iae aa eia

iae aa eia

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

The first camera I have ever shot with was my mother's, a Kodak Instamatic 177XF. In the 90's, it happened to me to work as a photographer, but I always had problems working by myself (lazy at doing marketing) and I didn't care to find a partner. What I needed was someone to promote my work.

After a long time having different and unsuccessful jobs, I started teaching English. It happened by chance, but many opportunities were showing up, and I decided to move on with it. It's not photography, but I can say I still do something I love because I always liked English, so it never gets old. Yet, most things I've learned through reading, including photography, were written in English.

The first contact I had with photography literature was in the 80's. The husband of a distant relative of mine (I have no idea where this couple is today) gave me a package of a photography guide composed of two magazine-sized and four less-than-A4-sized books. Each one of the large ones were divided in many sections, like technique, cameras, lenses, flashes, framing, darkroom, techniques, pro-photographers, etc; and the other four books focused on a specific photo subject, and there were only photos and short coments on them. One was about people, another was about women, another one, about nature, and one more about architecture. I loved that package. Later on, after I was able to understand some English, I could compare them with many other guides and I can tell you that they were quite complete and were really good. It was probably the translation of an American guide. A precise and well done translation, by the way.

The first contact I had with photography literature in English was in 1993. I lived in a city called Natal. I was riding my bicycle when I decided to stop at the newsstand of a supermarket for a quick look at the magazines. I wasn't looking for anything in particular and didn't intend to buy anything, but then 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 didn't say a word, but my reaction inside was as if saying, "Wow, look at this!" I had never seen such an appealing cover (uncommon to Brazilian magazines at that time) and that rich content in terms of equipment. Having bought one, I also bought a compact Collins Gem Eng-Port Port-Eng dictionary and a calculator, and spent the whole month trying to translate most of the magazine and converting feet to meters, inches to mm and cm, and pounds and ounces to kgs. I continued to buy issues of that magazine for the next 6 months. At first, equipment ads, cameras and lenses guides and articles, and shopping catalogs where the sections I read the most.

In 1996, I was living in Guarabira (Paraíba's countryside) and the owners of a photo shop in Natal called me and invited me to move back there and work as a minilab operator. That was my first job. They did that because they didn't have access to such awesome magazines and I used to go there and take mine and talk about photography and stuff, and we enjoyed that a lot. While working there, I had the chance to handle some very nice cameras like the Nikon F3, FM3, Minolta Maxxum 9xi, and some others from Pentax. Canon was rare.

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On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Review preview (495 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 71st comment | 2 replies
On Kodak reborn: A look at JK Imaging's 2014 lineup article (198 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 57th comment | 3 replies
On Nikon D4s unboxing: It's arrived! article (258 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 57th 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 58th comment
On CP+ 2014: Things we found that had been cut in half article (107 comments in total)
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qwertyasdf: Always wanna know, how did they do it?

Yeah, me too! I looked for this process on YT but nothing until now. If anyone has anything about it, please, show us. The interesting thing is that it is not a new process. I remember already seeing pictures of cameras and lenses cut in half in my childhood in the 80s. My guess is they use a very thin line coated with, I don't know, diamond perhaps?, and this line runs in a loop and very fast, as a chain in a chainsaw. Am I tripping too much? Or a water jet cutter as mentioned?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2014 at 16:24 UTC
On CP+ 2014: Things we found that had been cut in half article (107 comments in total)
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completelyrandomstuff: A Canon 200-400mm cut in half is a lot of waste. Makes me sad just looking at it.

You must not like Canon, because all lenses about the same focal length range and aperture have nearly the same amount of complexity.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2014 at 16:14 UTC
On A look inside Sigma's lens factory article (89 comments in total)
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ThomasSwitzerland: The Sigma factory tour reminds me of our German and Swiss machinery industry. Very similar people and dedication. But a high level of still basic handwork at Sigma and outdated installations.

I admire Sigma and use their cameras and great lenses.

Nevertheless, this video reminds me when working in German machinery engineering about 25 years ago.

The only one manufacturer of lenses in Germany now is Leica. But Leica has not got innovation, runs unclear “Mythos” niches, and their capital basis is weak. Presently, they invest into factory automation. Sigma has got better foundations and outlook by serving the markets of the future. They got vision and produce innovation.

If Sigma make smart investments into top factory automation and process flows, they get the chance to conquer the markets as dominant quality and innovation leaders. I will support them as consumer, buying unique Foveon cameras and their outstanding art lenses.

Continue smart and courageous, Sigma, you will win.

Sigma is a winner already. Its one of the best lens makers, has a good reputation, innovates, and sells well, but just as happens to any other, some lenses do not do great and some do. So, I don't agree with your "Sigma, you will win."

