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HSway

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Joined on Mar 21, 2010

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HSway: Someone said that Sony doesn’t have heart. That's true, it's easier to spot it in Olympus, Fuji and even Panasonic’s Lumix area. Some of it probably comes from making cameras for multiple segments on multiple platforms - tuning each for its best use. Sony is also capable of creating top notch opics and it’s not like they have no tradition in this filed, not least through their video/film making devices. But this approach makes it great deal more difficult to do things systematically, and they definitely are slower in getting that almost everyone can produce a decent camera but it’s the lens that is at the core of the system today. And every single one is decisive for it whether on an inexpensive or expensive side. But I think they are getting there. Though how their whole approach will develop exactly remains to be seen.

Yep, very significant.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2016 at 21:02 UTC

This price hike was in Europe and UK too, we have been warned. On the whole, it’s the price record long term that counts. This "seasonal" shifts are absorbed in this. Generally and despite the challenges, Nikon didn’t seem doing very bad for value and competitiveness so far.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2016 at 12:30 UTC as 11th comment

Someone said that Sony doesn’t have heart. That's true, it's easier to spot it in Olympus, Fuji and even Panasonic’s Lumix area. Some of it probably comes from making cameras for multiple segments on multiple platforms - tuning each for its best use. Sony is also capable of creating top notch opics and it’s not like they have no tradition in this filed, not least through their video/film making devices. But this approach makes it great deal more difficult to do things systematically, and they definitely are slower in getting that almost everyone can produce a decent camera but it’s the lens that is at the core of the system today. And every single one is decisive for it whether on an inexpensive or expensive side. But I think they are getting there. Though how their whole approach will develop exactly remains to be seen.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2016 at 12:09 UTC as 13th comment | 2 replies
On article Sigma 20mm F1.4 'Art' lens real-world sample gallery (136 comments in total)

Most was said but for a Nikon shooter, I’d say that you would have to have a good reason to consider the Sigma, in my opinion. Construction/build, speed, size/weight are the obvious differences. Where these are not very important the advantage in performance or rendering can swing decisions. Big advantage of the faster Sigma would be having an edge wide open, especially for the handheld shooting and keeping that advantage over the wider area (spots) of the frame. I know that if I was after this sort of lens that would be important. OTOH, while the Sigma is no doubt unique this Nikkor seems no less unique for its performance/size ratio and even the price is very competitive. We were pretty surprised in the lens forum after this came out and reports so far suggest it is an amazing little lens.

Link | Posted on Jan 29, 2016 at 13:39 UTC as 19th comment
On article Going Pro: We interview Fujifilm execs in Tokyo (367 comments in total)
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phoenix15: I like Fujifilm's executives. Their opinions are honest and straightforward. But their ambition to be (at least) number 3 in the next 5 years won't be easy to achieved. They need another format, not only APS-C, but also bigger format. Maybe directly going to medium format.

135 format is getting crowded and Olympus has also filled patent for their version of ML 135 format lenses (35/1.4, 28/2). After Pentax it could be another future manufacturer in this segment. So although it's specific market it can make sense for Fuji to look for medium format as their second system.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2016 at 16:12 UTC
On article Going Pro: We interview Fujifilm execs in Tokyo (367 comments in total)

The gaps between more stagnating systems and those that develop systematically got to a point where they become obvious.
For Samsung, it seems they have more tempting options and perhaps natural inclinations when choosing where to put their energy/stock. That’s maybe why they appear to review their activity in this kind of business.
Sony has changed the camera world with their innovation and brilliant products but their APC-C offering is weak and only barely good tanks to third party involvement. I am also not sure about 36 MP sensor as my preferred specification that is rumoured. It would probably make me upgrade my NEX 6 elsewhere, to FE Alphas or a different make.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2016 at 16:02 UTC as 10th comment
On article 1.4 and More: Canon EF 35mm F1.4L II comparison (241 comments in total)

Nicely shot. This type of comparisons is not at all easy to shoot. I have the Sigma zoom and using the 50 Art I am proud of what Sigma has achieved with this fast zoom. I am still getting to know the lens. Other interesting 35 lenses would be Tamron and Nikkor 1.8. One with IS the other extremely compact, both resolving on the very high level on 36 MP. The axial CA is worse with these. Canon sure has a noble lens in this. And they had to do something clever here. I understand it basically is filtering out some problematic wavelengths, yet it has no impact on the colour as seen here. Some good precise science is involved in this. Personally I don’t mind correcting mild axial CA in LR, it's the excessive CA that I consider a real spoiler for IQ. For a working pro this can be a godsend, though.

