Tapani Tarvainen

Lives in Finland Finland
Joined on Oct 31, 2007


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CameraLabTester: The Piranhas are going wild on the tasty morsel that just dropped in, for 2 weeks.

This could happen on just about any country with the same Laissez-Faire attitude to crime, peace & order, justice and police protection.

In this situation, however, a stampede of delicious Holstein Cows just charged into the river.


Brazil as a whole is not really all that dangerous. Big cities, especially Rio and São Paulo, sure (though I've walked around in both carrying SLRs without incident), but countryside and smaller towns are generally pretty safe (with some exceptions, of course).

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2016 at 18:51 UTC
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nua: Looks like the end of Sandisk...oh well just need to figure out what are my other options than WD!

I've got WD drives bought in 2008 still going strong, as well as several newer ones. Admittedly those are RE* series disks rather than the cheap stuff, but nonetheless it goes to prove WD can make pretty reliable disks - certainly better than Seagate in my experience (even if not quite as good as IBM/Hitachi).
Of more recent crop WD Red series have performed well for me, too.

Link | Posted on May 27, 2016 at 09:06 UTC
On article Rice Hill: Shooting in Riisitunturi National Park (31 comments in total)
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pannumon: Great photos! A notice: in Lapland the days in winter are extremely short and in summer extremely long. This means that sun angle is low, and you get the golden hour for like half of the day (assuming that it is not cloudy, as it often is).

Autumn is great time for photography in Lapland, as you get separate autumn colors for the trees (not spruces though) and the ground vegetation.

Summer is a great time for shooting mosquitoes, you get them in every single photo whether you want or not (but there are less mosquitoes at the hills).

Mosquitoes only arrive after mid-June though. I go to Lapland every year in early summer, during first three weeks of June, when sun already stays up 24h but mosquitoes haven't arrived yet. Midsummer though, notably July, is recommended mainly for entomologists and others who like insects. :-)

Link | Posted on May 16, 2016 at 07:12 UTC
On article Rice Hill: Shooting in Riisitunturi National Park (31 comments in total)
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Requin: How did you protect your gear from the coldness. Most "freeze proof" equipment goes up to -10 degrees Celcius. Don't you risk your gear going there in cold weather? I live in Finland and have broken a sensor already.

That is strange. I also live in Finland and frequently shoot below -20°C and never had any sensor problems. On one occasion I had my camera (Canon 7D) out for two weeks nonstop when temperature never rose above -25°C and averaged close to -30°C, without any serious problems (lcd display got dimmer, but recovered when eventually returned to warmth). One smaller camera had a problem with its clock resetting itself around -20°C though. I'd be really curious to hear how the sensor broke.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2016 at 07:04 UTC
On article Rice Hill: Shooting in Riisitunturi National Park (31 comments in total)

Lapland in winter is indeed magical. Regarding the difficulty of using tripod in snow: I've used plastic plates attached to tripod legs as sort of tripod-snowshoes - in certain kinds of snow they work fairly well.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2016 at 05:54 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
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bwana4swahili: An improvement over some of the WWII ideas of replacing the whole eyeball with a false eye / camera. The stuff of spy stories...


Link | Posted on May 2, 2016 at 08:22 UTC
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star shooter: Not having a tiltable screen like the 60Da has, is a bit daunting if you are imaging near the Zenith and have to get down on all fours to look at the image. I use an USB connection to the PC, control my exposures.

The biggest factor in any camera is the 'noise' that builds up as the sensor gets hotter. So unless you are imaging at temps no more than 20C or lower, no matter what Iso you use, the image will take on noise. But, having a FF sensor this may not be a problem. Either way, I'm getting one.

My 60Da has been doing great for over year now and if the D810A can match or do better, then its winner no matter what others say. Let's see some test images Nikon!

"The biggest factor in any camera is the 'noise' that builds up as the sensor gets hotter. So unless you are imaging at temps no more than 20C or lower, no matter what Iso you use, the image will take on noise."
Fortunately that's not so problematic here in Finland, where astrophotography is mostly limited to winter anyway (summer nights aren't dark enough) and temperatures are more likely to be -20°C than +20°C. :-)

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 14:02 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 Review (456 comments in total)
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kpaddler: "Not built for extended use in cold conditions"

As usual, DP doesn't disappoint with its useless points raised.

The camera lasts in cold weather longer than the people who carry it.

My old Panasonic GX1 sure failed in cold well before I did. First to go was its clock, which reset itself already at around -20°C (-4°F). Also, small cameras are generally hard to use when it gets so cold you need to use gloves, let alone heavy mittens - but some are harder than others (for example, I found Canon G11 surprisingly easy to use even with mittens on, despite the small size of some of its buttons).

