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Today I handhold 1200mm f/8 Sony with no problem (FE 600mm GM OSS, plus FE 2.0x teleconverter).

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2021 at 20:47 UTC as 16th comment

When DPReview tests this, please include DxO DeepPRIME in the comparison. Please use the version in PhotoLab where you can adjust Luminescence and Chrominance.

Link | Posted on May 19, 2021 at 16:59 UTC as 40th comment | 1 reply

I've been using DxO since 2008 and I've always found their NR products to be excellent and class leading; however, their default luminescence setting is often too heavy handed for fur and feathers in my wildlife shots. I reduce the setting by around 1/3 from the default. Without the ability to fine tune, I don't think that I'd use their NR.

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2021 at 20:47 UTC as 40th comment

I've been using DxO since 2008. I love the PRIME and DeepPRIME NR; however, I do not normally use the default settings. For feathers and fur, I feel like the default Luminance is too aggressive, so I turn it down to 20. I also turn up the Fine Contrast a bit for feathers and fur. Have "Contrast", "Micro Contrast" and "Fine Contrast" is very nice AND you can vary application to Highlights, Midtones and Shadows.

It's great software for RAW conversion.

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2021 at 22:27 UTC as 66th comment
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(unknown member): Is any one here going to buy one? Specs look great but $6500 in the US eliminates almost any consumer looking at FF cameras. Anyone disagree?

So while the R5 is #1 at Map Camera, I don't see most of those buyers considering a $6500 camera (almost $3000 more) at all.

I ordered two, one from Camera Camera and the other from my neighborhood store. My a9 was already at bird-in-flight and wildlife, but this looks to blow it away. I'll also sell my a7RIII, since it'll be made redundant as my landscape/portrait/street body.

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2021 at 17:49 UTC
On article Sample gallery: Sony FE 400mm F2.8 GM OSS (171 comments in total)

Not having any trouble with bokeh:

https://flic.kr/p/NGu6JD

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2018 at 16:52 UTC as 6th comment
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Dave C 150: Are mirrorless any good for wildlife and particularly birds? Just asking because when I am out and about this massive market is still nearly all DSLR's and big lenses although starting to see one or two now.. Obviously the criteria are fast focusing and tracking, low noise to allow heavy cropping and good Bokeh on the backgrounds. Any thoughts now or for future?

Where have you been the last year? Sony's a9 and a7RIII easily match/or exceed Canon and/or Nikon's best at BIF. The Sony G-Master lenses blow the Sigma into the weeds, even with 2.0x teleconverter.
https://flic.kr/p/L65TGp

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2018 at 18:09 UTC
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tonybelding: I have room on my desk for a pair of 24-inch monitors or one 32-inch behemoth. Which option would most of you take, I wonder?

For photo-editing, one big screen is better, so you can have your menus and tools around the image and still have the image at sufficient size to accurately preview.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2017 at 21:23 UTC
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2711 comments in total)
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NIba: I know this is extraordinarily unnecessary, impractical, and just plain insane, but what are people's opinion of this camera for street photography, cost aside? It's fast AF looks good for finding the decisive moment and the 20 FPS lets you choose that moment.

Niba, the combination of silent shooting and face/eye detection, should make this a superb camera for street shooting.

Link | Posted on Aug 31, 2017 at 17:03 UTC
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2711 comments in total)

The AF of this body, when paired with Sony's G-series 100-400mm lens is truly astounding.

I was on a puffin shooting workshop with Canadian wildlife photographer, Christopher Dodds last week. The conditions have little footballs (puffins) flying at you, sometimes two-feet over the water and shoreline, or against clear blue sky, AT 50-mph, then passing by a cliff wall or bushes, with totally different contrast, just 10-feet behind the birds. I got some wonderful shots with my Canons and took over 13,000 images in total. There were lots of soft shots, but I won the battle enough times to be exceedingly please, BUT the Sony AF blew away all the Canons. It's a true disruptor.

With the Sony, the AF would lock onto a bird, based on movement and stay locked onto the bird, no matter what was happening in the background. Chris said he'd be posting a review on his blog soon, where he'll reveal his settings, which a slightly contrary to Sony's default recommendations. AMAZING

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2017 at 20:24 UTC as 49th comment
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ttran88: What this article is missing is the sudden speedy depreciation value of dslrs when a new and better technology hits the market. Wait a few generations of A9s and them clunky mirror flapping cameras and lens mount will be worth even less. Making your switch even more costly.

