Picturenaut

Picturenaut

Lives in Frankfurt am Main
Works as a science journalist
Has a website at www.roland-wengenmayr.de
Joined on Jun 1, 2010
About me:

Love to shoot wildlife, birds, animals, macros of insects and spiders, plus street and portrait of people (I like to draw portraits too).

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On article Canon EOS 5D Mark IV First Impressions Review (854 comments in total)
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photoshack: Being that I'd used Canon (largest investment, lots of lenses), Sony A7S II, Fuji X100S I have always gone back to FF Canon bodies. I don't care about GPS but could see why travel guys would need it, I don't care about Wireless (I had it, found it clunky and too slow to actually use and chewed battery.) Occasionally I use a Camranger on the Canon for wireless previews, long exposure but really that is more of a toy.

So while people are slamming Canon for its sticking with DSLR form-factor using that old mirror and being "big", I really don't see the problem...the others cannot compare when you are looking for the results. Granted I have looked at Nikons with some envy, but to me they are the real competitor not mirrorless consumer cameras.

So this IV seems like a good upgrade for those who need those features, and the extra MP and ISO range is very good.

The funny thing is that mirrorless FF bodys seem to grow with each generation to finally approach a FF DSLR's body size - just wait for Sony's A7III ;-)

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 16:45 UTC
On article Canon EOS 5D Mark IV First Impressions Review (854 comments in total)
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Picturenaut: I think many of those complaining about the lack of a fragile articulated screen do not get for what purposes such a rugged camera is made. My 5D3 for sure would be already broken if it didn't have a fixed screen in a massive body, I use it frequently for wildlife shooting in quite tough environments.

Since the 5D4 now has - finally! - WiFi you can use your smartphone as a super flexible additional screen if you need that.

Okay I give up...

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 16:28 UTC
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Yake: With a Sony sensor he could be doing those most excellent shadow pushes that are so critical to saving highlights and producing usable pictures, as every informed amateur knows. He must really struggle with that old inferior sensor, poor guy.

Shame on Canon for crippling these cameras and not giving them the dynamic range of next year's 5DIV or the 2020 1DX Mark III. But then Canon is strictly run by some dude in the Marketing Dept. who doesn't crave on-chip ADC new fab nanometer blah-blah like all real photographers do.

Before you start thinking that this Canon is a good camera, remember that pros often don't have a choice about which camera they use because their employers choose for them. They just run with whatever the boss hands them and can't say a bleep about. Oh yeah, and the cost of switching to a better brand like Sony would be too prohibitive for a pro with a vast inventory of lenses like this guy has. ;-)

P.S. But seriously, he's a great photographer!

Yake, sorry for the extremely delayed reply, I was off here for about a month because I prefer to spend my time more with photography, less with posting comments.

Sorry I missed your "tongue-in-cheek" point, maybe because it was late here in Germany and I was tired. I apologize much, in particular I "hit" a real Selgado fan. He's one of my fav photographers, too.

I think I am getting a bit to thin-skinned of all this Canon bashing, not because I am a fanboy (my current favorite is shooting film with a mid format Mamiya 6 system) but because of all those - sorry - idiots commenting every little news including the buzzword "Canon". So if you use Canon and you want to read something really useful here at DPR you have to delve through all this toxic nonsense. This is in fact one of the reasons I nearly quitted visiting DPR.

I think we both can deliberately agree that its not the gear or brand that makes a good photographer.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 16:04 UTC
On article Canon EOS 5D Mark IV First Impressions Review (854 comments in total)

I think many of those complaining about the lack of a fragile articulated screen do not get for what purposes such a rugged camera is made. My 5D3 for sure would be already broken if it didn't have a fixed screen in a massive body, I use it frequently for wildlife shooting in quite tough environments.

Since the 5D4 now has - finally! - WiFi you can use your smartphone as a super flexible additional screen if you need that.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 14:43 UTC as 103rd comment | 10 replies
On article Canon EOS 5D Mark IV First Impressions Review (854 comments in total)
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TMW: I was wondering something. Maybe I missed it, maybe it is just self-evident.

The Dual Pixel RAW thing only works with Canon DPP, right?

Does it work with Sigma lenses?

TMW: dual pixel AF should work with any 3rd party AF lens, but depending on the lens it may tend to more or less pumping. I realized with my 7D2 that both older Canon lens designs such as the EF 50mm f/1.4 and 3rd party lenses such as the Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 are more prone to pumping when LV/video focusing, Canon's modern USM lenses with a recent design less. I guess that those lenses deliver the camera's AF system a more precise feedback about the actual position of the AF drive.

I remember that Roger Cicala in one his lensrentals blogs some years ago addressed this topic. If I remember correctly he explained that Canon's modern USM lenses have more advanced sensors built-in, I think the same applies to Nikkor lenses.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 14:32 UTC
On article Canon EOS 5D Mark IV First Impressions Review (854 comments in total)
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panther fan: It might be a good stills camera. But for videographers?

