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On article Fujifilm X-E4 review: small size, big image quality (697 comments in total)
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Foveonite: cons these days are so predictable

Fujifilm not having an 18mm F/2 MKII is the biggest con for me. And no weatherproofing unlike the X100V.

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2021 at 18:20 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Our favorite $1000 camera kits (285 comments in total)
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Ready Set Go: Why I find this relevant.

When I travel, go to the beach, go on long hikes, I don't always want to carry $3000 to $6000 of gear. Worry and anxiety can ruin the experience for me, and I'd rather enjoy those experiences if photography is not the primary purpose.

So the idea of a sub $1000 system like the EM10 and a fast prime is attractive. I don't think smartphones are there yet for image quality and I'd hate to have pictures from my long hikes be one smartphone quality. (I have the latest iPhone too).

Holy cow, 40-150 zooms are $80 used. Those are well reviewed lenses.

I would stretch a bit and get the E-M1 II and get a Panasonic 14mm used or just get a refurb X-T3/X-Pro3 and buy the 18mm f2 used.

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2021 at 10:32 UTC
On article Leica announces APO-Summicron-M 35mm F2 ASPH (412 comments in total)
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Impulses: Is close focus something that's particularly challenging for RF lens designs? Genuine question, I wasn't aware...

The closer you focus, the further out the lens optics are from the camera body. So it's a matter of mechanical design. For the lens focus cam to be in contact with the RF cam in the body (to feed back the position of optical block and therefore the distance the lens is focussed to) the mechanism would need to be extended right out of the lens mount, into the back of the lens, which would be problematic. Not to mention the range of movement the mirror in the viewfinder mechanism would need to have for the RF to work over such a wide range. It's just not practical.

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2021 at 17:00 UTC
On article Leica announces APO-Summicron-M 35mm F2 ASPH (412 comments in total)
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Photoman: Can we get a Chinese APO version for a 1/10th of the price please :)

I think I prefer not to have purple fringed out of focus areas in my images so I'll stick with APO over f/0.95.

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2021 at 16:46 UTC
On article Leica announces APO-Summicron-M 35mm F2 ASPH (412 comments in total)
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DjangoChained: Buying a Leica lens is like buying a luxury handbag. Your 1500 USD Gucci handbag doesn't do anything substantially different than your 150 USD one from Best Buy; neither does the 8000$ Leica do anything dramatically different from the 800$ Nikon Z 35mm.

Nevertheless, both sell. Luxury goods follow different rules than "normal" items.

$1500 is small change, look at Hermes bags. It's a better comparison.

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2021 at 15:56 UTC

Are Cosina/Voigtlander ever going to join the L-mount alliance and produce these in L-mount?

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2021 at 15:35 UTC as 5th comment

Like the "crossing off the days" sample!

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2021 at 15:40 UTC as 20th comment
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Michiel953: 7 comments, only 5 are about price. Good going!

Anyway, I'd probably love that lens (on...?) and would like to see a comparison with the Nikkor 50/1.2 AiS on a ???. The "perfectly sharp from f2.8" is a giveaway for the interesting rendering at wider apertures, as it with the Nikkor.

Sharpness is for... for some people I guess.

I did love my 50mm f1.2 AIS

Link | Posted on Jan 29, 2021 at 22:26 UTC
On article Fujifilm XF 27mm F2.8 pre-production sample gallery (6 comments in total)
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Storare: Is the AF still noisy?

Does it feel more solid than the mk1?

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2021 at 17:35 UTC

Does the shade of red match this https://www.dpreview.com/news/6229994197/leica-unveils-limited-run-of-100-red-leica-m-typ-262-bodies ?

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2021 at 07:54 UTC as 18th comment | 1 reply

My favourite is a Zorki 5 with Industar 61LD lens. The 61LD has lanthanum glass - lovely contrasty pics, crap mount construction, flares easily against the light.

Beware of shutter curtain light leaks with the Zorki, I ditched it for a Leica CL, which is much nicer with the 61LD.

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2021 at 15:41 UTC as 39th comment
On article Field review: Sigma 35mm F2 DG DN (201 comments in total)
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zakaria: I miss the days whereas sigma prices were affordable.

You're quite right @xeppelin. If I was into the RF system I'd be all over it. Hopefully we'll see smaller Panasonic and Leica L-mount lenses later this year, to compete with the Sigma and give us more choices. Right now though I'm going to buy the 35mm and 24mm Sigmas but I really want a compact 28mm. (I'd love an Elmarit-SL 28mm f/2.8 for £1500, but that will never happen)

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2021 at 08:53 UTC
On article Field review: Sigma 35mm F2 DG DN (201 comments in total)
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zakaria: I miss the days whereas sigma prices were affordable.

