The Lotus Eater

The Lotus Eater

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paulbysea: Some people are never satisfied. This site seems to take pleasure in complaining about everything. Sure I know a review site needs to be critical but it needs to be balanced and yet again we have another unbalanced article. It is a sad state of affairs when companies press releases give a more balanced view than a publications editorial content.

There is a difference between an article being genuinely unbalanced and you simply disagreeing with or not liking the arguments made within an article, causing you to falsely view it as unbalanced.

The author made some very valid criticisms of Canon and this particular camera, but also spoke highly of certain features and the shooting experience compared to the competition.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 11:26 UTC

I think there is a danger that, if this camera sells well, Canon will think they have done enough for now with its mirrorless offerings.

There is nothing really in the spec list that screams anything more than 'also ran', and good sales (let's face it, Canon cameras DO sell) might make Canon complacent, causing it to fall behind again very quickly.

There are no native lenses that are really attractive to the enthusiast or semi-pro photographer, and adapters are not the solution in the long term. Canon need native lenses, and fast.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2016 at 09:41 UTC as 158th comment | 3 replies
On article Sony prices 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS G Master at $2600 (211 comments in total)
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BillZuhl: Canon 70-200 f/2.8 II is about 2000$. So this one is 30% more money. 30% better IQ? Must wait for reviews.

So the Canon was $2000 at launch, was it?

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 22:53 UTC
On article Sony announces FE 50mm F1.4 ZA prime lens (293 comments in total)
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ph2004: Hi guys, just got the 55mm 1.8. First impression: amazing.
This 50 came out literally the same day I received the 55. So now I'm in the middle of a crossroad if I return or not. Of course main differences are aperture and size/weight (55mm is tiny btw). I'm also into video and one thing that concerns me is if I'll adapt to focus by wire. I've done some reading on this new 50mm 1.4 and it's not so clear to me if it has a full manual option (like my old Canons...), despite the A/M button on the lens.
Does anybody know this?

For video shooters out there, should I keep this 55mm and get used to focus by wire? My first tests weren't bad, and since I'm a heavy enthusiast (only), I feel like I could manage the adaptation. Not sure tho

The new 50mm 1.4 is very tempting.. But the weight is though to get around, esp compared with the solid 55mm. So I'm looking for more reasons (if any) to actually change my 55 1.8 to the 50 1.4... Money is not the problem, but I value intelligent decisions!

@WesPerry - That's true about the 90mm macro, but MF has hard stops, so it is much more manageable than standard focus by wire. You don't get any of the annoying focus speed changes depending on how fast you turn the focus ring.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 10:07 UTC
On article Sony announces FE 50mm F1.4 ZA prime lens (293 comments in total)
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Jylppy: Wow! So light! Only 778grams. Mirrorless systems are so compact.

Yes, they can be compact. They are flexible, that's the point.

You don't get that choice or flexibility with DSLR. You are always stuck with a hefty body.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 10:00 UTC
On article Sony announces FE 50mm F1.4 ZA prime lens (293 comments in total)
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ZeneticX: we need a 85mm ffs not another 50mm

55mm f/1.8 Otus? Never heard of that one. You were talking about facts...

The 55mm f/1.4 Otus isn't even available in E-mount, though it can be adapted.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 09:58 UTC
On article Sony announces FE 50mm F1.4 ZA prime lens (293 comments in total)
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ChicagoInPhotographs: Not sure why they insist on putting these monster lens on this smallish camera body. I would much rather have the Planar T* 2/50 ZM

Yes, because the main competitors to the new Sony lens are all DSLR based - Canon, Nikon, Sigma...

Which other 50s were you referring to if they weren't DSLR lenses?

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 09:43 UTC
On article Sony announces FE 50mm F1.4 ZA prime lens (293 comments in total)
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ChicagoInPhotographs: Not sure why they insist on putting these monster lens on this smallish camera body. I would much rather have the Planar T* 2/50 ZM

No I didn't say that, but then it isn't a DSLR lens.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2016 at 20:03 UTC
On article Sony announces FE 50mm F1.4 ZA prime lens (293 comments in total)
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ChicagoInPhotographs: Not sure why they insist on putting these monster lens on this smallish camera body. I would much rather have the Planar T* 2/50 ZM

What other 50s?

Other 50s like the Sigma Art that is pretty much the same size and weight, maybe? Which other DSLR 50/1.4s compare optically to anywhere near the Sony or Sigma?

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2016 at 18:25 UTC
On article Sony announces FE 50mm F1.4 ZA prime lens (293 comments in total)
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noflashplease: Another huge and heavy E-mount lens? Lenses of this sort appear to use long flange optimized SLR optical formulas with the equivalent of short flange adapters built in. You really have to wonder if Sony is designing lenses from the scratch just to be awkwardly large or if it's just old wine in a new bottle?

