SirSeth

SirSeth

Lives in United States Hagerstown, United States
Works as a Teacher
Has a website at wallygoots.smugmug.com
Joined on Feb 8, 2004
About me:

My plan is to ever improve my trade, my hobbies, and my relationships with family, friends, and my God. My trade is teaching Math and Computers. My primary hobbies are lutherie (guitar building) and photography. My God is slow to anger and abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor His anger forever; He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us for our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth so great is His love for those who fear him. As far as the east is from the west so far has he removed our transgressions from us. If you have questions or gripes about my God, I always enjoy talking with someone who is a seeker. Rock throwers are rarely convinced of anything spiritual and I can respect their desire to believe differently than myself.

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cgarrard: Might be nice to see a few budget primes for this lineup too, get people into the system with less outlay.

An aggressive announcement regardless, and showing strength for the FE system.

Budget products are just really hard to make money with right now. Every company is trying to tap the higher end where the margins are better. They are also trying to raise the A7 line in the perception of DSLR users and thus need to focus on providing enthusiast products. I'd love to see more sub $500 lenses and believe that will come with time--especially if non OEM starts supporting FE mount.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2015 at 19:21 UTC

The new lenses look fantastic. They are expensive as are most new lenses from Canikon. I really would love that 90mm macro though and the 28mm with converter looks like an innovative idea.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2015 at 05:02 UTC as 42nd comment
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cgarrard: Might be nice to see a few budget primes for this lineup too, get people into the system with less outlay.

An aggressive announcement regardless, and showing strength for the FE system.

How about the Canon FD 50mm f1.4 @ less than $75?
Or the Rokkor 50mm f1.8? Or the Rollei 50mm f1.8? Or just about any other 50mm ever made.... ;) Totally agree though that Sony should produce a few more non-$1000 lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2015 at 05:00 UTC

Sometimes we start out with an idea and a plan to make it happen and then things that are unforeseen pop up. How we handle these failures really matter. Leadership sometimes messes up, and sure that probably happened. What the leadership is doing right is admitting failure candidly and apologizing for while trying to make amends where possible. It is very good if they actually release all the work as open source. People could really use this as a springboard to continue on. Yes, it sucks, yes they know it. It will hurt their company and they will have to dig out of a hole with many people before their reputation is recovered. This will be a long road, and as they experience success with future products I think they should continue to do everything in their power to reach out to their backers and restore faith. A small company can recover from these things with good leadership. If that is not in place, there is no hope for TriggerTrap.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2015 at 02:59 UTC as 16th comment
On Sony Alpha 7S Review preview (383 comments in total)
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SirSeth: Part of the brilliance of this series for both stills and video is that nearly every legacy lens ever made for any mount can be used. I just purchased an A7 and find my OM Zuikos perform better than they ever have. I'm thinking about adding a few Canon FD lenses, a big Nikkor and even a Contax C/Y or two. Mirrorless with peaking and zebras really help MF and this camera is compact even with adapters. Of course, video people know how to manual focus, but having a FF platform for legacy glass makes my A7 a very high value proposition for both stills and video.

My comment applies to the entire A-series of course. If video is a main priority, then the A7s would be optimum, if high res. landscape stills is then the A7r. A7 is a value leader imo, but all these cameras wither doing stills or video excel at adapting all the best lenses from yesteryear.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 3, 2015 at 01:34 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7S Review preview (383 comments in total)

Part of the brilliance of this series for both stills and video is that nearly every legacy lens ever made for any mount can be used. I just purchased an A7 and find my OM Zuikos perform better than they ever have. I'm thinking about adding a few Canon FD lenses, a big Nikkor and even a Contax C/Y or two. Mirrorless with peaking and zebras really help MF and this camera is compact even with adapters. Of course, video people know how to manual focus, but having a FF platform for legacy glass makes my A7 a very high value proposition for both stills and video.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2015 at 20:13 UTC as 71st comment | 5 replies
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nerd2: 85mm f3.5 portrait prime? Not interested at all.
Oh and it's priced $399... you can get the excellent nikkor 85mm 1.8G at only $50 more.

I shoot FF and m4/3rds. I do enjoy an inexpensive 85mm f1.4 on FF and sometimes I stop down to achieve greater DOF. I could even get along with a compact 85mm f3.5 if the IQ was superb. But at times I would prefer a small light 42mm f1.7 that delivers the goods on a small light body rather than a high quality 85mm f3.5 on an expensive hulking DSLR. So it really isn't anything like an 85mm f3.5 because there are different strengths germane to the system (or complimenting strengths as the case may be).

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 00:16 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review preview (2075 comments in total)
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wsalopek: The EM-1 looks gorgeous...but it's only slightly smaller than the FULL FRAME Sony A7...that's a pretty serious jump in sensor capability for almost no increase in physical size.

I suppose if low light and maximum subject isolation does not matter, the Olympus is the way to go, but if those things DO matter, go with the Sony.

Not huge like the new lenses announced for Pentax FF coming soon. Those lenses look like logs on a brick. (Not that I don't want to get some of that action). I just got an A7 though to add to micro4/3rds. Neither perfect, but very complimentary.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2015 at 06:19 UTC
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Linerider: These look like great lenses!!
Now all Sony needs is to make a FF camera with "decent" battery life and im sold

I agree with Linerider. Some people find it no problem to pack along a bunch of spares, but others find having to change batteries during a mission critical shoot a no go. Personally, I just find it really inconvenient to run out of power just when I'm closing in on a bird or animal. I also feel that battery technology has lagged behind and deserves research/dev. but companies haven't done so because they make good money on such accessories, so the incentive to produce better batteries is low. More people need to be saying "we want improvements!"

