Photomonkey

Photomonkey

Lives in United States CA, United States
Works as a Photographer
Joined on Oct 28, 2002

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ulfie: 71 mm (2.8″) long make it a bit long for steady, low-light, hand-held shooting considering these two full-frame Sonys have no IBIS unless you're willing to pump up the ISO. The price for a "normal" lens is, IMHO, ridiculous.

Price too high? So everybody clamors for razor sharp optics but seem to think they should be priced like kit lenses? Maybe you need a cheaper hobby or softer lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 1, 2014 at 05:58 UTC
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Emacs23: More careful observation of results should dump down initial enthusiasm. In fact this lens is only great on FF. It is quite mediocre on APS-C and there's something in optical design or coatings which spoils color reproduction with filters (at least UV).

How do you come to the conclusion that it is only so-so for APS-C? The center is the sweet spot of highest performance and is what is used by the smaller sensor.
The resolving power of the lens is measured to be extremely high in absolute terms..

In addition, DPR and DxO say the is one of the sharpest lenses they have ever tested so how does that make it mediocre?

Color reproduction? Lets see some facts that go beyond the typical color signatures of different lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 1, 2014 at 05:55 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1657 comments in total)
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munro harrap: More programmed obsolescence. That big screen-do Fuji supply a weatherproof jacket that is non-scratch??
Why doesn't the screen turn in towards the body for protection when not in use?
The focus point selection on a Nikon 7100 only works when using MANUAL focus, like the D800, so this Fuji is no different .

I shall wait until it is full-frame with the same pixel density in the same-sized body with a screen that wont get wrecked (how about a screen cover, Fuji?).

All these cameras lack screen protection so obviously there is a programmed obsolescence cabal at work here, broken only by Sony's full-frame, slow as ditchwater also unprotected model.

Reviewers need to use stuff , not just repeat the company handouts, please. In practice these things are pigs to use.An R1 is superior except for noise
and RAW speed- it has an inbuilt 24-120mm lens as good as the fujis', and you can turn off the screen which is protectable. And it is silent plus 0.007sec lag prefocussed.

I'm guessing you own an Alpa?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 30, 2014 at 01:30 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1657 comments in total)
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BigBearSteve60: The specs say that its lens-mount is "Fujifilm-X"; so that means it's not built on a NIKON chassis?

@Yabbokie,
Fuji have always had better glass than Nikon. They just have never had as large a system.
Fuji used Nikon bodies because it was an inexpensive way to get into the DSLR game when the costs and risk was very high.
Nikon cut them off and Fuji bided their time until they could see the how the landscape was sorting itself out.

Seems like they are in tune with what people want.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 30, 2014 at 01:28 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1657 comments in total)
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kadardr: From a manufacturing point of view a mirrorless camera must be cheaper to produce than a DSLR (fewer parts, lesser complexity). From a cost perspective a mirrorless camera should be sold cheaper than a DSLR. Mirrorless producers should also invest into concept and product PR, what they do at full extent and it shows in the prices.
For their asking price Fujifilm gotta give supreme quality and sublime product support for life, and they really try their best (with moderate success so far).
What I am emphasizing here is that please wait until prices get reasonable, because the reserve in launch prices must be high.

No matter what price is put on a camera there is some self-anointed marketing/engineering/economic genius that says the price is too high.
First, how are you so sure what their cost structure is? What do you know about the sales volume? What is your authority to dictate their profit level? Also, what stops them from asking any price they want?

If they sell all they can at that price then they will make more delightful cameras for us. If they don't, maybe they will start selling sewing machines or something.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 30, 2014 at 01:16 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1657 comments in total)
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JaimeA: Consider this: David (nuts about photography) and I had a talk last night. The inconspicuous Fuji X-M1 sells today for $700 (with the good kit 16-50 lens $800). (I am very happy with this camera.) The new X-T1 costs $1,300 (with the top-rated 18-55 lens $1,700); almost double the price. The sensor size, MP count and engine are the same in both and will produce the same results at any given time. Essentially, it is the same camera with new clothes. Of course there are some hyped improvements here and there, but do you really need them? Will they noticeably improve your shooting? He’s got a point there.

Reducing the virtues of one product versus another to a couple of simple metrics completely misses the point. As 57even points out there are a huge range of attributes of a product that makes one more appealing than another. The controls, feel and EVF of the XT-1 are what many have been clamoring for.

If you came to photography after the ascendance of viewfinder-free digital photography it most likely will not interest you but those who long for a control system that was an update of classic controls then this will likely be very interesting.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 30, 2014 at 00:06 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1657 comments in total)
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Waldman Jordaan: Very nice indeed. Not for me though - I refuse to purchase a camera without it having a built-in flash.

Also Fuji - when will we see 4:3 aspect ratio in the X-series ILC cameras? Surely it is only a firmware update away? A large percentage of people need 4:3 aspect, so why not?

Crop tool is useful to get 4:3. You still end up with more file than m43.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2014 at 21:54 UTC
On Fujifilm teases upcoming SLR-style X system camera news story (921 comments in total)
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ZoranHR: I think design should represent time in wich product is created instead to imitate past.
Imagine arhitecture that still creates renaissance style churches.

I have and shoot with Fujifilm x1oo and Ricoh GR. Ricoh is just much easier to operate. Anytime.
Regardless Fuji's "practical" appeal of controls I m convinced in practice that past should stay in past. Usage of past designs now is a bit silly unleast to say and I dont agree with some of you who say this design is more handy.

