joelR42

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On article Sony announces FE 50mm F1.4 ZA prime lens (293 comments in total)
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Roland Karlsson: I am a bit annoyed. In the 1960-1990ies they could make small and nice 50 mm F1.4. Or even smaller and nice 50 mm F1.7. Small jewels. I am mainly thinking about the Pentax M, K, F and FA lenses, and actually also the M42 Takumars.

OK - the big monsters of today are better - much better. But, with today's computers and exotic glasses and aspheric lenses, you are bound to be able to make much better small lenses than yesterday's small lenses. Even better small jewels. And those small things could, of course come at a lower price than the monsters of today.

But, no, big and expensive. That is it. Or zooms. And more zooms.

I mean - an improved FA 20 mm F2.8? Not bigger, but much better. Sounds possible! Or maybe F4, if that is easier? Then it might even have a 49 mm thread.

And when they are at it - maybe also the mechanical quality of the Takumars? I mean, they are 50 years old. I mean, 2016 it should be easy and cheap to make what they did 1960?

Because that's not what (the vocal and spendy) customers want. When Sony made the A7 series that started out on that track. The first four lenses were right along that ethos—well except for price. People complained the lenses weren't fast enough or sharp enough in the corners. After enough complaints Sony seems to have decided that if they build huge, expensive, overly corrected lenses they will make more money. It actually seems to be working.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2016 at 01:26 UTC
On article Sony announces FE 50mm F1.4 ZA prime lens (293 comments in total)
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Raist3d: I just don't understand why Sony gave priority to do with lens with the great FE 55mm f1.8 around.

The FE 55 f1.8 is one of their very best lenses and much smaller. I don't get it. Can someone with a need for this new lens that shoots Sony with real world photography experience tell me what his promises that would be wanted over the 55mm?

Thanks (honest question)

Needs? Most probably don't but many, many, many people have complained about it. For some that 1.4 aperture is a mark of being "pro" or "good enough". Like a lot of things it appears marginally better for a lot more money. I think Sony didn't set out with this lens map in mind but this is what (the most vocal and spendy) customers wanted so they did it.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2016 at 01:22 UTC
On article 8K Helium Super 35mm sensor on the way from RED (86 comments in total)
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sportyaccordy: Hopefully this will come with a discounted subscription to one of Amazon's server farms... as that's the kind of computing power 8K processing will require.

That's assuming scalability which isn't always the case. Can you really use all 24 cores to handle playback? There are also issues of data thru put. Not saying it can't happen but it likely isn't going to be that easy. We'll see though. Back when RED came out it was difficult to get, or even build, a machine fast enough (hence the necessity of the RED rocket).

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 00:06 UTC
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futurewah: For the life of me I cannot understand why Leica didn't source the 36mp sensor available from Sony. Sure, Nikon and Pentax use it too, and it's not as advanced as Sony's newer 42mp BSI sensor, but it's a proven sensor with good DR and ISO capabilities. I just think given the cost of this camera and its lenses, and its position in the Leica line-up, this would have been a smarter move.

Moving the S to Sony's 50mp and/or 100mp CMOS should be a no brainer too.

"speed" in this case is not FPS but rather the scanning speed of the sensor. The SL manages very competitive AF with only CDAF and 4K video as well. Both of these point to fast scanning regardless of how many full-quality frames the camera actually takes per second. The known Sony 24 & 36MP 135 format sensors don't scan that fast. The 42MP in the A7R2 might (without the heat constraints) but since only Sony uses it and the specs are not public we can only guess.

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2016 at 00:18 UTC
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futurewah: For the life of me I cannot understand why Leica didn't source the 36mp sensor available from Sony. Sure, Nikon and Pentax use it too, and it's not as advanced as Sony's newer 42mp BSI sensor, but it's a proven sensor with good DR and ISO capabilities. I just think given the cost of this camera and its lenses, and its position in the Leica line-up, this would have been a smarter move.

Moving the S to Sony's 50mp and/or 100mp CMOS should be a no brainer too.

Speed. Sony's sensor are relatively slow scanning compared to whatever the SL has. Plus it would put pressure on the S and M cameras. This way they have somewhere to go in a year with the version 2.

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2016 at 19:06 UTC
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abortabort: I will seriously consider one as soon as Zeiss starts making their Loxia and Batis lenses for the SL.

That would be very interesting. But the SL/T mount isn't open like the M mount and I doubt Leica will make that mistake again. The Batis lenses are good enough and so much less expensive than the Leica SL lenses they would be some serious competition.

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2016 at 19:04 UTC

Wait. Are they saying that this turns the aperture into a pseudo leaf shutter? I assumed everything above 1/8000 was all electronic.

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2016 at 19:03 UTC as 6th comment
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joelR42: Now if Sony will just support write speeds faster than 30MB/s...

@Richard Butler as @photominion has illustrated Fuji (as well as Nikon and I believe Oly & Panasonic) have cameras with SD cards that write faster than the minimum spec. It isn't hard to design faster than there are serious benefits—especially when you've got a camera (A7RII) with 42MP that write 40-80MB raw files! Supporting the even the UHS-I max write speed would be a big improvement. A serious oversight on Sony's end.

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2016 at 20:21 UTC
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joelR42: Now if Sony will just support write speeds faster than 30MB/s...

Independent test have shown that Sony cameras don't write faster than 30-35MB/s regardless of the speed of the card. Faster cards will write faster but they won't break 40MB/s which is an issue with the large A7 file sizes. That is certainly NOT the case for other manufacturers.

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2016 at 20:16 UTC

Now if Sony will just support write speeds faster than 30MB/s...

