rvdzee

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On article Why are modern 50mm lenses so damned complicated? (911 comments in total)
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manos234: Resolution resolution resolution.
More and more and more.
The new marketing trend..
Am I the only one whose favorite lens is the softest one wide open, the EF 50mm 1.4??

Great article btw!!

If that is the important thing for you, sure. For me it isn't.

Link | Posted on May 10, 2021 at 15:27 UTC
On article Why are modern 50mm lenses so damned complicated? (911 comments in total)
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manos234: Resolution resolution resolution.
More and more and more.
The new marketing trend..
Am I the only one whose favorite lens is the softest one wide open, the EF 50mm 1.4??

Great article btw!!

Same here. I love my EF 50mm 1.4 USM. After a while, focus was hit and miss on my 5D Mark II, but on my EOS R it works flawlessly again, and I'm never using the 50mm 1.8 STM (that I bought as a replacement) anymore.

Link | Posted on May 10, 2021 at 14:35 UTC

"This is a gears site." Indeed. Then again, serious question: where do I go to find people who appreciate this creative project and the expressive images instead of moaning about curvature, sharpness, blah, blah?

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2021 at 19:46 UTC as 4th comment
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(unknown member): In HIFI, the 'steam engine' effect the tester noted is called 'breathing' and MAY be an artifact of COMPRESSION where low signal levels are boosted while higher level signals are NOT. Some early noise reduction systems had similar problems. I used an Original EXTERNAL dolby system back in the 70s and noted that effect in a poorly calibrated system. I later experimented with the DBX system and noted similar effects, but not as bad.

I'm still waiting for microphone IMPEDANCE data which in the real world of audio makes a big difference. Especially in low voltage / current circuits like Phono preamps and cartridge matching.

Also, I suspect there is a way to work an Audio Precision Analyzer into the mix for some REAL data, not more subjective impressions.
https://www.ap.com/analyzers-accessories/

Impedance. That's exactly what I was thinking. Is it a voltage noise vs current noise problem? Maybe the Sony has a BJT input stage? Nice against 1/f noise but killing if your input impedance is high (sorry for the jargon, I'm an analog integrated circuit designer).

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2020 at 18:38 UTC
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rvdzee: I was wondering if the audio of Alex is recorded with the earbud microphone? It sounds quite good, way better than mine anyway. I also don't see any other microphone. If it's actually the earbuds' microphone, I'd like to know the brand :-)

Thanks for the answer! I suspected there was another microphone, but I could hear it when you raised your arms. Which makes sense when that mic was hidden in your clothing. Too bad, would have been nice to have such a good earbud mic :)

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2020 at 08:56 UTC

I was wondering if the audio of Alex is recorded with the earbud microphone? It sounds quite good, way better than mine anyway. I also don't see any other microphone. If it's actually the earbuds' microphone, I'd like to know the brand :-)

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2020 at 07:53 UTC as 20th comment | 2 replies
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scokill: Because the world isn't coming to an end. Biggest over-reaction in history.

Gee, I should have known pills are in short supply in some parts of the world.

Link | Posted on Mar 19, 2020 at 19:58 UTC
On article Canon EOS R review (3227 comments in total)
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cosinaphile: its reviews like these, that remind me how little differenceis between FF and APS-C,sensor wise. Considering iso ,one can see 24or26mp fuji, looking pretty good vs this canon 30mp mirrorless.,maybe better at higher isos.

i find it amusing to see so many anecdotal [or actual] revelations from canon users about how wonderful canon mirrorless is, even unperfected,..or how they are so smitten they are they are throwing in with the mirrorless future.
i wonder what might be if 3 months ago instead of deriding mirrorless in general ,they tried one of the mature mirrorless systems from Panny oly fuji or sony, with superior autofocus and full lens libraries.perhap this will put an end to the mirrorless bashing and claims of poorer performance especially now with canikon in mirrorless last place.?

when one leaves corporate devotion sensibly behind, one open worlds of the new and better to explore.for others it remains necessary for their "brand" to go aboard for them to board the future .

I agree the difference in image quality is insignificant. However, in the film days I totally fell in love with my 50mm f1.4, and that's not something APS-C can give you. So the EOS R is a very welcome addition to my camera collection. And yes, it's wonderful even when it's not perfect, as it's a big improvement over my previous 5DMkII. And other systems can be better, who cares, I'm not re-buying all those lenses :-)

Link | Posted on Nov 25, 2018 at 14:21 UTC
On article Canon EOS R review (3227 comments in total)
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kevinkingmd: So, I'm quite torn.

I've been using a Canon Digital Rebel (the original one... as in 2002) and it has finally given up the ghost.

