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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 24-104 f/4 lenstip's review
« on: November 26, 2013, 11:30:36 AM »
TDP has put up the ISO 12233 crops of the Sigma 24-105mm f/4 OS.

A bit better than the Canon 24-105L at the wide end, not too different in the middle, and a bit worse at the long end.  Ata higher cost than the kit/white box price of the Canon 24-105L, I concur with the sentiment that this lens is aimed at Nikon users.

Something might be wrong since at 105mm the Sigma looks sharper midframe than in the center.

I'd like to wait and read DxO and Photozone reviews.

I did not like it when I tried a beta version of it a month a go (as we run Sony dealer we could test it a month before as most of so-called review sites actually tried it).
but last night I tried the product version of the 7 and 7R , to my surprise , I actually loved it and just bought the 7kit , I also bought the Zeiss 35mm f2.8ZA.

the reason I went for the non R version is that the 7R is slow in operation and I had the D800E and I dislike that sesnor(on paper it was great but there were many many usability and practicality issues).

the 7 tracks my cat quite well even in dim in door light, and high ISO of it is actually better than my D600 and D800E.
the DR of the 24mp sensor is actually better than the 36mp one , I had both and I tested many many times since I first acquired my first defective copy of D800 and a D600.

the Alpha 7 and 7R both produce outstanding quality video files , I love that but unfortunately there is no ML for it.
the EVF of the Alpha 7 is actually quite much better than the EVF in the A99v and the EM1.
so if you want to get a tiny FF camera with good video and AF , then go for the 7, for the price , it is outstanding.

IMO, it is the best lowlight street camera ever made due to its tiny size, excellent high ISO and flip-out screen.

I tested my Voiklander 35mm f1.4 MC lens , Canon EF17-40mmf4L lens , Zeiss 25mm f2 ZF2 lens, Zeiss 50mm f2 MP lens and Sony Zeiss 35mm f2.8 ZA lens  and all work extremely well.
I think I will get the Leica R 19mm and Canon TSE 24mm f3.5L ll soon for both my Canon 6D and Sony A7.

PS. if you do not need AF on the A7 or 7R  with your adapted Canon EF lenses , then just get a cheaper normal adapter , not the overpriced SB.

Some recent reviews have come to the conclusion the a7r AF was faster that the a7, except in tracking situations. Did you notice anything of the sort?

I'm really considering the a7. It has better flash sync and 24 MP are OK for me. How did the VL 35 fare? I've been reading mixed reviews about adapted M lenses - smeared corners, etc. Seems like 35mm is a sort of cutoff - longer lenses will have no problems. But many of the best lenses out there are 35mm, so it's always nice to know.

My pet peeve at the moment is the use of the word 'photographer'. Last week a good friend updated her fb info to state that she was a 'photographer'.  She likes taking a photo but more often models in them with a friend shooting for her. Some of the shots she actually takes are good but she has never taken the camera (a 60d) out of full auto.  She only posts her shots on fb and has never sold one or been contracted for a shoot.  A couple of months ago I even offered to show her the different functions of her camera but she never took me up on the offer and has never even taken a workshop or viewed youtube clips and yet she considers herself a photographer. 

At the same time another person has posted on the work social media site 'I am a great photographer!' along with an iphone photo of computer monitors in a poorly lit room that had been used in a work web article.

Do you think either deserve to call themselves photographers??

There's no state exam to become a photographer, so the title is free for everyone.

In the end it depends on the context. In common situations many people mean professional photographers, but in other circumstances it merely identifies the subject holding a camera and most likely in the act of taking a picture.

I'm not offended/irritated either.

I've never been an ambassador of "gear doesn't matter", but if I could choose I would prefer something like "wow, you definitely know how to pick the right gear and put it to good use, as well as being clearly proficient in post-processing!"

That's ultimately what taking pictures means, in my opinion.

Guess it would be too long though :p

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Zeiss Otus Initial Impressions
« on: November 18, 2013, 04:36:30 PM »
Sorry but the world's best DSLR lens would have AF....

It wouldn't, because that would add the camera as a big part of the equation. Then we would hear endless talks about Zeiss' poor QC :)

The DRiarrhea debate... once again hijacking all topics here on CR. MR would be proud!
How dare you call it "hijacking" ... don't you know DR is everything! ... with enough DR in the sensor, you can even put an empty toilet roll tube and take awesome images, coz everything is auto freakin matic! ;D

As with the a7 debate, some people are convinced that what's good for them must be good for everybody, otherwise it's just lack of skill.

