samhain

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On article Comparison Review: Sony FE 50mm F1.4 ZA vs 55mm F1.8 ZA (228 comments in total)
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samhain: This lens produces gorgeous photos.
It's one of those lenses that exceeds its test numbers.
In short, it's one of those rare few lenses that has the 'it' factor.

Bravo Sony, Bravo!

"*This* particularly 1.4 copy IMO underperforms relative to the 55mm 1.8 copy they have."

I disagree.
Both are good, but Imo this lens outperforms their 55.
Could be due to the fact that I prefer Planar over Sonnar?
Sonnar bokeh usually is a little more pleasing, the trade off being less sharp with less 3D pop. And with this lens, Zeiss has really improved on the bokeh(I'm guessing the 11 blades have a big impact on that), transitions, and the entire optical design in general.
I'm ok with the bokeh outlining...I actually kind of like it- Where as the onion bokeh is no big deal to you, it's a big deal to me. No way in hell do I consider having to clone out onion rings of every bokeh circle 'no big deal'.
To my eyes, there's more differences between the 2 lens than just onion bokeh, but we can agree to disagree.
I do agree with you on lens copies- I've tested and returned/swapped out a number of lenses in search of a 'perfect' copy.
Sample variation is a very real thing.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2016 at 00:18 UTC
On article Comparison Review: Sony FE 50mm F1.4 ZA vs 55mm F1.8 ZA (228 comments in total)
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evogt500: The 55mm f 1.8 might be the better buy when you consider the price/performance ratio.

Depends on how you use lenses.
Do you make a living from them? If so, the lens can be the difference between a happy client and a client that's blown away by the rendering & qualities of the photos- qualities the client can't quite put into words, but just have that 'wow' factor.
Those little differences can go a long way...

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2016 at 22:08 UTC
On article Comparison Review: Sony FE 50mm F1.4 ZA vs 55mm F1.8 ZA (228 comments in total)

This lens produces gorgeous photos.
It's one of those lenses that exceeds its test numbers.
In short, it's one of those rare few lenses that has the 'it' factor.

Bravo Sony, Bravo!

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2016 at 21:55 UTC as 51st comment | 3 replies

I think it's cute how canikon shooters keep saying PIxel shift is only good for product shots as if trying to reduce its usefulness.
I can think of many uses for it, from fine art to fashion, crime scenes to landscapes. Even portraiture. Shooting art for galleries, museums and for the artist's websites..
It's a lot more useful than some people are making it out to be.
And even if it was just useful for product shots- that's a big industry and covers many things. And as good as the PS photos look, this camera could really put you ahead of the completion.

And now learning it has motion compensation, that opens the doors even more.

Link | Posted on May 10, 2016 at 00:28 UTC as 51st comment | 4 replies
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qwertyasdf: I think ISO / noise performance advantage of pixel shift is merely theoretical. I can't think of a case which the stillness of the scene could afford you to use pixel-shift, but at the same time, you need high ISO.

Really?
I can think of many scenarios using pixel shift in dim lighting where higher iso would be beneficial...

Link | Posted on May 6, 2016 at 12:06 UTC
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Will B Milner: Cool stuff. But am I right in thinking the lens is letting it down? The 645Z/D810 shots are razor sharp across the frame. (apologies I haven't read all the comments)

Also High ISO on the K-1 looks pretty good too...

Yes, The lens is letting it down.
A portrait lens optimized for center sharpness, plus most likely a bad copy, not so uncommon with the made in Vietnam versions of FA limiteds.

Link | Posted on May 6, 2016 at 11:58 UTC
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samhain: I see no issue with the idea or camera design.
What's absurd is that Leica is actually charging MORE money for this than the standard version, when clearly their cost is reduced.

That's so smug. They should be ashamed of themselves for inflating the price, instead of passing on the savings.

I have a serious love/hate relationship with Leica. There's some people at that company who could use a good slap across the mouth.

