Lucas_

Lucas_

Lives in Brazil Campinas / SP, Brazil
Works as a Retired Engineer, part time photographer
Has a website at http://lucaspix.smugmug.com/
Joined on Oct 5, 2007
About me:

Retired Automotive Product Engineer, part-time Photographer for over 40 years.

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justmeMN: Canon has been #1 in ILC market share for 13 consecutive years. It's a safe bet that 2016 will be year 14.

(Nikon is a strong #2, and Sony is a weak #3.)

Just as a comment, Canon invests hugely in advertising, sales, after-sales and manufacturing capacity. All that pays off by giving them the higher market share which is obviously good for business. Their products seem to be in the average for technology and performance, not really top notch. Higher volume doesn't mean better product, IMHO Nikon have almost always been above Canon in those aspects throughout history and Sony, in the last 3 to 4 years, have shown such a leap in technology, which I hope they can also flow into their business strategy and management.

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2016 at 21:41 UTC
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basshead: Always canon

Never Canon

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2016 at 14:28 UTC
On article Sony a7R II versus a7 II: Eight key differences (397 comments in total)
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kadardr: For Sony it's time to admit that A7II is not competitive at the present price point of $1700. A7II has nothing to offer when compared to Nikon D750, Pentax K-1 or even Canon 6D. The price of A7II should be lowered to the level of A6300 ($1200-$1300) as it could be an entry point to FF domain, and thus a real FF alternative for A6300, and also opening up a new FF price band (where 6D and D610 should be actually).

The three DSLR examples you mention are actually at a lower level than the Sony A7II ( maybe the closest is the Pentax... ). Anyway, they still use prism viewfinders, slapping mirrors, bulky bodies, fake live view, etc...!

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2016 at 22:15 UTC
On article Sony a7R II versus a7 II: Eight key differences (397 comments in total)
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Anadrol: A great feature of the A7RII is the possibility to configure the minimum shutter speed for aperture mode.
The A7II sets it at 1/60.

IF SONY ENGINEERS READ ME:
One should be able to set X in (focal length /X) for minimum shutter speed !
This way when you change lenses you don't have to go in the menu to change it each time...

Just set at Manual Mode (for a change...), set your preferred shutter / aperture and Auto ISO! Works very well for me with primes ( what I mostly use ).

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2016 at 21:57 UTC
On article Sony a7R II versus a7 II: Eight key differences (397 comments in total)
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Chris Yates: touch screen. touch screen. touch screen. three Most needed features in the 3rd generation models.

Touchscreen? Well, as long as it costs nothing, can be deactivated and the current controls remain...!

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2016 at 21:47 UTC
On article Sony a7R II versus a7 II: Eight key differences (397 comments in total)
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PanoMax: Considering this camera is approaching medium format performance in terms of resolution it would be interesting to compare it to a Phase One or Alpa or Hasselblad or even Pentax 645. At the extreme, a Seitz Roundshot

The new Sigma DP 4 is too bulky (as are the Sigma Art lenses ) for my liking. I was interested when I first read about it, but quickly forgot it when comparing to the Sony A7 line up.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2016 at 14:19 UTC
On article Upwardly mobile: Sony a6300 Review (2153 comments in total)
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2eyesee: Is anyone else getting rather cynical about Sony's habit of keeping old cameras on the market to justify charging a premium for their new tech?

There's no way this camera should be viewed as anything other than a replacement of the A6000. Just as the RX10 II should have been a replacement of the RX10 and the RX100M4 a replacement of the RX100M3.

"There's no way this camera should be viewed as anything other than a replacement of the A6000"...
Please note that many of us don't need super fast focus all over the display ( actually, I've read several times that most people still use just the center AF point ), many of us love landscapes, portraits, long exposures on a tripod, etc. Funny, many even moved to mirrorless Sonys because of the multitude of excellent lenses available for it with simple adapter rings, either legacy or not, and many really love the small and light manual focus lenses available, either native or not ( Zeiss, Leica, Voitglander, Minolta, Nikon, etc. etc. ), legacy or not!
The A6000 fits most, if not all, of those requirements!

