lehill

lehill

Lives in United States Los Angeles area, CA, United States
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Joined on Apr 23, 2005

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Rejoice! There's still the Aperture of Wied il-Mielah in the same area:
http://blog.firstmalta.com/2017/03/08/azure-window-no-more-no-problem-we-still-have-the-aperture-of-wied-il-mielah/

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2017 at 22:29 UTC as 19th comment

Huh, I didn't know who Mannie was until I looked him up. He couldn't get his White House press pass renewed because of the charge that was dropped months later. I imagine he might have lost some income as a result.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mannie_Garcia

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2017 at 21:58 UTC as 33rd comment | 2 replies

Wait a minute...

This is just an update of an article posted in Apr 2015:
https://petapixel.com/2015/04/09/this-is-what-the-history-of-camera-sales-looks-like-with-smartphones-included/

Who is this fellow Sven Skafisk? The only thing I can find on him is some private account in DISQUS:
https://disqus.com/by/svenskafisk/
Did I miss something?

I have no doubt cell phone sales are very large. But everyone is just taking his word for it. Hasn't anyone done any homework to confirm Sven's data, even for just one year?

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2017 at 17:14 UTC as 35th comment | 1 reply
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shademaster: you guys should look up "logarithm" ;)

Like shademaster, my vote goes to a semi-log plot. Otherwise, both plots are indecipherable.

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2017 at 16:35 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1560 comments in total)
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Hunting light: Question - shooting stills in APS-C mode - how many megapixels? How many fps?

18 megapixels, frame rate should be the same.

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2017 at 06:25 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1560 comments in total)
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Ollum: @ Rishi Sanyal:

After reading all these comments are you still convinced everything was made right with the review of Sonys A99II?

A lot of users (here as well as other reviewers) tested the A99II directly against Canikon flagships and rated especially the AF performance as comparable.
It is obvious that your review of the AF is based either on a handling error or on a defective AF module. I personally disbelieve a handling error.

Have you contacted Sony and talked about the AF findings before you published the review? This is common scientific practice in such a case. Maybe they can ship a second body with a working AF module.

In each and every case the test has to be repeated with a second body or altered handling and the findings published regardless of whether the findings can be reproduced or not. Otherwise dpreview will suffer from credibility not only by Sony users. A lot of Canikon flagships users knows from own experience that Sony plays in the same league with the A99II.

I'm happy Sony's been contacted, I hope they provides some answers or a little tech info to help explain their AF system.

I'm amazed at Rishi's thick skin (http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/thick+skin for non-Americans). :D

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2017 at 20:48 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1560 comments in total)
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86proshooter: For the first time I had a hard time believing this review on the Sony Alpha A99 II especially the AF point is really shocking.
Wonder what lens did they use for the testing? 3rd party lens maybe.
Anyway, I used to owned both Sony A99 and Canon 5D Mark III but I still prefer
to use Sony A99 SLT most of the time since the AF is much easier to work with than the Canon 5D.

When I read that for the newer A99 II the AF is a "hit and miss", I was rather shock.
A99 AF is really quick, I even tried to use it in fast action scene it did managed to capture and lock onto the subject properly.

However on the A99 II is a step backwards? I was thinking to get a A99 II but I will have to rent it to know what dpreview mention was true or not.

Sony A mount lens have not seen much developing so maybe dpreview is also hinting that current A mount lens can't get the most out of the A99 II especially it's 42mps sensor?

Hopefully Sony can comment about this.
Regards,
Max

@Azasthothh:
G-Master = FF E-mount. You're thinking of the SEL70200GM. Of course this lens isn't mountable on the A99ii.

Both the bicycle and basketball tests used the A-mount SAL70200G2:
https://www.dpreview.com/products/sony/lenses/sony_70-200_2p8_ssm_ii

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2017 at 16:51 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1560 comments in total)
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Gangstar: anyone know when the full review is out?

Full review has just been posted.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 16:40 UTC

If strangers to the STF lenses would like to know what makes them special, try here:
http://www.the135stf.net/

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2017 at 03:22 UTC as 23rd comment | 2 replies
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1560 comments in total)
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MPS Photographic: Is that red and gold band around the mount really that visible when the lens is attached? Nothing like shouting to the world "Hey everybody, check out the $4300 worth of electronics I'm holding!"

Sniff...it is not "red". Because it's an expensive Sony camera, it is "cinnabar":
https://www.sony.net/Fun/design/activity/product/dslr-a700_03.html

;)

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 05:28 UTC
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davids8560: Seems like a nice enough camera. Seriously innovative. But one time I remember I bought one of those CD Walkman players. The CD's always skipped. I actually bought that 'Toys In The Attic' CD by Aerosmith twice. $11.95 a pop, and same deal, both times. So I don't know. Thanks.

Yeah, I know what you mean. Olympus endoscopes were hard to sterilize and caused a number of serious infections. This is why I stay away from Olympus cameras.
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-0415-olympus-scopes-20160414-story.html

Sheesh, this thread is crazy full of irrelevance.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 05:08 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1560 comments in total)
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eastwestphoto: Why didn't DPreview include Photos shot from this camera?

DPR isn't finished with the review,

Some A99ii users have uploaded their own photos in the Sony A-mount forum.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2017 at 15:37 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1560 comments in total)
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Chris59: Why did you use different lenses? Surely, in order to isolate the mirror's impact on image quality on a camera with an identical sensor you needed to use the same lens as the 7R2. Hopefully this will be corrected later so a proper evaluation can be made...

"We were surprised by just how small this noise penalty was, so we performed a more controlled study with the a99 II and a7R II both mounted to the same lens to minimize variables."

