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 article Pelican lightens up with Air cases (52 comments in total)
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Sirandar: I have a orange smallish Pelican case I have used for a while on bush trips.

The latches are kind of a pain, but water has never got inside. The lid is heavy enough that it can tip the whole case over and dump my camera over a cliff if careless. Yes it is way too heavy. Never dropped it from more than walking height but it doesn't seem likely to break.

The inside is a little cheap with the foamy cutouts but not sure if there is a better way.

I think making it lighter is probably a good idea. If I dropped my current case from height, the momentum of the camera components inside the case crashing against each other would probably destroy everything anyways ... foamies or no.

And I wouldn't use a Pellican case on a plane unless it never left my hands. May as well put a big sign saying "steal me" on it.

In Europe we have B&W cases, that superficially looks much the same, but the innards are pretty different. In most cases a soft inner box, with dividers that attach with Velcro tabs.

These never fall over, due to the weight of the lid, that's for sure, but they are otherwise just as sturdy.

Not sure if they come in as many variations as Pelikan, though.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2016 at 08:09 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Sony RX10 III (302 comments in total)
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kaiser soze: Dpreview: You're really getting on my nerves. What is the point of mentioning the "equivalent" f-number (f11). Have you all lost your senses? All this is going to do is cause confusion. All this is, in total, is a way of saying that the total amount of light captured is the same as it would be with a 35mm camera and a lens at f11. Why do you think that it is meaningful to point this out? I think it is bizarre.It has NOTHING to do with ANYTHING that matters. Nothing at all. The camera exposure value is the same as it would be 35mm camera and a lens at f4, correct? So it has no relevance to exposure settings, and the angle of view, expressed comparatively, is determined by the relative difference in sensor size, i.e., the "crop factor". So what is the point? I find it downright BIZARRE. You have simply come up with something that you think makes you look smart. It doesn't make me think you are smart. It makes me think you are a bunch of WEIRDOS.

Excellent summing up, Rishi!

Hope it clears the fog elsewhere!

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2016 at 08:31 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Sony RX10 III (302 comments in total)
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ashokvashisht: Wildlife shooters would love to see such a fixed lens camera with 100-600 zoom with a fast lens ? Is there a market for such a product ?

The V2 + the 70-300CX is an excellent kit for wildlife, loved for its good grip, fast AF, and that lens is just something extra! Can be had for a little over $1,000!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/128994023@N05/25145841946/in/photolist-Ej41K5

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2016 at 15:38 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Sony RX10 III (302 comments in total)
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ashokvashisht: Wildlife shooters would love to see such a fixed lens camera with 100-600 zoom with a fast lens ? Is there a market for such a product ?

The 70-300CX is an amazingly sharp lens, even in its long end, so I think it would beat the FZ1000 with ease. On the other hand, the J5 and the 70-300CX is a difficult mix, as you have no EVF, unless you invest in something expensive, like a Zacuto EVF!

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2016 at 23:27 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Sony RX10 III (302 comments in total)
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ashokvashisht: Wildlife shooters would love to see such a fixed lens camera with 100-600 zoom with a fast lens ? Is there a market for such a product ?

I am one of those that does that on occasion, although my 70-200 is a f/4.0! Love that combination though, so my DX gear gets very seldom any use! The 70-300CX is sharp wide open, all the way to 300mm (810mm equivalent), something I find utterly amazing. My wife was one of the very first buyers of the 70-300CX, and after a while I gave up and sold my longer lenses and ordered one for myself. I still got the 70-200/4.0G, and the Tamron 70-300 VC, which occasionally get used on the full frame camera, as it is so cheap that I would get very little if I sold it.

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2016 at 18:53 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Sony RX10 III (302 comments in total)
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orion1983: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ubergizmo/sets/72157666411691282
Full-size samples.
Look very good for a superzoom.
Don´t know where the sometimes lacking DR is coming from...but have no RX10s for comparison. However, a quick first-time-in-hands-shoot I suppose, and not RAW at all...
http://de.ubergizmo.com/2016/03/30/sony-cyber-shot-rx10-mark-iii-im-hands-on-test-fotos.html

None of these shots were taken in the long end, thus could as easily been taken with the RX10!

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2016 at 18:30 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Sony RX10 III (302 comments in total)
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kaiser soze: Dpreview: You're really getting on my nerves. What is the point of mentioning the "equivalent" f-number (f11). Have you all lost your senses? All this is going to do is cause confusion. All this is, in total, is a way of saying that the total amount of light captured is the same as it would be with a 35mm camera and a lens at f11. Why do you think that it is meaningful to point this out? I think it is bizarre.It has NOTHING to do with ANYTHING that matters. Nothing at all. The camera exposure value is the same as it would be 35mm camera and a lens at f4, correct? So it has no relevance to exposure settings, and the angle of view, expressed comparatively, is determined by the relative difference in sensor size, i.e., the "crop factor". So what is the point? I find it downright BIZARRE. You have simply come up with something that you think makes you look smart. It doesn't make me think you are smart. It makes me think you are a bunch of WEIRDOS.

