ZAnton

ZAnton

Lives in Germany B-W, Germany
Joined on May 4, 2008

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On Nikon D4s First Impressions Review preview (1047 comments in total)
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babalu: ...in five to ten years any camera with a mirror box will be as antiquated as film cameras are today .

I've heard that 5 years ago

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2014 at 18:04 UTC
On Exposing another side of Sochi article (178 comments in total)
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ZAnton: It is very simple. You can go to a city and photograph its garbage heaps, then find a 5 drunk and 5 ugly people and make "a portrait of a Russian".
That is what western media always did.
Photos on this site are recent, but PP-ed to be old-looking, combining with what I said it makes a feeling of an ugly, underdeveloped country with stupid people just a bit higher than African tribes. (and those crazy apes have a BOMB???)
Some other tricks used by western media:
- cool (blue) filter (although european part of Russia is WAAAAY hotter in summer than most of the Europe)
- shooting from the ground level - more dirt&dust, strange POV = strange people
Just think about it, when you will see just another shots of Moscow in a Hollywood movie.

So my advice - don't watch the propaganda, buy a ticket, visit a country and see it by yourself. Make your own route. In a group of western tourists you will still visit all garbage heaps in the region and stinky ditches, instead of real cultural objects.

By the way, were these photos on the main page?
http://www.maciejdakowicz.com/cardiff-after-dark/cardiff-after-dark-photos/

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2014 at 21:51 UTC
On Exposing another side of Sochi article (178 comments in total)

It is very simple. You can go to a city and photograph its garbage heaps, then find a 5 drunk and 5 ugly people and make "a portrait of a Russian".
That is what western media always did.
Photos on this site are recent, but PP-ed to be old-looking, combining with what I said it makes a feeling of an ugly, underdeveloped country with stupid people just a bit higher than African tribes. (and those crazy apes have a BOMB???)
Some other tricks used by western media:
- cool (blue) filter (although european part of Russia is WAAAAY hotter in summer than most of the Europe)
- shooting from the ground level - more dirt&dust, strange POV = strange people
Just think about it, when you will see just another shots of Moscow in a Hollywood movie.

So my advice - don't watch the propaganda, buy a ticket, visit a country and see it by yourself. Make your own route. In a group of western tourists you will still visit all garbage heaps in the region and stinky ditches, instead of real cultural objects.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2014 at 21:36 UTC as 18th comment | 2 replies
On Exposing another side of Sochi article (178 comments in total)
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Stephan K: To put the expenditure at Sochi into perspective, the cost of USD 51 billion is equivalent to 50% of the annual govt expenditure of my country, South Africa (population 50 million). Putin and his friends in the construction business have had a field day.

$51 godzillion is an "estimate" with no actual proofs.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2014 at 21:18 UTC
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Josh152: This nice and all but what I would love to see from Tamron is a wide angle f/2.8 zoom on the level of their 24-70 and 70-200 so Tamron has a full trinity to compete with the Nikon and Canon versions.

VC on a wide angle makes no sense.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 9, 2014 at 16:22 UTC
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Josh152: This nice and all but what I would love to see from Tamron is a wide angle f/2.8 zoom on the level of their 24-70 and 70-200 so Tamron has a full trinity to compete with the Nikon and Canon versions.

Agreed. I'd like to have something like 14-24, 15-30 f/2.8 from Tamron. But it _must_ be wider than 16mm.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2014 at 08:05 UTC

well... at least it is not ugly as previous attempts.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2014 at 18:43 UTC as 76th comment | 2 replies
On Olympus OM-D E-M10 First Impressions Review preview (618 comments in total)
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marleni: Dear Olympus, when I tested the predecessors EM5, PM2 and PL5 I absolutely did not like the menu, and I know many others who just think the same ... Think about changing that part of your cameras to come.

I had Canon (p&s, 350D, 5Dmk2) for >6 years, I have Olympus (E-P1) and Nikon (D600) now.
So to the Menu:
Canon - simple but minimal customization
Olympus - a bit more complicated but worlds more functions and customization options
Nikon - the same or a tiny bit less customization than Oly, but total crap in organization.

BTW, Canon uses a perpendicular organization of menu (which is much easier to learn and remember),
Oly & Nikon use parallel main menu, but Oly still have perpendicular Quick-Menu which saves the situation.

