HSway

HSway

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On article Going Pro: We interview Fujifilm execs in Tokyo (354 comments in total)
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phoenix15: I like Fujifilm's executives. Their opinions are honest and straightforward. But their ambition to be (at least) number 3 in the next 5 years won't be easy to achieved. They need another format, not only APS-C, but also bigger format. Maybe directly going to medium format.

135 format is getting crowded and Olympus has also filled patent for their version of ML 135 format lenses (35/1.4, 28/2). After Pentax it could be another future manufacturer in this segment. So although it's specific market it can make sense for Fuji to look for medium format as their second system.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2016 at 16:12 UTC
On article Going Pro: We interview Fujifilm execs in Tokyo (354 comments in total)

The gaps between more stagnating systems and those that develop systematically got to a point where they become obvious.
For Samsung, it seems they have more tempting options and perhaps natural inclinations when choosing where to put their energy/stock. That’s maybe why they appear to review their activity in this kind of business.
Sony has changed the camera world with their innovation and brilliant products but their APC-C offering is weak and only barely good tanks to third party involvement. I am also not sure about 36 MP sensor as my preferred specification that is rumoured. It would probably make me upgrade my NEX 6 elsewhere, to FE Alphas or a different make.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2016 at 16:02 UTC as 12th comment
On article 1.4 and More: Canon EF 35mm F1.4L II comparison (243 comments in total)

Nicely shot. This type of comparisons is not at all easy to shoot. I have the Sigma zoom and using the 50 Art I am proud of what Sigma has achieved with this fast zoom. I am still getting to know the lens. Other interesting 35 lenses would be Tamron and Nikkor 1.8. One with IS the other extremely compact, both resolving on the very high level on 36 MP. The axial CA is worse with these. Canon sure has a noble lens in this. And they had to do something clever here. I understand it basically is filtering out some problematic wavelengths, yet it has no impact on the colour as seen here. Some good precise science is involved in this. Personally I don’t mind correcting mild axial CA in LR, it's the excessive CA that I consider a real spoiler for IQ. For a working pro this can be a godsend, though.

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2016 at 12:25 UTC as 31st comment

Definitely deserved the beer :) Nice fun video.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2016 at 14:37 UTC as 22nd comment
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TheDreamingWatchman: Why is this lens so big?

I don’t have a problem with big lenses for mirrorless cameras.
I understand that a 400 mm zoom lens cannot be small.

However, this lens is just as heavy (1.375 kg) as my Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS lens (1.38 kg) and it’s even longer and thicker. Both have the same aperture range, both have IS. (I know, the Fuji IS is better than the Canon. The Canon is an old lens.)

The Canon is an excellent lens. I’m sure the Fuji is excellent, too. But the Canon lens is for full frame cameras.

Shouldn’t a lens for a APS-C sensor be smaller than a lens for full frame cameras?
Isn’t that the main point of mirrorless cameras with smaller sensors?

The new 1.6 kg Canon 100-400 II is a better comparison and maybe not even that - depends on how it does on 24 MP APS-C or higher (in comparison). High resolution optics comes with some extra weight and are big in any system. Some of it depends on the materials and on the build quality. The other systems need their options and I think it’s important they are of a high quality resolution-wise so that they can be highly efficient FL equivalents (or can even compensate for some aspects of IQ of the smaller sensors compared to not so excellent lenses on/of a larger system). So they aren't cheapest, are specific tools and often made as high-end lenses. Btw, I saw Lumix 100-400 on Panasonic site just now. Interesting lens, too, it's 1000 g.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2016 at 14:13 UTC
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HSway: These repeating arguments sound all the time, a few points:

"This is the essential problem with pricing this lens so high."

>There is nothing equal to this that is cheaper.

"Never before have there been so many affordable lenses for long lens photography. The Tamron 150-600mm and the Sigma lenses of this focal length changed everything. Now it was possible to get excellent image quality at an affordable price. Nikon responded by producing the very aggressively priced 200-500mm f5.6, which is nearly half the price of this 300mm f4."

>If you want to look for various alternatives that are less expensive you will find some options to make do with.

"Yes the m4/3 system has advantages when it comes to reach."

>MFT has no such 'advantage' in isolation. But it builds its alternative and characteristic imagining on it. Whether that results in advantage is everyone’s decision.

