Sad Joe

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Well at least being a super wide the well known Sigma habit of waywould AF shouldn't matter too much if you always shoot at f8 - f16 !

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2015 at 19:15 UTC as 15th comment
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roustabout66: I would not feel very comfortable owning a Sony camera now. My understanding is that most of any profits generated were by sensors not cameras.

And you'd be correct - however two things maight save Sony - one - massive company with lots of deep roots, two - they will do 'an Olympus' with their accounts if they need to. Go research if your not sure what I mean.

Link | Posted on Oct 9, 2015 at 17:32 UTC

Sony set out with a clear statement that they wanted to be Number 2 in DSLR sales very quickly - ahead of Nikon just behind Canon. Of course that was never going to happen. Seems to me that Sony tried several differing camera ideas and have finally hit 'gold' with the A7 series. The sensor business is making big money from the likes of Nikon & Pentax so its one of the few elements worth selling off - please note however its still all Sony owned, so move on, nothing (new) to see here - ps - have they updated the A7R2 yet ? Can't be far off.

Link | Posted on Oct 9, 2015 at 17:28 UTC as 10th comment | 1 reply

A 50 1.2 for the EOS-M - sounds a little crazy but why not. Seems like Samyang has more faith in the M series than do Canon themselves ! Look forward to the reviews.

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2015 at 18:14 UTC as 7th comment | 2 replies
On article Canon EOS M3 real-world samples (152 comments in total)

Well, I love my TWO EOS-M's and have played with an M3 but even as a Canon fan I cannot see the M3 being a breakthrough camera with the likes of Olympus, Sony and Panasonic in the way. Ah well, I don't think Canon has gone mad with massive production this time around so I doubt that the M3 will become REALLY cheap like the older M did. Shame.

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2015 at 12:45 UTC as 23rd comment

Are these the same glass as the Sony / Zeiss BATIS range ? If so strange that on the Sony they are AF but not on Canon or Nikon. Its not like Zeiss could not afford the licence, also it appears to make the BATIS range rather better value for money. Score one for Sony !

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2015 at 12:40 UTC as 13th comment | 5 replies
On article Polaroid Snap instant digital camera prints 2x3" photos (104 comments in total)

I'm sure the pic quailty will be terrible - I use an older Fuji Instant (when I can afford the uber expensive film) but good luck to em - the camera looks cute and should sell by the bucket load.

Link | Posted on Sep 4, 2015 at 17:44 UTC as 11th comment

Its called 'doing a Sigma (ART)' - smart move - I wish Tarmon well, have used several of their lenes and still have thye odd (old) Tarmon kicking about. Sure if these sell well they will bring out more - let's hope so.

Link | Posted on Sep 4, 2015 at 17:41 UTC as 14th comment

Well done again to Fuji for supporting ALL of their users - however I would NEVER use a new OS until its at least 6 months old and all of the massive bugs have been sorted….you have been warned !

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2015 at 15:33 UTC as 11th comment | 6 replies
On article Week in Review: Two by two (22 comments in total)

Well, I love my TWO EOS-M's and look forward to buying an EOS-M3 when I can afford one ! 35 f1.4 BR - responding to the Sigma and Zeiss otus ? Now that will be an interesting review which I look forward to. Just one minor note - in the UK BR used to stand for British Rail which wasn't very good and its sandwiches were renowned for being expensive and terrible. Perhaps Canon should reconsider their BR tag ? LOL.

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2015 at 15:31 UTC as 8th comment | 1 reply
On article Sony reportedly shifting focus to full-frame cameras (447 comments in total)
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JaimeA: My professional friends and I have always thought of Sony as a progressive innovator. Every new camera has something advanced and out of the ordinary, not just a twist and a new model number. A couple of days ago we were looking at travel advertising shots we did years ago with the NEX-7, a camera we used where the larger DSLR would mean refusals or permissions. As rendered by the little gem they are superb even by today’s standards. Sony’s engineers and mind pools are truly great.
Today the a7II gives us unbeatable dynamic range, great detail and beautiful colors in a small, light form.
We always welcome any release from Sony and treat it as an event. And wish them well in any endeavor because we will all gain.

Fair points well made, I used Nikon from 1977 until about 2005 the primary reason being better AF and L glass, I continued to shoot Nikon at weddings until about 2012 ( I am not a Nikon hater or hater of anything else camera wise) and your right - this could be a last spin of the dice or the start of a whole new chapter for Sony. The whole industy is in trouble due to smart phones but FF still gives an edge (for now) Canon are playing it smart, ensuring customers buy one camera after another dip feeding new features and getting the most money from each 'improvement' and thus making money - the only brand that is…I am sure that Nikon would have several full AF in video mode cameras out by now - Canon still only have the 70D - smart.

