caterpillar

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

Equipment: Sony a7 iii, Sony a5100, a5100, Lumix gx7, 20D. Panasonic fz-1000
Lenses -
for Sony: Tamron 28-75 f2.8 RXD, Sony FE 28 f2.0, Sony FE 24-240.

Sony 16-50 f3.5-5.6 OSS, 55-210 f4.6.3 OSS, 18-105 f4 PZ OSS, 50 f1.8 OSS.

For Panasonic: Lumix 12-35 f2.8 I, 12-60 f3.5-60 OIS, Oly 45 f1.8, PL 15mm f1.7, PL 24 f1.4, Olympus 14-150, 45-150.

For Canon: ef 85 f1.8 usm, ef-s 10-22 f3.5-4.5, ef 70-200 f2.8L IS, efs 18-135 STM, 50mm f1.8 STM, he Tamron 17-35 f2.8-4.0 Di.
Plan to get an a6400, sony 70-350 OSS.

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

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On article Video: first impressions of the Canon EOS RP (410 comments in total)
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mferencz: Canon looks to repeat success of 300d from years ago. Small, slightly disabled body at reasonable price for amateur. It ushered in the smaller sensor era. Expect it again. This time Sony beat them to the punch, but expect Nikon to soul search a bit to bring out a Z3 perhaps. Can't lose low cost base.

@mfrencz - There is a big difference during the 300d era:
1- The 300d sensor was the same as the 10d sensor w/c was the best for aps-c at that time. The RP's sensor is not 5d4 equivalent, but the older 6d2.

2 - The market then was growing. It is shrinking now.

3 - Canon then had only Nikon to contend with. The others were just starting with their DSLRs. Today, it is Canon who is catching up and you have Sony, Fuji, Panasonic, Oly, to contend with. For 35FF MILC, they have Sony, Nikon, Panny to contend with. Those who already got the A7-3, will likely not shift.

4 - In spite of the price, not everyone can still afford U$1.3k. And most will be happy with their M cameras.

5 - What is to stop Sony from building an A6 U$1,500 with kit lens? Think of an 8fps w/ AF-C, a6400 version? No compromises. No gochas.

The RP camera will likely sell well for 3-4 months. But once the novelty effect wears off, & the fan base has gobbled it, it will taper down and then flatten.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2019 at 23:40 UTC

This is a welcome addition (17-28 for Sony). It is the 2nd leg of the Holy Trinity of lenses. Let's hope the 70-200 f2.8 version comes later this year. And at a good price too. But that would be more of a challenge to build if it has IS.

Some may find the 28mm at the long end a bit too short. In fact, I thought they would have gone to a 15-30mm. But it is what it is. My guess is they cut the long end short to keep the size small, weight low, and best optical performance for the range. And I hope the price is also sub U$1,000, maybe in the U$700-800 range too.

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2019 at 07:21 UTC as 77th comment | 1 reply
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Dantist: Well, after my 6D died (in the rain, btw), I decided to go for something smaller, and got a minty original A7 for the price of 6Ds lens which survived. Could not be happier, btw. Why on earth shall one get RP if for the same money you can get A7rii, Fuji T3 or T30/A6400/M50 with a nice lens(es)? My brief experience with the R tells that all of these will match or outperform the RP in ALL respects including ergo (A6400 is weak in this respect, but its AI-CAF more than makes up for that). And then, there's lens (price) issue... Heck, in Germany for the price of RP+24-105 you can get M50 15-45 kit +11-22 + 55-200 + 22f2 +32f1.4 if you want canon. Makes way more sense to me, and is a strong selling point for M system (even if I like Fuji more). But of course, Canon wants to get more money, so they'll starve the M to death as sony and Nikon did with their aps-cs. I think, RP shall be viewed foremost as a strong sign they intend to do this sooner rather than later, so don't rejoice :(

@Dentist, in our country, the A7R-2 sells for around U$1,500 (tax already included). It could be cheaper in some brick & mortar stores by U$50-80. These are not gray units.

I think the RP will sell well. It's target audience is the canon pool. Though some might try it, those who already have the a7-3 or some with the A7-2 (U$1020) will likely not switch, or switch back. It's a good start for Canon to entice dslr users to switch.

The big Q is, will Sony build an A6 at the same price point but with better specs/perf? I don't think so. They're shifting focus now to aps-c. It's now time to secure and expand on that.

