marc petzold

marc petzold

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I've seen this lens ages ago for around ~500 EUR, and thought it looks expensive, and weird because of the gear system...especially with the limited (2x Zoom factor) focal range. Now the price seem to have been doubled already. For Collectors, it would be a must have tool into the Minolta Collection. Minolta Engineers made some really nice pieces of glass. :-) Afaik the Sony Alpha 850, 900 is orginally also a Minolta Design, just like the Dynax 5D & 7D back into their heyday.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2017 at 06:47 UTC as 6th comment
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marc petzold: As much as i do appreciate old CZJ (Carl Zeiss Jena) Lenses, this re-design looks somehow weird, like a silver trash can for my taste...and shouldn't carry the Jena Moniker, when it's made somewhere into Asia, at least not for these prices...

It's the same with these new Meyer Görlitz Lenses, they carry only the brand from the great old days, but nothing in common with them....otherwise. For example, Jupiter-9 85/2 is a Zeiss Sonnar copy, and worlds cheaper.

The Biotar 75/1.5 is a great classic, but the 75mm is somewhat odd, classic portrait lenses do use ordinary 85mm focal length.

At last, Tokina is "Made in Japan" and they do have some nice lenses. Their current, most underrated AT-X Pro 24-70/2.8 (w/o IS) is a great Lens.

Not all, but nowadays. Back into the Contax Zeiss days, many were being made into West Germany.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2017 at 06:03 UTC

As much as i do appreciate old CZJ (Carl Zeiss Jena) Lenses, this re-design looks somehow weird, like a silver trash can for my taste...and shouldn't carry the Jena Moniker, when it's made somewhere into Asia, at least not for these prices...

It's the same with these new Meyer Görlitz Lenses, they carry only the brand from the great old days, but nothing in common with them....otherwise. For example, Jupiter-9 85/2 is a Zeiss Sonnar copy, and worlds cheaper.

The Biotar 75/1.5 is a great classic, but the 75mm is somewhat odd, classic portrait lenses do use ordinary 85mm focal length.

At last, Tokina is "Made in Japan" and they do have some nice lenses. Their current, most underrated AT-X Pro 24-70/2.8 (w/o IS) is a great Lens.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2017 at 17:23 UTC as 30th comment | 3 replies

For (many) people, the IQ of the iPhone 7(Plus) might be good enough - and they don't want to use otherwise a Entry Level DSLR, like a A5000, D3400 or 1300D for instance.

I fully understand that (many) people don't want to exchange lenses, handle RAW Files, or post-process their pictures. They just want to take them (hassle-free) and share them instantly on social media, perhaps tweaking them a bit before, and the job is done.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2017 at 17:33 UTC as 183rd comment

Most & much respect for his repair skills, such people are great. I do have had two non functional DSLR, my 40D & 5D (two copies of the 5D, one wasn't working after years stashed it's original box) so both haven't shown a lifesign after power on. Canon said it's out of the service grace period, so they won't fix it - and there are no repair parts anymore. I've sent both within early and the other one about 5-7 weeks ago to our local "forum doc" into a german camera forum here - and he fixed them both. I was so happy to use these bodies again.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2017 at 17:26 UTC as 15th comment
On article Five useful photo apps for travelers (67 comments in total)
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UneVache: Snapseed, free, period.

Yes, way good & being used often. And that's why Google killed the Nik Collection. It just needed the programmers from the Snapseed Department. What many don't know - long time ago, there was also a desktop version.

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2017 at 17:14 UTC
On article Five useful photo apps for travelers (67 comments in total)

Superb, much biased for iOS. :-) Well, i've paid and being using SKRWT since a long time. For a smartphone app, it's great to get rid of perspective distortion.

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2017 at 17:12 UTC as 21st comment | 1 reply

Well, i can honestly say, that i was PSP (Paint Shop Pro) User since Version 1.0, for real...when it was a very small, little Shareware Tool. I've used it with Windows 3.0a back then. :-) For many years, i haven't had an alternative Software, and JASC was way okay - so i sticked with it. I've 1st looked into PS (Photoshop) when it was at Version 3.0, but knowing it much earlier...the coming years, i've looked at PS here & there at friends, coworkers, etc..but found the GUI too complicated.

