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 Drone lighting could be coming soon to your studio article (129 comments in total)
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falconeyes: This is what *research* at most-famous US lab MIT looks like? Toy projects which would be classified "product development" in any small engineering company in any developed country?

To remind people what research is about and why it is worth to spend public money on it: It is all about to push the enveloppe of what is understood, known and feasible. A copter-based flash was feasible years ago.

If this is how the best photos are taken by the photographer involved, I feel very sorry for the future of photography!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2014 at 21:47 UTC
On Drone lighting could be coming soon to your studio article (129 comments in total)
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marc petzold: At first, it sounds nice, but after thinking a second about it...i'd say, the use into a studio is limited...the model could be distracted by the flying drone....the noise...then there we have the limited flight time (usually 8 to 15 mins), then there is the limited weight the drone could lift, and depending how powerful the flashlight/strobe is...well, it sounds yet as a toy project, but is research at the world-famous MIT...so perhaps in a couple years it might become reality...

Wonder who thought up the subject to begin with?! The US Army maybe, using IR-floodlights on drones to illuminate the targets for their snipers?!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2014 at 21:45 UTC
On Drone lighting could be coming soon to your studio article (129 comments in total)
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Dheorl: Once you get to the point it's completely silent, you can say "to the left a bit and two stops down" and it never malfunctions it might be good. Until that point assistants win.

Also what happens when you want to you something other than a speedlight or want to use a modifier. Imagine how big a drone you'd need to carry a studio strobe and a 4 ft soft box off centre so it can clear the blade and not disturb the flight. The thing will be an 8 rotor monster. Interesting as a demonstration, and I'm sure the technology that comes out of it will be useful elsewhere, but I can't see it taking off in a photography studio.

Better hire a Chinook to begin with!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2014 at 21:42 UTC
On Drone lighting could be coming soon to your studio article (129 comments in total)
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Photomonkey: Oh! the joyful buzz of the photo drone...

The screaming drone rotors, you mean ;-)!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2014 at 21:41 UTC
On Drone lighting could be coming soon to your studio article (129 comments in total)
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Apewithacamera: Apparently, drones are great for taking landscape photos at public beaches. Who's getting theirs?

Are they legal to be sued like that on a public beach?!

I doubt that is the case anywhere, for numerous reasons, from the dangers involved, to incursion into people's private lives.

I wouldn't be surprised if it is only the authorities that are allowed to do such things, in most countries, anyway.

In the UK a guy flew his camera-equipped drone near a military installation when it went out of control and got fined over $5,000! In most countries you need a permit, to begin with, and then follow the regulations!

And you need to have a good insurance as well!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2014 at 21:39 UTC
On Drone lighting could be coming soon to your studio article (129 comments in total)

'Drone lighting could be coming soon to your studio'

Seems there is a total lack of real news at DPreview just now so they dig up whatever they can find in their wastebasket!

What about the noise, what about the studio's insurance, does it really cover models being sliced, cut, and minced by a drone?! Or models having gotten tinnitus from the infernal racket?!

I love drones, and RC planes in general, but one that is totally controlled by a computer is an insurer's nightmare! Are they even legal to use in a studio?! What does the EPA say?!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2014 at 21:28 UTC as 22nd comment | 1 reply
On Drone lighting could be coming soon to your studio article (129 comments in total)
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Artpt: Cool....the underlying value is how robots can adapt to movement patterns and body position.....for a studio, applying a zero-point scooter and pneumatic lift with these algorithms would likely be more accepted in a closed space...

My point here is that the core technology can have an unprecedented impact when placed on a blank and open application canvas and given the room to grow...

FYI...Kleinrock, J.C.R. Licklider and Lawrence Roberts of MIT presented the first packet the first packet switched network in 1969....in 1971 it was conceived that the packets could be a form of electronic mailing to a growing number of universities......yadda...yadda...

DPR, please continue to push your boundaries and expand interests with other audiences...please also consult with MIT to create an app for your site...to filter out all the distracting negative comments....the humorous ones I would leave intact...those are fun read over...

