Petition against Sony's Star Eater

Started Jul 29, 2017 | Discussions thread
JimKasson
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Re: Petition against Sony's Star Eater
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BBQue wrote:

Esperado wrote:

BBQue wrote:

1. Great astro pictures.... full effect with exposures > 30 sec !

Ok, we had undesrtud. You are here to fight against this petition, trying to minimise the annoyance of this star eater issue by all the ways you can find.

And the >5500 people who asked for this star eater option are wrong, despite it will not take anything away for you.

It looks there is a handle of Sony Fanboys, here, with this strange but typical attitude to take the party of their beloved manufacturer against their own interest of customers. Unless they are not really customers ?

This is the 4th petition (all unsatisfied) and this same strange story happened each time.

You are WRONG. I was one of the first to sign the petition. I am not minimizing it, but I am also not over-dramatizing it.

The milky way photo I linked to is very high quality and shows that it is very possible to get images like this even with star-eater effect.

I am not a "Sony-fanboy", whatever that means. I use whatever camera gives me the best results. Had Canon, Olympus, Hasselblad and Arca Swiss before. Now most my work is with the Sony A7rii.

Look: Sony had a chance to fix star-eater with their firmware 4.0 upgrade. They chose not to, even though at the time they were very well aware of it. There must be some internal reason for them to have made that decision. And they are not going to change that, no matter how much we whine and cry about it. From manufacturer point of view: "Here is my product. You can choose to buy it or you can choose not to buy it." End of story.

I think it's pretty obvious why they extended the spatial filtering to shorter exposures, and why they did it in the first place: to reduce noise in long-exposure images. I'm sure it's a win for the vast majority of their customers. The fact that it's a big lose for some of them seems not to have carried enough weight to make the behavior optional, and for that they are taking -- IMHO, well deserved -- heat here and elsewhere.

Jim

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