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rfsIII: Everyone is complaining about the noise from this camera at higher ISOs, but maybe there's life left in the old girl yet. Has anyone tried processing the raws with a current version of Lightroom? It has a pretty powerful noise reduction algo.

People got brainwashed because the Nikon gives a lot less noise than this camera and they are supposed to have the same sensor. But during that time, perhaps even now, using it at base ISO with enough light produces great IQ. I do not own this camera as I do not shoot A mount. I know a few people who has this. I was intrigued by its IQ and I always wanted the STF 135. So a few years later I finally got the STF but mount it on the NEX and now on the A7RII. Great combo.

Even if it had live view I probably would not have got it to use with the STF (just for pinpoint focusing and manual only). The Sony NEX really opened up a lot of possibilities for me and I never looked back.

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2017 at 04:25 UTC
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chshooter: I had one back in the day but I exclusively saw it as a studio camera. The noise was just too much at everything but base ISO and the focusing coverage with only 9 or 11 points was pretty bad even back then. The fact that it totally missed out on the upcoming features like live-view and video was also a letdown.

It was the resolution king but pretty bad at everything else.

It was also a great landscape camera. Many photographers took amazing landscape photos with it.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 10:21 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1879 comments in total)

I am way more excited about this release than the 1Dx II release! (I use both Canon and Sony.)

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 17:04 UTC as 284th comment
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S vs Pentax 645Z vs Hasselblad X1D (340 comments in total)

I played with the FUJI in Japan. The AF is not as fast as the XT2 but very usable for most situations. I am amazed how it just feels like a 35mm FF SLR. You don't need leaf shutter to achieve high speed sync these days. I think the future generation of the Fuji would probably perform just like, or better than the XT2 with 100mp res or more. It is amazing just to think about it.

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2017 at 14:35 UTC as 17th comment
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love_them_all: Is this the cheapest monochrome camera for photos?! And Leica brand too? Sounds too good :)

Now I'm interesting getting it even just for taking B&W photos.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 04:21 UTC

Is this the cheapest monochrome camera for photos?! And Leica brand too? Sounds too good :)

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2017 at 02:38 UTC as 12th comment | 3 replies
On article Throwback Thursday: the Canon EF 24-70mm F2.8L (111 comments in total)

28-80L That's a real throw back. :)

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2017 at 14:02 UTC as 27th comment

The 80's was a very awesome decade for Pentax. The line up both on lenses (MF) and bodies were just incredible. I was using Nikon and also Canon EOS when it came out. I was very intrigued by my buddies' Pentax gear. The handling of the 35mm system to the quality of the medium format. It got a lot of respect from me. If I had the cash I would probably got the 645 or 67. The SFX was also wonderful and innovative in terms of design.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2017 at 07:14 UTC as 20th comment
On article This film camera is 100% 3D-printed, including the lens (136 comments in total)

3D print that 10-1000mm f/0.95 lens people keep asking for on DPR LOL

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2016 at 03:15 UTC as 40th comment

If you can't afford the 90 this seems to be a good alternative. I personally prefer a little bit more of the working distance.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2016 at 15:57 UTC as 22nd comment | 3 replies
On article Throwback Thursday: Canon EOS 5D (230 comments in total)

One of the cool feature about the 5D is its body shape. Canon can keep all the controls in the same places, but why not jazz things up just a little bit by having a slightly different body shape? Let the industrial designers have a little fun, would you Canon?

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2016 at 14:36 UTC as 51st comment
On article Throwback Thursday: Canon EOS 5D (230 comments in total)
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razadaz: Ten years is a long time in cameras these days. Hard to believe there was 12 years between the release of then Nikon F1 and the Nikon F2, and another 9 years until the F3 was released. I can also remember many photographers at the time refusing to upgrade to the F3 because they felt it was "too electronic" and many people continued to use the F2 for years.

It's simply because film is the big equalizer. There was really no need to get a fancy new toy every other year. I used to tell photography students that it doesn't matter the camera is just a "metal shoe box", you get a decent lens, good quality film (I meant Tri-X), you will still have amazing images as long as you got the proper skills. Yes the F3 was a little too electronic compared to the F2, but years later after I got the F4, I actually liked the F3 better.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2016 at 14:20 UTC

The floppy disk design was a great solution back then. I remember people who worked in insurance loved this camera (series). Floppies were dirt cheap but once CF card got affordable this line quickly died. :(

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2016 at 06:01 UTC as 18th comment | 1 reply

A 10 second turn is a very long time. Photographers who travel to all kinds of places should know better how to safeguard their gear at all times. When a stranger come up to me and try to talk, my first response is be very aware of where my valuables are.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2016 at 05:55 UTC as 48th comment
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Ayoh: 135mm 1.8 would be more useful. The DOF would be the same. 105mm is too close to 85mm.

I am thinking the same. If you already have a 85mm f1.4, a 105mm f1.4 is not much of a difference. I would give it a wow if there is a 135mm f1.4, and a drop of the jaw if there is 200mm f1.4, given the IQ is up to the standard of the very best of the brand. ;)

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2016 at 08:14 UTC
On article Sony Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA Sample Gallery (269 comments in total)

Any chance of seeing this lens compared to the Otus? It looks like it is very clean from PF, only a little of LCA.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2016 at 03:19 UTC as 17th comment | 1 reply
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1179 comments in total)
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GodSpeaks: To be honest, the big issue I have now with medium format, is that the sensor is not large enough, as they all fall far short of a full sized 645 frame.

These sensors are even smaller than the 36x48mm sensor (2xFF) I had in my Mamiya digital MF camera years ago.

Why is it that no one is offering a full 645 sized sensor?

It's just a matter of time, given there is a market big enough for 645 or even 66/67 sensors. Sony is able to develop such sensors but the demand has to be big enough first. I think if the H1D is doing decent sales figures the top management of Sony may just give the go ahead on making proper MF sensor. It is not impossible but they got to think about the whole system - like the lens line up with image circle large enough to cover these sensors. That would take a lot of consumer response to convince Sony the market is there. Of course, by making it mirrorless, there is hope. There are many legacy MF lenses out there.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 03:32 UTC
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1179 comments in total)
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Wild Light: This is baaaaad for Leica

On the camera body side, yes. Leica lenses still got that better brand name than the Hassy branded lenses today.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 14:34 UTC
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1179 comments in total)
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Steven-T: Just watched the Hasselblad live presentation. This X1D is not for me. The sensor size is 1.68x FF 35mm. A Hassy V 6x6 film is 3.63x times FF 35mm film size. I want at least a 6x45 sensor size, 24mp is fine with me. The two XCD lenses are extremely slow, considering the much smaller image circle coverage. I want at least f/2.8 or faster. I am using three f/2.8 V lenses for my film Hassy V, covering a much larger image circle. Bokeh? What's Bokeh! Guess I need to wait longer for the next "whatever brand" . . .

2.8 or faster for a MF lens is not easy (in terms of size, weight, IQ, and cost). But I agree with you. 645 should be the starting point and I prefer 66 or even 67. May be in a couple of years Sony would enter this market... finger crossed.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 14:31 UTC
On article Hasselblad to announce 'game changer' next week (454 comments in total)
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love_them_all: Fuji, Sony, I don't care. Just make a Non-Hassy ver at 1/2 of the price. Give me an adapter and I will be able to use pretty much all legacy MF lenses. Now this is a game changer. It's better than the Leica S, and better than the Pentax 645Z.

Just wait. They will come. And who says anything about needing to save money? LOL

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 04:11 UTC
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