EvilTed

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On article Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D (793 comments in total)

OK Nikon, your turn :)

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 03:10 UTC as 157th comment | 3 replies
On article Ultra-compact: Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II review (544 comments in total)
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Ray Sachs: A slightly lower budget version of this camera with a 20-24mp sensor would have been the ticket for me. There are a lot of meaningful improvements relative to the first version (which I loved but for a couple of features), but the high res sensor is a deal killer for me...

@Thematic

Garbage in garbage out

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2016 at 18:38 UTC
On article Ultra-compact: Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II review (544 comments in total)
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Ray Sachs: A slightly lower budget version of this camera with a 20-24mp sensor would have been the ticket for me. There are a lot of meaningful improvements relative to the first version (which I loved but for a couple of features), but the high res sensor is a deal killer for me...

@M Jesper @Ray Sachs

You are not serious?
42 MP requires much stricter technique than 24 MP and I agree with Ray, this camera blows for street photography (at least the run and gun style I practice).

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2016 at 15:46 UTC
On article Ultra-compact: Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II review (544 comments in total)
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amatographer: Pixel amount set to 18m can reduce blur, memory-processing time?

Maybe, but then you are shooting 50mm...
The files are definitely smaller, so it will lock up the UI less...
So will shooting JPG only (not XFINE).

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2016 at 15:42 UTC
On article Ultra-compact: Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II review (544 comments in total)
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EvilTed: @Nowelly

It's useless as a street camera.
I tried one yesterday and the AF is too slow and sluggish and then there's the extreme high resolution that is none too forgiving of bad technique.

The result of my 1 hour test shooting F8 1/500s on the streets yesterday was ZERO sharp or in focus images.

If you favor the camping style of street photography (wait somewhere for someone to walk into your scene), this may be an acceptable camera, but for those of us who shoot one-handed and constantly on the move, it's just not going to cut it.

@Dan

No, controlled lab tests are exactly that.
CONTROLLED.

I'm talking about real world usage shot hand-held on the street.
There it totally sucks, sorry...

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2016 at 15:41 UTC
On article Ultra-compact: Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II review (544 comments in total)
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princecody: I'd rather have this than the Leica based on IQ, features, & tilting LCD 😀

I'd rather have the Q, because it has real manual focussing with the ability to zone focus and because of this, it is a better street camera.

The AF of the Q is also faster and the 24 MP is more suited to run and gun street work than the Sony.
Also, the Q has an electronic shutter that kicks in giving much higher shutter speeds than the Sony, which is limited to 1/4000s.

The Leica Q is the better street camera of the two, but to be honest, for $500, the Ricoh GR knocks the spots of both of them :)

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2016 at 23:32 UTC
On article Ultra-compact: Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II review (544 comments in total)
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sensibill: The UI is the least of my complaints. No IBIS, exorbitant pricing and lack of updating the 35/2 to something even marginally faster headline my disinterest.

Just don't get why some people despise the Sony menu system so much, given that it's structurally no different than Canon or Nikon, just less intuitively tabbed. After a while, you remember where everything you normally use is, regardless.

The lens is a clunky piece of cr@p IMHO.
It moves all the glass as it focusses, which you can hear and because of this, it's not as fast as a modern lens...

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2016 at 23:28 UTC
On article Ultra-compact: Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II review (544 comments in total)
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tim fisher46: UK - no one has a camera for me to asses.

How is the manual focussing?

Coming from manual focus: Leica M and Mamiya 7 and a Sony a7R with a Zeiss ZM 35mm f2.0, and of course the Leica manual lenses.

Is the manual focusing ring intuitive? I never focus the Nikon D800 manually, but for such a small camera as this, I would prefer to manually focus.

With no opportunity to handle one, can you let me know please?

The problem with the RX1r II is that it is focus by wire and there are no focal length markings, making zone focussing near impossible.

