PIX 2015
Ignat Solovey

Ignat Solovey

Lives in Russian Federation Moscow, Russian Federation
Works as a photojournalist
Has a website at http://www.dyor.ru
Joined on Jul 24, 2004

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steelhead3: We have a long way to catch up to the Russian Dash Cam...are our students getting enough math?

@srados For $350 dash cam should be perfect or near perfect. Here with current (thanks government dear... sarcasm) currency rate it goes either for $162 or $190 according to the most popular Russian shopping aggregator (9390 or 10990 rubles). Most people here use what costs 2-5 times cheaper. Also we have some local brands who design and develop their products here (contract-manufactured in China, of course, Russia has only two civil chips factories and not that they are cutting-edge modern), with premium price and functionality — G-sensor is well tuned to roads quality, 2K/30p or FHD/60p capture available, dual GPS (NAVSTAR/GLONASS), built-in coordinates-based database of speed-control cameras in Russia (although speed limit 50kph or 80 kph at most is the nature of the majority of Russian roads... doesn't prevent freaks from going twice faster) and excellent interface. That model I describe has RRP of ≈$180 (9990 rubles).

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2015 at 07:12 UTC
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Paul Auclair: i do not understand the $1000 fee.
i stick a GoPro camera to my truck, turn it on, hit record, then do what at a cost of $1000?

I guess those of that original shooters who are keen in subject, will do that anyway, and, as I suppose someone already mentioned here in comments, regardless of any kinds of stock camera mounts supplied by car maker. The idea behind it, as I understand it, is to fetch something unique from casual users who are far from content deals and copyright matters. Of course, the majority of uploads will be *schlecht*, as they always are on social multimedia services, but the whole story for me seems like attempt to find small diamond in a dung heap. And I don't think that it is totally pointless.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2015 at 15:33 UTC
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steelhead3: We have a long way to catch up to the Russian Dash Cam...are our students getting enough math?

Actually all dash cams here in Russia are Chinese, or Korean at best. Some of them (better ones) have firmware written by Russian developers completely, because Russian coders are still quite able (not that we have powerful civil chips industry, but coding requires sometimes just wits and whatever computer you can get). And about content... well, initially dash cams appeared here as a sort of evidence against crooked cops and for insurance companies, but since Russian roads and what happens on them sometimes can amaze even the most unimpressible person ever, and a lot of drivers here would be instantly stripped off their licenses elsewhere due to reckless driving or DUI (although a bit less due to recent legislation)... Dash cams caps became real hit after Chelyabinsk meteorite. There was only one guy who made technically passable pics of it, but the actual flight was overexposed (he was out for landscapes) and he kept the pics for 2 weeks in his desk till he finally published them.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2015 at 07:04 UTC
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Paul Auclair: i do not understand the $1000 fee.
i stick a GoPro camera to my truck, turn it on, hit record, then do what at a cost of $1000?

You won't see that $1000, nor you'll pay it. It's like a price for which GoPro plans to sell your content to third-parties once you upload it. Maybe you can get something off that grand, maybe twenty dollars per vid, or like that. Or just be happy with your name or nickname mentioned, “publicity is priceless, ya know”...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2015 at 06:52 UTC

Hehe. I see moon drift and earth rotation with humble 800 mm (400mm and 2x extender). And with 600 mm on 2x extender mounted on solid tripod that celestial body races outta the frame like that guy Usain Bolt.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2015 at 08:47 UTC as 27th comment
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aseancat: Question: how can you get to MFD 12cm distance of a live and awake snake?

@jsandjs exactly, but since that was at research lab, that damn viper was very much alive and awake, and even attacked camera.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2015 at 17:05 UTC
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aseancat: Question: how can you get to MFD 12cm distance of a live and awake snake?

