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On article Sigma 135mm F1.8 Art Sample Gallery (122 comments in total)

#24 doesn't even look real. It looks like a blur filter has been applied to everything except the girl. Too much subject isolation is a good problem to have, but 135mm is too limiting for me.

Some people are going to get some incredible shots with this thing, though.

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2017 at 15:09 UTC as 41st comment | 2 replies

If my photos are worth anything to history once I die, I'd want them to belong to the public. Art and the record of our shared history shouldn't be in the hands of collectors. If you want to treat art as a financial investment, buy it and lend it to a museum for people to experience.

Thanks to whoever made this donation.

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2017 at 18:32 UTC as 11th comment | 4 replies
On article The Leica Summaron 28mm F5.6 is old-fashioned fun (189 comments in total)
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babart: Dudes, get over the complaints about Leica fetishes......haven't you ever wished you could afford a Ferrari? :)

I wanted an M3 so bad back in the '50s ...... never owned one, but my primary camera today is a FujiX-E2....a poor man's Leica M3. The Fuji also has small and very good lenses. Ah....feel the passion :).

@Toselli

The problem with the Ferrari analogy is that this lens misses out on a lot of the factors that make a classic car valuable. It isn't beautiful and it wasn't at the peak of design when it was produced (these are produced in 2017). A classic car is rare because it isn't produced anymore. Leica will make as many of these as they can sell.

The whole idea doesn't really make sense. If you want to relive a bygone era, why wouldn't you get the full tactile experience and use film? Why spend $2500 on an underperforming film-era lens design and attach it to a $10,000 digital camera?

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 14:31 UTC

If it's one lens, it obviously has to be one of those crazy superzooms that go from 28-300mm on full frame. It's nice to be able to open the aperture but really, f/6.3 at 200mm will blow out the background. 28mm is also wide enough to get some decent landscape. If not, you can easily stitch a panorama.

One focal length would be 35mm. I recently got a mint RX1 and a silent, 35mm f/2.0 full frame camera has blown me away. I sometimes shot 35mm on a 16-35mm f/4 but the shallow depth of field and Zeiss rendering has elevated my appreciation of that focal length. It has been liberating to have people think that you are using a point and shoot. People just don't act naturally when you have a D800 with 16-35mm f/4 attached.

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 14:07 UTC as 173rd comment
On article The Leica Summaron 28mm F5.6 is old-fashioned fun (189 comments in total)
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babart: Dudes, get over the complaints about Leica fetishes......haven't you ever wished you could afford a Ferrari? :)

I wanted an M3 so bad back in the '50s ...... never owned one, but my primary camera today is a FujiX-E2....a poor man's Leica M3. The Fuji also has small and very good lenses. Ah....feel the passion :).

@babart

I don't think that analogy is going to work for you. This lens renders like a 2005 Nokia camera phone (I have the images from my 2005 camera phone to prove it).

This thing is a 2CV with a Ferrari price tag. Maybe a Delorian. I guess it could be one of those terrible Ferraris from the early 80s.

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2017 at 15:28 UTC
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Zoom Zoom Zoom: When you run totally out of all and any new ideas or innovations whatsoever, here come the tweaks, added-value packages and limited editions to save the day.

@Wye Photography
Would that make you stop talking and let other people have an opinion? If the answer is yes, I'll consider it.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2017 at 10:51 UTC
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Zoom Zoom Zoom: When you run totally out of all and any new ideas or innovations whatsoever, here come the tweaks, added-value packages and limited editions to save the day.

@Peiasdf
I should say that I own zero Microsoft products and I am totally brand agnostic. That article only talks about the surface book, which was their experimental hardware platform. I'm not surprised that they are removing the tablet functionality. I have a coworker who owns one and I have never seen him use it as a tablet. (It also bluescreens daily while my MacBook pro keeps going.)

The Surface Pro has been a massive success for Microsoft. Half the people in my office have one. They are not going to stop producing those.

The phones were a disaster. The money they poured into Windows Phone could have made them as big as Samsung if they had gone with android.

I was just saying that an Apple of the past would be the ones making the surface studio and surface pro. It's amazing to me that they haven't put real OSX on a tablet. The moves they perceive as safe are actually risky because they could become the new RIM, Nokia etc. if they are too beholden to the shareholders.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 19:33 UTC
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Zoom Zoom Zoom: When you run totally out of all and any new ideas or innovations whatsoever, here come the tweaks, added-value packages and limited editions to save the day.

