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Reviews of cameras, lenses, tripods, heads and other accessories written by 0maxx0

Microsoft Translator  The following opinions have been automatically translated with Microsoft Translator.

canon_efs_55-250stmCanon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM

Pros: range, quietness, sharpness, lightness, dimensions, price, stabilizer

Cons: for the price none.

Opinion: excellent economic zoom, stabilized, very light and compact, precise and completely silent af. Well sharp up to 200mm, over shows a bit the side. Defects? the construction is plastic, the af is not very fast (stm) and above all it does not have a limiter to make it work only at certain focal lengths, as diaphragms you soon get to f / 5.6 ... but they are all obvious implications of the medal for such a price. For me they are not even considered as such. Recommended optics without reservations.

sent on September 20, 2021

canon_7dCanon 7D

Pros: pro body, burst, AF, viewfinder, joystick, first Canon SLR with auto ISO in M working

Cons: sensor inevitably outdated, no articulated screen & touch, live view contrast pre Dual Pixel, no exposure compensation with auto ISO in M.

Opinion: Does it make sense to buy a 7d in 2021? I switched to this old woman after trying the newcomer Sigma 150-600mm C on the M5: excellent machine in general, it is unsuitable for fast shots in which to seize the fleeting moment, a bit because of the viewfinder (not bad in itself, but the blackout is quite long with moving subjects) but mainly for the continuous af absolutely unreliable and inconsistent regardless of the mounted optics. The 7d attracted me with the ridiculous price, the pro body (both as controls / grip and as quality of materials) and an autofocus that, although not at the pace of the last ml, seemed to be more than enough for my needs. I immediately put my hands forward saying that in these characteristics the 7D does not disappoint: it is true, it lacks the tilt and touch screen of the descendants, but even with only the physical controls (including the excellent joystick) this body is comfortable and the response is always ready. The ovf is huge and a pleasure to use, the burst fast and "substantial" (about 20-24 raw at 8 shots per second, with a modern cf) and flanked by an af able to do it justice, even if every now and then there is some shot mysteriously out of focus. Unfortunately, after trying this camera returning to the M5 is really difficult, what previously seemed to me a great body now in comparison is little more than a toy for quality of materials and many details (shutter noise, main ring of the M for me indecent, as written reactivity, grip, battery life,...) small taken alone, but that all together for me weigh a lot on the experience of use. They weigh so much that I decided to continue using the 7d by turning a blind eye to the poor 18mpx sensor, which for giddì and noise can not compete with its younger descendants. a note on the subject: while for the dynamic range nothing can be done, for the noise are now available denoise softwares based on AI that I do not say fill the gap with recent sensors, but that guarantee a huge boost to the quality of the images, practically solving the problem of noise related to high ISO. Even the dreaded banding can be treated effectively with RawTherapee, even if the carefree shadow recoveries to which we have become accustomed in recent years remain impossible. So, back to the initial question... recommended or not? Compromises are there and they are important. But knowing them and seeing the ridiculous price of this old pro (about 250 euros), in my opinion you will hardly be disappointed.

sent on August 14, 2021

sigma_150-600cSigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM C

Pros: price, weight, quality, stabilizer

Cons: non-push-pull zoom.

Opinion: I use it on Canon M5 and 7d. on both it works perfectly, although for a matter of weight and performance of the continuous af it is much more comfortable on the SLR, despite the more aged sensor. It's my first super tele, so I can't compare it with the competition, but it's a well-built lens, pleasant to hold in your hand, closed with a sharp stop, the af is very fast (especially if you use the limiter) and the stabilization effective. defects? at this price no one (do you want a bright 600mm? you have wrong price range ...), but to be honest on some occasions the blurred is really tremendous, and the zoom push pull would have been very convenient ... although I use it so anyway, pushing on the truncated cone "behind" the front lens. Update: Since I bought it I have never been able to make freehand shots perfectly in focus, the weight and length of this beast make it impossible for me to wield without swinging from all sides. A few days ago I finally solved with a monopede. I do not report it in the defects, I do not think it can be considered as such.

sent on August 02, 2021

canon_50_f1-8stmCanon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM

Pros: usable to t.a., very sharp from f/2.8, price, colors

Cons: af slow

Opinion: on apsc, excellent portrait lens. the blurry will not be the best but it costs a whistle, closed 1 stop becomes a blade, the colors are beautiful, cluttered little, weighs little and also has the metal bayonet. on mirrorless (M5) the af is not wrong but it is certainly not lightning. obligatory purchase. sold once, I regretted it quickly, I just bought it back.

