Rod McD

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On article Leaked: Samyang XP 50mm F1.2 EF lens coming soon (83 comments in total)
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Rod McD: Samyang seems to have any number of lenses from fisheye to about 135mm from memory. Very good too - but the glaring gap in the independent market is long telephoto primes that anyone can afford. Why no Samyang XP 200/2.8, 300/4, 400/4.5 or 500/5.6? Fast, but not excessively so, to keep them portable and affordable. And I don't care if they're MF as long as the glass is first rate.

Ah, yes. I'd forgotten their reflex lenses. But people tend to love 'em or hate 'em because of the fixed aperture and doughnut effect. So some good refractors of modest speed might be a good thing.

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2018 at 12:49 UTC
On article Leaked: Samyang XP 50mm F1.2 EF lens coming soon (83 comments in total)

Samyang seems to have any number of lenses from fisheye to about 135mm from memory. Very good too - but the glaring gap in the independent market is long telephoto primes that anyone can afford. Why no Samyang XP 200/2.8, 300/4, 400/4.5 or 500/5.6? Fast, but not excessively so, to keep them portable and affordable. And I don't care if they're MF as long as the glass is first rate.

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2018 at 05:11 UTC as 2nd comment | 4 replies
On article Fujifilm X-H1 First Impressions Review (723 comments in total)

Not for me, but then I'm not into video. I think I'll soldier on with my XT1 for the time being and check out the XT3 later this year. The size of the XH1 is expanding towards what I chose to leave behind when I went mirror-less.

I don't like the ditching of the EC dial. I know some people think a top LCD is the greatest thing since sliced bread, but I just don't get it..... The ISO, SS and aperture are an inch away on the top dials and the lens, and all of them are displayed in the EVF. Why ditch a perfectly good EC dial to repeat them in triplicate??? What a waste.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2018 at 12:10 UTC as 122nd comment
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Ed Ingold: I have Loxia 35/2 and 50/2 lenses, of Biogon and Planar design respectively. Their construction is very solid and their operation smooth and precise. The long focusing range operates with fluid smoothness, very Leica-like. As noted, they are small (2" die) and unobtrusive. The optical performance is excellent, but generally not as good as the Batis line. There is very little non-moving space to grasp on a Loxia when changing lenses. Leica used a locking tab for this purpose, itself a PITA when focusing near infinity. I would use them more for walk-around lenses, except the 35 is longer than I prefer for street use.

My personal preference will be to take a pass on this lens. Although the Batis 25/2 is larger, it is light and has outstanding sharpness and freedom from coma. The OLED display lets you set infinity with astronomical accuracy. If the 25/2.4 (or 85/2.8) were available three years ago, my response might be different.

If you already own a Batis 25 I can understand you passing on the new lens. OTOH, for those who don't, it's impossible to compare them given that no-one yet knows the performance of the Loxia. It might or might not be sharper, have more or less coma, have more or less precise infinity setting, etc. Surely objectivity demands waiting for some tests and reports from people actually using the lens.....?

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2018 at 01:13 UTC

The 21mm Loxia seems to be something of a benchmark. What remains to be seen is how the 25mm Loxia performs and how it compares to the Batis 25mm. Personally I'd be keener on the Loxia for landscape than the more electronic Batis.

It's interesting that this 25mm is (I think) the first one where they've made a point of the compact size. It doesn't look significantly different in size, but hopefully its IQ has not been compromised....

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2018 at 21:24 UTC as 9th comment | 2 replies
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Rod McD: Can we please have the upgrade for the LX100? It's long overdue. We were told a year ago that it was in development...... I understand the appeal of the long zoom compact camera to many users but where's the high grade all-in-one option for the photographer who prefers a shorter range but faster zoom lens?

I don't know if that's the reason. If it was, surely the remedy would be to offer a tilting screen on the LX200? Personally I don't care whether it has one or not. As long as it's not a touch screen, I'm happy.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2018 at 07:49 UTC

Can we please have the upgrade for the LX100? It's long overdue. We were told a year ago that it was in development...... I understand the appeal of the long zoom compact camera to many users but where's the high grade all-in-one option for the photographer who prefers a shorter range but faster zoom lens?

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2018 at 07:35 UTC as 27th comment | 4 replies
On article This is the world's first variable graduated ND filter (150 comments in total)

Interesting idea. I'd prefer a soft edged filter. No doubt they've considered it but it isn't in the range so I doubt it's feasible. With all the attention on the filter, what seems to me to be an under-stated new idea is their "slim adapter" which allows a circular filter to be shifted up and down to align the transition edge. I've avoided square filter systems because they're big and clunky for those who like small gear and minimal kit. The adapter looks very neat (in the physical sense). If nothing else, I'd CERTAINLY buy one of those and screw my existing single ND value circular grads into it.

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2018 at 01:55 UTC as 6th comment
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Rod McD: Hi Barney. Thanks for the review. There have been very, very few reviews of this whole family of lenses. It's amazing that Handevision expect to sell any without making them available for testing to web review sites. I'd really appreciate seeing reviews of the other four lenses if that possibility emerges for DPR. For me, as a Fuji user, the interest would be in the 75 and 90mm lenses - Fuji offer nothing in 75mm and their 90mm is massive (as mirror-less lenses go). Thx.

