futile32

Lives in United Kingdom United Kingdom
Joined on Aug 2, 2004
About me:

Mamiya RZ67 Pro II.
Bronica SQA.
Fuji GS645S.
Fuji GSW690III.
Agfa Billy Record (6x9).

Canon G9.

Contour HD.
GoPro HD Hero 1.

Minolta 404si.
Minolta 5.
Minolta 7.

Minolta 7D.
Sony A700.
Sony NEX5.
Sony NEX7.

Minolta 28mm f2.8.
Minolta 50mm f1.7.

Voigtlander Nokton Classic 35mm f1.4.
Samyang 85mm f1.4.

Sigma 12-24mm f4-5.6.
Sigma 15mm f2.8.
Sigma 24-70mm f2.8.
Tamron 90mm 1:1 f2.8.
Tamron 70-300mm 1:2 f4-5.6.

Sony CZ16-80mm f3.5-4.5.
Sony CZ70-300mm f4.5-5.6 SSM.

Sony 20mm f2.8.
Sony 28mm f2.8.
Sony 50mm f1.4.
Sony CZ85mm f1.4.
Sony 135mm STF f2.8.

Sony 35mm f1.8 SAM.
Sony 50mm f1.8 SAM.
Sony 85mm f2.8 SAM.

Fujinon 25mm f1.4 CCTV.
Industar 69 28mm f2.8.
SLR Magic 28mm f2.8.
Fujinon 35mm f1.7 CCTV.
Konica 40mm f1.8.

Sony 16mm f2.8.
Sony 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 (black).
Sony CZ24mm f1.8.
Sony 50mm f1.8 OSS.

Sigma 30mm f2.8 DN.

Sony LA-EA1.
Sony LA-EA2.
Sony 2x Teleconverter.

Minolta 5600HS.
Sony F43AM.
Metz Mecablitz 15 MS-1.
Yongnuo YN-560 [x3].
Vivitar 285hv [x3].

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On article Comparison Review: Sony FE 50mm F1.4 ZA vs 55mm F1.8 ZA (225 comments in total)
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futile32: "The FE 50mm F1.4 ZA, like most recent Sony lenses, focuses stopped down at your selected aperture. This means that autofocus performance steadily drops as you stop down..."

@Rishi I noticed a weird behavior like this on my A7RM2 & 35mm F1.4, actually to the point where the camera wouldn't focus at all above F8 in a very bright situation. Figured it was a Firmware bug.

I then changed my AF mode to AF-S and this stopping down doesn't appear to happen during AF. It seems, that at least on my body and lens combo, it only happens in AF-C, which is weird.

Is this your observation too?

@Rishi I may be misunderstanding your statement, but I just checked my setup and this is what I observe...

I just looked at my 35mm F1.4 on the A7RM2. On both AF-S and AF-C it always opens back up to an opening that is representative of F2.0 when I focus... i.e.. If I set the aperture to F1.4 - F2.0 the iris doesn't change, if I set it to anything above F2.0 it stops down to F2.0 momentarily during focus.

The problem I note is that if I set the aperture to F10 (sorry before I'd said F8) or above and have AF-C turned on, the camera initially opens up to F2.0 (by my eye) gets focus, closes down and then pulses in and out losing focus (I'm guessing contrast focus issues), like its struggling. I haven't tested this with other lenses, but noted it recently with the 35mm F1.4 and figured I'd find out if others are seeing this behavior too.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2016 at 01:36 UTC
On article Comparison Review: Sony FE 50mm F1.4 ZA vs 55mm F1.8 ZA (225 comments in total)

"The FE 50mm F1.4 ZA, like most recent Sony lenses, focuses stopped down at your selected aperture. This means that autofocus performance steadily drops as you stop down..."

@Rishi I noticed a weird behavior like this on my A7RM2 & 35mm F1.4, actually to the point where the camera wouldn't focus at all above F8 in a very bright situation. Figured it was a Firmware bug.

I then changed my AF mode to AF-S and this stopping down doesn't appear to happen during AF. It seems, that at least on my body and lens combo, it only happens in AF-C, which is weird.

Is this your observation too?

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2016 at 20:26 UTC as 58th comment | 12 replies
On article Sony prices 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS G Master at $2600 (208 comments in total)
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athomasphoto: Pricing themselves out of the market.

