iudex

iudex

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On article Nikon offers AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm F2.8-4E ED VR (336 comments in total)
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oselimg: Ok, it has f2.8-4, credit given where it's due. This is an "enthusiast" lens not a main stream one therefore $1060 ok. However it's only 1/2 stop faster at the wide end and 1 stop at the long end compared to mainstream alternatives which in most cases is not significant. No wedding photographer will dare shooting with f4 at the longer end. if it had f2.8 throughout it would have made sense especially at the long end and even slightly bigger premium would've been justified if it were, performance wise, the "jack of all trades". With todays sensor performances I think the target audience wouldn't hesitate increasing the ISO one step instead of paying $$$ premium. 7 blades aperture is another Achilles heel for this zoom.

16-80mm DX lens is obviously not a wedding or portrait lens. It is an universal walkaround lens that can also be used for casual portraits. Btw. the background blur of 80mm f4 is pretty similar to 50mm f2,8 so partially the length substitutes for luminosity.

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2015 at 14:17 UTC
On article Nikon offers AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm F2.8-4E ED VR (336 comments in total)
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oselimg: Ok, it has f2.8-4, credit given where it's due. This is an "enthusiast" lens not a main stream one therefore $1060 ok. However it's only 1/2 stop faster at the wide end and 1 stop at the long end compared to mainstream alternatives which in most cases is not significant. No wedding photographer will dare shooting with f4 at the longer end. if it had f2.8 throughout it would have made sense especially at the long end and even slightly bigger premium would've been justified if it were, performance wise, the "jack of all trades". With todays sensor performances I think the target audience wouldn't hesitate increasing the ISO one step instead of paying $$$ premium. 7 blades aperture is another Achilles heel for this zoom.

I dare to disagree, 85mm at f4 and at f5,6 makes visible difference. You can check this at Fujifilm X mount lens site here: http://fujifilmxmount.com/comparison/en/test-our-lenses/

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2015 at 11:23 UTC
On article Nikon offers AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm F2.8-4E ED VR (336 comments in total)
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iudex: One thing I noticed immediately is the weight of this lens: it is pretty lightweight given the FR and the luminosity: only 480g. The Pentax 16-85mm is 2/3 to 1 EV slower, but weighs even a bit more (488g). The Sigma 17-70mm is bit shorter on both ends, but weighs only a fraction less (465g). And most importantly this new Nikkor weighs even less than it´s much slower predecessor the 16-85mm/3,5-5,6.
I remember people here arguing that the Pentax 16-85mm couldn´t have been faste since it would have been much bigger and heavier. Now it is clear it is possible to make a lens with similar FR, that is faster without being heavier. Good job Nikon.

And it costs 1100 EUR in my country, what is even more crazy. 700 EUR is adequate for what it is (DX-only, variable aperture, non-weather sealed lens).

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2015 at 07:47 UTC
On article Nikon offers AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm F2.8-4E ED VR (336 comments in total)

One thing I noticed immediately is the weight of this lens: it is pretty lightweight given the FR and the luminosity: only 480g. The Pentax 16-85mm is 2/3 to 1 EV slower, but weighs even a bit more (488g). The Sigma 17-70mm is bit shorter on both ends, but weighs only a fraction less (465g). And most importantly this new Nikkor weighs even less than it´s much slower predecessor the 16-85mm/3,5-5,6.
I remember people here arguing that the Pentax 16-85mm couldn´t have been faste since it would have been much bigger and heavier. Now it is clear it is possible to make a lens with similar FR, that is faster without being heavier. Good job Nikon.

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2015 at 06:40 UTC as 81st comment | 5 replies
On article Nikon offers AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm F2.8-4E ED VR (336 comments in total)
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fireplace33: anyone know what the max aperture would be at 50 mm?
In such non constant aperture lenses, the F2.8 is sometimes lost very quickly as one zooms in.

I'd like to see a comparison of this lens in its 17-50 range to my Sigma 17-50

Well 50mm will be something on the edge; maybe f3,5, maybe f4.
You can compare the apetrure course of similar lenses here and make a guess as regards this new Nikkor: http://www.pentaxforums.com/reviews/hd-pentax-da-16-85mm-f35-56/construction-and-handling.html

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2015 at 06:31 UTC
On article Nikon offers AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm F2.8-4E ED VR (336 comments in total)
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eno2: Everything is very nice about this lens, except the outrageous price.

