Photomonkey

Lives in United States CA, United States
Works as a Photographer
Joined on Oct 28, 2002

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JackM: Prices actually seem reasonable for what these lenses are. They make Leica prices look absurd. Although I wonder why the 40-80 is so much more expensive than the 75-150.

So then you are back at comparing lenses.
At some point the differences there begin to fade also. The best lenses today are superb performers. The mid range scarcely stinks also.

So now can we go back to taking pictures?

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2016 at 15:46 UTC
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JackM: Prices actually seem reasonable for what these lenses are. They make Leica prices look absurd. Although I wonder why the 40-80 is so much more expensive than the 75-150.

The price comes from the difficulty of creating a wide to normal zoom with minimal distortion, vignetting and maximum sharpness across the 645 frame for a very picky client who just paid $9K for the lens.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2016 at 15:49 UTC
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odpisan: For that price I can buy Pentax 645 Z with best lenses.

I think that quality of photos wouldn't be worth mentioning.

I always enjoy stupid MP comparisons.
For $600 you can get a Phone with 41MP and you can also order pizza.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2016 at 15:46 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-Pro2 versus X-T2: Seven key differences (332 comments in total)
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Hugh2017: The only way to truly test this as a end user is either you buy every camera body (makes no sense) or rent.
Information is good, overload in the general sense not so much.

A working Pro making money with photography wants to see the same situation say a wedding shot with the DSLR set up from camera, lens, lighting to Fuji X or other mirrorless
I still do not know any working photographers that will stake their reputation and trust a Fuji X or Micro 4/3's camera to shoot certain types of photography.

I have to have a system with a good Flash for events,be able to control the flash from my camera body, use radio slaves. I must be able to use external battery packs for the system flash.
The new Fuji flash needs to be able to take take accessories like the Nikon SB-910 does like the included Gels are so nice plus diffuser. You used to have to buy a product like the Stolen-Omni Bounce for your Flash and Nikon includes this type of product, Cant speak for Canon, not a Canon shooter.

As a working professional I use Canon FF for the bulk of my work (architecture, commercial product photography) and I use m43 and 1 inch sensor cameras for event work.
Weddings and events are perfect for these small, high quality cameras because of their light weight (long shooting days) and the flexibility of their lenses. In the case of the Panasonic FZ-1000 I can shoot fill flash in bright sun at any shutter speed because of the leaf shutter. Weddings require getting the shot.

Corporate event are even simpler to shoot and generate more money. The ability to pre-chimp in available light means the keeper rate is higher not to mention the better AF.
Whenever I can justify the use of the smaller cameras I use them. The quality is excellent and they are way more fun to use than the DSLRs.
As for flash, I never use TTL. I use manual flash in the studio and on location. I can control the output from the camera and have no issues at all.
Clients look at results, not at files at 400%.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2016 at 00:32 UTC
On article Sony Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA Sample Gallery (269 comments in total)
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Niala2: G-Master
- f1.4/ 42mm
- f1.2 / 70mm (or slightly less)
are what I'm really hoping for ! (Any road-map known?)
I don't consider 50/55mm to be a good in-between of what the above would mean to me.

The G-Master 85 is for me far superior to Canon's 1.2 85mmM2 but I always found 70mm at f1.2mm to be missing complement.

For me "normal-view" at 50mm is too narrow, 35 too large. 42mm? YESs! (Sorry-lol)
The 55 1.7 was finally good enough, with strait Eye-AF more than just a bonus.
A valid 28mm would have been logic.
Wide-open 42 and 70mm ; that would not only be spectacular, but allow new possibilities, and it would have avoided that feeling of unnecessary, abundant redundancy.
If indeed it proves to be the worth it's weight and size.., eventually it will replace my 55. But only maybe. Lol. But that really calls for comparison photos that should be really, really easy to provide by reviewers.
(Bad cats eye, true bokeh etc.: we all know how easy this should be COMPARED vs speculated)

Position of the camera determines the perspective.
Lens FL determines cropping.
Selecting ANY fixed FL lens means that unless one finds oneself within a few inches of the perfect position one will have to move thus changing perspective.

I went through the 70's "sacred full frame" fashion and it is just another trope.

Cropping does occur on a regular basis and the notion of being enslaved to a 2:3 aspect ratio is silly to most.

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2016 at 18:16 UTC
On article Sony Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA Sample Gallery (269 comments in total)
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Niala2: G-Master
- f1.4/ 42mm
- f1.2 / 70mm (or slightly less)
are what I'm really hoping for ! (Any road-map known?)
I don't consider 50/55mm to be a good in-between of what the above would mean to me.

The G-Master 85 is for me far superior to Canon's 1.2 85mmM2 but I always found 70mm at f1.2mm to be missing complement.

