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On article Sigma SD Quattro H Review (691 comments in total)
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Osa25: The article maybe focuses a bit too much on the choice of mount and its implications for size.

But this is misplaced given that Sigma also sells the DPQ series of fixed lens cameras which are targeted at high image quality/portability ratio.

So they do have that end of things covered - and are correct to focus elsewhere with this particular product.

The choice of mount has not only implications for size, but also for compatibility. Sigma's large flange distance precludes the use of non-native lenses, which is extremely limiting and makes it a complete non-starter. Compare this to Sony's E-mount or MFT, with which you can use pretty much any lens known to man.

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2017 at 04:52 UTC

A battery operated tripod head sounds like a Rube Goldberg contraption to me, and an obvious point of failure to boot. Proprietary, nonstandard batteries add insult to injury. Combined with Manfrotto's p!ss poor customer service, it's an absolute dealbreaker for me.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 20:22 UTC as 6th comment | 5 replies
On article Fotodiox Pro launches five GFX lens adapters (80 comments in total)
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PatMann: The 19 PC-E Nikkor should complement Fujifilm's lens range nicely - Perhaps Novoflex will do an adapter that controls the aperture.

Unfortunately not. The 19 PC-E Nikkor has an Electromagnetic Diaphragm Mechanism (hence the 'E'), and works only with Nikon DSLRs.

Novoflex apparently doesn't have the expertise to make anything with active electronics. They leave it to Metabones to drink their milkshake.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2017 at 06:34 UTC

Brittany Hillen writes: "This makes the prototype sensor the second ever to exceed the 100 point milestone, joined only by the RED Epic Dragon prototype, which scored 101."

This is plain wrong. The Pentax 645Z also scored 101 points, it just wasn't *published* by DxO for whatever reasons. Maybe Pentax didn't pay for publication of these scores, maybe Sony paid for their non-publication.

The Pentax score only showed up in a report about the Sony RX1R II, which was obviously not intended by DxO: The report has been edited since, but the original version (with the Pentax score) is still visible in some archives.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2017 at 06:43 UTC as 6th comment | 4 replies
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wpstl: If her image was used for commercial purposes without permission (release/contract) she is entitled to something. Certainly not anywhere close to what she's asking. And she won't get it and we all know that. It's a ridiculous amount and the lawyer who filed the suit is a shining example of the reason lawyers are so admired. It's get's his or her name in the headlines which could result in more business. In other words, it's a marketing campaign for the lawyer.

The complaint (donwloadable from the second link above) says that the woman is appearing PRO SE, which means there doesn't seem to be a lawyer who filed the suit.

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2017 at 12:22 UTC
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johnsmith404: How's yet another rebrand of a Mitakon lens news-worthy?

Well, it looks *slightly* different from its Mitakon counterpart :) Either way, I would never buy anything from this manufacturer because I feel their approach to honesty and decency has been sufficiently established, no matter what future products might bring

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2016 at 08:13 UTC
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fenceSitter: I'm afraid Fotodiox is a little late to the party when offereing an adapter for the "G" aperture control mechanism that is already in the process of being phased out and replaced by Nikon.

None of the newer premium lenses (e.g. AF-S NIKKOR 70–200 mm 1:2,8E / PC NIKKOR 19 mm 1:4E / AF-S NIKKOR 105 mm 1:1,4E ED / AF-S NIKKOR 24–70 mm 1:2,8E) will work.

falconeyes, have you ever possessed a Fotodiox product?

It is not my experience that you can safely expect them to not disappoint by leaving out "trivial" features.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2016 at 21:45 UTC

I'm afraid Fotodiox is a little late to the party when offereing an adapter for the "G" aperture control mechanism that is already in the process of being phased out and replaced by Nikon.

None of the newer premium lenses (e.g. AF-S NIKKOR 70–200 mm 1:2,8E / PC NIKKOR 19 mm 1:4E / AF-S NIKKOR 105 mm 1:1,4E ED / AF-S NIKKOR 24–70 mm 1:2,8E) will work.

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2016 at 20:18 UTC as 12th comment | 5 replies
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great Javier: Sony Price: $1,400 US and $1,750 CA
DPR Price: $1400/€1700
Are you sure? Because it doesn't make sense to me.

If I'm not mistaken, €1700 is not a "DPR price" (whatever that may be), but was shown on a slide during a Sony press event.

It may begin to make at least a bit more sense if you take into account that the €1700 quoted will include 20ish % VAT.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2016 at 20:34 UTC
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mmarian: I've had Gitzo tripod for over 10 years and it looks and works as when new. They make a Ferrari product with the price to match. I for ones do not regret forking out the top $$ for this premium product. There are other options, so noone should have reason to complain.

@mmarian: There's (at least) one thing that you don't know and don't consider: Maybe today Gitzo doesn't make them like they used to do in the past. Some reviews on bhphotovideo.com certainly give that impression.

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2016 at 10:13 UTC

Unfortunately there's bafflingly little information in this lengthy essay of theirs. Sharpness, bokeh, and colors, yeah right.

We will have to wait for information about focus shift when stopping down, coma, LoCas, vignetting, chromatic abberations, and focusing speed. If this were a shorter version of the Zeiss 135mm f2 with autofocus, I'd buy it in a heartbeat.

