jhinkey

jhinkey

Lives in United States Seattle, WA, United States
Works as a Aerospace Engineering Consultant
Has a website at www.hinkey.zenfolio.com
Joined on Dec 27, 2005

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jhinkey: Anticipating the A7RII sometime in the next 6 months I may have to let the A7R go now. I've taken some great shots with it, but the lack of IBIS was limiting for some of the things I do. If the A7II fixes the sensor cover issues, has a less noisy shutter I might grab that in the mean time. The A7R was an experiment for me as a companion to my D800, but has not worked out as well as I had hoped for my style of shooting.

Bring on the innovation Sony - hopefully Nikon will take notice and finally get off it's a** and get a full-frame mirrorless out the door. If they do it can't possibly be any less capable than the A7R and like have far better ergonomics.

I'd be happy if Nikon's FF mirroless has on-sensor PDAF that allows use of existing AFS lenses via an adapter with very good AF performance (and a heck of a lot more accurate for sure). Though not a sports/action shooter, I would take slightly less AF performance in return for accuracy which my D800 does not have.
I get the feeling that Sony's mirrorless is perhaps an indirect testing ground for Nikon's - i.e., see what mistakes/achievements Sony makes and then follow with the DM800 (or whatever it would be called).

Though I love my 36MP of the D800 and my A7r, I'd take a 24MP mirrorless Nikon that used the A7II sensor (assuming it doesn't have the sensor cover glass problem the A7 has).

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2014 at 00:31 UTC
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Tom Caldwell: On a somewhat less hysterical note ... ;)

The A7II does fix the stupid positioning of the shutter button and the other bogey - the controls in the ledge are gone and it is replaced by a much more user finger-friendly chamfered edge. An extra custom control might give some further configuration possibilities although the present model has plenty of buttons they are simply badly arranged.

The menu button is still a left hand operation and not so smart if the left hand just happens to be supporting a large lens at the time.

The playback button remains a long distance away from the buttons that change the magnification of the playback screen.

But overall a much more user-livable layout that goes far enough to make this body the first in the series that I could live with without complaint.

Casting about with the other hints suggested I might wonder if the A7MkII might be the cooking version and the upgrades for the A7R/S might be premium models as the "A9" with a completely new body?

As usual I'm in agreement with Tom. Some nice ergonomics changes to the A7II that hopefully will be even further carried out in the A7rII (though likely the bodies will be the same as the A7 and A7r are).

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2014 at 00:26 UTC

Anticipating the A7RII sometime in the next 6 months I may have to let the A7R go now. I've taken some great shots with it, but the lack of IBIS was limiting for some of the things I do. If the A7II fixes the sensor cover issues, has a less noisy shutter I might grab that in the mean time. The A7R was an experiment for me as a companion to my D800, but has not worked out as well as I had hoped for my style of shooting.

Bring on the innovation Sony - hopefully Nikon will take notice and finally get off it's a** and get a full-frame mirrorless out the door. If they do it can't possibly be any less capable than the A7R and like have far better ergonomics.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 23:21 UTC as 94th comment | 9 replies
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jhinkey: The questions that I have are:
- Does it have the same sensor cover that produces reflections with bright light sources like the A7 does?
- How loud is the shutter? Both the A7 and A7r are loud
- Does IBIS work with legacy glass in both photo and video mode
- Is the water resistance improved
- Does it have an AA filter and if so how strong is it

I would consider swapping out my A7r for the A7II if it improves in these areas.
Great that Sony is iterating on their A7 lineup!

To add to my comments above - does it have a fully electronic shutter capability - that would be killer if it did.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 18:30 UTC
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Ron A 19: Looks great! Better grip and improvements to the finicky a7. Way to go! Next step: tuck that EVF into the body - there's no need for a prism hump!

Yep, no need for a prism hump, but there is a need for the EVF optics hump.
If they did try to tuck it into the body you would lose out on LCD size and buttons on the back.
I say keep the EVF where it is.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 15:52 UTC

The questions that I have are:
- Does it have the same sensor cover that produces reflections with bright light sources like the A7 does?
- How loud is the shutter? Both the A7 and A7r are loud
- Does IBIS work with legacy glass in both photo and video mode
- Is the water resistance improved
- Does it have an AA filter and if so how strong is it

I would consider swapping out my A7r for the A7II if it improves in these areas.
Great that Sony is iterating on their A7 lineup!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 15:50 UTC as 159th comment | 9 replies

The most disappointing thing is that Nikon, with it's limited resources, spent time and $$ developing the gold-adorned Nikon Df. If Nikon thinks that much of the Df then they are truly in trouble as a company.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2014 at 15:40 UTC as 47th comment | 2 replies
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jhinkey: Why don't they mark the anniversary by producing the Df2 that many people wanted - i.e., the "digital FM3A". Better yet give us the Nikon version of the Sony A7R (or even the A7S).

HowAboutRAW -

Yes, Nikon could make a full frame mirrorless - sell an adapter that allows use of AFS, AFD, and AI-S lenses - with a new mount that is shallow and a set of new mirror-less, short mount distance lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2014 at 05:34 UTC
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jhinkey: Why don't they mark the anniversary by producing the Df2 that many people wanted - i.e., the "digital FM3A". Better yet give us the Nikon version of the Sony A7R (or even the A7S).

