PIX 2015
Tord S Eriksson

Tord S Eriksson

Lives in Sweden Gothenburg, Sweden
Works as a bus driver/retired
Joined on Jul 3, 2003
About me:

Like to draw, paint, and photograph nature, and identified
flying 'objects', like the moon, bumblebees, aircraft, and, not least, birds!

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On Gitzo introduces three new Center Ball Heads article (40 comments in total)
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abi170845: Rrs makes the best tripid today.so does flm and feisol.

Depends really on how much you want to spend! The Berlebach Mini tripod is the best small tripod I've used, in short: superb, at a very friendly price (and low weight), while my own bigger, even more rugged, tripods are all Gitzo!

Bought my first Gitzo in the 70's!

Sold my first one a couple of years ago, but it is still in use!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 16, 2015 at 14:37 UTC
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Satyaa: Do these third party lenses work with FT-1 adapter on Nikon 1 bodies?
With this size, price point and zoom range, it would be a very useful lens for that purpose if it worked.

Some Tamron zooms do, some don't.

Sadly, you have to try it yourself!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 6, 2015 at 21:50 UTC
On Quick Review: PhotoKeeper article (101 comments in total)
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rrr_hhh: Personally, I don't see much advantages in such a server :

1) uploading originals is going to take eons, given that the internet providers allows fast download, but only very slow upload (about 10 to 1).

2) I don't like the idea to store all my pictures on foreign servers, I prefer to have them on my own server (Sinology is perfect for that).

3) for sharing some downsampled jpeg images there are already good and even free sites, like Microsoft OneDrive, or Flickr, or Google, etc.

4) for back up, an external HDD of 2T costs about the same as the annual fee for that service.

Nowadays, all main brands are competing to get your personal data (pictures, files, emails etc.) stored on their servers. Once you do, you become captive of them and they can increase prices.

I vote against storing my own data and pictures outside of my home/office. We have enough governmental agencies sniffing around and monitoring our (virtual) lives.. I don't want to give them easy access to the rest..

Neatandclean seems to forget that unless recharged solid-state items forget what info they have stored onboard, the reason there is a battery in every computer, to keep the boot electronics alive! When that battery dies everything else dies!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 6, 2015 at 20:33 UTC
On Canon warns about dangers of counterfeit camera gear article (153 comments in total)
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Michael J Davis: Batteries, eh? That's trying too hard. I only buy batteries from Amazon that are claimed to be compatible with my cameras. So far they've worked fine.

What does DPR think I should do?

Mike

Thanks for the info, Falconeyes!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 4, 2015 at 22:39 UTC
On Canon warns about dangers of counterfeit camera gear article (153 comments in total)
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Michael J Davis: Batteries, eh? That's trying too hard. I only buy batteries from Amazon that are claimed to be compatible with my cameras. So far they've worked fine.

What does DPR think I should do?

Mike

As amazon owns DPReview I think they are very pleased! I too only buy originals, or other brands from Amazon.

I have only had problems with Hähnel, a supposedly good German brand!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2015 at 22:01 UTC
On Beyond the table top: 5 mini tripods reviewed article (177 comments in total)
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Tord S Eriksson: The Berlebach Mini Tripod, with levelling head is nothing but superb:
http://www.berlebach.de/?bereich=details&id=98&sprache=english

I bought the big brother of this tripod, which is OK, but that isn't as outstandingly rigid as this little fella, which weighs about two pounds.

So when my wife was looking for a small tripod, I recommended this one, then an unknown entity, and I was proved right. Extremely sturdy, and isn't ice-cold to hold even when its frost outside!

And it doesn't cost a lot, either (B&H got them as well).

I got the 2032 as well!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2015 at 20:11 UTC
On Beyond the table top: 5 mini tripods reviewed article (177 comments in total)

The Berlebach Mini Tripod, with levelling head is nothing but superb:
http://www.berlebach.de/?bereich=details&id=98&sprache=english

I bought the big brother of this tripod, which is OK, but that isn't as outstandingly rigid as this little fella, which weighs about two pounds.

So when my wife was looking for a small tripod, I recommended this one, then an unknown entity, and I was proved right. Extremely sturdy, and isn't ice-cold to hold even when its frost outside!

And it doesn't cost a lot, either (B&H got them as well).

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2015 at 07:48 UTC as 39th comment | 2 replies

Taylor Swift's contract is clearly unconscionable, thus null and void:

“An unconscionable contract is one that is so one-sided that it is unfair to one party and therefore unenforceable under law. It is a type of contract that leaves one party with no real, meaningful choice, usually due to major differences in bargaining power between the parties.”

