AlephNull

Lives in Australia Melbourne/Victoria, Australia
Joined on Dec 15, 2007

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On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2020 (419 comments in total)
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Stefano Rugolo: Oh my... where is Sony?

Sony had a bunch of releases last year, but not a heap this year.

For camera bodies, it's just the A7C and A7S III this year, both of which received fairly underwhelming response (although the A7S III was recognised). Last year it was A9 II, and the brilliant A7R IV - that's a big difference.

For lenses, it's the low-end 28-60mm, the 12-24mm GM, and the 20mm G (which did get recognised). Last year it was the 600 f/4, the popular 200-600mm, and the awe-inspiring 135mm, and others.

Fairly easy to see why Sony didn't sweep the board.

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2020 at 07:10 UTC
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2020 (419 comments in total)

On the Sony 20mm G - it's also surprisingly small for what it is. Makes it comfortable as a walk-around lens.

Link | Posted on Nov 26, 2020 at 20:50 UTC as 20th comment | 4 replies
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astirusty: Thanks, Roger for great follow up to Part 1.

Question: Ever thought about starting a lens testing business for professionals or pro consumers?

And @rcicala is too smart to suggest that Aaron start such a business :-)

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2020 at 01:44 UTC
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HJVN: Well thank you for destroying my assumption and preconceived Idea, that when I buy an expensive lens, I buy optical quality. You are telling me; it is all down to chance!?
How dare you? 😄

I think it’s more a case of the expensive lens, when in-spec, will be reliably good. The less expensive one has a much greater range of in-spec behaviour.

Yes, I know you were being sarcastic, but I felt it deserved a real answer.

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2020 at 01:40 UTC
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dp3 quattro Guam: Buy Sigma Dp 2 Quattro for same body style at 1/6 off the price, like Zeiss glass but not at 6k

Do you mean 1/6 off the price, which be around 5k, or 1/6 of the price, which would be 1k?

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2020 at 03:58 UTC
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Henry Richardson: I have an Android powered camera that I pretty much carry around with me everywhere for the last few years. I only occasionally take a snap with it though.

What’s the point of carrying it if you don’t use it? Might as well use your phone instead...

Oh. :)

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2020 at 03:50 UTC
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Handoko Luo: Hi Roger ! I created DPR account just to comment here. I remember enjoying your technical LR blog post from midnight until morning during 2010-2011, it was so immensely extensive and awesome, so I personally want to say thank you so much for all dedication and contribution you gave to all ! *handshake

Then I myself founded a rental company too in 2012, and totally can relate when you said in 'Roger Gets a New Job' blog post (2012): "The bigger the business got, the less time I spent with the equipment I loved and the more time I spent being a businessman." Is that why you sold your majority of company share? and how would you feel when (if any case) the company started to deviate differently from what you have envisioned in the beginning? Are you still feeling the personal attachment / wish to LR or now is it like a parent seeing his kids growing to whatever they may be..

No! No one likes doing accounting. They just find that there's very little competition for jobs in accounting, I'm sure. That or they have realised that lots of us are happy to pay someone else to do it.

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2020 at 12:15 UTC
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BigBen08: That lens testing equipment looks very expensive.
Thanks for all the great articles, Roger.

I was delighted with the comment at the end of the flange distance article, where you mention having to buy a second $100k machine because the first one was being monopolised by one team.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2020 at 03:25 UTC
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Lees Channel: I hope that somehow or another this leads to Roger testing more mirrorless lenses. All of the new mirrorless manufacturers have come out with tremendous ~50mm lenses recently, I would love to see "The Great ~50mm Showdown!" featuring Canon 50mm 1.2, Panny 50mm 1.4, Nikon 50mm 1.8, 1.4, and the Noct,

And the lovely Voigtlander 50mm f/2...

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2020 at 03:19 UTC

Welcome, Roger!

I hope you won’t stop blogging for LR - I very much enjoy your “we took this apart and this is what we found (and don’t do this)” posts.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2020 at 03:07 UTC as 28th comment | 1 reply

How do they compare with the Sony Tough cards, apart from being a lot slower?

