SnapHappy32

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On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1821 comments in total)
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Gnostos Agnostos: The 20 frames per second are impressive but a hidden disadvantage of all Sony a7 cameras is that at burst mode the raw files are downgraded from 14bit to 12bit.

Fuh. You know it's not (completely) irrelevant.

Think indoor sports - high ISO. DR and shadow recovery in PP suffers.
The A9 is not perfect. And we all need reasons to justify not lusting after it instead of facing up to a lack of funds..

I'm not dating Kate Upton as her hair is too short.

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2017 at 05:00 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1821 comments in total)
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amateurphotographer: all day sports shoot = 3000 photos. That's like 6-7 batteries. You would be paranoid and often change battery when only 1 block left in case you missed key moments. So you would get say 350-400 shots per battery before you change over. You could use a vertical grip and maybe get 900 shots. Also spend concentration on the battery indicator rather than the shoot subject. You would need 6-7 charges for overnight charging or wake up every 2 hrs to swap batteries over. All in all, great camera on paper, but for sports photographer shooting large numbers of pics , this camera is probably not practical, solely due to the battery. no mention of weather seal? But bravo to Sony for pushing the envelope.

Maybe a portrait grip with space for two batteries is on its way?

That would mitigate that problem easily and improve ergonomics with larger lenses. Sony means business.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 18:31 UTC
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Sdaniella: note:
Sony is only counting their top end FF ilc (highest value) models a7 series and a99 slts
and not their more affordable higher volume (lower value) apsc ilc models

whilst their competitors have several model mixes, from budget FF to high end FF, to lower volume top end pro FF models

and the stats given are focused on total FF value shipped rather than total FF units shipped

... in only USA ... being 2nd ... in the 3rd largest market
where all markets are trending downwards (total value or total units)
and

where the largest markets are ...

for total # UNITS shipped:
1) europe
2) asia (excl. japan)
3) usa (<= diminishing piece of #volume pie)
4) japan
5) other

for total $ VALUE shipped:
1) asia (excl. japan)
2) europe
3) usa (<= diminishing piece of $value pie)
4) japan
5) other

just google it ... 2017 (data ... mostly 2016, or earlier)

and the diminishing USA market isn't leaping over europe nor asia anytime soon
even though they have the LOWEST prices globally

Starting from scratch was regarding the mirrorless design. My point was that SONY launched the first mirrorless FF camera (bar Leica MP) and added existing, sought-after tech in the second generation. From here on most improvements are going to be incremental.

Think iPad. None of the components were new tech. The combination was.

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2017 at 08:23 UTC
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Sdaniella: note:
Sony is only counting their top end FF ilc (highest value) models a7 series and a99 slts
and not their more affordable higher volume (lower value) apsc ilc models

whilst their competitors have several model mixes, from budget FF to high end FF, to lower volume top end pro FF models

and the stats given are focused on total FF value shipped rather than total FF units shipped

... in only USA ... being 2nd ... in the 3rd largest market
where all markets are trending downwards (total value or total units)
and

where the largest markets are ...

for total # UNITS shipped:
1) europe
2) asia (excl. japan)
3) usa (<= diminishing piece of #volume pie)
4) japan
5) other

for total $ VALUE shipped:
1) asia (excl. japan)
2) europe
3) usa (<= diminishing piece of $value pie)
4) japan
5) other

just google it ... 2017 (data ... mostly 2016, or earlier)

and the diminishing USA market isn't leaping over europe nor asia anytime soon
even though they have the LOWEST prices globally

I get the attraction towards Sony currently. They have shorter refresh cycles and keep adding new tech continously. Take the a7Rii. Better sensor, IBIS and Electronic first shutter compared to the v1.

They compete and improve on more parameters than Nikon (resolution and AF basically). FF's are so advanced that there are very few quantum leaps to be made unless you're starting from scratch. Or if you deliberately hold back. Which seems to be Nikons MO.

Sony started from scratch and thus have more room for improvement. But it's hard to see how much they can improve in a 3. Generation model. My guess is that new 3rd generation a7's will not sell in the same volumes as the 2nd generation.

Major camera manufacturers will keep on leapfrogging each other.

One question though:

Why are Nikon and Canon reluctant to add IBIS? Mirror box issues?

