Alphaloki

Joined on Feb 18, 2012

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Alphaloki: Be nice if they had the balls to post a release date. You've had 3 freaking years. Which is like 10 in the electronics industry. Yeah, yeah, I know earth quakes n such. That was a while ago, so get with the program and announce a release date. Until then, it's vaporware everyone's talking about down below...

The format wars must keep the equivalency police very busy!

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 14:19 UTC
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Collie Camp: A 50mm 2.4 lens? Let´s see, the great Canon 40mm 2.8 STM seems similar...pretty sharp too...

...for 189,- €

Naa. The Canon is just to small, a pancake, I´ll take that 1199€ lens ;)

You know you can rent lenses, right? I agree if your main interest is low light photography, this might not be a great first choice. But, if you have just a passing interest in low light work, you can rent a lens and see if you like that niche. Then you can decide if it warrants the expense of a separate, more costly solution to feed that monkey. Also, you might just want to use it for a trip somewhere where there is a good opportunity to get a few low light shots along with your buttery soft bokeh portraits. Free your mind from the expense of ownership, you have the ability to try stuff it's difficult to justify buying. It's quite a nice ability.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 02:54 UTC
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Pitchertaker: Gee, should I get the new 30mm f/3.5 macro or stay with the 60mm f/2.8 macro I was originally going to get?

I think I'll put an extension tube on a 300mm for those venomous snake shots... :)

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 02:48 UTC

I'm pretty happy Olympus seems to have seriously considered star photos with that 1.2 lens. Working to diminish coma wide open is a great way to offset the smaller sensor's low light disadvantage compared to larger sensor formats. If you get bucket loads of star light in a shorter exposure because you can shoot at f/1.2, you'll have less noise. Can't wait to rent one from Lensrentals and try it out.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 02:46 UTC as 7th comment
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Alphaloki: Be nice if they had the balls to post a release date. You've had 3 freaking years. Which is like 10 in the electronics industry. Yeah, yeah, I know earth quakes n such. That was a while ago, so get with the program and announce a release date. Until then, it's vaporware everyone's talking about down below...

GGGRRRRRRRrrrrr. I am being patient. Impatiently. Thank you for the reminder, master. I'll be outside in the garden meditating.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 02:38 UTC
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Alphaloki: "After finding your anchor points and running the cables between the two points, the system is tightened using a winch – no tools required." Isn't a winch a tool?? I mean, I've never seen anyone pull a winch out of their ...ummm, shirt. :)

If it comes with a wench, I hope there's a mute button. Plus, the maintenance is going to be through the roof... :)

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 02:37 UTC
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princecody: Fuji went medium format. Why didn't Olympus go FF?

Because it's a mature market saturated with high quality offerings already. m4/3 is a different group. The latest Olympus lenses are fantastic. I just bought the 300mm lens, and the stabilization is amazing. Hand held sharp photos at 600mm focal length equivalent. My 5D Mk III body weighs as much as the Oly lens. Ever hiked above 10K ft elevation with 20lbs of camera gear determined to get a great shot? Now imagine doing it with half the weight. Olympus has plenty of customers waiting for this body. You can scoff at the sensor size if you want, I'll buy one when it comes out. And I have a room full of Canon gear to use. Horses for courses. There are PLENTY of opportunities to use this camera and get great results. Cameras are like sports cars, sometimes you need something light and nimble, and sometimes you need something with 1000HP, they aren't the same car, usually. Most of us can afford light and nimble.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 02:30 UTC

Be nice if they had the balls to post a release date. You've had 3 freaking years. Which is like 10 in the electronics industry. Yeah, yeah, I know earth quakes n such. That was a while ago, so get with the program and announce a release date. Until then, it's vaporware everyone's talking about down below...

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 02:16 UTC as 38th comment | 7 replies
On article Metz mecablitz M400 flash unveiled at Photokina (45 comments in total)
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DavidsfotosDotCom: Smaller but is it lite-er or just light?

Could you be more non-specific? :)

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 02:10 UTC

"After finding your anchor points and running the cables between the two points, the system is tightened using a winch – no tools required." Isn't a winch a tool?? I mean, I've never seen anyone pull a winch out of their ...ummm, shirt. :)

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2016 at 01:37 UTC as 10th comment | 8 replies
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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?

Might be that competitors like Nissin "borrowed" enough of Metz's ideas without engineering cost to allow them to sell flashes for less. *If* they were contract mfg's for Metz, which I know nothing about. But, it wouldn't be the first time a bottom tier Asian company acquired its core design from somewhere else. Maybe that's why Metz needs to save on marketing expense?

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2016 at 14:07 UTC
On article Opinion: Park vandals need to be stopped (336 comments in total)
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matthew saville: Whenever this happens, I wonder how many folks will say "ehh, no big deal..."

It's an indication of just how out of touch humanity is with the planet and its pulse, its beauty.

True, this type of entropy is inevitable. Sure, "no harm done" can be argued.

But, the point is that humanity is worsening with each generation when it comes to folks respecting property that does not belong to them, and generally being self-absorbed, reckless, and destructive as a pastime, a form of entertainment. The "Sundays Fundayz" gang, and the Point Reyes boat fire are both perfect examples of how the younger generations is out of control.

