The Lotus Eater

The Lotus Eater

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jimbodoc: Seeing these lenses, I feel happy to have ditched my A7. The body was lovely, ergonomics acceptable and performance good. However, the (native) lens selection was poor and now, it becomes clear that there is no point in such small lovely bodies when carrying such priapic lenses. A D750 and zoom is smaller. Sorry Sony- nice body, shame about the lenses. Optics will, of course be fine to brilliant but they are all HUUUUGE, even the primes. Such a pity. Now I see why the original 35 was only an f 2.8, current technology does not allow a sensible sized lens for the body. Even the 55 1.8 is a serious piece of real estate.

A D750 and which zoom is smaller, and which Sony lens are you comparing to?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2015 at 13:07 UTC
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FrankApollonio: Ill buy the 35mm 1.4 as long as the threading for filters/hood is well constructed... I bought the 55mm 1.8 FE which I love for Image quality, But i put a lee universal hood/filter on it and it broke the retaining ring because sony chose to make it out of plastic... Which is a real let down because that was a $1000 lens not some toy... Its at the sony repair shop now and I'm requesting them to put a professional metal ring... NOT PLASTIC... I wonder if the 35mm 1.4 will be up there in image quality

Where do you think Sony will conjure up a metal filter thread from? It is unlikely to be on their spare parts list.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2015 at 13:04 UTC
On CP+ 2015: Sony shows off new technology article (216 comments in total)
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Rooru S: DPReview Team. Did you ask Sony about any future plans for A-mount? Or can I start selling my equipment now?

Nothing "on record", Barney? Does that mean they told you something off record?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 15, 2015 at 19:11 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (2266 comments in total)

"Why ‘cancel out' the effect of the 5DS R's AA filter rather than omit it entirely?"

Maybe it's because Canon would be accused of charging more for taking something away.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 12:16 UTC as 445th comment | 4 replies
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Shiranai: They want to rival $5000 DSLRs? Well thats a lot of confidence putting their small APS-C against fullframe. Especially considering their less than optimal lens-range which still lacks a 50mm 1.4 or a 300mm zoom.

And yes, there is something that DSLRs do better - its that their viewfinder has no lag at all. Because even if its 5 milliseconds it can be the moment you miss.
And talking about small sized, the NX1 isn't really small sized, they intentionally made it this big to attract DSLR owners, so thats complete marketing-bull.

Now you have to add the shutter lag caused by the fact a DSLR has to lift its mirror before it can capture the image. EVF lag is a non-issue in comparison. What was that about missing a moment?

No DSLR can rival a mirrorless camera with electronic front curtain shutter.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2015 at 14:29 UTC

"From a design standpoint, the biggest changes are the grip - which is larger - and the addition of a front dial."

The A7 always had a front dial. It has just been moved.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 11:27 UTC as 236th comment
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2702 comments in total)
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D1N0: Great Job Canon. Now stick in a Sony sensor.

Terrible? Examples please, BeaniePic.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 13:24 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2702 comments in total)
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Lab D: First I read this and then I saw the new Samsung. I don't know anyone who buys Samsung, but it seems to beat the 7D in every spec.
For example 10 FPS is not exciting when others are offering 11,12 and 15 FPS. "Full HD" video is boring when other shoot 4K.
I just hope the 7D does use the same technology in this new sensor as found in the Rebel T2i.

Karl, they are already competing. Nokia used to be a big gun... so were Kodak.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 13:23 UTC
On Sony announces Alpha a5100 compact mirrorless camera article (106 comments in total)
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The Davinator: Another body? Lenses...how about the lenses?

Your comment is 2 years late. Try to keep up.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2014 at 07:15 UTC
On Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art Lab Test Review preview (569 comments in total)
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Reilly Diefenbach: I guess I just don't get the point of an expensive, heavy, bulky 1.4 lens if the bokeh is as hideous as what I'm seeing on these DPR sample shots. The chap with the bridge behind him is a truly ugly, discombobulated looking shot, to single out one.

"Just some lenses are generally better for bokeh (nikon 58/1.4, canon 50/1.2)".

I don't get the Canon 50/1.2. It isn't sharp and its bokeh is pretty ugly in many situations - especially that nasty swirly stuff.

Direct link | Posted on May 29, 2014 at 14:52 UTC
On Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art Lab Test Review preview (569 comments in total)
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RuneStenseth: Would it not be better to test those kind of lenses on a Nikon D800e rather than a 22mp Canon? More resolution, dynamic range and no diffusor in front of the bayer array?

That would be a problem with many FF cameras on the market.

Perhaps you can elaborate on the "bit more than that".

Direct link | Posted on May 28, 2014 at 17:52 UTC
On Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art Lab Test Review preview (569 comments in total)
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RuneStenseth: Would it not be better to test those kind of lenses on a Nikon D800e rather than a 22mp Canon? More resolution, dynamic range and no diffusor in front of the bayer array?

