Andy Westlake

Andy Westlake

Lives in United Kingdom London, United Kingdom
Works as a Technical Writer
Has a website at www.dpreview.com
Joined on Jan 28, 2008

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dynaxx: Why wouldn't a metal barrelled Zeiss lens cost more than the two plastic 35mm Canikon lenses mentioned in this Lab Test Review ? Compare the three lenses when they have been used for five years ( and their re-sale values ) and you'll see where the value lies.

The slower f/2.8 is inevitable is you want to keep the weight down to 120 grams and still have a durable construction.

@abortabort: [Sony FE 35mm F2.8 compared to Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM](http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/lens-compare-fullscreen?compare=true&lensId=sony_zeiss_fe_35_2p8_za&cameraId=sony_a7r&version=0&fl=35&av=2.8&view=mtf-ca&lensId2=canon_40_2p8_stm&cameraId2=canon_eos1dsmkiii&version2=0&fl2=40&av2=2.8)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2014 at 14:38 UTC
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Just another Canon shooter: Corner and edge performance is poor even on this high resolution sensor with no AA filter. 1+ vignetting at f/22? There seems to be a price to be paid for the short flange distance.

No, corner and edge performance isn't poor at all. For example, here it is compared like-for-like to a favourite lens of Canon shooters, the EF 35mm f/1.4L USM. [Sony FE 35mm F2.8 vs Canon EF 35mm F1.4L](http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/lens-compare-fullscreen?compare=true&lensId=sony_zeiss_fe_35_2p8_za&cameraId=sony_a7r&version=0&fl=35&av=2.8&view=mtf-ca&lensId2=canon_35_1p4&cameraId2=canon_eos5dmkii&version2=0&fl2=35&av2=2.8)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2014 at 14:23 UTC
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Plastek: What about rainbow-coloring across entire frame?

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3588565

^ IMHO a lens that got a varied color shift on a whole frame is unacceptable, regardless how sharp it is.

Realistically, that's not the lens itself, but a complex mixture of lens, sensor and image processing.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2014 at 14:22 UTC
On Just posted: Olympus Tough TG-2 iHS Review preview (100 comments in total)
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dannormal: Why do all you reviewers not tell the truth. That is, you cannot see the LCD screen when in sunlight. This simple truth that the reviewers are well aware of makes these rugged cameras a dismal failure. Spew out all the specs and image quality blah blah blah but ignore thw fact that not only does the user have to point and hope, they also can not change any settings because they cant read the screen in daylight. I own a brand new Olympus TG2 and it is unusable because of this

Let's see whether or not we 'told the truth' about this. Here are some direct quotes from the review talking about the screen:

"While the TG-2's OLED display looks beautiful indoors, outdoor performance was lacking. It's nearly impossible to use in bright light, even with brightness cranked to the maximum setting. It was also very difficult to use when snorkeling."

"What we don't like: •Display very difficult to see outdoors and underwater"

"This display looks great indoors, with 610k dots, vivid colors, and a wide viewing angle. However, once outdoors (or underwater), visibility is very poor, even with the brightness turned all the way up. Not exactly what you'd want on a camera made to be out in the elements."

"Downsides ... include ... difficulty seeing the display outdoors."

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2014 at 09:53 UTC
On CP+ 2014: Fujifilm shows new 50mm teleconverter for X100S news story (183 comments in total)
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Charlieangel: Will this be 50mm equivalent, or 50mm x 1.5, for a 75mm equivalent?

If you look at the front of the converter, you'll see it says 'Equiv 135/50mm'. In other words, 50mm *equivalent*.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2014 at 15:50 UTC
On 2013 Waterproof Camera Roundup preview (123 comments in total)
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dannormal: Be very wary of these tests. My experience is that i bought a Olympus TG2 afterreading many many reviews. The reality is I can not see virtually anything on the LCD screen when the sun is out. Have I missed something here?
Thats when I use it. When I am at the beach (hot and sunny), Snorkelling (guess what hot and sunny).
Admittedly it takes good photos but only by pointing in the vague direction and hoping. As to changing settings, well you cant unless you hide under a towel or something.
I guess if these reviewers tell the truth the suppliers will shun them. My advice is don't buy any camera unless you go to a store and take it into the sunlight and see if it will function. My Olympus TG2 belongs in the bin. (Where it will take a great photo) It is of little practical value to me unless the sun is covered by storm clouds which is when I am usually at home inside my house.