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2016 at 12:25 UTC as 30th comment

Definitely deserved the beer :) Nice fun video.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2016 at 14:37 UTC as 22nd comment
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TheDreamingWatchman: Why is this lens so big?

I don’t have a problem with big lenses for mirrorless cameras.
I understand that a 400 mm zoom lens cannot be small.

However, this lens is just as heavy (1.375 kg) as my Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS lens (1.38 kg) and it’s even longer and thicker. Both have the same aperture range, both have IS. (I know, the Fuji IS is better than the Canon. The Canon is an old lens.)

The Canon is an excellent lens. I’m sure the Fuji is excellent, too. But the Canon lens is for full frame cameras.

Shouldn’t a lens for a APS-C sensor be smaller than a lens for full frame cameras?
Isn’t that the main point of mirrorless cameras with smaller sensors?

The new 1.6 kg Canon 100-400 II is a better comparison and maybe not even that - depends on how it does on 24 MP APS-C or higher (in comparison). High resolution optics comes with some extra weight and are big in any system. Some of it depends on the materials and on the build quality. The other systems need their options and I think it’s important they are of a high quality resolution-wise so that they can be highly efficient FL equivalents (or can even compensate for some aspects of IQ of the smaller sensors compared to not so excellent lenses on/of a larger system). So they aren't cheapest, are specific tools and often made as high-end lenses. Btw, I saw Lumix 100-400 on Panasonic site just now. Interesting lens, too, it's 1000 g.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2016 at 14:13 UTC
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HSway: These repeating arguments sound all the time, a few points:

"This is the essential problem with pricing this lens so high."

>There is nothing equal to this that is cheaper.

"Never before have there been so many affordable lenses for long lens photography. The Tamron 150-600mm and the Sigma lenses of this focal length changed everything. Now it was possible to get excellent image quality at an affordable price. Nikon responded by producing the very aggressively priced 200-500mm f5.6, which is nearly half the price of this 300mm f4."

>If you want to look for various alternatives that are less expensive you will find some options to make do with.

"Yes the m4/3 system has advantages when it comes to reach."

>MFT has no such 'advantage' in isolation. But it builds its alternative and characteristic imagining on it. Whether that results in advantage is everyone’s decision.

"But it is not really an alternative to 600mm FF lenses. A 400mm lens on Canon APS-C has more reach, and a 600mm f4 lens on a Canon 7D mkII has an eqv focal length of 960mm i.e. it would take a near 500mm f4 lens on m4/3 to replicate that reach and aperture. Even on m4/3 that would be a big expensive lens."

>That’s the point. IT IS the alternative, not the equivalent that replicates 135 format lens (btw, Nikkor 200-500 is 2.3kg, not splashproof/dustproof).
Strength and point of this alternative (and similar like Lumix 100-400) is very sharp optics, very slow lens (absolute), compact form (plus specific features). How this alternative is efficient in its overall package to a person is individual thing.

Otherwise the only thing that can potentially erode away something more from these alternatives is stuff like Nikon PF and Canon DO.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 12:20 UTC

These repeating arguments sound all the time, a few points:

"This is the essential problem with pricing this lens so high."

>There is nothing equal to this that is cheaper.

"Never before have there been so many affordable lenses for long lens photography. The Tamron 150-600mm and the Sigma lenses of this focal length changed everything. Now it was possible to get excellent image quality at an affordable price. Nikon responded by producing the very aggressively priced 200-500mm f5.6, which is nearly half the price of this 300mm f4."

>If you want to look for various alternatives that are less expensive you will find some options to make do with.

"Yes the m4/3 system has advantages when it comes to reach."

>MFT has no such 'advantage' in isolation. But it builds its alternative and characteristic imagining on it. Whether that results in advantage is everyone’s decision.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 12:18 UTC as 30th comment | 32 replies
On article 20:20 vision: Hands-on with Sigma's 20mm F1.4 'Art' (147 comments in total)

Curious to see what they did here. If it draws similar to 50 Art, as seems to be the case with the last Art the 24-35/2, and renders OOF nice, it will be magical. And if they managed to get it corrected for astrophotography or landscape it could be a very special (though specialist) lens.

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2015 at 13:02 UTC as 13th comment
On article A lot to Leica? Hands-on with the Leica SL (Typ 601) (1512 comments in total)
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HSway: I just learned he camera has a focal plane shutter and no implementation of an electronic one. It is a solid mass body and primarily will be used hand-held. Still, with the telephotos I would not like it and not mentioning the use on a tripod. A lot will depend on the actual execution in this Leica body. And on how well the IS work syncs in regard to probable vibrations. In general, there is a need to get rid of the mechanical shutters as a source of vibrations.
Simplifications and gross generalisations aren’t the way to find out. It has to be tested by those that are interested in the issue. E.g., I am just about to critically test d600/70-200/4 VR combination on tripod, only waiting for a specific lighting conditions (maybe Sunday). I get zero vibration with 50 Art and my setup (shooting dust fibre at MFD).

