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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 Olympus OM-D E-M10 II: What you need to know article (133 comments in total)
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iudex: Nice camera, as are all OM-D models. However I have one big problem with all OM-Ds save for the E-M1: they are very uncomfortable to hold, since they have small (almost useless) handgrip, what complicates usage of larger lenses. And Oly is obviously aware of this problem, as it offers an additional handgrip. I do think this grip should have been built in. It really makes no sense to avoid the handgrip, since with any lens attached the lens is bigger than the grip.
So for me the only usable OM-D is the (very expensive) E-M1, which is a pitty since I could easily make do with the lesser models.

@IarekB it is not certain one will buy grip. Depends what and how you use the camera. I guess Olympus meant it for people that will use the screen most of the time and resort seldom to EVF. If you look at cameras the big grips on DSLRs are not something that was all that popular 30 years ago.

This said I do check the grip before I buy a camera and love the new Sony grip of A7ii. Similarly I bought NEX-5 over NEX-3 solely for the bigger grip.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2015 at 14:42 UTC

I do not get it. Why Olympus have so many same cameras....same sensor, same speed, same look, same feel.....only thing is some of them look hyper ugly like the M1 and some are more palatable like this one. M1, M5, M10 go figure....they can at least add 4K to one and not to the other or something....really.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 25, 2015 at 10:59 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
On Olympus OM-D E-M10 II: What you need to know article (133 comments in total)
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iudex: Nice camera, as are all OM-D models. However I have one big problem with all OM-Ds save for the E-M1: they are very uncomfortable to hold, since they have small (almost useless) handgrip, what complicates usage of larger lenses. And Oly is obviously aware of this problem, as it offers an additional handgrip. I do think this grip should have been built in. It really makes no sense to avoid the handgrip, since with any lens attached the lens is bigger than the grip.
So for me the only usable OM-D is the (very expensive) E-M1, which is a pitty since I could easily make do with the lesser models.

I am a Sony user and while I adore the new A7ii ergonomics (same on A7r2) the bigger grip is both a blessing and a curse. Sony made A7ii a lot more robust and solid camera with great grip and ergonomics but weight and size increased and I kind of feel nostalgia for my old NEX-5 that almost fitted in a pocket.

My point is both types of cameras are needed with smaller footprint and bigger more professional bodies. Ideally you own two - I use A6000 and A7ii they complement nicely each other and yet produce similar IQ and colors etc. So you can mix pictures between them without problems

Direct link | Posted on Aug 25, 2015 at 10:44 UTC

On to comment [3] about the use of aperture and AF algorithm. I have found that some settings allow the A7 ii to focus with aperture wide open while other settings push the camera to use closed down aperture.

For example switching off Live View and using AF-S usually makes the camera focus wide open

On the other extreme using AF-C and LiveView On forces the camera to close down aperture while focusing.....

Direct link | Posted on Aug 20, 2015 at 14:22 UTC as 200th comment

@Rishi Sanal how is AF assistant behaving on this new A7r ii camera. Older A7 cameras are somewhat annoying and ineffective with AF assist - it shined for longer time than DSLR and is not so effective in my opinion.

In extreme dark e.g. dance club the AF assist on DSLR allows you to take pictures easily with a flash head despite lack of other light sources.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 20, 2015 at 14:18 UTC as 201st comment
On Fujifilm X-T10 Review preview (446 comments in total)
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ofquiet: Isn't it weird that the X-T10 and the a6000 both scored 80%, but the Fuji got a silver award and the Sony got a gold for the exact same score?

I would believe Sony is better choice for Manual Focus lenses. Just peaking and othe r MF aids work a bit better.

Still the Fuji ergonomics as you say are very very nice and do tempt me quite a bit.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 8, 2015 at 20:41 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T10 Review preview (446 comments in total)

The eye sensors are easily corrected if one feels a problem with them. I have done it on A7 and A6000. Just a tiny piece of black tape over part of the sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 8, 2015 at 20:38 UTC as 18th comment
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photo perzon: IQ like the dogs. Fast AF but the look of over dark over sharp.

You may want to shoot RAW where their IQ will be on par with APS-C cameras. Olypus JPEG has been overprocessed for years and is disappointing - they literally tune JPG to DPR and other review site test sets. The result is horrid like any other type of cheating.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 8, 2015 at 20:32 UTC
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teddoman: Good news that at least 2 mirrorless manufacturers (Oly and Sony) have managed to make some money in a very challenging and competitive market.

I think Fuji too do well in mirrorless at least 3 months ago they did. I am a bit surprised to see Olympus's slightly disappointing line up making growth.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 8, 2015 at 20:31 UTC
On Google to phase out Google+ Photos post (34 comments in total)

I hope they simply return to Picasa and fix that instead of inventing new weird services.....

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2015 at 10:56 UTC as 1st comment

Very nice!!! I would have bought this couple of months back. I went and bought old Minolta lightmeter instead but it is bigger and bulkier than my phone.

I wonder if they have advanced features like measurement of ambient vs flash, mulitple flashes etc. This should be SW only change of this type of meter.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 4, 2015 at 20:16 UTC as 7th comment

21/1.8 lens?

Weirdly it looks similar to the 21/1.8 but seems a bit bigger....where was the size advantage of m43 if lenses are same as full frame in terms of size and only difference is that IQ is quite a bit lower?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 14, 2015 at 14:17 UTC as 22nd comment | 7 replies
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Kiril Karaatanasov: It is sad to see Canon fall so massively behind Sony and Nikon. Given that we have a real monster camera as A7R II with both high resolution but also substantial improvement on all other characteristics like DR, noise, color response that will probably score well above D810 and A7r. Nikon will probably do D820 or D4x very soon. Given that A7r II can use Canon glass just as well as the 5DS it seems to be game over for Canon

To be honest even 12 bit compressed RAW from A6000 beats a any Canon even 5D mk3 or 1Dx for landscape...D7200 way way better. Really A7r is in a different universe. sorry but Canon really need to put their act together. Compression or no compression A7r M2 is much better camera for Canon glass at this juncture than any of Canon made cameras to date.

With Canon we are not talking about minor firmware update - we are talking new camera line up start to finish.

PS By the way DPR folks thanks for keeping the pressure on Sony to fix the RAW format or at least return the uncompressed RAW option from A700 and A900.

PSS It would be great if Canon build a better sensor themselves or buy one from Samsung. As much as I like Sony gear I would hate to see single horse race in sensor technology

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2015 at 19:55 UTC

It is sad to see Canon fall so massively behind Sony and Nikon. Given that we have a real monster camera as A7R II with both high resolution but also substantial improvement on all other characteristics like DR, noise, color response that will probably score well above D810 and A7r. Nikon will probably do D820 or D4x very soon. Given that A7r II can use Canon glass just as well as the 5DS it seems to be game over for Canon

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2015 at 19:56 UTC as 121st comment | 6 replies
On Canon PowerShot G3 X: What you need to know article (599 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 (599 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 (182 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 (599 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 (182 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 (599 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
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