Stephan Def

Lives in Europe
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On article Sony Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA Sample Gallery (269 comments in total)

So what does this lens do that other 50mm 1.4 lenses won't? (Sigma Art 750€, Nikon 50mm 1.4 for 300€, I think that list could go on for a long time).

I didn't even see a dof scale on this Zeiss lens. It also seems like OIS is needed on new lenses at current pixel rates, it does not matter if some Sony bodys have IBIS a lens at this price point should have that option anyway.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2016 at 14:21 UTC as 73rd comment | 10 replies
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1275 comments in total)

It will be interesting to see how prices develop in the next couple of months for the x-t1 and the xt-10. It looks like they are trying to sell out the x-t1 with their cashback program that is currently going on.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 09:44 UTC as 175th comment | 1 reply
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1275 comments in total)
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Henry McA: Raw files look very soft, even at base iso, compared Nikon D7200 or even some mft cameras.

I am not impressed with the samples dpreview hat given in general. Softness can have any number of reasons, I think it is essentially a software problem and should be addressable via software. Having said that, I did have doubts in general about going to 24MP, there are known downsides to more pixels.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 09:41 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1275 comments in total)
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Ayoh: How do they justify a $600 price premium over a Sony a6300 when they essentially have the same specs?

Thats a good question. You could compare the specs and find a higher shutter speed on Fuji or USB 3 on the Fuji amongst other things. I did not see Film Simulations on Sony apparently the film simulations can even be used while doing video on the Fuji. I also did not see in-camera raw development on Sony. To me it looks like Fujifilm overall is genuinely working hard to make photography a fun and creative experience for their users.

However, I think the big one is Sony's attitude towards their customers, this is something that Sony Corp is infamous for. Sony have not given major new functions to their customers via free firmware updates as Fujifilm has. On the contrary, they are known to even take functions away pretty much arbitrarily via firmware update. Overall though over the years I personally have gotten the impression that Sony considers their customers to be the "enemy" for some odd reason that only they can understand.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 09:31 UTC
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PeaceKeeper: I think many of you are missing the point... Ignore that the complaint was filed by Getty.

So we are clear, Google is telling people that they MUST provide the full res images to be listed on the search engine. That, coupled with their efforts to absorb/destroy competing search engines, forcing people to use theirs or "die", is a pretty sound basis for the complaint.

The real money is in ad revenue, and that is what's really at the heart of this. Google is able to sell ad space, data mine, etc, without the user ever having to view the page hosting the image.

If you had a blog/website that produced revenue by ad space, and used images to draw people to it or make it more appealing, you'd be pretty ticked off if another site was embedding your photos and making money off ads without ever sending traffic to your site. This is exactly what Google is doing.

"Use another search engine!" Maybe you don't understand how a monopoly works... and why they are illegal.

<< "Use another search engine!" Maybe you don't understand how a monopoly works... and why they are illegal. >>

*Hint* ... they are not actually illegal and the government even grants them in some instances. You might want to read up on the law about Monopolies.

Also you are making quite a few other unproven claims in your rant.

Link | Posted on May 2, 2016 at 00:28 UTC

No-Brainer: if Getty wants a specific service from Google, then Getty should buy that service from Google and pay them appropriate compensation for it. Otherwise Getty is certainly very free to take their business elsewhere. I guess thats pretty much the message they got from Google about this issue and I feel Google is right on the mark.

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2016 at 21:34 UTC as 38th comment
On article Hands-on with the Nikon D5 (409 comments in total)
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Stephan Def: I think this is targeted to sell to professional type organisations with adequate budgets which will always buy into the latest Nikon hardware by default selection. This strategy may not work out in a very tight and depressed business environment.

@mxx I'm afraid you don't get the point. (Remember the GM - Hummer?)

