Lives in Frankfurt am Main
Works as a science journalist
Has a website at www.roland-wengenmayr.de
Joined on Jun 1, 2010
About me:

Love to shoot wildlife, birds, animals, macros of insects and spiders, plus street and portrait of people (I like to draw portraits too).


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marc petzold: For ~1900 EUR, i expected to see the Lens made completely out of metal,beside the glass elements... not with plastic front rings or somehow interna, my bad. The Primes from the 60s to 80s Era are mostly made out of metal, minus the rubber focus rings.

For comparsion, Zeiss Loxia Lenses...or just the good old C/Y Zeiss lenses.

Besides that, it looks like a really nice build quality. :-)

@marc petzold: sure, there are better and less good lenses around in terms of durability, that applies to all manufacturers. Roger Cicala's great blog delivers good statistics based on lens rental's real life experience, at least for pro like gear.

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2015 at 20:27 UTC

Interesting to read the debates here about modern lenses with their ultrasonic drives and other features won't last as long as vintage lenses. But is that true? Simplicity seems not always guarantee durability, according to my experience.

My wife e.g. lost a mechanical only Sigma 24-70/2.8 zoom in Siberia, at -40 °C it broke and literally fell into pieces - she selected this vintage lens from early 1990s because she expected it to be very robust. Then, a Nikkor 300/4 (no VR) of our gears needed recently an AF drive replacement, whereas our technically more advanced and complex EF 300/4 L IS USM (with IS) still works flawlessly - same age, same use.

Such a personal experience of course does not support any statistics, but I do believe that modern complex lenses can be quite long-lived if well made. I think, electronic compatibility could be more a problem in the long run.

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2015 at 08:47 UTC as 12th comment | 1 reply
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marc petzold: For ~1900 EUR, i expected to see the Lens made completely out of metal,beside the glass elements... not with plastic front rings or somehow interna, my bad. The Primes from the 60s to 80s Era are mostly made out of metal, minus the rubber focus rings.

For comparsion, Zeiss Loxia Lenses...or just the good old C/Y Zeiss lenses.

Besides that, it looks like a really nice build quality. :-)

@marc petzold: I frequently use a vintage EF 500mm F/4.5 L USM built in 1995, and it still works flawlessly (besides a little tolerance in the AF/MF switch). Served me just well again recently on in a storm with sand and salty spray on a shore, shooting seafowl in action. I am pretty sure that it will work the next several years without failure.

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2015 at 08:28 UTC

Kudos to Roger Cicala and lensrentals. In fact I check their great blog first before I invest since many years.

Like other posters here I am a huge fan of Canon's high quality lenses (not every lens in their line is stellar, of course). I really don't pamper my gear, but my expensive Canon glass survived many accidents in rugged environment without decentering or failing. We do a lot of wildlife, and we have an extended Canon and Nikon gear, so I can compare both systems well. Our Nikon lenses and cameras needed much more service so far, and our most reliable, best performing Nikon lenses are made by Sigma btw.

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2015 at 10:22 UTC as 46th comment

The M3 isn't the sexiest act in the mirrorless circus of course, but not a bad camera. I played a bit with one in my local shop and like its quality and handling. AF is okay now, and its IQ is good enough for very good results. Seems to make a nice addition to Canon gear. I personally prefer the native system over a Sony-Canon EF-adapter thing, and I seriously consider getting one...

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 08:50 UTC as 35th comment
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lbjack: Stodgy. C'mon Canon, get with it! We need Sony innovation with your quality.

Besides the sensor tech I do hope that Canon does not regress to Sony quality. My Canon gear survived sand and salt storms, tumbling from tripods, heat and frost, and really never failed. Our Nikon gear proved to be much less reliable than in the old days of Nikon, unfortunately.

Roger Cicala from lens rentals recently teared down a 7D II and was impressed by its quality:

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 08:42 UTC
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MustyMarie: An actual DPR review of M3 some day ??

you can predict the result: silver award (only just). DxO already scored its sensor only 72 pts - worse than the old Nikon D90, and DxO is the master here now. But I guess a lot people won't care and get them an M3.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 08:32 UTC

I think most of those lenses will end up in collector's show cases, in which the will look nicely with their brass casings (don't forget to polish them frequently). In real life, fumbling with an 18th century design lens will be mostly a too frustrating experience: "wait, just keep still in this position another 10 minutes until..."

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2015 at 08:11 UTC as 6th comment
On article Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review (1317 comments in total)
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audiobomber: What is the basis for saying the 7D II outperforms the a6000 and K-3 for noise? DXOMark shows the 7D II with the lowest score of the three for SNR.
a6000: ISO 1347
K-3: ISO 1216
7D II: ISO 1082


Tony Northrop (surely no Canon fanboy) explains here in detail why DxO's scoring system does not give any useful idea about the real world performance of a camera such as the 7D2:

The 7D2 is made for sports and wildlife photographers using supertele lenses and often shooting action, and high ISO performance is what really matters then - plus a very good AF system, because if you miss a great moment that never comes back no extraordinary DR performance will compensate you.

So, overall, the 7D2 mostly meets what one can expect from such a camera. There are a few downsides, of course, touchscreen is lacking and video is a bit disappointing looking at the competition.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2014 at 15:53 UTC

As a user of two Mecablitz flashes I do hope that their flash business will survive. Bankruptcy in Germany doesn't mean necessarily the end of a company.