They're going up against proven legacy (which were recently updated) versions from Canon and Nikon which cost 20% less?

Aren't you supposed to draw people into your product line and develop a following before demanding a premium versus your competition.

Clearly Sony is content grasping onto their tiny market share and elitist niche market. That existing crowd will (reluctantly) shell out the $$$, but there's a 0% chance this lens will persuade a single Nikon / Canon shooter to even look in the direction of Sony - kinda like they've just given up the notion entirely!

I would guess they are not having much of a problem selling lenses these days given their market increase. I would therefore bet they are quite comfortable inflating their prices like this.

Either that, or they are competing with established competition by using prices to convince people of their own prestige.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 16:06 UTC
On article Sony announces FE 50mm F1.4 ZA prime lens (293 comments in total)
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Angrymagpie: Could we please have a decent 35mm that's faster than the f2.8 and smaller than the f1.4 instead?

I would agree... something in the 55mm sizing is doable, at f1.8 or f2.0 would be lovely.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 16:04 UTC
On article Sony announces FE 50mm F1.4 ZA prime lens (293 comments in total)
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straylightrun: Considering the fact that the Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 and Sony 50mm f/1.8 lenses already exists, I would of thought that a compact 35mm f/2 lens would have been a higher priority than another 50mm lens priced at $1500.

Yeah I would have loved a 35mm f1.8/f2 somewhere in the 55mm sizing. I bought the 35mm f2.8 and the 35mm f1.4 and I struggle to pick between them. The f1.4 is too large to justify a spot in my bag on hike trips.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 15:56 UTC
On article Sony announces FE 50mm F1.4 ZA prime lens (293 comments in total)
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Raist3d: I just don't understand why Sony gave priority to do with lens with the great FE 55mm f1.8 around.

The FE 55 f1.8 is one of their very best lenses and much smaller. I don't get it. Can someone with a need for this new lens that shoots Sony with real world photography experience tell me what his promises that would be wanted over the 55mm?

Thanks (honest question)

50mm f.14 is just a staple for any system line up. I think a lot of uninformed people would have skipped over the 55mm f1.8 purely cause of the numbers.

This is a lens they had to make (eventually), I'm just disappointed at the price. It's about twice as expensive as it should be. I mean the canon f1.2 is cheaper.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 15:54 UTC
On Article:8533054559 (70 comments in total)
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Coguar: Dx0Mark is shame, HTC 10 is great phone but doesent deserve that place in photography aspect...

one reviewer say:

CONS
......
- Camera doesn't quite match up to other flagships

I would trust DxO's testing 9 times out of 10. But also bare in mind, it not measuring the overall experience and features, really just the performance scientifically. And although arguably that is the most important thing, it doesn't always translate to a 'good camera' in real world use.

The good news about features and experience is that stuff can be improved in updates, so having a 'great' sensor and lens is really a winning start.

Posted on Apr 14, 2016 at 21:31 UTC
On article Zeiss unveils super-wide Batis 18mm F2.8 (176 comments in total)

Nice addition to the Batis line-up. Not something I need, but I'm sure if its good many will get it.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2016 at 15:08 UTC as 40th comment
On article Hands on with Sony's a6300 and G Master lenses (289 comments in total)
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Chris Page: The focus point still cannot easily be selected manually. That is the killer for me.

This video kinda shows it...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kNf7StI73o

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2016 at 04:52 UTC
On article Hands on with Sony's a6300 and G Master lenses (289 comments in total)
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TTran510: As amazing as Sony camera bodies are, their lenses are too expensive. Make some budget lenses like Nikon 1.8 series and I'll make a switch. A7 III with 4K + 35mm f/(1.8-2), 50mm f/1.8, 85mm f/1.8 and 40mm f/2.8 pancake would be an great set up for hobbyist and enthusiast photographers.

Sony 20mm f2.8
Sony 16mm f2.8
Sony 28mm f2 (FE)

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2016 at 05:49 UTC
On article Hands on with Sony's a6300 and G Master lenses (289 comments in total)
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Chris Page: The focus point still cannot easily be selected manually. That is the killer for me.

as @rsf3127 said... focus recompose is your friend...

With the Sony's lock on ability its much quicker than using a joystick or wheel to select a focus point.

Essentially you are composing the subject centrally so that the camera locks onto it, then you recompose and follow and it will always track it wherever it is on the screen.

