Douglas F Watt

Lives in United States Boston, MA, United States
Works as a Neuropsychologist
Joined on May 15, 2008

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On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10/LX15 Review (385 comments in total)

Nice review, nice value in terms of what the camera can do, but the lack of an EVF on this kind of camera is deal breaker.

Link | Posted on Nov 25, 2016 at 19:23 UTC as 8th comment | 2 replies
On article Action-packed: Sony a6500 First Impressions (557 comments in total)

Here is the most easily challenged conclusion "Two days shooting with it proved to me that the a6500 is the most usable Sony APS-C camera on the market." But it's not nearly as useable as the A77ii, even though that camera is arguably less capable, particularly in video. Classic example of conflating better sensor function with overall usability. DxO would be pleased.

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2016 at 14:34 UTC as 123rd comment | 1 reply
On article Fast Five: Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V Review (406 comments in total)

It's puzzling that ultimately DPR rates image and video quality second and operating system convenience and ease of customizability first. I can understand that the latter issues are important, but more important than IQ? I find the Sony menu structure a bit of a chore, but not unbearable, and the camera, once you have it set up, takes such remarkable pictures, no other 1 inch compact really competes with it. It's also a bit surprising that Sony cleaned up the menu system on the upcoming A99ii, A6500, and left this one un-revised? WUWT???

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 21:20 UTC as 62nd comment
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utphoto: There are some amazingly naive comments regarding the camera not being suitable for broadcast video. In the overall scheme of broadcast and cable news today, failing EBU or BBC standards means nothing. Anyone who watches television news on a daily basis will see camera phone video of news events, scenes shot vertically, etc. In the US, quality is additionally compromised by cost squeezing networks (sending an on the air person out to do a live shot who has to do his/her own technical set up).

Broadcast delivery systems are still pretty much 1080i, not even 1080P. The compromises along the entire chain from acquisition to over the air, including the damage cable and satellite providers inflict, make the nit picks irrelevant.

Exactly.

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2016 at 00:12 UTC
On article Video: Photokina 2016 wrap-up (152 comments in total)

What's even more interesting is that the most significant release by Sony in the past several years aside from the A7R/SII models gets almost no mention. It does get a nod as a 'very capable camera' but it seems that DPR was 'surprised' because they believed A mount was dead. Even with two A mount body releases in the last 6 months, this notion is still being trolled in the comments here. As Mark Twain once said, "the news of my death has been greatly exaggerated."

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2016 at 12:37 UTC as 10th comment
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zubs: i can confirm that there is no short supply of trolls.
Go Sony A mount full frame, still love my A57.

Yup. They just come out of the woodwork around these kinds of announcements.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2016 at 21:55 UTC
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noflashplease: Sorry Sony, but I don't believe that there will be any great shortage of any A-mount bodies, especially ones that have seen a 60% price hike over the last generation. This is just marketing hype. As a system, the A-mount is nearly extinct, finished off by the light blocking pellicle mirror concept. It's not coming back, which is precisely why Sony invested so much into full frame A7 series bodies.

What? Ranting about what you perceive as someone else's rant is still a rant.

Oh, and fanboy is not spelled with an I.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2016 at 21:53 UTC
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Douglas F Watt: What a surprise. As for DPR being also surprised by the release itself, DPR bought heavily into A-mount-is-dead stock, and then had to dump that stock in a rush. They seem to badly need better financial advisors.

Yes, they do seem confused here at DPR. Too much weather vane behavior, and not enough acceptance of the truth that there isn't one right path in DP, anymore than there is one right path any where else.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2016 at 18:51 UTC
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noflashplease: Sorry Sony, but I don't believe that there will be any great shortage of any A-mount bodies, especially ones that have seen a 60% price hike over the last generation. This is just marketing hype. As a system, the A-mount is nearly extinct, finished off by the light blocking pellicle mirror concept. It's not coming back, which is precisely why Sony invested so much into full frame A7 series bodies.

Troll much?

