Kiril Karaatanasov

Kiril Karaatanasov

Lives in Bulgaria Bulgaria
Has a website at http://www.karaatanasov.info
Joined on Mar 31, 2006

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On Enthusiast mirrorless camera roundup (2014) article (298 comments in total)
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Kiril Karaatanasov: ...repeating last year ....Sony has 40% of the market of these ILCs. Put A6000 if you think A7 is way too professional (the barebones A7 is found cheaper than most of the models you look at anyway). I am accepting A7 is better than all these since it is not in the same category.....and we have now A7 II which evidently is out of this world....

DPR this is shame.

For one I agree with the final assessment. BTW it is GH4 on the last page NOT DH4

Ohhh got it. A6000 is in another group with M10 - this seems quite appropriate comparison.

A7x group I guess is unique. Though many people make choice between M1 or A7 or GH4. Sensor size is yet another parameter like shots per seconds, noise, dynamic range color accuracy, video codec and so on.

I disagree strongly with the previous post that M1 has any operational advantages over A7. GH4 and NX1 perhaps do have some especially in video. In photo perhaps these cams may be slightly better if we discount the ability to use native A mount lenses where A7 cameras are same as DSLR in terms of focus performance - I have been able to track sports with 135/1.8 lens at f1.8 do that with any other camera (not that there is 135/1.8 with Af for any other mount)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 29, 2014 at 20:10 UTC
On Enthusiast mirrorless camera roundup (2014) article (298 comments in total)

...repeating last year ....Sony has 40% of the market of these ILCs. Put A6000 if you think A7 is way too professional (the barebones A7 is found cheaper than most of the models you look at anyway). I am accepting A7 is better than all these since it is not in the same category.....and we have now A7 II which evidently is out of this world....

DPR this is shame.

For one I agree with the final assessment. BTW it is GH4 on the last page NOT DH4

Direct link | Posted on Nov 28, 2014 at 07:04 UTC as 44th comment | 3 replies

Is there Odin on MI? That is my dream. I heard there is Odin Ii at Photokina that must be miracle trigger.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2014 at 21:28 UTC as 6th comment
On Sony launches support program for pro photographers article (114 comments in total)
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Donnie G: Well, it's a step in the right direction for Sony. Now all they need are a couple of pro bodies, about 30 or 40 pro E-mount lenses for those bodies, and maybe 100 or so very brave working pro photographers who are willing to switch from the known pro gear and support sources, Canon and Nikon, to the unknown, Sony. It won't happen overnight, but it could happen. Good luck Sony!

A99 is just not a pro camera. It is great in all aspects you identify. It has some great functionlity. I have A7 and love it and A7 is not as good as A99 in many aspects.

Couple of things:

1. a99 is overly sophisticated and laggy overall. Same for A7. If you need to pull out the camera and make a shot right now - it does not work at all. No discussion here. This must be fixed - zero start up time.

2. A99 EVF is sometimes problematic in low light e.g. MF is hard when lots of noise comes up; catching the moment is not always easy with EVF lag in low light. Resolution is best for EVF but not good enough. It was just too early for high end cameras to use EVF and SLT.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 3, 2014 at 19:53 UTC
On Sony launches support program for pro photographers article (114 comments in total)
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Donnie G: Well, it's a step in the right direction for Sony. Now all they need are a couple of pro bodies, about 30 or 40 pro E-mount lenses for those bodies, and maybe 100 or so very brave working pro photographers who are willing to switch from the known pro gear and support sources, Canon and Nikon, to the unknown, Sony. It won't happen overnight, but it could happen. Good luck Sony!

Agreed. I found your first opinion much to the point except it missed the high grade A mount body or may be a bigger E mount body. That is why I replied

The current crop of E mounts seems mostly aimed at amateurs or second body for people using other system like Canon or Nikon. The AF is a bit difficult to cope with, not impossible but difficult especially if you shoot dynamic environments like weddings. Add the lagging EVF in less than perfect light. Still I like ve my A7for my amateur enjoyment but if I had to make living with a camera it would have been Nikon as it stands today.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 3, 2014 at 00:00 UTC
On Sony launches support program for pro photographers article (114 comments in total)
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Donnie G: Well, it's a step in the right direction for Sony. Now all they need are a couple of pro bodies, about 30 or 40 pro E-mount lenses for those bodies, and maybe 100 or so very brave working pro photographers who are willing to switch from the known pro gear and support sources, Canon and Nikon, to the unknown, Sony. It won't happen overnight, but it could happen. Good luck Sony!

They have very high grade lenses for A mount like the 135 or the zeros zooms. There are also quite few professionals that bought into a900 which was a very decent body back in the days. However there is no follow up to a900. A99 is much worse - slower response, lagging EVF, inferior IQ on low ISO.

