JacquesBalthazar

JacquesBalthazar

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On Leica Q First Impressions Review preview (568 comments in total)

Just looked closely in real life, and there is indeed a yummy effect.

But I was surprised by the size. This thing is substantially bigger than a M6 with 28mm cron, except in width by a few mm. It is comparable in volume(marginally smaller) to a current M with 28mm 'cron. The lens itself is much bigger than its 'cron cousin. The Q feels also heavier than expected.

Not saying these are defects, but runs against expectations of "compact".

To an extent it reminds me of something like a Yashica Electro 35, much more than something like a Leica Minilux or even a CL/Minolta CLE.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2015 at 12:54 UTC as 23rd comment
On Sony rides wave of US Mirrorless sales surge article (732 comments in total)

Well done to team Sony! Lovely to have some good news from what feels like a free falling photography market. Seems that innovation can pay off after all....

Direct link | Posted on Jun 4, 2015 at 12:25 UTC as 122nd comment | 1 reply
On Fujifilm X-T10 First Impressions Review preview (543 comments in total)
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coody: The camera's height seems not attractive.

Looks a bit like this one: http://www.camera.portraits.srv2.com/st701.htm

Direct link | Posted on May 19, 2015 at 06:02 UTC
On Fujifilm makes XF 90mm F2 R LM WR official article (136 comments in total)
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Pandimonium: The compact lens advantage on mirrorless seems to disappear above 35mm.

in "Tele-territory you're better off with a DSLR that lets you hold the camera comfortably" : that is true. If I purchase that 90mm, I am pretty sure I'll want one of the grips for the XT1 to gain better leverage/balance. Like having the MD12 motor on a FM + 180mm in the old days.

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2015 at 14:16 UTC
On Fujifilm makes XF 90mm F2 R LM WR official article (136 comments in total)
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TN Args: ..... (sucks teeth).... Canon 85mm f/1.8 weighs 425g (not 550g) and costs $350 (not $950).... and is a darned fine lens....

@halfwaythere: "I guess you never shot a full body with a 135mm lens because you would know that you get all the dof you want while the background fades away."

Again I do not understand this. I use a Df and 135 routinely, and I love the output, the build and ergonomics. I do not love the weight. And sometimes, I'd like AF without sacrificing optical quality or other ergonomics (aperture ring, easy access to manual focus, minimum focusing distance, build quality).

I know by experience that, in imaging terms, I will benefit from the additional DoF provided by APS+90mm @f2 for this lens's main application (portrait at medium distance) without loosing anything substantial in the ability to keep background out of focus.

The design of this new lens gives us high hopes for optical quality close to the stellar Zeiss 135mm (sharpness, contrast, bokeh, etc). That is my expectation anyway. We'll see when we can get our hands on it!

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2015 at 08:03 UTC
On Fujifilm makes XF 90mm F2 R LM WR official article (136 comments in total)
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JacquesBalthazar: It will be interesting to compare real life images from XT1 + this 90mm against something like the Nikon Df + Zeiss 135mm f2. Both are 16MP, so comparison can be pretty straightforward.

Construction/design point to potentially a very high performer, very solid, also mostly metal, but with great AF and weather resistance. Even closer focus than Zeiss.

The Zeiss 135 is a stellar perfomer as we know, but a bit fiddly to deploy due to MF and weight.

At almost half weight and half cost, this Fuji is truly appetising! Hope it delivers to that level of expectation!

"That's why a relatively cheap APS body with a cheap 85/1.8 lens will get you similar results as this lens on a Fuji X body": yes, I agree. But not the same experience. I like the XT1 (and the Df) as much as I like my FM3A.

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2015 at 07:44 UTC
On Fujifilm makes XF 90mm F2 R LM WR official article (136 comments in total)
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JacquesBalthazar: It will be interesting to compare real life images from XT1 + this 90mm against something like the Nikon Df + Zeiss 135mm f2. Both are 16MP, so comparison can be pretty straightforward.

Construction/design point to potentially a very high performer, very solid, also mostly metal, but with great AF and weather resistance. Even closer focus than Zeiss.

The Zeiss 135 is a stellar perfomer as we know, but a bit fiddly to deploy due to MF and weight.

At almost half weight and half cost, this Fuji is truly appetising! Hope it delivers to that level of expectation!

