PIX 2015
Rishi Sanyal

Rishi Sanyal

DPReview Administrator
Lives in United States Seattle, WA, United States
Works as a Deputy / Technical Editor
Has a website at www.rishi.photography
Joined on Feb 25, 2014
About me:

Although I'm a scientist by training, having recently completed my Ph.D in biophysics, photography has always been a huge passion of mine. It's been an incredible opportunity to meld these two interests together here at DPReview!

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On The new Canon 35L II will be a thing of beauty article (209 comments in total)
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straylightrun: Which will perform better:

Canon 35mm f/1.4 L II

or

Sony 35mm f/1.4 FE Zeiss Distagon?

I have to say, I'm not a fan of the Sony 35/1.4 FE Zeiss Distagon. It's just not sharp. Not even in the center. Not even at F2.

Having shot with the Sigma Art has spoiled me, though. If you believe MTF curves, the Sony 35/1.4 [isn't that impressive](http://www.sony.com/electronics/camera-lenses/sel35f14z). Wide open, it starts off lower than the Sigma and the Canon, and even by F8, there's some severe astigmatism and low MTF for tangential detail. I've been shooting with it on the Sony a7R II and I'm kind of sad to say I'm not that impressed with sharpness.

Bokeh and isolation are lovely though.

We'll do a real-world shootout though to remove subjective evaluation from the equation here. :)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 31, 2015 at 19:21 UTC
On Week in Review: Two by two article (19 comments in total)
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lem12: Image #5 is a very interesting capture looks 3D with that shallow DOF.

Boom! And that is why I shoot 35/1.4 :)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 31, 2015 at 02:32 UTC
On The new Canon 35L II will be a thing of beauty article (209 comments in total)
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photo perzon: The Fuji 35mm 1.4 is $ 399

That lens has a far smaller image circle so you only actually get 50mm F2 equivalent images out of it. And its AF motor with the Fuji bodies we've tried it on is considerably slower than what we see from Sigma and aCanon 35/1.4 primes. So, definitely apples and oranges comparison.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 30, 2015 at 05:44 UTC
On The new Canon 35L II will be a thing of beauty article (209 comments in total)
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SingerNick: Yes, Canon has been hitting it out of the park with these premium optics. Hats off to them. But how about they stop shipping 6-year-old sensors in their flagship compact?

Yes I've always wondered why this argument about how the manufacturer is doing what's best for the manufacturer is thrown around. That's relevant to the consumer how...?

I don't deny the issue isn't an issue for David, but I also don't deny that the issue *is* an issue for those that say it's an issue.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 30, 2015 at 00:47 UTC
On The new Canon 35L II will be a thing of beauty article (209 comments in total)
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loewena: 35 mm portraits are fine if you like bulby noses and small ears

But that wouldn't be the photo I, the photo maker, wanted. Not even by a long shot. Why is that so difficult to understand?

Iceman- I kind of agree, but I think it's mostly because the lighting at that event was phenomenal. Big windows letting in diffuse setting sun light along with red wood walls (I think) and nice orange tungsten light. That said, I always liked the original 5D's colors :)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 30, 2015 at 00:42 UTC
On The new Canon 35L II will be a thing of beauty article (209 comments in total)
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Tape5: In photo 1, the nocturnal bokeh is so poor I am thinking 'Leica please come back, we didn't mean any of the nasty things we said.'

What on earth is 'nocturnal bokeh'?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 30, 2015 at 00:38 UTC
On The new Canon 35L II will be a thing of beauty article (209 comments in total)
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SingerNick: Yes, Canon has been hitting it out of the park with these premium optics. Hats off to them. But how about they stop shipping 6-year-old sensors in their flagship compact?

"Similarly, there are quite a few here who continue to grouse about the Canon technology but have nothing to show for whatever it is that they are using -- it's laughable, really."

Similarly, there are quite a few here who maybe sometimes grouse about the Canon technology that do have something to show for what it is they are using -- why summarily ignore them?

Regarding your last comment: I agree that's probably exactly what they've done, and I bet their conclusions are not unaffected by claims from folks like you that claim the improvements don't matter. A claim that ignores all the claims from those for whom it does matter, because it ups their hit rate or otherwise [makes some pros' jobs easier](http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/55800218).

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2015 at 23:46 UTC
On The new Canon 35L II will be a thing of beauty article (209 comments in total)
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Mikael Risedal: Nice to know that Canon is working with a new 35/1,4 , I have had at least 4 different ones during the existence, and none are near my Sigma 35 / 1.4 and I can not complain about the Sigma auto-focus either

Exactly Dan. Thanks, and we need to hear about experiences from folks like you to counter the vague claims made by people that AF with Sigma lenses is poor because they heard someone else say it.

Certain lenses may be beasts to focus, yes, especially if they have serious optical aberrations. But I won't believe claims that any one brand has more issues than any other in a general sense until I see the data.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2015 at 23:32 UTC
On The new Canon 35L II will be a thing of beauty article (209 comments in total)
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Smeggypants: This article sponsored by Canon

This comment sponsored by jealousy and arrogance.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2015 at 23:16 UTC
On The new Canon 35L II will be a thing of beauty article (209 comments in total)
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Digitalis32: You can already see the flare characteristics have changed from the classic 35mm f/1.4L - you can see the increased flare and lowered contrast seen in image 11, in the lower left hand portion of the image.

