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When was the last time you saw a popular Zeiss lens come from Germany?

Yet today in America (and perhaps Asia too?) it is the Zeiss name that is more widely known than Schneider-Kreuznach.


Amusing since Canon/Nikon customers believe that their brand's cameras and lenses made in Japan are a sign of better quality.

I suspect many Americans believe German manufacturing quality is higher, based on perceptions of cars.  Many who know the name Zeiss might be surprised to learn their camera lenses are generally made in Japan.

But the standarts are set by the Germans….. and pretty much all German engineered photo gear is great. They just have a higher sense of what is quality.

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Everyone and his/her grandmother seems to hit the market now with some version of 35mm F/1.4 - F/2.0, and I really wonder who buys all these 35mm lenses, especially when the market is pretty much covered by Canon's 35/2IS (cheap and effective), Canon's 35L (expensive but says "Canon L"), Sigma's 35A (moderately priced, but says "Sigma") and Zeiss's Otus (expensive&MF but optically excellent).

Video / Film people…… we need stunning mechanics for proper handling, something the Canons doesn't deliver with any of the lenses except the CN lenses. The focus throw is just to short…..

These Schneider lenses look nice. Will be exciting to see solid tests of them.

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EOS Bodies / Re: How excited are you about the new 7D II?
« on: September 16, 2014, 09:23:59 AM »
I guess it depends on your purpose of purchase. As a photographer, I can see the idea of this camera, although…. why not either boost the sensitivity of the chip to compete with Sony's A7s or boost the pixels so you don't feel like you are licking the 5D3 in the ass….

What could really make the Canon 7D II look like bullshit is the Samsung NX1 which was just announced:

http://www.nofilmschool.com/2014/09/samsung-nx1-new-4k-mirrorless-shoots-h265

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The specs:

28.2MP BSI APS-C CMOS sensor
4096 x 2160: 24 fps
3840 x 2160: 30 fps
1920 x 1080: 60 fps, 30 fps, 24 fps, 50 fps, 25 fps
1280 x 720: 60 fps, 30 fps, 24 fps, 50 fps, 25 fps
640 x 480: 60 fps, 30 fps, 24 fps, 50 fps, 25 fps
Clean HDMI 4:2:2 (8-bit)
H.265 Codec applied to 4K and UHD video files
Tiltable 3.0″ HD 1036k-dot touchscreen
205 phase-detection AF points
15 fps burst mode
1/8000 Max Shutter Speed
ISO range from 100 to 51,200
Camera can utilize UHS-I or UHS-II-SD-type memory cards
1/8" Headphone, 1/8" Microphone, HDMI D (Micro), USB 3.0
802.11b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi capability coupled with Bluetooth 3.0 technology
Samsung NX Lens Mount
Price: $1,500 Body Only, $2,800 with 16-50mm f/2-2.8 S ED OIS Lens

Unfortunately the NX mount is made incompatible to the EF mount.

While the NX1 has better specs and the better sensor it lacks one thing and that is the advanced phase AF of the 7DII. If Samsung made an NX1 with an fully functional EF mount it would win hands down in all categories except maybe low light sports.

Not true:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/995046-REG/fotodiox_eos_nx_samsung_nx_camera_lens.html

While it leaves you manual it's workable, especially for video where you would be shooting manual focusing anyways.

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EOS Bodies / Re: How excited are you about the new 7D II?
« on: September 16, 2014, 01:56:49 AM »
I guess it depends on your purpose of purchase. As a photographer, I can see the idea of this camera, although…. why not either boost the sensitivity of the chip to compete with Sony's A7s or boost the pixels so you don't feel like you are licking the 5D3 in the ass….

What could really make the Canon 7D II look like bullshit is the Samsung NX1 which was just announced:

http://www.nofilmschool.com/2014/09/samsung-nx1-new-4k-mirrorless-shoots-h265

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The specs:

28.2MP BSI APS-C CMOS sensor
4096 x 2160: 24 fps
3840 x 2160: 30 fps
1920 x 1080: 60 fps, 30 fps, 24 fps, 50 fps, 25 fps
1280 x 720: 60 fps, 30 fps, 24 fps, 50 fps, 25 fps
640 x 480: 60 fps, 30 fps, 24 fps, 50 fps, 25 fps
Clean HDMI 4:2:2 (8-bit)
H.265 Codec applied to 4K and UHD video files
Tiltable 3.0″ HD 1036k-dot touchscreen
205 phase-detection AF points
15 fps burst mode
1/8000 Max Shutter Speed
ISO range from 100 to 51,200
Camera can utilize UHS-I or UHS-II-SD-type memory cards
1/8" Headphone, 1/8" Microphone, HDMI D (Micro), USB 3.0
802.11b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi capability coupled with Bluetooth 3.0 technology
Samsung NX Lens Mount
Price: $1,500 Body Only, $2,800 with 16-50mm f/2-2.8 S ED OIS Lens

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I just bumped the Initial Otus impressions.

Matt Duclos posted a video test between the Otus and some other lenses, and the Otus seems to be the only one suffering from severe onion rings. So.... it's not just about the lighting. There must be something going on with the Otus glass...?

