AbrasiveReducer

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vadims: I wonder if Canon will ever fix their lenses that do not work well with Sony bodies (or rather Metabones adapter).

All my Canon lenses except 50/1.4 work fine. The 50 would not autofocus, and that is an expected behavior according to Metabones site.

Come on, Canon, it's time to take care of firmware in your lenses on other companies' bodies...

I'm sure they're eager to deal with issues that arise from the use of another company's product. Or another company's product plus another company's adapter.

Link | Posted on Jun 26, 2015 at 17:40 UTC
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MSTR Photography: I think the mistake everyone here is making is not looking at what can keep Hasselblad viable in today's and tomorrows market. There is nothing wrong with branching out into the ILC market or the APS C market or even the full frame market to help the company grow.
Instead of trying to bring the bling like Leica does to an over-priced product, they need to consider bringing the quality they are famous for to a reasonably priced product. I don't mean dropping their prices to Sony, Canon or Nikon levels (which are all making great cameras), but following the example of Pentax in making a product which is affordable to the semi-pro photographer while maintaining their ever-present quality standards would go a long way to keeping them in the ever trembling photography market and help to strengthen their position as a top of the line company with both the product and the photographer in mind.

There's a reason the camera industry moved from Europe to Asia long ago. Leica has the cachet and name recognition that has attracted a string of wealthy eccentrics who have propped it up (for now) but with Hasselblad, everything argues against this. Labor costs, technological development, production efficiency, etc.

Link | Posted on Jun 26, 2015 at 16:35 UTC
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ProfHankD: Like Canon, but even moreso, Hasselblad is a company somewhat trapped by their historical success; they know they need to evolve, but they know any change will require lots of effort (development cost) and might cost them loyal customers. I'm happy to hear Hasselblad realizing that RED is a real competitor in a variety of ways. Partnering with Sony still makes perfect sense as a way forward, but they have firmly proved that minor tweaks on a Sony product will be seen as "not really Hasselblad" (except for the RX100, which is interestingly where Canon also was able to leverage some Sony guts).

In sum, this all sounds like Hasselblad is finally on the right track, but it also sounds a lot like the same track that led Minolta's camera business to be handed to Sony 2007. Either way, I expect to see some high-framerate sensors in V-like bodies soon.... ;-)

One could say Canon is spoiled by success because no matter what they do (or how little) they sell lots of cameras and make money. Hasselblad is a brand for medium format professionals only, which would be ok except that this is a much smaller group than "photographers" which means everybody.

Anything cheap enough for the non-professional market can't come from Sweden and Hasselblad can't buy in enough quantity to get re-branded products that are sufficiently disguised so that people can't tell they're buying a Fuji or Sony product.

Link | Posted on Jun 26, 2015 at 16:26 UTC

Not a chance. As soon as they start the comparisons to brands that are more well known and products whose function is something almost everybody needs, like a car, it means one of two things. Either (a) they're not getting it or (b) they can't think of a better idea than to piggyback onto somebody else's name recognition.

I remember going to a meeting with an advertising agency that was going to turn around the fortunes of a well known German camera. The guy said "we've made London Fog the most well-known raincoat in the world and we can do the same thing with your $3000 camera!" Then, during a break, he asked me "What makes this camera better than a $1000 Nikon?"

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2015 at 17:24 UTC as 80th comment
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Horshack: If I were to photograph a Taylor Swift concert I would gladly hand over the copyright to my photos in exchange for ear plugs.

Of course it will all depend on who has the better lawyer.

While I can see that super star mega concerts are probably a huge drag, if somebody can make a living from it, seems a lot easier than working in a meat packing plant or coal mine. Then again, if you had to attend a Justin Bieber concert....

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2015 at 21:17 UTC
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Marty4650: Would you buy a lens from a company that can't get their website to work?

Just sayin'.... this is pretty basic marketing. You issue a press release with a website listed. Then the website doesn't work. This doesn't bode well.

I'd still buy an Alpa, with the wooden handles but honestly, if Arca can't manage web page, probably not. As for the Chinese lens, I'd buy several, in the unlikely event there's some variation among them.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2015 at 16:41 UTC

Looking at the photos, I think they consulted with Roger Corman on the design.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2015 at 00:40 UTC as 37th comment
On article Canon EOS Rebel T6i Review (311 comments in total)
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RStyga: Since there are people that pay many thousands to buy primitive cameras like Leica's and still be happy, this one is certainly not bad at all in a general sense: it has more than enough controls and a more than decent sensor to enable any photographer who knows how to take a photo to be merry.