Tony, yes it does help me a lot, having access to a couple of m43 cameras as well, and often we (the wife and I) use different cameras to shoot the same scenery, or animal.

A 800mm lens has a wafer-thin DOF at f/5.6, while the 70-300CX is totally simple to use at 810mm equivalent.

The 32/1.2 lens is an extreme lens, most suitable for studio settings, where I personally prefer using one of my 85s on my FX camera anyway.

Yes, equivalent aperture is to me a great help, as it gives me a hint of when a certain lens would be useful, and where it is not.

For someone only using one system it has really no useful function at all, as far as I can see!

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2016 at 18:21 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Sony RX10 III (302 comments in total)
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Donald B: Are you guys for real "compact" it weighs nearly as much as a 1.25 litre bottle of coke. could you imagine carrying that around your neck all day.

A Nikon V2 + a 70-300CX is a much lighter alternative, with an equivalent focal length of 189-810mm, with lightning-fast focus!

For the 24-200 equivalent bit you need to add another lens, though, like the 10-100.

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2016 at 14:23 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Sony RX10 III (302 comments in total)
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CameraLabTester: This is a capable camera, but Sony is churning out model after model of upgrades so fast that the buyers of the superseded models don't have enough time to enjoy fondling their high prized Tamagochis.

This also applies to Canon and Nikon who are obsessed with coming out with upgrades after upgrades with the slightest tweak of any feature.

Perhaps those are the burden of companies who try to innovate more than the competition, to translate it to increased sales and revenue.

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As technology moves forward, new models will arrive, not least due the need to keep the brand name in the news, and to keep the design department occupied.

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2016 at 14:19 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Sony RX10 III (302 comments in total)
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kaiser soze: Dpreview: You're really getting on my nerves. What is the point of mentioning the "equivalent" f-number (f11). Have you all lost your senses? All this is going to do is cause confusion. All this is, in total, is a way of saying that the total amount of light captured is the same as it would be with a 35mm camera and a lens at f11. Why do you think that it is meaningful to point this out? I think it is bizarre.It has NOTHING to do with ANYTHING that matters. Nothing at all. The camera exposure value is the same as it would be 35mm camera and a lens at f4, correct? So it has no relevance to exposure settings, and the angle of view, expressed comparatively, is determined by the relative difference in sensor size, i.e., the "crop factor". So what is the point? I find it downright BIZARRE. You have simply come up with something that you think makes you look smart. It doesn't make me think you are smart. It makes me think you are a bunch of WEIRDOS.

RStyga is right, and the DOF varying with the size of the sensor is a side effect of the focal length: A normal lens on a 1" sensor is 13mm, around 50 on a FX, and around 80 on a MF, right?!

So equivalent f-number is very relevant, say when you need a good DOF (depth of field), say doing macro shooting, and the light is restricted.

You can't get the DOF you need without using a much smaller aperture on a MF, or FX camera, which isn't always possible (unless you bringa lot of extra light, or use powerful flashes).

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2016 at 14:15 UTC
On article On assignment: the Leica Q at a Portland wedding (212 comments in total)

Surprisingly noisy images, considering the cost of the camera!

The portrait of the lady is very good, noise-wise!

And the dancing guys is great, too!

But the rest is very noisy, surprisingly bad!

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2016 at 11:54 UTC as 9th comment
On article Good genes: Samsung NX500 review posted (516 comments in total)

No longer in production, so how will the support from Samsung be?!

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2016 at 19:53 UTC as 9th comment
On article CP+ 2016: Pentax K-1 past and present (150 comments in total)
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belle100: Call me ignorance. I know Pentax produced some excellent MF since the film age. But I don't understand what's the fuss. Why is everybody here so excited about this Pentax FF?

This FF camera makes it possible to use old classic lenses (that naturally lack VR) with a very efficient anti-shake system (actually IBIS, but close to the same function). IBIS is extremely efficient at shorter focal lengths, and not quite as good at long focal lengths, but still a huge improvement, compared to none!

The reason I switched to Nikon was primarily the VR, and FX, but now, when Pentax has an excellent FX camera, with anti-shake, I am sure a lot will stay with Pentax! Too late for me, though!

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2016 at 13:09 UTC
On article History Repeating: Olympus PEN-F Review (1093 comments in total)
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PKDanny: Why not Full Frame???

I went to full frame after I found the Nikon APS-C cameras lacking. Not good for everything a FX camera is, of course, but the mix of FX and CX cameras is just the ideal mix for me.

