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On article Woof! Sony a6500 sample images are here (365 comments in total)
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vesa1tahti: Not so impressive. From APS-C:s, D7200 is the winner.

Looking at your gear list you seemingly have no interest in Sony cameras.
Fair enough, but what is this vacuous comment intended to tell us?
Probably hat you like your raw edited images more than a well sorted jpeg samples gallery?

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2016 at 21:12 UTC

This is the perfect ridiculous looking lens for the perfect ridiculous looking camera they recently announced - this table tennis red rubber covered special edition...

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2016 at 21:56 UTC as 87th comment | 1 reply
On article OWC's Thunderbolt 3 Dock adds 13 ports to your MacBook (146 comments in total)

When the new MBP was announced I too started to grumble about the strict abandoning of some port types (USB3, SD, MagSafe,etc).
That's because I have three desktop working locations where I prefer a dock. I have always been using docks even with my former HP's, IBM's, etc. Requirement as simple as that: Good built quality, sufficient port supply, and a one-cable or one-connector docking.

Now coming to this OWC dock.
Probably nice built. No HDMI and only MiniDP - meaning one is missing, one is useless. Why - connect a calibrated 4k screen via MiniDP and try to re-calibrate via software...
Connection to the new MBP via one of the TB3 ports. They are not marked as PD compatible, so they are likely not providing enough power for the MBP.
Resulting in needing to separately connect the USB-C power cord to the MBP.
Running a HDMI monitor requires an additional adapter and the ones having action cams are needing an adapter for their micro SD.

Nice dock anyway, but still with some flaws.

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2016 at 10:37 UTC as 22nd comment
On article Nikon reportedly eliminating 1000 jobs in Japan (535 comments in total)

Indeed a serious situation Nikon is in at the moment. I would not say they acutely endangered to extinct, but to my mind they are becoming a candidate for takeover soon.
The DSLRs are all solid, but they are lacking innovations, which is an important factor today. And additionally they were missing consistency in their FF lines. D700 successor was D800, Below they implemented D600, which was too problematic and came renewed ranged higher as D750. The D810 was not to innovative besides the hugh jump in resolution. On the other hand pros of the big boys appreciated the D4/D4S, but were missing a successor of the D3X. And instead of making a higher res pro body, they quite too quickly came with the D5. A real successor of the D810 as well as from the D7200 is missing. DL series (even the announcement) came at least one year too late. Not to speak about mirrorless. They need to catch that up or they will continue to loose market share.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 09:00 UTC as 93rd comment | 1 reply
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dbo: Honestly, the missing SD slot was my least critizism. And Schiller is partly right. SD is not staying for eternity. The next Sony pro FE is rumored to carry XQD, Nikon has cameras with XQD and CF, Canon FF have CF, so what.

My main critizism was the missing transition phase on interfaces. More clever would have been 2 TB3 + 2 USB 3. And - and that's my biggest annoyance - apple is missing to provide certified adapters. Why only single TB to USB3, why no direct cable TB3 to HDMI, TB3 to DP, etc.
Plugable provides a very clever dock (GB Ethernet, USB3, Alt Mode and PD on main TB3, compatible with Macbook) - why did apple not order them to create a charging power (87W) supporting doc for the new Macbook Pro? Would have been easy to adapt with appropriate port spec information in advance.

@T3
SD card seems to be holy cow. :-)
As I indicated, I was also crizising the missing slot, although not at the level as most here as I can read in many posts. In overall I can agree to your response, however I would not call CF card as niche product (XQD I agree).
My MBP (late 2013) has a SD slot, but no UHS-II; so I am annoyed by using such cards on the slower interface - guess what I did? I bought the USB3 Kingston MobiliteG4. An evil thing called adapter. *sarcasm*
So what if Apple inserts a SD slot, let it be UHS-II, and the SD association decides to go for an extended protocoll next year? I'd have my beloved SD slot and would need an adapter in case I would like to take full advantage of the new speedy card...

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 10:46 UTC

Honestly, the missing SD slot was my least critizism. And Schiller is partly right. SD is not staying for eternity. The next Sony pro FE is rumored to carry XQD, Nikon has cameras with XQD and CF, Canon FF have CF, so what.

My main critizism was the missing transition phase on interfaces. More clever would have been 2 TB3 + 2 USB 3. And - and that's my biggest annoyance - apple is missing to provide certified adapters. Why only single TB to USB3, why no direct cable TB3 to HDMI, TB3 to DP, etc.
Plugable provides a very clever dock (GB Ethernet, USB3, Alt Mode and PD on main TB3, compatible with Macbook) - why did apple not order them to create a charging power (87W) supporting doc for the new Macbook Pro? Would have been easy to adapt with appropriate port spec information in advance.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 19:49 UTC as 359th comment | 3 replies

It is so funny here how predictable this price bashing is. And where do people know from what a successful pricing range would be? I'd respond to those - "if you can't afford it - please look elsewhere!"

