iudex

iudex

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This has already been published at DPR, so why repeating it again? http://www.dpreview.com/news/7241138700/manfrotto-adds-befree-advanced-carbon-gt-and-live-carbon-models-to-travel-tripod-line

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2018 at 12:30 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply

A logical step, considering the lower positioned BeFree version has also an aluminium as well as carbon fibre version.
I have had Befree Advanced for couple of months and am very happy with it, definitely the best travel tripod I had. I wanted a very small, lightweight and affordable tripod and the Befree Advanced delivers. It can be folded to a very small package, with twist locks very quick to manipulate, is relatively light and was some 180 EUR. With my APSC DSLR with even heavier zooms it is perfectly stable (I guess it will handle a FF DSLR with zoom like 24-70mm without problems).
However I am not that sure with this carbon version. It is a bit lighter of course, but I wonder whether those couple of grams are worth 130 USD surcharge (Advanced is 189 USD vs. 319 USD for this carbon version). Anyhow there is the choice for those who want the lightest possible version.

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2018 at 06:39 UTC as 10th comment | 3 replies
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walker2000: Very cool, especially when it was -31°F (-35°C).
An array of numerous 35mm DSLRs? What model?

I actually cannot imagine shooting for longer period of time at -35°C. I was shooting aurora in northern Norway last year, it was around -5°C and despite having a thermos of hot tea with me I almost froze after 2 hours and had to quit.

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2018 at 21:26 UTC

That wideangle Tokina could go together nicely with the new Tamron 28-75mm zoom. Hope the price will be right.
The 50mm however is not that needed, there are many fast 50s in both Canon and Nikon range. But again, good price could change the situation.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2018 at 16:11 UTC as 28th comment | 3 replies
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iudex: This lens has just one flaw: it doesn´t have Pentax mount. ;-) Pentax DFA 70-200/2,8 is a good lens, but awfull big and heavy (1755 g), so a nice lightweight (859 g) companion to this Behemoth would be very welcome.

@Ergo607: and is the DA (!) 60-250 a fullframe zoom? ;-)

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2018 at 08:04 UTC

Nice adition to to SOny lens lineup, I believe it will cost a fraction of native Sony/Zeiss lenses. However the 28mm at the wide end is too narrow, 24 or at least 26mm would be much more usefull.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2018 at 07:36 UTC as 59th comment | 6 replies

This lens has just one flaw: it doesn´t have Pentax mount. ;-) Pentax DFA 70-200/2,8 is a good lens, but awfull big and heavy (1755 g), so a nice lightweight (859 g) companion to this Behemoth would be very welcome.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2018 at 07:28 UTC as 38th comment | 7 replies
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iudex: I really appreciate the trend to go wider. Kit zooms starsting at 18mm are not wide enough and therefore not suitable as the only lens; so even though the Fuji 18-55mm is optically great, you need at least one wider lens to complement it. Zooms starting at 16mm are much better, I have such zoom and it can serve as the only lens even for landscapes in most cases, however I put the small 15mm prime to my pocket as well. So a lens that starts at 15mm (22,5mm eq.) is very useful for a travel lens that uses the wide end most of the time.
Thumbs up for Fuji. I hope other manufacturers will be inspired by this.

Grive: I am aware of Fujinons 16-50 (both the cheap and slow kit zoom, as well as the expensive f2,8 version), however 15mm is even better and very rare. Actually it´s the only kit zoom that is this wide (Canon has the 15-45mm lens, however with smaller sensor and crop factor of 1,6 it equals to 16mm on Fuji).

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2018 at 12:08 UTC

I really appreciate the trend to go wider. Kit zooms starsting at 18mm are not wide enough and therefore not suitable as the only lens; so even though the Fuji 18-55mm is optically great, you need at least one wider lens to complement it. Zooms starting at 16mm are much better, I have such zoom and it can serve as the only lens even for landscapes in most cases, however I put the small 15mm prime to my pocket as well. So a lens that starts at 15mm (22,5mm eq.) is very useful for a travel lens that uses the wide end most of the time.
Thumbs up for Fuji. I hope other manufacturers will be inspired by this.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2018 at 09:05 UTC as 30th comment | 6 replies
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virtualreality: 44mm is not very compact. Sony lens is 30mm which means you can put in in your pocket. Somehow something is holding Fuji from making small lightweight cameras. Even when they know customers are asking for it.

Sony´s 16-50mm sucks, you cannot compare it to Fujinon 16-50mm. This 15-45mm is not as small, but I believe it will retain higher optical quality.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2018 at 09:01 UTC

That´s exactly a lens the E-mount... doesn´t need. ;-)
Of course a new lens for APSC is very welcome (after all the lenses for FF). In my opinion however the E-mount needs some faster zoom lenses like 16-50/2,8 or basically some standard zoom that is faster than f4. 18-135mm is relatively broad focal range, but 18mm beginning is too narrow and most importantly f3,5-5,6 is too slow/dark.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2018 at 09:39 UTC as 75th comment | 3 replies
On article A letter from the Publisher (332 comments in total)
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anticipation_of: Is there any chance we could see less emphasis on price as a factor in camera reviews? I would rather that the pro/con lists and final scores be based purely on performance. Readers can then decide for themselves whether or not they’re willing and able to pay the asking price for the performance being offered. I can compare prices very easily on my own; I read reviews to learn how good a camera is, period, not how good it is for the money. If a camera is particularly good value or particularly expensive for what it is then that’s worth mentioning, but I’d prefer if it didn’t affect the camera’s review score.

