AdamT

AdamT

Lives in United Kingdom Northwest, United Kingdom
Works as a Commercial / Wedding / Event / Press Photographer
Joined on May 23, 2002

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On Big Zoom: Nikon Coolpix P900 real-world samples article (153 comments in total)
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Azurael: Am I going mad? All the comments here are really positive, but to my eyes, this looks dreadful. In most of the wide shots, this _camera_ has worse IQ than my _smartphone_ in broad daylight. Even £50 Fujis can do better than that. And the noise... Where on Earth did they find that sensor? 2004?!

Some images at the long end of the zoom (like the Eagle) show really poor contrast, too... It was pretty obvious ISO 1600 would look like a watercolour, so I'll discount the mess that is that Snowy Owl pic.

I'm sure I'm going to get called a pixel peeper, but I was judging based on the largest gallery view, which is smaller than a lot of prints I'd like to make?

On the other hand, the first Lynx shot is quite nice. What's going on?! I think the combination of very clumsy noise reduction with rather a lot of oversharpening isn't doing it any favours. Are there controls for this on the camera? I see it doesn't have RAW, which is disappointing, it might have been possible to fix the output...

Agreed, all watercolour paintings even at base ISO - compare these to an ageing SX50 or even the P510 . it`d take a very poor phone thesedays to take worse images than this

Direct link | Posted on May 6, 2015 at 10:44 UTC

......or you could get a mannequin arm for a tenner which looks far more realistic

Direct link | Posted on May 2, 2015 at 15:38 UTC as 169th comment
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Just a Photographer: Canon 5D mark I was Canon's best sensor in the digital age.

After that they rested their laurels.
Their newest 52MP sensor is nothing more then a pumped up APC-S sensor and lacks DR compared to the Sony 36MP sensor that already dates back to 2012.

Still people buy into Canon because of their brand name and large lens lineup.

I`ve never heard of that or since but didn`t get a 5D Mk1 until early 2007 ... The Mirror falling out was the only 5D Mk1 fiasco I remember - nothing compared with what was to follow with the 1D-III (and Nikon`s D2H)

Direct link | Posted on May 1, 2015 at 15:33 UTC
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Just a Photographer: Canon 5D mark I was Canon's best sensor in the digital age.

After that they rested their laurels.
Their newest 52MP sensor is nothing more then a pumped up APC-S sensor and lacks DR compared to the Sony 36MP sensor that already dates back to 2012.

Still people buy into Canon because of their brand name and large lens lineup.

The 1DS Mk2`s 16.7Mp unit was as good as the 5D Mk1`s 12Mp overall in that it`s notably more resolution but only not quite as clean at high ISOs .......

I was amazed when re-testing the 5D Mk1 in the far later Capture one V7 and it`s only a hair behind the D700 or D3S at ISO3200 for noise and beats it by quite a lot at for pixel level sharpness (Weaker AA filter), matched it for DR too .

This camera is still no slouch in the performance department either so stands up today compared to todays cameras - Like the NEW Sony A7S and of course the less new D700/D3S .. diff being is that you can`t buy a mint boxed A7S for under £300 and it doesn`t have the glass the 5D Mk1 does .. D700s are twice that even tatty ones .

This Bud is for the 5D Mk1

Direct link | Posted on May 1, 2015 at 09:11 UTC

Canon QC as naff as always I see ......... :(

Direct link | Posted on May 1, 2015 at 09:05 UTC as 85th comment
On Yongnuo creates near-clone of Canon EF 35mm f/2 article (169 comments in total)
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AlanG: The AF in my Canon 16-35mm can't be repaired due to the part being discontinued. So here's hoping that Yongnuo's clone AF parts can fix my lens.

I have to be honest that I didn`t like either of the 16-35L models and found both optically poor for the price even when you didn't get a decentered one the edges were poor , thankfully they`ve now made an F4 model capable of living up to the L badge , it`s got IS too .

Direct link | Posted on Apr 26, 2015 at 14:20 UTC
On Yongnuo creates near-clone of Canon EF 35mm f/2 article (169 comments in total)
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AlanG: The AF in my Canon 16-35mm can't be repaired due to the part being discontinued. So here's hoping that Yongnuo's clone AF parts can fix my lens.