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2016 at 10:06 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Nikon D5 (409 comments in total)

I think this is targeted to sell to professional type organisations with adequate budgets which will always buy into the latest Nikon hardware by default selection. This strategy may not work out in a very tight and depressed business environment.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2016 at 10:14 UTC as 42nd comment | 3 replies
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Stephan Def: Samsung should come out and say what their strategy is going forward because, I don't get this. Samsung has spent millions developing a lot of basic digital camera technology. It would be very bad business to just throw it all away.

Managing expectations is important, Samsung could very well do that now, if they had a strategy that is.

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2015 at 09:19 UTC

Samsung should come out and say what their strategy is going forward because, I don't get this. Samsung has spent millions developing a lot of basic digital camera technology. It would be very bad business to just throw it all away.

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2015 at 14:41 UTC as 158th comment | 6 replies

I think what Samsung is saying, is that their marketing costs are much too high. I interpret that to mean that they will not invest anymore into special Samsung floor-spaces in large Media Super-Markets. I imagine that it will continue to be possible to order an NX1 from Amazon in Europe for quite some time.

Maybe Samsung is just way ahead of the curve. Camera stores in Germany are closing down left and right. Japan has dropped back into a recession. Hard times lie ahead for such luxury items like expensive Cameras.

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2015 at 00:22 UTC as 219th comment | 2 replies
On article A lot to Leica? Hands-on with the Leica SL (Typ 601) (1513 comments in total)

If you do a Wedding with this, you can easily charge at least double the price... everyone will see right away that you are a very high-net-worth professional photographer.

OK, I admit, I was being ironic ... :-)

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2015 at 07:34 UTC as 97th comment | 6 replies
On article Photo prodigy: The images of 17-year-old Taylor Gray (165 comments in total)

Hallstatt Austria Photo: doing Austrian villages in the Mountains is hard, either the mountains are overexposed or the houses underexposed. This image does not capture the unique light and atmosphere of Hallstatt, its just a very straightforward HDR image that looks a little overexposed. Hallstatt is actually a very shady place with much deeper shadows, because it is surrounded by high mountains, it has a very unique light and an ancient feeling about it. I guess I could probably spend a week there and still have a hard time doing that special place photographic justice.

Overall a very nice Landscape shot, however imo it does not nail the unique visual points of Hallstatt.

p.s. at the age of 17 I would have felt very fortunate to have my own Camera setup and the resources to use it well in a place like Hallstatt.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2015 at 10:05 UTC as 22nd comment | 1 reply
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Anadrol: I installed a CISS in my Canon MG7150 (look in my gallery), and bought ink from China at 5 USD per LITER, yes 5 USD per LITER and it works perfectly !

I can tell you that the Chinese ink is as good as OEM, and guess where the OEM ink is manufactured anyway ?

Thank you very much for that tip. I looked on youtube and these CISS systems are available for many kinds of printers also for HP Officejet in this Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tH9WPH5RC2At

I guess I am going to be ordering one soon...

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2015 at 20:15 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-T10 Review (514 comments in total)
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Stephan Def: I hope very much that Fujifilm continue this concept in future models. For me the key feature is the very good OOC jpegs & film simulations, also the EVF and swivel screen. Also the overall very good build quality. (High-end AF is not important on this kind of a Camera).

If one can use a TV screen & do post-processing in-camera without the need for an addtional computer & software then that is a huge benefit for any user.

I don't think Fujifilm has to jump on the 4K bandwagon, just decent enough Video qualtiy would be good. Also the ability to record a short sound clip with a still image is very nice to have and would be technically easy to do.

What I would like to have is film-simulation bracketing, so that I do 5 shots in rapid succession using various film simulations & settings. At the end of the day I could then just choose which ones I want to keep. More stuff like that, neat features to have implemented by exploiting existing hardware thru better software.

Cool, thanks for that Info.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2015 at 05:54 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-T10 Review (514 comments in total)

I hope very much that Fujifilm continue this concept in future models. For me the key feature is the very good OOC jpegs & film simulations, also the EVF and swivel screen. Also the overall very good build quality. (High-end AF is not important on this kind of a Camera).

