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PhotoKhan

PhotoKhan

Lives in Portugal Cascais, Portugal
Works as a Airline pilot
Joined on Mar 22, 2003
About me:

A good photograph shows what you saw.
A superior ones conveys what you felt.

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On BSI Boss? Sony Alpha 7R II added to studio scene article (446 comments in total)
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PhotoKhan: I can't see what all the excitement is about, regarding this test, specifically.

There are other features in the A7RII that appeal to me but I really expected more from the first use of BSI tech on a full frame camera.

Compared to the 5DSR it features lower overall chroma noise, true, but at clear expense of detail. In addition, the Canon keeps rendering more "contrasty" and pleasant looking colors at high ISOs.

If someone was offering me one of these two cameras, nothing else withstanding and just based on these studio tests, I would have to flip a coin.

Thanks for pointing that out, Rishi.

With that in mind, I've downloaded the 6400 ISO Raw files from the Canon 5DS R and the Sony A7RII, opened both in ACR, both with their respective "Camera Standard" profiles, default settings, except for "Blacks" dialed to -20 in the Sony file.

I still don't see a reason to put that coin away.

https://s3.amazonaws.com/masters.galleries.dpreview.com/3281751.jpg?X-Amz-Expires=3600&X-Amz-Algorithm=AWS4-HMAC-SHA256&X-Amz-Credential=AKIAIWXD4UV3FXMIDQLQ/20150901/us-east-1/s3/aws4_request&X-Amz-Date=20150901T165057Z&X-Amz-SignedHeaders=host&X-Amz-Signature=b47505724845aa5881819fa3fc63d8937de962c7806549352f53bc9fc836752c

Direct link | Posted on Sep 1, 2015 at 16:55 UTC
On BSI Boss? Sony Alpha 7R II added to studio scene article (446 comments in total)
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PhotoKhan: I can't see what all the excitement is about, regarding this test, specifically.

There are other features in the A7RII that appeal to me but I really expected more from the first use of BSI tech on a full frame camera.

Compared to the 5DSR it features lower overall chroma noise, true, but at clear expense of detail. In addition, the Canon keeps rendering more "contrasty" and pleasant looking colors at high ISOs.

If someone was offering me one of these two cameras, nothing else withstanding and just based on these studio tests, I would have to flip a coin.

Why would I use a different converter than the one I prefer?

If others want to, fine...but I don't intend to change an workflow that took years to evolve on account of ANY brand specific sensor requirements.

As for the "low light mode", I did try it:

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/image-comparison?attr18=lowlight&attr13_0=sony_a7rii&attr13_1=sony_a7r&attr13_2=canon_eos5dsr&attr13_3=sony_a7s&attr15_0=raw&attr15_1=raw&attr15_2=raw&attr15_3=raw&attr16_0=6400&attr16_1=6400&attr16_2=6400&attr16_3=6400&attr171_0=on&normalization=full&widget=1&x=-0.4198348588865713&y=-0.8821727182199288

Again, I would have to flip a coin.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 1, 2015 at 16:21 UTC
On BSI Boss? Sony Alpha 7R II added to studio scene article (446 comments in total)
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PhotoKhan: I can't see what all the excitement is about, regarding this test, specifically.

There are other features in the A7RII that appeal to me but I really expected more from the first use of BSI tech on a full frame camera.

Compared to the 5DSR it features lower overall chroma noise, true, but at clear expense of detail. In addition, the Canon keeps rendering more "contrasty" and pleasant looking colors at high ISOs.

If someone was offering me one of these two cameras, nothing else withstanding and just based on these studio tests, I would have to flip a coin.

Well Iliah, you better advise DPR to throw the full archive of studio comparisons in the bin, then ;)

Seriously, you just now noticed ACR is used?

Since both myself and DPR use it, this is what matters to me, what establishes my opinion about what is presented.

In addition, it is also the common reference for the "BSI Boss?" and the "Uhhs! and "Whoas!" being posted in this comments area.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 1, 2015 at 16:06 UTC
On BSI Boss? Sony Alpha 7R II added to studio scene article (446 comments in total)

I can't see what all the excitement is about, regarding this test, specifically.

There are other features in the A7RII that appeal to me but I really expected more from the first use of BSI tech on a full frame camera.

