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mart1234: The only Sony I have used that had proper ergonomics and interface. Good looking too. Sadly, the limited lens range at the time forced me to change brand.

After using A6000 and A7R I share your sentiments. Somehow the overall package suits and makes making photographs a breeze whereas many things just come in my way when I use mirrorless bodies.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 12:40 UTC
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chshooter: I had one back in the day but I exclusively saw it as a studio camera. The noise was just too much at everything but base ISO and the focusing coverage with only 9 or 11 points was pretty bad even back then. The fact that it totally missed out on the upcoming features like live-view and video was also a letdown.

It was the resolution king but pretty bad at everything else.

I used A900 exclusively for outdoor photography until I bought A7R few months ago. In many aspects it is still a camera that stands far above A7R. It has its limitations but those that you mention (lack of live view, few AF selection points and noise at high ISO settings) are not real showstoppers for average photographer. I snapped many great landscapes and portraits, mostly using base ISO setting but few at 800 to 1600.

Overall A900 is the camera that is much better than A6000 that I used and comparable to A7R to put it frankly. Photographer with better skills that I posses would have no problems with capturing excellent photographs with ease in all kinds of situations.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 12:35 UTC
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TheWhiteDog: Thank you so much for this article!!! Here I was racking my brains out figuring how I could upgrade to this camera from my Fuji x30- you just saved me a bundle of money- I have no idea how I'll ever be able to thank you enough! All kidding aside, excellent article and a very good cautionary tale on why jumping at "the new next best thing" is not always wise. These cameras will develop further 100MP sensors, better autofocus etc but right now they are in their infancy- but it has to start somewhere.

The only problem is that no one wrote similar article when new FF Sony, Nikon or Canon were issued and similar arguments could be brought forward using older, much cheaper models or smaller formats.

To me that article is weird. Not because it does not contain valid arguments, because it undoubtedly does. Reading it is amusing because I can remember where in many respects half baked cameras (like my new used A7R ;-) for example) were reviewed on that website, generating awe and praise regarding that holy grail of photo IQ improvement not perceptible to 90% of users, at the same time lightly skimming through all shortcomings like sluggish operation, EVF/LCD quirks or battery consumption.

I hope that new found sober commonsense approach will translate to reviews and the conveyor belt of silver and gold rewards will be replaced by summaries that provide adequate focus to all shortcomings and are not afraid to downgrade rating by more than few % points.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2017 at 14:29 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1579 comments in total)
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Vivid1: Another whiz bang camera from Sony that looks like it should appeal to pros, yet it has no pro following because it has no pro system. Why does Sony not decide which system they want to support, spend money on expanding their lens lineup, then convince some pros - maybe they'll get some customers...

@Viviv1 has a point. Please find me those thousands or event hundreds of great Minolta lenses being offered on the used market. Quick search from today: 100 AF f2 - one offered on ebay. This is at the time when a lot of A-mount users already jettisoned to other systems. The prices are low, but I do not think it is such a good thing. I bought my copy of 100 2-3 years ago and it already lost 60-70 USD in value. I saw modern Zeiss being offered 300-500 USD less than their store price. When I used Canon, I was able to sell lenses for my own purchase price and fast as used lens market was much deeper on both buyer and seller side.

A mount might be ok if one wants to search for a infrequent bargain on a good classic Minolta lens. However buying body for 3.2K (that has features that can't be taken advantage of with those older lenses) is somewhat of a contradiction to that approach.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 14:26 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1579 comments in total)
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Deven-D7: To those who want to know to whom this camera is marketed to, it is made for people like me. I am a long time Minolta user that never gave up on the A-mount. In fact, I keep adding lenses and made a point of getting only FF ones (Zeiss if possible). $3200 is an incredible amount of money to spend on a camera that will likely become outdated in a few years but to me at least, the A99ii likely will be something I do not move on from for a least a decade. I think the A99ii represents the pinnacle of technology. It does everything extremely well.

The whole point to getting such a camera is to team it up with many of the outstanding lenses in the Sony lineup (and yes, many have been updated recently). To me the main 'knock' on the Sony lineup of lenses is that they do not have 'cheaper' versions in the lens lineup (like F4 lenses, or the 24-105 lens). Lenses last 'forever' while bodies will come and go. It may take years to 'collect' lenses, but the A99ii should still be there.

