blacklion

Lives in Russian Federation St.Petersburg, Russian Federation
Joined on Apr 19, 2010

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I could understand absence of screen. I could understand APS-C. I could understand price (it is too expensive for me, but it is my problem).

I could not understand 8G memory and fixed battery.
12MP DNG is about 12MB give or take. So, internal memory is good for ~700 frames.
And what next? Transfer to phone with another 64MB of internal memory? Also, flash memory tends to fail. I have a lot of failed SD cards (not microSD, plain old big SDs) from 1st tier brands.
Same with battery: what should you do when it is empty in the middle of the day? Shoot tethered to powerbank? What should you do after 2 years of shooting, when battery will loss 50% of its capacity?

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2020 at 11:46 UTC as 112th comment | 2 replies
On article Fujifilm X-T4 review (1495 comments in total)

I'm, as owner of X-T3, drool for IBIS, but this part: «This does, however, come at the expense of the physical metering mode control.» gives me very sad. It is one of the most used controls on my camera.
Why photo camera is made worse for photographers and better for video operators. It is very, very, very sad trend. When (if?) I'll upgrade to X-T4 this control will be complete waste for me, it never will be used.
I hope it will be possible to set one of the wheels to change metering mode, at least.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2020 at 09:50 UTC as 271st comment | 4 replies
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blacklion: I wonder, why is not camera built-in exponometry adequate, why timelapses need Exposition Ramper and not Shutter (or Aperture) priority mode on a camera?

Thank you all for explanation.

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2020 at 20:38 UTC

I wonder, why is not camera built-in exponometry adequate, why timelapses need Exposition Ramper and not Shutter (or Aperture) priority mode on a camera?

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2020 at 14:28 UTC as 17th comment | 4 replies
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HP McGargo: While most people gripe about weight and expound compactness & weight merits of mirrorless, theres companies that for reasons unknown put out a behemoth 50mm similar to Sigma, 3 times heavier than a Nikon 50mm 1.4 G and half the price! Absolute madness but a brilliant stroke for marketers to sell an illusion. Make it huge & give it a fluffy name and people become dumber. Side by side output would take a team of forensic specialists a year to determine the difference only to conclude there is no difference..
Amazing how brilliant these companies are in convincing people to buy their products, simply amazing!

I wanted to write this comment, but it is written already.

I'm comparing this 50/f1.4 (and Pentax DA*) with Pentax FA 50/1.4 and Zeiss Planar 50/f1.4 (non-autofocus, though, so you could say comparison is not possible here) and can not stop tears.

It is ridiculous.

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2018 at 13:30 UTC
On article Pentax K-1 II Review: A worthy upgrade? (1549 comments in total)

RAW noise reduction? Permanent?
Ricoh, you are drunk. Go home.

It's pity, really. I can not afford full-frame, but I'm waiting for K-3 III to replace my old K-5 (first version). Now I'm afraid I better buy K-3 II.

Link | Posted on May 8, 2018 at 10:03 UTC as 189th comment | 2 replies
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Greg OH: Does anyone know whether that film has been released? I see a film of his set in Russia, but not Canada.

Did he film for BBC Planet Earth II? Looks like I know some of the scenes, but maybe it is false recognition.

Buy yes, my question is essentially the same: what is name of the film? :-)

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2018 at 11:04 UTC

1/3.2"? Could you name smartphone which have smaller sensor? It looks like a bad joke by itself, left all this pseudo-film aside.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2017 at 21:45 UTC as 140th comment
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blacklion: Did this Leica have any connection to Leica which makes survey tools, binoculars, optical sights?

@Clickman2: Oh, yes, and microscopes, too, I've forgot to mention them.

I understand that historically it was one optical company, but what's about now? Is it one company with shared income and expenses and stocks or not? Looks like now it is separate legal entities with separate budgets, accounting and stocks, but I'm still not sure.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2017 at 09:45 UTC

Did this Leica have any connection to Leica which makes survey tools, binoculars, optical sights?

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2017 at 21:01 UTC as 7th comment | 4 replies

I'm using PD's tripod plate and Capture with great pleasure, but their hand/wrist straps are jokes, unfortunately, Best straps are wide triangle-like with two points on camera and additional around-the-wrist band, and there are no PD-compatible one :(
Clutch is almost here, but it doesn't have around-the-wrist band and camera could slip off your hand if you don't hold it.

