Picturenaut

Picturenaut

Lives in Frankfurt am Main
Works as a science journalist
Has a website at www.roland-wengenmayr.de
Joined on Jun 1, 2010
About me:

Love to shoot wildlife, birds, animals, macros of insects and spiders, plus street and portrait of people (I like to draw portraits too).

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The history of this image is very interesting, it shows how iconic pictures have been manipulated already in analogue film age. Like other such shots with a lot of symbolism it had been re-enacted a few days after Soviet soldiers put up the first flag on the Reichstag. Later, Khaldei's image has been "post-processed", smoke added, stolen watch from the wrist of one of the soldiers removed... Post-Photoshop age hadn't been a paradise of pureness and honesty...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2014 at 06:53 UTC as 20th comment
On Morning on the Farm in the Grazing Animals challenge (13 comments in total)

Congrats, this is a really beautiful image.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 07:05 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
On In Photos: Iceland captured in infrared article (67 comments in total)

wonderful images, it looks as they show a mixture of both NIR and visible light. I personally like the heavy vignetting much,it enhances the drama and turns Andy Lee's great images into real art work IMHO.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2014 at 07:30 UTC as 1st comment
On A travel-sized large-format 4x5 camera? article (218 comments in total)
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rfsIII: This is so awesome. Here in the United Snakes 25 sheets of 4x5 film is $30 or $40 plus $3 or $4 per sheet to process. If you have the time to shoot it beats the cost of buying a Hasselblad or a Phase digital.
And the people here obsessed with shallow depth of field will love it because at normal apertures like f/5.6 your DOF is measured in fractions of an inch.

Yes the price per image drives you to think first carefully and then push the button. It's basically a move from snap-shooting to real photography - but only if you have the right tool. Therefore I'd rather prefer a used 4x5 film Fuji Rangefinder or Hassi, Mamyia, Pentax, Yashica SLRs... with a good lens. On ebay e.g. are plenty offered for quite decent prices. This Wanderlust thing looks more like a 3D printer's joke.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 22, 2014 at 07:01 UTC
On Never lose your lens cap again with HACkxTACK article (165 comments in total)
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David Hurt: I NEVER EVER use a Lens cap ! ! !

yeah, I agree. A good lens needs frequent front lens sanding anyway, keeps it clean and enhances bokeh...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 17, 2014 at 07:11 UTC
On Never lose your lens cap again with HACkxTACK article (165 comments in total)

glue a piece of velcro on your lens cap and a second one on a clip and you have the same result with a few cents investment. Doesn't look so fancy of course.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 17, 2014 at 07:06 UTC as 8th comment
On CP+ 2014 interviews: What we learned article (93 comments in total)
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justmeMN: Canon estimates that they will sell 7.6 million DSLRs and 10.5 million compact cameras in 2014. Not bad for a company that does everything wrong. :-)

"Fortune" seems to think differently...
http://www.canonrumors.com/2014/03/fortune-magazine-ranks-canon-as-one-of-worlds-most-admired-companies-for-2014/

Direct link | Posted on Mar 7, 2014 at 09:30 UTC
On CP+ 2014 interviews: What we learned article (93 comments in total)

When I saw the wonderful portraits of the Nikon guys here I immediately stopped wondering about how the Nikon DF's design came to see the light of the day... ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 7, 2014 at 09:28 UTC as 5th comment
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Lux Painter: Either Canon is going to release their own smartphone (so the smartphone is not an enemy) or they are in total denial (more likely)

Smartphones are no option for Canon + Nikon, because they'd need a bigger consumer electronics section such as Samsung and Sony have. Smartphone camera modules are technologically and economically quite different from classic camera manufacturing. The makers of those modules have to cope with selling a lot units with close to zero margins, it is a bit like automotive supplier's business.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2014 at 07:59 UTC
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topstuff: Whats this about Americans not liking small cameras?

It is bizarre. Do Americans think that large = better?

Makes no sense. No sense at all.

