SheepStar

SheepStar

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On article Nikon Z7 II review (1502 comments in total)
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mPalozzola: I had to log in for this one. There are SOO many naysayers out there its kinda ridiculous. I am excited about the upgrades to the Z7(I actually just preordered). This update will not be for everyone and I understand that but I am someone whom was interested in the Z7 when it was first announced but put off by the obvious flaws in the first gen z series. Then and still now I shoot the D500 and I love my 500 but I have been looking to expand into a FX sensor for some time and was hoping to be able to work with a body smaller then the top contending D850 (I want the FX for landscape and astro.. so pack size and weight are biggies!)... now 2 years after the initial release of the Nikon mirrorless line FINALLY I feel Nikon has released a mirrorless body which gives me a reason NOT to pull the trigger on a D850 and to move into the Z series.
Yes i know Nikon is "behind" but.. I will not shoot Sony until they fix their trash ergonomics and I am too invested in Nikon Glass to think Cannon.

You know Brolin is a bad photographer when he complains that wide angle lenses are shot wide open. He knows how to point a camera and let focus tracking do the work, set aperture to maximum even though it usually isn't the best setting to use, and then goose the contrast in post with one of his "preset" packages. I watch his videos because they usually come out in a timely manner and are well made, but I don't listen to anything he says after the initial specifications.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2021 at 22:06 UTC
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gphome: Sigma (and Tamron, Samyang) bring so much to E-Mount it's a shame RF and Z Mount users don't get that value, often having to pay double the price and only having native or lower third party options. You won't get anything like the Sigma 100-400 in those systems for a long time based on this.

In E Mount you have multiple choices in every focal length, whether prime or zooms, and able to spend high money on lenses when you really need the quality, and save money in areas where you feel it justified, or perhaps look to save weight with some of the Tamron ranges.

You have choice, and amazing value, and I hope the RF and Z mount guys aren't waiting longer than 3 years for that. If Canon and Nikon didn't take the closed minded (and anti-consumer!) decision to keep their mount closed Sigma might be more open to the idea without having to reverse engineer. That really is a baffling decision when you look at what having a open mount specification has done for the E mount lens range.

Maybe it's time for a cellphone upgrade then? Or a point and shoot to go with your ILC? If I bring my camera with me, it's so I can use it, in whatever way I packed it to be used. If I just wanted a quick snap, I would pull out my phone.

That isn't really a great argument.

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2021 at 00:10 UTC
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gphome: Sigma (and Tamron, Samyang) bring so much to E-Mount it's a shame RF and Z Mount users don't get that value, often having to pay double the price and only having native or lower third party options. You won't get anything like the Sigma 100-400 in those systems for a long time based on this.

In E Mount you have multiple choices in every focal length, whether prime or zooms, and able to spend high money on lenses when you really need the quality, and save money in areas where you feel it justified, or perhaps look to save weight with some of the Tamron ranges.

You have choice, and amazing value, and I hope the RF and Z mount guys aren't waiting longer than 3 years for that. If Canon and Nikon didn't take the closed minded (and anti-consumer!) decision to keep their mount closed Sigma might be more open to the idea without having to reverse engineer. That really is a baffling decision when you look at what having a open mount specification has done for the E mount lens range.

You should get a better camera bag that allows you to open it and change lenses without having to stop existing as a human being. I have multiple that allow that, be it sling, side open, or flip around with a belt strap.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2021 at 18:24 UTC
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gphome: Sigma (and Tamron, Samyang) bring so much to E-Mount it's a shame RF and Z Mount users don't get that value, often having to pay double the price and only having native or lower third party options. You won't get anything like the Sigma 100-400 in those systems for a long time based on this.

In E Mount you have multiple choices in every focal length, whether prime or zooms, and able to spend high money on lenses when you really need the quality, and save money in areas where you feel it justified, or perhaps look to save weight with some of the Tamron ranges.

You have choice, and amazing value, and I hope the RF and Z mount guys aren't waiting longer than 3 years for that. If Canon and Nikon didn't take the closed minded (and anti-consumer!) decision to keep their mount closed Sigma might be more open to the idea without having to reverse engineer. That really is a baffling decision when you look at what having a open mount specification has done for the E mount lens range.

