Dave Melges

Joined on Nov 12, 2012

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Maxilopezca: How hard it is for them to talk about the image quality of the Z line and its lenses!
To get this quality on other brands you must pay x2 or more.
Tried all brands, and there´s something special about Expeed 6 Procesors.
Literally Sony actually will be investing more on fake reviews

Lol, c'mon. For every ONE person that loves their Nikon Z, there's 2 people who love their Sony and three people that love their Canon.

I've shot all three side by side, and done it with a huge group of working professionals...and guess what.....Canon loses. Nikon does just fine. But Sony wins every frackin time.

If all we do is listen to YOU...or ME.... any other ONE user, we'll get a string of personal anecdotes that don't really mean anything. But if you give 13 working pros a table full of cameras, and send them out shooting all day and come back and drink wine and look at files til the sun comes up......

Nikon hangs right in there. But does NOT win.

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2020 at 13:12 UTC
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whensly: Sonys are fantastic I just wish I didn't own mine. Trying to sell my A73 and never have to look at a Sony Menu for the rest of my life . (I've owned 5 Sonys)

I don't mean this as an attack on you, but I always wonder, when people complain about Sony menus (which are bad).......but......what good photographers spend any real time in menus anyway?

I've had 15 Sonys and I set them up, and thanks to M1 and Fn and custom buttons I have to dip into actual MENUS about never.

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2020 at 13:06 UTC
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FuzzyDice: Where’s the Nikon Noct Z mount 58 F/0.95?

The guy that was going to buy one changed his mind.

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2020 at 13:04 UTC
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vegetaleb: Another ProSony article from DPR

Wouldn't this topic end up being pro-Sony on any site with people who can count?

To be honest, it really sounds like they sat down and tried to invent some rather BS reasons to keep Canon and Nikon in the conversation. "Nikon and Canon's decisions to keep their mounts closed to competitors means they can control the consistency of experience for their users" That's a completely fabricated advantage that doesn't mean anything.....they just needed to be able to say SOMETHING to excuse Canon and Nikon NOT doing the right thing for their users.

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2020 at 13:03 UTC
On article Have your say: Most important cameras of the 2010s (417 comments in total)

In this decade we went from SLRs and point and shoots to mirrorless system cameras and phones.

Literally. SLR system cameras and point and shoots were the dominate form factors in 2010, and mirrorless and phones have replaced them.

So an argument for the iphone makes perfect sense...but the industry wouldn't have shifted to mirrorless so fast if it weren't for ONE specific ILC.

The Sony a6000 is easily the most important camera of the last decade...it's been the best seller in it's class for more than HALF of that decade. It's unheard of dominance. Best selling ILC of all time...best selling mirrorless camera all time...the ONE camera that converted the most people in a decade that flipped upside down.

Link | Posted on Dec 22, 2019 at 17:49 UTC as 67th comment | 4 replies
On article Have your say: Most important cameras of the 2010s (417 comments in total)
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Max Iso: RP, cheapest launch FF ever. GM1, smallest "larger" sensor ILC out there. EM5, first ILC with superb IBIS. EM5II, first super rez ILC when even phones didnt offer it. And D800 for obvious reasons.

The list DPR gave sucks.

"Cheapest FF launch ever"

If you're willing to ignore the fact that without Sony driving down FF prices for YEARS, Canon would likely be selling you an antiquated SLR for twice that price.

Canon is a follower....and only mediocre at it.

Link | Posted on Dec 22, 2019 at 17:46 UTC
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eno2: The most important camera IMO is the Sony A7III.

Nothing changed the market landscape, in the history of digital, like the a7III.

People thought the idea of Sony even SURVIVING was once an industry joke, then they passed Canikon like they were standing still when they released the a7III.

If photography had been left to Canon and Nikon, would we have high end, full frame cameras under $5000 today? Probably not. Would we have stabilization, just how far down the road would mirrorless have happened if we had to wait on Canon and Nikon?

The a7III and the a6000 converted more photographers in 5 years than any other camera maker in history.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2019 at 13:40 UTC

First, including the Canon R and Nikon Z is almost offensive. The Canikon duopoly literally HELD BACK the entire industry by refusing to commit to a modern camera...for years...while they waited for Pany/Oly/Fuji/Sony to solve all the problems...then they each essentially just copied Sony. They both waited so long, Nikon might go under.

Second, to not include the two cameras that most changed the buying habits of photographers everywhere....the Sony a6000 (which somehow remains competitive and the best selling mirrorless 6 years after release) and the a7III which made Sony the best selling full frame system, is criminal. We have two completely FAILED system cameras on the list, but not the a6000? We have niche cameras that really didn't change ANYthing on the list but no a7III?

