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On article Sony a9 shooting experience (1191 comments in total)

Re: "Sony's made claims that the a9 is weather resistant, but after handling the camera and flipping out the port doors, battery door and memory card doors, I just don't have the same faith that it would survive a downpour that a D5, 1D X II or E-M1 II could shrug off"-while I generally agree, but rarely am in the position, I had the most pleasant experience with my A7R II over the last 20 month I use them. January '16 we went from moist and tropical South Florida, to a sail boat during a rain storm, with nice waves of 10+' (me actually on a chase boat with a little roof) to Death Valley and not a single issue. Which really surprised me, so in regard of functioning, no issues here. I'll be in Iceland next month and probably only bring the A7R II's and maybe a MFDSLR (still debating if the 5Ds makes the cut).

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 13:41 UTC as 67th comment | 1 reply
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ScWi: Also not mentioned: What´s about the service? How long does it take to get an item of your gear fixed? In 2015 my 5D MK III had an screen broken, as it fell down some meters on an rock. 3 days after sending it to CPS service I got it fixed back. And my Alpha 7RII? It had an issue with the shutter release button. got it back after 14 weeks!!! I love my Alpha, but this lack of service has to be fixed immediatly.

I heard similar stories in the past. People actually having to buy another Sony to continue working (which I guess is good for Sony's bottom line). I broke my Sun shade of my Sony 24-70 2.8 in November and have a replacement on order since then, thats closing in on 6 month, so much for Pro (besides actually getting the new 2.8 70-200 which took about a year from intro, I ordered it once it was announced)...I'm not holding my breath on any Sony announcements anymore.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 13:46 UTC
On article Sony a9 shooting experience (1191 comments in total)

As usual, there's a camera for every application. And some people shoot sport with a view camera, or studio fashion with a 400mm on a 35mmDSLR. So if you know what you want you can choose whatever camera suits these needs/requirements/looks.
This is another great tool with some nice advancements nothing else.

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2017 at 12:48 UTC as 85th comment | 3 replies

Great concept. Looks ugly but we know what's coming, just not today. Bron is doing something similar for stills. Time to stay hi,an and get better. Love it.

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2017 at 01:59 UTC as 23rd comment

I very much want to know how that stacks up to the current ARRI offerings. Unfortunately, they don't send cameras for such reviews, but that's what the majority of TV shoots these days. And compare them to the current 100mp chip that Hasselblad and Phase One are using...

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2017 at 19:53 UTC as 12th comment

... and don't hire the girl/guy with the Leica or Hasselblad. They just overcharge. Love this...

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2016 at 01:57 UTC as 219th comment
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msstudio: So sad, but turning amusing, how Sony promised this lens for March 2016 and here we are, mid October with no solid delivery date (and i just saw a Sony Rep at my dealer without any answer). Not quite the pro league they want to play at. Happy the lens works and seems to be doing well. Now, if we all could have one and actually use it on shoots that would be something...

Dear rubber dials, I wish you wouldn't call me liar. And please don't reference an article dating September 2016 regarding the spring delivery of the lens. Any delivery squabbling is pity anyways. They announced the lenses, I ordered them from my pro supplier here in NY, got the 24-70 early June if recall correctly and still haven't seen the 70-200. It's mid October. Now, I fully trust my guys, and I'm sure they just tell me what they've been told, and as mentioned above, even the new Sony rep for NY does not have an answer re availability (so much for available now and it's back ordered). Just today I edited pictures that I need to deliver to a high end client, that were shot with the new 24-70 and the older 70-200, backlit, side lit, and the lens quality is so vastly different, it's embarrassing.
...and by the way, the earthquake affected their sensor factory, a reason for the delayed lenses was never published.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2016 at 01:03 UTC

So sad, but turning amusing, how Sony promised this lens for March 2016 and here we are, mid October with no solid delivery date (and i just saw a Sony Rep at my dealer without any answer). Not quite the pro league they want to play at. Happy the lens works and seems to be doing well. Now, if we all could have one and actually use it on shoots that would be something...

