Barbu

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

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Albert Valentino: What is missing from the sample gallery is a shot stopped down to see how it renders sunstars - and handles flare. I really would like to see a wide lens that does sunstars well. These days most manufacturers curve their aperture blades with kills the star pattern.

https://www.dpreview.com/sample-galleries/0211271120/panasonic-leica-dg-vario-elmarit-8-18mm-f2-8-4-sample-gallery/7161145399
Thank you, Samuel! It's a great example. The obvious green squigly thing is just part of the streak; there are more yellow-brown lines and quite a few green circles, of which one of the more obvious is straight under the belly of the plane. All in all, great control of veiling flare and basically just residual ghosts.
Great times from the lens makers, if they succeeded in creating coatings that leave me wanting for *more* flare even in an ultrawide :) with the sun right inside the frame.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 07:00 UTC
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pitkon: Wish someone would come up with a battery pack for the Nikon Dx series, especially the D4s. Much needed, I wonder why no one thought of that. Not easy to switch batteries in the middle of a sports event, for instance... Ans no Dx accepts battery grips...

Man, put a smilie or something, otherwise the joke is not only hard to get, but also kinda soft.
A D3/D4/D5 can go on and on for a minimum of 2000 frames, and often double that in a single sports event.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 06:39 UTC
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thx1138: That's hilarious Sony gimping it's 4K with no s-log and claiming it's for still shooters, then why offer video? Canon gets crucified for no C-log, but will at least rectify that shortly with massive new FW for video on 5D4.

It's funny how all these camera companies come up with knuckle-head decisions to take the shine off otherwise excellent hardware.

I guess you weren't around when Sony arbitrarily decided that you could shoot video either on 50p or on 60p, not both. Even after they allowed the user to switch between 50/60fps, the first cameras capable of that (A99 was the first I put my hands on) still moaned and huffed and puffed each time you tried to use the „other” standard.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 06:29 UTC
On article Nikon D7500: What you need to know (533 comments in total)
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Marty4650: This camera actually makes sense for Nikon.

By simultaneously upgrading (touch screen, tilt screen, faster processor, 4K video) and then downgrading (single card slot) Nikon has updated and better positioned their D7xxx model under their D500 and over their D5600.

Nikon has essentially created a refresh with very little R&D expense involved. A three day project for their engineering department.

It won't take long before this is selling for under $1,000 body only.

Sony had one (and only one) instance where they put out a lower-res sensor (for A7S) than their already in-production sensors. And even then, it was only so they could get a whooping per-pixel noise improvement; the 20Mp one is clearly agains the Sony way of engineering sensor. Do remember that they go for absurd Mp, even in phone cameras; it's pretty safe to say that D500 had a Nikon sensor, for which Sony only offered the manufacturing prowess.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2017 at 12:30 UTC
On article We try out the new HassleVlad (100 comments in total)
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AngularJS: How does it compare to the GFX?

Vlad is better than GFX.

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2017 at 08:14 UTC
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sh10453: It's not all about security. There is an alternative explanation, as the Washington Post put it.
When our airlines can't compete, they go whining and crying at Trump's lap for protection:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/03/21/trump-wont-allow-you-to-use-ipads-or-laptops-on-certain-airlines-heres-the-underlying-story/?utm_term=.3b64cab2cc38

Because no terrorist would ever use american airlines airplanes... Oh wait.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 07:24 UTC
On article Pentax KP sample gallery (95 comments in total)
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Favorable Exponynt: Great ISO performance in the range where it matters. 3200 to 12800/25600 where you would use it. No use going any higher. Just use a lower shutter speed and or larger aperture, especially with the excellent IBIS the camera has.

Even ISO64000 looks useful (for informative/journalism pics, not for the beauty of a lansdcape under the sunset afterglow).

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2017 at 10:49 UTC
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Arastoo Vaziri: Please don't overreact: I don't condone what the bloke in the van did in any way, but the photograph of the van (not the one with it being removed) is far more interesting than the rather commonplace one with the creases.
And I wonder whether the towing vehicle tracks weren't even more harmful to the ground. Couldn't they have used an helicopter to remove the van?

The van was stuck in the underlying mud, not broken.

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2017 at 13:46 UTC
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Derek Dean: A lovely group of sample images that do a fine job of showcasing this lens. Well done.

So esentially, cutting down at least half the usage scenarios.
Looks like for 300mm and normal, non-lab conditions, the photog would be better limiting @ 200mm and crop.

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2017 at 08:05 UTC
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davids8560: I highly recommend this new Nikon lens! It is like soooo awesome! I mean, like, dude, I mean, I was like using it, and like, these things I was looking at, they were like soooo totally far away! But with this thing it was like I was totally right there next to them! Totally blows away my GoPro! I'd say it's like totally in a different realm, no hands down. Nikon is awesome, and this thing totally shreds! No discussion necessary! You don't have to know anything! Buy it!

I think he's parroting president Dump.