Why not a little RC car carrying the stuff instead of a noisy drone?! Potentially dangerous as well!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2014 at 21:21 UTC
On Drone lighting could be coming soon to your studio article (129 comments in total)
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Marty4650: In the future, one drone will take a photo, of another drone acting as the model, while a third drone hovers around with the lights.

You can file this nonsense under "we did it to prove it could be done, and we think it is very cool."

The fourth drone takes the video!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2014 at 21:19 UTC
On Drone lighting could be coming soon to your studio article (129 comments in total)
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Scottelly: I wonder how they're going to mount the softbox.

A white airship with a LED array inside would make a perfect softbox!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2014 at 21:18 UTC
On Drone lighting could be coming soon to your studio article (129 comments in total)
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bgbs: Wow I pitch that idea a year ago, and look its finally coming to fruition.

Where did you pitch it?!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2014 at 21:17 UTC
On Drone lighting could be coming soon to your studio article (129 comments in total)
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citizenlouie: This is more useful to me than a drone camera. I like the fact it tracks my position instead of me having to control just one more equipment. Always hate off-the-camera flash, because the need to carry one more tripod. (imagine this and do a 4-hour hiking). This should be interesting, if affordable then I might get one. Great new use of drone. Wish I could have thought of that.

This drone here was connected with a cord to the mains, to power the lamp (I guess), and you need a computer as well, another big weight (a generator would break your back, to begin with).

Not very portable I'd say!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2014 at 21:17 UTC
On Drone lighting could be coming soon to your studio article (129 comments in total)
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Vitruvius: If you have ever been close to one of these (and the model obviosly would be) you would know how incredibly loud they are, not to mention the obvious danger of getteing seriously injury from the blades. And you will be changing batteries every 20 to 30 minutes. Otherwise great idea though.

These guys were connected by a cord, so batteries not needed!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2014 at 21:13 UTC
On Drone lighting could be coming soon to your studio article (129 comments in total)

Oh, I see it now: Obama surrounded by whirring drones, each carrying a torch, to light up the president, each connected to 'his' own photographer, and then hell breaks loose as the drones crash into each other!

Why not use a regular studio lighting?! Soundless, not very dangerous (drones can go out of control easily, shedding propeller blades in the process!).

LED panels are even better, come to think of it!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2014 at 21:12 UTC as 23rd comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1267 comments in total)
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trunksye: Why wouldn't one choose a combo like: Olympus M43+ lens 75-300mm? That's 150-600mm equivalent. I know there is this aperture factor, but the large sensor and better iso compensate a bit for this. And you get the flexibility of switching lens...

Yeah, for me the FZ1000 seems to be a better offer than the RX10, even if the RX10 has a classy feeling!

I do very little video, I hasten to add!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2014 at 10:15 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1267 comments in total)
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Markol: I've been a huge fan of Jeff for many years but the final thoughts he put together destroy much of his reputation IMHO.
While I'm not at all against this camera, an enthusiast would never argue that he doesn't print large anyway so the inferior IQ is ok when going on a once in a lifetime holiday.
But amazon will be happy with the text, that's for sure.

I've ended up with a mix I like, using 18-1080mm (equivalent) lenses on my Nikon 1 system in good light (including under a clear sky after sunset), but switching to my FX camera in low light, high contrast, situations. And for landscape, if that is my mission of the day!

Inferior IQ is often claimed for the 1" cameras, but the stunningly good shots I've taken, and other people take, with the new 70-300CX, simply isn't possible with any FX gear a non-millionaire can afford (where can you buy a 200-800 lens, to begin with, at any price?!).

And well treated, including some PP, the new V3 has shown to be a very good performer, with little noise up to ISO 3200.

I've handled the RX10, but, sadly, that was tiring to carry round (the grip wasn't made for my hand, that's for sure), and I prefer to be able to clean the dust off the sensor myself, not paying a lot for someone else to do it for me (how much would that cost for a RX10, a couple of hundred dollars — probably more?!).

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2014 at 10:00 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1267 comments in total)
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beavertown: LOL!

Another 1" camera's IQ beats the shxt out of the V3.

