Pritzl

Pritzl

Joined on Nov 18, 2011

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On Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art Lab Test Review preview (162 comments in total)

I think I cut myself just on the review.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 17, 2014 at 19:42 UTC as 33rd comment
On Nikon D610 Review preview (286 comments in total)

DPR's tardiness with this review (esp. since it's practically the same camera) rivals Nikon's delay in admitting the sensor oil/dust issue on the D600! :)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 12, 2014 at 17:01 UTC as 81st comment | 3 replies
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1657 comments in total)

Just a small correction. Flash guide no. is 11 at iso 200, 8 at iso 100. You got it right in the specs list but wrong on the first page.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2014 at 18:48 UTC as 302nd comment
On Pictures emerge showing widely-leaked Fujfilm 'X-T1' news story (373 comments in total)

The only disappointing thing about the XT1 is that I probably can't afford one for quite a while... :(

Now this is retro done right! All key controls logically laid out at your finger-tips with a huge VF. Wifi and Tilt-screen are just icing on a very delicious looking cake. With the IQ a known entity, (assuming it's the same X-Trans II sensor as the X-E2/X100s) all that remains to be seen is if the performance is as snappy as expected.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2014 at 00:42 UTC as 60th comment
On Nikon Df Review preview (1595 comments in total)

So it's a Frankencamera?

Such a shame to handicap such a great sensor with so-so AF and confused manual controls. I just hope that this is not the last foray into retro design because with a little more thought (e.g. non-locking, better placed dials and removal of the redundant mode dial) the directness of control would have been nice.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2013 at 14:28 UTC as 242nd comment

Bravo! This is impressive stuff.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 28, 2013 at 17:25 UTC as 31st comment
On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)
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Pritzl: Agree with the initial conclusion 100%. Whereas Fuji's retro design works this feels a bit gimmicky. It might have worked better with a smaller form factor and fewer buttons on the back. As it stands though, the Fuji still commands (considerably less of) my money. A shame though, I had high hopes for more viable options in this segment.

Yeah but the ergonomics on the Fuji work. This one seems to be neither here nor there in terms of pure functionality. Still too many fiddly buttons on the back and the "direct" controls are a bit hard to use with your eye to the VF. If anything, I think it does a disservice to the fore-runner it's purporting to emulate.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 6, 2013 at 14:49 UTC

Love it or hate it, it's better than charging full price + premium for a totally new camera that has only minor differences to the old model (*cough* 700D/D610 *cough*). If Canon really pre-built DPAF hardware into the C100 and are simply enabling it now then it's brilliant future-planning by their engineers. Not sure why they had to test-run it on the 70D first though.

Also keep in mind, that for the target audience $500 is not a lot of money considering the base cost of the camera.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 6, 2013 at 14:22 UTC as 37th comment | 1 reply

Wonder how much faster AF will get with the new firmware?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 6, 2013 at 14:15 UTC as 10th comment
On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)
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plevyadophy: They nearly got it right
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Well, in my view as far as ergonomics goes, they nearly got it right and it's a sin, stupidity beyond stupidity that they didn't get it right; and as for good looks they have just done a slam dunk.

As far as ergonomics goes, I have always said that if I designed a cam I would design it so that that Aperture, Shutter, ISO, Exposure Compensation, and PASM were all adjusted by external dials ..... and Nikon have done just that. Awesome.

But then there are the flies in the ointment. I think it daft that they put the often used Exp Comp dial on the left (thus forcing you to regularly move your left hand from where it ought to be permanently stationed ..... supporting the lens) and the least used PASM dial on the right. That seems daft beyond stupidity.

contd below .........

No surprise really. Nikon's recent DSLRs have never been good for eye-to-the-VF operation.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 14:34 UTC
On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)

Agree with the initial conclusion 100%. Whereas Fuji's retro design works this feels a bit gimmicky. It might have worked better with a smaller form factor and fewer buttons on the back. As it stands though, the Fuji still commands (considerably less of) my money. A shame though, I had high hopes for more viable options in this segment.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 14:31 UTC as 675th comment | 2 replies
On Sigma announces pricing and availability of 24-105 F4 lens news story (167 comments in total)
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iudex: Since I don´t have FF (have Pentax ;-), I would love to see an equivalent for APSC, i.e. 16-70 f2,8 (Art of course). I intend to buy Sigma 18-35-1,8 (when the Pentax mount is finally available), but it´s focal length is a bit limiting. I would trade 1 EV for better FL. Having 16-70 with f2,8 I would never put it off my camera.

