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On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2016 (270 comments in total)

I don't put much stock into these lists when considering new gear. Having used many DSLR systems (both digital and analog) over the last 40 years, I am now in the mirrorless camp (Fujifilm X-System). And judging from the stellar image quality (sharpness, detail rendition, color, dynamic range) that I get from poster-size prints, I find the Fujinon XF lenses simply brilliant. Simply put, the MAIN reason I switched over to mirrorless, is the fact that I no longer trusted my 59 year-old eyes to acquire optimum focus when AF Micro-Adjustment was required. Mirrorless systems acquire focus directly off the sensor, hence no front/back focus issues to contend with! Either your image is in optimum focus or it is not (no guesswork). This should be useful to anyone whose eyesight is less than perfect. Of course, each photographer has their own criteria and needs. Bottom line: Get what you need, and enjoy the photographic experience! Happy Holidays to all!

Link | Posted on Dec 28, 2016 at 12:53 UTC as 27th comment
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ChipR: it's time for Tamron to make this with the Fuji x-mount.

This Tamron se ms undoubtedly a great lens, but in terms of absolute sharpness, my money's on the Fujinon XF90mm f/2.0! Happy Holidays to all!

Link | Posted on Dec 26, 2016 at 02:40 UTC

Excellent article on Master Ansel Adams, Jeanne! As a mentee of Master Adams photography, I had the honor and privilege of corresponding with him via Kodak black and white postcards in the late '70s/early '80's. I had read his awesome "Basic Photo" series books, and admired his meticulous photographic techniques and resulting master prints. He expounded on that information by critiquing my work, and introduced me to cold light for black and white enlarger illumination, among other techniques. The superb sharpness, detail, and tonality of his prints continue to be unsurpassed, and it boggles my mind to contemplate the potential image quality Master Adams could have developed (pardon the pun) from today's digital imaging technology! Thank you for sharing this article on Master Ansel Adams!

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2016 at 15:39 UTC as 13th comment
On article Fujifilm X-Pro2 versus X-T2: Seven key differences (368 comments in total)
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PanchoVilla: These Fuji cameras are pretty toys, but I wouldn't give up my D500 for serious photography!

Pancho, just FYI, these Fuji "toys", in the hands of a capable photographer, can and do produce some awesome, highly detailed and dynamic images.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2016 at 17:10 UTC

I appreciate the retrospective on Master Ansel Adams. I was quite fortunate to have read his "Basic Photo" series, and to have corresponded with him via Kodak b/w postcard paper. He critiqued my work, and introduced me to the superb cold light heads for the enlarger, and to Fred Picker's Zone VI Studios. Master Adams' prints were, IMHO, the best black and white images of his day. He was a true craftsman and humanitarian as well.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2016 at 12:11 UTC as 14th comment

Hello Gazeomon. Your points about the Samsung are interesting, as I've not had experience with that system. However, I DO have experience with the Fuji X-System (plus 40 years of photographic experience in general), and regarding your statement "I won't go the Fuji way with their smudge & smeary X-Trans sensor.", I beg to differ...I've created some beautiful 24x36 inch landscape prints with the Fuji XT-1 and some of their superb Fujinon XF lenses, and the sharpness, detail, and overall image "clarity" is simply awesome. I see zero "smudge and smeary", so your statement cannot apply to ALL Fuji X-Trans images! IMHO, if anyone does see those characteristics from their Fuji images, I'd suggest they try a different RAW image processor, and/or photographic technique, because the Fuji X-System is clearly capable of stellar images! If it wasn't, I'd be the first to switch back to a DSLR or other mirrorless system, as I'm an admitted "sharpness/detail fanatic")! Thank you.

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2016 at 18:11 UTC as 3rd comment
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FuhTeng: How fun, thank you for the easy to use slideshow format and the lovely lens ****. I love cutaways of about anything, and these lenses are lovely even cut in half. I'm excited to see LensRentals put them through their paces (LR is the only site I know of that can do a worthy job of comparing lenses because they have so many copies of each!).

Greetings Photographers.
These new Sony "GM" lenses sound pretty nice, and though I don't own Sony mirrorless, I've always admired their collaboration with Zeiss. To my mind, "GM" connotes intelligence, as in "Grandmaster" chess! (I use the superb Fujifilm X-System, with their stellar Fujinon XF lenses.) I too, look forward to test comparisons of these lenses.
Regarding "one-handed shooting", I don't get the appeal. As an admitted "sharpness fanatic", there's simply no way to obtain maximum sharpness and detail shooting one-handed! That seems more like a method for a cell phone camera "grab shot", than serious work with a precision camera like these Sony's! Just my 2 cents...

