Hawaii-geek

Hawaii-geek

Lives in United States Honolulu, HI, United States
Works as a Self Employed Photographer
Has a website at www.RDHphoto.net
Joined on Jul 11, 2003
About me:

FB Sony Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SonyAlphaTalk/
SONY Alpha camera Ambassador
In addition #SuperUserbySony
(and have been given SONY products for accepting this additional role)
was Nikon NPS member
SONY a7rII,a7s, a7r, LAEA3, LAEA4, Zeiss 50mm f1.4 ZA SSM, 70-200mm f4 G FE, 35mm f2.8 ZA FE, 16-35mm f2.8 ZA a77II a99II

D800 DTSE grip and 3900mAh, D700 Grip w/EL4a, 24-70 f2.8, 70-200 f2.8 VR II, Canon 500D Close Up Lens, four(4)sb900's
Heliopan 77mm POL Filter - SH-PMC, 77mm UV HD Digital Filter (PRO-1 stratches too easy)
B+W 6 stop ND
HoodMan 3'
Asst strobist modifiers, including 4square Softbox StripBoxes w/grid
Custom Brackets QRS-E2 Camera Rotation Bracket
Avenger 2033 Kit C-Stand
Flashpoint 600 EXPLR 600 TTL / HSS for Sony Radio
w/Wescott stuff , Love the Fold-able Beauty Dish
and Eyeliner
AB RingFlash Strobe, Vagabond Mini (It's small), 62" parabolic (it's big) :)
Nissin Di700a , Air 1, PS 8
LumoPro LP160 & LP120 Manual Flash
Metz 48 AF-1 TTL WiFi Flash(2)
160 LED Hot Shoe light (4)
RadioPoppers PX TTL & JrX Radio
Asst. Lighting stuff, mainly for Product and Portrait

Sony UP-DR200, Pelican 1660 case
Black Rapid Double Strap, w/ the new FastenR3 solid D-rings
Kata MC-61 (love it), Kata DR-467 Backpack, Kata waist pack,LowePro SlingShot 200, Hakuba PRO 100 tripod bag for my travel Flash gear.
Maha 800s 8-batt PRO charger,2-Maha 401FS

Lightroom CC, w/ Photoshop CC
Built ASUS MOBO i7 w/USB3, SATA3 (Win7 PRO 64-bit), 24gb tri-channel DDR3, 256gb SSD (OS), 3TB HD 64mb cache 7,200
Wacom Intuos3
ASUS N71JQ-A1 17.3-Inch i7-720, Win7 PRO ,8gb, 256gb SSD, (Crucial Adrenaline SSD Cache did NOT work well for location work, imho) TetherPRO USB3 to MicroB 15foot.
SONY Z SmartPhone , SONY Laptop 14" Touch screen , SONY Tablet

Favoite Luggage, eBags EXO Hardside Spinner in Yellow: http://www.ebags.com/product/ebags/exo-hardside-spinner-2pc-set/213188?productid=10133568

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On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1560 comments in total)
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Hawaii-geek: @ Rishi
While I agree a99II AF-C performance is Lens specific.

Curious if you tested AF-C in Expanded Flexable Spot ?
Lock ON Expanded Flexable Spot.

And the 50mm f1.4 ZA SSM

8 fps

for me , 12 fps not useful.
And the EVF performance better , that is the sweet spot imho

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2017 at 08:02 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1560 comments in total)
In reply to:

Hawaii-geek: @ Rishi
While I agree a99II AF-C performance is Lens specific.

Curious if you tested AF-C in Expanded Flexable Spot ?
Lock ON Expanded Flexable Spot.

And the 50mm f1.4 ZA SSM

AF Priority

imho AF Priority is more like Nikons Focus + Release :)

And I would love to see SONY do a true Focus Trap.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2017 at 07:48 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1560 comments in total)

@ Rishi
While I agree a99II AF-C performance is Lens specific.

Curious if you tested AF-C in Expanded Flexable Spot ?
Lock ON Expanded Flexable Spot.

And the 50mm f1.4 ZA SSM

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2017 at 07:44 UTC as 71st comment | 2 replies
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1560 comments in total)
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Magnar W: Dpreview writes about the depth of field preview button: "It is tucked down by the bottom of the lens mount on the grip side of the camera, but isn't reachable (at least not with smaller, more presidential hands) by any fingers holding the grip.

