Dylthedog

Lives in United Kingdom Worcestershire, United Kingdom
Works as a Storage Software Professional
Joined on Jan 5, 2006

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On article Apple Photos gets smarter in iOS 10, macOS 'Sierra' (61 comments in total)
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Clint Dunn: I've been using Mac for 7 years now and to this day never use iPhoto. I tried it for 10 mins years ago and was turned off by the fact it doesn't allow you to determine your own folder structure. No, Apple...you do not know better than me how to organize my own workflow.

That gazelle comment made me laugh. No different for any OS though TBH; Microsoft stuff is worse for it in many ways...

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2016 at 07:32 UTC
On article Apple Photos gets smarter in iOS 10, macOS 'Sierra' (61 comments in total)
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Clint Dunn: I've been using Mac for 7 years now and to this day never use iPhoto. I tried it for 10 mins years ago and was turned off by the fact it doesn't allow you to determine your own folder structure. No, Apple...you do not know better than me how to organize my own workflow.

I feel the same way, I leave my casual phone photos in there and use Lightroom.

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2016 at 22:08 UTC
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Dylthedog: I'd be interested to know why the move from Canon in 2008. Today I could perfectly understand it, but back then the current state was about 180 in the other direction.

Honest question, idle curiosity only.

Interesting, thanks. I forgot the 1D mkIII was APS-H.

Never been 1D Mkx or Dx user but I do remember the focus bugs in the 1DmkIII now that you mention it.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2016 at 09:22 UTC

I'd be interested to know why the move from Canon in 2008. Today I could perfectly understand it, but back then the current state was about 180 in the other direction.

Honest question, idle curiosity only.

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2016 at 18:37 UTC as 23rd comment | 5 replies
On article Ultra-compact: Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II review (540 comments in total)
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miksto: And still Sony does not seem to get it right.
We now have:
1) A7R II that had problem with good lenses. G Master lenses should solve it but the A7R II ergonomics are awful for such large lenses that may be the first ones to truly exploit 42 megapixel sensor. I only have two fingers with firm grip on A7R II - very bad for holding camera with larger lenses (and you have to hold it with one hand when you operate other equipment or just to get into the menu or move obstacles).
2) RX1R II. It has the same sensor as A7R II but very poor optics. Just look at studio comparison of RX1R II and A7R II. It looks like optical resolution of the lens on RX1R II is may be only 15-20 megapixels. So why use 42 megapixels sensor if the camera due to poor quality optics will never be able to use them?!! To make it even slower? It should have been 20 megapixels sensor with the same sensor technology as in A7R II.

So basically Sony did not get any of these two cameras right for what they should be.

The lack of IS was a big issue for me, but it's surprising how much difference the leaf shutter makes. I've taken shots I would have expected IS to struggle with and it's produced better results than I would have expected.

As for the lens, I think Sony *should* have updated it for the added resolution. That said, in real world situations, it's actually very good. As you have probably read in this thread it doesn't do as well as it could on the flat test scene, but I'm very happy with it for the people and scenes I've used it on.

Does it do video as well? Wow, I need to look at the menus again :-)

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2016 at 17:02 UTC
On article Ultra-compact: Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II review (540 comments in total)
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Hernan1304: I bought the original RX1 shortly after it came out. For the most part, I really really like it. But each time I see an article about the new ones, I feel obligated to say something that reviews often fail to mention: to this day, Sony hasn't issued A SINGLE FIRMWARE UPDATE for my nearly $3500 (with EVF) camera. Not one. I've found this lack of continued support truly disappointing for a camera at this price point.

I think development of new tools for this camera is about the apps Sony can to sell you, and not to add functions with no reward. Many manufacturers look to this model now and whether you like it or not, it's hear to stay.

I think if a serious bug was found they'd fix it - I found their service with the light leak issue very good - the store phoned me and swapped it in 2 days flat. Despite mine being outside the affected serial number range.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2016 at 16:48 UTC
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PentaxNick: Pity they didn't release the Pen-F with these clothes.

Give it a month or two. They will probably do it to re-invigourate sales once the new toy effect has worn off.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2016 at 11:16 UTC
On article Ultra-compact: Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II review (540 comments in total)
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Dylthedog: Before I got this camera the lack of IS was a real worry. The battery concerns, not so much.

Turns out I was wrong on both counts.

I went to NYC on the Atlantic Highlands ferry late January and took some shots from the back of the boat. The boat was bouncing around, and if I'm honest every time I poked around the canopy to shoot the wind buffeted me too, the cold didn't help either. Sunset was officially pretty close and guess what? More sharp keepers than I ever would have expected. And the ability to crop is fab.

