cxsparc: Missing from above is the info that for Sony users, you can get the Sony version either free (Express) or for a minor amount (50 Euros for the Pro?).I personally think the "HDR" sliders are great and allow much better results than with LR, also with less effort. And the out of the box rendering is crisper whereas with LR/PS I always had to wrestle with USM and still wasn't happy.
Thanks, christiangrunercom. I'll try that. I don't have red-eye often in my photos either, but it popped up recently in a few of my grandbaby's christening pictures. (Are babies more prone to red eye? Or maybe there were too many flashes from all the family photogs?).
b craw: To contrast the academic even temper demanded of teaching photography at the university level, in 2009 I founded two groups on Flickr that afforded me the chance to feature a broad range of international art photography (and photography-related media), with a particular curatorial bent. At that time, this was a real strength of this context, with the first few years resulting in very strong conceptually-engaged work and much dialog relating to featured work. For personal reasons, years following did not see a continuation of this level qualitatively but recently I've returned to rebirth some spirit of the original group because Flickr remains - despite fluctuations in structure and company philosophy - a rich resource of interesting work, once one digs beneath its more facile content.https://www.flickr.com/groups/honeymouthalchemy/pool/
" But I think something in the tenor of the site feels more confident compared to recent years."
As it should. Flickr is a fine photo site: enthusiastic community with a wide range of talent; interesting discussions & a wealth of knowledge; excellent photo displays. I could never understand the outrage over the site's changes. They weren't so tough to learn, and there were many improvements.
The only valid criticism to my mind is the one MeganV brings up about datamining & users not being able to profit from it. But that's my gripe about ALL datamining: why can't I charge a fee to companies to use my own data?
So beautiful! A shot to be proud of.
"And red-eye problem is a amateur shooters problem."
So that makes it a very common problem, in which case, I'm even more surprised that C1 Pro doesn't include this fundamental correction. Perhaps C1 Pro is only for the select elite professional few like Nikolai Vassiliev who never, ever make errors (except when trying to write English)?
A few quibbles with C1 Pro for Sony. There is no lens correction for my Sony Zeiss DT 16-80mm f3.5-4.5, which is surprising given how popular this lens is for Sony cameras. And there is no red eye correction -- for all the complicated stuff C1 Pro can do, it doesn't have this fundamental, basic feature. Strange, IMO.
These are remarkable. Thanks, DPP, for introducing us to Bill Leigh Brewer.
This one is tough competition -- so many fantastic photos. Truly amazing stuff here.
Tape5: Sony is on a roll. You know the exponential rate of change is here when technology and innovation falls off a company at a pace that does not make common market sense. Long live the nerds and the accountants !
Just why do we need the imprimatur of "pros" exactly? I do not shoot in a studio, nor do I need a hundred primes to choose from, nor turn-on-a-dime repair or rental service. Pros can stick with their bulky Canikons, but let the rest of us enjoy these fine technological advances from Sony & others without the whiff of "pro" disapproval.
Eric Glam: I like this camera a lot, but can't help thinking about some of the handicapping Sony did:
1. The NP-FW50 battery is just not good enough (300 shots and its empty).2. There's no Touch-screen, so no options of touch-focus & touch-snap.3. Minor quibble, but the flash sync speed could have been a bit faster than 1/250 sec.4. It's not weather-sealed, so no promises here in harsh conditions.5. Price is a bit high ($3199)...I was hoping they'd start at $2399.
"Wait 18 months and all this tech will be much more affordable."
Maybe outdated too!
Mark Alan Thomas: Battery Life (CIPA): 290
Not only can you turn off the LCD to save energy, Sony cameras have the "eye start" feature where the camera turns off until you put your eye up to the viewfinder. I assume the a74II has that feature too.I've never run out of juice with a Sony camera. My method is to have a second battery, fully charged. I put in a freshly charged battery each shooting day while charging the back-up for the next day.
The specs above say it's "environmentally sealed." Is that not the same as being weather sealed?
RyanBoston: Sony waited for the right time to bring this camera out.
Oh, okay. Gotcha.
Why do you think that? Not being snarky, just not seeing where you're coming from with this interesting idea & would like more explanation. Thanks.
contadorfan: I've been thinking of moving up to FF, and this camera might make me take the leap. Questions:1. The lens adapters -- I could still shoot in MF if the AF doesn't work well with my A lenses, right? I think my A lenses are screw drive, but am not sure.
2. There will be a lag time until the software companies update their products to handle the a7RII -- What will you early buyers use for post processing in the meantime?
Thanks for the replies. I don't mind using MF at all for the kind of photography I do, if needs be. I have some Maxxum AF lenses, but also have some good Rokkor lenses that I use for film work -- would be cool to get an adapter for those.
I took advantage of the free Capture One Express for Sony, then the cheap upgrade to Capture One Pro for Sony. Will be interesting to see if Capture One/Sony jump fast/how high to support Sony's new marvel.
I've been thinking of moving up to FF, and this camera might make me take the leap. Questions:1. The lens adapters -- I could still shoot in MF if the AF doesn't work well with my A lenses, right? I think my A lenses are screw drive, but am not sure.
GodSpeaks: I wish Sony would update the design of the body to something a little more aesthetically pleasing.
Gee, it does look a little like a Minolta Maxxum 7000. I think it looks nice, though.
contadorfan: Did Sony ever solve their problems with splotchy LCD screens? I'd hate to pay $3200 only have the LCD screen get splotches from face oils after a year like on my a77.
Thanks, Esstee. Do you have to replace the screen protectors often? I assume they peel at the corners after awhile?
Did Sony ever solve their problems with splotchy LCD screens? I'd hate to pay $3200 only have the LCD screen get splotches from face oils after a year like on my a77.
George1958: superb camera, its a pity its a Samsung, otherwise I might have considered buying one.
I agree, CityHunter. Brand names today aren't what they used to be 20 years ago and more. They are not a guarantee of quality. It's one thing if you've a lot of money invested in a line of lenses and want to stick with the brand -- that's sensible. But anyone who buys a brand name because of long ago reputation or glamorous advertising is merely the tool of a marketing department. Learn, unlearn, relearn -- you are so right.
Oh the irony. ESPN just aired a great documentary, "Keepers of the Streak" about four SI photographers who have photographed every Super Bowl.
It will be aired again tomorrow on ABC at noon EST, and is worth watching to hear their stories and about high level pro sports photography then & now.