Rod McD

Lives in Australia Australia
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Macro lenses are trending bigger..... and at 625g this is another one. Manufacturers seem to be forgetting that many people use macro lenses in the field. One might have to carry them for many days in a rucksack and every ounce counts. Put it on an extension tube of say 30mm to get to 1:1, and it will be a very front heavy combo.

By comparison, my Fuji 60/2.4 macro also goes to 1:2 but weighs only 215g and takes a 39mm filter. Not apo, but excellent optics nevertheless. My Voigtlander 90/3.5 Apo Macro (vII) is also far smaller - it weighs 321g and takes a 39mm filter, but only goes to 1:3. Sure I understand the difference between f2 and f3.5, but f2 isn't important for macro. It's also a pity that CV ditched rubber focusing grips. I don't prefer slippery metal lenses. I'll think I'll pass.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2017 at 07:27 UTC as 28th comment
On article Domke F-803 and F-5XB review (71 comments in total)

Bags that offer low level protection, won't stand up and have little room for accessories....... Not for me.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2017 at 06:38 UTC as 13th comment
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Rod McD: I've never understood bag manufacturer's thinking when it comes to tough cases. The first problem with photographer back packs is that the manufacturers don't seem to 'get' how much additional but essential non-photographic gear you also need to carry in back country. The second problem is that they're on your back......

Then there's the hard cases..... The key problem with Pelican and similar brief-case-styled side-hinged hard cases is that you have to put them down to open them. Like backpacks, they're good for transport, but neither are any good to access and work out of when they're hanging off your shoulder and you need to open them to change lenses, add filters, hook up flashes, etc.

I'd like to see more choice in light weight, gasket-sealed, top-loading hard cases that can be opened while hanging on the straps off your shoulder. There are a just a few, like those from Underwater Kinetics but they all tend to be quite small boxes.

@ gtvone...... I use an Underwater Kinetics 609 Dry Box most of the time outdoors. It measures roughly 9LX6WX6D". It's a top opener. The strap attachments are on the ends on the centerline at the top, so it hangs on the shoulder like a small soft case and allows you to work from it with the lid open. It'll take a small DSLR or mirror-less and about three primes of moderate size, or a couple of zooms, and a few small accessories like batteries, etc. You can buy them empty or with pluck foam. I bought mine empty and put in my own dividers (with epoxy) and lined it with closed cell foam. For a pic see my post at https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/53619768. (The problem with this is that it's inflexible if you buy different gear.) I actually bought a second one and fitted it to take my XT1, 16/1.4, 23/1.4 and 60/2.4 macro - my landscape and nature kit. It comes hiking, kayaking, sailing, etc. Fantastic, but limited to small kits. There's nothing else like it available

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2017 at 14:04 UTC
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Rod McD: I've never understood bag manufacturer's thinking when it comes to tough cases. The first problem with photographer back packs is that the manufacturers don't seem to 'get' how much additional but essential non-photographic gear you also need to carry in back country. The second problem is that they're on your back......

Then there's the hard cases..... The key problem with Pelican and similar brief-case-styled side-hinged hard cases is that you have to put them down to open them. Like backpacks, they're good for transport, but neither are any good to access and work out of when they're hanging off your shoulder and you need to open them to change lenses, add filters, hook up flashes, etc.

I'd like to see more choice in light weight, gasket-sealed, top-loading hard cases that can be opened while hanging on the straps off your shoulder. There are a just a few, like those from Underwater Kinetics but they all tend to be quite small boxes.

@pokesfan ...... The briefcase styled ones aren't indeed designed to be opened on the shoulder. Which is why they have to be put down to open them. Which is exactly why they're good for transport and no good for access during use. But think outside the box (pun intended). If they were made deeper, opened from the top, and the strap attachment points were relocated, they'd hang perfectly on the shoulder. Just like a hard and sealed version of a top loading soft case. You could open and close them without putting them down. Which is brilliant for hiking, boating, etc. Pelican do make a one or two top loaders but they're heavy. Underwater Kinetics make many cases and their Dry Boxes. The model 609 Dry Box is a top loader that works very well in that role but they're restricted by size to small kit. And it fits in a rucksack with all your camping gear if you don't want it around your neck (like when you're skiing).

