PerL

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Lets face it. Drones have proved themselves as movie-making tools. You can see the
footage in almost every film, almost every broadcasted video production. In major natural series like Planet Earth they play important parts with stunning scenery.
The question is, should we still photographers use the possibilities?
For me personally, the question of size and portability is key. It is a huge difference between something that could be a lethal weapon if it crashed and a tiny thing about 300 g that you easily could slip into your camera bag.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2017 at 23:51 UTC as 18th comment
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PerL: I totally I agree. I have just added a DJI Spark – IMO it hits a critical sweet spot in terms of price, size, weight (just 300g), IQ and ease of use. For video drones are already a standard tool, but I think now it shortly will be in ambitious photographers bag, and definitely in the bags of the pros. It will be expected that they can take drone shots.

@Lee Jay
I think the IQ on the Spark (12 mp on a 1/2.3” sensor) will be good enough for a 30x40 cm print. That is enough for making it interesting for me, considering the unique possibilities to take photos (and videos) you cant shoot with a normal camera.
Sure you cant zoom (the lens has a 25 mm FOV eqv), but you can move the ”camera” closer or farther away in ways you often cant with your usual stuff.
One can wait a year or so for larger sensors at the same price, and maybe zoom lenses will come.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2017 at 18:19 UTC

I totally I agree. I have just added a DJI Spark – IMO it hits a critical sweet spot in terms of price, size, weight (just 300g), IQ and ease of use. For video drones are already a standard tool, but I think now it shortly will be in ambitious photographers bag, and definitely in the bags of the pros. It will be expected that they can take drone shots.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2017 at 17:18 UTC as 38th comment | 5 replies
On article Intro to drones part I: Drone basics (110 comments in total)
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nikon power: For me, drone was a hobby that got boring really quickly. I spent thousand$ for drones, excited on first flight when the drone stayed stationary, fun while I could go get a cup of coffee, came back, it's still hovering, fun for a few months flying and shooting video. I even modded some to carry other cameras. My drones are collecting dust in the garage right now. I don't even bother to watch my drones' videos. In 100 years, the scenic videos that I shot will look the same; the mountains will be the same, the rivers, etc. Boring boring boring. Try youtube to see of you can watch anyone's uploaded drone video to its end. Well, unless the video is about how the drone crashed. That's the only fun part for viewers.

Stephcout - amazing shots. Which drone do you use?

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2017 at 11:13 UTC
On article Review: Nikon D7500, speed and capability (530 comments in total)

The cameras in this class (high end APS-C DSLRs) are so good in terms of the combination of IQ, performance (AF-C, fps, viewfinder, lens system), ergonomics and price, that they are hard to improve upon (for stills, not video). It is good thing that now and then a new one is released to remind us of the fact.

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2017 at 23:55 UTC as 27th comment
On article Fujifilm GF 110mm F2 sample gallery (153 comments in total)

A wonderful filmlike, analog look to these.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2017 at 08:03 UTC as 19th comment

Seems like a very nice camera, but I wonder about the price point – for an "entry level" FF ?

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2017 at 09:11 UTC as 143rd comment
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PerL: Maybe this article was inspired by the intense debate on the Nikon FF forum recently, about if Nikon should change the lens mount if the company made a FF mirrorless. A huge majority prefered for very good reasons that they should stick to the F-mount.
I am convinced that there will never be another lens system that can compare to what Canon and Nikon have built over time. The money in professional photography is shrinking and no other companies will develop a comparable system. Further I believe that phone cameras will take over a huge part of the market that mirrorless aims for – portability, video, AI-like functions, etc. The last cameras standing will be the most traditional, and ditching lens systems that are virtually photographic icons doesn't make sense when retro seems to be the straw that even mirrorless brands clings to (Fuji, Olympus with the OM and Pen-like designs).
And why would DSLR-makers change to a contrast based AF-system, when PDAF works better?

@AdiStefano
1. Irrelevant for this discussion. But there are perfectly good reasons why professionals in many cases prefers FF (subject isolation, color fidelity in low light etc)
2. Really? Lets talk when they have 200 F2.0, 200-400 F4.0, 400 2.8, 600 F4 etc.
3. Pros dont want the hassle of adapters.
4. PDAF in the pro cameras is so good it can handle virtually everything,
5. Yes. The ergonomics of the pro cameras from Canon/Nikon are superior to those of Sonys. It almost make my wrists ache when I see the Sony-bodies connected to heavy lenses, like a 70-200 2.8.

Link | Posted on May 25, 2017 at 23:06 UTC

Maybe this article was inspired by the intense debate on the Nikon FF forum recently, about if Nikon should change the lens mount if the company made a FF mirrorless. A huge majority prefered for very good reasons that they should stick to the F-mount.
I am convinced that there will never be another lens system that can compare to what Canon and Nikon have built over time. The money in professional photography is shrinking and no other companies will develop a comparable system. Further I believe that phone cameras will take over a huge part of the market that mirrorless aims for – portability, video, AI-like functions, etc. The last cameras standing will be the most traditional, and ditching lens systems that are virtually photographic icons doesn't make sense when retro seems to be the straw that even mirrorless brands clings to (Fuji, Olympus with the OM and Pen-like designs).
And why would DSLR-makers change to a contrast based AF-system, when PDAF works better?