-4k huge 1,64 Crop
-Huge file sizes because no usefull codec
-No LOG
-Needs CFast to record video
-No articulated Touchscreen
-No Zebras
-No Peaking

Nice still camera though

no articulated touchscreen: I am pretty happy that such a rugged body from Canon still does have a fixed screen. It is made for rough use e.g. in wildlife photography and I am pretty sure that my 5D3 wouldn't have survived some incidents with a fragile articulated screen so well as it did.

With Wifi now included you can use your smartphone as an additional, highly flexible screen, and WiFi is really what I miss in the 5D3 (and 7D2).

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 13:57 UTC
On article Canon EOS 5D Mark IV First Impressions Review (854 comments in total)
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Mateus1: Another Canon's dinosaur... for $3600?

and I am sure it will not render colours that beutiful as 5Dmk1... as mk2 & mk3 do not.

AllanW I agree, I have both access to a Canon and a Nikon gear, and when it gets to colors right out of the camera Canon beats Nikon in most settings. This is really something since color defines basically color photography.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 13:52 UTC
On article Canon EOS 5D Mark IV First Impressions Review (854 comments in total)
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Wanderer23: As a non-Canon shooter, I'm quite disappointed and underwhelmed. It's still an amazing camera and I'd be more than happy to shoot with it -- but I thought Canon had a great opportunity with this iteration to maintain/re-establish their dominance for the next 4-5 years. Certainly a refined, calculated, and safe update, but that's it. I can't imagine a ton of people switching to Canon now for this, but they'll still sell more than plenty of these bodies.

Wanderer23, if you are no Canon shooter why do you throw away valuable time of your life to comment on Canon products? I never comment on products I don't use, it's a complete waste of time I much better can spend with photography.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 13:47 UTC
On article Canon EOS 5D Mark IV First Impressions Review (854 comments in total)
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Mbaris: Great outdoors, eh? Who will exactly thug that 900gr beast (before the lenses and tripod) to a hiking trip? The pros carrying around tens of kilos, and other support equipment, would they care about the "new" features? Aren't they redundant to a pro? The serious-amateur, wouldn't they prefer something much lighter for their personal trips? For someone doing studio, there are much better used Canons than this one. I think this camera is targeted for wedding photographers, which can burn cameras fast, and buy new to replace. This makes most of the new features just a marketing trick

the great thing about such a gear is that you can combine elegantly photography with training your body, so you get two benefits for the price of one... ;-)

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 13:41 UTC
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User8303410032: If there is a 1.6 crop in video, why not allow for EF-S lens, for the wide angle...

waiting for mirror up and then sticking the lens on?! Oh boy... get an EF lens and keep it simple. There is another brillant advantage of FF lenses you may not yet have realized: you can use your 3.2 k$ DSLR BOTH in its FF and crop mode without need to exchange your lens! Isn't that great?

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 13:37 UTC
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Yake: With a Sony sensor he could be doing those most excellent shadow pushes that are so critical to saving highlights and producing usable pictures, as every informed amateur knows. He must really struggle with that old inferior sensor, poor guy.

Shame on Canon for crippling these cameras and not giving them the dynamic range of next year's 5DIV or the 2020 1DX Mark III. But then Canon is strictly run by some dude in the Marketing Dept. who doesn't crave on-chip ADC new fab nanometer blah-blah like all real photographers do.

Before you start thinking that this Canon is a good camera, remember that pros often don't have a choice about which camera they use because their employers choose for them. They just run with whatever the boss hands them and can't say a bleep about. Oh yeah, and the cost of switching to a better brand like Sony would be too prohibitive for a pro with a vast inventory of lenses like this guy has. ;-)

P.S. But seriously, he's a great photographer!

Sure you don't know who Sebastião Salgado is, Yake, just google him and his famous images. Or watch the movie "salt of the earth". There you (1) can learn what really great photography is (well, we all can learn a lot) and that (2) he uses Canon SLRs and DSLRs to shoot his stunning images. Does he stick with this uncool brand only because he can't afford a system change? I don't think so.

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2016 at 15:01 UTC
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Brobes: Easy job, easy pictures! It all happens in front of him... Strange there is no blimp or silent shutter camera to be less intrusive?

5D3 has a very effective silent shutter mode

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2016 at 14:23 UTC
On article DxOMark confirms Canon EOS 1D X II sensor advances (216 comments in total)
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Nobby2016: DXO is not making it public how exactly they reach the score.

the 1DX MK2 is nearly everywhere better than the D5 and only gets the same score.

what is the reason that DXO does not make it public how exactly they weight the scores?

also DR only seems to be really important at low ISO, why?

sony for example has worse DR at high ISO than canon cameras.... yet sony scores always better at DR.

Revenant, you hit it. If you shoot action like sports or wildife, for which such a camera is made, you nearly never have enough light for base ISO. It is much more likely that you have to go for ISO 1600 or 3200, even higher. So higher ISOs matter, and that's the reason why DxO's final scores are more or less useless for this class of cameras. At least you have to check their data more thoroughly - or get your information from other sources with more transparent methods.

