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Richard Murdey: Maybe there is a Zeiss 35/2.8 lying in pieces over at Samyang R&D?

You maybe right but then again 35mm lens design is not exactly new.

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2017 at 07:48 UTC
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trungtran: Not 35mm, but a Canon 40mm STM with MC-11 would be an alternative as well.

I tried that combination and it did not work that well on my a7s, complete with updates to the MC-11 and camera body. I have been considering the Zeiss 35mm lens for a long time now but could not justify the cost given the application of taking candids. Now I have a choice.

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2017 at 07:35 UTC

Chances are once you stop this lens down to 5.6 or 8.0 most experts will not be able to tell it apart from the Zeiss equivalent. Even at wide open most people, including myself, will not be able to tell them apart, especially if corrected by Lightroom. Given that is the case the only issue will be how well it plays on the Sony camera and that remains to be seen. Assuming there are no glaring issues I will buy it. In my opinion, it complements the a7s attributes of small size and light weight.

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2017 at 07:27 UTC as 17th comment | 8 replies
On article How do you know you need a new camera? (409 comments in total)

The nice part about shopping for a new camera is, if you wait long enough something better always comes around. The opposite is true once you buy one.

Link | Posted on May 30, 2017 at 02:15 UTC as 29th comment

In 2020 the Japanese will be broadcast the Olympic games in 8K. While this particular monitor may have shortcomings it is just the beginning. As with anything new, the price will drop as the manufacturers ramp up production and they will offer larger sizes. For PCs, the video cards and interfaces will catch up as well and costs will drop. Personally, I will hold back my judgement until I see this monitor in person, since it could offer other attributes making it worthwhile.

Link | Posted on May 29, 2017 at 15:27 UTC as 4th comment | 6 replies
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2602 comments in total)

Sony is still pushing the envelop which in turn enables photographers to create and capture images that eluded them in the past. They are listening to their a9 target consumers, my guess is, the professional sports and wedding photographers. Sony is providing them with some of the features. Leaving the door open to future model improvements.

For example the 20 fps. While some will claim they don't need that capability, it is good to have it available when you do need it and as mentioned in the report one can always select a slower rate. The same could be said about all the features the a9 camera provides.

Projecting forward the development trend that Sony is on, we are in for a treat with cameras that we can only begin to imagine at this point in time. Sony is creating their own market by creating cameras that others will have to copy if they want to stay in business. At this rate my guess is Sony will soon become number one.

Link | Posted on May 20, 2017 at 16:36 UTC as 251st comment | 1 reply
On article Analog gems: 10 excellent, affordable film cameras (805 comments in total)

Nikon F. First modular system camera to introduce the F-mount vs M42 screw mount; interchangeable focusing screens, backs, motor drives and prisms; 100% viewfinder; focal plane shutter uses a titanium foil blinds vs cloth.

The all black Nikon F that I sometimes use has the standard prism without a meter which frees me from viewfinder distractions, while it is slow to change rolls, it engages my experience, knowledge and skills to produce the image.

Neither the lenses or body are weather sealed, nor does it have auto-focus or auto-exposure, it does not take videos, it does not have GPS or transfer images to social media.

Yet I can still imagine and create the images. In the end that is all I ask from a camera. To enable me to create, to enjoy life by sharing memories with others. To that end the Nikon F serves me well.

Link | Posted on May 20, 2017 at 15:58 UTC as 316th comment | 1 reply

Nothing new under the sun. Switching systems has always been a relatively expensive proposition for professionals and non pros alike in the past as it is now and the future. Sheet to roll film, view to miniature cameras, film to digital, manual to auto focus, etc. etc. This is to say the technology is always evolving for better or worst. At the individual level we should be thankful that we have a choice, an opportunity, to select another solution that enables us to create images that may have only existed in our imagination up to this point. We are aware that a the current rate of change whatever we own or purchase today will be obsolete tomorrow. At some point we may learn to except the fact that we cannot fully utilize what we already own. That the greatest limitation to our creative expression is not the equipment we use but our lack of imagination and knowledge to use it.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 00:32 UTC as 82nd comment
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S Review: Modern MF (904 comments in total)

Just me, a rank amateur, I would go old school with a 4x5 or 8x10 view camera to create quality B&W portraits and landscapes images. Yet I can see why a working professional studio/commercial photographer would lean towards GFX. In regards to lenses, my guess is third party adapters will appear allowing MF meduim format lenses to fill the lens gap, assuming auto focus is not as strong requirement for studio and landscape work. If one is shooting a fashion runway event or some other moving subject the current AF lenses may not suffice either. Speaking only for myself, the analog or digital meduim format camera systems are best suited for high end portraiture and landscape subjects that rarely move. For myself, I only use meduim or large format cameras when image quality is paramount thus requiring the camera system is on a rigid tripod with a remote shutter release.