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2015 at 16:18 UTC
On article Sony reportedly shifting focus to full-frame cameras (447 comments in total)
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JaimeA: My professional friends and I have always thought of Sony as a progressive innovator. Every new camera has something advanced and out of the ordinary, not just a twist and a new model number. A couple of days ago we were looking at travel advertising shots we did years ago with the NEX-7, a camera we used where the larger DSLR would mean refusals or permissions. As rendered by the little gem they are superb even by today’s standards. Sony’s engineers and mind pools are truly great.
Today the a7II gives us unbeatable dynamic range, great detail and beautiful colors in a small, light form.
We always welcome any release from Sony and treat it as an event. And wish them well in any endeavor because we will all gain.

I really like what Sony are doing and would love access to new Zeiss glass with AF, my only concern is that Sony never seem to settle and a vital element in buiding up a pro system is TIME. It took Canon at least 12 years to overcome Nikon and Nikon has never managed to catch up yet despite lots of great products.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2015 at 16:33 UTC
On article Sony reportedly shifting focus to full-frame cameras (447 comments in total)
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Al Valentino: Several years ago i had a conversation with a guy at BH Photo while I was playing with one of the Sony FF DSLR bodies. The guy who worked at BH Photo had several contacts with Sony and told me that Sony had money and a plan. That plan was to throw money at all the different camera formats and see what sticks, then to focus, pun intended, on what in working and then dominate that part of the market. This was 3 or perhaps 4 years ago. Look like the Sony philosophy he shared was bang on.

I worked within the trade closely to Sony and your right - they have several teams that fight it out until one wins - example: They had MINIDISC & DAT and whilst they were of course different products they often went head to head dependant on the end user. I still use both - but then again I still love my Laserdisc collection and FILM.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2015 at 16:30 UTC
On article Sony reportedly shifting focus to full-frame cameras (447 comments in total)

A smart move by Sony who can see that Canon only has the 6D with limited appeal at entry level and Nikon have several cheaper FF 's but ALL have problems. Of course once Sony make a firm move so will Canon - and currently Canon are just about the ONLY camera brand making a profit…interesting days ahead.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2015 at 16:25 UTC as 28th comment
On article Nikon D750 service advisory warns of shutter issue (347 comments in total)
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Bob from Plymouth: Another quality control issue with a Nikon SLR. This must be hugely damaging. the D600 problem was bad enough, not so much the oil spots themselves but the way it depressed the value of my camera which was so quickly superseded by the D610. Although my own camera was ok their sloppy quality control has cost me a lot of money.

I do wish they'd get it right, I'm very reluctant to upgrade for a new Nikon now. I'll keep what I've got and keep my money. In fact I wish I'd just kept my D700, made in Japan and rock solid.

OK - cards on table - my main cameras are Canon - but I also use a wide range of other cameras including my lovely Nikkormat FT2 - so I am NOT just a Canon fan boy. Its shameful how todays Nikon company has let standards slip - the D700 is a lovely camera which I greatly enjoyed a while back. Stick with it but prepare to go mirrorless is my advice - a nice new FF Sony with Zeiss AF glass ? Yes please….

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2015 at 17:06 UTC
On article Nikon D750 service advisory warns of shutter issue (347 comments in total)

Late to the party - sorry - this is the second (known/ admitted to) fault / issue with the D750 - I know this is old news but Nikon has a rep now for duff cameras which given their history is shameful. The best bits are their sensors (when fitted correctly) and their made by SONY….

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2015 at 17:01 UTC as 20th comment | 2 replies

Not the first camera with this problem - the Canon 20D was well known for its S/N becoming lost - it never caused me any real problems apart from Calumet (who were cleaning the sensor for me) were worried that it might be stolen - until they checked on the net and discovered I was telling them the true !

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2015 at 20:25 UTC as 55th comment
On article Canon introduces 430EX III-RT Speedlite (100 comments in total)

My Canon 430EX flash has always done a good job and the idea of RADIO is great - but at what cost? Days when manufactures could charge more or less what they wanted appear to be over with so many new brands coming on the market.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2015 at 20:22 UTC as 15th comment
On article Mono a mono: Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) hands-on (710 comments in total)

Lecia Lust - got me bad ! Come on Fuji bring out a X100 BLACK and blow this away….

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2015 at 20:51 UTC as 52nd comment | 14 replies
On article Nikon D7200 Review (639 comments in total)

Nikon D7200 = PRO: most DX Nikons are dust, muck and generally fault free (unlike their FF cameras) NEG: Little more than a dust over on an already good camera. VERDICT: Nothing new to see - move on….

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2015 at 20:49 UTC as 143rd comment | 1 reply
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