XeroJay

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Maybe not worth the "time to get excited!" hype, but I have to respect that Nikon is still on the game and offering their base a real mirrorless option. To be fair, I felt that the original Z's only needed dual card slots and a more competent AF system. They now have that. Not exciting, but I would now trust shooting a wedding with these cameras.

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2020 at 12:28 UTC as 20th comment
On article Leica M10 Monochrom sample gallery (246 comments in total)
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Michiel953: For those really interested in B&W photography (and not in Leica bashing or monochrome sensor bashing) the real questions are:

* Do the images this camera produces approach "film like" quality?

* Or, does this camera bring a special rendering to digital B&W photography, that B&W conversions from a full colour digital camera don't?

I'm not convinced yet on either front. I like most images here though, and I noted that the almost standard 1/3 and 2/3 stop underexposure that I use on my D850 was abundantly used here as well.

Edit: that underexposure was only with the Minolta Rokkor. The Summilux images appear both crisper and a bit brighter. No underexposure there.

This is more of a "purist's" camera 📷. I have friends who have removed the CFA of their DSLR and A7 bodies in pursuit of this.
There's actually much more to it than simply converting colour to black and white either in camera or in post. With a colour sensor, you are actually blocking out various spectrums in all pixels, then reinterpretation of the colours captured occurs to build an image. The problem is that there are now different luminance values for all colours and a simple desaturation doesn't yield a true linear black and white image.
A camera with no CFA solves this, since it's not filtering out any specific spectral photons. All of your pixels are receiving RGB combined info, and you have a truly black and white image.

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2020 at 13:52 UTC
On article Leica M10 Monochrom sample gallery (246 comments in total)
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nitroman: Personally, I don't see the point of just a monochrome sensor. It's better to have colour with the option to change to B&W. Alternatively, I'd shoot B&W film. Unless you're pixel peeping, there is very little difference in the pixels and 99.999% of clients would never notice. Still, each to their own and must be of use to somebody ... somewhere ... with more money than sense.

There's actually much more to it than simply converting colour to black and white either in camera or in post. With a colour sensor, you are actually blocking out various spectrums in all pixels, then reinterpretation of the colours captured occurs to build an image. The problem is that there are now different luminance values for all colours and a simple desaturation doesn't yield a true linear black and white image.
A camera with no CFA solves this, since it's not filtering out any specific spectral photons. All of your pixels are receiving RGB combined info, and you have a truly black and white image.

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2020 at 13:51 UTC
On article Opinion: Camera names are getting ridiculous (705 comments in total)

The 5D Mark II was the one to herald the Mark monikers? I guess, if we're ignoring the 1D Mark II and 1DS Mark II that came 5 years before it, as well as the 1D Mark III and even 1Ds Mark III. All older than the 5D Mark II.

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2020 at 17:24 UTC as 222nd comment
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goodgeorge: "What is a damaged card?" - every Nikon Z6 user

30,000 clicks is a month for some of us, so congrats, you shot a month worth of photos without your card corrupting. I guess that means you're safe for life now?

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2020 at 00:34 UTC
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XeroJay: This 📷 is a hard fail for me for a few reasons. Mainly though, I'm confused who would buy this over an A7III. It's basically the same camera for the same price, but with an inferior VF and only a single card slot. The old menu system is really just the biggest disappointment though, as I really thought we had moved on from it. I switched to Sony because of the innovative technologies they were coming out with while Canon was just peddling rehashed marginal updates. This camera is the definitive rehash though.

Barely, and barely. Not worth the same price tag and sacrifices vs the A7III

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2020 at 23:27 UTC
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LeDatas: Who's this camera designed for? People who didn't buy the a7III because it is too big and intimidating? If so, isn't that same person going to shy away from a $2K price-tag?

I guess some people are just enamored by the rangefinder style body. Maybe this is the upgrade path a6600 users were looking for? Now their frames can finally reach their FULL 35mm potential...

Agreed.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2020 at 02:11 UTC

This 📷 is a hard fail for me for a few reasons. Mainly though, I'm confused who would buy this over an A7III. It's basically the same camera for the same price, but with an inferior VF and only a single card slot. The old menu system is really just the biggest disappointment though, as I really thought we had moved on from it. I switched to Sony because of the innovative technologies they were coming out with while Canon was just peddling rehashed marginal updates. This camera is the definitive rehash though.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2020 at 02:06 UTC as 53rd comment | 2 replies

If the 45 1.8 is any indication, this could be a fantastic lens. Hopefully built a bit more solid than the 45 though...

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2020 at 21:14 UTC as 19th comment
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Mariano Pacifico: Zeiss 35mm f2 T* Sonnar fixed lens was designed for a specific sensor that couple with Sony RX1, RX1R & RX1R Mark II. The sharpest lens ever. "Affordable" than Zeiss 35mm F2 T* Sonnar available for other mounts that would cost USD3.5k.

Lens manufacturer should follow Sony. Design lenses for specific sensors not for the mount.

What would designing a lens for a specific sensor even consist of, specifically? What factors in a lens design would favor one sensor over another of the same mount?
Not to mention the lens mfg would be seriously limiting their sales to a very limited group for a very short lifecycle before that sensor is replaced with the next model.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2020 at 21:08 UTC
On article Full frame mirrorless lens guide 2021 (1466 comments in total)
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XeroJay: IMO Sigma and Tamron are one of the biggest reasons to go E mount over any other ml system. With Sony going open source and Canon and Nikon still making these companies reverse engineer, E mount has paved the way for these third party mfgs to really show what they can do. It still feels like an alternate universe, when Sigma and Tamron are both saying "nah, we're good." as they pass on Nikon and Canon systems.

