digiart

digiart

Lives in Portugal Aveiro, Portugal
Works as a webdesigner
Has a website at -
Joined on Feb 13, 2006
About me:

Amateur photographer
Equipment:

Cameras:
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Nikon D50
Panasonic Lumix FZ-20
Nikon Coolpix 4300
Pentax MZ-50

Lenses:
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Nikon 50 f1.8 D
Tamron 11-17 Di - II
Tamron 70-300 Di - II
Sigma 18-50 f3.5 - f5.6
Sigma 55-200 f4 - f5.6
Sigma 28-200 f/3.5-5.6
Sigma 70-300 f4-5.6 DL
Pentax FA 50 f/1.7

Comments

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Here we go again... LOL

Direct link | Posted on Aug 22, 2014 at 09:57 UTC as 80th comment
On Niko announces service advisory for D810 'bright spots' article (375 comments in total)
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badi: It seems to be a general problem, not only Nikon: 5D3 also had a light leak, Fuji X-T1, leica released v1.0 firmware after the camera was shipped ... for T if i remember correctly, a lot of shutter vibration in a lot of cameras (olympus, sony) ...

So it is not a QC problem only, it's probably more complex, and it is more about the time that is spend today in a generation: engineering & testing. They all should have a break, and slow down the pace a bit to allow for their teams to do the job properly. But marketing is marketing, and it has always been more important than... everything.

Agree. But the consumer has to share some of the blame for this. To many people are willing to "update" to a new camera every few months. This short update cycle does not leave enough time to fully design and test products.

There are also many part suppliers which increase the likelihood of products defects if quality control is not thorough enough. Products are rushed to the market and early buyers often get defective products.

Brands are aware, they gamble because in the end it's cheaper to sell more cheaper cameras and fix or replace defective ones than spend more money with QC.

This is not a new problem really, but it has been getting worse since the arrival of the digital age.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2014 at 11:44 UTC
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ArcaSwiss: I'm still not getting why this kind of article is seen by the editor as appropriate for this site. I don't come here to read this sort of thing.

"... the ATV-5 is also carrying newly developed camera technology ..."

NEWLY DEVELOPED CAMERA TECHNOLOGY

Why shouldn't news of new camera technology be appropriate for a site devoted to reviewing cameras?!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 16, 2014 at 20:04 UTC
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Biowizard: Kudos to the ESA - grabbing all the interesting space headlines this summer!

Brian

I wouldn't mind checking a box to stop Americans bitching about "Obamacare" or as it should be called "The Affordable Care Act".

Direct link | Posted on Aug 15, 2014 at 19:55 UTC

The photographer deserves copyright of the photo because he taught the monkey how to take pictures :)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 7, 2014 at 19:42 UTC as 256th comment
On Ricoh announces Pentax XG-1 superzoom article (195 comments in total)

I think it should have be released as a Ricoh camera, not Pentax. Looks too much like a DSLR, but it isn't. Un-savvy buyers expecting "DSLR like" quality will be disappointed and associate Pentax with inferior DSLR, which is not the case. I don't think this is good for the Pentax brand. Should have been released as a Ricoh.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 18, 2014 at 15:58 UTC as 5th comment
On Beyond the ordinary: Tim Dodd's Everyday Astronaut article (102 comments in total)
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Dan Wagner: The photos are kind of 80's schticky. I think the idea is great -- if he had photos of himself in the suit walking in a crowd of people commuting to work -- but taken straightforward, or a photo at the breakfast table with his family, he in the suit with the family members dressed normally, or a wedding photo with him in the suit and the bride in gown and he's looking out a nearby window -- that kind of thing -- that to me would have taken the idea to a better place. Of the series, the shot on the playground shuttle was the one I liked best -- but he didn't need to have the shuttle touching ground -- just him sitting on the shuttle leaving the viewer to provide the story would have been enough. And before anyone goes ape on their keyboard believing there's something on the internet that needs immediate fixing -- this is just my humble opinion -- albeit one reflecting 30 years as a pro.

@Dan
Perhaps you should buy a space suite and take the shots you suggest... The idea would not be original though. Then we could all judge if your "30 years as a pro" would translate into a better job. This is also just my humble opinion too.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 5, 2014 at 16:21 UTC
On Beyond the ordinary: Tim Dodd's Everyday Astronaut article (102 comments in total)

Very funny!
Specially liked the last one, which can be interpreted as a (clever) criticism about the lack of a U.S. maned space vehicle after the end of the Space Shuttle program.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 5, 2014 at 13:35 UTC as 48th comment | 1 reply
On Getting off the ground: Cheap drones for photography article (141 comments in total)

Quite interesting article. There is a warning about safety but I think the legal side of flying drones should be discussed. Everyone can fly a drone outdoor in the USA? No license required? No limit on the size of the drone?

These things are dangerous! If a person gets hit in the face there can be serious injuries, specially if it hits the eyes. I would never buy one without propeller guards. Just think what damage a high speed propeller can do!

Since accidents are inevitable, I suspect soon people will be forced to buy an insurance to fly drones outdoor.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2014 at 10:53 UTC as 58th comment | 7 replies

Four articles in just two days about a camera that is a small improvement on a previous model! No wonder CANIKON own the DSLR market ;)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 28, 2014 at 15:10 UTC as 48th comment | 4 replies
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stevens37y: The point is that you can make a fix focal lens using 1 very low dispersion glass(or plastic) element. It will be incredible.

