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I'm semi-pro photographer currently shooting A-mount both: Film and Digital, currently working as a Software Engineer. Through my history I got experience with most of the systems, wrote several photography-related articles and tutorials (almost none of them in English though, so you won't see me linking to my own materials).

I'm allergic to:

  • crap written by Ken Rockwell
  • "prophesies" of Tom Hogan
  • generalizations based on one or two cameras
  • And people who think that there are only 2 photographic systems for pros: Canon and Nikon (view mostly popularized by mr. Rockwell)

So best way to get a -1 from me is either by linking to texts made by these guys or popularizing bipolar point of view.

What I love:

  • Answers based on experience that goes more deeply than into one or two systems
  • Well-formatted answers that cover all of the matters in a question (even if someone else already suggested an idea you agree with)
  • lists and direct comparisons

So best way to get +1 from me is by reading through whole question and answering every matter touched by it in widest scope possible.

English isn't my native language, so please, forgive me any spelling or grammatical mistakes.

Hope you'll find my answers helpful. And please: remember to mark answers under your questions if you agree with them (+1 doesn't do the job on it's own, though if you want to give +1 and mark an answer - you're even more awesome! ;) ).


Feb
26
comment Why are digital cameras said to suffer more from chromatic aberration than film cameras?
You are wrong. Expectations got nothing to deal with it. Chromatic aberrations ARE more pronounced on digital than film. It can be measured. One of such attempts was made by genotypewriter: secure.flickr.com/photos/genotypewriter/6147351879 - result being quite obvious: Film wins when it comes to CA.
Jan
31
awarded  Yearling
Jan
27
comment Is the maximum CF capacity supported by EOS-1Ds really 8 GB?
It might be related to a cluster size that a camera can read. If 8GB is a limit than it means that maximum cluster size that can be read by build-in card controller is 4KB.
Jan
9
comment When scanning a printed photo, the resulting file is of less quality or resolution than the original?
mattdm - it's perfect theory if you assume that all of the pixels on a print can be automatically mapped to their perfect representation of the pixels on a final image. As I tried to point out - that's not possible. Old rule from the University of Technology that applies to everything: "every measurement includes some uncertainty" - in that case: measurement is scanning, uncertainty is imperfections of scanned image.
Jan
3
reviewed No Action Needed Why do some photo albums companies only allow “Professional Photographers” to buy them?
Jan
3
comment Why is micro 4/3 autofocus so much faster than DSLR live mode focus?
Depth of field is also a huge factor. With greater depth of field you can allow yourself to focus faster but less accurately. It's a trick most commonly known from compacts - when they got several pre-programmed focus settings and simply jump between them what takes far less time than slowly checking each possible step. But mirrorless cameras use that as well mixed with plenty of guesswork that's possible thanks to shape-recognition software.
Jan
3
comment How to calculate the optimal pinhole size?
As far as I'm aware - differences between these will be rather insignificant in exposure (you'll learn them after few exposures and than just apply your own exposure compensation to balance out exposure exactly as you like it) - it's much more important to get a perfectly round pinhole, than whatever it's 34% bigger or smaller.
Jan
3
answered When scanning a printed photo, the resulting file is of less quality or resolution than the original?
Oct
3
awarded  Popular Question
Aug
10
awarded  Popular Question
May
7
comment Why do Nikon cameras use lowercase “O”s instead of zeroes?
Do they? I got quite a lot stuff done related to the design and I can tell you that I hardly can see any flaw at all - both: in typography and design. If anything - there's a huge issue with typography on Nikon cameras dials.
May
2
comment Anyone suggests Zeiss 100mm f2 macro planar?
I got some glass Zeiss (not specifically 2/100) and I can tell you that dust in a lens won't be an issue. I seen Nikon lenses that were advertised as "weather-sealed" and got dust inside, yet I don't have any issues with dust in my lens. Mechanical construction of these lenses is so precise that I wouldn't worry too much :)
May
2
comment Why do Nikon cameras use lowercase “O”s instead of zeroes?
I got something contrary - if I see a number that's made half of letters (0s replaced by os) and next to it are regular words with small letter 0 - it takes me twice as long to "catch up" with this way of displaying data than it'd be otherwise. 0 is a very characteristic number and it also can be very easily recognized only by shape. In no way it requires any slow "reading" as you suggest.
May
2
comment Why do Nikon cameras use lowercase “O”s instead of zeroes?
Somehow other manufacturers don't have the same problem and they use regular 0s.
Apr
16
reviewed Reviewed What post processing should be done to my photographs of the aurora borealis to improve colours and impact?
Apr
15
reviewed Reviewed Does the Canon M have actual, significant deficiencies vs. the competition?
Apr
15
reviewed Reviewed Are any ultra-wide angle digital point and shoot cameras made?
Apr
10
comment What's the difference between real and effective aperture?
"would require reducing elements in front of the aperture to make the image of the opening smaller, but also enlarging elements behind the aperture" - out from a pure curiosity - isn't that what some of large format lenses do?
Apr
6
comment Best order of doing things when editing scanned photos in Photoshop?
one important thing - if you plan to resize your images: first do that and than sharpen. Sharpening before resizing isn't a particularly good idea.
Apr
6
comment Why did “pure” photography displace pictoralism so completely?
"Originally, the first photographers were more concerned with the science and technology of photography than with art" - what do you mean by "originally" ? Just look around - that's exactly what people are concerned with today. That's why we have system wars, that's why we have mirrorless vs rest of the universe front, that's why the most popular websites about photography are these about gear, not art. The only thing that changed is that previously photographer was an expert in chemistry - now he is an expert in electronics.