Dennis

Dennis

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straylightrun: $1000 for a 70-300 telephoto lens.....?

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State of the art lenses aren't cheap. I don't know how well built this lens is or how good it is, optically. Canon's L lens is around $1500 and Sony's 70-300G (similar to the Canon, optically, but not built like a pro lens or with the same AF) is $1000. Nikon's FF 70-300 is an outdated lens that could stand to be updated with new optics.
I'm not suggesting that it's wise to spend $1000 on lenses for a 1" sensor ... but the price may not be outrageous (all depends on how good it is).

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 14:35 UTC
On Am I missing something here? article (637 comments in total)

$1200 for the camera, EVF and kit lens ?

You have to ask, when you consider price and what else is in the market, how many people is this camera the best choice for ?

Oh well, it's not like Nikon has cornered the market on lousy strategy.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 12:27 UTC as 174th comment
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Nathan Cowlishaw: Nikon is a stinking bully. I'm glad I abandoned their DSLRs in 2008 when joining Micro Four Thirds and Sigma is a good company. Go Sigma! :)

Not only have they infringed on Nikon's patents; they were also notorious for reverse engineering Minolta's lens mount rather than paying to license it (which could have been prohibitively expensive; I don't know), resulting in incompatibilities every few years. To Sigma's credit, they offered free upgrades, when possible. (I unfortunately had a lens, years ago, that was "too old" to upgrade to work with a new Mnolta AF body - and this was all pre-digital). I appreciate that Sigma is offering some excellent lenses these days, but I'm not convinced that they're "good guys" any more than any other company.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 12, 2014 at 13:22 UTC
On CP+ 2014 interviews: What we learned article (93 comments in total)

It's disheartening when the executives draw conclusions about our preferences from our buying habits. When 50mm lenses sold well, manufacturers designed new 50mm lenses specifically for APS-C, rather than 58mm or 60mm or 70mm or anything that resembles a portrait tele. So here we have the claim that westerners buy based on size. Because the SL1 didn't sell well ? (As pointed out, it's very expensive as an entry level product). Based on mirrorless sales ? There are loads of possible reasons that mirrorless hasn't sold well to date; sluggish AF performance and lack of viewfinders in affordable models come to mind. Also that much of the US has little exposure to mirrorless models - I can't think of where I can go see a Panasonic or Olympus m43 body without taking a day trip to NYC. There are probably closer places, but it would involve googling and at least an hour drive to somewhere I've never been. Ditto Fuji. Companies need to understand what we want; not what we've bought.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 6, 2014 at 15:21 UTC as 18th comment | 3 replies
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1657 comments in total)

"uto ISO in manual mode, so you can specify the shutter speed and aperture you need, and let the camera set the ISO to match. But then the X-T1 ignores the exposure compensation dial,"

Argghhhh ! How hard is this to figure out ? 2+ years ago, I chose the Nikon D7000 over the Canon 7D for this reason. This is trivial stuff ! Nothing that isn't already being don in other exposure modes.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2014 at 00:09 UTC as 91st comment | 2 replies
On Miggo Strap and Grip review article (85 comments in total)
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miggo: Hi you all

Thanks for all the comments. Some really cracked us up (especially the one about grandma's bra strap), some a little less, but all in all we got some really important feedback.

A little about miggo:
We're 3 partners, and we founded miggo after we left KATA – the camera bag manufacturer.
After years of developing camera bags, we decided to go against the flow and try to introduce camera-carrying solutions which are not simply square black bags.

Miggo is the first of many products to come.
We introduced it on Kickstarter 3 weeks ago and we were happy to see it succeed and receive considerable support from many people.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/580723045/miggo-cameras-best-amigo

Yet with all due respect to Kickstarter, receiving feedback from photographers like you is more important than almost anything else.
We'll be happy to hear your ideas or anything else you care to share with us.

