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On Sony: An eye on focus article (707 comments in total)

"nearest eye AF on the A7RII"

Welcome to 2010, Sony.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2015 at 16:45 UTC as 110th comment | 4 replies

Good luck with your product but I ain't buying it.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2015 at 17:07 UTC as 60th comment
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ttran88: $1000 for this camera, why? I can buy 4 GM1 and leave it in different places and never need to carry any camera around with me. I can leave One in the toilet, one in the yard, one in basement and one in the ladies room. Or just buy one GM1 and use the remaining $600 to hire someone to carry it for you. Down with Sony RX100IV!!!

Less complaining, more GM1 bargains.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2015 at 06:59 UTC
On Otus Readings: the Zeiss 85 F1.4 Otus Comparison article (221 comments in total)
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DStudio: "That was remedied with the borderline ridiculous $1,600 lens made from what has to be glass from the fires of Mordor; the Panasonic 42.5mm F1.2 Nocticron. That much bread for a Micro Four Thirds lens goes against everything (we think) the system stands for, which is why the Olympus 45mm F1.8 still stands as our studio lens."

Isn't this hypocritical? Top 85/1.4 and 1.2 lenses go for between ~$1000 and $2000 (and tends toward the higher end of this range, if you only count prices for new lenses). But this 85mm (equivalent) f/1.2 lens is outrageous at $1600?

[does double-take]

But wait - this is the *same* article where you praise the $4500 OTUS?!

*** double-standard alert ***

I haven't used the lens (and don't shoot m4/3), but it's as if this was thrown in there just for the purpose of being hypocritical. BTW, it's $1400 and is only one star short of a perfect user rating (94 of 95, with a lone 4-star review) from NY's biggest camera retailer.

I think DPR was trying to say 1600 dollars for FF glass is acceptable but on m43, it's too much for nothing. Hence the comment "what we think m43 stands for" which is small and cheap-ish according to DPR. Even though it flies in the face of recent trends with Olympus and Panasonic chasing after the high-end market (with some low-end by default).

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2015 at 17:33 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Review preview (815 comments in total)
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RandallDunphy: I have been a loyal Olympus e-series user for years. E-500, E-510, E-30, E-3, and now E-5. I am now going to finally upgrade. I like the MK II, eagerly awaiting E-M1 MK II… question, I have a $10,000 budget, I need something that does not weigh 2 tons, has the f/2.8 trinity, would love to go FF, travels well, any of you folks have suggestions? Muchly (technical term) appreciated. Does not have to be FF, any thoughts on Sony AR7II

As far as holy f2.8 trinity, m43 is the only game in mirrorless town. Samsung and Fuji come close but they're lacking the fast wide-angle zooms I think. Sony is stuck at F4.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2015 at 17:53 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Review preview (815 comments in total)
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Pitchertaker: Hello all: I've finally decided to go with Olympus. I was considering a Sony a6000 (don't like the looks of their FF A7 series) but their lack of fast wide primes (24mm F/1.8 is their only offering) sealed the deal for me going Olympus instead.

The majority of my shooting is landscapes and close-up. I don't like zooms. For my uses the Olympus M Zuiko 12mm f/1.8, M Zuiko 17mm f/1.8, and 60mm f/2.8 macro made more sense and are more affordable than Sony's 24mm f/1.8 ($900) and their 90mm f/2.8 macro ($1500!)

Query: If you had to choose one body to use with these lenses for these applications, would you opt for the OM-D EM-5 MII or an OM-D EM-1?

I like the OM-D EM-5 MII hi-res mode, offering a 40MP composite image. I wish the EM-1 had this feature! But the EM-1 has a far more ergonomic form-factor, unless I'd spring for the additional grip available for the EM-5 MII.

I plan on making large prints.

Your responses are most appreciated.

Sony APSC has a fast 35 and 50 f1.8 primes, similar in price and performance to the m43 offerings. I know you chose Olympus but it bears pointing out you missed two lenses.

To answer your query, I'd choose the EM5ii in your shoes. But ergonomics mean that much to you, follow your heart.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2015 at 17:48 UTC
On Sony Alpha a7 II Review preview (824 comments in total)
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JJLMD: Steve Huff says the A7II's JPEGs are some of the best JPEGs he's seen. Why is there such a LARGE disparity between what he's seeing and what you're seeing?

Most pointless and pettiest retort ever.

"Yes, he's a fan boy so it explains the disparity, but you're a worse fan boy so it must be pointed out because I can't bear the thought of agreeing with you on anything".

Jeez, taking camera discussions too personally?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2015 at 15:55 UTC

Wow it's finally here: the bag of primes. Long-rumored but barely an official peep for all those years.

