Absolutic

Absolutic

Lives in United States Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Joined on Jan 6, 2004

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On Ten things you need to know about the Sony Alpha 7 II article (263 comments in total)
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Absolutic: Well you guys seems to have a preproduction unit. Is AF better with 55FE? What's your first impressions about AF, Dpreview? I am mostly interested in whether single AF acquisition is better. Also low light use, it went from EV 0 on A7 to EV (-1) on A7 II, is it slightly better in low light?? Also, Is shutter sound same as on A7 or quieter?

I am actually very successful with tracking my child with Canon 5D Mark 3 and Fuji XT1. I was not as successful with A7 and with A7r it was pretty much never success

Direct link | Posted on Nov 30, 2014 at 03:31 UTC
On Ten things you need to know about the Sony Alpha 7 II article (263 comments in total)
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Absolutic: Well you guys seems to have a preproduction unit. Is AF better with 55FE? What's your first impressions about AF, Dpreview? I am mostly interested in whether single AF acquisition is better. Also low light use, it went from EV 0 on A7 to EV (-1) on A7 II, is it slightly better in low light?? Also, Is shutter sound same as on A7 or quieter?

Not me I don't care about reflections. I do care about fast single af because I have an always running toddler who can't sit still. He is challenge even for most dslrs:)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 28, 2014 at 16:00 UTC
On Ten things you need to know about the Sony Alpha 7 II article (263 comments in total)
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vscd: With a 50mm f1.8 there is no size or weight-advantage left (f.e. against a Canon 6D):

http://camerasize.com/compact/#380.306,579.87,gd,t

That's correct op there is no weight advantage. . The only advantage is in 1) picture quality, 2) silent autofocusing, 3) 1/250 vs 1/160 flash Xsync, 4) in body is with that and any other lens, 5)ability to focus with legacy lenses without having to change focusing screen, 6) DR, 7) 1/8000 vs 1/4000 shutterbspeed limit. Buy yes the weight is the same

Direct link | Posted on Nov 28, 2014 at 15:53 UTC
On Ten things you need to know about the Sony Alpha 7 II article (263 comments in total)
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Absolutic: Well you guys seems to have a preproduction unit. Is AF better with 55FE? What's your first impressions about AF, Dpreview? I am mostly interested in whether single AF acquisition is better. Also low light use, it went from EV 0 on A7 to EV (-1) on A7 II, is it slightly better in low light?? Also, Is shutter sound same as on A7 or quieter?

Barnaby you rule! I preordered mine already but would like to at least know your preliminary assessment, nothing scientific

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2014 at 19:34 UTC
On Ten things you need to know about the Sony Alpha 7 II article (263 comments in total)
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Cheng Bao: What? dpr already got one on hands?

could you at least test the shutter sound?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2014 at 04:52 UTC
On Ten things you need to know about the Sony Alpha 7 II article (263 comments in total)

Well you guys seems to have a preproduction unit. Is AF better with 55FE? What's your first impressions about AF, Dpreview? I am mostly interested in whether single AF acquisition is better. Also low light use, it went from EV 0 on A7 to EV (-1) on A7 II, is it slightly better in low light?? Also, Is shutter sound same as on A7 or quieter?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2014 at 04:52 UTC as 46th comment | 7 replies
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2709 comments in total)

65 cross points from $6000 camera that fill the entire viewfinder (because of crop factor) so I can track at the corner of the screen, corner to corner? And that is done at 10 frames per second? And all that for $1799??? This basically lets most people experience the 1DX speed and accuracy at 1/4 of the price. Amazing deal by Canon. If I did not have a Fuji XT1 which tracks surprisingly good at 8fps (as long as you stay in the center portion of display where PDAF points are located) this would have been my companion camera to my present 6D. And don't tell me, just get 5DM3, I had 5DM3 for the longest time, and 10fps vs 6fps makes a big difference. Even 8fps makes a big difference over 6fps. Good job Canon.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 21:42 UTC as 417th comment | 1 reply
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Absolutic: just like with Sony E lenses, the same story repeats. They are releasing a large number of slow 18-1XX (now 28-XX or 24-XX) all in one lenses. No 85 even on the map. I guess the 90/2.8 that you won't get for almost a year is supposed to be your 85. Or use 85 A size lenses with LA-EA4 adapter. I am not even talking about 135FE. not even 85 on the map. Clearly Fuji has a much better lineup now and it is here now. Fuji also has 90/2 (135 equivalent) on the map. Sony is just repeating themselves with their lens history of E mount