This is great FF camera but there is no lack of great FF cameras from various manufacturers at this moment. I use(d) A900 for the last 6 years but A99II is just not a replacement. It is prohibitively expensive to create modern A mount system.

Problem is that Sony mintains systems that are kind of mixed bags. For example, A7R I bought recently to potentially replace A900, is so much behind the old camera as far as the ergonomics and speed of operation are concerned that it is not even funny. It produces great output but as camera it is simply unrefined.

With A99II I can see two options: have another mixed bag (great camera, not so great lenses) for around 3.2K USD or spend twice as much in order to refresh camera and lens lineup. For some it could be viable approach. For an amateur that does not need updated AF system A99II brings little to the table over available 1K cameras do.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 13:54 UTC
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caribousteaks: As a die hard Aperture user in denial and owner of C1v8 and v9 I really really desperately want to love C1.....but I don't. I really hate to say it but C1 despite being much more powerful and better than Aperture just does not have the flow nor the intuitiveness and better looking layout as Aperture does. I am desperate, as many in my camp are, to find a replacement for dead as a dodo Aperture but I completely struggle with C1. Where is the...? How come its like that...? etc. etc. the visual simplicity that Apple created with the layout in Aperture and easy flow of work in editing tools and use especially over bulk processing images simply makes C1 cumbersome and a chore. I really want to love C1 but so far with v8 and 9 it has not won my heart. And then this nickel and dime v10 on the heels v9...come on thats ridiculous. This isn't Adobe people...bad move Phase 1 that should be a free upgrade not 100$ not a year from the prior version. Makes customers feel like being had

I do not have experience working with Aperture but just have general comment. In my work I just switched from Windows to Mac. My initial impressions were how the hype is far cry from reality, how the Mac (hardware and software) feels unrefined and cumbersome. How form over function makes life more difficult. After few weeks I am getting along. There are several thing that still amaze me why Apple went a long way to make life complex but overall it is another system with its own advantages and quirks.

Bottom line. You worked with Aperture for so long that you got stuck in its ways. You feel it fits you like a glove. CaptureOne has many advantages over your old app. Accept it and try to leave or work around its pitfalls. Over time you will feel you can't work with other application. I wish there was but there is no perfect software.

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2016 at 14:46 UTC

Thank you for showing beauty of Polish landscape. Few years ago, following Zygmunt Glogier's fascinating book, I made trip along Narew river, a bit south off Drweca. Great advanture, spying on moose families, being chased by wild hog, seeing misty river mornings. Drweca joins Wisla river near beautiful city of Torun. The idea for my next trip. Thanks a lot.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 14:05 UTC as 6th comment | 2 replies
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krikman: Seems that this technology already implemented in news TV.

You are right and it works for more than just images. Depending on the media some facts morph into silence, or myths morph into facts. Most of the time anything morphs into world shuttering news. That is amazing.

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2016 at 15:58 UTC
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Cariboou: Here Canada price of 70-200 Sony 3.599$ Nikon 2.699$

It all depends what perspective we try to use. Existing customers have little choice if they want to keep their systems. For a completely new customer I find Sony E/A mount FF systems rather expensive. I am not sure why Sony chose that strategy. They started from moderately priced bodies. Now when they finally ironed out major usability issues they decided to offer the solution at premium prices, sometimes charging even much more than their competitors.

For someone looking at moderately priced FF system that still does not compromise convenience Sony seems to offer nothing. Pentax, Canon or Nikon have better choices.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2016 at 14:26 UTC
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Tobamory: We now have a reasonably priced 12 FPS FF Camera. Well done Sony...Just need an E to A convertor and I'm in :).

Reasonably priced? In the times when competitors are churning great FF cameras for half the price of that new Sony offer?

You might like all bells and wistles that Sony put into second iteration of A99 but you can't say it comes cheap. Users who need good tool for general photography still can't find a replacemen
t for their aging gear. If one does not shoot video what is one's incentive in shelling additional 1.5K USD for that camera as opposed to buying Pentax, Nikon or Canon?

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 14:28 UTC
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PhotoKhan: Here we go again, visiting DPR's "Canon Editorials Rule Book."

In a 2-paragraph piece Allison still found the space to slip-in the "meh!" comment.

The EF-M 28mm isn't the fifth lens for the "M" line, no...It is JUST the fifth lens for the EOS M system.

