vadims

vadims

Lives in Russian Federation Moscow, Russian Federation
Joined on Mar 10, 2006
About me:

Canon 5D Mk2, Sony RX100 Mk2, Tuscen TCH 5.0 ICE (cooled CCD), lots of older cameras.
Canon 16-35/2.8L II, 24-105/4L, 70-300/4.5-5.6 DO, 50/1.4, 100/2.8 Macro, Canon 500D and lots of filters and extension tubes, SLICK Pro 400DX tripod, Canon 430EX and Metz 28AF-3C speedlights, Rekam HALO-Pro 1000 Kit MOD3.1 and other professional lighting equipment.

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JanMatthys: Ahem....it's and F/2.0 lens, why would all of your samples be in daylight? Not a single indoor low-light? geez

It's pretty safe to say that producing an ideal "real world" sample gallery to properly showcase a lens like this is an incredibly touch job.

This lens' forte is its light gathering ability. What this means, besides other things, is that one can shoot lower ISO in many situations -- primarily low light situations... Or use faster shutter speed for a candid shot (or night scene). Or have better focusing. The "shallower DOF" thing is pretty much irrelevant, up to the point that, for great many applications of this lens, it's even a disadvantage.

How can those advantages be properly shown in a "real world" gallery *without* side-by-side comparisons with other lenses? I for one just do not know.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2015 at 10:22 UTC

Let's hope that something good comes out of it. Maybe DPR publishing this was exactly what's needed for the bubble called Achraf Baznani to finally burst.

BTW, if you google for "achraf baznani controversy", then 6th link on the very first page of search results is http://joelrobison.com/when-imitation-stops-being-flattering/. "achraf baznani steals" and "achraf baznani thief" work even better: the link to that Robinson's page is 4th.

Hope DPR will not only publish their usual "green update paragraph", but also changes the title of the article, for the above stats to... improve.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 20, 2015 at 05:25 UTC as 10th comment
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Dareshooter: Good catch Daniel. Yeah DPR missed this and so did mostly everyone else that has responded so far. It's a disgraceful thing to do but being caught and exposed on one of the worlds most popular photographic sites is poetic justice in my book.

> And no sign of it being served by dPreview's Powers That Be for now...

Well, it's still weekend.

Let's see what happens on Monday.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 19, 2015 at 18:54 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV First Impressions Review preview (918 comments in total)
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Mike FL: Wish Panasonic can make LX8 with this SONY inside, not the "HUGE" LX100 per pocket-able P&S standard.

> Why? The LX100's sensor is better for most purposes

Because I can't carry LX100 on my belt every day, every time, as I do with my RX100m2.

When I do need better sensor, or a special lens, I just take a6000.

So the only game in town in RX100 series... plus maybe Canon G7X. Therefore I agree with OP in that it would be nice to see Panasonic introducing something in this form factor.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 15, 2015 at 18:17 UTC
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ogl: List of changes
Wireless connectivity
Wireless flash support
Raw file burst depth
White Balance
Autofocus during movie capture
Exposure compensation during movie capture
Creative effects during movie capture
Top shutter speed wide-open
More effects modes
Interval Composite shooting
In-camera raw processing
Better image review for raw files
Playback startup
Pixel mapping
Improved battery life: The Ricoh GR II's battery life is CIPA-rated to 320 shots on a charge, up from 290 shots from its predecessor with the same DB-65 lithium-ion battery pack. That's about a 10% improvement, though we suspect that's without Wi-Fi enabled.

Now count how many of these are just firmware updates (hint: all but wireless options).

Fuji would just release a firmware update (or two, or three...), and wouldn't bother with re-badging the camera.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2015 at 18:40 UTC
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vadims: I wonder if Canon will ever fix their lenses that do not work well with Sony bodies (or rather Metabones adapter).

All my Canon lenses except 50/1.4 work fine. The 50 would not autofocus, and that is an expected behavior according to Metabones site.

Come on, Canon, it's time to take care of firmware in your lenses on other companies' bodies...

