Ignat Solovey

Ignat Solovey

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

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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

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.

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2017 at 06:39 UTC as 10th comment | 3 replies
On article iPhone 7 Plus survives 13 hours in icy Russian river (98 comments in total)
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Tom Goodman: You won't mind if I am unimpressed by news coming out of Russia???!!!

@sop51 Nope. That's a hoax, first; I'm not a paparazzo, second; I'm keeping as far as possible from any secret service, third. By the way, my userpic was taken right at the very same Ritz-Carlton Moscow hotel that I know inside out, as the organization I'm employed at (RSPP) holds a number of annual events there... dark craphole, if you want my opinion (other 5* hotels are even worse), 1/60 f/3.2 at ISO 2500 or worse, WB 2600K with a shift to A2M6 n Canon. And, well, Russian hookers are far from the best even in Europe, for what I know (not from personal experience, I'm staying away from life's shady alleys... not that I have anyone to cheat on).
I definitely don't cross anyone, let alone any president. I have carefully built (and sincere) image of a dress code-defying guy who knows what to do with camera, camcorder, Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and PS, meets deadlines, charges reasonably and doesn't care about politics. I really don't care about politics and all for global friendship.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2017 at 23:04 UTC
On article iPhone 7 Plus survives 13 hours in icy Russian river (98 comments in total)
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Tom Goodman: You won't mind if I am unimpressed by news coming out of Russia???!!!

@sop51 At that, I see nothing wrong with Putin's bare-torso images — he is just another man, and favorite pastime of a lot of men includes horse-riding and fishing. For what I know (and my sources are very reliable), he is in quite remarkable shape for any 64-year-old, not to mention the president of the biggest state (it's damn stressful job, to be the president). So, there's really nothing to be ashamed of under his shirt.
Actually, Russia has a history of supreme leaders who can me labeled as “machos”: Alexander the Third bent thick coins for fun with bare fingers, Peter the Great loved his lathe and there are true historical accounts of him pulling teeth of his courtsmen... and not only. Soviet leaders were never as muscular, but Leonid Brezhnev enjoyed hunting, for example. Other facts are: Nicholas the First was an excellent engineer himself, competent of serious and in-depth evaluation of construction projects, and Nicholas the Second was passionate and quite good photographer.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2017 at 22:46 UTC
On article iPhone 7 Plus survives 13 hours in icy Russian river (98 comments in total)
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Tom Goodman: You won't mind if I am unimpressed by news coming out of Russia???!!!

PhotoDiod they definitely should not. Yakutia, actually, is what could be North Dakota if Dakota tribe would've been left in peace some 200 years ago. Colder in winter, though (−64°C is nothing unusual in some parts) and probably hotter on summer (up to +45°C in the same parts). That were and are almost always peaceful relationships, except some minor incidents until 1660s, and during the Civil War of 1918­-1920s (in the latter case that weren't nationalist riots but anti-Communist).

@sop51 That Putin's pictures are old news, really. My job supposes that I photograph him myself sometimes (on my userpic I'm captured right at the one of such moments), and that's not my favorite part of being photographer... very stressful because of paranoid security... Although I'm not his permanent personal photographer (I'd hardly ever agree to be presidential personal photographer for any state leader, least of all Putin), nor I'm his fan, nor I'm what is called “Russian patriot” these days. (tbc)

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2017 at 22:38 UTC
On article iPhone 7 Plus survives 13 hours in icy Russian river (98 comments in total)
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Tom Goodman: You won't mind if I am unimpressed by news coming out of Russia???!!!

Just in case, I see a lot of Yakuts there... who are a separate nation on their own land that is a part of Russia for 400 years... And when you hear the word “president” there, they mean their own Yegor Borisov, and not Putin...

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2017 at 21:03 UTC
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KubeKube: Or may be it is a clever publicity stunt by the Russian guy to get Apple's attention and possibly to be rewarded with a new phone and extras.

Don't think so. Yakutia is not the poorest region, but people there are far from wasting a very good monthly wage in the form of a new 7+ for publicity. Maybe he'll get some, though, but Apple won't pay him, although in their place I would. And anyway, it's the real test.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2017 at 20:58 UTC
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Tan68: I have tried voice recognition software for dictation. Neither that nor telephone voice menus like me.

I said to Dragon 'asphyxiation' and it transcribed 'a sexy Asian'

That is no good for inadequately proofed emails sent at work.. and I can't imagine photoshop would do me any better :^|

There's that viral stand-up comedy reel on YouTube where two Scotsmen try to get to eleventh floor in a voice-controlled elevator.
Voice recognition (Dragon too) works very well with tonal languages like Standard Chinese (aka Mandarin, Beijing or Putonhua), and does that for 20 years at least, if not more. Yandex cloud VRT for Russian and Turkish understands addresses dictated to navigation app with ear-twisting Central Asian or Caucasian accents sometimes better than I do.
But voice editing of images on a PC for non-handicapped? No way. And for handicapped it's already pretty much available via OS built-in functions.

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2017 at 10:34 UTC

I suggest fixing Hi-DPI scaling in Windows first, for Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Premiere Pro. I didn't get a 2560x1440 laptop to work in 1366x768, nor to feed opticians for giving me a -4 spectacles earlier than it should happen (if ever), nor to be forced to get bitten apples.

