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 João Pessoa, Brazil. I lived in a few other cities in three neighboring states in the Northeastern region before moving to where I currently live, about 1,300 miles away down south. Back then, photography was not offered at colleges and universities, and I never got a higher education. I tried to get in the AirForce. They offered the career of aerial photography (don't know if they still do). I tried to work with social photographer, and shoot a couple of birthday parties and portraits, but I wasn't successful. I liked the experience, but I had never been a very social person and the few clients I got had been with the help of my mother.

Soon I was living by myself and in a different city. I was not able to prospect any clients by myself nor to get any recommendation from the few folks I had done some work for. I found out only decades later that I suffered from depression and lacked a great deal of social ability, as I was constantly isolated. I was not weird in front of people, though. I was very inexperienced, and never received any kind of guidance, any kind of advice; nobody never called my attention to my autistic-like behavior toward people, especially as a photographer. I gave up and worked with motorcycle sales (also a disaster due to the same issue) and also at 1-hour photo labs/shops as a minilab operator. Now I was successful, as 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 how to operate and maintain those machines with very exigent folks. One of them had worked at a Kodak laboratory for more than a decade (which he left to start the first photo lab I worked at), and the other one was a Noritsu consultant.

I got involved with the church of Christ and I started to be able to look at myself in a clearer way, coming to realize what the problems I had were and what I needed to do. During that time, I was often in contact with Americans and my English improved considerably. It was at church that I was encouraged to start to teach English. After about six years as a teacher, I got the opportunity to have my own business, an English school franchise focused on private classes at homes and businesses. Although I had gotten better over time, but still aware of my insuficiently high and constant positive mood, that kept me from continue being a photographer back then, I now work with a person that is an expert in marketing, the kind of profissional that, if I had back then, I would have been a 20-year-career photographer by now. Along with this business, came the first opportunity to leave the Northeastern region of Brazil.

The first camera I have ever shot with was my mother's Kodak Instamatic 177XF. It happened to me to work as a photographer in the 90's, but I always had problems working by myself (not having the skills to do that marketing thing; socializing and stuff; and thus, feeling discouraged) and I didn't care to find a partner. What I needed was someone to help me promote my work, just as described in the previous paragraph. I don't work with photography, but I can say I still do something I love. I have always liked English, so it never gets old. And most things I've learned through reading, including photography, were written in English.

The first contact I've ever had with photography literature was in the 80's. 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 them. One was about people, the other was about women, another one, about nature, and one about architecture. I loved that kit. Later on, when I was able to understand some English, 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, RN. I was riding my 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!" 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 mm and cm, and pounds and ounces to kgs, and even dollars to royals (our currency, or 'real/reais' in Portuguese). I continued to buy issues of that magazine for the next 6 months. At first, equipment ads, camera and lens guides and articles, and shopping catalogs where the sections I read the most.

In 1996, I was living in Guarabira, PB, 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 got to know the folks there because they didn't have access that kind of magazines and I used to go there and take mine and talk about photography, and we enjoyed that a lot and we became friends. While I was working there, I had the chance to handle some very nice cameras like the Nikon F3, FM2, Minolta Maxxum 9xi, and some others from Pentax. Canon was rare.

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On article Throwback Thursday: Olympus C-3040 Zoom (121 comments in total)
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sportyaccordy: I wish you guys would talk more about these cameras in a modern context. I don't really care what your thoughts on it were when it came out. What made it significant? What was its impact? What were your personal experiences with it? Context is everything.

Yeah, I agree. If I want to know their thoughts back then, just go read its review. They can get a used one, use it a little, and give some thoughts, how it feels, looks, etc, now, but of course, cutting some slack for some obvious things that may not need to be talked about, like how the screen is small or how few pixels it has, for example.

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2016 at 00:22 UTC
On article DPReview Asks: What was your first camera? (766 comments in total)

The first camera I have ever shot with was my mother's Kodak Instamatic 177x.
My first camera was a Sonora Love.
My first digicam was an Aiptek Pocket DV.

