caterpillar

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

Equipment: Sony NEX 5T, Canon 20D. Panasonic fz-1000
Lenses - ef-s 10-22 f3.5-4.5, tamron 17-50 f2.8 Di-2, e 70-200 f2.8L IS,
The L-like Tamron 17-35 f2.8-4.0 Di (on par with the 17-40 f4L); ef 50mm f1.8 mk2.
Sony 16-50 f3.5-5.6 PZ OSS, sel 55-210 f4.5-6.3 OSS.
Plan to get a sony sel 18-104 f4.0 G, metabones, in the future.

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

email -- caterpillar_750@yahoo.com

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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 (708 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 (708 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
On article Sony a9: Why being better might not be enough (708 comments in total)

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.

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2017 at 16:32 UTC as 89th comment | 5 replies
On article Nikon D7500 vs Nikon D500: Which is better for you? (387 comments in total)

Interesting and useful comparison. Not a fan, but it's nice to know what Nikon or others are doing. It makes me appreciate more what I have and how much money I am saving or the featureset I am getting for the same price.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2017 at 10:39 UTC as 114th comment

This was a big jump from the d60 previously. It's AF was much better and it's image quality was way ahead especially in the high ISOs. It was also cheaper too by several hundred dollars (I think U$600). If I remember it was sold at U$2,200-2,300, but the 10d was breacked the 2k mark at U$1,700.

I didn't got this, as it was way over my ability to purchase. Then after 10 months or less, the first sub U$1,000 was introduced - the 300d! That I could afford, espeicially as it also came with a kit lens!

After this and the 20d, innovation where it really matters most, started to slow down for Canon. But the d60, 10d, 300d, 20d, set the standard or benchmark for Nikon and others to follow then. That was the period where Canon really innovated and was willing to risk it.

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2017 at 07:17 UTC as 26th comment
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WillWeaverRVA: I feel like the 77D makes the T7i rather pointless. Why get the T7i at all considering the 77D is somewhat better (well, marginally better) and only costs $150 more? Of course, when Canon inevitably releases a Rebel T7, there'll be even less of a point in getting the T7i since the T7 would be cheaper and friendlier to beginners.

Of course, I'm still grumbling that Canon didn't call the 77D the Rebel T7s. I feel like the double-digit numbers should be reserved for their mid-level cameras, which the 77D isn't...it's more like a bridge between the Rebels and the 80D.

Because:

1 - To some of us U$150 is a lot of money to pay for features we don't need.
2- Some of us don't need the intervalometer or other features of the 77d.
3 - Some of us don't need that extra dial or a top lcd screen
4- Some of us would rather put the money saved to add to a flash or some lenses.

I was planning to buy a 750/760d for the past few months. Glad I didn't. Sometimes new models are just re-hashed older models. Sometimes, as in this case, the improvements are significant and makes a big impact in what one wants to do. The 45 insensor all cross type focusing points, digic 7, and touch lcd, some other things are all worth the difference now for me.
Yes, the crazy no is confusing.

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2017 at 04:38 UTC
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LiangMing: To me, spending $800 on a phone is ridiculous. Most of the phones over $300 are capable of taking good snapshots. If you really want to take better picture, put a compact camera in your pocket. It is not that big anyway.

I agree. The depreciation is too high. In just 6 months the price of that goes down by around U$200 on avg.

In our country, I can avail of the latest phones once I renew my subscription. I comes free or at a minimal amount (U$25). Like now, they have the Samsung s7 edge for the same amount I pay for my monthly subscription. Usually you are locked in for 2 years. Mine is ending at Sept 27, but the provider said, I can already renew by March 27. I am not sure if the s8 will already be offered by that time. Maybe if I hold off by a month, it will be. Though I don't mind the s7 edge.

We'll see.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2017 at 10:15 UTC
On article Sony a5100 First Impressions Review (590 comments in total)
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lacikuss: So the A6000 comes out at around $700 while this new one will be $100 less. Is it even worth thinking about buying the A5100 which has no EVF and half the shooting speed?

I think Sony came out with this A5100 to push sales of the A6000 which could be a good strategy depending on production costs and current inventory.

people should not be naive that this will be the standard price. Like anything new, this is just the introductory price. For sure it will be at least U$50 lesser.Then it should drop U$100 on avg in the coming months.

Also, the a5100 is different from the a6000. Even if the latter seem "better" in paper, some people have the need for touchsceen. Touch focus is much easier for some. Some don't use EVF's and couldn't care less about. Some also don't care about putting any flash or future expansion on the camera.

Many who will buy a5100 will value its small size, touch screen, ease of use, etc. while still benefitting from the fast AF and better sensor of the a6000. People should not try to extrapolate more into the a5100 because it is what it is . Sony is revamping their alpha lines and people must not try to continue with the same notion of what a 3 or 5 series should be.

Link | Posted on Aug 21, 2014 at 23:49 UTC
On article Sony a5100 First Impressions Review (590 comments in total)
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Stephen123: Does anyone have thoughts on using this sort of flip up screen for shooting down toward the ground? Would you turn the camera around to get a position more stable than leaning over?

Shooting down the ground means shooting overhead, over the heads of other people. The camera is pointed to the ground as you raise it over your head so you can shoot above other people's head.

Link | Posted on Aug 21, 2014 at 13:35 UTC
On article Sony announces Alpha a5100 compact mirrorless camera (104 comments in total)
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Chaitanya S: Sony needs to start releasing some good lenses for mirrorless system and stop pushing so many bodies. Micro 4/3 and fuji x system have best choices of glass options right now.

