Tony Northrup

Tony Northrup

Lives in United States Waterford USA, United States
Works as a Photographer/author
Joined on Jan 6, 2002
About me:

Check out my book, "Tony Northrup's DSLR Book: How to Create Stunning Digital Photography":


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RIP Sigma fp

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2021 at 15:16 UTC as 30th comment | 3 replies

Amazing work!!

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2021 at 15:16 UTC as 19th comment

8K teaser - published in 1080.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2021 at 14:10 UTC as 88th comment | 19 replies

Cool but if you're shooting raw on a Sony a1 you really need 512GB - 1TB Type A and they literally don't exist.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2021 at 18:00 UTC as 24th comment | 7 replies
On article Sony ZV-E10 review (303 comments in total)

Belvedere is the star of this show.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2021 at 14:38 UTC as 91st comment
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JKP: Now, if someone can port Google Pixel's AI-enhanced features (Night Sight etc) to this sensor.

Hand-held astrophotography with the Pixels and iPhones is AMAZING. Now imagine if you could do that with a full-frame 60 megapixel sensor and a f/1.4 lens! It kills me that nobody has combined the best hardware and software.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2021 at 15:27 UTC
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tbcass: Why don't manufacturers include these capabilities when the camera is first introduced? It seems they rush them to the market before they are completely finished.

I think Canon initially omitted the dual recording feature to minimalize cannibalization of their cinema cameras. My guess is their math changed: Canon studied consumer buying habits and discovered videographers who needed this feature were choosing Sony or Nikon cameras instead of Canon cinema cameras. Thus the cost of lost market share to competitors outweighed the cost of cannibalization.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2021 at 15:29 UTC
On article There can be only one: why isn't the EOS R3 an EOS R1? (584 comments in total)

My theory is a variation on #2. Canon planned this camera to be the R1, but Sony surprised Canon by launching the a1 with 50 megapixels and 8k. Rather than let Sony's flagship beat Canon's in those important metrics, Canon decided to push the R3 down-market to leave room for a future R1 that matches or surpasses the a1.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2021 at 18:09 UTC as 110th comment | 16 replies

Think about future-proofing. Old TV shows look terrible, and no doubt modern shows will no doubt look terrible on future screens. Living room screens will get larger, flatter, brighter, cheaper, and be 8k or beyond, no doubt. But there's also a future where we wear headsets that fill our vision with a screen, and even 8k isn't enough for that.

If you're shooting commercially, there's a good chance nobody will want to go back and watch your stuff anyway, so maybe it doesn't matter.

But if you're recording your kids' first steps so that their grandchildren can watch it in the future, the extra detail will make that experience more meaningful. It might even make our present, and their past, seem a little closer together.

Link | Posted on May 20, 2021 at 17:57 UTC as 67th comment | 7 replies

I was hoping to see plans to integrate phase detect AF into their DFD algorithm.

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2021 at 13:21 UTC as 94th comment | 19 replies
On article Sony a1 review (2589 comments in total)
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Anulu: Tony... Tony... [big sigh]

I made a video about this phenomenon titled, "Why Reviewers Don't Agree." The key takeaway is that both Alex and I are right.

I did make a very detailed video showing both the positive and the negative behaviors of Sony's bird eye AF. The Canon R5 is really good at finding the subject and eye anywhere in the frame, which makes it easier to find flying birds without changing focusing modes. With the Sony, you really need to select the specific subject first with realtime tracking, and then if it does find an eye, it'll use that more precise point instead.

I could definitely make a video of clips consisting entirely of the Sony a1 bird eye AF performing properly. Having spent a couple of weeks with it now, it definitely likes to latch onto black spots on the backs of birds or dark parts of tree bark. Not everyone is likely to encounter those problems, because it depends on the subjects and surroundings. I didn't see any subjects like that in Alex's video.

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2021 at 14:56 UTC
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panther fan: Video AF is much more demanding than stills AF, 95 or 98% hitrate is not good enough. You need 100% all the time every time. You often don't get double takes, so knowing that a camera might fail will lead to you using manual focus again.

And here most common AF tests don't go far enough. There are many scenarios that can really hurt AF performance on mirrorless cameras, like:
-low light, high ISO
-very wide apertures
-very small apertures
-low contrast Log recording
-lens selection

There are only two companies that produce really reliable autofocus under tough conditions. And those are obviously Sony and Canon. But even they only got the most demanding scenarios under control with their latest R5, S III releases.

Panasonic can and will further tune their DFD system. But it has to be questioned if they will ever get to 100% without proper depth measurement systems

@left eye But how many *would* use AF if they had a reliable system? There was a time when pro stills photographers all used manual AF, too, because stills AF systems were simply too primitive. Over time, stills AF became both faster and more reliable than manual AF, and at that point, pros mostly switched to AF. I believe the same will happen with video. The great video AF we've found on the R6/R5/a7S3 opens up so many possibilities not just for vloggers but for videographers, filmmakers, reality TV, documentaries, etc. They can now use shallow DoF, tracking shots, etc., with minimal setup. It really has amazing potential and I believe it will change the look of video over the next decade.

