Cytokine

Lives in United Kingdom South Wales, United Kingdom
Joined on Sep 11, 2008

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On article Making a splash: Nikon D500 real-world sample gallery (228 comments in total)

What a great camera.

Link | Posted on May 5, 2016 at 19:18 UTC as 18th comment
On article Seriously sharp: Sony FE 85mm F1.4 GM samples (263 comments in total)
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Cytokine: Most of these samples are at 5.6, f4, or 2.8, and at these apertures almost all the good 85's are sharp.

The Bokeh is so bad I cant believe a Japanese company made this lens, it looks like Nissan Bokeh. Sony even made a machine to predict the bokeh?????

Why so few 1.4 samples? Is it that bad that the reviewers cant or dare not post any.

I am no Zeiss fan, but they would never put their name on something so bad.

There are plenty of lenses as sharp as this one, with better bokeh at a fraction of the price.

Did Zeiss refuse to put their name on this lens design? Maybe it should be called the Grand Mess.

Reply to Charrick.

Yes Dxo mark need to explain what the masurements mean in the real world, and how suitable a lens is for its intended application, just look at the confusion in the above posts regarding dof.

Does 25 years in pro-photo equipment and lighting research & development count as experience?

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2016 at 10:42 UTC
On article Seriously sharp: Sony FE 85mm F1.4 GM samples (263 comments in total)
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Cytokine: Most of these samples are at 5.6, f4, or 2.8, and at these apertures almost all the good 85's are sharp.

The Bokeh is so bad I cant believe a Japanese company made this lens, it looks like Nissan Bokeh. Sony even made a machine to predict the bokeh?????

Why so few 1.4 samples? Is it that bad that the reviewers cant or dare not post any.

I am no Zeiss fan, but they would never put their name on something so bad.

There are plenty of lenses as sharp as this one, with better bokeh at a fraction of the price.

Did Zeiss refuse to put their name on this lens design? Maybe it should be called the Grand Mess.

It is a good sharp lens but not a portrait lens, as some people will find out when they photograph their girl friends and family, unless they are being prepared for laser surgery.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2016 at 21:57 UTC
On article Seriously sharp: Sony FE 85mm F1.4 GM samples (263 comments in total)
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Cytokine: Most of these samples are at 5.6, f4, or 2.8, and at these apertures almost all the good 85's are sharp.

The Bokeh is so bad I cant believe a Japanese company made this lens, it looks like Nissan Bokeh. Sony even made a machine to predict the bokeh?????

Why so few 1.4 samples? Is it that bad that the reviewers cant or dare not post any.

I am no Zeiss fan, but they would never put their name on something so bad.

There are plenty of lenses as sharp as this one, with better bokeh at a fraction of the price.

Did Zeiss refuse to put their name on this lens design? Maybe it should be called the Grand Mess.

You might actually be right! for years lens designers have realized that portrait Lenses need to have slight optical defects built in. But DXO Mark etc., with their lack of experience criticized those lenses, the danger of this is we now get lenses that are perfectly unsuitable.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2016 at 21:51 UTC
On article Seriously sharp: Sony FE 85mm F1.4 GM samples (263 comments in total)

Most of these samples are at 5.6, f4, or 2.8, and at these apertures almost all the good 85's are sharp.

The Bokeh is so bad I cant believe a Japanese company made this lens, it looks like Nissan Bokeh. Sony even made a machine to predict the bokeh?????

Why so few 1.4 samples? Is it that bad that the reviewers cant or dare not post any.

I am no Zeiss fan, but they would never put their name on something so bad.

There are plenty of lenses as sharp as this one, with better bokeh at a fraction of the price.

Did Zeiss refuse to put their name on this lens design? Maybe it should be called the Grand Mess.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2016 at 20:50 UTC as 43rd comment | 8 replies
On article Heavy hitter: Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM first shots (350 comments in total)
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Flashback: Seeing past the poor lighting, and quite frankly the girl model who doesn't look too well, this lens shows a lot of promise.

All the attention seems to have been on the 85mm F/1.4, but it might just be it's the 24-70mm that becomes the star of the show.