@archiver Well... I think that's exactly what it is, right? An M262 with no lcd.
Leica not having to cut the hole in the back and install the screen & buttons, along with some basic rewiring doesn't make it a different camera.
It's the same camera, they just didn't install the LCD panel.

It's anyone's guess as to what it took to make the camera, but I'd bet money it doesn't cost Leica more money to make it.

Whatever, I wouldn't pay more money than a standard M262 or 240 for it so it doesn't really matter what I think.

Link | Posted on May 2, 2016 at 01:03 UTC

I see no issue with the idea or camera design.
What's absurd is that Leica is actually charging MORE money for this than the standard version, when clearly their cost is reduced.

That's so smug. They should be ashamed of themselves for inflating the price, instead of passing on the savings.

I have a serious love/hate relationship with Leica. There's some people at that company who could use a good slap across the mouth.

Link | Posted on May 1, 2016 at 00:36 UTC as 54th comment | 6 replies
On article Huawei clarifies Leica-involvement in P9 camera design (53 comments in total)
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belle100: It seems to me more like:
"Initial information .. suggested the camera module had only been certified by Leica but the company"(Huawei) was not happy with that statement by Leica and changed that to "the P9 camera is indeed co-engineered with Leica" to make it sounds better.

Probably.
My guess is at most Leica bumped up the contrast and maybe tweaked the colors, to give it the 'Leica look'.

I'm surprised Leica would put their name on a camera made in China.
Maybe I shouldn't be...

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2016 at 02:34 UTC
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graybalanced: What is it with people in the thread blaming Nikon incompetence for this? Do you have any idea how bad the Kumamoto earthquakes were? The video coming out of it was shocking...4-lane highways wiped out by landslides, bullet trains derailed, hundreds of thousands homeless due to destroyed buildings... and this is in a country with excellent earthquake preparedness as you can see in the much higher death toll in comparable earthquakes in other countries.

Remember the 2004 Asian tsunami? Hard drive production was severely constrained by factories knocked offline, and prices went way up for a while. This is that type of situation.

I have no vested interest in defending Nikon other than being interested in the DL. My SLR is Canon and my compact is Panasonic.

There will be a slight delay in the arrival of your new toys, cranky Westerers with disposable income. You'll live...

Well said @graybalanced.

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2016 at 02:22 UTC
On article Seriously sharp: Sony FE 85mm F1.4 GM samples (256 comments in total)
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Flashback: I hate to differ here, but where is the pop?

I can see plenty of detail, but not absolute sharpness. Maybe it's a due to lack of contrast. I was expecting more from this combination.

This doesn't seem to be a 'pop' lens (ala Zeiss), instead focusing on getting everything else right.
I don't remember the specifics, but I read a great article & discussion a while back that talked in-depth about the trade offs in lens design.
If I'm not mistaken- the 'pop' comes from 'micro contrast'. Usually lenses like zeiss tthat have lots of 'pop' are seen as being very clinical, and don't always have the nicest bokeh.
Where as other portrait lenses(like the Nikon 58mm 1.4g) may focus more on smooth rendering, a flattering 'creamy' look & very pleasing bokeh.
I'm not the best person to explain it, probably butchering it- but in a nutshell that's what I've come to notice in tele lenses.

This lens seems to walks the line by having the best of all worlds.
I prefer the higher contrast Zeiss style formulas but I respect the hell out of this lens, and foresee it doing VERY well in reviews(particularly ones that take bokeh into account).

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2016 at 23:52 UTC
On article Seriously sharp: Sony FE 85mm F1.4 GM samples (256 comments in total)
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FuhTeng: I'm going to leave this here for all those who believe sharpness (resolution? accutance?) is the most important thing about lenses -

"Our young men should spend more time considering the composition and merit of their images, and less time with magnifying glasses counting how many bricks and shingles they can resolve." - from a Paris newspaper article on Daguerrotype photography, from 1841.

