brendon1000

brendon1000

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Joined on Feb 7, 2009

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Najinsky: I salute the brave guinea pigs that shell out to be beta testers for a companies first attempt at AF. Your sacrifice is appreciated and may benefit us all.

OP you should be a motivational speaker for suicide cases ! :)

The world needs many more positive people like you !!!

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2016 at 18:10 UTC
On article Samyang introduces full-frame 20mm F1.8 ED AS UMC (146 comments in total)
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Contra Mundum: It's only useful for full frame DSLRs. It's not great for FF mirrorless, because it's too large and heavy due to its complex retrofocal design. And it's not great for any crop sensors because of unattractive focal length and slow aperture.

What rubbish ! I was looking for a lens like this for my A7 II. Sure I would prefer a native option but guess what the Batis 18mm f2.8 and the Loxia 21mm f2.8 are just waaay too expensive for my tastes.

There is the Rokinon 14mm f2.8 that will be launched shortly but no filter option with that lens unlike this one. And while no AF is a bit of a bummer focusing with an UWA lens like this should be pretty simple. Plus no dead electronics to worry about.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2016 at 06:02 UTC
On article Samyang introduces full-frame 20mm F1.8 ED AS UMC (146 comments in total)
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FastGlassLover: We'll see how it compares with the stellar Nikon 20mm f/1.8. The price isn't that far off, and without AF. I normally am excited for third party manual lenses, but don't see how this one will be a good buy for Nikon users.

Yeah for Nikon users its not going to do much. For a Sony E mount user like me this can be my go to lens for astro photography ! :)

Wanted the Sigma 20mm f1.4 but that is a bit too expensive for me. :(

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2016 at 15:46 UTC
On article Sony a7R II versus a7 II: Eight key differences (397 comments in total)
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sportyaccordy: I just bought an A7II. It can autofocus EF glass just fine with the latest software- I've been using it with various Canon glass and it works well, even in low light as long as there is some kind of contrast to grab focus with.

A7RII is awesome but just too pricey... even used the A7II is half the price. I would really love to have the full electronic shutter and the ability to configure minimum shutter speed, but other than that I think the A7II is cool. One thing BOTH cameras need to address is the weight- with a Fotodiox adapter my A7II weighs exactly the same as a 6D. 6D doesn't have IBIS though....

Yeah weight is a problem. I have the older A7 and that is just so much lighter in comparison.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2016 at 15:26 UTC
On article Sony a7R II versus a7 II: Eight key differences (397 comments in total)
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Favorable Exponynt: Well will the be an A7 III on photokina sporting some of the A7 RII advantages?

Technology especially in mirrorless is constantly evolving so I have no doubt the new A7 III will also have some tech from the A7rII that is brought down to the A7 III. Maybe the AF system but not the sensor in order to keep the A7rII still viable.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2016 at 15:25 UTC
On article Lensbaby Twist 60 real-world sample gallery (98 comments in total)
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Melchiorum: <sarcasm>So, $20 Helios vs $300 bucks Lensbaby... hmm, that's one real tough choice right here! </sarcasm>
280 bucks for a gimmick-lens is ridiculous, when you can get the same gimmick from:

1. A used Helios lens for around 20 bucks.
2. A chinese CCTV lens from for around 30 bucks (only because it's hard to find used, otherwise it would have been even cheaper).

I have both, and honestly, I don't see much of a difference from the images of Lensbaby. In fact, Helios's bokeh kind of looks better and creamier.

I had the Helios. It was a decent lens but it wasn't very sharp. This looks to be a much better performer wide open.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2016 at 06:04 UTC
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peeyaj: Does Samyang provides autofocus lenses on Sony e-mount?

One more lens the 14mm f2.8 UWA is also on the way shortly. Don't think any more will be released till they can gauge sales of the AF lenses.

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2016 at 10:44 UTC
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PanchoVilla: Can't wait to mount this lens on a Sony A7RII and get 42mp of image stabilized goodness!

Impossible is a very strong word. Difficult is more suitable IMO.

A few years ago if someone told me that I could use Canon lenses on a non Canon body with good AF I would have laughed at that person and called him nuts ! And the other day I was shooting with my friends 70-200mm f2.8 and I got very usable photos from a low light shoot !

So yes Commlite adapter is facing issues. Hopefully with time they can iron out most of the issues and have a reasonably working adapter.

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2016 at 19:16 UTC
On article Rock Solid: Canon 1D X Mark II Review (403 comments in total)
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danmar: One expects a great rating from a C$8000+ camera!!

Not really. A Leica SL got a silver rating from Whatcamera.

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2016 at 05:17 UTC
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PanchoVilla: Can't wait to mount this lens on a Sony A7RII and get 42mp of image stabilized goodness!

There is a Commlite AF adapter that is firmware up-gradable. You get AF though it isn't as good as with using Canon lenses. But they are improving it via firmware.

http://www.commlite.com/en/product_show.php?id=205&img_sl_lm1=upimg/2015111314244128.jpg&title_lm=E-Mount%20Ring&title=CM-ENF-E(1)

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2016 at 05:12 UTC
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1190 comments in total)
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Random Photographer: One step closer to Sony releasing an alpha Medium Format for half that price. But bigger doesn't necessarily mean better.

^^ 35mm = Full frame. It is a standard that is used in deciding effective FOV for decades now. Get over it !

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2016 at 05:05 UTC
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ttran88: Just need an adapter for E mount with AF now.

Nikon lenses are not fully electronic. The new E series are fully electronic like Canon lenses.