Link | Posted on Mar 19, 2016 at 23:14 UTC
On article Seriously sharp: Sony FE 85mm F1.4 GM samples (256 comments in total)
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dulynoted: Is it just me but are all of these images really dull. They look like they have no character to them at all. This lens might be clinically fantastic but it is definitely not producing great images for it.

Dull? Maybe it's your monitor..., or your taste, IMO they mostly look excellent. I guess the best way is to download them full size and compare with shots of your liking.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2016 at 18:19 UTC
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Guenter Hofstaedter: 645Z best camera i ever had !

It seems to be a great camera, and the Sony sensor for sure plays a big role there. Nikon did that smart move quite sometime ago. I wonder if Canon will ever try that "formula"...!

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2015 at 00:38 UTC
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adengappasami: What will i do with all thee new cameras when i want a 14,21,24mm AF lenses. Guess i will continue to enjoy the BEST ever 35mm

I had the A7, now have the A7II. I have only one "native" FE lens, the Sony/Zeiss 24-70 f4, but have several A-mount Minoltas and Sonys,
Contax/Zeiss, Voigtlander, Olympus, Nikon, Zeiss/Praktica, etc..., plus a bunch of simple adapters!

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2015 at 01:12 UTC
On article Alpha dog: Hands-on with Sony a7R II (1123 comments in total)
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jb11bear: With small full frame cameras there are ergonomic issues that larger ones don’t have since full frame longer focal length lenses, especially fast ones, are large and heavy. The size and shape of the grip of a camera combined with the height of it form the handle by which the lens is held along with the help of the left hand under the lens, or vice versa in the case of a very heavy lens.

I've had the A7 and now have the A7II. My only E-mount lens is the Sony/Zeiss FE 24-70 f4, which is wonderful. But I also have a Sony A99 and a multitude of A-mount glass. So I bought adaptors ( I love MF ) and use Sony and Minolta "A" glass, older Minolta Rokkors, Contax/Zeiss, Olympus Zuikos, Voigtländers, Nikon/Zeiss... and more! As for the larger lenses, my preferred ones are the Minolta 70-200 f2.8 G SSM and the Tamron SP 200-500; for which I use the attachable battery grip available for all Sony A7/A7II series. It holds two batteries and provides a comfortable extra grip for both vertical and horizontal shooting!

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2015 at 04:27 UTC
On photo City 007niBW in Lucas_'s photo gallery (2 comments in total)

Thank you, I did it b&w to honor my old times ( early 70's ) when I shoot with a Leica M2 and two primes: Summicron 50/2 and 90/2. Of course that's San Francisco...!

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 23:49 UTC as 1st comment
On photo PICT0491w in Lucas_'s photo gallery (2 comments in total)

Thanks! That seems like ages ago...

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 23:43 UTC as 1st comment
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King of Song: This changes everything, at least for me. I knew this was going to happen. I was searching for a reason to buy the new Canon 5DSr, just because I'm already invested in the Canon system. But I already knew the Canon is obsolete, even before it is released. The mirrorless is just a better concept altogether. Sony has just done the seemingly impossible. That's break into to exclusive pro market, forever dominated by Nikon and Canon.

Does anybody want to buy a Canon 6D, with 35mm 1.4 Sigma Art, 50mm 2.5 macro, and 100 2.0 Canon lenses, all mint, for cheap? haha

PS> If Sony was really smart, they wouldn't sell this new sensor to Nikon...

On top of it all, it will fastly AF with Canon DSLR lenses plus a Metabones electronic adapter!

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 03:13 UTC
On article Sony Alpha a7 II Review (848 comments in total)
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Lucas_: I've been shooting for three months with the A7 and close to two months with the A7II, now. The A7II adds almost everything that I wished the A7 had: better sized grip, more robust body, more assignable buttons, faster and, among other features, more accurate AF ( although I mostly use MF ) and the fabulous on-sensor stabilization. The "noise" DPR mentions is only on jpg and actually same ( even less in proper conditions ) as the A7 ( which didn't cause any disturbance on DPR at the time... ). I find it that DPR was in the least careless in having two apparently less experienced new comers reviewing the A7II, a most important camera for the current photography scenario, being another great benchmark launch from Sony. A real shame.

