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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Nice work form Samsung!

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2015 at 10:04 UTC as 15th comment
On Palm-sized: Hands-on with new Fujifilm X-T10 article (91 comments in total)
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Kiril Karaatanasov: It is a nice 1930s camera. We live in 2015. I saw no mention of the public SDK and app system.

Sure such camera will appeal to die hard retired people. Can Fuji and the other Japanese companies please enter into the 21st century. Wrist watches nowadays offer more like GPS, App support, gyro like, accelerometer (minolta had this 10 years ago), Bluetooth 4? How will this camera operate on a drone? How will it fit a film right?

Really DPreview include some more modern criteria. Could 19th century knows and dials is not the modern enthusiast needs. Build in intervalometer is nice but today we need advanced bulb ramping not a kitchen timer.

Nigel, I agree this is great advantage to have visible dials indications. I love these. DSLR has the advantage that you need not lift your eye from the viewfinder. Arguably Fuji does some things too in that direction.

Anyway I do not want to bash Fuji they make fantastic cameras many people love. My only wish is that manufacturers think of the digital age and open up their products to 21st century. There are new use cases like drones, photo-traps, hyperlapse that did not exist until recently. These require new thinking.

Direct link | Posted on May 19, 2015 at 13:32 UTC
On Palm-sized: Hands-on with new Fujifilm X-T10 article (91 comments in total)
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philippe luyckx: Well...i don't know what's so special here...the Sony A6000 is a year old...has the build in flash....is smaller and lighter....has much better AF...ergonomics are fantastic because very customisable buttons..and and probably way way cheaper.

philippe I do like the A6000 too but I find your comment offensive to he Fuji crowd. X-T1 is a decent camera. I too like A6000 more and this new camera seems to be a step down from something that is step down in the first place but much more expensive......

People that buy Fuji seem to like it. Evidently that is their taste which is different than mine.

So sticking in their face your subjective view is not going to help them.

Direct link | Posted on May 19, 2015 at 12:34 UTC
On Palm-sized: Hands-on with new Fujifilm X-T10 article (91 comments in total)
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Kiril Karaatanasov: It is a nice 1930s camera. We live in 2015. I saw no mention of the public SDK and app system.

Sure such camera will appeal to die hard retired people. Can Fuji and the other Japanese companies please enter into the 21st century. Wrist watches nowadays offer more like GPS, App support, gyro like, accelerometer (minolta had this 10 years ago), Bluetooth 4? How will this camera operate on a drone? How will it fit a film right?

Really DPreview include some more modern criteria. Could 19th century knows and dials is not the modern enthusiast needs. Build in intervalometer is nice but today we need advanced bulb ramping not a kitchen timer.

The QWERTY keyboard is actually not very old. Indeed there used to be other keyboard layouts until recently. As well the QWERTY keyboard is specifically chosen as it guarantees slow typing!!! As old mechanical typewriters could not work that fast....

Returning to cameras I do find the Fuji quite ugly. The metal dials layout is interesting but not very usable - similar to the QWERTY keyboard this retro design has not been made to be usable but the opposite - slow down the operator...DSLRs are much more ergonomic and we see how DSLR ergonomics kind of penentrate in this X-T10 to make it usable despite the ugly overalls.

On the other comment programmability of modern electronic device is not "adding" things. Indeed in digital cameras there can be push to essence and Fuji have a lot to learn in that regard. It is not easy and given the very small user base (note that the ILC cameras will fall down in sales by as much as 80% compared to 2013).......

Direct link | Posted on May 19, 2015 at 12:27 UTC
On Palm-sized: Hands-on with new Fujifilm X-T10 article (91 comments in total)
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Kiril Karaatanasov: It is a nice 1930s camera. We live in 2015. I saw no mention of the public SDK and app system.

Sure such camera will appeal to die hard retired people. Can Fuji and the other Japanese companies please enter into the 21st century. Wrist watches nowadays offer more like GPS, App support, gyro like, accelerometer (minolta had this 10 years ago), Bluetooth 4? How will this camera operate on a drone? How will it fit a film right?

