sgoldswo

sgoldswo

Lives in United Kingdom Enfield, United Kingdom
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Joined on Jan 14, 2012
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"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former." Albert Einstein

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On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1529 comments in total)

All I'm going to say is that after nearly a month, this is a special, no, exceptional DSLR. Really great. All of the issues associated with the D800E have just been solved. The camera just works.

Some user impressions here:
http://wp.me/p2wMAg-C5

Pity that in true DPR fashion we have plenty of people with sour grapes everywhere on this comments section. I guess that is what it is. However, if people get put off by that they are missing a treat...

Direct link | Posted on Aug 16, 2014 at 19:58 UTC as 25th comment | 9 replies
On Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art Lab Test Review preview (557 comments in total)
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Ralf B: This lens definitely needs controlled backgrounds for its bokeh character
https://s3.amazonaws.com/masters.galleries.dpreview.com/2897503.jpg?X-Amz-Expires=3600&X-Amz-Algorithm=AWS4-HMAC-SHA256&X-Amz-Credential=AKIAJ7ICBHXPIPPMTNCQ/20140529/us-east-1/s3/aws4_request&X-Amz-Date=20140529T115209Z&X-Amz-SignedHeaders=host&X-Amz-Signature=a835a6936ab75fd16bb32e0232442f2daeee86d8a132a904c164540ac3e80dc5
The Sony FE 55/1.8 appears as having much smoother bokeh.
I prefer the CZ 135/1.8 for my Sony Alpha A mount FF for its combination of sharpness matching this lens a n d silky smooth bokeh. It appears as much more forgiving if you cannot avoid a busy fore/background.
http://kurtmunger.com/sony_135mm_f_1_8_carl_zeissid266.html

If anything it has smoother bokeh than the Sony Zeiss 55mm with subjects up to 1.5m away, between 1.5-3m distance the bokeh flips to be busier

Direct link | Posted on May 29, 2014 at 15:27 UTC
On Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art Lab Test Review preview (557 comments in total)
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Reilly Diefenbach: I guess I just don't get the point of an expensive, heavy, bulky 1.4 lens if the bokeh is as hideous as what I'm seeing on these DPR sample shots. The chap with the bridge behind him is a truly ugly, discombobulated looking shot, to single out one.

The bokeh is busy at longer focus distances, but it's very nice at shorter focus distances.

Direct link | Posted on May 29, 2014 at 13:54 UTC
On Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art Lab Test Review preview (557 comments in total)
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sgoldswo: Rather than posting this half-heartedly in a reply... If people are interested I put together some thoughts about this lens mounted on a D800E on my blog: http://wp.me/p2wMAg-Bf

@Coliban, thank you and glad you liked the website

Direct link | Posted on May 29, 2014 at 08:28 UTC
On Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art Lab Test Review preview (557 comments in total)
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Niala2: Zeiss Macro 50mm f2 is systematically forgotten on the web..
(makes me crazy lol. Same with the Sigma 70 makro)
I don't care about the macro.
If You can accept its absence of AF,
and will use f2 until f11 really full-frame without missing wider aperture,
then this lens is the only one (next to Otus and indeed the Art 50) worth mentioning. (Alll the other 50mm are a shame -except Leitz and the Sony's 7's 50 - including the TS-E 45, canon 50mm f 1.2, ...)

The problem with using the Makro planar for general photography is the long focus throw and extension of the lens. Get past that and it produces lovely pictures. For most manual focus uses though I prefer the Nikkor F1.2 AiS 50mm. It's lower contrast which can result in washed out landscapes in bright sun, but on people or close subjects its great from about F2 onwards.

Direct link | Posted on May 28, 2014 at 22:18 UTC
On Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art Lab Test Review preview (557 comments in total)

Rather than posting this half-heartedly in a reply... If people are interested I put together some thoughts about this lens mounted on a D800E on my blog: http://wp.me/p2wMAg-Bf

Direct link | Posted on May 28, 2014 at 21:17 UTC as 75th comment | 3 replies
On Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art Lab Test Review preview (557 comments in total)
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Dr_Jon: My one concern about this lens is too many people are complaining about AF issues. Is it possible to test it on as many Canon bodies as possible and report what you see? (Canon bodies as you have a Canon version.)

As someone else said, it doesn't matter how sharp it is if it misses focus...

