whiteheat

whiteheat

Lives in Australia Melbourne, Australia
Works as a Data Analyst
Joined on Jul 12, 2012

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On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1573 comments in total)
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(unknown member): I don't get the endless discussion here. So Sony produced a lemon, so what?

Nobody is forced to buy the camera and it is at least an improvement over the outdated original a99 for the few remaining A-mount users (the people this camera was designed for)

Does the camera do what you need or want? Fine, go buy it if you want to.
Does it not do what you need or want? Fine too, go buy something else if you want to.

Cresulka: I get the impression that you aren't that impressed with this latest piece of photographic hardware from Sony. Well, that's OK, this camera certainly cannot be expected to meet everybody's needs. But, to call it "a lemon" is a gross distortion and extreme exaggeration of reality. This latest state of the art camera that at least on paper seems like it's on the technological cutting edge could hardly be called "a lemon". Giving it this appellation makes it seem like something from Ernie's bargain basement store. Differentiation between equivalent products is a question of degree. In this case, the degree of differentiation in performance between peer group models from different manufacturers is minimal. Calling it "a lemon" implies an extreme maximal differentiation in performance to the point that it should not be classed in the same peer group. This A99II is clearly a peer competitor to its Canikon rivals and no lemon by any measure.

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2017 at 03:00 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1573 comments in total)
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photog4u: Part 1: I remember back in the early days of Sony mirrorless, this site regularly justified the lower scores given to Sony mirrorless cameras compared to a similarly spec'd out Canikon DSLR's by saying, and I'm paraphrasing here, "we use a different scoring metric for each category based on its application", or something along those lines. Basically saying mirrorless wasn't in the same league as DSLR even with features that today, many will not compromise on. Isn't it ironic then that the A99II (more DSLR-like than mirrorless) is compared heavily to the A7RII and that such a comparison has ostensibly led to this ridiculous score of 85 silver (see compare mode graph).

Just a thought, but it would be a good idea for DPR to publish the benchmark scores, scales used and rationale behind marks awarded per category/facet/feature, etc. That way, the marking system would be more transparent and expose the whole marking system, philosophy and relativity (between models) in a much more granular and detailed way. It would help justify any decisions arrived at and avoid public claims (justified or otherwise) of bias or worse.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2017 at 02:02 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1573 comments in total)
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avacadoinacan: As the owner of multiple older model Sony alpha cameras including the A99, I'm convinced these reviewers don't bother to read the manuals before they knock the menu system. I've got no problem navigating the menus on the A99, the front dial wheel moves you up and down in a tab, and the rear dial moves you from one tab to another. Once you hit the menu button with your left hand, you can use just your right hand to get to literally any item in any tab with one hand in seconds. I wish they'd at least find reviewers with some basic experience on the platform.

Well, you're probably right, however, these guys are comparing the review unit with what they know is available in competitor systems. Reviewers just feel some competitors have done 'a better job' of menu design and operation than Sony have done. I shoot Sony and have never had any problems navigating the menu system. That said, I'm of the go in, configure the camera in the menu system and then forget about it. Never really have had a need to go back in to the menu system on any regular basis.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2017 at 00:04 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1573 comments in total)

" For those that love SLT, the a99 II is definitely worth a look, but for those that need a solid all-rounder, or a lens selection beyond A-mount, the complications of SLT may not be worth the advantages."

I've been using Sony SLT DSLRs for years. I've never encountered ANY problems or complications with the SLT mirror system - probably the opposite compared to what could have occurred had I been using a traditional flip mirror system. I wonder what 'complications' are being referred to here?

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2017 at 22:57 UTC as 118th comment | 4 replies
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1573 comments in total)
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RubberDials: What! 85% - Silver - are you having a laugh?

...and there it is. This is the problem of weighing scores against each other. The A99 MkI also scored 84% and got a Gold award. If the scores can't be created from an immovable benchmark or scale, then scores and scoring have little value as obtaining an absolute scoring system is impossible.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2017 at 07:13 UTC
On article This camera is made of 32,000 drinking straws (177 comments in total)
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Howard: Now if someone says "this camera sucks", it is actually a complement!

...now that just broke the camel's back!

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2017 at 21:14 UTC
On article This camera is made of 32,000 drinking straws (177 comments in total)
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G G: I wish there was an image of a drink...

