LensBeginner

LensBeginner

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Yake: The usual comments are that you can find some old lens for the cost of a coffee and it will do the same thing. But good luck finding those old lenses in all of these mounts, free of scratches and fungus, etc. I'm glad they're making these. Some people will make good use of them.

Not really good luck, it's pretty easy if you know where to look and/or you happen to travel regularly to the countries where they can be found easily.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2016 at 19:19 UTC
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Jonathan F/2: More overpriced hipster lenses by Lomo? Just buy a Helios 44 for $30-40 and get the better OOF bokeh effects, sharper glass and all for a fraction of the price!

I find it mildly bemusing that some people are rushing to buy a modern knock-off of a vintage lens for a ridiculously high sum...

I don't have anything personal against Lomo, it could even be my thing to shoot with a vintage lens (I'm doing that just now BTW), it's just sad to notice that this world has become the hunting territory for enterprises with an m.o. bordering on scamming, and they are really successful in making big money, while real talents and serious commercial propositions often die in little time only because they don't spray dazzling words all over the place, but just offer something realistic at a realistic price.

People just prefer to fall for the talk and be scammed believing they are onto something mystical rather than buying something ordinary that (gasp!) works.

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2016 at 10:07 UTC
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Jonathan F/2: More overpriced hipster lenses by Lomo? Just buy a Helios 44 for $30-40 and get the better OOF bokeh effects, sharper glass and all for a fraction of the price!

@CopCarSS
I can't think of any car company making a car with a hand-crank start either...

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2016 at 20:39 UTC
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Jonathan F/2: More overpriced hipster lenses by Lomo? Just buy a Helios 44 for $30-40 and get the better OOF bokeh effects, sharper glass and all for a fraction of the price!

Exactly my point, post liked.

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2016 at 19:36 UTC
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Peiasdf: Wouldn't a paper cutout in front of a 80s' cheap lens have the same effect? I remember DigitalRev did something like this years ago.

That is, where the diaphragm should be.
This lens doesn't have a diaphragm *and* then the slot-in apertures (it only has the latter), while the old lenses you were refering to already have some kind of aperture mechanism.

If you scroll to the second set of pictures there's a 3D render.

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2016 at 09:30 UTC
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Peiasdf: Wouldn't a paper cutout in front of a 80s' cheap lens have the same effect? I remember DigitalRev did something like this years ago.

It's ideal if the aperture shape is cut like you want, but you get the same effect the way you say.

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2016 at 07:40 UTC

Plenty of really nice old lenses for pennies, and awesome glass too...
Something that you can use wide open to get unusual effects and stop down a little to get all the DoF and sharpness you need, all topped-up with nice and peculiar color rendition.

No need to dig much to find lots of good examples...

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2016 at 20:46 UTC as 35th comment
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Keith Cooper: With a lot of people new to the software I hope this info is of help. I still use them regularly, with Sharpener Pro being a frequent part of my print workflow from small snaps to 3 metre prints. I've written up details of how I use many of the plugins.

Hope it helps?

Silver Efex Pro
http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/reviews/plugins/silver_efex_2.html

Sharpener
http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/reviews/plugins/sharpening_nik3.html

Viveza
http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/reviews/plugins/viveza-2.html

Color Efex filters
http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/reviews/plugins/color-efex-pro4.html

Noise
http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/reviews/plugins/dfine_2.html

HDR
http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/reviews/plugins/hdr-efex-pro2.html

Other uses

SFX and halos
http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/article_pages/photo-tips/sfx-halo.html

SFX with dull colour images
http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/tutorial_pages/sfx-colour.html

Very informative and detailed, thanks for sharing.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2016 at 09:42 UTC

Fantastic news on one side, terrible on the flip side...
Just sad that they are abandoning one of the better plugin suites on the market, if not the best one...

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2016 at 23:23 UTC as 145th comment
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LensBeginner: Am I very much mistaken, or that's Himeji Castle? :-)
Also, the Jibo Kannon statue at Aizu.

Oh I see.. TY very much!

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2016 at 18:41 UTC

Am I very much mistaken, or that's Himeji Castle? :-)
Also, the Jibo Kannon statue at Aizu.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2016 at 11:38 UTC as 27th comment | 2 replies
On article UPDATED: CP+ 2016: shooting the Pentax K-1 in Yokohama (378 comments in total)
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(unknown member): SNR and DR are noticeably better than D810. This is based on RAW file analysis from firmware Ver. 0.38(January 2016).

A beta tester using more recent firmware posted his conclusion that K-1 is about 1 stop better in SNR than the D810 below in the comments. I can not confirm this with quantifiable data at the moment of course but DxO will post the final results in few weeks.

I wouldn't trust DxO on this one... IMHO they are somewhat biased...

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2016 at 22:49 UTC
On article UPDATED: CP+ 2016: shooting the Pentax K-1 in Yokohama (378 comments in total)
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villagranvicent: "...and no, this does not mean that we are in Ricoh's pocket."
"...I am not a Pentaxian, just to get that out of the way."

Then why mention the subject, to avoid people asking for the GX8 review?

We-are-Pentaxians!
We-come-in-peace!

