tesilab

tesilab

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On article Hands-on and in-depth with the Sony a6500 (558 comments in total)
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Light Pilgrim: I am very sorry, folks, not a troll:-) I am a Canon guy...using 5D MKIII. For some reason I think people that bought a6300 would be happy to know that there is the a6500 coming. Is it easy to understand the lineup of Sony and the update/release cycle?

@Favorable Exponynt: Suppose they did leave it out on purpose for the sake of introducing it later (and I don't discount it)--so what? No one gets suckered here. You know the specs for any camera before you buy. You decide if you want to spend the money on those terms. You know there will be a better model down the line--there always is. In the case of Sony, you even know you will see a new model sooner than most. Buy now and stay quiet, or wait for what you *really* want.

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2016 at 12:37 UTC
On article Hands-on and in-depth with the Sony a6500 (558 comments in total)
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Tonkotsu Ramen: That part about the touchscreen is extremely disappointing. Why does sony give us half the touchscreen features when the hardware is there already?

Time to market. That's it.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2016 at 20:58 UTC
On article Sony announces FE 50mm F1.4 ZA prime lens (280 comments in total)
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whyamihere: This lens is emblematic of what I find wrong with Sony: they make brilliant products that are marred by confounding business decisions.

This is, what, the 6th lens that covers this focal length from Sony and/or Zeiss? (I count 4 primes and 2 zooms.) Were users really clamoring for this lens? Why didn't they consider other focal lengths? Even if it's a high quality optic, does Sony expect people are willing to spend $1500 for a 50mm f/1.4?

There's also the question of branding. Why is this a Zeiss and not a GM, other than the blue badge and the T* coating, and perhaps the exclusion of the XA element that makes the bokeh slightly different? Should we expect yet another 50mm that is a GM, which will make for a 5th 50mm prime? Why can't Sony just make GM and G lenses while Zeiss just makes their own brand products? Right now, we have Sony G & GM, Zeiss Batis and Loxia, and Sony/Zeiss. That's 5 lens brands from only two companies.

Sony needs to pick a direction and stick with it.

Why is this anything other than a good thing? Consumers who will drop hundreds (if not 1000+) dollars for a lens have a choice and can figure it out.

You had to count zooms to help make your case, which is just silly. If I want to shoot 50mm, I'll get a prime that works for me and not a zoom that "covers" the focal length.

I'm not the least bit confused between a Zeiss Loxia that is MF only, made by Zeiss, with better overall feel and production value, and a Sony/Zeiss. Nor is the new GM line particularly mystifying.

Nor do I understand complaining that more than one manufacturer chooses to make and sell lenses for e-mount. They are entitled to make and sell any lens they want. Just celebrate when you get some good options.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2016 at 15:29 UTC
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PhotoKhan: In my calibrated monitor there seems to be a yellow/greenish veil cast in all the samples.

Definition is, indeed, very good but nothing to write home about for a MF sensor.

I was hopping to be more impressed. Maybe with the next batch of samples?

@A-Frame "I would like to see a 88-100MP version" -- When you can already count the model's peach fuzz? :)

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2016 at 21:39 UTC
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epozar: Flash X sync speed 1/160 sec
disappointing

@epozar try any Sony RX

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2016 at 14:24 UTC

@dpreview you do a disservice to readers by posting about the release of both lenses in one article. It makes the comments on the article too hard to follow (some about the 50mm others about the zoom).

Even if both articles have to quote from the same press release, please do us a favor and untangle the comments by posting similar releases as a pair of articles.

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2016 at 00:13 UTC as 29th comment
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ZAnton: I assume, lower DR is an inevitable trade-off for the better high ISO performance.
D5 is 2 fat stops better than Canon 1Dx.

Looks more like a tradeoff between the much faster imaging pipeline and base ISO DR.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2016 at 21:50 UTC
On article Retro through-and-through: Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review (2499 comments in total)

Why doesn't this review present the flip side of the lens dependent focus speed? The camera is clearly not the bottleneck now. I think this means users can look forward to faster focusing lenses in the future from Fuji, and just need to be aware of which lenses are providing the best and worst performance today before investing in lenses.

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2016 at 17:47 UTC as 175th comment | 1 reply
On article Seriously sharp: Sony FE 85mm F1.4 GM samples (257 comments in total)
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ChapelThrill23: Sharpness is important but I think many focus on sharpness to the exclusion of other very important areas such as rendering of out of focus area, color, contrast, etc. There is a lot more to a lens than sharpness in the corners, wide-open, on 100% crops but a lot miss that.

@arbux While Sony is also guilty in general of "marketing talk" they are evidently more engineering driven than others (sometimes to their detriment), and in this case, I think that talk is borne out. I've checked the images too.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2016 at 23:27 UTC
On article Seriously sharp: Sony FE 85mm F1.4 GM samples (257 comments in total)
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ChapelThrill23: Sharpness is important but I think many focus on sharpness to the exclusion of other very important areas such as rendering of out of focus area, color, contrast, etc. There is a lot more to a lens than sharpness in the corners, wide-open, on 100% crops but a lot miss that.