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2020 at 08:48 UTC as 4th comment
On article Nikon Z6 II initial review (559 comments in total)
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mzx: Should be called z6+

also an appeal to Sony and Nikon: could you please start use normal names instead of this 6 II / a7 III. just put the word "mark" there, you know, noboby gonna die. or at least the letter "m" would be good

Z6M2 / A7M3 looks much nicer than 6 II / a7 III

modern cameras are nice but their names are ridiculous sometimes

On the A7R Mark 3 it says A7R on the front, A7R III in little characters on the back left shoulder, and 7RM3 on the bottom - all different :-)

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2020 at 08:39 UTC
On article Opinion: Camera names are getting ridiculous (712 comments in total)
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vratnik: Tamron lenses beat them all to it.
Tamron SP AF 28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical [IF] MACRO for Canon EF

Except that it contains all the key information (separated by lovely decorations and punctuation)

Focal length range, max aperture, fact that it’s a macro, and mount - all that is useful, and readily distinguished from the decoration.

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2020 at 07:35 UTC
On article Opinion: Camera names are getting ridiculous (712 comments in total)
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Er20west: The very worst offender is Canon because all its DSLRS had to have the moniker EOS and "D" in them. Like we needed to be reminded that the cameras had electro-optical systems for 25 years (what else would they be?), and that the cameras were digital.

I am pretty comfortable in assuming that every SLR Canon makes now is digital, so no need to put that in the name - that's like keeping an "i" in car models to denote they are fuel injected. I don't see too many new cars that still have carburetors. Luckily now Canon is using R for their mirrorless full frame cameras.

It was especially bad when Canon had the 60D and, not to be outdone, Nikon had the D60!

Actually, Canon had a D60 way back in the early days of digital.

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2020 at 07:29 UTC
On article Opinion: Camera names are getting ridiculous (712 comments in total)

Canon did start earlier with the 1 series, as you admit. Surely the 1Ds Mark II coexisting with the 1D Mark II N deserved a mention?

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2020 at 23:39 UTC as 162nd comment
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Tom 13: I know nothing much about video. So this is not a snide question but... If the camera were to shot 8K would the 8.85 MP sensor be able to output high quality stills from video frames?

Using video frames as stills isn't a great idea. If the shutter is fast enough for clear stills, the video looks staccato. If the shutter is slow enough for good video, the still frames look blurred. Pick one or the other.

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2020 at 10:35 UTC
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SDKat: Well, CLEARLY, if it ain't 8K, it's SQUAT. Plus, air vents mean NO weather sealing (I've heard). And WHO has time for all those buttons, fed cripes sake!

Did you bother reading the words, or did you just leap in to make your comment after looking at the pictures?

The words say:

"The cooling system is outside the sealed part of the camera to prevent dust or moisture from reaching the electronics."

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2020 at 10:29 UTC
On article Hands-on with the new Sony a7C (289 comments in total)

Well, the mediocre EVF is the killer for me.

I like the idea of the EVF at top left so I don't leave nose prints on the screen.

I don't use video. I rarely use more than one card. I can live with a top shutter speed of 1/4000.

But 0.59 magnification on the EVF? That's a big no, exacerbated by the fairly low EVF resolution.

Guess I have to wait for the A7C II. Fortunately that's made less painful by the release price of this camera - much easier to choose not to buy it when it's expensive

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2020 at 11:36 UTC as 15th comment | 1 reply
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AlephNull: What a shame:

"‘the ability for professional photographers to print on a range of photo paper surfaces and finishes up to 0.6mm thickness in addition to producing panorama size prints and gallery wrap support functions.’"

I'm not a professional photographer, so I won't be able to print on a range of photo paper surfaces. I guess I'll only be able to use one kind of paper :(

I guess not <sob!>

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2020 at 02:57 UTC

What a shame:

"‘the ability for professional photographers to print on a range of photo paper surfaces and finishes up to 0.6mm thickness in addition to producing panorama size prints and gallery wrap support functions.’"

I'm not a professional photographer, so I won't be able to print on a range of photo paper surfaces. I guess I'll only be able to use one kind of paper :(

Link | Posted on Sep 6, 2020 at 08:17 UTC as 5th comment | 2 replies
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