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Semi-pro wildlife & nature photographer, author, wildlife tour operator, entomologist, conservationist, world traveller, dog lover.

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On article Samyang releases 85mm F1.4 AF lens for Canon DSLRs (121 comments in total)
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PhozoKozmos: new Samyang 85mm F1.4 is a non-I.S. prime
with optimal 44mm dSLR lens-to-sensor dimension (perfect for Canon LV dSLRs)

like majority of 3rd-party lens mfrs of 44mm LSD Primes
they can quickly spinoff optimal variants for other dSLRs/dcams
for users of cameras mfrs that redistribute "mirrorless hollow" to the rear of their better tele lenses, to make up for "mirror-lost" space removed from camera bodies, like SONY does
3rd-party lens mfrs can mimick this "mirrorless hollow transfer" from body to lens, by also tacking on "mirrorless hollow" to ANY lens already optimal for 44mm LSD of dSLRs
in this case, tack on the mirrorless-hollow 26mm to Sony 18mm mirrorless-body = 44mm

thus, say, any new FE 44mm Sony lens (pre-optimized) version is readily realised, a la 26+18 Sony mirrorless-hollow lens methods = 26mm longer, than dSLR lens version

when 3rd-party lens mfrs SKIP the 26+18 Sony method, for FE Lenses with shorter than 44mm, say below 30mm, they ORPHAN that lens to Sony camera bodies

Photokozmos (a.k.a. Daniella) - you spurt out "facts" like a machine gun spurts out bullets. And everyone ducks to avoid being hit....

Changing your name won't make people any more likely to listen.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2018 at 21:59 UTC
On article Samyang releases 85mm F1.4 AF lens for Canon DSLRs (121 comments in total)
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starbase218: Why not for Nikon?

The forums here are notorious for inaccurate predictions of doom, mainly from people who think they can justify or brag about their own whimsical purchases by pouring scorn on the sometimes better informed choices of other people. Good old dpr.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2018 at 21:56 UTC
On article Samyang releases 85mm F1.4 AF lens for Canon DSLRs (121 comments in total)
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trungtran: In the market for an 85mm. How would it compare to the Canon 1.8 at double the price.

A slightly soft effect was once regarded as "desirable" for a portrait lens. How times have changed! Sharply defined wrinkles are I assume now back in vogue?

I think there is probably sufficient demand for both types of lens i.e. softish but fast-focusing lenses for female portraiture, and ultra sharp aberration-free wide aperture monsters for astro.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2018 at 21:53 UTC
On article Samyang releases 85mm F1.4 AF lens for Canon DSLRs (121 comments in total)
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Cariboou: The price show up is before Trump taxation I think....

Does the USA have ANY friends anymore?

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2018 at 21:43 UTC
On article Samyang releases 85mm F1.4 AF lens for Canon DSLRs (121 comments in total)
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GRUBERND: at least someone is trying to keep lenses small and light.

Yes, cameras are getting smaller and lighter, but lenses are getting bigger, heavier and more cumbersome.

The move, led primarily by Sigma, towards massively overweight monsters needs to be reversed.

Sure, there are some who crave for ultra-fast apertures and monstrous front elements, but most people, I believe, would rather have a lightweight but solidly constructed, ultra-high quality lens with smaller maximum aperture.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2018 at 21:40 UTC
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Ian: It's strange that DPR hasn't reviewed a single Lowepro bag, at least that I can find. I own nearly a dozen of them and while none are perfect, they make mighty good bags, and unlike this one, they are actually, "Designed specifically with photographers in mind."

lightandaprayer - Maybe I am, but actually I'm an ex-pro, still semi-pro shooting images for books, and also a hobbyist, but 2 bags in 20 years has been enough for me.

I own 2 pro DSLR bodies and 6 lenses, 3 flashguns, tripods, monopods etc, but I'm selective about what I use on any particular shoot, as I don't like lugging a lot of gear around, so I can easily get everything I need for a 2-3 week shoot in a mid-sized Lowepro backpack.

When flying I put the Lowepro inside a normal hard roller case that fits in the overhead locker, so technically you could say I own 3 camera cases/bags.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2018 at 20:40 UTC
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skanter: Seems they are doing OK despite the continual whining of “enthusiasts” too cheap to pay 10 bucks a month. :-)

Simon - Sorry, I missed that.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2018 at 19:01 UTC
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panther fan: Seem to be optimized for Lightroom, would have been great if they made a dedicated version for Capture One supporting more than just the basic color adjustments. If you need to switch back and forth between this and a classic keyboard/mouse setup I don't see the point. Make it larger, so that you can manipulate all tools available in capture one.

Yes, I agree, some buttons/dials would only be functional for particular applications, on a non-dedicated console. Ideally however any "redundant" controls could be user-programmed, thereby increasing versatility.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2018 at 18:24 UTC
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Dan_168: I live about 3 block from one of their store and came in to check all their bags including this, i wouldn't take it even it's $50. there is no frame support, no waist bell, and it's really hard to get thing in and out, I can't really find much good thing to like about this bag, and I have 6 or 7 varies different camera bags for different occasions, but I just can't find a reason I would want this one, I have no idea who would buy such " camera bag", not to mention at the price they want for such quality product. is that the " made in USA" thing that make is a such high price for a such low quality product???

Dan - Just a well meant suggestion:

If you formed your comments into sentences and paragraphs, they would be much easier to read. I suspect that many people just skip over poorly presented content :-)

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2018 at 18:15 UTC
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ozturert: Why are bags so expensive nowadays?