Link | Posted on Jan 29, 2015 at 08:32 UTC
On article Cinetics Axis360 review (70 comments in total)

I've used a Really Right Stuff MPR-CL nodal slide for balancing, it or something similar shoud work well here, too:

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2014 at 21:11 UTC as 18th comment | 1 reply
On article Configuring your 5D Mark III AF for fast action (18 comments in total)

You can also use the * button instead of shutter half-press. That is, have one zone in AF-ON and another in * and shutter doing metering only. Or AF-ON for zone and * for 61-point, or vice versa.

Unfortunately it doesn't seem possible to have one zone in AF-on, another in * and a third one in shutter half-press. That could be quite useful: separate buttons for left, center and right zone.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2014 at 17:28 UTC as 10th comment | 1 reply
On article Camera roundups: What to buy and why (286 comments in total)
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christiangrunercom: Why is the Ricoh GR left out ? It would have nuked all the others...

Incidentally, I chose the GR over X100S not because of the focal length difference but because the GR fits in my pants pocket and the X100S does not. I think DPR seems a bit too obsessed with focal length and zoom as camera selection criteria.

Link | Posted on Nov 27, 2013 at 13:06 UTC
On article High-end pocketable compacts roundup (2013) (266 comments in total)
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Harold66: This is a misleading title for a list of cameras which does not include ricoh GR, Nikon A, sigma dpm. I have seen the reply from dpr but if this is high end what becomes of these cameras not listed : super high end ??

The only reason I can think of for excluding Coolpix A and GR is that they lack zoom. But there are many people, especially among those looking for high-end pocketable camera, for whom that's not a key criteria, certainly not over image quality.

Link | Posted on Nov 26, 2013 at 07:35 UTC
On article Enthusiast compact camera roundup (2013) (233 comments in total)
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sbansban: Will Nikon Coolpix A and Ricoh GR be included in the high end pocketable compact category? As far as I know, at around $1100 and $750 respectively, these two are the absolute top pocketable (or near-pocketable) cameras that money can buy.

Seconded. I wanted the best camera that I can actually carry in my pants pocket, period, and settled on Ricoh GR. I really can't see why it (and the Coolpix A, which differs from it mainly by ergonomics) are not "high-end enthusiast compacts", although arguably they would fit in the pocketable compact category as well.

Link | Posted on Nov 25, 2013 at 08:43 UTC
On article Tamrac 5592 Big Wheels SpeedRoller 2X Bag Review (44 comments in total)

It weighs 4.5kg? Not much fun when hand luggage limit is 5kg... even with 8kg (most common these days where I travel) the bag would take most of it.

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2013 at 18:20 UTC as 14th comment
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dbateman: This is good. I do hope more cameras come with DNG. I only know of Pentax now that has DNG. It would be great if all cameras had the choice of DNG. Then you don't have to upgrade your adobe software so often :)

Ricoh also uses DNG (in the GRD series at least).

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2012 at 04:40 UTC
On photo p1000160 in Tapani Tarvainen's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

I've no idea where that Tokina info came from, the picture was taken with Olympus 15mm f/8 body cap lens.

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2012 at 10:21 UTC as 1st comment
On article Photokina 2012: Interview - Stephan Schulz of Leica (195 comments in total)

By my reckoning the Leica S sensor is about 2.24x smaller 6x6 (which has ca. 55x55 mm² image) or 1.7x smaller than 6x4.5 (55x42mm²). So not quite three times smaller than medium format, but still definitely closer to full-frame 35mm.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2012 at 07:29 UTC as 35th comment
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Henrik NJ: I'm excited to see what will happen to the rest of EU.

In Denmark D800 is listed at DKR 17995 - 18745 = UKP 2023 - 2108
In Sweden D800 is listed at SEK 24990 = UKP 2341
In Germany D800 is listed at €2899 = UKP 2424

It can't only be in the UK they have made a "mistake" on the price if that's their excuse, it will be in the whole EU.

> Anyone know where you would stand warranty/repairs wise with taking the EZ route (based on buying it on the high street)? I.e. would I need to ship it back to the country I bought it from to get repairs?

In theory, the legally mandated warranty, i.e., what consumer rights laws give you in EU, falls primarily to the shop you bought it from, not the manufacturer, and so you might have to ship it back to wherever you bought it. And as for any warranty beyond what the law requires, well, it's can be anything - you'll have to read the small print to know.

In practice, however, big manufacturers generally take care of their own. Canon promises to honour their warranty within EU but not beyond, i.e., stuff brought from the USA is not covered - but in practice it may still be - I have personal experience here, taking a US-bought Canon camera to a local Canon service facility. I have also heard that Nikon is just as good with their repairs - but the law doesn't require it.

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2012 at 16:58 UTC
On article Canon ventures back in the water with the rugged D20 (48 comments in total)

Freezing temperatures down to -10C? It's just about that cold here now and it feels like a heat wave... the warmest temperature my EOS 7 saw last week was -18.6C, coldest -30C (I didn't bring it in all week) and it kept working just fine.
Let's hope that's just Canon being conservative in what they promise.

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2012 at 07:57 UTC as 21st comment | 1 reply
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