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BWfoto: I would be in the market for a really good and small wide angle manual lens with distance markings on the barrel for landscapes. Make it super sharp low flare and all that stuff. Keep it small f 2.8 would be more than fast enough. One designed specifically for the wide Z mount would be killer edge to edge performance .

Isn't that the Canon nFD 35/2.8? At least on the Sony mirrorless cams it's not that big and very good.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2019 at 17:12 UTC

I love the 12mm Samyang with my A6500. Looking forward to this with my A7x cams.

Link | Posted on Aug 31, 2019 at 23:15 UTC as 12th comment
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ttran88: A Nikon collapse will also negatively affect Sony's business. No Nikon, No sensor business for Sony.

Markets are all about growth, If the new users who would have bought Nikon and only 5% of the existing users switch to Sony, then all that matters is Nikon's growth will be taken by Sony. Nikon loses big if DSLR diehards stick to DSLRs and never move to mirrorless. Then you're servicing a shrinking market, like Kodak with film.

How many posters just a year ago were doubting the likelihood that Sony would even get this far today?

Link | Posted on May 12, 2019 at 06:14 UTC
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ianjoc: I wonder if there are no Instagram, Facebook, social media, internet access or anything to immediately share or show their pics to their friends/public... would people prefer cameraphones (maybe not smartphones anymore) or a dedicated good camera? Thoughts?

And Japanese companies are really bad at integrating a mostly foreign team filled with the kinds of people who are the leaders in software. They can't beat Google in hiring and even if they could they wouldn't find an easy way to make them work within Japanese company culture as many Japanese critics have themselves noted.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2019 at 02:31 UTC

The big problem is that mid-range sales won't work in a shrinking market. And APS-C cameras will have a hard time getting away with lenses as pricey as those for full frame. Given this, it's inevitable that the majors will only pay lip service to APS-C. Sigma survives in the spaces left by the majors. But until sales of cameras return to early 2000s level (i.e. Doomsday) don't expect camera systems without potential for high total revenues and high profits to matter much.

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2019 at 19:56 UTC as 35th comment | 5 replies
On article Sony a7 III Review (2196 comments in total)

One thing I've been impressed by is that Sony really seems to understand that when you're going up against a market leader with a huge customer base with entrenched lens collections, the only way to play is to produce products at good prices that pack in as many features as possible. And the A7iii shows they can do this while matching or besting the competition on 90% of the areas that they have in common.
Of course, complaints won't stop till an alternative comes along that is literally worse on no single dimension while better on most -- probably never. Nonetheless, the obvious response from many fence sitters in the Canon world does suggest that Sony has finally created the one camera to begin its steady rise to stable market share.

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2018 at 22:21 UTC as 124th comment | 12 replies
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Shlomo Goldwasser: The sad thing about the lensrentals teardown and criticism is that it will likely fall on deaf ears.

Sony has a 'If you don't like it u can F O' mentality that comes with having a near-monopoly on the most integral component of a camera body.

ZDman is almost certainly correct. What's amazing is that Sony is -- relative to the past -- FAR more responsive to complaints about its camera gear than it was about electronics. Probably because it isn't the market leader in cameras and feels it has to win people over. But their company culture is such that the bosses still see the world like elite mandarins. Then again, to some extent that's true of Canon and Nikon as well. Part of why the photo industry changes slowly. There are no Apples and Amazons to disrupt things in Japan, and both culturally and legally, those are impossible to create.

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2018 at 13:46 UTC

For Sony A7 series cams, a used nFD 35/2.8 and adapter is probably lighter, a lot cheaper (under $100), and most likely sharper, though bulkier.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2018 at 00:44 UTC as 28th comment | 1 reply
On photo Mother and Son in the The heartbeat of humanity challenge (2 comments in total)
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Dutch Newchurch: As challenge host I cannot vote in the challenge, but I can award this colourful photograph a ‘Commended by the Host’ - with full bragging rights - for its careful composition. (But, I think I’d like it even more without the bench, which I find a bit of a distraction.)

Thank you. I'll try to edit it out in a later version.

Link | Posted on Jan 3, 2018 at 01:36 UTC
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The Davinator: All these new "features"....and their software designer mental midgets can't figure out how to have an app rotate.

I would think the people who populate Dpreview would be the sort to never watch any video on a phone. But I've been known to be wrong. :)

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2017 at 02:02 UTC
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CaPi: Save money on lenses.. use them on expensive high megapixel bodies
Something sounds very off with that to me..

Depends on what the bump up in bodies gets you. For example, if you need IBIS, no single lens will allow you to use all your lenses as usefully as in body image stabilization. It makes legacy lenses even more valuable which gives you a range of character choices in each focal length that a single great lens cannot (by definition).

Link | Posted on Dec 27, 2017 at 18:22 UTC
On article Have your say: Best high-end ILC of 2017 (169 comments in total)
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waldoh: Mirrorless taking 73% of the votes.

Nikon D850 is definitely the most improved of this list but the a7r3 is a more well rounded camera.

Took awhile for steamships to displace sails. But I believe quite a few sail boats still putter around the Atlantic.

