Joel Benford

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Joel Benford: What is the focal length?

Thanks. It's really strange how the cellphone world seems to have just stopped mentioning focal length on a hell of a lot of their products.

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2016 at 14:52 UTC

What is the focal length?

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2016 at 14:17 UTC as 14th comment | 5 replies

That does look quite interesting.

I wonder how waterproof the zip is.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2016 at 19:54 UTC as 28th comment
On article Fujifilm X-Pro2 versus X-T2: Seven key differences (353 comments in total)

I don't suppose anyone knows the eye relief on the X-T2's viewfinder?

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2016 at 12:48 UTC as 66th comment | 2 replies

So Outraged Of Tonbridge Wells lives on dpreview now.

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2016 at 08:08 UTC as 3rd comment

It's nice to see an award for a documentary *series* rather than individual documentary *images*. Although the video documentary has been taking over from the photo essay in recent years as the technology of acquisition and distribution changes, there is life in the old dog yet.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2016 at 14:15 UTC as 11th comment
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Stereodesign: No.4 definitely looks wrong, like overexposed flash; a Google for C.E.N.S.U.R.A. Julián Barón takes you to the website with the explanation:
"In that big circus that politics is, photography and censorship are allied to each other in order to manipulate people through the false use of image as a document, using large mass media to subtly but constantly mask those aspects that do not respond to the claims of the parties, blurring and distorting reality.

However, by focusing on a different way on politics and its leaders, trying to use the camera in decomposition, it is also possible to make photography censor censorship and then, negative against negative, offer something positive, some new perspectives on politicians and their superficial status, revealing how the state they defend so hardly vanishes by their actions, their images and all the paraphernalia that surrounds the ivory tower in which they believe they live in."

So now we know.

#4 works for me, I immediately thought "this is making some point about censorship I guess".

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2016 at 13:52 UTC

I like the documentary/journalistic images, all strong work.

The "fine art" pictures seem bland, I guess I don't connect with that aesthetic the way the judges do.

Interesting that #3 in the photojournalism category could have done well in a portrait contest, and #8 in the portraits could have easily turned up on a photo essay.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2016 at 13:51 UTC as 12th comment
On article Sony announces FE 50mm F1.4 ZA prime lens (293 comments in total)
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dstate1: Screw it..lets do a 50 the diameter of a manhole cover and see just how crazy we can get...m4/3 mount on top of that!

On E mount, with the narrow throat on the mount... vignetting and consequent cat eye bokeh might not improve much.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2016 at 16:32 UTC
On article Sony Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA Sample Gallery (267 comments in total)
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babart: For $1000 one can acquire a Sigma 50/1.4 plus the Sigma MC-11 adapter for Sony E mount. The MC-11 allows full auto control and works with many of the Art lenses.
If one happens to shoot Fuji, their 35/1.4 (50mm crop value) is $600. If one doesn't mind manual focus a Zeiss Contax 50/1.4 in mint condition can be had for $350. Like several others here I'm not certain I get the $2000 price tag.

Well yes... but I have the Contax/Zeiss 50/1.4 you mention, and it is *really* mushy and ghosty compared to this. Pixel peep it and it looks faulty, even the mint copies. If you stop it down to f/2.8, it doesn't look special against good modern f/2.8 zooms.

It's not really comparable to this lens, other than DoF and raw light gathering. Of course if you only want web output that might be all you need.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2016 at 16:25 UTC
On article Sony Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA Sample Gallery (267 comments in total)

The vignetting... Not awful, but not the best. That hurts if you want the lens for low light.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2016 at 08:38 UTC as 32nd comment | 3 replies
On article Sony Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA Sample Gallery (267 comments in total)
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PB47: This is off topic but I wish 43mm had become the standard kit lens instead of 50mm. There's a Luminous Landscape article about 40mm lenses that mentions an interview with Sally Mann where she says 40mm is "about right" (she mainly shot with an Olympus 40mm for years). I love the full frame images I've seen out of that Pentax 43mm. 43mm just seems like the sweet spot. Pentax nailed it. If only Canon would make a fast 43mm 1.8 STM. That's my dream lens. But only Pentax will do something that weird.

I really like 43mm too, and this is a great bugbear of mine. Alas, the true standard primes on offer all seem to be f/2.8 or similar and as a low light guy I'm looking for something brighter in a prime. For 43mm f/2.8, I can adjust a zoom to the right length.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2016 at 08:36 UTC

Meet the new boss, a bit better than the old boss.

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2016 at 15:30 UTC as 36th comment

Nice bokeh, for my tastes. Low to medium contrast. I find the colours a bit strange.

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2016 at 15:18 UTC as 26th comment | 3 replies
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SHUSH: Is this 50mm lens compatible with the a6000 and the a6300, or just the full frame models?

Yes it is.

But note that if you only need APS coverage, there is also a APS 50/1.8 available already, and it's a *very* nice lens at about the same price point. Sharp, stabilized, nice bokeh... It's perhaps Sony's best APS lens.

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2016 at 17:21 UTC

I wonder if there is a compromise in lens quality.

I wonder what the AF is like at the long end.

I wonder what handheld photography with a 600 is like, even with IS.

If all those work out OK, then I guess if you need (almost) everything it does and (almost) nothing else it's probably fair value for you.

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2016 at 15:22 UTC as 111th comment
On article Pocketable APS-C: Fujifilm X70 real-world samples (253 comments in total)

I think the only picture that really works here with 28mm framing is the disabled parking sign on the ground in front of the hut. And I think that would have worked better with a 35mm standing slightly further back, to keep the foreground and bring the background in.

In its way this is a very useful gallery -- it shows what you'll get if you try to use a 28mm to do a 50mm's job, and warns people to stay away from the X70 unless they know what they're buying it for.

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2016 at 20:31 UTC as 54th comment | 1 reply

It seems expensive for 2016. It could have IBIS at that price and not seem cheap.

I wonder if there will be an A6100/A6200/both at a lower price?

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2016 at 20:00 UTC as 217th comment | 6 replies
On a photo in the Fujifilm X-Pro2 beta sample gallery sample gallery (2 comments in total)

Mr Spencer, if you're out there...

That last shot of the skateboarder in the samples is focused on the board/foot in the foreground with the face a little OOF.

Was that deliberate, or a failure, or did you just not care?

If you had wanted to get the face in a shot like that, would it be something you could do reliably given this camera's controls and performance?

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2016 at 15:51 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply

Is that a joystick for direct selection of AF points I see below the AEL button? Or am I thinking wishfully?

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2016 at 15:08 UTC as 19th comment | 6 replies
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