JohnBee

JohnBee

Lives in Zimbabwe Front of computer, Zimbabwe
Works as a Full time husband, father, teacher
Has a website at www.google.com
Joined on Jul 20, 2006
About me:

Getting by one click at a time.

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Intence: Can someone please enlighten me, i'm puzzled and confused as to why anyone would purchase this camera. I'm not trying to be a troll, I really don't understand. Low FPS, no major advantages over 5D3 or D800 and similar pricing (keep in mind 5D3 can be had for just over $3k routinely). Specifically, far fewer AF points than both C&N, fewer lens options, relatively average FPS, along with fewer accessories/thid-party support.

Unless you're heavily vested in compatible glass, why would ANYONE purchase this over the D800 or 5D3. I just don't get it? Sony is the underdog in this arena, yet they've priced themselves inline with the competition. Some enthusiasts who have $3k to drop on a camera may buy it, but I can't see pros moving to Sony without either a clear price or feature advantage?

I can undersand the motivation behind the RX1 (FF in a VERY compact package), but I just can't fathom who the target market for the A99 would be.

Sony pricing strategy is well known. There introductory prices are just that(always been this way). Best thing to do, is wait for the prices to settle do draw comparisons.

On the feature side of things, all I can say at this point, is to dig in and learn more about it. Because as it stands, there isn't a camera anywhere in this price range that can do what this unit does.

If the A99 sensor delivers on IQ, it could easily become the camera to beat this year. Time will tell but so far, its looking very good for Sony.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2012 at 07:06 UTC

Here's a brief commercial showing some of the accessories available for the A99: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D90fvwoB3Ak

Without seeing anything on IQ, this looks like a very capable piece of kit.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2012 at 07:01 UTC as 43rd comment
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JDT0505: I really don't think pros are going to be jumping ship from Nikon and Canon for an EVF camera. Only 6 fps? Isn't one of the reasons for using SLT to up frame rate by not using a moving mirror? I guess the processor isn't really up to the job. Sony is just throwing out high dollar junk today.

Don't forget about Sony's secret weapon also... (The A99 accessories). After seeing the video support from this camera, I honestly don't think there's any other camera of its price bracket that comes close. Very impressive piece of equipment.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2012 at 06:59 UTC
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Rooru S: A lot of errors on almost all Sony announced products. dpReview, Please check your release notes.

Btw, it wasn't supposed the SLT tech would reduce costs compared to traditional dSLR? Where is the benefit? I waited for A77 to see price, nothing, similar to other SLR. And now with A99, similar and under spec compared to others. The only real benefit of SLT I see is PDAF on video. Good camera but cannot see any real advantage over rivals.

And don't forget focus peaking through VF, which is a god sent for MF shooters.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2012 at 06:49 UTC
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Intence: Can someone please enlighten me, i'm puzzled and confused as to why anyone would purchase this camera. I'm not trying to be a troll, I really don't understand. Low FPS, no major advantages over 5D3 or D800 and similar pricing (keep in mind 5D3 can be had for just over $3k routinely). Specifically, far fewer AF points than both C&N, fewer lens options, relatively average FPS, along with fewer accessories/thid-party support.

Unless you're heavily vested in compatible glass, why would ANYONE purchase this over the D800 or 5D3. I just don't get it? Sony is the underdog in this arena, yet they've priced themselves inline with the competition. Some enthusiasts who have $3k to drop on a camera may buy it, but I can't see pros moving to Sony without either a clear price or feature advantage?

I can undersand the motivation behind the RX1 (FF in a VERY compact package), but I just can't fathom who the target market for the A99 would be.

The 5D Mark III currently retails for $3500 in Canada.
The A99 has an introductory price of $2800 in Canada.
If we factor in Sony's price strategy, were looking at a $2200-2400 body in 6 months.

Aside from this, have you compared features between these two camera's? Video, Image stabilization, seals etc. Sounds to me like you've got some reading to do... ;)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2012 at 06:47 UTC
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JDT0505: I really don't think pros are going to be jumping ship from Nikon and Canon for an EVF camera. Only 6 fps? Isn't one of the reasons for using SLT to up frame rate by not using a moving mirror? I guess the processor isn't really up to the job. Sony is just throwing out high dollar junk today.

Think of MF advantage and you have yourself a winner.
The D800 is nice but has its share of limitations also. The A99 addresses those quite nicely with a 2FPS advantage in FF format(not to shabby I'd say). On the resolution front, there isn't very much difference between a 36 and 24MP at the end of the day tbh.

In closing I'd point-out that Sony's pricing strategy will place it in a very appealing market after the dust settles.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2012 at 06:31 UTC
On Sony Alpha SLT-A99 preview (326 comments in total)

Short of measuring, this camera certainly looks like a winning package.
Cant' wait to see the in depth reviews.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2012 at 04:36 UTC as 111th comment
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TheCyberKnight: What is Pentax thinking?
This camera has almost every single spec worse than the old Panasonic FZ-150. When you release something this late in the game, at least make sure it has an advantage over the reference device.

Aside from the low price, this camera is totally boring.

