Ralf B

Ralf B

Lives in Germany Germany
Joined on May 6, 2005

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On article How do you know you need a new camera? (409 comments in total)
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Ralf B: So which bike is it you are riding? And how old is it? ...
Hint: Don't go test-riding new bikes ;-)

Hi Carey, sweet, that CB1100! I am holding on to a 2005 BMW R1200ST, and my mechanics says it will last longer than me....well at least no gaffer tape needed to keep it going so far ;-)

Link | Posted on May 30, 2017 at 16:11 UTC
On article How do you know you need a new camera? (409 comments in total)

So which bike is it you are riding? And how old is it? ...
Hint: Don't go test-riding new bikes ;-)

Link | Posted on May 29, 2017 at 20:23 UTC as 36th comment | 2 replies

I admit that my Sigma 12-24 (version 1 bought in 2005, screw drive AF in A Mount, acceptable IQ is around f = 9 - 11) does not hold many a candle compared to this Canon lens WRT IQ and build, but I know what the author is talking about.
Panoramas are no substitute IMHO to framing a shot at 12mm on FF.
Nice article and shots, thanks!

Link | Posted on May 10, 2017 at 19:51 UTC as 12th comment
On article Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF gallery and first impressions (316 comments in total)

Lovely gallery - and thanks a lot for image 46! A good laugh!
WRT the STF effect: Loving it.
Looks like I need to stumble over an A Mount STF 135 sooner or later...

Link | Posted on May 9, 2017 at 18:04 UTC as 44th comment

Did anyone else notice the "Ducati" CF memory card in the card slot in one of the a900 pics above? IIRC, that was one of SanDisk's fastest cards at the time and 4GB cards were a cost factor back then.... here is a link I found from 2007 (in German):
http://www.digitalkamera.de/Meldung/SanDisk_prasentiert_Ducati-Edition_der_Extreme-Speicherkarten/4192.aspx

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2017 at 09:29 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
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lumigraphics: When I switched from Mamiya 645 to digital, I started with a Sony A100 which was a market leader at the time. Bought an A700 when Best Buy was blowing them out for less than half price, then a couple of years later got an A850.

For my needs (landscapes and models) it was an excellent system. Used Minolta lenses were easy to find and the base ISO quality was amazing.

Entire system got stolen and insurance bought me a new Canon outfit. I hated the EVFs and didn't want to go Sony's direction when I could start over.

I'm happy with my 6D now. Lower resolution but similar handling and in a different universe for high ISO.

@ oldfashoined:
Read up on the a850 and you may understand the point made by Lumigraphics. Besides, this article is about the a900, not about Zeiss glass or adaptors to trigger a PW, LOL. What's the point?

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2017 at 09:25 UTC
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lumigraphics: When I switched from Mamiya 645 to digital, I started with a Sony A100 which was a market leader at the time. Bought an A700 when Best Buy was blowing them out for less than half price, then a couple of years later got an A850.

For my needs (landscapes and models) it was an excellent system. Used Minolta lenses were easy to find and the base ISO quality was amazing.

Entire system got stolen and insurance bought me a new Canon outfit. I hated the EVFs and didn't want to go Sony's direction when I could start over.

I'm happy with my 6D now. Lower resolution but similar handling and in a different universe for high ISO.

@ oldfashioned: While your comment reads informed it sparkles with misinformation respectively misleading wording. People went to the a900 not only for Zeiss glass but for their legacy stable of A Mount glass. CZ (=Zeiss) lenses from Sony do not need an adaptor. They are A Mount native. And "difficult with color?" Must have been JPEGS. The a900 noise "penalty" compared to CaNikon competition at its time came from the color filter choices at Sony, yielding colors that received high praise, especially when handling the a900 RAW files.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2017 at 06:58 UTC
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jeffcpix: I've been shooting with it for 9 years. Yes, it's big and heavy (more so with the grip and a 70-400 or any of the CZ lenses) -- but that's what I like about it... so comfortable to hold. But for the a99 every Sony body produced seems designed for small hands. I shoot stills -- no video is OK with me. I have aquired a full set of A mount lenses at bargain prices when everyone thought A mount was dead including the 16mm 2.8 FF fisheye, 500mm AF, 17-35 G (replaced with the CZ 16-35 Z2) and both macros. No Live View or EVF -- fine,.. great battery life. And the OVF is outstanding. Yes, I wish it had a hinged LCD. Yes, I wish I could adapt the Canon 17TS to it but check out Leitax for all the great glass that can be adapted. Wish it had 'mirror lock up' but at least no SLT. The RAW files I get are as good as I need and the 24MP has turned out to be the sweet spot in terms of needed processing power. Bayer filter -- no moire surprises. It was a great camera in 2008 -- and still is.

