marike6

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On article Gear of the Year 2016 - Barney's choice: Nikon D500 (216 comments in total)
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CheddarMonkey: Tempting camera indeed. But what lenses should one get? One could use FF lenses for wildlife, but there don't seem to be great DX lenses for wide/everyday focal lengths (where ff lenses would be at a disadvantage). Anyone else struggling with this?

There are close to 70 DX lenses in F-mount, everything from the really cheap, but optically excellent 35 f/1.8, the awesome, the Tokina UW zooms, the Sigma 18-35 and 50-100 f/.18 Art lenses, the Nikon macros, boatloads of really good variable aperture Nikkor zooms and of course, excellent FF lenses like the 70-200 f/2.8 and f/4 Nikkors, and the 200-500 f/5.6. You can even buy the Nikon AF-S 300 f/4 now for around $950, it's a great lens on crop sensor cameras.

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?atclk=Lens+Format+Coverage_APS-C+Lenses&ci=274&N=4288584247+4108103566+4108103536

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2016 at 17:07 UTC
On article Gear of the Year 2016 - Barney's choice: Nikon D500 (216 comments in total)

I had to wait to get my hands on the D500 at the Nikon kiosk at B&H, but wow, it is such a nice camera. Great feel in the hands, big, bright viewfinder, fast AF, built like a tank but not too heavy, balances really well with the kit zoom. This will be my next camera for sure.

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2016 at 15:19 UTC as 33rd comment
On article Gear of the Year 2016 - Barney's choice: Nikon D500 (216 comments in total)
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princecody: Other than better dynamic range & a tad better focus system @Barney how could you pick this over the Olympus EM1 MII? 🤔

How about better IQ, better DOF control, much better high ISO performance, more and better native and third party lenses, big, bright beautiful pentaprism VF, better AF, actual pro support worldwide from Nikon? To name a few.

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2016 at 15:15 UTC
On article Action-packed: Sony a6500 review (1127 comments in total)
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marike6: Nice body, but I think Sony is kind of neglecting their crop sensor lens lineup. Over the holidays I was considering buying an A6000 on special, but since I'm not a fan of the 16-50 kit lens, I had to start thinking about a replacement. Sigma 30 f/1.4? Samyang 16 f2? Anyway, it's kind of slim pickings on the crop side of Sony. Either you are paying big bucks for FE Zeiss lenses, or looking at third party manual focus lenses like the Samyangs. Anyway, I gave up. But I did like the feel of the A6500 body when I checked it out briefly at B&H.

@keeponkeepingon Was just about to say the same thing, the Sony 16-50 is pretty much the bottom of the barrel as far as kit lenses are concerned. Soft corners, terrible distortion, no dedicated lens hood, no bayonet so the only options for lens hoods are lousy screw on ones. It's not about pixel peeping, the 16-50 is just not a good lens, it's nowhere near some of the kit lenses from Nikon, Canon, Fujifilm or Olympus.

As far as the Sigma primes, they are f/2.8, pretty dark and not very good for shallow DOF on a crop sensor camera. Some of the Samyang glass is good but MF and the fast primes are really FF lenses for they are large.

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2016 at 14:47 UTC
On article Gear of the Year 2016 - Barney's choice: Nikon D500 (216 comments in total)
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david vella: No DX Nikon fast glass and way too late,
DSLR era as mainstream format is over .

@david vella DSLR era is over why, because so many more pros and enthusiasts use baby mirrorless cameras with big lenses hanging off the front? Wait.

For crying out loud some mirrorless fans are hilarious. Shoot whatever camera you want and stop being so insecure about your gear choices. DSLRs continue to be the #1 choice worldwide for working pros and enthusiasts. By the way, any Sony fan critical of Nikon's lack of lenses should be ignored.