Come, come. They are as brave as the football player entering the field. They are paid good money for that and they are not chained to their desks or, what is probably more true in that agile world, to nice orange plush team work sofas. To suffer potential glimpse at our ruffian comments is entirely their decision and the more comments the merrier they are.

Link | Posted on May 11, 2016 at 14:43 UTC
On article Leica Q In-depth Review (1166 comments in total)
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churchward: I have a Q. I find this review odd; I think it misses the point. It tries to compare a Rolex to a Seiko. Each has its purpose each; each does what it does very well indeed. The Q can sort of do what a Japanese techfest does but it isn't really designed for that. I doubt anyone actually uses the touchscreen feature and and yes a smartphone does better video, and probably other things. What the Q does do is reconnect the user with the fundamentals of photography, forcing you to think about what you want from the image and how you will best achieve it. You will spend time on this. It is worth it. The images I get from my Q are simply astonishing - and I use top Canon glass as well. I have rediscovered monochrome. The Q is a delight to hold. It needs a half case (Lim In Korea makes a superb one), and perhaps a silk strap. You need to process the DNG files in the (free) Lightroom. If you have the cash (there is little justification} indulge yourself. You won't regret it.

If you should loose weight and buy gym membership to force youreslf to do it, instead just going outside enjoying nice weather, then most probably the only weight you are going to loose is the difference in your wallet.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2016 at 15:25 UTC
On article Leica Q In-depth Review (1166 comments in total)
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Robert Kempen: A full 919 comments so far and roughly 900 saw fit to comment about the price or ridicule Leica's camera which happens to be a best seller for Leica ever, no doubt without ever touching one

Voted best prosumer camera at the Singapore photographic exhibition (among quite a few) over the Sony RX1 RII for fairly obvious reasons:

Lens quality, sensor quality of output, ergonomics, photographic experience

Then, to add injury to insult, users do not know who Ming Thein is - probably would not recognize any pro photographer's name then either

It seems that DPreview is pushing just too hard to push Sony sales and the readers are pushing rather too hard to convince themselves that Leica has not produced another winner, but please phone B&H - sales don't lie!

Check resale price of that camera in a year or two when market is saturated and newer better cameras are available. I can bet you won't see a thousand or two back in your pocket. Especially that Q does not have unique market features that other Leicas provide. Will you make up for that loss with similar amount worth of great pictures - only your skills will determine. Would you end up with same or better photos using <1000 USD camera - same answer. Would you enjoy using much cheaper alternative over Leica? You may not. Majority probably would and because they can't afford Q.

It is interesting you take pride in accepting the challenge of simple life and then mention Leica. It is similar to 18 century rustic movement where affluent members of society loved simple village life so much they built enormously expensive rustic gardens and cottages near their comfortable mansions.

Looking impasionately on the subject and accepting the fact that Leica makes good cameras, it is hard not to acknowledge that they ask substantial markup only for brand name. That magical German engineering and design philosophy you speak of has kinks in its armour coming from lack of capital and expertise in certain technology and quality areas where Japanese and others have them beaten. It does not prevent Leica to design nice cameras but by the same token other companies also do the same. I can also make another bet - if all of us photo junkies suddenly got 5K USD inheritance only small minority would apend it on Q or other Leica product. The magic is a myth.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2016 at 15:03 UTC
On article Upwardly mobile: Sony a6300 Review (2162 comments in total)
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Kiril Karaatanasov: About your point of keeping A6000 alongside A6300

In Europe A6000 is more than 2 times cheaper than A6300. A6300 - 1250 Euro, A600 is 500 Euro. A6300 is close to A7m2 pricewise. So you see that A6000 makes a lot of sense for us Europeans. I know in the states the difference is mere 20-30% between the A6000 introduction price and A6300 introduction price. With some discounts to be had on A6300 it will be at comparable price to A6000. The dollar raising in value is the primary reason for this discrepancy between Europe and USA.

In US brand new A6000 is half the price of current official price of A6300. Sligthly used can be found frequently in 300+ range. I have A6000 that I bought over a year ago new for 450 using credit card points. I myself find it uninspiring camera and somehow can't connect with it. I wonder however if even those that like Nex will be willing to pay twice the price for A6300. The picture quality of A6000 is already decent. Is better EVF and more AF points enough to move the camera into next level of price bracket?

