Alphoid

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On article Tamron files patent for 115mm F1.4 VC lens (65 comments in total)
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Alphoid: And that looks like it may be the first potentially interesting lens Tamron has made.

Ever.

We do need longer/wider aperture lenses. I also like the 115mm. The whole idea of 17/24/35/50/85/135/200 is kind of dumb. I often want things in between. 115mm is just about ideal for face portraiture on full frame.

We'll wait for reviews on IQ. Or better yet, photos. And pricing.

The 24-70 I own in Sony/Zeiss. Much better lens. The 70-200mm is also better in name-brand (although I own/prefer an f/4, which I bought for 1/10th the price). The name brands are a little better optically, but much better build quality as well, and much better service as well. You pay less in the long term, at least if you use them a lot.

For the rest, i have stabilization in-body. I can get better-quality name brand lenses in all of those.

The 115mm is a unique focal length -- one I like on full frame. It also is the longest f/1.4 I can buy for my system.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 08:59 UTC
On article Tamron files patent for 115mm F1.4 VC lens (65 comments in total)

And that looks like it may be the first potentially interesting lens Tamron has made.

Ever.

We do need longer/wider aperture lenses. I also like the 115mm. The whole idea of 17/24/35/50/85/135/200 is kind of dumb. I often want things in between. 115mm is just about ideal for face portraiture on full frame.

We'll wait for reviews on IQ. Or better yet, photos. And pricing.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 01:24 UTC as 12th comment | 4 replies

30 seconds in (and a few times) they stop on what looks like as 3x5 camera array. Anyone know what that is?

Link | Posted on Aug 19, 2016 at 20:14 UTC as 38th comment | 4 replies
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maksa: > Tair 11-133mm f/2.8.

Actually, Tair-11 133mm f/2.8.

I'd totally buy a Tair 11-133mm f/2.8 with full frame coverage. Ultrawide through short portrait telephoto all the way at a constant f/2.8? If one of those existed, I'd need no other lens.

Much nicer than a $100 133mm manual focus prime lens.

Link | Posted on Aug 19, 2016 at 20:01 UTC

Well that's a little more decent of them. If I had my druthers, they'd just open source their tool, so hobbyists could continue to develop and maintain the software in perpetuity, or at least go with something standard like FTP.

But at least this is incompetent, rather than malicious.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2016 at 19:45 UTC as 18th comment

Kickstarter isn't intended as a sales site. It's a place where people donate product development costs to small entrepreneurs in hopes of making a product more likely to happen. It's more like an entertainment expense or a donation. I know plenty of people who use it. None seriously expect to see many of the products they give money for. It's more like a bonus when they come through, and they feel good about having helped make it happen.

It could use clearer communications around that.

Coincidentally, if you make less than six figures, Kickstarter probably isn't for you.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2016 at 01:29 UTC as 19th comment | 1 reply
On article Samyang introduces full-frame 20mm F1.8 ED AS UMC (146 comments in total)

That's the first lens in this lineup which I would consider. Aside from all the other upsides, on a stabilized body, it would be the ultimate lens for hand held low light.

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2016 at 20:30 UTC as 25th comment
On article Lensbaby Twist 60 real-world sample gallery (98 comments in total)
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Photato: The "effect" is due to the lack of lens correction for field curvature.
Very similar to the Fujian 35mm f/1.7 which is less than $30, but covers APS-C or smaller.

@Favorable D'oh! I missed that. I do adapt dSLRs to c-mount all the time, but for applications where flange distance is irrelevant (scientific equipment where you've got an extension tube regardless).

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2016 at 09:30 UTC
On article Lensbaby Twist 60 real-world sample gallery (98 comments in total)
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Photato: The "effect" is due to the lack of lens correction for field curvature.
Very similar to the Fujian 35mm f/1.7 which is less than $30, but covers APS-C or smaller.

@ProfHankD Any good reference to read on how that leads to swirly bokeh? I have a basic knowledge of optics (read most of a textbook once), but by no means advanced.

@Exponynt C-mount adapters are plentiful to any dSLR

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2016 at 13:03 UTC
On article Lensbaby Twist 60 real-world sample gallery (98 comments in total)
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Photato: The "effect" is due to the lack of lens correction for field curvature.
Very similar to the Fujian 35mm f/1.7 which is less than $30, but covers APS-C or smaller.

I was curious, so I Googled it. It's not at all the same. The Fujan gives a subtle swirl, which frames the subject and draws the eye in. I just wish it was a smidgen sharper.

The Lensbaby gives a feeling the subject is being spun around at a high speed, making the viewer queasy.

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2016 at 21:59 UTC
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Alphoid: Honestly, a review without even mentioning the aperture? Seriously, dpreview?