For me "normal-view" at 50mm is too narrow, 35 too large. 42mm? YESs! (Sorry-lol)
The 55 1.7 was finally good enough, with strait Eye-AF more than just a bonus.
A valid 28mm would have been logic.
Wide-open 42 and 70mm ; that would not only be spectacular, but allow new possibilities, and it would have avoided that feeling of unnecessary, abundant redundancy.
If indeed it proves to be the worth it's weight and size.., eventually it will replace my 55. But only maybe. Lol. But that really calls for comparison photos that should be really, really easy to provide by reviewers.
(Bad cats eye, true bokeh etc.: we all know how easy this should be COMPARED vs speculated)

35 too wide? With 24 or 42MP you have more than enough to crop and as for wanting not to crop, I scarcely believe you will not take a step closer or further away to adjust your crop irrespective of FL.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2016 at 19:15 UTC
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AirJarhead: I understand Fuji may be trying to differentiate the X-Pro2 & XT-2, however it is a little to late for that. Fuji wasn't saying the X-Pro2 was a snap-shot/street-journalist only camera when they announced it. They marketed it as a PRO camera.
I take issue with the X-Pro 2 not getting the custom AF-C modes for the following reasons:
-The X-PRO2 has the word PRO in it, and costs more. So everyone should (rightly) assume it will have pro features.
-Given Fuji's history of firmware updates, I expected all features rolled out in the XT-2, would be ported over to the X-Pro2 (except 4k, I figured they wouldn't port that).
-There is no reason for them to keep the AF features separate.

Two different cameras. Look at them, test them buy what you like. Whatever the manufacturer claims is irrelevant as it either works for you or not.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2016 at 05:04 UTC
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akjos: Major downfall is ergonomics. While specs are impressive im really disappointed fuji didnt redesign the body of the camera. I had xt10 and xt1 and they just were not comfortable in hand. You cant make DSLRish style body ( again) and but same subpar front grip on same annoying as hell strap holder that constantly pokes you into your palm between thumb and index finger , same ( or very similar) thumb grip and worst of all put shutter button on the very top ... if as much thought went to body of the camera itself as did into its guts it would have been amazing.
Shutter button is in unnatural place just like first sony a7 series was. ON TOP where you need to constantly twist your wrist trying to reach it comfortably :/
Front grip needs to be beefier and shutter button more forward like panasonic gx8 sony a6000 or a7II etc.
I had lensmate thumbgrip thing on my xt1 and while it made it little better it was still quite uncomfortable to hold for longer periods of time = not enjoyable to shoot with.
Too bad as I loved the lenses....

It's interesting to remember that back in the AE-1 days every camera was a flat box. Ergonomics was not a thing.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2016 at 05:02 UTC
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SmilerGrogan: Fuji makes among the best lenses in the world, they are getting their video game together, and are rumored to be coming out with a medium format camera; what is stopping them from dominating the camera world? Nothing.
Look upon Fuji ye mighties, and despair.

@thx1138, a nice collection of lenses that is probably not replicated in more than a handful of owners globally.
Considering Canon has been at the SLR game that much longer than Fuji, I think that Fuji has an impressive collection of lenses with nary a stinker among them.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2016 at 05:01 UTC
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Kelvin L: I'll definitely get on board with a mirrorless system once decent perspective control / tilt-shift lenses start appearing for them. I think the only mirrorless with a kinda-native TS lens is the Canon EOS-M (with adapter).

Good to see Fujifilm acknowledging tilt-shift, even if it's low priority.

HCam TS adapter allows Canon and Nikon to be used on ML cameras. The Canon 11-24 zoom is featured but then we are talking real money.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2016 at 04:57 UTC
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CekariYH: Sony a7xx series of cameras and others that has WiFi has an app included for free that does this directly with your iOS/Android device.
https://www.playmemoriescameraapps.com/portal/
https://www.playmemoriescameraapps.com/portal/usbdetail.php?eid=IS9104-NPIA09014_00-F00002

Others will need this kind of solution with seems rather cheap and nice.

That is fine for you but I need the functionality that the CamRanger allows with control up to 80m in my experience.
My Panasonic app is very flaky and underspecified with features aimed at hobbyists wanting to post to FB immediately. I get it but I need more robust performance

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 18:35 UTC
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Denis of Whidbey Island: Tried this solution but gave up when it never worked on several Nikons. Choked on the price of the Camranger but it worked and facilitated my work.
Now I shoot Sony and the wifi is inbuilt, though the app is weak. Is there a good 3rd party app for Sony?

You hit the nails on their heads.
I use the CamRanger because, for the money, it is fully sorted and fully featured. With "freeware" you are SOL.
As for Sony and its built-in WiFi, it is similar to all the other manufacturers in their weak apps.
I also have issues with on-board WiFi as the antenna is a compromise and there is scant opportunity for upgrade and should the hardware fail you have no camera while it is being repaired.
Thom Hogan also observed that camera manufacturers are famous for using the slowest and cheapest hardware for data transfer and WiFi,

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 15:43 UTC
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CekariYH: Sony a7xx series of cameras and others that has WiFi has an app included for free that does this directly with your iOS/Android device.
https://www.playmemoriescameraapps.com/portal/
https://www.playmemoriescameraapps.com/portal/usbdetail.php?eid=IS9104-NPIA09014_00-F00002

Others will need this kind of solution with seems rather cheap and nice.

