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These new cards are slower than the existing Sony Tough G cards. Guess they are the cheaper version. Don't know how they compare in "toughness", but it's nice to have options.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2019 at 03:06 UTC as 2nd comment
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Johann Kruger: Kinda too slow for Alpha 9 ...

How can a card reader be slow for an A9?

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2019 at 02:40 UTC

Does it remove their shadows, as well?

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2019 at 20:44 UTC as 19th comment
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pollup: "Yes. We hear some manufacturers talking a lot about the number of channels of communication between camera and lens, but if the autofocus actuators in the lens can’t keep up, it doesn’t matter." => this guy is basically saying that the competitors' lenses are slow, due to the old AF motors inside.

Me too, but I kinda doubt that he'll tell us yet :-)

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2019 at 10:07 UTC
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NoQuarter72388: "Why do you guys try so hard to make your lenses look like L lenses?"

Because making white lenses upsets Canon, and because it means that a sea of white lenses no longer screams "hey look at all the Canon shooters!" - two wins in one :D

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2019 at 20:57 UTC
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pollup: "Yes. We hear some manufacturers talking a lot about the number of channels of communication between camera and lens, but if the autofocus actuators in the lens can’t keep up, it doesn’t matter." => this guy is basically saying that the competitors' lenses are slow, due to the old AF motors inside.

Also interesting to note that Sony put four AF motors into the 135GM (two on each focus group) - they are making it clear that they expect to need more rapid AF in the future, as well as more accurate focus (two focus groups allows more accurate focus than one).

It's pretty clear that Sony is putting a lot of budget into designing lenses, and they have given the designers clear instructions to go beyond. Must be an interesting place to work!

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2019 at 20:53 UTC
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mxx: Wow. Now how do I get that lens to fit my K1?

Um, sell it and buy a real camera?

:-)

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2019 at 21:19 UTC

Isn't this press release a bit over a week earlier?

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2019 at 21:17 UTC as 32nd comment
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Dave Oddie: It's undoubtedly a top lens but I wonder how many will buy it based on the reviews and not actually use it that much?

I just did a quick check on my photo library (over 40k of them many that I really ought to cull but...) and the number where the EXIF recorded 135mm equivalent on my aps-c camera? 127 and there was only 222 at 5mm less and 2 at 5mm more according to Lightroom.

This ties in with my past experience back in my film days where a 135mm was my first telephoto lens. Great when I first got it and I soon ended up with a 75-150 zoom that was more useful and when I ended up with a 35-105 zoom on my film camera if I wanted longer it was longer than an extra 30mm. Didn't miss the 135mm.

I often think I should become a purest and revert back to primes but if I did I'd be a bit daft to buy a 135mm given my data. YMMV of course but worth checking if you would actually use such a lens before buying.

I'm very glad Sony isn't making another damn wide-angle lens (like a 35mm f/1.4) - there are too many of those already. About time we got some nice telephotos - yay!

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2019 at 08:33 UTC
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multisystem: The 135 FL has always produced the most number of the sharpest lenses in any era since the 35mm film days. Is there something about the FL? It's too bad that a lot of people don't find it a widely used FOV. I used to think that myself too but now it's one of my favorite prime FLs as a walk-around lens and gives me perspectives and shots I would not have imagined otherwise. Great FL for street photography and landscape. My favorite place to use it - the dog park.

The famous Canon EF 135mm f/2L (designed in the 1990s) is still a sharp lens today - Canon haven't replaced it, even though the design is over 20 years old.

The Sigma Art 135mm f/1.8 is very sharp, and a fine lens.

Yes, there is something about this focal length which makes it possible to design very sharp lenses.

I have been waiting for a large aperture 135mm for FE mount (the Batis has too small an aperture), and it's delightful to hear that my wait is over, or will be once the lens is in stock :-)

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2019 at 19:09 UTC

I am a fan of 135mm lenses, starting with the famous Canon 135mm f/2. I use the Sigma Art 135mm f/1.8 on Canon now. I've been waiting for a really good 135mm for Sony, and it looks like my wait is almost over. Looks like I'm going to enjoy it :-)

I use 135mm for headshots, and for images where I want to be selective about what I am shooting - candid shots in a crowd, for example. 135mm is really good for this, and not as obvious as a "big white".

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2019 at 18:52 UTC as 32nd comment | 4 replies
On article Hands-on with the Sony 135mm F1.8 GM (388 comments in total)
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ttran88: Wow the AF speed and accuracy of it on the A9 is mind blogging. Keep up the good work Sony!

I was considering current models, not the original A7. You could make the same argument about using, say, an A6400 with this lens - the A6400 is comparable in weight with the original A7, and it's even smaller.

I have used large lenses (such as the 85mm f/1.4 GM, and the 90mm f/2.8 Macro) on the A6400, and handling the combination in the traditional manner (left hand under the lens, right hand on the body) works fine. That said, my favourite lens on the A6400 at the moment is the small 55mm f/1.8.

One lens I haven't tried on the A6400 yet is the 28-135mm f/4 - it's a monster lens, significantly larger than the new 134mm f/1.8.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2019 at 21:06 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Sony 135mm F1.8 GM (388 comments in total)
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SmilerGrogan: Since Sony already has two other 135 mm lenses, it seems like a natural opportunity for a shoot-off. Someone must make an A- to E-mount adapter...

