paired up the Sony and the Mac, but that was years ago and I have forgotten if it was difficult or not. Probably not, but involved feeding the WiFi PW to the camera.

For transfer of a large number of RAW shots, it is quicker to use a cable or a card reader, but a little bit more cumbersome to set up.

I have an Android phone and a PC, but I use Google Drive much the same way. It's very easy and practical. Once or twice I've had my Fuji transfer files to my phone so I can do this, but normally I just take a quick phone shot for people I'd want to share with immediately and handle the proper files later at my leisure.

That’s a lovely, serene image, Mike. I can just hear the silence of the spring bloom momentarily placed on pause by a last snowy gasp of winter. (Careful, man. You’re in danger of becoming a skilled color photographer! 😧)

I love AirDrop, too. But getting images directly from a camera to, say, your phone remains a bit clunkier since the camera isn’t using iOS. Since I’m not a social media addict I admittedly may be behind the times with this observation.

Canadian author https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wayne_Johnston_(writer) Wayne Johnston told a few years back, that he write his novels longhand, so.....

Many real camera manufacturers offer dedicated phone/tablet apps, that will connect to the camera's WiFi, for JPEG transfers and remote camera control. I use OI.Share with my OM-D.

The bit about quill pens reminds me of an Isaac Asimov story where the protagonists are astonished to learn that they can do arithmetic with a pencil. As I recall (perhaps inaccurately) his inspiration came from going on a cruise without his typewriter, and finding that he was able to write stories in longhand.

Anything I shoot - stills or video - with my Samsung phone is automatically uploaded to my OneDrive account, and it’s then immediately available on any of my PCs, laptops or iPad. Wasn’t too difficult to set up.

Modern Canons can be set up the same way. Others as well I expect.

Nice picture!

As someone who learned about computers before the IBM PC was sold, I'm happy with the memory cards in the camera. If I wanted to send something by phone, I'd take a crummy picture with the phone and send it.

The 36 MP photos from the Pentax K1 II are much too big to consider transferring via wi-fi or other "non-wired" method.

We wrote our first programs in BASIC, so the computer and software makers can go right ahead and spend their time writing "new and improved" programs that are much more complex than those I'd be interested in writing.

I would love to be able to drop off a memory card with a selection of digital images and receive the "old-fashioned" paper prints that are automatically color-corrected like the big film printing machines did. My 35mm film prints have lasted more than 20 years, so I'm happy with the longevity. (Those old printing machines cost around $100,000 back in the day, IIRC.)

Thank goodness the digital images from my camera turn out fine for the most part. Transferring the files from the camera's cards to the computer is enough computer work for me. I very rarely fiddle with color or brightness settings of the digital images.

Transferring files to the computer is the only part of digital photography that I detest.

So much simpler if you just have Google back up all your phone photos. The they are available on Google photos on any PC. Also, easy to share your selected photos without having to send the file, only a link to your "Google photos".

I'm a PC person, but this post reminded me that wirelessly transferring RAW files from my Canons to my hard drives has eliminated the possibility that my camera could be card-less. Far too often, I used to forget and leave the SD card in a reader attached to the PC. Thankful to be rid of that problem.

Airdrop (& Handoff) are just the best. Now if they would only give you more granular controls over who can & cannot send you files, it would be just the bestest.

The closest you'll get with the Fuji is to use the Fujifilm Cam Remote to transmit the photos from your Fuji camera to your iPhone & then Airdrop the photos to your Mac from there.

The Mamiya G 50mm f/4 you used to use is one of the orphan lines of the photography world. It's *almost* impossible to use the wonderful Mamiya G lenses on other cameras because adapters do not exist.

I'm using the Mamiya G 50/4 on my Fuji GFX and it's a superb lens -- very warm, but wonderful from wide open. Using Mamiya G lenses on a GFX requires some extensive modifications, but is worth the effort.

Air Drop is a great idea, but unfortunately like a few other Apple ideas it often does not work. Wonderful when it does, but I usually find it quicker to put the files in Dropbox, wait for them to upload to the Dropbox server, then download from the server to the second device. Often I can wait longer than that process for the second device to show up on Air Drop.

I have an Olympus OMD that has wifi built in. I can connect it to my iPhone (which has the Olympus app installed) and directly transfer photos from my camera to my phone. At first I thought of it as a gimmick but now it’s one of my favorite features, to the point that I wouldn’t want to own a camera without it. No, it’s not as slick as Airdrop, but it’s a quick and dirty way to share and view my photos.

I use memory cards plugged into a card-reader. Probably costs me as much as a minute or two of my precious time to transfer them.

This is a lovely picture, Mike! But for me, the 4/3 version works better. Reason: The yellow flowers from the shrub on the very left (a forsythia?) somehow overpower the magenta flowers of the bigger shrub in the center, skewing the balance of the composition to the left. In the 4/3 version, the magenta shrub is off center to the right, so that the visual weight of the shrubs is better balanced. I also like how the two branches on the left intrude into the frame, to emphasize that the picture is just a snippet of a bigger environment.

If it were mine, I'd be curious how it looked like if the yellows were made just a bit lighter?


AirDrop is so easy a stranger could do it :)

I guess be careful with your settings.



I used to joke that airdrop worked great except when you really needed it. Fine for horsing around and having fun sending pictures to unsuspecting family members across the room. But, as soon as you decided to rely on it for some professional, mission critical use it would mysteriously stop working. I will admit though that it is much better than when it was first introduced.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for getting me to try Air Drop! It is so, so easy and fast!! Sorry about all the exclamation marks, but that's exactly how I feel about discovering and trying it. No more emailing myself pictures from my phone and then downloading and saving them as I made muttering noises about there just having to be an easier way to do it. There is!

I now and then send pictures from my Sony camera to my iPhone so that I can share them easily. It works pretty well, though I suspect it works better with an Android phone, since those allow a bit more freedoms for 3rd party apps. I only really use Airdrop for transferring between two i-devices.

What am I missing?

Are the photos on your iPhone not already in your Photos application on your Mac?

[Well, I had never actually *opened* Photos until I read your comment, but when I did, there indeed were all my iPhone pictures--up to 2015. I probably could figure out how to get the rest to load with a little sleuthing. --Mike]

Air Drop is a neat feature, but if you use Apple Photos the transfer is easier for large numbers of photos.
Funny you should mention eBay. I got a message I though was spam telling me that I if I wanted to continue using eBay, I would have to quit using PayPal and give them my bank account information. At first I thought it was a phishing/malware email, but with some checking it turned out to be real! https://www.imrg.org/blog/why-ebay-drops-paypal/
Give eBay my banking information? Who are they kidding? With all the hacks going down now, I certainly am not trusting eBay with my banking information!
That turned out to be the last straw for eBay. All. the film equipment I bought from them was badly misrepresented and I've had other bad experiences buying and selling.
I cancelled my eBay account yesterday.
Mike, your experience with eBay has been not so good either, eh?
Of course, I guess CraigsList makes eBay look OK, but I'm getting tired of what I now call IoT - the Internet of Thieves.

Oh for an alternative to ebay and paypal. I sold some earphones recently and was paid £107 for them, between fees and currency rip off I got £91. Outrageous

Unfortunately, today Air Drop has been found to have a major security risk:


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