probert500

probert500

Lives in United States boston, MA, United States
Works as a photographer
Has a website at www.peterharrisphoto.com
Joined on Feb 13, 2009

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On article Nifty fifty: Hands-on with the Hasselblad H5D-50c Wi-Fi (116 comments in total)

Size does matter - and a larger sensor will inherently have better tonal gradation, but I would be interested in a comparison between this sensor and the sony a7r ii sensor. The difference in size is appreciable while the resolution isn't. Inquiring minds want to know.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 11, 2016 at 16:53 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
On article Video: A quick look at the Sony a6300 (212 comments in total)
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Siobhan A: Take away all the unproven marketing hype and the only real difference between this camera and the A6000 is 4K and 120FPS video.
Since the A6000 has been on sale for $400 recently, one must decide if they want to pay an extra $600 for a similar camera.

What is the real deal breaker I see is the lens situation. For the past couple of years it hasn't improved and instead of the F/2.8 zooms and affordable portrait prime lenses, Sony is announcing rather large $1800, and $2400 lenses without IS. They'll work on a $400 A6000, but not many people with that camera want 2 really large lenses that lack IS and cost over $4000.

If you ignore the new sensor, new autofocus, improved EVF, and fast burst rates with live view ,you have a good point.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 15:51 UTC
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Photoman: Once I can buy a MF digi for under $1000, I will show interest again in MF.

While you're home eating a cheese sandwich, I'm sure someone is working real hard to please you. My guess: if it ever happened you'd be the first to post: "Why are the lenses so big?"

Direct link | Posted on Dec 22, 2015 at 01:12 UTC
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simmybear31: If you're running Windows 10 and use Microsoft Edge, Chrome, Firefox or Opera DON'T bother you can't download the apps from Playmemories even if you are prepared to pay because the download software just goes through a constant loop of installing then telling you its not installed on your PC. Common problem on the Sony Network Community Forum apparently.

You download straight to the camera via wifi. Not sure what you're referring to.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 19, 2015 at 15:52 UTC
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Richard Franiec: Like most of L lenses, this one is a subject to withstand heavy use in demanding conditions for a very long time. No wonder it is built that way. The price reflects the cost of engineering, choice of materials and a very high level of workmanship.

and a sweet little mark up. They are the most profitable photo manufacturer. But sure.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 13, 2015 at 00:00 UTC
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Neez: When you build it huge, you can make it more robust with larger components, assembly is also easier so quality control is better.

What's more impressive are smaller lenses built like a tank, because it takes much more work to do it.

While I appreciate the Canon build quality, I do look at my 40 year old tiny Olympus OM zuikos and marvel at their smooth precise action. So sweet - so small.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2015 at 23:58 UTC
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bgbs: Built like a tank but costs like a space shuttle.

Not if you're looking for 21mm lens. WTF

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2015 at 23:54 UTC
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justinwonnacott: Bodies come and go , lenses, hopefully not so much.

What a pleasure to read a substantial and well written article about gear . . . DPR should generate more content of their own like this. Lensrentals has my attention

Quality matters and is worth paying for..

@blackcoffee17 The sigma is optically one of the best 35mm lenses ever made. From my experience it's impeccable. That may be why some people think it is better.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2015 at 23:52 UTC
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thgun: Hi. I grew up being told by my Dad that Leica were the Rolls Royce of Cameras in the days of film photography. Now we have digital photography I don't see that anymore. I know their lenses are of the highest quality but the electronics I'm not sure. If Leica is so well up there then why dont you ever see anyone with one especially professional photographers.

for what they charge, they're up there with 3 of the best.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 11, 2015 at 04:35 UTC
On article Second time lucky? A closer look at Sony's new RX1R II (542 comments in total)
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utku67: The moment SONY manages to produce RX-1 in such a way that the view finder naturally becomes the natural geometry of the camera's form and allows to use Leica lenses, then I will definitely buy one.

It's a fixed lens - look at a7r -or not.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 21, 2015 at 05:53 UTC
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des hill: In ultra wide land these lenses are not close at all, I use 12 and 15, and I can assre you, that you need to step back an awful lot further than a step or two to get the same field of view. I use the VM12 on the a7rll, with stunning results and absolutely no colour aberations - the a7r was quite unusable, by the way, in that regard.

The 10mm can't come quickly enough in my view.

The interminable wait for anything vaguely wide angle from Sony - after introducing the bodies was an absolute disgrace. Voightlander deserve a heap of success for these initiatives. Now if they can do a 24mm shift I will be at the front of the queue, then I can ditch the cumbersome clunky Nikon lens

@dan_168

I don't know how you can say that - it's not even close tp OK - bad distortion, soft in the corners, low resolution - I tested - I saw: what am I missing?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 18, 2015 at 23:22 UTC
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des hill: In ultra wide land these lenses are not close at all, I use 12 and 15, and I can assre you, that you need to step back an awful lot further than a step or two to get the same field of view. I use the VM12 on the a7rll, with stunning results and absolutely no colour aberations - the a7r was quite unusable, by the way, in that regard.