I agree the 24-70 f/2.8 could be very good
The 85 1.4 with the samples shown so far on other webb sites. Is the old story of too much sharpness fighting the bokeh and complexity of aspherical portrait lens design.

Foreground blurr is smooth but the transition zone is frankly weird although this might produce a "new look".

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2016 at 08:33 UTC

I dont own shares in Canon Nikon or Sony and probably neither do you. If you have not done so already do your self a favour, go and try the Canon 85mm f/1.2l mk2 on a 6D or any modern camera. Set it to 1.2 take a few photos.

Or a full frame Nikon and their 85mm 1.4d or g.

Dxo Bark and Dippy review are not known for their photographic talent. They measure scores but have no idea how to translate this to real world photography, or how this relates to human perception or vision.

If you have ever used a long lens on a small camera body you will know how hard that is. So ensure your camera can balance the lenses you hope to buy.

I hope one day Sony will produce great cameras but they are not there yet. The human eye can only see about 10-11 stops of dynamic range under quick scanning conditions your screen or printing even less.

Few people can agree on how to measure dynamic range or how Iso can be compared evenly across all cameras.
Or even how raw converters can be compared.

Hold your thumb at arms length the size of the thumb nail is the area that the human eye can see in focus at one time.

Forget hype try everything for real and choose what works.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 17:52 UTC as 28th comment | 7 replies

Thankfully my Canon camera does not have a Sony tweaked Sony Sensor they seemed to be tweaked to score well at DXO mark and not for real world photography.

Colour and tonality looks worse than an i phone.

The Technical quality of the bokeh from the samples appearing everywhere is the worst i have ever seen. Like wearing the wrong glasses it makes you feel sick.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 16:26 UTC as 33rd comment | 6 replies
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Sannaborjeson: Such poor quality jpegs at 100%... makes it totally impossible to make any opinion on the lens.

Also, why don't you hire a pro photographer for such samples? Only bearded guy is ok while the rest of the photos are thoughtless and of no value.

Pro photographers are too expensive and they mostly use Canon cameras which dont work

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 10:07 UTC

Many thanks to Roger Cicala and his brilliant team for the great technical articles.

Sony have always been quick to provide great products in every spere of electronics, however their track record on reliability has not been good, usualy failing because of something simple like hinges on my vaio, keys falling off. A led failed on a 2000 usd hi fi and stopped the whole system. Car hi fi failed because of poor quality cable to the display. 2 hi end cd players failed after two years. The list goes on and on.

My Nikon D200 still working like a Trojan my Canon products so far (touch wood) still working like new.

I hope that you guys have more luck.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2016 at 15:33 UTC as 7th comment | 2 replies
On article 1.4 and More: Canon EF 35mm F1.4L II comparison (242 comments in total)
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jonny1976: the problem is that you must use a canon camera to obtain the most of it, autofocus.. canon produces lovely lenses, camera so so.

I have been using dslr cameras for 45 years while less than 9 or 10 stops of DR might be a problem none of the current Canon DSLR cameras are a a real problem so DR is well down the list. Good colours a clear view finder uncluttered by 200 af points or not having to look at a tv screen are far more important.

Then there is lens choice Canon is No. 1 even zeiss consumer products dont compare.

How on earth did we photograph anything before autofocus. Todays photographers seem very pathetic. Spurred on by the Techheads at DPR.

I like Sony and have bought 30+ products from them over the years none of them lasted very long.

All the great painters in the past used compressed dynamic range. Yet everyone on here seems obsessed with this minor point, it is way down my list.

I hope Canon keep making great reliable cameras with great IQ. And let the idiots worry about a shadow behind a rock.

There are great camera reviewers out there like Bythom unfortunately none work for DPR just look at the sample pictures.

As for DXO Mark they are a bad joke.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2016 at 19:17 UTC
On article 1.4 and More: Canon EF 35mm F1.4L II comparison (242 comments in total)

Interesting that the Sigma like Zeiss top lenses has more onion rings in the bokeh than an onion bargee the new Canon has none.
Usualy caused by the use of molded asphericals v Canons ground and polished ones. Understandable for Sigma's value engineering. But not in the high cost Ottus.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2016 at 18:34 UTC as 66th comment
On article Sony Alpha 7R II: Real-world ISO invariance study (369 comments in total)

I just use my Canon 6d and 85mm 1.2 mk2 job done.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2016 at 09:18 UTC as 8th comment

Traditional designs for fast 85mm lenses use very heavy and large glass elements that are not easily matched with IS systems.

