Rod McD

Rod McD

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Rod McD: "It was decided to focus on portraits, landscapes and still lifes". Personally I'll be interested to see the landscape lens(es). I'm assuming that they'd have to be looking at a couple of FLs (say 24mm & 35mm at the very least). And I sincerely hope that they're going to make them significantly smaller and lighter than this one. Zeiss need to understand that size and weight can be a compromise too. Serious landscapers will want lighter kit if they've got to carry them and all the hiking gear on a two week trek.......

I don't care too much for AF, and have no interest in the other lenses.

I know the existing line of excellent Zeiss lenses - they've been available for years. Given all the "no compromise" hype in their new blog, I've read this to mean that this is the first of a new line of Zeiss lenses, perhaps analogous to Sigma's new "Art" line. Maybe I'm wrong in that, and the lenses you refer to are indeed the landscape lenses. (A 55mm lens can also be used for landscape of course but if I was going to carry this one, I may as well carry a 4X5").

Direct link | Posted on Aug 7, 2013 at 22:41 UTC
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BobYIL: Such news should be a message to Nikon. Specifically for the D800/E series we need highly corrected, hi-resolution primes, say from 18 to 50mm; not necessarily faster than f2. Just a few primes designed to deliver flawless IQ from corner to corner on the 36MP sensor starting from f2.8 or f4, for instance.

And we know that if Nikon do them then the prices would be more "reasonable".

Yes - Agree that some slower high res lenses would be an excellent idea. I've never needed f1.4 wide angles and it seems to me that they often come with many compromises..... size, weight, flare, distortion, vignetting, cost, etc

And to peevee - Most LF & MF lenses are unsuited to DSLR adaptation. And their FLs are typically too long for routine FF FOVs.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 7, 2013 at 12:48 UTC

"It was decided to focus on portraits, landscapes and still lifes". Personally I'll be interested to see the landscape lens(es). I'm assuming that they'd have to be looking at a couple of FLs (say 24mm & 35mm at the very least). And I sincerely hope that they're going to make them significantly smaller and lighter than this one. Zeiss need to understand that size and weight can be a compromise too. Serious landscapers will want lighter kit if they've got to carry them and all the hiking gear on a two week trek.......

I don't care too much for AF, and have no interest in the other lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 7, 2013 at 12:40 UTC as 54th comment | 2 replies
On Lakselv in the night in the Night Shots challenge (8 comments in total)

Beautiful image - well composed and perfectly exposed.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 7, 2013 at 04:21 UTC as 6th comment

There's a lot to like in this camera and I think Panasonic should be commended for getting all the features into one body. It redeems (for me) their earlier VF-less designs. I might consider one when we know a bit more about the sensor and its performance.

There's one thing that I'd like to see in any future model - environmental sealing. For some strange reason all the mirror-less manufacturers (except Olympus with the OMD) seem to take the view that this just doesn't matter. Well it does. And they're premium cameras at premium prices. There are several low level DSLRs with sealing for half the price. Tsk.Tsk....

Direct link | Posted on Aug 1, 2013 at 10:07 UTC as 46th comment | 2 replies
On 5 Reasons why I haven't used my DSLR for months article (591 comments in total)

It's certainly also true for me that my DSLR is getting used less. I already use both types of camera. The DSLR is faster and more versatile at the expense of size and weight. I use a mirror-less for travel, hiking and social occasions, and the DSLR for macro, birds, wildlife and so on. It's horses for courses, and not either/ or.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 1, 2013 at 00:07 UTC as 167th comment
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Rod McD: I understand why some people might want one, but it's not for me. Nor do I want the faster XF55-200, as good as it is. Or the 56/f1.2. I'm with those who think Fuji need to offer a small (ie modest speed) telephoto prime around say 85/90mm f2 or 100mm/2.8. That would provide an AF lens with some reach, a step up from the 18-55mm zoom, and still capitalize on the mirror-less advantage of small size. If I want a case full of big zooms, I may as well stay with a DSLR.