Random web site suggests this was a constant f/2.8 zoom. If that's correct, it should be on par with an FZ200 in many ways. That's a pretty decent camera. 10x zoom vs 20x zoom would be the major difference, aside from the obvious generational difference in sensor technology, storage technology, etc.

Prorky79: I agree insults are not appropriate, but to be fair, statements like "light intensity plays no part in photography" are a little bit ignorant.

I am a little surprised by the amount of serious debate given following a few joke comments... It seems like equivalence is the new Godwin's Law

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2016 at 14:09 UTC
On article Getty Images sued again, this time by Zuma Press (68 comments in total)
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iAPX: This is not a story, this is a pattern!

Hope that "infringed photography" really means infringement. And that could stack up to billions...

Getty is the megaupload of photography. In fact not, never megaupload asked for money to use copyrighted content, nor do they pretend to be right owner or represent them lawfully. In fact Getty in clearly evil at this point!

Billions is unlikely. Highsmith was about right about how high it could go -- about one billion. $25k*47k = $1.2 billion. That's top statutory damages. $120 million is the bottom. I'm betting on $400 million --- bottom of statutory, but treble damages.

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2016 at 03:35 UTC
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Alphoid: Honestly, a review without even mentioning the aperture? Seriously, dpreview?

Random web site suggests this was a constant f/2.8 zoom. If that's correct, it should be on par with an FZ200 in many ways. That's a pretty decent camera. 10x zoom vs 20x zoom would be the major difference, aside from the obvious generational difference in sensor technology, storage technology, etc.

Porky79: I wasn't comparing to 1" sensor. FZ200 is a 1/2.3" sensor with constant f/2.8 lens. From Carey's comment, the Mavica has a faster lens, at least wide, so ought to produce better image quality.

Carey: If not a full review, then how will inquiring minds figure out whether to buy the Mavica or an RX10?

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2016 at 00:38 UTC

Honestly, a review without even mentioning the aperture? Seriously, dpreview?

Random web site suggests this was a constant f/2.8 zoom. If that's correct, it should be on par with an FZ200 in many ways. That's a pretty decent camera. 10x zoom vs 20x zoom would be the major difference, aside from the obvious generational difference in sensor technology, storage technology, etc.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2016 at 18:00 UTC as 54th comment | 12 replies

DPReview: Can we add this to the D5/1DXII comparison?

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2016 at 11:28 UTC as 5th comment
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The Squire: Cool. I was looking for a camera for a 2 y.o a couple of years back and it was really hard to find anything that was simple and durable that wasn't an out and out toy (i.e. a VGA resolution pile of garbage sensor).

Yes, even a 2 y.o. cares about IQ when she's used to viewing photos on an iPad.

I probably would have gone for something like this, so long as the UX is really simple.

It is. Only downside is it's easy to record movies. That can use up a battery and fill up a memory card.

I just wish it had full manual hidden away in the menus, so there's a growth path. It's really point-and-click and nothing more.

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2016 at 09:56 UTC
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beavertown: Shouldn't insult the kids by buying this crap for them.

Try to find a better camera for a preschooler.

Seriously.

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2016 at 07:15 UTC
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wolfie: Oh Nikon - how far you have fallen!

Even Olympus have ditched the barrel scraping marketing of cheap digicams- which has been quite instrumental in boosting their profitability.

Honestly, I have the predecessor, and I love this camera. The best camera is the one you have with you. This one will go anywhere, and it costs $100. All the other underwater cameras spend a ton on making e.g. folded optics and other esoterica to fit into a little box. This one cuts the price in half by just being a little bit bigger. I have shots with kids in the pool, in spray ponds, and all sorts of other places, which would never have existed otherwise.

Plus, it's a great camera for ~3 year olds to start learning photography. It's much better than the off-brand cheap digicams. This one takes pretty okay shots in good light.

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2016 at 07:14 UTC
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OvinceZ: Things blown out of proportion. How on earth can Highsmith justify damages of one billion dollars? This is the theater of the absurd.
She put her photos in the public domain and now has figured a way to sue for a huge sum of money. Gotta love photographers and lawyers. If anyone is going to get some money here it will be the lawyers.

Regarding $1 billion, Companies like getty lobbied for ridiculous damages and ridiculous laws like the DMCA. Copyright violation carries statutory damages of thousands of dollars. They're getting hit with their own medicine.

http://artlawjournal.com/tips-responding-getty-images-demand-letter/

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2016 at 06:57 UTC
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DualSystemGuy: In the DR section, why do you only touch on low ISO DR? Nikon DR is higher at high ISO, Canon DR is higher at low ISO. These cameras are most likely going to be used at high ISO's most of the time, not base ISO. It's only a step back at base ISO, more importantly at high ISO it's a step forward.

@DualSystemGuy You haven't done serious landscape until you've done it at 16fps with 3d focus tracking locked onto a tree.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2016 at 14:39 UTC
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