This is one of those "let's try to make everyone happy" lists, not the REAL list.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2019 at 13:31 UTC as 34th comment | 2 replies
On article Canon EOS RP review (1693 comments in total)
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Dave Melges: This is one of those cameras that I can't even understand the need to test it. The people who would buy it would almost certainly buy it without this review, and no one planning to buy it will change their mind, and no one not considering it will suddenly say "oh, I need that."

It's maybe the best ever example of a camera for which a review does nothing. This is aimed squarely at CANON DSLR shooters who've been trying to pretend like mirrorless isn't cool, for years, and now that Canon has a cheap one, can jump ship without trading in their Canon baseball cap and camera strap....and they still get to say "I shoot full frame therefore I'm a serious photographer."

Pretty much everyone else is going to pick Sony, a few will pick Nikon and a few will just go aps-c Fuji. But this is NOT a camera that will sway NON-Canon fanboys by any stretch. And those people don't care about reviews, or they would have left Canon years ago.

(but thank you for testing it :) )

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2019 at 17:13 UTC
On article Canon EOS RP review (1693 comments in total)

This is one of those cameras that I can't even understand the need to test it. The people who would buy it would almost certainly buy it without this review, and no one planning to buy it will change their mind, and no one not considering it will suddenly say "oh, I need that."

It's maybe the best ever example of a camera for which a review does nothing. This is aimed squarely at CANON DSLR shooters who've been trying to pretend like mirrorless isn't cool, for years, and now that Canon has a cheap one, can jump ship without trading in their Canon baseball cap and camera strap....and they still get to say "I shoot full frame therefore I'm a serious photographer."

Pretty much everyone else is going to pick Sony, a few will pick Nikon and a few will just go aps-c Fuji. But this is NOT a camera that will sway NON-Canon fanboys by any stretch. And those people don't care about reviews, or they would have left Canon years ago.

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2019 at 17:10 UTC as 163rd comment | 7 replies

The crazy thing to me, is there are still people talking about lag and refresh rate. TOTALLY only matters to people who BELIEVE it's going to matter, and no one else.

We all are staring at screens, watching video, playing games, with low refresh rates and nobody is vaulting out of their chairs blaming the refresh rate on not being able to understand the action in a movie or failing to win a first person shooter.

..if you're accustomed to an OVF, you may find an older EVF distracting at first, but that should quickly go away unless you have some kind of disorder. And newer EVFs? Remember, OVFs BLACKOUT when you shoot....and that seems to bother no one...modern EVFs DON'T BLACKOUT, yet dinosaur OVF defenders still attack the EVF.

No. The viewfinder that gives us the most information wins. Nikon's just making excuses for why their mirrorless aren't flying off the shelves, and desperately (kind of pathetically) clinging to the idea that SLRs will stay relevant a few more minutes.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2019 at 16:18 UTC as 68th comment | 21 replies
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Dave Melges: Lol, can't beat the optical viewfinder? Yeah, who wants a viewfinder that shows us infinitely more information about the creative image we're trying to create....

This guy should be fired.

If you want reality, lower your camera....if you want information about what you're trying to accomplish, use an EVF.

And let's not even get started on the advantages of the light always getting to the sensor for AF and AI.

What an embarrassing, dinosaur comment.

Yes, revenant, some photographers. But when you educate ALL photographers on the value of an EVF....which 17 years ago when I started trying was impossible, and 10 years ago was super hard, and 5 years ago was still a struggle, but today the pendulum is swinging SUPER fast the other way....turns out the "some" is actually pretty close to no one. Not NO ONE.......just pretty close.

And the problem with catering to BOTH, is the second number is too small to make any real sense. The only reasons we still have DSLRs are ignorance and the deceptive market management by Canon and Nikon.

We'll STILL have SLRs even 10 years from now....but from this point forward they'll become increasingly niche (thank god)

Yes...some people still want a Leica (almost no one) Some people still want medium format (statistically almost no one) Some people still want all sorts of things, but in incredibly small numbers.

An OVF is a dinosaur.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2019 at 16:10 UTC
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landscaper1: "Even though we have a great mirrorless [solution], we cannot beat the optical viewfinder."

'Nuff said.

One of the easiest ways to spot someone who's worried they're wrong.....they end with "nuff said" hoping people will believe enough's been said, lol

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2019 at 13:26 UTC

Lol, can't beat the optical viewfinder? Yeah, who wants a viewfinder that shows us infinitely more information about the creative image we're trying to create....

This guy should be fired.

