whyamihere

whyamihere

Lives in United States Philadelphia, United States
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Joined on Apr 8, 2012

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BBQue: Medium format starts with 6x6 cm. 3x4 is pretty boring.

Well, the largest 'medium format' sensor is 6x4.5 cm, and the cheapest camera I could find using it costs about $23,000. I hope you're also excited by parting ways with enough money that could otherwise partially finance a home or purchase a whole car and a garage to put it in...

Plus, last I checked 'medium format' technically referred to anything larger than 135 format. But facts never stopped anyone from asserting their uninformed opinions in an internet comment section, so don't let that concept get in your way.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 23:31 UTC
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WillWeaverRVA: And we now have the Hasselblad X1D killer. Could also give the Pentax 645Z a run for its money, too.

NoMirror99: With the right studio strobe(s), that x-sync speed doesn't mean all that much.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 16:23 UTC

It's medium format, mirrorless, water resistant, and there's a battery grip for this thing?!

http://bit.ly/2cTBkHO (Official Fuji press release)

Shut up and take my money, Fuji!

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 16:17 UTC as 109th comment
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GetUp: X-Sync just 1/125, not cool

There's also studio strobes capable of going above x-sync. The assumption probably goes: If you can afford a medium format camera, you can probably pony up for a good set of monolights.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 16:13 UTC

My thoughts, in no particular order:
- This had better come with dual XQD cards
- Time to find out how few A-mount lenses are capable of resolving 42mp
- Speaking of, when was the last time Sony announced new A-mount lenses?
- I hope Sony re-worked the crummy menu system
- I wonder how quickly this thing will overheat?
- It doesn't matter how many focusing systems this camera has if Sony's tracking algorithms haven't improved
- Hey, Sony managed to go 3 weeks without announcing a 50mm lens for E-mount

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 13:24 UTC as 205th comment | 4 replies
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 First Impressions Review (173 comments in total)
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maljo@inreach.com: Makes the Olympus 5D II seem a bit overpriced!

Blasphemy! Nothing will ever be as good as my Fujifilm OM-D E-M5 Mk II. Nothing, I say!

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 11:54 UTC
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MikeFairbanks: I'm often wrong (just ask my wife), but I'm pretty confident that this one is going nowhere. I can't imagine anyone buying these shirts. They're not really funny.

I get the point they are making ("let's laugh at stock photography cliche's"), but I just don't see how that many people are in tune with those stale images enough to think it's funny enough to put on a shirt.

It seems like something we would see on April 1st.

But I could easily be wrong.

I'm often wrong (just ask anyone in a comments section on the internet), but I'm pretty confident it clearly says in the blurb from DPR that these shirts are not actually for sale, and this is just an ad campaign.

It seems like someone didn't read before posting.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2016 at 20:32 UTC
On article Petzval 58mm real-world samples (58 comments in total)
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whyamihere: I think Wenmei has created the perfect gallery to help evaluate this lens. I can see how this lens can be put to good use with smart composition and some creativity, as well as how the swirly bokeh effect can go horribly wrong. I'm not in the market for such a lens, but I think this set of images is a clear testament to the capabilities of what one can do with it, if they are so inclined to learn how to put it to good use.

I'd imagine surrealist photographer/artists like Dave McKean would probably find a use for f/16 and maximum swirl. Perhaps a black & white portrait of a creepy subject, and surroundings that would be rendered appropriately nervous by this lens (a wooded area or an open field of tall grass, perhaps), might turn out nicely.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2016 at 20:27 UTC
On article Petzval 58mm real-world samples (58 comments in total)

I think Wenmei has created the perfect gallery to help evaluate this lens. I can see how this lens can be put to good use with smart composition and some creativity, as well as how the swirly bokeh effect can go horribly wrong. I'm not in the market for such a lens, but I think this set of images is a clear testament to the capabilities of what one can do with it, if they are so inclined to learn how to put it to good use.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2016 at 18:06 UTC as 12th comment | 2 replies
On article Zeiss adds super-wide and tele- options to Milvus line (49 comments in total)
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MIRANDA1: Glad to see the removable hood on the 15mm.

