maxz

maxz

Lives in United States washington, DC, United States
Works as a design/photography
Joined on Jan 23, 2004
About me:

body:
5ii, 5s, 6, 7ii, 7rii, 90uvir, 6000, 7100uvir, 7200, 800

prime:
8CF, 15F, 16F, 17TS-E, 24(1.4, 1.4, 3.5PC-E, 3.5TS-E), 28(3.5PC), 35(2.8PC, 1.4, 1.8VC), 45PC-E, 50x4(1.4), 60M, 85(1.2II, 1.4, 1.4, 1.8VC, 2.8PC-E), 100MIS, 105MVR

zoom:
8-16, 10-24, 12-24x2, 15-30VC, 16-35VR, 16-35IS, 18-35, 24-105IS, 24-120VR, 50-100, 70-200VRII, 70-200IS(2.8II), 28-300VR, 70-300IS, 70-300VR, 18-200VRII, 80-400VRII, 100-400ISII

TC:
1.4, 1.7, 2.0

speedlight:
14, 400, 430, 580, 800, 900

monolight:
400, 600, 660, 1200

support:
755MF3, 2540LVL, 1325, 1327, 0540, 10, 20, 2270

filter:
R72, 093, 500, etc

case:
1510, 1610, etc

raw soft:
lr, dpp, dxo

Comments

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On article Venus Laowa 12mm F2.8 Zero-D sample gallery (125 comments in total)
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WillWeaverRVA: The IQ from this lens is startlingly good. This might be the ultimate budget wide-angle for landscapes and architecture.

This lens solved a few key issues: distortion, large aperture, filter attachment, and even shift. The hood is very nicely designed so that shift movements are made possible, while Canon Nikon and Sigma ultra-wides all used built-in hoods that will vignette immediately if you attempt to shift them via a shift adapter. I was hoping that those few challenges would be answered by the Sigma art, but it didn't happen. Laowa truly designed their stuff from a photographer's point of view.

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2016 at 15:42 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1289 comments in total)
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kpaddler: Is it me or others see it too? The image quality scores about 70% for jpg (80% raw). And this camera still scores an 85. You must have really really liked the buttons, straps, packaging, and general fumbling-ability of the camera.

Check out the comparison chart against Nikon D500. The Olys can take external flashes while the Nikon can't. That killer feature alone is well worth the price!

Link | Posted on Nov 26, 2016 at 15:02 UTC
On article Sigma 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art Lens Review (235 comments in total)
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beavertown: Minor differences in image quality but huge differences in prices. The Sigma is the all round winner.

@Barbu you're definitely correct. I downloaded the samples (as well as other samples of 11-24 elsewhere). The heavy distortion and vignetting really make the Canon a 13-14mm zoom instead of 11mm. The Sigma's 'irregular distortion' is vastly exaggerated IMHO, in order to justify Canon's pricetag.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2016 at 14:52 UTC
On article Sigma 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art Lens Review (235 comments in total)
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melgross: The compare mode is odd. It lets us compare a number of lenses which really are too different, but the Canon, which it's compared to in the review, isn't one of them.

Well the choice of words made the article sound like the Sigma is actually a real threat to the Canon, especially at half the price.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2016 at 01:12 UTC
On article Action-packed: Sony a6500 review (1126 comments in total)
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Eric3456: I am sure this is a great camera. But how come close down the F1.4 G Master lens to F4 and shoot at ISO6400? I am interested to know how the system performs with the lenses wide open. After all Sony is charging premium prices for the large aperture and gorgeous bokeh.

F1.4 is too much of a challenge for action shots. Not many pros can nail it even with an SLR. It's more commonly used for posed shots. F4 gives you a lot more tolerance.

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2016 at 16:45 UTC
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thubten: Why does an adapter cost as much as a lens?

Obviously Nikon adapter is harder to design than Canon since Nikon lenses (pre-E) require both electronic and mechanical control. There's a lot of R&D put into it. $370 is pocket change for people who need to use pro Nikon glass on Sony bodies. The four PC-E lenses alone total nearly $10k.

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2016 at 02:03 UTC
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razadaz: I keep hearing people complain that they would rather have an APS-C camera. Personally if I am going to take along the weight and bulk of a professional APS-C camera I feel I might as well take a full frame, e.g. Canon 7D vs 5D. As such I increasingly find I either take along a full frame DSLR or if weight/size is an issue the OMD. To me APS-C is starting to be neither one thing or the other. There are some excellent APS-C entry level cameras, but the camera in discussion here is the pro model.

All format are compromises. You either sacrifice wallet or image quality or portability etc. It really comes down to your photographic interests and needs. APS-C has the advantage of using FF lenses with extended reach, meaning you will likely get finer details from an APS-C camera than an FF camera mated to the longest lens you can afford. All the pro features on E-M1 II can be incorporated into an APS-C camera, and the APS still has larger sensor area.

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2016 at 17:24 UTC
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KLinLA: This article comes across too strongly as a sales pitch, rather than an impartial comparison

Is there a way you can make it not sound like a sales pitch when you compare a strong newer model to an older one?

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2016 at 17:12 UTC
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madeinlisboa: The fact that it has Selfie as part of the name makes me automatically avoid it. If you want to ruin a product call it selfie

If they can pull it off this thing has a lot of potentials in many fields. It's possible that called it selfie on purpose to avoid too much heat. Think all the blood sucking regulators who can't wait to ban stuff like this. 'Terrorist may use it' and many cool ideas not civilians get killed.

