Stanchung

Stanchung

Lives in Malaysia Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Works as a Event Photographer
Joined on Jan 7, 2012

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5, 8, 14. 12 is pretty cool too considering where it's shot.

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2017 at 09:03 UTC as 13th comment
On article Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF bokeh demystified (336 comments in total)
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Alex Permit: Personally, I usually try to avoid out-of-focus objects in front of the subject. More often than not, it looks unnatural, even weird.

Near OOF subjects that are good include glass/plastic/bubble wrap/warped plastics[anything transparent], small lights and flowers like baby's breath. Not limited to of course.

Why? They increase a picture's depth.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2017 at 09:16 UTC
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Stanchung: G Master bokeh is better but for 1/3 money less and better in almost all other performance checkboxes I think the choice is clear for many of us.

That's true for me.
Thinking aloud for a friend that's wondering which would be better for his A7RII.

If I'm in the market for an 85 I would pick this over the Otus just because of the AF.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2017 at 02:21 UTC

I like this bag.
It has nice custom flaps for extra stuff.
Some thoughtful stuff as usual for ThinkTanks with regards to waterproofing.

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2017 at 16:50 UTC as 16th comment
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onlooker: It may be water repellent, but without side mini-flaps, when carried on your shoulder, the straps pulls on the side walls, and they stick out ready to scoop up rain.

It has a raincover that fully protects.

https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0532/0233/products/Signature-13-Slate-Gray-web_0018_Signature-13-Slate-Gray-533-Edit.jpg?v=1484598570

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2017 at 16:31 UTC

G Master bokeh is better but for 1/3 money less and better in almost all other performance checkboxes I think the choice is clear for many of us.

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2017 at 03:59 UTC as 70th comment | 2 replies
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kobakokh: no words! 24-70/2.8 vc is best in class, Fix lenses - 35, 45 and 85 are the best in class, now new 70-200/2.8 and, especially, 10-25/3.5-4.5 VC! No words! And all of this in best price! We must wait just redesign 17-50/2.8 VC, with new af motor and little better optics... Any TOkina lens is great except CA (just 14-21 has low CA, and new 24-70/2.8), Tamron lenses usually have very low CA and very high resolution and very high effective image stabilization. Maybe at one day we will be happy to see something like 16-80/2.8 with normal image quality and fast AF? Also in normal price? Am I dreamer? But why again just Canon and Nikon? Where is a Pentax mount? Sony E-mount?

I'm sticking with my old 24-70 Nikkor till they come out with the VR2. VR1 Nikkor is lame for the price they're asking.

As for the Tammy, VC is nice but busy bokeh is the deal breaker.
https://photographylife.com/reviews/tamron-24-70mm-f2-8/4

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2017 at 18:23 UTC

Just when i was focused on the 70-200E. Bears checking out before hasty decisions.

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2017 at 03:31 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
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kobakokh: no words! 24-70/2.8 vc is best in class, Fix lenses - 35, 45 and 85 are the best in class, now new 70-200/2.8 and, especially, 10-25/3.5-4.5 VC! No words! And all of this in best price! We must wait just redesign 17-50/2.8 VC, with new af motor and little better optics... Any TOkina lens is great except CA (just 14-21 has low CA, and new 24-70/2.8), Tamron lenses usually have very low CA and very high resolution and very high effective image stabilization. Maybe at one day we will be happy to see something like 16-80/2.8 with normal image quality and fast AF? Also in normal price? Am I dreamer? But why again just Canon and Nikon? Where is a Pentax mount? Sony E-mount?

"no words! 24-70/2.8 vc is best in class,"

Sharpness maybe, but I think it has terrible bokeh.

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2017 at 03:16 UTC
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Triplet Perar: This is why digital photography is nose diving — everybody does the same bloody lenses, with same focal lengths and same bloody f/stops and they do them over, and over, and over, and over again.
Tamron, Sigma, Nikon, Canon, etc., pull the wax out of your ears, change the tune once in a while! Bring forth a lens worth talking about — truly unique and crazy lens, unique design! Save this sordid industry from pale sameness. Too afraid to do that, because stereotyped pixel peepers and faux-photographers will bash you?
Remember: this fate is even worse! Always stereotyped and endlessly boring same piles of plastic and glass… The hell is already there.

I remember some different ones. Tamron 15-30, Sigma 50-100f1.8, 20-35 f2, 150-600, they're quite popular too.

Different for the sake of being different is like living in an alternate universe where some kind God pays for the R&D. They must be good/great in value/quality.

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2017 at 03:10 UTC
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Manzur Fahim: I sold my Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII because I was not satisfied with the image quality. If this new Tamron is anywhere close to the new Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8E then I will get myself one. Just for the events and commercial works where prime is not always the best option.

