Naveed Akhtar

Naveed Akhtar

Lives in United Kingdom London, United Kingdom
Works as a Software Engineer
Has a website at www.lightnodes.com
Joined on Dec 14, 2009

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On Week in Review: Sony FTW article (302 comments in total)
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Photomonkey: Sony's support of PDAF for Third party lenses hints at the potential opening up of camera platforms as a competitive position. I think they have noted the enthusiasm of customers for third party lenses that can be adapted to ML cameras. I see a future where people choose lenses and bodies independent of each other. This in turn would hopefully lead to open software for wifi and Bluetooth for even more functionality in our cameras

what really could help though is sigma/ tamron / tokina build compact E mount lenses, that can be used without expensive meta-bone adapters

Direct link | Posted on Jun 13, 2015 at 23:40 UTC
On Week in Review: Sony FTW article (302 comments in total)
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zgmi: I think the company to watch for is Samsung, with NX1 they have launched a product better than many companies, if they keep this pace and resolve their full frame would also be something as exciting. Competition is good.... :-)

yeah am sure samy ff will be good (considering nx1 iq) but
sony already is ..

Direct link | Posted on Jun 13, 2015 at 23:37 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 offers 4K video article (128 comments in total)
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rpkanee: What does everyone think is the possibility of Panasonic via a Firmware update to providing the 4 options/modes for 4K to Photo, in the new G7 on the GH4? Particularly great would be able to get the 60 photo buffer via 4K pre-burst and also 4k Burst s/s modes.
Also can't wait for 2017 + when 8k with 33 MB still grabs are going to apparently be part of the Panasonic offering.
Looking forward to your thoughts on the GH4 firmware update to incorporated G7 4K to Photo modes!! Robert

Pany normally give away top features easily in new bodies, except there is some hardware limitation. In this case it's processor. G7's processor is the limiting factor here imo.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 7, 2015 at 00:22 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 offers 4K video article (128 comments in total)
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GabrielZ: Very slow flash-sync speed. But never the less, seems to be a major improvement on its predecessor. Gives Oly's E-M10 a run for the money. But Panasonic cameras like Oly's leave me cold somehow.

how?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 7, 2015 at 00:20 UTC
On Lily Camera flies itself and follows its owner article (153 comments in total)
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dash2k8: I don't understand the hate for this thing. Scrolling through the comments, the majority of comments have condemned this as a tool that props egos and fuels self-esteem. Never have I seen the word "narcissist" appear so many times in one place. If you don't like this, get a Phantom and your problems are solved.

is it possible that those condemn-comments are from people .. who hate themselves for some unfortunate events?

:)

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2015 at 13:38 UTC
On Readers' Showcase: Rodger Kingston article (53 comments in total)

These are all great photos Rodger, perfectly exposed and composed!
Also inspiring is the fact, that they are taken from a relatively small sensor camera. I always believe for good photography it needs (ordered in preference):
1. Good eye/ hands
2. Camera body
3. Lens/ Sensor combination
4. Post processing
Your 1,2 and 4 are so good that the overall impact balances out slightly weaker 3, quite easily.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 18, 2015 at 12:16 UTC as 32nd comment | 7 replies
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Review preview (811 comments in total)
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yzhenkai: Personally, new Canon T6s/T6i are more practical.

@yzhenkai .. you said "personally ... "
so it's fine .. because for me, personally Canon APSC cameras makes no sense at all!!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 7, 2015 at 07:08 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Review preview (811 comments in total)
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Andreas Balko: Very interesting. Sony Alpha a7 II Review is out.
Rating is only 1% more than E-M5 II.
Also silver award, not gold.
And if you compare the two cameras raw quality of the Sony is not so much more than the Olympus, although the Sony is a full-frame camera.
And low-light performance is a little bit better than the Sony.
Very interesting.

DxO mark is a troll feeder .. stay away from it.
They just post numbers, no proof of their experiments or tests.
Here atleast you can see the DR and higher ISO results with your own eyes and decide if it's good enough for you or not!!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 7, 2015 at 07:05 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Review preview (811 comments in total)
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munro harrap: Looking at results, the camera is junk, and the formayt is junk: focus is no better than full-frame or APS-C and if you look at the samples the grain is huge on the sports shots and degrades portraits completely at 800, and here I'm talking about reworked from RAW jpegs, by Dpreview.

At lower ISOs OK, fine, but frankly when there is just so much more leeway and resolution available at the same price in other formats elsewhere, I feel that m4/3rds customers of all brands are being cheated out of their own photography, the image quality is so poor.

