Cal22

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Mazenmazen: ... and he's still standing and filming towards the snipers' line of fire.. unless the go pro processor and battery detonated under 45+C°

Yeah, they were standing in a snipers line of fire and didn't move to get out of it? Is that credible?

Link | Posted on May 23, 2017 at 15:02 UTC
On article Comparison Review: Sony FE 50mm F1.4 ZA vs 55mm F1.8 ZA (261 comments in total)

Put the widget upon a roof in the foreground: Here the Planar 50mm is better than the 55mm lens; both lenses are on a par not before f4! In the background, though, it's the 55mm that's always ahead.

This makes me wonder if and to what extent the sharpness results here might be affected by distance settings which weren't the same at both lenses.

BTW, these lenses vary a lot as to their weight which IMO indicates what they are made for: The Planar 50mm is rather a specialist for portraiture, fashion, studio works, and the 55mm is rather an all-rounder.

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2017 at 02:08 UTC as 10th comment
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Marty4650: The camera seems OK, but the most impressive thing is Carey Rose's skill as a photographer. He has a great sense of composition.

This is why we gearheads prefer cold blooded test shots of color charts, wine bottles, and coins and currency for pixel peeping!

Can't agree more!
I'm astonished to see what a capable photographer can do with this small Sony device.

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2016 at 01:45 UTC
On photo From Maroon to Yellow in the Fall colour challenge (14 comments in total)

I can't judge whether the criticisms posted here are justified, because I'm not competent when it comes to post processing. In my eye most of the entries are overprocessed. It seems to be a common phenomenon to oversaturate colors and exaggerate dynamic range. Everybody wants to stand out of the crowd, and software makes it easy to pimp photos.

IMO, the winner's photo isn't perfect but it's a well done composition with the clouds corresponding to the mountains. However, many contestants could have made #1 as well. Nevertheless congratulations to the photographer!

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2016 at 17:52 UTC as 4th comment
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 sample gallery (5 comments in total)

There's something wrong with the details in the gallery: The photographer used aperture f/2,8 with the Vario 12-60 mm F 3,5-5,6 (23/52, 28/52, 44/52 . . . )!

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 15:00 UTC as 3rd comment | 2 replies
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Mikael Risedal: The Sony lens does not look as been properly centered; look at left and right
take another example of the lens for test

Yes, the Sony lens seems to be decentered; resolution near the right-hand edge drops a lot.

Furthermore, the review doesn't consider how both lenses perform with bright light sources in the frame.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2016 at 03:28 UTC
On article Comparison Review: Sony FE 50mm F1.4 ZA vs 55mm F1.8 ZA (261 comments in total)
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ThatCamFan: I went to a meeting Sony had in Iceland a few months ago, they introduced lenses & some sony bodies.
They claimed "our new lenses are so perfect that they dont have any onion rings unlike ""all"" other lenses" Basicly they're claim and they talked for 2 HOURS about how they had superior lenses and how there were no onion rings, they made sure to beat every point into people including the onion rings not existing.

It was 4 hours of talking that could be a 10 minute thing because they hammered the same claims OVER and OVER about the cameras and lenses, half the room had left before they were done talking before we got to test the gear because everyone had gotten annoyed that they wasted everyones time.

I managed to get onion rings right away with they're lenses & cant say I am impressed. I demanded to test it with uncompressed & full res which makes a huge file but yea.

I think they had it on different settings which would mask the onion ring effect. My faith in Sony is gone sadly.

Panasonic were the first. They said to be eliminating (or reducing?) those onion-rings in bokeh by preparing the relevant aspherical lens elements; since it's handwork it's costly and reserved for pricey lenses. Not much later Sony declared they had found a way to let a machine do that. Therefore you might expect the 55mm and other high quality lenses will get improved in the said sense.

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2016 at 02:16 UTC
On article Comparison Review: Sony FE 50mm F1.4 ZA vs 55mm F1.8 ZA (261 comments in total)

Taking price and weight into account I can't see why anyone should prefer buying this 50 mm lens.

I guess it's a lens for studio works, maybe optimized for short distance shooting.

IMO Sony should take more care of quality control in lens production (rather than designing any new lenses there's no need for). There's much complaining about Sony lenses to be decentered. If Sony want their brand name stand for high optical performance, they must deliver!

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2016 at 02:20 UTC as 27th comment | 1 reply
On article Faster flagship: Hands-on with the Fujifilm X-T2 (121 comments in total)

There's a lot of high-quality lenses in the Fujifilm system and the new 24mp sensor lets them shine. The more I hope for a camera that suits me. I'm a left-eye shooter and I'd like to have a camera that allows to attach an optional tilting EVF (with high resolution).

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2016 at 01:22 UTC as 10th comment
On article CP+ 2016: Nikon shows off new D5, D500 and DL compacts (114 comments in total)

The lens of the 24-85 DL should have a screw-in thread for filters, lens hood etc.!

I appreciate especially the option for a tilting EVF; it's such a helpful accessory (and essential for the wide-angle model)! Moreover it indicates that Nikon aim at enthusiasts and 'serious' photographers with their new DL compacts. And this gives hope that the lenses deliver decent IQ without too much deterioration from image center to the corners (as a result from keeping the lens small enough for a compact).

