Absolutic

Absolutic

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On Fujifilm X-T10 First Impressions Review preview (359 comments in total)
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Cheezr: Barney, since I see you used the 16-55F2.8, how did that lens feel on the camera? does it hang over the bottom? E.g., on my e-m10 a few of the bigger lenses hang over the bottom edge of the camera.

Neither Canon in its 24-70LII nor Nikon in its 24-70 decided to include IS in their lenses. The fact that Canon's 24-70 was not long updated to version 2 in its flagman standard zoom lens, when the weight and size is not an issue to begin with (these lenses are heavy, what's another 100 grams to a kilo?) tells me that it has to do with getting absolutely best picture quality in this sort of a lens.

Of course Fuji could have gone Sony A7II way and include IBIS in its bodies, thus making all of their lenses benefit of stablization. Why not do that?

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2015 at 21:03 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T10 First Impressions Review preview (359 comments in total)
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Streetutopia: I was waiting for this announcement thinking that it would lead to an X-e2 price reduction (I have the X-e1). I like this camera so much I am going to get it instead of the X-E2. Lots of gripping in this board about this camera (par for the course) but I like the design of the camera and all of its features. Fuji has made a name for itself by using retro designs. I think this too is a retro design. Reminds me of my old Yashica (60's).

I did like my XE2 (my current fuji camera is XT1) but I was a little worried couple of times a little moisture was involved with XE2: one time a little splash from the ocean when I was shooting on the beach, the camera turned itself off and only woke up much later, I actually thought it was gone. Need some weather resistance in my book.

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2015 at 20:55 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T10 First Impressions Review preview (359 comments in total)
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retro76: Honestly right now the Olympus EM10 is the camera to beat, especially @ $499. I purchased a Fuji XM1 before sending it back for the Oympus. I know it's subjective, but I really don't get the appeal of Fuji, it's a camera that reviewers seem to put on a pedestal, yet IMHO it's a camera that falls short in just about every category especially so compared to other brands I have used. Maybe I missed something in my short time using the camera, but it's a system that didn't impress me in the slightest, in fact it's the most clever marketing I have ever seen for a brand.

I like Olympus and Panasonic lenses. I don't like the fact that I could never go above ISO800 on my Olympus EM5 and EM1 because the noise was just too much for my eyes..... That was my main problem with m43. Even at ISO200 some things like sky often would show noise on my Olys..... APS-C results are much cleaner overall.

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2015 at 20:53 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T10 First Impressions Review preview (359 comments in total)
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FantasticMrFox: "Before the firmware update for the X-T1, it could focus down to 2.5EV. After the update, it can focus all the way down to 0.5EV."

Am I being confused here, is this a mistake by DPR or does the X-T1 really just focus down to 0.5EV? Considering that the Pentax K3 focuses down to -3EV and the Panasonic GX7 even goes down to -4EV, that's just laughable.

it is a guess, because Fuji, unlike Sony or Panasonic does not publish what their EV sensibility in low light is. Sony would telll you they go down to EV-4 in A7s or Panasonic GX7 will also say the y go to EV-4. Sony A7II goes to EV-1. But Fuji does not publish these figures. Fuji's previewer Rico Pfirstinger in his comment to my post said that he believes it is around EV-2 for XT1 Contrast AF, but it is what he believes, I don't think there are published figures. And these things are relative too, for example I own Nikon D750 which is rated EV-3 and I used to own Canon 5DM3 which is rated to EV-2 yet, in very very low ligth, Canon 5DM3 autofocuses even better than D750 (dpreview review of D750 seems to find the same thing here)....

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2015 at 20:29 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T10 First Impressions Review preview (359 comments in total)

Guys at dpreview I think you are mistaken re: AF EV sensibility on the new Firmware of XT1 (and XT10 I take it) and that was something that Fuji's previewer Rico Pfirstinger pointed to me. EV setting of 2.5EV going down to 0.5EV that figure applies to PDAF only, meaning previously, PDAF points worked down to EV2.5 then it would turn off and Contrast AF would take over. It is PDAF setting that based on new firmware, will now work down to 0.5EV, then turn off. Rico believes that Contrast AF EV rating of Fuji XT1 is somewhere around EV-2. Of course unlike Sony and Panasonic, Fuji never published 'how low can Fuji XT1 go in terms of EV sensitivity

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2015 at 07:45 UTC as 66th comment | 1 reply

85 1.8 is something I've been asking Sony for a while. 85 1.8 Zeiss with 9 apertures and OIS would be a sweet addition to my Sony A7r. And the price of $1199 is cheaper than any Zeiss 85 AF lens on the market (85 1.4 for A mount, or 85 Zeiss for Canon.Nikon).

25/2 is a skip for me. I have the new Sony 28/2 which is a phenomenal lens and is only $449 new, and is smaller than that Zeiss. 25 vs 28 is not critical for me, although it may be for some of you.

