nicolaiecostel

nicolaiecostel

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

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On Real-world test: Going pro with the Samsung NX1 article (166 comments in total)

I see nothing pro about shooting some dying fish in the morning sun.

More to the point:

- what is the viewfinder lag like in low light. As far as I could see, you shot as the light kept getting better. Will I get motion sickness in real low light ?

- how is the AF in low light, in both single shot accuracy and tracking. You took some demo shots in bright light.

- what is the noise in low light ? You shot as the sun was getting high in the sky, so that's no real indicator for noise as far as I am concerned.

- what is the battery life ? Is the pro going to have to change batteries every 300 shots or it will last for thousands, like the professional cameras ?

- can we really talk about a pro contender when the camera doesn't even has a multi selector for the focus points, and you have to click the screen to change focus points quickly ?

Are you suggesting that solely because it has 15 FPS, 28 megapixels and two 2.8 weatherproofed zooms, it should be a tool for professionals ?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 28, 2014 at 02:17 UTC as 16th comment | 4 replies
On Panasonic DMC-CM1 to go on sale in UK article (150 comments in total)

This is the future for those wanting a phone that takes nice photos. The problem with all the current smartphone, except the Samsung K and S4 zoom is that the lens is fixed and the focal length is rather wide.

This restricts the usage of the camera or offers substandard results.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 25, 2014 at 00:15 UTC as 36th comment
On UK Landscape Photographer of the Year winners announced article (158 comments in total)

Number 6 looks like it's made with an iPhone and instagramed. 9 is not a landscape, it's a bloody tree and nr. 8 and 7 are architectural photographs. 1 is inexplicable, nr. 2 is a picture of a lady taking a hike. I mean, c'mon !

Direct link | Posted on Nov 16, 2014 at 11:12 UTC as 25th comment | 5 replies
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RStyga: These announcements in the MF sector reinforce Pentax 645 digital series system as the most user-friendly, cost-friendly and full-featured one by far. Some pros would still pay the insane price of a Phase One (I'm referring to the cost of the matching back not the body or lenses) because of a certain feature they need but for everyone else Pentax 645 digital is the king.

Pros make no cutbacks and you can rent the stuff as well. The Pentax is an all-round nice, cheap setup. It sits in the MF world pretty much like their 135 crop camera bodies sit in the 135 world.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 16, 2014 at 11:07 UTC
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CNY_AP: Seems like they are simply copying the human eye which is a good idea.

The brain has to do a lot of corrections on the image it receives from the eyes. The human eyes are not a benchmark for precision.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 24, 2014 at 19:59 UTC
On Pentax launches K-S1 Sweets Collection article (231 comments in total)
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ThatCamFan: "crazy" idea: Perhaps Pentax should stop focusing on COLORING cameras like children at school for 4 year old kids.
And perhaps they should focus on Innovation, Lens development, Sensor technology & get back in the race for first place rather than rely on gimmicks only kids would like.

Pentax = The kiddie cam company apparently, so sad, I used to be a Pentax photographer, does not look like I will ever be one again.

@Edgar_in_Indy: I don't need image stabilization, I shoot a FF camera with f/1.4-f/2 prime lenses. I also own a number of flashes, if I want to light stuff my way.

Also, I shot Pentax for about two years, I think, both film and digital.

Cheers.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 24, 2014 at 19:56 UTC
On Pentax launches K-S1 Sweets Collection article (231 comments in total)
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ThatCamFan: "crazy" idea: Perhaps Pentax should stop focusing on COLORING cameras like children at school for 4 year old kids.
And perhaps they should focus on Innovation, Lens development, Sensor technology & get back in the race for first place rather than rely on gimmicks only kids would like.

Pentax = The kiddie cam company apparently, so sad, I used to be a Pentax photographer, does not look like I will ever be one again.

@Edgar in Indy: They advertise them, they just can't seem to work or focus properly. Yes, they bodies may be cheaper than some of the competitors, but you're not doing yourself a favor.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 22, 2014 at 23:47 UTC
On 'See Impossible': Canon counts down to... something. article (1667 comments in total)

Well, for one thing, they should quickly match and exceed the D810 and D750, 'cause they're raining heavily on canon's parade.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 7, 2014 at 00:50 UTC as 607th comment | 1 reply
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2602 comments in total)
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mgm2: It would be interesting to see how it stacks up against the Pentax K3 which costs quite a bit less.

Lol.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 13:37 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (1337 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 (1337 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 (73 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 19th comment | 1 reply
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (1337 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 315th 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 (169 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 (169 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
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