So as for the leaf shutter impact over traditional DSLRs - I'm impressed. I don't have IS/VR worries like I used to with this camera.

The battery though? It sucked. I got less than 70 shots in 0-4 deg C temperature. The camera also temporarily bricked on me (before battery exhuastion). I had a spare of course, but even so I'm used to way more from my DSLR and ILC cameras.

That aside I'm very, very pleased with the results I've got so far.

@Hernan1304 and cityofdust

AP mode was on and I did keep my spare in my pocket...

It's a unique camera, but it doesn't make it right.

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2016 at 23:17 UTC
On article Ultra-compact: Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II review (540 comments in total)
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Dylthedog: Before I got this camera the lack of IS was a real worry. The battery concerns, not so much.

Turns out I was wrong on both counts.

I went to NYC on the Atlantic Highlands ferry late January and took some shots from the back of the boat. The boat was bouncing around, and if I'm honest every time I poked around the canopy to shoot the wind buffeted me too, the cold didn't help either. Sunset was officially pretty close and guess what? More sharp keepers than I ever would have expected. And the ability to crop is fab.

So as for the leaf shutter impact over traditional DSLRs - I'm impressed. I don't have IS/VR worries like I used to with this camera.

The battery though? It sucked. I got less than 70 shots in 0-4 deg C temperature. The camera also temporarily bricked on me (before battery exhuastion). I had a spare of course, but even so I'm used to way more from my DSLR and ILC cameras.

That aside I'm very, very pleased with the results I've got so far.

@tbcass - my point exactly.

Bend your knees and make like a human gimbal. Easy :-)

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2016 at 23:10 UTC
On article Ultra-compact: Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II review (540 comments in total)
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miksto: And still Sony does not seem to get it right.
We now have:
1) A7R II that had problem with good lenses. G Master lenses should solve it but the A7R II ergonomics are awful for such large lenses that may be the first ones to truly exploit 42 megapixel sensor. I only have two fingers with firm grip on A7R II - very bad for holding camera with larger lenses (and you have to hold it with one hand when you operate other equipment or just to get into the menu or move obstacles).
2) RX1R II. It has the same sensor as A7R II but very poor optics. Just look at studio comparison of RX1R II and A7R II. It looks like optical resolution of the lens on RX1R II is may be only 15-20 megapixels. So why use 42 megapixels sensor if the camera due to poor quality optics will never be able to use them?!! To make it even slower? It should have been 20 megapixels sensor with the same sensor technology as in A7R II.

So basically Sony did not get any of these two cameras right for what they should be.

miksto - sounds to me like you didn't do your research up front. I hear the A7R II does a good job of focusing Canon lenses...

Or you could just stop pixel-peeping. Probably not gonna happen though, is it?

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2016 at 17:12 UTC
On article Ultra-compact: Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II review (540 comments in total)
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miksto: And still Sony does not seem to get it right.
We now have:
1) A7R II that had problem with good lenses. G Master lenses should solve it but the A7R II ergonomics are awful for such large lenses that may be the first ones to truly exploit 42 megapixel sensor. I only have two fingers with firm grip on A7R II - very bad for holding camera with larger lenses (and you have to hold it with one hand when you operate other equipment or just to get into the menu or move obstacles).
2) RX1R II. It has the same sensor as A7R II but very poor optics. Just look at studio comparison of RX1R II and A7R II. It looks like optical resolution of the lens on RX1R II is may be only 15-20 megapixels. So why use 42 megapixels sensor if the camera due to poor quality optics will never be able to use them?!! To make it even slower? It should have been 20 megapixels sensor with the same sensor technology as in A7R II.

So basically Sony did not get any of these two cameras right for what they should be.

It's a flat scene. That is not its strength. DPR repeat this statement a few times.

If you want to take pictures of wallpaper, it's not the camera for you.

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2016 at 10:58 UTC
On article Ultra-compact: Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II review (540 comments in total)
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miksto: And still Sony does not seem to get it right.
We now have:
1) A7R II that had problem with good lenses. G Master lenses should solve it but the A7R II ergonomics are awful for such large lenses that may be the first ones to truly exploit 42 megapixel sensor. I only have two fingers with firm grip on A7R II - very bad for holding camera with larger lenses (and you have to hold it with one hand when you operate other equipment or just to get into the menu or move obstacles).
2) RX1R II. It has the same sensor as A7R II but very poor optics. Just look at studio comparison of RX1R II and A7R II. It looks like optical resolution of the lens on RX1R II is may be only 15-20 megapixels. So why use 42 megapixels sensor if the camera due to poor quality optics will never be able to use them?!! To make it even slower? It should have been 20 megapixels sensor with the same sensor technology as in A7R II.

