Chez Wimpy

Chez Wimpy

Lives in Japan Rebun, Japan
Joined on Aug 16, 2004
About me:

I live on the northernmost island in Japan, photographing the national park for a historical museum and associated galleries.

Rebun Winter Book:
http://tinyurl.com/p57l6v9

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blackcoffee17: I am sure it's a great lens but that price is too high. The Nikon 300 F4 gives the same FOV and IQ (compensating with ISO for F4) on APS-C and it's half this lens price.

Or the 400/5.6L Canon on FF... for the same price as this lens, you could get an A7II + metabones converter for IBIS :p Last I looked though the Canon 200/2.8L is their cheapest L lens... $650 was it?

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2017 at 10:34 UTC
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cgarrard: Is it just me, or is it crazy that all these new lenses for mirrorless are just way too ...huge?

"That Batis 25 is just about the same length but much larger diameter... " In width x length, Sigma is 72.2mm × 92.3mm, Batis is 81mm x 78mm. Batis is wider while shorter, and lighter. The Sigma is (presumably) cheaper :p

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2017 at 02:51 UTC
On article Hands-on with new Canon L-series primes (294 comments in total)
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thebestusername: Nice lenses with criminal price tag.

These are actually medium format lenses with built in movements. The movements mean losing AF and weather sealing, but consider how much "real" medium format lenses with these specs do cost, and you see the Canon lenses are a bargain (and why they are adapted by many working professionals using MF cameras!). Heck, the real bargains are the 17 and 24 which offer FOV (again with movements on top!) in focal lengths that just aren't available for anything resembling a human level price point on larger format systems.

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2017 at 00:31 UTC
On article Hands-on with new Canon L-series primes (294 comments in total)
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Sdaniella: my Canon TSE24mm f/3.5L II has an Image Circle of 67.2mm (spec in Canon web)
which can readily cover compact medium format sensors

these 3 new TSE lens look like they also have very wide round rear openings, but Canon web specs do not make mention of this, so perhaps, their being longer focal lengths, they do not have as wide Image Circle as 67.2mm, but the more conventional FF image circle of only 43.3mm(?!)

it would help if those having direct access to ask Canon reps, to clarify what actual Image Circle dimensions are for these new TSE Lenses

The rear openings look very wide indeed. The reason for this is that the longer the focal length, the more the tilt needs to be exaggerated to effectively manage DOF placement. A single degree on the 17TSE is basically the equivalent of max tilt on the 90TSE. Why doesn't it go further? The mirrorbox is a big impediment to doing telephoto tilts on a DSLR (as opposed to a view camera) as it becomes harder and harder to avoid occluding the projected image. I can already get 16 degrees of tilt out of the original 90TSE using an adapter with an A7 series camera, and there is still no hard-vignette! I am sure these new lenses can push that much further (over 20 for certain).

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2017 at 00:23 UTC
On article Hands-on with new Canon L-series primes (294 comments in total)
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Distagon18: All very nice but I still can't quite get my head round the fact that Canon has managed to drop 3 new tilt-shifts without addressing the real need for someone - anyone - to deliver a good, sharp, 35/2.8 shift lens with modern coatings for architectural exteriors (for situations where the inherent character of wider 24mm lenses can be too dramatic).

The C/Y fit Zeiss PC-Distagon still changes hands for serious money, being the only game in town for the current crop 40+ megapixel bodies, but it could be better and is a bit flare prone due to it's ageing coatings.

The 24TSEII on an APS-C camera does the trick. Sharp at all apertures, but if you need more than 24MP you have to resort to the 1.4x and one of the higher resolution FF sensors.

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2017 at 00:10 UTC
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NZ Scott: Speaking as an M43 shooter, I think it's great that Olympus has introduced these lenses - the system is complete now and there are plenty of options for everyone.

Personally, I would rather switch to full frame than buy lenses that are this big, heavy and expensive.

