Matsu

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On article A lot to Leica? Hands-on with the Leica SL (Typ 601) (1494 comments in total)
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Matsu: Now you know why Sony doesn't yet have any f/2.8 pro zooms for their FE mount. They're trying to sell mirrorless as smaller than DSLR, but as soon as they make equivalent speed lenses, they're just as large.

Ed, The DSLR flagship (f/2.8) zooms attract all the attention, but f/4 and variable designs exist for those platforms as well, and are every bit as small and light as mirrorless full frame designs that exist to date. Whats missing is a small full frame DSLR, but that isn't difficult to do. The first company that does it will sell a lot of cameras to prime shooters and those who use f/4 zooms.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2015 at 22:58 UTC
On article A lot to Leica? Hands-on with the Leica SL (Typ 601) (1494 comments in total)

Now you know why Sony doesn't yet have any f/2.8 pro zooms for their FE mount. They're trying to sell mirrorless as smaller than DSLR, but as soon as they make equivalent speed lenses, they're just as large.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2015 at 18:43 UTC as 495th comment | 5 replies

It looks promising. It's deficiencies come not from its design so much as from the power source, namely, speedlights. ALL light modifiers eat up power, and because speedlights start off with a lot less, that makes the operating envelope for these kinds of light modifiers a little narrower. That doesn't stop people from using shoot through umbrellas - one of the best $ for $ modifiers for your speedlight, or small to mid size softboxes, etc. All of them, ALL of them, eat up at least a stop or so of light. This is no different. Used within it's limits it should have some advantages too. What studio light has TTL, super short flash duration and high speed sync in one unit that doesn't need external power?

Apart from the reshaped mount, the reflector looks like it has a fresnel lens in front of it now too. I'm curious about what the light quality will be. I don't worry too much about power. This is a run and gun solution, and ISO 400 is no problem for modern cameras.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2013 at 23:03 UTC as 11th comment

A detect a bit of marketing hype here. Though I'm by no means an authority, the notes suggest they're comparing it to their own sensors when they quote "conventional".

The angle of incidence part is interesting though, could have positive ramifications for lens design...

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2013 at 15:23 UTC as 23rd comment

It's going to be really hard to put this one back in the bottle.

I've already decided to stay with CS5, and look for alternatives, because I refuse to rent this asset and be at the whim of the purveyor. Make something good and sell it to me. I'll buy it, maintain it and use it until it breaks or I need something newer/better. When that times comes, I'll see what you have to offer and buy again or buy from someone else.

But I've been thinking about this. Other applications are starting to fill in much of what the photographer needs from photoshop and lightroom. Even if Adobe does the right thing and sells the product to the buyer, surely others now have ample incentive to finish filling in the gap at a better price point.

When Adobe goes back to software sales, they will be carefully measured against a growing field of competitors, and there is no guarantee that they'll come away from that as the best option.

Link | Posted on May 8, 2013 at 20:21 UTC as 853rd comment

Dear Adobe: Thank you for your past offerings, as of right now, and unless things change, we're done. I will forgo upgrading to CS6 and stick with CS5 while I survey new products and train myself to use offerings from other makers. No use investing any more time training on software you intend to orphan.

As of right now, Lightroom is out and Aperture is in. Replacements for the others will come soon enough, especially going forward where more and more advanced editing will take place on iPads and the like.

Good luck.

Link | Posted on May 6, 2013 at 18:54 UTC as 733rd comment | 3 replies
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