Nikolai Vassiliev

Lives in Russian Federation Moscow, Russian Federation
Works as a Architecture historian|Photographer
Has a website at http://flickr.com/photos/qwz
Joined on Nov 19, 2007

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cyberpi1: Don't know how, but Sony's NP-FZ100 is a beast. 710 vs 400 and less - this is phenomenal.

It's not about capacity but processor and other hardware power efficiency. Despite commin believe is pretty good on Sony cameras and siginifcantly better than others.

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2020 at 10:22 UTC
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Nikolai Vassiliev: Me students also send me this ugly HEIC (WIndows codec is paid, 99 cent but for older professor it can be a pain to manage all this compatiblity issues).

LIke they send the essays in .pages.c

So far i worked with layered PSD, tiff with different color and pixel formats, tga sequences, jpg, png and gif for web, with or without clipping path, alpha channels, mask sequences in separate files, camera RAWs etc. To say nothing of 3d models and vector drawing formats. And now some 'user-oriented company' cannot put a normal file format as default on they products they sells worldwide?
No thanks. In Photo industry wee already have dng with similar problems of support even inside Adobe products.

And what exact benefits? Another container? Is better than tiff? Better than JPEG2000?

Link | Posted on May 22, 2020 at 05:02 UTC
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Nikolai Vassiliev: Me students also send me this ugly HEIC (WIndows codec is paid, 99 cent but for older professor it can be a pain to manage all this compatiblity issues).

LIke they send the essays in .pages.c

Of architecture.

I have at home two windows laptops, one tabletop workstation, one old MacBook Pro - none of it have a ability work with HEIC from the box. Two main computers of it is packed with modren graphical software (one has Adobe suite, but i declined to renew license and have moved to Affinity package for all) although.
So, HEIC is another container and Iphone software uses sometimes another compression than de-facto standard JPEG inside it (some .heic can be simply renamed to .jpg)

And yes, my worksatation pc is self-made, for last 20+ years working with pcs as user i have assembled a dozen of PCs with choice and installation of working software (mostly office and graphical ones) and only now when instead of proper codec i need to search Microsoft Store (also ugly and combersome piece), install, reboot, check if it install properly etc. JUST TO LOOK WHAT SHOWS IN SIMPLE 8BIT RGB RASTER FILE?

Link | Posted on May 22, 2020 at 05:02 UTC
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NotANumber: Just stick to jpgs, it simply works on every device.

I cannot imagine homework or exam test results damaged by JPEG compression. Bad focus of camera, wrong WB, dim lighting - yes, but not JPEG compression artifacts, its something from Dial-Up internet age or hundred-times-saved memes.

Link | Posted on May 21, 2020 at 12:42 UTC
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Nikolai Vassiliev: Me students also send me this ugly HEIC (WIndows codec is paid, 99 cent but for older professor it can be a pain to manage all this compatiblity issues).

LIke they send the essays in .pages.c

Actually, on my two modern Windows 10 x64 is not working except to install 99 cent (not a huge price, but as i sayed for some older older people definitely is not useful to be admin for every regular daily task).

So, i have some graphic software including RAW convertors, raster, vector and layout packets but for ugly Apple-only thing u have to install separate driver?
Imagine i worked not from my laptop or tabletop from, home but used my university chair pc - i have no user rights there to install anything and for checking homework i have to fill a supprort ticket to IT-depts, wait days to process it etc. No way.

Link | Posted on May 21, 2020 at 12:38 UTC

Me students also send me this ugly HEIC (WIndows codec is paid, 99 cent but for older professor it can be a pain to manage all this compatiblity issues).

LIke they send the essays in .pages.c

Link | Posted on May 21, 2020 at 11:38 UTC as 29th comment | 6 replies
On article Sony UK teases new compact camera system on its website (235 comments in total)
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NexUser: We have had 1" Vlogging cameras for years. Both Canon and Panasonic have had similar cameras with touch screen and rotating screens. What is special about this Sony camera? Maybe mic?

8K is essential to vlogging, yeah!

Link | Posted on May 20, 2020 at 07:02 UTC
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Nikolai Vassiliev: New Clone and Heal is great! Much more useful than previus version.

Spot and Dust removal tool none the less is the same in 20.1 C1 and also need improvement like Clone and Heal.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2020 at 19:30 UTC
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Nikolai Vassiliev: New Clone and Heal is great! Much more useful than previus version.

