Satyaa

Lives in United States MA, United States
Joined on Jan 14, 2015
About me:

Photographer by hobby // Business Apps (IT) Manager by current occupation // Accountant by education and early career.
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Landscape kit: D810, 17-35/2.8-4.0, DX 35/1.8
Travel kit: D7200, 18-140
Event lenses: 24-70/2.8, 70-200/2.8, 18-35/1.8 Art
Other: FZ2500 (video), Rebel XTi, Rebel 2000 G Date (flim) and Nikon F3HP (film)
Wishlist: kit for birds/wildlife
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My posts/comments are just my opinion. I try to quote my experience to support my opinion, where appropriate. My disagreement with others' opinion is not a personal attack against the person, their knowledge or integrity. I politely explain why I disagree.
I ask the same from others. And I hope to learn something from them. If the argument turns into personal attacks, I usually block them.

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On article Full-frame mirrorless lens guide 2021 (1519 comments in total)
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Satyaa: @Richard Butler.
Please do another article on these lines...

Where do camera companies stand today as technology is evolving? Which ones show clarity in their strategy and which ones seem to be going in all directions?

Canon, Nikon and Pentax started out as traditional SLR camera makers. Only two of them are moving on to ML world. Sony came in 2005/2006 through their acquisition of Minolta. They have innovated and changed the photography world in ways that ultimately caused the doom of DSLR.

With Sony's innovations came their amazing AF. Canon has caught up and Nikon is getting there. AF today defines the success of a camera (at least in the forums).

Now there is a pressure (not sure if it is from customers or from competition) for cameras to be still/video hybrid. This needs different lenses. MFT was the video king but FF is pushing hard. Will this end MFT?

Where Canon and Nikon neglected APS-C, Fuji took over that segment.

Those are some random thoughts but you get the picture.

Haha, well said.

I understand the risk of predicting anything, leave alone a fast changing technology.

My request is for an article on the current state of each brand in the industry, even if it changes in few months. There are lot of things these companies do, beyond what average camera buyers see. It adds a lot of context.

May be, their stated priorities vs what they've actually done? I can see this getting into the kind of questions you mentioned.

Future is anyone's guess.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2021 at 23:54 UTC
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Satyaa: I don't know if I could see ISS with my eyes but I saw it once through a telescope, just by accident.

I was at a friend's house. After dinner he took us outside with his telescope, to show the kids some planets. When I found something like a man-made structure and not a planet, I asked him what it was. He said, "oh, that's the ISS."

It was interesting for me but didn't sound like that for someone who sees it every day.

Did I say it looked like a planet?

I just wasn't thinking of ISS and wasn't sure what I was seeing. Until he told me, I didn't know we could see the ISS that easily, even if for a very brief moment.

You are right about the speed, Wider the view, better the glimpse.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2021 at 23:37 UTC

Chris & Jordan:

What is the best APS-C ML camera for slow-moving wildlife photography, comparable to D500 in the DSLR world?

Please consider available lenses (same brand or third party) for this use case, not just the body.

Thanks.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2021 at 23:27 UTC as 15th comment | 1 reply
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Michael Piziak: I wonder how many, into phography, really care about video.

I'm a stills (hobby) photographer. I got into video accidentally on someone's request and learned what a good job my FZ2500 can do. I was as much impressed (more surprised) as my clients were (charity, not paid work). I don't touch video functions while shooting for hobby.

A close young friend is a journalism major. She learned a bit of videography, editing, story tellilng, etc., in her courses. Currently she's exploring all career options.

I advised her that she should be taking a small camera to events and shooting lot of images for her collection/library so that they will come in handy when she does journalism work in future. She never liked that idea. She said that video tells a story better.

Another friend, a school teacher, takes lot of photos of her work for documentation. Wasn't asked by her school, she just likes to do it. She's not a photographer by any definition! I only know because I sometimes get questions about her camera.

Everybody's style is different.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2021 at 23:05 UTC

I don't know if I could see ISS with my eyes but I saw it once through a telescope, just by accident.

I was at a friend's house. After dinner he took us outside with his telescope, to show the kids some planets. When I found something like a man-made structure and not a planet, I asked him what it was. He said, "oh, that's the ISS."

It was interesting for me but didn't sound like that for someone who sees it every day.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2021 at 19:33 UTC as 19th comment | 3 replies
On article Full-frame mirrorless lens guide 2021 (1519 comments in total)
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Satyaa: Nikon has a plus and minus in the current situation.

