Kiril Karaatanasov

Lives in Bulgaria Bulgaria
Has a website at http://www.karaatanasov.info
Joined on Mar 31, 2006

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Kiril Karaatanasov: I do not see an overwhelming advantage over the current/previous Sigma 85/1.4 in these samples. The old Sigma is 2 times smaller, lighter and substantially cheaper. So....

The Zeiss Batis 1.8/55 lens is the other 85 I use and it has a number of flaws and a number of advantages.....So not really comparable but instead complementary.

Agreed I use it on A7m2 and there is no need for dock at all - it is perfectly accurate

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2016 at 18:44 UTC
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PKDanny: Great but some eyes and some hair little blurry.

With f/1.4 lens it is hard to get more than one eye or hair in focus :-) Older models could not even do that good.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2016 at 14:31 UTC
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kadardr: DPR getting political in a sample gallery. Yield?

What do you mean?

I am not based inn USA as are probably the majority of readers so....

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2016 at 14:30 UTC

I do not see an overwhelming advantage over the current/previous Sigma 85/1.4 in these samples. The old Sigma is 2 times smaller, lighter and substantially cheaper. So....

The Zeiss Batis 1.8/55 lens is the other 85 I use and it has a number of flaws and a number of advantages.....So not really comparable but instead complementary.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2016 at 14:13 UTC as 121st comment | 2 replies
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Pierre Louis: When are mobile device companies finally going to make phones/tablets that allow you to connect to any HDMI camera to serve as a high resolution/lightweight/battery powered monitor? Now THAT's what we need!

They say the best camera is the one you have with you.
I say the best preview/playback monitor for video/photography is also the one you have with you! (and to boot, one you don't have to pay anything extra for, like you do with the outrageously priced bulky, heavy, single-function dedicated video monitors on the market).

Lots of devices have HDMI out, so why not HDMI in???

I just send Levono a message about giving us this basic functionality. Lets all do our part and email the manufacturers (including Apple) with our requests until they finally wake up and give us truly FUNCTIONAL devices for video/photography!

You can tether most current Sony cameras to higher end Android phones

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2016 at 06:00 UTC
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Kiril Karaatanasov: Why do you need to carry second dysfunctional device that requires your phone to work?

Is it cheaper to buy Moto Z plus camera attachment and projector attachment than to buy Galaxy 7, RX100mk1 and some of those tiny projectors?

It just seems useless.

Right but why not get a small dedicated camera that will work with any phone? New cameras like the RX100 (and now there are many of those) have wifi and/or bluetooth and can transfer pictures to your phone quickly for sharing. I use an A6300 which admittedly is a bit too big but then it is APS-C and Sigma 30/1.4 seems to fit it well and it is capable to do portraits and food photography much better than a phone.....

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2016 at 15:44 UTC

Why do you need to carry second dysfunctional device that requires your phone to work?

Is it cheaper to buy Moto Z plus camera attachment and projector attachment than to buy Galaxy 7, RX100mk1 and some of those tiny projectors?

It just seems useless.

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2016 at 07:53 UTC as 14th comment | 3 replies

....and the Surface book now looks that much better with bigger battery, SD slot, detachable display, pressure sensitive screen with stylus support.

Apple are going down iPhone 7 was disappointing MacBook worse

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 06:39 UTC as 219th comment | 2 replies

https://www.dpreview.com/news/6057991663/kipon-to-produce-canon-ef-to-sony-e-mount-adapter-with-af-and-slot-in-nd-grads

This gets advertised every 6 months. It has been in stores for a while and the feedback is not nice......

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2016 at 15:13 UTC as 4th comment
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Mister Joseph: So, worse IQ than previous generation (e.g. Samsung S6) cellphones? Could've been nice if Kodak went all the way like a Samsung Galaxy Zoom.

Also, I remember Kodak dropping their camera business during a time when they were had nice devices like the PlaySport, PlayTouch, Zi8 etc.

This is not Kodak camera! This is camera of a mid sized UK company that has licensed the brand name. All the components are off the shelf. Likely they placed an order with one of the big Chinese electronics companies to build few of those ridiculous devices i.e. cheap phone put in camera like box.

I would much more prefer proper chinese phone.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2016 at 20:38 UTC

Is this even legit smartphone with decent camera.....when I look at similar announcements there is usually some details about the sensor size, the supported recording formats (10, 12 bit RAW?), supported video formats and frame rate, supported continuous shooting rate, iso range etc. This is all typically announced in decent phones featuring cameras not even claiming to be specialized for photography....

and what is this supposed to mean "adjustable ....Aperture (fixed f2.0 main camera)"? Adjustable fixed aperture? By the same token there is adjustable screen size fixed at 5" for the main screen......

Really?

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2016 at 20:33 UTC as 45th comment

Very impressive images. I am shooting Sony mirrorless for a while and shooting sport has not been the best of experiences so far. These shots show that the system has matured a lot since a7r2 and GM lenses launch.