Honestly.
Spec wise Olympus did a fantastic job here. It features a lot of things which are not available with some "higher-end" cameras.
It needed a lot of R&D efforts and compared to the current market situation the price is objectively chosen fair. You pay what you get. And if you pay it, you get an incredible piece of photographic equipment.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 07:38 UTC as 39th comment | 6 replies
On article LaCie unveils Thunderbolt 3 desktop storage devices (42 comments in total)
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dbo: Clearly targeted to pro market.
Nice to see, that there are coming "real" high speed devices that serve professional demand.

As advanced enthusiast I am fine with the T3 in 2TB version around 700 € in GER.
450MB/s read/write is fine.

Don't try to be a SmA. :-)
Sure a raid system can be build cheaper.
But as long as you are looking for some speedy device for your laptop bag, a USB SSD is needed, and that is still not cheap today but at least affordable.

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2016 at 23:07 UTC
On article LaCie unveils Thunderbolt 3 desktop storage devices (42 comments in total)

Clearly targeted to pro market.
Nice to see, that there are coming "real" high speed devices that serve professional demand.

As advanced enthusiast I am fine with the T3 in 2TB version around 700 € in GER.
450MB/s read/write is fine.

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2016 at 19:06 UTC as 14th comment | 2 replies
On article Apple revamps MacBook Pro lineup, adds 'Touch Bar' (871 comments in total)
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iamatrix: This is a really good looking laptop, I was astonished by all the negative reviews, I think it just shows how poorly educated consumers are about technology. The new processors, faster SSD throughput,faster ram chips, improved screens, fast modern USB-C standard (and 4 ports!) adds up to extremely impressive machine especially for media professionals. I benchmark machines for a living it is truly impressive what Apple can squeeze out of their hardware due to their incredibly close relationship with hardware manufacturers, in all my years benchmarking machines for a major publication I have never seen such impressive throughput. In fact I'll take quite the opposite stance from other folks here and say that after 20 years as a very avid Windows user this will be my first Mac ! Kudos Apple. And discouraged Apple folks I will tell you it's not what's on the Surface that counts, but what lies underneath -no pun intended ;)

@iamatrix, the magic word is "transitioning". You as possible first timer will not run into the prob we long rime Mac users are now going to have with our existing accessories. I am repeating myself - the new technology (USBC) is welcome and necessary, bit not at my expense. I don't mind transitioning my existing USB equipment to the new interface over the time, but having no chance to re-use my 1 Gen old power cords anymore and needing them to replace is a joke.

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2016 at 09:11 UTC
On article Apple revamps MacBook Pro lineup, adds 'Touch Bar' (871 comments in total)
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raindance: So many Windows trolls out tonight. Guys, you lost get over it. You failed in the mobile space that is now heavily dominated by Android and iOS, you have no eco system like that of Google and iCloud that cohesively works across your devices, you are the only game in town that still uses an antiquated operating system full off security and privacy holes that is not based on the Linux kernel. You have no home automation market, no investment in health, fitness, secure payment, messaging, music, and streaming media. You want Apple to fail for some pointless reason, but it's just not working and the stock price and value is a constant reminder of their dominance. Your sleeping giant might have woke back up, but unfortunately they missed the last ten years. Game Over, move on..

@fuesting, losing Magsafe is one side. And you are right about the Win universe. I am always on both worlds running parallels on my mac with a Win10 machine - prfessional PM know why (I say MS Project and Visio). And I don't have moving around my data between both worlds. Both have advantages, both have flaws.
It is also not only because I am p...d off by considering that I would need to adapt all my existing peripherals.
I just don't like this inconsistencies in product availabilities anymore. I know we have the times where you always get less for more money. But increasing the TCO of a eco system by roughly 30% is simply unacceptable.
Let's say I'd buy a Macbook Pro, and two or three month time the brand new Airpods - "sorry about you damn luck", if you want to connect the charge box to your mac, you either need to purchase an adapter or a 3rd party USBC to lightning cable. Thanks.
Or, I'd buy a spare 85W power adapter. Go home and recognize that I need the USBC cable to use it...

