Vivid1

Vivid1

Lives in South Africa Johannesburg, South Africa
Works as a Photographer
Has a website at www.vividafrica.co.za
Joined on Jun 17, 2009

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On article Canon EOS Rebel SL2 / EOS 200D Review (566 comments in total)

People are forgetting the biggest pro of all: it is compatible with the whole range of EF and EFS lenses ever made which gives you access to the largest and most complete AF lens range on the planet...
I wanted a 6dii to replace my 6d 'travel anywhere cam' and to get into the dpaf thing (I am a casual video'er and I battled with the slow or MF of my other bodies). Eventually I got this little camera and kept the 6d. Already videoed a music show with it using 70-200 and what a revelation dpaf and the touch screen was!! Even in near darkness it followed subjects - no more fiddling with the focus - just tap on the screen and it followed... The FHD video is fine for me - I do my cropping in camera. Haven't done much stills yet but, but as always it is mainly the lens and photographer who determines the quality of those. Just looking for the right lens combo and I can half the size and weight of my regular travel kit...

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2017 at 11:28 UTC as 26th comment
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Vivid1: All the signs are there that Adobe is dropping the standalone version - too bad for photographers like me who have been loyal customers for many years - Adobe obviously does not need our money any more... I Recently invested in On1 suite - looks really good so far! Now only if there was a away to convert Lighroom adjustmens and catalogues for over 100,000 images :-(

Don't forget Gimp!
Darktable - certainly looks very interesting - even imports lightroom xmp.. We need more projects like that - I'll be prepared to pay for a Windows version...

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2017 at 13:06 UTC
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Vivid1: All the signs are there that Adobe is dropping the standalone version - too bad for photographers like me who have been loyal customers for many years - Adobe obviously does not need our money any more... I Recently invested in On1 suite - looks really good so far! Now only if there was a away to convert Lighroom adjustmens and catalogues for over 100,000 images :-(

Fujica, so I am not only a 'liar', 'crusader' but also a thief - haha.. I go to a store and BUY a cd or I RENT a movie from my local video rental - I BOUGHT Lightroom and CS6 - how does this make a thief???
Adobe has become a monopoly - they think they can do what they want - and unfortunatley it is fanboys like you who perpetuate that monopoly.
I guess your obnoxious hissy fit is probably because you are realizing by now you dug yourself into a hole by submitting to Adobe's ransomware :-)

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2017 at 05:33 UTC
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Vivid1: All the signs are there that Adobe is dropping the standalone version - too bad for photographers like me who have been loyal customers for many years - Adobe obviously does not need our money any more... I Recently invested in On1 suite - looks really good so far! Now only if there was a away to convert Lighroom adjustmens and catalogues for over 100,000 images :-(

So Fujica if you are happy to rent everything you own and have some company keep your work hostage - power to you man. But PLEASE don't call me a liar and 'crusader' because I happen to voice my opinion once. You don't know me and my circumstances and I surely don't need to explain myself to you...

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2017 at 16:54 UTC

All the signs are there that Adobe is dropping the standalone version - too bad for photographers like me who have been loyal customers for many years - Adobe obviously does not need our money any more... I Recently invested in On1 suite - looks really good so far! Now only if there was a away to convert Lighroom adjustmens and catalogues for over 100,000 images :-(

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2017 at 06:50 UTC as 59th comment | 14 replies
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Vivid1: I think this is why this camera is seen by most pros as nothing more than a curious gadget at the moment. It has been said before - AF can only really be tested on wide aperture 300mm and up. On shorter lenses it's easy. So the useability of 20fps, which I see as this camera's main claim to fame, is very limited if it cant focus with long lenses.

Yup, read it... Did you?

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2017 at 11:46 UTC

I think this is why this camera is seen by most pros as nothing more than a curious gadget at the moment. It has been said before - AF can only really be tested on wide aperture 300mm and up. On shorter lenses it's easy. So the useability of 20fps, which I see as this camera's main claim to fame, is very limited if it cant focus with long lenses.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2017 at 07:07 UTC as 74th comment | 2 replies
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Vivid1: So... After all the hoopla and Sony's grandiose claims (of being number 2 now) they are still a mediocre third place - virtually not gaining ANY ground in the last few years.
The fault they are making is that they are viewing cameras as just another electronic consumer item - like a phone, to be changed at will - well they are wrong - all current photographers are invested in a SYSTEM and you just don't change that cheaply - and don't give me the rubbish of third party adapters - it will NEVER be as good as a bare EF or F mount; and what about flashes, remotes etc etc. Unless Sony comes with something that revolutionizes PHOTOGRAPHY (for example the way Canon did with USM lenses and IS) that make photographers want to spend money to change, they will stay a distant third place in future - basically playing to their existing user base. Having one good camera in your 'system' is not going to cut it...

