futile32

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Joined on Aug 2, 2004
About me:

Mamiya RZ67 Pro II.
Bronica SQA.
Fuji GS645S.
Fuji GSW690III.
Agfa Billy Record (6x9).

Canon G9.

Contour HD.
GoPro HD Hero 1.

Minolta 404si.
Minolta 5.
Minolta 7.

Minolta 7D.
Sony A700.
Sony NEX5.
Sony NEX7.

Minolta 28mm f2.8.
Minolta 50mm f1.7.

Voigtlander Nokton Classic 35mm f1.4.
Samyang 85mm f1.4.

Sigma 12-24mm f4-5.6.
Sigma 15mm f2.8.
Sigma 24-70mm f2.8.
Tamron 90mm 1:1 f2.8.
Tamron 70-300mm 1:2 f4-5.6.

Sony CZ16-80mm f3.5-4.5.
Sony CZ70-300mm f4.5-5.6 SSM.

Sony 20mm f2.8.
Sony 28mm f2.8.
Sony 50mm f1.4.
Sony CZ85mm f1.4.
Sony 135mm STF f2.8.

Sony 35mm f1.8 SAM.
Sony 50mm f1.8 SAM.
Sony 85mm f2.8 SAM.

Fujinon 25mm f1.4 CCTV.
Industar 69 28mm f2.8.
SLR Magic 28mm f2.8.
Fujinon 35mm f1.7 CCTV.
Konica 40mm f1.8.

Sony 16mm f2.8.
Sony 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 (black).
Sony CZ24mm f1.8.
Sony 50mm f1.8 OSS.

Sigma 30mm f2.8 DN.

Sony LA-EA1.
Sony LA-EA2.
Sony 2x Teleconverter.

Minolta 5600HS.
Sony F43AM.
Metz Mecablitz 15 MS-1.
Yongnuo YN-560 [x3].
Vivitar 285hv [x3].

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Ionian: $3200 and they're still pushing their useless, substandard flash mount instead of going back to the much more superior iIso mount. Gotta give Sony credit...it takes balls to double down on bad decisions and ask serious money for them.

@Ionian
I'm pretty sure Sony changed their flash mount like 3 years ago away from the Minolta one you dislike. The one they have now is more like the ISO mount you're talking about with some additional proprietary pins at the front for extra stuff.

Personally i preferred the older mount, but I'd think this would make you happy no?

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 18:22 UTC
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crazyryoga: I don't get it, why they didn't make a FF instead of this, they would have sold so many more...Can't they afford a large production number maybe? I'm not arguing about the quality of this medium format, I just think it will be a niche product.

After seeing the sensor size I was surprised they didn't just go for FF too. It doesn't appear that much bigger... well I means not exactly 645

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 18:16 UTC
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shutter2013: The spec sheet for this looks great on cursory glance until you dig a little deeper. I'm sure it will score well on DXO as the sensor is fantastic as demonstrated in the A7rii however a system is much more than a sensor.
Dual SD card slots of UHS1 is ridiculous for file sizes the sensor puts out and I feel that Sony should have learnt from their A7rii camera where responsiveness and ability to clear the buffer is concerned. The type of photographer who shoots 8+ fps cares that the buffer can clear quickly and the camera can start taking the next burst. With a max of 95mb/s this will likely be the achilles heal. Why not use XQD or CFast. Hell even UDMA 7 compact flash can transfer significantly faster.
Battery life is also quite disappointing. For event photographers this matters.
Autofocus will be interesting - I feel that it will be a step up from Nikon in video but below Canon dual pixel technology. In stills I expect Canonikon to still lead.
Interesting camera all the same

I came across this DPreview youtube video showing the focusing speed and buffer clearing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYYOVXIuxf0

Looks fast. I like the clearing indicator too. Would like to know when you can start firing again though.... seems like the indicator would be more useful in reverse.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 18:29 UTC
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shutter2013: The spec sheet for this looks great on cursory glance until you dig a little deeper. I'm sure it will score well on DXO as the sensor is fantastic as demonstrated in the A7rii however a system is much more than a sensor.
Dual SD card slots of UHS1 is ridiculous for file sizes the sensor puts out and I feel that Sony should have learnt from their A7rii camera where responsiveness and ability to clear the buffer is concerned. The type of photographer who shoots 8+ fps cares that the buffer can clear quickly and the camera can start taking the next burst. With a max of 95mb/s this will likely be the achilles heal. Why not use XQD or CFast. Hell even UDMA 7 compact flash can transfer significantly faster.
Battery life is also quite disappointing. For event photographers this matters.
Autofocus will be interesting - I feel that it will be a step up from Nikon in video but below Canon dual pixel technology. In stills I expect Canonikon to still lead.
Interesting camera all the same

@Evildogofdoom
Thanks for those numbers I didn't see em. I'm not sure 54 frames is enough at 12 FPS. Hopefully it will clear quickly at least.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 21:06 UTC
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futile32: "Dual UHS-II SD slots"

Nice!

ah sad times, oh well its better than we got on the Sonys right now at least.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 18:44 UTC

"Dual UHS-II SD slots"

Nice!