@samhain. I didn't "poo-poo" Fuji's 56mmf1.2. I just said that I didn't want one in favor of a longer FL. It's predominantly a portrait lens and I don't do much of that type of work. For more general short-tele photography I generally prefer a slower lens because you don't suffer the downsides of fast design. Hence being happy in concept with a 85-90mm lens in the f2 - 2.8 range. There is no "THE" lens for any system. It depends entirely on your needs. I'm more into landscape - a 56mm 1.2 is of little practical use to me. As usual in photography, it's horses for courses.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2013 at 23:03 UTC

I understand why some people might want one, but it's not for me. Nor do I want the faster XF55-200, as good as it is. Or the 56/f1.2. I'm with those who think Fuji need to offer a small (ie modest speed) telephoto prime around say 85/90mm f2 or 100mm/2.8. That would provide an AF lens with some reach, a step up from the 18-55mm zoom, and still capitalize on the mirror-less advantage of small size. If I want a case full of big zooms, I may as well stay with a DSLR.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2013 at 13:39 UTC as 15th comment | 7 replies

Hasslebling #2. Obviously I and my fellow readers are not the target audience for this camera. What a descent from photography to tacky! I suppose a good point is that (unlike Sony) they recognised the need for a grip on a camera and didn't leave it to the after-market.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2013 at 03:44 UTC as 142nd comment

I've turned over a few cameras too in my time. I think one of the key things that has driven GAS in the last decade has been the development of digital from its infancy (nerdy accessories to computers) to fully fledged photographic tools. In this short period, improvements were annual and every model was superceded when you walked out the shop door. It's slowing down now and people are lamenting that new models are appearing more slowly and that upgrades are incremental....... It'll take a few years to get used to changing expectations, but it has to be a good thing.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 11, 2013 at 00:35 UTC as 39th comment | 1 reply
On Nikon Coolpix AW110 preview (91 comments in total)
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Rod McD: Quote from the conclusion :- "Details are smudged at base ISO (though likely not an issue for target audience)"

Why is there this ongoing assumption that people who like the outdoors aren't interested in better IQ? In my experience, people who want tough, WR cameras to take to wild places greatly value where they go and the images they bring back. Perhaps the target audience who buy these cameras do so because there's simply nothing better available. It doesn't mean it isn't wanted and wouldn't sell. And no, one shouldn't have to carry a D4 in housing. We need something in-between - a modern day Nikonos with a fixed wide to standard zoom.

Surely someone could make a better small WR camera with a 1"- APSC sensor, a WA zoom, and real O-ring seals? Yes it would weigh more and cost more, but many would be prepared to pay more for a comprehensively better outdoor camera.

@ seilerbird666 : It seems you're not letting facts interfere with your post....... I did not say I expected DSLR IQ from a $300 camera. What I actually said was "it [my preferred option] would weigh more and cost more, but many would be prepared to pay more for a comprehensively better outdoor camera." The Nikonos showed that you don't need a DSLR in a housing to get high IQ. The camera was itself water proof to 40 metres and far tougher than any of these rugged compacts. And it was small enough to stuff into a life jacket or a caving suit. Try that with a DSLR in a housing. There's no technical reason there couldn't be a similar camera in the digital era. And once again, I'd pay a good price for it.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2013 at 07:54 UTC
On Nikon Coolpix AW110 preview (91 comments in total)

Quote from the conclusion :- "Details are smudged at base ISO (though likely not an issue for target audience)"

Why is there this ongoing assumption that people who like the outdoors aren't interested in better IQ? In my experience, people who want tough, WR cameras to take to wild places greatly value where they go and the images they bring back. Perhaps the target audience who buy these cameras do so because there's simply nothing better available. It doesn't mean it isn't wanted and wouldn't sell. And no, one shouldn't have to carry a D4 in housing. We need something in-between - a modern day Nikonos with a fixed wide to standard zoom.

Surely someone could make a better small WR camera with a 1"- APSC sensor, a WA zoom, and real O-ring seals? Yes it would weigh more and cost more, but many would be prepared to pay more for a comprehensively better outdoor camera.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 6, 2013 at 01:52 UTC as 53rd comment | 9 replies
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R Preview preview (114 comments in total)

Not seeing too much advantage of the 'R' over the standard RX1 model. But this isn't what holds me back from either - it's the inflexibility of one FL. (Yes I have lived with a one lens camera for months on the road. I know that I prefer a small suite of FLs and I'm not alone). And a built-in EVF please. If Sony made a similarly small FF body, a little taller to accommodate the BIEVF, gave it a grip and a suite of lenses of say 24/35/50/90mm, they'd be rushing out the door if the body price was contained to the same as a 6D/D600. Those who want a single prime aren't compelled to buy more than one lens. Just do it.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 4, 2013 at 23:04 UTC as 26th comment
On Pentax unveils blue and white K-01 in Japan article (262 comments in total)
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KL Matt: This really surprises me -- I thought they were dropping the K-01 like a bad habit. Does releasing a new K-01 edition and all the effort that entails mean that Ricoh is commited to maintaining a K-mount mirrorless body in the lineup going forward? The plot thickens. I have no idea what they're up to, but I like it!

