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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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 176th 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 115th 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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quietrich: "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 214th comment | 3 replies
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Rick Knepper: Sorry Sony/Metabones, I'm buying a Fugi GFX 50S instead. More resolution, more dynamic range, mirrorless.

Using a large Canon lens on a system with a large adapter takes away one of the major "benefits" of the Sony system. Using a 3rd party adapter is a fool's errand in my estimation. AF performance will still not be as good as it would be on a Canon system.

I agree about the 35LII on A7RII for personal use where size and weight is factor, but then you'd be better with a 35f2IS on either 6D or A7RII. Or my choice, a 20mm pancake on a Nex 5R.
Professionally, for reportage, the combo is an awesome tool.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2017 at 15:41 UTC
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Rick Knepper: Sorry Sony/Metabones, I'm buying a Fugi GFX 50S instead. More resolution, more dynamic range, mirrorless.

Using a large Canon lens on a system with a large adapter takes away one of the major "benefits" of the Sony system. Using a 3rd party adapter is a fool's errand in my estimation. AF performance will still not be as good as it would be on a Canon system.

At the moment it is a mixed bag depending on which lenses you intend to use.
The 35LII on the A7RII is snappier than on the Canon 6D and far more accurate than I can get with 6D or 5DIII. And you can get a lock anywhere in the frame. 24L and 35L mk1 are excellent on several adapters. On the flip side my 100f2 front focuses with the metabones 4.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2017 at 13:06 UTC
On article Canon EOS 5D IV: What you need to know (181 comments in total)

The biggest difference vs the competition, judging from the studio samples, is that this looks to be the only current camera model producing moire free results. Veils and fine suit fabrics can cause the 5DIII problems, the 1DsIII was better in this regard. Well done for not pandering to the 'sharpness is everything' amatuers. If this had come out at a less crazy price (I bought my 5DIII early days at £2300 I think) I would have upgraded on release. I'd love to see a practical metering comparison with the mkIII in evaluative, the mkIIIs metering is fickle in backlight.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2016 at 06:55 UTC as 13th comment | 1 reply
On article Comparison Review: Sony FE 50mm F1.4 ZA vs 55mm F1.8 ZA (261 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.

Not sure why you meantion focus breathing or sunstars... I generally shoot around f2-f4 and I'm talking AF-S. The aperture opens, then closes in stages and you see the CDAF pulse. That's often the moment gone. If you shoot slower moving stuff the 55mm is fantastic. The adapted lens goes straight there using PDAF only with no aperture twitching, no CDAF pulsing. That mode is my feature request. Even if you shoot wide open with a native lens in AF-S the CDAF pulse is there. The other advantage with the adapted lens is that I always get the clearest noise free and smoothest EVF view possible while still being able to preview EV compensation. Advantage of the current native option is the constant DOF preview at the expense of light. Be great to be able to switch between two modes. The adapted 35L clearly blows away the FE35/1.4 in AF-S, wide open or stopped down, that really shouldn't be the case.

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2016 at 21:10 UTC
On article Comparison Review: Sony FE 50mm F1.4 ZA vs 55mm F1.8 ZA (261 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.

Not sure what you hope to gain by trying to push this under the carpet and please don't tell me what I can and can't shoot. I have no idea what you shoot but I'm quite sure you don't speak for every usage senario. After complaints of focus shift on a couple of zooms the firmware changed the behavior. You can't have it both ways, either they knew what was best in the first place (allow more light in at the expensive of focus shift) or they do now (make sure there is no focus shift but cut the light getting to the AF). An option is what is needed. When you get a Sony workshop telling people to shoot a studio shot stopped down and the camera stops focusing, you think that sounds like they really know what is going on?

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2016 at 18:27 UTC
On article Comparison Review: Sony FE 50mm F1.4 ZA vs 55mm F1.8 ZA (261 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.

@PVCdroid, if you think it is about getting a sharp final result you are confused. If you don't get a lock at all if the lens is stopped down then there is no result at all.

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2016 at 09:24 UTC
On article Comparison Review: Sony FE 50mm F1.4 ZA vs 55mm F1.8 ZA (261 comments in total)
In reply to:

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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