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On article Why you should own a 135mm F2 lens (383 comments in total)
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captura: Cameralabs reports this about the Samyang lens:
"The biggest let-down of this lens is it’s manual focus only. And this is more critical than a wide or standard lens because the larger magnifications when shooting with a 135mm lens makes the depth of field shallower and thus focus harder to nail. If you’re similar to me at manual focusing you have to cope with the risk of having around 40-70% of your shots with less than optimal focus/sharpness – unless you work from a tripod. This certainly is a killer for many photographers who need to nail their shot with only one try – and fast. They should absolutely avoid this lens and look for an alternative with autofocus, there’s no denying it. "

Magnification will definitely be more reliable than peaking alone, tho many bodies will let you use both (so you can look at the peaking indicator as you frame/focus then magnify to fine tune)... I'd still want AF on a lens this long, kinda useless for candids otherwise, even if that's as much an indictment of my skills as anything. :P

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2018 at 16:08 UTC
On article Why you should own a 135mm F2 lens (383 comments in total)
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Terry Breedlove: Not an exact comparison of course but I love my 75mm 1.8 MFT Olympus for shooting portraits. So much so in fact I am thinking about buying a 135mm 2.8 AIS for my Nikon F3hp. The 75mm replaced my 45mm and I think the 135mm will replace my 85mm as the preferred portrait lens on my film camera.

A joke or a serious suggestion? You still seem to be straddling that line... ;)

On topic, it's kind of apples and oranges but the Oly (even if it gives away over a stop and a half in DoF control) does accomplish a lot of the same goals for M4/3... It's compact, it's not super pricey, it's one of the sharpest lenses in the system, it renders great, etc etc.

Basically all the same highlights in the article except for maybe the close focus ability... Compared to other M4/3 lenses (primes or otherwise) it doesn't focus very close. I lusted after it for a long time but eventually just ended up with the 35-100/2.8 and the Sigma 60/2.8, meh.

Maybe one day I'll snap up one of those refurb deals on the Oly and try it out...

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2018 at 16:01 UTC
On article Why you should own a 135mm F2 lens (383 comments in total)
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nigbat: The Samyang is also an excellent lens on M4/3, albeit performing a different role, being a closeish equivalent to a 300/4 on FF.
IS and magnified live view on the EM5MkII make it pretty easy to handhold and manual focus (and I assume it would be even better on the newest generation cameras). Makes a great lens for shooting concerts and the like.

Huh, never thought of that, specially since there's sort of a hole in the M4/3 tele prime lineup between 75 (150mm equivalent) and 200 (400mm equivalent), and the latter is only a recent addition (so the gap used to be between 75 & 300). With all the specialist/niche lenses they've been putting out, I dunno why Oly hasn't adapted their excellent 4/3rds 150/2 for M4/3.

I wouldn't mind seeing other options around 60-75mm tho, the 75/1.8 looks awesome but could've/should've been part of the Pro lineup and sealed... Making do with various zooms and the Sigma 60/2.8 myself which is pretty great for shooting concerts too (from good seats anyway) but the subject separation for full body & half body shots is a little lacking.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2018 at 15:48 UTC
On article Annie Leibovitz teaches photography in new MasterClass (175 comments in total)
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FLruckas: Hmmmm....
Business is slowing down?

It's all downhill after you win two championships in the middle of your prime, obviously. /s

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2017 at 04:20 UTC
On article Annie Leibovitz teaches photography in new MasterClass (175 comments in total)
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Dbosch: I wonder what's going to happen when technology will close the gap between photographer and knowing how to use equipment or light. Basically what photography is, 'here this is the piece of technology I know how to use well'

All the tech in the world can't find an interesting composition on it's own, interact in a human way with a subject, etc.

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2017 at 04:10 UTC

So it's a lens condom, basically. :P I think if you don't need a real tight seal you might be better off with the common neoprene pouches (OP/Tech etc), those have the lid/2nd half sown on and seem lots bulky off the lens.

I'm sure the rubber grips better tho and only having it on one end can have it's advantages, plus it stretches to fit whereas the neoprene stuff has to be bought in the appropriate size (has some give, not a ton).

My biggest worry would be how it holds out over time, will it stretch out, will it get white-ish like my collapsible rubber hoods (seems to be the humidity in PR), will it start crumbing eventually like the soles of some shoes I've had, etc.

