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Forum: Photography General Interest 01-10-2017
Replies: 58
Views: 3,719
Posted By YYV_146
I recently acquired a RX1R II and it's now in my...

I recently acquired a RX1R II and it's now in my bag full-time. Having a (sort of) pocketable body really makes casual shooting much easier.

If I need something other than 35mm, I'll bring an A7rII...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-05-2017
Replies: 17
Views: 1,617
Posted By YYV_146
My impression is that DJI simply increased its...

My impression is that DJI simply increased its investment to become the majority shareholder? If so this is just a technicality.

I don't think I'll ever be able to afford a MFDB-mounted drone,...
Forum: Leica SL 12-16-2016
Replies: 43
Views: 4,180
Posted By YYV_146
Not that I have anything against Steve Huff, but...

Not that I have anything against Steve Huff, but his comparison posts don't really say much about how lenses perform in actual photography. For me, the APO Cron really shines with portraits because...
Forum: Leica SL 12-16-2016
Replies: 43
Views: 4,180
Posted By YYV_146
Well, I did say not-so-fast. F2.8 would be...

Well, I did say not-so-fast. F2.8 would be not-fast...:D

But yes, for this price and size one would think that Leica could at least make it a F1.2, even if the difference is minor in practice.
Forum: Leica SL 12-16-2016
Replies: 43
Views: 4,180
Posted By YYV_146
That level of optical distortion is wholly...

That level of optical distortion is wholly unacceptable for a $5,300, not-so-fast prime. It seems significantly more than the Noctilux. Draw is hard to say but IMO it doesn't best the APO-summicron....
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 12-10-2016
Replies: 56
Views: 2,960
Posted By YYV_146
My 5 cents: The 50mm planar ZM is a fine lens,...

My 5 cents:

The 50mm planar ZM is a fine lens, but mechanically clearly not on par with the 50mm APO summicron. Bokeh is noticeably harsher. Then again, it seems unfair to judge a $700 lens against...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-23-2016
Replies: 32
Views: 1,994
Posted By YYV_146
I am very surprised that nobody has mentioned the...

I am very surprised that nobody has mentioned the Nikon DC series or the Sony 135mm STF. In particular the latter which is the technical definition of "perfectly smooth" bokeh, in the sense that the...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-15-2016
Replies: 98
Views: 6,500
Posted By YYV_146
Pfff! Plebs. I want my 24k gold-plated one that...

Pfff! Plebs. I want my 24k gold-plated one that comes with two manservants :D
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 10-05-2016
Replies: 23
Views: 18,729
Posted By YYV_146
That 85mm is close to $2,100 in 2016...

That 85mm is close to $2,100 in 2016 dollars...more expensive than a new, non-gray market 85mm F1.2 L
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-12-2016
Replies: 38
Views: 2,885
Posted By YYV_146
IMO it's still an interesting piece of history. I...

IMO it's still an interesting piece of history. I don't see why a Berlin 1936 piece would be different than any other Leica limited edition body.

One can appreciate the value of a collectible...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-12-2016
Replies: 38
Views: 2,885
Posted By YYV_146
I was under the impression that a real Leica...

I was under the impression that a real Leica Berlin Olympics edition LTM body existed...after a round of Googling i'm not quite so sure anymore.

Did Leica ever make a commemorative body for the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-11-2016
Replies: 38
Views: 2,885
Posted By YYV_146
Wouldn't a real one in this condition at least be...

Wouldn't a real one in this condition at least be in the ~$10,000 range?

Still way too cheap to be real...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-09-2016
Replies: 5
Views: 835
Posted By YYV_146
I fail to see the "creamy" part, even compared to...

I fail to see the "creamy" part, even compared to a $150 Minolta AF 50mm F1.4.
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 08-14-2016
Replies: 62
Views: 7,018
Posted By YYV_146
My first thought is that in public areas people...

My first thought is that in public areas people do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy. For example, if you accidentally flash yourself in front of a crowd you can't sue them for watching....
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 08-12-2016
Replies: 68
Views: 6,411
Posted By YYV_146
But will it run more smoothly in a $700 German...

But will it run more smoothly in a $700 German bag?
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 08-11-2016
Replies: 68
Views: 6,411
Posted By YYV_146
The Bowery is fine if you *only* want to put in a...

The Bowery is fine if you *only* want to put in a two-body kit and nothing else. Maybe 1-2 rolls, but nothing more...and for that it works great.

As for Oberwerth...beautiful but yes, it's a...
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 07-25-2016
Replies: 68
Views: 6,411
Posted By YYV_146
The monochrom line is neat but not easy to get...

The monochrom line is neat but not easy to get outside of Europe.

ONA's canvas models are a personal favorite. I have the bowery and prince street in matching black canvas. The leather bags are...
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 07-24-2016
Replies: 68
Views: 6,411
Posted By YYV_146
My "nice" cameras usually serve a specific...

My "nice" cameras usually serve a specific function - either as daily drivers or something to bring to more formal events. I also have a billingham which isn't often used, but simply a joy to carry...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 07-19-2016
Replies: 58
Views: 3,935
Posted By YYV_146
Only entry-level DSLRs. The C&N flagships can and...

Only entry-level DSLRs. The C&N flagships can and will focus in virtually any light and allow for lens-specific micro-adjustment profiles. Mirrorless bodies inherently don't have accuracy issues...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 07-19-2016
Replies: 58
Views: 3,935
Posted By YYV_146
For most modern digital cameras, given good...

For most modern digital cameras, given good light, spot AF will almost always be much faster than what you can do with an RF. You can either pre-position the spot or focus and recompose, which is...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 07-15-2016
Replies: 9
Views: 934
Posted By YYV_146
As a rule of thumb if your head can't support...

As a rule of thumb if your head can't support your system without slack, you should probably be using your lens collar and probably also a gimbal head. In the case of vertical shots the gimbal and...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 07-13-2016
Replies: 13
Views: 1,431
Posted By YYV_146
I've sent in lenses on three separate occasions...

I've sent in lenses on three separate occasions and each time the turnaround was below seven weeks. Leica always got back to me within a week with cost estimates and an updated return time estimate....
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-12-2016
Replies: 12
Views: 1,826
Posted By YYV_146
Ming Thein lost credibility to me for regularly...

Ming Thein lost credibility to me for regularly bashing adapters yet using an E-mount body for personal and professional work with adapted Otus lenses. I also don't buy his adapter focus plane...
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 07-12-2016
Replies: 16
Views: 3,230
Posted By YYV_146
IMO with 1st gen A7 series bodies there is an...

IMO with 1st gen A7 series bodies there is an expectation that they're placeholders for more mature products down the line. Adding to that the fact that Sony aggressively discounted them less than a...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 07-07-2016
Replies: 4
Views: 1,162
Posted By YYV_146
Yes. The auction piece is the Canadian version.

Yes. The auction piece is the Canadian version.
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-05-2016
Replies: 35
Views: 2,945
Posted By YYV_146
That's actually not very many. People shoot with...

That's actually not very many. People shoot with different levels of intensity for events. I can easily put in 1,500 clicks for a 4-5 hour event if I don't want to miss anything.

Being on the POTUS...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-01-2016
Replies: 62
Views: 12,131
Posted By YYV_146
I agree that if I were paying that much for a...

I agree that if I were paying that much for a film camera, it had better fit every single one of my design preferences...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-30-2016
Replies: 3
Views: 672
Posted By YYV_146
Wow. This is super helpful! So bridges are...

