Valen305

Joined on Jul 21, 2012

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People are so used to the perspective of camera phone photos, that when you take their photo with a telephoto, they either go "wow" or "hmmm".

Link | Posted on Jul 30, 2016 at 14:17 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply
On article Comparison Review: Sony FE 50mm F1.4 ZA vs 55mm F1.8 ZA (228 comments in total)
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John G Moore: I agree with you completely on the lens diaphragm control protocol. The lens diaphragm stopping down whilst focusing is a big issue for me, particularly when shooting in low ambient light in the studio with heads (1/200 @f11). My Nikon's and Hasselblad's perform well in that scenario where my A7RII's and G Master lenses perform particularly badly, purely because the Nikon and Blad lenses have automatic lens diaphragms that remain fully open until shutter actuation.

I would much prefer it if Sony changed the lens diaphragm control to behave like a DSLR remaining wide open whilst focusing and only closing to your chosen aperture value on shutter actuation. (Or at least let you choose in firmware) That way the camera would always be able to use phase and contrast detect AF. I'd rather have a camera and lens combination that can focus quickly and efficiently at higher apertures, than have live DOF preview.

Rishi, that's insane. Hopefully it is something that can be addressed with a firmware update.

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2016 at 13:20 UTC
On article Comparison Review: Sony FE 50mm F1.4 ZA vs 55mm F1.8 ZA (228 comments in total)
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John G Moore: I agree with you completely on the lens diaphragm control protocol. The lens diaphragm stopping down whilst focusing is a big issue for me, particularly when shooting in low ambient light in the studio with heads (1/200 @f11). My Nikon's and Hasselblad's perform well in that scenario where my A7RII's and G Master lenses perform particularly badly, purely because the Nikon and Blad lenses have automatic lens diaphragms that remain fully open until shutter actuation.

I would much prefer it if Sony changed the lens diaphragm control to behave like a DSLR remaining wide open whilst focusing and only closing to your chosen aperture value on shutter actuation. (Or at least let you choose in firmware) That way the camera would always be able to use phase and contrast detect AF. I'd rather have a camera and lens combination that can focus quickly and efficiently at higher apertures, than have live DOF preview.

My A7RII opens the iris all the way when I half-press the shutter, then stops down to the selected aperture in any lighting situation. The only caveat is that it only does that in AF-S.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2016 at 12:10 UTC
On article Comparison Review: Sony FE 50mm F1.4 ZA vs 55mm F1.8 ZA (228 comments in total)
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Peer B: Sony should make it a user choice stopping down aperture while doing autofocus.

There is. Use AF-S with live view effect off. Any other focus mode causes it to stop down while focusing. Works for me.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2016 at 06:00 UTC
On article Comparison Review: Sony FE 50mm F1.4 ZA vs 55mm F1.8 ZA (228 comments in total)

With regards to the bit about FE lenses focusing while stopped down - it depends on two settings. If set to AF-S, they will focus wide open, and then stop down when focus locks. Continuous focus or any sort of tracking causes them to stop down while focusing. Enabling live view effect will also cause it to stop down to the selected aperture. Hope this helps.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2016 at 05:56 UTC as 36th comment | 4 replies
On article 20:20 vision: Hands-on with Sigma's 20mm F1.4 'Art' (148 comments in total)
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Valen305: Nice! Can't wait to see how it performs. Especially coma - if any, wide open.

The quality is excellent stopped down and on a crop sensor (SD1). We'll see on a full frame. MTFs don't show you the whole picture ;)

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2015 at 20:02 UTC
On article 20:20 vision: Hands-on with Sigma's 20mm F1.4 'Art' (148 comments in total)

Nice! Can't wait to see how it performs. Especially coma - if any, wide open.

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2015 at 01:20 UTC as 26th comment | 5 replies

Pre-ordered! ...my cat, that bokeh, bliss.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2015 at 01:06 UTC as 32nd comment | 3 replies
On article A lot to Leica? Hands-on with the Leica SL (Typ 601) (1513 comments in total)

Dentists everywhere rejoice!

