photog4u

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On article Ask the staff: electronic or optical viewfinder? (888 comments in total)

So it would seem that there is application for both. Sony, Olympus, Panasonic; once again you must rise to the occasion and come with a hybrid version (of the highest quality). I want to be able to press a button to switch back and forth from OVF to EVF while my eye is in the cup. Thank you.

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2017 at 11:58 UTC as 358th comment

NIKON: Don't just focus on Mirrorless -laser sight it in and become the GO-TO Pro Mirrorless kit. Develop an A7RII-like camera that feels more like a D500 with the battery life of the D5. Oh, and if you'd like to add in hybrid OVF|EVF technology, that would be ok too ;) GO BIG! ...or GO HOME!

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 11:45 UTC as 122nd comment | 1 reply

Turn out the lights / The party's over / They say that all / Good things must end…
-Willie Nelson

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2017 at 13:16 UTC as 9th comment

Sony should buy Nikon NOW!

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2017 at 09:49 UTC as 87th comment | 1 reply
On article CP+ 2017: Hands-on with Sigma's newest lenses (198 comments in total)

Is that a camera lens or a grain silo? :O

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2017 at 16:18 UTC as 55th comment | 2 replies
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1559 comments in total)
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photog4u: Part 1: I remember back in the early days of Sony mirrorless, this site regularly justified the lower scores given to Sony mirrorless cameras compared to a similarly spec'd out Canikon DSLR's by saying, and I'm paraphrasing here, "we use a different scoring metric for each category based on its application", or something along those lines. Basically saying mirrorless wasn't in the same league as DSLR even with features that today, many will not compromise on. Isn't it ironic then that the A99II (more DSLR-like than mirrorless) is compared heavily to the A7RII and that such a comparison has ostensibly led to this ridiculous score of 85 silver (see compare mode graph).

CliffsNotes for entoman:
1.) Mirrorless v DSLR DPR review irony.
2.) A99II - Too low of a score IMHO.
3.) The need for a review category relating to innovation.
4.) My humble opinion on what the score should have been.
No mention was made in my post of a decision being made based on this DP review. My decision was made long before any reviews hit the airwaves after I rented the camera. If I were going to base my decision on internet review sites, this site's review would carry little weight due primarily to the fact that it is a division of the largest internet sales site on the planet and therefor unable to remain totally unbiased, to one degree or another.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2017 at 12:53 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1559 comments in total)
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photog4u: Part 1: I remember back in the early days of Sony mirrorless, this site regularly justified the lower scores given to Sony mirrorless cameras compared to a similarly spec'd out Canikon DSLR's by saying, and I'm paraphrasing here, "we use a different scoring metric for each category based on its application", or something along those lines. Basically saying mirrorless wasn't in the same league as DSLR even with features that today, many will not compromise on. Isn't it ironic then that the A99II (more DSLR-like than mirrorless) is compared heavily to the A7RII and that such a comparison has ostensibly led to this ridiculous score of 85 silver (see compare mode graph).

Part 2: Even if the A99II AF tracking is not quite as good as the Canikon flagships or CAF in video needs a firmware update, the camera still deserves gold, if merely for the fact that it combines the best innovations of mirrorless (EVF IBIS etc.) with the best of DSLR (ergonomics, battery life etc.). And the A99II is the only camera to do so...it is totally unique in that regard. So DPR I say to you, end your cycle of short sited reviews by adding the category of "Innovation" to your compare mode graph. Having it may have tipped the scales in favor of the A99II with a much more deserved score of 89 Gold ;)

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2017 at 10:36 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1559 comments in total)

Part 1: I remember back in the early days of Sony mirrorless, this site regularly justified the lower scores given to Sony mirrorless cameras compared to a similarly spec'd out Canikon DSLR's by saying, and I'm paraphrasing here, "we use a different scoring metric for each category based on its application", or something along those lines. Basically saying mirrorless wasn't in the same league as DSLR even with features that today, many will not compromise on. Isn't it ironic then that the A99II (more DSLR-like than mirrorless) is compared heavily to the A7RII and that such a comparison has ostensibly led to this ridiculous score of 85 silver (see compare mode graph).

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2017 at 10:36 UTC as 105th comment | 8 replies
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photog4u: I'm a huge fan of Olympus ... my E-M1 has never failed me as long as I didn't try to push the m43 sensor beyond it's capabilities. However, having shot the Sony A7 series full frame cameras quite extensively, I find that more and more, I'm missing the larger sensor. You just cannot ask a tiny sensor to do the things a full frame sensor can do e.g. DR, low light, high ISO performance and true f numbers without crop factors so that if I want to shoot wide open at f1.8, I can, instead of f3.6. Speedbooster's work ok but it's just not same, for me. People go on about that "full frame" look but I find that it IS real, especially when shooting with Zeiss lenses. So today instead of spending two grand on another m43 body, I'm going to take advantage of some of the full frame bargains going on right now (A7 $998) less with trade and maybe the Zeiss 55f1.8. I'll spend 1800 bucks to compliment my E-M1 with full frame goodness since AF speed and tracking are not a priority.

