vadims

vadims

Lives in Russian Federation Moscow, Russian Federation
Joined on Mar 10, 2006
About me:

Canon 5D Mk2, Sony RX100 Mk2, Tuscen TCH 5.0 ICE (cooled CCD), lots of older cameras.
Canon 16-35/2.8L II, 24-105/4L, 70-300/4.5-5.6 DO, 50/1.4, 100/2.8 Macro, Canon 500D and lots of filters and extension tubes, SLICK Pro 400DX tripod, Canon 430EX and Metz 28AF-3C speedlights, Rekam HALO-Pro 1000 Kit MOD3.1 and other professional lighting equipment.

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On LensRentals tests Lomography's Petzval lens article (28 comments in total)
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win39: Petzval lenses are the give away lenses included with the very cheapest telescopes.

Right. Like, say, this $5,150 baby:
http://www.buytelescopes.com/takahashi-fsq-106ed-new-q-refractor

Do you own a telescope, a good one? I do. And I can tell you what you own: an armchair and a computer, just enough to post nonsense... And other armchair experts flock here to "like" your post.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 11, 2014 at 08:35 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (432 comments in total)

I don't think the world's fastest AF can be used to its full potential without an OVF or EVF.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 5, 2014 at 14:38 UTC as 24th comment | 16 replies

I think it's about time for ISO to introduce another, logarithmic scale for measuring sensor sensitivity. The fact that the numbers look crazy does not mean that the sensitivity per se is "crazy" -- it's still far cry from the capabilities of the human eye.

BTW, "who needs more than ISO 6,400" sounds to me suspiciously similar to "640 kilobytes should be enough for everyone".

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2014 at 11:46 UTC as 44th comment | 8 replies
On Sony a6000 Review preview (711 comments in total)
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dual12: Another gadget from Sony. Gadgety controls, no charger, noisy as all get out, and a poor quality lens. Typical Sony. Sony makes great sensors, but they have no idea what to do with them.

> No troll, but I know a gadget when I see one.

Well... I know a troll when I see one.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 17, 2014 at 20:32 UTC
On Adobe teases new 'Focus masks' feature article (64 comments in total)
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Gosman: It is so nice to have Photoshop CC. So many improvements! You Sixers out there will soon be left behind!

Yeah. 640k should be enough for everyone...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 14, 2014 at 18:30 UTC
On Panasonic FZ1000: Not just another superzoom... article (158 comments in total)
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Rachotilko: There's one point I missed in this otherwise well articulated opinion : the historical perspective. Several ears ago, "bridge" meant something completelly different than the "superzoom" of today. Compared to today's superzooms:

- the sensor sizes were bigger, at least 1/1.7"
- the reach was much more limited (to around 300-400mm)
- lenses were faster
- optics manufacturing quality was not of cheap feeling and reputation.

I'm talking about devices like Sony F717, F828, Fuji cameras (S6500fd, S9XXX, S100fs, S200exr), Panasonic FZ30, FZ50, Minolta AXXX, etc.

Sadly, this category of devices died out - the last one of them was probably Fuji X-S1 (but that one was unfortunatelly hampered by the overambitious lens design). Their extinction coincides very well with the advent of mirrorless, but also with arrival of their low-cost (but high zoom) siblings - the superzooms.

It seems that the true "bridge" category is back. But the ingredients are still the same.

What's missing in your otherwise nice retrospective (and that's covered, to some extent in DPR's article) is autofocus speed. That's always been real differentiator, at least for me...

I still remember the day when I cursed my F717 while trying to capture jumping orcas in San Diego zoo. When I returned, I got Canon DSLR and never looked back.

Bridge cameras will be truly "back" when they close the gap to DSLRs in autofocus speed. How do FZ1000 and RX10 fare in that department? That's what I would like to know (first hand, I should add).

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 17:11 UTC
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aris14: Serious work for teaching photography to serious students in a serious school...

Replace "photography" with "history of photography", and I'll agree with you.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 2, 2014 at 12:10 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2979 comments in total)

I can't help bu think that people are just barking at the wrong tree with this wheel.. IMHO it's not the wheel, but the overall design (wheel + its UI) that is, well, sub-par, to say the least.

I would have loved it, clicks or not, if not this awkward behavior of first entering the, say, zoom mode with first rotation, and only then, with second rotation, actually changing the focal length (in fixed focal lengths mode).