In particular in arabian countries a bigger gear is more respected (like bigger cars). My wife was some months in Qatar and used her Nikon DSLR + e.g. a 300mm/4 for birding, and people were impressed.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2014 at 07:54 UTC

Would be interesting to get an update of this report including Sony's sales figures.

Reading all those posts here I am amazed to see how many people exactly know what the industry is doing wrong. So, maybe they should fire their CEOs and hire one of those masterminds posting here?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2014 at 08:29 UTC as 34th comment | 2 replies

"So conventional DSLR users buy more lenses. Mirrorless camera users are more likely to purchase the camera with a kit lens and not many people purchase any additional lenses. Some high-end mirrorless users with Sony NEX-7 or Olympus OM-D buy more but the majority of mirrorless users are the entry-class users."

This explains exactly why Canikon hesitates to move boldly into the mirrorless market, and why e.g. Canon comes up so slowly with new lenses for the M system. For most users their mirrorless cameras are a sort of new compact with better IQ. Interestingly even entry DLSR users obviously tend more to get at least one second lens. Obviously most customers are conservative, and only SLR type cameras represent for them a real system camera.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2014 at 08:28 UTC as 8th comment | 2 replies
On Configuring your 5D Mark III AF for fast action article (6 comments in total)
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Picturenaut: Great article, great shots, mini23. I worked out about the same settings doing BIF etc. Btw the lack of any comments so far shows that dpreview ceased to be a forum for wildlife shooting (if it ever was one).

Just let me add a little warning for a minority of those readers who still use a vintage EF 500mm F/4.5 like me: do NOT try to set "Lens drive when AF impossible: OFF". First, your 5D3 won't let you do that with this lens attached. But if you switched your camera off and then on again, stangely the camera accepts this setting but the lens' AF/MF drive is completely dead. Fortunately if this happens the 5D3 accepts resetting "Lens drive when AF impossible: ON". I think the reason for this strange behavior is the vintage full drive-by-wire focusing system of this lens.

Any other settings described in this article work perfectly.

Thx, didn't check canonrumors for a while because I really was pushed-off by all those stealthy Canon haters posting there (therefore I never registered there). Looks like canonrumors starts to be a useful forum for Canon users (not fanboys) again.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 09:26 UTC
On Configuring your 5D Mark III AF for fast action article (6 comments in total)

Great article, great shots, mini23. I worked out about the same settings doing BIF etc. Btw the lack of any comments so far shows that dpreview ceased to be a forum for wildlife shooting (if it ever was one).

Just let me add a little warning for a minority of those readers who still use a vintage EF 500mm F/4.5 like me: do NOT try to set "Lens drive when AF impossible: OFF". First, your 5D3 won't let you do that with this lens attached. But if you switched your camera off and then on again, stangely the camera accepts this setting but the lens' AF/MF drive is completely dead. Fortunately if this happens the 5D3 accepts resetting "Lens drive when AF impossible: ON". I think the reason for this strange behavior is the vintage full drive-by-wire focusing system of this lens.

Any other settings described in this article work perfectly.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 11, 2014 at 10:19 UTC as 2nd comment | 3 replies
On Canon EOS 70D Review preview (623 comments in total)
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Gesture: What a better value/approach if one is buying an older model: Say, get the 50D or a more recent but not latest in the Rebel Series, say T4i. Thanks.

The 50D is technically quite outdated, its not only the lack of video but noise performance isn't top of the notch. That said, the 50D is a tough, reliable workhorse in a rugged body that still can produce very nice images. Sold mine to friends, and they are very happy with it.

Btw magic lantern offers a video hack for the 50D. The only drawback is that you need an external audio recorder...

Direct link | Posted on Jan 3, 2014 at 13:21 UTC
On Canon announces EOS M2 in Japan article (619 comments in total)
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bgbs: what an ugly looking camera. This camera looks like point-n-shoot. At least improve some aesthetics.

