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On article Gear of the Year 2017 - Dan's choice: Sony a9 (360 comments in total)
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Carol T: My first serious camera was a Sony 5R. If they had made serious APS-C lens like Fuji came out with, and bodies like the NEX-7, I probably would have never left Sony. However, as soon as I bought in, Sony themselves said that the APS-C bodies were going to be consumer-level, that the A-mount was going to be the 'serious' line. I got out and went elsewhere, and have been glad I did, they have abandoned APS-C E-mount.

And then of course shortly after they designate E-mount as 'consumer-grade,' they came out with the FE line, and that put the nail in the coffin of APS-C lens development. They followed the path of Canon and Nikon of focusing on developing lens with focal lengths and coverage sizes for 35mm sensors, just let the APS-C users buy those.

I didn't call you that, I said you weren't a serious poster.

How is anyone supposed to draw any other conclusion when you write:

'They don't do it for me, but no reasons I would have would ever satisfy you rabid fanboys, so it is a waste of my time to even bother trying to have a discussion with you.'

In other words - 'I could tell you but you're so stupid you wouldn't understand, so what's the point.'

It's much better if you don't presuppose what we will say or characterise us as drooling animals and state why something isn't good enough or doesn't work for you.

You're not the first person to say Sony has abandoned aps-c and you're not the first person who didn't want to hear any arguments to the contrary either.

The truth is there is no reason for Sony to make aps-c-only lenses when FF can be used on both cameras. An aps-c GM lens would be approx. 1cm narrower, cost almost the same and offer no upgrade path.

Fuji wouldn't make aps-c lenses if they had a FF camera either.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2017 at 20:23 UTC
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D7000ShooterUK: For once the mirrorless and Sony fanboys have gone relatively quiet.

We're always quiet - lack of mirror slap and full time electronic shutter.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2017 at 19:33 UTC
On article Gear of the Year 2017 - Dan's choice: Sony a9 (360 comments in total)
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Carol T: My first serious camera was a Sony 5R. If they had made serious APS-C lens like Fuji came out with, and bodies like the NEX-7, I probably would have never left Sony. However, as soon as I bought in, Sony themselves said that the APS-C bodies were going to be consumer-level, that the A-mount was going to be the 'serious' line. I got out and went elsewhere, and have been glad I did, they have abandoned APS-C E-mount.

And then of course shortly after they designate E-mount as 'consumer-grade,' they came out with the FE line, and that put the nail in the coffin of APS-C lens development. They followed the path of Canon and Nikon of focusing on developing lens with focal lengths and coverage sizes for 35mm sensors, just let the APS-C users buy those.

@Carol T
You may not waste your time, but you waste other people's time. If you make a statement and people refute it they're entitled to a civil answer. All you've done is abuse everybody in this thread and run away.

I made this point:

"There are only seven Zeiss prime lenses in production with autofocus and THREE of them are e-mount and aps-c only."

And all you could say was 'Enjoy sputtering at your your computer screen, lol.'

Why would I be 'spluttering at the computer screen'?

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2017 at 18:33 UTC
On article Gear of the Year 2017 - Dan's choice: Sony a9 (360 comments in total)
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Life recorder: Sony is good at copying others and combing what they copied on to a FF mirrorless camera. Since no one else makes a FF mirrorless ILC at the moment they are the best!
Maybe the mark II version will include a fully functional touchscreen like the billion other cameras in the world today.

One thing Sony did create on their own (speaking of the NEX 7) was the unique Three-dial user interface on the NEX 7. Too bad they abandoned that.

@Life Recorder
"Sony is good at copying others and combing what they copied on to a FF mirrorless camera. Since no one else makes a FF mirrorless ILC at the moment they are the best!"

That's one of the funniest things I've ever read on here.

Please tell us who they copied the following features from:
• 20fps 24mp FF image capture
• Totally blackout-free viewfinder
• Aps-c and FF mirrorless IBIS
• 93% AF coverage
• Silent shutter in all shooting modes
• Oversampled 4K video FF or super 35 crop
• Eye AF with native and adapted lenses

The Canon mirrorless system is only 2 years younger than e-mount. If they were matching Sony in terms of development (matching, not exceeding) they would have just released their version of the A7rII.

Instead their best mirrorless is the M5 and they have 7 mirrorless lenses, none of which images a FF sensor. Nikon has no mirrorless camera at all.

Yet you think Sony cameras are only good by default! Priceless!

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 23:52 UTC
On article Gear of the Year 2017 - Dan's choice: Sony a9 (360 comments in total)
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Carol T: My first serious camera was a Sony 5R. If they had made serious APS-C lens like Fuji came out with, and bodies like the NEX-7, I probably would have never left Sony. However, as soon as I bought in, Sony themselves said that the APS-C bodies were going to be consumer-level, that the A-mount was going to be the 'serious' line. I got out and went elsewhere, and have been glad I did, they have abandoned APS-C E-mount.

