Ralf B

Ralf B

Lives in Germany Germany
Joined on May 6, 2005

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On Sony SLT-A77 II Review preview (484 comments in total)
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SnakePlissken: It's a superficial thing, but why are Sony DSLRs so ugly? I had an A700 and it was very smart looking. I think Canon makes the smartest, most ergonomic looking DSLRs, Nikon cameras are also immediately identifiable by their styling and red flash on the grip, Pentax K3 cameras look very elegant and well made too. In contrast, Sony's DLSRs in the last few years look like they have melted in the sun and are just too lumpen.

I am sure they are fine to use of course and for all the bashing that goes on here, as usual, the classic, legendary photographers of yore (other than large format photographers) would die for any of the digital cameras on the market today and I am sure would not care a jot about offset microlenses and the like that seem to consume people on DPReview.

Want to read up on the concept of "ugly is beautiful"?
Arthur Hailey: Wheels

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2015 at 08:41 UTC

Chapeau to the Photog, lovely work!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 12, 2015 at 10:18 UTC as 21st comment

I enjoyed the whole gallery in "slideshow" mode, thanks for sharing this photographic walk around town which closes with a nice HDR sunset. If that is the view from your place, great view, great place!
Great idea to throw in a brickwall ;-)
Now that huge and clean kitchen-like space with the many coffee thermos, is that DPR inside? That cleanliness is scary...
Again, thanks from an UWA addict, love my Sigma 12-24 on FF:
http://ralfralph.smugmug.com/Travel/Washington/i-BM57Z3R/0/X2/D-C-%20October09_41-X2.jpg

Direct link | Posted on Feb 28, 2015 at 08:42 UTC as 6th comment
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Paul Liukas: Great camera, great specifications, but lack of emotions like XT1. Camera like a brick too modern and too cold for me. If you are tired of pixel peeping like me and want to get a joy from photography, camera should be with soul :) Fuji will spoil many of us with soul and light lenses. I don't want to use D810 anymore, except for product photos (need)..

Anyway great job Sony!

Cam too cold? Maybe someone will build a heated grip for it. My motorcycle has two of those, one for each hand.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 22, 2014 at 07:39 UTC
On Nikon D750 real-world samples gallery posted article (348 comments in total)

That camera was in very good hands. I enjoyed the whole slide show!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2014 at 20:26 UTC as 16th comment
On Sony shows off upcoming full-frame lenses at Photokina article (337 comments in total)
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The Name is Bond: They need to get their pro zooms sorted out. The rough bokeh on them is one of the reasons I dismissed Sony as a a wedding system.

"By Zeisschen (7 hours ago)
Which lens do you mean? The Zeiss 24-70s have very smooth bokeh on A-mount and E-mount and are highly praised for something like weddings."
Wrong for the the CZ 24-70 for A Mount, which has bokeh that needs to be watched when shooting for bokeh.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 25, 2014 at 14:54 UTC
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RichRMA: An APS sensor module mounted to a smartphone. Probably the stupidest invention in some time. Sony really does want to commit financial suicide.

An APS sensor module mounted to a lot of DLSR lenses and remotely controlled via a smartphone. Probably the smartest invention in some time. Sony really does get creative to achieve financial success!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 4, 2014 at 06:55 UTC
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Lassoni: in name of fairness, the least dp could do is finish a 1dx review.

Ouch!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 2, 2014 at 05:12 UTC
On Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art Lab Test Review preview (570 comments in total)
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Ralf B: This lens definitely needs controlled backgrounds for its bokeh character
https://s3.amazonaws.com/masters.galleries.dpreview.com/2897503.jpg?X-Amz-Expires=3600&X-Amz-Algorithm=AWS4-HMAC-SHA256&X-Amz-Credential=AKIAJ7ICBHXPIPPMTNCQ/20140529/us-east-1/s3/aws4_request&X-Amz-Date=20140529T115209Z&X-Amz-SignedHeaders=host&X-Amz-Signature=a835a6936ab75fd16bb32e0232442f2daeee86d8a132a904c164540ac3e80dc5
The Sony FE 55/1.8 appears as having much smoother bokeh.
I prefer the CZ 135/1.8 for my Sony Alpha A mount FF for its combination of sharpness matching this lens a n d silky smooth bokeh. It appears as much more forgiving if you cannot avoid a busy fore/background.
http://kurtmunger.com/sony_135mm_f_1_8_carl_zeissid266.html

I brought the 135mm in for what I wrote: There is the possibility to combine sharpness and pleasing bokeh, and if you look for that, the Sigma ART 50/1.4 fails at that.
I hope that clarifies the "pointless" point.

