andrewD2

Lives in United Kingdom Manchester, United Kingdom
Works as a Wedding photographer
Has a website at https://photoluminaire.co.uk
Joined on Aug 2, 2004
About me:

10 years as a wedding photographer

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D200_4me: I hope they fixed my nearly invisible focus point (before focus is confirmed - focus point is light gray and impossible to see in many scenes). ;-)

A7RII flex focus boxes are white when thumb pad as joystick is active and black when not active. Tried a A9 and lost the focus point a few times.

Link | Posted on May 10, 2018 at 17:44 UTC
On article Sony 'striping': here's the fix (791 comments in total)
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andrewD2: We had some really good sensors with very little issues well over 10 years ago and there are plenty of problem free models now. It seems amazing to me that people will buy expensive cameras with these problems. If no one bought them we'd see a rapid redesign.

@Magnar W
Take the Minolta 7D sensor, no banding when pushed, good colour, good DR. Its much low res but at least its not got artifacts at ISO100. I wasn't suggesting going backwards, but move forward all that time and we should be able to go forward in all aspects, no point in going forward in many ways and introducing defects. Do you think the blind acceptance of these issues that will drive progress?
D750, D850, A7RII, A7R sensors seem very good. I'll skip any "upgrade" that has issues with its sensor.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2018 at 21:44 UTC
On article Sony 'striping': here's the fix (791 comments in total)

We had some really good sensors with very little issues well over 10 years ago and there are plenty of problem free models now. It seems amazing to me that people will buy expensive cameras with these problems. If no one bought them we'd see a rapid redesign.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2018 at 16:18 UTC as 64th comment | 9 replies
On article Sony a7 III sample gallery (554 comments in total)
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entoman: Sony need to react FAST to this banding / striping issue. Let's hope that they don't go into denial like Nikon did with the D600 oil-on-sensor issue.

Sony need to IMMEDIATELY recall all a7iii bodies that are currently on the way to retailers, and delay release until they have completely fixed this issue one way or another. They have such a good reputation I'd really hate to see it destroyed by poor handling of this problem.

The Sony models react differently to this though, probably connected to how they handle ghost highlights / sensor cover glass reflections as well as the different PDAF versions. A6000 showed the issue with the lines, also had ghosting on point sources. A7RII has much better control of ghosting and has PDAF without any obvious artifacts.

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2018 at 09:59 UTC
On article Sony a7 III sample gallery (554 comments in total)
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ondrejbobek: I hate this banding :/ My next camera is from now a clear choice - A7R3

Lines like that were first seen in the A6000 under the same circumstances. Sad they are back on a new model. Fails basic testing.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2018 at 15:53 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-H1 Review (1562 comments in total)
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fillkay: Doesn't the "p" in dpreview stand for photography? In which case, why does the "initial impressions" section focus so strongly on videography?

Photography is creating an image with light, still photography and video photography are subsets.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2018 at 09:49 UTC

I'd take a 5DIV or D850 if I was primarily using a 70-200/2.8 with image stabilization. If I was using mostly with a flash gun mounted also.
With a 35/1.4 with the IBIS, Sony A7RIII all the way, no mirror slap and IBIS is a monster combination for low light reportage.
Best choice very much depends on what you want to do with them, they will all do most jobs well.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2018 at 14:05 UTC as 33rd comment

Often depends on how you like to shoot and what lenses are available for your camera. The 55mm on APS-C vs 85mm on FF isn't the biggest gap between the two.
I like shooting wide with a wide aperture and 24mm f1.4 on full frame is a harder look to get on crop, a manual focus 16mm f2 is the nearest option? I have a A7RII but take a Nex 5R on holiday.

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2017 at 16:06 UTC as 177th comment | 1 reply
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fPrime: I avoid using Photoshop & Lightroom Vibrance as much as possible these days because of its differential blue push. To see what I mean look at grey tones in any image take on a blue color cast as soon as Vibrance is pushed up. It looks terrible, IMHO.

*near* neutrals being affected can be is an issue.
However what you are seeing on your screen as grey much actually have a slight blue tint to start with. Vibrance will leave true neutrals alone.
You can test this. Create a white to black gradient in photoshop. Save as a tiff and open in Adobe Lightroom or Camera RAW. Then try the vibrance on +100. Set back to 0. Now shift the WB a little to tint the image. Now try vibrance on +100.

