MAC

MAC

Lives in United States midwest, United States
Joined on Sep 5, 2001
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Canon 7d2, SL1, + lenses-- Sports, Events, and Creative shooting

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On Nikon D7200 First Impressions Review preview (1111 comments in total)
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Scottelly: I'm trying to figure out why the old Sony A77 can shoot at 12 fps, but this "new" camera can only shoot at half that speed, even though both cameras are 24 MP. Anyone got any ideas what's up there? They're about the same price, right?

HowaboutRAW: for a pro AF system, 65 cross types, 10 fps, silent shutter, anti-ficker, Canon sports glass system, $500 is easily worth it. I can tell you don't shoot pro sports - 10 fps vs 6 is big difference in getting defining moment - that is why Canon charges $6K for 12 fps 1dx. On the NX1 - not on the cusp yet because of glass and hit rate in shallow dof low light. Again, I can tell you don't shoot pro sports - you'll see none of those mirrorless on the pro sports sideline when it counts. We see 7d2 supplementing 1dx on pro sports sideline. Nikon didn't build the d400 to supplement their pro sports camera. d7200 is not pro sports cam. NX1 is not pro sports cam. 7d2 is pro sports cam. Ask Armandino above who shoots 1/4 million pro sports shots a year with 1dx and 7d2 bodies.

Direct link | Posted on May 2, 2015 at 12:03 UTC
On Nikon D7200 First Impressions Review preview (1111 comments in total)
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Scottelly: I'm trying to figure out why the old Sony A77 can shoot at 12 fps, but this "new" camera can only shoot at half that speed, even though both cameras are 24 MP. Anyone got any ideas what's up there? They're about the same price, right?

7dII is $500 more than d7200.
d610 is $300 more than d7200.
70d is $200 less than d7200.
Nikon didn't build the d400.
A6000 is $700 with kit lens, $500 less expensive than d7200 body.
For me, the 7d2 was worth it, for the 10 fps and 65 cross types to go with my canon sports glass and give the reach. I just think the d7200 is positioned to compete with the 70d for $200 more versus the 7d2. But for my tastes, there are other cameras to consider before spending $1000 - $1200. Whereas, no other sports camera for under $2000 does what the 7d2 does as well as the 7d2 does action. 7d2 deserves gold for what it is and what it does - sports. Whereas d7200 is a camera looking for an identity among several other camera options these days.

Direct link | Posted on May 2, 2015 at 10:25 UTC
On Nikon D7200 First Impressions Review preview (1111 comments in total)
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Scottelly: I'm trying to figure out why the old Sony A77 can shoot at 12 fps, but this "new" camera can only shoot at half that speed, even though both cameras are 24 MP. Anyone got any ideas what's up there? They're about the same price, right?

7d2's 10fps vs this one's 6 does mean a lot. 7d2's 65 cross types versus this does mean a lot. As a sports camera, 7d2 gets the gold and d7200 gets the bronze. But DPreview has the wrong checklists for the artist's various brushes these days. D7200 is pretty expensive when d610 is just a tad more for better IQ, if IQ is one's objective - so not putting 10 fps and a pro af system in their crop for reach, defeats purpose of crop...which crop cameras are for reach and sports -- imo

Direct link | Posted on May 1, 2015 at 10:28 UTC
On Sony SLT-A77 II Review preview (499 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?

@DAN _ yes, locked at F3.5 serious limitation and knock out punch. Also - price of $3000 for a 70-200 f2.8 is second knock out punch. Also, evf for sports shooters -- 3rd knock out punch vs 7dii

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 11:03 UTC
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MAC: Nikon states: 7dII top of the line crop! Agree! And no D400.... Yet DPReview gives Silver...to a 7d2 camera-- that is an artist's brush (body) with great paint (canon glass) in a class of its...own ;) oh well, Lone Ranger had Silver, right! my advice-- deep six that checklist of theirs and head for the pro sports fields. Also I was looking for the question on the Sony deal for a 50 mpxl -- and thinking, will they rush into it and botch that launch too -- they need another 1 yr exclusivity too -- or will they take the time -- which could be a year or two. By that time, will Sony need them anymore or just vertically nudge them out by saying -- no exclusive agreement?