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2016 at 14:00 UTC
On article The long, difficult road to Pentax full-frame (609 comments in total)
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(unknown member): I will sell all my nikon cameras and lenses and move to pentax. you guys in the comments section have convinced me. wow, didn't knew that buying cameras was like entering a new religion :)

As a former Pentax enthusiast, I've always been impressed with the ergonomics, weather-sealing, lenses (particularly Pentax Limited and DA* Series), and most importantly, image quality! However, when I found an issue with inconsistent and slightly erratic behavior of the electronics in my otherwise awesome K-5, I did some soul-searching, and decided to move to the Fujifilm X-System, primarily because of the occasional AF front/back focus issues I've had in DSLR land. (I realize it's not so much a problem for those with cameras having AF MicroAdjustment, but I no longer trusted my old eyes to achieve optimum focus, hence my move to mirrorless, where AF is acquired directly off the sensor, so the image is either in optimal focus or it's not.)
In any case, the specs on this K-1 are awesome, but I'd wait until professional test reviews are out, before "selling your Nikon gear! Enjoy whatever system you use!

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2016 at 16:49 UTC
On article Studio tests and samples: Leica SL (beta) (754 comments in total)
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km25: This is Leica's first camera of this type. The zoom is not going to as sharp as the primes and remember if you are a Leica owner, say M, your lens will be less then $400.00, just use your M lens. In real world use all of these camera are in the same ballpark. Give Leica chance for firmware up grades, the RAWS of all are very close.I remember the Fuji cameras when they first came out, all the up grades to get them to where they are today. Why I put up with all the hardships was that the Fuji was made so well and gave me the operation lay out I like. Firmware up grades saved the day. They Nikon D750 is fine camera, it is a DSLR. The only good point about the Sonys are their sensors. The cameras are second rate. Shutter bounce, overheating and poor PASM, Playstation operation design. Only the sensor saves the camera. Leica may do well. Bet ya it is made in Germany.

Nicely put, km25! I have a Fuji XT-1 with some superb Fujinon optics, and can tell you that 20x30 inch poster prints are stunning, even from this 16 mpixel sensor! Quite happy with the Quality of Fujifilm!

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2015 at 13:05 UTC
On article Studio tests and samples: Leica SL (beta) (754 comments in total)
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3dit0r: I have a deep love of Leica (film) rangefinder bodies, but I have to say, on so many levels, I have no idea what Leica were thinking here.

The only plus points I can see are AF Leica lenses (eventually more than one, and primes?!), and what appears to be the world's best EVF by a long way. Those do count for something, but probably not a $4K premium over likely competitors, IMO.

The list of negatives is really too long to express. But for me, deal breakers are - real shortage of physical controls, size/weight, average sensor performance at any price by today's standards, no instant focus magnification with M lenses (or even a single button press to activate, or split screen focus like Fuji), and price, price, price.

Good luck to Leica with this one.

"world's best EVF by a long way?"...Have you experienced a Fuji XT-1 lately? Granted, I have not ever held a Leica, but it "clearly" has the best EVF I've ever used! Not to mention some of the best lenses as well. (Though I've always admired Leica's optics too.)

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2015 at 13:00 UTC

As for "advantages of mirrorless systems", are we forgetting a big one, IMHO...The lack of AF Adjustment (or AF Fine-Tune, as some call it)! In other words, since the mirrorless systems focus right off the sensor itself (no reflex mirrorbox like in a DSLR), assuming the system and lens are not faulty, the Focus is always spot-on....There can be no "back-focus" or "front-focus" issues, again, assuming the system and lens are not faulty. That, to my 57-year-old eyes, is of critical importance, if "Sharpness" is a criterion of one's photography. Thank you.

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2015 at 02:57 UTC as 17th comment | 2 replies
On article Consumer SLR Camera Roundup (2013) (113 comments in total)
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Ciskje: In this target, movie capability are important, only 100d and A58 have acceptable performance.

I second that about the D5300 being great for video, also for stills, when paired with the superb sharp 16-85 Nikkor Zoom!

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2014 at 08:04 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review (2082 comments in total)
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rfsIII: This isn't a pro camera. It doesn't even have mirror lockup.

Didn't know mirrorless cameras needed MLU...

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2013 at 03:16 UTC
On article Nikon D5200 added to our studio comparison database (186 comments in total)
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sarkozy: why buy this camera, if there is a Pentax K-5?
K-5 = bombproof construction - completely weatherproof, etc.

Well, as a former (mostly happy) Pentax K-5 user, I did just that very recently...switching over to Nikon, for several reasons, i.e., higher resolution sensor, robust electronics, and the vast Nikon System. While I was quite pleased with the superb Pentax FA/DA * and Limited optics, and the build quality and ergonomics of the K-5, I found that the electronics of the K-5 sometimes was a bit "flakey". For example, when shooting a still life of mariachi band figurines, my K-5 would sometimes switch focus point just prior to exposure, as if I had face detection on and physically selected another face in the group (which I did not). But post processing showed the sharpest point of the image, and it wasn't the point I had manually selected. This happened more than once, under varying lighting conditions. Also, the K-5 required a fair amount of AF Micro-Adjustment for several lenses, to compensate for some back focus issues. So far, the Nikon D5200 is rendering quite sharp images consistently, which is good, since there is no provision for correcting potential back/front focus issues, just overall Sharpness. Other than those issues, I loved the Pentax System! FYI, if anyone needs a new Metz 56AF-2 flash (with 4 Sanyo EneLoops) for Pentax, please drop me a line. Thanks.

