VirtualMirage

VirtualMirage

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On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1567 comments in total)
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The Name is Bond: The question for me is whether there is still visible ghosting from the mirror in strongly backlit pics. That's my favourite type of pic and it entirely stopped me from considering this line.

Proof? Are you sure it was the SLT and not the lens or sensor? Did you experience it yourself or are you going based on what someone posted?

Again, all I can say is I have never experienced such issues, and I have shot in a wide array of situations. Also, as I said before, if it was still an issue, the A-mount forums would still be as noisy as every discussing it like they did when it was happening on the first gen models.

Lastly, we are on third or fourth gen SLT models now (depending on how you look at it). Lots of progress has been made with each generational jump.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2017 at 14:56 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1567 comments in total)
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The Name is Bond: The question for me is whether there is still visible ghosting from the mirror in strongly backlit pics. That's my favourite type of pic and it entirely stopped me from considering this line.

Ghosting only occurred in the first generation SLT cameras, the A33 and A55., and usually only in extreme circumstances. After those two models, Sony made improvements to the translucent material used for the SLT "mirror", which has eliminated ghosting. The improved mirror first started to appear in the A35, A65, and A77 models, which came out only one year after the first gen SLTs were released.

If ghosting was still an issue, it would be certainly have been voiced by both users and professionals by now. Instead, the only time it makes an appearance is by those misinformed, those still using the A33/A55, or those purposefully trying to troll.

I've been using SLT since 2011, having owned an A77 and currently own an A77II, and I have never experienced any kind of ghosting that was attributed to SLT.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2017 at 13:54 UTC

While I am a pretty dedicated Minolta/Sony camera user, Fuji's design philosophy, the character their cameras bring, and the attention they give to their customers has always piqued my interest. While I don't plan (nor really desire) to switch systems, Fuji would certainly be at the top of my list if I ever decide to.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2017 at 18:51 UTC as 24th comment
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VirtualMirage: The bigger question is, why does she have three hands?!? ;-)

@Ergognome: I guess my ';-)' was too subtle of a nod of what was really happening in the photo. I was just surprised, being a photography site, no one else noticed or mentioned it earlier.

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2017 at 23:26 UTC

The bigger question is, why does she have three hands?!? ;-)

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2017 at 21:49 UTC as 52nd comment | 10 replies
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Lensmate: If people cover their hands up, won't they just switch to retinal scanning? Eyes are usually the sharpest section in most photographs of people. [excluding nudity]

You can't steal someone's retinal identity by just taking a picture. Retinal scanning looks at the patterns of blood vessels in your eye and uses that as a fingerprint for biometric security. It's very hard to dupe a retinal scanner because of this and your retinal identity can't be stolen by a mere photo being captured.

You are thinking of iris scanning, which uses the patterns and colors of one or both irises for identification in biometric security. This method of security has in the past been fooled by high quality photos and, thus, would be much more susceptible to identity theft via photo. But the tech is constantly being improved upon, making it more and more difficult to spoof.

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2017 at 21:46 UTC
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Gray Photography: I'm fairly certain I can look at an image and tell where it is focused.

Maybe someone will write a plugin for Lightroom that improves eyesight.

Lots of people do. But, apparently, you don't. Don't knock the capability just because you can't figure out a way to take advantage of it.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2017 at 15:03 UTC
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GarysInSoCal: I would agree. Full frame Nikon and Canon cameras, with quality glass attached, will probably render the best possible images a bride could possibly hope for. I've been shooting weddings for 30 years with Nikon cameras and lenses... never had a single complaint... ;)

@arbux - I have to disagree with that, or at least how you are saying it. My point was, good cameras are not limited to just Canon and Nikon, let alone to just Full Frame. Yes, gear can help, which I mentioned, but it ultimately comes down to the photographer, their skills, and their ability to make the most out of their tools, high cost or not.

As for how much or little I charge for my service, that matters not. To assume that because one uses an APS-C they don't charge a lot, that is also a wrong assumption. Cost isn't proof of a good photographer, it only gives the appearance that they are.

If one had to put emphasis in the gear used, I, personally, would pay more attention to the type of lenses and lighting being used. With a good lens(es) and light setup, any advantage Full Frame may have over APS-C becomes trivial. At the end of the day, I would put more value into the photographer's portfolio and character than their gear. Do you like their work? Can you get along with them?

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2016 at 19:08 UTC
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The Name is Bond: Just put a stack of iphone 7s's on each table with the fake blur feature on, and you're done.

Naaa...I ran a self-diagnostic on my positronic brain. My results show that my neural network is running my humor algorithm at peak efficiency. I did find humor in your comment despite it having the wrong phone.

You can still be funny while being technically correct. Dumbing it down when not needed only reflects poorly on the original poster since it puts their knowledge and experience into question, especially when it isn't needed to add to the humor.