Direct link | Posted on May 31, 2014 at 11:50 UTC
On Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art Lab Test Review preview (570 comments in total)

This lens definitely needs controlled backgrounds for its bokeh character
https://s3.amazonaws.com/masters.galleries.dpreview.com/2897503.jpg?X-Amz-Expires=3600&X-Amz-Algorithm=AWS4-HMAC-SHA256&X-Amz-Credential=AKIAJ7ICBHXPIPPMTNCQ/20140529/us-east-1/s3/aws4_request&X-Amz-Date=20140529T115209Z&X-Amz-SignedHeaders=host&X-Amz-Signature=a835a6936ab75fd16bb32e0232442f2daeee86d8a132a904c164540ac3e80dc5
The Sony FE 55/1.8 appears as having much smoother bokeh.
I prefer the CZ 135/1.8 for my Sony Alpha A mount FF for its combination of sharpness matching this lens a n d silky smooth bokeh. It appears as much more forgiving if you cannot avoid a busy fore/background.
http://kurtmunger.com/sony_135mm_f_1_8_carl_zeissid266.html

Direct link | Posted on May 29, 2014 at 11:54 UTC as 57th comment | 9 replies
On Site Update: notifications article (125 comments in total)

Still waiting for the global "no notifications" setting in "settings".
The current implementation forces to click "unsubscribe to updates" every time when posting, doubleplusungood. The other way around would be my preferred default option.
As it stands the DPR default forcing unsubscriptions increases the number of clicks. A way to make the site owners happy? More site clicks - higher site ranking?

? And where can I unsubscribe from notifications on this comment ?

Direct link | Posted on May 28, 2014 at 05:48 UTC as 6th comment
On Street photography tips with Zack Arias article (152 comments in total)

Thumbs up!

Direct link | Posted on May 25, 2014 at 07:44 UTC as 32nd comment
On DxOMark recommends best lenses for the Nikon D800E article (72 comments in total)
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Srood: i saw there results before that sensor is amazing
made by sony , and i am sony shooter and no a-mount camera with it yet after 2 years from its first introduction ! ,the d800e is still amazing camera
since i was a noob photographer back then (3years ago ) i am not regretting going on with sony yet !
if there is nothing for me in photokina i will probably switch to nikon for the the rumored d800s

Buy an A7r and the LA-EA4 maybe?

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2014 at 18:31 UTC
On Site Update: notifications article (125 comments in total)
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Ralf B: Hello at DPR,

please add an option to turn them OFF completely - just like the e-mail notifications. Or an option to "put notifications on ignore" - that would be my first entry in my ignore list.
Forcing your site visitors to mark them as unread or to delete them individually as there seems no way to delete all in one swipe (!!) is unbalanced. Be prepared for a lot of us to just grudgingly ignore them, not even mark them as unread, not delete them, and have the leftovers eat your server memory.

Double plus ungood. Thanks but no, thanks.

@ Simon
the annoyance noted by several users is not caused by the blob's size but - at least in my case - by being right next to the same sized blob which indicates a PM is received, a notation highly welcome. here is an idea: Make the new blob a different color maybe?
BTW "blob": http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0051418/ ;-)

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2014 at 18:15 UTC
On Site Update: notifications article (125 comments in total)
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Ralf B: Hello at DPR,

please add an option to turn them OFF completely - just like the e-mail notifications. Or an option to "put notifications on ignore" - that would be my first entry in my ignore list.
Forcing your site visitors to mark them as unread or to delete them individually as there seems no way to delete all in one swipe (!!) is unbalanced. Be prepared for a lot of us to just grudgingly ignore them, not even mark them as unread, not delete them, and have the leftovers eat your server memory.

Double plus ungood. Thanks but no, thanks.

@ Simon
Thanks for replying. Allow me to ask: Why did DPR not wait for the additional customization options to be part of the initial roll-out?
Another first hands on report kind of release. Lets wait for the promised review.

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2014 at 16:55 UTC
On Site Update: notifications article (125 comments in total)
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D1N0: Great I like to know when people disagree with me so I can disagree with them.

I agree.

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2014 at 05:52 UTC
On Site Update: notifications article (125 comments in total)

Hello at DPR,

please add an option to turn them OFF completely - just like the e-mail notifications. Or an option to "put notifications on ignore" - that would be my first entry in my ignore list.
Forcing your site visitors to mark them as unread or to delete them individually as there seems no way to delete all in one swipe (!!) is unbalanced. Be prepared for a lot of us to just grudgingly ignore them, not even mark them as unread, not delete them, and have the leftovers eat your server memory.

Double plus ungood. Thanks but no, thanks.

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2014 at 05:48 UTC as 26th comment | 5 replies

How come some parts of the comment area here look like the "Off topic" forum at its worst?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 6, 2014 at 14:27 UTC as 17th comment

Sad news. Ruhe in Frieden, Anja!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 4, 2014 at 17:13 UTC as 72nd comment
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Review preview (489 comments in total)
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Sad Joe: PLUS: Whopper Spec CONS: Whopper Price. VERDICT: ?

Easy: Double whopper!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 22, 2014 at 08:30 UTC
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