Kiril Karaatanasov

Kiril Karaatanasov

Lives in Bulgaria Bulgaria
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Joined on Mar 31, 2006

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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 6th comment | 4 replies
On Sony Alpha a7 II Review preview (796 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 (796 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 (796 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 (796 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 (796 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 (796 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
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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
On Sony Alpha a7 II Review preview (796 comments in total)

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.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 31, 2015 at 19:35 UTC as 180th comment | 5 replies
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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 164th 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 (1444 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 (1444 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 36th 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 (229 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
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