Rod McD

Lives in Australia Australia
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Rod McD: Too late for me - I bought the Fuji options years ago. Why are Viltrox and Tokina offering lenses with the same specs as Fuji OEM lenses? To all emerging manufacturers : Please, please give us APSC-specific or APSC/MFT options we *haven't* got. How about an AF Apo ED 70/1.4? How about a tiny Apo ED 90/3.5? Or an Apo ED300/4? (Exception - Honorable mention to Laowa for their innovative designs. No relationship - just giving credit where it's due....)

@ Archlich The world has been swamped by independent standard lenses - presumably following your logic. Eg there must be at least two dozen 50mm's on the market - and their prices have been driven way down. I'll grant you that a 300/4 would sell in lower numbers, but a 70/1.4 or a small 90mm (to contrast with Fuji's own heavyweight option) are hardly niche. And if they had good design with ED glass, and were not just hackneyed remakes of legacy glass, I'd predict that they'd sell very well.

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2020 at 23:37 UTC
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Michel Savage: Had the Viltrox 23 f1.4. Returned it quickly. Then bought used Fuji 23 f1.4: way too soft at 1.4. Sold it.

@MS... The Fuji 90/2 is an exceptional lens and is indeed sharp at f2, though it is sharper a stop or so down. I've never come across a WA lens that is sharp from corner to corner wide open. The centres can be OK but they're all better stopped down. No exceptions - I think it's Just inherent in the design challenges....

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2020 at 07:43 UTC

Too late for me - I bought the Fuji options years ago. Why are Viltrox and Tokina offering lenses with the same specs as Fuji OEM lenses? To all emerging manufacturers : Please, please give us APSC-specific or APSC/MFT options we *haven't* got. How about an AF Apo ED 70/1.4? How about a tiny Apo ED 90/3.5? Or an Apo ED300/4? (Exception - Honorable mention to Laowa for their innovative designs. No relationship - just giving credit where it's due....)

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2020 at 07:31 UTC as 5th comment | 3 replies
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Zvonimir Tosic: Couple of typos in the article:
Towards the bottom, it should state 29mm F0.8, not 28mm …
Also, every camera is 'a full frame' camera, because every camera comes with the entire sensor designed for its image frame, not partly chopped off. Technically correct statement should be, "an equivalent focal length of a 58mm lens on a 135-format camera". Ta.

All feeling little Aspergers?

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2020 at 09:36 UTC
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Snapper2013: Deal breaker no tilt.

So how are you setting the fractions of a degree accuracy needed for a 15mm lens?

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2020 at 12:34 UTC
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Snapper2013: Deal breaker no tilt.

Thought 1) At 15mm FL, it might be useful on APSC too.

Thought 2) @ snapper2013 : I'm curious. I get why it's shift-only. Why would you need tilt on a 15mm lens? If it's for Scheimpflug adjustments - (tilting the plane of focus to extend DOF) the required tilt angles for routine j-values are ridiculously small angles. (Eg, for a 15mm lens, if your tripod is 1.0m high, it's 0.9 degrees. If it's 1.8m high it's 0.5 degrees). I couldn't see anyone trying to set fractions of a degree (or the tilt scale being accurate enough). And doing it by eye in the EVF for a UWA with a maximum aperture of f4.5 would be quite difficult. The inherent DOF is so deep anyway.... The DOF at say f8 is immense. Surely just stopping down is enough with a 15mm lens?

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2020 at 02:00 UTC
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toomix: and it seems that still no tripod collar on the 70-300 :(

I do own the 55-200. It's reasonable on a solid tripod with a suitable ball head. OTOH, I would definitely prefer to have a collar when zoomed out to 200mm and the tripod is relatively light - like a travel or hiking tripod. Precise adjustment when mounted from the camera base is then rather poor. More so if you add extension tubes or CU lenses. Whatever opinions there are about this, the 70-300 will be worse. I can't see why they couldn't offer a removable collar - even if they charged for it. Then everyone has their preferred option.

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2020 at 09:23 UTC
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Rod McD: Great to see a revision to the old 18mm. The new lens looks like it might be a parallel product not a replacement. And good to see the 70-300, though we've no idea yet of the grade of the lens. To me the test of long zooms is the IQ at the long end - far too many fall off badly. And please Fuji - give it a tripod collar.

Notable absences - 27/2.8Mkii (though still tipped to be released soon), no upgrade to the 35/1.4 or 60/2.4 and neither of the long primes (300/4 and 500/5.6 PF lenses) Fuji patented last year.

I've used Fuji lenses over the last 30 years, including APSC, FF, MF and LF. I wouldn't use their X system today if I wasn't convinced that they were generally great lenses. OTOH some Fuji lenses are better than others..... and the XF18/2 is probably the weak link in the prime collection. I'll be taking an interest to see the performance of the new 18mm.

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2020 at 09:50 UTC

Great to see a revision to the old 18mm. The new lens looks like it might be a parallel product not a replacement. And good to see the 70-300, though we've no idea yet of the grade of the lens. To me the test of long zooms is the IQ at the long end - far too many fall off badly. And please Fuji - give it a tripod collar.