Hmm, let's see if we mentioned anything about the TG2's screen:

"While the TG-2's OLED display looks beautiful indoors, outdoor performance was lacking. It's nearly impossible to use in bright light, even with brightness cranked to the maximum setting. It was also very difficult to use when snorkeling."

"While its OLED display looks great indoors, outdoor visibility is quite poor."

"Overall, the Olympus TG-2 is a solid choice for outdoor enthusiasts or divers. Its biggest problem is undoubtedly the visibility of its OLED display, so be sure to try before you buy."

"Its major flaw is the same as the Nikon's: the display is difficult to see outdoors."

So yes, it seems that you have missed something here. Moral of the story: when you read reviews, really *read* them.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2014 at 11:16 UTC
On Sony pins $1500 price tag on E-mount FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS news story (22 comments in total)
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Paul Guba: So the biggest news is the price? Is that the only thing important about the lens.

The news about the lens *today* is the price, because we've known everything else about it since the A7 and A7R were announced.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 15:27 UTC
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jtan163: Hey **DPR STAFF** - The link at the bottom of the entry for this article on the DPR home page goes to the Oly 12-40 article.

Fixed, thanks.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 14:56 UTC
On Tamron develops 16-300mm F3.5-6.3 superzoom for APS-C SLRs news story (211 comments in total)
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Seeky: Nice development, finally a follow up on Nikon's 18-300mm; One thing I missed, does it have a zoom lock?

The 16-300mm will have a zoom lock, yes.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2014 at 08:59 UTC
On Ricoh announces HD Pentax DA AF 1.4X AW rear converter news story (52 comments in total)
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88SAL: DPR never tested the 43mm limited. It's supposed to be the perfect Normal lens.

The 43mm is only a 'perfect' normal lens on full frame, as then its focal length is equal to the frame diagonal. Sadly, though, Pentax has yet to make a full frame DSLR. On APS-C, a 'perfect' normal is about 28mm.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2014 at 08:36 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 Real-world Samples Gallery news story (187 comments in total)
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Philip Sm: At the lowest settings you can take a raw file what is the size of the file in mb's?

Also can the size be reduced by converting to adobe DNG or similar but keeping most of the functionality gained by having raw file?

Thank you

Out of camera RAWs tend to be about 31MB, as I said last time you asked. There's no option to make lower resolution RAWs in-camera.

You can significantly reduce the size of the RAW files by converting to DNG. I've just tried this with a couple of X-E2 files, and as a guide a 32MB Fujifilm RAF converts to a 22MB DNG with standard settings, and a 7MB DNG with lossy compression (although this will be very dependent on image content).

Adobe DNGs maintain all of the usual functionality of Raw files. Lossy compression may reduce processing latitude, though.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2014 at 10:48 UTC
On Readers' Choice: Best Gear of 2013 Awards news story (217 comments in total)
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drummercam: Snippets: "I am glad that the value of Pentax is finally recognized. Now let's review it."

"So now the K3 has officially won the dslr section, can DPR finally spare a reviewer?"

Even in announcing that the Pentax K-3 won the poll, DPR could not resist pointing out that K-50 and K-500 "got no love." One might have expected that in the short three or four sentences spared for these announcements, that all the sentences would have been devoted to winning item. In adding the unnecessary smack-down of the K-50/K-500, DP Review simply further exposes their bias against the Giant Killer, Pentax. They just don't want the giants slain.

As for their upcoming review of the K-3, it can add nothing to what actual users of the K-3 already have discovered for themselves; namely, the reasons why it won this poll so convincingly (and please don't tell me that Pentax has more gearheads and fanboys that Canikon). DPR has already missed on this one.