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2016 at 12:03 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
On article Readers' Showcase: Scott Matthews (44 comments in total)

These photos remind me somewhat of Jay Maisel who on and off photographed NYC from his residential building.

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2016 at 17:48 UTC as 6th comment
On photo Naughty Cat in the That Darn Cat challenge (2 comments in total)

Yes, it's likely bringing a gift; that's what I think the cat is doing there. Cats do this (mostly with mice), when they want to please a loved one.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2016 at 00:00 UTC as 1st comment

'Thanks Barney for sharing your experience with the RX1R II!

I agree with him in many respects as to this camera's aesthetics, the EVF, tilting rear screen, manual controls, a 35mm lens being versatile etc.. And yes, a stabilizer is to be desired (as is dust and weather sealing, for this compact isn't designed for studio works).

Now my questions: Some of the pictures Barney has made show a lot of noise - not only at ISO 6400 but also at ISO 400 (steel bridge after dark). At ISO 400!? I really don't know what to think of it! And as to the dog photo: Am I right that the CA in the trees is easy to fix?

As to focusing Barney speaks about the AF performance. But what about MF with the RX1R II? Is MF a convenient way to go? (In the wide angle range I'd always prefer MF)

Finally: Couldn't an A7 II with a 35mm lens attached be a good alternative to the compact (with the option for changing the lens)?

I know, of course, the RX1R II is a tempting thing indeed!

Link | Posted on Dec 22, 2015 at 02:23 UTC as 47th comment | 1 reply

These B&W photos of wild animals are extraordinary!

So is his answer to the question on #10 :)

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2015 at 02:32 UTC as 32nd comment
On article Second time lucky? A closer look at Sony's new RX1R II (542 comments in total)
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mediasorcerer: this is a subjective opinion based on personal observation and use, however, im finding the 5 axis i.s. in my sony tends to make some photos have a doppelganger outline around the edges of foreground subject matter and i now dont use it much at all even handheld in the evening because of this aftereffect i have noticed in arw files onscreen.
i think images are sharper without out it, just have to develop the skill of holding the camera very still-technique.
It tends to show up even more when using editing effects like contrast etc.
its not as handy as you would think, maybe it works better when there is slightly more movement rather than less, ie if you are holding the cam very still the ibis creates the effect, thats all i can think of, but its there for sure.

Do Sony (and other camera makers) know of the issue with IBIS you're describing here? Are you sure it's the 5-axis i.s. that's causing the 'doppelganger outline' in your images? Or does the stabilization system automatically stop '...if you are holding the cam very still ...'? In any case your experience with Sony's 5-axis i.s. needs to be researched.

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2015 at 15:41 UTC
On article Second time lucky? A closer look at Sony's new RX1R II (542 comments in total)

Do Sony (and other camera makers) know of the issue with IBIS you're describing here? Are you sure that it's the 5-axis i.s. that's causing the 'doppelganger outline'? Or does the stabilization system automatically stop '...if you are holding the cam very still ...'? In any case your experience with Sony's 5-axis i.s. needs to be researched.

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2015 at 15:25 UTC as 12th comment | 2 replies
On article Second time lucky? A closer look at Sony's new RX1R II (542 comments in total)
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Cal22: 'Sadly ...there is no in-body stabiization!' That's right! I don't understand Sony: A camera with an image resolution that high should have built-in stabilization; it's a must!

@RubberDials
Not any leaf shutter is guarantee for a smooth shutter release. But this is not my point: A handheld camera, small and lightweight, providing high image resolution of 42MP requires image stabilization to help the photographer avoid blurred images at shutter speeds of 1/30sec, 1/60sec (and maybe even at 1/125sec). Whoever purchases this promising camera doesn't want to photograph with high ISOs most of the time or use it on a tripod.

It's a fine camera, indeed, but I'm afraid there's a dealbreaker in it. Hopefully the Dpreview-team will be telling us more about my concern in their upcoming review.

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2015 at 16:03 UTC
On article Second time lucky? A closer look at Sony's new RX1R II (542 comments in total)

'Sadly ...there is no in-body stabiization!' That's right! I don't understand Sony: A camera with an image resolution that high should have built-in stabilization; it's a must!

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2015 at 02:00 UTC as 25th comment | 20 replies
On photo harp seal pup whiskers in the Whiskers (Nature Challenge) challenge (3 comments in total)

Why I like this image:
The big amount of white is like telling us a story of innocence!

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2015 at 23:41 UTC as 1st comment
On article Meet Milvus: Hands-on with Zeiss's Milvus lenses (246 comments in total)

The Milvus MF lenses seem to be an offer to pros in the studio or on location (with an assistant). These lenses are too heavy for travel or landscape photography. The 50mm weighs about 900 gr.! As to IQ the 21mm and the macro lenses are on top of the line.

Having studied all the data sheets provided by Zeiss it's the Batis line where you get the most for the buck. It's the best package for mirrorless IMO. The lenses are top in IQ, weathersealed, and half as heavy as the Milvus lenses. But Batis lenses are AF lenses.

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2015 at 02:24 UTC as 26th comment | 1 reply
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