baloo_buc

baloo_buc

Lives in Romania Bucuresti, Romania
Works as a design engineer
Joined on Jan 27, 2007
About me:

Since I was a kid I wanted to be able to be into photography. The first encounters with it was on an old Smena film compact camera in early 1980s. After a long hiatus I started to make some photos in 2004 with a camera from one of my friends. Back then the prices of cameras were quite high and my first camera was a Sony P100 in 2005. Since then I had a series of compact cameras (Canon A610 and Fujifilm S6500 were my favorites) and in 2008 my first dSLR (the prices went down quite a lot to afford it). Recently I bought an Olympus XZ-1 that is amazing (not up to the IQ of dSLR but something you can rely upon when you have no dSLR with you).
I improved a lot those years but I am no professional. I like to document the places where I travel so that's my main subject. After 10 years in the photography realm I am still improving mainly by taking photos.
I do photography as a hobby my profession is materials engineer. I am also working as a management consultant mainly on investment financing and process optimization.

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wetsleet: This is nuts. Even if the lighting effects on the Eiffel Tower, or a paricular building, are copyrighted, unless I produce a copy of those works then how am I infringing copyright?

A book is subject to copyright - if I take a photo of the book I have not infringed that copyright, because I have not copied the book.

A photo of a building is not an ediface, it is not a building, so it can't be a copy of a building. Whereas the house next door to mine is a copy, it was built from the same plan, and it is a house.

And does a photo of a lighting display really constitute a copy, in any meaningful sense? No, it is just a visual description, as a news report would be a written description.

I could understand that if I take a full-face photo of a copyrighted painting then just possibly I am in a very limited sense 'copying' the painting - the photo goes some way to fulfilling the utility of a painting.

So let them sue Las Vegas for *building* copies of other famous buildings - but photos?

Just another inapplicable law. As there are millions of them. I am waiting for the courts to be flooded with one billion cases a day for the two judges for copyright.
Of course that a calendar that is sold in millions of exemplaries or a book made only with photos of "copyrighted buildings" or "copyrighted monuments" that is commercial use. Not taking a photo and sharing with friends or the entire world.
I saw that Romania is in red. In some museums you cannot take photos but this happens in Austria that is light green. Just people that have no ideas make law drafts that will have no impact even if they are approved. But they brag that they initiated 200 laws in their term in Parliament and they were productive so people should vote them again. In EU Parliament there are quite good revenues and you have a lot of advantages so people are trying to stay there even if they are not good for the job.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 5, 2015 at 02:02 UTC
On Nikon offers AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm F2.8-4E ED VR article (329 comments in total)
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VREN: Nice to see, but conservative speed for not so conservative price.

Pentax is the same speed as previous Nikkor. Just not so effective IS. Still a new lens.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2015 at 22:10 UTC
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baloo_buc: Until mirrorless will have full PDAF they will have a huge handicap even for static scenes.
I have both mirrorless and dSLR cameras and I seldom regret I don't have the other with me (especially true for mirrorless).
So the gap is narrowing. Still the mirroless is too small for me.

I have no such an option. And if it doesn't have to do with focus mode why all cameras with CDAF had the same problem? Maybe the CDAF sensor needs more coverage. I haven't got the issue with PDAF cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 23:02 UTC
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baloo_buc: Until mirrorless will have full PDAF they will have a huge handicap even for static scenes.
I have both mirrorless and dSLR cameras and I seldom regret I don't have the other with me (especially true for mirrorless).
So the gap is narrowing. Still the mirroless is too small for me.

I have Olympus E-PL5. It's not the speed. It's that it cannot focus on what i want if the target is small enough and it has contrast in background. Seldom happened with dSLRs (once or twice in more than 50000 photos) but frequently with CDAF cameras (mirrorless or compact).
Also put a real flash on a mirrorless body and you will see that is extremely difficult to handle.
Just an example:
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-p4ozE0tmZNs/VW4jex5qyLI/AAAAAAAAEAs/VXdyPAuQEzI/s800/P5301376alr.jpg
I wanted to focus on blue flowers. After 10 tries it managed to focus approximately on what I wanted:
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-gvfetvc3a6Q/VW4jei-h-ZI/AAAAAAAAD_I/p-4j8mar5Bs/s800/P5301375alr.jpg

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 13:42 UTC

Until mirrorless will have full PDAF they will have a huge handicap even for static scenes.
I have both mirrorless and dSLR cameras and I seldom regret I don't have the other with me (especially true for mirrorless).
So the gap is narrowing. Still the mirroless is too small for me.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 13:09 UTC as 215th comment | 5 replies
On Will consumer DSLRs be 'dead in 5 years?' post (134 comments in total)

There were a lot of people that have no idea of photography that bought dSLRs just to brag about. They are now sucked by the 41 MP in a smartphone. There will be a reduction of dSLRs sales in the following years because less people will need good quality photos when the only use is on facebook or other websites that are very low quality from the photographic viewpoint. I have a camera in a smartphone and I use it only in emergency cases.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 29, 2013 at 23:18 UTC as 36th comment | 1 reply
On DSC14554sml photo in baloo_buc's photo gallery (2 comments in total)
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Larold: Where is this?

Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2013 at 11:47 UTC
On Nikon 1 System First Impressions article (248 comments in total)

It isnot what will make a dSLR user to fall back on these toy cameras. Nikon wanted to bridge the gap between the 4/3s sensor and the compact ones (1/1.6"). If they will succeed we will see in the near future. The compacts have come from acceptable IQ to appalling IQ. That drove a lot of users that don't want big sensors into mirrorless offerings (Olympus, Panasonic, Sony and Samsung).
Certainly there is a market but the price I consider too high as it was the case with the first m4/3s.
Unfortunately the gallery it is not very well done but the IQ seems amazingly good.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 27, 2011 at 11:18 UTC as 13th comment
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