Still I can't help thinking that if it was the Canon EOS 7, with its high DR 36mpx sensor, the music here would be somewhat different.

They seem to be brilliant cameras. Of course a first attempt is not quite going to destroy a technology matured over decades, but I believe it's very shortsighted to ignore its potential and the many advantages.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 24-104 f/4 lenstip's review
« on: November 18, 2013, 07:54:10 AM »
I agree that reviewing a lens sample received from its manufacturer leaves more than a few doubts.

In fact for a FF zoom of this range I find the performance quite impressive. It's sharp edge to edge at the wide end on moderate stopping down, and wide open on the long end. It's pretty much what a standard zoom should be like. No lens is flawless, but here Sigma seems to have achieved a very reasonable set of flaws.

The price tag of 999€ is too high, but I expect it to go down in the 799€ range soon enough - especially the Canon version.

1. How many times did you hit the kids with your 1D X + 24-70 and 70-300? ;D


2. How many advil did you take after that trip? ;D

I would go that route if there is no other choices. Here we have some options to choose, why not use that as our advantage.

None and none.  I don't have any problems with my coordination, and I've spent so much time carrying my kids around as they're growing up that even my 1D X + 600/4L IS II doesn't seem like that much of a load...

Choices are good, but we make them based on priorities. Sometimes small size is most important, but often with kids I prioritize AF, frame rate, and high ISO performance. 

Also, are the Sony cameras weather sealed?  Beyond water rides at amusement parks, I live in New England.  We have this stuff here called weather (well, they call it weathaaah, but since I was born in California and lived there for over 30 years, I know how to use the letter 'R'), that you don't get in CA.  ;)  A sunny, 85° day can turn quickly to a 'wicked bad downpoaaah', you're a target in a snowball fight whether or not you're holding a camera, etc.

Yes, they are fully weather sealed.

By Sony: “the pre-ordered quantities are almost 200% bigger than expected"

Ok...let see more prime lenses please :o

It can only be good.

It means sony will be encouraged to invest in the system, and other 3rd party manufacturers will enrich the lens lineup.

Lenses / Re: Lots of New Lenses Coming in 2014 [CR2]
« on: November 13, 2013, 09:40:50 AM »
What I meant is to sober up people who assumed they would all be L lenses :)

Lenses / Re: Lots of New Lenses Coming in 2014 [CR2]
« on: November 13, 2013, 05:02:26 AM »
BTW, why hasn't anyone considered some of those 8 lenses might be for cinema?


And also EF-S and EF-M...

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon 58/1.4 - $1,700!!!
« on: November 13, 2013, 02:55:26 AM »
Now that DXO has tested it and a better way of looking at the performance is shown on DPR, Its not very impressive considering the price.  It is pretty good at f/11, but so is a coke bottle.
There must be something that I'm missing that makes it worth more than $500.  Perhaps the gold ring?  :D

The rendering and the bokeh. The samples I have seen so far look spectacular.


It looks more like a 50L successor (or competitor, of course) than a kin to the old Nikkor 58/1.2.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Appeal of Nikon Df
« on: November 13, 2013, 02:53:35 AM »
I suspect the Df is one Nikon body the price might actually drop on in a shorter time frame because of the lacklustre sales.
If it does, I'll be ready to pounce if I still have a paycheck by then.
+1 ... but only if the price goes below US$ 1500

They'd rather discontinue it and call it a limited edition :P

I like this guy's idea  8)
Actually, since Sony and Zeiss often make AF lenses together, I wonder if there will be an AF-version of Otus 55 mm for Sony.  That would tip the scale for me for sure..

Sony A7r Zeiss Otus 55mm by drjlo2, on Flickr

The lenses you're talking about are actually made by Sony. Zeiss provides the QC and certifies their performance - thus the Zeiss logo and names.

Anyway, Zeiss has confirmed that they will make MF lenses for the a7 same as they do for Canon and Nikon ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Japan Teases a White Kiss
« on: November 11, 2013, 10:55:39 AM »
Now they only have to price it like the 7D2 (it's not a FF, so it can't be priced like the Df) and the deal is struck.

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