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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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 11th comment | 1 reply

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 | 1 reply
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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

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.

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2016 at 14:40 UTC as 116th comment | 6 replies

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.

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2016 at 14:31 UTC as 118th comment | 5 replies

As an A7RII user, with adapted Canon L series lenses, this initially looked like my attempt to migrate systems was finally starting to happen. The truth is, this is happening too slowly. Only one of these lenses is stabilised and it looks like they are all going to be expensive for what are only "me too" lenses. There is a long way to go before you can say E-mount is a professional system.

I will be hanging on to my Canon lenses and 5D MkIII body for the foreseeable future.

I am sure Metabones would be happy with this slow rate of progress.

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2016 at 13:33 UTC as 7th comment | 2 replies
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joger: yes - still available as a stand alone upgrade or buy version.

It's a bit hidden at Adobe online but a quick search at amazon helps:
http://www.amazon.com/Adobe-65237578-Photoshop-Lightroom-6/dp/B00VWCKJVA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1454133047&sr=8-1&keywords=Lightroom+6

Still the best over all software for sorting and optimizing photos I've tested to date.

BTW - Adobe sends me regularly requests for surveys - I keep writing that I will stop using LR once it is a rent only model and I can only encourage everyone else to do so - the tendency to offer a rent model is annoying and the wrong way to deal with customers IMHO

Yes, I tell them that in surveys too. The rent only model is the thin end of a nasty wedge and I refuse to support it.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2016 at 12:15 UTC

"Both converters allow focusing to infinity, from 50cm (the wide-angle) and 36mm (the telephoto), while the zoom macro lens has a focusing range that’s restricted to 30-78mm. "

This paragraph doesn't make sense. If anything it would be the other way around but 50cm and 36mm are hugely different.

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2016 at 12:15 UTC as 12th comment
On article Adapted Lens Talk: Readers' Showcase and new forum! (196 comments in total)
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chriscotec: I'm a long time lens adapter, to Canon EF, M4/3 and now Sony FE (A7RII). I have a pretty large pile of lens adapters.

The Sony A7RII has taken this to a new level as it has great AF performance with Canon EF lenses. It doesn't matter that I don't have the money to replace my prized Canon EF lenses with the native Sony versions, some of them, especially fast ones, don't exist in the Sony FE mount. For architecture I HAVE to adapt my Canon TS-E lenses.

I don't just have the Metabones Smart adapter for E-mount, I also bought the Speed Booster, so I can use my lenses on the (extremely useful) 18MP cropped portion of the A7RII's high resolution sensor. This in effect means each full frame lens has two focal lengths, without cropping, making for a quicker, less data intensive workflow, when it suits.

I think that in this stage of Sony's lens range evolution, adapters, especially smart ones, are almost a necessity for a versatile professional system.

I would have bought the A7II if it had the AF capability with Canon EF lenses that the A7RII does, but it doesn't. Not even the A7SII can work with Canon lenses the way the A7RII can and that is a later and slightly more expensive camera.

Don't get me wrong, I use the camera more often in full frame mode than cropped but the option is important to me and, as another poster said, it is the best option for shooting 4K video.

Link | Posted on Jan 1, 2016 at 01:15 UTC
On article Adapted Lens Talk: Readers' Showcase and new forum! (196 comments in total)
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ProfHankD: I use over 140 non-native lenses with my Sonys (and an EOS-M), and I post plenty in various forums here... but there are a couple of problems with this new forum. Basically, it tends toward lens reviews, but:

1. It isn't structured (nor indexed) in a way that makes lenses easy to find.

2. There is a huge difference between using a lens on different formats (e.g., 24MP APS-C vs. 24MP FF) and there is no infrastructure for saying what evaluations are based on.

For example, Dyxum has a much more effective structure for user lens reviews (except they don't make posting sample images easy).

I'm not opposed to this new forum, and I post there myself, but I would encourage DPReview to consider making some custom infrastructure for handing user reviews of old lenses. It should be possible to modify the existing equipment review infrastructure to have the right fields and indexing and to allow review of legacy equipment.... Just something to think about. ;-)

I'm not sure how detailed reviews of older (adapted) lenses will be but, if you look at dpreview's lens reviews, they often, if not usually show results on both full frame and cropped sensor bodies for comparison. As far as resolution is concerned, most modern digital bodies that dpreview would use for testing would out-resolve most film camera era lenses. It may not be conclusive but it would give a pretty fair idea of a lens's capabilities in most cases.