Only idiots buy the V3 for 1200 bucks.

OH?! So this is sh*t IQ?!

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/53972239?image=0

and the following images ...

I think not!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2014 at 09:11 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1267 comments in total)
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trunksye: Why wouldn't one choose a combo like: Olympus M43+ lens 75-300mm? That's 150-600mm equivalent. I know there is this aperture factor, but the large sensor and better iso compensate a bit for this. And you get the flexibility of switching lens...

My wife had that lens, with her E-M5, and the number of correctly focused shots was so low that she upgraded to a Pentax K-30 + HD DA55-300, a superb combination, with very fast, and correct focus, all the time! The latter combination costs as much as she paid for the Olympus lens alone (since reduced in price). Perfect BIF (birds in flight) package!

The Nikon V3 and the 70-300CX (aka 1 VR 70-300) runs rings around both, but that is a costlier combination! But it is also a 200-800 equivalent lens, and superbly sharp!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2014 at 09:06 UTC
On _DSC4085 photo in Tord S Eriksson's photo gallery (3 comments in total)
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Miki Nemeth: Hey Tord,
This is a very interesting photo. I taped the flash-shoe lid exactly like you. What make of WIDE lens did you put on your 10mm lens? How do you like it? You have the 6.7–13mm either? Which one is better?
I am very much interested in your story that led You to buy a D600. As far as I understood, you had the V1 and you liked it so much that, you bought the FT-1 adapter and FX lenses, then a D600 as complementary body for your V1. Right?
All the Best and Thank You,
Miki

And the wide adapter is a Panasonic DMW-GWC1, which is taped directly to the front of the 10 lens (without the quick-change adaters that came with the Panasonic lens), as then the lens ends up to far from the 10. As a washer in-between I used a 49-52mm step ring (not screwed into anything)! Works great!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2014 at 08:25 UTC
On _DSC4085 photo in Tord S Eriksson's photo gallery (3 comments in total)
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Miki Nemeth: Hey Tord,
This is a very interesting photo. I taped the flash-shoe lid exactly like you. What make of WIDE lens did you put on your 10mm lens? How do you like it? You have the 6.7–13mm either? Which one is better?
I am very much interested in your story that led You to buy a D600. As far as I understood, you had the V1 and you liked it so much that, you bought the FT-1 adapter and FX lenses, then a D600 as complementary body for your V1. Right?
All the Best and Thank You,
Miki

Hi,

Not often I check my gallery, sorry about the tardy response!

First, yes, that's the way it was: I got the V1 (now a V2 as well), and that slowly progressed to a D3200 (didn't really like it) and ended up with a D600! Sold almost all my Pentax stuff to finance the deal, not sorry for a bit!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 9, 2014 at 07:59 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (432 comments in total)
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kadardr: Why do I like the Nikon 1 system? It has a unique mix of characteristics.
1. Unobtrusive design, pretends to be a small P&S. No attention drawer.
2. Totally noiseless operation with the electronic shutter. Stealth shooting, great candids.
3. Blazing fast AF, which is also very accurate, if you choose the right method depending on the situation. (actually the small sensor does not require the accuracy of an FX system)
4.Bewilderingly fast burst mode.
5. Great lenses. My favorites are the 18.5mm, 30-110mm and the 6.7- 13mm.
6. Great video. I use it for GIF making only.
7. Great raw quality. Great colors, sharpness and all. Very intuitive UI (even the V1).

Nikon 1s are the all time companion camera to me. I will get the V3 for sure.

Chris Kramer 1,

Being both a NEX user, and a Nikon V user (V1 & V2), there is a hell of a difference. Most good E Mount (aka NEX) lenses do not have any OIS/VR/SR, or whatever you call it, so shutter shake is a big problem! And the shutter shake is very evident, no doubt about that. The V series cameras (and the the rest of the Nikon 1 cameras) are totally silent, vibration-less, and discreet.

The vibration from the shutter in the NEX, the a6000, and the a7R, is the main reason why they are not a smashing success! The a7s is much better, using the same tricks as the V series ;-)!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 5, 2014 at 16:48 UTC
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