PPierre

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On article Hands-on with Canon's new RF 85mm F2 Macro IS STM (192 comments in total)

Canon is really impressive. An R6, this, a 15-30f2.8 and a 70-200f2.8, and I wouldn't need anything more for photography.

I love my Sony and my lenses but damn, this is quite exciting. I expect Nikon will also be no less exciting in the months to come.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2020 at 05:47 UTC as 22nd comment

I'd definitely have bought this lens on an A7III : affordable for the range, seems to have quite good IQ, compact. This lens is more than welcome. Kudos Panasonic !

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2020 at 20:25 UTC as 8th comment

Let's see how it performs, but at this price point and with this focal range, all I can say is that Panasonic has finally come to catch my attention. That lens looks really awesome, and I hope it performs great ! Kudos Panasonic !

Link | Posted on May 28, 2020 at 11:10 UTC as 9th comment

My A7III is already so much more of a camera than I really need. I'm quite confident whichever system you choose, you can be sure the next generation will be mind-blowing.

So pick the brand you like the most, buy the lenses you need, and keep shooting! Whatever you choose, it's a good decision.

Link | Posted on May 2, 2020 at 15:12 UTC as 46th comment | 9 replies
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PPierre: Honestly, between A7III, Nikon Z6 and Canon EOS R, I think I'd be equally happy with each. Lens selection is what's important, and then again, I think they all are doing fine. Sony has quite an impressive line-up with long tele-lenses, macro lenses, and tons of very good primes, Canon has their very impressive f1.2 line-up, and interesting f2.8 zooms, and Nikon seems to have very nice zooms also, and a superb set of f1.8 prime lenses.

Hard to choose, actually ;) I think that today, I'd go with the Nikon (14-30f4, 20f1.8, 35f1.8, 50f1.8, 85f1.8 and maybe a f4 zoom would be all I could want). I like the Z6 grip a lot, and their optics are top-notch.

But I'm with Sony, and I've got a pretty nice lens set up also (though I suspect the 14-30f4 is better than my 16-35 f4 ZA, and I hope Sony will update their f4 zooms some day in the near future). And the A7III is really all I need for the next 3 to 5 years.

Physics is never simple. There are many other elements that come into play. If physics were that simple, we wouldn't be comparing lenses all the time.

Most reviews are not raving about f4 lenses by Nikon being vastly superiors. At least DXO doesn't seem to agree. Now, regarding the 14-30f4 which is the only one I really am interested in, it's a nice f4 lens, seems sharp enough (though reviews like that of DXO don't seem to agree), it's small, and the range is pretty nice (14mm on the wide end is really a nice feature).

The 55f0.95 is a behemoth, while its competitors are way more compact. There are way more chances the advantages of the lens can be linked to the size of the lens which enables better correction, than to the size of the mount. On a more nuanced level, the same could be said about Nikon's f1.8 lenses, which are the size of f1.4 lenses of other brands. Though what you get is lenses you can trust, and that's something I like here.

Link | Posted on May 1, 2020 at 13:05 UTC
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PPierre: Honestly, between A7III, Nikon Z6 and Canon EOS R, I think I'd be equally happy with each. Lens selection is what's important, and then again, I think they all are doing fine. Sony has quite an impressive line-up with long tele-lenses, macro lenses, and tons of very good primes, Canon has their very impressive f1.2 line-up, and interesting f2.8 zooms, and Nikon seems to have very nice zooms also, and a superb set of f1.8 prime lenses.

Hard to choose, actually ;) I think that today, I'd go with the Nikon (14-30f4, 20f1.8, 35f1.8, 50f1.8, 85f1.8 and maybe a f4 zoom would be all I could want). I like the Z6 grip a lot, and their optics are top-notch.

But I'm with Sony, and I've got a pretty nice lens set up also (though I suspect the 14-30f4 is better than my 16-35 f4 ZA, and I hope Sony will update their f4 zooms some day in the near future). And the A7III is really all I need for the next 3 to 5 years.

So far, Nikon's lenses have been bigger and yet not always better than their counterparts from Sony. So yes, there might be a theoretical advantage to larger mounts, but I wonder whether this might be more a marketing BS argument, since this advantage is not visible, and remains theoretical.

