caterpillar

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

Equipment: 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.
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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On article Canon EOS 100D/Rebel SL1 Review (79 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
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2649 comments in total)
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T3: The entire Sony FF mirrorless system is younger than the Canon 6D. The first A7 was introduced in October 2013. The Canon 6D was introduced in September 2012. That's how crazy fast Sony is moving. Who knows, Sony might even introduce the A9 MKII before Canon introduces the 6D MKII, LOL. Probably not likely, but if they did it wouldn't surprise me.

cgarrad,

Facts are facts and easy enough to verify, if you care to look and is intellectually honest.

If you look at my gear list, you will find I have more canon gear than Sony. I only have the nex-5t and a5100 for cameras and my sony lenses are only the kit lens, 55-210 and the 18-105. Whereas I have the 5d2 and 20d for my cameras, and about hafl a dozen lenses by Canon! In terms of cost, my canon investment is maybe 6-10x I have with Sony (or panasonic).

But I have to be honest and call it as it is. The Sony trumps my canon bodies in many ways. I am still pleased with what I have though. I will just wait for the A7iii and use adapters to transition to sony 35FF. But even if I do, I will still keep the 5d2 and 20d. They are still useful and besides, I will just lose more money selling them. The 5d2 is the most useful and it still takes great portraits. But ofr sports, 4k video and other things, it already lags big time.

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2017 at 03:13 UTC
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2649 comments in total)
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T3: The entire Sony FF mirrorless system is younger than the Canon 6D. The first A7 was introduced in October 2013. The Canon 6D was introduced in September 2012. That's how crazy fast Sony is moving. Who knows, Sony might even introduce the A9 MKII before Canon introduces the 6D MKII, LOL. Probably not likely, but if they did it wouldn't surprise me.

cgarrd,

Sure the 6d is a good camera if you don't do 4k video. Or you don't want better low light performance. Or the ability to use nikon, canon and other brand lenses, sure! You may not know the smile I let out when I can put on my 70-200 f2.8L lens on my puny a5100! Something you can't do on the reverse.
The Canon 6d is also fine if you want to stoop down to shoot, even kneel or crouch to the ground because it does not have an articulating screen.

Or to be able to see in the dark using an EVF instead of an OVF.

Except for the mark I models, you also might miss shots at 1/15 on a 50mm lens without IS on the lens. Your canon lens will stabilize with the a7 ii since it has IBIS. As they move on, I think Sony intends to put IBIS in all future models as SOP. Canon still has to implement IBIS in its top model.

There's more, but I think I am nearing the end of my max character limit.

FYI - I have a 5d ii, so I know how it feels like NOT to be able to do those things I listed.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2017 at 04:18 UTC
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2649 comments in total)
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T3: The entire Sony FF mirrorless system is younger than the Canon 6D. The first A7 was introduced in October 2013. The Canon 6D was introduced in September 2012. That's how crazy fast Sony is moving. Who knows, Sony might even introduce the A9 MKII before Canon introduces the 6D MKII, LOL. Probably not likely, but if they did it wouldn't surprise me.

Photouniverse,

Likely not. It will pis* off a lot of people. Besides the jury is still out. 6 months ought to bring out any issues that still needs to be upgraded for the A9.

Another difference with the a6300 and a6500 scenario is not just fixing some things (lower buffer to higher buffer), but the a6500 put IBIS and touchscreen in the model. These are not just fixes, but new features that the a6300 did not have.

If the A9 ii is to be released so soon, that model has to bring something significant to the table or face an angry crowd! Right now I can't think of anything major. Full implementation of touch screen? Fully articulating screen? 24fps shooting? 30mp sensor?

This is why I don't think a mark II is to be out by year's end or even 1st Q of 2018. The earliest I expect to see a mark ii is end of 2018. But even then I am not keen on that. More like 2nd Q of 2019. That makes it a hefty 2 years of the A9. Enough room for threshing out problems with the mark I.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2017 at 02:32 UTC
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2649 comments in total)
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T3: The entire Sony FF mirrorless system is younger than the Canon 6D. The first A7 was introduced in October 2013. The Canon 6D was introduced in September 2012. That's how crazy fast Sony is moving. Who knows, Sony might even introduce the A9 MKII before Canon introduces the 6D MKII, LOL. Probably not likely, but if they did it wouldn't surprise me.