That, and the removable filter thread.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2016 at 17:10 UTC
On article Apple unveils iPhone 7 and dual-cam iPhone 7 Plus (946 comments in total)
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jackpro: Is the screen OLED?

OLED doesn't mean anything beyond the technology lighting each pixel. If Samsung's colors are 'weird', it's because of the subpixel structure they're using on that particular phone (which varies depending on what phone or display you're looking at).

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2016 at 22:26 UTC
On article Apple unveils iPhone 7 and dual-cam iPhone 7 Plus (946 comments in total)
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tkbslc: Even on my $399 OnePlus, the reviewers gave it a hard time for only having a 1080p screen on a 5.5". And here Apple is going loud and proud with it on their $800+ model. And essentially 720p on the regular 7?

Excited to see the dual lens setup in action, though. I'd really enjoy a 56mm FL for portraits.

Reviewers complain about phones 'only' having a 1080p screen because even low-end and mid-range devices have gotten to be so good that the only way to ding them is by pointing out how they're not 'the greatest'.

Which is not unlike most camera reviews, really...

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2016 at 22:19 UTC
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PKDanny: What is T2.2 = f?.?

PKDanny: There's no direct translation between T-stops and F-stops. It's all going to depend on the glass elements used and how much light they transmit.

If I were venturing a guess, however, these are all 'cinema' versions of Sigma's pre-existing Art series of lenses. In which case, the 24-35mm T2.2 is probably a slightly reformulated 24-35mm f/2 Art.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2016 at 14:28 UTC
On article 8 creative tips for shooting waterfalls (159 comments in total)

Hi Chris,

Great article! The only item I'd take issue with is using the bag of rice as a drying agent, which is a lingering urban legend from the early days of mobile phones. Rice doesn't really absorb moisture all that well unless it's cooked and then re-dried, so unless you're using instant rice, you're not doing much of anything to rescue your camera and/or lens. Silica seems to outperform rice by a fair margin in terms of moisture absorption. (Also, don't leave wet items in a sealed bag where the moisture will be trapped, which doesn't help with drying at all.)

Still, a drying agent doesn't do much unless you can get at the water logged parts of the camera. In short, to properly rid your camera equipment of invasive water, you'll probably have to disassemble it. Since I don't think most people are willing to do that, the only thing to do is let everything air dry and hope for the best.

Link | Posted on Jul 31, 2016 at 02:59 UTC as 42nd comment | 4 replies
On article Sony announces FE 50mm F1.4 ZA prime lens (293 comments in total)
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whyamihere: This lens is emblematic of what I find wrong with Sony: they make brilliant products that are marred by confounding business decisions.

This is, what, the 6th lens that covers this focal length from Sony and/or Zeiss? (I count 4 primes and 2 zooms.) Were users really clamoring for this lens? Why didn't they consider other focal lengths? Even if it's a high quality optic, does Sony expect people are willing to spend $1500 for a 50mm f/1.4?

There's also the question of branding. Why is this a Zeiss and not a GM, other than the blue badge and the T* coating, and perhaps the exclusion of the XA element that makes the bokeh slightly different? Should we expect yet another 50mm that is a GM, which will make for a 5th 50mm prime? Why can't Sony just make GM and G lenses while Zeiss just makes their own brand products? Right now, we have Sony G & GM, Zeiss Batis and Loxia, and Sony/Zeiss. That's 5 lens brands from only two companies.

Sony needs to pick a direction and stick with it.

As for, "Why include zooms?": Some people don't need or want duplication in the lenses they buy. 50mm is covered by 6 different products, just as 35mm is covered by 6 different products (35mm f/1.4 and f/2.8, the 16-35mm and 24-70mm zooms from Sony/Zeiss, another 24-70mm from Sony, and a 35mm f/2 from Zeiss). If I own a 24-70mm, do I need a 35 or 50mm prime? Often times, probably not, but that depends on the individual to figure out whether there's any additional benefit to having a prime and a zoom.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2016 at 15:58 UTC
On article Sony announces FE 50mm F1.4 ZA prime lens (293 comments in total)
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whyamihere: This lens is emblematic of what I find wrong with Sony: they make brilliant products that are marred by confounding business decisions.