@halfwaythere : yes, you are right, APS DSLR bring similar weight advantages to XT1 & c°. However, compare XT1 with D5500 and similar on fit, finish, ergonomics, depth from back to flange, etc, and you will recognise they are playing on different fields. Compare the build, finish and ergonomics of any of the G f1.8 primes with their Fuji counterparts, and again you'll recognise we are looking at very different beasts. I feel that the build quality/look & feel of the high end Fuji primes are in broadly the same league as the Zeiss or the old Nikkor AI, and miles ahead of the equivalent Gs. I will compare the XT1+90mm against my Df+135CZ with very high hopes! ;-)

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2015 at 07:09 UTC
On Fujifilm makes XF 90mm F2 R LM WR official article (136 comments in total)
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TN Args: ..... (sucks teeth).... Canon 85mm f/1.8 weighs 425g (not 550g) and costs $350 (not $950).... and is a darned fine lens....

" it won't be giving you the same depth of field control" : I really do not get this. At same aperture, the 90mm on APS will give more DoF than 135mm on FF for same field of view. Which means you gain an advantage of a few mm additional sharpness at portrait distance with the 90mm @f2. With similar low light abilities. I cannot think of any situation where I'd want LESS DoF at portrait distance wide open.

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2015 at 06:37 UTC
On Fujifilm makes XF 90mm F2 R LM WR official article (136 comments in total)

It will be interesting to compare real life images from XT1 + this 90mm against something like the Nikon Df + Zeiss 135mm f2. Both are 16MP, so comparison can be pretty straightforward.

Construction/design point to potentially a very high performer, very solid, also mostly metal, but with great AF and weather resistance. Even closer focus than Zeiss.

The Zeiss 135 is a stellar perfomer as we know, but a bit fiddly to deploy due to MF and weight.

At almost half weight and half cost, this Fuji is truly appetising! Hope it delivers to that level of expectation!

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2015 at 06:25 UTC as 25th comment | 5 replies

Tempting. Curious about tests of course. The 25mm in particular: optical design uses less elements than the 25mm f2 ZF2/ZE, focuses closer and is much lighter. If same or better performance, that would send yet another signal to the DSLR vs mirrorless FF debate. The 85 is not that much lighter than the 85mm f1.4 ZF2 despite the latter's old school build. The OLED idea is ingenious. The overall design is nicely contemporary. These and the Loxia make the Sony a7 range very tempting. But I still do not like the design of that Sony camera range: bland, semi-retro cues, annoying user interface, etc. Probably not for me yet, but keeping an eye on them. That system is now moving fast, and in the right direction.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 04:45 UTC as 28th comment | 3 replies
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JacquesBalthazar: That Sony FE range sure has some very attractive features, and most of the recent lenses are clearly best in class. Well done to all involved! That said, I do wish the Sony body designs and user interfaces were not what they are. I just do not like them. Would love that range to have the Fuji xt1 design for example. One day maybe. Part of the pleasure of photography is the interaction with the tools. I think they are getting the lens designs right, the body features are great, but the body design.....

@Zorak That is a big risk indeed! ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 6, 2015 at 13:04 UTC

That Sony FE range sure has some very attractive features, and most of the recent lenses are clearly best in class. Well done to all involved! That said, I do wish the Sony body designs and user interfaces were not what they are. I just do not like them. Would love that range to have the Fuji xt1 design for example. One day maybe. Part of the pleasure of photography is the interaction with the tools. I think they are getting the lens designs right, the body features are great, but the body design.....

Direct link | Posted on Mar 6, 2015 at 05:36 UTC as 24th comment | 6 replies
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (3413 comments in total)

Canon users should rejoice having the option of all that additional real estate: ultimate cropping flexibility.

Some will use that for billboards and advertisement in general, and skip more expensive investments in medium format, just like what happened with the D800. And that is great for young up and coming photographers confronted with the falling tariffs of an extremely competitive market.

Landscape fans will use the 50 MP for ultimate detail, and leverage the camera's anti-vibration features with wonderful Canon and Zeiss lenses.

Great news! All the complaining just seems weird from the distance (I never used Canon DSLRs). We are all so spoiled!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 06:01 UTC as 849th comment | 4 replies
On Am I missing something here? article (626 comments in total)

Richard,

You make some fair points and ask some good questions. Just one correction: you forgot the 18.5mm f1.8 lens (equiv around 55mm FX), which is a gem in itself. For the rest, it is a matter of opinion indeed. For very many applications the 1" sensor size makes perfect sense. The Nikon 1 users are usually very enthusiastic about the reactivity and speed of the system, the video features and the quality of the stills output. I know I love the V1 and keep going back to it after having failed to enjoy the more trendy but sluggish mirrorless offers (Nex 7, Fuji xe1).
The sarcastic comments that pop up every time the Nikon 1 is mentioned do no good to anyone and are usually completely off the mark. Nikon has produced a great system, with many highlights, and quite a few odd gaps, baffling user interface details and bizarre marketing choices. I will buy the V3, if the 18MP output is as good as the V1's 10MP. And the new long zoom. And the 32mm f1.2. And keep my DSLR outfit.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 05:43 UTC as 212th comment | 3 replies
On Nikon D4s First Impressions Review preview (1042 comments in total)

Beautiful machine! This is indeed a really impressive technological showcase of a tool.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2014 at 12:10 UTC as 225th comment | 1 reply
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1645 comments in total)

Nice one Fuji! Hope lag is now gone. Very tempting....

