Roland Schulz

Lives in Germany NRW, Germany
Works as a electrical engineer
Joined on May 16, 2004
About me:

Nikon D4
Nikon D3
Nikon D2X
Fujifilm Finepix S2pro
Ricoh GR
Sony a6500
Panasonic LX100
Sony RX-100 II
DJI Phantom 4 Pro
Nikon F4s
Sony PXW-X70
Sony FDR-AX53

Nikon 70-200 VRII 2.8G AF-S ED
Nikon 24-70 2.8G AF-S ED
Nikon 14-24 2.8G AF-S ED (sold)
Nikon 24-120 VR 4.0G AF-S ED
Nikon 85 1.4G AF
Nikon 60 2.8D AF micro
Nikon 50 1.4G AF
Nikon 35 1.4G AF
Nikon 105 2.8G VR micro
Nikon 18-35G AF (sold)
Nikon 16-35 4.0G AF
Sigma 50 1.4 Art
Sony SEL 18-105 4.0
Sony SEL 10-18 4.0
Sony SEL 24 1.8z
Sony SEL 35 1.8
Sony SEL 50 1.8

Nikon SB900
Nikon SB910
Nikon SB800 (4x)
Nikon SB28

Epson Stylus Pro 3880

Gitzo 1541
Gitzo 2542L
Gitzo 3542L
several Gitzo ballheads
Manfrotto 055Pro MF3 + MGRC0 + others

i7 6770k (Win10/64) - 32GB
MacBook Pro Retina 13" 8/512GB
EIZO CG276
EIZO CS240
X-Rite i1 Publisher Pro 2 (i1Pro2)
X-Rite i1 Display pro
Wacom INTUOS Pro S
etc.

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PieterB: A couple of days ago, I bought a gimbal for my smartphone, the Zhiyun Smooth Q, which I returned the next day. I had trouble balancing the gimbal and neither the Android app (which seems to be a really old version compared to IOS version) nor the Windows app, couldn't get it to balance properly. The Windows application crashed after every two seconds. The Zhiyun Android app seems to be really outdated and handicapped. Shooting in 1080p 30fps is the maximum.
So I sent it back and I will get the DJI Osmo Mobile in its place (which is somewhat more expensive). That will take a week or so and then I can try it out.

I have considered buying a gimbal for my Sony a6300 but the screen is totally useless when shooting 4k video (it is far too dark to see anything in less than dim conditions).
That reminds me of the fact that most screens on cameras, even the very expensive ones, seems to be totally inferior to the screen of the better smartphones.

Yes, only 4K 25p! The screen dims in 4K, forget about it outsides. That´s the reason why I use the viewfinder. It´s possible quite comfortable with the crane v1 (enough space to put an eye on the viewfinder without touching the gimbal) and also possible with the Moza Air (bigger brother of the Aircross). With the Moza Air I have to bring the handgrip a bit forward since the rollbar is a bit to long, covers a part of the camera.
It´s important not to touch the camera/gimbal while filming, so keep some some little distance to the viewfinder. But it works quite fine even in bright sunlight! Had the gear (Crane) with me to Corse last year - stunning results!

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2018 at 06:35 UTC
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bar1: I would be very cautious of the CUSTOMER SUPPORT from this company. I sent two emails to them (one to the sales dept and one to their technical support) 2 weeks ago and to date have had no response at all!

I had some questions about the Moza AirCross prior to pre-ordering. Suffice it to say, I have not ordered this gimbal.

...also encountered this - but had the same with Zhiyun before.

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2018 at 18:45 UTC
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PieterB: A couple of days ago, I bought a gimbal for my smartphone, the Zhiyun Smooth Q, which I returned the next day. I had trouble balancing the gimbal and neither the Android app (which seems to be a really old version compared to IOS version) nor the Windows app, couldn't get it to balance properly. The Windows application crashed after every two seconds. The Zhiyun Android app seems to be really outdated and handicapped. Shooting in 1080p 30fps is the maximum.
So I sent it back and I will get the DJI Osmo Mobile in its place (which is somewhat more expensive). That will take a week or so and then I can try it out.

