SirSeth

SirSeth

Lives in United States Hagerstown, United States
Works as a Teacher
Has a website at wallygoots.smugmug.com
Joined on Feb 8, 2004
About me:

My plan is to ever improve my trade, my hobbies, and my relationships with family, friends, and my God. My trade is teaching Math and Computers. My primary hobbies are lutherie (guitar building) and photography. My God is slow to anger and abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor His anger forever; He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us for our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth so great is His love for those who fear him. As far as the east is from the west so far has he removed our transgressions from us. If you have questions or gripes about my God, I always enjoy talking with someone who is a seeker. Rock throwers are rarely convinced of anything spiritual and I can respect their desire to believe differently than myself.

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Wow wow wow! Got to love post processing. ;)

Link | Posted on May 30, 2017 at 03:25 UTC as 15th comment
On article Analog gems: 10 excellent, affordable film cameras (805 comments in total)
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goblin: DPR, I feel indeed strongly about you spendin I don't know how many pages out of 10 to the FD mount. This is a mount'a been dead'a for 30 years, and is a sign of what's wrong with this article:

- Photography is mostly lenses

- Lenses do age (yes, they do. Even mechanical ones).

- When recommending a system to have fun with - resale value be damned - the FD system is the worst possible. Aside from not being better than the others, it consists mostly of bodies which had a lot of electronics for their time, which is by now failing (the AE-1, specifically, has that beautiful shutter squeak).

Of course, all these concerns can be voided if you had mentioned the correct monster to use with this system: The Canon T-90

- The best film system is the one still made: Nikon still sells film cameras (B&H has them). There are also numerous brand new Vivitar clones (Phoenix, as well as said FM-10) in Nikon mount.

- Voigtlander is still out there, with amazing products.

To be continued :)

Dead for 25 years and and resurrected by mirrorless cameras in 2010 and on. But they didn't become truly attractive and bargainy until Sony released the relatively inexpensive A7 FF. The 3 FD lenses I like very much that I purchased for use on digital are the 85mm f1.8, 80-200mm f4L, and 500mm f4.5L. I would consider buying the 35mm tilt shift as well. My other most used lenses are my OM 28mm f3.5 and 50mm f1.8. So why not buy a film body for use with my "digital" lenses? ;)

Link | Posted on May 22, 2017 at 19:53 UTC
On article Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF gallery and first impressions (316 comments in total)

Not too smooth. Beautiful! I would love this lens.

Link | Posted on May 10, 2017 at 04:15 UTC as 26th comment
On article Alpha-better: Sony a9 versus a7R II (503 comments in total)
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HenryDJP: Wow after reading this entire article I'm completely baffled that Sony thinks many people will truly see any real benefits of the enormous price increase from the A7RII to the A9. I certainly don't see the $4500 price worth over the A7RII's original $3200 price point. Really Sony? An extra card slot with only one of them ultra high speed? The "My Menu" feature should be offered on all current Sony cameras. It only needs a simple firmware update. This should not be a feature to help justify this enormous $4500 price tag. The reviewer made a great point about the lack of S-Log. Makes no sense when Sony is promoting the 6K oversampling in video. Both features were already available in the A6300.
The reviewer was giving the increased battery life way too much credit. While video recording time is much better, the amount in photography shots only increased by about 100+ more shots. The reviewer gave the battery grip too much credit. You still have to buy it, plus buy two extra batteries.

Previous flagship compared with new flagship seems to me the only reasonable comparison at this point. Of course DPR can compare anything they want, but this works for me.

The upgrades to me are very significant and a $1200 increase MSRP is not at all surprising to me. Not just a new battery, but a more than double the goods is not a small upgrade. Dual card slots for redundancy is not minor either. Without the AF achievements, frame speed, and buffer this camera would really miss the mark to compete in sports and wildlife. A joy stick, My Menu, touch screen, also really add up. I strongly prefer the vertical grip that you never need to remove to replace the complete power system. That's a preference that I would pay more for. So you either have really high resolution or really high speed. I'd like to see an A7iii with the new battery, joy stick, same grip as A9, and near AF coverage and maybe 36mp. Probably differentiate with less buffer and FPS and 1 card slot.

