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sensibill

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On article Sony a7R II versus a7 II: Eight key differences (396 comments in total)
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Nick932: Last week I wanted to go purchase an A7RII or possible the RX1R MKII. To my suprise, the Sony online store is CLOSED and seems that they have closed many retail stores. Either, camera has been hard to find in a store.

I just wonder how sound the SONY business is.

Right, you can't buy Sony A7 cameras anywhere. They're quickly being phased out and aren't easily obtainable online or at Best Buy in the USA. Same with A6000, A6300, A5100, RX1, RX10, RX100 series. All discontinued and dead.

Yup. And Sony closed their online store and a random Sonybaiter saying 'sales down 43%!' most assuredly spells doom for Sony and their cameras.

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2016 at 15:36 UTC
On article Sony a7R II versus a7 II: Eight key differences (396 comments in total)
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noflashplease: Sony has an incredible 6 models in the A7 line, which creates a fair degree of marketing confusion, but really only needs one better rounded, well developed product. Sony needs to use a larger capacity batter, fix the menus, at dual SD card slots and get the ergonomics right. How about one well rounded camera body rather than a half dozen overlapping and increasingly expensive models? In short, we need an A7 III with a lower resolution version of the BSI sensor so we can have better high ISO performance and more reasonably sized RAW file for the sake of workflow. In short, Sony needs to consolidate the A7 line to just one do-it-all model per generation.

There's no confusion between the Sony models, except perhaps to camera newbies. A7S series for street/night/video, A7R series for maximum resolution and IQ for architecture and cropping, A7 series for entry level at a markedly lower price than its siblings.

Sony doesn't 'need' one camera for the A7 line. Choice is good. I'm sure lossless compressed RAW will come soon and the A7RII is priced about $500 more than it should be, but none of that calls for rolling all these models into one (silly). And there aren't six product lines, just three. Nobody refers to the other 'Mark XX' iterations as different product lines and Canon, Nikon, etc. seem to do fine with many more models to choose from in their lineup.

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2016 at 15:16 UTC
On article Sony a7R II versus a7 II: Eight key differences (396 comments in total)
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noflashplease: Sony has an incredible 6 models in the A7 line, which creates a fair degree of marketing confusion, but really only needs one better rounded, well developed product. Sony needs to use a larger capacity batter, fix the menus, at dual SD card slots and get the ergonomics right. How about one well rounded camera body rather than a half dozen overlapping and increasingly expensive models? In short, we need an A7 III with a lower resolution version of the BSI sensor so we can have better high ISO performance and more reasonably sized RAW file for the sake of workflow. In short, Sony needs to consolidate the A7 line to just one do-it-all model per generation.

The A6300 is worthy, good choice of words -- but at $1100-ish it's really a bit much for that segment, I think.

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2016 at 15:12 UTC
On article Sony a7R II versus a7 II: Eight key differences (396 comments in total)
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PPierre: I currently have the A6000 + Zeiss 24, Zeiss 55 and FE90. I'm thinking of ditching the Zeiss 24 and buying a A7II + 28f2 instead. This would enable me to have a trio combo with a slightly wider angle lens than the 24 on A6000, stabilisation and FF (increased sharpness, better DOF, better ISO). To me, no matter how good the A7RII is, I'm happy Sony has released the cheaper (and yet expensive) A7II.

IBIS still makes a significant difference at 24MP, depending on your needs or habits. I ditched my A6000 for the A7 and never looked back, myself. IBIS just sealed that deal for me. Remember, it applies to OSS lenses (compliments the lens based stabilizing) as well as legacy/non-stabilized ones.

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2016 at 15:02 UTC
On article Sony a7R II versus a7 II: Eight key differences (396 comments in total)
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NCSamIAm: Wow who would have guessed. A $3,200 camera is better than a $1,700 one. Such an enlightening review.

Yes, cost is a major 'arbiter' (snobspeak much?) of 'better' for many. In fact, for some it's the difference of whether they can afford the body plus a lens or two to equip it with.

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2016 at 15:00 UTC
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k1ngkong: Why do we need autofocus on a superwide 14mm? For those fast moving mountains?

