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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excellent interview. Really interesting.

Digital photography has always been distinct from film, and yet both in form factor, and mindset, it has slavishly emulated it. One reason is ease of marketing, another is the innate conservatism of "photographers" as opposed to people using a tool towards a conceptual result.
This break will not only make the film/digital difference apparent to lytro users, but may inspire a new perspective, and consequent new ideas, from "traditional" digital users.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2016 at 14:10 UTC as 9th comment
On article Hands-on with the Sony RX10 III (302 comments in total)
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MikeF4Black: Well, there you have it. A huge camera with a tiny sensor, capable of 25x zoom. For the tourists.

The nikon and canon 1" ARE the sony sensor. It's a very very good sensor.

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2016 at 16:35 UTC
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probert500: "Eviscerate" has a very strong negative connotation - misleading headline.

Wow I really started something here - I', both proud and sorry at the same time. In common usage it means bad things - imagine my disappointment when the actually like the lens. I feel btrayed!!:-)

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2016 at 21:37 UTC

Curious that their new mirrorless is purpose built to deny these adaption shenanigans. Curious people at Sigma.

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2016 at 18:51 UTC as 82nd comment | 1 reply
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ThePhilips: Impressive. But a step backwards, IMO. The lenses are already large enough, and now there is also additional adapter in the middle.

Sigma needs to sit down with Sony and establish a design for a mount-less camera. Or more precisely: for a camera with an interchangeable mount. In that design one could have tried to incorporate the requirements to support a broad range of legacy and modern mounts. Not gonna happen, but would have been a truly impressive development.

or you build a slightly longer lens with compatible electronics or you crazy glue the adapter on and call it a sony e-mount. No mystery.

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2016 at 18:50 UTC
On article Opinion: Enthusiast compacts have finally come of age (494 comments in total)
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Laminated: The industry is making progress, but still failing to deliver the product I'm looking for. Which is simply something better than a iPhone, but as convenient. Wider. 24mm or 25mm equivalent. Faster. f2.0. Fits in a pocket - I mean really, like you can sit down with it still in your pocket. "Pocketable" is failure. The Canon G7x is so close, just needs a wider lens, or even a pano function.

Perhaps you're choice of pants could widen your choice of camera. Pleated fronts, or loose fit, should do the trick.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2016 at 14:25 UTC

"Eviscerate" has a very strong negative connotation - misleading headline.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2016 at 19:06 UTC as 26th comment | 22 replies
On article CP+ 2016: Hands-on with new Sigma SD cameras and lenses (305 comments in total)
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probert500: By having a specialized camera that cannot be adapted to other lenses is a major mistake. I could see using this for specific situations (copy work) if my current lenses could be easily adapted. As a mirrorless, this has to be seen as purposeful.

additionally, though the ART lenses are very very good, they are very very large and heavy. By being limited to them, you are once again facing unnecessary constraints.

All very curious. I'd still love to test the foveon though.

Canon and nikon have legacy lenses to consider. Nikon in particular has made it a point of pride that any nikon lens can still be used. Canon only since the EF mount.

To answer you question: most lenses can be adapted to the canon mount - except ironically FDs, none can be adapted to the nikon mount. (assuming you want infinity focus)

But this is old school and not a concern of a modern design. Obviously the micro 4/3 mount addressed this for some manufacturers. No one can miss the appeal of the sony mirrorless to vintage/ manual lens collectors. (that's why I own 3.)

So sure, sigma can do whatever they want. I'm just saying its a mistake, and one that could have been easily avoided with the mirrorless design. They have a unique sensor, and have been uniquely inept from a hardware/software POV.

In fact I'd go so far as to say adaptability is one of the main reasons for the mirrorless design. Or maybe better, an unforeseen consequence that has become an expectation.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2016 at 16:07 UTC
On article CP+ 2016: Hands-on with new Sigma SD cameras and lenses (305 comments in total)

By having a specialized camera that cannot be adapted to other lenses is a major mistake. I could see using this for specific situations (copy work) if my current lenses could be easily adapted. As a mirrorless, this has to be seen as purposeful.

additionally, though the ART lenses are very very good, they are very very large and heavy. By being limited to them, you are once again facing unnecessary constraints.

