Lives in Australia QLD, Australia
Joined on Jan 28, 2003
About me:

Serious about photography when I got an Olympus OM-1, migrated to Nikon, back to Olympus (digital), 14 years with Canon and currently a Sony user since 2015. Who knows what's next...


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On article Hands-on with the Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG DN Art (267 comments in total)
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gphome: You have to give Sigma credit, they have elevated themselves from being a standard third party option, at a tier below native glass, to being seen a top glass maker, often standing toe to toe with native glass but at a lesser price point.

Kudos to m43 and Sony also for opening their mounts and allowing easy competition with their own lenses, and further more Panasonic having an alliance with Sigma... no easy task coming out on top of that glass war

Indeed, Sigma is making great glass, I wish they could start making FF mirrorless lenses before but I like the route they are taking. I look forward to seeing a 135mm soon

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2020 at 21:11 UTC
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sirkhann: Finally we get a lighter lens for mirrorless than its DSLR counterpart. I had started to lose hope.

I'm totally sold just by looking at the images, hope that this will be Sigma's next best-seller that we are going to see for other mounts as well.

There might be lots of UWA, WA and 50mm primes for mirrorless but the longer the focal distance, the narrower the choice. My favourite prime is the 135mm and I believe there is only 3 options with AF out there for E-Mount, a Sigma monster with good price and the other two very, very expensive.

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2020 at 20:56 UTC

Previous 85mm Art was great and this new version seems to perform better. Very anticipated lens for mirrorless users. At Sigma website there is a size comparison showing how compact this lens is. Hopefully Sigma continues this path now that they support L-Mount but at the same time, E-mount users will enjoy the benefit as well. I trust a 135mm F1.8 is in the roadmap. Congrats Sigma, well done.

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2020 at 20:47 UTC as 13th comment
On article Canon EOS R5 sample gallery (DPReview TV) (93 comments in total)
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steelhead3: Neat that Canon shooters will have a modern high resolution sensor to shoot with finally, I have enjoyed shooting my 99II for a number of years. Of course it has a large selection of glass that is lacking in the R.

When Sony Alpha was launched and until a couple of years back, most people complained about Canon supremacy on variety of lenses. Now that Sony has plenty of FE lenses, same people is targeting EOS R, go figure. Get a 5D instead if lenses catalogue is so important. At the end of the day, most people will buy not more than three lenses (zooms) in average, which by the way are available in the EOS R mount...

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2020 at 22:20 UTC
On article Film Fridays: 10 classic Olympus film cameras (134 comments in total)
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Sergey Borachev: I still remember the shock and envy of a Nikon user in the 70s when he looked at my OM camera with the 85mm f/2 lenses when we went for some portrait shooting. He thought it was a standard lens (50mm). The camera and lens weighed about half of what he had.

Unfortunately Olympus has gone totally lost once Maitani left. 😔

The 135mm F2.8 is a compact gem that I use in my Sony α cameras from time to time. So tiny when compared to the modern Sigma 135mm Art!

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2020 at 14:12 UTC
On article Film Fridays: 10 classic Olympus film cameras (134 comments in total)
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pdelux: look at these beautiful Gems. Mr Maitaini was surely a genius. And how they make the lenses so small (for the 35mm OM system), yet these days the lenses are enourmous in comparison? The OM lenses are smaller than M/43 lenses, are brighter and cover 35mm!

Are we too obsessed with sharpness?

Why not make a trip 35 replica in digital >> shut up and take my money!

OM lenses were manual focus whereas current lenses are AF that increases the size.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2020 at 14:08 UTC

Nice addition but it'll be hard to replace my Batis 40mm. On the other hand I have an eye on the Voigtlander Nokton Vintage Line 75mm f/1.5 Aspherical that would complement my Loxias regardless that it is only available in M-mount

Link | Posted on Jun 4, 2020 at 04:00 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
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Lotari: I'd like to highlight the weight difference: 420g for the normal E-mount version, 340g for the SE.

Not bad about removing an 80g aperture de-click button

Link | Posted on Jun 4, 2020 at 03:39 UTC
On article 12 Things Not To Do When Buying Your First Film Camera (237 comments in total)
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Melatonin: A roll of film is almost 10 dollars these days. The quality is lower, it’s fragile and requires special handling, and costs even more to get developed. Unless you develop it yourself in which case you run the risk of screwing it up. Most people will end up scanning their negatives into the computer at which point you should realize you paid money for a digital picture that could have been free if only you had used a digital camera.

I tried to shoot film again after almost 20 years to arrive to the same conclusion.

