nicolaiecostel

nicolaiecostel

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

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If this camera would be a school kid, he would get bullied a lot !

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2014 at 08:48 UTC as 265th comment | 3 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4: a quick summary article (471 comments in total)
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Zeisschen: DSLR is just a transition technology from film to digital. Mirrorless (or better CSC) is the only future, even Canon and Nikon have to admit that sooner or later.
In 2013 mirrorless already took the crown in picture quality and equaled in sensor size (A7r) and 100% replaced the OVF (A7, E-M1).
In 2014 video and AF are the last things that mirrorless will fully catch up and overtake the DSLR (actually I think AF is already better today because accuracy is more important than the last 1\100 of second a DSLR might be quicker).
In 2015 CSC will surpass DSLR in market share, in another 3 years the DSLR as it exists today will probably be reduced to one pro FF body and one crop body per brand for some people who still prefer an OVF. The actual only other reason to do that is to serve people bodies for all the the lenses they still have. But most will adapt then to a CSC (without the advantage of having a smaller system).
Finally in 2050 Nikon is going to release the DF mkII. It's basically the same thing but it has a video button to record 1080/30p.

Nah. People will still want real time OVF, great battery life, AF speed and tracking, real ergonomics with or without large lenses, manual focus and so on.

Mirorless replaces the compact/bridge and amateur DSLR market.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 8, 2014 at 05:03 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 real-world samples gallery article (187 comments in total)
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nicolaiecostel: The pictures are so flat that I wonder if the colors fell in love with the contrast and eloped.

Also, there is a boring picture of a blocked alley, coldish WB, completely dull looking picture, and a guy commenting at the picture: "Beautiful .. just beautiful !"

I think I need to get my eyes checked ..

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2014 at 03:56 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 real-world samples gallery article (187 comments in total)

The pictures are so flat that I wonder if the colors fell in love with the contrast and eloped.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2014 at 03:54 UTC as 21st comment | 2 replies

I've been ... expecting you !

Direct link | Posted on Jan 30, 2014 at 20:48 UTC as 1st comment
On Sony Alpha 7 Review preview (1600 comments in total)

I see this as an interesting choice, especially regarding it's price. But the battery ? 2 to 3 hundred shots ? What's that all about ? Couldn't they give it a bigger battery ? I

Direct link | Posted on Jan 22, 2014 at 21:20 UTC as 395th comment | 6 replies
On Fujifilm teases upcoming SLR-style X system camera article (921 comments in total)
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le_alain: NIKON !

Look on top plate and front dial !
that was you should have done !

I so wanted to love the df, but after a try, and a non better finder for manual focusing, decided to sell all my Nikon gears for years.

Bravo Fuji !

A batch of focusing screens for the Df has recently been anounced. At least with the nikon you had tested and proven AF, a real viewfinder and access to a wealth of lenses, old and new.

But anyway, enjoy the new Fuji.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2014 at 17:56 UTC
On Tamas Dezso offers glimpse into post-Communist Romania article (238 comments in total)
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onlooker: If anyone tried to read the intro to the photos, there would be no outrage. I quote:

"In his own words, the purpose of the project is to 'render a world which may disappear forever imperceptibly and very rapidly due to the transitional nature of the [Communist] era'"

In other words, this is a world that is disappearing now (rapidly -- in his own words), in the post-Communist times. In other words, this is NOT a portrait of Romania today. This is a portrait of the disappearing remnants of the communist times.

Very nice photographs, btw.

UK land of the free !! Ha ha ha !

The only reason some poor romanians come to the UK is the high pay/hour worked. That's about it. As for the rest, Der Steppenwolf said it nicely, big brother is watching your every move ;) More like land of the racists. You invented some novel "free" structures like apartheid in S.A. and the black labour camps of the early U.S.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 19, 2014 at 22:38 UTC
On Tamas Dezso offers glimpse into post-Communist Romania article (238 comments in total)

Dramatic and expected from a hungarian photographer.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 19, 2014 at 17:41 UTC as 60th comment | 1 reply
On Integrating the MacBook Air into a pro workflow article (353 comments in total)
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justin23: A lot of people bash apple macbooks, but seriously, only in the last year have laptops been available that matched some of the specs of the macbooks especially the resolution of the 15" pro retina. And its not like these new laptops are cheaper anyway.