Direct link | Posted on Feb 15, 2014 at 18:37 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II: a quick summary article (535 comments in total)

Canon just started a sensor size of its own and I'm very glad to see this. Investing in sensors in the 1-in and 4/3 size range is just the way to go when it comes to anything but a phone camera. Canon hit it right on. The only thing in didn't like about this camera is its design. Not that it's bad designed or ugly, but I don't like the top plate having the same looks of Olympus mirroless, and the lens to body looks a bit of a Frankestein operation. I wonder if the very same camera were designed by Panasonic. Well, congratulations to Canon. This is a very nice launch and a favorite of mine already.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 15, 2014 at 14:34 UTC as 29th comment
On Sony a7R teardown! Roger Cicala gets his hands dirty article (136 comments in total)
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new boyz: Some say Sony or Samsung will never be able to make a good camera because they are electronic based companies, not photography based like the big two. This article reminds us that maybe an electronic company actually makes better camera, from hardware point of view. Now, where's the firmware update, Sony?

Those 'some' probably don't know (or remember) Sony has been partnershipping with photography company for almost two decades now, that even before that they already made nice video cameras (hardware-wise as well) and that, most recently, they bought Minolta. Or maybe those 'some' know but continue to ignore the facts. Sony has coming a long way. Truly investing in being a real competitor. It wasn't overnight.

But, there's something curious about that being (probably) cheaper to produce, because it means Sony's been making a heck of a profit out of their mirroless full-frame line. But, they're alone. What can they do but overvalue this category "of theirs"?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 31, 2014 at 01:46 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1645 comments in total)

The design flaws on the Olympus and the Nikon seem better addressed on this camera. Nikon is almost square, and Olympus EVF housing is too small. Nikon looks like a chubby military lady and Olympus looks not enough not toy-like. Fujifilm got right on on the design. The EVF house is very well-matched with the body. I commented about these design flaws when DPR first announced about them. Congrats, Fujifilm!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2014 at 23:22 UTC as 269th comment | 3 replies
On Pictures emerge showing widely-leaked Fujfilm 'X-T1' article (373 comments in total)
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iae aa eia: Wow-wow-wow!, but... More fullframes, pleeeeease! The more APSs, the less expensive FFs are kept from being, and I'm tired of that. I can't stand the fact 20 years ago the poorest of the poor could have an FF and nowadays is this funny situation. And yet, some people, not the poor of the poorest nor even the poor, but the middle-class, debate over and get proud of their 8-mm to 16-mm (equiv) sized-sensor cams. Pff! What a heck!

It's not only about the DoF. There are other interesting things about FF. For example, substancial body and natural toy effect. Once again, I'm not against smaller sensors. They have their merits and they'll always be the majority (they—M4/3s, for instance—are obviously much more convenient and versaltile). I just don't understand makers making FF cams to be sitting in the premium price range. Though smaller are preferred, I bet with you that if they sold FF cams starting at, let's say, 750 bucks, man, believe me, the sales would be huge. Maybe never surpass smaller sensor cams, but they would be enough to justify lower prices. And that Leica S2?, with that—wow!—56 % larger sensor than FF?, but still TWO TIMES SMALLER than the widely used (and quite accessible; compared) 645 format? Ha! What a joke. Only Santa can buy that.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2014 at 11:54 UTC
On Pictures emerge showing widely-leaked Fujfilm 'X-T1' article (373 comments in total)
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iae aa eia: Wow-wow-wow!, but... More fullframes, pleeeeease! The more APSs, the less expensive FFs are kept from being, and I'm tired of that. I can't stand the fact 20 years ago the poorest of the poor could have an FF and nowadays is this funny situation. And yet, some people, not the poor of the poorest nor even the poor, but the middle-class, debate over and get proud of their 8-mm to 16-mm (equiv) sized-sensor cams. Pff! What a heck!

If any of us were living in that time, some of the now old lenses would look as goog as some of today's ones do. We tend to think we didn't do our best in the past, but look, makers were impressing people the same way they're doing now!

I'm not against or don't like smaller sensor cams, I only think that 15 years are a quite good time to make FF cams more popular. I wonder if Sony hasn't been launching many and varied FF cams. Imagine if we still continued depending only on Canon and Nikon?

I still wonder why 20 years ago there were FFs for everybody (look, not saying should be the same way now) and 645s (and larger) for a quite lot of people. OK-OK, lenses are much better now and we can acheive the same (or even better) IQ on lower sensors, but, come on!, is that all? Where's the shallow DOF thing?

