Barbu

Lives in Romania Bucure?ti, Romania
Joined on Apr 8, 2009

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phouphou: i wonder though, when you step a lens down to >f8 (for a landscape photo), how much difference does it make if the lens is from the top third or from the bottom third of variation?
Aren't they tested wide open? So i guess stepping the lens down will make differences smaller.

Bought a zoom with one corner slightly fuzzy, and in 2 years it became horrendous on the whole side with that corner. Stopping it down just smears it *more* not less.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2020 at 23:20 UTC
On a photo in the $20 film camera - Dan Bracaglia and the Minolta Riva Zoom 90EX sample gallery (1 comment in total)

Now check the complaints about the latest camera (whatever brand) which somehow still shows some coloured grain when lifting shadows from a -5EV exposure...

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2020 at 18:56 UTC as 1st comment

I wonder what would look like with mineral water (or champagne, or very light beer). As little colouring as possible, but the bubbles would make for an interesting experiment.

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2020 at 06:30 UTC as 2nd comment
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Mike Arledge: Serious take here. This camera clearly says a lot about where Pentax wants to go. It is a significant BODY upgrade in every way from the K-3 line and KP. Yes, the loss of a tilting screen irks some, and yes the AF improvements have a distinct “prove it” cloud hanging over its head. But really, it is the need for more modern AF lenses in their APS-C lineup that will make or break their brand. They NEED that 16-50 upgrade ASAP, and likely need a 50-135 upgrade too. Those have to be as good at AF as the current 11-18 2.8 for this camera to actually use whatever AF tricks it brings over the existing bodies. I wonder if that is the bigger reason for the delay, to get that 16-50 ready to launch with it...

...and there's the problem: when one gets so used to underperformance that DA* 50-135 seems fast... :(
I've had the luck (much to my wallet's dismay) to use Canon, Panasonic, Nikon, Olympus and Sony. For long years I've maintained at least two brands in my bag.
Nowadays I'm having Pentax as main camera, Nikon as secondaries. There's simply no comparison between the focusing speed... Especially when you put 50-135 SDM next to a (Canon) 70-200 F4L IS. Again, the only Pentax lens just as quick and decisive is the 70-300PLM, and that performance needs to be repeated across the board.
Also: I've shot an entire airshow with a (very) old Pentax 100mm f/2.8 Macro, screw-driven; it can be done and I got nice results, but then again... It's much, much safer to shoot with the appropriate gear when shooting a conference, an un-repeatable event with people etc.

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2020 at 18:28 UTC
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entoman: This is probably the most exciting camera announcement this year, with the exception of the Canon R5.

Yes, I'm serious. This is the "Canon 7DMkiii" that many of us have been waiting for. 12fps, long battery life, huge optical viewfinder, twin SD, IBIS and Pentax-level weather-sealing.

If only it accepted Canon lenses...

For lenses longer than 300mm, having a stabilised viewfinder is a blessing; be it optical or just another screen viewed thru a loupe. And the only stabilised lenses for Pentax were from Sigma (17-70OS, 120-400 etc) ... Which was nice, but even those can't be found new anymore.
And more to the point, still about lenses: after testing the Pentax 55-300PLM and seeing how quick and decisive it is when focusing (on K-70, K-P, K-1), I'm kinda worried that no amount of *body* upgrade would help Pentax to focus quicker and/or better; they need to redesign the focusing system in their lenses.

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2020 at 22:33 UTC
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JeromeChatillon: Too bad, my garage just called me and they need to change the coolant pump and the sync belt. So the 1900€ are gone... Just like that. Boom! Vanished ! (true story)
I tried to explain them and tell them that only Pentax "gives you full control over every element of the image". But no. They just don't get it.

Just kidding, the camera looks great. I'm just fed up about how expensive photography is and this stupid car :(

Damn, $1900 for a water pump and a timing belt... That car is really expensive.
I've driven hard my compact Skoda Fabia (a copy from a small Volksvagen) and I've done that operation 4 times (not because of some defect but at the manufacturer recommended interval, 60K km) and the cost was under $400 equivalent.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2020 at 18:15 UTC
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Mike Arledge: Serious take here. This camera clearly says a lot about where Pentax wants to go. It is a significant BODY upgrade in every way from the K-3 line and KP. Yes, the loss of a tilting screen irks some, and yes the AF improvements have a distinct “prove it” cloud hanging over its head. But really, it is the need for more modern AF lenses in their APS-C lineup that will make or break their brand. They NEED that 16-50 upgrade ASAP, and likely need a 50-135 upgrade too. Those have to be as good at AF as the current 11-18 2.8 for this camera to actually use whatever AF tricks it brings over the existing bodies. I wonder if that is the bigger reason for the delay, to get that 16-50 ready to launch with it...

The first time I tested the 55-300PLM (on a KP, K-70 and a K-1) I couldn't believe how fast and accurate it was; at least as fast as Canon's 70-200 F4L IS (which was pretty fast for a zoom).
Sadly, it looks like they can't use the same tech on other lenses; that one was optimised, besides the new focusing motor, also by moving only a small/light group of lenses (which isn't possible for bigger lenses).

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2020 at 18:09 UTC

For dpreview readers, this is the 2020 good news that we were waiting.
Thank you and welcome, Mr. Cicala!

