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vscd: I guess a 85mm f1.2 has more "bokeh" ;)

The Sony STF lens should have more blur; the bokeh circles from the Canon lens should be more distinct, even at f/1.2.

Take a look here to get a general idea:

http://www.photozone.de/sonyalphaff/737-sony135f28ff?start=1

http://www.photozone.de/canon_eos_ff/502-canon_85f12ff?start=1

and then here for an idea of the quality of the photos from an STF lens:

http://www.photozone.de/sony-alpha-aps-c-lens-tests/390-sony_135_28?start=2

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2017 at 22:33 UTC
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robspeed750: HMMM maybe I won't get new wheels and tires for the car this year....

New wheels are usually a different size, requiring new tires.

It sounds like an optional purchase.

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2017 at 06:45 UTC
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Sacher Khoudari: Seriously, I prefer a camera with a bigger usable AF area. Some of my best shots are focused to something that is outside of that tiny area around the center.

Or does that book unveil the top secret button combination to enable all other 200 AF points outside of the center???

weber15 - I use the outer focus points when shooting runners, although I use them in other situations too, such as shooting indoor dance competitions.

In both cases, the subjects follow a relatively predictable path, which helps. But I would say this is true much of the time in sports.

When shooting runners - who are usually coming toward me - I change my composition (and thus focus point) depending on whether I have an individual or group approaching me at that moment. It does feel like a lot of work at times, but I wouldn't say it isn't worth it.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2017 at 21:36 UTC

'You know how I know this is a good lens? About 10 shots in I forgot I was supposed to be looking for technical qualities because I was just enjoying the pictures.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2017 at 20:58 UTC as 18th comment
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Sacher Khoudari: Seriously, I prefer a camera with a bigger usable AF area. Some of my best shots are focused to something that is outside of that tiny area around the center.

Or does that book unveil the top secret button combination to enable all other 200 AF points outside of the center???

Thanks for the explanation, beatboxa, but in actuality it doesn't matter what the technical limitations are for off-center focus points. If that's how most photos should be composed (and it is), then a technical solution should be found. If good composition were a priority for the camera makers, they would have already found better solutions, regardless of how hard it is. But it isn't a priority, and everyone (photographers and photo viewers alike) suffers for it.

I'm generally OK with focus and recompose for static shots too (after all, what choice do I have?), but for action shots this doesn't cut it. Most action photographers settle for consistently mediocre center-focused shots, whereas I settle for a lower hit ratio of better composed shots. But why should either one of us have to settle?

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2017 at 23:23 UTC
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Sacher Khoudari: Seriously, I prefer a camera with a bigger usable AF area. Some of my best shots are focused to something that is outside of that tiny area around the center.

Or does that book unveil the top secret button combination to enable all other 200 AF points outside of the center???

Don't get me started. Canon needs a wide AF area as much as anyone. One of my pet peeves is the huge number of poorly composed action shots, because (apparently) the photographer doesn't trust anything but the center focus points!

Please, please, Canon, Nikon, and everyone else - don't let the photographer have a *technical* excuse for poor compositions anymore - let it be simply because he doesn't know any better!

I realize one can shoot wider, crop, and even heavily post process, but it's just not the same as getting good framing and DOF right out of the camera - especially in this fast-moving digital age.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2017 at 22:54 UTC
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quietrich: Look here DPR, I don't come here in order for you to make me think, if I wanted to think I'd go to the effing library. This is 2017, the job of proper artists isn't to engage in the political, ethical or cultural discussions, but to create pretty things that make us feel better about ourselves. So get with the programme DPR, and quit pushing Amazon's vile, lefty, environmentalist agenda.
Now, where the hell did I put that Hummer brochure.

Humor needs to have a close resemblance to reality - that's what makes it funny.

This one didn't strike me as funny, because of my perspective - but it was properly employed sarcasm (or irony, if you prefer).

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2017 at 22:32 UTC

Sorry, Von Wong, but the best photo in the collection is by Anna Tenne - looking up at the couple and the baby. It's the only one that really caught my eye.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2017 at 22:13 UTC as 47th comment

C'mon folks, it's not that hard to think a little outside the Brownie box, is it?

Think video. A 2x tele is ideal for much video work. The standard iPhone lens is just too wide much of the time, and the built-in tele lens on the 7 Plus doesn't support OIS - plus many apps may not support its tele lens yet.

Think both recorded and live. Built in LTE and WiFi, as well as post production apps. 4K capability. You probably want to do minimal (if any) digital zoom at 4K. A high quality add-on lens can be essential in these circumstances.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2016 at 15:55 UTC as 3rd comment

"The amount of detail it can capture is astonishing, but what I appreciated more was the 3D quality that so many pixels dedicated to a tonal transition can create. The curve of a ceramic pot or a person's cheek is described not only in the greatest physical detail but also in tonal and color detail, and that really adds something to the image."

