sgoldswo

sgoldswo

Lives in United Kingdom Enfield, United Kingdom
Works as a Solicitor
Joined on Jan 14, 2012
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"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former." Albert Einstein

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Mike99999: Loxia Distagon 21/2.8 vs. Leica 21/3.4 Super Elmar
Loxia Biogon 35/2 vs. Leica Summicron 35/2
Loxia Planar 50/2 vs. Leica Summicron 50/2
Loxia Sonnar 85/2.4 vs. Leica Summarit 90/2.4

So far the Loxia have compared favorably to those Leica.

There's no point in comparing Loxia to anything else but Leica M. There is no doubt that Batis, Milvus, GM, Sony Zeiss are better lens choices for most, but a comparing price and weight of these (some plastic) lenses to the Loxia is moot.

Mike99999 - you said the Loxia lenses compared favourably to the Leica equivalents you named. I understood that as you meaning the Loxia lenses exceeded the Leica equivalents. That's inaccurate, based on my experience of both. If that's not what you meant, no harm to you.

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2016 at 15:59 UTC
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Mike99999: Loxia Distagon 21/2.8 vs. Leica 21/3.4 Super Elmar
Loxia Biogon 35/2 vs. Leica Summicron 35/2
Loxia Planar 50/2 vs. Leica Summicron 50/2
Loxia Sonnar 85/2.4 vs. Leica Summarit 90/2.4

So far the Loxia have compared favorably to those Leica.

There's no point in comparing Loxia to anything else but Leica M. There is no doubt that Batis, Milvus, GM, Sony Zeiss are better lens choices for most, but a comparing price and weight of these (some plastic) lenses to the Loxia is moot.

The planar is a very sharp lens at F5.6, so it doesn't deserve a slating - it is well rated by DXO, for example and I confess I had a big soft spot for the M mount version of the same lens. It's weakest at wider apertures at the edges.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2016 at 16:23 UTC
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Mike99999: Loxia Distagon 21/2.8 vs. Leica 21/3.4 Super Elmar
Loxia Biogon 35/2 vs. Leica Summicron 35/2
Loxia Planar 50/2 vs. Leica Summicron 50/2
Loxia Sonnar 85/2.4 vs. Leica Summarit 90/2.4

So far the Loxia have compared favorably to those Leica.

There's no point in comparing Loxia to anything else but Leica M. There is no doubt that Batis, Milvus, GM, Sony Zeiss are better lens choices for most, but a comparing price and weight of these (some plastic) lenses to the Loxia is moot.

It's a bit of a false comparison. The Loxia lenses don't exceed Leica's best lenses in the focal length:
Biogon 35/2 vs Summilux ASPH FLE 35mm F1.4
Planar 50/2 v APO Summicron 50mm f/2
As for the Loxia Distagon 21/2.8 vs. Leica 21/3.4 Super Elmar, the SEM is the better lens, having a more even sharpness at lower apertures, better colour handling and micro contrast (but I agree its close).

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2016 at 10:06 UTC
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Starkiller: Does anyone use 3D-tracking/iTR? The composition determines the position of my subject within the frame.

Example (if the URL is not shown, have a look a the photo called "demo" in my gallery):
https://www.dpreview.com/galleries/5973957143/photos/3490031/demo

The first cyclist was my subject. I wanted him to cycle towards the center of the frame. I picked the single AF field (red box with the number 1 inside) on the left side near the point where the "rule of thirds" lines cross each other. That's the composition I had in mind.

iTR (3D-tracking) could probably have tracked the subject anywhere, but to get the composition you want, you have to move/pan your camera/lens along with your subject anyway. The active AF field (or AF group) never changes.

On Canon DSLRs you can save an AF field and assign it to different buttons. Pressing the joystick down activates the center AF field. This allows you to switch between your favorite AF fields (left side/center/right side) instantly.

You must have had a dud if you think 3D tracking on the D750 was poor. To be honest, my scepticism about this generation of nikon cameras is likely to stem from the prior generation being so good at AF already (particularly the D810 and D750). 3D tracking is useful for randomly moving objects. What's also exceptionally useful in both the D810 and D750 is the face detection, also based on information from the meter, but it's so good you can rely upon it all the time for people.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2016 at 08:36 UTC
On article Nikon D500 versus D750: Which one is right for you? (377 comments in total)
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2JoeA7R2: @Staff: 1. "but it's enough to make a difference in some shooting scenarios (like the scene above, which was exposed in Raw mode for highlights, with shadows and mid-tones brightened in post)."

