Douglas F Watt

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On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2754 comments in total)
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km25: Not trying to be negative, but Sony, again has to put shutter speed dials and/or LCD windows on the top their camera cameras, the PASM dial only is not enough. This is not a huge deal ! Does this camera have a vertical grip. Sony good technology, not so good execution.

you mean like the LCD on the A99ii?

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 00:50 UTC
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PK24X36NOW: Apple has been headed in the "wrong" direction for years now. They have allowed "design snobbery" to cloud their judgment and interfere with the functionality of their products. The current Mac Pro abomination is a perfect example. Want extra hard drives? Optical Drives? Additional RAM? Everything is an add on with cables, because we gave you this fat toilet paper tube instead of a proper tower. Laptops no longer have an HDMI cable plug, or an optical drive, or (in the latest version, as mentioned) even an SD card slot, all in the pursuit of "look how thin it is."

In short, ditch the design snobbery (or limit it to one entry level product in each line) and make useful devices.

Yep. That's about the size of it. See my post along the same lines in a joking fashion.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2017 at 13:49 UTC

Apple is in such a rush to establish that whatever the current generation of ports are, they are now irrelevant and are just legacy ports that can be dispensed with, in their latest state-of-the-art creation. The new Mac Pro will only have a neural interface, no USB, no HDMI, no nothing. You will literally think through the directory system to find your file. Then you will mentally imagine it being sent to the printer where it will quickly be rendered.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2017 at 13:47 UTC as 71st comment

The endless chase for more and more detail and bigger and bigger MP is completely unabated. It is unclear where the point of diminishing returns might be on this, or have we passed it already?

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2017 at 23:49 UTC as 26th comment | 6 replies
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1581 comments in total)
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Lineypi: Curious that they aren't making a bigger deal of the issues with autofocus in the continuous shooting test. Is this because those problems went away when they shifted from single point AF to one of the multi-point AF options? With my a77 I've always used the 'zone' mode and been mostly happy with its focus tracking for moving subjects (I shoot horse events) but have definitely had a few odd blips here and there. I would have hoped that the a99II would be an improvement on this?

Can anyone share their experience with the a99II autofocus for continuous shooting when using the 'zone' AF mode?

Balanced emphasis was used 'because it's the default' (!!!), and due to the concern or belief that AF priority 'murders' the frame rate. Not in my experience, either with 3rd party or Sony G glass. Additionally, and ironically, using expand flexible spot, and not lock on, seems to produce better AF tracking and stability. I think they used questionable settings (that were not spelled out in detail, and there are a lot of AF parameters to set and choose), and the pro community using the A99ii hasn't seen the problems - or at least the degree of them - described in the review. I've shot 20 tracking tests, with targets moving way faster than their bike, and gotten anywhere from 80-95% sharp focus. It's not a D5 (but what is?), but it's way better than their report would suggest. And then they were also WAY off in reporting poor performance with non-Sony lenses. I have 10. They all work great, including in AF-C. Overall, the report misses the forest for the focus on all the trees.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2017 at 02:28 UTC

for the life of me, can't understand why they didn't do a logarithmic scale, as the cellphone numbers blow the roof off of your graphs

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2017 at 15:53 UTC as 13th comment | 2 replies
On photo Sailing ship at night in polwee's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

great, iconic shot

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2017 at 20:19 UTC as 1st comment
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1581 comments in total)
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tbcass: The comment "not so great with third party lenses" is very misleading. I use my A99ii exclusively with Tamron lenses and everything works great!!!!! All you lose are the on sensor PDAF points but the lenses still focus fast and accurately. Misleading comments like this are why this review has been criticized.

i can add my response to the existing ones, which some here have dismissed as simply anecdotal, that 3rd party lenses somehow don't work as well as Sony 8 pin lenses. Just not true, at least in my experience. I have over ten Minolta, Sigma, and Tamron lenses. Not one uses H-AF, and the AF performance is uniformly excellent on all of them. Indeed, some of the best AF performance is on screw drive lenses. Although an occasional AF hiccup can be found with 3rd party glass (and mostly it's a very occasional issue with a Sigma lens), the vast majority work just fine. The Tamron 70-200 USD focuses as quickly and reliably as the 70-400 G2. DPR should be more careful about these kinds of statements. It doesn't help things, just muddies the water, and adds to the impression that DPR sometimes is shooting from the hip.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2017 at 16:12 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1581 comments in total)
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redhed17: Am I being dim, or have I missed how large the Buffer is for the 12fps?

I've just gone and looked at the original a99II announcement and could see no mention of it either. :-/

It will do about 65 RAW in 42MP.

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2017 at 04:40 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1581 comments in total)
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ovlov: I find it interesting that Sony continues to keep the A-mount on life support. What's really needed is a revamped lens lineup. I left the A-mount for the EF-mount years ago partially because scrounging ebay for used Minolta lenses gets old. Some of the issues that required service visits to Laredo got old too.

All these years later Sony still doesn't seem to have a road map for the A-mount.

@brendon. "There are very few people like you who actually believe the A mount is on anything but life support. Every one else knows the truth about the A mount and the damming evidence to the same."