No - that would suck :)

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2017 at 21:13 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1573 comments in total)
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OlyPent: When the A900 was released, it shocked people. A $3000 FF camera with 24mp that rivaled the Nikon $8000 D3x. But, today, there are already competitors from Nikon and Canon in the same price range, backed up by a lens compliment that dwarfs Sony's in both number and quality. I hope Sony people buy into the camera, but I do not see Canon or Nikon users jumping ship, there just isn't enough in it for them.

@John C Tharp. My bad. I should have been more specific than to use the term "all the popular focal lengths". I had not thought to include; 11-24 equivalent, tilt-shift lenses, 200/2, 400/2.8, 600/4 or 800/5.6 as most people's most sought after and most used lenses.

Again, on '"quality", this seems to be a term open to interpretation. But since you mentioned it, the older lenses do seem to offer a better quality - if you are taking Minolta lenses in to account and not just Sony only lenses.

I stand by my original assertion. Sony lenses are on a par quality wise with Canikon offerings - they have to be otherwise they would not be competitive in the market place. I include the Zeiss and Sony Zeiss lenses here as well. In general, even current A-mount lenses can hold there own against other brands - for most part. There will always be exceptions of course, but some may well provide superior "quality".

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 13:27 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1573 comments in total)
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OlyPent: When the A900 was released, it shocked people. A $3000 FF camera with 24mp that rivaled the Nikon $8000 D3x. But, today, there are already competitors from Nikon and Canon in the same price range, backed up by a lens compliment that dwarfs Sony's in both number and quality. I hope Sony people buy into the camera, but I do not see Canon or Nikon users jumping ship, there just isn't enough in it for them.

@OlyPent. "backed up by a lens compliment that dwarfs Sony's in both number and quality." That's pretty strong statement. "Dwarfs" Sure, Canikon may offer more native lenses but "dwarfs", I don't believe so. Sony covers all the popular focal lengths and even a few not so popular ones too. I believe you are incorrect in imputing the quality of Sony lenses. That simply is not true. The same as Canikon, Sony produce both consumer grade lenses, mid-range and pro level lenses. At each level or grade of lens, Sony lenses equal if not exceed, the 'quality' (however so defined) of Canikon offerings.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 08:11 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1573 comments in total)
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Melchiorum: That's one sexy beast of a camera. And that's coming from a Sony critic and Fuji/Nikon/MFT shooter.

This is what I like seeing from Sony. Not overheating toys with poor controls and non-existent battery life, but THIS - a capable, no-compromise powerful tool with great ergonomics, controls and a strong feature base. I may not need it, but oh man do I WANT it!

@Melchiorum, a good observation and well said.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 01:26 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1573 comments in total)
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OlyPent: Someone said that back-lighting and other such techniques didn't have much impact on larger sensors. Seems right. At 1600 ISO RAW, the Nikon D810 output looks as good as the more modern Sony.

Nooooooooooooooooooo. Not losing a 1/3 of the light. That's a huge misconception. Light loss due to the SLT design is around 1/3 to 1/2 a stop only.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 01:05 UTC
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whiteheat: This headline is a little ingenuous and probably reflects the marketing image projection. The Nippon Kōgaku Kōgyō Kabushikigaisha or Japan Optical Industries Corporation company that produced optical instruments, dates from 1917. The Nikon company that was a merging of Japan Optical Industries and Ikon, to produce Nikon and the first Nikon camera, happened in 1948 - somewhat short of the '100 year anniversary' of Nikon. This may be mentioned in the video but the linking of Nikon (and therefore camera production/knowledge) to a 100 year existence as the headline would suggest, is stretching it by some margin.

Sorry, yes, "merging" was the wrong term to use, "collaboration" is a much better one. Nonetheless, my point still stands. Although the company itself may have been founded in 1917, the Nikon brand, as what this marketing video is all about, only dates from 1948, hence the dis-ingenuity over the 100 year anniversary claim. Admission: I missed not putting the 'dis' in front of the 'ingenuous' in my first post.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2017 at 21:29 UTC

This headline is a little ingenuous and probably reflects the marketing image projection. The Nippon Kōgaku Kōgyō Kabushikigaisha or Japan Optical Industries Corporation company that produced optical instruments, dates from 1917. The Nikon company that was a merging of Japan Optical Industries and Ikon, to produce Nikon and the first Nikon camera, happened in 1948 - somewhat short of the '100 year anniversary' of Nikon. This may be mentioned in the video but the linking of Nikon (and therefore camera production/knowledge) to a 100 year existence as the headline would suggest, is stretching it by some margin.

