Dan_168

Dan_168

Lives in United States CA, United States
Joined on Nov 30, 2004

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On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (1686 comments in total)
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Potemkin_Photo: As usual, the Japanese "differentiate" their line-up by putting one feature and taking out another. Have a touchscreen in the 70D but leave it out on the 7D just for sake of "differentiation." I guess they will be laughing all the way to the bank when fanbois go ahead and buy both because they must have both features.

I for one happy they didn't include the touch screen and tilt LCD on it, so I will pre-order mine. and one thing I saw is "missing" from this camera is it has a similar 70D sensor not a Sony sensor, also i wish it doesn't have a built in flash too just like all my 1D series but I just can't have everything the way I want so I still going to pre-order it.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 23:12 UTC
On Nikon announces AF-S Nikkor 20mm f/1.8G ED article (73 comments in total)
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brelip: interesting for sure, but a lens no one is asking for! They should have made this a DX and half the weight and cost!

Really? I have been waiting for a such fast wide lens for long long long time. Perfect for Astrophotography. I even wish that's 18mm 1.4, yeah I will pay 3 or 4 times the price for it if that's available. I am going to pre-order it as soon they put it up.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 06:26 UTC
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Reiep: I hope there will be an AF confirm chip dedicated Canon version like they did with the 35mm.

I have the 14mm, I can deal with the full manual focus shooting at hyper focal at f/8, but for a 50mm I would like to use the f/1.4 aperture more easily.

Exactly what I do, I have all my Zeiss and Samyang in Nikon mount, while not for this specific purpose of a AF Confirmation chip, but I shoot with both system so this way I can use one lens on both system, by the way, AF chip confirmation is not as accurate as most people wish, I have 3 different brand adapter and none of them are that accurate, especially when you shoot wide open, Live View is so much easier and so much more accurate.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 03:54 UTC
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Wolfgang Fieger: Samyang lenses are without any aperture control or EXIF information! Only for Nikon EXIF data and aperture control are offered. Without this a lens is quite useless as you are going to close the aperture actually before taking the picture, which leads to the fact, that the camera doesn't get the full light for metering and the viewer. If you are using an EVF you still have a viewable picture, but the focus peeking won't work as everything gets marked as sharp in the viewer: with closed aperture the field of acceptable sharpness is very widened, so the focus peeking will be fooled.
If you are using an optical viewer you won't be able to set the correct focus as you're viewer is showing a very dark picture that seems to be sharper than it is: this is an effect of small aperture with the fresnell mate.
As long as Samyang isn't producing lenses with chips and full aperture control they are no offer. Good glass alone would have been ok 50 years ago, but not in 21st century's photography.

I shoot a lot of manual focus landscape pictures with lens adapters, in fact, I shoot most of my AF lens in manual focus when shooting landscape, so far the lack of in camera aperture control and exif has not been an issue for me, I shoot Nikon 14-24 on Canon 1DS3 regularly, I shoot all my Zeiss ZF.2 lenses on both D800E and 1DS3 & NEX7 with adapter all the time, actually I shoot all my DSLR lens on NEX7 including the Samyang, 14mm, 24mm.....love the manual aperture control ring, stop down metering has been working GREAT for me for all these years, Focus Peaking works fine with any manual lens with adapter, so for me, the MF Zeiss, Samyang with or without chips or any good optic with appropriate adapter is still good enough not only 50 years ago but also good enough at 2014, and many years ahead. Actually I am getting the new Zeiss 135 ZF.2 and will be using it on both the D800E and 1DS3 without in camera aperture control and full EXIF, and I won't afraid to us it on the A7R either.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 22, 2014 at 18:28 UTC
On Battle of the titans: Top ball heads tested article (268 comments in total)
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Derick59: What a load of rubbish. Use what's available at your camera store that will suit your pocket and gear.

All these heads are designed to do the same thing. a milli-micron this way or that won't change your photo.

Stop reading. Go out and take photos.

Yeah, Iphone and 1Dx doesn't make any different either, both can take some picture.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 2, 2014 at 07:35 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7 Review preview (1606 comments in total)
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UnChatNoir: I didn't had my hands on an A7 or A7r, but I can imagine DPReview tells a few things that the fan crowd doesn't necessarily likes. The same happened for a long time with the Fuji X-series. Owning both a pro-DSLR and a X-Pro1, I can say, well, I like the MLIC lightweight and even IQ, but regarding reliability, speed and flexibility, nothing still beats a pro-line DSLR. However, having spend the money to MLIC, quite some people have problems to admit this, even more: they start believing the opposite. A DSLR is crap, outdated, for those 'not seeing the light'. Well, I'm one of those that returned from a MLIC to a full blown DSLR. And I must admit, everything falls back into its place. 55 years of Lens experience, 10 years of new models & firmware development have ironed out all the possible glitches while with a MLIC, every mission is a new challenge. And from what I read about the A7 and A7r, it's pretty much the same as with all the other MLIC: first gen stuff for the adventurers.

So true "@UnchatNoir", me too a long time owner of 1DS and D3 series pro camera and owner of Sony A7 and GF and "soon to be" A7R owner, I for one not going to replace any of my pro DSLR with any of the new mirrorlss as yet no matter what sensor they put in there, just can't stand the form factor and ergonomics of these little cameras as a everyday tools, for the case of D800E and A7R, I will definitely keep on using the D800E for any serious work over the a7R, actually I even have to put a vertical grip to my D800E to make it more comfortable to use it everyday, talking about size and weight, I wish they put that same sensor in the D4 body and I will be the first one to pre-order it. with that being said, the A7R will just be nice addition to what I have but definitely not replacement for my DSLRs.

