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On article The whole nine yards: Canon 35mm F1.4L II USM review (219 comments in total)
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iamatrix: Having the mark one I am reminded why I am selling off my FF gear. The Canon lens is an incredible optic, but so is my Fuji 35 which renders very similarly (in fact in many ways better) to my Canon 35 L at a quarter of the price.

@neatpicture, I strongly disagree. I can push highlights and shadows to the max in LR with a Fuji file, I cannot do that with the 6D as the image falls apart. The color and tonality of the Fuji sensor is truly first rate, as much as I loved my 6D, it really can't match it. I give the 6D credit for a fantastic ergonomics, focusing speed in low light, and its wifi implementation which is clearly better. Personally I find Fuji optics better than L glass. Fuji is sharp wide open with low CA and superb bokeh across a majority of their primes. Canon glass is superb in terms of build and focusing, but the level of CA, wide open sharpness, and contrast leaves much to be desired. Just my opinion.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2016 at 23:31 UTC
On article The whole nine yards: Canon 35mm F1.4L II USM review (219 comments in total)
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Clint Dunn: 'Best 35mm lens available' - Really??? Maybe if you're sticking to DSLR lenses. I would put my Zeiss 35mm 1.4 ZM against this Canon.

Best 35 available for Canon and by Canon, yes, but no it's no where near the best.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2016 at 21:34 UTC
On article The whole nine yards: Canon 35mm F1.4L II USM review (219 comments in total)
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marc petzold: A very good, professional lens for sure - Photozone tested it already over a year ago, but not with a final statement here:

http://www.photozone.de/canon_eos_ff/964-canon35f14mk2?start=2

Photozone came to the conclusion: ..."The USM AF is silent and fast but the competition is pretty much on the same level nowadays. Speaking of the competition we are primarily talking about the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art."

So, whileas it's not exactly the same thing, one could be way happy with the Sigma 35/1.4 Art...for those, who really need it.

But for this amount of money, even whileas owning a way old 5D, i'd choose a classical MF, Zeiss 35/1.4 - why?! Because of the Zeiss Colors, Rendering & 3D Pop, therefore...i mean, *if* i would have that money, and really need that fast lens speed urgently.

Because i don't, i am way happy with the older C/Y 35/2.8 Lenses, and a fast Samyang 35/1.4 MF is good enough for my needs, as amateur.

There is absolutely nothing special about Ziess glass. I went through a Ziess phase where that is all I purchased. It's a name, nothing more. There is no magic, except the placebo effect in ownership which I went through.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2016 at 21:32 UTC
On article The whole nine yards: Canon 35mm F1.4L II USM review (219 comments in total)
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iamatrix: Having the mark one I am reminded why I am selling off my FF gear. The Canon lens is an incredible optic, but so is my Fuji 35 which renders very similarly (in fact in many ways better) to my Canon 35 L at a quarter of the price.

Sorry I did compare a 50 to a 35, my bad. I think my point was lens quality has almost reached a peak and the tech that used to cost thousands of dollars now exists at very low price points. No need for L glass or gold rings unless you need the weather sealing or build quality.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2016 at 21:28 UTC
On article The whole nine yards: Canon 35mm F1.4L II USM review (219 comments in total)
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iamatrix: Having the mark one I am reminded why I am selling off my FF gear. The Canon lens is an incredible optic, but so is my Fuji 35 which renders very similarly (in fact in many ways better) to my Canon 35 L at a quarter of the price.

I used to do pro work, no market for it these days. Every soccer mom now has a photography business and most people at weddings and bar mitvahs are going with photo booths. Hech at my brothers wedding he told everyone to just compile their phone pictures. Pro photography exists but is no longer an exclusive market and with easy access to affordable high quality sensors and lenses and printing anyone can basically do it (not saying better).

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2016 at 21:26 UTC
On article The whole nine yards: Canon 35mm F1.4L II USM review (219 comments in total)
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iamatrix: Having the mark one I am reminded why I am selling off my FF gear. The Canon lens is an incredible optic, but so is my Fuji 35 which renders very similarly (in fact in many ways better) to my Canon 35 L at a quarter of the price.