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2016 at 12:10 UTC
On article Apple revamps MacBook Pro lineup, adds 'Touch Bar' (871 comments in total)
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raindance: So many Windows trolls out tonight. Guys, you lost get over it. You failed in the mobile space that is now heavily dominated by Android and iOS, you have no eco system like that of Google and iCloud that cohesively works across your devices, you are the only game in town that still uses an antiquated operating system full off security and privacy holes that is not based on the Linux kernel. You have no home automation market, no investment in health, fitness, secure payment, messaging, music, and streaming media. You want Apple to fail for some pointless reason, but it's just not working and the stock price and value is a constant reminder of their dominance. Your sleeping giant might have woke back up, but unfortunately they missed the last ten years. Game Over, move on..

@raindance
Fair enough being a fanboy. To a certain extend I am, too. Difference is that I am not blinded by Cupertino's achievements, than just accepting what I am not getting.
The connectivity issue has been explained as well enough.
I really appreciate the new MBP15, but it for me it is a mixed bag.
The touch panel is useful as long as I work on the MBP directly and not in a desktop environment.
I could live with the new "one-and-only-interface" as long as there would be proper accessories existing. Adaptors, I want them without this 10cm cable between. I want a Magsafe to USBC adapter for my four Magsafes. I want the connectivity accessories from apple not from 3rd parties where I have no guarantee over interoperability.
I don't want to pay 30% more for the new model if it is just a slight evolution.
For me the price tag would be justified, if the Retina display would be touch and least resolution wise increased to let's say 3360x2100 (keeoing 16:10 ratio).
etc.etc.

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2016 at 11:17 UTC
On article Apple revamps MacBook Pro lineup, adds 'Touch Bar' (871 comments in total)
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j900: Concerning connectivity they are attempting again the 2012 retina macbook pro coup, but this time in an even nastier way. Clearly many around here (and pretty much anywhere where I looked) are not satisfied with connectivity, especially given the price.

The connectivity change is so drastic that it looks like a test, though given the form factor it looks like not many of these abandoned ports could find their way back to the next update.

Still Apple should be listening on users feedback - they are shooting themselves in the foot if they do not start looking for some kind of more elegant transitional solution than carrying around $200 worth of adapters.

Agree.
Your indicated 200 $ are quite moderate.

Even if I consider just one of my workplaces I need HDMI multiport, TB3 to TB2 (need displayport), GBEthernet, spare power adaptor, power cord, and at least 1 USBC to USBA. Roundabout 300 bucks.
If I'd make a real list of my needs around my three locations and the travel kit it sums up to around 1k accessories. That's far ridiculous.
One sentence I couldn't edit anymore in my below post - it is also ridiculous that some essential accessories are only available from 3rd parties, where apple is not warranting even if you purchase via apple store. For the product itself it is logical, but with that apple even excludes responsibility in case of problems occuring with such items.

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2016 at 09:41 UTC
On article Apple revamps MacBook Pro lineup, adds 'Touch Bar' (871 comments in total)

I am Apple-, especially Mac/Macbook User since a long time now.

The 2TB MBP 15" is here in GER at 5.350 € including Care. Thats 2k more than I paid with the late 2013 highest end model.
The annyoing factors are in the end not the unit price at all, I can afford that, it is more the accessories and the features.
I am working at three locations on desktop level, meaning Pro Screen, Keyboard and Magsafe available. Individual problem, yes, but why can't I use my Magsafes anymore - resulting in necessity to buy new ones.
Points to be considered by not blinded interested guys:
- No Magsafe to TB/USB adapter available
- No Displayport to TB/USB adapter available (only TB3 to TB2, which is mini DP)
- New USBC power adapters without any cable
- In the Macbook package the power adaptor has no AC cable included, 25 bucks extra
- Important adaptors (e.g. TB to 1000BT
- No card slot anymore (either buy USBC reader or USBC to a adaptor)

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2016 at 08:31 UTC as 110th comment | 2 replies
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Zakzoezie: Of course stock will be low, only diehard A-mount users who heavily invested in A-mount lenses will buy it. Looking at the price of this beast, the other part of the remaining A-mount users will simply continue to switch to other systems, no matter how good this camera is. That is a logical consequence of the superintelligent Sony strategy to abandon its former A-mount customers by introducing a completely new & different FF mount system in parallel. It almost looks like a suicide fairy tail ...

Seems you two have bad luck.
Basically sticking to or passing a brand has mostly to do with personal experience. I guess with his experience I would probably have changed brand, too.
Regarding "old wine - new bottle" - no need to offend. As said, even with putting old wine into new bottles you have efforts that are worth to be paid - judging the value of the extra is personal opinion. And please do not compare the street price of the MKI and the entry price of the MKII (which will surely be the MSRP) - because then the new unit's price will always suck.

