Ralf B

Ralf B

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Joined on May 6, 2005

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On Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art Lab Test Review preview (545 comments in total)
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Ralf B: This lens definitely needs controlled backgrounds for its bokeh character
https://s3.amazonaws.com/masters.galleries.dpreview.com/2897503.jpg?X-Amz-Expires=3600&X-Amz-Algorithm=AWS4-HMAC-SHA256&X-Amz-Credential=AKIAJ7ICBHXPIPPMTNCQ/20140529/us-east-1/s3/aws4_request&X-Amz-Date=20140529T115209Z&X-Amz-SignedHeaders=host&X-Amz-Signature=a835a6936ab75fd16bb32e0232442f2daeee86d8a132a904c164540ac3e80dc5
The Sony FE 55/1.8 appears as having much smoother bokeh.
I prefer the CZ 135/1.8 for my Sony Alpha A mount FF for its combination of sharpness matching this lens a n d silky smooth bokeh. It appears as much more forgiving if you cannot avoid a busy fore/background.
http://kurtmunger.com/sony_135mm_f_1_8_carl_zeissid266.html

I brought the 135mm in for what I wrote: There is the possibility to combine sharpness and pleasing bokeh, and if you look for that, the Sigma ART 50/1.4 fails at that.
I hope that clarifies the "pointless" point.

Direct link | Posted on May 31, 2014 at 11:50 UTC
On Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art Lab Test Review preview (545 comments in total)

This lens definitely needs controlled backgrounds for its bokeh character
https://s3.amazonaws.com/masters.galleries.dpreview.com/2897503.jpg?X-Amz-Expires=3600&X-Amz-Algorithm=AWS4-HMAC-SHA256&X-Amz-Credential=AKIAJ7ICBHXPIPPMTNCQ/20140529/us-east-1/s3/aws4_request&X-Amz-Date=20140529T115209Z&X-Amz-SignedHeaders=host&X-Amz-Signature=a835a6936ab75fd16bb32e0232442f2daeee86d8a132a904c164540ac3e80dc5
The Sony FE 55/1.8 appears as having much smoother bokeh.
I prefer the CZ 135/1.8 for my Sony Alpha A mount FF for its combination of sharpness matching this lens a n d silky smooth bokeh. It appears as much more forgiving if you cannot avoid a busy fore/background.
http://kurtmunger.com/sony_135mm_f_1_8_carl_zeissid266.html

Direct link | Posted on May 29, 2014 at 11:54 UTC as 47th comment | 9 replies
On Site Update: notifications article (127 comments in total)

Still waiting for the global "no notifications" setting in "settings".
The current implementation forces to click "unsubscribe to updates" every time when posting, doubleplusungood. The other way around would be my preferred default option.
As it stands the DPR default forcing unsubscriptions increases the number of clicks. A way to make the site owners happy? More site clicks - higher site ranking?

? And where can I unsubscribe from notifications on this comment ?

Direct link | Posted on May 28, 2014 at 05:48 UTC as 5th comment
On Street photography tips with Zack Arias article (149 comments in total)

Thumbs up!

Direct link | Posted on May 25, 2014 at 07:44 UTC as 32nd comment
On DxOMark recommends best lenses for the Nikon D800E article (72 comments in total)
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Srood: i saw there results before that sensor is amazing
made by sony , and i am sony shooter and no a-mount camera with it yet after 2 years from its first introduction ! ,the d800e is still amazing camera
since i was a noob photographer back then (3years ago ) i am not regretting going on with sony yet !
if there is nothing for me in photokina i will probably switch to nikon for the the rumored d800s

Buy an A7r and the LA-EA4 maybe?

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2014 at 18:31 UTC
On Site Update: notifications article (127 comments in total)
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Ralf B: Hello at DPR,

please add an option to turn them OFF completely - just like the e-mail notifications. Or an option to "put notifications on ignore" - that would be my first entry in my ignore list.
Forcing your site visitors to mark them as unread or to delete them individually as there seems no way to delete all in one swipe (!!) is unbalanced. Be prepared for a lot of us to just grudgingly ignore them, not even mark them as unread, not delete them, and have the leftovers eat your server memory.

Double plus ungood. Thanks but no, thanks.

@ Simon
the annoyance noted by several users is not caused by the blob's size but - at least in my case - by being right next to the same sized blob which indicates a PM is received, a notation highly welcome. here is an idea: Make the new blob a different color maybe?
BTW "blob": http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0051418/ ;-)

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2014 at 18:15 UTC
On Site Update: notifications article (127 comments in total)
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Ralf B: Hello at DPR,

please add an option to turn them OFF completely - just like the e-mail notifications. Or an option to "put notifications on ignore" - that would be my first entry in my ignore list.
Forcing your site visitors to mark them as unread or to delete them individually as there seems no way to delete all in one swipe (!!) is unbalanced. Be prepared for a lot of us to just grudgingly ignore them, not even mark them as unread, not delete them, and have the leftovers eat your server memory.

