probert500

probert500

Lives in United States boston, MA, United States
Works as a photographer
Has a website at www.peterharrisphoto.com
Joined on Feb 13, 2009

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On Manfrotto launches Off Road camera gear article (53 comments in total)
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Papi61: $200??? (Judging by gear inside, it's a smallish one.) You're obviously paying the name, as usual. You can find a similar one for half or less.

Paying for the manfrotto name? Very pithy - well played.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2015 at 00:53 UTC

28 and not 24? The 35 looks interesting.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2015 at 23:16 UTC as 40th comment | 1 reply

I've had trouble using these on rocky hillsides - I'm happy they're now all terrain.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 8, 2015 at 17:51 UTC as 5th comment
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goblover: Anyone who actually hold a pentax and compared it with other brand can clarify this?: Pentax only issues APS-C bodies (apart from MF), so they shouldn't have the confusion with FF bodies, so in theory, their lenses should be better than other brands APS-C lenses since their design are focused on APS-C bodies and sensor right?

This makes sense. An aps lens has to be more carefully engineered to get the resolution of a FF lens on a far smaller sensor. Whether pentax does this I don't know - but they have a history of fine lenses and tech (first multicoating and the takumars).

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2015 at 17:11 UTC
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davidkachel: "products for the world’s most demanding fine art photographers"
REALLY?!!!
Anyone know any fine art photographers who can afford forty grand for a one-lens entry level model? I mean, real fine art photographers, not the ones playing "The Emperor's New Clothes" with the rich and gullible.
Commercial photographers, some of them, might be able to afford this, not fine art photographers.

There are some very successful artists out there - they can certainly afford this camera.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 15, 2014 at 01:41 UTC
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neo_nights: Was I the only one who read "A-mount" instead of "A-series" and, therefore, thought that would be a Sony camera?

They do use sony sensors.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 15, 2014 at 01:39 UTC
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mike earussi: My question is why bother with a mirrorless MF system in the first place? MF systems aren't small or compact anyway so how does the absence of a mirror help?

Lens adaptability, the ability to use wide angle lenses without fouling a mirror, the ability to use existing large format lenses - just off the top of my head.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 15, 2014 at 01:38 UTC
On Delkin introduces new 'Black' range of rugged SD cards article (54 comments in total)
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Bruce McL: Making the card black was a good start, but they didn't put an "X" in the name. No 'X" means there must be something wrong with the cards!

"Xtreme" would have been even better. :-)

Adding HD and PRO also helps. Putting the number 5000 assures top notch performance.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2014 at 15:28 UTC
On Delkin introduces new 'Black' range of rugged SD cards article (54 comments in total)
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erotavlas: just use film.....problem solved.

I can't fit it in the card slot.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2014 at 15:26 UTC
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Hugo808: I seem to remember that polarisers look dreadful on wide angle lenses because the polarisation occurs in weird looking bands across the sky.

Supply and demand I suppose....

yup

Direct link | Posted on Oct 18, 2014 at 07:27 UTC
On Ricoh announces WG-30W and WG-30 rugged compacts article (75 comments in total)

talk about pride of ownership - or not...

Direct link | Posted on Oct 9, 2014 at 00:03 UTC as 22nd comment
On Sony shows off upcoming full-frame lenses at Photokina article (333 comments in total)
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peevee1: Still don't have 85mm or pro zooms, yet making ANOTHER 35mm.
And if their 35/2.8 is ridiculously overpriced at $800, I hate to think how much they would ask for 4 times more light.

@peevee1
I may have had a bad sample, but usually this shows as decentering. In this case the corners couldn't sharpen up and the distortion was visible.

Let's also address the elephant in the room: a 40mm is almost a normal (43mm) - it's an easier design than a 35mm which is why they went with this odd focal length.

In terms of resolution across the frame and distortion the sony is within spitting distance of the sigma Art. In the center it may outperform it.

It is slower - though 2.8 isn't slow - but it is tiny. The sigma is great - I had one - but it is huge and heavy - the price you pay. The sony has more falloff but it is easily corrected.

