Tord S Eriksson

Tord S Eriksson

Lives in Sweden Gothenburg, Sweden
Works as a Retired
Joined on Jul 3, 2003
About me:

Like to draw, and photograph nature, and identified
flying 'objects' (no UFOs), like the moon, bumblebees, aircraft, and, not least, birds!

Have worked in the air force (air transport command), as a firefighter, security officer, journalist, illustrator, and bus driver.

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On article Hands-on with the Ricoh GR IIIx (176 comments in total)

The older GR were dust magnets, not just mine, but adding IBIS sounds great!

The problem might be what you get for the investment, Nikon gave up a long time ago!

Let us hope they work a long time, and there will be spare parts even after 10 years!

Link | Posted on Oct 10, 2021 at 19:12 UTC as 34th comment | 1 reply
On a photo in the Sigma 90mm F2.8 DG DN | C sample gallery sample gallery (2 comments in total)

Lovely shot, in every way!

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2021 at 20:37 UTC as 2nd comment
On a photo in the Sigma 90mm F2.8 DG DN | C sample gallery sample gallery (4 comments in total)
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Tord S Eriksson: A wee bit soft, but lovely light!

I really liked the shot, otherwise!

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2021 at 20:37 UTC
On a photo in the Olympus C-8080WZ Review Samples sample gallery (1 comment in total)

White-balance in sunshine, or flash excellent, otherwise, no!

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2021 at 19:25 UTC as 1st comment
On a photo in the Sigma 90mm F2.8 DG DN | C sample gallery sample gallery (4 comments in total)

A wee bit soft, but lovely light!

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2021 at 17:29 UTC as 2nd comment | 2 replies
On a photo in the Sigma 90mm F2.8 DG DN | C sample gallery sample gallery (1 comment in total)

Superb!

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2021 at 17:27 UTC as 2nd comment
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sirhawkeye64: While FB and IG ignoring their research of the impact social media on teens, part of me says this has more angles to it than just that. I mean you also have other platforms like TikTok which probably also contribute to this problem, and maybe event to an extent, others like Snapchat among others. It's a cultural thing that teens in today's society have been sucked into. I'm not vouching for IG or FB, but I"m saying the problem goes deeper than that. Teens these days want to fit in, and if everyone is using TikTok or FB, or IG or Twitter for that matter, they will to because they want to be one of the cool kids that in on the current trends and such (sorry I'm a bit older so disregard my wording like "being in on something").

I mean to an extent, when MySpace was the thing I'm sure the same issue applied. It's really just peer pressure and the current generation. I don't think we can point the finger at one or a few social media companies.

That is sadly true!

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2021 at 20:19 UTC
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sirhawkeye64: While FB and IG ignoring their research of the impact social media on teens, part of me says this has more angles to it than just that. I mean you also have other platforms like TikTok which probably also contribute to this problem, and maybe event to an extent, others like Snapchat among others. It's a cultural thing that teens in today's society have been sucked into. I'm not vouching for IG or FB, but I"m saying the problem goes deeper than that. Teens these days want to fit in, and if everyone is using TikTok or FB, or IG or Twitter for that matter, they will to because they want to be one of the cool kids that in on the current trends and such (sorry I'm a bit older so disregard my wording like "being in on something").

I mean to an extent, when MySpace was the thing I'm sure the same issue applied. It's really just peer pressure and the current generation. I don't think we can point the finger at one or a few social media companies.

Sir,

If I use a swear word Facebook comes down like ton of bricks, but in this case they know what they do to young girls and they sit and do nothing. Even after their own research has proved that they are culpable.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2021 at 14:31 UTC
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sirhawkeye64: While FB and IG ignoring their research of the impact social media on teens, part of me says this has more angles to it than just that. I mean you also have other platforms like TikTok which probably also contribute to this problem, and maybe event to an extent, others like Snapchat among others. It's a cultural thing that teens in today's society have been sucked into. I'm not vouching for IG or FB, but I"m saying the problem goes deeper than that. Teens these days want to fit in, and if everyone is using TikTok or FB, or IG or Twitter for that matter, they will to because they want to be one of the cool kids that in on the current trends and such (sorry I'm a bit older so disregard my wording like "being in on something").

I mean to an extent, when MySpace was the thing I'm sure the same issue applied. It's really just peer pressure and the current generation. I don't think we can point the finger at one or a few social media companies.

Instagram ignores its own research, does TikTok do research at all?!