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 16:29 UTC
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Linerider: These look like great lenses!!
Now all Sony needs is to make a FF camera with "decent" battery life and im sold

Yes, that's a good report. I would be happy with 1300 with grip. I experience around 400ish with m4/3rds per battery.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 15:30 UTC

I am interested to see the new lenses side by side with DSLR counterparts. I think it is hard to tell from the picture because the A7 series cameras are just so small that the lenses here tend to dwarf the bodies giving an exaggerated perspective of the relative sizes.

I realize that these lenses are designed for FF and thus I don't expect miracles in size--especially as the focal length increases. The 28mm and 35mm look quite small for their specs. The 90mm macro looks large, but it's a design that I think would be large no matter what format it was made for. I would really really like this lens!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 13:09 UTC as 79th comment
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Vignes: the A7 series needs a bigger grip or a add on grip.

I am pleased that Sony and aftermarket vendors sell vertical grips with 2 battery slots for the A7 series. They do not have to be removed from the camera to recharge batteries which is something that irks me about the Olympus E-M1 grip (keeps one battery in camera and adds one in grip making charging a big pain imo). I also think the deeper hand grip of the A7ii is a plus even though it makes the camera slightly larger. It's still a lot smaller than Nikon or Canon FF when you need it to be.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 13:04 UTC
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Linerider: These look like great lenses!!
Now all Sony needs is to make a FF camera with "decent" battery life and im sold

Battery life is an area of improvement for mirrorless for sure. It's not a deal breaker for me, but I am glad that Sony makes a 2 slot battery grip for doubling the capacity on the A7 series. Options are good. But so is power innovation and better battery technology is overdue imo.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 12:57 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (2288 comments in total)
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SirSeth: As good as this camera may be for landscape/portrait, I don't think massive resolution with 7Dii DR and 5Dii high ISO is the right balance of priorities. You are welcomed to disagree, but it sounds more like Canon is trying to win a race that finished a few years ago. Megapixels alone isn't a solution now. A balance of enabling technology is. That means not taking steps back in DR, high ISO, and video just for MP alone.

@Neez
Yep. Exactly. Canon _should_ have bothered building on all IQ fronts rather than going super resolution and taking steps back in DR and high ISO. If that's what Nikon is doing then sure--copy them. Could Canon have made a 40mp sensor with better DR and ISO than the current 50mp one? If so, then they should have.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 9, 2015 at 20:08 UTC
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J A C S: Tried it with a few panorama sets, including a Brenizer - stitch lines visible. On the other hand, Hugins did it perfectly but altered the brightness. Too bad because the MS product has a really great UI.

On the Import > Structured Panorama

Direct link | Posted on Feb 9, 2015 at 05:28 UTC
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J A C S: Tried it with a few panorama sets, including a Brenizer - stitch lines visible. On the other hand, Hugins did it perfectly but altered the brightness. Too bad because the MS product has a really great UI.

I found that playing with the stitch settings could achieve fewer lines then I ever could with Hugin, however, this might be a matter of case by case for certain pictures. It's great to have two super and free tools to throw at different challenging stitches.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 9, 2015 at 05:14 UTC

Wow! flippin' fantastic! Just created a 111mp portrait (Brenizer) that I couldn't complete in other software.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 9, 2015 at 03:22 UTC as 29th comment
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (2288 comments in total)
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feilong: This camera looks interesting and will be exactly what most people have asked for... I have the 5d III and there is no need for me to use 50mp but this will be a smart move on canons part.

My next camera will be a mirrorless one because I need a lighter alternative to what I am shooting now when I travel with my family.

Unless, like me, you are getting the A7 for sexy legacy lenses like Leica, Rollei, Zeiss, and even FDn, OM, and Rokkor. ;)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2015 at 00:38 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (2288 comments in total)
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SirSeth: As good as this camera may be for landscape/portrait, I don't think massive resolution with 7Dii DR and 5Dii high ISO is the right balance of priorities. You are welcomed to disagree, but it sounds more like Canon is trying to win a race that finished a few years ago. Megapixels alone isn't a solution now. A balance of enabling technology is. That means not taking steps back in DR, high ISO, and video just for MP alone.

Neez, I agree with you in principle, but not in practice. I consider the phrase jack of all trades; master of none sometimes insinuates that being excellent at one thing necessitates being poor at others. This won't fly with things like DR and high ISO at the cost of resolution in a camera costing nearly $4000. This should be an all out tour de force for ultimate image quality. Granted, I think Sony's approach of a 12mp, 24mp, and 36mp A7 line is going for mastery of a particular skill set, but here Canon seems like they are unbalance in their attempt if we are actually stepping back in DR and high ISO to gain the rez.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2015 at 00:36 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (2288 comments in total)

As good as this camera may be for landscape/portrait, I don't think massive resolution with 7Dii DR and 5Dii high ISO is the right balance of priorities. You are welcomed to disagree, but it sounds more like Canon is trying to win a race that finished a few years ago. Megapixels alone isn't a solution now. A balance of enabling technology is. That means not taking steps back in DR, high ISO, and video just for MP alone.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 14:31 UTC as 410th comment | 9 replies
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