The worst are Micro USM - as in the budget canon USM & Nikon AFS lenses inc the Nikon 18-200VR because those piezo rotors are tiny so that they fit into a space the size of a conventional DC motor to drive an orthodox gear focus system - many die within warranty, Pentax had the hardest time with them failing constantly . not good .

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2015 at 18:48 UTC
On Yongnuo creates near-clone of Canon EF 35mm f/2 article (169 comments in total)
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AlanG: The AF in my Canon 16-35mm can't be repaired due to the part being discontinued. So here's hoping that Yongnuo's clone AF parts can fix my lens.

DC motors almost last forever too - witness the number of Canon lenses from the late 80s still running such as the original 50mm F1.8 Mk1 and 28-70 F3.5-4.5 . the 80-200L F2.8 "magic Drainpipe" was powered by last forever linear motors whereas its standard zoom brother the 28-80L F2.8-4 was powered by a ring USM - most of these are now in the bin whereas I bet the only dead 80-200s are dead because of fungus or droppage..

Thankfully canon now have a thing about Stepper motors which are as reliable as DC and as quiet as USM .

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2015 at 14:23 UTC
On Yongnuo creates near-clone of Canon EF 35mm f/2 article (169 comments in total)
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AlanG: The AF in my Canon 16-35mm can't be repaired due to the part being discontinued. So here's hoping that Yongnuo's clone AF parts can fix my lens.

Canon won't hold parts for devices which have been out of production for 10 years or more, this is typical of Japanese manufacturers - this includes holding existing stock of said parts it would seem sadly in the case of Canon.

other makers such as Sigma, Yamaha, Roland, Korg etc will keep parts so long as stock exists thankfully but it would seem that Canon do not for any length of time ...... the only hope for that 16-35L is that the part gone is replaceable with one from another lens - even if the part is slightly different such as the Ribbon tail for the USM Rotor being a different length etc .

I`ve repaired lenses like this before - EG:- the rotor from the 70-200F4L IS works perfectly on the 17-55 F2.8 EFS but the tail is 2" longer so different part number (easier to fix the lens with an existing part I had) maybe there`s a similar option for the 16-35L Mk1 - there isn`t for my 28-70L which is now a manual focus lens for extreme emergencies (or using on the EOS-M)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2015 at 09:01 UTC
On Yongnuo creates near-clone of Canon EF 35mm f/2 article (169 comments in total)
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AlanG: The AF in my Canon 16-35mm can't be repaired due to the part being discontinued. So here's hoping that Yongnuo's clone AF parts can fix my lens.

Likewise my 28-70L (which is better than the 24-70L Mk1) .. I can`t find a USM Rotor from a production model which fits either .

Saddest loss are the numerous 85mm F1.2Ls which can`t be repaired for the same reason and are "focus by wire" so can`t be manual focussed either - expensive doorstop because canon can`t be bothered to make a batch of USM Rotors (the part which wears out in all USM lenses)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2015 at 06:21 UTC
On Canon EOS 5D Review preview (15 comments in total)

Still worthy 10 years on because you can shoot it at any selectable ISO in RAW and it`ll be excellent, doesn`t ever get noisy (about half a stop or less noisier than the D700 or D3S in Capture one at ISO3200) , even the DR is good - JPG engine is both dated and limited but as a RAW only camera, it stands up .. Pixel level sharpness (therefore resolution of fine details) is better the D700 or D3 due to a weaker AA filter .

Focus is fast enough , though really best seen as a centre focus only system due to the lack of cross sensors anywhere else , excellent on batteries too.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2015 at 14:38 UTC as 2nd comment
On Yongnuo creates near-clone of Canon EF 35mm f/2 article (169 comments in total)
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Pedro Moreira: Contrary to what people are saying here, Yongnuo 50 1.8 its a very good lens for half the price of the Canon one.
Yes, it has noisy autofocus but with very good acuracy, better than Canon!
It even has better bokeh since it has 2 more blade than Canon has! (5 vs 7)

Problem is that there is no shortage of used canon 50s at the same price as the Yong - no contest .......... there`s far more to Bokeh than the number of blades in the iris ..