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2017 at 09:59 UTC
On article Updated: Creating the Leica T (196 comments in total)
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shaocaholica: Look at the size of the T mount. It could easily accommodate a FF sensor.

An AF FF leica. Compact(ish).

Thats a revolution they might not be interested in.

They are not funded as heavily as the Japanese giants - and rely on a core market of MF-afficionados.

But I can't fault your logic here. Sony did it.

If Leica does excactly that they'll be sure to price it out of reach of many (if not most). They'll have to recoup the R&D cost on a limited production run.

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2014 at 18:02 UTC
On article Updated: Creating the Leica T (196 comments in total)
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lighthunter80: Damn... now I want one :)
Just the body and the 23/2.0 would be enough. Or shall I better get the Fuji X-E2 and the 23/1.4 ?

Badi. How can you - so matter-of-factly - state that the Fuji has superior IQ ? Considering the quality of the X-vario lens I still put Leica ahead of Fuji. Especially if you stick to adobe software. In prime lens territory Leica is king. Now they make excellent zooms for ASP-C sized sensors as well.

Fact is - you have no idea. Stop "mentoring" or passing on "knowledge" if you're going to be so biased about it.

The Fuji is affordable and very capable. I own a Fuji X camera and zero Leicas. But I'm not going to kid myself.

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2014 at 16:42 UTC
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Peiasdf: JVC is owned by Panasonic so this is just a badge engineered Panasonic camera. Next thing you know, Sanyo would join m4/3 because it is also owned by Panasonic.

And how typically non-american to state that as a general, American problem.

Prejudice much?

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2014 at 12:11 UTC
On photo Singapore in the Canon non SLR Challenge challenge (3 comments in total)

Beautiful entry!

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2014 at 14:22 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Nikon D5300 Review (315 comments in total)
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Zeisschen: With the a6000 news just prior to this, it's hard to believe both product pictures are made in the same year 2014. Compared to the modern Sony design this camera just looks like a cheap plastic tool from the 90s.

*chen* implies you're German. I just visited Berlin - out of 100's of cameras on display only ONE - yes ONE - was sporting a M43. The rest were DSLRs or small compacts.

What are you talking about?

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2014 at 13:41 UTC
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Cane: The fact that you need a grip in the first place shows the design fail of this style of camera. The past isn't always as great as old people remember it. Did Fuji just realize hands aren't rectangles?

I've just returned home from shooting 400 frames with an X100 (gripless). Not once did it slip, nor did I feel I needed one...

Forpetessake & Cane... What on earth are you talking about? Bad ergonomics? Makes me doubt that you've ever touched an x-series body.

The lightness of the camera allows you to hold it firmly just by gently squeezing your fingers on the body. YMMW if you're using it with a 55-200, in which case I'd reach for a grip.

Sorry mates - the X-series are ergonomical wonders. Essentially fatigue-free.

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2014 at 21:01 UTC
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Northgrove: Beach 2014, here I come!

Pervert...

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2013 at 10:09 UTC
On article Canon announces EOS M2 in Japan (616 comments in total)
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Sergey Borachev: I love it!

Canon and Nikon continue to waste time and let others have a bigger lead as the world turn mirrorless. This is great for competition. Thank you, Canon.

"as the world turns mirrorless"

Do you honestly think restating false information will make it so?

Not happened yet. Not happening anytime soon.

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2013 at 11:46 UTC
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DigiMatt: Are you guys incapable of reading the English language? You don't have to agree with the way DXO scores, but they did clearly state the reason they knocked the score down. That reason is: not being sharp wide open and not being sharp across the frame until f11. How do you people make it through life without a basic reading comprehension ability?

"On the downside, sharpness is low at full-aperture and isn’t uniform across the frame until its stopped to f11. At larger apertures there’s as much as 30% deviation in sharpness from the center to corners."

"Individually the new Nikkor has the higher sharpness overall but the current 50mm is sharper at full aperture, while both are sharper than the AF-D model.

Stopped down to f2.8 and the new Nikkor is sharper in the centers than either but the outer field, edges and corners are similar to the old AF-D model and someway behind the current 50mm model until f11, where the new 58mm has high sharpness from corner-to-corner."

