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bjornthun last won the day on 18 May 2016

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  1. The Camera Store TV has a report on a pre production model of the X-T2, and they seem very pleased, here is the link: http://www.fujirumors.com/autofocus-test-fuji-x-t2-vs-sony-a6300/ They say, the AF is improved a lot, the film profiles are nice for video, and it has got 4k andvit doedn't overheat when shooting video. They go on to say that the AF competes with the Sony A6300 (better customization than Sony) and with DSLRs. Alan, I stand corrected on 4k, which is a good thing, since it works well.
  2. Mike, hope that you will like the X-T2. No need to worry about AF performance for regular subjects, both PDAF and CDAF are at your disposal and both are very precise in a mirrorless camera. No worries about front- or backfocusing at all. If I'm not mistaken the X-T2 will get 4k video via firmware later, but not the X-Pro2. The Sony A6300 does 4k video and is smaller than the Fuji X-T2, so small size is no problem.
  3. The main use for Metabones Speedboosters is to gain very fast apertures for video use on APS-C and m43 cameras, with lenses like Nikon Ai-S 50/1.2 and Ai-S 35/1.4. The video crowd desires f/1 in very dark conditions.To get back to some relevance, I would get a used Nikon or Canon body, if I were to shoot long lenses from Nikon or Canon on a budget. The 200-500/5.6 seems to give splendid results. That lens should be a home run for Nikon. I have got a Sigma 150-600, which I use with an MC-11 "mount converter" on my Sony cameras. I very much appreciate the flexibility of a super tele zoom. I guess supertele zooms will get very popular. The Sigma MC-11 mount converter is special in that it makes the camera see a native rather than an adapted lens, when you use so-called "Global Vision" lenses from Sigma. This unlocks functions that don't work, if you use a Metabones adapter. MC-11 is only for Sony mirrorless.
  4. Yup, Sony has a way to go with the user interface, particularly the menu system, and the AF point selector. Going from first to second generation on the A7 series, they have adressed several issues, among them build quality.
  5. Sony make sensors for Nikon, Pentax, Fuji, et al. So, skipping Sony means hello Canon!
  6. EDIT: I THINK MY GUESS BELOW IS WRONG, Loyd Chambers WRITEUP SEEMS TO INDICATE A CORRECTION DONE IN THE RAW CONVERTER.There are two ways of doing VR (at least). You can do it in the lens by moving/tilting a specially assigned lens group, or you can move the sensor. This is probably the same as Olympus IBIS and Sony IBIS. When the image is shot, the image data is read from the sensor in exactly the same way as Nikon/Canon, whether IBIS/VR is on or off, no difference at all. Come to think if it, Pentax has used sensor stabilization for a long time in their APS-C DSLRs, by moving the sensor, just like Olympus IBIS. Like Alan, I too think that Pentax is too late to the market with a 35mm format a.k.a. "full frame" DSLR. They had better left this market to Canon and Nikon and gone mirrorless instead.
  7. Sort of, there is a Chinese adapter that is in obvious need of better firmware for it to be reliable, though. I think it is made by Commlite. I no longer have any Nikkors, so I'm not going to test it. Currently it is only for Sony E mount, since Sony makes full frame mirrorless.
  8. Whoa, all the gory details about a predator eating a prey. Yikes!
  9. Fred, your better half has shot some amazing images. Kudos to her! Nikon glass won't give any AF or electronic communication on a Metabones adapter. The Nikon mount has too many mechanical couplings, wheras the Canon EOS mount is purely electronical, so it's easier to make electronic adapters for it. This goes for adapting to m43 as well as Sony E mount. I use a Canon EOS mount Sigma 150-600 with Sigma's MC-11 adapter for Sigma lenses. The special thing about the Sigma MC-11 is that the lens works as a fully native lens with PDAF, eye AF and AF tracking on a Sony mirrorless camera. Just think about it: I can use the Sigma 150-600mm supertele zoom lens on my Sony mirrorless camera and phase detect AF with no stinkin' AF calibration at all!
  10. This is why the pixel shift technology is so well suited for shooting fabrics and for repro work. You avoid the colour artifacts from the Bayer pattern.With pixel shift the sensor is moved vertically and horizontaly in the image plane between each shot. Studio flashes will need four cycles since there are a total of four exposures done.
  11. Pixel shift is a studio solution for repro work, still life as well as photography of fabrics. One important advantage is the absense of Bayer artifacts in patterns. When all of this is realized, pixel shift is a useful technology. Hasselblad offers digital medium format back that employ the same principle.
  12. A 100-400 is portable enough to see a lot use!
  13. Google must be working in mysterious ways. 1. First I read about Dallas becoming an Airbnb host and clicked on his link. Looks very nice, Dallas! 2. I clicked on a link to a Korean language article with specs of two Samyang AF lenses for Sony FE mount to be released today. 3. On another website (fredmiranda) I got a google add for airbnb.co.kr
  14. Defender seems to be something the British came up with just a couple of years after World War II, and that shows, according to a review I found.
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