It's a great rant, I have to admit, but as usual the accusations of bias conveniently ignore the praise we've heaped on every camera in this particular Pentax line. We've given Gold Awards to the K-5, K-5 II and K-5 IIs, and before them the K-7 was Highly Recommended. I can't quite see how that fits into this particular conspiracy theory.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2014 at 16:22 UTC
On Readers' Choice: Best Gear of 2013 Awards news story (217 comments in total)
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oselimg: A camera (K3) never revieved by Dpreview wins it. Isn't this a proof that people don't refer to this site when buying a camera or at least a DSLR? Can infantile trollheads and gearheads take some lessons from this phenomenon and finally grow up or is it a wishful thinking?

No, it's not logically 'proof' of that at all, for the pretty simple reason that this poll is DPReview readers voting for their *favourite* product of the year, and not a survey of what they (or 'people') have actually *bought*.

In reality I imagine a lot people buying a camera don't refer to this site first. But then again, others do. That's such not a difficult concept to accept, surely?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2014 at 15:50 UTC
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Mike99999: Spectacular. This confirms the DxO findings.

I'm happy Sony is following the OM-D route by releasing high quality primes from the start, even if they are significantly more expensive than standard Canikon offerings.

As an owner of the 55/1.8 and 35/2.8 I couldn't be happier and I've begun the process of selling all my Nikon lenses.

I cannot wait for what primes Sony/Zeiss have in store next. I've been playing with the Zeiss Planar T* 85mm f/1.4 ZA and Sonnar T* 135mm f/1.8 ZA with adapter at the camera store. Those lenses are amazing...

To be clear, these *are* the DxOMark findings, but presented in our own way.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 31, 2014 at 17:16 UTC
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Miguel Teotonio: Great lens review but I don't understand why could the SONY E 50mm 1.8 OSS be a better choice. It's an APS-C lens, right?!

Yes, and that paragraph is specifically talking about use on APS-C bodies.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 31, 2014 at 16:14 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1657 comments in total)
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JFBee: Is the mic input socket 2.5 or 3.5mm?
Is the USB connector proprietary as with X-E2?
Is the WiFi single or dual band (2.4 and 5 GHz)?
Is it possible to decouple AF activation from shutter release (like Nikon's AF-ON only)?

Mic socket is 2.5mm, so will usually need an adapter.

USB connector is the same as the X-E2, so not proprietary at all, but the extremely common micro USB used by almost all Android devices.

Wi-Fi - don't know, sorry.

AF activation can be decoupled from shutter release - simply switch the camera to MF mode and press the AF-L button.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 31, 2014 at 13:52 UTC
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ThePhilips: Can this lens AF fast? Or it is a dedicated macro?

It's not necessarily a case of either/or; several modern dedicated macro lenses can AF pretty fast, especially if (like this one) they use internal focus designs. The [Canon 100mm F2.8L Macro](http://www.dpreview.com/lensreviews/canon_100_2p8_is_usm_c16/) and [Olympus 60mm F2.8 Macro](http://www.dpreview.com/products/olympus/lenses/olympus_m_60_2p8) spring to mind.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 30, 2014 at 15:15 UTC
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h2k: Why not mention straight in the introductory text if the lens has AF and stabilization?

Added, thanks for the suggestion

Direct link | Posted on Jan 30, 2014 at 12:57 UTC
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peevee1: The 9mm body cap has 5 elements in 4 groups vs 3 elements in 3 groups for 15mm body cap. Plus being a fish-eye, they have put no effort into barrel distortion correction. :)
I guess it should make it much better optically than 15mm BCL. If it would only be weather-sealed and have electronic contacts for automatic setting of FL and EXIF, it would be a great addition to the lens lineup.

5 elements for f/8 fisheye lens! Wow.

As we said in the main news story, the 9mm fisheye has a 140 degree diagonal angle of view, not 180 degrees.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2014 at 17:51 UTC
On Olympus releases OM-D E-M5 firmware version 2.0 news story (76 comments in total)
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peevee1: Where is the list of changes on Oly's site?

[Here](http://www.olympus.co.uk/site/en/c/cameras_support/downloads/e_m5_download.html) (google is your friend, other search engines are also available)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2014 at 15:38 UTC
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