However there exist a few AF adapters which currently are strictly OK but are improving with newer firmware updates.

http://www.commlite.com/en/product_show.php?id=205&img_sl_lm1=upimg/2015111314244128.jpg&title_lm=E-Mount%20Ring&title=CM-ENF-E(1)

@treakj - Sony has a relatively open mount with some caveats. So its unlikely they will suddenly close their mount all of a sudden. They sell a lot of bodies thanks to Metabones as people can use NEX cameras as an addition to their existing Canon bodies.

If Metabones makes a reliable adapter for Nikon lenses I am sure sales will pick up as Nikon guys may get a second NEX body to use Canon lenses while still being able to use their existing lenses.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2016 at 15:50 UTC
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nokinonacynos: At that price why would anyone buy this instead of the 85mm 1.4? Crop the 85mm to 105mm and you have equiv. f-stop of 1.7. Less than one third stop diff in DOF. With the current crop of high mp cams, a small crop like this would be nothing. The 85mm would be more flexible and with pretty much the same size and weight.

There are plenty of people who buy the Nikon 85mm f1.4 over the 85mm f1.8 for more than 3 times the amount. Plus plenty of people who buy the Nikon 35mm f1.4, 50mm f1,4 and 85mm f1.4 lenses for more than double the prices of the Sigma Art series.

The Sigma is a 3rd party lens and for people who shoot a lot there can be incompatibilities or other issues with future Nikon bodies. So people who want reliability and performance generally go with 1st party lenses for more guaranteed future compatibility.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2016 at 12:44 UTC
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qwertyasdf: Wow, first is the 2x macro lens, then a 15mm macro, then this lens, with a very interesting "Magic Shift" adapter (Interested to see how it works)
No matter how much I dislike the Chinese, this company is bringing out innovation after innovation in a field that is supposed to be creative.

People bringing up Tienanmen square seems to have forgotten England enslaved and killed millions of people during its colonial days, the US killed millions of people in Iraq on the so called threat of WMDs even they didn't find even one and their actions led to a power vaccum in Iraq where ISIS was born. Similarly they supported the jihadi's in Afganistan and Al Qaeda was born.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2016 at 05:42 UTC
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nokinonacynos: At that price why would anyone buy this instead of the 85mm 1.4? Crop the 85mm to 105mm and you have equiv. f-stop of 1.7. Less than one third stop diff in DOF. With the current crop of high mp cams, a small crop like this would be nothing. The 85mm would be more flexible and with pretty much the same size and weight.

There are workarounds for almost anything really. if you demand the best performance however then there is no substitute.

You are always pay top $$$ for the last 10% percent. Whether that 10% really matters to you and whether you want to spend for it is a different matter.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2016 at 05:24 UTC
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thx1138: Hopefully low coma for astrophotography. Also I've read from field tester the distortion is very low and from 5.6 it gives the Canon 11-24 a run for the boatload of money it costs.

A zoom is far far more versatile than a prime lens and the 11-24mm has a pretty impressive range.

Yes the lens is expensive but IF you need both convenience and performance there is nothing like the 11-24mm.

That said I can't afford the 11-24mm so I am interested in this 12mm lens.

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2016 at 05:13 UTC
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qwertyasdf: Wow, first is the 2x macro lens, then a 15mm macro, then this lens, with a very interesting "Magic Shift" adapter (Interested to see how it works)
No matter how much I dislike the Chinese, this company is bringing out innovation after innovation in a field that is supposed to be creative.

I think the dislike is not to do with the people so much. I too had a very good opinion of Chinese people during my trip there.

The main dislike probably stems from their companies having a blatant disregard of intellectual property rights and their government refusing to correct the issue.

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2016 at 05:11 UTC
On article Sony announces FE 50mm F1.4 ZA prime lens (293 comments in total)
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epsilonsa: I wonder if the timing of this announcement has anything to do with drawing attention away from the Samyang 50mm/1.4 AF that is expected to become available for ordering sometime this month.

Sony has a relationship with Zeiss but the Sony Zeiss lenses are made by Sony and Not Zeiss. Zeiss only provides Sony with the design and Sony makes it in another plant where Zeiss can check the quality controls.

Cosina Zeiss makes brands like touit and Batis and the touit lenses have AF even for Fuji cameras. Cosina has no real tie up with Sony and they never made their Carl Zeiss branded lenses for Sony A mount. However since Sony has opened their E mount you get AF lenses from almost all companies including Samyang who made their first AF lenses.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2016 at 11:27 UTC
On article Sony announces FE 50mm F1.4 ZA prime lens (293 comments in total)
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epsilonsa: I wonder if the timing of this announcement has anything to do with drawing attention away from the Samyang 50mm/1.4 AF that is expected to become available for ordering sometime this month.

^^ 3rd party was a bad word for Canon and Nikon system since manufacturers have to reverse engineer the AF routines. However for Sony the mount is mostly open with a few caveats. So manufacturers don't have to second guess the AF tech and an build reliable AF systems for their lenses. I have a Zeiss 85mm lens and its one of the fastest lenses for my A7 II and its made by Zeiss not Sony.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2016 at 16:38 UTC
On article Sony Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA Sample Gallery (269 comments in total)
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rsf3127: If there are scarce lens options, people whine.
If the af module in a low priced, otherwise fine lens, is outdated, people whine.
If the lens is heavy because of the premium glass and metals used, people whine.
If the lens is featherweight and has plastic parts, people whine.
If the lens is big, people whine.
If the lens is diminutive, peoplet whine.
If the lens is top notch in all respects and its price does justice to that, guess what? Yes, people whine.

Its a $250 lens. The Nikon 50mm f1.8 G has better build quality, similar IQ and much better AF at a far lower price point.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2016 at 11:10 UTC
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