Dimitris Servis

Dimitris Servis

Lives in Switzerland Switzerland
Has a website at www.coloraberration.com
Joined on Sep 27, 2009

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On Nikon Df Review preview (1619 comments in total)
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Lassoni: I'm confused what you're supposed to do with this camera. To use older lenses? But there are sites online (not just dxomark) that show the older lenses are MUCH softer than any of the newer generation of lenses. Less chroma, less distortion, less fringe..

If someone with collection of older lenses buys this camera so he doesn't have to "upgrade" his/her lenses, why not just buy a different camera and newer lenses? I'm curious.

Using a number of Nikkor Ais lenses, I can tell you they are not soft at all on modern Dslrs, on the contrary. If there is one thing that you need to control is flare.

That said, I use these lenses not because I am looking for the quantified image quality you refer to (resolving power, aberrations and so on) but for qualities that lie exactly in their flaws and their special signatures when used properly. I am sure that if you used a 50mm 1.2 Ais for close subjects at 1.2 you would appreciate it beyond its apparent halos and flaws.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 28, 2014 at 10:31 UTC
On Readers' Showcase: Submit your best portraits! article (38 comments in total)

1. It says "Submit photos by end of day Friday 11/7 please"
2. It seems it is only for Ozyxy

Direct link | Posted on Nov 17, 2014 at 11:19 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (1337 comments in total)
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Nicko3052: To all complaining about the OLPF filter (AA filter) in D750 some facts about Camera model – Pixel pitch - OLPF:
D7100 - 3.91 um – OLPF: NO
D800E/D810 – 4.88um – OLPF: NO
D750 – 5.96um – OLPF: YES
A7R – 4.88um – OLPF: NO
A7 – 5.96um – OLPF: YES
You draw the conclusion
Cheers

What he means, and he is absolutely correct, is that oixel pitch dictates the removal of the filter

Direct link | Posted on Oct 8, 2014 at 20:51 UTC
On Opinion: Bring on the 70-200mm equivalents article (328 comments in total)

I know I will be zapped but in 90% of the use cases my Panasonic Lumix G Vario 45-150mm F4-5.6 on E-PL5 is just amazing. I would love to see the reviews on these lenses and even more the new Olympus but I expect the usual "corners are soft but stepped down to f4 is already much better" or the typical "image at 200 is a bit dissapointing and in fact it is not 200 but rather 180". I think the 70-200 f4's are much better just because of this. I recently met a pro photographer, with some world class prizes going on a mission to Syria. His normal-long zoom lens was a 70-300 Nikon.

On another note: a 2.8 lens is ALWAYS 2.8 in terms of light AND depth of field albeit at a different FOV. And all formats and native lens combinations are full frame.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2014 at 22:24 UTC as 67th comment
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stevens37y: who needs the printer?

Photographers

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2014 at 22:36 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (479 comments in total)
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pkosewski: I'm tried the PL5 body a while ago and thought: if only it had a dial for aperture.

PL7 seems great, but the price is simply to high. M10 is only $100. If PL7 had a better sensor, this might be somehow attractive.
With the same sensor it is just a bit smaller, a bit cheaper, but a seriously inferior camera.

With DSLRs, we pay a lot for features (eg. D3300 vs D7100).
With Olympus the base price for getting into the system is very high, but a very serious "prosumer" body (M5) is not even twice as expensive as a basic PL5/7. But if Olympus manages to earn money this way, then this is what they should do.

I wear gloves for 4 months and carry around the E-PL5 on snowy mountains and sandy beaches.

http://www.amazon.com/Agloves-Touchscreen-Gloves-iPhone-Texting/dp/B005G5SPGK

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2014 at 11:32 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (479 comments in total)
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pkosewski: I'm tried the PL5 body a while ago and thought: if only it had a dial for aperture.

PL7 seems great, but the price is simply to high. M10 is only $100. If PL7 had a better sensor, this might be somehow attractive.
With the same sensor it is just a bit smaller, a bit cheaper, but a seriously inferior camera.

With DSLRs, we pay a lot for features (eg. D3300 vs D7100).
With Olympus the base price for getting into the system is very high, but a very serious "prosumer" body (M5) is not even twice as expensive as a basic PL5/7. But if Olympus manages to earn money this way, then this is what they should do.

So far it has proven surprisingly robust (as the whole camera) plus I cannot understand the ergonomics of having a primarily LCD based camera with the dial elsewhere than the back. As I said, I really wish all cameras could make it that easy to change aperture and compensate in one dial.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2014 at 06:04 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (479 comments in total)
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pkosewski: I'm tried the PL5 body a while ago and thought: if only it had a dial for aperture.

PL7 seems great, but the price is simply to high. M10 is only $100. If PL7 had a better sensor, this might be somehow attractive.
With the same sensor it is just a bit smaller, a bit cheaper, but a seriously inferior camera.

With DSLRs, we pay a lot for features (eg. D3300 vs D7100).
With Olympus the base price for getting into the system is very high, but a very serious "prosumer" body (M5) is not even twice as expensive as a basic PL5/7. But if Olympus manages to earn money this way, then this is what they should do.

Absolutely. Which works great and you can compensate exposure in A/S quite easily by just tilting upwards. For me it is ideal both with the LCD and VF-4.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 22:23 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (479 comments in total)
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pkosewski: I'm tried the PL5 body a while ago and thought: if only it had a dial for aperture.

