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On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 Review (2191 comments in total)
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brendon1000: Looks like the Fuji system is nearing maturity. Its lens line up looks to be nearly complete now and most of the biggest drawbacks of the system like AF and video seems to have been solved. If I was starting from scratch I would look seriously into the Fuji system now.

"Its lens line up looks to be nearly complete now" - what do you mean? There are no telephoto primes, and only a mediocre consumer-grade super tele zoom.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 08:32 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 Review (2191 comments in total)
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Ayoh: How do they justify a $600 price premium over a Sony a6300 when they essentially have the same specs?

No, not build quality, as Fuji build is sub par.

No, not lens selection, as Sony's FE offerings are small, high quality, and work on full frame!

The reason for the premium is the same as the PEN F: jewellery. You buy into something that *looks* like a serious camera, but it just isn't.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 08:29 UTC
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TTLstalker: Don't understand the need for such a fast wide angle lens. Could have just given me a 12mm F2.8 with excellent performance at a much cheaper price.

You sound like someone who has never shot a full frame 24mm. Wide angle + bokeh can be interesting.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2016 at 11:22 UTC
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cosinaphile: MY INSANELY GOOD 12mm f2 olympus is 1\\10th the size fast and good .....this is a beast

The Oly 12/2 is a dog. Corner softness galore.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2016 at 11:21 UTC
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tkbslc: Even if you want to talk equivalence, I still don't see how FF is coming out ahead.

Canon 5D3 with 24mm f2.8 is $3050 and over 1200g
Panasonic GH4 with 12mm f1.4 is $2600 and 900g.

Canon 6D with 24mm f2.8 is $2000 and 1050g
Panasonic G7 with 12mm f1.4 is $2000 and 750g (Also comes with free kit zoom)

Sony A7II with Batis 25mm f2 is $3100 and 940g
Panasonic GX85 with 12mm f1.4 is $2100 and 760g

No matter how you twist or turn it, the Batis is a better deal for the price.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2016 at 19:37 UTC
On article Back to the action: Nikon D500 Review (1122 comments in total)
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Jonathan F/2: Camera of the year for sure. Poor Sony still doesn't know what they're doing with the E mount. Nikon shows everyone how it's done in the camera business!

No stinkin' APS-C camera will ever be camera of the year for me.

This D500 is for people who want D5-level AF and cannot afford a D5. Or for people who buy into the "APS-C has more reach" myth.

Link | Posted on May 26, 2016 at 09:52 UTC

The sample image on the Fuji website must be a joke, right?


Link | Posted on May 19, 2016 at 10:06 UTC as 15th comment | 3 replies
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Ayoh: Why do you perpetuate the marking non-sense of equivalent focal length? It is only supporting the misleading statements of the manufacturer. What is this reference full-frame camera which defines the "equivalent" focal length? For example, when cropped to APS-C, the canon 5Ds with a 400mm lens would give you approximately the same resolution as a 400mm lens on the fuji Xpro2 due to similar pixel pitch. Similarly when both use 2X converters. The key parameters are lens actual focal length, pixel pitch and number of pixels. The "equivalent focal length" is a deceptive marketing gimmick which you should know better not to keep using.

"a popular photographic frame size from the 1920s"

LOL because in 2016 only a fraction of professional photographers shoot full frame.


Link | Posted on May 19, 2016 at 10:05 UTC
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qwertyasdf: 2x TC on 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 gives 800mm @ f11.2, if this qualifies as bringing 1219 to a system, I might as well stack five 2x TCs on a Canon 1200mm and and bring 8,246,337,208,320mm to the EF system, on a crop body.

It is true: crop sensors do not provide more reach than full frame sensors, as nothing stops you from cropping the full frame image afterwards.

Link | Posted on May 19, 2016 at 10:04 UTC
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p5freak: The provided sample pic on the Fuji website is very soft. Shows again that a x2 teleconverter shouldnt be used on zooms.


Agreed, the provided sample is garbage, and doesn't bode well for this tele setup.

Link | Posted on May 19, 2016 at 10:02 UTC

I'm not a fan of these excessively processed images. It reeks of bad photography.

And to all of these people promoting their favorite Photoshop clone: get a life.

Link | Posted on May 10, 2016 at 07:02 UTC as 26th comment | 3 replies
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Reactive: Whilst playing with the charts I compared an Olympus OM-D EM-5 II in pixel shift mode against a Canon 5DS. The results are very similar, certainly only as far apart as the 40MP v 50MP difference. So pixel shift mode can clearly match expensive sensors... but then what's the point? The Pentax results are extremely impressive as a technical feat, but only in a completely artificial scenario that's irrelevant to nearly every photographic situation - unless all you do is indoor table-top still life work. Pixel shift seems like a very limited gimmick to me.

It is indeed a gimmick for armchair pixel peepers.

In real-world use, nothing will beat a 36, 42 or 50 mp sensor.

The only real-world scenario where I see needing this resolution is when I need to crop. And cropping is in order when I cannot get close enough to the action. Action implies a non-static subject.

Link | Posted on May 9, 2016 at 14:38 UTC
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PaulDavis: They look like they were designed by Sony. If someone just saw the picture and not the title of the article they would think these are two new Sony brand lenses.

I just gave up all my FE Sony gear but it is still exciting to see new lenses coming out for it. I don't know why but I always find myself rooting for their success in this camera market.

Sony indeed licenses the E-mount technology, which allows third parties to build AF lenses.

