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On article Canon launches updated EF 70-200mm F4L IS II (238 comments in total)
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tkbslc: I'm very surprised they kept the price so close.

Indeed. They must have something more expensive and mirrorless up their sleeves.

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2018 at 10:03 UTC
On article Canon launches updated EF 70-200mm F4L IS II (238 comments in total)
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kooistraalexander: getting this one. Price seems fair. I'll use it for photography on the old 6d, and film with the GH5s. Don't need the f2.8.

@Thorgrem that Panasonic lens is slow (f/5.6 eq.) and less than sharp.

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2018 at 10:02 UTC

This reminds me of Sony releasing the SSM II versions for their professional A-mount zooms in 2013-2015.

Sony 70-200mm F2.8 G SSM II
Sony 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM II
Sony Vario-Sonnar T* 16-35mm F2.8 ZA SSM II
Sony Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm F2.8 ZA SSM II

Those tele zooms were announced months before the A7. The other zooms a bit after.

Basically, they tried to milk the last A-mount sales before killing it off.
Could Canon be doing the same with EF-mount?

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2018 at 09:59 UTC as 75th comment | 2 replies
On article Tamron 28-75mm F2.8 for E-Mount Sample Gallery (222 comments in total)

Wow, these sample images are less than promising!!! Color me unimpressed!

Link | Posted on May 31, 2018 at 19:14 UTC as 13th comment | 4 replies
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taktak91: If Sony's offerings looked like this, I would have bought one by now.

So you are looking for jewelry, not a camera. Then indeed Fuji is your brand.

Link | Posted on May 25, 2018 at 22:16 UTC
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Mariano Pacifico: Body type - SLR-style mirrorless

"A single-lens reflex camera (SLR) is a camera that typically uses a mirror and prism system..." - Wikipedia

So, the body type is a "mirror-style mirrorless". Whatever, I like the retro-SLR look.

@Mariono: I don't get your point. SLR cameras have the viewfinder in the center, rangefinder cameras have the viewfinder in the corner.

Mirrorless cameras can have the viewfinder anywhere because there are no mirrors involved. Hence, if the designers decide to place the viewfinder in the center, it is SLR-style - the design choice reminds of SLRs. What's so hard to understand?

Link | Posted on May 25, 2018 at 22:15 UTC

Thanks for clearing this up. Far too many people spreading misinformation on the internet.

Link | Posted on May 25, 2018 at 22:12 UTC as 19th comment
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Simon97: I notice quite a few people have a MFT (micro 4/3rds) camera along with their larger SLRs. The MFT system has an extensive lens lineup backed by 2+ manufacturers and the 2x crop factor means small telephoto lenses. Sure the smaller sensor will have limitations as compared to larger ones, but the system has a lot of merits. It is the direction I have moved when Nikon gave up on the N1 system.

I've tried M43 for a couple of years alongside my Nikon DSLRs. The problem is clear and simple: M43 never matched the IQ of my Nikons - not by a long shot.

After a couple of months with Sony, I sold all my M43 and Nikon gear. The Sony's match Nikon's image quality, and, at least for several lenses, match the small size of the M43.

Link | Posted on May 22, 2018 at 16:59 UTC
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monked: Is there any word on why Fuji isn't doing a full frame? Their crops are so well reviewed, I imagine they would do well w/ FF.

They rely on Sony for their sensors, so probably have a non-compete agreement with Sony... (same for Olympus).

Link | Posted on May 22, 2018 at 16:56 UTC
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TMHKR: "DSLR will die" is the same as "PC will die". DSLR is here to stay, get over it...

Tech evolves... get over it...

Are you still using bulky CRT displays?

Link | Posted on May 22, 2018 at 16:55 UTC

"For me, telephoto lenses ruin mirrorless cameras."

As a person who shoots super-tele 90% of the time I'm going to call bunk on this statement, and raise the stakes:

Mirrorless lets you carry the super telephoto by the lens and forget about the body. In DSLR-days it felt like carrying a sledgehammer. In mirrorless times the swing weight of the body becomes nil, making it very comfortable to handle large lenses.

In fact, I wish for a cylindrical (telescope-style) mirrorless body that sits at the end of the lens and has the EVF in line with the lens. The setup would look like a telescope, no more need for a cumbersome "brick" body.

Link | Posted on May 22, 2018 at 16:52 UTC as 298th comment | 1 reply
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Jorginho: I think the pics are vey nice. I also see how an E-M1.2 and a PL 100-400 lens (whcih I have) or, to keep things on par FL wise a 50-200 f2.8 to F4 are so usefull: great IQ and much lighter in weight while getting the same FL. And that lens is very very sharp indeed....Wonder how it would look in the same setting shooting the same shots. I also like t that this D850 does not use a Sony sensor and performs so well. Hope the company will make sensors for other brands and in other formats too.

