EvilTed: Underexposure and High ISO leads to more noise.Awesome.Thanks for enlightening us :)
Yes, I understand fine.It's a triangle.You get nothing for free :)
dave: DPReview attemps to belittle Sonys image quality in order to boost Nikon sales. They say that the small A7II isn't suited for street photography, but a big heavy D750 received no such con. I ignore much of their comments in reviews as well as comments on image quality of any brand.
Not with a grip and extra battery it isn't.Then it is actually heavier than a D810 at around 900g!
The Sony 70-200 F4 is about the same weight, but larger than the equivalent Nikon and more expensive. The Sony 16-35 F4 is about the same weight as the Nikon equivalent. If Sony's system were based solely on the A7 II and you were shooting zooms, I'd say get the D750 instead.
I still think the A7s is the best camera in their stable and that's why I haven't sold all my Sony kit.The A7 II ended up getting an error on power on and it has had to be sent to CT for service.
Underexposure and High ISO leads to more noise.Awesome.Thanks for enlightening us :)
I agree with dpreview on most of their points.I am a street photographer based in San Francisco.
The A7 II is too heavy and way too noisy for a street camera.I got caught twice on my first outing on the street, shooting from the hip. This has never happened with any other camera (and I've owned all the Fuji models too).I also hate the extra weight and the new dials, especially the aperture dial which spins without warning and makes me continually have to check my settings :(
I prefer my A7s + 35 F2.8 for the street - it's the perfect combo.I will buy the A7R II if it has silent shutter and sell my A7 II immediately.
I shot both A7s and A7 II everyday for 3 weeks in Myanmar last month (March) and much prefer the files and color from the A7s as well as the DR and low light ability.The A7 II files can look somewhat flat and sterile by comparison.
Some of my work from Myanmar are on my blog:
WanderingEYE: Pretty much useless as a stills camera with only 12 MP.Must be some kind of inverted snobbishness at work here, an "exclusive" camera for artists perhaps?Not even real 4k.The NX1 is a much better movie making tool, it has a touch screen too which is particularly useful for documentary shooting in unpredictable situations.
Wanderingeye, absolutely not. I shot most of my images on a 3 week trip to Myamar using the A7s.
The A7s is a fantastic stills camera and I prefer it to the A7 II, Leica M 240 and Leica M Monochrom which I also own...
Amateur Photographer from the UK, has a completely different review, claiming the noise handling is great and that the DR is better than the D750 or D810.
I smell a rat DP :(
Jesus, what a bunch of S$%& that was :(Bulb mode is for when you want to go below 30s and is as long as your cable release? WTF is he talking about :)
I got one from B&H.The box was covered in finger prints, as was the camera.The camera had 932 actuation's!
As for the camera, the thing is a toy compared to other DSLRs.Flimsy and nowehre near as stylish as some think.I thought it quite badly executed and cheap looking and feeling.
It was shipped right back to B&H for a refund.
Ophicleide: The Fuji X100s is very disappointing. I bought this camera to shoot like a digital rangefinder camera. The f/stop ring is nice but works in full stop increments only !!! Where have these Fuji guys been for the last 40 years ? The shutter speed dial is perfect, Bulb, T, and 1/4sec through 1/4000th sec. plus A. Then there is that exposure knob to the right of the shutter speed dial that allow 1/3 f/stops from -2 to +2. Perfect for dialing in that exposure that full stop increments wont give you, except is doesn't work in the manual mode. You have to use that rotating thumb wheel that I hate because if you press it just a tad too much you go into different modes. Fuji had an excellent idea, a digital rangefinder, fixed focal length lens that could have been a perfect digital replacement to a Leica rangefinder of yesteryear - and they screwed it all up. I played with the camera trying to get used to the myriad of options that are all unnecessary. Sent it back.
It is not a digital rangefinder.Only Leica makes those and they handle and perform completely differently.You have confused yourself expecting it to behave like a Leica.It is more analogous to the old Contax G2...
Having 3 Leicas and now my 3rd Fuji in the X100s, I think it is a great camera.
svx94: If Nikon pay attention to Fuji's X forums, and how many Nikon-Fuji adapters sold, it is not hard to figure out that those are the people Nikon LOST (with me being one of them). Nikon 1 is a disaster, face it.
Yabokkie, you should wash that foot before you stick it in your mouth!
deleted-13120401: Pretty sure all you need to be a 'street photographer' is to call yourself a street photographer. Better yet, International Street Photographer.
Or TOSSER :)
starwolfy: Eric KIM on DPreview ? Now it's 100% sure that in today's society one just need to be good at social media and blogging to become famous...