We will probably disagree on the shutter. Otherwise I don’t see the lenses as big at all for their specification, incl. the IS. I think they will be fantastic. The shape of the camera may overstate durability and reliability a tad but that is the style of the minimal simplified German design that has its appeal and is different. Sure one needs to hold it to say more.

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2015 at 12:48 UTC
On article A lot to Leica? Hands-on with the Leica SL (Typ 601) (1512 comments in total)
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HSway: I just learned he camera has a focal plane shutter and no implementation of an electronic one. It is a solid mass body and primarily will be used hand-held. Still, with the telephotos I would not like it and not mentioning the use on a tripod. A lot will depend on the actual execution in this Leica body. And on how well the IS work syncs in regard to probable vibrations. In general, there is a need to get rid of the mechanical shutters as a source of vibrations.
Simplifications and gross generalisations aren’t the way to find out. It has to be tested by those that are interested in the issue. E.g., I am just about to critically test d600/70-200/4 VR combination on tripod, only waiting for a specific lighting conditions (maybe Sunday). I get zero vibration with 50 Art and my setup (shooting dust fibre at MFD).

Not quite so:) But yeah, at this point the electronic front curtain is the way to go. I actually think that the relatively easy ways to deal with the vibrations is one of the biggest benefits of the ML.

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2015 at 14:39 UTC
On article A lot to Leica? Hands-on with the Leica SL (Typ 601) (1512 comments in total)

I just learned he camera has a focal plane shutter and no implementation of an electronic one. It is a solid mass body and primarily will be used hand-held. Still, with the telephotos I would not like it and not mentioning the use on a tripod. A lot will depend on the actual execution in this Leica body. And on how well the IS work syncs in regard to probable vibrations. In general, there is a need to get rid of the mechanical shutters as a source of vibrations.
Simplifications and gross generalisations aren’t the way to find out. It has to be tested by those that are interested in the issue. E.g., I am just about to critically test d600/70-200/4 VR combination on tripod, only waiting for a specific lighting conditions (maybe Sunday). I get zero vibration with 50 Art and my setup (shooting dust fibre at MFD).

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2015 at 10:32 UTC as 131st comment | 7 replies
On article A lot to Leica? Hands-on with the Leica SL (Typ 601) (1512 comments in total)
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HSway: There is a good market for it. It doesn’t need to be extremely compact. Don't know why people think it has to. The zooms 24-90mm/2.8-4 and 90-280mm/2.8-4 look gorgeous.. extremely useful. With the 50mm f/1.4, I think they couldn’t have started better.

IR says that 50/1.4 will have IS but it can be a typo. You can also wait for the Noctilux 50/1 to upgrade;)
I see one problem, though. The camera has a focal plane shutter and no electronic version implemented.

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2015 at 10:00 UTC
On article A lot to Leica? Hands-on with the Leica SL (Typ 601) (1512 comments in total)
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Frank_BR: Camera Size Comparison
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Leica SL + 24-90mm vs Sony A7II + 24-70mm
http://camerasize.com/compact/#639.496,579.445,da,t

Leica SL + 50mm vs Sony A7II + 55mm
http://camerasize.com/compact/#639.497,579.395,da,t

Different zooms and different primes.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2015 at 19:46 UTC
On article A lot to Leica? Hands-on with the Leica SL (Typ 601) (1512 comments in total)

There is a good market for it. It doesn’t need to be extremely compact. Don't know why people think it has to. The zooms 24-90mm/2.8-4 and 90-280mm/2.8-4 look gorgeous.. extremely useful. With the 50mm f/1.4, I think they couldn’t have started better.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2015 at 19:44 UTC as 155th comment | 2 replies

Very enjoyable series, thank you.
I don’t recall seeing a better shot winning a competition.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2015 at 16:37 UTC as 15th comment
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baggy1: The 35mm looks interesting,the sort of lens I might buy if the price is reasonable.I think the Nikon version is too light & plasticky.But why have they made a 45mm? just to be different from a 50mm?

I know of two measurements of real FL for the Sigma lens - 48 and 49.5mm. Often a 50 mil lens is a tad longer than 50mm. 45mm is a useful differentiation - a bit wider 50. As is the combination with the VC. Ultimately it's the whole package that will matter.

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2015 at 12:20 UTC
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