PhilippeC95

Joined on Sep 9, 2016

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xyxyxyxyxy: Seems, my wishes are a little bit exotic: I hoped for a 135mm (2.0 or even 2.8, a small lens). I think, I have to use the Zeiss for Sony together with an adapter...
Till now I use an old manual Nikkor, but I get older and an AF would be nice.

I am quite sure this will come, as Nikon seems to be commited to valuable f/1.8 primes (both in the "F" and "Z" line-up).

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2020 at 15:13 UTC
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QuarryCat: Nikon - nearly always to late with lenses
mostly the same lenses Sony has in Stock since 2 years.
I am missing new ways.
Canon's 11/600 mm DO & 11/800 mm DO were smart moves and 2.8/70-200 mm + 4.0/70-200 mm in short - but nothing smart from Nikon till 2023?
(Beside nice and small 4/14-30 mm!)
When comes a Micro-Zoom?
Why copycat Canon or Sony?

I can confirm about the 24-70 f/4, it's a real bargain:
- It's a really fine lens regarding sharpness and uniformity center-edge.
- It has only some distorsion and some vignetting (as all lenses in this price level), which are corrected by software (I am using DxO Photolab).

This is now my "go to" compact travel lens without problem, something I have missed for years in the "F" line-up.
The result is just perfect 60x40 cm prints: outstanding!

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2020 at 15:08 UTC
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Sylvain G: 28mm & 40mm --> first exciting silhouettes ? hope they're F2 something, 2.0; 2.4 ...

I would guess f/2.8 or f/2.4, to make a significant difference with their "S" f/1.8 line-up.

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2020 at 15:03 UTC
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SmilerGrogan: Where is the 105mm or 135mm f/2? Those are magical focal lengths. I am sad now. Leave me alone now so that I can mourn the loss of my hopes and dreams in peace.

I am quite sure this will come, as Nikon seems to be highly commited to f/1.8 primes (and on purpose!).
Let's give Nikon a bit more time, the Z is only 2 years old as of now.
I must say I am quite impressed by what they have acheived so far!

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2020 at 15:01 UTC
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GrapeJam: Can't help but feel that Nikon just refuse to be creative with their lenses designs.

Like serious, can Nikon give us something other than traditional lenses but just with more glasses added into them?

Well, to me the Nikon line-up looks more "practical" and down-to-earth than Canon's offering:
- For instance the f/1.8 primes are really killer lenses.
- Even the 24-70 f/4 is a real bargain (when purshased as kit lens).

Who really needs a bulky 28-70 f/2? The 4 mm missing in wide angle is a "no go" for my usage.

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2020 at 14:55 UTC
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7rvar: Not bad, my only wants are a 70-200 f4 or 70-300 and some 3rd party support.

Yes, the 70-200 f/4 is indeed missing.

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2020 at 09:08 UTC
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The man without mirrors: So the fanboys are singing their usual halleluja. Yet within the engineering community, Nikon is not considered to be the top dog when it comes to lens design. Nikon's past was undoubtedly glorious in this respect but that's the past. And now cry in agony. ;-)

You claim "The 50mm f/1.8S ... exhibits strong LoCA for instance" ... really? I own one and I just can't find any on a 60x40 prints shot @ f/1.8!

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2020 at 09:08 UTC
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Photomonkey: Interestingly the 85 silhouette is smaller that the 50 f1.2. I wonder if that means it is a 1.4?
Considering the demand for bokeh thuggery one would think they would make a 1.2. Of course they may just be re-barreling an existing formula.

I am quite sure this is a f/1.2 due to the large diameter. Its length looks quite normal, it's the 50 mm f/1.2 which is long.

The short tele 85 mm lenses are generally not that difficult to design to get a very good IQ (e.g. the F 85 mm f/1.8 has no special glass element).
Nikon has communicated that the special thing about the 50 mm f/1.2 is its optical design very close to the f/0.95, to enhance its bokeh.

I am curious to see the first images of these new Nikon f/1.2 lenses: let's wait a bit ... good surprises ahead!

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2020 at 08:55 UTC
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justmeMN: So, by the end of 2022 Nikon will have a whopping three Z-DX lenses.

This is a good comment: we may really question if Nikon does really believe in the DX format for the Z series? This is indeed a weak spot.

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2020 at 18:15 UTC
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mferencz: All this cheaper priced glass coming because the Z mount is easier to design for!!! Wait.

I fully agree. The Z 50 mm f/1.8 is my favorite.