I shoot mainly architecture and C1 only has ability to proper correct shifted lens image.
Only major thins they did not have for cameras except P1 latest backs its auto correction based on Exif Maker notes data from hardware leveleling sensors.
All auto image-recognition-based corrections from adove or dxo works unreliable.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2020 at 19:29 UTC
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Nikolai Vassiliev: New Clone and Heal is great! Much more useful than previus version.

Perspective correction is the best in C1 from version 4. Much more easy and convinient (both amount and ability to fine-tune with mouse wheel features as well as auto etc.).

Link | Posted on May 18, 2020 at 18:01 UTC

New Clone and Heal is great! Much more useful than previus version.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2020 at 15:53 UTC as 30th comment | 9 replies

16-50 is still Tokina made from 2007?
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Link | Posted on May 15, 2020 at 08:01 UTC as 41st comment | 8 replies

Nikon FM3a - probably best feature set and technlogy advanced mechanical SLR (or F3 classic)
Minolta Autocord TLR or Rolleiflex - Minolta lacks 2.8 lens option but has much more reasonable prices and more compact body due focusinf lever isnted of knob.
Minolta Maxxum/Dynax/alpha 7 Most advanced A-mount SLR with compatibility with modern glass, good AF, escellent metering and ergonomics.
Minolta CLE (Rangefinder, capable to beat many Leicas)
Pentax 67-II is the beast or Bronica GS-1 if you need modular Medium Format
Fujifilm GS or GSW fixed lens 6x9

P.S.
OM1 has diffilculties with a 1.3V batteries availability (like Minolta SR-T series etc.)

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2020 at 09:07 UTC as 40th comment
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LoneTree1: $10.00 per year increase doesn't sound like much. My last camera and one lens cost about $2500.00. Now, I have to ask myself, did I get 40 times the value from the camera as I might have being on that site?

It is not about a price (or, precisely about $10) - it is about RESPECT.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2020 at 18:04 UTC
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photomikeleth: Every year it is another photo sharing / storing site that is having problems. This is a no win business. Storing images takes a lot of hardware and constant software upgrades and sucks money like crazy. The cloud is not kind to photo sites!!!

So, why in hell flickr management (actually back in yahoo days) made this crazy offer to 'cloud' terabyte of junk uploads?

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2020 at 18:01 UTC
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Rexgig0: I was deleted from, or otherwise blocked by Flickr during the yahoo disaster. I will take another look at the situation, and just might join as a paid member, but I will not put money into a sinking ship, if that is what it appears to be.

I will not trust any “cloud” to save images, because every cloud is actually inside a data center*, somewhere, but as a way to share images, other than the book that zucks, and its subsidiaries, and gurgle, well, Flickr might be worth preserving.

*Data centers are, actually, quite vulnerable to natural and man-made disasters, and attacks, including direct assault to the physical structure.

This cloud program appeared as last Yahoo effort on Flickr was a ugly and bad decision. Automatic upload of thousands junk pictures from every PC to promised terabyte is a disaster as we understand now.
It both broke search and server throughput.

Link | Posted on Dec 22, 2019 at 15:20 UTC
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JJSo: I wonder if this lens is preventing PDAF, like Fuji's 56/1.2 R APD. That was a big disappointment to me when I thought, hey now I have a super creamy bokeh machine. Just to find out that the manual "would have told me": camera is with this lens only autofocusing with contrast detection.

Contrast detection is not the king in low light AF-C shooting.

I have a more expensive lens than my first 56/1.2 R was, and I learnt a costly lesson. Pity.

And what's Canon saying about AF?

It's not about transmittance, it's about different phases - softening of the edges leads to less distinct phase difference - probably off-center AF can be less sensitive to lower contrast details.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2019 at 06:12 UTC
On article Nikon Z50 review (1993 comments in total)
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Fly18: I love the Zoom pancake lens. The camera +lens looks very compact.

less compact than any competitor - Sony has also collapsible zoom (pretty bad, though) and less protruding grip and EVF

Link | Posted on Oct 10, 2019 at 06:14 UTC
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nomad147: op/tech USA shoulder sling $25, best strap ive used.

It can be upgraded with armpit strap!

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2019 at 13:53 UTC

Did not see OP|TECH USA or some options w/o need to use tripod socket (i.e. for cameras with battery grips or L-plates attached)?

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2019 at 13:51 UTC as 41st comment | 1 reply
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