RubberDials

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On article Sony a9 shooting experience: Here's why I'm impressed (526 comments in total)
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patrocal: Let the real reviews roll out before crowning this the messiah. All Sony cameras look great on paper until the problems like overheating, poor af in real life dim light situations and horrendous rolling shutter (just to name a few) show up.

What lenses were using on the Sony cameras?

And to be clear you were using an A6300, an A7sII and an a7rII as well as your Nikon D750 at this wedding, yes? Four cameras?

My experience with AF goes back to its inception in the 1980s and my experience taking photographs to the mid 1970s.

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2017 at 02:32 UTC
On article Sony a9 shooting experience: Here's why I'm impressed (526 comments in total)
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patrocal: Let the real reviews roll out before crowning this the messiah. All Sony cameras look great on paper until the problems like overheating, poor af in real life dim light situations and horrendous rolling shutter (just to name a few) show up.

Sounds like user error to me. AF accuracy of 7rII is best I've seen.

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2017 at 01:18 UTC
On article Sony a9 shooting experience: Here's why I'm impressed (526 comments in total)
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beavertown: Are those circular buttons towards the front of the lens a copy of Nikon 70-200 FL?

No. It's a focus hold button - which is programable (you can use it to change focus mode or engage eye-AF etc.).

Introduced by Minolta.

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2017 at 01:09 UTC
On article Sony a9 shooting experience: Here's why I'm impressed (526 comments in total)
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PerL: Wow - talk about advertorial for Sony.

@Carey
I wouldn't worry about the tone of your journalism, it's not-partisan or pro Sony at all - it's just that there are a lot of unhappy people on the end of it. And none of them are Sony users. :)

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2017 at 00:27 UTC
On article Sony a9 shooting experience: Here's why I'm impressed (526 comments in total)
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Jonathan Brady: I think most photographers would be more interested in a 5D Mark IV or D810 competitor - so an A9r. A higher MP count and lower frame rate would get my attention. 6-7 FPS with 50-60 MP would work just fine for me and tempt me away from my 5D Mark IV and 5Ds.

5D4/D810 competitor already exists - A7rII.

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2017 at 00:17 UTC
On article Sony a9 shooting experience: Here's why I'm impressed (526 comments in total)
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tinternaut: For anything not requiring a large print, I think Panasonic hits the nail on the head. Take 4K video and steal still images from it.

Video shutter speeds are too slow to capture action in individual frames plus compression means only two or three frames a second have full data. Even a codec like motion jpeg on Canon which is 100% keyframes can't get over the shutter speed limitation, plus you can't use the VF when you're shooting video.

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2017 at 22:52 UTC
On article Sony a9 first look videos (289 comments in total)
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Rolleix: I hear this Nikon lens Guru said in a YouTube video, that Nikon is coming out with a "Secret weapon" I can't stand him since he start talking trash about the 200 f2 :=) But really, this "Weapon" better be good.

This guru guy, did he also ask you for a couple of dollars so he could get a ride home? Just curious.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2017 at 22:47 UTC
On article Sony a9 first look videos (289 comments in total)
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The Dopaminer: I`ll wait 6 months for the A9ii.

and 6 years for the 5DmkV.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2017 at 22:37 UTC
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Snapper2013: Must have used a Canon camera as I see a lot of banding. ;-)

I wish I could like that twice.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2017 at 14:39 UTC
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munro harrap: 1 D800 battery equals THREE of these batteries in regular use, with no grip, no box and no wires. As Sony ctreated the D8xx series sensors in parallel with their own, one really does wonder at how such a high tech outfit can continue to refuse to provide decent batteries, really , this Heath Robinson device is laughable: it is painful to imagine one's fellows being saddled with such a "solution", or to forgive them not doing a grip that, as they are all so small could easily hold three batteries and be portable and waterproof and provide the vertical grip everyone else does for even their APS-C devices. Its as sad as a Fart in the White House.

And there is a grip for the a9.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2017 at 03:17 UTC
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munro harrap: 1 D800 battery equals THREE of these batteries in regular use, with no grip, no box and no wires. As Sony ctreated the D8xx series sensors in parallel with their own, one really does wonder at how such a high tech outfit can continue to refuse to provide decent batteries, really , this Heath Robinson device is laughable: it is painful to imagine one's fellows being saddled with such a "solution", or to forgive them not doing a grip that, as they are all so small could easily hold three batteries and be portable and waterproof and provide the vertical grip everyone else does for even their APS-C devices. Its as sad as a Fart in the White House.

Are you Nikon guys running a 'book' to see who can come up with the most stupid post?

The a9 is mirrorless, the D800 is not. The battery life of the D800 is equally abysmal compared to that of the Nikon F3 or the Nikon F (which doesn't have one). You're not comparing like for like.

The Canon fanboys did the 'laughing at the battery usage of Sony' thing for a long time until the M5 came out and CIPA revealed it had the worst battery life of any mirrorless camera on the market...

If Nikon ever bring out a high speed FF mirrorless camera - and that is a very big 'if' - come back and see how it compares with Sony's power management.

