shigzeo

shigzeo

Lives in Japan Chiba, Japan
Works as a Writer, Audio Critic
Has a website at http://ohm-image.net
Joined on Sep 14, 2010
About me:

utterly impressionable

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Ben Stonewall: With a little care, a piece of clear food wrap can be stretched across a lens and held in place with an elastic band
- behold, instant "crappy old lens" effect!
;-)

A large part of the draw of this lens is its size plus its fast 2,8 aperture. The only lens you can crappy up with food wrap to match this lens's size is another lens of the same size. And most fast pancake lenses are quite expensive.

EDIT: I added 'fast' before the final 'pancake'.

Direct link | Posted on May 3, 2015 at 09:24 UTC
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sitsonchair: The 25mm f/2 is something I have been waiting for.

Here's to hoping it will have some of the same Zeiss Hollywood lens formula that made the 25/2 ZF lenses so well received.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 22, 2015 at 23:51 UTC
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sierranvin: If these lenses be anything like the Loxia duo, they are just more noisy, squawking Zeiss vaporware. The long ago announced Loxia 2/35, 2/50 remain more or less unavailable anywhere in the US (check the big retailer websites - the Loxia 2/35 has been backordered vaporware for months now). That's ok Zeiss, we're sure you're selling thousands of them somewhere else in the galaxy...

@sierranvin: I'm having a hard time finding the 'ad hominem' you claimed @EcoR1 used against you. EcoR1 challenged:

1. Noise: they cannot be noisy as they do not have AF motors and aperture can be clicked steplessly. If the aperture blades chatter whilst the camera is metering, well, that's something, but you gave no indication of that.

NO ad hominem.

2. Check your ears: this was a plea. Having busted your theory that Loxia lenses are loud, EcoR1 directed you to re-evaluate the instruments through which you applied the judgements 'noisy', and 'squawking'.

No ad hominem.

Finally, EcoR1 didn't even discuss vapourware. Eco1R took on the noise and squawking only. And then you umbrage, talking down to Eco1R as if you were a saint (indeed, you compared yourself to Mother Theresa). You charge Eco1R with miscomprehension and you address points Eco1R didn't even make.

If anything, miscomprehension applies to you, not Eco1R. And ALL ad hominem in this thread is your charge.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 22, 2015 at 23:48 UTC
On Video Field Test: Tamron SP 15-30mm F2.8 Di VC USD article (91 comments in total)
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culturesnap: After watching the D750 field test in the Seattle Museum of Flight and now this I am very impressed - at how both of you review products and the level of care you put into making a quality video. Thanks so much. Very informative and enjoyable. Please keep it up!

Absolutely agree. This is a great writeup with great illustrative images.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 21, 2015 at 03:14 UTC
On Fujifilm X100T Review preview (668 comments in total)
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lbpix: Good review but I strongly disagree about the shutter speed dial, to me it's the easy setting of aperture and shutter speed which makes Fujifilms X series stand out from the pack, I would be most annoyed if they decided to to remove it.

You may have missed the message between the lines. The problem is that the shutter speed dial doesn't select all shutter speeds. For third stop trimming, you have to use the unlabelled dial at the back of the camera, which only works in brackets of EV+1 from the full stop shutter speed.

I would reckon that DPReview would be more positive about the shutter speed dial if it could natively select half or third stops, and the unlabelled dial would removed, or also given access to all stops and third stops.

The X100T finally removed the need for third-stop aperture settings to be selected by the rear dial. It is unthinkably shallow of them to keep the shutter speed slaved to full stops and breaking the interface between two physical [controls].

Edit: changed dials to controls in the final sentence.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 3, 2015 at 04:51 UTC
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helmus: It would have been better to have someone who can handle an X-Pro1 and this lens. This "tester" could not do it, quite obvious not ...

I disagree with the op. Light was handled well as was subject matter

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2015 at 03:36 UTC
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Dave Oddie: The focal length range is very useful. On APS-C i use a Sony 11-18 which is similar. Usefully wider then the 16mm on my CZ 16-80.

The problem with the Tamron though is with it being a FF lens is size and weight.

I can't help thinking if I was a FF user I'd be happier with a 24-105 zoom complimented by a 17mm prime lens for the wide angle forgoing the flexibility of the zoom.

Does anyone make a 17mm FF prime these days? It all seems to be zooms which are large and expensive.

They are going for super speed, not compactness. If they wanted to make a compact FF lens, they could. And it would be the same size as the APS-C lens you're talking about. It seems that a lot of quality FF optics are about speed, not size. I wish that was different.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2015 at 01:23 UTC
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nerd2: Samsung has the best APS body yet (28MP BSI sensor, 240fps sensor readout, 15fps continuous shooting with AF tracking) AND they have a very solid lens lineup already, and they are not terribly overpriced like fuji or m43 offerings. See.