@lacikuss, agree, other review sites understand what af accuracy, 10 fps, and canon glass system means for $1700! DPReview is obsessed with mirror-less and 4+ stop pushes at iso 100. They'll give d7200 a gold because they think 6 fps is enough. 6 fps is not enough - for the decisive moments. that is why Canon and Nikon charge 3 times as much for their 1 series 10-12 fps. Nikon didn't build the d400. The 7d2 is about reach too with less costly lenses -- that the 1dx requires more expensive, heavier lenses for this reach.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2015 at 11:16 UTC
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MAC: Nikon states: 7dII top of the line crop! Agree! And no D400.... Yet DPReview gives Silver...to a 7d2 camera-- that is an artist's brush (body) with great paint (canon glass) in a class of its...own ;) oh well, Lone Ranger had Silver, right! my advice-- deep six that checklist of theirs and head for the pro sports fields. Also I was looking for the question on the Sony deal for a 50 mpxl -- and thinking, will they rush into it and botch that launch too -- they need another 1 yr exclusivity too -- or will they take the time -- which could be a year or two. By that time, will Sony need them anymore or just vertically nudge them out by saying -- no exclusive agreement?

Well, photographers pay a lot more money than $1700 for as you say excellent sports / action. Also the exposure system is new and the best in the Canon line. I've also enjoyed the anti-flicker mode and the silent shutter. IQ and high iso is better than my 5dc I had for 5 years and liked. It is the real deal as the sports brush - an easy gold for those that love this brush!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2015 at 00:27 UTC
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MAC: Nikon states: 7dII top of the line crop! Agree! And no D400.... Yet DPReview gives Silver...to a 7d2 camera-- that is an artist's brush (body) with great paint (canon glass) in a class of its...own ;) oh well, Lone Ranger had Silver, right! my advice-- deep six that checklist of theirs and head for the pro sports fields. Also I was looking for the question on the Sony deal for a 50 mpxl -- and thinking, will they rush into it and botch that launch too -- they need another 1 yr exclusivity too -- or will they take the time -- which could be a year or two. By that time, will Sony need them anymore or just vertically nudge them out by saying -- no exclusive agreement?

You met armandino in the d7200 thread who shoots for a living 1dx and 7d2 in sports – 250,000 shots per year. My friend also shoots pro sports for a living 1dx and 7d2 – 500,000 shots per year.
As full time action and sports pros, do they consider 10 – 12 fps with pro AF system and pro action glass fundamentally essential to their livelihood? Absolutely! Take deep dof mirror-less into NBA arena with it’s $3K 70-200 f2.8 where you need to shoot wide open and cover the court and it gets trumped every time by Canon and Nikon.
Jack shows iTr is even useful at 90% hit rates for occasional real times where that function is useful.
http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/55089227
Sports Amateurs have their weightings and check sheets. Sports Pros use 10-12 fps, pro AF system, and pro glass (at a reasonable price). It’s the three categories Rishi, not one. Ask enough sports pros, then you’ll have the overall rating answer. There are no mirror-less on the sidelines of major pro sport venues.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 13, 2015 at 10:48 UTC
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MAC: Nikon states: 7dII top of the line crop! Agree! And no D400.... Yet DPReview gives Silver...to a 7d2 camera-- that is an artist's brush (body) with great paint (canon glass) in a class of its...own ;) oh well, Lone Ranger had Silver, right! my advice-- deep six that checklist of theirs and head for the pro sports fields. Also I was looking for the question on the Sony deal for a 50 mpxl -- and thinking, will they rush into it and botch that launch too -- they need another 1 yr exclusivity too -- or will they take the time -- which could be a year or two. By that time, will Sony need them anymore or just vertically nudge them out by saying -- no exclusive agreement?

Subjective is weak when you don't consider the best artist's brush for sports and wildlife for under $2K. We can always disagree. No other sub $2K camera (artist brush) with artist paint ( Canon lens system, particularly the 70-200 F2.8 II and the 100-400 II for sports and wildlife) can match this capability for major sports and wildlife for the $. Don't use a general checklist on it. Recognize it for what it is -- the best in its price class for sports and wildlife ie, gold as a sports/wildlife artist's brush. We didn't have to pay $6K for it. We can buy a sub $1000 camera for the other stuff your site cherishes so much. Many have multiple cameras these days, but when an artist goes to paint sports and wildlife, they take the brush and the paint that is in a class of it's own, the 7d2 with canon action glass.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 12, 2015 at 22:09 UTC

Nikon states: 7dII top of the line crop! Agree! And no D400.... Yet DPReview gives Silver...to a 7d2 camera-- that is an artist's brush (body) with great paint (canon glass) in a class of its...own ;) oh well, Lone Ranger had Silver, right! my advice-- deep six that checklist of theirs and head for the pro sports fields. Also I was looking for the question on the Sony deal for a 50 mpxl -- and thinking, will they rush into it and botch that launch too -- they need another 1 yr exclusivity too -- or will they take the time -- which could be a year or two. By that time, will Sony need them anymore or just vertically nudge them out by saying -- no exclusive agreement?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 12, 2015 at 11:02 UTC as 40th comment | 8 replies
On Samsung NX1 Review preview (1229 comments in total)
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PhotoKhan: For systematic strange color hues in each photos, we already had Sigma, thank you very much (Sigma usually dabbles in the Magenta/Yellows here is Green/Cyan).

