Peter CS

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S Yu: This seems pretty insane...I'm getting the vm 15/4.5 ii soon though, really compact(smaller than version iii), good wide open even on a7RII and as cheap as $400 in good condition.

Better read reviews first, since version one and two do not do well on Sony FX sensors, and were designed for film cameras. Also, they do not focus very close without a special, expensive adapter...

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2018 at 15:43 UTC

Strange transition... to go from 35mm all the way to 15mm on FX wide angle! Would have made much more sense to go to 21mm or so. Looked at the original set when they launched on KS, but felt the lenses were too heavy, too manual, and too limited in range. Maybe an "inbetweener" of 24mm with eventually show up. Do like the filter feature on the 15mm though...

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2018 at 18:51 UTC as 4th comment

Having several lenses and adapted lenses with high quality adapters, I am going to argue that the Fuji-X mount is the flimsiest of any mount I have used, which includes Canon, 4/3rd, m4/3rds, Nikon, Leica, and Pentax. Each and every lens and adapter has some disturbing play on my two cameras. Maybe the XH-1 and Xt-2 have a better fit and/or mounts - have not tried either of those, but I found this problem so disturbing that I have stopped upgrading Fuji cameras and would be very, very tentative to put a $4000 lens on any X mount camera. Just my experience and two cents worth...

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2018 at 18:19 UTC as 1st comment
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Peter CS: I agree with everything the reviewer says and would much prefer to carry a light 17mm f1.8 Olympus. Also, I would need a camera grip to try and balance this heavy lens.
One positive not mentioned though - this is the only prime lens in it's range that is splash, sand, and dust sealed, which is always important for us landscape photographers out in the field...

Good to know!

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2018 at 02:29 UTC

I agree with everything the reviewer says and would much prefer to carry a light 17mm f1.8 Olympus. Also, I would need a camera grip to try and balance this heavy lens.
One positive not mentioned though - this is the only prime lens in it's range that is splash, sand, and dust sealed, which is always important for us landscape photographers out in the field...

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2018 at 15:01 UTC as 34th comment | 2 replies
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Peter CS: Another take - what kind of disservice is Locardi doing to other professionals and the professional photography trade by posting good images to a royalty free, controversial site? Maybe he makes too much money selling seminars and processing workshops?
This is not someone who will be getting my support or money, is all I can do or say...

We are talking about a large, profitable company using photographs by an established professional for profit, advertising, and gain, which is a big difference compared to an amateur enthusiast posting their work for exposure and display...a not-so-minor distinction.

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2018 at 06:01 UTC
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Peter CS: Another take - what kind of disservice is Locardi doing to other professionals and the professional photography trade by posting good images to a royalty free, controversial site? Maybe he makes too much money selling seminars and processing workshops?
This is not someone who will be getting my support or money, is all I can do or say...

To Squire - If professional photographers post or work for free, then that reduces the fees for, and value, of all photographer's work. This is a debate that has been well documented in various conversations on the internet. Of course, I know several great photographers who gladly give their work for free to struggling NGOs, non-profits, etc. However, rich corporations do not need or deserve this charity!
To all other commenters - if the image was unknowingly and unwillingly posted and shared, then I gladly take back the negative sentiments that I expressed...

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2018 at 17:55 UTC

Another take - what kind of disservice is Locardi doing to other professionals and the professional photography trade by posting good images to a royalty free, controversial site? Maybe he makes too much money selling seminars and processing workshops?
This is not someone who will be getting my support or money, is all I can do or say...

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2018 at 16:30 UTC as 62nd comment | 8 replies

Bravo Dpreview! This is the kind of information that photographers need, before spending many thousands on camera bodies, lenses, and accessories. Now please test the following in the same way: Nikon d610, d750, d7200, d7500, d500, Canon 6dII, 80D, Sony a9, a6300, a6500, Pentax KP, and Pentax K1, along with commonly used lenses...
Lastly, I recently used a Nikon d610 in a snowstorm with high winds and an Irix ultra-wide lens. Both were drenched, but survived without a hitch! I was particularly worried about the lens, since ice crystals formed on the outside of the front element. Biggest problem was keeping the front element clear! See proof of drama at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/l4matman/24679230087/

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2018 at 17:11 UTC as 36th comment | 3 replies

Other than the Panasonic GH5s, the YI stereoscopic, this may be the most exciting development at a very ho-hum 2018 CES.

