iae aa eia

iae aa eia

Lives in Brazil Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Works as a English school coordinator and EFL teacher
Joined on Jan 13, 2011
About me:

I was born in Brazil, in a city called João Pessoa. I lived in a few other cities in three neighboring states before moving to where I currently live, about 1,300 miles away down south, Belo Horizonte. Back then, photography was not offered at colleges and universities, I didn't want any other courses, and I never got a higher education. I tried to get in the AirForce—they offered the career of aerial photographer (don't know if they still do)—but I could not get in because they detected a health problem. I started working with social photography. I shot a couple of birthday parties and some portraits, but I wasn't successful. I liked the experience, but I had never been a very social person and the few clients I had I got with the help of my mother.

During this time, I was living by myself and in a different city, and I was not able to prospect any clients by myself or get any references from the few folks I had done work for. I was just to shy to ask for references. I had some issues related to lack of perseverance. I was constantly feeling down since my later teenager years. I ended up giving up and working with motorcycle sales, an area in which I was also unsuccessful because I had to be socially more engaged as well, but I thought that it was going to work just because I liked motorcycles. After a while, I got an opportunity to work at those 1-hour photo labs/shops as a minilab operator. Now I was able to do a better job, probably because I didn't have to have high social skills. I worked isolated most of the time. As a minilab operator, I was considered one of the best at all the places I worked at, thanks to the fact that I loved photography, read a lot of technical literature, and learned with two very good folks how to operate and maintain those machines. One of them had worked at a Kodak laboratory for more than a decade and had opened a photo lab along with two other business partners, the first photo lab I worked at. The other guy was a Noritsu consultant/technitian.

I started getting socially more engaged after I got involved with the church of Christ. If I was as socially engaged as I was after 2 or 3 years attending church and doing volunteering work when I started shooting, the story would have been different. Since I got involved with church, I have been often in contact with Americans and my English improved considerably. It was because of that that I had my first opportunity to teach English, helping some classmates at a course I was attending in which to have English was a very important requirement. My classmates noticed that I liked teaching and that I taught well, and they encouraged me to be an English teacher.

After about six years working at at least four English schools, I got the opportunity to have my own business, which is as a master franchisee for an English school specialized in private classes. This opportunity was offered to me by the same company I had been working for two and a half years as an EFL teacher, but only if I moved to a pretty far away city, which is where I live now. I had terrible headaches when I lived in my previous hometown, but my current hometown is cooler and drier, and it's also better for business, a little more developed, the fried and cooked food is amazing (except baked stuff, nothing special), and the accent is among the nicest in Brazil.

INITIAL INTEREST IN PHOTOGRAPHY
The first camera I've ever shot with was my mother's Kodak Instamatic 177XF, in the 80's; I used to disassemble and assemble it quite often. The first contact I've ever had with photography literature was still in the 80's, when the husband of a distant relative of mine gave me a photography guide composed of two magazine-sized and four less-than-letter-sized books. Each one of the magazine-sized books was divided into many sections, like cameras, lenses, flashes, framing, darkroom, techniques, pro-photographers' galleries, etc; and the other four books focused on specific photo subjects. Only photos and commentaries in these. One was about people, the other was about women, another one about nature, and one about architecture. I loved that kit. Decades later, already late 2000's, when I was able to understand English much better, I could compare them with many other guides and I realized that they were quite complete and technically accurate. Really good stuff for Brazilian standards. It was probably the translation of an American guide.

In 1993, I was living in a city called Natal. I was riding a bicycle when I decided to stop at a newsstand located at a supermarket for a quick look at the magazines, as I used to do. I wasn't looking for anything in particular and didn't intend to buy anything, but while I was browsing, I saw that beautiful red glossy cover magazine with lots of SLRs on it, standing on the top shelf. It was the December's 1993 edition of Petersen's PHOTOgraphic magazine. I was in awe, thinking, "Wow, look at that!" (in Portuguese, of course). I had never seen such an appealing cover (uncommon to Brazilian magazines at that time) and that rich content in terms of equipment. I decided to buy a compact Collins Gem Eng-Port Port-Eng dictionary and a calculator in the same week I bought that magazine, and spent the whole month trying to translate most of the magazine's content and converting feet to meters, inches to mili/centimeters, and pounds and ounces to (kilo)grams, and even dollars to royals (our currency, or 'real/reais' in Portuguese)—well, I started doing currency conversion from 1996 onward, as there was no 'real' in 1993, but only a temporary, transitional currency in 1994, and I was still not interested in currency conversions by 1995). I continued to buy issues of that magazine for the next 6 months. At first, equipment ads, gear guides and articles, and shopping catalogs where the sections I read the most.