Hey, this is one of our old camera gear makers in Germany, they MUST survive, in particular because their flashes are really good. The new mecablitz 64 AF-1 is one of the hottest guns on the market btw: maximum guide number 64 for ISO 100 @ 200 mm!

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2014 at 08:11 UTC as 39th comment | 1 reply
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Picturenaut: Great! Some wildlife shooters have been waiting for this MK II version for at least 5-6 ys now. I guess only hobby trombone players will really miss the old push-pull design.

@wburychka: you made a point, it surely depends on the personal shooting style. I prefer shooting wildlife with primes and work with details when an animal gets close (in fact I do love detailed close-ups), so zooming is not so important for me.

Btw the new Sigma 150-600 S might be interesting for you. There is a good review on Nikon rumors, and the guy says there:
"When shooting you can zoom the lens by pulling and pushing the barrel instead of twisting."


Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2014 at 08:02 UTC
On article Video: Capturing nature with the Canon EOS 7D Mark II (205 comments in total)

Great footage for enjoying in the evening with a glass of wine, watching how a pro wildlife shooter works, and how the reviewed gear performs in real life. Since all digital cameras today deliver quite good quality compared to some years ago, I think those real life reviews are getting more and more important (e.g. AF performance in challenging moments) - and scientific lab tests less and less important at least for real photographers (excluding geeks).

Please DPR, I want to see more of this very good stuff! (And, please, not always with Country muzak.)

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2014 at 07:49 UTC as 33rd comment

Great! Some wildlife shooters have been waiting for this MK II version for at least 5-6 ys now. I guess only hobby trombone players will really miss the old push-pull design.

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2014 at 15:08 UTC as 8th comment | 2 replies
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Antony John: Any camera manufacturer that releases new lenses and puts pressure on other companies to do the same is to be applauded.
Now if only Nikon would update their 400mm F4 ...

The current Nikkor superteles are more affordable than Canon's latest Mk II lenses and their new 200-400, but Nikon's current supertele line is getting a bit long in the tooth now. With the new Nikkor 800/5.6 they have shown that the next generation Nikkors will be coming with a breathtaking premium price again.

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2014 at 15:04 UTC
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ms18: I wonder how it will comparable to EF 400mm f/5.6 L prime... at 400mm ignoring the IS.

Not sure, the 400/5.6 is a prime and it's simple optical construction is tack sharp (I love it). IS is not so important if you shoot action, e.g. BIF. And the 100-400mm MkI's weak point was its long end at 400 mm. But I am pretty sure that the Mk II will provide a huge leap in optical quality anyway. Will be interesting to see first lab tests.

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2014 at 14:47 UTC
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wburychka: Let's see. Seems that Canon has fully adopted the Microsoft approach to new products. See 5D3, 7D2 for examples. So the new 100-400 is heavier, bigger, and $500 more expensive. Yep. The MS way. Of course it has "optical enhancements". Maybe.

Fact is, I find the push pull zoom exceptionally handy for hand held shooting sports like soccer, where the action moves all over the field quickly. Loosening the zoom lock makes quick adjustments in zoom easy--much easier than twisting a zoom ring. I also have a Tamron 150-600, which in some ways is comparable to the new 100-400: heavier, larger, twist zoom ring. I've used both handheld for soccer, and the "old" 100-400 is infinitely faster and easier, plus lighter.

And by the way, I've had this lens for ten years, and I've yet to detect any dust "sucked into" the lens. And this lens has been used at the beach, in the desert, and lots of other dusty places. I think the dust sucking is another Internet-invented problem.

Obviously this really depends on the copy you have. Same with Canon's EF-S 17-55/2.8, my early production copy sucks dust in like a vacuum cleaner, other users of this zoom do not have any problem with that.

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2014 at 14:39 UTC

I think those designers should all be globally banned from ANY design jobs, not only cameras. Once, Italian design was synonymous with elegance and taste, but this quality obviously is lost at least in Treviso.

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2014 at 14:33 UTC as 23rd comment
On article Price released for Brikk's 24k gold Nikon Df (386 comments in total)

ROFL! This is made for rich Russian dons, fits perfectly to their golden Rolexes, guns, and teeth.

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2014 at 17:11 UTC as 70th comment | 1 reply
On article Canon EOS 7D Mark II: A professional's opinion (502 comments in total)

Great real world review from a pro shooter, short and right on the point. Readers can decide by themselves if they need a voice recording or not. I personally do not, because a wildlife shooter should keep his mouth shut when shooting shy animals ;-).

Please, DPR, give us more of such real world reviews added to your scientific lab tests.

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2014 at 08:51 UTC as 21st comment
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blue hour: - no touchscreen
- no Wifi
- can't record 4K video
- more expensive than the competition (Pentax K3, Sony A77 Mk II,Olympus E-M1)
- all of those competitors feature stabilization built into the body, that works with every lens you attach
- rumours of a hybrid viewfinder (like the Fuji X100 T) didn't make it to the production line- Canon should reinforce their innovation management

@ Rishi: right, that's main flaw I also see in the concept of the otherwise quite intriguing 7D2. Canon sacrifized the tilt- and touchscreen for the heavy duty body of the 7D what seems to be logical. But it is not logical to built-in the new dual pixel AF system without touchscreen capability for video.

To make the package round Canon should deliver the 7D2 with a Wifi transmitter for free in a standard kit (Canon's WFT-E7A is embarassingly expensive) plus a smartphone clip for the camera body, so people can use their phones as additonal touchscreen for video.

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2014 at 10:10 UTC
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