munro harrap

munro harrap

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Dont put your "daughters" on the WEB Mrs Worthington!!

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2017 at 21:00 UTC as 10th comment

But you are giving them your pictures, which they can keep with no watermark AND sell!! And then you pay them to host their leftovers!!

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2017 at 20:58 UTC as 11th comment
On article Alpha-better: Sony a9 versus a7R II (502 comments in total)

Well it is only 20% under the cost of a new Leica M10 body. Checking out the low light sports results on Imaging resource from the M10, we are back in the real world with great contrast rich colour and dynamic range at high iso-just like a photograph in fact, and remember you can also attach anything to the Leica because it too takes adapters and a slide in the hotshoe on top EVF.

No it does not do 20fps, but at least it prefers the photographer choose when to take a photograph.

I am also certain that if you put me there in the same place at the same time with similar lenses on a D8xx series machine, that the quality from the Nikon would be better.

Sony still do not produce useable jpegs, and do not even have slot for their very own XQD cards (are they being discontinued already?)

Roll out the A7R3

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2017 at 21:00 UTC as 8th comment
On article Serious speed: Sony a9 real world samples gallery (420 comments in total)

Very surprised at how coarse crude and unnatural these jpegs are. Noise is robbing everything of its individual textures etc. Very similar to results I get from an FZ1000 but then the FZ does 400mm @ f4. I had the same horrid feeling when I bought, and then returned a new Nikon D600: at around 800ISO any underexposure led to really bad contrast dynamic range compression and a noise pattern that remained in the RAW files. There is very little fine detail here where there should be fine detail present somewhere at these high shutter speeds, I admit to some surprise, as its the latest sensor design. Shame.

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2017 at 17:17 UTC as 77th comment
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munro harrap: The cost of switching alone is more than double what I have spent/wasted on digital cameras and lenses since 2003, and might I venture to suggest that holds for most people reading onsite.

It is catastrophically so much more than I had to spend to earn a crust in the days of film that the figure, a TOTAL LOSS, makes me nauseous .

In the UK the A9 is not $4500, bad enough, but £4500. I managed as a pro buying secondhand, bar one 35mm f1.4 Summilux. I still buy secondhand as new prices here are extraordinary. You have noted too just how much the Japanese are charging for Image stabilization and Zeiss branded primes.

The new Leica and all medium format machines are still way beyond the pocket of anyone not having the stuff bought for them because if you have a family to support and a British mortgage to pay, even very successful pros cannot actually afford them. The cost of Leitz lenses is staggering- truly scary, especially when rivals produce very good ones for a tenth of the price.
I check certain secondhand lists daily, and I buy if its cheap even when have no immediate need as the prices are rising here so quickly. Every time there is an exchange rate rise dealers put up the prices of decades old UK secondhand stock! Shysters!!

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2017 at 16:53 UTC

The cost of switching alone is more than double what I have spent/wasted on digital cameras and lenses since 2003, and might I venture to suggest that holds for most people reading onsite.

It is catastrophically so much more than I had to spend to earn a crust in the days of film that the figure, a TOTAL LOSS, makes me nauseous .

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 23:14 UTC as 25th comment | 4 replies
On article Alpha-better: Sony a9 versus a7R II (502 comments in total)
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munro harrap: As this is the 1st of the A9 series it is better to await its successor. Think Canon 1Ds, Canon 1Ds MkII, or Nikon D700, Nikon D800 or Sony Nex7, Sony a6000. It'll be better and cost less, and maybe a case and an extra battery and Capture one or DXO ?

Dpreview has already hinted there will be a higher resolution A9, so waiting is maybe cool OK?

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 23:08 UTC
On article Alpha-better: Sony a9 versus a7R II (502 comments in total)
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munro harrap: As this is the 1st of the A9 series it is better to await its successor. Think Canon 1Ds, Canon 1Ds MkII, or Nikon D700, Nikon D800 or Sony Nex7, Sony a6000. It'll be better and cost less, and maybe a case and an extra battery and Capture one or DXO ?

Festina Lente, bro!!

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 23:06 UTC
On article Alpha-better: Sony a9 versus a7R II (502 comments in total)
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Gary Martin: Holding out for the A13.

In the US?

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 22:31 UTC
On article Alpha-better: Sony a9 versus a7R II (502 comments in total)

As this is the 1st of the A9 series it is better to await its successor. Think Canon 1Ds, Canon 1Ds MkII, or Nikon D700, Nikon D800 or Sony Nex7, Sony a6000. It'll be better and cost less, and maybe a case and an extra battery and Capture one or DXO ?

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 22:29 UTC as 44th comment | 6 replies
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surlezi: What I see is that someone buying into Sony from start saves almost 10 000$ . DPR why not emphasize on this ?