Wow. This is super helpful! So bridges are probably off...

I'll only be carrying a light tripod and a two-lens mirrorless kit. I left my long teles at home so FL wise it's probably going to be...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-30-2016
Replies: 3
Views: 672
Posted By YYV_146
Boston July 4th fireworks photo location?

Monday I'll be trying to get some pictures of the fireworks display in Boston. I'm trying to decide between three locations: the Esplanade, the Harvard Bridge and somewhere in the park across from...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 06-29-2016
Replies: 5
Views: 1,158
Posted By YYV_146
Just for the M240, M246 and M-P 240. No film...

Just for the M240, M246 and M-P 240. No film bodies.

IMO if you aren't willing to plop down $7,500 for whatever Leica has in store for September, now is a good time to get a digital M...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-29-2016
Replies: 64
Views: 4,498
Posted By YYV_146
Pfff. Both your cameras are just Leica A...

Pfff. Both your cameras are just Leica A wannabes. :)
Forum: Sony Alpha / NEX News / General Discussion 06-27-2016
Replies: 22
Views: 5,703
Posted By YYV_146
Received mine today. My experience largely...

Received mine today. My experience largely mirrors yours. Focus is reasonably fast and downright fast in good light.

I can also confirm that using floating element lenses won't be an issue in most...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-26-2016
Replies: 8
Views: 1,170
Posted By YYV_146
Another vote for the 105 DC. You guys don't get a...

Another vote for the 105 DC. You guys don't get a proper STF, but the DC comes close...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-23-2016
Replies: 505
Views: 32,705
Posted By YYV_146
Well, as the old saying goes, you can't have your...

Well, as the old saying goes, you can't have your cake and eat it too.

If you want to access the EU's 20-country+ market, you'll need to play by the EU's (occasionally asinine) rulebook. And...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-23-2016
Replies: 505
Views: 32,705
Posted By YYV_146
Pound at 1.33, a 15-year low. This is a good time...

Pound at 1.33, a 15-year low. This is a good time to shop for British goods.

But in seriousness, this move is a terrible blow to the EU economy. The UK won't fully recover from the plunge and the...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 06-23-2016
Replies: 57
Views: 6,133
Posted By YYV_146
I was at Leica Store NYC the other day with my...

I was at Leica Store NYC the other day with my fiancee and a young Chinese couple was buying an enormous amount of gear (M-P 240 with evf, grip, case and thumbie, Noctilux and 35lux FLE in Silver, 90...
Forum: Sony Alpha / NEX News / General Discussion 06-22-2016
Replies: 22
Views: 5,703
Posted By YYV_146
Just pm'd :)

Just pm'd :)
Forum: Sony Alpha / NEX News / General Discussion 06-22-2016
Replies: 22
Views: 5,703
Posted By YYV_146
Any camera freeze-ups? How much slower is the...

Any camera freeze-ups? How much slower is the adapter than a sony E-mount lens?

I'm still waiting for more reviews, but this is beginning to look great. Can't wait for the day when I can shoot a...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 06-22-2016
Replies: 57
Views: 6,133
Posted By YYV_146
They are Thailand special editions. i toyed with...

They are Thailand special editions. i toyed with the idea of getting one...the white finish looks great in person. The red covering is an extra option
Forum: Digital: Medium & Larger Format 06-21-2016
Replies: 124
Views: 11,067
Posted By YYV_146
Retractable dial which locks via being recessed?

Retractable dial which locks via being recessed?
Forum: Digital: Medium & Larger Format 06-21-2016
Replies: 124
Views: 11,067
Posted By YYV_146
At current prices you get the better warranty, a...

At current prices you get the better warranty, a super-nice box, strap, case and a wooden grip for $200 extra.

I bought one as a gift for a close friend and photographer...
Forum: Digital: Medium & Larger Format 06-21-2016
Replies: 124
Views: 11,067
Posted By YYV_146
I'm somewhat intrigued by the prospect of...

I'm somewhat intrigued by the prospect of shooting 135 wides (21mm,28mm) on a square format with no loss of frame compared to FF. The other fun thing to do would be using Leica teles (APO 90, 75) for...
Forum: Digital: Medium & Larger Format 06-21-2016
Replies: 124
Views: 11,067
Posted By YYV_146
Right, but I don't think any of the FF mirrorless...

Right, but I don't think any of the FF mirrorless lenses are baffled except for some Sony FE's and the SL 24-90? None of the modern M lenses are.
Forum: Off Topic 06-21-2016
Replies: 19
Views: 1,200
Posted By YYV_146
I somehow doubt that his tiny, tiny hands can...

I somehow doubt that his tiny, tiny hands can find their way around a Leica RF :)
Forum: Digital: Medium & Larger Format 06-21-2016
Replies: 124
Views: 11,067
Posted By YYV_146
I actually like the look. utilitarian, clean....

I actually like the look. utilitarian, clean. They could do without the logo, though.

The question is, how much "sensor" would I be getting if I shot this with an FF lens but cropped to square....
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 06-17-2016
Replies: 104
Views: 19,064
Posted By YYV_146
Wow...this might actually be a digital Xpan in M...

Wow...this might actually be a digital Xpan in M mount. I would be completely sold on a number of levels :eek:

...and it won't be. Oh well :(
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 06-17-2016
Replies: 104
Views: 19,064
Posted By YYV_146
Ricoh doesn't have a market there since it's been...

Ricoh doesn't have a market there since it's been ~20 years since they released an M lens. But maybe they'd care to dust off the GXR designs and released another, more expensive body. Leica users...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 06-16-2016
Replies: 104
Views: 19,064
Posted By YYV_146
Not necessarily. Zeiss probably still has some...

Not necessarily. Zeiss probably still has some skin in the game (35mm F1.4 ZM) and one would think that the collaboration with Sony has at least conferred some know-how about digital bodies.

Given...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 06-16-2016
Replies: 104
Views: 19,064
Posted By YYV_146
If this is indeed Sigma, how would the focusing...

If this is indeed Sigma, how would the focusing work with a CCD body? I really can't see them jumping in the digital rangefinder game. Most likely this is still Leica, perhaps in complement to an...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 06-15-2016
Replies: 12
Views: 2,061
Posted By YYV_146
I've never heard of the 50mm Lux ASPH having...

I've never heard of the 50mm Lux ASPH having focus issues en masse. Individual copies sure, but the two I owned both focused perfectly fine.

It is a sharp lens, but with some field curvature. IMO...
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 06-01-2016
Replies: 6
Views: 1,853
Posted By YYV_146
The Sony Flashes might be expensive, but for...

The Sony Flashes might be expensive, but for single-flash, on-camera work, it's hard to argue with the combination of TTL, high speed sync and the reliability of the OEM system.

The HVL-F43M can be...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 05-31-2016
Replies: 18
Views: 2,685
Posted By YYV_146
Agree with everyone here that the shooting...

Agree with everyone here that the shooting experience is not comparable. The EVF on the M240 is ~2-3 generations out of date so it won't compare to the RX1RII EVF.

However, I would wait a bit for...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-19-2016
Replies: 21
Views: 2,242
Posted By YYV_146
RIP. His articles were always a joy to read.

RIP. His articles were always a joy to read.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 05-02-2016
Replies: 78
Views: 4,312
Posted By YYV_146
The APO cron has been a revelation to me:...