The Canon EF 35/2.0 IS USM is not small, it's fat and a middling length and the SLR it sits on has a big fat body. So, front to back the Canon combo is longer than the Sigma lens on a mirrorless body. It is pretty well built though and the IS works well on L-mount bodies with an MC-11 adapter.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2021 at 23:56 UTC
On article Field review: Sigma 35mm F2 DG DN (201 comments in total)
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(unknown member): it does not look compact to me for a slow 35 mm prime lens. Is the long extension tube towards mount because they sinmply used an optical formula initially used for an DSLR lens?

Still hoping for more compact lenses utilizing shorter flange focal distance of mirrorfree cameras. Samyang seems to be the only one for AF lenses so far.

@Xeppelin. Yes but I wouldn't carry all the primes that a 28-70mm zoom replaces. On the camera a 28-70mm is large and heavy to carry in the hand on a trip. I would tend to take one or two primes with me when I go out, like a 28mm and a 50mm or a 24mm and a 35-40mm.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2021 at 23:49 UTC
On article Field review: Sigma 35mm F2 DG DN (201 comments in total)
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Henry Richardson: Minolta AF 35mm f2: 67x48mm, 240g

Also, the Minolta lens is an SLR lens and because the flange to sensor distance of an SLR is much more than a mirrorless camera (to accommodate the reflex mirror viewing system), the lens body of an SLR lens is half the length.

The SLR lens is also a simpler less telecentric optical formula and performs less well on a digital sensor than a modern lens because it was designed in the film age. Film placed less demands upon the lens designer, so the lenses performed well with fewer lens elements and simpler, more compact designs.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2021 at 23:30 UTC
On article Field review: Sigma 35mm F2 DG DN (201 comments in total)
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brownie314: $639 for a 35/2? Wow - that is not cheap. The 35/2 should be like the 50/1.8 - a staple lens in every bag. It should be the nifty 35. But at that price - it isn't very nifty. I was hoping to see something in the $300 range.

@brownie314, very true, those days are long gone. I do love Leica though. I sure would like an SL2 with this lens!

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2021 at 15:36 UTC
On article Field review: Sigma 35mm F2 DG DN (201 comments in total)
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Nilangsu: This is a good lens. But it is also a vanity lens. We have a lens which is sharper, has better bokeh and is cheaper. It’s also a third of a stop faster. It’s made by Samyang. But it doesn’t have the Sigma’s visual and construction charisma. Sigma appeals to our vanity more, though, at least in the UK where I live now, it’s £549 vs. £469 of the Sony.

Regards
Nilangsu

I agree, being a "nicer product" it does appeal more, but it also may last twice as long or be more durable in the field than the Samyang. And possibly have less sample variation. Also Samyang doesn't make their lens in the L-mount.

Now if we could just have small 28mm f2,8 version please Sigma? (about the size of the 45mm would be great)

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2021 at 15:26 UTC
On article Field review: Sigma 35mm F2 DG DN (201 comments in total)
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brownie314: $639 for a 35/2? Wow - that is not cheap. The 35/2 should be like the 50/1.8 - a staple lens in every bag. It should be the nifty 35. But at that price - it isn't very nifty. I was hoping to see something in the $300 range.

Actually, if I remember correctly in MF days Nikon made three versions of each lens and the "affordable" version was f2.8 in 35mm, with f/2 and f1.4 versions for more serious shooters. None of them was ever cheap though. Nikon was a premium brand. It's only when AF came to the F mount that they cheapened their offerings with the polycarbonite 35mm f2, which was still £250 back in the 1990s

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2021 at 15:15 UTC
On article Field review: Sigma 35mm F2 DG DN (201 comments in total)
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brownie314: $639 for a 35/2? Wow - that is not cheap. The 35/2 should be like the 50/1.8 - a staple lens in every bag. It should be the nifty 35. But at that price - it isn't very nifty. I was hoping to see something in the $300 range.

Maybe economies of scale in the modern smartphone infested world? Manufacturers have to recoup tooling cost and make a profit in a shorter space of time compared to the film SLR lens era because the rate of change in sensor and electronics development has increased hugely.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2021 at 15:10 UTC
On article Field review: Sigma 35mm F2 DG DN (201 comments in total)
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tedolf: why is it so big?

Take a look at Voightlander's 35mm f/2 "snapshot" lens to see how big a 35mm full frame lens should be.

Tedolph

It's small because it's an RF film lens and needs a sensor optimised for light striking the sensor at an acute angle (Leica M or SL). Voigtlander re-made the Classic Nokton optimised for the Sony sensor stack, it's much bigger, but still manual focus. With AF it would be just as big as the Sigma/Sony lenses.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2021 at 15:04 UTC
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