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2016 at 08:39 UTC
On article Leica Q In-depth Review (1140 comments in total)
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IvanPavlov: Are there among commentators professional photographers? Or are only wealthy amateurs having Leica Q?

Which are professionals shooting with Leica? And how many professionals are shooting on Leica M/S/SL?

About this camera: May consider this is as professional tool or auxiliary (second) tool in terms of real work taking into consideration its abilities and price and value of brand?

Actually I know one pro who loves his Q and shoots it in sessions even side by side with his extended mid format gear (Phase One). He definitely knows a lot about photography, he is quite successful even in these hard times for pros. There is definitely much more about photography and cameras than sensor scores etc., in particular because nearly all digital cameras are good nowadays. Most important is the way a camera helps you getting good images, and obviously the Leica Q is just right for his personal way of doing things.

Btw he allowed me to briefly test his Q. It is a beautiful camera with great AF and IQ but not my cup of tea, because I am more a normal-tele lens guy. But that's my way of seeing things.

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2016 at 08:07 UTC
On article DxOMark confirms Canon EOS 1D X II sensor advances (216 comments in total)
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Balooziggy: DXO is clearly biased as are many others including DPReview. Canon will never better Nikon or Sony in some peoples eyes, but who gives a sheit? I am using the 1dxII and love it, it's a superb camera albeit not perfect!

Well, those many pros still shooting with Canon are obviously disbeliever in the holy books of DxO & DPR ;-) I am no fanboy but Canon has one outstanding quality that really can matter but doesn't help this brand in lab review scores: quality. We shoot both a Canon and a Nikon gear side by side, mostly wildlife in really rugged environments, and our Nikon gear needed much more repair service in the past years (opposite to our vintage analogue Nikons that still are doing well). The most reliable parts of our current Nikon gear are Sigma lenses... I think many pros appreciate reliable workhorses, because only a camera that works does the job.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2016 at 21:05 UTC
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marc petzold: For ~1900 EUR, i expected to see the Lens made completely out of metal,beside the glass elements... not with plastic front rings or somehow interna, my bad. The Primes from the 60s to 80s Era are mostly made out of metal, minus the rubber focus rings.

For comparsion, Zeiss Loxia Lenses...or just the good old C/Y Zeiss lenses.

Besides that, it looks like a really nice build quality. :-)

@marc petzold: sure, there are better and less good lenses around in terms of durability, that applies to all manufacturers. Roger Cicala's great blog delivers good statistics based on lens rental's real life experience, at least for pro like gear.

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2015 at 20:27 UTC

Interesting to read the debates here about modern lenses with their ultrasonic drives and other features won't last as long as vintage lenses. But is that true? Simplicity seems not always guarantee durability, according to my experience.

My wife e.g. lost a mechanical only Sigma 24-70/2.8 zoom in Siberia, at -40 °C it broke and literally fell into pieces - she selected this vintage lens from early 1990s because she expected it to be very robust. Then, a Nikkor 300/4 (no VR) of our gears needed recently an AF drive replacement, whereas our technically more advanced and complex EF 300/4 L IS USM (with IS) still works flawlessly - same age, same use.

Such a personal experience of course does not support any statistics, but I do believe that modern complex lenses can be quite long-lived if well made. I think, electronic compatibility could be more a problem in the long run.

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2015 at 08:47 UTC as 12th comment | 1 reply
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marc petzold: For ~1900 EUR, i expected to see the Lens made completely out of metal,beside the glass elements... not with plastic front rings or somehow interna, my bad. The Primes from the 60s to 80s Era are mostly made out of metal, minus the rubber focus rings.

For comparsion, Zeiss Loxia Lenses...or just the good old C/Y Zeiss lenses.

Besides that, it looks like a really nice build quality. :-)

@marc petzold: I frequently use a vintage EF 500mm F/4.5 L USM built in 1995, and it still works flawlessly (besides a little tolerance in the AF/MF switch). Served me just well again recently on in a storm with sand and salty spray on a shore, shooting seafowl in action. I am pretty sure that it will work the next several years without failure.

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2015 at 08:28 UTC

Kudos to Roger Cicala and lensrentals. In fact I check their great blog first before I invest since many years.

Like other posters here I am a huge fan of Canon's high quality lenses (not every lens in their line is stellar, of course). I really don't pamper my gear, but my expensive Canon glass survived many accidents in rugged environment without decentering or failing. We do a lot of wildlife, and we have an extended Canon and Nikon gear, so I can compare both systems well. Our Nikon lenses and cameras needed much more service so far, and our most reliable, best performing Nikon lenses are made by Sigma btw.

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2015 at 10:22 UTC as 46th comment

The M3 isn't the sexiest act in the mirrorless circus of course, but not a bad camera. I played a bit with one in my local shop and like its quality and handling. AF is okay now, and its IQ is good enough for very good results. Seems to make a nice addition to Canon gear. I personally prefer the native system over a Sony-Canon EF-adapter thing, and I seriously consider getting one...

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 08:50 UTC as 35th comment
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