thxbb12

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On article Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG DN sample gallery (DPReview TV) (185 comments in total)
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thxbb12: Here we go, dpreview does it again: in the whole gallery, there is only a SINGLE photo shot at the maximum aperture of f1.4...
Dpreview staff: for future reviews of fast lenses, please show us what the lens is capable of at maximum aperture, that's what interest photographers the most.
If I buy a 85mm f1.4 lens it's to use it at f1.4, not at f2 or f4.
I don't care how well it performs at f2 or f2.8 (very likely very well) and even less at f4 or f7.

@JoFa agreed :-)

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2020 at 11:36 UTC
On article Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG DN sample gallery (DPReview TV) (185 comments in total)
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thxbb12: Here we go, dpreview does it again: in the whole gallery, there is only a SINGLE photo shot at the maximum aperture of f1.4...
Dpreview staff: for future reviews of fast lenses, please show us what the lens is capable of at maximum aperture, that's what interest photographers the most.
If I buy a 85mm f1.4 lens it's to use it at f1.4, not at f2 or f4.
I don't care how well it performs at f2 or f2.8 (very likely very well) and even less at f4 or f7.

@Reilly Diefenbach

If one buys a f1.4 lens it's to use it at f1.4, at least quite often. If you plan to shoot it mostly at f3.5-4.0, then you might be better served with a system such as MFT and Panasonic 42.5 1.7 (FF 3.4 DOF equivalent) which is much more compact and lighter.

Shooting at f1.4 can give you a look not possible when shooting at smaller apertures. Here are a few shots from Iwona Podlasinska that illustrate my point:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/iwonapodlasinska/49722716413/in/dateposted/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/iwonapodlasinska/50082560332/in/dateposted/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/iwonapodlasinska/48665297501/in/dateposted/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/iwonapodlasinska/49648366712/in/dateposted/

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2020 at 09:30 UTC
On article Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG DN sample gallery (DPReview TV) (185 comments in total)

Here we go, dpreview does it again: in the whole gallery, there is only a SINGLE photo shot at the maximum aperture of f1.4...
Dpreview staff: for future reviews of fast lenses, please show us what the lens is capable of at maximum aperture, that's what interest photographers the most.
If I buy a 85mm f1.4 lens it's to use it at f1.4, not at f2 or f4.
I don't care how well it performs at f2 or f2.8 (very likely very well) and even less at f4 or f7.

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2020 at 13:58 UTC as 53rd comment | 12 replies
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thxbb12: Woah, this is an amazing and unique range!
Traditional standard zooms always start at 24 which I often find too narrow for landscapes, hence the necessity to carry another 16-36 or similar lens which means swapping.
If Panasonic were to release a small S body, I'd seriously consider the system, for this lens alone :-) Definitely a unique selling point!
(Interestingly this lens is about the same size and weight as the Olympus 12-40 f2.8 for MFT (FF equiv to 24-80 f5.6)).

I also own a Pany GX9 and GM5 and the electronic shutter is fine. However, the sensor readout is pretty fast which is probably not the case of the FP.
Also, if you shoot moving subjects (e.g. kids), then there will definitely be artifacts (deformations caused by the rolling shutter) when using the electronic shutter.

Link | Posted on May 27, 2020 at 14:22 UTC
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thxbb12: Woah, this is an amazing and unique range!
Traditional standard zooms always start at 24 which I often find too narrow for landscapes, hence the necessity to carry another 16-36 or similar lens which means swapping.
If Panasonic were to release a small S body, I'd seriously consider the system, for this lens alone :-) Definitely a unique selling point!
(Interestingly this lens is about the same size and weight as the Olympus 12-40 f2.8 for MFT (FF equiv to 24-80 f5.6)).

