Dan_168

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On article The whole nine yards: Canon 35mm F1.4L II USM review (254 comments in total)
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Clint Dunn: 'Best 35mm lens available' - Really??? Maybe if you're sticking to DSLR lenses. I would put my Zeiss 35mm 1.4 ZM against this Canon.

I owned that lens at one point, it's not even close. Zeiss 35 1.4 ZM and Zeiss 35 F1.4 FE.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2016 at 19:55 UTC
On article The whole nine yards: Canon 35mm F1.4L II USM review (254 comments in total)
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Contra Mundum: A lot more money for minor improvements: DOA.

Minor improvement? really?

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2016 at 19:44 UTC
On article Venus Laowa 12mm F2.8 Zero-D sample gallery (117 comments in total)
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keepreal: The price for this Venus Laowa 12mm F2.8 lens is pretty steep. A similar lens which has both both auto focus and aperture linkage also would be, even with as good optical quality, except perhaps from one of the prime lens manufacturers - no pun intended.

I am beginning to wonder if the growing number of manufacturers whose lenses lack auto focus and aperture linkage to the camera body is because they do not know how to do the electronics. Samyang, as far as I am aware do provide AE on Canon but only for one of their lenses. But at least their lenses are often cheap in spite of good optics, which may be the reason.

Talking about steep price, the Voigtlander 12 is also $999 in US, manual focus, and super slow, F5.6, makes this Laowa sounds like a bargain to me.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2016 at 06:07 UTC
On article OWC's Thunderbolt 3 Dock adds 13 ports to your MacBook (146 comments in total)

Now let's make the batter even smaller, so we will have to carry a power adapter everywhere, LOL ..... since you already removed the such useful USB port, might as well cut the battery in half as well.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2016 at 18:45 UTC as 57th comment
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ZJ24: I would be lying if I said this camera didn't intrigue me - I haven't owned anything Sony for some time, but 42 megapixels and 12 FPS with that autofocus ... Dang.

Regarding the body size I agree DSLR probably will still be bigger, however, for those who are in love with our 1-Series and D5 series bodies are not looking forward to a smaller one, myself included, quite opposite, I wish they continue the development on the current 1D not going the Sony route. they already make a 7D II and D500 series for those prefer small body so I hope they don't mess around with the 1D/D5 series too much.

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2016 at 15:24 UTC
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ZJ24: I would be lying if I said this camera didn't intrigue me - I haven't owned anything Sony for some time, but 42 megapixels and 12 FPS with that autofocus ... Dang.

Yeah, 42MP at 12 FPS, so I can only see both Canon and Nikon will have to up their game a little, no more excuse like " you can't have high pixel count and high speed", yes you can, someone else just did that. So thanks for Sony this so I know the Canon Nikon version is not too far out, I am not switching to A99 II becasue all the long lenses I own from Nikon and Canon, but I have no issue replace my 1DX with a new FF pro body with 45MP at 10+ FPS.

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2016 at 04:33 UTC
On article Got Reach? Tamron SP 150-600mm F5-6.3 G2 sample gallery (102 comments in total)
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TN Args: No, the *real* question is how does it rate against the Sigma Sports and Contemporary competition?

As for the Fuji and Panasonic competition, I am not sure how they compete with this Tamron in the 500mm and 600mm end, if thet are as good or better I would get one for sure for my X-T10.

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2016 at 15:37 UTC
On article Got Reach? Tamron SP 150-600mm F5-6.3 G2 sample gallery (102 comments in total)
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shooter45: Pictures are good but what is the point? To let me know I can "reach" with this lens ? That it is sharp ? Ok .. good ... but the Sigma Sport has also the same reach and the Nikon ( lens that I own ) 200-500 on my D500 also has a great reach ( more than I really need ) and it is sharper than this lens and on par with the Sigma sport.
However, this lens is more affordable than the Sport version and lighter than its sibling. I shoot with the Nikon 200-500 and I am more than happy with this lens.

The point is now people have more choice. what's the point Sony make a FF camera, Canon does it since 2004. what'e the point even buying 200-500 lens, I rather buy a 150-600 to have even more reach. LOL.

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2016 at 15:32 UTC
On article Got Reach? Tamron SP 150-600mm F5-6.3 G2 sample gallery (102 comments in total)
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steelhead3: The big question with the g2 is how it compares to the g1. The g1 got a reputation of being less than satisfactory from 500 to 600 and quite slow in AF. Did the doubling in price cure these two problem areas?

In the USA, the original version is $999 USD and the new version is $1399.

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2016 at 15:27 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 Review (2175 comments in total)
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JP Scherrer: Can we use Nikon lens on it ?

Some of them, I am using all my Nikon AIS and Zeiss ZF/ZF2 lenses on my X-T10.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2016 at 18:27 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 Review (2175 comments in total)
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misspiggy01: concerning the sensor size discussion.

my problem with apsc is i would need more expensive and bigger lenses for the same look that my FF lenses give me. i am mostly shooting a 35mm f2. on apsc that would be a 24mm f1.4. not only wouldn´t i be able to afford it, i also wouldn´t want to carry it around.
the wider you go the bigger this problem becomes. not an option for me.

i think that in a quality oriented market the bigger than apsc sensor sizes will prevail. everything else will be covered by phones.

APS-C has its pros and cons, I am a 1Dx/D800E/A7R II shooter so I am fully aware what FF can do, but I am actually buying a D500 for airshow and wild animal, to me APS-C will give me some benefit there, not replacing anything, but just will shoot these two format side by side.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2016 at 18:25 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 Review (2175 comments in total)
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coody: Why not choose Nikon D500 at only $400 more?

