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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On article Canon EOS 6D Mark II Review (1065 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 (1065 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 (1065 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 94th 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 (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 (2732 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 (2732 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 (2732 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 (2732 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 (2732 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 (2732 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 (278 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 32nd comment | 5 replies
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