Rod McD

Rod McD

Lives in Australia Australia
Joined on Jan 15, 2010

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Miki Nemeth: 72mm filter size on a lens (90mm/f2) designed/dedicated specifically for APS-C mirrorless cameras is really interesting. My full-frame FD 135mm/f2.8 has only 52mm filter. The full frame FD 135mm/f2 has 72mm filter size. The FD 100mm/f2 has 52mm filter size, too.

Hi Miki, yes I had one for my Pentax system. A really excellent small light 1:1 macro lens. Also has great bokeh. The only problem adapted to Fuji is its lack of an aperture ring. You have to use an adapter with an aperture control ring and they adjust from wide open to fully stopped down in a very small movement. It's a bit hard to control. Cheers, Rod

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 13:32 UTC
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Miki Nemeth: 72mm filter size on a lens (90mm/f2) designed/dedicated specifically for APS-C mirrorless cameras is really interesting. My full-frame FD 135mm/f2.8 has only 52mm filter. The full frame FD 135mm/f2 has 72mm filter size. The FD 100mm/f2 has 52mm filter size, too.

Agreed Miki - my post above. It's even bigger than AF FF lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 12:46 UTC

These lenses have been discussed in the last couple of days in the Fuji Forum. There's a fair bit of interest in them.
One unresolved question is why the 90mm f2 is as big as it is. SLR 90-100mm f2 lenses from the film era had filter diameters of around 52-55mm. The AF Nikon 85mm f1.8 covers FF and still only has a 62mm filter. The Fuji 90mm will also be AF, but only has to cover APSC, yet it appears to be a monster of a lens with a filter size of 72mm. Unless there's some hidden technical reason within, it appears to be a bit over the top. Where's the APSC advantage? Certainly too big for me.

And no 1:1 macro lens with a FL longer than the current 60mm?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 12:28 UTC as 15th comment | 11 replies

I'm into hiking and landscape photography, but chose not to buy into the A7r six months back. The lack of a convincing WA lens was one reason. This zoom might remedy that problem but it's much larger than I'd like. I'd really prefer to see Sony issue a top small light 24mm f2.8 prime that's sharp from corner to corner - a sibling to the FE 35mm 2.8 - before I could rekindle interest in the system.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 23:52 UTC as 6th comment
On Samsung NX1 First Impressions Review preview (931 comments in total)

A new sensor, and a very ambitious camera and lens system. Kudos Samsung. If the great specs are borne out by performance and reliability, it should sell for them. One thing I've never understood about Samsung's camera products is their almost total lack of marketing. It stands in stark contrast to their TVs and other electronic goods (- at least as far as I can see in Australia).

I know already that it's not for me. It's aimed at a different sector of the mirror-less market. I'm in the 'small and light' mirror-less camp. With it's 16-50/2-2.8 attached, this camera isn't.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 12:09 UTC as 194th comment | 1 reply
On Zeiss introduces 'no distortion' Otus 1.4/85mm article (338 comments in total)

I know this is principally a gear driven site, but I think products like these very exclusive and expensive lenses must lead us to ask whether the gear is more important than who's behind it and what's in front of it. Adams, HCB, Capa - none of them had lenses as good as we have today. Did it matter? An image is more about moment and content than technology.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 9, 2014 at 11:46 UTC as 53rd comment | 4 replies
On Zeiss launches Loxia full frame lenses for Sony E-mount article (274 comments in total)
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Rod McD: Can we have them in Fuji XF mount too please? I know Zeiss offer the Touits, but they seemed to have ended the release of any new models in that lineage. I'd appreciate the solid mechanical MF feel and aperture control of these as much as anyone. If they do one in the 85/90/100mm FL - small, no faster than f2, better f2.4 - I'd be in.

I agree with you in relation to the 35mm and the 50mm. They wouldn't have been the FLs I'd have offered as third party alternatives to the Sony/Zeiss 35/2.8 & 55/1.8. I could see more point to either a VWA or the short telephoto FL I suggested. I could certainly make very good use of the latter on my XT1. In any case, Zeiss have made decision.....

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2014 at 01:13 UTC
On Zeiss launches Loxia full frame lenses for Sony E-mount article (274 comments in total)

Can we have them in Fuji XF mount too please? I know Zeiss offer the Touits, but they seemed to have ended the release of any new models in that lineage. I'd appreciate the solid mechanical MF feel and aperture control of these as much as anyone. If they do one in the 85/90/100mm FL - small, no faster than f2, better f2.4 - I'd be in.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2014 at 00:36 UTC as 51st comment | 3 replies
On Very flashy: Ricoh unveils Pentax K-S1 DSLR article (206 comments in total)

While I'm sure that the KS1 offers real capabilities and the use of Pentax's great lenses, I certainly prefer the design aesthetic of their K5/K3 series.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 27, 2014 at 22:51 UTC as 87th comment

Thanks DPR for posting these. I'm not going to enter the debates in the preceding posts about whether it's art, photography, useful, pointless or whatever. As far as I'm concerned those debates are pointless because they revolve around classifying these pieces. They simply are as they are, and I simply enjoyed them. Original, different stuff from my own, and entertaining.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 4, 2014 at 00:50 UTC as 20th comment
On Travel tripods: Comparing 5 aluminum kits article (107 comments in total)

Thanks DPR for the round-up.