Link | Posted on May 12, 2013 at 03:12 UTC
On article Nikon D5200 added to our studio comparison database (186 comments in total)
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GarysInSoCal: In the hands of a competent Nikon JPEG menu adjuster, combined with someone who can edit JPEGs to perfection, while using a sharp quality lens (Nikon 17-55 or 16-85 comes to mind), I'm SURE results coming out of the Nikon 5200's sensor will render images that are superior to anything in the 4/3s format, or anything coming out of Canon's current APS-C camp. I know this because I've been shootin JPEG magazine covers with Nikon cameras for several years now (samples on my MM page). Listen to the reviewers at DPReview & DXOMark... for they have no reason to lie to you concerning the performance of this camera & sensor. They are time-tested, proficient camera & sensor evaluators, and are NOT paid by Nikon to fabricate results. I've purchased several cameras based on their reviews, and have yet to be dissapointed with any past purchase (current owner of D600). It's my opinion that those wishin to find fault in their testings are merely fanboys of another camera manufacturer.

Well stated Gary. I agree with your points, as I've owned both m4/3 (Panasonic G2 and Panny 20mm) as well as the Nikon D5200 with 16-85 and 35mm Nikkors. While the OM-D (with good Olympus glass like the 60 macro or 75) does deliver sharp results, with equally high-quality optics like the Micro-Nikkors 60 or 105, I would bet that the D5200 would trump the OM-D overall image quality, just by virtue of sensor size and processing engine. Thanks, Steve

Link | Posted on May 12, 2013 at 02:49 UTC
On article Hands-on with Fujifilm's X100S (62 comments in total)
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Kongtotoro: I wonder how the next generation of OMD will be improved.

Yes, Kono, I was wondering that too. But this Fuji X100S sure has me interested! Too bad they could'nt have weather-proofed it too (with that fixed lens, I'd have thought it easier to do.)

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2013 at 08:15 UTC
On article Dpreview Users' Poll: Best Camera of 2012? (1507 comments in total)
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RJM400: I suspect the Nikon D800/E may well be the better camera overall. I don't know and don't really care. I went out on a night shoot with a pro who used the 800 and, in my lowly opinion, I was more than pleased with how my images compared!

I am using the OM-D E-M5 camera and having so much fun.

For what I paid for the OM-D, grip, and top lenses it is about what the Nikon 800 body alone costs! (For near comparable results as far as I'm concerned)

I love the portability and whole OM-D system.

I'm so glad I didn't become a Nikon or Canon lemming.

RJM, I too, am a former Nikon film user gone digital, currently using a Pentax K-5, but seeking a smaller travel kit such as the OM-D and the superb Oly primes 12, 45, 60 macro, and 75, lenses which are much smaller, lighter than any "comparable" Nikkors, while maintaining super-high quality! Kudos to Olympus for the OM-D System! Regarding the poster who said that "m4/3 was a miscalculation", how can high quality AND portability be a bad thing?

Link | Posted on Dec 31, 2012 at 04:05 UTC

I too, like my equipment looking "new" as long as possible, but my BIG concern is Sharpness! If this Panny 12-35 is significantly sharper than the kit Oly 12-50 on the Oly OM-D, then this lens is a viable alternative. Otherwise, I would see no advantage to spending the extra $1,000 on this lens over the Oly 12-50.

Link | Posted on Nov 27, 2012 at 18:06 UTC as 4th comment
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Thomas CJ: As a E-M5 user, I am very interested in these lenses. Probably I am just one of very few people who are actually NOT happy with the optical, but much more the MECHANICAL quality (or lack thereof) that all current MFT lenses have. Yes I am not happy with the 12/2, the 45/1.8 (this one has good optics, but very weak mechanics) and I returned the brand new 25/1.4 as well because it simply was not good enough for my taste.

The E-M5 needs REALLY good lenses, if you have these you can get gorgeous 24x36 prints out of it, even bigger, and IMO it also would profit very much from lenses that won't lose their quality after the first slight knock. I hope that Schneider-Kreuznach will deliver maximum quality and find enough customers to introduce all the three planned lenses to the market.

If I could change anything, I'd prefer the 14/2 to be a 17/2 or 17/1.4, though. But my main concern is the optical and mechanical quality.


Hi Thomas. I am considering the OM-D EM-5 system as my "travel" system, already having a Pentax K-5, with superbly sharp and well-made optics. I've made superb 24x36 prints from the Pentax, and am very interested in how you say about the OM-D "if you have these you can get gorgeous 24x36 prints out of it". So, you think that size enlargement can hold its own against a simialr size APS-C sensor print?

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2012 at 13:48 UTC
On article Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 now available for Pentax (1 comment in total)

As a Pentax K-5 shooter primarily interested in image sharpness, I was debating between this Tamron 17-50 and the Pentax DA 17-70. Though I've read good and not so good reviews of both, the number of reviews alleging dust particles in the Tamron was alarming, and being into Quality Assurance, I cannot say that I am convinced that Tamron has reliable QC. Therefore, I will most likely go with the Pentax 17-70, which would seem to mate better with my K-5 in all respects.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2012 at 19:09 UTC as 1st comment
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