10mm f2.8 fisheye - $299
16mm f2.4 pancake- $269
20mm 2.8 pancake - $263
30mm f2 pancake - $299
45mm f1.8 prime - $256
60mm f2.8 macro - $469
85mm f1.4 prime - $763
300mm f2.8 prime - coming

Oh they have enough zoom lenses too - 16-50 f2.0-2.8, 50-150 2.8, 12-24, 18-200 etc.... Why still people don't consider samsung seriously?

@ChowMonkey: Samsung got into TVs late in their career. Again: they started out importing sugar, then doing groceries. They do shipping, construction, they even built cars for a while in the 1990's. They're a company with with a general government pardon that lets them do whatever they want.

And right now they are famous for home electronics. And they will carve a niche in the camera world if there is a niche left to carve. If a sugar importer can be known today as a TV manufacturer, anything is possible.

Toyota (the company you think of as a car manufacturer) started out importing and making textiles. Asian companies are 100% different. Specialisation does NOT exist here.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 19, 2015 at 23:29 UTC
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COSTISTOICA: " A. Full-frame, high-end DSLRs. The ones around the $5000 level. That’s our benchmark. "
Who will buy a Samsung Full-frame, high-end DSLRs for $5k ?
When I heard Samsung I think about TV-sets or Smartphones, where Samsung is very good indeed !

Samsung started out as a sugar importer, then a grocer, in South Korea, so I'd not worry that they'll get the hang of things. If they can do life insurance, cars, and refrigerators (not to mention construct the three tallest buildings in the world), they can get the hang of cameras.

Samsung aren't an electronics manufacturer. They don't make appliances. They make those and every other bloody thing.

EVFs and AF systems are chicken soup for them.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 19, 2015 at 23:16 UTC
On Manfrotto launches Off Road camera gear article (55 comments in total)

Camera accessory makers are getting better and better at designing ergonomic hiking bags. Still, I wouldn't trust my back with one of these, no way.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 19, 2015 at 23:08 UTC as 20th comment
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sfpeter: I'm as attached to a mirror as I am to whether you turn the on switch left or right. Right now mirrorless cameras are for the most part like advanced bridge cameras that can change lenses. Give me a mirrorless that is full frame, has the picture quality, battery life, and performance of a DSLR ad I'd use it. It HAS to have an EVF, and really the only shooting advantage I've seen is the display shows more clearly what the end result image will look like. Otherwise I keep feeling like mirrorless is the tablets of the camera world, something manufacturers tell us we need but we're not too sure yet.

A better-said, pithier analysis of mirrorless cameras I have not seen.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 19, 2015 at 12:55 UTC
On Canon to move camera production back to Japan article (108 comments in total)
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Marty4650: This really isn't good news for Japan, because it just means they will gain a few jobs only as long as the Yen value is depressed. The instant the Yen gets stronger, then the jobs get shipped back to Cambodia, Thailand or anyplace else where labor is cheaper.

Most customers won't care one way or the other. The "Japan built is better" myth has long since faded away. Anything can be well built, or poorly built anywhere in the world today.

@eddaweaver: it wouldn't take much to fix the anti-Japanese fervour.

Follow the example set by the Germans: let your population, and the world, know the worst of what you've done. Take the worst input to heart. Put it in textbooks. Make sure your population are fed documentary, to public forum, TV, that explores foreign opinion on what you have done.

Japan still enshrines the deeds of class-a war criminals. They claim it a national right/rite. It incites anti-Japanese fervour by constantly demeaning China and Korea, by erasing history, by closing exhibitions that shed light on the truth.

If you make no effort to mend the past, you will never leave it behind, nor will you learn from it. Chinese antagonism is overwrought, but it is firmly, and truthfully placed. Quite literally, Japan has gotten away with murder, and will reap all the problems inherent in having done so.

There is no place for them to complain now.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 13, 2015 at 04:11 UTC
On Canon to move camera production back to Japan article (108 comments in total)
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MikeFairbanks: I support this move due to the fact that China still hangs its hat on the communist rack.

Yeah, yeah, I know. They are about as communist as Pee Wee Herman is a prize fighter. Nevertheless, I'd rather (if given the choice), purchase products from a democracy.

@jackalopemaui: human rights are defined so loosely in the world. If judging by norther European standards, Japan egregiously breaches human rights in all classes, in all work places. If judged by Canadian standards, Japan is behind, but only by a few decades.