What the RP does is put more pressure on Panasonic, Olympus and the others due to the low pricing. Panny may have to think of a sub U$2k 35FF MILC. Sony could down the price of the A7-3 to U$1,500 by next year, or they could just build an a6 for late 2019. Think A7-3 but 1 card slot, 8fps, basically an a6400 but 35FF but with a flip screen.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2019 at 13:07 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Sony a6400 review (305 comments in total)
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CanonSharpShooter: Sony has very impressive AF technology. It'll be tough for the competition to catch up.

@tonywong - Canon won't even consider anything not in-house. Well, maybe they will swallow their pride once Sony or others basically out-tech them. Even if Canon has it's own fab, basically it's still in-house use. Sony sensor fab is independent and is out to make money. They are pouring billions of $ to it. And they are making sensors not just for them but for others. Not just for cameras but for security cams, auto/cars, drones, smartphones, industrial, cinema, ENG, etc. use. That has a great impact on their R&D thrust and need to mass produce quickly, cheaply, to service all these markets.

Canon only posts news of their sensors, Sony announces availability for ordering their sensors w/ matching specs. That shows you where both stand. But Canon will fall because they are way behind now in technology. For them to go 14fps shooting, they need 2x digic processors. Sony needs only 1 and maybe an LSI for minor tasks. In time, even the most die hard will find that the emperor is nude.

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2019 at 04:35 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Sony a6400 review (305 comments in total)
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CanonSharpShooter: Sony has very impressive AF technology. It'll be tough for the competition to catch up.

Competitors can get near if they buy sony sensors, as what Nikon and Fuji are doing. Of course, they still have to customize it and put in their own twist. I doubt if Sony will bundle their eye-focus tech and AF-C performance, and other features. The sensor is also as good only as the processor and software/algorithms the buyer will put into it.

Canon can only "catch up" if they swallow their pride and buy Sony sensors. But they are not going to do that, till it's too late. 2019 is going to be a big year. If they don't do anything significant, Sony will pull away and their 1DX2 and 5D series will start looking anemic for the price they are charging.

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2019 at 00:20 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Sony a6400 review (305 comments in total)
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mario GTI: Awesome, fantastic, affordable, old looking camera. Common Sony, how many more models are yet to come in the same old tired body?

@mario GT - That same "tired old body," is the same body in the a5100 and a6000 that still sells well after 5 years, fronting against the latest every 6 month release of Canon M series. If that body is not as good, then Sony would have changed that years ago.

Remember too that not everybody is as big as westerners. And that ergonomics can be a function of muscle memory or what you are used too. A canon dslr shooter will still find a nikon dslr odd and vice-versa even if both bodies are big and hefty. And Sony knows this. The thing is, most people "get" that form factor and design. Same with the old school Fuji cameras. We don't hear too much ergo issues about that. I also had the Canon M6 till I sold it. That too was small and by stds, "poor" egonomics too! I suspect many just want to find fault with Sony.

Meanwhile, Canon can't even do 4k video, AF-C, etc., without compromises. For Consumers go, IQ, DR, eye-focus, IBIS, AF-C have more the selling points rather than ergo.

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2019 at 00:16 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Sony a6400 review (305 comments in total)
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lnsmr: I recall the only reason I purchased Canon 5DM4 over 6DM2 was the poor autofocus of 6DM2, and the price difference was more than a thousand. Canon intentionally defeatured cheaper models like 6D series so they can sell the so called pro body. After trying a friend's A7III, I was blown away by how much better it focuses than my 5DM4 and Canon's R for most applications, and the new firmware from Sony would improve AF further. The only reason I still use Canon cameras is because of the L lenses that I already own. But switching to Sony seems more tempting everyday.

@Insmr - I switched from the 5d2 to the A7-3. My canon lenses work well with the AF working just fine. Even the 70-200 f2.8L IS works well + the IS works too. Past 150mm AF tends to be slower and may hunt a bit in low light. But my 50 stm, 85 f1.8 usm is as fast as the sony lenses and they get the benefit of IBIS! The only limitations is the AF-C or Ai-servo where it struggles, but it should be better with the new firmware and then the upcoming April FW upgrade.

If you don't need 35FF, the a6400 is a good alternative, though you lose IBIS. But then again, that is a U$900 vs U$2000 A7-3.

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2019 at 00:02 UTC
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thx1138: How on earth can they call it the a6400 and it sit below the a6300 when it seems superior. Surely this just kills off the a6300 and even a6000.

@Billy_S - Sony should retire the a6000. However, if they want to cover all the fine tooth comb price gaps, it may remain. Not unless they offer the a6300 at U$600ish.

I think, the a5100 will still be there, though the a5000 should now be dropped. Again if only to cover the U$500 or lower end.

