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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On Opinion: Did Sony just do the impossible? article (1049 comments in total)
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MarcLee: This camera may well turn out to be the best thing since sliced bread or the second coming, and I am even open to getting one, but my god, I really do feel like I have fallen into an Apple fanboy parallel universe from ten years ago.

Not just from the article, but also the comments. Woe to anyone who dares to feel it might not best meet their needs.

The difference is the Apple religion has become a little less zealous.

The second coming hasn't happened yet. ;)

As far as being gushed over like an Apple product, Sony would have to be offering something a bit less that other innovative companies were already offering several years ago at lower costs to really apply here. ;)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2015 at 02:38 UTC
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SirSeth: Good thoughts Richard. You've highlighted the areas where DSLRs still provide substantial strengths: OVF, battery power, and C-AF. I wish you had covered some mirrorless strengths better: like the resurrection of many legacy lenses, and all the info one can see in the viewfinder such as WB, DOF, level, histogram, and auto-gain with stopped down lenses. Peaking, magnified view, and review in the viewfinder are also useful for MF shooting used macro and other disciplines. Mirrorless is more than just size and video for many of us.

I shoot mirrorless because I can buy a very inexpensive FF body and cherry pick just about any lens to go on it. I was shooting legacy glass with DSLRs previously but a set of Canon FD lenses that I use on the A7 are basically useless on DSLRs. This whole line of lenses was resurrected by the new technology.

I know I'm not in the majority and that may not be worth mentioning in an editorial, but people on the fringes are always pushing the envelope. ;)

Indeed. The only advance that I saw was eye tracking for AF--I wish Canon has continued with this an really nailed it.

Meanwhile, EVFs have improved drastically without any end in sight.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 21:12 UTC

Good thoughts Richard. You've highlighted the areas where DSLRs still provide substantial strengths: OVF, battery power, and C-AF. I wish you had covered some mirrorless strengths better: like the resurrection of many legacy lenses, and all the info one can see in the viewfinder such as WB, DOF, level, histogram, and auto-gain with stopped down lenses. Peaking, magnified view, and review in the viewfinder are also useful for MF shooting used macro and other disciplines. Mirrorless is more than just size and video for many of us.

I shoot mirrorless because I can buy a very inexpensive FF body and cherry pick just about any lens to go on it. I was shooting legacy glass with DSLRs previously but a set of Canon FD lenses that I use on the A7 are basically useless on DSLRs. This whole line of lenses was resurrected by the new technology.

I know I'm not in the majority and that may not be worth mentioning in an editorial, but people on the fringes are always pushing the envelope. ;)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 14:54 UTC as 187th comment | 2 replies
On Sony a7R II has 42.4MP on full frame BSI CMOS sensor article (1256 comments in total)
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matthew saville: These full-frame Sonys just keep getting heavier and heavier.

The A7R was 14 oz. The A7 mkII was 21 oz. The A7R mkII is 22 oz.

Considering that a D750 is 26 oz and that a Df is 25 oz, and considering the rather pathetic lifespan of the NP-FW50 battery that would require me to carry 2-3x more batteries anyways, I'm throwing in the towel. This is a joke.

1.5x and 2x mirrorless are the only systems that are truly living up to the weight and space savings mantra that mirrorless had hyped up. Sony's FE system continues to deliver hefty lenses that weigh as much as or more than their DSLR competition. Their bodies get heavier and heavier, as they try and step up the build quality to an acceptable standard.

I'll grant that there are still innumerable new bells and whistles that many people are going to greatly appreciate about mirrorless. 4K video, in-body stabilization, and of course, focus peaking. If those were things I cared about, maybe I'd get on board.

Waaaaaaaaaae! *sob* *sniffle*

Move on.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2015 at 19:50 UTC
On Sony a7R II has 42.4MP on full frame BSI CMOS sensor article (1256 comments in total)
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Retzius: Gloat all you want Sony fanboys! Nikon finally got a touchscreen and wifi. How you like them apples!

Awesome.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2015 at 19:43 UTC
On Sony a7R II has 42.4MP on full frame BSI CMOS sensor article (1256 comments in total)
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nofumble: Sony is cleaning the Canikon clock.

