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They abandoned their entry-level market? They now should change the name from GoPro to Pro then.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2016 at 20:21 UTC as 34th comment | 1 reply

Rising costs of raw materials? Perhaps, lack of competition to be more accurate.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2016 at 23:34 UTC as 106th comment | 1 reply
On article Going Pro: We interview Fujifilm execs in Tokyo (365 comments in total)

No, Barnaby you may have got it wrong.

Fuji want to be the top three camera maker.
and Sony have always made it clear they want to be the top two camera maker.

So take one of the current top two off the list? perhaps?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2016 at 21:57 UTC as 102nd comment | 4 replies

It is surprising none of the Japanese companies managed to produce a serious rugged camera (a decent sensor, a bright lens plus RAW) but Leica has led the way.
Expensive, but set the new standard, should be applauded.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2016 at 21:33 UTC as 85th comment | 3 replies
On article Adapted Lens Talk: Readers' Showcase and new forum! (195 comments in total)
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BrianOC: Hi

I use a fujifilm Xe2 With old lenses. Good results most of the time.
lots of Takumar + Pentax, Zeiss(Y/C , Rollei), Nikon, Konica, and lots of M42 lenses.

I have a few Contax Rangefinder and Russian m39 lenses too

I have lots of adapters. Some work fine, some don't, not a big issues as they are usually cheap. I have not used expensive adapters except for the Contax Rangefinder(kippon), its a good one.
I would say that my issues are related to flare. Some of the Film lenses don't seem to like the shiny sensor. I have the Y/C 100/f2 Planar and while its is a great performer it flares badly......

Sensor flares are getting controlled of well on some of the full frame cameras I think. My Sony Nex 5N flares too when pointed at a light source such as moon, such is a shame.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 3, 2016 at 23:00 UTC
On article Adapted Lens Talk: Readers' Showcase and new forum! (195 comments in total)
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BrianOC: Hi

I use a fujifilm Xe2 With old lenses. Good results most of the time.
lots of Takumar + Pentax, Zeiss(Y/C , Rollei), Nikon, Konica, and lots of M42 lenses.

I have a few Contax Rangefinder and Russian m39 lenses too

I have lots of adapters. Some work fine, some don't, not a big issues as they are usually cheap. I have not used expensive adapters except for the Contax Rangefinder(kippon), its a good one.
I would say that my issues are related to flare. Some of the Film lenses don't seem to like the shiny sensor. I have the Y/C 100/f2 Planar and while its is a great performer it flares badly......

Perhaps this is sensor flare, not lens' issue?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 1, 2016 at 21:26 UTC
On article Adapted Lens Talk: Readers' Showcase and new forum! (195 comments in total)
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olyduck1: Leica M glass on Sony A 7R II - I have some M mount Leica lenses circa early 1960's. Setting aside issues of connectivity and functionality, I was wondering about any opinions of how well these old lenses do OPTICALLY when used via adapters on the newer digital cameras.

I'm trying to decide whether to just use my Leica M-3 and scan the film as needed vs. investing in a digital camera that could really take advantage of the Leica M glass.

Thanks, David

David, why not list all the lenses you have and post a question in the forum? There are Sony users there.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 1, 2016 at 21:25 UTC
On article Adapted Lens Talk: Readers' Showcase and new forum! (195 comments in total)
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leiny: Another vintage lens that performs very well with Sony A7x is Konica 40mm/f1.8 Hexanon pancake. Unlike the one with the equivalent focal length made by Minolta, the Konica 40mm pancake does not cost a lot of money. I often pair it with my A7 or A6000 and it is my "go-anywhere" lens; a lens that is hard to fault, especially if one is looking for something with exceptional return on investment.

@Mfritter, There are various adaptors for Konica AR lenses to be used on different types of mirrorless cameras, you can even find Konica AR to Leica M mount.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 31, 2015 at 23:26 UTC
On article Adapted Lens Talk: Readers' Showcase and new forum! (195 comments in total)
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DF58: How many are looking at "legacy" lenses on digital - is it worth it?

