northcoastgreg

northcoastgreg

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Joined on Jul 5, 2013

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  • The Nikkor 24-120 f3.5-5.6 leaves the DA 18-135 "for dead" while being "streets ahead" of the DA 17-70? Even assuming there's some degree of hyperbole going on here, this is just not credible. I ...
  • That's true of the original F series lenses introduced (mostly) in the late 80's. The F 17-28 was introduced in 1995, and features the same styling, and I would assume comparable build quality, of ...
  • While I actually own quite a bit of FF glass (including zoom lenses that cover 20mm to 200mm), I regard FF as a "no compromise" system, so I wouldn't want to compromise on the glass. I have zero ...
  • No, the HD probably isn't worth it. The SMC version is a great lens. In terms of colors and contrast, it's about as good as it gets. The only real issue with it is that, in all honesty, it's a ...
  • The fact that different lenses were used makes it difficult to ascertain whether it really is the GM1 that is at fault here. Lens contrast can also affect the "punchiness" of an image; moreover, ...
  • Never shot at FT cameras, and started out in m43 with m43 lenses. But my frustration with the quality m43 compact zooms (good but not good enough) led me to pick up 14-54 I (for little over $100). ...
  • The FA 43 was designed to be shot on Pentax rather than m43 cameras. None of the Pentax lenses that I have shot on my EM-5 perform any where as well on m43 gear as they do on my Pentax cameras. It ...
  • I've noticed the same thing with Pentax lenses, particularly when comparing lenses from different periods. The original series of K-mount lenses tended to have a wide divergence of color rendition ...
  • I've shot with the Olympus OM-D EM-5, which has a touchscreen interface (although it has to be activated in the menu system). Other than the touch-to-focus feature, I find touchscreen interfaces ...
  • Well, there is the Pentax FA 43 f1.9, expensive but very well regarded, and quite sharp at f8. The trouble with slower lenses is that they tend to be regarded as "budget" lenses, and consequently ...
  • Samyang 7.5 - perhaps my best m43 lens. Oly 9-18 - my favorite m43 lens, and perhaps the chief reason I haven't sold off my EM-5 Panny 14-45 - only used for IR work; otherwise, regard it as over-rated
  • I wouldn't expect such a combination from Panasonic. Keeping weight down in lenses seems increasingly important for Panasonic -- definitely more so than it is with Olympus. Panasonic already has ...
  • I own the DA 17-70, and have shot two copies of that lens. Optically, it's a very good lens, especially for landscapes, with very good edge to edge sharpness from 17mm to 60mm; also very good ...
  • I've never shot with the Pentax K-50, but I own a Pentax K-5 and K-5iis (which use the same 16MP sensor as the K-50), and I also own EM-5. I would give the Pentax 16 MP DSLRs the advantage for ...
  • I agree. In the end, it's not about how innovative one is, or how well one does introducing trendy, new products; it's how much money one makes, and Canon has proved itself better than its ...
  • Nowadays, there's little to separate the best optics of Nikon, Canon, Pentax, Olympus, Sony et al. Pentax has tended to give a bit more emphasis on how lenses perform in producing images than on ...
  • I wouldn't make this judgment on the basis of photozone reviews, which over-stresses the measurable, quantifiable aspects of lens performance at the expense of the non-measurable, qualitative ...
  • I've shot with the Olympus 14-54 (on an EM-5) and the DA 16-45 and DA 17-70. Honestly, I didn't see much difference between sharpness between the 14-54 and DA 16-45. Indeed, the DA 16-45 was ...
  • The reservations people have against equivalency has nothing to do with whether equivalency is true and obvious. It has to do with how relevant the data provided by equivalency is when comparing ...
  • No, the companion for the 12-32 is the new 35-100 f4-f5.6 super compact zoom. Both lenses were designed for the GM1/GM5. They may be very nice lenses, and surprisingly sharp for consumer-grade ...
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