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2015 at 06:57 UTC as 24th comment
On _DSC1703 photo in Tord S Eriksson's photo gallery (2 comments in total)

No post-processing at all!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2015 at 04:42 UTC as 1st comment
On Ricoh GR II: What's new and what does it mean? article (206 comments in total)

Unfortunate formulation:

"maximum shooting rate of 4fps (up from 4 on the previous model)."

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2015 at 09:36 UTC as 30th comment
On Tamron 16-300mm Di II VC PZD real-world samples article (111 comments in total)
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MarioV: A rather ordinary effort by Tamron.

I really wanted to like this lens, but the image quality is "ok" only if viewed at normal screen size (maximum pixel density) or reduced size.

Nothing compelling enough to make me want to upgrade from the Sigma 18-250 macro.

Con't!

At Amazon you can get the two for around $1000!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 15, 2015 at 08:43 UTC
On Tamron 16-300mm Di II VC PZD real-world samples article (111 comments in total)
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MarioV: A rather ordinary effort by Tamron.

I really wanted to like this lens, but the image quality is "ok" only if viewed at normal screen size (maximum pixel density) or reduced size.

Nothing compelling enough to make me want to upgrade from the Sigma 18-250 macro.

Con't.

Anyway, this plus an entirely modernised lens (latest lens coatings, water-proofing, and exterior improvements, thus a lens useable in bad weather, which is flare resistant, and feels like a quality lens, although it is mostly plastic).

So what, you might ask. Well, the boosted processor, combined with the simplified SR (shake Reduction) system led to an amazingly nimble camera/lens combination!

This is the best lens/camera I have used for BIF (birds in flight), and I've owned a few, from K-5s with big Sigmas, to D600 with 80-400 VR, plus I often use my V2 with a 70-300CX, an outstanding lens, but none of these combos are easy to use if you like shooting birds in flight.

In short, if you want a light, fast system for 80-450mm (in FX terms) there is none better I know of.

No, I don't own this kit, nor am I a Pentax user myself, but I've been impressed, and I have at times used it, and keep an eye at Pentax Forum's discussion forums.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 15, 2015 at 08:37 UTC
On Tamron 16-300mm Di II VC PZD real-world samples article (111 comments in total)
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MarioV: A rather ordinary effort by Tamron.

I really wanted to like this lens, but the image quality is "ok" only if viewed at normal screen size (maximum pixel density) or reduced size.

Nothing compelling enough to make me want to upgrade from the Sigma 18-250 macro.

Just my 2 cents. I have found that the Tamron 70-300 VC is a bit better than the Nikon 70-300 VR in their long end, so I sold the latter.

For those adventuresome there is a great alternative: K-30/K-50 + the HD DA55-300 (note: NOT the DA55-300, you need the HD version!).

What, what, you might say. Another camera, and another lens?!

Yes, you buy these two (there is internally no difference between the K-30 and the K-50, it is just cosmetics), and you'll have a light, water-proof kit (around a kilogram, in total), with amazing performance.

Why is that, you might ask. According to Pentax Forum's experts the designers at Pentax/Ricoh decided to upgrade the K-r, so they used what they had available: a well proven sensor, and a lot of new processors (bought for the K-3 production line). They deleted a few pro functions to cut costs, like using a simpler anti-shake system than that you'll find in the K-3, pretty much like the one you'll find in the E-M10, which is a subset of the E-M5's.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 15, 2015 at 08:28 UTC

I eventually sold mine, and got myself the 70-200/4.0G instead.

The 80-400 was great till around 300mm, but eventually, checking though my images taken with it, all that were superb were taken in the 100-200mm range, with TC, and without.

So why carry that half a kilogram heavier lens, when the 70-200 is sharper?!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 13, 2015 at 22:23 UTC as 3rd comment
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shaocaholica: People are still using Aperture???

Very much so! Works well with all my cameras, and all my wife's!
Often better results than with the latest LR, but I also use DxO Optics Pro 10, essential if you use 1" sensors, or smaller.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 3, 2015 at 19:20 UTC
On Hartblei Superrotator Macro 120mm F4 TS review preview (1 comment in total)

Hartblei superrotators have been out of production for quite a while, according to their site. The company's Kiev cameras, and the Hartblei 1008, seems still be available, though!

Direct link | Posted on May 14, 2015 at 09:19 UTC as 1st comment
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Tord S Eriksson: @Smiler,

I think it a bit like cars: very many use the same engine, but you can hardly say that any Volvo have been the same as a VW, even if they shared the engine, or that a Saab is a Triumph, even if the engine they used sometimes was exactly the same.