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2017 at 05:09 UTC as 33rd comment | 1 reply
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Lemelisk: Seems decent, other than that they will invariable attract dust when off the lens, so you can't really safely use them on the back of the lens without that getting dust on the inside of your lens (never tried cleaning that, and never want to). And that it takes two hands to put on, so I wouldn't use it for a commonly used lens. I would still consider getting one to throw over my regular lens cap if I were just to haphazardly throw an extra lens mixed in with an unorganized backpack filled with non-photography things when out hiking/camping/other,as it would probably offer decent protection without added bulk.

OPTech's neoprene pouches work pretty good for that already... This will probably create a tighter seal than neoprene, OTOH it could be more abrasive or bulky off the lens. I hope it's made of better rubber than those collapsible lens hoods, the humidity where I live starts bringing up this white residue on those within the year (wrecks havok over time with those soft touch rubber coatings on some electronics too, and rubber shoe soles).

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2017 at 05:04 UTC

That sucks, hope they're caught.

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2017 at 20:31 UTC as 52nd comment
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Lichtbild: Big money commanding DRP now. Why not just have those pics in a gallery here?

Don't lie, I'm sure you're cashing the check from big Gram and big Pancho right now. /s

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2017 at 20:27 UTC
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elee1967: One thing I like about TG-5 is that it can be USB charged. Not sure whether W300 is the same.

It wasn't standardized because the standard we settled on was micro USB, but it wasn't outright proprietary either because various brands used the same one (I know Nikon, Oly, and Panasonic did at various times) and I doubt they went to the trouble of licensing an obscure connector from each other for years on end.

I think it was often referred to as 8-pin mini USB, even tho it was closer in size (if not smaller) to the standard micro USB Type B cable then the standard mini USB that predates it. I'm not saying there weren't many other proprietary connectors alongside it, but that one did see prolonged use amongst a few different camera brands.

Monoprice will still sell you a 6ft one for $1.50, and I'm pretty sure you can still find the Scosche dual head I alluded to.

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2017 at 05:55 UTC
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2017 (527 comments in total)
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cosinaphile: choosing t`abysmal pixel phone as POTY has personally brought me to a new low in my opinion of DPR`s ability to report on technology objectively
so lets assume the audio ports dead, as your transparent agenda suggests,
what, pray tell, will replace it? lets see, will it be the latest 2nd rate usb port connector with a lifespan of perhaps 5yrs? or will it be some apple propriety nonsense? also with a lifespan measured in a few years?

does DPR or engadget or some of the other pathetic brainwash factories that seek to control the buying behaviorof techno-illiterate consumers even consider what you are doing the future of cellphones ?
this is a nice game youre playing. & I'm sure it works well in people who dont know the difference between religion & technology.but for those of us with our snorkels still attached and oxygen reaching our brains? enough is enough

your corporate master's agendas are transparent
you should be ashamed of yourselves
SD ports?... sigh.

ok im done

Are you just gonna argue semantics until you're blue in the face? Your original point of contention was with:

"Phones aren't gonna lose the ability to output an analog signal anytime soon"

And you still haven't proved how for all intents and purposes users are losing that ability, because they aren't.

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2017 at 22:22 UTC
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2017 (527 comments in total)
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cosinaphile: choosing t`abysmal pixel phone as POTY has personally brought me to a new low in my opinion of DPR`s ability to report on technology objectively
so lets assume the audio ports dead, as your transparent agenda suggests,
what, pray tell, will replace it? lets see, will it be the latest 2nd rate usb port connector with a lifespan of perhaps 5yrs? or will it be some apple propriety nonsense? also with a lifespan measured in a few years?

does DPR or engadget or some of the other pathetic brainwash factories that seek to control the buying behaviorof techno-illiterate consumers even consider what you are doing the future of cellphones ?
this is a nice game youre playing. & I'm sure it works well in people who dont know the difference between religion & technology.but for those of us with our snorkels still attached and oxygen reaching our brains? enough is enough

your corporate master's agendas are transparent
you should be ashamed of yourselves
SD ports?... sigh.

ok im done

Are you just gonna argue semantics until you're blue in the face? Your original point of contention was with:

"Phones aren't gonna lose the ability to output an analog signal anytime soon"

And you still haven't proved how for all intents and purposes users are losing that ability, because they aren't.

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2017 at 22:22 UTC
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elee1967: One thing I like about TG-5 is that it can be USB charged. Not sure whether W300 is the same.

That's a good point, P&S batteries are pretty small and the Qi standard even allows for faster than 5W charging now (up to 10-12W? I forget), it really would be pretty convenient. I mean yeah they'd have to find the space on the body for a coil and bundle a pad but it seems worthwhile... Not surprised Pentax went there first.

