Photomonkey

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

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Pets of New York: Technology-wise, MF still can't keep up even when it is only slightly larger (44x33, not 60x45 like actual 645 MF) than FF.

With the X1D versus the Sony a99 II, there is no comparison. The a99 II has 12 FPS (vs. 2 FPS), 1/8000 shutter (vs. 1/2000), 1.229K resolution LCD (vs. 0.92K), 102.4K Max ISO (vs. 25.6K), 5-axis Image Stabilization (vs. 0), an Articulating Screen (vs. none), and 4K Video (vs. regular). Not to mention that there are 128 A-Mount lenses available (vs. 2) at this time.

Despite all this, the A99 II costs $3K versus $8K for this 'blad. I just can't imagine a serious photographer choosing this camera over a modern Full Frame unless all they did was studio portraits... and even then specifically ones in which a shallow DOF is never desired or needed.

Very narrow market they are shooting for.

Well, cr@p, my FZ1000 does 15 fps, has a tilty-flippy screen and has a flash sync at all speeds, shoots 4K video and has a built-in 25-400mm lens so there...

Link | Posted on Dec 25, 2016 at 02:58 UTC
On article Canon 16-35mm F2.8L III real-world sample gallery (121 comments in total)
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DualSystemGuy: Over FOUR stops vignetting? Holy crap. That is unacceptable on a lens at this price IMO. If you correct that you will get an awful, noisy looking perimeter to the image. Some crop sensor lenses don't even vignette that bad on full frame.

Looks very much like a niche lens for PJ use. The average user is probably much better served by a third party option or something like the 16-35/4 IS.

@thx1138 . That image is a far more demanding test of falloff than event photography.
Considering that it is virtually invisible at f2.8 on a sky image it seems that they could have measured a 20 stop vignette for all its impact on that image.
This is a perfect example of how numbers are meaningless in comparison to real world use.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2016 at 03:16 UTC
On article Canon 16-35mm F2.8L III real-world sample gallery (121 comments in total)
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aaronbass813: I would be really disappointed if I spent $5,700 (5D MKIV + 16-35 III) and that was the image quality that I was getting out of the combo.

By your own standards it seems you might not be happy with anything made in the last 5 years.
So I guess the price is the only criteria left.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2016 at 21:56 UTC
On article Canon 16-35mm F2.8L III real-world sample gallery (121 comments in total)
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DualSystemGuy: Over FOUR stops vignetting? Holy crap. That is unacceptable on a lens at this price IMO. If you correct that you will get an awful, noisy looking perimeter to the image. Some crop sensor lenses don't even vignette that bad on full frame.

Looks very much like a niche lens for PJ use. The average user is probably much better served by a third party option or something like the 16-35/4 IS.

The very first image is shot wide open with no lens corrections.

Doesn't look like 4 stops vignetting to me.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2016 at 21:52 UTC
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maxnimo: Besides distant landscapes and product photography, what other markets would this camera be used for? The DOF is really narrow even at F8.

The problem here is that it is taken as an article of faith that shallow DOF is desirable above all else.

In the vast bulk of my commercial work I desire a moderate to deep DOF and a large sensor is a hindrance in that I need to use a smaller aperture and thus more flash power or a longer exposure. Both things that may be a challenge in some cases.

For event work I now use a 1 inch sensor camera because I can shoot at f4.5 and still get a good DOF. For other work needing higher res or the occasional shallow DOF I use FF35.

As for the issue of diffraction on this sensor, it is not true that "Any lens loses sharpness after f8". Diffraction does soften the image after a certain point as defined by the pixel pitch of the sensor but this is not extreme and on the Sony 50MP on can safely shoot at f22 and f32 with superb results.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2016 at 00:25 UTC
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nycgazelle: The composition of images in general leave a lot to be desired. You have one of the most exciting cameras to be released in a while and this? I'm constantly blown away how lack luster these images are. Lets try and sell the camera with beautifully lit and shot images.

The manufacturers hire pros to very expensively produce artful images that fool consumers into equating the content of the image with the IQ of the camera.
DPR is is getting images that show real world IQ challenges that can help a prospective user evaluate performance to some degree.

The real proof is in using it yourself.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2016 at 00:10 UTC
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PropaPH: It will be interesting to compare these images to to those of the the Sigma Quattro SD H

Especially at ISO 1600.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2016 at 00:09 UTC
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Henry McA: Hey Fuji, that´s how you should render fine detail.

Maybe he is referring to the target of IQ for Fuji's upcoming GFX.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2016 at 00:08 UTC
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nicolaiecostel: If you would have shown me this gallery without telling me what camera was used, I would have never guessed it's a MF camera. They look like pictures from any other camera.