To the buttons:
Canon - few buttons, zero customization (single layot of buttons), but the most important stuff is always there.
Oly - few buttons, good customization
Nikon - lots of buttons, levers etc, 99% of the menu functions are reachable through buttons and their combinations.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 30, 2014 at 07:43 UTC
On Manfrotto 190 Series Carbon Fiber Tripod Review article (72 comments in total)

The price is just INSANE. I wonder what do they mean under "semi-professional". One must earn a hell of a lot of money with photography to buy $400 tripod. Or be a Abramovich son. Or an idiot.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 15, 2013 at 18:28 UTC as 21st comment | 2 replies
On Manfrotto 190 Series Carbon Fiber Tripod Review article (72 comments in total)
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MAKfoto: If you want serious stuff Gitzo or Really Right Stuff mostly fits , otherwise if you are shooting with APSC basic models then even a Benro does good job like their Benro travel angel type series.
Manfrotto is asking more money for the name only ,a Sirui is much better built as seen and tested by me.
I own 9 tripods ranginging from 3KG to 40 KG capacity.

What I'm saying is that just don't fall for the brand name, now you have a LOT of options in this very competitive market.

I have just ordered a Sirui tripod with head. I totally agree, for the same money Sirui is lighter and shorter and cheaper and it has proper height (for me at least) and it has lots of extras (monopode from a leg, hook...). Have not compared the quality yet, but all reviews are highly positive.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 15, 2013 at 18:27 UTC

Super-wide angle + (nearly) flat front lens = heavy vignetting

Direct link | Posted on Dec 8, 2013 at 19:35 UTC as 12th comment
On Sony DSC-RX10 preview (725 comments in total)

Applause to Sony.
I had expected such a camera from the Nikon with their 1 system, but it appears at the moment Nikon is fully obsessed with putting on and taking off the AA filter.
Bravo Sony!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 18, 2013 at 07:30 UTC as 102nd comment
On Olympus PEN E-P5 Review preview (494 comments in total)
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jonikon: A thousand dollar camera body and it doesn't come with a viewfinder? Really? So you have to buy the big ugly VF4 EVF separately for another $300 which makes the camera body $1300 and to top it off, it takes blurry pictures! Who in there right mind would buy the E-P5 when the OM-D E-M5 with an EVF and no blurry pictures can be had for around $900? With designs and marketing like this it is little wonder Olympus is in financial difficulties.

I want to buy it for my wife. She doesn't need it, and without VF the camera is smaller.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 5, 2013 at 10:23 UTC
On Can computer corrections make simple lenses look good? article (162 comments in total)
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ZAnton: I assume there are too many variables to calculate good result.
For example LoCAs are distant dependent, so unless we know the distance to ALL objects on the photo, we can't calculate back the initial image.
Similar with non-flat focus-plane (field curvature). If the object is blurred by that, one must know the distance to the object for the reverse calculation of the "ideal" image.

Focus point - yes, the rest - no.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 2, 2013 at 07:48 UTC
On Can computer corrections make simple lenses look good? article (162 comments in total)
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Michael Ma: It is being done already somewhat on the MFT system. Open it up on ACR, and it already has already corrected the distortion and aberrations, but not the vignetting, which is unfortunate. DxO corrects all 3, but I much prefer to work with ACR.

LR4 corrects vignetting either.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 1, 2013 at 10:43 UTC
On Can computer corrections make simple lenses look good? article (162 comments in total)

I assume there are too many variables to calculate good result.
For example LoCAs are distant dependent, so unless we know the distance to ALL objects on the photo, we can't calculate back the initial image.
Similar with non-flat focus-plane (field curvature). If the object is blurred by that, one must know the distance to the object for the reverse calculation of the "ideal" image.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 1, 2013 at 10:42 UTC as 22nd comment | 3 replies
On Canon EOS 70D review gains test scene samples article (78 comments in total)
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lem12: Would be much helpful to compare more cameras at this new test scene.

Agree. Put a Nikon D600 as a Nikon's FF benchmark.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 13, 2013 at 09:21 UTC

Cokin is a virtual company. I am looking for a place where I can buy their PRO filters (in Germany) for 3 years, and still can not find anything. Neither amazon, nor ebay or any other more or less big shop has their products. Their internet page has not functioned for years (is it now?).
So dpreview, please delete these news, so that other people would save their time by reading it and searching these phantom filters.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 6, 2013 at 17:58 UTC as 25th comment | 2 replies
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forpetessake: "Low-light performance is bolstered by a blazing fast f/2.0-4.0 glass lens" -- an advanced advertising method known as bold lies. Who would ever call f/9.3-f/18.6 FF zoom blazing fast? Blazing slow is a better description.

you mix recalculation of DOF in FF terms and f-number

Direct link | Posted on Sep 5, 2013 at 17:59 UTC
On Ten one-of-a-kind cameras from the 21st century article (248 comments in total)

Good article. Btw, there is no Canon at all. Hehe...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2013 at 14:03 UTC as 85th comment
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