And then of course shortly after they designate E-mount as 'consumer-grade,' they came out with the FE line, and that put the nail in the coffin of APS-C lens development. They followed the path of Canon and Nikon of focusing on developing lens with focal lengths and coverage sizes for 35mm sensors, just let the APS-C users buy those.

@Carol
There are only seven Zeiss prime lenses in production with autofocus and THREE of them are e-mount and aps-c only. You completely ignored this because it contradicts your thesis that there are no high quality primes for aps-c e-mount. You also ignored my point about people being unwilling to pay 2K for aps-c only lenses and instead wrote this:

"Hey, if you fanboys and people with poor reading comprehension are happy and feel Sony E-mount APS-C is all that, good for you!"

You then said Sony aps-c doesn't suit you before making an insulting remark about Sony users having spittle on their chins.

You're not a serious poster and osv is right: 'Only people who are stupid AF think that there hasn't been any lenses for Sony APS-C'.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 22:15 UTC
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Marty4650: I'm not so sure that Flickr's statistics are accurate.

Many MILC cameras are classified as DSLRs, while some others are labeled as P&S in their tagging. And some models don't show any uploads at all, even though they are popular cameras in wide use.

Here are just a few examples: (From Flickr's Camera Finder)

Canon EOS M10 - Absolutely no uploads. Not a single one.
Canon SD4000 IS - listed as a camcorder, and not as a P&S
Nikon D3400 - Absolutely no uploads, but plenty for D3200 and D3300
Samsung NX10 - listed as a P&S, and not as MILC
Samsung NX11 - listed as a DSLR, and not as MILC
Samsung NX20 - listed as a DSLR, and not as MILC
Samsung NX30 - listed as a DSLR, and not as MILC
Samsung NX5 - listed as a DSLR, and not as MILC
Sony A9 - listed as a DSLR, and not as MILC

If they classify cameras wrong, then their results have to be wrong. They seem to have a real problem deciding whether a MILC camera is MILC, DSLR, or P&S, and some popular cameras don't even exist.

Good work, Marty.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 10:41 UTC
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2017 (471 comments in total)
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kamituel: I see Sony with 6 products and 12 total appearances on the shortlist. Happy to see that given I'm a Sony shooter. But at the same time I'd like to see the following next year:

- Either Canon or Nikon (or both) finally announcing mirrorless FF.
- Sigma announcing lenses for Sony FE mount.
- Sony keeping the pace of its innovation at the same level.

@SteveAnderson
'Half the fun of photography for me is starting at the world through the OVF.'

The viewfinder is a framing device. No more, no less. If looking through an optical viewfinder is 50% of your enjoyment of photography I suggest you switch to a medium format film system.

I used to shoot it and nothing beats a medium format prism finder. It makes a FF OVF look like peering through a crack in the wall.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 00:26 UTC
On article Nikon D850 vs Sony a7R III: Which is best? (1044 comments in total)
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panzini: D850 hands down. I own them both and am getting rid of the Sony.
The build quality of the Nikon is peerless, as are its ergonomics and energy efficiency.
With a mirrorless camera you are disconnected from your subject, effectively watching it on TV. A reflex camera maintaints that connection. I felt blind with the Sony; and the quality of the images suffered; I spent two entire studio shoots angry and frustrated; wasted time and money. With the D850 I feel like I'm in charge and not some computer operator.

@cbphoto

As I've told you MULTIPLE times including in a PM stream when you harangued me: I HAVE NEVER LISTED ANY GEAR THAT I OWN OR HAVE USED ON THIS SITE.

The 'Previous Gear' list WAS NOT generated by me and contains a Canon 1DXII, a Canon 5D4, a Canon M5, a Nikon D5 and 2 Sony lenses. Only an imbecile would believe I owned 4 cameras with three different mounts and NO lenses.

Since I've told you this at least 5 times, I question why you keep bringing it up. Your comment history is littered with attacks on me. And here you are again, attacking me for disputing an obviously false story that at least one other poster doesn't believe either.

Since the cameras in question and Sony and Nikon, one wonders why you as a Canon user, felt the need to post here if it wasn't because you saw an opportunity to personally attack me.

Incidentally I told you that I WAS a professional (just not a photographer) and that I used photography in my work and my gear was tax deductible. Which it is.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2017 at 14:31 UTC
On article Nikon D850 vs Sony a7R III: Which is best? (1044 comments in total)
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Steve W: I think what is bothering the Nikon fans is that Nikon and Canon are not forcing Sony to become a DSLR maker with an OVF to become a camera manufacturer but Sony is forcing Nikon and Canon to become mirrorless camera makers to stay viable.