> Why would they do that ? :P

Yeah, no reason, no reason at all ;)

Would be nice to live long enough to read something like "Yes, because Canon is responsible for the cr*p software Sigma installs on its lenses" (see post below), but not with Sigma on the receiving end :)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2015 at 19:21 UTC

I wonder if Canon will ever fix their lenses that do not work well with Sony bodies (or rather Metabones adapter).

All my Canon lenses except 50/1.4 work fine. The 50 would not autofocus, and that is an expected behavior according to Metabones site.

Come on, Canon, it's time to take care of firmware in your lenses on other companies' bodies...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2015 at 12:59 UTC as 4th comment | 5 replies
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sneakyracer: Again, this kind of candor and frankness in an interview of a top Photo Industry executive is refreshing (much like Fuji's) and a stark contrast to Canon's typical tiptoeing/walking on eggshells interview's which seem rehearsed (they kinda remind me of TV programming in communist countries)

Sigma's CEO is an even better (positive) example.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 22, 2015 at 14:33 UTC
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The Customer: "SuperRAW mode takes four shots in rapid succession, then combines them afterwards..."

You would need a computer the size of a cargo van to pull that sort of thing off, at least in anything under two weeks of round-the-clock processing! Unless computers have changed since the book I once read about them was published.

> Unless computers have changed since the book I once
> read about them was published.

They surely did. Even my ageing LG G2 has more than 2 times the processing power of Cray 2 supercomputer (4.5GFlops vs 1.9GFlops):

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_supercomputing#The_Cray_era:_mid-1970s_and_1980s

Direct link | Posted on Jun 20, 2015 at 18:14 UTC
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JoeBingham: Read this...

http://www.reddit.com/r/photography/comments/3adqnl/has_dpreview_lost_its_way_a_commentary_on_their/

My main assumption, Rishi, is that we're all people. You, me, Barney, everyone. People make mistakes. I made my share. If you think you didn't make any (in this conversation), well, that's also human. As well as this:

> Not full assault, just not sugar-coated.

Cool line ;)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 20, 2015 at 14:20 UTC

I have to say I'm impressed.

And am wondering when we're going to get the first spacecam -- like those webcams to which anyone can connect and get frequent [enough] updates...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 20, 2015 at 00:44 UTC as 22nd comment
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JoeBingham: Read this...

http://www.reddit.com/r/photography/comments/3adqnl/has_dpreview_lost_its_way_a_commentary_on_their/

Yeah, thanks. It does help, believe it or not (or rather would have helped).

One last thing, if I may.

Look at your previous post. You wrote four paragraphs explaining how screwed my assumptions were. As if I was on a crusade to destroy DPR, and your defense was a life and death matter. But was I, really?

I would agree that that "Nice" was uncalled for, especially in retrospect. Sorry about that. The rest? Given what I knew at the time, I still do not think I'd express myself any better, unfortunately. Wanted to let you know my honest opinion, and did just that. Not meaning any insults.

I do not post on LL forum, but read it sometimes. Recently witnessed MR replying to an almost rude guy by just picking tech questions from his post and answering them. A class act.

You guys have no issue with going on full assault on your visitors if you *assume* he/she is there just bash you. IMHO that's one wrong assumption more often than not... Then again, what do I know. Just my 2c.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 20:58 UTC
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JoeBingham: Read this...

http://www.reddit.com/r/photography/comments/3adqnl/has_dpreview_lost_its_way_a_commentary_on_their/

> Your assumptions. We did not even take that photo; it was from a slide presented to us.

That's even worse as far as I'm concerned. You just re-post marketing materials provided to you. OK.

My assumptions... Well, my assumption would be to see "Image courtesy DxO", or something, below. Guess I expected too much. Will adjust my expectations next time, thanks for the heads up.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 20:15 UTC
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JoeBingham: Read this...

http://www.reddit.com/r/photography/comments/3adqnl/has_dpreview_lost_its_way_a_commentary_on_their/

Barney, I'd easily agree that that post is over the top. But before you dismiss it as nonsense, you may want to think about what provoked it in the first place.

I didn't read that post through (no need), but it seems like they didn't even mention the size comparison w/RX100m3. Yes, you have that small print below -- but you also popped Sony's viewfinder to make it look bigger. Nice...