Great comment; I noticed right away how much better than usual the sample pictures are - even viewing at less than 5 x 7 on my non-retina MacBook Pro.

As much as we may feel smart for getting a 35mm ILC and quality lens for 1/10th of the price, we should not let our enthusiasm confuse us into thinking they're "almost the same" - they're nowhere close to it.

Thanks to Phase One, hardware and software is being pushed forward for those who need it and can afford it.

Yet perhaps those who need it most are those who view the photos - those who have no control over the quality that's being presented to them.

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2016 at 02:31 UTC as 42nd comment | 1 reply

What's interesting is how much better it is than the IQ180. In fact I hadn't noticed this before, but in some ways the Pentax 645Z is as good as or slightly exceeds the IQ180 in the test scene.

But now the IQ3 100MP puts all questions of superiority to rest.

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2016 at 02:09 UTC as 43rd comment
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thx1138: One this sensor shows, is that you have a hell of a lot of dust on your test scene, might want to give it a clean ASAP.

Seriously makes the 645Z look soft and mushy.

Yes, I noticed the dust too. It shows up on the 645Z as well.

The angle of the lens gets more of a 'top view' of e.g. the bottles, which makes the dust more prominent than, say, the the Canon it more prominent than - say - the Canon 5DS R.

But this camera clearly exceeds all other retail models.

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2016 at 02:01 UTC
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MichaelK81: In American court of law, it's not who's right or wrong, or what can be proven. It's who's got a bigger pocket to outspend the other party.

PeaceKeeper, that's perhaps the most pertinent response I've ever read to that type of comment.

Like having a tile kitchen floor with a few prominent stains on it, as opposed to a kitchen with a dirt floor.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2016 at 16:49 UTC
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Max Iso: If they weren't all MF it might be more tempting to guys like me who are holding on to DSLRs. We have all heard the talk of dinosaurs and such but not having AF really is like going back to the 70s. Why remove one of the most revolutionary features ever added to cameras??? If i want to use MF for video or macro and such it's real easy, you flip a switch, but i want AF for other times. 20mm or not, this is a trend and not one that's very attractive.

It still has focus assist - really depends on your application.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2016 at 18:59 UTC

Now we're talking! Tokina glass, f/2, full electronic lens communication, de-clickable aperture ring on demand - I want one!

Now if only I had a Sony FE body ...

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2016 at 18:58 UTC as 23rd comment

Don't you dare shoot PEF instead of DNG on your Pentax, 'cause it ain't supported. And don't you dare send anyone's RAW files to Android, 'cause only DNG is supported.

I don't like this "just use DNG" approach, because it means it's likely the RAW processor won't recognize what camera model the file came from - therefore it won't apply any profiles or do anything else specific to that camera. When it supports the manufacturer's format you know it's likely to inspect (and correctly interpret) the specific camera model from the metadata.

Link | Posted on Sep 1, 2016 at 21:18 UTC as 15th comment

I like the idea of the Flex Zoom Lock. Sounds useful.

Link | Posted on Sep 1, 2016 at 16:19 UTC as 32nd comment
On article Tamron announces new 1.4X and 2X teleconverters (15 comments in total)
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MarioV: 1.4x turns the 150-600mm into a 210-840mm. Will be interesting to see whether the 1.4x performs better than the 2x. 1200mm is very tempting though.
edit: oh, MF using viewfinder with the 2x. Stick with the 1.4x.

I think you need to make it clear that Barney overlooked this typo in the article: 150-600 -> 210-840 (not 210-600).

Link | Posted on Sep 1, 2016 at 16:15 UTC

I guess it's not in time for the 5D IV! ;)

Link | Posted on Aug 31, 2016 at 23:18 UTC as 39th comment
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DStudio: I don't think this 'defect' in Canon's new Wonder-camera is a huge publicity problem, nor do I believe this is scandalous behavior on DPR's part.

Nevertheless, I find it quite amusing that this is a "midnight release" - even on the West Coast! I wouldn't be surprised if this is about the slowest time of the entire week for the website!

What odd timing.

I know, I figured you were working on this and released it right when you were done. I wouldn't have seen it myself if I weren't working so late.

I was just shocked to find an article with such an interesting title that had *just* been posted. But I knew it wouldn't be true because of DPRs good reputation. Over the years you've gone to great lengths to give less popular cameras due credit for any advantages they hold.

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2016 at 08:43 UTC
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