tbcass

tbcass

Lives in United States Central, NY, United States
Works as a Retired and Loving It
Joined on Nov 21, 2005
About me:

Sony A99ii
Sony RX10iii
Sony RX100
Sony A77ii
Tamron 45mm f1.8 USD
Tamron 70-200 f2.8 USD
Sony 35mm f1.8
Sigma 17-70 f2.8-4 "C" lens
Tamron 70-300 USD
Tamron 150-600 USD
Tamron 90mm f2.8 macro
Also play Bass Guitar and Keyboards
Fender Squier Jazz Fretless 4 String
Fender Precision Lyte fretted 4 string
Fender Squire Dimension 5 string
Yamaha TPG635 electronic Piano/Keyboard

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On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1499 comments in total)
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entoman: The overall impression I get, from reading all the reviews, and all the forum comments here and elsewhere, is that the a99ii AF is CAPABLE of hitting focus accurately and tracking fast erratic subjects accurately, but that it requires very specific settings (and hence a lot of experience and a lot of familiarity with the Sony AF guidelines) in order to achieve a high keeper rate.

The point that many seem to be missing, is that some other systems, particularly Nikon's 3D tracking sytem in the D500, can achieve the same or better keeper rates, WITHOUT needing the myriad of "focus cases" used by Sony and Canon. The Nikon system just seems to work, straight out of the box. In other words, it is a more INTELLIGENT system, requiring less user input than either the Sony or Canon systems.

I have no personal experience of D500 or a99ii, but that is the overall impression I get from all the reviews and forum comments......

Absolute utter nonsense on your part! A camera should be judged on it's merits regardless of advertising claims. If you want to criticize Sony's marketing claims that is a fine but it is a completely separate issue that is irrelevant to the merits of the camera as a photographic tool. Personally I don't believe any marketing claims about any product. I will never agree with you on this issue so don't expect me to continue this particular conversation.

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2017 at 17:06 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1499 comments in total)
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entoman: The overall impression I get, from reading all the reviews, and all the forum comments here and elsewhere, is that the a99ii AF is CAPABLE of hitting focus accurately and tracking fast erratic subjects accurately, but that it requires very specific settings (and hence a lot of experience and a lot of familiarity with the Sony AF guidelines) in order to achieve a high keeper rate.

The point that many seem to be missing, is that some other systems, particularly Nikon's 3D tracking sytem in the D500, can achieve the same or better keeper rates, WITHOUT needing the myriad of "focus cases" used by Sony and Canon. The Nikon system just seems to work, straight out of the box. In other words, it is a more INTELLIGENT system, requiring less user input than either the Sony or Canon systems.

I have no personal experience of D500 or a99ii, but that is the overall impression I get from all the reviews and forum comments......

The claims Sony makes are irrelevant. Any camera should be judged on it's merits alone, not on advertising claims.

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2017 at 15:31 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1499 comments in total)
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Hunting light: I guess, or at least hope, that some of the issues found/mentioned, can be fixed or improved, with a software update.

What surpriced me the most, was the issue with small buffer. After the A77 story, where they sort of solved the issue with small buffer in the new A77II, I was 100% sure that Sony would avoid such an issue, one more time, on a sport/actioncam/all-round camera. But no.

I really miss the Sony in many ways. The swivel-flipscreen, the fact that you have all the info you need in your eye, and the fact that you can change almost every settings, without taking your eye from the subject in focus.

So I will wait and see, if Sony have a quickfix for the mentioned issues, and if they launch new lenses, which is needed.

I meant the A99ii has a larger buffer than the A77ii. I own both cameras BTW.

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2017 at 15:26 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1499 comments in total)
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Hunting light: I guess, or at least hope, that some of the issues found/mentioned, can be fixed or improved, with a software update.

What surpriced me the most, was the issue with small buffer. After the A77 story, where they sort of solved the issue with small buffer in the new A77II, I was 100% sure that Sony would avoid such an issue, one more time, on a sport/actioncam/all-round camera. But no.

I really miss the Sony in many ways. The swivel-flipscreen, the fact that you have all the info you need in your eye, and the fact that you can change almost every settings, without taking your eye from the subject in focus.

So I will wait and see, if Sony have a quickfix for the mentioned issues, and if they launch new lenses, which is needed.

The A77ii buffer is much bigger than the A77ii because it can hold more of the much larger files than the A77ii can.

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2017 at 15:00 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1499 comments in total)

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.

