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iudex

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On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Sony a99 II (441 comments in total)
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King of Song: Probably superior to the new Canon 5D mk IV in every way, but might not even have 5% of the marketplace success? Sony is striving for greatness, Canon is half asleep.

Too bad Sony didn't go that one step further and get rid of the redundant mirror, and score that knockout homerun against the 2 sleeping giants.

Kig of Song: it could be better than 5D IV (which I doubt), but it is the same case as Samsung NX1 (remember it?). NX1 was a perfectly specced camera, way ahead of the competition, but only few people bought it and Samsung killed the whole system soon. The same applies to Sony SLT: they may be great cameras, but who will risk investing in the system when there is high probability that A mount will be abandoned? Sony is fighting on too many fronts (SLT APSC an FF, mirrorless APSC and FF, compacts, smartphones...) and given the rapidly groving popularity of mirrorless I believe A-mount (SLT) is already dead and E-mount is the system Sony will concentrate on. And in this situaton even if someone likes the a99, the incertainty of the system puts him off.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 11:49 UTC
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iudex: Maybe it´s too early to judge just by this pictures but it seems to me the camera is pretty big (thick) for a mirrorless. I am sure it will be much smaller than SLR like the Pentax 645Z (not that sure about Leica S), but Hsselblad showed how a mirrorless camera should look like (or how thin it can be) despite having MF sensor.
And the price surprised me too (in a negative way): well under 10000 USD can be 9000 USD. I was hoping for "under 5000 USD", given the Hasse is 9000 USD.

Yes I know Hasse price is body only (but the EVF is there). But again, it´s Hasselblad, a premium brand, a different league that justifies the price just by the name. Fuji is mainstream so it should keep prices well under premium brands. "Well under 10000" means it will be "high above 5000", my estimation is 8000-8500 USD. And that´s hell of a lot.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 11:30 UTC

Maybe it´s too early to judge just by this pictures but it seems to me the camera is pretty big (thick) for a mirrorless. I am sure it will be much smaller than SLR like the Pentax 645Z (not that sure about Leica S), but Hsselblad showed how a mirrorless camera should look like (or how thin it can be) despite having MF sensor.
And the price surprised me too (in a negative way): well under 10000 USD can be 9000 USD. I was hoping for "under 5000 USD", given the Hasse is 9000 USD.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 11:11 UTC as 141st comment | 8 replies
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iudex: I know I am risking critisizm from A-mount fans (all 5 of them :-)), but in my opinion SLT cameras are a compromise combining disadvantages of both SLR (size and weight) and mirrorless (few lenses, EVF). It´s like homo neanderthalensis, a dead end of evolution sentenced to extinct sooner or later.

Cosmin Munteau: you are not counting old legacy lenses, are you? (in this case Pentax would be the king). I am talking about modern digital-era full-frame lenses capable of resolving 42 MPx.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 10:45 UTC
On Article:1730096095 (17 comments in total)
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photog4u: Brilliant! Well done Sony! This is definitely a hard blow to the D810...

Well...dream on. I cannot imagine a single pro protographer choosing an possibly-soon-to-extinct SLT system. Not even Sony knows whether the A-mount will live on or they drop it completely in favour of E-mount.

Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 13:49 UTC

I know I am risking critisizm from A-mount fans (all 5 of them :-)), but in my opinion SLT cameras are a compromise combining disadvantages of both SLR (size and weight) and mirrorless (few lenses, EVF). It´s like homo neanderthalensis, a dead end of evolution sentenced to extinct sooner or later.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 13:46 UTC as 184th comment | 9 replies
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10/LX15 Review (393 comments in total)

Having seen the first rumoured specs I was raptured: it seemed like a perfect compact. I was expecting a LX100 successor with more modern sensor and faster lens. Only after readint this article I realized there is no EVF and this is not the LX100 successor with faster lens, but a LX7 successor with bigger sensor.
For me a camera costing more than cca. 300 eur definitely must have a viewfinder. It may be small, but it needs to be there. Sony understood it after 2 generations of RX100, so hopefully Pana will come with an EVF in the second gen LX10. For now the old LX100 is (in my opinion) a beter choice.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 12:31 UTC as 138th comment
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10/LX15 Review (393 comments in total)
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Osa25: Since when did 1" CMOS become a "big sensor"? Is this written from advertising point of view or the readers?

