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It is a 135/2.8.
Comparing it to the other Batis' I would expect something around 1.299 to 1.499 €.
But let's see.

For me f/2.8 is fast enough based on my experience with my former Sonnar 135/1.8 on A mount.
Currently I am very ok with the results of my GM zoom at 135mm.
As an always curious person for new gear I am going to give it a try anyway, but for me it needs to deliver similarly to the Sonnar some magic in IQ that makes me ignoring the priceand keeping it. :-)

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2017 at 12:00 UTC as 16th comment
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Stacey_K: I honestly don't care how good a lens is optically, when they have something like that thin aluminum plate in them that will bend and screw up the lens if you just bump it into something, I have ZERO interest in owning it. It's the reason I don't own the 24-70 F2.8G nikon, it has a design flaw where the zoom ring screws up if the lens is ever bumped. They need to understand these things are going to be used. You don't have to be able to drive nails with them but they do need to be able to survive a bump without needing a $1000 repair.

A design flaw, if photographic equipment gets damaged when seriously bumped anywhere? You have zero interest in owning something that doesn't do something that it's not designed for?
And may we assume that you are certainly sure, that the equipment on your gear list will survive any drop of two feet onto anything without any serious damage?
I can't judge the possible issue with the Nikon lens, but the aluminium plate in the GM zoom seems to be designed as "planned obsolescence" though it seems to be hard to reach this position where the plates are.
Lenses are containing movable and sensitive parts. A drop of two feet onto concrete causes tremendous force impacting those parts. So it makes sense to create a place where such force can be acting without causing too serious damage.

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2017 at 15:14 UTC
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villagranvicent: I bet in a few hours this will be flooded with comments from some guys arguing the Leica SL is better.

Maybe the "in-theory-owners".

Anybody neutral who has had a chance to get his hands on both like I did will probably be saying that in direct comparison the SL feels in the hands like a brick.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2017 at 06:32 UTC
On article First Look: Fujinon MK18-55mm T2.9 cine lens (64 comments in total)
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Hannu108: What are the prices... $4000? I couldn't that information.

Both can be pre ordered at BH for 3.799 $.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2017 at 06:33 UTC
On article Nikon PC Nikkor 19mm F4E sample gallery (87 comments in total)
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AngularJS: Amazing samples! Never messed with TS lens before, but would like to try now. Any suggestions to a beginner? As a Canon shooter I can get either 17 or 24, not sure which to choose :)

Although being Sony shooter, I am using the superb Canon TS-E24II. I have chosen 24mm because I use it often for landscape shooting, where I am in need of filters (the 17mm has a bulb front element not supporting filter systems, the 24 has 82mm filter thread). Used as standard 24mm it is one of the best 24mm ever made.

So I recommend thinking about your use case and then make your choice.

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2017 at 17:15 UTC
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jonikon: The question is whether or not the consumer will trust Samsung products not to catch fire again. As the saying goes, "Once burned, twice shy!"

I think, the wide investigation of the problem, backing up with independent testers and reporting of the result shall be helpful to retain custom base. Sure it has had and will have some effect on sales.
One thing can be taken for sure - the Note 8 will be a flawless product.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2017 at 08:22 UTC
On article Got focal range? Canon 24-105mm F4L II sample gallery (101 comments in total)
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The Silver Nemesis: Focal range is OK, but sharpness is another story: BIG gap vs 24-70 f/2.8 II, and MODERATE / SMALL gap vs 24-70 f/4 IS, the lens that I have sold in order to get this new 24-105...

Changing from 2470 to 24105 is a mistake.

When judging lens' capabilities I always remember the words of an aged and very experienced photographer I met years ago during Photokina.
"With FF lenses it is like this: prime is king, 3x zoom is knight, 5x zoom is peasent, the rest is for the bin".
Maybe his statement was a little bit harsh, but in the end it is true for most cases. When I further discussed with him, he explained in more detail. What he really meant was, that the more zoom factor you have, the more tradeoffs you'll have to face with lenses.

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2017 at 10:25 UTC
On article SLT strikes back: Sony a99 II real-world sample gallery (272 comments in total)
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MikeF4Black: Compared to a well exposed D810 image, these high(er) ISO images are disappointing.

@Mike, compared to objectively discussing guys your comment is really disappointing. :-)
Have you downloaded any of the raws to have a deeper look?
If yes, have you "well exposed" one of it, to have a proper comparison?
Are you printing every image up to 60"x40" and therefore being disappointed?

