scott_mcleod

scott_mcleod

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On Zeiss announces 'no compromise' Otus 55mm F1.4 article (488 comments in total)
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rb59020: Here we go again, another Zeiss bashing session. Most of the readers here would have no problem blowing $800-$1000 on an unlocked iPhone5s that will be obsolete in six months.

What did you people do before the F3AF came out in '83? OMG! It's not autofocus! How am I supposed to take a photo without autofocus!?!

Whaaaaa!

Forgetting about the price for a moment...

35mm manual-focus SLRs had large bright high-mag VFs with screens that made focusing a fast lens a snap (maybe not so much with wides but still...)

More of an issue (IMO) is that the Otus 55 weighs about a kilo (just under in F-mount, just over in EOS), making it heavier than a D800/5DIII (compare the 50/1.2 AIS Nikkor at 360g or the 1.4 at 249g). How is anyone supposed to hand-hold a setup like that and *accurately* focus at f/1.4 with the dodgy focusing screens in DSLRs? Solution: use LV and a tripod. The run'n'gun spontaneity and all-round usefulness that made the fast 50mm FL popular just went right out the window.

I think this an extremely specialized lens that just happens to have a "normal" FF focal length, rather than being the ultimate incarnation of the standard lens (somewhat like the 50/0.7, just not as extreme), hence much of the confusion.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 7, 2013 at 12:12 UTC
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DanCee: I recall my first digital Fuji Finepix A110, 1.3MP focus free, 20sec 15fps no audio video.. and memory was so expensive...very limited but was fun that time :)
Too bad it's gone... would be a nice collection to have

My first digicam was a Finepix A101 (also 1.3MP focus-free). It ate batteries and was unpredictably slow (or not) to write an image. The XD cards (terrible idea) were small in capacity and very expensive. The colors were really great though, and the JPG compression was very minimal so overall IQ was better than you might expect from the specs, and the macro mode was better (sharper) than the standard mode. I got it as a Christmas present in 2001 and it saw me through until 2005 (including photographing the 2004 transit of Venus) when it was retired in favour of a short-lived (drowned) Canon A95. But I still have it and it still works!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2013 at 07:38 UTC
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Henry Falkner: In 1997 I bought an ES-1000 digital pocket camera. Later research showed it was made by Chinon, who I remember as a maker of Super-8 consumer-type Cine cameras in the 1960ies. The ES-1000 had a fixed lens, an optical tunnel view-finder and no LCD. Maximum resolution was 493x373 pixels. Pictures downloaded via RS232 cable to a PC. It had no external memory. The saving grace was, the Lithium battery lasted for ages, and contrast and saturation was better than I could get from scanning 5x7 inch 35mm camera prints.

Chinon! Now there's a name I haven't heard in years... I remember seeing the glossy and impressive-looking ads for the CP-5 SLR in Pop Photo (showing my age now!)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2013 at 06:38 UTC
On Pentax offers K-30 in a variety of colors and finishes article (118 comments in total)

What, no camo/safari green?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 3, 2013 at 01:18 UTC as 60th comment | 1 reply

f/2.8 and no VR = showstopper (for my uses). 1/2000 shutter, but nothing about a built-in ND filter?

This sounds like a potentially great idea that has enough things "up" with it to drive a lot of potential purchasers away. Like how the OVF costs more than the Oly/Panny/Sony add-on EVFs, for example, and I agree wholeheartedly with other posts that a 35mm EFOV lens would have more appeal.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2013 at 04:49 UTC as 169th comment
On Nikon D7100 Hands-on Preview preview (492 comments in total)
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scott_mcleod: Any specs for RAW buffer depth?

I didn't scroll all the way down Nikon's own page:
- losslessly compressed 14-bit NEF: 6 frames
SIX!!!
Memory is so cheap nowadays I can't think of a rational explanation for a spec like this

Direct link | Posted on Feb 22, 2013 at 00:07 UTC
On Nikon D7100 Hands-on Preview preview (492 comments in total)

Any specs for RAW buffer depth?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2013 at 09:16 UTC as 191st comment | 3 replies
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Gothmoth: i hope it kills the overpriced EF 35mm f2.

