mcantsin

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I wonder how it will perform against the very similar TTArtisan M-Mount 28mm/5.6. At least it will be $100 cheaper...

Link | Posted on May 5, 2022 at 13:06 UTC as 23rd comment | 2 replies

When I shoot just for fun, I always pick an older camera. Today's cameras are too fiddly and bloated with settings and features for my taste.

My favorites are:
- Canon 5D Classic (Mk I)
- Olympus E300 (Four Thirds SLR, not MFT mirrorless)
- Fuji S5 Pro (= modified Nikon D200)

Among mirrorless cameras, the Ricoh GXR and Fuji X-T1.

All these cameras also happen to shoot uniquely beautiful images.

But in reality, nothing beats an analog camera when it comes to handling, ergonomics, robustness and simplicity. The Nikon FM2 and [analog] Leica CL are my first picks when it comes to pure joy of photography.

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2022 at 01:09 UTC as 107th comment | 4 replies

I wonder how this performs against the (equally new) Fujinon 23mm/1.4 and would love to see a real-world comparative test.

The Fujinon has a more complex optical construction with 11 elements in 8 groups (vs. 10 elements in 6 groups in the Voigtlander), got stellar reviews, but also is considerably longer (63mm vs. 44mm) and heavier (300g vs. 214g), has less aperture blades (7 vs. 12) and a longer minimum focus distance (28 vs. 18cm), and is $120 more expensive.

I'd expect the Fujinon to be optically better, but the Voigtlander to have more character...

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2022 at 22:34 UTC as 16th comment | 4 replies

I don't what it is - camera? light? sound? - but unlike previous "Wooden Niccolls" episodes, this movie reenactment strikes me as extremely bland and lacking atmosphere, as if it just had been casually filmed with a smartphone. [Despite all the tech used, including anamorphic lenses, flags, boomed mics etc. etc.]

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2022 at 15:00 UTC as 9th comment | 2 replies

Hmm, I see quite a bit of highlight clipping, smearing/smudging, plus sharpening artefacts on object edges - at least in the SOOC JPEGs - when downloading the pictures and looking at them in detail. They're not that great in 1:1 pixel view, despite the lower sensor resolution being less demanding on lenses.

Some things obviously have improved in those 10 years...

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2022 at 15:08 UTC as 14th comment

There are two reasons for the myth, one is mentioned in the video, the other isn't - but both go back to analog photography times:

1) The greater difference between medium and full format/35mm in analog times

FF/35mm has a "crop factor" of 2.5 in relation to 6x9 medium format. So, to match the DoF of an f3.5 lens on medium format, you needed an f1.4 lens on 35mm.

2) The image quality difference when shooting wide open

Most medium format lenses were optimized for even optical performance across the frame and were good performers wide open. So shooting at f3.5 gave you shallow depth of field & good image quality within the DoF.

Almost all f1.4 normal and wide angle 35mm lenses in the pre-digital era were rather poor performers wide open. A Fuji GW690III with its 90mm/f3.5 lens wide open was leagues better than a Nikon DSLR with a Nikkor 35mm/f1.4.

[Today, you can buy - among others - Sigma Art f1.4 lenses that are great performers wide open and can even be used on film DSLRs....]

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2022 at 23:05 UTC as 146th comment | 1 reply
In reply to:

mcantsin: it seems that Ricoh/Pentax will adopt a similar business model to small photographic equipment manufacturers that launch their products on Kickstarter and Indiegogo to prefinance manufacturing and better calculate production runs. (This is what, for example, Sirui does with their anamorphic lenses.) Ricoh would be the first big company to use this model.

Call me crazy, but this does sounds like a smart strategy to me. If it succeeds, it could serve as a role model for the entire (struggling...) camera industry. It's much preferable to companies clinging to their old production and retail models, accumulating losses and quitting the market.

[Disclaimer: I do not own any Ricoh/Pentax products aside from an old M42 Takumar lens...]

@Raist3d actually not. They don't launch their products on Kickstarter or Indiegogo and have them prefinanced, and they hardly sell them via Internet retail at all.

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2022 at 21:16 UTC

it seems that Ricoh/Pentax will adopt a similar business model to small photographic equipment manufacturers that launch their products on Kickstarter and Indiegogo to prefinance manufacturing and better calculate production runs. (This is what, for example, Sirui does with their anamorphic lenses.) Ricoh would be the first big company to use this model.

Call me crazy, but this does sounds like a smart strategy to me. If it succeeds, it could serve as a role model for the entire (struggling...) camera industry. It's much preferable to companies clinging to their old production and retail models, accumulating losses and quitting the market.

[Disclaimer: I do not own any Ricoh/Pentax products aside from an old M42 Takumar lens...]

