chriscotec

chriscotec

Lives in Australia Sydney, Australia
Works as a Photographer
Has a website at www.chrisbennettphoto.com
Joined on Jan 2, 2007

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Indohydra: question...I know this will enrage some architectural professionals...but why not use the capabilities of Adobe Photoshop to correct for tilt ?

I am also an architectural photographer and I use a Canon TS-E 17mm lens on an A7RII body with no issues. It doesn't lose any more IQ at full shift than it does on my EOS 5DIII. I imagine the Laowa adapter with its optics would struggle to come close to the quality. If the images are important and you have the money, I highly recommend using Canon TS-E lenses on a Sony full frame body.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2017 at 22:18 UTC
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chriscotec: What am I missing here? I can't find a download link on the MC-11 firmware page. I have for past downloads and can see it on all of the lens pages. It has been a long week, maybe I am losing it. Where is the clickable link?

Thanks

Ah, o.k. I remember now, it is a different process to the lenses, the firmware is downloaded through the optimisation pro app. Keeping up with firmware is a full time job these days.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2017 at 22:34 UTC

What am I missing here? I can't find a download link on the MC-11 firmware page. I have for past downloads and can see it on all of the lens pages. It has been a long week, maybe I am losing it. Where is the clickable link?

Thanks

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2017 at 22:23 UTC as 8th comment | 1 reply
On article Sony a9: more speed, less dynamic range (666 comments in total)

I think there are workarounds. It's a good thing it has that 1/32,000 second shutter. That and ND filters would cover for a lot of the times when you would normally go below 640 ISO on other cameras (which nearly all max out at 1/8,000 sec.)

This camera is a race horse. You are going to have to get a bit inventive when you want to ride it to the corner store, but I am sure it can be done.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2017 at 14:23 UTC as 104th comment | 1 reply
On article Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF gallery and first impressions (316 comments in total)
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cgarrard: I don't ever recall anyone complaining about bokeh being too good, quite the contrary as long as I remember. I can't imagine why anyone would prefer a mechanical flaw in the background of the images. The STF gives bokeh similar to the human eye, a much more natural look to me.

Weird conversation about the comparison with the human eye. I didn't think it was possible to study the bokeh of the human eye. Maybe it's just me, but as soon as I try to look at things that are out of focus, my damned eyes focus on them. How do you study the look of something you can't . . . . look at? Is there a way you can record it to study later? Maybe chopping up eyeballs and chucking them on an optical bench or something?

Link | Posted on May 11, 2017 at 12:00 UTC
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jeffcpix: I am the only one who thinks that the A7/A9 bodies are too small (even with the grip) to be comfortable for long shoots? I want a body I can get a good hold on -- not one that's so small I have to hold it with my fingertips. Awful ergonomics for me. And if Sony is going to force EVFs on us, why not make 'em bigger -- like the Nikon F Sports/Action finder? Better still -- now that the pentaprism is a gone -- how about interchangeable viewfinders like the ones made for the Pentax LX?

I am pretty sure that when Sony start to produce long prime lenses they will take the weight of their bodies into account with the position of the control rings and tripod foot. In a way it will be easier because there won't be such a big range of possible body weights to balance as there are in the Canon/Nikon systems.

I am fine with the body plus battery grip size of the A7RII and the A9 is slightly bigger. I am XL/10 glove size.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 13:29 UTC
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fenceSitter: A battery operated tripod head sounds like a Rube Goldberg contraption to me, and an obvious point of failure to boot. Proprietary, nonstandard batteries add insult to injury. Combined with Manfrotto's p!ss poor customer service, it's an absolute dealbreaker for me.

Hey kpaddler "Buy a used Sachtler at half this price".

If that was possible I would. The cheapest Sachtler I can find is twice this price. Which one are you thinking of?

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2017 at 15:05 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1908 comments in total)
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chriscotec: The camera looks really good. The A7 RII is good for what I do too, I bought one. I have been shooting with Canon for many years. I am a CPS member and get great service, and quickly, on the rare occasions anything goes wrong.

My A7R II was great until I needed service. Unfortunately I found that Sony sees this expensive camera as a "consumer device" and their support was almost non-existent. It comes under the Sony "Playstation" support network, along with toys. My camera went in for a repair, which took several weeks. There was no loaner available so I went back to my trusty EOS 5D Mk III.

If Sony wants to take on Canon and Nikon in the professional camera world it needs a support network for their "pro" cameras. That exists for dedicated video, audio and AV products, and is good, but no camera yet (including the pro-capable A7 series ) has been professionally supported by Sony. Lets hope that changes with the A9, or I think Sony will have a hard time breaking into the pro market.

I'm in Australia. Sony Support for A series cameras isn't even close to Canon or Nikon. It's not a global thing.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 15:06 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1908 comments in total)

The camera looks really good. The A7 RII is good for what I do too, I bought one. I have been shooting with Canon for many years. I am a CPS member and get great service, and quickly, on the rare occasions anything goes wrong.

My A7R II was great until I needed service. Unfortunately I found that Sony sees this expensive camera as a "consumer device" and their support was almost non-existent. It comes under the Sony "Playstation" support network, along with toys. My camera went in for a repair, which took several weeks. There was no loaner available so I went back to my trusty EOS 5D Mk III.

