teddoman

teddoman

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On article Sony a9 shooting experience (1023 comments in total)
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teddoman: LOL, that swimmer appears to be wearing a hammer and sickle Soviet Union (CCCP) swimsuit

Sure does seem like the A9 is beefed up on steroids. How can others compete when Sony uses better specifications to give their cameras an edge?

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2017 at 22:22 UTC
On article Sony a9 shooting experience (1023 comments in total)

LOL, that swimmer appears to be wearing a hammer and sickle Soviet Union (CCCP) swimsuit

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2017 at 15:39 UTC as 43rd comment | 6 replies
On article Alpha-better: Sony a9 versus a7R II (482 comments in total)
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JEROME NOLAS: Enough of Sony!

"Enough of Sony," says person who clicked through to read an article about Sony.

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2017 at 11:21 UTC
On article Sony announces FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM OSS lens (136 comments in total)

Curious to see how it compares to the 70-300mm at 300mm. Almost like paying $1300 for just the 300-400mm component (since the 70-300mm is $1200). But you get 2 lenses in 1 so it's more compact.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 00:12 UTC as 12th comment | 1 reply

Show up with a Hasselblad that's just a rebranded Sony mirrorless body and say you used a textualist interpretation of the job posting.

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2017 at 22:46 UTC as 16th comment
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teddoman: I was looking forward to good PDAF with EVF + touchscreen as a superpocketable photo/4K video option. RX100 V has all of this but lacks a touchscreen. I guess I'll have to see if there's a RX100 that I want to pull the trigger on.

Truth be told, there are too many manufacturers and too many mounts. Some of them will have to fail. Nikon isn't going anywhere anytime soon, but it appears their 1" sensor strategy is in turmoil. CX never really broke out as a viable mirrorless option for most people.

Sony just doesn't have enough lenses to cause a big shift like this. But there are going to be a lot more people with feet in both boats for the foreseeable future.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 18:56 UTC
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PPierre: Please Nikon, stop being ridiculous and release an F mount FF mirrorless camera. Stop making strange marketing decisions.

To be honest this is the "killer app" of Sony mirrorless (though apparently Olympus has it too). You can get decent results on a DSLR, but I was never able to get frame after frame of eyes in focus like I can now without any effort at all on Sony. I really loved my 85 1.4 D on Nikon but it was hardly ever in sharp focus, also maybe because it is unstabilized. Sony Eye AF and stabilization make a very compelling proposition. It's like the leap from manual focus to AF. Now the leap is from plain vanilla AF to stabilized AF and eye AF. It's less obvious that it's a big leap, but it is.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 18:38 UTC
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AbrasiveReducer: Life will go on without the DL but I feel bad for the people who are getting voluntarily retired.

Not to mention the Nikon 1 owners that may be getting involuntarily retired

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 17:44 UTC

I was looking forward to good PDAF with EVF + touchscreen as a superpocketable photo/4K video option. RX100 V has all of this but lacks a touchscreen. I guess I'll have to see if there's a RX100 that I want to pull the trigger on.

Truth be told, there are too many manufacturers and too many mounts. Some of them will have to fail. Nikon isn't going anywhere anytime soon, but it appears their 1" sensor strategy is in turmoil. CX never really broke out as a viable mirrorless option for most people.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 17:34 UTC as 227th comment | 2 replies
On article Prime or zoom? LensRentals investigates (237 comments in total)
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Rick Knepper: I scanned the article for tests with specific lenses and didn't see anything so I didn't read the article. No need to because I know what I know. If the following matches the article then great..

What I know is the best zoom cannot match the best prime (I'll throw the Zeiss Otus 55mm out as an example) but the best zoom can match some primes, especially budget primes or primes from a generation ago (for some brands at least) when the entire frame is taken into consideration.

IMO, the new standard for premium lenses is sharp across the frame wide open. The lens doesn't have to be uniformly sharp across the frame but the edges and corners have to be sharp with minor fall-off from the center.

just giving you a hard time :)

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2017 at 20:56 UTC
On article Prime or zoom? LensRentals investigates (237 comments in total)
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Rick Knepper: I scanned the article for tests with specific lenses and didn't see anything so I didn't read the article. No need to because I know what I know. If the following matches the article then great..

