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I have the Sigma AF 400mm AF Tele Macro HSM and if I use it with a 5 element 1.4x teleconverter, I get a 560mm f/8 equivalent that is still very sharp. That is good enough for me.

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2020 at 11:07 UTC as 3rd comment

So, camera makers got rid of the mirror and shortened the lens to sensor distance to make the camera more compact, and then they put that massive hand grip in to make the camera easier to hold. So, why do I bother getting a mirrorless camera if it is about the same size and price as a DSLR.

Link | Posted on Jul 30, 2020 at 17:28 UTC as 11th comment | 9 replies
On article Sony a7S III initial review (1951 comments in total)

These Sony cameras remind me of the Origami styling seen in Japanese cars in the 1970s such as the Toyota Celica, with distinct straight lines and sharp corners.

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2020 at 15:42 UTC as 128th comment | 1 reply
On article Sony a7S III initial review (1951 comments in total)

The 12 mp FF sensor lives on.

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2020 at 15:40 UTC as 130th comment

The reason fast lenses are expensive is because ashperical lens elements are needed to correct for spherical aberration. Ashperical elements are expensive to produce. Anyone can make a profit selling a fast lens cheaply if they keep manufacturing costs low by cutting corners.

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2020 at 00:01 UTC as 32nd comment | 1 reply
On article Film Fridays: Requiem for all my broken 35mm cameras (97 comments in total)

It was evident that film cameras were doomed early in the 21st century. People were taking pictures with fixed lens digital cameras with tiny sensors instead of their SLR film cameras. Film camera lens prices on eBay were falling off the cliff. Things changed when Canon brought out the Digital Rebel, first DSLR that sells for less than a thousand dollars, and sales soared. Nikon followed with the D70, also selling for less than a thousand dollars each, and soon Pentax sold the *ist DS for a similar price. Things got so bad for Pentax users looking for lenses that Pentax mount lens prices skyrocketed. It got so bad that I switched from Pentax to Nikon and then Canon when I needed a 400mm lens to capture flying birds.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2020 at 18:01 UTC as 4th comment
On article Film Fridays: Requiem for all my broken 35mm cameras (97 comments in total)
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dpthoughts: 2x Ricoh, 2x Olympus, 1x Yashica, 1x Minolta. A scent of death around these names. Two and a half are gone, the remainder will go soon.

Ricoh has been successful in non-camera businesses, and so was Konica. Konica got out of the camera business, then it bought Minolta and later sold Minolta;s camera business to Sony. Yashica was bought by Kyocera, and Kyocera decided to discontinue the Yashica brand after making digital cameras for a short while. Olympus made the mistake of boxing itself into the 4/3 format corner to try to create a niche of its own. That strategy failed. Even Nikon was facing extinction in the early part of this century, before it struck a deal with Sony for a deal on sensors, which allowed it to sell the D70 for less than a thousand dollars each. The DSLR camera took off, and film cameras were doomed.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2020 at 12:12 UTC
On article Film Fridays: Requiem for all my broken 35mm cameras (97 comments in total)

Film camera prices are so low that a collector can buy a Nikon F4, a professional model with interchangeable prisms and autofocus for less than a couple of Benjamin Franklins. When new, the Olympus OM-1 cost more than that and in 1980s dollars. I haven't shot film for a decade and a half but I keep a few film camera bodies around for nostalgia. I have no intention of putting a roll of film in them again. Too much hassle getting them developed.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2020 at 09:46 UTC as 5th comment

I remember an article by Herbert Keppler way back in the 1980s IIRC, in which he asked photographers to look at photos taken by an Olympus OM series camera and others taken with Nikon cameras and see if they can tell which photos were taken by Nikon instead of an Olympus. Only 1 person could reliably pick the photos made by Olympus cameras and she said that it was her "woman's intuition" that allowed her to do it, whatever that means. Olumpus was competitive in those days, but not today.

Right now, because of the differences in sensor size, practically anyone can distinguish a picture taken by a 4/3 camera with one that is taken by a Nikon Full Fame camera. The demise of the 4/3 format is inevitable. The earliest 4/3 models were bulky, despite its small sensor size. Olympus no longer has the ability to make cameras that are more compact than its competition. Its prices are not competitive either. So long Olympus.

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2020 at 14:04 UTC as 32nd comment | 1 reply

Olympus' had a broken crystal ball. It did not anticipate a future in which FF sensors are cheap enough to make that many amateurs can afford to buy them. I would be suprised if the firm that buys it will release any new products at all. Olympus will likely be liquidated.

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2020 at 13:38 UTC as 33rd comment | 3 replies

Olympus' sale has nothing to do with smartphones. They were already in trouble quite a few years back and Sony saved them by investing a lot of money in Olympus. Smartphones pretty much made fixed lens, small sensor cameras obsolete because the smart phones have similar sized sensors as those compacts, and it is simply not necessary to carry a compact digital camera if the smartphone can take pictures similar in quality. What really doomed Olympus was its decision to box itself into the 4/3 format early on, Other camera makers simply converted their film cameras to digital and kept the lens mount and lens to flange distance that allow them to easily migrate to full frame in the future. The world is finally moving to full frame. Even Panasonic and Fuji are releasing FF cameras. The 4/3 format will soon go the way of the Dodo. It is a deadend street.. None of the lenses can be used on FF cameras. Olympus avoided competition with the major camera makers but they cannot avoid extinction.