That leaves a lot of $ to buy the missing 400 2.8 when it comes out.

Just tick the box and hire one. That said the 120-300mm f2.8 Sigma on an APS-C body is my choice of weapon and far more useful

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 22:11 UTC
On article Alpha-better: Sony a9 versus a7R II (502 comments in total)

I do not feel Sony have gone far enough. I would have kept the 42MP of the A7RII, and then fast use would have a choice of an APS-C crop, for sports and wildlife-perfectly OK resolution and much faster frame rate with longer reach= equal to a Canon 1D Mk IV, with less noise and no vibration with just the electronic shutter, but I applaud the ports and hope for USB3, waiting 10 years already! The screen needs to have greater resolution and be able to turn into the body for its own protection, and complete weatherproofing is a must. In the US it comes to B+H with only a 12 month warranty- should be the 5 years Nikon used to give their pro lenses. No point having a 500k rated shutter with a short (and in Europe illegal) warranty. WE get two years offerred as a favour, but actually legally enforceable, again useless if the thing isn't waterproof.

When it IS completely weatherproof and as above with 4K, I might be tempted, but at D810 prices thankyou.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 21:58 UTC as 50th comment | 2 replies
On article Sony a9: Why being better might not be enough (765 comments in total)

I feel that in the rush we are ignoring stupidly, the Elephant in the Room. On this occasion it is not God at all, but the suitability of investing long-term in a machine whose warranty is so short.
A long shutter life figure is meaningless if the camera has a mere 12 months warranty, and as more electronics are in use in mirrorless machines, I need to be satisfied that their circuitry is shockproof and will last at least the 20 years many hard drives are rated for.
No Sony machine is, nor are any others, nor are their lenses.
You can buy a car with a 5 or 7 year warranty because their electronic circuitry is EXEMPT from the RoHS lead-free legislation.
Circuits without lead in their solder fail very quickly, whereas older cameras pre 2002 keep going for ever. Your mobile phone wont, your hi-fi wont, your TV wont, your iMac, iPad Pro and your PC wont, and this global tragedy (the unecessary proliferation of billions of dead machines in landfill etc ) , is what we need to halt.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 00:53 UTC as 12th comment
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munro harrap: No Pro would actually DO this, and most would not have all the listed lenses. You cannot shoot with two cameras at once. I only ever use ONE reflex camera, and a DSLR with a long enough or wide enough zoom IS all you actually need, as once you have a low-noise full-frame sensor the fast primes are no longer used- you just up the ISO.
I would wait for the Canon full-frame mirrorless to appear, as it soon shall. Or the Nikon: neither company is doing nothing you know.!!

I am trying hard to understand WHY Dpreview are busily exhorting everyone all of a sudden to convert to their new Religion! As the A7RII, aside from Battery issues is just as good a sports machine, with a better APS-C crop.......

I do not work for animals who merely grunt

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 23:41 UTC

It's insulting really, as people hire extra lenses for special does, and freelancing already involves quite crippling equipment expense without people being told by the staff of an Amazon-owned website that they needs must go into bankruptcy to compete.

Employed photographers are at the mercy of their equipment suppliers, often their papers/magazines, etc.

All this expense has not improved the VISUAL quality of work produced anyway, as that must depend on the opportunities given to photographers.

Conflict situations and political and sports arenae are spectacularly limited in their scope, and no expense spared 'll make aha'pence worth of difference to the prize-winning repetitive violent imagery, much of it unfit for human consumption , that newspapers continue to imagine the world's population need.

Sorry, but we dont need it at all: its not stopping the rot or helping anyone, who BUYS papers now??

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 19:18 UTC as 110th comment

No Pro would actually DO this, and most would not have all the listed lenses. You cannot shoot with two cameras at once. I only ever use ONE reflex camera, and a DSLR with a long enough or wide enough zoom IS all you actually need, as once you have a low-noise full-frame sensor the fast primes are no longer used- you just up the ISO.
I would wait for the Canon full-frame mirrorless to appear, as it soon shall. Or the Nikon: neither company is doing nothing you know.!!

I am trying hard to understand WHY Dpreview are busily exhorting everyone all of a sudden to convert to their new Religion! As the A7RII, aside from Battery issues is just as good a sports machine, with a better APS-C crop.......

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 19:08 UTC as 113th comment | 3 replies
On article Sony a9: Why being better might not be enough (765 comments in total)

Were I a newbie , yes, the temptation is there. The reasons go beyond spec and price, because there is nothing more irritating than the sound of a rapidly firing mirror in a DSLR body, dreadful. The onset of a silent machine that wont upset subjects is itself a huge advantage, but thats no good if the rain or sand stops the machine working, or if it cannot withstand being dropped.

