Thorbard

Thorbard

Lives in United Kingdom Bournemouth, United Kingdom
Works as a Design Engineer
Joined on Dec 21, 2011

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designdef: Ultra-thin, ultra-cheap filters existed long before this lens was designed. So why didn't Canon design for the 'worst case' scenario'?

I'm assuming there is no kind of specification for filters that say how far down the filter thread the filter glass can be located.

Even if there was a specification, there is no guarantee that the manufacturers of cheap filters would stick to it - which I think is a big problem in the photography market anyway. (eg marketed as "weatherproof" but no IP rating given).

Direct link | Posted on Oct 22, 2013 at 10:37 UTC
On First Impressions Review: Using the Canon PowerShot G16 article (350 comments in total)
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vroger1: I bought each of the G series- trading in each one for 50% of the cost of a new one- and stopped at the G12. In the interim I bought the G1X for the larger sensor. My problem with all of the series was solved with the new lens on the G15 (which I did not buy). f2.8 reducing to 5.6 or whatever when the lens is extended, is too slow. The other item is the v/f. I shoot only through a v/f and it is difficult with these cameras. We need an EVF. Don't ask me why, but when the price dropped like a stone, I bought the EOS M for the sensor size. I can only use it with one lens and an OVF. I have been waiting for a G1X withe a faster lens. I will give up on the V/F if they will produce one. The lenses and quality are wonderful.

If you want a small form factor and good OVF the SL1 would be a far better choice than the M. Seems like a strange choice.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 27, 2013 at 15:37 UTC
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The Photo Ninja: I sold my sigma 35 mm and got canons. If sigma is going to issue firmware updates, that's cool. Still, they need to give the usb dock away for free!

Would you rather pay $60 extra for each lens and get an extra USB dock with each lens, or would you rather buy one once as a separate item and have it for all the sigma lenses that you own?

Besides, some retailers offer it as a free bundle item anyway...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2013 at 13:18 UTC
On Wallet-sized USB charger is portable power post (13 comments in total)
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Silvarum: If he forgot to take along Lightning cable, what makes him think that he won't forget to take this ChargeCard?

Until you take it out to use it and don't put it back in your wallet.

This is why the EU has a rule that all phones should charge from Micro USB. I don't know how Apple manages to get round that...

Direct link | Posted on Aug 22, 2013 at 11:03 UTC
On Epic fail? 70-200s of all makes among least reliable lenses news story (151 comments in total)
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craig66: Looks like Rokinon lenses are the champs for falling apart soonest. Most reviewers generally praise their build quality.

This confirms what I have thought about reviewers and build quality - their opinions are not worth much. Except possibly for those cases where the build quality is obviously cheap and nasty.

People seem to think of weight as a sign something is well built or strong, when it clearly has no relevance to that at all.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 14, 2013 at 09:51 UTC
On Epic fail? 70-200s of all makes among least reliable lenses news story (151 comments in total)
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Just another Canon shooter: Maybe those lenses are so good that the renters used them more during their rentals?

The article explains that the failure rates are given as "rental weeks per failure" for a given model.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 14, 2013 at 09:46 UTC
On Just posted: Canon EOS 100D / Rebel SL1 review news story (366 comments in total)
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sdribetahi: I always find it funny when they talk about how small this camera is, yet Canon lenses that people will buy that use this camera are huge plastic blobs.

Its funny that the same is true about "mirrorless" options, but no-one makes the same complaint...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2013 at 14:22 UTC
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tkbslc: Sigma 120-300 f2.8 OS
1.4x TC
2x TC
$7500 in your pocket and the ability to shoot f2.8 at up to 300mm when needed.

This 200-400 is an amazing lens, but it's not very practical.

According to lensrentals, "The Sigma 120-300 f/2.8 is a very sharp lens. It’s not as sharp as lenses costing far more, but it’s certainly very good."
http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2013/06/sigma-120-300-f2-8-os-sport-part-1-features-and-optics
The $7500 in your pocket could certainly make the difference between the two.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2013 at 10:26 UTC
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Teila Day: Hopefully the days of having to don a teleconverter to any super telephoto lens are coming to a close. I think it's ridiculous in this day and time. I hope the next iterations of 3,4,5,6, and 800mm lenses (Canon) will have the TC built in.

Stopping to remove or don a TC gets old.

Swapping a TC in and out is not the same as a zoom, and even more so, a TC optimised for the specific lens will also improve things somewhat.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2013 at 07:32 UTC
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qianp2k: We will see many pro use this lens in next year's Winter Olympic game and WorldCup.

