babart

Lives in United States ME, United States
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Joined on Jun 23, 2008

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babart: Very interesting, especially since you indicate they are well-made. I'm using Yongnuo flashes with their radio controller for architectural work, and while they are super for the money ($80 a flash unit) I've already had two fail on me. I fixed one myself but the other is beyond repair. I'm considering buying three of these and the controller, as I often find I need three lights, especially in larger rooms. Thanks for the review!

@BrainBeat: Yongnuos are inexpensive enough to treat as throw-away items, and they work very well. I'll look into Meike, and thanks.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2017 at 13:44 UTC

Very interesting, especially since you indicate they are well-made. I'm using Yongnuo flashes with their radio controller for architectural work, and while they are super for the money ($80 a flash unit) I've already had two fail on me. I fixed one myself but the other is beyond repair. I'm considering buying three of these and the controller, as I often find I need three lights, especially in larger rooms. Thanks for the review!

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2017 at 22:33 UTC as 17th comment | 3 replies
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new boyz: The bokeh is not bad for a cheap-ish 35mm lens.

Yes, I have the 12/2 for my Fuji equipment and it's an excellent piece of glass. The 14/2.8 is as well, even wide open. Reliable tests indicate the $700 24/3.5 tilt/shift is as sharp as the $2000 Canon equivalent at f/8 and f/11, but of course falls off when opened wider. I do wish, though, that Samyang had made the levers that unlock lens rotation out of metal, not plastic.

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2017 at 13:11 UTC
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new boyz: The bokeh is not bad for a cheap-ish 35mm lens.

It may only cost $300, but that's about par for most Samyang (Rokinon) lenses. Since I own three, I can tell you the image quality is not cheap. It may not be Zeiss quality but it's close enough for government work.

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2017 at 23:44 UTC

Yowzer, this could be my first AF lens for the a7. Currently I use Zeiss, Pentax, and Rokinon lenses (with adapters) because I can't really justify buying lenses for two AF systems, the other being Fuji. I'm retired, so need to watch the pennies :(. Nice to see Samyang putting AF into it's lenses. I have two of their manual focus....the 12/2 for APS-C Fuji and the 14/2.8 in Sony E mount. Both are very decent lenses, especially considering the purchase price.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2017 at 14:54 UTC as 37th comment
On article DPReview on TWiT: Is the Sony a9 worth $4500? (223 comments in total)
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babart: After all the hype this camera has generated, I'm wondering if it's even worth looking at, let alone buying. Twenty frames a second....wow, all the wedding photogs in the world will want one !! Really? Just the upload, sorting, and processing time could blow the photographer's budget right out the window. Nice the electronic shutter doesn't band, and sports pros might like double the frames per second, but if I shot Nikon at sports events I certainly wouldn't want to change systems just for the increased speed.

Nice to hear, Rdefen. I'd also be very interested in your opinion of the new electronic shutter under different lighting situations. Fluorescent lighting in particular. No banding would be quite the welcome change. Glad to hear you liked the EVF, as the one on the a7 I have is also quite good, and the a9 must be even better with the high refresh rate. Thanks for the comments...I've sold most of my DSLR equipment and have no intention of ever going back. Fuji and Sony have had my attention for quite some time.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2017 at 14:48 UTC
On article DPReview on TWiT: Is the Sony a9 worth $4500? (223 comments in total)
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babart: After all the hype this camera has generated, I'm wondering if it's even worth looking at, let alone buying. Twenty frames a second....wow, all the wedding photogs in the world will want one !! Really? Just the upload, sorting, and processing time could blow the photographer's budget right out the window. Nice the electronic shutter doesn't band, and sports pros might like double the frames per second, but if I shot Nikon at sports events I certainly wouldn't want to change systems just for the increased speed.

You've all missed the point of my statement. Yes, 20 fps/mirrorless/yatta, yatta. A very interesting camera to be sure, and in ways very innovative. But it's for a tiny percentage of individuals who are just starting in some pro venue involving fast shooting. Sports perhaps. Or shooting bullets as they whizz by on a rifle range. Or grandchildren....who are capable of moving faster than most sports figures and some bullets. But the avalanche of repetitive data, and who is it for, and how is the DR, and how many wedding pros are now going to switch from Canon or Nikon....well, probably none, because there's the situation of lenses Canikon users already have, and love. And frankly 6fps is fast enough for weddings and there are far fewer images to sift through. How many weddings involve 100meter dashes, baseballs flying at 95mph? Holy cow. Enough already. It's like getting a huge basket of junk mail your P.O. forgot to deliver over the past month. Over and out.

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2017 at 03:04 UTC
On article DPReview on TWiT: Is the Sony a9 worth $4500? (223 comments in total)
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babart: After all the hype this camera has generated, I'm wondering if it's even worth looking at, let alone buying. Twenty frames a second....wow, all the wedding photogs in the world will want one !! Really? Just the upload, sorting, and processing time could blow the photographer's budget right out the window. Nice the electronic shutter doesn't band, and sports pros might like double the frames per second, but if I shot Nikon at sports events I certainly wouldn't want to change systems just for the increased speed.

@sirf4n: Not that kind of hype. You'd think some manufacturer just invented photography.

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2017 at 21:03 UTC
On article DPReview on TWiT: Is the Sony a9 worth $4500? (223 comments in total)
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babart: After all the hype this camera has generated, I'm wondering if it's even worth looking at, let alone buying. Twenty frames a second....wow, all the wedding photogs in the world will want one !! Really? Just the upload, sorting, and processing time could blow the photographer's budget right out the window. Nice the electronic shutter doesn't band, and sports pros might like double the frames per second, but if I shot Nikon at sports events I certainly wouldn't want to change systems just for the increased speed.