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2017 at 17:15 UTC as 25th comment | 2 replies

Speaking only for myself, I would not be to surprised if Apple eventually got out of the computer market altogether over the next ten years. They seem to have a greater profit on their iPhone and iTunes products and services. Albeit iTunes is no longer fairing well either and be phased out as well or be reinvented. My guess is Apple will continue to develop and release other hardware products if only to sustain their heritage and loyal fan base but at a slower rate over time as sales drops off certain product lines This shift can be seen in the Apple stores over the last ten years. If this is the case, eventually the Apple stores will start laying off employees as the company turns the corner and heads downhill as the Steve Jobs inertia continues to wear off and the company loses its innovation edge. The only thing that might save their soul is the Woz, but that would be a long shot.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2017 at 05:03 UTC as 31st comment | 2 replies

What I am looking for is a 3 axis Gimbal system that can supply power to the Sony mirrorless camera via the USB charging port on the camera. Are there any?
Thank you in advance.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2017 at 03:24 UTC as 8th comment | 1 reply
On article The whole nine yards: Canon 35mm F1.4L II USM review (338 comments in total)

IMHO this review is well written. One side effect may result in a decreased the resale value of the previous Canon 35mm F1.4L lens. The side by side comparison of the two Canon lenses provides more than enough motivation to upgrade from the version one lens to either the Sigma Art lens or Canon version 2 lens. Given the higher cost of the version 2 the Sigma Art lens appears to be better value and choice for myself.

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2017 at 16:39 UTC as 5th comment
On article The whole nine yards: Canon 35mm F1.4L II USM review (338 comments in total)

Regarding page 4, background blur: Something odd about the Canon 35mm F1.4L images at F5.6, F8 and F11. The F11 image appears to have a step up in contrast that may be due to the F8 image being slightly out of focus. Also the Sigma appears to have a slightly narrow angle of view compared to the Canon F1.4L II lens.

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2017 at 16:31 UTC as 6th comment

regarding page 4: "In terms of AF performance the Sony 85mm GM is generally slower to lock focus when comparing it to the Sigma 85mm mounted on a native Canon body (5DSR and 5D Mark IV), particularly while in live-view, using dual-pixel AF on the 5D Mark IV. " Is the focusing speed and low light attributes of the lenses being compared a function of the camera body in combination with the lens? If so then what was the point of comparison statement? What was the focusing speed comparison of the two lenses on the Sony body, with either of the lens adapters used on the Sigma lens?

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2017 at 16:12 UTC as 20th comment

Regarding page 4 results using the Sony camera body. Did the test include images with and without camera lens correction? The reason I ask is Sony may have provided some image processing corrections that may or may not be available to the Sigma images, that could effect the side by side evaluation.

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2017 at 16:07 UTC as 21st comment

From page 3: "the Sigma is adapted to the Sony a7R II via a Metabones smart lens adapter in order to compare it directly to the Sony 85mm GM", can we assume that the Sigma MC-11 adapter was unavailable for this test? The reason I ask is this is a selling point of the Sigma lens system to Sony mirrorless users like myself. That and as the review noted adapters can effect the image quality.

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2017 at 16:00 UTC as 22nd comment

My DP review "side by side" wish list includes the DXO rating, average focusing speed (min max distance performed tens times then averaged) and focusing noise (detectable in video recording "yes" or "no" in a quite environment) attributes. In the photograph samples a night shot of the stars (wide open) with emphasis on stars in the four corners of the frame (coma). Thank you.

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2017 at 15:51 UTC as 23rd comment
On article Sigma 85mm F1.4 Art DxO results: a new king is crowned (249 comments in total)

Speaking only for myself, I am glad that we have DXO running all these tests, so we can compare one lens to another on a somewhat equal playing field. Yet in the end it is not the lens that makes or breaks the image but the person using it & the camera. With modern optics being what they are, there are no more excuses for people to not create prize winning, money making, images consistently day after day. The true limitation is themselves. Stop trying to convince others that your gear is better than theirs or the latest and greatest lens released. Who cares. Everyone, over time, finds what works for them and creates the images they want and that is all that is important at the end of the day.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 05:22 UTC as 28th comment | 1 reply
On article Happy Holidays from DPReview (150 comments in total)

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you as well.

Link | Posted on Dec 27, 2016 at 16:13 UTC as 27th comment
On article Woof! Sony a6500 sample images are here (365 comments in total)

Thank you for sharing the photographs. I wonder in the two days of shooting what was the percentage "lost" shots i.e. improperly focused? Were there any common denominators such as low light, rapidly moving subject away or towards the camera? Did certain Sony lenses focus "better" than the others? Hopefully the answers will be part of the final write up on the camera. Also thank you to Sony for supporting another product demo event for the folks who evaluate cameras.

Don

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2016 at 16:08 UTC as 20th comment | 3 replies
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