sandy b

sandy b

Lives in United States Southern Minn, United States
Works as a tech writer
Joined on Jan 4, 2002

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Photomonkey: Despite all the criticism of IQ on an unreleased lens, this promises to allow a lot of flexibility for APS-C users.
The design is leveraging the compact sensor to produce a small lens that will not be burden to leave on the camera at all times.
IMO the IQ issues will be small as the vast bulk of images appear online, on phones and in small prints.
More joy, less hassle.

LOl, that fact that you think you speak for others. Go play with your perfect lens.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2017 at 04:42 UTC
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Photomonkey: Despite all the criticism of IQ on an unreleased lens, this promises to allow a lot of flexibility for APS-C users.
The design is leveraging the compact sensor to produce a small lens that will not be burden to leave on the camera at all times.
IMO the IQ issues will be small as the vast bulk of images appear online, on phones and in small prints.
More joy, less hassle.

I would like to add that I find the Sigma 80-400 MUCH less of a compromise and at $799 and incredible bargain that will find it's way into my bag.
I think ultra wide to ultra long is just a bridge too far,

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2017 at 21:20 UTC
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Photomonkey: Despite all the criticism of IQ on an unreleased lens, this promises to allow a lot of flexibility for APS-C users.
The design is leveraging the compact sensor to produce a small lens that will not be burden to leave on the camera at all times.
IMO the IQ issues will be small as the vast bulk of images appear online, on phones and in small prints.
More joy, less hassle.

"For most photographers this is a perfect lens"

That's either insanely sad or insanely wrong.

It's not a horrible lens. It works for snaps and picnics etc.
If it was my only lens I would have got a bridge camera.
And there are many inexpensive quality used lens available.
I bought a 18-200 when I first got into the hobby. When I knew better I sold it.
And not for snob reasons. I have the new 18-55 silent lens for stealth mode. Optically, it's much better than this.
IMO, even with lightroom auto fixing this stuff, it's too much of a compromise for nearly $700.
But it is convenient. And adequate.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2017 at 20:23 UTC
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Tom Holly: The image quality of compact with all the convenience of a DSLR

It has 3 plastic extension tubes. Probably the limiting factor on VR.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2017 at 15:11 UTC
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Photomonkey: Despite all the criticism of IQ on an unreleased lens, this promises to allow a lot of flexibility for APS-C users.
The design is leveraging the compact sensor to produce a small lens that will not be burden to leave on the camera at all times.
IMO the IQ issues will be small as the vast bulk of images appear online, on phones and in small prints.
More joy, less hassle.

1 1/2 pounds is not a small lens, nor is it even slightly unobtrusive fully extended.

As a day lens, not bad as long as one understands it is not light and not very good. Adequate seems to be the word.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2017 at 15:07 UTC
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HaroldC3: Only 2.5 stops of IS. I guess if they made it 4 it'd be even larger.

LOL, refreshingly adequate. Only $650.00.

Nothing wrong with a state fair lens. That seems a little spendy for a not so great one though. It will be $500 in a year tho.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2017 at 15:04 UTC

Full review with a production copy.

http://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk/reviews/lenses/tamron-18-400mm-f3-5-6-3-di-ii-vc-hld-review

State fair lens.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2017 at 15:01 UTC as 38th comment | 5 replies

About ten years ago little brother Opportunity had its picture snapped on the rim of Victoria crater. In some ways a much more dramatic image.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victoria_(crater)

And the latest lunar orbiter showed images of the lunar landers and tracks from the lunar rover's they drove and even tracks of the astronauts visible in the lunar dust.
https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/LRO/news/apollo-15.html
Fascinating stuff.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2017 at 11:29 UTC as 8th comment

Call of duty??

Does it include a free super computer?

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2017 at 20:54 UTC as 2nd comment
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2649 comments in total)

Nice camera, good job Sony supporting their users.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2017 at 01:28 UTC as 156th comment
On article First pictures from the new Nikon 8-15mm fisheye (137 comments in total)
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beavertown: The old Canon counterpart seems to be better in image quality.

Actually, it doesn't.

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2017 at 12:09 UTC
On article Shooting experience: how the Nikon D7500 won me over (192 comments in total)
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steelhead3: That 3d tracking is really incredible tracking still subjects on stage

Have you ever passed up a Nikon attack?

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2017 at 04:08 UTC
On article Nikon D7500 vs Canon EOS 80D (264 comments in total)
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endofoto: As D7200 has better lab results than D7500 sensor, it is here compared to the worst sensor around. All want to know why should I buy D7500 with poorer sensor, but has better AF and faster processor. Why did they make a poorer sensor, just to shoot high ISO which I never do. High ISO is an advantage for birding bec you cant apply flash on a bird far from you, but you have D500 for this purpose.

