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parallaxproblem

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On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (1679 comments in total)
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Maverickmii: Is the 7d mii a better camera than the 7d mi (spec wise)? sure it is. Does the upgrade reflect 5 years of development in digital technology? no (imo)

I've been using canon for the past 12 years (PS G2, 350d,50d and 5d mkii) and switched to sony last summer and still very happy with my choice. I've a couple of friends who earning their money with photo/video (all ex canon users), now using sony...

curious to see how this camera performs compared to a sony a6000 (less than half of the price and weight of a 7d)

@Karl Gnter Wnsch
You shouldn't be comparing the 7DII to the A6000, you should be comparing it to the A77II

I would be genuinely interested in knowing how the two compare in terms of AF and IQ performance for animal and birds (obviously the Canon has the more solid body). I think the 7D was considered slightly better for AF performance than the A77, it would be interesting to know if that margin remains with the MK2 products or if Sony has caught up

I hope there will be some comparison of these two cameras in these respects when the full review appears

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 21:32 UTC
On Sony a5100 First Impressions Review preview (572 comments in total)
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parallaxproblem: You state in your first paragraph: "The a5100 picks up where the NEX-5 series leaves off"

This is NOT a replacement for the NEX-5T

It is a continuation of the NEX-3 series and basically a mild update of the A5000 to include the latest sensor/chipset and a touchscreen (though you don't mention the touchscreen in your preview)

In comparison to the NEX-5 series:

- it does not have a Metal body. Front plates on all NEX-5 models were alloy as were the top plates on earlier products in that series

- it does not have any form of feature connector so you cannot connect an external EVF or microphone or external flash, as you can with the later NEX-5 models (this is a big disadvantage of the A5xxxx series)

- its LCD only tilts upwards whereas the NEX-5 series LCD's also tilted downwards as well as upwards

- it does not have the top dial of the last NEX-5 series models

PLEASE UPDATE THE INCORRECT STATEMENT IN YOUR PREVIEW THAT THIS IS A REPLACEMENT FOR THE NEX-5T

The 20MP sensor actually performs very well in terms of IQ, it just lacks the PDAF sensor sites which allow the fast 'hybrid AF' which this model and the A6000 sjare

There is a good chance that the older 16 and 20MP sensors and their associated chipsets are no longer manufactured and so this update is probably somewhat 'forced' if Sony are hoping for another 12 months of manufacture of this model

You get a new video codec and a touchscreen, otherwise there seems to be little change. Yes, I think 'mild update' is a perfectly reasonable description, and the camera DOES NOT FOLLOW ON FROM THE NEX-5 SERIES, which was the point of my first comment

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2014 at 09:26 UTC
On Sony a5100 First Impressions Review preview (572 comments in total)
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parallaxproblem: You state in your first paragraph: "The a5100 picks up where the NEX-5 series leaves off"

This is NOT a replacement for the NEX-5T

It is a continuation of the NEX-3 series and basically a mild update of the A5000 to include the latest sensor/chipset and a touchscreen (though you don't mention the touchscreen in your preview)

In comparison to the NEX-5 series:

- it does not have a Metal body. Front plates on all NEX-5 models were alloy as were the top plates on earlier products in that series

- it does not have any form of feature connector so you cannot connect an external EVF or microphone or external flash, as you can with the later NEX-5 models (this is a big disadvantage of the A5xxxx series)

- its LCD only tilts upwards whereas the NEX-5 series LCD's also tilted downwards as well as upwards

- it does not have the top dial of the last NEX-5 series models

PLEASE UPDATE THE INCORRECT STATEMENT IN YOUR PREVIEW THAT THIS IS A REPLACEMENT FOR THE NEX-5T

NEX-5 series had EVF as an option which could be attached by the feature connector

A6000 does not have a metal body so you are wrong in that statement

I'm happy for you that you don't like the feature connector of the NEX-5 series. Those who brought accessories with that connector might not share your sentiments, as might not those who would like to attach a flash, or an EVF, or a microphone to this camera (all possible with the NEX-5, not possible with this series)

This is actually a rather limited camera in comparison to the NEX-5 series and I suspect that most of its target audience would be better-off with an RX100 unless they really need the better ISO performance or faster AF, as the 24MP will be lost on the kit lens that most of them will keep glued to the body

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2014 at 08:22 UTC
On Sony a5100 First Impressions Review preview (572 comments in total)
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Kiril Karaatanasov: What is "Touch-enabled LCD"?

