Andy Dan

Joined on Feb 20, 2014

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dylanbarnhart: Everybody secretly wanted Canon to dominate the mirrorless market. When it didn't, we declared Canon failed us.

On the contrary, it's a good thing that Canon is not serious about mirrorless. Canon should focus on what it does well, which is DSLR, and leave mirrorless to the other players.

The real mistake is to introduce the M system at all. Canon should have taken a strong stand and not divert R&D money to mirrorless. Had they invested more in DSLR, maybe their recent DSLR releases wouldn't be so negatively received by the enthusiast community.

http://www.canonwatch.com/canon-patent-new-auto-focus-system-mirrorless-cameras-dslr-translucent-mirror/

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2015 at 10:22 UTC
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dylanbarnhart: Everybody secretly wanted Canon to dominate the mirrorless market. When it didn't, we declared Canon failed us.

On the contrary, it's a good thing that Canon is not serious about mirrorless. Canon should focus on what it does well, which is DSLR, and leave mirrorless to the other players.

The real mistake is to introduce the M system at all. Canon should have taken a strong stand and not divert R&D money to mirrorless. Had they invested more in DSLR, maybe their recent DSLR releases wouldn't be so negatively received by the enthusiast community.

I would have liked that Canon invested in a SLT tech. Having a SLT ff camera with very good high iso performance is great and the 1/3 stop handicap vs. SLR would have been annulated. Add better DR (at least one stop better than the best - the 6D) and we have a winner.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2015 at 23:21 UTC
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Richard Franiec: This is one of more significant (and welcome) updates to Canon lens line up in recent times.

Canon launched two great lenses this year: this one and the 16-35 f4L IS. I look forward for the replacements of the non-L 50mm lenses (1.4 and 1.8 ones) and the 85mm f1.8 one...

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2014 at 19:21 UTC
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Suave: Surprisingly reasonable price. Looks like someone at Canon has learned his lesson.

@BarnET Buy the 200-400 f4L IS or if you need even a faster one, the 400 f2.8L IS II :-P

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2014 at 17:45 UTC
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Andy Dan: Stupid launch imo. The Sigma 17-70 f2.8-4 Contemporary Macro sells for 500$ and it's faster and has macro capabilities. It lacks weather sealing indeed but who needs weather sealing in a slow variable aperture zoom like this new Pentax? Pro's won't use it, enthusiasts won't use it...A new version of the DA 17-70mm F4 AL would have been much better...

The Pentax 17-70 f4 AL is 20$ more expensive than the Sigma. It's like having the same price because 20$ is nothing. @70 both are f4 maximum aperture lenses so it's only slower @17 but for a zoom that long weather sealing is better than having 2.8 at the wide end. A newer version of the Pentax lens (HD coating) would make a great zoom for the K3 that can cope with a sensor that outperforms in a big way almost every Pentax zoom lens available right now... As far as I'm concerned I'm not using Pentax because they don't have a full-frame camera, accessories are scarce and third party options are limited compared to Canon or Nikon.

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2014 at 12:57 UTC

Stupid launch imo. The Sigma 17-70 f2.8-4 Contemporary Macro sells for 500$ and it's faster and has macro capabilities. It lacks weather sealing indeed but who needs weather sealing in a slow variable aperture zoom like this new Pentax? Pro's won't use it, enthusiasts won't use it...A new version of the DA 17-70mm F4 AL would have been much better...

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2014 at 10:40 UTC as 16th comment | 16 replies
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Andy Dan: DXO test, that's what the reporter was refering to. I agree with Maeda regarding DR. Few people use a camera at ISO 100/200 only. Sony sensors have an advantage in the ISO 100-400 range. From ISO 400 to 3200 no one has a big advantage (better results for Sony at ISO 400 and better results for Canon at ISO 3200). From ISO 3200 Canon sensors have a big advantage. So overall sensors are evenly matched.

So, for landscape Sony sensors are the best right now. For various genres of photography at various ISO settings (architecture, travel, portraiture, macro, street) and low-light work Canon sensors are the best. Also Canon is better for sports and most professional sport shooters are using Canon because of the speed. Considering Canon outsells both Nikon and Sony it seems that even from an financial pov mr. Maeda is right.

Yep, but the A7s is geared more towards video. The A7 is the jack of all trades and the A7r is geared towards photo.

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2014 at 18:35 UTC

DXO test, that's what the reporter was refering to. I agree with Maeda regarding DR. Few people use a camera at ISO 100/200 only. Sony sensors have an advantage in the ISO 100-400 range. From ISO 400 to 3200 no one has a big advantage (better results for Sony at ISO 400 and better results for Canon at ISO 3200). From ISO 3200 Canon sensors have a big advantage. So overall sensors are evenly matched.

So, for landscape Sony sensors are the best right now. For various genres of photography at various ISO settings (architecture, travel, portraiture, macro, street) and low-light work Canon sensors are the best. Also Canon is better for sports and most professional sport shooters are using Canon because of the speed. Considering Canon outsells both Nikon and Sony it seems that even from an financial pov mr. Maeda is right.

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2014 at 17:06 UTC as 158th comment | 3 replies
On article Canon India teases 'something big' coming soon (145 comments in total)
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alcaher: If it is the 7d II, it would be an excellent camera as it is the 7d

And If it is the 100-400mm len then it would be great lens as long as canon keeps the lens around the 1500 to 2000 dolars price range. Right now the price matters and the new tamron (150-600) its getting alot of attention because of its price.

