yukosteel

yukosteel

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davev8: for that kind of money, or a LOT less there is a lot of good old manual focus lenses out there, a Canon FDn 50F1,4 is $50, just put a cheap eBay adaptor on it and leave it on ..if F1.7 F1.8 or F2 is fine they can be had for a lot less ..the FD 50 F1.4 has a more modern look pretty sharp and punchy color .my Minolta Rokkor F1.7 55mm FP has a much older look more film-like look..the prices are going up, the days of getting a lens like my Fujinon 55mm F1.8 for $9 inc shipping and a free SLR attached are few and far between now

I think many people went that way already when mirrorless cameras just appeared, and lens assortment was extremely limited.
The biggest downside of adapting DSLR lens is the increased size of resulting set. Also compact lens that adapt nice are typically quickly grow in price : )
From the other hand the 50mm focal length is probably one of most mass produced, that's why there are so many alternatives, and yes it makes sense to consider having a few adapted DSLR lens for a cost of dedicated mirrorless lens.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2022 at 03:25 UTC
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yukosteel: I'd echo that it's great to see DPReview found time to review budget lens like 7Artisans.
Personally I'm frequently shooting with many cheap Chinese lens in parallel with quite pricy Voigtlander/Zeiss manual lens. When it comes to lens for compact APS-C cameras - my priority list is: smaller size, interesting image rendering, decent mechanical quality, and only the last one is the price.
It was highly surprising many times how good are some of these budget lens in practical use - they often deliver great shooting experience and resulting pictures.
I'd say - these budget lens aren't meant to deliver photo perfection, they rather are making cool and interesting photo experience much more affordable. It's personal choice for everyone what equipment makes your shooting process enjoyable.

Lastly, when I check numerous online galleries of shots taken with these budget lens, it unveils how good the results can be if people focus more on shooting techniques and composition, rather than seeking for more optically perfect lens.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2022 at 03:21 UTC

I'd echo that it's great to see DPReview found time to review budget lens like 7Artisans.
Personally I'm frequently shooting with many cheap Chinese lens in parallel with quite pricy Voigtlander/Zeiss manual lens. When it comes to lens for compact APS-C cameras - my priority list is: smaller size, interesting image rendering, decent mechanical quality, and only the last one is the price.
It was highly surprising many times how good are some of these budget lens in practical use - they often deliver great shooting experience and resulting pictures.
I'd say - these budget lens aren't meant to deliver photo perfection, they rather are making cool and interesting photo experience much more affordable. It's personal choice for everyone what equipment makes your shooting process enjoyable.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2022 at 03:21 UTC as 16th comment | 1 reply

I don't have enough words to express how inspiring is this camera announcement! I don't think about image quality, features or how it compares with other cameras I have or can have. This Fuji Instax version just builds strong desire to grab it for an unique and fun photo journey. I'll definitely give it a try!!!

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2021 at 22:46 UTC as 25th comment
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Shlomo Friedman: Pricing for the Leitz Phone 1 is set at JPY 187,920 ($1,700) with pre-orders in Japan starting tomorrow.

I'm wondering if they plan to use sapphire crystal glass for that lens cover, then it will remain scratch free.

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2021 at 23:35 UTC

Short review article of Pergear 60mm F2.8 2:1 Macro early prototype:
https://yukosteel.wordpress.com/2021/07/20/review-pergear-60mm-f2-8-early-prototype-lens-fuji-x-mount/

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2021 at 06:37 UTC as 1st comment

Controls-wise I'd rather compare Nikon Z fc with Fuji X-T4, where is much higher similarity of ISO dial, sub-dial levers, flip hiting screen, etc.
Though anyway, personally I prefer this lates retro look of Nikon : ) Great job done there, Z fc has a great chance to attract many ex-Nikon shooters back from Fuji system, especially if shooting with adapted lens so easy to switch just camera.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2021 at 06:57 UTC as 90th comment
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yukosteel: Just finished the disassembly process guide for TTArtisan 50mm F1.2 lens in Fuji X mount:
https://yukosteel.wordpress.com/2021/04/28/disassembly-ttartisan-50mm-f1-4-lens-in-fuji-x-mount/

What I see from reflections from each optical surface - TTArtisan 50mm F1.2 is fully multi-coated, in other words - every optical element has multi-coating on both sides. You'll see that white reflection under lower angle with any lens that has convex front element surface, including high-end $$$$ optics.
Easiest way to check multi-coating - using a white led light.

Link | Posted on May 2, 2021 at 01:40 UTC
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yukosteel: Just finished the disassembly process guide for TTArtisan 50mm F1.2 lens in Fuji X mount:
https://yukosteel.wordpress.com/2021/04/28/disassembly-ttartisan-50mm-f1-4-lens-in-fuji-x-mount/

Thank you for help! I've corrected that typo.

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2021 at 03:20 UTC

Just finished the disassembly process guide for TTArtisan 50mm F1.2 lens in Fuji X mount:
https://yukosteel.wordpress.com/2021/04/28/disassembly-ttartisan-50mm-f1-4-lens-in-fuji-x-mount/

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2021 at 03:02 UTC as 4th comment | 4 replies
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Tim Zhou: I have their 35mm F1.4, a likeable little lens. The only complaint is the distance scale is way off, judging from the product photo of this 50mm, seems again the distance scale is incorrect. Still some way to go for these manufacturers, as they need to pay attention to these details.

