Rob Sims

Rob Sims

Lives in Singapore Singapore
Has a website at sims.smugmug.com
Joined on Feb 16, 2013

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On article Leica M10 real-world sample gallery (348 comments in total)
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JakeB: There's just a certain 'something' about those shots. An aura. A 'feeling.'

It would be ridiculous to suggest that any other manufacturer's camera/lens combinations costing a tenth of the price could create this 'look.'

It's almost like Leica sprinkled a little, well, let's call it 'pixie dust' into their cameras and lenses and that magic travels along the lens to the sensor and is captured along with the rays of light.

Or perhaps the sensor itself contains this pixie dust and thus imbues the image with the 'aura.'

No matter how it works, one can immediately spot this 'Leica look' that no other camera is capable of creating. It positively glows from each image.

Money well spent, I'd say.

@kristof93/Photo_AK
Definition of "satire":
noun - the use of humour, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity.

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2017 at 12:58 UTC
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Rob Sims: If shooting photos is a hobby, and the experience and satisfaction of taking photos is half the fun, then what's so wrong about a bit of luxury while doing so? If I wasn't supporting a family I'd be straight onto the pre-order page. For now I'll continue with my poor man's Leica (Summarit m lenses on my Sony A7), but there's no reason for me to stop dreaming ;-)

@BrianRoger
I'm sure we're in good company ;-)

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2017 at 16:23 UTC
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Rob Sims: If shooting photos is a hobby, and the experience and satisfaction of taking photos is half the fun, then what's so wrong about a bit of luxury while doing so? If I wasn't supporting a family I'd be straight onto the pre-order page. For now I'll continue with my poor man's Leica (Summarit m lenses on my Sony A7), but there's no reason for me to stop dreaming ;-)

I'm a bit disappointed, but not at all surprised, by all the snidy comments below. I for one love that there's so much diversity still within the digital photography world (dslrs, mirrorless, range finders, camera phones). Live and let live.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2017 at 03:06 UTC

If shooting photos is a hobby, and the experience and satisfaction of taking photos is half the fun, then what's so wrong about a bit of luxury while doing so? If I wasn't supporting a family I'd be straight onto the pre-order page. For now I'll continue with my poor man's Leica (Summarit m lenses on my Sony A7), but there's no reason for me to stop dreaming ;-)

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2017 at 03:01 UTC as 106th comment | 6 replies
On article CES 2017: Hands-on with Nikon D5600 (322 comments in total)
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Slouch Hooligan: Every announcement of a new DSLR triggers responses from the mirrorless acolytes. Mirrorless does have advantages in camera body size which pleases those with tiny hands. These same mirrorless acolytes consistently fail to mention that lens size is a function of sensor size, which sharply mitigates any advantage of mirrorless. Not to mention the battery life brevity for mirrorless.
One may like apples without disparaging oranges.

@Stanchung
CIPA battery figures do not reflect real world use. Google this yourself will save you the trouble of many future arguments. (Eg. Do you really use on board flash?!)

Before my first mirrorless camera I used to shoot weddings professionally with a pair of Nikon D700s and a backup D90. Charging up all at the beginning was typically enough to get me through the day.

Switching to mirrorless meant I needed to carry a few spare batteries for security, but typically only used one or two in total, and on a number of weddings I've not had to use any. So don't quote 5-6 batteries for each camera, because that is completely fictional.

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2017 at 06:49 UTC
On article CES 2017: Hands-on with Nikon D5600 (322 comments in total)
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Slouch Hooligan: Every announcement of a new DSLR triggers responses from the mirrorless acolytes. Mirrorless does have advantages in camera body size which pleases those with tiny hands. These same mirrorless acolytes consistently fail to mention that lens size is a function of sensor size, which sharply mitigates any advantage of mirrorless. Not to mention the battery life brevity for mirrorless.
One may like apples without disparaging oranges.

@Slouch Hooligan
A dignified response. Well done for not stooping to level of some of the venomous replies above!

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2017 at 00:54 UTC
On article CES 2017: Hands-on with Nikon D5600 (322 comments in total)
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Slouch Hooligan: Every announcement of a new DSLR triggers responses from the mirrorless acolytes. Mirrorless does have advantages in camera body size which pleases those with tiny hands. These same mirrorless acolytes consistently fail to mention that lens size is a function of sensor size, which sharply mitigates any advantage of mirrorless. Not to mention the battery life brevity for mirrorless.
One may like apples without disparaging oranges.

@Peter Lacus
Also battery life and C-AF performance (although the later is now somewhat questionable).

