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 16-300
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 Alpha dog: Hands-on with Sony a7R II article (1067 comments in total)
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munro harrap: And, as writers in forums here have confirmed, a couple of drops of water, and it'll just die, wont work, finished! FYI, I have several Sonys, but I just wish I could rename their files in-camera, as I can on my Nikon whose sensors are Sony, and whose batteries last for THREE times the number of shots at least.

I have lost irretrieveably valuable work overwriting RAW files by mistake because I cannot rename them.

What soes this tell you about Sony, as a company??

"What does this tell you about Sony, as a company??"

Nothing really. I've never done what you have. Maybe you're too careless.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2015 at 21:10 UTC
On Alpha dog: Hands-on with Sony a7R II article (1067 comments in total)
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friemelfrottel: what would the flash sync time be? (Fuji x100 reaches 1/1000,Phase One 1/1600)

As others have said it's because the x100 uses an in lens leaf shutter. The down side is leaf shutters usually don't go beyond 1/2000 sec while focal plane goes to 1/8000 or more.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2015 at 21:08 UTC
On Beyond the table top: 5 mini tripods reviewed article (157 comments in total)

Since weight isn't a big concern for me (they all are easily light enough) the only one of these that could serve my needs is the Pro Master. The others have too many compromises and are way over priced for what they are.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2015 at 13:34 UTC as 5th comment
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV First Impressions Review preview (1393 comments in total)
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tbcass: Looks like a great camera but I'll stick with my 3 year old RX100 mk1 because it offers great IQ and the 28-100mm range is much more flexible.

I would like to add one thing. The lack of external charger has never been a problem for me. I bought an external charger and 2 extra batteries for my RX100 but I never use the charger, don't need it.

I agree that an external charger should be included for the price but at the same time it seems that cameras that come with an external charger should also include USB charging built into the camera so it's a wash between the two.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2015 at 13:06 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV First Impressions Review preview (1393 comments in total)
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wandiba56: This is the case of money buys praise...what is extraordinary about these shots? Those with lifted shadows look very unnatural!!

It appears there are a few fanboys of other brands creeping in here. Happens every time a camera is praised. It's like their egos are tied up in their cameras. Very sad.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 28, 2015 at 21:34 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV First Impressions Review preview (1393 comments in total)

Looks like a great camera but I'll stick with my 3 year old RX100 mk1 because it offers great IQ and the 28-100mm range is much more flexible.

I would like to add one thing. The lack of external charger has never been a problem for me. I bought an external charger and 2 extra batteries for my RX100 but I never use the charger, don't need it.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 28, 2015 at 21:29 UTC as 135th comment | 16 replies
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Kuroneku: Why were this images so muddy???

Long telephoto images often look "muddy" or hazy because of the atmosphere. The longer away the target, amount of dust and higher the humidity the worse it gets. Atmospheric "shimmering" due to heat rising from the ground also tends to distort the image. You will never get as sharp an image with a super telephoto at long distance as you will with a shorter lens at a closer distance.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 20, 2015 at 13:06 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV First Impressions Review preview (1393 comments in total)
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Wubslin: I see the usual Internet Warriors have assembled with their tired canards about so-called 'rootkits' - how dreadfully predictable.

Let's get this straight once and for all - there never was any 'rootkit' or any other malware on any Sony product, ever. The people making these malicious and untrue claims will no doubt have to defend their lies in court.

It's time for this particular sub thread to be deleted since it's deteriorated to a verbal fight between a couple children trying to get in the last word.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 18, 2015 at 13:40 UTC
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Arijit Banerjee: A nice review thanks. I always thought that the 7D MKII is a better body for a wildlife photographer, but the I am nor Canon expert.

One thing I noticed in the Kildeer (Bird) image. The detail is much much less than I expected. It could have been the lens, the body or even the moment.

At least people have an option. This lens has become quite popular here in India.

Arijit Banerjee; It's Not a Killdeer. It's a Great Blue Heron.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2015 at 15:24 UTC
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mailman30: Great article, I recently bought the sigma version and am really happy with the image quality.

Quick question though, you mention this:

"What should not be underestimated is the necessity for an even faster minimum shutter speed when using this lens on a camera with an APS-C sensor. The difference between 600mm and 960mm is considerable and if you are constantly using the lens at its furthest reach, it will eventually limit the length of time you can use the lens at dawn or dusk when you're struggling for enough shutter speed to keep it steady."

It is my understanding that simply having a crop sensor doesn't affect the shutter speed rule of 1/focal length. Hence 1/600 should still be fine for a 7d mark II which crops the image to 960mm.