By diverting the actions of Instagram to point out that others are acting in a similar manner does not make Instagram's acts one bit less awful, it is like a food manufacturer produces food that they know is toxic, that can't just be shrugged off.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2021 at 08:41 UTC
On article Home at last: a travelogue with the GFX 50S II (122 comments in total)
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petreluk: Your gallery covers Canons Ashby! A lovely part of the world. I like what you say about slow and thoughtful photography, particularly for landscapes, and so this camera may be appealing if one already has a system that can cover the faster or day-to-day action/travel stuff. I’m certainly thinking on those lines. If I chose FF I would sell my M43 kit but with the Fuji I would keep most of it and reserve the Fuji for projects that would really benefit from the larger sensor.

When I switched to Nikon 1 with its tiny 1" sensor I pretty soon found that I lacked something, so I bought a D600, then the lightest FX DSLR there was, as a complementing camera.

Now years later, I have been eyeing the Fujis, as now my main tool is DX (the lovely Nikon 1 lenses have proved to be the system's Achilles' heel, prone to fail at the smallest provocation — the 6.7-13, the 10-30 PD, and 70-300 CX have no issues, the rest have).

Sigh, I wish I was younger and I could afford one of these lovely Fujis!

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2021 at 11:28 UTC
On article Home at last: a travelogue with the GFX 50S II (122 comments in total)
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PostModernBloke: Thanks Richard. As an Englishman who spent many years 'abroad', the urge to record an idealised homeland is familiar to me. Honest opinion - the world has enough sunset / sunrise / golden hour landscapes. Your photos here are refreshingly authentic, and depict the beautiful nuanced English light perfectly.

Also - best beer in the world.... Cheers

Delightful series of shots, Richard!

Not being British I've still had a lot of nice times in the UK, not least in the west and the north, just being out in the countryside, visiting friends, flying models, kayaking, and showing my then new wife what a lovely country it can be!

These shots show some of my favorite places, thanks!

Alas, the ferries from Gotheburg to the UK have stopped going, The UK has left the EU, and many of my friends have passed away.

But not all is lost!

Since micro-breweries around here in Gothenburg have become common and internationally famous, some would say it is today a beer-drinker's Mekka!

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2021 at 11:14 UTC
On photo Canon lens 400mm 5.6 in the Favorite Camera Gear - Specific Equipment Challenge challenge (12 comments in total)

Stunning photo! Feeder nearby?!

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2021 at 05:45 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply
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Victory Camera: A lot of negativity here, and I agree that example photos don't give us much to go on, but man, I think that that is a beautiful piece of metal and glass.

Anyway, the M mount arena is pretty crowded now and I think that it makes sense to go for niche products.

I might just order one (and I never buy camera gear new).

Indeed!

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2021 at 16:58 UTC
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Victory Camera: A lot of negativity here, and I agree that example photos don't give us much to go on, but man, I think that that is a beautiful piece of metal and glass.

Anyway, the M mount arena is pretty crowded now and I think that it makes sense to go for niche products.

I might just order one (and I never buy camera gear new).

blessingx, just because a manufacturer sometimes makes great lenses (I am a Voigtlander user myself) it does not mean that you must buy all their lenses. And buying lenses just because they look great is pretty weird, too!

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2021 at 13:34 UTC
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SantaFeBill: Single coating means flare as well as reflections. You can add both in pp with the right sw. "Aberrations' I'm not so sure about, but if the idea of having them in your images becomes popular, I'm sure some sw company will provide means to add them in pp also.
So hold on to your $800 and wait.

Agree with Karroly, that buying lenses for their aberrations seems weird.

I own a few Voigtlander, but it is not the aberrations I seek, definitely not!

But if you have money to spend, why not spend it on a lens with built-in faults and errors?! Or why not spend it on a broken down Saab?! Just about as sensible!

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2021 at 13:29 UTC
On article Zeiss ZX1 review (841 comments in total)
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ekaton: Their approach shows the direction the enthusiast market should go. Next generation competitors products will be better, with fewer teething problems, but having a camera which can output ready to upload processed quality files is compelling.

This is what carmakers call a study or prototype, and if someone wants it, OK, pay the price!

The flash sync at 1/1000 sec sounded lovely, but we did not see any did we?

The best images in the review were those that mobile phones exceed in taking, thus this is an ower-weight phone, for the rich.

