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On article Sony a9 shooting experience: Here's why I'm impressed (781 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 (1877 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 (1877 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 (1877 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 (1877 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 (1877 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 | 2 replies
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1877 comments in total)
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em jo photo: So, what does this mean for the lovely and recently-introduced A99ii?

I suppose it's the option that gives you respectable speed and phase-detect AF (albeit, certainly less capable than what we see with the A9?) with 42 megapixels instead of 24?

But I find it hard to imagine there's a big enough market--or big enough market niches--to sustain both multi-thousand-dollar FE mirrorless *and* SLT systems. Perhaps the high-zoot photography market is not nearly as moribund as the popular media drumbeat might lead us to believe?

(Also: what's with the USB 2.0 connectivity? Aren't we years-and-years-and-years into USB 3 standards?)

The A99II uses mostly already written off components all the way from sensor (A7RII) to body (A77II) . The only new thing was the extra processor which was developed for the A9 anyway. So it's not that expensive at all. Just over priced.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 17:30 UTC
On article Nikon announces midrange D7500 DSLR (396 comments in total)

Might as well buy a D750 if this is your first
nikon. only $1499 on e-bay. New.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2017 at 10:12 UTC as 63rd comment
On article Tamron SP 70-200mm F2.8 Di VC USD G2 sample gallery (46 comments in total)

Bokeh looks somewhat "rough" but not irritatingly nervous. I won't hesitate to use it for portraits if push comes to shove.

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2017 at 12:44 UTC as 22nd comment
On article Juggling with one hand: Leica M10 shooting experience (495 comments in total)
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Jono Slack: Hi Barney
Well, I enjoyed that . . but before your next trip I think you should do a bit of rangefinder focusing practice - it becomes second nature (as long as you don't stop doing it!). Zone focusing (I'd say) should be for really unusual situations.

In that context I don't think that rangefinder shooting need slow you down, indeed, if you look at Sarah Lee's photographs of Sergei Polunin's "Project Polunin" images in the Guardian this week, you can see that rangefinder practice has real rewards.

All the best
Jonathan Slack

Are you sure that she used a rangefinder? How do you know that? I see on her website she uses Canon gear.
Please let me know where you got that information from so I can verify it.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2017 at 06:11 UTC
On article Juggling with one hand: Leica M10 shooting experience (495 comments in total)

Whats the difference between 5cm and 50mm in the Nikon f/1.4 classic lens?

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2017 at 05:45 UTC as 22nd comment | 2 replies

D5 Camera - $6500. New 70-200mm f/2.8 lens $2800. Definitely not for Joe Soap.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2017 at 12:49 UTC as 17th comment | 1 reply
On article Hands-on with the Canon EOS 77D (449 comments in total)
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Jaythomasni: Arriving soon leaked images of 6D MkII. game changer. 4K,Built In Flash. Compact body. 5D internals..

Bro hahahhahahaaa.....;-) 5D M-IV internals? You got to be kidding man. That's not going to happen. Then the price would have to be HIGHER than the 5D.
Here's hoping it's not the 30MP sensor but rather a 24/28Mp one with DPAF.
Don't know why people are so pumped up about 4K, but if it's doable I guess they should include it just for the sake of it rather than some extraordinary implementation that'll shoot down the stars.
Current body is more than adequate. Same or lesser weight would be appreciated.
And of course there's hoping the AF module will at least include -3EV or better sensitive cross points on the thirds. At least 11 in total.
And please - just do the 1/250th second flash sync and get done already......

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2017 at 12:42 UTC
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HowaboutRAW: Wow, for colour,that’s a big improvement over other Sigma Art lenses.

Nice to see Sigma flirting with good Leica and Zeiss lens territory.

It would be helpful to have some higher ISO samples, but #5&(&*##4%%**^!.

Need that explained to me, please!!!!!
How does that help to show up differences between lenses?
Unless you want to know about hunting for af in poor light?

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2016 at 07:37 UTC
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Gocha Nemsadze: Most of the Images, if you view them in 100%, are blurred (by Camera shake). Please take some shots with LiveView or Mirror Lockup and you will see the big difference in sharpness.

Not feeling ok today? need some thing to calm down the nerves, perhaps?

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2016 at 07:33 UTC
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Irakly Shanidze: Working with ballet dancers almost on a daily basis, I can tell that this is an example of a pretty mediocre work from a photography standpoint. Professional dancers are very good at giving you exactly what you want, so catching a jump is really a no big deal. To make ballet photography into the art in its own right one should go one step further.

Irakly seems to have a website that uses flash. I refuse to explore any website that still uses flash, except one specific one that I absolutely am forced to use - it's simply too dangerous.
Plus it has a Russian connection. My mistrust runs deep on that one.

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2016 at 08:36 UTC

I firmly suspect that all these so-called updates are simply a way for Sony to make sure that only their lenses works properly with these cameras.
I also suspect that Sigmas adapter bypasses this nonsense and identifies itself as a lens that is registered for fast hybrid AF and so it can masquerade as a pukka Sony lens. But then of course they go on to exclude tamron etc....

Link | Posted on May 27, 2016 at 09:14 UTC as 2nd comment
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Rouseabout: @Barney Britton, thanks for sharing your experience with the Sony cam.

"The last time I brought a DSLR on a mountain hike I almost left it tucked under a rock on the trail, rather than drag it all the way up (that was the old, famously brutal Mailbox Peak trail, for any PNW natives reading this...)."

Nikon D3300 with 18-200mm lens is 100g lighter than rx10 iii...

I'd love to hear your opinion on cameras in more compact hiking/outdoor/adventure friendly 500g range and lighter.

200 versus 600???

Maybe the Nikon P900 might be of interest, except the sensor is dismally small.....

Link | Posted on May 13, 2016 at 06:29 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2661 comments in total)
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uhoh07: What I find interesting is the stark contrast in the very open minded review of the new K1 and the extremely harsh review of the Leica SL.

Perhaps for comparison sake you might find the small person in whose hands you placed the SL and put the K1 there as well ;)

Well, one would expect to find a lot more for the huge price you paid than for the bargain priced item. So you'd be very critical of things put on the high priced item compared to the bargain priced one. Imagine if you found exactly the same kind of things on the $8000.00 priced item that you found on the $1800.00 item? You ditch that high priced rip-off immediately. Hence you're looking to see where exactly your extra thousand dollars went to and you'd be hyper critical if you weren't satisfied.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2016 at 06:18 UTC
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