PaulSnowcat

PaulSnowcat

Lives in Russian Federation Moscow, Russian Federation
Works as a Game Designer
Joined on Nov 10, 2007
About me:

Amateur photographer, used quite alot cameras, starting with primitive film ones, then some film SLRs, some P&S digitals, Samsung GX-10, then used Olympus gear and was happy with is but when Olympus killed it's wonderful E system, I moved to Sony and currently I am a happy owner of A-7II.

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Zenit, Yashika... I dead-rising virus was deployed somewhere? :)

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2017 at 16:02 UTC as 43rd comment | 1 reply
On article Throwback Thursday: the Canon PowerShot G1 (136 comments in total)

I've had G2 as my first more or less serious digital camera. I still have it! It was the first and the last Canon I ever bought. I liked it alot except only one thing - the color reproduction. Same thing I can say about modern Canons, heh... Later I switched from Canon G2 to SONY F707, then Panasonic FZ-10, FZ-30 and then switched to digital DSLRs. Ahh, good old days!

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2017 at 11:16 UTC as 10th comment
On article iPhone X vs. Samsung Note 8 (365 comments in total)
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erotavlas: Wow its always Samsung vs Apple? Why not mention the Sony Xperia XZ Premium?? A true smartphone camera, which IMO trumps both these for less money.

Here are some points in favour of Sony Xperia XZ Premium - features that beat both Apple and Samsung latest phones.

- Sony has a 19MP camera which can record more detail and allow more cropping.
- Sony camera app gives users full manual control if needed
- Sony records at 960fps (Apple and Samsung only 240fps)
- Sony has an amazing 4K HDR display ~807ppi pixel density
- Sony has a 13MP front facing camera
- Sony has a head phone jack and can play High Resolution Audio
- Sony has the least bloatware - is closer to stock Android than Samsung
- Sony has dedicated camera button - take a picture without having to unlock the phone or launch the app, a must have IMO for a camera phone.

And iPhone X is not the first to have an HDR display, Sony beat them to it in more ways than one by making a 4K HDR display.

The problem of SONY (really, that's not a joke!) is that they are not shouting on every corner about how great their new device is. They are Japanese, they are just working, very hard and very good.

Apple, in other hand, take others technology, implement it 2-3 years later then inventors and then shout everywhere about they great, unimaginable "innovations"... Steve Jobs was a genius seller, they continue his path.

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2017 at 21:55 UTC
On article iPhone X vs. Samsung Note 8 (365 comments in total)
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Substance233: The deal-beaker for me is support. Unfortunately I've had multiple terrible experiences with Samsung... NX1 system (body and lenses), fridge and a washing machine. Absolutely non-existent support every single time. IMO, Apple, whether you love or hate them, offer the best after-sales support of all the big tech companies. The difference is amazing. Google support is non-existent so I won't even go there...

What I do not understand is why do you need support for a phone? I've had plenty of them and I never needed support for my phone. I cannot be sure about Apple phones, but all my different androids worked fine till I decided to move to another device, I sell my old ones and they continue to work. So where is the place for support? I am not telling that you are wrong about Samsung, but smartphone is not a washing machine, nor a fridge...

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2017 at 21:47 UTC
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Pixnat2: A system that works with FF lenses and with APS-C lenses in crop mode would make everybody happy ;-)

Heheh, even that us not that obvious. For example I hate Mersedes 500 and 600 series, they are too soft for me, they are making me sick literally. Accent is a terrible car, but if you ask me to choose Accent and Mersedes 600 for 2-3 hours ride, I will choose Accent because I don't want to see my breakfast again :)

What I mean is - all these thing are deeply personal.

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2017 at 21:04 UTC
On article iPhone X vs. Samsung Note 8 (365 comments in total)
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Drive: What's there to compare? We all know which one of the two is a truly bombastic device.

Yep! None of them! :)

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2017 at 06:33 UTC
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pdelux: "Olympus, Sony and Fujifilm can only cover a small part of that. So far there is no professional using their products."

