redhed17

redhed17

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Very surprising and sad news when a market leader disappears, especially when it is not a company going bust.

Lexar innovated and and pushed the technology and afaik, have the fastest SD XQD cards. Glad I got one of each for the D500.

Lexar and Sandisk seemed to push each other. Is there anyone who can push Sandisk the same way? This seems to leave Sandisk as the only 'go to' brand. Hope they keep pushing themselves, but no competition may have an adverse effect on prices and innovation.

Doesn't look good for the future of the XQD format too. Only Sony now producing cards atm, and they don't seem too keen to push the format and use them in their own consumer products. Weird as they invented the format with Nikon and Sandisk. Maybe Sandisk will now start producing them, though what prices they would charge is anybody's guess. And would they be as fast as the Lexar XQD cards! :-/

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2017 at 19:18 UTC as 62nd comment | 1 reply
On article How do you know you need a new camera? (409 comments in total)
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redhed17: Thanks you, an interesting article. :-)

Changing a camera after so long is a big step, Carey is in one way lucky to be able to (I'm assuming) easily try many different options, when most of us may not be in able to do, but then that could be a negative in that the aim may be for the 'perfect' camera as a replacement. For most people their cameras have a niggle or two, despite that they may say their camera is perfect. ;-)

I waited many years for Nikon to replace the D300S, I was just about to get a 7DII when the unexpected happened and the D500 was announced. :-D It improved on the D300S in almost every way, which was why I waited to upgrade for so long, and improved by a significant amount in some areas, but it isn't as comfortable as the D300S to hold for me. The metering isn't as consistent imho. For me though, I think I have the best camera for me, and I hope Carey is as happy when/if the decision is made.

Thanks for taking the time to reply Carey. :-)

Hopefully you will update/create a new article should you make any changes. :-) I always find it interesting why people make the choices they do. You are in the advantageous position of having first hand experience of a lot of cameras which a lot of people may find interesting.

Link | Posted on May 30, 2017 at 18:55 UTC
On article Google will no longer develop Nik Collection (389 comments in total)

I got the NIK Collection when Google offered it for free, and have been mainly using the Silver Efex Pro.

I thought they said when they offered it for free that they would not be supporting it anymore, but with this article, maybe I assumed that. :-/

Link | Posted on May 30, 2017 at 17:13 UTC as 176th comment | 1 reply
On article How do you know you need a new camera? (409 comments in total)

Thanks you, an interesting article. :-)

Changing a camera after so long is a big step, Carey is in one way lucky to be able to (I'm assuming) easily try many different options, when most of us may not be in able to do, but then that could be a negative in that the aim may be for the 'perfect' camera as a replacement. For most people their cameras have a niggle or two, despite that they may say their camera is perfect. ;-)

I waited many years for Nikon to replace the D300S, I was just about to get a 7DII when the unexpected happened and the D500 was announced. :-D It improved on the D300S in almost every way, which was why I waited to upgrade for so long, and improved by a significant amount in some areas, but it isn't as comfortable as the D300S to hold for me. The metering isn't as consistent imho. For me though, I think I have the best camera for me, and I hope Carey is as happy when/if the decision is made.

Link | Posted on May 27, 2017 at 11:52 UTC as 154th comment | 2 replies
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2701 comments in total)
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redhed17: Do Professionals only exist in America, and maybe Canada to get the support Sony's eyes! :-/

Thanks for the reply Richard. :-) You (DPReview) may now be US based but I don't think that should mean you neglect information relevant to the rest of the world. You do not just have US readers after all. ;-)

If you knew at the time of the article that was their plans, it would only have taken an extra sentence or two to say that. :-/ Did you ask about their plans for the rest of the world, or do you just publish what they give you?

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2017 at 07:39 UTC
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2701 comments in total)

Do Professionals only exist in America, and maybe Canada to get the support Sony's eyes! :-/

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2017 at 22:56 UTC as 389th comment | 3 replies

Sony trying to prove that they are at the 'professional' level by trying rip off prices the same that Canon and Nikon try and get away with. £380 for a battery charger, £330 for a battery grip and £130 for a grip extension!

