Paul Szilard

Paul Szilard

Lives in Australia Sydney/NSW, Australia
Works as a Pro Photo/IT Support/Web dev
Joined on Aug 5, 2000
About me:

I use Nikon D4, Fuji X-T1, X-PRO1, X100s & Sony HDR digicam.

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On LX100-ISO640-P1010582 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (2 comments in total)

This one is quite nice.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 29, 2014 at 07:25 UTC as 1st comment
On LX100-ISO800-P1010577 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Yuk hair inside ear on left of frame. (cat's right).

Direct link | Posted on Oct 29, 2014 at 07:24 UTC as 2nd comment
On Accessory Review: Drobo Mini RAID article (149 comments in total)

Just for the record, I use a LaCie ThunderBolt BigDisk enclosure with 2x 4TB 3.5" spinning HDDs in RAID 0 for my video. Black Magic reports over 750MB/sec transfer speed.

As this is RAID 0, I back it up to a RAID 5 ReadyNAS PRO, but it's good to know what else you can consider.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 14, 2014 at 22:43 UTC as 36th comment
On DSC_8514 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Fascinated by these images. Very informative. To me, it doesn't seem to deliver the details that I was expecting. E.g. the rider's hair in this shot.

Makes me question whether the D810 would be good for my needs.

Thanks for sharing!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 23:58 UTC as 1st comment
On Nikon AF-S Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G review preview (413 comments in total)

Will be very interesting to compare this to the new up-coming Sigma 50/1.4

Meanwhile in my world, I'll stick to my "old" 85mm 1.4 Nikkor for portraits and 50mm 1.8 Nikkor for low light, but that's just me.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2014 at 03:15 UTC as 25th comment
On Fujifilm XF 23mm F1.4 R real-world samples gallery article (125 comments in total)
In reply to:

AbrasiveReducer: Like (almost) all Fuji lenses it's obviously excellent. But if I was that excited about a 35mm lens to spend this much, I'd just get the X100. I don't dispute that 35mm is a great general purpose focal length but for portraits and out of focus backgrounds? To each his own.

That's exactly how I feel. Plus have you compared the SIZE of this lens on a body versus the X100s? It's huge.

However I commend Fuji for the outstanding quality that they keep delivering. I think Leica has some stiff competition :).

Direct link | Posted on Dec 9, 2013 at 20:23 UTC
On 5 photography apps to download to your new iPad post (157 comments in total)
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Michael Ma: Don't cut yourself short by losing the ability to fully process raw on a tablet. Use a powerful laptop instead. You can the latest and greatest i7, 8GB ram, SSD, for less than price of an iPad if you buy a Toshiba, Asus, Samsung. An Apple is going to cost you 3x more, but you'll have a nice looking case.

LOL, plus the Apple will actually WORK and continue working. By the way I support Windows as a job :)

My MacBook Air with 500GB PCIe SSD and access speed of 700MB/sec and i7 processor and 8GB of 1600MHz ram is no slouch. Just sayin'

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 02:41 UTC
On 5 photography apps to download to your new iPad post (157 comments in total)
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DVT80111: OK, what are must have apps for Android?

I could find PS Touch in the Google Play Store. Is there where it should be?

I must look for an Android (friendly) thread. I use multiple devices, iPad, Galaxy Note, MacBook Air & Pro - and find them ALL useful.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 02:38 UTC
On 5 photography apps to download to your new iPad post (157 comments in total)
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rrr_hhh: I need an app to make some portfolios : what are you using ? Portfolio or Foliobook ? Anyone having both can compare ? For iPad apps, the price is a little too high to get both and choose later and the DPreview comments are a little too succinct to decide knowingly.

Thanks in advance for commenting

I actually went for Xtrafolio. :)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 02:28 UTC
On Fujifilm X-M1 Preview preview (226 comments in total)

27mm has no aperture ring - confirmed! Quote from Fuji's site on the new firmware:
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The "APERTURE SETTING" will be newly appeared, but it is not selectable unless either XF27mmF2.8 or XC16-50mmF3.5-5.6 OIS is attached to a camera.
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Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2013 at 23:07 UTC as 35th comment | 1 reply
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forpetessake: In the final analysis what it means is that APS-C and m4/3 lens manufacturers have no excuse creating lenses same size as FF but faster proportionally to the crop size. If the typical f/3.5-5.6 zooms were ok on FF, the APS-C typical zooms should be f/2.3-3.7 and m4/3 should be f/1.7-2.8 to collect the same light on smaller surface. Why do Olympus/Panasonic/Sony produce those terribly slow APS-C/m43 lenses instead?

