disraeli demon

disraeli demon

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On article Hands-on with the Panasonic Leica 8-18mm F2.8-4 (157 comments in total)
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disraeli demon: I'd been saving up for a 7-14mm but this might suit me better... the Pany 7-14 was nice and compact but not weather sealed, the Olympus was faster and weather sealed but huge and heavy... this seems a good balance, weather sealed and big but not too heavy.
Downside: losing 2mm on the wide end, 1 stop slower on the long end, no clutch-focus MF
Upside: gaining 4mm on the long end (I know from experience I'm more likely to use a wide zoom with a 35mm equivalent long end than one that only goes out to 28mm), ability to use filters, smaller and lighter (than the Olympus) means I'm MUCH more likely to carry the thing...

Consistency's never been my strong point

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 09:29 UTC

If Sony are serious about grabbing a chunk of the sports market, then they'll have to be in this for the long haul - they'll probably be thinking in terms of decades as far as rolling out new lenses and the pro support program go. The A9 needs to be the first salvo in a long campaign.

I do wonder if the A9 has another value to them, in shifting the general percepion of mirrorless as "second best" to DSLRs in regards to tracking focus and resonsiveness. I wouldn't be surprised if we see an A7 mkIII this year with a revamped AF system, and the same price point as the A7II. Along with Sony's policy of leaving older models sitting below new ones at a reduced price point, that would give them range of full-frame cameras at different price points that other manufacturers simply can't match.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 10:33 UTC as 218th comment
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ArchiDeos: Lol.. DPR is trying hard to advertise this camera by directly comparing to Canon. Why not include Nikon, and some other brands too. Make it general, which include at least 3 major brand on the market. I get it that Sony make some good improvements in their lineup of Camera. But please don't exaggerate, be fair enough.

Canon are pretty dominant, but most importantly, you can get some sort of AF using Canon lenses via an adaptor with Sony, which isn't possible with Nikon.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 10:15 UTC

I did wonder if getting a single Sony body with adaptor as an add-on to a Canon kit could be a point of entry for some sports shooters - maybe pay a bit extra to have an A9 instead of a 5D MkIII in the "ideal" kit listed above. I'd be interested to know the risk/cost/benefit analysis of that from a sport shooter's perspective.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 10:13 UTC as 229th comment
On article Hands-on with the Panasonic Leica 8-18mm F2.8-4 (157 comments in total)

I'd been saving up for a 7-14mm but this might suit me better... the Pany 7-14 was nice and compact but not weather sealed, the Olympus was faster and weather sealed but huge and heavy... this seems a good balance, weather sealed and big but not too heavy.
Downside: losing 2mm on the wide end, 1 stop slower on the long end, no clutch-focus MF
Upside: gaining 4mm on the long end (I know from experience I'm more likely to use a wide zoom with a 35mm equivalent long end than one that only goes out to 28mm), ability to use filters, smaller and lighter (than the Olympus) means I'm MUCH more likely to carry the thing...

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2017 at 23:40 UTC as 1st comment | 2 replies
On article Samyang Lens Station USB dock spotted in the wild (26 comments in total)
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JEROME NOLAS: Are they back?

Heh, that's what I thought on a quick first reading.

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2017 at 23:24 UTC
On article Samyang Lens Station USB dock spotted in the wild (26 comments in total)

I could get one for my 7.5mm f3.5 mft fisheye and then remember too late that that lens has no electronics in it

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2017 at 23:22 UTC as 4th comment
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disraeli demon: What's really impressive about this is the rate of progress mirrorless has managed in only a few years - regardless of whether the A9 turns out to be a "DSLR kiler" or whether it has drawbacks we've yet to discover, the potential of mirrorless technology to develop yet further must be worrying to companies that depend on DSLR sales...

@Spectro - here's my point in detail: Nikon launched the first pro SLR with AF (the F4) in 1988. That had just-about usable single shot AF, 5.7 FPS and basically unusable continuous AF. In just under 30 years they've gone from that to the D5 that does 12fps with uncannily good tracking AF.
The first Sony mirrorless cameras (NEX 3 & 5) were launched in 2010, and at the time, like all mirrorless cameras, they had good single-shot AF and basically unusable continuous AF. In only 7 years, they've gone from that to good (if not class-leading) tracking AF at 20fps, and there's no reason to think the technology has peaked yet.
I don't know if it will take five years, ten years, or if it's already beginning, but I think it's plausible to expect that at some point the capabilities of mirrorless technology will exceed that of SLR's. It's a developing technology versus a mature one.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 17:24 UTC

What's really impressive about this is the rate of progress mirrorless has managed in only a few years - regardless of whether the A9 turns out to be a "DSLR kiler" or whether it has drawbacks we've yet to discover, the potential of mirrorless technology to develop yet further must be worrying to companies that depend on DSLR sales...

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 23:04 UTC as 69th comment | 2 replies
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Edgar_in_Indy: As a Pentax owner, let me say welcome to the DNG party!