Yeah, you are right, DOF scale is not accurate on 50mm F1.2 as well. I've just took 2m distance shot at F4 and scale shows 1.5-3m but in fact picture shows about 40-50cm DOF area on APS-C Fuji X.
If you need to use DOF scale, my recommendation is to put a black vinyl tape strip over that scale and paint a new scale on top with angled lines. I think I'll try that, since sometimes having DOF estimate is handy.

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2021 at 17:51 UTC

Just tried this lens on Fuji X recently, and here is my review:
https://yukosteel.wordpress.com/2021/04/22/ttartisan-50mm-f1-2-lens-review-fuji-x-mount/
I've also made a short disassembly of the focusing mechanics - it's classic helicoid design with outer aluminum thread and inner anodized aluminum, the thread precision is very high there, and quite thick precise brass guiders are used. Mount ring is made of light alloy or aluminum as well. Cylinders are thick and very well machined, so this lens mechanics should last for a long time. Whole optical core is embedded into a single case, so accessing aperture chamber is difficult, and I didn't manage to open a front area yet - nameplate ring sits too firm (probably glued).

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2021 at 03:04 UTC as 8th comment | 1 reply
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Tim Zhou: I have their 35mm F1.4, a likeable little lens. The only complaint is the distance scale is way off, judging from the product photo of this 50mm, seems again the distance scale is incorrect. Still some way to go for these manufacturers, as they need to pay attention to these details.

Can you elaborate what do you mean by incorrect distance scale? The 50mm F1.2 sample I have is precisely matching focusing distance, just checked it for 0.5m , 1m and 2m.
Perhaps you just have slight radial misalignment of the external focusing ring on your 35mm F1.4 lens sample, which can be easily fine tuned by partially unscrewing bolts on focusing ring and rotating it, then tightening the bolts.

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2021 at 02:55 UTC
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amitava bhowmik: No love for Nikon?? :(

There is already 7Artisans 35mm F0.95 lens for Nikon Z mount, which is mechanically superior to Mitakon mark-II.

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2021 at 23:25 UTC
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yukosteel: Nice move Zhong Yi ! Though it's a bit late.
7Artisans/Risespray improved version of Mitakon 35mm F0.95 mark II is 100g lighter, performs optically same, has better mechanics, and is less pricy - is a much better fit to lighter micro-four-thirds system.

I've used Fuji X version of Mitakon mk-II since the date it got released, it was my favorite lens for 4 years. But after Risespray/7Artisans made an improved version I moved to it, since it's better lens ergonomically and internal mechanics is a step up as well.
Mitakon mk-II is an obsolete lens now, just like the Mitakon mk-I was at the time mk-II appeared. Most recent Risespray/7Artisans are new generation, that's why they often call it "mk-III" in ads. Personally I don't see any serious reason purchasing Mitakon mk-II over more affordable and Risespray/7Artisans.

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2021 at 23:21 UTC

Nice move Zhong Yi ! Though it's a bit late.
7Artisans/Risespray improved version of Mitakon 35mm F0.95 mark II is 100g lighter, performs optically same, has better mechanics, and is less pricy - is a much better fit to lighter micro-four-thirds system.

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2021 at 01:12 UTC as 8th comment | 3 replies

Nice research! It's good result for low angled windshield, though there are many cars, trucks and busses where impact may be dramatically different due to almost orthogonal impact hit.
Also all cars behind the lucky-deflecting one may have different story when meet broken parts.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2021 at 19:48 UTC as 12th comment | 1 reply
On article Fujifilm X-E4 review: small size, big image quality (718 comments in total)
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yukosteel: Not sure why Fuji X-E4 has a misleading "smallest X-mount camera on the market" title - it's noticeably larger than Fuji X-M1 and all Fuji X-A series cameras.

Speaking of how that size feels in real use in comparison, Fuji X-E2s looks smaller than X-E4 due to more slim profile. Personally I like both cameras and using them actively.

Also Fuji X-E4 feels like a just open rectangular brick of soap, and Fuji X-E3 in comparison is like same brick of soap after some use resulting to more curved edges and smaller overall volume.

Just saying, don't let that millimeter measurements fool you. Actual in use size of Fuji X-E4 feels bigger than previous two models of this line. So all minimalism justifications connected to "smaller" size make no big sense with Fuji X-E4.

Fuji X-E4 is just a tiny bit smaller than previous models by few measurements, but is much bulkier at edges, and is missing lots of useful to have controls on its body. I'm actively using it for a month in parallel with 3 other compact Fuji X cameras. It's great camera in general and I like it, but I think that marketing slogan is building up wrong expectations, especially for existing Fuji X owners.

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2021 at 20:20 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-E4 review: small size, big image quality (718 comments in total)

Not sure why Fuji X-E4 has a misleading "smallest X-mount camera on the market" title - it's noticeably larger than Fuji X-M1 and all Fuji X-A series cameras.

Speaking of how that size feels in real use in comparison, Fuji X-E2s looks smaller than X-E4 due to more slim profile. Personally I like both cameras and using them actively.

Also Fuji X-E4 feels like a just open rectangular brick of soap, and Fuji X-E3 in comparison is like same brick of soap after some use resulting to more curved edges and smaller overall volume.

Just saying, don't let that millimeter measurements fool you. Actual in use size of Fuji X-E4 feels bigger than previous two models of this line. So all minimalism justifications connected to "smaller" size make no big sense with Fuji X-E4.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2021 at 19:25 UTC as 50th comment | 11 replies

Pergear 10mm F8 lens review on FUjifilm X-E2s camera:
https://www.35mmc.com/29/01/2021/pergear-10mm-f-8-lens-review/

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2021 at 21:55 UTC as 3rd comment
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