obsolescence: Nice photo and what a special place! I enjoyed the instructional.
One small point: shifting the lens only produces images precisely aligned for stitching "right out of the camera" when there are no foreground objects. In fact, that method produces parallax misalignment between shots, which the stitching software may or may not be able to correct. The remedy is to use a lens collar to mount the lens to the tripod and shift the camera body. I know of one such collar that is custom made for the Canon TS-E lenses (expensive, but high quality) --
@yobsolescence you can also do this by using a macro rail, and when you shift the lens, you also shift the camera body in the opposite direction to keep the nodal point in the exact same location.
justmeMN: Canon cameras are good enough for professional sports photographers to take photos at events like the "Super Bowl, NBA Finals, and a few World Series", but they aren't good enough for DPR Measurebators to take photos of their cats. :-)
Cats clearly require more DR
bernardf12: Now if Canon used the resources used to create this odd thing to add a built-in VF and IBIS into the M3, together with a small 35mm 1.8, they would have had a sale.
ew @ built in evf.articulating external EVF is so much more useful then a scrundged up small evf and reducing the size of the lcd.
and lol'ing at IBIS. mmm no thanks.
rrccad: while for the enthusiasts this is a waste of time, but for the casual photographer who's SD card still has pictures on it from Christmas, when it's June out .. having so they can just drop the camera on top of the unit, have it charged, images copied off and uploaded to cloud,etc - just seems like a good thing.
one of the advantages of smartphones was the level of automation after the image was taken, this helps.
well I'm sure T3, you know more about who canon sells rebels to than canon then .. right?
also it's a media server and an NFC / wifi enabled streaming device so no, they aren't $50 with internal 1TB or storage ..
but yes, let's pull out some more useless comparisons to make it sound like you know the market though..
ttran88: I have to congratulate DPR's recent article and effort to get Sony to respond to their RAW files. Thank you!!!
umm @lightcapture - this has been an ongoing topic of discussion since the A7 series came about.. "days before fanbois moaning about Sony's lossy RAW in dpreview site," .. I think not.
mpgxsvcd: The amateur astronomy community will have to rewrite “Their Astronomy Bible” when it comes to Sony cameras now. Sony cameras were basically blacklisted for Astro Photography use because of this issue and rightfully so. For AP work the lossy RAWs made it a no go right from the start.
However, once it is corrected I would see no photographic advantage for the Canon cameras they so religiously recommend.
@Giklab.. I was curious about that too .. however knowning sony.. all they are doing is turning off the compression algorithm which is a limited scope change and not changing anything else.
TBH - changing the 12 bit flipping, spacial filtering,etc .. is a pretty involved "firmware" upgrade to do to existing cameras.
capture 1 however can't be automated via ASCOM drivers the last time I checked. Not to mention you have to purchase Pro, correct?
meanwhile it's free with canon, and it's all controllable via ASCOM.
while for the enthusiasts this is a waste of time, but for the casual photographer who's SD card still has pictures on it from Christmas, when it's June out .. having so they can just drop the camera on top of the unit, have it charged, images copied off and uploaded to cloud,etc - just seems like a good thing.
I do actually, this mentions nothing about bulb mode exposure which has it's own "special filtering" done to it, which is entirely different than the lossy compression.
however I missed putting in the necessary word "bulb" in there.
rrccad: okay .. so wait..
does that mean they will no longer do 12 bit RAW?
sigh.. don't be such a rabid fanboy for asking a legitimate question, this isn't the sony forums here.
well seems in your haste to diss canon, you sort of forget that sony is more difficult and less open to tether via USB with liveview, and also has spacial noise reduction and only 12 bits in raw bulb mode. not to mention the wealth of toolkits automation and capability built into astro programs connected by either canon dslr's or astro imagers.
or you just don't know what you're talking about . could be too.
The Davinator: My goodness....what will some Canon users complain about now? Good news though. I wonder if DPR had somehand in Sony making this change.
what a surprise .. Davinator posts .. and mentions canon or canon users in a bad light.
Mikael Risedal: well then it was fixed by SonyIt toke Canon at least 5-7 years to get rid of banding in the read out which means that the modell6D and 7dmk2 is free from the issue
need some kleenix?
Tons o Glass 0 Class: This is exciting news! Hopefully this will trickle down the rest of Sony's lineup (I'm lookin' at you, A7ii+A6000) as well!
We don't want to celebrate prematurely, but astrophotographers and dynamic range fiends the world over have gotta be singing right now!
astrophotographers will probably still have the issue of bulb mode "star eating" exposures though.
high DR users still have the issue with when you want to do AEB for HDR it flips into 12 bit RAWs (maybe).
the good news is that you get to turn off a badly designed compression algorithm.
leonche64: Wonderful! Does this mean that all the non-Sony users that were so vocal about this will now go out and buy the cameras?
true brendon. the A7II may get it .. we'll have to wait and see for sure!
yes, but the camera flips into 12 bit raw mode in a mydrid of operations .. is that now 14 bit raw if you have that selected?
exapixel: Uncompressed? Not losslessly compressed? Lame.
they wouldn't have to - they could use public domain lossless compression just as easy.
that's what canon does.
certainly more so .. however I was hedging on the A7II .. which won't get this yet.
A7RII is still too expensive given the lack of support in USA.
however it's certainly a step in the right direction.
Sony needs to add a compressed lossless and also take a page out of canon and nikon's book with mRAW modes.
Sony's RAW handling is pretty substandard now.
okay .. so wait..