Photomonkey

Lives in United States CA, United States
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Joined on Oct 28, 2002

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On article Week in Review: Sony FTW (302 comments in total)

Sony's support of PDAF for Third party lenses hints at the potential opening up of camera platforms as a competitive position. I think they have noted the enthusiasm of customers for third party lenses that can be adapted to ML cameras. I see a future where people choose lenses and bodies independent of each other. This in turn would hopefully lead to open software for wifi and Bluetooth for even more functionality in our cameras

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2015 at 16:04 UTC as 33rd comment | 2 replies
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Lee Jay: There are many root problems with this approach:

- File sizes and the resulting processing time
- Video compression and likely no raw mode
- Videos are often shot with slow shutter speeds to make for smooth video
- Slow video shutter speed often results in motion blur as seen in the first image
- Little or no ability to use fill-light
- What little fill a video light can provide pales compared to what a flash can do
- Can't use a flash to freeze motion
- Even 30fps is often too slow to catch the moment. Anticipating a single shot can be more reliable.
- Stuck using an EVF

I've taken stills from video before, but the situations in which it is a useful thing to do are extremely rare.

There are a lot of situations where 4K capture works just fine. Yes high shutter speeds may be necessary at times but there are so many candid situations in a wedding where this would be genius. In so many cases the old adage of "f8 and be there" is right on. A boatload of gear and specs doesn't guarantee anything. Presence and wit does.

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2015 at 20:38 UTC
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czajunia: "Sony's engineers judge that their new 1-inch-type stacked CMOS sensor is roughly five years ahead of anything else on the market"

Those engineers sound like they have just been moved to the marketing :))))

Roughly means just that. maybe 56 months maybe 64 months. I think most would agree that the competition has a very long road ahead that may already be obsolete when they get there.

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2015 at 01:51 UTC

I had an M4 back in the 70s and it was a complete joy. I sold it because I could never pull together the money for additional lenses. The irony was I sold it to. It a Nikkormat with a 35 and an 85 and found my self using only the 35.
I went on to enjoy single focal length cameras and earned my MFA with Rolleiex.
The idea of this camera is delightful and I fully agree that it has hit the precisely right notes for many peoples style of photography. The silence, precision and beautiful build are what makes it a great tool to transparently make he photos you love.

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 18:50 UTC as 96th comment
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Anadrol: Am I the only one shocked by the price ? 3200 $ !!!

The A7R cost initially 2300 USD...

Cheaper than Canon and Nikon's competitive offerings when they intro'd a few years back. Today they are still more money than Sony's better bodies.

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2015 at 23:55 UTC

Whoa, this has all the tricks.
Makes Canon look a little sad.

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2015 at 23:53 UTC as 170th comment
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MAGMATCICO62: Greatly overpriced. The Pentax 645D is much much cheaper with the same CMOS sensor

I note that Priorate just announced compatibility with the Pentax-I stand corrected.

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2015 at 23:16 UTC
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MAGMATCICO62: Greatly overpriced. The Pentax 645D is much much cheaper with the same CMOS sensor

From Priolite's website: "At the moment only Canon and Nikon cameras are compatible - including Nikon D810."
And considering all the shortsighted whining about flash duration I am surprised no one has complained about these units. I think they are wonderful but overlooked.

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2015 at 20:22 UTC

Now all they need to do is add a good EVF and software and they really will have something unique.

Link | Posted on Jun 4, 2015 at 20:43 UTC as 25th comment
On article Sony rides wave of US Mirrorless sales surge (733 comments in total)
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Karen Casebeer: I was surprised at this statistic: The latest data shows that over 61% of first time ILC buyers are under the age of 35, up from 54% approximately two years ago.

I have heard of several aging professional photographers going mirrorless because they no longer want or are able to carry a heavy gear load. That was the case for myself, who tried to transition to a mirrorless with a Panasonic. Unfortunately, it didn't compare in IQ to my Canon so I sent it back. Perhaps I should have given Sony a try.

I use Canon FF for my commercial work. I use m43 for weddings, events and web work. I do notice a quality difference in the smaller format but it never shows up for the applications I use it. No wedding client has ever commented on anything other than the beauty of the images because they are fixated on content. Other m43 work goes to the web and looks indistinguishable from any other quality file.

As photographers we obsess over ultimate IQ when that actually has scant relevance to the real world. If you are a hobbyist then maybe IQ at 800% is relevant but for most pros it isn't.

Link | Posted on Jun 4, 2015 at 17:28 UTC
On article Sony rides wave of US Mirrorless sales surge (733 comments in total)
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BeaverTerror: Mirrorless is the official term now? So instead of choosing a term which describes the camera, they have moronically chosen a term describing what the camera does not have. One day DSLRS will be a nostalgic memory and we will still be stuck with "mirrorless". Same situation as clipless bicycle pedals.

