Vladik

Vladik

Lives in United States San Francisco, United States
Works as a Engineer
Joined on Jan 6, 2006
About me:

Equipment I own:

Sony A580, 18-55mm, 35mm F1.8, beercan

Tamrak backpack

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On Island life: Samsung NX500 Shooting Experience article (152 comments in total)
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Mike FL: I wish this Sam's sensor will push SONY to release a new sensor camera early.

But I think SONY still enjoys its current camera's selling ranking, all on the TOP of chart even Sam is catching up:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/bestsellers/electronics/3109924011/ref=pd_zg_hrsr_e_1_4_last

You get at least as equal performance from sony as this. Its all a matter of brand preference.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 27, 2015 at 16:13 UTC
On Sony a6000 Review preview (801 comments in total)
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Prep2: Does any one know what the best lens to take video is for this camera is (Sony A6000)?

Ideally, you want a lens with electronic zoom option:

like this: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1001011-REG/sony_selp18105g_18_105mm_f_4_g_lens.html

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2015 at 20:32 UTC
On Sony a6000 Review preview (801 comments in total)

"The a6000 produces some very impressive image quality - at base ISO it matches the Nikon D5300 for resolution. This puts it quite some way ahead of the Fujifilm X-M1, the Canon EOS 700D/ Rebel T5i and the Olympus OM-D E-M10. "

Sony's resolution appears to be ahead of D5300 in my opinion, not a huge leap, but surely visible.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2015 at 20:30 UTC as 10th comment
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mgm2: This is a nice interview, but the sad truth is that their imaging division just doesn't make money and hasn't for several years. That must say something about the demand for their cameras and lenses.

They have the same problems as any other giant corporation adhering to stock markets, where they publicly traded. They have to create grandiose sales forecasts that they will immense and unreal grow in the future, otherwise they are punished by those money sharks. I'm sure they will lower the expectation and it will balance itself out. They need to price their product a bit more realistically. You simply can't say something cost 1300 and then go and sell them at half the price 1 years later. Thats why they have screwed up forecasts. I love my 5D dearly, but I decided to get E-M5 with a kits, cause there was a ridiculous deal and I must say that I am really impressed with it, definitely a keeper. Even with the cheapy 12-50 kit lens.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 23, 2015 at 21:13 UTC
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straylightrun: It's obvious what Sony is doing here.

They are intentionally releasing gigantic lenses now so that next year they can conveniently release the Mark II version with up to 40% smaller size reduction as a major selling point.

Just like they did with the a7 grip: Intentionally put an inferior grip and shutter release placement and then add the proper grip and shutter placement in the Mark II version (a7II and soon to be a7rII/a7sII) and sell it as a new feature upgrade.

What about good Konika Minolta lenses?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 10, 2015 at 20:55 UTC
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Vladik: Gosh, Pentax used to make good looking cameras. What happened to them. These things are so ugly!

I have nothing against Retro looks, I have E-M5 and original Canon 5D. I somewhat agree that the tool doesn't have to be sexy hot, it needs to do the job well. In the Camera world today, there are dozens of cams that can do the job better than ever before. I know every brand has it's loyal following and Pentax is certainly not an exception, but we should wait and see what they will offer over the well established competition. Hopefully it will be in body 5 axis stabilization, because that body look rather huge.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 10, 2015 at 18:20 UTC

Gosh, Pentax used to make good looking cameras. What happened to them. These things are so ugly!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 9, 2015 at 23:19 UTC as 18th comment | 7 replies
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justinwonnacott: Retro inventor funk . . . maybe they should talk to Lomo.

Looks more of minimalist modern funk to me. Super minimalist in fact!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2015 at 23:21 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (2340 comments in total)
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maboleth: 3699$ or 3999 euros! Should've been the opposite. 1 eur = 1,13$

No it's completely right. Because there will be a lot more units sold in USA than in all of EU. In addition, import taxes in EU are significantly higher than USA.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 19, 2015 at 18:26 UTC
On CP+ 2015: Canon shows off prototype 120MP CMOS sensor article (255 comments in total)
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(unknown member): Hipsters will want one built into their iApple device to take and post pictures of their cat on "the cloud"..."We're going to a need a bigger data plan". (Jaws...anyone?)....

that wasn't funny at all

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 18:39 UTC
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straylightrun: It's obvious what Sony is doing here.

They are intentionally releasing gigantic lenses now so that next year they can conveniently release the Mark II version with up to 40% smaller size reduction as a major selling point.

Just like they did with the a7 grip: Intentionally put an inferior grip and shutter release placement and then add the proper grip and shutter placement in the Mark II version (a7II and soon to be a7rII/a7sII) and sell it as a new feature upgrade.

Are you not happy with what Sony is producing? I think Sony is the only company that is innovating anything and doing it pretty good. In order to innovate they need money, guess who they are going to take it from? You can afford new, get used. Thats what i do :)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 18:35 UTC
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KL Matt: The problem for Canon: those big heavy EF lenses that are ridiculous when attached to an EOS-M body are both its claim to fame and cash cows. And there is still a lot of cashing in to be done on those lenses, they're where the profits in the system are for Canon. Entry-level bodies, not so much. They're merely the means to acquiring market share, which inevitably brings with it interchangeable EF and EF-S lens sales. Not so with EF-M: the lenses are smaller, slower, cheaper, and the profit margins are sized accordingly. Canon doesn't really want you to choose a mirrorless body if it means you'll forego a Canon DSLR. At the same time, Canon must cover the mirrorless threat from other manufacturers to its market share, which the EOS-M mount is a (so far) half-hearted attempt at. Apparently they don't feel enough of a threat yet. Remember, they don't want into mirrorless at all, they're being forced in.

