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On article Samyang teases 'summer blockbuster' lens announcements (124 comments in total)
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ddd - rrr: Not to be TOO much of a "wet blanket" here, but Samyang has a problem that, at least to this point, has not been resolved in my experience. While their lenses are often both brilliant in design and also relatively very inexpensive compared with other brands, their manufacturing inconsistency is notorious. I now avoid Samyang (and their rebranded versions, such as Rokinon, etc.) unless a lens is desirable enough for me to go through several samples to find a good one (as many as six of them with one lens I bought, and three with another - and with the latter, I "settled" for an imperfect one that served well enough for its intended purpose). I tried two samples of a third lens before giving up on it (the first sample was terrible, the second was good except in the lower right corner, but both had unacceptable levels of CA, so I gave up on trying to find a better sample of that lens). More is here in my MFT-Lenses reviews:
http://www.david-ruether-photography.com/MFT-Lenses.htm
--DR

The consolation is that Sony has even worse quality control of the FE lenses. Of the 5 that I had (bought new, not second-hand) only 1 was good, the other 4 required multiple buys in order to secure versions with agreeable quality. I ended up buying returning buying 13 lenses in order to find 5 that were as they ought to be. that's an awful waste of time and resources. the others had various quite significant faults 1 the AF stopped working, 5 were substantially misaligned, 1 had clearly visible dust between elements, the rest never had the sharpness to be expected. The consumer zooms you can't expect too much sharpness, but these had misalignments = soddy on one side. Regardless of price-range / type - this should never be put to market. The only Sony lens that performed as expected out of the 1:st box was the FE 24 1.8

So, bottom line, Samyang may have QC issues but not any more than one of the giants trying to convince its users their gear is worth so much more.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2016 at 08:26 UTC

I've never had a foevon but seriously considering. Correct me if wrong here: the SD 1 has 3 x 15 sensor, but this new one has 19 + 5 +5. Since the merril has more red and green pixels wouldn't it be close/better resolution /detail depending on color of the subject photographed? Aslo, what about B&W. I can't see myself only shooting blue values, obsiously there's interpolation but supposing price isn't a problem,why they've turned from having 3x equal sensors to having 1 + 2 that have so many less pixels on the same area? Dumb questions maybe but I've never dug into foeven

Link | Posted on Jun 26, 2016 at 11:41 UTC as 12th comment | 2 replies

Here's the lesson in this: regardless of if your camera/sensor (or film if doing legacy) has deep or shallow dynamic range, make sure to expose for the right middle tones to maximize your potential to manipulate at will. Capture soft & mellow images what many call "flat", save the contrast for post process. I hear people say "bleh.. just shoot raw".. well raw can't capture that which is outside the dynamic range of your equipment - that´s where the photographer´s judgement comes in. That, imho, is what Ansel was best at, capturing the right data onto the film to be able to perform art in the darkroom.

Link | Posted on Jun 26, 2016 at 11:26 UTC as 22nd comment | 4 replies
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1190 comments in total)

Whot?! No flipscreen?

:p

Nice size on it though!

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 15:02 UTC as 210th comment | 1 reply
On article Hasselblad to announce 'game changer' next week (460 comments in total)

hahah I found it!
http://www.alpa.ch/en/site/workarounds

(thanks to gesture for link)

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2016 at 05:16 UTC as 50th comment
On article Hasselblad to announce 'game changer' next week (460 comments in total)

More wooden grips!

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2016 at 11:05 UTC as 68th comment | 2 replies
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Kiwisnap: Sizes do not go large enough for wearing over layers in winter. Especially for Americans.

I always knew Americans were a different breed ;)

Link | Posted on May 14, 2016 at 06:33 UTC
On article Making a splash: Nikon D500 real-world sample gallery (228 comments in total)
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eno2: This is the best Nikon camera to date!

lol

Link | Posted on May 3, 2016 at 15:13 UTC
On article Making a splash: Nikon D500 real-world sample gallery (228 comments in total)

Images look good.. but not excellent. Considering the several-year-gap between d300 and this d500, I'm not seeing anything that gets my pulse going. I sold my Sony recently and have been considering a return to the Nikon family but at this pricepoint I would have liked to see a lot more IQ-wise. The functionality is there, all the features I would want, but the IQ (of the samples and what I've seen elsewhere) is on par with the Fuji xT1 and the a6000 I had. Sony's problem is lack of glass - on the other hand - focus is always spot on since it's a mirrorless. Hard decisions :)

Link | Posted on May 3, 2016 at 15:13 UTC as 53rd comment | 1 reply
On article Samsung NX500 shown as discontinued (273 comments in total)
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wootpile: Bleh, I'll never buy a Samsung camera out of principle after how they tricked tens of thousands into believing they were in it in a grand scale.

I understand pulling out of a market if you can't afford to stay fight and perhaps even conquer it, but Samsung has more financial clout than even Sony, a market presence as big as Apple, and the tech to do it all in-house without breaking a sweat.