Kidding aside, I'm really excited for the possibility of improved corner performance and the ability to use front filters compared to their current "adapted" 14mm with the huge front glass. That thing flares like no tomorrow and is very soft in the corners (probably because it was designed for SLRs and just has a from-the-factory adapter placed on it).

My MF Samyang 14/2.8 doesn't flare excessively and isn't 'very soft' in corners. I've used one for a year now.

Link | Posted on May 5, 2016 at 01:38 UTC
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dansclic: Sony should ask Fuji how to build good lenses.....

The comment was that Fuji doesn't make lenses for FF digital cameras, notably at the consumer or prosumer level. Ergo, no, Sony doesn't 'need to take notes' or 'learn something' from Fuji, or any other fanboy blather trying to brag about Fuji superiority, because they don't make FF digital camera lenses like the FE library and the comparison to the APS-C stuff is apples/oranges.

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2016 at 19:05 UTC
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J A C S: Sony: 68.6 x 59.5 mm, 186g
Canon: 69.2 x 39.3mm, 160g, half the price

So a smaller body means a larger lens with the same design?

The A7II is actually deeper (!) with that lens than the 6D with the 50 STM.

http://camerasize.com/compact/#634.580,380.471,ha,t

This BS again. Always some Mirrorless/Sony hater who has to try to assert that ML is inferior and 'doesn't save anything' in terms of size or weight because the off-plane misaligned tool at camerasize makes one lens of a given FL look as 'big' on the Sony as another of the same FL, because all lenses of the same FL must be equal and therefore the same size and price.

No chance this might be a much better lens than the Canon, or priced according to how recently it was developed and released, compared to a lens that's been out for years? Or that ALL lenses on FE are 'bigger than EF' because this one comparison shows the Canon version to be a bit smaller? Nice try. Have you used a ZA 35/2.8, lately? Where that equivalent of that size and weight/performance on Canon?

Lens length is everything in gear size? A smaller and lighter body taking up less volume overall is 'the same size with no advantages anymore' because one lens ends at roughly the same place as a DSLR?

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2016 at 18:59 UTC
On article Ultra-compact: Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II review (549 comments in total)

The UI is the least of my complaints. No IBIS, exorbitant pricing and lack of updating the 35/2 to something even marginally faster headline my disinterest.

Just don't get why some people despise the Sony menu system so much, given that it's structurally no different than Canon or Nikon, just less intuitively tabbed. After a while, you remember where everything you normally use is, regardless.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 00:25 UTC as 31st comment | 1 reply
On article Ultra-compact: Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II review (549 comments in total)
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ttran88: Waiting for a Canon or Nikon version....

Keep waiting.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 00:22 UTC
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Joe Ogiba: 4K UHD screenshot :
https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5741/23525248254_91def9ecf5_o.png

Grow up, boys. It's a human body with far better complexion and hygiene than any of you lot employ... Were this a male model, nobody would be saying a thing. The teenage boy mentality that prevails here is sad.

Link | Posted on Jan 3, 2016 at 20:26 UTC
On article 2015 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $1200-2000 (328 comments in total)
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ttran88: Let me guess who wins the next round up of $2000+ high end cameras, Canon 5Ds/R?

The crying of the Sony haters is hilarious.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2015 at 20:27 UTC
On article 2015 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $1200-2000 (328 comments in total)
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ybizzle: The 7DII (which I own) is perhaps the most versatile of the bunch. You get the best AF performance, weather sealing, and frame rate while giving up a tad in the IQ dept and high ISO performance. For me it was a no brainer as I don't pixel peep and it is mainly used for club photography with flash so fast low light AF was key. It will also come in handy for my sports shoots! ;)

Ah, the shrieking of APS-C and Canikon fans. By all means, let's call APS-C IQ differences 'slight' when they aren't...

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2015 at 20:26 UTC
On article What's missing? Ming Thein on the state of mirrorless (743 comments in total)
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MikeDPR: Auto ISO:
Samsung's NX1 (and others probably) already has focal-length-dependent auto ISO (which you can override easily). It's the best I've seen, behaves just the way people want (*cough*sony a7 users*cough*).

AF point selection:
A touchscreen with a good EVF/LCD auto switching implementation like in NX1 solves the problem for the most part.