My A6000 is either broken or the model does not support touch screen operation.

The A6000 does not have a touchscreen - though the reason for this omission on that model is not clear (other than the NEX-6 was also missing it for inexplicable reasons)

It seems that touchscreen has been added to this model to make it slightly more 'NEX-5' like, but sadly it lacks many of the other useful and more advanced features that the NEX-5 series had

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2014 at 08:08 UTC
On Sony a5100 First Impressions Review preview (572 comments in total)

You state in your first paragraph: "The a5100 picks up where the NEX-5 series leaves off"

This is NOT a replacement for the NEX-5T

It is a continuation of the NEX-3 series and basically a mild update of the A5000 to include the latest sensor/chipset and a touchscreen (though you don't mention the touchscreen in your preview)

In comparison to the NEX-5 series:

- it does not have a Metal body. Front plates on all NEX-5 models were alloy as were the top plates on earlier products in that series

- it does not have any form of feature connector so you cannot connect an external EVF or microphone or external flash, as you can with the later NEX-5 models (this is a big disadvantage of the A5xxxx series)

- its LCD only tilts upwards whereas the NEX-5 series LCD's also tilted downwards as well as upwards

- it does not have the top dial of the last NEX-5 series models

PLEASE UPDATE THE INCORRECT STATEMENT IN YOUR PREVIEW THAT THIS IS A REPLACEMENT FOR THE NEX-5T

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2014 at 08:02 UTC as 120th comment | 7 replies
On Sony a6000 First Impressions Review preview (899 comments in total)
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parallaxproblem: A confusing review:

- Is the body all metal as stated in the specs and in the 'body and design' section? This would be a big advance over the NEX-6 which has a metal top-plate but in which the rest of the body is plastic

- There is one more button on the back of the body and the position and function of the buttons seems to have changed in comparison with the NEX-6, why is this not mentioned and explained?

- What exactly is the difference in user experience over using the new, lower-res EVF over the older one?

- Why was no quick testing of the AF performed as this is supposed to be the area that has changed most!

Quote "While its 'NEX-like' design is getting a bit stale". Would you rather it took a 'faux-DSLR' style like some other mirrorless cameras? The problem is that earlier in the review you say "It's by no means the smallest mirrorless camera on the market, but it still travels well in a small camera case" which would no longer be the case if it received a 'hump'!

@Anyf. The Imaging resource preview says the following:

"Carrying the Tru-Finder branding, the 0.39-inch 1,440K-dot OLED EVF does looking noticeably smaller than the 0.5-inch 2,359K-dot OLED EVF of the NEX-6 on the outside.
However, comparing the two side-by-side, the A6000's EVF is the clear winner as it produces much more accurate colors and easy to discern details"

I wanted another user experience... do DPReview agree that the user experience is better or do they find it worse than with the older NEX-6 body? I am sitll none the wiser!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 11:52 UTC
On Sony a6000 First Impressions Review preview (899 comments in total)

A confusing review:

- Is the body all metal as stated in the specs and in the 'body and design' section? This would be a big advance over the NEX-6 which has a metal top-plate but in which the rest of the body is plastic

- There is one more button on the back of the body and the position and function of the buttons seems to have changed in comparison with the NEX-6, why is this not mentioned and explained?

- What exactly is the difference in user experience over using the new, lower-res EVF over the older one?

- Why was no quick testing of the AF performed as this is supposed to be the area that has changed most!

Quote "While its 'NEX-like' design is getting a bit stale". Would you rather it took a 'faux-DSLR' style like some other mirrorless cameras? The problem is that earlier in the review you say "It's by no means the smallest mirrorless camera on the market, but it still travels well in a small camera case" which would no longer be the case if it received a 'hump'!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 11:21 UTC as 217th comment | 8 replies
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parallaxproblem: Poor interview - all we get to know is that the guy has no prior E-mount or A-mount experience... no wonder both ranges seem to be so confused now!

Also that the guy is an intellectual butterfly wanting to 'create something new every six months'... fantastic for gaining new customers, but what about the existing customers who want to see some coherency and ongoing continuity in their product range? And new customers become existing customers as soon as they buy something..!