Samsung promise isn't worth a cent. Shame on you.

Yes. It gives me great pleasure.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2016 at 15:44 UTC
On article Samsung NX500 shown as discontinued (273 comments in total)

Bleh, I'll never buy a Samsung camera out of principle after how they tricked tens of thousands into believing they were in it in a grand scale.

I understand pulling out of a market if you can't afford to stay fight and perhaps even conquer it, but Samsung has more financial clout than even Sony, a market presence as big as Apple, and the tech to do it all in-house without breaking a sweat.

Samsung promise isn't worth a cent. Shame on you.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2016 at 06:25 UTC as 41st comment | 3 replies

Wake me up when the replacement to the real Coolpix "A" arrives.

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2016 at 07:08 UTC as 7th comment
On article The long, difficult road to Pentax full-frame (617 comments in total)

Congrats Pentaxians! Good to see a Pentax revival. I am almost tempted just for the sake of going (un-adapted!) FF again with my old legacy primes

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2016 at 06:54 UTC as 54th comment
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wootpile: PLEASE offer it on SONY E also

Agreed, but it will be very much lighter package than mounted on a nikon d500, canon 80d, etc. The size of the camera you attach doesn't matter - at least not for me, only the end-result. And... Sony lineup is lacking, and sigm art zooms offer very good IQ at a more reasonable price. If you've used their 18-35 1.8 then you know what I mean

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2016 at 06:31 UTC

PLEASE offer it on SONY E also

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2016 at 05:58 UTC as 48th comment | 3 replies
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wootpile: Ach what a bummer... I had at least hoped for
1) Different placement of shutter button
2) Better Screen!!!
3) Better EVF

IBIS would have been nice but not really expected it. I'm certain IBIS is what Sony will use exclusively to drive sales to FF.

In short though, I had several a6000 bodies during 2015. Might get one again to fool around with while I await the Fuji XT2 because the a6000 really is a nice camera. The only real downside being poor battery time, but that is a constant with most mirrorless.

Too bad Sony didn't at least put a better screen on the a6300

Ok my bad! Here's hoping the new EVF really is better in use. Still bummed about the screen tho.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2016 at 17:26 UTC

Ach what a bummer... I had at least hoped for
1) Different placement of shutter button
2) Better Screen!!!
3) Better EVF

IBIS would have been nice but not really expected it. I'm certain IBIS is what Sony will use exclusively to drive sales to FF.

In short though, I had several a6000 bodies during 2015. Might get one again to fool around with while I await the Fuji XT2 because the a6000 really is a nice camera. The only real downside being poor battery time, but that is a constant with most mirrorless.

Too bad Sony didn't at least put a better screen on the a6300

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2016 at 17:17 UTC as 309th comment | 10 replies
On article Here at last: Nikon announces D500 (1175 comments in total)
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MaxFury: For this price point I would expect this to have a Full Frame sensor and be the successor to the D750. I'm not paying a little more that $1K for DX sensor. And where is the built in flash Nikon? I use that a lot on my D7100.

If this had come out a year ago I would definitely buy it, even with the inferior video features this has compared to other cameras, but it's too late.

I'm done with Nikon. I'll wait for the successor to the Sony Alpha 6000.
I'm a photographer but now I have dipped my feet in video. My reasons for switching are the size and the video features that the Sony have over the Nikon.

The answer is quite easy: economy. Brands know a pro (at least a journalist pro) MUST cary a flash. So they get to sell $600 more gear.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2016 at 16:54 UTC
On article Here at last: Nikon announces D500 (1175 comments in total)
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MaxFury: For this price point I would expect this to have a Full Frame sensor and be the successor to the D750. I'm not paying a little more that $1K for DX sensor. And where is the built in flash Nikon? I use that a lot on my D7100.

If this had come out a year ago I would definitely buy it, even with the inferior video features this has compared to other cameras, but it's too late.

I'm done with Nikon. I'll wait for the successor to the Sony Alpha 6000.
I'm a photographer but now I have dipped my feet in video. My reasons for switching are the size and the video features that the Sony have over the Nikon.

By photominion (3 days ago)
"using the built-in flash" kinda disqualifies you for the purchase of a camera aimed at professionals..

Why so? A built-in flash has saved my photography many many times - mostly to trigger off-camera flash. Same with close portraits - you bounce it off a card and save the reportage shot you otherwise would have delivered flat. A pro uses whatever gear is available not necessarily a large external flash that takes tie to mount - and no - you don't carry it mounted all the time in the field.

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2016 at 16:41 UTC
On article Tamrac launches Hoodoo series with two camera bags (27 comments in total)

Finally a pack that has light padding and doesn't sit like box on your back. Not the right gear for hiking but perfect street gear, simple oudoorsy daypack!

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2016 at 07:27 UTC as 13th comment
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