I don't like the "Touit-like" finish and design of the new lenses, much rather prefer a straightfoward design of 55FE, or the zooms, but I think this will be a phenomenal lens, and could be the best 85mm autofocus lens ever (just like DXO called 55FE the best AF 50mm lens ever).

Can't wait to up this guy on my A7r!!!!!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 22, 2015 at 21:39 UTC as 41st comment
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Sangster: Canon L 24 mm f/1.4 II $1550
Nikon 24 mm f/1.4 ED $1930
Zeiss Batis 25 mm f/2 $1300

Canon L 85 mm f/1.2 $2000
Nikon 85 mm f/1.8G $500
Zeiss Batis 85 mm f/1.8 $1200

Very interesting pricing strategy.

Yet only Zeiss Batis has OIS. No other Full Frame 85mm lens with AF has OIS. Zeiss is the first.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 22, 2015 at 21:34 UTC
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Absolutic: I am perfectly happy with my Oly 45 1.8 which is a phenomenally sharp lens....but if I had to choose now which one to get, 0.31sm MFD of Panasonic wins. I don't care about Panasonic Image Stabilization since I am shooting an OMD. But MFD is nice. That probably translates in 1:3 Macro itself

i hope so too

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2015 at 22:46 UTC

I am perfectly happy with my Oly 45 1.8 which is a phenomenally sharp lens....but if I had to choose now which one to get, 0.31sm MFD of Panasonic wins. I don't care about Panasonic Image Stabilization since I am shooting an OMD. But MFD is nice. That probably translates in 1:3 Macro itself

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 02:01 UTC as 5th comment | 3 replies
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ogl: 42.5/1.7 = 85/3.4 for 35 mm system.....It's slow lens.

I agree with above poster. ok everyone knows it by now. What is your point, OP? You want 42.5 0.95 with AF that is sharp wide open? It will weigh a ton. Just buy Sony A7 instead. Oh wait, Sony FE does not have a native 85 that can be used without adapter.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 01:59 UTC
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ttran88: I never bought the A7 series for its size and weight, I bought it for its sensor, ability to use MF lenses and most importantly it's EVF and the benefits that comes with it. Size and weight are the added bonuses but seems to be the rave from Canon and Nikon shooters. I first started from a 5N so if I wanted small I would have stayed.

You did not but many people did for its size purely. Dslrs are fine machines that have excellent af and great lens selection. Most people went mirrorless for its size. I like my a7r a lot but out of the new lenses the only one appealing to me is 28/2.0 because it is compact. As for 90/2.8 ..... My a mount Zeiss 85 1.4 plus la-ea4 adapter look smaller

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2015 at 13:22 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 Review preview (446 comments in total)

Where is Sony A77 Mark II review guys? How many years will it take you?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2015 at 17:37 UTC as 24th comment | 1 reply
On Real-world samples: Sony Alpha 7 II in Kauai article (227 comments in total)
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David V: Honestly, these were disappointing samples, IMO. I think Sony is making the most impressive bodies out there, but their lenses do little to exploit that goodness.

I have been itching to pull the trigger on an A7II to add a FF mirrorless camera to my lineup but I think I will stick with just my Fuji X-System cameras/lenses for now.

I am interested to see what Sony does to follow up to the RX1R, which is a fantastic camera.

Here is coming from someone who owned both every a7 model and all the Fuji models through xt1 with most lenses.

1) Fuji 56 1.2 is not better than Zeiss 55/1.8. Quite to contrary, and Zeiss 55 1.8 is the sharpest af 50 mln lens that Dxo has ever tested. In fact it is sharper than Zeiss otus at some apertures - there is a review and comparison tool on this site that u can purview. Have u ever shot with a7 class camera? I have and I have taken both my Fuji and Sony onnl vacations and tested them side by side in every possible condition from beach to dark night club. Zeiss has amazing sharpness contrast and rendering wide open. Fuji has some magic lenses but 56/1.2 is not one of them. 35/1.4 on the other hand is.

2) dpreview for some reason shoot most of their gallery in JPEGs. When they shoot in raw they clearly indicate it. Why I have no idea they probably think that most people shoot JPEGs. Now when it comes to Fuji, fuji is a king of JPEGs and i ended up shooting it in straight JPEG most of the time. Sony on the other hand has the worst JPEG engine in industry and everyone knows it so nobody in their right mind shoots Sony in JPEGs. This gallery perhaps shows why. They are trying to show people how out of the camera JPEGs without post processing would look like.

3) for multiple reasons including better af and hss I ended up selling all my Fuji gear and keeping Sony. But Fuji is great too, I wish I could keep both!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 19, 2015 at 12:45 UTC
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Rooru S: Even if I love E-mount cameras...All I got to say about these new lenses (Except the 28 and the Macro is...) WTH with these HUGE LENSES.

