Jan3x5

Jan3x5

Lives in Austria Vienna, Austria
Has a website at www.intopicture.com
Joined on Dec 25, 2005
About me:

Body: Nikon D700 + MB-D10, Nikon D7000 + MB-D11

Lenses: AF-S 16-35/4G VR, AF-S 24-120/4G VR, AF-S 50/1.4G, AF-S 60/2.8G micro, AF-S 85/1.8G, AF-S 70-200/2.8VR II, Sigma 150-500/5-6.3OS HSM, TC-17E II
Flashgun: SB-900
Filters: Heliopan SH-PMC and Hoya HD Protectors, Heliopan SH-PMC and B+W KSM CPLs, B+W ND1000x, LC VarioND, Formatt Hitech (ND grads + IR)
Tripod: Gitzo GT2531 + Gitzo GH1780QR ballhead
Bags: Kata HB-207 and Vanguard Skyborne 51 backpacks, Tamrac UltraPro 7 and 17 bags, Kata straps
Cards: Transcend UDMA 400X, Lexar UDMA 300X

Comments

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On DSCF0229 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (4 comments in total)

Wondering what makes the photographer to shoot at ISO800 with 35 mm lens at f/1.4, resulting in shutter speed 1/1900 sec...

While it is nice that more lenses have been used, samples from some others as 14/2.8, 23/1.4 or 60/2.4 would be great, as these lenses can pump the most out of the sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2014 at 16:19 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
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gerard boulanger: Fuji 60 mm macro f/2.4: $600
Zeiss 50 mm macro f/2.8: $1,000
Assuming they give comparable experience and IQ, this is very unusual to see a non original lens 66% more expensive than the original brand name.
To me, it makes sense only if performance and IQ are way better than the Fuji one.
Zeiss magnification is 1:1, much better than Fuji, does that justifies the extra money?

In my opinion yes, but just until comes the 1:1 macro lens from Fuji. Anyway, the price is way too high, not just considering the XF 60/2.4, but also some other excellent lenses as Nikon 60/2.8G (half the price in Europe). I do not expect to see this Zeiss in real life...

Direct link | Posted on Jan 30, 2014 at 15:39 UTC
On Lilac-breasted Roller in the Colorful Birds in Nature challenge (3 comments in total)

Many thanks for the kind words, guys! Good point with the rollers, I considered more species including the lovebirds or superb starlings, but the rollers seems to be the most popular, interesting!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 7, 2011 at 16:29 UTC as 1st comment
On Gearing Up For An African Safari article (79 comments in total)

Regarding the lenses, while there are good reasons to use the fast super telephoto primes, there are also some against it. The good is that such lenses usually provides excellent AF, extremelly shallow DOF and faster aperture (lower ISO). On the other hand, they are huge, heavy, less flexible than zoom lenses and - possibly most important - they often fail to produce significantly better results compared to zoom lenses. The reason is, that lens quality may not be the limiting factor while shooting on long distances, because the hot air decrease or even ruins the quality very often.

Finally, you can find that the car driver is the most important thing on safari. The driver should find the animals, should find the way to drive as close as possible, predict the action and even understand the light to ensure the best shooting conditions for you. Keep that in mind when organizing your trip and ask for experienced driver, who understand the needs of photog!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 24, 2011 at 08:10 UTC as 26th comment | 1 reply
On Gearing Up For An African Safari article (79 comments in total)

I would like to add few points based on my experiences:
- ask your airlines for the allowance of the bag, there shouldn't be any problem especially given the fact that such flights are usually carried by big planes with enough room in overhead compartments. If you ask them, they will know about you in advance and there are no further discussions and problems at the airport.
- do not underestimate the bean bag recommendation, it is one of the most important stuff for safari
- use 2 camera bodies (at least). I did my first safari with the single body setup and I am never going to repeat this fault. I am currently using APS-C body glued with supertelephoto lens and FF body with wide variety of lenses from UWA to 70-200 (most of the time). Last but not least, you need a backup, so 2 bodies serves for more purposes.
- buy a high quality binoculars as it really helps. First it makes spotting the animals more simple and secondly you can enjoy observing the animals instead of "just" shooting

Direct link | Posted on Nov 24, 2011 at 07:53 UTC as 27th comment
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Jan3x5: Possibly the best photographic article on DPR so far, very comprehensive and full of stunning pictures, many thanks!

Just curious why namely the Tromsø is included, when you can capture that in so many locations in Norway (well, in Sweden, Finland or Russia too!) and there are better places even in Norway (possibly not in Troms but Finnmark county, which is the nothernmost part of Norway). Wondering if the reason is airport in Tromsø?

I know Troms and Finnmark counties (and many more in Norway) quite well as I am going there almost each year (by car, a much better option than the plane!). This was exactly the reason I was asking why namely Tromsø is listed.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 6, 2011 at 23:44 UTC

Possibly the best photographic article on DPR so far, very comprehensive and full of stunning pictures, many thanks!

Just curious why namely the Tromsø is included, when you can capture that in so many locations in Norway (well, in Sweden, Finland or Russia too!) and there are better places even in Norway (possibly not in Troms but Finnmark county, which is the nothernmost part of Norway). Wondering if the reason is airport in Tromsø?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 13, 2011 at 12:55 UTC as 40th comment | 3 replies
On Wildlife photography in East Africa article (24 comments in total)

Similar shooting conditions all year round? Simply cannot believe that as the weather is different in respective seasons ... With full respect to the photog, this article provides little to no information value and I do not hesitate to say that sometimes nothing is better than something like that.

btw: when listing and discussing the gear so much, it would be nice to hear why Uwe uses two systems. I assume the reasons are of purely historical manner as I think it is the worst thing man can do there - two systems mean twice the bodies (including backups), twice the batteries, chargers and all other accessories resulting in doubled weight of the gear and challenging operations. Not to mention the bloody expensive extra fees for additional weight in planes.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 8, 2011 at 21:47 UTC as 8th comment
On Boudewijn in the The man and his guitar challenge (6 comments in total)

Many thanks for stopping by and kind words!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 29, 2009 at 00:19 UTC as 4th comment
On Two different worlds in the Juxtaposed challenge (6 comments in total)

Congratulation to the moment spotted and captured. This is stunning photo, one of the best I've seen this year and clear winner for me.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2009 at 23:07 UTC as 4th comment
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