Absolutic

Absolutic

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On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (1418 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 (1418 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
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (1418 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.

People that like to shoot (quality) video,
People that like to shoot wide open and enjoy 1/8000 shutter speed
People that like AF-on button in the back
People that like to use CF cards
People that like Canon colors

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 17:47 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (1418 comments in total)
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craigjohn: I can't believe that the flash sync speed of this Camera is only 1/200 as that is not progress. My9 year old D 70 had a flash sync speed of 1/500 and the D 7100 I now use has a 1/250 x sync speed.

Viking79 I disagree.. Even D7000 had 1/250 but it had 1/320 in FP mode with build in flash. Why is this important? Sometimes you dont want to carry a dedicated flash with you, but you are going to the beach with your family, and you want to use a build in flash to just fill in flash on these sunny days. 1/500 of great D70-D40 cameras were great for that. 1/320 of D7000-D700-D800 makes it somewhat ok. But 1/200, forget about using any wide apartures.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 17:38 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (1418 comments in total)
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raztec: What's up Nikon?
You got two sure feet, but you walk like a cripple.
Why do you cripple this camera with slow flash sync speed, no AF-ON, and only 1/4000 shutter?
Always close, but no cigar. (well, except for the D300s 'cause even the venerable D700 fell prey to your crippling department with its 95% viewfinder).

With crippling Xsync speed to 1/200 (c'mon Nikon even D7000 had 1/250-1/320FP) and SS to 1/4000, Nikon is just very careful. They don't want to repeat a mistake when they released an amazing D700, one of my favorite cameras, that did everything D3 could do, for half the price. People stopped buying D3. So Nikon wants to make sure you don't stop buying D4/D800 so they intentionally crippled D750. Canon has been doing it for years. 6D is one example

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 17:34 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (1418 comments in total)
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mgatov: I don't understand all this negativity towards the D750. It looks like a wonderful mid-range FF camera. It is an evolutionary product. Kudos to Nikon!

evolution of D600? Def it is a step down from D700

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 17:32 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (1418 comments in total)

dpreview, 1/200 Xsync rate and 1/4000 SS. These two + the scene mode. Nuff said.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 04:58 UTC as 379th comment
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (1418 comments in total)
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marc petzold: The D750 is the official D700 Successor (same AF System, 51 Poiints) and is what the D600/610 should have been from the very beginning...i'd guess Nikon would drop the D610 soon. But..compared to the old D700 Viewfinder, the D750 OVF looks more amateur for me...from the Eyecup.

no professional/semi-pro camera would have 1/4000 shutter speed. WTF Nikon? D7000 had 1/8000! Why screw with people like that? D300 and D700 had 1/8000. Also whats up with 1/200 Xsync? Again D300/D7000/D700 all had 1/250 and 1/320 in FP mode. So 1/200 Xsync and 1/4000 to me are signs that this has more in common with D600 than D800.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 04:56 UTC
On Fujifilm announces weather-resistant XF 50-140mm F2.8 article (223 comments in total)
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Marty4650: Forget about "dueling formats" for a moment... this looks like a great lens for Fuji X users who need a high quality telephoto zoom lens.

This solves a problem for them, and does it much more economically then selling all their gear and buying a FF DSLR plus brand new lenses. The decision to buy a MILC camera was already made, for lots of other reasons the buyer had.

When people select a system, they already know the pros and cons of each one. Especially when they are spending several thousand dollars. The option to "switch to something else" is a joke, because it assumes the buyer didn't consider it before they committed to Fuji X.

I've owned Sony 35/2.8 and 55/1.8. In fact I recently went on vacation where I shot Sony A7 and Fuji XT1 side-by-side every day. And in February, I went on vacation with Sony A7r and Fuji XE2 and shot them side-by-side. So unlike many people that own just one of these cameras, I actually shot them with best lenses side-by-side at various lighting levels: beach, ocean, low light club, very low light, etc. 55FE is a very fine lens, especially on A7r. The problem is it is focusing very slow. One of my main frustration with A7r is that I have a very fast running 2 year old son. And A7r is incapable of autofocus fast enough to take a picture of him, even outside, because he won't stand still. I tried and I tried and I tried. On the other hand, with my Fuji XT1/56 1.2 I can track my son running TO ME at 8fps and get shot after shot after shot in focus. It is amazing.
http://brodsky.smugmug.com/Family/Seanbrodsky/Sean-2014/Sept-Dec-2014-1/i-m3jHSwB/0/X3/DSCF1098-X3.jpg

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 04:43 UTC
On Fujifilm announces weather-resistant XF 50-140mm F2.8 article (223 comments in total)
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Marty4650: Forget about "dueling formats" for a moment... this looks like a great lens for Fuji X users who need a high quality telephoto zoom lens.

This solves a problem for them, and does it much more economically then selling all their gear and buying a FF DSLR plus brand new lenses. The decision to buy a MILC camera was already made, for lots of other reasons the buyer had.

