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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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 42nd 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 (1871 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 (1871 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 (1871 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 (1871 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 325th 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 49th 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? (891 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 368th comment
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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

I actually just took my E-1 + 50-200mm out this morning. Fantastic lens. Peerless build quality, weather sealing, and dust busting. Will hold up for years. But AF ability, rear screen quality, video, and resolution have run so far ahead in 13 years! I'm faster with manual focus + focus peaking on my A7 which is my go to camera now. The 5mp resolution and lack of video/live view I could live with, but the AF is so atrocious that it discourages use. The E-3 was a revelation comparatively and that was only about 3 years down the road.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2017 at 21:26 UTC as 117th comment
On article Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF bokeh demystified (355 comments in total)
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Robemo: "Extremely", "phenomenal", "beautiful", "professional", excellent"", "incredibly", "blazingly", "impressive", "spectacular". For crying out loud, we are just talking about a lens here. And this is a site that tries to give its readers factual unbiased information. All this hyper language is weird and unnecessary and makes the article harder to read. A writing course seems in order ...

Optimism seems a legitimate writing style for a unique lens they were obviously impressed with. Were you hoping for the lens to fall on it's face? You could have had a more critical tone to the article but that would not have guaranteed more information. They gave a useful explanation of how the lens works to deliver on the promise of smoother bokeh, provided links to examples and video, and reflected on sharpness and AF (unique for this lens). What else do you really want?

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2017 at 15:07 UTC
On article Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF bokeh demystified (355 comments in total)
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Robemo: "Extremely", "phenomenal", "beautiful", "professional", excellent"", "incredibly", "blazingly", "impressive", "spectacular". For crying out loud, we are just talking about a lens here. And this is a site that tries to give its readers factual unbiased information. All this hyper language is weird and unnecessary and makes the article harder to read. A writing course seems in order ...

You remembered "phenomenal". That's when I stopped reading your comment. ;)

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2017 at 14:50 UTC

I looked it up and thought I'd share that the aperture of the 100mm is f2.8 max not f5.6. The T stop of T5.6 has nothing to do with depth of field, but instead brightness after some light is absorbed by the STM technology and glass in the lens. No lens delivers the theoretical amount of light predicted by the f-stop because all glass lenses absorb some light. The usefulness of T-stops comes into play when grading lighting in video. So this is not false advertising. It's f2.8 and it's going to be brilliant. People will buy Sony just to use this lens because it's one of a kind being AF and will rock socks on any A series body.

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2017 at 03:07 UTC as 24th comment | 2 replies
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Doberman: Are these really great images??? Besides the POV, what really makes them so great?

Have you not studied photographic composition? Changing point of view can make all the difference. These pictures are not taken by robots just to show a point of view previously unattainable--that's Google earth--these photographers had imagination of what a great new point of view could do for certain subjects. Specifically, on 1, the reflections are the canvas for this shot--elements that could not be captured from sea level or eye level. Number 2, the curvature of the path through the dunes, the reflection and shadowing, the leading lines and strong diagonals, the balance of elements--unattainable at eye level. I could go on, but if you don't see it at this point, then you've made your mind up to wear blinders imo.

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2017 at 20:50 UTC
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