kevin_r

kevin_r

Lives in South Africa South Africa, South Africa
Joined on Sep 9, 2008
About me:

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said,
“I am the light of the world.
Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

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jboyer: Just a newbie question: how are these pictures rendered? ACR, Capture One, proprietary RAW developer?

They indicate that next to the pics in the gallery. Usually Adobe Raw or else OOC jpg.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 11:52 UTC
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DarkShift: Lack of decent DR is truly disappointing here.

The 5D mk IV has so much better DR with better resolution. Also first Canon DSRL with almost as good DR compared to other top models.

Why did Canon choose to cripple performance of lower cost model so much. I don't really understand.

Darkshift, it's called MONEY!!!!
Got Canon lenses and want nice DR? Go spend a lot more on the 5DmIV.
Have 6D and want to have better AF only? Buy 6DII.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 11:49 UTC
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mario loconte: This test is usefully useless, if you want a cheap camera, here we are, if you want more, you spend more.

But, cheap and good, extreme DR nerd test apart, this is a worthwhile camera.

@NicomPPC: High dynamic range required. Very bright highlights and very dark shadows. Any other question we can answer for you today?

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 11:18 UTC
On photo Archway of the Heavens in the night landscaoe challenge (52 comments in total)

Beautiful. Excellent use of the photographic gear at hand.

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2017 at 11:59 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2724 comments in total)

OK, it's a great camera but waaaaayyyy tooo expensive for my poor budget.
So.... Roll on A7 MarkIII with a hopefully much lower price using the same or similar sensor tech.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2017 at 19:00 UTC as 118th comment | 3 replies

Too expensive, even with the so-called enhancements....

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2017 at 07:54 UTC as 1st comment
On article DPReview on TWiT: Is the Sony a9 worth $4500? (223 comments in total)
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JonHob: Over priced and limited lenses. A high price tag doesn't mean it's a professional camera. It'll probably drop to half price after a month or two.

No doubt there's technology which which others will use in the future but this camera certainly won't convince me to change from a Nikon D4s.

Why would you want convincing to change from the D4s is it's working for you?

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2017 at 07:28 UTC
On article DPReview on TWiT: Is the Sony a9 worth $4500? (223 comments in total)

Is the Nikon D5 worth the price?
Is the Canon 1D X II worth the price?

Why is it that no one asks these stupid questions?

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2017 at 07:26 UTC as 53rd comment | 20 replies
On article Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G sample gallery (60 comments in total)
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chshooter: Doesn't look that sharp to me. Especially the photo of the terrace towards the end of the series looks quite soft for a shot even at f4. Other shots stopped down don't look much better. Little details are not that clear and detail is everything in landscape photography

Right, then please don't buy it. Vote with your money.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2017 at 06:01 UTC
On article Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G sample gallery (60 comments in total)
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Lan: Nice in the center, but the corner sharpness is disappointing and the sunstars could be prettier. Not bad for the size/price though!

Disagree. Corner sharpness is more than acceptable. Are you not confusing the distortion for lack of sharpness? Perhaps rather look at the edges.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2017 at 06:00 UTC
On article Sony FE 12-24mm F4 G sample gallery (60 comments in total)
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David610: I really like the size and weight of the 12-24mm. I would buy this lens and a Sony body to put it on as I have Nikon gear, however corner sharpness at 12mm even at f/8 is extremely worrying. You can ignore lack of corner sharpness in a portrait lens but not for landscape. Sony should update its MTF charts as 30 lines per mm is for film era of decades ago. I expect that using this lens an A7R II with 42 MP would show even greater softness in the corners.

Guy below this comment says corner sharpness is excellent - what are you complaining about?

Link | Posted on May 18, 2017 at 05:56 UTC
On article Canon EOS Rebel T7i / 800D review (370 comments in total)
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Gimli son of Gloin: This review ties perfectly with the brouhaha on the A9 previews, opinions or whatever you gonna call it.

Boring, unnecessary updates from the major manufacturers result in apathy from reviewers like this. Who really cares for this model? It is not a A vs B. It is about bringing innovation and new features to us.

Compare this review with the 5DS R. Even with poor DR that was an exciting development and there was lots of positive engagement here.

This camera is the reason people are so excited about the Sony A9, Fuji MF, A7rII. This brings nothing to the table.

@Gmili, you might be surprised - this camera has a basic cell-phone to DSLR conversion feature - that point and shoot touchscreen.
Users of cell phones know that tracking animals on their phone is out of the question and so is shooting in poor light. This camera gives them both those options as well as the familiarity of using a touchscreen interface. Don't underestimate this camera's potential with those wanting something better for not so much more than a top mobile phone. If that.

Link | Posted on May 4, 2017 at 11:43 UTC
On article Canon EOS Rebel T7i / 800D review (370 comments in total)
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Shlomo Goldwasser: The quality of reviews on DPReview is dwindling with each passing year. Look at the comprehensive reviews back in 2010, and then look at this, as well as the heaps of round-ups that really do not satisfy my desire to really know the cameras, and make an educated decision on buying one.

