dinoSnake

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On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2732 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 :(

"Terrible" image quality?? Really? I wonder where people's expectations are coming from nowadays, I guess the fantasy of "perfection" is all that is allowed.

Will anyone actually be able to tell, in everyday real life, the difference between any of these top-level cameras when viewing an image?

Link | Posted on May 31, 2017 at 01:11 UTC
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ahaack: You have to ask why would some scam artists have better technology then Canon and Co.
One should never present a kickstarter project as something that will become a real product. These projects are some sort of fantasy and will never exist.
90% of the kicksarter tech projects fail in one or the other way. I lost 100s of Dollars on kickstarter.

Usually people with a big ego, two left hands and no engineering, production, management and what so ever skills come up
with lame idea, draw a box with some holes on paper and go to China and expect that they can siphon off all the profits and let the Chinese company do all the risk taking, research,  development, manufacturing, testing and management for a penny for them.

And we know this, because??

Their statement matches Nikon's original claim of the development of Matrix metering, on the FA, rather precisely.

Link | Posted on May 29, 2017 at 19:37 UTC
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ahaack: You have to ask why would some scam artists have better technology then Canon and Co.
One should never present a kickstarter project as something that will become a real product. These projects are some sort of fantasy and will never exist.
90% of the kicksarter tech projects fail in one or the other way. I lost 100s of Dollars on kickstarter.

Usually people with a big ego, two left hands and no engineering, production, management and what so ever skills come up
with lame idea, draw a box with some holes on paper and go to China and expect that they can siphon off all the profits and let the Chinese company do all the risk taking, research,  development, manufacturing, testing and management for a penny for them.

@cybertec69

"What comparable technology have you seen from Canon, Nikon, Sony, it any other DSLR manufacturer, I haven't"

A system that "chooses ideal camera settings for a particular scene based on what it has learned from thousands of similar existing photographs.'?

Ert, aren't they describing the basic claim of Matrix metering?

Link | Posted on May 29, 2017 at 13:14 UTC
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DPPMetro: I use a couple Think Tank items, such as lens pouches, but their bags are just overpriced and scream for thieves to come over and try their luck. However, much better than that silly Peak Design stuff and unlike F-Stop, they actually deliver their items. Me, outside of my lens pouches, I actually don't use photography-specific gear to carry my equipment around while working.

I'm using a Think Tank Urban Approach 15, absolutely packed to the GILLS with gear, and although it wasn't "low priced" it is really an excellent bag. The amount of m43 gear and accessories I have in this very modest-sized bag will frighten you but it all fits, and is protected, beautifully thanks to very careful and thoughtful design.

So I'm very happy with it.

Link | Posted on May 28, 2017 at 14:41 UTC
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panchorancho: What's the point of going Sony FF, when lenses are the same DSLR size? What a gimmick!

@vscd

We know, you don't want to change. But you keep missing the point, which we will use your own words to collaborate:

"I really don't understand what you all want with that EVF Junk. I look throug a viewfinder and know from experience that I have to adjust +2/3 ev or -1/3 EV in back light, snow or whatever. If I fail, which sometimes may happen, I can see this on the screen anyway."

What screen would that be? OH, you mean the REAR LCD?!

Don't you get it? You checked your exposure by chimping, AFTER the shot. If it was an action shot, and your best guess at EC was off...you missed the shot.

If you were using an EVF you got an exposure preview, even under and over-exposure warnings, BEFORE the shot. Allowing you to make the adjustments on the fly and get that shot, first time.

Chimping is passe, after the shot is just that, AFTER. Too late sometimes. EVF's Live View allows you see what and how the camera sees, before and during the shot. Big difference.

Link | Posted on May 26, 2017 at 18:54 UTC
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chshooter: Fewer and fewer manufacturers actually announce new products at these events. Most of them host their own events anyway.

Such big fairs are simply not needed anymore and the market is in steep decline anyway. Let's be honest, nobody except a few pros and enthusiasts gives a d*** about dedicated photography and video products anymore. The new iPhone announcement is more relevant to photography than any camera show can ever be these days.

Furthermore, why would anyone travel to Germany just to look at a few cameras that have already been leaked or announced. I can understand going to such an event in vegas or new York since youcan actually have fun there, but in Germany, not even remotely.

