JacquesBalthazar

Lives in Belgium Belgium
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JacquesBalthazar: Does this process work with third party lenses, or does the individual calibration of lenses require Nikon to Nikkor?

That is encouraging, thanks!

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2016 at 11:29 UTC

Does this process work with third party lenses, or does the individual calibration of lenses require Nikon to Nikkor?

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2016 at 02:31 UTC as 82nd comment | 3 replies
On article Fujifilm X70 Review (372 comments in total)

Interesting to compare the haptics between GR and X70. Both are clearly made for "expert" photographers, but come to the essentials from radically different angles.

I am an old analogue dials and knobs kind of guy, and am very comfy with my Fujis, but I do realise that in the digital age, the traditional interface embrassed by Fujifilm is not necessarily the most sensible.

The GR also claims solid 20th century roots by pointing back to the film GR1 of course. But that interface matured really nicely. It is a truly ingenious design.

I still have and enjoy the Nikon A (purchased before Ricoh GR was launched) and I very much enjoy the X100t. But if I had neither, I'd now go for the GRII I think.

Pity these guys screwed up the GXR adventure: a proper MILC with Ricoh GR haptics could have been a real hit.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2016 at 11:58 UTC as 54th comment | 2 replies
On article Fujifilm X-Pro2 firmware update 1.01 now available (76 comments in total)

I only had the reset once, on first day, but nice to have the fix so fast. Their speed of reaction is great here, and, more generally, I feel very safe, as a customer, in the knowledge they have consistently embraced constant improvements post release for all their X bodies and lenses. That is exactly how it should be in this fast paced digital world.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2016 at 05:29 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply

I have the Nikkor 85mm f1.8 AFS, and it does a stellar job. But this one is really really tempting based on spec sheet. The VC in particular will bring real advantages for low light portraiture or general night photography (cityscapes, etc). Also their new SP build + WR is much nicer than Nikon's f1.8 range, as I found out since purchasing the 45mm. If it renders as well (or better) than the Nikkor, it should be worth the investment. The 90mm is appetising as well.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2016 at 11:55 UTC as 15th comment
On article Retro through-and-through: Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review (2501 comments in total)

"Singular device" indeed, and a wonderful shooting experience, with great quality results. The Xpro1 was a great draft, while this is already a classic in my own personal pantheon of classics, and the only digital classic that comes to my mind just now....

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2016 at 04:07 UTC as 123rd comment

These look like fun! If reality matches spec sheets, and they are as fast and reactive as I hope, these might be the snappiest "compacts" around, with enough quality for 99% of enthusiasts. Well done!

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2016 at 05:45 UTC as 156th comment

Very, very appetising! Going to be an expensive Easter!

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2016 at 10:26 UTC as 43rd comment

Nice! Welcome back, Pentax! Congrats, Ricoh!

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 05:22 UTC as 30th comment
On article Pocketable APS-C: Fujifilm X70 real-world samples (253 comments in total)
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tikkypl: 16 mpix, 28mm f2.8. Where this camera is better then my Ricoh GR, which is extremly sharp, small, light weight and with excellent menu system?

The physical interface is the difference. Some users like to see all main settings at an analogue glance, even with camera turned off. The other difference is that the lens does not retract, alleviating at least some of the dust sucking issues of the GR. A pocketable camera should withstand pocket lint. Anyway, the GR is great, and this one feels great also. Albeit a bit late in the game for the sensor specs.

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2016 at 05:36 UTC
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tongki: Maybe information is not correct,
But Sony acquire Zeiss and Minolta, right ?
Zeiss lenses and Minolta with G series lenses
So, the new G master is adopted from Minolta technology ?

Sony never acquired Zeiss. There are complex arrangements between Sony and Zeiss regarding the production and branding of some E, FE and A mount lenses.

Sony acquired the Minolta SLR legacy when Konica-Minolta abandonned the photography market back in 2006. The A-mount was created by Minolta in 1985.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 08:36 UTC

These sure look sweet, in design as well as specifications! They do beg for a larger flagship FE body, designed to balance with such lenses, with better ergonomics than the A7II line (I just hate the haptics of those cameras anyway).

These G lenses would make Minolta proud... :-)

It is also interesting to note that, in the FE world, the Zeiss brand suddenly becomes a "mid-range" option from a price perspective. Shows a lot of confidence from Sony !

