Dan_168

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On article Setting new standards: Nikon D5 Review (419 comments in total)
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BigOne: With all due respect, I don't understand why this thing has to be so big and heavy. I could understand it 5-10-15 years ago when electronics were heavy. But in this day and age when everything goes from small to smaller to tiny, is it REALLY necessary to keep the size so Windsor-castle-ish? What IS in this body that takes up so much space? I'm looking at Sony a7's with very similar specifications and I just don't get it why this camera is so insanely huge. I wish someone would disassembe it and prove to me that it's not just "traditional".

If money is not an issue I will pick up a D5 instead of D500 any day, due to just the body style, even everything else being equal, as a current owner of 4 Canon 1-series and previous D3 user, I am not very interested in a small body, even with vertical grip attached to my D300 and 5D, it's not the same, that's why I am not shooting D500 and 5D any more and back to the 1 series. thank god some body still making those big camera not everyone moving to mirrorless. I guess I am old fashion, LOL.

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2016 at 03:54 UTC
On article Looking Sharp: A focus stacking tutorial (218 comments in total)
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AlexeyD: A much simpler approach would be to use tilt lens. No fuffing about in photoshop.

Actually between Tilt/Shift lens set up and focus stacking, I found it takes me MUCH LESS time using Tilt/Shift lens and do the correction on the spot than Focus stacking in PP. if you used to this set up procedure, it really take about a minute or two the most to set it up, for anyone serious about quality shot, this kind of set up time is really nothing. in my opinion it's much better way to shoot than using focus stacking, I call focus stacking the last resort only when I don't have the Tilt/Shift lens with me, not to mention the shift feature which is even harder to do with the regular lens + PP.

Link | Posted on May 30, 2016 at 19:34 UTC
On article Looking Sharp: A focus stacking tutorial (218 comments in total)
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AlexeyD: A much simpler approach would be to use tilt lens. No fuffing about in photoshop.

Agree, but it's nice to have a alternative for those don't have the luxury to own a Tilt Shift lens. With that being said, TSE 17 and TSE-24 are two of my favorite landscape lens for this exact same reason, I spend an extra minute for set up but I save a lot of time down the road.

Link | Posted on May 29, 2016 at 21:01 UTC
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Lan: Executive summary: Centre sharp, but corners soft.

High levels of astigamatism/coma appear to be the reason for the relatively poor showing at the corners; so this is not the lens of choice for astrophotography.

That said the A7R2 is a harsh test for any lens. Based on my experiences on a 5D2, I suspect the Samyang 14mm f2.8 might be a better option, but I haven't tried it on an A7R2...

I haven't have the chance to play with this Voigtlander myself yet but I have been using the Nikon 14-24 and the Samyang 14 for my Milky Way and night sky shooting ( on D800E and A7R II) and I am extremely happy with the Samyang 14, extremely low COMA, fast F2.8, sharp all the way to the corner, it's just perfect for this application, not to mention its price. so I am actually more looking forward to the new AF version of E-Mount Samyang 14, not that I care for the AF portion of it but hoping it's smaller like a regular E-Mount lens rather than just like gluing an adapter to the DSLR version of the lens like that is now. Also the slow F4.5 aperture doesn't help either when it comes to Astro.

I also wish it has a removable hood or even has no hood at all, because I don't use screw-in UV filter for "protection", but I use the square Lee ND, GND, Reversed GND & CPL all the time, so the build in hood makes it difficult even it has a 58mm filter thread on it.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2016 at 20:30 UTC
On article Back to the action: Nikon D500 Review (1084 comments in total)
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surlezi: Great abilities, gread IQ, too bad it's not mirrorless !

@Cultured Vulture, I have 3 1- series bodies and D800E also recently purchased an a A7R II, I have to say I agree everything you just said 100%. obviously I am not against the ML as I have a A7R II myself, but after putting the 85 G master on it, it really is not that much smaller than a 5D+ 85L, also the tiny handgrip on the A7R II is real pain when pair with a bigger lens when compare to any decent size SLR, I guess I am not ready to ditch my DSLR yet, not a long time.

Link | Posted on May 17, 2016 at 20:46 UTC
On article Back to the action: Nikon D500 Review (1084 comments in total)
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surlezi: Great abilities, gread IQ, too bad it's not mirrorless !

Thank god that is not a mirrorless !!! but I will have $2000 extra cash in my saving account if that is.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2016 at 19:04 UTC
On article Back to the action: Nikon D500 Review (1084 comments in total)
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Gesture: Wonder why finally released when Nikon already has D7200? (+D5X00 and D3X00 series).

I shot the D7200 for a weekend I sure understand why there is market for this and glad they actually deliver this new new model.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2016 at 18:55 UTC
On article Back to the action: Nikon D500 Review (1084 comments in total)
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Mateus1: If it was mirrorless I would sell all my gear and switch to Nikon. But this baby is too big and heavy.

I am getting it exactly because it's not a mirrorless, thanks god somebody still building DSLRs.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2016 at 18:53 UTC
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digitalhecht: Curious how this (presumably) $599 lens would stack up in terms of performance with a Canon 50mm f/1.4 with Metabones Mark IV. Both of the latter could be gotten for roughly the same price used. Though I no longer have it, I always liked my Canon 50.