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2017 at 08:02 UTC
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Barbu: Misleading to use the same zoom term, without (dis)qualifiers.
This kind of „computational” zoom works wonders, but to call it „zoom” would be just the same as saying „zoom” for the Lumia/Zeiss 41Mp wonder; it's not camera that does the zooming.
But, horror: even DPReview uses the completely misleading „5x OPTICAL zoom” thingie, without calling them on their lie: it's a 3x zoom that has an extra step/sensor.

No imagination needed. Since the very beginning of this site, Mr. Askey set the record straight and named the software trickery for what it is, anything else but zoom.

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2017 at 12:33 UTC
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Barbu: Misleading to use the same zoom term, without (dis)qualifiers.
This kind of „computational” zoom works wonders, but to call it „zoom” would be just the same as saying „zoom” for the Lumia/Zeiss 41Mp wonder; it's not camera that does the zooming.
But, horror: even DPReview uses the completely misleading „5x OPTICAL zoom” thingie, without calling them on their lie: it's a 3x zoom that has an extra step/sensor.

Software interpolation between two distinct lens+sensor combination.
No possible stretch of the imagination would result in calling this method „optical zoom”.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2017 at 08:20 UTC

Came here to check corners, fringing, field curvature.
Forgot to do that... The images simply made me forget about pixel peeping; mesmerizing at least.
Thank you, Mr. Bracaglia!

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 08:40 UTC as 73rd comment

So they have wireless TTL... I wonder how much time will pass until they go out with a hotshoe version, even if on a bracket+cord.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 08:31 UTC as 23rd comment | 1 reply

Misleading to use the same zoom term, without (dis)qualifiers.
This kind of „computational” zoom works wonders, but to call it „zoom” would be just the same as saying „zoom” for the Lumia/Zeiss 41Mp wonder; it's not camera that does the zooming.
But, horror: even DPReview uses the completely misleading „5x OPTICAL zoom” thingie, without calling them on their lie: it's a 3x zoom that has an extra step/sensor.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 08:04 UTC as 6th comment | 4 replies
On article Things we found at CP+ 2017 which had been cut in half (89 comments in total)
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Kharan: "EF-S 15-55mm f/2.8"

I couldn't believe my eyes! I thought a miracle had happened, or maybe someone at Canon went rogue and released a forgotten prototype... but no, it's nothing but DPR's shoddy editorial standards at work again.
Seriously Barney, this is exactly the reason you need to proofread and correct articles. The mistake is really misleading and it's going to live forever on Google unless you own up and CORRECT THE TYPOS.

If anything, looks like this hectic schedule is doing you good; the amount of nice tongue-in-cheekery was great, even for a things cut in half article.
I couldn't believe my eyes how graciously you made fun of al the stereotypes thrown at DPR. And in a gentlemanly manner; laughing not only at the incessant rants, but at yourselves too. Dare I say, very brittish of you (even if now you're across the pond).

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2017 at 08:31 UTC
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wy2lam: They missed one. The EI-2000. It technically is a reflex camera, just without a mirror...

It's the first camera after the 2000 bullet (both in the online history and in the PDF). Maybe they corrected them in the 5 hours since you posted.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2017 at 09:10 UTC
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iudex: As a gearhead I say: well done, Sigma, there is never enough of your fantastic Art lenses, showing C/N that a great lens does not need to cost a kidney.
As a Pentax APSC user I say: Sigma, go to h.ll with your ignorance of Pentax and neglecting APSC cameras!
OK, I understand that there is an eonomical reason of making fullframe lenses (higher prices, higher profit) and concentrating on the Big Two (Pentax is a niche segment). But I would like to see new version (preferably in highest Art level) of popular, but old 17-50/2,8 or even better a 16-50/2,8 (an equivalent to 24-70mm), as well as a wideangle prime; no need for f1,8, a compact 12mm f2,8 would be nice.
I know Sigma is a small company with limited production, but I keep dreaming of another Art DC lenses with K-mount.

For APS-C, Sigma concentrates in making lenses that nobody else does.
But you're completely right about ignoring Pentax altogether; well, they don't get K-mount users money, and it seems to be Sigma's choice.

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2017 at 08:37 UTC
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marc petzold: Finally, the since 2015 rumored Sigma ART 24-70/2.8 DG OS HSM....i am wondering about the cost, and how good the IQ would be into comparsion with the Tamron 24-70/2.8 VC (2012), the Tokina AT-X Pro 24-70/2.8 (2015), Nikons 28-70 2.8 VR E (2015) Lens, and the mighty Canon 24-70/2.8L USM Mk. II (2012) then.

I hope the new Sigma is at least as good as the Tokina, which is optically a tad better than the Tamron. From these five 24-70's, currently only the Canon & Tokina are the only ones without built-in image stabilizer.

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Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2017 at 08:11 UTC
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wassim al malak: "Note: Functionality may be limited on some camera bodies."
in the 24-70 intro .
what's the meaning of that ?

The Nikons that can't control the electronic diaphragm will have to shoot always open.

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2017 at 08:09 UTC
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