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"... a readily available professional camera". Why?
So it can be replaced in a hurry if it breaks down during the wedding?

Link | Posted on Jan 1, 2017 at 17:11 UTC as 48th comment
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BobT3218: Just saw the movie La La Land. Great movie! A scene shows an archetypal professional photographer doing a photo shoot of the band. He used a Sony with a wireless link. Obviously, Sony offered the producers the best deal but also apparently the producers had no qualms about showing a "pro" photographer with a Sony. But then a band photo shoot is not a wedding is it?

Well, a clear sign that a film is released through Sony Pictures Entertainment is the abundant presence of Sony TV's, Sony computers, Sony smartphones and Sony cameras. In part it's product placement, but then again, why would they advertise other companies' products?
In contrast, you hardly see Sony products in "non-Sony" films.

(As my gear list suggests, I'm a Sony owner).

Link | Posted on Jan 1, 2017 at 17:02 UTC
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AshMills: If Hi Sync works by using a long flash pulse, does this mean it is less well suited to capturing very fast motion than "normal" flash?

I can't think of any subject that would require faster shutter speeds than 1/8,000 s to be frozen - and that I would capture with a "normal" camera.
You will need a completely blackened room, Bulb exposure and an ingenious way to release the flash at just the right moment (1/50,000 s) to take advantage of such a short duration.
Unless you're shooting rifle bullets, for which you won't need studio lamps, 1/8,000 s is more than likely to be more than fast enough.
The "only" advantage of the Skyport is output, but HSS with hotshoe flashes at 1/8,000 s is of very limited use exactly because of the drastically reduced output.
Other than that, fast moving subjects will be just as skewed using the Skyport as hotshoe flashes, because the shutter works in the same way no matter what light source you use - it could even be the sun.

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2016 at 08:34 UTC

Compatible with the A850, but not the A900? (I know, it's an error).
Is there a difference between the NEX-7K and any other NEX-7? I mean, one that would make the transmitter only work on that camera with the kit lens, and otherwise not?
Yes, I am being pedantic :-D

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2016 at 22:47 UTC as 6th comment
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AshMills: If Hi Sync works by using a long flash pulse, does this mean it is less well suited to capturing very fast motion than "normal" flash?

Quite the contrary. Hotshoe flashes actually extend the duration of the flash to last the shortest "real" synchronised shutter speed, i.e. 1/160, 1/200 or 1/250 depending on camera model. The actual duration of a TTL flash is from around 1/1,000 s and down to 1/50,000 s - possibly even shorter, but since only a narrow strip of the sensor is exposed at any given point during the 1/200 s it takes for the shutter to open and close, only a fraction of the scene will be lit by the flash, and the guide number is drastically reduced to extend duration.
Using lamps that can deliver full power for longer than 1/250 s you will be able to capture those subjects from a greater distance, at smaller f-stops and without the need for high ISO.

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2016 at 22:03 UTC
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lehill: Well this is pretty expensive and altogether weird. According to Sony(1) and Brian Smith's Jul 13 blog the transmitter is only compatible with the A7xII cameras after a coming firmware update.

That's just totally weird. I can't believe Sony would develop such a specialized and limited wireless flash system.

(1) http://support.d-imaging.sony.co.jp/www/cscs/accessories/?mdl=FA-WRC1M&area=us&lang=en&cnt=us&cat=9

It used to be firmware-update capability was regarded as a must, and now you complain that it's being applied?
I realise that you're probably frustrated that it only works with one camera series, but I think you can expect it to work with all cameras sporting the new hotshoe before it is released for real. After all, Phottix have the Odin system, which apparently does pretty much what this system does - with just about any Minolta or Sony A-mount camera.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2016 at 17:24 UTC
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Thomas Kachadurian: They were using titanium in the 1960s? I had one of these I bought with a 50mm f1.4 for $65 in 1979. I used it for quite a few years, and I'd swear it had a cloth shutter, like they all did.

Something doesn't sound exactly right here. My Pentax MX had a cloth shutter. Were those all woven titanium?

They posted a correction, stating that they got carried away and mistook it for an F3, so you're right that it's wrong. Titanium began being used in quantity in the early 80s.

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2016 at 05:47 UTC
On article Sony may split off its imaging products business (71 comments in total)
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eastwestphoto: If you look at the Past Photo companies in the 1920's till now. that had Giant holding companies as the top of the pyramid; we see in every case a detachment of "chain of command" and family caring. This has without question resulted in the eventual destruction of the product line. One only has to study, Exakta, Zeiss, Voigtlander of Germany to reach that conclusion. In the Asian mindset similar photo corporations have also come and gone with Aires, Leotax, Konica & Minolta, Mamiya, Pentax as examples. In the USA Kodak, Argus, Ansco, Polaroid , Candid Camera and Detrola are examples. Losing touch from the top down is a social disaster for many corporations as the bean counters of stupidity ( MBA's), sub divide talent & patents for tax purposes, BUT fail to realize that layers of bureaucracy and walls; stifles innovation within a corporation and sows the seeds of its own destruction! To my vision this is a sad day for Sony!