This is where this button has been placed since it first was introduced on SLR cameras, so that it could be easily operated with the middle finger on the left hand - of cause a SLR/DSLR camera should be held with the left hand under the lens, taking up almost all of the weight. The right hand is just for operating the shutter release and exposure controls, and adding some extra support. This works beautiful with the A7x series of cameras too!

When the camera is operate like this, the weight and size of the camera doesn't matter, and the combo is held as steady as possible. When holding the camera and lens with the right hand, everything is just out of balance.

Like to add my own personal view on this.

When I am using Heavy Lens , as I do with the a99II
My right fingers are focusing on Gripping.

So, IF ... I want to use that Button for Eye AF ... my Left hand finger is Free.
and THAT Button is in the Right place for it. imho.

Personal Taste. ... not a Right or Wrong.

Now, if Sony ADDED More Buttons ... by the Grip area , Nikon Style ... that would be Nice.

I am all for MORE Buttons :)

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 06:13 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1560 comments in total)
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Tieu Ngao: Nikon D750 is better than all these 4 cameras on this IQ test scene.

I guess the D750 is 42mp and 12fps too. :)

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 05:06 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?

Way BETTER.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 05:04 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1560 comments in total)
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Hawaii-geek: I would like to see some AF Comparisons ... withing Price range.
and the D5 and 1DX2 :)

AutoFocus Review.

To try to standardize a bit on any Comparisons. here is the set up
* 70-200mm f2.8 (basically ALL Action Sports PROS own this)
* Lock-ON Flexible Spot ... Nikon calls it Dynamic AF point.
* Use the Center AF point (the most sensitive CROSS) to Lock ON
* AF Priority
* Max fps for the Camera ... and 8 fps (because most do this at least)
* AF-C
* Battery Grip if it makes a difference

The Test is to AF and Fire 2 to 3 frames , then Move to the other Moped Fire 2 to 3 Frames as they come straight toward you.
Go back and Forth between the two mopeds

4) Follow AF across the Frame : The Moped Weaving back and forth , coming forward
Simple Lock ON , Follow Focus around the Frame ... and count how many In-Focus vs OOF.

5) This is the Very Simple Follow Focus : Straight to camera , Lock ON ... Press and Hold till Buffer Fills.

*** ANY MORE AF TESTS , That could give us some REAL AF Performance Information ???
Post them

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 05:02 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1560 comments in total)
In reply to:

Hawaii-geek: I would like to see some AF Comparisons ... withing Price range.
and the D5 and 1DX2 :)

AutoFocus Review.

To try to standardize a bit on any Comparisons. here is the set up
* 70-200mm f2.8 (basically ALL Action Sports PROS own this)
* Lock-ON Flexible Spot ... Nikon calls it Dynamic AF point.
* Use the Center AF point (the most sensitive CROSS) to Lock ON
* AF Priority
* Max fps for the Camera ... and 8 fps (because most do this at least)
* AF-C
* Battery Grip if it makes a difference

Here is my proposal as the TEST

1) Low Light : Get a Target ... Keep dropping the Light Levels until the Camera cannot AF Lock (with a good Focus)
* This one test is AF-S

2) Near and Far : Focus on a Near Subject Fire , THEN on a FAR Subject Fire
Count how many IN FOCUS (should be all of them) can be done in One Minute.

* Then Do this TEST a a light Level close to -3EV

3) Fast AF Lock ON : Have Two (2) Rows of Mopeds (because they are faster and speed can be consistent)
Have a Target (Number bib) on there Chest.
So, you know where the AF point is.

Stagger the two mopeds 10 feet apart

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 05:02 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1560 comments in total)

I would like to see some AF Comparisons ... withing Price range.
and the D5 and 1DX2 :)

AutoFocus Review.

To try to standardize a bit on any Comparisons. here is the set up
* 70-200mm f2.8 (basically ALL Action Sports PROS own this)
* Lock-ON Flexible Spot ... Nikon calls it Dynamic AF point.
* Use the Center AF point (the most sensitive CROSS) to Lock ON
* AF Priority
* Max fps for the Camera ... and 8 fps (because most do this at least)
* AF-C
* Battery Grip if it makes a difference

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 05:01 UTC as 259th comment | 4 replies

I own the s7 , and while I think it is a great smartphone camera ... that I use more often than any smartphone camera before it.

* I do think having TWO cameras at two Different FLs is useful.

A mistake on Samsungs part.

But, I am Really waiting for the Note7 Replacement.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 04:41 UTC as 3rd comment

The Original TriggerTrap product , using a Smartphone was very useful imho.