Three poopoo.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2016 at 02:07 UTC as 136th comment
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iae aa eia: I always compare the colors of every new gallery that is published with Sigma's Foveon cameras galleries. The color depth they produce has been unbeatable in my opinion so far. There is not a single shot that denounces itself to be a digital image and not from film. I hope Sigma is working hard to make their next Foveon cameras more popular. That kind of processor is, IMO, the true depart from film, because it really does what film does.

BlueBomberTurbo, the Sigmas are the sharpest, but even if you ignore that and consider only the colors, the difference is significant. IMO, I haven't seen a sensor to reproduce colors as deep as a Foveon-type sensor. That's to big step, I think. Until then, it looks to me as if digital photography has never really reached maturity. For most people, perhaps, that's fine, but not for me. I have trained eyes and the difference is 'gritante' (shouting) as we say in Portuguese.

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2016 at 02:48 UTC
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iae aa eia: I always compare the colors of every new gallery that is published with Sigma's Foveon cameras galleries. The color depth they produce has been unbeatable in my opinion so far. There is not a single shot that denounces itself to be a digital image and not from film. I hope Sigma is working hard to make their next Foveon cameras more popular. That kind of processor is, IMO, the true depart from film, because it really does what film does.

notpc, you probably don't know what I'm talking about. If you at least notice the difference (check out Sigma's galleries, but ignore high ISO images), it'll be good enough.

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2016 at 22:33 UTC

I always compare the colors of every new gallery that is published with Sigma's Foveon cameras galleries. The color depth they produce has been unbeatable in my opinion so far. There is not a single shot that denounces itself to be a digital image and not from film. I hope Sigma is working hard to make their next Foveon cameras more popular. That kind of processor is, IMO, the true depart from film, because it really does what film does.

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2016 at 01:23 UTC as 7th comment | 5 replies
On article New kid on the block: YI M1 review (710 comments in total)
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iae aa eia: Mentalizing... "I don't want to buy a Chinese-brand camera, I don't want to buy a Chinese-brand camera, I don't want to buy a Chinese-brand camera, I don't want to buy a Chinese-brand camera,..."

@BeaverTerror, if you live in China, you should know better than me. Thanks!

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 00:01 UTC

This thingie looks noice!

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 12:07 UTC as 133rd comment | 2 replies
On article New kid on the block: YI M1 review (710 comments in total)
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iae aa eia: Mentalizing... "I don't want to buy a Chinese-brand camera, I don't want to buy a Chinese-brand camera, I don't want to buy a Chinese-brand camera, I don't want to buy a Chinese-brand camera,..."

@cosinaphile, a Chinese brand is different from an American brand made in China. It's even different from a Chinese brand that is controlled by another country's brand. I have a problem with Chinese brands that don't pay at least more than 50% in royalties over technologies to non-pro-communism/socialism countries. It may seem silly, but that's a real issue for me.

Based on that, I should not be really worried about this camera, because it seems to me they are probably using a lot of components and technologies that either come from non-pro-communism/socialism countries, are manufactured by from non-pro-communism/socialism countries' companies located in China, or are manufactured by Chinese companies under lisence from non-pro-communism/socialism contries' companies.

I don't really know if that's the case. I hope it is.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 11:51 UTC
On article New kid on the block: YI M1 review (710 comments in total)
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iae aa eia: Mentalizing... "I don't want to buy a Chinese-brand camera, I don't want to buy a Chinese-brand camera, I don't want to buy a Chinese-brand camera, I don't want to buy a Chinese-brand camera,..."

@great Javier, I understand your point now. It makes sense.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 11:41 UTC
On article New kid on the block: YI M1 review (710 comments in total)
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iae aa eia: Mentalizing... "I don't want to buy a Chinese-brand camera, I don't want to buy a Chinese-brand camera, I don't want to buy a Chinese-brand camera, I don't want to buy a Chinese-brand camera,..."

Safer buy? What do you mean by that?