The E mount STF is a 100mm lens. I guess you must be thinking of an A mount lens. If you are going to include adapters, why not add the Canon 135mm EF and the Sigma Art 135mm (in EF or E mount)?

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2019 at 11:19 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Sony 135mm F1.8 GM (388 comments in total)
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ttran88: Wow the AF speed and accuracy of it on the A9 is mind blogging. Keep up the good work Sony!

@basleigh - you think the A9 is much larger than the A7R III (for example)? I've handled them side-by-side at a Sony roadshow, and the difference is unnoticeable - they are essentially the same size, and the weight difference is 16g (half an ounce if you don't understand metric).

135mm is one of my favourite focal lengths on full-frame (I use the 135mm Sigma Art on a Canon 5Ds). I'll be looking forward to getting this lens.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2019 at 11:14 UTC
On article Video: The history of B&H in 91 seconds (177 comments in total)
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princecody: Very “Greedy” Camera Store! I spent a lot of money ($2400) with them in past. Then wanted them to price match on 2 occasions competitors and they wouldn’t plus lowballed me on 2 occasions trying to sell my used gear. After I told them KEH offered more then they said they would give me more money on my used gear. Why they have a tremendous selection of gear they have become tremendously greedy in my opinion especially the amount of buying power they have. They lost another $3k of my business with other camera dealers because of their greedy mentally. Shame on you BHPhoto! Not everyone is wealthy like Bill Gates 🙂

If you want to save money, then buy from the eBay seller. Problem solved.

Why do you insist that B&H match that price? What is it that they are providing that you won't get from the eBay seller? If they aren't offering anything extra, then go with the eBay seller - you get the lower price, and no hassle. If B&H are offering something extra (like having the item in stock, and the security of dealing with them), then sounds like there's a reason that their price is higher.

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2019 at 19:03 UTC
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Anonymous Pi: I'm a bit surprised to see so much anti-science sentiment on DPR.

You have a point. "Heavier objects fall faster", for example, was an accepted "truth" before being disproved.

Even so, I don't think the reactions are "anti-science", as much as a reflection on how it has been reported. It reads like those irritating click-bait "articles" with sub-headlines like "the last one will shock you!"

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2019 at 18:42 UTC
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Anonymous Pi: I'm a bit surprised to see so much anti-science sentiment on DPR.

It's not anti-science sentiment. It's the way it's being reported. Call it "anti-science-reporting" sentiment.

When a study produces a result that could have been predicted, it's not news. But the science reporter has to produce a story (to keep his/her job, presumably), so we get a lame story.

I'd lump this study in with "people have more car accidents when drunk", and "food costs more today than it did 50 years ago".

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2019 at 00:08 UTC
On article Video: The history of B&H in 91 seconds (177 comments in total)
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princecody: Very “Greedy” Camera Store! I spent a lot of money ($2400) with them in past. Then wanted them to price match on 2 occasions competitors and they wouldn’t plus lowballed me on 2 occasions trying to sell my used gear. After I told them KEH offered more then they said they would give me more money on my used gear. Why they have a tremendous selection of gear they have become tremendously greedy in my opinion especially the amount of buying power they have. They lost another $3k of my business with other camera dealers because of their greedy mentally. Shame on you BHPhoto! Not everyone is wealthy like Bill Gates 🙂

Why do you want to push B&H to price-match eBay? Is it because B&H offers something that eBay doesn't? Like service, reliability, and support?

Feel free to buy from your "power seller" on eBay, but don't complain if B&H won't sell at the same price. They aren't selling the same thing.

Seems to me that the only greedy one in this situation is you!

Link | Posted on Jan 3, 2019 at 23:57 UTC
On article Video: The history of B&H in 91 seconds (177 comments in total)
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CanonSharpShooter: Sounds like a photographers Mecca 🕋. Looking forward to the pilgrimage one day!

I think you may have the wrong religion there :-)

Link | Posted on Jan 3, 2019 at 23:52 UTC
On article Video: The history of B&H in 91 seconds (177 comments in total)
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jsevidon: B&H is my first choice after my local brick and mortar store for all photo related purchases for more than 25 years. Sometimes they are out of stock and then I go to Adorama. Both stand behind their sales and never question any requests for return and refund. I have read about their labor issues, but that is what courts are for. And settlements are not findings of fact. Settlements exist because neither side wishes to test their claims in a court of law. B&H or Adorama vs Amazon? With the former you can always talk to a polite and informed living person. Have you ever tried that with Amazon? And they rarely sell gray market. If they do, you are told that up front. As for closure Fri. nite through Sat. evening, that is simply an expression of the 1st Amendment.

I've had Amazon ship me a lens in a cardboard box that was way too big, with a single air pillow that did nothing to cushion it. The lens rattled around inside the box all the way across the world, and arrived damaged - hardly surprising.

I won't buy lenses from Amazon again. B&H packs camera gear with due care and attention.

Link | Posted on Jan 3, 2019 at 23:46 UTC
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