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2016 at 04:30 UTC
On article 'Details matter': Ian Goode on visual storytelling (26 comments in total)
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dialstatic: Nice video. I'm torn between thinking this is really cool, and somehow wrong. I know a photograph is never an 'objective truth' to begin with, but this is next-level manipulation. On the other hand, it's commercial stuff: he's not aiming for World Press Photo and his final product look awesome.

I guess I have the luxury of picking and choosing what I think photography should be (showing 'truth' vs. fabricating a story), as it's just a hobby for me.

I think majority if not all World Press Photo photographs are conscious manipulations. It is not just domain of commercial photography. This is associated with the preceding discussion about the question of photo telling or illustrating the story. If photo illustrates the story it illustrates the story created by photographer, manipulated/adjusted by his worldview in order to pass his own message.

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2016 at 14:45 UTC
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Thorfinn: Sorry,
for something like USD 80 I can talk to my local saddler or shoemaker craftsman, choose whatever leather I want (fx. same as the Jensen Interceptor Interior), feel it, smell it ...
Sometimes marketing costs eats real craftsmenship.

There must have gone millions in R&D costs to come with an idea of a camera strap. Its unique design has never been tried in 100 years of rangefinder camera history. Common craftsman that specializes in leather goods will be unable to create similar or better product at lower cost.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2016 at 14:25 UTC
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ravikiran532: Ooops..too big to carry.. no articulated back illuminated sensor..
only 20 Megapixels :)

Canon has stabilized lenses and has them on offer for the last 10 years. They are priced competitively to non-stabilized ones from other manufacturers.

Sure, that is not a solution to my MF Meyer-Optic Gorlitz Primoplan but we all know that camera is designed to shot 15 frames per second with old, funky, manual focus lenses.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2016 at 15:06 UTC
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Xentinus: What is wrong with the articulated LCD?..If you don't like it,you don't have to use it...It doesn't make a camera less professional!
Sony's LCD on A99 is pretty darn useful.
Why do you need live view in this camera segment?
Why do you need video mode in this camera segment?
Why hybrid autofocus and dual pixel?
Since the LCD doesn't compromise on build quality and weather sealing,then why not?

@PhotoKhan - your argument morphed from "Canon not listening to its customer base" to "customers not knowing what is good for them". Those are two diametrally different positions and if both are indeed true, then Canon can hardly be criticized. The simpler explanation is that you are not a customer in that camera segment. That or you are just a minority that feel such feature is a must have in that segment.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2016 at 14:51 UTC
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T3: What I find most interesting is that Sony is so new to the game, and yet they've chosen not to take a me-too approach. I think that can be one of the advantages of having a fresh set of eyes; you end up solving problems in a new and innovative way., and you're not bound by traditional thinking.

Is it good or bad? Are you going to drool over fresh eyeys and innovative thinking when your shootout starts and you see fuzzy corners?

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2016 at 12:17 UTC
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supeyugin1: A speech full of lies and inconsistencies. She blames US embargo and Russia pulling out, but nothing about communist regime. She should have visited Soviet union in 80-ies, which pulled out of Cuba in 1991 (and not in 1999),to see the same thing.
She is blaming everything, but the real cause of the problem. She should visit North Korea as well to see similarities and make a conclusion.

@supeyugin1 - There is no sense in talking sense with someone who is not even able to create an argument. For me, as a person that lived through the dying years of communism in my native country, I am always amazed at people in the Western world who, while criticizing their own country politics, are oblivious to the atrocities and misery that communist doctrine brought to the world. The doctrine that loves people, so much that it loves them to death. I guess it is always fashionable to be a rebel. Pity, those rebels do not use their own heads. For better or, in my opinion, worse left wing proclaimed to be a defender of the poor, so any leftist doctrine, no matter how stupid and bloody, is more attractive to the compasionate fools. I should however not be so surprised, remembering thousands of western intellectuals supporting foreign regime which was murduring millions of their own and other countries' citizens.

In this case it is not a failure of Cuban government to manage economy and make their citizens happy. It is unjust embargo of an enemy country that is responsible. Noone asks why USA should feel oblidged to support its own enemy. Noone asks why Cuban government, if they do not want to change their attitude, did not secure support of enemies of USA. Everyone likes easy, black and white answers. They are so touching.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2016 at 21:57 UTC
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