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I firmly suspect that all these so-called updates are simply a way for Sony to make sure that only their lenses works properly with these cameras.
I also suspect that Sigmas adapter bypasses this nonsense and identifies itself as a lens that is registered for fast hybrid AF and so it can masquerade as a pukka Sony lens. But then of course they go on to exclude tamron etc....

Link | Posted on May 27, 2016 at 09:14 UTC as 2nd comment
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Rouseabout: @Barney Britton, thanks for sharing your experience with the Sony cam.

"The last time I brought a DSLR on a mountain hike I almost left it tucked under a rock on the trail, rather than drag it all the way up (that was the old, famously brutal Mailbox Peak trail, for any PNW natives reading this...)."

Nikon D3300 with 18-200mm lens is 100g lighter than rx10 iii...

I'd love to hear your opinion on cameras in more compact hiking/outdoor/adventure friendly 500g range and lighter.

200 versus 600???

Maybe the Nikon P900 might be of interest, except the sensor is dismally small.....

Link | Posted on May 13, 2016 at 06:29 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2669 comments in total)
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uhoh07: What I find interesting is the stark contrast in the very open minded review of the new K1 and the extremely harsh review of the Leica SL.

Perhaps for comparison sake you might find the small person in whose hands you placed the SL and put the K1 there as well ;)

Well, one would expect to find a lot more for the huge price you paid than for the bargain priced item. So you'd be very critical of things put on the high priced item compared to the bargain priced one. Imagine if you found exactly the same kind of things on the $8000.00 priced item that you found on the $1800.00 item? You ditch that high priced rip-off immediately. Hence you're looking to see where exactly your extra thousand dollars went to and you'd be hyper critical if you weren't satisfied.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2016 at 06:18 UTC
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axelian: Hi, still no real news from this lens, no Dxo review, no photozone, a few tests but not a lot of pictures (pixel peeper ignores the lens for now).

Still hesitating with Sigma 17-70 C which is almost three times cheaper (and certainly not three times worse in terms of IQ)

any user advise by there ? the last post is one month old...

good evening !

have you tried ephotozine?

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 19:51 UTC
On article Here at last: Nikon announces D500 (1175 comments in total)

There is no "quiet Shutter" mode.....will probably still scare off some of the wildlife then....

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 07:11 UTC as 135th comment
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marc petzold: OMG ..i really want that 35/1.8 VC SP lens, but at around 90.000 Yen it's for sure out of my reach...if it'll be that expensive, i'd go 2016 for the 35/2 IS USM EF Canon prime...sad, but true. The new Design looks nice, albeit taking designs from Sigmas Art Line, i'd say.

35mm is a very good do-it-all focal length, for my taste much better than the usual 50mm. Edit. Or perhaps i just buy the Samyang 35/1.4 MF prime lens then next year.

Canon 35mm f/2 IS USM is exactly the same price but now with a bit of discount comes in at $549.

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2015 at 16:06 UTC
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kadardr: The price of these should be in line or cheaper than the Nikon 35mm 1.8G FX and the Nikon 50mm 1.4G FX. My estimation is $500 each. Higher price just cannot cut it. OK, they want some extra for VC. Extra $200? Neh!!

Smack bang in the middle of your estimate at $599 at BnH

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2015 at 16:04 UTC
On article Fujifilm X100T successor rumored to feature new lens (334 comments in total)

Please make it a 12-45mm f/2 lens......and call it the XT120

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2015 at 19:25 UTC as 157th comment | 3 replies
On article Opinion - Erez Marom: Whatever it Doesn't Take (191 comments in total)

Having seen quite a few of Erez's Iceland photos, I must admit to not being grabbed as much as I was by the ones shown here:
or here:
and no, these are not my photos nor am I pushing the website, these are just some photos I really admire.
I hope you find them interesting as well.

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2015 at 18:35 UTC as 53rd comment
On article Shooting with the Canon PowerShot G3 X (322 comments in total)

"able to tilt the G3 X's viewfinder, for low-angle shooting and for video. The only cameras that can do this with built-in finders are the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 and the new GX8"

Sorry, guys, you;'re a bit late - the Samsung NX30 had this a long time ago already. I know, I own one!!!!