I agree that (except for 70200,70400,50 Planar) Canon L grads are in the majority more solid than Sony lenses. Whether it is business critical factor for a photographer is an individual matter, not a general one.
At current times I would bother more about the Sony bodies durability.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2016 at 09:20 UTC
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Zakzoezie: Of course stock will be low, only diehard A-mount users who heavily invested in A-mount lenses will buy it. Looking at the price of this beast, the other part of the remaining A-mount users will simply continue to switch to other systems, no matter how good this camera is. That is a logical consequence of the superintelligent Sony strategy to abandon its former A-mount customers by introducing a completely new & different FF mount system in parallel. It almost looks like a suicide fairy tail ...

@brendon1000
For sure Canon has a much better lens assortment than Sony can ever achieve (at least during my lifetime, I am growing 50 in Dec) - the number 100.000.000 sold lenses are speaking for itself. I am Sony advanced photographer (former A now FE) but no Fanboy solely trying to hype Sony over everything.
However. If your friend broke a ZA and a G, I am asking what he is doing with these lenses - I owned them too and shot with A900 and A99 about 130k images, majority with these two. Sold them in still very good condition. Secondly the fact that the optical formula of the MKII's remained identical was known. Whether the improved coating, the SSM2 drive and sealing justified the MKII prices, maybe not. But just simply comparing the MKI and MKII price is inappropriate - just have a look how Canon and Nikon are dealing that.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2016 at 20:39 UTC
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Zakzoezie: Of course stock will be low, only diehard A-mount users who heavily invested in A-mount lenses will buy it. Looking at the price of this beast, the other part of the remaining A-mount users will simply continue to switch to other systems, no matter how good this camera is. That is a logical consequence of the superintelligent Sony strategy to abandon its former A-mount customers by introducing a completely new & different FF mount system in parallel. It almost looks like a suicide fairy tail ...

@ChapelThrill23, admittedly you are right about reasonably priced lenses missing with Sony.
The ZA lenses have the magic colors, especially for the varios you don't find similar on other brands. Pircewise I don't disagree.
The 70300' price is not laughable, but fairly steep. I used to own the mark I which was priced at around 800$, which is made of equal quality, and that is a very good lens that Nikon doesn't offer in that quality range, and a Canon is as expensive as the MKII.
Owning a pro graded Sony system (complete system) was always more expensive than owning a pro Canikon system - whether A or FE.
To my understanding it has to do with overall sales figures.
However if you take a look at the latest Canikon offerings (5DIV, D500, Nikkor 70200, Nikkor TS19) you can see that there is an ugly trend on the camera market - unfairly "milking" the early adopters.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2016 at 12:53 UTC
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Zakzoezie: Of course stock will be low, only diehard A-mount users who heavily invested in A-mount lenses will buy it. Looking at the price of this beast, the other part of the remaining A-mount users will simply continue to switch to other systems, no matter how good this camera is. That is a logical consequence of the superintelligent Sony strategy to abandon its former A-mount customers by introducing a completely new & different FF mount system in parallel. It almost looks like a suicide fairy tail ...

@ChapelThrill23, in the FF context of premium lenses the price is not all that bad. And I am always wondering about this "no good choice of lenses" talk.
24ZA2.0 Distagon, 35G1.4, 50ZA1.4 Planar, 85ZA1.4 Planar, 100/2.8 Macro, 135ZA1.8 Sonnar, 135/2.8-4.5 STF, 300GII 2.8, 500G4, 1635ZA2.8 Variosonnar, 2470ZAZA2.8 Varisonnar, 70200GII 2.8, 70300GII, 70400GII, some good Sigma and Tamron lenses, and the fabulous 28 TS Superangulon SK.
Every of them is on par with the big competition. The 135 Sonnar is one of the far best lenses over brands, the STF is the unbeaten master of bokeh.
So what selection is bad, and what is missing?

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2016 at 11:35 UTC

Surely this Swedish decision is way over the top.
But I think that it would be hard to achieve a common global rule.

Honestly, I am no control freak, and I believe in the good in man, but I think the drone market needs to be controlled better.
I would suggest driver licenses in different cathegories, registered drones (having a similar unique ID like an IMEI), territorial purchase restrictions, territorial usage restrictions.
Sounds maybe too much, too, but as the drone market is increasing rapidly there must be done something.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2016 at 08:08 UTC as 11th comment

Absolutely awesome, Benjamin.
Just watching the final images is a joy, but knowing the making of story behind it makes it even much more interesting.
I personally admire people living for their visions and their intomidable will to make them real. Kudos!

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2016 at 07:43 UTC as 9th comment
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