"But it is not really an alternative to 600mm FF lenses. A 400mm lens on Canon APS-C has more reach, and a 600mm f4 lens on a Canon 7D mkII has an eqv focal length of 960mm i.e. it would take a near 500mm f4 lens on m4/3 to replicate that reach and aperture. Even on m4/3 that would be a big expensive lens."

>That’s the point. IT IS the alternative, not the equivalent that replicates 135 format lens (btw, Nikkor 200-500 is 2.3kg, not splashproof/dustproof).
Strength and point of this alternative (and similar like Lumix 100-400) is very sharp optics, very slow lens (absolute), compact form (plus specific features). How this alternative is efficient in its overall package to a person is individual thing.

Otherwise the only thing that can potentially erode away something more from these alternatives is stuff like Nikon PF and Canon DO.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 12:20 UTC

These repeating arguments sound all the time, a few points:

"This is the essential problem with pricing this lens so high."

>There is nothing equal to this that is cheaper.

"Never before have there been so many affordable lenses for long lens photography. The Tamron 150-600mm and the Sigma lenses of this focal length changed everything. Now it was possible to get excellent image quality at an affordable price. Nikon responded by producing the very aggressively priced 200-500mm f5.6, which is nearly half the price of this 300mm f4."

>If you want to look for various alternatives that are less expensive you will find some options to make do with.

"Yes the m4/3 system has advantages when it comes to reach."

>MFT has no such 'advantage' in isolation. But it builds its alternative and characteristic imagining on it. Whether that results in advantage is everyone’s decision.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 12:18 UTC as 30th comment | 32 replies
On article 20:20 vision: Hands-on with Sigma's 20mm F1.4 'Art' (148 comments in total)

Curious to see what they did here. If it draws similar to 50 Art, as seems to be the case with the last Art the 24-35/2, and renders OOF nice, it will be magical. And if they managed to get it corrected for astrophotography or landscape it could be a very special (though specialist) lens.

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2015 at 13:02 UTC as 14th comment
On article A lot to Leica? Hands-on with the Leica SL (Typ 601) (1513 comments in total)
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HSway: I just learned he camera has a focal plane shutter and no implementation of an electronic one. It is a solid mass body and primarily will be used hand-held. Still, with the telephotos I would not like it and not mentioning the use on a tripod. A lot will depend on the actual execution in this Leica body. And on how well the IS work syncs in regard to probable vibrations. In general, there is a need to get rid of the mechanical shutters as a source of vibrations.
Simplifications and gross generalisations aren’t the way to find out. It has to be tested by those that are interested in the issue. E.g., I am just about to critically test d600/70-200/4 VR combination on tripod, only waiting for a specific lighting conditions (maybe Sunday). I get zero vibration with 50 Art and my setup (shooting dust fibre at MFD).

We will probably disagree on the shutter. Otherwise I don’t see the lenses as big at all for their specification, incl. the IS. I think they will be fantastic. The shape of the camera may overstate durability and reliability a tad but that is the style of the minimal simplified German design that has its appeal and is different. Sure one needs to hold it to say more.

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2015 at 12:48 UTC
On article A lot to Leica? Hands-on with the Leica SL (Typ 601) (1513 comments in total)
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HSway: I just learned he camera has a focal plane shutter and no implementation of an electronic one. It is a solid mass body and primarily will be used hand-held. Still, with the telephotos I would not like it and not mentioning the use on a tripod. A lot will depend on the actual execution in this Leica body. And on how well the IS work syncs in regard to probable vibrations. In general, there is a need to get rid of the mechanical shutters as a source of vibrations.
Simplifications and gross generalisations aren’t the way to find out. It has to be tested by those that are interested in the issue. E.g., I am just about to critically test d600/70-200/4 VR combination on tripod, only waiting for a specific lighting conditions (maybe Sunday). I get zero vibration with 50 Art and my setup (shooting dust fibre at MFD).

Not quite so:) But yeah, at this point the electronic front curtain is the way to go. I actually think that the relatively easy ways to deal with the vibrations is one of the biggest benefits of the ML.

