rurikw

Lives in Finland Kotka, Finland
Works as a architect
Joined on Dec 15, 2004

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They took the off topic forum away. Thank .................(insert entity) we have the comments sections!

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2017 at 18:36 UTC as 33rd comment
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Najinsky: 10 good things about this.

1. Out of sight out of mind. Fear of dials is real, this gets the message across you can start taking photos on a good camera without worrying about it.

2. Free to try (pay only for results). High cost of gear is also an inhibitor. Getting more people trying out good cameras may help the person discover a passion, and help the industry.

3. Composition first. You don't need to travel far from here to find people who got so wrapped up in the controls, they still didn't make it round to composition yet!

4. If I was lending my camera to a stranger, I'd want to protect it well too.

5. If my business model depended on a precise camera/networking configuration, I'd want to prevent tinkering too.

6. Hand the camera to a stranger so you can be in a group shot, you want it in P&S mode.

7. Editing comes as standard, rather than indefinitely postponed.

8. Enforced review and cull, rather than indefinitely postponed.

9. Follow-up potential.

10. Free Coffee!

Nice summary. A rather clever idea IMHO. I don't think it will die the death Allison fears, not soon anyway. I wish this story would've been published a week ago when I went on a holiday trip with 4 waits at airports: never occurred to me that you can photograph people through your suitcase handle!:-(

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2017 at 12:26 UTC
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CQui: From some eternal beginner photograph point of view, in the end of the film for everyone area, you could have a not too bad camera with minimum configuration, only a dial with portrait/macro/landscape, then a night/day option button, and buy good average film and for a very reasonable price get very nice pictures by only pointing the camera in the right direction and hitting the shutter,
Now, if you don't spend half your vacation budget in a camera, spend 3 weeks in a camera crash course, or spend even more on a smartphone that you don't really need, you don't have these nice enough to be printed pictures.

Sorry my post was in reply to Najinsky, no idea how it ended up under yours though that's a good one too.

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2017 at 12:25 UTC
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CQui: From some eternal beginner photograph point of view, in the end of the film for everyone area, you could have a not too bad camera with minimum configuration, only a dial with portrait/macro/landscape, then a night/day option button, and buy good average film and for a very reasonable price get very nice pictures by only pointing the camera in the right direction and hitting the shutter,
Now, if you don't spend half your vacation budget in a camera, spend 3 weeks in a camera crash course, or spend even more on a smartphone that you don't really need, you don't have these nice enough to be printed pictures.

Nice summary. A rather clever idea IMHO. I don't think it will die the death Allison fears, not soon anyway. I wish this story would've been published a week ago when I went on a trip with 4 waits at airports: never occurred to me that you can photograph people through your suitcase handle!:-(

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2017 at 12:22 UTC
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Mistral75: The latest statement made by Ihagee in the Comments section of the Kickstarter project confirms the Elbaflex is a revamped Kiev 19M:

"we have been seeing some comments in regard to the camera being a "Kiev 19M with a wooden grip". We would like to straighten this out a bit. The camera is build in the Ukraine by former people from the Arsenal factory which used to build the Kiev. We are using tooling that was used for the Kiev 19M but we made considerable changes especially by using new materials and making the shutter mechanism far more reliable. At the end that is the heart of the mechanical components that we have paid special attention to. So first of all the shutter mechanism is built with improved materials and is therefore much more reliable. We are also including a new mechanism which makes the mirror movement quieter and less strainful on the material. So altogether the inside is an improvement over the Kiev in the critical parts."

According to Russian Wikipedia Zenit was made in Krasnogorsk, also in Moscow in oblast, thus "Красногорский Механический Завод". There are/were 18 factories named KMZ where the K stands for the name of the city.

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2017 at 20:38 UTC
On article Hands-on with new Canon L-series primes (295 comments in total)
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thebestusername: Nice lenses with criminal price tag.

To me the prices look quite reasonable for such specialized lenses. Large image circle and precision mechanics. Small sales volumes. In line with the ~2000€ introductory price of the 17mm TS (UWA being more demanding). Well beyond my budget though.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2017 at 06:53 UTC
On article Hands-on with new Canon L-series primes (295 comments in total)
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armandino: This confuses me, are the future Canon mirrorless going to have the same native EF mount or Canon is on suicidal mission.

I think with these already big and heavy lenses and the style of shooting associated with them the adapter wouldn't make much difference on the coming mirrorless bodies. And with a tripod mount the adapter could even provide a more balanced setup. If I hàd all the money in the world I wouldn't hesitate to get a Sony A9 or 7riii + a Canon 17mm TS.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2017 at 06:46 UTC
On article Hands-on with new Canon L-series primes (295 comments in total)
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Sdaniella: my Canon TSE24mm f/3.5L II has an Image Circle of 67.2mm (spec in Canon web)
which can readily cover compact medium format sensors

these 3 new TSE lens look like they also have very wide round rear openings, but Canon web specs do not make mention of this, so perhaps, their being longer focal lengths, they do not have as wide Image Circle as 67.2mm, but the more conventional FF image circle of only 43.3mm(?!)

it would help if those having direct access to ask Canon reps, to clarify what actual Image Circle dimensions are for these new TSE Lenses

How could they be TS with only 43mm image circle?

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2017 at 06:34 UTC
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rurikw: Moscow is in Europe.

