tbcass

tbcass

Lives in United States Central, NY, United States
Works as a Master of the Universe
Joined on Nov 21, 2005
About me:

Sony RX100
Sony A77
Sony A77ii
Tamron 70-200 f2.8 USD
Sony 35mm f1.8
Sigma 17-70 f2.8-4 "C" lens
Tamron 70-300 USD
Tamron 150-600 USD
Tamron 90mm f2.8 macro
Also play Bass Guitar and Keyboards
Fender Squier Fretless 4 String
Fender Precision Lyte fretted 4 string
Yamaha TPG635 electronic Piano/Keyboard

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On Sony SLT-A77 II Review preview (487 comments in total)
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cmantx: I don't think the .jpeg images look very good either, plus I'm getting much better low light performance with my camera than I've seen in the examples. I wouldn't recommend shooting .jpeg in low light with this camera. I always shoot RAW no matter the light.

I have to note that shooting hummingbirds it has helped me that it was noted that Lock On AF hunts, and the reviewer turned it off. That has been my experience but I wasn't sure if it was the camera or the Lens. After reading the review I went out this morning even in cloudy conditions and there is a marked improvement with obtaining focus on hummingbirds with Lock On AF off.
So the review has helped me. I'm not so bothered by the "Silver Award" now.

Salutems; Dream on. I used to own an A100, same sensor as the A200. I now own an A77 and A77ii both of which have much better high iso performance than the A200. I would say 2-3 stops better so you can fool yourself into thinking that your A200 has less noise but but in no way shape or manor is that true.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 28, 2015 at 00:31 UTC
On Sony SLT-A77 II Review preview (487 comments in total)
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exapixel: I probably missed it in the review, but does this Sony has a lossless RAW file output option? If not, does it exhibit the same artifacts along vertical edges in high-contrast regions as do the E-mount cameras with only lossy RAW?

It's like the extreme audiophile who looks for the finest possible equipment even if the difference in sound is almost inaudible. They care more about the sound of the equipment more than the actual music. I know about that because I used to be one of those compulsive audiophiles.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 26, 2015 at 01:59 UTC
On Sony SLT-A77 II Review preview (487 comments in total)
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exapixel: I probably missed it in the review, but does this Sony has a lossless RAW file output option? If not, does it exhibit the same artifacts along vertical edges in high-contrast regions as do the E-mount cameras with only lossy RAW?

Rishi Sanyal; You can be fully aware of deficiencies in a product without being so negative about it. The camera companies will continue to improve their products because that is the only way they have to sell new ones but unless there is some type of technological breakthrough there will not be nor have there been significant improvements in IQ which is the main thing I'm talking about. I fail to see how these tiny improvements are helping any body's "art". What does art have to do with finding artifacts due to using cRAW rather than RAW that are nearly impossible to see. That is not "art".

When people resort to 100% pixel peeping to find differences or put excessive importance in high ISO performance then you leave the realm of photography and enter the realm of gear for gears sake. Rather than trying to squeeze a tiny bit more IQ camera manufacturers should concentrate on performance, functionality and ergonomics IMO.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 26, 2015 at 01:51 UTC
On Sony SLT-A77 II Review preview (487 comments in total)
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exapixel: I probably missed it in the review, but does this Sony has a lossless RAW file output option? If not, does it exhibit the same artifacts along vertical edges in high-contrast regions as do the E-mount cameras with only lossy RAW?

VirtualMirage said
"@TBCass: Just because some choose to live life where ignorance is bliss doesn't mean it doesn't exist. Just because it doesn't affect you doesn't mean it doesn't affect others"

That isn't fair because I never suggested the camera is perfect. I only say people like yourself are your own worse enemies always seeming to find something to complain about. The difference between us is I can appreciate the positives without letting a few negatives bring me down. I really do feel sorry for people like you who always think the glass is half full. It's all about having a positive outlook. I bet you look hard for things that are wrong.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2015 at 19:43 UTC
On Sony SLT-A77 II Review preview (487 comments in total)
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exapixel: I probably missed it in the review, but does this Sony has a lossless RAW file output option? If not, does it exhibit the same artifacts along vertical edges in high-contrast regions as do the E-mount cameras with only lossy RAW?

pkosewski; I agree. Many of my Sony brethren argue that we should go FF for the greater DR. I counter that I see a lot of great photos and professionals making lots of money with Canon cameras with less DR. It's gotten to the point that cameras produce such great photos people are resorting to minute differences to justify their purchases.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2015 at 13:35 UTC
On Sony SLT-A77 II Review preview (487 comments in total)
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Igor Adamovic: Image stabilization in this Sony is very nice thing to have. If you pair it with Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 without VC you have very professional gear for weddings cheaply. I do not see drawback to buying this translucent mirror digital SLR, but only if you already do not have bunch of lenses with image stabilization from Nikon or Canon.

craig66 I own the Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 USD and don't experience any AF issues with it. In fact it's one of the most accurate fastest focusing lenses I have.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2015 at 12:44 UTC
On Sony SLT-A77 II Review preview (487 comments in total)
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exapixel: I probably missed it in the review, but does this Sony has a lossless RAW file output option? If not, does it exhibit the same artifacts along vertical edges in high-contrast regions as do the E-mount cameras with only lossy RAW?

