brendon1000

brendon1000

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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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NDT0001: Great market move by samyang. These cine lenses are great quality optically and have all the features and functionality budget cine shooters need. At half the price of the Zeiss cp.2 and Schneider Xenon competitors, the price is simply unbelievable in comparison to other cine glass, these are the definition of bang for buck.

Well it is the SAME optical formula so this lens won't perform any different than the Rokinon 135mm f2.

Basically they have slapped the Xeen badge and increased the price by 5 times and some people are happy about that ! :P

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2016 at 01:46 UTC
On article Samyang teases 'summer blockbuster' lens announcements (124 comments in total)
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Kabalyero: So where is the announcement? Just too excited to find out...

Called it ! :(

Still I was hoping I was wrong in this instance and Samyang would have surprised me. :( :( :(

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2016 at 01:37 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-Pro2 versus X-T2: Seven key differences (359 comments in total)
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photogeek: I had an X-T1. I'd be fine sticking with Fuji if it wasn't for three things:
1. Lenses have slow and noisy focus mechanism
2. Metering is nowhere near as good as the competition, often under- or over-shoots.
3. Poor support of the sensor layout in Lightroom and elsewhere. Yes, it's poor even with all the improvements Adobe has made.

Ultimately #1 made me sell it. Lenses were otherwise excellent, but in this day and age I expect silent and fast autofocus.

^^ The main issue with your workaround is that you will need to buy both Capture One AND Lightroom.

Lightroom I will agree with you is a compromise as its speed and user friendliness is the reason people flock to Lightroom while those who want max IQ will try other RAW converters like Capture One or DXO optics.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2016 at 14:28 UTC
On article Sony announces FE 50mm F1.4 ZA prime lens (293 comments in total)
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Jylppy: Wow! So light! Only 778grams. Mirrorless systems are so compact.

"But I do think that it is equally silly to negate the whole system because equivalent lens has a.. equivalent size and weight."

Perfectly summed up. The OP jyippy somehow seems oblivious to that simple fact.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2016 at 14:25 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-Pro2 versus X-T2: Seven key differences (359 comments in total)
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photogeek: I had an X-T1. I'd be fine sticking with Fuji if it wasn't for three things:
1. Lenses have slow and noisy focus mechanism
2. Metering is nowhere near as good as the competition, often under- or over-shoots.
3. Poor support of the sensor layout in Lightroom and elsewhere. Yes, it's poor even with all the improvements Adobe has made.

Ultimately #1 made me sell it. Lenses were otherwise excellent, but in this day and age I expect silent and fast autofocus.

Does Capture One support filters like the free Nik filters ? if not then there is a pretty big reason NOT to use it.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2016 at 06:39 UTC
On article Sony announces FE 50mm F1.4 ZA prime lens (293 comments in total)
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PanchoVilla: This lens is a joke. Another subpar lens slapping the silly Zeiss badge. If you want to do real photography, Micro Four-Thirds is your best option in mirrorless!

Nooo !!! m43 is a quarter frame sensor. Basically you are a quarter photographer if you shoot m43 ! :)

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2016 at 06:28 UTC
On article Samyang teases 'summer blockbuster' lens announcements (124 comments in total)
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Kabalyero: So where is the announcement? Just too excited to find out...

Tone down expectations guys !!! Tone it down severely !!! If there are 5 lenses being launched there is a very good chance these are some modified existing lenses.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2016 at 06:25 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.

Agree with what you are saying but the AF of the 50mm f1.8 is horrible. Don't know how Sony decided it was OK to launch a new modern lens with such poor AF. My cheap 28mm f2 AFs much better. Its soft wide open but that is to be expected for a cheap lens (cheap as in relative to Zeiss lenses of course !).

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2016 at 14:22 UTC
On article Sony Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA Sample Gallery (269 comments in total)
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Michok: The bokeh looks nice. But I am not that impressed with the samples compared to my T*55/1.8 which is almost half the price ! And that matters also.

Half the size also ! The 55mm is the one I want to get not this super expensive lens. :P

However its good that some people have a higher end choice if they so wish.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2016 at 14:17 UTC
On article Sony Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA Sample Gallery (269 comments in total)
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CameraLabTester: There should be a contest that's called: "Name That 50mm Lens!"

Beautiful images with bokeh overdose.

Let's see who can spot the lens brand without looking at the exif details.

Much ado about nothing.

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Since when is more options a drawback ? Sony is trying to pitch their FE mount as a pro system and so they are launching many high end lenses.

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2016 at 15:49 UTC
On article Sony Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA Sample Gallery (269 comments in total)
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aris14: No matter how good this glass is, and it is as I can see, overpricing has its limits.
Btw does anyone knows if Sony has the Minolta's R&D team in lens design?

It is expensive but there are other lesser priced options around like the 55mm f1.8 which is an insanely sharp lens and the cheaper priced 50mm f1.8 for around $200. So there are options available. I don't have any need for a lens this expensive but it is available for those who do want something like this.

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2016 at 15:47 UTC
On article Sony Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA Sample Gallery (269 comments in total)
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Kamox: The best choice I've ever made among my lens choices was to get rid of the 50/1.4 and getting an used 85/1.8 instead (I use Nikons but the same applies to various brands).
I encourage you to try this road if you're into portraits.

My friend tried your few steps back technique and he fell off a cliff. Thanks a lot ! He is planning to send the bill to you. :P

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2016 at 14:05 UTC
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