I have a small number of well used Leica screw mount lenses (and a couple of Leica IIIs). Then an M3 and bayonet adaptor. (also a Visoflex!). Then digital happened.

Thinking about a Panasonic GX7 (GX8 looks lovely but too expensive) with 14-140 lens, but what about those old Leica lenses?

Presumably with the EVF framefinding is not a problem - even with a stopped down lens. Is the EVF good enough for manual focus? (I tried manual focus on my LX100 and was pleasantly surprised). In body image stabilisation presumably will have some functionality?

Now to adaptors. Ideally a screw to MFT, but if necessary a Leica M Bayonet to MFT & my Leica screw to bayonet adaptor. Must be more solid than the 14-42 kit lens that I tried a year ago on a GX7 (not saying very much). Anyone seen a visoflex to MFT adaptor - or again will that be a matter of multiple adaptors?

Presumably you set the stop & put the shutter speed to Auto?

http://www.dpreview.com/articles/2666934640/what-is-equivalence-and-why-should-i-care

Let's read it again.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 31, 2015 at 18:31 UTC
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ThePhilips: > having trouble embracing the glow.

I personally do not. At normal viewing distance the glow isn't standing out.

The "glow" is almost natural phenomenon: the light scattering make the brighter areas appear larger than the dark ones. (I'm still irked that LightRoom/Photoshop/GIMP/etc do not allow to emulate the effect when resizing the photographs.)

P.S.
> 1:2 magnification means I can get up close and personal with my subjects

And one of the reasons why I'm not drooling over the legacy lenses. Most of them have fairly long MFD (just check the whole Leica lens catalog) making them sort of "one trick pony": nearly useless outside the intended shooting scenarios.

P.P.S. Great shots! Very nice model!! and Happy New Year! :)

'And one of the reasons why I'm not drooling over the legacy lenses. Most of them have fairly long MFD (just check the whole Leica lens catalog)'

Check close focus adapters that make Leica mount lenses shorten their MFD on mirrorless cameras. You may find them interesting as these lenses suddenly get really close to the subject

Direct link | Posted on Dec 30, 2015 at 14:11 UTC
On article Adapted Lens Talk: Readers' Showcase and new forum! (195 comments in total)
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DF58: How many are looking at "legacy" lenses on digital - is it worth it?

I have a small number of well used Leica screw mount lenses (and a couple of Leica IIIs). Then an M3 and bayonet adaptor. (also a Visoflex!). Then digital happened.

Thinking about a Panasonic GX7 (GX8 looks lovely but too expensive) with 14-140 lens, but what about those old Leica lenses?

Presumably with the EVF framefinding is not a problem - even with a stopped down lens. Is the EVF good enough for manual focus? (I tried manual focus on my LX100 and was pleasantly surprised). In body image stabilisation presumably will have some functionality?

Now to adaptors. Ideally a screw to MFT, but if necessary a Leica M Bayonet to MFT & my Leica screw to bayonet adaptor. Must be more solid than the 14-42 kit lens that I tried a year ago on a GX7 (not saying very much). Anyone seen a visoflex to MFT adaptor - or again will that be a matter of multiple adaptors?

Presumably you set the stop & put the shutter speed to Auto?

DF58, Why not just speak to members in the forum. Many use MFT cameras and will be very happy to help :)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 29, 2015 at 21:28 UTC

RAW is definitely a nice feature for a camera like this! Olympus listened.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 28, 2015 at 18:28 UTC as 42nd comment
On article Adapted Lens Talk: Readers' Showcase and new forum! (195 comments in total)
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ProfHankD: I use over 140 non-native lenses with my Sonys (and an EOS-M), and I post plenty in various forums here... but there are a couple of problems with this new forum. Basically, it tends toward lens reviews, but:

1. It isn't structured (nor indexed) in a way that makes lenses easy to find.

2. There is a huge difference between using a lens on different formats (e.g., 24MP APS-C vs. 24MP FF) and there is no infrastructure for saying what evaluations are based on.