The APO cron has been a revelation to me: performance is simply a notch above everything else in the focal length. The other sharper 50mm M's (planar, lux ASPH) don't draw in quite the same way.

If...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 05-01-2016
Replies: 78
Views: 4,312
Posted By YYV_146
Only for 50mm. I've been a longtime user of the...

Only for 50mm. I've been a longtime user of the Noctilux ASPH which is simply too heavy for day-to-day use. I've recently added the APO-summicron which is superb and lighter than any of my other M...
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 04-27-2016
Replies: 61
Views: 12,329
Posted By YYV_146
S...t...x100u?

S...t...x100u?
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 04-25-2016
Replies: 234
Views: 25,362
Posted By YYV_146
At the price Leica charges I don't think it's too...

At the price Leica charges I don't think it's too much to ask for sensor technology to be on par with the other brands' flagships. Higher MP count is not only better for printing but also results in...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 04-17-2016
Replies: 37
Views: 4,069
Posted By YYV_146
The 21mm Summilux works fine. Was going to get...

The 21mm Summilux works fine.

Was going to get an M-P. Deal didn't quite go through. Bought a APO-summicron ASPH instead. Will wait to see what Leica has for 2016 - but it's still two A7rII's for...
Forum: Sony Alpha / NEX News / General Discussion 04-16-2016
Replies: 23
Views: 6,557
Posted By YYV_146
$400+:eek: Have you seen what they charge for the...

$400+:eek: Have you seen what they charge for the regular adapter? My guess is something in the $1,200-1,500 range...

This one is pretty cool, though. I wish it came with its own power source to not...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-14-2016
Replies: 28
Views: 2,302
Posted By YYV_146
The serious answer is that at 500MP and 56*41mm...

The serious answer is that at 500MP and 56*41mm diffraction is going to kick in at before f4. Sensor pitch should still be fine (similar to 1-inch sensors today) but lens designs and DOF will be...
Forum: Optics Theory - 04-13-2016
Replies: 16
Views: 2,519
Posted By YYV_146
The problem with using a two-camera depth sensing...

The problem with using a two-camera depth sensing approach is that in real-world shooting (especially with foliage and such) the algorithm tends to be imprecise at best and bizarre at worst.

In a...
Forum: Travel 04-09-2016
Replies: 9
Views: 1,200
Posted By YYV_146
Most if not all of the island is great for...

Most if not all of the island is great for street-photography. I can't recommend a specific place but my favorite parts are the Sheung Wan-HKU area. I also love the CUHK campus but it's a bit out of...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-07-2016
Replies: 33
Views: 2,271
Posted By YYV_146
Agree with the above. If you're just looking for...

Agree with the above. If you're just looking for something portable and cheap, a used X-E2 or A6000 will give you some extra budget for lenses. You can also get a mechanical aperture adapter for your...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 04-02-2016
Replies: 26
Views: 2,340
Posted By YYV_146
Film Leicas and flash are not the best of...

Film Leicas and flash are not the best of combinations. You definitely won't need strobes for a wedding, but having a good flash system will go a long way towards versatility.

But in general, I...
Forum: Sony E Lenses / Adapted Lenses / Adapters / Images 03-23-2016
Replies: 9
Views: 2,738
Posted By YYV_146
Yes, you can use tape to add distance - but it...

Yes, you can use tape to add distance - but it takes a few tries to get a even plane of focus. My novoflex M mount adapters are spot on, but I do have a Kipon macro adapter that I use tape to let the...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 03-09-2016
Replies: 93
Views: 8,026
Posted By YYV_146
Winogrand is occasionally harsh. Yet there is...

Winogrand is occasionally harsh. Yet there is (arguably a whole lot of) greatness. I thought his photos were intriguing years before I knew anything about his life or about street photography. Ditto...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 03-09-2016
Replies: 9
Views: 1,413
Posted By YYV_146
I'll need live view since a personal favorite is...

I'll need live view since a personal favorite is the 21mm Summilux. I don't plan to buy a viewfinder - I guestimate framelines using the 90-degree rule, but for the occasional accurate framing, live...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 03-09-2016
Replies: 9
Views: 1,413
Posted By YYV_146
Thanks. Output-wise from what I have seen the...

Thanks. Output-wise from what I have seen the difference does not seem to be significant. Certainly not significant at small print sizes and for the internet.

Which is why I wonder about the...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 03-09-2016
Replies: 9
Views: 1,413
Posted By YYV_146
I agree...it would be nice to have both :D

I agree...it would be nice to have both :D
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 03-09-2016
Replies: 9
Views: 1,413
Posted By YYV_146
M-P 240 vs. M246?

In the past months I've been perfectly happy shooting with dual A7rII's and the M lenses that I have. Yet since I've worked less professionally, I can't help but feel that the 7rII is often too much...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-29-2016
Replies: 30
Views: 2,222
Posted By YYV_146
At one point in life I had some ~$8,000 in Canon...

At one point in life I had some ~$8,000 in Canon lenses. Now I own exactly zero Canon lenses. I think there is really no such thing as being "too" invested. Lenses usually have pretty good resale...
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 02-25-2016
Replies: 69
Views: 11,872
Posted By YYV_146
I am under the impression that the sigma sensor...

I am under the impression that the sigma sensor still has a cover glass layer?

In any case, interesting camera, but the mount ruins the appeal. Buying into the SA mount seems like a poor decision,...
Forum: Sony Alpha / NEX News / General Discussion 02-12-2016
Replies: 4
Views: 2,325
Posted By YYV_146
For the second video, I won't do a line-by-line...

For the second video, I won't do a line-by-line translation, but the idea is that the adapter can take lenses as heavy as the 1st gen 90mm summicron, or around 700g, with the AF still functioning....
Forum: Sony Alpha / NEX News / General Discussion 02-11-2016
Replies: 7
Views: 2,076
Posted By YYV_146
Because you can use a Noctilux in AF... But...

Because you can use a Noctilux in AF...

But seriously, I don't see a point of keeping any of my longer Sony lenses if this adapter can work quickly and accurately.
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 02-09-2016
Replies: 11
Views: 1,381
Posted By YYV_146
This is the reason that I finally got rid of all...

This is the reason that I finally got rid of all my ZM lenses. My 18mm Distagon was awesome to use, but developed a wobble after only a year and half. Ditto for my 50mm Planar. Zeiss fixed both, but...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-03-2016
Replies: 5
Views: 567
Posted By YYV_146
Not saying that Canon shouldn't compete - but...

Not saying that Canon shouldn't compete - but that I won't be excited about it. They have arguably the least ground game in mirrorless of any major photo brand. Pana and Olympus have demonstrated...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-03-2016
Replies: 5
Views: 567
Posted By YYV_146
Three years late to the party, outdated sensors,...

Three years late to the party, outdated sensors, and another new mount? Sony had ~6 years with E-mount and only until recently would I call the system "mature". Will we want a system as developed as...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-30-2016
Replies: 103
Views: 12,817
Posted By YYV_146
I persist in the belief that the 645D/Z are the...

I persist in the belief that the 645D/Z are the pinnacle of camera handling design. As many buttons as it takes - but have all key functions one-button deep and almost everything no more than two...
Forum: Nikon RF 01-23-2016
Replies: 49
Views: 3,739
Posted By YYV_146
an auction house is the way to go. You'll get...

an auction house is the way to go. You'll get better prices, more so if you can find the box and/or lens shade. Documents are also desirable, but I would imagine anything this rare to be well...
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 01-18-2016
Replies: 21
Views: 2,257
Posted By YYV_146
Publicity, yes, but the effort isn't as...