Why not choose Nikon for only $400 more? It's a such different camera, for sport, I will take a D500 even it's $1000 more expensive. for casual outing, I will take the X-T2 even the Fuji is more expensive than the D500.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2016 at 18:12 UTC
On article Sigma 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art real world sample gallery (215 comments in total)
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CreeDo: Come on Sigma, you sissies... why couldn't you make it 1.4 or 1.8 like your other lenses? Sure it'd be like 5 pounds but I don't mind.

haha, even 12mm at F2.8 would be sweet, for astro,

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2016 at 05:39 UTC
On article Sigma 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art real world sample gallery (215 comments in total)
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Richard Kwon: I'm not sure if the problem is the lens or the camera... I'm really not impressed but not sure what is the problem. The Canon 5DSR should have great resolution, so I guess I should say I'm not impressed with the lens. Really disappointed with this lens. Can DP Review please test this on a Sony or Nikon? I don't want to give up on this lens yet. Thanks.

The second picture is from Sony A7R II

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2016 at 05:28 UTC
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sh00t3r: The question is, will it be better than the Nikon 200-500? If so, I may buy it.

I have the original Tamron 150-600 and from my own test it is already better than the Nikon 200-500, but of course with slower F6.3 aperture at the long end.

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2016 at 16:38 UTC
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probert500: My Samyang 14mm is wonderfully sharp corner to corner, but does have distortion; though it's easily corrected. This 15mm, if it's equally sharp, and has minimal distortion, would be very interesting. Look forward to hearing more.

Same here, a huge fan of the Samyang 14 as I do a lot of astro and the Samyang is just fantastic for that, sharp edge to edge wide open and has no COMA, but this Laowa is even faster by a full stop, so that's a big deal to me shooting in dark. So if it has same coma performance and similar edge shapness as the Samyang I will definitely get one. Anyone know from their other lenses do they have good track record of having low COMA like Samyang?

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2016 at 14:52 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (657 comments in total)
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arhmatic: Maybe it's just me, but "OM-D E-M1 II" (12 characters total) is a little of an overkill... Why put "E-"? Is there a "non E-" M1? Sure, all letters mean something, but do I care as a buyer? Look at car naming. "Audi Q5" is easy. "Olympus M2" is similarly easy.

This applies, in my mind, to all camera makers. Not picking just Olympus in particular. 2-3 characters would do just fine. Just a suggestion. For simplicity and ease. Win-win for all.

Do I even care what the camera is called? OMD-55, OMD-M20.....OMG.... I just need to click the "purchase" link in the web browser and the camera will magically show up in my door step and I can start shooting with it, whatever that's called.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 15:59 UTC
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Light Pilgrim: I have Sigma 35 Art. Have mixed feelings. It has a great IQ, busy bokey and I do not always trust the AF on my 5D MKIII. I was using Zeiss 35 previously and used to have issues with nailing the focus. I REALLY want a top notch 85 mm lens for portraits, REALLY-REALLY want....but I am not sure I want to trust the AF of a lens that is not designed by Canon.

@Yake, I don't know why, but from real world picture, if I compare the 50 Art to my Nikon 50 1.2 AIS, Zeiss 50 F2, and my now sold 50L or even my old Sigma 50 HSM, the bokeh from the new Art lens always look more distractive and more harsh, super sharp but harsh, same goes to the my 35 Art vs my old Canon 35L MK I and Nikon 35 1.4G, even the Sony FE 35 1.4 i tried had a decentering issue, but the bokeh just look so much more pleasing, so far I am no big fan of how all Sigma render the background, in fact the old Sigma is pretty good in this category, just like the old Sigma 50 HSM, it beats the Canon 1.4 50 EF hands down, I just hope Sigma doesn't mess this up while they are making it a super sharp lens like their 50 Art and forget about some of us don't need super sharp portrait lens and prefer a smoother Bokeh instead. Sony 85GM is what I use these days as a benchmark, ever since I received that I kind stop using my 85L II, so I wish the new Sigma is a SLR version of the 85GM.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 15:43 UTC
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Marco Nero: Sigma seem to enjoy replicating all the other lenses already out there so I suspect that they simply reverse-engineer existing lenses and then rebuild and refine them. There's times when I've had to take off an f/1.4 lens and replace it with an f/1.2 lens simply because the ambient light or the room itself was too dark... so f/1.2 is still desirable. The Canon 85mm f/1.2L is still going to have that edge although I'm sure the Sigma Art users will still be happy just as long as the long and unresolved Sigma QC issues aren't present. Looking forward to seeing samples from Sigma nonetheless. No doubt the faster claimed AF will make many happy. Haven't seen what the lens hood for this lens looks like either. I might have been tempted by Sigma if their 85mm f/1.4 Art was out sooner... but some of my absolute favorite shots have come from the Canon 85mm f/1.2L. Sigma sure took their time with this one. I think the Sony shooters are annoyed too.

As owner of Canon &5 1.2L II and sony 85GM, i found F1.2 offer no practical advantage over the F1.4 at all. in fact the Sony 85 GM so much sharper than the Canon L and has much less "cat's eye bokeh" effect, it can be used not only as a portrait lens but serves very well as landscape lens as well, so i kind of stop using my 85L. if this Sigma 85 1.4 Art offer similar Bokeh quality asntheir current 85 HSM but improves sharpness a lot i will replace my 85L with it.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 14:34 UTC
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photomedium: I really do not get all the 'serious' photographers complaining about the weight.
Everybody wants the fast lenses but nobody can put up with their weight.
If you carry a FF DLSR you are into suffering anyways, so just suffer for something.

@PatMann, to me the main differenciator between the two is the maximum F stop. if you need the F2.8, like myself, it doesn't really matter how cheap or how small the Sigma is. F4 is F4, will never replace a F2.8 lens, however, a F2.8 lens can use at F4.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 04:56 UTC
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