(I don't work for dpreview, though sometimes I wish I did).

Link | Posted on Dec 28, 2015 at 14:26 UTC
On article Adapted Lens Talk: Readers' Showcase and new forum! (196 comments in total)

I'm a long time lens adapter, to Canon EF, M4/3 and now Sony FE (A7RII). I have a pretty large pile of lens adapters.

The Sony A7RII has taken this to a new level as it has great AF performance with Canon EF lenses. It doesn't matter that I don't have the money to replace my prized Canon EF lenses with the native Sony versions, some of them, especially fast ones, don't exist in the Sony FE mount. For architecture I HAVE to adapt my Canon TS-E lenses.

I don't just have the Metabones Smart adapter for E-mount, I also bought the Speed Booster, so I can use my lenses on the (extremely useful) 18MP cropped portion of the A7RII's high resolution sensor. This in effect means each full frame lens has two focal lengths, without cropping, making for a quicker, less data intensive workflow, when it suits.

I think that in this stage of Sony's lens range evolution, adapters, especially smart ones, are almost a necessity for a versatile professional system.

Link | Posted on Dec 28, 2015 at 14:12 UTC as 25th comment | 6 replies
On article Adapted Lens Talk: Readers' Showcase and new forum! (196 comments in total)
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Photoman: Can this be a forum were we can all live in peace and harmony and enjoy our lenses...lets hope :) I love my Canon, Takumar, Contax G, Leica M, Minolta MD, Nikon F lenses on my Sony bodies. One lens doesn't troll the other lens, they just do their job.

To Don Diafragma:

Addictive, isn't it! You just visited this one.

Link | Posted on Dec 28, 2015 at 13:42 UTC

The app itself looks useful, if you have time to set up shots like this but, buying these apps from the childishly named "PlayMemories" store can be a real PITA.

I bought the time-lapse app for my A7RII. It left a ridiculous paper trail on my credit card statement and I got a string of emails from "Sony Playstation Network" about "adding funds to my wallet". In fact, the first I knew about it was when I found my bank had cancelled my credit card because of suspected fraudulent activity. It took a 10 minute phone call to the bank before the operator and I worked out what/who (Sony) caused this weird mess on my transaction history, all over a US$10 app. I am in Australia so there were currency exchange fees involved, to complicate it further.

Too hard!

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2015 at 21:48 UTC as 47th comment | 3 replies
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David2553: What's the point of complaining about RII with 42Mp. If you like 24 MP go for A7II, 12 MP go for A7sII. I think Sony's point is pretty obvious

I bought an A7RII, knowing that 42Mp was twice the resolution I needed for my workflow. The point was that it could use my armoury of Canon L series lenses. At the time the A7II could not do this with good AF, and fast native Sony lenses were (still are) not widely available. I really like my A7RII but, until all of its strengths are available in a body with half the resolution, I can't move to Sony for a workhorse camera. This firmware update has spiked my interest in the A7II. The A7SII is not the answer either, (doesn't have the A7RIIs Canon compatibility and its resolution is too low for some still work). Bring on the A7III !

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2015 at 13:18 UTC

I don't think C1 is quite there yet, in terms of versatility, but I can't wait for any of the "alternative" image editing applications to come of age and knock adobe (lower case intentional ; ) off its ivory tower. I hope it never gets back up when that happens. It would be one less controlling annoyance in a photographer's life.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2015 at 13:37 UTC as 12th comment | 9 replies
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dcolak: Where's Sony e-mount?

There are no third party E-mount lenses from the big companies (Sigma, Tamron, Tokina), only the Sony related company, Zeiss and a few boutique MF options like the Voigtlander lenses that have just been announced. Obviously Sony is controlling this, as there are plenty of Sony A-mount lenses from companies Sigma. It will be great if/when the E-mount becomes widely available.

I have the 50mm and 35mm ART lenses in Canon mount and they are amazing on my A7RII via a Metabones IV adapter.

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2015 at 23:35 UTC
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