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Nukunukoo: -3EV for Phase Detect accuracy threshold? That's hard to believe and I would like more replicatable tests with different fast lens. Because if the A7Rm2 can constantly perform like that with a bright lens, I will know what my next wedding gear will be!

Bluevellet, I wasn't getting defensive, I was just stating facts and correcting you on your incorrect assumption about Sigma lenses and their measured T-stops.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 20, 2015 at 15:18 UTC
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Nukunukoo: -3EV for Phase Detect accuracy threshold? That's hard to believe and I would like more replicatable tests with different fast lens. Because if the A7Rm2 can constantly perform like that with a bright lens, I will know what my next wedding gear will be!

Bluevellet, if you would do some research first you would see that the newer Sigma's actually do quite well in regards to T-stops. The 50mm A they used in the video measured around 1.5 T-Stops on a Nikon D750 and 1.7T-Stops on a Canon 5D MkIII and 6D. The Sony 35mm measured at 1.6 T-Stops on an A7R. The difference between the three is practically nil.

So trying to use this as an excuse to explain the Nikon's and Canon's poorer performance falls short. In this case, you can't blame the light transmission of the lens for causing such performance.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 20, 2015 at 14:21 UTC
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JanMatthys: Can't they simply renounce their claim to the "royal family" and merge into normal society? Or do they still want their weddings televised world wide? pick a lane

Just because you are a celebrity or royalty does not mean it is a public invitation to have your privacy violated and your entire life publicly ogled at without consent. Like you and me, they should have a right to choose what they want to share with the public and what they do not want to share. Share a wedding, sure, they consented to it. Share an afternoon with family at a private park, no. Put the same scenarios on a pauper and you should expect the same.

I expect the same rights to privacy that fall on me should be respected as much to apply to them.

There are times when I want my private life to be private and times when I want to share my life with the public. There are also understandings of what to expect when soliciting in a public venue. There are also laws about consent forms when being singled out for profit, etc. All of those boundaries should be honored and respected.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 17, 2015 at 20:40 UTC
On Flickr brings back Pro account option article (74 comments in total)

Hmmm....So I wonder if existing subscribers to the Adobe CC Photography plan qualify for the 20% discount and, if so, how?

Everything I am reading so far only seems to point towards those who haven't subscribed to Adobe CC yet which, in my mind, is kind of silly being that this is a Pro model aimed at higher end users who are probably already subscribed to some kind of CC plan.

If I could somehow get that discount on my CC Photography plan for the first year of Flickr Pro subscribing, that would be essentially $24 saved that can go towards the Flickr subscription (almost cutting the first year cost in half).

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2015 at 19:39 UTC as 27th comment | 1 reply
On Capture One Pro 8 software review article (306 comments in total)
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Daniel4: How does Capture One compare to DxO, in general and the noise reduction in particular?

Lightroom CC's new dehaze feature does a pretty decent job, much like the ClearView. And like FuhTeng said, very little goes a long way.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 21, 2015 at 13:56 UTC
On Capture One Pro 8 software review article (306 comments in total)
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daciangroza: I find it strange that you're comparing this to Photoshop and not Lightroom. Lightroom and Capture One have the same workflow and features with some differences in interface. Maybe certain algorithms are better and this would be an interesting comparison.

I use both and I agree that Capture One would be much better compared to LR.

In short:

LR has a much better, more mature DAM. It's workflow is also better, bar none.

Capture One, however, has a great RAW engine with amazing color reproduction and detail retention. Noise reduction is better too in Capture One. Photos just look more pleasing to the eye out of the box than what LR does by default. And while I can get some colors close, it isn't the same (especially skin tones).

Exporting and Printing photos is much easier than Capture One.

LR, for obvious reasons, also has much better third party plug-in support.