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2017 at 14:54 UTC as 43rd comment
On article Striding Forth: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Review (2101 comments in total)

DPR said "As for us, we like it, and using speedy and accurate touch-to-focus on a rear screen instead of laying on our stomachs in the dirt for a low-angle shot is always an added plus."

Since the screen is fixed you will still have to lay on your stomach for a low angle shot.

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2017 at 23:56 UTC as 32nd comment
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1499 comments in total)
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imno007: I'm not sure why so many people are upset about the review's autofocus criticisms, since this isn't the first preview/review I've seen that's mentioned them. Kai touched on them in his review, for example:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OXV1p6oS54

I will agree with others, though, that the grading/award system here seems a bit erratic. Why, for example, does the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II score 85% and get a Gold Award, while the A99II scores the same percentage but does not get a Gold Award? They're apparently grading on some kind of curve, according to class of camera or market segment. That would explain how something like the Google Pixel XL could score better than this and other high-end cameras.

imno007
The review I linked IS at odds with the DPR review. In the sequence with the runner coming at them they had a 51 out of 59 success rate, 86%, which they said is excellent for a 42mp $3200 camera and it takes a $6500 dedicated 20mp sports camera like the D5 to do better. DPR gave the impression that the hit rate was much less than that and that the AF isn't very good at all. That is a major difference of opinion. Remember the guy in the video is a dedicated sports photographer while the DPR staff are professional reviewers which begs the question, are the DPR staffers using the camera correctly.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2017 at 13:25 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1499 comments in total)
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DaveyWilson: This review doesn't match the results I've had which were published in a separate review. My review didn't get so technical as I wanted to describe what it was like working with the A99II in the field.

Reading the Auto Focus section of your review, it seems you know how to properly operate Sony's AF system. Furthermore, seeing the short 9-page length you afforded Sony vs the 15-page length you afforded both the Canon 5D Mark IV and 1Dx Mark II, it appears you didn't want to learn it either.

Similar to Canon's, Sony's AF system uses different settings optimized for specific types of motion tracking. Using the wrong mode won't give great results.

Here's a screenshot of 100% crops from an 8-frame sequence I shot of a pro-cyclist a few weeks back on A99II with the Sony 300mm F2.8 G SSM II:
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/7003823/A99II-8-frames.jpg

You won't find a single focus miss. A99II is an incredible tool in competent hands.

Rishi Sanyal
Saying the guy cherry picked the best shots is a low blow. Would you like it if someone accused you of doing something like that in your reviews? You should lighten up because you guys aren't infallible.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2017 at 01:25 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1499 comments in total)
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Guldmann: Sony jpg colors displeasing :) another hater :) let's move on

Yes I agree. I like Sony colors and let's face it, it's strictly a matter of opinion and adjustable to taste.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2017 at 01:20 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1499 comments in total)
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Anulu: I think DPR reviewers missing out the point of VALUE from the final score.
5d4:30mpx at 7fps, small buffer, unusable 4k and AA filter for 3500$= 87% and gold
a99II:42mpx at 12fps, big buffer with IBIS, NO AA, BSI sensor and FF 4k with slog-s, EVF for 3200$ = 85% with silver
very interesting... moreover it's ridiculous
Even if AF performance is just like as they say, but is hard to believe because everybody says the opposite...

Amazon owns DPR so it's in their interest to push Canon.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2017 at 01:19 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1499 comments in total)
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imno007: I'm not sure why so many people are upset about the review's autofocus criticisms, since this isn't the first preview/review I've seen that's mentioned them. Kai touched on them in his review, for example:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OXV1p6oS54

I will agree with others, though, that the grading/award system here seems a bit erratic. Why, for example, does the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II score 85% and get a Gold Award, while the A99II scores the same percentage but does not get a Gold Award? They're apparently grading on some kind of curve, according to class of camera or market segment. That would explain how something like the Google Pixel XL could score better than this and other high-end cameras.

Kai isn't to be taken seriously. Here's a professional who actually knows what he's talking about.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgWkqO7zlMk&t=960s

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2017 at 01:06 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1499 comments in total)
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tbcass: I have issue with this;
"The screen can be used at all sorts of angles, but finding the right position to shoot from below waist level in portrait orientation is confusing, and makes the Sony look unnecessarily clumsy next to anyone using a typical professional DSLR. If the screen could spin on its base hinge freely without hard stopping points, the mechanism would be much more useful, but the hard stopping points force it to be used in specific ways, making it more cumbersome than a fully articulated screen."

Bull!!!!!! It's the same system that's in my A77ii and I have no problems at all. Apparently the reviewers are just uncoordinated oafs. In addition most professional DSLRs have fixed screens.

