Jonathan Brady

Lives in United States Sarasota, FL, United States
Joined on Dec 31, 2010

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On article Now we know: Sony a9 is sharper than we thought (367 comments in total)
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JacquesC: This must be the most trouble anybody has ever gone to, to make a camera look good.

No good deed...

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2017 at 23:53 UTC
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2659 comments in total)
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Reop: Why do yoy need 20 frames/second on a wedding?

Bouquet tosses can have as much action as a rugby match!

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2017 at 02:29 UTC

I LOOOOOVE Kathy Griffin! Soooo funny! And her fights with the chicken! Awesome! Love the bit where she skins her knee when running, too! Hmmm... Wait, I'm thinking of Peter Griffin. He's hilarious! Kathy Griffin is irrelevant.

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2017 at 00:48 UTC as 23rd comment
On article Looking back: Canon's eye-controlled focus (208 comments in total)

I think a tech update to the decades-old Eye AF could bring that tech back from the dead in a major way. Imagine the possibilities...
You look at your subject, putting one of 60+ AF points exactly where you want it, half-press the shutter and the camera locks onto that exact combination of color, shape, brightness, etc, and as you wait for the perfect moment to fully press the shutter, the camera is constantly readjusting focus as your body naturally sways and/or your subject moves. The camera ignores every distraction, maintaining focus exactly where you put it - with adjustments for your and and the subjects movement, and regardless of where you look within the frame. And it does all this with the precision and reliability of 2017 tech.
For dynamic scenes or changing your subject, they could implement a back-button-focus-like method where you simply press AF-ON to switch your subject. You're half-pressing the shutter and the camera is locked on your subject while you're looking around the frame, you want to change your subject to where you're currently looking so you press (and release) the AF-ON button and the camera switches to that subject and begins tracking it.
C'mon... Eye controlled AF + Servo AF + BBF = WOW
Personally, I hate all current methods for moving the AF point. They're ridiculous, slow, archaic, and annoying. Working as I've described above is intuitive and other than literally controlling it with your mind, is the fastest possible way to work. Look, half-press. FAST. EFFICIENT. DYNAMIC.
DO THIS, CANON!

Link | Posted on May 12, 2017 at 09:54 UTC as 54th comment
On article Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF gallery and first impressions (316 comments in total)
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G1Houston: How does it compare to the bokeh generated by iPhone 7-plus?

Someday digital camera should be able to *automatically* take a series of photos at different focal points, relative to the subject, and reassemble the images to allow post-adjustments to achieve the desirable bokeh. When that becomes a reality, these specially built (and pricy) lenses with lots of compromises will no longer be needed. Of course the key is to collect and process the images "automatically" that the camera can determine the two focal points between which the images should be acquired relative to the subject of interest, and then process the images quickly post-capture. In addition, there should be powerful software tools in and out of camera to allow users adjusting the bokeh and to pick the one we like. In the mean time, I look forward to Apple's next iPhone with an improved camera system to see what they can do with a smartphone.

It's going to be a while before a tiny sensor plus software can outperform a FF sensor and specialty 100mm lens. In my opinion, if you disagree then your standards are incredibly low

Link | Posted on May 9, 2017 at 21:21 UTC
On article Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF gallery and first impressions (316 comments in total)

If all lenses were like this and suddenly a lens popped up with well defined shapes and edges to the bokeh, some would hate that new lens and some would love it.

Link | Posted on May 9, 2017 at 14:50 UTC as 57th comment | 2 replies

GREAT article! For those of us who shoot portraits and are used to focal lengths between 24-200, it would have been extremely illuminating to have a "pull-back" type of image taken in the range of 40-50mm to get an idea of the "normal" perspective of the scene for comparison's sake.
That aside, again, I really enjoyed the article and the images! Thanks!

Link | Posted on May 6, 2017 at 11:54 UTC as 87th comment
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TwoMetreBill: Just stuffing the channel. CIPA is shipments not sales which are down.