One real benefit I saw in the a7R though, I can now use my TSE-17 and TSE 24 on a D800E quality sensor, that's something I can't do currently with my SLRs.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 30, 2014 at 16:51 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7 Review preview (1606 comments in total)
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digimaan1: Same old problem with Sony, they can't seem to get the idea into their heads that whatever size the sensor is too many pixels = too much noise.
12mp is more than enough. No need then for aggressive noise reduction and jpeg artefacts.
My "old" Olympus EPL-1 doesn't suffer from this as much, it takes the sharpest pictures I've taken with anything lately, and no way could I ever afford the prices of these cameras that are supposed to be so much better.
Phil

Yeah, for some 12MP may be even "too much" and for some 36MP is not enough, being a landscape shooter and current D800E owner and many many Canon DSLR owner including 1DS2 and 1DS3 currently, I for one will definitely not care for anything that offers less resolution and DR at base ISO than what I already have. I don't shoot any high ISO so I personally careless if my landscape camera even have ISO 800 or 1600 setting at all. and when I actually need the high ISO capabilities, there is a D4 and 1Dx out there.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 30, 2014 at 16:27 UTC
On Canon announces EOS M2 in Japan article (613 comments in total)
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dr.noise: wow
such camera
very expand
amaze

Really?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 3, 2013 at 16:38 UTC
On First Impressions: Metabones Speed Booster article (357 comments in total)
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Cal22: You can't ignore the disadvantages this adapter comes along with (more CA, lower contrast, corner softening, poor AF, more weight and bulkiness of FF lens/adapter). That's why it won't be a tool for any photographer in the mirrorless sector. But for some the adapter might prove useful, especially if it comes to wide angle or high aperture FF lenses you possess anyway.

Question: What about the adapter combined with a wide angle shift lens? Will shiftening be increasing optical flaws?

It may not be a big deal for the Mirrorless only shooters, who may most likely don't care for the big SLR lenses anyway, but it definitely is a very nice product for the Canon FF owners that also own a NEX system, like myself, I am shooting Canon and Nikon for the last 20 years and also own a NEX7, already own the previous generation Metabones auto focus EF to NEX adapter and their Nikon F to E adapter for my Nikon AIS and D lesnes, works great for me, (other than the 1.5X crop facor limitation), being able to mount all my Zeiss ZE/ZF2, Nikon, Canon EF lenses to the NEX is just so cool, even I am willing to spend the money on a new set of E-mount lenses, there is no TSE 17, TSE 24, 851.2, 200F2 and 300 2.8L available for the NEX system today, and with the little adapter, all my lenses are useable on any NEX.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 1, 2013 at 16:17 UTC
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Nathaniel George Weir: But hey you've got to admit that the most exciting thing here is the new lens caps ;)

Me too, thanks Canon for saving me $20 every time I purchase a lens, I guess I can use those $20 saving for a new $1500 F4 zoom, LOL.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 6, 2012 at 06:26 UTC
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Daniel Yee: 21 f/2.8, 28 f/2.8, 35 f/1.4, 50 f/1.4, 85 f/1.4... this is seriously a sweet lens lineup.

Good to know that Fuji "upgraded" their lens roadmap for the 23mm from f/2 to f/1.4. A brighter 35mm for X-Pro1.

Yeah, as soon as they complete this lineup, it's hard for me not to get this whole system, the only reason I don't have it yet is because the lack of WA 21mm and 35mm equivalent lens at the time they introduced the X Pro 1. that's the most used FL I do on my FF DSLR systems, now time for me to save up for a new system.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2012 at 04:23 UTC
On Kodak to stop making digital cameras article (146 comments in total)
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Joe M Amadas: who in his right mind would use the Kodak name to offer a new camera?
The Kodak name stands for cheap crap since a long time now.

may be for those don't want to sell whole a lot of cameras, hahaha, I was wondering what take them so long to find out it's good idea not to continue on making camera nobody wants.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 9, 2012 at 20:38 UTC
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tkbslc: I don't get why one would use this. What Canon EF lenses make sense to attach to a NEX? And there are decent used Canon bodies available for the price of this adapter.

ALL EF mount Zeiss and L primes I current have. few special one came to my mind: TSE 17, TSE 14, 85 1.2L, may be fun to use the 400 F2.8 there too.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 17, 2012 at 20:05 UTC
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jh2bh: Why would anyone pay that much for an adapter that doesn't do Auto Focus?

Because some people (myself included) using all those ZE and ZF mount Zeiss/Voigtlander lenses on Canon bodies are all manual focus lenses anyway and we don't have problem doing manual focus. especially for our landscape work, I manual focus my AF lenses anyway, so this adapter just adds the additional capability for multi-platform users to share our lenses easier.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 17, 2012 at 19:57 UTC
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Gavril Margittai: Hate to be a killjoy, but if anyone believes that possessing these two lenses will make them a better photographer he is wrong. Having these two lenses will not improve picture quality.

If serious about photography and with available money to spend I would rather buy studio lights if one works on portraits, or a good sturdy tripod if nature & landscape are your thing. Both these two will make much more impact. Oh and I almost forgot. Spend on Photography and Photoshop courses.

What makes you think those buying these two lenses doesn't already have and using a good tripod or own some studio lighting? so we should all go out to find some crappy lens then we can become better photographer?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 12, 2012 at 06:02 UTC
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Ztaz: Thats right price !!! If price will be like for Canon 17-40/4, so whos gona buy this Tokina?)))))

If the price is like the 17-40L and corner performance is not, sign me up for one. I don't think they can make a lens has worse corner sharpness than the 17-40L.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2011 at 17:05 UTC
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