Yes, I understand this camera most probably is an engineering feat. I myself like what they did with the lens, a lot.

Yes, I understand you may be truly excited about it. As MR once wrote on LL, "you may think that I sound as overly excited, but that's because I am", or something along those lines... But MR always points out his reviews are not "normal reviews", he admits "soft spots" for brands etc.

You on the other hand pretend to be "objective" (even though I do not believe *anyone* can claim that, but well...). If so, you could do better with this article, that's my point.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 19:13 UTC

'First Truly Connected Camera', huh...

Any camera module in any smartphone is more connected than that -- at least, it cannot be disconnected. Let alone things like Lumix CM1.

They could use some discretion in their marketing. Like, say, Sony marketed their a6000 as "fastest focusing camera with APS-C sensor", which was bold enough and yet way, way more accurate (it even left room for GH4, that was faster, but not APS-C) than DxO's... well, overstatement.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 00:18 UTC as 58th comment | 2 replies
On Alpha dog: Hands-on with Sony a7R II article (1035 comments in total)
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rsf3127: I can only say I am a man of vision:

http://www.dpreview.com/articles/6223902518/sony-rides-wave-of-us-mirrorless-sales-surge?comment=0894956241

Just re-read that thread you pointed to; one of the responses:

"Canon lenses are designed for off sensor PDAF, a completely different lens design than the CDAF lenses of the E mount."

Gotta love internet ;) <sigh...>

Direct link | Posted on Jun 14, 2015 at 18:26 UTC
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Richard Franiec: "After a certain point, old digital cameras are just that: old digital cameras."
How true is that!
Every time Leica is trying to do something extraordinary, they fall short of the most recent technical developments. Even the optics are not the end of the world, just take a look at Sigma's M&Q series.
The name recognition seems to be the best selling point: people who buy the Leicas don't ask others what they think about the cam. They just have to have it.
A perfect description of the niche product.

> Yet M8's are still selling for quite a high dollar amount

M8 can now be had for less than $1,700 vs original $4,795.

> There is much less risk of devaluation of Leica digital equipment

The word "risk" implies that something may or may not happen, whereas with digital equipment it is a certainty.

At some point, M8s will be selling at their "bragging rights" value, not as photographic tools. How big is that value going to be? Only time will tell...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2015 at 21:28 UTC
On Alpha dog: Hands-on with Sony a7R II article (1035 comments in total)
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theprehistorian: Regarding the dreaded lossy RAW compression, see David Etchells's comments here: http://www.imaging-resource.com/news/2015/06/10/sony-rx10-ii-rx100-iv-and-a7r-ii-announced-were-blogging-live-from-the-pres

Apparently he was told Sony might try to sort this out via a firmware update. I can't believe they've released a new flagship body with this problem though, they obviously design these things in blissful ignorance of photographers' feedback.

Yeah, and what exactly did he say? "I discussed with them, emphasized that its lack is an issue for them in the marketplace"

See? An "issue... in the marketplace" (i.e. negative publicity of sorts), not a real issue for working pros.

Before you respond: I wouldn't go as far as to call all these complaints as whining; I do think that lots of improvements are only there because enough people complained about something that wasn't right. I just think that this particular thing is blown out of proportion -- and, as a Sony shooter, it is most certainly not only a non-issue for me, but I'll keep shooting lossy RAWs even when/if lossless RAWs become available.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2015 at 13:03 UTC
On Sony a7R II has 42.4MP on full frame BSI CMOS sensor article (1262 comments in total)
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Dimitris Roubos: a9r will make espresso

> will it have a cup holder for the espresso?

Doesn't matter if it will -- people will still complain it's not exactly the right shape...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2015 at 11:33 UTC
On Leica Q First Impressions Review preview (564 comments in total)
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BJN: Rectangular lens hoods are common in Leicaland since they intrude less into a rangefinder's view. Since there's no optical finder to justify the squared-off, non reversible hood, I can only assume that this one represents style over function.

> Function over Style. Bravo Leica!

Yep, either you use hood, OR lens cap. So much for function.

Details of this screw up here:

https://luminous-landscape.com/leica-q-hands-on-and-video-interview/

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2015 at 15:43 UTC
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