Publicity, yes, but the effort isn't as significant as people make it out to be. Third-party groups modify camera firmware all the time - magic lantern is a good example. A true 21:9 sensor would be...
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 01-18-2016
Replies: 21
Views: 2,257
Posted By YYV_146
Meh. The "one-of-a-kind" S2 is simply a regular...

Meh. The "one-of-a-kind" S2 is simply a regular S2 with the top and bottom margins of the sensor disabled by software, and the viewfinder masked to 21:9. A very small hardware tweak would be...
Forum: Sony Alpha / NEX News / General Discussion 01-18-2016
Replies: 20
Views: 3,704
Posted By YYV_146
You are right in saying that the A6000 AF is...

You are right in saying that the A6000 AF is sufficient for tracking at long focal lengths. I would go as far to say that it outperforms high-end DSLRs for some purposes because of the immense PDAF...
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 01-16-2016
Replies: 16
Views: 3,230
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I would go with the A7rII. Let me explain: 1....

I would go with the A7rII. Let me explain:

1. The 7rII has a much quieter shutter than the 7r. Shutter shock is a concern with long lenses on the 7r. I like long lenses for landscapes - but...
Forum: Fuji X Series 01-15-2016
Replies: 232
Views: 24,006
Posted By YYV_146
Would be quite weird to collect digital bodies,...

Would be quite weird to collect digital bodies, though. The M6 and MP iterations and early BP bodies are much more sought after.

Interestingly, the numbers suggest that there are nearly as many...
Forum: Fuji X Series 01-15-2016
Replies: 232
Views: 24,006
Posted By YYV_146
This an interesting conceptual exercise. Now, I...

This an interesting conceptual exercise. Now, I think Flickr is more or less a brand-neutral place (as far as Fuji and Leica are concerned). We can also probably assume that in aggregate,...
Forum: Fuji Digital General Discussion 01-14-2016
Replies: 31
Views: 4,309
Posted By YYV_146
It has been reported that the X mount is too...

It has been reported that the X mount is too small for Full frame. But even if it was large enough, Fuji will have to rebuild a lens lineup from scratch.

The EVF is a new, high-resolution panel....
Forum: Fuji Digital General Discussion 01-14-2016
Replies: 31
Views: 4,309
Posted By YYV_146
XTRANS I and II are more or less the same Sony...

XTRANS I and II are more or less the same Sony sensor, with II adding phase detection pixels.

As of now the only two makers of a 24MP APS-C sensor are Sony and Toshiba. The Nikon sensor used in the...
Forum: Fuji Digital General Discussion 01-14-2016
Replies: 31
Views: 4,309
Posted By YYV_146
A 24MP APS-C sensor from 2013 at $1,800? They...

A 24MP APS-C sensor from 2013 at $1,800? They can't be serious.

I like the Xpro1 concept and this iteration is obviously more polished, but I just can't see people not going full frame at this price...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 01-14-2016
Replies: 3
Views: 3,025
Posted By YYV_146
CC works with pen input as of early 2014. If you...

CC works with pen input as of early 2014. If you have an earlier version, you will need to upgrade to CC or get a third party solution. Dwig's solution is a great example.
Forum: RFF Polls 01-11-2016
Replies: 116
Views: 23,604
Posted By YYV_146
I do know for a fact that Sony uses photographers...

I do know for a fact that Sony uses photographers quite extensively through the camera design process. They've signed on people for this purpose since the DSLR days. However, they might not be...
Forum: Leica SL 01-11-2016
Replies: 24
Views: 5,691
Posted By YYV_146
The absolute best bang for buck in medium format...

The absolute best bang for buck in medium format digital is the 645Z. For under $10,000, you can build a respectable three-lens kit (with one really sharp modern 40mm and two more 645AF lenses)....
Forum: Leica SL 01-11-2016
Replies: 24
Views: 5,691
Posted By YYV_146
Why would you take an S for Hassy lenses over a...

Why would you take an S for Hassy lenses over a good, used H3 or H4 (or CFV backs with the V system if we're talking about older optics)? You won't get either the great S system optics or the...
Forum: Sony Alpha / NEX News / General Discussion 01-08-2016
Replies: 24
Views: 4,139
Posted By YYV_146
That's basically how CDAF works. If the A7S...

That's basically how CDAF works. If the A7S native lens CDAF is any indication, it will hunt in low light but when the light is good lock-on is achieved fairly quickly. The advantage is that focus is...
Forum: Sony Alpha / NEX News / General Discussion 01-08-2016
Replies: 24
Views: 4,139
Posted By YYV_146
Eye AF is limited to native lenses on A7 series...

Eye AF is limited to native lenses on A7 series cameras - this is well documented and with no apparent work-around. Face detection should work - I've used face detection with adapted AF Canon lenses.
Forum: Sony Alpha / NEX News / General Discussion 01-08-2016
Replies: 24
Views: 4,139
Posted By YYV_146
I couldn't find any information about that from...

I couldn't find any information about that from the original post. Maybe it's just software issues that will be worked out in the final product.

To be specific, the designer mentions that AF might...
Forum: Sony Alpha / NEX News / General Discussion 01-07-2016
Replies: 24
Views: 4,139
Posted By YYV_146
Accuracy won't be an issue - the focus is...

Accuracy won't be an issue - the focus is on-sensor, so it will be as accurate as native E-mount lenses with PDAF. Speed is probably going to be an issue, though...and the designer mentioned that...
Forum: Sony Alpha / NEX News / General Discussion 01-07-2016
Replies: 24
Views: 4,139
Posted By YYV_146
Right, but how many M mount lenses (of all...

Right, but how many M mount lenses (of all brands) are FLE? Most still use traditional focus methods. As for the focus range, some rough calculations suggest that most lenses can get auto between 2m...
Forum: Sony Alpha / NEX News / General Discussion 01-07-2016
Replies: 24
Views: 4,139
Posted By YYV_146
Techchart AF adapter for M-mount

Yes, the title is spelled correctly...

http://www.sonyalpharumors.com/hot-worlds-first-techart-m-mount-to-e-mount-autofocus-adapter/


More information...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 12-31-2015
Replies: 20
Views: 2,092
Posted By YYV_146
I have a few on 500px:...

I have a few on 500px: https://500px.com/viktorphotography/galleries/50mm_noctilux_asph

I agree with OP. This is a special lens which shines best under special circumstances. The glow can be managed...
Forum: Leica SL 12-29-2015
Replies: 72
Views: 8,327
Posted By YYV_146
Yes, but you can put a leather half-grip or full...

Yes, but you can put a leather half-grip or full battery grip on the A7 series and they come closer in size. The D810 is a substantially larger camera than the D750, but I would put them (roughly) in...
Forum: Leica SL 12-29-2015
Replies: 72
Views: 8,327
Posted By YYV_146
Why is it different from, say, an...

Why is it different from, say, an A7rII?

Deliberately omitting half the dials and putting in a bigger EVF doesn't automatically put it in a different class.

I like Leica, but if the best they can...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 12-27-2015
Replies: 19
Views: 2,651
Posted By YYV_146
Agreed. NJ has been reasonably nice to deal with....

