CopCarSS

CopCarSS

Lives in United States Pueblo, CO, United States
Works as a Steel Estimator
Joined on Mar 3, 2003

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CopCarSS: That the KeyMission series was greenlighted and the DL series was axed because of "profitability concerns" is solid proof that Nikon is completely out of touch with both the camera market in general and their loyal user base in particular.

@kreislauf - Given that Nikon is engaging in a "fundamental company-wide restructuring," I must not be the only one that thinks that they're out of touch. Apparently their board must not be terribly impressed with the performance of the "strategists and management," either.

But I suppose you're correct. I've only been watching the camera industry and talking to individuals who use cameras — from camera phone selfie shooters to top professionals — from the time I was 9 years old. I obviously have no idea what any of those photographers want from a camera. I'll just back out of the way and watch the crowds swarm to the KeyMission 80 that the strategists and management know will be the hottest item selling as we approach graduation/father's day (traditionally the second busiest camera sales period of the year).

The political commentary is not necessary, BTW. I come to DPR to escape politics...

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 22:16 UTC

That the KeyMission series was greenlighted and the DL series was axed because of "profitability concerns" is solid proof that Nikon is completely out of touch with both the camera market in general and their loyal user base in particular.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 16:27 UTC as 272nd comment | 5 replies
On article Prime or zoom? LensRentals investigates (232 comments in total)
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Irakly Shanidze: While being scientifically sound, this blog article does not address factors contributing to the image rendering other than sharpness. Take the same picture with 2/50 Zeiss Planar and Leica Summicron lenses at f/5.6, and images will look different, albeit equally sharp.

LensRentsals never claims to do complete reviews. If you read their piece on third graders (https://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2016/08/my-third-grader-analogy-for-lens-reviews-and-testing/), they even poke fun of themselves (and just about everyone else) when it comes to testing. Roger and his team have never said that they were the be all and end all of lens testing. They merely have a unique opportunity: multiple copies of lenses and optical testing equipment. While other lens performance measures may not be present, I really appreciate the time and efforts they spend offering insight into lenses.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 09:39 UTC
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nametaken: If the APD element is supposed to make bokeh more pleasing in portraits, why does the lens only open to F2.8? Is it too difficult to make an APD element large enough to accommodate a wider aperture?

It's about quality of bokeh, not quantity. If you crave ultra thin DOF, this probably isn't the lens for you.

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2017 at 02:01 UTC
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Edgar_in_Indy: Why no comparison to the original Sigma 85mm 1.4 EX? That lens, which I own, is also extremely sharp...it's the sharpest lens I've ever owned. A direct comparison would have been of use to those of us who already own the 85mm EX.

The colored lines represent the various numbers of line pairs. Fewer line pairs relate to lens contrast while more line pairs relate to resolution. Solid vs. dashed is indeed tangenital and saggital. So for your Sigma vs Sigma question, the Art lens is more contrasty and really resolves a lot more detail, especially when you get out to the corners. As Roger said, it's not really even a comparison. The new lens blows the old one out of the water as far as MTF measurements go (keep in mind that MTF is just one measure of a lens, though).

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2017 at 17:12 UTC
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Edgar_in_Indy: Why no comparison to the original Sigma 85mm 1.4 EX? That lens, which I own, is also extremely sharp...it's the sharpest lens I've ever owned. A direct comparison would have been of use to those of us who already own the 85mm EX.

Again, it's covered in the article. Per Roger:

"For those of you who don’t speak MTF, it’s pretty simple. “0” Image Height is the center of the lens, “20” is almost to the corner. Higher MTF is better, and if the dotted and solid lines are close together for each color, that’s good too. There’s a lot more to MTF, but that will get you by."

More comprehensive articles on MTF can be found at a couple of places online:

https://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2014/05/mtf-the-english-translation/

https://luminous-landscape.com/mtf/ (Note: Luminous Landscape is behind a paywall.)

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2017 at 16:53 UTC
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Edgar_in_Indy: Why no comparison to the original Sigma 85mm 1.4 EX? That lens, which I own, is also extremely sharp...it's the sharpest lens I've ever owned. A direct comparison would have been of use to those of us who already own the 85mm EX.

Edgar, it's the very first comparison on Roger's page. Roger adds a short commentary to the MTF comparison:

"First, let’s compare the new Sigma Art (on the right) to the older Sigma 85mm f/1.4 lens (left). It’s no comparison."