These will make excellent entry level systems for newbies looking to play the part without having to invest in an interchangeable system. It'll be interesting to see how this unit stacks up against the competition.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 23, 2012 at 02:43 UTC
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Justin Francis: Pentax has lost the plot. Compact quality in dslr body? No wonder it needs to be cheap. Buying second hand mft would make more sense.

They are covering there bases(think about it).
These are the first signs of the new Ricoh merger at work. And we can expect them to cover much broader competitive product range in the months to come as they position themselves to compete.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 23, 2012 at 02:37 UTC
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Ray Chen: Where's the fake lens release button?

I could say something totally descr4iminatory like: It probably fell off! - But I won't go there.

Sorry it was just to good to pass up on :p

Direct link | Posted on Aug 23, 2012 at 02:35 UTC
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Vitruvius: The more I see stuff like this the more I think that it woudn't be too difficult to start a camera company and compete in this market. People are actually buying this stuff and the they are making money off this... There seems to be a serious lack of good camera designers in the world, or these companies are simply not willing to hire them.

I recently upgraded my chair with a third arm rest.
Not sure what I'm going to use it for atm. but it seemed like a good idea at the time :p

Direct link | Posted on Aug 23, 2012 at 02:34 UTC
On Summer Idyll... in the Sensuality ... At a Glance. challenge (6 comments in total)

Great job!
Excellent capture.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 1, 2012 at 18:09 UTC as 2nd comment
On Just Posted: Pentax K-01 review article (358 comments in total)

I'm chalking this one up as a first step for Pentax.
Not great by any stretch, but... a beginning nonetheless.
I just hope that Pentax's takes the criticism from this model and uses it to deliver something much better next round.

Direct link | Posted on May 31, 2012 at 03:19 UTC as 100th comment
On Beautiful and sexy... in the I'm Sexy and I know it... challenge (18 comments in total)

Very poor retouch. imo.

Direct link | Posted on May 30, 2012 at 20:56 UTC as 5th comment
On Photoshop CS6 Blur Gallery Tutorial article (168 comments in total)
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Mescalamba: Did same ages ago (back in CS2) it looks fake no matter what you do. Rather save on CS6, buy latest LR for improved RAW development and buy yourself fast lens. Or course "how to take photos with shallow DOF".

I think ASB's specialty is that it mimics known lens bokeh(OOF rendering/highlights etc) which cannot be replicated w/Photoshop

Direct link | Posted on Mar 30, 2012 at 19:00 UTC
On Photoshop CS6 Blur Gallery Tutorial article (168 comments in total)
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roblarosa: Reading these comments I can almost hear the sphincters of those who bought expensive fast lenses snapping shut.

I think you'll find people have different definition of expensive :p
ie. in my own case, I think $1500 for a 35mm 1.4 lens is expensive. Likewise, a $5000 85mm 1.4 Zeiss is unattainable for me. But I really like the bokeh and rendering of these lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 30, 2012 at 18:58 UTC
On Photoshop CS6 Blur Gallery Tutorial article (168 comments in total)
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Aero Windwalker: Any software blur to-date are not very realistic, including CS6's blur gallery.

You haven't seen Alien Skin Bokeh have you?
I've seen output from this software that are indistinguishable from true optics.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 30, 2012 at 18:56 UTC
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citizenlouie: I wonder what's the point of using larger aperture to achieve DoF. Probably FF will eventually phase out....

Sometimes it is virtually impossible to accomplish proper DOF with images. I've found this to be the case when compositions made-up of multiple planes which make DOF emulation extremely difficult if not impossible to accomplish.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 30, 2012 at 18:54 UTC
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dstarr3: Can you adjust how many "blades" the simulated bokeh has? There are precious few lenses that produce genuinely round "orbs." Not to mention, the shape squashes a bit by the further from the center of the frame they are.

I'd still rather spend the cash on a fast prime and an ND filter. Better to create than to edit.

I don't think PS6 has this, though other plugins do.
I've cases where software output that matched some of the best lenses money can buy which I think can open-up some amazing possibilities. ie. many lenses suffer when shot wide open, and so with software, it becomes possible to shoot for maximum IQ and add DOF afterward thus resulting in a much higher IQ image than made possible by optics alone. I've found this to be especially true when aiming for that 3D look.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 30, 2012 at 18:53 UTC
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Henry M. Hertz: fake blur it may work for simple portraits.
i use that myself and bought alienskin bokeh 2.

but i expect we will see a huge amount of bad made tilt-shift and other physical incorrect "small dof images" on flickr in the future.

tilt-shift is not easy to fake... i mean GOOD tilt-shift.
it is more to it then creating a blur gradient.
you need to create a depth map for good tilt-shift and i don´t need pins to create a depth map... i can paint that.

but most people do it the easy way and it is easy to spot that it is fake.

Here are a few examples of some fake TS output:

http://www.daviddanielsphotography.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/tilt-shift-california-2.jpg

http://www.alienskin.com/bokeh/images/tutorials/Triomphe_After.jpg

http://twistedsifter.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/using-tilt-shift-photography-technique.jpg

http://twistedsifter.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/tilt-shift-shot.jpg

TBH. of all the software bokeh solution out there, I think the tilt-shift method may result in some of the best output.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 30, 2012 at 18:50 UTC
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