@PhotoUniverse: You forgot the part that said, "I'm in the same place you are". That, meaning: I live here, too :)

I didn't buy into the propaganda. You know what I'm saying is true but New Yorkers just never want to admit it to anyone outside. 34-year olds still living with 2 roommates to afford rents. Nightlife that has DIED: although I wasn't really a client, when CGBG went out all the other unique places followed. 40 minute lines for food trucks, because the food in the business districts STINKS. People working 50 and 60 hour workweeks to make ends meet, sometimes 2 jobs. Unique neighborhood locations and stores...being torn down for yet *another* high-rise condo tower. "So much to do!", yet people so constantly strapped for money that they have to pick and choose. MISERABLE traffic and noise.

I'm from a hip upstate town with restaurants, shops, wine bars, cafes and even 24-hour shopping within a 10 minute walk/15 minute drive away. Plus parks and a waterfall. You can keep NYC!

Link | Posted on May 25, 2017 at 22:39 UTC
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chshooter: Fewer and fewer manufacturers actually announce new products at these events. Most of them host their own events anyway.

Such big fairs are simply not needed anymore and the market is in steep decline anyway. Let's be honest, nobody except a few pros and enthusiasts gives a d*** about dedicated photography and video products anymore. The new iPhone announcement is more relevant to photography than any camera show can ever be these days.

Furthermore, why would anyone travel to Germany just to look at a few cameras that have already been leaked or announced. I can understand going to such an event in vegas or new York since youcan actually have fun there, but in Germany, not even remotely.

(also adds)

How many times to the people who say that they love NYC's art and culture...actually go out and DO those things? At $95 to $160 per ticket for Broadway now, not many. I've have people who live in NYC say they've never been to the Statue of Liberty! O.O But NYC is so GREAT for having the things...that they never use!

To me this place is boring. BORING BORING BORING. Same-old same-old every day: money, job, maybe a club or bar for "entertainment", shopping, maybe the occasional cultural experience. Bah. Give me an open sky anyday.

Link | Posted on May 25, 2017 at 18:04 UTC
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chshooter: Fewer and fewer manufacturers actually announce new products at these events. Most of them host their own events anyway.

Such big fairs are simply not needed anymore and the market is in steep decline anyway. Let's be honest, nobody except a few pros and enthusiasts gives a d*** about dedicated photography and video products anymore. The new iPhone announcement is more relevant to photography than any camera show can ever be these days.

Furthermore, why would anyone travel to Germany just to look at a few cameras that have already been leaked or announced. I can understand going to such an event in vegas or new York since youcan actually have fun there, but in Germany, not even remotely.

New Yorkers constantly think that only NY has culture, restaurants, history and interesting places.

Everyone believes the propaganda that NYC is a "foodie town". *Sure*, there are very good restaurants in NYC...if you are prepared to travel 45 minutes to them (because 1/3 of the subway is shut down during the weekends), then walk 10 minutes to the restaurant, wait to sit and then another 10 minutes just to get your order placed.

Expect to eat in NYC 1 hour after you are actually hungry, if you are going to any restaurant that is considered either somewhat good or interesting.

And that's only on the weekends. During the week you work, so you eat around your job and around home during the night. And too much Manhattan food STINKS. It's a vast wasteland of tourist-approved (read: BLAND and SIMILAR, same dishes in 3 different delis!) in midtown, mediocre food in many neighborhoods.

And you *know* that's true. There's a reason why everyone waits on food truck lines. :-)

Link | Posted on May 25, 2017 at 17:59 UTC
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chshooter: Fewer and fewer manufacturers actually announce new products at these events. Most of them host their own events anyway.

Such big fairs are simply not needed anymore and the market is in steep decline anyway. Let's be honest, nobody except a few pros and enthusiasts gives a d*** about dedicated photography and video products anymore. The new iPhone announcement is more relevant to photography than any camera show can ever be these days.

Furthermore, why would anyone travel to Germany just to look at a few cameras that have already been leaked or announced. I can understand going to such an event in vegas or new York since youcan actually have fun there, but in Germany, not even remotely.

@PhotoUniverse

Well, by that measure, I wouldn't say many American cities are worthy at all. NYC is certainly overhyped - talk about "Nice place to visit but I wouldn't want to live here"! :) It's h-e-double-ll here. What do I tell others? Don't come, you'll hate it here. Food stinks, too crowded, stupid prices, slum landlords, "interesting" if all you care about is money and getting drunk (the "daytime" and "nighttime" activities, respectively).

One of the few cities I like is Denver, what a nice place (nice people, beautiful state!)

I've been to 45 states and I've only flown about 9 times in my life.

