iae aa eia

iae aa eia

Lives in Brazil Paulista, PE, Brazil
Works as a EFL Teacher
Joined on Jan 13, 2011
About me:

The very first camera I ever used was my mom's Kodak Instamatic 177XF. In the 90's, it happened to me to work as a photographer, but I always had problems working by myself and I was too picky to find a partner. Actually, what I needed was someone to deal with the marketing thing, promoting the work.

After a long time having unsuccessful jobs, I started teaching English. It was by chance, and I moved on with it. I can say I do something I love, because when you learn naturally and is part of your life since you were a kid, it never gets old. Moreover, most things I learned through reading, including photography, were written in English.

Curiosity: The first contact I ever had with photography literature in English was in 1993. I was riding my bicycle and passing by a supermarket I decided to stop at a newstand for a quick look at the magazines. I wasn't looking for anything in particular, but that's when I saw that beautiful red glossy cover with lots of SLRs on it. It was the December 1993 edition of Petersen's PHOTOgraphic magazine. I was in awe because I had never seen such an appealing cover (uncommon to Brazilian magazines). I bought a compact Collins Gem Eng-Port Port-Eng dic and a calculator, and spent the whole month trying to translate most of the magazine and converting feet to meters and inches to mm and cm. I continued to buy that magazine for the next 6 months. At first, equipment adds, cameras and lenses guides and articles, and shop catalogs, where the sections I read the most.

Note: You might wonder how I am putting up with a Kodak M583. Well, cameras are much more expensive here, and since I lost my LX3, my frustration resulted in me focusing my attention to another activity I like very much—sound—and bought a respectable pair of speakers, so a good camera has been having to wait a little more.

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On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2979 comments in total)

When it comes the aperure, I don't see the big deal here yet. Its lens has a very uninteresting range equivalent to ƒ/5.2-8.1 compared to FF, and still quite uninteresting to ƒ/3.4-5.3 compared to FT. OK, in its category it's quite a deal, specially considering how well this lens may perform overall, its compactness and beacuse it's taking the lead when it comes to aperture.

Direct link | Posted on May 17, 2014 at 23:04 UTC as 505th comment | 3 replies
On 1991 Nikon-Kodak hack was first DSLR in space article (64 comments in total)

A correction: "...used 'an' RS-232..."

Direct link | Posted on Apr 18, 2014 at 14:43 UTC as 8th comment | 1 reply
On Hands on with the Pentax 645Z article (644 comments in total)
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iae aa eia: Haha! Come on! A normal lens is 55mm?! I remember that used to be wideangle and normal 70mm. Alright, the digital doesn't need to be bind to film era sizes, but do you really consider a decent step up going from 43mm to 55mm? That's ridiculous to me. Alright, the camera is awesome, the system too, it's a size other brands use in their digital-era "medium" format, and I can't afford one, it's just that it's even a smaller step than from an APS to an FF!

My point is that a normal lens in the 645 format was 70mm in the film era, a normal one in the 135FF is a 43mm, and a normal one in the APS (1.55 x) format is 28mm, while the normal lens for the digital 645 is 55mm. I'm just trying to say the difference between the APS and 135FF is much more than between 135FF and this Pentax's 645 (and others) sensor size.

Just saying it's a small difference (compared). If at least it were the Kodak KAF 39000's size (50.7 x 39), it would mean a reasonable difference (a normal lens now being 64mm).

I might be complaining too much about that because I love the natural miniature effect of a large sensor (without the need of a digital edit or TS lens) when the lens aperture is wide open.

And, Petka, I thought before posting. It didn't make sense and a point to you and others, but I did. It's a concept based on facts. Perhaps not facts or a concept contextually important.