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2017 at 13:33 UTC

I've never understood bag manufacturer's thinking when it comes to tough cases. The first problem with photographer back packs is that the manufacturers don't seem to 'get' how much additional but essential non-photographic gear you also need to carry in back country. The second problem is that they're on your back......

Then there's the hard cases..... The key problem with Pelican and similar brief-case-styled side-hinged hard cases is that you have to put them down to open them. Like backpacks, they're good for transport, but neither are any good to access and work out of when they're hanging off your shoulder and you need to open them to change lenses, add filters, hook up flashes, etc.

I'd like to see more choice in light weight, gasket-sealed, top-loading hard cases that can be opened while hanging on the straps off your shoulder. There are a just a few, like those from Underwater Kinetics but they all tend to be quite small boxes.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2017 at 00:17 UTC as 4th comment | 7 replies

I believe that the Iberits are also available in other mirror-less mounts (ie as well as Leica).

Hey DPR, how about a lens test/article/samples on the Iberits? There are very, very few sites on the net where anyone has tried any of them and no lab tests at all. If people could actually access better information and confirm whether they deliver decent IQ, we might actually learn whether they're lenses worth a look. Thanks.

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2017 at 22:54 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply

Sorry, just plain lame.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2017 at 10:05 UTC as 16th comment

I have a TG4 for kayaking. I've no plans to upgrade to either the TG5 or the new Ricoh. For me the next real step up is when there's a tough camera with enthusiast features AND a bigger sensor. Yes the AW1 has one, but as an ILC, it comes with a maintenance schedule and a reputation for problems. If they'd offered it as a fixed-zoom-lens camera with a 24-70 or 24-85 I'd be down at the shop tomorrow.

Link | Posted on May 25, 2017 at 09:53 UTC as 13th comment

I have a TG4 and it seems to me that the sensor size is the real limitation. I also have a Canon G1X and UW housing but housings aren't the answer for many sports because they're simply too big to stuff into a PFD, jump suit, ski suit, etc. I would be happier if Olympus (or anyone else) made a tough cam with a bigger sensor. My Fujifilm HDM water resistant 35mm compact was small, light and full frame thirty years ago. Even a 1" sensor might start looking better and still be feasible to fit into a small rugged body.

And can we have real "o" rings please? The internet is littered with leak stories and warranty problems. The same old Fujifilm HDM had an AA battery compartment accessed through a circular door with an "o" ring in the base plate. Surely Oly could do the same thing with a shaped Lithium battery and an SD card?

Link | Posted on May 20, 2017 at 13:34 UTC as 11th comment | 3 replies

"How will we answer to the passionate customers of the LX100? We will study how we’re going to answer these customers." This clearly indicates that the replacement for the LX100 hasn't even been designed yet. And there I was waiting for it.......or even a future date. Oh well.

Link | Posted on May 10, 2017 at 09:24 UTC as 12th comment | 1 reply
On article In praise of shooting monochrome landscapes (342 comments in total)

I really love the mix of form and textures in No1. And No 2 is obviously a very spectacular outcrop and cliff. Anyone (OP?) know where these are please?

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2017 at 12:05 UTC as 108th comment | 1 reply
On article 2017 Roundup: Compact Enthusiast Zoom Cameras (505 comments in total)

Pity we never saw the Nikon DLs to compare...... I'm still using an original Canon G1X despite its foibles. None of the tested cameras has tempted me to upgrade, side grade or possibly down-grade. The G1X MkII doesn't have an inbuilt VF - you only get one as an expensive accessory that can be lost or left at home and blocks the flash shoe. Bad idea. The Panasonics look good but lack zoom reach by just that bit too much.... And the tiny Sonys are overly menu driven, feel too small in my large hands, haven't got a grip and simply don't feel robust. There's plenty of room yet for manufacturers to perfect the enthusiast zoom compact.......

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2017 at 12:47 UTC as 48th comment | 3 replies

Hmmm..... Much as I like the concept of premium quality small lenses - like Zeiss Loxias for a wider range of mounts - the prices proposed for these are over the top. US$5.5K (AUD $7.2K) for a 24mm in modest speed? I'll stick to my excellent Fuji 23/1.4 and lug the extra 50grams thanks.

