MikeFairbanks

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I use an iPhone (but have no opinion on which is better as they both, Apple and Android, produce excellent products).

I have an app called Manual that lets me set everything: ISO, shutter speed, and aperture (although aperture isn't as flexible). I can set the ISO to 50 and then use whatever shutter speed I want. So, no noise.

But, of course, that comes with a catch. You have to open your shutter for a long time. Avoiding noise, then, isn't the issue with the low ISO. Capturing any kind of motion is a no-go in low light. The photos above use a tripod, low ISO, and a long exposure. Pretty easy to do once you get the hang of it.

That's not meant as negative criticism at all. The composition and processing is excellent in the article's photos. I've never gotten that good of pics with my iPhone, but I'm getting close.

Manual is the name of the app. It's great.

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2017 at 16:10 UTC as 9th comment | 3 replies
On article Sony a9: Why being better might not be enough (765 comments in total)
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brownie314: I am in love with the A9. But honestly if I were a full time sports pro, I can't see how a D500/D5 combo would not be superior in almost every way. If I were going on a walk - A9 every time. But hauling hardcases into a stadium and setting up 4 lbs of glass and a body on a monopod - I think the Nikon combo wins (or the equivalent canon combo).

@brownie314 You are very right about stadium sports. If someone has thousands of dollars (tens of thousands if they are shooting professionally in a stadium) in Nikon or Canon gear, there would be no reason to switch.

But it is nice to see this kind of progress.

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2017 at 19:17 UTC
On article Sony a9: Why being better might not be enough (765 comments in total)
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brownie314: I am in love with the A9. But honestly if I were a full time sports pro, I can't see how a D500/D5 combo would not be superior in almost every way. If I were going on a walk - A9 every time. But hauling hardcases into a stadium and setting up 4 lbs of glass and a body on a monopod - I think the Nikon combo wins (or the equivalent canon combo).

Watch what happens if you bring a DSLR to a professional golf tournament and plan to be near the golfer. You'll get the boot quickly (click, click, click). Golfers get very angry at noise.

How about a press conference? Film or TV set? Wedding? The Nikon/Canon gear (which I love) makes noise. Noise is bad in those situations. The Sony will be far more useful than many imagine simply because it doesn't make any sound.

I read someone else talk about this and said that at a Christening he had his camera a foot away from the preacher's ear. It was a Sony A7S (totally silent).

Try that with a 1D and you might get slapped.

Worse, fire off ten shots a second with a Nikon D500 during Tiger Wood's backswing and he'll be chasing you down the fairway in no time. ;)

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2017 at 16:51 UTC
On article Sony a9: Why being better might not be enough (765 comments in total)

If I were the White House chief of staff I would mandate these things in the press pool. Listen to any press conference with the president or other important person, along with coaches, actors, etc. These press conferences are a cadophony of shutters that makes it difficult to hear and painfully distracting.

For sports it will be a while before Sony can take over from Nikon and Canon (mostly because of the lenses). Also, the majority of sports are not concerned with noise (golf being a major exception). Golfers hate shutters. This Sony is a godsend to those who want to be up-close at tournaments and not make any sound.

Weddings: How does one get close to the bride and groom without driving people crazy with the click, click, click?

Plays, ballet, poetry readings, libraries, wildlife, and more. There are so many situations in which a click is a distraction.

If I was an administrator in any of those venues I would demand a silent shutter, be it Fuji or Sony, etc. Shhhh.

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2017 at 16:45 UTC as 91st comment
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MikeFairbanks: I'm curious about what 4k means in 360 spherical. Normally we are viewing a rectangle, so we have a length and width that, when multiplied, comes out to roughly 4k.

But if 4k is spread out over an entire sphere, won't it be thinned out and pixelated anyway?

That's what I figured. Thanks

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2017 at 17:51 UTC

I'm curious about what 4k means in 360 spherical. Normally we are viewing a rectangle, so we have a length and width that, when multiplied, comes out to roughly 4k.

But if 4k is spread out over an entire sphere, won't it be thinned out and pixelated anyway?

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2017 at 16:45 UTC as 10th comment | 3 replies

I'm surprised anyone really cares for them. They are blurry and about one second long. I just don't get it. I turned it off right away.

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2017 at 11:48 UTC as 5th comment
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1879 comments in total)
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Benjosh: I don't quite understand the price difference of 4500USD vs 5300Euros...
But i have to admit that this new series is a great achievement, however a bit heavy on the price, will stick to my trusty ILCE-7M2 until the R-Type drops.
Speaking of Alpha 9, if there would be a different medium, other than SDXC that could save uncompressed RAW files of 42MP quickly enough then there would be room for improvement for a 9R series.
After calculating 82MB/uncompressed*20Shots/s=1.6GB
Since the Alpha 9 has the same 24 MP as the 7II it would require 60MP*20Shots/s=1.2GB write speeds
That would require a build in, m2 solid state drive, which would even allow 42MP in uncompressed RAW to be shot in sequence (20Shots/s).
Gosh im drifting away here... would be awesome though.
Anyways im exited.

There's an extra tax in Europe. I think it's called the Value Added Tax or something like that. Generally runs 25%. That might be part of it.