In addition - the manual focus on this lens is excellent and it didn't have to be. It's super smooth and has good throw. This is how I use it most of the time.

I agree that sony overcharges for accessories - I disagree that this lens isn't a very very good lens. Maybe a $600.00 lens - but I'll take the hit.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 5, 2014 at 21:04 UTC

They're a good company. Recently bought a used lens from them and they're straight shooters with great customer service.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 5, 2014 at 04:53 UTC as 6th comment
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dom33: I think this will become very popular. I predict they will shift their business model from lens rental to try-before-you-buy.

@steelhead - price fixing is when several manufacturers conspire to fix the price of their products in order to artificially inflate costs. The pharmaceutical industry is a famous example. It is not when a company sets a price for their own product.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 5, 2014 at 04:51 UTC
On Sony shows off upcoming full-frame lenses at Photokina article (333 comments in total)
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peevee1: Still don't have 85mm or pro zooms, yet making ANOTHER 35mm.
And if their 35/2.8 is ridiculously overpriced at $800, I hate to think how much they would ask for 4 times more light.

I have used both - the 40mm was a real disappointment. The sony is a very very good lens. I use it professionally with excellent results. They are in different leagues.

My only problem with it is potential durability problems - but that remains to be seen. To say it should cost $200.00 is kind of extreme .

Direct link | Posted on Sep 27, 2014 at 02:39 UTC
On Sony shows off upcoming full-frame lenses at Photokina article (333 comments in total)
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Peiasdf: Don't make that 35 f/1.4 a Zeiss. I don't want to pay $1500 for normal prime. The $800 XF 23mm F1.4 R is about as much as I can afford to pay for a prime.

But it weighs about 2 pounds, is huge, and is not noticeably sharper than the sony - faster though.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 27, 2014 at 00:21 UTC
On Sony shows off upcoming full-frame lenses at Photokina article (333 comments in total)
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peevee1: Still don't have 85mm or pro zooms, yet making ANOTHER 35mm.
And if their 35/2.8 is ridiculously overpriced at $800, I hate to think how much they would ask for 4 times more light.

@peevee1 The canon 40 f2.8 stm is not a sharp lens - especially as you reach the edges and corners. You can make the argument that the sony is too pricey but you can't just make stuff up.

I think the sony is overpriced by about $200.00 (those plastic filter threads bother me) - but it is a small sharp lens corner to corner - edge to edge. The 40mm stm is pretty poor - and, as I remember it, the distortion was pretty large for a near normal lens.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 27, 2014 at 00:18 UTC
On Sony shows off upcoming full-frame lenses at Photokina article (333 comments in total)
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marco1974: OK, so now we finally will have a 35/1.4... but it'll be the same size as the 24-240 superzoom! So much for the mirrorless advantage in terms of size and weight.
But oh, wait: we also have the more compact 35/2.8, don't we? But then the DOF and the total light-gathering ability is the same as that of a 23/2 on APS-c (which could obviously be much more compact to begin with). So much for the FF advantage in terms of DOF and ISO.
Mmmh, it seems that in spite of marketing claims, one just can't beat the laws of physics. Bummer.

Shoot some full frame - especially the a7r and all this paper jockey stuff disappears.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 27, 2014 at 00:10 UTC

Let's play pretend!! I wonder of they have a fake film advance lever that you have to use before taking the next shot. Or, if they really want to be fakalistic, a double push lever. Oh lord…..

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2014 at 00:49 UTC as 3rd comment
On Zeiss introduces Distagon T* 35mm F1.4 ZM lens article (58 comments in total)
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probert500: "ensures the photographer is independent from the ISO limitations of his camera". Absurd.

And I'm sure reportagers are shooting their reportage with micro thin DOF.

This stuff is like a rolex watch - you wear it but you never use it - but it "says something about you".

Inevitably the arguments for this overpriced stuff - including Leica - comes down to "nuance". Nuance, like god, is something you believe in or don't -and since it's a matter of faith, it defies logic.

Personally - I want to record things as accurately and transparently as possible - if I want "nuance" I'll add it in PP.

@ecka84 It might be if your reportaging on the fly.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 16:35 UTC
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