While the user interface could use some improvements and still falls short of LR, it has come a long way. If it had a better DAM and plug-in support, I would be using Capture One far more than I do now. As it stands, I treat the program more as a plug-in than a standalone for specific types of photos. I wish it had better LR integration like DxO, that would make me happy.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 20, 2015 at 19:24 UTC
On Capture One Pro 8 software review article (306 comments in total)
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Daniel4: How does Capture One compare to DxO, in general and the noise reduction in particular?

DxO has better integration with Lightroom if you prefer LR as a DAM.

Image quality, both produce great colors with the slight advantage to Capture One (especially skin tones). Out of the box detail retention I preferred Capture One, it just looked sharp and detailed out of the box. DxO I didn't care for its out of the box sharpness, I felt more detail was lost.

Noise reduction both do well. Again, out of the box Capture One does a very good job. DxO has a slight edge with their new noise reduction features, but the lead didn't seem to be as big as some make it out to be.

DxO has a much larger lens correction database, no comparison.

User interface being compared, neither are as easy and intuitive as Lightroom. But compared to each other, I found Capture One's much more intuitive and customizable.

Performance advantage went to Capture One, it just felt smoother and faster than DxO.

To sum it up, with minimal work, Capture One looked the best. The images felt more natural and true.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 20, 2015 at 19:15 UTC
On Capture One Pro 8 software review article (306 comments in total)
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OrdinarilyInordinate: Well, it's great for professionals or people who have a lot of money to burn on software, but it's prohibitively expensive for an average amateur photographer. I wish they had a more reasonably priced trimmed down option, perhaps without tethering functions.

For Sony camera owners, they can get a version called Capture One Express for free. For about $50, Sony camera owners can get the full blown Capture One Pro. The only caveat is the "Sony" version will only work with Sony camera files. To work with other brands will require the much more expensive version. It appears to be a tie in deal between Sony and Phase One since now all Sony cameras come with Phase One's product as the default RAW editor, much like how Nikon and Nik had a deal before Google bought Nik (and then Nikon going to Silkypix).

Direct link | Posted on Jul 20, 2015 at 19:07 UTC
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CameraLabTester: The time spent on the computer just trying to find where you wanted to focus, after painstakingly downloading the MegaBlob file and running trough the timeline... is far greater than the quick moment of NAILING THE FOCUS in the first place.

The invention is good, why not... but the cumbersome action of plodding trough miles and miles of image stream file images defeats the purpose of a steady fast workflow.

May work for some, but not all will take it up.

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That's assuming you knew what you wanted to focus on in the first place or only had one or two subjects you wanted to focus on. This would be great for those once in a lifetime trips where you may not be able to go back and retake the photo.

I can also see this being beneficial for those that want to do focus stacking to increase their depth of field. Macro photographers would love this!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2015 at 17:26 UTC
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supeyugin1: I don't buy from Amazon since they started charging tax in California, and also they raised the minimum free shipping amount from $25 to $35. Prime is useless with a tax.
I do buy from ndependent sellers on amazon who don't charge tax and offer moderate shipping prices.

Charging tax is mandatory if they have distribution facilities or shops set up in the state you reside in.

The sellers that are not charging you tax do not reside in California, hence why you are not taxed.

However, as an upstanding citizen, you are supposed to report any purchases you made out of state (online or not) and pay the difference in sales tax on your tax return form. Most people, though, don't do this unless it is a large purchase that gets tracked via other methods (automobile, boat, etc.).

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2015 at 19:30 UTC
On Nikon offers AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm F2.8-4E ED VR article (331 comments in total)
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nikkornikon: Dear Nikon: You got this 100% Wrong. Over Priced and not needed. And...DX.

IF a DX user was smart...Pay for the Sigma 50mm Art and Cheaper Price for an Excellent Lens....and for a zoom...Use your feet.

Your feet can only do so much, especially with a 50mm prime. A 50mm will never give you the FOV that 16mm can give you, especially when you are limited on movement such as indoors or if you want to get a one shot landscape picture.

