Docno

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I wouldn't be surprised if this is more of a placeholder patent filing than something that the company actually plans to bring to market in future.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2017 at 17:47 UTC as 31st comment
On article Now we know: Sony a9 is sharper than we thought (394 comments in total)

"Multiple AF-S attempts yielded shots varying slightly in sharpness, but this is not unique by any means to the a9: all cameras exhibit some tolerance when it comes to critical focus of a flat chart (which is why we always manually focus)."

Sorry if I'm being thick, but I don't understand this sentence. Why the multiple attempts at AF-S if you "always manually focus"?

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2017 at 02:45 UTC as 46th comment | 2 replies
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2723 comments in total)
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Digimat: Beeing a Wedding, Couple and Familiy Photographer, that eye AF really gets me going and is something i would ditch my Canons for. however, i can also find pros and cons in any system and switching is just too expensive. because heck, i shoot great photos with that i have (and even had 8 years ago). but IF i would be in the position to buy a new system right now i would definitely give the A9 a shot. incredibly how fast sony progressed in the last years. the A7 was nice but just not feasible for me. but the A9...not bad sony. not bad.

NicoPPC - Eye-AF is different from face detection (which Sony also does). With Eye-AF, even at the narrowest DOF, the camera will focus on the closest *eye. Face detect doesn't specifically detect the eyes, so is only useful at greater distances or with wider DOF.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2017 at 12:18 UTC
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2723 comments in total)
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Miki Nemeth: The Sony A9 killed my GAS. Since I have it, I have zero interest in other cameras. Before that I was interested in Sony A7RII/A6500, Canon M5/5DIV, Panasonic GH5 and especially Fujifilm X-T2. But the A9 is so dams brilliant and utterly versatile, that it replaces all of these. It's an unbelievable great camera. I've been using it for about a week now, and I am blown by its capabilities. Before actually buying I spent a whole day in a Sony showroom experimenting with the A9; still, I found it every day (much) better than I had expected. Looking through the high quality EVF is, as if I was watching a utterly crisp HD TV.
I encourage you fellow photographers, sell all your irrelevant crap you have accumulated during the past years, and buy an A9. The A9 is worth every pennies I paid for it; and I am happy that I've sold my gear pile.

Hahaha.... The A7Rii killed my GAS, and I have zero interest in the A9. Different horses and courses, etc...

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2017 at 12:09 UTC
On article Sigma SD Quattro H Review (693 comments in total)
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cosinaphile: the tubular protrusion from the body to lens mount, which is already,formally,very close to adapters made for m43,fuji,sony ,canon was removable,w contacts similar to,for instance, AF extension tubes [ ive got a nice AF 3rd party set for fuji ] then what sigma would have created is perhaps the most exciting general purpose legacy digital body ever made.
not kidding .with focus peaking, enlargement ,& "shoot without lens " modes, this sigma would satisify a foveon "itch" that millions of mirrorless shooters have been waiting to scratch...[ok one then]
the 20 to 40 dollar hollow adapters [i personally have over 20 simple and a handful of speedbooster type legacy lens adapters for both fuji \m43 could would be made by many firms, encouraging this ,[look how quickly nikon to fuji mf image circle expanding adapter appeared via 3rd party]
if sigma made a serious battery for this sensor in grip and an adapter friendly body
this would move from niche to must have camera status

Noah, do note that Cosinaphile recommended medical grade weed. That might explain his stream of consciousness writing. It might also help others decipher what he was saying. Perhaps that was intent beyond simply curing you of your migraine....

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2017 at 04:18 UTC
On article Google will no longer develop Nik Collection (390 comments in total)
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Reilly Diefenbach: Tiny fonts on a 4K monitor, so minimally useful anyway. Too bad!

Just wondering if this can be fixed with a manifest file? I had the same problem with CS6 (among others) on a Surface Pro 4--barely readable fonts--but a manifest fixed the problem. You can google (there's irony) 'small fonts manifest'.

