entoman

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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 Fujifilm X-T3 Review (1977 comments in total)
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racin06: I was certain the X-T3 would receive the Gold Award label, but I thought DPR would rate the X-T3 above 90%. However, 88% is a very high and fair rating. No doubt, the X-T3 is the best "all-round" hybrid still/video camera ever manufactured. Great job Fujifilm!

I don't really understand why anyone gets so worried about camera "scores" and awards. A camera is a very personal thing, so one that scores more highly might not necessarily be the best for any particular person or usage. Far better IMHO to ignore the scores and awards, and just make an assessment based on the detailed text of the review. Even then, it's very unwise to order a camera purely on the basis of a review. Cameras really need to be handled before purchase, as models that seem perfect for some photographers will turn out to be fiddly or awkward to use for others.

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2018 at 20:41 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-T3 Review (1977 comments in total)
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Burdenp: Not sure why the Olympus E-M1 Mk-2 is not even mentioned as competition yet it got a gold award. Its maybe a bit behind right now but not that far and has better build quality and great ergonomics and a very good sense system behind it. The fuji is a great cameras all the same! - as is the D500. It seems with dpreview if you haven't released the camera recently you are forgotten. The Only is certainly a better photographers cameras the the Panasonics.

Yes the Oly EM1 Mk2 is an excellent camera. I know someone who dropped hers in a river, completely submerged. After fishing it out the camera still worked perfectly! Not many cameras (pro Nikons and Canons included) would be capable of surviving that ordeal. My only real criticisms of the Oly are that it very fiddly to operate if you have large hands, and the menu system is a complete mess. It has a smaller sensor than APS cameras like the D500 and XT3, but the results are adequate for most users.

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2018 at 20:34 UTC

Kickstarter is for mugs.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2018 at 15:11 UTC as 16th comment
On article Photokina 2018: hands-on with eight stylish new bags (90 comments in total)
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ProfHankD: "The bag's main feature is dedicated film pockets on the inside and elastic film holders on the bag strap."

Well, that explains the "only 230 of which will be made" part -- because I'd estimate that's about how many people worldwide are looking for a new bag to hold their film. Seriously, anybody using film gets nice old bags for free when they buy old film camera bodies via eBay -- I very rarely use film, but buying old lenses to use on my mirrorless bodies I've incidentally acquired a fleet of old camera bags.

I'm not so sure - there are plenty of hipster-types who would jump at the chance of showing off a cute little handbaggy...

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2018 at 15:13 UTC
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Holscen: Gitzo is pulling my leg for $200!

You can get your own back by pulling all three of Gitzo's legs!

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2018 at 14:29 UTC

That super-expensive Sony and G lens looks to be very precariously balanced. It doesn't matter how strong the legs or head are, if the centre of gravity is in the wrong place it'll be prone to tipping over. The legs need to be at least 2-3" longer to overcome this problem. And the price is a joke.

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2018 at 14:20 UTC as 14th comment
On article Photokina 2018: hands-on with eight stylish new bags (90 comments in total)

Oh no, not *more* bags.....
photography is becoming more like a fashion show every day.

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2018 at 13:27 UTC as 41st comment | 1 reply
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CanonSharpShooter: How fun is it to adapt lenses and risk getting moisture in the body & lens. Don’t tell Nikon you were using non native items on your $3000 camera. Or how uneven it will feel to have a huge DSLR lens & adapter on a mirrorless? All of these troubles just to say you got the greatest and the latest. Long live D850!

anticipation - Yes, unfortunately this place has a percentage of people who delight in trying to ridicule or irritate others with "clever" comments, so it's not surprising that we get coarsened and sometimes respond with a knee-jerk reaction. We all need to hold back a bit and bite our tongues before responding to unhelpful comments or trolling 😊

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2018 at 12:45 UTC
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CanonSharpShooter: How fun is it to adapt lenses and risk getting moisture in the body & lens. Don’t tell Nikon you were using non native items on your $3000 camera. Or how uneven it will feel to have a huge DSLR lens & adapter on a mirrorless? All of these troubles just to say you got the greatest and the latest. Long live D850!

CanonSS - Partly correct -

Nikon converters have a gasket at the converter-body interface, and the gasket on Nikon lenses seals against the other end of the converter.

The FTZ adaptor is made by Nikon, so will also seal at both interfaces when using Nikon lenses.
*correction* - it appears from the photo of the Nikon FTZ daptor that it does not have a weather-sealing gasket. Can anyone confirm this?

When the FTZ adaptor is used with a non-weather sealed Sigma, Tamron or other third party lens, it will only be weather-sealed at the adaptor-body interface, not at the adaptor-lens interface.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2018 at 21:57 UTC
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CanonSharpShooter: How fun is it to adapt lenses and risk getting moisture in the body & lens. Don’t tell Nikon you were using non native items on your $3000 camera. Or how uneven it will feel to have a huge DSLR lens & adapter on a mirrorless? All of these troubles just to say you got the greatest and the latest. Long live D850!

CanonSS - So you don't believe in using teleconverters either?