Notable absences - 27/2.8Mkii (though still tipped to be released soon), no upgrade to the 35/1.4 or 60/2.4 and neither of the long primes (300/4 and 500/5.6 PF lenses) Fuji patented last year.

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2020 at 22:53 UTC as 8th comment | 5 replies
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toomix: and it seems that still no tripod collar on the 70-300 :(

@D7000SUK - How do you know? It's weight will depend a lot on the grade of the lens. While a tripod collar offers nothing to users who are hand-holding the lens, it would offer a lot to those using it at 300mm who otherwise have to mount it on a tripod via the camera base plate. Fuji's 55-200 is already front-heavy when zoomed out to 200mm and mounted on a tripod via the camera base plate. The 70-300 is tipped to be TC compatible. Add a 2x TC to the 70-300 and the absence of a tripod collar will be bad news at 600mm. They should offer at least an optional collar.

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2020 at 22:34 UTC
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Rod McD: Hmmm - why don't they just make the 50/2 Apo in other mounts like M, MFT and Fuji X? As far a I can see there isn't a better 50mm lens. Otus-like performance in a smaller form.

While I'd agree that the Zeiss ZM 50/2 is an excellent M mount lens, it isn't the same lens as the newer CV50/2 Apo Lanthar.

Link | Posted on Oct 10, 2020 at 22:47 UTC

Hmmm - why don't they just make the 50/2 Apo in other mounts like M, MFT and Fuji X? As far a I can see there isn't a better 50mm lens. Otus-like performance in a smaller form.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2020 at 07:34 UTC as 16th comment | 3 replies
On photo ⛰️ ⛰️ in the My best photo of the week. challenge (16 comments in total)

Great image! - I love the changing 'layers' from foreground to background. Where is it? Thx, Rod

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2020 at 08:07 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply

Too much negativity...... It would be great to see some objective tests. Some of the emerging Chinese manufacturers are making good products. Laowa comes to mind - their new Apo Macro lenses are apo, razor sharp and light weight into the bargain. These new 85/2 lenses aren't cheap so hopefully they too have good design and plenty of ED glass to justify the apo tag. If they are sharp and truly an apo design, that would instantly make them preferable to just about every legacy 85mm option, just to get rid of the CAs.

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2020 at 10:11 UTC as 8th comment | 1 reply
On article Lensrentals tears down the Canon 600mm F11 IS STM (242 comments in total)
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lnsmr: Serviceability is probably not something most people would care about, although definitely a big factor for a rental company. Always loved Lens Rentals blogs and posts. Both funny and interesting to camera nerds.
The 600mm F11 lens pretty much forces you to shoot at high ISO if you want to maintain shutter speed for bird pictures. Could it be better to shoot a sharper and faster lens (300/f4) on a crop sensor (or even m43) and crop?

I think chief attractions of these lenses are cost and portability. They would probably be fine for birds that are perching or nesting, or otherwise moving slowly, water birds, etc. but sports and BIF would be out. They would also be fine for moon shots - as a sun lit object, you can use quite high shutter speeds at moderate ISOs.
I'd be interested to see some IQ testing. I use APSC and 300mm isn't long enough for birding on APSC. I doubt there would be a 300mm lens that offers fully twice the resolution to be competitive with a 600mm lens. I look forward to seeing some real images from this pair of lenses.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2020 at 06:43 UTC

It would have been very interesting to see the accuracy vs error rate if DPR had withheld the identity of the lenses, taken a vote, and then revealed which was which..... I doubt most people could tell.

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2020 at 05:59 UTC as 46th comment
On article Tested: Four travel tripods for every budget (376 comments in total)

Thanks DPR for the review and 2x thanks for ensuring that the specs were given in metric dimensions as well as old units. As others have said there are some longstanding brands with excellent tripods that didn't get included...... The Slik 634CF and Sirui T-024SK are great examples. Could there be an addition of such tripods in a complementary review?

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2020 at 13:24 UTC as 26th comment

Folded light paths are not new. They've been used in the so-called 'tough' camera genre for many years. The only new aspect is its adoption into a phone.

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2020 at 21:53 UTC as 16th comment | 2 replies

I know it's subjective, but 1.5kg for a 50mm of any speed is a step too far. The world has gone mad in search of ever more blur.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2020 at 11:14 UTC as 3rd comment
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kreislauf: man, there are so many comments, where people are shredding those awesome f/11 lenses.
as an outdoor enthusiast, these things are pure gold to bring down weight and cost. yeah, they will not produce those award winning low-light shots, that the f/5,6 counterparts produce but that is not the intended purpose and it is just weird, hearing people here crave for f/8 or faster super long tele lenses but mostly would not pay more than $2.000 of course...

@Arcimboldo. With an aperture of f11, Canon may have been able to extract some excellent IQ because they're freed from the design demands of faster apertures. Let's wait and see what their IQ is like......

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2020 at 14:10 UTC
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