Built-in Wifi is a compromise and is further crippled by the usually poor apps bundled with them.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 15:38 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1224 comments in total)
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Emadn13: camera is so expensive,fuji lesnses are so expensive too
they cheat in iso chart but jpeg quality is good
but the cost for a apsc lineup is so funny
i dont think 1600$ pluse 2000$ glass is worthy for a apsc lineup
they should made FF like sony or they will be destroyed like olympus
for apsc users that begins the photography a6000 with 500$ or 1000$ a6300 can be better option,they can buy FF lenses and use FF camera too
they biuld good cameras and good lenses but in paper always lost

Sorry, but Jadot is still correct because he is speaking from experience while it seems the others are speaking from spec sheets and internet anecdote.
Many camera perform in splendid ways for photographers despite their "inferior" specifications. The Olympus Pen F is an example one such camera.

Preoccupation with specs and shallow DOF leads one inevitably to the PhaseOne 100MP MF camera. Hope you are happy there.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2016 at 23:38 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1224 comments in total)
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Emadn13: camera is so expensive,fuji lesnses are so expensive too
they cheat in iso chart but jpeg quality is good
but the cost for a apsc lineup is so funny
i dont think 1600$ pluse 2000$ glass is worthy for a apsc lineup
they should made FF like sony or they will be destroyed like olympus
for apsc users that begins the photography a6000 with 500$ or 1000$ a6300 can be better option,they can buy FF lenses and use FF camera too
they biuld good cameras and good lenses but in paper always lost

Jadot is correct.
The tiny differences between cameras and lenses is invisible on individual images.
In my work I switch between FF for high end architecture, m43 and 1 inch sensors for editorial and event imaging. At web sizes no one can tell what I used.
As for the fixation on maximum aperture shooting, the keeper rate at max aperture on fast FF glass is very low. Moreover it is a technique that is a current fashion with hobbyists who desperately want their cat photos not to look like phone photos.
The vast majority of images are captured at medium to small apertures. The choice of camera really comes down to how much you like using the camera. One that fights you is useless irrespective of the specs. Fuji has its adherents because it makes it easier and more fun to make photos.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2016 at 18:35 UTC
On article Sony announces FE 50mm F1.4 ZA prime lens (293 comments in total)
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FuhTeng: Yay! Another 50 mm lens! Just what E-mount's missing.

Sony hears "we want FAST lenses." That is why you got this lens.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2016 at 14:06 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1224 comments in total)
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Emadn13: camera is so expensive,fuji lesnses are so expensive too
they cheat in iso chart but jpeg quality is good
but the cost for a apsc lineup is so funny
i dont think 1600$ pluse 2000$ glass is worthy for a apsc lineup
they should made FF like sony or they will be destroyed like olympus
for apsc users that begins the photography a6000 with 500$ or 1000$ a6300 can be better option,they can buy FF lenses and use FF camera too
they biuld good cameras and good lenses but in paper always lost

Fuji lenses are very fairly priced for the premium lenses they are. Nikon and Canon are more expensive for similar glass and most of their designs are not as new as Fuji.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2016 at 00:01 UTC
On article Faster flagship: Hands-on with the Fujifilm X-T2 (123 comments in total)
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Scannews: Does the flash works on multiple shots or is it still one shot flask camera?????
If still it is, it should not be advertised for prosssssss, SHAME on those who do that, including (DPR)

Pros know how to use flash other than the manufacturers' TTL offering.
A pro choosing this camera is not too concerned about the flashes available from Fuji.
All they need is a hot shoe.
I would note Hasselblad and Phase do not offer flashes for their cameras.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 23:18 UTC
On article Faster flagship: Hands-on with the Fujifilm X-T2 (123 comments in total)
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Mike99999: Looks like a nice camera if you need APS-C and are 100% sure you will never switch to full frame.

Nevertheless, there is NO reason whatsoever why this camera should cost so much more than the Nikon D7200 or A6300.

It is the same tactic as Olympus: lock users into your crop lens system, and then jack up the prices of bodies to stratospheric levels.

theprehistorian- What were you shooting? I have to agree that these formats have their strengths and weaknesses.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 15:48 UTC
On article Faster flagship: Hands-on with the Fujifilm X-T2 (123 comments in total)
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Mike99999: Looks like a nice camera if you need APS-C and are 100% sure you will never switch to full frame.

Nevertheless, there is NO reason whatsoever why this camera should cost so much more than the Nikon D7200 or A6300.

It is the same tactic as Olympus: lock users into your crop lens system, and then jack up the prices of bodies to stratospheric levels.

Well of course there's the Nikon for you.
Fuji is positioning this as a premium camera while Nikon and Canon are commoditizing theirs.
As a long time FF user I have to say there is nothing to keep me here other than a 17TS-E. Weight and bulk are scarcely appealing.
The IQ is great but so is the IQ from my m4/3. My clients are using my work in magazines and on the web and there is nothing to choose between the two formats in those applications.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 15:17 UTC
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