Big dynamic range, that's what FX is all about, while small sensors give you long focal lengths at low cost.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2016 at 23:38 UTC
On article History Repeating: Olympus PEN-F Review (1093 comments in total)
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odpisan: I am looking for a small, light camera with good abilities. "Oly" was my 1st serious photocamera 40 years ago .. but now Pentax is in the game. I hardly wait the comparison with Pentax K S2 which is 50% of price .. or even K3 II for the same money (in spite of that K3 II is pretty havy & clumsy). Yesss it looks very good ... fabulous. Love it.

I used to be a Pentax fan, with twenty lenses, or so, almost all the latest, but then Pentax produced the K-01 and I started to question the company's board of directors sanity.

And, through Sony NEX-5N, found that other cameras had much less problem with noise, and even a tiny Nikon 1 V1 produces files with less noise than my dear Pentax cameras, using a sensor roughly a quarter the size of the Pentax's.

So now I use a Nikon FX, and a couple of Nikon 1 cameras. Truly delighted!

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2016 at 23:34 UTC
On article History Repeating: Olympus PEN-F Review (1093 comments in total)
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attomole: I don't think any camera manufactures are making cameras as good as Panasonic and Olympus are doing with MFT. for me its the best system out there, this looks another brilliant little camera. and I want one, The only downside is the performance of the optical rail, the lenses and sensor combination, Particularly Sony and Nikon APSC and for sure full frame are clearly ahead on DR, Noise and resolution. such that I end up wanting both a MFT and full frame system. Oh heck!

That's roughly why I ended up with CX and FX cameras! CX for macro and long focal lengths, and FX for the rest!

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2016 at 23:12 UTC
On article History Repeating: Olympus PEN-F Review (1093 comments in total)
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Tord S Eriksson: Never in my life have I seen less inspiring sample shots, bar one or two of the cats, and a couple of the B&Ws. The rest feel flat, and grey, and/or underexposed.

Can't believe the camera is responsible for such uninspiring photos, but I might be wrong.

So for now, it will stay in the ' possible purchase' tray, not the 'want one now!'.

Seattle is far south of where I live (in Sweden), but such dull images is not the hallmark of any photographers around here that I know of.

It is at least as overcast here, as in Seattle, and as wet, but these images do not make anyone buy a Pen-F!

Not even the P&S guys!

Except a catter, maybe?!

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2016 at 21:34 UTC
On article History Repeating: Olympus PEN-F Review (1093 comments in total)

Never in my life have I seen less inspiring sample shots, bar one or two of the cats, and a couple of the B&Ws. The rest feel flat, and grey, and/or underexposed.

Can't believe the camera is responsible for such uninspiring photos, but I might be wrong.

So for now, it will stay in the ' possible purchase' tray, not the 'want one now!'.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2016 at 11:33 UTC as 268th comment | 4 replies
On article Primer: Why would I buy a mirrorless camera? (571 comments in total)
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Serious Sam: I had three mirrorless before I brought my first Nikon. I don’t know about expensive model like A7Rii but I can guarantee you 100% that my D5500 focus faster and more accurate than my A6000 and X-T1. If you are just playing mirrorless is ok, just bot for people that is doing a job. DSLR is still the way to go.

Then there is the “system” cost issue. In Australia I can get a D610 +2 Tamron 2.8 zooms for just over 3.5K. Now try that with an A7, there is no 2.8 zooms and the primes cost an arm and leg. To compare this direct, A D610 + the three 1.8 primes will cost just under 3K AU$. Try that with an A7, You will have a body and a 1.8 lens then your budget is almost gone.

Finally noise performance, if we look at DPR studio test scene, on a equivalent priced model comparison, Nikon is doing way better even they often have the same or similar Sony sensor. Yes A7S and A7Sii is exceptional but apart from those two, the others are really so so in terms of high ISO performance.

The D5500 is on the peak of over 50 years of Nikon (D)SLR refinement. So no surprise it is more up-to-date than a system that started just a few years ago!

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2015 at 12:43 UTC
On article Primer: Why would I buy a mirrorless camera? (571 comments in total)
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Tieu Ngao: I'm still waiting for a camera (with or without mirror) with at least APS-C sensor, fast AF tracking, and a zoom lens 200-600mm f/4, total weight of less than 3 lbs, and costs $2000 or less, for birds, wildlife and sports.
I already have Nikon D750 and several lenses for everything else.

With some difficulty, the manufacturers manage to make cameras like that with a 1" sensor (roughly a 4th of an APS-C), and they weight about two pounds. Possibly possible to insert a APS-C in a similar camera, but then digital zooming would be part of the solution. As getting compact with an APS-C-sized sensor at 600mm, that will never become a reality!

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2015 at 11:33 UTC
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