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2016 at 13:44 UTC
On article Gear of the Year 2016 - Barney's choice: Nikon D500 (216 comments in total)
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tom1234567: Fuji beats it for AF but not buffer but then you get more keepers using Fuji
simple
watch the unbiased reviews
I'm a D7200 owner and a Fuji X-T2 owner and I love both my friend uses the D500 which I have used on occasions
Tom G

Good thing Fujifilm makes all those great telephotos for sports and wildlife shooters. ;-)

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2016 at 13:35 UTC
On article Action-packed: Sony a6500 review (1127 comments in total)

Nice body, but I think Sony is kind of neglecting their crop sensor lens lineup. Over the holidays I was considering buying an A6000 on special, but since I'm not a fan of the 16-50 kit lens, I had to start thinking about a replacement. Sigma 30 f/1.4? Samyang 16 f2? Anyway, it's kind of slim pickings on the crop side of Sony. Either you are paying big bucks for FE Zeiss lenses, or looking at third party manual focus lenses like the Samyangs. Anyway, I gave up. But I did like the feel of the A6500 body when I checked it out briefly at B&H.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2016 at 11:19 UTC as 61st comment | 12 replies
On article Got Bokeh? DxO reviews the Nikkor AF-S 105mm F1.4E ED (140 comments in total)
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stevo23: Wide open bokeh looks fine - smooth and no doubling. The cat's eye shape that shows up in the second image at 2.2 is not distracting and while not the ideal shape, everything else looks fine. Where does one get the masters degree in bokeh judging? I want that qualification.

This lens appears to be quite remarkable. I just wonder why Nikon have chosen not to update the old 105 2.5 that was such a venerable workhorse in the film era. It would have been a superb and reasonably priced lens. All the hopes and aspirations of the past 30 years have landed on yet another $2000+ lens.

The cat's eye thing is a function of the vignetting, it found on nearly all large aperture lenses, the Sigma Art 85mm has the same thing. It's because of vignetting on FF. Closer to the center bokeh balls will appear perfectly round on the 105mm f/1.4.

http://www.lenstip.com/492.7-Lens_review-Nikon_Nikkor_AF-S_105_mm_f_1.4E_ED_Coma__astigmatism_and_bokeh.html

http://www.lenstip.com/491.7-Lens_review-Sigma_A_85_mm_f_1.4_DG_HSM_Coma__astigmatism_and_bokeh.html

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2016 at 23:33 UTC
On article Got Bokeh? DxO reviews the Nikkor AF-S 105mm F1.4E ED (140 comments in total)

Zeiss Otus 85mm optical quality (or slightly better if you go by Lenstip) with blazing fast AF for half the price of the Otus? Sounds good to me. With this lens Nikon has proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that they are still one of the best optics makers in the world.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2016 at 23:28 UTC as 11th comment
On article Got Bokeh? DxO reviews the Nikkor AF-S 105mm F1.4E ED (140 comments in total)
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PanoMax: Nikkor makes some fine lenses.
This is why Sigma produces superior lenses. Their Art lenses such as the 85mm 1.4 would be a good example to compare with.
https://www.dpreview.com/products/sigma/lenses/sigma_85_1p4_dg_hsm_a

The Nikon 105 f/1.4 is equal or better optically than the Sigma Art 85 f/1.4, Zeiss Otus, Zeiss Milvus. See Lenstip, they reviewed all four lenses,

http://www.lenstip.com/492.11-Lens_review-Nikon_Nikkor_AF-S_105_mm_f_1.4E_ED_Summary.html

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2016 at 22:56 UTC
On article Action-packed: Sony a6500 review (1127 comments in total)
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Daft Punk: Nice camera.

It is disappointing however that is does not seem to have moved the game on from the Samsung NX1, which is nearly two years older and performed better in many respects.

Samsung were utterly mad to throw it all in the bin. They could have sold the tech on to Canikon. If the NX1 had a Nikon or Canon badge on it, it would dominate the mirrorless market.

