HSway

HSway

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On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1196 comments in total)

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

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 14:50 UTC as 217th comment | 1 reply

It’s true that getting more light on a smaller sensor gets exponentially difficult to achieve. But it’s obvious that most folks know about the implications a smaller sensor has, it’s no accident you use it but a choice you make. If MFT had suddenly focused on fast glass and that was central to the system you’d understand the criticism.

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2016 at 06:48 UTC as 46th comment
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HSway: I saw Sony A7 series ML going throw similar debates - especially to those looking at the ML for its size/weight advantage the fast lens releases are hard to comprehend. But I don’t think there is a reason for much controversy here as the fast lenses just expand* small size orientated systems utility and versatility and although such a system will naturally gravitate around portable solutions it predominantly employs it doesn’t have to be limited* by them and can of course offer another option, be it just one specific fast lens someone is interested in alongside more typical kit. Just that a system is building on advantage of a particular design principles does not necessarily mean it must be strictly limited by them. Or are those MFT users forced to buy these fast lenses left with no other choice? I don’t think they are. Sony the same, e.g. 35/2.8 and f1.4 options* = f1.4 lens an added option to complete the system-characteristic f2.8 35.

Yes expensive but consider that Touit is not dust/splash proof and when announced its price was $1250 exl. VAT. MFT isn’t the best system for quality fast wide angles – but Panasonic does offer it, too, for a price and in high end style.

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2016 at 06:32 UTC

I saw Sony A7 series ML going throw similar debates - especially to those looking at the ML for its size/weight advantage the fast lens releases are hard to comprehend. But I don’t think there is a reason for much controversy here as the fast lenses just expand* small size orientated systems utility and versatility and although such a system will naturally gravitate around portable solutions it predominantly employs it doesn’t have to be limited* by them and can of course offer another option, be it just one specific fast lens someone is interested in alongside more typical kit. Just that a system is building on advantage of a particular design principles does not necessarily mean it must be strictly limited by them. Or are those MFT users forced to buy these fast lenses left with no other choice? I don’t think they are. Sony the same, e.g. 35/2.8 and f1.4 options* = f1.4 lens an added option to complete the system-characteristic f2.8 35.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2016 at 21:47 UTC as 62nd comment | 3 replies
On article 2016 Roundup: Semi-Pro Interchangeable Lens Cameras (265 comments in total)

Well.. great times... The camera gear truly gets into exciting territory. I think the D750 is a better all-rounder for a wider audience than the D810. And being cheaper it will have a broader appeal. There are improvements to be made but this little camera is very capable and very well thought out.
Nikon’s got a long record of configuring its cameras excellently and the recent, here, 2-3-year-old bodies are another example of that. Something I wouldn’t quite say about its accessory department. Sony is doing at least just as well in this. Generally, the gaps get tighter among the competition, now further differentiated by ML v DSLR, as the digital camera mature and more of the potential gets transferred into photography and video/cinematography. So it mostly is about relatively smaller differences whereas the specialisation of the camera and the character of the system play the role.

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2016 at 13:09 UTC as 25th comment
On article Lens shootout: Sony RX10 III destroys the competition (488 comments in total)

I’d say it depends if someone needs more than 400mm. Panasonic can fill that role perfectly. The overall sharpness looks about the same, as is the max. aperture. For stronger evidence another set of cameras would be worth to check as well. If the reach is priority... no one can do f4/600mm, not even 500. And the lens deliverers impressively at that setting! The competition will find this a tough act to follow and tougher to compete.

I am thinking that a shorter shooting distance would help to tackle the thermal distortion and still represent frequent scenario in the actual use. Long distance is still very useful to see though because extreme ends tend to reveal more differences.

Link | Posted on May 28, 2016 at 07:58 UTC as 60th comment

Very sad news.

Link | Posted on May 21, 2016 at 08:23 UTC as 25th comment

In some, specific conditions with a frequent rain/shower this is a handy hassle-free solution for having this kind of gear at hand. It needs a good hood, though.
For one or two levels up protection I use Ferrino Trekker Rp (zipper & Velcro version) that will take care of anything you might have hanging on you including the rucksack. We had them sent from Spain. You can even sit in dry for a long time. Unless you are busy bailing out water from your boat!

Link | Posted on May 14, 2016 at 15:19 UTC as 32nd comment

Some of us need wider AF points spread. I am sure the number of those that need it will go up. The biggest drawback of current Nikons, or most DSLRs. With growing number of lenses where DOF can be very shallow or field curvature benefiting from this way of shooting this is becoming important for handheld use. So it's not only useful for action and related tracking modes. The camera has no EFC shutter? That I put above the pixel shift easily. Otherwise this looks like a great camera with excellent features. And a great sensor. IR receivers etc! The majority of the target audience may not be very bothered with the greater AF points spread at this point.

Link | Posted on May 11, 2016 at 18:43 UTC as 10th comment
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HSway: Someone said that Sony doesn’t have heart. That's true, it's easier to spot it in Olympus, Fuji and even Panasonic’s Lumix area. Some of it probably comes from making cameras for multiple segments on multiple platforms - tuning each for its best use. Sony is also capable of creating top notch opics and it’s not like they have no tradition in this filed, not least through their video/film making devices. But this approach makes it great deal more difficult to do things systematically, and they definitely are slower in getting that almost everyone can produce a decent camera but it’s the lens that is at the core of the system today. And every single one is decisive for it whether on an inexpensive or expensive side. But I think they are getting there. Though how their whole approach will develop exactly remains to be seen.

Yep, very significant.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2016 at 21:02 UTC

This price hike was in Europe and UK too, we have been warned. On the whole, it’s the price record long term that counts. This "seasonal" shifts are absorbed in this. Generally and despite the challenges, Nikon didn’t seem doing very bad for value and competitiveness so far.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2016 at 12:30 UTC as 12th comment

Someone said that Sony doesn’t have heart. That's true, it's easier to spot it in Olympus, Fuji and even Panasonic’s Lumix area. Some of it probably comes from making cameras for multiple segments on multiple platforms - tuning each for its best use. Sony is also capable of creating top notch opics and it’s not like they have no tradition in this filed, not least through their video/film making devices. But this approach makes it great deal more difficult to do things systematically, and they definitely are slower in getting that almost everyone can produce a decent camera but it’s the lens that is at the core of the system today. And every single one is decisive for it whether on an inexpensive or expensive side. But I think they are getting there. Though how their whole approach will develop exactly remains to be seen.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2016 at 12:09 UTC as 13th comment | 2 replies
On article Sigma 20mm F1.4 'Art' lens real-world sample gallery (137 comments in total)

Most was said but for a Nikon shooter, I’d say that you would have to have a good reason to consider the Sigma, in my opinion. Construction/build, speed, size/weight are the obvious differences. Where these are not very important the advantage in performance or rendering can swing decisions. Big advantage of the faster Sigma would be having an edge wide open, especially for the handheld shooting and keeping that advantage over the wider area (spots) of the frame. I know that if I was after this sort of lens that would be important. OTOH, while the Sigma is no doubt unique this Nikkor seems no less unique for its performance/size ratio and even the price is very competitive. We were pretty surprised in the lens forum after this came out and reports so far suggest it is an amazing little lens.

Link | Posted on Jan 29, 2016 at 13:39 UTC as 19th comment
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 32nd comment | 32 replies
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