I have considered buying a gimbal for my Sony a6300 but the screen is totally useless when shooting 4k video (it is far too dark to see anything in less than dim conditions).
That reminds me of the fact that most screens on cameras, even the very expensive ones, seems to be totally inferior to the screen of the better smartphones.

I have an a6500 and use the viewfinder quite successful on a gimbal! Used a Zhiyun Crane 1 and now a Moza Air (full version, not the Cross). Only need to tilt the grip a bit to the front, also be careful not to touch the camera, but that works even in the brightest sun!

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2018 at 18:41 UTC

Hmm, similar noise to a6500, but a6500 has MUCH more resolution so noise reduction in post will blow GH5s like the a6500 already does at base ISO which is also possible to be set 2/3 stops lower with the Sony. Not what many had expected.

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2018 at 16:14 UTC as 26th comment | 1 reply

Looks very interesting! Had a Zhiyun Crane V1 and now a MOZA Air, but maybe this is becoming my next!
The detachable grip is a big advantage in contrast to the Crane 2 in my eyes in regards to mobility (carrying in a bag).
Question is if the followfocus works with Sony cameras by wire (use a6500) - with the Crane 2 it only works with Canon "to date".
For me I also wonder how good the stabilization is. Both the Crane and the Moza Air show some movements when using cameras at about 160mm focal lenght. Ok, quite much for a gimbalsolution, but the Moza performs visible better here than the Crane V1. I would welcome another improvement!
We also had the 45deg motor/arm on a Pilotfly, another nice detail - if it doesn´t degrade the stabilization!

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2018 at 08:41 UTC as 8th comment | 3 replies
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focuspulling: Annoyingly vague like all of these manufacturers, hiding key shortcomings. That double-asterisk, "For supported camera models," means only Canon. The entire focus feature is meaningless for Sony and Panasonic cameras, since those companies are paranoid and protectionist in preventing any focus control from third parties.

Also, this has got to be the stupidest line ever: "...its advanced stabilization algorithms work with both in-camera and in-lens optical stabilization technology."

..also nothing stupid regarding the stabilization algorithm - try a Sony BOSS (AX33, 53...) on a monopod - good luck!! Try an OIS smartphone on a gimbal - iPhone X and DJI OSMO mobile doesn´t work either!

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2018 at 08:13 UTC
On article DJI announces Osmo 2 Mobile smartphone camera gimbal (82 comments in total)

I wonder if this will work with in phone OIS system.
I had the OSMO mobile and it didn´t work with my iPhone X, always had jitter in the recordings! A well known problem if you do a google search.

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2018 at 08:09 UTC as 9th comment | 13 replies

What a joke!!! Absolutely redundant since we already have a not to bad 18-105 4.0G!!
Sony, a 16-85 2.8-4.0 G or even 4.0 not extending lens at a GOOD quality level would have been more important to many. I´d pay >1.000€ for a G/GM lens that´s worth it!
Sounds not like rocket science to me.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2018 at 08:34 UTC as 83rd comment | 5 replies

Apple is doing right - halfways!
Batteries, especially LiIon batteries are becoming weaker over the time of usage/charge cycles. The internal resistance is growing and so they become less powerful. A faster clocked processor needs more power (current) that an exhausted battery isn‘t capable to deliver, so the voltage will break down and the system will crash due to undervoltage.
My partner had an old iPhone 5s with an exhausted battery. It happened very often when using the camera that the whole phone crashed, probably due to higher power consumption when using the camera.
Everything became fine after a battery swap!
We would have prefered if the system had clocked down to keep the system running! Nothing else Apple is doing in the current discussion.

But - Apple should display the bad battery status to the user and offer a battery change to a lower price than before!