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2016 at 15:20 UTC
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GarysInSoCal: I would agree. Full frame Nikon and Canon cameras, with quality glass attached, will probably render the best possible images a bride could possibly hope for. I've been shooting weddings for 30 years with Nikon cameras and lenses... never had a single complaint... ;)

And I have shot weddings using an APS-C Sony with no complaints. While gear helps, it has more to do with the photographer's capabilities than the gear.

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2016 at 14:31 UTC
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The Name is Bond: Just put a stack of iphone 7s's on each table with the fake blur feature on, and you're done.

There isn't a iPhone 7s yet. Plus, you would need to go with the iPhone 7 Plus to take advantage of that feature since it is the one with two cameras, which the blur feature uses.

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2016 at 14:27 UTC
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HowaboutRAW: For higher ISO performance I'd pick the A7SII, Df and 1DXII over the D500.

That APSC sensor is the Sony one used so well in the Fuji XPro2 and XT2, also used well by Pentax in the K70. Not used so well by Sony in the A6500.

The sensor in the D500 is not the same one found in the Fuji, Pentax, nor the Sony. The D500 uses a 21MP sensor whereas the Fuji, Pentax, and Sony use a 24MP sensor.

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2016 at 14:25 UTC

Good luck fitting it into tight spaces. The idea is nice, but it really bulks up the size of the wrench, which won't work well for many low clearance applications (which is most of what I run into whenever I need a wrench).

Link | Posted on Dec 23, 2016 at 20:28 UTC as 62nd comment | 1 reply
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rfsIII: Awesome. Except for the fact it's a Microsoft product which means it will come with a ton of bloatware, be taken over by ransomware as soon as it is connected to the internet, have an overly complicated and unnavigable UI, will crash at the worst possible times, and Microsoft will offer its usual "blame the user" non-support. Apple, for all its many faults at least has a base of users who are somewhat helpful.
Microsoft: Beloved by IT managers, hated by users.

My Surface Pro 3 didn't come with any bloatware. Majority of the bloat comes from third parties. I've never had any issues with ransomware, which is not limited to just Windows machines. The UI has been very easy to navigate. My Windows 10 machines have been extremely stable.

It sounds like you lack experience with Windows machines and have a strong, blind bias towards Apple products.

Your comment lacks anything useful to contribute and only spouts falsehoods and biasedness. Put a little more thought into what you are going to say next time.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2016 at 14:46 UTC
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Mistajolly: Is it me or has LSI become a buzzword? Wasn't aware of it until th Oly EM1mk2 was announced.

Also is the 5-axis Sony tech?

I just hope there is a price war now between all the mirrorless peeps. Just need Fuji to add IBIS. Good times I hope!

I wouldn't be surprised if the 5 axis IBIS is based on shared IP between Sony and Olympus. We didn't start seeing 5 axis IBIS on Sony cameras until after they bought a sizeable stake in Olympus a few years back.

Not saying it is exactly the same tech as Olympus', though.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2016 at 19:39 UTC
On article Adobe Lightroom launches for Apple TV (23 comments in total)
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scotthunter: It would be interesting to see what resolution the photos are displayed at. I can't imagine Smart Previews looking very good on a 50" 4K television.

Actually, what is sad is that it isn't a hardware limitation. The latest Apple TV is looks to be more than capable of handling 4k video and photos (games, that's another question), even the HDMI output is up to spec. It looks to be more of a self imposed software limitation.

My guess is that since Apple doesn't yet sell/rent 4K video content yet, they saw no need to make it 4K capable (chicken and egg, cart and horse, etc.). On top of that, if they weren't sure if it could deliver in performance for games at 4K, then it just adds to their "reasons". Once they decide to flip the switch and start selling 4K content, I would imagine they would either firmware update the Apple TV or release a new version. While Apple has always been the one to be more inclined to force new hardware purchases, their Apple TV lineup tends to have a longer shelf life than their phones with less frequent hardware upgrades but more updates.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2016 at 17:28 UTC
On article Adobe Lightroom launches for Apple TV (23 comments in total)
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Phil Levy: Am I missing something but can't the same be done with screen mirroring of a tablet or smartphone running the mobile lightroom app?

But now it is native for the Apple TV and doesn't require a separate device to provide the functionality.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2016 at 13:31 UTC
On article Adobe Lightroom launches for Apple TV (23 comments in total)
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Mais78: is this for the latest Apple TV or also previous models?

The article says its available to download on 4th generation Apple TVs, the only Apple TV where you can download apps. The previous Apple TV's had "Channels" which were preloaded or provided via updates.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2016 at 13:29 UTC
On article Adobe Lightroom launches for Apple TV (23 comments in total)
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scotthunter: It would be interesting to see what resolution the photos are displayed at. I can't imagine Smart Previews looking very good on a 50" 4K television.

The 4th generation Apple TV is not 4K capable (at least not right now). So you are still limited to just a 2MP output on the big screen.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2016 at 13:26 UTC
On article Upwardly mobile: Sony a6300 Review (2159 comments in total)
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watson076: The camera looks cool, the features are brilliant, the image quality however looks like s$@t

@ArtAlt: I think Nandbytes was being sarcastic.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2016 at 20:23 UTC
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