So, that means lenses can be:
a) Simpler.
b) Lighter.
c) Cheaper.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2014 at 14:44 UTC

A major step forward in technology...
Bent sensors will mean simpler, lighter and cheaper lenses!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2014 at 09:02 UTC as 99th comment | 1 reply
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Atomez: Well, well, well... Leica cameras, lenses and other stuff are 90% Made In Portugal. Not Germany. Including this new overworked aluminum unibody Leica T.
Look here, the video is portuguese spoken but you'll get it.
http://www.tvi24.iol.pt/sociedade/leica-fotografia-fabrica-famalicao-tvi24-ultimas-noticias/1335776-4071.html
Or google translate this:
http://www.jn.pt/PaginaInicial/Economia/Interior.aspx?content_id=3932829&page=-1
"New Leica T represents over 1.5 million for Famalicão plant"

"In the US stamping something "Made in USA" without it being made there is illegal."

@HowaboutRAW:
And rightly so! It should be illegal to state something is made in a country when it's not.

I have been inside of a factory (nothing to do with cameras) and the American clients request the Made in USA stamp on the products, so they do it. I don't know if this a widespread practice or not.

Please note that I don't know if Leica cameras have a "Made in Germany" stamp on them or not. But I bet they do, because in the interview the plant manager says that the electronics are added in Germany. I doubt they mention anywhere that any of the components are made in Portugal.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 16, 2014 at 18:34 UTC
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Atomez: Well, well, well... Leica cameras, lenses and other stuff are 90% Made In Portugal. Not Germany. Including this new overworked aluminum unibody Leica T.
Look here, the video is portuguese spoken but you'll get it.
http://www.tvi24.iol.pt/sociedade/leica-fotografia-fabrica-famalicao-tvi24-ultimas-noticias/1335776-4071.html
Or google translate this:
http://www.jn.pt/PaginaInicial/Economia/Interior.aspx?content_id=3932829&page=-1
"New Leica T represents over 1.5 million for Famalicão plant"

Yes, Leica cameras are "essentially" made in Portugal for over 40 years!

They are made in Portugal because Portugal has very highly skilled workers and very low salaries. Manufacturing in China (or Thailand,etc) is still associated with mass market products. For high end products like Leica cameras, binoculars, etc, that would be an image brand problem.

There are many top brand quality products made in Portugal that then get a Made in Germany, Made in USA or even Made in Spain sticker.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 16, 2014 at 11:49 UTC
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qizhigang: Nikon SHOULD HAVE PREVENTED it from happening at the very beginning. They lied to the public and now they pay the price. Not sure if the price is costly to this big company or not but it definitely has some impact to them. $17.6m is certain not a big deal to them but YEAH, they are thinking about the reputation right now.

They should release less camera models and pay more attention to quality control. After only ~500 shots I already found stubborn spots on the sensor and an eyelash inside the OVF of my new D5100! This gives a bad impression about built quality. My older D50 seems to have been better built.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 6, 2014 at 18:23 UTC
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Peter CS: See what happens, if you post a blog somewhere about how to circumvent Facebook copyrighted material! You would have a firestorm of legal action rain down on you the size of a huge volcano! This information posted by a "barely 21 year old" basically gave away the formulas for circumventing the copyrights on most digital images. At 21, this obviously intelligent and educated individual,should have thought twice about his actions. He was "of age" to vote, enlist, drink, be tried as an adult, etc. All adults most certainly need to contemplate the scope of their online actions. Professional photographers do not give up their weekends, family time, etc. to photograph graduations for fun! Friends and families of new graduates are always welcome to produce their own photographs, as mine did, documenting this significant event/special day! Thanks to good and cheap, fully automated, digital technology, there is no reason or excuse to resort to such bad behavior...

Facebook is ruled by hypocrisy.

Direct link | Posted on May 29, 2014 at 19:53 UTC
On SherpaFund raises money after Everest avalanche article (21 comments in total)

Great initiative! I hope they raise a lot of money.

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2014 at 11:23 UTC as 9th comment
On Create your own DSLR external battery pack article (66 comments in total)

Attaching the battery to the hotshoe seems a bad idea to me. The battery is big and heavy. Why not use a longer cable and carry the battery on a pocket or use a belt clip?

In the past I've built a battery pack to use with my old D50. Bought a plastic case, 7 AA rechargeable batteries, made the dummy battery myself and used a "curly" type cord from an unused car cellphone charger to connect the battery pack to the dummy battery. It looked and worked great. I didn't use it much though, because the standard D50 battery lasts many shots if you don't use the remote control or flash.

Direct link | Posted on May 2, 2014 at 09:48 UTC as 12th comment | 1 reply
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2300 comments in total)
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Marty4650: It really is nice to have a high build quality, made using premium materials.

But is it really necessary to build a camera body to last 100 years, when the sensor is probably good for around 5 years, the shutter probably for 10, and the electronics themselves probably for less than 20?

Lenses might last forever, but digital camera bodies have a very short life, in terms of technology.

Since so many people treat their cameras as disposable, upgrading them constantly, then perhaps the bodies should be made of plastic and cardboard?

But then again... Leicas aren't cameras as much as they are jewelry, status symbols, and luxury items. Most real photographers aren't fabulously wealthy, and would not buy a $2,000 camera when a $500 camera would perform just as well.

Compare the Leica T to the Fuji X-A1 ($450) and you will see my point. Two very similar cameras, with very similar capabilities, but one costs four times as much as the other does.

Don't forget about batteries! I doubt if in 10 years time it's still possible to buy a new battery for a digital camera sold today.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2014 at 21:42 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2300 comments in total)

When electronics advance so fast, mechanical excellence ads little value. Making it from a solid chunk of aluminum might be "cool", but the whole point of mechanical excellence is durability, and this camera (like others) will probably be too outdated in less than 5 years.

In 10 or 20 years time, probably it will not even be possible to buy a new battery! Over $3500 USD for such short lifetime seems excessive.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2014 at 21:32 UTC as 424th comment | 3 replies
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