VirtualMirage; For my feelings on such obsessiveness please read my previous post. I'm sure you consider yourself more discerning but I think one man's discerning is another man's obsessiveness. We just have a different outlook on life.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2015 at 12:41 UTC
On Sony SLT-A77 II Review preview (487 comments in total)
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exapixel: I probably missed it in the review, but does this Sony has a lossless RAW file output option? If not, does it exhibit the same artifacts along vertical edges in high-contrast regions as do the E-mount cameras with only lossy RAW?

pkosewski; I think many people are more bothered by the idea of cRAW than any reality of it's effects on the final photo. One guy did a test and found that under certain conditions he could find some artifacts that were visible at 200% + magnification with cRAW that were not visible with uncompressed RAW.

Personally I find such obsessive compulsive behavior abnormal and odd but that's just me.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2015 at 11:59 UTC
On Sony SLT-A77 II Review preview (487 comments in total)
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codethought: Thank you for FINALLY doing a review, DP...

cgarrard

In the Sony forum DPR stated that they lacked the time and manpower so the review was delayed. That doesn't explain why cameras that have been on the market for a much shorter time were reviewed first however.

I would also like to add that ASAphoto made no speculation as to why the camera review was delayed that I could see.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2015 at 11:50 UTC
On Sony SLT-A77 II Review preview (487 comments in total)
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lhkjacky: Quote: A77mk2 AF performance:
"it certainly subject tracks better than a 5D Mark III, which has little understanding of the subject other than the depth it was initially at and has no face detection AF at all, and even slightly better than the 7D Mark II's 'Intelligent Tracking and Recognition' (iTR). "
So the A77ii's AF is not so bad :-)

I thought the 7Dii was supposed to be a great sports camera with great subject tracking. Are you sure you are using those cameras properly? Maybe you should give the cameras (both 7Dii and A77ii) to a professional sports shooter and get an opinion from someone who is experienced at it.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2015 at 11:41 UTC
On Sony SLT-A77 II Review preview (487 comments in total)
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iAPX: Compared to the Nikon D610 & D750, that seems to share a similar sensor, the Sony STL-A77 II seems to be incredibly noisy, with at least 2EV difference when putting it on ISO 1600 and D610 or D750 at ISO 6400!

Totally deceptive!

deep7; Yes there are people with agendas but it goes both ways as there seems to be a lot of anti Sony sentiment. In addition just because a person defends a camera they own doesn't mean they are wrong or lying. I post merely to counter posts by people that don't even own the camera that say things that, from my own experience, I know are wrong. There seems to be an awful lot of anti Sony Trolling going on here which of course will result in Sony owners countering that trolling.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2015 at 11:39 UTC
On Sony SLT-A77 II Review preview (487 comments in total)

One thing they failed to mention about the EVF is, while it's the same resolution as the A77 it simply looks a lot more natural without the overly contrasty look the old EVF had. It almost looks like an OVF.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 13:44 UTC as 58th comment
On Sony SLT-A77 II Review preview (487 comments in total)
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mosc: The A6000's combination of price, a-mount support, AF, and 11fps burst are good enough to render this camera DOA IMHO. I also think this pricepoint's market share is continuing to shrink. People want pro grade everything (which means telephoto lens behemoths), the size/feature advantage of mirrorless and fixed lens, or they use their phone.

As usual a review brings out the haters concentrating on the negatives while ignoring the rest of what is overall an overwhelmingly positive review.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 13:22 UTC
On Sony SLT-A77 II Review preview (487 comments in total)
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nandbytes: Dpr conclusion says - "the 7D Mark II has no limitations in its high speed drive mode"

Canon user manual on pg142 says - "The maximum continuous speed of approx. 10 shots/sec is attained used the following condition: 1/1000 sec. or faster shutter speed, maximum aperture (varies depending on lens). EOS iTR AF:OFF, and Anti-flicker shooting: Disable."
Sounds worst than A77ii if you ask me.