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2017 at 06:01 UTC
On article CES 2017: Hands-on with Nikon D5600 (322 comments in total)
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Slouch Hooligan: Every announcement of a new DSLR triggers responses from the mirrorless acolytes. Mirrorless does have advantages in camera body size which pleases those with tiny hands. These same mirrorless acolytes consistently fail to mention that lens size is a function of sensor size, which sharply mitigates any advantage of mirrorless. Not to mention the battery life brevity for mirrorless.
One may like apples without disparaging oranges.

@stanchung
Everyone has a right to an opinion, but if you fill that opinion with false facts (e.g. That lenses for mirror less cameras have to be the same size as for a dSLR) then be prepared to be pulled up on that. People may miss your intended message, but that's rather a result of deliberate misinformation within your message.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 13:32 UTC
On article CES 2017: Hands-on with Nikon D5600 (322 comments in total)

The budget sector of dSLR used to be exciting because tech from higher up the range flowed down, especially sensor tech during the mid-2000s (remember when the lowly the D50 came out cheap and got the D70S sensor, or when the D80 got the D200 sensor...etc) - so that each upgrade saw a material improvement. I guess now it's just the cash cow that funds R&D for tech deployed elsewhere. Certainly it doesn't seem anywhere as exciting as it used to be.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 03:50 UTC as 35th comment
On article CES 2017: Hands-on with Nikon D5600 (322 comments in total)
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entoman: It seems to increasingly be the case that upgrades to DSLR's (not just Nikon) are becoming very incremental in nature. Partly of course this is because DSLRs are already highly developed, leaving limited room for further advances.

But a more likely explanation is that DSLR manufacturers know that in future the market for DSLRs will be much more limited. I suspect that virtually all of their R&D resources are concentrating on mirrorless. Before long, Canon and Nikon are going to have to bring out pro-standard FF mirrorless cameras.

Meanwhile Sony, Fujifilm, Olympus and Panasonic are fully established in the mirrorless market, and building good lens systems to back them up.

@Slouch Hooligan
With regards to lens size you are wrong:
1. Lens size is a factor of sensor size AND flange distance, shorter focal range lenses (<35mm equiv) generally require retro focus on a dSLR to account for the mirrorbox, massively increasing lens size/weight/complexity. On a mirrorless camera with the SAME SIZE SENSOR, they can be made much smaller/lighter. This has always the case, even in the film days, compare a Leica RF 35mm vs. a Nikon/Canon 35mm from the 70s/80s/90s.
2. Sony, Panasonic, Olympus have IBIS built in to the m43, APS-C and FF offerings meaning that future lenses no longer need on-lens stabilisation, again greatly reducing size weight of the lens. I don't see IBIS on the Nikon D5600, or indeed any of their cameras.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 03:38 UTC
On article CES 2017: Hands-on with Nikon D5600 (322 comments in total)
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Slouch Hooligan: Every announcement of a new DSLR triggers responses from the mirrorless acolytes. Mirrorless does have advantages in camera body size which pleases those with tiny hands. These same mirrorless acolytes consistently fail to mention that lens size is a function of sensor size, which sharply mitigates any advantage of mirrorless. Not to mention the battery life brevity for mirrorless.
One may like apples without disparaging oranges.

@Slouch Hooligan
You are wrong, and keep repeating the same misinformation over and over again. Here are a couple of reasons why lenses designed exclusively for mirrorless systems can be smaller and optically simpler (hence lighter) than for a dSLR:
1. Lens size is a factor of sensor size AND flange distance, shorter focal range lenses (<35mm equiv) generally require retro focus on a dSLR to account for the mirrorbox, massively increasing lens size/weight/complexity. On a mirrorless camera with the SAME SIZE SENSOR, they can be made much smaller/lighter. This has always the case, even in the film days, compare a Leica RF 35mm vs. a Nikon/Canon 35mm from the 70s/80s/90s.
2. Sony, Panasonic, Olympus have IBIS built in to the m43, APS-C and FF offerings meaning that future lenses no longer need on-lens stabilisation, again greatly reducing size weight of the lens. I don't see IBIS on the Nikon D5600, or indeed any of their cameras.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 03:35 UTC
On article A comfortable fit: Panasonic Lumix GX850 overview (117 comments in total)
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princecody: Bigger sensor for half the price of the Sony RX100M5 😍

No EVF and a 24-62mm equiv 3.5-5.6 lens (equiv 7-11.2). Jacket pocket size.
vs,
EVF and a 24-70mm equiv 1.8-2.8 lens (equiv 4.8-7.8). Pocket size.