The bigger system is not superior. Maybe things like focusing, but the image quality from my Fuji is miles above my 6D in just about every aspect.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2016 at 21:22 UTC
On article The whole nine yards: Canon 35mm F1.4L II USM review (219 comments in total)

Having the mark one I am reminded why I am selling off my FF gear. The Canon lens is an incredible optic, but so is my Fuji 35 which renders very similarly (in fact in many ways better) to my Canon 35 L at a quarter of the price.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2016 at 19:57 UTC as 29th comment | 12 replies
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1212 comments in total)
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iamatrix: I know there is some arguing here, but people should not get upset when people make comments about Olympus IQ. In fact people should get onboard to push Olympus to be more competitive. My problem with Olympus is they keep rebranding the same technologies into new packages and continue to sell them at higher prices every year (sounds like they went to Canon's marketing school) Let's face the music, today's Olympus camera save for a few minor tweaks is just an EM5 with new skin. A cheap Nikon D3300 for $350 blows these cameras away in terms of sensor performance. I get it they have IBS and touch screens and other cool tricks up their sleeves, but that tech has been around for years and is now and it's time to focus on areas where m43rds is no longer competitive: sensor . The EM1 is a very fast camera, but it's also hitting a very niche market where sensor performance is just as important as AF. Case in point: If your shooting sports you most likely are shooing in low light / difficult lighting where sensor performance is incredibly important (try indoor soccer with m43rds). If your shooting BIF, you might be cropping or requiring class leading dynamic range (ever shoot a bird against a bright sky ?).

Look I know I was hard on Olympus, but keep in mind I am only talking sensor. The cameras and lenses are incredible. I miss certain things after move to Fuji such as the compact lenses, touch screen, and IBS. Is Olympus using BSI ?

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2016 at 17:46 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1212 comments in total)

I know there is some arguing here, but people should not get upset when people make comments about Olympus IQ. In fact people should get onboard to push Olympus to be more competitive. My problem with Olympus is they keep rebranding the same technologies into new packages and continue to sell them at higher prices every year (sounds like they went to Canon's marketing school) Let's face the music, today's Olympus camera save for a few minor tweaks is just an EM5 with new skin. A cheap Nikon D3300 for $350 blows these cameras away in terms of sensor performance. I get it they have IBS and touch screens and other cool tricks up their sleeves, but that tech has been around for years and is now and it's time to focus on areas where m43rds is no longer competitive: sensor . The EM1 is a very fast camera, but it's also hitting a very niche market where sensor performance is just as important as AF. Case in point: If your shooting sports you most likely are shooing in low light / difficult lighting where sensor performance is incredibly important (try indoor soccer with m43rds). If your shooting BIF, you might be cropping or requiring class leading dynamic range (ever shoot a bird against a bright sky ?).

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2016 at 13:17 UTC as 105th comment | 5 replies
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1212 comments in total)
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showmeyourpics: Hi, IQ inferior to other formats is one of the regular complaints about M43 cameras. In real life, I can print fine art quality up to 24x36" up to ISO800 with my E-M5 II (Raw noise reduction in DxO Optics Pro). Imaging Resource gets over 30x40" at ISO100 and 200 in High Res mode. Jay Dickman works for National Geo with an E-M1 and an E-M5II. Anyone with more demanding outputs should leave the M43 alone and look into larger sensor formats. For the M43 crowd, the E-M1II is the king of a very high hill and getting one is mostly a matter of budget. As already pointed out, the price of (pro) lenses should be taken into account too. About DR, I always bracket +-1 f/stop but in the vast majority of cases end up using only one frame because the DR of my E-M5II is already wide enough (PS can do a great job balancing the tonal curve to one's taste). Wider DR as produced by HDR has had its moment but many observers (my clients too) are critical of its unnatural looks and I use it very sparingly.

