EvilTed

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iamatrix: Unfortunately so many people who praise lenses these days are paid by the manufacturer to do so, so it's extremely hard to discern the truth.

@Flruckas

I thought I gave a very valid reason why these things were never reported? :)

I'm not trying to change anything, just letting them all know that they are too obvious. It only happens with Sony and this is why I cannot trust any of these people to give honest, technical reviews of Sony products including the bad parts.

Sony are the only company that employs this type of "marketing".
I find it all somewhat disingenuous, that's all...

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2017 at 05:49 UTC
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iamatrix: Unfortunately so many people who praise lenses these days are paid by the manufacturer to do so, so it's extremely hard to discern the truth.

I didn't say that they were paying people directly to say nice things.
I just suggested that it is in their collective interest not to make waves (if they want to get a future invite).

I just find it hard to believe that none of the set of people, and they represent most of the blogs and review sites we all read, can find problems during these initial review sessions that we, the paying public find out immediately.
Maybe they are all drunk on the free champagne and not paying attention? :)

Two recent examples include the Sony A7r II locking up the UI when writing a file and the Sony 85mm F1.4 GM being a noisy clunker :(

How come nobody in their collective set found either of these problems?

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2017 at 05:10 UTC
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iamatrix: Unfortunately so many people who praise lenses these days are paid by the manufacturer to do so, so it's extremely hard to discern the truth.

There's being invited to the next Sony show, being flown down and put up in a nice hotel and being given exclusive access to the new cameras and lenses so you can feature them on your blog (if you say nice things and omit the obvious bad things).

Not exactly "getting paid" but it has a huge influence on the information being put out. I don't trust any of them any more...

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2017 at 16:22 UTC
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ARB1: I own a Sony A7Rii system which I love, and I'm thinking about getting the X100F as a no fuss walk around camera but I'm not sure about the AF. Can you folks with the X100T chime in and share your feeling about T's AF?

I suspect the AF will be even better on the F but I'm just interested to know folks feel about it no the T, especially since the T may have a price break and I would consider it if the discount is sizable.

Why not get a A6300 or A6500 and use either the excellent 35mm F2.8 to get 50mm equivalent and much better AF in a smaller package?
You can go even smaller with the 20mm F2.8, set the camera up to be MF, F8 + 1/500, silent shooting and then lock all the controls by holding in the Fn button.
Now you have a smaller, stealthier street shooter than the Fuji that can actually be shot in AF-C using Back Button Focus...

and you can use the Sony A6300/A6500 with all your Sony FF glass and get extra length + faster focus, bigger buffer and pretty decent sports performance to use as part of a Sony system.

I've owned most of the Fuji's including the X100s but sold it after a few months. The Ricoh GR is a better fixed lens street camera IMHO.

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2017 at 00:04 UTC
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Vince P: This really looks amazing. I have the 24mm and 35mm variants and they really perform well. I replaced the Nikon 35 with it, they are that good. I am sure this will be sharper than the 85 1.4 AFG that I use (Never not found it sharp enough) but in an 85mm I think I need weather sealing and an 86mm filter thread will cause me all kinds of problems. If you work exclusively in a studio then none of these issues apply except you seldom work at 1.4 in a studio and stopped down most of the competition probably out resolves even the really high MP sensors we have these days.

So you put up without weather sealing on the 35 or realize the mistake in buying it?
I have a 35 and while it is nice when it focusses reliably, that is it's Achilles heal...

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2017 at 14:19 UTC
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(unknown member): So far looking at the Flickr groups samples from this 85 ART vs the Nikon 105mm f1.4E groups samples IMHO I prefer the rendering and pop from the 105. Having said that value-wise the 85 is right up there!

I had a 105mm on loan for a couple of weeks over the holidays.
Without question it is the best rendering lens I've ever shot on a Nikon DSLR.

Even mounted on a 20MP Nikon D5, the results were better than a 42MP Sony A7r II with a Zeiss Basis F1.8, which is no mean feat!

I'll buy one when the price comes down because I won't risk buying another Sigma. Too unreliable in the focusing for me, except using single point.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 02:58 UTC
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EvilTed: Can you use the USB port to copy files off the drive too?

I'm thinking a LaCie Rugged 4TB drive as a backup to a 2TB version of the WD?