Link | Posted on May 25, 2017 at 15:58 UTC
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chshooter: Fewer and fewer manufacturers actually announce new products at these events. Most of them host their own events anyway.

Such big fairs are simply not needed anymore and the market is in steep decline anyway. Let's be honest, nobody except a few pros and enthusiasts gives a d*** about dedicated photography and video products anymore. The new iPhone announcement is more relevant to photography than any camera show can ever be these days.

Furthermore, why would anyone travel to Germany just to look at a few cameras that have already been leaked or announced. I can understand going to such an event in vegas or new York since youcan actually have fun there, but in Germany, not even remotely.

@PhotoUniverse

I'm in the same place you are. I hate it here. Shallow people and boooooring.

OTOH, Vegas, boring? Only if you insist on following the sheep and doing the typical, boring things that typical, boring people are told that they have to: casinos, stage shows, going out drinking, sitting by the pool, going shopping. Either stay home or put and end to yourself if that's what you consider worthy of a trip.

Actually LEAVE Las Vegas, using it only as a bedroom, and it's an incredible place to be! Red Rock Canyon, Grand Canyon, Death Valley, hiking, skydiving, canoeing, ballooning, rock scrabbling, etc etc etc.

Link | Posted on May 25, 2017 at 14:57 UTC
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panchorancho: What's the point of going Sony FF, when lenses are the same DSLR size? What a gimmick!

@vscd

"No ones cares about about a realtime exposure preview in the Viewfinder."

How in the world can you say that??! Are you saying that you trust your metering so much, to make an accurate exposure calculation, that you *wouldn't* want know what that calculation will be BEFORE the shot?

Really?

Wow, either more trusting, or better experience with exposure meter accuracy, than I get!

Link | Posted on May 24, 2017 at 17:15 UTC
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chshooter: Fewer and fewer manufacturers actually announce new products at these events. Most of them host their own events anyway.

Such big fairs are simply not needed anymore and the market is in steep decline anyway. Let's be honest, nobody except a few pros and enthusiasts gives a d*** about dedicated photography and video products anymore. The new iPhone announcement is more relevant to photography than any camera show can ever be these days.

Furthermore, why would anyone travel to Germany just to look at a few cameras that have already been leaked or announced. I can understand going to such an event in vegas or new York since youcan actually have fun there, but in Germany, not even remotely.

@PhotoUniverse:

+1. NYC is overhyped, overblown and has been Disney-fied within an inch of its life. It has become a BORING city, focused on money and how you look (to others, on your Facebook page, while you're at the club, etc etc). Almost everything genuine or unique, what used to make the city interesting, has been (or is being) drained away.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2017 at 20:53 UTC
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dmanthree: And you get *what* for all that money? So much for Leica quality.

Yes, other companies have dealt with corroding ("peeling") sensors: the Sony sensor issue that I reminded you of. The recall numbers where HUGE

http://www.imaging-resource.com/badccds.html

And that list was never updated to include the full list of affected models.

The Fuji Finepix S2 Pro is on that list, which was a $2400 camera in 2002.

It seems as though CCD's, unless special care is taken, are more susceptible to this type of failure problem. Don't place the blame on Leica, you blame Leica for how they are (or are not) handling the problem, again they didn't make the sensor.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2017 at 16:21 UTC
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dmanthree: And you get *what* for all that money? So much for Leica quality.

That would be a relevant comment...if Leica actually manufactured sensors. Since they don't, and another company (Kodak) supplied the sensor, Leica is only mopping up the mess.

You know, like Canon, Nikon and other companies had to when their 2/3-inch Sony sensors failed.

This announcement is Leica telling us that they will now handle free replacements of any failed sensor for up to 5 years from original date of purchase. That policy is better than some, not as good as others, but very, very good overall.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2017 at 02:49 UTC
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panchorancho: What's the point of going Sony FF, when lenses are the same DSLR size? What a gimmick!

@panchorancho
When Lensrentals took apart the Sony pro zoom they found it pretty well built with the exception of a single point issue, which they questioned.

Would you prefer the lens still read "Minolta"? Would that satisfy your preconceptions?

Link | Posted on May 20, 2017 at 01:56 UTC
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panchorancho: What's the point of going Sony FF, when lenses are the same DSLR size? What a gimmick!

@Martinka

"Sensor quality has nothing in common with mirroless..."

Nope! It has to do with, currently, being SONY.

And since Sony is going mirrorless...

See the connection?