Since they are both similar cameras that cost about the same, the comments above make sense.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2015 at 00:34 UTC
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rrccad: Even as a non macro lens, having perspective shift is kind of a nice / big deal - the only other lens around this focal is the much more expensive 17mm TS-E.

What makes the 17 TS remarkable is not just that it's 17mm and covers full frame; it's that when you shift, it's still pretty sharp. For comparison, the Rokinon 24 shift is a nice lens and great value if you don't mind mush when you shift.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2015 at 21:45 UTC
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misolo: 35mm-format image circle, 15mm focal length, 1:1 magnification, 12cm minimum focus distance measured from front element -- don't know much about macro but, just from simple geometry, unless there's enormous focus breathing involved surely something's wrong with these specs?

6mm is quite a bit of shift with a 15mm lens. Do I think it will be sharp when shifted? No. The Rokinon 24 shift which is twice as expensive is mush when you shift.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2015 at 21:31 UTC
On article Canon EOS Rebel T6i Review (311 comments in total)
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oselimg: Once again the self righteous gear lovers are in the business wishing Canon vanished from the face of the earth. First of all camera buying people aren't aware that you exist. Secondly if canon or Nikon were go out of business you would pay double the amount of what you pay your favourite camera. Thirdly EF lenses would double in value so you lose again. Be careful what you wish for.

If Rebels were dramatically poor performers in the eyes of most camera buyers (not equipment lovers, camera buyers) no one would buy them. But that doesn't seem to be the way things are working out.

Even legitimate complaints like dynamic range ignore the fact that until recently all digital cameras were worse at this, yet people still bought cameras and still took pictures.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2015 at 18:47 UTC
On article Canon EOS Rebel T6i Review (311 comments in total)

It's like a Toyota Corolla.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2015 at 17:06 UTC as 88th comment | 9 replies
On article Opinion: Did Sony just do the impossible? (1069 comments in total)

Beautiful shots, Rishi. I didn't realize how bad the shutter bounce was in the earlier model. Sony should do the impossible and offer their early adopters a trade-in, now that they've addressed this problem.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2015 at 21:53 UTC as 191st comment | 2 replies
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veroman: Really? Listening to customers? Then why did Sony transfer all of their DSLR repairs (perhaps repairs for other gear as well) to a company known for many decades for shoddy workmanship and extremely poor service?

Why doesn't Sony have a legitimate service department of their own? Why is it that my A850, which needs a new shutter after only a few thousand clicks, cannot be sent directly to Sony for repair?

Listening to customers? Hardly.

Unfortunately, top-notch, quick turnaround repair departments are very expensive. I had a fairly expensive Minolta Dimage and they sent it to China because it was so much cheaper than servicing it in New Jersey. And I see Leica is sending stuff to Germany so they don't have to maintain service facilities elsewhere.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2015 at 17:55 UTC

Part of it is listening to customers. The other part is not making stuff somebody else is already making.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2015 at 16:33 UTC as 70th comment
On article Ricoh GR II: What's new and what does it mean? (207 comments in total)
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sapralot: Somehow I don't want to spend money on dated technology, although I know what the GR (II) is capable of...

Are there really no alternatives to the GR with regard to outstanding image quality in a very compact body?

All technology is dated. If not today, then a month from now. These are digital cameras. People actually say things like "the sensor is starting to look a little old." I say stuff like that about my ties--but the difference is, if I hold on to the ties long enough, they come back into style.

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 20:37 UTC

It's all about convenience. For (most) users, the smaller the better and they'll give up virtually everything for small and lightweight, ultimately even using a phone.

For the manufacturers, it's more "convenient" to make mirrorless cameras because there's less in them. And if the picture quality is the same, they can sell less for the same price. Canon and Nikon have too much invested in SLR to put a lot of money into competing with themselves so for now, they are going with what they know.

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 17:15 UTC as 156th comment

24-50 would have been a bit more versatile but this looks good to me.

Interesting to see their reference to Made in Japan. I happen to agree, but mostly because Chinese workers earn so much less, the savings should be passed along.

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 17:07 UTC as 54th comment
On article #1 in France: Hands-on with DxO ONE (277 comments in total)

It's #1. Zoot Allures!

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2015 at 22:44 UTC as 104th comment

While I dislike virtually everything about phones except the "airplane" mode, I think what's needed, if anything, is better picture quality from the phone itself. If the argument is that, with a phone & camera you have to carry 2 items instead of 1, this doesn't seem all that different. As photographers, we're used to carrying lenses, adapters, finders, etc. But a phone user probably wants to keep things small and simple.

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2015 at 21:05 UTC as 71st comment
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