I think it's plenty fast enough, but I'm a bit disappointed it only zooms as far as 35mm. The Sigma 18-35 f1.8 and the Zuiko 14-35 f2 spoiled us. :/

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 16:24 UTC as 57th comment | 1 reply
On Canon EOS Rebel T6s Review preview (432 comments in total)

R.I.P Canon

Then company continues to outsell everybody.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 16, 2015 at 11:29 UTC as 36th comment | 4 replies
On Canon EOS Rebel T6s Review preview (432 comments in total)
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Howard: In Dpreview's jargon, does "silver" stand for "blah blah"? Is there anything that has a rating lower than silver?

Yes, no award at all, like for the Nikon DF.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 16, 2015 at 11:27 UTC

I use a feature like this on my 4k capable smartphone and despite some limitations, it's very useful in practice. You want to shoot 4k all the time.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2015 at 14:25 UTC as 35th comment

My only two issues with this camera is the price and the 28mm focal lenght (a bit too wide for general photography). But aside from that, it looks like a more desirable camera than the RX1. It can't focus as bad as the Sony one, that's for sure.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2015 at 11:40 UTC as 40th comment | 6 replies
On Sony a7R II has 42.4MP on full frame BSI CMOS sensor article (1256 comments in total)
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BillyBobSenna: I'm still trying to get my head around if this camera will be as good as say a Nikon D750 for action photography? Is the speed of the AF and usability of the EVF going to provide at least equal capability? I know there is still the question of lens availability for action photography however I just want to know if the basic platform has at least equal potential. I have a Sony A6000 and my experience is that it is not an action camera.

5 fps is with AF locked. If you want real AF, the frame rate is cut in half. Like all the the other A7 cameras before it. It has always been one of the obvious weaknesses of the A7 series.

Look elsewhere for action photography.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 10:57 UTC
On Sony a7R II has 42.4MP on full frame BSI CMOS sensor article (1256 comments in total)
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AksCT: Based on specs released, what advantage(s) Nikon D810 offers over this camera?

They're still afraid to cannibalize their APSC cameras and the RX1 line hence why they never created a small, rangefinder-style, A7 camera.

We know it's feasible, it can done relatively cheaply (for FF), but they just don't it.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2015 at 21:23 UTC
On Sony a7R II has 42.4MP on full frame BSI CMOS sensor article (1256 comments in total)
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AksCT: Based on specs released, what advantage(s) Nikon D810 offers over this camera?

Better AF with native lenses too.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2015 at 21:05 UTC
On Sony a7R II has 42.4MP on full frame BSI CMOS sensor article (1256 comments in total)
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lcf80: FF with:
- BSI sensor,
- 0.78x viewfinder,
- 4.5 stop IBIS,
- 4K movies.

Pretty nice and unique camera in 2015 Q2, I'd say.

Two things that bother me are AF performance and exposure latitude. Can't wait to read some reviews :).

Another silver award would be epic.

But DPR seems to prefer the A7r series over the plain A7 series so I don't think it is too likely.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2015 at 19:24 UTC
On Sony a7R II has 42.4MP on full frame BSI CMOS sensor article (1256 comments in total)
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Nex man: Superb camera! But well out of my and most people's price range (especially with the native lenses).
:(
Guess APSC really is dead.

There's still Touit lenses... wait, no, they've stopped doing those as well.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2015 at 19:16 UTC
On Sony a7R II has 42.4MP on full frame BSI CMOS sensor article (1256 comments in total)
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ZeneticX: Everything is perfect regarding this camera but there's 3 minor issues for me:

i) The RAW engine. Previous rumours are stating sony is working on a revised RAW engine for this camera, but there's nothing from the official press release. Only reviews can tell now. Not that a big issue for me compared to some out there, but it's good if they can solve the issue to bring in more professional crowd.

ii) Where's the II sign in the logo?

iii) DAT PRICE

as for lenses, Sony had promised an additional 8 FF E mount lenses by end of this year in a separate announcement weeks ago. Surprised that isn't covered by DPR.

AF will probably be so-so. All these PDAF focus points and yet it claims to be "40% faster than the A7r" which was not a speed demon to begin with.

No word on how it operates in less than ideal lighting conditions either; it will probably slow down to a crawl. A problem with all Sony mirrorless cameras.

The specs are sketchy but the advertized 5fps in continuous mode is probably with AF locked. It will be much slower with real AF for every frame, just like all other A7 series cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2015 at 18:20 UTC
On Sony rides wave of US Mirrorless sales surge article (732 comments in total)
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Eric Hensel: I'm amazed at the number of people that wonder where the cheap FE lenses are. Why would you use cheap lenses on a modern FF sensor?

The 85mm f1.8 is excellent, really great quality to price ratio.

If Sony would release the same lens, they'd slap a Zeiss sticker on it and charge 3 times as much.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2015 at 06:25 UTC
On Sony rides wave of US Mirrorless sales surge article (732 comments in total)
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otto k: Obligatory note that CIPA numbers do not include samsung cameras that are all MILC and are supposed to be number two behind Sony. So it's even worse for traditional DSLR cameras.

ha ha, Samsung number 2. Maybe in South Korea but I don't believe it for any other territory.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 4, 2015 at 22:12 UTC
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