Exactly where were you when all the initial coverage was about how G-masters were focusing on bokeh quality, the use of extreme milling tolerances on aspherical elements to quash onion bokeh, the 11 rounded aperture blades, and realistic transitions from in focus to out of focus?

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2016 at 17:32 UTC
On article Great Eight: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 review (542 comments in total)
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caver3d: Have you noticed how all these mirrorless cameras - which are exceptional by the way - are now receiving silver awards instead of gold, even though they are more than equivalent to - actually superior to - the earlier versions which received gold awards. What's up with that, DPR? Care to explain?

Don't you think you just answered your own question?

All of these "exceptional" mirrorless cameras have raised the bar. Of course a silver can go to a darn fine camera. But some avoidable defects (shutter shock) should count against a gold award, don't you think?

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2016 at 04:35 UTC
On article Great Eight: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 review (542 comments in total)
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User3723086768: MFT fans can say whatever they want, but you can get a Sony A6000 for half the price with way better noise performance... and thinner.
I guess this is a great camera if you don't mind the low light quality and the depth of field implications.

More. And. Smaller. Lenses.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2016 at 18:49 UTC
On article Great Eight: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 review (542 comments in total)

Spot-on review, though comically late, IMO.

Just a couple of points:
1. The emphasis on its tilting feature detracts a bit from describing just how great an EVF this in the usual respects.
2. If in fact, it is the same sensor as the PenF, I hope Panasonic is reading this, since they *should* also be able to give us EFCS with a firmware update. That plus EC in manual with auto-ISO would perfect this camera in my eyes.
3. Really, I've never understood knocking a camera for bundling choices (e.g. no included flash). People who want a flash can decide if the price is worth it for them without a bundled unit.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2016 at 17:38 UTC as 120th comment | 4 replies
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pb21: Interesting to note the 'spacers' at the end of the two zoom lenses, the 70-200 in particular.

Is it not viable, or effective to utilise the short flange distance of mirrorless systems and get smaller lenses?

@Peacekeeper, is "telecentric" the term you were looking for?

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2016 at 18:15 UTC
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tesilab: It's about time someone offered an exposure comp dial that goes to +-5.

I've not been able to understand why (until now) EC dials seem to insist on 1/3 stop increments of EC no matter how many total stops.

@paulfarrington you completely miss the point. The X-Pro2 has a special "C" position that moves the EC to another dial to get the extra stops of compensation. But there is plenty of space on the EC dial that isn't used because it allows 2 1/3, 2 2/3, etc. I can understand fine grain EC close to zero, but the further from zero you go, the less precision you need.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2016 at 23:40 UTC
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tesilab: It's about time someone offered an exposure comp dial that goes to +-5.

I've not been able to understand why (until now) EC dials seem to insist on 1/3 stop increments of EC no matter how many total stops.

I am shooting manual 90% of the time, and always with auto ISO. I use EC to influence ISO value selected. And it is very useful when shooting in very contrasty conditions.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2016 at 17:03 UTC

It's about time someone offered an exposure comp dial that goes to +-5.

I've not been able to understand why (until now) EC dials seem to insist on 1/3 stop increments of EC no matter how many total stops.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2016 at 15:59 UTC as 61st comment | 4 replies
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meanwhile: Looks impressive.

They had time to incorporate a touch screen, and they should have. Even if it's only function is touch to focus, that would be fine.

@benny you hold the camera normally and use your thumb to move the AF point. It's much easier than either cursor pad or a joystick. Try it on a Panasonic (or now late Olympus models).

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 11:22 UTC
On article Retro through-and-through: Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review (2499 comments in total)
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ProfHankD: Once again, Fuji has built a desirable, yet overpriced (and oversized), APS-C camera that could be mistaken for a Leica that somehow lost its red dot. I think the DR mode 100%, 200%, and 400% concept is very nice, and something Sony should really put into their cameras in some form -- I'm in favor of anything that gives independent control of the analog and digital components of ISO settings.

@ProfHankD my recollection is that turning DRO up also influences even raw mode exposures to preserve highlights. I'm aware of the localized effect of DRO, it's not a simple overall tone curve, but am I wrong about the exposure?

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2016 at 00:45 UTC
On article Retro through-and-through: Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review (2499 comments in total)
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ProfHankD: Once again, Fuji has built a desirable, yet overpriced (and oversized), APS-C camera that could be mistaken for a Leica that somehow lost its red dot. I think the DR mode 100%, 200%, and 400% concept is very nice, and something Sony should really put into their cameras in some form -- I'm in favor of anything that gives independent control of the analog and digital components of ISO settings.

@ProfHankD does Sony DRO not qualify as "something Sony should really put into their cameras is some form"?

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2016 at 18:35 UTC
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