Ignat Solovey

Ignat Solovey

Lives in Russian Federation Moscow, Russian Federation
Works as a photojournalist
Joined on Jul 24, 2004

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DPhotoWriter: There is something magical and nostalgic when you go to a trip in your mind and remembering the film photography days. Something about it just triggers pure joy - at least for me.

It's not nostalgia, it's novelty for the generation that doesn't know what is analog. Hipsters under 20 and their younger siblings who are awestruck with film, tape, vinyl records, disk-dial landline phones and typewriters because they can't imagine that — that's the audience of that stuff. For us bald photographers it's way too expensive and lo-fi.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2017 at 07:01 UTC
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Copal Fit: Would love to see side-by-side comparison between this film and other similar types like Tri-X, FP4+, and HP5+ using the same developer(s) and processing technique.

I guess it's re-badged Fomapan, because it's only Foma, Ilford and Fujifilm that still make decent film. At worst it can be Chinese LUCKY. At best it can be Maco.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2017 at 06:51 UTC
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Aroart: The youtube channel The Camera Store did a great test with iPhone and quite a few mid to high level ILC's cameras.. They printed the results and iPhone won in landscape image.. There no doubt its a great camera.. In low light thats another story..

What size did they print? 4×6"? 5×7"?..

Link | Posted on Jul 4, 2017 at 02:23 UTC
On article Why would I want an external recorder/monitor? (70 comments in total)

Atomos Ninja 2 is my precious treasure... even though I loath using stills cameras as camcorders and for almost all things video use my trusty old Sony PMW-EX1R, unless I need an action camera or *really* need a picture from larger sensor. Recorder is good for long shots like conferences when customer needs footage immediately and in a single file. 36 Mbps DNxHD is more than enough, I don't even bother with higher bitrates.

As a monitor, though, I prefer Aputure VS-3, and it is indispensable when shooting aerobatics... I just attach it to tripod with a clamp and roll on, not even looking skywards.

Neither, though, are as good in color and brightness rendition as EX1R's own display, but anyway I shoot with rather flat picture profile that is gradeable, although not bad on its own.

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2017 at 14:06 UTC as 17th comment
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Marcus Beard: I love Fuji Instax but don't really see the appeal of this hybrid. I'd rather use my Rolleicord V that I bought for £100 and develop films properly.

Actually, this model lacks Wi-Fi module, or any kind of connectivity for that matter... An omission, no doubt deliberate, to be corrected in the next model of that lineup, I guess, although such behavior is more like Canon or Sony rather than Fujifilm. Strawberry jam should be given in small tea spoons, one at a time. It takes quite an advanced casual user to swap microSD card for publishing a picture... especially if this user's smartphone is an iPhone, newest Samsung or LeEco (you name it) without any kind of a card slot, or, heaven forbid, without a possibility of attaching some kind of card reader via USB OTG (target audience of such device is awed when I hook my 8-years old 1D Mark IV to their not-an-iPhone and download them a picture directly... or to my own phone and email it to them instantly).

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 21:17 UTC
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Dennis: $280 for a camera with a 1/4" sensor that gives you the ability to print tiny prints for $1.70 each ... Fuji struck gold with the whole Instax line, I think.

@Dennis, it's hype-oriented, hipster-targeted thing. Specifically, Asian hipster. Japanese, South Korean, Chinese, Hong Kong, Singaporean. These guys alone can make the whole thing profitable, even not considering European, American and other markets.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 17:34 UTC
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Dennis: $280 for a camera with a 1/4" sensor that gives you the ability to print tiny prints for $1.70 each ... Fuji struck gold with the whole Instax line, I think.

@Dennis, you or I are not the audience for these things. It isn't for geeks, amateur photographers or imaging professionals, it's for average teenage Johnnie and Annie.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 14:19 UTC
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Marcus Beard: I love Fuji Instax but don't really see the appeal of this hybrid. I'd rather use my Rolleicord V that I bought for £100 and develop films properly.

The appeal is simple: these digital images are good enough for social media from an average smartphone user's standpoint. And we don't talk about anything like quality and classic photography, either film or digital. It is all about hype and profiting from it: new generation that sees all things analog as a novelty (vinyl, magnetic tape, analog photography and cinematography (see last year's Kodak 8 reincarnation), instant photos (Instax is a steady seller, especially in Japan), letterpress printing, fountain pens with Moleskine notepads, at last. At that, your average hyping kid isn't willing to scan anything just for the sake of publishing it on Instagram or sending an image to Snapchat, or WeChat (China is a huge market for such things). So here Fujifilm kills both birds with one stone: here's an exclusive print AND its digital copy to get likes online. That's it. For me, it was the question of time and not probability of such thing appearing in Fujifilm ecosystem.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 14:14 UTC
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justmeMN: This lens is "35mm equivalent of 56mm" according to Canon. Back in the film era I had a 50mm macro lens for my SLR, so this looks interesting.

