Fourbillionyears

Fourbillionyears

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On article Have your say: Vote now for best prime lens of 2021 (115 comments in total)

" far more advanced" does not mean that it will produce greater images. I have four 50mm lenses:
- A Leica Summilux R from the early seventies
- A Zeiss Ultron 50mm f/1.8 from the sixties (the one with concave front element)
- A Zeiss Contax Planar f/1.4 from the eighties
- A Rokkor MD 50mm f/1.2 from the eighties
plus an M-Rokkor 40mm f/2 from the seventies or eighties (aka Summicron)

I don't need a Frankenlens that will not allow me to get the pictures that I want...

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2021 at 20:23 UTC as 22nd comment | 1 reply
On article Video: An angry raven nearly takes down delivery drone (150 comments in total)

What a shame that it failed. I wish we could train flocks of birds everywhere to destroy drones, and be done with these intrusive and unnecessary things.

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2021 at 14:07 UTC as 11th comment
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AcerK: Would anybody recommend leave my Lr subscription and buy Capture One?

I don't know why but I'm tired of the Lr sub model.

I agree with Ergo607. And it is not only the superb IQ but the variety, versatility and intuitiveness of the tools available to get you there. I know I will get all sorts of grief for this, but I see using C1 as driving a BMW, next to the LR Hyundai.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2021 at 18:34 UTC

How does the remote camera move and orient itself? What is its power source? Would like to see details on this if anybody knows them.

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2021 at 04:59 UTC as 7th comment | 2 replies

Yet one more reason why drones should be outlawed and all existing machines confiscated and destroyed.

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2021 at 15:13 UTC as 18th comment | 5 replies
On article Why are modern 50mm lenses so damned complicated? (912 comments in total)
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Fourbillionyears: I`m sure that none of my 50 mm lenses, a Leica Summilux R from the 70`s, a Contax Planar 1.4 from the 90's, a Minolta MD 1.2 from the 80's and a Contax RF Opton Sonnar 1.5 from the early 50's, can match these test charts. But I doubt that present-day Frankenlenses can match the image quality of many of the masterpieces of 20th century engineering. Just as the Apollo program put people on the Moon safely in 8 years, and we have now spent about 2 decades arguing about how to do it again. Or F1 "drivers" of today being unable to drive a race car from last century, because it requires using a clutch pedal and mastering heel and toeing. Sic Transit Gloria Mundi.

Thanks for adding several key points that I omitted: compactness and mechanical quality, of course. But also the fact that there are no micromotors and chips that can burn out, focus that can go out of whack, and that one can clean and lubricate these lenses oneself. And speaking of mechanical and optical quality, I own two S-mount wide angle Nikkors from the 50's: a 2.8cm f/2.8 and a 3.5cm f/2.5. Image quality is stunning, especially the 3.5cm.

Link | Posted on May 15, 2021 at 16:29 UTC
On article Why are modern 50mm lenses so damned complicated? (912 comments in total)

I`m sure that none of my 50 mm lenses, a Leica Summilux R from the 70`s, a Contax Planar 1.4 from the 90's, a Minolta MD 1.2 from the 80's and a Contax RF Opton Sonnar 1.5 from the early 50's, can match these test charts. But I doubt that present-day Frankenlenses can match the image quality of many of the masterpieces of 20th century engineering. Just as the Apollo program put people on the Moon safely in 8 years, and we have now spent about 2 decades arguing about how to do it again. Or F1 "drivers" of today being unable to drive a race car from last century, because it requires using a clutch pedal and mastering heel and toeing. Sic Transit Gloria Mundi.

Link | Posted on May 13, 2021 at 17:24 UTC as 25th comment | 2 replies

Am I the only one who suspects that there is more than a whiff of digital "magic" in most of these pictures? Perhaps that is allowed by the rules, I don't know.

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2020 at 12:57 UTC as 2nd comment

The only mitigation strategy is to ban Starlink. Nobody has the right to take the heavens away from all humanity.

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2020 at 13:12 UTC as 6th comment

The T 43 lens of the 8M is easy to adapt to M39 mount, for use on mirrorless. It is remarkably good. On Sony full frame it vignettes a bit, but can be easily corrected in post. Switch to APS-C capture mode and you are hard pressed to tell it apart from a lens costing 10 times more.

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2020 at 13:07 UTC as 4th comment

I don't quite understand the "some sort of auto exposure mode" requirement as it is the surest way of keeping beginners from learning about exposure. Throwing this requirement away, the best beginner-friendly SLR, and probably one of the best SLR's of all times, is the Minolta SRT 100/101/202. Indestructible, very easy to use, can be found in good shape for way less than USD 50. And most importantly, it gives access to some of the best glass ever this side of Leica and Zeiss. From the humble ($15) MD 50mm f/2 to the cult classics Rokkors 58mm f/1.2, 58mm f/1.4 and 85 mm f/1.7. If you prefer zooms, you can't do much better than the MD 35-70mm f/3.5 (also sold as a Vario Elmar for about 5 times more money, but it is a Minolta lens), and its less well known sibling, the 75-150mm f/4.
No being able to vote for Minoltas SRT's, I voted for the XD-11.

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2020 at 13:28 UTC as 21st comment | 1 reply

"I worry about an impact on innovation, with fewer people interested in using drones,"
PERFECT - let's hope that the nine times more is an underestimate and that it will end up costing 90 times more. The sooner these abominations disappear from the sky, the better.