This lens is what I consider a perfect premium vacation lens. I used to own the Zeiss 16-80mm F/3.5-F/4.5 some years ago and while it wasn't the fastest, it certainly was a great all rounder for those days when you can carry only one lens. For days when I could carry more lenses, I would put the 16-80 down and take the 24-70, 11-16, and 70-200 or maybe a handful of primes.

Besides, for a DX users I would choose the 35mm over the 50mm if I could only have one prime. My 35mm got far more use than my 50mm ever did as a walk around lens.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2015 at 15:13 UTC
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Danny: And who needs an de-haze feature anyway? Just take better pictures or leave the job to someone else. Completely nonsense and only for CC users, there goes your money. $$$$$

That's the answer to everything! Be a better photographer. Please...

I'll make sure to have a one on one chat with mother nature the next time I want to take a haze or fog free photo at a location that is heavily prone to being in the mist. You know, because she listens and takes requests...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 16, 2015 at 15:57 UTC
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coody: Why can't it be designed better from the beginning but has to go through the firmware updating? Can the firmware perfectly resolve the flaw? Usually the more firmware updating has, the more problems the product has.

I see it as a way to meet production deadlines, expanding camera capabilities with a limited annual budget by stretching it across multiple years, as well as keeping a single camera model viable longer. Also, on the plus side, it gives Fuji free advertising.

Direct link | Posted on May 11, 2015 at 21:12 UTC
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chrisfromalaska: Geez I wish Sony would poach the Fuji development team, a published lens roadmap with future lenses outlined, regular firmware updates to improve functionality, fix customer usability complaints and most notably add new features instead of flooding the market with new body after new body (except for A-mount, sorry) that addresses some complaints and creates others (still waiting for the stinkin level for the A6000).

Kudos to Fuji for making a great camera even better and not giving current owners the finger (known as "The Sony") by releasing the X-T2 instead. Bring out a higher MP sensor and better video and I'll buy a Fuji.

FYI, not Sony hater, I've been in on the E-mount from almost day 1. I'd like to see this kind of update for the A6000, but more likely I'll be selling it and getting the A6100.

I was just thinking to myself earlier today that I would like to see Sony spend less time, effort, and money releasing cameras so frequently and, instead, invest that by keeping current models relevant longer with firmware updates that introduce new/updated features, performance improvements, and bug fixes. At least with the higher end models that usually have longer life cycles. Of course, for me, that would apply to the A-mount. ;-)

Direct link | Posted on May 11, 2015 at 21:06 UTC
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Dervast: Hi all, since I am new to this new game.
What is the pro difference between for example the Tamron 28-70 2.8 for sony bodies. IT does not have this pro tag but what other differences are?

Regards
Alex

As others have said, there is no 28-70 by Tamron. Secondly, If you are looking for Sony mount, then you are out of luck with Tokina. Unless they change their tune, Tokina announced in the past that they have no plans to release these lenses in Sony mount. They are a very small company and are mainly focusing on just Nikon and Canon.

As for the differences between the Tamron model and the Tokina model, the Tokina's tend to have a heavier, tougher build to them. They are very solid lenses, but not light.

The Tamron you can override focus without having to move a ring or flip a switch. With the Tokina, you have to move the ring back to do MF.

As for the Pro name, it is mainly just a name. Tamron doesn't call their models Pros because that is not their naming convention. But some of their lenses are certainly at or near pro levels.

Tamron has an excellent 6 year warranty with fast turn around.

Saying that, and I love Tamron lenses, my experience with their 24-70mm wasn't that good.

Direct link | Posted on May 8, 2015 at 20:59 UTC
On Sony SLT-A77 II Review preview (517 comments in total)
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FencerPTS: Editorial question: why is in-body stabilization a green while in-lens stabilization a red? This seems more a design choice rather than a benefit.
AF: Are there any dual-cross sensors? Are the sensors rated for exposure, e.g. -3 EV?
What happened to the ISO and DR charts?
Noise invariance: is there a way to quantify and compare the noise level at each push? Can this be done for alternate ISO values besides 100?
IS performance: Was this test measured or was it subjective; is there a quantified standard of acceptability, e.g. lp/mm?