@Peter Galbavy
It's 4x to 6x slower when copying files through the MyCloud application to another USB drive. I don't think it is going direct at this point and is probably going through the wireless connection?

Yes, when plugged into a computer it is as fast as regular USB 3.0.

The SD Card reader is slow too :(

I tried the RavPower File hub too, but that just wouldn't work reliably.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2016 at 14:45 UTC
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EvilTed: Can you use the USB port to copy files off the drive too?

I'm thinking a LaCie Rugged 4TB drive as a backup to a 2TB version of the WD?

Unfortunately the drive is not 100% reliable and it's 4x - 6x slower than using a computer.
I was able to figure out that the SD card is read, the LEDs fill in one by one until they are complete.
However, sometimes this wasn't working correctly and when it said it was done, checking the drive showed there was the parent directory structure but no files :(
I can't risk going into the wilds for a month to shoot with something as flaky as this.
Maybe third time around they will nail this?

I'm going back to my 2013 MacBook Air 11" and 2x LaCie 4TB drives.
This is not much heavier than the iPad setup and a lot more reliable...

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2016 at 02:12 UTC
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DenWil: They need to move forward to SSD. Platters simply cannot deal with hundreds of 165MB files at a time. I will be adding SSD external drives to both my iMac 1T and my brand new MBP. I would never consider an external hard drive -wireless or otherwise.

Actually, while SSDs are less prone to shock and work faster than spinning disks, they are still flash based and have limited write capabilities.
The point about platters not being able to deal with hundreds if 165MB files, I don't get?

http://www.storagesearch.com/ssd-jargon.html

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2016 at 03:45 UTC
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BLTell: I have just spent the better part of 8 hours trying to figure out the WD wireless pro.
It took me four hours to discover that the instructional videos are hidden within the device and that you would have to connect it directly to a computer to discover them.
Even with that and with three calls to customer support, Mexico, Dominican Republic, ETC. I was finally told that the App for the iPad doesn't support NEF files !!???
Very frustrating experience and I will return it.

The app for the iPad that supports NEF files is Adobe Creative Cloud ;)

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2016 at 03:40 UTC
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EvilTed: Can you use the USB port to copy files off the drive too?

I'm thinking a LaCie Rugged 4TB drive as a backup to a 2TB version of the WD?

@PaulJM

Actually, no you don't need a computer.
Al you need is any device and MyCloud installed.
This could be as small as a iPhone.

I bought one and it arrived yesterday.
It took me a while to figure out how to get it to work, but you can plug the LaCie into the USB port and then from inside the MyCloud application you look at MyPassport and then storage and there is both the local storage and the USB drive.

Copying the files was hard to find how, but you essentially open the SD card folder on the local storage and press and hold on it and a new menu pops up which has copy and move. Simply copy to the USB drive and you are done.

This means that for travel, with a small image review, an iPhone 6s+/7s+ or iPad Mini would suffice.

I've decided to go with an iPad Pro 9.7, the WD passport wireless and the LaCie on my month long shoot in January.
I'll let you know my feelings about how this works compared to my usual MacBook Air 13" when I return :)

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2016 at 03:33 UTC

Can you use the USB port to copy files off the drive too?

I'm thinking a LaCie Rugged 4TB drive as a backup to a 2TB version of the WD?

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2016 at 13:58 UTC as 28th comment | 12 replies
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Paul JM: Not a great review to be honest. Sells the drive short at many levels.
Yep, I work in RAW, but since using this, I shoot RAW with JPG. I can then upload, look at the JPG to ensure focus etc, and use the RAW when I get home. No problem, and works a treat. Fantastic being able to review all the JPGs and video files on an iPad pro in all their glory on the move. Yes the case is not as hard as it should be but there are two custom made protective cases. And more mention needs to be made of the video and plex streaming. I take this drive on family holidays now and leave the laptop at home. I load it up with movies (without iTunes DRM) and then the whole family can stream to their iPads (5 at a time) and view to their hearts content.
I spent years using an Epson P6000 and this is next logical step, download the photos off the card, and view them on an iPad.
This is the best bit of kit I have bought in the last year, and highly recommend it

How is the speed?
The previous version SUCKED :(

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2016 at 13:45 UTC
On article Video: Sony a6500 First Look (339 comments in total)

Did they fix the iris closing down during continuous AF issue?