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2020 at 04:39 UTC as 7th comment

The real surprise is why so many people stick with the dinosaurs. It is the same blind brand attachment that keeps GM, Chrysler and Ford alive.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2019 at 17:35 UTC as 54th comment | 2 replies
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jazja: Do you think a mirrorless cameros are for pro?

Which goes to this issue. If you want to shoot video get a video camera. Leave still cameras for still photography only. I hate to think how much I am paying for useless video features in photographic cameras.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2018 at 17:18 UTC
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Fourbillionyears: I always thought that some people were too harsh on the salespeopl...sorry, editors, who run sites such as this one, claiming that they are prone to double standards. I began to re-think my position with the Nikon salespitch... sorry, reviews, of a couple of weeks ago. Now I read this title: "The Canon EOS R isn't a mirrorless 5D IV, but it's a start" followed by a review of a camera that would have been far behind the Sony A7 when the A7 came out in 2013. Five years later, the plain A7 is still among the top 10 - 15 cameras in DxO Mark's bench testing, and several of the ones ahead of it are newer full-frame Sonys. Yet when it came out the A7 was criticized for all sorts of non-existing faults, such as "light leaks", "poor ergonomics", "flimsy construction" etc. I own use and abuse an A7, A7R and A7S and know that this is all nonsense, and that their image quality is without par. I have my eye on an A7III, and as many others hope that Canikon's moves will make Sony prices come down.

I have no clue what DPAF is and frankly I don't care. All I know is that it has nothing to do with image quality.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2018 at 17:13 UTC
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Lobbamobba: Now Sony will have to step up their game. And I hope they understand that putting in more useless gizmos isn't the way to go. They need lenses and more lenses.

Sigma is largely making up for the Sony lens deficit. And yes, Sigma Art lenses are as good, if not better, than Canikon glass. Almost Leica stuff, I know because I use them both.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2018 at 17:09 UTC
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Dave Oddie: "Canon is continuing its long tradition of putting image stabilization into selected lenses, not its cameras. The normally stated logic is sound - better tailor an I.S. system for the specific demands of a particular lens than go with a 'one size fits all' in-body system which inevitably adds bulk to the camera.

It's a fair argument....."

Surely it's NOT a fair argument because lenses for cameras with in-body stabilization communicate their focal length back to the camera so it can adapt accordingly. Sony cameras have done this for years long before they came out with the E mount.

In any case we are now seeing in-lens and in-body stabilization systems being combined by both Panasonic and Sony taking stabilization technology a stage further.

Canon is lagging behind here especially when they introduce lenses with no IS at all.

And Olympus even before. Pity that they got stuck with that small sensor .

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2018 at 17:05 UTC
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Fourbillionyears: I always thought that some people were too harsh on the salespeopl...sorry, editors, who run sites such as this one, claiming that they are prone to double standards. I began to re-think my position with the Nikon salespitch... sorry, reviews, of a couple of weeks ago. Now I read this title: "The Canon EOS R isn't a mirrorless 5D IV, but it's a start" followed by a review of a camera that would have been far behind the Sony A7 when the A7 came out in 2013. Five years later, the plain A7 is still among the top 10 - 15 cameras in DxO Mark's bench testing, and several of the ones ahead of it are newer full-frame Sonys. Yet when it came out the A7 was criticized for all sorts of non-existing faults, such as "light leaks", "poor ergonomics", "flimsy construction" etc. I own use and abuse an A7, A7R and A7S and know that this is all nonsense, and that their image quality is without par. I have my eye on an A7III, and as many others hope that Canikon's moves will make Sony prices come down.

No kidding....

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2018 at 18:30 UTC

I always thought that some people were too harsh on the salespeopl...sorry, editors, who run sites such as this one, claiming that they are prone to double standards. I began to re-think my position with the Nikon salespitch... sorry, reviews, of a couple of weeks ago. Now I read this title: "The Canon EOS R isn't a mirrorless 5D IV, but it's a start" followed by a review of a camera that would have been far behind the Sony A7 when the A7 came out in 2013. Five years later, the plain A7 is still among the top 10 - 15 cameras in DxO Mark's bench testing, and several of the ones ahead of it are newer full-frame Sonys. Yet when it came out the A7 was criticized for all sorts of non-existing faults, such as "light leaks", "poor ergonomics", "flimsy construction" etc. I own use and abuse an A7, A7R and A7S and know that this is all nonsense, and that their image quality is without par. I have my eye on an A7III, and as many others hope that Canikon's moves will make Sony prices come down.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2018 at 17:39 UTC as 41st comment | 11 replies
On article Nikon Z7 Review (4431 comments in total)
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Hautedawg: I know I can't be the only person okay with my pinky falling to the bottom of the camera opposed to it staying on the grip. I think it gives me leverage at the bottom and allows me to relax my upper fingers.

"The Nikon is just as big as it needs to be, not a pinch bigger. I think Nikon nailed the ergonomics."

A one-person opinion, with the same statistical significance as, for example, I being very happy with Sony ergonomics, I guess that if you can't find any objective, measurable parameters in which the new camera that you are trying to promote is better than a whole family of cameras with a well-established reputation for image excellence, then you just have to make do with subjective, non-measurable details that have nothing to do with image quality.
I have nothing against Nikon, in fact in the film era I shot with Nikon, Minolta and Olympus . I am not tied to brands, only to image quality. And today that means Sony.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2018 at 03:24 UTC
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