FIRST JOB IN PHOTOGRAPHY
In 1996, I was living in Guarabira, a small city in the countryside of the State of Paraíba, and the owners of a photo shop in Natal called me and invited me to move back there and work as a minilab operator. That was my first job. I knew the folks there because they didn't have access to that kind of magazines and I used to go there to show them to them and talk about photography, and we enjoyed doing that and became friends.

While I was working there, I had the chance to handle and use some very nice cameras like the Nikon F3 and FM2, the Minolta Maxxum 9xi and X-370, and quite a large variety of Pentaxes, like the K2000, ME, and P30t; There were other cameras from same said brands and other brands, like Vivitar and Yashica. Canons were rare and I don't know why. I can't remember ever seeing one, except compacts. But, two brands I wanted so much to have an opportunity to see live were Contax, Ricoh, and Zeiss. I just drooled over seeing pictures of Contax bodies and Zeiss lenses. Even one or two of Contax compacts. I also wish I had seen more Olympus SLR's. I also drooled over its µ-II.

I'M GONNA ADD MORE LATER.

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On article Nikon D800 and D800E 36MP full-frame DSLRs announced (269 comments in total)

Nice substitute for the D700, but they are missing a good point. In the film era everybody could own a full frame camera, but nowadays only a few people.

The use of a smaller sensor was to help decrease certain problems concerning image quality, but that is not a problem since a good time already, so camera makers are clearly taking advantage of this and selling FF like an exclusive camera.

I wonder which maker is gonna be the first to break this barrier, and bring down the FF to the masses. Sony gave a little step in this direction with the A850 but then they seem to have stopped or whatever.

And it seems clear Nikon and Sony are working together in some way to get Canon users to them, but I don't doubt Canon is gonna surprise, because they always do.

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2012 at 15:02 UTC as 29th comment | 2 replies
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inevitable crafts studio: fuji, you did it again hehe,

now i could buy TWO used m8 or one m8.2 or an m8 and a zeiss lens or a few voigtländer lenses

yes i know highISO no movie mode and no autofocus

but thats like a new hyundai with automaic drive, aircondition and heated seats for the price of a 3 year old 70ies styled ferarri with manual shift no aircondition and no heated seats

but man, i would take the used ferarri any day, because this car, when it was new was the top of the line ferarri, why should i buy a hyundai for the same price. ok lets assume, in my case, i want to buy a decent sportscar, that brings me back to the roots of sportscar driving. and that image is fuji trying to generate with their x series

I think they intend to become a Ferrari, but not now. They are trying to get this image and if they continue this for 10 or 20 years, in 100 years people will be having an image of Fujifilm as they are of Leica.

But there is a problem. Leica does not do cheap cameras, so Fujifilm has also to stop making cheap cameras, because an automaker that makes expensive and cheap cars at the same time, even though the expensive ones are enough competitive or even better, can't reach the same image of another that makes only expensive cars.

Will Fujifilm do that?

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2012 at 13:58 UTC
On article Pentax announces K-01 K-mount APS-C mirrorless camera (866 comments in total)

I believe Pentax guys managed to get an incredible discount from Marc Newson, but its simplistic design and big body might please some people who feel intimidated by the traditional design that is or good-sized but complex (full of buttons) or with few buttons but too small. Sure it has a market and the core of it is welcomed, but as a general mirroless flag camera, it fails short. Wait for the next models (without Marc signature).

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2012 at 19:19 UTC as 176th comment | 2 replies
On article Pentax announces K-01 K-mount APS-C mirrorless camera (866 comments in total)
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sorinx: Looks like an ugly toy compared to K5.

99% of dpreview redears would have designed a better looking camera than "respected product designer Marc Newson". How much did they pay him for this?