Agreed. NJ has been reasonably nice to deal with. I've had to send more lenses in for repair than I'd like, but every time (except once) they returned it in perfect condition.
Forum: Leica SL 12-26-2015
Replies: 31
Views: 5,958
Posted By YYV_146
There is no fairy dust in this world. Mr. Steve...

There is no fairy dust in this world. Mr. Steve Huff may disagree, but as far as I'm concerned, shooting RAW negates any brand-specific advantages with regard to JPEG rendering. Leica does seem to...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 12-25-2015
Replies: 60
Views: 6,133
Posted By YYV_146
When you think about it, US Leica prices have...

When you think about it, US Leica prices have been artificially inflated for quite a while. Only with the recent 12% discounts have they regained some sense of sanity.

I was in Hong Kong a year or...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 12-17-2015
Replies: 65
Views: 5,935
Posted By YYV_146
Removing CA is a one-click affair if you have LR,...

Removing CA is a one-click affair if you have LR, CC or Capture One. As for pixel level detail - that's what the unsharpen mask is designed for. Good processing involves much more finesse than...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 12-17-2015
Replies: 65
Views: 5,935
Posted By YYV_146
This I agree completely. Alternatively, I wonder...

This I agree completely.

Alternatively, I wonder how much you paid for the 246? The original M240 is the same as the MP240, just with less RAM and a red dot. Those are ~60% of the price of a brand...
Forum: RFF News 12-17-2015
Replies: 29
Views: 6,230
Posted By YYV_146
I remember reading somewhere that the full-size...

I remember reading somewhere that the full-size Ultra Pana projection reels were ~350 pounds each...too bad I don't live near any of the designated 70mm theaters. Would love to see that in full glory.
Forum: Travel 12-12-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 2,571
Posted By YYV_146
I've been to HK, KL and Bangkok. All three are...

I've been to HK, KL and Bangkok. All three are great places for street photography, but are very different. For me the ancients temples in Ayuttaya and Bangkok win for the sheer "magic factor",...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 12-08-2015
Replies: 2
Views: 697
Posted By YYV_146
ND filters are not inherently for color or...

ND filters are not inherently for color or monochrome. B+W is an old and established brand of filters. I use them almost exclusively.
Forum: Sony NEX APS-C format 12-03-2015
Replies: 18
Views: 7,810
Posted By YYV_146
checked with CC and latest version of ACR. All...

checked with CC and latest version of ACR. All good.
Forum: Sony NEX APS-C format 12-03-2015
Replies: 18
Views: 7,810
Posted By YYV_146
If the jpegs are fine, the camera should be okay....

If the jpegs are fine, the camera should be okay. Have you tried opening the files with another software?
Forum: Leica SL 12-01-2015
Replies: 101
Views: 14,629
Posted By YYV_146
Is there any evidence for that? When I was in...

Is there any evidence for that? When I was in Leica store NYC there were three A7rII's in the store, including mine. All of them had M lenses on them. I liked mine enough to sell all of my medium...
Forum: Leica SL 12-01-2015
Replies: 101
Views: 14,629
Posted By YYV_146
I played with one a couple of times at the NYC...

I played with one a couple of times at the NYC Leica Store. Mixed feelings mostly...

I like the EVF. Resolution is visibly higher than the A7rII. Eye relief is excellent. Contrast and WB not so...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-18-2015
Replies: 39
Views: 3,876
Posted By YYV_146
How will they check? It's not as if EXIF can't be...

How will they check? It's not as if EXIF can't be falsified easily.

Say I get a Pulitzer-worthy set of shots all under-exposed by two stops. Should they not be used?
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 11-14-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 3,253
Posted By YYV_146
If you're using a Surface, I highly recommend...

If you're using a Surface, I highly recommend something like Radial Menu, which puts a smaller screen keyboard on top of the running app.

Not quite as good as a keyboard and mouse, but great for...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 11-13-2015
Replies: 30
Views: 14,073
Posted By YYV_146
As others have pointed out, Snow Leopard is...

As others have pointed out, Snow Leopard is significantly more vulnerable than, say, Mavericks or Yosemite. I don't think any security updates have been provided since 2014.

As for antivirus, there...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 11-12-2015
Replies: 30
Views: 14,073
Posted By YYV_146
For the most part drive failure is quite random....

For the most part drive failure is quite random. A business-class drive might give you higher life expectancy, but even those might break after a few months (or even weeks, if you're super-unlucky)....
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 11-12-2015
Replies: 30
Views: 14,073
Posted By YYV_146
Agree on everything here. For Android, consider...

Agree on everything here. For Android, consider looking into the Google Nexus line. They are (at the least) on par with Apple in terms of security.

Using a Mac does not absolve you of duty to...
Forum: Leica SL 10-21-2015
Replies: 273
Views: 19,588
Posted By YYV_146
Lots of hypotheticals here, but the main point is...

Lots of hypotheticals here, but the main point is that you can't usually prepare for all the cases. I have a tripod if I know for sure that I'll need it. But sometimes I don't. IBIS is beyond...
Forum: Leica SL 10-21-2015
Replies: 273
Views: 19,588
Posted By YYV_146
S lenses, which require a long, heavy adapter and...

S lenses, which require a long, heavy adapter and are generally in the $6-8,000 range. You also get hit with a crop factor so there are few true wides.

M lenses? I consider the ones I regularly use...
Forum: Leica SL 10-21-2015
Replies: 184
Views: 16,383
Posted By YYV_146
The Leica S UI makes sense if you're in a studio...

The Leica S UI makes sense if you're in a studio or other controlled environment. But workhorses like the D4s or 645Z are covered with buttons for a good reason. When you're actually under stress to...
Forum: Leica SL 10-21-2015
Replies: 184
Views: 16,383
Posted By YYV_146
Why? There are so many excellent lenses that...

Why? There are so many excellent lenses that demand live view for accurate focusing and composition. I might again be in a minority in preferring wide and fast lenses, but I have three M lenses below...
Forum: Leica SL 10-20-2015
Replies: 273
Views: 19,588
Posted By YYV_146
The video specs is good. Not great. The SL still...

The video specs is good. Not great. The SL still needs an external recorder to do 4:2:2 - which is in line with the A7s. The A7s can however do 4k on full sensor readout, while the SL is limited to...
Forum: Leica SL 10-20-2015
Replies: 184
Views: 16,383
Posted By YYV_146
A lot of us can technically "afford" this...

A lot of us can technically "afford" this system...price-wise it's on par with the M system, although there isn't a standard zoom M lens to compare with the 24-90.

But why would you want to...
Forum: Leica SL 10-20-2015
Replies: 273
Views: 19,588
Posted By YYV_146
Pentax film lenses, I agree. Have you tested any...

Pentax film lenses, I agree. Have you tested any of the Pentax digital 645 lenses (designed for the 44*33 format)?

Those are amazing. Most hold their own against the Leica S lineup. And for the...
Forum: Leica SL 10-20-2015
Replies: 184
Views: 16,383
Posted By YYV_146
Good luck shooting the world cup or the next...

Good luck shooting the world cup or the next Olympics with your 24-90mm "super-tele":p

Edit: If I'm not mistaken, the 11fps is in fixed-focus burst. Not quite so impressive and essentially useless...
Forum: Leica SL 10-20-2015
Replies: 184
Views: 16,383
Posted By YYV_146
The peaking implementation in the M cameras...