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2020 at 13:34 UTC as 34th comment | 3 replies
On article What you need to know about the new Nikon Z5 (304 comments in total)

I wonder how this camera stacks up against the Nikon D750 in terms of price and performance. The D750 has an in camera focus motor and the F mount, so it can use a wide selection of lenses. Other than the missing mirror, what makes this camera a better buy than the D750?

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2020 at 05:33 UTC as 22nd comment | 3 replies
On article Film Fridays: 10 classic Olympus film cameras (134 comments in total)

I still remember those Olympus OM series SLR cameras and the camera tests that showed the 1/1000 sec. shutter speed is wildly optimistic. I also thought they were overpriced. My first camera was a Yashica FR, a manual exposure version of the Contax RTS. The only thing I did like was the OTF (off the film) flash exposure the Olympus offered. But soon other camera makers followed suit, and that really made Olympus just another camera brand.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2020 at 23:07 UTC as 10th comment

The main attraction of the M43 format is compactness. MIrrorless models from Canon and Sony as well as other camera makers with larger sensors are just as compact and they sell for less money. It takes blind loyalty by users for the brand to survive. I was never impressed by Olympus since I started my interest in SLR photography in 1979. I saw them (the OM1 and OM2) as being over priced because they were selling for more money than the Pentax ME and MX, 2 cameras that were smaller and better looking. Olympus have not changed. They are still overpriced and not very compact.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2020 at 22:37 UTC as 21st comment | 3 replies

He is correct. Olympus cameras have a loyal following. The world is moving to full frame and yet Olympus can still hang on with its micro 4/3 format. A person would have to be loyal to pay more for one of these cameras than other people pay for a FF model made by Canon and Nikon.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2020 at 16:24 UTC as 25th comment | 3 replies
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paulfulper: I'd like to wish Pentax good luck but I'm afraid they are doomed ,
Just because you want the real image to reach the eye doesn't seem a priority need to produce good images ,and keep a camera unnecessarily large.
I started photography with Pentax I liked them and it was affordable ,I had the first autofocus ME-F too

I do not own any mirrorless bodies. They promise compactness but they cannot deliver because what they remove from the body has to be added to the lens. Even a total redesign of the lenses won't work for telephotos. They only work for wide angle lenses and those wide angles will then be vulnerable to vignetting although they would be sharper, just like Leica rangefinder lenses because they can use the double gauss design on wide angles, instead of retrofocus designs. Few camara makers are redesigning their wide angles to make them sharper and more compact on the mirrorless models. For this reason, I feel that buying a mirrorless camera really makes little sense. Because mirrorless lens mounts are so new, few lenses are available, and people wound up using adapters that often do not support autofocus, especially if the lenses require an in body autofocus motor.

Yes mirrorless cameras are fashionable but Pentax really need an entry level FF that can compete with the Canon 6D instead.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2020 at 05:22 UTC

Digital IS better. Nevertheless there are still people who argue that they like the "warmer" sound of the analog LP, and that the CD is "antiseptic," meaning they actually prefer to hear the clicks and pops that come with playing vinyl LPs, and they are paying steep prices for LP records. Go figure.I have not bought an LP since the 1980s, when it was on the road to obsolescence, and I have not shot film since 2003, when I bought my first DSLR camera. I do not miss having to drive to the film develper to have it processed, and wait an hour for the prints and negatives. I don't have to scan the prints so that I can post them online. I calculated that the amount of money I saved on film and developing would save me enough money within a year to pay for the digital camera. It will be a freezing day in July before I shoot another roll of film again.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2020 at 23:24 UTC as 26th comment | 3 replies

When are we going to hear people say bad photographers cannot take good pictures with this new camera.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2019 at 04:06 UTC as 22nd comment

Real exciting news when Nikon is discontinuing a bunch of APS-C models. The DSLR market is declining because most of the DSLR cameras on the market are either FF models most people cannot afford to buy or they are APS-C models that fewer and fewer people want to buy. Pentax should be working on an entry level, compact bodied FF selling at about the same price as the Canon 6D MkII, and/or a FF mirrorless model to compete with similar models made by Sony and Canon.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2019 at 23:06 UTC as 34th comment | 5 replies
On article Nikon developing D6 professional DSLR (1010 comments in total)

let me guess, it will be able to shoot at a shutter speed of 1/1000 sec. at 30 fps and full resolution. So that a photographer does not have to keep a finger on the shutter button. He can then pick and choose which still frame he wants after the shoot. He only needs to point the camera and/or move the zoom ring if he is using a zoom lens.

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2019 at 05:05 UTC as 12th comment | 1 reply
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