@s1rf4n: No, not at all. They are all useful cameras, including the a9. It was the hype over the a9 I was commenting on.

@CCD FTW: Of course.

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2017 at 17:39 UTC
On article DPReview on TWiT: Is the Sony a9 worth $4500? (223 comments in total)

After all the hype this camera has generated, I'm wondering if it's even worth looking at, let alone buying. Twenty frames a second....wow, all the wedding photogs in the world will want one !! Really? Just the upload, sorting, and processing time could blow the photographer's budget right out the window. Nice the electronic shutter doesn't band, and sports pros might like double the frames per second, but if I shot Nikon at sports events I certainly wouldn't want to change systems just for the increased speed.

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2017 at 13:24 UTC as 48th comment | 10 replies
On article Google will no longer develop Nik Collection (386 comments in total)

B/W conversion, occasionally denoise and output sharpening.

Link | Posted on May 30, 2017 at 19:06 UTC as 149th comment
On article Roadtrip Review Redux: The Fujifilm X100F (173 comments in total)
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Satyaa: The idea of a fixed focal length APSC camera is hard to digest for me at this point, even though I learned photography on a 35 mm rangefinder B&W film camera.

If a similar camera was made with 24 to 85 mm lens (at the least 28 to 75 mm), I would like that. I don't know how large that lens would have to be for APSC sensor. That might beat the intent of a 'small' camera.

With the cameras available today, I would rather go with like LX100.

The shot of sunrise through the trees was my favorite. Thanks for the article.

Respect your opinion, but pancake primes are much to my liking. Probably because I began photography in the 1950s before zooms. I have the Fuji E2 and like nothing better than to put the pancake 27 (40mm equiv) on for general use. Minimalist. I prefer a 45mm +/- 5mm simply because most rangefinder cameras of my era came with that length prime. I still have a folding rangefinder with a 50mm lens given me by my grandfather. 35mm equiv is fine but my inner "eye" is tuned to something a bit longer. I often take much better photos when I'm confined to one lens and need to make the pic instead of zooming it. I do have both the 18-55 and 55-200 zoom, and carry and use them often. The 18-55 and 14/2.8 are a great combo. But I'm seriously thinking of buying an 18pancake and 50/2 to combine with the 27/2.8 for a very small and light travel kit. To each his own.

Link | Posted on May 28, 2017 at 13:40 UTC
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babart: Besides the Fuji 23/2, one can acquire an 18/2, 27/2.8, 35/2, and 50/2 for very reasonable prices. Three of these are weather resistant....23, 35, 50mm (35, 50 and 75 equivalents). Not a bad range in what is a very decent camera system.

@kreislauf: I've asked Fuji to produce a 16/2 WR lens. Probably not soon, as I also asked for 16/4 shift :).

Link | Posted on May 25, 2017 at 00:47 UTC

Fascinating article, and the advice to travelers is right on the money. I've been lucky enough to have traveled in many less developed countries and Vasquez's experiences, especially with the often remarkably open and friendly people in those locations, echo (and surpass) my own. Experienced in person, the traveler will immediately reject that elitist term 'third world,' and will bring home an understanding of world conditions and peoples very few learn to appreciate. Hopefully his travels will encourage others to do the same.

I also found his detailed accounting of the equipment he takes and how he takes care of it while flying very helpful. Scaled down, or up, to one's personal needs, Vasquez gives the traveler very solid advice. Especially since airlines are not the most cooperative organizations when it comes to cameras and electronics.

Link | Posted on May 22, 2017 at 18:42 UTC as 3rd comment
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Sparky86: That sounds like a weird prize...a whole year's worth of travelling. Who wants to take a whole year out of their life for this - " a photographer who will ultimately spend a year 'identifying and living 365 new stories ' " sounds like Canon wants to use the winner to get a good story with accompanying images for each of the 365 days to use for marketing...

If I were young and single I'd go for it.

Link | Posted on May 21, 2017 at 13:54 UTC

Besides the Fuji 23/2, one can acquire an 18/2, 27/2.8, 35/2, and 50/2 for very reasonable prices. Three of these are weather resistant....23, 35, 50mm (35, 50 and 75 equivalents). Not a bad range in what is a very decent camera system.

Link | Posted on May 17, 2017 at 23:50 UTC as 30th comment | 2 replies

Interesting option, though there are lighter weight primes. Voigtlander, for instance (on a Sony alpha.) Great photos, too, and I see your point about including more foreground to give depth.

Link | Posted on May 6, 2017 at 11:24 UTC as 88th comment
On article Alpha-better: Sony a9 versus a7R II (503 comments in total)

Well, let's see. If I were a sports pro and shot high-end Canon or Nikon......I would keep what I had because changing systems can be prohibitively expensive. I would suspect the A9 to appeal more to younger photographers just starting out. But then, what do I know?

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 20:23 UTC as 63rd comment
On article Alpha-better: Sony a9 versus a7R II (503 comments in total)
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trungtran: EVF's are getting better.

One day we won't need windscreens on our cars.

That's very true. However, cameras can fail as well, and having an optical viewfinder is no help in that situation. Too, those of us who don't shoot much action and are on in years may actually prefer the magnified focusing options of EVFs. One type viewfinder isn't the be all, end all, for everyone, and photographers can still choose which they prefer for their own style of photography. Cheers.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 20:21 UTC
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Studor13: What if you first level your tripod and then level your head?

Isn't this the same thing?

If one does a lot of panoramas, a separate leveling adapter between tripod and ballhead is a very worthwhile attachment. These usually will only compensate for a maximum of 15degrees in any direction, but it sure beats fiddling with tripod legs once the tripod is in the ball park.

Of course, if one has an Arca-Swiss PO, a separate leveler isn't necessary and you've also saved a minimum of $200.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 22:03 UTC
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