You "could" pre-focus to a set distance, but for $3200, I was not going to entertain that cr@p every time I walked outside with it.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2016 at 23:25 UTC
On article Ultra-compact: Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II review (544 comments in total)
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TJGKG: Does this camera have any image stabilization?

nope

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2016 at 23:22 UTC
On article Ultra-compact: Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II review (544 comments in total)
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EvilTed: @Nowelly

It's useless as a street camera.
I tried one yesterday and the AF is too slow and sluggish and then there's the extreme high resolution that is none too forgiving of bad technique.

The result of my 1 hour test shooting F8 1/500s on the streets yesterday was ZERO sharp or in focus images.

If you favor the camping style of street photography (wait somewhere for someone to walk into your scene), this may be an acceptable camera, but for those of us who shoot one-handed and constantly on the move, it's just not going to cut it.

I didn't need to look at the Web.
I had one in my hand.
Tried using continuous focus but it didn't help either.
I set it up the way I setup all my Sony's (I've owned A7s ,A7II, A7s II, and now A7r II and A6300).

42MP is a lot of sensor, so your technique has to be good and with that, shooting from the hip, one handed is probably why this doesn't work for me.

The Ricoh's are still by far the best street cameras I've ever used and I've tried most of them.

I'm currently trying to get the A6300 to work, but finding small, wide lenses that actually bring out the best of the sensor is hard.
My current favorite is the Loxia 21mm F2.8, which I'm shooting zone-focussed @ F8 1/500s and it seems to be working.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2016 at 23:22 UTC
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Alfred S: The deal breaker for me here is weight. With airlines cracking down on carry-on size _and_ weight, 9 lbs takes up too much of the allotment for some airlines. The best carry-on solution I've found is Gura Gear's Bataflae 32L, which, with the internal padding I need, is a little less than 4 lbs empty (and it fits into the over-head of even a CRJ regional jet).

You can get different sized and sloped Internal Camera Units for it.
If they are under 22" they will fit :)

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2016 at 23:16 UTC
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Alfred S: The deal breaker for me here is weight. With airlines cracking down on carry-on size _and_ weight, 9 lbs takes up too much of the allotment for some airlines. The best carry-on solution I've found is Gura Gear's Bataflae 32L, which, with the internal padding I need, is a little less than 4 lbs empty (and it fits into the over-head of even a CRJ regional jet).

F-Stop Gear Loka UL is my bag of choice.
1 kg empty and really strong.
I took one around Thailand and Laos in January and even got my gear on internal flights with a 5kg weight limit. I got caught and weighed in Vientiane but told them it was camera gear and they let me through, otherwise I would wear a lens of two :)

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2016 at 14:06 UTC

25LBs is too heavy for carry on in most of the places I travel to shoot.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2016 at 03:06 UTC as 17th comment | 1 reply
On article Ultra-compact: Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II review (544 comments in total)
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EvilTed: @Nowelly

It's useless as a street camera.
I tried one yesterday and the AF is too slow and sluggish and then there's the extreme high resolution that is none too forgiving of bad technique.

The result of my 1 hour test shooting F8 1/500s on the streets yesterday was ZERO sharp or in focus images.

If you favor the camping style of street photography (wait somewhere for someone to walk into your scene), this may be an acceptable camera, but for those of us who shoot one-handed and constantly on the move, it's just not going to cut it.

I think the problem is the resolution of the sensor.
42MP is just a bit too demanding of shot discipline to be able shoot it in a run and gun method.

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2016 at 02:18 UTC
On article Setting new standards: Nikon D5 Review (423 comments in total)
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Peter62: Dynamic range is a joke!

Look here:

http://www.photonstophotos.net/Charts/PDR.htm#Nikon%20D5,Nikon%20D750

2 EV (!) less DR compared to the D750 is nothing short of a disaster!

@Peter62

No it isn't.
Low ISO DR is not as good as D750 but high ISO DR is reference, probably the best available for any FF body.
Add 5D MK3 and Ideal FX (reference) to your chart and then come back and tell me it's a joke.

I've owned the 5D MK3 and the D750 and hated the D750.
From it's dinky plastic body to it's tiny buffer to it's 1/4000s max shutter speed to it slow FPS, need I go on?
I didn't even like the IQ out of it :(

The 5D MK3 is probably the most used body by professional photographers World Wide and you are telling me that they cannot make a living with this camera because it's DR is a joke?