Thankyou to Dpreview for helping me avoid the format completely!

all formats have their pros and cons..
if you think its lower ISO is ok .. then for many of us that's good enough. also with 5 axis IBIS .. that mean you will be mostly shooting at lowest possible ISOs most of the time ..

remaining .. don't worry about 4/3 photographers too much .. we are happy with our cropped sensors (as they normally call it)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 7, 2015 at 06:59 UTC
On Sony Alpha a7 II Review preview (822 comments in total)
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FujLiver: "So should you expect similar image quality to what we've seen from the D750? Definitely not. For starters, they use comparable, yet different sensors and the D750's is likely newer."

"likely newer"

a review based on speculation
great :(

Yet again dpreview turns in an appalling critical review for one of the best cameras ever made (as other reviews seem to acknowledge). We will never get to the bottom of why, for example, the Olympis e-m1 with its noisy as hell sensor above ISO 400 gets gold whilst a full frame mirror less with IBIS and some of the best IQ available (eg DR) gets slammed at every opportunity. The E-M1 is a great camera BTW it's just the reviewers here hate Sony. Possibly as another comment pointed out, they don't jet dpreview to a posh location or sponsor the site ....

because it's the complete package that matters, not just the sensor size. They rated gold to em1 as a whole camera, which is very innovative at many fronts not just its sensor.

Even if you compare the sensor merits, em1's sensor is excellent for quarter size of a film and a7ii is argueably the worst for its full-frame size in its class.

Moreover, they recently gave silver to oly em5ii and gold to sony a7s.

I would say, just make your own pros and cons and score and rate cameras against your personal requirements, instead of reviewing the reviews :D

Direct link | Posted on Apr 6, 2015 at 15:01 UTC
On Sony Alpha a7 II Review preview (822 comments in total)
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Mike Sandman: Sony, if you're listening out there... fix the RAW compression issue via a firmware update and I'll place my order the next day.

I think the review is on target with its complaint. They say you're a "stone's throw" from being fully equal to a FF DSLR. You'll be a hair's breadth away with lossless RAW, or perhaps an option to save as an (uncompressed) DNG.

thanks bluevellet .. my bad ..
anyways, that further strengthen my point ... m43 (oly or panny) is well supported, well build system .. for a good time ..

Direct link | Posted on Apr 6, 2015 at 14:46 UTC
On Sony Alpha a7 II Review preview (822 comments in total)
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Mike Sandman: Sony, if you're listening out there... fix the RAW compression issue via a firmware update and I'll place my order the next day.

I think the review is on target with its complaint. They say you're a "stone's throw" from being fully equal to a FF DSLR. You'll be a hair's breadth away with lossless RAW, or perhaps an option to save as an (uncompressed) DNG.

@Guidenet .. i like your convincing way of writing .. very dramatic

however for your "step backs" rant .. m4/3 is the oldest mirrorless standard and is here for roughly 5 years now, since it's launch time in aug 2008.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 6, 2015 at 10:20 UTC
On Sony Alpha a7 II Review preview (822 comments in total)
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Mike Sandman: Sony, if you're listening out there... fix the RAW compression issue via a firmware update and I'll place my order the next day.

I think the review is on target with its complaint. They say you're a "stone's throw" from being fully equal to a FF DSLR. You'll be a hair's breadth away with lossless RAW, or perhaps an option to save as an (uncompressed) DNG.

Or instead of sharing your shares in Olympus, invest more heavily on her. Give them improved 4/3 sensors :)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 5, 2015 at 00:03 UTC
On Readers' Showcase: Rajesh Bhattacharjee article (45 comments in total)

Beautiful photos and I agree with your experiences ..
Thanks for sharing them :)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 4, 2015 at 23:50 UTC as 20th comment
On Sony Alpha a7 II Review preview (822 comments in total)
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dynaxx: "The Sony a7 II is the fourth full frame ILC to feature in-camera image stabilization, (the three before it were the Sony a900, a850 and a99)." Better now corrected, but if the A7,A7R and A7S count as "cameras" then it is the seventh - so why bother to mention it at all ?

a7 ii is the first ilc with ibis, not a dslr like a900/850 etc. plus its considerably better designed with 5axis system.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 3, 2015 at 22:01 UTC
On Sony Alpha a7 II Review preview (822 comments in total)
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Dougbm_2: How curious that it can't match the Nikons in RAW. Is it a different sensor or is the RAW 'processed' deferentially and Nikon has the magic dust for that?

@mdcromer and why is that? its not that Sony is a new camera or they are using a very innovative or new standard for CFA ..

