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Just as everyone is looking to FF mirrorless, Pentax releases a FF DSL. /facepalm

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2016 at 21:22 UTC as 37th comment | 6 replies

Hurray! A FF DSLR that would have been cutting edge 7 years ago. Now it arrives, and everyone is moving away from clunky old mirror boxes.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 30, 2015 at 21:41 UTC as 89th comment | 9 replies
On article What's missing? Ming Thein on the state of mirrorless (751 comments in total)
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Intermittentoverexposure: Multiple card slots? Please??

It's nuts - I have to have dual card slots, and not even the $3k bodies from Sony have them. If they had multiple slots the A7x and A6k would kick my 5Dm3 and 7dm2 to the curb in a heartbeat.

Several reasons: I like to separate video and stills, using a larger card for one vs. the other. If it's an important event, I use them mirrored. Lastly, if it's family, I shoot jpg to one and jpg+raw to the other, and at the end of the event I give the jpg-only card to the family member / friend. That way they have the pics right away and I don't have to care about when I'm going to get around to post-processing them.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 6, 2015 at 21:05 UTC
On article What's missing? Ming Thein on the state of mirrorless (751 comments in total)

Multiple card slots? Please??

It's nuts - I have to have dual card slots, and not even the $3k bodies from Sony have them. If they had multiple slots the A7x and A6k would kick my 5Dm3 and 7dm2 to the curb in a heartbeat.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 6, 2015 at 14:07 UTC as 178th comment | 4 replies
On article Bang for the Buck: Olympus OM-D E-M10 II Review (693 comments in total)

I just don't see the point. So many other ILC systems with bigger sensors that perform so much better.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 25, 2015 at 17:59 UTC as 118th comment | 5 replies
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Georgeee: I am one 100-400mm f4-5.6 lens away from moving from Canon to Sony

Actually, the 70-400mm G2 for A-Mount is fantastic, and the AF on the A7R2 should work pretty well if not great with it. Tack on the focus peaking to tweak things, and I'd rather use the Sony combo. The only thing it won't do is sports, but I can keep my 7D on standby for that.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2015 at 18:06 UTC
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Mssimo: 5Ds is outdated before it even goes on sale and overpriced.

Press release calls for 8 more FE lenses by early 2016, and the fact this is going to be pretty good at using A-Mount lenses sealed the deal for me.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2015 at 18:02 UTC

There are so many better target areas Tokina could go after than a FF standard zoom. They should an 18-55mm F2.8 for Fuji and E-mount. Now THAT would be interesting. Build-in a speed booster and offer it for m4/3s as well.

Direct link | Posted on May 8, 2015 at 19:58 UTC as 22nd comment | 1 reply
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Dervast: Hi all, since I am new to this new game.
What is the pro difference between for example the Tamron 28-70 2.8 for sony bodies. IT does not have this pro tag but what other differences are?


"Pro" is simply the naming convention that Tokina uses. It has no technical meaning.

Direct link | Posted on May 8, 2015 at 19:43 UTC
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tabloid: If I put the 16-35mm on my A65, what do i get.
Im after the sweet spot.

If it was me, I'd go for the Sigma 18-35mm F1.8. It's tack shark across the frame wide open, and with the A65 you can use all the light you can get. Plus, it's 1/3rd the price!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2015 at 17:03 UTC
On article Fujifilm XF 16mm F1.4 moves from roadmap to retailers (227 comments in total)
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Maff maff: Sadly they have left out IS. If they wouldn’t it would have increase the versatility in super low light even further and I know this is a wide angle with F1,4 maybe on a body which is good for ISO 3200.
Having the possibility in the company’s to leave out IS on lenses is for me a deal breaker for body’s with no IBIS and the reason why I like systems which have this like Olympus some Sony and others. Here IS is guaranteed for all lenses and no option for the manufacturer to leave it out somewhere which will happen even on expensive primes like here.

You should get out and shoot more and talk less. Your opinions would make more sense if you actually ever picked up a camera. IS on an F1.4 24mm would only ever matter for video.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 17, 2015 at 12:37 UTC
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steelhead3: Really enjoyed the video especially Barney not afraid to mix it up. One thing stands out for me is that the portrait shots seem like P&S quality with little separation from the background even at 2.8. Easy to get everything focus though with such wide DOF.

Yeah, is that the best DOF m4/3s can do for action like this? I had been looking at getting one, but dang, that's really _not_ impressive.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2015 at 18:53 UTC
On article New samples from the Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens (232 comments in total)
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Storky: The most critical issue with this lens is: does it autofocus correctly? That's why I (and many others) swapped the Sigma 35 1.4 for the Canon original. The Sigma may be somewhat sharper, but it just doesn't focus reliably. The USB dock is an admission of this, and represents a partial, duct-tapish solution. And being slightly off focus at 1.4 is much more detrimental to image quality than small difference in optical corrections.


Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2015 at 13:37 UTC
On article Opinion: Canon EOS 750D and 760D (321 comments in total)

They're both still clunky mirror box machines. Consumers are catching on to systems like the Sony A6000. The newbie at work that asked what to upgrade his Nikon to just switched after I suggested it. He dumped a Nikon D5100, which really isn't much different than the "new" 5500. Once more consumers figure out there's ZERO reason to buy these old clunkers, Canikon will be playing catch-up.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2015 at 21:37 UTC as 46th comment | 5 replies
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Reinhard136: The only genuine problem with the E system was lens availability - that is basically solved now. The gap is so big now to Canikon, they will have to do something very clever, very quickly or fight over second place.

You're partially correct. The Zeiss 24-70 F4 is a POS.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 13:49 UTC
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Edgar_in_Indy: I hope this camera finally starts to put pressure on Canon and Nikon to offer IBIS.

It's so obvious that not offering IBIS is just a way to get more money. I can't believe they've been able to get away with it for so long, but apparently their customers have been happy to double-dip, and to buy larger, heavier, more expensive, more complicated lenses, with more possible points of failure, and with compromised optics vs non-stabilized designs.

And the the fact that Sony's IBIS can be combined with optical stabilization is very exciting. I've been speculating for years about whether that would be possible, so I'm glad to see somebody implementing it. I can't wait to see how it performs.

Life of the IBIS? It's rated to last longer than the shutter. Sony has shipped IBIS in their bodies forever, nobody reports problems with it wearing out. If you think Canon and Nikon are avoiding IBIS for that reason, you're deluding yourself. It's all about making money on more expensive IS lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 13:47 UTC
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ThePhilips: So Olympus has designed the IBIS for the Sony.

All what's left, is for Sony to persuade Olympus also to design Zuiko lenses for FE/E-mount,.

I think it was a joint effort. Sony has had IBIS for ages now. They could have done it on their own. They just didn't want to wait.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 13:45 UTC
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Ramius: Wish they made this for mirrorless full frame FE mount instead. Its annoying how breakthroughs like this lens is made for the camera technology of the past.

It's quite simple really- these lenses take time, a _lot_ of time to design. The FE mount is the most challenging on the market atm - huge sensor, very short distance to sensor, small diameter mount. That being said, it's quite clear by the sales numbers the 3rd party lens makers will support this mount. From what I've seen, the majority of a7 bodies sold are replacing DSLR bodies. Once they release an FE body with the A6000 autofocus, that will accelerate that change even more. I know I can't wait to dump my Canon gear. I'm tired of lugging around so much heavy gear. Either Fuji or Sony will provide my upgrade path sometime soon.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 14:06 UTC
On article Sony announces pricing and availability for Alpha 7S (131 comments in total)
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Thorgrem: How does this compare to the much cheaper Panasonic GH4?

Peevee1 - you obviously haven't shot with both a FF vs. u4/3s lately. I have both a 6D and a GH3. While the GH3 is nice for video, it's is EASILY 4 stops behind the 6D, and that is old tech. Sony built this sensor specifically for low light and DR. Your statements assuming what it can do are ignorant.

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2014 at 13:29 UTC
On article Sony announces pricing and availability for Alpha 7S (131 comments in total)
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peevee1: Would be a great camera had it had working OSPDAF and 11 fps with AF-C like Sony's own budget a6000. Sensor readout allows that, and Sony's own processor is able to do it in a6000 at twice the resolution so it is not a problem either. The pixels are 5 times the size so OSPDAF signal would be very clear, allowing focusing in more than 2 stops lower light than a6000. What is wrong with them?! Did they save a few bucks on a cheapass shutter module that cannot fire more than 5 times per second - but why they did not even design OSPDAF into the sensor? Holding the functionality for upcoming A9s I guess - market segmentation...

I expect the A7S was in the works as long if not longer than the A6000. You have to understand- these aren't the same development teams. If you look at the way these things work, typically a camera will debut with a certain feature, and then it will spread to the rest of the line in the 2nd generation. You see this across all vendors, not just Sony. When you try to combine multiple extremely new technologies in the same product, the risk multiplies exponentially one of them won't deliver or will hit problems and sink the project. That's simply the way R&D works, and you obviously don't understand that. Sony needed this camera with full-blown 4k. They're not going to risk the timeline by linking it to the new A6K focus array.

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2014 at 13:18 UTC
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