If I were starting from scratch, I'd seriously consider FE now....

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 07:00 UTC as 42nd comment | 4 replies
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Digitalis32: The fact that so much controversy has been sparked over digital alteration of this image shows how far photography has evolved over they decades = not at all.

Is correcting a slanted horizon in PP manipulation: yes
Is correcting a lenses distortion and CA manipulation: yes, it wouldn't be there at all if lens designers were doing their job properly.

Puritanism has no place with digital photography, go back to wet collodion.

One could argue that the ease of digital manipulation completely destroyed the credibility of photography as a means of capturing an objective "slice" of reality.

That said, manipulation exists ever since photography was invented. Even wet plate collodion allows a small degree of darkroom manipulation.

I liked the old photjournalism process of joining the full contact sheet of a complete roll of negatives to the proposed enlargement, or the requirement to work with slides only.

I guess the equivalent now is to join the RAW file, and let the editor make the judgement calls, according to published criteria.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2016 at 07:10 UTC
On article Design, looks and desire: Olympus does it again (397 comments in total)

Yep, more Leica III than Olympus Pen F. More forties than sixties. Silhouette looks great, but some of the detail finish maybe not where it wanted to be. In particular, horrid fonts on PASM dial. Wonder if it gives the same "hollow" feeling as the X100? It looks heftier, which would be nice. There is nonetheless something a bit sad with this retro quest in the sense that it indicates more appetite for nostalgia than for bold innovation (in design). The original Pen F was sleek. The XA was creative. Interesting that Leica designers appear to be more innovative than the others at the moment: Leica T, Leica SL, Leica S....

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2016 at 18:32 UTC as 92nd comment
On article Retro through-and-through: Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review (2501 comments in total)
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JacquesBalthazar: Tempting! Deserves weather resistant and upgraded AF versions of the original set of primes, launched for XP1. Modernised 23mm in particular.

Agree on greatness and agree a f2 WR would be welcome. It would not optically hurt the original to be weatherproofed and gain faster AF motors though...Same for 60 macro, etc.

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2016 at 17:41 UTC
On article Retro through-and-through: Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review (2501 comments in total)

Tempting! Deserves weather resistant and upgraded AF versions of the original set of primes, launched for XP1. Modernised 23mm in particular.

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2016 at 08:07 UTC as 291st comment | 2 replies
On article Happy Holidays from dpreview! (118 comments in total)

Best wishes to all of you!

Link | Posted on Dec 25, 2015 at 10:39 UTC as 59th comment

Pity it does not behave as an extension to Apple Photo.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2015 at 07:21 UTC as 12th comment

Nice! Now WR for 23mm and 56mm WR or 60mm macro WR and the "rainy day" line-up is complete. Nice to be able to have this one in the small bag with the 16mm WR and 90m WR, or to be able to go out bagless, with just 35 WR and XT1 all through the Belgian winter without a worry. This is going to be fun, and something I cannot do as easily with any other system in my collection. Thank you Fuji!

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2015 at 06:37 UTC as 15th comment
On article A lot to Leica? Hands-on with the Leica SL (Typ 601) (1525 comments in total)
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Mark Alan Thomas: The threatened Leica haters squatting in this thread might (not) be interested in the size comparison photos posted to leicarumors.com. This camera is smaller than most DSLRs, and is priced about the same as the pro DSLR models it was designed to compete with: the Nikon D4 and the Canon 1Dx (and is actually a lot smaller than them).

http://leicarumors.com/2015/10/20/the-leica-sl-typ-601-camera-review-leica-gambles-big.aspx/

The contrast detection autofocus of the SL will very likely not compete with D4s (or any current pro or semi-pro DSLR) in terms of reactivity, abilities in low light, tracking power, etc. Battery autonomy, flash system, native AF lenses, ergonomics, etc also make this irrelevant. Beyond D4 comparisons, lets compare to D750 or the bigger D810. Even at that level it does not compete. No, seriously, that SL and its native lenses look like the biggest mistake ever committed by Leica, and it will cost them dearly. The Q raised hopes, the M240 has charm, the S is great, but this.... Body size/weight is fine, it is the overall design and native lens ecosystem that is bonkers. That 24-90 is just nuts. This from a Leica fan, sadly (current M6, ex-R8, M8, M9, X1).

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2015 at 11:04 UTC
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