Just speaking my mind.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2014 at 13:18 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7S in low-light: See video at ISO 409,600 article (244 comments in total)

This will allow for more natural scenes that are trying to reproduce actions in the darkness, since the actors could play their roles with very little extra light or no light at all, making them to act even closer to real.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2014 at 12:11 UTC as 6th comment
On Hands on with the Pentax 645Z article (644 comments in total)

Haha! Come on! A normal lens is 55mm?! I remember that used to be wideangle and normal 70mm. Alright, the digital doesn't need to be bind to film era sizes, but do you really consider a decent step up going from 43mm to 55mm? That's ridiculous to me. Alright, the camera is awesome, the system too, it's a size other brands use in their digital-era "medium" format, and I can't afford one, it's just that it's even a smaller step than from an APS to an FF!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2014 at 02:33 UTC as 102nd comment | 5 replies
On Ricoh announces medium-format Pentax 645Z article (157 comments in total)

I think it was supposed to be already mirroless, with a nice EVF, and its sensor 56 x 41.5mm, as it was the 645 film frame area. 33 x 44mm looks like what the APS format is to the 135 full-frame, a cropped sensor to cut their investment some slack. Not a true medium-medium. Just medium.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 02:49 UTC as 40th comment | 13 replies
On Windows XP is dead. Long live Windows XP 'Bliss' article (124 comments in total)

Not my favorite background, but I really thought it was photoshopped. The color rendition and the latitude of the film were enough trick.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 00:00 UTC as 40th comment | 1 reply
On Sony Alpha 7S in low-light: See video at ISO 409,600 article (244 comments in total)

Jaw dropped

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2014 at 23:11 UTC as 49th comment
On Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II real-world gallery article (132 comments in total)

In my opinion no brand beats Canon when it comes to natural color. They only need a Foveon-like sensor to complete the perfectness.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 7, 2014 at 20:39 UTC as 56th comment | 3 replies
On Sony A3000 preview (681 comments in total)

Just bought it! I wish I had a little more money to buy the A65, but... At least the sensor quality is very good. The LCD is not that bad, but I would rather prefer a 3:2 one, because I don't like 16:9 for photos.

The EVF is really really bad, but not that bad because of the resolution per se, but the eyepiece. Small opening, all plastic eyecup, short relief, and the lens quickly loses a lot of quaily if you don't look very in the center. Practically unusable for long time.

The other things (including the lens [18-55]) and qualitywise, it is exactly what to expect at this price point. Not good not bad. Acceptable and useful.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 6, 2014 at 15:52 UTC as 13th comment
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Shamael: Tomorrow, Sony will officially announce the new A7S, 12 mpix FF, speedy AF like on a6000, 4k video. After that, let's see how fast Nikon will lose it's shoes with it's hyper expensive stuff when the first ISO 250000 clean shots appear on this forum.

Sony is not the same Sony, man. They incorporated K-M, didn't destroy it. May never be the best, but not respecting Sony as (now) a truly photographic and video tool is ignorance. Nikon being a respected photographic brand and letting their costumers take advantage of all their lenses for decades will always play a psychological advantage.

Sony (as Minolta was) is a brand that plays on the other side of the game, betting on innovation, pushing conservative brands like Nikon ahead. Not that Nikon development depends on brands like Sony, but I'm sure Nikon wouldn't update their products quickly without brands like Minolta, I mean, Sony.

Maybe one having a less superior impression on Sony is due to the fact it chose (for now) to play in the upper-lower (and below) category, avoiding competing directly against D4's and 1D's, but that, in my opinion, doesn't make Sony any less good. What is Nikon doing in the superzoom and mirroless premium segment? Not better than Sony is, for sure.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 6, 2014 at 15:14 UTC
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digilux: I still don't get the point of this vid....

Yeah, man, me neither. It sure is worth watching, the guys are very good and that dolphing jumping really caught my attention, but there is something else.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 5, 2014 at 21:37 UTC
On Sony A3000 preview (681 comments in total)

Once, we (including DPR) wondered if a brand could launch a camera that consisted of basic features but with a big sensor and good image quality in an SLR body for people who wanted to step up but can't pay much, or simply don't need, want, or care about many features, and, well, Sony just did it!

