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On article Nikon Z9 long-term shooting experience (214 comments in total)
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Thoughts R Us: "The Z9 is one hell of a camera"

That is a great summary.

And yes, the Z9 is a very enjoyable camera to use; it offers a wonderful experience and makes you want to go out and take photos. As Barney notes, that is a priceless feature, one that should be a litmus test for anyone considering a camera, esp. amateurs.

Why buy a camera if you don't really enjoy using it? And the camera you enjoy is the one you will use more often and hence advance your photographic skills the most.

In reviews there needs to be more talk about the sheer enjoyment factor of using a camera. Yes, it's subjective, but that's what reviews are for; otherwise I can just read a spec sheet.

“History shows you really don’t want to hear real experiences from people who love their A1’s. It’s actually hilarious to hear you make that claim.”

Remember his take on when the A1 fell and was rolling down the ski slope during the Winter Olympics?

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2022 at 12:34 UTC
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BackToNature1: If the rest of the world is going through the almost hyper Inflation that we are seeing here in the USA relative to interest rates, Nikon and just about everyone else can forget about Camera sales increasing anytime soon. In fact, all of them should expect decreases. Don't let out of stock of items have one thinking otherwise, that's can be very misleading.

“So you go on an trust the very same Gov't that was behind the events which led up to what happen in 2008.”

Anything I’ve missed?

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2022 at 12:31 UTC
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Vignes: FHD 240 fps is a good upgrade.
the Stills 195 fps capture is handy feature to have. why complain when it's for free.
it's also shows that there are more room in the hardware to add special features. via FW.
24Mpx stills via hi fps is more manageable than 45Mpx stills via hi fps. For a 24Mpx files, the R3 RAW files are not as large as the A9 ones. This could be a niche. Canon should start doing more updates for R3.
The R3 video capabilities are good but it’s a stills camera built for sports/action use.
It’s nice to see Canon offering some good/daring features.
I had a chance to test the R3 for some time and I think it’s the best camera when it comes to user interface/control. The AF control means via various input ways is fantastic. I want to see this platform succeed. The only comment I have is with the spot metering and the cards. The spot meter is fixed to the centre, they should allow it to be moved to desired location in the frame. They should have offered R3 with dual CFE-B.

“It’s nice to see Canon offering some good/daring features.”

I’m liking the new Canon actually

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2022 at 15:50 UTC

Canon definitely took me by surprise. Well done Canon

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2022 at 17:29 UTC as 50th comment
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Djehuty: Why can’t they put this into the A7SIII? Especially the apply luts part.

“Its Strange that some posts were removed as in this thread i thought there was nothing that should be removed.”

Because someone in particular (who “debates for fun”) was bringing irrelevant camera models like A1, A7IV and how Sony has 10,000 software engineers. When asked for a citation he said prove me wrong that there isn’t 10,000 software engineers 😂

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2022 at 03:15 UTC
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JHambone: Oh no… since updating, the camera constantly stops recording after a few seconds and sometimes the camera loses the sd cards entirely. Have to shut down, pull battery, remove and replace cards so they can be read. ☹️
Also, cannot get front dial to change aperture, it’s set to do it but reverts to av/tv. What’s happening Sony?!?

BTW. Thanks for all of the expert amateur advice in the comments! Being an amateur myself I was pretty sure I bought an amateur camera, got confirmation here. Now, I can relax and take family videos and really bad bike race video with confidence!

“What’s happening Sony?!?”

Have you contacted them?

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2022 at 13:53 UTC
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Djehuty: Why can’t they put this into the A7SIII? Especially the apply luts part.

"But it was just like their S-Cinetone profile. When the A7SIII came out, customers wanted that for that camera. But only when Sony came out with the FX3 did they allow that software update to add S-Cinetone to the A7SIII."

So adding a new feature to a camera is a bad thing now? They added a new feature and that came "free" to the A7SIII users. It's not that they promised something and it didn't come with the release firmware or work as expected when the camera is released.

"They could have had it in that camera all along but until the FX3 wanted users to buy more expensive cinema cams for that profile."

Name one FX3 user who felt "misled" because Sony added the same feature to a A7SIII

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2022 at 15:49 UTC
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BrentSchumer: Nikon's entire APSC strategy seems to be like rowing a boat in a circle. How many times can they remake the Z50 in a different shell?

It's been three years; where are the lenses? If they can't make them, open up Z mount to APSC lenses from Tamron and Sigma.

“How many times can they remake the Z50 in a different shell?”

To be honest Sony has something similar

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2022 at 03:05 UTC
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f1point4andbethere: In the fb A1 user group it's the expected mix of criticism and defense of this firmware update. When you look at the general reception though, becomes clear that this update is not what many A1 users wanted. Sure, having the new raw resolutions is nice, and 8k422 is fine. What most were asking for was:
-Animal eyeAF for video
-Breathing Compensation
-Oversampled 4k mode
-Focus Stacking

Although I don't really care for any of those features myself, this was the very short list of the most common things that Sony should have heard, if they were truly listening.
Oh well, maybe next update. Still a great camera.

“ It is interesting that they did not bring over those features like animal/bird AF in video, and focus breathing correction, that are on the A7IV, to the flagship A1 and the video centric A7SIII.

I wonder why not? Certainly those cameras are capable as they use the same processors and the same menu system.”

