40daystogo

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On article Updated: Sony a9 samples with Raw support (450 comments in total)
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straylightrun: Color looks terrible. Knowing Sony, they will fix it... By including it in the a9II.

Sony thinks their color is good, and will not listen to users on this issue.

Link | Posted on May 8, 2017 at 06:20 UTC
On article Updated: Sony a9 samples with Raw support (450 comments in total)

Sony either don't care, and are insistent that their choice of "realistic" laboratory-accurate color is the correct way to go, or they don't have enough expertise to produce Canon or Fujifilm-like color in their JPEGs.

I am a Sony user for 3 years, and I am considering switching to either Fujifilm or Canon, solely because of Sony's poor color of JPEGs. Sure, Sony users learn to get around that by RAW processing, but for those who just want nice JPEGs and not have to post process, this is very frustrating.

Link | Posted on May 8, 2017 at 06:18 UTC as 34th comment | 3 replies

After 3 years with Sony, I am exploring other mirrorless brands. While I love the compact size and fast focusing of the Sony, their problem is their terrible JPEG colors. I want JPEGs that are beautiful out of the camera, without having to do so much RAW post processing. I am therefore heading towards Fujifilm or Canon's M5. I'm sad to leave Sony's amazing eye autofocus, but Fujifilm's X-T2 and X-T20 can get me most of the way there, maybe not as good as Sony. But JPEG color is the thing driving me away from Sony. I've tried to tweak the custom settings, for instance, by adding more red and magenta etc. (custom setting A2M1) but nothing quite gets me close to Canon or Fuji colors.

Sure, I get it that some people like Sony's blue-tinged JPEGs, so Sony can keep the main settings to please the blue-JPEG lovers. But why can't Sony give us an extra colour option, in settings, for those who want colors as good as Canon and Fujifilm?

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2017 at 03:42 UTC as 25th comment | 10 replies
On article Fujifilm X100F Review (774 comments in total)
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KrampusClaus: resolution is quite poor considering its somewhat competition, look at woodcut print left of center the upper left corner and background, it compared to the a6xxx, canon m3/m5, etc make it very low resolution, in the ultimate detail sense.

obviously it is the lens? or smearing processing?, how can we know ?

the results are the evidence !

Hi Richard, a major problem with these test target photos is they're so dependent on the particular lens's quality. For instance, the Sony A6000 with a zillion dollar Zeiss lens trumps the Fujifilm X100F's fixed lens, but I would be really interested to see the A6000's results with its standard kit lens. Any chance of Dpreview heading the way of DXO by using your target test on a range of lens. That way, we can get a true gauge of the camera's sensor, rather than it being skewed by Dpreview choosing to test some cameras with their highest-end lenses, while others are tested with lesser lenses, that could give a false impression on the camera's sensor.

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2017 at 01:01 UTC

I don't seem to be able to get such pleasing colors with my Sony A6000. I've used the Sony for about 2 years now, and I kinda yearn for the color rendition of Canon. Back when I bought my Sony A6000, Canon did not have a viable mirrorless alternative with viewfinder, and even now the M5 is a bit conservative in its technology. But the next update of the M5 might tempt me to jump ship to Canon mirrorless.

BTW, I enjoyed the video irrespective of whether it was a paid commercial or not. C'mon, every camera mentioned on dpreview is done so with the intention of getting us to buy it, so what can't Dpreview's videos be paid commercials too?

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2017 at 11:24 UTC as 14th comment | 2 replies
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1578 comments in total)
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Average User: When I read the review, and many of the comments below, I come away feeling that DPR reviewers (who are themselves mostly Nikon and Canon users) don't use the Sony equipment enough to be comfortable with the menus or the function of the cameras. We obviously don't want "fanboy" reviews. But as users get to know their cameras, they do get a lot better at getting the best from them. After reading reviews from capable actual users who have spent more time with the A99II, it does seem that DPR's reviewers may have missed how to get the best from the auto focus.
Of the three technologies: DSLR, SLT and MILC, it does seem MILC and SLT techs are not as well developed as the older DSLR, and if continued will get better. So we should all hope that happens. In fact, even though the older DSLR tech is more finely tuned, comparable Canikons also have serious weaknesses of their own. So I appreciate the A99II as a truly excellent alternative.