Alex Permit, exactly! This is the crucible of tests! This will pit them with Canon and Nikon. If they pass the test, then they will eventually silence all naysayers and critics.

So, it has to be 2019. Not 2020. It will be too late. They need about 1 year to fix anything on the mark II.

It is obvious that the A9 missed some things even on the onset. That is why I think a mark II is possible in the short period of time. And those can't be fixed by firmware.

1- faster flushing of images shot. 30-45 sec is too long. It should be 5-10 seconds only for this class.

2 - Fix that touch screen for good! It should be working not just for focusing but for all things! If you can do it for your cellphones, why can't it be done for cameras?

3- Demonstrate the weather sealing as truly working in really harsh conditions.

4 - remedy flash shooting with electronic shutter

5 - try to increase dynamic range in burst mode

Points 1-3 are the most important.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2017 at 00:25 UTC
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2649 comments in total)
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KW Phua: Looking forward to see how many Pros Shooters using A9 in coming events. Get the feedback for any problem in the real world. Also, how Canon going to make use of the dual pixel AF advantage for their upcoming cameras.

Mostly they are coming from wedding photographers. As I expected, this will be its best patrons. Wedding/events shooters are always on the look out for the tool that will make their lives easier. They are not as dead set on things like other photographic disciplines.

Now if they will just announce the A7 iii, that would probably be their 2nd or backup camera.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2017 at 00:01 UTC
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2649 comments in total)
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T3: The entire Sony FF mirrorless system is younger than the Canon 6D. The first A7 was introduced in October 2013. The Canon 6D was introduced in September 2012. That's how crazy fast Sony is moving. Who knows, Sony might even introduce the A9 MKII before Canon introduces the 6D MKII, LOL. Probably not likely, but if they did it wouldn't surprise me.

They will introduce a mark II.
Maybe not next year. But most likely 2019.

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2017 at 23:38 UTC
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Gesture: Wonder if Sony "sponsors" things like this. Helps cement the platform.

You've got it the other way around, Gesture!

The platform is so well cemented that 3rd party lens makers are making lenses for the e-mount! Translation - there are now so many e-mount cameras out there that is now worth making lenses and you are sure you can cash in also in the action!

Remember - companies are out to make money. Why would you build lenses for companies that don't have enough market share? And to think to make a 35 f2.8 that is not as popular as other FL!

Sony's main sponsor are its consumers. They build it, they buy it, and 3rd party companies cluster around the honey to cash in as well.

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2017 at 02:32 UTC
On article 2017 Roundup: Enthusiast Long Zoom Cameras (275 comments in total)

A surprise to see the FZ-1000 with a Gold. That and the RX10 II were my shortlist. I got the FZ-1000 because it cost half of the RX10 ii (U$520 vs U$1,080) in our country.
I am very pleased with my fz-1000. It has its weaknesses and faults, but 95% of the features and performances, in many ways, erases the negatives.

What would interest me is how Sony, Panasonic would innovate again and introduce something different using 1" sensors aside from the long zoom and the small compact RX100's/LX10-15. I wonder if a medium compact 1" sensor camera with a 24-50mm 35FF equivalent at f1.4 straight (or even f1.8) would sell?! How about an 18-35 f1.8 35FF equivalent? That would be an interesting.

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2017 at 12:11 UTC as 30th comment | 5 replies
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SimenO1: Great for fast object tracking, but dont get tempted to think it will deliver great image quality for slow motion videography with its 4 bits of color depth in the 500 and 1000 fps mode.

Unless Sony thinks of imbedding this on the main sensor to act as it's tracking eye.

Link | Posted on May 17, 2017 at 01:21 UTC
On article Canon EOS M6 Review (382 comments in total)

In the Appendix Specs - those are for the m4/3 panasonic camera, not the Canon M6.

Please check and correct. :)

Link | Posted on May 16, 2017 at 15:32 UTC as 90th comment | 1 reply
On article Polaroid sold to new owner (94 comments in total)
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AndroC: Isn't it that the Impossible Project has remarkably found a way to make Polaroid like film that is compatible with the old cameras. I did not think they had a licence to continue manufacturing the Polaroid products. They bought one factory with dismantled equipment and spent eight years rediscovering the chemical techniques. In fact, I think the name comes from the fact that people thought it was impossible to replicate the Polaroid technology. So, it's not Polaroid legacy film, but new emulsions and so on, wonderful, but not the same.