As a previous owner of the EF 50 1.4, I think it's very difficult to find a lens not vastly batter than it in the market today. that was by far the worst lens I have ever had in my 25 years of photo life.

Link | Posted on May 14, 2016 at 21:07 UTC
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k1ngkong: Why do we need autofocus on a superwide 14mm? For those fast moving mountains?

Kidding aside, I'm really excited for the possibility of improved corner performance and the ability to use front filters compared to their current "adapted" 14mm with the huge front glass. That thing flares like no tomorrow and is very soft in the corners (probably because it was designed for SLRs and just has a from-the-factory adapter placed on it).

Maybe check with different copy, both my Nikon and Canon mount Samyang 14 is so sharp edge to edge makes my Nikon 16-35 F4 VR looks so bad and I finally sold them, the Samyang 14 I got is as sharp as my 14-24 at te edge, just with a little heavier distortion.

Link | Posted on May 14, 2016 at 20:52 UTC
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Hellraiser: well.. it seems it has less noise than d810 at iso6400 even without pixel shift. kinda makes it the best astro or night photography 35mm SLR camera on the market today...

that's exactly what I am planning to use for, currently there is a Samyang 14mm F2.8 K mount already, I am using the exact same lens with the Nikon mount on my D800E and A7R II. it's a great lens for Astro, really low Coma, sharp edge to edge wide open. Also I don't like HDR that much so this sounds like a great alternative, all for $1800, cheaper than buying another good Zeiss or Nikon lens, all I need is another $300 Samyang 14 and I am up and running.

Link | Posted on May 9, 2016 at 18:11 UTC
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marc petzold: I'd like to see a 35/1.4 or 35/1.8 FE from Samyang with AF.... :-)

Me too, 35 1.4 and 135 F2 would be the one I will put in pre-order right away.

Link | Posted on May 4, 2016 at 15:46 UTC
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sportyaccordy: Key will be the weight.... their MF version is almost 600g. Insanity. If this one is any heavier they can keep it.

I am feeling like they are going to use their existing lens designs and just graft AF mechanisms to them, which is a bit of a bummer. We will see how things pan out

So a 560 gram lens is " Insanity"?

Link | Posted on May 4, 2016 at 15:44 UTC
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kenwnyc: Please edit the title as:
"Canon catching up in the one aspect in which they have been somewhat behind other manufacturers."

Well, almost, not quite.

Link | Posted on May 4, 2016 at 15:31 UTC
On article Zeiss unveils super-wide Batis 18mm F2.8 (176 comments in total)
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Pat Cullinan Jr: Ca. $1500! That's cheap! For a Zeiss. Are they coming to their marketing senses? Will Leitz follow?

yeah, $1500 is in fact pretty cheap for a Zeiss.

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2016 at 17:05 UTC
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Tazz93: Hmm... I would have preferred a slightly softer than hard or a reverse grad filter... Either way... I guess this means they are looking to improve the current system, and that is good.

Me too prefer the Reversed GND, I have a few and use them whenever the Sun is somewhere in the middle of the frame, it works really well for me.
hard edge works great when the transition is really flat, but when there is some rocks or something in the frame it makes it kind of hard to place it. so I guess we just need all kind of different ones for different situation.

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2016 at 22:27 UTC
On article Upwardly mobile: Sony a6300 Review (2126 comments in total)
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markie_jan61: USB charging is a deal-breaker, regardless of a camera's capabililties.

Don't know why Sony continues to travel down that road.
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USB charging is one of most practical feature on my A7R II, Sony battery is so pathetic and when shooting time-lapse and star trail, I would have to keep on swapping batteries in the middle of the session, now with the external USB battery pack, I can keep that that thing running all day all night. How much is a stand alone charger going to cost for those need one??

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2016 at 23:08 UTC
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Dave Oddie: 60mm f.ov. equivalent on 4/3? Can't think of a more useless focal length.

It's not a standard lens giving a natural field of view and it's not short tele either.

On aps-c at 45mm equivalent it is almost the ideal standard lens focal length to give that natural viewpoint so makes much more sense.

Adding a 4/3 version seems like an afterthought. If I were a 4/3 user I'd get something like the Oly 45mm F1.8. The difference between 1.4 and 1.8 is minimal and not worth the compromise in my opinion.

Yeah, those guys in Zeiss and Nikon are all clueless too making those expensive and usless 55mm and 58mm lens no one wants. LOL

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2016 at 18:17 UTC
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Debankur Mukherjee: .....and people say Sony system doesn't have lens..........

still doesn't have whole a a lot good ones, but not too bad for a relatively young system still growing, I have a A7R Ii myself and using mostly Canon and Nikon SLR lenses on it.

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2016 at 21:20 UTC
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Michael Uschold: Can this adapter be used with any Canon EF lens without compromise, or just the Sigma lenses?

That's exactly what I am hoping for, currently using the Sigma Art lenses and Canon EF lenses with Metabones on my A7R II, focus really well already, if this new one even work with eye focus then it will make the 85L II work even better and I can forget about the Sony 85 G master all together, I have pre-ordered mine already so just have to wait a little bit to receive it then I can test it myself.

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2016 at 19:52 UTC
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