Link | Posted on May 30, 2017 at 16:28 UTC
On article Google will no longer develop Nik Collection (390 comments in total)

Old news... see here, for instance (Mar 2016): https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/57497178

Didn't take a psychic to know this was in the offing. Great product, and one of the reasons I still use PS CS6. I regularly use Color Efex, Silver Efex, and Viveza. Started as a paying customer years back and use Color Efex on almost every image. Shame on Google for this.

Link | Posted on May 30, 2017 at 16:19 UTC as 190th comment
On article Roadtrip Review Redux: The Fujifilm X100F (173 comments in total)

Some of the photos are interesting, but you need to pay more attention to your horizon lines. A few of the images have a clear slant to them....

Link | Posted on May 30, 2017 at 09:54 UTC as 18th comment
On article Roadtrip Review Redux: The Fujifilm X100F (173 comments in total)
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princecody: Ken Rockwell said in his X100F review in so many words from my interpretation other than people photos look @ Sony for everything else.

I haven't been paying attention. When did Ken start liking Sony for anything?

Link | Posted on May 30, 2017 at 08:17 UTC
On article Sony FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM sample gallery (101 comments in total)
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fjbyrne: Looks great. Now how am I going to convince the wife I need another lens? Hmmm...

At some point you just have to let go of the wife. Lenses age better anyway....

Link | Posted on May 25, 2017 at 03:46 UTC
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davev8: it probably can get rid of water marks then

@PeteQuad Western society? You should visit Asia where I live and see DVDs and pirated software sold quite openly for next to nothing....

Link | Posted on May 19, 2017 at 19:01 UTC
On article Sony a9: more speed, less dynamic range (666 comments in total)
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georgievv: This is not intended to be a professional landscape/product camera - not enough resolution for that. I don't think a sport/event/portrait photographer had ever had to push ISO100+6EV to get a good exposed image. They would be out of a job if they needed to do this on regular bases. Still, good to know that such limitations exist. Thank you for the analysis.

@pkcpga You might find this video interesting. A7 not affected after being placed under running tap water. Maybe there's something nasty in the rain where you live. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7hvJTGW4BA
Of course, I wouldn't have the courage to do this myself....

Link | Posted on May 19, 2017 at 07:46 UTC

Isn't this one of the signs of the End Times, along with cats sleeping with dogs?

Link | Posted on May 17, 2017 at 11:52 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
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Ray12666: What ever happened to having a camera (film or digital) that did nothing but allow us to set aperature, speed and ISO, in other words why do we need so many bells and whistles on our digital cameras? I like to shoot mostly Aperature preferred, set my own ISO, my own focus area and just shoot, I don't even own adobe photoshop or lightroom, who needs it? Is it me or are we just forgetting that the job and pleasure is to compose the photo and get the right exposure without all the bells and post processing? BTW, I did like the new canon wide angle and the pictures were marvelous. OK, don't hit me too hard and I know I cannot spell aperature. I am using an Olympus OMD EM-1 with a 12-40 pro lens, am considering if I need a prime, albeit most of my shoots are during travel.

quietrich: based on that logic, one should advocate that artists return to using ochre paints on cave walls. There are some damn good wall paintings out (in?) there...

Link | Posted on May 11, 2017 at 08:39 UTC
On article Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF gallery and first impressions (316 comments in total)
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Docno: Strange. I've had this lens on my A7Rii for more than three weeks and I'm not finding that it struggles in low light. No hunting to speak of, and very few focus misses.

Rishi, I'm on FW 3.30. I think that's the most recent version. I tested again last night in a very dimly lit room and there was no hunting. I was using AF-A with flexible spot (med).

Link | Posted on May 10, 2017 at 06:12 UTC
On article Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF gallery and first impressions (316 comments in total)
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Sunshine7913: This lens is meaningless if you don't use F2.8 or T5.6 because once you use smaller aperture like F8 or 16, the sharpness decrease. F2.8 or T5.6 has the best sharpness from center to edge. It's still usable at F16 but STF affect will be gone once you start using smaller aperture from F8.

http://www.popco.net/zboard/view.php?id=ur_dica&no=10607
http://www.popco.net/zboard/zboard.php?id=dica_forum_sony&page=1&sn1=&divpage=18&category=5&sn=off&ss=on&sc=off&select_arrange=headnum&desc=asc&no=87808
Need to translate to Korean but you will see.