I am an enthusiast, not professional and largely use my camera for family, vacation, time-lapse and landscapes. Not sports, not wildlife. I'd love my new camera to support video.

I've been waiting for a mirrorless, full frame camera from Canon for years, and now the EOS R hits the market to what I'd describe as mixed reviews.

I own a Canon 17-40mm and a 24-70 f4 IS lens (about $1500 worth of glass) and am now torn between buying the EOS R or selling my Canon glass and moving to either Sony or Nikon. I'd much prefer to stick with Canon, but am disappointed by the slow development of the Canon product line.

From those of you who actually have used this camera, what are your thoughts? Is the grass really greener out of the Canon ecosystem? I'd rather not wait for yet another 2-3 years for Canon to release another body.

Thoughts?

Do I understand correctly that you want to go from APS to FF? Then realize that you don't really "keep" your lenses, as your focal lengths will seemingly divide by a factor 1.6. Since you have f4 lenses, I take it that shallow depth of field is not your primary concern, so you could also consider staying on APS to reduce weight. I have an EOS R and I like it, but I also have a Sony a5100 which I carry with me more often because of the size. Also the video OIS on the Sony is more silent, so I use it more for video. But the 50mm f1.4 FF experience is not something it can give and choice of lenses is poor. Lots of things to consider :-)

Link | Posted on Nov 25, 2018 at 14:13 UTC
On article Canon EOS R review (3227 comments in total)
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Rincewind1234: Why cant so many people separate a review score from their personal and individual one? No one uses all features of any given product, but a review has to look and assess every one of them. Do the strong points match your work style? Great! Do the weak points don't matter to you, or you don't use the associated features? Even better!

In what reality is a 8/10 product bad compared to a 9/10 one?

For me every review should cover two subjects:
- Is this product the best option for me?
- How does this product stack up to the competition?

The first one barely correlates to the final score. It is a mere indicator to give you a single quantifiable value. The pros and cons are much more important, after that everyone still interested should read the review concerning their work style.

People comment "But I like it" as an argument against the score, while it is a confirmation. Yes, a 8/10 product can be very likable, if it fits your personal preference.

I said I liked it not because I argue against the score, but because the bashing of this camera in the comments section makes it difficult for people who are potentially interested in buying it to make a proper decision.
The review is quite fair, actually.

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2018 at 18:56 UTC
On article Canon EOS R review (3227 comments in total)

I don't care either. I like mirrorless so much better than DSLR, I almost switched to Sony because Canon didn't have a FF version, but switching is quite expensive when you have so many lenses. The EOS R works perfectly with my EF lenses, even better than the 5DMkII that it replaces. The autofocus is just amazing. Yes, some things could be better, but it's the right camera at the right time for me. It complements my Sony A5100, Canon SX730 and Nexus 5X that each have use scenarios where they are the best.

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2018 at 09:55 UTC as 182nd comment | 1 reply

I don't understand all the dismissive remarks here. I have a Nexus 5X (Google's phone before the Pixel) and it is absolutely amazing in low light. When I need a picture of a group of people in a low-light situation (e.g. a restaurant), needing some some depth of field, this phone beats my 5DMII, A5100 and EOS R. And indeed, in other situations these cameras are far superior, but for these cases I seriously bring my phone as the preferred camera.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2018 at 20:17 UTC as 39th comment | 5 replies
On article Canon EOS R review (3227 comments in total)
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Jylppy: I played 15mins with EOS R on Canon Service Center. First thoughts:
- It is really solidly built. I have 5Div and EOS R feels like solid metal. It’s quite heavy too and the grip is good
- The EVF is very good and I use OVF as a reference
- AF works well as long as there is contrast, but starts to hunt the shapes are more round without high contrast lines. This is similar finding to e.g. Sony Ar 7 IIII that had weird problems to lock the focus in my test in an low-light situation. Both the cameras failed in cases where even my old 5DII would have not had any problems.
- This is the first Canon I struggled with the UI. For example, I could not figure out how to change the drive mode... For reasons not understable to me l, the SET-screen was not touch enabled?
- The Mfn-bar...

In general, the AF needs still working to meet my standards.

That's strange. I just bought the EOS R coming from a 5DII, and focusing is WAY better, especially in low light. The 5DII focused nicely in good light, although it would choose a person's hair instead of the eyes sometimes when contrast was higher there (even when it was outside the focus area). In low light it was hit and miss, especially with my 50mm1.4, which I stopped using altogether lately for that reason. On the EOS R that same lens works perfectly, and the ability to focus and take a picture just by tapping the right point on the touch screen, or use eye tracking, is just wonderful.

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2018 at 19:45 UTC
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