So if not 'superior' what is it in your 'evidence' that will convince any Canon or Nikon user to switch?
Sony 'taking market share'?? :-) :-) Fact is Sony has gained ZERO market share in 11 years since taking over Minolta in spite of spending billions on marketing - way more than Canon or Nikon. Sony's biggest problem is, well m, Sony... Not exactly the greatest reputation for end to end product support...

Link | Posted on May 30, 2017 at 06:00 UTC
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Vivid1: So... After all the hoopla and Sony's grandiose claims (of being number 2 now) they are still a mediocre third place - virtually not gaining ANY ground in the last few years.
The fault they are making is that they are viewing cameras as just another electronic consumer item - like a phone, to be changed at will - well they are wrong - all current photographers are invested in a SYSTEM and you just don't change that cheaply - and don't give me the rubbish of third party adapters - it will NEVER be as good as a bare EF or F mount; and what about flashes, remotes etc etc. Unless Sony comes with something that revolutionizes PHOTOGRAPHY (for example the way Canon did with USM lenses and IS) that make photographers want to spend money to change, they will stay a distant third place in future - basically playing to their existing user base. Having one good camera in your 'system' is not going to cut it...

Rubberdials: 'Half baked' is how I view your evidence of Sony 'superior' techology :-) Nothing you mentioned is in any way revolutionary or even 'better' than competing products - zero compelling technology to make a Canon or Nikon user want to change - the only way Sony will get higher sales is when they can convince users from other brands to switch - so far they have been unconvincing....

Link | Posted on May 29, 2017 at 08:43 UTC
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Vivid1: So... After all the hoopla and Sony's grandiose claims (of being number 2 now) they are still a mediocre third place - virtually not gaining ANY ground in the last few years.
The fault they are making is that they are viewing cameras as just another electronic consumer item - like a phone, to be changed at will - well they are wrong - all current photographers are invested in a SYSTEM and you just don't change that cheaply - and don't give me the rubbish of third party adapters - it will NEVER be as good as a bare EF or F mount; and what about flashes, remotes etc etc. Unless Sony comes with something that revolutionizes PHOTOGRAPHY (for example the way Canon did with USM lenses and IS) that make photographers want to spend money to change, they will stay a distant third place in future - basically playing to their existing user base. Having one good camera in your 'system' is not going to cut it...

Marty: 'Nikon is doomed' seems to be a popular topic here nowadays - maybe wait a bit and see before predicting - they just might have a trick or two up their sleaves yet ;-)
Mirorrless is a curiosity bit not a serious threat to DSLR - It is mostly a market which used to attract the advanced P/S crowd - I have a MILC with pancake lens as a travel accessory - not as replacement for any DLSR.

Link | Posted on May 29, 2017 at 08:32 UTC

So... After all the hoopla and Sony's grandiose claims (of being number 2 now) they are still a mediocre third place - virtually not gaining ANY ground in the last few years.
The fault they are making is that they are viewing cameras as just another electronic consumer item - like a phone, to be changed at will - well they are wrong - all current photographers are invested in a SYSTEM and you just don't change that cheaply - and don't give me the rubbish of third party adapters - it will NEVER be as good as a bare EF or F mount; and what about flashes, remotes etc etc. Unless Sony comes with something that revolutionizes PHOTOGRAPHY (for example the way Canon did with USM lenses and IS) that make photographers want to spend money to change, they will stay a distant third place in future - basically playing to their existing user base. Having one good camera in your 'system' is not going to cut it...

Link | Posted on May 28, 2017 at 11:37 UTC as 19th comment | 6 replies

Refreshing article: Thanks Barney... Brings up fond memories of adventures with my pair of mkII's - my first foray into the digital realm. Did not quite trust it yet, since I still 'backed up' important stuff with film, but my first long trip (to the antarctic) made me ditch film completely for these beauties. Heck, I remember in 2004 I could still see the postage stamp lcd without reading glasses :-)

Link | Posted on May 5, 2017 at 07:08 UTC as 38th comment
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Vivid1: No pro in his right mind would trade a tried and tested Canon (or Nikon) DSLR system because of this one overhyped Sony body to earn their bread and butter with.
Sony is a patched, gimmicky and totally incomplete system with virtually NO pro support or record.
DPreview 'reporting' stooping to an all time low...