My mail is: guy@mymiggo.com
You can also find us on Facebook

Thanks!
Guy

Guy, congrats on your successful kickstarter campaign, and I applaud your courage in coming over here and facing us wolves :) I don't have any constructive feedback for you, because the product is nothing I can see myself using, even with modification (I use a simple handstrap or a Blackrapid strap) but I wish you well and will be curious to see what else you come up with.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2014 at 22:07 UTC
On Miggo Strap and Grip review article (85 comments in total)
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Dennis: And people blast Sony for having a kit lens that's too big for the NEX ... now there's a wrist strap that's a bath towel with a mounting plate sewn into it ! I think they should call it the "Linus" (in honor of the Peanuts character) - it's a camera strap and security blanket all in one.

I appreciate the review, as well. My comment was mostly trying to be funny (though I really don't see many people wanting something like this). I use a tiny wrist strap with my RX100 and used a similar owe with my NEX with the kit zoom or smaller lens (and with the 18-200, carried it in a bag). I have a wrist strap to put on my D7000 that I haven't tried yet, and a Blackrapid strap that I do use fairly frequently with it. I found out about that at Photoplus Expo, and it would be nice to have more awareness of cool gadgets and accessories.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 19, 2014 at 02:27 UTC
On Miggo Strap and Grip review article (85 comments in total)

And people blast Sony for having a kit lens that's too big for the NEX ... now there's a wrist strap that's a bath towel with a mounting plate sewn into it ! I think they should call it the "Linus" (in honor of the Peanuts character) - it's a camera strap and security blanket all in one.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2014 at 20:34 UTC as 61st comment | 3 replies
On Sony Alpha 7R Review preview (805 comments in total)
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fabio riccardi: I have a question about lenses for full frame mirrorless cameras.
I notice that pretty much all the Sony lenses for these cameras have relatively small maximum aperture. The 55mm normal lens is 1.8, vs the 1.4 we are accustomed to for normal full frames. Similarly for the rest of the line. I guess that bright lenses also mean heavier, larger, lenses, which don't quite make sense on smaller camera bodies.
This kind of defeats the purpose of a full frame sensor, where you can benefit from the shallow depth of field it allows.
On APS sized sensors, brighter lenses can still be fairly compact. Fuji, Panasonic, and Olympus lenses are all much brighter than the new FF mirrorless Sony.
Brighter lenses on APS sensors deliver equivalent DOF and look than the dimmer lenses on FF. At the end what is gained with the full frame is lost with the smaller maximum practical aperture.
What do you guys think?
- Fabio

I think there are already FF cameras with faster lenses available. If you make bigger lenses, then what's the selling point versus those cameras ? Personally, when I had f/1.4 lenses on APS-C, I shot them at f/1.8 or f/2 for shallow DOF - f/1.4 on FF is too shallow for my tastes. Anyway, when you why people would choose this camera over a FF DSLR, I don't think the omission of f/1.4 primes is significant.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2014 at 20:45 UTC

Plus the range makes it an ideal companion to the company's upcoming 300-3000/5.6-11 super tele and its 4-16/3.5-5.6 ultra wide.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2014 at 12:41 UTC as 50th comment | 1 reply
On Sony Alpha 7 Review preview (1606 comments in total)
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SonyA7r: Great to see that majority of the A7 owners are in agreement that the DP review is off the rails. As far as I know and all the reviews I read, the JPEG engine of this camera is way way better than other Sony cameras!

Phew ! I was wondering if the A7 might just be less than God's gift to photographers everywhere ! Thankfully, along comes an unbiased reviewer (I can tell by your handle: SonyA7r !) to set dpreview straight !

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2014 at 01:53 UTC
On Wyoming's stunning weather and landscapes in time-lapse article (231 comments in total)

I agree that it was 6:50 well spent. Really enjoyable video and the scenes from 4:00 - 5:00 that showed the clouds were really amazing. I also agree that the slider became tedious to the point of being a distraction. It's about 1,000 times better than anything I can do, but could have been even better without every single scene utilizing that effect. It could probably be educational to a newbie to figure out when the slider was beneficial and when it wasn't. (If I ever get to the point of dabbling with a slider, I might just do that, but I doubt I'll ever get that advanced w/video). Ultimately that's just a nit ... I forwarded the link to friends.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2014 at 14:07 UTC as 92nd comment | 2 replies
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Bjrn SWE: "We have to applaud Fujifilm for being so open about its lens release schedule, and helping potential customers to gauge whether the X system is likely to meet their needs in the foreseeable future."

