EvilTed

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On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2726 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 (2726 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 (2726 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 178th comment | 6 replies
On article Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF gallery and first impressions (316 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 (316 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 73rd comment | 5 replies
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2726 comments in total)
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EvilTed: "Note though that continuous e-shutter shooting (anything above 5 fps) does drop the camera into 12-bit mode, so expect decreased dynamic range in Raws when shooting (electronic) bursts."

12 FPS + 12-bit uncompressed RAWS.
AF tracking issues (Tony Northrup)
Rolling shutter distortion (Tony Northrup and Jordan from Camera Store TV)
Banding @ high ISO (Max Yuriev)
Two different card speeds that strangle the throughput in 2 of the 3 patterns.
2 minutes + to clear the buffer and unfreeze the UI (Tony Northrup).
and finally, weather sealing comparable to the A7r II.

https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Sony+a7R+II+Teardown/45597

and we are expected to call this a pro camera and part with $4500 for the pleasure?
All of these issues should have been resolved before launch.

@xsamine

If you shot a sports camera at a sporting event, you would realize quickly that Lightroom doesn't cut it for reviewing and editing.

Professional sports photographers almost universally use Photo Mechanic.

Link | Posted on May 7, 2017 at 07:27 UTC
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2726 comments in total)
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EvilTed: "Note though that continuous e-shutter shooting (anything above 5 fps) does drop the camera into 12-bit mode, so expect decreased dynamic range in Raws when shooting (electronic) bursts."

12 FPS + 12-bit uncompressed RAWS.
AF tracking issues (Tony Northrup)
Rolling shutter distortion (Tony Northrup and Jordan from Camera Store TV)
Banding @ high ISO (Max Yuriev)
Two different card speeds that strangle the throughput in 2 of the 3 patterns.
2 minutes + to clear the buffer and unfreeze the UI (Tony Northrup).
and finally, weather sealing comparable to the A7r II.

https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Sony+a7R+II+Teardown/45597

and we are expected to call this a pro camera and part with $4500 for the pleasure?
All of these issues should have been resolved before launch.

@pkcpga

People who own the D500, which has a XQD + slow SD card already have to deal with the physics of this.

1. If you want maximum speed, pull the slow card and write only to the fast one.
2. Write RAW to the fastest card and JPG to the slowest.
3. You are sh*t out of luck using either overflow or backup pattern for second card unless you want to drop to the speed of the slowest card.

Nikon were stupid to put a single XQD in the D500 but there are no excuses for Sony doing this in their flagship "sports" camera.

Link | Posted on May 7, 2017 at 00:35 UTC
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2726 comments in total)
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fishy wishy: Masses of white daylight in all the situations here streaming through the window. The unwary can tell this by going back and looking at all the glass and reflections.

You need to try the mirrorless AF in lower artificial light levels to reveal the big problems with mirrorless.

Far too much propaganda being puffed out for the benefit of Sony recently.

@pkcpga
Oh yes, there are lots of complaints about this, including Max Yuryev and also the Angry Photographer...

Link | Posted on May 6, 2017 at 03:42 UTC
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2726 comments in total)
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Sergey Borachev: It seems to me that the biggest problem that Sony faces with this camera has nothing to do with what the can do (which is right up there with the best), but with all the badmouthing from threatened Canikon owners. And there are many of them.

@Sergey Borachev

Yes, I'm hoping they fix all the laundry list of things and then release a larger size body (same as body + grip).
I was rather disappointed to see the same A7 sized body with it's non-existent weather sealing.

Look at the iFixit teardown of the A7R II and tell me how you think the A9 is any better?

https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Sony+a7R+II+Teardown/45597

Link | Posted on May 2, 2017 at 13:08 UTC
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2726 comments in total)
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EvilTed: "Note though that continuous e-shutter shooting (anything above 5 fps) does drop the camera into 12-bit mode, so expect decreased dynamic range in Raws when shooting (electronic) bursts."

