caterpillar

Lives in Philippines Quezon City, Philippines
Joined on Sep 16, 2002
About me:

Equipment: Lumix G85, Sony a5100, nex-5T, Canon 5D II, 20D. Panasonic fz-1000
Lenses - ef 85 f1.8 usm, ef-s 10-22 f3.5-4.5, Tamron 17-50 f2.8 Di-2, ef 70-200 f2.8L IS, efs 18-135 STM,
The Tamron 17-35 f2.8-4.0 Di, ef 50mm f1.8 mk2. Sony 16-50 f3.5-5.6 OSS, 55-210 f4.6.3 OSS, 18-105 f4 PZ OSS. Lumix 12-35 f2.8 I, 12-60 f3.5-60 OIS.
Plan to get a sony sel 18-104 f4.0 G, Panasonic G85 with 14-140 and 42.5 f1.7, metabones, in the future.

Love sports/action, portraits, candid, street, photography. Love doing weddings and happy events.

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Geekapoo: Yawn..no metrics for the claims of improved images quality and overall stability. =Sony hype until proven otherwise by rigorous methods. Catch Sony, catch the buzz..

Geekapoo, I agree about the being rude. But you were asking for something that not even others are doing. And companies usually stop doing that for various reasons. You dropped some insinuation without backing it up. Trolls (not necessarily you, though it could be you too) will just have a field day pouncing on any firm figure they publish.

Besides, if you don't have this camera, and by your tone, you don't expect to get one any time soon, best to leave those who are using it because that is basically for them. Better not comment and keep it to yourself. If indeed this is just a marketing hype or buzz, it's none of our business and let those who own it sort it out. But by the reports coming in, that FW update seems to be doing more than what is supposed to fix or update. And the reports are very positive.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2017 at 03:10 UTC
On article The Nikon D850 could be the only DSLR you’ll ever need (1100 comments in total)
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Jorginho: Well People laugh and laugh and this is a bit like an advertisement. Agree. But I can see how the specs lead to such a statement. It seems pretty unique at least among DSLR cams. Very high MP count, excellent sensor most likely AND good at shooting sports. Not so difficult to see where this statement comes from and not misleading. Not for this mFT user. looking forward to dpreviews final take on this promissing DSLR.

@string - it's ok to kill or cannibalize your own products. That is much better than another brand taking it from you. At least, the money still goes to you. So, that is always good.

Besides, somebody else still can't afford the U$3,200 price tag. So, they will still gravitate to a lower model or different one, eg. D500 or something like it.

At the end of the day, you are competitive. And you are drawing your loyal foloowers to stick with you. This is not new. That's what Sony and others are doing. They don't hold back and put in the latest that is possible with good segmentation. With Canon's approach, its planned crippling of features.

What Nikon now needs to do is start paring down and removing certain cameras and rationalize their lineup so, price and segments don't fight each other.

And most importantly, they must start transitioning to mirrorless. And when they do this, do it fully, not half heartedly. If it will kill the excellent d850 in the process so be it.

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2017 at 02:17 UTC
On article The Nikon D850 could be the only DSLR you’ll ever need (1100 comments in total)
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pro photo 2011: I just don't know why Nikon and Canon keep producing DSLRs when that mirror is no longer necessary. And because of the mirror mechanism, DSLRs are unnecessarily bulky and heavy. Just looking at CIPA sales numbers (http://www.cipa.jp/index_e.html) and you can see that the reflex camera is a shrinking category. I still have my Nikon D40, but it has been in permanent storage for quite some time.

I wish DPR would take the lead and refer a mirrorless camera as a non-reflex camera, or more elaborately, a DSLNR (Digital Single Lens Non-Reflex) camera instead.

And in a few more years when DSLRs are finally gone, then all will be referred as simply a "digital camera", period.

If history is any indication, one can insist on film cameras because one thinks its still the best. But when the major players stop producing them, then you are left with no other devices. That's like the future of dslrs.

One can stock on 2-3 units of your favorite model (eg d850) as they go down in price, or just buy off used ones in the used market. But support will likely stop for them from the majors. And of course, in 7-15 years after the death of it, sensor, processor, etc will improve so much that your 15fps will be standard fodder for entry level MILCs, while mid and high ends are doing 24-30fps and sporting AF that is blinding fast with global shutter finally affordable.

One can always stick with the old and be happy with it of course, but eventually one will realize that the fight is over. Or continue with the cause and use that very good Nokia txt based phone in the face of it all,

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2017 at 02:10 UTC
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tangbunna: they are making lens for Sony A7R2. hahaha

panchorancho, if sony folds, Nikon will fold soon after. Remember where Nikon sources their sensors and where the innovations that make Nikon and others competitive.

In fact, if Sony was mean and not forward looking, Nikon, Pentax and others it sells its sensors too would be long gone. But Sony is smart. The normal mind set is you deprive your competitors access to the no 1 piece of the puzzle of a digital camera - the sensor. Without Sony, these companies would have probably folded a long time ago.