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2017 at 01:56 UTC
On article Alpha-better: Sony a9 versus a7R II (503 comments in total)

I think the A9 is the most refined mirrorless camera they have ever produced. The last hurdles were AF tracking, battery life, and redundancy to really tempt people way from a DSLR imo. Little refinements like the My Menu, joy stick, and touch screen really fill out the offering. Now as they plug holes in the lens catalog for wildlife/sports there really is little a mirrorless camera can't do while offering some significant strengths over DSLRs. Very curious to see which technologies Sony will let trickle down to their lower cost options. I'd love the battery, card slots, joy stick, and some of the AF capability in an A7III--maybe with half the speed and buffer of the A9.

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2017 at 01:37 UTC as 15th comment | 2 replies

Since there is no exact replacement and the pros and cons are different, wouldn't professionals add to current kit? Maybe sell of one lenses or their back up body? Still it will cost, but people spend more money than that just because they want something. Lots of people also are wanting to upgrade from an older body or D500 class body might find it very nice that the Sony is less money than a D5. I imaging there are lots of new buyers with money to burn too. Seems like a total replacement of used Nikon gear or Canon gear is unlikely or at least worst case scenario from a financial standpoint.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 02:19 UTC as 74th comment
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maljo@inreach.com: The new batteries are $80 each and no external charger in the box. Figure 4 batteries at least to match up with a 1DX II or D5 and two chargers because you have a lot of batteries to recharge each night. Many of us with Canon glass would buy the adapter - the price is now over $5500.

Maljo describes the worst case scenario and Eleson the best case. Possibly it's in between? First, there are great 2 and 4 battery chargers out there and no reason to believe there won't be cheaper aftermarket chargers available soon. I'm a fan of the Hahnel ProCube which has inserts for different batteries. Also, I don't expect 7000 shots from one Sony battery under a range of conditions, but if it averaged 2000+ per charge on one battery, then the vertical grip credibly matches or exceeds the D5 that has a promised 3000-4000 per charge on average.

So that's 80 for spare battery (without the grip) and 80 for a good dual charger. The reality may not be so bleak or so promising as the extremes might suggest. All in all, the new battery is much better than the older ones. Significant progress for sure.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 15:43 UTC
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SirSeth: So you never have to take off the grip to replace internal battery! Fantastic! Just the way I prefer it. The new battery and this grip arrangement is exceptional imo. AF, refresh, tracking, and readout better be up there to compete, but so far looks very very good.

I've had both types of grips. Using up all your capacity--no matter how many batteries--then swapping in new batteries is so much faster and easier with two in the grip as opposed to having batteries in two places and 1/3 of your power more difficult/time consuming to replace. With the new batteries capacity I could take 1600 shots and replace just the two batteries for 1600 more in a matter of seconds without fiddling with the grip. This is far superior for me than 2400 shots on three batteries and fiddling for a min or more to replace all 3 because one is hard to get at. But either way, the double capacity batteries are a breakthrough and very good for mirrorless.

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2017 at 19:51 UTC

So you never have to take off the grip to replace internal battery! Fantastic! Just the way I prefer it. The new battery and this grip arrangement is exceptional imo. AF, refresh, tracking, and readout better be up there to compete, but so far looks very very good.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 19:16 UTC as 118th comment | 3 replies
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1905 comments in total)
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M Chambers: As usual the Sony haters are dominating this board. If you don't like Sony camera then don't use them! No one is forcing anyone to.

So far 300 people have chimed in just to say, "Sony sucks."

It's just childish.

I see mostly positive comments. There'll always be haters and those obsessed with them.... do you really go and count all the comments that read "Sony Sucks"?

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 18:10 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1905 comments in total)
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nametaken: Don't get me wrong, this camera sounds amazing, but the thing I'm most excited about is that new battery. I wonder if their older cameras can make use of it.

As far as the camera itself goes, since it's supposed to be a sports camera, I wonder if it'll focus wide open before stopping down to the exposing aperture in continuous AF like DSLRs do. I know it's a special case, but when I pan in motorsports shots, I have to stop so far down that I lose PDAF after the first focus due to how Sony's mirrorless cameras currently focus in continuous AF (staying stopped down). Fortunately most of the time the cars are perpendicular to my camera and the DOF is big enough that they still stay relatively in focus, but I have probably missed quite a few shots because of this.

