andrewD2

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On article Comparison Review: Sony FE 50mm F1.4 ZA vs 55mm F1.8 ZA (228 comments in total)
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John G Moore: I agree with you completely on the lens diaphragm control protocol. The lens diaphragm stopping down whilst focusing is a big issue for me, particularly when shooting in low ambient light in the studio with heads (1/200 @f11). My Nikon's and Hasselblad's perform well in that scenario where my A7RII's and G Master lenses perform particularly badly, purely because the Nikon and Blad lenses have automatic lens diaphragms that remain fully open until shutter actuation.

I would much prefer it if Sony changed the lens diaphragm control to behave like a DSLR remaining wide open whilst focusing and only closing to your chosen aperture value on shutter actuation. (Or at least let you choose in firmware) That way the camera would always be able to use phase and contrast detect AF. I'd rather have a camera and lens combination that can focus quickly and efficiently at higher apertures, than have live DOF preview.

Tomorrow I won't take the optically awesome 55/1.8 to a wedding, the 35L adapted to the A7RII focuses much better in lower light levels as it focuses wide open and doesn't do the contrast detect check that slows things down. Won't buy any more native lenses till this is fixed. I think Sony are hearing the wrong voices.

Link | Posted on Jul 22, 2016 at 20:03 UTC
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DualSystemGuy: There is no way they can keep any display accurate for years without re-calibration, that is complete BS. Even the NEC monitors with 14bit LUTs require calibration every 15-30 days. If these things just have the computer's video card doing the calibration on crappy monitors, they aren't going to be anywhere near accurate I wouldn't think.

They were not trying to say the screen calibration will hold for years but that the calibration device will last for years. Some well known calibration devices had organic based filters and would degrade over time.

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2016 at 22:26 UTC
On article Sony delays 70-200mm GM lens until September (66 comments in total)
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Vincent AF: That Canon-look grey burns my eyes!

Minolta's white finish telephoto lenses date back to around 1985.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2016 at 10:04 UTC

Great looking option for a jet setting fashion photographer. Having used a H3D39
I mastered a little finger mirror flip technique prior to release. Its a big mirror, getting rid of it makes so much sense.

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2016 at 21:24 UTC as 15th comment
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DVT80111: Giant dust magnet?

my experience with two nex and a A7RII is that with the sensor so near the opening it is far easier to blow across the surface and dislodge dust

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2016 at 21:15 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: Semi-Pro Interchangeable Lens Cameras (261 comments in total)
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Azathothh: OMG the Sony can autofocus 3rd party lenses!! And incredible AF precision and speed? lolz

So glad you are on this Rishi. There are 3 options for AF-S - AF priority, balanced emphasis and release. Can't find much difference between them, can you?Having the 'release' setting as PDAF only would be a great start, its not a lot to ask, its not asking for new functionality, its just asking for something to be turned off. They are losing lens sales because of this, my 10 year old 35L has just had its AF/MF switch superglued on but I can't think about replacing it with the 35/1.4 FE lens because that it doesn't do the PDAF only AF. I showed the guys in the camera shop where I bought the A7Rii viltrox + 35L and we compared to the 35/1.4 FE they had in stock. They were stunned how quick the Canon focused, and referring to the native 35/1.4 FE 'you won't be buying that then...' I'm looking to a 35LII instead, already tested it on the adapter at a Canon stand. The PDAF only mode with the little af squares lighting up is also useful because you can see which edge it has found. Thanks.

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2016 at 09:18 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: Semi-Pro Interchangeable Lens Cameras (261 comments in total)
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Azathothh: OMG the Sony can autofocus 3rd party lenses!! And incredible AF precision and speed? lolz

AF-S has two issues, it does use PDAF but then does a little contrast detect search at the end, if your subject is moving slightly, say a head moving back and forth while talking, it can get confused. Second, it doesn't focus with the lens wide open. For both these reasons a viltrox ii adapted 35L in AF-S is significantly faster to focus in AF-S than the native 35/1.4 FE lens. AF-C has its issues too, try eye-AF at f2 and you'll get a great result, try it at f4 and it can turn laggy because the AF has less light to work with. I'd like two options adding. 1) option to disable contrast detect in AF-S and have the PDAF squares light up light I get with my adapter. 2) an option to focus with the lens wide open and only stop down for the shot.

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2016 at 07:14 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: Semi-Pro Interchangeable Lens Cameras (261 comments in total)
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Camley: I don't follow the comments that this is a "silly" category. It covers the best performing full-frame cameras you can buy (the new Pentax K1 will be included next year if they increase the price :-)). What category should these cameras be put in for comparison?

They are the cameras used by many pros so semi-pro was an unfortunate choice of words but it's difficult to come up with a short title that doesn't offend the majority of photographers who don't own one of these fine cameras.

DPR excludes the essentially pro-only and very expensive 1DXII and D5. If they were included they would take the first two places and so they should at their price range.

And to AndrewD2. As an owner of an a7RII, if I was a pro photographer, I would choose your 5DIII gear. Unfortunately, DPR has latched on to Dynamic Range as the be all and end all parameter.

I've used a 5Diii since new and 1DIV and 1Dsiii before that, believe it or not the A7RII AF performance with 35L and 24L wide or near to wide open is simply far better with the on sensor PDAF. My best ever results. Its high ISO performance is superb. There are a lot of reasons why its a fantastic addition for a Canon shooter waiting for a 5DIV, I just don't see it as a complete all rounder.