If you can't figure why Sony does this, then that's your problem. And Sony is not like Samsung. Sony has a loooooong history in digital imaging. it's not a beginner.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2017 at 06:37 UTC
On article Canon unveils stabilized EF 85mm F1.4L lens (530 comments in total)
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Zoron: Photographers demand dual IS now

Tripple IS is already being done now = IBIS, lens, gimbal.

Unfortunately, without IBIS, the best Canon can hope for is dual.

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2017 at 08:29 UTC
On article Canon unveils stabilized EF 85mm F1.4L lens (530 comments in total)
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breschdlingsgsaelz: I wonder what you need an IS is a 85 f1.4 for? That one will be used for portraits mainly and wide open. I never missed an IS in my 85 1.8 even in low light situations.

What I would buy immediately would be an extender compatible 200mm f2.8 with IS. There it would be very useful and the 70-200 is much too big to haul around in many cases.

Ring type USM is not the best for continious focus video.

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2017 at 08:26 UTC
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mxx: Practice makes perfect: Expect a faultless logo for the 200th Anniversary edition.

If they are still around.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2017 at 02:13 UTC

"The price will exceed that of a "good smartphone," according to Sergeyev, though specifics weren't provided."

AFAIK, the top-of-the-line smartphones are in the U$750-850 range. What a price even if body only! Though, one wonders what is being traded (IQ, slow AF, or even manual focusing,?).

Regardless, this is a welcome news. A bit of a slap to Canon or Nikon in any case, if they do come out with this mirrorless camera. I hope one can adapt other brand lenses with it though.

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2017 at 08:04 UTC as 61st comment | 4 replies
On article Canon EOS 6D Mark II Review (1117 comments in total)
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Peak freak: It would be interesting to know just how many 5D / MKII / MkIII and 6D owners who were looking at upgrading to this camera won't be doing so, (and can't afford the (roughly) 60% more expensive 5D MKIV).
Time will tell I guess.

It's too late for scaling back. Hi-tech companies usually have a road map. Their products are being designed not one after the other but overlapping. That means as the A7ii was being manufactured, the A7 iii is already being drawn and designed. At this pt in time, the A7iii's parts have already been ordered, and for all we care, in the manufacturing process now.

But even if they do scale it down, I very much doubt they will go the extra effort to purposely cripple the important features. That will cost them more as it may mean retooling their fabs. So, we'll still get something way much better than the past version. I don't think Sony will cripple dynamic range or high ISO performance either.

I don't mind 24mp. As long as we get an a6500 or even a slightly lower AF vs the A9. 4k video 35FF if possible., 11-14fps with AF (or without). The use of the A9 batt, a fully functioning touch screen. Even these things will beat the 6d2, and if sold at U$1,800!

Link | Posted on Aug 19, 2017 at 12:34 UTC
On article Canon EOS 6D Mark II Review (1117 comments in total)
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jonby: I must say, it's pretty big of Canon to release a product clearly aimed at opening up the market to other manufacturers and reducing their own domination in the sector - this will promote choice for users and benefit the industry in general. Good call.

Seriously though, Canon get bashed every time they release a product, but most of the time this comes down to nit-picking and point scoring and the products sell well anyway because they are sound products all considered. In this case however, I think they have made a real error of judgment. Most people looking to upgrade to a full frame camera are looking for a significant boost in all-round image quality, and while the 6DII delivers this in terms of high-ISO performance, the poor DR at low ISO will negate this for many. Beyond high ISO, you only really have the bigger viewfinder and DOF-related benefits to recommend it over the 80D at half the price. The 5DIV sensor in this body would have been the right choice.

Jonby, anyone who says there won't switchers is i great denial. Yes, not in droves, not yet, but significant enough. Even if people just gets to try the other side(s) is not good for Canon.

Since the 6d2 isn't even 6 months old, we can expect another 5 years for it to be replaced(?)! My guess, they'll come up with a mark 3 in 2 years to correct this mistake. If not, come up with something to slide in the U$2,500-2,800 range. Or better still, in the interim, drop the 6d2 price to U$1,500 in 6-8 months. Once the Sony a7 iii comes out or even announced, or even specs leaking, it's going to be a tough sell for the 6d2.

Canon has got themselves into this bind because of their arrogance. I hope they re-group and re-think their strategy, because if they don't the bleeding will continue and even get worse.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2017 at 00:15 UTC
On article Canon EOS 6D Mark II Review (1117 comments in total)
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Peak freak: It would be interesting to know just how many 5D / MKII / MkIII and 6D owners who were looking at upgrading to this camera won't be doing so, (and can't afford the (roughly) 60% more expensive 5D MKIV).
Time will tell I guess.

Will wait for the sony a7 iii. If it takes 2018, so be it. Need 4k, good dynamic range, good high ISO, and good AF.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2017 at 03:09 UTC
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Photoman: It doesn't look mirrorless :(

Photoman, sorry, man, that's not going to happen anytime soon. :(

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2017 at 01:41 UTC

Cool! I gotta try that!

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 00:37 UTC as 29th comment
On article Ten ways to shake 'photographer's block' for good (90 comments in total)

In the film days, there was no LCD to check your work. No chimping. So, from time to time, try disabling the preview setting, or don't use the preview button.