So many more cameras to review they can't get enough time to be so thorough anymore. Yeah, so you're right but there's a good reason for it.

Link | Posted on May 4, 2017 at 11:36 UTC
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2724 comments in total)
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Mitrajoon: You said: "With the a9, you'll save a ton of weight"

Can you flesh that out a bit? I don't see more than a few ounces difference between the Sony with extra battery pack and Nikon or Canon bodies. And the GM series zoom lenses that are available are as heavy and in some cases heavier than their DSLR equivalents.

To each his own, i guess.
I'm smaller built and after using a canon 5D III with 70-200 plus one more with 24-70 for a whole day, I can say that I lost weight!!!!

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2017 at 19:35 UTC
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JacquesBalthazar: Very nice offer by Sony indeed, allowing them to climb further up the price (and margin) ladder and be less exposed to mass market downturns, which is everyone's main objective in the photographic device business these days. The body design improvements are more than welcome as well, even if the software UI remains unwieldy. That said, Sony could have opted for a more radical departure from the a7 design and set a new standard of useability. I just cannot get along with the physical and logical user interface of the Sony a series....

Personally, I would be seduced by an offer combining the technology and announced performance of this a9 with the physical interface of a chunkier XT2 or the less pretty GFX. GFX (or Leica SL or D810) size would be better as well for hand held useability with the larger "pro" lenses, operation with gloves, etc. Wonder how this a9 handles with the new battery grip....

You DID see that the menu can now be customized for your own settings?
You now have a MY MENU option to go mad with.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 06:58 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1908 comments in total)
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falconeyes: > The new α9 also supports uncompressed 14-bit RAW, ensuring users can get the most out of the wide dynamic range of the sensor.

Still no lossless compressed raw.

It DOES have mechanical shutter. See specs.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 17:40 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1908 comments in total)
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rbach44: As a former Sony A7 now happily back to Nikon user, this camera looks promising. It finally has the nice little ergonomic features that make pro cameras so enjoyable. Also. if the battery life really is twice the previous generation, they are at least on track. AF. in theory at least, looks great. But mostly I hope (though probably in vain) that they fixed the Auto ISO, weird RAW files, confusing menus, and general Sony wonkiness that drove me batty with my A7.

Some questions I have from the press release:

Am I missing something or does the viewfinder seem oddly underspecced? 1280 x 960?
Why is it so expensive? Its not THAT different than an a7 but its 3x the price…

I’m deeply skeptical. It looks like it could be one of Sony cameras built to make a good looking spec sheet. But I hope for the best. We’ll see…

ALL the so-called flagships are expensive rip offs. Why don't you ask why the CaNikon equivalents are 1.5 times the price of the Sony? I don't see you complaining about that.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 17:37 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1908 comments in total)
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amateurphotographer: all day sports shoot = 3000 photos. That's like 6-7 batteries. You would be paranoid and often change battery when only 1 block left in case you missed key moments. So you would get say 350-400 shots per battery before you change over. You could use a vertical grip and maybe get 900 shots. Also spend concentration on the battery indicator rather than the shoot subject. You would need 6-7 charges for overnight charging or wake up every 2 hrs to swap batteries over. All in all, great camera on paper, but for sports photographer shooting large numbers of pics , this camera is probably not practical, solely due to the battery. no mention of weather seal? But bravo to Sony for pushing the envelope.

New battery and new processors plus silent shooting greatly expands shooting duration. Check Brian Smith's website.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 17:34 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1908 comments in total)
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Sdaniella: Sony's original FF A7 Mirrorless ICL-cam should have been what Sony's new FF A9 Mirrorless ICL-cam here now (their 7th FF Mirrorless ICL-cam iteration)

with proper faster (fastest) processing speeds (24mp x 20fps = 480mp/s overall)
albeit still with restrictions (compressed files; not uncompressed files)

it would also be better if Sony improved low-light pixel capability surpassing its A7s-12mp iterations at the start without having to resorting back to the easier larger-pixel alternative (get it right first time round, not dish out the obvious workaround)

given Sony has offered both FSI (no IBIS) and BSI (w/IBIS) ... hopefully, they have resolved overheating of the latter's vulnerable poorer heatsunk IBIS "floating" sensor, and not just workaround it with a overheat ignore-warning bypass switch used in its last A7RII iteration (other than processing a 24mp sensor should get hotter slower than a 42mp sensor anyway; or one with lower capped ISO-gains should generally heat slower)

What have you been smoking, dear? Back then the technology just didn't exist. So how could they have used it?

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 17:32 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1908 comments in total)

USB 2.0??? Really? Maybe they expect most people to use the LAN connection.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 17:30 UTC as 260th comment | 4 replies
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