There are so many things that should "theoretically" work better, but never really do, because other elements also matter, sometimes even more.

Now, Nikon's lenses are lovely IMO, there seems to be no bad lens. I like the Z6 body shape. And the f1.8 line-up is already almost complete. These are the three reasons I would have had a way closer look at Nikon.

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2020 at 11:57 UTC

Honestly, between A7III, Nikon Z6 and Canon EOS R, I think I'd be equally happy with each. Lens selection is what's important, and then again, I think they all are doing fine. Sony has quite an impressive line-up with long tele-lenses, macro lenses, and tons of very good primes, Canon has their very impressive f1.2 line-up, and interesting f2.8 zooms, and Nikon seems to have very nice zooms also, and a superb set of f1.8 prime lenses.

Hard to choose, actually ;) I think that today, I'd go with the Nikon (14-30f4, 20f1.8, 35f1.8, 50f1.8, 85f1.8 and maybe a f4 zoom would be all I could want). I like the Z6 grip a lot, and their optics are top-notch.

But I'm with Sony, and I've got a pretty nice lens set up also (though I suspect the 14-30f4 is better than my 16-35 f4 ZA, and I hope Sony will update their f4 zooms some day in the near future). And the A7III is really all I need for the next 3 to 5 years.

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2020 at 10:12 UTC as 41st comment | 8 replies
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EXkurogane: $1200 is a good price, but i won't compromise cutting off the focal length, which Tamron had to because Sony told them to. I'd still prefer a 70-200 2.8 even if it's bigger and heavier. I never crop images to make up for using the wrong or insufficient focal length. That's just throwing away the image quality of a good camera unnecessarily.

"The fact that Sony owned stakes in Tamron itself is the answer". And the earth is flat...

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2020 at 06:31 UTC
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EXkurogane: $1200 is a good price, but i won't compromise cutting off the focal length, which Tamron had to because Sony told them to. I'd still prefer a 70-200 2.8 even if it's bigger and heavier. I never crop images to make up for using the wrong or insufficient focal length. That's just throwing away the image quality of a good camera unnecessarily.

Yet, other than "it's a known fact", do you have any proof of what you're writing, or is this just pure speculation ?

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2020 at 06:24 UTC

€1499... A bit pricier than expected in Europe.

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2020 at 05:25 UTC as 49th comment | 2 replies

I really like how Sigma's CEO answers these questions with sincerity and how you can feel he knows and loves what he's talking about.

He's really a charismatic person, at least when you read his interviews, and that's a huge bonus for Sigma, since it shows it's a company that's not just doing business, but also love their business.

Kudos to you, Mr Yamaki and Sigma employees !

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2020 at 07:59 UTC as 72nd comment

Actually, I don't use my A7III for video, so it's not a problem for me, but what I like is that we see the Z6 is actually pretty good, much worthier of praises than people seemed to think when it was released. That and their nice lens line-up make Nikon pretty impressive from my point of view.

If Nikon adds a better battery to a Z6 V2 version, and Canon adds IBIS to its EOS R and RP cameras, the market will be flooded with exceptional cameras ;)

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2020 at 15:02 UTC as 27th comment | 1 reply
On article Fujifilm X-T4 review (1465 comments in total)

It looks nice, and I feel the same about this camera as about the A7III when it was released and I purchased it : it has all I could need in a camera, and it makes me feel any future release will just be incremental.

Won't buy it since I'm invested in Sony FF system now, but this is exactly what I'd be looking for in an APS-C body: a great camera IMO.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2020 at 08:14 UTC as 276th comment | 1 reply
On article Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III initial review (933 comments in total)

Nice to see Olympus is still committed to its user-base. Some were speculating about Olympus selling their camera business, but here they are again, with a great camera for those who believe in m43, and a great lens also for those who seek a light lens for travel photography, without big compromises.

Although I shoot FF now and used to shoot APS-C, whenever I have a friend who comes to me and ask what camera they should upgrade to from their Nikon D5100 or Canon EOS600D, I'm always trying to sell them m43 now, instead of a new APS-C camera : the lens selection is huge, the cameras are highly capable, the sensor is still better than what they used to have. Too bad camera sellers are still so obsessed with APS-C: m43 is the way to go, IMO, for a lot of amateur photographers, especially travellers and bloggers.

