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Fujifilm X-T2
Fujinon X-T10
Fujinon XC 16-50
Nikon V2
Nikkor 10-100mm lens
Nikon 70-300mm AF-P DX


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The statement that all mirrorless cameras are insensitive to IR light is just wrong. A Fujifilm X-T2 equipped with a R-72 filter is capable of taking infra red photos. If the sensor was insensitive to IR light an image could not be captured with a R-72 filter in place.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2018 at 00:45 UTC as 105th comment | 2 replies
In reply to: I remember very well how good (by those days) was Sony F717 Laser grid for autofocus. That camera did not have a mirror, it focused with contrast detect autofocus. Still, it could focus in total darknes..
Bring back the lasers!

For safety's sake the laser assist lights were banned years ago. I still have a Sony V1 in a drawer somewhere and yes it can focus in total darkness with the red assist laser light and yes it is mirrorless.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2018 at 00:35 UTC

The law should extend to private citizens as well. Drone fliers are nothing more than voyeurs and peeping-toms with high tech tools. Any drone that comes over my property is going to be skeet practice! 😉

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2018 at 21:20 UTC as 38th comment | 10 replies
On article Panasonic S1 and S1R: What we know so far (894 comments in total)

Depth-from-Defocus will be a deal-killer for many. M43 users think DFD is cool because they are accustomed to the hobbled CDAF, but it’s inferior to PDAF and will become increasing so in the future. Too bad Panasonic shot itself in the foot right from the start. Well at least we now know Panasonic FF is no threat to Canon, Nikon, or Sony FF.

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2018 at 16:12 UTC as 94th comment | 8 replies
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caulixtla: The laws of optical physics says this isn’t going to be a pancake lens like their 12-32 (24-64 35mm equivalent) 3.5-5.6 lens. It’s going to be a big heavy lens, probably bigger than their 14-140 (28-280 equiv.) 3.5-5.6 superzoom.

That said, this is a really great lens for people who shoot on the wide side or want variable focal length in a very fast lens.

It’s only a fast lens to m43 users. In the FF world it is a slow f3.5-5.6 lens which would have less CA and cost less. Yet another reason m43 has no long term future.

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2018 at 15:54 UTC

Big, heavy and expensive. Chasing a larger format aperture equivalent is a fools errand, and yet another reason to move up to APS-C!

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2018 at 15:47 UTC as 33rd comment | 9 replies
On article Fujifilm XF 14mm F2.8 R review (9 comments in total)
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Indulis Bernsteins: If there is one thing that anmnoys me with Fujifilm lenses it is the sloppy aperture clicks, which make it too easy to bump out of your setting. It would be an easy thing to fix, but each new lens has the same problem.

The X-T2 has a feature that can lock the control of your choice, including the aperture. I have one of the camera buttons assigned to this function so I can lock and unlock the aperture without menu diving.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2018 at 08:54 UTC
On article Finalists in Taylor Wessing portrait prize announced (93 comments in total)

I liked the first image, but it would have been better cropped differently with the subject to the right and the background to the left. In that way the subject has somewhere to place his gaze. The rest of the images are quite pedestrian though which don’t show any composition skills. It’s hard to see how these images could win anyone an award, but we live in strange times where merit often takes a back seat to other considerations, so no telling what the outcome will be.

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2018 at 21:28 UTC as 45th comment
On article Fujifilm X-T3 Review (2468 comments in total)
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focalphotography: Is this based on the Samsung NX1 sensor ?

Rather than the typical Sony sensors Fuji use ?

It is reportedly a Sony sensor.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2018 at 02:38 UTC
On article Panasonic DC-LX100 II First Impressions Review (718 comments in total)

A nice fixed lens camera worthy of consideration if it were priced reasonably at around $500. At this price point Panasonic must think they are Sony! 😏

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2018 at 01:02 UTC as 67th comment | 4 replies
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UllerellU: I bought a Samyang 12mm f2.0 for my A6000. The corners were really horrible, for astrography there was no problem, but for landscape a disaster, even closing, in addition the diffraction started very soon. The marks of the distances were not pecise (really iimportant in a manual lens), and they were limited. A shame. These lens are not cheap, I mean here in Europe was around € 340. without OS, without AF, without electrical contacts, without weather sealing , plastic construction .... They have saved on everything. I do not mean that I will never again look at a Samyang lens (I would have stayed if it were not for those corners ...) and there are focal points (as in this case in my system) in which there is no alternative (Zeiss 12mm 2.8 € 1,000 and it's much slower), but let no one be wrong of what they are.

You must have gotten a bad copy. My Samyang 12mm f2.0 has acceptable sharpness at the edges on my Fujifilm X-T10 and X-T2 when stopped down to f2.8. and is always very sharp in a large portion of the center area. You can see some examples in my gallery that I shot at a dinosaur exhibit which are camera JPEGs with no cropping or PP.

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2018 at 21:34 UTC
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SimenO1: Is there any indication that this is a GOOD lens?

- Any special glass?
- Special coatings?
- Number of lenses and groups
- Number of aperture blades - strait or rounded?

According to Samyang:
The Samyang MF 85mm F1.8 ED UMC CS is designed with 9 lens elements in 7 groups and it delivers high resolution from the centre to the corners of the image. A high-refractive and an extra-low dispersion element, along with Ultra Multi-Coating (UMC) help minimise chromatic aberrations and deliver clear, vibrant images.