Haha, yeah. That comparison to the K5 is killing. We see two extremes about designing (and tasting). One is wow!, the other is WTF!

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2012 at 19:02 UTC

The use of 1.8 in the P310 was a real deal, and it's very welcomed this pushing of optical zoom limits in the P510. Bridge superzoom cameras are for that, for playing, for making you experience extremes without the commitment to that wow quality. Though many problems arise at such tele end, it's still impressive. See that videocameras (that do not require the same lens resolution) already play with 60 x, so I want to see makers going up there and beyond!

The deal breaker for me, however, is the sensor size. All Nikon compacts should be developed around their 1 system sensor. That's the big deal. Can you imagine how would it be great if Nikon had all their compacts with 1 system sensor? After a time they would be selling them at a similar (or little higher) price as the competition using 1/2.3 sensors. The other sensor, 1/3, they could use for all the other super/ultra compacts with built-in zoom.

CAN YOU HEAR, NIKON?!

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2012 at 15:16 UTC as 23rd comment | 1 reply
On article Just Posted: Nikon 1 V1 and J1 review (424 comments in total)

I see no problem at all about this system. I only think that Nikon should turn it their common compact system, and not an exclusive, an apart system, and make it mass produced and price-competitive.

This sensor size should be used in all Nikon compact and ultra compact cameras. No smaller sensor than that, unless it's a Nikon camera-phone. Unfortunately, these two first launches leave much to be desired (they are the same [or even bigger] size of much bigger sensor and more versatile alternatives), but the core of it is well defined.

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2012 at 16:49 UTC as 66th comment
On article Kodak files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection (95 comments in total)

I blame the guy Kodak hired from HP (Antonio Pérez). HP was always a crap in photography so I can't understand why the heck he went to Kodak.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2012 at 17:03 UTC as 18th comment
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unlearny: KODAK's major problem is their CEO. The guy is an EX HP cheif. Remember how well HP handled the digital camera market? There you go.

Yeah, I totally agree with you. Small great comment.

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2012 at 04:05 UTC
On article Preview: Canon PowerShot G1 X large sensor zoom compact (767 comments in total)
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iae aa eia: I knew Canon would overcast Nikon skies again, as always. Canon rules. Perfect launch. Sensor better sized than Nikon 1's. That's so good I'm not a Nikon fanboy (neither Canon), otherwise I would be growling and deep breathing of envyness right now. And this is only the very start.

OK, Nikon 1 System sensor is significantly smaller, so whatever Canon system comes up using G1X sensor size, there are little chances most models would be competitively smaller enough than Nikon 1 System's.

Anyway, I can't imagine better upgrade for the G series. Nikon G-very-like series is now far behind.

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2012 at 19:59 UTC
On article Preview: Canon PowerShot G1 X large sensor zoom compact (767 comments in total)
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simon65: The PowerShot G1 X is available from late February, priced at £699.00/€799.00/$799.99 RRP.

£1 = USD 1.54

£699.00 = USD 1,076

Yep, looks like the Great British public are about to get royally screwed again.

Probably the equation involving production, demand and taxes is more favorable in the USA.

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2012 at 17:06 UTC
On article Preview: Canon PowerShot G1 X large sensor zoom compact (767 comments in total)

I knew Canon would overcast Nikon skies again, as always. Canon rules. Perfect launch. Sensor better sized than Nikon 1's. That's so good I'm not a Nikon fanboy (neither Canon), otherwise I would be growling and deep breathing of envyness right now. And this is only the very start.

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2012 at 16:55 UTC as 172nd comment | 5 replies
On article Nikon D4 overview (839 comments in total)

Someone (I don't know if more) commented about being wrong saying this or that camera is better in this or that thing, like competing, but I think this competition makes sense and is no harm at all. Competing is what makes the companies to run to get better, to try to surpass in this or that characteristic their rivals, and everybody is involved. Of course, no need to kill, but a tug-of-war is fine, even among the costumers.

