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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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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
On article D500 owner formally accuses Nikon of false advertising (473 comments in total)

I wouldn't buy at camera at that level without learning the most I could about it, especially the functions I would use frequently, but it makes sense me to think that a new camera shouldn't come with a feature implemented in an earlier form compared to previous cameras, especially coming with a similar item description. I think Nikon was mean here.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2016 at 02:40 UTC as 131st comment
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Thomas Traub: I don't need a disassambly-guide!
I need a re-assambly-guide!
;-)

If there ever is an assembly kit, it will not be for everyone. Just like those miniature replica assembly kits. I don't think everybody who buys them assemble them successfully. Once properly warned how to do it, it should not be the company's problem. Buy it who likes it and wants to take the risk. There will always be the unsuccessful ones, and that's all, and the unsuccessful ones that will want to sue the company for their inability.

Link | Posted on May 2, 2016 at 15:52 UTC
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Thomas Traub: I don't need a disassambly-guide!
I need a re-assambly-guide!
;-)

@justmeMN I definitely like the idea of unassembled kits. It would be fun! It would make owners feel something even more special about their cameras by finishing assembling them themselves. Like participating in the end process of bringing the camera to life.

Link | Posted on May 1, 2016 at 03:23 UTC
On article The Canon that can: Canon EOS 80D Review (719 comments in total)
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Alexdi: How is it the best camera site is saddled with the worst audience? It's just a constant stream of negativity and complaining. No appreciation for the article, none for the product, and not five thoughtful comments in fifty. If you're all this unpleasant IRL, I wouldn't want to spend a moment with any of you.

That's one of the reasons why there is the button 'Like' and the options 'most popular,' 'only recommended' and 'only DPR staff.' The popularity and/or status/category of a comment is a natural selection. I barely read more than the first 5 to 10 comments before sorting them out.

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2016 at 14:50 UTC

Nice quality, nice design, ordinary-Chinese building quality, Japanese-level price. It seems they are making a good profit out of the X30, and pleased both consumers and their financial department a lot. Quite a feat.

Note: It was posted twice because my internet connection failed temporarily and I thought it wasn't sent. I'm sorry.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2016 at 14:37 UTC as 3rd comment

Nice quality, nice design, ordinary-Chinese building quality, Japanese-level price. It seems they are making a good profit out of the X30, and pleased both consumers and their financial department a lot. Quite a feat.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2016 at 14:25 UTC as 4th comment
On article Beta: try out our new 'light' color scheme (722 comments in total)

Sometimes, simple changes make a lot of difference. I like the black version very much, but when there is much ambient light, the white version looks to me equally nice. Thank you.

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2016 at 21:59 UTC as 524th comment
On article Worth the wait? A look inside the Pentax K-1 (643 comments in total)

Ricoh-Pentax did a great job, apparently. The camera looks very nice and attractive, and its specs are very good for the price. I'm very happy they were able to make a strong debut in the full frame segment. I'm not a Ricoh-Pentax fanboy, but in this price range, and imagining it does well in video, I wouldn't think twice before picking it up. Congrats!

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2016 at 01:41 UTC as 55th comment

An effect happens to the farthest background in that scene where the wobbling element is in operation. I wonder if it is the effect of the wobbling element or of the optical stabilization system, although the wobbling element is supposed to move only when the focus is changing, and also the lens was not hand-held at that moment. Any idea of what that was?

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2016 at 01:44 UTC as 14th comment
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Androole: Pretty interesting! I've often wondered if this was ever going to happen.

Unfortunately, I don't imagine there are that many lenses that are well suited to this exercise. Fast medium format lenses are as rare as hen's teeth and cost a fortune. In the end, you'll be converting mostly large, heavy f2.8 lenses into large, heavy f2 lenses, without the resolution advantages of medium format.

I really enjoy medium format, but I think I'm happier using the lenses on the 6x7 negatives they were designed for.

Roland, you are right about the aperture, but the depth-of-field will be shallower. It will simulate the same shallowness as if used on the original medium format body. Give up on that. You are wrong about that. Or, try to do the test yourself or look for examples of fullframe lenses mounted on an APS-sensor cameras via a speedbooster, which is just a reducer, same thing, same kind of product.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2015 at 04:26 UTC
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Androole: Pretty interesting! I've often wondered if this was ever going to happen.

Unfortunately, I don't imagine there are that many lenses that are well suited to this exercise. Fast medium format lenses are as rare as hen's teeth and cost a fortune. In the end, you'll be converting mostly large, heavy f2.8 lenses into large, heavy f2 lenses, without the resolution advantages of medium format.

I really enjoy medium format, but I think I'm happier using the lenses on the 6x7 negatives they were designed for.

Considering the reducer is worth buying qualitywise, there is an interesting benefit with a 2.8 or even a little darker lens, which is the shallower depth-of-field, that can make people, for instance, look halfway miniaturized without the need to use a tilt-shift lens.

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2015 at 18:00 UTC
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tkbslc: It would be nice to see more Chinese companies that are actually creators rather than cloners.

It doesn't make any sense to defend the Chinese or put Americans at a similar level with the Chinese. Not only they cheaply and craply clone things, but their workers, when compared, can be considered almost slaves. Besides, China is a communist country. No comparison at all. I can buy a product made in China, but if it is a brand from a normal nation (any capitalist country), otherwise, only if it is a product I know is very likely to be authentic or hard to find from another brand. But, you know, sometimes a Chinese company buys the right to produce a previous generation of a product from another brand. In this case, that'd be fine, IMO.

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2015 at 02:30 UTC

That's fine if Ricoh doesn't mind capitalizing on the mirrorless format. It seems to be a rich company that sells other kinds of products and that can play with their money, taking from one business to cover the other. That's what calls my attention about companies that don't have a very specific kind of business as their only one. I would understand if it was something new, new technology or something. Sony is one example of an exception. Produces a lot of different things, but plays in the photography area to capitalize.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2015 at 02:24 UTC as 74th comment

In not very practical terms, Lytro is more interesting.

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2015 at 02:08 UTC as 13th comment | 1 reply

People need a reference in terms of mechanical or electronic or digital technology luxury. Leica is a reference in luruxy. Humans need that. One has to be the best. Exclusivity pushes boundaries. It's like a jewel. Leica is a jewel. Just like an ancient monument, or a Maybach car, too. It's a nature's work of art through humans. It's care, precision, timing, dedication, praise, and patience—a desire for magnificence—at their best.

Hey, Leica; did you like my comment? I need a camera.

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2015 at 16:56 UTC as 38th comment | 2 replies

This sensor is incredbly sharp and the colors look the deepest. That's a pity Sigma couldn't find the best balance between the sensor and the rest of the camera. Not that I expect it to be cheap, but just that the rest of the camera lives up to the sensor quality.

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2015 at 16:34 UTC as 3rd comment
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