Hi KLMatt - Bad habits are the ones that keep coming back :-) Like you and the rest of the Pentax Forum I thought production had ended but they've clearly made this edition in recent times. It'll be interesting to see the availability (both region & duration) and the asking price..... Personally I hope Pentax do have another crack at the MILC market, but the K01's not for me despite its excellent IQ.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 4, 2013 at 12:02 UTC
On Just posted: Olympus Tough TG-2 iHS Review preview (106 comments in total)
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Rod McD: 1. Why is it that every one the manufacturers of these rugged cameras assume that the people who need them aren't interested in higher IQ? Outdoor photographers (hikers, climbers, cavers, kayakers, cyclists, yachties, etc) really value their forays into wild places and the images they bring back. Would somebody kindly offer a more serious camera with a larger sensor. I fully expect it to cost more and weigh more and I would be prepared to pay for the improvement.

2. Why do they all ignore two hundred years of engineering knowledge about seals? The internet is full of leak experiences and failures to honor guarantees. They could use a 1" O-ring on the base of a decent grip and it would be big enough to take an SD card and an appropriately shaped battery. And it would allow them to offer better specs. Just do it.

To Marty4650......I know full well that these compacts don't attempt to emulate a D4 in a housing (that probably cost as much as the D4). Your response suggests that there is no possibility of an engineering option in-between, which is completely false. Oldarrow has mentioned the Nikonos. Yes a modern day equivalent would probably be $2K, but it would be a whole lot better than these compacts and, to many users, a whole lot better than a black mastodon in an UW housing. Try kayaking with one of those stuffed into your life jacket. Fujifilm also developed a series of inexpensive water resistant heavy duty cameras in the film era that used proper O-rings for the battery compartments. It can be done.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2013 at 00:13 UTC
On Just posted: Olympus Tough TG-2 iHS Review preview (106 comments in total)

1. Why is it that every one the manufacturers of these rugged cameras assume that the people who need them aren't interested in higher IQ? Outdoor photographers (hikers, climbers, cavers, kayakers, cyclists, yachties, etc) really value their forays into wild places and the images they bring back. Would somebody kindly offer a more serious camera with a larger sensor. I fully expect it to cost more and weigh more and I would be prepared to pay for the improvement.

2. Why do they all ignore two hundred years of engineering knowledge about seals? The internet is full of leak experiences and failures to honor guarantees. They could use a 1" O-ring on the base of a decent grip and it would be big enough to take an SD card and an appropriately shaped battery. And it would allow them to offer better specs. Just do it.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2013 at 13:01 UTC as 39th comment | 4 replies
On Sony reveals AA-filter-less Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R article (66 comments in total)
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samhain: A viewfinder would've been nice...

While you may personally be happy with an add-on VF that costs significantly more and blocks the flash shoe, my gauge is that more people would prefer a complete camera in the first place. Yes it would mean a slightly bigger body but there's no point to style over function. And yes it would still have to be paid for. However, it would never be lost, forgotten, knocked off or interfere with the flash shoe.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 28, 2013 at 02:09 UTC
On Sony reveals AA-filter-less Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R article (66 comments in total)

Sony, as impressive as the RX1 & RX1R are, please give us what everyone is actually waiting for - the interchangeable lens version. One FL is too limiting for most photographers. Please give us a scaled up FF NEX with a built-in EVF, external controls, and a suite of matched primes. I'm thinking 24/2.8, 35/2, 50/1.4 and 90/2.8 - modest speeds to keep them small and light. Best available AF. Environmentally sealed. No dearer than a D600. They'd sell. Thank you.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2013 at 12:54 UTC as 20th comment | 4 replies
On Fujifilm X-M1 Preview preview (226 comments in total)
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radissimo: Fuji just got lazy introducing "me too" camera. yawn

Sorry? - Is there another APSC MILC on the market like it?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2013 at 02:25 UTC

Great! Thank you. I've been holding off, waiting for focus peaking because I specifically want to use some fine DSLR lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2013 at 01:44 UTC as 25th comment
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