fastnsharp

Joined on Dec 3, 2019

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On article Gear of the Year 2019 - Carey's choice: Sigma 45mm F2.8 (173 comments in total)
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LoneTree1: Grossly overpriced piece of junk. How people can spend $699 on such a dog of a lens is beyond me. You might as well just go get an old 45mm f2.0 Minolta for $30, it's probably better optically. There are HUNDREDS of lenses from back when with the same or better build. I think the problem is, people have gotten so used to paying a fortune for plastic-bodied rubbish that they are shocked when they see a decent build.

There aren’t hundreds of lenses better. Maybe dozens. But your point is well taken. If you want a lens with the character there is a large variety of them on eBay. But some of them command similar prices to this one.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2019 at 05:19 UTC
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fastnsharp: I'm waiting for the AF cinema primes. The latest AF lenses do smooth and quiet focus pulls. For 90% of the world out there you'll never notice the difference in the final product. The bigger difference probably comes in saving money and having more creative freedom thanks to AF.

Heck, with some kind of touch screen the director or cinematographer could control focus themselves.

I guess someday it will happen. Not today!

The latest mirrorless cameras are focus by wire and can seamlessly switch between manual control and automatic.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2019 at 03:12 UTC
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fastnsharp: I'm waiting for the AF cinema primes. The latest AF lenses do smooth and quiet focus pulls. For 90% of the world out there you'll never notice the difference in the final product. The bigger difference probably comes in saving money and having more creative freedom thanks to AF.

Heck, with some kind of touch screen the director or cinematographer could control focus themselves.

I guess someday it will happen. Not today!

@ Steven Lungley, in the old days, heck, even 2-3 years ago you would have been right. But with the latest optics and cameras its possible. You can touch on the screen wherever you want to focus and it never misses. Just give it a couple years and directors will be demanding AF focus lenses.

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2019 at 21:58 UTC
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Rootbeer Man: Poor Nikon!
Poor Pentax!
Poor Others!

🤔 🤔 🤔

Poor me!

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2019 at 01:05 UTC

I'm waiting for the AF cinema primes. The latest AF lenses do smooth and quiet focus pulls. For 90% of the world out there you'll never notice the difference in the final product. The bigger difference probably comes in saving money and having more creative freedom thanks to AF.

Heck, with some kind of touch screen the director or cinematographer could control focus themselves.

I guess someday it will happen. Not today!

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2019 at 20:39 UTC as 11th comment | 10 replies
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Love Photography 888: Is Nikon quitting the market in 2020?

Nikon shall fall, all is lost! Run for your lives! Buy film! Build dark room bunkers under the earth! Repent repent!

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2019 at 20:27 UTC
On article Sony E 70-350mm F4.5-6.3 G OSS sample gallery (85 comments in total)
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fastnsharp: Canon may need to do an APS-C option in their R series of cameras sooner rather than later. If they had such an option and it worked interchangeably with current RF lenses, their excellent 24-240mm would be a 39-390mm lens on APS-C.

I don't get the M series. I think the concept of the M series when it was introduced was to keep it distinctly separate from the rest of Canon's super special DSLR lineup. If they were smart they would do an M type camera with the RF mount. As it is their product lineup is looking ridiculously out of sync. They've got 4 mounts in active production, EF, EF-S, RF, and M. Now is the chance to consolidate M into RF before they go to far down that rabbit hole.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2019 at 18:07 UTC

I honestly didn't see a big difference between 1.3 vs 1.4 when it comes to accuracy and reliability of tracking. In other words I don't think this update really does anything to make the camera a better purchase than it was before the update. Sad to say.

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2019 at 21:49 UTC as 18th comment | 2 replies
On article UV photography sample images (DPReview TV) (19 comments in total)
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Arnoud Quanjer: I've been using UV-light to photograph scorpions for a couple of years now. Check https://www.arnoudquanjer.com/portfolio-items/scorpions/ for some of these images.

I'm pretty sure that's what it's like inside my nightmares.

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2019 at 05:24 UTC
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Rob-in-Alberta: Nikon? -“She Gone!”

It looks really bad! Nobody wants DSLR's. Looks like the death of the DSLR is happening sooner rather than later.

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2019 at 02:07 UTC
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Rob-in-Alberta: Nikon? -“She Gone!”

Not yet!

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2019 at 01:57 UTC
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cdembrey: The camera market isn't really dying—it's gearbois who are dying. The camera market can never go back to before-digital camera sales. Because the gearbois who have died in the last 15-20 years can't buy cameras anymore—simple as that.

Sony is a CONSUMER ELECTRONICS company who also makes Broadcast/Digital-Cinema cameras. The lose of consumer camera sales will not hurt them anymore than the Walkman losing-out to Apple's iPod did.

Canon has Office Machines, Cine Lenses and Digital Cine cameras to fall-back on. Panasonic is a maker of batteries (including batteries for Tesla), as well a Digital Cine Cameras—L-mount cameras will be the last man standing.

Sony got hammered around the time the iPod was dominating so I wouldn't say it didn't hurt them. Their market cap went from 100 billion to 15 billion.

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2019 at 00:02 UTC
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Love Photography 888: It’s quite obvious Nikon is in serious trouble. Even with all the price cuts on the newly released “big lens mount” Z twins soon after release, they still managed to lose a significant amount of sales to Sony.