@MyReality until it doesn't come to moving subjects in the macro range... It hunts focus even on bodies with the most advanced AF systems like 1DX2, 5D4 and 7D2, and in good conditions at that. Motor is really slow and noisy. I don't have many macro tasks, but I'll gladly get any 100/2.8 1:1 except the oldest version when I have such financial opportunity and good aftermarket offer. Until that I often prefer 70-200/2.8 with extension tubes over 50/2.5.

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2017 at 21:17 UTC
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justmeMN: This lens is "35mm equivalent of 56mm" according to Canon. Back in the film era I had a 50mm macro lens for my SLR, so this looks interesting.

That era never ended. Sigma offers 50/2.8 1:1 (!) macro all the way for 10 or so years, and optically it is good.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2017 at 20:57 UTC

After thoroughly testing EF-M version (and finding it nice), I really expect full-frame fifty like this to replace my good old 50/2.5 Compact Macro. Not in another year or two, though, I guess...

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2017 at 20:56 UTC as 14th comment | 1 reply

Make me unsee this... I already can imagine several (not one, to keep anti-monopoly authorities at bay) services with all relevant licenses and registrations that offer remote shooting opportunities like this to customers on customer premises on similar basis (pre-defined ground areas and altitude limits), leaving the majority of private drone operators without a source of income. As well as, come convenient moment, that services lobbying passage of nationwide acts for their protection. Maybe not in the USA (although even there it is quite possible, regardless of the White House occupant), but in Russia, China and some other countries that seems easy enough flow of events.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2017 at 14:30 UTC as 27th comment
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Ignat Solovey: Canon is so... Canon. The most secretive of all manufacturers. Probably that information about initial calibration stored in the lens told officially (unofficially it is a long-time guess) was just a slip, it isn't like them to venture in such details.

Barney, that may be approved disclosure, as you may well know. I won't be surprised if some time later someone finds out that making that public, especially via the most popular and authoritative website on subject, was prepared for months in advance and approved at all levels of management up to Mitarai Fujio himself, with 27 signatures on a proposal notice, top secret, of course. I worked for Canon Russia for 3 years (outsource), so my thoughts aren't exactly unfounded...

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 10:26 UTC

Canon is so... Canon. The most secretive of all manufacturers. Probably that information about initial calibration stored in the lens told officially (unofficially it is a long-time guess) was just a slip, it isn't like them to venture in such details.

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2017 at 07:24 UTC as 22nd comment | 3 replies
On article Nine tips to help you win at photography competitions (100 comments in total)

Never participated in any contests and wish I never will. It's much easier to live without titles.

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2017 at 17:21 UTC as 32nd comment

Great thing for me. Now I can do stories (as in feature stories, not Instagram stories) in a single post... although it leaves the question of cross-posts, how it will look on Facebook, VK and Twitter. And more critical question: will the audience scroll through all the pictures.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2017 at 20:42 UTC as 1st comment
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Ignat Solovey: Heh. DSLRs aren't good for streaming... unless there is some that outputs clean HDMI at all times and doesn't shut off live view because of overheating.

Overall idea is very good, especially when it's not your own wallet that pays for it... It would be even better if battery-powered for, say, six or eight hours.

720p is, as far as I know, a Facebook Live limitation rather than anything else.

@nagi603 Sony A7s isn't a DSLR, it's rather a movie camera in stills guise.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2017 at 08:28 UTC
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OlyPent: So this thing is AC powered? Do these "broadcasters" sit in their basement to do whatever broadcasting they do? Must look like (maybe worse) than those old amatuer local public TV stations used to.
Watch this stuff? No, thanks.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4R8DWoMoI7CAwX8_LjQHig

Car battery + AC 12/220V inverter (12/110V for the US and Japan)

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2017 at 07:06 UTC
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juvx: Great idea but 500$ is way too expensive for 720p. Most streams now adays are available in 1080p.

Except Facebook Live

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2017 at 06:53 UTC
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Les Freed: This is a "shut up and take my money!" purchase for me. We do a lot of FB and YouTube live broadcasts, using a Panasonic AC-130 or GH4 camera and a Blackmagic Mini Recorder, connected via Thunderbolt. This is a much better / cleaner solution for our non-technical (read: sales) staff to set up, and it will work with Windows or Macs.

Sure, it would be nice if it was 1080, but 720 is more than adequate for most of our live stuff, and it isn't nearly as demanding on bandwidth - which is always an issue when we're try to do a live feed from a trade show floor or other off-site location.

For those who are questioning the price, there are two reasons:
1. it's Blackmagic
2. It has XLR connectors, which alone is worth $200 to me.

720p is, as far as I know, a Facebook Live limitation rather than anything else.

I do YT broadcasts using Teradek VidiU, and I'm tired of the thing (buggy, weak battery, works properly only over RJ-45 and overheats/drops broadcast otherwise... although I managed 2×1.5 hours once with HAME A-1 device and a 3G/4G RNDIS USB modem from an airfield during a general aviation, and I had mains power there), wanna try one of that Chinese H.264/H.265 on-camera boxes that are sold for $300...500 on eBay or AliExpress.

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2017 at 06:53 UTC
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