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 17:55 UTC as 107th comment | 4 replies
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shutter2013: The spec sheet for this looks great on cursory glance until you dig a little deeper. I'm sure it will score well on DXO as the sensor is fantastic as demonstrated in the A7rii however a system is much more than a sensor.
Dual SD card slots of UHS1 is ridiculous for file sizes the sensor puts out and I feel that Sony should have learnt from their A7rii camera where responsiveness and ability to clear the buffer is concerned. The type of photographer who shoots 8+ fps cares that the buffer can clear quickly and the camera can start taking the next burst. With a max of 95mb/s this will likely be the achilles heal. Why not use XQD or CFast. Hell even UDMA 7 compact flash can transfer significantly faster.
Battery life is also quite disappointing. For event photographers this matters.
Autofocus will be interesting - I feel that it will be a step up from Nikon in video but below Canon dual pixel technology. In stills I expect Canonikon to still lead.
Interesting camera all the same

@shutter2013
You're not wrong, the Buffer and Write Speed are going to make or break the usefulness of this cameras FPS

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 16:36 UTC
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nicchiaphoto: 12 fps with a 42 mp sensor is amazing. It still won't be a perfect choice for sport photographer probably because of EVF lag, but it's amazing anyway.
4k full sensor readout with no pixel binning is also incredible. think of the canon 5d IV that has 30% less pixels and needs a 1.7 crop...

"12 fps with a 42 mp sensor is amazing"

Really depends on the Buffer Size to be honest

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 16:24 UTC
On article YI M1 Mirrorless ILC First Impressions Review (372 comments in total)

Have their 4K Action Cam, was very impressed with it. Not sure how they'll get on in the Mirrorless world, but I'm all for more competition and lenses.

Additionally, I suspect that this could end up being a real hit if the firmware gets hacked.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 16:17 UTC as 98th comment
On article Comparison Review: Sony FE 50mm F1.4 ZA vs 55mm F1.8 ZA (244 comments in total)
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futile32: "The FE 50mm F1.4 ZA, like most recent Sony lenses, focuses stopped down at your selected aperture. This means that autofocus performance steadily drops as you stop down..."

@Rishi I noticed a weird behavior like this on my A7RM2 & 35mm F1.4, actually to the point where the camera wouldn't focus at all above F8 in a very bright situation. Figured it was a Firmware bug.

I then changed my AF mode to AF-S and this stopping down doesn't appear to happen during AF. It seems, that at least on my body and lens combo, it only happens in AF-C, which is weird.

Is this your observation too?

@Rishi I may be misunderstanding your statement, but I just checked my setup and this is what I observe...

I just looked at my 35mm F1.4 on the A7RM2. On both AF-S and AF-C it always opens back up to an opening that is representative of F2.0 when I focus... i.e.. If I set the aperture to F1.4 - F2.0 the iris doesn't change, if I set it to anything above F2.0 it stops down to F2.0 momentarily during focus.

The problem I note is that if I set the aperture to F10 (sorry before I'd said F8) or above and have AF-C turned on, the camera initially opens up to F2.0 (by my eye) gets focus, closes down and then pulses in and out losing focus (I'm guessing contrast focus issues), like its struggling. I haven't tested this with other lenses, but noted it recently with the 35mm F1.4 and figured I'd find out if others are seeing this behavior too.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2016 at 01:36 UTC
On article Comparison Review: Sony FE 50mm F1.4 ZA vs 55mm F1.8 ZA (244 comments in total)

"The FE 50mm F1.4 ZA, like most recent Sony lenses, focuses stopped down at your selected aperture. This means that autofocus performance steadily drops as you stop down..."

@Rishi I noticed a weird behavior like this on my A7RM2 & 35mm F1.4, actually to the point where the camera wouldn't focus at all above F8 in a very bright situation. Figured it was a Firmware bug.

I then changed my AF mode to AF-S and this stopping down doesn't appear to happen during AF. It seems, that at least on my body and lens combo, it only happens in AF-C, which is weird.

Is this your observation too?

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2016 at 20:26 UTC as 66th comment | 13 replies
On article Sony prices 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS G Master at $2600 (211 comments in total)
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athomasphoto: Pricing themselves out of the market.

