Nordstjernen

Nordstjernen

Lives in Norway Molde, Norway
Works as a writer, photographer, teacher, artist
Joined on Jul 6, 2005
About me:

Life is the stangest I ever have been a part of ... I am eager to find out what photography is all about. But first of all I enjoy beeing with people, no matter political, social and cultural status. We all share the same basic needs and dreams!

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On Ten things you need to know about the Sony Alpha 7 II article (264 comments in total)
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StevenE: Does it have bad moire and aliasing like the original A7?

Samples please! Not known as a problem, and people struggle hard with producing real life samples.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2014 at 11:18 UTC
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rabbitzilla: I don't want IBIS.
I want lenses, lot of them.

They have the fastest-growing lens range ... within a year they are covered from 16 mm to 200 mm with native FE lenses, and many more is to come ... still people complaint.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 10:41 UTC

I think this lens should be a good choice if the optical performance at wide settings is up to a good Zeiss standard. Fairly bright, small and light, nice for travelling light. With an ultra wide lens I would stop down to f:5.6 to 11 anyway to ensure enough dof and acceptable corner sharpness for typical ultra wide work like landscape and architecture. I don't expect an ultra wide lens to be bright for point & shoot photography. If you need a bright 35 mm lens, go for something else.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 19:26 UTC as 17th comment
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Nordstjernen: What about a 'Sony inside' sticker instead of the red 'Leica' logo - if the sensor is from Sony. :-D

Did you notice the :-D?

:-)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2014 at 21:34 UTC

What about a 'Sony inside' sticker instead of the red 'Leica' logo - if the sensor is from Sony. :-D

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2014 at 21:25 UTC as 82nd comment | 4 replies
On Rare Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L USM goes on sale in UK article (218 comments in total)

Sure, Canon had something much more hefty too:

http://blog.wolffmyren.com/2008/09/30/canon-5200mm-f14-lens/

Direct link | Posted on Aug 15, 2014 at 16:37 UTC as 86th comment

No real tracking AF test photos? Why don't Dpreview and other test sites put the autofocus under exreme high temperature pressure? Give us some though action sitation photos with a pretty long telephoto lens wide open, like the GII 70-200 mm f:2.8 at the long end! That would be of interest!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2014 at 19:26 UTC as 7th comment | 5 replies
On Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art Lab Test Review preview (566 comments in total)

I wonder if this lens is sharp enough for my web pictures ... :-D

Direct link | Posted on May 28, 2014 at 14:45 UTC as 102nd comment | 3 replies
On Get more accurate color with camera calibration article (208 comments in total)
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Artistico: The "correct" colours of a scene, being the ones that most accurately match the actual colours of the place and time and what you saw yourself aren't necessarily the best colours to bring out the photo. Although wavelengths of colour are objective and measurable, perception of colour isn't, and nor are the effects of colours affecting each other in an image, making a colour look completely different depending on what surrounds it.

And, after all, white balance is all about changing the actual waves of light into something closer to an average person's perception of them. In real terms, what you get with a digital camera set to neutral white balance without adjusting it at all is closest to the real and actual colours - very blue in the middle of the day, very yellow in the morning, evening and under tungsten light, and very green under fluorescent lights.

badi wrote: "but of course, if a step of your workflow is not calibrated, all the other calibration is useless."

No, it isn't! Calibrating a monitor or printer or offset press makes sense, since you then can rely on the monitor - this is what you get when the picture is viewed on other calibrated monitors or printed.

Camera calibration is about the input. Adjusting color seldom is about 'true' colors, it is about percieved color - how we sense & feel the photograph as a separate object.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 28, 2014 at 10:13 UTC
On Get more accurate color with camera calibration article (208 comments in total)

I don't think calibrating the camera is a brilliant idea, unless you are shooting products that require correct colors or reproducing art or other kind of stuff with stable light sources.

Why?

First, light conditions do vary a lot 'out there' - light temperature do vary a lot depending on direct or indirect light, cloud structure, the time of the day, reflected light from colored areas do affect color, etc.

