Absolutic

Absolutic

Lives in United States Los Angeles, CA, United States
Works as a attorney
Joined on Jan 6, 2004

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Was a PC user for two decades first and slowly and gradually converted to apple about 8 years ago. Still use pc at work every day because I work for the government and that's what government still uses. At home- all Apple. Except recently I bought an HP laptop for some things where Apple software was not available or not as integrated (I.e., updating Sony cameras and lenses, updating Metz flash, etc). That HP thing is so slow it is like a turtle. Oh it and it keeps having trouble in finding my wireless network at home. It does work kind of.

As for iPad Pro, Apple and Sony sometimes don't want to play together. Like I recently discovered on vacation when I was trying to upload my videos off my (one of the most popular) hvlax53 Sony camcorder to iPad Pro and iPad refused to see and upload the files - iPad does not read xavcs which is a basic format Sony camcorders use. I could not upload anything. There is a solution kind of that requires buying a third party non apple card reader but that was not available to me while on vacation.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 13:44 UTC as 119th comment | 1 reply
On article Hands-on with Canon EOS Rebel SL2 / EOS 200D (245 comments in total)

I actually am considering SL2 to pick up to gain inexpensive 1.6X reach with my existing Canon lenses. However I am reading Ken Rockwell 's review [I know his name should not be mentioned on photography site, but that's the only one that talks about the issue) and his review states that the buffer is 1) unlimited Jpegs but 2) 5Frames Raw. Is it for real? Only 5Frames to fill the buffer? If that's true that could be a deal breaker for me.

Also his 'review' states that all 9 AF points are Cross type is that true? Just want to make sure it is not only center point is Cross type.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2017 at 15:12 UTC as 2nd comment
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PNad: A month ago I bought on A9, and today I own 2 and sold all my nikon gear including 2 D4, a bunch of 1.4 primes and 2.8 zooms and bought back most of them and its been nothing short of amazing. The silent shutter, amongs other things, is a game changer for me.

Nikon might come up with something good... someday.. but im already reaping the benefits of mirrorless right now. Sorry Nikon, we had a good run. The A9 shows that Sony is clearly listening (dual slots, bigger batteries etc) and they also oppened their pro imaging membership to canadian, with a service center in ontario, this is pretty huge news for pros and non pros for repairs and stuff.

Just look at how far Sony went only 4 years since the A7, buy the time Nikon enters the mirrorless game, Sony will already be ahead.

The problem with Sony (Disclosure, I have A9 too) is that quality lenses are very expensive and there is not enough (yet) cheaper quality lenses. Not everyone can spend $5000 on 24-70 and 70-200GM. Nikon can benefit from existing many lenses at different price points, if they keep F mount. If they don't keep F mount and go with new mount, they will be chasing Sony.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2017 at 17:28 UTC
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Matsu: As long as the full frame cameras keep the F mount, thecameras will be a wild success. They instantly bring along 1 out of every 3 users, and support the most extensive lens catalogue in a the marketplace. Change it and all bets are off, this is not the time to alienate users. F mount is their strongest asset, there are no advantages to changing it since both bodies and lenses can already be made size competitive with full frame mirrorless.

For DX/APSC, just follow Canon with a mount that's downsized for the smaller sensor. This allows cheaper cameras for people who don't have system wide investments in Nikon gear.

I agree it would be smart to keep the F mount. Although from a size and ergonomics standpoint, I am not sure it would actually happen

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2017 at 17:25 UTC
On article Canon EOS 77D Review (281 comments in total)

why should one pick 77D over T7i, other than top display? larger viewfinder?

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2017 at 15:37 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
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dbateman: I think this article is a little over the top on the issue of sand. I bring my Oltmpus E3 to the beach with both 14-54mm and 50-200mm sealed lenses. I even carefully switch lenses there and for true test hand it over to the kids to shoot with, currently 9 and 6. No issues since 2008!
Maybe because its Olympus or maybe the author is just a little over the top on the issue of sand.
Or maybe the E3 really was hurricane proof?