Genius.

You mean like "fat free"?

Link | Posted on Jun 4, 2015 at 17:19 UTC
On article Canon EF 50mm F1.8 STM real-world samples gallery (141 comments in total)
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Tilted Plane: I admire dpreview overall, but doesn't this seem small potatoes compared to the really interesting new lenses out there (some fast wide zooms, some terrific fast primes, etc.)? I mean, you complain that you don't have the resources to get reviews done faster, but now you have time to check out a f/1.8 50mm? Hmmm. Am I alone on this?

@Bill Bentley. Haha you are so right.

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2015 at 18:44 UTC
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MAGMATCICO62: Greatly overpriced. The Pentax 645D is much much cheaper with the same CMOS sensor

The 645z is a brilliant value but the fact that the LS lenses are (as yet) unavailable for it make it a far less appealing platform for a commercial photographer.
I could use the 645z for architecture as I don't need full range flash sync but if I were shooting fashion or projects that needed outdoor sync I would be sunk.

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2015 at 16:11 UTC
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marcio_napoli: DMF is a difficult animal to tame, but when you do, you're rewarded with results that always make you go "wow!!".

I admit I've never shot with a D810 (probably it's much closer to the DMF experience), but when I had my D800, whenever I opened some files, it would always go like this "oh, ok... nice...".

Today I'm shooting with a borrowed P45+. It's not "ok... nice" experience. It's simply a jaw dropping experience every single time I open a file.

Wow factor is off the charts.

I wish every 35mm shooter could experience this, so maybe we would get less of this "overpriced stuff" talk from users that never shot DMF.

Thanks for some comments from people who actually have experience rather than "spec cowboys" who know the measure of everything and the value of nothing.

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2015 at 16:07 UTC
On article Canon EF 50mm F1.8 STM real-world samples gallery (141 comments in total)
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Tilted Plane: I admire dpreview overall, but doesn't this seem small potatoes compared to the really interesting new lenses out there (some fast wide zooms, some terrific fast primes, etc.)? I mean, you complain that you don't have the resources to get reviews done faster, but now you have time to check out a f/1.8 50mm? Hmmm. Am I alone on this?

Interesting is nice but won't make much difference to budget constrained photographers.
Most important, your cat will still look the same on FB.

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2015 at 14:43 UTC
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fedway: Leica gained a bump in lens sales when Sony introduced the A7 series, and some Fuji owners wanted an economy Leica. Now that Sony, Zeiss and Fuji are filling in the lens lineups of FE and X mounts with excellent lenses, Leica is going to see a dive in sales which will also have repercussions in the second hand market.

Haven't seen it yet. Checked prices on Ebay lately?

Link | Posted on May 29, 2015 at 03:31 UTC
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Photomonkey: Yes it is expensive. It is a Leica.

It is a testament to the brand that it has lasted these many years. Great brands selling at similar prices have exited the stage over the years. Zeiss, Alpa, Rollei etc. These are legendary brands as is Leica. Arguably, they expired because they did not charge enough to support their expensively produced excellence.

Leica have survived and thrived despite a few near death experiences because the quality is undisputed and their careful moves into digital have broadened the appeal of the line. They have also wisely refused to discount their brand.
If you do want to spend less and get a Leica you can, but it won't be an M.

When I owned a Leica M4 everyone could see the difference in the negs produced by it when they hung drying side by side in the darkroom. We even shot the same subjects at the same time with the same film and processed in the same tanks. I had noticed this earlier and THAT'S why I bought a Leica.
As for pricing of lenses, I noticed Pentax is not shy about the price of its 645 lenses. I am not critical of that. They are not producing many and they are superb.

Link | Posted on May 28, 2015 at 23:42 UTC

Yes it is expensive. It is a Leica.

It is a testament to the brand that it has lasted these many years. Great brands selling at similar prices have exited the stage over the years. Zeiss, Alpa, Rollei etc. These are legendary brands as is Leica. Arguably, they expired because they did not charge enough to support their expensively produced excellence.

Leica have survived and thrived despite a few near death experiences because the quality is undisputed and their careful moves into digital have broadened the appeal of the line. They have also wisely refused to discount their brand.
If you do want to spend less and get a Leica you can, but it won't be an M.

Link | Posted on May 28, 2015 at 01:29 UTC as 42nd comment | 18 replies
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They call me Hans: I understand that Leica glass is the gold standard but god these price points just hurt my insides...

I guess you haven't been following Leica for very long. ;)

Link | Posted on May 28, 2015 at 01:13 UTC
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Old Cameras: If it wasn't so outrageously expensive, nobody would buy it.

When I owned an M4 I was always waiting for a raise as the lenses were always a months pay.
Whenever I got the raise I noticed Leica had gotten a raise too. ;)

Link | Posted on May 28, 2015 at 01:11 UTC
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