I find that if you care about depth of field in even the slightest amounts, a all in one lens is not for you. You'd be better off with the 24-70F4 and 70-200F4 with FTZ. More money? Yes. Better in every other way? Yes. Also still fairly small and light for a travel system with 24-200mm coverage.

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2021 at 20:19 UTC
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gphome: Sigma (and Tamron, Samyang) bring so much to E-Mount it's a shame RF and Z Mount users don't get that value, often having to pay double the price and only having native or lower third party options. You won't get anything like the Sigma 100-400 in those systems for a long time based on this.

In E Mount you have multiple choices in every focal length, whether prime or zooms, and able to spend high money on lenses when you really need the quality, and save money in areas where you feel it justified, or perhaps look to save weight with some of the Tamron ranges.

You have choice, and amazing value, and I hope the RF and Z mount guys aren't waiting longer than 3 years for that. If Canon and Nikon didn't take the closed minded (and anti-consumer!) decision to keep their mount closed Sigma might be more open to the idea without having to reverse engineer. That really is a baffling decision when you look at what having a open mount specification has done for the E mount lens range.

A 200mm without stabilization? That's a hard sell, especially if you're planning n using it as a 1 and done. I would give up some sharpness for 24mm and stabilization. I understand most bodies stabilize, but having it built in to the lens is more effective for telephoto.

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2021 at 19:36 UTC
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gphome: Sigma (and Tamron, Samyang) bring so much to E-Mount it's a shame RF and Z Mount users don't get that value, often having to pay double the price and only having native or lower third party options. You won't get anything like the Sigma 100-400 in those systems for a long time based on this.

In E Mount you have multiple choices in every focal length, whether prime or zooms, and able to spend high money on lenses when you really need the quality, and save money in areas where you feel it justified, or perhaps look to save weight with some of the Tamron ranges.

You have choice, and amazing value, and I hope the RF and Z mount guys aren't waiting longer than 3 years for that. If Canon and Nikon didn't take the closed minded (and anti-consumer!) decision to keep their mount closed Sigma might be more open to the idea without having to reverse engineer. That really is a baffling decision when you look at what having a open mount specification has done for the E mount lens range.

It's no different for Mirrorless than it was for DSLR. Sigma can do it, they just need the amount of potential users/sales to justify the R&D. EF and F mount had more than enough users for them to create their own versions at either a lower price, or better value. Once more user switch over or add mirrorless to their systems, they will respond with more lenses. I'm not 100% sure how well the DSLR sigma glass works through the FTZ.EF adapters but it's another option for those waiting (I have heard of some lenses not working, and others getting firmware support to allow the lenses to work for given models).

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2021 at 00:28 UTC
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Marksphoto: well, if it's that cheap to produce, then we really gotta wonder about how much the camera manufacturers have ripped us throughout all these years. Especially with the cameras that lack all the features we actually need, waiting for the next year's model. I stopped buying new camera models. In my 20 year's experience of waiting I have learned that the features you want will never be released in one model cuz they want to keep selling, and selling, and selling...

It's not just AF that's missing, it's ALL the electronics is it not? It's just a shell and some half sharp lens elements with a focus mechanism.

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2020 at 22:27 UTC
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Jonathan Mac: I doubt that this lens is any good wide open or anything close to it, but it may be usable for certain dreamy shots.

Website has some MTF charts. Looks like F1.2 is fairly miserable. F5.6 looks sharp, but the Bokeh looks pretty busy.

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2020 at 22:07 UTC
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Marksphoto: well, if it's that cheap to produce, then we really gotta wonder about how much the camera manufacturers have ripped us throughout all these years. Especially with the cameras that lack all the features we actually need, waiting for the next year's model. I stopped buying new camera models. In my 20 year's experience of waiting I have learned that the features you want will never be released in one model cuz they want to keep selling, and selling, and selling...