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 21:32 UTC
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iae aa eia: I've seen some nice line of cameras ending with great final products and leaving people like "Aaaah..." and "What? Nooo!" This one seems more like that is the case. I so no point for a SLT camera anymore. Sony has gone too far with mirrorless already. This may be part of the investment plan of the A system, which do not include only leaving owners of the A system accessories orphan when they ended camera developments, but also owners of Zeiss lenses. Maybe, there's nothing to do, but the fact is that I've seen nice lines end bossy like that.

I was not aware of that. I missed that detail. Thank you.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 20:48 UTC

I've seen some nice line of cameras ending with great final products and leaving people like "Aaaah..." and "What? Nooo!" This one seems more like that is the case. I so no point for a SLT camera anymore. Sony has gone too far with mirrorless already. This may be part of the investment plan of the A system, which do not include only leaving owners of the A system accessories orphan when they ended camera developments, but also owners of Zeiss lenses. Maybe, there's nothing to do, but the fact is that I've seen nice lines end bossy like that.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 16:08 UTC as 107th comment | 2 replies
On article New kid on the block: YI M1 review (710 comments in total)

Mentalizing... "I don't want to buy a Chinese-brand camera, I don't want to buy a Chinese-brand camera, I don't want to buy a Chinese-brand camera, I don't want to buy a Chinese-brand camera,..."

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 15:57 UTC as 211th comment | 8 replies

"I like that the lens has a bit more reach than the FZ1000, but the way it's always-extended feels a bit awkward, though I understand why Panasonic is doing it."

Why is Panasonic doing it? I am not sure if I understand that. Is it that external parts moving make the camera more expensive to produce and doesn't allow for a lighter and silent zooming? I think those are the or some of the reasons.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 11:55 UTC as 139th comment | 3 replies
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keepreal: There must be a lot of idiots out there. Otherwise we would not see lenses from Cooke and other manufacturers as such ridiculous prices. I am sure they are nowhere near worth anything, even a lot less than the asking prices.

I would be a lot happier if people with more money than they know what to do with gave it to help those in the poverty trap get educated and motivated to better themselves. Some do of the own accord, but not that many can see how. The divide between the rich and poor has widened since the 2008 credit crunch, the wealthy mostly escaped the consequences but the mostly innocent less well off have faced the brunt of it.

If I thought there would be any chance of success, I'd like to see a worldwide boycott of Cooke, Meyer and other manufacturers behaving like this - not just in optics or photography, by the way.

What is this? A socialist photographer? Crazy comment.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2016 at 11:33 UTC
On article Tamron files patent for 115mm F1.4 VC lens (61 comments in total)

What do they mean by positive and negative positive? Is that because the front and rear elements/groups are positive and the intermediate ones negative?, or the front and rear groups (G1 and G3b) are positive and the intermediate ones (G2 and G3a) are negative?, or something else?

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2016 at 02:07 UTC as 2nd comment

Kodak Instamatic 144X. Kidding. The Olympus looks very well build side-by-side with the Sony, and it was a dream for me when it was marketed, but never had one, and it's been quite a while since I saw it the last time and it still looks great. And I saw the pictures you took with it and, man, film color rendition and dynamic range are still unique. Don't know if better, bus certainly very special, and practically unmatchable. Thanks!

Link | Posted on Aug 19, 2016 at 23:55 UTC as 29th comment

Very nice! This is an amusement park! One criticism: I like black and white photos and videos, but I think this video should have been filmed in color.

Link | Posted on Aug 19, 2016 at 23:40 UTC as 29th comment
On article Meyer-Optik Goerlitz launches 3-element 95mm F2.6 (124 comments in total)

I am very curious to see what they've acheived with a three-element design.

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2016 at 12:38 UTC as 2nd comment
On article Under pressure: Canon vs. Nikon in a hydraulic press (286 comments in total)
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felix from the suburbs: Kind of a silly stunt. If the cameras still work, why destroy them? Can they not be donated to some school program or at least sold to a collector. I have some old film cameras that I only use rarely to shoot a few rolls of slide film, but I would never destroy them for the sake of being funny.

Ah, come on, man. Not a big deal destroying things that we can find plenty. It's not like those guys are chasing all the AE-1s and FAs in the world to make extinct.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2016 at 02:49 UTC
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