It is maybe useful for a guy only shooting portraits of business executives?! Someone famous did that years ago with his Apple and the end result was excellent. Petty sure this behemoth would do it just as well.

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2021 at 16:02 UTC
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Robert Schroeder: A small correction: Minolta, like Pentax, made type 110 film SLRs; unlike Pentax, the lenses weren't interchangeable. Back in the days when I was a youth and using the same Kodak Pocket Instamatic pictured here, I really wanted one. I stopped wanting one when I got my first 35mm SLR not too much later – also a Minolta.

@Gesture Pentax Q went back to image quality like a 110 film camera, by using a just too small sensor, later improved somewhat by changing to a bigger sensor, but the public demand was gone, and some of the lenses were really bad, to boot.

Nikon chose the 1" sensor for their Nikon 1 system, and everything was fine, till the lens failures started and it was discovered that a tiny little plastic cogwheel was prone to fail (Nikon even introduced free upgrades to the 10-30 lens, by replacing the faulty cogwheel with a new one, exactly the same type and material). So Nikon threw in the towel blaming the Tsunami, while Pentax dropped the Q without comment. The Nikon bodies are amazing, the lenses failure-prone, except the 6.7-13 (metal cogwheel), the 10-30 PD (metal cogwheel) and the 70-300 CX (which has an entirely different aperture design).

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2021 at 11:15 UTC
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tedolf: The pocket 110 cameras were very compact, and the negative size is comparable to this image size of a 4/3 sensor. So, can someone explain to me why m4/3 cameras are so gigantic?

Tedolph

First, a digital, with an EVF needs a sizeable battery to be useful, an 110 had a very tiny one!

Secondly, no 110s I know of had AF, thus a lot less electronics needed.

Thirdly, all 110s had the shutter in the lens, while no m43 has a shutter in the lens, which by default makes them bigger, but the lenses can be exchangeable, and simpler (no OS/VR is the norm for m43, but a few have it).

Fourthly, IBIS wasn't yet invented and would be tricky to include in cameras using film. IBIS weighs a lot and uses a lot of electricity.

So it is a bit like comparing an old VW Beetle with a VW of today: The old car did its job, but wasn't crash-safe, had pretty lousy acceleration, and there was seldom a radio in it, as the car was so noisy inside that the radio wouldn't be audible for the rear seat passengers.

So today's cars and cameras are far more capable, and, naturally, m43 cameras produce images far better than any 110 camera ever did.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2021 at 10:58 UTC
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snapa: I have three questions for you.
1. How many people are getting into film photography these day? (.0001% maybe ;)
2. What would be the advantages of getting into film photography over digital photography? (none?)
3. Why would anyone in their right mind want to do something like that?
Just courious.

As soon as we talk big format there is nothing in the way of digital cameras that a normal human can afford or even be allowed to handle, as they are mounted in TSR-2s and satellites.

I enjoyed shooting with 4x5 cameras a lot, cumbersome and slow, yes, but amazing, and there are much bigger formats than 4x5, of course.

A Minox 35 EL is the size of a pack of cigarettes and uses 35mm film (i.e. FX-format), which gave the user a chance to snap things you couldn't with anything else available in those days. And no FX comes even close in size and weight to that little wonder. The lens was a 35/2.8, a Leitz design, and the camera with battery weighed 200 grams. The closest equivalent from the digital era is the RX1, which is far bigger, and weighs more than twice as much.

But for those in a hurry, digital rules. Definitely.

I don't use film any more, as I am allergic to the chemicals. But those Minox were outstanding in its day!

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2021 at 10:18 UTC
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Anastigmat: I tried bird photography with a manual focus 400mm lens and an APS-C digital SLR camera. It was hopeless, I could not focus accurately and quickly enough to capture flying pelicans, let alone flying ducks. Even a screw drive autofocus lens is often too slow. I got much better results with a Sigma 400mm HSM autofocus lens. 5-7 fps is very helpful too. Shutter noise does not bother the birds I photograph, except for one curious small bird that tries to figure out what that noise is.

Swans and ducks swimming in a body of water is no problem even for my manual focus lens. Therefore a view camera would not be a problem. Just don't try photographing flying birds with that setup.

It has to do with technique, and the camera deciding when the bird is in focus, not tripping the trigger till then. I have shot swallows using manual focus successfully that way, with the right camera (with the right AF).

Not all cameras allow that, and some have dreadful AF, like older Pentax cameras!

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2021 at 22:12 UTC
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