MPL Studios (2)
Was a member approx. 2 months prior to this review.
||+Some great quality exclusive photography of very pretty girls of the Russian Federation
+Max pic sizes 1600, 2000, or 3000 from at least the fall of 2005
+Archives that go back to Sept. 2003; complete thumbs listing in public area
+Eye-pleasing site design
+More recent videos in 1280x720
||-Very annoying placement of zip files away from the galleries. You must FIND the model in an index based on shoot location (as if you know), then find the gallery (sometimes among MANY).
-Overly complicated navigation
-Max pic sizes in galleries vary, but not shown in the updates section
-Too much “artsy” stuff with props, excessive darkness or light, blurriness
-Non-nude “postcard” photosets (a plus for some)
-Some non-exclusive, poor quality content from early in the site history
||As a repeating member (first in Dec. 2003, when it only cost $20), I can say that it certainly has gotten better in the visual site design and in the quality and sizes of the pics. But it needs further improvement:
1. Navigation. Gallery thumbs should just open to the gallery, not to the frivolous “cover shot.” Pics in galleries should open in a separate window. Zips of all sizes should be accessible from INSIDE the gallery. (Too many sites don’t do this. What’s so non-intuitive about it?) And right now, zips are only of the largest size, and fucking hard to get to.
2. Transparency. In the updates and the model pages, put all of the pic sizes under each gallery thumb, as in “800/1200/1600.”
3. Model indexes. Do away with the shoot location indexes, and just have an alphabetical model index listing by thumbs, and not that growing, long list of text-only names next to the thumbs.
4. Photos. Fewer poses of the model looking away from the camera. Do the “art” in a way that will also please the average, horny philistine.
I really like this site. It has a personality all its own, and you do get a sense of intimacy with these nubile, post-Cold War cutie pies. But it’s got more layers than a Matryoshka doll, all over the place.
Correction: Zips of photosets are of 2 or 3 sizes ("hi res" 2 and 3000; "low res" 1200). My apologies for the error! They've also upgraded their server and I've found the response to be faster with pages and a bit faster with zips.
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