That is why I say, let the internet shaming rain down upon them. These people need to realize just how important the things they destroy actually were, at least to some people. If we just sit around making excuses for them, saying "they're just kids!" or "they said sorry, so just lay off!" ..then we'll just wind up with an even worse generation next time.

Do you really believe this is the first generation to do stupid things in the wilderness? They used to do fireworks shows in Yosemite. Yes, we should have appropriate punishment for idiots. There will still be a surplus of idiots. The world will continue to endure us and many of us will strive to preserve its beauty. It is an endless quest. In the great timeline of the Earth, we are milliseconds. Hopefully, we'll learn to respect the beauty around us. If we don't time will shrug us off like it has many things before us. The Earth doesn't care for us, but we care for it. Seems like most people get that. Those that don't should be taught with both the carrot and the stick, as appropriate. Rocks will fall, even when we don't knock them over, and in time, lots more time than we readers have, new formations will develop. Let's hope our ancestors show more respect for the beauty around us. And lets teach our children to see that beauty and protect it, it's the next step on that road.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2016 at 04:50 UTC

If you have on chip focus detection AND lens microadjustment, it seems to me the camera should be able to calibrate lenses itself. Shoot test image with default focus setting, evaluate with dual focus phase detect, shift plus or minus preset "X" amount, shoot and re-evaluate. Then calculate the offset and apply it for that lens. Switch lenses, lather, rinse, and repeat. That would be a very cool feature. Wonder if Canon thinks we might not be technically savvy enough to do it right and just uses something similar to do it for us if we send our gear in to be "matched"?

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2016 at 19:04 UTC as 73rd comment | 2 replies
On article 20:20 vision: Hands-on with Sigma's 20mm F1.4 'Art' (148 comments in total)
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Alphaloki: Seriously? The effing lens cap is optional? What is up with this kind of BS? If I throw down $900 for a lens, you can't give me a lens cap at no charge? What's next, a $900 lens with an optional box to package it in? Don't get me wrong, if the optical quality is as good as I hope, I'm excited by the lens, but just give us the damn cap, alright?

Ahhh, I missed the part about a plastic lens cap. Rant retracted. Of course if I were photographing live wires, the metal cap might might increase the creative opportunities, right Frank? :)

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2015 at 01:13 UTC
On article 20:20 vision: Hands-on with Sigma's 20mm F1.4 'Art' (148 comments in total)

Seriously? The effing lens cap is optional? What is up with this kind of BS? If I throw down $900 for a lens, you can't give me a lens cap at no charge? What's next, a $900 lens with an optional box to package it in? Don't get me wrong, if the optical quality is as good as I hope, I'm excited by the lens, but just give us the damn cap, alright?

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2015 at 22:56 UTC as 34th comment | 6 replies
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Rosember: Wit vs. total control - guess who is going to win.

Does this mean from now on all we'll see at Foo Fighter concerts are iPhone pics? We're going to need some improvements in low light performance then...

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2015 at 20:04 UTC
On article Canon warns about dangers of counterfeit camera gear (154 comments in total)

If 4 of these have the same life as one Canon flash, then maybe Canon has a point. For most users who aren't shooting commercially, the knock off flash will live just fine. If I paid full Canon price for the knock off I'd be angry, but if I knowingly bought the knockoff for a discount, understanding the tradeoff I'd made, then I just made a choice. Canon wants to protect its market, we want to spend less. Ultimately, if the knock off is good enough, it puts Canon at a disadvantage and Canon has to lower their price to compete. I can live with that too. Ironically, articles like this - if properly translated, make the next gen of knockoffs harder to spot... Please understand I'm not arguing the morality of this, Canon has intellectual property rights, and their advertising budget helps sell credible knockoffs, based on Canon's popularity. I'm just watching from the sidelines. I have some Canon flashes, and I have some off brand flashes, according to my needs.

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2015 at 20:49 UTC as 58th comment | 2 replies
On article First Impressions: Metabones Speed Booster (355 comments in total)
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Cal22: You can't ignore the disadvantages this adapter comes along with (more CA, lower contrast, corner softening, poor AF, more weight and bulkiness of FF lens/adapter). That's why it won't be a tool for any photographer in the mirrorless sector. But for some the adapter might prove useful, especially if it comes to wide angle or high aperture FF lenses you possess anyway.

Question: What about the adapter combined with a wide angle shift lens? Will shiftening be increasing optical flaws?

You make some bold claims, maybe it won't become a tool for you personally, everyone has their likes and dislikes, but I have a large number of Canon mount lenses I will be looking forward to testing. On M4/3. Minor CA and contrast tweaks are easily made in post. CA is for most purposes gone in B/W conversions as well. Landscape photography is an area where manual focus isn't much of a problem, and I'll have a lot of fun just testing out the new creative possibilities. Real world photos are much different than resolution charts, don't get me wrong, resolution charts are useful for comparisons, but they're not the final word on a lens' usefulness. Maybe LensRentals will stock them, and you can try one yourself without a big $ investment. It might open your eyes, or it might confirm your opinion. I say look at it with an open mind. More possibilities are always better than less when it comes to the glass, don't you think?

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2013 at 15:19 UTC

Crap, my dream of one day moving up to 4K is now obsolete. Technology is moving so fast now that my dreams can't even keep up. One minute I feel like I'm trying to drink from a fire hose and then I think, where's my damn flying car man!?!

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2013 at 02:58 UTC as 47th comment
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