Comments like this show up all the time (shipped doesn't equal sales). Obviously they don't. Not exactly. But stuffing distribution channels with no plan to sell would be an idiotic business move. And several of the camera companies have shown they are jam packed with smart business people.
So I'd postulate that even if shipped doesn't equal sales (it could be higher - Sony is making BIG claims), it's close and there's a plan to move every one of these.

Link | Posted on May 5, 2017 at 11:20 UTC
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Jonathan Brady: Looking at production...
Worldwide Production of Mirrorless Cameras - Year Over Year (YOY) is up 44.1%
Worldwide Production of DSLR Cameras - YOY is down 4.7%

Looking at shipments...
Worldwide Shipment of Mirrorless Cameras - YOY is up 45%
Worldwide Shipment of DSLR Cameras - YOY is down 8.3%

Breaking down shipments by region...

Shipment of Mirrorless to Japan - YOY is up 36%
Shipment of DSLR to Japan - YOY is down 9.3%
Shipment of Mirrorless to Europe - YOY is up 44.9%
Shipment of DSLR to Europe - YOY is down 15.8%
Shipment of Mirrorless to Americas - YOY is up 78.1%
Shipment of DSLR to Americas - YOY is down 11.7%
Shipment of Mirrorless to Asia - YOY is up 39.1%
Shipment of DSLR to Asia - YOY is down .9%

Again, worldwide shipments of Mirrorless are up 45%. The ONLY region with shipment growth above the worldwide average is the Americas which has increased 78.1%. Diving into those numbers further...

continued...

Total interchangeable lens camera shipments to the Americas = 535,114
Total DSLR shipments to the Americas = 409,823 which means DSLR represent 76.6% of the market
Total mirrorless shipments to the Americas = 125,291 which means mirrorless represent 23.4% of the market.

Worldwide, mirrorless accounts for 36.4% of all shipments however in the US, it's only 23.4% of the market. But again (as I've illustrated above), the MOST growth, YOY, is coming from the Americas which means that, compared with last year, the growth in the "Americas" market for mirrorless is driving mirrorless adoption worldwide - at least compared to the average adoption rate across the planet.

*note - shipments to "other areas" show a larger percent increase YOY for both DSLR and mirrorless, but the volume is so low that it only represents 2% of the entire ILC market.

Link | Posted on May 3, 2017 at 13:20 UTC

Looking at production...
Worldwide Production of Mirrorless Cameras - Year Over Year (YOY) is up 44.1%
Worldwide Production of DSLR Cameras - YOY is down 4.7%

Looking at shipments...
Worldwide Shipment of Mirrorless Cameras - YOY is up 45%
Worldwide Shipment of DSLR Cameras - YOY is down 8.3%

Breaking down shipments by region...

Shipment of Mirrorless to Japan - YOY is up 36%
Shipment of DSLR to Japan - YOY is down 9.3%
Shipment of Mirrorless to Europe - YOY is up 44.9%
Shipment of DSLR to Europe - YOY is down 15.8%
Shipment of Mirrorless to Americas - YOY is up 78.1%
Shipment of DSLR to Americas - YOY is down 11.7%
Shipment of Mirrorless to Asia - YOY is up 39.1%
Shipment of DSLR to Asia - YOY is down .9%

Again, worldwide shipments of Mirrorless are up 45%. The ONLY region with shipment growth above the worldwide average is the Americas which has increased 78.1%. Diving into those numbers further...

Link | Posted on May 3, 2017 at 13:20 UTC as 39th comment | 3 replies

When I think Zeiss, I always think "budget"

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2017 at 01:04 UTC as 13th comment
On article Alpha-better: Sony a9 versus a7R II (503 comments in total)
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DWM: Another A9 article. Makes you wonder.

There's very little I enjoy more than snarky, flippant responses from employees to anonymous internet @holes. Well done, Barney!

