Peter CS

Peter CS

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Peter CS: Great, new camera for Pentax fans, like myself! Many cool and new features! Hopefully this will match the raw sensor performance of the Nikon d7100/d7200. However, note to Pentax (and also a note to Fuji, Nikon, Canon, Tokina, and Tamron) - if you want to capture the landscape photographer market, you need to produce a weather-sealed ultra-wide zoom lens for DX photographers!!! So far, only Canon FX and Nikon FX have addressed this market niche with well-sealed zoom lenses! Relative to Pentax - they have had and relied a tired, non-sealed, and outdated 12-24mm for way too long!!! Also, I am not willing to try to change various prime lenses under less-than-ideal weather conditions, no matter how good the resolution and other parameters! Would have gladly bought the new, Tokina 12-20mm f2.8 but again, no weather-sealing. It seems that the FX lens lines from all manufacturers are an afterthought at best...

Thanks for letting me know about the Pentax roadmap. Where can I find this? Let's hope that 12-28mm is WR! That said, a lens starting at 12mm is nothing to write home about! I am now using a Sigma, non-weather resistant, 10-20mm and take more than half of my landscape images are taken at below 12mm! Fuji, Nikon, Canon, Tamron, and Sigma - all have lenses starting at 10mm! (Pentax fisheye zoom at 10mm and non-weather sealed is not what I am looking for!) I guess Pentax FX is the only, future option to really go ultra-wide. Thumbs up for Astrotracing though!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 17:02 UTC

Great, new camera for Pentax fans, like myself! Many cool and new features! Hopefully this will match the raw sensor performance of the Nikon d7100/d7200. However, note to Pentax (and also a note to Fuji, Nikon, Canon, Tokina, and Tamron) - if you want to capture the landscape photographer market, you need to produce a weather-sealed ultra-wide zoom lens for DX photographers!!! So far, only Canon FX and Nikon FX have addressed this market niche with well-sealed zoom lenses! Relative to Pentax - they have had and relied a tired, non-sealed, and outdated 12-24mm for way too long!!! Also, I am not willing to try to change various prime lenses under less-than-ideal weather conditions, no matter how good the resolution and other parameters! Would have gladly bought the new, Tokina 12-20mm f2.8 but again, no weather-sealing. It seems that the FX lens lines from all manufacturers are an afterthought at best...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 03:22 UTC as 17th comment | 6 replies
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ManuelVilardeMacedo: I don't see the need for this kind of aperture on an ultra wide-angle lens. It might be useful for shooting in dimly lit locations with no tripod or flash, but aren't wide-angle lenses supposed to keep everything sharp? I surely need good depth of field when I shoot landscapes and interiors. I'd trade f/0.95 for f/22.
The bokeh mania is driving people nuts.

Likely a great video/filmmakers lens for tight spaces...certainly a worthwhile addition for that reason alone! Also, great lens for Black Magic Pocket Cinema = about 28mm on that camera. Now if Black Magic would just come out with a Pocket II withmore/ better features and built-in screen...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 3, 2015 at 15:07 UTC
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Peter CS: One additional big difference for landscape photographers - the Nikon and Canon ultra-wides are weather-sealed and this Tamron is not! No one wants to worry about loosing such an expensive lens to the elements...

Many thanks to the above individuals who have found and pointed out that this fine Tamron lens is in fact weather resistant! I gladly stand corrected!

Cheers,
Peter

Direct link | Posted on Mar 9, 2015 at 15:46 UTC
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Peter CS: One additional big difference for landscape photographers - the Nikon and Canon ultra-wides are weather-sealed and this Tamron is not! No one wants to worry about loosing such an expensive lens to the elements...

Where does it says that it is? Tamron certainly made a big deal about this in their release of the 24-70mm and 70-200mm lenses...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 9, 2015 at 04:39 UTC

One additional big difference for landscape photographers - the Nikon and Canon ultra-wides are weather-sealed and this Tamron is not! No one wants to worry about loosing such an expensive lens to the elements...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 8, 2015 at 17:08 UTC as 22nd comment | 6 replies
On Nikon D7200 First Impressions Review preview (859 comments in total)

Where are new, updated, higher-resolving, weather-resistant Nikon crop-sensor lenses to go with this new camera? Also, why no tilting monitor, like the D750? Good for sports photographer and pixel peepers, but not the ideal camera that street photographers, landscape photographers, and video shooters are looking for...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 3, 2015 at 16:47 UTC as 79th comment | 1 reply
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (2358 comments in total)