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2016 at 02:37 UTC as 27th comment | 9 replies

I like what I see. Actually, was always a fan of the H series (loving my Mamiya RZ of old and being aware of the fickle reliability of the Mamiya 645...). Just put my vote of confidence in and got a H6D kit. I can highly recommend it. One of the reasons was the introduction of the X1D.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 12:55 UTC as 4th comment

As the comments are flying, I want to add that most lenses or family of lenses have their unique characters, and with every character there are pros and cons. I shoot the Sony A7 now professionally for over 2 years and tried a variety of lenses. My current go to is the Sony 2.8 24-70 (and 4 70-200, waiting for the release of the 2.8 since March 2016, thanks Sony). Sometimes I encounter low light situations when I need a bit more, so I got some Loxias, they solve a problem in a very fine way. This lens is just extending a nice line up of classic focal length, 35-50-85, that was/is a mainstay for many pros, I had the Canon L version of that and now shoot the Otus with Canon.
So for all the critics out there, pick your area of photographic interest, evaluate what cameras and lens families make the most sense for this application and go for it. And if you don't see the point of this level of lens, that's fine too. We all start somewhere, don't forget there's a reason for medium format...

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2016 at 14:29 UTC as 4th comment

I want one as a backup. Even that I didn't love the preview and was told all my issues will be solved with the next firmware, it's on the list. And the car purchase might have to wait a bit longer. Who cares, better pictures rule. Time to reasses my collection...

Link | Posted on Aug 31, 2016 at 00:43 UTC as 19th comment
On article Sony delays 70-200mm GM lens until September (66 comments in total)

Real great. I was hoping this would be available by now. I have a couple of jobs coming up and also actually working on, that would greatly benefit from this improved lens. I just hate the 4/70-200 after getting used to the Canon 2.8/70-200 IS II.
The 2.8/24-70 is already a game changer for me and this would just complete the set.
Then again, Sony hasn't played in the pro field ever.
But also there's Zeiss, a serious pro player who can't get it together to introduce a line up of the same lens family (various Otus over 3 years, the Batis and Loxia AF/MF mess). Try this with cine lenses and you get...
So yeah, no one takes this serious, real bummer.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2016 at 06:16 UTC as 17th comment | 3 replies
On article ThinkTank Streetwalker HardDrive Backpack Review (86 comments in total)

As much as I love my Thinktank bags, I'm not convinced this is a slam dunk. Most people I know carry full size MacBook Pros, 15", and shoot either the pro Nikon or Canon bodies. If I need to fold this flap down to fit these bodies there's not enough space for the 15" MacBook Pro. So if I'm forced to bring a computer I'm back to my cherished Airport Takeoff or if I only need the cameras I would choose a regular streetwalker. Then there's the airport accelerator for those who prefer to have a lighter backpack without wheels.

Link | Posted on May 8, 2016 at 19:12 UTC as 8th comment
On article Hands on: Sony FE 50mm F1.8 and 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 (137 comments in total)

As much as i appreciate the introduction of new lenses very other week, i'm missing the follow through. The new G series is now already old news, but the 24-70 is nowhere to be seen and the 70-200 doesn't even have a price yet, let alone a release date. And last, and this is an issue i have with Zeiss as well, no-one thinks about releasing quality and design equivalent series of primes, like a set of Cine lenses. It takes years to get this together (see Otus) and isn't even halfway complete (see Sony's own Zeiss codesigned lineup or again the Batis/Loxia line up). I have half a dozen normal focal length but not much in the tele range at all. Not the way to cater to the pro market. And i hear the after sales service is non existent. You can't even buy a spare sunshade in the USA, simply incomprehensible.

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2016 at 13:03 UTC as 15th comment | 2 replies
On article Profoto launches collapsible OCF Beauty Dish (33 comments in total)

It obviously works with all Profoto heads and probably other heads as well as long as you have an adapter ring for it, only the model light will fry it after a couple of minutes.
Then there is the Chimera beauty dish, fully collapsible and on the market for couple of years, comes in 2 sizes, 24" and 30" and yes, you have to bring your own adapter ring as for any other 3rd party light modifier and they have one for on-camera flashes. And grids if you need them.
And for ridiculous, they're priced even higher, but i don't regret having them in my tool kit, despite falling back to my Mola 22" most of the time.

