Naveed Akhtar

Naveed Akhtar

Lives in United Kingdom London, United Kingdom
Works as a Software Engineer
Has a website at www.lightnodes.com
Joined on Dec 14, 2009

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Naveed Akhtar: Now three options as general purpose lens on Fuji X-mount system.

This is double the weight and price of 18-55mm without OIS and with WR.

Which one you gonna chose

A) 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R OIS
+ surprisingly sharp across the range
+ well controlled CA (negligible and only in extreme corners)
+ vig (1/4 stop in extreme corners; negligible)
+ distortion (.3 to -.1)%
+ small size (70.4mm x 65mm) and weight (330g)
+ well built (plastic with metal barell and mount)
+ filter size (58mm)
+ OIS (4 stops)
+ Fast quite AF
+ great bokeh with 7 rounded blades
+ EBC coating to reduce flare and ghosting
+ reasonably priced, specially in a kit option
+ wide aperture range f/2.8 - 4
- not macro (0.08 to 0.15)x magnification
- no weather sealing

tscholent .. 18-135 has a great OIS and awesome range and very well weather sealed. It's perfect as a walk-around lens.
otherwise i agree you may like to get the f/2.8 combos, or at least 50-140 as otherwise you already got some nice primes for even better low light performance.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 30, 2015 at 02:24 UTC
On Mystical - Enchanted Valley in the Mystical challenge (32 comments in total)

Its an amazing work done.. well done!

Both capturing and post-processing ..

Thanks for shaing!!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2015 at 17:36 UTC as 1st comment
On Halfdome Moonrise in the Telephoto Landscape challenge (18 comments in total)
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cjf2: Thanks for the nice comments everyone. I was pleased to win as there were a few other strong contenders. I'll give some details in answer to the post by B6878 below

Many thanks for sharing this magnificant work and your detailed answer to B6878.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2015 at 17:29 UTC
On Real-world samples: Sony Alpha 7 II in Kauai article (225 comments in total)
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David V: Honestly, these were disappointing samples, IMO. I think Sony is making the most impressive bodies out there, but their lenses do little to exploit that goodness.

I have been itching to pull the trigger on an A7II to add a FF mirrorless camera to my lineup but I think I will stick with just my Fuji X-System cameras/lenses for now.

I am interested to see what Sony does to follow up to the RX1R, which is a fantastic camera.

Yes in the dpReview's studio comparison .. review
for instance see it here ..
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikon-d750/12

compare it with A7 or A7ii

try to match D750's ISO 1600 with Sony A7ii's ISO 800 in RAW

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2015 at 16:12 UTC
On Real-world samples: Sony Alpha 7 II in Kauai article (225 comments in total)
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David V: Honestly, these were disappointing samples, IMO. I think Sony is making the most impressive bodies out there, but their lenses do little to exploit that goodness.

I have been itching to pull the trigger on an A7II to add a FF mirrorless camera to my lineup but I think I will stick with just my Fuji X-System cameras/lenses for now.

I am interested to see what Sony does to follow up to the RX1R, which is a fantastic camera.

@stevo you made the right choice mate, enjoy your Sony ..
now I think there is little chance for X-Pro2 .. I think they gonna keep updating X-T*

and I handeled both (not used them as such for any work though) and really like X-T1. The VF is amazing, big and bold!! you may actually like it more than OVF.

But A7 is amazing tool on its own. My only grip is its High ISO performance at ISO800+ is not as promising as Nikon DSLRs, still good enough to satisfy any APSC user.

But could you check it please, here on dpreview studio shot and compare it with Nikon D610 (or any 24MP FF) and tell me if it's only me or there is really at-least 1 stop difference on every ISO beyond 800. And why is that?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 19, 2015 at 19:24 UTC
On Real-world samples: Sony Alpha 7 II in Kauai article (225 comments in total)
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David V: Honestly, these were disappointing samples, IMO. I think Sony is making the most impressive bodies out there, but their lenses do little to exploit that goodness.