Second, we do not refer to what was photographed, instead we look at the photograph as a separate object. What matters is the colors within the frame, and here perception may play a lot of tricks, like simultaneous contrast. For some scenes a warmer look might strengthen the communication, for other scenes a cold tone might be just perfect.

Third, we sense color pretty much the same, but we 'see' color differently. The sensitivity over the spectrum might vary a lot.

So what matters is the picture - not how color relate to the subject (except for the gioven examples).

Direct link | Posted on Apr 28, 2014 at 09:19 UTC as 75th comment | 2 replies
On Sony Alpha A7 / A7R preview (2372 comments in total)

I can't believe how people can pick a winner when comparing non-processed files. Raw is just a starting point, and there is nothing such as 'neutral' raw - not even with default raw converter settings.

What really matters is other qualities than high ferquency contrast (finest detail), like shadow/high ISO cleanness, color, how high and low frequency contrast is balanced, etc. What attract me is the small size of the A7(r), paired with some pretty small lenses, like the new 70-200 mm and 35 mm lens. Really nice if you want to bring the camera with you most of the time.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 22, 2013 at 10:18 UTC as 104th comment
On Nikon D7100 Hands-on Preview preview (492 comments in total)

Would be interesting to see fully processed pictures with proper amount of sharpening. This would smooth out differenses in finest detail, but the use of a filter would probably make these results look slightly more noisy since the pictures need more aggresive sharpening. Or what do you think, folks?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 5, 2013 at 15:06 UTC as 27th comment
On Photoshop Gradient Tool: Blending Images article (223 comments in total)
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atlien991: Why are so many commenters negative on this site? If it's not for you just move on.

Many might confuse photographs with reality.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 10, 2013 at 19:32 UTC
On Dpreview Users' Poll: Best Camera of 2012? article (1511 comments in total)

Everybody else voting for their own camera? LOL!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2012 at 11:47 UTC as 450th comment | 5 replies
On Just Posted: Sony Alpha SLT-A99 review article (498 comments in total)

After using the A99 for a while I am impressed, also with AF performance when shooting action. There are plenty of keepers when AF is configured to match the type of action I am going to shoot!

The focus limiter removes one of the main problems with AF tracking: when focus is lost for a moment, the lens might hunt from closest distance to infinity and back. The AF limiter makes an excellent AF faster and more precise and helps me get even more keepers.

Also, using this camera is great fun! :-)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 13, 2012 at 13:44 UTC as 48th comment

My dream: A camera with excellent ergonomy and just manual shutter speed, aperture setting and ISO setting, electronic viewfinder and no lightmeter other than what you see in the EVF/on the screen (live histogram on/off). All available data power should be used for the tracking autofocus. Such a camera would be simple and extremery quick in use, have good battery life, and you would get rid of everything that is not needed. Back to basic! The extreme basic!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 20, 2012 at 09:29 UTC as 314th comment
On Just Posted: Sony Alpha SLT-A99 samples gallery article (159 comments in total)

I am impressed with the conclutions some are able to draw from these samples. I have seen raw files that confirm the A99 as a strong perfomer, but these are not impressive. I think something is wrong here, but it is hard to tell exactly what without knowing the camera, camera settings other than exposure and ISO, file format/quality for the posted samples, or if the photographer just has screwed it up.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 11, 2012 at 17:06 UTC as 29th comment | 1 reply
On Just Posted: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 sample images article (294 comments in total)
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sadwitch: To me, images from the DP2merrill were more stunning. With the partnership in effect, think Sony should quickly harness Olympus JPEG engine and apply it to their cameras.

Aliasing, problems with large bright neutral surfaces, and poor medium & high ISO performance keeps me from getting the DP2. Also, a Bayer matrix sensor with about 1.7 x the native pixel count of a Foveon type sensor should give the same resolution and sharpness.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 9, 2012 at 13:32 UTC
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Rupert Bottomsworth: What a load of rubbish.

And your arguments are ... ?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 30, 2011 at 16:38 UTC
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