The 10mm can't come quickly enough in my view.

The interminable wait for anything vaguely wide angle from Sony - after introducing the bodies was an absolute disgrace. Voightlander deserve a heap of success for these initiatives. Now if they can do a 24mm shift I will be at the front of the queue, then I can ditch the cumbersome clunky Nikon lens

Samayang 24mm t/s is pretty bad - really bad. Their 14mm is superb at under $300.00 it's a steal. Not sure how robust they are - but you could buy 3 and still be about halfway to the cost of these lenses.

The canon 24mm t/s mk 2 is unbelievable.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 12, 2015 at 21:25 UTC
On article Sony Alpha 7R II Review (2125 comments in total)
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joyclick: No sky is going to fall if Sony stopped selling their"best sensors" to Nikon and others.It may turn out to be a blessing in disguise.There is no reason why a sensor far superior to Sony's "best" cannot be and will not be made.
It can and will happen and Sony will be put in its proper place.

So we all agree that Sony makes the best sensors. I definitely think so too.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 6, 2015 at 17:25 UTC
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stevo23: Useless - very limited and hobbled. Can't center focus point, very limited set of function available.

Clever and great idea, but I wouldn't pay money for it. Frankly, I don't know why they have to make apps like this that limit the camera so much.

the problem is Sony doesn't tell you which features are suddenly hobbled. You can have your camera set for raw and the app you're using only shoots jpeg. That is weird and could be costly.

No app should override basic camera settings - but if they do, there should be a clear alert. Obviously if you have your camera set for raw - that's what you'll be expecting etc etc

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2015 at 19:31 UTC
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jhinkey: Too bad they don't cover full frame . . . .

"Doesn't change the fact fully exploiting a 24mp or more FF requires Zeiss, or Nikon FX or the best Canon L glass, all of which cost more than $1000 a piece."

This defies logic. Taking into account that with 2.5 times the area as aps, the density of a 24mp FF is about the same as a 10mp aps
also, the larger the format the less stress on the optics. That's why people putting medium and large format lenses on FFs are disappointed. Their resolution is less because it doesn't have to be as great.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 22, 2015 at 13:29 UTC
On article Sony brings uncompressed Raw to a7S II, a7R II and... (562 comments in total)
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cr2shooter: The Internet photographers ask for a replacement for lossy compressed raw so Sony say they will deliver uncompressed raw. Do they really understand ? It's the lossy bit that's the problem not the compressed. I'm sure they have clever engineers who understand the issue but it appears that the decision makers or marketing people don't. Why bother with a company like Sony when Canon and Nikon sell products that may not be leading edge in terms of providing certain features but at least deliver decent, reliable image quality.

Taking yes for an answer too difficult? Let's call a whaaaaambulance !

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2015 at 16:15 UTC
On article Sony brings uncompressed Raw to a7S II, a7R II and... (562 comments in total)
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NoMirror99: Sony, you have a set of great cameras! Now get a great OS for the camera: Bring iOS with touch screen to my cameras!

ick

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2015 at 16:13 UTC

Curious they made it for the sony dslr and not the mirrorless. Easier I guess.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 2, 2015 at 15:16 UTC as 59th comment | 8 replies
On article BSI Boss? Sony Alpha 7R II added to studio scene (535 comments in total)
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Ednaz: It's impressive, but I compared with Nikon D800E and D810, at ISO 1600, 3200, and 6400, all raw, and there's a little back and forth on which system does better depending on what parts of the test image you look at, but in general the Nikon gear doesn't lose anything on resolution, and is cleaner.

Lens systems have a lot of gravity... if I've got 10 top end Nikkor lenses that cover the types of things I shoot a lot of, there's a lot of pull to stay with that system. Switching systems and replicating the kit would be a huge economic hit. A system would have to hugely outperform, not just at the margins.

Sony's doing impressive things, but they're competing against 50 years of lenses: f1.2 lenses, f1.4 at every major prime focal length, 2.8 zoom kits, a set of super-telephotos. I acquired my lens kit over 15 years. It'll take a rocket ship to break free of that gravity, and sustained lack of innovation from Nikon.

Still, nice work, Sony. You're in the game of leapfrog now.

It really just takes a $15.00 adapter to break the gravity.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 2, 2015 at 00:44 UTC
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Just a Photographer: I keep it to an Arca Swiss quick release plate.
Which is universal, small and FLAT.

Also with an Arca Swiss plate your camera won't fall over or rests on the lens when you put the camera down. This Edelkrone thing is imho a bad design.

I'm sure there are - I haven't seen them. It's not the standard that it is in the photo still world. Not a big deal.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 30, 2015 at 00:28 UTC
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