actually I had both A7 and Fuji XT1 up til last week, and used both of them at the same time. Before that I owned Sony A7r and Fuji XE2. I used both side-by-side, and I shot both in various lighting environments, from day to night, from beach, to very low lit club, single and continuous AF. So I actually feel qualified to compare both because I specifically tested and shot both side-by-side. I am not a FB, and up to last week, I owned a Canon, a Fuji, a Sony, and a Panasonic. I am not attached to any one brand, because it is easy to sell/trade your equipment these days, just go to Fred Miranda for sale forum or many other forums. So please lets not assume that I am a FB of some brand. I am a fan of good equipment that can help me shoot what I like doing the most, my family and friends. And with that in mind, yes, I am comparing a APS-C and a Full Frame system. By the way I've been shooting full frame since 2008 (D700).

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 20:50 UTC

just like with Sony E lenses, the same story repeats. They are releasing a large number of slow 18-1XX (now 28-XX or 24-XX) all in one lenses. No 85 even on the map. I guess the 90/2.8 that you won't get for almost a year is supposed to be your 85. Or use 85 A size lenses with LA-EA4 adapter. I am not even talking about 135FE. not even 85 on the map. Clearly Fuji has a much better lineup now and it is here now. Fuji also has 90/2 (135 equivalent) on the map. Sony is just repeating themselves with their lens history of E mount

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 16:08 UTC as 23rd comment | 8 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1869 comments in total)

What is flash Xsync rate?

Is there a build in ND filter?

Thank u

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 13:55 UTC as 415th comment | 1 reply
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (1434 comments in total)
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JackM: I wonder if this will force 5D3 prices down. Besides people with a lot of Canon lenses (like me), only a fool would buy a 5D3 now.

Sandy B, I traded my 5DM3 and I got 6D and Sony A7. A7 had 1/8000. I then sold A7. Long story short I have 6D and Fuji XT1. Fuji just announced 1/32000 shutter speed (electronic, but I don't care, even better because it is silent) via firmware for Fuji XT1. My Fuji XT1 at 8fps tracks very good (even my child that never stops, and even when he is running toward me) shot after shot, as long as the subject is in the center portion of the sensor (where the phase detection points are). I am keeping 6D (for now) only because of Canon flash system and my 85L II, for portrait use. I knew I was downgrading from 5DM3 to 6D when I was doing it.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 13, 2014 at 00:31 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (1434 comments in total)
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JackM: I wonder if this will force 5D3 prices down. Besides people with a lot of Canon lenses (like me), only a fool would buy a 5D3 now.

Ross Murphy, they are doing it to differentiate between that and D810 (1/8000), no other reason, there is not a technical reason that they can explain it away. In fact, I'd like someone to ask Nikon Rep at Photokina why 1/4000 and see them weasel their way out in an excuse

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 19:00 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (1434 comments in total)
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Frank C.: 1/500s x-sync to
1/250s x-sync to
1/200s x-sync

just cancel the feature altogether already

LOL
Canon 6D has 1/160 x-sync. There is still room to go down. Panasonic GM1 has 1/50 x-sync.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 18:56 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (1434 comments in total)
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JackM: I wonder if this will force 5D3 prices down. Besides people with a lot of Canon lenses (like me), only a fool would buy a 5D3 now.

People that like to shoot (quality) video,
People that like to shoot wide open and enjoy 1/8000 shutter speed
People that like AF-on button in the back
People that like to use CF cards
People that like Canon colors

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 17:47 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (1434 comments in total)
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craigjohn: I can't believe that the flash sync speed of this Camera is only 1/200 as that is not progress. My9 year old D 70 had a flash sync speed of 1/500 and the D 7100 I now use has a 1/250 x sync speed.