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2017 at 13:24 UTC
On article Dell's 8K monitor goes on sale in March for $5000 (215 comments in total)
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Dragonrider: 8K at 32" is just plain silly. I have a 32" 4k monitor and would be much happier if it were at least 40 in. It is a great monitor, but running at 150% in windows is a waste of pixels and 8k would have to run at 300% to be readable. When are we going to see some decent 40-46 in 4k monitors with ips panels and full color gamut?

@Digimat
I did not attempt to imply that I suggest FHD on any size. I am using two workplaces with two calibrated screens each 32" UHD and 24" FHD. When not doing image or video editing I am scaling the 32".
Now, sure it would work out better the bigger the screen is, but then I would not have everything in my field of vision anymore, what I personally dislike.
Currently I am fine with editing my 42MP images on 32" 4k - maybe I am going to reconsider the screen size when camera resolutions are ahead of 60MP (because then I would be annoyed by the necessity to zoom in every time...)

Conclusion - screen size and resolution is a matter of personal taste and target application.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 13:55 UTC
On article Dell's 8K monitor goes on sale in March for $5000 (215 comments in total)
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Dragonrider: 8K at 32" is just plain silly. I have a 32" 4k monitor and would be much happier if it were at least 40 in. It is a great monitor, but running at 150% in windows is a waste of pixels and 8k would have to run at 300% to be readable. When are we going to see some decent 40-46 in 4k monitors with ips panels and full color gamut?

FHD at 1m viewing distance is already more than human eyes are able to resolve.
A 40" or bigger screen is as plain silly as 8k would be for standard application.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 06:46 UTC
On article Woof! Sony a6500 sample images are here (364 comments in total)
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vesa1tahti: Not so impressive. From APS-C:s, D7200 is the winner.

Looking at your gear list you seemingly have no interest in Sony cameras.
Fair enough, but what is this vacuous comment intended to tell us?
Probably hat you like your raw edited images more than a well sorted jpeg samples gallery?

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2016 at 21:12 UTC

This is the perfect ridiculous looking lens for the perfect ridiculous looking camera they recently announced - this table tennis red rubber covered special edition...

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2016 at 21:56 UTC as 89th comment | 1 reply
On article OWC's Thunderbolt 3 Dock adds 13 ports to your MacBook (151 comments in total)

When the new MBP was announced I too started to grumble about the strict abandoning of some port types (USB3, SD, MagSafe,etc).
That's because I have three desktop working locations where I prefer a dock. I have always been using docks even with my former HP's, IBM's, etc. Requirement as simple as that: Good built quality, sufficient port supply, and a one-cable or one-connector docking.

Now coming to this OWC dock.
Probably nice built. No HDMI and only MiniDP - meaning one is missing, one is useless. Why - connect a calibrated 4k screen via MiniDP and try to re-calibrate via software...
Connection to the new MBP via one of the TB3 ports. They are not marked as PD compatible, so they are likely not providing enough power for the MBP.
Resulting in needing to separately connect the USB-C power cord to the MBP.
Running a HDMI monitor requires an additional adapter and the ones having action cams are needing an adapter for their micro SD.

Nice dock anyway, but still with some flaws.

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2016 at 10:37 UTC as 24th comment
On article Nikon reportedly eliminating 1000 jobs in Japan (518 comments in total)

Indeed a serious situation Nikon is in at the moment. I would not say they acutely endangered to extinct, but to my mind they are becoming a candidate for takeover soon.
The DSLRs are all solid, but they are lacking innovations, which is an important factor today. And additionally they were missing consistency in their FF lines. D700 successor was D800, Below they implemented D600, which was too problematic and came renewed ranged higher as D750. The D810 was not to innovative besides the hugh jump in resolution. On the other hand pros of the big boys appreciated the D4/D4S, but were missing a successor of the D3X. And instead of making a higher res pro body, they quite too quickly came with the D5. A real successor of the D810 as well as from the D7200 is missing. DL series (even the announcement) came at least one year too late. Not to speak about mirrorless. They need to catch that up or they will continue to loose market share.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 09:00 UTC as 93rd comment | 1 reply
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dbo: Honestly, the missing SD slot was my least critizism. And Schiller is partly right. SD is not staying for eternity. The next Sony pro FE is rumored to carry XQD, Nikon has cameras with XQD and CF, Canon FF have CF, so what.