Works great for a small beauty setup like backstage, etc...

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2016 at 14:11 UTC as 4th comment
On article A lot to Leica? Hands-on with the Leica SL (Typ 601) (1495 comments in total)

As much as i want to like or even love this, lets start with the lenses, a variable f2.8-4 at this price point, a camera with a focal plain shutter (and no option for silent electronic shutter) that has an x-sync of 1/250, and according to DPreview the 2nd lens we'll see 90-280 will be enormous, besides also a variable f stop, camera with 24Mpx at 14bit color dept and all this in a package that seems nearly grotesquely large and more expensive then any Pro DSLR today.
I don't know, i feel i just saw the introduction of the end of Leica as we know it. But then again Blackstone always made their money back.
The M is still unbeatable and the lenses simply unique.
This one doesn't know where it wants to go, maybe compete with Hasselblad and their infamous Lunar or HV series, who's market i still don't get.
But then i make my money with photography, i don't have to understand the camera sales market at all. I just want better tools.

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2015 at 05:30 UTC as 150th comment | 2 replies

What i want to know, why introduce a 35mm manual, along with a 50 in 2014, and then have a new line in 2015 starting with 25 and 85 incorporating AF. Also, I wish it would be all the same barrel design, front filter diameter and AF. My dream lens for the A7 series is a Zeiss 35 AF, 1.4 like the Leica Germany built legend, the perfect focal length for a small travel and snapshot reportage camera.
And while were at it, where's there Otus 35mm se we can rest this case as well.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2015 at 22:37 UTC as 39th comment | 2 replies

For Anybody who complains how photoshop ruined photography I suggest a quick visit to the Metropolitain Museum in NYC and review the show " Faking it".
Photo manipulation is as old as photography itself and as we little more creative photographers know and live by its not for nothing that photo graphic translates into drawing with light (roughly).
Now there's just a different tool in the shed that sometimes some people overuse to compensate for the lack of skill.
I personally love the fakes as it introduces a little humor into such a severe catastrophe. Caricature is a great relieve, even as a photograph.
Obviously a news photograph has to live up to different standards, but as we all stop purchasing newspapers and magazines and they subsequently cut budgets and the creation of own and verified content we as a society are giving up on a independent, third party onserver that can report and keep tabs on world event and public figures.

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2012 at 15:23 UTC as 4th comment

For those who question the existence of the camera, I have to say that I usually shoot Canon and occasionally Phase one on Hasselblad. This S body and the lenses are in another league. I had a whole kit for a commercial job last year and the image quality just blew me away.
In the right lighting. Conditions!
That's right, Bette than any Canon with fixed focal L glass, better than H system. But certainly not versatile. The moment I went over 320 ISO the whole file was nearly unusable, my 5D II blew all of them. But at 100ISO with nice light, aka studio or on a tripod the images are terrific with nice overhead to adjust and the lenses are outstanding.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2012 at 19:59 UTC as 4th comment

Camera: starting with the specs form the 5D III, 1DS series, i add: 110mpx for flawless 50" prints, sensitivity 25-12.000 ISO, 16bit or better capture, 2k video, 4-5" touch sensitive screen (iPhone size), built in WIFI, GPS, Pocket Wizard sync and ability to sync up to a 1/1000 or better (leaf shutter), weather sealed.
Could be in a larger body (C300, Mamiya RZ), but has weight in under 3lbs.
Has to connect to cell phones etc. for instant image transfer.
Pricing under US$10k
Lens f2.0-45, 35-90/120mm, leaf shutter, lockable tilt shift, image stabilization, auto zoom sun shade, equal or better than current L lenses, under 2lbs.
Pricing under $4k

Some of the specs existed at some point, like a built in PW remote, 16bit capture is standard on medium format backs for ever, the 6D has the WIFI and GPS capability, so none of this can be that hard. The lens has to be magic, a lot like the 85L, that's all.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2012 at 18:30 UTC as 235th comment
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