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Just got one for my MFT mount Oly E-M10.  I'm really looking forward to making some images with this thing.
For a mere $220, delivered, this has to be the undervalued lens deal of the year!
It's corner-to-corner sharp, wide open, on MFT.  Not sure how it fares on the NEX.

I thought the moderate 2.8 aperture would be a bit of a bokeh handicap but it's likely to be just fine for most of the shots I'll use it for and the bokeh is looking pretty smooth on the few scenes I've composed with it so far.
Min focus distance is about enough to make  a bit more than the palm of my hand fit the whole frame.
It even includes a nice nylon carrying case and a hood.

If you've been craving the impressive performance of the Olympus 75mm f/1.8 but balk at the cost, this is a lot more affordable and darn near as sharp if you check the charts on DxOmark.

Some outlining and a bit of onionskin on out of focus highlites is the worst thing I can see about its performance. 
AF is quick and almost silent, likely suitable for video even with in-camera mic's.

It's not very large physically either, tho it is a bit odd looking with the smooth finished barrel, all of which is an MF ring.

I recommend it, good value for the money, especially at this price.

www.sigmaphoto.com/product/60mm-f28-dn-a

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Landscape / Blue Hour scenes
« on: August 29, 2014, 09:25:52 PM »
on a late evening drive home in Alberta, conditions were right for a lovely ground fog to form.  Wasn't equipped for night shooting, tripod was at home, but still managed to get a few variations of a fog-shrouded pastoral scene with enough color left in the sky to create an interesting silhouette of a lone tree.  This was my favorite of the group.

The camera direction was NNW almost an hour after sunset.
Hand-held, 200mm with VR, 3200 ISO, 1/6 th second at f/4.5 = sharp enough.
Minimal processing via ACR from raw.
Full EXIF is included in the image.

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The idea of being able to do this is absolutely drool-worthy.
Will be interesting to see how well it performs and how much movement range it will have on a FF.

www.imaging-resource.com/news/2014/08/14/hartblei-introduces-hcam-master-ts-14-24mm-tilt-shift-optic-for-sony-e-moun

Dang!  Sony's the only system I don't carry... yet.

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Photography Technique / APOLLO missions - image inconsistencies
« on: August 17, 2014, 07:36:51 PM »
This seems about the most appropriate forum heading to post this so here goes.

I've often heard of controversy around various aspects of images from Apollo missions.  I'd never taken it too seriously but an interesting old video on youtube ..

www.youtube.com/watch?v=W79mIGx9Ib4

.. caught my attention the other night and I started watching it.
I've only gone thru the first 1.5 hours, it's ~3:40 total.

They present a variety of interesting discontinuities and other inconsistencies which could lend some credence to some of these images being produced in ways that are not congruent with the official story.
Whether differences in lighting or physical geometry, some things just don't look right.

None of this was obvious, when I was a wide-eyed kid watching these events unfold, back in the day on a small B&W TV.  Thinking about it now, that would have been an exceptional feat to accomplish with the technology of the time!  So there's room for doubt.. and deception.

Has there been a good discussion on this topic on this site before?

If not, with all the expertise available here, it should be possible to have a very interesting one.

For convenience' sake, if you comment on this, or any other video you may reference on the subject, please include the video time relevant to your reply.

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Lots of useful incremental improvements in the D810 over the D800/e

http://cdn-4.nikon-cdn.com/en_INC/o/57qXCcC4VtbrorNNsWOsXvKoNmM/PDF/D810-D800-D800E_Comparison_Sheet_en.pdf

http://en.nikon.ca/Nikon-Products/Product/Digital-SLR-Cameras/D810.html#!


NX-D software going free soon too

http://en.nikon.ca/Nikon-Products/Product/Imaging-Software/Capture-NX-D.html


I wonder if the 64 ISO is truly native and will result in a bit more DR as well.
The improved battery life and shooting speed, group AF, highlite metering, etc, could all prove very practical.
Video improvements will likely appeal to those who need that.

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Third Party Manufacturers / I'd call this more of a tie, for now
« on: April 14, 2014, 01:03:56 AM »
Sony's sales of system-cameras slightly exceeds Canon's... in S Korea.

www.sonyalpharumors.com/korea-sony-sells-more-system-cameras-than-canon/

it's taken a while for the trend to get to this point and I'm surprised homegrown Samsung product wasn't up there.