That's what killed my tz100 ($699 cam). I did not even see sand in itnnut paansonic told me sand got into the lens. Lens error and estimated $320 repair. Sand is a real issue. My solution for sand is olympus em1 with oly or Panasonic weatherproof lens. These are so good, after using on the beach I literally wash it under tap water with zero concern em1 is hat good. And used prices for em1 is in low $400 range these days. Of course sea water is an instant killer (killed my Sony a6000 with 16-70 in an instant) but I trust em1 as long as I keep it out of the ocean

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2017 at 13:43 UTC
On article Ask the staff: wedding season weirdness (273 comments in total)

Did not have a "formal wedding". Got married in a park by a friend judge with just mine and my wive's parents as witnesses. No wedding photog. I took my own photos with Fuji f10. And my wife's sister took a few with same camera when I was busy repeating the vows. That was in the morning. Then crossed the street, had lunch, and hopped on the plane to Hawaii same day. Instead of wasting money on wedding, we took some money out parents gave and used it to pay for that honeymoon trip. Almost 12 years later in a happy marriage believe not wasting money on formal wedding was best decision ever. My wife wholeheartedly agrees. To each its own I guess

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2017 at 15:45 UTC as 65th comment | 1 reply
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Absolutic: Guys another update on Sony a9 testing with mb4 adapter and new firmware. What do you know. More surprises. Just came back from 90 minutes of takwando class that my 5 year old takes. The kids run around class in circles, do kicks, jump
Constantly moving direction and all kids wear similar uniforms and look similar. I brought 85L mark 1 and 24-105L. Surprise surprise. The 85L that was dead in the water with old firmware tracked like a champ in green mode at medium 10 fps!!!! I was shocked. I kept shooting and shooting thinking it must be some kind of mistake. On the other hand 24-105L the lens I had high hopes for, as it works without issues with a7r2, failed in continuous af mode with new firmware. It could not track my child in either green or advanced mode. So my results are opposite of what I thought they should have been. Lol.

A9 and a7r2 are very different beasts with very different af systems

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2017 at 14:48 UTC

Rishi please define what you mean by "central region" on a9. I saw that language in metabones field notes but not clear what it means in relation to a9

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2017 at 02:05 UTC as 11th comment | 2 replies

Guys another update on Sony a9 testing with mb4 adapter and new firmware. What do you know. More surprises. Just came back from 90 minutes of takwando class that my 5 year old takes. The kids run around class in circles, do kicks, jump
Constantly moving direction and all kids wear similar uniforms and look similar. I brought 85L mark 1 and 24-105L. Surprise surprise. The 85L that was dead in the water with old firmware tracked like a champ in green mode at medium 10 fps!!!! I was shocked. I kept shooting and shooting thinking it must be some kind of mistake. On the other hand 24-105L the lens I had high hopes for, as it works without issues with a7r2, failed in continuous af mode with new firmware. It could not track my child in either green or advanced mode. So my results are opposite of what I thought they should have been. Lol.

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2017 at 02:04 UTC as 12th comment | 2 replies
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Absolutic: I tested about 8 other Canon EF mount lenses (Sigma and Canon, with both adapters) 17-40L, 24-105L, 40 2.8, 50 1.8, 85L 1.2, 70-200L F2.8, Sigma 35 1.4ART, Sigma 150-600 Contemporary

https://youtu.be/t_4luTllM6s

and came with same conclusion, CAF is a no go. So the question I have is..... Do I give Sigma/Metatabones another 3-4 months to see if they can come up with new firmware, or that's physically impossible and adapters cannot make EF lenses react at these crazy speeds. Period. Meaning, it is not adapters capacity, it is EF lenses that by design cannot react to A9 at 20fps. You'd think because they can react to 1DX2 at 12fps, why not A9?

So if it is adapters, I can wait and see if they can make it happen. Or should I give up and start selling my Canon mount lenses for FE mount lenses? I would feel bad selling my 150-600, there is no such lens for Sony FE mount. There is no 24-105 equivalent. At least not yet.

Very excited because Metabones this morning released new firmware update for MB4 adapter to address some of the problems with A9!!!! Can't wait to go home and try it with a new firmware!!!! http://metabones.com/article/of/EF-E_Firmware_Mac

Link | Posted on Jun 26, 2017 at 15:09 UTC

I tested about 8 other Canon EF mount lenses (Sigma and Canon, with both adapters) 17-40L, 24-105L, 40 2.8, 50 1.8, 85L 1.2, 70-200L F2.8, Sigma 35 1.4ART, Sigma 150-600 Contemporary

https://youtu.be/t_4luTllM6s

and came with same conclusion, CAF is a no go. So the question I have is..... Do I give Sigma/Metatabones another 3-4 months to see if they can come up with new firmware, or that's physically impossible and adapters cannot make EF lenses react at these crazy speeds. Period. Meaning, it is not adapters capacity, it is EF lenses that by design cannot react to A9 at 20fps. You'd think because they can react to 1DX2 at 12fps, why not A9?