E.g. http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Sigma-50mm-f-1.4-DG-HSM-Art-Lens.aspx
"The bottom line is that, the longer I focus tested this lens, the less sure I was about its focus accuracy.
... (a bit removed as I was over the character limit for a post) ...
What I learned from the many hours (actually extended into days) spent shooting and analyzing thousands of images is that the 50 Art lens' AF cannot be completely counted on. Sometimes, most images are properly focused and when my shots counted, this lens delivered. But sometimes, more images are out of focus than I am comfortable with."

I trust Brian to have an objective opinion BTW.

The AF issues I had resulted from differing levels of front focus at different focal lengths. Thankfully with the USB Dock you can adjust focus selectively to address this. In practice that resulted in some shots in focus, some out, some hunting for focus. However, it's now resolved.

Direct link | Posted on May 28, 2014 at 20:44 UTC
On Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art Lab Test Review preview (557 comments in total)
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Rooru S: Will wait until they test the 50mm Art on the D800E and then make a comparison against the Zeiss Otus 55 and Sony Zeiss 55 FE.

It's very, very sharp with extremely impressive local/micro contrast on the D800E. It reminds me of something like a Leica summicron or Zeiss planar 50mm.

I posted some thoughts on the Sigma mounted on the D800E on my blog, www.sgoldswoblog.com

Direct link | Posted on May 28, 2014 at 20:38 UTC
On Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art Lab Test Review preview (557 comments in total)
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Absolutic: so Andy you are concluding it is the best AF 50mm lens currently on the market. Are you saying it is better than Sony Zeiss 55 FE lens for E mount, that is half the weight, and the price is the same? You mention the 55FE but does not talk about it in your conclusion. I know it is comparing F/1.8 to F/1.4 which is half-stop in difference but nevertheless, which one is better? DXO said at the time that 55FE is the best AF lens they have ever tested.

I own both lenses which I use on a D800E and a A7r. Both are very sharp, but the Sigma has exceptional sharpness stopped down, of the sort I've only really seen from rangefinder lenses like the Zeiss Planar 50mm. It's more consistently sharp across the frame at wider apertures too. The Sigma's weaknesses are AF performance (mine needed to be corrected via the USB Dock for front focus) and bokeh at distances greater that 1.5 to 3m, which can be quite busy/nervous. The zeiss has nicer bokeh and is a lot smaller.

Optically, I wouldn't be surprised if the Sigma rates comparably or better than the Otus, but I certainly wouldn't be surprised if it rates higher than the Zeiss FE. All three are great lenses, but the world moves on.

Direct link | Posted on May 28, 2014 at 20:31 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2300 comments in total)

Only DPR knows what was said to it regarding correction. As to the performance of the zoom, well, the Fuji 18-55 suffers heavily from distortion if you look at the uncorrected raws, as does the panasonic 12-35mm

Direct link | Posted on May 5, 2014 at 09:00 UTC as 135th comment | 3 replies
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2300 comments in total)
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simon62: Before Leica M9 was released, Leica had said that a full-frame M series would be very unlikely... Due to the very short flange distance "peripheral rays would end up striking the corners of the photo site wells rather than the silicon at the bottom of the well". After they finaly made their full frame M9, they claimed that they fixed this "through "the use of microlenses over the sensor as well as the positioning of the photo sites at the periphery of the sensor". Reviewers then said that they saw no vignetting or any other artifacts, even (with lenses) wide open! This actually put Leica back in the game. I believed back then that, somehow in Kodak, they managed to make a sensor that produced no fringing with wide angle lenses but I never believed that (symmetrical) wide angle lenses have almost no vigneting. It is NOT NATURAL! Now, I know that this sounds too much but I wonder if Leica made also that "fix" simply by a in-camera software...

Is this a joke? Everyone knows Leica applies software correction to M lenses in camera to correct colour shifts and vignetting.

Direct link | Posted on May 5, 2014 at 08:57 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 Review preview (580 comments in total)

I will keep the X-T1, don't get me wrong, but there is something a bit, "meh" about it for me. The X-Pro1 was more fun to shoot with. The fact the official case needs to be remove in order to get the SD card out is bizarre too (I wouldn't have mentioned that had it not been bundled with the camera).

In some ways maybe this is a backhanded compliment. I feel the same about the E-M1 vs the E-M5.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 08:17 UTC as 85th comment | 1 reply
On Sony Alpha 7R Review preview (803 comments in total)
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PerL: I think it is nice with a very compact FF and the IQ should be impressive. However, I can't see how it gets a higher rating than the Nikon Df, a much more allround capable camera with 10x the lens system. (I would equal the high res of the Sony with the low light performance of the Df)

As a owner of both a Df and a sony A7, the Df eats the A7 alive. Ergonomics and AF, something some people criticised the Df for, are light years ahead of the A7 pairing. I like the A7 as a mirrorless camera, but it really isn't playing in the same league.