The peaking implementation in the M cameras leaves much to be desired. I was mostly thinking about what fuji did with the X100T...a live magnified view in the optical viewfinder.



Exactly. At...
Forum: Leica SL 10-20-2015
Replies: 184
Views: 16,383
Posted By YYV_146
The Leica SL: What is Leica thinking?

http://petapixel.com/assets/uploads/2015/10/Leica-SL_without-lens.jpg

Today's SL announcement was deeply disappointing to me for a number of reasons. As far as I am concerned, Leica has not provided...
Forum: Leica SL 10-20-2015
Replies: 273
Views: 19,588
Posted By YYV_146
I just sold my 15mm Distagon and woke up today...

I just sold my 15mm Distagon and woke up today thinking that if the ILC Q becomes reality, I would pre-order one right away. If not, the funds can go to an RX1II instead.

Looks like Sony will be...
Forum: Leica SL 10-20-2015
Replies: 273
Views: 19,588
Posted By YYV_146
If you're comfortable with that size and price...

If you're comfortable with that size and price point, why not get a 645Z for a few hundred cheaper and enjoy the utmost image quality out of a digital camera as of October 2015?

I've shot with a...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 10-20-2015
Replies: 4
Views: 1,986
Posted By YYV_146
https://www.maingear.com/custom/notebooks/pulse17/...

https://www.maingear.com/custom/notebooks/pulse17/index.php Maingear's basic models are actually pretty understated, but very expensive if you don't plan on gaming. The 17's 1080p panel also has poor...
Forum: Leica SL 10-20-2015
Replies: 273
Views: 19,588
Posted By YYV_146
He said pretty much as much about the Q's EVF. In...

He said pretty much as much about the Q's EVF. In reality I find the color tearing from panning pretty noticeable. The EVF is indeed a lot larger than any other one out there - the size is consistent...
Forum: Leica SL 10-20-2015
Replies: 273
Views: 19,588
Posted By YYV_146
The size is just insane. It has a larger...

The size is just insane. It has a larger footprint than some DSLRs. I can't even imagine putting a 35mm F2 ASPH or 24 Elmar on that thing.

If you're considering that size - and price range -...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-18-2015
Replies: 2
Views: 579
Posted By YYV_146
Which camera is this? The A7 and A7r cameras have...

Which camera is this? The A7 and A7r cameras have some flare issues with point light sources. Adapter champer flare should be pretty distinct...if the problem goes away with a native lens, you could...
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 10-18-2015
Replies: 5
Views: 4,442
Posted By YYV_146
Not so sure about the CV 21mm F4 or the 28mm...

Not so sure about the CV 21mm F4 or the 28mm Biogon. The other wides should be more or less fine. The 21mm 1.8 is pretty good without the mod anyways, and the Leica 35mm F2 is very good with the...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 09-30-2015
Replies: 14
Views: 2,638
Posted By YYV_146
With a lens this fast chances are the RF...

With a lens this fast chances are the RF alignment won't be ideal. The Konica lenses I've used seem fine, but I don't know if those were adjusted by previous owners or not
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 09-29-2015
Replies: 5
Views: 1,917
Posted By YYV_146
Oh - *that* red part. My guess is it's a body...

Oh - *that* red part. My guess is it's a body plate from the same company...but I've never seen one. Would be very useful for long lenses indeed.
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 09-29-2015
Replies: 5
Views: 1,917
Posted By YYV_146
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1081975-REG/...

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1081975-REG/uniqball_ubh35x_ubh_35_ballhead_kit.html Perhaps you are look for this head? The red dial is the tension adjustment I think.
Forum: Sony E Lenses / Adapted Lenses / Adapters / Images 09-28-2015
Replies: 19
Views: 4,583
Posted By YYV_146
I just sold my A7s since I'm not anticipating low...

I just sold my A7s since I'm not anticipating low light works for a year or so.

The A7rii is better than the A7s. The A7 is worse from a corner smearing perspective but it's better with corner...
Forum: Sony E Lenses / Adapted Lenses / Adapters / Images 09-28-2015
Replies: 19
Views: 4,583
Posted By YYV_146
I can confirm that the 21mm Summilux is as good...

I can confirm that the 21mm Summilux is as good as the M9 on a modified A7. Prior to the mod/on the A7rii you have a slight resolution dip at the 1/3rd frame mark and some minor smearing at the edges...
Forum: Sony E Lenses / Adapted Lenses / Adapters / Images 09-28-2015
Replies: 19
Views: 4,583
Posted By YYV_146
A7rii is better than the A7 and A7S. The best...

A7rii is better than the A7 and A7S. The best option is the Kolari Vision mod, which can be done to any of the A7 cameras or the A7rii.

Since your use case seems to be predominantly RF lenses, the...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 09-25-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 2,129
Posted By YYV_146
The argument for DispcalGUI is that Spyder...

The argument for DispcalGUI is that Spyder deliberately cripples their own software. So you pay for another $100 to get the same hardware but only with a few software options enabled (that allows for...
Forum: Leica SL 09-25-2015
Replies: 94
Views: 11,039
Posted By YYV_146
A 21mm F2.8 is easy to focus. A 21mm F1.4 is NOT...

A 21mm F2.8 is easy to focus. A 21mm F1.4 is NOT easy to focus, especially something like the lux 21mm which has field curvature. All versions of the Noctilux also have field curvature, which makes...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 09-25-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 2,129
Posted By YYV_146
DispcalGUI is your friend. The learning curve is...

DispcalGUI is your friend. The learning curve is slightly steeper than the OEM softwares, but you get in return a lot more flexibility and savings (by not having to buy a "premium" tier of software...
Forum: Leica SL 09-24-2015
Replies: 94
Views: 11,039
Posted By YYV_146
Near-range limit? The focus shift off the eyes is...

Near-range limit? The focus shift off the eyes is very obvious with, say, the Noctilux ASPH at 10-15 ft. I don't consider portraits without the eyes in focus as "usable" shots, especially for...
Forum: Leica SL 09-23-2015
Replies: 94
Views: 11,039
Posted By YYV_146
Have you done off-center composing at F1.4?...

Have you done off-center composing at F1.4? Placing the subject on the line-of-thirds for example. With the RF patch you can only confirm focus at the center, and when you recompose focus is thrown...
Forum: Leica SL 09-23-2015
Replies: 94
Views: 11,039
Posted By YYV_146
I'd argue that if you actually want to accurately...

I'd argue that if you actually want to accurately focus fast or wider Leica lenses on any body, E-mount is the way to go. Has anyone tried focusing with off-center composition with a Noctilux or 75mm...
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 09-19-2015
Replies: 10
Views: 3,002
Posted By YYV_146
My after-market battery from 2011 works on the...

My after-market battery from 2011 works on the A7rii and A7 with FW 2.0 - have you tried other third-party batteries on the A6000?
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-16-2015
Replies: 31
Views: 2,785
Posted By YYV_146
Scientificf applications prefer CCDs because of...

Scientificf applications prefer CCDs because of economies of scale. It's cheaper to produce CCDs in smaller batches and for specific applications.

I just sold my pentax 645D, a camera with one of...
Forum: Sony Alpha / NEX News / General Discussion 09-16-2015
Replies: 15
Views: 3,493
Posted By YYV_146
The upgrade is coming first to the A7rii, but...

