tonywong

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qj-chaser: Over the decades since 1977 I owned and used most of the canon lenses relentlessly all over the world - probably my favourite was the 70-200 f4L IS BUT 2 years ago I sold all my Canon gear - 3 bodies (5D Mk111 x 2 and 1Ds MkII) and all the lenses - why:-

1. Too heavy
2. Olympus lenses are simply MUCH better - try the 40-150mm f2.8 (80-300 equivalent). I've done back to back tests with two friends who shoot with Canon 100-400 IS zooms and gone home and printed all 3 shots of the same scene to A3 (on a Canon 9500) and blindly all felt the Olympus on the old EM1 was better.

3. The Olympus 7-14mm f2.8 - an amazing lens. Their 12-40 f2.8 - superb against Canon's 24-70 and with longer reach.

4. Prime lenses - the Olympus 75mm f1.8, light as a feather and blows the Canon 135mm f2 out of the water in day to day use.

So yes they made great lenses BUT they also made mediocre ones (24-105 f4 - aaargh what an irritating lens with vignetting as a feature).

Olympus has some great lenses, and their push towards high quality optics should be lauded. Canon has had some pretty forgettable lenses at times but in the last five years they've really stepped up their game and produced some spectacularly good optics at great prices. 16-35/4 and 24-70/4 are great EF lenses. The new 100-400L II is much better than the old one as well, but is not cheap.

I also think the EF 200-400L f4/IS outperforms the 4/3 90-250/2.8 (adapted) but there is a big difference in price and vintage.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 18:29 UTC
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MayaTlab0: Thanks for the article ! I believe that's the first time we see the inside of that factory ?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkWsk9rXpcU

This set of videos shows from 2007, and there have been other videos as well.

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2017 at 22:11 UTC
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krassphoto: "it use to take about 70 people to make a lens like that prior to automation, now we need about 6 or 7."
...yet the prices are going up.

Because the automated machines are zero cost?

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2017 at 21:08 UTC
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eaa: The SHGs still deliver, although I have now also buildt up a m43 PRO lineup. But the 90-250/2.8 SHG is still hard to beat! As is the 2.0 zooms :)
Long live Oly!

The 90-250mm works fine on the EM-1 and EM-1 II, although PRO capture mode is not (yet) supported on the Mark II. C'mon, Oly, give us full PRO support with adapted 4/3 glass.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2017 at 21:32 UTC
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RXVGS: A Camera that shoots stills, wonders never cease!

It'd be more of a miracle if the camera was cut in half first.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2017 at 21:32 UTC
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Marty4650: The remarkable thing here is that a 14% market share can result in 79% of profits for the entire industry!

This tells you the iPhone is grossly overpriced. But if you are a serious Apple fan, you don't care how expensive it is, because you will line up for hours to buy the latest model at full list price. So perhaps Apple knows exactly what they are doing by pricing their products so high.

The problem for Android is they just don't have a cult following.....

It does not mean that at all. It means the other players may also have other issues preventing them from garnering profits.

For example the massive Samsung recall of their new Galaxy Note 7 sapped all of their profits last year cost them at least $5.3B alone, let alone lost momentum and goodwill.

Having Samsung mobile be profitable in 2016 would eat into the iPhone's dominance, although Samsung would likely still be a distant second to Apple.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2017 at 19:47 UTC

MSRPs are in the kickstarter website images.

599/1299/1999.

Not familiar with this part of the market so I don't know what advantages this proposed system offers over competitors, other than the claimed pricing advantage.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2017 at 18:11 UTC as 1st comment
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Saramarisu: "I can say in terms of new products: doubtful. But there are people who still love film and we still offer the EOS-1v from our existing line of film cameras."

English isn't my mother tongue (well, it isn't his either), so I don't know if I understand that correctly, but has he said that Canon is still selling the EOS-1v? I though it went out of production and sale years ago.

https://www.amazon.ca/Nikon-35mm-Film-Camera-Body/dp/B0006GQ6K6/

Looks like 1V is discontinued now but new old stock still floating around out there.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-In-Box-CANON-EOS-1V-Camera-Body-EOS-1V-35mm-Film-SLR-Camera-Made-in-Japan-/111817812552

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2017 at 02:40 UTC
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Saramarisu: "I can say in terms of new products: doubtful. But there are people who still love film and we still offer the EOS-1v from our existing line of film cameras."

English isn't my mother tongue (well, it isn't his either), so I don't know if I understand that correctly, but has he said that Canon is still selling the EOS-1v? I though it went out of production and sale years ago.

EOS-1V and Nikon F6 film bodies are still available from Canon and Nikon respectively.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 20:29 UTC
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dtibi: 4K not for the consumers... for the wedding protogs...