Finally, i've went the PSP Route p to X2 12.50, whileas having used PS on my own since CS4, CS5, and currently since years stick with CS6, because it does all i ever wanted. I have tried many alternatives, but always coming back to PS, because there is no alternative for me. I dislike the PSP GUI since some iterations, and somehow feel too limited by it's GUI and RAW capabilities.

To each their own, what suits one best.

Good Light !
Marc

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2017 at 15:31 UTC as 29th comment | 2 replies
On article Vintage lens shootout: three lenses, one model (76 comments in total)
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mcslsk: Minolta has produced some incredible lenses in the 70ies and 80ies which adapt well to the a7. Same for Carl Zeiss Jena. MD24/2.8, MD35/1.8, MD 50/1.4, CZJ80/2.8 and CZJ 135/3.5 make a very affordable set of outstanding lenses. Or try the Minolta 3570/3.5 Version II or III. An incredible zoom.

shhhhh, the last years i've recommanded lenses xy, prices have been raised and nowadays being rare at ebay.

Joking aside, it's true. the more often specific lenses are mentioned into photography forums, the more eMount users, ppl are hunting them down, and prices are skyrocketing. ;)

I do use my 35-70/3.5 MD III since the early 90's....for instance, recommanded it quite often, the same as the usual suspects, means CZJ and Yashica series, nowadays, they've been really rare onto the bay....

As i've had said the mentioned MD Zoom is (almost) as good as the C/Y Zeiss of the same focal length, the DPR Forum User Mathieu18 bought it, and made some 1:1 comparsion pictures with the C/Y Zeiss 35-70/3.4 into the adapted lens forum - and one really can't tell the difference...i did notice this back into my analogue SLR days. :)

Adapted Lenses do make lots of fun - therefore i was way happy when 2013 the A7 series came with FF, to use their native focal length, w/o Cropfactor. :)

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2017 at 17:29 UTC
On article Canon EOS 6D Mark II Review (1048 comments in total)

Wow, a first - no dpreview silver Award, and especially also not a gold Award. The 6D Mk. II does have into the End, inferior performance compared to it's competition.

Not meaning it's a bad DSLR, just not exactly good enough for its performance and price range. I've handled more then twice the past years the original 6D, and always disliked the somehow more mushy, rear Scrollwheel, and less defined Buttons, compared to the original 10D to 50D, 5D series.

A great DSLR doesn't life by it's Sensor performance all alone, the whole System (AF Module, Sensor, Haptics, Electronics, Optic (OVF coverage & Quality) etc. needs to play as a whole great together.

Whileas the D750 isn't the direct competition for the 6D Mark II (the D610 is), it's being a bit long into the tooth, waiting for being replaced by a D760 or other successor, it's still a lot cheaper & also better from IQ, AF & performance than the 6D II.

In Germany, the 6D II is (almost) 400 EUR more expensive as the D750 Body.

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2017 at 14:31 UTC as 248th comment | 4 replies
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Ruekon: The D3400 looks quite bad, in particular due to lack of articulating back screen. Don't know if the worse VGA resolution of 0.64K x480 vs 0.72K x480 matters in times of UHD with 4K.

If I was Nikon, I would build an entry level DSLR without any back screen. Give it a better SnapBridge and WiFi instead -- and some means to snap on an articulating smart phone.

Collector: Anyone does know that, but it seems you just want to be right into that term. It's just about that this statement of you is nonsense.

Quote: "DSLR without back screen?
Digital camera without back screen is pretty much useless."

And it is not. And who cares - about this second Argument, if it's being mainstream or not. The M 60 Edition is a very nice piece of a Camera.

I can also argue, i don't wear mainstream clothes, i am not listening to mainstream music - never, i dislike trends, or whats hot or not. Who cares? Nobody. The same with your statement. Horses for Courses. :-)

Good Light !
Marc

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2017 at 10:11 UTC
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Ruekon: The D3400 looks quite bad, in particular due to lack of articulating back screen. Don't know if the worse VGA resolution of 0.64K x480 vs 0.72K x480 matters in times of UHD with 4K.