PL7 seems great, but the price is simply to high. M10 is only $100. If PL7 had a better sensor, this might be somehow attractive.
With the same sensor it is just a bit smaller, a bit cheaper, but a seriously inferior camera.

With DSLRs, we pay a lot for features (eg. D3300 vs D7100).
With Olympus the base price for getting into the system is very high, but a very serious "prosumer" body (M5) is not even twice as expensive as a basic PL5/7. But if Olympus manages to earn money this way, then this is what they should do.

E-PL5 has an aperture dial...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 21:25 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (1337 comments in total)

Looks like a great new camera but i really miss the 1/250 xsync and the dedicated focus lock button...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 14, 2014 at 11:48 UTC as 164th comment
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (1337 comments in total)
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saikou: Next year we will have a nikon D760 with ...
1/250 x-sync
1/8000s
AF-ON button

Marketing...

You are right, these are the things I miss from this camera thus considering a used D800...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 14, 2014 at 10:55 UTC
On Get more accurate color with camera calibration article (208 comments in total)

I have the right colors in my perception and if needed apply them in post. Correct color is what attracted my attention.

FWIW you can do equally well with simple but accurate camera targets. And it really turns out you get great WB from coffee filters.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 4, 2014 at 21:22 UTC as 2nd comment
On Zeiss launches Loxia full frame lenses for Sony E-mount article (272 comments in total)

Nice choice of name

The epithet "Loxias" has historically been associated with "ambiguous".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo

Direct link | Posted on Sep 4, 2014 at 12:01 UTC as 17th comment
On Week in review: 8 things we learned article (48 comments in total)
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JEROME NOLAS: I want to know what we can expect at the Photokina! No exciting rumours, no spy photos?

Selfie camera for monkeys featuring a banana instead of a bird for flash smiles. With one professional photographer offered for free to claim the copyright...

Direct link | Posted on Aug 31, 2014 at 23:02 UTC
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ZAnton: Have this program on my office computer. Extremely, epically stupid and unlogical user interface.
Although I am pretty fluent with PS, I spend 2 hours TRYING to do very simple things. Finally I used a combination of MS Office Picture Manager and PowerPoint instead.
The other day it took me 40 minutes to paint dots on the map (print screen) to show the way from a railway station to the office. Then I spent 20 minutes trying to save it (it saved only the BG layer). Failed.
Same evening at home, I did same thing with PS in 2 minutes.

It seems that they were thinking like that:
"PS has this button bottom left - we'll make it top right! "
"PS calls this function "resize" - we'll call it "pixel count variation""

@ZAnton sounds so familiar, I was thinking exactly the same thing. I am heavy FEA user and developer and never had so many problems learning software as with PSP...

Direct link | Posted on Aug 30, 2014 at 12:00 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (479 comments in total)
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Mike FL: For $499, you get Sony NEX-6 with better IQ and MUCH better useability:
1. Larger sensor
2. Wider kit zoom
3. Built in EVF
4. Built in Flash

For Olympus PEN E-PL7, you get nothing above, but same price. Also Sony looks nice.

Oh, well...

And miss that the purpose is to take and print pictures that you enjoy.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2014 at 20:06 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (479 comments in total)
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AndreSJ: Urm.... I think Olympus have missed the point of a 180* articulating screen??

A screen the rotates up not only allows me to takes selfies but it would also allow me to place the camera on on a surface or a tripod. This saves me asking someone to take a picture of me when I'm on holiday or guessing family group .

A screen that rotates down... allows me to take selfies.... great

My guess is they just replaced the complicated mechanism of E-PL5 for a simpler one. Tilting 180 degrees upwards is pretty complicated.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2014 at 20:04 UTC

OK I just downloaded the demo and to be fair it feels better than the previous version. With the previous version I had frequent crashes but even worse, at certain points toolbars would dissapear and I could never recover them unless I closed and reopened the application. I will put it through my workflow to see the improvements.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2014 at 15:42 UTC as 15th comment
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ZAnton: Have this program on my office computer. Extremely, epically stupid and unlogical user interface.
Although I am pretty fluent with PS, I spend 2 hours TRYING to do very simple things. Finally I used a combination of MS Office Picture Manager and PowerPoint instead.
The other day it took me 40 minutes to paint dots on the map (print screen) to show the way from a railway station to the office. Then I spent 20 minutes trying to save it (it saved only the BG layer). Failed.
Same evening at home, I did same thing with PS in 2 minutes.

It seems that they were thinking like that:
"PS has this button bottom left - we'll make it top right! "
"PS calls this function "resize" - we'll call it "pixel count variation""

Photoslop is indeed the right word :)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2014 at 08:54 UTC
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ZAnton: Have this program on my office computer. Extremely, epically stupid and unlogical user interface.
Although I am pretty fluent with PS, I spend 2 hours TRYING to do very simple things. Finally I used a combination of MS Office Picture Manager and PowerPoint instead.
The other day it took me 40 minutes to paint dots on the map (print screen) to show the way from a railway station to the office. Then I spent 20 minutes trying to save it (it saved only the BG layer). Failed.
Same evening at home, I did same thing with PS in 2 minutes.

It seems that they were thinking like that:
"PS has this button bottom left - we'll make it top right! "
"PS calls this function "resize" - we'll call it "pixel count variation""

You are correct. But did you try this new version? Or you had the previous one?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2014 at 08:08 UTC
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