Battery life:
Don't let Sony A7 series be the representative of all mirrorless cams. GH4 and NX1 can shoot 500+ shots vs A7's ~300.

Unfortunately, NX1 owners seem to be angry at all other mirrorless brands and owners for existing and not being dumped like Samsung has done to the NX line. *cough*

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2015 at 15:10 UTC
On article What's missing? Ming Thein on the state of mirrorless (743 comments in total)
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jagge: Sour grapes that is what it is. Ming did a lot of raving reviews on mirror less before he saw the light.

Sure mirror less are compromises like everything else. The ridiculous thing here is that a equal list of shortcomings can be made on dslr. It's a strangely lopsided critique

I think jagge read the same article I did. Lopsided is exactly how I'd characterize his numerous rants on MILCs and Sony, specifically. Highly selective logic and cherrypicking features and their respective importance, not to mention some apparent difficulty getting his facts straight (see his 'retraction' about Fuji as one example).

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2015 at 12:49 UTC
On article What's missing? Ming Thein on the state of mirrorless (743 comments in total)
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PeaceKeeper: I see a picture of an X-T1 there... has he never used it? Several of the features he claims mirrorless lack are right there.

He even singled out Fuji for being able to turn off the back screen, but still wasn't happy that you needed to access a menu to do it. A menu to shut off the back screen? There's a dedicated button right next to the viewfinder.

Just an example... I noticed a few other manufacturers being overlooked for having solutions to his problems.

I think maybe he's viewed/reviewed a lot, liked a few, disliked others, and conveniently forgot all the features that exist on the ones he disliked. It seems very clear that he favors Leica, which by itself is fine. Sadly, he does a disservice to other cameras by failing to use them enough to give useful opinions.

Thein doesn't make mistakes, his readers just distort the importance of specific inaccuracies. ;)

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2015 at 12:45 UTC
On article What's missing? Ming Thein on the state of mirrorless (743 comments in total)
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dansclic: Battery problem IS à problem. Buy 2 spare batteries, are you kidding ? You pay 500 USD for a small camera and because the battery is too weak you havé to give away another 100 USD ????
Size has little to do. Take the older Casio pocket cameras. My wird has got one. The battery is not big but you CAN make more than 500 shoots with it.
In india, smartphones batteries last more than two weeks...... So,what ?

If you pay $100 for two mirrorless camera batteries, you're doing it wrong. If you think an old Casio pocket camera is drawing the same power as an A7RII you are not understanding some basic fundamentals.

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2015 at 12:41 UTC
On article What's missing? Ming Thein on the state of mirrorless (743 comments in total)
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NoMirror99: Thein has some points. But, his credibility, for me, is destroyed by his ignorance about Sony cameras. Why on Earth didn't he RTFM before he wrote. However, I don't doubt that he is a talented photographer. Almost everyone posting here says he is. I have't seen his work, but I'm willing to accept that as fact because the members of this forum as a group have credibility.

10 seconds is about how much time he's put into learning and understanding the Sony A7 series.

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2015 at 12:39 UTC
On article What's missing? Ming Thein on the state of mirrorless (743 comments in total)
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mgrum: The thing about mirrorless cameras is they are not DSLRs. You have to do things slightly differently and you have to learn some new techniques, you can't just pick it up as if it's a DSLR and expect to be able to get the same results right away.

This is something reviewers often miss, they don't have the time to learn to use a particular camera. A perfect example of this is the complaints over cluttered EVFs, every camera I've seen has a way of turning that off.

Another one is ergonomics. After using an A7R for less than a year DSLRs now feel like they have poor ergonomics.

Sony camera app development would be minimal even if Sony did 'open up the store' (whatever that means - Apple certainly doesn't have an entirely 'open' dev system). There aren't enough people buying apps on the thing to justify the costs for most developers.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2015 at 19:07 UTC
On article What's missing? Ming Thein on the state of mirrorless (743 comments in total)
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M Lammerse: The biggest disadvantage for me personally is the lack of a good optical viewfinder in most models.

Nothing beats a good OVF ... except a good EVF.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2015 at 18:02 UTC
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