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2014 at 10:55 UTC as 366th comment
On AP cuts ties with Pulitzer-winning photographer article (166 comments in total)
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JacquesBalthazar: The element that was cloned out was an important piece of information. It was telling the viewer that there were more than one reporter at that precise location. That brings insight and questions about the "PR" logistics around the photographed incident : how did the reporters get there? Who brought them there? Why? Did the gun carrying person in the picture know he was moving in front of reporters? Did he place himself in that way at that location because he knew the press was there?

By cloning out the camera, the photographer wanted to avoid such questions being raised by the viewer. He wanted to suggest exclusive intimacy between him, the fighter and the war surrounding the scene. That is not a minor act, and Mr Contreras knows that full well. AP did the right thing.

On the other hand, If I was running a news agency, I would probably hire the talented Mr Contreras now, as he has certainly realised the risks of doctoring such images and wil never be tempted again.

@LeitzKameraAktion: you are right. It did not cross my mind that the videocam might have been his own, simply lying there. Another proof that a picture does not necessarily tell the whole story, cloning or no cloning.... Does not change the fundamental issue though.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 25, 2014 at 08:11 UTC
On AP cuts ties with Pulitzer-winning photographer article (166 comments in total)

The element that was cloned out was an important piece of information. It was telling the viewer that there were more than one reporter at that precise location. That brings insight and questions about the "PR" logistics around the photographed incident : how did the reporters get there? Who brought them there? Why? Did the gun carrying person in the picture know he was moving in front of reporters? Did he place himself in that way at that location because he knew the press was there?

By cloning out the camera, the photographer wanted to avoid such questions being raised by the viewer. He wanted to suggest exclusive intimacy between him, the fighter and the war surrounding the scene. That is not a minor act, and Mr Contreras knows that full well. AP did the right thing.

On the other hand, If I was running a news agency, I would probably hire the talented Mr Contreras now, as he has certainly realised the risks of doctoring such images and wil never be tempted again.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2014 at 05:06 UTC as 66th comment | 3 replies
On Fujifilm teases upcoming SLR-style X system camera article (919 comments in total)
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marike6: Locking exposure dials a la the Nikon Df? Any amount of money that DPR loves this camera and the dials from day one. :-)

Part of what makes the X cameras at least interesting is the rangefinder design, the whole poor man's Leica thing.

What is the point copying a DSLR body styling? It's has no bright Pentaprism so why the pseudo pentaprism housing?

This is a head scratcher move from Fujifilm that is for sure. No FF, just an X camera dressed up as a DSLR. Has anybody asked why?

"Locking exposure dials a la the Nikon Df?": unfortunately no lock on that dial it seems. On XE1/X100, EC dial is way too sensitive to unintentional manipulation (rubbing against clothing while carrying or just by holding camera in hand). Kept ruining opportunities. With Df, EC only happens when you want it to. The dial locks are features I truly love with the Df. For the rest, this new X sure looks nice. With the new 58mm f1.2 and Fuji's xtrans processing, this will be a killer portrait machine !

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2014 at 12:22 UTC
On Nikon AF-S Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G review preview (415 comments in total)

It is a specialty lens. While 58mm is close to the 50mm "standard", the small reduction in angle of view and additional compression make it a very suitable indoor "action" portrait focal length. I see uses for this for low light photography in bars, at parties, weddings, etc. Sure the 50mm can do it as well but it is not exactly the same. The 60mm macro can do it from f2.8. The 85mm requires more distance, more room to back off. The 85mm makes it harder to get 2 people together in focus.

It is also a seductive specialty lens in its design, prioritising for a set of goals beyond "sharpness". The obsession for ultimate sharpness, outside of scientific applications and some landscape styles, is mainly self gratifying pixel peeping fun. Some of us prefer "mood" or "atmosphere" to "lines per millimetre".

I'd understand the hate if this lens replaced the standard 50mm f1.4, but it does not. As a specialty lens, the price might be right for the target users.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 31, 2013 at 16:28 UTC as 88th comment | 2 replies
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