thx1138

thx1138

Lives in Australia Sydney, Australia
Works as a Senior Researcher - Canon Australia
Joined on Jul 17, 2004
About me:

Canon 1D X, 5D III, 17-40 f/4L, 45 f/2.8 TS-E, Sigma 50 f/1.4 Sigma 85 f/1.4, 135 f/2L, Canon 100 f/2.8L IS macro, 70-200 f/2.8L IS mk II, 300 f/2.8L IS, 100-400 f/4-5.6L IS, 500 f/4L IS mk II, 1.4x TC III, 2x TC III, 600 EX, Sigma 24 f/1.8 EX, Canon 24-7 f/2.8 mk II, Sigma 150 f/2.8 Macro EX HSM DG

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On article Sony developing a 400mm F2.8 G Master lens (132 comments in total)
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Jay557799: The 500 f4 is $13K. 400 f/2.8 is "more lens" so $15K sounds reasonable. The used market of the 500 is practically non-existing. Took me 18 months to find one ... in Austria.

Yeah Sony have a long history of pricing their lenses below the competiton

LOL.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2017 at 01:44 UTC
On article Sony developing a 400mm F2.8 G Master lens (132 comments in total)
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MikeRan: All the comments previously about "Sony's not a pro sports camera. They don't have the lenses." And so many complains because most can't afford a pro sports lens. Comical...

Not as comical as comment about non-existent sports lens line-up. Should have been released with the A9, not as an afterthought because people complained.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2017 at 01:43 UTC
On article Sony developing a 400mm F2.8 G Master lens (132 comments in total)
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jhinkey: I know why this needed to be f/2.8, but I was really hoping for a more portable f/4 version . . . perhaps in a few more years.

It's also being developed.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2017 at 01:42 UTC
On article Sony developing a 400mm F2.8 G Master lens (132 comments in total)
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rz350: There go all those Canon long lens sales. A Sony 400 f2.8. Awesome. And going by previous Sony lens prices, Canon long lens sales will increase. LOL.

Yeah I'm sure Canon users will race out and buy a 30% dearer lens that is same size and weight.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2017 at 01:42 UTC
On article Sony developing a 400mm F2.8 G Master lens (132 comments in total)
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ProfHankD: 400mm f/2.8 lenses are never cheap. Canon's is $10K, Nikon's is $11K... although Canon's f/4 version is just $7K. Given such a small price difference, I think Sony going with f/2.8 instead of f/4 makes a lot of sense, and as long as they're under about $15K, they'll sell plenty of them. (No, I don't plan on buying one.)

The Canon's is $6.7K because it's a DO lens. If it were a normal refractive lens, it would cost much less. Sony is reportedly also testing a 400 f/4 and apparently pricing will be surprisingly good if you can believe the stories.

I hope the 400 f/4 comes out too, no need for a 400 f/2.8 too short for wildlife, where I'd rather a 500 or 600 f/4. 400 f/4 would be a nice light travel lens with TC's.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2017 at 01:41 UTC
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NOWHITELENS: Nice camera, but why is it so tiny!?
They should learn from experienced camera manufacturers like Canon and Nikon and make a full frame camera also a FULL SIZE camera, it would be so much easier to handle.

The A7RIII is a whopping 143g lighter than the 5D4, add a grip and it's now heavier than the 5D4. Other than a few UWA lenses, the lenses are mostly as large and heavy as for DSLR's. The Sony tech is great, but their ergonomics suck. Would it hurt to make the cameras just a little larger and add 10-20g, use larger buttons

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2017 at 00:59 UTC
On article Sony announces lightweight FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens (297 comments in total)
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TW14: If it is as good as the canon one it is a winner for me.

It won't be hard to be better. Canon lens is fairly good, but is not an improvement IQ wise than the mk 1. Sigma is not really much better and is much heavier. Been yearning for a higher quality 24-105 f/4 for a few years.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2017 at 00:09 UTC
On article Sony announces lightweight FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens (297 comments in total)
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justmeMN: "There's no 'G Master' lens distinction here..." -DPR

So it's a 'G Apprentice' lens?

G String
G Spot
G Shock

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2017 at 00:07 UTC
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Smitty1: Now DxO needs a proper DAM then OpticsPro/PhotoLab will be a true Lightroom replacement.

The fact that they changed the name to PhotoLab, because it is much more than just optical corrections but a full processing software, tells me a DAM would be a plausible and valuable addition.

But next year Luminar is getting DAM built-in. Would be nice to see DxO add DAM too, but for now I'm glad they have localised adjustments.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2017 at 23:52 UTC

Great news, and even better DxO released Photolab with Nik’s u-point technology and local adjustments. I’ve had to stop using Lightroom Classic CC is so appalling slow. Adobe forums are on fire with horrible stories about how the software is virtually unusable on high end systems. Between DxO, C1 and DPP for RAW conversion, and something like Photomechanic for DAM, bye bye Adobe LR.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2017 at 22:43 UTC as 32nd comment
On article Demo: Here is the Sony a7R III shooting at 10 fps (119 comments in total)
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virgil gabriel: Wow! Amazing, no blackouts.

Only up to 8fps does it work in LV mode, at 10fps, you only get to see the last shot of the burst, good luck tracking a fast action like that

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2017 at 22:03 UTC
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matthew saville: Good job Sony, dual SD card slots and a bigger battery, in a $3200 package.