If one can use a TV screen & do post-processing in-camera without the need for an addtional computer & software then that is a huge benefit for any user.

I don't think Fujifilm has to jump on the 4K bandwagon, just decent enough Video qualtiy would be good. Also the ability to record a short sound clip with a still image is very nice to have and would be technically easy to do.

What I would like to have is film-simulation bracketing, so that I do 5 shots in rapid succession using various film simulations & settings. At the end of the day I could then just choose which ones I want to keep. More stuff like that, neat features to have implemented by exploiting existing hardware thru better software.

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2015 at 10:18 UTC as 41st comment | 11 replies
On article Sony reportedly shifting focus to full-frame cameras (447 comments in total)

Surprise! Sony is focusing on FF because thats where the money is. Also, obviously Sony has no taste for competing with Samsung in APS-C, because Samsung would take them down on price and tech.

Interesting to note that Sony aren't saying that they will try to compete in Sports-Photography any time soon.

So now theoretically Sony could sell a highend APS-C BSI Sensor to Fujifilm, because they are no longer competing in that segment? Or should somebody else sell it to them? Or, Fujifilm will develope their own?

What can we conclude from this? APS-C is being left to Fujifilm and Samsung?

p.s. I certainly agree with what many others have said here about Sony being extremely proprietary, closed systems and with very little or no customer orientation.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2015 at 09:47 UTC as 41st comment
On article Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV Review (1570 comments in total)

I read thru this review, yes the specifications are very impressive. Then I looked at the images, there is no wow factor for me in them. At the end of the day, would't it all have to be about the outrageously good images? Then I checked the price and thought no.

I might like to have this as a Museum Camera, you can get good enough Foto's at the museum with it, likely without drawing any unwanted attention. Yet there are always smartphones, which are always somehow good enough, and continously getting better. Maybe a Samsung nx500, which you can even swap lenses on, and its farily pocketable too, at 28MP BSI, and a much lower price.

90% of all people will not have the computing power at home to post process 4K. However the casual user will likely try to post process 4K on his tablet computer (ipad) anyway, because they don't get it.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2015 at 12:25 UTC as 247th comment | 1 reply
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nixda: The article points out that one would need to ask for permission when posting to certain "social media sites, such as Facebook or Twitter, as those sites carry advertising that is attached to the content of its pages."

Does it not occur to people here that any problem can be avoided by not posting to such sites?

Are people not aware of the fact that such sites strip the user of all rights to their own creations?

Are people so cheap and greedy that they prefer to be stripped of their rights, rather than support regulation that protects the rights of creative people? Besides, there are sites that are free and do not strip people of their rights. Best of both worlds.

To me it seems that social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter have people in a stronger bind in many instances than some totalitarian regimes. Go after those sites first.

@nixca you are a troll, because you are resulting to personal attacks instead of staying matter of fact.

Just read your insame ravings to see what is actually paranoid in your posts above.

I think it wil be better if you take your medication before getting carried away

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2015 at 21:51 UTC
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RichO: Is there a lawyer in the house? If I understand the current law, buildings older than 70 years past the death of the architect would be in the public domain and not affected by the this. Perhaps the clarification that is needed is what constitutes commercial use. A photograph taken for advertising or for publication as a postcard would be clear examples. However a photo taken and posted on a news site or travel blog would near clarification. If a news agency responds to an incident in front of a public building does that constitute fair use or require prior authorization? Would all travel blogs about EU countries have to post without photos or obtain prior authorization?

really I don't see how you could copyright a building, one could copyright the building plans perhaps, but even that depends on all kinds of nitty-gritty legal details.

How to copyright a foto of a building I don't know, especially not under international copyright treaties. The U.S has very liberal fair use laws, so if you publish in the U.S, any litigant would be put to a hard test to be sure ,and even then it varies from state to state. Good luck with that.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2015 at 19:46 UTC
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