sent on April 17, 2021

canon_eos_m5Canon EOS M5

Pros: -

Cons: -

Opinion: PRO: - many physical controls (4 rings!) almost fully customizable - the same good 24mpx "second version" sensor of the various M50, 200D, 800D, 77D and 80D - fast and precise dual pixel AF - very fast burst (7 shots/second with afc) and "huge" buffer (17 raw) for non-specialist uses - very small weight and size, wanting more ergonomics resolves with a smallrig cage (it almost becomes a reflex, as a handle) - very comfortable touch screen in general, and well used as a joystick replacement to move the AF point even in viewfinder - perfectly compatible with efs/ef optics thanks to the adapter. CONS: - the ring around the shutter button for me is uncomfortable, nothing to do with that of the SLRs - AF not particularly lent in low light (comes "only" to -1EV): in such a condition the continuous af becomes unreliable, sometimes it goes hunting and even when it does not happen the machine could "refuse" to shoot for a couple of seconds after pressing the shutter button. It is as if he is still processing something despite the fact that there is confirmation of the focus on the screen. The strange thing (equal behavior in the M3) is that in a single the problem is very mitigated, the machine sets in focus and shoots in not excessive times (I repeat, only in very dark environments... I took pictures in church for a baptism, I was afraid of problems with the AFC and instead it never had any uncertainties) - there is no eye af (available on newer versions of the dual pixel) - poor battery life

sent on October 08, 2020

canon_eos_m3Canon EOS M3

Pros: construction, many buttons and three rings, customizable, intuitive menu, touch screen and tilting on the vertical, usable flash of bounce, compactness, hot shoe.

Cons: battery life, unusable contrast af on moving subjects, "old" 24mpx sensor that does not allow the recoveries of the successor.

Opinion: bought used in the store for less than 200 euros (the average price requested at the moment is absurd, in my opinion), I use it as a compact combination with compact and light optics. I knew about inadequate contrast af for moving subjects, so I didn't have any nasty surprises. In afc (to servos) it happens that the machine becomes impudent and does not shoot for several seconds, while in afs (one shot) the same scene shoots almost without delay ... mystery of faith and in any case the continuous af continuo on this body is as useless written. For the rest I am happy, the camera is pleasant to hold in your hand and to use, three rings (one for exposure compensation) are perfect to always have everything at hand, and the buttons are almost all customizable. The sensor is the first Canon 24mpx, therefore with a reduced dynamic range compared to the second version. Better also not to rely on the recoveries of shadows, they become noisy; it must be said that always having on screen the preview of the exhibition and the histogram is definitely easier to expose to the best. Obviously it is outdated to date, but I still consider it a good purchase for photos of static subjects and for those who already have Canon optics.

sent on August 17, 2020

canon_efs_18-55_v3Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 III

Pros: The 200D in kit with this lens I paid less than to buy the body alone, so...

Cons: ... it sucks so much that it devalues everything it touches. unsteadyed, slow and noisy, plastic as a toy, poor sharpness.

Opinion: Unlike the brothers IS and STM (the latter really great kits, as far as I'm concerned), this lens is a bottle bottom. found in the packaging of the 200D, just tried I wondered why I had spent money to go from 1" (Sony RX100) to apsc if then the result was even worse. buying at the lenses I realized that the problem was neither the sensor nor the camera, but this junk.

sent on August 02, 2020

canon_efs18-55_f4_5-6stmCanon EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM

Pros: more compact and better made than its predecessors, very light, stabilized, excellent range of focal points, sharp, af silent

Cons: for what it costs nothing. To have to indicate one, it is obviously a dark goal...

Opinion: ... but if it had been f/2.8 constant it would have had the same weight, the same footprint and the same price as 17-55mm is usm. Compared to its predecessors it loses 1/3 wide-side brightness stops, but gains in portability being also a 20% shorter. Obviously unsuitable for obtaining "blurring", for landscapes and fixed subjects I consider it a small gem thanks to good sharpness and stabilization. The autofocus is totally silent. For what it costs (used) I can only recommend it.

sent on July 27, 2020

sony_rx100Sony RX100

Pros: Hardware masterpiece...

Cons: ... ruined partially by absurd software choices

Opinion: I've had this camera for four years now, and the more I use it the more I'm angry at Sony's commitment to make it uncomfortable to use. The sensor for a really pocket compact is big, the yield in general excellent, the lens a good all-rounder (some combinations focal/diaphragm are not much and the canvas side is not very bright, but for 300 euros...). The usable bounce flash is an amazing plus in the interior, iso side you get photos more than decent up to iso1600... besides they will not be fine art, but if there is something to photograph at all costs the photo will still be searchable :) The flaws... The ISO car is there, but you can't use it in manual (but why? because it's called manual?), you can't set a minimum shooting speed in semi/full car modes, resulting in the camera prioritizing to keep the iso low will start with ridiculously long, unmanageable freehand speeds even with the (poor) stabilization. Fortunately the crop factor is so high (2.7x) that in priority mode S times almost never run the risk of having subjects or portions of them not covered by the pdc. The bracketing in the room exists but it is ridiculous (maximum scissors -0.7 -0.7EV, in practice better to do it calmly in manual). The Af is all but lightning, but still, given the age of the camera you can't complain... I certainly don't use it in eventful situations (or at least I can't use it). Almost all defects that can be solved quietly with a firmware update... but better of course force you to buy an mk3 for the ISO car in manual, or a mk4 for the minimum shooting time. Too bad, also because the yield of the later versions, photo side, does not seem exponentially greater as it happens instead to the price.

