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 Canon PowerShot G3 X: What you need to know article (568 comments in total)
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Abu Mahendra: Recipe for Mass Success
1. Take the same build, size, design & ergonomics
2. Put in a Sony 24MP Exmor APSC sensor
3. Integrate EF-M mount
4. Offer zebras and focus peaking
5. Launch with a 31/2 IS STM lens

EF-M throat is tiny bit bigger than Sony E mount which already hosts full frame sensor.

PS Fuji made their mount 2mm smaller and they are on the edge which I believe makes their mount very difficult to use with full frame sensor. Samsung are 4mm smaller and it will be extremely difficult to use full frame sensors.

To my point Samsung have made far too many silly mistakes in their mount. It is too small for full frame. The flange distance is unnecessarily big and hence adapting it is limited - optical condensers, adapters with mechanical or electronic function will be difficult to build.....so really poor work on Samsung behalf. Very shortsighted design

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 20:39 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G3 X: What you need to know article (568 comments in total)
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Abu Mahendra: Recipe for Mass Success
1. Take the same build, size, design & ergonomics
2. Put in a Sony 24MP Exmor APSC sensor
3. Integrate EF-M mount
4. Offer zebras and focus peaking
5. Launch with a 31/2 IS STM lens

Agree on tablets! I am recommending Samsung tablets to friends and bought couple for presents. I would always use iPad given the choice. Sensors too have improved and would be nice to see competition. If Sony are left unchecked we will inevitably see slowdown and even worsening. Panasonic and Samsung do decent job in keeping the competition going i.e. better tech, lower prices. Canon have seem to drop the ball in sensor tech Even 5Ds seems like 7D sensor cut to bigger size with enormous amount of compromise.

The thing is that the NX mount is not well designed. It cannot be extended to full frame. The flange distance is humungous and drops completely some use cases. The flange distance is good if Samsung want to shove some ND filters in pro video camera in the future. Canon, Fuji and Sony mounts are more universal. Canon and Sony mounts can support full frame. Sony have been able to put ND filters in FS700 despite the minuscule flange distance. Further Sony's E/EF mounts are open

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 13:59 UTC
On Sony adds XAVC S and high bitrate video to a6000 article (173 comments in total)
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keeponkeepingon: Sony's firmware update process is abysmal. On canon I just transfer a file to my SD card and tell the camera to update the firmware. With sony I need to install software which is at times incompatible with the latest version of OSX then run a program that may or may not brick my camera. As a canon/sony owner the whole process makes me go WTF sony?

I'm mostly happy with my A6000 but where it stumbles it falls flat on it's face. The simple process of zooming in on a image when viewing it after taking the shot takes seconds then it's zap a max in preview that either needs to be panned or zoomed out. This makes chimping in the field a real hassle.

Question: I'm still on firmware 1.0, will the latest firmware fix the delay in zooming in on image playback issue? Thanks!

I updated mine on MacBook pro Early 2013 running Yosemite 10.10.3 (14D136). No issues at all.

I suspect some software might have been interfering with the USB or the USB cable had issues etc.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 08:52 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G3 X: What you need to know article (568 comments in total)
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Abu Mahendra: Recipe for Mass Success
1. Take the same build, size, design & ergonomics
2. Put in a Sony 24MP Exmor APSC sensor
3. Integrate EF-M mount
4. Offer zebras and focus peaking
5. Launch with a 31/2 IS STM lens

..and both are not good enough to survive.

Which just shows how pitiful the Korean electronics giant still is. They made couple nice phones when Google partnered with them closely and it is all going down in terms of quality ever since.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 08:48 UTC
On Sony adds XAVC S and high bitrate video to a6000 article (173 comments in total)
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keeponkeepingon: Sony's firmware update process is abysmal. On canon I just transfer a file to my SD card and tell the camera to update the firmware. With sony I need to install software which is at times incompatible with the latest version of OSX then run a program that may or may not brick my camera. As a canon/sony owner the whole process makes me go WTF sony?