If you show anyone on the web a gallery without telling them what camera was used they would not have been able to tell you what camera was used.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2016 at 00:05 UTC
On article Venus Laowa 12mm F2.8 Zero-D sample gallery (125 comments in total)
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Photomonkey: Only lens I have ever pre-ordered.
Looks like it will deliver on the hype.

Very interested in their TS TC combo that makes this a 17mm TS.

Shift only is fine with me. Tilt is nearly useless on my Canon 17TS-E and is a nuisance on the odd occasion it comes off zero.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2016 at 21:00 UTC
On article Venus Laowa 12mm F2.8 Zero-D sample gallery (125 comments in total)

Only lens I have ever pre-ordered.
Looks like it will deliver on the hype.

Very interested in their TS TC combo that makes this a 17mm TS.

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2016 at 20:47 UTC as 14th comment | 2 replies
On article Venus Laowa 12mm F2.8 Zero-D sample gallery (125 comments in total)
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piratejabez: Interesting gallery. Where were these shot?

Yes, but how do the pictures look when we take them in the US? ;)

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2016 at 20:46 UTC
On article Nikon reportedly eliminating 1000 jobs in Japan (518 comments in total)
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Artpt: we're reaching Market saturation with Digital Imaging from various formats. the high camera bodies are really wonderful but very high in price and expectedly low volume production. What are real challenge for all the executives across all camera brands

It is very hard to create excitement in a camera these days. Gone are the opportunities to intro something like dramatically more MP or video.

Improvements are now incremental and have only slight effect on IQ or even the shooting experience. These days a menu re-vamp is as wild as things can get.
Wishing for more is fine but it costs money and there is the risk that it will not be well received. Thus the caution and erosion of the market as hobbyists lose interest in the upgrade cycle that funds innovation.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 01:25 UTC
On article Nikon reportedly eliminating 1000 jobs in Japan (518 comments in total)
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brycesteiner: There hasn't been much innovation. period. The most you could call it is evolution but no revolution.
Pretty much all cameras today are good and will be for sometime until something comes along.
The iPhones and Androids take fantastic pictures and that's what I recommend to most people unless they truly want to learn how to use an ILC and most do not want to learn.

Innovation costs money and they are not generating it with camera sales.
Moreover the innovation that the people say they want is rarely seen as meaningful to the bulk of users needed to fund the investment.
IOW "My D7200 is just fine thanks."

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 01:18 UTC
On article DPReview Asks: What was your first camera? (766 comments in total)

1960 Kodak Brownie. I vaulted to the big leagues when my Dad got me a Kodak Instamatic 50 in 1963.

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2016 at 16:53 UTC as 163rd comment
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villagranvicent: The headline should say: "Yongnuo MOCK-OFF the 100mm F2 Canon EOS lens. Another example of Chinese business practices; wait until other invest millions in R&D and then we simply make a cheap copy of it". CLASSIC.

Yeah, this is what the free market looks like.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2016 at 16:33 UTC
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Debankur Mukherjee: Imagine a time bomb being tied to a drone by a terrorist.......it is dangerous......every country must have control on purchase and use of drones........

When the first drone carried bomb flies through a window you will see the collapse of the amateur drone business.

You can do all the false equivalences you want but it will happen.

Yes, we have car bombs. But in areas where they are common, controls are in place but are balanced against the ubiquitous utility of cars.

No one needs a drone.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2016 at 15:34 UTC
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dharmagreg: I can't believe so many photographers think this is a great law to limit our freedom to shoot in public places.

Many people don't realize that other countries have different social conventions WRT privacy and freedom.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2016 at 15:31 UTC
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Photomonkey: Congratulations to Nikon for two solid lenses.
The 70-200 is a solid update and the 19PC-E adds a much needed lens to the range.

The carping about price is expected but, IMO, short sighted.

Apart from the issues of exchange rates and competition, both these lenses are industrial strength lenses designed to give decades of reliable service in difficult conditions while enjoying parts and repair support for decades.

That is what one is paying for when purchasing a professional lens.

As a working pro for 30+years it is my experience and opinion.

As the bulk of current users came into the field after it transitioned to a consumer electronic environment they are not generally concerned with the longevity of most of their purchases as they are encouraged (and used ) to upgrading regularly.
While many demand professional features, what many overlook is the prime professional feature of durability and support.

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2016 at 21:26 UTC

Congratulations to Nikon for two solid lenses.
The 70-200 is a solid update and the 19PC-E adds a much needed lens to the range.

The carping about price is expected but, IMO, short sighted.

Apart from the issues of exchange rates and competition, both these lenses are industrial strength lenses designed to give decades of reliable service in difficult conditions while enjoying parts and repair support for decades.

That is what one is paying for when purchasing a professional lens.

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2016 at 21:44 UTC as 16th comment | 4 replies
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