Sony will have a hard time recovering from the quality issues it has had with the earlier models. The Z1 'bricked' all over the world and the only cure was to get another unit.No more Sony phones for me.
ProfHankD: I often carry a 3" color checker card (or a neutral gray reference) and using it to calibrate the combination of scene lighting and camera can be productive. Unfortunately, smoothly-mixed lighting across a scene gives me the most trouble, and it isn't easily resolved even using a color checker. Fortunately, human viewers usually are not all that picky, and art doesn't require accurate color. ;-)
Just as a reminder, cameras capture weighted wavelength data, but color is not a straightforward function of wavelength. Land (the inventor behind Polaroid) did a lot of experiments exploring this. There is a wonderful little overview of Land's two-color experiments at http://www.wendycarlos.com/colorvis/color.html -- yes, for appropriate scenes, you can both see and photograph apparently full color images using just two color bands.
Thank you fo the link! FAscinating stuff!
Are the Nikon 750s still shipping with the glitches or is it safe to buy one now in a distant location where there is no repair service?
gbdz: Cool sceneries, cool people who live there. Love QLD.That said, what will be the next thing after these ultra sharp HDR type shots?Theyare so perfect now that nothing can be done to improve on them. Yeah, what next?
A good one...maybe wet plate as well?
ZorSy: Isn't it amazing when people say 'seen these pictures 1000 times before', "not original" etc? Everything has been photograph to death (or even painted) thus making photography more boring than ever. Some people still find the location, get there at the right time and posses the right set of skills to capture 'nice' images - Steve did exactly that. Considering Australia's coastline is 25,760 kilometers, or a little over 16,000 miles, long, there are slim chances the pictures of exactly the same spot are out there. Even if they were, Steve's 'captures' are unique - and he does it extremely well. Good on ya Steve!
Yes. More pictures of keyboards and sharp lenses, that's what we need. And cats doing nothing. Those are the best!
Cool sceneries, cool people who live there. Love QLD.That said, what will be the next thing after these ultra sharp HDR type shots?Theyare so perfect now that nothing can be done to improve on them. Yeah, what next?
OliverGlass: Sarcasm ON:My keyboard warrior mentality has been offended by real images like this made onsite. You think I'm NOT inspired??? Bah! I have my 5D mark III that I use like a P&S! There's no excuse to be bored when there's a big sensored cam in my hand ---- at home with my stuffed pink panther!
REAL photography is about sitting in front of a PC all day and commenting on how other shutterbug's work fail to make the cut. Commenting on every image like I know every lens and filter will earn the respect of my peers. I can "copy paste" intelligent arguments after I download the quotes from kelbyrockwell.com. This makes me truly brainy! One must grow roots on his chair because STILL photography is abut staying still in one place!
How dare you urge me to move away from my fish and chips at home!!!??? I can produce new work by using Photoshop for 12 straight hours on one downloaded image! That is the only way to perfection!
Ken Rockwell is my hero, too. We should make T-shirts 'Donate!'
LMCasey: Dear Samyang,Please make a version of this for FF, and please correct it to less than 4% barrel distortion. Doesn't necessarily need to be a fast lens either; f4 will do.
The 14 mm f/2.8 is the FF equivalent to the 10mm crop sensor lens. Even a bit wider. I have it. A part from the distortion that has to be fixed with a lens profile on LR, it is a good performer.
gbdz: What might be the rational behind this?Will my Sony somehow perform better because it is getting more votes? How does it know? What about the old versions I have of Canon EF lenses...nobody votes for them, will they start growing mold?
Mindless consumerism wins mouse clicks. The two are linked. (ha-ha)
Most 'prosumers' already have equipment that far exceeds their skills.Still, whenever anybody asks for an advice to a specific problem on these forums, nearly all of the answers suggest buying something. This instead of for instance learning to use the stuff that is already there.
I wish it would stop raining so I could go out and shoot....
People buy 500+ dollars worth of smartphones to play Candy Crush Saga. They also buy DSLRs to shoot pictures for their FB pages, frustrated because the upload takes so long. They complain that their 'lense' is not sharp and in the sample picture you see motion blur...Yes, world is full of consumerism totally out of bounds and people buying stuff far too complicated for their span of attention.
fnrlampa: opinions are like assholes,everybody has one.......
Was that a Clint Eastwood line?
villagranvicent: Those labels are nonsense. A "pro" camera won´t turn the user into a pro photographer, but a pro photographer can turn an iPhone into a pro camera. so what´s the point?
We are now delved in consumerism, not photography.I am getting interested in what psychological need is served by demonstrating how well you are aware of the details of shiny and expensive gadgets. Most certainly, it has nothing to do with art.
Mike FL: SONY will be NOT in good position after CANON starts to entering the mirror-less market.
If SONY's Camera decision has to be out of business one day, M43 camera mfc will be died before SONY.
Samsung is the real threat whether you are making electronics, cars and trucks, washing machines, trains or oil tankers. Or cameras. After China gets on its feet and running, they might finally meet their match...unless, of course they make good deals with the Chinese.
Sony is making most of its money from entertainment and insurances. It is not going aywhere.
Adrian Van: Always wondered what happened with Sony's TV sales. They used to be perceived as the number one premium product in TV. Samsung now doing extremely well in TV and phone, plus tablette.Sony TVs are still selling I see and still a great product, but Samsung has great sales record in recent times for most of its products, and choice of many.Is it aggressive sales on LED TVs by Samsung plus its high quality tech at good prices? Who has the best tech or sales in TV now - Samsung or Sony? Either one is still a great product, perhaps comes down to best bang for the buck or the value, which makes a difference to consumer. Overall I still like Sonys products.
Sony seems to have taken the lead in the highest quality "mirrorless" category, in A7x, it would appear, plus their great sensors.
I can answer you: Sony TV is a real bitch to install and to use with various combinations or program sources. Sony refuses to allow easy connectivity. It is idiotic because people want to have the ease of the slate/portable with the big screen. For instance with Apple you need a 14-dollar AirParrot app to do it. Get it, the hardware is there but you have to buy a couple of lines of code from somebody else!
ovatab: congrats, Adobe! well done. few products names are commonly used as verbs.
"few product names have become verbs"
You have made it when they do. Good point. Are people still xeroxing documents, BTW? Or hoovering their carpets?
It was infuriating having to get a new version of Photoshop with every new model of EOS. I do not use Photoshop that much any longer after LR became what it is today. I do not feel like upgrading it let alone becoming a subscriber.
I got my first impressions of Capture One today with the free Express version exclusive for Sony. If I was ten years younger, I would probably switch. Now as I am, I just want to do pictures, not learn new keyboard commands and get lost in menus with words that I do not understand.
jimrpdx: No nx1 no vote. I'm sure that i am not the 1st to say that but I shan't wade here to seek any.
Samsung owns the Rollei brand. We the Sauriens still remember Rollei but does it say anything to the postindustrial generation?
What might be the rational behind this?Will my Sony somehow perform better because it is getting more votes? How does it know? What about the old versions I have of Canon EF lenses...nobody votes for them, will they start growing mold?
arqomx: this is good
yeah, one shoe is in focus
quezra: Wow, I did not realise you could make the FE 55/1.8 produce such terrible shots
It is amazing what you can do with Digital Image Processing nowadays at home, in the comfort of your living room.