Remote camera. I shot very much alive poisonous viper from roughly the same distance, hands hidden behind the camera. Although it was in a lab, not outdoors.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2015 at 11:43 UTC
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Scottelly: I'm glad I don't have to use a device like this, which requires its own battery, in my Sony A65, which already has a good GPS built into it, as all DSLR cameras should have. I'll never understand why a $200 waterproof point-and-shoot camera can have this feature, and it works just fine, not draining that tiny battery significantly faster, while big, expensive DSLR cameras come with this helpful feature absent. It's absurd. To make things even more absurd, Sony has removed this nice feature from their newest cameras, including the updated model of their A77 line, the A77 II. Pft . . .

GP-E2 has it's own power source, one AA battery, so it doesn't affect camera battery. $200 waterproof point-and-shoot cameras don't shine in image quality, so GPS there is to make them $200, not $80.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2015 at 06:06 UTC
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mpgxsvcd: BOOM! Take that Sony! Canon has GPS for their flagship Full Frame DSLR. Everyone knows that GPS is the single most important thing you can possibly have for taking pictures.

I accidentally dropped Leica M9 battery cover from four feet to carpeted floor, it bent. You call that tough? LMAO. Film leicas are tough, especially R3 to R7, which are Minoltas in disguise.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 21, 2015 at 13:14 UTC
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mpgxsvcd: BOOM! Take that Sony! Canon has GPS for their flagship Full Frame DSLR. Everyone knows that GPS is the single most important thing you can possibly have for taking pictures.

@The Silver Nemesis — ??? I'm Canon guy, for that matter. And not quite a fan of Leica.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 15, 2015 at 16:08 UTC
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mpgxsvcd: BOOM! Take that Sony! Canon has GPS for their flagship Full Frame DSLR. Everyone knows that GPS is the single most important thing you can possibly have for taking pictures.

@prossi or in polar, high mountain or tropical regions, which are hardly comfortable for electronics. Landscapes, you know. And cityscapes. And if you want to put GPS into MA body, you make a hole for plastic, or form the MA part so that it would provide a notch. The problem is not in plastic (a lot of modern plastics are harder than many metals and alloys), but in the need to make joints and additional sealing. And remember that GPS antennas really don't like to look elswhere but top, since navigation satellites dangle up there, and transmit on approximately 1,5 GHz from some twenty thousand kilometers, so their signal is actually extremely weak compared to anything else...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 13, 2015 at 11:59 UTC
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mpgxsvcd: BOOM! Take that Sony! Canon has GPS for their flagship Full Frame DSLR. Everyone knows that GPS is the single most important thing you can possibly have for taking pictures.

@prossi I can and I am. You don't depend on cameras, I do. And as much as I trust Sony's XDCAMs, I'm not willing do that with their still cameras yet. Sony recent things are really great, but not for extreme conditions, which are not necessarily include harsh weather and minus thirty or plus fifty centigrade. I can handle day-to-day shooting with ANY camera which allows me to change lenses, control exposure and gives not that noisy image on ISO 3200 (A580 fits that), but serious business — no, thanks, I'd stick to my huge irons.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 13, 2015 at 11:23 UTC
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mpgxsvcd: BOOM! Take that Sony! Canon has GPS for their flagship Full Frame DSLR. Everyone knows that GPS is the single most important thing you can possibly have for taking pictures.

Sony cameras are not intended for use and abuse as brutal as EOS-1 and Nikon D-one digit series, at least yet. They can handle a lot all right, and they are great, but A77 and A99 are not nearly as robust (nor were A900/850 and their Minolta predecessor, even that cool thing called Dynax (Maxxum) 9). Otherwise we all would use Sony by now, which did not happen (A7 is a big thing, but only as a secondary camera, or hobby camera, or for retired guys who are used to image quality, but tired of bulk). When Sony will offer lens lineup as broad as Canon or Nikon, or that lenses will work with an adapter as good as on original bodies, and battery life will be on par, and EVF will be as responsive as pentaprism — then ok, switch is no problem (and I like Sony camcorders). Until then — no, hardcore news work is only for the Big Two.

