Sony E-Mount Lenses Field Test - English

Categoria: English Pubblicato: Martedì, 01 Ottobre 2013 Scritto da Donato Chirulli

Text and images by Donato Chirulli

We’ve focused on Sony NEX5 and NEX7 lately and as you may read (NEX 5 - NEX 6) we were impressed by quality and performances of both cameras.

We didn’t have the opportunity to test them with top quality lenses and we wondered what results we would have got with better lenses. Such cameras deserve to be paired with high quality lenses in order to get the best from their sensors and processors. We all know that CSC users tend to have the best image quality and often they decide to switch from their massive and heavy reflex gear to such small cameras. Sometimes it is just slowed done by the lack of a complete set of quality lenses capable of satisfying user's needs. We were excited when finally Sony decided to give us the opportunity to try two of their top quality lenses. Two lenses that may be really useful in day to day use as their focal range is one of the most used.

 

The first one is the Zeiss Sonnar 24mm F1,8 (equivalent to a 36mm on 35mm format). The second one is the wide angle zoom lens 10-18mm F4 OSS (equivalent to a 15-27mm lens on 35mm format).

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Test Nikon 1 System

Categoria: English Pubblicato: Domenica, 28 Luglio 2013 Scritto da Donato Chirulli

Text and photos by Donato Chirulli (Translation by Luca Petralia)

The interest towards the CSC cameras is always growing between photo enthusiasts. Lightweight cameras, small, stealthy but at the same time capable of great results and versatility. Almost each camera manufacturer has entered the market, sometimes with great differencies between the various systems: for some the vintage look is the key, maintaining traditional designs and well known interfaces while others, on the other hand, decided to break the rules and move to a more futuristic approach. At a first glance, some CSCs may appear fancy coloured compacts rather than real cameras. What all of these systems share is the advanced technology and the different product lines for different targets. Each manufacturer has its onw philosophy, from Micro 4/3 sensors to full frame ones, from 1” to APSC. Could Nikon stand at the window watching the others? No, of course, and the Nikon1 system demonstrates this. A very innovative design that in less than 2 years brought to life the 1 S1 and the 1 V2, through three different camera's generations. An entry level the first one, a high end camera the second.

Riflessifotografici had the chance to test both, with three different zooms, and of course we didn’t pass on it. To be honest, to go around with all-white cameras and lenses, with an unusual shape, caused us a loss professional self-esteem...many considered us just as beginners with strange toys, even if we were doing a serious shooting. But, you know, this is part of our passion. Max Angeloni, fool as usual, due to the shape and the white colour, called them the “Pope-Cameras”. Needless to say, we’re joking...maybe..

 

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Fujifilm X-M1

Categoria: English Pubblicato: Lunedì, 15 Luglio 2013 Scritto da Max Angeloni

Text and photos by Max Angeloni (Translation by Luca Petralia)

Introduzione

It's really hard to write an article or a review of a photographic tool even after trying it for a long time.
It's even harder trying to summarize in words the first impression on a camera or a lens after just few weeks with it. 
So when Fuji gave me the hard task to test their brand new X-M1 with the intention to bring some fresh opinion to the press conference organized for the release of the camera, i thought it was almost impossible with the short time I had to test it.

È molto complesso scrivere un articolo o una recensione su uno strumento fotografico, anche dopo averlo provato intensamente per tanto tempo.
È ancora più arduo sintetizzare a parole le prime impressioni ricevute da una macchina fotografica o un obiettivo dopo poche settimane di utilizzo.
Pertanto, quando Fujifilm Italia mi ha incaricato di testare in anteprima la nuovissima X-M1, alfine di riportare le mie impressioni in occasione della conferenza stampa indetta per il lancio ufficiale del nuovo prodotto di Fujifilm, pensavo fosse impossibile visto il breve periodo che avevo a disposizione.