Link | Posted on May 17, 2017 at 22:55 UTC
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Peiasdf: Reads more like damage control than anything. Explaining adding V-Log would increase MSRP of camera not because it actually increase cost but because some people are willing to pay extra for it.

The talk of doubling market share is also nonsense. Panasonic's share of EVIL/mirrorless have been on a steady declining of the past few years due to ever stronger competition from SONY and Fuji and Olympus switching to SONY sensor.

@Androole

Oh, I was speaking more generally, as in how many $2,000 cameras the industry's sales can support; the extra $100 for V-Log is only icing on the cake at that point.

As Olympus' interview noted, most of the early sales for EM1 mkII seemed to go to "core Olympus users", read: upgraders. That is, not as many new converts to the brand. Is that a good long-term plan for survival? It fails to account for attrition, the loss of customers to age, accidents or just to switch brands because of the attraction of New and Shiny. And, if the New and Shiny costs less, then that is only a greater draw to it.

Link | Posted on May 10, 2017 at 14:33 UTC
On article Updated: Sony a9 samples with Raw support (450 comments in total)
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Arastoo Vaziri: Sony loves cyans.

"Sony loves cyans"

It is strange. "We've not been wild about Sony's color for a while now, which generally skew towards greenish yellows and cool greens" - this has been Sony's color response since 1970's Trinitrons. Really.

Therefore you state that you don't like a profile that defines Sony for, now, at least 40 years.

It is intrinsic in the brand. You need to accept it to understand Sony, the color profile never fully departs from their products. That is not spoken of as a positive, nor a negative, it simply "is".

In the same way that Ektachrome has a look, in the same way that Kodachrome had a look, in the same way that Fuji Velvia had a look, Sony has a look and that look includes the cool greens. And, in the same way we did with those aforementioned films. we either liked it and chose to participate...or we looked elsewhere, because the intrinsic property of the product is not really subject to change.

Link | Posted on May 10, 2017 at 02:47 UTC
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Peiasdf: Reads more like damage control than anything. Explaining adding V-Log would increase MSRP of camera not because it actually increase cost but because some people are willing to pay extra for it.

The talk of doubling market share is also nonsense. Panasonic's share of EVIL/mirrorless have been on a steady declining of the past few years due to ever stronger competition from SONY and Fuji and Olympus switching to SONY sensor.

@Revenant: Absolutely true, that's economic theory.

But, as the 2008 crash proved, theory and reality do not necessarily meet up in real life. You can charge whatever you want for your product. The question is: will people PAY for it? Are you limiting your market by making something premium-priced, rather than hold the line?

The age old price vs volume question. As someone who has seen both sides of the coin, both retail and manufacturing, I believe in the "volume" theory, and have used it to prove points in the past myself. All markets have a limited demographic - repeat that: all. There is NO such thing as the Wall Street dreamed-about "infinite growth potential". It ALL will come crashing down, sooner or later, when the market for something saturates.

Always. So do you make your base wide, with affordability, or smaller with higher profits up-front?

You've heard my market-proven answer, but that's just my experience.

Link | Posted on May 9, 2017 at 18:34 UTC
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dinoSnake: I find it, well, a bit amazing that Panasonic talks about doubling their business by 2020 but, in all these years, they have done very, very little regarding their rather small dealer network, which can pretty much NEVER support that ambitious growth goal. If they want to double their volume they need to get out from behind their CAD screens and GET A REAL MARKETING DEPARTMENT to do something about getting their products on the tips of people's minds when it comes to cameras.

When a person goes shopping for a camera they should think "Nikon, Canon, Sony and Panasonic" on their shopping list if Panasonic is truly committed to that volume goal. But their marketing, and their dealer network, has been weak for the full decade of m43 development; mainstream consumers, at least here in the States, barely register Panasonic as a player who's products they should shop for.

Both have the funds, they are multi-billion dollar corporations. The issue isn't funds per-se, they can certainly pull several million from somewhere else in order to build a marketing plan that will potentially pay back their investment.

The problem is corporate mindset: both companies do not feel that they necessary *have* to spend multimillions on marketing because both companies are currently more R&D dependent. Fuji spent well when they had to compete against Kodak; now that Kodak is gone, along with most of the film market, they simply don't feel the same pressure and decide to concentrate on other efforts. I mean, when was the last time you saw a 3M, Black and Decker or, less so, Dell, advert (before the last 2 months' newest campaign)?

Link | Posted on May 9, 2017 at 16:23 UTC
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