j900: Michael Reichmann simply lit up my passion for photography. I'm sure this is the case of many of us around here. Back there in 2003 there was so much stuff on art, technique and gear that could be found on LuLa - and back then that stuff was freely given by a generous, passionate man. I've been much less fond of the business-driven direction that LuLa took afterwards, the tours, the paying tutorial videos and everything. All this ended up in a paywall LuLa that I no longer visit. The spirit of 2003 is what I chose to remember about Michael, and what I am thankful for.
No - Michael took distance with LL short before his death to start the endowment. These are separate entities, one now being a business (LL) and the other, well, an endowment. Kevin Raber took over LL and did the paywall to keep it afloat, as the tours+videos business model was starting to sink.
Michael Reichmann simply lit up my passion for photography. I'm sure this is the case of many of us around here. Back there in 2003 there was so much stuff on art, technique and gear that could be found on LuLa - and back then that stuff was freely given by a generous, passionate man. I've been much less fond of the business-driven direction that LuLa took afterwards, the tours, the paying tutorial videos and everything. All this ended up in a paywall LuLa that I no longer visit. The spirit of 2003 is what I chose to remember about Michael, and what I am thankful for.
Wow nice job pentax.
jesus_freak: Catching up? The IDXII and D5 will at least GET the shot (albeit with lower DR), while the A7 series leaves one navigating through menus for key photographic controls.
@jesus_freak: DPR has overemphasized canon's DR problem over the past years because there has been so much denial back then when canon started to trail this particular area of image quality. Canon would not have addressed this problem had the diehard canonites continued to claim that nothing was wrong.
And now that the problem since at least on the way to be addressed, maybe indeed DPR can get back to taking DR for what it is, just one single aspect of a whole IQ equation.
and your point is?
It's "das Wesentliche", not "das Wescentlische". You really seldom have "sce" in German words, if at all.
Ok, so here's the catch for the Lytro camera - it's BIG. Still some work to do I guess.
kaiser soze: Richard Butler: You fundamentally misunderstand many things. The true reason for variable ISO is to accommodate a range of light intensity. The ISO setting establishes the mathematical mapping from analog voltage reading at a sensor element to quantized binary numeric value. But you write this, which is all nonsense except for the first phrase of the first sentence: "A camera with a very low noise floor is able to capture a large amount of dynamic range, since it adds very little noise to the detail captured in the shadow regions of the image. This has an interesting implication: it minimizes the need to amplify the sensor's signal in order to keep it above that noise floor (which is what ISO amplification conventionally does). This provides an alternate way of working in situations that would traditionally demand higher ISO settings." You are confused at a very fundamental level, not just here, but most of your explanations are jabberwocky.
Obviously you don't know what an ISO-invariant sensor is. It's precisely that, the ability to do away with analog amplification and do only numerical amplification of the signal. It's the future of sensors, and it's already present in some cameras in more or less advanced forms. Canon lags behind because their noise floor precents numerical amplification and requires analog amplification.
So, to paraphrase your own words: you fundamentally misunderstand many things.
ozturert: Excellent camera which will not sell well. Sony's A900 and A850 were excellent too (in their time), still they were not enough to contribute to Sony's market share.I was expecting a mirrorless full frame camera from Pentax, but then they are always late aren't they?
Exactly my thoughts - the A900 (which I bought) was the cheapest FF at that time - still it did not sell well outside of the restricted circle of diehard a-mounters. A7rII is litterally flying off the shelves, despite being one of the most expensive FF bodies now - go figure.
Marty4650: Lets put this into context.
The gear heads voted and decided that Sony is the most innovative and interesting camera maker. And they deserve this honor because they boldly keep pushing the envelope.
Unfortunately, this has absolutely nothing to do with sales, profitability or market share.
But the customers have also voted (with their dollars at Walmart and Target), and this year's camera of the year honors go once again to the Canon Digital Rebel and the Apple iPhone.