Personally I shoot Canon and Sony, and yes the ability to use Canon lenses on my Sony bodies did influence this since I have shot Canon for a long time and own quite a bit of very nice L glass. The A9 and A7RIII have made that even more viable.

The D850 is a greate camera. When I was looking at adding > 40 Mpixels the 5DSR was not compelling and the A7Rx family offered a lot and was a lower barrier to entry than going Nikon. IBIS to me is a big plus for Sony and they are rapidly improving their other short comings. I like both EVF and OVF, each has advantages.

The Nikon fans can at least appreciate that Sony will keep Nikon on its toes and push them to be better with every camera if they want to keep market share.

@Seabasstin
I'm not wrong and why are you answering for Bmark? Forget your Bmark log-in?

Bmark said his first DSLR was a Konica Minolta DSLR in 2002. The camera you mention had 1.75mp resolution and cost $10,000.00. It also had nothing to do with Konica Minolta, it was a Minolta product.

'also the 7D was released in 2004 not 2005. if you are going to be specific.'

The camera was announced in 2004 but didn't ship until 2005. I said: 'the 7D - shipped in January 2005.' To be specific.

'just sayin'

Try again.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2017 at 13:41 UTC
On article Nikon D850 vs Sony a7R III: Which is best? (1044 comments in total)
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panzini: D850 hands down. I own them both and am getting rid of the Sony.
The build quality of the Nikon is peerless, as are its ergonomics and energy efficiency.
With a mirrorless camera you are disconnected from your subject, effectively watching it on TV. A reflex camera maintaints that connection. I felt blind with the Sony; and the quality of the images suffered; I spent two entire studio shoots angry and frustrated; wasted time and money. With the D850 I feel like I'm in charge and not some computer operator.

@Panzini
Sorry but no, you didn't own them both.

Your comments are classic DSLR fanboy drivel:

'With a mirrorless camera you are disconnected from your subject, effectively watching it on TV.'
'With the D850 I feel like I'm in charge and not some computer operator.'

People who buy expensive equipment know what they are buying and try to make it work for them. They do not dismiss it using childish insults.

'The build quality of the Nikon is peerless, as are its ergonomics and energy efficiency.'

You used the D850 and the A7rIII in two studio sessions and the thing that stood out for you is the build quality of the Nikon? In a studio shoot? And the battery life?

What utter rubbish.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2017 at 00:33 UTC
On article Nikon D850 vs Sony a7R III: Which is best? (1044 comments in total)
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Steve W: I think what is bothering the Nikon fans is that Nikon and Canon are not forcing Sony to become a DSLR maker with an OVF to become a camera manufacturer but Sony is forcing Nikon and Canon to become mirrorless camera makers to stay viable.

Personally I shoot Canon and Sony, and yes the ability to use Canon lenses on my Sony bodies did influence this since I have shot Canon for a long time and own quite a bit of very nice L glass. The A9 and A7RIII have made that even more viable.

The D850 is a greate camera. When I was looking at adding > 40 Mpixels the 5DSR was not compelling and the A7Rx family offered a lot and was a lower barrier to entry than going Nikon. IBIS to me is a big plus for Sony and they are rapidly improving their other short comings. I like both EVF and OVF, each has advantages.

The Nikon fans can at least appreciate that Sony will keep Nikon on its toes and push them to be better with every camera if they want to keep market share.

@Bmark
Your memory's not much good. Sony acquired Konica Minolta in 2006, not 2002. Don't know what Konica Minolta DSLR you were using then, but the first one, the 7D - shipped in January 2005 - also not 2002.

'It only took them 10 plus years to become competitive.'

Depends how you look at it. Sony stabilised a FF sensor in a DSLR in 2008. Nikon still doesn't offer IBIS even for aps-c. They also don't have a single camera, FF or Aps-c with off sensor phase detect. In terms of features Nikon still isn't competitive with Sony in far more areas than Sony fails to compete with Nikon.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2017 at 00:17 UTC
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George Veltchev: pulling the shadows out with a Canon 6D MarkII is painfully difficult task as we all know. No need to provide poetic evidence , Canon .... nothing can save the troubled model !

@BadScience
Criticising the OP's technique because the 6DII sensor is not competitive with offerings from other manufacturers is out of order. That's nobody's fault but Canon's.

You can make excuses for them if you want, but don't do it on the OP's behalf. He's 6D owner and has every right to 'moan' as you put it, having waited five years.

