EvilTed

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On article Sony a7R Mark III review (1236 comments in total)
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Georgeee: A great camera. Interesting to see that even a slight more substantial grip is so welcomed by so many, still no enough for many. I think a minor change will make a lot more people happy. Here is my suggestion on the grip, once for all:
--2mm more to the right of the mount so it will not touch fingers for big lens. Reduce 2mm from the left side if Sony insists on the total width.
--2-3mm taller on the right shoulder, left shoulder can remain and they do not have to remain the same height. This DOES NOT change the overall height of the camera on the spec. My pinky finger will be a lot happier. Some people say "add a grip extender". That's a workaround, not the idea solution. This change will be easiest of all.

You can add the optional pinkie grip.
Did you try this?

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2017 at 23:28 UTC
On article Sony a7R Mark III review (1236 comments in total)
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FuhTeng: Brilliant camera but I'm let down by the ergonomics - I had a rental and since I'm left-eyed, using the joystick painfully jammed my right thumb against my nose, and even my moderate sized hands couldn't completely hold the grip meaning my right pinky kept falling under the camera. Disappointing because otherwise, what a wonderful camera.

Yeah, the AF-ON is in the completely wrong place anyway, and even worse if you are left-eyed.
I find it very awkward and painful to shoot my A9s and now A7r III for very long, holding in the AF-ON button.
I wish I would toggle it on :)

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2017 at 06:25 UTC
On article Sony a7R Mark III review (1236 comments in total)

Crop mode cannot be switched to while clearing the buffer either.
It's not just still to video that is crippled in this manner.

Assign a button to enable crop mode, shoot a few frames at high speed, immediately try to switch to crop mode = black message = fail :(

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2017 at 06:23 UTC as 31st comment
On article Sony a7R Mark III review (1236 comments in total)

@DPREVIEW
A well balanced review that highlights the warts as well as the beauty spots :)
Good job!

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2017 at 18:36 UTC as 174th comment
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EvilTed: It took a trip to Vietnam in 2012 for me to move away from Leica.
I had an M3, M7, M 240 and M Monochrome.
I also had some of their best lenses.

I bought into the brand and enjoyed using it a lot BUT when I needed to shoot in really low light, I discovered that all Leica's SUCK :(
Even with a 50 and 35 Lux @ F1.4, the M was lucky if it could shoot above ISO 1600 without getting noisy.

On the street, Leica's require hyper-focal focusing in order to get a shot, but paying $4500 for a 28mm Cron, that is at it's best wide-open, seemed a waste of money if shot @ F8.

You have a slow, manual focus experience that is good for... things that are standing still in good light.
The 90 Cron is still one of my favorite rendering lenses, but it's a crippled system IMHO.
I moved to Sony with an A7s and was blown away by its low light ability.

As for Leica holding it's value second hand? That's simply a myth, unless you are selling mint vintage pieces.

@HowaboutRAW

I've owned A7s, A7s II, D4 and D5 and the same time and tested them against each other with the fastest glass in low light.
The D5 is the best but the A7s II is a close second.
The A9 I own now is as good as the D5.

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2017 at 05:20 UTC
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EvilTed: It took a trip to Vietnam in 2012 for me to move away from Leica.
I had an M3, M7, M 240 and M Monochrome.
I also had some of their best lenses.

I bought into the brand and enjoyed using it a lot BUT when I needed to shoot in really low light, I discovered that all Leica's SUCK :(
Even with a 50 and 35 Lux @ F1.4, the M was lucky if it could shoot above ISO 1600 without getting noisy.

On the street, Leica's require hyper-focal focusing in order to get a shot, but paying $4500 for a 28mm Cron, that is at it's best wide-open, seemed a waste of money if shot @ F8.

You have a slow, manual focus experience that is good for... things that are standing still in good light.
The 90 Cron is still one of my favorite rendering lenses, but it's a crippled system IMHO.
I moved to Sony with an A7s and was blown away by its low light ability.

As for Leica holding it's value second hand? That's simply a myth, unless you are selling mint vintage pieces.

@Darkroom_Fine_Art_Pro
I see, because I say your toy is crap, it's my inability to use it?
LOL, whatever, keep dreaming :)
Compared to a high ISO capable camera, such as a Sony A7s, the Leica is in a different league. You can be in denial all you want but the difference is really night and day :)

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2017 at 04:50 UTC

It took a trip to Vietnam in 2012 for me to move away from Leica.
I had an M3, M7, M 240 and M Monochrome.
I also had some of their best lenses.

