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On article Alpha-better: Sony a9 versus a7R II (484 comments in total)
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hatem95: I am a Sony fan, and I owned 4 previous mirrorless Sony's and I will get the A9 but please stop this media hype. A9 may have super AF, etc.... but the form factor is incompatible with using it as a sports camera in the field. A sports camera needs Sports lenses and these lenses are Huge , I have totally abandoned using my Sony 80-400 with the A7rII not because of AF issues but because it feels very awkward and imbalanced in my hand. if Sony is that clever they should design a small superfast sports lenses to match. otherwise, the A9 is not a sports camera

So, is a 50mm f1.8 lens "unbalanced" on a DSLR?

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2017 at 08:30 UTC
On article Alpha-better: Sony a9 versus a7R II (484 comments in total)
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mezastel: I read that the Sony 70-200 GM lens has some focus issues, can anyone comment?

post a link to what you read, otherwise you could be mistaken for a troll

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2017 at 08:23 UTC
On article Sony a9 shooting experience (1049 comments in total)
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Dan Vincent: Carey,

Canon and Nikon don't warrant against water intrusion in their bodies, even on the pro ones. The bodies are rugged, yes, but when the rubber hits the road, they won't cover it. I've taken my Sony a99 out into sea spray, rainy weather, and dusty conditions, and when I've had it serviced (for regular reasons like cleaning and adjustments) no one has mentioned anything about contamination.

If you want to believe, take one out yourself and you'll see that while no, you can't dunk it in the lake like a Pentax, it will shrug off the elements.

"Torture tests" makes me think of YouTube folk posting mobile phones subjected to blow torches and other such click-bait ad-generating shenanigans. Amusing, for children below a certain developmental stage.

But I would like to see these cameras robustly tested to the limits implied by their marketing and advertising hype, ignoring any small print disclaimers and weasel warranty waivers. So if they show them taking atmospheric shots of a spume blown lighthouse in a wild atlantic storm, or whatever, go do likewise (check your life insurance first, of course).

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2017 at 08:57 UTC
On article Sony a9 shooting experience (1049 comments in total)

FF was a format optimised around the characteristics and limitations of film emulsion and transport, etc and other, earlier legacy baggage. Somehow it has carried on to become the de facto gold standard for digital. This I can understand through the argument of legacy lenses and so on. But when the lens mount changes as it must when going to mirrorless, why do we stick with FF? The very name, "full" frame, gives it a self-appointed status as the complete and correct measure.

Are the measurements 24x36mm by some happy coincidence also optimum for the very different constraints and opportunities of digital sensors, especially the at the current state of maturity?

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2017 at 17:08 UTC as 141st comment | 6 replies
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1878 comments in total)
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Yak27: Although Sony website says the viewfinder is Quad VGA, I believe it's actually Quad HD. Because they also say it has 3.6 million dots (3,686,400), which precisely matches Quad HD megapixel count. (The megapixel count of Quad VGA is 1,228,800)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graphics_display_resolution#SXGAminus
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WQHD

x3 is for RGB. It's a dots vs pixels thing. Obviously marketing departments quote dots because it yields a bigger number.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 16:52 UTC
On article Nikon D7500: What you need to know (534 comments in total)
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lukecookphoto: Mirrorless and full frame DSLRs spoiled me, hard to go back to these tiny viewfinders. Not a fan of cropped DSLRs at all because of this.

You don't have to make any assumptions. You only need to be smart enough to read the viewfinder size listed in the specs.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2017 at 13:07 UTC
On article Nikon announces midrange D7500 DSLR (396 comments in total)
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p5freak: Boring, ancient mirror slap technology from the stone age. The future is mirrorless. Nikon cancels the 18-50 DL, which would have been unique, but releases this dinosaur. USB 2.0 ?? No 4k/60fps ?

@Cameracist

A serious question: do any professional photographers actually use a Leica for work? Honestly, I thought Leica had dwindled into a specialist brand for rich camera aficionados and brand snobs. Could be wrong, I suppose. And Hasselblad? I thought they just stuck plasticised wood-verneer on things. Yes, illustrious history and all that, but today?

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2017 at 09:37 UTC
On article Nikon D7500: What you need to know (534 comments in total)
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lukecookphoto: Mirrorless and full frame DSLRs spoiled me, hard to go back to these tiny viewfinders. Not a fan of cropped DSLRs at all because of this.

Every so often I raise my FE2 to my eye again just to remember what it feels like to have a real "eyeful" of viewfinder.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2017 at 09:26 UTC
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mailman88: According to Cnet, ZDNet and Digital Trends....both sensors on the S8 will create blurry images in low light.

Was the Phone Arena's shootout also "blind"? Comparison tests where the appraisers know which device shot which picture are not worth squat. Same with wine tasting!

