Sosua

Sosua

Lives in New Zealand (Aotearoa) Auckland, New Zealand (Aotearoa)
Works as a Product Manager
Has a website at www.samwaldron.co.nz
Joined on May 25, 2006
About me:

I'm an amateur photographer who is fortunate enough to spend a decent amount of time in the field shooting.

My first love is landscape, although i'm really enjoying shooting more people, travel and the adventures it brings.

I am working towards dedicating two months a year to travel and landscape photography and while it is nice to subsidise part of the costs, I do it for the love.

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On article Just Posted: Sony NEX-7 pre-production samples gallery (105 comments in total)
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Sosua: Looks the part all things considered, i.e. - handheld, kit lenses, pre production jpegs, high ISO shots are all in very low light at borderline shutter speeds.

There is next to no point in comparing at a pixel level against 12mp cameras.

The NEX-7 should be very capable with some good manual glass, RAW and a good photographer.

Its not a point and shoot.

I'm talking about Rangefinder glass - you can get great lenses from 12mm to 90mm plus from about 100grams...

An NEX-7 plus CV 35 1.4 weighs 500grams. My D7000 and 35 1.4 weighs about 1.35kg.

Quite a price for autofocus.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2011 at 06:31 UTC
On article Just Posted: Sony NEX-7 pre-production samples gallery (105 comments in total)

Looks the part all things considered, i.e. - handheld, kit lenses, pre production jpegs, high ISO shots are all in very low light at borderline shutter speeds.

There is next to no point in comparing at a pixel level against 12mp cameras.

The NEX-7 should be very capable with some good manual glass, RAW and a good photographer.

Its not a point and shoot.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2011 at 05:31 UTC as 15th comment | 6 replies
On photo sample3 in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (4 comments in total)

Dpreview - stepping up the quality of test pics - nice.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2011 at 00:54 UTC as 3rd comment
On a photo in the Sony NEX-7 Preview Samples sample gallery (4 comments in total)

Dpreview - stepping up the quality of test pics - nice.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2011 at 00:54 UTC as 3rd comment

The only issue I forsee is that Canon and Nikon may view mirrorless as a product to plug a gap at the low level.

I.e. No real development or bar raising as far as enthusiast / professional compact models.

Time will tell, but its an exciting time for camera development.

In the meantime i'll keep using my D7000 but the opportunity to cut the size and weight of my kit in half without sacrificing image quality is attractive indeed.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 9, 2011 at 02:14 UTC as 66th comment
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EvanZ: The rangefinder didn't replace the SLR. The Nikon FM/FE didn't replace the F3/4/5/6. There's going to be a place for the DSLR as long as people want to shoot with really great wide-angle and telephoto primes.

Agree re: super telephotos etc. but i'm pretty sure its always been easier to design smaller, lower distortion, higher quality wides for rangefinders?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 9, 2011 at 00:27 UTC
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Zoomstein: Well, while at it, I think mirrorless is a bigger threat to micro 3/4... But Canon & Nikon will certainly have to do something about it. Hopefully they're not going to follow Sony's radical decision of ditching OVFs altogether.

Does the E5 not have a mirror??

Direct link | Posted on Sep 9, 2011 at 00:26 UTC
On article Just Posted: Sigma SD1 preview Raw and JPEG samples (88 comments in total)

Sweet Mary mother of god, my eyes are bleeding haha. Certainly some pretty sharp 15mp APS-C pics here, especially with the macros and the 70-200.

Still, I can't say a 5D Mark 2 with a removed AA filter would not be just as good detail wise downsized to 15mp while enjoying many other advantages.

Would be a lot more impressive for $2K to be honest.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 7, 2011 at 08:34 UTC as 16th comment
On article Fujifilm announces X10 high-end enthusiast compact (279 comments in total)
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spiderhunter: What a disappointment! They should have made a interchangeable body based on the x100 design - and similar sensor size! Over I feel it's not an innovative design, another P&S stuff.

I am decided. I will wait for the SONY NEX 7 instead.

Ummm... its half the price of the NEX 7 body alone and was never designed to be an interchangeable lens camera. Its filling what Fuji see as a niche and looks a good product - makes more sense than M43 with a slow zoom...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 1, 2011 at 09:02 UTC
On article Fujifilm announces X10 high-end enthusiast compact (279 comments in total)

Very interesting - a nice focal range, fast lens throughout the range and larger than LX5 / G12 etc sensor. OIS and obviously its a beautiful looking machine.

Wait for the IQ results price to drop a touch and it would make for an excellent alternative to a M43 with kit lens (being two stops faster with greater reach).