When people select a system, they already know the pros and cons of each one. Especially when they are spending several thousand dollars. The option to "switch to something else" is a joke, because it assumes the buyer didn't consider it before they committed to Fuji X.

to me 70-200FE was a fail. too large, larger than Canon's 70-200L F4 IS. And Canon 70-200 is sharp at 200mm. Sony's 70-200FE according to all the reviews need to be stopped a little at 200mm for ultimate sharpness. After I was spoiled with Canon 70-200L 2.8 IS II, which is sharp at 2.8 at every focal length, the Sonys 70-200FE is quite disappointing. Instead, I paid $70 for Minolta 70-210/F4 and used it on LA-EA4. I posted a photo I took with that setup in Sony A7 group in facebook and received a lot of praise. BTW Minolta 70-210/4 is half the weight of 70-200FE.

Now we have not seen official review of Fuji 50-140/2.8 other than from FujiGuys Billy who says it is amazingly sharp at tele end at 2.8 and claims this will be called a classic lens. Of course he is Fuji rep, so not necessarily believe everything he says, but based on Fuji's record, I will venture to say that Fuji 50-140 will be SUPERIOR to Sony 70-200FE at every focal length.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 04:41 UTC
On Fujifilm announces weather-resistant XF 50-140mm F2.8 article (223 comments in total)
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Marty4650: Forget about "dueling formats" for a moment... this looks like a great lens for Fuji X users who need a high quality telephoto zoom lens.

This solves a problem for them, and does it much more economically then selling all their gear and buying a FF DSLR plus brand new lenses. The decision to buy a MILC camera was already made, for lots of other reasons the buyer had.

When people select a system, they already know the pros and cons of each one. Especially when they are spending several thousand dollars. The option to "switch to something else" is a joke, because it assumes the buyer didn't consider it before they committed to Fuji X.

I just sold my Sony A7 (mailed it to the new happy buyer) and kept Fuji XT1 and Canon 6D. The lack of compact lenses for FE mount meant I picked Fuji over Sony at this time. With Fuji, I got 12mm/2.8, 35/1.4, 56/1.2, 18-55 and 18-135 (for vacations). 90/2 will complete it for me on a Fuji mount.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 11, 2014 at 22:35 UTC
On Fujifilm announces weather-resistant XF 50-140mm F2.8 article (223 comments in total)
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Marty4650: Forget about "dueling formats" for a moment... this looks like a great lens for Fuji X users who need a high quality telephoto zoom lens.

This solves a problem for them, and does it much more economically then selling all their gear and buying a FF DSLR plus brand new lenses. The decision to buy a MILC camera was already made, for lots of other reasons the buyer had.

When people select a system, they already know the pros and cons of each one. Especially when they are spending several thousand dollars. The option to "switch to something else" is a joke, because it assumes the buyer didn't consider it before they committed to Fuji X.

I own A7 (previously A7r), Canon full frame, and Fuji XT1. I also agree that while 85L is a great lens, the 1.2 is not everything. There are special lenses that produce absolutely magical results and they are not 1.2 full frame. I know a guy who makes beautiful portraits on his APSC Sony A77 and Minolta 85/1.4G lens. Here is one example. http://club.foto.ru/gallery/images/photo/2014/08/04/2309983.jpg

And that is what, only F2.2 in full frame equivalent?

And what about Leica 80/1.4R? absolutely magical rendering and bokeh http://album.foto.ru/photos/or/141525/3582274.jpg

And speaking about crop, here is a pic I took with Fuji XE1 and Nikon 85 1.4D lens. This is also, what, about F2.2 in equivalent? Is this not enough separation for you? http://brodsky.smugmug.com/Portraits/Portraits-1/Portraits-at-Huntingtons-Nov-2/i-rd6GNJH/0/X3/DSCF9023-X3.jpg

So the Low F number and the Full Frame is not everything. How the lens renders is the key.

David

Direct link | Posted on Sep 11, 2014 at 03:33 UTC
On Fujifilm offers silver X-T1 and firmware update article (137 comments in total)
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Andy Wilson: Am I correct in presuming that the electronic shutter will make no difference to the maximum flash-synch speed?

For X100 it is not a big deal anyway because you can have flash xsync at 1/2000 due to leaf shutter. plus you have build-in ND filter from the first X100 through the models. And the lens is F2, not F/1.2-1.4 where it matters. I was just at vacation, and I did not want to bother with ND filters all the time, but I can't tell you how many times I was frustrated with my 56/1.2 because I had to stop it at F/3.5+ due to 1/4000 limit. For me that 1/32000 is extremely important feature on my XT1.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 16:15 UTC
On Fujifilm offers silver X-T1 and firmware update article (137 comments in total)
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MisterJohnnyT: The news release on the Fuji website: http://www.fujifilmusa.com/press/news/display_news?newsID=880649

...makes no mention of the increased shutter speed being a part of the Firmware update! Looks like the camera I bought ONE MONTH ago is already obsolete! Thanks Fuji !!!

Also, according to that release, the electronic shutter on the Silver edition is only compatible with 3 specific prime lenses.