As for centre  and periphery I can't say I've never thought of Eastern Europe as periphery so it's only fair that you should see it the other way. That said I think one should forget about the notion and regard every piece of the puzzle equally important.
I think it was actually in Russian newspapers that I first run into the idea of Russia not being part of Europe as they kept referring to Europe as the other almost as clearly as "the west" and not without some vehemence. It annoyed me then and annoys me even more now that it's gone beyond mere rethoric. To me Russia, Belarus, Ukraine etc are parts of Europe whatever happens.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2017 at 03:07 UTC
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rurikw: Moscow is in Europe.

Yes Andrey, the ad hominem stuff is never nice but i think we have a nice little space carved out here where we can discuss whatever we like without disturbing anybody since this isn't a particular forum with any particular agenda and the actual news item has been exhausted long ago.
So we might as well go further with our discussion about Europe. You stated something like Russia and Belarus are core states within Europe and Western Europe is periphery. My western oriented mind had a hard time with that and my standard quick Wikipedia check didn't yield anything in support of your view. But now after a night's sleep I started thinking of Moscow as the third Rome so yes, one of the religious centres and of course a huge empire and all that. So very much contributing to the definition of the rather heterogeneous conglomeration we call Europe. Am I on to something?

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2017 at 03:07 UTC
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rurikw: Moscow is in Europe.

Please Andrey what are you talking about? I was the one who started this subthread by stating that Moscow is in Europe.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2017 at 19:19 UTC
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rurikw: Moscow is in Europe.

@AndreyT: I tried to look up the concept of Europe. Found the greek myth, Rome, Charlemagne and the holy Roman empire leading up to it. Didn't see (Bela)Rus mentioned as particularly central to the formation of what we call Europe though certainly a fascinating, peculiar and indispensable part of it. Also don't think the map of Europe is encoded in anybody's genome. Anyway thanks for the entertainment. I've been missing the off topic forum.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2017 at 17:42 UTC
On article Sony developing a 400mm F2.8 G Master lens (132 comments in total)

Interesting motto: "make.believe". Suppose that's different from "make believe". Clever?

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2017 at 07:03 UTC as 31st comment | 2 replies
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rurikw: Moscow is in Europe.

AndreyT, I must confess that I seem to lack basic education as you see it. Care to elaborate on your view or mention a source?

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2017 at 02:55 UTC
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cosinaphile: just flip the lcd panel on the pen f /// shoot 36 images on the sd card

bring it to the photofinisher and ask for mediocre milky 4x6 prints ....

repeat

a simulation of all the sailent points as i remember them

And you could order 35mm slides or negs of your files.

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2017 at 04:28 UTC
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cosinaphile: just flip the lcd panel on the pen f /// shoot 36 images on the sd card

bring it to the photofinisher and ask for mediocre milky 4x6 prints ....

repeat

a simulation of all the sailent points as i remember them

You could mount an optical viewfinder on the hotshoe and use 256 MB cards. I think I have one somewhere.

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2017 at 04:23 UTC
On article Yashica is teasing a comeback to the camera market (299 comments in total)
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Carl Sanders: A camera that has not been produced yet is a digital twin lens reflex!

I agree there's limited point in a digital TLR apart from some retro cool ("hipster?") factor. But after reading about the Yashica "digital film" camera kick start project a DTLR starts looking downright sensible.

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2017 at 07:15 UTC
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Najinsky: Quite oddball results.

Autofocus:
Note: 94
iPhone: 74

Bokeh:
Note: 45
iPhone: 55

I'd have thought these two features would have had something of symbiotic relationship.

Or is the iPhone worse at AF because it's better at blurring, or the Note worse at blur because it's better at focusing/sharpening?

Either way, 94 for AF is an amazing score.

But don't these features come down to the App? So if you use a third party App or get an OS update these figures could then change? Maybe you need to introduce a Firmware Friday, where cameras upgraded by software/firmware are reassessed.

In terms of pure IQ, I guess the Exposure/contrast/colour metrics make the most sense, and iPhone seems to have a slight edge here.

All bodes very well for the iPhone X which can now be tweaked to best these scores before release!

I don't think bokeh and AF are related. Bokeh relates to the blur of OOF areas, mostly software generated ("fake" if you wish) in phones. AF to speed and accuracy of focus.

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2017 at 07:16 UTC

Very cool. I just wonder what kind of fear of heights makes you ok with 7 floors but not with 30. I sh*t my pants somewhere between 2 and 3 floors.

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2017 at 17:39 UTC as 28th comment | 1 reply
On article 6 things we want to see in the Google Pixel 2 (79 comments in total)
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Najinsky: What I'd like to see is the iOS and Android communities stop hating on each other and just enjoy these amazing devices for the features and opportunities they provide.

But I think you got more chance of getting your dual cameras, no wait, triple cameras, than that, lol.

My first smartphone was an iPhone 4s which I loved and would still use unless I needed a newer phone for use with a drone. My second smartphone is a Samsung S6 bought last spring which is equally great. I just slightly preferred the test photos from the Samsung to those of similarly priced iPhones at that point in time. And maybe I was a little curious to see what Android would feel like. I have yet to find a difference that would make any difference apart from the S6 being a newer generation.

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2017 at 17:24 UTC
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