Douglas F Watt

Lives in United States Nashua, NH, United States
Works as a Neuropsychologist
Joined on May 15, 2008

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On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1570 comments in total)
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Sdaniella: hrmmm ... a99ii screen face-forward ... not really .., canted upwards, or pr photos incomplete? missing screen fully-forward capability?

saw a77 video of screen-facing fully forward ... but no a99ii?

Yes, it faces forward. not sure where you are getting your (mis)information. You want this FF to take selfies?

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 22:05 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1570 comments in total)
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ProfHankD: An absolutely top-of-the-line camera that still gets little respect in the comments here and is getting reviewed a year after release....

BTW, the comments about lenses are simply incorrect -- if you actually go count how many AF lenses (new+old, but mostly old) are available in A mount it is literally MORE than are native for any other mount (e.g., based on actual counts from places like KEH and eBay). Basically, Minolta was the first with a "modern" AF SLR so everybody made lenses for it -- and they're inordinately cheap now because A mount is no longer as popular. Take a look at Dyxum for a well-maintained list of many of the A-mount lenses with reviews.

@hikerdoc
So if you are so indifferent, why are you bothering to dismiss the camera as irrelevant? And if it's irrelevant to you, does that mean that it has to be irrelevant to everyone else? And if not, doesn't it suggest that you are simply trying to stir people up?

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 17:12 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1570 comments in total)
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ProfHankD: An absolutely top-of-the-line camera that still gets little respect in the comments here and is getting reviewed a year after release....

BTW, the comments about lenses are simply incorrect -- if you actually go count how many AF lenses (new+old, but mostly old) are available in A mount it is literally MORE than are native for any other mount (e.g., based on actual counts from places like KEH and eBay). Basically, Minolta was the first with a "modern" AF SLR so everybody made lenses for it -- and they're inordinately cheap now because A mount is no longer as popular. Take a look at Dyxum for a well-maintained list of many of the A-mount lenses with reviews.

Thanks for the reality check Prof. However, you are forgetting that trolling is the primary cottage industry on DPR, and that most of these folks recycle rumors, disinformation, obfuscation, and other trolling-type comments. Since they can't trash the camera, light loss (well, they still troll that one), they are left with trolling comments about the lens ecology. That there are a many great lenses, admittedly with some holes in the lineup and a need for updating, is irrelevant. The primary purpose of this blog sadly has become continuing brand wars, a rolling oneupsmanship, and the like. It's not to discuss DP, technical issues. etc. Wish it was . . .it would be a great resource.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 15:40 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1570 comments in total)
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King of Song: The photo that DPR is using of the camera in review, has a Zeiss 85 1.4 mounted. Why is that lens not listed on Sony's official site? Are there other great lenses not listed?

My only complaint about this camera body is the lack of newly designed top quality prime lenses, with the latest AF motors. There are very many old Minolta lenses that are not good enough for this sensor, or AF system. There is no point having the best sensor in the world, attached to an old coke bottle....

Sigma Art, doesn't build their lenses with Sony A mount, Actually only the 35mm, none of the others. Really not much. The new Zeiss Batis, and Otus not in Sony A mount!!!

Best camera in the world, only has a bunch of 30+ year old lenses. Even Sony itself, choose to not build their top class lenses on their own A mount!!!! No G Master lenses for A mount???? Why???

It's unusual to see so many counterfactual statements in a single post, but it appears offered from someone who doesn't own either the camera or the lenses he is offering such authoritative opinions on! Nice! Point of fact: there is the Zeiss 24mm, the Sigma Art 35, the Sigma Art 50 (contrary to your post), the Zeiss 50/85/135 - all superb options. The Minolta primes, particularly their telephoto primes, but others as well, and the 80-200 2,0 HS G are more than sharp enough to reveal great details on that sensor. There are several excellent Tamron options, particularly the very sharp 70-200. Check your facts, otherwise, you embarress yourself.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 14:22 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1570 comments in total)
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Tieu Ngao: Nikon D750 is better than all these 4 cameras on this IQ test scene.

The DPR test scene suggests something very different from that assessment.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 05:19 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1570 comments in total)
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Clyde Thomas: This camera is not for you. Stay away. Handling one for five minutes will cause you to question everything in your current gear collection. You'll lie awake at night calculating how much you can sell your current gear for. You'll monitor eBay constantly for special deals on AMount lenses. You'll go down the rabbit hole researching old Minolta AF lenses. You'll wonder why you never paid any attention to the thirty year AMount 9 series legacy. You will fall in love again, with a camera...

DON'T GO THERE...!

Love hurts.

Trolling much Angular? Slow news day on other websites? Like I said, you've never shot a frame with the A99ii. And you're more knowledgeable about it than people who own one.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 03:56 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1570 comments in total)
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John Arenas: Stupendous JPEG sharpness and noise control up to 12800 compared to D500, XT2, & EM1II. Reason for those cameras is because indoor sports is important to me and these have the best AF features in this price range. One drawback that I did see was in the ISO testing strong cyan and purple fringing in certain areas.

that's likely in the lens. The 85 1.4 that they shot the test images with is very very sharp, esp. stopped down, but it could use updated coatings, and is vulnerable to a little bit of CA.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2017 at 21:42 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1570 comments in total)
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Clyde Thomas: This camera is not for you. Stay away. Handling one for five minutes will cause you to question everything in your current gear collection. You'll lie awake at night calculating how much you can sell your current gear for. You'll monitor eBay constantly for special deals on AMount lenses. You'll go down the rabbit hole researching old Minolta AF lenses. You'll wonder why you never paid any attention to the thirty year AMount 9 series legacy. You will fall in love again, with a camera...