Just searched on the Fujitsu lifebook whic looks great buts its the same price as a similarly specced macbook (in Australia), however it is new and looks good. ish it was an option 2+ years ago when the only laptop with greater than a 1920X1080 screen was made by apple.

Your knowledge of laptops dissapoint me. I don't know what you guys import in Australia but a friend of mine has a HP with 1920x1080 or 1200 that is definitely more than 3 years old.
Apple products might be great but us PC guys are more than spoiled for choice.
Getting to the point of resolution, I personally think Full-HD on a 13 or 14 inch screen is very uncomfortable. I love 1920x1200 on my 24 inch Dell, but I sorta struggle to like 1600x900 on my laptop. There comes a point where you have to squint to read fine text or to recognise icons and that's not fun.
I really don'y know how you guys manage to work with a 13-15 inch retina ..

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2014 at 08:32 UTC
On Canon updates firmware for EOS-1D X article (72 comments in total)
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hikerdoc: So, a 1Dx user wishes to improve AF performance he/she logs onto the Canon site to download a firmware upgrade. A D4 user wishes to improve AF performance he/she logs onto the B&H site and buys a new body at a cost likely north of $6k.

What's wrong with the D4 AF ? Some users reported it as being "perfect". If yours is faulty you might try and take the camera to Nikon and have it checked.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 12, 2014 at 14:47 UTC
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raztec: Entry level Nikons DSLRs are absolutely useless for action as their AF is very poor. It really isn't until you get into the pro line and have to pay thousands of $$$ that you have a DSLR that actually focuses accurately and fast.

Why yould you buy a 500$ camera to shoot action with it ? I suppose you would buy a 55-200 f4-5.6 to go with it :))

If you want good tracking and framerate for sports, buy the D7000 new, you could still get them and they are close to 800$. Then, buy at least a 70-200 2,8 VR, which costs at least double, to get the desired result.
Your post makes no sense.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 10:03 UTC
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nicolaiecostel: First of all, this is a great entry level camera. Imagine the IQ you can get with that Sony 24 MP with no low pass. Incredible ..
Also, 5 FPS at 24 MP in a 500$ camera ? Jeez ! My D700 does 5.5 at 12 MP and the standard battery. This really puts things into perspective.
Stop requesting higher end features like dedicated ISO buttons, focus motors (what screw driven lenses you would need nowadays anyway ?!), there are higher end bodies for that ..
This is a camera dedicated to soccer moms everywhere, and newbies, and for that purpose, it will be great value.
I have owned the D3100 and while it might not be the greatest camera ever, coupled with the 50 1.4G it gave me some stunning images. Whenever your picture suck, take into consideration the following:
1. Personal skill
2. Light and lighting
3. Lens used
4. Digital processing
Yeah, I also saw that guy dismissing this because the 1Dx, ridiculous stuff people say on the internet !!

Those are just internet legends, sorry to inform you. Takes me back to the time I mounted a 28 mm 2,8 AIs lens on my D700 and it was the sharpest wide angle I had ever seen. A 105 2.5 AIs gave me a similar impression. There are many lenses, old and new that will outresolve even a denser sensor. It's all about specs when it comes to selling cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 09:31 UTC
On Hands-on with the Nikon D3300 and 35mm F1.8G lens article (141 comments in total)
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jtan163: Thats not a D400!

;-)

Nikon doesn't care about the D400. Did canon release a 7D mark2 ? The "pro-DX" market might just be a non-existent one. The 70D might be 90% of what a user would need from a pro-DX, similarly, the D7100 to a D400. Nowadays specs sell cameras, not tactile experiences.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 09:27 UTC
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nicolaiecostel: Yawn. At least increase the buffer, put it on par with the 1Dx. Or increase the FPS, put it on par with the 1Dx. Or just do something to it except adding a few software algorithms and a new proccesing unit. Who is going to want to upgrade for that.

And excuse me, but I saw some samples at high ISO from the DF and I did not find them particularly good .. I think there is plenty room for improving the ISO performance.

I was talking about specs, not needs. Releasing a D4s some time after the 1Dx and still not matching it;s specs is not that fantastic. On the buffer size, I must say I didn't check the specs, I just saw videos of both being shot together and the 1Dx took noticeably more shots in succesion. Might be a Qual/Card type/speed difference.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 09:20 UTC
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jon404: As a Pentax owner, I tend to look on Nikons as ugly and not very ergonomic. Practically, the collapsible lens sounds like a mess for quick shooting, since you have to push yet another button to expand it.

