miles green

miles green

Lives in Greece Corfu, Greece
Joined on Jun 12, 2010

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miles green: 20mm is a sweet spot for me too! Only problem is i shoot Pentax, and the long discontinued 18-year-old FA 20mm f/2.8 costs more used than the new Nikon....
I have the tiny M version (f/4) from 1977 which i'm enjoying like a lot, but i'm hoping Pentax announces a new 20 at CP+.

Thanks Matthew, I'm waiting to see what Pentax announces as CP+, hopefully it will be sharp all over, weather sealed and of course AF. CP+ is only a month away now. The Rokinon 20 is on the top of my list for the time being. Yes those M20 sunstars are super: 5 blades, stars with 5 big points and 5 smaller ones. And the same 49mm filter size as many Pentax lenses (including the 43 and 77).

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2017 at 22:14 UTC

20mm is a sweet spot for me too! Only problem is i shoot Pentax, and the long discontinued 18-year-old FA 20mm f/2.8 costs more used than the new Nikon....
I have the tiny M version (f/4) from 1977 which i'm enjoying like a lot, but i'm hoping Pentax announces a new 20 at CP+.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2017 at 20:15 UTC as 30th comment | 2 replies

It's amazing i easily i lose my USB drives. The only one that keeps resurfacing is one I got in the 1990ies. 256MB... Maybe a picture is due, after all it is throwback Thursday, right?

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2017 at 19:47 UTC as 23rd comment
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GrahamHO: Regarding APSC, why does DPR insist on multiplying the maximum aperture 2.8 by 1.6 to say the equivalent aperture is f 4.5. when used on APSC. The maximum aperture does not change when used on APSC. I have a 16 /35mm 2.8 (series 1) lens and a 16 / 35 f4 IS lens each of which I use on either a 5D3 or an 80D. F2.8 is 2.8 on either camera. It is a fundamental law of optics. You divide the ACTUAL focal length by the diameter of the opening to obtain the F number. It does not change on a crop camera. In actual fact the old 16 / 35, 2.8 lens performs very well on a crop camera because the outer part of the image circle is cropped off. Of course I would like the new version 3 lens but on crop cameras there is not much difference between version 1 and 3.
Could you at DPR please explain your reasoning behind saying f2.8 is equivalent to f4.5 on an APSC camera.
Only the "equivalent focal length" changes. Nothing else changes and "equivalent" is simply a handy guide to angles of view.

@ graham,
A 16-35/2.8 is what it is. But if you put it on an aps-c camera, it is comparable to a 25.6-56mm f/4.5 lens on a FF camera. Not something i'd pay 2 grand for. But on FF his thing is spectacular! (I am not a fan of equivalence speak, imho it's only an approximation quite dependent on the situation).

Link | Posted on Dec 25, 2016 at 18:22 UTC
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falconeyes: @DPReview
Please verify your information. According to https://relonch.com/plan , Relonch wants to charge $1 per processed image (which are selected from the camera roll) and $99 is a one time registration fee. I cannot find a monthly $99 fee in their press release.

yes... well.. I wouldn't expect them to become overly selective when they start charging per picture.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2016 at 12:03 UTC
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falconeyes: @DPReview
Please verify your information. According to https://relonch.com/plan , Relonch wants to charge $1 per processed image (which are selected from the camera roll) and $99 is a one time registration fee. I cannot find a monthly $99 fee in their press release.

That's even worse, I easily take 1000 pictures in a month! :O

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2016 at 10:55 UTC

Samsung, rather than selling off the rest of their inventory to these ridiculous "inventors", ought to donate the cameras to an educational charity to distribute to schools, then they can take a tax writeoff at the end of the year. It would be much nicer to see photography classes in underpriviledged schools than see this project going live.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2016 at 10:52 UTC as 96th comment

Next month, i'll be able to get a similar service for my cell phone for 99 CENTS per month. Lol!!!

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2016 at 07:02 UTC as 146th comment
On article Have Your Say: Best Zoom Lens of 2016 (73 comments in total)

Y'all forgot to add the Pentax gear to the candidates list.....