Sure, im and idiot! You must have medals in cognitive science from KL university! Pat yourself on your back!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2015 at 04:27 UTC
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KL Matt: The problem for Canon: those big heavy EF lenses that are ridiculous when attached to an EOS-M body are both its claim to fame and cash cows. And there is still a lot of cashing in to be done on those lenses, they're where the profits in the system are for Canon. Entry-level bodies, not so much. They're merely the means to acquiring market share, which inevitably brings with it interchangeable EF and EF-S lens sales. Not so with EF-M: the lenses are smaller, slower, cheaper, and the profit margins are sized accordingly. Canon doesn't really want you to choose a mirrorless body if it means you'll forego a Canon DSLR. At the same time, Canon must cover the mirrorless threat from other manufacturers to its market share, which the EOS-M mount is a (so far) half-hearted attempt at. Apparently they don't feel enough of a threat yet. Remember, they don't want into mirrorless at all, they're being forced in.

Not sure why you're talking $hit about Canon prices, because no matter what manufacturer you go with, the premium lenses are going to cost an arm and a leg, no exceptions. Canon offer competitive budget lenses, so feel free to get those.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 11, 2015 at 21:42 UTC
On Nikon D750 Review preview (1893 comments in total)
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Stitzer23: This d750 makes the d610 look good!

Nikon has too many overlapping models, they need to consolidate, instead of appeasing too every possible price category, just as Samsung with their phones

Direct link | Posted on Dec 22, 2014 at 19:45 UTC
On Nikon D750 Review preview (1893 comments in total)
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Ron A 19: Seems like the D750 seems to have a sharper image at full resolution, but could this be partly because the Canons are using a lens that is 22 years older? The 85mm USM cannot outresolve the 85mm G (compare them on thedigitalpicture.com). If DPReview wants to compare these two cameras on a resolution basis, why don't they use the same lens on different bodies? A third party reference lens like the Sigma Art or Zeiss otus would be the perfect way to show limitations of a sensor rather than a cheapo circa '92 lens.

Ron, off bet, I was looking at raw 6D and D750 and parts of dpreview board were sharper on Canon and some were on D750, but very very close nonetheless! I dont see how D750 is the Gold Standard, when image quality is virtually indistinguishable with a camera that is 1 year older. Well D750 has some gimmicky feature that some may care for.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 22, 2014 at 19:39 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1266 comments in total)
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shutterbud: The last gasp from a once-great manufacturer. This model admits that Canon is so far behind the times that they have to give you everything they have to make the purchase of their latest APS-C camera even worthwile.
Compare a D700 to an A7R.
Then compare a 7D to this.
It really is quite sad.

Bud,

It's a matter of preference, Canon has their advantage! I used to be hardcore Nikon fan, had 2 D700s, D90, D7000, D5100, D80, D50, various glass. Once i tried Canon 5D, i kept coming back to canon, even realizing their shortcomings. Many photographers, dont care for gimmicky stuff alike million fps, unlimited dynamic range and uber perfect focusing. What draws me back to Canon are the colors, and super smooth color gradation. Professionals may care more, but most photographers today aren't pros, they aren't even semi-pros. I accept the margin or focusing error on my Canon, so be honest i"ve learned to avoid focusing errors, yes it isn't as good as nikons, but not bad at all, if you know what you're doing.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2014 at 18:52 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1864 comments in total)

at ISO 200, it looks very soupy, rather disappointing.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 30, 2014 at 17:04 UTC as 49th comment | 1 reply
On Apple iPhone 6 Plus camera review post (204 comments in total)

I switched from Lumia 1520, which I bought because of the camera to iphone 6 and I can safely say that the camera is way better, in all aspects of shooting. First of all the focusing, it's day and night, color and clarity. 1520 which supposed to have the tops quality cam, only took decent pictures during perfect conditions and focusing was slow as molasses. I would take a good 8mp cam over 20 any day, especially on a phone. Sick of MP race!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2014 at 22:22 UTC as 21st comment | 3 replies
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2701 comments in total)
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CBuff: A decade ago, Nikon had the best bodies, and Canon the best sensors (CMOS, full frame...). How things have changed!! I still love my canon optics, but since i am not an action shooter, i am still waiting. Maybe PMA.

I've been a Nikon guy since the beginning, loved it to death. Then i decided to open up and try other brands. Did Fuji S5Pro, Canon 5D, Rebel. Owned Nikon D50, D80, D700, D600 and everything i switched back and forth between D700 and 5D. Yes Nikon is ISO king,they have unsurpassed Focus system and DR, but Canon has the sexiest smooth color gradation that Nikon still hasn't really matched. Right now I have CAnon 5D and Nikon D5100 and 5D does most of the work.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 16:42 UTC
On Fujifilm X100T Overview preview (650 comments in total)
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rsf3127: Always wanted to like these Fuji but stopped when looking at the RAW images. They are not up to the same level of recent sensors by other manufacturers at all.
I always keep coming back to my NEX/A7. Much better value and versatility.

Completely agreed. I remmeber i bought S5 Pro and it was mostly a lot of wasted time editing those raw files and they had color casts and just not smooth files at all. Fuji is mostly way overrated.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 11, 2014 at 17:02 UTC
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