No misconceptions AJ, you simply misunderstood my meaning, a fairly common mistake on these forums. Technically you are right about the light transmission. however, my desire to shoot f1.8 or f1.4 for that matter has nothing to do with light transmission. My Mitikon 25mm f.095 sees in the dark on my E-M1 as does my Oly 25mm f1.2 Pro. Nope, for me, It's all about that creamy smooth background and gorgeous bokeh you can only achieve with full frame unless of course your right on top of the subject with m43.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 18:28 UTC
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photog4u: I'm a huge fan of Olympus ... my E-M1 has never failed me as long as I didn't try to push the m43 sensor beyond it's capabilities. However, having shot the Sony A7 series full frame cameras quite extensively, I find that more and more, I'm missing the larger sensor. You just cannot ask a tiny sensor to do the things a full frame sensor can do e.g. DR, low light, high ISO performance and true f numbers without crop factors so that if I want to shoot wide open at f1.8, I can, instead of f3.6. Speedbooster's work ok but it's just not same, for me. People go on about that "full frame" look but I find that it IS real, especially when shooting with Zeiss lenses. So today instead of spending two grand on another m43 body, I'm going to take advantage of some of the full frame bargains going on right now (A7 $998) less with trade and maybe the Zeiss 55f1.8. I'll spend 1800 bucks to compliment my E-M1 with full frame goodness since AF speed and tracking are not a priority.

As I pointed out, I'm not switching brands or formats, just adding a complimentary tool. And yes, many FF lenses adapted.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 11:57 UTC

I'm a huge fan of Olympus ... my E-M1 has never failed me as long as I didn't try to push the m43 sensor beyond it's capabilities. However, having shot the Sony A7 series full frame cameras quite extensively, I find that more and more, I'm missing the larger sensor. You just cannot ask a tiny sensor to do the things a full frame sensor can do e.g. DR, low light, high ISO performance and true f numbers without crop factors so that if I want to shoot wide open at f1.8, I can, instead of f3.6. Speedbooster's work ok but it's just not same, for me. People go on about that "full frame" look but I find that it IS real, especially when shooting with Zeiss lenses. So today instead of spending two grand on another m43 body, I'm going to take advantage of some of the full frame bargains going on right now (A7 $998) less with trade and maybe the Zeiss 55f1.8. I'll spend 1800 bucks to compliment my E-M1 with full frame goodness since AF speed and tracking are not a priority.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 10:52 UTC as 80th comment | 8 replies
On article Hands-on with Ricoh's compact Pentax KP (634 comments in total)

Is it me or does the KP look like a throw-back-Thursay cam?

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2017 at 09:53 UTC as 92nd comment | 1 reply
On article Sigma 85mm F1.4 Art sample gallery updated (94 comments in total)
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photog4u: Wow...just wow.

Sorry had to take a call. I'm really impressed with the performance of this lens especially adapted to the A7RII. Also, I was glad to see that the photographer's shot many photos wide open.

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2017 at 16:04 UTC
On article Sigma 85mm F1.4 Art sample gallery updated (94 comments in total)

Wow...just wow.

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2017 at 11:42 UTC as 43rd comment | 2 replies
On article DJI reportedly takes majority stake in Hasselblad (191 comments in total)

I don't buy Hassy and I don't buy drones so this news does not interest me in the least. With the exception of course, that if this union should, by some remote chance, give birth to a sub-$3k MF camera body (ala a7rmk2) and with reasonably priced fast primes ... well then, that would be entirely different story ;)

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2017 at 16:40 UTC as 24th comment
On article Modern Mirrorless: Canon EOS M5 Review (1627 comments in total)
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cdembrey: Lack of 1/8000 and no 4K is a turn-off. Lack of quality lenses is a deal killer.

BTW I'm a lifelong Canon owner.

Agreed and 82 silver given its late arrival to the mirrorless genre and 2012 specs is mighty damn generous.

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2016 at 16:29 UTC
On article Have your say: Best midrange ILC of 2016 (53 comments in total)
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DualSystemGuy: This is a very strange set of options for best Mid Range ILC. No D7200 that won DPR's own round-up in this price range?

Agreed. These kind folk here on this particular review site do tend to march to the beat of their own drums ;)

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2016 at 17:56 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1360 comments in total)
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sunjester: Very positive review. Though I am surprised a free trip to Iceland was left off the first page. Seems to me review sites should be very upfront with that kind of stuff.

Excellent belly-aching Rich, well done! :)

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2016 at 10:13 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1360 comments in total)

Consider this Christmas season you can get a:

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II + 25mm f1.2 Pro m43 for $3,199
-or-
Sony A7 Mark II + Zeiss 50mm f1.4 FULL FRAME for $2,996

I guess it really depends on whether or not you want the incredible light gathering capability and shallow depth of field that a great big full frame sensor provides or a tiny, albeit speedy sensor will suffice?

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2016 at 17:08 UTC as 269th comment | 12 replies

There is something wrong with the E-M1 SSCT. Sorry but you give me your studio test scene, and E-M1 (firmware v4) and a 45mm f.18 and I will give you back a file one hell of a lot sharper (at default settings) than the one you are providing here. It looks like the photographer missed the focus. This comparison is junk IMO.

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2016 at 15:16 UTC as 19th comment | 5 replies
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