shigzeo

shigzeo

Lives in Japan Chiba, Japan
Works as a Writer, Audio Critic
Has a website at http://ohm-image.net
Joined on Sep 14, 2010
About me:

utterly impressionable

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Marty4650: I am no legal expert, but if ASML claims "they attempted to negotiate an extension of a cross license agreement with Nikon" and failed to do so, then it means they imply that Nikon owns the technology. It sure sounds like they had an agreement, but then it expired, and the parties involved could not agree on royalty fees for an extension.

If a licensing agreement expires, and you fail to renew it for any reason, you just don't have the right to continue using that technology. Perhaps they felt Nikon wanted too much for an extension? It doesn't matter. They have no right to appropriate someone else's intellectual property.

This technology must be vital if it helped ASML get a 90% market share. They need to pay the price Nikon wants, or develop their own technology.

Nikon copied almost wholesale early Zeiss Ikons and now Zeiss are copying or using their technology. Which came first? Which enabled Nikon to get where it is today?

Still, funny that the Axis powers have come circle.

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2017 at 04:19 UTC
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BobT3218: The next big thing may be drone killer drones. Get ready for Drone Wars. Better still, how about drone capture drones? If you want a free Hassy, just reach up and take one.

Didn't that finish in 2008? http://m.imdb.com/title/tt0458290/

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2017 at 04:28 UTC
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Photomonkey: This should satisfy the minimum DOF fans.....if they can focus them.

@J A C S

Again, if you shoot far enough away, or with a lens sufficiently closed down, an entire face will be in focus. I'm confused why this is such a bugbear for you.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 13:02 UTC
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shigzeo: Really wish these third party 'native' lenses would incorporate native electronics to allow automatic stop down rather than forcing users to turn a 2017 camera into a 1960s SLR.

@Juck

Many thanks for hospitality. As a noob that shoots for a living, and behind bellows, self-cocking or manual shutters, and medium format cameras from Linhof, Rollei, Novoflex, and now Fujifilm, I still have must protest:

Lenses that do not support the camera's own functions are not native. They are lenses permanently attached to extension tubes. If they force you to peer through gained-up EVFs in order to focus stopped-down, and in so doing, drop frames, distort colour, lose contrast between the subject and the surrounding, amplify noise, etcetera, because they do not support automatic stop down, which is a feature used by most SLR cameras since the 1960s, they actually impede the photographer.

But what do I know, I'm a noob.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 04:09 UTC
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Photomonkey: This should satisfy the minimum DOF fans.....if they can focus them.

@JACS

But that is the case with every single lens. I think people realise that distance to subject is the most important determiner in DOF.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 00:57 UTC
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Photomonkey: This should satisfy the minimum DOF fans.....if they can focus them.

@JACS

The apparent DOF is thinner because of the larger image. Just as if you put the same lens on a 1" camera the apparent DOF would be greater.

Physics of course doesn't change and I don't see anyone arguing that it does. But the perspective certainly does, which changes everything.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 00:14 UTC

Really wish these third party 'native' lenses would incorporate native electronics to allow automatic stop down rather than forcing users to turn a 2017 camera into a 1960s SLR.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 00:10 UTC as 33rd comment | 2 replies

I love these guys. I wish they'd take on a geared head because every system they make tends to be a clever re-think of what is currently possible with metal and haptic input.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 00:04 UTC as 15th comment
On article Sony a9 first look videos (300 comments in total)
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shigzeo: This is the first Sony that makes me re-think the E-mount since selling the A7r two years ago. Its properly sized AF joystick and dedicated AF-ON button are necessary ergonomic features that everyone but Leica have failed at. And Leica's SL AF nipple has the problem of sticking out too much.

I bought into the SL system because I wanted a simple interface with large, glove-friendly buttons, and a large body. The A9 is still too small, but button placement and their apparent shape and size are great.

Will revisit this camera in a few months.

Great work, Sony.

@Luke

After having used a dedicated AF-ON in both canon and Nikon bodies, I beg to differ. Both companies design that specific button to have a feel and travel unique to it. Not only do you know it. T touch as it is different to every other button, but it travels longer and has no other functionality and is lifeblood to action photography. The button Sony have made do with until today is too complicated, small, and poorly placed. It goes in and off with absolutely no hesitation and without a satisfying travel cushion.