I have been itching to pull the trigger on an A7II to add a FF mirrorless camera to my lineup but I think I will stick with just my Fuji X-System cameras/lenses for now.

I am interested to see what Sony does to follow up to the RX1R, which is a fantastic camera.

@stevo, I think if someone is happy enough with his system, we should not give him GAS :))

I like these two lenses a lot 55/1.8 (specially at f/2.8 and beyond) and 16-35/4 on sony A FE. Not overly impressed about other as such, as much.

But 55/1.8 is quite an expensive lens to buy roughly 700£ on amazon.uk. Compare it with Fuji on similar "angle of view" 50mm equivalent i.e. XF 35/1.4 is roughly 400£ and with fuji promo its 300£.

IQ was its a great lens too, you can't complain about it on any thing. You won't see the Dxo review because silly Dxo doesn't know how to test an XTrans sensor, otherwise on SLRGear you will find both very competitive.

Plus:
its smaller 54.9mm x 65.0mm vs 70.5mm x 64.4mm
and lighter 187g vs 281g

You will get the similar trend in other Fuji X system lenses. High build and optical qualities.

I am still not saying which one is better or worse, but definitely not worth considering swapping the systems, specially if you got either Fuji X-T1 or Sony A7ii.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 19, 2015 at 18:46 UTC
On DSC01600 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

colors are amazing !!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 18, 2015 at 22:50 UTC as 1st comment
On Real-world samples: Sony Alpha 7 II in Kauai article (225 comments in total)

Many great shots .. with lovely and honest colors

Direct link | Posted on Jan 18, 2015 at 22:49 UTC as 33rd comment | 1 reply
On DSC02155 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (9 comments in total)

Looks like the angel of woods :)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 18, 2015 at 22:47 UTC as 4th comment
On Real-world samples: Sony Alpha 7 II in Kauai article (225 comments in total)
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David V: Honestly, these were disappointing samples, IMO. I think Sony is making the most impressive bodies out there, but their lenses do little to exploit that goodness.

I have been itching to pull the trigger on an A7II to add a FF mirrorless camera to my lineup but I think I will stick with just my Fuji X-System cameras/lenses for now.

I am interested to see what Sony does to follow up to the RX1R, which is a fantastic camera.

I am not overly impressed by Sony FF lenses either, but this 16-35 lens is quite good, in almost any review I found..

and I agree with you about Fuji, they are doing amazing job with their X system. Their is no (big) need to move into Sony. My only grip is with their XTrans RAW processing, which is again, not a fault of them, if Adobe doesn't know how to render a random pattern of CFA!!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 18, 2015 at 22:36 UTC
On Budget X: Hands-on with Fujifilm's new X-A2 article (155 comments in total)
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Sannaborjeson: I wish Fuji would think of FF one day.

@Sannaborjeson well said, Leica is just a status symbol. Fuji specially XT1 is an amazing camera on APSC sensor and all those well crafted lenses, also if you use a good RAW converter, the results can surprise many fullframe camera owners. My only issue is I am bound to Windows OS (being a software developer) and Adobe Lightroom (all previous catalogues of m4/3 cameras) so bit hesitant to move to it as the best Fuji RAW processors are Mac only. Otherwise Fuji got everything right, beautifully crafted WR bodies, with best in class EVF, some amazing lenses, and with metabones (if you really after equal depth of field to FF) can use Fullframe lenses with even 1 stop faster exposure and sharper images.

Sony A7 series is an amazing series too, and if you can get those Minolta lenses, then there is nothing to complain about. All four cameras has their specialty: A7 (value), A7s (low light and sielent shutter), A7R (resolution), A7II (IBIS).

Direct link | Posted on Jan 18, 2015 at 22:14 UTC
On Budget X: Hands-on with Fujifilm's new X-A2 article (155 comments in total)
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Sannaborjeson: I wish Fuji would think of FF one day.