Strategically, this is a big blow to the M line. Now there is a truly non-cropped aps-c 4k and 1080-120p camera with no gochas. The only weakness I see is the weak fw50 battery. For the price, Sony is covering all the bases of what Canon M has.

The next step is to attack where Canon can't - the A7000, or an XT-3 equiv.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2019 at 02:39 UTC
On article Nikon Z7 Review (4473 comments in total)
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CaptainNoddy: No matter you are Sony fanboys, Canikon Fans, Fuji loyal fans etc., the release of Nikon mirrorless cameras will force Sony, Fuji, Panasonic to release their best innovations in the cameras.

Customers win!

@RubberDials - many will be in denial on this reality. But it is just recent how Canikon unseated Kodak, and other brands in the camera business. Only Fuji survived because Fuji is a smart company. Olympus and Panasonic founded a different mount and system as a niche. We all know Panny will do, though Olympus is quiet. Pentax, Ricoh, well I don't what their plans are but they are not in contention.

By 2022, the last of the reason justifying sports shooters in venues will be taken by Sony and/or Fuji. Without the key tech's, they simply can't keep up, unless tey license the tech from Sony or elsewhere. To solve this, Canikon CEOs, must be replaced, preferably soonest. But knowing how things are done, it will be in 2020-2021.

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2018 at 01:48 UTC
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caterpillar: Panasonic is smart - tthey are targetting the events/wedding pros. Just like Sony did with the A7-3. The lenses first to be out is the give-away. The only thing it lacks is a 16-35 f2.8, but I am sure, they'll have that before the end of 2019. And maybe a 35 f1.8 too.

Meanwhile, Canikon's target is their own user base. They are just out to stop the bleeding. Panny is out to get Canikon and Sony's pro shooters. But mostly, they will get those from Canikon as the A7-3's lead will prevent many from switching. And it's not as if Sony will not release a 4k-60p A7S-3.

IF this camera is as good as the specs, Canikon will have to release a mk-2 by Sept-Oct 2019. The trouble is, can they level up to what Panny, Sony, and Fuji is doing?

@AlexisH - And knowing that the target is hit is a 3rd thing. It is fairly obvious that Sony hit the target square on and is drilling it till now.

One has to be just snarky in remarks but blind not to see the obvious. The a7-3 is selling so very well. Even if you don't believe that (which doesn't matter really because it is what it is), Canon, Nikon, and Panasonic suddenly making 35FF MILC just shows you how much deeper it is hurting these companies. For just to turn around and make a camera in just about 9 months for Canikon shows you that their turf is taking a hit!

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2018 at 01:42 UTC
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LessMirrored19: "When asked whether there was any chance of an APS-C RF-mount camera"

What is even more insane is that Canon will be forced to either dump EOS M, or have two completely separate, incompatible systems on the market.

This the benefits of having bih light gathering mount 😂😂😂

@LessMirrored19 - No, they won't dump the aps-c line. That is a very important segment, the same way that Panasonic won't dump MFT when they also build 35FF MILCs. Until such time they can build a 35FF at U$500-900 maybe not. But even then, there are many advantages to aps-c and smaller sensor. it's not just the smaller size and weight. Birders/wildlife, sports can use the longer reach that a crop sensor has. higher fps are also much easier to implement. So with beter IBIS.

The problem with Canon is they didn't take MILC seriously. So with the M series. Now there is no path to the R for the M. If any, they may actually kill it like the N1 and create a new line.

But with the current R underperforming, it will be eaten alive by Fuji, and later Sony. No lenses, lackluster sensor, etc. In short, it will inherit the same weakness as the current R.

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2018 at 02:11 UTC
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The Fat Fish: If it's so impressive, how have they managed to release the most disappointing and underspecd camera since the 6DII?

It's no good saying "Wait for the next one". I have been waiting for the next one for many years now.

@The Fat Fish - By 2016, I knew that Canon is not going to do anything. I was right. I just waited for Sony or some other company to step up. I thought I'd be waiting by 2020 or 2019, the earliest. I was wrong. Sony surprised us (and everyone that's for sure) with the A7-3. That camera is a game changer. For the first time, it is way better than most DSLRs, even the 5d4.

I suggest people wake up and just go for the brand that suits them best. It does not have to be Sony. But to expect Canikon to innovate and give you what you want is hoping for nothing. It will take them 3-5 years to be on par with the A7-3. By that time, they'll have the A7-4 and maybe have implemented global shutter in aps-c cameras.

The problem with Canikon is deep. It's their upper mg't. As long as it's the same people deciding things, you'll see controlled improvements or just cosmetic improvements. By the time they make real changes, it will be too late.

