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On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1512 comments in total)
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photog4u: Part 1: I remember back in the early days of Sony mirrorless, this site regularly justified the lower scores given to Sony mirrorless cameras compared to a similarly spec'd out Canikon DSLR's by saying, and I'm paraphrasing here, "we use a different scoring metric for each category based on its application", or something along those lines. Basically saying mirrorless wasn't in the same league as DSLR even with features that today, many will not compromise on. Isn't it ironic then that the A99II (more DSLR-like than mirrorless) is compared heavily to the A7RII and that such a comparison has ostensibly led to this ridiculous score of 85 silver (see compare mode graph).

The innovation you point out (IBIS, EVF) was preset in the original A99, IBIS on the A900 before that (and every other DSLR and SLT model Sony's ever made, but pointing the A900 out because it was the first with full frame. Minolta had IBIS implemented before Sony took over the line).
There are ergonomic issue that are totally subjective, but the one that's easily objective is the amount and "programability" of custom functions, which it falls short of competitors DSLR models.
The hybrid AF system is a big improvement over the original A99, but I'm pretty sure it's not the first on the market with this innovation.
While the SLT was innovative, Sony's been doing it for 6-7 years now? How long should they be getting extra points for it (if at all)?

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2017 at 21:53 UTC

Chances are high she's already picked her husband based on the brand of car he drove.
These things matter to some people!!!

Link | Posted on Dec 30, 2016 at 17:31 UTC as 77th comment | 1 reply
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gingerland: What a set of miserable gits there are on this site. As an engineer and a photographer, I found this fascinating. The point of it was to demonstrate what a clean cut could be achieved using that technique and thereby showing a very interesting cross section of the inside of a camera. What true photographer would not be interested in seeing that? Pot that in a clear resin and it would make a great decorative piece.

I could care less about the camera and want to know more about that water jet.

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2016 at 08:28 UTC
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Sabud: Among the RC-hobby- people Lipo fires are rather common. I use a Lipo-safety-bag for charge and storage. Assume Lion is a little bit safer.

One of the issues with the RC cars is the light cases used (often just a thin plastic wrap) and some cars designed without any real protection of the battery from impact. Often putting it in the bottom of the car (to help lower the center of weight) where hitting rocks and such can easily damage the battery. I'd assume many of the aircraft have similar issues if crashed.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2016 at 14:30 UTC
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MySchizoBuddy: still stuck at 30min video limit or not?

The 30 minute limit is programmed in to subvert EU tax laws being different for video cameras...

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2016 at 19:20 UTC
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Jeff Greenberg: Seeing comments "A6500 destroys Canon M5".
WHY??? Authoritative list of unbiased reasons appreciated.

Does A6500 AF match A7rII AF wrt speed & accuracy?
How high does A6500 in-camera flash sit above lens?
High enough to avoid lens shade semi-circle shadowing?
(or offer an adapter to avoid it?)

Sidebar: why did Sony fumble chance to make its
G24-70 f2.8 best in class??!!!
(a couple other have higher Dx0 rankings AFAICT)

I'd get A6500 in an instant if there was high quality
fast lightweight hyperzoom for it -- even if tele end
was slow f6.3... (f2.8-f6.3) say 24-240 equivalent
Optical engineers: could high end 24-240mm f2.8-6.3
for 1.5x sensor be under, say, 24 oz?

So your point is that the M5 is better because the in camera flash sits higher?

I've had an A6300 for about 6 months, and I'm pretty sure I've never used a flash, in camera or external, on it at all. High ISO performance is good enough they should just stop including them.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2016 at 19:19 UTC
On article Narrative will stop selling its life-logging cameras (49 comments in total)

It seems like it would be interesting thing to have, while on vacation, for maybe 4 hours out of every day (every day on vacation, that is).
Seems like they failed to capture that market with some overly ambition plans.

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2016 at 05:12 UTC as 10th comment
On article Narrative will stop selling its life-logging cameras (49 comments in total)
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lattesweden: If we leave the issue aside if this was a good or bad product, again it shows that things that are dependent on cloud based servers, function wise, are getting crippled on the edge to useless for existing users once those servers are turned off.

While being based on cloud services might not be why it failed...
If you had bought one, and decided you were happy with it, it's just gone now, even if you do still have the camera, because the cloud services behind it vanish.

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2016 at 05:09 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Sony a99 II (430 comments in total)

Did they really take the camera to the trade show and let all the press handle it with a big old chunk of tape holding the cover for the memory card slot closed?

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 15:21 UTC as 59th comment | 2 replies
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Sony a99 II (430 comments in total)
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SmilerGrogan: DSLR with no mirror shake? Awesome!

@bmwzimmer The reflection from the translucent mirror is for the AF sensor only, it does not "shine some light to the viewfinder". The viewfinder is totally electronic and run directly off the sensor, similar to a mirrorless camera, which they can do because of the translucent mirror.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 15:03 UTC
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Mateus1: How poor 5D mkIV looks now... and for same price.

noflashplease, this camera marks the 10th anniversary of the Alpha series as DPreview points out, but also the 10th anniversary of people claiming each new Alpha series camera announced will be the last...

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 16:05 UTC

So, a photo EVERY time I blink? Every semi-autonomic blink throughout the day?