Without exageratting it litterally takes me about 0.5s to focus on something and recompose with it being tracked. In my experience moving my position a few "mm" like this to 'set focus point' is far quicker than any other way.

I'm guessing it could be an educational thing, and people need to try it to experience the benefits.

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2016 at 05:46 UTC
On article Hands on with Sony's a6300 and G Master lenses (289 comments in total)
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ijustloveshooting: please come with 135 F1.8G Master performs like 135 1.8 CZ,,,Lord of mirrorless...

Seems like Zeiss is trying to strike the better balance between size and brightness by sticking to f1.8 and f2.0's. I'd guess we will see a 135mm from them before Sony.

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2016 at 05:42 UTC
On article Hands on with Sony's a6300 and G Master lenses (289 comments in total)
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bboy8888: So you buy mirrorless for the light weight and put a 2 lb 24-70 zoom on it?????

I've been using the E-Mount since the first NEX-5. Prior to that I owned A-Mount bodies. Since getting the NEX-5 then NEX-7 etc... I've never really looked back to my DSLRs.

For my personal needs, the smaller bodies and lenses have been great. I can travel lighter (I normally only take what I need). When I'm doing photographic work, its easy for me to plonk on bigger lenses with a more Pro intent. At that point the size and weight is not really an issue.

I guess what I'm saying is I get the best of both worlds, but thats perhaps because I don't often carry my Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 or Sony A-Mount 85mm with me for personal use.

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2016 at 05:41 UTC
On article Hands on with Sony's a6300 and G Master lenses (289 comments in total)
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haplens: Sony seems to be insisting on using full frame lenses with APS-C mirrorless bodies as well. To hell with that!, we wanna use a APS-C due to its compactness, if they insist users to use FE mount lenses which are bulky, more expensive and heavy weight (compared to APSC lenses), and not producing APSC lenses, the whole point of APSC is gone! Im not a sony hater and I own an a6000, but this really is sick! Sony why don't you get some lenses for APSC only??

I'm glad they are building FE lenses first. We waited along time for a Full Frame E-Mount and Sony really needs the following from the Pro crowd if its to survive for the long haul.

Focusing on the FE right now, is in my opinion the right thing to do. I'm sure APS-C will come, but with Camera Phones eating into the profits from the regular consumers, Sony needs money from the Pros and Enthusiasts.

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2016 at 05:36 UTC
On article Hands on with Sony's a6300 and G Master lenses (289 comments in total)
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Andy Galeati: No sense in having a small camera if their lens lineup doesn't have pancake like lenses. I understand one of its strengths is its small and affordable but I've never felt comfortable using a lens twice the size of the camera body. Im sure the line will be diverse in time.

Personally I've found the weight of the FE lenses really well balanced despite size.

That said the 35mm f2.8 is a great size for those wanting a smaller lens.

There are definitely more for the APS-C crowd. I have the 16mm the 20mm and the 35mm. All really compact and fast for an APS-C.

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2016 at 05:31 UTC
On article YoCam is world's smallest waterproof 'life' camera (28 comments in total)

Had been looking about for these kind of 'life-cams' before xmas and found the YoCam and backed it. Looking forward to it arriving. Also the Narrative 2 looks cool, hoping to see what thats like also.

Link | Posted on Jan 29, 2016 at 20:11 UTC as 19th comment | 1 reply

Curious about the resulting RAW file

Link | Posted on Dec 23, 2015 at 09:22 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
On article SLR Magic announces CINE 50mm F1.1 (63 comments in total)
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Franck Bender: I'll be eagerly waiting for the reviews on that one. Apart from the virtual impossibility to focus it accurately wide open, it must have a very unique look.
It does look very plasticky, though.

I agree, I think $350 makes this a winner for the FE cameras regardless.

I'm not holding out massive hope for sharpness etc.. but shouldn't be an issue if used as designed (for video).

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2015 at 04:05 UTC
On article Sony Europe introduces a68 SLT with 79-point AF module (306 comments in total)
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futile32: Curious about the 28mp sensor, but not much else.

balls i guess i miss read and blended in the rumor of the a6100. oh well

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2015 at 07:34 UTC
On article Sony Europe introduces a68 SLT with 79-point AF module (306 comments in total)

Curious about the 28mp sensor, but not much else.

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2015 at 20:44 UTC as 73rd comment | 3 replies
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