12 FPS + 12-bit uncompressed RAWS.
AF tracking issues (Tony Northrup)
Rolling shutter distortion (Tony Northrup and Jordan from Camera Store TV)
Banding @ high ISO (Max Yuriev)
Two different card speeds that strangle the throughput in 2 of the 3 patterns.
2 minutes + to clear the buffer and unfreeze the UI (Tony Northrup).
and finally, weather sealing comparable to the A7r II.

https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Sony+a7R+II+Teardown/45597

and we are expected to call this a pro camera and part with $4500 for the pleasure?
All of these issues should have been resolved before launch.

@Rishi,

I shot 2x A7r II's every day, side-by-side in Tibet most of January.
There were numerous times, just shooting single shot that I shot fast enough to slug the camera to a stand still, choke the buffer and render the UI unusable.
By UI, I am talking about GUI, not haptics such as buttons.

You asked why one would ever go to the menu while shooting?
A good example is to get to the APS-C crop mode, which I use extensively while traveling with a pair of lighter primes (35mm F1.4 and Batis 85mm F1.8) in preference to heavy F2.8 zooms.
This is a feature that one cannot program into the Fn menu or to a button,
so one has to go in via the menu.

This is just one example, there are numerous other features that are only available via the menu...

Link | Posted on May 2, 2017 at 04:14 UTC
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2726 comments in total)
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decentrist: 3 minutes to clear the buffer...lmao!

@KaiserX @Richi

I just tested my new A6500 shooting RAW + JPG continuously until the buffer filled and it started to chug.

Yes, you can access the Fn menu but it is sluggish in operation. If you make a mistake or have an option that has more than one choice, this requires the wheel to operate and it doesn't work correctly or reliably, if at all.
I was able to get the same frozen warning screen interacting with the Fn menu in this manner.

The menu is frozen out as I expected.
Image review does not work reliably.
It shows the first image and then seems or stutters as you try and cycle through them.
It is noticeably sluggish compared to my D5 XQD in the same situation.
This is not a workable solution for me.
It is shoddy engineering and a horrible user experience.

@Rishi
Don't assume someone is doing something wrong because they do something differently from you.
Those kind of assumptions sink companies ;)

Link | Posted on May 2, 2017 at 01:18 UTC
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2726 comments in total)
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Sergey Borachev: It seems to me that the biggest problem that Sony faces with this camera has nothing to do with what the can do (which is right up there with the best), but with all the badmouthing from threatened Canikon owners. And there are many of them.

@Sergey Borachev

No, the problem is for Nikon|Canon and Sony owners like me, the A9 promised to be the unifying camera, the camera to allow people like me to sell our Nikon|Canon sports cameras and glass and fully move 100% to Sony.

As a Sony owner since A6000, and having owned A6300, A7s, A7 II, A7s II and still own A6500 and A7r II + almost all the glass including Zeiss Batis and Loxia, I was looking forward to the A9 replacing my D5/D4s and D500.

However, the reality is there is too much wrong with the A9, so I cancelled my per-order.
The laundry list is real.

If you shoot fast action sports and you need to do it all day for 8+ hours at a time, you need a reliable camera.

There's not just one or two things that I could live with with the A9, but a laundry list of things I consider to be problems.
If it is to replace my D5, it needs to compete at all levels, not just FPS.

Link | Posted on May 2, 2017 at 01:01 UTC
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2726 comments in total)
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EvilTed: "Note though that continuous e-shutter shooting (anything above 5 fps) does drop the camera into 12-bit mode, so expect decreased dynamic range in Raws when shooting (electronic) bursts."

12 FPS + 12-bit uncompressed RAWS.
AF tracking issues (Tony Northrup)
Rolling shutter distortion (Tony Northrup and Jordan from Camera Store TV)
Banding @ high ISO (Max Yuriev)
Two different card speeds that strangle the throughput in 2 of the 3 patterns.
2 minutes + to clear the buffer and unfreeze the UI (Tony Northrup).
and finally, weather sealing comparable to the A7r II.

https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Sony+a7R+II+Teardown/45597

and we are expected to call this a pro camera and part with $4500 for the pleasure?
All of these issues should have been resolved before launch.

@Richi,

I was under the impression that the whole UI was unavailable, the same as all the previous Sony cameras, including the new A6500 (which I own along with an A7r II).

If you are saying that everything except menu access is available, then that is surely an improvement, but it is still not fluid.