Once you attach a big lens to an E mount Sony the size advantage is already lost-even with an 18-55mm on an a6xxx, let alone a 100-400mm zoom on an A7 machine.

Canon do their own sensors, so may emerge as FF mirrorless market leaders by the time the next 1DX comes out-with no mirror!! because they bounce if you drop them and do not handle like badly fitting awkward to use toys, dammit, and the Sony machines ARE badly designed, ARE fiddly to use, ARE actually biased towards menus far too much, and still lack basic hands-on credibility.

Face it, they dont supply a fast external charger to most models!!!

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 03:32 UTC as 37th comment | 1 reply
On article Sony a9 first look videos (300 comments in total)
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munro harrap: The idea Sony is ahead is weird. Here we have a throwback to 24MP. This alone signals competitors to continue leading the field. I use a D8. Do you know what a D8 is? Well its the D800 of course, spring 2012. Nikon pro machines are still at D5 same price and near enough the same resolution. Because 36-42-50 MP is Endgame, they restrict pro resolution deliberately to be able to continue to "offer more" in future upgrades until real world practical resolution is obtained, whilst my pics outclass in size and detail resolution all such machines, so HOW Sony CAN get away with this is all around you as Nikon and Canon pro gear is as bad, at double D810 prices.
In a decade all who bought lower res machines now will be kicking themselves, as any video aspect is irrelevant as usual when far better machines for filming exist already.

How much is an A7S and and A7R together? About the same. Battery life better? Shrugs and exits left......

Are you the "world at large?". I dont think so.
Assess the battery life of the Sony at its maximum frame rate, how many shots would you get per fully-charged battery lasting how long?

Read Careys piece about weatherproofing, he agrees with me, frame rates and keepers, same.
Anyone with an investment in Canon or Nikon lenses will sensibly wait and see whether their FF mirrorless machines can be used in all weathers.

However all the pro sports and nature guys who do, and have to, will not, and cannot tolerate machines that are not weathersealed- lenses included.
They cannot afford to and dont either read or contribute to these pages, most of them, having better things to do than argue with the facts of life for camera equipment.

WHEN Sony battery life equals Canon and Nikon battery life, and WHEN their very expensive pro lenses and bodies are as waterproofed as well as some of their mobile phones I and others MIGHT consider switching, IF Nikon have not matched Sony's design etc.

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2017 at 00:20 UTC
On article Sony a9 first look videos (300 comments in total)
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munro harrap: The idea Sony is ahead is weird. Here we have a throwback to 24MP. This alone signals competitors to continue leading the field. I use a D8. Do you know what a D8 is? Well its the D800 of course, spring 2012. Nikon pro machines are still at D5 same price and near enough the same resolution. Because 36-42-50 MP is Endgame, they restrict pro resolution deliberately to be able to continue to "offer more" in future upgrades until real world practical resolution is obtained, whilst my pics outclass in size and detail resolution all such machines, so HOW Sony CAN get away with this is all around you as Nikon and Canon pro gear is as bad, at double D810 prices.
In a decade all who bought lower res machines now will be kicking themselves, as any video aspect is irrelevant as usual when far better machines for filming exist already.

How much is an A7S and and A7R together? About the same. Battery life better? Shrugs and exits left......

There isn't an @munroharrap- I am not on Twitter at all. For me the ergonomics in daily use decide pretty much everything, certainly not frame rate as I said. Their new excuse for a battery unit is an absolute disgrace, their shiny lens surfaces, though durable are not exactly grippy for manual focus, and though I have recent APS-C Sony machines I so much prefer the R1. that can only manage a sequence of three RAWS as its shutter lag prefocused is 0.007 milliseconds, polite cough, so you actually can get EXACTLY the picture you intend and not an approximation to it though recent offerings are all faster than are any DSLR machines.

IF they GAVE me one with replacements for my Nikkor lenses, I MIGHT like it a lot even, but that nagging feeling all the time that you have to swap batteries-like the urge to go to the loo impending, says its for Faecesbook users only

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2017 at 23:01 UTC

1 D800 battery equals THREE of these batteries in regular use, with no grip, no box and no wires. As Sony ctreated the D8xx series sensors in parallel with their own, one really does wonder at how such a high tech outfit can continue to refuse to provide decent batteries, really , this Heath Robinson device is laughable: it is painful to imagine one's fellows being saddled with such a "solution", or to forgive them not doing a grip that, as they are all so small could easily hold three batteries and be portable and waterproof and provide the vertical grip everyone else does for even their APS-C devices. Its as sad as a Fart in the White House.

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2017 at 22:50 UTC as 4th comment | 2 replies
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