Actually, it's Konica Minolta that make those lenses. Including some for JVC camcorders, and you can be fairly sure that they are from Minolta, who made such lenses before the merger with Konica, who did not -as far as I remember.

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2016 at 17:04 UTC
On article A look at the Lomography Petzval 85mm F2.2 lens (185 comments in total)

The obvious reason for the "blank" would be to prevent dust getting inside the lens during storage and transport. It does not stick out like the rest, so it is better suited for this purpose.

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2016 at 11:53 UTC as 7th comment

Does this "World's first" include Sony?

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2016 at 23:21 UTC as 28th comment | 1 reply
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Simon Zeev: Why they do not make a camera that can dive to at last 30m (100ft) that is the normal dive depth?
4k is not as important as to take pictures and use an external UW flash at diving depth of a sport diver.

For Sony's Action Cams, you can get a housing that will go twice as deep with the appropriate port (i.e. the flat diving port). With the standard port it only goes to 10 metres - and image quality is absolutely awful, but that happens the moment it gets submerged. Since Ricoh also offer a flat port, it may have the same problems focusing underwater. GoPro camera cases all have flat ports, so their image quality is equally good in and out of water.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2016 at 07:33 UTC
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wh34erocoler: How about not thinking about yourselves and doing a portrait of loved one?

I think a lot of parents will have those figurines made of their children as gifts to the grandparents.

While I can't see myself getting the urge to have one made of myself, it's not much different from any other portrait that people have made of themselves or their loved ones, as you say.

It's actually quite neat, but may become a bit too much very fast if it gains nearly the same popularity as selfies - as technology improves and prices drop.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2015 at 07:47 UTC

The way they demonstrate the difference in DoF between pictures taken at f/1.8 and f/11 is every bit as phony as their "Before-After" comparative images in DxO Optics Pro. By that I mean, they of all people know that DoF is the product of magnification and aperture, yet the two photos are taken at not just different apertures but at equally different magnifications:

And what happens the next time Apple decide to change their connector radically?

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2015 at 20:03 UTC as 13th comment
On photo Warhawk pair. in the Flying in May challenge (7 comments in total)

Nice - and it's not a problem that the propeller blades are "frozen".

Link | Posted on May 22, 2015 at 21:44 UTC as 1st comment
On photo A photo sent home from the eastern front in 1944 in the Faux Old challenge (64 comments in total)

In addition to what Maxmolly7 wrote, Europeans often cross their 7s, but never their 1s.

Link | Posted on Jan 1, 2015 at 20:31 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On photo Hold...hold...hold (1600x880) in the Damselflies, The Dainty Ones #2 challenge (4 comments in total)

Amazing sharpness and detail, perfect exposure, but perhaps cropped a bit too much.

Lovely picture, which could easily have been the winner.

Link | Posted on Dec 28, 2014 at 08:08 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Beautiful Demoiselle - Calopteryx virgo in the Damselflies, The Dainty Ones #2 challenge (3 comments in total)

Beautiful picture of a beautiful creature!

Link | Posted on Dec 28, 2014 at 08:03 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Blue Damselfy in the Damselflies, The Dainty Ones #2 challenge (11 comments in total)

Highly unusual portrait ... and an unusually co-oprative damselfly, even if they are generally less timid than dragonflies.

Beautiful sharpness and exposure. Bravo!

Link | Posted on Dec 28, 2014 at 08:01 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review (2257 comments in total)
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ageha: The lenses still look like designed by Panasonic...

To both of you: Which part of "bears a striking ressemblance" do you interpret to mean "looks identical"?

You mention cameras that have slant-sided grips, a single selector wheel and no built-in flash - and then say they look like the Leica T, but the NEX-7 doesn't ressemble it.

Get real, girls.

P.S.: It was ageha who brought "the whole NV series" into this debate, and chose one camera to illustrate it. I take it from your remark that the model in question was a poor choice, but it wasn't mine, so don't blame me for not knowing my NV series.

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2014 at 13:21 UTC
On article Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review (2257 comments in total)
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ageha: The lenses still look like designed by Panasonic...

Even more seriously, if you can't see it, it's because you don't want to see it. The front face on the grips of those Samsungs' are angled, the front face on the grips of the NEX-7's and the Leica T's are parallel to the backs of the cameras

How you can begin to think that the Leica T looks even remotely like the Samsung NV series is beyond me.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2014 at 21:28 UTC
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