@nawknai .. i know, that's my question to greypixelz

@Sannaborjeson .. there are some Leica tiny primes, but those are Leica :)) unbelievably expensive

No other FF lens, that you can afford and with decent optical quality is small. Sony's Alpha lenses are actually quite big, considering the tiny body, except maybe maybe 35mm but that's tad slower at f/2.8 and not with any glowing review.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 18, 2015 at 11:19 UTC
On Budget X: Hands-on with Fujifilm's new X-A2 article (155 comments in total)
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Sannaborjeson: I wish Fuji would think of FF one day.

and which of the Fuji lens you think is same size as of fullframe (just out of interest).

Direct link | Posted on Jan 16, 2015 at 19:27 UTC
On Budget X: Hands-on with Fujifilm's new X-A2 article (155 comments in total)
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Sannaborjeson: I wish Fuji would think of FF one day.

sorry buddy .. size is everything for me .. is little exaggeration .. some of fuji lenses are huge .. but for good reasons while many are not, specially the one those are bundled with x-m1/a1.

Yes I am enjoying m43 system. Thinkin to move to fuji x-t or sony a7, but cant decide which route to follow, probably sony.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 16, 2015 at 19:20 UTC
On Budget X: Hands-on with Fujifilm's new X-A2 article (155 comments in total)
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minzaw: The American Psychiatric Association (APA) has officially confirmed what many people thought all along: taking ‘selfies’ is a mental disorder. The APA made this classification during its annual board of directors meeting in Chicago. The disorder is called selfitis, and is defined as the obsessive compulsive desire to take photos of one’s self and post them on social media as a way to make up for the lack of self-esteem and to fill a gap in intimacy. APA said there are three levels of the disorder:

Chronic selfitis: Uncontrollable urge to take photos of one’s self round the clock and posting the photos on social media more than six times a day

@Gerard I think OP post it as something for a fun read ..

Direct link | Posted on Jan 16, 2015 at 17:04 UTC
On Budget X: Hands-on with Fujifilm's new X-A2 article (155 comments in total)
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John C Tharp: Two questions:

1. Is the AF improved? This is Fuji's 'Achilles' heel'.
2. Isn't X-Trans better at higher-ISOs, but lower in acuity than Bayer?

Menneisyys +1

Totally agree, but the best RAW file processors are not on Windows platform. Which one you use? or recommend

Direct link | Posted on Jan 16, 2015 at 16:46 UTC
On Budget X: Hands-on with Fujifilm's new X-A2 article (155 comments in total)
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Sannaborjeson: I wish Fuji would think of FF one day.

greypixelz .. it's the lenses that matter buddy .. on ILCs or SLRs

Direct link | Posted on Jan 16, 2015 at 16:43 UTC
On Budget X: Hands-on with Fujifilm's new X-A2 article (155 comments in total)
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Sannaborjeson: I wish Fuji would think of FF one day.

SKPhoto12 totally agree with you on lens sizes mate, but some may still prefer a slow f/2.8 50mm over a f/1.4 25mm on 4/3 sensor for example, for higher sensor performance at least. For many like me it doesn't really matter though, as size is everything for me :)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 16, 2015 at 16:42 UTC
On Budget X: Hands-on with Fujifilm's new X-A2 article (155 comments in total)
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Peiasdf: Good price but hate it that Fuji purposely strip away X-tans and direct-dial controls. I like my X-E1 but since I never use the EVF, I could easily see this as a smaller/lighter alternative.

if you dont use EVF then this is probably the best you can get out of fuji. As for many the standard Bayor sensor is better than Xtrans, specially if you use ACR or Lightroom.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 16, 2015 at 16:39 UTC
On Tamron14-ISO-1000-150mm photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (2 comments in total)

Can't believe how good the bokeh is at 150 f/5.8

Direct link | Posted on Jan 16, 2015 at 14:46 UTC as 2nd comment
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