A pretty good daytime travel cam perhaps.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 1, 2011 at 07:19 UTC as 121st comment
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dylanbarnhart: This lens is game changer! Mirrorless suddenly makes sense. The promise of compact size with large sensor is now accomplished.

Sure it isn't the sharpest, longest, brightest, nor fastest, and many people will criticize the lack of manual zoom, etc. However it is the first to take a standard zoom lens into the prime pancake territory, size wise, a feat I never thought would be possible. I have no doubt many other manufacturers will start to copy from its concept.

Well, regarding Panasonics new designation it is supposed to be the sharpest - more so than the highly regarded old 14-45...

Direct link | Posted on Aug 27, 2011 at 00:36 UTC
On article Sony NEX-7 high-end APS-C mirrorless camera first look (355 comments in total)
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tkbslc: Oh Sony, why are your lenses so big. You finally make a near perfect compact body with an APS-C sensor AND viewfinder and you only have one compact lens for the whole system (and it isn't that good).

The Zeiss is 200grams! OMG, I can't carry 200 grams, imagine how imbalanced it will be on the 350 gram body!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 24, 2011 at 22:24 UTC
On article Sony NEX-7 high-end APS-C mirrorless camera first look (355 comments in total)
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pixelsensible: Sony has got everything right, EXCEPT, for the senseless pursuit of megapixel count. This is the Big Fat Fly in the ointment. Increasing the pixel density can only lead to deterioration of image quality. Going from 14MP on the NEX-5 to 24MP on this one, means an increase of 71% in pixel density.

The days of getting consumers to sheepishly believing that more (MP) is better are long gone and over! I hope Sony wakes up to this fact! Stop kidding itself and conning the consumers! With its reputation, Sony can easily reverse this most stupid trend in the history of mankind.

Just take a leaf from Lumix LX-3, LX-5, Oly XZ-1 cases. Why has the "more is better" push been reversed in these cases ?

I can bet you, that a pic shot with this 24MP is going to turn out much worse than a 10MP shot that comes out from a Nikon D3000, and definitely worse than a 6MP shot that comes out from a D40!

The other Hard Truth is that a 6MP sensor is much cheaper than a 24MP sensor!

Agreed - for low iso RAW files, the high resolution should be good for landscape and travel photographers. Similarly the high iso perfromance when printed will be better than the old 14mp sensor.

If you are more interested in looking at 100% high iso crops, whats the point?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 24, 2011 at 22:22 UTC
On article Sony NEX-7 high-end APS-C mirrorless camera first look (355 comments in total)
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ponyman: Can't help thinking that 24mps is around twice the ideal and hugely detrimental gimmick for a supposedly 'serious' camera.

Time will tell - the jpegs in the samples (for the A77) are not particularly encouraging although Sony has never been renowned for its jpeg quality. Raw and Lightroom will be the real measure for people seriously interested in 24MP.

People of course did say similar things about the Sony 16mp sensor (now found also in the D7000 and K5) and that is the best APS-C sensor ever made...

Direct link | Posted on Aug 24, 2011 at 07:17 UTC

Rhianna is so hot!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2011 at 01:17 UTC as 74th comment | 1 reply
On photo "Shiny hat you got, my friend!" in the iPhone Photography : Urban People challenge (1 comment in total)

Awesome, love it! Just spent two weeks in France and Italy and shot a fair bit with the iphone, great for candids and discrete stuff. Some glitch won't allow me to upload to this comp but i'm picking this a winner!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 5, 2011 at 03:58 UTC as 1st comment
On article Olympus PEN E-P3 announced and previewed (84 comments in total)

Looking good... but wait... Please tell me there is something wrong with those studio sample images? Water colour mush city, even at ISO 200 and hilarious at higher ISO. What on earth is going on here? Panasonic has usurped the fabled oly jpeg engine?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2011 at 05:28 UTC as 49th comment
On article Sigma 105mm F2.8 EX DG Macro now available (94 comments in total)

Sigmas other issue of course is the fact the original 105 Macro was so highly regarded anyway and thats avaliable used for about $300-$350...

The OS obviously adds some benefit as a multi purpose lens, but not so much for a tele.

I'd take the Nikkor - The Siggy 50 1.4 as an example of when they have gone head to head on price (or above) with the manufacturers but that lens started more focus issue threads than the D7000!

Not worth the gamble, whether its $1400 or $900. $800 they may sell some.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2011 at 02:57 UTC as 34th comment
On photo Ohrid Lake in the UNESCO Listed challenge (2 comments in total)

This is one of the most beautiful landscapes i've seen in a long time - it should have won - Congratulations!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 10, 2009 at 05:42 UTC as 2nd comment
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