Tony Northrup

Tony Northrup

Lives in United States Waterford USA, United States
Works as a Photographer/author
Joined on Jan 6, 2002
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Fred255: This can be done with an old lens cap and a drill.

And that's fun because *you made a lens*. I don't get why you'd pay for someone else to make a super-crap lens.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2017 at 14:03 UTC
On article Nikon D850 vs Sony a7R III: Which is best? (1079 comments in total)

Totally agree with all this. I've never been more stumped by two cameras. Both are awesome.

BUT the Sony's eye-detect AF is a game changer for portraits. Silent shooting with the viewfinder is a HUGE advantage for street photography, events, and weddings. And the EVF means I never have to chimp.

BUT the Nikon has a 600mm f4 for wildlife. And SO MANY excellent third-party lenses at 1/2 the price of similar Sony lenses. While you can technically adapt any lens to the Sony, over the years I've given up, because it's too flakey.


Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2017 at 13:46 UTC as 208th comment | 6 replies
On article Nikon D850 Review (2112 comments in total)
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CCD FTW: And still no mention of the A99 II when comparing to 'the competition'.

FWIW I found the D850's AF way better than the a99 II's. Naturally, image quality is better, because of the semi-translucent mirror. Nikon has more lens options, too.

The a99 II does have some real advantages, including sensor stabilization and a flippy screen.

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2017 at 15:42 UTC
On article Nikon D850 Review (2112 comments in total)
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entoman: This is pretty much what I would expect. It would be a bit silly if Nikon gave this camera identical performance to the D5, as the latter would lose significant sales. The point to bear in mind, is that the D850 appears to have the best AF performance of any DSLR in its price bracket, and produces extremely high quality 46MP images.

For Nikon users this is clearly a no-brainer upgrade. Sony and Canon users will be eagerly looking to see what high megapixel machines are released in 2018.

"It would be a bit silly if Nikon gave this camera identical performance to the D5, as the latter would lose significant sales."

This argument seems to make sense, except Nikon did decide to give it identical performance to the D5... and that's how they marketed it. It just doesn't seemed to have worked out like that.

I've been working with Nikon on this issue (because of our own testing independent of DPReview) and Nikon *definitely* expected it to perform the same as the D5. It seems like something just went wrong.

It doesn't make any difference in practice; the product is the same regardless of their intention. I just don't believe it was Nikon's intention to limit the D850 to avoid cannibalizing the D5.

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2017 at 15:40 UTC

Crop factor was never about getting a proper exposure/brightness. In our first crop factor video, the very first thing we do is demonstrate that the same settings yield the same exposure/brightness regardless of sensor size. We repeatedly reinforced this fact in later videos.

Yet, there's this vocal group that insists if a light meter provides the correct exposure for cameras with different sized sensors, that proves that crop factor is completely meaningless. It's a strawman fallacy.

After talking with many people, crop factor became an emotional issue for some who spent hard-earned money without considering crop factor. After dropping $3k on an MFT camera and a 12-35 f/2.8, it sucks to find out that you're often not getting the same results as a 24-70 f/2.8 on an FF camera.

Nowadays, most people take crop factor into their buying decisions and still buy MFT--but they know exactly what they'll get. We do ALL our video with MFT cameras (10 of them!) and often shoot stills, too.

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2017 at 15:51 UTC as 87th comment | 19 replies

We noted in our review that the a9 + 70-200 GM got around 11-12 FPS when tracking AF. I wonder if the lenses we were shooting with had this firmware update already? They were provided by Sony, so it's possible, but they never mentioned it. But if not, maybe the a9 will get a higher frame rate now.

Link | Posted on May 26, 2017 at 16:45 UTC as 1st comment
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KW Phua: You miss out something, you need ton of batteries. You need trolly to carry the batteries. 20 fps without black out but runout of battery after a few hundreds shots will miss a lot of moments. Or you need to standby 10 sets of A9 to cover your job. May be.

Chelsea & I each shot all day, over 10k shots total, and only used one battery each. Battery problems are solved.

Jordan (from TCSTV) filmed us for around 2.5 hours total, and burned about 1.3 batteries.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 13:40 UTC
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zakk9: Has dpreview become Sony's new marketing department? 2 A9 batteries to replace 2 Canon LP-E4N? One would easily need 3-5 A9 batteries for each of the Canon ones. And what happened to the 300mm f/2.8 listed under Canon? Sony has one, and it costs $7,500 plus adapter. If it's not on the Sony list, it shouldn't be on the Canon list.

Are you playing games with us, dpreview?

One thing to note about the batteries is that the a9 seems to use less battery than a DSLR, because it doesn't move a mirror or a shutter. There are literally no moving parts when you take a picture. One of those batteries got me through 6500 shots over the course of about 5 hours of constant shooting, with juice to spare. So I can't imagine needing more than a pair of them in a vertical grip.

I agree that nobody would substitute a 100-400 for a 300 f/2.8. I'm sure the fast primes will come soon. Sony first needed a body that could focus them properly; the a7R II just doesn't do that well with telephotos.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 13:35 UTC

Awesome article, Rishi. Brave, too; nobody knows better than I how mathing crop factor and equivalence enrages people (yet accurately predicts performance).

