SaltLakeGuy

SaltLakeGuy

Lives in United States Hagerman, ID, United States
Works as a Professional Real Estate Photographer and Musician
Joined on Oct 20, 2003
About me:

27 years as a professional photographer, 55 years as a Guitarist and 45years professional sales.

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Iuvenis: The problem with this idea is that you are proposing Nikon and Canon release mirrorless cameras with different lens mount AND different ergonomics to their DSLRs (namely without a grip). The different ergonomics mean you won't be able to switch seamlessly between cameras and also means that even if they release a very capable adapter, you won't want to mount telephoto lenses on the mirrorless camera.

At that point, why buy Nikon or Canon, and not one of the established mirrorless brands like m43, Sony or Fuji? By adopting this strategy, Nikon and Canon will be competing head to head with manufacturers that have a head start of several years in building up systems. Their trump card at present is their lens line ups, but that advantage would become irrelevant.

It would make more sense for them to either go all-in and concentrate R&D on mirrorless systems in future, or retain the redundant mirror-box as a price worth paying for backwards compatibility with their lens line ups.

it ain't rocket science. Nikon could and should come out with something more like a Mirrorless D700 body full frame with the current high tech low noise sensor perhaps around 36mp. Building on that a top rez EVF perhaps with a few innovations (what a concept), at least 10fps shooting speeds and a superb buffer along with their legendary focus tracking and they'd have a camera that could at least go toe to toe with what Sony's doing. But I'll bet you several paychecks it ain't gonna happen. They just don't seem to be that daring and smart.

Link | Posted on May 22, 2018 at 14:42 UTC

It's becoming more and more apparent that both Nikon and Canon need to prepare for an even greater butt whooping in the next 2 years. Sony isn't laying off the acceleration of it's innovations where the others are near dead in the water.

Link | Posted on May 22, 2018 at 14:37 UTC as 294th comment | 1 reply
On article DPReview TV: Sony RX10 IV Review (278 comments in total)
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LuckyRider: Wow, great review, very informative, no none sense and entertaining. Keep it up DP!

talk about eyes of the beholder. Time for some better eyewear apparently

Link | Posted on May 19, 2018 at 04:19 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Sony RX10 IV Review (278 comments in total)
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GOVA: LOL at some people. Nobody serious buys it to do ISO800+

It is what it is, great AF and good IQ up to ISO800 or so. This is another disposable toy that nobody will talk about in 5 years.

Is it a great toy - yes it is very capable one. Another LOL at the "comparison" links. Few need to get a life apparently.

yeah right a "toy". This toy is more than meeting my professional needs in real estate so you can take that comment and place it somewhere else. I just love the plethora of wanna be so called photographers who pigeon hole a product as if its is capable of restricted needs. I'd say it's more a restriction on their imaginations and real world usage. I shoot in the 100-400ISO range to begin with so my interests don't lie in the new astronomical high ISO ranges of many cameras today. It's fast, sharp, easily manipulated into what I need it to do and perform. Sorry if others aren't finding it meets their needs, but painting with such wide brushes (which many a reviewer are known to do) is way out of line.

Link | Posted on May 19, 2018 at 04:17 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Sony RX10 IV Review (278 comments in total)
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JBrian: Well after a month of use, I returned the RX10 IV yesterday to Best Buy (elite plus membership is nice!). The RX10 is a stellar piece of camera tech. Lightning focus, insanely sharp lens, amazing range and great image quality in good light. For me, the biggest drawbacks we're the menu interface, controls, image quality in low light, DOF, overall image relatively flat and lacking pop (IMO), poor battery life, no true weather proofing and the $Price. Ended up getting the Fuji XT2, I'm in love so far. Completely different direction.

when I had the X-T2 the 10-24, 16-55 f2.8 and 100-400 spent most of the time on that camera for sure.

Link | Posted on May 15, 2018 at 16:05 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Sony RX10 IV Review (278 comments in total)
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SaltLakeGuy: I'm super happy to have Chris on board doing the review movies now. I'm not at all surprised he had to take some pot shots at it's performance or usage. This is to be expected. All I can say is after having sold off a ton of top Nikon and Sony cameras over the last few years, the RX10MkIV is meeting all my professional real estate needs coupled with the occasional portrait and landscape commissions that come alone. The issues he described are not things I run into with MY use so perhaps I'm dodging all those bullets he mentioned. For some indeed this is a ideal camera and depending on the final usage of the files, is more than up to the task for nice larger prints as well. Sure beats shelling out the $7,000-$10,000 I shelled out before.

Many if not most professional real estate photographers will avoid the wider due to distortions. I've had many a conversation with others of my kind out there. 24 and 35mm are favorites interestingly enough. If I have a need for wider I simply switch to the setting of Pano that affords a taller perspective (not the thin wide one). So far processing those files has yielded some amazing results and praise of my clients. Hey....it's a living. I also get an occasional portrait commission like the other day I did a band promo shoot. My first love is landscapes and this camera does a fine job with that indeed. I'm not much into video however. Over time I've learned that having top bodies and a bag full of lenses was in the end not THE only way to go. To each their own.