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2016 at 18:25 UTC

What a surprise. As for DPR being also surprised by the release itself, DPR bought heavily into A-mount-is-dead stock, and then had to dump that stock in a rush. They seem to badly need better financial advisors.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2016 at 14:45 UTC as 30th comment | 2 replies
On article Hands-on and in-depth with the Sony a6500 (558 comments in total)
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atclen: Sony !! POS

No, he just doesn't know how to turn off the CAPS.

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2016 at 04:42 UTC
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PPierre: Expensive and big, though quite qualitative according to early reviewers. What I don't get is why Sony hasn't released the A99II before the A7RII, and then released these huge qualitative lenses for this body, which is an A7RII with better AF... Now, Sony's best body won't have the best lenses, while the smaller ones will have the best and the heaviest. Hard to understand.

Except that the Tamron 70-200 2.8 is probably almost as good, and half the price. I'm not too worried about lenses for the A99ii, and as someone has mentioned, the Minolta 80-200 2.8 is amazing for $700-900. I've got a ton of excellent (and affordable) glass. Not clear whether I will spring for the 24-70 2.8 from Tamron or CZ . . . but again, I'm not worried about a shortage of lenses. Would be nice however if Sigma and Sony would kiss and make up . . .

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2016 at 22:02 UTC

I'm sure that's a spectacular lens but with a price tag to match. Only the well heeled enthusiast, or a successful pro, can afford a full staple of FE lens, esp. anything with the G master label. And will it be really any better than the (relatively) cheap USD Tamron 7-200 2.8 on AMount which is optically excellent?

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2016 at 12:35 UTC as 22nd comment | 1 reply

Should put some needed downward price pressure on Sony's RX10II/III.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 02:15 UTC as 25th comment
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ZeneticX: Well it's good to see some haters actually stand by their opinion that A mount is dead even after this announcement. Still better than the naysayers and bandwagoners

Yup. The haters and trolls are doubling down though, as they seem to all be scrambling to justify their clearly wrong A-Mount-is-Dead religion. Sad really. Shows that some people simply can't be taught. Make a mistake? Sure. Just cover that up by making a bigger version of the same mistake, and keep doing that until you feel vindicated by getting just one prediction right.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 14:58 UTC
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noflashplease: This A99 II most likely be the very last A mount/Maxxum body, which makes sense, due to the long product life cycles. Outside of current user base, I can't imagine anyone buying into an effectively dead lens mount. This is basically just a pleasant way of phasing out a product line, and truth be known, slapping A7RII internals in to the big A99 body was just about as easy as producing the big, hollow A3000 from NEX components. This is a low investment, low volume, closeout product. Goodbye SLT! Goodbye A mount!

Wake up.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 14:34 UTC
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havoc315: If Canon or Nikon made this camera, it would be a major game changer.
Sony a-mount has such limited market share, and a neglected lens lineup, that I doubt this fantastic camera body will have much of an impact on the broader market.

Havoc315 - weren't you the same DP prognosticator that declared categorically that there would be no more FF A mount bodies? Doubling down on your lost bet? I guess some people simply can't learn from their mistakes, or, for that matter, even admit them.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 14:29 UTC
On Article:1730096095 (18 comments in total)
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photog4u: Brilliant! Well done Sony! This is definitely a hard blow to the D810...

IUDEX: Possibly soon-to-be extinct? Really? You want to double down on your previous lost bet? Weren't you one of the many DP geniuses that recently predicted no more A mount bodies?

Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 14:02 UTC
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Marjan: To me the best Sony could do is the return to classic DSLR concept with that series and to beat 5d mark iv on its own ground, at least with spec. We have good enough A7 rII we dont need a99iI know.

Speak for yourself. Clearly, everyone with A mount glass is salivating over this. It's actually on paper a better camera than the A7Rii. Your response suggests you have no knowledge of the size of the installed base of A mount lenses, both the legacy Minolta glass, and the newer Sony and Zeiss glass.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 13:40 UTC
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halfwaythere: One question remains: what's the point of this camera?

It's not like someone is going to buy A mount lenses just to use this camera, because I'm pretty sure there isn't going to be another one.

Weren't you the brilliant prognosticator that was recently front and center in declaring that there would be no upgraded A mount FF cameras?

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 13:36 UTC
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