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keeponkeepingon: " asking people to invest in a small camera with the expectation that they'll use larger EF and EF-S lenses doesn't sound like the easiest sell."

I would think asking Canon photographers to invest in a camera with some fantatic native lenes and the ability to use every lens they currently own would be an easy sell. The adapter is so cheap to make (A third party sells one for $40) it's a wonder they just don't throw it in with the original kit.

Regarding size, There are some crackerjack EF/EF-S lenses that are pretty small. The 24mm F2.8, 40mm F2.8 pancakes and even the 50mm F1.8 are all not terribly large even when you add the adapter (betcha canon's 50 with the adapter is not much bigger than sony's 50mm F1.8)

The Sony 50mm f1.8 OSS is optically much better (I have both), and stabilized. It is narrower than the Canon, but longer. But the Canon is full-frame and I'm not talking about the non-stabilized full-frame Sony, that's another story.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2016 at 20:44 UTC

Nikon is the new Canon ;-)

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2016 at 21:15 UTC as 39th comment
On article The great outdoors: Canon EOS 5DS and 5DSR Field Test (108 comments in total)

Is it just me or do the colors seem ... well ... just not quite right, with candy colors overemphasized and subtle hues seemingly desaturated and brownish?

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2015 at 21:09 UTC as 46th comment | 4 replies

Ouch, what's that? Is this one meant to compete with my trusty little Sony NEX3n, introduced 2013?

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2015 at 20:19 UTC as 14th comment | 5 replies
On article What difference does it make? Sony uncompressed Raw (621 comments in total)

Maybe it was a marketing decision. Even back in the 90s I often met professionals in the prepress sector, who insisted uncompressed TIFFs would provide better quality than lossless compressed ones (LZW for instance). It was almost impossible to convince them because they mostly claimed to have heard it from some kind of a guru. I suppose that kind of myths still linger around and that might be a reason for Sony to decide not to give any reason to such ill-informed people to preserve their doubts.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2015 at 23:03 UTC as 57th comment | 2 replies
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Digimat: i guess you should not do this with an A7rII ;)

At least it has a magnetic IBIS (mechanically similar to what Pentax uses), which should not be prone to impact damage in contrast to older piezo-driven systems.

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2015 at 21:43 UTC
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Ben O Connor: Back in the day; Nokia sealed a deal with Zeiss and it feels like "forever"! Even now Microsoft's windows phones comes with "Zeiss optics".

I think Sony is very jealous even angry about it!

I guess this makes not that much of a difference for the "smartphone generation". In the end image quality is just one of many factors when selecting a phone. Apple doesn't need any co-branding and they go even stronger with their iPhones, btw. with very capable camera modules. And IMO Sony is currently strongly promoting their "Xperia" brand so any co-brand would be unnecessarily confusing.

Link | Posted on Jul 30, 2015 at 20:46 UTC
On article Canon EOS Rebel T6i Review (310 comments in total)
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villagranvicent: The worst thing happen to Canon are the EF to E-Mount AF adapters... a sweet bridge between the past and the future. Maybe Canon could start making glass for E-mount (?)

Canon glass is mostly very good, some lenses are even excellent and the price to performance ratio is reasonable. Build quality of the L lenses is top-notch. But even as someone who prefers optical viewfinders, I see a huge issue with dynamic range and color differentiation in some critical hues with their sensors. Therefore my next camera body will most probably be the A7RII - yet I'll continue buying my glass from Canon for the time being. Once because I pay a lot less for practically equal optical performance, and secondly because I will continue using my Canon full-frame bodies. Probably the EF-to-E adapter will stay on the E-mount full-frame body most of the time.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2015 at 20:34 UTC
On article Sony rides wave of US Mirrorless sales surge (727 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: I am guessing that Canon probably won’t be touting their mirrorless interchangeable lens offerings like Sony is. They have all but abandoned mirrorless interchangeable lens. That is a shame. A mirrorless 7D MK III and a mirrorless 5DS would be very well received I predict.

They should first get their sensor technology sorted. I plan to purchase an A7 or A7r to use it primarily with my Canon lenses. There would no need to do so if Canon sensors performed equally well as the Sony ones.