Hope no.1: The macro doesn't extend while focusing and the lens has mechanical coupling instead of focus by wire just like the 28-105 F4 G OSS.

Hope no.2: The 28mm f/2 is the best bang for the buck and also has mechanical coupling. I would buy the lens and the converters inmediately to replace the SEL16F28 + VCLECU1 and VCLECF1.

Hope no.3: They quit making huge lenses with large aperture and focus on a best balance in size after these lenses. It wasn't necessary to make a 35mm f1.4, just a f2 like the one found on the RX1 series would be fine.

Meanwhile in A-mount, Sony should bring a 1DX/D4S competitor and D810 competitor. The a7R isn't good enough and I'm quite sure a a99 succesor should try to compete against it while bringing another model to compete against the D750 and leave the a7Mk.II against the D610.

Agree. I was at CES and I saw the mockups and 35 1.4 looks humongous. In fact I am not sure it is smaller than sigma 35 1.4 plus adapter. So far my conclusion is that there is zero advantage in size between fe lenses and comparable lenses for Canikon Dslr zero. Every lens so far has been at least as large if not larger than comparable Dslr lens. I own Sony a7mark2 and a6000. The only lens that I would be interested there is 28/f2. It does look compact and useful. However as to 28/2 it should be noted that it is neither a Zeiss lens not a Sony G lens so I don't assume from getgo that it will be optically excellent and would not need to be stopped down for sharpness etc. I want that lens to be sharp wide open and then I'll get it

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2015 at 15:45 UTC
On Ten things you need to know about the Sony Alpha 7 II article (278 comments in total)
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Absolutic: Well you guys seems to have a preproduction unit. Is AF better with 55FE? What's your first impressions about AF, Dpreview? I am mostly interested in whether single AF acquisition is better. Also low light use, it went from EV 0 on A7 to EV (-1) on A7 II, is it slightly better in low light?? Also, Is shutter sound same as on A7 or quieter?

I am actually very successful with tracking my child with Canon 5D Mark 3 and Fuji XT1. I was not as successful with A7 and with A7r it was pretty much never success

Direct link | Posted on Nov 30, 2014 at 03:31 UTC
On Ten things you need to know about the Sony Alpha 7 II article (278 comments in total)
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Absolutic: Well you guys seems to have a preproduction unit. Is AF better with 55FE? What's your first impressions about AF, Dpreview? I am mostly interested in whether single AF acquisition is better. Also low light use, it went from EV 0 on A7 to EV (-1) on A7 II, is it slightly better in low light?? Also, Is shutter sound same as on A7 or quieter?

Not me I don't care about reflections. I do care about fast single af because I have an always running toddler who can't sit still. He is challenge even for most dslrs:)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 28, 2014 at 16:00 UTC
On Ten things you need to know about the Sony Alpha 7 II article (278 comments in total)
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vscd: With a 50mm f1.8 there is no size or weight-advantage left (f.e. against a Canon 6D):

http://camerasize.com/compact/#380.306,579.87,gd,t

That's correct op there is no weight advantage. . The only advantage is in 1) picture quality, 2) silent autofocusing, 3) 1/250 vs 1/160 flash Xsync, 4) in body is with that and any other lens, 5)ability to focus with legacy lenses without having to change focusing screen, 6) DR, 7) 1/8000 vs 1/4000 shutterbspeed limit. Buy yes the weight is the same

Direct link | Posted on Nov 28, 2014 at 15:53 UTC
On Ten things you need to know about the Sony Alpha 7 II article (278 comments in total)
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Absolutic: Well you guys seems to have a preproduction unit. Is AF better with 55FE? What's your first impressions about AF, Dpreview? I am mostly interested in whether single AF acquisition is better. Also low light use, it went from EV 0 on A7 to EV (-1) on A7 II, is it slightly better in low light?? Also, Is shutter sound same as on A7 or quieter?

Barnaby you rule! I preordered mine already but would like to at least know your preliminary assessment, nothing scientific

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2014 at 19:34 UTC
On Ten things you need to know about the Sony Alpha 7 II article (278 comments in total)
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Cheng Bao: What? dpr already got one on hands?

could you at least test the shutter sound?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2014 at 04:52 UTC
On Ten things you need to know about the Sony Alpha 7 II article (278 comments in total)

Well you guys seems to have a preproduction unit. Is AF better with 55FE? What's your first impressions about AF, Dpreview? I am mostly interested in whether single AF acquisition is better. Also low light use, it went from EV 0 on A7 to EV (-1) on A7 II, is it slightly better in low light?? Also, Is shutter sound same as on A7 or quieter?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2014 at 04:52 UTC as 51st comment | 7 replies
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