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2018 at 16:16 UTC as 15th comment
On article Buying Guide: Best cameras for parents (254 comments in total)
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G1Houston: As a Nikon shooter, many years ago I bought a m4/3 camera for traveling with kids. However, as m4/3 makers today continue to focuse on building more pro oriented ,=heavier, bigger, expensive, gears, if I were to do it today, I too would buy an M6, and hope that more compact inexpensive fast prime lens can come out. There is still a large gap between smartphone and top level FF cameras and M6 is the type of cameras that most regular folks would love to have.

Pen F and two 17mm lens. Unfortunately, expensive not weather-sealed!

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2017 at 17:28 UTC
On article Buying Guide: Best cameras for parents (254 comments in total)
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otto k: This is so frustrating. This is one of the most frequent use cases and it's so easy to sell but camera companies just aren't committing to it. I have a nice compact Samsung set (NX500/30/45/16-50/50-200) but they are out of the market and there's nowhere to go :(

If you actually want to have a functioning AF in video it's Canon or Sony (or dying Samsung). If you want relatively compact or affordable - APSC.
Sony has kit lens that's not really good (16-50) or not really wide or compact (18-55). Prime lenses are ok-ish but decent zooms are quite expensive. Also no native standard fast zoom.
Canon has ok-ish tracking in live view and very good in video. But video is not really even 1080p. Side note - dpreview should make a video quality gadget as well. Colors are nice. M series lenses are so absent it's not even funny (especially primes). Also no native standard fast zoom.
So, go for Canon SL2 and 3rd party f/2.8 plus 50/1.8? Least bad at decent price? But nowhere near compact.

Canon has the excellent 24mm aps-c for the SL2 and the excellent 22mm for the M mount, both f2.8 small and light.

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2017 at 17:26 UTC
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Peter CS: So I have to laugh - do backers really know and understand what a pain it is to carry around, and use, all these heavy lenses that do not have ultra-convenient auto aperture and auto meter-coupling for a very limited 35-80mm range? Sure these look cool, but remembering - in the 1960's -a friends heavy and pain-in-the-butt Contaflex system, he could not get his Nikkormat with Nikkor primes soon enough. I suspect most users would be far more happy with a good 28-75mm, fully coupled, AF Tamron zoom attached to their Nikons or Canons. Further, the 15mm ultra-wide attachment option is too highly specialized a focal length that few can use effectively for anything other than extreme landscapes. A 20-24mm would make way more sense for most people Maybe if the focus is smooth enough, videographers would be the true audience for these, given the all-manual action, but only if the sharpness, usability, and bokeh bring something special or extra to the table...

Sure, it is great if you have a worthwhile, large aperture, special prime lenses that exhibit special qualities, or you shoot from the hip at f11, and/or you photograph landscapes or portraits, but otherwise...

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2017 at 02:39 UTC

So I have to laugh - do backers really know and understand what a pain it is to carry around, and use, all these heavy lenses that do not have ultra-convenient auto aperture and auto meter-coupling for a very limited 35-80mm range? Sure these look cool, but remembering - in the 1960's -a friends heavy and pain-in-the-butt Contaflex system, he could not get his Nikkormat with Nikkor primes soon enough. I suspect most users would be far more happy with a good 28-75mm, fully coupled, AF Tamron zoom attached to their Nikons or Canons. Further, the 15mm ultra-wide attachment option is too highly specialized a focal length that few can use effectively for anything other than extreme landscapes. A 20-24mm would make way more sense for most people Maybe if the focus is smooth enough, videographers would be the true audience for these, given the all-manual action, but only if the sharpness, usability, and bokeh bring something special or extra to the table...

