Jonathan F/2

Jonathan F/2

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On Sony: An eye on focus article (628 comments in total)

Why are all the shots focused on the nose? Seems a bit gimmicky to me.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2015 at 15:05 UTC as 109th comment | 13 replies
On Nikon offers AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm F2.8-4E ED VR article (301 comments in total)

I wish Nikon would make some AF pancake lenses like Canon's 24mm and 40mm STM lenses for DX & FX.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2015 at 06:34 UTC as 72nd comment

I like Fuji, but they need more budget options. I might need one or two top tier lenses, but I don't need my whole kit to be composed of super fast lenses. A couple f1.8, f2 and/or even f2.8 primes would be fine. Sigma's DN lenses would of been great.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2015 at 17:08 UTC as 32nd comment | 2 replies
On Sony rides wave of US Mirrorless sales surge article (732 comments in total)
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Eric Hensel: I'm amazed at the number of people that wonder where the cheap FE lenses are. Why would you use cheap lenses on a modern FF sensor?

You guys are spouting nonsense. The majority of all those lenses I mentioned have been released within the last 5-7 years and can either hang or out resolve the current D810 36mp sensor. The Nikon 20mm 1.8 G was just released this year! Not to mention a lot of the old film era lenses still work perfectly fine on modern DSLRs. I haven't even mentioned the 1.4 prime lenses, access to top level Sigma Art/Sport series glass and Nikon trickling out Phase Fresnel element (PF) lenses that reduce weight and size nullifying any practical size advantage of mirroless full frame.

I use Sony, Nikon and Olympus and appreciate what they all have to offer, but I have to call out hyperbole when I read it. On top of that, does Sony offer 5 year warranty service to their lenses in the US or offer pro level repair services for working pros and free rentals while your gear is being worked on?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2015 at 05:21 UTC
On Sony rides wave of US Mirrorless sales surge article (732 comments in total)
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Eric Hensel: I'm amazed at the number of people that wonder where the cheap FE lenses are. Why would you use cheap lenses on a modern FF sensor?

Nikon has the budget oriented 20, 28, 35, 50, 85 1.8 primes. The 18-35, 24-85, 70-300 budget zooms and the 16-35, 24-120 and 70-200 f/4 VR semi-pro lineup just to name a few. Pair any of those lenses to a D750 and you have an A7II killer right there.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2015 at 03:44 UTC

I wouldn't mind getting this and some good quality Voigtlander glass!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 4, 2015 at 06:42 UTC as 25th comment
On Fujifilm X-T10 First Impressions Review preview (522 comments in total)

Is it me or does that front dial look incredibly cheap?

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2015 at 15:37 UTC as 46th comment | 2 replies
On Hands on with the Pentax 645Z article (674 comments in total)
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RStyga: Where is the review DPR??

Oh well, in the meantime here's the review by the masterful Ming Thein (in two parts):

http://blog.mingthein.com/2014/06/27/review-the-pentax-645z-part-i/

http://blog.mingthein.com/2014/06/29/review-the-pentax-645z-part-ii-medium-format-shootout/

I'd switch "masterful" with "sleep inducing" as I find his photography way boring!

Direct link | Posted on May 12, 2015 at 15:15 UTC

I had an A7 and returned it. I love mirrorless, but all the great advantages of the format go out the door with the bigger sensor in terms of both camera and lens sizes. If someone wants to go FF, I think they are better off getting a FF Canon/Nikon and any of the Sigma 24/35/50 Art lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2015 at 05:15 UTC as 12th comment | 10 replies

Not very impressed by this lens especially for the price. For the cost I'd rather get a Helios 40-2 85mm 1.5 with that dreamy swirly bokeh.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 12, 2015 at 00:20 UTC as 38th comment
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Horshack: Q: If you had to convince a first-time camera buyer to invest in a D5500 over - say - a Sony a6000, what would you tell them?

A: I think the optical viewfinder is a strong point of our SLR system. This allows users to be able to take pictures as they see [them]. This is our competitive advantage. Of course mirrorless is smaller, but our SLRs offer other advantages, such as our family of lenses and accessories. The D5500 is a great introduction to SLR photography.