Compared to the 5DSR it features lower overall chroma noise, true, but at clear expense of detail. In addition, the Canon keeps rendering more "contrasty" and pleasant looking colors at high ISOs.

If someone was offering me one of these two cameras, nothing else withstanding and just based on these studio tests, I would have to flip a coin.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 1, 2015 at 15:44 UTC as 67th comment | 15 replies
On A lot to like: Real-world Leica Q gallery posted article (329 comments in total)

My initial impressions are now fully confirmed.

This is the very first Leica that truly impresses me (S2 notwithstanding)

There's an almost "cinematic" feel to the images that can't be the result of Barney's approach, because we are used to see his work.

Impressively significant is the WB performance in the moss-covered car, under a shady canopy scenes.

I hope everyone that sees those understands how significant they are regarding the camera's ability to process colors.

Well done Leica.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 31, 2015 at 13:04 UTC as 81st comment | 2 replies
On The new Canon 35L II will be a thing of beauty article (220 comments in total)
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Mikael Risedal: Nice to know that Canon is working with a new 35/1,4 , I have had at least 4 different ones during the existence, and none are near my Sigma 35 / 1.4 and I can not complain about the Sigma auto-focus either

Oh, if I could, i would SO send you the 2 Sigmas 24 f/1.4 ART I tried a few months ago.

Calibrating wouldn't have solved anything because the AF was simply all over the place. It was with extreme dismay that I returned the 2nd one for a full refund.

Would love to see what you would have done with those.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 30, 2015 at 02:28 UTC
On The new Canon 35L II will be a thing of beauty article (220 comments in total)
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PhotoKhan: An insult in what relates to pricing for their European and Japanese customers, when compared to their North American ones, can hardly be called a thing of "beauty".

The 5DS(r)...?...err, no...we're paying a bit more in absolute terms, $4,195 vs $3,900, which in tune with the lens variations seen in that table.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 18:50 UTC
On The new Canon 35L II will be a thing of beauty article (220 comments in total)
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PhotoKhan: An insult in what relates to pricing for their European and Japanese customers, when compared to their North American ones, can hardly be called a thing of "beauty".

It seems I am having difficulty conveying this.

The particularities of the EU market that ponder on the price-building (ie. VAT, other social taxes that make the work force more expensive, market segmentation into multi-lingual requirements, etc, etc) are FIXED pondering factors that affect ALL products.

Yet, as you can clearly see from that table, the price building for this lens has clearly been influenced by further commercial-politics dictates that, it seems, will make us and the Japanese pay 45 to 50% more at the coming launch.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 18:27 UTC
On The new Canon 35L II will be a thing of beauty article (220 comments in total)
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Bhima78: While it is nice that Canon seems to have successfully updated this lens to match the competition, I can't help but wonder who would pay $1,800 for this when the fantastic Sigma 35mm ART is about half that price at $900.

Those who need reliable and consistent AF, for one.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 17:54 UTC
On The new Canon 35L II will be a thing of beauty article (220 comments in total)
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PhotoKhan: An insult in what relates to pricing for their European and Japanese customers, when compared to their North American ones, can hardly be called a thing of "beauty".

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/56392248

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 17:52 UTC
On The new Canon 35L II will be a thing of beauty article (220 comments in total)

An insult in what relates to pricing for their European and Japanese customers, when compared to their North American ones, can hardly be called a thing of "beauty".

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 16:00 UTC as 50th comment | 7 replies
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richiehatch: In Ireland the RRP is €2499...! It had better be good at 3 times the price of the Sigma Art 35mm. I sold my previous Canon 35L for the Sigma and have never looked back.

No, it is not so simple. Check my reply in the related thread.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 15:00 UTC
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richiehatch: In Ireland the RRP is €2499...! It had better be good at 3 times the price of the Sigma Art 35mm. I sold my previous Canon 35L for the Sigma and have never looked back.

This is unacceptable.

In equivalent value, we're going to be forced to pay 55% more, a full $1,000, above the US price at launch, much more than any market-specifics might dictate.

Since Canon is global company, we are actually subsidizing American consumers.

This has to stop.

