keeponkeepingon

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On article Canon EF 35mm F2 IS USM gallery (141 comments in total)
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EDWARD ARTISTE: Wow, this lens is finally getting shine on here.

I purchased mine a year ago from canon refurb, after renting it a few times. It was yet another piece of broken equipment i've gotten from them, and immediately had to go back to the shop. It went back twice actually, and is now a suitably usable lens. 100% honestly, my 50 1.4 - yeah, canons hated lens (psssh) - demonstrably outclasses the image quality of this 35mm.

What i dont like about these articles regarding this lens, and possibly others, are the negatives that get passed over. And this lens has a few.

1- Ghosting- it can be serious or mild, especially up close, but let me tell you it sucks, sucks, SUCKS. It really destroys an image because it is such an odd visual artifact and it's unfixable.

2- Not as sharp as reviewers claim Hell, just check the charts at TDP (i check all lenses against it, and its always correct) and you can see that wide open it's mildly sharp in the center. Not the worst, but definitely not the best.

Which EF-M are you comparing it to? The 28 or the 22?

Thanks!

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2017 at 05:49 UTC
On article Canon EF 35mm F2 IS USM gallery (141 comments in total)
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mario loconte: Despite the weight, the bokeh and the tridimensionality of the sigma art 35mm is far better from this lens.

I really wish dpreview, if they are going to spend this much time on a lens would throw in a few 3rd party competitors as a comparison....

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2017 at 05:47 UTC
On article Canon EOS Rebel SL2 sample gallery (229 comments in total)
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ZnajomyZnajomego: In my opinion too expensive..

Which dual pixel AF camera is cheaper?

Thanks!

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2017 at 17:32 UTC
On article Canon EOS Rebel SL2 sample gallery (229 comments in total)

Thanks!!!!!!

While some folks have belittled your artistic effort (whatever, rolls eyes), I like the mix of photos you've taken especially the backlit ones of the tattooed girl. THose are the sort of shots that traditionally would be an "instant fail" for many cameras.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2017 at 16:31 UTC as 51st comment
On article Panasonic Leica DG 15mm F1.7 shooting experience (405 comments in total)
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keeponkeepingon: Thanks!

As a an APS-C canon/sony shooter this is fairly interesting as both platforms are hurting for nice primes at this focal length (30mm FF equiv). Sony has their totally meh 20mm pancake (closer in price to this than it should be) or a little wider the sigma 19mm (not that great and looses a lot of the AF points on the A6000) and canon has their too expensive for a slow lens 20mm F2.8 and nice but not as wide 22mm EF-M F2 (35 versus 30mm equiv). (am I missing anything?)

I have a FX85 on order from amazon when it dipped to $299 a day or so ago, if the order does not get canceled this lens would be a top contender as a "walk around". Who knows maybe I'll fall in love with M43 and dump everthing else.

Thanks again!

Yeah sorry GX85!

" I can't believe GX85 dipped to $299"

New not refurbished with the kit lens:

https://slickdeals.net/f/10382188-panasonic-lumix-gx85-4k-mirrorless-camera-w-12-32mm-lens-298-free-s-h

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2017 at 14:52 UTC
On article Panasonic Leica DG 15mm F1.7 shooting experience (405 comments in total)

Thanks!

As a an APS-C canon/sony shooter this is fairly interesting as both platforms are hurting for nice primes at this focal length (30mm FF equiv). Sony has their totally meh 20mm pancake (closer in price to this than it should be) or a little wider the sigma 19mm (not that great and looses a lot of the AF points on the A6000) and canon has their too expensive for a slow lens 20mm F2.8 and nice but not as wide 22mm EF-M F2 (35 versus 30mm equiv). (am I missing anything?)

I have a FX85 on order from amazon when it dipped to $299 a day or so ago, if the order does not get canceled this lens would be a top contender as a "walk around". Who knows maybe I'll fall in love with M43 and dump everthing else.

Thanks again!

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2017 at 10:05 UTC as 19th comment | 5 replies

So I look a the images at 0 EV 100 ISO and I notice that the 6DII has the sharpest, best looking rendering of the D750/80D/6D both in the center but especially in the corners.

My first thought isn't. Wow the 6DII is rocking the studio sample it's " wow Another useless dpreview apples and oranges comparison."

I'll voice dpreviews/fanboys reply for them: "Say what? It's a CONTROLLED studio test you idiot!!!!"

Here's the thing, in case anyone else has failed to point out the the dpreview studio test has no clothes:

D750 lens: 50mm F1.4 (T stop F1.4)
80D lens: 50mm F1.4 (T Stop F1.6)
6DII lens: 85mm F1.8 (T Stop F2.1)

Gosh even on the same platform you can't use the same lens? And even with the same size sensor you can't use the focal length?

At least for the 6D/6DII the comparison the lens is the same but the lighting looks a bit different and for some reason the 6DII "info" mentions mirror lockup while the "info" on the 6D does not (was mirror lock up used for the 6D?).

