Absolutic

Absolutic

Lives in United States Los Angeles, CA, United States
Works as a attorney
Joined on Jan 6, 2004

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On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 article (102 comments in total)

My biggest problem with Sony rx10 was (otherwise it is a terrific camera) its slow zooming of its great lens. It is painfully slow and I understand it can be benefit for video but for photography it is a pain to go from wide to fully Tele by the time it zooms u lost a moment. With any DSLR or older bridge camera with manual zoom ring it is super fast with a twist. Everything else about Sony rx10 is amazing and I prefer 2.8 to f4 even if it is 200mm vs 400mm.

But neither preview or first impression at dpreview addresses this important point, how is the speed of zoom? I know there are 5 speeds but how fast from on to tele position and then back to wide?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 14:12 UTC as 22nd comment | 2 replies
On Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art Lab Test Review preview (570 comments in total)
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Absolutic: so Andy you are concluding it is the best AF 50mm lens currently on the market. Are you saying it is better than Sony Zeiss 55 FE lens for E mount, that is half the weight, and the price is the same? You mention the 55FE but does not talk about it in your conclusion. I know it is comparing F/1.8 to F/1.4 which is half-stop in difference but nevertheless, which one is better? DXO said at the time that 55FE is the best AF lens they have ever tested.

Actually Andy I shoot several brands of cameras (which I think many people on these boards also do) including Sony, Nikon (sometimes Canon) and Fuji. Sony A7/A7r is often a second camera for many as a mirrorless 'light and small' choice when they don't want to carry their DSLR equipment. In fact many Sony A7 owners own other gear from other mfrs judging from their signatures on this forum and others. The question of whether to pick a 55FE for Sony A7r, or to pick a Sigma 50/1.4 for Nikon/Canon (price being practically the same for the two) is a legitimate one for someone who shoots both DSLRs and mirrorless, and wants the best autofocus 50 possible.

Direct link | Posted on May 29, 2014 at 16:06 UTC
On Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art Lab Test Review preview (570 comments in total)
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Absolutic: so Andy you are concluding it is the best AF 50mm lens currently on the market. Are you saying it is better than Sony Zeiss 55 FE lens for E mount, that is half the weight, and the price is the same? You mention the 55FE but does not talk about it in your conclusion. I know it is comparing F/1.8 to F/1.4 which is half-stop in difference but nevertheless, which one is better? DXO said at the time that 55FE is the best AF lens they have ever tested.

Thanks Andy for your reply. Also sgoldswo your opinion is important because you own a Nikon version of Sigma and 55FE on A7r.

Direct link | Posted on May 28, 2014 at 22:51 UTC
On Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art Lab Test Review preview (570 comments in total)

so Andy you are concluding it is the best AF 50mm lens currently on the market. Are you saying it is better than Sony Zeiss 55 FE lens for E mount, that is half the weight, and the price is the same? You mention the 55FE but does not talk about it in your conclusion. I know it is comparing F/1.8 to F/1.4 which is half-stop in difference but nevertheless, which one is better? DXO said at the time that 55FE is the best AF lens they have ever tested.

Direct link | Posted on May 28, 2014 at 18:30 UTC as 89th comment | 9 replies
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2962 comments in total)

How come no review.preview mentions anywhere that the hot shoe that RX100 M2 had, has been removed on RX100 M3. Is it because Sony figured with 24-70 lens, nobody will be shooting portraits on this so a real flash is not needed?

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2014 at 07:01 UTC as 713th comment | 7 replies
On Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R real-world samples gallery article (270 comments in total)
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HeyItsJoel: Hmmm. a $1,000 for an 85mm f/1.8 lens?

Might as well go full frame since it'd cost about the same for that body+lens combo.

yes, but your shutter speed can be higher because you shoot at F/1.2

Direct link | Posted on Apr 30, 2014 at 17:52 UTC
On Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R real-world samples gallery article (270 comments in total)
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Absolutic: Richard, do you know why Fuji would not address a big elephant in the room - 135mm equivalent fast prime for headshots etc. It is not even on their roadmap! We are left with having to get by with 85mm lenses from others on adapters like I did here with Nikon 85 1.4D lens http://brodsky.smugmug.com/Portraits/Portraits-1/Portraits-at-Huntingtons-Nov-2/i-mg76q8C/0/X2/DSCF9019-X2.jpg

If you know?

well yes, perhaps my example is not perfect for the closeup headshots, but I know for a fact that headshots with 85 for many people do not look flattering. Better than 35 and 50 of course, but 135 is better. Do you really think it is a niche product?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 30, 2014 at 17:51 UTC
On Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R real-world samples gallery article (270 comments in total)

Richard, do you know why Fuji would not address a big elephant in the room - 135mm equivalent fast prime for headshots etc. It is not even on their roadmap! We are left with having to get by with 85mm lenses from others on adapters like I did here with Nikon 85 1.4D lens http://brodsky.smugmug.com/Portraits/Portraits-1/Portraits-at-Huntingtons-Nov-2/i-mg76q8C/0/X2/DSCF9019-X2.jpg

If you know?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 30, 2014 at 13:28 UTC as 27th comment | 3 replies
On Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R real-world samples gallery article (270 comments in total)
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The Name is Bond: An 85mm is not for headshots or even head and shoulder shots.