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2017 at 21:30 UTC as 7th comment
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TacticDesigns: +1. I love waterproof cameras. I have been using them since 2011. I have my Fujifilm XP80 charged up and ready for our camping trip next week.

As for scratching the rear screen, I buy cheap screen protectors and put them on and just replace them as needed.

"But the Olympus Tough TG-5 stands alone in its ability to stand up to the elements and get you photos in situations where no other camera could (or situations where you simply wouldn't be willing to bring a dedicated camera at all)."

But there are more waterproof cameras. There is the Nikon Coolpix W300, Fujifilm's XP series and Ricoh's WG series.

Even though my cellphone takes great pictures, my waterproof camera is simply easier to use to get a picture, and I take it into harsher conditions. So I get more pictures and more dramatic pictures then shooting from dry land with my cellphone.

Even if your cellphone takes great pictures, I think there is a compelling case to have a waterproof camera. :)

I'm big Pentax (and Ricoh, by transitivity) fan, but IQ of WG series is soooooo bad.
I've tried every one of them, from the times when it was Pentax, and each time I decided, that no photos is much better than THESE photos.

To be honest, previous Oly tough offerings were not much better.

Need to try this TG-5.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2017 at 12:34 UTC
On article Google will no longer develop Nik Collection (390 comments in total)
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G G: It is dangerous to be a successful small company with good product. Microsoft has been there before Google to demonstrate that. History simply repeats.

Small company (owners) have choice not ot sell itself to Google. Yes, it means you don't get a big pile of money and need to continue to work hard, but it is possible choice.

Link | Posted on May 30, 2017 at 15:53 UTC

In Russia photographer's plan (Photoshop + Lightroom) goes up from 299RUB to 650RUB in one big jump. More than twowfold!

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 12:11 UTC as 62nd comment
On article Pentax K-1 Pixel Shift Resolution: Updated Field Test (209 comments in total)

Adobe should add one checkbox to ACR: use or not PixelShift. Then it will be possible to create two-layer Photoshop file (one layer with PixSh and one without) and draw masks by hands to avoid moved areas. Brush in ACR/LR will be better, but even one checkbox will do!

Why, or why, Pixel Shift support from Adobe is so rudimentary?

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2016 at 23:12 UTC as 59th comment
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Favorable Exponynt: Support is only necessary for pixel shift resolution files. Since You can use DNG, which will work without specific camera profiles.

Try to edit DNG: remove all camera- and manufacturer-related tags and open it in ACR. You will be surprised.

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2016 at 13:20 UTC

Did they add PROPER support for pixel-shift files? Support for K-3 II files was awful: there was no knob to turn it off globally (so, it was impossible to get "simple" image from 4-frame file) and it doesn't have any "brush" to turn it of locally. So, there was no way to process file with any movement in it, as you get artifacts you could not mask!

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2016 at 22:34 UTC as 2nd comment
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Favorable Exponynt: Support is only necessary for pixel shift resolution files. Since You can use DNG, which will work without specific camera profiles.

Nope, DNG from Pentax doesn't contain proper tone curve, for example. Ok, I'm not sure about K-1, but it was true for K10D, K-7 and K-5.

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2016 at 22:32 UTC

As I Russian, I could say, that it doesn't like "family farm" (almost non-existing reality in modern Russia), but more like "summer cottage," or, maybe, "all-year-around cottage", but not "farm" in true sense that they produce some agriculture, grow any food or animals for sell and things like this.
Also, here are photos of good hunting dogs on others pictures at Flickr, and it is strong sign of very high income here, that it completely incompatible with "Farm" in true meaning of this word in Russia.

Pictures are great, and it is interesting to see how author becomes better and better with time.

Oh, I found her Russian-language blog, and in profile she says, that she lives in Moscow and she is professional photograph now. So, it is not "family farm" for sure :)

It doesn't make images worse, of course :)

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2014 at 10:06 UTC as 264th comment | 4 replies
On article Fujifilm teases upcoming SLR-style X system camera (890 comments in total)

God, please, kill PC sockets! 3.5mm audio jack is perfectly fine!

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2014 at 21:19 UTC as 104th comment | 3 replies
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