But I understand DPR's criticism on the LCD and EVF, because 400 k LCD's and higher than 200 k EVF's were already in the market in 2010, so I guess we all were kind of not expecting anything below about 400 k in low budget DSLR's and mirroless these days.

But, there's a rumor of an A3500 coming, and its specs say it'll keep the same LCD and EVF resolution. My guess is that Sony wants to have a camera in everybody's hands but letting it clear (specially in markets in developing countries, like mine) this doesn't mess with the other cameras, because most people here wouldn't recognize the true value of a cam with a 900 k (or more) LCD and EVF over one with 400 k.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2014 at 23:51 UTC as 14th comment
On Mockups emerge of new Olympus OM-D 'OM-G' article (332 comments in total)

Hahaha, April Fools'! Even if it were true, I couldn't believe their first attempt into FF would be so ugly.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2014 at 00:57 UTC as 79th comment
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Review preview (482 comments in total)

Only Canon I see can deliver an alternative I would choose instead (if I could afford), even if it were 90 % of the RX10's capabilities in all aspects (for the same price), including the lens range and aperture (a 24-200mm, ƒ/3.5, or a 30-200 2.8, or 24-160 2.8). Canon's new 1.5-in sensor has an area 126 % larger than the 1-in sensor's and this latter has a crop factor of 1.47 x related to Canon's, which means that, even if Canon stick to a 24-200 3.5, this aperture would be equivalent to 2.4 if it were the RX's lens.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 23, 2014 at 13:15 UTC as 50th comment
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Review preview (482 comments in total)

What a lens! What a sensor-lens integration! What an output! What a camera! A masterpiece. Is the price high? Depends. I don't think it's cheap, but considering the reviews and the lack of direct competition...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 22, 2014 at 17:37 UTC as 60th comment | 2 replies
On Kodak reborn: A look at JK Imaging's 2014 lineup article (195 comments in total)

I don't remember Kodak ever wanting that much to compete with Canon and Nikon, for instance, at least in terms of IQ. It was mostly about cheap and average products. Their appealing, as I remember, used to be about offering something different, interesting, trendy, but average image quality. If we look at Kodak with the right eyes, these offers seem adequate and make all sense. I had a V570 and it had just average IQ, but it was an very interesting camera featurewise, designwise, and even constructionwise. The problem is that Kodak wasn't keeping up in the average and was playing mostly in the cheap and very cheap market. These products may put Kodak back where they belong. I hope they go into production.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 22, 2014 at 01:26 UTC as 56th comment | 3 replies
On Nikon D4s unboxing: It's arrived! article (265 comments in total)

I was skeptical if an unboxing slideshow would work nice as videos do, but I liked it. Took less time, the text is concise, and the pictures chosen give you a good look of it.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 14, 2014 at 01:43 UTC as 69th comment | 1 reply

"Digital cameras have been following film cameras to catch up with the quality of film. We've reached that point now, so going forward, the voyage will be undertaken without a chart to guide us." (Wow! What an end!)

"Maybe if someone invents a potion for eternal life, that will be the day that people will stop wanting to record events. But as long as our lives are limited, I believe that people will continue to want to capture memories." (Yeah, that's true!)

Quite rare to find brainy-quote-like statements in the these CP+ 2014 interviews.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2014 at 04:15 UTC as 56th comment

Although there weren't as many (at first glance) appealing products, I think Canon is in the right direction, and they do not sound that much conservative to me. Well, kind of, when it comes to their low grade compacts, but there's not much to do about it and it could be risky to invest more having not that bad smartphones playing around. Integration sounds better.

Regarding mirrorless, I have mixed feelings. Thinking as a consumer, it seems they're wasting time not being agressive in this market. Business-wise, though, seems like they're (re-)working on something very nice but being quite cautious not to harm their preciou$ DSLR business.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2014 at 03:52 UTC as 57th comment
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