HSway

HSway

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On article Photokina 2016: Nikon stand report video (72 comments in total)

Agree with mgblack74 Nikon did very good this year. You may not find this on photography-related sites but expansion of its FPD system to China brought Nikon important success for the first Q.
Let them work on their projects nothing good comes out of the rushed out releases. To be fair the N1 doesn't look like a success. That space attracts a lot of attention, I get that.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 10:41 UTC as 2nd comment
On article Photokina 2016: Nikon stand report video (72 comments in total)
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bogdescu: Truth is, in the next months/years they will either release a completely new camera (=concept) or they will be gone.

By completely new I mean probably a mirrorless with top notch image quality and with a simplicity of use and size on par with a Nikon FM or FE.
I have been a loyal customer for years but there is a limit to my appetite for giant SLRs, and I will not compromise on quality, so – unless the above is realized – my D800 will be my last Nikon.

Seems very probable Nikon will release new cameras as well... They do it fairly often. Maybe waiting for that would be better than big words that in fact have no truth in them. Apart from this, did you miss d750? The d800 was a legendary release and success but a few more cameras got released since. At some point, people don’t really care about the facts. They just want their new dream toy. People overwhelmed by the choice today changing brands/concepts to end up where they started are another part of the picture.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 10:07 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Nikon stand report video (72 comments in total)
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mgblack74: D5
D500
105 f/1.4
D3400
Key Mission x3

Not sure what more you expect from Nikon in a calendar year. Yes they messed up on the DL, and that's probably why they have a conservative Photokina. Yes, the 105 1.4 is not cheap, but Olympus released an effective 24-200 f/8 for $1200. The 105 1.4 has no equal.

Brits crying about prices? Go to Australia or Canada. Since the Canadian dollar has fallen out of par with the U.S. dollar, prices have gone up at least 25%. 70-200 f/4 was $1100 two years ago. Now it's $1800. It's not just you. The D750 is $200 more than I bought it for and it's slowly coming down in price. Imagine.

Cameras and lenses tend to be more technologically advanced than 5, 8 years ago. It actually makes sense. Claiming that the prices should be going down is complicated by this fact. And the sales are lower as simpler and related gadgets occupied considerable space of their previous territory. That puts more pressure on the price. Nikon in particular seems keen on exploiting any chance for that in the UK.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 09:15 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Nikon stand report video (72 comments in total)
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HSway: The KeyMission looks very good, like a higher-end GoPro. I don’t know about the pricing etc. People need to be realistic and deal with the fact that 105/1.4 is a specialist lens (exotic). Initially higher price is typical for UK (EU?) for a period of a few months to access profit of particular sources that wouldn’t be made otherwise. After the adjustment the pricing is much more stable long term.

I will take your word for it. But it still looks very good (which is what I say). Today you enter saturated markets as well. It doesn’t automatically rule out a success.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 11:37 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Nikon stand report video (72 comments in total)

The KeyMission looks very good, like a higher-end GoPro. I don’t know about the pricing etc. People need to be realistic and deal with the fact that 105/1.4 is a specialist lens (exotic). Initially higher price is typical for UK (EU?) for a period of a few months to access profit of particular sources that wouldn’t be made otherwise. After the adjustment the pricing is much more stable long term.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 09:01 UTC as 17th comment | 5 replies
On article Metz mecablitz M400 flash unveiled at Photokina (45 comments in total)

If it’s made like my (recently launched) 44 AF-2 you can trust the build. Mine slid off the shoe and fell straight on the rock I was standing on. This was a full height of a tall tripod. I already saw the parts flying in all directions but it only sustained a scrape on the corner of the head. The head of 44 AF-2 sits higher which has its advantages. It's a fast, good colour 300 g speedlight with no residual lighting when with on-board flash as a trigger only at any settings and distance. That wide angle diffuser gives you excellent lighting for MFD close-ups. I wouldn’t be afraid to buy this one. 220 g is very nice for what is still quite a powerful flash. For me I need the size of the 44 AF-2.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 20:42 UTC as 13th comment
On article Canon EOS M5: What you need to know (548 comments in total)

Yes, it looks very good and the sensor as well. Slowly the EOS M ML grew into a serious platform for a greater lens line-up to come and replacing (some of) the APS-C models.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2016 at 16:34 UTC as 88th comment
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HSway: Very likely a terrific addition to the line-ups. But astro - I don’t know. My guess is that f2 15mm 500 g lens for ML with low distortion will introduce some field curvature (problems) and lower resolution towards the edges overall (coma will be of interest as well). I could be surprised and wrong, of course.
The low distortion with the lens resolving well across the frame stopped down will always be very useful for relevant uses. Not to mention the lens as such.

Yeh Samyang has earned some respect. As you say it's a bit less wide equiv. and the APS-C 12/2 doesn’t push the near-zero distortion design. A mild negative distortion is easy to correct and it can be found even useful.
The Laowa can still be a very good lens. When at extremes, though (the design, Astrophotography) the number of the trade-offs is growing.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2016 at 16:04 UTC

Very likely a terrific addition to the line-ups. But astro - I don’t know. My guess is that f2 15mm 500 g lens for ML with low distortion will introduce some field curvature (problems) and lower resolution towards the edges overall (coma will be of interest as well). I could be surprised and wrong, of course.
The low distortion with the lens resolving well across the frame stopped down will always be very useful for relevant uses. Not to mention the lens as such.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2016 at 10:14 UTC as 12th comment | 2 replies
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mick232: Great how they indicate the location of the entrance pupil!
I wouldn't have known otherwise. But where is it on the 7.5mm?

