nicolaiecostel

nicolaiecostel

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

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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 (142 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
On Sigma announces all-new 50mm F1.4 DG HSM 'Art' lens article (245 comments in total)

Aaaand judging by the recent Sigma price, it's going to be a treat !

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2014 at 23:58 UTC as 72nd comment
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SunnyFlorida: Memo to Panny - Fuji 56mm F/1.2 APS-C lens is $600 cheaper, good luck selling these

This is a Leica ..

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2014 at 23:41 UTC
On Nikon AF-S Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G review preview (413 comments in total)
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Steve oliphant: Sorry to say but i tested this lens you should test it your self at 1.4 on a high contrast target like a focus cart with bright light on it ,there was way to much modulation transfer, the 50 1.8 G lens is a much better lens at 1.8 thats you best bet , the 58mm 1.4 is a real peace.... of doo.

What are you on about ?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 31, 2013 at 04:31 UTC
On Nikon AF-S Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G review preview (413 comments in total)

@samhain:
What other Nikon lens displays focus accuracy problems except the 50 1.4G ? Which I have and I'm pretty happy with.

This lens seems to have gorgeous bokeh, I'd save just for that. If they would have corrected the lens so that it would behave perfectly, they would have ruined the bokeh, I bet ! So a little softness might not be the end of the world.
However

Direct link | Posted on Dec 31, 2013 at 03:55 UTC as 114th comment
On Pentax K-50 real-world and test scene samples article (145 comments in total)
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nicolaiecostel: Pentax is slowly fading due to the fact that they boxed themselves into a corner they can't escape. Olympus faded on the SLR market but jumped at the right time in the m43 boat, Samsung and Panasonic gave up on their SLR dreams for the better. Not Pentax. They keep selling "hey, look at me, I'm slightly better than that entry level/mid level canon/nikon, for less $$".

At least Sony took a different road to Canon and Nikon when they saw they cannot compete.

The SLR market is shrinking considerably and Pentax is still banging the same old drum, making a better Rebel/D5100 and a slightly worst but cheaper 7D, paired with the ubiquitous 18-55, in all it's itterations. The fact of the matter is, most Pentax users I know still use the kit lenses, and with Pentax glass getting that much more expensive lately, it's really hard to justify adding quality glass to a body that wants to sell itself as a performance bargain in comparrison to C/N. Time for Pentax to step up their game.

Yeah, about your comments mentioning Nikon and Olympus cameras .. A troll knows a troll when he sees one, right ?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 27, 2013 at 13:50 UTC
On Pentax K-50 real-world and test scene samples article (145 comments in total)
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nicolaiecostel: Pentax is slowly fading due to the fact that they boxed themselves into a corner they can't escape. Olympus faded on the SLR market but jumped at the right time in the m43 boat, Samsung and Panasonic gave up on their SLR dreams for the better. Not Pentax. They keep selling "hey, look at me, I'm slightly better than that entry level/mid level canon/nikon, for less $$".

At least Sony took a different road to Canon and Nikon when they saw they cannot compete.

The SLR market is shrinking considerably and Pentax is still banging the same old drum, making a better Rebel/D5100 and a slightly worst but cheaper 7D, paired with the ubiquitous 18-55, in all it's itterations. The fact of the matter is, most Pentax users I know still use the kit lenses, and with Pentax glass getting that much more expensive lately, it's really hard to justify adding quality glass to a body that wants to sell itself as a performance bargain in comparrison to C/N. Time for Pentax to step up their game.

The pictures in this galery are modest, at best. The lens seems to be quite modest and the camera looks fairly simple minded, with few controls, no top screen, no articulating LCD, etc. It's hard to not sound like a troll, really.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 27, 2013 at 13:26 UTC
On Pentax K-50 real-world and test scene samples article (145 comments in total)
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nicolaiecostel: Pentax is slowly fading due to the fact that they boxed themselves into a corner they can't escape. Olympus faded on the SLR market but jumped at the right time in the m43 boat, Samsung and Panasonic gave up on their SLR dreams for the better. Not Pentax. They keep selling "hey, look at me, I'm slightly better than that entry level/mid level canon/nikon, for less $$".

At least Sony took a different road to Canon and Nikon when they saw they cannot compete.

The SLR market is shrinking considerably and Pentax is still banging the same old drum, making a better Rebel/D5100 and a slightly worst but cheaper 7D, paired with the ubiquitous 18-55, in all it's itterations. The fact of the matter is, most Pentax users I know still use the kit lenses, and with Pentax glass getting that much more expensive lately, it's really hard to justify adding quality glass to a body that wants to sell itself as a performance bargain in comparrison to C/N. Time for Pentax to step up their game.