Think of the D5 as having the IQ of the 5D MK3 with blazing fast speed, unlimited buffer depth and the best AF around and you would be better.

I LOVE mine and can speak from real experience, not from reading charts or listening to Internet BS.

Link | Posted on Jun 4, 2016 at 01:22 UTC
On article Setting new standards: Nikon D5 Review (423 comments in total)
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Roland Karlsson: I am wondering. The list of Cons is quite long. And some of them are surprising and not all that unimportant. OK - it is a very good camera - and probably wort gold award. But ... I wonder if DPR even was planning for the possibility of silver?

@Roland Karlsson
What are the list of cons?

If you are talking about the low ISO DR, that's not a real issue for most people.

http://www.photonstophotos.net/Charts/PDR.htm

Run this for Canon 5D MK3, Nikon D5 and Ideal FX.
At low ISO from 100 - 800, the D5 is better than the 5D MK3.
By 2500 ISO it approaches ideal FX, which is reference.

Correct me if I am wrong, but isn't the Canon 5D MK3 probably the most widely used pro camera on the planet, even today?

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2016 at 02:58 UTC
On article Setting new standards: Nikon D5 Review (423 comments in total)
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Roland Schulz: Nice review, thanks, but disappointing performance in regards of IQ for the previous reputation. That's a pity shame!

@thematic
Blah, blah, blah.

Why does everyone keep regurgitating that same Internet spew?
Do you own a D5?
Do you find yourself pushing the shadows 5 stops between 100 and 800 ISO?
I know I've never, ever had to do this with any camera.

Go run this test:

http://www.photonstophotos.net/Charts/PDR.htm

for the Nikon D5 against the Canon 5D MK3 - yes, the camera that a vast majority of professional photographers still shoot.
Do you see anything?
Yes, the D5 has better low ISO DR and much better high ISO.

Case in point is most professional photographers know how to expose correctly...

So yes, the low ISO is a tad better than the 5D MK3 but not as good as the D810.
Guess what, the D810 is slow and not near as good in low light as the D5.
Add Ideal FX to the chart.
Notice anything?
The D5 is close to reference.

I bought a D5 after the bogus DxO test because I rented one for a day and shot a sporting event for 8 hours solid, racking up 9000 images.
It's close to perfect for a DSLR.

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2016 at 05:35 UTC
On article Setting new standards: Nikon D5 Review (423 comments in total)
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XeroJay: Funny how they compare the DR to the Canon 6D rather than any competing camera. Why not compare it to the 1DXII? ;)

Tony Northrup already compared the D5 to 1DX II. Nothing in it worth talking about.

Canon has better low ISO DR and is faster.
Nikon has better focus tracking thanks to 3D tracking and is better in low light...

I know what's more important to me, and it's not low ISO DR. I have an A7r II for that :)

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2016 at 03:57 UTC
On article Setting new standards: Nikon D5 Review (423 comments in total)
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Hedley7d: Still far behind in video. The compression of The Dual Pixel CMOS AF from Canon is a game changer. I had the chance to experiment it on the 7D mark II and C100 Mark II. The d5 still look like an awesome performer in low light. Doesn't seem to have a log mode too... and 3 minutes only at high quality only for 4K UHD 3840 x 2160/24/25/30p. The video compression seem a little weird and too soft for me but overall photographer will surely enjoy is capacity. I'll be curious to see a Timelapse made with RAW photos.

@Abbas Rafey

There is no issue with running out of battery if you use Tether Tools :)
It probably doesn't overheat as much either, if power externally...

https://www.tethertools.com/case-relay-camera-power-system/

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2016 at 03:54 UTC
On article Setting new standards: Nikon D5 Review (423 comments in total)
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Everythingis1: I'm shocked at the amount of detail retained on the Sony A7RII JPEG at iso 100k.

I own a D5 and an A7R II and the D5 is better at low light ;)

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2016 at 00:32 UTC
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