It's not a matter of skill level, my skill level is perfectly fine thank you. Nice try attempting to to make a joke because you have no argument. I have owned both systems, the differences are rather significant. Fuji is an ISO less sensor, you can push and pull highlights and shadows to there maximums in Lightroom without color tearing and introducing noise. The color and tones from the sensor are incredible almost organic whereas the Olympus is very digital looking. You can't even come close with the m43rds sensor, Fuji has a 14 bit pipeline, Olympus has a 12 bit pipeline. If both cameras are so close as you have claimed then why do so many artists and pros use Fuji l as backups for their FF DSLRs ? I don't see them using m43 ? I admit m43rds was incredible when it came onto market and with very exciting technology, but years later the system has hit a wall. They keep touring the same old features which have been around since the EM5, and hardly nothing changes except the price which continues to go up. There prices are ridiculous and the rest of world has advanced. Hech even a cheap $350 Nikon D3300 blows every m43rds camera away in terms of IQ. If Olympus wants to charge high prices for their cameras (and the entire line up is overpriced); they need a sensor to match the competition.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2016 at 13:07 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1212 comments in total)
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iamatrix: I have always been a fan of Olympus bodies and lenses, but at the end of the day I just wish they would have moved to crop. For some reason sensors below crop exhibit a certain element of flatness that no lens regardless of speed can overcome. The color and tones are good, but not as lovely what one can obtain from Nikon and Fuji. It's a shame, I absolutely love the bodies and the fantastic glass, but at the end of the day the sensor is what captures the light and the quality obtained from other cameras is significantly better - enough so that it just does not make sense to invest.

I think everyone on the planet except you understands.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2016 at 12:53 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1212 comments in total)
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PanchoVilla: Bar none, the E-M1 mark II is camera of the year! What an amazing photographic precision instrument. It makes cameras like the A6500 and X-T2 look like mere toys in comparison! Bravo Olympus for creating a timeless masterpiece!

Toys lol, nice try now go back to your safe space.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2016 at 12:48 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1212 comments in total)
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NickyB66: DP say image quality, especially in JPG not good. I'll stick with the X-Pro2.

Jesus Christ, absolutely no contest, even the older Fuji sensor blows the Olympus out the water. This isn't even subjective, it's fact, do some research.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2016 at 03:21 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1212 comments in total)
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showmeyourpics: Hi, IQ inferior to other formats is one of the regular complaints about M43 cameras. In real life, I can print fine art quality up to 24x36" up to ISO800 with my E-M5 II (Raw noise reduction in DxO Optics Pro). Imaging Resource gets over 30x40" at ISO100 and 200 in High Res mode. Jay Dickman works for National Geo with an E-M1 and an E-M5II. Anyone with more demanding outputs should leave the M43 alone and look into larger sensor formats. For the M43 crowd, the E-M1II is the king of a very high hill and getting one is mostly a matter of budget. As already pointed out, the price of (pro) lenses should be taken into account too. About DR, I always bracket +-1 f/stop but in the vast majority of cases end up using only one frame because the DR of my E-M5II is already wide enough (PS can do a great job balancing the tonal curve to one's taste). Wider DR as produced by HDR has had its moment but many observers (my clients too) are critical of its unnatural looks and I use it very sparingly.

George, I totally respect your decision to use m43rds gear, I myself sometimes get tempted (like the Pen F) and then I remind myself how annoying Olympus menus are, how you have to spend $1500 on a 1.2 lens to get the same DOF as a Fuji lens costing $300, how images fall apart above ISO 800, how easily highlights clip, and so on. Olympus makes great bodies with rather antiquated sensors, they are good, just not great and at the end of the day it's the final picture that counts - at least for me ;) Good luck my friend.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2016 at 02:56 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1212 comments in total)
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showmeyourpics: Hi, IQ inferior to other formats is one of the regular complaints about M43 cameras. In real life, I can print fine art quality up to 24x36" up to ISO800 with my E-M5 II (Raw noise reduction in DxO Optics Pro). Imaging Resource gets over 30x40" at ISO100 and 200 in High Res mode. Jay Dickman works for National Geo with an E-M1 and an E-M5II. Anyone with more demanding outputs should leave the M43 alone and look into larger sensor formats. For the M43 crowd, the E-M1II is the king of a very high hill and getting one is mostly a matter of budget. As already pointed out, the price of (pro) lenses should be taken into account too. About DR, I always bracket +-1 f/stop but in the vast majority of cases end up using only one frame because the DR of my E-M5II is already wide enough (PS can do a great job balancing the tonal curve to one's taste). Wider DR as produced by HDR has had its moment but many observers (my clients too) are critical of its unnatural looks and I use it very sparingly.