My main critizism was the missing transition phase on interfaces. More clever would have been 2 TB3 + 2 USB 3. And - and that's my biggest annoyance - apple is missing to provide certified adapters. Why only single TB to USB3, why no direct cable TB3 to HDMI, TB3 to DP, etc.
Plugable provides a very clever dock (GB Ethernet, USB3, Alt Mode and PD on main TB3, compatible with Macbook) - why did apple not order them to create a charging power (87W) supporting doc for the new Macbook Pro? Would have been easy to adapt with appropriate port spec information in advance.

@T3
SD card seems to be holy cow. :-)
As I indicated, I was also crizising the missing slot, although not at the level as most here as I can read in many posts. In overall I can agree to your response, however I would not call CF card as niche product (XQD I agree).
My MBP (late 2013) has a SD slot, but no UHS-II; so I am annoyed by using such cards on the slower interface - guess what I did? I bought the USB3 Kingston MobiliteG4. An evil thing called adapter. *sarcasm*
So what if Apple inserts a SD slot, let it be UHS-II, and the SD association decides to go for an extended protocoll next year? I'd have my beloved SD slot and would need an adapter in case I would like to take full advantage of the new speedy card...

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 10:46 UTC

Honestly, the missing SD slot was my least critizism. And Schiller is partly right. SD is not staying for eternity. The next Sony pro FE is rumored to carry XQD, Nikon has cameras with XQD and CF, Canon FF have CF, so what.

My main critizism was the missing transition phase on interfaces. More clever would have been 2 TB3 + 2 USB 3. And - and that's my biggest annoyance - apple is missing to provide certified adapters. Why only single TB to USB3, why no direct cable TB3 to HDMI, TB3 to DP, etc.
Plugable provides a very clever dock (GB Ethernet, USB3, Alt Mode and PD on main TB3, compatible with Macbook) - why did apple not order them to create a charging power (87W) supporting doc for the new Macbook Pro? Would have been easy to adapt with appropriate port spec information in advance.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 19:49 UTC as 361st comment | 3 replies

It is so funny here how predictable this price bashing is. And where do people know from what a successful pricing range would be? I'd respond to those - "if you can't afford it - please look elsewhere!"

Honestly.
Spec wise Olympus did a fantastic job here. It features a lot of things which are not available with some "higher-end" cameras.
It needed a lot of R&D efforts and compared to the current market situation the price is objectively chosen fair. You pay what you get. And if you pay it, you get an incredible piece of photographic equipment.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 07:38 UTC as 41st comment | 6 replies
On article LaCie unveils Thunderbolt 3 desktop storage devices (42 comments in total)
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dbo: Clearly targeted to pro market.
Nice to see, that there are coming "real" high speed devices that serve professional demand.

As advanced enthusiast I am fine with the T3 in 2TB version around 700 € in GER.
450MB/s read/write is fine.

Don't try to be a SmA. :-)
Sure a raid system can be build cheaper.
But as long as you are looking for some speedy device for your laptop bag, a USB SSD is needed, and that is still not cheap today but at least affordable.

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2016 at 23:07 UTC
On article LaCie unveils Thunderbolt 3 desktop storage devices (42 comments in total)

Clearly targeted to pro market.
Nice to see, that there are coming "real" high speed devices that serve professional demand.

As advanced enthusiast I am fine with the T3 in 2TB version around 700 € in GER.
450MB/s read/write is fine.

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2016 at 19:06 UTC as 14th comment | 2 replies
On article Apple revamps MacBook Pro lineup, adds 'Touch Bar' (866 comments in total)
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iamatrix: This is a really good looking laptop, I was astonished by all the negative reviews, I think it just shows how poorly educated consumers are about technology. The new processors, faster SSD throughput,faster ram chips, improved screens, fast modern USB-C standard (and 4 ports!) adds up to extremely impressive machine especially for media professionals. I benchmark machines for a living it is truly impressive what Apple can squeeze out of their hardware due to their incredibly close relationship with hardware manufacturers, in all my years benchmarking machines for a major publication I have never seen such impressive throughput. In fact I'll take quite the opposite stance from other folks here and say that after 20 years as a very avid Windows user this will be my first Mac ! Kudos Apple. And discouraged Apple folks I will tell you it's not what's on the Surface that counts, but what lies underneath -no pun intended ;)

@iamatrix, the magic word is "transitioning". You as possible first timer will not run into the prob we long rime Mac users are now going to have with our existing accessories. I am repeating myself - the new technology (USBC) is welcome and necessary, bit not at my expense. I don't mind transitioning my existing USB equipment to the new interface over the time, but having no chance to re-use my 1 Gen old power cords anymore and needing them to replace is a joke.

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2016 at 09:11 UTC
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