Zeiss may Have done this using the latest " extreme" high refractive index glass. they used to be owned by and probably are still part of Schott, Germanys (the worlds) most respected glass company.

This special glass will be extremely hard and require special coatings, which Schott are very good at. This hardness can be complex to grind, so they may have developed a moulding process that can shape this type of glass which may have no liquid phase.

To answer my earlier question why no f 1.4.? Probably there will be but it would be very expensive.

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2015 at 08:55 UTC as 12th comment | 3 replies

Why only 1.8 on the 85mm? That and the low price for a Zeiss Zeiss Probably means moulded optics. Average bokeh but probably very sharp and good resolution. No f1.
2 or even f1.4 but that means there will be little if any CA or Locas. But Canikon can do this better for a lot less.

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Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 18:17 UTC as 16th comment | 3 replies

I am trying to like it but it looks like a Sony Alpha with humps but only a small sensor.

A Nikon retro range-finder with APc sensor with screw driver, would sell like hot cakes.

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2012 at 20:07 UTC as 81st comment

I would like to put this in terms that H-blad CEO will understand as he likes cars.

The Lunacy Is like Ferrari taking a Fiat 500 (A cheap car that I like) and covering it with 1/2 ton of fur, leather and wood, resulting in less performance and still looking like a Fiat 500. Then putting 3 huge Ferrari badges on it and asking 120,000 Euros.

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2012 at 17:06 UTC as 27th comment
On article Hasselblad responds to Lunar criticisms (613 comments in total)
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CameraLabTester: Any graphic designer, industrial engineer, concept artist, creative director, etc would know that these designs were conjured up in frantic haste, perhaps just a few hours before the opening of Photokina 2012.

They are NOT well planned and thought out designs. They are empty hurriedly assembled sugar coatings to put a table cloth over an already existing NEX design.

It is so obvious,even to the layman,that these are not really R&D material. The ergonomics are utterly wrong.

THIS is why there are so many angry comments.

It is a shocking insult to one's intelligence.

Come back again in Photokina 2015...

...after you have done your homework.

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Sadly I do not think this mess was created in a few hours, I will give one example.

They say they wish to appeal to a younger customer and then produce prototypes that look like the dash board of a middle aged man's Bentley. When did you last see an I pod or game boy that looked like this. Not only have they misunderstood their brand strengths but they have not met their own brief.

The writing on the wall was apparent when they launched the Ferrari edition camera. Ferrari could sell that with its car, but not H'Blad.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2012 at 02:51 UTC
On article Hasselblad responds to Lunar criticisms (613 comments in total)

Would the senior management and product managers care to write a book on "How not to launch a new concept" I think it would sell very well, with the title "How to kill an icon in 24 hours."

My sympathy's go out to all their staff who deserve better than this. Its not the concept of working with Sony or another manufacturer, its the truly unprofessional way in which this has been done.

I do not believe that the current management team are even capable of correcting this fiasco. The mistakes are so obvious that even a junior brand manager would be appalled.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2012 at 00:47 UTC as 96th comment | 1 reply
On article Hasselblad responds to Lunar criticisms (613 comments in total)
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Cytokine: Luca,

The problem here is that the camera has no market placement:

1) Not A DSLR
2) Not a compact of any of the current types.
3) Too heavy and standoutish for a street camera.
4) Not a Pro camera.

When NASA commissioned H'Bad for a camera that would work in space it was the best camera for the job. To even mention NASA with this camera that exists for no other purpose than to pose, is an insult to the brand name.

Please, Please, use professional marketing and PR people in future.

Pointless and Shoot! Very good summation Eric.

To answer T3 I love boutique products, look at all the hand made guitars, but if one of the great Luther's took a cheap Chinese guitar and covered it in leather and sold it as a boutique guitar then I would be shocked.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2012 at 23:40 UTC
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