Teleconverters also have 2 areas of entry!

Most sports and wildlife photographers use them habitually in often atrocious weather conditions, and seem to have no problems with moisture or dust ingression....

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2018 at 21:20 UTC
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LessMirrored19: F the Z system

samuel - *Please* don't encourage him.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2018 at 21:16 UTC
On article Nikon Z7 added to studio comparison scene (308 comments in total)
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Elonlukatski: Need to see the new Z7 tested with a Z mount lens. The new 35mm would be the logical choice if the 50mm isn’t available yet. Using adapted lenses as good as they are will not show us the full potential of the new much wider and shallower mount system.

Elonlukatski - To be fair, the studio comparison test is really there to show up differences in sensor quality rather than lens quality. I'd ignore resolution, as that will vary from lens to lens.

Use the scene to judge moire, noise levels and ISO invariance, and it becomes much more useful.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2018 at 20:46 UTC
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CanonSharpShooter: How fun is it to adapt lenses and risk getting moisture in the body & lens. Don’t tell Nikon you were using non native items on your $3000 camera. Or how uneven it will feel to have a huge DSLR lens & adapter on a mirrorless? All of these troubles just to say you got the greatest and the latest. Long live D850!

CanonSS - "How fun is it to adapt lenses and risk getting moisture in the body & lens"

You might also like to consider that your comment will apply equally to adaptors, teleconverters and extension tubes, regardless of whether any or all of them are OEM or third party. Do I take it that you'd never use any of these items?

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2018 at 20:03 UTC
On article Nikon Z7 added to studio comparison scene (308 comments in total)
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entoman: The take home is that the differences between sensors of the same format and pixel count are so minor nowadays that it's pretty damned insignificant. Half a stop advantage to one camera at low ISO, half a stop advantage to another camera at high ISO.

I see no reason to base camera purchase decisions between D850, 5DSR, Z7, a7Riii or K1 on image quality in real world scenarios. Far more sensible IMHO to choose using other criteria - e.g. ergonomics, reliability, AF performance, burst speed, lens system and value.

jubilatu - It's up to the prospective purchaser to define "lens system", not me. The majority will probably be happy to use OEM lenses or third party lenses via adaptors (if only as an interim measure), while a tiny minority will insist on using only "native new-mount OEM" glass.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2018 at 18:49 UTC
On article Nikon Z7 added to studio comparison scene (308 comments in total)

The take home is that the differences between sensors of the same format and pixel count are so minor nowadays that it's pretty damned insignificant. Half a stop advantage to one camera at low ISO, half a stop advantage to another camera at high ISO.

I see no reason to base camera purchase decisions between D850, 5DSR, Z7, a7Riii or K1 on image quality in real world scenarios. Far more sensible IMHO to choose using other criteria - e.g. ergonomics, reliability, AF performance, burst speed, lens system and value.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2018 at 15:45 UTC as 38th comment | 7 replies
On article Nikon Z7 added to studio comparison scene (308 comments in total)
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princecody: What does the Z stand for?
1. Zoom
2. Zorro
3. Zoloft

🤔🤓

... oil on Zensor?

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2018 at 15:32 UTC
On article Nikon Z7 added to studio comparison scene (308 comments in total)
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princecody: What does the Z stand for?
1. Zoom
2. Zorro
3. Zoloft

🤔🤓

Zilch (only kidding Nikon)

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2018 at 13:42 UTC
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Ken60: Film bag YEA :)

Their other branch makes hens teeth, dodo feathers and sunglasses for the Doyouthinkhesawus .

idontthinkhesaurus

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2018 at 13:33 UTC
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Samuel Dilworth: I’m digging the E-mount 21 mm Color-Skopar.

It may not be apparent to those who don’t use them, but distance scales and depth-of-field ticks are mere decoration unless they are spread out enough to use for zone focusing – in other words, unless the focusing throw is ‘slow’ (i.e. large in relation to the depth of field). This makes widish Leica rangefinder lenses more workable for zone focusing than almost all alternatives.

The distance scales on the longer Voigtländer lenses aren’t much use, but on the 21 mm Color-Skopar they are well worth having.

Besides, that’s a tiny lens by today’s standards. And interestingly priced for such a wide field of view.

Dave Oddie - That's interesting, thanks.

Today distance information and aperture information are used on some cameras to calculate flash output - it just strikes me as odd that with all this information and automation available, that no manufacturer has thought to add an auto-hyperfocal-distance feature.

In aperture priority or manual mode it would be easy to link this to a function button, which when pressed would automatically focus the lens at the hyperfocal distance. It would be really useful for landscape photography.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2018 at 13:31 UTC
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dansclic: 16 pages to scroll, pffffff, make it easier men !

Samuel - "2018 humans don’t read anything if you serve it to them in one chunk. They need to be drip-fed"

Sad but true.

Nowadays its all about third-rate videos with a lot of waffle and arm-waving, but very little content. Thankfully there are also many excellent video tutorials, and some decent written articles, but they are few and far between, and not found on populist websites.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2018 at 13:23 UTC
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