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Interesting that Sony isn't even considered. Typical. I have used Canon and Nikon for sports. My Sony A77ii with Minolta 80-200mm f2.8 HS and a 2X teleconverter is much better than both these cameras. The Sony has IS built into the body, 12FPS with RAW and full time phase detect AF linked to real time object tracking. It also has adjustable front and back focus limiters. And the high speed shaft drive AF is much faster than any Canon or Nikon lens. All this with an old lens.
And of course everyone is going to spam me now with all the Canon an Nikon propaganda defending their investment. I love(d) Canon but they stopped innovating many years ago and now I have to use what works best and that is my Sony. I know there is very little chance that DPreview will ever take Sony seriously either. Oh well.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2016 at 04:50 UTC as 5th comment | 4 replies
On article Top 5: Hands-on with Nikon D500 (801 comments in total)
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Frank_BR: Interestingly, the Nikon D500 has just been released, but in several important specifications it is surpassed by the Sony A77 II, which was launched nearly two years ago. For example:
A77II x D500
1) 12fps x 10fps
2) 24MP x 21MP
3) Fully x Partially articulated LCD
4) Yes x No built-in flash
5) 640g x 860g
6) $1199 x $1997

Before someone raises the issues of build quality and reliability, remember that both cameras have magnesium bodies and are weather-sealed. There are no reports about serious problems of reliability for the A77II and nobody knows about the D500 reliability yet.

I have had the A77II for about 18 months and every time I try a new mid-range Canon or Nikon they feel really antiquated. The D500 looks like it is coming close to the A77ii a couple years late but I use the Sony SLT combo phase detect / intelligent focus tracking a lot so I still don't see any other camera that can do that.
I find it hilarious to see people use the "my client would laugh at me if I used X equipment" whenever it suits their needs. And then other times they use the "purists don't care about name brands, its only about the image". Ha ha ha, what a bunch of pompous trolls.
I have my Minolta 80-200 HS lens attached and people can laugh at me all they want. I don't care. I know I have the fastest focusing and shooting system and that is all that matters to me.

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2016 at 04:56 UTC

I wish someone would make an SSD drive in the form of a vertical grip. Seriously. The WD Mypassport WIFI with SD card reader and battery is close but still no way to connect them direct without taking the SD card out of the camera (or slow WIFI).

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2015 at 23:11 UTC as 2nd comment

Lots of comments about SSD and I would have agreed but I watched a commentary about the ATOMOS systems and they use traditional HDD for their "long term proven reliability". So I would trust that the experts know more than I do.

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 22:10 UTC as 8th comment
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IonPortraits: I haven't read the rest of the opinions here and I am far from an expert on the field but common sense dictates that without the photographer the monkey wouldn't be in the position to take this selfie. He should at least be able to have a share of any income this picture will bring to others who will use it in the future.

Exactly my point. Discussing 'pulling the trigger' rights infers all other rights as well whether you want to consider them or not.

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2014 at 18:07 UTC
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IonPortraits: I haven't read the rest of the opinions here and I am far from an expert on the field but common sense dictates that without the photographer the monkey wouldn't be in the position to take this selfie. He should at least be able to have a share of any income this picture will bring to others who will use it in the future.

You are missing the point. You are implying the monkey has rights by saying it should share in the profits. If so, and the fact that the monkey is clearly identifiable in the pictures, then your argument IMPLIES that every photographer would need to get a copyright release according to current Copyright laws.

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2014 at 16:29 UTC
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IonPortraits: I haven't read the rest of the opinions here and I am far from an expert on the field but common sense dictates that without the photographer the monkey wouldn't be in the position to take this selfie. He should at least be able to have a share of any income this picture will bring to others who will use it in the future.

Without the monkey the photographer would only have landscape photos. If you are implying that the monkey has implied rights then every photographer taking pictures of monkeys intended for commercial use would need to get a model release form signed by the monkeys. Enter Jane Goodall and you have a three ring circus where the only winner is the lawyer.

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2014 at 16:12 UTC
On article Drone lighting could be coming soon to your studio (127 comments in total)

If you have ever been close to one of these (and the model obviosly would be) you would know how incredibly loud they are, not to mention the obvious danger of getteing seriously injury from the blades. And you will be changing batteries every 20 to 30 minutes. Otherwise great idea though.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2014 at 17:39 UTC as 25th comment | 2 replies
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Alphoid: Wow! For just $600, I'll be able to get ugly photos all the way from 16mm up to 300mm for months, maybe even years, until the lens breaks!

Thanks, Tamron!

I see people post mind blowing images taken with $300 P&S cameras. Judging by your comment, your problem isn't the equipment.