As a former Olympus fanboy I can tell you when I purchased my Fuji I immediately sold my Olympus bodies and glass. It's not print size that is the issue, it's the overall look and rendering a limitation of the sensor itself. I couldn't match the incredible dynamic range and beautiful colors that the larger sensor produces. It wasnt just a little bit better, it was night and day. The m43rds images just looked flat and very digital in comparison.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2016 at 23:23 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1212 comments in total)

I have always been a fan of Olympus bodies and lenses, but at the end of the day I just wish they would have moved to crop. For some reason sensors below crop exhibit a certain element of flatness that no lens regardless of speed can overcome. The color and tones are good, but not as lovely what one can obtain from Nikon and Fuji. It's a shame, I absolutely love the bodies and the fantastic glass, but at the end of the day the sensor is what captures the light and the quality obtained from other cameras is significantly better - enough so that it just does not make sense to invest.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2016 at 23:16 UTC as 152nd comment | 2 replies
On article 2016 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras around $500 (270 comments in total)
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Miki Nemeth: Thank you for the review. The Sony A5100 is a brutally great camera for its price. It has clean HDMI, perfect match with the Ninja2 recorder. It's the only PDAF camera in this group with wiggle-free video AF. The touch-to-shoot, touch-to-rack-focus and touch-to-magnify functions are excellent. Its 24M sensor is far the best in this group. I have Nikon Df, and a Mamiya RZ67, too, and the A5100 is a perfect workhorse companion. Its dynamic range is simply brilliant (same sensor as A6000). The other cameras don't come close to the A5100 as for IQ. A5100 is the only touch-screen Sony. It has even zebras in video mode. It can be used with the excellent Metabones Speed Booster, which makes this camera a near full-frame equivalent. Absolutely the most versatile camera in this group. The X-A3 is OK, but far from the capabilities of the A5100, honestly. The A5100 is a gem, you should learn how to use it, it's not the fault of the camera, if someone cannot use it, the features are there.

I would agree with you, but Sony really lacks high quality lenses for the A6 series cameras. They need compact fast primes.

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2016 at 01:01 UTC
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Catalin Stavaru: All those bells and whistles of such a big and expensive camera do not translate in image quality because in the end, it's still a small sensor with small pixels.

Daft Punk, the image quality of m43rds sensors is very very good, however you can see a big difference when you compare it to current Crop and FF sensors. It's not just about big prints, it's the quality of the pixels: The smooth transition into the highlights, the ability to lift shadows, the subtle transitions in colors and rich tones. I own both m43rds and a Fuji body, there is absolutely no comparison. The image quality of my Olympus is very good, the Fuji image quality is simply stunning. Maybe it's a limitation in the 12 bit pipeline ?

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2016 at 15:34 UTC
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Langusta: ...small sensor bla bla bla...
...my FF/APSc can do better bla bla bla...
...who needs m43 bla bla bla...
...m43 is finished bla bla bla...

Ok you said it, and since you should feel secure now, go take some pictures!

Frank C, cell phones are a LONG LONG way from approaching DSLR quality. The only reason Cell Phone pictures look good is due to heavy processing and of course those small colorful crisp mobile displays.

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2016 at 15:26 UTC

It's a pretty amazing camera all things considered, the image quality hasn't changed much since the very first iteration of the 16 megapixel m43rds sensor and whether that matters or not is pretty subjective. For a flagship camera from Olympus it definitely holds it's own against pro caliber Nikon and Canon bodies for the most part.

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2016 at 15:24 UTC as 61st comment | 1 reply
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