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2016 at 15:21 UTC
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Nick Brundle - Photography: £15.000 for winning with this? Come on!
We're the judges blind?
I mean this can't possibly be the best image that was submitted........

Just when you thought the coffee shop window was uber creative, now this. Makes me wonder maybe there's an agenda behind these.

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2016 at 20:04 UTC
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armandino: Might no be as sharp, but I still prefer the more dreamy and less contrasty look of the Canon 85/1.2

Just apply some vasoline to the front element of a sharp lens and you can get as dreamy and low contrast as you want (i'm not kidding). Alternatively you can do that in Photoshop too.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2016 at 22:01 UTC
On article Shaking up the market: Pentax K-70 Review (335 comments in total)
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entoman: After reading this, I'm starting to change my mind about entry level Pentaxes. I'd have no hesitation about recommending this camera to first-time DSLR purchasers, rather than the Nikon and Canon equivalents, which have inferior specifications and lower build quality. My only reservation would be that if the purchaser was likely to get REALLY serious about photography at a later date, the Nikon and Canon systems allow a far greater choice of native and third party lenses and accessories.

Entoman/miles green I agree that brand loyalty matters. Then the former 'third-party' lens makers are getting so good they are making products that even major brands haven't come up with. Mix-matching of body and lens will only grow. Meanwhile the 'legacy' lenses weren't designed and optimized for high pixel-density sensors. IMHO Pentax needs to look forward and get in the game as much as possible. Just like Sony has been developing the Alpha mount products parallel with E mount, Pentax could do the same and keep the K mount alive as well. A mirrorless mount that accepts K mount lenses as well as other brands via adapters will surely be welcomed by serious users, and boost the sales of Pentax lenses. Whether they have the resources to do a new mount (and a new set of lenses) is a different story though.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2016 at 03:56 UTC
On article Shaking up the market: Pentax K-70 Review (335 comments in total)
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entoman: After reading this, I'm starting to change my mind about entry level Pentaxes. I'd have no hesitation about recommending this camera to first-time DSLR purchasers, rather than the Nikon and Canon equivalents, which have inferior specifications and lower build quality. My only reservation would be that if the purchaser was likely to get REALLY serious about photography at a later date, the Nikon and Canon systems allow a far greater choice of native and third party lenses and accessories.

That's why Pentax should follow Sony's strategy and come up with a new mount system that accepts most brands (including Pentax's own K lenses) via adapters. Just the pixel-shift feature alone will sell it like hot cakes. The K mount's exit pupil distance is too great that no other brand lenses can be used via adapters. This inevitably keeps serious buyers away.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 20:30 UTC
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Nobby2016: i pray to god they actually get jail time....

we have to send a strong message to such jerks.

people get sued for thousands of dollars for downloading ONE stupid MP3 file.

such vandals need a lesson.

it can´t be that the industry is protected but the nature is not, because there is no lobby behind it.

Totally agreed. National park vandals are simply selfish and retarded, especially in this case those few did it for money. A little punishment (say five years in jail and $80,000 fine) will hopefully teach them a lesson or two.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 14:02 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: $1200-2000 ILCs part 1 - Crop-Sensor (387 comments in total)
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Don Sata: Crop sensor is misleading... cropped from what?

Why is this misleading? Someone out there truly don't know what 35mm format system is?

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2016 at 17:44 UTC
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Felipe Rodríguez: I guess that prices will get lower than the SRP, but the lens will still be more expensive than the Canon 17. Actually, I like more 19 than 17 for most uses, since it will deliver a much more natural perspective. I currently have the Canon 17 (on a Sony camera, I am a Nikon shooter), and I took a lot of pictures with it when I was shooting Canon, and I find it too wide many times. Anyway, I'm sure the Nikon 19 will be a superb lens that will give us more choices for architectural photography...

Agreed, 17mm shows a lot of 'stretching' effect for off-center subjects, many times i wished Canon would make a 20mm TS. This 19mm Nikon is a very nice focal length.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2016 at 13:32 UTC
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chriscotec: I shoot architecture for a living and can't imagine life without my T/S-E 17mm. Most projects I do needs a lens that is wider than 24mm for some shots. My 17mm lives on my camera.In the rare cases it is too wide I move the tripod a step in.

Welcome back too architectural photography Nikon (almost).

Well at times I do wish there's a 20mm TS-E. This Nikon looks attractive. But is there a way to make those electro-diaphragm lenses work on non-Nikon bodies?

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2016 at 13:29 UTC

Please nikon that first '3' in the $3399 price tag was a typo yes?
Not that it's unaffordable to working pros, but this pricing strategy makes Canon TSE 17 very attractive. You can use the Canon on Sony E bodies too. Is there a practical way to use those electrodiaphragm Nikons on Sony bodies?

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2016 at 13:24 UTC as 16th comment | 1 reply
On article Photokina 2016: Hands on with Sigma's latest lenses (82 comments in total)

Beautiful and irresistible as all their Art lenses. OTOH I had hoped they would come up with some more exotic specs like the 18-35/1.8, such as a 85/1.4 IS or 11-24, or a built-in solution to add filter to the 12-24 (even if offered as an option accessory).

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 14:02 UTC as 30th comment
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kingslayer: $1200 for the 85mm? It better be way better than the tamron. Very disappointing. Waited all these years. Expected $900 max. Guess I will get the tamron for $749 instead.

The Tamron is very nice with VC, excellent sharpness even at 1.8 and you can shoot it at 1/10s. Sigma will probably have even better sharpness at F1.4 but in low light situations VC/IS wins.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 02:16 UTC
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