So they did manage to test the same lens on both cameras, Probably used a LA-EA3/4 adapter on the A7Rii and they found a predictable ~1/3 stop noise difference (Surprise!). I imagine in the final review they'll describe their efforts in detail.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 22:03 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1560 comments in total)
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princecody: Is this even as good as the EM1 M2 & GH5?

My spies inside Sony tell me it was a tremendous engineering struggle that is bound to become legendary, but yes, in many ways the full frame A99ii is even better than M4/3.

Because of this accomplishment, all the executives are giving each other pats on the back and large bonuses.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 21:46 UTC
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OlyPent: When the A900 was released, it shocked people. A $3000 FF camera with 24mp that rivaled the Nikon $8000 D3x. But, today, there are already competitors from Nikon and Canon in the same price range, backed up by a lens compliment that dwarfs Sony's in both number and quality. I hope Sony people buy into the camera, but I do not see Canon or Nikon users jumping ship, there just isn't enough in it for them.

The A850 was US$2000:
https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/sonydslra850/4

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 21:34 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1560 comments in total)
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LiangMing: Just curious how the Sony SLT camera prevents mirror from getting dust. I know sensor get dust cleaning mechanism, but not the mirror.

There is no active mechanism to prevent dust on the SLT mirror because it's no worse than having dust on back element of your lens. Any dust that does land on the mirror can be blown off just like anywhere else.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 21:23 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1560 comments in total)
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Scottelly: The A99 II is obviously a vast improvement over the A99, but I don't think it matches the A7r II, and I am hoping there will be an A9 with the same sensor coming soon (with a fully articulating screen, faster performance, and GPS). If Sony makes an A9 with the performance we are hoping for, I don't think I'll ever buy the A99 II, because it just doesn't give the same super-fine image quality, can't use my Art lenses from my Sigma SD Quattro H, and doesn't have GPS built into the body, like the A99 has.

@Fred Joseph:
I would love to change my impression of OSPDAF but I generally disregard subjective comments like "It's terrific!" or "It's terrible!" (sorry, I'm an engineer).

AF performance is a tough parameter to measure. Where can find convincing, impartial, and objective evidence one way or the other? It's frustrating that even DPR can't figure out a way to do this.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 20:03 UTC
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TheEmrys: "The biggest mistake with this new menu system, especially with the daunting growth of settings, is the lack of a customizable quick menu to save frequently changed settings"

Isn't this what the FN menu button does,described just below this quote?

"This main menu is used alongside a user-configurable Fn menu. This allows up to twelve options to be arranged in up to two rows of icons, for semi-fast access to features you access or settings you change semi-regularly."

Thanks for replying! Good points that are worth thinking about.

Oh my goodness, it's 4 levels of access if you count the main menu system. As an SLT user, who has never experienced "My Menu", it's, uh...., "NotaSony" but something worth considering.

Holy cow! It's 5 levels if you count the memory settings (like steelhead3 mentioned)! Where does it stop?

So how do we appeal to Mr. Spencer without making pests of ourselves?

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 18:52 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1560 comments in total)
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Scottelly: The A99 II is obviously a vast improvement over the A99, but I don't think it matches the A7r II, and I am hoping there will be an A9 with the same sensor coming soon (with a fully articulating screen, faster performance, and GPS). If Sony makes an A9 with the performance we are hoping for, I don't think I'll ever buy the A99 II, because it just doesn't give the same super-fine image quality, can't use my Art lenses from my Sigma SD Quattro H, and doesn't have GPS built into the body, like the A99 has.

SLT's will always have 1/3-1/2 stop (number varies depending on who you talk to) noise disadvantage, all else being equal. It's inherent in the design, but we SLT users, unlike DSLR users, enjoy hassle-free full-time live-view, and fast/lowlight dedicated PDAF focusing just like a DSLR. Mirrorless will catch up someday but that day still isn't around the corner. 10 years after the SLT system was introduced, people are finally realizing "Hey it's not so bad." I blame it on Canikon Newspeak, remember the "1984" Apple commercial?
https://youtu.be/VtvjbmoDx-I

BTW, the A99ii doesn't have GPS built-in. You pair the camera and your smartphone via Bluetooth and the A99ii will use your camera's GPS system to write EXIF location data to the photo. Smart move that gets around some of the hassles of built-in GPS.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 18:40 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1560 comments in total)
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davidbindle: Can we assume an airtight seal between the non-moving mirror and the sensor? - Therefore never having to worry about dust on the sensor? Or does it still have a sensor shaking cleaning mode? I hope it's sealed. As I recall with the older film version, the semi-transparent mirror is somewhat more delicate to clean. All in all, it looks great - along with a price tag I probably won't be able to afford. I'm glad there are lot's of pre-orders.

Wait a minute, what you guys are saying is completely at odds with my experience (since A77 in 2011). What kind of warnings do the owner manuals have about DSLR mirrors, sensors, & focusing screens - pretty much the same thing.
- Sensor dust is no worse or better than any other DSLR/SLT. Sensor cleaning is just the same as any other DSLR.
- Dust on mirror doesn't affect images any more than dust on the back lens element. To clean the mirror I use a blower just like your sensor. Other guys have used sensor swabs for a wet clean without ill-effects.
- The SLT mirror is not made of magic fairy wings guys, it's a thicker cellophane-like material so don't be poking at it with a screwdriver or smearing your greasy paws all over it. Clumsy me put my thumb through one of my mirrors and it takes 5 minutes to replace - https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/58296663

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 15:10 UTC
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