On the plus side, there are adapters to use all major lenses on Z body. Many of the popular ones work with full AF. In fact, the Leica manual focus lenses also work with AF! If you have a variety of F, M, EF and FE lenses, your answer is a Z body.

On the minus side, not all of them will give the true benefits of Z mount. The kind of sharpness Nikon is able to achieve across the frame even with Z kit lenses cannot be replicated by other mounts.

So, where that sharpness is important, one has to wait for more lenses in Z mount to be available. As this article sates, it is only a matter of time when third parties will start making Z lenses. Even then, very few have the history of producing such highly rated lenses.

Let me word it differently. What I am trying to say is this...

In the Z line-up, all lens (including kit lenses) have more sharpness across the frame. It is the advantage they have with the shorter flange distance.

With other mounts, only a few lenses reach that sharpness across the frame. Majority of the lenses do not.

If you count the number of lenses that perform at that level as a % of total number of lenses that mount offers, you will see my point.

Whether lenses for every purpose need that sharpness is a different debate and personal preference.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2021 at 14:19 UTC
On article Full-frame mirrorless lens guide 2021 (1519 comments in total)

@Richard Butler.
Please do another article on these lines...

Where do camera companies stand today as technology is evolving? Which ones show clarity in their strategy and which ones seem to be going in all directions?

Canon, Nikon and Pentax started out as traditional SLR camera makers. Only two of them are moving on to ML world. Sony came in 2005/2006 through their acquisition of Minolta. They have innovated and changed the photography world in ways that ultimately caused the doom of DSLR.

With Sony's innovations came their amazing AF. Canon has caught up and Nikon is getting there. AF today defines the success of a camera (at least in the forums).

Now there is a pressure (not sure if it is from customers or from competition) for cameras to be still/video hybrid. This needs different lenses. MFT was the video king but FF is pushing hard. Will this end MFT?

Where Canon and Nikon neglected APS-C, Fuji took over that segment.

Those are some random thoughts but you get the picture.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2021 at 13:11 UTC as 37th comment | 4 replies
On article Full-frame mirrorless lens guide 2021 (1519 comments in total)
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Ying Yon: Sony e-mount is still increasing the gap towards RF and and Z-mount. Just look at how many new e-mount lenses was released so far this year by Sony and by 3rd parties. When will Canon and in particular Nikon start to accelerate?

@Ying, you have a valid point. I am one of those waiting for a couple of Z lenses of my choice before I jump into the system. I am in no rush though. I have seen comments from several people who bought into other ML systems because the lenses of their choice were available.

While Nikon released nothing in the last 9 month (until the recent macro 'announcement') other brands released several lenses. Especially third party lenses for Sony. I could adapt some of those compact lenses on Z mount with full auto functions if I wanted to.

However, one reason I am waiting for Z lenses is their design. The kind of sharpness and consistency they have been able to achieve with all lenses, including the kit lenses, right from the start is impressive. No other mount did that so far.

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2021 at 21:40 UTC
On article Full-frame mirrorless lens guide 2021 (1519 comments in total)

Nikon has a plus and minus in the current situation.

On the plus side, there are adapters to use all major lenses on Z body. Many of the popular ones work with full AF. In fact, the Leica manual focus lenses also work with AF! If you have a variety of F, M, EF and FE lenses, your answer is a Z body.

On the minus side, not all of them will give the true benefits of Z mount. The kind of sharpness Nikon is able to achieve across the frame even with Z kit lenses cannot be replicated by other mounts.

So, where that sharpness is important, one has to wait for more lenses in Z mount to be available. As this article sates, it is only a matter of time when third parties will start making Z lenses. Even then, very few have the history of producing such highly rated lenses.

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2021 at 21:25 UTC as 47th comment | 4 replies
On article Hands-on with new Nikon Z 105mm and 50mm macro lenses (223 comments in total)
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Anastigmat: For the time being, these 2 lenses have a very small number of potential customers because they are not usable on F mount DSLR cameras. There are comparatively few people who have Z series camera bodies, and they have to love macro photography to buy one of these lenses.

I am one of those who is not a macro shooter. I am trying buy my first used F mount macro lens for D810 for a special project.

I am yet to get my Z camera. It's in the planning.

This lens is interesting to me because once I get used to Macro shooting, I would rather buy this 105 and use it for portraits, instead of the 85/1.8

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2021 at 23:33 UTC
On article Hands-on with new Nikon Z 105mm and 50mm macro lenses (223 comments in total)

The 105 is a winner. Its double-duty as a portrait lens, the S quality and features are all attractive. I think f/2.8 will give enough background separation at this focal length on a FF camera, for portraits. I am not a fan of f/1.2 type apertures anyway.