I would "expect" the menus and everything else to be instantly available in a $4500 "sports" camera.

I think people are complaining because Sony engineering is still crap.
They need to sort out the mechanics, the haptics, fix the weather sealing, add two cards of the same speed, add lossless compressed RAW, fix the aperture closing down to focus and a host of other things before the will be a Canon or Nikon killer.

Link | Posted on May 2, 2017 at 00:53 UTC
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2726 comments in total)
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decentrist: 3 minutes to clear the buffer...lmao!

@Rishi
You need to wait for the buffer to clear in order to use the menu.
This is the same problem for all the Sony mirrorless and it is shocking that they cannot fit it.

For a camera that relies mostly on the menu to set things, because there are not as many buttons as a D5 or 1DX II, this could be a significant problem.

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2017 at 13:39 UTC
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2726 comments in total)

"Note though that continuous e-shutter shooting (anything above 5 fps) does drop the camera into 12-bit mode, so expect decreased dynamic range in Raws when shooting (electronic) bursts."

12 FPS + 12-bit uncompressed RAWS.
AF tracking issues (Tony Northrup)
Rolling shutter distortion (Tony Northrup and Jordan from Camera Store TV)
Banding @ high ISO (Max Yuriev)
Two different card speeds that strangle the throughput in 2 of the 3 patterns.
2 minutes + to clear the buffer and unfreeze the UI (Tony Northrup).
and finally, weather sealing comparable to the A7r II.

https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Sony+a7R+II+Teardown/45597

and we are expected to call this a pro camera and part with $4500 for the pleasure?
All of these issues should have been resolved before launch.

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2017 at 13:35 UTC as 294th comment | 25 replies
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1908 comments in total)
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BuDWiZe: are they honest to god serious with usb 2.0 still. at this point in time thats legit ludicrous

Relevant if you run out of power in the field and wish to recharge via a power brick quickly and start shooting again...

I was in Laos in 2016 and only had my RavPower to charge with for a couple of days :(

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2017 at 14:03 UTC
On article Zeiss formally announces Batis 135mm F2.8 (182 comments in total)
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straylightrun: So its not fast, its not compact and its not cheap. Why does this lens exist again? Are there people out there willing to pay this much for a Tamron designed lens , just for the blue badge?

@Satya

Have you shot the Amazing Nikon 105mm F1.4 yet?
F2.8 is NOT enough and this lens is testament to that fact.
F1.4 on a longer prime like this has an amazing look.
Try one on a Sony A7r II and put it alongside the 85mm F1.4 GM @ F1.4 and tell me which is better.
Now shoot both @F2.8 and wash your feet before inserting in mouth :)

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2017 at 05:47 UTC
On article Zeiss formally announces Batis 135mm F2.8 (182 comments in total)

Batis 135mm for $2000 vs. 70-200 F2.8 GM for $2500.
Hmmm, I know which I'd buy :)

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2017 at 05:41 UTC as 4th comment
On article Zeiss formally announces Batis 135mm F2.8 (182 comments in total)
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RubberDials: So many moronic comments on this page - too big, too slow, overpriced, paying for the blue badge etc..

If only the lens designers at Zeiss knew as much as you guys eh? They could have made it smaller and a lot faster!

Why don't you try emailing them your lens schematics? Maybe chuck in some suggestions for where to use aspheres or air spaces and what kind of substrates they could go with. Ways they could polish the elements to cut down on light scatter...

I'm sure the guys at Zeiss/Tamron/Cosina or whoever throws this Zeiss junk together would be pleased to get your designs. They haven't got a clue, right?

Early indications are that the optical quality of this lens is astounding, but I'm sure you guys could do better.

One thing I'll add is that the Nikon 105mm F1.4 is exceptional on the A7r II.
Pity it can only be shot wide open, but luckily this lens is really wonderful that way. My favorite rendering lens on a Sony to date...

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2017 at 04:55 UTC
On article Zeiss formally announces Batis 135mm F2.8 (182 comments in total)
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User3787089555: I would choose 100 STF GM, way better bokeh and only 3/4 price.

and half the light gathering. Woo Hoo!

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2017 at 03:33 UTC
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