@Wye Photography

You must be a joy in real life. Which one was a dumb ass idea? I mean, I gave you a couple of suggestions for things they could have done/could do and you just sat on your ass and whined about it. You are suffering from a bit of fallacy of logic. Attacking people who have an opinion (backed up by facts) about a multinational company because they don't run a multinational company is not a valid argument.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 19:19 UTC
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zsedcft: So, I did a little bit of maths for my own comparisons. I can see the manufacturers already muddying the waters of the MF category. Until recently I believed that the pentax/fuji MF bodies had the same size of sensor as the phase one backs.

I agree with this article about almost everything. For me, FF is the current sweet spot in terms of price vs R&D money vs performance. These (small) MF sensor give a little bit less false colors than FF but outside of that, I don't think they justify the price. If I wanted better than FF then I think you have to go all the way to Phase One etc. but the price obviously provides a large barrier to entry.

Here are the ratios for sensor area. Micro 43rds =1

m43 =1
APSC = 1.64
FF = 3.84
645z/gfx50s = 6.38
Phase one IQ3 = 9.64

@AstroStan
I totally agree. As others have mentioned, this sony sensor also has better high ISO performance than the d810 and better DR than the A7Rii. My points was that the jump from APSC to FF is pretty easy to justify. The jump from FF to Phase One is fairly easy to justify if you operate in that market. The jump from FF to (small) MF is almost impossible to justify from my point of view (in business terms). It would just be an ego thing.

Each to their own, though.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 16:20 UTC
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Zoom Zoom Zoom: When you run totally out of all and any new ideas or innovations whatsoever, here come the tweaks, added-value packages and limited editions to save the day.

@Wye Photography
I think I explained my point pretty well. The "well if it's so easy, you do it" argument is pretty pathetic. I gave two examples of areas in which Apple could be innovating. They won't do it because the shareholders only care about quarterly results. That's why companies run by "dictators" often do well. Apple never really innovated, as such, they were led by the technology and were the best at putting it in a usable package and marketing it. There were smartphones before the iPhone and mp3 players before the iPod.

There are clunky VR headsets now and a forward thinking Apple would be working on making that technology mainstream. Tesla was ripe for a buyout just before it broke through. They were having difficulty getting past sales regulations in various states and their market value was lower than it should have been. Apple could have smoothed over the regulatory hurdles and bought a company which is taking over electric vehicles and the solar industry.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 16:08 UTC

So, I did a little bit of maths for my own comparisons. I can see the manufacturers already muddying the waters of the MF category. Until recently I believed that the pentax/fuji MF bodies had the same size of sensor as the phase one backs.

I agree with this article about almost everything. For me, FF is the current sweet spot in terms of price vs R&D money vs performance. These (small) MF sensor give a little bit less false colors than FF but outside of that, I don't think they justify the price. If I wanted better than FF then I think you have to go all the way to Phase One etc. but the price obviously provides a large barrier to entry.

Here are the ratios for sensor area. Micro 43rds =1

m43 =1
APSC = 1.64
FF = 3.84
645z/gfx50s = 6.38
Phase one IQ3 = 9.64

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 15:16 UTC as 183rd comment | 2 replies
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Hanoise: Nikon only just started bringing out lenses that 'might' be comparable to other manufacturers. Before that, I genuinely felt sorry for photographers holding nikons. But now, nikon is lifting their game a little, so now its an even playing field.

Science or not, MF will always be the aspiration of photographers who want the best.

A long standing History wins over your uni-directional theory....

I smell a fanboi. I'd take a D800 + Nikon glass over the 5D2 + L glass any day (indeed, a lot of Canon users did). Don't bother feeling sorry for people. A good photographer can get great pictures from an RX100.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 13:27 UTC
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Zoom Zoom Zoom: When you run totally out of all and any new ideas or innovations whatsoever, here come the tweaks, added-value packages and limited editions to save the day.

Apple gave up innovating when Steve Jobs died. You only have to innovate if you are trying to catch up.
Apple half-heartedly tried to copy the surface pro with the iPad pro and failed, their new MacBook pros are an excuse to sell more accessories and their iMacs look dated in comparison to the surface studio. Innovation isn't really that hard. Apple used to push the envelope by using cutting edge technology (not beta, stuff that was ready for primetime) and good design. They did that when HDDs got small enough for the iPod and when flash storage and touchscreens got good enough for the iPhone. They combined that with great marketing and a charismatic leader and had massive success. Steve Jobs would be working 18 hours per day on owning VR or would have bought Tesla a few years ago if he was still around.