Really DPreview include some more modern criteria. Could 19th century knows and dials is not the modern enthusiast needs. Build in intervalometer is nice but today we need advanced bulb ramping not a kitchen timer.

All fair points. I like a great camera too But weirdly my wrist watch has GPS......

The thing is when iPhone was released a lot of people thought just like you - a phone is there to talk to people. Needless to say dumb phones are now almost extinct.

So going back to iPhone analogy adding API and SDK and/or working app system does not mean Fuji and/or other vendor need to mess up ergonomics like Samsung Galaxy NX. I think one of those companies can actually make iCamera - that is both pleasure to use as camera and yet offers ability to customise and integrate in other environments.

You know drone photography or drone movie making, connecting to motion sensors to take pictures of wild animals, advanced time lapse and hyper lapse. There are so many things a camera controlled by complex program can do. Given that cameras will in future be bought more by enthusiasts and pros and less by soccer moms it may be worth investing into technology that will enable the creativity of those people.

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2015 at 20:47 UTC
On Palm-sized: Hands-on with new Fujifilm X-T10 article (91 comments in total)

It is a nice 1930s camera. We live in 2015. I saw no mention of the public SDK and app system.

Sure such camera will appeal to die hard retired people. Can Fuji and the other Japanese companies please enter into the 21st century. Wrist watches nowadays offer more like GPS, App support, gyro like, accelerometer (minolta had this 10 years ago), Bluetooth 4? How will this camera operate on a drone? How will it fit a film right?

Really DPreview include some more modern criteria. Could 19th century knows and dials is not the modern enthusiast needs. Build in intervalometer is nice but today we need advanced bulb ramping not a kitchen timer.

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2015 at 06:44 UTC as 21st comment | 11 replies
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Luke Kaven: Samsung isn't off the hook by saying that their "specifications" are generic enough that both camera modules satisfy it.

The question here is whether reviews, based on the superior camera module, induce false consumer expectations of quality, used as incentive to buy, when the final product may or may not match those expectations. Would the inferior camera module have earned a number 1 rank in the reviews or merely a number 2 or 3?

Keep firmly in mind here: it doesn't matter whether you or I care one way or another. For better or worse, you can expect a thousand lawyers to be suiting up for this one as we type.

They might have rigged the reviews to use much more expensive Samsung sensor. We assume Sony sensors are better quality and it may turn out they are decent quality at superb price

Direct link | Posted on May 9, 2015 at 06:14 UTC
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Petrogel: Imagine how many people will ask for their money back, when they'll find out that their new shiny Samsung S6, is equipped with a photo sensor different to the one DxoMark ranked on top place on the mobile image quality list.

I'm sure Apple people are already smiling .

It seems Samsung and Apple are buying every single sensor Sony can possibly make....so probably Samsung are just filling in the gap with some homemade sensors....

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20150506PD206.html.

Direct link | Posted on May 8, 2015 at 11:58 UTC
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Petrogel: Imagine how many people will ask for their money back, when they'll find out that their new shiny Samsung S6, is equipped with a photo sensor different to the one DxoMark ranked on top place on the mobile image quality list.

I'm sure Apple people are already smiling .

The only phone guaranteed to use Sony sensor is XPERIA and they happen to run better Android and have much better build than any Korean phone in existence.... I agree IPhone is on par or better

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2015 at 16:23 UTC
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Kiril Karaatanasov: Sony is focusing investment in few areas - sensors, PlayStation, movies and music.

Digital Cameras along with Audio are in Sony's second tier of business.

Phones and TV are in the last tier that Sony may decide to ditch.

The bad part for all of us is that Digital Cameras is a segment that is not going to see growth in all of the industry. Canon are going to focus more on their office business. Fuji will focus on other photo opportunities outside of digital camera besides software etc. Every big camera maker is reducing their investment in the rapidly shrinking camera market.