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 16:58 UTC
On article Sony a9: Why being better might not be enough (766 comments in total)
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MaxiMax: Sony is not necessarily aiming its new line of pro equipment towards established photographers. Old photographers will disappear with time, and a new generation will take over. There are many new photographers out there who want to build a system from scratch, and many of them might start with Sony as it is making its products attractive. About a 300/400 mm f2.8 prime, I have no doubt that it is on the way.

One key element that new entrants to photography rely on as a group (not necessarily every individual) is used gear to save money. That's not an option here. Not only that, Sony's G-master lenses are more expensive than Canon's equivalents.

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2017 at 17:12 UTC
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2659 comments in total)
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Jonathan Brady: I think most photographers would be more interested in a 5D Mark IV or D810 competitor - so an A9r. A higher MP count and lower frame rate would get my attention. 6-7 FPS with 50-60 MP would work just fine for me and tempt me away from my 5D Mark IV and 5Ds.

There are other improvements in the A9 that add up to a better total package. I'll likely still be on the fence due to Canon's RT flash system.

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2017 at 20:59 UTC
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2659 comments in total)
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Abel89er: As a Sony user, some things bother me:
- one UHS-I and one UHS-II. So you have to be careful where you put each. Was it THAT hard Sony?
- USB 2
- RAW transfer via wifi would be awesome
- yet no compressed loseless raw, althought benefits from it would be small, it would end the trhead for ever.
- Option for less or more cooked raws. There's some times when the jpeg conversion the camera builds is good, would be good to keep tjose setting embeeded on the raw.
- Yet can't open the Menu while saving to sd card (not sure about this one)

You can buy two UHS-II cards instead. UHS-II cards will work in a UHS-I slot, but at UHS-I specs.

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2017 at 15:05 UTC
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2659 comments in total)
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PictureTakerPhotoMaker: The fastest AF for a mirror less. Who cares? Give us the info whether it beats the 1Dx and D5 in AF or not. Anything else is neither addressing the white elefant in the room nor in any ways journalistic. Ah, forgot, in the background you are awaiting which cameras will make your company more profits before having an opinion.

Curious... Would you speak to someone like this in person?

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2017 at 13:49 UTC
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2659 comments in total)

I think most photographers would be more interested in a 5D Mark IV or D810 competitor - so an A9r. A higher MP count and lower frame rate would get my attention. 6-7 FPS with 50-60 MP would work just fine for me and tempt me away from my 5D Mark IV and 5Ds.

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2017 at 13:36 UTC as 435th comment | 5 replies
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2659 comments in total)
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Nikonmaniac0620: Just as I kept saying, a toy will remain a toy.
I won't buy naught from Sony unless they come up with a body like D5 or 1DXII.

I'm so thankful you big, burly men have chosen to share how big and manly and burly you are. Your machismo is inspiring... What would the rest of us do without your macho input and revelations? We'd certainly never realize how inferior and child-like we all are and we are all better off for your contributions and degradations. Thank you!

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2017 at 13:18 UTC
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2659 comments in total)
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PerL: Wow - talk about advertorial for Sony.

It's not if it reflects true feelings and beliefs.

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2017 at 13:11 UTC
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matthew saville: Dear Nikon / Canon,

STRIKE TWO.

(Strike 3 will be more glass. Heck, even if Sony doesn't do much at all at this point, and just kicks it into cruise control, ...Canon and Nikon could strike out just by attempting to deliver a full-frame mirrorless system that falls short. At this point, the only thing that can save Canon / Nikon is the NEAR-FUTURE delivery of SUPERIOR mirrorless system. And to be quite honest, I'm losing confidence in that happening. One o the big two (probably Nikon) now has a 50-75% chance of becoming the next Pentax. (Though, IMO, neither will pull off a full "Kodak" self-implosion; they didn't put their heads in the sand THAT much.)

I'd like to see Samsung buy Nikon.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 19:18 UTC
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