rob asnong

Lives in Belgium Sint-Truiden, Belgium
Works as a hospital management advisor, hospital CEO, retired
Joined on Mar 24, 2008
About me:

Sony A100, Sony A700 (sold), Sony A580, SonyA77(given away), Sony A77 mk2, Sony A99, Sony A99mk2, Minolta 7xi, Samyang 85mm 1.4, Sigma 180 mm EX DG macro , Sigma 70-200 mm EX DG HSM II macro, Sony 70-400 mm G SSM, Sigma 50 mm 1.4 HSM, Tamron 55-200 mm, Tamron 28-75 mm, Sony.55-300 mm SAM, Sony 35 mm 1.8 SAM, Sony 85 mm 2.8 SAM, Sigma 17-70 mm OS HSM(given away), Sigma 8-16 DC HSM, Minolta 35-105 macro, Tamron 16-300 mm, Sigma 24-105 f/4 Art, Soligor extension tubes, Kenko 2x teleconverter, Sigma 2x TC EX DG,
Sony HX400, Sony F 58 flash, couple of slave flashes and macro ringflash

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On article 2017 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $900-1200 (476 comments in total)
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M Chambers: So what they don't like about the A77 II are the low performance at high ISO and the "poor subject tracking." Ironically these are two main reasons why it's so amazing. Name an APS-C camera with better performance of these two features.

I'm sure some here will try.

I agree. Many times I can compare to the D7200 and the 80D, photo friends of mine own them and we go out together. Both have no chance against the tracking possibilities of the A77mk2. They need 3 or 4 photos before they know they have a good one. Thanks to the EVF I only need 1 take.

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2017 at 21:16 UTC
On article Updated: Sony a9 samples with Raw support (450 comments in total)

Of course, I was waiting for some negativism. The color output is a matter of WB and is very much adaptable in camera settings, even in AWB. I have never had any strange color outputs on my Sony cameras, on the contrary I like the colors very much. The AWB on my A77mk2 and A99mk2 are just perfect in almost every situation. I really don't know what the guys of DPReview are doing.

Link | Posted on May 7, 2017 at 13:32 UTC as 70th comment | 6 replies
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1579 comments in total)
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Anulu: Rishi Sanyal, i look your photography website and i don't find any sport or action photos, maybe (and just maybe) you aren't experienced this type of photography. So many opposite internet reviews and user experience and you just resentfully watching them fool, is not the best strategy from a website who live from their readers. So take your pride, admit you are maybe wrong, and re-test the camera with an A-mount expert, or learn how to use this camera. Sorry for the bad english

ISIS off
Shutter with AF priority
Electronic first curtain off
CAF
Expanded flexible spot subject tracking
AF tracking priority set to 1.

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2017 at 04:42 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1579 comments in total)
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86proshooter: For the first time I had a hard time believing this review on the Sony Alpha A99 II especially the AF point is really shocking.
Wonder what lens did they use for the testing? 3rd party lens maybe.
Anyway, I used to owned both Sony A99 and Canon 5D Mark III but I still prefer
to use Sony A99 SLT most of the time since the AF is much easier to work with than the Canon 5D.

When I read that for the newer A99 II the AF is a "hit and miss", I was rather shock.
A99 AF is really quick, I even tried to use it in fast action scene it did managed to capture and lock onto the subject properly.

However on the A99 II is a step backwards? I was thinking to get a A99 II but I will have to rent it to know what dpreview mention was true or not.

Sony A mount lens have not seen much developing so maybe dpreview is also hinting that current A mount lens can't get the most out of the A99 II especially it's 42mps sensor?

Hopefully Sony can comment about this.
Regards,
Max

I have both cameras. I can asure you the A99mk2 is a huge improvement, in every sense. The AF is extremely good.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2017 at 18:51 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1579 comments in total)
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rob asnong: It is a long time ago that I post a comment here. I have the A99II and as a bird shooter I can only say that the tracking AF fantastic. The keeper rate is high and the sharpness is outstanding. But with AF lock on it is important that you wait half a second or so with the shutter half pressed on the subject you want to track. Then take the first photo a the focus stays on the subject 100 %. Even if the bird flies between branches the focus stays on the bird. This camera is the best sports camera I have ever shot with.