So basically Sony did not get any of these two cameras right for what they should be.

I don't know how you came to deduce poor optics for this camera. DPR states several times that while a totally flat scene doesn't lend itself to this camera's strengths, real world works out just fine.

I find it incredibly sharp even off centre if you move the focus point. I mostly use it wide or a couple of stops shy of wide.

And did you miss the original RX1? it was 24MP...

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2016 at 19:06 UTC
On article Ultra-compact: Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II review (540 comments in total)

Before I got this camera the lack of IS was a real worry. The battery concerns, not so much.

Turns out I was wrong on both counts.

I went to NYC on the Atlantic Highlands ferry late January and took some shots from the back of the boat. The boat was bouncing around, and if I'm honest every time I poked around the canopy to shoot the wind buffeted me too, the cold didn't help either. Sunset was officially pretty close and guess what? More sharp keepers than I ever would have expected. And the ability to crop is fab.

So as for the leaf shutter impact over traditional DSLRs - I'm impressed. I don't have IS/VR worries like I used to with this camera.

The battery though? It sucked. I got less than 70 shots in 0-4 deg C temperature. The camera also temporarily bricked on me (before battery exhuastion). I had a spare of course, but even so I'm used to way more from my DSLR and ILC cameras.

That aside I'm very, very pleased with the results I've got so far.

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2016 at 18:58 UTC as 18th comment | 8 replies
On article Design, looks and desire: Olympus does it again (398 comments in total)

I've really enjoyed using the PEN line - I got the first one and as mentioned here, I enjoyed using despite its foibles.

That was until my E-PL5 displayed 'shutter shock' issues so I moved to an E-M10 which is a lovely camera to use, and doesn't have the same IQ problems that the E-PL5 did.

It might be time to return to the PEN line now it has a viewfinder... but also as noted in this piece, I'll be waiting until I know for certain it delivers in terms of picture quality.

It does look awesome though!

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2016 at 18:01 UTC as 18th comment
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Horshack: I was going to comment on how the USA has influenced Barney's speech when I saw 'reckon' in the second sentence. But after a quick google search I learned the word is common in British English, which is surprising considering it's only common here in the south. Interesting how certain words have uncommon bedfellows.

http://separatedbyacommonlanguage.blogspot.com/2006/06/reckon-and-figure.html

'Reckon' is very common in the UK.

'Gotten' isn't though, but it has leaked into UK English from US English, so given where Barney is I guess he's been 'mirroring' a little :-)

Adjusting the grammar a tad would have lead to 'I'd have got away with 1/30th' which I'm sure no reader would have commented on...

No offence Barney, I read it and never noticed until it was pointed out...I hope you enjoyed my injection of a 'tad'. I nearly went for a smidgen but decided that the grammar adjustment was bigger than that.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2015 at 18:47 UTC
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nevada5: I'm waiting for the RX1R II RR2 IV RX. How many is that?

Haha it is a mouthful. They should have just bit the bullet and gone with RX1 mkII.

Surely the 'r' is erroneous now anyway - as it relates to the low pass filter removal, which it now variable - should it really be the RX1vr MKI? :-)

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2015 at 18:28 UTC
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straylightrun: No Image stabilisation = No buy

@Low Techy - I know.

I was merely pointing out that IS on its own isn't a silver bullet...

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2015 at 18:06 UTC
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straylightrun: No Image stabilisation = No buy

The leaf shutter does help a lot - I shot before sunrise the other day and the images were really sharp.

I've had cameras WITH image stabilisation go blurry - my Oly E-PL5 had no mirror and did have IS but still suffered from 'shutter shock'.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2015 at 14:07 UTC
On article Merry Christmas II you: RX1R II sample gallery updated (138 comments in total)
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ottonis: At all those people disliking the IQ of the RX1mII:

According to sonyalpharumors, Sony has reportedly halted RX1m2 production due to (yet unknown) issues.
Stevehuffphoto.com reports stellar IQ and points out that there might be some serious sample variation issues, if other users experience bad performance issues.
That being said, the current results may NOT be reflecting what the RX1R2 is truly capable of, but rather be skewed by some technical problems that may vary between different body samples.

A forum poster with an RX1r II called Sony about this due to the concern of spending this amount on a potentially faulty camera and they told him it was an 'out of the box' issue - I think they've had quite a few DOA issues.

Not exactly inspiring though...

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2015 at 15:01 UTC
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adengappasami: nicely done Sony...For 10 bucks totally worth it..but when the camera is 3198 you should consider giving it for free for the new A7rII and A7sII buyers atleast.

@Eleson - bigger than you thought ;-)

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2015 at 14:18 UTC
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