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2017 at 12:04 UTC
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CaPi: Infinity display ;)
Fun name. I really enjoyed that one.
If only the would drop their bloated android skin, I'd be game..

You seem to be confusing bloat-apps with the TW skin. Two different things. TW has shown stock android the way for many years now, Nougat is just about catching up. The bloat apps - yes, I agree, they should be uninstallable. Personally I like the Samsung browser and dialler and email apps, never found a use for Chat-on etc. But the choice should all be up to the user. But is it any different in stock android - can you uninstall the bloat: Gmail, Google Drive, Youtube, Chrome, etc? Can you even get rid of the Google Search bar taking up space on the home screen?

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2017 at 11:44 UTC
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fyngyrz: The lesson Samsung *should* have learned from the previous generation:

Non-replaceable battery: Battery problem? Phone is garbage. Write off entire cost. Purchaser has nothing. Seller loses everything.

Replaceable battery: Battery problem? Send new battery. Preserve most of purchaser's value and seller's income.

@Melchiorum

I hate built in obsolescence. If people want to change their phone every 12 months it should be because the manufacturer made a compelling case, not because the previous phone was programmed to die prematurely.

And it is you who clearly does not have a clue - Built in obsolescence reduces the imperative for the manufacturer to innovate.

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2017 at 17:02 UTC
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CaPi: Infinity display ;)
Fun name. I really enjoyed that one.
If only the would drop their bloated android skin, I'd be game..

Ah, the 'bloated' TW skin? Oh for the purity of 'stock' Android, with all the lovely new features coming in Nougat, things like split screen, pop-out video windows, all soon to be available, but which TW enjoyed already two years or more ago... bloat.

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2017 at 16:50 UTC

I'd love one of these. Replace the fixed friable glass back with a removable robust plastic back of old, slightly fatter to allow room for the (replaceable) battery, and I'm all in. Before you shoot me down for blathering on about replaceable battery, I've just had to replace the battery in my Note 4 due to diminished capacity causing it to crash when the camera was used owing to voltage dips.

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2017 at 06:27 UTC as 16th comment | 1 reply

I found the guy! Here's the link...
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-39277940

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2017 at 17:52 UTC as 19th comment

"designed to ‘withstand life’s challenges'..."
Um, clearly not. The first challenge is how not to lose the damned lid.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2017 at 11:49 UTC as 21st comment | 3 replies

OK, I haven't read the full case. Maybe I would find the answer there?

If this overfly by the drone was just a one-off passing incident, how did it get shot down? Is the property owner permanently at Defcon 1, gun loaded, safety off, ready to shoot anything at a moment's notice?

Otherwise there must be more to the story, enough for the property owner to have cause and time enough to prepare, fetch the gun, load, take aim, etc. That speaks of repeated incursions by the drone, or that it hung around long enough for the property owner to get annoyed and fetch his gun.

And if not, well kudos to the property owner, must be a special kind of guy who, when a drone passes at over 200 feet up, out of the blue without any warning, can take it out.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2017 at 09:15 UTC as 26th comment | 2 replies
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Hanoise: Only in the USA......

Fortunately outside the 'land of the free' there is something called RESPECT!

Maybe that should be edited into ( and applied ) the bill of rights, preferably before the rights to bear arms...

Respect thy humans.

@Hanoise
"before the rights to bear arms...

Respect thy humans."

There is no suggestion the gun was aimed at humans. And there is certainly no imperative to "respect" a drone overflying your private property.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2017 at 09:00 UTC
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Biowizard: However popular the 360-degree look-any-way POV photo has become, I am sick and tired of it being called "VR" (Virtual Reality). True VR puts the user in a three-dimensional space, around which he can move, change viewpoint (not just view direction), including walking around objects, looking inside objects, and quite possibly even interacting with them. To call a 360 degree image "VR" is massively to cheapen the true potential of technology.

Brian

Actually it would be 180 degrees in one axis (eg vertically), 360 degrees in the perpendicular axis (eg horizontally). Even so, once we start calling these things "360-degree", we start to lose the ability to distinguish from an old-school 360-degree panorama.

Simply calling it spherical might be better, certainly more accurate than "360-degree", and simple to understand.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2017 at 22:53 UTC
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Biowizard: However popular the 360-degree look-any-way POV photo has become, I am sick and tired of it being called "VR" (Virtual Reality). True VR puts the user in a three-dimensional space, around which he can move, change viewpoint (not just view direction), including walking around objects, looking inside objects, and quite possibly even interacting with them. To call a 360 degree image "VR" is massively to cheapen the true potential of technology.

Brian

@Biowizard - I'm sick of it being called 360-degree. That is like measuring area in centimetres.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2017 at 22:46 UTC
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shademaster: you guys should look up "logarithm" ;)

@fireplace33 - spot on.

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2017 at 19:43 UTC
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