hikerdoc

hikerdoc

Lives in United States New England, United States
Joined on Feb 14, 2011
About me:

Husband, father, grandfather, anesthesiologist; and when I get freetime: a hiker/climber, birder, cyclist, and runner with a bunch of photo gear that far exceeds my needs and abilities.

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Favorable Exponynt: It should matter to us because dpreview thinks camera's should do all the work for us inept incompetent humans who don't get to call themselves photographer.

Favorable Exponynt
Most of my lenses are manual focus.

Of course they are, Pentax doesn't do autofocus.

Link | Posted on Mar 19, 2017 at 18:14 UTC
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Favorable Exponynt: It should matter to us because dpreview thinks camera's should do all the work for us inept incompetent humans who don't get to call themselves photographer.

You are probably a much better photographer than me, but I find the tracking feature useful. I am ashamed to admit it, but I also use autofocus (I do select my focus point!), aperture priority exposure letting camera decide SS, auto white balance, TTL instead of manual flash, and auto import of images to my computers.

Link | Posted on Mar 19, 2017 at 10:52 UTC
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Mariusz of PL: Still no DEHAZE mode in stand-alone version.

Correct. As they clearly stated at release of stand alone version, new features would be available with CC, but not with stand alone version until the next major update. They have provided you with the options you selected, and none of the flexibility you did not want.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2017 at 12:06 UTC
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dennis tennis: That CEO is no leader. He should have attacked Canon and Nikon and Sony of making crap lenses and that in 10 years, Sigma will be the largest lens manufacturer in the galaxy.

Why would he want to weaken the positions of any of these competitors. He knows the existence of his company is almost totally dependent on sales of lenses to Canon and Nikon users. He needs a strong Canon and a strong Nikon. He may respect his father's desire to produce cameras, but the picture says it all in regards to his own position; We need you Canon!

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 13:31 UTC
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silentstorm: Why is there no qn about Sigma camera division's direction? I think many Sigma camera users are wondering & hoping Sigma can update their Merrill line with new Merrill sensor.

Cannot be reassuring in regards to that question to see the lens demo done by the CEO sporting a beaming smile and a Canon body.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2017 at 13:41 UTC
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mgblack74: Looks like a rebadged Sigma Art 50.......

..in old Tamron trim.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2017 at 23:37 UTC
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DPPMetro: Of course, no Pentax variant. Pentax's irrelevance is growing. That is the only think they do consistently.

Triplett, Excellent news? Are you saying: "Our cameras don't sell and there are not enough lens choices,---We got 'em (our competitors) right where we want 'em!" If Cameracist is correct perhaps these lenses will be available soon with Pentax labels and a markup in price as lenses that are out of the ordinary.

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2017 at 17:41 UTC
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DPPMetro: Of course, no Pentax variant. Pentax's irrelevance is growing. That is the only think they do consistently.

Market share. Of course, if large numbers of Canon and Nikon users begin purchasing Pentax FF bodies as their primary system, and if they are third party lens buyers, and if the sale of Canon/Nikon mount lenses falls while the demand for Pentax mount lenses surges you may see a change in that policy. Tough in what we are told is a shrinking market segment.

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2017 at 10:42 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1567 comments in total)
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ProfHankD: An absolutely top-of-the-line camera that still gets little respect in the comments here and is getting reviewed a year after release....

BTW, the comments about lenses are simply incorrect -- if you actually go count how many AF lenses (new+old, but mostly old) are available in A mount it is literally MORE than are native for any other mount (e.g., based on actual counts from places like KEH and eBay). Basically, Minolta was the first with a "modern" AF SLR so everybody made lenses for it -- and they're inordinately cheap now because A mount is no longer as popular. Take a look at Dyxum for a well-maintained list of many of the A-mount lenses with reviews.

@douglas @lhk I am not trying to stir anyone up. I responded to a comment by ProfHank that this camera does not get the respect he felt it deserved. I earlier posted that it is probably a great camera, but with a limited target audience. I am saying simply that for me it is not that I disrespect the camera, but given satisfaction with current gear I am simply not interested in any sort of switch. Hence, for me, it is irrelevant how great the camera might be. That could better be called reality than disrespect. One can easily find market share for Sony SLT products, hence the perception that "most of us" includes more than me. I am hoping you enjoy your camera. If possessing an appreciation for the wealth of current options, reading a review from the homepage of DPR, and expressing an opinion that, while not negative, does not share your exuberance for anything Sony represents trolling, I apologize. Signing out.
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Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 21:34 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1567 comments in total)
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ProfHankD: An absolutely top-of-the-line camera that still gets little respect in the comments here and is getting reviewed a year after release....

BTW, the comments about lenses are simply incorrect -- if you actually go count how many AF lenses (new+old, but mostly old) are available in A mount it is literally MORE than are native for any other mount (e.g., based on actual counts from places like KEH and eBay). Basically, Minolta was the first with a "modern" AF SLR so everybody made lenses for it -- and they're inordinately cheap now because A mount is no longer as popular. Take a look at Dyxum for a well-maintained list of many of the A-mount lenses with reviews.