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2012 at 03:48 UTC as 126th comment
On article Kodak sells Image Sensor Solutions business (69 comments in total)

The first camera I used and disassembled and broke was an Instamatic 177X from my mom and I remember most people in my country had Kodaks until my teenager years. I remember buying a Portra film to shoot some social events gave me confidence and made me anxious to see the results. I remember looking closer at movie strips and seeing the Kodak brand marked at the laterals. I remember handling Kodak chemicals and Royal papers in a minilab,...

Kodak had everything to be successful in the digital market, but didn't know what area of itself to concentrate on, letting unprofitable departments to draw money from the profitable. I really hope they have a plan. To end like Vivitar (I still remember how Series 1 lenses represented something good), oh gosh, no please.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2011 at 15:44 UTC as 18th comment
On article Video Interview: Vincent Laforet (50 comments in total)

I see now problems with the angle it was shot. Of course it wasn't appropriate. Maybe the room was small and there was no wider lens or wide adapter, so they had to lift the camera to get more in the frame.

The transcript would be welcome. As told by someone here, sometimes we want to watch it in an inappropriate moment and there's no earphones, and later to remember we don't. Congrats, DPR.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2011 at 18:18 UTC as 6th comment
On article Lytro announces Light Field Camera (269 comments in total)
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iae aa eia: Some people here are completely blind. This is for sure the biggest change in the history of photography after the film era. The digital capture was only the beginning. Man, now you can focus a shot after taken, haha! That's amazingly amazing! Seriouly, man! Haha! Wow, no words...

Don't think I don't understand about photography. I understand, and very much, artistically and technically, and also appreciate all that stuff like manual focusing, 'shuttering', 'aperturing', 'whiting', 'ISOing', etc.; working on the camera, but, to think it's going to be little thing, is total blindness and huge ignorance.

I imagine they can be very useful to shoot fast action at a long distance and under not so good light to publish on the internet. There you have a lens with no need to focus, large aperture and no shutter lag. No more power to have the camera activating motors and focusing systems all the time. Less mechanics.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2011 at 05:03 UTC
On article Lytro announces Light Field Camera (269 comments in total)

Some people here are completely blind. This is for sure the biggest change in the history of photography after the film era. The digital capture was only the beginning. Man, now you can focus a shot after taken, haha! That's amazingly amazing! Seriouly, man! Haha! Wow, no words...

Don't think I don't understand about photography. I understand, and very much, artistically and technically, and also appreciate all that stuff like manual focusing, 'shuttering', 'aperturing', 'whiting', 'ISOing', etc.; working on the camera, but, to think it's going to be little thing, is total blindness and huge ignorance.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2011 at 04:02 UTC as 64th comment | 8 replies

I'm not a pro, so I won't say much. I think this launch puts an end to their 1.3 x sensor lline. It's kind of an update of both 1Ds Mark IIIand 1D Mark IV in the same body. For me never made much sense to have a sensor so similar in size. Perhaps OK in the past, but not nowadays. Not incredible, but a good move.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2011 at 16:49 UTC as 83rd comment
On article Nikon V1 comparison shots added to dpreview database (220 comments in total)

It records movies amazingly well and won over the competition (G12, LX5,...) when it comes to photography, but its price and proposed design play direct against mirrorless, which cost the same or less. If they launch one with an enthusiast-for design with less dark lenses and/or a built-in zoom compact and ask for a justified price, then would be perfect.

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2011 at 17:24 UTC as 54th comment

When you think of a classy idea of camera and wrap it up on a small sensor like that and ask for such a sum, it's seems to me like you're ruining something. It's like it has a foot on the mediocre side, it doesn't matter how good it can be in all other aspects. After the Nikon CX sensor size announcement then, I think that even much.

Canon Gs and Panasonic LXs was saved because they came in a time we were still exploring the capabilities of the very small sensors, but now things are changing again. Anything Nikon launches with the likes of these Fujifilm Xs, Canon Gs, or superzooms, with the CX sensor, are going to promise more and get better value overall.

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2011 at 00:57 UTC as 93rd comment

The best sensor size (among the smallest) for an enthusiast built-in lens camera in my opinion, is of the Nikon 1 system. I really would like to see that sensor becoming the new standard, the new smallest sensor. Smaller than that, for me, only for non-extendable zoom barrel compacts and phones. Otherwise, I'm off.

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2011 at 20:59 UTC as 54th comment
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