Absolutic

Absolutic

Lives in United States Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Joined on Jan 6, 2004

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mgblack74: Fuji has a lens of similar spec and other than being variable aperture, it's quite sharp. This is likely Sony positioning themselves to have a comparible offering. But ya, for a kit lens it's overpriced.

The difference between similar Fuji lens and this one is Fuji one is weather resistant and Sony one isn’t. Fuji is larger heavier. Maybe Sony thought a6000 body is not weather resistant anyway so why bother

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2018 at 14:05 UTC
On article 2017 Buying Guide: Best cameras for parents (128 comments in total)

As a parent of incredibly unpredictable 5 year old (who never sits still, even if eating) and can run and jump for hours (where does the energy come from) this is a topic that should have had an entire forum
Dedicated to. You do need top
Of the line autofocus for this child to have any chance. One issue not mentioned in the article I found is in addition to not have a third hand to carry the camera when two hands are busy with carrying everything else, I’ve noticed
That carrying a large DSLR with lens, my nevetstopping kid kept injuring himself bumping into the lens/camera. It happened repeatedly and constantly when he wanted to hang next to me and camera swinging from my shoulder would hit him hard. Hanging camera at my waist or on my neck did make a difference, he would find it to bump into. Switching to smaller gear clearly helps.

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2017 at 12:51 UTC as 25th comment | 4 replies
On article Gear of the Year 2017 - Richard's choice: Sony NP-FZ100 (248 comments in total)

Olympus EM1 M2 did it first. And now Sony.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2017 at 01:21 UTC as 17th comment | 2 replies
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beavertown: Makes sense, both are Sony sensors :-)

No. D850 sensor is made by Israeli company and not a Sony this time. Tower Jazz

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2017 at 05:59 UTC
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RandyPD: If you take away the D850's base ISO64, and measure equivalent ISO to ISO, it will not score 100.

Exactly. If DR was measured at iso100 which is native to Sony, a7r3 would have handily defeated d850 in every category. It’s over 1000 difference in low light score is quite telling

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2017 at 05:57 UTC
On article Sony a7R III sample gallery updated (83 comments in total)
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Dirk Nuary: I think Sony still yet to improve yellowish skin tone and reddish tone (at bike cycling) . Did Sony notice that? Sony has to learn at Nikon in terms of landscape colors, and learn to Canon when it comes to skintone.

They did on a9

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2017 at 11:10 UTC
On article Sony a7R III sample gallery updated (83 comments in total)
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broncofloods: Skin tones and contrast from this camera like my current Sony A7ii have a look I can only describe as 'difficult' to edit, you can pull out all the tech stuff you like and show how well it focuses and how good the ISO performance is or the DR is, I've returned to my Canon 6d for it's natural looking results over the sony(wasted investment/purchase). So to anyone moving to Sony from Canon they should seriously have good look at this issue I.E you'r putting image quality over tech stuff IMO. Don't take my word for it, go to one of the sites like 500px and have a search of 'Canon portrait' then search 'Sony Portrait' and make up your own mind...

A9 actually (I owned one) fixed the Sony skin colors
Issue and produces very good skin tones (finally). I hoped that a7r3 will be mor like a9 and not like a7 of yester years in that regard

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2017 at 11:09 UTC
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Absolutic: Yep. I owned all three native 85s for Sony and ended up with 85 1.8fe. I find for me it is the best choice. It focuses the fastest (have an always running toddler) and is helps that it is the most affordable one.
14/2.8 Sanyang, and Sony 28/2, 55/1.8 and 85/1.8 are my primes for sony.

in terms of sharpness 85 1.8 FE maybe sharper. In terms of overall bokeh of course 1.4 will give you a more interesting photo than 1.8.

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2017 at 02:01 UTC

Yep. I owned all three native 85s for Sony and ended up with 85 1.8fe. I find for me it is the best choice. It focuses the fastest (have an always running toddler) and is helps that it is the most affordable one.
14/2.8 Sanyang, and Sony 28/2, 55/1.8 and 85/1.8 are my primes for sony.

Link | Posted on Nov 27, 2017 at 14:48 UTC as 13th comment | 7 replies
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Absolutic: 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

@mgblack74, in low light when in OVF you can't see anything because it is too dark, modern mirrorless cameras like Sony A7R2/3 or A9 and others, will magically show you the scene, like a Night Vision. They've done it for a while. I think you need to check out some of the latest in mirrorless just to check it yourself. And the mirrorless cameras are growing. In fact A9/A7R2/3 weight same or more as Canon 6D or Nikon Df.

Link | Posted on Nov 26, 2017 at 06:21 UTC

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 27th comment | 8 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 (1234 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 (1234 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 (1234 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 213th comment | 1 reply
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 first impressions (411 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 25th 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
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