If Sony wants to take on Canon and Nikon in the professional camera world it needs a support network for their "pro" cameras. That exists for dedicated video, audio and AV products, and is good, but no camera yet (including the pro-capable A7 series ) has been professionally supported by Sony. Lets hope that changes with the A9, or I think Sony will have a hard time breaking into the pro market.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 14:40 UTC as 65th comment | 3 replies
On article Sigma 135mm F1.8 Art Sample Gallery (123 comments in total)

I really like the background blur in these shots. I ended up selling my Canon EF 135mm f/2 ages ago, because the blur was so messy, and haven't had a prime in this focal length since. The Canon was sharp but this is sharp with smooth background blur. I like it.

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2017 at 13:47 UTC as 47th comment | 2 replies
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Nathan8: I woke up and stumbled upon this article.

Thanks, guys, for making my day ;)

I'm very pleased to hear that you woke up. Not everyone commenting on this article seems to have achieved that. Still, it is good to see that this fresh approach to seeing things has inspired some of us.

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2017 at 14:39 UTC

Nicely executed and beautiful compositions, as well as very smart. Love the silhouette of the girl's head lined up with the sun to make a halo in the last one.

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2017 at 14:31 UTC as 18th comment
On article Leica SL Review (1092 comments in total)
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chriscotec: " . . . . but when has purchasing a Leica ever been a strictly rational decision?"

It definitely was from the first prototype, in the early 1900s and through WWII. Along with the Contax it was the most practical and well designed run and gun camera, brilliant for war coverage in the day, as well as many other subjects. Its use of 35mm cine film truly revolutionised photography more than any other camera. Everything else was bulky and slow to use.

The Leica was blatantly ripped off by Japanese companies in the 50s, who then moved on with innovation. Leica never really managed the move to SLR and beyond in terms of being an innovator. They have needed the help of companies like Minolta (for their SLRs) and Panasonic (for digital cameras).

I can certainly see why people love modern Leicas for what they are, an object of art, but as a photography tool, now, you are right, there are better options, regardless of price.

Yes, I agree that link is pretty obscure. I was also referring to the point and shoot part of the business, which is a big part of sales. Many of those cameras have been re-branded Lumix models. I am not sure that D-Lux cameras having virtually identical specs to their Lumix counterparts helps the exclusivity of the Leica brand as a whole. It would be hard to tell exactly how much this relationship stretches into the design of Leica's premium cameras. I suspect that you are right and it is not that much.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2017 at 21:17 UTC
On article Leica SL Review (1092 comments in total)

" . . . . but when has purchasing a Leica ever been a strictly rational decision?"

It definitely was from the first prototype, in the early 1900s and through WWII. Along with the Contax it was the most practical and well designed run and gun camera, brilliant for war coverage in the day, as well as many other subjects. Its use of 35mm cine film truly revolutionised photography more than any other camera. Everything else was bulky and slow to use.

The Leica was blatantly ripped off by Japanese companies in the 50s, who then moved on with innovation. Leica never really managed the move to SLR and beyond in terms of being an innovator. They have needed the help of companies like Minolta (for their SLRs) and Panasonic (for digital cameras).

I can certainly see why people love modern Leicas for what they are, an object of art, but as a photography tool, now, you are right, there are better options, regardless of price.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2017 at 13:42 UTC as 77th comment | 5 replies
On a photo in the Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG HSM Art sample gallery sample gallery (3 comments in total)

This image shows what struck me with the first images I took with this lens. The colour fringing is really quite pronounced, yet reviews, like the DxO one (that places this lens at the top of the pile), give it excellent ratings for chromatic aberration. I don't get why the figures and the pictures don't match.

Don't get me wrong, it is an easy thing to fix and the lens image quality is otherwise amazing. The lens definitely suffers from chromatic aberration though.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2017 at 21:21 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
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J A C S: "... despite stellar scores in the DxOMark ranking, ..."

This is impossible. If it has stellar DXOMark scores, it is stellar, period.

Praise the Lord! There is only one bible, and it is DXOMark, and it is never wrong. I am guessing these people who are seeing flare must be possessed.

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2016 at 10:30 UTC
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Lea5: Some Leica bashing here as usual

That's because there are those who have the money and are willing to stick their head up to defend fashion over economic sense, because they do like a bashing.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2016 at 12:03 UTC

I shoot architecture for a living and can't imagine life without my T/S-E 17mm. Most projects I do needs a lens that is wider than 24mm for some shots. My 17mm lives on my camera.In the rare cases it is too wide I move the tripod a step in.

Welcome back too architectural photography Nikon (almost).

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2016 at 12:10 UTC as 23rd comment | 10 replies
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JHern: Awesome lens! Too bad it is practically useless on film SLRs.

Sorry, that comment makes no sense. Photographers (me included) used wide angle tilt/shift lenses on film DSLRs for years before digital and live view. In terms of metering, it was trickier, but basic photography skills are all that are needed. What do you mean by "practically useless"?

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2016 at 12:00 UTC
On article Sigma 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art real world sample gallery (216 comments in total)
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Indohydra: I assume that Sigma will soon release a Sony Emount soon enough? I would like to see side by side comparison tests of the two lenses

I think the release of Sigma's MC11 adapter is the reason why we shouldn't hold our breath on Sigma releasing any native E or FE mount lenses in the near future, pity.

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2016 at 14:28 UTC
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