Note to Canon - 50MP might sound great, but landscape photographers are just as much interested in great dynamic range, and this is why almost all serious landscape photographers have migrated to Nikon! I have held on to my L glass and love the new 11-24mm and 16-35mm, in hopes of a serious Canon rival to the Nikon 600,700,and 800 series. Also, I greatly appreciate the fact that Canon is bolder than Nikon in clearly labeling which lenses are weather-resistant. I hope that the 5s does have better dynamic range than it sounds like it does - and certainly better than 5dIII! I can only imagine trying to create HDR images from these huge image files - what a pain! (and may need/require necessary and expensive computer resources/upgrades!).
Canon, please just give us a 24mp or higher, high dynamic range camera so I can finally dust off my L lenses in storage and permanently retire my 5d and problematic Nikon FX equipment for good!
Lastly, thumbs up to Nikon for the 750 pivoting screen!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 9, 2015 at 17:14 UTC as 153rd comment | 8 replies

Landscape photographers want weather-sealing. Why not this lens? (since the 24-70mm and 70-200mm are sealed!)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2015 at 22:33 UTC as 29th comment | 2 replies

All this means is - marketing, big egos, and branding rule the day, once again! Just goes to show, some people have more money than they know what to do with, while the rest of us struggle to keep up with every increasing costs of life, equipment, and rent. Here is a novel idea - buy this "masterpiece" for a cool million and give them rest to charity. Will anyone cry over this image, now that they cannot purchase this image for themselves, I ask myself?
For those that want to see some real b&w fine art:
www.michaelandpaula.com
Worthy teachers and of two of the remaining/living true black and white masters...

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2014 at 21:59 UTC as 27th comment
On Leica M9 users report sensor corrosion issue article (379 comments in total)

I too was thinking about buying a used M9 or M-E down the road sometime to complement my M4 and M6 and assorted Leica and Zeiss M lenses, especially if film types keeps disappearing into the ozone layer. Big question for second owners, what kind of service or expense can they expect? (I do not know if Leica warranties are transferrable or not?). Glad I have not "pulled the trigger" on this one...

Direct link | Posted on Dec 10, 2014 at 17:22 UTC as 42nd comment
On Cold War camera: 1950s Berlin in color (part 1) article (120 comments in total)

These are an amazing find - many thanks for posting them!

Far more interesting than the latest DSLR - at least for a world tourist or history buff- and a great reminder of the documentary power and historical value of photographs, even casual snapshots, taken at the right place/at the right time!
(This despite the quality being about that of a disposable film camera of bygone days and likely surpassed by even the most basic digital, compact camera or camera phone sold today!)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 14, 2014 at 21:34 UTC as 3rd comment
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2696 comments in total)

For those of us who shoot a lot of video...
We will respectfully disagree about trading better weathersealing for the lack of a swivel screen with touchscreen features. I am 6'3", not terribly agile, and have no urge to constantly shoot from that height, using a magnifier etc., whereas with the swivel screen on my 70D, I can get all kinds of more interesting high and low perspectives with very basic cages, supports, etc. Also, have not seen very many great videos shot in pouring rainsandstorms, or heavy snow, and so I see the extra weathersealing vs. swivelscreen/touchscreen trade-off as a non-starter.. unless maybe if I could shoot low from a dolly, but then I could also likely afford the 1c too!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2014 at 16:30 UTC as 226th comment | 1 reply
On Photokina 2014: Hands on with the Tamron 15-30mm F2.8 article (44 comments in total)
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Alphoid: I'm not sure if the premium Tamron thing will play out. Virtually all of their lenses fail with moderately heavy use, and they don't really honor warranties. That's not the kind of reputation higher-end consumers would go for. Moving up-scale from there would either involve dramatically shifting economics on their low-end craptics, and starting to make things out of materials which don't fail with a bit of use, starting to honor warranties, etc. It would break economics on everything they make, and it would take years for reputation to catch up.

Price leader is where they are, and probably where they should stay. Or a clear split in branding.

