Irakly Shanidze

Irakly Shanidze

Lives in United States Grosse Pointe, United States
Works as a creative
Has a website at www.shanidze.com/en
Joined on May 21, 2004
About me:

I am a founder of International Academy of Photographic Arts that provides
online classes and live workshops in fine art photography ith an emphasis on creative approach and lateral thinking in the US, Canada, Western Europe and Russia.

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Franz Weber: The whole video sounds like a Kickstarter project from somebody in the beginning of a learning curve, but I stopped watching when she said: “these products are made in America.“
Come on, really? That is too much to take.

isn't it?

Let me explain, so there is no misunderstanding here. Patriotism is an evolutionary mechanism designed by nature and aiming at maintaining integrity of a tribe. It makes people voluntarily do things to protect the nation when it is in the imminent danger. However, there are triggers that can cause patriotic response in any situation, and it is effectiveness of those triggers that is inversely proportionate to IQ.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2018 at 00:08 UTC
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Franz Weber: The whole video sounds like a Kickstarter project from somebody in the beginning of a learning curve, but I stopped watching when she said: “these products are made in America.“
Come on, really? That is too much to take.

Maybe it is time for less guessing? It has nothing to do with politics and everything to do with instincts. Patriotism is an instinctive behavior, and it is proven that its manifestations are inverse to IQ. Praying on stupidity is immoral. If you want to discuss professional topics, get some education first.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2018 at 00:02 UTC
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Franz Weber: The whole video sounds like a Kickstarter project from somebody in the beginning of a learning curve, but I stopped watching when she said: “these products are made in America.“
Come on, really? That is too much to take.

@mfinley - one should draw the line somewhere :)
As an advertising and marketing professional I strongly believe that there are things that are immoral to use as marketing tools. Patriotism is one of them, unless it is relevant to the topic advertised, like enlisting, or helping veterans.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2018 at 22:37 UTC
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Franz Weber: The whole video sounds like a Kickstarter project from somebody in the beginning of a learning curve, but I stopped watching when she said: “these products are made in America.“
Come on, really? That is too much to take.

What do you mean, "admit"? It has been a foundation of my point of view. If I failed to get my point across clearly enough, I will reiterate in less subtle terms: This product is a piece of garbage, and its "inventor" is trying to manipulate the audience by a patriotic slogan into making a decision to buy.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2018 at 21:18 UTC
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Franz Weber: The whole video sounds like a Kickstarter project from somebody in the beginning of a learning curve, but I stopped watching when she said: “these products are made in America.“
Come on, really? That is too much to take.

@mfinley - wheelbarrow is just a figure of speech. USA is one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world, and its core competency is innovation, not wheelbarrows. The product, which we are discussing here, is neither innovative, nor technologically advanced (aside from 3D printed L-connectors). Moreover, it has a serious design flaw. So, waving the "Made in USA" flag in front of my face won't make me buy it.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2018 at 03:52 UTC
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Franz Weber: The whole video sounds like a Kickstarter project from somebody in the beginning of a learning curve, but I stopped watching when she said: “these products are made in America.“
Come on, really? That is too much to take.

"Made in America" sounds impressive when it is not a marketing gimmick. When I see a wheelbarrow with a sticker "Made with pride in America", I feel shame. Is this something to be proud of in the second decade of the 21st Century?

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2018 at 18:29 UTC
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paul wassermann: She has produced a very competent video, much more professional than many of our photography talking heads put out. But her product isn't going to get a warm reception here. At one point she is shooting with a point and shoot...her target audience should be primarily young women who want to post for Instagram, Pininterest, or Blogs. I wouldn't sell her short, nice to see the entrepreneurial spirit alive and well in a novice who is fluent and communicates well.

The video actually looks way over her head. So, most likely, she paid someone to do it professionally. That's just too bad that the product itself does not deserve such fine representation.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2018 at 14:46 UTC
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Protogonus1: "Brick wall" would be perfect for close-and-intimate portraiture but the size would have to be about 45 x 45 in. At best it would be faux-old illuminated by faux light, if that is possible.

Brick wall would be great for a firing squad to stand in front of.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2018 at 14:43 UTC
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Irakly Shanidze: She said that she had zero photography experience, and apparently she still remains in the same state, as she does not understand that any texture rendering greatly depends on lighting, and if the way the set lit is different from how the texture was lit when photographed, it's going to look fake. So, theoretically, this "invention" could be used, but its use is limited to the quality and direction of light used for the backdrops.

For headshots you really need to throw the background out of focus to prevent it from competing with the face. So, there is a much better chance that this type of "fake" background will work, but you obviously need something much bigger than 23x23".

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2018 at 04:39 UTC

She said that she had zero photography experience, and apparently she still remains in the same state, as she does not understand that any texture rendering greatly depends on lighting, and if the way the set lit is different from how the texture was lit when photographed, it's going to look fake. So, theoretically, this "invention" could be used, but its use is limited to the quality and direction of light used for the backdrops.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2018 at 00:25 UTC as 50th comment | 2 replies
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Franz Weber: The whole video sounds like a Kickstarter project from somebody in the beginning of a learning curve, but I stopped watching when she said: “these products are made in America.“
Come on, really? That is too much to take.

