JacquesBalthazar

JacquesBalthazar

Lives in Belgium Brussels, Belgium
Joined on Oct 29, 2004

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  • Great reminde, thanks! It is a very nice lens still today. The mix of build + size + weight + rendering + price makes it a unique proposition for this focal length. I use it on a Df, where it ...
  • Thanks Marianne. Well, I prefer the "pointillist" rendering of your Voigt background on this picture. And yes the Nikkor's is much smoother. Guess I like "busy". I also like "swirling", which I do ...
  • Am always trying to avoid discussions on bokeh, as I noticed that backgrounds I find beautiful can be seen by others as "busy" or "distracting", and I see quite a few case studies tagged as "good ...
  • Completely agree, it is a thing of beauty. To respond to your question,  I'd certainly rank the infamous Nikkor 105mm f/2.5 AI(S) up there as well. Complements the 58mm quite ideally.
  • Very nice offer by Sony indeed, allowing them to climb further up the price (and margin) ladder and be less exposed to mass market downturns, which is everyone's main objective in the photographic...

  • very nice option at that FL. In the Nikon world, the only real competitor is the beautiful but manual focus Zeiss. It also feels in many respects like a modern alternative to the 180mm f/2.8 AFD...

  • Commented on article Fujifilm X100F Review

    Nice work all round, thanks DPR. Also thanks Fujifilm for catering to the sometimes irrational desires of passionate photographers. I have the X100T and can "feel" the benefits procured by the F...

  • A couple things that might hopefully help: 1. The "distortion" considerations: reading your input, I wonder if you are not confusing actual distortion with the unavoidable perspective rendering ...
  • Great price!!!!! 180 vs 135 is not a big jump in focal length or in IQ.  Depends a bit what you carry usually, below the 135.  If you routinely use a 85 or a 100 down there, then 180 makes it ...
  • The new 50mm shot today at f/2 indoors. Fiddled a bit in PP, added dark vignetting but no sharpening added. Works really well. Uploading from Photos on iPad, so not highest res file.
  • truly impressive trio! Weather sealing added now, and that is great news.

    Now, if only we could be sure that their AF system will remain entirely compatible with current or future Nikon cameras...

  • Replied in Reid's Garage
    Great story. That got me curious and I tried finding this building on Google Earth (from my armchair in Brussels). Has it been torn down and replaced by pseudo-vintage shops since the original ...
  • @Aroart: Absolutely true! Still, for certain compositions, it is not absurd to think of bokeh the way one thinks about a studio backdrop: the texture, colour(s), mood, that help enhance the look...

  • I recommend Fujifilm's own M adapter as it provides a "shortcut" button allowing you to very easily select focal length onback LCD to bring up the right frame in the OVF (and helpful EXIF info). OV ...
  • (1) This is the only practical way of looking at this recurrent quandary. Thanks for expressing it so clearly and simply.
  • Hi Freeman, i am curious about accuracy of manual focus on D500 with this lens, in particular if the electronic dot and arrows focus indicators give enough precision. I use this lens on a Df, which ...
  • It is a strange thing that bokeh conversation. I do not mind the background on this picture, and I usually like a lot the backgrounds in my wide open 58mm Voigt images. I like them probably for ...
  • Fully agree with your write-up. It has always been a fantastic lens, but its latest cosmetic iteration combines beautifully with the Df (or any of the classic film Nikons). I am not fussed by lack ...
  • If you can afford it, get both. Whatever the qualities of the f/2 (WR, fast AF, small size, low weight), it simply does not open at f/1.4, and, on an APS sensor, you do want to be able to grab the ...
  • Replied in Excellent lens
    There is no "reduction in aperture". What macro lenses in the Nikon world actually report is the relative light loss as the lens extends to focus closer. It is the same type of light loss that ...
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