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TonyPM: These lenses are only cheap compared with the Zeis lenses. 1000$ lenses are not cheap for most mortals.

If you want a cheapo lens, put a 25mm 1.4(28mm 35mm or 50mm) CCTV lens(c mount) on a m4/3.
Quality not guaranteed! Well, not always.

Hardly a sensible reply.

A thousand dollar lens is not a Tesla Model S. I have owned several Canon L lenses that cost substantially more than a thousand dollars. Heck, even some of my Sigma Art lenses cost more than that. The upcoming 105mm f/1.4 Art is going to be quite a bit over $1000. I have no expectation of owning a Tesla :-)

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2018 at 09:26 UTC
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TonyPM: These lenses are only cheap compared with the Zeis lenses. 1000$ lenses are not cheap for most mortals.

If you want a cheapo lens, put a 25mm 1.4(28mm 35mm or 50mm) CCTV lens(c mount) on a m4/3.
Quality not guaranteed! Well, not always.

@TonyPM - I was talking about Teddoo's snarky comment.

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2018 at 08:52 UTC
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TonyPM: These lenses are only cheap compared with the Zeis lenses. 1000$ lenses are not cheap for most mortals.

If you want a cheapo lens, put a 25mm 1.4(28mm 35mm or 50mm) CCTV lens(c mount) on a m4/3.
Quality not guaranteed! Well, not always.

A cinema lens is typically priced $10k+. You can be as snarky as you like, you are simply showing how little you know about the subject.

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2018 at 08:38 UTC
On article Sigma unveils 105mm F1.4 Art 'bokeh master' (326 comments in total)
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multisystem: How is the AF in Sigma Art lenses? Just as good or still not as good as OEM?

I started using Sigma Art lenses with the 50mm Art on a Nikon D800e, then a D810. I switched to a Canon 5Ds, and the first lens I bought was the 50mm Art. I tried the 35mm Art (didn't like it, mostly because I don't really enjoy lenses shorter than 50mm), and bought the 85mm Art and 135mm Art as they came out. I'm enjoying the 85mm Art most especially,

I may well get the 105mm Art, too.

I owned a few Sigma lenses before the Global Vision arrived - the 8mm full-circle fisheye was fun, and the 100-300mm zoom was fun when it was all I could afford.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2018 at 08:52 UTC
On article Sigma unveils 105mm F1.4 Art 'bokeh master' (326 comments in total)
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just someone: When you need a tripod colar for a 105mm portrait lens, it's a sign that indeed it will be awesome but oh so useless!

@mgblack74 - might want to check your facts! The 200-500mm f/2.8 comes with its own tripod, not just a tripod collar. And a big battery, because the AF can't be powered by the camera's battery :-)

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2018 at 04:59 UTC
On article Sigma unveils 105mm F1.4 Art 'bokeh master' (326 comments in total)
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MikeTakesPictures: Reading these comments, I feel like a body builder. I already walk around with a 70-200 F/2.8L mounted on a 6D/5D and have to use it hand-held for hours at a time for the events I shoot.

And nobody is talking about while it weighs as much as a 70-200 f/2.8, this lens will give me TWO WHOLE STOPS more light into my sensor! Personally I cannot wait to try this lens and get the advantage faster shutter speeds and lower ISOs.

@BokehFanatic - I like the short tele lenses, too, and they haven't received a lot of attention. Canon's 135mm f/2 is a really old design (22 years, I think), and I never liked Nikon's 135mm. I admit, the Canon 135/2 is not a bad lens, but I'm really enjoying the Sigma Art 135mm.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2018 at 04:54 UTC
On article Sigma unveils 105mm F1.4 Art 'bokeh master' (326 comments in total)
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dansclic: I have news for you : the new sigma 200f1.2 will weigh 4,500 gr ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€

But at least the price includes the necessary wheeled case...

I think you left out a 0, though - isn't it going to be 45kg?

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2018 at 21:17 UTC
On article Sigma unveils 105mm F1.4 Art 'bokeh master' (326 comments in total)
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Nikolay Mons 2016: Let me guess... the majority of the comments will be related to the (high) weight of the lens ... :-) .

They already said that about the Sigma Art 85mm, which I have found to be a superb lens, especially in a (large!) studio. Yes, this is about 1/3 again heavier, but it's likely to be worth it - the Nikon 105mm f/1.4 is very good.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2018 at 21:15 UTC
On article Sigma unveils 105mm F1.4 Art 'bokeh master' (326 comments in total)
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Photomonkey: An optically superb lens optimized to render the bulk of the image out of focus.

Do you mean the Nikon 58mm?

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2018 at 21:13 UTC
On article Sigma unveils 105mm F1.4 Art 'bokeh master' (326 comments in total)
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multisystem: How is the AF in Sigma Art lenses? Just as good or still not as good as OEM?

You will hear on the web about "Sigma AF unreliability" - seems a few people got bad copies of early Art lenses, and the stories echo on and on.

My own experience (and that of many others) is that the Art lenses focus fast and accurately, especially the 85mm and 135mm, which have new more powerful focus motors. I expect the 105mm to come with the new focus motor, or maybe an even more powerful one!

