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My Samyang 14mm is wonderfully sharp corner to corner, but does have distortion; though it's easily corrected. This 15mm, if it's equally sharp, and has minimal distortion, would be very interesting. Look forward to hearing more.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2016 at 14:26 UTC as 13th comment | 2 replies
On article Upwardly mobile: Sony a6300 Review (2164 comments in total)
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Shank95: I have not invested in to any system......
Canon 80d vs Sony a6300
Loved the specs of Sony..... But is the lack of touchscreen and long menus is that bad.
I live in India which is usually very hot will it overheat?

The trick with the sonys is to use your customizable buttons so you don't have to dip into the menu. This works for about 90% of what you might need. The other 10% can be fidgety though.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 13:49 UTC
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mailman88: Fuji and Sony are game changers, while everybody else has conservative thinking business models.

Edsels weren't innovative and Sony makes the best sensors bar none. That's why almost every company you listed uses them - they changed the game. They also pioneered the mirrorless camera and I think they're great.

For most photographers the image is more important than market share. we owe a lot of thanks to sony.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 03:26 UTC
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probert500: If my Olympus zuiko OM 50mm f3.5 macro wasn't so incredibly sharp and distortion free, I'd definitely give this a look.

I haven't noticed any issues, as opposed to the nikkor 55 micro, which seems to lose both resolution and contrast at longer distances.

Regardless, I'm not sure contrast is critical, as I shoot as neutral as possible to get as much info as possible, and adjust contrast in PP. If you shoot straight to jpeg, it might be an important criteria.

Link | Posted on Aug 31, 2016 at 16:52 UTC

If my Olympus zuiko OM 50mm f3.5 macro wasn't so incredibly sharp and distortion free, I'd definitely give this a look.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2016 at 22:39 UTC as 10th comment | 3 replies
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probert500: I have the current 14mm and it is a very good lens and is under $300.00.

The idea of AF on a 14mm is funny - it will be the least used motor in the history of motors. f8-11, focus at about a meter, and everything is sharp.

AF is not a miracle worker. But who knows?

Link | Posted on Aug 21, 2016 at 12:32 UTC
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Wilight: The main problem with their existing 14mm is the high and complex distortion, not the lack of AF.

With ptlens it's very well corrected. ItIS a 14mm.

Link | Posted on Aug 21, 2016 at 12:30 UTC

I have the current 14mm and it is a very good lens and is under $300.00.

The idea of AF on a 14mm is funny - it will be the least used motor in the history of motors. f8-11, focus at about a meter, and everything is sharp.

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2016 at 12:59 UTC as 8th comment | 2 replies

When the phrase "next generation smart bag" comes up - do yourself a favor, just get a last generation dumb bag.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2016 at 18:57 UTC as 23rd comment | 1 reply
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Alphoid: Welps, not something I'd ever buy. $2500 and no autofocus. Not criticizing, but not all too useful for still work.

I dig the interchangeable mount. I was very excited when Sigma introduced that, and then sad when it went to less than a handful of lenses, and then nowhere. Although now that I'm seeing no A-mount.... Or Pentax....

@fmian - sure they took photos but they were blurry.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2016 at 00:57 UTC
On article Samsung launches first removable UFS memory cards (177 comments in total)

It's nice that the center contacts will provide good finger grips. What could go wrong?

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2016 at 15:15 UTC as 4th comment
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2669 comments in total)
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marc petzold: The ideal DSLR for Landscape Photography, or Architecture. Other Reviews Sites noted that Pentax got more DR out of this 2012 Sony 36 MP Design as the D810 Nikon.
And the Pentax is one grand cheaper then the Nikon Competition.

Unless you can adapt the canon T/s lenses, the best for architectural shooting might be either the A7R or A7Rii. Use both with great results.

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2016 at 18:23 UTC
On article All about that lens: Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III review (452 comments in total)
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Joe Ogiba: The RX10 Mk III is a real eye-opener. Sony has pulled out all the stops to give us a camera that honestly gives us a one-piece alternative to a DSLR and several zoom lenses in a much smaller package.

This camera is as fast and just as good optically as my bigger cameras, and I don't have to change lenses. No, its sensor isn't as big as a DSLR's, but sensors are so good today that it doesn't matter anymore. By using a somewhat smaller sensor Sony has been able to design a lens around it that does things that no larger lens can do. Sony has decades and decades of experience making video cameras with long-range zooms, and many decades of sensor experience (I was an application engineer for Sony's CCDs 25 years ago!), and they've put all this together into one fantastic camera.

If you need a camera with a great ultrawide to ultra-tele lens, this is the best there is. I can't get a lens with this broad a zoom range for any DSLR.

@greynerd Everything is ragged at iso 12,800.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2016 at 13:52 UTC
On article Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D (816 comments in total)

No doubt incredible, so I know I sound like a putz, but a flip up LCD can make such a big difference: shooting on a copy stand, negotiating a tight corner etc. Plus waist level shooting - which is after all a Hasselblad tradition. Oy

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 16:09 UTC as 69th comment | 1 reply
On article D500 owner formally accuses Nikon of false advertising (475 comments in total)

What does bluetooth have to do with wifi?

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2016 at 17:14 UTC as 52nd comment | 1 reply

when do they release the Larreee and the Moe-eee?

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2016 at 22:00 UTC as 26th comment | 1 reply

Looks very interesting - particularly for architectural or reproduction work. One issue I see is that electronic shutters have a lot of problems with both LED and Fluorescent lights. At this point that's just about all lights. Have the dealt with that?

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2016 at 12:06 UTC as 5th comment

excellent interview. Really interesting.

Digital photography has always been distinct from film, and yet both in form factor, and mindset, it has slavishly emulated it. One reason is ease of marketing, another is the innate conservatism of "photographers" as opposed to people using a tool towards a conceptual result.
This break will not only make the film/digital difference apparent to lytro users, but may inspire a new perspective, and consequent new ideas, from "traditional" digital users.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2016 at 14:10 UTC as 9th comment
On article Hands-on with the Sony RX10 III (308 comments in total)
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MikeF4Black: Well, there you have it. A huge camera with a tiny sensor, capable of 25x zoom. For the tourists.

The nikon and canon 1" ARE the sony sensor. It's a very very good sensor.

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2016 at 16:35 UTC
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probert500: "Eviscerate" has a very strong negative connotation - misleading headline.

Wow I really started something here - I', both proud and sorry at the same time. In common usage it means bad things - imagine my disappointment when the actually like the lens. I feel btrayed!!:-)

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2016 at 21:37 UTC
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