I'd forgo the mirror in a heartbeat - I'm not a sports shooter so high FPS is not required. High focusing accuracy IS required and it's a pain in the ass with my D800. I really like my mirroless cameras (m43 and A7R). I really dislike the layout and ergonomics of the A7R and the lack of native lenses and poor focus assist implementation really hinders it.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 17, 2014 at 22:54 UTC

Why don't they mark the anniversary by producing the Df2 that many people wanted - i.e., the "digital FM3A". Better yet give us the Nikon version of the Sony A7R (or even the A7S).

Direct link | Posted on Nov 17, 2014 at 22:19 UTC as 152nd comment | 8 replies
On Manfrotto introduces new lens filter lineup article (125 comments in total)
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Photoman: Um, these have been out since April DPreview guys. Has it taken Manfrotto that long to contact you? I'm now using quite a few Outdoor UV (8 Layer) filters and they are very good and they are a lot cheaper than the Hoya Pro D & HD filters.

Oops - the above was supposed to be a response to DonnaRead54

Direct link | Posted on Nov 9, 2014 at 23:27 UTC
On Manfrotto introduces new lens filter lineup article (125 comments in total)
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Photoman: Um, these have been out since April DPreview guys. Has it taken Manfrotto that long to contact you? I'm now using quite a few Outdoor UV (8 Layer) filters and they are very good and they are a lot cheaper than the Hoya Pro D & HD filters.

One can hope that a new-comer to the market can shake up the established companies and produce new/interesting versions or lower prices through competition. Though I've been generally happy with my few Marumi and many B+W filters the price of the B+W's can be painful. I'm especially looking forward to better CPL filters for the better glass and higher resolution sensors we have these days.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 9, 2014 at 23:26 UTC
On Manfrotto introduces new lens filter lineup article (125 comments in total)
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BadScience: "pro" filters are to photography what monster cables are to hifi.

Uh, the "pro" filters typically do perform or operate better than the lower cost versions. Is it worth it? Only you can decide for how and what you shoot.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 9, 2014 at 01:55 UTC

What are fools to spend their money on now?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 8, 2014 at 04:22 UTC as 160th comment | 1 reply

Let's face it - there is no generally accepted definition of what constitutes "pro" gear. A competent photographer (pro or not) can make fine images with an array of digital camera formats and lenses. Be that as it may, I think we all tend to think of "pro" gear as being more durable with faster glass at more exotic focal lengths (from ultra-wide angle to long telephoto) as well has higher performance in video, stills, and action than "consumer"grade gear.

I've made fine images with my m43 gear that anyone would have a hard time figuring out which format I used. Other times full frame was really necessary to get an acceptable image.

Assuming the image quality is excellent from this new 7-14/2.8 I'm sure it will be able to make professional images - I will certainly buy one if I can as there are many times my FX "pro" gear is too heavy/bulky to make the trip (and maybe even unnecessary).

Direct link | Posted on Nov 4, 2014 at 23:08 UTC as 20th comment | 4 replies
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Everlast66: I think it is laughable to call anything associated with the M4/3 system "PRO"!!

Surely there would be one or two enthusiasts, but no normal professional will rely on a M4/3 sensor for their professional work.

Well then, how do you define a camera/lens as being "pro"?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 2, 2014 at 15:57 UTC
On Price released for Brikk's 24k gold Nikon Df article (390 comments in total)

A fool and their money will soon part ways on this ridiculous thing. Wonder how many they will actually sell or if it's just a publicity stunt.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 31, 2014 at 02:59 UTC as 138th comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1864 comments in total)
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Swingline: Gordon Laing at Cameralabs said he is getting only a 2-stop advantage from the LX-100's OIS, less than other Panasonics. I would be interested to see if you have the same results.

OIS doesn't work as well for every person - i.e., each person holds the camera differently and have a different characteristic shake when they try to take a picture. Plus some people are very smooth when they trip the shutter while others shake the camera when they press the shutter button. OIS is better at correcting lower frequency than high frequency shake, so the OIS will not have as much effectiveness for someone who is pretty jittery or stabs at the shutter button.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 30, 2014 at 04:34 UTC
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Ontario Gone: 65mm is a bit short for anything I would use portraiting on apsc, looks like this is mostly good for MFT. Makes it tempting to pick up a body just to play around with portraits...

AND no OIS either, which I find indispensable for low light video on my GX7 when using the PL 42.5/1.2.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 28, 2014 at 23:12 UTC
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jhinkey: We'll see how well it matches up to the PL 42.5/1.2 - it will be tough I'm sure as mine is an excellent lens. Remember you do get AF and OIS for that $1.5K PL though.

Yep, I shot the 45/1.8 m.Zuiko against the 42.5/1.2 PL and I liked the PL much better at the same apertures. Was the cost increase worth the extra stop and OIS? Maybe at MSRP, but I found a deal on the PL for $1299 and I thought it was very worth it for that price.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 28, 2014 at 23:09 UTC
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