If I was Nikon, I would build an entry level DSLR without any back screen. Give it a better SnapBridge and WiFi instead -- and some means to snap on an articulating smart phone.

@The Collector
Tell this Leica M Edition 60 Users - i'd love to get one, *if* i could afford it, but it'll cost a kidney with just 2-3 Lenses. ;)

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2017 at 08:09 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-T20 Review (375 comments in total)
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Sine_Nomine: I've been comparing Fujifilm models and was almost set on getting the X100F, until I saw the studio shot comparison with the X-T20. Everywhere I looked, the X-T20 is sharper and the X100F is duller. This shocked me. I realize they're using different lenses, but I thought that they're using the same sensor & filter technology, and it seems they're in the same price class. Yet JPG or RAW, the X100F looks almost as if it's slightly out of focus. I also checked other images for ISO settings. Is anyone else seeing this?
The other observation that gives me pause is that the first photo of the X-T20 on the Intro page of the full review shows it with a lens I can't identify. Not that I did an exhaustive search, but I can't find it on Amazon, and it doesn't appear to be the stock kit lens. Which made me wonder, was this the lens used in the photos, rather than the kit lens? Using the X-T20 with that fixed lens is an alternative for the X100F for me if IQ is better. What's that lens?

Well all know this fact pretty well. :-) Personally, i'd get only the real X100, or the X100F, not the other Models from that Series, if i would be into the Market for a 35mm fixed lens Camera. (in FF-terms)

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2017 at 16:20 UTC

The SL2 is significant more expensive than the D3400, and it's Canons smallest DSLR.

The real competition for the D3400 is the Canon 1300D, soon 1400D. It should being compared to this Model, which is the Companys lowest DSLR into the price range.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2017 at 16:18 UTC as 41st comment | 1 reply
On article Throwback Thursday: Adobe Lightroom 1.0 (124 comments in total)

LR v1 was worse than Pixmatec RAW Shooter, which Adobe bought, and on which it is/was being based on. RAW Shooter was lightning fast, whileas Adobe added a few features here & over there, and it become slow as molasses, as it still is - into 2017...

Thanks god, there are many alternatives to LR.

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2017 at 14:25 UTC as 30th comment | 3 replies
On article Fujifilm X-T20 Review (375 comments in total)
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Sine_Nomine: I've been comparing Fujifilm models and was almost set on getting the X100F, until I saw the studio shot comparison with the X-T20. Everywhere I looked, the X-T20 is sharper and the X100F is duller. This shocked me. I realize they're using different lenses, but I thought that they're using the same sensor & filter technology, and it seems they're in the same price class. Yet JPG or RAW, the X100F looks almost as if it's slightly out of focus. I also checked other images for ISO settings. Is anyone else seeing this?
The other observation that gives me pause is that the first photo of the X-T20 on the Intro page of the full review shows it with a lens I can't identify. Not that I did an exhaustive search, but I can't find it on Amazon, and it doesn't appear to be the stock kit lens. Which made me wonder, was this the lens used in the photos, rather than the kit lens? Using the X-T20 with that fixed lens is an alternative for the X100F for me if IQ is better. What's that lens?

The same focal lenght, but better lens would be the XF 23mm WR lens, it retails for around 400-450 bucks, and it's IQ is better than the X100F built-in lens.

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2017 at 07:23 UTC

I do still use occasionally my V1, either way with the 10-30mm VR Zoom (thanks to Nikon, which replaced some part onto it way long out of the warranty period, because this lens does have a serial defect), or the 18.5mm/F1.8 prime lens, depending on what i need. I still like the V1 build quality, and prefer the V1 EVF (2011) over the Sony A6000 EVF anytime.

The V1 is way small & light, and otherwise then my gear with Sony NP-FW50 Battery, the used EN-EL15 here last a very long time. It's the same Battery like into my D7000.

The Custom Alu Grip from Richard Franiec is a must, and with it, my V1 fits well into my hand, have bought it years ago.

A friend of mine still uses her Nikon J1 with Kitlens (10-30 VR) and takes nice pictures with it.

