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On Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art Lab Test Review preview (548 comments in total)
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Jahled: I've never bought a Sigma because some people say there is no guarantee they will work with future models of the camera brands they are reverse engineered to work with. I've also heard to many people bemoan the 'Sigma lottery,' of getting a nice copy of a lens. I expect a 'nice copy' of a lens on my first purchace from Canon, and bar one in 2007, have always got one.

Is this me missing out on some lovely glass though?

Sigma's USB dock lets you update the firmware in the lens - it can be updated to handle new cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 21, 2014 at 05:27 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1194 comments in total)
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lacikuss: Hey Nikon D800 owner, how do you feel about loosing 30% of the value of your not two year old camera in one day? I've got lucky when they fully replaced my D600 but you can{t say the same...

A company that keep churning nonsense upgraded cameras (read Thom Hogan) instead of passing on improved functionality with newer firmwares is a company that is only interested in milking their loyal customer base.

I wonder how many of the D810 upgrades could have been done with only a firmware update for the D800?

Got my D800e at the end of April 2012. It's now the end of June 2014. Gee, that seems more than 2 years to me...

That said, I probably won't get a D810 unless I break the D800e.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2014 at 23:08 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1194 comments in total)
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Walter: Moire used to be a nightmare on all sorts of shots in early digital production was endless to remove...does the nightmare return? Or do you just use this camera for pictures that won't have it? That aside it looks great and will be very tempting for many...

Walter - the most commentary you'll hear about moire on the D800e is how little there is. People have to try very hard to produce a shot showing moire. It can be done, but it's possible to shoot moire on a camera with an AA filter, too.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2014 at 22:59 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1194 comments in total)
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marcus anthonius: MarkIV is gonna smoke this

What Mark IV? The 1D Mark IV has come and gone, and the 1Ds Mark IV never happened (or are you still hoping?)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2014 at 22:48 UTC
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Raist3d: I am a bit confused about the article take on AA removal note D810- I thought the D800E had exactly that too? OPLF removed and not some weird "canceling" process operation?

Enjoyed the writting style.

It's good to see that the D810 is the "real" D800e in the sense of being completely without an AA filter. (the D800e couldn't be completely without the AA filter because it used the sensor and essentially the same firmware as the D800).

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2014 at 22:41 UTC
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DavidOB: If I get this camera will I suddenly become a great photographer?

You may not become a great photographer suddenly, but you will be unable to blame the camera for any mistakes. That should put plenty of pressure on you to up your game :)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2014 at 22:02 UTC
On Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art Lab Test Review preview (548 comments in total)
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pwmoree: So 1000 euro equals 1390 usdollar. Why is this lens 39 percent more expensive here in Europe? The 390 $ difference almost buys you a plane ticket to the USA to go and get one and have a weekend in NY included..

The US price is before sales tax. The European price is post sales tax. UK sales tax is 20%, so there's a big chunk of the difference already.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 1, 2014 at 23:30 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2295 comments in total)
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Retzius: Does it include a "small town in Germany" scene mode?

@Norwegian wood - Japan, not China. Maybe one with a Shinto shrine?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2014 at 18:11 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2295 comments in total)
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walliswizard: Apparently some poor bugger had to sit and hand-polish this for about 40 hours or something. I'm sure a machine could have done it in minutes and knocked £500 of the price!

You didn't read the article, did you? It's 40 minutes, not 40 hours.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2014 at 18:08 UTC
On Sony Alpha A7 / A7R preview (2381 comments in total)
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Photato: Dunno what is the obsession of going FF, especially with a new mount like this that requires new lenses to make sense.
I hope Canon dith their EOS M and goes with one mount only for their mirrorless format, APS-H sensor seems ideal instead of running two formats like Sony is doing.
APS-H makes a lot of sense due to efficient production costs when compared to FF. The price advantage.
APS-H being the largest size sensor that can be imaged in one shot onto a wafer. Quality advantage over APS-C.

It's the same physical mount as existing NEX bodies. That means that all the existing mount adapters work already - you can use FF Leica M glass immediately, for example. I know more than one photographer who only needs to buy the body - they are already shooting Leica M glass, or Pentax K glass, on an NEX body.

What's different is that the existing E-mount glass has been designed for APS-C image circle. So Sony needs to add new E-mount lenses (well, FE mount).

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2013 at 09:38 UTC
On Sony Alpha A7 / A7R preview (2381 comments in total)
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dynaxx: Even for a 35mm camera body, the prices are still too high. Sony are being shrewd and mopping-up the "price is of no consequence" brigade before offering cheaper ( more plastic and less Magnesium alloy ) bodies for the people who look for value for money and are ( probably ) in the majority.

Because my roots are in the film era, I still find it ironic that getting back to the image capture area that was the norm for everyday film snappers about 40 years ago, generates the kind of wonderment that large format film ( 4" X 5" and upwards ) created at that time.