Hey Jeff, you have a PM

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2017 at 05:35 UTC
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jeffcpix: I've been shooting with it for 9 years. Yes, it's big and heavy (more so with the grip and a 70-400 or any of the CZ lenses) -- but that's what I like about it... so comfortable to hold. But for the a99 every Sony body produced seems designed for small hands. I shoot stills -- no video is OK with me. I have aquired a full set of A mount lenses at bargain prices when everyone thought A mount was dead including the 16mm 2.8 FF fisheye, 500mm AF, 17-35 G (replaced with the CZ 16-35 Z2) and both macros. No Live View or EVF -- fine,.. great battery life. And the OVF is outstanding. Yes, I wish it had a hinged LCD. Yes, I wish I could adapt the Canon 17TS to it but check out Leitax for all the great glass that can be adapted. Wish it had 'mirror lock up' but at least no SLT. The RAW files I get are as good as I need and the 24MP has turned out to be the sweet spot in terms of needed processing power. Bayer filter -- no moire surprises. It was a great camera in 2008 -- and still is.

Hey Jeff, it has mirror lock-up. It is one of the drive modes!

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 12:58 UTC

Two of these beauties still in use here, one since December 2008, one added in Spring 2013 when the future of A Mount was not clear and I could grab a full warranty demo for a joke. Intended as back-up, now both in use in rotation. These robust dinosaurs will keep working for a loooong time.
Now to upgrade (or satisfy GAS) the choice became tougher last night: a99II orA9 + LA-EA3? Or just add a used a99 for a song for more silent shooting and wait another two - three years?

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 12:57 UTC as 75th comment | 1 reply

Curious to see the next Sony A - to E - Mount adaptor that lets A Mount lens owners benefit fully from what the a9 has up its sleeve. LA-EA 2 / 3 / 4 do not cut it at all.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 19:11 UTC as 120th comment | 7 replies
On article Leica SL Review (1092 comments in total)
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Tequila MockingjayBird: @jdc562

Where is the 84% numeric score?

@ Tequilla: Under "conclusion". And no reward at all.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2017 at 21:29 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1578 comments in total)
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(unknown member): short version: you don't turn a 1970 chevy into a ferrari just by changing the driver.

long version: the AF issues are due to the A-mount lens designs, not to the body. Using both A and E taught me that E-mount lenses have far better AF design (smoother, more decisive and confident, more precise, silent). Even A-mount SSM (the top of the line AF-tech) feels hesitant and laggy compared to the E-mount linear actuators.

I suspect that the better performance of the A7RII in the AF departement is mostly down to these better designs, since the body hardware is largely the same as the 99II.

@ Carey: Thanks for confirming the bias in the review.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2017 at 21:09 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1578 comments in total)
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(unknown member): short version: you don't turn a 1970 chevy into a ferrari just by changing the driver.

long version: the AF issues are due to the A-mount lens designs, not to the body. Using both A and E taught me that E-mount lenses have far better AF design (smoother, more decisive and confident, more precise, silent). Even A-mount SSM (the top of the line AF-tech) feels hesitant and laggy compared to the E-mount linear actuators.

I suspect that the better performance of the A7RII in the AF departement is mostly down to these better designs, since the body hardware is largely the same as the 99II.