I agree armandino, the M isn't a breathtaking beauty but feats at least a clear retro-free design, which is a big plus in 2013. This is the year of ugly camera designs, and the winner is... the Nikon Df, the king of vintage hipsta - beep - (censored).

Direct link | Posted on Dec 4, 2013 at 07:47 UTC
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Picturenaut: We still have 3 vintage Nikon FM-2's in service, and one was used recently at -40 °C in Siberia, because it doesn't fail in frost... The more I think about this Df thing the less I like it. It is simply fake , like a pseudo cuckoo clock with an electronic clockwork. Hipsters, of course, will love it like wearing fake glasses. I mean, this Df thing has AF! And there's no film winder. So you never experience the way of shooting you had with such a full mechanical SLR. I don't think that the old days of film shooting were better, no, but a digital camera should be made looking into the future, not the past.

Plus, I don't think that Nikon today is able to meet the quality of the old FM series anymore. Our D300 died before reaching 90.000 shutter actuations (repair would be too expensive), and it falls literally into pieces after only 4-5 yrs use in rough environment. Our oldest FM-2 is more than 20 yrs old and still perfect.

@CFynn: nice gear ;-). I also have a about 50 ys old Kodak Retina III, which was my first camera and it was already cool & vintage when I got it.

@ Photomonkey: you're right, of course. We have a Canon gear, too, and my 7D proved to be much more rugged and well made then at least our copy of a D300. Still works fine. But what does this help if its electronic guts age within a few yrs?

The most absurd gadget is a digital Leica, because a true classic Leica was made for a whole life. I think they should bring out a model with an exchangeable sensor/electronics/LCD unit so you can keep the body/ mechanics with all its great patina and throw away the rest after every 3-5 yrs.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 28, 2013 at 20:44 UTC

We still have 3 vintage Nikon FM-2's in service, and one was used recently at -40 °C in Siberia, because it doesn't fail in frost... The more I think about this Df thing the less I like it. It is simply fake , like a pseudo cuckoo clock with an electronic clockwork. Hipsters, of course, will love it like wearing fake glasses. I mean, this Df thing has AF! And there's no film winder. So you never experience the way of shooting you had with such a full mechanical SLR. I don't think that the old days of film shooting were better, no, but a digital camera should be made looking into the future, not the past.

Plus, I don't think that Nikon today is able to meet the quality of the old FM series anymore. Our D300 died before reaching 90.000 shutter actuations (repair would be too expensive), and it falls literally into pieces after only 4-5 yrs use in rough environment. Our oldest FM-2 is more than 20 yrs old and still perfect.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 28, 2013 at 09:27 UTC as 37th comment | 3 replies
On Canon EOS 70D Review preview (623 comments in total)
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ConnieE: I shoot a 5DMarkiI (people and Macros). I would like a crop sensor for birds. I have been waiting for the replacement of the 7D.

1) would the 70D be a good choice

OR wait?

2. Do you have a guess what the option difference might be?

3. Any idea what the price might be on the 7D replacement.

Or get a used 7D intermediately. If you do birding in rough environment, a 7D is the better choice, it is close to indestructible. Mine has survived a severe crash: tripod with Wimberley and 500 mm supertele toppled over and hit a sharp stone, with the 7D in front as cushion. I thought this massive bang would have killed the camera, but it just has a few marks now and still works without any problem.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 11, 2013 at 08:21 UTC
On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)

$2.8k could be a killer for the hipster market this vintage pseudo wheels & knobs thing is made for. AF system! I can't believe it: a true FM-2 had to be focused manually and had for this a real split image screen you don't find in any production DLSR of today anymore.

For that price I can take one of our original FM-2's (still have 3, one proofed to work flawlessly in Siberian winter at -40 °C), load it with a lot of film, and scan this film. Plus, I get the feel of the true thing when I shoot, including winding the film manually. I seriously doubt, too, that Nikon today is able to meet the production quality level of the classic FM period. Just recently died our D300 before reaching 90k shutter actuations.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 11, 2013 at 08:06 UTC as 172nd comment | 4 replies
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