The IQ / sharpness of an E-M1.2 with 100-400 lens is about the same as the Nikon with cheap 80-400 cropped 2x. The lighter kit comes at a cost.

On top of that many of these shots are shot at dusk/dawn where the Oly images would suffer from too much noise.

Link | Posted on May 14, 2018 at 10:21 UTC
On article Sony a7 III Review (2194 comments in total)
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vaughanB: Great camera but I don't need one at all, I shoot over 1000 images per week all year round @ 6mp Jpeg Basic for electronic transfer (need small filesizes) what I need is durability, reliability, good Jpeg quality (never shoot Raw), good battery life and good low light high ISO ability, all these things I can have from a conventional DSLR (I use a Nikon D7200) at a fraction of this price, a camera that is good for 200,000 shots and maybe more, so the DSLR isn't dead as many predict, if my D7200 died tomorrow, I would either have it fixed or buy another, we don't all need this spec, there are plenty of people in the trade that just will never need this camera, ironically, its mostly the hobbyists that clamour after this tech :-)

How is that Nikon DX lens selection working out for you? Still no moderate wide angle prime, huh? Yeah... been there, done that.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2018 at 09:32 UTC
On article Sony a7 III Review (2194 comments in total)
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keepreal: As I have been saying all along, lenses are two big, too heavy and too expensive. Only a proportion of camera users need wide aperture lenses. Unless you actually like EVF, the Nikon D750 is still the new D750, What a waste of brilliant technology this is.

In this review "Nikon's aging D750..." what nonsense.

Fanboy rant missing the point...

Sony & co. have plenty of small lenses that give the Nikkors a run for their money.

- FE 12-24/4 G
- B 18/2.8
- L 21/2.8
- B 25/2
- L 25/2.4
- FE 28/2 (cheap!)
- Tamron 28-75/2.8 (crazy compact!)
- ZA 35/2.8
- L 35/2
- CV 40/1.2 (crazy compact!)
- FE 50/1.8 (cheap!)
- FE 50/2.8 M (cheap!)
- FE 85/1.8 (cheap!)
- B 85/1.8
- L 85/2.4
- B 135/2.8

How many small lenses does one really need?

Add 10 fps Eye-AF across the entire frame and IBIS - the Nikon is 5 years behind. (coming from a long-time Nikon user)

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2018 at 12:28 UTC
On article Sony a7 III Review (2194 comments in total)
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KW Phua: If this is for the Pro's, then build quality & weather seal must be good. Reliability is so important when you cover event. Imagine when carried two cameras with Dual R strap, very often they hit each other or hit something when you are moving around very fast to catch the moment. In some cases need to carry three cameras, the situation is worst. Sudden rain also caught you by surprise. (same for the lens)

"If this is for the Pro's"

It is not, rendering the rest of your comment void.

The A9 is Sony's professional mirrorless camera.

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2018 at 12:17 UTC

Nikon is partnering with Samsung for their new mirrorless.

That's why they axed Nikon 1.
That's why Samsung axed its mirrorless.

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2018 at 14:23 UTC as 20th comment | 1 reply

Fuji is too dependent on Sony sensor technology.

Like Olympus, their 'uniqueness' is purely cosmetic, and their product portfolio limited to the sensors Sony allows them to use.

This kind of "pure photography" story is just mental fluff for people who can't accept that cameras are just tools, and need some kind of confirmation that they are a unique special snowflake and can't use common tools like Canon, Nikon, Sony.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2018 at 13:52 UTC as 9th comment | 2 replies
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shademaster: Dear Tamron. Please do a 24-105 f/4 to compete with sony and drive the price down on that one. If you can keep that one to 500g too that would be lovely. Thanks.

@RubberDials: Sony, Zeiss, and Tamrons go to market strategies are fully coordinated. Tamron has a long history of designing lenses for Sony and Zeiss, they are not going to throw this away over a lousy 24-105.

It is not a coincidence that this 28-75/2.8 “mini GM” is announced together with the A7 III “mini A9”. These releases are carefully orchestrated.

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2018 at 06:36 UTC
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kelstertx: So after 6 years, we finally have Tamron making native E mount lenses. That seems like a pretty long time, if you ask me...

False, Tamron designs and manufactures the Batis lenses.

This will be their first affordable lens, without a Zeiss badge.

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2018 at 06:32 UTC
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Quantum Scientist: Very nice camera but I wouldn't be so quick to jump on this. Nikon, Fuji, and Canon are set to strike back big by this fall. I got a little inside scoop on the Nikon mirrorless and it could be a killer. For now, my X-T1 is just fine.

So what you are saying is that Sony has 9-10 months of free game? This camera has specs that compete with the Nikon D5 at the price point of a D750.

The announcement of the affordable Tamron 28-75/2.8 “Mini GM” is no coincidence either (Sony owns a large share in Tamron).

Baby A9 + Mini GM are gonna sell by the boat load.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2018 at 06:44 UTC
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