Absolutic

Absolutic

Lives in United States Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Ok here is my crystal ball 🔮 prediction. DSLR death within 5-7years from now. I know it’s been said before but 3 things happened recently. 1) battery life on Sony a9/7r3 and Olympus em1m2 is same as for dslrs; EVFs are larger than OVFs and evf lag is minimal or nonexistent; and AF is on dslr level. With these 3 components existing, the days of DSLRs are numbered. And that will happen very quickly.

My next prediction: smartphones with multiple lenses. Since they can’t make optical zoom small enough, they will simply add to 2 lenses already existing on modern iPhones and other smartphones. iPhone had 32mm and 50mm. Expect 85mm and 120mm join the lens lineup on the back of your iPhone. That will be the final nail in the chest of digital cameras with small sensor

Let’s come back in 5 years and see if I was right

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2017 at 16:24 UTC as 6th comment | 2 replies
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Athonline: I wonder how much water it hit the camera on the photos.

I have been using my (now sold) Olympus OM-D E-M1 with either the 7-14mm f/2.8 or the 12-40mm f/2.8 for seascapes and it wasn't just once or twice that a big wave hit me and my camera.
Once my girlfriend who was a sitting at cafe near the beach asked me "did you go for a swim with your camera and clothes on?" as water was dripping off me, my camera, and tripod --even my underwear was wet! I just dried the camera with a microfiber cloth, had coffee, drove home and then cleaned it problems. No problems, no signs of corrosion anywhere. I did had to clean some salt and sand from the 12-40mm.
Obviously, everytime I see a wave hitting my camera I panic a bit. However, it is a risk I decide to take.

@Athonline, just picked up EM1M2 few days ago. Need to tinker with AF tuning to figure out how I want it.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2017 at 02:53 UTC
On article Sony a7R Mark III review (759 comments in total)
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Absolutic: Guys at dpreview one thing is unclear from your review. Is it true that with a7r3 in SAF mode the eye af comes automatically and you don’t need to press and hold a button for it, but in CAF mode you still need to press and hold a button like on previous Sony cameras? Please verify

Anyone who used A7R3 can answer this question, which is not answered in the review?

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2017 at 23:49 UTC
On article Sony a7R Mark III review (759 comments in total)
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RedFox88: So with this refresh you get more fps, batter battery life, and a heavier camera?

Better Af, larger AF Spread (larger than Any full frame DSLR on the market), better Eye AF implementation, and slightly heavier camera that now solves the headache problems with previous measly batteries.

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2017 at 16:18 UTC
On article Sony a7R Mark III review (759 comments in total)

Guys at dpreview one thing is unclear from your review. Is it true that with a7r3 in SAF mode the eye af comes automatically and you don’t need to press and hold a button for it, but in CAF mode you still need to press and hold a button like on previous Sony cameras? Please verify

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2017 at 16:07 UTC as 141st comment | 1 reply
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 first impressions (396 comments in total)
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EcoPix: The biggest problem Pana has is that the intended market already has a lot invested in Canon and Nikon glass, and many are waiting for pro mirrorless models from these.

Pana would be wise to work closely with Metabones or someone to create really effective lens adaptors, to allow migration to their system.

That more than anything would make the G9 a viable alternative for us pros.

Sony announced they are number 2 in Europe, therefore they captured and overtook Nikon already. Unless Canon and Nikon both come with mirrorless solutions that work soon, Sony will overtake them both.

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2017 at 17:26 UTC
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Athonline: I wonder how much water it hit the camera on the photos.

I have been using my (now sold) Olympus OM-D E-M1 with either the 7-14mm f/2.8 or the 12-40mm f/2.8 for seascapes and it wasn't just once or twice that a big wave hit me and my camera.
Once my girlfriend who was a sitting at cafe near the beach asked me "did you go for a swim with your camera and clothes on?" as water was dripping off me, my camera, and tripod --even my underwear was wet! I just dried the camera with a microfiber cloth, had coffee, drove home and then cleaned it problems. No problems, no signs of corrosion anywhere. I did had to clean some salt and sand from the 12-40mm.
Obviously, everytime I see a wave hitting my camera I panic a bit. However, it is a risk I decide to take.

Athonline, How do you like your EM1 Mark II? Ive been looking at it, but claims of still disappointing tracking capacity in such expensive camera, have worried me.

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2017 at 18:42 UTC
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Absolutic: I had a new Sony A6000 with New 16-70 lens and new hvl43m flash mounted on it. I was on Caribbean cruise and during one outing I saw my
3 year old at the time submerge in 3 feet
Of water. The camera with lens and flash was on a strap on
My
Shoulder. It was either protect the camera or pull my kid from water. I chose to pull my
Kid out and in that my Sony deeped
For 1/5 sec in Caribbean Sea. So a6000 was instantly dead and I understand. What I had some hope for were the lens and flash
However the lens died just as quick. And the flash too. Salt water. Happy that my home insurance paid for the replacement - no I didn’t get a6000 again

However my Olympus em1
Is my favorite camera to take to the beach. after a
Day at the beach even if I have send on it, I just take it to my hotel room and literally
Wash under tap water. Never any issue. Good job Olympus!