Luv4lenses, did you miss the part about AF with Canon lenses? IMO the point isn't that Sony is cleaning up in every department, but that the system provides something different and versatile. As far as lenses go, I use legacy lenses, so I love mirrorless because I can pretty much mount any lens ever made by any company.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2015 at 19:40 UTC
On Sony a7R II has 42.4MP on full frame BSI CMOS sensor article (1256 comments in total)
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PazinBoise: Dang, nice specs! This is probably good news for Nikon too as they source many of their sensors from Sony. Funny thing is I just switched from a Sony A7II to a Nikon D750. I really liked my A7II, especially the IBIS, but after it needed warranty repairs 6 months in to owning it ( after taking very good care of it mind you) I am going back to a DSLR for the time being. I feel that having a camera need service 6 months into ownership is unacceptable.

I can tell you already that I do miss the size/weight, IBIS, and video features. At the end of the day I don't shoot that much video and need something with better AF tracking (especially in low light). I do not regret my decision to switch to the D750 and will probably pick up a Sony again in a few years. I'm sure by then the AF capabilities of mirrorless cameras will finally match/beat out DSLRs (they are close now but still are behind when it comes to tracking) and there will be even more lenses available.

The funny thing is that for some owners the D750 will need warranty repairs and the next A7II owner will have no problems with theirs. Still, it's disappointing to need warranty repair, but it's not the A7II or mirrorless that is at fault, it's the luck of the draw that can happen with any company. No harm in waiting I suppose. I some significant advantages to both platforms.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2015 at 19:37 UTC

I don't have the money, but I think it looks like a really great camera, and I think they will sell a lot of these. Pricey? Yes. The problem with a fixed lens camera is that though the lens may be great, the camera will age so much faster than the lens and very soon the sensor will be old. If this were an ILC, it would be more attractive to spend the money on and build a system with.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2015 at 15:48 UTC as 32nd comment

Super cool.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2015 at 21:05 UTC as 81st comment
On Nikon D7200 Review preview (532 comments in total)
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LastChance4U: I moved up from the D90 to this camera and I am simply blown away by the performance of the D7200. I considered the Sony A7II and the D7200 and I'm super pleased with my choice.

Congrats! It's always shocking how far sensors improve year to year. Could be that since they are made from silicon with similar processes to CPUs, Moore's law applies here (power doubles about every two years). Anyhow, it's a leap up from the D90 to either the A7ii or the D7200. Have a ball!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 3, 2015 at 19:21 UTC

That was really funny (though the insecurity and bias below are as bad as youtube comments which is saying something).

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2015 at 04:26 UTC as 82nd comment
On Fujifilm X-T10 First Impressions Review preview (526 comments in total)
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retro76: Honestly right now the Olympus EM10 is the camera to beat, especially @ $499. I purchased a Fuji XM1 before sending it back for the Oympus. I know it's subjective, but I really don't get the appeal of Fuji, it's a camera that reviewers seem to put on a pedestal, yet IMHO it's a camera that falls short in just about every category especially so compared to other brands I have used. Maybe I missed something in my short time using the camera, but it's a system that didn't impress me in the slightest, in fact it's the most clever marketing I have ever seen for a brand.

It is a lesser known fact that whenever someone starts an argument with "it is a well known fact" one should check their bias-o-meter. I just checked mine and found that some folks actually believe that a hypothetical world of equivalence arguments, based on what doesn't exist, is a better measure of reality than anything real. This is precisely why ideas such as, kit lenses are actually sharper than fast primes, is possible. Well, you're in luck because you could collect a ton amazing kit lenses for almost nothing!

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2015 at 13:24 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T10 First Impressions Review preview (526 comments in total)
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retro76: Honestly right now the Olympus EM10 is the camera to beat, especially @ $499. I purchased a Fuji XM1 before sending it back for the Oympus. I know it's subjective, but I really don't get the appeal of Fuji, it's a camera that reviewers seem to put on a pedestal, yet IMHO it's a camera that falls short in just about every category especially so compared to other brands I have used. Maybe I missed something in my short time using the camera, but it's a system that didn't impress me in the slightest, in fact it's the most clever marketing I have ever seen for a brand.

Jeremy,... naw, nerd makes a very poor argument. "Show me 18mm 1.0, 25mm 1.0 and 42mm 0.9".... blah blah blah. There is no connection between made up lenses and the quality of what exists. It's shoddy logic at best. You on the other hand make a valid point which doesn't go far enough imo. If approaching FF DOF control is the goal then a very convincing way to get that is buy a FF camera. I did. It's great. I also really like the Fuji and m43 offerings.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2015 at 02:47 UTC
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 article (495 comments in total)
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SirSeth: Good specs and solid looking little body for the price. The kit prices are good and this would be a perfect recommendation over entry level DSLRs imo.

