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Maybe outdated too!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.
Marty4650: I'm sure PLENTY of sports fans will give SI their smartphone photos, shot from the top row....
They should have no problem using those...
"I'm sure PLENTY of sports fans will give SI their smartphone photos, shot from the top row..."
Using flash, no doubt.
Cute colors. If I can get a Kelly Moore matching bag and an outfit from Lululemon to coordinate, that would be da bomb for a photo outing.
Michael Ma: Sometimes GPS comes in handy when trying to remember exactly where you took it.
I think people are oversensitive to private data that no one would ever care about. OK, so you went to Yosemite National Park and a TGIF for a company dinner. Guess what, no one cares.
PaintshopProx6 does a good job of geotagging photos if you decided afterwards you'd like to add a geotag. I think other PP software do also. I never use GPS in camera because of the battery drain issue, but find that I can easily use PP software if I really feel compelled to add GPS coordinates. Sometimes I can remember the location precisely. Other times, no, but exact precision isn't necessary -- town name is good enough.
contadorfan: How is this preferable to shooting a Custom White Balance on site? Wouldn't a CWB adjust all other colors accordingly? Sometimes when I'm trying to take a picture of a paint color in a room, the camera or post processing doesn't get the color right. But retaking the shot after doing a Custom White Balance is a big improvement. But I'm just an unsophisticated amateur, so maybe I'm missing something.
Interesting. Thanks for replying!
How is this preferable to shooting a Custom White Balance on site? Wouldn't a CWB adjust all other colors accordingly? Sometimes when I'm trying to take a picture of a paint color in a room, the camera or post processing doesn't get the color right. But retaking the shot after doing a Custom White Balance is a big improvement. But I'm just an unsophisticated amateur, so maybe I'm missing something.
Ron Wischer: Migrants and Cell Phones ?Isn't that likePoverty and Savings Bonds...
No. Inexpensive cell phones have been a boon for Africa, bypassing the need for constructing costly telephone lines through difficult terrain. The biggest growth in the telecom industry has been in the Third World. Those cheap Dumb Phones we all got rid of have been put to good use there.