That's going to end up with a rather low "keeper rate".

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2016 at 19:02 UTC as 40th comment
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KrisAK: And in case you DID manage to record the concert, we're also taking away your headphone jack.

"Tuesday is Soylent Green Day day."

@ Kirk Bruner - PAYING? I can buy recorded songs from, say Adele for about $3 each from amazon.com. Her concert, here in Seattle later this month, tickets start at $160 (and go up to over $3000).
Purchasing those songs is a helluva lot cheaper. I think you misunderstand what is motivating people to record the concerts on their phone.

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2016 at 17:31 UTC
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SeeRoy: Apple is surely one of the greediest, most vile, companies on the planet, if not the outright prize-winner. Whilst sitting on vast cash reserves it makes decisions about what its customers will be allowed to do with its products (we've seen this before.) It's laughable that the company still has a reputation for being "cool" - if a terrific PR success to be able to bamboozle so many people. As an early adopter of Macs (Apple used to make computers...) in 1987, I had enough of their unreliability and bad value by 1994. Their subsequent transformation, a triumph of style over substance, has given me some cynical amusement.

They won't "let you" replace a battery? or they simply designed the product with no extra dedicated casing around the battery with a quick release mechanism to minimize size and weight?
I also have a toshiba built similarly. And it didn't stop me from upgrading memory and SSD. much more difficult, having to remove 12 screws and get things popped together properly in many places at once. But, I didn't have to call them up and get their permission first.

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2016 at 17:23 UTC
On article Accessory Review: Peak Design Slide Camera Sling strap (150 comments in total)
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photogecko: Best camera strap I have ever owned, same sling greatness of a Black Rapid without the camera bouncing against you all day long.

Haven't had any problems with the metal adjustment buckles, I usually detach the strap when it goes in my bag because it's less hassle.

Not sure how those cons dock it 2 stars but never mind. >:)

He spends a paragraph explaining how he never uses straps. Assuming he's just anti strap in general, likely doesn't realize there is no perfect solution and this one is about as good as it gets.
I'd like to see how he would rate other strap systems to compare, without that, the number of stars he gives is meaningless.

Link | Posted on May 1, 2016 at 15:37 UTC
On article Picasa will be phased out in favor of Google Photos (154 comments in total)

Picasa may have seemed to kinda align with Google's overall product line and core services 10 years ago but it just doesn't anymore. And, it was free, so there's little motivation for them to continue maintaining it.
I am curious if they have considered selling it. There has to be some value with it's popularity, which is not only because it's free. Other companies that currently have image editing / raw processing software with no indexing organization functionality could benefit, or some of the camera manufactures?
Having used it for many years now, I started trying to migrate myself to lightroom last year. But, I still find it's often quicker for me to find something in picasa at times, and am disappointed at seeing it phased out.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2016 at 18:39 UTC as 26th comment | 1 reply
On article Hands on with Sony's a6300 and G Master lenses (289 comments in total)
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stevo23: Why must they all be significantly more than the competition?

Because enough people are willing to pay that premium to make it successful for them. So they can. (wouldn't you?)
earlier this month there was some financial information about Sony reported on dpreview, number of cameras sold was down, profits were up. If they were selling the lens for the same price as everyone else they'd make less money...

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 23:32 UTC
On article Hands on with Sony's a6300 and G Master lenses (289 comments in total)
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lotuz9: Sony product release meeting:" this is it guys we are about to announce the most advanced aps sensor a6000 follow up ever, fastest af..check..most advanced 4k check.. Most advanced ef viewfinder..check.. Tilltable screen check.. Touch screen......wait we forgot touchscreen!!........meanwhile at Canon product planning:...good news, we thought Sony will put our Eos M division out of business with their A6000 follow up...they didn't!..we got touchscreen!..

Sony used touchscreens on some older NEX cameras. They weren't very popular. I'd have to assume Sony believes that all the people complaining it doesn't have touch screen probably wouldn't actually buy it if there was one. And, all the current users who have actually bought one of their cameras don't want one.
It's kept them going this far since dumping them.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 23:29 UTC
On article 2015 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $500-800 (273 comments in total)
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Tower: Use a diesel car to compare a patrol car. Too complex!

I wouldn't take my diesel truck to the race track. And I wouldn't start towing my RV with the "petrol" car.
But they'll both go the grocery store, take me to work, friends house, kid's swim lessons. Objectively, one is going to work better for these every day functions most people use their cars for. One will be cheaper, easier to park, quicker to start, easier to operate safely.
I may have uncommon usage that falls outside what's typical (towing a 28 foot RV with a 1 ton Diesel pickup) or a subjective desire to have something I like (a '74 land cruiser), but if people ask me what's a good car, I recommend a Prius. Because that fits what most people need.

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2015 at 18:07 UTC
On ChallengeEntry:10537 (19 comments in total)
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gidgetto: sex ob·ject
a person regarded by another only in terms of their sexual attractiveness or availability.
" The main subject must be young, have a photogenic face, a lean toned figure and beautiful legs"

But those beautiful legs can be cropped off!
So, why bother requiring them???

Posted on Oct 5, 2015 at 17:29 UTC
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