mais51

mais51

Lives in Australia Sydney, Australia
Works as a Retired Engineer
Joined on Sep 22, 2005

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Karroly: So these pricey, high quality, lenses are targeted to professional cinematographers...
Now avalaible in M4/3 mount. Fine.
Then a naive and true question because I am curious to know : why would a professional cinematographer buy a "cheap" m4/3 body with a tiny sensor to attach it to these high-grade lenses ?

@rfsIII
These lenses are manually focus - no matter how precision if the cameraman misses focus then stars most certainty will be out of focused.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2016 at 16:28 UTC
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Karroly: So these pricey, high quality, lenses are targeted to professional cinematographers...
Now avalaible in M4/3 mount. Fine.
Then a naive and true question because I am curious to know : why would a professional cinematographer buy a "cheap" m4/3 body with a tiny sensor to attach it to these high-grade lenses ?

Nah - the camera body is shipped with the lens as a free accessory. Just pick your style and may be color.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2016 at 16:24 UTC
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mais51: This news makes Leica and Zeiss lenses look cheap in comparison - so the German is not that bad after all - With lenses like these do we really need to buy a camera body at all - may come as a bonus with the package.

Sure - then what is the point of them producing run of the mill ordinary $2 Nikon and Canon mounts - unless they want to sell their hard to shift cine lenses. How many movies studios on this planet compare to how many millions Canikon shooters.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2016 at 16:14 UTC
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yslee1: I thought Metz were in financial trouble. Did they manage to pull out of administration?

I bought a Metz 45 CT-1 flash in 1978 - now that is 38 years ago and it still works beautifully with my current NIkon DSLR - no wonder why the company nearly went out of business. The original battery charger and Nicad battery pack no longer work - nowadays I only use disposable AA batteries to power it. It is a very powerful flash in its day - At 400 ISO and F4 it can TTL more than to 20 metres (65 ft)

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2016 at 15:37 UTC
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Sacher Khoudari: I'm looking forward to see it in three weeks! Let's see if it can compete with Nissin's i40 in size and features. AFAIK Nissin used to manufacture their low cost flashes in the past. Apparently they learned a lot from Metz.

Btw: Do they want to save promotion cost by only using FB? No money left for an old fashioned non-FB website?

Nikon now have flash with built - in continuous super bright LED for movie shooting. Hopefully this new flash gun will employ something more than a capacitor to produce light - if they can get rid of the capacitor then the flash gun will be drastically reduced in size and weight

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2016 at 15:21 UTC
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mais51: This news makes Leica and Zeiss lenses look cheap in comparison - so the German is not that bad after all - With lenses like these do we really need to buy a camera body at all - may come as a bonus with the package.

Well they want to sell these exotic lenses to consumers like us then they better tone down their prices. Sure it costs thousand but only to the target market. Even Mercedes makes cheap cars for not so luxury market - not everyone can afford a S Class but the A Class shipped by the thousands.

These cine lenses require special skill to operate them - not for the faint heart - notice even the focus man has a mention in the credit roll up at the end of the movies. Making movies is a slow and tedious business - that why it costs millions.

You are right when Daniel Craig reputedly offered up to $200 millions to make a couple of movies then not only the lenses but the cost of whole camera is insignificant by comparison.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2016 at 13:50 UTC

This news makes Leica and Zeiss lenses look cheap in comparison - so the German is not that bad after all - With lenses like these do we really need to buy a camera body at all - may come as a bonus with the package.

Link | Posted on Sep 6, 2016 at 18:33 UTC as 11th comment | 8 replies
On article Samsung launches first removable UFS memory cards (177 comments in total)
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Nick Brundle - Photography: Give it 5 years and it will be standard in most electronic goodies

How many cameras are using the Nikon D5 XQD memory card ? and how long it has been on the market ?

If anything it will be a very long time before anyone other than Samsung. If they are so sure about the new memory format perhaps the next Samsung Cell phone will have it instead of Micro SD. We will wait and see.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2016 at 01:21 UTC
On article Samsung launches first removable UFS memory cards (177 comments in total)
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Kiril Karaatanasov: Brand new Memory Stick! Wow! How exciting.......

This time from Korea

I am very relax, by the time this format come out on my DSLR I'd be too old to worry about it. Stick with my tried and trust CF

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2016 at 01:16 UTC
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rjalvarez1957: I have a Nikon F2 which appears to have a cloth shutter.

Nikon F3 has the removable back
Problem with horizontal travelling focal plan shutter is the slow flash sync of 1/60 sec so camera makers start using vertical shutter units - and this can only be made out of metal blades to improve sync speed to 1/125 sec. Nikon was the first to design a 1/250 sec shutter module for the FA camera.

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2016 at 12:05 UTC
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rjalvarez1957: I have a Nikon F2 which appears to have a cloth shutter.

My 1970 Pentax Spotmatic 1 and later SP 2 both has horizontal cloth focal plan shutter.