It is hard for Z6/7 owners to resist this. Worth the extra price over the 50mm, if anyone is trying to choose between these two for macro work.

I'll need to add this to my Z shopping list. For my shooting, this definitely replaces 85/1.8

The 50mm is not my favorite focal length. So, I am biased against it. And the protrusion coming out of the front just distracts me.

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2021 at 17:27 UTC as 33rd comment | 3 replies

There should be serious consequences for the guilty, with a good amount of publicity, so that others are careful in future.

Pursuing photography or video as a hobby is one thing. But indiscriminate urge to go everywhere and do everything is bad. People should understand the subjects they are trying to photograph first.

If it's just damage to equipment, that's fine for the owner to suffer that damage. If it causes harm to others, that should not be acceptable.

This applies to bikers and dogwalkers as well in this location.

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2021 at 13:47 UTC as 69th comment
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Mariano Pacifico: I like Canon's attention to details. Definitely not for family-outing touring travel camera. This is Olympic-sized camera that sits well on a monopod or tri pod

More specific... this sits well on a big lens that sits well on a monopod :-)

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2021 at 21:14 UTC

Quote, DPR: "Hopefully it won’t be long until more reviewers have working units in hand that can be used on camera, but we’ll take whatever peek we can get in the meantime."

Read: We are doing an initial review. Hopefully, Canon will officially announce it soon and we can reveal our review.
;-)

I have seen Gordon's reviews and videos before. They are good. He is not one of the click-bait YT crowd. He has been in this business a long time. When he doesn't like a camera or thinks that it is over-priced, he honestly recommends something else.

I had seen this video before this post at DPR. If he says he was not allowed to touch it, it's probably because he was only allowed show it with that disclaimer.

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2021 at 16:41 UTC as 38th comment
On article Here's everything we know about the Canon EOS R3 (666 comments in total)
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Greg OH: I never did see the need for two levels above the prosumer R5 and R6. Maybe they'll actually name it R1 when it comes out? It sure looks like a 1D-class camera.

I agree. That is a ML vs. DSLR discussion, just like EVF vs. OVF, not specific to R3.

Those points will be true of R1 as well. So, if you consider those criteria, ML will always be inferior to DSLR!

For my own purposes, those were big deal until about two years ago. Since then, Sony improved the battery life and EVF a lot. While they're not same as DSLR, they are sufficient for most purposes today. I am sure Canon and Nikon will follow. So, I dropped those criteria.

Link | Posted on Jun 4, 2021 at 12:27 UTC
On article Canon's 32MP chip marks the end of the 24MP APS-C era (493 comments in total)

@Richard Butler
I remember a DPR remark in one of the articles that the EF-M 11-22mm is the only native lens that can meet the high resolution of M6 II.

Has DPR publsihed any article or list of EF / EF-S lenses that can resolve this high resolution for the 90D?

Thanks.

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2021 at 23:07 UTC as 11th comment
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 II initial review (285 comments in total)
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Satyaa: @Richart Butler
Would you please add a section for stills shooters interested in this model?

I would like to understand what this model does better than GH5 for shooting stills, and also how it compares to G9.

Thanks.

Thank you.
I'm looking forward to the completed review.

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2021 at 22:10 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 II initial review (285 comments in total)

@Richart Butler
Would you please add a section for stills shooters interested in this model?

I would like to understand what this model does better than GH5 for shooting stills, and also how it compares to G9.

Thanks.

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2021 at 21:08 UTC as 12th comment | 9 replies
On article Here's everything we know about the Canon EOS R3 (666 comments in total)
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Greg OH: I never did see the need for two levels above the prosumer R5 and R6. Maybe they'll actually name it R1 when it comes out? It sure looks like a 1D-class camera.

What I said above sounds right to me just looking at R3 but I also realize that it will set the bar even higher for the R1. I am not sure what that would entail.

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2021 at 20:35 UTC
On article Here's everything we know about the Canon EOS R3 (666 comments in total)
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Greg OH: I never did see the need for two levels above the prosumer R5 and R6. Maybe they'll actually name it R1 when it comes out? It sure looks like a 1D-class camera.

I don't think it is inferior. Placement in tier1, tier2, etc., in ML segment doesn't indicate inferiority from a different segment (DSLR).

The comparison is that if 1DX was at the top of DSLRs, R1 will be at the top of ML, not necessarily with the same specs.

It shows that due to technology advancement, an R3 (below R1) can do more than the top DSLR.

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2021 at 20:04 UTC
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