Hawaii-geek

Hawaii-geek

Lives in United States Honolulu, HI, United States
Works as a Self Employed Photographer
Has a website at www.TouristOfLight.com
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

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
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 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 22nd comment
On article Sony Alpha 7R II: Real-world ISO invariance study (370 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
On article Under the hood: A closer look at the Sony a7R II (593 comments in total)

The ‪#‎a7rII‬ now lets you program "Silent Shooting Mode" to a Custom Button or Function Menu.
* But, what I would like to "also" see is an adiitional choice , to Program a Button (or Function Menu) to do : Silent Shooting Mode , AND "NO AUDIO SIGNALS".
That way on one Button you Kill ALL sounds possible, on a single button push.

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2015 at 08:16 UTC as 18th comment
On article Under the hood: A closer look at the Sony a7R II (593 comments in total)
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Hawaii-geek: Sony badly needs a Nikon like "My Menu" ...

and , add another line (so it's at least 3 rows) in the Fn pop up Menu.

So, I "never" have to go into the menus.

Sony also needs a Nikon like Alpha Numeric tag on each menu item.
like A1, B3 etc
and have those Tags "Exactly" the same in ALL Sony cameras.

So, when someone says C3 "everyone" knows exactly what menu item they are talking about. :)

the Nikon "My Menu" that I like is a way to Custom the menu the way you work, in the order you want them , and only the one's you use. :)

So, you "never" have to go into the Sony menus ever.

The extra line (3) in the Fn menu is basically for the same reason but faster.
Anyone that does not use the 3 lines does not have to program them , and will not see the extra lines.

Just trying to avoid going into the Menu , and organizing it in a way that makes sense "for me" ...
and ultimately makes working with it faster.

the nice thing about the custom menus are , it's a choice.
You can use them , or not.

That choice , will help eliminate any menu system issues "you" don't like. because you are making it work, the way you work.

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2015 at 17:39 UTC
On article Under the hood: A closer look at the Sony a7R II (593 comments in total)
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Hawaii-geek: I just shot some bikes at dusk on a bike path. a7rII. My favorite test on AF-C tracking going towards me. ... My choice is Wide open FE lens. Faster the better (So, 35mm f1.4 ZA FE DDSSM is a good choice) ... but I used 70-200mm f4 G FE at f4, and 35mm f2.8 at f2.8 ... EVF res set to Standard and not High. used Lock On Flexible Spot to help me in Max fps when the EVF could not keep up when they got really close (too close). and AF Priority. "for me" it was not unusual to track and get 100% at max fps. but, remember I shoot PRO bikes for money (these casual bikers are slow, even the fast ones) lol

this shot was from another day.

http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/793959389/photos/3272440/run-with-a7rii-70-200mm-f4-g-fe

Should have mentioned , turned Off Auto Review.
and the linked shot was ISO 12,800 on the a7rII

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2015 at 17:25 UTC
On article Under the hood: A closer look at the Sony a7R II (593 comments in total)

Sony badly needs a Nikon like "My Menu" ...

and , add another line (so it's at least 3 rows) in the Fn pop up Menu.

So, I "never" have to go into the menus.

Sony also needs a Nikon like Alpha Numeric tag on each menu item.
like A1, B3 etc
and have those Tags "Exactly" the same in ALL Sony cameras.

So, when someone says C3 "everyone" knows exactly what menu item they are talking about. :)

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2015 at 00:58 UTC as 72nd comment | 10 replies
On article Under the hood: A closer look at the Sony a7R II (593 comments in total)

I just shot some bikes at dusk on a bike path. a7rII. My favorite test on AF-C tracking going towards me. ... My choice is Wide open FE lens. Faster the better (So, 35mm f1.4 ZA FE DDSSM is a good choice) ... but I used 70-200mm f4 G FE at f4, and 35mm f2.8 at f2.8 ... EVF res set to Standard and not High. used Lock On Flexible Spot to help me in Max fps when the EVF could not keep up when they got really close (too close). and AF Priority. "for me" it was not unusual to track and get 100% at max fps. but, remember I shoot PRO bikes for money (these casual bikers are slow, even the fast ones) lol

this shot was from another day.

http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/793959389/photos/3272440/run-with-a7rii-70-200mm-f4-g-fe

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2015 at 23:02 UTC as 76th comment | 5 replies
On article Under the hood: A closer look at the Sony a7R II (593 comments in total)
In reply to:

DPJoe2: Thanks for taking the time to do the report. I'm finding Eye auto-focus to be stunningly fast, even in dimly lit rooms.

Wish it would work with the LAEA3 and Sonys newest SSM lens , like the 50mm f1.4 ZA SSM.

A Game Change I hope for, is that Sony could ADD on FW the ability to use both PDAF and CDAF with the LAEA3 and SSM A-Mount lens. Sony lens. :)

Kinda makes sense to me.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2015 at 22:40 UTC
On article Under the hood: A closer look at the Sony a7R II (593 comments in total)

Rishi Sanyal, you are "the Man" ! :)

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2015 at 21:05 UTC as 85th comment
On article Alpha dog: Hands-on with Sony a7R II (1125 comments in total)
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Hawaii-geek: USB3 ?

Banh Mi, you got your wish ... USB2 Charging http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/793959389/photos/3265772/a7rii-70-200mm-f4-g-fe

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2015 at 15:35 UTC
On article Alpha dog: Hands-on with Sony a7R II (1125 comments in total)

USB3 ?

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2015 at 20:31 UTC as 46th comment | 2 replies

Well, the one I will be waiting for is the new Sony a7rii review.
How it AF with A-Mount lens and "others". Like the Canon and Nikon holy trinity.

and How well it can AF in Low light. vs DSLR. say with the 35mm f1.4 ZA FE DDSSM.

We already know the sensor will kill, it's the AF that will be the compelling part of the review. :)

well , there is those tons of other new features lol

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2015 at 22:04 UTC as 17th comment
On article Metz mecablitz 26 AF-1 Quick Review (74 comments in total)

Does it come in a Sony MIS Hot Shoe version?

Link | Posted on May 9, 2015 at 02:47 UTC as 11th comment
On article Entry-Level Mirrorless Camera Roundup (2014) (145 comments in total)

It's interesting as a "Entry Level" Mirrorless ... the Sony a5100 ? both new and cheap. and Fast. same AF as the a6000.

The a6000 and the a5100 should not be in the same category ... it fits best here imho.

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2014 at 23:59 UTC as 25th comment
On article Real-world test: Going pro with the Samsung NX1 (370 comments in total)

Was the HIT rate mentioned anywhere on the walk up AF-C for an average 15fps burst? ... a Number? even for just the walk.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2014 at 02:05 UTC as 34th comment | 1 reply
On article Tune in to DPReview Live this Thursday and Friday (238 comments in total)

On Demand LINKS ?

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2014 at 21:43 UTC as 10th comment | 1 reply
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