What does the cancellation of the 'NEX' product range name mean?

What is the future for A-mount?

Will there be future small Emount cameras like the NEX bodies were or will they all be huge monsters like the A3000 or expensive mini-DSLRs like the A7?

Will there be future low or mid-range A-mount bodies?

How are Sony going to integrate E-mount and A mount?

Yep... none of these questions and more were answered

Sorry, I'm disappointed, and I suspect many other current Sony owners are as well!

Hi Barney

Thank you for taking the time to read my comment replying

Is there any way you can find out what the situation is concerning some of these issues for existing Sony customers?

I'm rather surprised that Sony can just announce the end of the NEX branding and that in reponse all the industry interviewers seem to simply nod and smile, and that none of them asks them what that actually means in practice!

I am only seeing comments from Mr Maki in this article on his desire to attact new customers. Sony need to make some effort to convince existing ones that they are still interested in us! (and potential new customers should consider how the existing ones are being treated!)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 02:59 UTC

Poor interview - all we get to know is that the guy has no prior E-mount or A-mount experience... no wonder both ranges seem to be so confused now!

Also that the guy is an intellectual butterfly wanting to 'create something new every six months'... fantastic for gaining new customers, but what about the existing customers who want to see some coherency and ongoing continuity in their product range? And new customers become existing customers as soon as they buy something..!

What does the cancellation of the 'NEX' product range name mean?

What is the future for A-mount?

Will there be future small Emount cameras like the NEX bodies were or will they all be huge monsters like the A3000 or expensive mini-DSLRs like the A7?

Will there be future low or mid-range A-mount bodies?

How are Sony going to integrate E-mount and A mount?

Yep... none of these questions and more were answered

Sorry, I'm disappointed, and I suspect many other current Sony owners are as well!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 00:51 UTC as 64th comment | 5 replies
On Retro Nikon 'DF' emerges from the shadows article (1396 comments in total)

My old Konica Minolta 7D doesn't look so different (angled pentaprism, knobs and dials on the top-plate), but nobody seemed to get so excited about that DSLR when it was released...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 4, 2013 at 00:12 UTC as 102nd comment | 2 replies

I am looking forward to reading the write-up of your interview

Did you ask Kimio Maki (or if you didn't, can you before publishing the write-up) what the implications are of Sony's announcement that they will not using the name 'NEX' on future E-mount cameras?

A lot of people in the NEX forum are concerned that the recent A3000 and A7 releases, together with the new product rebranding, might mean Sony are planning to radically change the format of APS-C E-mount bodies from the 'rangefinder' shape they have had until now to a larger DSLR shape in order to appeal to a different audience

Would it be possible for you to get from Sony some form of confirmation or rebuttal of these concerns?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 27, 2013 at 15:48 UTC as 13th comment
On Sony A3000 preview (676 comments in total)

So you like it then...? ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 27, 2013 at 05:05 UTC as 250th comment
On 5 Reasons why I haven't used my DSLR for months article (591 comments in total)
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Pikme: A bit infuriating to read this. Those of us who have known for years that there are small cameras 'good enough' for most purposes have been fighting an uphill battle to get reviewers to stop mindlessly tanking cameras for their 'tiny sensors' or fixed lenses. Now that you (that's a generic 'you') have seen the light, you have all sorts of rationalizations as to why these cameras are suddenly good enough 'now'. Yes, the technology has improved, but stubborn mindsets have improved even more.

"but I've never seen DPR be unfair when describing what a camera *produced by either Canon or Nikon* is good for"

There, fixed for you...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2013 at 19:36 UTC
On 5 Reasons why I haven't used my DSLR for months article (591 comments in total)
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Pikme: A bit infuriating to read this. Those of us who have known for years that there are small cameras 'good enough' for most purposes have been fighting an uphill battle to get reviewers to stop mindlessly tanking cameras for their 'tiny sensors' or fixed lenses. Now that you (that's a generic 'you') have seen the light, you have all sorts of rationalizations as to why these cameras are suddenly good enough 'now'. Yes, the technology has improved, but stubborn mindsets have improved even more.

>> Hmm, we've been pointing this out for a long time, to be fair...

Can you give some examples? Is a 'long time' weeks or months?

