VirtualMirage

VirtualMirage

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anticipation_of: Another thought: do Hasselblad make lenses that can actually resolve this amount of detail? Having more pixels is worse than useless if the image being projected onto them isn’t sharp enough to use them all—might as well just downscale and save yourself the grief of wrestling with such a huge image file. I think I remember hearing that Sony’s GM lenses are designed to be good out to 100 megapixels. Are Hassy’s lenses really twice as sharp?

That claim is for a 100MP density on a full frame sensor. That's a pixel pitch of ~2.9 microns. Sony's 42MP A7RIII has a pixel pitch of ~4.5 microns. Hassy's 100MP sensor has a pixel pitch of ~4.6 microns. 400MP (actually, closer to 403.5MP) on a medium format sensor has a pixel pitch of ~2.3 microns.

Just because they are able to get a 400MP resolution image out of the camera doesn't meant you need a lens that resolves 400MP. Remember, this extra resolution is from shifting the sensor, not trying to capture 400MP all at once. Much of that added "resolution" is coming from overlapping the color filters, providing real color data that doesn't have to be interpolated (4 shot mode, and the first 4 shots in 6 shot mode). This is how lower resolution Foveon sensors always managed to compete against much higher resolution bayer sensors. The 400MP resolution increase comes from the additional two shots taken that are done in half pixel increments (adding detail between the original pixels).

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2018 at 14:41 UTC
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Scottelly: ". . . a 28MP BSI sensor . . ." How pathetic is it that years later we STILL don't have any option of an APS-C sensor camera with such an amazing spec. What gives Sony? Nikon? Canon? WTH?!?

And NO . . . please don't tell me that 24 MP is enough. The 1" cameras with 20 MP have far greater density than any 24 MP camera does, so lenses CAN and ARE made that can take advantage of a 30 MP sensor that's APS-C size. The computer processing can easily handle it too. Sony made a 24 MP camera that could shoot at 12 fps about 5 years ago (A77). I think by now they could make a 30 MP camera, like an A77 III. With BSI its photos would be less noisy than the A77 II. I'd like to see an A6700 with a 30 MP BSI sensor, capable of 4Kp60, 1080p240, and 12 fps at 14bit color depth . . . with GPS.

Actually, it's closer to 6 years ago that the A77 was released. It was announced in Aug. 2011 and released late October-ish 2011 (different countries had different release dates and there was an issue with the initial firmware release that delayed the launch for some). I remember pre-ordering and getting the camera less than two months before my daughter was born.

I don't agree needing more resolution on APS-C. The difference between 24, 28, and 30 is small (8-12.5% in linear resolution). But I do agree that more could be done to update today's sensors to better perform (noise, speed, color, etc.), including some tech that was in Samsung's and even in Sony's full frame and 1" sensor lineups. BSI and 14-bit RAW output are missing from Sony's APS-C lineup.

Give me an A77III with a 24MP Stacked BSI sensor, 14-bit RAW output, no OLPF, OSPDAF support for all lenses, 5-axis IBIS, your video specs, focus assist with no flash in final exposure, the A9's EVF, and the A99II's build quality.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2017 at 14:10 UTC

What I am not liking about it is that it, at least from what I am seeing, you are forced to use Adobe's cloud in order for it to work. I'm already paying for a 1TB storage through someone else that can store more than just photos at a cheaper cost. I don't want to have to pay for yet another cloud storage just so I can store and work on my photos when I already have something available for me to use that I am already paying for.

I don't mind the subscription model to use their software....err....services, providing it is reasonably priced. For the past few years, I have been using their CC Photography Plan for $10 a month and I feel that is fair considering the tools I have access to and the "more frequent" updates. But to lock you in to using theirs...not something I am liking.

Now I am sure someone will try to find a work around which require you to hit a waypoint at your foot when you are just trying to go from your elbow to hand, but its added complexity that could be avoided.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2017 at 12:27 UTC as 78th comment | 1 reply
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Spectro: Ps4 ftw

I'm more of a Coleco man.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2017 at 12:26 UTC
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Charles2: There was an infamous problem with the A700: the dials would fail intermittently, and when they did, the camera was either unpredictable or totally inoperable. Mine had this problem, I paid Sony's US repair station, and the problem soon recurred. I decided then that never again would I buy a Sony camera.

In my nearly 4 years of ownership of the A700, I never had that issue. The coworker I sold it to didn't have any issues with it with the years of use he put on it. So while known to happen, I'm not sure it reached the levels of infamy. I've never experienced it with my A77 nor my A77II either.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2017 at 18:20 UTC
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h2k: Is something wrong with my connection, or does this Throwback text really end after about 6 lines?

Since I count 7 lines (8 if you count the space), then there might be something going on with your connection. ;)

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2017 at 18:15 UTC
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samhain: I had the A750. Loved that camera.

I don't know if I would be raving about the A750's picture quality or camera capability, but there is something to be said for its ability to make and receive phone calls.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2017 at 18:13 UTC

This was my first DSLR. I kept going back and forth between this and the D300. But the Sony's feel in the hands, it's very obvious Minolta DNA (I grew up with Minolta), and it's menu all felt more natural to me than the D300. The D300 may have been superior in many ways, for the time, but the A700 just felt better and had more character.

