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On article Updated: Ricoh GR IIIx sample gallery (51 comments in total)

“…but features a 40mm equivalent F2.8 lens.”

That’s an actual 26.1mm lens which is 0.92× the sensor diagonal (i.e. just slightly wide).

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2021 at 21:06 UTC as 4th comment
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sprocket-docket: A nice levelheaded comparison of these two cameras, good work Mr. Butler!

The GR truly is what it is for the effortlessness of pulling it out of a pocket, turning on, adjusting settings and composing and taking the shot as a fluid, instinctual process - and getting a high-quality image with fantastic resolution and malleability of the RAW file. It's all about utility. The X100 series by contrast is about scratching the itch of the physical process of photographing in the classic camera way - and also getting fantastic high-quality images.

I like this way of comparing the two, but if the X100 is for scratching that traditional photography itch, well. . . You have a lot more options for doing that, including with an interchangeable lens camera.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2021 at 03:19 UTC
On article Ricoh GR IIIx sample gallery (179 comments in total)
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JL Auch: Where is my damn Flash!?

Pentax AF201FG

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2021 at 12:12 UTC
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Old Cameras: Interesting to see if the 40mm version sells well, or outsells the 28mm version. People say they want something (40mm) but when it finally becomes available they don’t always bite.

Count me as one who has been asking for exactly this, never expected to really see it, and now I feel put on the spot.

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2021 at 00:20 UTC
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Roland Karlsson: Cosina usually make very good lenses.

Understatement. In my experience, Cosina makes the absolute best lenses. Although, Fujifilm is right up there and just might be making the best autofocus lenses. Which makes it an interesting experiment to see how many Fuji users will go for this.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2021 at 02:45 UTC
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Rod McD: I'm glad to see Voigtlander offering lenses for Fuji - their lenses are great. It's also good to see some integration with the cameras. The article doesn't say whether the integration will offer instant aperture stop down, which is probably more important to have than AF.
The DOF scale in the photo is totally unrealistic for a 35mm lens on APSC. It grossly overstates the DOF. The hyperfocal distance for a 35mm APSC lens set to f16 is 3.86m. Just looking at the picture, with the lens set at infinity focus, there is no way that an image shot at f16 will be sharp at around 1m. Even if you set the focus to the hyperfocal distance, the near limit would still be 1.9m. Something wrong there.....

I would be very surprised if this allows the camera body to control the aperture at all, since none of the C-V lenses for Sony have done that—which I find to be Just Fine most of the time.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2021 at 02:42 UTC
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Hubertus Bigend: The 35mm f/2 doesn't seem to have an aperture ring; does that mean it comes with contacts and electronic aperture? That surely would be a first for a Russian E-Mount lens.

I'm curious about that too. I find it hard to believe, but I don't know what to make of the photo either.

Link | Posted on May 17, 2021 at 21:02 UTC
On article Why are modern 50mm lenses so damned complicated? (911 comments in total)
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manos234: Resolution resolution resolution.
More and more and more.
The new marketing trend..
Am I the only one whose favorite lens is the softest one wide open, the EF 50mm 1.4??

Great article btw!!

Voigtländer Nokton 40mm F1.2. Yes, it is soft-and-dreamy wide open. That bugged me at first, but then I looked at how incredibly it sharpens up as I stop down, so it's like having two lenses in one.

Link | Posted on May 10, 2021 at 12:16 UTC
On article Why are modern 50mm lenses so damned complicated? (911 comments in total)
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Cerridwen: Perhaps I am one of the few in this line of thinking, but I find the clinical rendering of a lot of corrected modern glass to be rather boring. I prefer "flawed", unique rendering of older glass. The pre AI Nikkor 55 1:1.2 is a prime example (haha pun intended) of this. Also the plethora of adapted M42 glass available fits my needs; affordable and yields images that I am content with.

I am glad to see that technology has overcome some shortcomings, but its just not for me. I am not a professional and understand needs differ.

I treasure my Voigtländer Nokton 40mm F1.2, E-mount version. Eight elements in six groups, two aspherical. It definitely has the soft and “dreamy” look when shot wide open, but when I stop down then it’s all the razors, corner to corner, and the colors and contrast are as clear and punchy as they come, and lovely bokeh too. It’s like having two lenses in one.

Link | Posted on May 10, 2021 at 12:07 UTC
On article Opinion: Do we really need all those buttons and dials? (890 comments in total)

A large portion of those confusing options are related to autofocus modes and various aspects of JPEG rendering that didn't exist when I was learning on a 35mm SLR (not too different from the Olympus shown above, though mine was a Ricoh).

If you really want to simplify things today, you can shoot raw with a manual lens, and you’re 80% there. This is what I often do with my Sony A7 and A7RM2.

Shooting raw means you need to learn some things about post processing software, which can get much more complicated than anything in the camera—but you don’t have to think about it while shooting!

Link | Posted on May 7, 2021 at 18:15 UTC as 292nd comment | 2 replies
On article Hands-on with the Pentax K-3 Mark III (451 comments in total)
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Horshack: The K3 III is just a stopgap until Pentax releases its full-reversion product: a dual-media camera that shoots both slide film and instant polaroids.

Some might think that's a joke, but I for one am all in favor of a new 35mm film Pentax. I wish for something like the MZ-3 but with updated electronics and better build quality.