(Italian version Here)

To be honest all my doubts vanished as soon as I took the camera in my hand for the first time. The X-M1 is in all respects a Fujifilm X-camera. As I already stated at the times of the review of its "middle" sister, the X-E1 when the electronic and the sensor are shared the only differences you may note are just side aspects, details, but the image quality is the same.

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Sony CyberShot DSC-RX100: travel notes (English Version)

Categoria: English Pubblicato: Mercoledì, 26 Giugno 2013 Scritto da Max Angeloni

Text and photos by Max Angeloni (Translation by Luca Petralia)

In the beginning it should have been a long, deep field-te.
But the announcement of the imminent release of the RX100 MII would have made this post “old” even before our readers could had read its first part.
We thought we could move this post to the section “Economia Fotografica”, a section dedicated to the “oldies but goodies”. But…hell! this camera, less than a year after its release, cannot be considered an oldie.      So what?!

In principio doveva essere una prova sul campo, lunga e approfondita.
Ma l’annuncio dell’imminente uscita della RX100 MII avrebbe reso il tutto già obsoleto ancor prima che i nostri lettori avessero terminato di leggere la prima parte dell’articolo.
Avevamo pensato di dirottare la recensione nel segmento “Economia Fotografica”. Segmento che utilizziamo per parlare di macchine fotografiche ormai fuori produzione ma che mantengono inalterato la possibilità di regalare infinite soddisfazioni fotografiche.
Ma diamine… una macchina fotografica del genere, a nemmeno da un anno dal suo lancio, non può definirsi uno strumento appartenente al passato.
E allora?
(Versione Italiana)

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Fujifilm X20 - Complete Review

Categoria: English Pubblicato: Martedì, 07 Maggio 2013 Scritto da Donato Chirulli

Testo e foto di Donato Chirulli

Again, as usual for Riflessifotografici, we took it easy...very easy. A bit too much perhaps, but our usual followers got used of our slowliness being aware that after all the waiting the final review will give a complete overview of the camera based on facts rather than on quick impressions

 

 

 

The Fujifilm X20, since the official announcement, created a great interest among the X10 owners as well as the new potential buyers, aware of the qualities of its predecessor.A spasmodic waiting, amplified by the innovations introduced by Fuji to improve the performances of a camera that should be considered a milestone in the compact cameras history. A compact camera, we would like to remember to all the readers. We remember this because we have often seen people have expectations that cannot be matched by a compact camera. There's no way a compact camera like the X20 (or the X10 for that matter) can compete with a DSLR, and this has never been the target of this camera. This is obvious if you think about the general performances and above all, the image quality that can be reached by devices costing 10 times the price, or equipped with Full Frame sensors that easily dwarfs the new X-Trans sensor of the X20. You have to fully understand the philosophy behind this camera to buy it and to get the best from it because, in the end, the X20 produces great pictures and this is what really matters.

 

 

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Sony Cyber Shot RX1 (English)

Categoria: English Pubblicato: Sabato, 27 Aprile 2013 Scritto da Max Angeloni

Text and photos by Max Angeloni (Translation by Luca Petralia)

Introduction

How big is a centimeter?  It is a measure that may be negligible or just too big. The new Sony Rx1 is all about that missing centimeter.
Some will consider it a negligible shortcoming, others will think that is an insuperable distance.
Why that centimeter becomes so important to earn a spot in the opening title?

Let's start from the beginning.
Sony enters the "Single Focal Lenght Compact Camera" market  with a "Full Frame" sensor coupled with a prestigiuos and charming lens: the Zeiss Sonnat T 35mm F2.
A real earthquake for a segment tipically based on APSC sensor cameras and focal lenghts "cropped" to obtain the desired field of view. A segment I really love and highly explored in our reviews here in Riflessifotografici.com. The first exclamations, when it was originally announced, were: 
"WOW...great...a full frame sensor and a 35mm Zeiss Lens!"
"WOW...exagerated... 3.000 Euros for a compact camera?"
But where's the truth? The new RX1 is really the new queen of the segment or the price is too high compared to what the camera offers?
Let's try to find out.