Carey Rose
Not so much a fail as pushing personal preference as fact. Does the K-1 allow you to flip the screen over the top so you can use the camera at waist level like the old twin lens reflexes? It doesn't appear so. Did you criticize the K1 for the inability to do that? It does seem that you did excessive nit picking about trivial matters with the A99ii.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2017 at 16:10 UTC
On article CES 2017: Hands-on with the Kodak Super 8 (426 comments in total)
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Roland Karlsson: An LCD screen? A split prism? And a film cartridge? You see anything wrong with this?

I mean -- there is a digital image already. Why record on film and then scan it to a digital image? What can this do that a software filter cannot do?

This is as crazy as it can get.

The Davinator
There's no comparison. Huge difference between selling film for all the great film cameras out there and trying to sell an expensive super 8 movie camera in today's environment.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 17:47 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1499 comments in total)
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GabrielZ: The 'cons' list at the top of the page is longer than the 'pros' one, with some damning weakness's yet it still got a silver award with 85%...I don't think its quite deserving of that score.

Yes the samples are viewed at 100% 42mp. Cameras like the D5 are only 20mp. The smaller size could hide focusing errors.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 17:34 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1499 comments in total)
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GabrielZ: The 'cons' list at the top of the page is longer than the 'pros' one, with some damning weakness's yet it still got a silver award with 85%...I don't think its quite deserving of that score.

GabrielZ
If you read the review of the Gold award D810 you will see the A99ii beats it in most areas so on that basis the silver award is underrating it. In addition most of the cons are nit picking.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 17:16 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1499 comments in total)
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dropnbassonu: I'm confused by this statement: "To this reviewer, the a99 II ends up feeling like a more usable a7R II. For me, the a7R II represented a ton of processing power made frustrating by simple usability issues. The a99 II removes what frustrated me about the a7R II and has allowed me truly appreciate that wonderful sensor. This is the camera that makes giving SLT and the Alpha mount worth another look."

The a7rii got a Gold 90% and this gets a Siver 85% for being more usable?!?

Also, was there any due diligence in learning about the tracking system of the camera with respect to AF Duration? What setting did you have it on when experiencing the misfocused shots? Hopefully not on 5......

dropnbassonu

Yes it doesn't make any sense does it. They also spent a lot of time criticizing the video while the Video challenged D810 got a gold award. When you read the review of the D810 it's obvious that the A99ii beats it in most categories yet the D810 got a Gold award. Please explain this discrepancy. DPRs ratings make no sense at all.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 17:13 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1499 comments in total)
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tbcass: I have issue with this;
"The screen can be used at all sorts of angles, but finding the right position to shoot from below waist level in portrait orientation is confusing, and makes the Sony look unnecessarily clumsy next to anyone using a typical professional DSLR. If the screen could spin on its base hinge freely without hard stopping points, the mechanism would be much more useful, but the hard stopping points force it to be used in specific ways, making it more cumbersome than a fully articulated screen."

Bull!!!!!! It's the same system that's in my A77ii and I have no problems at all. Apparently the reviewers are just uncoordinated oafs. In addition most professional DSLRs have fixed screens.

Samuel Spencer
You're totally, completely 100% wrong. The screen is extremely easy for me to use in portrait mode at waist level. You flip it down, twist it toward you and you're ready to go. Takes less than a second.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 17:07 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1499 comments in total)

Quite honestly this camera should be in the Semi Professional category like the gold award D810. Seeing it rated higher in most areas than the D810 it probably would have been gold as a semi pro.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 16:59 UTC as 179th comment
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1499 comments in total)

I have issue with this;
"The screen can be used at all sorts of angles, but finding the right position to shoot from below waist level in portrait orientation is confusing, and makes the Sony look unnecessarily clumsy next to anyone using a typical professional DSLR. If the screen could spin on its base hinge freely without hard stopping points, the mechanism would be much more useful, but the hard stopping points force it to be used in specific ways, making it more cumbersome than a fully articulated screen."

Bull!!!!!! It's the same system that's in my A77ii and I have no problems at all. Apparently the reviewers are just uncoordinated oafs. In addition most professional DSLRs have fixed screens.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 16:40 UTC as 184th comment | 11 replies
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1499 comments in total)
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barrym1966: actually it aims to be in the same league as the D5 and the 1DX

It murders the D810 and the 5D IV

barrym1966

Considering the price point I don't believe it aims to be in the same league as the D5 and 1Dx, more like a faster D810 or 5DIV

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 16:25 UTC
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