When it was launched the current 100-400 was almost 2200$. Considering Canon prices are going up every time a next gen lens in launched...it won't be below 2400-2500$ and that's optimistic :-)

Link | Posted on Jul 31, 2014 at 21:33 UTC
On article Canon India teases 'something big' coming soon (145 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: I hope it is a 6D Mark II with incredible video features (4K @ 30 FPS, 1080p @ 60 FPS, 720p @ 96 FPS), excellent live view AF, and a reasonable cost(Under $2000). That would be a truly “BIG” announcement and it would be a camera that would make me switch to Canon instantly.

The 6d mk 2 won't see the light of day before the 5d mk 4 (that's next year).

Link | Posted on Jul 31, 2014 at 21:32 UTC
On article Canon India teases 'something big' coming soon (145 comments in total)

The big tele zoom is also my take on the teaser. It's going to be an interesting lens but it will cost very much for a variable aperture one (between 2500 and 3000$ as some rumors sugest - the current version was 2200$ at launch) but still this can be considered cheap if compared to the 200-400 f4L IS 1.4x Extender monster.

Link | Posted on Jul 31, 2014 at 17:55 UTC as 89th comment
On article Ricoh announces Pentax K-3 Prestige Edition (166 comments in total)
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Andy Dan: The next step will be a golden one like the old LX :-P but made out of plastic.

New lenses that's what Pentax really needs. How about some new 2.8/4 zooms and 1.4/1.8 primes Ricoh? You will never launch the fabled full-frame so newer aps-c glass is a must. Fuji did it in style from scratch.

It's a pity that Pentax has had some bad management and marketing in the last 10-15 years.

I was thinking of high IQ lenses that can cope with the newer sensors, especially the one in the K3...

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 12:48 UTC
On article Ricoh announces Pentax K-3 Prestige Edition (166 comments in total)

The next step will be a golden one like the old LX :-P but made out of plastic.

New lenses that's what Pentax really needs. How about some new 2.8/4 zooms and 1.4/1.8 primes Ricoh? You will never launch the fabled full-frame so newer aps-c glass is a must. Fuji did it in style from scratch.

It's a pity that Pentax has had some bad management and marketing in the last 10-15 years.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 10:58 UTC as 22nd comment | 7 replies
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kayone: Looks nice but sadly the Nikon 70—200 f4 which I own and use can be had for cheaper and has the superlative 3rd gen VR system. I've gottrn surprisingly sharp shots handheld at 1/20 and 1/30 sec in dim light at full zoom

The new Nikkor 70-200 f4 VR is the best in this category. Canon lags behind because their counterpart is kinda old...Not sure what Sony will do with their version for the A7...

Link | Posted on May 16, 2014 at 21:59 UTC

I look forward to see some tests with this lens. In the next 2 years I want to buy a stabilized 70-200 f4 zoom for my 6D. This could have better optical performances than the Canon 70-200 f4L IS USM but the stabilization is weaker...The good news is that Canon filed a patent for a new version of the lens so I'll make up my mind when it hits the market :-)

Link | Posted on May 16, 2014 at 21:57 UTC as 17th comment | 1 reply
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ozturert: 1500$... And tripod mount is extra... I think Tokina is having production issues, that's why they don't want to sell the lens...

The Canon 70-200 f4L IS USM also has an optional tripod (that's around 160 euros where I live - Romania). The same goes for the Nikon counterpart...

Link | Posted on May 16, 2014 at 21:54 UTC
On article Hungarian law bans photos taken without consent (321 comments in total)
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ThePhilips: As far as I understand, lots of countries have similar laws. And the laws are very often enforced very mildly. IOW no cops are going to tail every person with a camera.

The point of the law (A) prevention of sneak photos and (B) making sure that any person who is in the image also has a legal standing.

Because even in a public place, private person is allowed to have some expectations of privacy.

This society is a Big Brother. There is no privacy anymore. It's just an apparent one.

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2014 at 19:48 UTC
On article Hungarian law bans photos taken without consent (321 comments in total)

Stupid law. Luckly I've been in Hungary as a tourst three times and I'm not going again in the next 10 years or more (I will only transit Hungary). I just hope that other European countries will not follow.

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2014 at 19:40 UTC as 110th comment | 2 replies

A very nice lens. Yes, it's more expenisve than the Canon 35 f2 IS USM and than the Nikon 35 f1.8 G but on the other hand it's much more well bult, like L lenses. So the price is not that dramatic and after all is a Zeiss :-)

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2014 at 17:43 UTC as 11th comment
On article Sony Alpha 7 Review (1599 comments in total)

Ok, regarding the posterization...I've downloaded the arw and the uncompressed nef (page 13 of the review, bottom) and put them in lr 5.3. At each file there is a loading time where you can see the posterization effect in both. After loading there is no posterization. Pushed them to +3.8 ev and there is no posterisation in eiter. So, my opinion is that dpreview was using an older lr.

P.S. I use a calibrated Dell Ultrasharp U2413
P.S. Nikon is cleaner in the shadow area on the right but again, a +3 or +3.8 ev is kinda extreme for any raw file imo!

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2014 at 22:39 UTC as 61st comment
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