By the way, they say everything is bigger in Texas. Are FFs selling more in Texas? Wish I lived there. Guess I would get one used quick and way cheaper.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2014 at 01:16 UTC
On Pictures emerge showing widely-leaked Fujfilm 'X-T1' article (373 comments in total)

Wow-wow-wow!, but... More fullframes, pleeeeease! The more APSs, the less expensive FFs are kept from being, and I'm tired of that. I can't stand the fact 20 years ago the poorest of the poor could have an FF and nowadays is this funny situation. And yet, some people, not the poor of the poorest nor even the poor, but the middle-class, debate over and get proud of their 8-mm to 16-mm (equiv) sized-sensor cams. Pff! What a heck!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2014 at 22:57 UTC as 70th comment | 8 replies
On Wyoming's stunning weather and landscapes in time-lapse article (231 comments in total)
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iae aa eia: I've seen many great time-lapse videos, but that's the first time I see one moving the camera and the focal length of the lens together, in perfect sinchronization.

They might have used an electronically controlled zooming system, but I wonder what lens allows hundreds of focal length microadjustments so precisely like that.

Simply awesome. Congratulations!

Aw, man, tsk-tsk-tsk (to myself). No dwarfs and no gremlins... Well, there's always someone lagging behind, right? Actually, I practically don't shoot videos. Just love this kind of work, but do nothing related to it. Thanks a lot for the explanation!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 17, 2014 at 00:08 UTC
On Wyoming's stunning weather and landscapes in time-lapse article (231 comments in total)
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iae aa eia: I've seen many great time-lapse videos, but that's the first time I see one moving the camera and the focal length of the lens together, in perfect sinchronization.

They might have used an electronically controlled zooming system, but I wonder what lens allows hundreds of focal length microadjustments so precisely like that.

Simply awesome. Congratulations!

And how do you explain the last 3 or 5 frames of that scene where the zooming stops but the "camera" is still moving in? This kind of failure doesn't look digital. But, look, I do believe the camera moviment is digital, but not the zooming, unless you worked with the scene twice, superimposed or something, but shadows don't denounce that. But, man if you say there was no focal length change, I might be stubborn and say you're not telling the whole trick.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 16, 2014 at 12:37 UTC
On Wyoming's stunning weather and landscapes in time-lapse article (231 comments in total)
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iae aa eia: I've seen many great time-lapse videos, but that's the first time I see one moving the camera and the focal length of the lens together, in perfect sinchronization.

They might have used an electronically controlled zooming system, but I wonder what lens allows hundreds of focal length microadjustments so precisely like that.

Simply awesome. Congratulations!

So, by saying false vertigo effect, you're implying there isn't any mechanical focal length change (zooming) in this scene? Or there is, but it was created digitally?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 16, 2014 at 12:10 UTC
On Wyoming's stunning weather and landscapes in time-lapse article (231 comments in total)
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iae aa eia: I've seen many great time-lapse videos, but that's the first time I see one moving the camera and the focal length of the lens together, in perfect sinchronization.

They might have used an electronically controlled zooming system, but I wonder what lens allows hundreds of focal length microadjustments so precisely like that.

Simply awesome. Congratulations!

At 2:23 there is, sir. It started with a less short focal length and zoomed out a little. You can see the close subject moving outwards and the far one inwards. But, I'm not sure this is the effect they really wanted, because the most common is the closest subject not to move. Well, maybe that's what they really wanted.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 16, 2014 at 02:37 UTC
On Wyoming's stunning weather and landscapes in time-lapse article (231 comments in total)

I've seen many great time-lapse videos, but that's the first time I see one moving the camera and the focal length of the lens together, in perfect sinchronization.

They might have used an electronically controlled zooming system, but I wonder what lens allows hundreds of focal length microadjustments so precisely like that.

Simply awesome. Congratulations!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2014 at 21:02 UTC as 64th comment | 7 replies
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iae aa eia: I don't understand why some guys here don't like the idea of a modular camera. They offer lens interchangeability, the sensor is not ridiculously small, you can have them mounted on your phone (whenever you want), you can achieve far better image quality, can have easier software updates/upgrades, and even pay a lower price. Some guys are even complaining this news should be anywhere else! What is wrong with you, guys?

I love the idea! I have a Nokia 701. Imagine they have its software compatible with Symbian OS and I could buy a mount for, let's say, 200-300 bucks, and then a lens. Awesome! They can even offer handgrips!

The only problem I see with this kind of product is if they ask the same price as an equivalent camera.

It seems to me you are comparing it with a regular camera when you talk about being dedicated and more photography-firendly ergonomics and controls when it is, actually, a category of its own. Let's say, modular phone camera. What's wrong? 'phone' in there? Think about the better IQ it can produce for less money and the fact you are already saving the images to where some people prefer to have them stored, and not still having to transfer anything.

I've read some reviews on Sony's attemps and some folks saying there's not this port nor that button nor adequate ergonomics, etc, but they forget the purpose of the product, and buy it expecting it to become a transformer and turn itself into a heck of a camera. Not at all! Someone even complained there was no HDMI port. What?!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2014 at 02:33 UTC
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