russbarnes

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On article Sigma 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art Lens Review (202 comments in total)
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Tilted Plane: Great, sharply worded review.

I am probably not the only one with a Nikon 14-24mm that wonders about how the Sigma compares there, at least down to 14mm.

Based on this review, the reputation of the world class Nikon 14-24mm continues to be more of than safe.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2016 at 10:45 UTC
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AshMills: Should be good for sales of focus alignment tools, skincare products and chiropractor treatment. Images do look great though.

Has anyone weighed this thing yet, because that important number seems very hidden!?

Nearly 1.2Kilos? Is that right? Dear god what are they thinking? Another bloated offering like the 35 and 50 before it then. Never going to get me to part with my ££££

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2016 at 14:44 UTC

A thing of beauty. They should bring back that logo too. Despite being made in 1948, if that had been manufactured last week no one would bat an eyelid. Classic design lasts 70 years or more...

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2016 at 20:35 UTC as 37th comment | 2 replies
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technotic: Anyone preordered?

Tumbleweed.................

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2016 at 05:39 UTC
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Chaitanya S: I hope this lens solves focus breathing and shorter effective focal length of VR2 lens.

I bet you a huge amount of money it has been resolved... Nikon do listen to their users.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2016 at 06:14 UTC

Are my eyes deceiving me or is that tripod mount arca-swiss compatible?

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2016 at 06:03 UTC as 96th comment
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andyyau: Just $2800! It is lucky that I am not Nikon user.

@andyyau lol you get to pay an outrageous sum for the ridiculously poor 5DMKIV instead. Wake up and smell the coffee - Canon are on a serious price gouge like all other manufacturers.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2016 at 05:57 UTC

The point of including Flourite is to make the beast lighter, just as they have done in the super-teles. But this is a 100g saving, making it somewhat moot. No doubt part of the price premium here is for "improvements" like this but given there is basically no weight difference at all to the VRII version I think Nikon are going to struggle to justify anything other than marginal improvement all round. I was looking forward to the possibility that this was going to be closer to 1KG when Nikon Rumours announced the inclusion of an FL element but it now seems my expectation was wildly optimistic. All of this just adds up to disappointment. The spectacular f/4 version is still the lightweight king.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2016 at 05:54 UTC as 97th comment | 4 replies

Interesting. Personally the last thing I'd want is an advert on a camera bag for what's inside. For the same reason I never use branded camera straps either. They look nice nonetheless...

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2016 at 18:13 UTC as 43rd comment | 3 replies
On article Nikon 105mm F1.4E ED sample images (279 comments in total)
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YA9Productions: I need a portrait lens, this or the 85 1.4G?
my longest lens is 50mm.

35, 58, 100 works well for me. 85 and 105 are pretty close while 58 and 85 are also similar. As such for a pair 35 and 85 are probably the way to go as is 58 and 105 but it's definitely down to personal preference.

I love my Zeiss 100 f/2 ZF.2 way too much to give it up for this 105 1.4.

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2016 at 03:48 UTC
On article Hands-on with Nikon's latest kit at Photokina (130 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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