They need one A mount full frame body with OVF, decent sensor and competitive focusing system or they will loose any traction that a900 created very soon.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 2, 2014 at 13:24 UTC
On Google launches Nexus 6 with 13MP and OIS post (101 comments in total)
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Kiril Karaatanasov: The Nexus line is going from bad to worse. I have had all Nexus phones to date but just bought Xperia Z3 Dual to replace the Nexus 5. Nexus 6 is no starter except I may get one to use as debugging tool. Why Motorola? Sony, LG and may be HTC or even Huawei would have been better choice... Motorola are proving every year for past 5 years to be the worst Android brand.

I guess many do but Google will not listen :-)

Update on the Z3 battery life. I fitted on fir day my second sim. With two SIMs it behaves similar to the Nexus 5 or so it seems. I guess just keeping up two mobile connections takes its toll. I can post more impressions later.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 19, 2014 at 19:18 UTC
On Google launches Nexus 6 with 13MP and OIS post (101 comments in total)
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Kiril Karaatanasov: The Nexus line is going from bad to worse. I have had all Nexus phones to date but just bought Xperia Z3 Dual to replace the Nexus 5. Nexus 6 is no starter except I may get one to use as debugging tool. Why Motorola? Sony, LG and may be HTC or even Huawei would have been better choice... Motorola are proving every year for past 5 years to be the worst Android brand.

On my own nexus 5 and Z3 running the same apps....in mostly idle mode that is the difference - 12 times more battery life. In active mode there is "only " 50 to 60% difference in battery life again in favor of Z3. Battery of Z3 has about 50% more capacity, though the phone is slimmer and much much nicer. It is just not a Motorolla or LG.

All of the Sony Z XPeria are getting Lillipop. Sony announced it couple days ago...

As I said I have been using the Nexus phones since Nexus 1 launched (I got it 3 or 4 days after launch!). But at the time Nexus 1 was among the best phones. Nexus 6 is the worst there is among flagship phones. It is just a joke and an overpriced joke it is.

...and if you noted there are about 20 more advantages to the Sony Z3. Did I mention it is dual SIM? Ohhh and it has FM radio! and the list just goes on and on.....

PS Lollipop for Z2 and Z3 is expected in January? Do you hope Nexus 4 and 5 will get it before that? or will nexus 4 get updates any more at all?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 18, 2014 at 21:18 UTC
On Google launches Nexus 6 with 13MP and OIS post (101 comments in total)
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Kiril Karaatanasov: The Nexus line is going from bad to worse. I have had all Nexus phones to date but just bought Xperia Z3 Dual to replace the Nexus 5. Nexus 6 is no starter except I may get one to use as debugging tool. Why Motorola? Sony, LG and may be HTC or even Huawei would have been better choice... Motorola are proving every year for past 5 years to be the worst Android brand.

Not so. Sony have very open and clear update policy. Much similar to the one you have for Nexus - well a couple months delay behind Nexus at worst. The "bloatware" is actually better than the stock Google apps. Z3 battery lasts 6 days - 12 hours on nexus 5. Display is gorgeous-deep blacks, rich and accurate colours. I can swim with it and it won't drawn

It acts as display panel for my car stereo XSP-N1BT. I get all the goodies of a mobile phone in my car and NO wires!

There is free offline navigation! Google could not build one for 7 years. This was just phenomenally dumb thing.

Should I continue to speak about the build materials? Nexus 5 plastic is cheap - yogurt cups in supermarkets have better feel. Xperia is built with the best of materials it is just pleasure to touch it and hold it. Feels solid, expensive and stylish - did anyone at LG, Motorola or Google ever hear those words?

and it shows video&pics on most TVs with no wires!

Samsung is no good. Huawei needs more time.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 18, 2014 at 17:37 UTC
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Kiril Karaatanasov: Please make a full frame E mount camera please. Sharing mount with Sony will be fantastic for you and the customers.

Alternatively use X mount from Fuji. Just don't do yet another mount

@PK24X36NOW because Sony owns 50% of the market in Mirrorless ILC and because DSLR market is shrinking by 20-30% per year and this will continue for the next five years. While Full Frame ILC market is on the rise. Cannot really measure the growth as YoY it is infinity now.

Also as much as Sny and Nikon are competitors they are also partners. Clearly all Nikon sensors are Sony made but also Sony is leveraging much of the Nikon ergonomics in its latest models. So yes they are competitors but also partners.