Sidenote: now Nikon is making sure nobody uses their lenses on other bodies, by introducing "electromagnetic aperture control technology" for guaranteed incompatibility. I'm not sure whether this is a clever move.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2016 at 14:13 UTC as 43rd comment
On article Bentley creates a 53 billion pixel car commercial (189 comments in total)

LMAO. Kudos to Mr Stock and his chuzpah to scam Bentley's corporate bigwigs with the most preposterous bullsh!t I've heard in a long time: "To capture the giga-pixel image we used multiple robotic heads based on the NASA technology developed for photographing the surface of Mars."

Oh dear. That's a mouthful for an ordinary Gigapan Epic Pro, owned by everyone and his dog.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2016 at 20:53 UTC as 33rd comment | 2 replies
On article Nikon D5 real-world low light, high ISO samples (278 comments in total)
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nathantw: Let's look at it this way, if your livelihood depended on your camera to capture "The Moment" which camera would you buy? I know I would go with the D5 instead of a $3k Sony.

Quote: "if your livelihood depended on your camera to capture "The Moment" which camera would you buy?"

This depends on what "The Moment" is in any particular situation. If it is the moment when the mountains are illuminated by the evening sun, while dark storm clouds and lightning bolts are gathering behind said mountains, then you most definitely do NOT want the Nikon D5. If faced with the artificial choice D5 vs. A7R2, you'd pick the A7R2, but in reality you'd want a Phase One.

If it is the moment when Donald Trump gets in a fist fight, you'd probably prefer the D5 over the A7R2, but in reality any cell phone camera will do.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2016 at 09:25 UTC
On article Nikon D5 real-world low light, high ISO samples (278 comments in total)
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Arizona Sunset: This sensor in the D750 body would be amazing.

I just re-checked with files from the studio comparisons: Imatest suggests that the D750 seems to be a bit MORE noisy than the D5 at 51200 ISO, albeit not by very much.

It seems like my first impression misled me. Still I think the D5 sensor is not that much better to fret about it. I'm not even sure whether the A7R2 sensor would be.

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2016 at 18:36 UTC
On article Nikon D5 real-world low light, high ISO samples (278 comments in total)
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bernardly: Why does Nikon insist on designing its own FF sensor for their flagship DSLR? They then outsource the manufacture of the sensor to Renesas foundry. But Sony is the the undisputed champion of image sensors with the best IQ. So what is Nikon thinking and what is their rational? Perhaps, for so important a product they do not want to rely on an external vendor. Another reason could be that with the D5 / D4S / D4 the high price of the product subsidizes the development of their sensor. Their more mainstream cameras with lower prices might not be able to afford the development of Nikon designed and Renesas fabbed sensors.

"Why does Nikon insist on designing its own FF sensor for their flagship DSLR?" Beats me. I think it's painfully obvious that their in-house sensors can't hold a candle to those from Sony.

OTOH this is not a bad thing for my bank account. If Nikon had offered a D5 with an articulated screen, the sensor from the A7R2, and IBIS to boot, I'd have been sorely tempted to buy this thing although I can't really afford it. But as things are, I'm not tempted at all.

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2016 at 18:06 UTC
On article Nikon D5 real-world low light, high ISO samples (278 comments in total)
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Dave C 150: Of course night concerts look fine with grainy pics as it adds to "mood" and who needs detail. They look very noisy above 32000 to me. I would be more interested in shots in poor daylight of wildlife, especially birds where any noise ruins a shot. I'd like to see what ISO produces the breakthrough point for this type of shot. I'd say it's around ISO 1600 currently for most modern full frame cameras for this type of shot although I am completely happy to be shot down as I don't own one!

@Deliverator: These are stunning pictures from a pro photographer, no doubt. Unfortunately, the pictures don't prove much about his gear, except maybe the quality of the glass, plus autofocus speed perhaps. The thing is, when you scale down a FF sensor to 2.4 MP resolution, even the output from a 2004 Canon would look good enough in terms of sharpness and noise.

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2016 at 17:56 UTC
On article Nikon D5 real-world low light, high ISO samples (278 comments in total)
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Arizona Sunset: This sensor in the D750 body would be amazing.

I think it's exactly the other way round. No doubt the D750 body is less than perfect, physically, but its sensor damn near is! At least compared to that of the D5:

I just imported the raw files from Mr Bracaglia's concert shoots @ 51200 ISO and compared them to ISO 51200 files from the D750, with NR set to 0 in both cases. In my opinion the D750 sensor shows less noise than that of the D5.

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2016 at 17:45 UTC
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MikeManr: Tony Montenga from Scarface!

Yeah, right. Tony Montenga and his mistress Elsie Humperdinck. From Scarface.

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2016 at 09:48 UTC
On article Ultra-compact: Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II review (566 comments in total)
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ttran88: Waiting for a Canon or Nikon version....

@BigOne: A Canon or Nikon version of a camera with Sony's 42 MP BSI sensor, I suppose.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2016 at 10:27 UTC

Too bad, I had hoped for a BSI or Stacked Sensor in the next generation of Olympus cameras.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2016 at 10:20 UTC as 39th comment | 2 replies
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