I don't think we dispute that the A9 is a good camera, but whether pros (specifically Canon Pros - now I wonder why they are targeted?) would want to switch, and by implication, switch en-masse... Maybe you remember the Minolta Dynax 9 - a camera which was in many ways leading in its class in speed, performance and durability - yet proffessionals did not flock to it even though it was cheaper than the Canon EOS1n and Nikon F5 at the time. I was a Minolta user back then, but when decision time came, I knew I had to go Canikon for future growth. Not much has changed. Maybe Sony is not dropping products anymore, but there will always be a little doubt, especially in a shrinking market... Proffessionals mostly stick to their gear and unless Sony ups their game in lenses and pro support and start sponsoring (ie: give away) lots of equipment, the status quo will stay as it is.

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2017 at 11:23 UTC
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Vivid1: Can you REALLY imagine a bunch of top Sports Illustrated photographers ditching their very reliable Canon or Nikon gear, which they have been using for years, just to switch to a body with 20fps? A body but with questionable AF and ZERO pro support. Go tell a top pro to use their 600/f4 or 400/2.8 lenses with a THIRD PARTY adapter and wade through TERRIBLE ergonomics to get the shot that puts bread on the table???

Not going to happen... Its not just camera operation that is radically different, but flashes, remotes, batteries... Which photographer will want to schleppe all that in and out of a stadium just for a few extra fps in jpg AND risk not getting the shot because of an unfamiliar interface??

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2017 at 07:27 UTC

Can you REALLY imagine a bunch of top Sports Illustrated photographers ditching their very reliable Canon or Nikon gear, which they have been using for years, just to switch to a body with 20fps? A body but with questionable AF and ZERO pro support. Go tell a top pro to use their 600/f4 or 400/2.8 lenses with a THIRD PARTY adapter and wade through TERRIBLE ergonomics to get the shot that puts bread on the table???

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2017 at 11:57 UTC as 25th comment | 7 replies
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Vivid1: No pro in his right mind would trade a tried and tested Canon (or Nikon) DSLR system because of this one overhyped Sony body to earn their bread and butter with.
Sony is a patched, gimmicky and totally incomplete system with virtually NO pro support or record.
DPreview 'reporting' stooping to an all time low...

Haha... And you, sir, is a very typical Sony fanboy. Let's see how many Sonys we'll see on the pro circuit soon as you predict. Sony is throwing the kitchen sink at Canon now, but they cannot even convince 99% of ordinary photographers to switch, let alone proffesionals. Sony has a history of dropping products - they'll be out of the photography business soon - mark my words...

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2017 at 11:42 UTC

No pro in his right mind would trade a tried and tested Canon (or Nikon) DSLR system because of this one overhyped Sony body to earn their bread and butter with.
Sony is a patched, gimmicky and totally incomplete system with virtually NO pro support or record.
DPreview 'reporting' stooping to an all time low...

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2017 at 06:42 UTC as 27th comment | 5 replies
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Vivid1: Canon has had 'Dep' mode forever. Olympus has had focus stacking forever. What is it that Apple 'invented' excatly???

I suppose don't expect much real invention from the company who patented rounded corners on a box :-)

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2017 at 04:41 UTC

Canon has had 'Dep' mode forever. Olympus has had focus stacking forever. What is it that Apple 'invented' excatly???

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2017 at 20:51 UTC as 2nd comment | 3 replies
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1581 comments in total)
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Vivid1: Another whiz bang camera from Sony that looks like it should appeal to pros, yet it has no pro following because it has no pro system. Why does Sony not decide which system they want to support, spend money on expanding their lens lineup, then convince some pros - maybe they'll get some customers...

No doubt Minolta used to have some awesome glass out there - I know because I owned some years ago, but it is behind the best Canon and Nikon offerings - especially on the long end. Many legacy users are keeping a cheap Sony body for their Minolta glass and changing to Canon or Nikon.
So here is my suggestion to Sony: Drop the A-mount and buy Nikon (but please keep the brand). Nikon with Sony backing will give Canon a good run for their money - probably even surpassing them....

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2017 at 12:38 UTC
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