A modern camera has four basic parts: the body, the sensor, the firmware, and, finally, the processor (which we customers have even less knowledge of, it can't be so that every camera maker has its own processor-making plant),

Slight variations of these basic parts affects the end result a lot!

Pentax seem to use the same sensor for years, and still the end results differ a lot, and I think Olympus has done the same.

Pretty sure DPReview jumps a lot of models till they find something they find interesting, although some model series get a lot of coverage, like the A7 series, the 5D, and the RX100, variations!

Thanks for clearing that up.

Very far from my world, anyway!

Direct link | Posted on May 6, 2015 at 16:18 UTC
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Tord S Eriksson: @Smiler,

I think it a bit like cars: very many use the same engine, but you can hardly say that any Volvo have been the same as a VW, even if they shared the engine, or that a Saab is a Triumph, even if the engine they used sometimes was exactly the same.

A modern camera has four basic parts: the body, the sensor, the firmware, and, finally, the processor (which we customers have even less knowledge of, it can't be so that every camera maker has its own processor-making plant),

Slight variations of these basic parts affects the end result a lot!

Pentax seem to use the same sensor for years, and still the end results differ a lot, and I think Olympus has done the same.

Pretty sure DPReview jumps a lot of models till they find something they find interesting, although some model series get a lot of coverage, like the A7 series, the 5D, and the RX100, variations!

Although my name is Eriksson, it has nothing to do with Ericsson, although that had been nice, writing clever words about the latest Ericsson stuff here and getting paid to do it.

Actually I haven't even an Ericsson phone, but I have had some Sony stuff, for some time, like a PS3!

Ericsson used to have tens of thousands of employees in this town of mine, but the phone part is gone, and the defence part is now SAAB.

They have a few employees left here, but what they actually do I have no idea.

My buses are all made by Volvo, and I am a pro bus driver. In younger days I was an illustrator, journalist, and editor-in-chief (sadly, magazines tend to close down nowadays, don't they?! And thus ended my connection to media).

Direct link | Posted on May 6, 2015 at 15:15 UTC
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MikeStern: Dear Lars,
I suggest you to reword and recompose your writing.

- In proper article writing, you are supposed use the word "earned" instead of "owed".
- Also, your starting paragraph is quite depressing to begin with. After such a headline for an article, do not bring everybody down right away by giving us, the readers, negative profile of the company with competitors names. This is all true but save it for later in the article. The proper beginning should be, you explaining the headline you chose first. The second paragraph would be much better to start the article.

I hope it's not too late for you to edit. Then feel free to delete this message.

I too have been an editor, and I agree fully. Only weak writers oppose someone editing their text!

Direct link | Posted on May 5, 2015 at 12:56 UTC
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Tord S Eriksson: @Smiler,

I think it a bit like cars: very many use the same engine, but you can hardly say that any Volvo have been the same as a VW, even if they shared the engine, or that a Saab is a Triumph, even if the engine they used sometimes was exactly the same.

A modern camera has four basic parts: the body, the sensor, the firmware, and, finally, the processor (which we customers have even less knowledge of, it can't be so that every camera maker has its own processor-making plant),

Slight variations of these basic parts affects the end result a lot!

Pentax seem to use the same sensor for years, and still the end results differ a lot, and I think Olympus has done the same.

Pretty sure DPReview jumps a lot of models till they find something they find interesting, although some model series get a lot of coverage, like the A7 series, the 5D, and the RX100, variations!

Olymore,

As a young kid I was a bit of a acoustics nerd, and then, due to less income, and other interests fell totally out of it.

20 years later much had changed (my gear is still around, as are my speakers, but just used in the bedroom).

But then I met my wife, and found that her gear was falling to pieces (speakers tend to do that after over 25 years of use).

What to do?

Read about what was the up-to-date gear to have, and learned the names of a few brands.

Eventually went to a local shop that just carries speakers and amplifiers, and just listened. To the cheapest gear they had that suited our ears, and then just moved one tier up. So basic + 1, one could say.

5.1 sound, very up-to-date!

Then the 'old' transceiver went, too!

The new transceiver supported 7.1, so we upgraded the front speakers, the base, and the center speaker. More watts!

Eventually a world-famous audiofile came visiting, who, after having listened a while, said, smilingly: 'Great sound, I enjoy that!'

Direct link | Posted on May 5, 2015 at 12:54 UTC
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