semorg

semorg

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Joined on Sep 16, 2005

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This is an incredible shot! So well planned and so difficult to execute. Well done!

I just don't understand what's with all the haters???

Direct link | Posted on Mar 21, 2015 at 22:36 UTC as 11th comment

any backpack that opens from outside I would never use for traveling. There are so many stories of stolen equipment. Also, traveling backpack should be more discrete and not carry a sign, "come rob me I have camera here".

Aside from that, I don't see what improvements they have made here. It's really a shame. Maybe this is a problem of a "design by committee" or maybe Lowepro just can't innovate anymore.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 17, 2015 at 00:41 UTC as 18th comment

A nice way to ruin an otherwise good design with a gimmick like color changing flap (switch). All they are doing is weakening the seal and the construction by introducing a zipper divider.

As many have said, maybe the primary target is the women photographers which is not a bad strategy.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 11, 2015 at 22:50 UTC as 32nd comment
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semorg: Maybe it's just me, but I see a lot of CA. I have the Sigma 50/1.4 art and that's an amazing lens. However, this feels not at the same level. Of course it harder to design a 24/1.4 than a 50/1.4 but the expectations are just high these days. really like to see what Zeiss Otus will do next (yeah, I know not in the same price range)

Thanks for your reply.
1 - the images are not that comparable so it's really hard to make a real comparison.
2 - the photo of the man has a strong CA around his neck. maybe not as much as your photo sample, but still very strong. Even around his head and hair he has more CA than the photo of the women you posted.
3 - your other photos at infinity the front railing has a strong purple fringe even in in-focus area and a visible one on the out of focus flag poles.
4 - perhaps sigma is the victim of its own success. My 50/1.4 art (on D810) is an amazing lens and this 24/1.4 is not there.

This lens doesn't seem exceptional or have any special character. Technically it might be a better lens than a 5-10 year old lens designs from canon/nikon, but I think Sigma Art benchmark should be 90% of Zeiss Otus. We have to wait till Zeiss releases their 24 Otus at some point, but I'm betting it's going to be a lot better than 10% of this Sigma.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2015 at 07:58 UTC
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semorg: Maybe it's just me, but I see a lot of CA. I have the Sigma 50/1.4 art and that's an amazing lens. However, this feels not at the same level. Of course it harder to design a 24/1.4 than a 50/1.4 but the expectations are just high these days. really like to see what Zeiss Otus will do next (yeah, I know not in the same price range)

That Sigma images in the samples above are almost showing as much CA

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2015 at 19:10 UTC

Maybe it's just me, but I see a lot of CA. I have the Sigma 50/1.4 art and that's an amazing lens. However, this feels not at the same level. Of course it harder to design a 24/1.4 than a 50/1.4 but the expectations are just high these days. really like to see what Zeiss Otus will do next (yeah, I know not in the same price range)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2015 at 05:47 UTC as 9th comment | 5 replies

1/3 inch sensor at 1.27 megapixels = 63.5 megapixel Full Frame sensor!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 21, 2014 at 05:32 UTC as 39th comment | 29 replies
On Ricoh surfs into action camera market with WG-M1 article (108 comments in total)

I think the 10m water proof with ease of access to buttons is a plus, however GoPro's level of accessories and third-party attachments make other platforms less desirable. Not having a 720/120 is a big miss or not adding image stabilization. Seems like it was another one of those things designed by a committee and not by singular vision.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 11, 2014 at 09:06 UTC as 31st comment
On Quick Review: Zenfolio's Photograher Central article (16 comments in total)

LOL $400???? This is not going to last

Direct link | Posted on Aug 22, 2014 at 15:11 UTC as 6th comment
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Henrik Herranen: Finally a 50 mm lens I'd like to own!

I sold Canon's 50/1.8 to my sister. Wasn't really unhappy with it, but exchanged it for Canon's 50/1.4.

Canon's 50/1.4 is the only lens I've ever broken - the brittle focus motor went. Got it fixed, then sold it.

I couldn't get four copies of Canon's 50/1.2L to focus, so I never bought it.

Sigma's old 50/1.4 focused nicely for me, and the bokeh was really smooth, but wide open it was sharp in only the center 20-30% of the image, so although I don't require absolute sharpness right to the corners wide open, I felt I had no composition freedom at all. So, finally, I gave it to a good friend who has put it to good use.

So, I've now been for almost two years without a 50 mm prime.

But that state of affairs may not last for long anymore. This new Sigma might just be the one I have wanted for years. Just please make it focus! (Although with the new docking system, I think it will.)

I'm sending it back to canon for the second time today. The 50/1.4 is so fragile because it's not internal focusing

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2014 at 19:26 UTC
On Pentax K-3 Review preview (503 comments in total)

I think the biggest advantage of this camera over Nikon D7100 is the built-in image stabilizer. Sadly, DPreview didn't seem to mention that in their conclusion. I guess their tests are just confined to studio setup images.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2014 at 18:41 UTC as 149th comment | 5 replies
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semorg: Sony is going for the kill.....this camera will kill Canon 5DII/III when it's used for videos. You can shoot 4K, and no pixel dropping or other tricks, probably without any of the aliasing issues. Have a 4K footage or downsize to 1080P/720p, etc. for broadcasting distribution

SHood - I bet other will create 4K recorders. That are more compact and cheaper. The nice thing is you can record 1080/60p or 720/120p without the external recorder. At the price of $1699 it's already going to surpass canon 5Dii/iii

Direct link | Posted on Apr 7, 2014 at 04:36 UTC

Sony is going for the kill.....this camera will kill Canon 5DII/III when it's used for videos. You can shoot 4K, and no pixel dropping or other tricks, probably without any of the aliasing issues. Have a 4K footage or downsize to 1080P/720p, etc. for broadcasting distribution

Direct link | Posted on Apr 7, 2014 at 01:13 UTC as 79th comment | 7 replies
On Flashpoint 180 Monolight Review article (37 comments in total)

1 star for the review.

This light unit doesn't have much power and as stated by others it has a rather slow cycle time. For the same price you can buy couple of decent used Nikon strobes. They also use off the shelf batteries (AAs) and it gives you a of different options as far portability, etc.
I do a lot of strobe photography with cheap used strobes. Here's one example: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151843425982673&set=a.10151842731197673.1073741843.766737672

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2014 at 18:47 UTC as 10th comment

Lens rental needs to offer this alignment service to outside customers and not just for the lenses they're renting out.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 31, 2014 at 22:55 UTC as 122nd comment

How miserable that CNN can't get a simple web form right... The moment Ted Turner sold his baby it was doomed for failure and it's been on a downhill slide ever since.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 28, 2014 at 17:18 UTC as 19th comment
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semorg: if the performance is near their 14/2.8. With nano crystal coating and f/2.0 this will become the default lens for milky way and northern light photography for aspc sensor cameras.

I said apsc not u4/3

Direct link | Posted on Mar 21, 2014 at 17:26 UTC

if the performance is near their 14/2.8. With nano crystal coating and f/2.0 this will become the default lens for milky way and northern light photography for aspc sensor cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 21, 2014 at 14:49 UTC as 28th comment | 2 replies
On Sony Alpha 7 Review preview (1606 comments in total)

if you're going to start with, "By putting a 24 megapixel full-frame sensor into a body nearly the same size as the Olympus E-M1, the Alpha 7 is arguably the most ambitious camera Sony has ever made"
Then why not review A7r ???

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2014 at 04:41 UTC as 314th comment | 5 replies

No Nano coating? I guess Nikon doesn't want to cannibalize their 35/1.4 lens.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 04:53 UTC as 22nd comment | 2 replies
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