This may be opportunity for Samsung to snatch the camera market. If they invest now when the market is down if it rebounds Samsung may be having the upper hand. Of course there is the possibility that camera business never rebounds to 2012 and 2013 levels.

No! My Sony Z3 seems to be by far better than any other phone for example I see many people buy crappy platic Samsungs...makes me wonder why spend more money on worse phone....plastic, full of bloatware....contrast to near vanilla Android in waterproof slim beautiful aluminium body

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2015 at 11:05 UTC
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Kiril Karaatanasov: Sony is focusing investment in few areas - sensors, PlayStation, movies and music.

Digital Cameras along with Audio are in Sony's second tier of business.

Phones and TV are in the last tier that Sony may decide to ditch.

The bad part for all of us is that Digital Cameras is a segment that is not going to see growth in all of the industry. Canon are going to focus more on their office business. Fuji will focus on other photo opportunities outside of digital camera besides software etc. Every big camera maker is reducing their investment in the rapidly shrinking camera market.

This may be opportunity for Samsung to snatch the camera market. If they invest now when the market is down if it rebounds Samsung may be having the upper hand. Of course there is the possibility that camera business never rebounds to 2012 and 2013 levels.

I kind of quoted some articles and quarterly reports and forecasts.... except the Samsung part but really if Sony, Fuji and Canon are reducing their investment in digital cameras as their financial reports suggest - this can be opportunity for Samsung.

Direct link | Posted on May 5, 2015 at 22:55 UTC

Sony is focusing investment in few areas - sensors, PlayStation, movies and music.

Digital Cameras along with Audio are in Sony's second tier of business.

Phones and TV are in the last tier that Sony may decide to ditch.

The bad part for all of us is that Digital Cameras is a segment that is not going to see growth in all of the industry. Canon are going to focus more on their office business. Fuji will focus on other photo opportunities outside of digital camera besides software etc. Every big camera maker is reducing their investment in the rapidly shrinking camera market.

This may be opportunity for Samsung to snatch the camera market. If they invest now when the market is down if it rebounds Samsung may be having the upper hand. Of course there is the possibility that camera business never rebounds to 2012 and 2013 levels.

Direct link | Posted on May 5, 2015 at 10:26 UTC as 7th comment | 5 replies

Is this version of Sony A7 with monochrome sensor and bulky body?

Anyway seems Sony sold Leica all of the tech for this camera except the metal body. May be this is the next iteration of the celestial cameras from Hassleblad that were selling overpriced NEX-7 and A99 cameras for while. We got to give it to Leica they even removed the color filter!

Direct link | Posted on May 2, 2015 at 07:14 UTC as 17th comment | 4 replies
On Sony Alpha a7 II Review preview (814 comments in total)
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mick232: The different scores in image quality compared to D750 seems to be blown way out of proportion by DPR. Besides, the 6D has higher scores than the A7II which totally contradicts what the review text says.

I guess DPR are shifting their criteria with time. That is why A7 actually got praised for its IQ while being trumped on many other aspects. This time round A7 II is praised for the many improvements and IQ is the only one that DPR find objectionable given that D750 is now around.

If you go back few years A900 and D700 were praised for their IQ which by modern standards is a joke compared to crop cameras like A6000. D700 is just tons noisier than A6000. A900 is practically useless by modern standards.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2015 at 12:28 UTC
On Sony Alpha a7 II Review preview (814 comments in total)
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DenisBBergeron: How Sony Camera sensor can be worst than Nikon or Canon sensors ? Sony make sensors for both !

@mick232 reality is in the A900/A700 days we praised the cRAW format as no-one found any issues with it at all. Finding these things in A7 series simply means that there are new photographers jumping in on the bandwagon.

Same thing repeats with sensor flare. All mirrorless cameras are prone to bouncing light between the sensor and rear lens element. In fact all Sony and Fuji APS-C cameras suffer from this as much as pushing lens reviewers to skip lens flare tests altogether. However this became so popular only with the release of the A7 and A7r - provided A7r is actually much better in sensor flaring than APS-C cameras like X-T1 or NEX-7.