It is not really an issue of disrespect, it is an issue of disinterest and irrelevance for most of us.
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Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 14:03 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1567 comments in total)

I am sure the a99 II is an excellent camera, and Sony users should be excited. I am a Nikon user, heavily invested (yes I know camera gear is not an investment), and very happy with my gear with capabilities that far exceed my abilities. The question for Sony will be how much of that greater than 90% of the market for DSLT/SLT that prefers Canon, Nikon, and Pentax would switch to Sony. Sony users may think that switch is a no brainer, but I suspect the vast majority of us in the camp of targets for conversion are just not interested.
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Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 10:50 UTC as 249th comment | 8 replies

No idea how it works, but one of the silliest looking rigs I saw was a Bushhawk gunstock type camera mount attached to a Black Rapid. 10 kg of mount to hold a 2 kg camera!?

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2017 at 14:32 UTC as 14th comment | 1 reply
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WookieLala: No DOF equivalence debate for this camera? Oh yeah, this is reserved for MFT gear only, not APS-C (for obscure reasons).

Let me start: this camera + the 63mm f/2.8 gives the same angle of view and DOF as FF + 50mm f/2.2 (0.79 crop factor). I can buy a 5dsr + 50mm f/1.2 for much less money, similar pixel count and more DOF. The Canon combination will necessarily be better as photography is only about pixel count and DOF.

Because the APS-C guys understand equivalence and don't feel the need to start those debates.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2017 at 00:16 UTC
On article CES 2017: hands-on with the Canon PowerShot G9 X II (193 comments in total)
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mar2jeter: Yawn....Canon is so far behind Panasonic and Olympus when it comes to features.

Looking to get a new camera for my 81yo mother who is currently using an old Canon. She is a jpeg only shooter. I would love to get her a LUMIX TZ100 or LX10, but can not get around the ubiquitous green skin jpeg comments in the reviews or Sony with menus which would be even more incomprehensible for an elderly woman. So I guess I am left with pleasing but soft skin from Canon G7 Xii or G9 Xii (or iPhone7?).
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Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2017 at 11:46 UTC
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Marco Nero: The images aren't disappointing although the lens isn't f/1.2 ... and that's where the real magic of the 85mmL lens from Canon lies. I don't think I'll be buying this lens for two reasons: One is because, other than speed, I don't see it exceeding the capabilities of the Canon f/1.2L version. And the other reason is that this site has suddenly taken sides in the US election aftermath...

It disappoints me greatly that political statements are now being (obviously) endorsed by DPreview. Those Lens sample-photograph closeups of Anti-American/Anti-Trump signs (as well as the protesters themselves) are two very different things. One shows an affiliation between the photographer and the protest itself. The closeup of the hate-inspired Trump signs is disgusting to see on a review site. We don't need a socialist agenda here on a camera/tech review site. Disgusting. I'm sorry but I won't buy products when reviewers here use them to endorse political agendas.

Remember DPR is Amazon owned and that Trump and Bezos have no love lost for each other regarding Trump accusations of antitrust issues with Amazon.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2016 at 23:52 UTC
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PieterB: Knowing Apple fans, they will all buy this without any protests and dish out lots of money to buy the newest peripherals for more money to replace their not so old peripherals.
For the sole reason, that if Apple changes everything, you must follow.

Apple fans seem to swallow just about everything. Apple seems to be like God to them and can't be questioned. Some of my friends are Apple lovers and there really is no reasoning with them. They will buy whatever Apple offers at any price without any questions whatsoever. It doesn't matter how expensive it is, or how many alternatives there are. They will buy Apple. Period.

As a person who questions everything about anything, that is really remarkable.

You sound pretty rigidly set in your alternate views, describing any Apple users buying decisions in so many absolute terms. I believe Transference is the term used to describe recognizing your own tendencies in others and presenting it in a negative way, just a preference for a different operating system.

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2016 at 11:26 UTC
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karlkk: silly lens for silly rich and bored people.who needs a lens with such huge dimensions and weight for practical use ? how many of this magazine's readers go on safari trips ?

Way too short for a safari!

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2016 at 11:28 UTC
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Lan: Right, so we now have the perfect sensor for a Canon high end mirrorless; but they delivered it in a dSLR box - why?

That said, I'll probably buy it anyway ;)

Why? Perhaps the target market is current 5D series users who are anticipating an updated body rather than instant obsolescence of their current lenses.
This would look very enticing to me if my lenses said Canon rather than Nikon.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 22:29 UTC
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osan: DSLR's suck and get stolen. He should have chosen mirrorless gear.

That would make no sense, they wanted something they could sell!

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2016 at 11:15 UTC

I can see the marketing campaign:
"Introducing the world's first 16 fps landscape camera"

Seriously I would take either of these in a heartbeat, which for me is 18-22 frames at rest.

Link | Posted on Jul 31, 2016 at 16:28 UTC as 69th comment
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