Also, there's kind of a constant contrast muting veil all over them, which I cant's rely put my finger on (is it what you call "aggressive noise reduction"?).

I understand that players with different approaches (backside illuminated sensor) tend to excite reviewers but it is their job to keep that enthusiasm down as things still are what they are and, in this case, image quality is far, FAR from impressive.

These are photographic cameras you are reviewing and it is a bit odd (to say the least) that what is displayed in the samples gallery comes out from something you end up giving a "golden" anything.

(A photo pulled by 5 stops to demonstrate "real life" dynamic range...!?...You guys really deserve the geeky, non-photography-oriented user base you currently have.)

Agree, they are mirror less enthusiastic geeks. The system isn't their focus, which is unrealistic. The danger for users is they get the wrong impression on a body that can't take a picture alone in a geeky vacuum

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2015 at 11:32 UTC
On Samsung NX1 Review preview (1229 comments in total)
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ljmac: Nice camera, shame about the system. Really, I often find it frustrating how most photography review sites seem to forget that a camera needs a lens to work - it doesn't really matter how great this camera is (or how great Sony's mirrorless cameras are, for example) if you can't get the right lenses for it. The only mirrorless system with a decent selection of lenses is Micro 4/3rds, but this critical fact is largely ignored by reviews.

Agree, a body can't take a picture alone. It should get Silver for that reason

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2015 at 11:24 UTC
On Samsung NX1 Review preview (1229 comments in total)
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MAC: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=GmlzqAy5Q68

When Michael did his review against the 7d2, he couldn't get good hit rates with the samsung with a sports lens when he "racked the sports lens". We shoot zooms in sports - 70-200 f2.8L and 100-400 II and rack the lenses. I wouldn't give gold to the samsung without 1) more system glass 2) testing the hit rates when racking of sports glass 3) testing the hit rates in shallow dof of the gym

I agree with some of what you said. What you said about the NX1 being great in limited circumstances though is true but then doesn't give one an all arounder like a 70d or a d7200. I like the price and capability of the a6000, but as soon as you start looking for lots of system glass for an arsenal of overal shooting capability, then forget it - eg, the 70-200 f2.8 for sony is $3000. Same thing with the samsung. So we go back to that limited statement. I'd like to have a Fuji 56f1.2 on a best mirror less like this. But I'd also need these mirriroless to focus better in low light. I think we're still 3+ years away before I buy one! and then it will likely still be for limited use case.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2015 at 03:20 UTC
On Samsung NX1 Review preview (1229 comments in total)
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MAC: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=GmlzqAy5Q68

When Michael did his review against the 7d2, he couldn't get good hit rates with the samsung with a sports lens when he "racked the sports lens". We shoot zooms in sports - 70-200 f2.8L and 100-400 II and rack the lenses. I wouldn't give gold to the samsung without 1) more system glass 2) testing the hit rates when racking of sports glass 3) testing the hit rates in shallow dof of the gym

Agree. I don't have an issue with a high award for mirror less to date. The issue several of us action photographers have is DPReviews lower silver award for 7d2 when there is nothing that touches this for an artistic brush for sports and wildlife with a body under $2k. But DPReview is armored by mirriroless. I'd love to see them take both 7d2 and pro sports lens onto the NBA floor along with samsung. Then maybe they would understand how their checklist and overall rating system makes no sense when artists seek the sports brush (camera) and need paint (lens) to go along with it. Also, does the sports action portrait artist want deeper dof showing more clutter that mirror less has? Well, sports is a portrait art, and shallow dof is often desirable. Get the two out there in real shooting.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2015 at 02:40 UTC
On Samsung NX1 Review preview (1229 comments in total)
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MAC: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=GmlzqAy5Q68