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2020 at 18:09 UTC
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WaltFZ50: so many of these lenses look as though the existing G-series lenses were coupled with the Z converter and then a new plastic shell was added over the combination - no innovation - why have a small mirrorless body with an even longer lens hanging off of it???

Well, it looks like you have never tested a Z lens in real life, right?

I own several of them, and they outperform all corresponding F lens. Period.
The "bargain champion" is the Z 50 mm f/1.8: the IQ of this lens is just amazing.

So please, take a chance to make a real test ... to avoid writing nonsense statement.

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2020 at 18:06 UTC
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PhilippeC95: This adapter is indeed a very good idea ... but this price level is just crazy (300€ in Europe with VAT). Profoto marketing department is just going nuts!

This adapter should cost quite less than 10$ to produce (with transport from Asia). So even at 50% "discount", this would be too expensive.

But the most funny thing would be that Godox copy this (once again) and sell it for 1/10 of this suggested price ;-) !

Regarding the bracket, you are perfectly right, they have the product below (made in plastic though), which was released in February 2014.
It is indeed sold at 25$ on Amazon (1/12 of the Profoto price!):
http://www.godox.com/EN/Products_S_type_Speedlite_Bracket.html

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2020 at 06:46 UTC
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PhilippeC95: This adapter is indeed a very good idea ... but this price level is just crazy (300€ in Europe with VAT). Profoto marketing department is just going nuts!

This adapter should cost quite less than 10$ to produce (with transport from Asia). So even at 50% "discount", this would be too expensive.

But the most funny thing would be that Godox copy this (once again) and sell it for 1/10 of this suggested price ;-) !

Well, it's hard to assess that Godox did some innovation in case of their "V1" speedlight flash:
- Godox "V1" release: March 2019.
- Profoto "A1" release: September 2017.
Godox did copy every single detail ... up to the product name style!

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2020 at 06:43 UTC

This adapter is indeed a very good idea ... but this price level is just crazy (300€ in Europe with VAT). Profoto marketing department is just going nuts!

This adapter should cost quite less than 10$ to produce (with transport from Asia). So even at 50% "discount", this would be too expensive.

But the most funny thing would be that Godox copy this (once again) and sell it for 1/10 of this suggested price ;-) !

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2020 at 06:45 UTC as 8th comment | 4 replies
On article Nikon Z6 II initial review (462 comments in total)

A good and welcomed upgrade, but I was expecting a bit more to motivate an upgrade of my Z6:
- Higher resolution EVF (hopefully they should get a higher refresh rate at least).
- 1/250 flash sync.
- CFe TypeA instead of SD (as this new format is compatible with SD).

Another unexpected new feature is the support for Black Magic Raw ... I am using DaVinci Resolve. The more I can go away Adobe the better!

I hope the double processor will also open up for new firmware upgrade later on.
Let's wait for the first real tests to see how much AF is improving on fast subjects.

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2020 at 06:15 UTC as 109th comment | 2 replies

Quite unbelievable: other companies have tried and have failed. What does them make believe this will be any different this time?

The most integrated concept was from DxO and they gave up 2 years ago.

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2020 at 11:46 UTC as 38th comment | 1 reply
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RexTremendae: What about a meta aperture? What is the depth of field like with meta lenses? Are they focusable?

I would guess both fixed "aperture" and fixed focus. Didn't hear about focal length either (right or wrong)?

Not a problem for small sensors (for e.g. smartphones), however I would hardly believe this could be available for FF or bigger sensors.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2020 at 21:23 UTC
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Ayoh: That 50mm 1.2 is ridiculously long. There are now two giant impractical 50ish primes in the Z line up. Not sure that makes much sense

@Ayoh
The long lens comes from the number of large glass elements; it looks like Nikon has chosen a non-compact optical formula to favor the bokeh.
The few samples are quite impressive in this respect.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2020 at 11:46 UTC
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Ayoh: That 50mm 1.2 is ridiculously long. There are now two giant impractical 50ish primes in the Z line up. Not sure that makes much sense

It's all about image quality and bokeh. Let's wait more samples from the field.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2020 at 05:08 UTC
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S_Connor: They should have made it a 12-24 like Sony and a 50 f/1.0 like Fujifilm. What were they thinking?

You cannot compare with the 50 mm f/1 from Fuji: this is an APS-C lens! Thus a 75 mm f/1.4 in FF equivalent.

Nikon has already a 50 mm f/0.95: no point to have an f/1.
Nikon has already told that bringing autofocus on very large f/0.95 aperture is a challenge that would have made the lens even more bulkier than what is it.
So f/1.2 looks like a good compromise for an AF lens.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2020 at 05:03 UTC
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