You need 4k so you can do post process movements to a 1080 output. Or 1060 if you really want.

https://www.provideocoalition.com/4k-hd-ken-burns-in-final-cut-pro-x/

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 20:28 UTC
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453C: What kind of interchangeable backpack for creatives defines me as a person?

https://youtu.be/DkVRL2po0Y8

Grey is the new black.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2017 at 00:45 UTC
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Ebrahim Saadawi: Such great lenses with great prices. So bumped I can't use them on my 5DIV or anything other than the restrictive E mount.

They do state E-mount/short flange distance "enable the compact, lightweight design" so these lenses would be considerablly different if made for DSLRs, is the most likely case scenario.

Still. A bit sad. Fujinon Zooms for Still glass prices! and it's f/2.8 constant. Bummer.

I think he means that the E mount has the a very short flange distance, which means lenses cannot be adapted to any other system, like Canon EF mount.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2017 at 08:03 UTC
On article Extremely dramatic video touts Canon's CMOS technology (196 comments in total)
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JohnyP: They just made much less likely to buy anything by Canon. What a waste of 4 minutes....

Be honest, were you going to buy anything from Canon before this video anyhow, and would this video have changed anything about those chances?

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2017 at 23:11 UTC
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skanter: Will it do anything significantly better than LR?

@surlezi, it can if you try hard enough. For whatever reasons their donation pages aren't working.
This is all that I can find but it is not officially described in the rawtherapee.com site.
https://discuss.pixls.us/t/how-can-someone-donate-to-the-rawtherapee-project/855/2

Who is Maciej Dworak?
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/blackwave-maciej-dworak

Not working:
www.rawtherapee.com/donation.html
as linked from http://rawtherapee.com/blog/5

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2017 at 21:17 UTC
On article Extremely dramatic video touts Canon's CMOS technology (196 comments in total)
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Mikael Risedal: is this a statement from dpreview regarding Canons cmos or paid advertising from Canon?

Why can't it be both?

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2017 at 18:20 UTC
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HP1999: Too bad the photographer was not shot and I got a photo of that and won an award of a photographer getting shot. Just terrible to profit off this or glamorize it.

So you're saying you want to be terrible too?

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2017 at 00:55 UTC
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merkaba: Great video, this little beast is getting me excited!

However, I did check out Scott's 500px and he seems to be using the Nikon D4S for 99% of his shots so not sure if he is telling the truth when he says he loves the Micro 4/3rds system for his work.

@badi, true, when you have sherpas to lug your gear around it is nice, but nowadays to do a lot of action photography you might need more varied gear, so lightening the load is nice. So with the same amount of crew you'll also need an action camera, a 360 camera and a drone...all with 4k video. :P

A D5/1Dx with a 70-200 2.8 (or larger) is a big fat target to trim the load. The big SLRs may do more/better but they also weigh more, and the Oly has a few tricks up it's sleeve that no other body can do yet (especially in combination).

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2017 at 00:46 UTC
On article Super Bowl Halftime lit up by choreographed drone show (96 comments in total)
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skanter: Does anyone really watch this obnoxious, overblown "entertainment"?
I find it repulsive.

Looks like Pete Brody is no longer... :-)

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2017 at 23:29 UTC
On article Prime or zoom? LensRentals investigates (232 comments in total)
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FLruckas: "damn time"
Is that the time zone for Lens Rentals?
Just kidding.....
Someone can sell it to you for less even if its 1 cent less.
But it's not really what you're thinking of less unless it'd hundreds or thousands of dollars less.
There is variation from lens to lens.
You can get a bad copy.
Do lens manufacturers need to sell "certified" lenses?
How many of us have access to tools like Rodger?
Do we loose sight of anything when we know a good zoom can have some red areas where it's not as sharp?
In previous posts it was pointed out that F stop is a factor as well.
I'm assuming this post is done at the sharpest F stop for each lens.
So it becomes a multidimensional mine field of uh ohs.
F stop. Good copy. Zoom or not. Focus distance.
Since Rodger has access to so many lenses from so many manufacturers I wonder if he's ever published a sheet like
80% of Sigma ART lenses need to be calibrated etc.

@FLruckas,

Check out one of their typical reviews of a lens. It does answer a lot of your questions about their methodology.

https://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2017/02/mtf-tests-for-the-sigma-bbl-the-big-beautiful-85mm-art-lens/

eg. "MTF Results
This is the MTF results generated in our usual fashion: 10 copies were tested, each at four different rotations, and all the results averaged to give you the MTF..."

"Variation
We’re still listening to outside consultants argue about the best way to present a variation number, so I’m going to stick with just using our variation graph. The Sigma shows excellent copy-to-copy variation control.."

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2017 at 18:37 UTC
On article Prime or zoom? LensRentals investigates (232 comments in total)
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Sacher Khoudari: Amazing article, didn't know that even for 2000$ lenses there would be such big variances. I will reconsider looking at MFT charts from now on.

@dpreview: How many copies do you usually test? Only one or do you try to get hands on at least 3 or 5?

Pretty sure it is 10 copies before LR puts out a chart, and they try to ensure those copies are not damaged units.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2017 at 17:47 UTC
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