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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chriscotec: Given that they have only made manual focus lenses until now, it would be good to see a bit of detail on the AF mechanisms and motors. Not all of them are created equal. The good thing it that it should be easy to get the 14mm right in this area, and that's the one that interests me most.

AF is not one size fits all. Let's both move on, please. Over and out.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 15:18 UTC

For those on a budget, buy the black one and a can of paint stripper.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 15:15 UTC as 1st comment
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Gene Kelly: a fool and his money are soon parted

Tom-A

Gene Kelly could have tested the (less expensive) black version. Should he have expected a different result?

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 15:11 UTC
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Triplet Perar: You can think like this:
the cost of jumping into digital photography is about $7,000-10,000 overall at least (over the years). During the time you start with (1) bridge cameras, then (2) try each new mirrorless system and some lenses, (3) a DSLR or two and a some good lenses, (4) buy extra gear and muddle around, (5) selling and reselling, and (6) spending all that time in GAS flu, you realise that you could have saved yourself lots of time by choosing a camera and a lens that will last a long, long time.
This is handmade MF lens, built like tank. AF and motors will not rattle elements apart. Using it constantly involves you totally into your art. It will outlive you. If not this, then choose 50mm Summarit, new M262, and you end up spending even less money (check link below), but skipping over boring parts, and time lost forever but which you could have used to develop serious photography skills.

http://goo.gl/YnDoWM

Actually PanchoVilla Leica and Zeiss cameras and lenses were responsible for most of what we have all seen from world war 2, Nikon followed the trend in the 50s, Canon too. It would be a bit disrespectful to say Leica can't handle being used in conflict zones. Although cameras have been used in war for well over a century, Leica and Zeiss were the first to become tools of the trade. Nothing against metal Nikkors, I have had many great ones.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 15:01 UTC
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chriscotec: I always have a little smile to myself when I see a new Leica announcement. Nearly all of them are for an old product in a new finish. I sometimes wonder if there are people out there who have the spare money to collect the whole set. Is this a thing?

Haha, brilliant! Thanks. That is a great word to express my thoughts.

We will probably see a lot of flattened ones, from collectors being distracted and hit by busses.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 14:42 UTC
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chriscotec: Given that they have only made manual focus lenses until now, it would be good to see a bit of detail on the AF mechanisms and motors. Not all of them are created equal. The good thing it that it should be easy to get the 14mm right in this area, and that's the one that interests me most.

Sorry, I didn't realise I was communicating with a lens designer who has aced all AF design problems, past and present. I guess we can tick the AF box for lens design now then and move on to the next imperfect issue. Well done!

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 14:33 UTC
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SushiEater: Sigma is getting ballsy with pricing because all of you praising Sigma all the time. I am keeping my 12-24mm and 85mm. Both are great.

I must have had a good run with the three I have then. No focussing issues here.

When it comes to weather sealing, I haven't really tested any of my Sigmas in a downpour. I have found it pretty easy to plan around getting my camera gear soaked, I can't afford to replace it so it is just something I have learned to do. If I was photographing outdoor sports events, I agree, this might be an issue. I see the 500mm lens is going to be weather sealed, that's good, it suits it's intended use. I can't imagine the 20mm, 35mm and 50mm Sigma art lenses I use letting water in like a boat with a hole, but I am sure, (actually I know), they can handle heavy drizzle without a problem. In real life shooting these lenses are certainly up to the job, in terms of robustness. Rent one and try it, you probably shouldn't just go on spec sheets that say "no weather sealing".

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 14:20 UTC
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FodgeandDurn: Is the benefit of MF undone by the relatively slow lenses? I love Fuji and I am glad they've made something so ambitious, I am wondering what advantage this camera has over a high resolution DSLR with an Otus lens, a combination that is considerably cheaper. Of course faster lens adaptation will be a factor.

I can think of uses for this setup, but nothing that 35mm can't do, and a lot of that comes down to the lens map. More of a question than a criticism. I'd love to use this to photograph stars, but even then I wonder whether an A7s wouldn't be just as useful (of course this isn't this Fuji's intended primary use).

This system is probably no bulkier than Canon and Nikon's pro DSLRs but may open up new production possibilities in commercial photography.

The question is whether there is a need for more fidelity than cameras like the Sony A7RII and the Canon 5DS R, Nikon D810 etc. When the ultimate output mediums for professional work are the web, magazines or even billboards, the list of current cameras that can do the job is pretty long already. The argument of being able to use a crop doesn't really apply here. On the kind of shoots that this camera is aimed at, you can bet the art director will not stop until the shot is perfectly framed in camera.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 11:51 UTC

If a manufacturer is going to start from scratch with a whole new lens system, Fujifilm is one of the few that can do it. Most people think of the consumer cameras and see that they are a re a small player here compared to Canon, Nikon, Sony etc. They do all of their serious work in film and TV though, where lenses can cost as much as houses. I am pretty sure they can make a good go of this and change the landscape of medium format digital photography.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 11:44 UTC as 46th comment
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SushiEater: Sigma is getting ballsy with pricing because all of you praising Sigma all the time. I am keeping my 12-24mm and 85mm. Both are great.