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2016 at 19:01 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: Semi-Pro Interchangeable Lens Cameras (261 comments in total)

Wow, didn't expect that. I love my A7RII is has been great. Really great. But all round best? Its a very rainy June in the UK, last wedding the 5DIII +24-70II got a good soaking while the A7RII stayed in the bag. I needed a reliable and foolproof 600EX-RT + ST-E3-RT combination for off camera lit group shots in the church. I also use a 135L a lot. Then the real kicker, I don't find the A7RII + the Sony lenses fast enough to lock focus for reportage so however amazing the 55mm FE is (and it is) I have to use the Canon 35L on an adapter to get pure PDAF performance. Delieved files will end up 55:45 A7RII:5DIII but I could have done the whole thing with two 5DIIIs but not with two A7RIIs. That makes me feel the "all rounder" tag is misplaced. It is quite the opposite, its is extremely good for many niches and if your usage fits one of those you'll love it.

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2016 at 14:33 UTC as 62nd comment | 3 replies
On article Canon EOS 80D Field Test: Barney builds a boat (220 comments in total)

Very well done, good compositions, great presentation of interesting subjects.

Link | Posted on May 25, 2016 at 13:58 UTC as 56th comment
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Cdog: Wait, the 14mm has filter threads? If true, how would 67mm be remotely wide enough to avoid vignetting?

The APS-C 12mm has a 67mm filter thread and without the hood you get a little wider than that on full frame. The Sony 10-18 manages to cover the full frame around 12mm and has a 62mm filter thread.

Link | Posted on May 4, 2016 at 22:02 UTC
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SETI: Not as good as Canon 24-70mm mkII

SETI: Of course you can have an opinion. I've been using one A7RII battery and less than one 5DIII battery. The A7RII is actually better in low light without flash with the Canon 35L and Viltrox, with 5DIII is much better balanced with the flash and the heavier lens. Battery life isn't stopping me shooting with two A7RIIs, not having two card slots is. I think you'd love eye AF for your fantastic portraits btw.

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2016 at 21:44 UTC
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SETI: Not as good as Canon 24-70mm mkII

SETI - if the parents are not as sharp at the sides of a print as the couple is in the middle, field curvature matters. I just try and do the best job I can, if the technical side can help that I'm not running away from it.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2016 at 22:34 UTC
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salamander1: my 4 year old 5D mark III still takes better pictures than these, with better living color and character. patiently waiting for mark IV. ( it's about time)

I have a 5Diii and A7RII. If I could have the A7RII sensor in the 5Diii body as well I'd be really happy. It's ridiculously good.

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2016 at 09:17 UTC
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SETI: Not as good as Canon 24-70mm mkII

You don't actually own the 24-70II then? I have had mine on the A7RII as well as the Canon bodies. Tell me, what do you know of how its field curvature varies with focal length, aperture and focus distance? Its a very good lens on a 5DIII, exceptionally snappy to lock focus, well balanced, very low CA, good into the Sun. Its sharpness across the frame other than at 24mm isn't as impressive as is hyped unless your scene has distant middle and nearer corners. For PJ uses its great, great for scene setting at 24mm sharp at 70mm in the middle and the bokeh is best ay 70mm also. What you don't get is a flat focus field like some of the FE lens shows on some of the images. That's why near corners might look a little less sharp but the sides are much better. Anyway, buy one, use it for three years professionally and get back to me.

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2016 at 17:08 UTC
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SETI: Not as good as Canon 24-70mm mkII

How many 24-70II images have you seen at 42MP? For sharpness, I'd take this over my 24-70II.

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2016 at 15:05 UTC

18-50 is a great niche to find. I can see why they did it but even 18-35 would have done me. Hope to be able to try this at the photography show at the NEC next month?

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2016 at 20:17 UTC as 58th comment
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Raist3d: So Sony *finally* cares about making good solid lenses. About time :-)
(though the 55 F1.8 prime is as good as it gets).

It is only as dead as your imagination.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2016 at 13:12 UTC

First thing I'd try for outdoor is using an orange filter, orange filter + PL, etc.
Try a blue filter on daffodils etc.

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2016 at 14:33 UTC as 83rd comment
On article Sony Alpha 7R II Review (2159 comments in total)
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zerlings: I have the A7II but don't like it much (e.g. control, colors, AF speed). The A7RII seems a very advanced camera but is it much different to the A7II?

Thank you. You could try lowering the colour noise reduction and try to get a better average skin colour some other way. I'd have to take a look at the RAW file. I've not had to deal with this specifically recently but I used to use "selective colour" adjustment in photoshop, the reds are adjusted by default, slide to add some yellow and maybe remove some magenta. Skintones usually have a Y:M balance of at least 50:50 (except wind blown faces, thinning skin, high blood pressure which is why I sometimes still need to do it) so a check with the eye dropper afterwards to see if you are in the ballpark of Y>M. I think the additional problem is that it makes it difficult to judge color temperature and tint as you may be tempted to tint towards green just to get the skintones less magenta but neutrals end up with a green cast. I did ask one couple if the best man knew he had very high blood pressure because I'd struggled with the Y/M balance, turned out he was on already on tablets. :)

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2015 at 17:32 UTC
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