The upgrade is coming first to the A7rii, but then to "other E-mount cameras". IMO the A7ii is almost certainly on the list. I hope it'll also come to the A7 and A7r, which surely isn't too much to...
Forum: Sony E Lenses / Adapted Lenses / Adapters / Images 09-14-2015
Replies: 20
Views: 6,018
Posted By YYV_146
some smearing with the Biogon. Depends on your...

some smearing with the Biogon. Depends on your use case but I wouldn't care. The 35 1.2 is better but the lens is not very sharp even at F2 anyways.
Forum: Sony E Lenses / Adapted Lenses / Adapters / Images 09-14-2015
Replies: 20
Views: 6,018
Posted By YYV_146
The 35mm F1.2 performs better on E-mount bodies....

The 35mm F1.2 performs better on E-mount bodies. The biogon is fine, but with an A7ii the 35 1.2 will balance better and perform better between f2.8 and f5.6.
Forum: Sony E Lenses / Adapted Lenses / Adapters / Images 09-02-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 4,629
Posted By YYV_146
Yes - 1/15th as long as you're using both hands...

Yes - 1/15th as long as you're using both hands and looking through the viewfinder. The 55-200 might be a larger lens and harder to hold steady? The FE feels like it was designed as part of a...
Forum: Sony E Lenses / Adapted Lenses / Adapters / Images 09-02-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 4,629
Posted By YYV_146
A7rii just came in last week. I think the IBIS...

A7rii just came in last week. I think the IBIS helps, although it isn't as effective as with FE lenses. As noted by Sony, when using adapted lenses you're only getting stabilization in the x-y...
Forum: Sony Alpha / NEX News / General Discussion 09-02-2015
Replies: 16
Views: 3,696
Posted By YYV_146
I've owned every camera in the A7 series with the...

I've owned every camera in the A7 series with the exception of the A7r, and I don't think this has ever been an issue. In the real world other things are much more likely to constrain your output,...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 08-31-2015
Replies: 20
Views: 2,205
Posted By YYV_146
No idea - haven't used a Mac in close to a...

No idea - haven't used a Mac in close to a decade:(
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 08-31-2015
Replies: 20
Views: 2,205
Posted By YYV_146
The Fuji PC autosave software will work with the...

The Fuji PC autosave software will work with the X-e2 for wireless backup to a PC
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-27-2015
Replies: 3
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Views: 1,263
Posted By YYV_146
The new Pentax 645Z has a rated shutter life of...

The new Pentax 645Z has a rated shutter life of 100,000 frames. Not as many as the 007, but on par with the previous Leica S versions. I haven't heard of any tethering problems with the 645Z. The...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 08-17-2015
Replies: 6
Views: 2,129
Posted By YYV_146
The difference between the spyder5 versions is...

The difference between the spyder5 versions is only the firmware. You can use a third-party calibration software and achieve consistently better results with any of the versions. I'd go with the...
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 08-12-2015
Replies: 28
Views: 5,886
Posted By YYV_146
I sold mine because I found that I never used it...

I sold mine because I found that I never used it after getting the 16-35mm F4. The F4 is slower but for the most part better in low light because of the very effective OSS. It's a bigger lens and a...
Forum: CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - 08-11-2015
Replies: 5
Views: 2,849
Posted By YYV_146
For one thing, you can get extremely close on...

For one thing, you can get extremely close on some lenses. the wider the lens, the more "macro" the adapter can achieve. At focal lengths below 24mm you are practically limited by things touching the...
Forum: CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - 08-11-2015
Replies: 37
Views: 5,766
Posted By YYV_146
I agree. IMO the RX100 could be better served by...

I agree. IMO the RX100 could be better served by a slightly lower-resolution sensor. 16 or 12MP should help boost high iso by 1-1.5 stops without losing much print resolution. But you can actually...
Forum: CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - 08-11-2015
Replies: 37
Views: 5,766
Posted By YYV_146
Practically speaking the A7 (even unmodified) is...

Practically speaking the A7 (even unmodified) is a fine camera for M lenses. Few people I know ever shoot fast lenses at wide apertures and infinity. In most cases you can stop down to achieve better...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-10-2015
Replies: 34
Views: 3,094
Posted By YYV_146
Are you sure it's not a third-party refurb? I...

Are you sure it's not a third-party refurb? I would look out for those. Make sure you see documentation from Nikon.

80,000 shutters should be a breeze for the D4. Camera shutters fail in a long-tail...
Forum: RFF News 08-07-2015
Replies: 87
Views: 11,626
Posted By YYV_146
That was the impression I got from a few photo...

That was the impression I got from a few photo books he made. My take is that he likes to be on the same plane of the subject....
Forum: RFF News 08-07-2015
Replies: 87
Views: 11,626
Posted By YYV_146
I would have thought if HCB lived today and...

I would have thought if HCB lived today and worked in a similar fashion, he'd use something with an articulate screen since so many of his shots are not from eye-level...

...or maybe he would use a...
Forum: RFF News 08-07-2015
Replies: 87
Views: 11,626
Posted By YYV_146
You can absolutely do that with an EVF camera....

You can absolutely do that with an EVF camera. The longest lag by far in modern SLR cameras is the mirror clearance. And people seem to work with DSLRs for sports and action all the time.

EVF lag...
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 08-05-2015
Replies: 28
Views: 5,886
Posted By YYV_146
That's because the 55mm F1.8 is probably the best...

That's because the 55mm F1.8 is probably the best AF 50mm ever made. The M-mount equivalent would be somewhere between the 50mm Summilux ASPH and the APO-summicron. That's beyond the realm of Zeiss...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-04-2015
Replies: 39
Views: 11,987
Posted By YYV_146
Focus by peaking and/or focusing wide-open and...

Focus by peaking and/or focusing wide-open and stopping down is something that gets considerably better with practice. One trick is to look for things that are most likely going to show peaking...
Forum: Sony Alpha / NEX News / General Discussion 08-03-2015
Replies: 10
Views: 3,066
Posted By YYV_146
Theoretically the denser sensor should have less...

Theoretically the denser sensor should have less issues since it takes a finer texture to reach moire levels. If photographing a piece of fabric where the fine patterns are close to the pixel pitch...
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 08-02-2015
Replies: 23
Views: 4,837
Posted By YYV_146
CV 35mm F1.2. V1 and V2 performs well on all Sony...

CV 35mm F1.2. V1 and V2 performs well on all Sony cameras including A7r.

CV 50mm F1.1. Not an issue. Corners will show very slight resolution loss wide open if you compare to the M240, but these...
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 08-02-2015
Replies: 23
Views: 4,837
Posted By YYV_146
FYI you can reduce the blackout time by using a...

FYI you can reduce the blackout time by using a faster SD card.

The A7S's greatest strength is its high ISO performance and strong ISO invariance. You can conceivably set the camera at a fixed ISO...
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 08-02-2015
Replies: 23
Views: 4,837
Posted By YYV_146
The best predictor should be the distance from...

The best predictor should be the distance from the real optical nodal point of a lens to the sensor. Lenses with a protruding rear element usually have a close nodal point, but some rear elements...
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 08-02-2015
Replies: 23
Views: 4,837
Posted By YYV_146
1. Check my (not well-updated) 500px page for...

1. Check my (not well-updated) 500px page for pictures with the A7/A7s and legacy lenses. Overall I would say the A7s performs slightly better, but for practical purposes both cameras are similar....
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-02-2015
Replies: 39
Views: 11,987
Posted By YYV_146
The IQ difference is pretty significant, which is...

