russbarnes

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On article Hands-on with Nikon's latest kit at Photokina (129 comments in total)

I'm very happy with Nikon. My D810 & D500 are an awesome pairing and incredibly difficult to top. A D810 replacement will have to provide something incredibly compelling beyond Snapbridge connectivity too and that doesn't seem very likely to me. Let's face it the 5DMKIV did little to cause Nikon any concern - it's an 'also ran' incremental release.

Next year is Nikon's 100 anniversary year so I would be expecting announcements to coincide with that. The U.K. Photography Show in March is also significant and ripe for Spring product launches. A new Df and the 19mm PC-e perhaps? I'm very content to wait...

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 05:38 UTC as 8th comment
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BirdShooter7: Did they mention the weight of the 500?

It is in actual fact 3.3kg which puts it ballpark with the Nikon 500mm f/4E

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 21:29 UTC
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BirdShooter7: Did they mention the weight of the 500?

1.5 metric tonnes I believe. No sign of any Phase Fresnel technology in one of these that's for sure :D

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 21:26 UTC
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Light Pilgrim: I have Sigma 35 Art. Have mixed feelings. It has a great IQ, busy bokey and I do not always trust the AF on my 5D MKIII. I was using Zeiss 35 previously and used to have issues with nailing the focus. I REALLY want a top notch 85 mm lens for portraits, REALLY-REALLY want....but I am not sure I want to trust the AF of a lens that is not designed by Canon.

And there is the issue with Sigma's entire lineup. Personally I'd rather have a manual focus Zeiss than an inconsistent AF Sigma.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 20:01 UTC
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Herp Photos: Please reconsider support of Fuji X mount Sigma. If for no other lens but the Sigma 500mm F4 DG OS HSM Sport.
You would fill a niche in the Fuji lens lineup which has no competitors and not even roadmap consideration by Fuji.

There are indeed adapters and speed boosters available for Nikon and Canon lenses on Fuji, but of course you lose AF and they are pretty massive making the setup very poorly balanced. I must say that the idea of mounting a 500mm f/4 on an X-T2 via and adapter is pretty hilarious however.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 19:59 UTC
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John C Tharp: Gonna want to wait for reviews on the 85 Art- Sigma's other Art primes have had a fairly 'sterile' look to them, while Sony's new 1.4/85 FE lens and Nikon's new 105/1.4E manage to be sharp but smooth with great rendering, and I think that that's the benchmark for updated portrait primes.

Yes, exactly. Rendering is so important and I'm largely unimpressed with Sigma's whole design principle of sharpness first, bokeh second.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 19:50 UTC
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russbarnes: I love the look and consistency of this new Sigma brand, they're certainly doing their best to squash their old image. One thing I don't like however is that every lens is just massive. Everything may be "sharper" but not everything is "better" - certainly the 12-24 makes the Nikon 14-24 look like a lightweight option, plus you get an extra f stop into the bargain too. This new 85 also has an enormous front element etc etc. Not all of this development is for everyone really, a lack of weather sealing is a concern on all of their lenses for example.

Oh I get the design, I just think it's a damn shame that without exception this is Sigma's whole approach. I've also found the AF to be wildly inconsistent even on the new models, again a bit of a miss. I sold my Sigma 35 Art and went back to the softer rendering and overall lighter package of the Nikon 35mm f/1.4G. I've never been remotely tempted by the 50 Art and the 85 just looks like it will be another Sigma brick. In this respect they seem to lack true innovation.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 19:47 UTC
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alcaher: 500mm, who dont want a lens like that?

Is the 12-24 for just APs-C? or is it for FF? the ultrawide lenses like the 10-20 or the 8-16mm are great but they are not ART. If sigma make a high quality wa Art lens for Aps-c would be wonderful.... this one is great but starts at 12mm.

DG lenses are for full frame. The 12-24 is a DG.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 19:15 UTC
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kingslayer: $1200 for the 85mm? It better be way better than the tamron. Very disappointing. Waited all these years. Expected $900 max. Guess I will get the tamron for $749 instead.