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2017 at 22:15 UTC
On article Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II Review (274 comments in total)
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pacnwhobbyist: I went back and read Imaging Resource’s review of this camera and they said only corner performance was lacking at wide angle but the lens was otherwise pretty decent. They have been very critical of the lenses on these G series compacts before so I wonder if they got a copy with a sharper lens than the folks at dpreview got. But even if that is true, that inconsistency on Canon’s part means they need to shore up their QC on this camera. Buying this camera shouldn’t be like playing the lottery or you shouldn’t have to purchase multiple copies to get a good copy.

It's not just Canon that stuffers from this variability in lens QC (not excusing it, just saying it's far more common than you might think).

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2017 at 16:05 UTC
On article Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II Review (274 comments in total)
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KoolKool: please make mark III 1.8-2.8 and weather seal, no need 4K (save for mark IV)
then G9X will be perfect pocketable carry travel snappy anywhere camera!

It wouldn't be anywhere near this small then, it'd be a G7 X.

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2017 at 16:04 UTC
On article Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II Review (274 comments in total)
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Jefftan: this is the smallest and cheapest 1 inch
problem is 28mm

if it is 24mm I will have already buy
Canon please make it 24mm

Ideally it should help primarily with C-AF, that's been their biggest pitch why they went that direction instead of OSPDAF. It's said to rely heavily on the so called lens profiles of their own lenses but I intend to put that to the test (trying it out w/the 45/1.8 vs 42.5/1.7, 35-100/2.8 vs 60/2.8, etc).

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2017 at 15:55 UTC
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2017 (527 comments in total)
In reply to:

cosinaphile: choosing t`abysmal pixel phone as POTY has personally brought me to a new low in my opinion of DPR`s ability to report on technology objectively
so lets assume the audio ports dead, as your transparent agenda suggests,
what, pray tell, will replace it? lets see, will it be the latest 2nd rate usb port connector with a lifespan of perhaps 5yrs? or will it be some apple propriety nonsense? also with a lifespan measured in a few years?

does DPR or engadget or some of the other pathetic brainwash factories that seek to control the buying behaviorof techno-illiterate consumers even consider what you are doing the future of cellphones ?
this is a nice game youre playing. & I'm sure it works well in people who dont know the difference between religion & technology.but for those of us with our snorkels still attached and oxygen reaching our brains? enough is enough

your corporate master's agendas are transparent
you should be ashamed of yourselves
SD ports?... sigh.

ok im done

That quote was a) written by a writer at Anand, it's simply his opinion and B) doesn't say companies want digital out at the exclusion of analog out, Intel went out of it's way to retain multiple ways to do the latter.

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2017 at 15:52 UTC
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elee1967: One thing I like about TG-5 is that it can be USB charged. Not sure whether W300 is the same.

I'm glad they're doing the same for ILCs too... Tho high end ones should definitely do Type C instead for the speed and potential space savings if used for video out etc. (Type C doesn't inherently = USB 3.0+ but the USB 3.0 double wide micro connector was super awkward and universally ignored)

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2017 at 15:45 UTC
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elee1967: One thing I like about TG-5 is that it can be USB charged. Not sure whether W300 is the same.

The earlier connector wasn't entirely proprietary, but it was a pretty dated/obscure connector that predated micro USB and was put out there by brands as a possible alternative to mini USB (a few different camera companies were still using it until very recently, or are), I dunno why it hung on for so long after micro USB Type B became the standard.

Panasonic was still using it too, I had a two headed cable that was micro on one had and that other connector on the other, and Monoprice sold a cheap/long replacement too... It's kind of ironic they're NOW moving to micro USB when Type C is starting to supplant it but whatever, plenty of us will still have tons of micro USB devices for years to come so that's okay for now.

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2017 at 15:45 UTC
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Steven Lyons: Wow, who thought it was a good editorial decision to publish a review article using Puerto Rico as a location (regardless of when the photos were shot). Much of the island likely does not exist as it is being portrayed in the photos. Many lives were lost, people are still suffering with power and water in short supply and the natural environment has been forever altered. Stunningly tone deaf.

I was born, raised, and live here in Puerto Rico and I don't particularly mind it, the editor's note was enough for me. I'm still without power too btw, but things are moving along, we'll rebuild and clean up, life will go on. Not every mention of PR from now until who knows when has to be about how dire things are... Although yeah, the beaches are still pretty dirty in many areas. :x

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2017 at 15:38 UTC
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