New generations might be interested in film but once they compare how elaborated the whole process is, they will grab their camera phone again.

Link | Posted on May 30, 2020 at 18:06 UTC
On article 12 Things Not To Do When Buying Your First Film Camera (237 comments in total)
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hexxthalion: I would disagree with the medium format statement. Cameras like Mamiya 6 or 7, especially 6 are small MF RF cameras that are portable and easy to use and shoot.

Results are miles better than what you can get from 35mm camera and usage/ease of use is the same like any other RF 35mm camera.

Would agree that going for MF SLR (Hasselblad V, Mamiya RZ/RZ...) is more difficult to start with.

Also scanning larger negatives/slides at home would yield better results than scanning 35mm film.

I did start long time ago with Practica, then Zenit then Leica M6 and then I moved on to Hasselblad (also had digital back for it) but Mamiya 6 was the same fun as smaller format cameras without the drawbacks of MF SLR cameras (better to be used on a tripod)

I had an Agfa 6x9 foldable, very compact and produced beautiful images on such a large negatives or slides. There are a few still around.

Link | Posted on May 30, 2020 at 17:49 UTC

My Hasselblad Xpan, what a wonderful camera and I had to get rid of it to get my first DSLR, I still regret that decision

Link | Posted on May 27, 2020 at 11:38 UTC as 61st comment | 1 reply
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JavaJones: Well, at least Autel actually *makes* something. I was expecting this to be yet another patent troll case.

Where are Autel drones made?

Link | Posted on May 17, 2020 at 20:39 UTC
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Boomanbb: I gotta admit the comments on why Canon did the wrong thing with this are very entertaining. Not enough MP, no IBIS, too heavy, no EVF, etc. sounds like they really wanted a Sony.

Yeah, this should be bigger, heavier and boldest!

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2020 at 06:46 UTC
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IdM photography: Using the LCD screen to review the photo you just took is an old DSLR'ish habit... Having this hidden LCD is really modern and cool...

How coul be a good idea to limit one of the biggest advantages of digital photography? Yep, I shot film for long time and in those ways I always wished I could check immediately that my photos were in focus and properly exposed. Chimping is not bad at all, it’s a basic rule of quality control.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2019 at 20:07 UTC
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Alex Rathmann: what's new?! It is a mixture of 6000 to 6500

It could be the right time to buy an α6500 very cheap as I don’t have any interest in video

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2019 at 00:17 UTC
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OlHeath: Big disappointment. I shoot Sony FF but was hoping for something like the XT3 to buy as a B cam - but this just doesn't compare. And at this price, jesus, no ten bit, no proper flip screen, no extra dial, still these same horrible little matchbox bodies. I'm sure it's a great little stills cam, but can we please have a high end APSC for video? Or just release the 7s3 already? There's only so long people can wait before they start having a serious look around at other systems.

Poor me that the backup camera to my α7RIII is an α6000

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2019 at 00:13 UTC
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BJL: To those touting this as the effort of a new and trusted company, OPC Optics: why do they persist, like the frauds who preceded them, to exploit the name "Meyer Optik Görlitz" of a legitimate former company that went out of business years ago; why do they put out a press release containing deceptions like the following, pretending to be in any real sense a continuation of that company?

"About Meyer Optik Görlitz
Meyer Optik Görlitz has a long history as a German manufacturer of high-quality lenses. Founded in 1896, Meyer Optik Görlitz has been in almost continuous existence for around 120 years. Thanks to the creativity which makes the Meyer Optik Görlitz lenses possible, the brand enjoys huge popularity worldwide – today as much as always."

Why not be honest and just brand themselves as what they are, OPC Optics?

The brand may had stormy days but now it is in new hands. Brands are valuable and can be relaunched with success. Who remembers disastrous Windows 1.x or 2.x?

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2019 at 20:32 UTC
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Aegon Targaryen: Come on, Meyer. Get the prices down to $500 or less.

And make all lenses pancake and F1.2 minimum 👍

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2019 at 20:28 UTC

This might mean that Ver. 3 won’t be supported anymore

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2019 at 20:53 UTC as 39th comment | 2 replies
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Fergus Ferguson: The Insta-ho's in Australia are going crazy because they just got de-monetized. It is hard to be an 'Influencer' when you can't demonstrate that you are actually influencing anyone.

I’m in Australia and only I can see the amount of likes of my photos. My feed is clean of likes. It feels like a good idea though. I’m sorry for the so called “influencers”

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2019 at 20:33 UTC
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