I'm mostly happy with my A6000 but where it stumbles it falls flat on it's face. The simple process of zooming in on a image when viewing it after taking the shot takes seconds then it's zap a max in preview that either needs to be panned or zoomed out. This makes chimping in the field a real hassle.

Question: I'm still on firmware 1.0, will the latest firmware fix the delay in zooming in on image playback issue? Thanks!

The zoom-in is quite well designed. It just zooms to 100% where you can check focus. The only downside is that it does not zoom on to your focus point that confirmed focus if AF is used

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2015 at 23:24 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G3 X: What you need to know article (568 comments in total)
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Zigadiboom: EVF = Electronic Viewfinder Forsaken

It is 14 bit lossy RAW leave it at that. I can describe why it is good that it is 14 bit and how this helps and as well can at length describe the effects of the compression. The 7/11 Mumbo jumbo is far from usable information

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2015 at 22:54 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G3 X: What you need to know article (568 comments in total)
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Abu Mahendra: Recipe for Mass Success
1. Take the same build, size, design & ergonomics
2. Put in a Sony 24MP Exmor APSC sensor
3. Integrate EF-M mount
4. Offer zebras and focus peaking
5. Launch with a 31/2 IS STM lens

True the canon eos-m looks like solid engineering similar it Sony and Fuji and unlike m43 and Samsung. Based on pure engineering I would expect Canon and Sony mounts to survive in the long run. Fuji is nice but is limited to aps-c and so no luck. Nikon 1, m43 and Samsung mounts are simply engineering errors and will die out sooner or later

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2015 at 22:47 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G3 X: What you need to know article (568 comments in total)
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Abu Mahendra: Recipe for Mass Success
1. Take the same build, size, design & ergonomics
2. Put in a Sony 24MP Exmor APSC sensor
3. Integrate EF-M mount
4. Offer zebras and focus peaking
5. Launch with a 31/2 IS STM lens

you think like Canon marketing and they basically lost the mirrorless market. EOS-M even in its newest incarnation is disaster.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2015 at 07:31 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G3 X: What you need to know article (568 comments in total)

what is the appeal of this camera? It looks like ergonomic disaster. There is not a single stand out of the crowd feature. It does not look particularly bad which probably is the best thing...

I cannot see one reason to select Canon over the FZ100 or the current RX10. The new RX10 ii is just leaps and bounds better in every single things.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2015 at 07:28 UTC as 125th comment | 8 replies
On Sony adds XAVC S and high bitrate video to a6000 article (173 comments in total)
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ozturert: It requires an SDXC card. It does not record XAVC-S videos onto my my Sandisk SDHC 45MB/s cards. If it was an SDXC with 45MB/s, it'd be OK :)
But this is very good, finally A6000 gets the XAVC-S codec. And startup time is much better now, and as good as a 5-year-old compact :)

@Impulses you bring a good point. Perhaps this one cannot be fixed in firmware but Sony can certainly release next A7 series camera with 2 microSD slots instead of one.

2 SD slots will not fit nicely.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 17, 2015 at 22:16 UTC
On Sony adds XAVC S and high bitrate video to a6000 article (173 comments in total)
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ozturert: It requires an SDXC card. It does not record XAVC-S videos onto my my Sandisk SDHC 45MB/s cards. If it was an SDXC with 45MB/s, it'd be OK :)
But this is very good, finally A6000 gets the XAVC-S codec. And startup time is much better now, and as good as a 5-year-old compact :)

It seems to want 64gb too

Direct link | Posted on Jun 17, 2015 at 09:56 UTC
On Sony adds XAVC S and high bitrate video to a6000 article (173 comments in total)
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Stephen McDonald: Now how about them adding this video upgrade to all their cameras that have the capability to install new firmware versions?

May be not all HW supports this?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 17, 2015 at 09:56 UTC
On Sony adds XAVC S and high bitrate video to a6000 article (173 comments in total)

The card also needs to be 64gb at minimum

Direct link | Posted on Jun 17, 2015 at 09:55 UTC as 25th comment

Nice work form Samsung!

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2015 at 10:04 UTC as 16th 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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