Exactly. I critisized Pentax for the launch price of their 16-85mm lens, but now it seems it was priced pretty reasonably. ;-)
Btw. the Sigma is without doubts the best buy in this segment; useful focal range, reasonably fast, optically decent and really inexpensive.

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2015 at 06:27 UTC
On article Nikon offers AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm F2.8-4E ED VR (336 comments in total)
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iudex: This is exactly the lens the Pentax 16-85 mm should have been. Almost the same range, but much faster. The price is extremely high, however.

Well I do not shoot in a downpour so I cannot tell whether I really have some advantage of a weather-sealed lens (I have one WR lens); my other lenses are not weather-sealed, but they survived a few splashes by the sea without harm and this is everything I need. Of course having a WR-badged lens gives more confidence, but it is not inevitable.

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2015 at 06:23 UTC
On article Nikon offers AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm F2.8-4E ED VR (336 comments in total)
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iudex: This is exactly the lens the Pentax 16-85 mm should have been. Almost the same range, but much faster. The price is extremely high, however.

I am a Pentaxian, have a weather sealed camera, but I would trade weather sealing for 1 EV gain any time. While you utilize weather sealing twice a year, faster lens is something you use every day.

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2015 at 05:35 UTC
On article Nikon offers AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm F2.8-4E ED VR (336 comments in total)

This is exactly the lens the Pentax 16-85 mm should have been. Almost the same range, but much faster. The price is extremely high, however.

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2015 at 05:13 UTC as 91st comment | 8 replies
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DuxX: If this lens can deliver almost-the-prime performance then this small focal range can be forgiven easily. ;)

Assuming from stellar performance of the 18-35mm you can expect not only "almost-the-prime performance", but prime lens performance. There are many reviews that compared the Sigma 18-35 with primes and there were primes that were beaten by the Sigma.

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 08:10 UTC

After Sigma released the groundbreaking Art 18-35mm/1,8 there has been many rumours on future fullframe sibling. I was expecting something like 24-50mm f2 so I have to say this is not something I am amazed of.
I am happy shooting with my Sigma 18-35/1,8, it is optically amazing, sharp even wide open, with silent focusing, built like a tank. However I sometimes (actualyy quite often) wish it was a bit wider and a bit longer, only 1,94x zoom makes it sort of a prime lens, 18mm is not really wideangle and 35mm is just normal angle of view, nothing for portraits (despite promising f1,8) and I have to constantly switch to wider or longer lenses. And it is really heavy to carry around all day.
This FF version is even more like a prime lens, 1,4x zoom limits it´s usability significantly. I am sure the lens will be optically great, Art badge is a guarantee, f2 is great and unrivalled, but buyers will have to expect something like an "extended prime" instead of a zoom lens.

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 08:05 UTC as 130th comment
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The Silver Nemesis: Two in One. What about the weather?

If I can assume from Sigma Art 18-35/1,8, no weather sealing.

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 07:50 UTC
On article Canon PowerShot G3 X: What you need to know (617 comments in total)
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TheDevil: I think when cameras get this small they don't need an EVF, especially if they have a touch screen. My G7X works fine outdoors, the screen is bright and visible. The touch screen makes it pretty intuitive to pick your focus points. I also like how the screen flips up vertical like the G7X.

I agree with BarnET: 600mm in straight arms is an overkill, you don´t have to suffer from Parkinson disease to encounter problems with shaking the picture.

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2015 at 11:57 UTC
On article Canon PowerShot G3 X: What you need to know (617 comments in total)
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wetsleet: Lots of comments about no EVF, and I'd tend to agree that a 'proper' viewfinder (i.e. not a display screen) is an essential part of any camera. However, every time I look through one in the shops, it is like looking down a tunnel with a little window at the far end.
Are there any decent ones out there? By which I mean, about what I used to get in the days of film SLRs, say >70% magnification in 35mm SLR terms.