It can only be mounting instruction?!

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2016 at 09:58 UTC

When it comes to meaningful photography I’d say both are key: the previsualization and responding to not so rational or understood impulse to photograph and discovering the message, reason or meaning later. Experiencing and learning both ways. And that could also include the iPhone7 (referring to another atm 717 comments article).

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2016 at 18:22 UTC as 21st comment

The fast cine lenses are very highly valued for what they can do in video/film, like the Zeiss Super Speed T1.5. The series is likely to be a pretty interesting alternative.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2016 at 09:44 UTC as 27th comment

Impressive. Tamron felt a need to do more in the segment where it traditionally has very good lenses. Let’s see how this work pans out and what it looks like optically, sharpness and overall. The features look promising, the size and the low weight impressive. Incredibly useful the recent advances in the super-telephoto zooms, exactly where they are so needed. We could find another telephoto useful, along with our Nikon 200-500 VR.
For the regular use, the TC 2.0 seems better for other lenses as the 14 already can make the heat haze or the moisture a factor more often. Not to mention the other limitations.

Link | Posted on Sep 1, 2016 at 16:46 UTC as 27th comment
On article Fujifilm X-E2S: What you need to know (86 comments in total)

As was mentioned some things depend more on personal view. Fuji has developed a nice lineup, a distinct niche in APS-C and has built a solid user base fond of the system’s characteristics. A highlight could be that certain pairings are very compact and decently fast. When it comes to the size and quality little differences can mean a lot. It’s the only fully dedicated (or developed) APS-C system, and in a form of ML. But it doesn't have life that easy. There is still a lot of activity from other brands and they specialise in their own strong areas, including the APS-C DSLRs. And of course the MFT systems with a similar and quite dedicated approach thus similar target audience.
Btw, I think that 16 MP APS-C is very capable. Mature 24 MP systems can be really nice, too.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 14:37 UTC as 24th comment

Looks beautiful. This 105mm will be able to isolate subjects at further distance - like nothing before. The girl shot is just a small hint (and still a typical use). There are some other lenses like Nikkor 400/2.8 that have this unique capability but that’s of course a different FL lens.

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2016 at 18:30 UTC as 12th comment
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AstroStan: At that angle of coverage, rectilinear does not mean "no distortions" unless you qualify that term, e.g. "as distortion free as is possible with a planar sensor". The geometric distortions due to projecting a spherical section onto a plane are intrinsically unavoidable (just ask a map maker).

@obsolescence When you mention this, the perspective distortion and some regular, reasonable barrel distortion can complement each other well, in my eyes at least. The barrel reduces compression of the central to mid zone in a special way which works very well for most instances.
Of course for certain applications the very straight lines are priority.

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2016 at 17:36 UTC
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HSway: Samyang produces some excellent optics. It needs to improve its sample variation record, though, based on common user practice and snap-shot sample variance data provided by lensrentals where among 42 entries Samyang’s performance sits at the very bottom of the group. It’s a shame for the lenses can really be very good. And perhaps this is improving. They also brought AF lenses to the market suggesting they can go beyond what they were known for.

You are right, Samyang is will be quite close to what its niche allows.
I am an owner of 35/1.4 (not cine), an excellent sample and a very good lens by today’s standards. And probably just speculating that if a Samyang lens was priced some 1/3 higher whether that could get it a notch better as the buying confidence seems a concern with them. I know it would be to me. But I am not alone in this market and my information to judge this is fairly limited.
It's not that the variation is terrible, at least the sample provided by lensrentals shows other manufacturers drop to that level happily with some lenses (terrible or not). But the average per make is telling.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2016 at 20:42 UTC

Gary Elmer at Quora gives an excellent summary on cine lenses, reasons for the higher cost and perspective on the value.

https://www.quora.com/Cinematography-Why-are-cinema-lenses-more-expensive-than-photography-lenses

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2016 at 10:35 UTC as 6th comment

Samyang produces some excellent optics. It needs to improve its sample variation record, though, based on common user practice and snap-shot sample variance data provided by lensrentals where among 42 entries Samyang’s performance sits at the very bottom of the group. It’s a shame for the lenses can really be very good. And perhaps this is improving. They also brought AF lenses to the market suggesting they can go beyond what they were known for.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2016 at 06:54 UTC as 7th comment | 4 replies
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1196 comments in total)
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HSway: Looking nice. Significant I think. Mainly for Hasselblad and for MF in general. It can be viewed as endorsement for ML concept as well, if that is needed. But interesting to see MF conservative machines merged with ML. One can imagine the low volume/high cost/high precision manufacturing process just crying out for phasing out complex elements. I think there is little doubt that the DSLR concept will become a minority in the future. Whichever is going to be better or valued higher by you is another question.
As for the EVF as new element in photography, and *technicalities aside*, nothing against it. Nature of processing of photographs is based on computer and digital technology for most of us so in that sense looking through the live view finder feels like having one leg in the darkroom. IOW it is not that foreign or big a barrier. Sure things like quality/responsiveness or experience with the particular finder help. OTOH, the OVF become a distinct feature among the pictures taking

- among the pictures taking devices can still be appreciated and preferred by a large segment of the market.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 14:51 UTC
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