kevin_r

kevin_r

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Michael Berg: With such a massive firmware feature upgrade, reviews will surely need to be revisited for this camera. Just check the video upgrades alone, exactly *all* of the review critique points have been addressed. For stills the AF focus area problem and customization issues have been fixed, and look at that electronic shutter speed. It's like a completely new camera!

Hardware Button updates via firmware? That should be interesting and extremely valuable for ANY company!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 19, 2014 at 10:35 UTC
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Easycass: Just for information, for anyone interested in static testing results...

Having run tests with the new firmware, have found that the issue of variable 0.2-0.5s shutter-press to image-capture lag with the 35mm, 56mm and 60mm, when in MF and stopped-down, still remains after this software update.

That's too bad. Maybe it's time to switch back to the Nikon D750, no lag there, that's for sure.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 19, 2014 at 10:30 UTC
On DSC00605 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (7 comments in total)
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marks123: Wow.....Just terrible.

Yes, absolutely terrible for iso 25600. Just a few years ago this would have been impossible with film and even the "latest" DSLRs.

By the way, this cleans up very nicely in LR. The face is pretty well exposed and the white balance is really easy to correct. Doing that makes this photo pop -except that the focus is on the wrong part of the face.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2014 at 10:47 UTC
On DSC00605 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (7 comments in total)

Is it just me or is the focus more on his moustache than on his eyes?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2014 at 10:45 UTC as 1st comment
On Samsung NX30 Review preview (419 comments in total)

The articulated telescoping viewfinder has three major advantages:
1. It allows people with spectacles to view clearly what is going on inside.
2. It takes your nose away from the back of the camera - no more smudges and awkwardly trying to push your eyes close to the viewfinder.
3. Having the viewfinder at a slight upward angle is actually much more comfortable to use compared to viewing straight ahead.
On cannot appreciate this last point until one has actually tried it. So much better than the traditional camera.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 11, 2014 at 11:45 UTC as 9th comment
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2709 comments in total)

Very interesting comparing the 7DM2 to the Samsung NX1.
At 12800 ISO the NX1 has a finer grain structure than the 7Dm2.
Would be interesting to see the dynamic range of that camera.
They both loose out to the D750 as expected.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 3, 2014 at 14:35 UTC as 21st comment
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Paul Guba: Surprising no one is talking about the use of LED in flash unit. I find that much more interesting then the duration.

Check adorama or bhphotovideo or even amazon. plenty of devices are available.
Best is to use the led permanent/fulltime lights. Check things like the lightning rod. Have fun.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 2, 2014 at 17:55 UTC
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Shiranai: Whats the difference between using this or just using a normal LED video light from say Yongnuo with 291 more LEDs and at the same time 12 times cheaper?
And don't tell me the only difference is, that it "flashes" instead of being permanently on.

Shiranai,

IN order to take the photo at say 1/36000 of a second, no mechanical shutter can achieve such a speed in current cameras.
So the solutioin is to use the light duration itself as the "shutter". The camera's shutter will be open all the time, i.e. the camera will be in bulb mode.
The light will ONLY be on for the brief period of time that you want to capture the action. The rest of the time the whole setup will be in the dark.
Hence the need to trigger the flash at exactly the moment when the action occurs. That's why they mention that important item.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 2, 2014 at 17:52 UTC
On Ten things you need to know about the Sony Alpha 7 II article (263 comments in total)

I said this long ago and have been repeating it for a while now:
Sony needs two sets of lenses:
1 A f/2 series of 24, 35, 50, 85 and perhaps 105mm. these should be affordable, same as the Nikon ones..
The current 35mm and 55mm just doesn't cut it price wise.
2. A f/1.4 series of 24, 35, 50, 85 and of course the 135 f/1.8. Sony can price-gouge those wanting these lenses.

I can't understand their engineers/marketing people. They KNEW they were starting a new line of cameras, why didn't they just make a new line of lenses at the same time. Now they continue their struggle with lack of lenses.

Granted, they've addressed the f/4 range of zoom lenses quite well and one can only hope they'll tackle the f/2.8 range soon.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 29, 2014 at 11:10 UTC as 19th comment | 2 replies
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NumberOne: PART 1:
Although this is good news regarding stabilization and «Sony» upcoming cameras in general, I still wonder about the one year old - and some soon to be released - «OSS» FE lenses, which don't make sense anymore, ie, prematurely obsolete after one year of life only, or from birth; in all honesty, I don't buy the idea that the new A7SII can take advantage of both systems at the same time... :)
As for the grip, although it's deeper and certainly will improve holding - something I was asking for a while - its shorter height implies less comfort and/or putting one's pinkie below it; not saying it's not better, but have to try to come to a verdict... :)
Another Custom Button seems fine also, but only if one can choose whatever the available options from all the menus... ;)
"Kudos" for the all-metal E-mount - from the A7S I suppose - something that all A7 cameras should have had since their launch!

To be Continued...

NUmberOne,
It stands to reason that the combination should be better:
There far less processing to be done by removing the two axes from the computational matrix and letting the lens deal with those.
Less computation means faster and possibly better quality of response.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 17:47 UTC
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FrankS009: About a hundred grams (roughly 20%) heavier than the old model. The same weight as a Panasonic GH4, and more than an Olympus EM1. That frankly is heavier than I would like to lug around, not counting lenses.

