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CarVac

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Canon EOS 60D
Canon EF-S 18-135 IS
Contax 139Q, 137MA, 167MT
Carl Zeiss Contax 28/2.8, 45/2.8, 50/1.4, 85/2.8, 135/2.8, and an adapter to EF.
Canon PowerShot A650 IS

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On Zeiss introduces 'no distortion' Otus 1.4/85mm article (337 comments in total)
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Sangster: Only US$4490!

It would focus really slowly. Really slowly.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 9, 2014 at 01:23 UTC
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gravee: Can someone explain whats so special about Arca swiss plates? I'm a relative newbie to photography, I have manfrotto plates on all my cameras and tripods but everytime I try to look for a body strap like this they are only compatible with Arca Swiss plates.

They are compatible with everything else, and they can slide back and forth in case you need to balance or center your gear (such as forward and back with telephoto lenses).

Direct link | Posted on Sep 6, 2014 at 19:22 UTC
On Week in review: 8 things we learned article (48 comments in total)
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Black Box: I HATE SLIDESHOWS!!! Stop using them!!! It's inconvenient and was designed to keep American teenagers with short attention span reading boring school stuff. WE'RE NOT TEENAGERS!!! Some of us are even lucky enough to not be Americans!

Or at least give me the "Read on one page" option!

On mobile it is one page.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 31, 2014 at 18:29 UTC
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Preamp: Bend the sensor... I guess grinding down a thicker slab of silicon just like a lens would be a little more accurate and avoid errors like "sensor curvature linearity". They'd surely have to make some thicker wafers first (which should be pretty expensive) and then adapt their lithography for curved surfaces (which might be even more expensive).

Bending yielded sensitivity gains in the center.

Furthermore, it is hard to etch the circuits on a curved sensor en mass.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2014 at 13:59 UTC
On 2014 Waterproof Camera Roundup article (241 comments in total)
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breth: It's about time one of the camera manufacturers puts out an environmentally sealed serious pocket-able compact with large sensor. For backpackers, rainy day streetshooters, and people working in tough conditions that want great IQ.
The more smartphones get better as cameras, and the more people tire of lugging their dslrs, this market should start to develop.

I did mean a waterproof GR.

I have a GR but would love to not need to baby it.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2014 at 12:19 UTC
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Just another Canon shooter: 1. " it appears they are fabricated flat, bent into shape using a custom machine, and then backed with ceramic to maintain the bent shape permanently. " You can make it cylindrical this way but not "spherical" (curved in both directions). But if it is cylindrical, you need a lens corrected for field curvature in one direction but not in another.

2. "with a 1.4x increase in sensitivity in the center of the sensor as well. The latter may be due...": I like the "may be". Curvature alone will not change anything in the center.

3. " In fact, a 2x increase in photon collection efficiency is reported for the periphery..." Compared to what? To a flat sensor with the same lens, maybe. But to a regular retrofocal wide lens on dSLR, not likely.

4. If the sensor is "spherical", correcting distortions can be a challenge.

Curvature changes the electrical properties of the semiconductors, since band gaps are affected by strain and the like. They reported that the sensor evidently benefited from the strain even in the center.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2014 at 03:35 UTC
On 2014 Waterproof Camera Roundup article (241 comments in total)
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breth: It's about time one of the camera manufacturers puts out an environmentally sealed serious pocket-able compact with large sensor. For backpackers, rainy day streetshooters, and people working in tough conditions that want great IQ.
The more smartphones get better as cameras, and the more people tire of lugging their dslrs, this market should start to develop.

Ahem GR-W ahem.

I would buy it if they didn't ruin the ergonomics in the process.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 17, 2014 at 15:41 UTC
On Nikon Coolpix A firmware 1.11 available article (21 comments in total)
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marc petzold: For sure, Nikon missed the train here...after such a long time, Nikon comes sadly only with some very minor tweaks, and release this as 1.11 firmware?

Dear Nikon, please watch Ricoh, to show you an example. The firmware for the Ricoh GR is already at the next major step of 4.0 these days - and many enhancements inside.