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2015 at 10:12 UTC
On Yongnuo creates near-clone of Canon EF 35mm f/2 article (169 comments in total)

I hope its better than the 50- F1.8 was

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2015 at 07:24 UTC as 21st comment
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The Davinator: The best sensor maker keeps getting better.

I`ve still got 2Gb cards about Neil - in RAW the D50 can still cut it at all its available ISOs, you just need a very wide ranging superzoom or a lot of lenses to keep the cropping down - the LCD is pitiful of course but pretty much irrelevant as anything can be adjusted in RAW - LOL .......

I guess Sony maybe able to market the A7S sensor for FF video - RED may move up in sensor size for instance

Direct link | Posted on Apr 19, 2015 at 06:58 UTC
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The Davinator: The best sensor maker keeps getting better.

BTW for the above argument, at pixel level at high ISOs the A7S beats the D4S easily for noise , not suprising as it`s pixels are twice the size but per-print or the D4S or even A7R resized down , I have doubts that the gap is worthwhile the loss in resolution - I`d go for the A7R if they`d put an AF system in it which is at least almost competitive and more than anything , electronic 1st curtain on the damn bear-trap shutter

Direct link | Posted on Apr 19, 2015 at 06:41 UTC
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The Davinator: The best sensor maker keeps getting better.

I don`t know if anyone else would use the A7S sensor - 12Mp has fallen below the "minimum" threshold of resolution which is even as low as 16Mp because M43 and Fuji are hanging in there . for those with loads of lenses (to alleviate the need for cropping) and/or smaller print requirements, the A7S is perfect but trying to convince camera manufacturers to build a cam using it would be hard (EG:- Canon ditched 12Mp FF with the 5D Mk1 many years ago, even the D700 looked Old-tech on launch) .......

Funny really as I`ve still got a D50 which only goes to ISO1600 but can be shot in RAW at any ISO with no noise issues - only 6Mp of course, actually still viable with a Tamron 16-300mm

Direct link | Posted on Apr 19, 2015 at 06:37 UTC
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The Davinator: The best sensor maker keeps getting better.

Agreed about the GX7, it`s been a very useful tool as a seconday cam to my work but the problem I have with it is that there are some situations where you can`t use the mech shutter due to its loud metallic clack or because of shutter shock and also can`t use the E-Shutter either because of severe banding due to the lighting. Panny really need to put Electronic 1st curtain in their high end cameras . IF the EM1 uses a panny sensor , they have no excuse as to why they haven`t - in fact the GM series have EFC and definitely the same sensor .......

Direct link | Posted on Apr 18, 2015 at 20:04 UTC
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The Davinator: The best sensor maker keeps getting better.

Agreed Neil, there is a lot more to performance than just the sensor, though with CMOS, a lot more is on chip than the old CCD days .. For the record, I have no confidence in DXO`s scores whatsoever, they seem to blow with the wind (or just blow , period)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 18, 2015 at 19:25 UTC
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The Davinator: The best sensor maker keeps getting better.

Yeah, Neil, I`m with you regarding noise (especially at high ISOs) but DR ? , there`s a marked difference between the GX7 and the EM1 in highlight recovery, in fact I`m amazed at how much can be recovered regardless of sensor size, I find the GX7 is pretty much typical of M43 16Mp sensors from the EM5 and newer ...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 18, 2015 at 18:37 UTC
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The Davinator: The best sensor maker keeps getting better.

Different to the GX7 sensor (I have that camera) definitely - for a start the GX7 has no PDAF pixels and secondly it doesn`t have the same highlight recovery as the EM1 ..
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I don`t use JPG engines where any kind of detail is needed, especially Olympus ones which slam loads of smeary Noise reduction over base ISO images even with the noise filter setting on "Off"
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ISO6400 looks like ISO6400 regardess of lens - Lenses do not reduce noise levels .

Direct link | Posted on Apr 18, 2015 at 15:57 UTC
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