The exception would be if I only needed ONE prime (eg, the 45/1.2 for portraits), in which case it wouldn't be worth investing in a FF body.

"Personally, I would rather switch to full frame than buy lenses that are this big, heavy and expensive."

Pledging oneself to a single system seems to be the source of much of the consternation. A mistaken sense of format obligation as opposed to playing the field to serve your own interests. It isn't as if owning a m43 body made me slavishly purchase every option Pan/Oly/Voigt are offering. I follow a simple path: play each system to its strengths, and look to others when it makes sense. To me m43 is served best by lenses like the 14/2.5, 20/1.7, 45/1.8, or with zooms like the 14-42II, 12-32, 45-175. Lenses that are small, cheap, and optically solid. Don't pay for, and don't carry, light gathering tools when they aren't being used. Deep DOF is quite easy without the weight of a FF 24-70/2.8 constantly around my neck, meanwhile an A7 + 28/2, 50/1.8, 85/1.8 does the subject isolation routine for primes on a budget, while keeping things portable.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2017 at 08:15 UTC
On article Sony announces lightweight FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens (297 comments in total)
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stanislaff: Half answer to Olympus' 12-100/4

m43 is 2x crop. At the same framing (zoomed into 100mm) the A7r2 would yield about 10MP.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2017 at 11:21 UTC
On article Sony announces lightweight FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens (297 comments in total)
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breschdlingsgsaelz: This and the A7RIII may finally make me switch to Sony - if it is better then my EF 24-105 F4 L IS USM (which should not be too difficult).
I am awaiting tests.

I haven't seen any full-size samples, but unlike the 28-70 and 24-70/4 this time around the MTF is actually decent. Been waiting a long time for this upgrade, but this lens could become my hiking workhorse on the A7II. Until then, amazingly, the original 2008 era Panasonic 14-45 kit lens on m43 is still my best corner to corner mirrorless landscaper!

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2017 at 11:14 UTC
On article Sony announces lightweight FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens (297 comments in total)
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Dante Birchen: They could have made it at least 200 grams lighter by making it F3.5-5.6

For landscape-on-the-go lenses I stick with f11~16 FF equiv (5.6~8 on m43), so to me a variable aperture compact zoom is hardly a problem. Indoors I have stuck to primes for moving targets since the days of unusable ISO1600.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2017 at 11:06 UTC
On article Sony announces lightweight FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens (297 comments in total)
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Wye Photography: I would love this lens but fall short of about £1000. Have been considering a Fotodiox EF to FE adapter and the Canon EF 24 - 105mm f/4 L on my A7. Any suggestions?

Well the MTF on this new lens smokes the 24-105L (either version), that combined with the size advantage (L+adapter) and AF advantage (native) makes me think the premium might be worth it.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2017 at 11:00 UTC
On article Shooting with a used DSLR kit that cost me just $80 (282 comments in total)
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arqomx: I was lucky that I started RAW editing with a 2014-ish cameras.. wonder what it would be like to work with older camera's RAW.. the article says limited dynamic range to work with, but just how far?

In my experience with Canon, more than insufficient DR, it was pattern noise that tripped me up, but that depends on the specific camera model. The 550D, 60D, and the 7D had the same 18MP pixel count, but channel readouts were different since burst speeds varied - and the 550D (which I still use for tripod landscapes with TSE lenses) actually had the least problems in that generation (adjusting exposure in post) because it didn't suffer from obvious banding. The 550D actually trounces my 5D2 which has annoying line-structure in the skies/shadows/ect that becomes obnoxious if you process them at all (pull, push, or increase contrast, clarity). I think I remember hearing the 6D doesn't have this issue, which should make it more landscape friendly. My 20D also had banding, where the sister 350D (both 8MP) did not.

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2017 at 06:41 UTC
On article Shooting with a used DSLR kit that cost me just $80 (282 comments in total)
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blink667: You'll generally get the argument on DPR that newer is better but I think shooting RAW pretty much negates that premise if you know how to take a proper exposure. And if you're more interested in the image rather than sterile IQ, almost any camera will do.