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2017 at 22:03 UTC as 15th comment | 2 replies

No coupling for $2500 and minimal impact on Bokeh. Anyone to create a PS action to simulate this for $25 bucks? Add a favorite 85mm f1.2 to f2 and we're all in business... P.S. who needs another boring 75mm lens for MF digitial or film? It is the one lens that sits around an gathers dust in my MF lens collection!

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2017 at 18:39 UTC as 4th comment
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MichailK: have they also upgraded the cartridges to include white hair lines and dust specks on the photos for more “authentic” printing experience of the days gone by?

Regardless of any of the other features, the thought of carrying around, fiddling, and eventually loosing cartridges when their (cool) settings could simply be put on a dial leaves me cold. Imagine trying to do this in bad weather, wind, cold, etc. This is the same reason I did not participate and buy a Petzval lens years ago - the thought of carrying all those hard aperture disks and having to put them into a highly vulnerable slot was way too much retro for me me to stomach - on top of completely manual camera settings and slot focus...

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2017 at 22:05 UTC

This all started with new Iphones and Samsungs breaking the $1000 dollar mark, or maybe with the the $10K+ Apple One watches in "real gold and metal bands", like I saw in a high-end Apple store in Santa Monica a few years back - they were a flop! Companies are "testing the waters", read seeing what they can get away with in terms of phenomenally increasing their profits with very slight improvements in adornments and minor technological improvements. Saw this same thing happen with high-end audio components decades ago and recently with turntables, cartridges, and vinyl. Of course, the smart person will buy a good used or NOS flip-phone and great compact camera instead - Fuji x100, X30, Sony RX100, Olympus Pen Digital, etc. and put the rest of their money towards investments or a vacation. The only cool thing about an updated, $3000 flip phone is probably that you paid this much to be appear to be cool...

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2017 at 16:52 UTC as 30th comment | 1 reply
On article Buying Guide: Best cameras under $500 (154 comments in total)

Big mistake in this review: Xa-10 uses the old 16mpix sensor and the Xa-3 uses the 24mpix sensor of the higher models. That said, both sensors are great and 16mpix is good enough for most....

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2017 at 17:10 UTC as 32nd comment | 1 reply
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Peter CS: So I just read the Indiegogo page for this. Description of intent and capabilities is almost incoherent!
However, there are lessons for major camera manufacturers: 1. People like old (film) style looks. 2. A camera can be a fashion accessory. 3. Single focal length lenses are secondary to 1 and 2, or is not understood by buyers. 4. Viewfinder is not a deal-killer either! 5. Low cost is a great incentive to try and buy. 6. Artsy and in-camera simulations are sought after, despite being part of Instagram and most processing software including them. 7. People like quasi-analog devices. 8. People are not bothered by cartridges that can be easily lost and the time it takes to swap them out!
I think companies like Fuji, Sony, Nikon, Pentax, and Canon should strive to make consumer products like this- without the headache cartridges- but with viewfinders and in tidy, small packages at a low price-point, and with cool film and format simulations built in!

Yes, but way, way more expensive at $1300 dollars.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2017 at 02:01 UTC

So I just read the Indiegogo page for this. Description of intent and capabilities is almost incoherent!
However, there are lessons for major camera manufacturers: 1. People like old (film) style looks. 2. A camera can be a fashion accessory. 3. Single focal length lenses are secondary to 1 and 2, or is not understood by buyers. 4. Viewfinder is not a deal-killer either! 5. Low cost is a great incentive to try and buy. 6. Artsy and in-camera simulations are sought after, despite being part of Instagram and most processing software including them. 7. People like quasi-analog devices. 8. People are not bothered by cartridges that can be easily lost and the time it takes to swap them out!
I think companies like Fuji, Sony, Nikon, Pentax, and Canon should strive to make consumer products like this- without the headache cartridges- but with viewfinders and in tidy, small packages at a low price-point, and with cool film and format simulations built in!

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2017 at 20:17 UTC as 5th comment | 3 replies
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