I love my viewfinder. The LCD stays shut most of the time. I can access everything from the viewfinder.

The A77II has many buttons, almost all of them can be customized. With the improved button feel, with a little practice, you can quickly change ISO, exposure compensation, white balance, shooting speed, etc. with a quick button press and spin of the rotary wheels.

The two rotary dials by the thumb and finger can be used to quickly adjust shutter speed or aperture, depending on the shooting mode you are in. They can also be customized as to how they function (ie, flip the functionality of the two).

You also have a custom function menu if you wish to do things via the display. This can be brought up by pressing the Fn button. It overlays across what you see, so you don't lose site of the subject. Here you can layout your most preferred options so you can quickly make your changes without having to hunt through the menus.

Very rarely do I have to use the full menus.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 27, 2015 at 23:39 UTC
On Sony SLT-A77 II Review preview (517 comments in total)
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FencerPTS: Editorial question: why is in-body stabilization a green while in-lens stabilization a red? This seems more a design choice rather than a benefit.
AF: Are there any dual-cross sensors? Are the sensors rated for exposure, e.g. -3 EV?
What happened to the ISO and DR charts?
Noise invariance: is there a way to quantify and compare the noise level at each push? Can this be done for alternate ISO values besides 100?
IS performance: Was this test measured or was it subjective; is there a quantified standard of acceptability, e.g. lp/mm?

The last dual cross AF sensor point I have seen on a Sony APS-C camera was the A77 and it was only for the center for lenses F/2.8 or faster.

Having said that, the A77II has 15 cross type AF points and the central AF point (which is a cross type as well) is F/2.8 sensitive for fast lenses.

The AF is rated to work as low as -2EV without an AF assist lamp. With the last firmware update, low light focusing was improved upon and users are claiming even better low light focusing than before. What this amounts to in EVs is unknown since no official word was released nor measurements taken.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 27, 2015 at 21:17 UTC
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Kabe Luna: What happens if someone walks behind the camera in close proximity? Will that trigger a release? Or, if in bulb mode, will it close the shutter and end the exposure?

That's one sensitive proximity sensor. The eye sensor on my A77 and A77II are not that sensitive. 1 to a few inches, sure, but I don't think 6".

Direct link | Posted on Apr 27, 2015 at 15:19 UTC
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Kabe Luna: What happens if someone walks behind the camera in close proximity? Will that trigger a release? Or, if in bulb mode, will it close the shutter and end the exposure?

It's the eye proximity sensor that is being tripped for this to work. For someone walking by to trip that, you will need to be around an inch or so away from the proximity sensor.

I don't know about you, but if someone was walking that close to the camera, they would be risking tripping over a tripod leg or running into the camera.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 27, 2015 at 14:56 UTC
On Sony SLT-A77 II Review preview (517 comments in total)
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exapixel: I probably missed it in the review, but does this Sony has a lossless RAW file output option? If not, does it exhibit the same artifacts along vertical edges in high-contrast regions as do the E-mount cameras with only lossy RAW?

@Rishi: Thank you for seeing both sides of the coin on here. It is true that one can be their worst enemy when looking for problems, or especially ones you get lost in it and forget to see everything else that is good in the product. I am not that person.

I very much love my A77II and do feel it is the best camera I have owned so far. But it isn't perfect. My only suggestion of improvement is something I have been asking for from the very beginning when they got rid of uncompressed RAW back in 2011.

When people ask with concerns about compressed RAW or experience, I will give them my answer based on my experience. I see nothing wrong with that and I don't feel I should have to be quiet because some people don't want to hear it. But don't let that detract from enjoying the camera.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 26, 2015 at 03:05 UTC
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