@Fujica Too bad for your theory that Canon and Nikon are #1 and #2 in overall camera sales, #1 and #2 in DSLRs, #1 and #2 in compacts, #1 and #2 for lenses sold with Sigma third. For mirrorless, Olympus easily beat Sony on BCN camera rankings with Canon #3. Look at Amazon rankings, BCN camera rankings, whatever, you'll see Canon, Nikon and the rest.

http://photorumors.com/2016/01/27/2016-bcn-camera-rankings-are-out/

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2016 at 22:05 UTC
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marike6: The Zeiss Otus and Milvus 85mm lenses, and those from Canikon just got their clock's cleaned by Sigma's optical engineers (again) as the Sigma 85 f/1.4 DG HSM Art is the new king of the 85mm portraits.

@jossee lol, you've got to be kidding, nobody was insulting anyone here until you came along patting yourself on the back with "real photographers don't care about lens tests" lol, which is what you say when a competitor lens tests better than your brand lens. ;) But the point is this is a Sigma lens article, if it bothers you so much when others mention positive reviews of the gear in question, don't read it.

But making up things like "harsh bokeh" when these samples actually show the bokeh to be extremely smooth and creamy is "pathetic", to use your word. But time to move on and get over it.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2016 at 11:27 UTC
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marike6: The Zeiss Otus and Milvus 85mm lenses, and those from Canikon just got their clock's cleaned by Sigma's optical engineers (again) as the Sigma 85 f/1.4 DG HSM Art is the new king of the 85mm portraits.

@josseee
It's pretty obvious that I was yanking Damian's chain and I never use the phrase you claimed I did. As opposed to you who came late to this thread all butt injured because the Sony lens got outperformed on Lenstip talking about "real photographers don't care about lens tests" or some such nonsense. And by the way, I'm quite sure that Damain doesn't need you to stick up for him.

@DamianFI
Nobody said the Sony is not a good lens, but according to the Lenstest, the Sigma is sharper in the center and borders. The Sigma's is an extremely even lens whereas the Sony has a much wider gap between the center and borders, so it's actually the Sigma that performs better in terms of uniformity. But whatever, I'd take the stellar Nikon 105 f/1.4 over either the Sony, Sigma or Zeiss 85. :-) Cheers, time to move on.

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2016 at 13:45 UTC
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marike6: The Zeiss Otus and Milvus 85mm lenses, and those from Canikon just got their clock's cleaned by Sigma's optical engineers (again) as the Sigma 85 f/1.4 DG HSM Art is the new king of the 85mm portraits.

@josseee
I did not call Damian a "delusional fanboy", I never used that phrase, stop making things up.
https://www.dpreview.com/news/5149714467/it-s-finally-here-sigma-85mm-f1-4-dg-hsm-art-sample-gallery?comment=5140921662

And no I didn't twist anything toward sharpness, sharpness is not the only area that the Sigma 85 bests the Sony 85 GM according to the Lenstip review referenced above. But whatever, time for you guys to let it go. ;-)

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2016 at 14:56 UTC
On article Gear of the Year: Carey's choice - Canon PowerShot G9 X (212 comments in total)
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marike6: Nice camera for sure, but personally I don't get the obsession with small size, especially when it means losing vital features like a viewfinder, a bright lens, and a good feel in the hand.

@Carey Rose I agree about the texture, it does make a difference. The RX100 always felt frustratingly insecure in my hand, my preference is a grippy camera like the Ricoh GR or at least something with a ridge on front like the S100 or P330. Thanks for putting the G9X on my radar, it seems to be a well done camera that is significantly more affordable than the RX100 V.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2016 at 21:53 UTC
On article Gear of the Year: Carey's choice - Canon PowerShot G9 X (212 comments in total)
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Altruisto: I like G9x size. I happen to own a Sony RX100 mk3 but never have it on me because it's less pocketable. I use instead my Canon S110. My Samsung S7 has no reach, and my RX100 is in my bag. Only the S110 is always in my pocket. I'm impressed with lens quality for such a narrow body, limited flare, acceptable corners, no bleeding at night ... even if my RX100 seems sharper. I think the g9x is going to be my next.purchase.

http://camerasize.com/compare/#332,636

There is only 5mm difference in depth between the RX100 and G9X. Maybe it's cheaper to buy a baggier pair of jeans than a whole new camera?