All very curious. I'd still love to test the foveon though.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2016 at 17:40 UTC as 58th comment | 8 replies
On article Nifty fifty: Hands-on with the Hasselblad H5D-50c Wi-Fi (133 comments in total)

Size does matter - and a larger sensor will inherently have better tonal gradation, but I would be interested in a comparison between this sensor and the sony a7r ii sensor. The difference in size is appreciable while the resolution isn't. Inquiring minds want to know.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2016 at 16:53 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply
On article Video: A quick look at the Sony a6300 (217 comments in total)
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Siobhan A: Take away all the unproven marketing hype and the only real difference between this camera and the A6000 is 4K and 120FPS video.
Since the A6000 has been on sale for $400 recently, one must decide if they want to pay an extra $600 for a similar camera.

What is the real deal breaker I see is the lens situation. For the past couple of years it hasn't improved and instead of the F/2.8 zooms and affordable portrait prime lenses, Sony is announcing rather large $1800, and $2400 lenses without IS. They'll work on a $400 A6000, but not many people with that camera want 2 really large lenses that lack IS and cost over $4000.

If you ignore the new sensor, new autofocus, improved EVF, and fast burst rates with live view ,you have a good point.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 15:51 UTC
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Photoman: Once I can buy a MF digi for under $1000, I will show interest again in MF.

While you're home eating a cheese sandwich, I'm sure someone is working real hard to please you. My guess: if it ever happened you'd be the first to post: "Why are the lenses so big?"

Link | Posted on Dec 22, 2015 at 01:12 UTC
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simmybear31: If you're running Windows 10 and use Microsoft Edge, Chrome, Firefox or Opera DON'T bother you can't download the apps from Playmemories even if you are prepared to pay because the download software just goes through a constant loop of installing then telling you its not installed on your PC. Common problem on the Sony Network Community Forum apparently.

You download straight to the camera via wifi. Not sure what you're referring to.

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2015 at 15:52 UTC
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Richard Franiec: Like most of L lenses, this one is a subject to withstand heavy use in demanding conditions for a very long time. No wonder it is built that way. The price reflects the cost of engineering, choice of materials and a very high level of workmanship.

and a sweet little mark up. They are the most profitable photo manufacturer. But sure.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2015 at 00:00 UTC
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Neez: When you build it huge, you can make it more robust with larger components, assembly is also easier so quality control is better.

What's more impressive are smaller lenses built like a tank, because it takes much more work to do it.

While I appreciate the Canon build quality, I do look at my 40 year old tiny Olympus OM zuikos and marvel at their smooth precise action. So sweet - so small.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2015 at 23:58 UTC
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bgbs: Built like a tank but costs like a space shuttle.

Not if you're looking for 21mm lens. WTF

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2015 at 23:54 UTC
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justinwonnacott: Bodies come and go , lenses, hopefully not so much.

What a pleasure to read a substantial and well written article about gear . . . DPR should generate more content of their own like this. Lensrentals has my attention

Quality matters and is worth paying for..

@blackcoffee17 The sigma is optically one of the best 35mm lenses ever made. From my experience it's impeccable. That may be why some people think it is better.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2015 at 23:52 UTC
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thgun: Hi. I grew up being told by my Dad that Leica were the Rolls Royce of Cameras in the days of film photography. Now we have digital photography I don't see that anymore. I know their lenses are of the highest quality but the electronics I'm not sure. If Leica is so well up there then why dont you ever see anyone with one especially professional photographers.

for what they charge, they're up there with 3 of the best.

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2015 at 04:35 UTC
On article Second time lucky? A closer look at Sony's new RX1R II (543 comments in total)
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utku67: The moment SONY manages to produce RX-1 in such a way that the view finder naturally becomes the natural geometry of the camera's form and allows to use Leica lenses, then I will definitely buy one.

It's a fixed lens - look at a7r -or not.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2015 at 05:53 UTC
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des hill: In ultra wide land these lenses are not close at all, I use 12 and 15, and I can assre you, that you need to step back an awful lot further than a step or two to get the same field of view. I use the VM12 on the a7rll, with stunning results and absolutely no colour aberations - the a7r was quite unusable, by the way, in that regard.

The 10mm can't come quickly enough in my view.

The interminable wait for anything vaguely wide angle from Sony - after introducing the bodies was an absolute disgrace. Voightlander deserve a heap of success for these initiatives. Now if they can do a 24mm shift I will be at the front of the queue, then I can ditch the cumbersome clunky Nikon lens

@dan_168

I don't know how you can say that - it's not even close tp OK - bad distortion, soft in the corners, low resolution - I tested - I saw: what am I missing?

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2015 at 23:22 UTC
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