Since 1/1,7" was standard for enthusiast compacts.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 12:25 UTC
On article Updated: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV real-world sample gallery (485 comments in total)
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osan: Some of the outdoor pictures are taken in mid day/early afternoon, in a grey light with huge DR which is very taxing for any camera. Some of the scenes have also very bright reflected light. It's a typical and horrible end of summer light any landscape shooter would avoid. Taking this in to account, IMHO, MKIV coped very well. I wander if my "suspicions" are correct Carey Rose?

Maybe a landscape shooter would avoid midday sun, but a typical tourist shoots during the day just as the pics here were taken.
I went for a hike two days ago and despite I know that golden hour is the best, I had to shoot during the day with harsh light (since it toook some 3,5 hours to get to the summit, despite getting up very early, I simply didn´t have the benefit of good light and had to shoot in bright light). So seeing how a camera handles harsh light and copes wih great DR is useful to majority of users.

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2016 at 08:42 UTC
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J A C S: I thought that Canon announced new lenses, not glass?

The table says that the 24-105 is f/2.8?

About the number of blades - I am very curious to see the starbursts of the new 24-105. With an even number of blades, you get fewer but longer spikes. For example, I really like what the 50L does (8 blades) with night shots. But the current 24-105 is not so great for that, same number of blades.

OK, I was wrong, thanks for clarifying that.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2016 at 08:56 UTC
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J A C S: I thought that Canon announced new lenses, not glass?

The table says that the 24-105 is f/2.8?

About the number of blades - I am very curious to see the starbursts of the new 24-105. With an even number of blades, you get fewer but longer spikes. For example, I really like what the 50L does (8 blades) with night shots. But the current 24-105 is not so great for that, same number of blades.

Just as Rishi said number of blades is not everything. I am a Pentaxian so one example from "own house": when Pentax upgraded its Limited primes from smc to HD coating, the negative side effect was that the starbursts got much worse, despite the number of blades remained unchanged. It was all caused by the new coating, which very effectively removed flare, but had the aforementioned negative efect on starbursts.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 08:04 UTC
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ThatCamFan: I as an Icelander would like to ask people NOT to get so close to the sea on that black sand beach. It is THEE most dangerous beach in the world.

Freak waves are common & have taken a lot of people out to sea & caused many deaths.

Sure it looks lovely but it is one of the deadliest beaches of the world & got the strongest tide there is. We see tourists ignore the signs that warn of the danger non stop & had quite a few deaths.

We see news stories about tourists almost being killed EVERY week in the media on that beach.

It´s all about common sense. When I saw some japanese girls trying to climb on an unstable iceberg in Jokulsárlón to make pictures I was speachless, especially as I read about people being drifted away on ice a couple of weeks ago. Iceland is a beautiful country and potographers tend to oversee the danger in order to get the best picture.
Btw. a couple of days ago icelandic writer Jón Kalman Stefánsson came to my country to promote his book and he said he remebered the times when he saw first tourists coming to Iceland and he wondered what they wanted to see there. ;-)

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2016 at 09:20 UTC
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ThatCamFan: I as an Icelander would like to ask people NOT to get so close to the sea on that black sand beach. It is THEE most dangerous beach in the world.

Freak waves are common & have taken a lot of people out to sea & caused many deaths.

Sure it looks lovely but it is one of the deadliest beaches of the world & got the strongest tide there is. We see tourists ignore the signs that warn of the danger non stop & had quite a few deaths.

We see news stories about tourists almost being killed EVERY week in the media on that beach.

While I cannot confirm the deadliness of black beach tide, I also got hit by a wave while concentrating on tre right composition. The vawes were ending far from me, so I set the camera on a tripod and suddenly a wave came much closer than I anticipated, so I got splasched by cold water. No big problem, just wet socks and trousers, but since that time I was more cautious.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 07:25 UTC
On article Faster flagship: Hands-on with the Fujifilm X-T2 (121 comments in total)

Nice upgrade. But wow, 1700 EUR for an APSC camera, that is definitely too much. :-/

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 12:04 UTC as 21st comment

Nice. That´s exactly what M 4/3 system needs: fast lenses that take advantage of smaller sensor, thus enabling relatively smaller lenses (compare to Nikkor 24mm/1,4 with 620g and 77mm filter thread).
However given the Leica badge it will cost a fortune, so I do not expect big sales. It´s a pitty Oly or Pany do not make such fast lenses (f1,2-1,4) on their own (i.e. cheaper than Leica).