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2018 at 21:23 UTC

I like that Samsung is now making lenses specifically designed for APS-C mirrorless cameras rather than just putting a mirrorless mount on a huge lens designed for a DSLR (which they had been doing). The 85mm F1.8 ED UMC CS weighs in at just over 300g and measures 8cm long which means it is small and light and should handle nicely on my Fujifilm cameras. I have the Samyang 12mm F2.0 NCS CS lens designed for APS-C that is so sharp in the center area that LensTip scores it higher than the Zeiss Touit 12mm 2.8! Not bad for a tiny sub $300 lens. I hope this new 85mm F1.8 lens delivers similar sharpness as their 12 mm f/2.0 as well.

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2018 at 21:18 UTC as 18th comment | 1 reply
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stevevelvia50: I don’t get the short zoom trend, seriously? A 28-70 from tamron? The only really noteworthy zoom in the mirrorless arena with optical chops is the Olympus 12-100 f4 Pro, with dual image stabilization, outstanding sharpness at every focal length, every aperature and every focusing distance! If you can live with micro four thirds and 20 mp, occasional high res landscape shooting, which I’m more than pleased with, then there is no better lens. Nikon should have at least opted to put their very best engineering attempts into an updated 24-120 f4 with similar specs to the Olympus, a very difficult thing to achieve, now that would have been a serious step in the right direction. 24-70? Way to short!

Short zoom ranges have always been typical with FF cameras. It keeps IQ up and size and weight down. Some of Nikon’s worst FF lenses are in the longer zoom ranges. Example in point is the Nikkor 24-120mm f4 that is so soft above 50mm at f4 that is essentially unusable. Stopping down to f5.6 improves things greatly, but the the question then becomes is whether this is really a constant f4.0 lens or not?

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2018 at 19:11 UTC
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DigitalWalnut: Is lack of third party lens support on the FTZ adapter confirmed? If so, does that just mean the lenses will have to run off of a generic firmware profile or is Nikon intentionally breaking compatibility with them?

Only Nikon knows the answer to that question and based on past behavior they are unlikely to address that issue. Also based on my experience using the FT-1 adapter with the Nikon One mirrorless system I am convinced that Nikon could disable third party adapted lenses with the FTZ adapter if they so chose and may have even developed a way to stop reverse engineering of their Z mounts with hardware. I know at least one of the firmware updates for the FT-1 adapter disabled AF in some third party lenses, which means buying third party for use on the Z cameras could be very high risk even if AF works initially. Third party lenses are great for consumers, but they have no doubt cost Nikon millions in profits over the years. Somehow I think Nikon has realized that fact and just might want to do something to change it if they can.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2018 at 19:02 UTC

Nikon is doing what they need to do to stay profitable. The first Z cameras needed to be dumbed down a bit because in two years when Nikon replaces them with new cameras they need new buyers to have a reason to upgrade. Nikon does not want to sell the Z6 for $2000 and if Sony wasn’t competing directly with them at this price you can bet the Z6 and Z7 would be priced at least hundreds of dollars more. But by being forced by Sony to offer the Z6 at the bargain price of $2000 Nikon will find it difficult to make the high profit margins with mirrorless that they need to stay in business. So it makes good business sense for Nikon to keep their new Z mount proprietary to ensure sales of the new Nikon Z lenses and discourage third party competition, and I don’t think they should be criticized for doing so.
This situation may not make everyone happy, but if Nikon does not remain profitable the Nikon brand could easily end up on the growing scrap heap of now defunct camera companies.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2018 at 15:30 UTC as 219th comment | 3 replies
On article Shooting live music with the Panasonic Lumix GX9 (143 comments in total)

From how the photographer describes the GX9’s auto focus, my old Nikon V1 camera outperforms this GX9 with its superior PDAF even when using a smaller aperture lens.
I find it amazing how tolerant DPR reviewers are of the mediocre AF in the m43 cameras that still rely on CDAF like the old P&S cameras of yesteryear while others are incorporating on sensor PDAF in their mirrorless cameras with far better results. I can’t help but wonder if a DSLR only had CDAF would DPR rate it at even 50%? It’s way past time for DPR to start downgrading their rating of m43 cameras until they get PDAF in them. Come on DPR, this is 2018, not 1998!

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2018 at 22:29 UTC as 29th comment | 11 replies
On article Nikon teases mirrorless with video and microsite (1283 comments in total)
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The Fat Fish: I wish Canon would give us a similar hint as to their future mirrorless camera. Will it be a competitor to the A7III/A7RIII specs and price or will they release another outdated, underspec'd and overpriced camera?

Canon has more class than to look desperate for attention.

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2018 at 21:23 UTC
On article Nikon teases mirrorless with video and microsite (1283 comments in total)

Dear Nikon,
Please don’t do any more of these pathetic teasers that are reminiscent of your, (now dead) “Key Mission” teasers. Just bring your mirrorless camera (late) to the game, or go home already.

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2018 at 21:20 UTC as 188th comment | 2 replies
On article Sony Cyber-shot DSC RX100 VI review (510 comments in total)

I love the concept of these 1” sensor compacts. It’s almost like having a mini DSLR in your pocket, but that is the rub. Such a small camera will likely find itself in a lint filled and perhaps even dirty pocket instead of a clean dedicated camera bag resulting in a dirty sensor. And then what? You can’t clean the sensor yourself and how much expense and downtime would be involved in sending the camera in for repair. These fixed lens compacts should all have extensive environmental sealing and be clearly stated as such, especially so at these high prices. Until they get the sealing I will have to pass on these otherwise excellent pocketable cameras. Are you listening Sony?

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2018 at 21:01 UTC as 28th comment | 15 replies
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