Madaboutpix

Madaboutpix

Lives in Germany NW, Germany
Works as a teacher of English and Geography, secondary level
Has a website at 500px.com/marc_synwoldt
Joined on Apr 26, 2012
About me:

An amateur photographer and evolutionist Pentaxian. Marc picked up his first SLR at the age of fourteen, but without a darkroom he grew increasingly frustrated with the tribulations of analogue photography. It took him a while to fully appreciate digital, but then he embraced it wholeheartedly. The unprecedented level of control, the power to give images that finishing touch that would make them match his memory of a scene - it still seems like magic to him. Much of his work falls under travel photography (in its broadest sense), which is little wonder since he shoots a large portion of his images on walks and trips, but otherwise he will capture just about anything that compels him to grab his gear. Marc lives in the Lower Rhine region, near the Dutch border. To explore his photography, check out his profile on 500px (click on link above) or visit pentaxphotogallery.com/artists/Madaboutpix.

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On Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G Lab Test Review preview (76 comments in total)
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nerd2: Funny fact: you can just use DX version of 35mm 1.8G lens that costs less than 1/3. Yes you'll get bad corners (with non-removable vignetting) though.

@Just another Canon shooter: Granted, you found an exception to the rule. That's why I added the cautionary "usually".

I suppose that, in order to achieve the equivalent angle, the 35/1.8 for APS-C needs a more complicated (retrofocal) design than its 50/1.8 FF cousin.

Witty riposte, though. ;)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 16, 2014 at 04:50 UTC
On Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G Lab Test Review preview (76 comments in total)
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nerd2: Funny fact: you can just use DX version of 35mm 1.8G lens that costs less than 1/3. Yes you'll get bad corners (with non-removable vignetting) though.

For specific aplications or subjects where the main interest is in the centre and vignetting welcome, such DX-on-FX experiments may be viable. However, for general shooting, it just doesn't make an awful lot of sense. There're reasons behind different lens designs for APS-C and FF, and they're to do with physics (not exclusively with making money, as the conspiracy therorists will be quick to argue).

It's actually quite simple. If you really think you need FF for your photography, and you may have your reasons, you should be willing to pay the price: more size, more weight, higher investment (usually).

I'm not saying that you mustn't and shouldn't experiment. My point is just that some experiments make more sense than others - at least, where IQ matters ...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 15, 2014 at 10:13 UTC
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pictureAngst: Some useful reminders - particularly the one about keeping your gear in a sealed bag when moving between different temperatures and/or humidities, I always remember that one just after my lens has completely fogged up.

The whole lens caps thing will be lost on the 90% of owners who buy an SLR with a single megazoom lens.

BTW when using a lens cleaning solution, does anyone else get residual 'rainbow' smearing that then itself needs to be cleaned off?

As for lens cleaning solutions, after several tries, including a product offered by a major filter manufacturer, I have grown weary of using them. Can't shake the feeling that they indeed tend to create more problems than they solve (what you so aptly call 'rainbow' smearing certainly rings a bell).

Rarely end up with anything worse than a little dust, some raindrops, or the occasional fingerprint on lens surfaces anyway. And for that, given the quality of today's nano coatings, a clean (!) microfiber cloth and perhaps a little breath (or drop of tap water applied to the fabric) will do the trick for me most of the time. Lens brushes I find hard to keep 100 percent fat-free, and those which are not, will leave streaks on surfaces.

When dust starts to accumulate on my K-7/WR lens combo, I put Pentax's weather-sealing to the test and - dare I say it - simply rinse it with tap water. Then I carefully dry it with a microfiber cloth and have a squeaky-clean camera.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 13, 2014 at 22:18 UTC

I actually followed the link to Sony's award site, and despite the many negative comments, I think the picked series do represent easily more than average photojournalism.

What some of the detractors seem to overlook is that the foremost duty of a photojournalist is to tell intersting visual stories - stories with a strong impact, both viscerally and rationally, because they are touching, revealing, uplifting, funny, redemptive, poignant, thought-provoking, or whatever. Stories that need to be told because they help us to understand our times.