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2016 at 23:00 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
On article Simple Studio Technique: Pet Portraits (90 comments in total)
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SmilerGrogan: Finally, a topic on which I'm actually qualified to comment...
A couple of other tips:
• If the animal seems intimidated by your camera, lay it down near the animal so it can sniff, lick, and paw your camera. This will often calm the animal down.
• With cats, a two-stage process can get you better results. If the cat isn't cooperating or seems fearful, take a time out and shoot another animal or two before returning to the cat. Sometimes cats just need extra time to get used to a new human.

Tip for cats: a lazer pointer and some cat-nip will have the cats lined up for the photo-shoot!
I've tried the dog tip with horses, and it works. They chew on the tripod a bit, then you can shoot away no problem.

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2016 at 19:17 UTC
On article Simple Studio Technique: Pet Portraits (90 comments in total)
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dharmagreg: I enjoyed the article. I was trying to shoot some images of my cat a few days ago and they indeed are a bit tricky to capture! I purchased a Nikon D5 along with the Nikkor 70-200 2.8G lens for the job as I only want the best for my cat photos.

All you really need is a lazer pointer!

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2016 at 19:02 UTC
On photo Valley by the light of a blue moon in the Down in the Valley challenge (30 comments in total)

Wow!

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2016 at 06:55 UTC as 22nd comment

Sounds very interesting! This could be more of a Ricoh digital copier global vision initiative. As I shoot Pentax cameras, i suspect some kind of integration and wifi automatic synching in the future, maybe?

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2016 at 20:52 UTC as 9th comment | 4 replies

Someone please tell all these new-to-the-buusiness luxury camera bag makers that clunky metal buckles and (glass) front elements do not pair well.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2016 at 06:20 UTC as 11th comment | 6 replies
On article Fujifilm launches X-A10 as entry-level X-series model (166 comments in total)

Gotta love it when the primary advertizing product image is the camera with the screen flipped in selfie-mode, lol!

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2016 at 07:25 UTC as 24th comment | 1 reply
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snapa: Some people simply have more money than sense. If you have nothing better to do with $400k then to spend it on an almost useless camera, you have more money than you deserve to have. Will the person who bought it actually use the camera, or just put it on a shelf to admire it? Either way, what a complete waste of money.

Your company can invest in it and file the "expense" as a tax writeoff. Next year you can donate it to an auction house, which will sell it for a good cause, and get another tax writeoff.... Cost = about zero, and you get to pick the good cause.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2016 at 06:13 UTC
On article Venus Laowa 12mm F2.8 Zero-D sample gallery (125 comments in total)
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keepreal: The price for this Venus Laowa 12mm F2.8 lens is pretty steep. A similar lens which has both both auto focus and aperture linkage also would be, even with as good optical quality, except perhaps from one of the prime lens manufacturers - no pun intended.

I am beginning to wonder if the growing number of manufacturers whose lenses lack auto focus and aperture linkage to the camera body is because they do not know how to do the electronics. Samyang, as far as I am aware do provide AE on Canon but only for one of their lenses. But at least their lenses are often cheap in spite of good optics, which may be the reason.

The Pentax version has aperture coupling. All you need to do is input the focal length and they you have a stabilized UWA 12mm lens, with pixel-shift and a few mm of shift movement using the sensor.

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2016 at 18:17 UTC
On article Venus Laowa 12mm F2.8 Zero-D sample gallery (125 comments in total)

Impressive lens, and equally impressive gallery!
While i am not a fan of super-ulta rectilinear wides, this is the first one where the pictures look natural, and not as seen through a veird kind of vortex. I really like this one, and i almost didn't bother looking: definitely on my top UWA list.
Thanks!

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2016 at 13:22 UTC as 33rd comment

24 fps, 220 frames per charge.... so it's out of power before Usain Bolt reaches the finish line?

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2016 at 03:03 UTC as 43rd comment | 4 replies
On article Sigma 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art Lens Review (237 comments in total)

Nice review! The performance at 24mm shows that the Canon is by far the better lens.
It would be interesting to see what can be done about the CA that the Canon exhibits at the wider apertures, how well can CA be corrected. I know reviews should start with the uncorrected image, but the bottom line is the finished picture. I find the uncorrected green/pink fringes quite distracting. Putting things into perspective, these lenses are most likely going to be used at the wide end, which makes the Sigma quite attractive again, especially given the price difference.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2016 at 09:19 UTC as 44th comment | 1 reply
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