This is, what, the 6th lens that covers this focal length from Sony and/or Zeiss? (I count 4 primes and 2 zooms.) Were users really clamoring for this lens? Why didn't they consider other focal lengths? Even if it's a high quality optic, does Sony expect people are willing to spend $1500 for a 50mm f/1.4?

There's also the question of branding. Why is this a Zeiss and not a GM, other than the blue badge and the T* coating, and perhaps the exclusion of the XA element that makes the bokeh slightly different? Should we expect yet another 50mm that is a GM, which will make for a 5th 50mm prime? Why can't Sony just make GM and G lenses while Zeiss just makes their own brand products? Right now, we have Sony G & GM, Zeiss Batis and Loxia, and Sony/Zeiss. That's 5 lens brands from only two companies.

Sony needs to pick a direction and stick with it.

Tesilab: See my statement that immediately preceded yours. Even removing the zoom lenses, there's still 4 50mm-ish lenses for a 3 year old system, which is silly. I'm also talking more towards the needless product overlap from two companies that already cross-market like crazy. Product confusion just means Sony (and perhaps Zeiss) are being aimless and not really caring what their customers really need out of the system.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2016 at 15:40 UTC
On article Sony announces FE 50mm F1.4 ZA prime lens (293 comments in total)
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whyamihere: This lens is emblematic of what I find wrong with Sony: they make brilliant products that are marred by confounding business decisions.

This is, what, the 6th lens that covers this focal length from Sony and/or Zeiss? (I count 4 primes and 2 zooms.) Were users really clamoring for this lens? Why didn't they consider other focal lengths? Even if it's a high quality optic, does Sony expect people are willing to spend $1500 for a 50mm f/1.4?

There's also the question of branding. Why is this a Zeiss and not a GM, other than the blue badge and the T* coating, and perhaps the exclusion of the XA element that makes the bokeh slightly different? Should we expect yet another 50mm that is a GM, which will make for a 5th 50mm prime? Why can't Sony just make GM and G lenses while Zeiss just makes their own brand products? Right now, we have Sony G & GM, Zeiss Batis and Loxia, and Sony/Zeiss. That's 5 lens brands from only two companies.

Sony needs to pick a direction and stick with it.

What Sandy B said. We're talking about a 3 year old camera system that has many other focal lengths that need to be addressed. Canon and Nikon have been around for nearly a century, have extensive back catalogues, and tons of 3rd-party support. Replication is to be expected for those companies. Not so much for Sony.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2016 at 15:16 UTC
On article Sony Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA Sample Gallery (269 comments in total)
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zeratulmrye: looks like a decent performer

Wanderer23, I think that exactly points out the problem Sony has. If they had already covered all the holes in the lineup, a 4th 50mm lens would be fine. Instead, it's simply irritating because they would have been better off releasing just about any other lens aside from 35mm or 50mm, which now have several lenses covering those focal lengths. They're not Canon or Nikon, who have decades-worth of back catalog and tons of 3rd-party support, where replication is to be expected. This is a 3 year old camera system that many people are still wary about for this very reason, among others.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2016 at 15:12 UTC
On article Sony announces FE 50mm F1.4 ZA prime lens (293 comments in total)

This lens is emblematic of what I find wrong with Sony: they make brilliant products that are marred by confounding business decisions.

This is, what, the 6th lens that covers this focal length from Sony and/or Zeiss? (I count 4 primes and 2 zooms.) Were users really clamoring for this lens? Why didn't they consider other focal lengths? Even if it's a high quality optic, does Sony expect people are willing to spend $1500 for a 50mm f/1.4?

There's also the question of branding. Why is this a Zeiss and not a GM, other than the blue badge and the T* coating, and perhaps the exclusion of the XA element that makes the bokeh slightly different? Should we expect yet another 50mm that is a GM, which will make for a 5th 50mm prime? Why can't Sony just make GM and G lenses while Zeiss just makes their own brand products? Right now, we have Sony G & GM, Zeiss Batis and Loxia, and Sony/Zeiss. That's 5 lens brands from only two companies.

Sony needs to pick a direction and stick with it.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2016 at 14:57 UTC as 39th comment | 14 replies
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Favorable Exponynt: Poor x-t1 owners

Like I said, when a client notices, I'll upgrade. Until then, ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 12:56 UTC
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