I've never been unable to use my A7 - perhaps you photograph libraries?

You'd think the net would be awash with evidence of the poor colour reproduction of the A7(R), but I just can't find it.

Direct link | Posted on May 28, 2014 at 17:17 UTC
On Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art Lab Test Review preview (569 comments in total)
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RuneStenseth: Would it not be better to test those kind of lenses on a Nikon D800e rather than a 22mp Canon? More resolution, dynamic range and no diffusor in front of the bayer array?

They're not really that loud. The A7R has a double shutter sound, which may add to the overall volume, but I find the A7 quite satisfying actually.

Got any links showing this "not great" colour?

Direct link | Posted on May 28, 2014 at 17:02 UTC
On Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art Lab Test Review preview (569 comments in total)
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RuneStenseth: Would it not be better to test those kind of lenses on a Nikon D800e rather than a 22mp Canon? More resolution, dynamic range and no diffusor in front of the bayer array?

Well I haven't personally seen any problems with the RAWs in real world shooting, so I'm not sure how much that alone will be impacting sales.

What A7 shutter noise problem are you referring to? The A7R has apparent issues with shutter shock in certain conditions and circumstances, but the A7 is unaffected as it has electronic first curtain.

Direct link | Posted on May 28, 2014 at 16:41 UTC
On Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art Lab Test Review preview (569 comments in total)
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RuneStenseth: Would it not be better to test those kind of lenses on a Nikon D800e rather than a 22mp Canon? More resolution, dynamic range and no diffusor in front of the bayer array?

"@The Otus Eater"

I see what you did there.

Direct link | Posted on May 28, 2014 at 16:29 UTC
On Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art Lab Test Review preview (569 comments in total)
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RuneStenseth: Would it not be better to test those kind of lenses on a Nikon D800e rather than a 22mp Canon? More resolution, dynamic range and no diffusor in front of the bayer array?

Sharpness is of course not the only important quality, but the FE 55 is no slouch in other areas either.

Direct link | Posted on May 28, 2014 at 16:27 UTC
On Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art Lab Test Review preview (569 comments in total)
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reginalddwight: Congratulations to Sigma for hitting another home run with this latest addition to the Art series.

For me, I cannot justify the price of the Zeiss Otus 55mm/1.4, which has superb optics reportedly matched or even surpassed by the Sigma 50mm/1.4.

I can't wait to get my hands on a copy.

Coudet, I tend to find that those claiming the Sony FE 55/1.8 is overpriced have not actually used it.

Direct link | Posted on May 28, 2014 at 16:01 UTC
On Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art Lab Test Review preview (569 comments in total)
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RuneStenseth: Would it not be better to test those kind of lenses on a Nikon D800e rather than a 22mp Canon? More resolution, dynamic range and no diffusor in front of the bayer array?

With regards to Sigma releasing Nikon mount versions for testing, I wonder if Sigma are worried that it is not as much as an Otus killer as has been hyped.

The Sony Zeiss FE 55/1.8 is incredibly sharp, and results were off the charts when tested on the A7R. I wonder if the Sigma can even compete with that lens, never mind the Otus.

Direct link | Posted on May 28, 2014 at 15:55 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2962 comments in total)
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The Lotus Eater: Assuming I have done the maths correctly (and I am very average at maths), this camera offers DOF at least as shallow as the Sony E 16-50mm lens on NEX/Axxxx cameras.

Moreover, as the RX100 III's lens is faster then the 16-50mm by 2 stops, that should compensate for any ISO performance disadvantages against APS-C sensors.

Am I missing something? This seems almost too good to be true.

Looking a bit deeper at DXO, the RX100 III may not be far off the A7/28-70 combo when it comes to light gathering ability. Its sensor's ISO performance is just over 2 stops worse, but its lens is 2 stops faster. It's pretty stunning when you think about it.

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2014 at 10:43 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2962 comments in total)
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The Lotus Eater: Assuming I have done the maths correctly (and I am very average at maths), this camera offers DOF at least as shallow as the Sony E 16-50mm lens on NEX/Axxxx cameras.

Moreover, as the RX100 III's lens is faster then the 16-50mm by 2 stops, that should compensate for any ISO performance disadvantages against APS-C sensors.

Am I missing something? This seems almost too good to be true.

Are you sure it's that bad, Daniel?

If you trust DXO's measurements, the SNR is much higher on the RX100 II at ISO 400 than the A6000 at ISO3200 (32.5dB vs 27.3dB). That is also higher than the A6000 at ISO 1600 (30.3dB). The difference is significantly less than 2 stops.

With the RX100 III's lens being 2 stops faster, would it not be at an advantage? That was the point I was trying to make.

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2014 at 10:23 UTC
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