nicolaiecostel

nicolaiecostel

Lives in Romania Timisoara, Romania
Works as a photographer
Joined on Aug 16, 2011

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On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (806 comments in total)
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nicolaiecostel: I was expecting a replacement for my D700 and they announced a glorified D610. Now I have to save for a d3s or something.

1/4000 and 1/200 sync ? This gives a hint as to where they got the shutter unit.

SD cards ? Really ? I have CF cards, they are robust and fast, I love CF cards and I have never bent a pin in my D700 even though I use 3 different cards.

AA filter ? Was it necesary on top of the rest ?! The body seems smallish, with a modest grip.

I got into Nikon when the engineers and photography enthusiasts designed and specked the cameras, now it's all down to the marketing department designing a gradient in the camera lineup, from the cheapest to the most expensive. A loosing strategy, made for the amateurs. What am I supposed to buy as a full-on action camera ? The D4s ? Too heavy, too expensive, overkill.

Screw this, they can keep it !

@EssexAsh: to each, it's own. In Romania, weddings last from 7 AM, when the bride goes to make-up and hair, until 5AM the next day, when the party ends. Also, trash-the-dress shoots are a common thing. I said 2500 to 3300, the former being an average shot count for a normal wedding, the latter being the shot count including above mentioned photo session.
The end result is about 600-900 processed shots, some of which you can see here:

http://nicolaiecostel.blogspot.ro or http://nicolaiecostel.blog.com

Cheers.

Edit: There are many things happening at a wedding and I personally dislike lazy photographers that wait for the "decisive moment" and miss many great moments, or the ones that limit the total shooting time to 8-12 hours or number of shots, just to make their life easier.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 13:22 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (806 comments in total)
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nicolaiecostel: I was expecting a replacement for my D700 and they announced a glorified D610. Now I have to save for a d3s or something.

1/4000 and 1/200 sync ? This gives a hint as to where they got the shutter unit.

SD cards ? Really ? I have CF cards, they are robust and fast, I love CF cards and I have never bent a pin in my D700 even though I use 3 different cards.

AA filter ? Was it necesary on top of the rest ?! The body seems smallish, with a modest grip.

I got into Nikon when the engineers and photography enthusiasts designed and specked the cameras, now it's all down to the marketing department designing a gradient in the camera lineup, from the cheapest to the most expensive. A loosing strategy, made for the amateurs. What am I supposed to buy as a full-on action camera ? The D4s ? Too heavy, too expensive, overkill.

Screw this, they can keep it !

I can't, I am a wedding shooter. My weddings go from 2500 to 3300 shots. I only shoot RAW and carefully process. Can you imagine the horror, withe the 36 MP files ? They included the 9 MP sRAW in the 810 but it's not enough. I need 12-14-16 Mp because I print quite often, not very large, but still.

It seems that the D3s is the only viable upgrade path from Nikon at this point, without paying crazy money.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 09:49 UTC
On Nikon announces AF-S Nikkor 20mm f/1.8G ED article (65 comments in total)

Finally, a replacement for my Sigma 20 1.8 I use for events. And at a reasonable price. At least they got something right for Photokina.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 09:17 UTC as 15th comment | 1 reply
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (806 comments in total)

I was expecting a replacement for my D700 and they announced a glorified D610. Now I have to save for a d3s or something.

1/4000 and 1/200 sync ? This gives a hint as to where they got the shutter unit.

SD cards ? Really ? I have CF cards, they are robust and fast, I love CF cards and I have never bent a pin in my D700 even though I use 3 different cards.

AA filter ? Was it necesary on top of the rest ?! The body seems smallish, with a modest grip.

I got into Nikon when the engineers and photography enthusiasts designed and specked the cameras, now it's all down to the marketing department designing a gradient in the camera lineup, from the cheapest to the most expensive. A loosing strategy, made for the amateurs. What am I supposed to buy as a full-on action camera ? The D4s ? Too heavy, too expensive, overkill.

Screw this, they can keep it !

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 09:07 UTC as 178th comment | 6 replies
On Very flashy: Ricoh unveils Pentax K-S1 DSLR article (206 comments in total)

If they went to all that trouble and risk designing that, why not match it with a similar lens ? That lens on that body looks wrong.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 27, 2014 at 22:56 UTC as 83rd comment | 1 reply
On Hasselblad unveils pixel-shifting 200MP H5D-200c MS article (248 comments in total)
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Sir Canon: could someone please give me a practical example for a 200mp camera besides for shooting through a telescope?

Could anyone give the same example for the 36 Mp of the D800 ? Prints ! Large, juicy prints !

Direct link | Posted on Aug 23, 2014 at 00:35 UTC

The aperture is not equivalent for anything, it's a fixed value. The DOF equivalence is a different thing.

People thought that if Pentax brings a cropped MF sensor to the market, in a oversized DSLR body, at 2.5-5 times cheaper than a Hassy, Phase One, they found the chicken with the golden eggs. They forgot that MF glass is MF glass expensive and all things MF come at a price.

So here you are, having just spent 5000-8500$ on a "bargain" MF Pentax, wanting to buy a modern, bespoke wide angle and realising you have to shell out 5 grand on either this zoom or that other wide angle they anounced, and that you're stuck with a cropped MF sensor that you can't remove from the camera and use in other cameras, that has 1/125 flash sync and you shoot on SD cards with limited teathering.

Why didn't they put a central shutter in the lens ? It would have been much more usefull than that OS they put in, seen the ISO and the fact that MF users shoot in controlled, stabilised environments.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2014 at 00:56 UTC as 8th comment | 5 replies
On ZTE announces Nubia Z7 with 5.5-inch QHD display post (35 comments in total)
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kwa_photo: Who buys a ZTE phone anyway? Never heard of them before. Are they available only in China?