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2017 at 18:03 UTC
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(unknown member): Very interesting proof of concept. Shame they haven’t quite pulled it off as a practical camera. By the time they get their firmware sorted out the tech will have probably moved on; hopefully, they stick around long enough to make a Version 2. Done properly, this could be pretty great.

No idea of its future, but perhaps its real future would be to incorporate its tech in a high end camera that's not pocketable at all but which is designed to maximize quality and flexiblity in a smallish camera with (for example) a 1" or MFT sensor that truly outperforms medium format in good light. Or maybe even an all out FF sensor that outdoes both the A7r series and medium format. Then specialist needs could be satisfied.

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2017 at 10:40 UTC
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TMHKR: I just can't fathom why mirrorless lenses are still outrageously expensive. And by lenses I mean kit lenses, for non-pros who want to start fresh with a mirrorless system.

They don't want to compete at the low end. Canon can make cheap basic DSLR zooms based on older tech and designs that take advantge of economies of scale. Since the overall market is not going to see major growth at the low end, Sony just wants a few entry points but will make almost all their profits with the higher priced goods. If not for the need to have entry level cameras as gateways to the high priced stuff I bet Sony wouldn't even bother with the low end.

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2017 at 23:09 UTC
On article Sony a7R III added to studio scene comparison (446 comments in total)
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Rensol: Is that me only or anyone else can see that A7R III has (should not) some chromatic aberrations when you look at the chromium plated brush in right lower angle of the scene?

Bad lens copy?

Why did they shift lenses? At higher ISOs (800 and above) the comparison tool makes the A7rii +55/1.8 pics seem much clearer and sharper than the newer model as a result of less CA.

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2017 at 18:17 UTC
On article Leica Thambar-M 90mm F2.2 sample gallery (213 comments in total)

Seems to me the things that are new are not good, and the things that are good are not new, nor better than what cheaper lenses offer.

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2017 at 15:27 UTC as 85th comment
On article Leica Thambar-M 90mm F2.2 sample gallery (213 comments in total)
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Mike99999: $6,500 for this broken image quality. Unbelievable how some people fool themselves...

Yet some people's tastes always seem to be correlated with things that cost more money.

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2017 at 15:25 UTC
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Nicolas06: To all people that complain there... There will a time where you'll have the technology backed in your fancy camera and you'll all rival to buy the most expensive/advanced camera with the best of such algorithm.

What I fear is that it will be so successful and "good enough" to most, that mid-level, low level resolution that is upsampled will be enough for people and like the phone cams today will displace enthusiast cameras to the point where buying a new state of the art ILC will be like committing to medium format costs today.

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2017 at 21:13 UTC
On article What you need to know about Sony's a7R III (612 comments in total)
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jonby: Good to see some changes here which will make genuine improvements to its use as a photographic tool, rather than just spec-sheet eye-candy. For me, the improvements rank as:-

1. Battery life (photography is hard enough without constantly worrying about the camera dying)
2. Better EVF (I'd still prefer a good OVF, but sounds like this one may be getting there)
3. Low-vibration shutter (no point in having a 42mp sensor if you can't use them)
4. User interface improvements (better rear dial, AF-ON button, better-organized menus)

If I was in the market for a camera at this level I would now consider this along with DSLRs - not something I would have said about previous A7 series cameras. Think I'd still go for the D850 on balance though, due to the maturity of the interface, OVF and dedicated lens range.

Unfortunately I don't have the money for either....

I am glad they made this but as someone who bought the A7rii I don't find these improvements all that important. Clearly it matters for a vocal group but not for those satisfied with the A7rii. Some professionals will care more than others about battery for example. But for me even the marginal increase in size and weight isn't worth it as well as the need to buy new and expensive batteries. The other things mentioned are of near zero import to me. But those like me are mostly silent.

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2017 at 13:34 UTC
On article What you need to know about Sony's a7R III (612 comments in total)
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larrytusaz: This does look promising if you are a would-be D850 purchaser, however for the Sony APS-C users like me who previously owned an A6000 before it went diving in the river this past summer, it seems as though Sony has totally forgotten about APS-C persons.

Well they did update the A6000 to the A6300 and added the A6500, that's good, but the AF joystick of this model, they badly need that, AF point selection is awkward. What about the A5000 & A5100? What about updating the 16-50PZ, which has an awful reputation whether it deserves it or not? If I'm keeping track Nikon has updated their 18-55 TWICE since the A6000 & also has lenses like the 18-140VR. With Sony you have to go high-dollar with models like the 10-18 if the 16-50PZ isn't to your liking. Sigma has primes but then you have no zoom at all if you need it. Lastly, & maybe I'm ridiculous, but their 50mm 1.8 OSS, it's a good lens which I liked, but man it's HUGE. How does Nikon manage to make theirs smaller for their DSLRs?

Is the A6500 flying off the shelves? If not, there's your answer.

APS-C will receive limited improvements unless Sony can sell models that are high priced and earn high revenue. The lower end market is shrinking and those who remain photo hobbyists primarily focus on nitpicking quality. That means high prices. If the A6300 were selling at 3x-4x its current rate, and APS-C lenses sold well at over $1000, then Sony might consider great APS-C innovations. Otherwise, everyone can see the handwriting on the wall. Maybe only Canon has a big enough market for full support of APS-C going forward.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2017 at 14:39 UTC
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