I never thought I would see the day where Microsoft was more innovative than Apple (post 1997 Apple at least). I am typing this on a 2013 MacBook Pro, so I am not anti-apple.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 13:17 UTC
On article Juggling with one hand: Leica M10 shooting experience (495 comments in total)
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yahoo2u: Zone focusing is not about sharpness.

This argument doesn't make sense. A photo in which the subject is in focus has ALWAYS been the goal. There are very few times when you would have the subject out of focus for artistic purposes. To go back and re-write the compromises that photographers had to make in the past as if it was some kind of deliberate effort is ridiculous. Big prints and high-resolution monitors are how we consume photographs now. What was acceptable focus on a 4x6 is not what will work now.

The fact that most street photography nowadays is just of people sitting on the subway doesn't help further the argument. Face detect autofocus would get you a sharper image at a wider aperture. Street photography has become the hobby of untalented photographers. They take hundreds of pictures and then go home and pick one that is only mildly interesting.

Anyway, rant over. I just don't have time for revisionists claiming that the past was some kind of golden age. It wasn't. We are spoiled with today's technology.

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2017 at 17:37 UTC
On article Juggling with one hand: Leica M10 shooting experience (495 comments in total)
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princecody: I never understood why people wanna pay more for a more complicated photography experience other than back to basics nostalgia 🤔

No. Ansel Adams would be all over a 100mp Phase One digital MF back. Leica is for hipsters and nostalgic people, not people interested in output.

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2017 at 17:14 UTC
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zsedcft: I like the idea of live 360 video feeds but I don't think the technology (cameras or data networks) has trickled down to consumer level yet. I literally got a Samsung gear 360 in the mail yesterday for about $180 shipped. The quality is pretty amazing for the price (4k video and 30mp stills) and I think that it is a better option if you plan to post the videos online. It uses tiny sensors but in good light the output is great. A galaxy smartphone is pretty much essential for proper operation though.

The resolution on this thing is terrible. There is no getting around that. And saying that you can attach your phone to a monopod is not exactly going to replace a gopro. This does 4.5mp still and 3.3mp video. The gear 360 does 7.32mp video and 30mp still images. I can't see any reference in the press release or on their site that it will do 3008x1504 video. The other thing is that the gear 360 matches the maximum video resolution of this one but can do it a 60fps. If stability is an issue you could attach it to a motorized gimbal because it doesn't require a phone to operate.

The insta360 pro looks like an interesting product but I don't think that specs on this one meet the minimum requirements for watchable 360 video.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2017 at 01:48 UTC
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zsedcft: I like the idea of live 360 video feeds but I don't think the technology (cameras or data networks) has trickled down to consumer level yet. I literally got a Samsung gear 360 in the mail yesterday for about $180 shipped. The quality is pretty amazing for the price (4k video and 30mp stills) and I think that it is a better option if you plan to post the videos online. It uses tiny sensors but in good light the output is great. A galaxy smartphone is pretty much essential for proper operation though.

Software stabilization that will further degrade quality. It also never lives up to the sample videos. I can see that being useful if you treat it like a GoPro but this unit has to be attached to a phone so even that is unlikely. I guess you could use it for walk-around selfies but that doesn't appeal to me either.

It may be just me, but I am going to use the camera in a stationary position or attached to something like a car 90% of the time. 1080p stretched to 360 degrees is just not enough to be immersive. 4k isn't really enough but I would take non-stabilized 4k over stabilized 1080p any day.

As I said, gear 360 is better for my applications, other people may have different requirements.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2017 at 00:57 UTC

I like the idea of live 360 video feeds but I don't think the technology (cameras or data networks) has trickled down to consumer level yet. I literally got a Samsung gear 360 in the mail yesterday for about $180 shipped. The quality is pretty amazing for the price (4k video and 30mp stills) and I think that it is a better option if you plan to post the videos online. It uses tiny sensors but in good light the output is great. A galaxy smartphone is pretty much essential for proper operation though.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2017 at 18:46 UTC as 2nd comment | 5 replies
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Favorable Exponynt: Vids or it doesn't fly

As far as I know, there has been no evidence that it can fly. Their Kickstarter video has someone with a camera on a pole pretending to be this drone. Until I see it flying this is just another Kickstarter scam. Maybe they are just hoping to rake in the last few gullible people with a promise of "now shipping to backers" before the terrible reviews or non-delivery happens.

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2017 at 15:44 UTC

So it's a SurfaceBook with a Porsche badge?

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 02:18 UTC as 48th comment | 1 reply
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