I wish you had taken your best shot with the D500 for comparison.

2. "The D750 is surprisingly svelte for a full-frame camera..." I suggest changing 'for a full-frame camera...' to 'for a full-frame DSLR...'

Joe, as an owner of a D750 and an A7RII, they aren't really that different in size. The biggest difference is that the A7RII can be very small paired with the 35 F2.8 and 55mm F1.8 but mount any of the latest lenses on the A7RII and it's a less ergonomic body than the D750. The grip on the D750 has to be the best bar none on any camera I've used. That said, the A7RII does have some tiny lenses, it has IBIS and it has excellent video.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2016 at 14:26 UTC
On article Nikon D500 versus D750: Which one is right for you? (377 comments in total)
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AngularJS: Don't buy any. The 5dmk4 is around the corner.

Sure, but most existing Nikon owners won't be rushing to switch systems (the same would go in reverse for Canon owners I would have thought).

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2016 at 14:19 UTC
On article Nikon D500 versus D750: Which one is right for you? (377 comments in total)

The thing that eventually had me cancel my D500 order was the dearth of high quality DX lenses and the size (closer to the D810 than the D750). It looks like an excellent camera but my needs don't stretch to it's abilities. I had to laugh when I reached the AF section though: if you can't get the results you want using Nikon's 51 point system those are very testing conditions indeed. I likely would have paid for a camera with D500 abilities in a D750 sized body, but that's me and I know there are times when a larger body is preferable

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2016 at 14:11 UTC as 95th comment

I don't really want this product (primarily because of the fixed prime), but it would be nice to see some of these features reach the TG-4 or successors.

Link | Posted on May 25, 2016 at 09:19 UTC as 11th comment
On article Benchmark performance: Nikon D810 in-depth review (255 comments in total)
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princecody: Bulky cameras are obvious not trending these days ☺️

Well, it depends which lenses you carry, doesn't it? I typically carry at least one UWA lens, a 35, a 50 and either of a 85 or 70-200.

I'm not arguing the D810 is the smaller or lighter camera, but equally, it can be paired with some very small lenses and the weight difference is more a matter of choice in that instance.

Where your smaller and lighter point comes in is in social situations where people can be freaked out by a big camera (but then equally, having a smaller camera can be an impediment to getting people to focus on you (which is either good or bad depending on circumstance)).

Link | Posted on May 13, 2016 at 11:27 UTC
On article Benchmark performance: Nikon D810 in-depth review (255 comments in total)
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princecody: Bulky cameras are obvious not trending these days ☺️

darngooddesign, camerasize creates an optical illusion of huge size differentials where the difference isn't that huge in real life. In practice, most of your camerabag weight will be lenses if you are anything like me - if anything the bag I use with my Nikons tends to be lighter or at least the same weight. To significantly save size and weight you need to shrink the sensor and the lenses...

Link | Posted on May 13, 2016 at 09:32 UTC
On article Benchmark performance: Nikon D810 in-depth review (255 comments in total)
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io_bg: So the D810's IQ is better than the D800(E) and miles ahead of the 5Ds yet the scoring doesn't reflect on that. In fact the all category scores but one are higher on the D810 vs the 5Ds.
The comparison between the A7R II and the D810 is also interesting - the former has worse DR while its Raw quality is still higher.

The A7RII has better high ISO raw DR than the D810, which excels at base ISO. I could see why someone might rate the RAW quality of the A7RII higher, as while the base ISO DR is lower, creating a camera that straddles the sensor performance of cameras like the D810 and D4 is exceptional.

Link | Posted on May 13, 2016 at 09:28 UTC
On article Benchmark Performance: Nikon D810 review (1988 comments in total)
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mike earussi: This review was obviously written before the K1's DR test was done, because the K1 beats the Nikon in Pixel Shift mode by several stops.

Pixel shift is a bit of a gimmick, in my use of it in Oly cameras. Agree that in all the Pentax examples I've seen, there have been unacceptable artifacts in everything but still life scenes.