With an OVF you can take pictures as you see them but the resulting pictures may not look anything like what you saw if the exposure, focus, WB, color profiles, etc.. aren't what you expected, problems all solved by an EVF. So I suppose it comes down to personal preference - either a more accurate depiction of what you see when looking through the camera vs what you get in your actual images.

At least in in North America, I think mirrorless will take far longer to knock DSLRs from their top position. I've noticed most young photographers will opt for a DSLR first as opposed to a mirrorless camera and use their smart phone as an auxiliary camera. DSLRs are just cheaper and more readily available. Not to mention the plethora of lens options available in both Canon and Nikon mounts.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2015 at 22:04 UTC
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Horshack: Q: If you had to convince a first-time camera buyer to invest in a D5500 over - say - a Sony a6000, what would you tell them?

A: I think the optical viewfinder is a strong point of our SLR system. This allows users to be able to take pictures as they see [them]. This is our competitive advantage. Of course mirrorless is smaller, but our SLRs offer other advantages, such as our family of lenses and accessories. The D5500 is a great introduction to SLR photography.

With an OVF you can take pictures as you see them but the resulting pictures may not look anything like what you saw if the exposure, focus, WB, color profiles, etc.. aren't what you expected, problems all solved by an EVF. So I suppose it comes down to personal preference - either a more accurate depiction of what you see when looking through the camera vs what you get in your actual images.

EVFs are nice, but they clip highlights and get choppy in low light even with the latest tech. OVFs still have lots of advantages.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2015 at 01:57 UTC

I'd like to meet the engineers behind the Df.

Saying that, I really wish Nikon would make some AF pancakes like Canon.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2015 at 01:50 UTC as 113th comment

Nice Photoshop illustration work on display.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 23, 2015 at 15:54 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
On B-grip launches Uno holster for compact system cameras article (110 comments in total)

Nothing beats my reusable grocery bag and a sweater for padding as a camera bag!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 21, 2015 at 01:01 UTC as 22nd comment | 1 reply
On Making 'Art': We go inside Sigma's lens factory article (192 comments in total)

I like how Sigma used to be the brand people used because they couldn't afford the first party lenses, to being the brand that actually excels in beating the first party lenses at an affordable price!

Love my Sigma 50 Art and 120-300 Sport! Amazing lenses for the money and performance!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 9, 2015 at 16:44 UTC as 53rd comment | 1 reply
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J A C S: "With no mirror action and no mechanical shutter in electronic shutter mode..."

Does the OM-D E-M5 ll have a fully electronic shutter (2nd curtain) or his comments are about future cameras?

There is nothing preventing the mirror in the dSLR to stay up with similar high resolution implementations.

" He said that resolution lost to camera shake in DSLRs reduces the advantage of having more pixels."

Unless you shoot with an electronic shutter, which is what you do with the Oly anyway for higher res. That was a really cheap shot.

I shoot both M43 and with a Nikon D800. While the D800 results in better all-around photos, the window to attain those nice photos is smaller. With my OMD, I can shoot in ridiculous low light scenarios, stay quite portable and carry a full kit for travel. M43 won't replace high res DSLRs, but I find the entire system to be far more flexible.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2015 at 19:32 UTC

Olympus is one of the most innovated photography companies in the business. Olympus cameras aren't top of the class in any one area, but they're just very good and fun all-around! Their engineers are some of the best out-of-box thinkers!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2015 at 19:24 UTC as 44th comment | 2 replies
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II First Impressions Review preview (1392 comments in total)

I like the sample photos from Disneyland! I'm going to have to keep an eye out for secret, unreleased cameras the next time I'm there!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2015 at 17:22 UTC as 160th comment
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (3380 comments in total)
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Jonathan F/2: I'm a Nikon guy, but sample pics look good to me. If I was a Canon shooter who needs high megapixels, I'd be excited. Plus who cares if it doesn't shoot faster when shooting in crop modes, you guys have a 7Dm2 for that!

Just go on Tumblr, Flickr or any photo sharing site, and people are producing amazing work with all sorts of cameras APS-C and FF alike. Plus who needs crazy high ISO with a 50mp sensor? The D800/10 sucks at high ISO even compared to the likes of the old D3/D700.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 17:13 UTC
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