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2016 at 17:33 UTC
On article Gear of the Year: Carey's choice - Canon PowerShot G9 X (212 comments in total)
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marike6: Nice camera for sure, but personally I don't get the obsession with small size, especially when it means losing vital features like a viewfinder, a bright lens, and a good feel in the hand.

When there are entire websites dedicated solely to camera size
http://camerasize.com/compare/#332,636 clearly it's an obsession for users and the industry. IMO, when users are talking about a few millimeters in depth as the reason to prefer the G9X over the RX100 (probably a better camera in many ways and less expensive if you get the earlier version) it seems extreme. Jeans pocketability might be a thing but I'm beginning to think that camera size is just another way for enthusiasts (and vendors) to justify the need for 4 or 5 cameras. "There's my DSLR for serious work, my m43 camera for travel, my RX100 for 4K video / hiking and my S110 because it fits in my pocket better than my RX100". I'm sure everybody here has read exactly this kind of size related obsessive behavior. Not a big deal but how is it not an obsession when people are harping on a mere 10 millimeters of difference?

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2016 at 17:22 UTC
On article Gear of the Year: Carey's choice - Canon PowerShot G9 X (212 comments in total)
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marike6: Nice camera for sure, but personally I don't get the obsession with small size, especially when it means losing vital features like a viewfinder, a bright lens, and a good feel in the hand.

I understand the theory behind compacts, no explanation is necessary, the point is it becomes an obsession when you already have the absolutely tiny RX100, LX100, et al. For me a few millimeters extra thinness at the expense of a brighter lens or eye level VF is not at all worth to me, especially since the smaller you go the less fun a camera is to use, the more it becomes like holding a slippery bar of hotel size soap in a public shower. ;-) Having owned tons of compacts, my preference is one that's a good compromise between size, usability and IQ. Since I never hold my cameras in my lint filled jeans pockets (cameras are dust magnets) or my "skinny jeans" (something the reviewer said without the slightest hint of irony), I never worry about the few extra millimeters of depth or width because my compact will be carried in a small bag or waste-pack anyway. Cheers.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2016 at 16:03 UTC
On article Gear of the Year: Carey's choice - Canon PowerShot G9 X (212 comments in total)

Nice camera for sure, but personally I don't get the obsession with small size, especially when it means losing vital features like a viewfinder, a bright lens, and a good feel in the hand.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2016 at 13:47 UTC as 49th comment | 8 replies
On article Fujifilm launches X-A10 as entry-level X-series model (166 comments in total)
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Mike FL: "FUJIFILM X-A10 with XC16-50mmF3.5-5.6 OIS II kit will be available from January 2017 with a Suggested Retail Price of $499/£499.00".

$499, [really?], is a DOA as for $50 more users can get the all time best selling ML SONY a6000:

https://www.amazon.com/Sony-Mirrorless-Digital-Camera-16-50mm/dp/B00I8BICB2/ref=sr_1_3?s=photo&ie=UTF8&qid=1480657997&sr=1-3&keywords=sony+a6000

@abortabort You don't even take photos, your gallery has ZERO photos in it, I'd bet any amount of money that you have as much talent as you have sense. But today is my day off, and I have better things to do than talk with some unbalanced pos.

So do me a favor, since you've got a lot to say from behind your keyboard, PM me your name and address and tomorrow morning I'll be over, and you can say the things you said above to my face. If not, take your meds, keep quiet and sit the f down.

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2016 at 17:18 UTC
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