Out of touch Nikon? ... just like their all male campaign.
Panasonic GH5 is used by professionals for video production.
And many sony, fuji and olympus pros out there if you look. If they werent hurting nikon, there would be no need for nikon to release an FF mirorless pro camera. sounds like they are getting nervous.

"Sony sells now more cameras than Nikon" this happened only in in ONE segment (FF cameras), only in ONE region (USA) and only ONCE (one quarter). Then it all was back to normal. But this SHOULD be noticed by Nikon and it was...

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2017 at 06:30 UTC
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ojos azules: Top 10 signs Nikon is hurt by Sony.

1: nikon plans for FF Mirrorless.
2;....

There are people like me that began switching to Nikon from Sony lately. Sony got attention but their A7 cameras are full of compromises. Many people get tired of that and switch to Nikon/Canon. In my Sony Community there are 4 people that are selling their SONY stuff just in the last week.

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2017 at 06:24 UTC
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Pixnat2: A system that works with FF lenses and with APS-C lenses in crop mode would make everybody happy ;-)

Sony has that... But these cameras are too pricey.

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2017 at 06:20 UTC

I hope Nikon will analyze SONY's mistakes and avoid them from the very start. Sony made lots of trials and errors, now the road is clearer.

I also hope that APS-C cameras will not be left out. After half a year of using FF Sony camera I just bought APS-C Nikon as a second camera for travelling with it. FF has no advantage in this segment at all, while smaller sensors then 1.5x crop fail to deliver same DR and low light performance. So i really hope they will continue making APS-C cameras.

And I hope they will do cameras with normal ergonomics, not that retro stuff.

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2017 at 06:17 UTC as 96th comment | 1 reply
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PhotoRotterdam: I'd choose the phone with the least privacy invasion by it's manufacturer

@sunhorse, Not for majority of users - true, but I answered to a person who is caring about his own privacy, majority of users don't care about these things.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2017 at 09:49 UTC
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BokehFanatic: I remember when Sony released the S700 phone with 1.3 megapixels and I was thinking "oh my god, this will replace my compact camera". Then Nokia had a "smartphone" N90 with a Zeiss lens with 2 megapixels and Sony had a "dumb" K750i. Then the K850i came with 5 megapixels... And the "battle" is still going on (although practically without Nokia).

For me the hype after that K850i was over. I settled on the opinion that phones take awful photos compared to "normal" cameras from the same generation. Yes, it's nice that, to remind me of something, my phone can take a photo that is not blurry compared to that 2007 K850i. Or that I can distinguish my friends on a group picture at night. But really, what's the difference between the newest phone and the previous one?

Is there any "photographer" that will say "Wow, this photo is great, is it the newest Pixel? Because it surely can't be an iPhone 7!" I don't think so. If so, where do these photos end up that a pixel-level difference matters?

That's true. I often see something that I want to shoot right away and shoot it and then, when I come home, I download this picture to my PC and... delete it. Always. Because the quality of a phone camera is enough only for a tiny phone screen. This is true about my Xiaomi MIX, my wife's Iphone 7Plus, and all others...

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2017 at 07:18 UTC
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PhotoRotterdam: I'd choose the phone with the least privacy invasion by it's manufacturer

It's really easy. Take a Chinese phone (Huawei, Xiaomi, Meizu, e.t.c.) with Chinese firmware. It's still Android, but ALL google things and services are removed from them as they are all banned in China. The phone will still FULLY support English interface and and all international letters for input or output. Remove (they can be just deleted) all Chinese programs and you'll have a CLEAN phone with no background services that you never asked for. Note, that unlike google or apple phones which practically require registration to work, Chinese phone can work without ANY registrations (you can use Xiaomi phone without having a mi account, same with Huawei and others). The only problems is that you'll have to use 3rd party app shops, but there are plenty of them.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2017 at 07:11 UTC
On article iPhone X: What you need to know (408 comments in total)
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minzaw: SAMSUNG CLONE BY Apple....4 years outdated

Some time ago I had to use Apple devices on my job. So I am not a "blind hater" or Apple, I have used them alot, unfortunately... All I can say that Apple ecosystem (OS interfaces, ergonomics, developers interface (Itunes connect) and, especially, iTunes) is terribly uncomfortable, much much worse then corresponding Android systems now, as Android matured.