Direct link | Posted on Apr 3, 2015 at 21:59 UTC
On Sony Alpha a7 II Review preview (822 comments in total)

On one side of it, I agree with this new A7 wholeheartedly about the size and handeling, its a very good size of camera (forget the lenses at the moment) compare to DSLR world. I like its ergonomics and style too. I would carry this over any available DSLR for the sake of good looks, size, heft, live view performance (where most of DSLRs sucks) etc, also for its IBIS.

However IQ (if you check and relate to any Nikon APSC) in studio shots (at least) is not as impressive. Infect I just compared it with Nikon D5500 and the noise levels are identical on any given ISO setting (at pixel level). This is not a complement for a full-frame sensor and specially from the company that is leader in sensor technologies.

Now if I further compare it's lens catalog (sizes, availability and prices of them), I feel going towards latest OMDs (as shallower DOF is not a concern here) for all of above concerns and getting two stop better IBIS too or a Fuji X may be.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 3, 2015 at 21:35 UTC as 74th comment
On X-Transformed? Fujifilm X30 Review article (334 comments in total)
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Rodger Kingston: I've been reading the posts here with interest, and I've learned that the lowly Fuji X30 - and my beloved X10 and X20 - are not very good cameras. (I'm the guy who wished for an X100Z - for zoom - here in a recent comment.)

I've learned that the lens is just OK; the sensor is outdated; the retro style is downright silly; the price is too high; the IQ is only modest; and the whole damned camera is out of date.

By now I'm just amazed that I've managed to produce anything usable with such miserable cameras.

But then I go back and look at the photographs I've made with them, and I like what I see, as do many others. I like the way I can reach out through these little cameras and bring back interesting pieces of the world. And I love the way they fit my hand and my eye. (After all, as I'm credited with saying, a camera is a save button for the mind’s eye.)

I'm sorry, but some of the comments here seem to me like arguing about how many angels can dance on the head of a pin.

noobs or newbies .. should have no problem with any of the comments above your troll lines ... its not them who will get affected as much as it will hurt a trolls feelings and I can see it in your response.

in reality, a newbie will be more confused when they will be under a lead of a troll. I am sure, Roger's photos will help any newbie to understand and overcome any obsession of camera body and they will try to get a camera that will help them learn photography not pixel peeping or dxo mark scores.

P.s. I gonna ignore your comments in future, for your silly and arrogant behavior. enjoy your trolling!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 30, 2015 at 22:39 UTC
On X-Transformed? Fujifilm X30 Review article (334 comments in total)
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Rodger Kingston: I've been reading the posts here with interest, and I've learned that the lowly Fuji X30 - and my beloved X10 and X20 - are not very good cameras. (I'm the guy who wished for an X100Z - for zoom - here in a recent comment.)

I've learned that the lens is just OK; the sensor is outdated; the retro style is downright silly; the price is too high; the IQ is only modest; and the whole damned camera is out of date.

By now I'm just amazed that I've managed to produce anything usable with such miserable cameras.

But then I go back and look at the photographs I've made with them, and I like what I see, as do many others. I like the way I can reach out through these little cameras and bring back interesting pieces of the world. And I love the way they fit my hand and my eye. (After all, as I'm credited with saying, a camera is a save button for the mind’s eye.)

I'm sorry, but some of the comments here seem to me like arguing about how many angels can dance on the head of a pin.

@Roger, a friend of mine is planning to visit Oman and I forwarded him your gallery on it .. http://rpkphoto.smugmug.com/Travel/Oman/
once again i am very impressed with both your writing and photography ... thanks for sharing!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 30, 2015 at 22:21 UTC
On X-Transformed? Fujifilm X30 Review article (334 comments in total)
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Rodger Kingston: I've been reading the posts here with interest, and I've learned that the lowly Fuji X30 - and my beloved X10 and X20 - are not very good cameras. (I'm the guy who wished for an X100Z - for zoom - here in a recent comment.)

I've learned that the lens is just OK; the sensor is outdated; the retro style is downright silly; the price is too high; the IQ is only modest; and the whole damned camera is out of date.

By now I'm just amazed that I've managed to produce anything usable with such miserable cameras.

But then I go back and look at the photographs I've made with them, and I like what I see, as do many others. I like the way I can reach out through these little cameras and bring back interesting pieces of the world. And I love the way they fit my hand and my eye. (After all, as I'm credited with saying, a camera is a save button for the mind’s eye.)

I'm sorry, but some of the comments here seem to me like arguing about how many angels can dance on the head of a pin.

@electrophoto .. even though I agree with you about Low light IQ not as good as some competitors, but if you look at his photos, you will see most of his work is in good available light.

So the question is will you consider an rx100 over this even if you don't shoot in low light handheld? and if you dont care much about DOF?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 30, 2015 at 22:18 UTC
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