I bought into the brand and enjoyed using it a lot BUT when I needed to shoot in really low light, I discovered that all Leica's SUCK :(
Even with a 50 and 35 Lux @ F1.4, the M was lucky if it could shoot above ISO 1600 without getting noisy.

On the street, Leica's require hyper-focal focusing in order to get a shot, but paying $4500 for a 28mm Cron, that is at it's best wide-open, seemed a waste of money if shot @ F8.

You have a slow, manual focus experience that is good for... things that are standing still in good light.
The 90 Cron is still one of my favorite rendering lenses, but it's a crippled system IMHO.
I moved to Sony with an A7s and was blown away by its low light ability.

As for Leica holding it's value second hand? That's simply a myth, unless you are selling mint vintage pieces.

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2017 at 01:33 UTC as 43rd comment | 6 replies
On article What you need to know about Sony's a7R III (623 comments in total)
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Nicolas Alexander Otto: Weathersealing is missing. Otherwise I would really consider finally switching.

@Nicolas Alexander Otto
Sadly there are no good AF lens adapters for Nikon.
You are only going to be able to use MF ones.

I kept my Novoflex so I can shoot my AI-S lenses when I get the urge.
The 50mm F1.2 is a great combination with the A7s II.
I've yet to try it on the A9.

Novoflex are precision engineered and expensive.
You can pay $200 for one or $14 for a cheap equivalent from Ebay...

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2017 at 16:36 UTC
On article What you need to know about Sony's a7R III (623 comments in total)
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Nicolas Alexander Otto: Weathersealing is missing. Otherwise I would really consider finally switching.

@photo graphic

I shot for most of January 2017 in Tibet in sub-zero temperatures with a pair of A7r II's.
Battery life was better than expected in the extreme cold (average mornings were -15C but depending upon altitude would drop to -25C or colder).

One of the A7r II's shut down completely photographing in front of Mount Everest from the Base Camp and that was cold enough to give pain in exposed flesh.

I also got completely drenched in freezing salt water photographing water bursting and freezing on impact on the shore of Nam Tso Lake @4700m.

I stopped shooting immediately and made it back to a tea house where I washed everything down with bottled water.
No issues with either cameras or lenses.

I photographed in tea houses that were so thick with smoke you couldn't breath (from a mixture of wood and Yak dung) again, without issues.

I sold my D5, D4s and D500 over the next 6 months upon returning and replaced them with a pair of A9s.

I pre-ordered an A7r III :)

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2017 at 00:07 UTC
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Franglais91: A NAS is a shoebox attached that you stick in a corner somewhere attached to your home/office network that you use to hold your files fairly securely i.e. if a disk goes down then you don't lose your files because there's another disk that has a copy of the data.
- It's like the Cloud except that access speeds and volumes are much greater/faster than the Cloud
- Like the Cloud it's NOT a backup solution. If you delete a file by mistake it's gone

I have one SYNOLOGY NAS for my precious data and another one to backup the first NAS. Plus I also have a second backup of the NAS on external hard drives stored in a facility 50km away which I refresh every 3 months (I live next to an air base with helicopters overflying every day)

Finally someone who understands data protection correctly.

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2017 at 03:21 UTC

@panther fan

Snapshots don't do anything if the hardware fails.
Repeat after me, RAID is NOT backup.
You need 3 copies of your data, with one of them being offsite ;)

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2017 at 03:21 UTC as 5th comment | 2 replies
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arhmatic: 36 firefighters, eight port authority officers, and seven port authority rescuers.

51 people. Two questions - 1 - isn't the number excessive? 2 - Who's paying?

@Impulses

Which type of tax payers are we talking about here?
The ones who pay their property taxes or the ones who buy their photography gear from B&H?

Link | Posted on Sep 1, 2017 at 13:35 UTC
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thoth22: Chances are I will never see Dunkirk - correct. I'm not much of a fan of military propaganda.

@thoth22

"In fact, without the explicit help of Standard Oil, the Nazi air force would never have gotten off the ground in the first place. The planes that made up the Luftwaffe needed tetraethyl lead gasoline in order to fly. At the time, only Standard Oil, Du Pont, and General Motors had the ability to produce this vital substance. "

http://www.mit.edu/~thistle/v13/3/oil.html

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2017 at 06:00 UTC
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Dave Nee: I saw it on Thursday night in IMax 70mm in metro Atlanta, from mid-center of the reserve-seating theater, and it was nothing short of breathtaking, from the opening scene on the streets of Dunkirk with leaflets falling from the sky, to the closing scene where a Brit pilot's aircraft safely lands on the Dunkirk beach after a long glide, with amazing scenery in the background. The nearly square format, plus immersive sound, made it feel like you were right there inside the scene. This film was worth every penny and the extra effort to see it as Nolan envisioned it. Bravo!