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2020 at 21:19 UTC as 96th comment

I don't think trying to compete with Full Frame is a good idea, neither for Fuji in APS-C nor for Oly in m43 : APS-C and m43 have their own merits, and these monster lenses negate them pretty much.

Now, to be fair also, there's not much that is lacking in Fuji's APS-C system (if there's anything missing at all), so they can have some fun and release this kind of lenses.

PS : I would love it if some company would revive the APS-H sensors

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2020 at 22:14 UTC as 27th comment | 6 replies
On article Fujifilm announces affordable XC 35mm F2 prime lens (283 comments in total)

Funny, if I were to go to Fuji, it wouldn't be for this kind of lenses, but rather their metal-body lenses with a nice aperture rings.

Is Fuji shifting its APS-C offering to more price-conscious photographers, while MF prices get lower every year and will become more acceptable for traditional high-end FF shooters ?

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2020 at 20:12 UTC as 7th comment | 5 replies
On article Canon RF 85mm F1.2L USM review (767 comments in total)

There are some excellent lenses from other manufacturers that have been release lately (Panasonic 50f1.4, Sony 135f1.8, Nikon 24-70f2.8), but I really find Canon above them all with most of the exceptional lenses they've released for the RF mount.

The bodies might be perfectible, but with such lenses, they can already give great results seeing the pictures. All in all, I think Canon has a bright future in the mirrorless world.

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2020 at 19:25 UTC as 128th comment | 3 replies
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Michael Jardine: I've used this lens a lot. I've tried it out for a number of uses including sports, travel, street, portrait. I've also used the Zeiss Batis 135, in fact, I traded the Zeiss in to get the Sony. You can view the two galleries and make your own decisions about each lens and also about my mistakes and inadequacies (comments are very welcome - I've been on this site for many years and have a thick skin). By the way, there is another lens that compares: the Olympus 75mm f/1.8, which is a 150mm equiv. Check out that gallery as well.

Sony FE 135 1.8
https://qamera.smugmug.com/Gear/Sony-FE-18135-GM/

Zeiss Batis 135 2.8
https://qamera.smugmug.com/Gear/Zeiss-Batis-28135/

Olympus 75 1.8
https://qamera.smugmug.com/Gear/Olympus-75mm-f18/

One point I'd probably make: this lens is a bit like a race car. Sneeze and you'll find you've just driven off the road.

Lovely photos ! The 75f1.8 is a great lens indeed, and one of the reasons I think I could someday take the m43 road. Your photos confirmed my impressions : you can take splendid photos without missing FF.

On the other hand, the Sony FE 135f1.8 looks magnificent also, though what, 3 times the price of the 75f1.8.

Which gives you more pleasure to shoot with between the 135 and the 75 ?

Link | Posted on Dec 28, 2019 at 11:08 UTC

What I like : the switch button always under the finger (I can't stand what Canon did with the EOS R), the wheel at the back of the camera body which I mostly use for speed, the position of the EVF, the grip which is neither too small nor too big (but I've got small hands, tbf), the size of the body, the weight.

What I dislike : the zoom in display mode (why ain't it the button at the center of the wheel, much more intuitive), the touchscreen which is only made for focus, the menus though I've not found a camera yet that has it good, the lack of APS-C lenses with a customizable button, the screen that won't tilt like the Canon EOS RP's screen, the absence of a joystik.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2019 at 20:39 UTC as 95th comment

There was a time we used to complain about the lack of lenses, now we complain that there are too many :
- Tamron 20f2.8 competes with Tokina 20f2.0 AF and MF, Zeiss 21f2.8 and Voigtlander 21f3.5 and f1.4
- Tamron 24f2.8 competes with Samyang 24f2.8, Zeiss Loxia 25f2.4 and Zeiss Batis f2.0, and Sony GM24f1.4
- Tamron 35f2.8 competes with Zeiss Loxia 35f2.8, Sony 35f1.8, Zeiss 35f2.8, Sigma 35f1.4 and f1.2, Voigtlander 35f1.4, and I must forget others.

True there might be many options making it difficult for some to choose, but I won't complain about it.

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2019 at 18:37 UTC as 54th comment | 2 replies
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