Viking79 I disagree.. Even D7000 had 1/250 but it had 1/320 in FP mode with build in flash. Why is this important? Sometimes you dont want to carry a dedicated flash with you, but you are going to the beach with your family, and you want to use a build in flash to just fill in flash on these sunny days. 1/500 of great D70-D40 cameras were great for that. 1/320 of D7000-D700-D800 makes it somewhat ok. But 1/200, forget about using any wide apartures.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 17:38 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (1434 comments in total)
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raztec: What's up Nikon?
You got two sure feet, but you walk like a cripple.
Why do you cripple this camera with slow flash sync speed, no AF-ON, and only 1/4000 shutter?
Always close, but no cigar. (well, except for the D300s 'cause even the venerable D700 fell prey to your crippling department with its 95% viewfinder).

With crippling Xsync speed to 1/200 (c'mon Nikon even D7000 had 1/250-1/320FP) and SS to 1/4000, Nikon is just very careful. They don't want to repeat a mistake when they released an amazing D700, one of my favorite cameras, that did everything D3 could do, for half the price. People stopped buying D3. So Nikon wants to make sure you don't stop buying D4/D800 so they intentionally crippled D750. Canon has been doing it for years. 6D is one example

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 17:34 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (1434 comments in total)
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mgatov: I don't understand all this negativity towards the D750. It looks like a wonderful mid-range FF camera. It is an evolutionary product. Kudos to Nikon!

evolution of D600? Def it is a step down from D700

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 17:32 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (1434 comments in total)

dpreview, 1/200 Xsync rate and 1/4000 SS. These two + the scene mode. Nuff said.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 04:58 UTC as 379th comment
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (1434 comments in total)
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marc petzold: The D750 is the official D700 Successor (same AF System, 51 Poiints) and is what the D600/610 should have been from the very beginning...i'd guess Nikon would drop the D610 soon. But..compared to the old D700 Viewfinder, the D750 OVF looks more amateur for me...from the Eyecup.

no professional/semi-pro camera would have 1/4000 shutter speed. WTF Nikon? D7000 had 1/8000! Why screw with people like that? D300 and D700 had 1/8000. Also whats up with 1/200 Xsync? Again D300/D7000/D700 all had 1/250 and 1/320 in FP mode. So 1/200 Xsync and 1/4000 to me are signs that this has more in common with D600 than D800.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 04:56 UTC
On Fujifilm announces weather-resistant XF 50-140mm F2.8 article (223 comments in total)
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Marty4650: Forget about "dueling formats" for a moment... this looks like a great lens for Fuji X users who need a high quality telephoto zoom lens.

This solves a problem for them, and does it much more economically then selling all their gear and buying a FF DSLR plus brand new lenses. The decision to buy a MILC camera was already made, for lots of other reasons the buyer had.

When people select a system, they already know the pros and cons of each one. Especially when they are spending several thousand dollars. The option to "switch to something else" is a joke, because it assumes the buyer didn't consider it before they committed to Fuji X.

I've owned Sony 35/2.8 and 55/1.8. In fact I recently went on vacation where I shot Sony A7 and Fuji XT1 side-by-side every day. And in February, I went on vacation with Sony A7r and Fuji XE2 and shot them side-by-side. So unlike many people that own just one of these cameras, I actually shot them with best lenses side-by-side at various lighting levels: beach, ocean, low light club, very low light, etc. 55FE is a very fine lens, especially on A7r. The problem is it is focusing very slow. One of my main frustration with A7r is that I have a very fast running 2 year old son. And A7r is incapable of autofocus fast enough to take a picture of him, even outside, because he won't stand still. I tried and I tried and I tried. On the other hand, with my Fuji XT1/56 1.2 I can track my son running TO ME at 8fps and get shot after shot after shot in focus. It is amazing.
http://brodsky.smugmug.com/Family/Seanbrodsky/Sean-2014/Sept-Dec-2014-1/i-m3jHSwB/0/X3/DSCF1098-X3.jpg

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 04:43 UTC
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