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2015 at 18:59 UTC as 477th comment
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jorg14: I've had my photos published in books and magazines throughout the USA and shot for over 50 years (non professionally) and have no use for RAW.
Too time consuming, very poor archiveability, and dubious results for the effort involved. Most people spend far too much time analyzing a picture from a technical point of view instead of an artistic one. Very few of the most famous pictures of the past would pass today's pixel peeping muster.
Unless you shoot for very large prints, work in a studio, or have some other critical photographic work, you're probably wasting your time shooting raw... unless you just enjoy playing around.

Kryten61, I work with raw. I know it's virtues. But the great thing about shooting jpeg is that you can skip all of that post work once you've found the in-camera settings you like. you're not a better photographer just because you shoot and process raw. Some of the most successful photographers in history shot the analog equivalent of jpeg: transparency. There is no tweaking that slide after you've developed it, so you're forced to get it right in camera.

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2015 at 14:38 UTC
On article DxO ONE real-world sample gallery (185 comments in total)

By the time I've taken the dxo out of my pocket, connect it to the iphone, launch the app and get to shooting, I've already missed the shot.

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2015 at 14:29 UTC as 15th comment | 3 replies
On article DxO ONE real-world sample gallery (185 comments in total)
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Valen305: Those $599 are better spent on a used RX100 III. You're welcome.

Yes. The quality of the dng samples I tested from the dxo is better than the RX100. But by the time I take the dxo out of my pocket, connect it to the iphone, launch the app and get to shooting, I've already missed the shot.

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2015 at 14:28 UTC
On article Sony brings uncompressed Raw to a7S II, a7R II and... (562 comments in total)
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Valen305: I shoot with the A7R and A7RII and have yet to find any artifacts/issues due to compression. Maybe it's because I expose correctly in-camera and bracket when needed.

There's nothing wrong with pixel peeping if you print large. What's the point of shooting 42mp if you're not printing?!

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2015 at 14:19 UTC
On article DxO ONE real-world sample gallery (185 comments in total)

Those $599 are better spent on a used RX100 III. You're welcome.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2015 at 14:31 UTC as 25th comment | 3 replies
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jorg14: I've had my photos published in books and magazines throughout the USA and shot for over 50 years (non professionally) and have no use for RAW.
Too time consuming, very poor archiveability, and dubious results for the effort involved. Most people spend far too much time analyzing a picture from a technical point of view instead of an artistic one. Very few of the most famous pictures of the past would pass today's pixel peeping muster.
Unless you shoot for very large prints, work in a studio, or have some other critical photographic work, you're probably wasting your time shooting raw... unless you just enjoy playing around.

I get Jorg's argument. For some applications, jpeg works really well. For example, Fuji's jpeg engine renders great skin tones right OOC that would otherwise take time to reproduce with another camera brand's raw. Sony's B&W filter produces jpegs OCC that are pretty close to what I like to get after tweaking a raw and using silvereffects.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2015 at 20:29 UTC
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Valen305: Waiting for a firmware update from Sony?! The A7R-III will probably come out before that happens. Yes, there should be an option for uncompressed raw, but the issue isn't a show-stopper for me. I haven't noticed any glaring artifacts on my photos yet, and omg do I pixel peep. Maybe it's because I expose correctly and bracket.

There are clean and sloppy ways to use those 14 stops, Esstee.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2015 at 20:18 UTC
On article Sony brings uncompressed Raw to a7S II, a7R II and... (562 comments in total)

I shoot with the A7R and A7RII and have yet to find any artifacts/issues due to compression. Maybe it's because I expose correctly in-camera and bracket when needed.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2015 at 20:16 UTC as 75th comment | 4 replies

Waiting for a firmware update from Sony?! The A7R-III will probably come out before that happens. Yes, there should be an option for uncompressed raw, but the issue isn't a show-stopper for me. I haven't noticed any glaring artifacts on my photos yet, and omg do I pixel peep. Maybe it's because I expose correctly and bracket.

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2015 at 15:43 UTC as 121st comment | 2 replies

I held the S2 when it first came out in a Leica store - it felt solid and well balanced with the 70mm. It would probably leave you sore after shooting all day, but it's still a wonderful camera.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2015 at 16:42 UTC as 53rd comment
On article Fujifilm X100T successor rumored to feature new lens (334 comments in total)

I bet it will be an f/1.8 version of the 23mm. IBIS would be welcome instead of OIS to keep the lens compact.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2015 at 21:00 UTC as 138th comment | 2 replies
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