oscarvdvelde

Lives in Spain Prov. of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Works as a thunderstorm & lightning researcher
Joined on Apr 29, 2006

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Well, almost all pages nowadays look alike. The DPR light scheme with dark top is hard to distinguish from Canonrumors, for example. Those who like to get a break from the ubiquitous sea of bright pixels have few options. Thanks for keeping the dark theme!

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2016 at 22:51 UTC as 127th comment
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1179 comments in total)
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rrccad: so how is this a game changer?

it's certainly well priced. it's a mirrorless camera with greater than full frame sensor, less than a 645 sensor size, no articulating screen, with difficult lens adaptability.

because it doesn't have a mirror it's a game changer?

umm why?

It is the lightest "fuller frame" camera which till now only had optical viewfinders.
It may be a game changer, but very few can play the game.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 14:52 UTC
On article Hasselblad to announce 'game changer' next week (455 comments in total)

It's either a mirrorless X-Pan using a double full frame sensor, or just a Sony a7 with wooden grip and golden buttons.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2016 at 23:01 UTC as 169th comment
On article Bolt-on 21: Fujifilm WCL-X70 sample images (54 comments in total)
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GabrielZ: Everybody's saying the quality is great. But look at the photo above, the one before you click on the 'View our gallery...' Look at the extreme distortion of the house and telephone pole. They're both literally leaning over!

GabrielZ that is what ultra wide angle is supposed to do in order to remain a rectilinear lens without distortion. It has nothing to do with optical quality.

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2016 at 00:40 UTC
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ovatab: the ladies will be able to fix their makeup in total darkness

Only if you can actually see any difference between makeup and skin in the near-infrared range.

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2016 at 14:54 UTC
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fPrime: Very in tune with the trend in lens design these days... big, heavy, sharp, and well corrected but with relatively flat, characterless rendering.

Carl Zeiss lenses are often said to have a 3D effect. They combine great microcontrast with huge light falloff toward the edges, stronger than any other brand, so perhaps this is important to achieve that 3D effect.

Link | Posted on May 19, 2016 at 21:42 UTC
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Old Cameras: I wonder what the design life is for these very complex lenses. Lenses used to be pretty simply and were strictly mechanical and all or mostly metal. A cell phone, for example, doesn't really have a useful life of more than 4 years - and that would be an old phone. But lenses are traditionally thought of as long term investments that hold their value better than, say, a camera body. Any of these lenses, after a few years and perhaps after being discontinued from production, might be one good "thud" away from becoming completely worthless. Especially if repair is either unavailable or prohibitively expensive.

Hmm okay. I had hoped that they studied half a century of lens technology to know how to build robust designs.

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2016 at 18:01 UTC
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Old Cameras: I wonder what the design life is for these very complex lenses. Lenses used to be pretty simply and were strictly mechanical and all or mostly metal. A cell phone, for example, doesn't really have a useful life of more than 4 years - and that would be an old phone. But lenses are traditionally thought of as long term investments that hold their value better than, say, a camera body. Any of these lenses, after a few years and perhaps after being discontinued from production, might be one good "thud" away from becoming completely worthless. Especially if repair is either unavailable or prohibitively expensive.

At least Samyang's manual focus will not break. The lenses that use electronics to drive focus even manually are bricked once the electrical system fails or when the mount is no longer supported.

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2016 at 09:44 UTC

It looks huge on the outside yet fits only 3 items with a lot of useless space above them.

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2016 at 13:41 UTC as 68th comment
On article Zeiss unveils super-wide Batis 18mm F2.8 (176 comments in total)
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FuhTeng: E-mount ain't got no lenses! I need me a wide angle prime to shoot my cats from 6 inches, this just won't do for my needs! And who thinks f/2.8 is acceptable for wideangle! I demand a 16 mm, 4 inch minimum focal length f/1.4 lens!

he asked for 16mm F1.4 and E-mount also includes APS-C format, so there you go.

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2016 at 01:33 UTC
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oscarvdvelde: These "soap bubbles" look dense and not very 3D.

Yes indeed. But why do they not choose sample images that show the best the lens is supposedly capable of?

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2016 at 22:10 UTC

These "soap bubbles" look dense and not very 3D.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2016 at 21:52 UTC as 22nd comment | 2 replies

and astronaut Tim Peake takes the better photographs with it: https://www.flickr.com/photos/timpeake

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2016 at 21:37 UTC as 45th comment | 4 replies
On article Zeiss unveils super-wide Batis 18mm F2.8 (176 comments in total)
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FuhTeng: E-mount ain't got no lenses! I need me a wide angle prime to shoot my cats from 6 inches, this just won't do for my needs! And who thinks f/2.8 is acceptable for wideangle! I demand a 16 mm, 4 inch minimum focal length f/1.4 lens!

Switch to Fuji ;)

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2016 at 15:20 UTC
On article Swirly bokeh: Lensbaby announces Twist 60 lens (120 comments in total)
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photophile: The dog picture made me feel like I had just just fallen off one of those playground roundabouts - which some older kid had started to turn really fast! So yep - the effect is a bit stomach-churning. Wonder if you can control the extent of swirl.

Same here. I have liked swirly bokeh photos from vintage lenses, but these are too much for my brain and stomach to cope with...

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2016 at 16:19 UTC

Interesting how the sample image on the right also has a darker sea.
And a reduced microcontrast.

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2016 at 22:04 UTC as 23rd comment
On article Beta: try out our new 'light' color scheme (722 comments in total)

Good that it will be a switch. I like dark tones, it is relaxing to the eyes among all the white pages, documents, email software and file manager windows. Especially at night when humans should avoid exposure to doses of (blue) light which suppresses melatonin release. If you correct color and brightness using software like f.lux, white pages look like ugly yellowed old newspapers.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2016 at 12:51 UTC as 410th comment
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Imakefoto4U: Frickr is okay mainly because there aren't any other sharing sites that are better to participate in. You used to have to pay to post anything larger than 2048 pixels. Now it is 'unlimited' so paying doesn't give you much except statistics. There should be a way to run it at a profit and keep members happy or at least satisfied.
The one annoying thing to me is that the majority of members disable downloading so the largest you can see is 2048. That isn't wide enough for panoramas. If they can solve the sharing restrictions it will be great.

a Pro account used to be worth for keeping your older posted photos visible for anyone. The free account was hiding them after a few months. So, I'm still a paying member, but I now don't know why I would need to renew. Only for stats? Because ads I block anyway. I'm afraid Yahoo doesn't get any longer revenue from Flickr.

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2016 at 22:45 UTC

Perhaps marry Flickr with Vimeo. The style is already very similar.

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2016 at 14:43 UTC as 33rd comment
On article Quick Look: Parallelism in Landscape Photography (111 comments in total)
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oscarvdvelde: I feel all these shots could be made stronger.
The iceberg image would need to be cropped more tightly from bottom and top.
The lighthouse needs to be composed with slightly more land and less sea, and more central position so that the basalt radiates toward the lighthouse.
The tree shot looks better to me when cropping off the bright top till the curve in the dune.

@ Tungsten Nordstein
Okay here are my interpretations,
http://www.lightningwizard.com/temp/erezmarom_iceberg_crop.jpg
http://www.lightningwizard.com/temp/erezmarom_desert_crop.jpg
(c) Erez Marom
I actually feel the panoramic crop enhances the symmetry. I would put this on the wall instead of the original.
The desert was cropped both from top and bottom. May feel cropped at first, knowing the original. But then I start to like it better.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2016 at 00:53 UTC
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