As a concerned A1 user as yourself maybe you should directly contact Sony and send this feedback since you are so concerned about this feature

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2022 at 04:18 UTC
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MILC man: "Nikon's new Z9 sensor is being designed completely in-house and will be fabbed by Tower Jazz (now Tower Semiconductor).

Consider the fact that two of Nikon's newer cameras, the Z50 and D7500, already deploy sensors fabbed by Tower Semiconductor (06/04/20).

According to NikonRumors, Tower Semiconductor featured these two Nikon cameras in its own recent advertising website. Also, long time Nikon expert, Tom Hogan, similarly concurs that the Z9 sensor will most likely be manufactured by Tower Semiconductor:

Recent Hogan article on Z9 (03/08/21). Hogan also clears-up the often-repeated fallacy that "Sony makes all Nikons sensors" ... no, they actually don't.

...I also venture out to speculate that the newly-announced Z9 will involve a revolutionary new sensor, designed in-house by Nikon (to be fabbed by Tower Semiconductor), is a convergence of three elements that have all come out virtually simultaneously during the past 1.5 months:"

“But I did not go into Sony Alpha Rumors site to trash talk Sony, I did not go into the Sony forums to trash talk Sony.”

Let me correct that for you

I did go into the Sony articles in DPR website to trash talk Sony

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2022 at 06:41 UTC
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Necip: So all stacked sensor Cameras out there that we know of are made by Sony apart from the Canon R3 allegedly.

But did Canon ever use any Sony sensors?

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2022 at 16:28 UTC
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wezers73: No new mini, shame. Can't believe in 2022 you still have to faff about to minimise a window in osx, no simple 1 click like windows. Plus no snap to side windows.

And for window snapping I use better touch tool! Highly recommend it!

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2022 at 03:14 UTC

Better than I expected! Well done Fuji!

Link | Posted on May 31, 2022 at 15:26 UTC as 24th comment | 1 reply
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Handsome90: Where are all the Sony haters who were damn sure Sony quit the APS-C business?

Hook and sinker!

Link | Posted on May 28, 2022 at 17:15 UTC

Where are all the Sony haters who were damn sure Sony quit the APS-C business?

Link | Posted on May 28, 2022 at 15:07 UTC as 22nd comment | 18 replies
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Chriscotech: This feature is only on North American models, set to English. My Australian camera doesn't have it, I can't think of a reason why not. We also speak English here, as do many other countries. I don't need it personally, but support its inclusion as a feature.

That’s such a shame. They should definitely have more accessibility features like Apple

Link | Posted on May 19, 2022 at 15:12 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Canon cameras - The good and the bad (578 comments in total)
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du four: Just my personal experience - since 2008 I've used a total of nine cameras from Canon, Nikon and Sony for outdoor photography. Often under rather tough conditions in the mountains or in wilderness areas. Never has a Canon camera broken down or needed any repair.

Unfortunately, this does not hold true for cameras of the other two brands. One camera needed 3 repairs over 5 years, two cameras needed to be replaced as repairing them would not have been economic, one additional camera needed two repairs.

Just my personal experience and yours may differ. As far as I'm concerned, however, I will stick to Canon. Initial cost was higher but total cost of ownership was always lower. Reliability isn't everything. But when your out in the mountains or travelling abroad it is an important feature of any camera.

“ Sony cameras were notorious for overheating with video. This had many Canon users question their reliability as cameras when compared to Canon. Once Canon decided to copy Sony and introduce overheating with video use in the R5, it becomes a limitation of a feature. 😂😂 😂”

Don’t forget one vocal Canon user also said repeatedly that the high temperature auto shut off setting is destroying the Sony cameras. Now that Canon adds the same setting, guess if they are saying the same stuff about Canon or not

Link | Posted on May 17, 2022 at 14:39 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Sony 24-70mm F2.8 GM II Review (324 comments in total)
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photography-lover: It seems to be a very good lens.

Not sure it's better than the Nikon 24-70mm f2.8 S but it seems to be close enough.

“what I'm saying is that if you read many comments of some Sony users in these discussions, it often seems like speaking to a robot. It's just a regurgitation of spec sheets, and sometimes cherry picked quotes from other reviewers out of context.”

do you even read quarter of the stuff that you write?

Link | Posted on May 2, 2022 at 07:57 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Sony 24-70mm F2.8 GM II (74 comments in total)
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ModelA1: It will single-handedly replace my GM 24-70 V1 and my G 24-105 F4.
It's an investment for at least the next 5 years that will allow me to have a fairly light lens, capable of resolving sensors of 61mp and above, to be more versatile in both stills and video. It will complement my G 20mm F1/8, GM 35mm F1/4, 50mm F1/2 and GM 100mm STF and GM 135mm F1/8 fixed lenses and my new GM 70-200mm F2/8 II zoom lens which are perfect with the A7RIV (and my A9 too). I haven't received my new G 16-35 F4 PZ yet, so I can't say anything about it.

How can it replace your my G 24-105 F4 (at greater than 70 focal lengths)?

Link | Posted on May 2, 2022 at 07:17 UTC
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jae k: Looks like Sony is willing to sacrifice lens stabilization for a lighter lens. Happy to see they spent time on minimizing focus breathing.

“According to Sony fans, lens stabilization is a must have feature if the Sony lens being discussed has it, or if the Nikon/Canon lens does not.

But if the Sony lens lacks IS, then it's not a good or needed feature.”

Citation needed!

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2022 at 14:25 UTC
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