Since the 1/focal length rule was relative only for 35mm (FF) you have to use it relative to the effective focal length which for APS would be 1/900 sec. Of course IS should help reduce this number but I can tell you for sure this lens is hard to hold steady at 600mm so I always use a mono or tripod.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2015 at 15:22 UTC

I was about to say my 150-600 focuses fast with my Sony A77ii when I read that it focuses better with a 7Dii. Poor AF is often a camera problem. Not a lens problem.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2015 at 15:19 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV First Impressions Review preview (1393 comments in total)
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Wubslin: I see the usual Internet Warriors have assembled with their tired canards about so-called 'rootkits' - how dreadfully predictable.

Let's get this straight once and for all - there never was any 'rootkit' or any other malware on any Sony product, ever. The people making these malicious and untrue claims will no doubt have to defend their lies in court.

This rootkit BS was copy protection on CD's years ago and was quickly removed by Sony when it was made public. It has zero relevance relative to anything sold in the last 10+ years and was never an issue with cameras. It's just something for the Sony haters to whine about.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 15, 2015 at 20:53 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV First Impressions Review preview (1393 comments in total)
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photogeek: Does it overheat while shooting video like all other Sony cameras?

No Sony's since the A55/33 overheat that I know of because the sensor shift IS was replaced with electronic IS for video. I owned an A55 which would overheat. The A65/77/77ii and RX100 I have owned since have never overheated.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 15, 2015 at 20:48 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV First Impressions Review preview (1393 comments in total)
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The Silver Nemesis: OK. Killer or less than killer (maybe pacifist?) camera, but who is it for? A pile of features, compact, great, fine, awesome, but can I take some pictures (street photography) during the monsoon, with me shooting in the full rain?! It should be able to do that, for the price... IMHO. Opinions, please.

A fully weather sealed camera with such advanced technology for under $1000 is unrealistic. In this case you are paying for technology.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 15, 2015 at 20:41 UTC
On Canon EOS-D30 Review preview (1 comment in total)

What a POJ!!! 3 mp ha! Canon must think it's the year 2000. :-) ( I love reading these old reviews to see how far digital has come) It's Canon's early use of CMOS tech that allowed them to become the top seller they are today.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2015 at 13:53 UTC as 1st comment
On Opinion: Did Sony just do the impossible? article (1085 comments in total)
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JackM: Yet they still can't figure out how to put a proper shutter speed dial or ISO dial on top.

Always a gadget maker.

In this case it makes sense. The reason manufacturers haven't made iso dials with 1/3 clicks most likely is because it's impractical. I'd like to add I believe most people don't really want ISO dials is because it's not desirable to them. Other than you and a couple others I don't see people clamoring for it. Manufacturers give people what they want because that's what sells products. With my camera there is an ISO button on top next to the shutter button. A press of the button and a turn of the front wheel without taking your eye from the viewfinder is all it takes. Much better than a clumsy dial IMO.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2015 at 13:25 UTC
On Opinion: Did Sony just do the impossible? article (1085 comments in total)
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JackM: Yet they still can't figure out how to put a proper shutter speed dial or ISO dial on top.

Always a gadget maker.

There's a lot of brand jealousy among DPR forum members. Any time a new product comes out from a manufacturer other than the one they own they look for things to complain about so they think what they have is better. Such complaints are better ignored as they often make no sense. I used to argue with these people but it's a waste of time.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2015 at 22:26 UTC
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Mike Fried: I'm a 15-year (amateur) Canon equipment user, and my current Canon body is from 2008 (EOS 50D), with a significant "investment" in Canon glass. My upgrade potential to a Sony camera depends on price and functionality. I like the a7R II, but the economics of photography to me mean that the EOS 6D or used EOS 5D III are more likely to fit my wallet. For my use cases, GPS, WiFi, and easy picture / video upload to Facebook, YouTube, or some intermediate web or phone processing station at high resolution without too much effort trumps resolution. 16MP is probably just right, and 4K video is more than enough - my $350 OnePlus One cell phone is 13MP and 4K Video / 1080p display. Lossy RAW is unacceptable. I expect a lot of Sony's consumer market coming from enthusiast DSLRs are similar in their wants.

Actually most enthusiast camera users wants are very different from yours.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2015 at 14:09 UTC
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foto guy: I think someone translated wrong; it's the customer's dollars that are most important for Sony. They could give a rat's behind about customer opinion or customer experience.

Not true because customer satisfaction and sales are interchangeable.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2015 at 13:54 UTC
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mpgxsvcd: I was disappointed that they haven't figured out how to fix the RAW compression issue. That will be a tough thing for them to overcome when the other manufactures have that advantage over them.

That being said their camera has so many more advantages that some people might be able to work around the RAW compression difference.

If the CRAW format is a problem keep complaining. The problem is very few users care.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2015 at 13:52 UTC
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