Impulses

Lives in Puerto Rico Puerto Rico
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Joined on Apr 7, 2013

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a-flying-wuss: SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!!!
Finally an exciting lens for MFT system.

I'm glad they teased the release this early, I might otherwise have bought the Oly Pro FE between now and 'early next year'.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2016 at 03:25 UTC
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HSway: Very likely a terrific addition to the line-ups. But astro - I don’t know. My guess is that f2 15mm 500 g lens for ML with low distortion will introduce some field curvature (problems) and lower resolution towards the edges overall (coma will be of interest as well). I could be surprised and wrong, of course.
The low distortion with the lens resolving well across the frame stopped down will always be very useful for relevant uses. Not to mention the lens as such.

The Samyang 12mm f2 seems to do pretty well and it's around the same size... Granted there's a substantial difference between it's 18mm EFL (on APS-C) and this lens' 15mm EFL, cautiously optimistic anyway! I would've been happy with an 8-9mm this small and fast, so 7.5 sounds great.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2016 at 03:23 UTC
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M Jesper: A compact super-wide (rectilinear) prime for MFT,
exactly what so many had been waiting for!

I already have the cheap Samyang FE, and the super portable super convenient (IMO) 9-18... In the long run I think I still want the sealed Pro f1.8 FE, but only if I find it for a good price, and Venus' 7.5mm definitely jumped ahead of it on my wishlist. Such a tease to announce this six months in advance, but I'm glad they did!

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2016 at 03:20 UTC
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mick232: Great how they indicate the location of the entrance pupil!
I wouldn't have known otherwise. But where is it on the 7.5mm?

Yeah that's pretty darn convenient, no need to figure it out and mark your rails etc.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2016 at 03:17 UTC
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Nixyz: Considering the prices of their other lenses on their website, I guess these will sell above $500.

Anything between $500-700 would be an almost instant buy for me for the M4/3 version, the closer to $500 the closer I'd be willing to forego reviews and play guinea pig...

At $800+ it'd start making me think about the 8mm f1.8 sealed fisheye again, and would likely wait out reviews. Not necessarily saying it's one or the other or that they're comparable, just where I stand.

The Kowa 8.5mm f2.8 & Voigt 10.5mm f0.95 are both $850+ IIRC, and Oly's 7-14 f2.8 is well over that even used, and they're all considerably larger and heavier... So yeah.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2016 at 07:14 UTC
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ProfHankD: I use lots of manual-focus lenses on my Sonys, but old ultra-wides are virtually non-existent and of marginal price/performance when you do find them. Thus, I'm very happy to see several companies producing high-spec modern ultra-wides. These Laowa lenses seem not only technically very strong, but also well-targeted in that they fill somewhat different market niches -- they aren't "me too" lenses. Very nice!

Ya, they fill one of the few holes actually left in M4/3 -- plenty of UWA zoom choices, only one or two less appealing non-FE primes, and big ones at that... If it's anywhere at or under $600 I might even hop in line for it pre-reviews.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2016 at 02:52 UTC
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ThorstenMUC: Nice, that Sigma is more aiming for the APS-C mirrorless market... maybe there will be an X-mount version of this lens soon.
Ok - Fujifilm's lens lineup for APS-C is a much harder competitor, than Sony's few dedicated APS-C lenses - but since the optics are already there and it would "only" mean to exchange the mechanical mount (easy) and the firmware (that'l be the main effort) I would expect it's a viable step.
Competition is always welcome.

And they already make all of their f2.8 mirrorless primes in multiple mounts...

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2016 at 17:56 UTC
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Old Cameras: Same basic design as the Nikon/Canon, etc version, just longer to accommodate the different flange offset? It's "Contemporary" instead of "Art" but it sure looks the same and appears to have the same internal design...

Looks can be deceiving

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2016 at 03:00 UTC
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Androole: Another point that may interest users on this site is that based on the EXIF data, the wide angle lens uses the same 1/3" sensor size as on previous iPhones, while the 2x normal lens uses a smaller 1/3.6" sensor.