In my gallery here I posted some BIF photos taken with the A99mk2 with hybrid tracking AF in CAF, 8 fps burst, expand flexible spot, ISIS off, EFC off, focus range limiter on (it helps a lot and this is certainly and underrated feature), M with auto ISO. They were all taken between 50 and 100 meters distance and cropped. Out of 10 photos 8 were in focus, which is enough for me. I am extremely happy with this camera.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2017 at 10:40 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1579 comments in total)
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rob asnong: It is a long time ago that I post a comment here. I have the A99II and as a bird shooter I can only say that the tracking AF fantastic. The keeper rate is high and the sharpness is outstanding. But with AF lock on it is important that you wait half a second or so with the shutter half pressed on the subject you want to track. Then take the first photo a the focus stays on the subject 100 %. Even if the bird flies between branches the focus stays on the bird. This camera is the best sports camera I have ever shot with.

Recently I was tracking a white heron at a distance of nearly 100 m and the camera kept tracking it in front of detailed surroundings and even behind some branches or in front of trees and branches, it just stayed with the bird. When shooting burst shots, it is important to disable the sensor stabilization, my experience. Photos are more blurred when leaving it on. When panning birds it is important too to disable the electronic first curtain, sharper photos for sure when disabled, again my experience. So it is clear when you choose the wrong combinations photos may look unsharp.
Anyway, I am extremely happy with this cam and the tracking focus in particularly. For birds in fly it is an extremely well featured camera, trust me. Best regards.

https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/photo/117199241505534158607/6384762533444456546?icm=false

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2017 at 08:25 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1579 comments in total)
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rob asnong: It is a long time ago that I post a comment here. I have the A99II and as a bird shooter I can only say that the tracking AF fantastic. The keeper rate is high and the sharpness is outstanding. But with AF lock on it is important that you wait half a second or so with the shutter half pressed on the subject you want to track. Then take the first photo a the focus stays on the subject 100 %. Even if the bird flies between branches the focus stays on the bird. This camera is the best sports camera I have ever shot with.

If you go to my G+ account you can see what it is capable off. I will show you here some more examples of very difficult AF tracking photos later on.
The same happened with the A77mk2 review last year. I have in my friends circle other brand users and non of them succeed of focus right on dragonflies in flight, maybe the most difficult discipline in AF, well my A77mk2 does, even with the very cheap Sony 55-300 mm. Of course, there are a few settings to take care of: sensor stabilization turned off, AF tracking follow set to 1, lock on expandable spot, AF burst set to 8, otherwise the diaphragm with non-electrical command (like the Sony lenses still have) can't always follow maybe, CAF of course and picture review set to off.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2017 at 08:24 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1579 comments in total)
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rob asnong: It is a long time ago that I post a comment here. I have the A99II and as a bird shooter I can only say that the tracking AF fantastic. The keeper rate is high and the sharpness is outstanding. But with AF lock on it is important that you wait half a second or so with the shutter half pressed on the subject you want to track. Then take the first photo a the focus stays on the subject 100 %. Even if the bird flies between branches the focus stays on the bird. This camera is the best sports camera I have ever shot with.