I'm guessing a lot of people have a hard time reading the MTF-lines.

Guys - the left most point shows center resolution. The right one shows the extreme corners. Only by stopping down to f.8 does the MTF in corners reach 1500.

Not particularly impressive considering the price point.

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2013 at 09:16 UTC
On article DPReview Gear of the Year - Part 1: Fujifilm X100S (306 comments in total)
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David Ziff: I had opportunity to use (borrow, not own) the original X100 and loved the look and feel of the camera. However objectively it only scores 73 on the DXO Mark sensor tests. That's the same as my Nikon D90 from three years ago. The X100 low light ISO score is 1001 whereas the 5D Mark III is up around 2390 and the D800 around 2923. I'm not suggesting science should diminish anyone's love for a camera as that's a personal thing. The camera I'm fondest of was the old 2.8 medium format Rolleiflex twin-lens reflex. Objective sensor ratings might only be one factor in a person's photographic preference. May I ask my fellow readers here if sensor ratings -- whether from Popular Photography or DXO Mark or ? -- have a bearing in evaluating your next camera purchase

I have an X100. It's not quite there in terms of pure resolution but there is a very distinct look about the files, which lends itself perfectly to event shooting. Especially wide open at 2.0.
I shoot for personal uses - PM if you'd like an example.

I really never use DxO mark. I'm a strong believer of the fact that any modern camera is more than up to most tasks.

DxO might work for pure resolution seekers. I'm not one of them. I have 2x 16mp cameras, one more on the way. All three with different sensor formats. More than enough, as most pics are posted on websites.

And I simply do not understand why the d800 trumphs eg a Leica S. Doesn't correspond to what I actually see.

Trust me - you would love the X100 even with that score.

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2013 at 15:02 UTC
On article Retro Nikon 'DF' emerges from the shadows (1391 comments in total)
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jacek2008: What for is that big knob on the front of the camera?

I think you're spot on Per. Must be aperture control.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2013 at 18:45 UTC
On article Retro Nikon 'DF' emerges from the shadows (1391 comments in total)
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D1N0: People who use lenses without an aperture ring on this camera should loose their license :p

That one had me LOLling. Crisp one, D1NO.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2013 at 17:39 UTC
On article Retro Nikon 'DF' emerges from the shadows (1391 comments in total)
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SnapHappy32: Just saw the images on NR.

Having held of buying a FF twice during the last year - this is it.
This is the one.

I shoot events a lot (indoor). I have the savings (if the 3.000 k.USD price is correct) in place. I just need to pair this with the new Noct if it indeed has the D4 sensor.

This is it. I've never been this excited about a camera release. I don't care for its faux-retro looks or size. But I've never been this ready to preorder anything.

Cfynn. You're absolutely right.

AFAIK the Sonnar is not corrected explictly for coma. The nikon is not a resolution monster for me - just a lens that accentuates the rigth things for me. I shoot concerts. Flare and coma are nuisances.

Then again, Im an open-minded person. I'll reserve judgement for actual comparisons. Im not married to Nikon.

Thanks for setting the record straigth.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2013 at 17:36 UTC
On article Retro Nikon 'DF' emerges from the shadows (1391 comments in total)
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HawaiiVolcanoes: and...why.....would i want/need this thing?

Why... would.... we....give....a.....f......?

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2013 at 17:20 UTC
On article Retro Nikon 'DF' emerges from the shadows (1391 comments in total)
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Digitall: Almost the same specs as D610, but almost twice the price, ok. The retro style is expensive.
But it's a good marketing move from Nikon. "The gods must be crazy" Part II.

Almost? Ah then all is well

Dear Buffallo Bills. All is well. You almost won the Superbowl five times.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2013 at 17:16 UTC
On article Retro Nikon 'DF' emerges from the shadows (1391 comments in total)
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Zvonko: actually looks like one of Thom Hogans old predictions coming true.

Ha!

I predict a new Sony mount later this year.
I predict 16 more Ti iterations of the same camera sensor from Canon.
I predict poor QC and service from Nikon.
I predict that Pentaxians will insist on their limited lenses outperforming the Otus.

Camera people and companies are predictable.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2013 at 17:13 UTC
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