For example, Dyxum has a much more effective structure for user lens reviews (except they don't make posting sample images easy).

I'm not opposed to this new forum, and I post there myself, but I would encourage DPReview to consider making some custom infrastructure for handing user reviews of old lenses. It should be possible to modify the existing equipment review infrastructure to have the right fields and indexing and to allow review of legacy equipment.... Just something to think about. ;-)

@AbrasiveReducer
Think about Sony, allowed other manufacturers' AF lenses such as Canon to be adapted. The demand/market is there. No one can ignore it now.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 28, 2015 at 18:16 UTC
On article Adapted Lens Talk: Readers' Showcase and new forum! (195 comments in total)
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ProfHankD: I use over 140 non-native lenses with my Sonys (and an EOS-M), and I post plenty in various forums here... but there are a couple of problems with this new forum. Basically, it tends toward lens reviews, but:

1. It isn't structured (nor indexed) in a way that makes lenses easy to find.

2. There is a huge difference between using a lens on different formats (e.g., 24MP APS-C vs. 24MP FF) and there is no infrastructure for saying what evaluations are based on.

For example, Dyxum has a much more effective structure for user lens reviews (except they don't make posting sample images easy).

I'm not opposed to this new forum, and I post there myself, but I would encourage DPReview to consider making some custom infrastructure for handing user reviews of old lenses. It should be possible to modify the existing equipment review infrastructure to have the right fields and indexing and to allow review of legacy equipment.... Just something to think about. ;-)

I agree with Vic, the forum needs to start first and see how it goes. I am sure Tom Caldwell will manage it properly :P

Direct link | Posted on Dec 28, 2015 at 16:32 UTC
On article Happy Holidays from dpreview! (119 comments in total)
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Rick Knepper: Well Simon, some of us get banned more often than others for less provocation so you'll have to understand why some folks get upset.

My main criticism about your review contents is the comparison of the subject gear to gear from other competitors or even to other models within the same manufacturer's line-up. Surely, a piece of gear can stand or fail on its own merit. Of course, some discussion of other gear is unavoidable, crop vs. FF for instance, but this can be handled generically I believe.

There is no need to insert a blurb about Sony in every non-Sony review is there?

Knepper and Snapper,

Relax, it is Xmassss.....

Direct link | Posted on Dec 25, 2015 at 22:34 UTC
On article Primer: Why would I buy a mirrorless camera? (551 comments in total)

Because Canon and Nikon slack quite a bit these days.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 7, 2015 at 22:08 UTC as 109th comment | 2 replies
On article Primer: Why would I buy a mirrorless camera? (551 comments in total)
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KrisAK: My Canon AE-1 35mm SLR has a massive optical viewfinder...the biggest I've ever used. And yet, dimensionally, it's only a few millimeters wider than an A7 series camera, and actually a bit thinner. With a 28mm FD lens, it's remarkably portable.

At what point in digital camera history did FF DSLRs feel the need to bloat into their current form?

Why can't there be a digital AE-1?

DSLR borrowed the designs from last generations of SLR. As long as the mirror is there, it is hard to get slimmer.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 7, 2015 at 21:25 UTC
On article Canon 35mm F1.4L II: a photojournalist's perspective (86 comments in total)
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Steve in GA: Interesting article, especially in the way it details how a pro photographer treats his equipment.

From now on when I am checking Craigslist for good, used photo equipment, as soon as I see, "owned by a pro photographer", I will look elsewhere.

The best is from collectors, if the price is reasonable.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 7, 2015 at 15:44 UTC

Digital era brings tougher competition.
Sad, an innovative company is out. It would be bad if we only face a oligopoly market.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2015 at 21:34 UTC as 129th comment

That photo of the river is truly stunning.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 23, 2015 at 23:32 UTC as 29th comment
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