Double plus ungood. Thanks but no, thanks.

@ Simon
Thanks for replying. Allow me to ask: Why did DPR not wait for the additional customization options to be part of the initial roll-out?
Another first hands on report kind of release. Lets wait for the promised review.

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2014 at 16:55 UTC
On Site Update: notifications article (127 comments in total)
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D1N0: Great I like to know when people disagree with me so I can disagree with them.

I agree.

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2014 at 05:52 UTC
On Site Update: notifications article (127 comments in total)

Hello at DPR,

please add an option to turn them OFF completely - just like the e-mail notifications. Or an option to "put notifications on ignore" - that would be my first entry in my ignore list.
Forcing your site visitors to mark them as unread or to delete them individually as there seems no way to delete all in one swipe (!!) is unbalanced. Be prepared for a lot of us to just grudgingly ignore them, not even mark them as unread, not delete them, and have the leftovers eat your server memory.

Double plus ungood. Thanks but no, thanks.

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2014 at 05:48 UTC as 25th comment | 5 replies

How come some parts of the comment area here look like the "Off topic" forum at its worst?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 6, 2014 at 14:27 UTC as 17th comment

Sad news. Ruhe in Frieden, Anja!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 4, 2014 at 17:13 UTC as 72nd comment
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Review preview (486 comments in total)
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Sad Joe: PLUS: Whopper Spec CONS: Whopper Price. VERDICT: ?

Easy: Double whopper!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 22, 2014 at 08:30 UTC
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Mike99999: Spectacular. This confirms the DxO findings.

I'm happy Sony is following the OM-D route by releasing high quality primes from the start, even if they are significantly more expensive than standard Canikon offerings.

As an owner of the 55/1.8 and 35/2.8 I couldn't be happier and I've begun the process of selling all my Nikon lenses.

I cannot wait for what primes Sony/Zeiss have in store next. I've been playing with the Zeiss Planar T* 85mm f/1.4 ZA and Sonnar T* 135mm f/1.8 ZA with adapter at the camera store. Those lenses are amazing...

@ Andy Westlake
" To be clear, these are the DxOMark findings, but presented in our own way."
Thankfully, that is not true. This is not the DPR style of late when reviewing a Sony product but a remarkable recovery instead.
Let's hope it carries over to the A7R review.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 1, 2014 at 07:08 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7 Review preview (1600 comments in total)
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dynaxx: The review template does not ( perhaps it should ) have a section in the Specification page under "Optics and Focus" to show if the camera has auto-focus tuning ( Sony call it AF Micro Adjustment ) which is quite common nowadays in good quality cameras.

I find this very useful on my camera and when I searched the A7 manual it says it can only be done when the LA-EA2 or LA-EA4 adapters for A mount lenses are in use. Can someone explain why there is this restriction ? thanks

Also, because contrast detection autofocus generally happens on the main imaging sensor, hence on the plane the image is taken.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 25, 2014 at 10:43 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7 Review preview (1600 comments in total)
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mm1975: For a camera that was reviewed based on default settings, it is amazing how the review was ever done - I am pretty sure the default setting for the power button is OFF.

" I am pretty sure the default setting for the power button is OFF."
Touche!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 25, 2014 at 07:19 UTC
On KONICA HEXANON AR 57mm F1.2 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

A demonstration why doing this (3rd party MF lenses on A7/A7r) makes a lot of sense. Pretty good! The B&W choice fits the picture and the write-up context.

Nice shot, too!
(crop the lowest part of the frame which is OOF maybe?)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 22, 2014 at 06:22 UTC as 1st comment
On Using third-party lenses on Sony Cyber-shot a7 / a7R article (490 comments in total)

Cudos to most commenters so far - a mostly balanced reflection on the quirks in both the camera (peaking implementation could apparently benefit from firmware update) - and the article (practicing manual focus with dirt cheap lenses being one of them).
IMHO, a DPR write-up that inspires a good discussion is a good contribution - opposed to ruminating "best gear" polls over and over again, Mr. Britton.
Now lets' see the full review....

Direct link | Posted on Jan 22, 2014 at 05:59 UTC as 110th comment
On Reminder: Vote now for your product of 2013 article (64 comments in total)

The many times this poll gets re-used redefines "rumination".

Direct link | Posted on Jan 18, 2014 at 10:33 UTC as 27th comment | 3 replies
On Enthusiast interchangeable lens camera 2013 roundup article (267 comments in total)
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123Mike: The Sony A57 beats the lot of these.

fanboy comment

Direct link | Posted on Nov 23, 2013 at 16:14 UTC
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Cane: So funny listening to people's viewfinder battle. Are any of you really trying to convince the other side of something? It's like yelling at clouds.

@naththo
thanks for delivering another proof of Cane's point. Now continue yelling.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 23, 2013 at 08:20 UTC
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