cgarrard

cgarrard

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On article Sony a9: Why being better might not be enough (701 comments in total)

Sony had a list of things they should have started doing for pros back in 2008 when they introduce the a900...And perhaps before that in 2007 with the A700 announcement. The problem is the company didn't run independently in the camera division....Too many hands on the investment decisions. Whether they make it now or not depends greatly on the amount of various investments they can make.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 04:27 UTC as 25th comment | 2 replies
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cgarrard: I still remember the press trip Sony took us on. Picked us up in limo at our residences/hotel individually, took us to LA to a winery and a famous park where many films are made. The A900's we used had totally incomplete firmware, and the noise was horrendous on image play back. I was so scared to say something in front of everyone because of how nice Sony were being. This was a hugely important camera for them at the time, how could it be this bad!??

But I did, in a very curious and polite style and all ended up well in the end. It's a bit new to me to be a throwback, but that's probably because I remember all that time with the camera like it was yesterday. It was released in a time when digital was booming, and the interest in this camera was staggering. How dare anyone challenge Canon and Nikon with a full framer!?

Those were good times, lots of fond memories and lots of good friends made.

Carl

Dave, been a LONG time. SO good hear from you! Message me so I can give you a new email address. I'd like to keep in touch if you can!

For full frame I picked up the Canon 6D quite some time ago. I think the 24-70mm f/4 macro is literally welded to it now. I have so many cameras though I don't know if I could count them all :). Still have the GX200? :)

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2017 at 21:05 UTC

I still remember the press trip Sony took us on. Picked us up in limo at our residences/hotel individually, took us to LA to a winery and a famous park where many films are made. The A900's we used had totally incomplete firmware, and the noise was horrendous on image play back. I was so scared to say something in front of everyone because of how nice Sony were being. This was a hugely important camera for them at the time, how could it be this bad!??

But I did, in a very curious and polite style and all ended up well in the end. It's a bit new to me to be a throwback, but that's probably because I remember all that time with the camera like it was yesterday. It was released in a time when digital was booming, and the interest in this camera was staggering. How dare anyone challenge Canon and Nikon with a full framer!?

Those were good times, lots of fond memories and lots of good friends made.

Carl

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2017 at 20:16 UTC as 10th comment | 2 replies
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Shinsei: α900 is my first digital camera, and it still my main camera.
But I'd never buy a Sony.
I'm waiting for Canon to make the flagship over 24M pixels.

But you did buy a Sony. :)

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2017 at 20:10 UTC
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Marty4650: A nice toy for anyone who feels $1.70 per print for 3 inch square prints is a good idea.

And you better hope for a 100% keeper rate, or it could get a lot more expensive.

Instax is the biggest money maker for Fujifilm, I'm sure they got it right Marty.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 02:25 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1868 comments in total)

Lets be real, Sony is still catching up in the sports segment, and they have a long way to go to win over pro sports shooters.

Certainly it's a pretty big step forward for Sony, however.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 16:08 UTC as 343rd comment

IOW- They are probably withdrawing the silly consumer compact cameras that no longer sell and instead focusing on enthusiast cameras like the high end compacts (GR) and DSLRs and Medium Format lines. Q mount, may go. :)

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2017 at 22:54 UTC as 47th comment | 2 replies
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S vs Pentax 645Z vs Hasselblad X1D (339 comments in total)
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Maoby: I would integrate them in my collection ! :)
https://www.flickr.com/photos/maoby/albums/72157644494666452

Now if every enthusiast did that, we'd have thriving camera market again :). I should post mine :)

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2017 at 01:22 UTC

Buying it. The light helps the close focus distance a bit- it's a little too close imho- but I'd prefer a little more distance from the subject personally. Still, it's a great lens to put on my T2i and dedicate that camera to macro.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2017 at 15:05 UTC as 24th comment

I hate to say it, but I'm not excited.

