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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Jose Ernesto Passos: Unfortunately the market is concentrating and one option is going to disappear from the market. Sony has been doing lots of mistakes after it missed the LED technology in TVs. In the camera business it overstretched the number of camera models. Probably this decision was supported by the some major consulting company.
The fact is that Samsung may destroy the consumer electronics business in general. Today it has achieved such a huge economy of scale that dwarfs any competitor.
Canon in no way is a competitor for Samsung. Samsung dominates too many technologies today. If we take a look how it is starting to move in the camera business, unless there is an anti-trust action there will only one. I don't like a market with a small number of choices...

I am not interested to buy new camera - I have few of those and am actually thrying to sell on few. I hope you are happy with your choice and wish you many fantastic photos.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 23:38 UTC
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Jose Ernesto Passos: Unfortunately the market is concentrating and one option is going to disappear from the market. Sony has been doing lots of mistakes after it missed the LED technology in TVs. In the camera business it overstretched the number of camera models. Probably this decision was supported by the some major consulting company.
The fact is that Samsung may destroy the consumer electronics business in general. Today it has achieved such a huge economy of scale that dwarfs any competitor.
Canon in no way is a competitor for Samsung. Samsung dominates too many technologies today. If we take a look how it is starting to move in the camera business, unless there is an anti-trust action there will only one. I don't like a market with a small number of choices...

Everyone who has been paid to praise it has nothing against it. Have you talked to anyone who has actually paid for it and used it?

I have friends that jumped ship from Fuji and Sony to Samsung and are now coming back after shelling large sums of money for a defect system. From what I understood the firmware is just not ready for prime time and they stumble with problems almost all the time to the extend that they are selling out.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2015 at 08:28 UTC
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Jose Ernesto Passos: Unfortunately the market is concentrating and one option is going to disappear from the market. Sony has been doing lots of mistakes after it missed the LED technology in TVs. In the camera business it overstretched the number of camera models. Probably this decision was supported by the some major consulting company.
The fact is that Samsung may destroy the consumer electronics business in general. Today it has achieved such a huge economy of scale that dwarfs any competitor.
Canon in no way is a competitor for Samsung. Samsung dominates too many technologies today. If we take a look how it is starting to move in the camera business, unless there is an anti-trust action there will only one. I don't like a market with a small number of choices...

gskolenda buy it use it for couple of months and lets discuss again. It is very much a defect ridden camera. The FW is as buggy as can be. There are basic functions missing. It is so far away from being a usable product.

Of course your feedback to Samsung will be helpful so they can actually produce a camera in five years time (that is if they don't quit camera business again like they did 3 times for the past 10 years)

A word of advice if you have another camera do not sell it before feeling comfortable with Samsung. There is real chance you may not be satisfied.

On the TV side I was in the market last year and bought 55" Sony. Choice at the end was between LG and Sony. Samsung really did not have anything of comparable quality and value. Looking at new Bravia line for 2015 I do not know why one will look at Samsung at all

Direct link | Posted on Feb 23, 2015 at 16:22 UTC
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Jose Ernesto Passos: Unfortunately the market is concentrating and one option is going to disappear from the market. Sony has been doing lots of mistakes after it missed the LED technology in TVs. In the camera business it overstretched the number of camera models. Probably this decision was supported by the some major consulting company.
The fact is that Samsung may destroy the consumer electronics business in general. Today it has achieved such a huge economy of scale that dwarfs any competitor.
Canon in no way is a competitor for Samsung. Samsung dominates too many technologies today. If we take a look how it is starting to move in the camera business, unless there is an anti-trust action there will only one. I don't like a market with a small number of choices...

I have to disagree. Sony TV's in the last year had been well ahead of Samsung. Samsung has hit disaster in many verticals including mobile. Samsung did loose the majority of their profits in electronics last year and are in a huge slump. Similar to Sony Samsung have slashed their mobile computers and there is talk about existing the tablet business.

