quezra

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On article Sony Alpha a7 II Review (858 comments in total)
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Mike99999: There's something you reviewers are not getting, and that is the target market.

People buy their initial Nikon DX or Canon Rebel. They like the size. But then they learn there's barely any upgrade path. There's only a handful of lenses and most of them suck. Nikon and Canon force them towards a big and heavy full frame DSLR, nothing to do with the original camera size they fell in love with.

That's why the Olympus OM-D and Fuji X-T1 are so popular. You still have a crop sensor, but at least you get a fantastic lens selection.

And now Sony has their own "full frame OMD". And let me tell you this. The A7 II despite its added bulk is still smaller and lighter than my original D5000, my first camera and the camera that made me fall in love with photography. You get full frame performance in a DX-sized package. It is fantastic for most of us.

This is why the A7 series are so successful as well. So many people frustrated with the Canon/Nikon upgrade path now have another great option.

What would be the ideal body size for a FF camera be, especially if factoring in the size of FF lenses? I added a half case to my A7 and actually found I prefer the slight bump in weight and grip depth.

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2015 at 00:00 UTC
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E.J.: Very misleading size comparison. the REAL size difference without making one look much bigger by hanging a bigger lens off of it to mislead the viewer, is not so much of a difference at all. Once you put the same lens on them, which extend past the grip anyway, the difference is essentially insignificant.

DPR just praised the D5500 for having a larger grip. When it comes to the A7 though, it's a bad thing. Even though the camera is smaller (but with a bigger sensor) than a D5500!

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2015 at 18:39 UTC
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RubberDials: The review reads like it was written by a Nikon D750 owner and manages to skilfully bury almost all that's good about the A7ii under faint praise and exaggerated weaknesses.

What's funny is no one considering buying the A7ii is going to buy a D750 instead. A7ii buyers are trying to get away from cameras like that.

And if you want to compare them properly the D750 doesn't come off that well at all. Not surprising considering the A7ii is a higher-specced camera. It has a faster shutter, faster flash sync, twice raw buffer size, higher video bit-rate, focus peaking and IBIS as well as all the advantages of a mirrorless.

And where the D750 outperforms the A7ii at high ISO you fail to mention the contribution of the IBIS which you found conferred '2-3.3 stops of 'hand-hold-ability', so any high-ISO advantage is essentially eliminated.

Also the D750 can't shoot any wider than f1.2 either whereas the Sony has a range below f1. It can even shoot the rangefinder only Nikon 35mm f0.95. :)

I'm not seeing what's "classless" or "low-level" about RubberDial's critique of your review.

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2015 at 18:34 UTC
On article Sony Alpha a7 II Review (858 comments in total)
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RubberDials: The review reads like it was written by a Nikon D750 owner and manages to skilfully bury almost all that's good about the A7ii under faint praise and exaggerated weaknesses.

What's funny is no one considering buying the A7ii is going to buy a D750 instead. A7ii buyers are trying to get away from cameras like that.

And if you want to compare them properly the D750 doesn't come off that well at all. Not surprising considering the A7ii is a higher-specced camera. It has a faster shutter, faster flash sync, twice raw buffer size, higher video bit-rate, focus peaking and IBIS as well as all the advantages of a mirrorless.

And where the D750 outperforms the A7ii at high ISO you fail to mention the contribution of the IBIS which you found conferred '2-3.3 stops of 'hand-hold-ability', so any high-ISO advantage is essentially eliminated.

Also the D750 can't shoot any wider than f1.2 either whereas the Sony has a range below f1. It can even shoot the rangefinder only Nikon 35mm f0.95. :)

When DPR reviewed the 7Dii, it chose to benchmark its comparisons against the 5-year-old D7000, instead of the D7100 or even D5500 (which it surely had by now). With A7ii, it chose to benchmark against the brand new top-of-the-line D750 that costs $600 more. So you see, kid gloves for Canon, and no-holds-barred for Sony. We get it :)

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2015 at 15:59 UTC
On article Nikon D5500 Review (415 comments in total)
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quezra: D5500: praised for not being too small
A7ii: criticized for not being small enough

You know you've hit internet fame when you have your very own personal stalker! Thanks bluevellet! <3

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2015 at 12:12 UTC
On article Nikon D5500 Review (415 comments in total)
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quezra: D5500: praised for not being too small
A7ii: criticized for not being small enough

@lotsavowels: Do you know that the A7II is FF and the D5500 isn't?