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2016 at 00:28 UTC
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kodachromeguy: For two decades, I used a late-production F (1972?) with some of the cosmetic features of the F2. Mine had a titanium shutter. It really was a superb precision piece of machining. The finders clicked on and off with precision. You could install any one of about 20 finder screens; I preferred the grid screen to help keep horizons straight. Mine had the viewing-only prism, not the metering head. A friend has it, and it is still in occasional use. It would be curious to see what proportion of present Dpreview readers could use a mechanical film camera like this.

I have a F3HP - not quite as old as the legendary Nikon F but it is a manual camera nevertheless

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2016 at 00:22 UTC
On article Nikon offers free battery exchange for D500 owners (96 comments in total)
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pkcpga: I think it's very nice that Nikon is exchanging out old batteries that are long out of warranty for new ones, most companies would not extend this exchange on 3-5 year old batteries.

This not the first time Nikon does this - The old EN-EL3 was replaced by the EN-EL3e - the batteries have the same shape and the same voltage - the EN-EL3 has 1400mA the En-EL3e has a marginally more capacity at 1500mA. The only different is that you can use the new EN-EL3e on the old Nikon body such as D70 but the the old EN-EL3 can not be inserted into the new Nikon body such as D300s. In other words the EN-EL3e is backwardly compatible. Fast forward to 2013/16 the EN-EL15 version 01 still can be used in the newer Nikon body such as D500 with reduced capacity due to electrical discharge profile - otherwise electrically and physically no different to that of the EN-EL15 version 20, But it is nicer to have the latest version so Nikon is basically give you a free exchange - old for new. The only condition is that you must be an owner of a Nikon D500 bought through a Nikon authorised dealer. Must check with Nikon Australia

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2016 at 05:21 UTC
On article Nikon offers free battery exchange for D500 owners (96 comments in total)
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pkcpga: I think it's very nice that Nikon is exchanging out old batteries that are long out of warranty for new ones, most companies would not extend this exchange on 3-5 year old batteries.

Not really, if using the old battery may cause problem then it is the responsibity of Nikon to recall the old ones - it happens every where to various insdustries, especially automotive. The fact that it only has problem when using with the D500 - that allow Nikon to selectively replace the old ones only the for D500 users.
If I have a D500 I surely will send my one ones in and take no risk that one day I may forget and use the old battery with the new D500.

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2016 at 02:15 UTC
On article Nikon offers free battery exchange for D500 owners (96 comments in total)
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pkcpga: I think it's very nice that Nikon is exchanging out old batteries that are long out of warranty for new ones, most companies would not extend this exchange on 3-5 year old batteries.

I don't think Nikon packs the old battery which is out of production since 2013 with the new D500 the issue must have to do with people who has old EN-EL15 which is not 100 percent compatible with the D500 power profile

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2016 at 01:11 UTC
On article Nikon offers free battery exchange for D500 owners (96 comments in total)

My D800 came with a EN-EL15 Lion01. If I buy a D500 today would I be able to exchange the old battery for a new generation one ?

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2016 at 01:08 UTC as 25th comment | 2 replies
On article Setting new standards: Nikon D5 Review (507 comments in total)
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brycesteiner: Wireless additional at nearly $900? Is this 1999?

Horse for the course
It is a piece of professional gear - and they don't come cheap

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2016 at 15:19 UTC
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ZJ24: If only the D810 review had come as swiftly as the D5 fault-finding.

Yeah - by the time the D810 Review hits the website Nikon would possibly have the D810s (or equivalent) available for purchase.

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2016 at 03:20 UTC
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lescrane: well, no matter how you slice it, it's good news if you own the lens as opposed to having to buy a whole "II" new/improved lens.

That being said, although I paid for the dock and don't agree w/the previous posters "I'll buy and return from Amazon" notion, Sigma , for their own sake should just include this with the lens (even if it means inc. price20.00). Assume the dock costs about 10.00 tops to make. How much will it cost them to receive, repair and send out hundreds, if not thousands of lenses for those who choose to go that route?

$60 is cheaper than some lens hood which is basically a piece of off cut plastic tubing - try buying one for your Nikon or Canon lens and see how much they ask for it

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2016 at 02:53 UTC
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mais51: Most focus problems are lens + camera body related that is why camera has fine tune feature built-in so how adjusting a lens independent of the specific body would fix that problem at all. The USB solution could only fix whichever problem exits with the lens. Could someone more knowledgeable in this field please explain

Thank you - that is what I understand should happen. I don't believe it only takes 10 minutes as the Lens Rental article seemed to imply.
-Take a photo with the lens-alight
- note down the required adjustment
- remove the lens - mount on the dock
- run the program make necessary adjustment
- retake the photo - check focus - repeat if necessary

Repeat the same procedure with various focal lengths - phew !
All that for 10 minutes ???

However not all camera bodies have built-in adjustment so the lens dock is the only solution

Link | Posted on Mar 19, 2016 at 04:37 UTC
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