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2017 at 21:38 UTC as 125th comment | 3 replies
On article 2016 Roundup: $1200-2000 ILCs part 1 - Crop-Sensor (397 comments in total)

I'm not an E-mount user/owner, but what, no Sony entry in your line up at all?

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2016 at 12:27 UTC as 85th comment | 5 replies
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Gerrit J: WHY?
I own a Renault Espace and love it. Do I ever go to the website of Volkswagen or Ford to complain about their cars? Never! Why should I?
I own an EOS 650D (started with the A1 in 1978, that was innovation!!!). I am considering to replace this 650D, because I am not satisfied about the touch AF functionality.
Part of the fun of buying a new camera is reading about it. So, I regularly visit the DPREVIEW website to gather interesting/helpful information.
I also read the articles about the EOS 750D/760D and what do I see? Complaints, complaints, complaints. What garbage Canon is producing. Whether its is wise of Canon to bring an EOS 750D and an EOS 760D to the market at the same time etc. etc.
Who cares? For me Canon is allowed to also bring a 770D/780D/790D to the market at the same time. If I like the 760D (or whatever), I will buy it.
Anyway, If you hate Canon, buy a Nikon or Pentax or whatever, but WHY all this complaining (or is that for some people part of the fun?).

It's because people have been taught through life experience to do it. Now it becomes second nature. Critiquing is what people have been trained to do - subconsciously or otherwise. Comparing A with B, and then giving a positive or negative commentary is the name of the game. Objectivity be hanged.

Link | Posted on May 25, 2015 at 00:50 UTC
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wherearemyshorts: Vignetting is kept pretty well under control, at 1.6 stops wide open, which is perfectly respectable for a fast prime.

So when is a 1.8 lens a fast prime?

"For the vast majority of photographic history a f2.8 50mm is "fast" and a f2 50mm prime is "very fast""

I think the recent technological lens and camera developments has made this sort definition a little outdated as the idea of "fast" as in a fast prime lens has now dropped, where the term "fast" is more aptly applied to lenses of F2 or greater aperture on primes. F2.8 just doesn't seem to be that "fast" anymore for a prime. Anything with a max aperture greater than F1.2, now goes in to the "super fast" category for primes. Of course, for zooms, F2.8 or better is still "fast".

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2014 at 09:40 UTC
On Article:4706892644 (2 comments in total)

Hi Kulverstukas

Yes, I investigated the possibility of using a telescope but to get the optical power required, I would need a telescope of such proportions and dimensions as to be unfeasible from a portability perspective. It would have been far to big and heavy for me to carry around.

Posted on Jan 25, 2013 at 00:57 UTC as 1st comment
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swankFoto: Aperture not included, seriously?
What value does this review have without Lightroom's biggest competitor? Aperture wasn't even mentioned in the intro.

Great article, good effort in getting a comparison across 3 popular PP products. Despite some of the criticism that alternative products X, Y and Z etc, were not included, the review gave a good detailed overview about each product's capabilities especially in comparison to the others being reviewed.

Yes, it would have been nice to have some kind of comparison tool that listed and compared features between all these PP products available on the market today. However, we talking software products, not cameras which have the hard stats nicely listed out for a side by side comparison. We want to know about the quality of these products, not so much their metrics or hard stats.

The review dealt mainly with a lot of visual concepts, nebulous renderings and subjective outputs, so all in all only a very few products could be compared against one another at the same time. How would an article of this scope and magnitude comparing all similar software PP products been possible?

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2013 at 01:40 UTC

I just can't see the intrinsic value in any camera's form, that is, I can't see the beauty in any camera's shape. I value a camera for it's function. Cameras just don't seem to look sexy, the lines, the proportions and form are just wrong. That said, some cameras look better than others. For example, the Fuji X100 'looks' much nicer than any DSLR, but I could never describe it as an object of beauty. Personally, I view the camera as just a tool. Nothing more.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2013 at 03:25 UTC as 68th comment | 1 reply

"Finally, at present Jessops is not in a position to honour customer vouchers or to accept returned goods." That last statement has guaranteed that there will not be any further significant sales generated by the company. Would you buy from a store that would not take any returned items regardless of reason for the return?

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2013 at 21:17 UTC as 73rd comment
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