Perspective: in crop sensor cameras, the D500 sensor is better rated than all but five other crop cameras, and they are close. It is better than every Canon, Oly, Ricoh, Fuji. It is beaten by the D7200 and a few Sonys. That's pretty damned good. Of course, The D7200 is #1 ranked crop sensor, and it is available refurb for around 600 dollars the last few days. If you don't need video, it is a GREAT camera, possibly the best bargain in all of dslr sales.

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2017 at 03:42 UTC
On article Nikon D7500 vs Canon EOS 80D (264 comments in total)
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UneVache: Does Nikon has that much difficulties to sell this D7500 that it needs that kind of article to convince potential customers not to get a cheaper D7200 instead ?

The issue is the 24mp sensor can't do 4k. Hence the 21 mp sensor.

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2017 at 20:18 UTC
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OlyPent: Solid equipment, good value, not DSLR. This is the future.

2 out of 3 are still DSLR's. It will be awhile.

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2017 at 19:35 UTC
On article Nikon D7500 vs Canon EOS 80D (264 comments in total)
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Felts: On the occaision that I visit DPReview, it seems that the Game of Thrones warring factions are heading towards their final battle: House Mirrorless vs House DSLR.

It's going to be bloody...

At present rate, that would probably be an equal footing war by 2025. Get your seats early.

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2017 at 18:34 UTC
On article Nikon D7500 vs Canon EOS 80D (264 comments in total)
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endofoto: As D7200 has better lab results than D7500 sensor, it is here compared to the worst sensor around. All want to know why should I buy D7500 with poorer sensor, but has better AF and faster processor. Why did they make a poorer sensor, just to shoot high ISO which I never do. High ISO is an advantage for birding bec you cant apply flash on a bird far from you, but you have D500 for this purpose.

Less than 1/3rd of a stop difference according to DXO. You probably couldn't even see the difference.
Even less by Bill Claff. By ISO 200 the D7200 has a minuscule lead, and by 800 it's behind the rest of the way. http://photonstophotos.net/Charts/PDR.htm
Again, if you really think of this as a concern, buy a D7200, wonderful camera.
I always go for the best at lowlight. All cameras are good at base.

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2017 at 18:30 UTC
On article Nikon D7500 vs Canon EOS 80D (264 comments in total)
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endofoto: As D7200 has better lab results than D7500 sensor, it is here compared to the worst sensor around. All want to know why should I buy D7500 with poorer sensor, but has better AF and faster processor. Why did they make a poorer sensor, just to shoot high ISO which I never do. High ISO is an advantage for birding bec you cant apply flash on a bird far from you, but you have D500 for this purpose.

Define "poorer". I don't think it is. But if you do, buy the D7200. Great camera at a great price. A classic.

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2017 at 13:37 UTC
On article Nikon D7500 vs Canon EOS 80D (264 comments in total)
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Chris62: Another brick in the wall. To large and to heavy to keep everyday in pocket.
I prefer small stone that can be always with me so I am not impressed this new proposal.
CaNikon keep this line but many customers expect good proposals in mirrorless class - smaller body, lens and decent evf.
M5 looks nice but parameters similar to 4 years old Samsung NX30.
I expect more from Canon/Nikon. why they slow down technological innovations?
I think it is their politic only. Every year they can add small thing and marketing has new argument for new model.
In reality it is old model + one or twoo small improvements.

In the words of Mae West, Is That a 70-200 in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me?
Most DSLR' owners I know carry a small pocket camera, it's called a smartphone.
They are getting amazingly good, more money is spent on smartphone camera R & D then DSLR or mirrorless, I would wager.

Many probably carry a small real camera. I do. But I would never sell my DSLR for a small box camera exclusively. I have played with the small Sony's. they take nice pictures. But they are a small box with a grip. Horrible ergonomics. In my opinion. If I get too weak to carry a D750 or a D7500, I will probably be ready to hang up the hobby. A D7500 with a 35 1.8 is 26 oz.
DSLR's are great, Small cameras are great. Get both. Or don't.

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2017 at 12:08 UTC
On article Nikon D7500 vs Canon EOS 80D (264 comments in total)
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Rob890: Is the D7500 really a replacement for the D7200 or a new category

https://photographylife.com/nikon-d7500-vs-d7200/

There are more differences than most are aware of.

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2017 at 17:50 UTC
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