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2021 at 17:49 UTC
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PocketPixels: $899 gets you a lens Made in Germany™. From their website:

"Meyer Optik Görlitz is one of the few German companies that offers photo products which are 'Made in Germany' and we keep this promise of quality."

$899 is a steep price for a lens based on a patent that's in the public domain (!), but Germany is a nation with real worker protections and living wage requirements, unlike Thailand (Nikon), Vietnam (Pentax) and China (nearly everybody else). So a better question might be: what unseemly corners might we be cutting to get our autofocus lenses for $399?

(Sigma is the one big exception that I can think of; they make nearly everything in Japan, and plenty of modern Sigma lenses come in WAY under $899.)

Personally, I'm loving my made-in-Japan Voigtländer lenses. I think it's also cool that they have full electronic communication with a Sony body, even though the focus and aperture are strictly manual. In this price tier, it's disappointing that Meyer Optik can't match that feature.

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2021 at 23:47 UTC
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panther fan: X-Pan aspect ratio is so much fun. But only the Hasselblad X1D, the Fuji GFX, and in a limited way the Panasonic S series offers it as an in-camera preview

Could the rest please finally give us flexible aspect ratio previews? Such an elemental feature everybody seems to ignore

I agree, it would be an easy feature for almost any company to add to their cameras in the firmware, and it's a pity that nobody has done that yet.

However, don't let that hold you back! You can mark frame lines on your LCD, or you can use grid lines (at least on some cameras) for composition and then crop later.

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2021 at 23:49 UTC
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Indohydra: Actually, a digital, super- wide panoramic camera might with a fast lens be something I would lke to buy. My guess is that such a thing might be 200 MP. But, of course, it is better to just use stitching software in most cases.

Stitching software or just get a wider lens. When I tried pano photography, I found super wide lenses weren't always my friends, and sometimes I got better shots from telephoto. Composing with this aspect ratio is a challenge, but using a zoom lens (which the X-Pan never had!) does make it somewhat easier.

The X-Pan is shooting almost two normal 35mm frames per image. With typical color negative film and commercial scanning that's going to map out to roughly a 12 MP image. If I take a native image from my Sony A7R II and crop it down to X-Pan aspect ratio, the result is 7956×2938 pixels or roughly 23.4 MP. So, by the numbers, it can easily match and exceed the X-Pan.

Emulating the "look" and colors of any particular film stock (because Ektar 100 is what keeps me shooting film!) involves more work, but at some point you'd get down into nitpicking over trivial distinctions.

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2021 at 15:01 UTC
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Mariano Pacifico: If there is a digital camera that looks like X-Pan it is going to sell like pancakes

It's not super hard to mimic with what the X-Pan does with a high-resolution digital camera and cropping. The main limitation is that you don't see the panoramic frame when composing your shot, but there are ways to deal with that — like marking frame lines on your LCD, or using grid lines.

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2021 at 14:37 UTC
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marc petzold: Next time i should bet which PetaPixel News would come to DPR. ;-) Read this there before. It was a good read, and for a free (OpenSource) Tool, it looks interesting from a different RAW Editor Approach.

/edit fixed typo.

Wow, most of the comments over on Peta were really harsh.

I've already given the program a quick spin, and my first impression is that I like the output. Also, it's free. And it runs, natively, on Linux.

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2021 at 01:43 UTC
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entoman: I didn't realise that people were still shooting colour negative. I'd kinda assumed that most film users were shooting slides or monochrome, as colour negative is usually regarded as the realm of snapshooters who have since switched to smartphones.

Genuine question - Who still uses colour negative, and why?

Don't you have it backwards? I thought slide film was on the endangered list, or at least it seemed that way until Ektachrome came back.

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2021 at 12:45 UTC
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TN Args: ....and this test proves yet again that if you want to be *popular*, you have to sell your soul.

It also proves why TV showrooms are right to hideously over-sharpen, over-saturate and over-contrast their sets, in order to win sales. And (*hint*) that, in turn, shows us where smartphone default settings need to go to win contests like this one. Anyone here want their photos to look like TV sets do in the showroom?

Basically, it’s a race to the gutter.

The only way out is to eschew popularity.

Cheers

Maximum constrast? Now I’m imagining Kodak Tri-X.

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2020 at 23:32 UTC
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TN Args: ....and this test proves yet again that if you want to be *popular*, you have to sell your soul.

It also proves why TV showrooms are right to hideously over-sharpen, over-saturate and over-contrast their sets, in order to win sales. And (*hint*) that, in turn, shows us where smartphone default settings need to go to win contests like this one. Anyone here want their photos to look like TV sets do in the showroom?

Basically, it’s a race to the gutter.

The only way out is to eschew popularity.

Cheers

Maybe it's time to start shooting everything in black-and-white.

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2020 at 21:59 UTC
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(unknown member): Without joining the pitch fork brigade below I’d like to ask, who wants to use unauthorised 3rd party phone shops for such repairs anyway? And that’s both Apple or Android.... I can’t speak for anywhere else in the world but most of the ones in the U.K. are just money laundering devices for drug dealers etc, I wouldn’t let them fix my sweeping brush.

Here in Texas, there is a 3rd party repair service in my little town. If I wanted to take my phone to an Apple Store, it's over 100 miles.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2020 at 21:54 UTC
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