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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On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Sony a99 II (433 comments in total)
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kobakokh: A99ii is great camera, of course. Just two problems are there - price of camera and not many really great new A-mount lenses for such high resolution sensor. I think Sony will produces soon that lenses, but, again, i think they will be very big size and very expensive... Also there are no third party manufacturers' lenses for A-mount now... And there are one little question: such fast camera usually want for sport photography, but without such high resolution, its not big problem, user can set low resolution or make crop, but for me its will be better if Sony will put in sport-like camera less resolution but highest iso effective sensor...

I cannot see why Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 16-35 and 24-70 need updating, honestly :)
Speaking of prices...
http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Sony-Vario-Sonnar-16-35mm-F2-8-ZA-SSM-Carl-Zeiss-Lens-/291870180402?hash=item43f4d18432:g:eFIAAOSwanRXhFF6

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2016 at 23:07 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Sony a99 II (433 comments in total)
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Thomas KP Lee: On A99 mark I, one issue is the shutter lag is much longer than the top of the line camera such as 1Dx, make shooting of action with flash, such as dance, difficult. Wonder what the shutter lag will be on the A99 II?

Hm... What shutter lag? Every evening I take pictures of ballet dancers practicing, rehearsing and performing. I cannot recall even a single instance of missing a shot due to shutter lag. a7r, on the other hand, was really bad in that department.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2016 at 10:03 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Sony a99 II (433 comments in total)
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kobakokh: A99ii is great camera, of course. Just two problems are there - price of camera and not many really great new A-mount lenses for such high resolution sensor. I think Sony will produces soon that lenses, but, again, i think they will be very big size and very expensive... Also there are no third party manufacturers' lenses for A-mount now... And there are one little question: such fast camera usually want for sport photography, but without such high resolution, its not big problem, user can set low resolution or make crop, but for me its will be better if Sony will put in sport-like camera less resolution but highest iso effective sensor...

How many great lenses do you need? Zeiss 2/24, 1.4/35, 1.4/50, 1.8/135, and that not counting zoom lenses. BTW, all Minolta G lenses still work, and don't even try to tell me that they are not good enough :)

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2016 at 09:59 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Sony a99 II (433 comments in total)

Played with it this morning. It was well worth the wait. at $3500 it offers more than my Leica SL, and it is actually smaller! Also, whoever says that Carl Zeiss lens lineup is not large enough for professional photography, is not me :)

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2016 at 09:57 UTC as 19th comment | 2 replies

Sic transit gloria mundi... From a glorious Rolleiflex GX to a rebadged Chinese-made toy... Well, what is comforting that at least the name did not die.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2016 at 09:52 UTC as 8th comment

i saw this thing at the factory in Solms. Looks formidable.

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2016 at 14:00 UTC as 8th comment
On article Photographing fireworks: The basics and then some (66 comments in total)
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Irakly Shanidze: Simply "moving away" is not going to produce adequate results in getting city skyline, just like in the example here. The idea here is to get the skyline exposed well enough to get at least 1/3 of the attention, giving the rest two thirds to the fireworks.

The trick is to expose it for long enough to make the sky blue. Do not worry about overexposure, as the fireworks are moving, and all you get is longer traces. What you get in return is perfectly exposed fireworks and the city skyline against the lighter toned sky. Below is the example.

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/57981526

Gentlemen, "overexposed" first and foremost means "lost detail in highlights". So, this image is not overexposed. It was shot with a specific interior in mind and fully conforms to the technical brief.

Several bursts during the exposure is rarely a bad thing, usually it is quite opposite. This particular image has three bursts in it.

Technical info: Leica SL, Vario-Elmarit 2.8-4/90-280 APO, ISO100, F/16, 8 sec.

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2016 at 21:49 UTC
On article Photographing fireworks: The basics and then some (66 comments in total)
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108: shooting fireworks is a difficult exercise , biggest problem being you don't have that many fireworks for practice . And on a 17 mn show, better decide what to do before, tripod or handheld ( as with alpha whiskey photo post ) . With Live Composite ( or live bulb ) as on the em10 , decide when to start and when to end , not so easy .
http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/9301240652/photos/3470426/arti247

Come on now, fireworks usually last for 15-20 minutes. It is enough time for practice and getting at least one killer shot.

Link | Posted on Jul 4, 2016 at 17:01 UTC
On article Photographing fireworks: The basics and then some (66 comments in total)

Simply "moving away" is not going to produce adequate results in getting city skyline, just like in the example here. The idea here is to get the skyline exposed well enough to get at least 1/3 of the attention, giving the rest two thirds to the fireworks.

The trick is to expose it for long enough to make the sky blue. Do not worry about overexposure, as the fireworks are moving, and all you get is longer traces. What you get in return is perfectly exposed fireworks and the city skyline against the lighter toned sky. Below is the example.

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/57981526

Link | Posted on Jul 4, 2016 at 16:59 UTC as 10th comment | 5 replies
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Irakly Shanidze: Mirrorless IS the future. It does not mean, however, that this future includes Hasselblad. With digital capture technology getting better, more and more professional photographers question necessity of medium format. Of course, sensors larger than 24x36mm and files with more than 24 megapixel resolution will still be needed for some applications, 95% of professional photographic tasks can be satisfied with means more modest than medium format.
What is more important in my humble view, is quality of lenses. Hasselblad abandoned Zeiss and Schneider, which resulted in very high image quality without character. Of course, you can use old CF lenses on H bodies, but have you tried that?
The only high-end camera manufacturer that has so far stayed true to the idea of superior optical design is Leica. It would be very interesting to see a real-life comparison between Hasselblad X1D and Leica SL, which offers a smaller sensor and better optics.