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2017 at 16:57 UTC
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Nikoncanonfan: Even a broken Leica has more style, purpose, desirability and magic to it than a working Sony.. ..

Says it all really. A broken camera could only appeal to a camera collector not a photographer. Where does the animosity to another brand come from?

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 11:06 UTC

Google page speed will tell you your images are not optimized if you use it, even at its max compression level.
Seriously Google, make your multiple department minds up on what a good qualilty vs file size balance is.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2017 at 11:36 UTC as 2nd comment

So twisted. I'm happy for animals to have the same rights. If a monkey sets up a camera and a curious human comes up and presses the shutter button, the monkey holds the copyright of the image.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2017 at 11:03 UTC as 117th comment
On article Now we know: Sony a9 is sharper than we thought (394 comments in total)

Are you focusing stopped down to f5.6? Unless you've got a lens with significant focus shift from wide open to stopped down you'll find it far easier to focus manually wide or nearly wide open and then stop down. Clearer liveview and a much more obvious sharpest focus position.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2017 at 19:57 UTC as 77th comment | 2 replies
On article First pictures from the new Nikon 8-15mm fisheye (139 comments in total)
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(unknown member): "on the (mistaken) assumption that they will always create unnaturally distorted images"
'Distortion' surely refers to scale and perspective, as well as lines. Ultra-wide and fisheyes will always result in distorted images, distortion which we might or might not like; but it is unavoidably there.

A room with round tables - an ultra wide rectilinear makes the walls looks straight but makes the tables look badly shaped. The fisheye will give curved walls but the tables will look right. Fisheye large group shots looking down from a step ladder look far better for people because the people at the sides don't look double width. You can try and remove volume deformation from a rectilinear lens and you can defish a fisheye image either in both axis or just one.

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2017 at 16:13 UTC
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jonny1976: unimpressed and totally useless lens. at 1,8 corner are really soft...in addiction the distortion of faces and element at 14 is already heavy. apart some creative effect with shallow depth of field a perfect 14 2,8 with zero distortion, kind of laowa 12, would have been much interesting. luckily they not do in k1 mount but after watch the gallery is the less interesting lens sigma did.

This is on a 5Ds and the corners look amazing when in focus. Don't confuse lens softness with areas that are simply out of focus. I'd much rather have a smaller f2.8 personally but I'd not expect it to be this sharp at f2.8.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2017 at 15:50 UTC
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jonny1976: unimpressed and totally useless lens. at 1,8 corner are really soft...in addiction the distortion of faces and element at 14 is already heavy. apart some creative effect with shallow depth of field a perfect 14 2,8 with zero distortion, kind of laowa 12, would have been much interesting. luckily they not do in k1 mount but after watch the gallery is the less interesting lens sigma did.

Is this sarcasm? I can't tell.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2017 at 13:18 UTC
On a photo in the Pre-production Samples: Sigma 14mm F1.8 DG HSM Art sample gallery (1 comment in total)

That looks extremely good for f2.8.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2017 at 13:08 UTC as 1st comment
On article CP+ 2017: Hands-on with Sigma's newest lenses (199 comments in total)

CoG with the 14mm f1.8 huge front element will be well forward, looks like it needed a tripod mount on the lens.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2017 at 16:50 UTC as 50th comment
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andrewD2: Should have run with the 18-50 only.
Probably market research asked "which one would you buy" and got a mix.
But no point in asking the "general public with cameras" that wouldn't have parted with cash for any of them (and instead be far more likely to hold on to whatever D5x00 they bought and never upgrade)
Some photographers would buy the 18-50 to supplement existing kit as there is nothing like it.

Andrew

That was the reason given for the delay back in June, long time since then.
The Sony RX100s seem to be shipping with 1" sensors.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 18:51 UTC

Should have run with the 18-50 only.
Probably market research asked "which one would you buy" and got a mix.
But no point in asking the "general public with cameras" that wouldn't have parted with cash for any of them (and instead be far more likely to hold on to whatever D5x00 they bought and never upgrade)
Some photographers would buy the 18-50 to supplement existing kit as there is nothing like it.

Andrew

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 18:06 UTC as 215th comment | 3 replies
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