Rishi, if you find the color of Sony JPEGS displeasing, why do you use Sony 80% of the time? I am in the same position, in that I am not thrilled with Sony color. I far prefer Canon color. And that is the main reason, after buying into the Sony system with 3 lenses, I am considering shifting to the technically inferior Canon M5.

Sony, please listen. Do something about your Sony-color and make the color more like Canon.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 22:21 UTC
On article Hawks Factory announces new 35mm F2 in M-mount (67 comments in total)

The photo got my hopes up that some bright spark was going to produce a Leica M3 look-alike body with digital sensor with perhaps an M43 mount, or a mount with readily-available lenses. The copyright to the original Leica M3 must be over in most countries. I bet a carbon-copy of a Leica M3 with digital sensor would sell like hot cakes.

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2017 at 10:52 UTC as 4th comment

Although the A6500 is my dream camera with IBIS, I am not interested at that price.

I was not interested in the A6300 because of its high price, and the A6500 is even more expensive.

My current A6000 gives superb image quality, and fast autofocus -- and my three Sony E lenses all have OSS. The IBIS would be nice for using my collection of Nikon legacy and current lenses, but not for the price Sony is asking.

Sony is getting greedy, as one other person below commented.

Canon's EF-M lenses are reasonably-priced, and in a few years time Canon will deliver the technology. Right now, the Canon M5 is too conservative in its technology. I really hope Canon and Nikon give Sony some competition in the mirrorless area, because Sony are price-gouging the market.

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2016 at 05:51 UTC as 65th comment | 4 replies
On article Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D (805 comments in total)

Ansel Adams would have used this camera for his wilderness backpacking.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 14:26 UTC as 82nd comment | 9 replies
On article Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D (805 comments in total)
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Chris2210: It will be interesting to see what battery life is like - my guess is that it will be in a similar ballpark to the GH4 [I note that's 500 shots against its predecessor's 540]. That rating surprised me because I would have pegged the battery life of my GH3 as comfortably into the higher hundreds. It's certainly nowhere near as frustratingly short as most other mirrorless cameras where you certainly need to have a spare for a full days worth of shooting. The GH cameras do of course also benefit from the possibility of an additional unit in a grip.

I suppose it's a minor niggle, but having to switch batteries mid-shoot is a pain - hopefully this camera will have the stamina last a moderate day's worth of shooting.

Batteries for this Hasselblad won't come cheap, and unlikely to be cheap generic batteries on eBay.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 14:24 UTC
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Mark9473: "23 elements (in seven moving groups), seven of which are made from glass with anomalous partial dispersion"

I have zero interest in owning this lens, but I have to admire the skill that went into designing and producing it.

It would have taken skill to give maybe 90% of the quality but in a more realistic weight casing. The numerous comments here, mocking the size and weight, are an indication that most reasonable people, even professionals, are not wanting that size of lens.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2016 at 08:41 UTC

It'd be interesting if someone could tell us the street price of the early Leica M3, M2 and M4 in today's money, to see if Leica's back then were rich people's toys. Without seeing the data, I assume they were working-men's cameras, although maybe slightly more expensive? What if? What if Leica had pitched their prices at the Nikon and Canon price range, or just kept at the same market tier they were decades ago? Could Leica have survived?

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2016 at 08:39 UTC as 46th comment | 18 replies
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rsf3127: I am speechless about this mirrorless system.

Speechlessness doesn't prevent typing on a keyboard.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2016 at 02:15 UTC
On article Worth the wait? A look inside the Pentax K-1 (643 comments in total)
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40daystogo: First off, I think the camera is ugly - but then again, everyone's taste differs. (To put this in perspective, I love the design of Apple, Leica M's, Sony A7 series, Olympus Pen F - I hate Lumix's designs. This Pentax is even uglier than the Lumix's, that's how ugly this Pentax is to my eye).

Next, I think Pentax would have been better off bringing a Full Frame mirrorless system to take on Sony. There's no way that Pentax can compete with the market leaders Canon and Nikon, with Sony coming in 3rd. There just isn't room for another FF DSLR.

Whereas in the FF Mirrorless, apart from Sony there's no one else. All the other mirrorless systems have smaller sensors. Pentax should have tried to become No.2 in FF mirrorless behind Sony.