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2015 at 19:36 UTC as 27th comment
On article Analysis: Sony a7R II and RX100 IV autofocus systems (752 comments in total)
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T3: Facial recognition AF and eye AF show the power of on-sensor AF. The sensor is simply smatter and can resolve more information from a scene than an off-sensor phase-detection unit like those used in DSLRs. And as we move forward, on-sensor AF will only get smarter.

..but the Nikon D810 does it very well using off-sensor focus module.....

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2015 at 17:20 UTC
On article Nikon offers AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm F2.8-4E ED VR (334 comments in total)

I suppose it would have cost an extra $500 if
nikon had added two more aperture blades.....???!
What an idiotic, stingy decision on their part for a lens in this price range.

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2015 at 10:12 UTC as 65th comment | 2 replies

Will probably also weigh a ton.

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 09:10 UTC as 115th comment | 1 reply
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rhurani: Can anybody please suggest a native lens that will go with this for general photography (indoor, landscape, travel) so that:
- IQ not compromised
- Not very expensive;


Seems like the 16-35mm FE f/4 will do just fine.
You can crop as much as you like to get even 50mm equivalent shots, ie. using APS-C crop mode.

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2015 at 17:52 UTC
On photo 022c 2015-04-27 Milano in lorenzo's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Very lovely photo! Stunning bokeh! I can see why you love the lens.

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2015 at 11:31 UTC as 1st comment
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panos_m: It seems that I will need a new operating system (64bit) also. As I read somewhere there is no 32bit version anymore :( True?

Panos, Windows 10 will be a FREE upgrade, so just hang in there!

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2015 at 19:45 UTC
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tom1234567: I don't no why camera makers keep producing cameras with these

It's time the public were educated to what they are buying
Instead of being ripped off by ALL camera manufactures

@photonius: "big sensor, big lenses". True to a certain extend.
Which is of course why the eye is designed the way it is:
Small sensor, small lens. But what a sensor and lens!!!!.
Current technology can imitate that lens, it's just that it's still in the labs. Plus if the lens is fluid-filled the clarity will be outstanding. So these compact cameras should ideally have fluid-filled fixed zoom lenses - with lenses that can change focal length by changing the lens shape itself.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2015 at 13:08 UTC
On article Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path (1621 comments in total)
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ProfHankD: The one wildcard here is FOCAL REDUCERS, which really do give your lenses highly similar functionality on FF and APS-C. The catch is that none of the focal reducers offer fast AF -- pitty nobody has made an LA-EA2+focal-reducer, but then the PDAF SLT in the adapter wouldn't fit with the glass needed for the focal reducer. Anyway, the point is that focal reducers do solve the problem for us folks who predominantly use manual lenses, and they increase the lens effective aperture by a stop at the same time, largely compensating for the smaller pixels of APS-C (you can get similar DoF and use a 1-stop lower ISO with the same shutter speed to get similar noise properties).

Focal reducers tend to mess up the image in the corners. This is especially visible at big apertures. BUt then again, it's not just the focal reducers it's the adapters used to add current DSLR lenses to mirrorless cams in general that do this.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2015 at 07:44 UTC

Price of Sony A77II is now only $998 with instant $200 rebate at Adorama.
So if anyone is new to DSLRs or wanted to switch anyway, there's an equally appealing camera for the same money. Just doesn't have a touch screen.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2015 at 07:00 UTC as 39th comment | 6 replies
On article Fujifilm announces XF 16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR lens (295 comments in total)

Seeing that there's no weight specification, one can only surmise that it weighs a ton, given the high ED glass count.
Furthermore, one should expect to find a lot of onion rings in the bokeh because of the 3 a-spherical lenses.
Other than that, I'd say it will probably deliver the usual excellent image quality we've come to expect from Fuji. And cost a ton.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2015 at 06:33 UTC as 46th comment | 1 reply
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