When Michael did his review against the 7d2, he couldn't get good hit rates with the samsung with a sports lens when he "racked the sports lens". We shoot zooms in sports - 70-200 f2.8L and 100-400 II and rack the lenses. I wouldn't give gold to the samsung without 1) more system glass 2) testing the hit rates when racking of sports glass 3) testing the hit rates in shallow dof of the gym

DPReview haven't shown results - like in a basketball gym setting - yet they make all these "gold" claims. We see no samsungs at major sporting venues yet 7d2 is showing up more and more. In the surfing video and the roller derby video we see deep dof with mirror less

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2015 at 01:56 UTC
On Samsung NX1 Review preview (1229 comments in total)
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MAC: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=GmlzqAy5Q68

When Michael did his review against the 7d2, he couldn't get good hit rates with the samsung with a sports lens when he "racked the sports lens". We shoot zooms in sports - 70-200 f2.8L and 100-400 II and rack the lenses. I wouldn't give gold to the samsung without 1) more system glass 2) testing the hit rates when racking of sports glass 3) testing the hit rates in shallow dof of the gym

I didn't see where he recanted sports conclusion. Northrup commented on michaels video. Northrup recently got some good results with samsung on soccer but then they lamented on the glass selections/costs. Northrup says in Michaels video comments you really need to test shallow dof- review sites should really do some basketball - I get 92 % with my 7d2 and 70-200f2.8 L. This is shallow wide open

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2015 at 01:20 UTC
On Samsung NX1 Review preview (1229 comments in total)

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=GmlzqAy5Q68

When Michael did his review against the 7d2, he couldn't get good hit rates with the samsung with a sports lens when he "racked the sports lens". We shoot zooms in sports - 70-200 f2.8L and 100-400 II and rack the lenses. I wouldn't give gold to the samsung without 1) more system glass 2) testing the hit rates when racking of sports glass 3) testing the hit rates in shallow dof of the gym

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2015 at 00:17 UTC as 223rd comment | 9 replies
On Nikon D7200 real-world samples gallery posted article (150 comments in total)
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Zvonimir Tosic: Sigma Art range? Better say, Sigma Industrial Microscope range.
I looked at the landscape pictures and waved off. Why?

Today's trend to insist so much on sharpness of the lens, turn scenes into a flat mishmash of sharply depicted details and no sense of atmosphere, or space someone would want to get into and feel cozy, and not cut onto sharp edges of everything.

Unless one focuses onto something in very close distance, and that blurs the background, the sense of space, much needed and is achieved by the proportionate lack of sharpness, is gone.

I absolutely hate new range of Zeiss and Sigma lenses just for that.

I agree with you, sharpness is one thing, but focus, bokeh, colors, contrast, are what I look for also.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2015 at 11:08 UTC
On Nikon D7200 real-world samples gallery posted article (150 comments in total)
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Boky: ...the colours seem washed-out... bit more attention to lens/body pairing is required I'd say.

First of all, those excusing these pics because it was overcast, don't they realize that such conditions are like having a giant soft-box? Second, I'd not showcase the new 16-35 f4 L on the 7d2, that lens is more geared to FF, and the 10-18 stm is the one to showcase on crop. Third I wouldn't describe the 18-35 as arguably the best lens for crop and then not answer the known focus issue question and add bokeh as a measure. Forth, I see washed out on the faces, which is strange because of the giant real world soft-box, but the green color tint bugs me vs Canon. But what most of all bugs me, more than anything else, is the exposure system isn't as good as my new Canon 7d2 in controlling highs and lows. 7d2 has best ooc exposure system of any Canon. These are taken and then need developed - I'd be messing more with profiles and sliders. And finally, the only reason to spend $1200 for this camera over the lower models is the 6 fps and buffer, and those pics aren't displayed here.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2015 at 10:56 UTC
On Nikon D7200 real-world samples gallery posted article (150 comments in total)
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Boky: ...the colours seem washed-out... bit more attention to lens/body pairing is required I'd say.

agree, washed-out, the bokeh of that sigma falters also, and the portraits look green compared to canon. 6fps doesn't cut it for the $

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2015 at 10:56 UTC
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Martinka: Nice video, terrible photos...

Another fun video @Barney, but yeah expect tough crowds when you do mirror-less for sports. But let's get you to a major American Sporting event @Barney - eg college or pro - that pays for the shot(s). Then mirror-less will go to the wayside and 7d2+ canon glass will get gold at dpreview for the $ invested in gear as it generates many more returns, and is a sports artist's brush, that your site thought was a general camera to be rated by a general checklist.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 30, 2015 at 10:53 UTC
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