Link | Posted on May 23, 2017 at 13:41 UTC as 144th comment | 7 replies
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2732 comments in total)
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PerL: Wow - talk about advertorial for Sony.

When I have been to press events with EVF cameras I have always made the same exercise – put in fastest fps and pan fast left to right and back, while shooting continuously and let the AF work to put load on the processor. Also from dark to light so the exposure in the EVF shifts. That is a stress test that is easy to do.

Link | Posted on May 8, 2017 at 09:30 UTC
On article Serious speed: Sony a9 real world samples gallery (557 comments in total)

Besides looking at the gallery shots, I also saw the video from Tony and Chelsea Northrup. The 20 fps with no black out seems to be impressive. The silent shooting may also be very useful in some situations.
But I also think the images highlights a few points.
None of them would make a pro sports photographer turn his head. The most important things are still framing, setting up the shot, positioning yourself, knowing the sport, etc.
To little subject isolation in many images also reminds why pros uses the super teles that are missing in the Sony system.
Seeing this demonstrates that 20 fps won’t give much advantage in getting the optimal shot, judging by the somewhat random look at some/many images.
Also you might think that uninterrupted view without any black out would give big advantages in framing correctly with moving subjects. But several images shows somewhat off framing with cut off feet, etc. Could it be that there is an EVF lag after all? (images 29, 31, 38, 88, 95, 97).

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2017 at 22:51 UTC as 77th comment | 7 replies
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PerL: The credibility is on unchartered territory now. I have never seen a similar article in any journalistic publication.

No, I mean it is highly unusual, for good reason.
Say for instance, when they tried the Nikon D500 and found the AF system class leading, that they should provide an article about what it would cost for those that had invested in say an m43 system, to switch to the Nikon system. Don't you think that would be odd, and cause reactions?
This is even worse, since there are no field test.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 17:12 UTC
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PerL: The credibility is on unchartered territory now. I have never seen a similar article in any journalistic publication.

entoman,
Have you ever before seen a photo magazine writing in detail, including trade in values, about the cost of switching from a brand to another? Have you ever seen a car magazine writing an article about the cost of switching from BMW to Mercedes? There are certain boundaries journalists know they shouldn't cross.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 11:53 UTC
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Fujica: No serious pro would ever consider slow lenses like the:
- Sony 35mm F2.8, S while there is a 35mm f1.4
- 85mm F1.8, while they will most often use a 85mm f1.2
- Sony Zeiss Batis 135mm F2.8 where they will use a 135mm f2.0
- Sony 16-35mm where they will use a 16-35mm f2.8
- Sony 100-400mm where they can use either a 200mm f4, a 300mm f2.8 or a 600mm. Then there are also zooms available that do perform better.

This article is nothing more then shameless promotion article.
DP reviews is getting another low score for credibility and objectiveness.

It is a promotion article, since it implies that switching to a Sony A9 would be a no-brainer unless the cost problem, or the fact that important lenses are missing.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 11:49 UTC

The credibility is on unchartered territory now. I have never seen a similar article in any journalistic publication.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 11:21 UTC as 233rd comment | 7 replies
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2732 comments in total)
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PerL: Wow - talk about advertorial for Sony.

@Carey
Thanks for the clarification., seems reasonable. Although I am a little sceptic about the "switch-article". Imagine the reaction if there had been such a DPReview-article, for instance when the Nikon D3 showed up, during the Canon-Nikon fight over the pro market.

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2017 at 22:45 UTC
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2732 comments in total)
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PerL: Wow - talk about advertorial for Sony.

@Carey
I agree that you need some time to AF-test the camera. That is why it is somewhat odd that you already recommend a switch to it, and even will provide a guide for how much it will cost.

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2017 at 21:07 UTC
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2732 comments in total)
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PerL: Wow - talk about advertorial for Sony.

And a few points more: have you stress tested the rolling shutter, for instance golf swings, tennis rackets in motion etc?
You dont save much weight. To have the same comfort in handling big lenses you an optional grip.
Have you stress tested the AF system, for instance shooting a fast indoor sports game, wide open with a fast lens, side by side with Canon 1DxII or Nikon D5?

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2017 at 13:24 UTC
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2732 comments in total)
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PerL: Wow - talk about advertorial for Sony.

I think when you say that the next article will be about the cost of switching systems, it went a little bit to far.

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2017 at 13:14 UTC
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2732 comments in total)

Wow - talk about advertorial for Sony.

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2017 at 13:04 UTC as 460th comment | 18 replies
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