Form follows function. The controls actually ARE usefully placed and thought out. Change just so we can surf Byzantine menu formats is not progress.
As for architecture you are clearly not paying attention to the modernist re-hashes popping up all over the place.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2014 at 17:44 UTC
On Fujifilm launches updated grips for X-E and X-Pro cameras news story (118 comments in total)

Fuji demonstrates again its commitment to continual improvement of existing models. For me this practice is one of the best "features" that Fuji has to offer the photographer.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2014 at 04:12 UTC as 25th comment | 1 reply
On Fujifilm launches updated grips for X-E and X-Pro cameras news story (118 comments in total)
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Kirppu: Hey camera manufacturers one tip to prevent these after sell ripoffs. But the grip there in the first place. A camera should have a grip they are not smartphones.

Its an option. Some of us don't want grips.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2014 at 04:10 UTC
On Canon updates firmware for EOS-1D X news story (72 comments in total)
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clicstudio: ... And another year went by and DPR still hasn't bother to review the 2 flagship Canon and Nikon cameras...

B&H reviews can be helpful except that so many are written by people clearly too inexperienced to know how to evaluate the kit they have. Breathless exclamations of joy written ten minutes after the opening of the box does not constitute a valid review.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 11, 2014 at 19:49 UTC
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Peter Gregg: What a difference a day makes. The new images are representative of what I expect - and was hoping for - from this lens. It is pro level and the results certainly look like it. It seems on par in quality with the 85L II by eyeballing these images. Having both lenses in hand would confirm it, or show the deficiencies. The advantage of the 4/3 system is equal light as full frame with a little deeper range in depth of field. For most folks this is an advantage making full frame a disadvantage because of the razor thin depth of field. For most purposes this is a big plus, except for those that are looking for an ultra thin range in their DOF envelope.

"This M43 vs FF arguments don't mean anything. I want to see Portraits at low light, all taken at F1.2. Otherwise there is absolutely no point for this lens."

Believe it or not we bought lenses in the 70's that were this fast and low light was where we used them but generally not for portraits. Indoor sports were how we used these lenses and we WANTED more DOF.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2014 at 04:05 UTC
On CES 2014: Sigma Stand Report news story (40 comments in total)

It would be nice to see a lens manufacturer get away from petal shaped hoods on its prime lenses and provide a design that optimizes shading.
The petal design is helpful for zooms but is a style affectation on primes.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2014 at 15:20 UTC as 9th comment | 2 replies
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Boerseuntjie: JK Imaging is just a shady Chinese copycat company with a shiny Kodak name.
http://www.photocounter.com.au/2013/kodak-camera-licence-to-unknown-start-up/

This is what happens when a historic brand falls upon hard times. Best to avert ones eyes to avoid mutual shame.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2014 at 15:17 UTC
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peevee1: People deciding US prices for Panasonic lenses are simply incompetent. 45/2.8 macro for $900, 12-35/2.8 for $1,300, 35-100/2.8 for $1,500, now this one for $1,600? They are simply counting up, expecting higher profits with higher prices, like there is no competition out there?
Somebody, please teach them about price-demand curves.

Actually they do know their demand curve it's just that you don't like being not in lured in their demographic.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2014 at 21:42 UTC
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ThePhilips: > Samyang T-S 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC

As far as I have understood, m43 users already given up on getting a WA TS lens... And Sony system has just got one.

24mm on APS-C is not too useful for most architectural photography and arguably even less useful on m43

Direct link | Posted on Dec 17, 2013 at 18:57 UTC
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Jogger: Its a bit weird to call this a "general-purpose zoom" esp. for FF users. I use my FF for specific tasks and use appropriate lenses for each task. Using a general purpose lens means you get less than optimal results and performance for whatever you are shooting.

For "general purpose" photography i just use my RX100/10 combo.

So carrying two cameras is more convenient than one?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2013 at 21:49 UTC
On Fujifilm XF 23mm F1.4 R real-world samples gallery news story (125 comments in total)
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stupidisanart: Anyone else have an issue with fuji with reliability?

I found their compacts to be very reliable and provided great images to boot. The real problem was finding dealers.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 11, 2013 at 03:55 UTC
On DPReview Gear of the Year Part 3: Olympus OM-D E-M1 article (396 comments in total)
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Richt2000: Surely the A7R is the remaining (and real) gear of the year.... ?

I have FF cameras. They ain't all that...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 30, 2013 at 01:09 UTC
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Picturenaut: We still have 3 vintage Nikon FM-2's in service, and one was used recently at -40 °C in Siberia, because it doesn't fail in frost... The more I think about this Df thing the less I like it. It is simply fake , like a pseudo cuckoo clock with an electronic clockwork. Hipsters, of course, will love it like wearing fake glasses. I mean, this Df thing has AF! And there's no film winder. So you never experience the way of shooting you had with such a full mechanical SLR. I don't think that the old days of film shooting were better, no, but a digital camera should be made looking into the future, not the past.

Plus, I don't think that Nikon today is able to meet the quality of the old FM series anymore. Our D300 died before reaching 90.000 shutter actuations (repair would be too expensive), and it falls literally into pieces after only 4-5 yrs use in rough environment. Our oldest FM-2 is more than 20 yrs old and still perfect.

I think we have to realize that to sustain sales volumes needed in today's electronics, they have to be cheaply made and stylish. While I think Nikon Canon et al. still aim for the highest quality, there are real compromises in lifespan with an all electronic platform.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 28, 2013 at 15:46 UTC
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