@ carey Rose QUOTE: "//As Samuel from DPR had to confess further down in this comment section, they did the a7RII AF test with 5 FPS.//

Your questionable usage of the word 'confess' seems to imply that the a7R II is capable of shooting faster than 5fps with continuous autofocus, which it isn't."

The questionable comparison of an AF test at 5 FPS vs. 12 FPS was what Samuel from DPR confessed. He compared apples to oranges, which I thought I had pointed pointed out. Well may be I did not., so I think positive and assume your use of the word questionable was meant as a question, not an accusation, Carey? A non-native speaker asking.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2017 at 19:31 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1578 comments in total)
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Hunting light: As a former Sony A-mount user, this was dissapointing, and will not bring me back.

Many good thing I miss with the Sony, like all the info you have in the view, live, and easy change of iSO, eprosure etc. Altso the flipsrcreen of course.
However - this was not the "Bring be back to Sony", since it`s obviosly failed on AF, buffer, etc. Seems to fail on old issues, with the really old issued you had on the A77 etc. Quite dissapointing, and will wait for further news in a couple of years, if not Sony launhces a "quick fix" om some of this.

@ Hunting light:
This is not the "bring you back" review. Check IR instead.
Or this link:
http://www.chip.de/bestenlisten/Bestenliste-Vollformat-DSLR-und-Vollformat-DSLM--index/index/id/1361/
The cam might still be the "bring you back" cam, try it out in your use cases.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 22:19 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1578 comments in total)

This post https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/59120737 says enough.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 22:17 UTC as 167th comment | 9 replies
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1578 comments in total)
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(unknown member): short version: you don't turn a 1970 chevy into a ferrari just by changing the driver.

long version: the AF issues are due to the A-mount lens designs, not to the body. Using both A and E taught me that E-mount lenses have far better AF design (smoother, more decisive and confident, more precise, silent). Even A-mount SSM (the top of the line AF-tech) feels hesitant and laggy compared to the E-mount linear actuators.

I suspect that the better performance of the A7RII in the AF departement is mostly down to these better designs, since the body hardware is largely the same as the 99II.

The logical problem Julien is the inexperienced (at least when using this cam) reviewer(s). Proof here https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/59120737 for example.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 22:16 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1578 comments in total)
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Gangstar: anyone know when the full review is out?

And one day after Valentine's day because DPR chose to hate it

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 22:13 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1578 comments in total)
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(unknown member): short version: you don't turn a 1970 chevy into a ferrari just by changing the driver.

long version: the AF issues are due to the A-mount lens designs, not to the body. Using both A and E taught me that E-mount lenses have far better AF design (smoother, more decisive and confident, more precise, silent). Even A-mount SSM (the top of the line AF-tech) feels hesitant and laggy compared to the E-mount linear actuators.

I suspect that the better performance of the A7RII in the AF departement is mostly down to these better designs, since the body hardware is largely the same as the 99II.

@ julien A QUOTE: "The 7R2 passed DPR's bycycle tests with a far better hit rate than the 99II. " As Samuel from DPR had to confess further down in this comment section, they did the a7RII AF test with 5 FPS. That is a lot more time to re adjust AF compared to 12 FPS. enough said on DPR's test rigidity ap-lied (pun intended) to the a99II.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 22:08 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1578 comments in total)
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John Koch: Lots of interesting basketball shots to assess the AF and burst performance. Too bad no companion video shots of the same action. The sole video sample involves face recognition of a stationary subject.

DPR gives the a99ii a respectable score of 85, despite repeated, blurry misgivings about the AF. Is the score good because of other strengths? Or is the AF really on par for its class after all? Exactly how does the a99ii AF rank relative to the a7rii, 5Div, D810, or perhaps the a6500 or OM-D EM1ii?

A FF camera that shoots its best video in APS-c mode is a nagging paradox.

@ Samuel Spencer QUOTE: "and the R II nailed every shot in the bike test (albeit at 5fps". So, apples to oranges, Sam. How did the a99II do at 5 FPS?
Geez, guys. A rushed job.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 19:14 UTC
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