Funny you should say that... I stopped watching at exactly the same place :)

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2018 at 00:21 UTC
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Irakly Shanidze: Seems to be the same as their Iberit lens lineup unsuccessfully offered earlier for the M, L and E mounts. This time around they learned the lesson and priced the lenses more in line with the specs. Initial prices for Iberit 35, 50 lenses were just a bit lower than for used Summicrons, and 90 like used Elmarit, which made it a totally losing proposition.

@FuhTeng - Used second version 35mm summicron is 1000-1200. You are referring to the ASPH version, which this lens is not.

The prices aren't silly, it is that the product is not competitive, at least in M or L mount.

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2018 at 20:30 UTC
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Mistral75: These Kipon Elegant lenses are the Canon RF and Nikon Z versions of the HandeVision IBERIT 24, 35, 50, 75 and 90mm f/2.4 lenses currently available in Fujifilm X, Leica L, Leica M and Sony E mounts.

HandeVision is (was?) a joint-venture between the German company IB/E Optics Eckerl GmbH https://www.ibe-optics.com/en/ and the Chinese company Shanghai Transvision Photographic Equipment Co., Ltd, better known under their ==Kipon== trademark.

Yep. Iberit lenses have already sustained two price drops to no avail. An attempt to imitate Leica Summarit lineup was a bad idea to begin with :)

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2018 at 19:53 UTC

Seems to be the same as their Iberit lens lineup unsuccessfully offered earlier for the M, L and E mounts. This time around they learned the lesson and priced the lenses more in line with the specs. Initial prices for Iberit 35, 50 lenses were just a bit lower than for used Summicrons, and 90 like used Elmarit, which made it a totally losing proposition.

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2018 at 19:49 UTC as 26th comment | 6 replies
On article Fujifilm GF 250mm F4 R LM OIS WR sample gallery (91 comments in total)
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Irakly Shanidze: Absolutely nothing special. Seems like a good technical lens.

reminds me a lot of sigma art lenses: sharp, but no depth

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2018 at 01:29 UTC
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nycgazelle: such an uninspiring focal length.

What do you mean, uninspiring? Each focal length has its use, and it is up to a photographer to come up with compelling imagery. No focal length by itself will lend you a helping hand :)

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2018 at 18:14 UTC
On article Fujifilm GF 250mm F4 R LM OIS WR sample gallery (91 comments in total)

Absolutely nothing special. Seems like a good technical lens.

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2018 at 18:11 UTC as 19th comment | 4 replies
On article Sigma 40mm F1.4 Art sample gallery (245 comments in total)
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Irakly Shanidze: Flipping through the images i sincerely tried to like the lens, but can't figure out what is it there to like. Compared to Zeiss, let alone Leica, this lens does not render depth at any aperture. Yes, it is well-corrected. Yes, it holds well against the light, yes bokeh is neutral. Yet, no magic.

The point is that the notorious Leica look is not bokeh, it is not the glow, or something isolated.The article gets the message across fairly well. Moreover, it makes a point that not only Leica lenses have this look. If you are trying to compartmentalize it for the sake of an argument, I don't think this is the best time investment for both of us.

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2018 at 19:10 UTC
On article Sigma 40mm F1.4 Art sample gallery (245 comments in total)
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Irakly Shanidze: Flipping through the images i sincerely tried to like the lens, but can't figure out what is it there to like. Compared to Zeiss, let alone Leica, this lens does not render depth at any aperture. Yes, it is well-corrected. Yes, it holds well against the light, yes bokeh is neutral. Yet, no magic.

"roughly uniform" does not mean "uniform". uniform is boring. although, you may be right that language could be more clear. i will revisit the article.
I know what "empirical" means. 10 years doing science taught me a thing or two about data.

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2018 at 16:06 UTC
On article Sigma 40mm F1.4 Art sample gallery (245 comments in total)
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Irakly Shanidze: Flipping through the images i sincerely tried to like the lens, but can't figure out what is it there to like. Compared to Zeiss, let alone Leica, this lens does not render depth at any aperture. Yes, it is well-corrected. Yes, it holds well against the light, yes bokeh is neutral. Yet, no magic.

@MayaTlab0 - well, "empirical establishment" is, as we all know, one's personal experience. Of course, if you do something just once in a while, your data is not reliable. on the other hand, doing something all the time using the same workflow results in data that can be relied upon. I formulate my opinions based on nearly thirty years of field data.
Going back to Sigma Art lenses, I can't say anything about the beige tint, as this is not something that can be tested without a standard. The lack of depth, however, is right there, right in my face.
Just yesterday I browsed through a 1.2/85 gallery on the Mitacon web site. Images there look amazingly three-dimensional. Just have a look and compare.
The beauty of photography is in the simple fact that it is empirical. You can investigate lens properties using all kinds of fancy equipment and write beautiful formulas explaining what is going on in the image, or, you can simply look at the picture and see it all with your naked eye.

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2018 at 14:53 UTC
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