BarnET: I tried the RX10 and I wasn´t raptured by the EVF.
But as I said better than nothing.
Btw. the best way to tell the difference between EVF and OVF is to try Fuji X100/X100T (or X-Pro1), where you can switch between OVF and EVF. I would choose the OVF any day.

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2015 at 11:47 UTC
On article Canon PowerShot G3 X: What you need to know (617 comments in total)
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wetsleet: Lots of comments about no EVF, and I'd tend to agree that a 'proper' viewfinder (i.e. not a display screen) is an essential part of any camera. However, every time I look through one in the shops, it is like looking down a tunnel with a little window at the far end.
Are there any decent ones out there? By which I mean, about what I used to get in the days of film SLRs, say >70% magnification in 35mm SLR terms.

The EVF of RX100 III is really tiny and by no means comparable to pentaprism EVF, but it si still useful in bright sunny day, plus putting the camera to your eye stabilizes it.
I am also no big fan of EVFs, it is strange and unnatural to me and I would accept only EVFs on high-end CSCs like E-M1 or X-T1.
Anyhow even a mediocre EVF is better than none.

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2015 at 08:55 UTC
On article Canon PowerShot G3 X: What you need to know (617 comments in total)
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Hugo808: My thoughts? For that price I could get a D5500 and two lenses. Not much bigger to carry and much better IQ.

OK, so I won't quite have the focal length but how useful is that in a camera that you have to hold at arms length? The image stabilisation must be phenomenal to cope with that magnifcation!

Or you can get an APSC DSLR with superzoom lens like the Tamron 16-300mm. The focal range is a bit shorter (24-450mm eq.), but still more than sufficient, plus those last 150mm of the G3x will be hard to use when shooting with stretched arms.
G3x should have had the EVF built-in or the camera plus separate EVF should have cost 999 USD together.

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2015 at 08:48 UTC
On article Canon PowerShot G3 X: What you need to know (617 comments in total)
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iudex: Contrary to many opinions here I think this camera has sense. Relatively big and decent 1" sensor combined with huge focal range (the biggest so far) is very useful for places where you cannot or don´t want to switch lenses and shere big DSLR is uncomfortable or too heavy to carry. Weather sealing is a welcome addition. The grip looks deep enough and the handling and customization seems good. It is only one of three big-sensored superzoom compacts and out of these three it is the most compact with longest reach.
Having said that I would not buy it exactly for the reasons that are mentioned below: no EVF is a deal-breaker; especially with this long reach an EVF (and a third stabilization point) is a must, since a picture at 600mm can be really shaky, which can cause inability to take the picture at all.

Cont.
Furthermore the price 1000 bucks is too high, even without those 250 bucks for the EVF. Also the speed of the lens at it´s tele end is nothing to be impressed by.
Still I consider this camera to be a useful addition to superzoom compacts and actually the only way to save this camera segment from dying.

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2015 at 06:35 UTC
On article Canon PowerShot G3 X: What you need to know (617 comments in total)

Contrary to many opinions here I think this camera has sense. Relatively big and decent 1" sensor combined with huge focal range (the biggest so far) is very useful for places where you cannot or don´t want to switch lenses and shere big DSLR is uncomfortable or too heavy to carry. Weather sealing is a welcome addition. The grip looks deep enough and the handling and customization seems good. It is only one of three big-sensored superzoom compacts and out of these three it is the most compact with longest reach.
Having said that I would not buy it exactly for the reasons that are mentioned below: no EVF is a deal-breaker; especially with this long reach an EVF (and a third stabilization point) is a must, since a picture at 600mm can be really shaky, which can cause inability to take the picture at all.

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2015 at 06:35 UTC as 153rd comment | 2 replies
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iudex: Maybe if it was much shorter, it would be funny. Prolonging the joke doesn´t help, on the contrary, it becomes pathetic.

P.S. I thint this picture tells the message much better and faster: http://media1.break.com/dnet/media/2009/4/71%20You%20Know%20What%20They%20Say%20About%20Guys%20with%20Big%20Lenses.jpg

Link | Posted on May 21, 2015 at 09:55 UTC

Maybe if it was much shorter, it would be funny. Prolonging the joke doesn´t help, on the contrary, it becomes pathetic.

Link | Posted on May 21, 2015 at 09:50 UTC as 76th comment | 1 reply
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