If there was any major flaw that stood out for me at the time of ownership, it would be that it was unable to MFA lenses. Granted, MFA was fairly new, but it wasn't unknown territory. Sure, some may cite it's high ISO as being an issue. But for me, that wasn't as impacting as my inability to calibrate focus. If I had to choose between a noisy image or a soft/out of focus image, I would choose the noisy image. It was a lot easier to post process noise than to try and sharpen up an out of focus image.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2017 at 15:20 UTC as 53rd comment
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VirtualMirage: I've had my Surface Pro 3 for a few years now with no issues at all. I bought it to replace my laptop, which I primarily used for when traveling. Battery life is decent and, while not the fastest by today's standards, handles everyday tasks and Lightroom well enough when on vacation. Slap in a fairly large micro-SDXC card, and I would have plenty of storage for my photos and videos until I got home to offload them to my desktop.

I use Core Temp on my desktop, which I built myself and is overclocked using liquid cooling. Never felt the need to install it on my Surface since its running stock, doesn't run hot, and has never given me issues.

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2017 at 19:28 UTC
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VirtualMirage: I've had my Surface Pro 3 for a few years now with no issues at all. I bought it to replace my laptop, which I primarily used for when traveling. Battery life is decent and, while not the fastest by today's standards, handles everyday tasks and Lightroom well enough when on vacation. Slap in a fairly large micro-SDXC card, and I would have plenty of storage for my photos and videos until I got home to offload them to my desktop.

I can't really say how warm it gets exactly, but I don't find it getting as hot as my laptops did. I would say maybe as warm as an iPad, plus or minus. There are fans that run internally and you will hear them if its running something intensive. I never found the fans to become annoying in sound or noise level, just that you know it is running.

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2017 at 02:19 UTC
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M Chambers: Why were they ever recommended. I generally don't hate any product. To each their own. But I truly hate the Surface as customers think they're buying one thing when in fact they're getting something totally different.

I was working the Holiday season in 2014 and the Surface sold like ice water in hell. Sure enough customers came back mad as hell. Should they have done more research before buying? Of course.

For the money there are far better tablets and laptops than the Surface.

I'm hoping you are referring to just the original Surface (1 and 2) and not the Surface Pro or other versions that came afterwards.

Yes, the original Surface and Surface 2 (not Pro) were poor products, in my opinion. It wasn't much more than a Windows version of a Chromebook, limited to only apps offered in Microsoft's Windows Store. It couldn't run any "real" PC programs. I think even Microsoft realized the mistake of this since shortly afterwards they did away with that type of model. From the Surface 3 and newer along with all of the Surface Pro models can handle regular Windows applications.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2017 at 17:04 UTC

I've had my Surface Pro 3 for a few years now with no issues at all. I bought it to replace my laptop, which I primarily used for when traveling. Battery life is decent and, while not the fastest by today's standards, handles everyday tasks and Lightroom well enough when on vacation. Slap in a fairly large micro-SDXC card, and I would have plenty of storage for my photos and videos until I got home to offload them to my desktop.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2017 at 16:58 UTC as 69th comment | 4 replies
On article Simple demo shows the power of a polarizing filter (134 comments in total)

I, personally, am not big on putting another piece of glass in front of your lens (especially "protective" filters), but polarizers are one of the few I feel is a must have in anyone's kit.

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2017 at 20:05 UTC as 30th comment
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2756 comments in total)
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stadlereric: The image quality is terrible IMO. It reminds me of the image quality I got with my A77 with the SLT mirror in the way. Huge disappointment. I guess we'll never get A900 color/image quality again :(

Aside from taking away less than 1/2 stop of light, the mirror itself doesn't impact image quality, at least not at the resolution the A77 has along with the fastest lenses available. You'll need a much higher resolution sensor with a smaller pixel pitch along with a super fast lens for the SLT to start becoming a factor. This has been proven and discussed many times.

Having said that, the softness of the A9 RAW images doesn't appear to be impacting raw detail (even DPR states as such). This is also evidenced with how much detail "comes back" when looking at the JPEGs. It is most likely due to the AA filter. Nothing a custom RAW profile can't take care of by adding back in some sharpening.

As for the noise, looks pretty good overall. The noise at the extremely high, I'll never use, ISOs does remind me of the blotchier noise of the A77 that was harder to clean up (the A77II's sensor rectified this). But at more realistic ISOs (12,800 and below), the noise looks to be quite manageable.

Link | Posted on May 31, 2017 at 03:37 UTC
On photo spain (221) in the Spoof challenge (9 comments in total)

It's a Lavazza ad. Comes up pretty quick doing a web search. Google "Lavazza ad spoons model".

As such, I think this image should be disqualified/removed and most likely violates someone's copyright. It is in no shape or form a spoof of the original image. There is no creative recreation being done, it's stealing someone else's work via copy/paste and claiming credit for it. It's false advertisement in one of the worst ways, pun intended.

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2017 at 02:39 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1582 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 (1582 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 25th 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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