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2016 at 12:28 UTC
On article Opinion: Enthusiast compacts have finally come of age (479 comments in total)
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David2553: If these're called enthusiast compacts, what'd you call those Ricoh GR, Fuji X100s and X70, Sigma DPxM,Q, Somy RX1? Considered that you call camera like Nikon D7200 and D600 enthusiast camera as well. These are more like Popular or Commercial grade

Well, he does, but as his mother's requirement.
Now I have nothing against him, his mother, one style or another et coetera, but I don't think zoom would be an enthusiast's requirement.
A consumer's, more likely, but an enthusiast should know better.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2016 at 10:21 UTC
On article Opinion: Enthusiast compacts have finally come of age (479 comments in total)
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Kevin Coppalotti: Compacts come of age? Then why is DPreview was still recommending the Fuji X100T as best travel compact, a camera dating back to 2010?

It has not yet come of age... its bar/t mitzvah will only be in 2023...

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2016 at 23:32 UTC
On article Opinion: Enthusiast compacts have finally come of age (479 comments in total)
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David2553: If these're called enthusiast compacts, what'd you call those Ricoh GR, Fuji X100s and X70, Sigma DPxM,Q, Somy RX1? Considered that you call camera like Nikon D7200 and D600 enthusiast camera as well. These are more like Popular or Commercial grade

"good cameras"? :-P

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2016 at 21:32 UTC
On article Opinion: Enthusiast compacts have finally come of age (479 comments in total)

I though 30x zoom was the polar opposite of what "enthusiasts" want...
That should be the preserve of "mass market" compacts IMHO...

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2016 at 21:32 UTC as 80th comment
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2663 comments in total)
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colesf: "Part of the reason for all the interest in a full-frame Pentax is the vast collection of K-mount lenses that exist around the world."

Boy , oh boy. This lame argument needs to die a quiet death. It was lame in 2000, but now in 2016, it's irrelevant except for a few diehards eBay junkies. And that does not a market make. Do Nikon users jump up and down because they can use the old dust-filled relics in their closet? Do Sony users trumpet their AF lenses from the Clinton era? No, only Pentax and its fans use this bizarre marketing strategy. It would be like a third-tier car maker, like Suzuki, adding a cassette player to their cars so that baby boomers could play their precious English Beat and Journey tapes.

Besides the issue of lens availability, what exactly is the point of 36 mp? I think most photographers got over printing 4x6 foot prints when they realized huge prints are just narcissistic.

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Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2016 at 16:27 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2663 comments in total)
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colesf: "Part of the reason for all the interest in a full-frame Pentax is the vast collection of K-mount lenses that exist around the world."

Boy , oh boy. This lame argument needs to die a quiet death. It was lame in 2000, but now in 2016, it's irrelevant except for a few diehards eBay junkies. And that does not a market make. Do Nikon users jump up and down because they can use the old dust-filled relics in their closet? Do Sony users trumpet their AF lenses from the Clinton era? No, only Pentax and its fans use this bizarre marketing strategy. It would be like a third-tier car maker, like Suzuki, adding a cassette player to their cars so that baby boomers could play their precious English Beat and Journey tapes.

Besides the issue of lens availability, what exactly is the point of 36 mp? I think most photographers got over printing 4x6 foot prints when they realized huge prints are just narcissistic.

You've got to know what to look for.
Without extensive computer use in the design phase (even though some lenses at the end of the '70s were designed with the help of SW, just think of the computational capabilities at that time...), zooms and extreme focal length were generally difficult to build, very expensive, very rare, and generally not exceptional.
You have the one-of-a-kind, exceptional Nikkor 13/5.6 (which is prohibitively expensive), we have a very good 17/4 fisheye (originally made in 1975).

Other than that an some other notable exceptions, you'll want to stick with short tele to wide angle using tried and tested optical formulas.

You have the tiny Nikon-E 100/2.8, we have an even smaller (by a hair, if I'm not mistaken) and really astounding 100/2.8, for instance.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2016 at 16:26 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2663 comments in total)
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colesf: "Part of the reason for all the interest in a full-frame Pentax is the vast collection of K-mount lenses that exist around the world."

Boy , oh boy. This lame argument needs to die a quiet death. It was lame in 2000, but now in 2016, it's irrelevant except for a few diehards eBay junkies. And that does not a market make. Do Nikon users jump up and down because they can use the old dust-filled relics in their closet? Do Sony users trumpet their AF lenses from the Clinton era? No, only Pentax and its fans use this bizarre marketing strategy. It would be like a third-tier car maker, like Suzuki, adding a cassette player to their cars so that baby boomers could play their precious English Beat and Journey tapes.

Besides the issue of lens availability, what exactly is the point of 36 mp? I think most photographers got over printing 4x6 foot prints when they realized huge prints are just narcissistic.

I'm not trying to convince anyone to do that!
I'm just trying to tell you that shooting old lens isn't as bad as your prejudices make you think it is!
So do as you please, you have an outstanding equipment already, but before saying old lenses are always "soft", difficult to use and generally not worth it, well, then think again.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2016 at 15:43 UTC
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