Bet a whole lot of A9 buyers are feeling pretty dumb right about now for spending $4500 on a camera that wasn't really the right choice for them. Just wait until the A7mk3 comes out at $2200 and ALSO has dual SD slots and the A9 battery...

That's the problem, A9 is just a test bed. A9II will be much better. I'm hoping any A9R is also much better and they realise a pro camera needs to be bigger.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2017 at 22:02 UTC
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walker2000: Wow! What a fast-paced product release cycle!
Sony users may have mixed feeling for the fast release: Every new release brings great new features, but makes the camera in hand looks so old although it was bought not so long time ago.
Canon users may also have mixed feeling for their slow release cycle: Too little real features to be worth upgrading, but the old camera in hand can still do the work.
I'm both Canon and Sony user, so I got doubled mixed feelings. :)

The fast pace is because they are a technology company not a camera company. They rush out great tech, but forget about the packaging. A7R was junk, A7RII addressed many many issues, and A7RIII finally fixes most things, except poor ergonomics. Camera and grip are still too small. You can barely get you fingers between the lens barrel and the 100-400 G on the A9. No need to be quite so small. Just another few mm in height and width would help a lot and you'd only add a few 10's of grams.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2017 at 22:00 UTC
On article Demo: Here is the Sony a7R III shooting at 10 fps (119 comments in total)
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photog4u: Man, I'd hate to be canikon trying play catch-up in the mirrorless segment. Sony's been at it since 2012...canikon says 2018 for us...how do you make up for 7 lost years in this industry?

@RubberDials

it will be funny seeing the smirk wiped off your face next year. Nikon is already on record about their mirrorless FF and it has a new mount and they have just patented 3 new mirrorless lenses.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2017 at 21:39 UTC
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Tobamory: well done Sony yet another tantalising machine...

10 FPS wow my D500 could be up for sale :)

Read the fine print about 10fps

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2017 at 12:25 UTC
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Sdaniella: Pixel Shift Multi Shooting Mode ... nice!

should also save more stars in the night skies, too!

HLG: Hybrid Log Gamma, looks better ...

Stacking only helps if you keep exposures to less than 4s, otherwise the star eater applies spatial filtering at the RAW level and stacking won't help.

Mind you this problem is much worse on the low res A7SII and many won't even notice the missing stars, since they are the smaller ones.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2017 at 09:17 UTC
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LDunn1: It would seem that the low light capability has been improved somewhat between the A7Rii & A7Riii. the reference to the improved circuitry lowring the noise floor & improved DR, & increase to ISO settings.

I also note improvements to the video capability too (vs A7Rii)

Just wondering out loud where does this leave the A7Sii? Maybe this A7Riii is good enough to cover the A7Sii sector of the Market? Thoughts anyone?

Not really, the A7SIII will be 16MP, have a base ISO more like 400K and leave the A7RIII in it's dust for high ISO noise. The A7RIII will be very competitive with the current 24-50MP FF DSLR's in terms of high ISO noise and DR, but the A7S is a specialist tool with huge pixels and you can bet the mk III will also get similar improvements compared to the mk II and stay comfortably at the front off the pack for noise performance.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2017 at 08:53 UTC
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Sdaniella: Pixel Shift Multi Shooting Mode ... nice!

should also save more stars in the night skies, too!

HLG: Hybrid Log Gamma, looks better ...

Sony cameras are a no go for astro work. Useless fw called star eater they refuse to fix.

Pixel shift is extremely limited in real world in the outdoors. Looks like it was designed for studio use only.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2017 at 08:20 UTC
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thx1138: Executive summary of improvements

* Revised imaging pipeline designed to improve image quality
* An additional stop of dynamic range (from 14 stops to 15 stops)
* Wider native ISO range, up from 25600 to 32000.
* Faster AF, with 425 CDAF points compared to 25
* 2x faster AF and tracking speed compared to A7RII
* A9 EVF
* Eye tracking AF same as A9 performance
* Multi-shot pixel-shift function
* Full width 4K video without pixel binning
* 10 frames per second continuous shooting, up from 5 fps
* Touchscreen with focus point control and new autofocus point joystick
* Improved battery life with bigger battery
* Dual card slots with one UHS-II slot
* USB-C (USB 3.1 Gen 1) port
* A9 battery grip as an option
The redesigned circuitry lower the noise floor which is why DR improves a full stop.

Now do I go for this or wait for the A9R?

d850 is tempting but can't use my Canon glass and the lack of on-sensor PDAF for video sucks.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2017 at 08:17 UTC
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thx1138: Executive summary of improvements

* Revised imaging pipeline designed to improve image quality
* An additional stop of dynamic range (from 14 stops to 15 stops)
* Wider native ISO range, up from 25600 to 32000.
* Faster AF, with 425 CDAF points compared to 25
* 2x faster AF and tracking speed compared to A7RII
* A9 EVF
* Eye tracking AF same as A9 performance
* Multi-shot pixel-shift function
* Full width 4K video without pixel binning
* 10 frames per second continuous shooting, up from 5 fps
* Touchscreen with focus point control and new autofocus point joystick
* Improved battery life with bigger battery
* Dual card slots with one UHS-II slot
* USB-C (USB 3.1 Gen 1) port
* A9 battery grip as an option
The redesigned circuitry lower the noise floor which is why DR improves a full stop.

Now do I go for this or wait for the A9R?

Nah A7RII never interested me, now the A7RIII finally has decent battery, much better AF, EVF, DR, shooting speed, far more desirable.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2017 at 07:45 UTC
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