Barbu

Lives in Romania Bucure?ti, Romania
Joined on Apr 8, 2009

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Tom Holly: The image quality of compact with all the convenience of a DSLR

Thanks for your kind words. I see you are an educated man... ;)

Link | Posted on Jun 26, 2017 at 06:55 UTC
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Tom Holly: The image quality of compact with all the convenience of a DSLR

The stabilization is supposed to help exactly when there's a shaky image, be it from the hands or because the amplified wobbling from the extension tubes.
Technically, why the VC unit might be done with less performance:
1) It would need more powerful coils (bigger, more expensive).
2) The lens would be obviously somewhat bigger and heavier. But we're talking here about 20-30 grams at most, and a few milimeters in diameter; and about expensive... We already saw much better performance for the stabilization on their 70-300, less expensive than this.
Only time will tell if they made the right compromise. But it's a shame to see this step taken firmly backwards :(

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2017 at 20:56 UTC
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Tom Holly: The image quality of compact with all the convenience of a DSLR

Reaching 400mm on APS-C while having the weakest performing unit from any lens that has stabilisation, launched in the last 5 years... Indeed puzzling.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2017 at 10:49 UTC
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Niko Tod: It would be interesting to see how it compares to the Sigma 18-200 Contemporary.

18-250 is even closer. Or 18-300, even more closer.
If that's not relevant, then the question about comparing with the 18-55 is valid.
Or... It would be interesting to see how it compares to 18-125, 18-35/1.8,
50/1.4, 100mm macro or any fisheye.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2017 at 10:46 UTC
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Tom Holly: The image quality of compact with all the convenience of a DSLR

Umm... Other DSLR lenses (from Tamron and others), and basically any „compact” give you more than 2.5 stops of stabilization. Looks almost like an afterthought; did they want it to shave just a few milimeters/grams/dollars more, crippling the „VC” unit?
We know that Tamron already does lenses that have more than 4 stops of stabilisation (mesured, not just claimed); what were they thinking now?

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2017 at 09:31 UTC
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NickyB66: does that void the cannon warranty?

Nobody said about this particular model that „it's built like a tank” :P

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2017 at 08:19 UTC
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Barbu: So it's official: DPreview gets busy posting phone news and cute dog pictures, delays posting about new DSLR lenses.
Next on menu: reviews for selfie filters, interspersed with the 7823545th „opinion” about the greatness of some screw in the corner of a Sony camera.

Aww... Charming.
But what do I know? I was misleading myself into believing that DPR is a site for photo gear, tech and technique.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2017 at 07:18 UTC

So it's official: DPreview gets busy posting phone news and cute dog pictures, delays posting about new DSLR lenses.
Next on menu: reviews for selfie filters, interspersed with the 7823545th „opinion” about the greatness of some screw in the corner of a Sony camera.

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2017 at 12:24 UTC as 33rd comment | 4 replies
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NickyB66: does that void the cannon warranty?

Damage due to water ingress. Next time buy a „sealed” model :P

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2017 at 06:15 UTC
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huyzer: Slippery slope, guy, slippery slope.

Once, because it's genuinely intriguing and video related is somewhat okay. But if it detours and becomes a habit and not related in the least, will become quite irksome. That's my opinion anyhow.

It's certainly more related to the art and technique of capturing images than a lot of page-stuffing „news” about camera X, Y and Z9 (whoops...) played over and over.

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2017 at 07:16 UTC
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De Fotoman: Cool video, but.... C G I

Several of the shots with deep blue sky (above 3000m altitude, I suppose) are graded using an extreme compression of the dynamic range (probably RED cameras used, but they're not the only one capable of that).
Due to the unusual colouring, I suppose people thought it was CGI. That was also my first impression for the first 2 seconds, but watched it again and figured it out.

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2017 at 07:03 UTC
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Paul_R_H: I'm not sure why the K70 isn't auto-correcting the JPEGs for CA. I just downloaded a couple including the white bridge shot and ran it through Capture One Pro, with auto CA engaged. The result is vastly better, and much sharper even in the middle of the frame. Terrific photos Sam btw.

The idea is to see what the lens really does, optically.
Thru digital correction we could get better results from any lens, but we must know where do we start from; in particular, I find the CA one of the worst offenders, even if it is easily correctable but not really complete; when photographing coloured airplanes planes against mostly white clouds, when you try to correct the CA it leaves behind a trace of monochrome edge (and that's why I try to get the lens with lowest CA).

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2017 at 08:46 UTC
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odpisan: Sorry, but in galery I do not see one single photo as evidence of very reliable & fast AF. Souch photos I can make with my old Sigma 70-300.

Point at least one way, please.

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2017 at 08:38 UTC

Looks like they taken down the videos.

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2017 at 07:12 UTC as 2nd comment
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barrym1966: Man up, that right is heavier than the lens. Also if you use a proper shutter speed those bombs would have been in focus

With that D4 it's quite easy to raise the ISO until you get times of 1/2500, 1/4000s or even shorter (so the „boats”/bombs would be mostly sharp). In fact, it's also useful if you want maximum sharpness on the subject plane as well... But that would only substract from the interestingness of the pictures.
The whole idea is to drag your shutter long enough to get at least some motion blur in the background, and for the propeller, when you have helis or non-jet airplanes.

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2017 at 07:06 UTC
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exit4: Instead of a 12-volt battery for counterweight, how about a cooler with a 12-pack inside. A perfect setup for beach photography. ;-)

About 8 bottles of ... „water”.
Man, you are brilliant!

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2017 at 06:56 UTC
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elee1967: The 50 mm is not mentioned, because it doesn't have a gold ring?

I have some snake oil to sell. You wouldn't believe the „rendering” you get with that!
;)

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2017 at 10:57 UTC
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matthew saville: For $2K you could get two or maybe even three Sigma Art primes. This Nikon 28 had better be on par with the new(ish) Canon 35 L mk2, or even the Zeiss Otus 28.

Otherwise, I'd rather have the old 28 1.4D just for nostalgia, if I'm gonna drop that much coin...

Yep, definitely someone is losing it. More specifically, the ones talking about „rendering” from a mediocre-decent lens (sold for a lot of moolah to people born every minute).
Then again, it's nice that you can coerce picture gems out of mundane lenses, at least enough to sell your work (based on your affirmations).
But from there to the all-out frenzy to belittle people that saw the 58mm as a crappy lens, and were wise enough to *not* throw their wallet at it... Sure.
Go ahead, flame all you want, but the lens won't become better (not even in „rendering”) no matter how much you want to.

Link | Posted on May 31, 2017 at 12:42 UTC
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elee1967: The 50 mm is not mentioned, because it doesn't have a gold ring?

The 58mm is _supposedly_ the more upmarket version of 50mm f/1.4; yet it had mixed reviews at best, and was simply crushed by the Sigma 50A.

Link | Posted on May 31, 2017 at 12:34 UTC
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jaygeephoto: I have owned a Pentax branded WG3 for a number of years now that I originally bought for cycling and sailing. It has been dropped, kicked, fallen overboard and even handled by children and never had a problem. I have been brave enough to take it to the crushing depths of 10 feet in my local swimming pool and gotten decent photos. I would recommend a good float strap to be purchased with this camera for anyone who lives where it rains as it does sink like a rock. A charging kit and an extra battery are a good idea too. My only two gripes camera are that it is difficult to press the shutter release with a gloved hand and that there is no RAW capture. Other than that I would definitely buy another one.

Or, for that matter, take a look at Ricoh WG-5; that's the equivalent range-topping camera.

Link | Posted on May 26, 2017 at 05:54 UTC
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