Apples and oranges.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2017 at 21:22 UTC
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Steve in GA: One thing, perhaps the major thing, that keeps camera owners from switching brands is the cost to replace the lens investment when changing brands. But, Sony has come close to negating that reasoning with this 50x zoom lens camera.

If it were possible to make a camera with a larger sensor, at least APS-C, with an equivalent 50x zoom, I would be a buyer. Not carrying around a backpack full of lenses has appeal for me.

How about 1inch sensor and 25x zoom? E.g. RX10 iii

Link | Posted on Dec 22, 2016 at 00:52 UTC
On article Action-packed: Sony a6500 review (1129 comments in total)
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davev8: thats a nice BIG lens....o yes sony not release an APS-c lens for over 3 years...evan canon has released 5 EF-m lenses in that time ...
If you are going to put FF lenses on it may as well get the IQ of the FF A7ii which is CHEAPER (in UK)

The reason for my post was not to compare price or quality between Sony and Canon, but to directly address the comment made that the SEL1670 was 'big' and that Sony aren't releasing as many e-mount lenses as Canon release EF-M lenses.

I believe you are having a conversation either with someone else, yourself, or a straw man for whatever reason.

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2016 at 10:54 UTC
On article Action-packed: Sony a6500 review (1129 comments in total)
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davev8: thats a nice BIG lens....o yes sony not release an APS-c lens for over 3 years...evan canon has released 5 EF-m lenses in that time ...
If you are going to put FF lenses on it may as well get the IQ of the FF A7ii which is CHEAPER (in UK)

I was missing the ef-m 15-45. Strange that it's not listed here:
http://shop.canon.com.sg/ef-lenses/ef-m-lens

Anyway, happy to have been corrected!

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2016 at 04:58 UTC
On article Action-packed: Sony a6500 review (1129 comments in total)
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davev8: thats a nice BIG lens....o yes sony not release an APS-c lens for over 3 years...evan canon has released 5 EF-m lenses in that time ...
If you are going to put FF lenses on it may as well get the IQ of the FF A7ii which is CHEAPER (in UK)

@67gtonr
Are you sure you're not counting the EF-M 22/2.0 twice (black vs silver)... I treat that as one lens, hence 6... but happy to be proved wrong.
-anyway, the reason for my post was not to compare price or quality between Sony and Canon, but to directly address the comment made by @davev8 that the SEL1670 was 'big' and that Sony aren't releasing as many e-mount lenses as Canon release EF-M lenses.

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2016 at 15:16 UTC
On article Action-packed: Sony a6500 review (1129 comments in total)
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davev8: thats a nice BIG lens....o yes sony not release an APS-c lens for over 3 years...evan canon has released 5 EF-m lenses in that time ...
If you are going to put FF lenses on it may as well get the IQ of the FF A7ii which is CHEAPER (in UK)

That's a little bit harsh ;-)

1- The Zeiss 16-70/4 pictured is an APS-C lens, not FF. For reference it's roughly the same size as Canon's EF-S 18-55/3.5-5.6 kit lens. I never heard anyone complain that lens was 'BIG':
http://camerasize.com/compact/#691.445,660.23,ha,t

2- Currently there are 50 different APS-C e-mount lenses available. Sony themselves produce 17 of them, and another 33 APS-C e-mount lenses are produced by Zeiss, Tamron, Sigma, Voiglander...etc. The main two missing at this point seems to be fast aps-c zoom, say a 16-50/2.8 and 50-150/2.8:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Sony_E-mount_lenses

3- Canon only has a total of 6 native EF-M lenses, and there are no 3rd party lenses, nor any FF lenses. They've got a long way to go ;-)
http://shop.canon.com.sg/ef-lenses/ef-m-lens

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2016 at 02:06 UTC
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harpmaker: I doubt that it is compatible with TimeMachine on Macs.

I assume you just need to format it and it'll work fine... in fact, doesn't setting up TimeMachine require you to format the partition it intends to use anyway?

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2016 at 02:36 UTC
On article Nikon reportedly eliminating 1000 jobs in Japan (518 comments in total)
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J A C S: A senior Nikon executives photo taken with a Sony. That says it all...

I you were joking, but exif does point towards a Sony A7R2 with Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2. Nice combo, but did not one of the execs protest?!

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 07:28 UTC
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PPierre: My new hope : that Sony will release an APS-C body with IBIS, and Sigma will release a 14mm lens and some 60f1.4 lens. That would be awesome, and would totally make Sony APS-C rival with Fuji.

Part one of your hope came true with the A6500.
...hopefully your 60/1.4 hope comes true as well, that would be an awesome portrait lens for the aps-c line!

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2016 at 00:54 UTC
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