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2017 at 10:22 UTC as 36th comment
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2016 (271 comments in total)
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TN Args: Part 2
2. It's a sexist, 'boys-own' choice, and for that I strongly criticize DPR. Its forte is BIF and sports action, for which a minimum lens to reap the AF reward is something like the Nik 200-500 making a 3.2 kg / 7 lb package. That is not acceptable IMO and I discount macho stories of hand-holding such a combo for any length of time (and it is a minimum practical zoom for the job, many weigh much more). The occasional dedicated female staffer's willingness to tote such a weight is not an effective counter to the core seriousness of this problem. Far too many female photographers would be unable to consider this camera practical for hand-held use, and adding a tripod of the substance needed for this type of combo is actually an exacerbation, not a solution. The effective exclusion, or discounting, of the needs of female photographers (and by extension many male photographers too -- like I say, I discount macho/hero tales of strength and endurance) is sexist. It's as simple as that.

@TN Args. I know quite a number of female photographers, both professional and amateur, some work for wire services and major newspapers, that use and haul heavy DSLRs and big lenses equally with us men in trade. So the sexist here is you, because equality means equality, and not revenge of privileges. Some of that ladies make fun of aging male colleagues, who switched to E-M1 and Fuji because of developed ostheochondrosis and spine problems...

Link | Posted on Dec 27, 2016 at 09:47 UTC
On article Happy Holidays from DPReview (150 comments in total)

Thank you for your work, guys and girls!

Link | Posted on Dec 26, 2016 at 16:42 UTC as 43rd comment

Looks great, I'm serious. Seems like perfect solution for mounting ACs in small aircraft cockpits. If it's heatproof and non-permanent, it's even better... and if it's strong enough to hold itself and a camera outside an aircraft flying 70...140kts... gimme ten then! Tether cable is a must, of course, at least outside. Looking how it absorbs vibrations, I think it may even solve a problem of two-point mounting (if you want to get smooth footage from piston-engine airplane, heli or deltafly, you attach it with whatever two mounts you can).

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2016 at 17:37 UTC as 8th comment
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ScapingFeet: If the Canon is $500 retail and $440 online... this will have to be one hell of a bargain to compete! ($225?) Unless it (ChinNuo Lens) will be much better!

@ScapingFeet that it is less of a clone than many try to imagine.

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2016 at 08:39 UTC
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samfan: Also, don't scoff at Chinese technology. I've not used any Chinese lenses, but they are already a powerhouse for lots of other kind of quality tech.

Such as earphones. Remember when really good 'phones cost $1000+ and you needed to have them custom-made? These days one can get truly high-end dual-driver balanced armature earphones for $120 or so. Made and DESIGNED by the Chinese. Not to mention all the other audio equipment. It's the only way people like me can afford some good sound.

Yea, those companies started by copying the original stuff but then went on to make their own, often surpassing the originals. It's not like many the Japanese companies didn't start exactly the same way after WW2.

@samfan I bought an HTDZ HT-320A microphone at Huaqiangbeilu in Shenzhen in August 2011. I had no illusions whatsoever about variable diagram XLR shotgun for $35 (nice package, too), whatever did they clone... but not only I have no regrets. I have a lot of praise, and I'm recommending this thing to everyone. It is THE BEST directional microphone I ever used regardless of the price, and believe me, I used and use many.
Another noteworthy company is Taiwanese Superlux. Their branding is puny, package designs are from early 1990s... but, hey, I buy mics, not package. Dynamic vocal and reporter, and condenser phantom-powered lavalier. They are made and designed BETTER than the original SHURE microphones, period. At 1/3 of a price (and I've got them even cheaper as NOS, $25 each, with list price of $80...130).
Also Chinese make really good headphones (you can't seriously think that Marshall Major for $30 at Aliexpress are original even if they look and sound like one) and amplifiers.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 05:15 UTC
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nfiertel: I am astonished at the prejudice displayed by some writers in this comments section. The United States does not even make camera lenses and in my long life never had a decent quality camera made within its borders, never mind lenses. How dare people make the incredible and disparaging comments without even seeing or using these products? China will surpass the United States in a few years in the publication of R and D , what will you have to say then? Likely your computer laptops and electronics are produced there and large high tech companies are opening facilities there for obvious reasons. At least there, people know the earth is 4.5 billion years old and don't believe that Adam and Eve lived with the dinosaurs. Let's face it, the US is becoming third world and the third world no longer inclides China.

The United States have really glorious history of producing great professional cameras and lenses. The only caveat is that US camera industry was at its prime in 1904 ­— 1956 (and existed at all in 1866 — 1973), the cameras (mostly Graflex SLRs and press folders) were large, sometimes medium, format, and the lenses were Anastigmats and Tessars (by Wollensak, Bausch&Lomb and Kodak). You may find it ridiculous, but modern standard of requirements for professional heavy-duty SLR, as well as many techniques of news photography were laid out more than 100 years ago and never changed since. Actually, all the grounds for the “Japanese invasion” were laid out much more by Americans rather than Germans. Of course, Leica IIa in 1932 and Contax II in 1936 fascinated everyone (in the US they mutated into The Brick, properly known as Argus C3, much inferior to its German counterparts, but ten times cheaper), but Americans mostly switched to Japanese only by mid-60s, abandoning own old LF by 1990s.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 04:53 UTC
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ScapingFeet: If the Canon is $500 retail and $440 online... this will have to be one hell of a bargain to compete! ($225?) Unless it (ChinNuo Lens) will be much better!

No USM motors in Chinese lenses.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 04:35 UTC
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