Here are two Pictures of an Oldtimer, i've made with the Nikon V1 some years ago -

https://1x.com/photo/285222/all:user:109203

https://1x.com/photo/421352/all:user:109203

Good Light !
Marc

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2017 at 17:38 UTC as 61st comment | 1 reply
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marc petzold: I don't give anything about Vic said, and one thing is for sure: i would NEVER buy an Apple Phone - because i can't stand Apple and a closed System, as iOS is, after all.

Many years ago, when i was working as 1st/2nd Level Support, and Network Technician, it was a mess to get a Apple PC into a Windows Domain.

Apple iPhones are overpriced, costing a hell lot less ito be produced, and at FOXCON, for instance - workers are usual at fatal circumstances working, building the iPhone. For some people their Smartphone is their status symbol, for myself, it's just a smartphone. I am way happy with the Xiaomi brand, premium Quality, very cheap prices, great hardware, especially for the asking price, great , continious Update Support. Apple?! Sorry, that doesn't work for me.

Even PS runs faster onto a OSX Computer, i'd stay with Linux & Windows, period. I am settled. Your milage may vary. :-)

Good Light !
Marc

It's an endless, silly discussion. One can have 1000's of so called "proof" this or that, into another way. I do work with PCs since the early 80s, and for myself, Apple is only great when it comes to PS, or the entire Adobe Suite, period. Nothing more - nothing less. Guess why Apple btw canceled their Server activities? Nobody bought them, for instance.

Steve Jobs best product was 2007 the iPhone. Since then, Apple haven't had brought any great stuff then.

I do have a Apple-free Zone here, and being perfectly fine this way. Your milelage my vary. :-)

Oh, and btw - i really liked the NeXT Cubes, back into their heyday, even i couldn't afford one back then. ;) And we all know who invented them...

Good Light !
Marc

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2017 at 13:37 UTC
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marc petzold: I don't give anything about Vic said, and one thing is for sure: i would NEVER buy an Apple Phone - because i can't stand Apple and a closed System, as iOS is, after all.

Many years ago, when i was working as 1st/2nd Level Support, and Network Technician, it was a mess to get a Apple PC into a Windows Domain.

Apple iPhones are overpriced, costing a hell lot less ito be produced, and at FOXCON, for instance - workers are usual at fatal circumstances working, building the iPhone. For some people their Smartphone is their status symbol, for myself, it's just a smartphone. I am way happy with the Xiaomi brand, premium Quality, very cheap prices, great hardware, especially for the asking price, great , continious Update Support. Apple?! Sorry, that doesn't work for me.

Even PS runs faster onto a OSX Computer, i'd stay with Linux & Windows, period. I am settled. Your milage may vary. :-)

Good Light !
Marc

Apple is a closed System. Period. It's not for the experts, or technicians.
And for using standart hardware, it's totally overpriced, and mostly not user-upgradeable. therefore it sucks.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2017 at 12:33 UTC
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marc petzold: I don't give anything about Vic said, and one thing is for sure: i would NEVER buy an Apple Phone - because i can't stand Apple and a closed System, as iOS is, after all.

Many years ago, when i was working as 1st/2nd Level Support, and Network Technician, it was a mess to get a Apple PC into a Windows Domain.

Apple iPhones are overpriced, costing a hell lot less ito be produced, and at FOXCON, for instance - workers are usual at fatal circumstances working, building the iPhone. For some people their Smartphone is their status symbol, for myself, it's just a smartphone. I am way happy with the Xiaomi brand, premium Quality, very cheap prices, great hardware, especially for the asking price, great , continious Update Support. Apple?! Sorry, that doesn't work for me.

Even PS runs faster onto a OSX Computer, i'd stay with Linux & Windows, period. I am settled. Your milage may vary. :-)

Good Light !
Marc

Seriously, i don't give a damn about Apple. And i am not envy about anyone. A friend of mine does have compared to myself much money, because of his job, do i envy him? - Never! And he noticed this, also .I don't care about other ppl's life or status, or money. I have to work hard for my money, but it's okay. Sometimes i take pictures (ltoo less time), and having fun whileas doing so. Into the end, it's just a hobby, but for a lifetime. And i am settled with the gear i have & use. Into the End, you can't take anything with you, one should always remember.

Good Light !
Marc

Link | Posted on Jul 31, 2017 at 17:06 UTC
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