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2015 at 11:52 UTC
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quezra: D5500: praised for not being too small
A7ii: criticized for not being small enough

But you keep digging this big huge hole!

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2015 at 22:49 UTC
On article Nikon D5500 Review (415 comments in total)
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quezra: D5500: praised for not being too small
A7ii: criticized for not being small enough

So the cheapest FF camera available is not considered entry-level? Gotcha!

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2015 at 20:20 UTC
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quezra: D5500: praised for not being too small
A7ii: criticized for not being small enough

Bizarre that the addition of IBIS upgrades it to the next tier of camera when everything else stayed the same, leading to the conclusion that the IQ is judged to harsher standards. Even when the price of the camera is still firmly in entry-level category...

But ok I will let it rest here.

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2015 at 18:27 UTC
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quezra: D5500: praised for not being too small
A7ii: criticized for not being small enough

So what camera in the entry level FF class has "outclassed" the A7? Everyone's exactly where they were 24 months ago when the D600 came out, as far as IQ goes. Canon have no new camera, D750 has no progress on D600... Are you saying the A7S/D4S are your "competitive" comparisons?

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2015 at 18:23 UTC
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quezra: D5500: praised for not being too small
A7ii: criticized for not being small enough

That's funny since the D600 and D750 have essentially the same sensor (DxO actually rates the D600 better)

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2015 at 18:20 UTC
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quezra: D5500: praised for not being too small
A7ii: criticized for not being small enough

So by extension you're saying the A7 sensor is even worse than you initially claimed it was? Why wasn't that excuse given by Rishi when he was first asked about it if that's the real reason?

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2015 at 18:17 UTC
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quezra: D5500: praised for not being too small
A7ii: criticized for not being small enough

Your score bars for Image Quality (raw) and (JPEG). This is funny/ironic/maddening/etc because another DPR reviewer previously argued the A7ii got docked on this same bar for having the same IQ 1 year later than the A7.

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2015 at 18:07 UTC
On article Nikon D5500 Review (415 comments in total)

D5500: praised for not being too small
A7ii: criticized for not being small enough

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2015 at 17:37 UTC as 115th comment | 25 replies
On article Sony Alpha a7 II Review (858 comments in total)
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Everlast66: What about giving the camera some credit for what it does, as opposed what doesn't?

For example, it is compared to heavier, chunkier and more expensive DSLRs and punished for not matching their IQ and battery life.
It is compared to smaller sensor and lower IQ mirror-less cameras and punished for not being as compact.

It appears DPR are willing to give it only the negatives of both worlds!

@Craig I've shot a wedding with my A7 in about 5C temperature. 1,200 shots off 1.6 batteries (40% battery remaining in the 2nd one), all through viewfinder (I have rear display only show settings like a DSLR). I would say the whole event was 6 hours start to finish. CIPA ratings are not hard and fast, but A7ii's is rated better.

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2015 at 23:47 UTC
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quezra: The review isn't unexpected, but it represents why I am weaning myself off DPR and the over-technicalized analysis tendency of some websites. As cameras get better and better for everyday use, it seems certain reviewers have to dig deeper and deeper for issues to identify differences between cameras. This might be objectively factual (criticisms of their raw settings found in EXIFs notwithstanding), but it doesn't tell me anything meaningful about the cameras as they are actually used. The more technical the issue, the more time you have to spend explaining it, and the more it slants the entire weight of the review regardless of how small the issue is in real life.

In short, the review got boring fast. Maybe a very technical crowd will enjoy this, but you are risking alienating the more mainstream crowd who don't really care about a lot of these things.