And, by the way, GP-E2 is one of the greatest standalone trackers-loggers ever. Better than many Garmin devices, especially when it comes to intended application.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 13, 2015 at 11:05 UTC
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mpgxsvcd: BOOM! Take that Sony! Canon has GPS for their flagship Full Frame DSLR. Everyone knows that GPS is the single most important thing you can possibly have for taking pictures.

1st, that GPS unit appeared three years ago, before anyone started incorporating GPS into heavy cameras (and, well, with magnesium alloy bodies it's not that easy, because you have to either combine GPS antenna with top display, or break the body structure with another hole, or have your GPS signal blocked).
2nd, you can easily have this thing in your jacket pocket or somewhere close to the top of your backpack in LOG mode. One log point in 30 seconds or even a minute is precise enough. Then you use Canon Map Utility and bind coordinates from log (in universal NMEA format) to your images, and it doesn't matter which camera made these images, if it's Canon (I just didn't have a chance to experiment with other brands' files).
Third, in unlikely case you need both flash and GPS unit on camera (not that they both always need to go together, considering the above), you may use supplied cable.
As you might guess, I have the GP-E2. But only cause I bought it used for ¼ of local street price.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2015 at 08:06 UTC
On Mono a mono: Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) hands-on article (685 comments in total)
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tinternaut: There's nothing low profile Leica Ms. They're so different in appearance, to modern cameras, that they really do tend to stand out.

Otherwise, it's lovely, and I look forward to this site's incisive review. Oh, hang on a minute....

Interesting enough, that exactly “standing out” actually conceals things. A lot of kids and youth (and ignorant adults) now see camera only in something like they have: cellphone, casual zoom P&S or DSLR/MLC kit at most. When it comes to something of older or different design, it doesn't click with them that it's a camera too. Even EOS 5D3/EOS-1 with BG and 70-200/2.8, and even 400/4DO, hanging on Blackrapid strap below the waist is something people ignore 50% of time. Graflex SLRs, press cameras and TLRs are not percepted as cameras at all by at least half of the people. The best guess from some 20-years old girl who looked at Speed Graphic was: “Is this some kind of TV camera? Which channel do you work for?”... And she was dead serious.
So, Leica is black and doesn't look like off-the-supermarket-shelf camera, and that's all what's needed to hide it. Even some security guys would rather scrutinize your pens and USB sticks in search of tiny spy cam, but ignore Super Ikonta.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 1, 2015 at 09:11 UTC
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Great Bustard: In the meantime, just use a CPL.

Ok, guys, tell me how to avoid reflections in bent double Plexiglas in a room with fluorescent lights only (no windows) using CPL. I managed to do that only with LPL and success was questionable.

Direct link | Posted on May 15, 2015 at 07:26 UTC

$319?! I'll go get new ThinkTank for that buck. Have Airport Ultralight v.2.5 for five years, constanly overloading and overstuffing it. Zippers work like off the shelf, shoulder straps show no signs of tear... That's what I call camera bag. If camera bag can't do like that, it's a waste.

Direct link | Posted on May 14, 2015 at 09:09 UTC as 36th comment
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Great Bustard: In the meantime, just use a CPL.

Especially in places which lack polarized light...

Direct link | Posted on May 14, 2015 at 09:05 UTC

Can't wait for Adobe to buy that and implement into ACR, because windows are one thing, but some plexiglas doors of some factory machines are different.

Direct link | Posted on May 14, 2015 at 09:03 UTC as 35th comment
On Hands-on with Canon's 'not-coming-to-USA' EOS M3 article (590 comments in total)
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CNY_AP: Saw it on ebay (I think from Japan), so we could buy one, but not sure if it's NTCS and 30FPS or 25FPS. M2 is on ebay too, of course.

It's both NTSC and PAL. 29.97 fps on NTSC, not 30.

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2015 at 02:20 UTC
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