Either way, I really don't see a point to this FE lens? Why did Sony even bother?

It isn't an SLR design. Look at the lens' optical diagrams.

This rubbish gets spouted time and time again, and those that do it can't seem to conduct a simple bit of research before posting. I guess if it doesn't fit your agenda...

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2016 at 18:17 UTC
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1196 comments in total)
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LWW: Nice for people with money, not so good for those with enthusiasm or talent.

Some people have all three, believe it or not.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 13:08 UTC
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photogeek: There goes the MFT size/weight advantage. Do not want.

@Treeshade - Is it a size and weight advantage if it's two stops slower real world?

Pesky physics.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2016 at 12:30 UTC
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loitokitok: I get the impression many of you haven't realised what the market is for this lens. It's ideal for people who want high quality photos of small things such as coins and other collectibles for sites like eBay. It's also great for those who like photographing flowers and you only have to visit a few gardens to see how many of those there are.

Those two groups alone probably easily outnumber all the photographers in the world who specialise in Macro and it's a new market.

Canon have actually been very smart here.

Wait, this is meant to be fun?

Link | Posted on May 11, 2016 at 14:06 UTC
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Dillon Frazier: what the heck is canon thinking? the eos m line has like 5 lenses, is missing essentials like a fast 50mm equivalent and 2.8 zooms, but when they do put out a new lens they decide that a 28mm macro is a top priority?

Canon needs to wake up and realize that eos m is just not appealing compared to cropped mirrorless competitors and their lens lineup is only making things worse.

But being condescending towards Canon is respectful and full of class, right Dillon?

Link | Posted on May 11, 2016 at 14:04 UTC
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Siobhan A: More Sony price gouging.
They want $3000 for an inferior 70-200 and now $1200 for a Tamron like 70-300...except the Tamron is F4 and not a cr@ppy F4.5

The 70-200 is inferior to what? Care to paste a link to those test results?

The Sony G 70-300 in A-mount was always superior to the Tamron. Sharper wide open and better bokeh. The new E version will probably be even better.

There will not be many people worrying about that 1/3 stop difference, but I guess you had to post something you (mistakenly) thought to be of significance.

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2016 at 21:12 UTC
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guatitamasluz: I was about to make a move to sony for low light and looked into the possibility of purchasing an a7sII but their price tags along with a limited lens line up to choose from made me cringe and stop. The adapter discussions couldn't help either to convince me, as some lenses just don't work...in the end I bought a Canon 6D instead and a Samyang 14 F/2.8, after insurance fully covered my 5D3 loss along with the 16-35 F/2.8 USM II and don't regret it. Next lens could be an Irix 11 F/4.0 once it's officially announced and shipping.

Good to know. Thanks.

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2016 at 21:04 UTC
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Snikt228: What happened to the other 5 new FE lenses?

"A month ago Sony announced that 8 new FE lenses will be available til Spring 2016. "

Only see 3 new ones so far

It isn't spring yet.

Link | Posted on Feb 29, 2016 at 14:17 UTC
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misspiggy01: hehe, these look like traditional designs with a little stump at the end to make up for the missing mirror box!

i´d be curious if is it actually is possible to build shorter lenses for mirrorless FF systems or if sony is just cost cutting complete new optical designs.

they should have leica make them some small primes. would also fit well with sonys price policy.

or some e-mount versions of the beautiful and small zeiss rangefinder glass. in silver. that would make a lot of sense i think.

That "little stump" is full of glass. So your traditional design theory is certainly stumped.

Leica primes are small because they have no AF and are full of very expensive exotic glass. If Sony did what you asked, the prices would double or triple.

You've never hear of Zeiss Loxia, then?

Link | Posted on Feb 29, 2016 at 14:10 UTC
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ThatCamFan: I tried the 24-70 a few days ago, cant say im impressed with the autofocus nor accuracy of it.

Weird, there are lots of samples from other launch events where photographers managed to focus the 24-70 just fine...

Link | Posted on Feb 29, 2016 at 13:55 UTC
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PPierre: So, I'll have to choose between this 85mm f1.4 which is 2000€ and the a-mount Zeiss 85f1.4 which is 1150€... I guess I'll have a look at the a-mount.

Or the Batis 85mm if you don't absolutely need f/1.4...

The A-mount 85/1.4 is an outdated optical design, with outdated screw drive AF. It's far cheaper for a reason. Not to mention you're comparing the launch price of a new lens to the current price of a 10-year-old lens where demand is probably pretty minimal by now.

Link | Posted on Feb 29, 2016 at 13:52 UTC
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