I think the process has been reversed engineered by Kodak, but they lost the lawsuit.
Besides, at this time, the patents for this surely must have expired.

Nonetheless, the question for the new owners is - is there a demand for rapid printout from a camera in the day and age of cellphones, and rear view screens and digital images stored in the cloud?

Link | Posted on May 13, 2017 at 14:21 UTC
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2649 comments in total)
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HatWearingFool: Check out Max Yuryev's video. This thing is insane.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLR_-ALD1KE

HatWearingFool, that is the plan. To execute that properly, they need a 400mm, 500mm, maybe even a 600mm lens that is f2.8 to f4.0. That takes time to test. So, I expect a 400mm f2.8 in the next 12 months. Maybe a 500mm or 600mm f4.0 18-24 months after. They need a buffer of 18-24 months before the Olympics to iron out the kinks of both lenses and bodies.

By 2019, they may even release an A9 mk-ii. This will be the corrected and improved version of the A9. It has to be 12 or more months before the Olympics to iron out the bugs.

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2017 at 01:33 UTC
On article Alpha-better: Sony a9 versus a7R II (503 comments in total)
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landscaper1: Considering the obvious technical improvements in the a9, could there be an a7RIII in our not-so-distant future?

Parampreet, I doubt if there will an A9R or an A9S, especially in the immediate future. The reason is the A9 must make a mark to defeat the top-of-the-line Canikon first.

2ndly, to have a A9R with 42mp that can shoot 20fps is insulting the A9 and will appear that Sony was holding the A9 back. But the reality is, once you do that, you are going to have the next gen of Bionz and sensor to pull out data fast at 42mp rez.

An A9S would be much easier to do. But the way the A7S is being used, is mostly on video by events shooter.

But then again, you start to wonder now what you are going to do with the A7 line if the A9 takes over. How will you justify an S and R line in the A9 vs the A7? What's the basis of differentiation? If any, The A7 line will be priced more within the reach of more people. It makes more sense to have a single flagship camera aimed at the flagship of Canikon, while the A7 line covering the middle and rear of the market for FF.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 23:50 UTC
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fatdeeman: The A9 is such a bold challenge it seems a shame they didn't announce it alongside a supertele prime. Seems like every pro with an opinion on the subject wants the same thing: big lenses.

T3, actually, this is something not often covered, or not mentioned at all. Since Canon and Nikon didn't really focus on video at all, their lenses, even if it is an L lens, and uses ring USM motors, are not going to be ready for video. In short, all those lenses are going to be re-issued again (with some R&D involved) at the same FLs, in the future. That means, folks are still going to buy those same FL lenses again if they want to do video.

Some would say, they don't do video. Remember, we are now at 20fps 35FF. At 24fps, and later 30fps, you start to wonder. Isn't that video fps already?

When individuals say, they don't do video, that's ok. To each his own. But when a company does not get ready for video, then they isolate themselves and close their potential market for those that do it if their camera and lenses can't hack it.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 22:34 UTC
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photodesignch: I think the article is misleading. It argues that Canon 2nd hand value will not cover whole new system because of the depreciation value so it gets expensive. Like or not, if you are a beginner with no gears in hand, That Canon setup would cost at least more than DOUBLE of the initial investment now used price of $30,105.

Which means, for a brand new "SPORTS" professional photographer, purchasing SONY system will indeed save at least 1/2 of the bank account.

2 Solutions!

1) Move to SONY body with adapter, and slowly swap out lens by lens (ease the pain)
2) Consolidate the lenses you will use, or replace some with 3rd party.

No one said it would be painless to switch system. Every manufactures makes their own attempts and with their own special MOUNT to lock in users. Wouldn't it be nice they just make ONE standard mount for lenses and cameras, then photographers can freely switch systems without much pain. But that's unlikely going to happen in our life time. (Since M42)

I think that is wha t most do, unless there is no choice or one is willing to take a hit. Migration nowadays isn't a one time deal. It usually goes on in stages. I, for example decided to leave Canon 2 years ago. I was just waiting for the right Sony camera that would fill my needs. I kept my 20d as a souvenir, sold the 400d years ago with about half of my Canon glass. Just left a handful I like and will just a use an adapter. Use native sony lenses for the 85-95% of the kind of shots i shoot.