So yes Samsung did get some headwind but it seems chinese brands are now calling the shots in mass electronics like phones, personal computers and tablets. Camera business is a fast shrinking business. Sony are keeping up be raising prices steeply. Samsung do not really have credible offering in photo despite the investment in positive reviews for their latest half baked camera

Direct link | Posted on Feb 22, 2015 at 18:30 UTC
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Kiril Karaatanasov: Canon are just trying to keep their loyalists away from Sony, Fuji, Olympus and Panasonic. So they do the minimum they can that will not jeopardize any of their DSLR sales.

What they all forget is Samsung. If Samsung do get serious and find the camera market interesting then Canon have a huge problem as do all the other japanese folks.

It shines from far away as half hearted attempt at mirroless. Look at M10 or A6000 - they are cheaper, better looking and have tons more functions....Canon just made nothing but can claim we have mirrorless for like 3 times the price of a similar product....joke

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2015 at 22:49 UTC

Canon are just trying to keep their loyalists away from Sony, Fuji, Olympus and Panasonic. So they do the minimum they can that will not jeopardize any of their DSLR sales.

What they all forget is Samsung. If Samsung do get serious and find the camera market interesting then Canon have a huge problem as do all the other japanese folks.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 11, 2015 at 20:07 UTC as 161st comment | 2 replies

Great move with the API. I will definitely check it out. If this thing sells in Europe I will get one just because of the API

Sony's cameras since nex-6 feature remote API too

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 06:59 UTC as 28th comment
On Samsung NX1 First Impressions Review preview (1430 comments in total)
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Kiril Karaatanasov: can you guys do sensor flare testing on cameras? Most mirrorless exhibit this problem. Well at least Sony and Fuji before a7s and may be X-T1. It is quite unpleasant with native lenses when shooting some very bright light like the sun.

Would be nice to know if Samsung avoid this with their larger flange distance

Here is an article on Fuji https://photographylife.com/fuji-x-trans-flare-ghosting-issue

I do not believe the problem is solved on any of the A7 cams entirely. Most people test this at night with weak light

Canon EOS-M http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=19214.0

And Olympus m43 https://photographylife.com/red-dot-flare-issue

DPReview should take this seriously and include it in tests.

I actually see three issues here

1. Some cameras have flare like behavior that is is with their native mirrorless lenses this is seen with weak light sources like artificial lights at night.

2. Modern phase detect cameras like a6000, M1 sometimes project their focusing sensor patterns from the sensor to the rear lens element and back on to your image in a magnified version.

3. In extreme bright light the flare or projection becomes a grid of reflections covering large area of the image with colored blotches

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2015 at 06:17 UTC
On Samsung NX1 First Impressions Review preview (1430 comments in total)

can you guys do sensor flare testing on cameras? Most mirrorless exhibit this problem. Well at least Sony and Fuji before a7s and may be X-T1. It is quite unpleasant with native lenses when shooting some very bright light like the sun.

Would be nice to know if Samsung avoid this with their larger flange distance

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2015 at 00:14 UTC as 29th comment | 2 replies

Did not Tamron notice that A7 Sony cameras except the A7 m2 lack built in stabilization ......there are not so many a99s floating around relative to the number of A7 cameras

Price and specs are very attractive. I would wait for a test or two to show up before buying. Seems a cheap affordable compromise lens rather than outstanding lens by the price tag.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 25, 2015 at 09:07 UTC as 9th comment | 6 replies
On Adobe details OS support for next version of Lightroom article (227 comments in total)
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Kiril Karaatanasov: Are we discussing 64 bit in 2015 for PCs? Phones in 2015 will turn 64 bit....

There is not a question about better or worse. 64 bit is the thing in PC for the past 10 years....where do you get 32 bit....like did not your 10 year old hard drive die to force an upgrade?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2015 at 20:41 UTC
On Adobe details OS support for next version of Lightroom article (227 comments in total)

Are we discussing 64 bit in 2015 for PCs? Phones in 2015 will turn 64 bit....

Direct link | Posted on Jan 22, 2015 at 21:58 UTC as 33rd comment | 6 replies
On Enthusiast mirrorless camera roundup (2014) article (310 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
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...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 50th 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 8th comment
On Sony launches support program for pro photographers article (115 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 (115 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 (115 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
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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
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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
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