PIX 2015
Rick_Hunter

Rick_Hunter

Lives in Italy Somewhere near Venice, Italy
Joined on Oct 26, 2008

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Now gullible people will believe these are exactly the same as the 25.000$ Zeiss Master Prime cine lenses... But I bet they're not.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 12, 2015 at 18:05 UTC as 3rd comment | 15 replies

Bottom line: Zeiss lenses: made by Cosina, fully made of metal, individually checked one by one before leaving the factory.
Sony-Zeiss lenses: made god knows where, quality check one in a god only knows how many, etc...
Mmhhhh...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2015 at 17:37 UTC as 21st comment | 3 replies
On Lensbaby introduces Velvet 56mm f/1.6 article (166 comments in total)

Why in the world would I want this POS when for 10 dollars less I can have a lovely built, all metal, sharp, nice bokeh, gorgeus rendering Voigtlander Nokton 58/1.4 SL II N? Wide open shots taken with this velvet 56 on nikonrumors.com look just awful.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 06:16 UTC as 29th comment

So, let's make a checklist
- people who buy an ultrawide lens wanna go wide: the nikon is significantly wider
- the nikon can take filters (even though cumbersome and expensive) trough third party solutions - the tamron can't.
- you're sure to have compatibility with all future bodies with the nikon, not so much with the tamron
- you're sure to have more resale value with the nikon, certainly not so with the tamron
- the nikon is smaller and lighter (and probably better built, knowing tamron...)
Rave all you want, but the nikon still looks the better purchase. The only plus for the tamron is a little bit more center sharpness which I highly doubt you're ever going to notice in prints...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2015 at 19:21 UTC as 103rd comment | 6 replies

How about that, Phase One?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2015 at 22:16 UTC as 38th comment
On More things we found cut in half (CP+ 2015 edition) article (137 comments in total)
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Rick_Hunter: Zeiss build quality remains unsurpassed... Just look at that Otus! Not a hint of plastic!

Yes, but several folks are still using today older (and with older I mean 30 or more years old) AI and AI-S Nikon lenses on modern high resolution FX digital bodies with excellent results, for instance the Micro Nikkor 55/2.8 AI-S or the 50/1.2, or the 105/2.5... etcetera... The fact that these older lenses are all-metal-made and with no electronic stuff inside proves my point...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2015 at 20:01 UTC
On More things we found cut in half (CP+ 2015 edition) article (137 comments in total)
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Rick_Hunter: Zeiss build quality remains unsurpassed... Just look at that Otus! Not a hint of plastic!

I am not dismissing anything. Metal is a well proven material, since it has been used by the human race for thousands of years. Plastics on the other hand are a (relatively) recent thing. The video I've posted above proves that Zeiss cares for the utmost reliability of their products. Even the thermal expansion issues have been considered and have been taken care of. Even if we assumed that plastics have the same long-term reliability of metal (and I doubt it) still modern lenses have electric motors, integrated circuit boards, VR systems, flat cables, lots of stuff that can go wrong as the decades go by. Honestly in a MF Zeiss lens, all mechanical, glass & metal, unless you smash it on the floor the only thing that can go wrong is the exif chip, and even if that broke you could still use the lens by entering the data into the camera menu. Oh and BTW changing an exif chip in those lenses is a matter of 5 minutes: it's located within the bayonet mount. No extensive dismantling required.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2015 at 14:07 UTC
On More things we found cut in half (CP+ 2015 edition) article (137 comments in total)
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Rick_Hunter: Zeiss build quality remains unsurpassed... Just look at that Otus! Not a hint of plastic!

I understand this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVssYtOJP2U
The rest does not matter.
Zeiss manual focus lenses are built to last many decades, plastic fantastic lenses full of electronic stuff inside are not. Period.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 15, 2015 at 17:20 UTC
On More things we found cut in half (CP+ 2015 edition) article (137 comments in total)
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Rick_Hunter: Zeiss build quality remains unsurpassed... Just look at that Otus! Not a hint of plastic!

Cosina builds Zeiss lenses to Zeiss specifications. So if Zeiss specifies "all metal" then it's going to be all metal. No plastic fantastic here.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 15, 2015 at 16:22 UTC
On More things we found cut in half (CP+ 2015 edition) article (137 comments in total)

Zeiss build quality remains unsurpassed... Just look at that Otus! Not a hint of plastic!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 15, 2015 at 15:58 UTC as 48th comment | 8 replies

KEN ROCKWELL USES THIS. (enough said)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 30, 2015 at 20:25 UTC as 10th comment | 8 replies

Oh for God's sake... why do they keep making these stupid gizmos like a phone was meant to be a proper camera? And who would be so stupid to use his phone's bluetooth for this thing, draining battery juice and/or precluding the use of more useful bluetooth stuff like a in-car handsfree or a headset? This is beyond me...

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2015 at 18:09 UTC as 16th comment | 2 replies
On Nikon D750 Review preview (1945 comments in total)
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Rick_Hunter: This is a gearheads gathering place. You can put out any, really, any camera you want, but if it doesn't have at least a GAZILLION megapixels, and UMPTEENTH stops of DR, and a FEMTOsecond top shutter speed, etc, people here will always complain because they can't possibly take proper images of their cat, or of their lensalign ruler. Infact, how could they live with such an inferior camera? Bottom line, most gearheads here wil ALWAYS see only the empty part of the glass, even when the glass is >90% full.
Just give up already...

I have a D750, a D600, and an Olympus E-M5... plus a couple of old film cameras from the 70s...

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2014 at 21:53 UTC
On Nikon D750 Review preview (1945 comments in total)

This is a gearheads gathering place. You can put out any, really, any camera you want, but if it doesn't have at least a GAZILLION megapixels, and UMPTEENTH stops of DR, and a FEMTOsecond top shutter speed, etc, people here will always complain because they can't possibly take proper images of their cat, or of their lensalign ruler. Infact, how could they live with such an inferior camera? Bottom line, most gearheads here wil ALWAYS see only the empty part of the glass, even when the glass is >90% full.
Just give up already...

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2014 at 15:24 UTC as 393rd comment | 8 replies

Ma porco dio...

Direct link | Posted on Dec 11, 2014 at 19:47 UTC as 196th comment

Let me see if I got this right: If I were to win this contest, Phase One would give me a one month loan on a medium format system, which I'd have to provide the insurance for and the shipping back to them. And even if I liked the camera after trying it, I still wouldn't be able to afford one, nor would I get a discount from Phase One if I actually could afford it.

This has got to be the MOST STUPID PRIZE ever in a photographic contest.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 6, 2014 at 08:05 UTC as 32nd comment
On Manfrotto announces carbon fiber BeFree tripod article (111 comments in total)

So... the competition has travel tripods that are better built, lighter, with greater load capacity, shorter when folded, and they cost half the money. Manfrotto is not the company it used to be... And it pains me to say that, because I'm Italian and Manfrotto is Italian... Their low-end products are crap, their high end products are way overpriced... Pity. It was different 10 years ago.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 14, 2014 at 08:10 UTC as 20th comment

So far we've had:
18-55
18-55 with vr
18-55 collapsible edition
18-70
16-85
18-105
18-135
18-140
18-200 first edition
18-200 second edition
18-300 first edition

And now nikon gives us the new 18-300! Wow! Lighter! Slower! How can we have lived until today without yet another slow 18-whatever zoom?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2014 at 12:38 UTC as 17th comment | 4 replies

Thanks... I'll keep using my D600 and my Zeiss ZF.2 lenses for photography...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2014 at 18:03 UTC as 20th comment | 2 replies
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