Though I believe in lenses carrying a photographer in the long haul, as a business and when you are trying to fight the Canikon oligopoly, it's the bodies that pushes people to switch or to buy. Thus the 5100 is a welcome addition. In fact, the proper correction to the lackluster and subperforming a5000.

I have the 5T and the a5100 is a souped up 5T. It lacks the single navi dial and no flash or accessory port, but for it's intended market, it should do. If people need more advanced features, or some other features like EVF, the a6000 is there. Or wait for some future model. You can't have all.

Like the 5T though, it i small. And that is what makes it palatable for some people. You couple that with the a6000 AF, it will be a winner. Not everyone's cup of tea, but that is why there is the a6000.

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2014 at 12:23 UTC

This is really great stuff! Very useful! It opens a lot of possibilities!

Looking forward to this software!

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2014 at 04:46 UTC as 13th comment
On article Sony a6000 Review (902 comments in total)
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Strachen: Strange that an model that starts with the a does not take a mount lens. Just sayin.......

In time, this will be moot, maybe in 5-7 years. Although they never said it, and will never say it, the long term plan really is to eventually kill off the SLT line. Thus, in time, Alpha will just be mirrorless.

Once they build the first global shutter alpha ILCE, the handwriting will be on the wall for DSLRs and SLTs. But it will be a gradual phase out stretching maybe 7-10 years. You'll know this is happening when the no. of SLT they introduce each year is outnumbered by 1:3 or 5 or more.

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2014 at 06:12 UTC
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HENNIGArts: The Zeiss 4 / 24-70 mm and Sony 4 / 70-200 mm are nice and fit the A7 quite well. But 2.8 / 35 mm is not enougt, it should have been 2 / 35 mm. And I miss a 2.8/20mm, 2/90mm and WW-zoom.

As Seeky has written, it is to protect the RX1. In time, they will introduce the proper lenses for this FLs. In 1-1.5 year's time, we should see these lenses.

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2013 at 09:26 UTC
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photogalleryonline: Why don't they make the FE 70-200 f4G OSS in an A Mount, they would sell more of that lens in A than with an E mount I expect

Because the future is FE mount, not A mount. Sony planned this all along and now it is execution time.

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2013 at 09:25 UTC
On article Aptina signs patent cross-license agreement with Sony (30 comments in total)
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dosdan: Aptiva + Sony = An even tougher time for Canon sensor innovation.

Dan.

tkbslc,

It does not matter how many alliances are formed. If Canon has something really groundbreaking to come out this year, they can't touch that product till they can come out with their own. But I don't think Canon has anything that Sony or Aptiva is to be worried about. If any, it is the other way around.

The fruits of this alliance takes time to bear fruit. I don't expect to see anything this year. Maybe 1.5 year from now, we'll see something come out. It takes time to digest and do R&D to integrate that into one's own product line.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2013 at 05:17 UTC
On article Just Posted: Sony Alpha SLT-A99 review (499 comments in total)
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schufosi777: Pity I cannot buy it. I am an English speaker living in Japan and it comes with Japanese menus only and Sony will not allow it to be imported from anywhere. So its down to the other two who do have English menus.

It seems it is only a Sony thing. In our country, you can buy a gray Kiss camera (for Japan market vs the Rebel name in the USA and the xxD numbering elsewhere) and the menus are in english. It is user selectable.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2012 at 01:32 UTC
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Absolutic: also is it still going to be that you can only edit your post only once and also only during the first 10 or 15 minutes, or you finally will let people edit their posts at any point?

I thought about that same thing in the past, however, in an argument/debate, the OP or anyone can't just back out of a position if he can't continuously change his older posts to remove/edit the offending logic error or idea. By locking the post after a time, it makes sure that you can't weasel out of what you wrote before.

I wouldn't mind the spelling errors. It's the factual reference that is frozen in time and must be preserved that is more important. We can always ask the site to put a spelling checker there (auto or on demand) if spelling is just your beef. Even that, won't be perfect though, but still not the main thing why you should not be able to re-edit your post after a certain time or no of times.

The most that can be done reasonably is give you 3 chances to re-edit say, within 10-15 min which is just reasonable I think.

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2012 at 23:49 UTC

Sounds good! We'll just have to wait to see how it actually works before more comments and suggestions come in!

I have a question though, how will this revamped pages work out with android OS or tablets/smartphones accessing it? Do you have a separate/alternate template for that or it will work just the same?

On another subject, I bet those stats on complaints column is going to be a subject by itself! A positive or thumbs up column would also be helpful.

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2012 at 23:39 UTC as 312th comment | 2 replies
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vladimir vanek: What the... is this?? :D I don't need any apps or whatever in a CAMERA! I only need 3 functions, M, Tv and Av... :)

Rupti,

You are going to regret those thing you said in a year to 2 years from now. Wifi is not a gimmick. Anybody who has tried to transfer files or tried to print and be bound by wires will tell you otherwise.

As for Android, I am not sure if that will be OS of choice. But all these hacking shows you that there is a need to have users activate or add features that were not there. If Android will be that OS to make it easier and standard well that is well and good.

Many cannot see the advantages of these 2 techs because there is no precedent. But the success of Android is partly to the ability to customize a smarphone or tablet. If you can do the same with the camera then we will enter a new phase of photo-video that is unheard of.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2012 at 00:22 UTC
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