Btw, the grip extension "Extend the grip on your camera to allow for a more comfortable shooting experience". So are they saying that it is uncomfortable to hold straight from the off? Why not just make it comfortable in the first place!

Just Canon and Nikon, or indeed any brand 'fan', there be some who will only buy the official brand accessories, and to those I say I envy you wealth and your carefree use of it. ;-) lol

Now that Sony are the No 2 brand though, there may be copied grips for 1/5th or 1/6th the price of the official one quite quickly. ;-)

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2017 at 06:51 UTC as 9th comment | 2 replies
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1905 comments in total)

Odd that even with all this data having to be recorded Sony still haven't put (their own design) XQD cards in one of their cameras, sticking with SD cards. :-/

Makes me think why the Nikon D5/D500 needed XQD, and the Canon 1DXII needed CFast cards. Are they both that far behind Sony in the electronics dept!

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 12:07 UTC as 75th comment | 5 replies
On article Nikon announces midrange D7500 DSLR (396 comments in total)

The more Nikon does, the less I understand their reasoning. Make minor improvements on a previous model, but then take features away that were on the previous model. :-/

You would think one of the aims of a new camera is to appeal to users of the previous model, and yet they take stuff away that those users may have been using on the previous camera, muddying the water on whether an upgrade is worth it.

It seems penny pinching at its worse, and a lack of respect to their users, which may improve their profits per unit, but maybe not if people pass on the lukewarm update.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2017 at 12:24 UTC as 51st comment | 3 replies
On article Throwback Thursday: Nikon D70 (220 comments in total)

My first DSLR, which I chose over the Canon 350D because my knuckles rubbed the lens on the Canon when holding it. The D70 felt perfect in the hand. :-)

The 350D was technically better, but if the camera is uncomfortable to hold, you're not going to use it. And the reason since I always advise others to handle a camera before they buy. ;-)

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2017 at 00:22 UTC as 50th comment
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1578 comments in total)
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redhed17: Am I being dim, or have I missed how large the Buffer is for the 12fps?

I've just gone and looked at the original a99II announcement and could see no mention of it either. :-/

Why no mention of that in a review or announcement? They do that for pretty much every camera. :-/

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2017 at 11:45 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1578 comments in total)
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redhed17: Am I being dim, or have I missed how large the Buffer is for the 12fps?

I've just gone and looked at the original a99II announcement and could see no mention of it either. :-/

In the case of an initial announcement or a camera review statistics matter, because if a camera doesn't seem to have the features you're after, then you won't even consider it. :-/

Nice to know that there is a large enough Buffer for you, but why no information about Buffer depth, with whatever file type/size/compression in the intial announcement or the review?

If I were buying a 42Mp camera, or indeed any camera, I have had, I wouldn't/didn't shoot at a lower resolution, each to there own though. :-)

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2017 at 01:35 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1578 comments in total)
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redhed17: Am I being dim, or have I missed how large the Buffer is for the 12fps?

I've just gone and looked at the original a99II announcement and could see no mention of it either. :-/

Thanks Brendon, I did track some numbers down on the Sony site, where they also don't make it too clear what is possible, but why was it mentioned nowhere in the initial announcement or more importantly an actual review?

I can understand a manufacturer emphasizing other aspects if certain features are not as good or competitive as other brands but why no mention in a review? Again, if I have missed it please someone point it out.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2017 at 12:59 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1578 comments in total)

Am I being dim, or have I missed how large the Buffer is for the 12fps?