Because people are daft enough to pay ridiculous asking prices.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2018 at 18:08 UTC
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Ian: It's strange that DPR hasn't reviewed a single Lowepro bag, at least that I can find. I own nearly a dozen of them and while none are perfect, they make mighty good bags, and unlike this one, they are actually, "Designed specifically with photographers in mind."

Ian - If you own a dozen Lowepro camera bags that would tend to indicate that none of them are very versatile or usable. Unless of course you indulge in a dozen completely different types of activity that each require a tailor made bag. Or perhaps you own a dozen camera outfits and never take them out of their personal bags? Why else would anyone choose to buy a dozen bags? I've only bought 2 camera bags in the last 20 years, and that's because the first one (a cheap Jessops bag) eventually broke.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2018 at 18:06 UTC

I may have got this wrong (nothing unusual!), but it looks to me that you have to completely remove the "camera capsule" in order to access any of the cameras and lenses etc that may be inside it.

Which makes it, er... completely useless.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2018 at 18:01 UTC as 3rd comment
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panther fan: Seem to be optimized for Lightroom, would have been great if they made a dedicated version for Capture One supporting more than just the basic color adjustments. If you need to switch back and forth between this and a classic keyboard/mouse setup I don't see the point. Make it larger, so that you can manipulate all tools available in capture one.

Sounds like a sensible idea at first, but not very practical if there is any possibility that you might switch from LR to C1 (or from C1 to LR) at some stage in the future. It's an expensive (very overpriced IMHO) piece of kit in the first place, but if you switched editors and had to get a new console to match, it would be even worse. I'm in favour of increased compatibility rather than dedicated products, and not just for economic reasons.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2018 at 17:55 UTC
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skanter: Seems they are doing OK despite the continual whining of “enthusiasts” too cheap to pay 10 bucks a month. :-)

Simon - Personally, I and millions of others find LR Classic to be an excellent product. If, for whatever reason, you (and others) don't, then the answer is very simple: buy a non-Adobe product. It's your choice.

As for future developemnts - I'd rather have a subscription product that is currently extremely good, and receives major updates every 2 months, than have a "once only" purchase that needs "upgrading" every couple of years, as the non-subscription version did.

And I'd rather stay with a professional brand that will still be around in 20 years time, than buy into a newbie that may not last the course.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2018 at 15:41 UTC
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Charrick1: My phone has a camera and tells the time... So I may continue using it for the time being...at least until I have my English butler.

Every digital camera on the market has an integrated timepiece that records the date and time for the EXIF.

On most cameras it's pretty easy to set up a function button or something in the menu so that the current time and date can be instantly called up on the rear monitor.

Photographers don't need watches anymore, any more than smartphone users do (unless "needed" as jewellery).

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2018 at 14:35 UTC

"The design, which is reduced to the essentials and coupled with uncompromisingly high quality, make the LEICA L1 and LEICA L2 not only a functional instrument, but also a real statement piece"

A real statement piece, indeed......

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2018 at 14:31 UTC as 6th comment

Do Leica include a free magnifying glass (with red dot, of course) so that users can read the miniscule font on the shutter and ISO dials?

Or is that a $5000 "special edition" optional extra ?

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2018 at 14:29 UTC as 7th comment
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skanter: Seems they are doing OK despite the continual whining of “enthusiasts” too cheap to pay 10 bucks a month. :-)

Simon - I disagree. I started using LR with version 4, and while (like all Adobe software at the time) it was slow and a bit cumbersome, it was still by far the best application for cataloguing, and handled basic image editing well. It also intergrated very well with Photoshop.

I'm now on LR Classic with the latest upgrades, and I can tell you that is is MUCH faster, entirely bug-free, has more options for cataloguing, and its editing functionality is good enough to handle most of the tasks of a working photographer with a hectic schedule.

It can be improved of course (e.g. by adding layers or object editing, by making mask selections invertible, and by improving the rather poor cloning tool), but it's still IMHO the best all-round manager and editor on the market, and is excellent value.

Now, if that's an "incredibly bad argument", it's one I'm very happy to live with.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2018 at 14:19 UTC
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skanter: Seems they are doing OK despite the continual whining of “enthusiasts” too cheap to pay 10 bucks a month. :-)

Simon - "I'd be more supportive of it if we saw more updates".

How many would you like? LR Classic was released in October 2017 and has had major updates bi-monthly ever since (December, February, April and June).

They ask me (and presumably every other user) for feedback, following which they have fixed bugs, improved speed dramatically and added quite a bit of extra functionality. And still people whine.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2018 at 10:17 UTC
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skanter: Seems they are doing OK despite the continual whining of “enthusiasts” too cheap to pay 10 bucks a month. :-)

I really don't understand all the whining. Adobe are not my favourite company by any means but 10 dollars a month is a measly sum for an extremely good and constantly updated set of professional software that includes LR and PS (plus web software and a few other apps that I don't use).

No one who has such an expensive hobby as photography can justify complaining that they can't afford it.

To those who object on "principal" to paying a monthly fee (but who also ironically pay their mortgage, energy bills, credit cards and just about everything else by monthly fee), no one is forcing you to use Adobe. You have a choice, there is plently of other software that performs similar tasks (although often less well, and poorly integrated), so just buy it and use your energy for something more worthwhile than whining.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2018 at 10:07 UTC
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