Right, I had forgotten about the lack of mechanical shutter on the FP. That's another no-no for me.
I really hope you're right and that Panasonic will release a small consumer FF body for the system.
I also hope some of the 3rd party makers will start releasing affordable (and compact) lenses for the system, e.g. Samyang, Tamron, etc.
That would make the system very attractive IMO :-)

Link | Posted on May 27, 2020 at 13:33 UTC
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thxbb12: Woah, this is an amazing and unique range!
Traditional standard zooms always start at 24 which I often find too narrow for landscapes, hence the necessity to carry another 16-36 or similar lens which means swapping.
If Panasonic were to release a small S body, I'd seriously consider the system, for this lens alone :-) Definitely a unique selling point!
(Interestingly this lens is about the same size and weight as the Olympus 12-40 f2.8 for MFT (FF equiv to 24-80 f5.6)).

Yes but unfortunately the FP doesn't feature an EVF, thus it's a major no-no for me :-(

Link | Posted on May 27, 2020 at 13:24 UTC

Woah, this is an amazing and unique range!
Traditional standard zooms always start at 24 which I often find too narrow for landscapes, hence the necessity to carry another 16-36 or similar lens which means swapping.
If Panasonic were to release a small S body, I'd seriously consider the system, for this lens alone :-) Definitely a unique selling point!
(Interestingly this lens is about the same size and weight as the Olympus 12-40 f2.8 for MFT (FF equiv to 24-80 f5.6)).

Link | Posted on May 27, 2020 at 13:18 UTC as 98th comment | 9 replies
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panther fan: Mini survey. How many people would consider a normal prime in the 20-100mm range above 1kg in weight?
Would you buy one, would you use one, would you care?

Vot by upvote

I'd never consider buying a 1kg "normal" prime lens, regardless of IQ or price (the exception would be to use it as a weapon in some dangerous parts of the world).

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2020 at 13:46 UTC
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JasperHof: Pretty crazy at 0.95! Wonder how 'sharp' it is wide open!

f1.9 to be exact (0.95 x 2).

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2020 at 16:43 UTC

If only Voigtlander would release lenses with AF.
The combination of bad eyesight and subject movements make it very difficult to use a MF lens... Too bad.
If their lenses had AF, I'd buy them in a heart beat!
The MFT AF protocol is open so it should be fairly "easy" to design AF lenses for any 3rd party manufacturer.

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2020 at 16:42 UTC as 22nd comment | 3 replies
On article DPReview TV: The great ultra-wide sunstar shootout (130 comments in total)

Any particular reason this is fullframe-only?
I suppose it's a well known fact that aps-c and MFT photographers are not interested in sunstars?

Link | Posted on Dec 23, 2019 at 23:56 UTC as 34th comment | 2 replies

Here we go, DPR does it again: almost no wide-open shots! If I purchase a f2.8 lens it's to use it at f2.8, not at f5.6. Likewise, I'm very interested to see its performance at 200mm, especially at f2.8.
I bet someone is gonna say that's because the shutter speed would be too high. I've got two answers to this: ND filters or electronic shutter. So, that's not a valid excuse.
Please DPR, for your next galleries, can you try to shoot many samples wide-open and at base ISO please?
Thanks.

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2019 at 13:10 UTC as 75th comment | 5 replies
On article Best cameras for portraits (208 comments in total)
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NicoPPC: Fujifilm X cameras not even listed. Olympus EM-1II also not listed.
@DPReview. It looks like a lot to a sponsored content!

I can understand your point about X-T3 vs X-T30. However, do you think the A6600 has better ergonomics than the X-T30? I think that most photographers would agree that the A6600's ergonomics are inferior to that of the X-T20/30.
About lenses, sure the Sigma 56 f1.4 is great. But for portraits, one can argue that a f1.2 lens will be better suited than a f1.4 as it gives better DOF control. Also, the Fuji 56 APD has no equivalent in any other APS-C system and has clearly better bokeh. Finally, how about other focal lengths? 23mm f1.4 for environmental portraits? 90mm f2 for its incredible bokeh and longer reach or even the 50-140 f2.8 for the convenience of a zoom? These have no equivalent in other APS-C systems. I'm surprised that you didn't consider any of these in your decision process. Portraits are not limited to the sole 85 (FF equivalent) focal length.

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2019 at 20:17 UTC
On article Best cameras for portraits (208 comments in total)
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NicoPPC: Fujifilm X cameras not even listed. Olympus EM-1II also not listed.
@DPReview. It looks like a lot to a sponsored content!

