msstudio

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Knowing Vincents brilliant photography I can see where he comes from and how it's a great tool for him and other that work like this.
The fun part with this solution starts with exposure time, at 24fps that's 1/48s, resulting in blury single images (not an issue for any movie), shooting 60fps solves a lot of this but tends to make the motion look a bit strange. Next up, you get 36mpx in your horizontal image (the chip has nearly 1:2 ratio) now unless you shoot video sideway, you need to crop your vertical image from this very wide Frame, so the whole interchangeability is not universal, and in that scenario, results in a medium res photo (4320pix high). Workflow is another often overlooked issue. Ever tried to edit a RED capture to find the single image, storage and time requirements can not be underestimated and are truly a PITA....And last, you can't sync it with a strobe, which some photo genres rely on.
So as usual, horses for courses.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2017 at 18:40 UTC as 23rd comment | 2 replies
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2668 comments in total)
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Janoch: Interested in knowing how many batteries were required to shoot the mentioned 2800 photos?

I'm working with this camera now for 3 weeks and had a couple of days where I shot more than 2k images and had still battery charge left, yesterday was 2500 frames and about 30%. I'm actually stunned. Airplane mode on, electronic shutter, mostly AFS, limited review and usually a burst of activity of 5-10 min and then I shut the camera off for 15-30min, overall usage about 12hrs.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2017 at 18:14 UTC
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2668 comments in total)
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K1000usr: My ignorance shows here, but why are these mirror-less cameras beholden to such huge lens designs .!?

The bodies are shrinking, since there is no mirror involved. But look at this lens shown above in the title page. (Yes, it is a zoom lens, and some lenses shall be big/huge..)

Is this a reason why Olympus will still keep on shining? (Sony has impressive performance specs, no doubt. The camera looks compact, and really solid. I would want to own it. But only if its combination with a 24-70mm zoom is less voluminous than my K-1 with Pentax 24-70mm!)

The lenses are pretty much in line with same spec zooms from other manufactures, I just checked and your Pentax is only about 100g lighter (than the 2.8 24-70GM). So yes, the whole setup is not really balanced, but for physical/optical reasons the lenses need to be that way. On the other hand, there's always the f4 version and if you can live with that quality, you save yourself some weight (again, similar to other offerings) and money.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2017 at 18:09 UTC
On article Hasselblad knocks 30% off price of the H6D-50c (30 comments in total)

Nice, 8 month later and i could have saved quite a bundle, great Hasselblad! Let's find a way to make it up for the early adopters who funded your cashflow..., how about some free lenses, or 50% of on a set of 3 or so.

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2017 at 01:23 UTC as 7th comment
On article DPReview on TWiT: Is the Sony a9 worth $4500? (223 comments in total)

Well, I find that price point a bit too high. I compare these bodies with a 5D series, so $3500 would be more adequate. But after the desasterous roll out of the GM zoom lenses last year, at least the bodies are available. I just got 2 and shot with them over 7k images so far. And I have to say I love them. Some major issues I had with the A7R II are now solved, dual cards, focus point selector were my main concerns. So therefore I'm super happy with the upgrade. Battery life is fine for me, 1300 frames and 40% left. Yet, the pricing with a second battery, screen protector and potentially a drive/grip pushes it toward US$5k, plus the GM standard zooms at $2500 brings a simple 2 body/2lens setup to $15k, that's hasselblad money. Obviously more versatile, but still only 14bit...

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2017 at 13:42 UTC as 8th comment
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2668 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 327th 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 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2668 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 345th 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 24th 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
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