babart

Lives in United States ME, United States
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Great series, Erez. Thanks!

Link | Posted on May 13, 2018 at 12:16 UTC as 6th comment

Sorry, Sigma, but I wouldn't want a macro lens with focus by wire. The lack of responsiveness compared with manual coupling would make following small subjects at high magnification problematic at best.

Link | Posted on May 12, 2018 at 14:54 UTC as 8th comment
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babart: I wonder what the difference would be if he used the Fuji 200-400 for $1800. Sorry. I guess if you're a pro and shoot this type of image (or a member of the 1%), the $12,000 MIGHT be worth it. It's a hell of a lens, but come on. There are excellent modern lenses for $2000 that would match the image quality. Just call me old school practical, I guess.

@Rajeshb: You're right. In an age where most kit lenses will outshoot film any old day, the diminishing returns of super-expensive glass is fairly obvious. That said, of course, the new Nikon described above is certainly a stellar piece of equipment, especially considering the internal teleconverter. I'm just not sure it's worth the price over other older Nikon glass (see A Owens reply above.) Like yourself, I still shoot older lenses. The Zeiss C/Ys are as sharp as my Fuji equipment. I have a Rodenstock 90mm for my 4x5 that is one of the best lenses I've ever owned. And I still have the Pentax 50/1.4 bought back in the '60s, which produces images very similar to to C/Y 50mm. Cheers.

Link | Posted on May 11, 2018 at 12:43 UTC
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babart: I wonder what the difference would be if he used the Fuji 200-400 for $1800. Sorry. I guess if you're a pro and shoot this type of image (or a member of the 1%), the $12,000 MIGHT be worth it. It's a hell of a lens, but come on. There are excellent modern lenses for $2000 that would match the image quality. Just call me old school practical, I guess.

@cosinophile: I do enjoy them both, and you're right about Fuji glass. They always were known for their lenses.....remember the old 120 roll film cameras? I have a Fuji 645.

Link | Posted on May 11, 2018 at 12:35 UTC
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babart: I wonder what the difference would be if he used the Fuji 200-400 for $1800. Sorry. I guess if you're a pro and shoot this type of image (or a member of the 1%), the $12,000 MIGHT be worth it. It's a hell of a lens, but come on. There are excellent modern lenses for $2000 that would match the image quality. Just call me old school practical, I guess.

Thank you, cosinaphile. My opinion as well. I shoot 24mpix in full-frame (Sony) and APS-C (Fuji), and there is little or no difference in image quality. I enjoy the Sony for wide angle to 85mm, as I don't have to buy a 9mm lens to get a 14mm angle of view. But with telephoto it's the opposite. Fuji lenses are as good as Nikon's. The Fuji 35mm f/1.4 tests (at home) slightly better than the Zeiss C/Y 50/1.7 I have for the Sony.

Link | Posted on May 11, 2018 at 02:22 UTC

I wonder what the difference would be if he used the Fuji 200-400 for $1800. Sorry. I guess if you're a pro and shoot this type of image (or a member of the 1%), the $12,000 MIGHT be worth it. It's a hell of a lens, but come on. There are excellent modern lenses for $2000 that would match the image quality. Just call me old school practical, I guess.

Link | Posted on May 10, 2018 at 23:09 UTC as 31st comment | 8 replies

Nice! I'll wait for test results, but I have a deep suspicion this lens will be, at very least, more than just good enough. Nice that third-party lens manufacturers have decided Sony alpha are here to stay. :)

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2018 at 13:27 UTC as 10th comment

Thanks, Michael. I just ordered Himalaya Bound, and it will join a shelf of similar journeys. I'll never forget days spent in India and Bhutan. The children, especially....full of curiosity and laughter. Congratulations on "simply" recording the life a family of nomads; no other activity is so gratifying. Your choice of equipment was also wise, as the APS-C sensor is perfectly suited to travel, being comparatively small and light, especially the lenses. Thanks again!

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2018 at 13:19 UTC as 25th comment | 1 reply
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Marty4650: I sometimes wonder what purpose is served by photos like these?