I've just gone and looked at the original a99II announcement and could see no mention of it either. :-/

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2017 at 23:28 UTC as 225th comment | 6 replies
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Kona Mike: I'll bet Adobe will NEVER lower a subscription price because of 'fluctuating foreign exchange rates'

I bow to your superior knowledge, :-) but I see sales and promotions as ways to stimulate sales, rather than pass on savings to customers, and many times to clear stock before a new model is released in the case of hardware. If the price savings were the case then more company's would be offering similar sales or promotions at the same time to stay competitive. And wouldn't it be better to offer permanent price increases when the currency fluctuations could warrant it! What do I know though as only a customer. :-)

I must admit that it has taken Adobe longer to raise their prices than I thought they would, though I think that may have had something to do with the initial pricing they introduced for the renting of their products, the backlash, and finding price levels that many people were comfortable with. Because of that I think any large price hikes like this could affect their subscriptions. Time will tell. Thankfully their are more options to hopefully keep their prices lowish.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2017 at 17:50 UTC
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Kona Mike: I'll bet Adobe will NEVER lower a subscription price because of 'fluctuating foreign exchange rates'

Sales and Promotions are usually to stimulate business rather that reward customers, but if you think any Sales and Promotions are from generous companies then carry on. ;-)

I'm not sure I have seen any company reduce prices because of currency fluctuations. ;-)

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 18:07 UTC
On article Hands-on with Ricoh's compact Pentax KP (634 comments in total)

The spec list says 7fps but slide 13 says the maximum rate is 6fps. Which is it? :-)

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2017 at 22:52 UTC as 186th comment

Aesthetically, that is an ugly looking camera imho. I know, depends on the image quality, but for now, urggh. lol

The mirror box looks huge from above, unless the rest of the body is quite small.

USB 2 in 2017! :-/

No 4k in 2017 too!

Why say "Optical viewfinder with nearly 100% field of view" You say it is 95% at one point, why not say 95% there? I would 98% upwards is nearly 100%. Anyone doing a quick scan may only see the 100% and viewfinder in the text.

390 images from a battery charge, is there a 1 missing from the front of that? I would expect such battery performance from a CSC/Bridge/Compact.

The different grips seem an intriguing idea, and it will be interesting to see what they come up with.

The stuff using the sensor shift tech could be good too. :-)

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2017 at 22:35 UTC as 69th comment
On article Modern Mirrorless: Canon EOS M5 Review (1640 comments in total)
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redhed17: Mmm, I'm not sure about the emphasis on the 9fps without the AF. I don't see other camera specs being shown with the higher non AF frame rate first, yet that is what you compare on the first page with the other cameras.

Very few image bursts will be wanted without changing the focus and/or exposure. On the Specs page (2) there is no mention that the 9fps has locked AF and Exposure, as the normal fps rate with AF is not even mentioned. That could be very misleading.

I didn't see the non AF burst rate of 16fps on the 1DXII as the headline figure above the 14fps with AF. Is it different for mirrorless?

As an aside, no 4k video! I don't do video, but for a camera in 2016 not to have 4k video seems like a bad move imho.

Of course there are situations where continuous focusing, and indeed AF, may needed, but such situations are in a minority for most people. I don't think many sports photographers and wildlife photographers are not using the AF whilst taking pictures of their subjects.

As I said, emphasising a larger fps mode without AF doesn't seem right just because it is a mirrorless camera, it wasn't done for the Canon 1DXII or the Nikon D5.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2016 at 18:53 UTC
On article Modern Mirrorless: Canon EOS M5 Review (1640 comments in total)
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redhed17: Mmm, I'm not sure about the emphasis on the 9fps without the AF. I don't see other camera specs being shown with the higher non AF frame rate first, yet that is what you compare on the first page with the other cameras.

Very few image bursts will be wanted without changing the focus and/or exposure. On the Specs page (2) there is no mention that the 9fps has locked AF and Exposure, as the normal fps rate with AF is not even mentioned. That could be very misleading.

I didn't see the non AF burst rate of 16fps on the 1DXII as the headline figure above the 14fps with AF. Is it different for mirrorless?

As an aside, no 4k video! I don't do video, but for a camera in 2016 not to have 4k video seems like a bad move imho.

Well that's stupid isn't it. :-/

Are mirrorless users in the habit of taking a burst of pics of things that don't move?

I think I would want, and expect, the burst rate with AF to be the important and most prominent figure.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2016 at 16:34 UTC
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