Sosua

Sosua

Lives in New Zealand (Aotearoa) Auckland, New Zealand (Aotearoa)
Works as a Product Manager
Has a website at www.samwaldron.co.nz
Joined on May 25, 2006
About me:

I'm an amateur photographer who is fortunate enough to spend a decent amount of time in the field shooting.

My first love is landscape, although i'm really enjoying shooting more people, travel and the adventures it brings.

I am working towards dedicating two months a year to travel and landscape photography and while it is nice to subsidise part of the costs, I do it for the love.

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On article Reviewed: Sony NEX-5N 16MP mirrorless camera (195 comments in total)
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Mssimo: I wish they had some nice small and fast lenses to shoot with.

How about a 24mm F1.8? But you ain't gonna like the price...

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2011 at 03:26 UTC
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Todor Bodurov: Most of these photos are quite useless as evaluation samples. (Lately, this has been the case with all your samples.) Apparently, the person who has taken them does not know what a potential owner of the lens (or of the camera) is looking for. To evaluate a lens one needs to see:
- Photos taken at maximum aperture, in this case at F/1.8 .
- Photos that show the presence or lack of Linear Distortion.
- Photos that show the presence or lack of 'Soft' corners.
- Photos in which a light source is included in the frame.
In agreement with previous comments, my impression from these samples is that Sony E 24mm F1.8 ZA is a mediocre lens. I think this is a false impression due to the inappropriate samples.

Not enough brick wall shots, dpreview! Lol.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2011 at 06:36 UTC
On article Sony SLT-A77 studio comparison samples (226 comments in total)
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zakk9: I enlarged the GH2 photo at ISO800 to SLT77 size, and it showed similar noise but much more detail. I'm sure the SLT77 is a nice camera, but maybe it's time for Sony to think about lenses that can actually handle all the megapixels without weighing twice times as much as the camera?

Which lens are you referring to that weights twice as much as an A77?

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2011 at 04:04 UTC
On article Sony SLT-A77 studio comparison samples (226 comments in total)
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zakk9: I enlarged the GH2 photo at ISO800 to SLT77 size, and it showed similar noise but much more detail. I'm sure the SLT77 is a nice camera, but maybe it's time for Sony to think about lenses that can actually handle all the megapixels without weighing twice times as much as the camera?

Which lens are you referring to that weights twice as much as an A77?

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2011 at 04:04 UTC
On article Sony SLT-A77 studio comparison samples (226 comments in total)
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Sosua: Newsflash - a 24MP APS-C SLT is not a high ISO pixel peepers wet dream... surprise, surprise.

The NEX-7 will have half a stop on this, plus once reduced to a common viewing size will for all intents and purposes the same at high ISO as the superb D7000 / NEX 5N.

Not bad really when you throw in all the other benefits.

ACR and Lightroom also have excellent algorithms for removing a bit of colour noise as well.

I'm not interested in the A77 but really, its not so bad if you want / need the resolution at low ISO.

Correct - no light loss. I would also expect the NEX-7 to show more detail as well, the NEX series have typically had lighter AA filters (Olympus have shown the benefits of that with the EP1 to EPL1 as well as the E5).

If the NEX-7 is performing essentially half a stop or so worse at High ISO than the 5N or D7000, i'd be just fine with that - try telling them apart in a 16x24" print.

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2011 at 04:01 UTC
On article Sony SLT-A77 studio comparison samples (226 comments in total)

Newsflash - a 24MP APS-C SLT is not a high ISO pixel peepers wet dream... surprise, surprise.

The NEX-7 will have half a stop on this, plus once reduced to a common viewing size will for all intents and purposes the same at high ISO as the superb D7000 / NEX 5N.

Not bad really when you throw in all the other benefits.

ACR and Lightroom also have excellent algorithms for removing a bit of colour noise as well.

I'm not interested in the A77 but really, its not so bad if you want / need the resolution at low ISO.

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2011 at 02:38 UTC as 55th comment | 5 replies
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putomax: last nex 7's sample gallery -->151 comments
announcement of N1 system ---> so far, 669 comments

Yup, Canon will be interesting, personally I hope they won't go the same route to protect their extremely successful Rebel line...

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2011 at 22:54 UTC
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Kjele: Most people fail to realize that these cameras are most definitely not meant for any of the people on this board. A 1 inch sensor camera will never be able to compete with APS-C cameras as far as quality goes. Just forget it. The system is targeted firmly at people who buy compacts today and want the best compact available but are put off by the bulk of a dSLR,
These cameras are for your mums and girlfriends, not for you!
Why do you thing they are available in white, red and pink but not in kaki or chrome?