It's for head and half torso at the most.

You need a 135mm equiv minimum for headshots.

If you don't believe me then try it with your consumer zoom. It makes a huge difference.

You are absolutely right Mr. Bond. One needs 135mm for headshots for MOST faces, unless as you say, a model has a round fat face and small nose to begin with. It is pretty basic, but most people are ignorant. http://www.lesjones.com/www/images/posts/stepheneastwood-tile1.jpg

Direct link | Posted on Apr 30, 2014 at 13:22 UTC
On Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R real-world samples gallery article (270 comments in total)
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Jogger: Really makes the $1600 Panasonic "Leica" 42.5/1.2 look even less appealing and more of a rip-off. Is it $600 better than the Fuji?

not sure it is better, but panaleica has two advantages
1) very fast to autofocus - in line with many m43 lenses
2) has build-in Image Stabilization
3) it arguably more contrasty wide open, but that point has been up to debate.

How many 85 equivalent lenses do you know to have image stabilization?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 30, 2014 at 13:17 UTC

Good job Fuji. I specifically asked Fujiguys for ability to assign Face Recognition to one of the buttons, as even cheaper and earlier XM1 and XA1 had that ability, yet it was removed from later and more expensive XE2. And Fujiguys told me they would pass it along to Fuji Engineers. And, Voila!!!!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 30, 2014 at 13:13 UTC as 12th comment
On Hands on with the Pentax 645Z article (666 comments in total)

how much bigger is the sensor vs the normal 36mm by 24mm full frame sensor?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 07:12 UTC as 188th comment | 7 replies

IS -4EV only at central point, similar to how Canon 6D -3EV is only at center, or at other points as well? this could make a difference.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 6, 2014 at 22:24 UTC as 104th comment | 3 replies

they did not mention anything about AF system. Also no new lens announcements

Direct link | Posted on Apr 6, 2014 at 22:02 UTC as 122nd comment | 3 replies
On Tamrac launches rugged-looking photo messenger bags article (106 comments in total)
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Daedbird: Unfortunately, this is just a series of camera messenger bags that continue to look like camera bags to me. Its a nice effort, but it looks like a camera bag with a flap....

I feel my only option is to buy a laptop messenger bag, and install some collapsable padded pockets inside to hold the camera.

Kipplemaster, i disagree with you. It is unisex bag in person and can be worn by anyone. It is masculine enough for a man.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2014 at 21:48 UTC
On Tamrac launches rugged-looking photo messenger bags article (106 comments in total)
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Daedbird: Unfortunately, this is just a series of camera messenger bags that continue to look like camera bags to me. Its a nice effort, but it looks like a camera bag with a flap....

I feel my only option is to buy a laptop messenger bag, and install some collapsable padded pockets inside to hold the camera.

I've been using for over a year a bag that DOES not look like a camera bag, and is very stylish. Tamrac Aria. You need to check it out. It fits a lot, like can fit Canon 5DM3 with 24/70, 70-200 and EF580 flash easily. http://www.amazon.com/Tamrac-5423-Aria-Camera-Bag/dp/B007Z2CI5Q/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1391540798&sr=8-4&keywords=camera+bag+aria

it appears to others so thin, that one cannot even imagine there is a full frame camera inside.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2014 at 19:07 UTC
On Fujifilm X-E2 Preview preview (454 comments in total)

How long does it take to review the camera, where you only have to rewrite some pages (the sensor is chiefly unchanged from XE1)??? Seriously, or you are waiting for XT1 announcement and skipping reviewing XE2 whatsoever?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 18, 2014 at 09:20 UTC as 50th comment
On Adobe leaks 'Lightroom Mobile' app article (209 comments in total)

who in the right mind will pay $99 a year for a mobile phone software?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 18, 2014 at 09:16 UTC as 76th comment | 1 reply
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Identity: I'm sure this is a lovely lens, but I was expecting shallower DOF in an F/1.2 lens. For me, APS-C is still the best balance of size, image quality, cost, and DOF control.

Add $400 to the price of this lens alone and you can have yourself XE2 and 56/1.2 Fuji lens. Or don't add anything and get a XE1+56/1.2 for the price of this lens alone

Direct link | Posted on Jan 8, 2014 at 22:17 UTC
On Sigma announces all-new 50mm F1.4 DG HSM 'Art' lens article (244 comments in total)

Would not it be cool if this lens embarasses the $4000 Zeiss...... plus the AF?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 01:02 UTC as 59th comment | 4 replies
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