I'm waiting to see reviews, or try for myself, using either the Metabones or Sony's adaptor, with my EF super-telephotos. The reviews of the non-Sony adapters are quite mixed. I can live with 10-fps, but slow and inconsistent AF would be a deal breaker. OTOH, if the AF is as good as with the Canon bodies, or better, then sign me up for a trial. I've got a died in the wool Sony hugger friend, so I may invest in the Sony adapter and then go out with him to shoot for a day with my lenses and his body. He'll be just as interested as me, since he's a wildlife photographer and Sony's super-telephoto offerings are very limited vs. Canon.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 20:13 UTC

I saw no surprises and understood their love for each of their choices.

I'm torn between my 14mm f/2.8L II and my 500/f4L IS II, but I'll go with the 500mm, because it's the lens that I use the very most, as a wildlife/bird photographer. It's an incredibly sharp lens. When I moved from the Series I to the Series II version, I did it mainly for the reduced weight and extra stops of stabilization. I very quickly realized that its sharpness was noticeably better than the Series I. I would marvel at my own images. Even when drastically cropped, they were still incredibly sharp, noticeably more than my Series I.

If there were a waiting list for the rumored 600/f4 DO, I'd be on the list. The rumored weight reduction and extra focal length are my leading reasons. Fingers are crossed that the IQ at least matches the 500/S-II. For me, IQ trumps focal length, so I hope that Canon still feels the same. (That little 400/D0 S-II is sweet). Oh well, you can't have everything, can you?

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2017 at 16:33 UTC as 15th comment

I was glad to see a good balance between prime users and zoom users on the staff. Of economic necessity, I was a 50/f1.8 user on my Pentax Spotmatic in the 1960s. Today, I'm a 24-105mm and 70-200mm kind of guy, supplemented with a 14mm ultra-wide prime and a 500mm super-telephoto. I love the freedom of working with zooms, but also know when to pull out a prime, when nothing else will do. ;-)

Full-frame, BTW.

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2017 at 16:17 UTC as 30th comment

For Canon users, in-studio, the 5DsR or 5DS looks like the way to go. The IQ is clearly the best; however, the 1D X MkII is not aimed at studio photography. Put a 500mm and 2.0x TC on a 5DsR and the user will be lost in the woods. Different tools...

Link | Posted on May 5, 2016 at 18:19 UTC as 38th comment | 4 replies
On article Nikon fills in the blanks on professional grade D5 DSLR (538 comments in total)

Didn't Canon make this announcement 4-years ago?

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2016 at 20:03 UTC as 9th comment
On article Canon EOS 5DS R sample gallery updated (160 comments in total)

Great details in the shots at f/8 and smaller. I don't think that photographer Optimized Exposure in any of these by ETTR (Expose To The Right), requiring much more extreme Raw conversion adjustments than an ETTR exposure would require.

Having shot a lot with the 7D MkII at high ISOs, I don't think that noise will be an issue with this body, at least when exposure is optimized.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2015 at 15:20 UTC as 33rd comment | 3 replies
On article Go wide! Hands-on with Canon's 11-24mm F4 L (217 comments in total)

I'm looking forward to this. I've been using the 15/f2.8 fish-eye (de-fished) for big-sky images and interior shots and was seriously thinking about the 14/f2.8 rectilinear to get rid of the artifacts I can see in the corners of my de-fished images (still good enough for 50" prints).

I'll give this a few months and borrow one and the 14mm from CPS to see which suits my shooting the best. The zoom ability is going a long way in my mind to justify the steep price, so long as the performance is as good as the potential indicated.

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2015 at 17:00 UTC as 30th comment
On article Video: Capturing nature with the Canon EOS 7D Mark II (206 comments in total)
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Jogger: Just wondering if this video sponsored (i.e. paid for) by Canon? The description is not clear.

Canon loans me equipment worth five-figures and I can't even pay the rent with my images. Of course, that whole kit was loaned. So what! All the other manufacturers do the same thing.

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2014 at 18:16 UTC
On article Video: Capturing nature with the Canon EOS 7D Mark II (206 comments in total)

Great video review from someone that actually uses the camera as intended. I'm sure more details will come when DPR completes its full, in-depth review.

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2014 at 18:13 UTC as 67th comment

I upgraded to DxO Optics Pro 7.5 Elite a couple of weeks ago. I'm using a Windows 7 64-bit OS, 8GB of RAM, an i7 processor and a decent graphics card with Open CL enabled. The system is stable and fast. My RAW files average 25MB and are taking around 6-sec. to correct and convert.

Versus v. 7.2 64-bit, I'm seeing about the same RAW processing speed. The gain is as I move from file to file and apply corrections to a file, where I see the preview more quickly.

This great software would be fantastic if it included a local adjustment tool.

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2012 at 21:41 UTC as 3rd comment
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