I meant pictures like the ones in this gallery. No offense, they are terrible !

I'm not even mad you called me troll, it's the typical fanboy response.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 27, 2013 at 13:04 UTC
On Pentax K-50 real-world and test scene samples article (145 comments in total)
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nicolaiecostel: Pentax is slowly fading due to the fact that they boxed themselves into a corner they can't escape. Olympus faded on the SLR market but jumped at the right time in the m43 boat, Samsung and Panasonic gave up on their SLR dreams for the better. Not Pentax. They keep selling "hey, look at me, I'm slightly better than that entry level/mid level canon/nikon, for less $$".

At least Sony took a different road to Canon and Nikon when they saw they cannot compete.

The SLR market is shrinking considerably and Pentax is still banging the same old drum, making a better Rebel/D5100 and a slightly worst but cheaper 7D, paired with the ubiquitous 18-55, in all it's itterations. The fact of the matter is, most Pentax users I know still use the kit lenses, and with Pentax glass getting that much more expensive lately, it's really hard to justify adding quality glass to a body that wants to sell itself as a performance bargain in comparrison to C/N. Time for Pentax to step up their game.

And look at the pictures in this gallery, where is the Pentax punch ? I see mediocre DR, cold WB, no color. The photos also don't look particularily sharp either. Nowadays there are smartphones that can output similar results.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 27, 2013 at 12:49 UTC
On Pentax K-50 real-world and test scene samples article (145 comments in total)
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nicolaiecostel: Pentax is slowly fading due to the fact that they boxed themselves into a corner they can't escape. Olympus faded on the SLR market but jumped at the right time in the m43 boat, Samsung and Panasonic gave up on their SLR dreams for the better. Not Pentax. They keep selling "hey, look at me, I'm slightly better than that entry level/mid level canon/nikon, for less $$".

At least Sony took a different road to Canon and Nikon when they saw they cannot compete.

The SLR market is shrinking considerably and Pentax is still banging the same old drum, making a better Rebel/D5100 and a slightly worst but cheaper 7D, paired with the ubiquitous 18-55, in all it's itterations. The fact of the matter is, most Pentax users I know still use the kit lenses, and with Pentax glass getting that much more expensive lately, it's really hard to justify adding quality glass to a body that wants to sell itself as a performance bargain in comparrison to C/N. Time for Pentax to step up their game.

Corporations live by profit, and it's the present that matters. Pentax might have coined the SLR look but they failed to stay ahead. Minolta might have pioneered autofocus, but where are they now ?

"Pentax also proves they can make a better DSLR than anyone else, if they like, and whether you, or anyone else, dislikes that fact. "
Just for the sake of argument, I hope you realise this claim is utterly ridiculous. Pentax never even made a professional SLR, the best the ever had that came close to professional was the LX. Nowadays, the best SLR they make is the 645D, which I'm not going to discuss because it's too much of a niche camera, and it's kinda the MF bargain, so it's not really the best in that category. On 135, Pentax's best effort is the K5ii, if I remember correctly, and that camera competes and arguably betters the likes of 70D and D7100. What about the rest of C/N SLR's ? Pentax makes bargain cameras, they allways had, but the market is shifting and even C/N feel the blow

Direct link | Posted on Dec 27, 2013 at 12:42 UTC
On Pentax K-50 real-world and test scene samples article (145 comments in total)

Pentax is slowly fading due to the fact that they boxed themselves into a corner they can't escape. Olympus faded on the SLR market but jumped at the right time in the m43 boat, Samsung and Panasonic gave up on their SLR dreams for the better. Not Pentax. They keep selling "hey, look at me, I'm slightly better than that entry level/mid level canon/nikon, for less $$".

At least Sony took a different road to Canon and Nikon when they saw they cannot compete.

The SLR market is shrinking considerably and Pentax is still banging the same old drum, making a better Rebel/D5100 and a slightly worst but cheaper 7D, paired with the ubiquitous 18-55, in all it's itterations. The fact of the matter is, most Pentax users I know still use the kit lenses, and with Pentax glass getting that much more expensive lately, it's really hard to justify adding quality glass to a body that wants to sell itself as a performance bargain in comparrison to C/N. Time for Pentax to step up their game.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 27, 2013 at 12:13 UTC as 24th comment | 27 replies
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