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Lives in Belgium Eupen, Belgium
Has a website at www.peterortmann.com
Joined on Apr 24, 2012
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On Nikon 1 V3: a quick summary article (597 comments in total)

In the mean time I already switched to fuji - sorry nikon, really.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 06:10 UTC as 223rd comment
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1657 comments in total)

I had the chance to use it for an evening. Next to all the pros and cons already written I have two comments: The four way control buttons are quite on the same level as the back plate and I could not identify them clearly while keeping my eyes on the viewfinder. The second is that the X-T1 with the grip and the 56mm 1.2 lens is a heavy beast.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2014 at 07:51 UTC as 36th comment | 8 replies
On P1110973.acr photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (6 comments in total)

Why do I feel that these images are not as sharp as expected them to be?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2014 at 07:50 UTC as 3rd comment | 3 replies

When I see the quality and pleasure I have shooting with the X100 and the quality of portraits with the X-E1 armed with the zoom or the xf 35mm I am quite sure to have soon a rather good portrait lens in my hands. What the 14mm is at the wide end I hope the 56mm will be for portraits.

I am happy to face an f1.2 lens, but I will not use this aperture all the time. I hope to have a firm “click” for the major stops at the aperture ring. Yes – I think I will like the lens for its feeling, for the image quality and the challenge I will face to manage my model in the same quality the Fuji engineers already did to design and build it.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2014 at 18:38 UTC as 12th comment
On Fujifilm X-E2 Preview preview (454 comments in total)
In reply to:

armanius: "This kind of responsiveness is all-too-rare, and can only help win the confidence of customers."

I am not too keen on giving so much credit to Fuji for "improving" the X series with firmware upgrades. I'd much rather Fuji do its R&D thoroughly before releasing the product.

When the XPro1 first launched and the aperture blade chatter was bugging many people (including me), I got Fuji "front men" such as the Fuji Guys making all sorts of excuse why a user should not care about the chatter. Or how the AF really wasn't as bad as people were portraying it to be. Then Fuji started coming up with firmware upgrades fixing what Fuji was claiming to be a non-issue to begin with.

Did Fuji really believe those were non-issues? Was it sloppy testing? Or simply hoping that users won't notice or care?

I'm glad and happy that X series has improved. But let's not laud Fuji for fixing something that shouldn't have needed to be fixed if Fuji had done it right from the get go.

I find it quite positive that Fuji is litenig to the users. I can also interprete it as we, as potographers, are important to Fuji. They are by the few who did change the software. I do not see many perfect cameras on the market, but Fuji are improving something that was already quite good.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 11, 2013 at 12:17 UTC
On Fujifilm X-E2 Preview preview (454 comments in total)
In reply to:

RG70: I picked up an X-E2 yesterday. Walked into the shop and they had just placed them on display so I got to have a play and ended up purchasing on impulse. I find the camera is pretty much as all the reviewers have stated - incremental improvements that add up to a brilliant camera. Now I just need to decide whether to keep my X-E1 or to sell it.

Personally I prefer a combination of one X100* and one X-E*. Rather than 2 X-E's.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 11, 2013 at 12:13 UTC
On Adobe expands Photoshop and Lightroom offer article (628 comments in total)

I am ready to pay a decent price for a good peace of software. But I have the irrational feeling that Adobe is taking control over my PICTURES. Once I stop paying the software will stop working and I will loose access to my own artwork? No way.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 22, 2013 at 10:34 UTC as 74th comment | 1 reply
On Classic photographs recreated in Lego article (123 comments in total)
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AndreyT: At first one wonders what was the point of reposting these images again, after we have seen them hundreds of times already (they were making rounds around the Net for a few years now). But then one notices that there's an obvious political bias in the selection of these images: out of all those well-known Lego photo recreation pictures only the ones were cherry picked that fit certain propaganda-censorship agenda. And then a few "neutral" pictures were added to masquerade the original intent. Apparently someone at "dpreview staff" saw this veiled trolling opportunity and took it.