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2017 at 07:52 UTC as 23rd comment

I'm currently a Fuji user and only use non-OEM lenses when there's an FL that Fuji doesn't offer. That means adapters and manual focus. I tried many a MF 300 & 400mm from the film-era and found most wanting on digital by today's standards. I finally tried the Canon FD 300/4L and have to say that I'm very happy with its IQ - very sharp, near-zero CAs and a build quality that puts many current lenses to shame. A great testament to a thirty year old design.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 10:13 UTC as 134th comment | 1 reply
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Rod McD: Surely all of the arguments raised here comparing FF & MF can just as well be cited between any two formats? 1" upgrading to MFT, MFT to APSC, APSC to FF and FF to MF as you see them in print here. Despite all these points, the IQ certainly looks great in online images and the early reviews seem to be dripping with enthusiasm.

To think that the systems are competition rather complementary options would be a mistake. MF will never offer the lens range or lens speed of smaller formats and it's likely to remain costly. OTOH lovers of resolution - landscape, architecture and fashion enthusiasts might just find it just ticks their boxes. Personally, I can't afford it anyway, so I've no vested interest here......

There is a pre-occupation emerging in a great many of the comments here about MF versus FF and fast lenses. While that may apply at maximum aperture, the very types of photography where MF might excel - let's say studio, landscape and architecture - don't typically require fast lenses at all. MF never did and never will trump FF for portability, lens range and lens speed. It will attract those whose needs are met by what it does offer. Which is why it will remain niche, but nevertheless be appreciated by its owners and users.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2017 at 21:14 UTC

Surely all of the arguments raised here comparing FF & MF can just as well be cited between any two formats? 1" upgrading to MFT, MFT to APSC, APSC to FF and FF to MF as you see them in print here. Despite all these points, the IQ certainly looks great in online images and the early reviews seem to be dripping with enthusiasm.

To think that the systems are competition rather complementary options would be a mistake. MF will never offer the lens range or lens speed of smaller formats and it's likely to remain costly. OTOH lovers of resolution - landscape, architecture and fashion enthusiasts might just find it just ticks their boxes. Personally, I can't afford it anyway, so I've no vested interest here......

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2017 at 12:16 UTC as 423rd comment | 9 replies

We get the same sort of thing in the great salt lakes in South Australia. They're beautiful wilderness areas. Vehicle tracks do change that natural vastness that people come to see and appreciate. They do heal over time, particularly after a rain event, but yeah, it takes time. And everyone else has to look at their monument to their thoughtlessness for a few years....

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2017 at 12:26 UTC as 57th comment

1) Keep making great DSLRs. 2) Let's see a good mirror-less FF platform to offer some competition to Sony. And 3) bring back high grade, large sensor, fixed lens compacts - the DLs or something like them with in-built EVFs.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 20:25 UTC as 66th comment | 1 reply

DPR - Is there any chance they'd let you try the set for sample photos? There are simply no tests or reviews anywhere on the net. I've been watching them for the 75mm because Fuji offers nothing near the old 105mm FL that I happen to like.... It's hard to buy new designs in a total vacuum about IQ and BQ. These are not inexpensive lenses - they're chasing Voigtlander prices. Their ads talk about classic quality, but if that means soft wide open and a truckload of film-era CAs, no thanks. Let's see some images.....

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 03:35 UTC as 3rd comment | 4 replies
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Rod McD: Its a great pity Cosina don't offer them in other mirror-less mounts too. Why not Fuji, MFT and Canon M? Those of us who would like to use them will have to adapt the old Leica M mount lenses they already have out. For me personally the Apo Lanthar 65/2 is the most interesting of the three. I'm not sure if that will even be available in Leica M mount either.

I'd agree that a crop-sensor-only lens would restrict that lens to that sensor. Obviously a lens with a specific mount would have to be marketed to owners of that platform - as is the case with other independents now. I was suggesting that the same lens should be made in addition to FF options so no loss to FF platforms. I don't know that adapters are the perfect answer. (Like you I already use quite a few.) With no electronic contacts, Cosina would only need to change the lens rear barrel length and mounts. Samyang already follow that approach with a number of their MF lenses - successfully as far as anyone can tell.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2017 at 03:18 UTC
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