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2020 at 14:21 UTC
On article Canon RF 800mm F11 IS STM sample gallery (471 comments in total)
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ogl: It's real junk. IQ is really bad. The same as super zoom of P&S cameras...

That wasn't our experience at all. We got really sharp results that were practically indistinguishable from our 600mm f/4... we've never been able to say that about any inexpensive wildlife lens, including all those 150-600s, but especially the super-zoom P&S cameras.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2020 at 15:41 UTC

I'm patting myself on the back just for getting up before sunrise and NASA takes a camera to the FAR SIDE OF THE SUN. Can't they get a DPReview photographer of the week award or something? Seriously though NASA is mind-blowing 👏👏👏.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2020 at 19:34 UTC as 25th comment | 6 replies
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Jones Indiana: Interesting, but an f4 lens stays an f4 lens.
This is the advantage of having a smaller sensor size.

However with the high resolution sensors found these days in Full Frame cameras like the Z7 and A7Riv, you'd basically also own both a 20.1MP+ APS-C camera and 24MP+ MFT camera.

That makes you already own a 400mm f2.8 for MFT and a 300mm f2.8 APS-C lens if you own the 70-200mm f2.8.

If you are not fortunate enough to be able to afford a 70-200mm f2.8 there is always the choice for going with an 70-200mm f4.0. which is a lot more affordable (and saves you a ton of weight), but still giving you the 400mm or 300mm equivalent focal length at f4, just by cropping the image.

So why bother for slow lenses while you can have fast lenses with the same focal length, just by cropping the image.

2020 and people are still arguing about whether to apply crop factor to the aperture.

If Volkswagen imported cars to the US and left the speedometer set to KPH instead of MPH, they could brag about having a 0-60 time of 2 seconds... but people would immediately realize they were using confusion around conversions to overstate the capabilities of their vehicle. Journalists would test the car and set the record straight. Buyers would sue because they were misled.

But in photography, some people buy into the marketing so hard they argue that only the numbers matter, not the units. 0-60 is 0-60 no matter whether it's KPH or MPH! Being in KPH is actually an advantage because you get a faster 0-60 with a smaller engine!

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2020 at 13:51 UTC

Now waiting for Max Yuryev to test the new GPU to see how much it improves performance #makemaxdoit

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2020 at 18:10 UTC as 31st comment | 4 replies
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Tony Northrup: "Both can directly Wi-Fi their video footage to a smartphone, for anything you've pre-recorded, in FullHD or 4K." In my testing, the Sony WiFi app was going to take 30 minutes to transfer a 4 minute video clip (but it crashed after 18 minutes). I haven't tested the WiFi app on that specific Canon model, but testing other models reveals similarly awful WiFi bandwidth. They seem to have REALLY old WiFi radios.

I think product management didn't think people would complain about the old USB/UHS-I/WiFi so they didn't "waste" any R&D updating it from the older models. In fairness, none of us reviewers have been habitually testing the WiFi performance, so the fact that I suddenly tested it probably caught them off guard. The transfer wasn't just slow, it failed with an out-of-memory error, so clearly nobody at Sony even bothered to test the WiFi.

Link | Posted on Jun 4, 2020 at 15:05 UTC
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seanleephoto: I often see people complaining how there are so many cameras being released that are seemingly targeted at vloggers (see the comments sections for articles on ZV-1 or the X-T4). However, it seems to me that there is a reason why camera manufacturers are putting effort toward meeting this need. There is an entire generation of people growing up (many of them already adult age) who consume a huge amount of peer-generated content. This can be anything from what is typically thought of when people use the term "YouTuber" to educators, marketers (aka product reviewers), comedians, and artists of every ilk. Whether or not you yourself are a producer of peer-generated content like vlogs, we all have to understand that this is a huge market and a growing need in the camera space. Just as some camera specs are intended for sports photographers (ex. portrait shooters need not 30fps black-out free shooting), some specs are for vloggers, for better of for worse.

I think it's even more annoying for vloggers that every camera company adds some weak feature to a stills camera and then tries to tell us that it's the ULTIMATE VLOGGING CAMERA! I've seen so many "ultimate vlogging cameras" that didn't have a flip screen or had the flip screen behind the tripod or shotgun mic. Vloggers don't want every camera to become a vlogging camera, we just want ONE camera designed for our specific needs. The Sony ZV-1 was the biggest effort so far, but it still falls short in a couple of ways. It's a good start, though.

Link | Posted on Jun 4, 2020 at 14:07 UTC

"Both can directly Wi-Fi their video footage to a smartphone, for anything you've pre-recorded, in FullHD or 4K." In my testing, the Sony WiFi app was going to take 30 minutes to transfer a 4 minute video clip (but it crashed after 18 minutes). I haven't tested the WiFi app on that specific Canon model, but testing other models reveals similarly awful WiFi bandwidth. They seem to have REALLY old WiFi radios.

Link | Posted on Jun 4, 2020 at 14:01 UTC as 37th comment | 9 replies

Honestly who wants jerky, jumpy, too fast, too short but ultra high-res timelapses? I can only imagine this was the product of someone in marketing wanting to use "8K" in the promotional material and some poor developer saying, "Well, technically we could...".

Link | Posted on May 28, 2020 at 12:12 UTC as 11th comment | 4 replies
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