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2016 at 21:23 UTC as 28th comment | 9 replies
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TonyPM: Then how well will the Sony a7II models(s,7,r) work with lets say my 50 mm1.8 stm. Or the 24-105 f4. Or the cheap sigma 24-70 2.8. ???

I would actually not buy Sony lenses If this works like it should!

Sigma ONLY guarantees functionality with a limited set of recent lenses. If it isn't a Sigma Art lens I wouldn't count on it.

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2016 at 17:57 UTC
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Jacques Cornell: If they're so serious, how come they didn't put a pass-through hotshoe on top of the transmitter? Honestly, I can't fathom how a radio trigger maker can do this. Have they never heard of event photography? Y'know, with on- and off-camera flashes at the same time? What they've made is a trigger for studio use only, and I'll bet event shooters outnumber studio shooters by a large margin.
Ugh. The stupidity, it burns.

Might want to look at the Godox XT1 system. Has a pass through but the UI is not as nice and much more cramped.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2016 at 18:37 UTC
On article Key features explained: Canon EOS-1D X Mark II (97 comments in total)

Wait. You an't use the touchscreen to navigate or review images? That seems really odd.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2016 at 15:04 UTC as 13th comment | 7 replies
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bobbarber: I'd like to see a manufacturer offer a programmable camera, something along the lines of CHDK. Were I offered a choice between something like a Nikon D5500 or my ancient Olympus E-30 at the same price, with the former stock and the latter completely programmable, I'd choose the Olympus, despite a big giveaway in terms of dynamic range, FPS, etc.

My C7070 takes five photos at different exposures using a single remote press. My cheap Canon Sureshot fires on motion detection using CHDK. I have shot with much "better" cameras that won't do either of those things. Why? I should be able to tell MY camera what I want it to do, after I pay for it.

Custom art filters? Custom tone curves for jpegs? Leave your camera pointed at the bird feeder and have it fire on motion detect? A bold manufacturer would make a splash with a camera like that.

An extra half stop of noise at ISO 3200? Put me down in the "meh" column.

I believe it is because photographers are a very conservative lot. The industry would need a paradigm shift from digital CAMERAS (i.e. digital versions of the mechanical cameras of yesteryear) to digital IMAGING COMPUTERS. The hardware is there. The processors are almost all ARM based and several manufacturers use variations of the Linux/Android. No one is brave enough to open up the camera and no one (although Fuji comes close) is willing to release the kind of operation system upgrades we see on our tablets and phones—which run on the same instruction sets—that revamp and aim to improve the user experience on the same hardware.

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2016 at 02:31 UTC
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Gunnlaugur Gudmundsson: it´s about the lenses ... like others have said ..

Respectfully I partially disagree. At typical print/viewing sizes many, if not most, modern lenses are pretty good. Most high end lenses have passed the point of rapidly diminishing returns. Don't get me wrong I've got a few nice (and pricey) lenses which I love for very specific reasons but most people don't notice or appreciate those reasons. They like or dislike my pictures almost strictly for the composition, content, and post-processing. Also digital lens corrections have advanced to the point where what would have been crippling compromises a generation or two ago are now insignificant or irrelevant.

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2016 at 02:25 UTC
On article Nikon fills in the blanks on professional grade D5 DSLR (550 comments in total)

XQD should but more than 35% faster than CF. Just sayin'

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2016 at 22:05 UTC as 87th comment | 2 replies
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NAwlins Contrarian: Am I alone in thinking that a 4-element, 4-group lens is likely to have mediocre performance, especially wide-open? That's what it says for the 90mm. The others are not more than 6-elements in 6 groups (35 and 50mm) and 5 elements in 5 groups (75mm). As examples, the new, inexpensive ($110) Canon 50mm f/1.8 STM has 6 elements in 5 groups, and the Tamron 35mm f/2.8 VC has 10 elements in 9 groups. I am having a really hard time figuring out why anyone would want to pay $480 to $660 (especially instead of legacy lenses) for not-too-fast, manual-focus-only prime lenses that aren't likely to perform well until stopped down.

Not necessarily. The Canon and Tamron have to compensate for a mirror box and are a stop faster (the Tamron also has VC). The Leica Summarit 90mm is only 5 elements. Does that justify the cost? That I can't answer but the number of elements is not, itself, a sign of poor quality.

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2015 at 21:18 UTC
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Chris Yates: It's because of Sony and it's A7 mirrorless lineup. Canon still doesn't get it.
Put out a FF mirrorless and see sales skyrocket. there are countless people like me waiting on the sidelines. But once I pull the plug on another system it's over.

@rrccad actually just a few months ago DPReview reported that mirrorless sales ARE increasing faster than DSLR sales are decreasing and Sony is the far away leader there. So, yes, safe assumption that Sony is now selling a good deal of mirrorless cameras. http://www.dpreview.com/articles/6223902518/sony-rides-wave-of-us-mirrorless-sales-surge

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2015 at 01:12 UTC
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graybalanced: Canon calls it "market shrinkage," but it's really about Canon not providing a good product in the camera markets that are rapidly expanding.

depends I suppose your definition of "rapid" Sony is reporting record profits in its imaging division because of the growth in ILC market. So the market isn't getting worse for everybody...

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2015 at 01:04 UTC
On article ZEISS goes wide with Loxia 21mm F2.8 for Sony E-mount (224 comments in total)
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Robgo2: I used the Zeiss Contax G 21/2.8 Distagon on my beloved Contax G2, and it was spectacular. The rear element of that lens projected far into the camera body, thus making it virtually unusable on the modern A7 cameras. I wonder if the Loxia 21 is a completely new Distagon design. It certainly does not resemble any previous Zeiss 21/2.8 that I have ever seen, whether for rangefinders or DSLRs. Does anyone know its derivation?

Rob

@dbm305 you're right.

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2015 at 01:32 UTC
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