Soon the common thread to both will be Samsung and unless both have very good game plan they risk loosing the photo business to Koreans as Japanese lost mobile phones, televisions and other electronics.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 18, 2014 at 17:21 UTC
On Google launches Nexus 6 with 13MP and OIS post (101 comments in total)

The Nexus line is going from bad to worse. I have had all Nexus phones to date but just bought Xperia Z3 Dual to replace the Nexus 5. Nexus 6 is no starter except I may get one to use as debugging tool. Why Motorola? Sony, LG and may be HTC or even Huawei would have been better choice... Motorola are proving every year for past 5 years to be the worst Android brand.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 18, 2014 at 07:37 UTC as 3rd comment | 7 replies
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Kiril Karaatanasov: Please make a full frame E mount camera please. Sharing mount with Sony will be fantastic for you and the customers.

Alternatively use X mount from Fuji. Just don't do yet another mount

Why would you prefer fragmented market and gazillion bayonets?

Nikon F lenses work superbly on E mount full frame just as they do on D810. If Nikon starts on E mount they will get lenses from Sony, Zeiss and Voigtlander from day 0 plus they can add their own. An AF adapter as Sony did will let you use existing F lenses too. Much faster way to market.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 29, 2014 at 23:19 UTC

Please make a full frame E mount camera please. Sharing mount with Sony will be fantastic for you and the customers.

Alternatively use X mount from Fuji. Just don't do yet another mount

Direct link | Posted on Sep 23, 2014 at 20:51 UTC as 69th comment | 5 replies
On Olympus shows camera module concept post (59 comments in total)

As matter of fact Sony's API is quite open and the most popular such API. So "more open" sounds silly in the above article. I would hope the API of MIT is more "capable" or "Simple" or anything along those lines.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 15:43 UTC as 33rd comment
On Sony a5100 First Impressions Review preview (613 comments in total)

What is "Touch-enabled LCD"?

My A6000 is either broken or the model does not support touch screen operation.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2014 at 06:25 UTC as 155th comment | 2 replies
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spatz: It would be great if Adobe made their old versions of Lightroom compatible with new cameras. Having to upgrade Lightroom with each new camera is a pain, and frankly, completely unnecessary from a software development perspective. Of course, when people have to pay for each upgrade, at least in the short term it makes commercial sense, but within the Adobe CC subscription model, there's really no reason not to support new cameras and lenses with old versions of Lightroom

There is all the difference of supporting one or two or five versions of a software. Supporting new camera in two versions is about twice the cost for Adobe as most processes need to run twice except for writing the code which in modern world happens to be only small fraction of the cost

Direct link | Posted on May 29, 2014 at 05:59 UTC
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NDT0001: Frankly im tired of people here taking every opportunity to bash Adobe, if its not complaints about the the CC subscription model, it would be complaints about upgrade price or some other easy complaint. BLAH BLAH BLAH.
Seems that the only people complaining are amateurs and Pro-sumers who happily spend a FORTUNE on hardware upgrades/accessories but cry over a $10 a month subscription fee. And YES i know if i deregister the software i wont have access to edited files, and guess what? If i wish to do that ill work off the raws again or export my work with edits as a non proprietary file like a tif or DNG. The subscription model is good for me, makes software managemet easier and actually COST ME LESS in the long run and i really cant see myself not using their software in the foreseeable future. So you know what? If your not happy with Adobe's business practices, please vote with your wallet and spare us all the moaning and hand wringing.

I bought Lightroom 5 with no CC subscription. I then subscribed as it is quite decent price and I use Photoshop CC. I persist Photoshop edits in tiff while working and jpg at the end. Light room I own so as long as there is windows or macos I can run it.

I keep my raw files though I should probably move to dng. Support for some older cameras seems to vanish from new software

Direct link | Posted on May 29, 2014 at 05:54 UTC
On Nikon D4s First Impressions Review preview (1049 comments in total)
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l_d_allan: Why not use RAW instead of JPEG?

Thanks @Barney Britton and Rashi Sanyal.

I asked the same thing pretty much. If you can provie both JPG and RAW that would be awesome.

Did you use to publish ACR/Lightroom results in the past?

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2014 at 18:54 UTC
On Nikon D4s First Impressions Review preview (1049 comments in total)
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RichRMA: Nikon and the other FF makers have hit a brick wall. The only way to jump it is to go bigger with the sensor, like the Leica S2 and the Pentax 645

Why would that be?

Nikon and Sony have very diverse cameras with full frame sensor. Low res high sensitivity, great balanced 24mp offerings and hiRes 36mp models.

I see lots of opportunity for amateur photographer to move to full frame at decent price and enjoy much higher IQ. I am very happy with A7 and was happy with D600 and would have kept the Nikon had there not been the oil spill disaster

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2014 at 06:38 UTC
On Nikon D4s First Impressions Review preview (1049 comments in total)
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saralecaire: So they're trying to convince us with this article that the D4s is different from the D4 sensor?

This is comparing JPG images and not necessarily the sensors of the cameras.

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2014 at 06:34 UTC
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