whould you be so nice and share the links to the other sources in the net you are talking about?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 11, 2013 at 06:20 UTC
On Classic photographs recreated in Lego article (123 comments in total)

Wonderful! Did you get them all?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 11, 2013 at 06:16 UTC as 26th comment
On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)

I once loved Nikon. Then I discovered my Fuji X100 with all the manuals on the right place in a clean design. Now I hoped to use my lenses again, but the design is all but clean. Not for me. Sorry Nikon.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 05:42 UTC as 932nd comment | 2 replies
On 5 Reasons why I haven't used my DSLR for months article (591 comments in total)

It comes close to what I experienced. The 35mm lens for the portrait might not be the same as my DSLR 60mm or 90mm, but the reactions of the people are much much more positive. So I do have pictures where normal persons accept to be copied into a digital camera. Even for this my X100 earns nicer comments than my X-E1.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2013 at 18:06 UTC as 291st comment

Of minor interest. Nice idea, but not more.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 19, 2013 at 08:27 UTC as 44th comment | 1 reply

If somebody takes a foto of mine in the street where I have at least a chance to meet him and communicate with him/her I am potentially able to decide about it.

When somebody takes pictures of me without any chance of personal reaction or simple human exchange I totally disagree. I feel like somebody is stealing someting. Fact is that the "hunter" uses me as a simple object.

For me it is part of my freedom and respect in human interactions to at least have a chance to say "no".

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2013 at 12:51 UTC as 145th comment | 1 reply
In reply to:

macker: Any chance the might do something for Fujifilm X System ??

I asked them and the answer was "not yet".

Direct link | Posted on Mar 8, 2013 at 18:43 UTC

I love the tool in addition to lightroom since version 2! Still I miss the fuji x sensor support and that turns me mad. In particular I used it for a quick preview and a complex renaming. But if it does not read fuji RAW files ...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 8, 2013 at 18:42 UTC as 14th comment
On Adobe's Fujifilm X-Trans sensor processing tested article (144 comments in total)
In reply to:

tcab: What about Fuji x100 raw support - doesn't that need improvement too?

Most people can't get x100 raw to look as good as in camera jpeg, which shouldn't really be the case. I've tried it myself and simply gone back to jpeg - it's just too hard fiddling with the raw files.

Has Adobe forgotten the x100 and the x100s?

The X100 in opposite to X100s, X-E1, etc. has a standard pattern. Once the RAW file read all optimizatin algos work fine as on all other sensors. Therefore until now X100 RAW files looked better in some situations that the X-E1 RAW files.

It takes a great expertise to optimize something that is relatively new. Let's see if now the X-E1 can produce images that look sensibly better than the X100.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2013 at 14:04 UTC
On Nikon publishes Nikkor lens 80th anniversary video article (33 comments in total)

I never imagined it as such a manual and industrial process. Nice.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 8, 2013 at 14:04 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply
On DPReview Recommends: Top 5 Compact Cameras article (568 comments in total)

nothing really new. for a overview, even for beginners, really not complete enough.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 25, 2013 at 11:29 UTC as 38th comment
On Hands-on with the Fujifilm X100S article (57 comments in total)

I do own a X100 for some time and upgrade it by a X-E1 for some weeks now. I thought it was an improvement of the X100. But after some time I feel like the X100 is still a camera I like to have with me, I love to take pictures with and where the results still let me smile. The mechanical interaction with the camera (aperture ring, size, ...) is IMHO much more intutive that the X-E1. So the simple idea of a boosted X100 without changing the body's design let me think of this irrational upgrade I will plan for 2013 :-)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 16, 2013 at 15:55 UTC as 4th comment
On Hands-on with Fujifilm's X100S article (62 comments in total)

I appreciate the info you share on this X100s. I will allow myself to sell the x100 right now and wait for the upgraded X100s. It feels as fuji pushed my beloved X100 to something I expected from the X-E1.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2013 at 11:46 UTC as 7th comment
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