Sounds like the VRIII would be the best mate for your combo.

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2017 at 03:03 UTC
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Combatmedic870: They are one of the few companies making money with their phone business besides apple and samsung.

It's tougher now with the Xiaomis, Oppos, HTCs in the mix now.

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2017 at 02:25 UTC
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davidkachel: Well of course camera sales have dropped, you clueless twits! You decided to abandon a large segment of your users, forcing them to invest large gobs of cash in somebody else's camera system.
Instead of giving me an upgraded sensor version of my a900, you forced me to switch over to Nikon at no small expense, because you decided I should no longer have the option of an optical viewfinder.
You may think a digital viewfinder is a great new gadget but people who actually use their cameras for more than vacation pictures need glass!
I sold every scrap of Sony equipment I owned to help pay for the Nikon D810 and a gaggle of lenses. Better equipment and Nikon wouldn't be stupid enough to cut me off at the knees!
Lesson learned, though. I will NEVER buy another Sony product because now I know that Sony has no problem turning whatever it is into useless landfill, on a whim.

pkcpga, this was what i noticed as well. It's worse now with my detetriorating eyesight. EVF's make me dizzy when trying to shoot kids running around. More so than a nomal OVF.

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2017 at 02:24 UTC
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Mateus1: It does not supprice me at all. When you take in hands Fuji X-T2 and then A6500 with it's poor control, you imiedietly see and feel big difference. A6500 feels like an electronic toy, not the photograpic tool that invitie you to discover world around you. Even Pen-F or GX-85/GX-8 brings that. It's same with bulky Sony A7x cams that makes you feeling you hold a brick instead of photograpic tool, though the sensor IQ is amazing, much better than Fuji's, Oly's. Panas'. But it was not enough to tempt me buying Sony. I find Sony the worst designed cams. Menus were also horrible.

Fatdeeman, block with buttons on works for me even if I'm currently not a Sony user. Button control is way better than menu control.

To each his own.

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2017 at 02:16 UTC
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Kiwisnap: I tried the A7rII.

I had it a week and was not convinced. The AF was too hit and miss and the menus lacked intuition.

Someone should remind them that the very best pro cameras are simple, with easy to use controls that provide us with the most commonly required functions.

We do not need 100 customisable buttons that we can't remember what we customised to do...! Worse are buttons with factory default labels that can be customised to do something completely different.

And the battery life. Oh, the battery life. 300 shots? That means that for an average 3 week overseas shoot I would need 2 bodies with grips, 2 batteries per camera and at least 8 fully charged batteries per day. How many chargers do Sony think I can carry and how many plug points will I have in my hotel?! How much sleep will I lose getting up to change over the batteries on the chargers ready for the 0600 sunrise temple shoot?!

The mirrorless partisan group doesn't seem to get this.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2017 at 21:22 UTC
On article Apple selling more Plus models than ever (63 comments in total)
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Vahab: I've always conceived of Apple as a company that sells consumer products (esp. phones), prices at least two times their competitions, their value and functionality.

Samsung S7edge / ip7, the ip7 is about 25% higher.

I stand corrected.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 17:19 UTC
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virtualreality: Apparently an expensive lens doesn't prevent over-exposure on portraits. Under-par camera or user error?

@arbux, I was only kidding but I'm certain exposure is the photographer's to judge rather than fault of the equipment unless it was shot on auto.

Don't think the lens can ever be at fault for overexposure.
Even on manual metering if you go by F-stops, the real exposure would be lower when you get to the actual Transmission Stop due to light loss in the lens.

I looked at some of picture's histograms and indeed the highlights were clipped.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 17:06 UTC
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ivan2001ve: LOL, and can't stop laughing at these samples over processed, photos, the worst thing is that some people really fall for this. Samsung Phones have way better photo quality in low light than apple, (i own an Iphone FYI). Good try apple.

Undeniably the Edge7 has the edge but I'm not jumping to Samsung for main reason I prefer IOS to link up with my mac.

Lowlight quality is nice to have but not necessary to be the best. Good enough for snaps bad. That's what the DSLR is for.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 10:58 UTC
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mais51: Plenty good enough for FB and social media
who really wants to post a mega pixel photos on FB - 2.1 MB is pretty big for fast upload. Would any of you care to upload your 16 MB D810 JPG on FB ? beside most DSLR has no internet access Wifi or 4G - take a photo with my phone and it is sent !

It's made for social media till the next wave of incremental improvements come.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 10:53 UTC
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maljo@inreach.com: Certainly an excellent lens, but I have the two prior versions and I find them to be excellent enough for me. For $2800 I am not tempted.

It's bragging rights. Tempted to sell the VR2 and top up for the new one.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 07:04 UTC
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