Link | Posted on May 14, 2018 at 19:09 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Sony RX10 IV Review (278 comments in total)
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JBrian: Well after a month of use, I returned the RX10 IV yesterday to Best Buy (elite plus membership is nice!). The RX10 is a stellar piece of camera tech. Lightning focus, insanely sharp lens, amazing range and great image quality in good light. For me, the biggest drawbacks we're the menu interface, controls, image quality in low light, DOF, overall image relatively flat and lacking pop (IMO), poor battery life, no true weather proofing and the $Price. Ended up getting the Fuji XT2, I'm in love so far. Completely different direction.

Don't get me wrong. The Fuji setup is a fine setup indeed. What turned the corner for me was I had a A7R11 and sent for the Fuji X-T2 when it came out ordering a half dozen of their finest lenses. I had a 2 day trip come up down to Southern Utah with my wife and actually didn't want to bring down a bag full of body and lenses. The RX10MkIII was out and I spoke to the guys at B&H and they encouraged me to try one, even against the other gear to see if it could make it happen. I went down to Zion for the day and shot around some challenging areas in RAW. The files rendered virtually flawless large files rich with contrast, color and sharpness and detail. I decided since it saved my bacon on that trip it made little sense to keep many thousands of bucks of gear around when in a pinch the RX could make it happen. If the Fuji excites you enjoy. It's a great tool. The RX continues to meet all my needs without fail.

Link | Posted on May 14, 2018 at 19:04 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Sony RX10 IV Review (278 comments in total)
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princecody: Who all owns this camera in here? If so are you a Pro or hobbyist? Lastly do you think it’s overpriced?

interestingly enough, there is so much slamming about the battery life of this camera, yet I've yet to exhaust a battery after a day of use. If I'm not taking a shot within several minutes for example, I'll shut off the camera. But even the standby has helped me sustain usage of it. I never go out without a 2nd battery charged, but await the time to use the 2nd battery as it's not happened yet. No doubt video will eat up a battery more so, but I've only taken say 5 or 6 clips that didn't even go more than several minutes each and they don't suck the battery dry.

Link | Posted on May 14, 2018 at 01:17 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Sony RX10 IV Review (278 comments in total)
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kristian2000: The 'minivan of cameras' killed it for me.

If it's a mini van it's a full custom one to say the least

Link | Posted on May 14, 2018 at 00:34 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Sony RX10 IV Review (278 comments in total)
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GHPhotography: In spite of appearing to be an expense paid press junket tour this review did a good job of covering the upsides and notable downsides of the RX10 IV. I've been strongly interested in one of these since the model came out - the high quality zoom range in a compact camera, no lens changes needed, and the weather sealing make it an interesting travel camera choice, especially now that it has phase detect AF. And the high speed video gives it some fun options.

This review helped put a damper on my aspirations. The video shows the in body stabilization is good but not amazing. The motorized lens having to extend reduces the usefulness as a grab shot camera. And the struggles with low light are something that would affect me shooting inside museums and taking dusk shots without a tripod.

I love that you shot the review with the the RX10 IV. It gave a really good, real world look at the camera as an experience pro would use it, and really confirmed your "minivan of cameras" moniker.

Yup Chris, it ain't perfect by any means. But the multi frame NR setting has captured some low light indoor shots with detail that equaled what I was able to capture with a Fuji X-T2 and Nikon D500, so I have no complaints. Good thing I don't do sports so quick changing of the focal length isn't an issue.

Link | Posted on May 14, 2018 at 00:32 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Sony RX10 IV Review (278 comments in total)
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JeffGM: As soon as "the minivan of cameras" statement was issued I knew that Chris was not being influenced by Sony. On the other hand that label is a bit insulting to an apparently decent camera. I would guess camera you-tubers and vloggers get spoiled by getting to use all the most expensive gear so every quirk of a camera is more obvious to them. Chris seemed to be not impressed with this camera. He said he was going to be objective and I think he is being true to his word. This camera has a lot of features but the price still seems pretty high for a camera with a one inch sensor.

I've been at this over 25 years. Perhaps when Cris was a child. I do still fully enjoy him and his approach. However one of the most misunderstood aspects of photography as well as misconceptions, is that a given photographic tool due to it's so called lower status is incapable of things such as larger prints, better overall color, sharpness and more. Over the years I learned the lesson that more often then not it has more to do with the post processing of said file and even less with a given camera's image sensor size. You'd be hard pressed to get a lens with better overall sharpness than the RX. I do realize it may not meet ALL professionals needs, but it happens to meet this one's. Rather than "mini van" I'd prefer it be referred to as a high end Class C Motor Home

Link | Posted on May 14, 2018 at 00:28 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Sony RX10 IV Review (278 comments in total)
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StevenE: These cameras get more tempting with each iteration, but still not there for me. Sony has the brilliant variable neutral density filter tech, and this camera would shine with that. To do both video and photo with ease, an ND is essential.

Surprising....I have a top flight ND filter but have yet to open the package.