In this case "the proper exposure" is mostly up to the camera. Not that metering was unreliable on the post-300D rebels, but it could be tripped up so one had to tread carefully (as the reviewer himself admits). More than that, it was down to unreliable PDAF that hurt me the most - even at "hyperfocal" settings. Once the EM5 was released and m43's DR could compete I stopped using my 550D for walk-around landscapes completely. Getting 99.9%+ in focus without second guessing (or refocused backups / dropping to liveview) over heart-wrenching "almost" shots... and not to mention the 50/1.8's awful jerky AF motor, another obstacle leading to random misses. Nailing about 9 out of 10, and what that does to your mindset (no flow!), is a lousy way to work.

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2017 at 06:25 UTC
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Vlasty: The 90 and 135mm seem to be old school landscape photographers dream lenses.

For the last seven years the 90 TSE has been extremely important in my landscape photography... I just wonder how the new version stacks up (spec wise). The main problem shooting landscapes here is that greater tilts are necessary the longer the focal length, so it does limit the application (the 24TSE can do rather extreme work by comparison). The 45 I never bought because it optically wasn't there, but the 50TSE could be a significant tool in my arsenal.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2017 at 02:59 UTC
On article Sigma 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art Lens Review (275 comments in total)
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Ian: Stopped-down focusing (aka "focused at aperture" used here) can be done in LiveView on Canon bodies by holding down the depth of focus (DOF) button while turning the focus ring.

Standard operating procedure as far as my landscaping is concerned. Zoom to 100% in LV, move the focus box out to the edge, hold down DOF button, and manually focus. Move the focus box to where "infinity" is imaged, and make sure it is still in focus (enough). Adjust focus, repeat check on edge, ect.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2016 at 07:26 UTC
On article CP+ 2016: Hands-on with new Panasonic lenses and ZS100 (95 comments in total)
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SeeRoy: For those M43 shooters for whom the Olympus 12-50 kit lens isn't nearly expensive enough.

If this comes with typical Panasonic m43 zoom image quality... it should blow the 12-50 out of the water.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2016 at 00:33 UTC
On article Erez Marom: On the importance of naming images (107 comments in total)
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Tungsten Nordstein: 'How not to name your images', would have been more apt. I can't think of a better way of undermining a photograph than a bad title. The two worst techniques are literalism (often in the guise of something poetic-sounding) and bad jokes. I see both here. Untitled is far more effective.

For photo contests I have to give titles, and for museum exhibition I have no choice unless I want to go against the director. In mild defiance I stick to jokes/puns (in Japanese) and literal descriptions whenever creative anarchism fails me. I haven't gotten any negative reactions that I can remember, but a number of people think they are incredibly deep (being non-Japanese) though I try to reassure them the hard work was up to the dictionary.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2015 at 07:10 UTC
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p5freak: Its about time Sigma screws something up again. Another fail in a long list.

I suppose even their unprecedented win streak was bound to come to an end someday.

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2015 at 06:47 UTC
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Rooru S: On picture no. 12...are those old ladies rejecting a picture? If so, it's quite rude to publish this. (Or even taking it)...although this is a close call...you don't see their faces so there is no direct harm aside from the awkward moment of taking the picture without their permission (if permission was asked).

"No direct harm"?!?!

73% chance he managed to steal *at least* one of their souls.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2015 at 06:08 UTC

I had one of those ten years ago when CF prices made shooting RAW very difficult during a long session. Since the HD is only 40GB it gathers a lot of dust now. Interesting to see they are still around (never left?)

Link | Posted on Sep 6, 2014 at 06:42 UTC as 62nd comment
On article Canon confirms price drop on select EF lenses (139 comments in total)

I am sure they are doing it out of the kindness of their heart.

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2014 at 23:43 UTC as 46th comment | 4 replies
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