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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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 (324 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 (324 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 (324 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 (324 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 (324 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 2nd 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
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.

@donCortizone I'm fine thank you for asking - just watching a long list of expensive absurdities being trundled out seemingly targeted at digital shooters who want to pretend they're actually using film - puzzling.

Now go back to your regular programming.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 16:31 UTC
On Photokina 2014: Sony stand report article (78 comments in total)
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Tonkotsu Ramen: This is a really really poor stand report. It goes to show you where the focus of this website really is.

And what is it pray tell?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 19:23 UTC
On Photokina 2014: Sony stand report article (78 comments in total)
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sportyaccordy: That 16-35 is massive.... scary as it's not even F2.8

Where is the wide angle FE prime???

@StevenE
It's smallish for a really big lens?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 19:23 UTC
On Photokina 2014: Sony stand report article (78 comments in total)
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papa natas: No new RX10, something?
No new little Cyber babies?
Are they running scared from Panasonic?

considering they're driving market innovation I doubt it.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 19:21 UTC
On Zeiss introduces Distagon T* 35mm F1.4 ZM lens article (58 comments in total)

"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.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 14:28 UTC as 8th comment | 5 replies
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Review preview (778 comments in total)
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munro harrap: So, with this, the RX10, the A6000, and the A7 and A7R and S variants, Sony have easily the best overall range of digicams available on the market today. All in a decade from no cameras at all.

And of course without Sony there would be no Nikons either.....

This is a Leica of the old school neat fast pocketable with a separate optional viewfinder./ Looking at images from RAW here up to around 500 the grain is as good as Tri-X was and that was only monochrome.

A lot less boring than the World Cup, and fewer fouls!

@Boky - pull the other leg it's got bells on it. Or, what are you talking about?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 4, 2014 at 02:21 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Review preview (778 comments in total)
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hrt: Why does Sony change its models so frequently ?
Does Sony think that consumers will continue to pay for such high frequency of model changes?

I love the RX100 M3 and have purchased it this time, but that doesn't mean that I will do it again.

What was the intention/meaning of launching RX100 M2 ????
Sony's management policy only (irrespective of buyers' actual needs) ????

Answer me please, Sony !!!!

They made it and you bought it - that's the meaning.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 4, 2014 at 02:19 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Review preview (778 comments in total)
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damian5000: What about video shooting time. The technology sounds great, but fairly useless if it only lasts 15 minutes. How long can it record 1080p video for?

I thought the 29 minutes was a European Union tax regulation.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 4, 2014 at 02:14 UTC
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The Squire: Why can Sony make this but not a decent remote control app for their proper cameras?

good at hardware - weird with software. Go figure.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2014 at 23:42 UTC
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