Dpr conclusion says - "12 fps mode offers little to no control over shutter speed and aperture"
And
"And while the a77 II locks users into a priority mode, with no control over shutter speed or aperture when shooting at 12fps"

If I my memory doesn't fail me, you can actually change our shutter sheed in 12fps mode+AF-C and you can change both shutter speed and aperture in 12fps mode while using AF-S and M autofocus mode.

Also little control is not the same as no control - which is it?

MAC; I'm a sports shooter and find the EVF of no hindrance, none, nada. Also the A77ii has absolutely no limitations at 8 FPS which is still faster than any other cameras in this price range. As for the 70-200 f2.8, I use the Tamron 70-200 f2.8 USD which is just as good as the Sony or anything from CanNikon and costs $1400 after rebate.

I realize that you are a 7Dii owner and may feel threatened by a camera that is a good $600+ cheaper but give the A77ii it's due and don't exaggerate it's deficiencies. You don't see me exaggerating the 7Dii deficiencies for a camera that costs as much as many FF models.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 13:01 UTC
On Sony SLT-A77 II Review preview (487 comments in total)
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Mike Gerstner: The tracking/AF system seems groundbreaking.......but the noise as one climbs up the iso scale is worse the 7D. If it had an 18MP sensor ( with a relatively weak AA filter) with less noise I'd at least rent one to try it out.

I'm out.

Check DXO. There is almost no difference between the A77ii and 7D2 at high iso. The A77 is better than the 7D 18mp sensor at high iso.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 00:28 UTC
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Timbukto: IMO very luke warm. SLT grabs 1/2 stop of light, IBIS is not very good, and tracking is not the greatest. So why even bother with the DSLT form factor...

When you narrow it down to those two factors (tracking is better than 95% of the cameras out there and better than anything at that price point) you are ignoring all the other advantages the SLT design offers. You use a Canon EOS M. The A77ii blows that camera away easily. I hate the ergonomics of your A6000 and it lacks the lenses I need for my type of photography. The A77ii also has better AF tracking than your A6000 so you shot yourself in the foot with that one. So for my way of thinking why bother with the A6000 or EOS M?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 00:24 UTC
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lhkjacky: In the review, it said the AF eagerness to jump around in Lock-on AF.

Would you mind share what the AF Tracking Duration setting was?

Because, in my experience, the AF Tracking Duration setting does make a big difference.

Dan Bracaglia and Rishi Sanyal; Please check out my gallaries;

http://www.dpreview.com/members/4844005018/galleries

Note the sequence with the youth soccer players where the camera stays locked on it's intended target (the boy with the numberless orange shirt) despite other players coming between the target and myself. The AF did not jump on the other players but stayed locked on the target which was moving diagonally away and to my left. The lens used was a Tamron 70-200 f2.8 USD. Of course I'm sure I've used the camera a lot more than either of you have so it's possible I'm just better at using the various AF tracking modes.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 00:14 UTC
On Sony SLT-A77 II Review preview (487 comments in total)
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vesa1tahti: The D7200 simply is brilliant compared to this Sony. Lower high ISO noise, better IQ all in all. We may wait a few years in order to see an other APS-C beating the Nikon.

The D7200 has many good capabilities but it falls short in other areas such as burst speed and video. Just because those features aren't important to you doesn't mean they aren't useful for others. The high burst speed is something I use all the time because I shoot a lot of sports and other action.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 00:03 UTC
On Sony SLT-A77 II Review preview (487 comments in total)
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mosc: The A6000's combination of price, a-mount support, AF, and 11fps burst are good enough to render this camera DOA IMHO. I also think this pricepoint's market share is continuing to shrink. People want pro grade everything (which means telephoto lens behemoths), the size/feature advantage of mirrorless and fixed lens, or they use their phone.

For ergonomics, native lens selection and continuous AF in lower light the A77ii puts the A6000 to shame. I wouldn't own an A6000 on a bet.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 22, 2015 at 23:57 UTC
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Douglas F Watt: It's a shame that Sony inverted their parameter description on AF tracking to mislead almost everyone into believing that a setting of 5 would make for LEAST jumpy, when in fact it is MOST jumpy. So I have to wonder what the DPR would have said about the camera if the reviewers had had early access to Sony's own set of AF parameter recommendations available (but well hidden?) at: http://www.sony.net/Products/di/en-gb/Learnmore/4d_focus/a77/.

I also think that the JPEGs would fare significantly better if high ISO NR is set to low, and at this price point, it is probably the best all-around APS-C body.

Douglas F Watt; Correct, the default NR smears detail and I get much better results using NR set to Low.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 22, 2015 at 23:51 UTC
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