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2017 at 05:30 UTC as 90th comment | 1 reply

No no no, everyone has it all wrong. You pronounce Bokeh like this:

135mm STF LENS (sony or minolta)

Sheesh. :)

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2017 at 05:37 UTC as 68th comment | 1 reply
On article Ming Thein joins Hasselblad as Chief of Strategy (346 comments in total)

Cool.

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2017 at 02:30 UTC as 69th comment
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snapa: If Panasonic put as much emphasis on it sensors as it did with its lenses, they would have twice the market share as they do today. There must be a balance between sensor and lens, Panasonic has great lenses, but their sensors lack, just like Olympus.
A company could have the best lenses in the world, but if the sensor behind them can’t bring out the best of the lenses, that is a problem. What ever happened to the ‘Organic Sensors’ that were supposed to revolutionize the m4/3 sensors from 1-2 years ago?
Too many resouces devoted to lenses, not enough on sensors, IMO.

Likely they really had no alternative. The semiconductor divison operates separately and of course the camera division probably had no choice but to use those sensors. If the semiconductor business wasn't doing well, that tightened that bond even more. It's an unfortunate situation that Olympus wasn't in. Soon as Oly switched to Sony sensors (and who knows who else), that hurt Pana overall even more. It all makes sense to me.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2017 at 01:22 UTC
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sibuzaru: "Right, but I have a GFX"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paJqHPHLExo

Big smiles on that video :).

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2017 at 04:54 UTC
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nerd2: It is almost sad to see so many people has absolutely no clue about photography in general.... Kudos dpreview for giving some insights.

I don't.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2017 at 03:35 UTC

There's being in love with the idea of MF, and the reality of it. The reality may not be exactly as the idea one has, and that can go either way, good or bad in any given category :).

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2017 at 03:33 UTC as 130th comment | 2 replies
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dtvluke: Truth is, for street, outdoors, the bulk of contemporary photography, you're dead on, Rishi. However, I would venture to guess that in super controlled situations, where lighting wasn't an issue (because it's manufactured to suit the scene), where we had all the lenses available to us that the Fuji roadmap projects, then the benefits of Medium Format will definitely win over smaller chips with more closely packed pixels and I think you know and would agree with that, when you're not wearing your devils advocate hat. Although it does look good on you ;>

And I think thats it, the tech on sensors is better and better for MF, but not quite at the level of FF. Demand has a lot to do with that, and MF's future. :)

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2017 at 03:31 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Our first cameras (391 comments in total)

My first camera was an Olympus OM-2. My dad had the OM-1, and was superjelly that my mom bought it for me for Christmas ;). I used it through high school for all of my photography courses and my "serious" bass fishing years. The Sony DSC-P30 was my first digital camera, and I quickly upgraded to the delicious Sony DSC-V3. I still have it, and the DSC-F828. The rest, was just gear acquisition syndrome history.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2017 at 03:44 UTC as 23rd comment

Sad to a degree, would be nice to see them put modern sensors etc. into a couple DSLR models like Sony is still doing with the legacy A-Mount. I bet it would revive the four thirds standard a bit. The only issue to me would be the optical viewfinders which were lets face it, not as great as you needed. I still have my L1, E1, E3, E620 and a few of the great lenses. Hopefully prices will go up now!

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2017 at 01:54 UTC as 26th comment
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schaki: Ricoh entered this class already in september 2005 With the Ricoh Caplio R3 which have a 28 - 200mm zoom in a compact body. Dimensions 95 x 53 x 26.
It have IS as well as fast AF and good optical performance and fortunately very little noise reduction, though which not everyone liked.
https://dpreview.com/products/ricoh/compacts/ricoh_caplior3

Ricoh are responsible for a lot more innovations than people realize, and they never got the credit they deserved for them. I loved when they were cranking out tons of compact cameras, I wish they would do more enthusiast level ones, but at the helm of Pentax I'm not so sure that's going to happen much anymore.

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2017 at 06:26 UTC
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