The camera can still only take 5 images per second and I would suppose there s some inherent sluggishness. Yet AF tracking seems to have worked very well and the camera allowed capturing key moments.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2016 at 20:22 UTC as 9th comment
On article Google publishes gallery from upcoming Pixel smartphone (158 comments in total)
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Matthias R: There is something that bugs me about all these smartphone pictures galleries... pictures sure look attractive, I I will not argue against a good photographers's ability to do good photographs with a halfway decent smartphone.
Now, I regularly see casual pictures snapped by friends and families with their latest iPhones, and boy, these pictures do not look good. Inexistent contrast, blobby noise reduction everywhere in anything less than bright sunlight, flares, you name it. Quite possibly they would get better results if they bothered to clean the lens from time to time. And I know for a sure thing (i.e. I've seen it happen regularly) that these people in the exact same conditions would have gotten vastly better picture with a halfway decent point and shoot.
Whatever is happening there, dedicated cameras clearly are much more forgiving of their user's shortcomings than smartphones.

@onemoreguy these stats are BS. Did you care to look at them? Apple had 2% market share hahaha.....this is ridiculous.....are you trying to say iPhone is world dominating - well it is not.....really inappropriate.... pathetic

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2016 at 15:52 UTC
On article Google publishes gallery from upcoming Pixel smartphone (158 comments in total)
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Matthias R: There is something that bugs me about all these smartphone pictures galleries... pictures sure look attractive, I I will not argue against a good photographers's ability to do good photographs with a halfway decent smartphone.
Now, I regularly see casual pictures snapped by friends and families with their latest iPhones, and boy, these pictures do not look good. Inexistent contrast, blobby noise reduction everywhere in anything less than bright sunlight, flares, you name it. Quite possibly they would get better results if they bothered to clean the lens from time to time. And I know for a sure thing (i.e. I've seen it happen regularly) that these people in the exact same conditions would have gotten vastly better picture with a halfway decent point and shoot.
Whatever is happening there, dedicated cameras clearly are much more forgiving of their user's shortcomings than smartphones.

@Matthias R I meant that phones today are filling pretty much the same niche as those compact film cameras did. People need to take casual photos of kids, vacations. Learning about apertures, lenses and so on is not their priority at all. Most people probably realize that great pictures need bigger more sophisticated camera and also a experienced educated photographer.

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2016 at 05:45 UTC
On article Google publishes gallery from upcoming Pixel smartphone (158 comments in total)
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Matthias R: There is something that bugs me about all these smartphone pictures galleries... pictures sure look attractive, I I will not argue against a good photographers's ability to do good photographs with a halfway decent smartphone.
Now, I regularly see casual pictures snapped by friends and families with their latest iPhones, and boy, these pictures do not look good. Inexistent contrast, blobby noise reduction everywhere in anything less than bright sunlight, flares, you name it. Quite possibly they would get better results if they bothered to clean the lens from time to time. And I know for a sure thing (i.e. I've seen it happen regularly) that these people in the exact same conditions would have gotten vastly better picture with a halfway decent point and shoot.
Whatever is happening there, dedicated cameras clearly are much more forgiving of their user's shortcomings than smartphones.

@onemoreguy it is only in USA where Apple is dominant player by far and phone pretty much equates with iPhone. Everywhere else I have been Apple is one of the phone vendors along side Samsung, Sony, LG, HTC, Xiaomi, OnePlus, Microsoft etc.

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2016 at 05:42 UTC
On article Google publishes gallery from upcoming Pixel smartphone (158 comments in total)
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Matthias R: There is something that bugs me about all these smartphone pictures galleries... pictures sure look attractive, I I will not argue against a good photographers's ability to do good photographs with a halfway decent smartphone.
Now, I regularly see casual pictures snapped by friends and families with their latest iPhones, and boy, these pictures do not look good. Inexistent contrast, blobby noise reduction everywhere in anything less than bright sunlight, flares, you name it. Quite possibly they would get better results if they bothered to clean the lens from time to time. And I know for a sure thing (i.e. I've seen it happen regularly) that these people in the exact same conditions would have gotten vastly better picture with a halfway decent point and shoot.
Whatever is happening there, dedicated cameras clearly are much more forgiving of their user's shortcomings than smartphones.

Did you see their 15x10 cm (6x4 in) prints from 20 years ago shot with compact film camera? Do you think things got better or worse with phones?

PS iPhone in particular has quite average camera. I think it is mostly US folks falling over it as Apple is the only credible US brand. Outside of US iPhone is snobby low end phone...

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2016 at 10:37 UTC
On article Sigma 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art real world sample gallery (215 comments in total)
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arra: Nice performance, I really like corners, they are so sharp:
https://3.img-dpreview.com/files/p/TS7952x5304~sample_galleries/3901018094/4112007026.jpg

ART performance indeed....

This shot does not show corner performance really. The corners are in completely different plane from the main subject and although the lens is closed to f/8 I would not make judgements form that one shot.

There is a shot with A7r ii of a wall with some leafs that shows quite decent corners.

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2016 at 15:04 UTC
On article Sigma 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art real world sample gallery (215 comments in total)
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Kiril Karaatanasov: Would be interesting if this lens performs well on A7 cameras using MC-11. There are people (Tony Northrup) saying that Canon mount wide-angle lenses adapted to A7 loose a bit of corner resolution.

Thanks! This is great!

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2016 at 14:57 UTC
On article Sigma 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art real world sample gallery (215 comments in total)

Would be interesting if this lens performs well on A7 cameras using MC-11. There are people (Tony Northrup) saying that Canon mount wide-angle lenses adapted to A7 loose a bit of corner resolution.

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2016 at 12:46 UTC as 63rd comment | 8 replies
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SkiHound: Should make a nice 4 x 6 print if you keep the iso low.

You mean 4x6 meters :-)

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2016 at 23:52 UTC
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