So if it is adapters, I can wait and see if they can make it happen. Or should I give up and start selling my Canon mount lenses for FE mount lenses? I would feel bad selling my 150-600, there is no such lens for Sony FE mount. There is no 24-105 equivalent. At least not yet.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2017 at 15:13 UTC as 130th comment | 4 replies

So if I take photos of my wife and child and happen to have two cameras in my
Bag (common) I gotta buy a commercial permit?

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2017 at 13:27 UTC as 8th comment
On article 2017 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $900-1200 (476 comments in total)

What happened to Fuji xt20, a camera that should win this competition ?

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2017 at 13:39 UTC as 30th comment | 2 replies
On article How do you know you need a new camera? (409 comments in total)
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Absolutic: Just pick D500. Same af as D5 except the af points go all th way. Low light ISO is at least as good as D700 and arguably better. DR is 14EV according to DXO. 10 frames per second is plenty. The camera is a marvel. U wont need to buy anything new other tha n perhaps one or two wider lenses

It is not full frame. If it was you would not have af points go all the way to edges. in terms of image quality though, it is so close to full frame, it is mind boggling. In terms of noise, it is the first crop camera I left AUTO ISO go to ISO12800 without hesitation. In fact low light image quality on D500 is so good that I would not think twice of using in in lieu of full frame camera in 2017. The only problem is of course the wide lenses.

Link | Posted on May 28, 2017 at 20:10 UTC
On article How do you know you need a new camera? (409 comments in total)

Just pick D500. Same af as D5 except the af points go all th way. Low light ISO is at least as good as D700 and arguably better. DR is 14EV according to DXO. 10 frames per second is plenty. The camera is a marvel. U wont need to buy anything new other tha n perhaps one or two wider lenses

Link | Posted on May 28, 2017 at 15:30 UTC as 77th comment | 2 replies
On article Sony a9: more speed, less dynamic range (666 comments in total)
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Absolutic: And with that article, Rishi, you can say bye bye to all future Sony sponsored airline tickets and hotel rooms. They are not going to forget this article. Too honest, Rishi!!!!

hope so

Link | Posted on May 18, 2017 at 20:31 UTC
On article Sony a9: more speed, less dynamic range (666 comments in total)

And with that article, Rishi, you can say bye bye to all future Sony sponsored airline tickets and hotel rooms. They are not going to forget this article. Too honest, Rishi!!!!

Link | Posted on May 18, 2017 at 16:31 UTC as 87th comment | 2 replies
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tkbslc: I'm all for progress and am far from a luddite. But 8K for video is utterly pointless. Your eyes cannot resolve the detail! The Pixels on a 60" 4K TV already become invisible to 20/20 vision at only 4 feet. Nobody is going to sit that close.

4K provided a nice resolution boost for larger TVs, but 8K moves past our biological limits.

Guys I don't remember how big the tvs were, Panasonic was smaller, and Samsung's was pretty big, at least 70 inches. There were 4K tvs everywhere. I am telling you guys, my jaw dropped when I saw that Samsung playing 8K. I am a jaded person too, I used to sell tvs for living, I don't get impressed easily. I was very impressed. I told my wife who was with me: I must get this when it becomes more affordable. AT CES 2015 these tvs were all prototypes. I imagine two years later, with at least one channel in Japan already broadcasting at 8K, these things are now ready for production????

Link | Posted on May 9, 2017 at 06:18 UTC
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tkbslc: I'm all for progress and am far from a luddite. But 8K for video is utterly pointless. Your eyes cannot resolve the detail! The Pixels on a 60" 4K TV already become invisible to 20/20 vision at only 4 feet. Nobody is going to sit that close.

4K provided a nice resolution boost for larger TVs, but 8K moves past our biological limits.

I was at CES2015 and saw first 8K tvs from Panasonic and Samsung. These were amazing, you can see a map of a city and it looks like a real map. I could clearly see a difference between 4K next to it and 8K. I was blown away by 8K tvs there.

Link | Posted on May 8, 2017 at 17:37 UTC
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