Link | Posted on May 13, 2016 at 09:23 UTC
On article Benchmark performance: Nikon D810 in-depth review (255 comments in total)
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Don Sata: Nice review but is it still relevant two years late?

Rishi, on the low light AF, I can only observe that I didn't find any difference with the D800E

Link | Posted on May 13, 2016 at 06:41 UTC
On article Benchmark performance: Nikon D810 in-depth review (255 comments in total)
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l_d_allan: Hope DPR does reviews of the Nikon D5 and Canon 1Dx-2. IIRC, they never did for the previous generation camera flagships.

I was really surprised ... and impressed ... by how quickly the review of the Sony a6300 was done.

Also, I think it was always clear that the D810 was a non-trivial, but incremental improvement to the D800e. You could read the (relatively timely) D800e review and know most of what you needed to know about the D810.

I think that's the point - reading about the D800E wouldn't give you the full picture on the D810, not for sensor performance, not for handling, not for autofocus, not for vibration etc

Link | Posted on May 13, 2016 at 06:38 UTC
On article Benchmark performance: Nikon D810 in-depth review (255 comments in total)
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maljo@inreach.com: Well, I don't find the low light AF to be worse than the D800, D800E or 5D3 (I own all of these)>
I have no blurry images from shutter shock (though I rarely use VR).
Other reviewers did not find these problems.

The low light focus is a touch better in the D750, but my D810 is identical to the D800E it replaced.

Link | Posted on May 13, 2016 at 06:36 UTC
On article Upwardly mobile: Sony a6300 Review (2156 comments in total)
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sgoldswo: I don't see how you can rate a camera which has a clumsy user interface with a gold award. It makes the review irrelevant if you don't consider the user experience.

I always have this problem with high ratings for Sony and Panasonic cameras (which both have their moments of clunkyness in the user interface). If they require extensive customization, they simply aren't as much fun to use, however capable they are.

I don't much like Sony menus and UI it's true (for the record, Olympus menus are worse, but the UI is much better) - but you've missed the point. The reviewer doesn't like Sony UI. So why is anyone who doesn't like the UI of a camera giving it a gold award?

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2016 at 00:34 UTC
On article Upwardly mobile: Sony a6300 Review (2156 comments in total)
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sgoldswo: I don't see how you can rate a camera which has a clumsy user interface with a gold award. It makes the review irrelevant if you don't consider the user experience.

I always have this problem with high ratings for Sony and Panasonic cameras (which both have their moments of clunkyness in the user interface). If they require extensive customization, they simply aren't as much fun to use, however capable they are.

@PVCdroid, I didn't realise that owning an A7RII and not thinking it was the biggest thing since general relativity constituted trolling, but each to his own...

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2016 at 19:02 UTC
On article Upwardly mobile: Sony a6300 Review (2156 comments in total)
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sgoldswo: I don't see how you can rate a camera which has a clumsy user interface with a gold award. It makes the review irrelevant if you don't consider the user experience.

I always have this problem with high ratings for Sony and Panasonic cameras (which both have their moments of clunkyness in the user interface). If they require extensive customization, they simply aren't as much fun to use, however capable they are.

Whilst I recognize user experience is subjective, I'm basing my criticism on the text of the review, not my own opinion of the controls. If the reviewer believes the user experience is sub par (and there are enough points making that clear) the camera shouldn't get a top rating, any more than it should if the technical aspects are sub par. Camera reviews shouldn't be a game of "Top Trumps"

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2016 at 14:27 UTC
On article Upwardly mobile: Sony a6300 Review (2156 comments in total)

I don't see how you can rate a camera which has a clumsy user interface with a gold award. It makes the review irrelevant if you don't consider the user experience.

I always have this problem with high ratings for Sony and Panasonic cameras (which both have their moments of clunkyness in the user interface). If they require extensive customization, they simply aren't as much fun to use, however capable they are.

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2016 at 13:46 UTC as 159th comment | 13 replies
On article Leica Q In-depth Review (1146 comments in total)
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Pikme: Is the sensor from Panasonic?

I would say it's a completely different sensor to the M240, from a different supplier. High ISO, DR and default colours are all quite different.

Given the refresh rate required for the AF and viewfinder, I wouldn't be at all surprised if it was manufactured by Towerjazz ( the former Panasonic sensor fab).

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2016 at 17:42 UTC
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