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2017 at 09:28 UTC as 28th comment | 3 replies

I´m afraid this "new" development isn´t worth very much any more.
Had the DJI OSMO mobile and the Zhiyun Smooth Q and both didn´t work with my iPhone X because of the iPhone´s own stabilizer inside. Picture was wobbling and jerky.
This also happens with many other higher end smartphones that have OIS systems on board.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2017 at 11:41 UTC as 8th comment | 6 replies
On article Leica CL: first sample images (39 comments in total)

Nice camera I always wanted, but price looks a bit high to me for the combo, even with Leica prices I had expected below 3.000€. IQ also doesn´t really rock in my eyes, corners of the pan look a little soft even stopped down.

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2017 at 12:34 UTC as 7th comment
On article Sony a7R III sample gallery (259 comments in total)

...hardly more to say than SIMPLY STUNNING - both a7RIII as also the 24-105!!

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2017 at 09:54 UTC as 21st comment
On article Nikon D850 added to studio scene comparison (464 comments in total)
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mpb002: You cant beat Canon sensors for colors.

No, we especially learned with the D5 that the filters are weaker there for getting better high iso performance.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2017 at 21:59 UTC
On article Nikon D850 added to studio scene comparison (464 comments in total)
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mpb002: You cant beat Canon sensors for colors.

Done... look the cotton reels!

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2017 at 21:25 UTC
On article Nikon D850 added to studio scene comparison (464 comments in total)

Really, hadn´t expected that - IQ wise the D850 leaves ALL competition in the dust!! Look at the cotton reels, no other camera shows them so natural.
Again a proof that Nikon has the best sensor designs. Bravo!!!

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2017 at 21:20 UTC as 93rd comment | 2 replies

78Mbps on an 4K/60p ACTIONcam?!?!
Come on GoPro, why should we pay 570€ for such a crap?!

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2017 at 21:08 UTC as 24th comment | 2 replies

They had 100 years for perfecting printing a 100 years logo ;-)!!!

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2017 at 04:46 UTC as 9th comment

I use a calibrated EIZO CG276, am a confident Nikon D4 shooter and I was VERY surprised that I voted the A9 best in 9 of 12 cases, the 1D in 2 cases and the D5 only in one case. I had really expected the A9 to be the worst.
BUT, as many stated before this "could" be biased towards the A9 or any camera due to "different", individual processing.
But I must admit Sony is doing very strong in the moment!

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2017 at 10:37 UTC as 152nd comment

Unluckily again no real/effective 4K/UHD due to debayering of only a 8.8MP sensor!!
Would have liked to see something like Sony does in the a6300/6500 with downsampling from a 20MP 16:9 crop (which actually unluckily comes to stronger rolling shutter effects due to limited readout speed etc.). This really shows a difference!!
But beside that for sure a stunning piece of a camera!!

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2017 at 06:46 UTC as 12th comment | 3 replies
On article Nikon D3: The camera that changed everything (292 comments in total)
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mydpname: The D3 is the camera that made me feel confident about switching from Canon after 20 years. I'm a working professional photographer, and the D3 is still my main body. Outside of lacking a sensor cleaner and not having enough resolution for deep crops, it's an amazing piece of equipment. The weight of that body and heavy glass has taken its toll and I've been considering a mirrorless route to save my arm & shoulder. But even if I eventually sell most of my Nikon gear, I'll probably keep the D3. . .the best camera I've ever had.

I still have both beside my D4 and yes, initially I preferred the D2x skin color over the D3's.
Actually my partner does many portrait work with the D3 and, my D2x resting in the shelf, I would say the current Lightroom profiles give VERY pleasing output of D3 shoots!

For me the D3 really changed everything in digital photography. This beast took of so many Canon shooter as Canon did when they introduced the analog EOS. The D3 was a real revolution for me, even in comparison to the D2x which was the model before. High ISO and DR was a big jump!

Link | Posted on May 26, 2017 at 08:19 UTC
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