@MacroBokeh To an extent, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. And, truly, that is the politically correct approach. But, if you consider Apple design vs Taiwan PC design, using that example, it is possible to acknowledge that some people have an eye for design, while other companies just never will get it. Using that empirical approach, the majority of the population fall into the "will never get it" category. When you read that, you naturally could be insulted by it. But you can see that it is an objectively true statement relative to Apple vs PC design. Using that example, Apple design is acknowledged as being the benchmark. There is an equivalent in camera design. That's all I'm saying.

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2016 at 08:57 UTC
On article Worth the wait? A look inside the Pentax K-1 (643 comments in total)
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40daystogo: First off, I think the camera is ugly - but then again, everyone's taste differs. (To put this in perspective, I love the design of Apple, Leica M's, Sony A7 series, Olympus Pen F - I hate Lumix's designs. This Pentax is even uglier than the Lumix's, that's how ugly this Pentax is to my eye).

Next, I think Pentax would have been better off bringing a Full Frame mirrorless system to take on Sony. There's no way that Pentax can compete with the market leaders Canon and Nikon, with Sony coming in 3rd. There just isn't room for another FF DSLR.

Whereas in the FF Mirrorless, apart from Sony there's no one else. All the other mirrorless systems have smaller sensors. Pentax should have tried to become No.2 in FF mirrorless behind Sony.

@MikeF4Black I'm passionate about gorgeous design whereas you're not. My choice of emotive words is to indicate the level of enthusiasm I have for beauty in design.

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2016 at 00:01 UTC

Surely Sigma must realise they are losing sales by omitting OSS/IS from the Sony APS-C lenses. I myself would love to get some Sigma primes for my A6000 -- but cannot because of the lack of OSS/IS. Now, if Sony brings ISIS to their APS-C range, then suddenly Sigma lenses become an option for me, but not without IBIS/OSS/IS.

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2016 at 23:59 UTC as 67th comment | 2 replies
On article Worth the wait? A look inside the Pentax K-1 (643 comments in total)

First off, I think the camera is ugly - but then again, everyone's taste differs. (To put this in perspective, I love the design of Apple, Leica M's, Sony A7 series, Olympus Pen F - I hate Lumix's designs. This Pentax is even uglier than the Lumix's, that's how ugly this Pentax is to my eye).

Next, I think Pentax would have been better off bringing a Full Frame mirrorless system to take on Sony. There's no way that Pentax can compete with the market leaders Canon and Nikon, with Sony coming in 3rd. There just isn't room for another FF DSLR.

Whereas in the FF Mirrorless, apart from Sony there's no one else. All the other mirrorless systems have smaller sensors. Pentax should have tried to become No.2 in FF mirrorless behind Sony.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 13:45 UTC as 131st comment | 16 replies
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40daystogo: I like how just the word OLYMPUS appears on the frontplate of the camera. I don't like the word OLYMPUS PEN that they use on the PEN series. Why can't it, there, be just OLYMPUS as well? Looks more stylish without the word PEN.

Nixyx, yes, I realise that, but as a person who never used Olympus before I do not have any emotional connection to the PEN name, so, to me, it just looks like bad design.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2016 at 08:12 UTC
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40daystogo: Disappointed at lack of IBIS and the higher price. So I am glad I will NOT need to upgrade my A6000.

Sony updated the things I don't care for, but ignored the one thing I needed.

I desperately wanted IBIS, so if no IBIS I'll wait for next update. I need IBIS because so many of Sony's prime lenses don't have OSS. I also need IBIS for use with legacy lenses. I also need IBIS to use Sigma's non-OSS lenses.

Don't like the weight increase (I'd accept weight increase for IBIS, but not for other features).

The A6000's fast autofocus was fine for me, so I don't care much for the slightly better focus of the A6300.

I don't do much video, so don't care for the 4K video feature.

If Sony raise prices to Fuji level, I might switch to Fuji.

Happy to continue with my A6000 until Sony's next update. A6000's image quality is so good that I don't need to update until Sony bring out APS-C IBIS. So even if the next update around 2018 lacks IBIS, I still won't upgrade.

If Sony was targeting the video crowd, then they should have provide an articulating screen to allow the user to video themselves. Such screens are not just for selfies, but would be very useful for producing documentaries where the person speaks to the video camera.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2016 at 06:18 UTC

I like how just the word OLYMPUS appears on the frontplate of the camera. I don't like the word OLYMPUS PEN that they use on the PEN series. Why can't it, there, be just OLYMPUS as well? Looks more stylish without the word PEN.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2016 at 06:15 UTC as 14th comment | 4 replies
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