I use the 70-400 mm mk1 for my birding shots. We all knows it is not the fastest AF lens, still it tracks wonderfully once the focus is locked.
It is not 2 seconds dear Rishi, more like a half second or so. Nevertheless, this locking time is only in hybrid mode and with my 'old' 70-400 , when using the normal DFDAF it focuses very very fast even indoor.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2017 at 08:22 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1579 comments in total)

It is a long time ago that I post a comment here. I have the A99II and as a bird shooter I can only say that the tracking AF fantastic. The keeper rate is high and the sharpness is outstanding. But with AF lock on it is important that you wait half a second or so with the shutter half pressed on the subject you want to track. Then take the first photo a the focus stays on the subject 100 %. Even if the bird flies between branches the focus stays on the bird. This camera is the best sports camera I have ever shot with.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2017 at 06:15 UTC as 147th comment | 9 replies
On article Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review (1327 comments in total)
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Douglas F Watt: Not so much as a token mention in the whole review of the Sony A77ii as serious competition?? For half the price . . . . Really??

Thank you Rishi for your reply. You are very right of course. But lesnumérique did already earlier a review of the A77 mk2 as did many others. This new test was just an addition to the first review, to see if the claim Sony made (2,5 times faster AF) is true. It is 2 times in good light and 1,4 times (40%) is bad light, which is a nice result nevertheless I think.
Well, I have the A77mk2 and the camera could track a F16 jet fighter coming in my direction, and it did it with the G 70-400 mm mk1, not a fast focusing lens, but with D-range limiter it did almost flawlessly. I had 72% keepers, with is not that bad for this slow focusing lens.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2014 at 14:46 UTC
On article Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review (1327 comments in total)
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Douglas F Watt: Not so much as a token mention in the whole review of the Sony A77ii as serious competition?? For half the price . . . . Really??

At least one did a fully adapted review of the A77MkII after the firmware update with AF measurements and put it back in the lead:

http://www.lesnumeriques.com/appareil-photo-numerique/sony-alpha-77-ii-p20457/sony-alpha-77-ii-firmware-2-00-avec-af-plus-rapide-video-xavc-s-n37597.html

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2014 at 10:55 UTC
On article Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review (1327 comments in total)

With the latest firmware, the Sony A77 MkII surpasses all competitors:

http://www.lesnumeriques.com/appareil-photo-numerique/sony-alpha-77-ii-p20457/sony-alpha-77-ii-firmware-2-00-avec-af-plus-rapide-video-xavc-s-n37597.html

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2014 at 10:44 UTC as 238th comment | 5 replies
On photo DSC01520 in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (3 comments in total)

Why exp comp -0.7? That exposes more noise. Why the focus on the girls face?

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2013 at 11:22 UTC as 1st comment
On a photo in the Sony Cyber-shot RX1R Preview Samples sample gallery (3 comments in total)

Why exp comp -0.7? That exposes more noise. Why the focus on the girls face?

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2013 at 11:22 UTC as 1st comment
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Wally626: Well at least the new Nikon makes the new Sony 70-400 f/4-5.6 G2 look like a comparable bargain at only $2198.

Yes that is true and if the new Sony is as good or even better as the old one (maybe the best of all till now), then the new Sony 70-400 stays maybe even unbeaten.

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2013 at 11:26 UTC
On article Nikon D5200 added to our studio comparison database (186 comments in total)
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marike6: IQ looks fantastic. And if you go by DxOMark, the D5200 is using quite possibly the best performing crop sensor in the world right now. Who knew that Toshiba was so skilled as manufacturing sensors?

One thing is odd is when you switch to the K-5IIs in the Studio Test, it almost looks like ACR Chroma NR was left on, as at ISO 6400 it's dramatically cleaner than the D5200. Yet, on DxOMark the D5200 manages 1284 ISO score to the K-5IIs's 1208 ISO Low-Light (Sports) Score.

Anyway, wonderful IQ, and since I'm in need of a small DX body for my new 70-200 f4 VR, this camera definitely on my short list. Thanks guys.

Because it is known
that it is a Sony sensor outsourced by Sony to Toshiba in a long term relationship, probably because of capacity shortness due to the flood twintigjarig years ago.

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2013 at 22:59 UTC
On GalleryItem:2026653 (1 comment in total)

crop 100 % 70-400 G JPG TC

Posted on Jun 12, 2012 at 09:33 UTC as 1st comment
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