Absolutic

Absolutic

Lives in United States Los Angeles, CA, United States
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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 | 2 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 (436 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 21st 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 (271 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 (271 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 (271 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 (271 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 (271 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 (271 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 49th comment | 7 replies
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2702 comments in total)

65 cross points from $6000 camera that fill the entire viewfinder (because of crop factor) so I can track at the corner of the screen, corner to corner? And that is done at 10 frames per second? And all that for $1799??? This basically lets most people experience the 1DX speed and accuracy at 1/4 of the price. Amazing deal by Canon. If I did not have a Fuji XT1 which tracks surprisingly good at 8fps (as long as you stay in the center portion of display where PDAF points are located) this would have been my companion camera to my present 6D. And don't tell me, just get 5DM3, I had 5DM3 for the longest time, and 10fps vs 6fps makes a big difference. Even 8fps makes a big difference over 6fps. Good job Canon.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 21:42 UTC as 419th comment | 1 reply
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Absolutic: just like with Sony E lenses, the same story repeats. They are releasing a large number of slow 18-1XX (now 28-XX or 24-XX) all in one lenses. No 85 even on the map. I guess the 90/2.8 that you won't get for almost a year is supposed to be your 85. Or use 85 A size lenses with LA-EA4 adapter. I am not even talking about 135FE. not even 85 on the map. Clearly Fuji has a much better lineup now and it is here now. Fuji also has 90/2 (135 equivalent) on the map. Sony is just repeating themselves with their lens history of E mount

actually I had both A7 and Fuji XT1 up til last week, and used both of them at the same time. Before that I owned Sony A7r and Fuji XE2. I used both side-by-side, and I shot both in various lighting environments, from day to night, from beach, to very low lit club, single and continuous AF. So I actually feel qualified to compare both because I specifically tested and shot both side-by-side. I am not a FB, and up to last week, I owned a Canon, a Fuji, a Sony, and a Panasonic. I am not attached to any one brand, because it is easy to sell/trade your equipment these days, just go to Fred Miranda for sale forum or many other forums. So please lets not assume that I am a FB of some brand. I am a fan of good equipment that can help me shoot what I like doing the most, my family and friends. And with that in mind, yes, I am comparing a APS-C and a Full Frame system. By the way I've been shooting full frame since 2008 (D700).

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 20:50 UTC

just like with Sony E lenses, the same story repeats. They are releasing a large number of slow 18-1XX (now 28-XX or 24-XX) all in one lenses. No 85 even on the map. I guess the 90/2.8 that you won't get for almost a year is supposed to be your 85. Or use 85 A size lenses with LA-EA4 adapter. I am not even talking about 135FE. not even 85 on the map. Clearly Fuji has a much better lineup now and it is here now. Fuji also has 90/2 (135 equivalent) on the map. Sony is just repeating themselves with their lens history of E mount

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 16:08 UTC as 23rd comment | 8 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1864 comments in total)

What is flash Xsync rate?

Is there a build in ND filter?

Thank u

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 13:55 UTC as 415th comment | 1 reply
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (1422 comments in total)
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JackM: I wonder if this will force 5D3 prices down. Besides people with a lot of Canon lenses (like me), only a fool would buy a 5D3 now.

Sandy B, I traded my 5DM3 and I got 6D and Sony A7. A7 had 1/8000. I then sold A7. Long story short I have 6D and Fuji XT1. Fuji just announced 1/32000 shutter speed (electronic, but I don't care, even better because it is silent) via firmware for Fuji XT1. My Fuji XT1 at 8fps tracks very good (even my child that never stops, and even when he is running toward me) shot after shot, as long as the subject is in the center portion of the sensor (where the phase detection points are). I am keeping 6D (for now) only because of Canon flash system and my 85L II, for portrait use. I knew I was downgrading from 5DM3 to 6D when I was doing it.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 13, 2014 at 00:31 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (1422 comments in total)
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JackM: I wonder if this will force 5D3 prices down. Besides people with a lot of Canon lenses (like me), only a fool would buy a 5D3 now.

Ross Murphy, they are doing it to differentiate between that and D810 (1/8000), no other reason, there is not a technical reason that they can explain it away. In fact, I'd like someone to ask Nikon Rep at Photokina why 1/4000 and see them weasel their way out in an excuse

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 19:00 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (1422 comments in total)
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Frank C.: 1/500s x-sync to
1/250s x-sync to
1/200s x-sync

just cancel the feature altogether already

LOL
Canon 6D has 1/160 x-sync. There is still room to go down. Panasonic GM1 has 1/50 x-sync.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 18:56 UTC
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