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2017 at 16:00 UTC
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Azathothh: T5.6? lol

@Azathothh When you label it as an f5.6, your self assessment that you know the difference is suspect.

@J A C S I'm not a Sony fanboy. I'm curious about some of their products, including the 135 STF and now this. My comment was only about the OP laughing at something that's inherent to the design of the lens.

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2017 at 14:46 UTC
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Azathothh: T5.6? lol

It's not an "f5.6" lens. It's an F2.8/T5.6 lens. You're clearly not understanding what this lens is about so it's probably best that you save your money and let others who know what a unique lens this is enjoy the benefits of what it offers photographically.

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2017 at 12:56 UTC

I was always envious of the Minolta/Sony STF lens. Now there's one for the FE mount. I'm one step closer to picking up one of the A7 series (which had already piqued my curiosity)...just to use that lens. Kudos, Sony.

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2017 at 22:36 UTC as 39th comment
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Azathothh: T5.6? lol

That's what happens with apodization filters. Light is sacrificed due to the presence of the filter and the transmission number drops. So I'm not quite sure what you're laughing out loud about.

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2017 at 22:30 UTC
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TonyPM: Is it 35mm?

I once read a story -- possibly Internet apocrypha -- about some pre-WWII era Rodinal that was found in a basement somewhere in Europe. The gentleman who found it decided to try it just to see what would happen. Lo and behold, it worked like new. I don't know if it's true or not, but I know I've used bottles that were well over a decade old and noticed no problems. It's one of the endearing qualities of that particular developer.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 15:28 UTC

It's always nice to see new films, especially something a little different. I do hope they can get the scratches under control, though.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2017 at 19:02 UTC as 30th comment | 1 reply
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villagranvicent: I'm in... Love it.

Step two. ;-) How many rolls of Ektachrome would you like to sign up for? ;-)

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 23:17 UTC
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villagranvicent: I'm in... Love it.

Ha ha!!! Remember when I made this comment?

"Careful. You're sounding like a hipster. Next thing you know, you're going to be buying Ektachrome and engaging in all manner of "trying to keep vintage thing BS alive.""

Maybe I should open up a fortune telling business! ;-)

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 23:10 UTC
On article Hasselblad CEO Oosting to leave next week (164 comments in total)

Lunar and Stellar owners must have been upset that their product lines seem to have been discontinued and demanded action from the board.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2017 at 17:49 UTC as 30th comment
On article Hopes of Kodachrome relaunch put on ice (166 comments in total)
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Old Cameras: I can't think of any other discontinued Kodak films that anyone really miss. Ektachrome is a good candidate to bring back, Kodachrome was nice for its longevity but obviously a huge pain to develop. I personally would like to see B&W Panatomic X again and that should be relatively easy...., but I can only buy so much. :)

Really? I can think of several films that have devoted, sometimes almost cult-ish followings. In addition to the Panatomic X that you mentioned, I'd nominate Plus X, Verichrome Pan, Super XX, HIE, EIR and Ektar 25 just off the top of my head.

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2017 at 23:31 UTC

Can't afford a Hasselblad? All you need to do is invest tens of thousands of dollars in starting your own business and then run it for at least three years. Then you can enter a contest to win one!

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2017 at 14:55 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply
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CopCarSS: This article left a bad taste in my mouth. Imagine that I had posted the following to you:

Dear DPReview, I've been a loyal reader for years, have clicked on links that pertain to me to support the site and have directed countless friends to the site when they were looking for camera advice. Can I have a free $800 lens as a reward for my loyalty?

See...it's kinda weird to beg for stuff in public like this. Not my favorite recent DPR article.

Humor or not, it still felt awkward to me. Maybe my sense of humor skews another way, but this seemed whiny and begging. I never once cracked a smile while reading it. YMMV.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2017 at 23:10 UTC

This article left a bad taste in my mouth. Imagine that I had posted the following to you:

Dear DPReview, I've been a loyal reader for years, have clicked on links that pertain to me to support the site and have directed countless friends to the site when they were looking for camera advice. Can I have a free $800 lens as a reward for my loyalty?

See...it's kinda weird to beg for stuff in public like this. Not my favorite recent DPR article.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2017 at 16:45 UTC as 57th comment | 2 replies
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