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they traded a little overall sharpness for improved micro-contrast
the test-bench result here looks pretty good.

http://slrgear.com/reviews/showproduct.php/product/1677/cat/30

smooth bokeh also a goal for Sigma's 50mm f/1.4 Art lens

See about 2/3 the way down in this dpreview interview, or just search for "onion"

www.imaging-resource.com/news/2014/04/02/sigma-qa-part-i-ceo-kazuto-yamaki-explains-why-so-few-pentax-mount-lenses

I hope this makes Zeiss blush.

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and at a considerably lower (half) price

www.dpreview.com/news/2014/03/19/samsung-announces-tiny-nx-mini-mirrorless-camera?

same size sensor, slightly faster 22 fps framerate, plenty of useful features.

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DxOmark's new king of the DR hill is a crop video sensor.  ouch!

Red's Epic Dragon - so video is not a handicap to excellent sensor performance.  I guess I'd based that tenet on some other companys' products. ;)

www.dxomark.com/Reviews/RED-Epic-Dragon-review-First-camera-to-break-the-100-point-DxOMark-sensor-score-barrier

Altho not very flexible as a still camera, just goes to prove that well designed hardware can produce excellent performance metrics even at video framerates, ... with a crop sensor.  I'm impressed, too bad we don't get to view the basic measurement data.

I wonder how that Arri would test.

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Looks like there's gonna be some serious butt-kickin' mirrorless crop cameras to choose from in 2014!

As much as I am excited by the prospect of using Fuji's new xt1, excited enough to have pre-ordered one, this new Sony sports a higher res sensor, AF with more coverage and claims to be the fastest.
AND an impressive price tag! (half the price of the Fuji for body alone)

Now I've never paid much attention to Sony for still cameras, and from what I hear, they're still lacking a good lens selection, but bodies like this are going to attract photo enthusiasts' interest like Katy Perry in latex would attract oglers.
Add in-body stabilization to a feature set like the a6000 and we'll almost have it all.

www.sonyalpharumors.com/is-the-sony-a6000-superfast-hybrid-af-going-to-kill-the-slt-tech/

If Pentax is wondering what to build to replace the K-01, the Sony and Fuji would be a good foundation.  But DO make the register distance short enough to adapt all other lenses; K-mount is too restrictive that way.

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Third Party Manufacturers / FUJIFILM'S latest, X-T1 ?
« on: January 20, 2014, 04:20:38 AM »
Well, hardly a rumor any more.
January 28th official announcement.
Looks like they're plastering the deck with manual controls a-plenty.
I sure hope it fits and feels better in hand than Nikon's Df.
If so, it's looking like the next Fuji in my collection and likely to displace a few more DSLR bodies for regular use.
A little popup flash would be convenient but can't always have it all.
The one on the xa1 and xm1 works nice as you can tilt it back and use for bounce.

www.fujifilmholdings.com/ja/80th/

www.fujirumors.com/hot-first-real-image-of-the-x-t1-on-japanese-newspaper/

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Third Party Manufacturers / Nikon D5300, now shipping
« on: November 14, 2013, 03:37:31 PM »
Once again, evolutionary improvements on an already good Nikon consumer series body leave competitors behind in many metrics.. and price.

One of these is on my xmas list.  2 more if it performs really well.

They seem to have changed the grip to body spacing a little from previous models, I hope it's still comfortable to hold like the 5100/5200. 
WiFi and GPS abilities, + 1080P at 60fps will be features useful to some.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Anyone try the Olympus OM-D E-M1?
« on: November 14, 2013, 01:54:25 AM »
I see that it's performance levels are impressive and I've been intrigued by MFT for a while.  I'd have to see what the available lenses are like, some seem to have a lot of native distortion before in-camera correction.

I played with one in the store tonite and WOW!  I LIKE IT!  Feels like it was custom made for my hand, yet nice and compact, unlike my very comfortable but mugh larger crop and FF DSLR bodies.

AF was super fast under indoor lighting.  Not what I've come to expect from mirrorless, much more like newer DSLR and PDAF.

I'm definitely going to have to spend some time playing with one.
At base (200) ISO the files look, pixel-per-pixel, pretty close to the d800 output at 200 ISO.
Hmmmm...  The Fujis are really nice but methinks I small new Oly toy is now higher on my lust-list.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Olympus OM-D E-M1 officially announced.
« on: September 10, 2013, 01:47:10 AM »
Not cheap, well featured.
OK, I'm waiting for DxOmark to test it. ;)
Some new glass looks promising too.
Likely will be a good successor to the 'M5

www.adorama.com/alc/0014299/blogarticle/Olympus-OM-D-E-M1-Hands-On

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