Not to mention the lack of weather-sealing and premium in weight!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 17:03 UTC
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Peter CS: Not meaning to sound too pessimistic, but...
Why bother - already excellent and superb Fujifilm, Samsung, Sony, and m4/3 lenses and cameras are already in abundance! Another lens mount and little apparent innovation. Price of new lenses is out-of-site. If camera and ultra-wide zoom would be weather and dust resistant, that would a positive development for us landscape aficionados! Another thought - hopefully this camera will have a innovative and high dynamic range sensor and super fast and reliable autofocus! Fujifilm mirrorless are already impressive in sensor technology and work very well with existing M lenses with their adapter. Leica is very late to the table of an already crowded field...should have made these cameras long ago, instead of very slightly modified, underperforming (for serious photographers) Panasonic P&S!

I doubt Fuji has much "catching up" to do with lenses and optical quality. Their line-up just keeps getting expanded, their primes are state-of-the-art, and they have good zooms that Leica does not! Quality of results is debatable, although I give the nod to Leica for rugged manufacturing, but I doubt you or I could tell the difference between the final results of the best lenses of either, even at the very magnifications! However, the substantially higher price of the Leica lenses would be most apparent and noticeable difference of the Leica lenses. FYI, I have several Leica M lenses, bought when prices where low years ago, but I would not replace them, but instead would invest my hard-earned money in the Fuji X system instead - I have one camera and one zoom in this system right now and I am very pleased - great results, low weight, much metal, and solid! Lastly, I have an ongoing beef with Leica lenses not being weather-sealed, and many Fuii X lenses being so!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 14:56 UTC

This lens sounds great, but only if it is truly weather-sealed, besides the front element being smudge proof. Hopefully?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 15:46 UTC as 32nd comment
On 2014 Waterproof Camera Roundup article (251 comments in total)
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peevee1: Too bad you did not test TG-850 also, which is the best for snorkeling (not diving - TG-3/WG-4 GPS are better for that) for 2 reasons:
1) it has tilting screen, greatly improving visibility and convenience of holding underwater (and allowing to frame selfies in front of the fish, corals etc)
2) It has 21mm-equivalent lens, allowing to get physically closer to avoid little bubbles of air always present in the top layer of water, which tends to ruin clarity of pictures

I too am most interested in the TG-850 for the very same reasons!

This is a significant camera and should have never been left out of this test!!!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 17, 2014 at 18:05 UTC

See what happens, if you post a blog somewhere about how to circumvent Facebook copyrighted material! You would have a firestorm of legal action rain down on you the size of a huge volcano! This information posted by a "barely 21 year old" basically gave away the formulas for circumventing the copyrights on most digital images. At 21, this obviously intelligent and educated individual,should have thought twice about his actions. He was "of age" to vote, enlist, drink, be tried as an adult, etc. All adults most certainly need to contemplate the scope of their online actions. Professional photographers do not give up their weekends, family time, etc. to photograph graduations for fun! Friends and families of new graduates are always welcome to produce their own photographs, as mine did, documenting this significant event/special day! Thanks to good and cheap, fully automated, digital technology, there is no reason or excuse to resort to such bad behavior...

Direct link | Posted on May 29, 2014 at 15:37 UTC as 49th comment | 2 replies
On SherpaFund raises money after Everest avalanche article (21 comments in total)
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MikeFairbanks: They endure a lot to prepare for their climbers, so I hope a lot of money is raised for the families.

On a separate note, I don't like what happened to Everest. The climbing routes are covered in discarded oxygen tanks, tattered abandoned tents, human waste that doesn't decompose, and worst of all, over two hundred dead bodies, preserved forever (or until they are removed by avalanche or people).

It's a tragedy that they couldn't go home and it's a tragedy that they are still there. It's also a tragedy for one of the most beautiful pieces of nature in the world. Imagine if Crater Lake had 200 dead floating, preserved, on its surface each day. Not cool.

Maybe someone should also create a relief fund to bring the fallen climbers and the garbage off of Everest, in order to restore and re-create a more pristine, and photographically appealing, environment!

Direct link | Posted on May 24, 2014 at 01:11 UTC
On Walmart sues photographer's widow over family pictures article (166 comments in total)

Here is the irony - they are offering only $2000 for ownership, yet are willing to pay hundreds of thousands, if not millions in legal fees to litigate and intimidate? If this is not an all out assault on copyright ownership, then what else could it be? Maybe it is an exercise to see, if absurd amounts of inherited wealth can change/overthrow existing laws, buy false justice, and provide a ticket to our polarized/political Supreme Court, that has a huge pro- corporate agenda?
Time will tell...

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2014 at 16:17 UTC as 23rd comment | 1 reply
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