If judged next to China, sure, it looks decent in a lot of areas. But for a super-rich and powerful country in 2015 which has had a 'democracy' since the end of WWII, it is woefully behind.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 13, 2015 at 03:21 UTC
On Canon to move camera production back to Japan article (108 comments in total)
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feilong: A big reason is the dropping value of the Yen. This will be good for the country and their companies. More jobs and higher quality manufacturing

I translate for a few made-in-Japan companies. Very few have not been hit very hard by the falling yen. No product can be 100% sourced in a single country. With the falling yen, sourcing parts that cannot be made in Japan is very difficult.

But higher quality manufacturing is a good question. Is Japan capable of high-quality? Yes, but the culture at large here demands cheapest possible and that impacts ALL standards.

MADE IN JAPAN is still pretty good, but will fall as Japanese become even more affluent and demand cheaper commodity products. I'll tell you this: a MADE IN JAPAN house is the worst investment you can have... but that's the only choice here. Cars and electronic products do fine, but general life things fall apart and are worth nothing at all after just a few years.

Educating the consumer mass is the most important thing in raising manufacturing standards.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 13, 2015 at 01:45 UTC
On Canon to move camera production back to Japan article (108 comments in total)
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Marty4650: This really isn't good news for Japan, because it just means they will gain a few jobs only as long as the Yen value is depressed. The instant the Yen gets stronger, then the jobs get shipped back to Cambodia, Thailand or anyplace else where labor is cheaper.

Most customers won't care one way or the other. The "Japan built is better" myth has long since faded away. Anything can be well built, or poorly built anywhere in the world today.

@Menneisyys: The X-T1 is a fine camera, but isn't made to top standards. The doors fling open of their own accord, bow out, the dials rattle on their posts. Japan-made only means more stringent control on plastic products.

But forty years ago, Japan-made wasn't a byline. It was a joke. Made in China will catch up sooner than you think, and even if Japan hasn't sold its soul by then, it will have a hard time competing.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 13, 2015 at 01:40 UTC
On Canon to move camera production back to Japan article (108 comments in total)
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MikeFairbanks: I support this move due to the fact that China still hangs its hat on the communist rack.

Yeah, yeah, I know. They are about as communist as Pee Wee Herman is a prize fighter. Nevertheless, I'd rather (if given the choice), purchase products from a democracy.

Japan may have elections, but it isn't a true democracy. Democracy is only possible today with the influx of foreign ideals. Japan is 99,5% Japanese, speaks one language, allows very few imports, exchanges practically nothing but food with the outside world.

It's a voting system whose two parties are basically carbon copies of each other, with one difference: more libertine and less libertine doctrine.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 13, 2015 at 01:37 UTC
On Fujifilm X100T real-world sample gallery posted article (85 comments in total)
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Boss of Sony: Yep, same old crappy sensor. That's why I got rid of my x100s. Will stick with Sony from now on. Retro looks are for superficial, materialistic consumers.

What other sort of _consumer_ is there?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 8, 2015 at 11:31 UTC
On Fujifilm announces XF 16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR lens article (295 comments in total)
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Mike FL: T1+ this Lens VS NX1:

For almost the same (street) price, you can get a Faster + OIS 16-50mm f/2.0-2.8 "S" Lens from Samsung, and plus a it is said to be better NX1 body which is WR as well.

@MikeFL: Samsung didn't grow up to 15% because they listened to customers. They started out importing sugar to Korea. Then they did groceries. They got government pardon to do whatever necessary to drag Korea out of a sticky economic mess. Same with the other Chaebols. Nothing at all to do with customers; rather with entitlements.

They don't make 15 or 25 percent of the GDP because people choose them. In South Korea, you have very little choice. If not Samsung, who do you turn to?

That said, they are a company that can't fail because their government won't allow them to. Whichever company makes a more reliable long-term mount is still up in the air.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2015 at 14:07 UTC
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ogl: 645z is 8500 USD.

@ogl: The body itself can't be used like a modular back can. It can't even be easily cleaned. It is a completely different system and not worthy of comparing because the two are incompatible.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2014 at 02:00 UTC
On Leica issues T (Typ 701) firmware update article (69 comments in total)
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RStyga: I hope that the next FW update will address the price issue too..

@RStyga: absolutely it does. Fujifilm started as a 'premium' manufacturer. Their mishandling of their prices eroded that image. Today they are considered a retro manufacturer with good glass. They in no way can command such prices. And if they did, they would have to manage their selling prices NOT to humiliate their own selling price.

As for a price diving by over 50% in a single year on a HIGH END product: that is unprecedented except from failed startups. The truth is that mirrorless cameras have very poor resale value vs. dSLRs. I'm sure Leica will feel the heat, too.

But Leica also care about their image and won't allow that to happen at the same rate of entropy.

EDIT: changed the wording of the first paragraph from 'they mismanaged', to 'their mishandling of their prices'

Direct link | Posted on Dec 19, 2014 at 03:47 UTC
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