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 06:56 UTC as 127th comment | 8 replies
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keeponkeepingon: Touching on the various points (can't believe you have a mac versus pc article):

"Money – The spec-ed out Dell cost $1,000 less than an equivalent MacBook Pro"

There is nothing "equivalent" about the dell. Apples and oranges. It's like saying a corvette is the same as a Chevy because they both get you where you are going.

"Ports" – Valid point. What was apple smoking? I'd prefer a last gen macbook just based on the port issue.

Ability to Upgrade – Who cares. Buy what you need and be done with it. I've had a zillion laptops and never bothered to upgrade a single one. Plus I suspect what Manny really is say is "ability to not pay apples outrageous prices for SSDs and Memory".

"Touchscreen – This one is very subjective. " exactly. You obviously like staring at fingerprints. I don't.

"Nvidia GTX 1050 GPU – " non issue for photo editing. I'd actually just prefer the intel integrated drivers. Best support and no driver issues with as good or better performance.

"faulty drivers from time to time"

I've used ATI/Nvidia and Intel systems and the later have way way way less issues.

"Google for it"
I rarely google as they "bubble" you but here's 3 searches. For ATI and NVIDIA the top hit is about resolving graphic card/driver issues with LR. For intel the top hit is about the nic plugin (not lr) and the rest are about how well intel works with lightroom.

https://duckduckgo.com/?q=ati+graphics+driver+lightroom&ia=web
Top hit: "Issues with Lightroom CC/Lightroom 6 and certain AMD driver"

https://duckduckgo.com/?q=nvidia+graphics+driver+lightroom
Top hit: "Troubleshoot Photoshop graphics processor (GPU) "

https://duckduckgo.com/?q=intel+graphics+driver+lightroom
Top hit: Problem with nic plugin the rest are about how well it works

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 06:13 UTC
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sunnycal: Can someone remind Adobe Lightroom team that this is 2017 now. We have been paying monthly subscription for the privilege of using a two+ year old product!

Is that why subscription model was put in place?

"How many software applications do you know that undergo yearly major updates?"

Photoshop elements. Gosh it's like on version 80 by now. Sorry that was an exageration but it's still a new versions every year (Version one was released in 2001), 2016 version is version 15.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2017 at 10:22 UTC
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sunnycal: Can someone remind Adobe Lightroom team that this is 2017 now. We have been paying monthly subscription for the privilege of using a two+ year old product!

Is that why subscription model was put in place?

While I like the little updates, they've all been fairly minor. I too would like to see a major update......

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2017 at 18:39 UTC
On article Should I buy a Canon EOS 6D Mark II? (447 comments in total)
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neatpicture: This camera would have had its place if it had good 4K and the missing video features. But no, Canon needs to leave you always with a tease. The camera will still sell so sorry guys. Need to suck it up as usual with one step too short (dejavu? M5, 5DIV....)

"This camera would have had its place"

It will be a top selling full frame camera because canon and because a lot of photographers don't care about movies.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2017 at 17:20 UTC
On article Should I buy a Canon EOS 6D Mark II? (447 comments in total)
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beppe_it: i have a 6d and i am going to substitute it with the mk2 because:
- articulated screen
- dual pixel

I love my 6d because of:
- integrted gps (if you love travel fotography you understand how much is useful only if you have it)
- high iso quality (just put iso auto with max iso 3200 and forget it)

personally I do not care of 4k, i have few good canon lenses, but 80% of the time I use 24-104 L f/4.
I am very attracted by Sony cameras, but none of them (except A9) has articulated screen, which I miss a lot since old time oint and shoot. Using your phone for aiming and shooting because you miss the articulated screen is "silly" (personal idea).
I am waiting it arrives in italian shops at the beginning of august for "swapping" it with mine...

"(if you love travel fotography you understand how much is useful only if you have it)"

I love travel but just snap a picture with my iphone along with my "real" cameras if there is something I care about. I have a backup in case the real camera totally misses the shot (like when I jacked the exposure up for something the night before and forgot to reset it in the morning) and I have the gps location from the iphone.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2017 at 17:19 UTC
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3dit0r: I actually own a top specced MacBook Pro and an 'equally' specced (or is it?) Dell laptop.

Each to his or her own, but I won't bother to own a Windows machine again. On paper they might be equivalent, but in practice the Mac is a dream machine which just works, and works very fast, day-in, day-out. The Dell spends most of its time being... 'maintained' I think would be the most polite term for it.

Let's see what Manny thinks in a few months time when Dell never bother to resolve issues with the graphics card driver for that lovely graphics card, it's registry is full of crap, and it's got four antivirus/malware/godknowswhat bogging it down.

Maybe he'd feel differently if he had to buy and maintain MS Office instead of getting Pages, etc., for free, with seamless iCloud integration and robust real-time online collaboration. Oh and when he has to pay for the next Windows OS.

Nothing equivalent at all in my book.

"On paper they might be equivalent"

Exactly. There is nothing the same about them in actual use.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2017 at 17:15 UTC
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keeponkeepingon: Touching on the various points (can't believe you have a mac versus pc article):

"Money – The spec-ed out Dell cost $1,000 less than an equivalent MacBook Pro"

There is nothing "equivalent" about the dell. Apples and oranges. It's like saying a corvette is the same as a Chevy because they both get you where you are going.

