Trying to appease these grumpy old men is a futile task. The delivery is a bit dry and a bit disjointed but it was still well worth watching.
It'll be a real disappointment if after the delay(s) the product has any QC/design defects. Fingers crossed..!
So, will DPR provide a proper in-depth review of this flagship camera?
sunnycal: No built-in flash is a bummer. Now photographers need to carry an external flash or the wireless module for wireless control. Having a built-in flash is great advantage in a lot of scenarios.
Why do you have to tape down the built-in flash?
BeaverTerror: Another vote for the black background. The reason you only hear complaints about it is that people who are satisfied with it do not write to you.
The black background is best. Please do not change it. My eyes hate white background.
Seasons Greetings to all at DPR. Thank you to everyone for all their hard work. May I suggest one resolution for the new year? Please review flagship cameras. There are enough non-professionals who believe nothing but the best will do, who have purchased them in the past. Prospective buyers should be able to look to DPR for such reviews. At the very least, it develops and subsequently shows a broader depth of maturity towards the upper end of camera users. Even the flagship models need critical performance reviews.
NeilJones: It's a shame that drones will pretty much be banned in most airspace by end of 2016!
My understanding is that there are new FAA rules (which only apply to USA), but nothing about banning drones in most airspace. Likely other countries will have similar rule restrictions but certainly not a ban in most airspace. How did you come up with that statement?
It's nice to see the giveaway contest includes countries where the giveaway is permissible by law.
The Photo Ninja: You can pay for a lot of professionally printed photos for the price of this.
With 11 ink colours at $60 each plus Chroma Optimizer, that's over $700 in consumable ink. That's $1300 + $700 = $2000. Wall space is a premium resource given that most prints will hang at eye-level and usually only a few will occupy each wall. However, if I manage to require at most 50 prints for the walls, the cost per print is over $40. That's not too bad a deal. If I crank out more prints, the cost per print significantly reduces. I wonder if the unused ink cartridges or print head will clog up with infrequent use?Owning a printer makes sense if the amount of printing exceeds a professional print service and the quality is comparable.
PORTRAIT: Crap!, Samsung we need one of these "Ditch Day event" up-here in Canada as well! I also have a clonker to trade in;)...
Too far away for most as in my case, no extra $2000 to budget for such an extravagance.
electrophoto: The one thing I find always utterly lacking with print manufacturers is listing a figure for cost of print...I know that the EXACT figure can't be given as it will depend a tad on what and how you print.But say a base average on highest quality, including the manufacturer recommended ink + paper.
Because buying the printer is one thing - but knowing how much it will cost to OPERATE is another figure entirely and incredibly inefficient to figure out, especially as the cartridge figures (XXX-Pages per cartridge is usually way overstated.)
Also that pure ink-figure alone, doesn't take printing heads, etc into account.
If I need anything larger than my A3+ can spit out, I get it printed by a speciality printing lab.so far I could never justify cost of ownership & operation of my own large printer vs. outsourcing that part. cheaper and yet higher quality than this.
"...and yet higher quality than this." What kind of print technology does the specialty print lab use?
Antonsrkn: There's no denying its a nice shot. However as a wildlife photographer I'm always annoyed when I see zoo shots labeled as wildlife photography. Its not wildlife when its in a zoo! I feel that by definition wildlife has to be wild... not captive animals in a controlled setting. I'm not familiar with Sony's rules, if they allow photos of captive animals then all power to the photographer. But lets not call it something its not.
For anyone unfamiliar with Orangutans, there are two species the Bornean orangutan and the sumatran orangutan, neither of which are now or ever have been found in the wild in Bali, Indonesia.
Still a nice shot though, just not WILDlife.
You're correct that it's not wildlife in the strictest of definitions. If we were to apply such strictness as the animal living completely in the wild, I daresay most of us shooting in a National Park or game preserve would also need to say the same. Bird sanctuaries would also need to be excluded.
Jcradford: Grreat shot. But a 500th (or faster?) and didn't freeze the rain drops? Altho I don't recall he tipping point on that motion it 'seems' closer to a 60th-100th.
About 2 cm according to "The Weather Guys";http://wxguys.ssec.wisc.edu/2013/09/10/how-fast-do-raindrops-fall/So to freeze the fat raindrop so that it appears "like a hamburger bun", which is likely about 1/4 inch across (0.635 cm) and maybe then 0.5 cm tall, the shutter speed would need to be four times as fast, or about 1/2000 of a second.
This is an excellent photo with all the right components. Great wildlife photography is all about unocrhestrated special moments. Well done! Your honesty in describing the scenario illustrates how everything must come together including perhaps a wee of luck and more importantly, seizing the moment. Congrats!
By losing its emphasis on the square format, Instagram may yet become another boring flickr. I'm not surprised that the emphasis is to increase acceptance by all those who felt it was just too restrictive a format. Something will be lost and something will be gained by this change.
Yet another app I won't put on my phone. Gawdawful...sigh.
Jonathan F/2: Why are all the shots focused on the nose? Seems a bit gimmicky to me.
Yes, autopoint selection on DSLR doesn't do eyeball recognition and doesn't do any better with tracking. I rely on "stickiness" of AF point selection to track object where I initially started the focus tracking. On DSLR's I use (7DII 5DIII), it works ... kinda OK but not as reliably as I would like it to. I expect more from Sony A7II. I want to continue to use my Canon long telephoto lenses on the Sony and expect as good as or better than Canon PDAF performance. I that asking for too much? :)
So continuous AF with 3rd party lens can have only the nearest part of the subject tracked? That's useless...
craytonmccant: Relax Masaya Maeda, you can now continue to take your time with improvements and upgrades as far as I am concerned. This month I have switched to Sony for my body's, and Sigma Art for my lenses. I will continue to use my Canon lenses with the Sony A7II. I also just picked up a Sony RX100 III to replace my Canon S100. I could not be happier with the image quality now. Till you can look at Canons competitors and see where you are being passed, you will not be able to compete as they jump ahead of you in improvements and image quality. I am very sad to see Canon fall behind.
You switched to Sony because you couldn't sleep at night using the Canon gear. I do hope you are now getting a better nights sleep. Has your photography improved immensely?
bronxbombers4: George Lepp: " The dynamic range when working on the files in Canon’s DPP and Photoshop CC 2014 was quite good and pretty much matches my EOS 7D MKII."
There appeared to be perhaps be further confirmation that the RAW files are always a large 60MB even in crop mode which only applies to JPGs for some unfathomable reason.
Anyway, as many speculated, the sensor seems to basically be, more or less, the 70D/7D2 sensor at FF size.
How often do you get to chose ISO 100 for sports/action photography? In my experience, its very rare as one needs fast shutter speeds. Maybe if you are doing some special effect or its a setup shot with lighting one would be using ISO 100. Bottom line is that at ISO settings where it counts, the 7DII is a far better camera for sports/action than the present equivalent Nikon's or Sony's.