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2022 at 20:08 UTC as 102nd comment | 9 replies

I have to say, DPReviewTV shot on the S1H looks visibly better. Or was it just another hickup, next to the sound, that Chris' skin (on the forehead) is clipped throughout the video?

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2022 at 17:05 UTC as 57th comment

In an ideal world, the A7c should get a quick update through an A7c ii with Sony's new menu system, the 10bit video codecs of the A1/A7s iii/A7iv, and if possible an improved EVF.

Sony currently has a gap in the sub-$2000 camera range. The A7iv is no longer in that class, and the current iteration of the A7c is both unavailable and suffering from old tech.

Link | Posted on Dec 24, 2021 at 19:24 UTC as 33rd comment | 2 replies
On article Have your say: Vote now for best prime lens of 2021 (115 comments in total)

Can't enter anything (on Google Chrome)... Is there are trick to the interface?

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2021 at 14:23 UTC as 58th comment | 2 replies
On article Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 DC DN sample gallery (21 comments in total)

The resolution of these images, when pixel-peeping, is really impressive for such a lens, even in the corners. IMHO it rivals good primes. CAs are an issue but hopefully can be battled with in Raw Converters.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2021 at 13:29 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply

The picture was actually taken in Wetzlar, not Cologne.

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2021 at 14:07 UTC as 58th comment | 4 replies
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mcantsin: The 90mm apparently has extreme native distortion and absolutely requires software correction/lens profiles, as visible in this test picture from sonyalpha.blog:

https://i0.wp.com/sonyalpha.blog/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/90mm-F2.8-DG-DN-Contemporary-021-at-90-mm-04-s-a-f-28-a-ISO-100-001.jpg

This is rather disappointing for a tele lens - and also makes this lens unsuitable for raw video (where lens correction profiles don't exist).

@panther fan, the Sigma fp & fp-L record internal RAW video, and the 90mm is also available with L-mount.

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2021 at 13:21 UTC

The 90mm apparently has extreme native distortion and absolutely requires software correction/lens profiles, as visible in this test picture from sonyalpha.blog:

https://i0.wp.com/sonyalpha.blog/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/90mm-F2.8-DG-DN-Contemporary-021-at-90-mm-04-s-a-f-28-a-ISO-100-001.jpg

This is rather disappointing for a tele lens - and also makes this lens unsuitable for raw video (where lens correction profiles don't exist).

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2021 at 13:08 UTC as 26th comment | 5 replies

I wonder how the 50mm/2.5 performs in comparison to the older Sony-Zeiss 55mm/1.8 (which, when it came out, was one of the best-resolving lenses on the market).

A downside of the 55mm/1.8 is its older and slower focus motors as well as its lack of support for the high-speed 20fps/30fps photo burst modes of the A9 and A1.

(Personally, I also find 50mm a more practical focal length than 55m. The one-stop difference between f1.8 and f2.5 wouldn't be a dealbreaker either given how good cameras have become at shooting at higher ISOs, and given that the 50mm/2.5 is fully sharp wide open.)

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2021 at 14:11 UTC as 50th comment | 4 replies
On article Venus Laowa 'Argus' 33mm F0.95 CF APO sample gallery (47 comments in total)

With all due respect, but the f0.95 aperture on this lens (and competing 7Artisans, TTArtisan etc. lenses) is a marketing gimmick. More respectable manufacturers wouldn't allow these lenses to be opened more than f1.4.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2021 at 13:42 UTC as 13th comment | 4 replies

This effectively reduces the analog camera to a lens adapter. It would make more sense to build a proper lens adapter instead.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2021 at 18:20 UTC as 38th comment

This article is way too technical for its intended audience and therefore misses its target group.

Market research shows that by far most casual camera owners only shoot in full auto mode, in JPEG and with the kit lens.

Today, good smartphones produce better JPEGs in full auto mode than most cameras because of their more advanced computational photography.

A camera to win over smartphone users needs to produce visibly better JPEGs with the kit lens and in full auto mode. Not many cameras do that IMHO. The article should focus on (and recommend) those.

All other cameras are for specialists and more advanced photographers.

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2021 at 23:45 UTC as 32nd comment | 15 replies

Well, it would it be much more urgent if Sigma fixed the following current issues of the fp:
- 0.1 second shutter delay, with the actually recorded image differing from/lagging in comparison to the image shown on the viewfinder after having pressed the shutter release button;
- exposure compensation being only adjustable through a sub-sub camera menu when in M mode;
- overexposure zebras not being correct [i.e. not showing raw sensor clipping] between ISO 100 and ISO 3200 when recording CinemaDNG RAW video/shooting DNG stills.
- no manual controls (including shutter and ISO) in USB webcam mode
- non-working AF-ON button in manual focus mode with L mount AF lenses

Link | Posted on May 24, 2021 at 14:51 UTC as 17th comment | 1 reply
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