Update: I found there is an ZTE USA website. Nothing like a third or fourth tier manufacturer for one of the devices people use dozens (if not hundreds) of times a day. Either get an iPhone or an Android from a strong vendor (Samsung, etc.).

Why ZTE? Isn't that sort of like setting out to get a new point and shoot digital camera and right off looking for a Polaroid digital, Casio or one of the few old Agfa digitals?

I guess I'm confused on who buys a ZTE and why it's getting any play here on DPR Connect; other than it crams in what is likely a poor implementation of 4k video. Plus the cost is estimated at $550 USD? At that rate, go and get a nice higher end Samsung, HTC, etc. Android or iPhone...or even a Windows phone from a big name.

Lenovo ? Lenovo is an IBM luxury division that was bought by the chinese.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2014 at 00:33 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3 stock shortage prompts official apology article (289 comments in total)
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RichRMA: Dear Nikon buyers; we are sorry for paying lip-service to the idea of a mirror-less camera by releasing expensive toys while we continue to rely solely on old DSLR technology.

There are still people working with analog field cameras and you complain about old DSLR technology :))

Techno geeks have the mirorless and phone market to themselves, photographers and photography enthusiasts rely on "old DSLR technology" in order to get the shots they want.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2014 at 14:27 UTC
On A look at the Lomography Petzval 85mm F2.2 lens article (164 comments in total)
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Tom Schum: If I were a working portrait photographer, this would be a must-have!

There is purple fringing if you look at the branches or the outer circles. It's fine that some people think this is useable or great, I just couldn't use it for anything. It's like a steampunk version of a portrait lens and it is to be expected that it will have a few fans out there.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2014 at 00:24 UTC
On A look at the Lomography Petzval 85mm F2.2 lens article (164 comments in total)
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RichRMA: Nikon's 85mm f/1.4 $1800 lens has similar issues with deformed blur circles at the edge of the field, but it's not as pronounced as the Lomo. Honestly, unless spherical aberration and that effect are going to be used a lot, you are far better of just spending $300 on a manual Samyang 85mm f/1.4 or one of its variants.
The rack and pinion mechanism could be used on a long lens as well, like 500mm f/8.0 or something.

How many properly focused images cand you get with the Samyang at f/1.4 out of 100 attempts ?

I tried one, bought the Sigma 85 instead.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2014 at 00:22 UTC
On A look at the Lomography Petzval 85mm F2.2 lens article (164 comments in total)
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Tom Schum: If I were a working portrait photographer, this would be a must-have!

A must have for unpublishable work. I can't see what good do spherical aberations, cromatic aberations and all other optical defects known to man would have on a portrait.

The only thing good about this lens is the outer look.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2014 at 16:48 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1527 comments in total)
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TonyPapagallo: Whats happened to a replacement for my D3x ? I would like a 40 or 50mp sensor in a Pro body and NO video.
There are lots of professional lifestyle and fine art photographers who would buy this.

Yeah, like the endless sea of photographers that bought the D3x, so much so that Nikon cancelled the DXx line.

The D3x was a ripoff, just like the 1Ds3 from Canon.
If you don't like the video, don't use it. For every purist that doesn't want video in a particular camera model there are 5 non-purists that want it.
I bet you any money that lots of people who bought the Df would have liked video.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2014 at 00:04 UTC
On Nikon announces full-frame D810 with no OLPF article (98 comments in total)
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Benarm: Some of these could have been done via a firmware upgrade for D800/E.

Some but not all. The sensor unit is new, maybe the shutter, the electronics inside that process the data is new.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2014 at 13:16 UTC

6.3 ? Seriously ?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 17, 2014 at 21:12 UTC as 40th comment | 17 replies
On Panasonic FZ1000: Not just another superzoom... article (158 comments in total)
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W5JCK: Bridge cameras like this one and the RX10 or still what I consider to be sub-enthusiast level. The 1" sensor is too small to deliver quality IQ at any low light level. That f/2.8 lens on a 1" sensor is equivalent to a f/5.0 lens on an APC-S camera. Pretty darn slow for wide open, and thus rather lacking in low light capability. A f/4.0 lens on a 1" sensor is equivalent to a f/7.1 lens on an APC-S camera. So this camera basically has a f/4--f/7.1 zoom lens compared to APS-C DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. Meh! For the price of the RX10 you would be better off with a a6000 and a few good lenses. This one is cheaper, but still not worth the price for anyone who wants an enthusiasts level and above IQ. This is a mom/dad camera used to take little pictures to post on the internet. Again, meh!

Please, for the love of GOD, stop with the "f/2.8 is equal to f/5 in light gathering ability" bullsh*t !

It's not, f/2.8 is f/2,8 on any sensor ! It's just the depth of field that is different, not the light that passes trough the lens !

Have mercy !

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 15:02 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3: Real-world Sample Images article (175 comments in total)

Out of focus much ?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 9, 2014 at 23:01 UTC as 26th comment
On A GoPro Hero's journey into a dishwasher article (168 comments in total)
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siggo: Never expected to see this sort of stuff on dpreview

Yeah, me neither. Maybe on some entertainment site like *gag or *ailblog, but bot here. This used to be about cameras and challenges. Now it's big mush of cameras, mobile phones, lousy art portofolios and then some.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2014 at 15:57 UTC
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xmeda: Pentax 645 system wins :D

He said pros, not users. The pros need interchangeable backs, high sync speed, lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 3, 2014 at 04:10 UTC
On Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art Lab Test Review preview (557 comments in total)
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Nordstjernen: I wonder if this lens is sharp enough for my web pictures ... :-D

I didn't realize that the Canon 1.2 was a sharpness benchmark :))

Direct link | Posted on May 28, 2014 at 16:27 UTC
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