As for this accessory - it has three tripod bushes, charges 4 batteries and has two powered USB ports. It's intended as an accessory for professional videographers and is backwardly compatible with all Sony mirrorless, even though the Z battery is larger. If you think that is in any way 'comical' or 'Heath Robinson', you're frankly a bit of an idiot.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2017 at 03:15 UTC
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D200_4me: a10 will be released next week then.

Maybe get some ointment for your... soreness.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2017 at 00:12 UTC
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naththo: That top of Sony A900 may be a breach of Pentax design copyright?

Design cues range from the subtle to the obvious. The Nikon F is the camera being referenced with the A900 and the Pentax LX. The Pentax reference is in the realm of the obvious because Pentax made two versions of the pentaprism, one with a live hotshoe and one without in an era where a live hotshoe was standard.

An example of not referencing the Nikon F is the original F3 body which had a hotshoe-free pentaprism that was flat across and not pyramidal.

All these design choices are deliberate and thought through. The aim is to suggest continuity in terms of quality and status with the Nikon F.

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2017 at 04:36 UTC
On article Canon will add C-Log to the EOS 5D Mark IV for $99 (444 comments in total)
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Wild Light: The arrogance! Don't they realise their days are numbered!?

I have never listed a single piece of equipment on this site - you understand that a bot crawls your posts and fills up these lists automatically, right?

Both of my parents are dead and it's more than thirty years since I lived with them.

You sound like you have 2 or 3 braincells.

That aren't connected.

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2017 at 01:29 UTC
On article Sony a9 first look videos (289 comments in total)
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Mike921: Specs look good, sure do. When/if the lens situation firms up they could be serious competition to Canon/Nikon. However, Cameras are such a small part of Sony corp. revenue, the product line can be eliminated in very short order should the balance sheet dictate (a la Samsung). Canon and Nikon have a lot more skin in the game.

I don't think M mount is big enough for FF personally - although it is bigger than e-mount.

Canon has to begin to compete with Sony in the mirrorless sphere. E-mount is only two years older than M mount, which will give you an idea of how little Canon has done. I think they are hesitant because they will have to compete on Sony's terms and big companies are arrogant - they want to believe they are driving the market.

Three 'L' branded primes for M mount would be the way to lay down the gauntlet and regardless of what the fanboys might think, Canon are behind Sony in terms of both technology and miniaturisation. But they could compete and I wish they would.

If I was a Canon user I'd be pressing in threads for mirrorless development and L lenses in EF/M.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 23:27 UTC
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naththo: That top of Sony A900 may be a breach of Pentax design copyright?

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The point I am making is that as a culture-free, experience-free piece of design the 1DXmkII exhibits many poor design choices but most people won't see it as so and if anyone else responds to this thread there will be a post from someone telling me that I 'don't know what I'm talking about' and the 1DXmkII is a 'brilliantly designed camera...' :)

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 23:09 UTC
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naththo: That top of Sony A900 may be a breach of Pentax design copyright?

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The answer should be none. Now take a camera like the Canon 1DXmkII. It has 4 buttons on the front of the camera around the lens mount. Intuition will tell you that one is the depth of field preview button, but which one? And what do the other three do? You won't read anywhere about the 1DXmkII being badly designed.

Is it?

The answer is yes and no. The design is not really intuitive - it requires trial and error. Canon cameras call shutter priority and aperture priority AV and TV on their dials. They are the only camera manufacturers to do this. A user coming from another brand might struggle to understand where the shutter priority mode is or if there is one. They will likely associate AV with aperture priority and may guess TV is shutter priority but are extremely unlikely to intuit that TV stands for 'time value' as we do not routinely talk about shutter speeds as values of time - although that is what they are.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 23:09 UTC
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naththo: That top of Sony A900 may be a breach of Pentax design copyright?

If you've never had to design something it's easy to be critical, but really, I assure you, the very best people in their field work on these products.

Imagine an iPhone (or Android) without a touch screen. How many buttons would it need? Touch screens have many problems in terms of design - they are imprecise, bad at giving feedback, susceptible to occlusion of information (by the finger) and depend on learning, but they are deemed a better compromise than an iPhone bristling with buttons and rocker switches.

The surface area of the a9 is less than a third of Nikon D5 so the designer has to find away to squeeze similar functionality into fewer controls. Believe me if you had to do it you wouldn't come up with any better solutions than those already in play. You mention intuition. How many cameras have you used where you couldn't find the shutter button?

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Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 23:08 UTC
On article Canon will add C-Log to the EOS 5D Mark IV for $99 (444 comments in total)
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Boeing skipper: Will this still be in a better format than Motion JPEG or that's another $99 update?

Video is shot at 1/50th second and slower, so unless you are recording stationary objects your frames will all exhibit blur. If you shoot at faster speeds you will have '100% keyframes', but you won't be able to watch it as video because it will be too jerky.

Canon didn't unearth any great hidden capability here, that is the idiocy of using the codec - it's deprecated because it doesn't offer any advantages and eats up space. A GOP might limit the number of keyframes to 2 per second but that is enough for web use and blu-ray menus and other times you might need to use frames from a video stream.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 22:29 UTC
On photo Yard Guard in the Your City - Guards challenge (2 comments in total)

Very good! Great interpretation of the theme and use of B & W.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 21:05 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
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