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November 27, 2013

Can you tame an Otus Zeiss?

Otus scops aka Eurasian Scops Owl aka Otus Zeiss (Image under Wikimedia Commons)
The ZEISS Otus 1.4/55 lens currently is the finest lens ever made for a 35mm SLR. Every test coming in from DxO, DPReview and other test sites all speak the same language: there has been no lens with a similiar performance before the Otus. Wide open at F/1.4, it beats many excellent lenses out there at F/2.8, and by F/4, it breaks most limits. Across the entire field.
     So, even at its undesirable price level, it remains a desirable item sold out for six months now. But a question remains: can you tame it?

July 4, 2013

Comment: Why the new "Dual Pixel AF" will transform the photo industry

Image ©Canon Europe. The Canon Dual Pixel CMOS AF sensor structure.

I do not normally comment on developments I have no inside information about. It is just adding to the noise in the internet. Here, I decided to make an exception :)

So, Canon launched the Canon 70D digital SLR camera 2013, July 2, two days ago. It includes an autofocus technology named "Dual Pixel cmos AF" which promises to introduce high-speed autofocus performance to live view shooting and movie recording which previously would have required a phase detect AF module, at least in lower light situations.

I believe that this innovation looks much more innocent than it actually is. Here is why.

September 21, 2012

Photokina 2012: Nikon talks about the D800's outer AF issue

"I AM here4U" at Photokina 2012

Note: A copy of this blog article has been published in German language too. Please refer to the corresponding version (Deutsch) before posting comments. Thank You.

Prior to Photokina, I had scheduled a meeting with Nikon Germany, partly in order to discuss the known issue regarding the outer AF focus fields of the Nikon D800 camera.

So, on Tuesday I had the pleasure to discuss the topic extensively with both Michael Wollburg (Manager Customer Support Nikon GmbH) and a Nikon technician in charge. The meeting was very friendly and constructive.

Photokina 2012: Nikon spricht über das D800 AF Problem

"I AM here4U" at Photokina 2012

Note: A copy of this blog article will be published in English language too. Please refer to the corresponding version before posting comments. Thank You.

Ich hatte im Vorfeld der Photokina mit Nikon Deutschland vereinbart, ein Gespräch u.a. zum bekannten Problem der äusseren AF Sensoren bei der Nikon D800 Kamera zu suchen.

Am Dienstag hatte ich nun Gelegenheit, die Angelegenheit ausführlich mit Michael Wollburg (Manager Customer Support Nikon GmbH) sowie einem anwesenden Techniker zu besprechen. Das Gespräch war sehr konstruktiv.

September 18, 2012

Photokina 2012: The Leica event

Leica Hall of Fame award ceremony, with Nick Ut, Phan Thi Kim Phuc, Karin Rehn-Kaufmann and Markus Lanz all on stage.
On September 17 at the Photokina 2012 Leica event, Nick Ut was awarded with the Leica Hall of Fame Award 2012 by Karin Rehn-Kaufmann. The price was for his famous "Napalm Girl" photo depicting Phan Thi Kim Phuc who became victim of the Vietnam war 1972.

In other words, Leica created enormous suspense to all awaiting Leica's new products. I almost thought the prize award would be what the event is all about. After all, it is quite an iconic photography and having both Nick and Kim Phuc on stage made it an impressive event. Even for people waiting for the whatever Leica would reveal. Like me ;)