Oh yes, that's great. The big question is why other companies in this business don't do the same? Canon introduced their M-system with only 2 or 3 lenses I believe, and no roadmap. Does that make you confident that Canon are dedicated to this and are you willing to invest in their new system?

The other guys don't want you to know what they have planned because they have nothing great planned.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2014 at 15:44 UTC
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Adrien S: It is very attractive, and I'd love to believe this lens is as good as they say, but right now I wouldn't take the risk of buying something which may happen to be not as great as I was told.
In one year time, once people will have been able to test it correctly, I will reconsider according to actual users' feedback.

And btw, isn't this aperture system the best way to get a lot of dust to stick inside the lens?

"I'd love to believe this lens is as good as they say" ... I'm missing the part where they say it's good. The whole point of it is the uniqueness ... in fact, you might argue that the whole point isn't that it's good, but that it's artfully bad. (Artfully being in the eye of the beholder; the bokeh does nothing for me).
Anyway, the press blurb says the lens offers:
"fantastic photos like no other lens; get extreme sharpness, strong color saturation, artful vignetting and stunning swirly bokeh"
Aside from the question of "extreme sharpness" (which I'm guessing isn't really that extreme", I don't see where you're being told the lens is great.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 13, 2013 at 14:55 UTC

They should have at least photographed it on a Nikon Df - it might look a little less silly. Looks like a fun niche product for the lomography crowd.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 13, 2013 at 14:51 UTC as 51st comment
On Swimming with the Nikon 1 AW1 article (199 comments in total)

I wish someone would make a fixed lens UW camera with one of the 'premium' digicam sensors (1/1.7" through the Sony 1" sensor) and something like a fixed f/2 lens at 28mm equivalent.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2013 at 13:59 UTC as 45th comment | 4 replies
On Canon announces EOS M2 in Japan article (613 comments in total)
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ImagesInstyle: it wont sell outside because america's always complaining about something.
no matter what camera is made, there will be a group of trolls *itching about this and that.
Japanese people dont *itch like americans, and i dont blame them for keeping it only in japan.

Hmmm ... and I thought America had a reputation for conspicuous consumption. No shortage of American consumers willing to pay money for stuff.

Just has to be stuff that people want to buy.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 3, 2013 at 18:01 UTC
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Gesture: "Samsung's lens collection is relatively small at this point"

That simply isn't true. I stopped there. Not to mention that you can fit thousands of legacy lenses to the NX bodies.

See Viking79 below. And it is a very rational line-up that hits a great progression of prime focal lengths. Who else has such an affordable 24mm equivalent, or 30mm and 45mm equivalents.

It isn't true if you restrict your shooting to wide-to-normal primes. 45/1.8 on APS-C is a lens nobody wants; 85/1.4 is a monster, then you have pedestrian slow kit zooms. Not much to pick from.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2013 at 16:52 UTC
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viking79: Thanks for the honest overview, would like to try one myself. You mention not many lenses, maybe there are plenty?
12-24, 10/3.5 fisheye, 16/2.4, 20/2.8, 30/2, 45/1.8, 60/2.8 macro, 85/1.4, then all the standard zooms, 18-200, 18-55, 20-50, 50-200.

It's one thing to have some number of lenses. Another to have lenses that anyone actually wants.
45/1.8 for 1.5X crop ? 85/1. 4 monster lens ?
Samsung has it pretty well covered for WAs (and the enviable 30/2) and basic consumer zoom options. That's not much of a lens lineup IMO.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2013 at 16:51 UTC
On Award-winning wildlife photos capture candid moments article (46 comments in total)

Great photos. I admire the dedication of top wildlife photographers.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 9, 2013 at 17:35 UTC as 21st comment
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