AlephNull

Lives in Australia Melbourne/Victoria, Australia
Joined on Dec 15, 2007

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BrentSchumer: Wow this looks fantastic! 500mm F5.6 for 3lbs!

And Sigma made some comments in their announcement about it only using refractive elements and avoiding problems associated with diffractive elements…

Bit of a snipe at Nikon, wouldn’t you say?

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2024 at 05:02 UTC
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Bobapingu: Great! Change the mount and the branding to OM System and OMDS has a new 500mm lens for which it can charge even more ;-)
M4/3 fans will appreciate the cynicism in the comment but probably wouldn't mind if it happens.

Would it be 500mm?

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2024 at 03:46 UTC
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Dan_168: 1.4Kg for a 500 F5.6 lens for $3000 USD "only", similar spec but $600 USD cheaper than the Nikon 500 PF, I would have put in my Preorder already if I am using Sony as my main system.

If you watch the video on Sigma’s web site it snipes at lenses using diffractive elements, making a big thing of this lens only using refractive elements :-)

It also reveals that the inside chassis is made from their TSC (Thermally Stable Composite = not metal). Probably one if the reasons it is do light.

Looks pretty darn good, but not for an A9III owner.

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2024 at 03:45 UTC
On article The most important camera gear of January 2024 (64 comments in total)

I looked at this when it first came up and all the comments were 3 years old... And it was titled the most important gear of 2024 - rather presumptuous to claim that the most important gear of 2024 had already come out (although the A9III may well be included in the most important gear by the end of the year...). Looks like they have done a bit of editing since then.

Still, maybe it should have been titled something like "In case you missed it, here is what has been release so far this year..."

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2024 at 10:10 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
On article Sony a9 III available today: global shutter comes early (440 comments in total)
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thielges: Translation: Sony's initial production estimate was limited by a conservative estimate of low sensor yields. Then the real chip yield for the new sensor exceeded expectations, allowing higher production to proceed limited by other better known factors.

Well, it seems to be rallying stock of Sony A9 III cameras in stores. Close enough?

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2024 at 02:38 UTC
On article Sony a9 III available today: global shutter comes early (440 comments in total)
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AlephNull: It has been available for a while in many other markets. I got mine just over two weeks ago.

Still learning how to use it. Turned on pre-capture in one custom mode, but yet to see it make a big difference.

Very much enjoying it. Not going to say too much, because of the honeymoon period :-)

It is very tempting to shoot at higher frame rates than I need (but I've only shot 30 thousand frames in two weeks...)

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2024 at 10:14 UTC
On article Sony a9 III available today: global shutter comes early (440 comments in total)
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thielges: Translation: Sony's initial production estimate was limited by a conservative estimate of low sensor yields. Then the real chip yield for the new sensor exceeded expectations, allowing higher production to proceed limited by other better known factors.

That might also explain the earlier than expected release - release planned based on low yield, but they got the number of sensors they needed for pre-orders (and more) more quickly.

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2024 at 07:08 UTC
On article Sony a9 III available today: global shutter comes early (440 comments in total)
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Matt_007: Being in stock everywhere on day one is not a good look in terms of demand for this camera. I really think we've seen the last of these high-end medium resolution pro cameras given the R3 also didn't set the world alight. I think Nikon got wise and ended it with the D6.

The ubiquitous Z9 at sporting events proves you really need a great tele lens range and fast to market jpeg to be successful in the pro action field.

Or may get an A9 III to accompany an A1 and an A7RV...

There were expressions of surprise when a lot of people who pre-ordered the A1 mentioned having an A9 or A9II and an A7RIV - but it's not uncommon to have multiple bodies (and you've already seen sport shooters wearing two or three bodies with different lenses on them - sure, some have the same model on each lens, but a lot have different models). One time last year I took an A1 with 200-600 and A7RV with 70-200 GM II to photograph birds (and swapped the lens between them part way through).

I'd think that a lot of the people who can think of buying an A9 III would be people with multiple bodies; and they'd be adding the A9III to an A1, or an A7RV, or both.

And that is a simple answer to the "but the A9 III can't do..." or "The A9 III isn't good for ..." - that answer being: "That's when you switch to the right camera for that situation" - might be an A1 or an A7RV or maybe an A7SIII or FX3. Or, seriously, maybe it's a Z9!

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2024 at 07:03 UTC
On article Sony a9 III available today: global shutter comes early (440 comments in total)
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Cheapo Marx: My wife and I will instead buy a 10-year's supply of McVitie's Hobnobs. :-D

Why? They are low-res, even grainy. No high speed, either. I guess they perform better in low light, but you could never describe them as having much dynamic range.

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2024 at 19:04 UTC
On article Sony a9 III available today: global shutter comes early (440 comments in total)
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Photoman: Woohoo!!!...oh, my wallet is empty :(

That saves you from temptation!