Now if only more manufacturers would at least give people the option, like Pentax does.

As a Panasonic user who has to waste time and effort converting to DNG every-bloody-time I download from the camera, I say amen to that, brother

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2017 at 12:52 UTC

Given the European origin of the lens, "Mistagon" might be a more apt name (German for rubbish is "mist" + "Distagon")

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2017 at 22:47 UTC as 2nd comment

Missing word, end of paragraph 2: "Canon is aiming for ¥5 billion worth of by 2020"

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2017 at 01:06 UTC as 14th comment

A good, comprehensive article, but a lack of images taken using the fridge does limit its usefulness for making a purchase decision.

And as for the photographers who are having a fine time laughing at this product, it's always worth remembering that niche products have their uses; it's all very well deriding its lack of direct control and portability issues, but just try keeping a piece of folded salami in the mirror box of your D5 or 1Dx for a week. See who's laughing then.

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2017 at 15:41 UTC as 47th comment

Thanks Rishi - I'd been considering the Hasselblad X1D as the camera I would long for without ever being able to buy, but after reading your article I'm seriously wondering about never buying an A7RII instead. That said, those Hasselblad leaf-shutter lenses with all-speeds flash sync might still tip the balance...

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2017 at 22:39 UTC as 41st comment | 1 reply
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nicoboston: I went to a brick and mortar Best Buy store and the digital camera section is virtually gone... I could see only a few old (and broken) DSLRs and about 5 cheap compacts. The "high end compacts" section is completely gone.
Well, now I have to admit that digital cameras are about to become a niche market. I remember the same BB store (not such a long time ago) with at least 50 cameras displayed.
My recent Panasonic camera is probably the lat member of its family! It's unbelievable though. Even my oldest functional compact camera makes much better images that my iPhone 7! And I'm not even talking about my DSLR.
QUALITY : 0 - QUANTITY : 1
On the positive side, let's hope that there will be room in the niche only for really good cameras.

The sad truth is, photography's been on a slide away from image quality and towards convenience ever since photographers ditched 16 x 20" wet collodion plates for those fancy pre-made 10x8" dry plates...

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 23:33 UTC

I'm hoping that, if this does result in change, it will push Panasonic to concentrate on higher-end enthusiast and pro-level cameras. I've got a big investment in µ4/3 lenses, and I'd hate it if there were no capable Panasonic bodies to use them on going forward, but with µ4/3 least there's always Olympus to fall back on.
(Of course there's always the risk that Olympus might eventually pull out of the ILC market too, but at least at the moment I've got one more level of backup than, say, Samsung users had a year ago)

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 23:27 UTC as 77th comment | 2 replies
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sirhawkeye64: With smartphone cameras getting better every few months, and mirrorless APS-C cameras gaining steam, the gap between the two is slowly closing so it's making MFT even more "irrelevant." And now we have APS-C cameras (like the Fuji X-T2/X-T20, Sony a6xxx-line, etc) that are about the same size as most MFT bodies, but with larger sensors which offer somewhat better low-light performance. So the MFT line I feel will slowly go extinct (in terms of new additions to the existing line). It's a slowly dying format that will be overtaken by smartphones and larger-sensor mirrorless cameras as prices between APS-C and MFT cameras are about the same, and since physical size is about the same, MFT doesn't really have a whole lot of advantage left, other than interchangability of lenses between different MFT manufacturers.

The lenses are what do it for me - I can go out and shoot with, say, an 18mm prime attached to my camera and a set of 12mm, 25mm and 45mm fast primes tucked into the side pockets of my cargo pants. Not to mention a weather sealed 35-100mm f2.8 zoom that is small and light enough to keep tucked into my bag on the off-chance I might need it.
µ4/3 gives me a great balance between better image quality and portability -so I get more good shots because I'll actually carry the gear.

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2017 at 12:08 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Our first cameras (391 comments in total)

I started out in 1984 using my Dad's old Canon FX SLR with 35mm 2.5, 50mm 1.4 and massive 55-135mm 4-5.6 zoom. The FX was basically the same body as the later, and more popular Canon FTb, but it lacked the huge composite self timer/DoF preview lever on the front plate, and was also without TTL metering - instead it had an incident light meter built into the left shoulder. Suffice to say I learned exposure the hard way :-)

My first digital camera was a Canon G1, with 35-115 f2-2.5 (?) zoom, tunnel OVF, fully articulated screen, the worst TTL flash I've ever used, painfully narrow DR and image quality that just fell apart above ISO 100.The digital experience was transformative though: I can honestly say I've never had more fun using any other camera.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2017 at 17:09 UTC as 180th comment
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MPS Photographic: If that cover photo isn't 'shopped', the model is holding a seriously weird pose.

MPS Photographic - not "'shopped," "airbrushed" :-)

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2017 at 01:46 UTC

Did they come up with that hyperfocal distance guide above the focus scale? Really neat, never seen it done that way before...

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2017 at 21:48 UTC as 30th comment | 4 replies
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