The new button looks great and is in the right spot. The joystick is the first one from a mirrorless maker other than Leica to find the thumb because it is large and looks to be grippy.

Sony appear to have taken a page out of some of the most important books on ergonomically placed buttons.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 08:35 UTC
On article Sony a9 first look videos (300 comments in total)

This is the first Sony that makes me re-think the E-mount since selling the A7r two years ago. Its properly sized AF joystick and dedicated AF-ON button are necessary ergonomic features that everyone but Leica have failed at. And Leica's SL AF nipple has the problem of sticking out too much.

I bought into the SL system because I wanted a simple interface with large, glove-friendly buttons, and a large body. The A9 is still too small, but button placement and their apparent shape and size are great.

Will revisit this camera in a few months.

Great work, Sony.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 00:37 UTC as 53rd comment | 4 replies
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1879 comments in total)
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friedbrains: Is it time to jump ship? I don't know... the Betamax thingy still haunts in a way...

How does Betamax at all haunt this camera?

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 00:13 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1879 comments in total)
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esmoxd: A lot of people say Sony needs to have big fast tele-primes like 300 f/2.8, 400 f/2.8, 600 f/4 etc. I thought the advantage of small form factor and improved high ISO performance was the need for such was far less, is it yet another example of old school (DSLR) thinking?

Uh, okay...

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 00:11 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1879 comments in total)

Damn.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 00:09 UTC as 135th comment
On article Hands-on with the Panasonic Leica 8-18mm F2.8-4 (157 comments in total)

Handsome camera and lens combination.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 02:07 UTC as 31st comment | 7 replies
On article Fujifilm GF 120mm F4 Macro sample gallery (112 comments in total)
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shigzeo: It appears to be at 200 percent about as sharp as the Mamiya 120/4 A I use for work, but better corrected for chromatic aberration, which would save time. Both lenses aren't in the same league as the Schneider 120/5,6 digital makro but are a lot easier to use and get to 1:1 and don't need external focusing systems.

@panther:

Yes it is and I use it beyond that and about 1:3 mainly where it is good. Beyond 1:1 it is surprisingly good but inferior to the Schneider. At 1:15 to 1:1 it is blown away by the Sinaron 120/5,6 Makro apo digital but better than it beyond that. A shame that the sinaron's 1:1 and less mag performance and the Schneider's beyond that couldn't be put together in a modern helical lens.

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2017 at 12:20 UTC
On article Fujifilm GF 120mm F4 Macro sample gallery (112 comments in total)

It appears to be at 200 percent about as sharp as the Mamiya 120/4 A I use for work, but better corrected for chromatic aberration, which would save time. Both lenses aren't in the same league as the Schneider 120/5,6 digital makro but are a lot easier to use and get to 1:1 and don't need external focusing systems.

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2017 at 12:04 UTC as 15th comment | 2 replies
On article Fujifilm GF 120mm F4 Macro sample gallery (112 comments in total)
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gunkan: The full size jpegs are mind-blowing.

It is an incredible lens.

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2017 at 11:21 UTC
On article Fujifilm GF 120mm F4 Macro sample gallery (112 comments in total)
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BarnET: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1245044-REG/hasselblad_h_3026120_hc_macro_120mm_f_4.html

Just to put the price of the lens into perspective.

Surely not my cup of tea. But looks like a very solid entry into the Medium format market.

The hassy is a 1:1 lens, covers a much larger image circle and has a shutter inside. I don't think it makes much sense to compare price unless feature set is even.

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2017 at 11:17 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S vs Pentax 645Z vs Hasselblad X1D (340 comments in total)
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RidgeRunner22: What would the benefit be for focus by wire lenses in this class of camera? I suppose it can be implemented well, but it does seem like the lenses will be less likely to stand the test of time. At least the fuji should be able to adapt a lot of glass with physical focus rings.

The focus-by-wire in GFX lenses feels and acts like first-gen equipment. Swing the focus one way and wait as the lens moves into focus with all the speed and eloquence of a drugged witticism.

The images produced are good to great, but the ergonomic feedback is horrible. And the rubber lens focus ring comes off pretty damn easily.

Poor design.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2017 at 12:22 UTC
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Trin56: A rite of passage in my neighborhood was to lie between the tracks and let a train pass over you. Probably frowned upon now.

I had friends that did that. I was always too afraid.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2017 at 23:51 UTC
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