Sure - but isn't it a bit off-topic? We're talking about the best products here, not the best selling ones. It's hardly a surprise that the two categories only happen to overlap sometimes.
Hassy must have really big shelves for all these overpriced, unsold, then massively discounted cameras. Seen their crazy B&H offers on their wooden grip RX100s and revamped A99s?
j900: Calling this thing a lifesaver for the a-mount is a looooooooong shot. Sony has given up on attracting switchers and caters for the existing a-mounters only. But even the a-mounters are underwhelmed (and rightly so), and may skip the camera.
A-mount will have more years left if we see an A99mkII, and a metal mount one, please.
I fully agree that E is a different mount, but it has a few things that we have learnt to love with Sony, like EVF, IBIS, usable video AF. These are the things that have prevented me from moving on to another mount. Currently the only other full-frame, IBIS option is pentax and is not even on the market yet.
Sony will probably bring on a better, mirrorless LA-EA4 with screwdrive PDAF someday. Then kill the A-mount for good. The question is when. I'd say this will come sooner if they choose not to update the 99.
Calling this thing a lifesaver for the a-mount is a looooooooong shot. Sony has given up on attracting switchers and caters for the existing a-mounters only. But even the a-mounters are underwhelmed (and rightly so), and may skip the camera.
Franka T.L.: is this et. classiqueof product really viable any more. there need to be some reasonibg through and some re boot to this class of products and not just Sony.
I think you should turn autocomplete off on your smartphone
dwill23: Everyone is bashing Canon sensors. Saying it's bad, or they need to fit it, etc etc.
CANON HAS AMAZING SENSORS. Just because Sony's for the last few years are a bit better does not mean Canon is having sensor issues. Their latest sensors are the best ones they've ever made. Everyone would want them if Sony didn't come up with something a bit better.
In other words, as good as Canon's best cameras were, the newest ones are even better.
It would be completely different if their sensors have gotten worse, but they are only getting better.
Trust me, I'd love it if they jumped in bed with Sony (like Nikon and everyone else) if they can't make senors as good, but lets just be reasonable.
CANON HAS AMAZING SENSORS
That statement is soooo 2006.
Two things here stand out compared to A7rM2: The variable OLPF and the 35/2 Zeiss.
The variable OLPF will most probably find its way to the next iteration of the A7R, but that Zeiss 35/2 in E-mount... who knows?
j900: Funny discussion on the adobe blogs:
hogarty: I promise I will listen now!user: why did you remove the auto-eject after import?hogarty: because we have in-software analytics that told us so.
So basically they commit to listening, but not to users - to their in-software analytics. Way to go Adobe.
Now that personal computing has become mature in pretty much every respect, I sense a growing and general trend of software actually getting WORSE over time - google maps 7, keynote 6, and now even lightroom! Is that so difficult to keep old features in a sort of legacy mode?
@dr8: spot on!
On the same blog there was someone saying that auto-eject after import was not much used simply because it was so hard to find, and that everyone who found it used it! In-software analytics are just as prone to errors as any other statistical tool that does not properly sample the possibility space.
Funny discussion on the adobe blogs:
mpgxsvcd: I didn’t always 100% agree with Dpreview’s first place selections. However, their top two selections always coincided with the two products I would have put at the top of each category.
The one very important thing I learned from this article is that Canon can still make some wonderful lenses. The same cannot be said for their camera bodies.
My point about AF was more about the fact that it can PDAF with A-mount and many other third-party DSLR lenses than about its intrinsic performance (though the Eye-AF appears to work very very well). To me it's always been the game-changing point, but to be fair I haven't tried it myself (not rich enough :-).
For the rest I agree that the A7 line has way to go as regards ergonomics and ironing out the little quirks and mostly BATTERY LIFE, but each Sony step is easily worth 2 or 3 Canikon steps these days. Bring on the DSLR-sized A9!