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Sirui P424S Carbon Monopod

The Sirui P424S Carbon

 

Sirui P424S Carbon Monopod

Sirui P424S Carbon Monopod

…is the creme de la creme of video monopods. Period.

The build quality of this kit is simply exceptional, it’s packed full of
cool features, and overall is light for its size. The feet are very long
making the unit steady and suitable for a camera with a zoom lens the size
of a Nikkor 17-55mm f2.8… something you would never imagine doing on a
similar Manfrotto monopod for example.

The system breaks down allowing you to use a ball head (not included) and
feet without the monopod pole. You can also remove the feet and use it as
a normal photo monopod. Options include an extra top plate and a spike if
you want to use it in soil or grass. And it all comes with a very cool
carrying case.

What more could you ask?!

You can get one here: (eBay link)

 

Specs:
Sections: 4
Open Length:  1900mm
Closed Length: 765mm
Min Leg Diameter: 25
Max Leg Diameter: 36
Weight: 1.4Kg
Max Support Weight 12Kg

 

*Thanks Dave for the corrections!

 

Sigma 35mm f1.4 ART (Nikon)

A small review of the Sigma 35mm f1.4 ART lens for Nikon.

Sigma 35mm f1.5 ART lens

 

Sigma has come a long way. That’s for sure. The stepped up their game a while ago and it has paid off.
To the point actually that it makes you think if Nikon & Canon hold back on their designs..

 

What’s to like:

  • Design
  • Built quality
  • Feel in the hand
  • Sharpness
  • Extended focus range for MF
  • Accurate focus

What i don’t like

  • It show fingerprints due to the satin finish of the metal
  • Kind of slow to focus, it can cause to miss something important

 

Samples:

 

 

 

New AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR

So, after ten years Nikon updates the pinnacle of 24-70’s out there.

New AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR (link)

New Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR

New Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR

 

Current 24-70mm is a great lens, with some flaws, but still great.

What’s Good:

  • Blazing fast focus
  • Very very sharp
  • Good handling
  • Standard 77mm filter mount

What’s not good:

  • Front portion expands
  • Slight distortion at 24 & less at 70mm
  • Quite long due to the minus element design, but gains at barrel diameter
  • Due to the N coatings, the lens cannot be serviced, only exchanged at Nikon for a new one + difference
  • Build quality is very good but from personal experience is a very sensitive lens if it gets knocked around (which it will if you are a working photographer)

So, what the new boy brings to the table?

  • First and foremost, VR!
  • Faster focus speeds (It was crazy fast already!!)
  • New optical design

What i like:

  • VR, obviously!
  • Faster Auto focus (faster is always better)
  • I hope they fixed that slight distortion at 24mm

What i don’t like:

  • Front element still expands
  • 82mm filter
  • Even heavier
  • Even longer

Until we have some hands on, that’s it for now…

Press Release Photos:

 

 

 

 

 

 

GoPro Hero3+ vs Xiaomi YI

GoPro Hero3+ vs Xiaomi YI

So, Xiaomi looks to dive in everything that is trending.
To be honest it does really really good. It is the No1 tech company in China right know (as far as i know, at least)

So what’s more natural to try to take a percentage form the No1 action camera company, GoPro? Nothing.

So it released the YI. An action camera that nearly copies the design but also differentiates it. Others copied it to the letter…
It features an Sony EXMOR R sensor at 16Mp and of course built in wifi & BT.

So, how does it stack up to the leader?

Here is a small comparison between the two. Nothing fancy, i just wanted to see them side by side. My thoughts? After the break!


Buttons are almost in the same place as the Hero3, but tey are far more easier to hit by accident because  they are softer to click. Also, it completely lacks the front screen, so you have to use the app in order to be sure of what’s happening.
I get confused when it records every time… maybe it’s just me. I don’t know.
One plus is the featured tripod mount on the YI. A feature that is completely missing on the Gopro’s unless you use an accessory

The biggest drawback tho is the lens. It is noticeably softer in the corners and it shows.
Also it “only” records up to 1080p/60 fps versus the more capable GoPro.

On the other side it only cost 70$ where the GoPro starts at 130$ for the cheapest one, reaching a respectable 499$ for the top model.

Another thing to keep in mind is that the accessories does not match between those two, mainly because the lens is centered on the YI but more to the top on the Hero3

 

That’s it, soon i hope to make a small video on this.

 

Out, Stefanos

Nikkor 70-200VR II (vs VRI)

So, the Nikkor 70-200VR II (vs VRI)…

The latest in the 80-200, 70-200 Zoom Nikkors. The lens is fantastic, as was the one before it the 70-200VR. I mainly doing this post because i found a difference between the two. It has to do with the lens design of the internal focusing.

It’s called focus breathing and basically it’s another “trick” by Nikon to mask up a design “flaw” (Just as the 105VR with the maximum aperture when you are in 1:1 magnification)
When in minimum focus distance, the lens is not a true 200mm, but this is gone after the focus passes the 3 meter mark.
the same goes for the other focal distances, but it’s way more obvious at 200mm.

Here’s some examples.

 

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Here is the short range. Big difference. The boxes is 1.5mt away.

The VRII is on the Left and the VRI is on the Right

 

Nikkor 70-200VR

Nikkor 70-200VR

Nikkor 70-200VR

Nikkor 70-200VR

Nikkor 70-200VR

Nikkor 70-200VR

Nikkor 70-200VR

Nikkor 70-200VR

Nikkor 70-200VR

Nikkor 70-200VR

 

You can clearly see that there is quite the difference between the two lens.

And here is the difference on the long range. Nearly invisible.

Again, VRII is on the Left and the VRI is on the Right

(Both lenses with a Hoya UV on them)

Nikkor 70-200 @70 Long Distance Nikkor 70-200 @80 Long Distance Nikkor 70-200 @105 Long Distance Nikkor 70-200 @135 Long Distance Nikkor 70-200 @200 Long Distance

 

What i also noticed is that while (manually) focusing from near to infinity, on the VRI the focal length changed (visually, not mechanically) which was not the case with the VRII.

 

 

Some more images of the lens itself.

 

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