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2017 at 01:12 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1879 comments in total)
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garyknrd: Canon and Nikon are starting to get an attitude adjustment.

Problem is they won't heed the warning sign's.

Canon's answer is: I'm #1. I will push out small meaningless changes, you will buy, and thank me for it!

How many times are you going to keep writing that Civil War sentence? You're trolling, man. Give it a rest.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 12:56 UTC
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Nikon Guy UK: A9... A fool and his money are soon parted...

It's not so much the 20fps I'm thinking of, it's the clicking that won't exist when shooting. Every time I watch or listen to any kind of press conference I can hear tons of clicking, like they invited a dozen children to play with bubble wrap while a prime minister or president is speaking.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 19:58 UTC
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Nikon Guy UK: A9... A fool and his money are soon parted...

So, let me ask you this, Nikon Guy UK: What does twenty frames per second sound like three feet away from the bride and groom using a Nikon or Canon?

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 19:51 UTC
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IdM photography: The interesting point will be to see how the AF compares with the AF of the fastest DSLR's... Are DSLR's dead?

@spinone The thing about the A9 that Nikon and Canon can't touch (can't even compete) is the silent, distortion-free electronic shutter. This will become the standard for press conferences, weddings, and other events.

This Sony will be able to take photos two feet from the bride and groom or the president without a single sound coming out of it. Twenty photos per second and nobody will hear a thing.

That's huge.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 19:49 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1879 comments in total)
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MikeFairbanks: This will be a game-changer in the TV and film industry where silence is a must for any unit still photographer. Plenty of resolution, silent shutter, full frame. Man, they need to make all of the Whitehouse press get on board with this (or anyone who covers any kind of press conference). It's hard to hear or concentrate with all the clicking.

Canon and Nikon: Your full-frame cameras are less expensive, but this one from Sony is going to be able to do anything. Mirrorless/fullframe/silent shutter. That is the future.

That's a good point. I guess I haven't thought about the very top-end Canons and Nikons used for sports. I always think of like the 5D series, etc.

Exciting times.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 17:22 UTC
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cshyde: Photographers have to make money some way so I suppose suing a dead man is one way to do it. At least some lawyers wont go hungry this winter.

That wrong person being Putin or his buddies.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 17:21 UTC
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Reactive: It's very hard to get excited about an eclipse. I watched a total eclipse over the UK (in/around 1997-2000) and yes it was a bit weird - but very unexciting. It's daytime and then it goes a bit dark for about half an hour. The birds don't know what's going in, thinking evening has arrived. Then it's all over and you go back to work. If you want a similarly exciting photographic experience, hold a circular bit of card in front of a flashlight in a darkened room.

I agree that taking photos of it might not be very exciting (for me), but I don't want to bum out anyone else's trip.

Personally, I've been waiting for this for twenty years, because it will occur right where I live. I won't be taking photos, though. I'll just enjoy it. I might take a video or timelapse on a tripod, but I want to be able to experience it without a camera in my hands.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 17:20 UTC

Watch out for shadow noise. ;)

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 17:18 UTC as 4th comment
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1879 comments in total)
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1Dx4me: this first gen. FF sony camera is not going to be a serious threat to canon/nikon FF and professional cameras, but, the coming revs., maybe. but i am sure nikon/canon are not sitting on their fat rears and watching this pass them by!!!! i bet you anything that canon and nikon will surprise us all,sooner than you think! but as is, this news from sony is very exciting, although i am an avid canonite! i wish sony all the best!!!

I agree. This one might be the one that pushes me over the edge. I've been using Canon gear since 2008. This Sony is going to make it possible to shoot anywhere without attracting much attention. It's hard to believe that Canon and Nikon haven't made a silent full-frame camera yet.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 16:12 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1879 comments in total)

Sony, my credit card number is 8423........

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 16:07 UTC as 346th comment
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1879 comments in total)

This will be a game-changer in the TV and film industry where silence is a must for any unit still photographer. Plenty of resolution, silent shutter, full frame. Man, they need to make all of the Whitehouse press get on board with this (or anyone who covers any kind of press conference). It's hard to hear or concentrate with all the clicking.

Canon and Nikon: Your full-frame cameras are less expensive, but this one from Sony is going to be able to do anything. Mirrorless/fullframe/silent shutter. That is the future.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 16:05 UTC as 349th comment | 5 replies
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BobORama: A lot depends on what actually happened. If the work was derived from her photo, there is a case to be made. If the work is derived from a different photo that is stylistically similar, her claims are more difficult to prove.

Even if they outright used the photo and would otherwise be infringing, the argument to be made by the A.W. team is that through their manipulations, at some point, so little of the original photo remains that the value of the new work is not in its derivation from the original.

For example, if you take a photocopy of a photocopy and repeat this process, the original image will be lost, and no reasonable person would deduce the final copy was related to the original. Or if you took the original and applied a heavy-handed Gaussian blur. This process of attenuating the original work is a continuum. So at what point is the original work lost?

Her argument will be her right is to control permissible uses, not the subjective outcomes of that use.

The fact that the Warhol people brought up a lawsuit first is, in my opinion, a mistake. It can easily backfire.

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2017 at 15:08 UTC
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