Link | Posted on May 14, 2018 at 00:24 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Sony RX10 IV Review (278 comments in total)
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JBrian: Well after a month of use, I returned the RX10 IV yesterday to Best Buy (elite plus membership is nice!). The RX10 is a stellar piece of camera tech. Lightning focus, insanely sharp lens, amazing range and great image quality in good light. For me, the biggest drawbacks we're the menu interface, controls, image quality in low light, DOF, overall image relatively flat and lacking pop (IMO), poor battery life, no true weather proofing and the $Price. Ended up getting the Fuji XT2, I'm in love so far. Completely different direction.

woah how ironic. I had the X-T2 with 6 of their finest lenses from wide to 100-400. Superb camera and lenses for sure, BUT in the end it wasn't as versatile as the RX10 which I got on a lark, but was shocked at it's performance and in the end the resulting files. For all I shot I was easily able to blur the backgrounds so that was far from a big deal. Focus speed is right there and tracking even better than the Fuji. Color too is a non issue, I get that in PP. Oh well, it's your money. Selling that off got me a lot of extra spending cash AND my ultimate camera for my use.

Link | Posted on May 14, 2018 at 00:23 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Sony RX10 IV Review (278 comments in total)
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princecody: Who all owns this camera in here? If so are you a Pro or hobbyist? Lastly do you think it’s overpriced?

I'm a professional real estate photographer who on occasion also does portrait work. I stopped doing weddings due to my age and physical condition at this point. I happen to love Landscape work as well which I still do. As my moniker states I've owned just about every credible pro camera you can name in the past, but discovered, quite by near accident, that the RX10MkIII (now MkIV) met all my needs as I don't print beyond 22x17 and don't shoot sports or birds typically, so movement of the focal length while shooting isn't a factor for me. For me it's "All About The Lens" as it keeps me from putting thousands of dollars into lenses to accomplish whatever may come alone. The 1" sensor is giving me even lower light shots that provide large enough files and prints to get paid. It is a remarkable tool for the right people, and limiting it to grandparents and soccer moms is an insulting bad joke. Everyone wants to pigeon hole cameras....not with this one thanks.

Link | Posted on May 14, 2018 at 00:17 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Sony RX10 IV Review (278 comments in total)

I'm super happy to have Chris on board doing the review movies now. I'm not at all surprised he had to take some pot shots at it's performance or usage. This is to be expected. All I can say is after having sold off a ton of top Nikon and Sony cameras over the last few years, the RX10MkIV is meeting all my professional real estate needs coupled with the occasional portrait and landscape commissions that come alone. The issues he described are not things I run into with MY use so perhaps I'm dodging all those bullets he mentioned. For some indeed this is a ideal camera and depending on the final usage of the files, is more than up to the task for nice larger prints as well. Sure beats shelling out the $7,000-$10,000 I shelled out before.

Link | Posted on May 14, 2018 at 00:11 UTC as 38th comment | 6 replies
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SaltLakeGuy: Sorry, ACDSee Ultimate still has ya beat ;-)

I was fortunately able to try all the various programs on a trial basis. I actually formed a good friendship with a few of them, but sadly in the end it was the extent and speed of ACDSee that won me over. When I do a shoot it's of course always in RAW and an extensive number of shots. The program is so fast if not instant, doesn't crash, and is so very intuitive (didn't require courses to figure it out) it helps me do my job quickly without drama and issues. That is what I'm looking for. Adobe can take a hike.

Link | Posted on May 13, 2018 at 22:04 UTC
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SaltLakeGuy: Sorry, ACDSee Ultimate still has ya beat ;-)

The Photo Studio Ultimate 2018 is the version I've adopted as a professional real estate product photographer. I've used On1 and at least 5 of the other top most well known programs out there. I've completely abandoned anything Adobe. The other "best" one out there is the latest offering from DXO. Otherwise I felt ACDSee had it all over them. They do it ALL right and a few things better. My saving grace is the lighting control which on ACDSee has NO equal. Fast, intuitive and easy to get the ideal well lit results with much greater control. All the typical magic brush and more controls. Perspective, distortion correction at the top of it's game. Color control to the Nth degree. I do admire their noise reduction and sharpening as well. DXO has the finest NR to date but isn't superior in any other area. On1 sorry to tell you isn't in this league.

Link | Posted on May 12, 2018 at 18:26 UTC

Sorry, ACDSee Ultimate still has ya beat ;-)

Link | Posted on May 12, 2018 at 14:47 UTC as 7th comment | 7 replies
On article DPReview TV: Fujifilm X-H1 Review (548 comments in total)

Been on Dpreview since 1999. It's come a LONG way but adding Chris and Jordan was perhaps (in my opinion) the largest and strongest step forward to date. I love their style mixed with a appropriate amount of photographic humor. I also do firmly believe that in the next 5 years we will indeed see a distinct move OUT of the DSLR world as they do become extinct.

Link | Posted on May 6, 2018 at 18:41 UTC as 46th comment | 8 replies
On article DPReview TV Episode 1: Sony a7 III review (346 comments in total)

I've long considered these 2 by far the most entertaining and in the end informative regarding their typical reviews. Their love affairs with Canon and Nikon are obviously waning which is no surprise. Sony more than turned up enough heat to send them packing. Looking forward to having these guys on board.

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2018 at 20:35 UTC as 62nd comment
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