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Carsten Bockermann
Bonn, Germany
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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.
D700
Toggle Commented Apr 7, 2013 on Your Advice Needed at The Online Photographer
An example at f/5.6: http://www.cabophoto.com/External/USA_Tr_0611.jpg
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
Carsten
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 http://einestages.spiegel.de/static/topicalbumbackground-xxl/24625/denn_zum_kochen_sind_sie_da.html
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 http://www.bhphotovideo.com/find/newsLetter/Leica-S1.jsp
>>And the shutter is tested to 400,000 actuations, which must be a record for durability. If I remember correctly Leica claimed a life of 400,000 actuations for the cloth curtain shutter in the M series film-based cameras.
Toggle Commented Oct 19, 2011 on Two New Canons at The Online Photographer
>>I fail to see the need to have Dwight from "The Office" chirping along like a demented Ed McMahon As I don't watch American TV over here in Germany I didn't recognize the guy - but demented he seems...
I'm with Speedy on this. A D700 B&W would be great. No idea why you didn't include FF DSLRs in your list.
Toggle Commented Oct 15, 2011 on Time for a Poll at The Online Photographer
I once had an Olympus E-P1 that exhibited the exact same phenomenon. Unfortunately turning IS on and off meant a foray into its menus every time.
A bit late, considering the imminent release of the iPhone 5.
Toggle Commented Sep 13, 2011 on Sign o' the Times at The Online Photographer
>>The Giulietta eventually came to signify everything romantic and sophisticated about Europe to me To me it's just one of the most beautiful cars ever made ;-)