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RubberDials

RubberDials

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TylerQ: Who cares. I'm very happy with my D750 and it's low light performance. Don't need a mirrorless and don't want one.

@IntriguePhotography. Where you burned with Sony cameras? They've shown massive dedication to photographers in the last nine years since they released their first DSLR. Apart from supporting A-mount, which was introduced 25 years ago by another manufacturer, they've created their own digital-specific fully electronic mount and brought more than a hundred lenses to market - many of them the best available in their focal lengths. I don't think they're going anywhere.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2015 at 00:19 UTC
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Cipher: There sure is a lot of denial going on. I'd rank this break through the same as when Olympus came out with the E-M5. Nikon and Canon better get serious with their mirrorless plans if they have any. The mirrorless camp has far more interesting releases that anything from DSLR camp in a while. The last time I was excited about a new DSLR product was when the 36MP D800 was announced. Since then it's been pretty incremental updates from Nikon and Canon. A month ago I pulled out my D800 from storage and, to me, it felt like a dinosaur. Sure it has great ergonomics, but having it around my neck I felt like a rap singer with a giant gold necklace. Now if Sony would only do something about the price of the A7R II....

@Francis Carver. This camera has a stabilised 42mp FF sensor and you think it would be over priced at $1600? You're an idiot.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2015 at 00:05 UTC
On iFixit tears down Sony's new a7R II to find its secrets article (292 comments in total)
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Paul Petersen: Surprising the chassis is not more rugged in a high end camera.

Mirrorless cameras are far more rugged than mirrored cameras - they have fewer moving parts.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 20, 2015 at 11:43 UTC
On Under the hood: A closer look at the Sony a7R II article (586 comments in total)
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ShortBy2bits: Sony can't be taken serious until they produce cameras that have the 14 bit raw they fraudulently advertise.

It's criminal to misrepresent a product and Sony should be held accountable.

Your name and that fact that you joined a week ago and have posted only about this 'issue' suggests you are a fake identity created by an astroturfer.

In a forum post you even linked to what purported to be a lawsuit against Sony but is just a bogus wordpress page.

I have been using Sony cameras for 9 years shooting only raw and I have never encountered this issue, so to say it is blown out of proportion is an understatement.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 19, 2015 at 09:51 UTC
On Under the hood: A closer look at the Sony a7R II article (586 comments in total)
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sh10453: I am hoping that when a production copy is reviewed, DPR will put some significant effort observing and measuring the camera's internal temperature.
There is some talk here and there about the camera generating excessive heat.

@Eric Hensel
He's some guy who really hates the A7rii, although he doesn't have one so all his criticisms are borrowed from other people - many of whom probably don't have one either.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 19, 2015 at 09:23 UTC
On Under the hood: A closer look at the Sony a7R II article (586 comments in total)
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ttran88: Where can I buy one of these, they're back ordered everywhere.

Sony supports TWO mounts. The same number as Nikon and Canon.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 17, 2015 at 23:52 UTC
On Under the hood: A closer look at the Sony a7R II article (586 comments in total)
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Geekapoo: I thought Sony had hyped the A7ii as having 40% better AF than the A7. Does this mean the A7Rii is like the A7ii with respect to focus capabilities?

Sony didn't 'hype' anything, they CLAIMED the AF was 40% faster in the A7rii. The writer of this article suggests that claim may have been modest - meaning it's better than 40% faster.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 17, 2015 at 15:01 UTC
On Under the hood: A closer look at the Sony a7R II article (586 comments in total)

The journalists on this site must die a little, inside, when they read some of these comments.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 17, 2015 at 14:39 UTC as 122nd comment | 10 replies
On Sony reportedly shifting focus to full-frame cameras article (453 comments in total)
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Thomas Richter: Problem is, Sony does not have a single decent standard zoom for any of their mirrorless systems.

Have you guys ever seen an FE lens in real life? They're very small - not as small as M43 but much smaller than modern Canon and Nikon lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 4, 2015 at 12:59 UTC
On Sony reportedly shifting focus to full-frame cameras article (453 comments in total)
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Just a Photographer: In Sony's own words: "Hope it will stick for them"

Otherwise they will be abandoning another format again and again leaving their customers in the cold.

Sony forgets that you buy yourself into a system instead of buying a 'new' camera. If you drop system after system as Sony does, then that leaves their customers with regret and anger. The same customers that seem to be happy now with the camera they have now, until their system also gets dropped....

Sony hasn't 'dropped' ANY system, let alone 'system after system' - who on earth liked your post?!

Are you talking about the Mavica?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 4, 2015 at 12:44 UTC
On Sony reportedly shifting focus to full-frame cameras article (453 comments in total)
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DanteRecknagel: I have always hated sony products dating back to Betamaxand DAT. They have been the most locked down proprietary systems in electronics history yet, I am glad they are in the camera business even though I don't like their cameras? Why? Because they can force Canon and Nikon to persue thinner margins and actually compete both on pricing and specs. Canon and Nikon have been complacent and overpriced for WAY too long.

There's no relation between the Sony division that brings you Blu Ray players and the Sony E and A mount system. It helps if you were a Minolta user because you can see the DNA but even if you can't you should have plenty of confidence in their commitment to photographers.