- Dan, I didn't say you were careless, I said DPR was for assigning such a tough job to a newcomer ( no ofense ). Anyway, I don't find the A7II to be bulky at all, it's actually robust! I bought it, already having an A7, because It has important improvements over the A7, without losing anything - the small increase in weight and thickness are way offset by the excellent grip and IBIS. I won't even comment about noise...!
- CaPi, IMHO DPR is the one imposing their opinion on us readers! I've been in photography for over 40 years, obviously having had a multitude of different photo equipment brands ( Leica, Zeiss, Nikon, Minolta, Canon, Olympus, Sony... ) but mostly Sony on the last 8 years. I don't know what you mean by "Fanboy", but I'm really happy with what I have now, since it fulfills all my wants and needs!

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2015 at 23:00 UTC
On article Sony Alpha a7 II Review (848 comments in total)

I've been shooting for three months with the A7 and close to two months with the A7II, now. The A7II adds almost everything that I wished the A7 had: better sized grip, more robust body, more assignable buttons, faster and, among other features, more accurate AF ( although I mostly use MF ) and the fabulous on-sensor stabilization. The "noise" DPR mentions is only on jpg and actually same ( even less in proper conditions ) as the A7 ( which didn't cause any disturbance on DPR at the time... ). I find it that DPR was in the least careless in having two apparently less experienced new comers reviewing the A7II, a most important camera for the current photography scenario, being another great benchmark launch from Sony. A real shame.

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2015 at 23:13 UTC as 80th comment | 5 replies
On article Sony Alpha a7 II Review (848 comments in total)

The A7Ii is such a wonderful and groundbreaking camera, that DPR had to dig out something like "high ISO noise" to not give it another gold to Sony...! Since I bought it my excellent A99 startedto see a lot of som shelf time. I believe DPR is also mistaken when saying that the sensor is the same as in the A7. This review seems to have been done in a hurry and under a lot of pressure from canikon, etc... Nevertheless, most everybody knows now that Sony sensors are by far the best out there. I feel positive now that the "new" 50MP Canons will get the gold...!

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2015 at 12:07 UTC as 142nd comment | 3 replies
On article Sony Alpha 7S Review (496 comments in total)
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Pitchertaker: Trying to choose my first digital SLR to upgrade from my Canon Powershot 40 2MP point-and-shoot, which I love but have advanced enough to want something more powerful and full featured.

I'd like some advice if possible in choosing a make/model based on the types of photography I enjoy, and what you think would serve me best for such subject matter: nature, landscape/cityscape, portraits, street/candid, macro, winter, B&W, flora/fauna, architecture/perspective.

Been looking at the Sony A7, A7s, A7r, and the Alpha a-6000; Olympus OM-D E-M1 and Nikon D7100.

Grab an A6000 with the 16-50 and 18-135 f4 lenses and you'll be in heaven for some time and won't miss your p&s. After that, there'll be no limits for you!

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2015 at 04:00 UTC
On article Sony Alpha 7S Review (496 comments in total)
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kai liu: I did not see you mention this. and it is important. 1080p full frame mode is pretty useless at 50/60p. It produce too much moire and aliasing. However at aps-c mode at 50p/60p. This is much reduced and perfect usable. So if one need 50p/60p slow motion, he better give up full frame mode and stick with aps-c mode.

Not with the A7S! The full sensor readout and low pixel density are some of the great features that prevent those problems. The A7S is a landmark, having "raised the bar" quite higher than ever for video with this type of camera.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2015 at 03:31 UTC
On article Ten things you need to know about the Sony Alpha 7 II (280 comments in total)
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spatz: The real game changer would be a number of Sigma lenses released for E and EF. Until then, these fantastic cameras are still paper tigers.

Unfortunately the new Sigma "Art" lenses, although excellent performers, have been very bulky and heavy. Not really Sony Ax style.

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2014 at 16:24 UTC
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