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Voigtlander Bessa 66

Vivitar/Kiron 100/2.8 Macro AIS
Vivitar 70-150/3.8 AIS
Fuji 35/1.4
Fuji 18-55/2.8-4
Panasonic 100-300
Panasonic 20/1.7
Olympus 14-42

Past cameras: Pentax Zoom90R, KX, Super Program, MZ-50, MZ-5, EI-2000,
*ist DS, Optio S40, Optio WP, K10D, K100D Super, K-7,
Canon S3 IS, D70s, D200, D700

Past lenses: Tokina 100-300 f/4 SD, AI-s 300mm f/2.8 ED-IF, AF70-210/4.5-5.6D, AI-s 300mm f/4.5 ED-IF, Tamron SP 17-35, Tamron SP 28-75, Tamron 24-135 AF, DA18-55, DA40, DA*16-50, DA*50-135, DA10-17, FA50/1.4, FA31, FA35, Tamron 70-300, Sigma 70-300 APO, Sigma 8mm FE, Sigma 17-70, Sigma 18-200, Zenitar 16mm FE, Tokina AF 28-70/2.6-2.8, Vivitar S1 200/3, Tokina RMC 70-210/3.5, Vivitar S1 70-210/2.8-4, Sigma EX 80-200/2.8, Sigma 50-200, Vivitar 2xTC, SMCT 85/1.8, SMCT 50/1.4, K55/1.8, A50/1.4, FA80-320, Cosina 105/3.5, Sears 135/2.8, Jupiter 9 80/2, AF50/1.4D, AF85/1.4D, AF20-35/2.8D IF, AF24-85/2.8-4D IF Macro, AF28-105/3.5-4.5D, AF70-210/4, AF80-200/2.8D ED IF, AF-N 300/2.8 ED IF, Sigma EX 24-60/2.8, Sigma EX 15/2.8 FE, Tokina AT-X AFII SD 100-300/4, Kenko 300 DG 1.4x TC, Kiron MC7 2x TC


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On Have Your Say: Best DSLR / SLT of 2013 article (335 comments in total)
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Anastigmat: I am partial to full frame, so I voted for the D610. It is a pretty lean year for new camera introductions. The Df is more a gimmick than real progress, and the other APS-C models is just a waste of money. You can get a used APS-C model on the market that takes good pictures, if you don't have a digital SLR camera, and if you already have an APS-C camera and want to upgrade, then consider a full frame, instead of wasting your money on something that isn't any better in terms of image quality.

In other words, according to almighty Anastigmat, anyone would be wasting their money if they buy anything but "FF". Not me I guess, having migrated from 35mm to greener pastures.

Cheap 35mm has already arrived for more than a year now. If it were really the only game worth playing, nobody would be making APS-C DSLR by now. That must be the reality. Oh wait...

Direct link | Posted on Dec 19, 2013 at 03:57 UTC
On Sony A3000 preview (680 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: Sony is so smart. They know that the average consumers only look at the specs list when making a camera buying decision. They want to see if it has the most megapixels(Check), has Full-HD video(Check although it is 1080i according to dpreview), and does it have a really high ISO limit(Check).

Give the people exactly what they want to see for next to nothing. They will take better pictures with this camera than their pocket camera or phone and they won’t have to break the bank to do it. Once you have them locked into Sony lenses you will have a customer for life even if there are better options out there.

Name a single significant recent Sony product (*recent = after the walkman)...yeah they make some good recorders - but it slips under the radar if one's interest is anything other than recording audio.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2013 at 06:57 UTC
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Henrik Herranen: They lost me at the line where they said:
"Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM (equivalent to a 40mm f/2.8)"
(followed by many other lines of similar, ahem, data).

They really should know better. 40/2.8 on FF is _NOT_ the equivalent of 24 f/2.8 on crop. If it was, both systems would have the same DoF and blurring capabilities, but they don't.

Different images = no equivalence.

This image equivalence you're talking about only is only relevant for someone cross-shopping between the 2 different formats.

DXOMark should skip even mentioning it - just mention the format the lens is for should be sufficient. Anything more, it sparks off-topic discussions and becomes a distraction.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 17, 2013 at 13:43 UTC
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Hugo808: So the lenses most people are going to use - 18-55, 18-135 - are the worst ones for the camera?

That makes it a tough sell, why can't we have a top performing standard zoom without having to carry around something heavy like the fast L series options?

Just once would be nice.....

the 18-55 and 18-135 ARE good-performing lenses if you stop them down about 2 stops or so. Don't use them wide-open.