Optically you can see where the money was saved.

https://www.ttartisan.com/?list_10/129.html

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2020 at 22:02 UTC
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SheepStar: As a user of a 12 pro max, and someone that hasn't seen the test (at work, will watch later) It doesn't surprise me that some cameras with a technical advantage can lose to "lesser" cameras. Couple things to consider, AI and computing based photos can vary in the same scene, there is a lot of calculations which could change between photos even in the same scene. Also, if someone is looking at the photos on a monitor/display with an apparent wash (blue/cool tint) a warmer photo will look normal while an accurate photo will look excessively cool. In order for this to be a fully blind test, all parameters must be controlled - including the viewing display. Just like with speaker comparisons, if you use different rooms for each participant, the results will ultimately vary, all else equal.

I never mentioned anything about being "allowed", please don't put words in my mouth. I said that the weight of those opinions is directly related to their experience in the subject. I have heard people say that masks don't do anything and that COVID will go away when it gets warm. I have heard Medical experts in the field say otherwise. Does that mean the opinion of the anti-masker is just as valid as the Medical expert? No, it doesn't. You can find Instagram accounts with lots of followers where the subject is consistently over saturated to the point of being orange. People that like those photos and think they're good do not in my opinion carry the same photographic weight as an established photographer that produces photos that don't look like that (that look "correct"). As I said, the display variations in this test will make some photos look different than what they actually are, and that in this case makes this an improperly controlled test.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2020 at 18:12 UTC
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SheepStar: As a user of a 12 pro max, and someone that hasn't seen the test (at work, will watch later) It doesn't surprise me that some cameras with a technical advantage can lose to "lesser" cameras. Couple things to consider, AI and computing based photos can vary in the same scene, there is a lot of calculations which could change between photos even in the same scene. Also, if someone is looking at the photos on a monitor/display with an apparent wash (blue/cool tint) a warmer photo will look normal while an accurate photo will look excessively cool. In order for this to be a fully blind test, all parameters must be controlled - including the viewing display. Just like with speaker comparisons, if you use different rooms for each participant, the results will ultimately vary, all else equal.

Yes, but this is like asking a non doctor for medical advice. While everyone has a right to an opinion, that amount of weight that opinion carries is directly related to their experience in the subject. Everyone having a smartphone does not automatically mean everyone is a photographer. My point about display variation still stands and will ultimately have more bearing on the outcome than almost any other metric, especially in the colour area.

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2020 at 21:08 UTC

As a user of a 12 pro max, and someone that hasn't seen the test (at work, will watch later) It doesn't surprise me that some cameras with a technical advantage can lose to "lesser" cameras. Couple things to consider, AI and computing based photos can vary in the same scene, there is a lot of calculations which could change between photos even in the same scene. Also, if someone is looking at the photos on a monitor/display with an apparent wash (blue/cool tint) a warmer photo will look normal while an accurate photo will look excessively cool. In order for this to be a fully blind test, all parameters must be controlled - including the viewing display. Just like with speaker comparisons, if you use different rooms for each participant, the results will ultimately vary, all else equal.

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2020 at 20:10 UTC as 53rd comment | 4 replies
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SVCguy: Nice, though I'm concerned about possible lag time.

As an apple watch and iPhone user (Series 3 and 12 pro max) this is actually a pretty smart invention. The Camera quality on the 12 pro max is shockingly good, and if this simple thing allows for the use of the main camera units, it's going to make a huge difference in overall video quality. Remember, with work from home using your phone as a conference call device is a handy thing. If you've seen the results some people are getting from the non main cameras, you'd understand the reasoning for this.

Link | Posted on Nov 27, 2020 at 00:37 UTC
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Jones Indiana: Why focus so much on video when the camera doesn't even have a full articulated screen.... But that could be forgiven. However what could not be forgiven is that this camera does not have any options to show waveforms, there is no option to set the bitrate manually, no option for intra-all or long gop and no option to choose for h.264 or h.265. just to name a few more professional video features.

For video I think Panasonic is the better choice. Even Fujifilm offer such options. But Nikon seems to be a slow learner in this regard. Yet they want to offer 12 bit ProRes RAW while all the other features of the new Z6II are not suitable for professional video.