The Sigma Art lenses deserve all of the praise they get. They are beautifully made lenses with optical quality to match. I used to hate Sigma lenses but what they are doing now is outstanding. I have the 20mm, 35mm and 50mm. Their only downside is weight and size, but that is a price I am happy to pay.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 21:48 UTC
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dave: I wonder how it compares to my new FE 90.2.8 macro lens? I know that the Sony is longer by 1.5". I went with the 90/2.8 for its 1:1 macro, as well as portrait abilities.

I do understand that the loxia lenses are compact. As I said, I have the 21mm. I understand this is not a direct comparison with the other Loxias but the 21mm has a fair amount of glass and is relatively heavy for it's size. The 90mm Sony, which I also have is not the monster people think it is and 690g is not exactly heavy either. For reference, the 21mm Loxia is a little over half the length of the Sony and you can see from the picture of all of the Loxias in the article that the 85mm lill be a bit longer than that, so no, it won't fit in the back half of the Sony macro lens. I love the Loxia I have and it is very compact but we are not talking pancake lenses here, they still have substance, especially weight.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 08:15 UTC
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dave: I wonder how it compares to my new FE 90.2.8 macro lens? I know that the Sony is longer by 1.5". I went with the 90/2.8 for its 1:1 macro, as well as portrait abilities.

I am wondering that too. f/2.4 isn't great for an 85mm portrait lens, and close to that of the Sony. I have the Sony 90mm f/2.8 macro and just bought a Loxia (the 21mm f/2.8). I can say the build quality of the Sony is as good as the Zeiss, which is excellent, so there is not much else but image quality, size and weight going for the Loxia 85mm over the Sony 90mm macro. Also, the manual focus, auto focus and OIS are great on the Sony and it's not as bulky as some reviews suggest. I think it is going to be a tough sell for the Zeiss Loxia.

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2016 at 22:30 UTC

Nice article. It's a pity you had to cast it into a pit of trolls.

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2016 at 15:23 UTC as 68th comment | 1 reply
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chriscotec: Given that they have only made manual focus lenses until now, it would be good to see a bit of detail on the AF mechanisms and motors. Not all of them are created equal. The good thing it that it should be easy to get the 14mm right in this area, and that's the one that interests me most.

Yeah, that's why my Sony FE 28mm f/2 hunts all the time, my Canon 85mm f/1.2 takes a while to focus its heavy elements . . . . There are lots of different motors, focusing lens groups, lens firmware programs . . . If you just got to photography and thought it was all sorted out for you, good luck mate. No manufacturer has "ticked the AF box" yet. You are stuck under the bridge with the other trolls.

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2016 at 15:18 UTC

I always have a little smile to myself when I see a new Leica announcement. Nearly all of them are for an old product in a new finish. I sometimes wonder if there are people out there who have the spare money to collect the whole set. Is this a thing?

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2016 at 12:35 UTC as 12th comment | 2 replies

Given that they have only made manual focus lenses until now, it would be good to see a bit of detail on the AF mechanisms and motors. Not all of them are created equal. The good thing it that it should be easy to get the 14mm right in this area, and that's the one that interests me most.

Link | Posted on May 3, 2016 at 22:55 UTC as 44th comment | 6 replies
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m2onen: Is there any reason to expect the autofocus capabilities of MC-11 suffer at extreme telephoto focal lenghts? Thinking of AF-C with Sigma 150-600C and A6300..

Yes, I was looking at Sony's compatibility chart too, stating that none of the listed lenses worked in AF-C mode, but Rishi's video in this article shows it working in continuous AF with the 50mm f1.4 art lens.

I hope this applies to the other compatible lenses too, at least on the newer bodies. It would be good if Sony could clarify this contradiction. A lot of the A7RII autofocus functions really shine in AF-C mode.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2016 at 06:41 UTC
On photo continuum 1.3 in the Abstract Photo in Monochrome challenge (14 comments in total)

Beautifully conceived and shot.

The reflections on the top of the spheres show how much work you put into this.

Very clever stuff!

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2016 at 11:58 UTC as 9th comment
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chriscotec: I missed the fact that this probably only works for cropped sensor (E) bodies or full frame (FE) bodies in crop mode, looking at the size of the camera side aperture in the mount. Still, it is useful for video in cropped mode on FF bodies. A FE mount adapter would have been better though.

Are you sure? I can't see that written anywhere. "E" is cropped and "FE" is full frame. The camera side of the adapter doesn't look wide enough for it to be FF in the pictures.

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2016 at 14:51 UTC
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chriscotec: This is indeed very good news. I was tired of waiting for Sony to support their own FE mount with a truely professional range of lenses, (although there are 3 wide aperture lenses in the pipeline now).

The Canon mount Sigma Art series primes I have are great. Now I can use all of the A7RIIs great AF features.

What's missing is the same thing from Tamron. I am hoping for this for their excellent 15-50mm and 24-70mm f2.8 lenses. I hope Tamron is following this news. Sony FE is a pro market that is begging to be filled.

Ethan,Sorry, I jumped in mistakenly getting excited about FE mount lenses, see above. That is what I am hoping for. I sold my EF 100mm L macro for the 90mm Sony and I love the 90mm. It is far from a full EF range to match Canon and Nikon though. I will be patient, the cameras are worth the wait.

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2016 at 14:44 UTC
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