Fuji guys Billy in video released today says at 1 minute mark ' Dont worry electronic shutter is coming to your existing XT1." Do you trust Billy?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 16:11 UTC
On Fujifilm announces weather-resistant XF 50-140mm F2.8 article (223 comments in total)
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Just another Canon shooter: Fuji (76-213/4.2 eq): 995g
Canon 70-200/4 IS: 760g
Nikon 70-200/4 VR: 860g
Sony 70-200/4 OS: 840g

watching the Fujiguys video on 50-140, it appears for the first time, Fuji also includes a total of 3(!) motors to have the fastest and silent autofocusing. The motors are placed at 120 degrees to each other. If my memory serves me right, previously, Fuji's fastest AF lenses had a maximum of 2 motors (18-55). Perhaps including the 3 motors made the lens slightly heavier. They also include a different material for the mount for sturdiness. Now I don't know how many motors Canon USM uses, but nothing autofocuses faster than Canon USM lenses, in my opinion. How good is Fuji's new AF system with 3 motors is remains to be seen

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 16:09 UTC
On Fujifilm offers silver X-T1 and firmware update article (137 comments in total)
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Absolutic: Fujirumors site confirms that existing users of black XT1 will also get 1/32000 and electronic shutter via firmware. Can you guys at dpreview confirm it through FUJI? It is not clear from the release. It is very important, as it is one area where I constantly run into issues with fast Fuji lenses and 1/4000 shutter speed on my XT1.

OK it is confirmed on fuji own site. This feature will be in firmware in Dec. See this page http://www.fujifilm.com/news/n140910_02.html

Feature has 3 asterisks

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 06:25 UTC
On Fujifilm offers silver X-T1 and firmware update article (137 comments in total)
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Andy Wilson: Am I correct in presuming that the electronic shutter will make no difference to the maximum flash-synch speed?

100% out of luck, that is a mechanical issue, we are stuck to 1/180.
and you are right: on other cameras like Panasonic G5 that I used to have, you select electronic shutter - flash turns off.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 05:50 UTC
On Fujifilm offers silver X-T1 and firmware update article (137 comments in total)

Fujirumors site confirms that existing users of black XT1 will also get 1/32000 and electronic shutter via firmware. Can you guys at dpreview confirm it through FUJI? It is not clear from the release. It is very important, as it is one area where I constantly run into issues with fast Fuji lenses and 1/4000 shutter speed on my XT1.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 05:49 UTC as 36th comment | 12 replies
On What is equivalence and why should I care? article (2123 comments in total)
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D1N0: Great now I´ll just have to reference this article in future. Did anyone notice the APS-C 85mm F1.2 equivalent is more compact than the m43 one?

the panaleica 42.5 is ridiculously priced and does not impress me one bit (unlike 75/1.8 which I enjoyed shooting with immensely when I was shooting m43). The reason it does not impress me is just that what the article talks about, I am essentially shooting with a very expensive 85/2.4 lens which is very sharp at 2.4. For anyone who is accustomed AND LIKES to shoot full frame with 85 1.2 and 1.4 lenses wide open or close to, and knows the look that these lenses achieve, this won't work. Anyone who says that 85 1.2 produces too thin of DOF or is difficult to focus, does not know how to use this lens, or does not know the distance the subject should be placed for a full effect of such a lens. The reason one spends $1600 on a 85 1.2 or 85 1.4 lens is to shoot these guys wide open.

On the other hand, Panaleica is the only 85mm equivalent lens I know that has build-in IS that does not affect the picture quality one bit. It is very sharp wide open

Direct link | Posted on Jul 7, 2014 at 14:05 UTC
On What is equivalence and why should I care? article (2123 comments in total)
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Higuel: VERY, sorry: EXTREMELY interesting to see on page 3 comparison, that actually one of the most bashed formats for bokeh, the 4/3, is the one that actually produces the nicest one at "equivalent" apertures! That being said, the article also painfully shows how ridiculous is the price of the 32mm f1,2 and how amazing value (comparatively) is the Fuji 56mm f1.2.
All that being said, the "normal" photographer would get the absolute most bang for buck with a 50mmm f1.8 on APS (or even better an 85mm f1.8!), at around 200$ it will cost less then 25% of the cheapest(and most ridiculous for the price!) lens of the test and give 2stops of bokeh advantage over it!
For the sake of those who are not interested in sacrificing all of their Money on equipment, Dpreview should have threw one of those for the sake of "real world&PRACTICAL" info! :)
Just my opinion, now let's us all just go out and enjoy whatever lens we have in this summer weather! ;D

without looking to quality of bokeh, any full frame with a cheap 85 1.8 is always the easy choice. one of the benefit of FF is you spend a little bit more on the body (judging from current prices on Canon 6D, Nikon D600, or Sony A7, and comparing them to prices of Olympus EM1 or Fuji XT1, the difference is not that significant these days), but then you don't have to spend a $1000 on a 85 1.8 equivalent lens. You can just buy a $300 85 1.8 lens. So you actually save on lenses with a full frame purchase. Of course there are other things to consider, as size difference of bodies (not lenses as Fuji 56/1.2 (I owned one) is not smaller than Canikon 85/1.8) and WYSWYG EVF, etc.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 7, 2014 at 13:48 UTC
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