In my opinion (and experience) price is one of the most crucial factor when buying a camera. You have some budget and wihin it you are trying to buy the best possible camera (OK, that doesn´t apply to Leica buyers ;-)
I might like the OM-D E-M1 II a lot, but for the price it just isn´t the best cameta (you can get a FF camera for that price like a7 II os D750).
E.g. I have just ordered a new car yesterday. I wanted a specific model, but it was really expensive and I found I could buy a bigger and better car (with the same engine and features) for similar money, so I ordered it.
So yes, price is a crucial issue and I am glad DPR considers it when evaluating a camera.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2018 at 14:29 UTC
On article Have your say: Best high-end ILC of 2017 (169 comments in total)
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HowaboutRAW: I realize I'm not the first party to post this point: The Panasonic G9 is not out and available, it has only been announced, therefore it should not be on this list.

Nor the D850 is available (you cant buy it now, its out of stock everywhere), yet noone questions its presense in the list. The point is these are all new cameras introduced in 2017.
You are taking it too seriously. ;-)

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2017 at 08:23 UTC

It kinda reminds me of the paintings that are made by splashing colours to canvas and presenting it as big art. Then people try to see something in those "paintings", too afraid to say it´s rubbish in order not to be called ignorants.
Well, these pitures are just the same. Rubbish. And I truly believe there are segments of photography, where it´s all about composition and camera qualities do not matter (e.g. B&W architecture). But this photographer chose the wrong segment and made bad pictures.

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2017 at 16:03 UTC as 143rd comment | 15 replies
On article Top 10 sample galleries of the year #1: the Nikon D850 (137 comments in total)
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Marc dbr: Next year Canon will make a comeback with 3 cameras in the top 3 spots!
1) Canon full frame mirrorless,
2) Canon 5DsR II
3) Canon 7D III

Beware folks!

Well the 6D Mk II didn´t exactly prove that a successor must be significantly better than the predecessor.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2017 at 15:08 UTC

I have been to Positano in september. The number of people was enormous and it spoiled the impression of a beautiful town a bit. Everybody was photographing, although only few with tripod, I have seen a couple of drones as well. So yes, it is a problem just like in many european cities like Venice or Dubrovnik and I understand the are trying to limit it a bit, although commercial photographers are only a tiny share of all photographers.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2017 at 10:33 UTC as 54th comment | 1 reply
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du four: It‘s easy to see what will happen. Using a tripod will be regarded as proof for „professional“ photography. A reason not to visit Positano.

The same applies to Antelope canyon in the US. Is it a reason not to go there?

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2017 at 10:24 UTC
On article What you need to know: Canon G1 X Mark III (406 comments in total)
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Richard Murdey: "The larger sensor (and hence lower crop factor) of the G1 X III means its F4.5-9.0 equivalent range isn't as different from the F3.8-7.5 equivalent of the Mark II as the actual F-numbers make it appear."

It's still true that the net change is a loss though, and that the net equivalence is the same as the Sony RX100, too. So it will be interesting to see how this shakes down in the real world: do you want a bigger sensor with a slower lens? The camera gets bigger and what you get in return?

Of course, the RX100 is much smaller. But after handling the RX100 I think this camera is too small for a man with regular sized hand; I hat troubles handling it and pushing the tiny buttons comfortably, there wasnt enough space to put my thumb. So basically for comfortable handling I require a slightly bigger camera, so in my opinion a bigger size than he RX100 is a plus, not a disadvantage.
In my opinion the G1X III could be the perfect travel camera. If it wasnt so dman expensive.

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2017 at 09:45 UTC
On article What you need to know: Canon G1 X Mark III (406 comments in total)
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Richard Murdey: "The larger sensor (and hence lower crop factor) of the G1 X III means its F4.5-9.0 equivalent range isn't as different from the F3.8-7.5 equivalent of the Mark II as the actual F-numbers make it appear."

It's still true that the net change is a loss though, and that the net equivalence is the same as the Sony RX100, too. So it will be interesting to see how this shakes down in the real world: do you want a bigger sensor with a slower lens? The camera gets bigger and what you get in return?

Re: "The camera gets bigger and what you get in return?"
In comparison with the predecessor the camera is smaller/lighter, despite having larger sensor and despite gaining built-in EVF (a must for this class).
Given the specs, the weight of only 399g is a small marvel. The closest you get in mirrorless world is Sony a6300 with tiny kit zoom 16-50mm (itself bit slower) weighing 520g.

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2017 at 09:21 UTC
On article Fujifilm XF 50mm F2 R WR sample gallery (163 comments in total)
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Father Bouvier: Not a bad lens, good resolution and contrast, flare not that bad, but it's a slow lens, and that limits its usefulness. I think most people will choose 56/1.2 because it's a lot more useful.

While I basically agree that f2 is not very fast for a short telephoto/portrait lens, in Fuji lens lineup it makes sense. First it matches the other f2 primes, making a nice trio (23/2, 35/2, 50/2), second for those wanting a really fast lens there is the 56/1,2, so there was no need to make the 50mm faster.
However for a 50mm prime f1,8 is standard, so Fuji could have doe it f1,8, the distance from 56mm would still be kept.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2017 at 22:26 UTC
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