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2017 at 23:53 UTC
On article Nikon D850 vs Sony a7R III: Which is best? (1044 comments in total)
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sts2: You guys really didn't take any risks in this article, right? ;-) Can't blame you given how controversial this can become... but come one... no mention whatsoever of:

Edge to D850: ergonomics, build quality/ruggedness, faster cards, battery life, lens choice (really, a tie?), OVF
Edge to A7Riii: no AF-fine tuning needed, IBIS, ~50% faster frame rate, lighter weight, pixelshift, focus peeking in the viewfinder, EVF

That's right, I mentioned both OVF and EVF as an advantage. Whichever you prefer. But this is probably the key differentiator between the two systems. Your window into the world is the most important tool to a photographer, leaving it out makes this comparison very tame.

So many people don't seem to be able to understand this. An EVF is a closed system. The 'refresh rate of the panel' is irrelevant. There is no secondary image that the panel displays. In a sense it doesn't matter how long it takes to get the image from the sensor to the EVF because you can't see anything other than the image you're capturing.

Think of it like this. Imagine an EVF with an impossibly high degree of latency: It takes 20 seconds for the subject you're photographing to appear in the EVF. You take a picture of a racing car speeding past. Before the image forms in the EVF the racing car is long gone.

You click the shutter. You still have a picture of a racing car. Although it's 20 seconds away down the track. You can't miss the car, despite the 20s latency of the EVF because you capture the image you're looking at rather than the scene.

An EVF is essentially a succession of photographs, which is why EFCS is so important for mirrorless.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2017 at 01:03 UTC
On article Nikon D850 vs Sony a7R III: Which is best? (1044 comments in total)
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guictr: I'd like to know if you are referring to the 3d tracking exclusively when you say the Nikon's AF tracking is better, or do you think tracking in any mode is better on the Nikon?

And when you say "you can't specify which part of the subject you wish to track: the camera tries to identify the subject and then tracks all of it", how would you do it on the Nikon and why isn't it possible on the Sony? I imagine you'd use the group AF-C mode on the Nikon. Isn't there a similar mode on the Sony?

@CCD FTW
I said that two days ago and didn't get an editor's pick.
https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/sony-a7r-mark-iii-review?comment=8460102181
You must be better looking. :)

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2017 at 23:43 UTC
On article Nikon D850 vs Sony a7R III: Which is best? (1044 comments in total)
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DarkShift: Sony A7RIII is a nice camera, but sadly the lens lineup is not complete without some help from Canon and its EF lenses =)

Lens Rentals test the lenses independent of the sensor. They are the only 'testers' that do.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2017 at 23:40 UTC
On article Nikon D850 vs Sony a7R III: Which is best? (1044 comments in total)
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junk1: I surmise Nikon FF cameras still have more Nikon lenses available (than Sony has) and perhaps more 3rd party support Nikon than Sony?
And what about accessories - flashes?

Except it isn't.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2017 at 23:29 UTC
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Sdaniella: Sony FE 85mm f1.8
far too much color fringing across entire fov in high contrast boundaries
especially for a long lens
both ooc jpeg and worse in raw
(night fog on lake pic)
jpeg rendered far darker, and high contrast, too wide open at f2 @ ISO 800 for whopping 30 seconds (which usually appears closer to daylight)

shooting narrower apertures could help tame excessive contrast, but not enough to eliminate color fringing

perhaps Sony's 85mm f/1.4 may suffer less color fringing

if not, perhaps not a Sony lens issue, but maybe a Sony A7RIII sensor peculiarity

I think the fact that the last one was formulated in the1980s suggests they won't.

Stop arguing for the sake of it and actually look at what I've written.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2017 at 23:23 UTC
On article Nikon D850 vs Sony a7R III: Which is best? (1044 comments in total)
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DarkShift: Sony A7RIII is a nice camera, but sadly the lens lineup is not complete without some help from Canon and its EF lenses =)

Lenstip and photozone use Imatest just like DXOmark. A better suggestion would have been Lens Rentals who test Sony lenses on an optical bench, which is beyond most testers because e-mount lenses have no gears and only stay focussed when the camera's connected.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2017 at 23:16 UTC
On article Nikon D850 vs Sony a7R III: Which is best? (1044 comments in total)
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DPReview007: Hello, Canon, you there?? Helllllo??? Hellllllo???

Depends what you mean by 'hold it's own'. If you mean 'take photographs', then yes, the 5D4 can hold it's own.

If you mean; 'match or surpass in features and performance', then no, the 5D4 cannot hold its own against the D850 and the 7rIII.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2017 at 22:42 UTC
On article Nikon D850 vs Sony a7R III: Which is best? (1044 comments in total)
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xPhoenix: Wow, that picture really demonstrates the size difference between those bodies.

The Nikon has long passed the point at which you could quite reasonably ask: 'Why is it so large? And 'Why is it so heavy?'.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2017 at 22:40 UTC
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