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 00:17 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4: a quick summary (471 comments in total)

I doubt that it can record 200 Mbps without the additional DMW-YAGH interface unit with the 4 raid card slots - $$$. So it isn't really a feature included with the camera. It is like saying that my DSLR has a flash guide number of 54 when I buy and attach an additional external flash not included with the camera.
Perhaps if they had actually added a second card slot to the camera?

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2014 at 14:11 UTC as 77th comment | 3 replies

The EXIF data has been scrubbed from the samples at

but appears to be a Canon 60D.

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2014 at 20:59 UTC as 9th comment
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mrc4nl: as a m43 user a rectininear 10mm is great, the question for me is which mount should i choose.

a "native" m43 mount may yield better results (because a adapter will introduce small misalignments)

Or i choose i Nikon mount, so i can use it on a nikon body, but also on a speedbooster gaining one stop and perhaps even better sharpness.

@ Peksu - Yes, Speedbooster WILL work with APS-C lenses on M43 full sensor coverage. I checked with Metabones.

@ Francis - Yes, by compressing the image coming into the Speedbooster it also increases sharpness and MTF.

This info is easily available if you actually want to look for it. Or you can be ignorant and post dumb comments.

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2014 at 20:44 UTC

Interesting that this arrangement is also much closer to the human eye with semi random arrangement and sizes of sites. Should reduce moire.

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2014 at 03:24 UTC as 19th comment

Ha ha, I guess the "gaudi wood retrofitted uglified Sony camera for some insane price" could not continue forever.

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2014 at 18:44 UTC as 8th comment
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Sarge_: As a professional photographer who shoots a lot of architecture and landscapes, I wish someone would come out with something affordable in medium format. No pricing, but I'm guessing this is not the product I'm wishing for...

It is called Giga Pan or Autopano. Under $1,000 and virtually unlimited resolution. Unless your buildings are running away on you.

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2014 at 18:40 UTC
On article Nikon Df Review (1628 comments in total)

I have never touched this camera and never plan to, but it does seem arrogant for Nikon to lower the specs on a camera and give it a retro look and then charge a fortune for it. No wonder it isn't selling well. It really seems like it wants to be one of those "look at me, I have too much money" kind of pompous cameras. I mean why else wouldn't you get a D800.

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2014 at 01:14 UTC as 73rd comment | 23 replies
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SteveNunez: Considering the worldwide growth of m4/3, surprised they don't offer this len for that system- it would easily be the largest focal length available and would surely be popular with m4/3 shooters....ashame.

@ Jogger - "it wasn't designed for contrast detect AF" ???? What are you talking about??? Are you saying that this won't work with the Canon 70D or any other DSLR in live view mode?
MTF charts are still around 10 to 30 lpmm and the new digital sensors are around 250 lpmm. Who designs lenses specifically for contrast detect AF?

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2014 at 15:55 UTC
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koolbreez: If the IQ is up to par, and the VC works good, this will make a nice addition connected to my Nikon D7100, set on the 16mp 1.3 crop setting, essentially making it a 300mm-1200mm at F5-6.3 and then in focus at 2.7meters away, decent macro shooting comes to mind at a good working distance. Now that is a respectable "reach out and grab it" wildlife optic. It even makes it more enticing at 1680mm at F8 with a 1.4 tele-converter attached, although manual focusing hand held might have to be completely reconsidered depending on the VC quality...hehehe.

Never figured out why anyone would set their camera to crop mode. Why not just crop in post? Exact same IQ and focal length translation but you get more image around the perimeter in case you need it. Kind of a really dumb feature.

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2014 at 15:48 UTC
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Leandros S: Yeah, well, we need a Pentax mount version of this lens. Whether it be from Tamron or Pentax, same difference really.

@ Tonio - I think brendon means that if Pentax made a lens with the same specs it would be more expensive.

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2014 at 15:44 UTC
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dlkeller: B&H doesn't list VC as one of the features in the Sony version. If this is true Sony A mount users are being screwed again. Hope it isn't true as it looks like a lens I would buy--but not if VC is left of my version.

I agree. I have the A77 and I have to pay the same price for every lens if I want the most recent optics even though I don't get the VC in the lens. In general Optically Stabilised lenses are much more than the non-OS. It is implied that this cost it most due to the VC and the VC technology. So if the Sony version doesn't include any of this then why is it the same price. I agree, we are kind of getting screwed. At least I have added a custom edited EXIF AF confirm chip to my manual focus lenses for about $20 and they become image stabilized. Something Canon and Nikon users can't do. So you got to take the good with the bad.

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2014 at 15:27 UTC
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