Apple spends tremendous sums on sustaining it's image as a manufacturer of PREMIUM devices. And that's all that keeps people buying their devices. People who have nothing to be proud of are building their "status" by surrounding themselves with these premium items, no matter the cost. That what keeps Apple afloat. And will keep perhaps...

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2017 at 16:27 UTC
On article iPhone X: What you need to know (408 comments in total)
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minzaw: SAMSUNG CLONE BY Apple....4 years outdated

That's not hatred towards a phone, it's stupid to hate a phone. I hate Apple for taking other's 2-4 years old technology, put them into a product and then shout on every corner about "Apple's innovations"! They are no Apple's and they are not innovations already. THAT is what I really hate and why I will never give a cent to this company. They are parasites!

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2017 at 20:18 UTC
On article iPhone X: What you need to know (408 comments in total)

Now that's funny. Back in the Febuary 2017 when I bought Xiaomi MIX, I told that the next iPhone is gonna take the same idea of bezel less phone. And here it is! But it's only a fake, it only LOOKS like a bezel less phone from afar, while it has very thick black bezels in reality... Another Apple's product that no doubt will be marketed as innovative but has little real innovations in it. Usual Apple strategy.

The only thing that is really good in Apple - it's camera. But hey, I shoot with tools from a completely different league, so I just don't care about camera in my smartphone.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2017 at 20:02 UTC as 34th comment | 1 reply
On article Hands-on with the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV (323 comments in total)
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PaulSnowcat: If only I could buy such a camera in my Panasonic FZ-10 and FZ-30 days! But now I am deep into ILCs (both DSLR and Mirrorless), so I'd prefer my Nikon D5500 with Sigma 18-300 as a walkaround camera... Still, this new Mark IV looks great, the best pre-serious camera no doubt.

I have really big experience with ultrazoom lenses. The latest generation of them is a big step forward (S18-300, T16-300, N18-300/6.3). BUT unfortunately, the all have big quality fluctuations from copy to copy. So the main question is not "what manufacturer to prefer" but "find a good copy". On Sony I had Tamron 16-300 which I bought when they just appeared. And it was a brilliant lens! Now as my crop system shifted to Nikon I came to a shop and tried all three - Tamron, Nikon and Sigma. My expectations were high about Tamron and Nikon and lower about Sigma. But, this copy of sigma was the best of them all! So I bought it... Sorry for offtopic...

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2017 at 08:09 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV (323 comments in total)

If only I could buy such a camera in my Panasonic FZ-10 and FZ-30 days! But now I am deep into ILCs (both DSLR and Mirrorless), so I'd prefer my Nikon D5500 with Sigma 18-300 as a walkaround camera... Still, this new Mark IV looks great, the best pre-serious camera no doubt.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2017 at 04:21 UTC as 54th comment | 2 replies

I am a s Sony shooter. I used their A55, A77 and A77II and was glad to see lots of innovations and so on. Then I've got A7II... I have got it back in February 2017. I used it alot. BUT still I cannot say that using it is comfortable. Ergonomics of A7 series is a disaster. They can be comfortably used only with pancake lenses and even so there are MANY drawbacks. I will not elaborate here, but it all led me to trying Nikon. I must say that traditional "good old" camera feels MUCH-MUCH better in hands then those soap pieces with E mount from Sony!

After 8 years with Sony, I am moving to Nikon. Sony A7II will stay only to be used with old manual focus lenses... So there are people who go back to traditional DSLRs from ILCs. And I guess as ILC loosing it charm as something new, number of people going back will increase.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2017 at 13:50 UTC as 146th comment | 1 reply

Oh my god! SO MANY stupid iPhone propaganda lately! Again and again and again! DPrewiew, seriously, STOP TAKING MONEY FROM APPLE! Just Stop!

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2017 at 15:19 UTC as 252nd comment | 5 replies
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