Sony won't buy Nikon. I don't think Sony cares enough about cameras as a business to take on Nikon and their problems. Sony wants to milk cameras for profit for as long as possible, like any normal company would. But unlike Canon/Nikon, Sony's camera division is a drop in the bucket for Sony's bottom line.

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2019 at 00:00 UTC
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Love Photography 888: It’s quite obvious Nikon is in serious trouble. Even with all the price cuts on the newly released “big lens mount” Z twins soon after release, they still managed to lose a significant amount of sales to Sony.

Sadly Nikon may not make it. The Japanese government is involved in trying to find ways to save Nikon from being bought out by a "foreign interest". They had an amazing camera in the D850, but that isn't good enough. It needs to be mirrorless, and they were way too late to the game.

People quite plainly do not want DSLR's. I hope Canon understands that.

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2019 at 22:36 UTC
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Michael Ma: If you drill down into the Sony's earnings and projections report in August this year for "Digital Cameras", their earnings dropped 18% in 2018. And they projected 16% drop by the end of 2019. 3rd party percentage doesn't mean squat if earnings are falling off the cliff. If bluray overtook DVD sales, it doesn't mean everyone is switching to blueray. While Nikon and Canon are making moves to stay in the camera business long term, Sony may be making moves to show their shareholders that the camera business will soon be no longer profitable as they just announced the split between their sensor and camera business. They don't seem like a company that will stick with any product for long when things get bad.

Now this shouldn't matter to you as any camera can get the job done if you know what you are doing. But maybe something to consider before dropping 20k on their lens mount.

"Third Point, Daniel Loeb’s hedge fund, said in June it had built a $1.5bn stake in Sony and urged the company in a public letter to abandon its conglomerate model, focus on gaming, music and films, spin off its image sensor business and sell its stakes in Sony Financial, M3, Olympus and Spotify."

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2019 at 22:28 UTC
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Michael Ma: If you drill down into the Sony's earnings and projections report in August this year for "Digital Cameras", their earnings dropped 18% in 2018. And they projected 16% drop by the end of 2019. 3rd party percentage doesn't mean squat if earnings are falling off the cliff. If bluray overtook DVD sales, it doesn't mean everyone is switching to blueray. While Nikon and Canon are making moves to stay in the camera business long term, Sony may be making moves to show their shareholders that the camera business will soon be no longer profitable as they just announced the split between their sensor and camera business. They don't seem like a company that will stick with any product for long when things get bad.

Now this shouldn't matter to you as any camera can get the job done if you know what you are doing. But maybe something to consider before dropping 20k on their lens mount.

I have no idea who "Thoughts are Us" is. However, you should note the article I referenced in my posting is a real thing:
https://www.ft.com/content/d9f90394-d920-11e9-8f9b-77216ebe1f17

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2019 at 22:26 UTC
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Michael Ma: If you drill down into the Sony's earnings and projections report in August this year for "Digital Cameras", their earnings dropped 18% in 2018. And they projected 16% drop by the end of 2019. 3rd party percentage doesn't mean squat if earnings are falling off the cliff. If bluray overtook DVD sales, it doesn't mean everyone is switching to blueray. While Nikon and Canon are making moves to stay in the camera business long term, Sony may be making moves to show their shareholders that the camera business will soon be no longer profitable as they just announced the split between their sensor and camera business. They don't seem like a company that will stick with any product for long when things get bad.

Now this shouldn't matter to you as any camera can get the job done if you know what you are doing. But maybe something to consider before dropping 20k on their lens mount.

Even if Sony is committed to cameras, their investors may not be. Not long ago there was an investor calling for Sony to sell their sensor business. Which is an odd thing because it seems to be doing very well for them by all accounts. What it highlights though is that Sony is a large company with a lot of different business units and if things go south for Sony any one of their businesses could be on the chopping block.

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2019 at 22:08 UTC
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toni2: DSLR's are as dead as film. It was obvious. How many YEARS have lost canon and nikon...

Canon, continue with your expensive and trimmed mirrorless cameras... Your best marketing dreams, and the hardest numbers reality. Continue with models like M6 mk2 with "optional" EVF and as expensive as Sony FF (and included EVF!)...

I agree. DSLR's are dead. I don't see Canon doing a whole lot more with DSLR technology after 2020. That includes lenses and bodies. Nikon will be hard pressed to come up with a full Z system before disaster strikes.

I honestly think the 1Dx mk III is a huge mistake by Canon. They're making a camera that most people are going to view as outdated the day it releases. The 90D was also a waste of time.

Hopefully they learn their lesson sooner rather than later because it really doesn't matter if they have 100% of the DSLR market at this point... it's still headed to 0.

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2019 at 21:00 UTC

There is no doubt that Sony has done an amazing job. You can get excellent professional results with a Sony camera. I've been very happy with the EOS R and the new RF 70-200mm lens though. I'm glad I stuck with Canon through thick and thin. It's been rough going but things are looking up for them finally. I can't say I never thought about switching to Sony, I just kept my faith in Canon and took a chance on the new system.

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2019 at 18:23 UTC as 114th comment
On article Sony E 70-350mm F4.5-6.3 G OSS sample gallery (85 comments in total)

Canon may need to do an APS-C option in their R series of cameras sooner rather than later. If they had such an option and it worked interchangeably with current RF lenses, their excellent 24-240mm would be a 39-390mm lens on APS-C.

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2019 at 16:53 UTC as 5th comment | 2 replies
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