The recent medium-format craze is reminiscent of the micro-four thirds craze almost a decade ago. Remember when everyone was excited to see tiny MFT 12-35 f/2.8 lenses that produced the same results as huge FF 24-70 f/2.8 lenses? That misconception launched an entire industry, and buyers spent millions assuming they'd get results that were simply impossible.

I do think the new medium format system cameras are compelling for reasons like the Fuji's interchangeable viewfinder, which is useful and needed. But most people seem to be buying into it for "separation" and "compression" and "that medium format look"... reasons that just don't exist.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2017 at 12:35 UTC as 425th comment | 18 replies
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Marko2: Does it suffer from focus breathing like its predecessor?

To a much less extent. It's still not quite as long as close range as the Canon or the Sony GM, but it's MUCH longer than the previous Nikon. It's good enough that we switched back to Nikon for portraits.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2017 at 12:56 UTC

This seems almost identical to the Flashpoint XPLOR 600...? Weird that they have two similar wireless monolights. Did they just decide to rebrand a different third-party light?

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 22:25 UTC as 7th comment | 4 replies

Too bad they didn't stick with it! This is like discovering that someone invented flight in 300BC but dropped it because it wasn't as fast as a horse.

Link | Posted on Dec 22, 2016 at 13:07 UTC as 29th comment | 3 replies
On article LensRentals tests the Nikon 70-200mm F2.8 FL ED (111 comments in total)
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(unknown member): I wonder what the effective focal length at 200mm and minimum focus distance is, the previous version was really only 135mm.

We've been testing this lens. Focus breathing is almost completely solved... it's much longer at headshot range than the f/2.8G lens. It's *almost* as long as the Canon 70-200, but not quite.

The focus breathing fix is the biggest improvement. The lens also has much better contrast in heavily backlit scenarios. As this test pointed out, we didn't see much difference in sharpness, especially not in real-world scenarios. We'll have a video posted soon, maybe today.

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2016 at 14:29 UTC

I must be the only pixel peeper on the planet who has never, ever felt the need to do a lens microadjustment. I work with shallow depth-of-field and I use a constantly changing assortment of sharp, fast lenses and high-megapixel bodies.

Have I just been incredibly lucky, or is this an over-diagnosed problem?

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2016 at 22:48 UTC as 14th comment | 18 replies

Measure the T-stops, por favor!

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2015 at 13:31 UTC as 96th comment | 1 reply
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straylightrun: Does the a7sII focus with adapted DSLR lenses as fast as the a7rII?

Yeah focusing is pretty bad with it. I mean, sometimes it focuses successfully, but it's so hit-or-miss that I prefer just manually focusing + focus peaking and zooming as necessary... it's slower, but at least I know it won't be fruitless, as AF often is with that body.

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2015 at 16:14 UTC
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adengappasami: All shots at 1/100 and above. One shot at 65K ISO is not ever required for it looks slightly over exposed. At this viewing size i guess its almost similar to A7R II upto a point. May be post that 105K ISO things will look better.

I have the A7RII and i personally dont want that 42MB files. I am waiting for images from the A7SII in lowlight to compare with A7RII and probably switch.

We did this testing and the a7S II produces the cleanest video and stills at high ISOs that we've ever tested (and I believe we've tested every potential competitor short of $100k+ 65mm digital video cameras).

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2015 at 16:13 UTC
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SKPhoto12: Too bad, but an expensive modern camera that overheats when shooting video!!!! No way.

We were at the same event and I ran the a7S II for more than an hour at the top bitrate and it didn't overheat. I recall it got to about 117 F.

We *did* make the a7R II overheat in our testing, but we've been filming both short- and long-format recordings with it ever since and it's never failed in the real world. IMO, the overheating thing is overblown.

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2015 at 16:11 UTC
On article Opinion: Bring on the 70-200mm equivalents (347 comments in total)
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JoEick: This article is very misleading.

If the point of the article is to tell the reader how a 50-150 works similar on APS-C to 70-200 on full frame, then there needs to be more thought put into equivalent apertures.

You need f2.8 on crop to roughly equal f4 on full frame. The Fuji f2.8 zoom has no meaningful size or weight savings over a Canon 70-200 f4.

Until we see more f1.8 and f2.0 zooms for APS-C, there is nothing that compares in light gathering for full frame f2.8.

There is no free lunch when it comes to light, physics, and lenses.

Love the article! I'm with Joe; give me an APS-C 50-150 f/1.8 or MFT 35-100 f/1.4 so I can truly get FF equivalent results. I know it'll have to be big...

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2014 at 13:48 UTC
On article Fujifilm announces weather-resistant XF 50-140mm F2.8 (226 comments in total)
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attomole: Suspect the equivalence brigade will be out gunning for this, There is still nothing that sucks up light like the big 2.8 zooms for full frame that have been the backbone of professional photographers kit for years, and in comparison this is bit big and a bit expensive.

Yeah, came here to say this. The article says, "essentially equivalent to a popular 70-200mm telephoto zoom on full frame," and that's true, but it's equivalent to the popular 70-200 f/4 in terms of depth-of-field (important for the portraiture this will be doing) and total light gathered... it's not equivalent to the much more popular 70-200 f/2.8 lenses.

Still, I love Fuji, and we're getting closer to my dream 50-150 f/1.8 APS-C lens that will let me finally toss my DSLRs...

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 11:48 UTC
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