Randy Benter: Compared to competing models, this tripod: -has No Separate Panning adjustment/lock. -has No Arca-Swiss clamp. -has No Hook for hanging weight. -is more expensive.
No question being a name brand costs more. Fortunately there are many other brands at lower prices that will help drive competition and give consumers like us a wide variety of selections.
dash2k8: Several ppl saying their Manfrottos fell apart. Sorry to hear that. I've had several Manfrottos of various sizes over the years and they're all still in great condition.
I'm sorry to hear that. Either I'm extremely lucky or others have been extremely unlucky. I would not hesitate to buy another Manfrotto if the price is right since I've never run into any trouble with them. But if I were one of you guys, I'd totally stay away based on bad experiences.
Several ppl saying their Manfrottos fell apart. Sorry to hear that. I've had several Manfrottos of various sizes over the years and they're all still in great condition.
Poweruser: I guess this camera is fine and all. But it´s still a brick and a technological dead-end. I know my little mirrorless is "worse" on paper. But so much more fun to have it with me all day.
Couple the D810 with a decent Nikon zoom and what you get is almost grotesque in size and weight.
Allow me to throw out a crazy metaphor: this is like Usain Bolt running the 100m with Puma shoes while LeBron James wears Nike for basketball. Whatever gets the job done.
Not to sound holy or get on a high horse, but Greg Heisler said that he's not bound by a specific system; he takes what he feels is good for the job on hand. I know several top-tier pros who say similar things. "It's not the equipment, it's the shot." Whatever helps each of us get the best shot possible is the best camera for us. m43 people have their preferences (weight, and the portability it affords) while DSLR users (including myself) can brag of shallower DOF, etc etc etc.
I personally have never understood how people complain about weight. Calling big cameras bricks is almost demeaning those of us who go birding with FF bodies and 500mm+ lenses on big pods. They are big for a reason. Small cameras have their place, just like big ones do. There's a reason why medium format cameras are still used extensively by professionals. I never hear them complain about weight.
Are these photos or CG?
Petak: They've been charging too much for too little for too long - it is that simple.
Great quote, but the sales figures disagree.
KeeChiuPeng: SJ4000 sells between 100 - 120 USD with complete mounting. Eat that GoPro.
Chinese brands have improved a lot in quality over the years, which is good for us consumers by driving prices down.
tom1234567: If the sold at a cheaper/reasonable price they would sell moremy opinion??????Tom G
I think their price point is fair. Not great, but fair. And I don't think their current price has hurt their sales. Sure, selling cheaper is always going to boost sales figures but they still have to pay for R&D.
Love the teeth!
Another $0.02: after a certain point, AF becomes meaningless if one gets into movie making. Wireless focus racking starts to steal our money, and all that's left is image quality and detail. As Philip Bloom said, "Autofocus will never work because the camera doesn't know where I want to focus."
dash2k8: Don't know if anyone already commented on this, but as an owner of the A7s, I absolutely HATE the position of the video record button. Would it have killed Sony to place it anywhere else? As it is, pressing the REC button induces a shake that ruins the first 10 or so frames of the video. This annoyance aside, so far it's been great.
@stevens, that is actually rather incorrect IMO. 3 or 4 seconds early perhaps, but 5-10 is a bit long (though if that's your workflow, I can respect that). I personally cannot bring myself to accepting bad button placement induced shake just bcos "the first frames usually don't get used anyway." I see your point and haven't lost any shots because of this, but it's still silly.
Regardless of whether I like or not, I have to applaud the effort and execution of this concept.
GSD_ZA: The key is going to be in the low-light performance.
I agree. Both cameras are outstanding. For me personally, the A7s got my money because I shoot in low light situations often and sometimes you just can't bring the damn lights (or they will look unnatural).
Don't know if anyone already commented on this, but as an owner of the A7s, I absolutely HATE the position of the video record button. Would it have killed Sony to place it anywhere else? As it is, pressing the REC button induces a shake that ruins the first 10 or so frames of the video. This annoyance aside, so far it's been great.
Calvin Chann: Welcome to the internet where people are mostly anonymous and can do and say whatever they want with little chance of being caught out. Responsibility for ones words and actions goes out of the window.
OK, no problem ;)
I disagree on the anonymous thing. How will you generate business if you don't get your name out there? No disrespect, but the greats all made noise on the public forum to improve their profile.
I think in the end he will profit from the popularity. "You know that Fuji picture? I took it." If a client demands that he PROVE it, I wouldn't work with such a client.
Disbelievers will disbelieve, but it's not going to stop any of us from taking a great picture for fear of people not believing us. "Usain Bolt crossing the finish line to set world record... nah, I'll skip it. No one will believe it anyway..."
Mayank B: I love new photographic technology and have been upgrading my equipment periodically but would like to draw the line here, no drones for me and I don't dig photography with drones either. Am a birder or rather a bird lover (and a vegetarian if I may add), have seen House Crows being disturbed by a drone and would not like to intrude into the territory occupied by birds except perhaps with a zoom lens :-)
Drone "photography" is hard compared to drone "videography" because there is usually lag on the video signal (less than a second on good systems, but still) plus it's pretty hard for one person to shoot and fly at the same time. It's not like one can just leave the drone at a certain place and hope something amazing crosses it path, just as we don't stand in one place and hope a lion wanders into our frame. My applause to those who managed to get good photos.