Taking in and appreciating these stories may take a little more time and effort than some of the harsh critics seem to be willing to invest. On the whole, I'd say, the awarded photographers have succeeded in doing just that, in telling relevant stories, and some have done so admirably.

Little surprise major newspapers are substituting smartphone reporters for their photojournalists - many of their readers won't see the difference anyway!

Direct link | Posted on May 4, 2014 at 16:24 UTC as 56th comment | 3 replies
On 1939: England in Color (part 1) article (219 comments in total)
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papa natas: The pictures are ordinary.

As far as I can see, they clearly mark the photographer as someone who knew both their technical and compositional basics, and was capable of taking at least decent-quality photographs. As others have mentioned, obtaining proper focus and exposure required a little more skill than it does today (not to mention that colour slide film, with its less than comfortable exposure latitude, was a novelty back then). I'm not one to judge their "artistic" merit, which would be kind of goofy anyway, because these shots were obviously never intended as art, nor are they trumpeted on this site as such.

They do offer fairly rare impressions from an England long gone, at the brink of WWII, rare not least because they do so in colour. Even photographically, I find some of them fairly touching ...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2014 at 13:50 UTC
On 1939: England in Color (part 1) article (219 comments in total)

This is really intriguing stuff. Hopefully the flood of images our own age produces will hold up equally well - not just physically, but in capturing our lives and times for future generations.

There's a certain irony in the fact that these rather tranquil scenes on the brink of WWII were shot on German Agfacolor emulsion.

Thank you so much for sharing these, Barney. Looking forward to the London pics.

Just curious, how did you digitalize them?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2014 at 09:04 UTC as 146th comment
On Pentax K-3 Review preview (498 comments in total)
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D1N0: K-3 now got the ipa award for best expert level dslr http://www.tipa.com/english/award-details.php?iId=3634&sAward=Best%20Digital+SLR++Expert

You lost your "T" ;) , but thanks for posting. It did, and deservedly so, I think. Of course, that doesn't affect anyone's day-to-day shooting. Yet, if it shows anything, it may be another signal that Ricoh/Pentax are back on the block, where they should be.

Would be kind of cool if they could supplement that one with the TIPA for Best Professional DSLR with the 645Z next time around ... :)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2014 at 11:36 UTC
On F1.4_13IMG_5162 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (5 comments in total)
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DStudio: The background (and even foreground) blur is a little distracting on this one. That makes this a good example - thanks for posting it.

Obviously a good lens, but not the ultimate one if this is your concern. Shouldn't be a problem in many scenes, however.

Interestingly, the new Nikon 58/1.4 (which overall falls short of what it should be, IMO) doesn't appear to suffer from this problem.

Question is, would the Nikkor fare better in this particular situation? It may just be the kind of fore- and background that makes for the slightly "busy" bokeh. That doesn't prove anything, and you could still be right. My point is just that it's hard to decide as long as we can't directly compare those lenses. Just my two bits.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2014 at 11:27 UTC
On F1.4_13IMG_5162 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (5 comments in total)

@Just another Canon shooter:

Er, I got a theory what's missing here. It may well be critical focus. IMO, the closest thing to something in focus is the letter X lying on that book. And given the IQ the lens seems to be capable of, that detail shoul look a little crisper.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 21, 2014 at 09:11 UTC as 2nd comment
On Pentax K-3 Review preview (498 comments in total)

Anything but timely, this is yet a very thorough, well-written, and (minor quibbles aside) also fair review of a fascinating camera.

Reading it, I had the feeling that it offered quite a few insights about this model that I couldn't recall reading about before - which may, of course, be due to my ignorance, but would otherwise be a good sign.

I would sure love to harness the capabilities of the K-3 for my own photography, but I guess my K-7 will have to last me little longer till I can afford one.