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2020 at 12:31 UTC as 21st comment
On article Hands-on with the the Canon PowerShot Zoom (116 comments in total)
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Suilven: Bad news for UFO spotters as there will be no excuse for distant fuzzy blob pics.

You should look at the gallery first... Fuzzy and blobby are perfect descriptors.
But yeah, if you limit yourself to 1-2Mp as shared on social media, it should seem sharp enough.

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2020 at 12:00 UTC
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Kandid: Love the red ring 😊
For the deeply offended (🙄) Canon do make less expensive flashes as well - nice to have a range of options 👍

You'd be surprised about Pentax bodies and Canon flashes, but you missed the point. Also, what I own is just part of what I'm using.
P.S.: being rude doesn't help „you're” case.

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2020 at 11:32 UTC
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Kandid: Love the red ring 😊
For the deeply offended (🙄) Canon do make less expensive flashes as well - nice to have a range of options 👍

For basically everything they started jacking up prices, and this (also) serves as some kind of moving target: „look, many hundreds of euros/dollars for the other models aren't that much, we have something going over a thousand!”
For DSLRs they started putting out smaller STM fixed focal lenses, but then they remembered that it's not what they should do...
And then they complain about lower sales.

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2020 at 11:12 UTC
On article Leica M10 Monochrom sample gallery (245 comments in total)
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Tom_A: No dpr gallery should ever be posted without a few portraits. Not dog portraits.

Even if this should've had some portraits in it, a stopgap is merging your impressions with the other gallery from DPrTV: https://www.dpreview.com/samples/1159843371/leica-m10-monochrom-sample-gallery-dpreview-tv

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2020 at 21:46 UTC
On a photo in the Leica M10 Monochrom sample gallery sample gallery (1 comment in total)

Come on, Mr. Bracaglia... Not fair using a corgi, EVERYONE will like it :D
>:D<

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2020 at 19:01 UTC as 1st comment
On a photo in the Leica M10 Monochrom sample gallery sample gallery (4 comments in total)
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RonJC: Wow are these samples unimpressive!
NOT SHARP and GRAINY as can be.
Leica...did you approve this message?

Try to photograph a spider web during the day, perfect light. Fail. Fail again. Take 539 more photographs, find a couple which are close enough, call it a day.
Then come here and complain... Or maybe the guy never tried taking a photo of a spider web.

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2020 at 18:53 UTC
On a photo in the Leica M10 Monochrom sample gallery sample gallery (2 comments in total)

I really appreciate the aperture/DOF control; the photographer nailed the absolute best, closing the diaphragm just enough for maximum separation while the dog's head is tightly framed in depth, with everything sharp between the ears and the ears gradually softening. Dunno if it was live view and careful control or just really good estimation and rangefinding mastery, but... Chapeau!

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2020 at 18:48 UTC as 1st comment
On article Leica M10 Monochrom sample gallery (245 comments in total)
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nitroman: Personally, I don't see the point of just a monochrome sensor. It's better to have colour with the option to change to B&W. Alternatively, I'd shoot B&W film. Unless you're pixel peeping, there is very little difference in the pixels and 99.999% of clients would never notice. Still, each to their own and must be of use to somebody ... somewhere ... with more money than sense.

Take the first image. Zoom to 100%, check the noise in the shadows; some fine grains, even nicer than what most „noise filters” would apply.
Check the ISO: 8000. Eight f*ckin' thousands. Sure, A D5 would come pretty close (with careful postprocessing or sometimes even with a simple BW profile), but...
I know, we're used by now with ridiculous ISOs, hundreds of thousands, but still most of them are just garbage. Nobody would willingly go more than 25k even on the nicest cameras, unless they have a pressing need (and an intended viewership which would be interested strictly in the content, not in nice images).
I don't appreciate the Leica badge tax, but I can reckon when a model truly brings something different (and good) to the table.

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2020 at 18:43 UTC
On article Nikon Z 70-200mm F2.8 VR S sample gallery (194 comments in total)
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dotnef: We can see some ugly dust on at least 2 pictures...

Interesting... I thought K-5 didn't have the ultrasonic thing (like K-P has).
My K-70 which uses the same method as K-5 (shaking the entire sensor package, with the stabilization unit) gets plenty of dirt stuck on it, unlike my D300S (which only vibrates the glass in front of the sensor by means of small piezoelectric drivers generating ultrasonic waves, exactly like K-P).

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2020 at 21:16 UTC
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Barbu: In the embeded video: there's a graph of brightness versus time.
Anyone knows the scale for those?
I'm especially curious about the time scale; did that timelapse took seconds, minutes, days?

Thank you, @HJVN!
Clearly I need to check my prescription for glasses...

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2020 at 21:05 UTC
On article Nikon Z 70-200mm F2.8 VR S sample gallery (194 comments in total)
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dotnef: We can see some ugly dust on at least 2 pictures...

Indeed. Looks like the passive measures taken to combat dust settling aren't effective, and the active (if any) measures aren't working.
I still remember how much fuss they did for the ultrasonic cleaning implemented in the D700, a first for a full-frame... Also the praises sung to the coating, and even to that little bit of adhesive on the bottom of the dark box.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2020 at 15:54 UTC

In the embeded video: there's a graph of brightness versus time.
Anyone knows the scale for those?
I'm especially curious about the time scale; did that timelapse took seconds, minutes, days?

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2020 at 15:47 UTC as 7th comment | 2 replies
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