My bet is that the A7 will have the better image quality ( colours especially ) because 36.3 megapixels is too many to cram into that sensor area.

Given the truly thrilling implications of this announcement for the photography industry as a whole, the preliminary review is surprisingly unenthusiastic ( f/1.8 and f/2.8 Primes lenses are described as "somewhat slow"). To criticise the nomenclature "Bionz X" is just stupid.

Yeah, 36Mpixels is far too many in that sensor size. That must be why the D800/D800E is such a disaster. Oh, hang on...

I've been shooting a D800E for 18 months. It's a superb body, with extraordinary dynamic range. Maybe that's why it's the highest rated sensor on DxOMark.

I won't be surprised if the A7r ends up rated next to the D800E (or maybe even above it, given the absence of the AA filter).

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2013 at 09:28 UTC
On Roger Cicala compares Zeiss and Canon 135mm f/2 lenses article (87 comments in total)
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SRT3lkt: Both are outdated lenses.

The Canon 135mm f/2L has been around a long time. The only calls for its replacement appear to be from those who want IS on it.

This was the first L prime I bought. I still use it. The other two L primes that rival it are the 85mm f/1.2L (double the price), and the 200mm f/2L (over five times the price).

I'd like to see a Sigma Art 135mm (f/1.8 would be nice), but I want it in Nikon mount for a D800E. I'll keep using the Canon 135L.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 30, 2013 at 10:52 UTC
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Sergi Gabriel: Very strange for me information from DXOMark that Canon lens 70-200 IS 2.8L is better then 70-200 IS 2.8L v.2. It is reason why information from DXO is only information, not more.

Canon does not make a 20-70 lens (maybe you mean 24-70?), but the 24-70 doesn't have IS. Or do you mean 70-200?

Your comment just doesn't make sense.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 19, 2012 at 08:47 UTC
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taotoo: No way will it be sapphire crystal. Probably just a hard plastic.

Why couldn't it be sapphire? They use sapphire crystal (in much larger pieces) on watches that cost a fraction of the price of this phone.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 22, 2012 at 10:25 UTC
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Absolutic: So Canon is changing the naming from USM to STM? Are STM lenses still USM, or is it a completely different technology? Are all new Canon lenses then be STM? Is USM a thing of a past?

It's not new technology, but it's new to DSLRs - there's a brief discussion of it in the 650D preview. We'll probably only see it on lenses intended for video use, though.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 8, 2012 at 05:21 UTC

Still 18Mpixel - Canon does seem obsessed with that resolution (kinda like Nikon's obsession with 12 Mpixel a while back).

Disappointed they are still using USB2 - USB3 is not an expensive upgrade, and it's much much faster.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 8, 2012 at 05:11 UTC as 35th comment | 3 replies
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Jerry 39: Where can you download CR6.7 at. I could not find it on the Adobe web site

My copy of Photoshop CS5 updated itself to include ACR 6.7 on Saturday. I had the beta already installed to support D800E, but I was happy to see the non-beta version install itself.

Direct link | Posted on May 6, 2012 at 07:38 UTC
On Sony announces NEX-FS700 '4k-ready' E-mount camcorder article (236 comments in total)
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skrulm8: 4k capture is great if you output to 2k, but native 4k viewing is not really useful. How close to the screen do you have to be to resolve the difference? It can't be more than 3 feet for a 24" screen with perfect eyesight. That's almost too close to watch movies. I mean, would we see the difference between a native 12 MP and a resampled 2 MP film projection at the cinema?

I think it will stop at 4k for viewing and 8k for capture and editing. Color depth and framerate will be the frontier after that. As for framerate, it will peak at 60p for viewing because that's where the emotional impact peaks. That will change only when movies go interactive, i.e. turn into video games.

2k is fine for TV, but what if you are shooting for the movie screen? It subtends a larger visual angle...

Besides, 4k gives you more scope for editing. It's like the classic arguments about megapixels.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 7, 2012 at 08:41 UTC
On Canon EOS 5D Mark III preview (923 comments in total)
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T3: The only objection I have to this camera is price.

I don't want more than 22mp. The last thing I want to do is shoot an entire wedding in 36mp RAW. Yikes! Wedding clients aren't asking for billboard-sized enlargements of their images. 22mp is plenty. So I think the 5D MKIII is a more *practical* camera for the working photographer.

But like I said, I just wish it weren't so pricey. $2500-2700 would be great.

Oh, and I also would have preferred an on-board flash. Handy to have that on-board wireless flash controller like on the Rebels, 60D, and 7D.

It has a wireless flash controller. It's a better one than a flash, though - it's radio.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2012 at 09:50 UTC
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Clyde Coman: Wow 300 FPS 640X360 image suze is great. NO EFV ? I don't know how to use there cameras in the bright sunlight. Maybe others do, let me in on it.

EFV? I guess that's an Electronic Find Viewer...

Direct link | Posted on Oct 13, 2011 at 11:05 UTC
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