The gunshots scared the sh*t out of me, time and time again :)

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2017 at 05:53 UTC

I was lucky enough to see it in 70mm IMAX Analog Film.
Amazing color, mood and cinematography.

For all the people who go expecting Saving Private Ryan, you will be disappointed.
It's more cerebral than that.
It's also a lot lower budget and almost feels like a play (like Reservoir Dogs was)..

Instead of carnage it is a constant ratcheting of tension and plays on fear and feelings
of being a helpless spectator.
The changes in perspective and time can be weird at first, but I really liked it.

@MaxFury you probably think that film and analog records are pointless and high-end
audio a waste of money too. Some people like and appreciate the details.
I know people in San Francisco that hand grind their coffee beans and use a digital
thermometer to ensure the water is the correct temperature. That seems pointless to me, but each to their own...

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2017 at 05:51 UTC as 4th comment
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2756 comments in total)
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EvilTed: Well, I like the A9. Sold my D5 after shooting with a pair of A9s for a weekend. Yes, it has the usual Sony warts, but we have got used to this now with each release. Sony gets closer and closer to perfection, but it just isn't there yet.

@photenth

I don't shoot wildlife but I do shoot sports and events.
Fast subject tracking is a requirement for either and sports in particular.
Knowing the sport in question and anticipating the action just before it happens is key and this is where the tracking is important.

I gave an example of EyeAF, which will track the eye constantly. If you wish to track a head of a person or an animal, this is even easier.
Stating that the A9 takes almost twice the time to focus and hunts is just wrong. It does not. At least, my two do not.

Yes, the A9 doesn't have the weather sealing or built-like-a-tank quality and it is ergonomically challenged by it's small size and small buttons, but it is always a trade-off.

If you are happy sitting on a tripod and are subject to inclement weather, then a pro DSLR is going to suit you better.
If you are shooting hand held, in fast changing light and spending 8+ hours a day doing it, then the A9 is better in a lot of respects.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2017 at 16:15 UTC
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2756 comments in total)
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EvilTed: Well, I like the A9. Sold my D5 after shooting with a pair of A9s for a weekend. Yes, it has the usual Sony warts, but we have got used to this now with each release. Sony gets closer and closer to perfection, but it just isn't there yet.

@dash2k8
The AF of the D5 is arguably better and more accurate than the 1DX2.
The EyeAF on the A9 is better than 3D tracking of the D5. It is more accurate and gives way more keepers.

I don't need the 20FPS, but shooting at 10-12FPS in bursts, which is equal to the way I shoot the D5, the A9 is more accurate.

Sorry @photenth but you obviously don't know how to shoot with a Sony. The Sony is on and on continuously and it is focussing on the eye anywhere across the frame. even in dim light and even at distance. It really is a game changer. The downside is when the subject turns their head away from you, but then regular BBF takes over until they return face-on. I shot over 15K images over 2 days with the A9, which convinced me that I didn't need the weight or the bulk to continue shooting with Nikon. I sold the D5 and the D4s and D500 are next.

The A9 is not up to pro-level in a lot of respects, but the AF speed, coverage of the whole frame and accuracy is pretty astounding.

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2017 at 06:01 UTC
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2756 comments in total)

Well, I like the A9. Sold my D5 after shooting with a pair of A9s for a weekend. Yes, it has the usual Sony warts, but we have got used to this now with each release. Sony gets closer and closer to perfection, but it just isn't there yet.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2017 at 00:55 UTC as 191st comment | 6 replies
On article Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF gallery and first impressions (318 comments in total)
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EvilTed: @Rishi,

Did I just read that you preferred a Nikon D5 + 70-200 E to a Sony :)

I actually like my D5 + 70-200 E too.
It's a great combination.
The D5 + 105mm F1.4 is absolutely stunning...

Link | Posted on May 10, 2017 at 03:35 UTC
On article Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF gallery and first impressions (318 comments in total)

@Rishi,

Did I just read that you preferred a Nikon D5 + 70-200 E to a Sony :)

Link | Posted on May 9, 2017 at 13:04 UTC as 74th comment | 5 replies
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