F.

FrankS009,
Perhaps you should not be looking at FF then. You should be comparing APS-C to those Panasonic and Olympus cameras.
Compare the weight of the A6000 and see whether that blows your hair back.

That's YOUR problem right there.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 17:42 UTC
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Yannick KREMPP: Just a quick (stupid ?) question: if you use a metabones adapter to use some canon glass, do you cumulate the IS from the lense and the IBIS ? How does this work ?

JonathanFV,
Yes, you get IS with the metabones adapter for Canon. I've got one and can tell you it works.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 10:48 UTC
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ZAnton: Sony has good innovation in cameras, but its lenses are
1) extremely big and heavy (compared to CaNikon)
2) very expensive, especially considering that they don't have IS like all others.

Zanton,
so which other 50mm, 35mm, 20mm, 28mm, 24mm, 85mm, 135mm, 100mm, 14mm and 16mm lenses are stabilised?
You can count the lenses from Canon on one hand and have fingers to spare.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 10:42 UTC
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povetron: I am quite curious if the A-7II and other upcoming Sony's system cameras will be affected with limited bit depth of raw files, like A7/A7r.

http://diglloyd.com/blog/2014/20140212_2-SonyA7-RawDigger-posterization.html

14 bit in raw - see Japanese blurb.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 10:39 UTC

How can this be a PRO lens if the largest aperture is only f/2.8?
Given the small size of the sensor, from the photos I've seen taken at that f-stop, the DOF is so large it really makes the photos look as if it's been taken with a cheap point and shoot.
There's really no distinguishing blur to separate the subject from the distracting background, especially at wider angles of say 50mm or less.

Olympus really should have made these "PRO" lenses start at at least f/2 if not f/1.8. Anything else is just duhhhhh...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 3, 2014 at 11:13 UTC as 35th comment | 6 replies
On Sony SLT-A77 II First Impressions Review preview (672 comments in total)

I see the studio images are up for this camera - and they look terrible against the Canon 7D II, Nikon D7100, Pentax 5S II etc.
No wonder DPR kept it back.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 30, 2014 at 06:25 UTC as 16th comment
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2709 comments in total)

Somehow, I'm puzzled by the fact that we have studio images for the Canon 7D Mark II whilst there are still none for the sony A77 Mark II which has already been out in the market for months......
The Canon still has to appear on the shelves.
Really strange, that.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 26, 2014 at 17:40 UTC as 109th comment | 23 replies
On Sony SLT-A77 II First Impressions Review preview (672 comments in total)
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Eddi D: I've used this site before a long time when searching for my 1st camera. Now I'm back for an upgrade. I currently own a Minolta 7D and Sony A100.
I have the following lenses:
Peleng 8mm fisheye
Minolta 50mm 1.7
Sigma 15-30mm 3.5-4.5 DG
Tamron 28-75 2.8mm XR DI
Sigma 70-200mm 2.8 EX DG
Sigma APO 2X EX DG Teleconverter
I'm going to 'dump' my Minolta and give the Sony to my wife (she's small and it suits her perfectly). The new camera will be for me. I like shooting mostly sports. 70% outdoors (softball, bikingl, etc) as well as landscape (mountains, etc) and 30% indoors (kids volleyball and swimming). I am not currently doing it for money, but do plan on possibly starting.
I have 2 questions:
1. It seems the A77 and A77ii would fill my needs equally. But, is the A77ii worth the extra $300 (I've found both NIB and thinking long term)?
2.Just to verify, my lenses will fit on both cameras, correct? I can't afford to change all my lenses.
Thanks for any guidance you can give me.

You are missing out on the 85mm f/1.4 lens.
Maybe wait for the Sigma ART version.
I have the Minolta version and the images are just brilliant. Pity about the focusing which tends to hunt somewhat because of poor mechanical adjustment.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 24, 2014 at 08:51 UTC
On Sony SLT-A77 II First Impressions Review preview (672 comments in total)

So far most other reviews give this camera a 9 out of 10 rating.
What's up with DPR?
I suspect there's the small issue of MONEY involved somewhere.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 24, 2014 at 08:46 UTC as 19th comment
On Sony SLT-A77 II First Impressions Review preview (672 comments in total)
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Miki Nemeth: With the 79 AF point Sony just missed again an opportunity to add touch-screen. The huge advantage of SLT vs DSLRs is that the PDAF module can be used in video/live view mode, too. Sony should have made the LCD touchable to compete against 70D or GH3/4. A77 is really the most versatile non-mirrorless APS-C camera and a touch screen would make it even outstanding. Sony is the most innovative company, but they cannot exploit their potential completely.

So what "new" feature will they have left to entice you with for the next iteration?
Of course they knew we wanted the touch screen, they just want to have an ace up the sleeve to entice us to upgrade to the next version.
This will be in combination with the new 65 cross-point only AF system coming next - after the Canon 7D II.
All this in conjunction with the no-anti-alias filter and 28Mpx sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 24, 2014 at 08:44 UTC
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