Unlike Nikon and Canon where they have to reverse engineer the protocol.

Link | Posted on May 4, 2016 at 08:01 UTC
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forpetessake: I have a feeling, Samyang is not an outlier and the other manufacturers will follow the suit.
Sony fe-mount is going to dominate the market, they only need a cheaper FF model for masses under $1000. Affordable body and lenses will quickly capture the market. Canon and Nikon are risking to become third party lens manufacturers.
The crop sensor cameras are also going the way of Dodo, so developing new APS-C lenses makes little sense. It makes sense for Sigma, Tamron, Tokina to switch their efforts to fe-mount before the field becomes too crowded,

"A Canon EF 600mm f/4 IS II is 17.6" long, where an Olympus 300mm f/4.0 IS Pro is only 8.9" long"

This misconception is called focal length cheating.

The Canon 300mm f/4L is cheaper and lighter than the Olympus. You can crop that Canon image 2x to have 600mm equivalent and it will still look 10x better than the Olympus.

Images that are already cropped by the sensor have significantly less latitude for cropping in post. All the samples I've seen from the Olympus 300/4 and Panasonic 100-400 are miserably soft compared to Canon tele glass.

"if I want a really portable system with sensibly sized lenses I'd always go for APS-C or MFT"

This misconception is called f-stop cheating.

People seem to think that a f/1.4 MFT lens will magically perform better than a f/2.8 full frame lens. It never does. The f/2.8 full frame lens will be smaller, cheaper, and sharper because it is easier to produce. It will wipe the floor with MFT glass in terms of low light performance, bokeh and sharpness.

Link | Posted on May 4, 2016 at 07:59 UTC
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Retro1976: I don't know why there is so much hype over the Sony A series bodies and lenses. Look at these samples: The rich color, skin tones, contrast and detail - the images are lovely, superb. Sony doesn't come close to Canon in this regard, and yet time and time again people talk about the superiority of Sony sensors, yet my eyes don't see it.

You're joking right? The colors are incredibly harsh in these examples, like from a micro four thirds sensor.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2016 at 09:13 UTC
On article Zeiss unveils super-wide Batis 18mm F2.8 (178 comments in total)
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Calvin Chann: I own the 25 and 85. I won't buy the 18. If they had come out with a 35 or 50, instant buy.

I like the design of the Batis.

There is currently a hole for a mid priced 35mm at around f2, or a 50mm now that Sony will release their own nifty fifty.

I believe the 50mm Batis will be f/1.4, but indeed, a 35mm Batis is more critical.

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2016 at 09:59 UTC
On article Zeiss unveils super-wide Batis 18mm F2.8 (178 comments in total)
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Wild Light: 18??? Why not 35 or 50??????

Perhaps Rishi got a bad copy. The FE35/1.4 is quite decent in terms of sharpness wide open and rendering. I agree with the onion ring bokeh though. My biggest gripe is the ridiculous size. I would much rather see a Loxia version of the Zeiss 35/1.4 ZM. In the meantime, I think the Loxia 35/2 is pretty stellar and very small.

MF is pretty cool through a good EVF.

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2016 at 09:55 UTC
On article Upwardly mobile: Sony a6300 Review (2159 comments in total)
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Retro1976: Sony makes remarkable cameras: class leading sensors, features galore, I mean it's everything one could want right ? Yet I go back and forth and buy one of these bodies and always end up dissapointed, I know it's purely subjective but I often find myself happier with Fuji, Olympus or Canon. Its not just me, friends and fellow photogs always end up switching back. I think Sony is close to arriving at the right formula, but still have some work to do.

Nikon tried with the Df to go the "pure photography" route. I was underwhelmed. The faux-Leica strategy of Fuji also disappoints with the crop sensors and style-over-function design.

The Sony A7 series with Zeiss Loxia glass has been the closest to "pure photography" I've been able to afford in the digital realm. The first day I laid hands on a Loxia lens I have never looked back.

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2016 at 14:22 UTC
On article Upwardly mobile: Sony a6300 Review (2159 comments in total)
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sgoldswo: I don't see how you can rate a camera which has a clumsy user interface with a gold award. It makes the review irrelevant if you don't consider the user experience.

I always have this problem with high ratings for Sony and Panasonic cameras (which both have their moments of clunkyness in the user interface). If they require extensive customization, they simply aren't as much fun to use, however capable they are.

All major brands have clumsy UIs. Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, all have sub par menu systems. Canon is so bad it is a joke. Yet people buy these cameras....

It would be nice if companies would fix this for once and for all, but I find the Sony UI quite decent compared to Canon.

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2016 at 14:18 UTC
On article Upwardly mobile: Sony a6300 Review (2159 comments in total)
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LandonT87: My biggest issue is with the lack of good zoom lenses. I'd be willing to pay for the 16-70mm f/4 lens but for $1000, the performance is unacceptable. I know sharpness isn't everything but it got a DXO Mark score for sharpness of 8 (8!) on a 24 MP camera. Further, I have a picture from a friend using a NEX 7 and the 16-70mm and it is noticeably soft around the edges.

Zoom kit for A6x00
Sony 10-18
Sony 28-70
Sony 70-200

Prime kit for A6x00:
Zeiss Touit 12/2.8
Sigma 19/2.8
Sony 28/2
Sony Zeiss 55/1.8
Zeiss Batis 85/1.8

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2016 at 07:26 UTC
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