The IQ difference is pretty significant, which is to be expected given how old the D700 and that the current D750 uses the same sensor design as the A7 (with some tweaks).

Handling will be largely...
Forum: Photo Software 07-31-2015
Replies: 15
Views: 1,824
Posted By YYV_146
My apologies. At times I'm careless and use...

My apologies. At times I'm careless and use English phrases as would their literal translations of other languages - it's a non-native speaker thing. I didn't mean to sound disparaging or anything -...
Forum: Photo Software 07-31-2015
Replies: 15
Views: 1,824
Posted By YYV_146
Oh come on. Adobe hasn't officially produced ACR...

Oh come on. Adobe hasn't officially produced ACR update "packages" specifically for a version of Photoshop in a while. That hasn't stopped people from side-loading ACR using the manual...
Forum: Photo Software 07-31-2015
Replies: 15
Views: 1,824
Posted By YYV_146
I suspect that Adobe would keep its ACR package...

I suspect that Adobe would keep its ACR package format for some time, since CC currently uses the same files to upgrade ACR as CS6 and CS5. This means that you might still be able to manually load...
Forum: CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - 07-30-2015
Replies: 63
Views: 10,630
Posted By YYV_146
Because they want to rate at higher...

Because they want to rate at higher frames/buffer, and enable the full 5fps without overheating the chassis. At least that's my guess.

I agree that Sony should provide the opt-out, but the...
Forum: CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - 07-30-2015
Replies: 63
Views: 10,630
Posted By YYV_146
Yes - even after the updates the Xp1 AF speeds...

Yes - even after the updates the Xp1 AF speeds aren't quite good enough for work that involves motion. The Xe2 CDAF is about as good as the A7S, minus the -4ev focusing ability. The A7S is not always...
Forum: CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - 07-30-2015
Replies: 63
Views: 10,630
Posted By YYV_146
What specific things are you looking to get...

What specific things are you looking to get through a firmware update? As far as I know the RX1 hasn't had glaring issues that need to be addressed. The NEX-7 got an update for the movie button...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-30-2015
Replies: 7
Views: 998
Posted By YYV_146
Only 2 megapixels. That's a tad small for still...

Only 2 megapixels. That's a tad small for still frames.
Forum: CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - 07-29-2015
Replies: 63
Views: 10,630
Posted By YYV_146
In fairness, those are nice optics and give...

In fairness, those are nice optics and give plenty of performance on the dollar. But they aren't perfect for critical work on 24mp APS-C sensors. The upgrade from the 50mm F1.8 to the 55mm Zeiss...
Forum: CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - 07-29-2015
Replies: 63
Views: 10,630
Posted By YYV_146
Image quality from the Fuji bodies are currently...

Image quality from the Fuji bodies are currently at least a generation behind Sony APS-C bodies, since they still use a base Sony design from 2011. Four years is a long time in the digital world....
Forum: Sony Alpha / NEX News / General Discussion 07-28-2015
Replies: 10
Views: 3,066
Posted By YYV_146
The long answer is that you won't see compression...

The long answer is that you won't see compression unless you're shooting subjects with extreme contrast differences. If you clip the sky to white but still have -3 or -4 in the shadows, for example,...
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 07-27-2015
Replies: 18
Views: 5,732
Posted By YYV_146
Yes, but you'll miss out a year of your life in...

Yes, but you'll miss out a year of your life in 42 megapixels...
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 07-26-2015
Replies: 18
Views: 5,732
Posted By YYV_146
Interesting. When mine arrives I will be doing...

Interesting. When mine arrives I will be doing some tests, although at the moment I don't have any highly symmetric M-mount lenses. IMO as long as it's not worse than the unmodified A7, corner...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 07-26-2015
Replies: 21
Views: 2,680
Posted By YYV_146
I've found that for the type of "work" that I do,...

I've found that for the type of "work" that I do, which typically tends to be concentrated in 1-2 hour sessions, a single original battery will power through the entire event. The extreme example is...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 07-26-2015
Replies: 21
Views: 2,680
Posted By YYV_146
Ideally you want each frame of an HDR sequence to...

Ideally you want each frame of an HDR sequence to have minimal exposure overlap with the others. This means that you want as wide an exposure difference between the frames as possible while retaining...
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 07-24-2015
Replies: 50
Views: 5,340
Posted By YYV_146
Well, my 50 pages is mostly going to be charts...

Well, my 50 pages is mostly going to be charts and equations. One of the luxuries of doing economics is that you can be further or closer to reality as you want. But (ideally) solutions to global...
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 07-24-2015
Replies: 50
Views: 5,340
Posted By YYV_146
Your actions are admirable. I don't think anyone...

Your actions are admirable. I don't think anyone can deny that, nor that there is a very real poverty issue in the US. But trade protectionism isn't the solution. I consider myself a moderate on the...
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 07-23-2015
Replies: 50
Views: 5,340
Posted By YYV_146
My post above also applies. We need to look at...

My post above also applies. We need to look at the specific level of worker skill involved. Sony and Nikon make some of their bodies and cheap lenses in ASEAN. I would assume those workers are paid...
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 07-23-2015
Replies: 50
Views: 5,340
Posted By YYV_146
*Sign* It's this argument again. Let's see....

*Sign* It's this argument again.

Let's see. First of all, In current Chinese cities if you are single and make less than $230 per month(from memory, don't know if this is outdated) you qualify for...
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 07-23-2015
Replies: 50
Views: 5,340
Posted By YYV_146
Backed. Seems like an extremely nice day bag. I...

Backed. Seems like an extremely nice day bag. I think I'll stick to a more traditional bag for photography, but the two clip mounts and the large laptop compartment sells this for me.
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 07-23-2015
Replies: 21
Views: 2,680
Posted By YYV_146
The new FF FE primes are very good. I think it's...

The new FF FE primes are very good. I think it's unfair to compare XF lenses with the FE lenses since APS-C optics will always be easier to design given the parameters, as well as the prices Fuji...
Forum: Sony E Lenses / Adapted Lenses / Adapters / Images 07-22-2015
Replies: 10
Views: 2,823
Posted By YYV_146
For absolute performance at this focal length few...

For absolute performance at this focal length few lenses can beat the 75mm APO-summicron. It is the sharpest lens I own and even at f2 it is technically superb.

But since you have an A7, why not...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 07-16-2015
Replies: 7
Views: 1,019
Posted By YYV_146
Second on the early M4/3 bodies. I'm sure someone...

Second on the early M4/3 bodies. I'm sure someone makes super-cheap manual lenses for m43 mount. They can probably be slightly less cheap since manual lenses can go from body to body.
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 07-16-2015
Replies: 24
Views: 4,430
Posted By YYV_146
The Nokton is huge and heavy. Not as huge and...

The Nokton is huge and heavy. Not as huge and heavy as the Noctilux, but still enough to weight down your bag. It's not a bad performer in any sense. A bit soft wide open and the bokeh can be...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 07-14-2015
Replies: 6
Views: 1,724
Posted By YYV_146
The modern Leica lenses will perform better than...

The modern Leica lenses will perform better than old, aspherical designs, even on un-modded A7 bodies. I maintain that corner sharpness at f1.4 and, to a lesser extent, f2 is inconsequential for...
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