This should make you compose better with your head. This is easier to do with OVFs. With EVF, or LCD live view, a lot of the scene is likely the shot you will get.

Another good trick is to shoot in modes you don't normally use. Eg P, A, or Tv or shutter priority. This will practice your head to think in other terms than Av or manual. Turn auto ISO off too or set it to a number and see how you adjust your shots.

Sometimes being limited or handicap can pose challenges that might just stir up the doledrums.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2017 at 04:17 UTC as 35th comment | 1 reply

"Nikon-ish" is a clear sign that they are not in touch with the customer.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2017 at 08:37 UTC as 96th comment
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MaxCh: My 7d Mark II shutter count is at 462K as of today. The camera is still going strong.

Vanitas,

Not only shooting in bursts vs single. Lower shutter speeds also prolong the shutter assy. Shooting at 1/2000 or 1/8000 is a lot of stress to the shutter assy vs shooting at 1/60 or below.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2017 at 05:09 UTC
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NicoPPC: My 2 cents, about 4k.

Where I live, I do not know anyone with a 4k monitor or TV. Moreover, I know very little people who actually have a TV.

Sometime, my customers ask for small video, they never ask 4k, most of the time 1080p for YouTube...

Although, I would be please my camera get 4K, I would not choose my still camera upon this feature or not.

Regards

NicoPPC, the digital IBIS is sort of a way to appease the crowd. If I were to base it on the 800d crop, it is substantial. That means you have to have a wide lens attached if you use this. But, not just to look always at the downside, that is better than nothing. Or simply go for the 16-35 f4L IS so that you will have no need to stabilize it with electronic IBIS.

Yes, the Panasonic is a very good camera for video. MFT is very good for that, though of course, you again trade something else to have that.

And this goes back again to why some complain of the lack of 4k video on the camera.

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2017 at 06:53 UTC
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NicoPPC: My 2 cents, about 4k.

Where I live, I do not know anyone with a 4k monitor or TV. Moreover, I know very little people who actually have a TV.

Sometime, my customers ask for small video, they never ask 4k, most of the time 1080p for YouTube...

Although, I would be please my camera get 4K, I would not choose my still camera upon this feature or not.

Regards

NicoPPC, the point of 4k is not really displaying it at 4k tv (soon it will be as the price is dropping fast). 4k's advantage is that 1080p video is even sharper and better. It allows for cropping. It allows for stabilization if you don't have IBIS or IS/OSS/OIS.

This was the same argument in the early 2000's when HD, then FHD were coming out with video. They were saying that TVs were not yet HD. And 480i was more than enough. So was the use of tape for recording.

You have to really look at least 2 steps ahead. And you have to look at history to see how things change. You will find that there is always the same arguments leveled but in the end, everything else catches up and then a new baseline or standard is set up.

I also say this - if you don't need it, just don't use it. But let others who want it have that option.

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2017 at 03:26 UTC
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Don Sata: Good improvements yet I see dissapointment in two areas: AF points are clustered in the center so the increase in AF point number is a relatively small advantage and the lack of headphone jack and 4k for what could otherwise be a perfect video oriented DSLR.

c-a-m-e-r-o-n, and that is why the migration will continue, and it will speed up. The mistake is not to put 4k video in there. If you don't use it, don't. But without it, for those who want and need it, it is an automatic rejection by many to even consider it.

The handwriting is on the wall really - mirrorless and 4k video. It's like about 15 years ago. People in film were still in denial about dslrs. And at around 10 years ago when video started showing up in dsrls. But look at where we are now, and where we are heading.

To me it's crystal clear. You don't want video, don't use it. Same as those people who don't use Auto, or Program modes, or use creative modes. Just don't use it. But if it does not have it, it automatically alienates those who want/need it. And trust me, they are quite a lot! And those who use video are clamoring for 4k. Even a crippled 4k or limited time use 4k is still 4k that is functional even for 10-15 min. Very few really shoot more than 15min/clip.

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2017 at 03:18 UTC
On article Canon EOS 100D/Rebel SL1 Review (81 comments in total)
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Sir de Duke: Deciding to buy between a 100D SL1 or 700D, both are available options. Not entirely a beginner. have been using a 450D before, but deciding on better entry level. Anyone to advise me correctly. Thank you.

Unless you have budget constraints, better go for the 750d. The AF and low light is a big step, even from the 700d. I know because I came from the 400d. And used a 550d and the improvements were marginal in terms of IQ. I got my nephew a 750d last year and it was an eye opener.

Of course, the 800d will be a bigger step up because now it has that OSPDAF and using digic 7, it is slightly better in low light (vs 750d) and better definitely better WB and metering vs your 450d. My position is this - since the 750d, the improvements were significant. Now, if you can get the latest, the 800d, better go for that. I think we are a bit similar. We don't upgrade every year or every 3 years. FYI, I still have my 20d and sold my 400d just a year ago. I got a used 5d2 instead of the 800d though.

It is rumored that the SL2 will be announced the end of the month. Better wait for that just so that you won't have buyer's remorse. But really, unless size is an

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2017 at 06:38 UTC
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