sent on October 31, 2019

canon_24-85Canon EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

Pros: range, sharpness, usm, weight and footprint, price

Cons: unstabilized

Opinion: Zoom all-rounder bought a little to try given the ridiculous price at which it is used (100euros shipped, in my case). I use it on apsc to flank my fixers in situations where I can't move freely. the equivalent range of FF focals on apsc is about 38-140mm; compared to use on FF you lose a lot wide-angle side, but as far as I'm concerned on occasions when I need a wide angle I use calmly the samyang 14mm; I find it much more comfortable to have the good maximum opening (f/3.5) on a multipurpose focal like the 24mm. The photos are crisp and the colors beautiful, the raw (using lightroom) have very little contrast compared to my other newer lenses (all stm), which is returning me very comfortable when I have to process shots in problematic light situation. For the rest... it is a light and well-built zoom, the af usm is quiet and lightning- it costs a whistle, I consider it a great compromise between brightness and weight/clutter. If it had been stabilised, it would have been a masterpiece, but for the 100 degrees it is today, I don't think we can ask for more. Recommended.

sent on October 17, 2019

sigma_30_f1-4_v2Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC Art

Pros: Autofocus fast, usable at full opening and very sharp as soon as you close a little the diaphragm, brightness, colors, accessories (padded bag and lampshade), excellent construction...

Cons: ... but that also means heavy target, (on Canon) AF to be calibrated with usb dock. The noise of the AF is heard a lot in the videos.

Opinion: The angle of view is a 50mm equivalent, but thanks to the lower real focal length you have a little more margin in handling the pdc ad f/1.4. Bright, great blurry and colors. As written by others, ta is not very sharp, vignette and there is a lot purple fringing even in situations of contrast not so extreme - while remaining perfectly usable, for me.

sent on May 17, 2019

canon_efs24stmCanon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM

Pros: Size, sharpness, price

Cons: Nobody.

Opinion: My first fixed goal; Despite my qualms, it almost perfectly replaces the classic all-rounder zoom... obviously as long as you have the opportunity to get away/approach the subject and you are willing to walk. Giving up extreme diaphragm openings and stabilization, with 150 euros you bring home a sharp lens already at f/2.8, compact and light. The non-original metallic lampshade (with filter thread) is found online at ridiculous prices. Cartoon at TA, but I like it (and it resolves in PP). Paired with the EF 50mm f/1.8 STM, if you don't need wide angles and extreme canvases, you have 99% of the photographs with 250 euros of spending. Very recommended.

sent on April 18, 2019

canon_200dCanon 200D

Pros: Small size and weight while with comfortable grip; comfortable and highly defined tipper touch screen; sensor close to the competition; dual pixels.

Cons: In diaphragm priority, often too long a time that leads to moves.

Opinion: I'm going to be an amateur photographer at the first dslr, coming from an RX100 thanks to which I learned the basics of photography. I tried to inform myself as much as possible, before deciding which machine (and at the same time which system) to bet on. The choice fell on the 200D because: 1) it has a decent portability, as far as possible in the reflex field. 2) the 24mpx sensor is comparable to the competition (photonstophotos, comparison with Nikon D5600 and Sony A6500: http://www.photonstophotos.net/Charts/PDR.htm#Canon%20EOS%20200D,Nikon%20D5600,Sony%20ILCE-6500) and is the same as the older APSC sisters; in post-production, important recoveries of underexposed shots are possible. 3) the double autofocus system seems to me balanced for the price range, with "decent" lighting the 9 points via OVF (cross center) work properly; for more critical situations I resort to the Dual Pixel via Live View. For portraits, there is the face detection function. 4) Canon offers objectives, see STM, excellent for my needs, for quality, price and size, not to mention the vast array of EF and EFS already present both new and used. 5) the controls are well disposed and quick to implement; the single ring combination + service buttons (the ISO button, the Q button that can be used for exposure compensation and the Av button whose function varies from mode to mode) will not be as efficient as the multiple rings but at the same time does not make me feel limited and allows me to adjust everything without taking my eye off the viewfinder. Negative notes? the grip sometimes a little creaky when combined with heavy targetss (plastic fault), and the priority mode of unusable diaphragms: the machine, often and willingly, resorts to too long times with consequent photos moved to be binned. Fortunately, the M + auto ISO mode solves every problem: you set times and iris opening depending on the type of photo, if necessary you set an exposure compensation and leave the optimal ISO value to the cold calculations of the machine... you can still change it with the dedicated button. The touch screen "remembers" the last item selected before turning off; selecting the exposure compensation, the Q button (in addition to activating the screen) becomes a quick button for selecting the same, which can then be varied with the usual wheel.

sent on November 12, 2018


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