Kudos Ricoh, for pulling it off, and DPReview for finally reviewing it.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2014 at 17:13 UTC as 62nd comment
On Pentax K-3 preview (961 comments in total)
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Donnie G: One of the nice things about being a member of a camera club is that I get a chance to try out camera kits that I am curious about even though I don't own them. Most of our members, including me, own Canon or Nikon, so I get to play with the latest and greatest from those companies all the time. Before last Christmas there was only one Pentax 645D, one Sony A7, and two Sony SLT A77 owners in the club. Sorry, no M4/3s shooters yet. Well, the SLT A77 guys have now both switched to the Pentax K-3, and the 645D shooter has added a K-3 to her kit. That tells me that there is much to like about the Pentax K-3. :)

@garyknrd: For all I know, the K-5 was a major success for Pentax/Hoya in terms of sales, and is still held in high regard by many of its users.

Admittedly, there have been issues with it that weren't fixed with firmware updates, notably the P-TTL flash bug, and the AF struggling with tungsten light sources, but otherwise this was/is a fine field camera which I would prefer any day over my K-7.

A test of AF performance across systems that I recall from that era seemed to indicate that Pentax AF was a bit on the slow side, but kind of made up for that by being pretty accurate.

Dismissing the K-5 as a lemmon and creating the impression that it has driven photogs away from Pentax in droves strikes me as deliberate disinformation. At least the bugs mentioned above could be worked around. There is no workaround for nasty oil spots or shutter debris on your sensor, or is there? ;)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 30, 2014 at 14:53 UTC
On Pentax K-3 preview (961 comments in total)
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Gary Martin: I hope they release this exciting new camera soon!

Ouch!! Given all the half-baked stuff I've read about Pentax offerings over the last couple of years I must've lost my sense of humour for a moment ... Sorry. Should grab my camera and do some shooting instead of writing comments in order to regain it, I guess. ;)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 28, 2014 at 19:36 UTC
On Pentax K-3 preview (961 comments in total)
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Gary Martin: I hope they release this exciting new camera soon!

Er, no need to merely hope. Actually, in the US, the K-3 hit the first shelves around the end of October 2013 (B+H).

Direct link | Posted on Mar 27, 2014 at 22:33 UTC
On Pentax K-3 preview (961 comments in total)
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Mark Banas: Woot! More pages...

I've added 20-some images to my "K-3 Samples" gallery (which goes back to October 30th):
http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/9562975128/albums/pentax-k3-samples

The K-3 metering is more flexible and harder to confuse than the K-5 and earlier bodies, but it tends to favor overexposure. Given the additional highlight headroom in the new sensor, and the diminished shadow detail, this is probably a conscious decision by Ricoh's programmers.

Much appreciated samples, Mark, giving a fairly good impression of what the K-3's output will look like. Good to see too, that the smc DA 15 Limited seems to hold up pretty well even on the 24MP sensor. Some of the shots in your gallery are actually much better than the standard sample shot fare (shopping mall, museum interiors, icy skyline). The K-3 seems to be a wonderful photographic tool.

What other lenses - also noticed the new HD 35 Macro Limited - did you use?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2014 at 16:57 UTC

Oh dear, I'm beginning to pity DPReview staffers for having to read all these appreciative comments. They must have a strong sense of déjà vu, since, in three cases out of four, when they post samples of applied photography - other than landscapes with blurred water (which can be nice, don't get me wrong) - they are bound to get buckets of those abrasive comments. Somehow, for no particular reason, the most searing remarks seem to be by people whose own photography is virtually non-existent (or deliberately hard to trace). Either the DPReview guys must be taking it with a lot of humour or getting inwardly cynical about it.

Here's a quick fix: Refrain from posting anything that might be remotely topical, contemporary, daring, imaginative, different, creative, revealing, or just mildly interesting and everything will be fine.

Sorry for my rant, but this sort of thing really gets me.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 22, 2014 at 10:15 UTC as 14th comment | 4 replies
On 900MP portraits show human face in extreme detail article (289 comments in total)

Some commentators react to Boschung's facial cartography as if he was some wedding photographer gone insane. Or some photo geek who confuses high resolution with artistic value. Or some Pixel-Peeping Tom with a fetish about nose hair. None of these interpretations strikes me as particularly convincing.