So they already serve your purpose - light, slower, but performs well.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 17, 2013 at 13:36 UTC
On DxOMark Mobile Report: Blackberry Z10 post (16 comments in total)
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Peiasdf: While the market share says otherwise, I think BB is a distance 4th behind Apple, Android and Windows.

I think Windows phones still, rightfully, holds the distant last place.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 20, 2013 at 07:00 UTC
On Hands-on with the HTC One post (30 comments in total)
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Priaptor: This is what the iPhone 5 should have been

tile UI is a copy of Windows 8? LOL. Tile widgets existed on Android even before Windows Mobile 7.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 28, 2013 at 07:01 UTC
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toni2: Microsoft and other companies are using patents because they have nothing to do in actual market, so they need the money of others to survive. It's an unfair play.

Unless Microsoft specifies which exact patents they believe are being violated, it's protection money plain and simple.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2013 at 07:02 UTC
On Capture One Fujifilm X-Trans Raw support tested article (211 comments in total)
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IrishhAndy: In my experience silkypix gives the most detail but is a pain to use. I found the fuji jpegs lacked detaill and had a lot of colour noise. It would seem that this sensor is almost impossible to proxess for optimum results.

I've heard about your bad experience but it seems many users and reputable reviews disagree with your one-person-opinion regarding the jpeg here Mr. IA.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2013 at 18:38 UTC
On Apple and Google teaming up to buy Kodak patents article (42 comments in total)
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FRANCISCO ARAGAO: Wow, Apple "buying" patents!
Now this is new!

Certainly not new: http://lmgtfy.com/?q=apple+nortel

Direct link | Posted on Dec 11, 2012 at 06:25 UTC


Olympus OM-D feature set, Fuji FF X-Trans sensor, Nikon D800 AF, Pentax K-5 ergonomics, Canon lens system, Fuji X-E1 size/weight.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 20, 2012 at 04:50 UTC as 374th comment

Geez. It's called "prime" lens, not "single focal length" lens. Stop the propaganda already.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2012 at 02:02 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
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wy2lam: Does it seems like there's no Bulb mode on this $2500+ body, or am I mistaken?

Thanks Plastek. Reading up on A77 it seems it's reasonable to assume that the A99 does have a remote-activated bulb mode. Does the mount support screw driven lenses?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 13, 2012 at 01:33 UTC

Does it seems like there's no Bulb mode on this $2500+ body, or am I mistaken?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2012 at 12:53 UTC as 30th comment | 2 replies
On Review: Nokia 808 PureView article (349 comments in total)
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ismith: So much money for an average compact camera with an obsolete phone attached! Similar price to an unlocked iPhone 4s or Galaxy S III, which both do a decent job of taking snapshots... sorry Nokia, the camera concept is good, but the package does not appeal.

It's a camera review site, not a smartphone review site. In your opinion then no matter how impressive the camera is, the package "does not appeal" unless it's attached as part of either Google's or Apple's latest and greatest?

I have to say, it's quite a narrow world view.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2012 at 00:44 UTC
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CameraLabTester: Pentax comes across as technical and innovative.

Ricoh sounds and feels like a breakfast cereal or chocolate malt drink.

The company should diversify into food products and leave the Pentax marque alone...



To us, the word Sony also reminds us of rootkits, DRM, DMCA, poor security (PSN network), anti-customerism, suing of PS emulator makers, proprietary flash memory designed to lock customers in (memory sticks) and vastly overrated, highly ordinary LCD TVs (Bravia). It's too bad that their Walkman and Trinitron days are well over.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2012 at 23:11 UTC
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GreginVA: I am 2 for 2 with dud Sigma lenses, including a 150mm OS Macro which will periodically decide to have problems with autofocus and with image stabilization. I won't buy any more Ford cars and I won't buy any more Sigma lenses, particularly when there are reasonable alternatives from Canon and Nikon. The specs for this lens look good, but Sigma does not have adequate quality control.

My experience with Sigma in terms of quality control is not that different than Nikon - out of 8 Sigma lenses, 1 failed to AF after years of use. Out of 9 Nikon lenses, 1 developed AF problems also after years of use.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 13, 2012 at 23:13 UTC

how long before someone compares it with the new sigma zoom?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2012 at 06:32 UTC as 16th comment

This might become my standard lens!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2012 at 06:31 UTC as 20th comment

Gotta try it on my E-PL...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2012 at 06:23 UTC as 9th comment

funny its announcement is right at the same time as Nikons...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2012 at 06:22 UTC as 13th comment
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