Wise up and move on if you have to.

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2018 at 01:57 UTC
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Daft Punk: "We want to surprise and astonish you, so please expect big things"

Nah. Color me cynical. Canon is fundamentally designed to deliver just "enough" to people. Minimum of features and capability at the max price they feel the market can take. Sometimes they get it wrong.

Technology which is so deliberately hobbled and compromised just annoys me. Canon do this more than most tech companies.

This makes Canon a hard company to like.

@thx1138 - again, well said. But one doesn't have to work within Canon or any other company. We were taught in school to see the underlying idea/philosophy of a product and also know which indicators are meaningful for analysis. In many ways, you should know them by their products.

Engineers, may be very good, exceptional even, but what goes into a product stops by the mg't. I've always maintained that for Nikon to be competitive, it must replace it's CEO, before it's too late. And it must come from outside the company.

As for Canon, it depends. For one, it cannot keep playing the segmentation game of top-down or flagship model. The Sony way of "best in class" is the way to go.

I predict, that if Canikon stays this course and insist on their way of doing things, they'll be a classic review in the Harvard Business School on how NOT TO manage innovation and remain competitive. They'll be fodder as classic case studies much like Xerox, Kodak, et al. 2020-2021 is the magic year.

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2018 at 01:45 UTC
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Desertbilly: I've had my R for a week:
- It's a solid, mid-range camera. I'll use it for travel.
- I took it birding yesterday, hoping to be pleasantly surprised. I wasn't. The AF can't keep up with ducks and geese landing on a pond; at least not in my hands.
- I like the new mode dial, and the two-dial FV controls.
- I like the lens control ring; I have it set to aperture.
- I like the MFn bar when it works, but activating it is finicky. I think I've figured it out: Set my right thumb just underneath the bottom edge, and roll the thumb up very gently until it starts the 1-second activation. I have it set to AF mode.
- The low light AF is very impressive. I can take pictures outside at night in light too low to see, and they turn out well.
- I got the control ring EF adaptor and it works fine.
- There is IBIS for video; I don't know why that isn't being publicized.
- Moving the focus point with the upper right corner of the screen works well.
- Using the same battery is nice.

@thhx1138 - you nailed it accurately. Though I don't minimize the camera's good points, the negatives are heavy, stand out, and deal breakers. The funny thing is, if they just waited a bit more and do the proper R&D and release the camera next year, they would be able to solve many major problems.

But the others aren't solvable. It's plain arrogance on Canon's part. That slider needs to go. Dual card slots are mandatory for this price range. Maybe that top lcd is also redundant and not needed. It's better to put a dial or buttons there. I don't see why you hahve to take your eyes off the EVF or what data is better seen with a larger LCD at the back.

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2018 at 01:32 UTC
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caterpillar: People use the expression, "elephant in the room." But what if instead you don't find the animal you expect in the room? That is what I have to ask myself as Olympus seems to be left out of the party.

So, what will Olympus do now? Ignore this alliance and continue what they were doing? Is this even sustainable? Would doing nothing be tantamount to suicide?

Or, can they join in this alliance (if the 3 let's them)? But I think the big question for Olympus is - will they have the resources, patience, and endurance to go for a 35FF camera in conjunction with MFT? This is a substancial commitment and big bucks are involved that will be let out the next 1.5-2 decades.

@Dr_Jon - not a fan boy. I own 3 brands, sony, panasonic and canon. I know their strenghts and weakensses.

As for facts - You seem to gloss over the Financial statements. Yes, unit sales are up, but profits are down for Canon. That is a fact. It's from their web site too.

People like to harp profits are up when they are down. People like to harp about seeing only Canikon in sports events, not realizing that only 5k-8k 1Dx2 or D5's are produced each year and most people need between U$30k-50k to make a system work, in effect, the ordinary folks won't buy. And even those who use them 99% don't own them but by the outlets they work for. And that what truly represents the masses needs or requirements is more closely akin to the wedding/events photogs, which number in the 10 of M's all over the world, w/c Sony basically are the pros they targeted.

Now wait end of 2019 when the A9 comes out - that will also topple the 1Dx2 & D5.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2018 at 01:39 UTC
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(unknown member): His approach is more bold than that of the Sigma CEO (a very nice guy imho). But he's not aggressive either. He didn't want to trashtalk the competition, neither did he praise it. Good interview imho, no red line crossing. And good things to come on the APS-C and A7s fronts, though these could come later than expected now that the competition has shown their hands. Same for the fourth-generation A7 bodies - I guess the development cycle will slow down a bit now.