But -- maybe of great benefit for beginning photographers -- 24 MP, cheap! You'll be able to crop like mad and rescue a lot of images. Hmmnn. I wonder if Nikon owns an external hard drive company? It's terabyte time, new users!

King Penguin: You should perhaps study some more. I have processed hundreds of thousands of raw images, so I might know what I'm on about. Different focal lengths offer different size ratios subject-background, and subject perspective, and that is the main difference between a picture taken with a 35 and an 85. Why do you think a 85 mm lens is called a portrait lens. Why is a 105 even better and why does a 300 mm fall under unrecommended for portraiture category ? Why don't you get a medium format 80 Mp camera, shoot everything with a wide lens then crop to your liking ? You can crop the cr*p out of the 35, make the subject have the same proportion like in the 85 shot, the background and perspective will be very different and the shot will look wrong to anyone who has a clue. I don't have the time to make a test and show you a side by side comparison of what I stated in my previous post. Don't misinform, pretty please.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 09:09 UTC

First of all, this is a great entry level camera. Imagine the IQ you can get with that Sony 24 MP with no low pass. Incredible ..
Also, 5 FPS at 24 MP in a 500$ camera ? Jeez ! My D700 does 5.5 at 12 MP and the standard battery. This really puts things into perspective.
Stop requesting higher end features like dedicated ISO buttons, focus motors (what screw driven lenses you would need nowadays anyway ?!), there are higher end bodies for that ..
This is a camera dedicated to soccer moms everywhere, and newbies, and for that purpose, it will be great value.
I have owned the D3100 and while it might not be the greatest camera ever, coupled with the 50 1.4G it gave me some stunning images. Whenever your picture suck, take into consideration the following:
1. Personal skill
2. Light and lighting
3. Lens used
4. Digital processing
Yeah, I also saw that guy dismissing this because the 1Dx, ridiculous stuff people say on the internet !!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 08:28 UTC as 40th comment | 8 replies
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jon404: As a Pentax owner, I tend to look on Nikons as ugly and not very ergonomic. Practically, the collapsible lens sounds like a mess for quick shooting, since you have to push yet another button to expand it.

But -- maybe of great benefit for beginning photographers -- 24 MP, cheap! You'll be able to crop like mad and rescue a lot of images. Hmmnn. I wonder if Nikon owns an external hard drive company? It's terabyte time, new users!

1. You can purchase this camera as a body only and add the old 18-55 VR which is like 196$ new.
2. I have used the collapsible 10-30 nikon and it's not a chore. Might even get to enjoy it. Don't dismiss something you haven't tried just because "you imagine" how it will be. And you don't buy this camera or that lens for quick shooting.
3. Nikons have superb styling, they are drawn by none other than Giorgino Giugiaro's design studio. You are just being subjective. Pentax cameras are ugly as have bad ergonomics, as far as I am concerned.
4. You don't rescue images by cropping, you frame right from the start using the right lens and distance to subject. Cropping destroys perspective. You take a picture with a 35 mm and then crop it to look like it's been taken with an 85. Except it wont have the perspective and separation of the 85. It will look a mess. 24 Mp is not for cropping, it's for great detail in larger prints and for better results when down sampling hi-ISO photos.
Best of luck.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 08:16 UTC

Yawn. At least increase the buffer, put it on par with the 1Dx. Or increase the FPS, put it on par with the 1Dx. Or just do something to it except adding a few software algorithms and a new proccesing unit. Who is going to want to upgrade for that.

And excuse me, but I saw some samples at high ISO from the DF and I did not find them particularly good .. I think there is plenty room for improving the ISO performance.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 07:23 UTC as 38th comment | 6 replies
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Spectro: I would probably still pick the older Nikon 35mm f/2D AF over this, much cheaper. Not sure why all the new updates are 50-75% more the then one they replaced theses days (from any makers).

You do that. I have been using a 35 f2 for some 3 years now on my D700 and it's terrible. Misfocuses sometimes, not that often, but the image quality is what really ruins the mood. The corners even at f/2.8 are soft and don't compare to the center. It might be very good at f4, even in the corners, but that's not the point in a f/2 lens. It's not a particularly good lens, it's just decent price/performance and there's really no other choice at that price. So I'd gladly change it for this new one.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 07:18 UTC
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