Ray Sachs

Ray Sachs

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On article Fujifilm X100F Review (783 comments in total)
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Lucabelga: Really a nice camera and concept with amazing results.
Personally I was using an other high class compact with zoom and discover that my most pictures were taken in 24mm position and I never used the zoom. It could be a great idea to propose in the future a wide version of the X100 F with an equivalent of a 24mm ? And we will have a new killer for adventure and holidays pictures. Who know, maybe one day my dream come true?

The wide converter only gets you to 28. Some of us are more wide angle oriented than that. To me, a 24-28 as the normal lens with a converter getting me to 20-21 (and a teleconverter getting me to 35 with an easy crop to 50) is a camera I'd buy in a second. I was hopeful about the Nikon DL 18-50, even with the small sensor, but unfortunately that one never happened...

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2017 at 02:10 UTC
On article Fujifilm X100F Review (783 comments in total)
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Lucabelga: Really a nice camera and concept with amazing results.
Personally I was using an other high class compact with zoom and discover that my most pictures were taken in 24mm position and I never used the zoom. It could be a great idea to propose in the future a wide version of the X100 F with an equivalent of a 24mm ? And we will have a new killer for adventure and holidays pictures. Who know, maybe one day my dream come true?

I'd like it too, with a "normal" of something in the 24-28 range, then a wide extension lens that takes it to 21 and a long that takes it to 35, with cropping probably working well up to about 50.

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2017 at 18:36 UTC
On article Fujifilm X100F Review (783 comments in total)

Does Fuji still overstate it's ISO with the new generation of cameras the way they have in the past? I've always found that I'd have to expose a Fuji at 6400 the way I'd have to expose almost any other camera at 3200, which meant that 6400 was the functional equivalent of 3200. Now that you can shoot above 6400 in raw that shouldn't make as much difference - I could just designate a higher ISO up to what I assume is a pretty useless high limit. But I'm just curious...

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2017 at 18:29 UTC as 34th comment | 1 reply
On article F is for '4th': Hands-on with Fujifilm X100F (424 comments in total)

Does the new X100 incorporate the improved auto-ISO that the X70 has? Minimum shutter speed up to 1/500, three separate custom settings for different auto-ISO setups, etc, etc? The lack of better auto-ISO has been a deal breaker for me with the X100S and X100T, but if this has it, and with it's auxiliary lenses, could give it another look...

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2017 at 01:29 UTC as 14th comment

I have the original and like it a lot. The wide end of the lens can look brilliant or pretty poor depending on what I'm shooting. For buildings and city shots, I never see any problems in the images. For landscapes and foliage, you don't want to look too closely out around the edges even at normal viewing sizes, let alone at pixel level. If the upgrade the lens at some future point, I might take another look. But there's nothing in this update that would cause me to buy it. Nice to see they reversed the direction of the exposure comp dial though. The old one was the reverse of any other I've ever used...

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2016 at 23:24 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply
On article Ultra-compact: Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II review (571 comments in total)
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Ray Sachs: A slightly lower budget version of this camera with a 20-24mp sensor would have been the ticket for me. There are a lot of meaningful improvements relative to the first version (which I loved but for a couple of features), but the high res sensor is a deal killer for me...

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For me, the higher resolution doesn't bring any benefit (16mp is still more than enough for me - 24 is about the most I'd want). And the downsides are less tolerance for camera shake (the original was great for very steady shooting but also good for a more run and gun kind of street shooting that I do a lot of - 42mp is less forgiving for the latter), the heavy overhead for storage space and processing the raw files, and I gotta think all of that resolution and the processing needed to harness it has something to do with the even worse battery life than the original. Give me the 12mp sensor in the A7s or the new 20mp BSI sensor Nikon is putting in their D5 (assuming it's sourced from Sony???) or even the existing 16mp sensor from the current D4 / DF (not a Sony, though) in this camera and I'd be all over it. The 42mp BSI from the A7IIR, as technically excellent as it is, is actually a downside to me...

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2016 at 07:36 UTC
On article Ultra-compact: Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II review (571 comments in total)

A slightly lower budget version of this camera with a 20-24mp sensor would have been the ticket for me. There are a lot of meaningful improvements relative to the first version (which I loved but for a couple of features), but the high res sensor is a deal killer for me...

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 09:31 UTC as 33rd comment | 7 replies
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Rumle: So... every one forgot about the Nikon A?

I've had three samples, still own two, and all were excellent. I've heard of a few complaints of dust on the sensor, as with the GR (and about any other camera with a lens that extends and retracts). But yours is the first I've seen about a bad lens, so I don't think it's a generalized problem. You may just be really unlucky...

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2016 at 21:28 UTC
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Ray Sachs: Does the auto ISO have a decent minimum shutter speed control, or is it limited to 1/125 as with the X100 series?

Turns out it's 1/500, which none of the X100 has. Pretty nice - should be fast enough for just about anything you'd care to do with a 28mm lens...

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2016 at 07:04 UTC
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Rumle: So... every one forgot about the Nikon A?