I understand but since my accident I just somehow don't trust Sony's weather resistance claims. And based on my long experience with Olympus I trust it better. Maybe because Olympus has history of making these weater proof compacts, they know how to properly seal their cameras in general? Maybe it is silly but we all have personal experiences.

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2017 at 18:37 UTC

I had a new Sony A6000 with New 16-70 lens and new hvl43m flash mounted on it. I was on Caribbean cruise and during one outing I saw my
3 year old at the time submerge in 3 feet
Of water. The camera with lens and flash was on a strap on
My
Shoulder. It was either protect the camera or pull my kid from water. I chose to pull my
Kid out and in that my Sony deeped
For 1/5 sec in Caribbean Sea. So a6000 was instantly dead and I understand. What I had some hope for were the lens and flash
However the lens died just as quick. And the flash too. Salt water. Happy that my home insurance paid for the replacement - no I didn’t get a6000 again

However my Olympus em1
Is my favorite camera to take to the beach. after a
Day at the beach even if I have send on it, I just take it to my hotel room and literally
Wash under tap water. Never any issue. Good job Olympus!

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2017 at 14:33 UTC as 24th comment | 9 replies
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AstroStan: DR chart above ranges from 13.21 to 13.78 - a whooping 4% difference! Good luck making that matter in the real world.

As in all things, the cost/benefit ratio soars at the high end (hi-fi, cars, etc.). At current prices the A7R III costs 33% more ($1k) than A7R II for a potential (but rarely realized) 4% image improvement.

But of course there are many other improvements in the III. I'm contemplating one for the better UI.

to me (owner of A9 which will soon be going to its new owner) this is just one of the benefits. Larger battery and better AF are the major benefits, plus 10fps with mechanical shutter

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2017 at 16:38 UTC

Brilliant Article, Rishi, and right in time. My next camera here.

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2017 at 16:36 UTC as 91st comment

That just means that Sony a9R with 75-100mp sensor will come out much sooner than I previously thought.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2017 at 15:10 UTC as 24th comment | 1 reply
On article Demo: Here is the Sony a7R III shooting at 10 fps (119 comments in total)
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Slapstick Noir: Just curious, how fast and for how long can it fire uncompressed raws, and in 14bit?

Sony says for 28 shots, but I don't believe it is at 10fps. 10fps is with compressed raws.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2017 at 18:44 UTC

I'd love a jacket with several pockets large enough for big lenses

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2017 at 17:08 UTC as 76th comment | 1 reply
On article Hello Lightroom CC: Embracing the future (510 comments in total)
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stratplaya: I must say that I'm not too keen on this seemingly compulsory move to the cloud. Clouds can and do get hacked. It's not a matter of if, but when.

I am also concerned with hacking the cloud service. It happens way too often. I like the traditional local storage based system. Is it time to ditch adobe and finally learn C1? I’ve used Lightroom for so long I know the system and it is hard to teach an old dog new tricks....

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2017 at 13:43 UTC
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Absolutic: What about other changes? Any editing features enhanced so you don’t have to go to photoshop, like a smarter healing brush? Or no changes there whatsoever ?

the content aware healing brushes in Photoshop are very good. Is it so hard to move the feature to Lightroom? If they worry about photoshop being underused, they can leave liquefy to Photoshop.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2017 at 16:20 UTC

What about other changes? Any editing features enhanced so you don’t have to go to photoshop, like a smarter healing brush? Or no changes there whatsoever ?

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2017 at 15:32 UTC as 251st comment | 3 replies
On article Nikon D850 Review (2116 comments in total)

Dpreview reviewers, guys, i wonder why you talk about A7RII in this comparison when it comes to mirrorless AF, but for some reason don’t mention A9 which has autofocus vastly superior to that of A7RII? Just wondering why A9 is never mentioned here. Is it because A9 is $1000 more? But D5 is even more expensive?

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2017 at 05:40 UTC as 189th comment | 4 replies

Where did they even find this sensor these days ?

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2017 at 00:46 UTC as 134th comment | 2 replies
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Shiranai: Yawn, typical "influencer" video.
This flash costs a grand. For that money you can get:
- 2x Godox AD360 II
or
- 3x Godox AD200
or
- 5x Godox V860 II

- Also simple and easy to use
- All got air-remotes built in and work with TTL
- All of them got li-ion batterys so they also got very fast recycle times.
- The AD200/AD360 give you 2-4 times as much light as a speedlite.

Yes 3 tines more. Godox 200 is 200 Watts. Profoto a1 is 76 Watts

Link | Posted on Oct 10, 2017 at 12:05 UTC
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