PS I would have put this more politely, but that's the stark message, and all you guys gave me was very stark...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2014 at 09:07 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7R Review preview (803 comments in total)
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sgoldswo: Just curious, but other than build quality and resolution (which is a curse as well as a blessing) why is this rated a good bit higher than the A7? To my mind, the A7 is the better of the two, more manageable RAWs, less noisy shutter, faster AF etc.

I'm confused!

Shawn,

What I'm particularly confused about is that plenty of people who own ff DSLRs have 20-24mp sensors in those DSLRs. They seem to be able to take great photos with them. Almost none of them shoot jpeg. So why focus on that aspect for the A7 and not for the A7r? I would posit it's completely irrelevant to buyers of both cameras.

The review does not focus on the fact that there are significant weaknesses of the 36mp sensor, primarily around shutter speed and RAW/TIFF size. I still only use my D800E infrequently because of the RAW files. Combine that with slower AF and I'm lost by the rating.

Ps none of that is to say the A7 should have gold, but it seems odd to rate the A7r higher.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 15, 2014 at 08:39 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7R Review preview (803 comments in total)
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PerL: I think it is nice with a very compact FF and the IQ should be impressive. However, I can't see how it gets a higher rating than the Nikon Df, a much more allround capable camera with 10x the lens system. (I would equal the high res of the Sony with the low light performance of the Df)

"Dismal Failure"? No. thats your comment.

The Df is a staggeringly good camera. If you think its just a D600 in different clothes you've clearly never held or used it. The dials are fully useable and better than the ones on my Fuji cameras. Never mind, I'm sure there are other things for you to hate...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2014 at 23:47 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7R Review preview (803 comments in total)

Just curious, but other than build quality and resolution (which is a curse as well as a blessing) why is this rated a good bit higher than the A7? To my mind, the A7 is the better of the two, more manageable RAWs, less noisy shutter, faster AF etc.

I'm confused!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2014 at 22:20 UTC as 193rd comment | 5 replies

Fantastic lens and achievement for Sony with this lens (note how I didn't have to knock any other lenses in saying that?). It's actually a bargain relative to the performance it gives.

A challenge for Sony/Zeiss: can you produce a similarly exceptional 20/21 in FE mount? I think we would live if it were F2.8...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 2, 2014 at 08:40 UTC as 24th comment | 13 replies
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Mike99999: Spectacular. This confirms the DxO findings.

I'm happy Sony is following the OM-D route by releasing high quality primes from the start, even if they are significantly more expensive than standard Canikon offerings.

As an owner of the 55/1.8 and 35/2.8 I couldn't be happier and I've begun the process of selling all my Nikon lenses.

I cannot wait for what primes Sony/Zeiss have in store next. I've been playing with the Zeiss Planar T* 85mm f/1.4 ZA and Sonnar T* 135mm f/1.8 ZA with adapter at the camera store. Those lenses are amazing...

I've come to the conclusion over the last year or two that a mirrorless in its current form cannot replace a DSLR, including in the the A7. However, that's me, not others, so if a CSC only system works for some people, good for them.

Me, I'll keep both :-)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 2, 2014 at 08:35 UTC
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AbrasiveReducer: I think it's unfair to compare to Canon and Nikon 50 1.8 lenses because these designs were traditionally made as cheap as possible so if the customer had any money left after buying the body, they could still afford a lens.

With the expensive Otus and the not great 58mm Nikon, this Sony seems like a deal. If you really like 50mm lenses.

In a lot of cases it would be preferable to have more attractive bokeh than a sharper subject. That's what the nikon 58 does, but that's also why it doesn't rate very highly on dxo. This sony on the other hand is optimised to achieve the highest sharpness rating on dxo. Nothing wrong with that but it's comparing apples to oranges...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 2, 2014 at 08:26 UTC
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viking79: It really is a wonderful lens, and given that the light transmission is about the same as the Nikkor 58mm f/1.4 it is a bargain price, and resolves far more detail than that lens. At least the Nikon is good if you want "character".

In fairness the new Nikon was designed for bokeh performance rather than test chart sharpness. For a lot of purposes you might well be better off shooting with the nikon than this sony.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 2, 2014 at 08:23 UTC
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