That would be nice. I would give up more of the reach for just 1 extra mm on the wide end though, e.g. 15-50mm 2.8. So long as it's sharp wide open, I would buy it in a heart beat.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 25, 2013 at 14:05 UTC
On Fujifilm X-E2 Preview preview (454 comments in total)

I am definitely interested. I love the X-series ergonomics and stylish design. Throw in great IQ, a responsive manufacturer and decent AF and I'm sold. Might have to wait a while though before the finances are in place.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 18, 2013 at 13:51 UTC as 107th comment
On Preview:canon-eos-70d (1333 comments in total)
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Pritzl: OK, time for some common sense:
1. Of course LV AF (DPAF or otherwise) is more accurate than OVF AF. It is measuring focus at the sensor rather than by proxy.
2. This is a DSLR rather than Canon specific issue.
3. It was not somehow introduced by the availability of DPAF. i.e. OVF focusing has always worked this way.
4. The problem is only really present if:
a) You are using a very narrow depth of field (large aperture/close focusing distance); and
b) Your particular lens + body combination is not perfectly aligned.
5. The issue goes away if you apply the necessary AF micro-adjustment/AF fine-tuning to account for the discrepancy.

The only concerns I have with the article, are the lack of usable tracking AF + continuous shooting in LV and, less significantly, the fact that I actually don't see the purported higher accuracy in MF.

On a side note, I wonder if it would be possible to script automatic AFMA based on the discrepancy between OVF and LV phase detect results?

I think you may have misunderstood. I was just disappointed it did not do continuous AF and shooting in live-view. For the manual focus, I think that the samples and/or resolutions did not appear to be demonstrably better to me in MF. Could just be my monitor though.

Posted on Oct 13, 2013 at 01:09 UTC
On Preview:canon-eos-70d (1333 comments in total)

OK, time for some common sense:
1. Of course LV AF (DPAF or otherwise) is more accurate than OVF AF. It is measuring focus at the sensor rather than by proxy.
2. This is a DSLR rather than Canon specific issue.
3. It was not somehow introduced by the availability of DPAF. i.e. OVF focusing has always worked this way.
4. The problem is only really present if:
a) You are using a very narrow depth of field (large aperture/close focusing distance); and
b) Your particular lens + body combination is not perfectly aligned.
5. The issue goes away if you apply the necessary AF micro-adjustment/AF fine-tuning to account for the discrepancy.

The only concerns I have with the article, are the lack of usable tracking AF + continuous shooting in LV and, less significantly, the fact that I actually don't see the purported higher accuracy in MF.

On a side note, I wonder if it would be possible to script automatic AFMA based on the discrepancy between OVF and LV phase detect results?

Posted on Oct 11, 2013 at 15:35 UTC as 90th comment | 3 replies
On Nikon D610 preview (634 comments in total)
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Pritzl: Wonder if the new shutter mechanism includes a fix for adjusting aperture in LV/Video?

You're probably right but I don't understand why they're going through the trouble for an extra 0.5fps? Or is it just about the oil spots?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 8, 2013 at 21:25 UTC
On Nikon D610 preview (634 comments in total)

Wonder if the new shutter mechanism includes a fix for adjusting aperture in LV/Video?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 8, 2013 at 13:47 UTC as 186th comment | 2 replies
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Pritzl: They could have at least tested with a halfway decent lens. That 40mm is not a speed demon by all accounts. I have a hard time believing they did not have access to better lenses.

STMs do not focus fast. They are designed to do so for a more pleasing focus pull effect. Also, among the STM lenses, the 40mm is not the snappiest; I suspect even the 18-135 kit lens would probably outdo it.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 3, 2013 at 21:50 UTC
On Where the sharpness comes from: A tour of Sigma's factory news story (99 comments in total)

Sigma is now testing every single lens? That's one impressive statement of intent.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2013 at 20:44 UTC as 41st comment | 1 reply

They could have at least tested with a halfway decent lens. That 40mm is not a speed demon by all accounts. I have a hard time believing they did not have access to better lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2013 at 13:57 UTC as 31st comment | 11 replies
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