@Jay-A - make no mistake. Sony is out to unseat the top 2. And any tech mgr knows that it takes 10-15 years on avg to do that, maybe 20-25 if the incumbents can cover the changes as it goes. The problem with Canikon is - they DIDN'T cover the MILC. They ignored them. A classic. Same thing that Kodak et al ignored or reacted the wrong way, or slowly.

Remember - imaging is about innovation. You don't innovate, you die. Unfortunately, they are 3-5 years behind. And if Canon won't outsource the sensor, it will be hard for them to compete.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2018 at 01:25 UTC
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(unknown member): His approach is more bold than that of the Sigma CEO (a very nice guy imho). But he's not aggressive either. He didn't want to trashtalk the competition, neither did he praise it. Good interview imho, no red line crossing. And good things to come on the APS-C and A7s fronts, though these could come later than expected now that the competition has shown their hands. Same for the fourth-generation A7 bodies - I guess the development cycle will slow down a bit now.

@Jay-A - I doubt if it will slow down.

Fuji is attacking the aps-c line. They need to defend that as that is an entry to the 35FF and by itself, to some, a main platform for serious enthusiasts and even pros. They can't afford to leave that. IF any, now, they will start focusing on that segment.

There is also the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. This is where they really stick it to Canikon. Expect an A9-2 and 1-2 more lenses by end of 2019. So, R&D is still going hot with no letup. Plus, there is this unspoken goal to finally implement global shutter in the next 3-5 years, even in aps-c sensors.

If any, Sony is burning the midnight oil to meet it's goals and timetable.

Plus, in past interviews, they said they want to be no 1 in 2020 or not later than 2022. You don't do that by slowing down now or coasting along.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2018 at 14:30 UTC
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LessMirrored19: Is there anything that surprised you about the announcements from your competitors?

No, not really.

Brutal 🔥🔥🔥

It's the truth. Even as early as 2016, I know they will have to respond with their own MILC. It was just a matter of time. You don't have to be an insider to know that. What was the surprise was the big jump in specs/features/performance of the A7-3. That caught EVERYONE by surprise! For the first time a MILC beat even a U$3,200 DSLR!

The other surprise for me is Panasonic entering the 35FF MILC. Not that I don't think Panasonic is not capable, but it is an billion dollar long term investment. What they did, however, to mitigate the cost of adding a larger sensor, is to hahve an alliance with Sigma and Leica. Leica provides the ground for the mount and electronics, and Sigma the lens.

The other surprise for me is the silence of Olympus on what is happening. But of course, there is still time to join the alliance. But having no say at this time is a bit unnerving.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2018 at 14:26 UTC
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kamituel: Two most exciting thing about this interview are all hidden in this one sentence:

"Currently we’re planning upgrades to existing models, and of course future models that will contain new AI features."

1. AI (be bold Sony, and just copy as much of Pixel's tech as larger sensor can handle!)
2. "upgrades to existing models" (did he mean firmware upgrades with improved AI-based functionalities for A7r III and A7 III?)

@kamituel - one likely upgrade is eye-focus on animal's eyes. I think they have shown that they are working on this. But I think it's not yet ready. If it is, expect that as a firmware update.

Other possible AI use is intelligently correcting for lens aberrations, etc. I doubt if we will see these in current models, but that eye-focus on animals such as dogs, cats, and hopefully birds will likely be seen in the future firmware update of the A7-3, and A7R-3.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2018 at 14:19 UTC
On article Nikon Z7 Review (4473 comments in total)
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CaptainNoddy: No matter you are Sony fanboys, Canikon Fans, Fuji loyal fans etc., the release of Nikon mirrorless cameras will force Sony, Fuji, Panasonic to release their best innovations in the cameras.

Customers win!

@Pantunes - yes, I am sure.

Years ago, Canon's motto was to be no1 (no less than 2). Sony's mission now is to be no 1by 2020, no more than 2022. The digital camera is tech driven. He who innovates more and better will eventually dominate it. That's how Canon did it in the early 2000's. But by 2011-12, they stopped innovating. We now see the effect of this.

Sony's main goal is to defeat Canikon in the sports field in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with their A9-2, which will likely be released in late 2019. Hence, they are rushing in R&D to make the A9-2, whose tech will trickle down to the other models as well.

If Canikon won't make an A9 killer by 2020, then, they will be defeated in that pro segment and the whole house will start to crumble. And only innovation can stop that. Unfortunately, they didn't don't their homework. They are 5 years behind in R&D and it is now showing.

Only Fuji and Panny are credible competitors. Without innovation, we will have a new top 3 by 2020.

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2018 at 01:45 UTC
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