For example in the nine years since they bought Minolta they've introduced more than a hundred lenses as well as developing a second fully electronic mount and bringing a host of innovations that are still not offered by Canon and Nikon.

The awareness of their commitment has not been helped by sites such as this one that took almost a year for example to review the A77ii and A7s.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 4, 2015 at 12:36 UTC
On Sony reportedly shifting focus to full-frame cameras article (453 comments in total)
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dmanthree: I think this is great, but some day they'll learn it's all about the glass.

@dmanthree. Using adaptors is no 'kludge'. E mount is fully electronic - you can use SSM A-mount lenses with no penalty whatsoever - the adaptor is just a collar extending the point of focus.

And Sony have some great lenses in A-mount including the 2.8 set you mention, 300mm f2.8, 500mmm f4 and a 70-400mm that's better than its Nikon or Canon equivalent.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 4, 2015 at 01:51 UTC
On Alpha dog: Hands-on with Sony a7R II article (1087 comments in total)
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rjx: Has the already good electronic viewfinder in the previous Alpha 7 versions improved any in this 7R II?

When someone talks about an EVF 'flickering' or 'being grainy' you know they don't have the camera and have basically looked through it in a shop - under artificial light. They're basically talking about the viewfinder 'gaining up' which is what all electronic viewfinders do in poor light. They will allow you to see in near darkness by doing that.

EVFs don't display any flicker or grain in daylight. If they did no one would use them.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 14, 2015 at 16:19 UTC
On Sony Alpha a7 II Review preview (837 comments in total)

The review reads like it was written by a Nikon D750 owner and manages to skilfully bury almost all that's good about the A7ii under faint praise and exaggerated weaknesses.

What's funny is no one considering buying the A7ii is going to buy a D750 instead. A7ii buyers are trying to get away from cameras like that.

And if you want to compare them properly the D750 doesn't come off that well at all. Not surprising considering the A7ii is a higher-specced camera. It has a faster shutter, faster flash sync, twice raw buffer size, higher video bit-rate, focus peaking and IBIS as well as all the advantages of a mirrorless.

And where the D750 outperforms the A7ii at high ISO you fail to mention the contribution of the IBIS which you found conferred '2-3.3 stops of 'hand-hold-ability', so any high-ISO advantage is essentially eliminated.

Also the D750 can't shoot any wider than f1.2 either whereas the Sony has a range below f1. It can even shoot the rangefinder only Nikon 35mm f0.95. :)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2015 at 12:15 UTC as 95th comment | 21 replies
On Sony Alpha a7 II Review preview (837 comments in total)

Wow, the comments have slowed right down. I hope they weren't all written by the same astroturfer who's gone for a shower or a lunchbreak.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2015 at 11:36 UTC as 134th comment
On Sony Alpha A7 / A7R preview (2371 comments in total)

You gotta love DPR: 'Relatively short time in the digital photography world'. LOL, Sony were making digital cameras long before Nikon and Canon, and Minolta - the traditional SLR company they bought and subsumed - was older than Canon and far technically active and influential, before it's demise.

Also why compare the 55mm 1.8 with the Nikon 50mm 1.4? Why not compare it with the Sony Zeiss 50mm 1.4 which is $1500? Oh yeah, because then you can't make your point about the lenses being expensive. :)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2013 at 12:35 UTC as 618th comment | 2 replies
On Sony Alpha A7 / A7R preview (2371 comments in total)
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dbo: "The thing about the A7 and A7R that concerns us the most is pricing."

You guys are really funny. What's wrong with the prices? Actually the body prices are quite fair. Neither unliked design nor body size shall be reason to blame the price level.

And btw, both sensors are claimed to be a completely new design, meaning the A7 does not have the A99 sensor, and A7R does not have the D800/E Sensor.

You would never make a comment like 'The name Zeiss does not mean much' if you had ever used a Sony Zeiss lens.

I love Nikon glass and have been a Nikon shooter at times over the 30 years I've been taking pictures but the Zeiss lenses have better micro-contrast, local contrast and colour rendition.

And they are manufactured in Germany. The lenses have two serial numbers - one on the optical train, which is assembled in Oberkochen and one on the barrel which contains the AF and mechanical assemblies and is integrated by Sony in the far east.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2013 at 12:15 UTC

Be interesting to see a comparison test with the just updated and slightly faster 70-400G 4-5.6 from Sony.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2013 at 13:50 UTC as 32nd comment
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RubberDials: Every other camera manufacturer has centre pinch caps - Sony, Pentax, Nikon, Olympus - even Minolta had them.

There's me thinking it's finally time for Canon to come clean with it's users and give them in-body IS and they roll out centre-pinch caps. Simply amazing.

Of course it doesn't. You haven't got it because Canon and Nikon brought in IS in the film era and you couldn't stabilise a film plane.

It's time Nikon and Canon bit the bullet on this one, in-body IS is a no-brainer with a digital sensor.

And there's a reason Zeiss don't make a stabilised lens - it impacts on IQ.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 6, 2012 at 15:54 UTC

Every other camera manufacturer has centre pinch caps - Sony, Pentax, Nikon, Olympus - even Minolta had them.

There's me thinking it's finally time for Canon to come clean with it's users and give them in-body IS and they roll out centre-pinch caps. Simply amazing.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 6, 2012 at 14:11 UTC as 34th comment | 17 replies
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