It was already in use at last summer's Olympics.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2013 at 15:41 UTC
On Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM available in July for around $799 news story (327 comments in total)
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Tom Elst: $ 799 at todays rate is € 599. Or vice versa € 999 is $ 1332 . I know where I am going to spend my euros on this lens! I might even buy two, and sell one in Europe.

Don't forget VAT and any import duties. Sigma also offers a 3-year warranty for lenses bought locally, but only 1-year for grey imports. Things to bear in mind!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 14, 2013 at 12:37 UTC
On Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM available in July for around $799 news story (327 comments in total)

Fascinating lens at a great price. I'll be great to see it in the wild.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 14, 2013 at 09:55 UTC as 93rd comment
On Just posted: Our Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM lens review news story (81 comments in total)
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davidonformosa: I bought and I'm very happy with it. I'd still love to see more pancake lenses from Canon though. An EF-S 22mm f/2 pancake would be very desirable.

An EF-S lens could go beyond 40mm, because the EF-S (as opposed to EF) lens can extend some way behind the lens mount.

I don't know what the exact focal length that could be achieved would be, or if that would even be worth it.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2013 at 16:00 UTC
On Just posted: Our Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM lens review news story (81 comments in total)
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fz750: I can get that it's a pretty good and cheap prime for a 6D/5D, but it's mostly being sold as packages with the 100d/60d/700D which somehow doesn't make sense..?

Anyway, good to have a lens review :-)

Its still a pretty good and cheap prime on any of Canon's APS-C cameras. Try it sometime.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2013 at 11:57 UTC
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Reactive: Had the zoom range been just a bit more practical for day-to-day use... let's say 18-70mm... this would have been the perfect 'always-on' lens. Considering that a 50mm f1.8 is so tiny and light, surely 70mm at f1.8 is possible without the lens becoming too large or expensive? But then I know nothing about the physics of lenses!

I hardly think you can consider the 15-85mm in the same class as this lens. They offer very different things. And the 15-85 is only f/3.5-5.6 too. A 24-70 f2.8 would surely be a better comparison?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2013 at 15:21 UTC
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BeanyPic: Just realised I replied to a spammer on here. "tell the truth" seems to live on another parallel universe. Watch out DP Review

Speaking of...
Why does DPReview not seem to give an option to block a user, for those of us who wish to avoid the madness?

Direct link | Posted on May 17, 2013 at 11:09 UTC
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jonikon: Although this 32mm f/1.2 lens is no doubt a stellar lens, it is also an outlier in terms of price compared to other Nikon CX mount lenses for the Nikon 1 cameras. On the plus side, at least all the other Nikon 1 lenses are reasonably priced, and most Nikon 1 owners can easily live without this lens, and purchase the superb 18.5 f1.8 for a mere $200 instead. I doubt Nikon will sell many of the 32mm f/1.2 at this lofty price, but it is nice to know that Nikon is committed to making excellent lenses for the Nikon 1 cameras. The future of the Nikon 1 system is looking brighter all the time!

I would suggest that telling him not to compare the two sensors before making a comparison yourself is probably a flawed argument...

Direct link | Posted on May 15, 2013 at 13:31 UTC
On Photographer turns camera on teenage 'freighthoppers' news story (189 comments in total)
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Anepo: One of his photographs on his website can literally be called a pedophile photograph, it is an underskirt photo of an underage girls bloodied underwear, an EXTREMELY inappropriate photograph that screams "call the cops".

If you have a problem with that image, but not with the others... well, you've got a problem, not the photographer.

Direct link | Posted on May 3, 2013 at 08:37 UTC
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Gesture: $800 for camera with kit lens designed to appeal to DLSR newcomers as a bridge camera. The prices are all these DSLR cameras flabbergast me. I am returning to pinhole photography. Signed, Rip Van Winkle.

That is interesting. I'm surprised they don't also have it on the "Enthusiast" page.

I still don't think it will exclusively appeal to that market segment, and it seems to have more features than, say, the 1100D which is the entry-level of the entry-level models.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 29, 2013 at 10:33 UTC
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Gesture: $800 for camera with kit lens designed to appeal to DLSR newcomers as a bridge camera. The prices are all these DSLR cameras flabbergast me. I am returning to pinhole photography. Signed, Rip Van Winkle.

Actually there is no reason to believe that it is aimed at DSLR newcomers. That role still lies mainly with the more traditional 650D/700D which are actually a bit cheaper than this model.

Personally I'm interested in it to use alongside a semi-pro DSLR and be able to share lenses in a smaller package (ie u43 style).

But a DSLR system is always going to be more expensive than an bridge camera, especially when you get into the specialist lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 29, 2013 at 08:20 UTC
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