Rod McD

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On article Photokina 2018: hands-on with eight stylish new bags (90 comments in total)

I obviously haven't handled these latest models, but I'm sorry, I find most modern soft bags to be in a race to the bottom. They're floppy with protective foam that's too thin to offer much resistance to shock or pressure from outside or between the dividers. Some of them barely even stand up. Some of them have flaps that cover the opening but don't zip shut. Others have zip closures on the main opening but none on the accessory pockets - so small things and slippery fish like batteries fall out if the bag falls over. Forget elasticated mesh end pockets. Please Lowe, I don't want to attach multiple extra small pockets on the outside, I'd rather just buy the right sized bag with suitable storage on the inside. And what's with brass and leather buckles in the 21st Century? Indiana Jones anyone? Compressed coil zips and fastex buckles are just so much more practical. Let's see some really robust bags - like the old Lowe Pro Mags.... Could say more, but rant over!

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2018 at 12:23 UTC as 9th comment
On article Three new lenses added to Fujifilm's G-mount roadmap (24 comments in total)
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Rod McD: Good to see extra lenses, but what would make the system more attractive to me would be an additional WA lens. There's the 45mm (36mm FOV FFE) and the 23mm (18mm FOV FFE), but nothing in-between. They need a very portable lens of about 30mm (24mm FOV FFE) of modest speed for the landscape and architecture genres that MF does so well in.

The 32-64 does indeed exist and from all accounts is a very good zoom. OTOH, it seems rather large to me when the whole context of the new camera is a more compact and portable option to the first model.

I know a native lens would be nice, but if you want a good small fast short tele, I'd suggest considering adapted MF glass in the 75-80mm genres. They were the standard lenses for 645 and as such offer good resolution. And they're going for a song.

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2018 at 10:49 UTC
On article Three new lenses added to Fujifilm's G-mount roadmap (24 comments in total)

Good to see extra lenses, but what would make the system more attractive to me would be an additional WA lens. There's the 45mm (36mm FOV FFE) and the 23mm (18mm FOV FFE), but nothing in-between. They need a very portable lens of about 30mm (24mm FOV FFE) of modest speed for the landscape and architecture genres that MF does so well in.

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2018 at 13:55 UTC as 6th comment | 3 replies
On article Fujifilm GFX 50R First Impressions Review (422 comments in total)

Great camera and great price for MF. Fuji need to get an extra WA lens out. The 45mm lens has roughly the same FOV as a 36mm (FFE). The 23mm lens the FOV of an 18mm (FFE). Too wide and too dear for me, and there's nothing in-between. Yes there's the 32-64 zoom, but it's rather large for this camera. They need something like a 30mm to make the format's small range of lenses more appealing.

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2018 at 13:45 UTC as 100th comment | 3 replies
On article Fujifilm X-T3 First Impressions Review (1799 comments in total)
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hammarbytp: While the performance spec look good, i'm disappointed tht Fuji haven't taken the opportunity to rethink the controls.

Personally I would of liked the ACS front dial to be point on the back where it is more visible, the top switches to be larger and the the dials Auto modes to be slightly raised so I can feel where the dial is rotated. I would also of liked the H1 LCD panel, instead of the big and largely superfluous shutter speed dial. While the night mode is interesting, some method of illuminating the controls would also be a useful addition for night photography.

Finally the battery life is just not good enough

I take your point about the intermediate speeds, but I tend to use them only very rarely. Too rarely to give up a preference for the dial. I guess in the end, it just comes down to what you like.

Link | Posted on Sep 6, 2018 at 10:09 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-T3 First Impressions Review (1799 comments in total)
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hammarbytp: While the performance spec look good, i'm disappointed tht Fuji haven't taken the opportunity to rethink the controls.

Personally I would of liked the ACS front dial to be point on the back where it is more visible, the top switches to be larger and the the dials Auto modes to be slightly raised so I can feel where the dial is rotated. I would also of liked the H1 LCD panel, instead of the big and largely superfluous shutter speed dial. While the night mode is interesting, some method of illuminating the controls would also be a useful addition for night photography.

Finally the battery life is just not good enough

It sounds like your not really an appreciator of full analogue controls anyway. The shutter dial is far from superfluous if you use modes that need it. I'm glad Fuji retained the entire suite of XT control dials. If they were to ditch them, they'd erode what made the company's products stand out as a different choice - a key feature for many owners.