@Richard Butler: so you considered the X-T3, but not the X-T30? Why is that? If you're talking about bargains, then why not the X-T20 which can be had for very cheap and is still a great camera, well suited to portrait work.
Combine a X-T20 with the wide range of Fuji lenses that can be used for portraits, such as 23mm f1.4 (no equivalent in other APS-C systems), 35mm f1.4, 56mm f1.2 and 90mm f2 and nothing in APS-C land gets remotly close. Finally, throw Fujifilm's excellent JPEG film simulations and you have a combo very very hard to beat. Your logic and reasoning seems very flawed.

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2019 at 19:25 UTC
On article Best cameras for portraits (208 comments in total)

Is there a reason why there isn't a single Fuji-X camera in the contenders' list? A Fuji X-T3, X-T30 or X-H1 are great cameras for portraiture with lenses such as the Fuji 56 f1.2 APD and Fuji 90mm f2. None are included in your list, yet, you somehow decided to include the Canon EOS M6 II. Really??. Your reasoning doesn't make much sense.

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2019 at 15:30 UTC as 49th comment
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Franz Weber: Hasn’t Olympus stated when the EM1 II was introduced, that a shake reduction higher than 6.5 stops is impossible due to the rotation of the earth?

The only logical explanation is that Chuck Norris must be secretly working for Olympus...

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2019 at 09:14 UTC
On article Tamron SP 35mm F1.4 sample gallery (DPReview TV) (44 comments in total)

Where are the shots at f1.4?
If you're going to show a gallery of a very fast lens, please show many samples taken at f1.4... Especially the portrait ones. Not a single wide-open portrait.

Lame.

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2019 at 20:30 UTC as 8th comment | 4 replies
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Paulo Cortez: I've a Sony A7r and I usually travel with the Zeiss 35mm and 55mm lenses. Although not “intended to offer a high level of quality”, this “cap” may be quite useful for occasional situations that you need a wide-angle lens without spending a lot or compromising volume and weight.

If you want compact but good IQ, the Samyang 18mm f2.8 FE seems to be a much better alternative IMO. Affordable, compact, light (145g) and with very good MFT results.

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2019 at 20:20 UTC
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Raist3d: How can it be "the same 20MP sensor of the EM5 MKII" when the EM5 MKII uses a 16 mp sensor...

@dust99eye: not even close. The reference site (i.e. non biased by opposition to DXO) is photonstophotos.net. According to their measurements, the Oly E-M1 II sensor is actually the best MFT sensor to date. It's better than Canon APS-C sensors and much better than Sony's best 1'' sensor by a large margin. See for yourself here: http://www.photonstophotos.net/Charts/PDR.htm#Olympus%20OM-D%20E-M1%20Mark%20II,Sony%20DSC-RX100M6
The EM-1 II at ISO 600 is on par with the RX100M6 at ISO 120.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2019 at 19:47 UTC
On article Nikon Z 24mm F1.8 S to ship in October for $1000 (348 comments in total)
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phouphou: The Nikkor-z-24mmf1.8 weighs 450g, 78 x 97 mm.
The Sony 24mmf1.4GM weighs 445g, 75 x 92 mm, so its smaller and lighter.
yes, the Sony is more expensive, but Nikon now cannot build a f1.4 version and make it lighter and smaller than the f1.8 version, that would kill their own lens.

... and whats up with the bigger z-mount?

@pollup Here is what Roger Cicala at lensrentals, who is by far the best authority on lens testings, says about the Sony 24 f1.4: "Overall, I have to say the Sony 24mm f1.4 GM is the best 24mm made right now and really a world-class optic.". Source: https://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2019/08/some-new-wide-angle-lens-mtf-tests-sony-24mm-f1-4-gm-sony-35mm-f1-8-tamron-35mm-f1-4-sp/
We'll see whether the Z is better, but the Sony is smaller, brighter and the best optics today. No small feat.

Link | Posted on Sep 4, 2019 at 09:12 UTC
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