If you read this Nikon bosses - Kaizen can go a long way without cannibalizing your products. As a matter of fact it is a great way to serve your customers and give them a better experience.

But it's fine, and it works. You want to shoot a scene, you need to try it and adjust. You wouldn't start recording and then adjust focus or exposure while recording.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2020 at 23:12 UTC
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sirVir: Did anyone here try to record video on a phone using similar bicycle clamps?

I tried. This is completely useless. No video phone stabilization can keep up with bicycle shake even on asphalt road. And that was on a sturdy mount with no flimsy magnetic connection. I imagine it will be even worse on the backpack strap.

Save yourself from disappointment.

Depends on how much you weight. I prefer to be on the upper end due to being heavier than your average tour de france rider.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2020 at 23:08 UTC
On article Adobe announces Photoshop and Premiere Elements 2021 (132 comments in total)
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mart1234: The software seem to use too much ram. Most element users likely have 8 gb in their machines.

GPU acceleration is more helpful when you step up the resolution. Before I had the 4k display it made no difference, but once I went 4K it was VERY noticeable once forcing it on, and my GPU is nothing fancy.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2020 at 18:04 UTC
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Jones Indiana: Why focus so much on video when the camera doesn't even have a full articulated screen.... But that could be forgiven. However what could not be forgiven is that this camera does not have any options to show waveforms, there is no option to set the bitrate manually, no option for intra-all or long gop and no option to choose for h.264 or h.265. just to name a few more professional video features.

For video I think Panasonic is the better choice. Even Fujifilm offer such options. But Nikon seems to be a slow learner in this regard. Yet they want to offer 12 bit ProRes RAW while all the other features of the new Z6II are not suitable for professional video.

If you read this Nikon bosses - Kaizen can go a long way without cannibalizing your products. As a matter of fact it is a great way to serve your customers and give them a better experience.

No, you take a photo to see how those settings turned out. I don't shoot mirrorless so I don't have a live preview, before I take photos I usually run some test shots to see how the lighting is, and I will also take some tests at the beginning of the event (concerts) to see if they are working.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2020 at 17:57 UTC
On article Adobe announces Photoshop and Premiere Elements 2021 (132 comments in total)
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mart1234: The software seem to use too much ram. Most element users likely have 8 gb in their machines.

Except my modest computer is running perfectly fine, editing FX 24 mp files, as well as some 46mp files from my friends D850 on a 4k display. I used to run a Core2Duo system with 8gb of DDR2 memory before i upgraded, and my issues went away when I did that.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2020 at 21:37 UTC
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sirVir: Did anyone here try to record video on a phone using similar bicycle clamps?

I tried. This is completely useless. No video phone stabilization can keep up with bicycle shake even on asphalt road. And that was on a sturdy mount with no flimsy magnetic connection. I imagine it will be even worse on the backpack strap.

Save yourself from disappointment.

Yeah you can, but I wouldn't on a hard mount onto the fork path (done it before, it's miserable). Anything short of a modern gopro or gymbal is going to be really messy, and even those might not be able to get rid of the small bump madness, especially on a road bike with 110+ psi tires.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2020 at 18:56 UTC
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Jones Indiana: Why focus so much on video when the camera doesn't even have a full articulated screen.... But that could be forgiven. However what could not be forgiven is that this camera does not have any options to show waveforms, there is no option to set the bitrate manually, no option for intra-all or long gop and no option to choose for h.264 or h.265. just to name a few more professional video features.

For video I think Panasonic is the better choice. Even Fujifilm offer such options. But Nikon seems to be a slow learner in this regard. Yet they want to offer 12 bit ProRes RAW while all the other features of the new Z6II are not suitable for professional video.

If you read this Nikon bosses - Kaizen can go a long way without cannibalizing your products. As a matter of fact it is a great way to serve your customers and give them a better experience.

Why couldn't you just record a test clip and check over your settings? People do this all the time for photos.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2020 at 18:31 UTC
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