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Carsten Bockermann
Bonn, Germany
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My first cover was on the South Korean edition of Elizabeth Kübler-Ross' book On grief and grieving. There were also some of my pictures in the book. What was so great about this is that all the photographers who had pictures in that book were in an entirely different league: they were all Magnum members, among them Steve McCurry, Elliott Erwitt and Constantine Manos. A coincidence for sure, but still very nice.
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on Ever Get a Cover? at The Online Photographer
From the Leica website: Even as a child, the singer, songwriter and rock star, Lenny Kravitz, was fascinated by cameras. But rather than taking photos, he played with them... Alright...the Leica as a toy. Probably OK in our times as serious photography is now done with cellphones.
Toggle Commented Feb 24, 2015 on Not So Cool New Stuff at The Online Photographer
The Sigma 35/1.4 is not only "a less expensive alternative". I compared it to my Nikon AF-S 35/1.4 and sold the latter. Technically it's also better than the Zeiss 35/1.4 (definitely more contrast wide open), but the Zeiss produces a certain look that I like.
Toggle Commented Feb 13, 2015 on Super Duper Sigma at The Online Photographer
If you look at six photographs per second 24/7, you will hit the 250 million mark by about 1.32 years.
Toggle Commented Feb 10, 2015 on Fun Facts at The Online Photographer
A few days ago Amazon Germany sent me an email saying the release was postponed and they don't know a shipping date at this time.
>>Janis Joplin, Michael McClure, and Bob >>Neuwirth's song "Mercedes Benz" was >>actually used for a Mercedes-Benz commercial As a side note: over here in Germany it was used for a BMW Z3 commercial. The driver pushed a cassette tape (it was a while ago) into the Z3's player, listened to the song, showed a puzzled expression when he heard the words 'Mercedes-Benz' and casually threw the cassette tape out of the car.
Nikon D3s, probably the only camera that never got in my way (except in terms of weight...)
Sounds like you received bomb threats or the like ;-)
Toggle Commented Aug 27, 2013 on Let Me 'Splain... at The Online Photographer
>>...why I'm not interested in the Think Tank Retrospective: it has a rain cover. That is, it has a bag that you're supposed to put the bag into when it rains Truer words were never spoken. I never understood that principle. It reminds me of bananas at the grocery store that are sold in sealed plastic bags. Hey, the yellow stuff around the banana IS the package!
>>but no amateur has two good cameras around his or her neck. I use two Nikon D800s or two Fuji X-Pro1s (depending upon the situation) and I am an amateur in the true sense of the word. Are you wrong or is there some contradiction here? ;-)
Toggle Commented Jun 16, 2013 on Ned Draws a Crowd at The Online Photographer
I was one of the first DxO customers, but abandoned it years ago because of its horrible user interface. Like you I don't think I could stand permanent changes to my Photoshop version, so I will stick with CS6 as long as it is usable.
Toggle Commented Apr 7, 2013 on Your Advice Needed at The Online Photographer
An example at f/5.6:
Toggle Commented Mar 17, 2013 on Examples at The Online Photographer
>>I can say, that both the Sigma 50mm ƒ/1.4 or Nikkor 50mm ƒ/1.4D are light years behind the Zeiss Makro Planar 50mm ƒ/2 in any aspect visible on the print No doubt about the Nikon 50/1.4D. However, the bokeh of the Sigma 50/1.4 at the wider apertures has a certain appeal that my Zeiss 50/2 Makro-Planar canÄt match. At f/4 or smaller it's just the other way around... Coming back to the Nikon 28/1.8G: a great lens, and it's definitely in the same league as the Nikon 35/1.4G. In fact it has smoother bokeh than the latter. At infinity the Zeiss 28/2 might have the edge,but we're really nitpicking here. Carsten
Toggle Commented Mar 17, 2013 on The Nikon 28mm ƒ/1.8G at The Online Photographer
From what I've read the Sigma 35/1.4 is very sharp wide open. From what I know from personal experience the Nikon 35/1.4 AF-S is plenty sharp, too. However, and I think that could be the more interesting point for you, the Zeiss 35/1.4 has smoother bokeh. Being an MF lens it's not easy to focus wide open, though.
Toggle Commented Feb 18, 2013 on Did Anybody Bite? at The Online Photographer
Amazon Germany lists it as available for pre-order :-(
Toggle Commented Jan 5, 2013 on Can I Change My Choice? at The Online Photographer
>>sold through Amazon in the U.S. (869 copies) and the U.K. (138) There must be at least one that was sold in Germany ;-)
Toggle Commented Sep 26, 2012 on Photo Book Bestseller at The Online Photographer
I saw a few of Ctein's dye transfer prints in the living room of my late friend Günter Wehrmann. They were truly excellent in technical terms, the work of a master printer. Unfortunately Ctein's and my taste in subject matter are very different.
Mike, quite a coincidence to see the van Heusen ad here. I saw it for the first time just a couple of days ago in a report about sexist advertising in the German magazine SPIEGEL. Check
Toggle Commented Apr 9, 2012 on Open Mike: Nostalgia at The Online Photographer
>>The Zeiss Makro-Planar 50mm f/2 is certainly outstanding. Yes, Chris, and fortunately I have one :-)
What I've seen so far from this lens looks great. However, comparing it to the Zeiss 50/1.4 doesn't tell your readers a lot. I had the ZF version of the Zeiss for two years and found it to be among the weaker 50s I know. I wish there was a 50mm lens with Nikon mount in the same league as Leica's 50/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH.
After having used the X100 for a while I'm really looking forward to the X-Pro 1. What I really don't understand is the general obsession with M-mount adaptors. While there are some truly excellent Leica M lenses out there they were all computed for a full-frame sensor (or film). Using them on crop sensors seems a bit of a waste. Maybe that's because I mainly shoot in the 28-35mm range, so the only really interesting lenses on a 1.5x crop sensor would be the 21 and 24mm ones.
>>For me the S2 (was there an S1?)... Yes, there was. It was introduced back in 1996. See