As a semi-pro before shooting weddings and events, we don't mind the expenses if we know we can recoup it in a reasonable time. And of course, it makes our work easier and adds quality or value to it. It means less post processing later. It means less corrections for noise or dynamic range issues. which translates for more free time. It means less stress, anxiety that you didn't get the shot. These are hard to put monetary value but are just as important.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 07:56 UTC
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fatdeeman: The A9 is such a bold challenge it seems a shame they didn't announce it alongside a supertele prime. Seems like every pro with an opinion on the subject wants the same thing: big lenses.

It doesn't matter, rrccad. The competitive advantage really is in the camera.
Unless, Canon releases a camera that matches or exceeds what the current A9 can do, 2020 Olympics will settle the dispute whether Sony has broken the Canikon monopoly. Sony only need to fill in 2-3 long lenses for the olympics. When it is even-stevens on the glass, the better camera will be decided.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 07:15 UTC
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fatdeeman: The A9 is such a bold challenge it seems a shame they didn't announce it alongside a supertele prime. Seems like every pro with an opinion on the subject wants the same thing: big lenses.

The big glass will arrive at most 2 years before the 2020 Olympics. They need the extra months to test it and adjust. In fact, I would not be surprised if they release a 300mm or 400mm f2.8 within the next 8-12 months. Maybe a 500mm f4 after 12-18 months from now.

The Olympics will be a big thing for Sony. They already know what they must do. All we have to do is wait.

I won't be surprised to see an A9 mk-2 in 2019 either.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 18:38 UTC
On article Sony a9: Why being better might not be enough (766 comments in total)
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caterpillar: What is written is partly true.

What is not said is that most likely event/wedding photographers will be the ones to get this. And they are far more in numbers that PJ/sports/wildlife shooters. And most likely they already have a 70-200 f2.8 and/or a 24-70 f2.8, ,maybe already the holy trinity (16-35).

Sometimes the target market isn't really the market that takes advantage of a camera originally intended.

Rishi,

I have another theory though - results based and competition based. If and when the A9 proves it can deliver the goods, the migration will begin. Lenses will NOT be a barrier-to-exit from Canon/Nikon. After all, if history is any indication, that's how Canon toppled Nikon in this area. There were many things said how Canon will fail especially with the FD to EF fiasco. But look at where we are now.

The CSF or Critical Success Factors are the mentioned in the article.

1 - long and fast lenses for the intended audience (sports/wildlife/PJ)
2 - even a decent Pro support in the beginning will get it rolling

But primarily, it has to be the camera itself. You can't do it all in one sitting. And it does not happen overnight. But if Sony can get even 5% of this market to switch in the next 3 years, for me, that is significant.

Point 3 is - A9 mark II. Because it is usually the 2nd or 3rd version that irons out the bugs, kinks of the first version.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 00:00 UTC
On article Sony a9: Why being better might not be enough (766 comments in total)
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caterpillar: What is written is partly true.

What is not said is that most likely event/wedding photographers will be the ones to get this. And they are far more in numbers that PJ/sports/wildlife shooters. And most likely they already have a 70-200 f2.8 and/or a 24-70 f2.8, ,maybe already the holy trinity (16-35).

Sometimes the target market isn't really the market that takes advantage of a camera originally intended.

Fedway, a sale is a sale is a sale. But then again, we do know from their ads and focus on the virtues of the A9 that they are really after the top-of-the-line of Canon and Nikon. Let's face it, the rules of the game still hasn't change as far as having a flagship camera that is supposedly the best they can offer. And the best usually is good for really fast action and is robustly made even for PJs.

But that really doesn't matter.

Years ago, they made the more affordable 10d for the enthusiast. Then just after 7 months, the first sub U$1,000 300d/rebel came out. That's for the more affordable folks who used to buy bridge cameras costing U$1,000-1,200 then. Guess, who took the cudgels that made it mainstream? Wedding and events photographers! And it became that event's photographers camera that when the 20d came out later, it was advertised as such.

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2017 at 23:55 UTC
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