Sony did address this in A7s and A7 II to a large degree.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2015 at 19:18 UTC
On Sony Alpha a7 II Review preview (814 comments in total)
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MikeF4Black: Another stab at a real camera from non-camera designers. They'll get there eventually.

By the same token D600 was completely use less as it lacked 100% zoom in image preview and I could not check focus at all. D700 was useless due to the many obscure menu items with no practical value....

Really I do not find Sony cameras hideous. I do use a lto fo them and A6000 is probably the best one they did. A7 line is good as well the older generation had the shutter placed similar to rangefinders and this was a bit peculiar but not hard to get used to. A7 m2 I am yet to use. I hope to get the "r" version of it when that comes out. May be they move ever so slightly the dials. A7 dials were quite good actually, though I prefer NEX-7 dials most for their soft operation - A7 are a bit stiff.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2015 at 10:23 UTC
On Sony Alpha a7 II Review preview (814 comments in total)
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Kiril Karaatanasov: Interesting is if you have a 50mm f1.8 lens would D750 or A7 II or A7s rule the day. I have the weird feeling A7 II will beat the other two guys for low light handheld due to the IS...or may be not.

I reallly crave this IS and being severly limited to pushing only 5 stops up my RAW files sounds as a hard but acceptable compromise. I understand that pusing RAw files by 6 stops before they look totally miserable is huge but really I never pushed my RAW flies more than 3 stops and even that was sign of my slopiness as photographer.

I think the point is that the uncompressed RAW option should be returned. D750 and A7 ii very likely use almost identical sensors if not exactly the same thing. Yet due to image processing pipeline and compressed RAW D750 creates somewhat better pictures albeit in obscure circumstances.

I do not see a reason for Sony to hold back the uncompressed RAW. Specifically as they see the outpour of negative comments towards their otherwise great products.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2015 at 10:16 UTC
On Sony Alpha a7 II Review preview (814 comments in total)
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Kiril Karaatanasov: Interesting is if you have a 50mm f1.8 lens would D750 or A7 II or A7s rule the day. I have the weird feeling A7 II will beat the other two guys for low light handheld due to the IS...or may be not.

I reallly crave this IS and being severly limited to pushing only 5 stops up my RAW files sounds as a hard but acceptable compromise. I understand that pusing RAw files by 6 stops before they look totally miserable is huge but really I never pushed my RAW flies more than 3 stops and even that was sign of my slopiness as photographer.

Got it! Thanks

I did push A7 by about 3 stops in night shots to open up shadows while keeping detail in the highlights and that worked fine. In now understand with D750 that will allow me 5 or 6 stops with no problem which is good

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2015 at 08:41 UTC
On Sony Alpha a7 II Review preview (814 comments in total)
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adengappasami: Strange that there is no mention of third party lenses and how the IBIS works. Considering the camera series has basically opened up all old manual lenses and brought them back to life, it would have been better if the review added a session on how the camera handled the manual third party lenses and how useful the IBIS was.

I belive the question is if IS works well with 3rd party and MF lenses. There was wild speculation on sites that 3rd party lenses only get 3 axis IS while Sony FE mount lenses get 5 axis.

What is the practical difference? 3 axis to 5 axis?

What would be DPR rating for the 3 axis mode?

Also did you find differences between setting the focal length menually vs. having the camera read it from the lens. Some reviewers speculated setting focal length manually works better for the 55/1.8 for example.

Also I see a drop of sharp images at 1/80th on the 200mm lens. Could this be caused by use of fully mechanical shutter as opposed to Electronic First Curtain Shutter?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 31, 2015 at 19:50 UTC
On Sony Alpha a7 II Review preview (814 comments in total)
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DenisBBergeron: How Sony Camera sensor can be worst than Nikon or Canon sensors ? Sony make sensors for both !

They said better than both 6D and 5D m3 ? 1Dx may be better but then it costs a bit more

Direct link | Posted on Mar 31, 2015 at 19:37 UTC
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