a lot of pressure on Sony now ...

Started Jan 29, 2014 | Discussions thread
parallaxproblem Veteran Member • Posts: 5,335
Re: a lot of pressure on Sony now ...

stevo23 wrote:

parallaxproblem wrote:

stevo23 wrote:

miro3 wrote:

blue_skies wrote:

miro3 wrote:

to match and outperform the Fuji X-T1 with the A7000 ( successor of the NEX-7) and the successor of the A7r.

How do you think Sony will respond?

In what way?

The Nex-7 with 24Mp still trumps in IQ?

I guess it needs a hump then after all?

No hump!


- fast autofocus

- fast update of the EVF and LCD (the Fuji X-T1 has a display lag for the EVF and LCD of only 0.005 seconds vs. X-E2: 0.05s, and Olympus OM-D E-M1: 0.029s (not sure what these are for the Sony cameras)

Big deal. This starts to become wearisome. Fast autofocus is not important for 99% out there.

Woo hoo! I'm the one in a hundred who fast AF is important for!!!!

Hold on... or are you the one in a hundred who it isn't important for?

Ha ha!

I think I'm in the majority. My point being that during the "golden age of photography", we spent our years with split screen focusing and got great results. When autofocus came along, it really wasn't anything to scream about. Eventually, it got fast and silent.

But it's still only marginally reliable at achieving critical sharpness no matter how fast. You've got to fire off several shots to be sure you get one sharp one. This is good for sports and action work, but after that, we don't need it at all. Even so, somehow, we've decided to rely on it and we're being enticed to chuck our old systems over a millisecond difference in speed.

This constant posturing over a millisecond here or a micro-detent there is really very tiresome. It strikes me that the ability to make any significant changes in image quality is now almost zero. All we're seeing are the proverbial gilding of the pig's ear. This is not a sustainable model. Contraction is around the corner.

Wait, did I write that? I must be getting a cold or something. The Fuji is nice, but I'm not sure it's quite a rival to the A7 in the image making department. It's more of a rival to the Df.

Of course it depends what you are shooting...  landscapes and posed portraits don't need fast AF, but spontaneous street scenes and anything involving children or animals does

I was down at the lake today taking pictures of seagulls... big fat lazy, slow seagulls, full of the bread I had been bribing them with to come and be photographed so they were even fatter and slower...  but my AF speed was still hopelessly lacking for the task and so I had to try to use MF.  Improvements would be very welcome to me, at least

I used split screen MF cameras (Minolta XGM, X500, X700) for years, and even had a split screen 'KatzEye' in my Pentax *istDS for 'old-times sake' (and because the AF of that camera was so awful that I needed to do MF in most cases) but then I never tried to take moving subjects because I knew I simply coudn't and so carefully posed each subject and made tripple sure that everything was properly focused before pressing the shutter (not least because of the cost of film and materials).  AF and 'cost free photos' with digital cameras have opened new opportunities for me and the faster the AF is the better the chance I have of taking something decent...

Just my thoughts.. 

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