Link | Posted on Sep 6, 2018 at 08:40 UTC
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Rod McD: Hi, we don't know anything about the camera(s) for sure yet. And even if these initial lenses are correct, there's no lens road map. From a purely personal perspective I wouldn't buy into either Canon or Nikon mirror-less yet - the lens range is too limited. Too few primes wider than 35mm for my interests and no macros from either company in their native FF mirror-less mount. Give it a few years......

@ Peter9999 and others..... I'm not going to buy the latest mirror-less system and then buy an adapter and pre-existing DSLR lenses for it. I'd want the native lenses designed for the system. I can fully see that people who already have Canon and Nikon glass might choose differently. FWIW I didn't buy into Sony when the A7s were announced for the same reason - you couldn't buy native FE WA primes wider than 35mm

Link | Posted on Sep 1, 2018 at 23:39 UTC

Hi, we don't know anything about the camera(s) for sure yet. And even if these initial lenses are correct, there's no lens road map. From a purely personal perspective I wouldn't buy into either Canon or Nikon mirror-less yet - the lens range is too limited. Too few primes wider than 35mm for my interests and no macros from either company in their native FF mirror-less mount. Give it a few years......

Link | Posted on Sep 1, 2018 at 13:05 UTC as 239th comment | 6 replies
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dpcane: Always manual focus from 3rd parties. Do they not have a way to reverse engineer ANYTHING? Sigma can do it.

Perhaps it would be better to respond to what I actually wrote...... I made no mention of the proportion of third party lenses that are MF versus AF. I responded only to your comment asking why companies companies including Sigma don't reverse engineer AF and only in relation to AF for Fuji cameras. Nor am I 'trying to act like' anything.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2018 at 13:22 UTC
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dpcane: Always manual focus from 3rd parties. Do they not have a way to reverse engineer ANYTHING? Sigma can do it.

I can't speak about other brands but no-one including Sigma has been able to reverse engineer Fuji's data signals to make third party lenses AF on Fuji cameras. Even if they did, they'd have to constantly upgrade them because Fuji has regularly upgraded the FW to deliver better AF. Fortunately, I'm not AF-dependent and there are some very fine lenses from the independents and legacy stock.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2018 at 10:24 UTC
On article The Nikon Z system: What we think, where it should go (956 comments in total)

I'm already a mirror-less convert (Fuji) and have to say that I like these new Nikons. At this stage I've no plans to convert. If I was going to convert to an FF system, the key reason holding me back from the Nikon Zs is the lack of WA primes and the lack of a macro lens in any FL in the next three years. If a buyer isn't already invested in Nikon glass, they'll have to wait two years to get a 24mm. There's no 28mm on the road map at all. And no macro at all. I couldn't see the point of buying the latest highly developed MILC and then have to buy an adapter and Nikon's DSLR glass to get the FLs that interest me. One doesn't buy a camera - one buys a system.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2018 at 02:16 UTC as 15th comment | 1 reply

I'll be very interested to see how this lens performs. Fuji offer their excellent 90/2 but it's a heavy and expensive lens and there's no native alternative other than slower zooms. If this 85/1.8 delivers as well as they claim, it would make an attractive light alternative to either the Fuji lens or adapted legacy lenses, all of which are bigger and heavier by the time you get them on an adapter. The challenge for a fast short-mid tele will be containing PF & CAs. Hopefully its ED glass elements will be up to the task.

Objectivity demands waiting until the lens is tested and reviewed, but that will come soon enough. Some of Samyang's other tele lenses are excellent.

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2018 at 22:18 UTC as 17th comment | 1 reply
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Rod McD: The portability of mirror-less cameras lends well to travel, hiking, landscape and nature photography, etc. Yet Nikon aren't developing a 24mm prime for two years, and aren't planning a 28mm at all. There's a 20mm, but otherwise it's all zooms if you like wide. And there's no macro on the plan in any FL. Maybe three years away in 2021? Crucial gaps for many people.