Link | Posted on Jun 4, 2015 at 14:07 UTC
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rfsIII: Phil Askey almost always managed to gift us with a cat photo in his long-ago reviews, now we have Mr. Spencer with a magnificent dog photo. I hope this is a feature we will see more of.

Please bring back the cat. I prefer it to this breed of dogs.

Link | Posted on May 5, 2015 at 21:17 UTC

Sony cameras and phones are top-notch. We're very happy with them. Regarding the phones at least as hardware is concerned. Since I primarily use Canon FF DSLRs and have Sony only in APS-C format so far, I sincerely hope Canon will improve their sensors - with or without the help of Sony or another company. Probably I'm gonna buy an A7 series body to bridge the gap as long as Canon lags behind.

Btw. does anyone know if the Toshiba manufactured sensors are licensed Sony designs?

Link | Posted on May 4, 2015 at 21:06 UTC as 24th comment

Capture One is the natural successor to Aperture IMO. However, because I use a certain LR PlugIn, I've switched to LR about a year ago. However, the UI of LR is horrible all the way. Thus I'm considering moving to C1 even if this needs more manual work and maybe adding MediaPro.

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2015 at 19:42 UTC as 169th comment | 4 replies

Maeda-san, isn't he the man who recently claimed there' wasn't enough space on the 5DS / 5DSr for a headphone jack because the body shell was "recycled" from the 5D Mk. III (in my own words)?

So they introduce a new 50 MP camera for approx. 4000 $ and slightly modifying the magnesium casting tool to allow for a headphone jack is too expensive or what?

Also, "pixel-level quality" is mainly counted by colors and dynamic range. Let's see how the 5DS/5DSr performs in that respect. Otherwise, it might be time to ask Canon to fulfill Mr. Maeda's promise and install a Sony sensor.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2015 at 21:51 UTC as 128th comment | 1 reply

Several clones surfaced and submerged over the years while Photoshop stayed on top all along. As of yet, the most successful challengers seem to be Pixelmator and The Gimp, each for different reasons.

I'm not convinced we need yet another contender.

If anything, a slimmed down program with hugely simplified interface might be more successful these days.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2015 at 22:32 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
On article Apple to cease development of Aperture (425 comments in total)

Aperture is still the application with the best UI for pro users to manage large image libraries. No tedious switching between modules, full flexibility in comparing images while adjusting them, complete keyboard shortcut customization ... I already switched to Lightroom because of its better sharpening, integrated distortion correction etc., but miss the Aperture UI each day.

Sorry to see that Apple has become a toy company. They care more about the iPhones in 13 years old teenagers' pockets than about their (former) loyal pro user base. I remember how the presentation at Photokina 2006 finally convinced me to use Aperture, it was completely targeted at pro and enthusiast photographers. But boy, did they spiral down since.

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2014 at 20:02 UTC as 107th comment | 2 replies
On article Sony a6000 Review (897 comments in total)

I don't understand the complaining about a lack of portrait primes in the review, because there's the amazing SEL 50mm f1.8 OSS which I love (!!) for its pleasant bokeh and great overall optical performance - plus stabilization. Not to mention the very reasonable price tag. The A6000 is an APS-C camera - no reason to ignore this one.

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2014 at 20:17 UTC as 175th comment | 9 replies
On article Nikon video hints at long-desired 'digital FM' (551 comments in total)

Somtimes I take my FE2 out of the cabinet just to turn the dials, try the switches and press the DOF lever while looking through this magnificent viewfinder with its analog needle metering indicator and mechanical mode thumb. Boy, do I wish to have this kind of immediate controls on a digital SLR.

And I don't even wish that to cost less than a present full frame DSLR. Not just the FM3a, but all of the FM/FE series, not even to mention the F3, weren't exactly cheap in their era either.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2013 at 21:11 UTC as 176th comment
On photo NTM 2013 in jarud's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

It's called "Rafale", not "Rafael". Otherwise: Great shot!!

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2013 at 20:51 UTC as 1st comment
On article Best Digital Cameras for Kids (146 comments in total)

My children never wanted such silly looking stuff but preferred serious cameras like those daddy uses right from the start. Especially the boys always preferred those with many switches and metal body.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2013 at 23:05 UTC as 48th comment
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