Like the lens but it has limited usages that you need to use only F2.8 or T5.6 to get STF affects.

Also, Sony is very clear that the STF effect only occurs up to F8. It's even shown graphically on the lens itself! Once you are at f8, the lens is operating as a 'normal' lens. And I believe that it's at F8 where the T stops and F stops converge. So beyond F8 you basically have a very good/sharp normal 100mm lens. What's the problem with that? I know people who never move beyond F3.2 or 4.

Link | Posted on May 10, 2017 at 06:05 UTC
On article Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF gallery and first impressions (316 comments in total)
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Sunshine7913: This lens is meaningless if you don't use F2.8 or T5.6 because once you use smaller aperture like F8 or 16, the sharpness decrease. F2.8 or T5.6 has the best sharpness from center to edge. It's still usable at F16 but STF affect will be gone once you start using smaller aperture from F8.

http://www.popco.net/zboard/view.php?id=ur_dica&no=10607
http://www.popco.net/zboard/zboard.php?id=dica_forum_sony&page=1&sn1=&divpage=18&category=5&sn=off&ss=on&sc=off&select_arrange=headnum&desc=asc&no=87808
Need to translate to Korean but you will see.

Like the lens but it has limited usages that you need to use only F2.8 or T5.6 to get STF affects.

Every lens has an aperture sweet spot for sharpness. Once you move away from that you will see a decrease in sharpness... F8 may not be the sweet spot for many lenses. (BTW, in your link, the F8 crops still seemed perfectly sharp). Also, for most lenses, once you get to F16 or F22 you're getting refraction ... again, sharpness takes a hit. So there's nothing unsual about the 100mm STF in these respects.

Link | Posted on May 10, 2017 at 06:00 UTC
On article Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF gallery and first impressions (316 comments in total)
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2eyesee: I do find it odd the way a certain aesthetic - even though it may be present due to technical limitations - becomes desirable simply due to familiarity.

There’s no objective reason why out-of-focus highlights rendering as white circles is more desirable than a smooth blur – and how can lack of lens flare be bad thing? I don’t experience them with my own eyes, so I fail to see why white blobs and lens flare would be interpreted as improving a photo.

It reminds me of the complaints about HFR (high-frame rate) movies not looking ‘cinematic’ – as if somehow jerky panning and action scenes at 24fps is more desirable than smooth motion.

Exactly! There's an interesting psychological phenomenon going on here, and even Rishi is 'falling victim' to it. Because lenses have traditionally, as a result of technical limitations, depicted OOF highlights as well-defined circular discs, we've come to expect that look, and better lenses should provide better discs (more circular, no onion rings, etc.). But that doesn't correspond to human vision... we don't see well-defined overlapping discs of light in the background when we look at something. The bokeh of this STF is closer to what we see in the real world, but people are reacting negatively to it because it's different from the standard artificial representation we're used to seeing in photos.

Link | Posted on May 10, 2017 at 05:52 UTC
On article Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF gallery and first impressions (316 comments in total)
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Lan: No doubt a silly question, but why are none of the samples shot at f/2.8 - according to the gallery tool? The lens is designed for shallow DOF, so why not showcase that? Every single shot is f/5.6 or narrower. Interestingly the only f/2.8 shot according to the EXIF on the review is the one from the Nikon lens!

Wide open, the lens has the DOF of an F2.8 lens (Rishi says it's more like F4.0), but it has the light gathering characteristic of an F5.6 lens because of the internal apodization filter. The EXIF shows the latter, really T5.6.

Link | Posted on May 9, 2017 at 20:38 UTC
On article Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF gallery and first impressions (316 comments in total)

Strange. I've had this lens on my A7Rii for more than three weeks and I'm not finding that it struggles in low light. No hunting to speak of, and very few focus misses.

Link | Posted on May 9, 2017 at 20:25 UTC as 36th comment | 8 replies
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