Indeed. I remember putting a bunch of 35mm slides on a light table and asking my at the time 10-year-old daughter to pick ones that she liked. Invariably, she picked Leica and sometimes Contax. She used to say that the colors were
"tasty".

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2016 at 17:06 UTC
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jadot: Would/Could Hasselblad introduce a digital x-pan now, to bridge the gap towards a more 'enthusiast' market segment? Lots of talk about getting to a larger market - this is one way they could do it.

Precisely.

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2016 at 06:00 UTC
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jadot: Would/Could Hasselblad introduce a digital x-pan now, to bridge the gap towards a more 'enthusiast' market segment? Lots of talk about getting to a larger market - this is one way they could do it.

Of course there is. So almost in any high-end camera. However, there is a subtle difference between a native aspect ratio and a crop.

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2016 at 03:20 UTC
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Kamox: Am I the only one who reads the cautious considerations of the manager as to avoid "sales cannibalization" of the much more expensive Hasselblad reflex models?

This is the reason why they announced it as a "semi-professional" model.

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2016 at 20:50 UTC
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Godfrey: Very excited by the Hasselblad X1D and looking forward to the lens system developments. The 45 and 90 are a good start, but for me the perfect lens would be a 22mm to make the X1D into the digital equivalent of the Hasselblad SWC.

haha, for that they would need Zeiss Biogon :)

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2016 at 20:48 UTC
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jadot: Would/Could Hasselblad introduce a digital x-pan now, to bridge the gap towards a more 'enthusiast' market segment? Lots of talk about getting to a larger market - this is one way they could do it.

I could hardly see how digital x-pan would increase the Hasselblad market share significantly enough. Besides, x-pan was made by Fuji, and yet another camera made "on the other side of the globe" would surely kill Hasselblad's reputation for good.

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2016 at 17:00 UTC
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Irakly Shanidze: Mirrorless IS the future. It does not mean, however, that this future includes Hasselblad. With digital capture technology getting better, more and more professional photographers question necessity of medium format. Of course, sensors larger than 24x36mm and files with more than 24 megapixel resolution will still be needed for some applications, 95% of professional photographic tasks can be satisfied with means more modest than medium format.
What is more important in my humble view, is quality of lenses. Hasselblad abandoned Zeiss and Schneider, which resulted in very high image quality without character. Of course, you can use old CF lenses on H bodies, but have you tried that?
The only high-end camera manufacturer that has so far stayed true to the idea of superior optical design is Leica. It would be very interesting to see a real-life comparison between Hasselblad X1D and Leica SL, which offers a smaller sensor and better optics.

Of course they would )))
The problem is, they are quite a bit more expensive to produce. Let's consider viable options :)

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2016 at 16:55 UTC

Mirrorless IS the future. It does not mean, however, that this future includes Hasselblad. With digital capture technology getting better, more and more professional photographers question necessity of medium format. Of course, sensors larger than 24x36mm and files with more than 24 megapixel resolution will still be needed for some applications, 95% of professional photographic tasks can be satisfied with means more modest than medium format.
What is more important in my humble view, is quality of lenses. Hasselblad abandoned Zeiss and Schneider, which resulted in very high image quality without character. Of course, you can use old CF lenses on H bodies, but have you tried that?
The only high-end camera manufacturer that has so far stayed true to the idea of superior optical design is Leica. It would be very interesting to see a real-life comparison between Hasselblad X1D and Leica SL, which offers a smaller sensor and better optics.

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2016 at 15:52 UTC as 73rd comment | 5 replies
On article A classic reinvented? Domke Chronicle Review (122 comments in total)
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Irakly Shanidze: Red accents and shiny stainless carbines are wonderful if you want to be more visible than you really are :)
Wax coating and plastic clips are also features that show how well-informed Domke now is about what real photographers need.

PS perhaps red zippers are for canon users to match red rings on L lenses :)

In hot climate wax tends to melt. Try to take this bag to Mexico :)

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2016 at 21:07 UTC
On article A classic reinvented? Domke Chronicle Review (122 comments in total)
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MATiO: I personaly absolutely love this one:
http://www.kalahari.de/classic/k-22/
Kalahari Orapa k-22
Why?
Because it does not look like camera bag... I already have a second one - and I would not trade it for any other.
And what more - side pockets can comfortably hold a bottle of wine each! :-)
And here are some pictures - to see how it looks inside:
https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=kalahari+orapa&FORM=HDRSC2

Well.. it kinda does look like a camera bag... in fact, it looks more camerabaggish than domke )))
For me personally, the best camera bag is a light nylon drawstring backpack with an insert from Billingham Hadley Pro in it.

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2016 at 17:10 UTC
On article A classic reinvented? Domke Chronicle Review (122 comments in total)

Red accents and shiny stainless carbines are wonderful if you want to be more visible than you really are :)
Wax coating and plastic clips are also features that show how well-informed Domke now is about what real photographers need.

PS perhaps red zippers are for canon users to match red rings on L lenses :)

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2016 at 17:04 UTC as 17th comment | 5 replies
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