They're going up against proven legacy (which were recently updated) versions from Canon and Nikon which cost 20% less?

Aren't you supposed to draw people into your product line and develop a following before demanding a premium versus your competition.

Clearly Sony is content grasping onto their tiny market share and elitist niche market. That existing crowd will (reluctantly) shell out the $$$, but there's a 0% chance this lens will persuade a single Nikon / Canon shooter to even look in the direction of Sony - kinda like they've just given up the notion entirely!

I would guess they are not having much of a problem selling lenses these days given their market increase. I would therefore bet they are quite comfortable inflating their prices like this.

Either that, or they are competing with established competition by using prices to convince people of their own prestige.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 16:06 UTC
On article Sony announces FE 50mm F1.4 ZA prime lens (293 comments in total)
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Angrymagpie: Could we please have a decent 35mm that's faster than the f2.8 and smaller than the f1.4 instead?

I would agree... something in the 55mm sizing is doable, at f1.8 or f2.0 would be lovely.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 16:04 UTC
On article Sony announces FE 50mm F1.4 ZA prime lens (293 comments in total)
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straylightrun: Considering the fact that the Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 and Sony 50mm f/1.8 lenses already exists, I would of thought that a compact 35mm f/2 lens would have been a higher priority than another 50mm lens priced at $1500.

Yeah I would have loved a 35mm f1.8/f2 somewhere in the 55mm sizing. I bought the 35mm f2.8 and the 35mm f1.4 and I struggle to pick between them. The f1.4 is too large to justify a spot in my bag on hike trips.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 15:56 UTC
On article Sony announces FE 50mm F1.4 ZA prime lens (293 comments in total)
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Raist3d: I just don't understand why Sony gave priority to do with lens with the great FE 55mm f1.8 around.

The FE 55 f1.8 is one of their very best lenses and much smaller. I don't get it. Can someone with a need for this new lens that shoots Sony with real world photography experience tell me what his promises that would be wanted over the 55mm?

Thanks (honest question)

50mm f.14 is just a staple for any system line up. I think a lot of uninformed people would have skipped over the 55mm f1.8 purely cause of the numbers.

This is a lens they had to make (eventually), I'm just disappointed at the price. It's about twice as expensive as it should be. I mean the canon f1.2 is cheaper.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 15:54 UTC
On Article:8533054559 (70 comments in total)
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Coguar: Dx0Mark is shame, HTC 10 is great phone but doesent deserve that place in photography aspect...

one reviewer say:

CONS
......
- Camera doesn't quite match up to other flagships

I would trust DxO's testing 9 times out of 10. But also bare in mind, it not measuring the overall experience and features, really just the performance scientifically. And although arguably that is the most important thing, it doesn't always translate to a 'good camera' in real world use.

The good news about features and experience is that stuff can be improved in updates, so having a 'great' sensor and lens is really a winning start.

Posted on Apr 14, 2016 at 21:31 UTC
On article Zeiss unveils super-wide Batis 18mm F2.8 (177 comments in total)

Nice addition to the Batis line-up. Not something I need, but I'm sure if its good many will get it.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2016 at 15:08 UTC as 41st comment
On article Hands on with Sony's a6300 and G Master lenses (289 comments in total)
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Chris Page: The focus point still cannot easily be selected manually. That is the killer for me.

This video kinda shows it...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kNf7StI73o

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2016 at 04:52 UTC
On article Hands on with Sony's a6300 and G Master lenses (289 comments in total)
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TTran510: As amazing as Sony camera bodies are, their lenses are too expensive. Make some budget lenses like Nikon 1.8 series and I'll make a switch. A7 III with 4K + 35mm f/(1.8-2), 50mm f/1.8, 85mm f/1.8 and 40mm f/2.8 pancake would be an great set up for hobbyist and enthusiast photographers.

Sony 20mm f2.8
Sony 16mm f2.8
Sony 28mm f2 (FE)

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2016 at 05:49 UTC
On article Hands on with Sony's a6300 and G Master lenses (289 comments in total)
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Chris Page: The focus point still cannot easily be selected manually. That is the killer for me.

as @rsf3127 said... focus recompose is your friend...

With the Sony's lock on ability its much quicker than using a joystick or wheel to select a focus point.

Essentially you are composing the subject centrally so that the camera locks onto it, then you recompose and follow and it will always track it wherever it is on the screen.

Without exageratting it litterally takes me about 0.5s to focus on something and recompose with it being tracked. In my experience moving my position a few "mm" like this to 'set focus point' is far quicker than any other way.

I'm guessing it could be an educational thing, and people need to try it to experience the benefits.

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2016 at 05:46 UTC
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