As a practical extension of that, the 1/3.6" sensor has a 1.55x crop compared to a 1/2.3" sensor on something like a Nexus 6P or Sony Xperia Z, which makes the value of the 2x optical zoom seem a little bit more underwhelming than originally suggested.

I see your point Androole, speaking solely to IQ I can see how it's a questionable trade off and where your comment is coming from... That's actually part of why I think it's a mistake to market it largely as a zoom feature.

Granted I'm not sure the mass market is interested in hearing about distortion and perspective and FLs, but for me the greater value would be just having that different FL for a different look altogether... Not that I'm in the market for an iPhone.

There's gotta be a way to market that elegantly... Tho again, in low light other factors come into play and you might be just as well off with a crop of the wider/brighter/larger-sensor module. It's gonna pose an interesting scenario for testing and comparisons.

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2016 at 20:15 UTC

Nice car/bike shots in the gallery. More lens reviews please! I like the style/format.

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2016 at 19:53 UTC as 66th comment
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zeratulmrye: Nice job! Looking forward to more lens reviews like this. It would be even better if you include M43/Fuji lenses into the comparison.

Excellent, I thought my eyes deceived me when I saw a lens review on DPR... :p It has a more direct competitor on M4/3 in the PL25 f1.4, but also bodies with IBIS... Still cheaper than the first party option. Wish they'd make a few more mirrorless crop lenses, a cheap/fast 17-20 would actually have no equal in M4/3 (unlike most of their current lineup).

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2016 at 19:43 UTC
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Sugarsnapphotos: "It's not as tight as a 50, but not as wide as a 35, which ends up being an easily usable balance between the two."

It's a 30mm lens, so it's wider than 35mm.

Think he may have been referring to the 35mm EFLs (equivalent focal lengths).

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2016 at 19:40 UTC
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Androole: Another point that may interest users on this site is that based on the EXIF data, the wide angle lens uses the same 1/3" sensor size as on previous iPhones, while the 2x normal lens uses a smaller 1/3.6" sensor.

As a practical extension of that, the 1/3.6" sensor has a 1.55x crop compared to a 1/2.3" sensor on something like a Nexus 6P or Sony Xperia Z, which makes the value of the 2x optical zoom seem a little bit more underwhelming than originally suggested.

Why would it matter? I mean obviously for the purpose of IQ it's relevant, but they gave out the EFL of 28 & 56mm no? That already takes sensor size into account (or it should), most smartphones *used* to have modules just over or under 30mm EFL but they've been going even wider lately...

Either way, a 56mm EFL is still around 2x. I think it's kinda silly to market it largely as a 'zoom' rather than what it is, a second lens and a second choice of FL. Maybe I'm overestimating his marketing skills (biggest asset he had IMO) but I feel like Jobs would've tried to sell this differently.

Somehow that second FL would suddenly be 'magical' and sorely needed for smartphone shooters, rather than just 'hey we get a short little zoom, that's slower and has no OIS, hmm'. True value lies somewhere in the middle IMO but still...

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2016 at 18:44 UTC
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tofoko: I feel that image stabilization is rarely tested on smartphones, and just used as an selling point. I mean, how good is IS in general on phones, and how much does it differ between the models? And what about the cost in image sharpness?

I haven't been reading smartphone reviews much over the last year+, but I know Anandtech used to test IS with video particularly and they'd have a dual phone on stick setup to run comparison clips, etc. Dunno if they still do it, there's been some staff churn over at AT (do I think they still do some of the most comprehensive phone reviews, even tho they're very late at times).

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2016 at 18:38 UTC
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unsignedzero: So I'm buying a tote/backpack that can hold a small mirrorless body and a few lens for $175 when alternative bags such as the Thinktank Turnstyle 10 exist for less?

Love my TurnStyle 10! I need to write ThinkTank for an extra divider tho, two just isn't enough for tiny M4/3 lenses.

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2016 at 22:34 UTC
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Lan: On the basis that Lens Rentals say there's empty space in there, is there any chance of a 5D4 mini? I wouldn't mind a smaller camera, and I'm sure the Asian markets would love it.