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2016 at 04:54 UTC as 17th comment
On article Video: Sony a6500 First Look (339 comments in total)
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EvilTed: So did they fix the atrocious lockup of the UI when writing to the card?

I own a D5, D500, A6300 and 2x A7r II's, so if they can improve over the horrible sluggishness of the older Sony's, it may be worth it :)

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2016 at 04:53 UTC
On article Video: Sony a6500 First Look (339 comments in total)

So did they fix the atrocious lockup of the UI when writing to the card?

Link | Posted on Oct 10, 2016 at 03:04 UTC as 24th comment | 3 replies
On article Fast and light: Nikkor 24mm F1.8G ED lens review (160 comments in total)
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RicAllan: Equivalent focal length of 36mm.... Learn your trade! CROP FACTOR! A 24 is a 24 is a 24. The CROP FACTOR does NOT change reach or focal length. It only impacts WORKING DISTANCE for the same field of view and Depth of Focus because of that change in working distance. Get it straight and don't push the marketing fallacies....

Concrete example to back up the diatribe... put it on a D5, shoot in FX cropping mode then shoot in DX cropping mode... has that changed the lens or what it produces other than the things I mentioned?? NOT!

@Bombastic

Nobody said that it did.
Field of View does and that's the basis of this whole discussion.
Who are you calling a millennium? I'm probably older than you are.
I believe math, not BS or hype.

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2016 at 06:19 UTC
On article Fast and light: Nikkor 24mm F1.8G ED lens review (160 comments in total)
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RicAllan: Equivalent focal length of 36mm.... Learn your trade! CROP FACTOR! A 24 is a 24 is a 24. The CROP FACTOR does NOT change reach or focal length. It only impacts WORKING DISTANCE for the same field of view and Depth of Focus because of that change in working distance. Get it straight and don't push the marketing fallacies....

Concrete example to back up the diatribe... put it on a D5, shoot in FX cropping mode then shoot in DX cropping mode... has that changed the lens or what it produces other than the things I mentioned?? NOT!

@RicAllan

Read the article and digest the math.
There are a 3 variables at play here.

Note: perspective distortion is caused by subject to lens distance.

Field of View is influenced by:

1) Subject to lens distance
2) Focal length of lens (24mm in your example)
3) Sensor size

So all things being equal, putting the 24mm FF lens on a crop sensor with the subject to lens distance remaining constant will do what?

Your claim of only 2 things is incorrect, unless of course you are keeping the lens focal lens constant.

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2016 at 03:04 UTC
On article Fast and light: Nikkor 24mm F1.8G ED lens review (160 comments in total)
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RicAllan: Equivalent focal length of 36mm.... Learn your trade! CROP FACTOR! A 24 is a 24 is a 24. The CROP FACTOR does NOT change reach or focal length. It only impacts WORKING DISTANCE for the same field of view and Depth of Focus because of that change in working distance. Get it straight and don't push the marketing fallacies....

Concrete example to back up the diatribe... put it on a D5, shoot in FX cropping mode then shoot in DX cropping mode... has that changed the lens or what it produces other than the things I mentioned?? NOT!

@RicAllan
Some math for you..

http://www.edmundoptics.com/resources/application-notes/imaging/understanding-focal-length-and-field-of-view/

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2016 at 04:43 UTC
On article Fast and light: Nikkor 24mm F1.8G ED lens review (160 comments in total)
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RicAllan: Equivalent focal length of 36mm.... Learn your trade! CROP FACTOR! A 24 is a 24 is a 24. The CROP FACTOR does NOT change reach or focal length. It only impacts WORKING DISTANCE for the same field of view and Depth of Focus because of that change in working distance. Get it straight and don't push the marketing fallacies....

Concrete example to back up the diatribe... put it on a D5, shoot in FX cropping mode then shoot in DX cropping mode... has that changed the lens or what it produces other than the things I mentioned?? NOT!

@RicAllan,

Oh my, do we have to explain this again?
Q: What is the field of view if mounted to a D5 vs. a D500?
A: They are NOT the same.

It's people like you who spread the confusion with idiotic statements such as a 24 is a 24 is a 24.
I think it is YOU that needs to learn your trade.

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2016 at 22:25 UTC
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