What I know is the best zoom cannot match the best prime (I'll throw the Zeiss Otus 55mm out as an example) but the best zoom can match some primes, especially budget primes or primes from a generation ago (for some brands at least) when the entire frame is taken into consideration.

IMO, the new standard for premium lenses is sharp across the frame wide open. The lens doesn't have to be uniformly sharp across the frame but the edges and corners have to be sharp with minor fall-off from the center.

Sorry Rick, tl;dr
The article, though, was great

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2017 at 18:30 UTC
On article Prime or zoom? LensRentals investigates (237 comments in total)
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teddoman: I'm curious why lens manufacturers or someone like LensRentals doesn't offer to do custom testing for lenses. People are spending thousands on lenses, sometimes cycling through multiple copies trying to find a sharp copy, it almost seems like there'd be a market for lenses accompanied by charts, kind of like diamond certifications.

As resolution makes users demand more out of their lenses, some people might want to test on their own by abusing free returns, or buying/selling multiple used copies.

I can imagine others treating it as a cost of business and wanting it done professionally. The cost of the optical equipment and labor is independent of lens price, so as lens prices go up, the cost of testing as a % of lens cost goes down. Doesn't make sense for an APS-C lens, but it might make sense for really high end FF lenses or medium format lenses.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2017 at 18:24 UTC
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Rhawi Dantas: Sweet lenses... I will be getting the 85.

And what the hell is a 'BOCA'?

Though to me, the eh spelling signals something closer to the sak"e" pronunciation. Though I made it more American in my head with "ay".

If you have any familiarity with what Japanese sounds like, then the sake and Abe sound intuitive for an e. Not sure people will know bokeh is Japanese though, that doesn't seem like the same Romanization of Japanese like sake and Abe.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2017 at 18:13 UTC
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Rhawi Dantas: Sweet lenses... I will be getting the 85.

And what the hell is a 'BOCA'?

Knowing that it's a Japanese term helps. We all carry intuitions about pronunciations of different languages. If I think a word is Japanese, I'll guess how a Japanese person would probably say it. A bit softer than the e in sake, which may be an accent difference only, but close nonetheless.

This wiki suggests it's actually a verb in Japanese. It'd be interesting to see how it has transformed into an English noun, especially because it's sort of an awkward noun that no one naturally seems to know how to use. I always see admonishments about the fact that bokeh is only described qualitatively. Are people trying to use it the way it's used in Japanese? Except in Japanese it's apparently not even a noun.

Future dpr article: "You say bokeh, I say bokesaseru."
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/%E6%9A%88%E3%81%91%E3%82%8B

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2017 at 14:40 UTC
On article Prime or zoom? LensRentals investigates (237 comments in total)

I'm curious why lens manufacturers or someone like LensRentals doesn't offer to do custom testing for lenses. People are spending thousands on lenses, sometimes cycling through multiple copies trying to find a sharp copy, it almost seems like there'd be a market for lenses accompanied by charts, kind of like diamond certifications.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2017 at 14:13 UTC as 61st comment | 5 replies
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Rhawi Dantas: Sweet lenses... I will be getting the 85.

And what the hell is a 'BOCA'?

stefpix- now I'm actually more confused. bitte, sake, latte, danke all have 3 different ending sounds! bitte (from German) sounds like uh or uhr, danke (from German) is uh, sake has a shorter ending like a short e vowel sound, latte pronounced by an American is ay. I used to think bokeh sounded like bokay and was weirded out by the video but now I'm just completely confused.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2017 at 03:04 UTC
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The Squire: Affordable-ish 85mm. Nice.

I'll take "-ish" over "un-"

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2017 at 13:27 UTC

is that the first animated gif I've seen on the news page?

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2017 at 18:43 UTC as 14th comment | 1 reply
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teddoman: I agree this is an important issue. There are already a lot of examples of border officials seizing electronic devices, journalists covering events having their equipment seized, etc.

"the D.A. asked the sheriff to confiscate the camera and delete the picture" http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/30/insider/forcing-a-district-attorneys-hand.html

Link | Posted on Dec 31, 2016 at 13:20 UTC

"the D.A. asked the sheriff to confiscate the camera and delete the picture" http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/30/insider/forcing-a-district-attorneys-hand.html

Link | Posted on Dec 31, 2016 at 13:16 UTC as 3rd comment
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