Sigma's RRP does not reflect the street price long after release. A few months and it will probably look like a real bargain, if you want a massive 85mm that is.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 19:14 UTC

I love the look and consistency of this new Sigma brand, they're certainly doing their best to squash their old image. One thing I don't like however is that every lens is just massive. Everything may be "sharper" but not everything is "better" - certainly the 12-24 makes the Nikon 14-24 look like a lightweight option, plus you get an extra f stop into the bargain too. This new 85 also has an enormous front element etc etc. Not all of this development is for everyone really, a lack of weather sealing is a concern on all of their lenses for example.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 19:11 UTC as 52nd comment | 2 replies
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Herp Photos: Please reconsider support of Fuji X mount Sigma. If for no other lens but the Sigma 500mm F4 DG OS HSM Sport.
You would fill a niche in the Fuji lens lineup which has no competitors and not even roadmap consideration by Fuji.

Fuji has a tiny share of the camera market. It's simple economics. Fuji fans would love to believe otherwise, but Sigma are about volume and that means mounts for mainly Canon and Nikon...

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 19:06 UTC
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ttran88: 8 new lenses in one announcement, sigma is not messing around. BTW where's the Nikon F mount? Nikons aren't good for video?

The good news is that Nikon makes world class leading stills cameras instead. Honestly, video is an also-ran for all DSLRs, I wish Nikon would take it off completely like they did with the Df, reduce the complexity of the electronics and stop trying to be all things to all users who just moan about specs anyway. Anyone pretending that video in a DSLR is awesome is most likely creating low level YouTube content at best anyway.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2016 at 09:14 UTC
On article Canon announces new flagship EOS C700 cinema camera (169 comments in total)
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russbarnes: There's your 5DMKIV video camera. $35k. I'm guessing this one doesn't have a 1.7x crop factor lol. When will people realise that quality video doesn't belong in stills cameras?

@otto k That's a discussion based on some interesting semantics. Yes, Super 35 is a smaller sensor than a stills 35mm full frame, but Canon are not cropping the Super 35 are they, in other words they are using all of the available sensor. The biggest beef is that Canon cropped the 4k output on the 5DMKIV so heavily that it removes any point in it being shot on a full frame camera at all. In other words, why did they bother? There should be a big sticker on the 5DMKIV saying "4k video for emergency use only" instead of the marketing spin which came with "we had videographers in mind when we designed this". Set the right expectation and people won't complain and rip the product apart.

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2016 at 14:45 UTC
On article Canon announces new flagship EOS C700 cinema camera (169 comments in total)

There's your 5DMKIV video camera. $35k. I'm guessing this one doesn't have a 1.7x crop factor lol. When will people realise that quality video doesn't belong in stills cameras?

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2016 at 05:36 UTC as 14th comment | 11 replies
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ttran88: Too bad now I have to go buy Canon 5dmk4

You are going to be very disappointed :D

Link | Posted on Aug 31, 2016 at 07:23 UTC
On article Canon EOS 5D Mark IV added to studio scene comparison (363 comments in total)
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DASHMALJA: The new King has arrived..great job Canon -)))))

@TORN I think you'll find the 5DSR is the head and shoulders leader in that department :)

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2016 at 14:25 UTC
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CameraLabTester: This is where this camera excels.

The array of available native lenses to attach, aside from the leading edge video features, is just unbeatable.

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@MyReality It's evident they didn't try and match the D810, if they have tried, they have failed woefully. The OP says the 5DMKIV is "unbeatable". The comment is hilarious.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2016 at 05:48 UTC
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ET2: The "videographers" aren't that impressed with video capabilities

http://www.newsshooter.com/2016/08/25/hands-on-preview-canon-5d-mkiv-has-4k-internal-recording-with-a-1-74x-crop/

Crippled further by using old card formats. A real camera for the future. Not. 4k recording to a CF1 card? Canon put the cheapest set of components into this they could get away with and then maxed the price.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2016 at 05:38 UTC
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CameraLabTester: This is where this camera excels.

The array of available native lenses to attach, aside from the leading edge video features, is just unbeatable.

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As I've already pointed out elsewhere it's failed to even match some of the key features on a D810 so I'm not sure how that makes it unbeatable lol. Quite the opposite. Nikon's next iteration of the 800 series will set the tone, not this.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2016 at 05:31 UTC
On article Striding Forth: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Review (1920 comments in total)
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Scottelly: Very interesting. It'll be even more interesting to see how this baby competes against the Nikon D810 in dynamic range and high-ISO noise. If they had put an articulating screen on this baby they'd probably pull a lot of buyers away from the Nikon D750 with this beastie.

No it won't. You're forgetting the outrageous price. You can buy two D750s for the price of one of these. If anything, Canon will push even more users towards a camera like the D750 because of its ridiculous pricing.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2016 at 05:05 UTC
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