If you want reality, lower your camera....if you want information about what you're trying to accomplish, use an EVF.

And let's not even get started on the advantages of the light always getting to the sensor for AF and AI.

What an embarrassing, dinosaur comment.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2019 at 13:25 UTC as 90th comment | 18 replies
On article DPReview TV: Why waveforms are better than histograms (333 comments in total)

Eh, it's interesting....but it would have been more helpful before live view, obviously, and it's still not really any better than a histogram if you know HOW to use a LIVE histogram.

And blinkies are EASY...you click back and forth and watch them appear and disappear on whatever you find most important and it's easy. Assuming you're not still using a dinosaur SLR.

What we need is more awareness of just how stupid an SLR is in today's world.....all cameras should have real time histograms and zebras and no goofy mirrors.

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2019 at 15:33 UTC as 33rd comment | 1 reply

Not MORE THAN....but Sigma has been instrumental.

Keep in mind that mirrorless is the entire future of photography, and that Sony's a6000 is by far and away the best selling mirrorless body of all time...it might never be surpassed.

And many of us a6000 shooters carry Sigma primes. I've had all three contemporaries, and if they made me an 85 or 135 I'd hand over my credit card in 3.7 seconds.

What we NEED....are aps-c, f4 and f2.8 zooms....they'd sell like crazy. Looking at you, Sigma and Tamron.

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2019 at 23:05 UTC as 73rd comment | 1 reply
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PaulSnowcat: Sony is a great sensor manufacturer, indeed. As for Mirrorless cameras... They should learn what "comfort" and "ergonomics" is... Just switched from Sony to Nikon and have zero regrets.

Sony! Create mirrorless camera in great A77-2 body, not those soap pieces!

Pretty much everyone I know......2000+ Sony photographers, almost all of which came from un-necessarily large, unwieldy, heavy DSLRs, much prefer the smaller cameras.

The only people who don't.....pretty much....are people who are simply USED to larger cameras and have to give it time (doesn't take very long) and those who's egos feel inflated when they carry big cameras.

There's nothing wrong with the size of the Sony a7 bodies.....and when I shoot faster and more fluidly than the outdated DSLRs next to me, it's just further proof.

I'm sure there will always be a niche of shooters that prefer larger cameras....but no doubt about it, 10 years from now, it'll be a TINY niche. We're getting smarter.

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2017 at 21:19 UTC
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dansclic: This is an anti mirrorrless lens.....
Of course, sigma has its own logic building 1kilo ff lenses but what mirrorrless people are looking for is compactness !

Thank you for speaking for all of us.

No.

I have 2000+ Sony shooters on my friends' list, what we're looking for is THIS.

Most of us don't buy mirrorless because it's small, small is just a bonus. We buy mirrorless because it's a better design.

This is EXACTLY what most of want, just like the 30mm f1.4, this will soon be very very popular.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2017 at 20:44 UTC
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entoman: I know all the mirrorless guys will jump on me for saying this, but that lens looks huge on the Sony, and is surely going to be massively front-heavy and uncomfortable to hold for any period if fitted to a tiny little Olympus!

No one should jump on you, BUT someone should teach you how to hold a camera.

Every camera is front heavy with a lens on it.....unless you hold it right, with your left hand under the center of the mass.

Never will understand where the goofy idea comes from...that a camera/lens can be "unbalanced."

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2017 at 20:40 UTC
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2740 comments in total)
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pjbw127: "Moreover, α9 allows its viewfinder to show not only images of the subject ... but also the final image of a shot." from the Sony web page.
'the final image of the shot'. Could this possibly be the 'Full-time Live Preview' in the EVF that my Sony R1 had back in 2005 and which disappeared after they went DSLR?
Obviously impossible in DSLR and lack of it makes me feel blind using modern mirrorless cameras.
With the limited exposure latitude of the then APS-C sensor it was essential for accurate exposure metering. Unfortunately no reviewer at the time mentioned it; they would all have been DSLR people and a fixed lens camera would have been below their radar for a start. They probably thought that the way the scene's exposure visibly changed ('Live Preview') as they moved the camera was an aberration of the new-fangled EVF (though it was exactly mimicked in the tiltable, swivelable screen). If enough of them had noticed it might have encouraged Sony to continue with it.

As the settings change, what you see in the viewfinder changes to accurately reflect the picture you're going to get.

Don't bother with spot metering...or ANY metering, just use Manual and make your adjustments bases on what you see.

I had an R1...and an f707 before that. All FULL TIME LIVE PREVIEW. All of them.

Link | Posted on Jun 26, 2017 at 01:40 UTC
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