I guess everyone who has a different view from you (and that's at least everyone that's ordered the A99ii making it the most backordered FF camera in a long time) just doesn't have your deep insight and wonderful market vision.

Spoken like a true outsider, who believes that the view from the outside is the true view. Thanks for sharing!

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2017 at 15:50 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1581 comments in total)
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ovlov: I find it interesting that Sony continues to keep the A-mount on life support. What's really needed is a revamped lens lineup. I left the A-mount for the EF-mount years ago partially because scrounging ebay for used Minolta lenses gets old. Some of the issues that required service visits to Laredo got old too.

All these years later Sony still doesn't seem to have a road map for the A-mount.

I'd say you don't have a roadmap and your view of Sony is on life support. Sony's plans are pretty clear, it is going to do a modest updating of the lens lineup (new CZ zooms last year, primes this year, from there probably a few other redos), and new bodies on a 3 to 4 year timetable for APS-C vs FF respectively. Can understand if you feel that modest updating is insufficient. But if you regard the whole lens lineup as nothing but slim pickings, I would have to assume that you don't know what's out there. Too bad that folks like you and other A-Mount-Is-Dead devotees can't test the the reality of your beliefs in light of the A99ii and Sony's clear statements about a commitment to A mount. I doubt you'll ever update any of your misconceptions about Sony, but that's the way it rolls. Downhill.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2017 at 19:42 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1581 comments in total)
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Terry Breedlove: I have never been a fan of Sony color or images. I look at what Nikon and others do with the Sony sensors and they knock them out of the park. I haven't looked at this camera yet so hoping they are doing better.

That was true on the previous gen of 24 and 36 MP sensors. But this sensor first of all is not going to be sold to Nikon, not until it is replaced by something better in the next gen - and there is nothing that 'knocks it out of the part'.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2017 at 19:34 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1581 comments in total)
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redhed17: Am I being dim, or have I missed how large the Buffer is for the 12fps?

I've just gone and looked at the original a99II announcement and could see no mention of it either. :-/

if you shoot in crop mode (18MP files) the buffer is huge. 260 or so RAW, and almost unlimited JPEGs. I've never ever run out of buffer depth, even in 42MP, and in crop mode, it's pretty ridiculous. People are hung up on statistics as opposed to real world use.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2017 at 16:53 UTC

"Digital camera sales have slightly decreased from 1.8 to 1.6 billion units" - i'm sure that's a typo (should be in millions of units?). Otherwise, last year, roughly one quarter of the planet bought a non-ILC Sony cam. Seems a bit improbable?

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2017 at 00:34 UTC as 49th comment | 9 replies
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1581 comments in total)
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Full Stop: This cam (and the A7R2) have the best JPEG-engine I've ever seen.

Yup. that's my assessment as well. And it's not widely appreciated. Every generation of JPEG engines on recent Sony bodies has been better than the last. Compare particularly JPEGs as ISO rises on the studio test scene. Although RAW on 810, A99ii and A7Rii aren't really all that different, the JPEGs on the Sonys are simply better from 1600 and up, and by 6400, it's not that close. They seem to have the balancing of sharpening, NR and context dependent application of both tuned to a level that more established players can't match. Interesting that this has become a Sony strength, esp. from where they started in the A900, which had a poor JPEG engine.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 15:51 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1581 comments in total)
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Morvegil: Not sure why anyone in their right mind would go back to A mount. Its a almost dead tech. With the Sony E mount and Canon/Nikon killing the lens game...just buying into a dead tech.

Might as well start your VCR back up.

@morvegil. Bugs Buggy would have said "oy, what a maroon."

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 15:17 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1581 comments in total)
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MikeDeane: Semi transparent mirror is a no-no in my humble opinion - Canon had that back in the 60'[s with it's PELLIX...and it bombed....not enough light entered the viewfinder for most people....MD

@MikeDeane Fortunately, Sony didn't listen to folks like you with little real technical knowledge. Wrong about SLT, wrong about the EVF, just run of the mill technical ignorance and lack of real knowledge, dressed up in an authoritative tone. Try shooting with one before you rush to judgment. If you can even get one.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 15:09 UTC

It's amazing how times change. This thing was way cool when it came out. Now any cheap cell phone takes way better pictures. What will the technology look like in 20 years?

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2017 at 16:37 UTC as 62nd comment
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1581 comments in total)
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MLPhoto88: Why in the image comparison does the a99 II have so much red fringe??

This has been kicked around - the Zeiss 85 does have some CA issues. Aside from the well known vulnerability of the lens to CA, it's very possible, if not probable, that the studio JPEGs were taken with CA compensation turned off. Too bad. It really does limit that issue quite a bit, knocking it down from obvious to really much more subtle.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2017 at 15:04 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1581 comments in total)
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endofoto: I think that passing through the fixed mirror would diminish the light energy and thereby the quality of colours. The main difference between prime lenses and zoom lenses is that zoom lenses have more glass that the photons should pass through.

Pure rubbish. Dressed up in a few buzz words from physics.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2017 at 02:53 UTC
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