I spent some time on Boschung's webside and did zoom into some of his images, and I can't help being fascinated by what he does. The impact should be even stronger if you saw these shots enlarged to fill an exhibition wall. The uniform and less than perfect lighting may well be a conscious artistic decision. By standardizing the lighting, Boschung seems to invite us to compare his models more objectively, as there are no distractions. Are these portraits ugly? I don't think so. Perhaps a bit unsettling at first. But he doesn't show us the bloated faces of meth addicts. He resisted the temptation to have models smile. He didn't retouch away their imperfections and thus their personality!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 20, 2014 at 22:48 UTC as 56th comment | 5 replies
On Pentax O-FC1 FluCard: The wireless details article (119 comments in total)
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utphoto: This review on YouTube will tell you all you need to know about the Pentax Flucard and how to transfer RAW files using the Flucard. Way too much mis-information and speculation about the Flucard on this thread. This video will clear up many questions.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJKqvVhhwPM

@Wanganuilad: Well, I kind of dig your point about his dead-loss humor. I probably wouldn't care to watch him for hours.

However, as a source of hands-on technical information I find him quite valuable. He also bothers to look at Pentax stuff, which tends to pass under the radar, and so gives the brand exposure.

OT: Cool Yes avatar, that ;)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 8, 2014 at 10:51 UTC
On Pentax O-FC1 FluCard: The wireless details article (119 comments in total)
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utphoto: This review on YouTube will tell you all you need to know about the Pentax Flucard and how to transfer RAW files using the Flucard. Way too much mis-information and speculation about the Flucard on this thread. This video will clear up many questions.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJKqvVhhwPM

Thanks for sharing this. Much appreciated.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 7, 2014 at 19:42 UTC
On Enthusiast interchangeable lens camera 2013 roundup article (267 comments in total)
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Madaboutpix: Will we see a full review of the K-3 before the end of February? I bet we won't. A flagship model announced back in October 2013 and winner of DPReview's own Readers' Choice Award in the digital SLR category.

The point that the delay is going to affect sales of a model that would deserve much better has been beaten to death already. Nor do I care for DPReview's verdict any longer, since the K-3 has received such a number of good to excellent reviews elsewere.

Will the masses rush out to buy this kind of camera? Some enthusiasts, a few discerning photogs looking for a budget pro system maybe, but otherwise I doubt it. The future of photography surely lies in smartphones with clip-on lenses, overpriced retrostyle cameras and other "photo jewelry", and, lest I forget, the selfie as a superior art form. What a wondrous world we live in!

Okay, end of rant. Let's get our gear out and concentrate on taking photos again.

@ChazSelf: If they simply failed to provide a production specimen for testing, Ricoh would only have themselves to blame.

However, as far as I recall, the first-impressions review stump has been up for months now (likely based on a pre-production K-3), and meanwhile there're even quite interesting studio samples (from a production camera), yet something tells me most potential buyers will look for the conclusions and gold/silver awards ...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 22, 2014 at 21:28 UTC
On Enthusiast interchangeable lens camera 2013 roundup article (267 comments in total)

Will we see a full review of the K-3 before the end of February? I bet we won't. A flagship model announced back in October 2013 and winner of DPReview's own Readers' Choice Award in the digital SLR category.

The point that the delay is going to affect sales of a model that would deserve much better has been beaten to death already. Nor do I care for DPReview's verdict any longer, since the K-3 has received such a number of good to excellent reviews elsewere.

Will the masses rush out to buy this kind of camera? Some enthusiasts, a few discerning photogs looking for a budget pro system maybe, but otherwise I doubt it. The future of photography surely lies in smartphones with clip-on lenses, overpriced retrostyle cameras and other "photo jewelry", and, lest I forget, the selfie as a superior art form. What a wondrous world we live in!

Okay, end of rant. Let's get our gear out and concentrate on taking photos again.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2014 at 17:39 UTC as 22nd comment | 2 replies
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