Seeing as how this is a story on a photography GEAR site, demonstrating a new lens... Why wouldn't we talk about it being sharp (& other characteristics)?
This isn't a photographer critique thread and the people shooting aren't pro photographers.
Smh at some people on here. I wonder if they're just butt hurt that Sony is pumping out more, and better, lenses than the currently stagnant Canon & Nikon lens depts?
Or perhaps they're just miserable in general and jump at the chance to share their negativity with any audience they can...?
Who knows.

This lens looks awesome. Very sharp. The transitions are very smooth, almost the opposite of Zeiss in that regard. Great color, great bokeh. This should be a very flattering portrait lens. I've been waiting to see if Sony would bring a pro level portrait lens out, and they did not disappoint. Lens looks to beat the older Sony/Zeiss 85/1.4.
If I shot Sony, This would probably be the first lens I bought.

Good job Sony!

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2016 at 23:09 UTC
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tedolf: The thing is huge.

It is bigger than a Leica M9!

Tedolph

Well... Atleast the sensor is smaller.

;)

Link | Posted on Feb 29, 2016 at 21:04 UTC
On article Worth the wait? A look inside the Pentax K-1 (651 comments in total)
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samhain: Loving those LED's! So smart.
Sometimes... It's just the little things :)

@russell didn't even consider that. Good point.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2016 at 01:32 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2617 comments in total)
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samhain: This camera is beautiful.

As a former long time Pentax shooter, my big question is: how good will the fa limiteds be with this new sensor? Those 3 little lenses were the reason I went with Pentax in the first place, and the darlings of the lens line up.

If I was Pentax, I would be working hastily on bringing out updated versions of those lenses(and ideally have production brought back to Japan).
Throw in a new 50mm 1.2 & 85mm 1.2 (and a pro level flash) and I think they'd could draw in a LOT of buyers.

When I first started shopping cameras, a Japanese photographer I really respected wrote: "bodies come and go. You buy into a system for the lenses."
That always stuck with me.
And a stunner 50/1.2 & 85/1.2 would call to wedding & portrait shooters like a siren.

@keith reeder I couldn't disagree more.
Hands down the best looking DSLR body to date.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2016 at 01:31 UTC
On article Worth the wait? A look inside the Pentax K-1 (651 comments in total)
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samhain: Loving those LED's! So smart.
Sometimes... It's just the little things :)

Red makes the most sense, as it's the least visible from a distance at night.
But now we're just being picky :)
It has little led lights to help you swap lenses, cards, etc in the dark.
And that's a cool feature.

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2016 at 15:34 UTC
On article Ultra-compact: Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II review (546 comments in total)
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samhain: "A camera body so small and so pocketable encourages run-and-gun, hand-holdable shooting, but trying to get 42MP of sharpness dictates careful application of shooting technique, and maybe even a tripod. "

And that's the sole reason why I won't be getting this camera. Putting a 42mp sensor in a take anywhere/travel/personal pocket camera makes no sense.
Like usual, Sony gets the tech right but drops the ball in the 'real world use' category.
It's as if the cameras are built without any input from real working photographers.
This camera same so close to being 'my perfect camera'.
Guess I'm stuck dreaming about a full frame Fuji X100T, or a Leica Q with a longer focal length.

But that's referring to their ILC cameras.
A one-off FF x100 with fixed lens wouldn't take away anything from their ILC's.
I think they could exist harmoniously, just as all the other brands with both ff & aps-c. I don't get the 'either/or' mindset.

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2016 at 15:30 UTC
On article Worth the wait? A look inside the Pentax K-1 (651 comments in total)
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Smaug01: Is it me, or do they keep printing PENTAX bigger and bigger? That's a shame.

Definitely a throwback to the 67. I like it.
There's always black Gaffers tape if it bothers you that much.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 15:56 UTC
On article Worth the wait? A look inside the Pentax K-1 (651 comments in total)

Loving those LED's! So smart.
Sometimes... It's just the little things :)

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 15:54 UTC as 110th comment | 6 replies
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