I can understand how photos of earthquakes, floods or famine could inspire people to send help, but what can we do about failed nation states other than to feel sorry for the people?

Should we impose a better political and economic system on Venezeula? Should we subsidize their failed system? Or should we simply mind our own business, since meddling in other nations affairs rarely works out well for us. Or for them.

Well said, entoman.

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2018 at 13:22 UTC
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Marty4650: I sometimes wonder what purpose is served by photos like these?

I can understand how photos of earthquakes, floods or famine could inspire people to send help, but what can we do about failed nation states other than to feel sorry for the people?

Should we impose a better political and economic system on Venezeula? Should we subsidize their failed system? Or should we simply mind our own business, since meddling in other nations affairs rarely works out well for us. Or for them.

@tabloid: Precisely.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2018 at 13:52 UTC
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Marty4650: I sometimes wonder what purpose is served by photos like these?

I can understand how photos of earthquakes, floods or famine could inspire people to send help, but what can we do about failed nation states other than to feel sorry for the people?

Should we impose a better political and economic system on Venezeula? Should we subsidize their failed system? Or should we simply mind our own business, since meddling in other nations affairs rarely works out well for us. Or for them.

I second the comment by Edward Artiste: what a strange question. And to go on into meddling, etc. It's a photo of man on fire. It invokes the horror of being burnt, wherever the fire started.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2018 at 02:00 UTC

Holy....something. I'm glad the guy survived but he must have had horrible pain.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2018 at 22:38 UTC as 18th comment

I suspect that within a very few years, a better lens for phones will be available.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2018 at 13:38 UTC as 95th comment
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Bas Bridges: I'm fathoming in what angle of view a tripod can look like any gun/shotgun/assault rifle, but there is none.

The only possibility is that the three legs of the tripod could make it look like a minigun.

See now, the photographer should have known that, right?

True. And I don't. (Have more info.)

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2018 at 14:51 UTC
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Bas Bridges: I'm fathoming in what angle of view a tripod can look like any gun/shotgun/assault rifle, but there is none.

The only possibility is that the three legs of the tripod could make it look like a minigun.

See now, the photographer should have known that, right?

@mcshan: Baloney. Not a tripod already set up with it's legs spread.

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2018 at 02:00 UTC
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tedolf: Good reason to switch to a crop sensor system!

Tedolph

Good reason to move to Iceland or Sweden.

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2018 at 20:56 UTC
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noflashplease: A photographer sneaks up behind a police officer during a traffic stop on a dark and stormy night. The photographer is illuminated by a flash of lighting and the officer sees what looks like a hunter's tripod and a firearm pointed at him. Yes, hunters do use tripods to steady rifles. The important aspect of the law is that the officer had a legitimate belief that his life was threatened. Police officers are expected to act pro-actively to defend themselves and public, unlike civilians. The officer was telling the truth as to what he believed at the time of the accident. That's all that matters under criminal law. The officer wasn't criminally negligent. As far as the civil standard of negligence, the photographer is probably partially liable. My guess is that the whole matter will be settled out of court and a lawyer will get 1/3 of the settlement.

He didn't sneak up. The officer knew he was there.

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2018 at 20:54 UTC
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Bas Bridges: I'm fathoming in what angle of view a tripod can look like any gun/shotgun/assault rifle, but there is none.

The only possibility is that the three legs of the tripod could make it look like a minigun.

See now, the photographer should have known that, right?

So the cop immediately whips out his gun and shoots the guy. He had time to pull his gun aim and fire. In the same time he could have ducked down and yelled "What are you doing over there," while drawing his gun. In the Army I was taught to seek cover first, because I couldn't fight back if I was dead.

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2018 at 20:50 UTC

I'm certain there are more than a few who misread the title to this interesting piece, and wondered what Fuji had engineered into the X-E3. Screwdrivers? Ratchet wrenches? :)

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2018 at 15:20 UTC as 20th comment
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babart: And to top it off they just increased the subscription price of the Creative Suite. Could Adobe CC be next?

The Creative Suite is for graphic designers and those that work with film or 3D.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2018 at 23:45 UTC
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