Why would anyone *hope* such a thing?

The 35/2 has IS and costs less (though the "street" price of the Sigma may be lower). It's one stop slower in *theoretical* light-gathering/action-stopping power but the 4-stop IS makes it usable in 3EV less light (I say theoretical because the vignetting is unknown for the Canon)

Personally I think competition (and choice) is a good thing; why you do not is beyond me.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 7, 2012 at 11:42 UTC
On Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Preview preview (127 comments in total)

"One big question here is why you'd choose the 24-70mm f/4 over the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, which may be 7 years old, but offers a more versatile zoom range at a current street price around £850 / €900."

One word: *corners*

I just bought and almost immediately returned a 24-105L because the corners were shockingly bad all the way from 24-50mm. In its defense it *was* sharp on center, even wide open, but got rather soft and "dreamy" at 105mm. If I want "soft and dreamy" I'll shoot a 50-year-old Russian RF lens. And yes, I did my research - I wasn't expecting miracles but I wasn't expecting total, illegible mush 1/3 of the way into the frame either. The 15-85IS on a 7D killed the 24-105/5DIII in every way.

If the new 24-70L IS is sharp into the corners wide open (and f/4 is not *really* very wide open...) it will be worth every cent. Ditto for the new 35/2 IS - I can't wait to get my hands on one of these - if it performs like the new 24 & 28 IS lenses it will be a winner, IMO.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 6, 2012 at 06:54 UTC as 57th comment | 2 replies
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diforbes: Is there lens correction support for Panasonic and Olympus MFT lenses yet?

@R Butler - yeah, but precisely because of that, you can't turn it off! CA correction is fine, but distortion correction is always destructive (though in the case of the Panny 20/1.7 a lot less than I expected). It would be nice to at least have the option; in some instances the distortion may be unnoticeable but the improvement in edge sharpness won't be... or to choose some intermediate value. There are plenty of reasons why I think the "embedded" lens profiles are a bad idea. Other than that Lr rocks!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2012 at 02:26 UTC
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km25: Leaf shutters are good for flash sync.. But for very day use FP is so much better. I saw this "change" coming. In the olden days, Rolli came out with a 1/800 electro leaf shutter, it had the same caveats. This camera was not well thouht out.

@Raist3d - I know, you can get decent results in pretty low light using a FF camera with a 50/1.4 lens cranked to about ISO3200. Street shooting is about as far from my bag as you could get (well almost) - but for an all-round travel/hiking camera, I have been in plenty of situations where IS is a huge asset (e.g. caves at EV 3), as freezing subject motion is irrelevant and you at least have the *option* of keeping the ISO under control... otherwise you might as well be using an EOS-M with a stabilized zoom lens at ISO800. Everyone's needs are different, I just wish there was room in the Sonnar for OIS.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 3, 2012 at 05:48 UTC
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km25: Leaf shutters are good for flash sync.. But for very day use FP is so much better. I saw this "change" coming. In the olden days, Rolli came out with a 1/800 electro leaf shutter, it had the same caveats. This camera was not well thouht out.

The use of a leaf shutter with it s extremley low vibration may go some way to mitigate the lack of any kind of stabilization, which IMO is an extraordinary omission at this pricepoint, and the one thing (besides price!) that would probably be a "show-stopper" for me with this camera. YMMV.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 2, 2012 at 23:16 UTC
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JacquesBalthazar: I agree with others this is going to be a hard sell, as both Nikon and Canon have really excellent AF alternatives at that same focal length and aperture.

CZ's 100mm f2 Makro-Planar is more unique, and makes more sense.

But I do not agree that manual focus is that difficult even with current high res DSLRs. Would be better with a proper ground glass screen, but it is not that hard, and, in Nikon's case anyway, the electronic rangefinder is not as useless as some seem to think. A bit quirky, but there are "tricks". I do not find I need Liveview for conistent focus.