Would be great if they made an adaptor to fit D800 to use medium format lenses! Vow!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 16, 2013 at 05:37 UTC

Isn't Aperture $80 in total??? :)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2012 at 12:59 UTC as 32nd comment | 3 replies
On Nikon issues firmware updates for D4 and D800/D800E article (90 comments in total)

Well done Nikon. We thank you for being responsive and supporting your products. We expected nothing less. I LOVE my D4.

Direct link | Posted on May 29, 2012 at 23:09 UTC as 25th comment | 1 reply
On Extreme contrast edits in Lightroom 4 and ACR 7 article (168 comments in total)
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midimid: While I love the new rendering engine (it took a while to get used to), my problem is Lightroom 4's performance. For those using it without any problems, I would love to know what your computer's specs are. I have both LR3.6 and LR4 installed and using catalogs from the same location and have found LR4 completely unusable. Touch a slider, wait 4-5 seconds. Touch again, wait longer...its really awful!

Win7, 64-bit, Core2 Duo 1.8Ghz @ 3.2Ghz, Nvidia 8600GT, 4GB DDR2, Vertex3 128GB, Samsung 2TB.

I also have the latest Macbook Air (13" 1.8Ghz Core i7, 4GB) and its only a tad bit faster.

Make sure you are running LR 4.1 not 4.0 - it is faster!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2012 at 09:53 UTC
On Extreme contrast edits in Lightroom 4 and ACR 7 article (168 comments in total)

I have LR4 and a trial version of Nikon NX2. NX2 is hugely better at rendering Nikon raw files, than LR 4. I would like the original of the example used here and process it in NX2.

This to me is a huge disappointment as I simply can't live without LR's DAM features!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2012 at 12:36 UTC as 30th comment | 2 replies
On Datacolor introduces color calibration app for iPad article (2 comments in total)

Would be good if it worked! At least for me it was a total fail.

The Windows app would crash, then the iPad app couldn't connect to the PC. Although, no advice was given, I found that if I turned off all pc Firewalls, AND didn't have the iPad USB connection (i.e. WiFi ONLY), after the 5th attempt connection was established.

Calibration would then begin, and different colours and intensities were displayed on the iPad. At the end, the iPad app would report a Failed message, but then it congratulated me on successfully calibrating. Unfortunatly this was untrue, and when trying to vew an image, the app would say there is no calibration, please run the calibration step. When I try to repeat the calibration the iPad app would suddenly crash.

Overall, I was never able to get any calibration completed. I am hoping that the software will be improved in the future.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 19, 2012 at 11:10 UTC as 2nd comment
On Lightroom 4 Review article (469 comments in total)

This review is the best I have come across on LR 4. A big THANKS to the author!

I had been forced to upgrade to LR 4, as my camera (D4) is not supported in LR 3. This is a shame as I was actually quite happy with LR 3. However I wouldn't have any issues with LR 4, except I can't get a smooth operation and decent speed. I am happy to upgrade h/w, however I am not sure what more I can do.

Windows 7 64bit Professional; i7 920 cpu 12 GB of triple channel Corsair Extreme RAM; 2x1TB drives in RAID 0 with measured access speed of over 200MB/sec; 2GB video card.

I have even disconnected the internet and then turned off all anti virus (temporarily), but I still get jerky processing from moving the LR sliders, such as Exposure. I am on 4.1 RC. I tried putting LR cache on an SSD, but still no real benefits.

Interestingly, my MacBook Pro 13" i7 Dual Core laptop performs smoother for the same thing! So there must be something that I am missing on the Windows settings, but what?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 17, 2012 at 23:41 UTC as 31st comment | 2 replies

I don't like the Elite pricing any more than the way Adobe charges 30% more for a downloaded product (LR) just because I live in Australia! This kind of exploitive pricing policy is what drives many folk to Asian purchases. (if you know what I mean).

Direct link | Posted on Apr 12, 2012 at 22:26 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
On Just Posted: First Impressions - Using the Nikon D4 article (84 comments in total)
In reply to:

PicOne: So.. this is I think the 4th News article relating to the D4 since it was announced.. and as far as I know its still on pre-order. What devotion!

Thanks DPREVIEW and Barney for your article. Majority of stuff on the web so far, have been speculative and regurgulative whereas you have good original content and sample images. I am moving up from a D700 to a D4 and am looking forward to faster and more accurate operation. I am realistic and happy with Nikon's choices in designing the D4.

Now I hope to get down to using it, once it arrives, rather than just talking about it!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 7, 2012 at 23:52 UTC
On me_kl photo in sarkozy's photo gallery (3 comments in total)

Quite like the image, however I would experiment in post to see if expanding the levels would enhance the impact. It is however personal taste. Just my 2 cents' worth.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 11, 2012 at 17:13 UTC as 2nd comment
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