After experimenting with a few of these reverse folding tripods for travel I've learned a few things. One is that they all rely on the centre column to achieve height - too much so in my view. The other is that five leg sections drive you mad. They might stow away nice and small but they take an age to erect and take down. I've gone back to a more standard design. They're taller without the centre column up and they have fewer leg sections. They don't weigh any more but I have to acknowledge that they don't pack down as small. Tripods are all about compromises.......

Direct link | Posted on Jul 20, 2014 at 23:03 UTC as 32nd comment
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Review preview (802 comments in total)

Tried one in-store. A well featured camera and a remarkable achievement in miniaturisation, but as slippery as a bar of soap. Why the heck can't Sony add a grip rather than leave it to the aftermarket? Surely it would not make the camera any less pocketable if a grip as deep as the control ring was built in?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 28, 2014 at 05:48 UTC as 51st comment | 2 replies
On 2014 Waterproof Camera Roundup article (250 comments in total)

I'm getting deja vu......... Why can't at least one camera manufacturer offer a decent WP camera? There seems to be an assumption inherent in these designs that outdoors types aren't interested in IQ or camera controls. The alternative of DSLRs in housings are simply impractical for water sports, climbing, caving, skiing and so on. And the housings are often more expensive than the camera...... Surely there it would be feasible to offer something in between - a decent size sensor (1", APSC?) a fixed high quality zoom lens, raw and reasonable ergonomics?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 17, 2014 at 13:17 UTC as 68th comment | 2 replies
On Sony a6000 Review preview (764 comments in total)

Why is not having a touch screen a "con"? It's just a statement of fact. It seems that the position being adopted is that all cameras SHOULD have a touch screen. Sure some people like them. There are others who don't. I personally don't want a camera that does have one and this would put the A6000 higher on my list.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 3, 2014 at 22:45 UTC as 116th comment | 7 replies
On Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art Lab Test Review preview (567 comments in total)

Now we need Sigma to build some wide-angle lenses to the same standard. Zeiss need some competition for the 21mm 2.8.

Direct link | Posted on May 28, 2014 at 23:09 UTC as 72nd comment | 1 reply

I could potentially have been be interested, but the weight of this new lens seems to undermine the benefits of of using an f4 lens to avoid the sheer bulk of the f2.8 versions. Let's call 980gms a kilogram by the time you put the lens caps on and still more with the tripod mount - so maybe 1200gms. Too heavy........

Direct link | Posted on May 17, 2014 at 00:32 UTC as 14th comment
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2970 comments in total)

Interesting camera. The RX100 seems to become more complete every upgrade. It's starting to look attractive. Now why couldn't Canon have put a retracting EVF in the G1X Mark2?

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2014 at 13:19 UTC as 636th comment | 7 replies

Can we download a camera straight into it or does it need another accessory? And does it take jpegs without compressing them further? And does it take RAW files at all? And why can't somebody make a small tablet & OS with full USB and file management functionality?

Direct link | Posted on May 15, 2014 at 23:00 UTC as 11th comment | 3 replies
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review preview (689 comments in total)
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Rod McD: I have the G1X Mk1 and enjoyed it for travel and hiking. That's despite agreeing that there are issues with focus distance and AF (which though very accurate, gave slow between shot times). If you accepted these foibles it was a good all-rounder and nothing matched its IQ without actually going to APSC.

I'm not upgrading to the Mk2 despite the improvements. One of the best things about the Mk 1 was that it was a complete stand-alone camera that needed nothing. For me, the absence of a neat built-in EVF is THE killer for the Mk 2. I hate add-on EVFs - they're expensive, easy to forget or lose and block the flash shoe in use. And it's an $1100 camera with its EVF, and at that price it's squarely in MILC territory. I decided to spend more and bought an XT1.

@ chiane... Quite right. So have I. In fact I've done it. But parting with one's dollars is all about choices and preferences. I prefer a built-in VF and eye-level viewing. Adds stability and tends to make a smaller, neater camera than one with an add-on EVF in the flash shoe.

Direct link | Posted on May 8, 2014 at 01:09 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review preview (689 comments in total)

I have the G1X Mk1 and enjoyed it for travel and hiking. That's despite agreeing that there are issues with focus distance and AF (which though very accurate, gave slow between shot times). If you accepted these foibles it was a good all-rounder and nothing matched its IQ without actually going to APSC.

I'm not upgrading to the Mk2 despite the improvements. One of the best things about the Mk 1 was that it was a complete stand-alone camera that needed nothing. For me, the absence of a neat built-in EVF is THE killer for the Mk 2. I hate add-on EVFs - they're expensive, easy to forget or lose and block the flash shoe in use. And it's an $1100 camera with its EVF, and at that price it's squarely in MILC territory. I decided to spend more and bought an XT1.

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2014 at 22:56 UTC as 162nd comment | 2 replies
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