If i'm into buying a APS-C 28mm prime lens digicam, i'd choose the Ricoh GR any sec over the Nikon Coolpix A, you even have a 35mm Cropmode onto the Ricoh, and the customization together with twin dials is a dream onto the GR Series, alongside dozens of other tweaks to the GR, Ricoh does like Fujifilm really listening to it's customers, and providing really useful - free firmware enhancements....besides that, no Nikon bashing here - i've used, loved my D40 to D7000, still using the D90 & D7000 way much.

The only bad thing - the Ricoh GR is about 100 EUR more expensive than the Coolpix A here into germany.

Listens to customers? Ricoh reads my mind!

Practically the week after I first encountered shadow noise in the corners, they came out with 3.00 which let you turn off vignetting correction.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2014 at 02:39 UTC
On Ricoh releases GR firmware 4.0 article (59 comments in total)
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Sergey Borachev: Nice! but how about a fix for the exposure problem. It under exposes so often without too much provocation.

I use center weighted metering and it never behaves unpredictably.

Try it; you can use the AF lock button to separate focus, metering, and composition.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2014 at 15:44 UTC
On Ricoh releases GR firmware 4.0 article (59 comments in total)

I love this camera even more now.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2014 at 03:17 UTC as 5th comment
On Ricoh releases GR firmware 4.0 article (59 comments in total)
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Joe Pineapples: The new High Speed AF mode is significantly faster - great job, Ricoh!

Thanks for the reply; that's what I expected. The Fuji X-T1 seems to do the same thing by default from the one time I tried that camera.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 4, 2014 at 15:14 UTC
On Ricoh releases GR firmware 4.0 article (59 comments in total)
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Joe Pineapples: The new High Speed AF mode is significantly faster - great job, Ricoh!

Is there any disadvantage? I haven't had the chance to install the firmware yet.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 4, 2014 at 11:00 UTC
On Canon announces 16-35mm F4L and 10-18mm F4.5-5.6 lenses article (368 comments in total)
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Thorgrem: I think the 16-35 f/4 is pritty expensive for $1200. Can get the Pana 12-35 f/2.8 or the Olym 12-40 f/2.8 for less then $1000

Those are completely different lenses. The 16-35 is ultra wide on full frame, while 12-35 is normal range on m43.

Direct link | Posted on May 13, 2014 at 12:58 UTC
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msowsun: Does it just control the aperture form the camera?

Or can it actually meter wide open, and then stop down to the selected aperture when you press the shutter?

It's missing the aperture ring, so either it's fixed to wide open (hah) or you can indeed control the aperture from the camera body.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 28, 2014 at 23:10 UTC

This looks like a computer-display variant of one of those parabola things that you put an item in the bottom of and which forms a 3d image on the top.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 28, 2014 at 12:02 UTC as 5th comment
On Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art Lab Test Review preview (562 comments in total)
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Caerolle: But how reliable is the focus? The old version has a nasty reputation for not having linear focus at wide apertures. If you always shoot at the same distance, no problem, but if you shoot close and a little father, too, not so good.

You can adjust focus offsets at different distances with the Sigma USB dock.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 20, 2014 at 16:00 UTC
On Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art Lab Test Review preview (562 comments in total)
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CameraLabTester: Impressive low CA and distortion, but poor on vignetting. A good balance.

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But vignetting disappears entirely at f/2. That's uniquely excellent among fast 50mm's.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 20, 2014 at 15:58 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review preview (451 comments in total)
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luxor2: The chart showing "equivalent aperture" is nearly unreadable due to poor color contrast. Almost a poster child for Excel disasters!

An artifact of the line smoothing, probably.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 17, 2014 at 04:34 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review preview (451 comments in total)
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AbrasiveReducer: Why is it so hard to get a camera like this right? I’m sure it takes better shots than the RX100 (the original G1X does this) but for $800 there shouldn't be any obvious “issues”.

If it needs a bigger grip, they should give you one. If the battery doesn't last, let the user zoom manually.

It has six independently moving zoom groups. I don't think it would be possible to keep such a small footprint with a mechanical zoom ring added on to that lens.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2014 at 22:51 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Review preview (451 comments in total)

I'm surprised that there is no option to assign any of the control rings to manually override focus by default.

Also, how well does focus peaking work?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2014 at 20:36 UTC as 120th comment | 2 replies
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