RandyPD

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He needs a carbon-fiber rig to decrease the weight even more.

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2017 at 18:16 UTC as 6th comment
On article 2017 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $500-900 (552 comments in total)
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linzdoctor7d: DPR won't compare the A77m2 to anything I wonder why?

Brendon1000. I don't understand what you mean by 'huge' gap between A77II and A99II. So A88 maybe, so it can bridge this 'huge' gap?

Link | Posted on May 6, 2017 at 19:07 UTC
On article 2017 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $500-900 (552 comments in total)
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linzdoctor7d: DPR won't compare the A77m2 to anything I wonder why?

I'm actually replying to somebody else who commented that Sony does not support A-mount anymore. Pentax is far from dead, it's bodies have the best support of older, manual focus K-mount lenses ever since they came out in 1975; in fact much better than Nikon's support of their older lenses with newer bodies.
The only thing Pentax really needs to improve is their AF system.

Link | Posted on May 6, 2017 at 02:07 UTC
On article 2017 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $500-900 (552 comments in total)
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linzdoctor7d: DPR won't compare the A77m2 to anything I wonder why?

Polacofede, basically these are rehashes of previously available lenses, the most significant probably would be the 70-200. Pentax doesn't have any new 300 2.8 or longer. The Sony A-mount actually has a 300 2.8 and a 500 f4 that, while released a few years back, is still a modern design with nano-coating and SSM. And they are native to A-mount, not E-mount. A 'dead' system is something like the Canon FD, old Fuji 35mm mount, etc... You send your newer A-mount bodies and lenses that are under warranty to Sony for repair, they will fix it, so the argument that the A-mount is 'not supported' any more is bullcrap.

Link | Posted on May 6, 2017 at 01:00 UTC
On article 2017 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $500-900 (552 comments in total)
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linzdoctor7d: DPR won't compare the A77m2 to anything I wonder why?

I don't know how to explain it to non-A mount users, but their 'discomfort' on the allegedly 'dead' system is based on false perception that you need to have 'something' new every year to make a system 'alive'. Nobody talks about Pentax being a 'dead' system, even though nothing new much has been going on in their lense department for a while now. There are still more native A-mount lenses than E-mount (used and new) covering the entire range from super wide angle to 600mm. The flash system is the same as the E-mount. Maybe Sony is paying more attention to E-mount and will let the A-mount die?The A99II was just released, and there is no equivalent E-mount camera that can equal its high megapixel/high shooting rate.

Link | Posted on May 5, 2017 at 18:23 UTC
On article Serious speed: Sony a9 real world samples gallery (557 comments in total)
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tecnoworld: 2.5 years ago, samsung nx1 came to the market with 28mp apsc sensor, 15fps, great af (if you can set it up correctly) and great video. It was underrated due to its brand and failed.

Now sony upped the game with those specs in a ff camera.

You know how much people b***ch about Sony "not having enough lenses", right? Imagine their reaction to the Samsung NX1..

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2017 at 10:00 UTC
On article Serious speed: Sony a9 real world samples gallery (557 comments in total)
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PerL: Besides looking at the gallery shots, I also saw the video from Tony and Chelsea Northrup. The 20 fps with no black out seems to be impressive. The silent shooting may also be very useful in some situations.
But I also think the images highlights a few points.
None of them would make a pro sports photographer turn his head. The most important things are still framing, setting up the shot, positioning yourself, knowing the sport, etc.
To little subject isolation in many images also reminds why pros uses the super teles that are missing in the Sony system.
Seeing this demonstrates that 20 fps won’t give much advantage in getting the optimal shot, judging by the somewhat random look at some/many images.
Also you might think that uninterrupted view without any black out would give big advantages in framing correctly with moving subjects. But several images shows somewhat off framing with cut off feet, etc. Could it be that there is an EVF lag after all? (images 29, 31, 38, 88, 95, 97).

If you look at ALL the pics pro sports shooters take, do you think every single one is going to be perfect (regardless of camera)? There's a reason why they shoot those massive frames/second, With every few 'perfect' shots, there's a whole bunch more that are crap.

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2017 at 02:13 UTC
On article TriLens triple lens holder coming to Kickstarter (165 comments in total)

So if you have a 600mm f/4 and a 300mm f/2.8, can it handle them?