Agreed - MF is a lot easier with longer lenses than short ones, because subject details are magnified making it easier to see them on the focusing screen. At least in my experience...

And yes the 100/2 is an awesome lens :)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 7, 2012 at 22:15 UTC
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D1N0: I have a bokeh monster for that. Cheaper.

@ HowaboutRAW:

DOF is *inversely* proportional to the square of the FL. A 100mm lens will have 1/4 the DOF of a 50mm at the same aperture and shooting distance. Longer FL = Less DOF = better background separation (but you need to move back to keep the same framing)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 7, 2012 at 22:12 UTC
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semorg: MTF @ f/4 looks amazing
http://www.zeiss.com/C12578B8004E8E1D/0/F2C77C92BD6CA27EC1257A72004157CB/$file/apo_sonnar_2_135.pdf

Indeed it does!

Thx for the link!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 7, 2012 at 22:03 UTC
On Just Posted: Fujifilm X-E1 hands-on preview article (277 comments in total)
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unlearny: It looks awesome proving once again that Fujifilm still knows what a real camera looks like... I wish they'd stop hinting around with the stylistic nods and just start making a Digital GW690, wouldn't that be brainmeltingly great? Wouldn't you pay 6000 bucks for one? I probably would, sadly.

Brainmeltingly great, yes!!! (I love my GW690III, I just will never understand why they did not put a meter in it)

At $6k, probably not ;) unless it had a MF-sized sensor to go with it (I assume that's what you meant). Even then it would have to have some *serious* chops in the IQ department to justify such expense.

Their current GF670W chassis with its 55mm lens and the Pentax 44 x 33mm 40MP sensor would make an awesome camera, though with a smaller area to cover than 56 x 70mm I'm sure they could make a faster lens and keep it to a similar size... I can dream! :)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 6, 2012 at 06:31 UTC
On Just Posted: Fujifilm X-E1 hands-on preview article (277 comments in total)

Welll now it's looks like it's down to the X-E1 or the NEX-6 for me. I already have a Novoflex NEX-MD adapter so that's a plus, but I really dig the form-factor of the X-E1. If:
- Fuji can provide a top-notch SDK for 3rd-party RAW converters
*and*
- the stabilized kit zoom is really, really good (like, the Nikkor 16-85VR)
*and especially*
- if the price is not insane
...count me in! :)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 6, 2012 at 06:21 UTC as 68th comment | 2 replies
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Harlz: Australia isn't on the list, awwww... looks like fun for those involved!

Sydney Opera House, anyone???

Direct link | Posted on Aug 31, 2012 at 02:57 UTC
On Canon significantly improves EOS 7D with firmware v2 article (296 comments in total)
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3a: Auto Exposure Bracketing is still 3 images :(
when i saw '... significantly improves ...' i expected a better AEB for HDR shooters.

Agreed. My G2 (Panny) has the option of 5- and 7-shot brackets, but unfortunately you can't choose how many EV apart they are (too close IMO).
I am absolutely in love with the extended burst, though - it's *exactly* what I need!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2012 at 22:31 UTC
On Canon significantly improves EOS 7D with firmware v2 article (296 comments in total)
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lukx: It's good feeling that the camera we bought is so good they after 3 years Canon though that it doesn't need better hardware and only software adjustments !

There's no "hidden memory" and I seriously doubt the 7D was crippled (which I admit cannot be said for some other bodies)

CF Rev 5.0 and 6.0 have both appeared since the 7D was launched. It's most likely that the new FW takes advantage of these standards e.g. 32MB block transfer speeds vs. 128kB which is *huge*.

http://compactflash.org/2010/cfa-announces-availability-of-cf50/

http://compactflash.org/2010/cf-6-0-introduces-industry-leading-performance-and-feature-enhancements/

Read this release for Rev 5.1:
http://compactflash.org/2010/compactflash-association-announces-new-cf5-1-specification/

Interesting, huh?

Now where's the Nikon FW update for my D700... ;)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 28, 2012 at 08:44 UTC
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