Imaging you drive a car, turn steering wheel, and the car, instead of turning, displays nice diagram on HUD with "Turn mode, please turn the wheel again to turn" on it. This is how it feels for me with my RX100M2.

I for one would have easily traded 4mm on the lens' short end and a whole stop on the long end for a fix to this bogus design.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2014 at 02:20 UTC as 434th comment
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WACONimages: Weird... No hotshoe, but in the specifications here above they write; External flash: 'Yes (via Multi-Interface Shoe)'

Will the built-in flash being able to trigger any external flash? Love this camera, but without the possibility for proper fill-in flash would be a shame.

That's been fixed already (the external flash).

What's more interesting is is: "Remote control: Yes (with RM-VPR1 wired remote)"... Can't it be also controlled with any Android phone with PlayMemories on it?

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2014 at 19:13 UTC

Just shows true value of this service.

If you can painlessly live without it for a full day, you can (and should) live without it all the time.

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2014 at 01:20 UTC as 51st comment
On Journey to the center of the Earth with Robbie Shone article (49 comments in total)
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AngryCorgi: #7 looks so amazing if I didn't know better I'd say it was a fake or a drawing. Really puts the feeble size of man in perspective.

Agreed.

I even went to Shone's site to look at that picture at (slightly) larger resolution to make sure that's a man standing there...

Direct link | Posted on May 12, 2014 at 21:20 UTC
On Little beauty: Nordin Seruyan's macro images article (352 comments in total)
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rottenbull: The way ppl reacts does tells me,this is art.
If all of us will say the same,it will be just some boring,non staged,real nature photos.
What we need to see here,is the vision of the photographer,who used some insects and some other animals as models (probably unpaid) to create images.
I have never read a word from him saying this is documentary type nature photography.
Ya all moaning here,but can any of this moaners recreate the same level?

> The way ppl reacts does tells me,this is art.

Now that's a really powerful argument!

Suppose someone publishes a dozen of images of, well, feces, with beautiful bokeh, colorful flies, and whatnot. Then "ppl reacts". Then you'll draw the same conclusion of it being art and "ppl" being ignorant?

Direct link | Posted on May 12, 2014 at 11:43 UTC
On Little beauty: Nordin Seruyan's macro images article (352 comments in total)

If Wikipedia had an article for "Overdone", half of these images could be used as illustrations there...

Direct link | Posted on May 10, 2014 at 18:48 UTC as 76th comment
On Fujifilm X-T1 Review preview (564 comments in total)

Why there is no ISO range on the specs page (2)?

I even searched for "iso" on the page; the only place where it's mentioned is flash guide number (i.e. that it's for ISO100).

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 03:57 UTC as 89th comment | 2 replies

Something is wrong with this world if such fantastic pictures can provoke anything but sheer admiration and respect...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 28, 2014 at 10:41 UTC as 16th comment
On Apple patents remote control for iPhone camera post (50 comments in total)
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graybalanced: Everybody's jumping to conclusions about "not new" and "prior art" and such but there are aspects of this that seem atypical for your usual camera remote: Like: "... The PMD can send the captured still images and recorded video to the accessory for preview and receive instructions from the accessory on disposition of the still images and the video."

Most remotes cannot exchange images with the controlled camera.

> there are aspects of this that seem atypical for your usual camera remote: Like: "... The PMD can send the captured still images and ... <>

And round corners. You forgot round corners.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 20, 2014 at 01:09 UTC

I bet Sigma just came up, themselves, with a solution that was already "protected" by a Nikon patent.

It's long overdue all this "patent"... stuff is revised and a bit of sanity is brought into it.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 11, 2014 at 23:09 UTC as 53rd comment

"DSLRs can capture the moment better than mirrorless, because you're viewing directly, not through an LCD."

This reminds me those medieval scientists who refused to follow Galileo and use telescope because they believed that lenses were "distorting reality" and therefore insisted on observing with naked eye.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 3, 2014 at 21:52 UTC as 74th comment | 3 replies
On Sony Xperia Z2 records 4K video post (18 comments in total)

I'm so fed up with the intrusive bloatware of Samsungs (like, say, Samsung Mobile folder in Chrome (!) browser than not only can't be deleted, but to which I'm switched -- forced -- once in appr. 20 times I open bookmarks), that Xperia does not even have to be "great", it just has to be "good enough" to be my next phone...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 28, 2014 at 03:16 UTC as 1st comment

Looks like something that can be immensely usable for blind people -- provided that somebody figures out the UI.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 22, 2014 at 21:19 UTC as 2nd comment
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