Unfortunately, it seems Nikon has... Great camera, still pretty easy to find at $299...

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2016 at 07:02 UTC
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Catalin Stavaru: I really like the compactness of this camera. I wonder if it is the most compact APS-C to date (with lens attached, of course).

Ricoh GR and Nikon Coolpix A (seemingly discontinued) are both more compact...

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2016 at 12:07 UTC
On article Retro through-and-through: Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review (2485 comments in total)

The wider if the two magnification levels in the XPro 1 OVF was optimized for the 18mm lens. Is this one? What's the coverage like with the 14 and 16mm primes? I never tried the 16mm on an X-Pro 1, but the 14 was wider than the OVF and worked better with the EVF...

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2016 at 09:52 UTC as 523rd comment

Does the auto ISO have a decent minimum shutter speed control, or is it limited to 1/125 as with the X100 series?

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2016 at 09:22 UTC as 31st comment | 1 reply

Nice piece, BUT... I liked the original RX1 a lot, and absolutely LOVE the Nikon DF, so I guess we just like different things. I couldn't possibly have less interest in a 42mp sensor. And most of the photos I'm seeing from the II look surprisingly soft, which the original never did. I'm not sure if that's just a matter of soft at the pixel level, which is unfair given how many pixels there ARE, or actually a bit soft at normal viewing sizes. Regardless, I can't seem to shake the impression...

Regardless, despite the RX1 being my primary camera for about two years and one of my favorite all time, I can't screw up either the enthusiasm or cash (if the enthusiasm was there) for this camera. I hope Sony keeps innovating on the sensor front though, and moves their BSI tech down to a 20 or 24mp sensor that I might want to check out. Or 16, but Sony seems wedded to more and more and MORE resolution, which just isn't my priority.

Link | Posted on Dec 23, 2015 at 12:29 UTC as 21st comment
On article Second time lucky? A closer look at Sony's new RX1R II (543 comments in total)

I'm assuming this camera uses the same excellent auto ISO shutter speed control used in the A7RII, RX100 IV, and RX10 II??? If so, that's a huge improvement over the original RX1, which didn't have ANY shutter speed control in auto-ISO. I don't have any desire for a 42mp sensor though - wish they'd just stick with 24 mp (or 16 for that matter) and perfect it...

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2015 at 23:46 UTC as 85th comment
On article ZEISS goes wide with Loxia 21mm F2.8 for Sony E-mount (224 comments in total)
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Boss of Sony: What is the point of a lens without AF in this day and age? AF is one of the functions most photographers need more than any other.

"Did you ever use a film SLR? It could be that just getting used to a certain system, whatever that is, would give equal results. Wearing eyeglasses is another obstacle."

Yeah, I used to shoot high school sports with a Pentax K-1000 and a 50mm f1.8 lens back in the '70s. It got better from there. And I wear glasses, but don't have any problem with manual focus for most uses. I have a few AF lenses and there are times when it's the only way to go, but I don't shoot a lot of action so most of my shooting is with MF on a Nikon DF...

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2015 at 15:18 UTC
On article ZEISS goes wide with Loxia 21mm F2.8 for Sony E-mount (224 comments in total)
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Boss of Sony: What is the point of a lens without AF in this day and age? AF is one of the functions most photographers need more than any other.

I use manual focus lenses exclusively on a DSLR. I replaced the focus screen with one that has a split prism, like the old film SLRs. It makes it a quicker process, but Nikon's focus confirmation dot is at least a precise. I've used a lot of mirrorless gear with focus peaking and auto-magnification, but honestly my rate of keepers is just as high with my DSLR.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2015 at 13:00 UTC
On article ZEISS goes wide with Loxia 21mm F2.8 for Sony E-mount (224 comments in total)
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Boss of Sony: What is the point of a lens without AF in this day and age? AF is one of the functions most photographers need more than any other.

What is the point of auto-focus on a 21mm lens to begin with? I get the advantages at 50mm, 85mm, and longer. But with this wide a lens, if you're shooting at any distance at all you've got crazy depth of field, and you're usually better off focussing manually for close work anyway...

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2015 at 00:24 UTC
On article ZEISS goes wide with Loxia 21mm F2.8 for Sony E-mount (224 comments in total)

Substantially smaller and lighter than the Canon and Nikon Distagon versions of the 21mm, and a bit less expensive. I wonder how the optics hold up to those. I have the Nikon version and it's about my favorite lens. If these Loxia versions are similar quality, I could start thinking about moving back to mirrorless someday... Although I have so much good F-mount glass that I paid, generally, so little for, it would be tough to switch just to save a few grams and millimeters...

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2015 at 20:42 UTC as 30th comment | 2 replies

Could lead to some really good deals on the existing distagon and sonnar and whatever else they call the current generation. I shoot with a DF (low res for today) and love the Zeiss glass I have. Might be an opportunity to pick up a couple more at nice prices...

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2015 at 10:11 UTC as 22nd comment
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