And as further proof of my point, the way the usual anti-Sony crowd are crowing, you'd think this camera's 82% Silver makes it a mediocre camera (actually, it still means it's very very good) - which is exactly the point about the review obsessing over technical trivialities leading to a narrative not reflective of the score.

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2015 at 23:07 UTC
On article Sony Alpha a7 II Review (858 comments in total)
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quezra: The review isn't unexpected, but it represents why I am weaning myself off DPR and the over-technicalized analysis tendency of some websites. As cameras get better and better for everyday use, it seems certain reviewers have to dig deeper and deeper for issues to identify differences between cameras. This might be objectively factual (criticisms of their raw settings found in EXIFs notwithstanding), but it doesn't tell me anything meaningful about the cameras as they are actually used. The more technical the issue, the more time you have to spend explaining it, and the more it slants the entire weight of the review regardless of how small the issue is in real life.

In short, the review got boring fast. Maybe a very technical crowd will enjoy this, but you are risking alienating the more mainstream crowd who don't really care about a lot of these things.

This is why I value DxO's numerical score. Yes, A7 is weaker than D750. But it's not bad enough that I don't get 99% of the benefits of moving up to FF anyway. Knowing the DxO result, I have a good guide to where shortcomings are likely to be found and then I get on with the photography. Not every review has to be an eye-gouging explanation of how 4 EV pushing on one camera has more issues than 5 EV pushing on another.

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2015 at 14:26 UTC
On article Sony Alpha a7 II Review (858 comments in total)

The review isn't unexpected, but it represents why I am weaning myself off DPR and the over-technicalized analysis tendency of some websites. As cameras get better and better for everyday use, it seems certain reviewers have to dig deeper and deeper for issues to identify differences between cameras. This might be objectively factual (criticisms of their raw settings found in EXIFs notwithstanding), but it doesn't tell me anything meaningful about the cameras as they are actually used. The more technical the issue, the more time you have to spend explaining it, and the more it slants the entire weight of the review regardless of how small the issue is in real life.

In short, the review got boring fast. Maybe a very technical crowd will enjoy this, but you are risking alienating the more mainstream crowd who don't really care about a lot of these things.

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2015 at 14:24 UTC as 146th comment | 7 replies
On article Sony Alpha a7 II Review (858 comments in total)

As expected. I don't know why some people thought IBIS would be a magic bullet for the camera. At the end of the day it is just an incremental upgrade on the A7 (and surprisingly quick out the gate compared to most FF product cycles).

Bring on the real upgrade, with IBIS, A6000 AF, EFCS/silent shutter, and 36MP - in one body.

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2015 at 21:11 UTC as 201st comment | 4 replies
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Guidenet: I think "Travel Lens" really is a contradiction. For many, they travel on holiday or vacation and that's the time they might use their camera the most and the time where they may see things most worth photographing. Why on earth would those folks then choose to trade off IQ for convenience? I would think a good travel lens would be the very best optics you can afford, not some super ratio zoom, unless photography is not that serious.

I think people use travel as an excuse to buy such a lens because they might should have purchased a bridge or super zoom compact in the first place. All zoom lenses compromise optics to a degree, but the better 2x and 3x models begin to rival prime lenses. A 10x lens just increases those optical compromises too much, IMO.

My dad, who shot from way before I was born, swore by superzooms. I think they caught his attention in the last days of the SLR, and continued into DSLR because he was mostly buying the DSLR for the (near) film-sized sensor rather than what lens he was putting on it. I started that way with my first system camera too, before quickly figuring out this was not the freedom I needed. But I think a whole lot more of the market thinks like my dad than they think like you or I. Hence lenses like these.

As for travel, when you travel a dozen times a year for 3-4 day business trips where you're going to have half a day or a couple evenings of free time, the last thing on your mind is trying to predict what you're going to shoot when packing, and you'd usually want to pack light. Covering all bases seems to be a perfectly decent strategy and it's worked great for me.

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2015 at 15:11 UTC
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