VadymA

Lives in Canada Calgary, Canada
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Actually, right now Light with its L16 camera is probably the closest company to Leica as far as camera market goes. Both are the worst consumer choices from the cost-benefit perspective.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2018 at 19:26 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply
On challenge Unusual image (1 comment in total)

I think the proper term is "abstract shot". Looks like some submitters misinterpreted your definition of "unusual".

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2018 at 19:09 UTC as 1st comment
On article Leica Noctilux-M 75mm F1.25 ASPH sample gallery (291 comments in total)

Nice pictures, but I suspect most people who buy this lens will treat it as collectable item, not as photographic tool. They will use it once a year to keep the mechanics working, not to enjoy photography with it. For sure it's a great lens but it is made for collectors, not every-day-photographers. This is just my honest and non-substantiated opinion. Let me know if I am wrong.

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2018 at 21:15 UTC as 48th comment | 5 replies
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Indohydra: Using Adobe Indesign one should be able to produce better books through a local printer. I think this market will grow.

I thought so too about Aperture. When I used Aperture, it was so convenient to create a book and order it right from the application using my Apple account. Ever since Apple abandoned it, it seems they are not interested in supporting creative minds anymore. I remember times when it was Apple's signature feature. Now it's all about serving the masses.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2018 at 18:38 UTC
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VadymA: I love my N1 system. I understand from marketing perspective it is a niche-within-a-niche offering, so it’s hard for Nikon to make money of it. Hence the unfortunate decision to disconinue N1. Like many others, I was critical of this system from the beginning, mostly due to bad publicity. But once I did my own research I was able to understand how inaccurate that opinion was and never regretted my decision to add this system to my arsenal. Every system is a trade-off, including N1. But only when you know what you need, you may say whether it is a good or bad system for you. Otherwise you are just generalizing with very little logic...

cosinaphile, I agree with every sentence. It is hard to understand Nikon when it comes to their strategy in small sensor segment. It's as if they deliberately want to fail. Very, very.... very frustrating strategy. I am sure many Nikon owners would agree.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2018 at 20:12 UTC

I love my N1 system. I understand from marketing perspective it is a niche-within-a-niche offering, so it’s hard for Nikon to make money of it. Hence the unfortunate decision to disconinue N1. Like many others, I was critical of this system from the beginning, mostly due to bad publicity. But once I did my own research I was able to understand how inaccurate that opinion was and never regretted my decision to add this system to my arsenal. Every system is a trade-off, including N1. But only when you know what you need, you may say whether it is a good or bad system for you. Otherwise you are just generalizing with very little logic...

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2018 at 19:36 UTC as 116th comment | 3 replies

When it comes to small sensor cameras, it almost seems that Nikon wants to fail in this segment. Their executives must be on Sony’s payroll LOL.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2018 at 13:58 UTC as 112th comment | 1 reply

Light16 is a large resolution point and shoot camera. It produces huge files at the expense of slow processing, unreliable IQ, and zero features and manual controls. It’s only feature is a large resolution image. One would still need a dedicated camera to shoot actions, macro, low light, shallow DOF, long distance, UWA, etc. It uses cheap tiny sensors and plastic lenses but it costs well over a thousand dollars. I don’t see any logic or benefits in this camera.

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2018 at 12:38 UTC as 23rd comment | 1 reply

I wanted to add to my comment I made earlier about seeing most of the winners as cliché. Coming back and reading though comments made me look at this contest from a slightly different angle. I realized that this, and other similar contests are first and foremost marketing events. The core drivers for them are not fine art, but publicity, low cost, and mass behavior. This explains the entries that are submitted. They are not submitted by artists per se, they are submitted predominantly by people like myself, only most certainly more dedicated to photography. Due to marketing nature of such contests, their content is no different from any content of any other photography media that is marketing in nature (Flickr, IG, etc). This is what creates a cliché, or dejavu, effect. Nothing wrong with that. Just need to remember this when using personal judgment.

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2018 at 16:47 UTC as 10th comment
On article First Impressions: Sony FE 400 F2.8 GM OSS (479 comments in total)
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NOWHITELENS: I read here repeatedly how superior Sony's 20 fps is compared to the "slow" CaNikon cameras. So if you wanted to showcase this superiority would you not shot this new WUNDERKIND at 20 FPS?
yet:
"Prior to the match, Sony talked about how the lens' design had been optimized for speed and super fast tracking even at the a9's top burst speed of 20 fps. I mostly shot at 10 fps, but found the lens kept up marvelously."

So, what happened to 20FPS ?

Longer wait time to clear buffer, more samples to deal in post, need extra cards to keep all shots, last but not least - tiny difference between each shot could be very annoying in post. These are, of the top of my head, my reasons why I chose not to shoot at 20fps with my Nikon 1 despite the fact that it can. Don't know if any of those apply to Sony shooters.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2018 at 19:22 UTC

Is there such thing as photography fatigue? If yes, I think I am having one. The pictures are technically great, but I couldn't help thinking of all of them as a cliché. Drone scenes, whales, faces, moody landscapes - all these subjects seems quite overused. And for #10, there were so many reports of staged shots like this that I am not sure if I can trust them anymore. Anybody else having photography fatigue? Is photography becoming an overused craft in general?

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2018 at 19:13 UTC as 43rd comment | 25 replies

Looks quite refreshing.

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2018 at 01:39 UTC as 70th comment
On article DPReview TV: Fujifilm X-H1 Review (550 comments in total)

Joking of course but sometimes it feels that in 5 years if you want a pro-grade yet "compact" camera you would have to opt for a DSLR. :)

Link | Posted on May 7, 2018 at 18:49 UTC as 25th comment

I agree with others - too many other things in this picture looks fake, and even more so than the stuffed animal. The organizers must be illiterate when it comes to photography to pick this as a winner.

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2018 at 19:34 UTC as 33rd comment

Interestingly, Ansel said the same thing 50 years ago in his book The Camera.

“I urge, again, avoiding a common illusion that creative work depends on equipment alone, it is easy to confuse the hope for accomplishment with the desire to possess superior instruments. It is nonetheless true that quality is an important criterion in evaluating camera equipment, as are durability and function. Inferior equipment will prove to be a false economy in the long run. As his work evolves, the photographer should plan to alter and refine his equipment to meet changing requirements.”

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2018 at 01:30 UTC as 46th comment

Just a reflection of turbulent and terrifying times we live in...

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2018 at 18:45 UTC as 4th comment

It’s a fine video, kind of funny too, and the conclusion is spot on. But I wish DPR as a web service just stick to their original theme and material. We know that there is YouTube out there, guys. If we wanted YouTube videos, we would go to YouTube. We come to DPR for something different. At least I do.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2018 at 06:35 UTC as 35th comment | 1 reply
On article Lytro is officially shutting down (207 comments in total)

Light is next.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2018 at 01:37 UTC as 40th comment
On article Russian drone pilot pushes his tiny drone to 33,000ft (363 comments in total)

A story about nothing. Looks like Russian hackers got to DPR too.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2018 at 07:24 UTC as 27th comment | 3 replies
On article Google reportedly to acquire Lytro for $40 million (166 comments in total)

Venture investors probably got 10 cents on a dollar invested, the founders - a promise of royalties if anything at all...

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2018 at 13:47 UTC as 8th comment
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