 

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Fujifilm X20: first impressions

Categoria: English Pubblicato: Giovedì, 18 Aprile 2013 Scritto da Donato Chirulli

Here we are... this time even before the official arrival of the product on sellers' shelves (not for this translation though). But, you know, we don't like to make things on a rush. Thus, these are only the very first impressions. First impressions that didn't prevent us to discover the first certainties, compared to the previous models. X20 and X100s can't be quickly described with few photos and some row, as many are used to. Both products, despite the only minor aesthetical changes, deeply rewrite the way Fuji interprets this two models, and also the way fuji sees their respective market segments.
But many were waiting to know better this two photographic tools and so we couldn’t wait. To wait could also mean to see the first flames on the web, as it usually happens at each new product launch. Flames and urban legends that may live due to the quickie "definitive reviews" based on few dozens of pictures, on pre-production models. The last urban legend says that the distribution of the new Fujis have been delayed due to some unknown and mysterious problem. Reality is far different. Reality is that this time Fuji wants to deliver to its own buyers a mature and polished product and decided to use all the scheduled time.
Unfortunately some vendors, in the rush to stockpile pre-orders, anticipate the official release date. X20 and X100 were scheduled to be released between mid and the end of march...and between mid and the end of march they will become available.

If some model somehow is out of this pattern and has a non definitive firmware, a simple update will be enough to have all the features available in the official release. And the official release firmware is the one that runs the two cameras we started to shoot with, to write the first impressions, starting with the X20 and Donato Chirulli's photographic skills.

Text and photos by Donato Chirullli (Translation by Luca Petralia)

The long wait has come to an end: finally the Fuji X20 is in our hands. Who had the luck to appreciate the notable qualities of the old X10 for sure has anxiously waited the release of this brand new X20. Indeed, this model has been fullfilled with a lot of improvements, aimed to improve both the image quality and the operating possibilities.

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Fujifilm X100s: First Impressions

Categoria: English Pubblicato: Giovedì, 18 Aprile 2013 Scritto da administrator

Here we are...this time even before the official arrival of the product on sellers' shelves (not for this translation though). But, you know, we don't like to make things on a rush. Thus, these are only the very first impressions. First impressions that didn't prevent us to discover the first certainties, compared to the previous models. X20 and X100s can't be quickly described with few photos and some row, as many are used to. Both products, despite the only minor aesthetical changes, deeply rewrite the way Fuji interprets this two models, and also the way fuji sees their respective market segments. But many were waiting to know better this two photographic tools and so we couldn’t wait. To wait could also mean to see the first flames on the web, as it usually happens at each new product launch. Flames and urban legends that may live due to the quickie "definitive reviews" based on few dozens of pictures, on pre-production models. The last urban legend says that the distribution of the new Fujis have been delayed due to some unknown and mysterious problem. Reality is far different. Reality is that this time Fuji wants to deliver to its own buyers a mature and polished product and decided to use all the scheduled time. Unfortunately some vendors, in the rush to stockpile pre-orders, anticipate the official release date. X20 and X100 were scheduled to be released between mid and the end of march...and between mid and the end of march they will become available.  If some model somehow is out of this pattern and has a non definitive firmware, a simple update will be enough to have all the features available in the official release. And the official release firmware is the one that runs the two cameras we started to shoot with, to write the first impressions.

 

Text and photos by Max Angeloni (Translation by Luca Petralia)

Identical, they're damn identical...i get confused, I accidentally use one rather than the other. But, while I’m shooting I become suddenly aware of the mistake. It has never happened to me to identify so easily a camera with my eye in the viewfinder. Yes...X100 and X100s seem identical. Minor aesthetical differences, and a slighly different button layout on the back can reveal that they’re not the same camera.

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