My memory is rather long and I can say with some certainty that it isn't years

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2013 at 19:14 UTC
On 5 Reasons why I haven't used my DSLR for months article (591 comments in total)

Strange... I alway tried to buy cameras based on portability but this never seemed to be a priority for DPReview until now

The tiny Canon Ixus I with a nice fixed 40mm lens and pretty decent IQ never got a particularly enthusaistic write-up from DPReivew when it was released nearly 10 years ago

For years DPReivew pushed the bigger, bulkier DSLRs from Canon and Nikon over the smaller DSLR models from Pentax - never once mentioning the benefits of smaller bodies and smaller, lighter lenses which the Pentax system offered

The same DPReview then gave (and continues to give) a very unenthusiastic welcome to the compact APS-C sensored NEX range from Sony when it was released...

Now the X100s has got the DPReview editor all excited and we are all supposed to suddenly be buying smaller cameras, though I'm a bit stumped as to why as although the camera has beautifully retro-stying the sample images posted in the recent review are frankly unexceptional

Better late than never, I guess...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2013 at 19:12 UTC as 252nd comment | 2 replies

No disrespect intented to the legacy of Fox Talbot, but I can't help thinking 2.25 million pounds could do a lot of good elsewhere in the UK at a time of significant spending cuts and economic pain for many families

I wonder what Fox Talbot himself would think of this

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2013 at 13:16 UTC as 9th comment | 2 replies
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Maciek_Leopolis: Zenit "famed for their skill in developing high quality optical equipment" - ???
What a JOKE!
Their lenses had "high quality" of the bottom of an empty vodka bottle...
C'mon...

WHAT-a-reference! LOL!

I also agree

I've owned Zenith, Helios, Industar and Jupiter eqipment (including a 1950's Jupiter 8 which is supposed to be one of their best efforts) and frankly they were all junk, with the exception of the Zenitar 16/2.8 fisheye which is not so bad

No knee-jerk reactions needed... I also found the "famed for their skill..." blurb somewhat laughable

Direct link | Posted on Jul 25, 2013 at 21:21 UTC

Blinged-up, outdated models at 'stellar' prices, targeted at technically clueless people with too much money is a market sector which is already well established in the mobile phone sector

Expect more of this sort of thing based on other manufacturer's products soon

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2013 at 10:40 UTC as 109th comment
On Pentax unveils blue and white K-01 in Japan article (262 comments in total)
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cheddargav: Back in 2004/05 when I was 100% novice (now only 70% novice), I went to Jessops and tried the then all powering Nikon D70. It was great, I was set to buy, but then I saw a Pentax: the *ist DS. It was smaller, I liked that. It sat nicely in the hands, I liked that. So, despite the AF being a bit crappy by comparison, I bought the Pentax. And thus started a 6 year love affair that only ended when I decided to take wedding photography seriously, and moved to the Canon full frames.
So here's the thing: Pentax were the leaders a few years back in beautiful small primes, everyone in the forums were desperate for a FF camera to put the 3 legends on (the 31, 43 and 77) but it never happened. Then small, mirrorless cameras came along, led by Olympus: surely a market perfect for Pentax? But again, it didn't happen, until... the K-01. I just can't understand how Pentax failed so badly.
I'm praying that Ricoh help them design a great small camera

Totally agree

The Limited lenses would have been a perfect vehicle for the sort of 'retro-styled', well constructed camera which now seems to be all the rage but even now they still haven't entered that market

Making pancake primes for m43, or NEX or even setting-up a serious contending mirrorless mount would also have been a natural move but they missed that option as well

And many more squandered chances... But they were always very keen to keep changing the colours of their existing models :-/

A very strange company that has let every opportunity slip through their fingers

I've still got my Pentax gear and am still waiting for something good while I use my Sony equipment... but my patience is starting to wear thin

Direct link | Posted on Jul 5, 2013 at 14:32 UTC
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parallaxproblem: Simply awful: hundreds of dollars for something that becomes landfill as soon as the battery is expired. Shall we also start scrapping cars when the tyres wear or brake pads need replacing?

Apple was the company that started this wasteful trend and I will never buy one of their products for exactly this reason

@Barney Britton. $100 for a DIY replacement battery - what on earth were you changing?

I've never even managed a third of that for anything (including postage). Even a new LCD screen for my Kindle came to $65 all in...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2012 at 18:59 UTC
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