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 09:41 UTC as 42nd comment | 1 reply
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1905 comments in total)
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rialcnis: Next question is, will there be a a9rii and a9sii?

The A9r will be a 75MP camera capable of shooting 12fps. I agree with the A9s being 12MP and 100fps. And it would have an IR only mode that would allow it to see thru clothes.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2017 at 20:04 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1905 comments in total)

Now all Sony needs to do is to release the 'Kraken' lenses: 600mm f2.8, 400mm F2.0 and 300mm F1.7, just to shut up the "they don't have enough lenses" naysayers.

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2017 at 08:38 UTC as 32nd comment | 3 replies
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mike winslow: zip loc bag works fine, fits in pocket, practically free..

But it doesn't protect your head from getting wet.

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2017 at 04:59 UTC
On article Nine tips to help you win at photography competitions (100 comments in total)
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Tommi K1: To win the contests always:

1) Use a FF
2) Use lowest possible ISO
3) Get the sharpest lens on market
4) Get a FF
5) Denoise hell out of the photos
6) Get the FF
7) Remember the crop factor is no good, get the FF
8) Shoot wide open
9) Remember the shallower the DOF, better
10) f/1.2 on FF
11) Remember to use lowest ISO
12) FF with shallowest DOF
13) Remember to write the camera specs on the print, visible for the judges so they see it is the FF with f/1.2 and ISO 64....

You forgot about the whole point of your recommendations. It's all about the 'bokeh'. If in doubt, just 'bokeh' it. Can't decide which is the focusing point? Just 'bokeh' it. Subject moving too fast? Just 'bokeh' it. Overcast sky and bad lighting? Just 'bokeh'. Model makes a threatening stare at you for focusing on her 'good parts'? You know what to do. BOKEH.

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2017 at 16:18 UTC
On article Nine tips to help you win at photography competitions (100 comments in total)

Use only Canon or Nikon FF cameras. These brands are what the pros use. If the judge knows you use Canikon, the pictures automatically become 50% more beautiful in their eyes. Using a heavy, pro level prime lens will work out your muscles and will make your shots steadier. Using these lenses will add another 20% beauty factor into your pictures. Use only Intel CPU's with Photoshop; they have additional instruction sets that will make Photoshop process your pics in a "larger than life" method that sets it apart. Even judges know a pic processed by Intel processors by glancing at it once.

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2017 at 07:19 UTC as 13th comment | 4 replies
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Promit: Oh man, that's going to be awesome in my high speed A99 II that...can't actually write at more than UHS-I speeds. Damnit Sony, left hand and right hand need to start talking to each other.

Talking to the 'hand' is not conducive to good communications.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2017 at 05:54 UTC

Sony makes fast cards but equip their cameras with poor read/write card readers.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2017 at 17:25 UTC as 24th comment | 4 replies
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Nick Brundle - Photography: Stop using those silly adapters and mount this on the Nikon D810.
Then we can really see who the champion is

mxx, it is more a comparison test between the Sigma and the Sony lens. If you are going to use it in a D810, then you will have to compare it with another lens you can mount on Nikon. Nikon 85mm perhaps?

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2017 at 09:45 UTC
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Nick Brundle - Photography: Stop using those silly adapters and mount this on the Nikon D810.
Then we can really see who the champion is

So how are you going to mount the Sony lens on the D810?

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2017 at 22:59 UTC
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RandyPD: For some reason, the Sony lens seem sharper with the sample image. Drag that magnifier box to the brick wall on the lower right. You can see the borders of the individual bricks clearly on the Sony but blurred on the Sigma. Is it the adapter?

Frame Seeker, yes on the EXTREME edges, by F5.6 it is sharper (especially on the branches of the trees by the brick wall). But the main brick wall, they look the same. And at wider apertures, the Sony is sharper. Maybe they can retest when a native E-mount Sigma is available. Price-wise, Sigma is the winner.

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2017 at 22:52 UTC

For some reason, the Sony lens seem sharper with the sample image. Drag that magnifier box to the brick wall on the lower right. You can see the borders of the individual bricks clearly on the Sony but blurred on the Sigma. Is it the adapter?

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2017 at 18:19 UTC as 121st comment | 4 replies
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RandyPD: Let me guess, no VC for Sony and Pentax?

They usually come out later with no VC.

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2017 at 08:19 UTC
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