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2016 at 07:37 UTC as 121st comment | 16 replies
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Marty4650: Sounds like an amazing camera at a very good price.

Kudos to Pentax, who keeps producing great products. It really is baffling that they don't get larger market share.

@Foosa: and now imagine there is no "brick and morar store" that sells Pentax in my whole country. But I never regretted buying Pentax cameras online, the handling and ergonomics is better than entry level competition, so you cannot go wrong. Anyhow it wuld be great to have the chance to try all cameras in one store, comparing them directly. I believe much more people would be shooting Pentax now.

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2016 at 06:54 UTC
On article Fast telezoom: Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 sample images (164 comments in total)
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goactive: The photos look ok the canon images are very noisy at such a low iso.
The sharpness seems to be no better then other lens and not as good as others.
At 1.8 it dose not seem to even come close a Nikon 50 1.8 for sharpness at 1.8 on up to 2.8... The weight of the lens makes it a monster to walk around with. The out of focus area at 1.8 and F2 do not seem to be as nice as other prime lens just ok.
The zoom range of 50-100 i still do not get it is not good for any real group portraits on a cropped camera starting at 50 and is not as much zoom as say a 135 prime or using a 70-200 at the 200 end.

I would love to see a version of this in the 35-70 range so that would let you shoot most all portrait ranges you need the most. so that would be a FF version of a 52.5 to 105 covering the FF portrait range of 50mm, 70mm, 85mm and 105mm in one lens the most used ranges for a portrait session.

I suggest visiting an optician. ;-)
The lens is amazingly sharp. And other reviews confirm this:
Lenstip wrote: "It’s really difficult to find the right words in order to describe the results. The new Sigma is absurdly sharp. At the beginning of this chapter we wrote that the best lenses, tested on the 50D, are able to reach near 55 lpmm. In the shorter range of focal lengths the Sigma is able to go as high as them…being wide open! It is an incredible achievement, especially if you take into account the fact that you deal here with a zoom lens! What’s more, by f/2.8 and across the whole focal range the lens gets record-breaking results amounting to 59 lpmm. So far we haven’t tested a more outstanding device designed to work with APS-C/DX sensors…"

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2016 at 20:41 UTC
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iudex: Great camera and a slap in Canon and Nikon´s face: who else produses such fully packed entry-level model? Just Pentax does. Bravo Pentax!

@nicolaie: "after you buy it you realize why they cost so little"
Seriously, why?
The only reason why any Pentaxian has got rid of Pentax camera by now was the lack of FF and no upgrade possibility. Now even this argument has gone, since there is the fantastic K-1, equalling the famous Nikon D810.
I arady have a third Pentax camera and I see no reason to switch to C or N. And if I feel somewhere in the fuure my APSC camera limits me (in fact the opposite is true), I will go fullframe within Pentax brand.

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2016 at 12:35 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: $1200-2000 ILCs part 1 - Crop-Sensor (387 comments in total)
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deff: Well I'm quite happy with GX8 + Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4 ASPH ... the image quality is outstanding, no overheating, best evf I've ever seen, great ergo, connectivity and really lightweight in compare with this huge semi pro mirror cams. And its only 1150 euro, with lens.. My old D7100 sits at home now.

Well if you don´t miss the clearly better image quality of D7100 (one of the best APSC sensors so far), then good for you. ;-)

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2016 at 12:48 UTC
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Marty4650: Sounds like an amazing camera at a very good price.

Kudos to Pentax, who keeps producing great products. It really is baffling that they don't get larger market share.

Nobby: I think Pentx is already pretty well positioned in MF market, the 645Z sells very well. But MF cameras take only a negligible fraction of total DSLR sales and if the brand wants to be seen, it needs to sell volumes. And cheaper cameras make bigger volumes. And when someone buys entry level camera, he usually stays with the system when he upgrades. That´s why cheap entry level DSLRs are inevitable.

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2016 at 12:43 UTC
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