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2018 at 21:10 UTC
On article Sigma announces nine full-frame E-mount Art primes (368 comments in total)
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raminm: I am not sure I understand this: they haven't released nor announced the release date. They have simply announced plans to make these lenses! We aren't even seeing the actual prototypes but only digitally designed lenses!! So it can be any time from now, even one year, two years, three years or even longer before we see the actual lenses!!! If this is the case, I just don't see the excitement being justified at all.

Yeah, this is essentially adding the Sony FE mount to the options - they already have Canon EF and Nikon. Not that big a stretch. A redesign to make them smaller would have been much nicer, but a lot more expensive :-(

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2018 at 21:05 UTC
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tabloid: Are there any external hard drives that have HDMI. I presume that all that has to be done is pug it into a HDMI socket on a computer, and off we go.

No, it's not that simple. The HDMI socket on your computer is on your video card, and only outputs video signals. It's not a general purpose data connection.

Moreover, as another commenter pointed out, HDMI is not error-corrected, so file transfer would be prone to data corruption.

Besides, there aren't any external hard drives that are fast enough to need such speeds - magnetic drives won't get that fast, and SSDs are still slower than the capacity of USB3.

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2018 at 20:04 UTC
On article Why you should own a 135mm F2 lens (384 comments in total)

I'm enjoying the Sigma Art 135mm - it's notably sharper than the Canon (which I owned at the same time), and it's f/1.8 instead of f/2.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2018 at 10:32 UTC as 18th comment
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razorfish: This 35mm sensor hype has gone too far
https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/60368234

True. The average phone sensor is a teeny weeny tiny sensor. The fact that anyone can produce decent results on such a small sensor is surprising.

Link | Posted on Dec 31, 2017 at 10:08 UTC
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razorfish: That these two 35mm dinosaurs are high end cameras of the year is just wrong on so many levels. Probably less than 10% of those voting could ever actually afford these cameras, and less than 1% actually need the overkill/oversize performance on offer. Photography enthusiasts really need to get a grip on reality. The winner should clearly be Panasonic G9.

BTW: do you understand the concept of "high end"? Less that 10% of DPReview participants can afford any high end camera.

Link | Posted on Dec 28, 2017 at 03:41 UTC
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razorfish: That these two 35mm dinosaurs are high end cameras of the year is just wrong on so many levels. Probably less than 10% of those voting could ever actually afford these cameras, and less than 1% actually need the overkill/oversize performance on offer. Photography enthusiasts really need to get a grip on reality. The winner should clearly be Panasonic G9.

I owned and enjoyed the Nikon D810 and I currently own and enjoy the Sony A7r II, the predecessors to both of them. I think I'm qualified to make a judgment. I have to admit to being tempted by both of them.

The D850 is a bigger advance over the D810 than the A7r III is over the A7r II, but the A7r III does improve the critical shortcoming of the A7r II: it uses the much bigger battery of the A9. Both of these new models are significant new bodies, and worthy winners of the award - a draw is a good result.

Of course, if you don't think you are qualified to comment, then don't.

Link | Posted on Dec 28, 2017 at 03:35 UTC
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razorfish: This 35mm sensor hype has gone too far
https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/60368234

There are some significant advantages to the larger sensor. Things like the shallower depth of field, for isolation of the subject. That's leaving aside the simple fact that a larger sensor of the same quality as a smaller one will produce a better image.

Anyway, enjoy your teeny sensor, but don't try to stop those of us enjoying our larger ones.

Link | Posted on Dec 28, 2017 at 03:20 UTC
On article Nikon D850 Review (2095 comments in total)
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JonTinkler: Would absolutely love to have one of these, the D850 looks awesome. The only thing is that those files are just so huge, it's going to slow down my workflow I suspect. Would mean upgrading computer hardware also which adds to the pretty significant investment ...

No idea what your computer is, but you may be underestimating its capabilities. I am processing images from a 5Ds and an A7R II (both very high resolution cameras, like the D850), and I'm using the same computer I was using with images from a 1Ds III.

I've heard other people say they would have to get a new computer for "huge" files, but it always seems to be speculation - I haven't heard anyone say "I tried it, my computer was too slow, and I had to buy a faster one".

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2017 at 09:56 UTC
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El Jeffe: With that much resolution things like fonts and graphics will have more detail and sharpness. Broadcasters will be able to cram pop up ads and other crap all over the lower thirds and sides of the picture and the only way to see full screen content will be by using your credit card.

Also instead of stacking your TV sets on top of one other for multiple Football games the screen could be divided in to as many Chanels as you want or afford.

TV and computer will become one in the same allowing you to see your Twitter feeds and cooking shows all at once. Instant gratification all over the place.

Itโ€™s sad we will never again experience gathering the family around the Zenth color TV set on Sunday nights to watch Disney and Ed Sullivan. It was low tech, but meaningful, enjoyable, and healthy entertainment.

many Chanels? Surely there's only one?

I looked it up - there's haute couture, jewellery, watches, fragrance, and more - I guess there really are many Chanels. Wow!

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2017 at 10:17 UTC
On article Sharp's new 8K camera is $77,000 (203 comments in total)
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mbot: Wow, that much for a camera which ("which" not "that" - take note dpreview) cost ("cost" not "costs" - capiche everyone?) only $5000 to manufacture. Great stuff. Anyone got a lazy $77.000 lying around๐Ÿ˜Ÿ

For me the most irritating use of "that" is in place of "who". People that do this dehumanize each other. People who do not, appreciate the difference between the animate and the inanimate.

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2017 at 06:32 UTC
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