@ lingodingo.... Suggesting the adapter implies that you're either already invested in Nikon wide and macro glass or you're prepared to buy Nikon DSLR wides and macro new to adapt rather than wait for a native Nikon mirror-less lens. I'm not. Like many macro enthusiasts I've already got my own gear, but to be interested in these cameras, I'd have to be able to adapt off-brand and we don't yet know whether that's going to be feasible.

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2018 at 21:52 UTC

The portability of mirror-less cameras lends well to travel, hiking, landscape and nature photography, etc. Yet Nikon aren't developing a 24mm prime for two years, and aren't planning a 28mm at all. There's a 20mm, but otherwise it's all zooms if you like wide. And there's no macro on the plan in any FL. Maybe three years away in 2021? Crucial gaps for many people.

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2018 at 12:49 UTC as 65th comment | 5 replies
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Rod McD: Anyone at DPR know if it will allow shooting with adapted lenses from across the brands (once the Chinese adapter industry gets its hands on the mount specs.....)?

I suspect the adapter industry reverse engineers the physical mount anyway. They all came out with adapters for the Fuji GFX quite quickly. The question is actually more complex - ie the key issue is whether Nikon have enabled the new cameras to "shoot without lens" so that it will work with adapted legacy lenses from brands other than Nikon.

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2018 at 10:12 UTC

Anyone at DPR know if it will allow shooting with adapted lenses from across the brands (once the Chinese adapter industry gets its hands on the mount specs.....)?

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2018 at 09:07 UTC as 93rd comment | 3 replies
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rgames1: I still don't understand the "mirrorless is lighter" benefit. It's not enough to make a difference on any practical level.

The difference between weights for mirrorless vs. DSLR is about the same as differences between weights for meal options.

I've never heard of anyone choosing the weight of his meals based on his photo plans for the day. So why a camera?

"I better eat a small meal because I'm going to be carrying it around for a while." (said nobody ever)

rgames

It's not hard to understand. The bodies are smaller and lighter than a heavyweight DSLR. The lenses are a mixed bag - some smaller and lighter, some not. And the resulting accessories - cases, tripods, etc, can be smaller and lighter. As long as you're carrying a small kit, it tends to be lighter. Start carrying a big kit with multiple lenses, and there's less difference. People are different and have different preferences. I'm into travel, multi-day hikes, climbing, cycling kayaking, etc, so size and weight are an important factor for me. If you're not concerned about size and weight, that's fine. Choice is good. Buy what you like - it's a free market.

Link | Posted on Aug 21, 2018 at 01:17 UTC
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Rod McD: Judging by the comment volumes on each teaser, they've succeeded in generating an audience for the actual announcement without releasing a shred of hard info before they're ready to go. Goal achieved.

Hmmm..... Perhaps it would be better if the readership calmed down, read the announcement and and waited for a few independent tests and reviews. They're just cameras after all - a tool for a purpose, eh?

Link | Posted on Aug 21, 2018 at 01:00 UTC

Judging by the comment volumes on each teaser, they've succeeded in generating an audience for the actual announcement without releasing a shred of hard info before they're ready to go. Goal achieved.

Link | Posted on Aug 21, 2018 at 00:38 UTC as 62nd comment | 3 replies
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Rod McD: Yawn. No new info. Ah well, I suppose it's probably achieving its purpose in that they're getting us interested to see the announcement when it actually gets here. We'll all be wiser in two week's time.....

Nothing on the lenses but rumors. If Nikon want to attract anyone who's not already invested in Nikon lenses, they'll have to have a balanced set of native lenses out very early - something like a 24/35/50/85 and a zoom trio. The very reason I didn't buy into Sony was that for about three years you couldn't buy a 24/25mm prime or a macro.

Sure, Nikon will design their adapters to work well with existing Nikon lenses in order to hold onto their current users, but my comment was specifically about potential buyers not already invested in Nikon reflex glass. If they aren't already in Nikon why would anyone leap at buying pre-existing reflex lenses plus adapters just to buy a Nikon without a mirror-box and the same lenses?

My guess is that those buyers will keep using whatever they're using until the native Nikon mirror-less lens range matures enough to offer them most of the lenses they regularly use. And no, they won't be cheap - I didn't suggest they would be. But if the cameras are good, the new lenses are first class, and people are confident that Nikon will develop the system (unlike the stagnation we saw in the Nikon 1 and Canon M systems) they'll sell.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2018 at 03:33 UTC
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