DON'T GO THERE...!

Love hurts.

@AngularJS. Clearly, you know nothing about either the legacy or the Zeiss glass. I guess you haven't seen the output from the CZ 135 1.8 on this sensor. Tough to be en expert on a system you literally have never held in your hands, let alone shot, let alone owned. You might want to limit exposing your ignorance.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2017 at 21:35 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1570 comments in total)

What's interesting, and rather sad, is that the DPR review spends a lot of its time on exploring the mythological notion that the SLT mirror hurts image quality, and "is shocked" (horrors!!) that the difference is negligible (what?), while completely ignoring for example, that the A99ii at ISO 6400 produces noticeably better JPEGs, particularly if you normalize viewing sizes, compared to the two pro FF icons of the Nikon 810 and Canon 5D IV. Indeed, it's not even that close. Only the A7Rii is competitive with it (not surprisingly).

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2017 at 20:07 UTC as 280th comment | 6 replies
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1570 comments in total)
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Magnar W: Dpreview writes about the depth of field preview button: "It is tucked down by the bottom of the lens mount on the grip side of the camera, but isn't reachable (at least not with smaller, more presidential hands) by any fingers holding the grip.

This is where this button has been placed since it first was introduced on SLR cameras, so that it could be easily operated with the middle finger on the left hand - of cause a SLR/DSLR camera should be held with the left hand under the lens, taking up almost all of the weight. The right hand is just for operating the shutter release and exposure controls, and adding some extra support. This works beautiful with the A7x series of cameras too!

When the camera is operate like this, the weight and size of the camera doesn't matter, and the combo is held as steady as possible. When holding the camera and lens with the right hand, everything is just out of balance.

One might add that DPR sometimes seems to lose a clear distinction between (personal) editorial preferences, and some kind of doctrine about HOW IT SHOULD BE DONE! It would be nice to see the group of reviewers have a clearer separation between those things, as they surely are not the same. We all like what we are used to.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2017 at 18:14 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1570 comments in total)
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Clyde Thomas: This camera is not for you. Stay away. Handling one for five minutes will cause you to question everything in your current gear collection. You'll lie awake at night calculating how much you can sell your current gear for. You'll monitor eBay constantly for special deals on AMount lenses. You'll go down the rabbit hole researching old Minolta AF lenses. You'll wonder why you never paid any attention to the thirty year AMount 9 series legacy. You will fall in love again, with a camera...

DON'T GO THERE...!

Love hurts.

Well said Clyde. All the A Mount is Dead zombies will struggle to find something to complain about . . . it's going to be an uphill battle for them, given that there is no more (all-around) competent FF camera out there. The favorite target for the trollers seems to be the lens ecology.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2017 at 17:35 UTC
On article Hopes of Kodachrome relaunch put on ice (173 comments in total)

I personally hope that Kodachrome does come back, but its processing is a toxic and complex process. Kodachrome actually started my love affair with photography. For sure, it ain't perfect, but its departures from perfect color accuracy are all (IMHO) hypnotic and aesthetically pleasing. I wonder how many other folks in the DP universe got their start by falling in love with Kodachrome's color palette?

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2017 at 11:31 UTC as 31st comment

DPR hasn't reviewed the camera, doesn't have even studio shots yet, but knows enough in its editorial near-omniscience, to declare two other cameras it has reviewed, one of which won't take 4k, and the other of which has a much slower OSPDAF system, no dual card slots, and poorer ergonomics, as being clearly superior. It would be one thing if DPR simply deferred judgment. That would be respectable, and more believable. This suggests shoot-from-the-hip reviewing. And it's troubling.

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2017 at 02:34 UTC as 33rd comment | 1 reply
On article CES video: the Panasonic GH5 (76 comments in total)

We are seeing a real cost paradigm shift, in terms of top end bodies in m4/3 and APS-C regularly nudging up against the $2k price border that used to signal territory of a FF body. Looks like a great video machine, with decent stills ability.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 18:40 UTC as 12th comment | 7 replies
On article Happy Holidays from DPReview (150 comments in total)

Merry Christmas to everyone!

Link | Posted on Dec 25, 2016 at 15:35 UTC as 106th comment

The more you think about it, the more that drone insurance looks like a steal!!

Link | Posted on Dec 23, 2016 at 22:01 UTC as 15th comment

We of course want and expect a full report with pictures and video if he demolishes it or crashes it into the ocean. :-) Ha!

Link | Posted on Dec 23, 2016 at 21:16 UTC as 17th comment

Part technical report, part self-deprecating stand up. Very funny! Look forward to more standup, er, technical reports on drone tech from Dan!!

Link | Posted on Dec 23, 2016 at 20:57 UTC as 19th comment
On article Modern Mirrorless: Canon EOS M5 Review (1635 comments in total)

A very generous review.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2016 at 12:40 UTC as 105th comment
On article Have Your Say: Best Gear of 2016 (99 comments in total)
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Douglas F Watt: How is it that the Sony A 99 II is not even on this list?

Haa! That explains it. It is seriously under everyone's radar then. That's fine with us.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2016 at 09:36 UTC
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