"Ports" – Valid point. What was apple smoking? I'd prefer a last gen macbook just based on the port issue.

Ability to Upgrade – Who cares. Buy what you need and be done with it. I've had a zillion laptops and never bothered to upgrade a single one. Plus I suspect what Manny really is say is "ability to not pay apples outrageous prices for SSDs and Memory".

"Touchscreen – This one is very subjective. " exactly. You obviously like staring at fingerprints. I don't.

"Nvidia GTX 1050 GPU – " non issue for photo editing. I'd actually just prefer the intel integrated drivers. Best support and no driver issues with as good or better performance.

"a 5 year old using a touch screen whilst eating dinner bare handed"

Yeah because adults never eat while using a computer. But really I assure you even without eating there are oils on your finger that get left on your screen. If only there was a name for prints left by fingers........

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2017 at 17:10 UTC

Also touching on a few other issues:

Reliability: Macs are know for just dying. I mean dead dead. Google it. We did when our mac book died after 18 months. Lovely. Before it died we had a lot of track pad issues. Oh yeah, that's a "thing" lots of folks have problems with their track pad. Never had either issue with Windows based laptops.

Usability: Hook an HDMI monitor up to your mac and try to control the volume from the macbook. You can't. It's Apple trying to be pure versus satisfying 99% of their customers who would like a working mute button/volume control when using a monitor their $2000 mac book.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2017 at 07:46 UTC as 53rd comment | 3 replies

Touching on the various points (can't believe you have a mac versus pc article):

"Money – The spec-ed out Dell cost $1,000 less than an equivalent MacBook Pro"

There is nothing "equivalent" about the dell. Apples and oranges. It's like saying a corvette is the same as a Chevy because they both get you where you are going.

"Ports" – Valid point. What was apple smoking? I'd prefer a last gen macbook just based on the port issue.

Ability to Upgrade – Who cares. Buy what you need and be done with it. I've had a zillion laptops and never bothered to upgrade a single one. Plus I suspect what Manny really is say is "ability to not pay apples outrageous prices for SSDs and Memory".

"Touchscreen – This one is very subjective. " exactly. You obviously like staring at fingerprints. I don't.

"Nvidia GTX 1050 GPU – " non issue for photo editing. I'd actually just prefer the intel integrated drivers. Best support and no driver issues with as good or better performance.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2017 at 07:42 UTC as 54th comment | 6 replies

Perhaps you could touch on video as this photography groups seems obsessed with it?

What are you using as a free replacement for iMovie on your PC?

Thanks!

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2017 at 07:34 UTC as 55th comment
On article Google introduces Backup and Sync for Photos and Drive (47 comments in total)
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keeponkeepingon: Has anyone had a chance to check out how this increases the performance of uploads?

One easy way to improve uploading is to increase the number of threads uploading but that can easily nuke my terrible upload connection.

No this isn't true. Just last year or the year before I had to kill apple uploading from my computer because it was creating a ton of streams nuking my connection.

This has nothing to do with bandwidth caps imposed by ISP and everything to do with latency affecting the transfer of data of a TCPIP stream.

Quick explanation from google:

"With all that said, there is an indirect relationship between transfer speed and latency. For example, a packet takes time to travel from a server to the client, and there is a limited number of packets that can be sent (in a TCP/IP data transfer) before the server stops and awaits acknowledgement for already received packets in order to continue, so excessive latency can have a negative effect on transfer speed, especially with untweaked PCs on a broadband Internet connection."

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2017 at 06:15 UTC
On article Google introduces Backup and Sync for Photos and Drive (47 comments in total)

Has anyone had a chance to check out how this increases the performance of uploads?

One easy way to improve uploading is to increase the number of threads uploading but that can easily nuke my terrible upload connection.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2017 at 08:32 UTC as 2nd comment | 2 replies
On article Google introduces Backup and Sync for Photos and Drive (47 comments in total)

One "gotcha" for me with google photos is their spotty support for RAW files.

Ideally I'd like to just point the service at my photos directory and "set it and forget it" but unfortunately a large number of my RAW files are unsupported.

While this might be expected for old niche formats such as Pentax's .pef raws (serves me right for using pentax!) or my panasonic point and shoot camera it was a total surprise to find that my Sony NEX-3n (at one time one of the hottest selling consumer mirror-less cameras) is unsupported while every other RAW writing sony device released before and after the NEX-3n is supported. Now I have a partial backup of everything but my pentax/3n/panny pictures.

from google's list of supported RAW formats:
Sony
A7, A7R, A7S, A7 Mark II, A55, A58, A65, A77, A77 Mark II, A99, A700, A3000, A5000, A5100, A6000, QX1, NEX-5, NEX-5N, NEX-5R, NEX-6, NEX-7, NEX-C3, NEX-F3, RX1, RX1R, RX10, RX10 Mark II, RX100, RX100 Mark II, RX100 Mark III, RX100 Mark IV

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2017 at 07:40 UTC as 3rd comment
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