Maybe aftermarket battery grips that accept new batteries might be backward compatible with A7 mark 2 series cameras. (Possible but not likely). But it's good news for future models if they adopt it across the line and we see double the capacity in A7 mark 3 series at all levels. Battery life is still a reason to love DSLRs and so this is a leap for Sony imo.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 18:06 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1905 comments in total)
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felix from the suburbs: I guess Sony has definitely moved on from it's early missteps with Alpha 200 and 300 series cameras - you don't see many posts about Sony "crippling" cameras by stripping out features any more. Even though I could never justify the cost of owning this camera it's nice to see this kind of innovation.

There is still a problem with noise reduction in long exposures that is a problem for astrophotography know as Sony Star Gobbler. I wish they would resolve that. They could do so in a firmware. Many thought that uncompressed RAW would solve this, but it still occurs. But yes, this camera looks promising. They have made real strides in mirrorless.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 18:00 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1905 comments in total)

It all comes down to AF and tracking accuracy imo. Everything else seems pretty sorted. I'm exited about the new battery capacity. Very important practical upgrade.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 16:20 UTC as 326th comment

It's most dangerous when you are taking a picture of your model's back side on the tracks because then your facing the same direction... and when you're wearing blindfolds... and noise canceling headphones... and dressed like a railroad tie.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2017 at 00:57 UTC as 53rd comment

The key to having interchangeable lenses is that you don't have to pick just one. If everyone in the world had to pick just one though and most people were sensible and chose a 35mm or 20-140mm, I'd pick something specialized like the Sony 90mm macro or the Nikkor 600mm f4 just to be different. Maybe a tilt-shift 24mm.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2017 at 19:39 UTC as 67th comment
On article Ask the staff: electronic or optical viewfinder? (892 comments in total)

Funny. I like the modern look of the new page. The test page is more like an optical viewfinder--easier on the eyes for those older folks without all those distracting pictures.

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2017 at 11:19 UTC as 369th comment
In reply to:

Favorable Exponynt: It didn't really get smaller did it?
http://camerasize.com/compare/#206,692

You are remembering 2004 too well if you are still kvetching about how 4/3rds cameras didn't shrivel up into pocket sized power houses with the key interest of making FF zealots into laughing stocks with their monstrous systems. By now I just figured everyone had handled a mirrorless system long enough to realize how much smaller and credible mirrorless has become while all along increasing screen size, viewfinder size, processing power, IS capabilities, and video cooling hurdles. The comparison you make is like watching Alice in Wonderland and saying "See! I told you! That tiny door is actually really big if you drink from the right bottle."

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2017 at 00:47 UTC
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Jon Schick: Another innovation right back to that very first E-1 was the SSWF to keep the digital sensor clean - it took quite a while before other manufacturers caught up with that. I still wish they'd continued to develop the E-1 - in many ways the nicest dSLR I ever owned, and in fact now the only dSLR I continue to own - it's a joy to use even though it's totally antiquated.

mgrum, I've never wet cleaned an Olympus sensor and the E-1 is still clean after 13 years; but conditions vary. I think pollen, humidity, and other stickies may need wet cleaning--but if you are having to clean an Olympus camera in your conditions than it many not be dust on there.

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2017 at 00:28 UTC
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MAubrey: Still enjoy my 150mm f/2 on the E-M1!

Always wanted that lens. ;) It's a gem.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2017 at 21:30 UTC
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Jon Schick: Another innovation right back to that very first E-1 was the SSWF to keep the digital sensor clean - it took quite a while before other manufacturers caught up with that. I still wish they'd continued to develop the E-1 - in many ways the nicest dSLR I ever owned, and in fact now the only dSLR I continue to own - it's a joy to use even though it's totally antiquated.

There is still not a better system to keep dust at bay & Canon pretended (or actively defended) the notion that dust was just not a problem for almost a decade after Olympus killed dust for good.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2017 at 21:29 UTC
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