JacquesBalthazar

JacquesBalthazar

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

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  • 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 ...
  • After checking your web site, I'd advise to just keep both systems, if you can afford it. The reason is that I see you produce a fair quantity of "corporate portrait" pictures. I do not know if you ...
  • The 180mm focus speed on current bodies is more than fast enough for most action. The photographer might not be, though.... ;-) I do not find there is any general rule giving a speed advantage to ...
  • The silver finish itself is a bit over the top (all silver dials, etc) compared to the more restrained mix of silver and black bits and bobs on a classic FA, FM or FE for example . Then the ...
  • Congrats!  The Df is a real gem, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I have. I maintain a Fuji X setup in parallel, and intend to keep both lines: the Fuji with latest AF lenses and a couple of ...
  • It has been almost a year since this review, and I thought worthwhile to revisit as I seem unable to move on from this camera. I also shoot Fujifilm X-Pro2, and enjoy it, but keep coming back to ...
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