Also in the MTF comparison, Canon use computer simulated MTF - Sigma, to the best of my knowlege does not. So it isn't a equal comparison, take it with a hearty pinch of salt.

Did not realize Canon MTF curves are computer simulated...? Do you have a reference for that? Thanks.

I'm sure Sigma does not do that, as they explicitly mention they test MTF on a high resolution Foveon sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2015 at 06:58 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7R II: Real-world ISO invariance study article (334 comments in total)
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Dave Oddie: Here is an idea, why doesn't DPR just do a review of the camera and be done with it?

Instead we have extensive discussions of the technology of this particular camera and "reviews" of other cameras that fall far short content-wise of what Phil Askey used to put out years ago.

So when we forego really, really technically detailed analyses for a product for a quick review (E-M10 II), b/c it's more an iterative update than a whole bunch of new technology that needs to be tested/addressed, you complain the reviews fall short.

OTOH, when we go really in-depth, & publish one piece at a time b/c each piece is so in-depth that it requires its own treatment, and so that we can update you on findings while the camera is still relevant, and then you also complain.

If you could carefully spell out exactly what it is you'd like us to do, we'll try and address your feedback, b/c as it is, I'm honestly confused.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2015 at 02:17 UTC
On 24mm Baby Portrait photo in Rishi Sanyal's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Continued from the caption above:

I can almost feel the baby about to reach out with his arm, and framing the subjects from this close distance adds to the feeling of 'being there'. That feeling would not have come across had this shot been taken at 85mm.

The wider focal length also placed some separation in depth between the two main subjects in front, and the 3rd subject behind. Combined with the angle of the shot, this allowed for a 2-1 compositional motif with a 'V' shape to the flow from one subject to another. This can be pleasing compositionally.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2015 at 02:15 UTC as 1st comment
On The new Canon 35L II will be a thing of beauty article (209 comments in total)
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loewena: 35 mm portraits are fine if you like bulby noses and small ears

Oh, I'm just waiting to respond with an article on why it's not even worth taking portraits with anything longer than [24mm](http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/rishisanyal/photos/3279542/24mm-baby-portrait), [24mm](http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/rishisanyal/photos/3255417/24mmportrait-sunsetwarrior), [24mm](http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/rishisanyal/photos/3255418/24mmportrait-uwquad).

:)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2015 at 02:06 UTC
On The new Canon 35L II will be a thing of beauty article (209 comments in total)
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Gary Martin: I can't tell the ads from the articles any more ...

Thanks GlobalGuyUSA. I'm definitely a technologist looking for ways to use tech in interesting way to get better results. In this case, to afford me more creative freedom in my photography. When technology helps you get better results, I think it's hard *not* to get excited over it. And I share that excitement in the hopes that it inspires others to also care about the implications of the technology, because I'm convinced it can help others with their photography as well.

And I love it when I learn from others who excitedly share implications of technology as well. This is my way of giving back - both to the community, and also to the manufacturers who work so hard to create these beautiful pieces of equipment that help us hang on to some of the most important things in life: memories.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2015 at 01:03 UTC
On The new Canon 35L II will be a thing of beauty article (209 comments in total)
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Mikael Risedal: Nice to know that Canon is working with a new 35/1,4 , I have had at least 4 different ones during the existence, and none are near my Sigma 35 / 1.4 and I can not complain about the Sigma auto-focus either

Yup. I'd like to see those complaining about the Sigma Art AF actually show us some real world precision results *after* calibrating.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2015 at 00:53 UTC
On The new Canon 35L II will be a thing of beauty article (209 comments in total)
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bernardf12: Is this a review for the old model? Nice article though.

Kind of... and what I'd like to see improved. This is a much anticipated lens, and the original was a much loved lens, so I thought it was worth doing a little tribute/look-back. And framing some of the improvements (BR optics, MTF improvements) against the shortcomings of the original.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2015 at 00:52 UTC
On The new Canon 35L II will be a thing of beauty article (209 comments in total)
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nikon power: It seemed strange to me. When people who took pictures in low light with a fast lens, their pictures turned out to be shots in bright light.
Weren't they supposed to produce the pictures of what their naked eyes saw in low light?
Similarly strange, their shots of night sky became shots in lighted sky.

Don't your eyes adjust in low light? Mine do.

Also, why do the low light shots *have* to be bright? The bright lens allows you to use lower ISOs; you can maintain whatever image brightness you would've used with a slower lens...

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2015 at 00:50 UTC
On The new Canon 35L II will be a thing of beauty article (209 comments in total)
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tangbunna: ove Cambodian Wedding culture. Full of value, pride, and memories with love and respect.

Me too! The wedding was beautiful.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2015 at 00:49 UTC
On The new Canon 35L II will be a thing of beauty article (209 comments in total)
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aftab: Sunburst here from the new lens

https://www.flickr.com/photos/petapixel/20737418178/sizes/o/

Thanks aftab. :)

@tr573: Seriously. Seriously impressive L glass of late.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 21:34 UTC
On The new Canon 35L II will be a thing of beauty article (209 comments in total)
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lem12: Just curious.. how much photojournalist have to pay for just 35mm lens to capture a good story.

So what you're saying is they're essentially ninjas.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 20:41 UTC
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