But its the same size and weight as the NEX-7...

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2011 at 07:08 UTC

These concept lenses all look like NEX lenses!

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2011 at 06:48 UTC as 64th comment
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Patman888: So, when Nikon eventually releases the worlds smallest pancake lens for the V1 is the small brigade going to jizz in their pants? Or does smaller is better only count if you are comparing M43 with NEX?

But the 10mm F2.8 pancake is heavier than the NEX pancake... where is the size advantage of the smaller sensor?

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2011 at 06:38 UTC

The problem lies here - The Sony 16mm F2.8 is lighter than the 10mm.

The 10-100mm is actually heavier than the Sony E 18-200 which is ridiculed by M43 users for being huge.

The Camera itself is the same weight as the NEX-7

Ouch. Lucky it has a Nikon badge.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2011 at 06:35 UTC as 30th comment | 5 replies

WOW - the 10-100 mm lens is the same size and weight as the NEX 'Huge' 18-200.

The camera is the same weight as the NEX-7.

Holy crap.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2011 at 06:24 UTC as 385th comment | 1 reply
On article Why make a small-sensor mirrorless camera? (271 comments in total)
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acassino: NEWS FLASH FOR NIKON: if you are afraid of being your own best competition SOMEONE ELSE will be your best competition.

Agreed - its kind of a short term strategy... unless they have a 'proper' mirrorless being developed in the background which will be release 'if required'

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2011 at 06:07 UTC
On article Just posted: Our in-depth Olympus E-PL3 review (45 comments in total)
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Jogger: time for oly to dump that 12mp sensor. not saying they need more mp, but they need a better sensor.

I would not say its better at all than the D3 - a little sharper from the lighter AA filter, but much grittier from base ISO noise (helping with the perception of sharpness), particularly in the mid tones and shadows.

Anyway - for all intents and purposes its fine of course - looking forward to what the next generation brings sensor wise as the archlles heel remains the lack of DR / shadow noise and file flexibility, even at base ISO. Unfortunately faste, high quality lenses and IBIS (both very desireable features) don't assist here.

Something that probably isn't of great importance to most, but it still is to me.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2011 at 03:35 UTC
On article Olympus 45mm F1.8 first impressions (46 comments in total)

Impressive samples here - particularly the ACR conversions look good.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2011 at 09:41 UTC as 21st comment | 1 reply
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Donglei: This gallery seems no better than what greatly surprised me just a few days ago, a Samsung NX200 with a 30mm/f2.0 pancake. Comparing their portrait shots, I think Samsung gives sharper center and nicer bokeh. Come on Sony, your Korean competitor is half priced, and it is a PANCAKE.

The Samsung 30mm F2 is a great lens, yes - cheap, compact and high quality.

The reason for the size difference however is the longer registration distance which also makes the NZ cams incompatible with most rangefinder lenses...

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2011 at 23:25 UTC
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Camp Freddy: I think we have to blame a mediocre photgrapher for taking some aweful instead of what the fanbois expect awesome shots. Not impressed.

But as several fanbois state : you can maybe save sony with hours in LR3 or photoshop on those massive raw files, which is what we all really want to do, with $3000 monitors....right...

Hours in Lightroom? Clearly you have no idea about RAW processing - its easily automated.

Why leave image quality on the table if you are clearly so anal about it?

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2011 at 02:34 UTC
On photo DSC00688 in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (8 comments in total)
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kevin_r: Is it just me or does this look like a severe case of front-focus.....or was the intention to have the cork at the front be in focus?

No, the sunflower is in focus fine - it just isn't sharpened much as a result of the conservative in camera settings...

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2011 at 05:48 UTC
On a photo in the Carl Zeiss Sonnar E F1.8 24mm ZA Preview Samples sample gallery (8 comments in total)
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kevin_r: Is it just me or does this look like a severe case of front-focus.....or was the intention to have the cork at the front be in focus?

No, the sunflower is in focus fine - it just isn't sharpened much as a result of the conservative in camera settings...

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2011 at 05:48 UTC

C'mon team!

All these samples show is that the NEX-7 plus JPEG isn't the best combo to pixel peep on.

That and the Zeiss may be a bit overpriced. Who knows.

Heck, even the exalted Oly jpegs look like crud if you pixel peep and they have half the pixels.

Reserve judgement for RAW.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2011 at 23:46 UTC as 25th comment | 1 reply
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