Sad , that that Product has to die along with the company.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 04:32 UTC as 12th comment | 2 replies
On article SLT strikes back: Sony a99 II real-world sample gallery (272 comments in total)
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entoman: As far as full frame cameras are concerned - definitely camera of the decade!

Maybe 42mp FF at 12fps RAW with AF , -4EV AF Cross AF point
Hybrid cross AF points off the sensor , that seems to make the newest Sony lens not have to need Micro Adjust.
Zebra , Focus peaking in the EVF

Lock ON AF , Face Recognition, Eye Focus ... that is actually Useful and Use-able.

at us$ 3,100 ... might enough , for some kind of Game Change recognition ? :)

It sure changed my view of what a Sports camera can be.

and now gives all my longs "more" Reach with a crop in.

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2017 at 13:12 UTC
On article SLT strikes back: Sony a99 II real-world sample gallery (272 comments in total)
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DamianFI: Hi DPR, can you test the burst shooting to see if the claimed 12fps is achieved?

Some of my Sony's shoot slightly faster than claimed, some slower.

Visually tracking :)
at 8fps is better.

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2017 at 12:49 UTC
On article SLT strikes back: Sony a99 II real-world sample gallery (272 comments in total)
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DamianFI: Hi DPR, can you test the burst shooting to see if the claimed 12fps is achieved?

Some of my Sony's shoot slightly faster than claimed, some slower.

Tho, the Best "Tracking" for a moving subject in the EVF is at 8fps.

and at 42mp RAW , going to two cards ... on most sports shoots
"for me" it was enough.

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2017 at 14:54 UTC

a while ago , I worked for a big Wedding company.
and they required you to shoot Canon or Nikon.

Things are changing. tho.

Link | Posted on Dec 28, 2016 at 22:33 UTC as 258th comment
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Sony a99 II (441 comments in total)

DPR also needs to add a New type of AF test.

a more challenging PRO Sports TEST , in Addition to a Low Light AF TEST.

And that TEST would be multiple Mopeds in two lanes , riding STRAIGHT AT THE CAMERA.

and at 8fps , in bursts of 3 - 4
They shoot LEFT then RIGHT Moped as they Move Toward Them.

and then to make it tougher , have more rows of Mopeds, in back ... and SEE how many can be in Focus.

Part of the problem with this test is that it does require some Skill. :)

But, you will get a feel of how the AF System gets that FIRST AF LOCK ,
and the EVF Response.
As well as Black out time.

And shoot it on a 70-200mm f2.8 SSM2
at 200mm Wide Open f2.8. :)

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2016 at 23:25 UTC as 3rd comment

Yes, I would love to see more images at 200mm @ f2.8

And a compare with the Canon v2 and Nikon VR2 200mm @ f2.8

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2016 at 09:14 UTC as 23rd comment
On article Sony Alpha 7R II: Real-world ISO invariance study (371 comments in total)

A simple way to see on the a7rII, when you underexposed is to turn OFF Settings Effect, Live View.

Rishi, great article, and useful.

A great point on 14-bit RAW.

Though I would probably use a True LossLESS Compressed RAW more :)

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2015 at 23:30 UTC as 51st comment

Rishi Sanyal Great work !!!

What DPR should do is create a Strandard way of measuring AF "Speed" and Accuracy.

1) In Low Light
* AF-S
* AF-C

2) In daylight

3) Speed and Accuracy of "First" AF Lock

4) Ability to Hold AF-C after the "First" AF lock at max fps.

5) What is the Set up for "that" Camera to get Optimal AF. in different conditions.

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2015 at 23:22 UTC as 60th comment | 2 replies
On article Under the hood: A closer look at the Sony a7R II (593 comments in total)

Camera Memory Recall for it to be useful must be: 1) Fast to move between at least 5 Pre-Sets ... I am talking a C1 + Back Wheel ROLL - thru the 5 Pre-Sets (once you have move the dial to memory recall) ... So, you can quickly flip between Pre-Set starting points. 2) It needs to Remember EVERYTHING , Flash setting comp. "Everything" !. (and it should save all the settings easy) 3) When you Re-Call it should be your "Saved" first version - as a Starting point (any adjustments to your Pre-Set must be a Menu Save to the Pre-Set) 4) ALL Pre-sets should be saved in the camera. ... Just my view

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2015 at 08:19 UTC as 17th comment
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