I'm still waiting for the 5D4R non-AA version though; that's my priority Canon. Make the no AA filter version first please :)

It's possible, they're probably more willing to experiment with that model's form factor.

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2016 at 22:28 UTC
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km25: Also more "air" would lend to a cooler running camera.

It's not vented... It might run cooler for a few minutes but once ambient temp inside it stabilizes more empty space isn't gonna do a thing for temps.

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2016 at 22:25 UTC
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MeganV: The image processing power and "machine learning" driving the 7's new camera most intrigues (and troubles) me.

Apple is enabling its devices to make more and more automated creative choices *for* its i-photographers. We're getting very close to a future in which you point your iPhone in the general direction of what you want, and it decides everything else with impressive intelligence--what (or just who) the subjects are, where in the depth field they are, whether they should appear in motion or static--delivering a result intended to "delight" you.

There's already an iPhone "look." If you've spent a few minutes scrolling Instagram, you know it well. Clean, saturated, and contrasty with aggressive black points and steeply pulled, nearly-HDR highlights. Skin tones with wide-radius surface blur. So much of Instagram just looks the same, because it's driven by the same automated choices.

When Apple says they intend to "reinvent" photography, this is what they're talking about.

" First, I should've remembered that we live in a world of binary thought. As you suggest: either I accept what Apple gives me as "right" and "best," no questions asked, or I'm a luddite stereotype. "

You're wildly misinterpreting my reply... I was speaking to Job's vision (which I think you misconstrued) and Apple's policies, I couldn't care less for much of it. I had exactly one Apple product some 6 years ago, an iPod touch, and it didn't take me long to realize their walled garden, restricted ecosystem, lack of customization, and general principles just weren't for me.

That being said, AFAIK the iPhone still has manual controls, I'm sure the most enthusiastic mobile photographers will always find ways to go beyond point and click be it thru manual modes or extra apps... The casual photog has always been about point and shoot, this isn't new, it was disposables two decades ago and it's (disposable) phones now.

My point is photography will survive regardless, the future isn't that bleak, it may just not have anything to do with what Cuppertino is doing, even if they make the best selling camera (cough Samsung tho). ;)

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2016 at 04:54 UTC
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Triplet Perar: Compared to CPUs and memory capacity that run this iPhone camera, the CPUs and memory from real cameras are from the age of dinosaurs. Most cameras freeze after ten shots, and then choke to death. When will camera manufacturers stop thinking like in film age?!
1. Get rid of cards, or at least, install huge memory disk in the camera and the card too.
2. Work on UI. Seriously.
3. Learn from smartphones and from what makes them popular — memory cards, pathetic buffer and slow performance ain't that!
4. Innovate!

Let iPhone 8 install a third lens, some 90mm, camera manufacturers may kiss their entire camera ranges goodbye!

" Most cameras freeze after ten shots, and then choke to death. "

Uhh, maybe ten years ago? My humble mid tier E-M5 II, which isn't even marketed as an action/sports camera, can shoot indefinitely at 5 fps w/C-AF until I fill my 128GB card... So can the cheaper E-M10 II IIRC.

Oh and that card only cost all of $50, how much does Apple upcharge for each jump in capacity? They've charged as much as $100 for about extra 16-32 GB in the past.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2016 at 04:47 UTC
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Triplet Perar: The iPhone is the mirrorless camera market killer. iPhone — the scourge of the mirrorless. A wide lens plus normal lens, then in a year or two, a telephoto lens at some 80-90mm (which will enable comfortable 180mm digital zoom) — and that's it. iPhone, available at easy monthly plans, will wipe out the entire mirrorless market.
Thank you God; then we'll have two proper kinds of cameras: good DSLRs and the iPhones.

There can be only one...

Wait no, what kinda market operates like that? Laptops never killed desktops, SUVs never killed pickups and hatchbacks, headphones didn't kill speakers... I can only conclude you're all a bunch of cannibals.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2016 at 04:42 UTC
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