Caerolle, you are so right. Most people don't know about anything other than the Canikon big names at the big box stores. Many people don't even know mirrorless exists, but more people are starting to realize though word of mouth. I really don't blame BB and WM for carrying what people know. That's how it goes and the internet enables people who want to be better informed on such things.

Direct link | Posted on May 19, 2015 at 01:38 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T10 First Impressions Review preview (526 comments in total)
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retro76: Honestly right now the Olympus EM10 is the camera to beat, especially @ $499. I purchased a Fuji XM1 before sending it back for the Oympus. I know it's subjective, but I really don't get the appeal of Fuji, it's a camera that reviewers seem to put on a pedestal, yet IMHO it's a camera that falls short in just about every category especially so compared to other brands I have used. Maybe I missed something in my short time using the camera, but it's a system that didn't impress me in the slightest, in fact it's the most clever marketing I have ever seen for a brand.

nerd2, I think micro4/3rds is a better option and don't have to show you anything. I also think Sony FF mirrorless is a better option, also have nothing to prove to you. I have no problem that you like Fuji best. None at all.

Don, again nothing to prove, except that better focal length conversion rate, better quality lenses, and nicer user experience is subjective. So key advantages for you are not the same for everyone. Of course, if they are so for you, there is nothing wrong with that.

Direct link | Posted on May 19, 2015 at 01:27 UTC
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 article (495 comments in total)

Good specs and solid looking little body for the price. The kit prices are good and this would be a perfect recommendation over entry level DSLRs imo.

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2015 at 15:11 UTC as 89th comment | 6 replies
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 article (495 comments in total)
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The Squire: UHS-II card interface? Yey!
USB 2.0 wired interface. Boo!

When are we going to see USB 3.0 on cameras, for those of us who prefer a cable rather than popping the card out?

I suspect the problem is that micro USB 3.0 is a really awkward shape. Very wide.

I guess we'll have to wait a couple of years for USB-C before we get faster interfaces to cameras...

When those who don't have cards readers in all their computers bother with cables?

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2015 at 15:06 UTC
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 article (495 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: I am not seeing a lot to dislike about this camera. They would sell a lot more of these if they advertised them more and also sold them in stores like Best Buy right from day one. As it stands right now Canon will sell many times as many T6s/T6i cameras as Panasonic will sell G7 cameras.

That is also despite the fact that the Canon cameras had a significant defect in a large portion of their initial shipments(Which they addresses quickly), the T6s only does 5 FPS vs. the 7 FPS for the G7, The G7 is cheaper, and the G7 does 4K @ 30 FPS video vs just 1080p @ 30 FPS for the Canon cameras.

Panasonic’s issue is not that they don’t make great cameras. There issue is that not enough people even know they make cameras.

It kind of proves that Panasonic doesn't decide what Best Buy stocks and Best Buy stocks a name people recognize in photography.

I noticed Target has this huge Bose and Beats headphone displays. They are priced very high and there are better headphones out there at a lower cost, but people want brands they associate with quality and the retailers want this as well so they can keep prices up. It is as it is. Cruel cruel world.

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2015 at 15:04 UTC
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 article (495 comments in total)
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garyknrd: If Panasonic would come out with a 300mm F/4 lens. I would be all over this. Great machine, but the micro 4/3 does not have the tele's I want yet.

600mm equiv. lens that is actually 300mm size is not bad to hand hold even without a tripod. I have a FD 500mm f4.5L and previously a 300mm f2.8 with 1.4x and 2x that were surely heavier than the Olympus will be and I didn't find hand holding to be too bad with these. Of course those who are really looking at big glass do use tripods when needed, and gimbal heads, and their hand holding skills are often quite developed. Really, though if one want's long teles that are not offered in micro, they can just buy another system. Their whim for large glass offered elsewhere should not decide the competence of this camera.

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2015 at 14:58 UTC
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OBI656: Fuji and Sony will pretty soon replace positions of Canon and Nikon in market place ...

Mssimo, since you used Kodak as an example, do you mean to say that the cause of Kodak's failure was that they had a foothold? Using them as an example of what will inevitably happen to Canon and Nikon is a weak correlation. I also understand that Android and iOS are based on the Linux kernel. Both Apple and Google make successful operating systems--they are competing products. The success of Android has been an upset of the market. (Which does fluctuate depending on release date. For example the iPhone 6 had Apple's sales take the majority from Android sales for the first time in years... until the latest gen. of Android phones were released.) How is this not a valid comparison to the market share mirrorless makers are trying to steal from DSLR makers?

Direct link | Posted on May 11, 2015 at 21:15 UTC
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