Hi, Thx. I don't know that it is that niche. The Iberit group of lenses are available to every mirror-less system (FF, APSC or MFT) via either native mount or via M adapters. I doubt there would be the same level of interest in all FLs. I expect an OEM 35mm & 50mm are available in every system, but the 24, 75 & 90 might be good options *if *the IQ is good. No-one seems to know whether their optical design is up to the minute or dates from the film era (with the usual problems of resolution and CAs at wide apertures). Hopefully they're very good - reviews of the other FLs would be great if that's possible.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2018 at 04:06 UTC

Hi Barney. Thanks for the review. There have been very, very few reviews of this whole family of lenses. It's amazing that Handevision expect to sell any without making them available for testing to web review sites. I'd really appreciate seeing reviews of the other four lenses if that possibility emerges for DPR. For me, as a Fuji user, the interest would be in the 75 and 90mm lenses - Fuji offer nothing in 75mm and their 90mm is massive (as mirror-less lenses go). Thx.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2018 at 06:29 UTC as 22nd comment | 4 replies
On article Why you should own a 135mm F2 lens (383 comments in total)

Everyone should have one? I know taste is subjective, but it seems to me that some people have become obsessed with blur and bokeh. Yes the Samyang is good and yes there are lenses with bad bokeh. But for many of us, somewhere in between, are plenty of short to mid-tele lenses that will deliver solid service (in terms of subject separation) without carrying around still another kilo for the sake of more blur.

Link | Posted on Jan 3, 2018 at 11:12 UTC as 45th comment
On article Canon patents 400mm F5.6 catadioptric 'mirror' lens (220 comments in total)

Hmmmm.... I can't see the point. It's rare that f5.6 - 8 reflex lenses can't be used at base ISO and you need to stop down to reduce excessive exposure. You might in some circumstances want a smaller aperture to get more DOF but this electronic ND filter isn't going to do that for you. The real problems with reflex lenses are 1) modest resolution - good refractors are better - and 2) the dreaded dough-nut bokeh that draws attention to itself and just isn't the way we see the world. Solve that, and you might have a winner......

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2017 at 08:07 UTC as 11th comment

That tripod support look incredibly light for the mass on top of it (to me, at least). Anyone else notice it? - It looks like it would be very prone to flex or vibration. I really don't now why manufacturers keep making tripod supports ever taller..... There was a time when they used to make them neat and close-fitting to the lens and they never had the flex and vibration problems you sometimes get today.

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2017 at 05:51 UTC as 18th comment | 4 replies
On article Hands-on with new Fujifilm X and GF lenses (122 comments in total)

There's much to like about the Fuji 80mm, but I'm dismayed by its mass. At 750g it's heavier than some FF 1:1 lenses. It will be a very front-heavy lens on Fuji's small camera bodies, some of which are half its weight. And it will weigh 900g with either of the TCs that Fuji are touting that it's compatible with. Worse, having designed a heavyweight, the real disappointment is the lack of a tripod collar. They should have offered a removable collar like the Canon's. No doubt sacrificed by a bean counter somewhere in the accounting department.

I'll be interested to see what its working distance is compared to the pre-existing 60mm macro at 1:2 and at 1:1 on extension tubes. The new 80mm is an IF lens where the old 60mm is external focus.

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2017 at 05:20 UTC as 7th comment

Offer a Loxia 25/2 and I'll show some interest.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2017 at 09:43 UTC as 7th comment
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Rod McD: I have a great ILC system, but still use the old Canon G1X Mk 1 as a 'grab & go' / 'light travel' camera. It's been bullet proof. Not everyone wants a system, so this is an interesting release when other companies are languishing in the large sensor, fixed zoom market. The Nikon DLs never emerged. The LX100 is 3 years old and the LX200 is nowhere in sight. Fuji only offer the fixed prime X100F.

I think people should accept the camera for what it is tended to achieve, not complain about what it isn't designed to do. Yes the lens is slow, though probably very capable for many uses. People are complaining that it's not pocketable but a faster or longer zoom lens would have been much bigger on APSC. It's smaller and lighter than an APSC ILC with an interchangeable zoom. I suspect that it would make a nice travel camera. The larger sensor and built in EVF are welcome. And the sealing is something you don't get on every ILC that costs more. Let's be objective and see the IQ.

True, the G1X III was, I think, not leaked or particularly expected now. So, you may be right, but people have been predicting an LX200 for over a year.

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2017 at 20:40 UTC

I have a great ILC system, but still use the old Canon G1X Mk 1 as a 'grab & go' / 'light travel' camera. It's been bullet proof. Not everyone wants a system, so this is an interesting release when other companies are languishing in the large sensor, fixed zoom market. The Nikon DLs never emerged. The LX100 is 3 years old and the LX200 is nowhere in sight. Fuji only offer the fixed prime X100F.

I think people should accept the camera for what it is tended to achieve, not complain about what it isn't designed to do. Yes the lens is slow, though probably very capable for many uses. People are complaining that it's not pocketable but a faster or longer zoom lens would have been much bigger on APSC. It's smaller and lighter than an APSC ILC with an interchangeable zoom. I suspect that it would make a nice travel camera. The larger sensor and built in EVF are welcome. And the sealing is something you don't get on every ILC that costs more. Let's be objective and see the IQ.

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2017 at 00:27 UTC as 41st comment | 2 replies
On article Nikon's official D850 lens recommendation list (308 comments in total)

Er, no 24mm, 35mm, 50mm, or 85mm? Or any of their macros, which are usually the sharpest pick of the lot? Surely that's where 90% of photography gets done??

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2017 at 22:29 UTC as 95th comment

Focal reducers definitely have their place in adapting down to near sensor sizes, but I can't see this model selling. I thought the Q had passed into history. No new bodies, no new lenses. And whatever the equivalence of Nikon FF lenses on the tiny sensor, the whole galumphing front heavy beastie would defeat the purpose of the Q anyway. I'm happy to be proven wrong.

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2017 at 04:56 UTC as 41st comment | 4 replies

Interesting, but is the new 40/2 just another cosmetic upgrade with the same (very good) glass or has it actually been improved in its optics as well?

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2017 at 13:25 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
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