The EC has to take action as the Australian Government and Courts did, against Adobe, Microsoft and the likes of it.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 12:15 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7R II: Real-world ISO invariance study article (369 comments in total)
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Magnar W: I am not saying that Sony should go on with lossy compressed raw files only. But how much of a problem is this for real life photography? I opened the ISO 100 raw file and used the strategy that I normally would use in Lightroom for such a scene: Using some exposure compensation and some shadow brightening. Then the artifacts seems smoothed out quite a bit. Also, for real life work I would not underexpose such a scene this much, but of cause I see your point. ;-)

I also noted that the crops above are 200% pixel size. If I was working with pictures that should be viewed at such a high magnification I would be much more worried about a slamming mirror or even shutter shake than some artifacts that is pretty hard to notice at 100% pixel level, and that is quite easy to smooth out at post processing if needed.

Conclusion: The artifacts do not look nice at 200% pixel Level, but this would not limit my use of such a camera (or my Sony A7).

Magnar,

The thing is, Sony (and many pundits) can not gloat about how the resolution and whole package (and price!) is catered for high-end photography and then come up with such a limitation. It does not matter if it limits YOUR use of the A7RII.

It would also hardly impact MY photography but, the fact remains that Sony can not ask someone working with high-end photography to be forced to closely check and possibly retouch every single very-high contrast area in a Raw file.

...because, it WILL show at the print targets this resolution is targeted for.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 24, 2015 at 16:35 UTC
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PhotoKhan: It's becoming clear that, if it wasn't for the RAW processing option, this camera would blow everything else out of the water, specs and functionality-wise (...I have some reservations about the actual output as it looks a bit "electronic" to me...but this can also very well be because of users approaches, so...)

Even the RAW issue might be a "non sequitur", since Sony officials already declared that they are aware and on top of it.

If Sony, with is demonstrated attention to users requests, addressees this last issue with a FW for this camera, while already implementing it from the next model onward, other manufacturers should be afraid...Very afraid.

Well, there's more than "reasonable quiet". There's full silent mode:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHtT6DE7fVI
(at 03:48)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 20, 2015 at 15:45 UTC
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PhotoKhan: It's becoming clear that, if it wasn't for the RAW processing option, this camera would blow everything else out of the water, specs and functionality-wise (...I have some reservations about the actual output as it looks a bit "electronic" to me...but this can also very well be because of users approaches, so...)

Even the RAW issue might be a "non sequitur", since Sony officials already declared that they are aware and on top of it.

If Sony, with is demonstrated attention to users requests, addressees this last issue with a FW for this camera, while already implementing it from the next model onward, other manufacturers should be afraid...Very afraid.

Correct, regarding the ISO.

....BUT, if they come up with a 24-28 MP A7s II, with uncompressed RAW, while keeping this price range, other manufacturers will be in deep, DEEP trouble.

The only unscathed one will be Leica because, we now have been informed, their cameras can resist being dropped from multi-story-high balconies to break granite and, that my friend, is a seriously sick&slick photographic feature.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 20, 2015 at 14:31 UTC

It's becoming clear that, if it wasn't for the RAW processing option, this camera would blow everything else out of the water, specs and functionality-wise (...I have some reservations about the actual output as it looks a bit "electronic" to me...but this can also very well be because of users approaches, so...)

Even the RAW issue might be a "non sequitur", since Sony officials already declared that they are aware and on top of it.

If Sony, with is demonstrated attention to users requests, addressees this last issue with a FW for this camera, while already implementing it from the next model onward, other manufacturers should be afraid...Very afraid.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 20, 2015 at 14:05 UTC as 209th comment | 7 replies

Once myths are created, a minimal amount of anecdotery ensures the required continuum.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 20, 2015 at 08:57 UTC as 61st comment | 2 replies
On iFixit tears down Sony's new a7R II to find its secrets article (290 comments in total)
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Zero polycabonate: Hey look, another A7RII DPR article...

Thanks, HAR.

I've seen that, together with some YouTube videos.

...but what I really want to hear is what Rishi and the gang have to say about it.

The more I read pieces by Rishi Sanyal, the more I like DPR.

Heck, with that "Real-world test at the Museum of Flight", the man has made me a Nikon D750 fan and I have never even touched one! :)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 19, 2015 at 20:35 UTC
On iFixit tears down Sony's new a7R II to find its secrets article (290 comments in total)
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Zero polycabonate: Hey look, another A7RII DPR article...

I am still waiting for the one on how it works with adapter+EF lenses, so Zero, please, stop counting. :)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 19, 2015 at 16:08 UTC
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