Eric Kim has posted many excellent photographs, unfortunately NONE OF THEM WERE TAKEN BY HIM.
bed bug: Some of the images are blurry, some are out of focus, some have very strange compositions...yet they all work!
Excellent article DPR, thanks for posting.
If you have learned so much Eric, how about showing us some of YOUR photographs for once?
Kinematic Digit: Great upgrade! I installed it before a model shoot yesterday and the focus was snappy and fast with the Fujinon 35mm in mixed lighting.
I agree about the lack of minimum shutter control. The X100 has this and it really makes a difference if you're not paying attention to the warning on the screen (or have it turned off).
I would love to have focus peaking as well (I have it now on my 5DmkIII and love it). But I also found a different technique to help with focusing.
Turn on RAW+JPG, change film simulation to BWg, Custom WB, 2500K, WB Shift to top right corner of R9 B9, Sharpness to +2, Highlight Tone -2, Shadow Tone -2. This will create a high contrast over sharpened image that should make it much easier to focus manually with. Throw out the JPG image after downloading.
It also helps in AF mode as you'll see the image peak for a brief second to lock onto focus.
Given how it looks like FujiFilm is committed to incremental updates, I'm sure more will be coming down the pipe.
There is no focus peaking on the 5D MK3...
edcastanho: this is a very special camera with great potential. unfortunately fujifilm released its firmware only for pc computers... thats umbelievable! when some makers will respect all their customers???
Just use FireFox on a Mac and it works fine.Safari seems to garble the files.
Even so, the body firmware wouldn't initially read but the lens did and updated.I tried the body afterwards and it worked?
raztec: Where is the D700 in the samples comparison so we can compare them together?
Even if The D800 had close to D700 iso capability it would be a penomenonal camera. But somehow, I doubt that will
Sure, I think I'd have more use for the D4 vs the D800 but size and price are huge deterrents.
I'm the typical amateur photographer that takes indoor and low light sport shots and of kids running around in the house. I do take some scenery shots but have never blown my 11x19. So I need a good high ISO camera in a small body.
Make the D4 in a smaller body and drop the price to the D800 range, and I'm sold.
They did, it's called the 5D MK3 ;)
DarkShift: So folks at Canon are confident that USB 2.0 is satisfactory for its loyal users for the next 3 1/2 years, and the 24-70mm/2.8 doesn't need IS? Really?
and the Nikon 24-70 has VR does it?No, but wait they have a new 16-35 F/4 that does.Sound familiar?Really?
EvilTed: For all you wishing you had more MP.
This comes at a cost that a lot of you are missing completely.This is from the Nikon Technical manual for D800/D800E posted on nikonrumors.com and available for download as PDF.
P4 - Shooting Techniques:At the high resolutions off ered by the D800/D800E, even theslightest camera motion can result in blur. The technique revealedin this section minimizes blur through a combinationof live view photography and a tripod.
P6 - Same Shot No Live ViewLive view photography was not used in creating the secondexample below; consequently, the mirror was not raised untilthe photo was taken and the results are blurred.
P9 - Shutter SpeedThe superior resolution of the D800/D800E makes smallamounts of focus blur more obvious. Select a shutter speedslightly faster than you would choose when photographingthe same subject with other cameras.
DiffractionWith the D800/D800E’s high resolution diffraction effects generallybecome noticeable around f/11
Personally, I'd rather have a great, all round great camera, in the 18 - 22MP range, with high ISO and a faster shutter speed.
Nikon didn't deliver an upgrade to the D700 with the D800, but Canon did in the 5D MK 3.This is why I'm leaving Nikon and moving to Canon.I didn't have a FF Nikon, so that made the choice a lot easier.Even Ken Rockwell is singing the praises of the 5D MK 3 :)
For all you wishing you had more MP.
KlausP: Canon 5DIII a big disappointment for half the photo community and too expensive for everyone.
There are two photo camps that have somewhat divergent needs. They break roughly into the low light action shooters and the high resolution tripod shooters. Neither is right or wrong, just different needs for different types of photography. For low light, video, and action photogs, the improvements represent a desirable upgrade, at an undesirable price point. For high resolution, still work (and yes, there are plenty of pros that print big) the lack of resolution and perhaps dynamic range improvements are disappointing, to say the least. A previous poster said it right, the improvements amount to a 5D2.1 Most perplexing is the price point, particularly after Nikon released a much better speced camera for less. Unless Canon comes out soon with a high spec followup, they will have lost two sales here, one to the guy that buys my 5D2 and one to my new D800.
And don't forget the 75MB RAW file size from the D800!No thanks!