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2015 at 14:39 UTC
On article A lot to Leica? Hands-on with the Leica SL (Typ 601) (1513 comments in total)

I just learned he camera has a focal plane shutter and no implementation of an electronic one. It is a solid mass body and primarily will be used hand-held. Still, with the telephotos I would not like it and not mentioning the use on a tripod. A lot will depend on the actual execution in this Leica body. And on how well the IS work syncs in regard to probable vibrations. In general, there is a need to get rid of the mechanical shutters as a source of vibrations.
Simplifications and gross generalisations aren’t the way to find out. It has to be tested by those that are interested in the issue. E.g., I am just about to critically test d600/70-200/4 VR combination on tripod, only waiting for a specific lighting conditions (maybe Sunday). I get zero vibration with 50 Art and my setup (shooting dust fibre at MFD).

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2015 at 10:32 UTC as 135th comment | 7 replies
On article A lot to Leica? Hands-on with the Leica SL (Typ 601) (1513 comments in total)
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HSway: There is a good market for it. It doesn’t need to be extremely compact. Don't know why people think it has to. The zooms 24-90mm/2.8-4 and 90-280mm/2.8-4 look gorgeous.. extremely useful. With the 50mm f/1.4, I think they couldn’t have started better.

IR says that 50/1.4 will have IS but it can be a typo. You can also wait for the Noctilux 50/1 to upgrade;)
I see one problem, though. The camera has a focal plane shutter and no electronic version implemented.

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2015 at 10:00 UTC
On article A lot to Leica? Hands-on with the Leica SL (Typ 601) (1513 comments in total)
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Frank_BR: Camera Size Comparison
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Leica SL + 24-90mm vs Sony A7II + 24-70mm
http://camerasize.com/compact/#639.496,579.445,da,t

Leica SL + 50mm vs Sony A7II + 55mm
http://camerasize.com/compact/#639.497,579.395,da,t

Different zooms and different primes.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2015 at 19:46 UTC
On article A lot to Leica? Hands-on with the Leica SL (Typ 601) (1513 comments in total)

There is a good market for it. It doesn’t need to be extremely compact. Don't know why people think it has to. The zooms 24-90mm/2.8-4 and 90-280mm/2.8-4 look gorgeous.. extremely useful. With the 50mm f/1.4, I think they couldn’t have started better.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2015 at 19:44 UTC as 159th comment | 2 replies

Very enjoyable series, thank you.
I don’t recall seeing a better shot winning a competition.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2015 at 16:37 UTC as 15th comment
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baggy1: The 35mm looks interesting,the sort of lens I might buy if the price is reasonable.I think the Nikon version is too light & plasticky.But why have they made a 45mm? just to be different from a 50mm?

I know of two measurements of real FL for the Sigma lens - 48 and 49.5mm. Often a 50 mil lens is a tad longer than 50mm. 45mm is a useful differentiation - a bit wider 50. As is the combination with the VC. Ultimately it's the whole package that will matter.

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2015 at 12:20 UTC

No rush.

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2015 at 08:38 UTC as 23rd comment
On article Under the hood: A closer look at the Sony a7R II (600 comments in total)

Yeah, the lossless compression is hopefully only a matter of time for Sony.

El. front-curtain shutter for use with MLU mode for tripod work will hopefully appear in all Nikon cameras. Well done for D810 (now it could also have that little, funny, sneezed at IR remote support built in).

I would say that Sony’s attention to utilising potential of the theoretical resolution sorting out the mechanical issues with the shutter once again shows the company’s leading role in Camera innovations. People are investing in (very) expensive tools to extract maximum of this potential but they can get only so far - with the shutter system design that is hampering it.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2015 at 16:54 UTC as 115th comment
On article Opinion - Erez Marom: Whatever it Doesn't Take (191 comments in total)

..."'good' photographer is one that pushes the physical boundaries, hikes farther, climbs higher, suffers harsher conditions, endures pain – all to get to a unique location and be one of the first to shoot it."

I never heard such a suggestion but yes, it’s a total nonsense. Similar for many times shot locations or views/subjects. First is the shot that matters, then a long gap, then another gap and then maybe some other things (I don’t have time to think about).

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2015 at 15:18 UTC as 65th comment
On article Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV Review (1570 comments in total)

RX100 concept and potential was exciting and making sense from the start. It's one of those that today is copied by other manufactures in their versions.
One petty remark: MLU and EFC shutter in DSLRs is not a workaround, it's a solution. Our views or preference of one concept over the other is another matter.

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2015 at 06:27 UTC as 171st comment
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