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Zeiss Otus Initial Impressions
« on: September 12, 2014, 08:04:15 AM »
Back on page 16 or so there was a debate about onion rings...

Unfortunately, it seems they are back.... in the 85 :(

Take a look at this video: four lenses are tested, and the Otus 85 is the only one showing severe onion rings in the bokeh.

https://vimeo.com/105732432

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For photo.... The Sigma would be a better buy imo.... Im sticking to this lens because Im mainly a videographer and the long focus throw of the zeiss lenses are indespensible along with the tank like build.
But for pure quality the Sigma 50 art is pretty much just as good....

Wether or not this will stick after the huge mp bodies arrive after Photokina is the question.


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This lens has to be beyond amazing to be worth the price. i have the 55mm and as a photography lens if one is looking for sheer image quality I can see there are better alternatives to this lens.

As a hybrid lens, nothing beats it though with its quality build, long focus throw and beautiful rendition.

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When it comes to "grip" gear like stands, tripods and so on, I always say cry once and keep forever.

If you skimp out because of price, you will be buying a new one every so often. A good tripod can (almost) last a lifetime if you treat it properly.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Sony does a "Canon" (manufacturer ethics)
« on: August 29, 2014, 06:03:59 AM »
So... it's all over the community web, and it puts yet again focus on the manufacturing ethics surrounding cameras and what potential they really hold.

For some years now, we seen several Canon Eos cameras delivering a lot more than Canon wanted them to in the Magic Lantern hacks.

Now it's Sony's turn. While it's not per say a hack but more of a tweak, it does raise the question what we really pay for when we pay for "better" and "newer" tech, in fx firmware upgrades.

It turns out that cinematographer Paul Reams have by chance enabled internal 4K in the Sony F5 camera, something which only it's bigger brother (and 12.000 dollars more expensive) F55 was able to until now.

In short, the F5 contains preference file that you can adjust because it's simply a .txt file. Reams found out that by fiddling with the resolution setting the F5 would suddenly allow him to record internal 4K XAVC without having to spend money on the add ons like the Odessey 7Q.

So what was Sony's plan with this camera? Were they going to offer paid "upgrades" a year from now, magically turning the F5 into a native 4K camera? The same way they messed up with the paid F3 upgrade (that suddenly became free).....

It begs the question if manufacturers in their chase for profit have stepped over their ethics to such a degree that it has become embarrassing and down right disrespectful.

But what do we do about it?

At the moment, I just have the deepest respect for Reams actually sharing this info with us......

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Lenses / Re: Samyang 50mm F1.4... Anyone interested?
« on: August 26, 2014, 02:56:18 AM »
I can imagine it being tough to sell as a photo lens, but the VDSLR version is going to have a hard time meeting the demand.

Video / film people have been complaining since forever about there missing this one lens. And the lack of a 50mm was the sole reason I didn't invest in the Samyang lenses. Now the cine set is complete.

Let's hope they didn't drop the ball image quality wise.

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Photography Technique / Re: Website launched!
« on: August 25, 2014, 11:30:22 AM »
Kill you darlings.......... You have waaaaay too many photos of the same birds. I didnt bother going to page 2 simply because of that.

What makes a photo great is how it seperates itself from what else is around and a photo doesnt become twice as great or 10 times as great because you add similar photos.
Learn to choose one photo out of 10..... Or 20. Discard the rest.

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Photography Technique / Re: Is RAW worth it?
« on: August 25, 2014, 03:51:41 AM »
Raw is better if you want to make adjustments to white balance or boost the shadows/cut the highlights. That sort of thing because you are not making corrctions to an image that has already had adjustments and compression applied. The camera itself makes a raw to jpeg conversion which is the same as DPP. Shooting raw does not automatically give better results but gives you more flexibility and if a better raw converter comes along then you can still work with your old files but if you have jpegs then everything is "baked in".

Well exposed JPG is nearly as good as a RAW.  But when you run into trouble, RAW will save your butt.

Depends for what your purpose is…

I think a lot of people forget that we dont' all shoot landscape or portraits or family photos.

As soon as you venture into creative photography and even much more so commercial photography, you 100% need the flexibility of raw to handle the grade and dynamics of contrasts and so on to deliver a finished product.

Jpgs fall apart too fast when you start to manipulate the files.

I never shoot anything but raw.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Samyang Teases New Lenses
« on: August 21, 2014, 07:27:22 AM »


Edit:  Oh, wait, there is something I really miss on the Samyang-ones... an automatic aperture.

That's because they are VDSLR lenses and therefore made so you can pull the aperture as well as the focus.

In my opinion it would be damn stupid of Samyang to make it an f2 lens since all their other VDSLR lenses are 1.4.
Much like Zeiss messed up the CP.2 lenses. I know it isn't T stops but still.... but consistent if you are trying to be anyways Samyang.

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Don't you just love how lens companies say that it's normal that their lenses don't work to perfection out of the box.....

You can't even MA this can you? I mean, the adjustment would be pointless the second you change AF spot.

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