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2024 at 10:32 UTC
On article Sony a9 III available today: global shutter comes early (440 comments in total)
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Matt_007: Being in stock everywhere on day one is not a good look in terms of demand for this camera. I really think we've seen the last of these high-end medium resolution pro cameras given the R3 also didn't set the world alight. I think Nikon got wise and ended it with the D6.

The ubiquitous Z9 at sporting events proves you really need a great tele lens range and fast to market jpeg to be successful in the pro action field.

The 300 GM was available in my country last week.

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2024 at 10:27 UTC
On article Sony a9 III available today: global shutter comes early (440 comments in total)
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Puppy2007: Capture One added support today.

Adobe added support last December, so no, Capture One was not quicker!

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2024 at 10:23 UTC
On article Sony a9 III available today: global shutter comes early (440 comments in total)
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LiveFromPhilly: It's nice that a new release camera is actually in stock for a change.

I'll buy one if somebody loans me $5,930.61.

It's not just in stock. It is also already supported by Adobe Camera RAW.

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2024 at 10:21 UTC
On article Sony a9 III available today: global shutter comes early (440 comments in total)

It has been available for a while in many other markets. I got mine just over two weeks ago.

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2024 at 10:20 UTC as 40th comment | 3 replies
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Kondamin: It’s a nice way to get your product back in the media cycle and maybe drum up some extra sales.

I don’t see a reason why they would want to stop doing that it’s free advertising and makes your consumers happy.

@Kondamin - the company makes money when they sell you a new camera. If they give you free functionality, then maybe you don't buy a new camera - you keep using the old one. Now do you see?

Yes, maybe they sell a few more of the old model (hmm, which might mean selling fewer of the newer (and more expensive) model - that's another negative impact on their sales.

I would think that a lot of camera sales are to existing customers of he brand - after all, they already have the lenses, right? If the company encourages those customers to keep their existing cameras for longer, then they are reducing potential sales to their biggest market.

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2024 at 20:57 UTC
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Husband80: Next articles:
- Do manufacturers have to provide hand strap
- Do manufacturers have to provide power cable
- Do manufacturers have to provide charger
- Do manufacturers have to provide rear screen
- Do manufacturers have to provide warranty
Where is this going now? Buyers are treated like tr.sh nowadays and you support this?

@husband80
There are models without some of those features.

I think most still provide a neck strap, but I don’t know any providing a hand strap.

There are models coming without a charger or power cable (you are expected to charge via USB)

There are models without an EVF, and I think there is one without a rear screen.

Warranty however is mandatory in many jurisdictions.

You have the obligation to verify if what you are buying meets your needs. If you don’t check what you are getting before you buy it, that’s your fault!

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2024 at 00:51 UTC
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Kondamin: It’s a nice way to get your product back in the media cycle and maybe drum up some extra sales.

I don’t see a reason why they would want to stop doing that it’s free advertising and makes your consumers happy.

Because:

A) it costs money to develop the new firmware

B) it increases the number of versions of the camera that they must support - when they need to create a firmware fix they have to ensure it upgrades cleanly over all previous versions.

C) it increases the number of versions of the camera they must test for compatibility for new accessories.

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2024 at 00:29 UTC

I think we should distinguish firmware fixes from firmware upgrades.

If something does not work as it was specified as doing, then it is the maker’s responsibility to fix it (example: Sony A1 did not always switch between EVF and LCD when there was bright light to to one side of the shooter - they provided a firmware fix)

If a feature is added to a different model, and was never specified as a feature of an existing model, then the maker is under no obligation to add that feature to an existing model, no matter how much people claim “they owe it to us!”. But sometimes the maker may do so - I see that as them being generous, and thank them for it (examples: Sony adding reduced resolution “RAW” formats to the A1; Sony adding several new features to the original A9)

It is different when the maker promises a future update to add a feature which cannot be shipped on release day - if it is promised, I do expect them to deliver (example: Sony A9 III update to prove 1/80000 in burst mode)

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2024 at 00:26 UTC as 82nd comment
On article Sony a9 III review in progress (247 comments in total)
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IdM photography: From ISO 400 and higher, the Sony A9III doesn't show more noise than its competitors and the new capabilities are a game changer for many... To get the best noise performance, use another camera, e.g. the A7RV...

Agreed. I currently have the A1, A7RV, and A9III, and while they overlap, none of them is obsolete.

Use the right tools for the job!

I'm currently getting results suggesting that the A9III can do a few more jobs than I expected. Still in the learning phase - this camera is different in many ways!

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2024 at 08:34 UTC
On article Sony a9 III review in progress (247 comments in total)

I received mine in Australia in late January.

A slight error in the text:

"The a9 III has the same 9.44M dot (2048 x 1536px) OLED viewfinder that first appeared in the Sony a7R V."

Yes, it is the same OLED panel, but it first appeared on the A1 in 2021, rather than the A7RV in 2022 :-) It makes an excellent viewfinder, and I'm glad Sony chose it.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2024 at 08:23 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
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