From an article in 2011 titled "Sony E-Mount (NEX) Specifications Go Open Source":
"So, in quite a surprising move, Sony Corporation announced today it will disclose the basic specifications of its “E-mount” for interchangeable single lens cameras, without fee, to manufacturers of lenses and mount adaptors, starting April 1st, 2011."

https://news.softpedia.com/news/Sony-E-Mount-NEX-Specifications-Go-Open-Source-183089.shtml

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2020 at 12:12 UTC
On article Full frame mirrorless lens guide 2021 (1466 comments in total)

IMO Sigma and Tamron are one of the biggest reasons to go E mount over any other ml system. With Sony going open source and Canon and Nikon still making these companies reverse engineer, E mount has paved the way for these third party mfgs to really show what they can do. It still feels like an alternate universe, when Sigma and Tamron are both saying "nah, we're good." as they pass on Nikon and Canon systems.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2020 at 01:56 UTC as 178th comment | 5 replies

Did Canon actually put any form of temperature sensors in the cameras, or is it all just pre-determined software timers that dictate the overheat limits?

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2020 at 15:53 UTC as 46th comment | 2 replies
On article Sony a9 II review (1282 comments in total)
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armandino: I'd say not too shabby for a light refresh from the A9. That has a lot to say about how good the A9 was at its core when it was first released.

And how much better the A9 became after firmware 5/6. It was like they gave A9 users a free new 📷

Link | Posted on Aug 21, 2020 at 14:04 UTC
On article Sony a9 II review (1282 comments in total)

As an A9 wedding shooter, I am going to pass on the update to the A9II. That said, I cannot overstate how far ahead of anything else even the A9 still is for my needs. Silent shutter and people tracking AF is key. I sometimes shoot proposals where I have to hide and be completely silent while capturing a very important moment; no other camera can do this.
That being said, though the A9II 'tock' update doesn't really offer much over the A9 for my purposes, I am very excited for the next A9, as it is sure to be a 'tick' update. I'm hoping for >1/250 sec readout, in which case I would say just leave the mech shutter out altogether :)

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2020 at 17:56 UTC as 79th comment | 5 replies

I downloaded the app, cloaked a few pics, then uploaded to Google Photos; It knew who every single one of the "cloaked" people were, pretty much instantly. Needs improvement I'd say.

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2020 at 15:59 UTC as 23rd comment | 1 reply
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Horshack: I've used all three FF mirrorless systems extensively and actually still own all three, though I plan to trim that down soon. The single most important factor I see missed in most reviews is the 'enjoyability' factor in using the camera on a daily basis. I define this as the camera's ability to stay out of the way of my photography, almost to the extent I forget I'm using an electronic device in my hand. A more universal way of saying that is "becoming at one" with the camera.

There are some basic elements of this which do get covered in reviews - ergonomics, menus, viewfinder blackout, etc, but I think they fail to capture the overall sense of the experience. In my opinion this is usually determined by things a camera does wrong, ie the annoyances, more than what it does right. This is because it's the things a camera does wrong that stand out and interfere with the shooting experience.

On this basis the Nikon Z is my clear favorite of all three systems.

Continued...

These are the exact reasons that I chose the Sony over the Nikon FF ML... Just the opposite experience. I shoot moving subjects. In my use, the Nikon was not reliable enough compared with the A7III when it came to subject tracking and it's AF-C was not as refined as Sony's. Now that I'm using the A9, I pretty much don't care what anyone else uses or makes; I feel like I've hit the AF Holy Grail.

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2020 at 00:20 UTC
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Sigma82: It looks suspiciously like the sigma 85 1.4 art

I just compared the spec sheets between the two, and they are suspiciously similar. Right down to the same min focus distance, 9 blade aperture, size, weight, shape, and functional layout. The filter thread is slightly smaller but that is an easy difference to make since they would have had to redesign the exterior of the lens anyway.

I'm going to guess it is indeed a Sigma rebadged, but that actually adds a tick to the pros column, not the cons.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2020 at 01:43 UTC
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ozturert: "... compared to the likes of the Sony's a7 III and Nikon's Z7, two full-frame mirrorless cameras that have, until now, been above and beyond what Canon has offered with its EOS R and RP mirrorless cameras."
Except from the FF view in 4K video, what does A7III offer that is above and beyond EOS R, Gannon? And you say "Canon cripples". You write like Sony trolls here.

"bogus claim which Sony propagated through their Youtuber clowns."
A normal conversation is out the window when people go the conspiracy theory route.

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2020 at 13:44 UTC
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ozturert: "... compared to the likes of the Sony's a7 III and Nikon's Z7, two full-frame mirrorless cameras that have, until now, been above and beyond what Canon has offered with its EOS R and RP mirrorless cameras."
Except from the FF view in 4K video, what does A7III offer that is above and beyond EOS R, Gannon? And you say "Canon cripples". You write like Sony trolls here.

Oz must be ignoring the first three responses to his initial comment, where three of us listed a handful of ways that the A7III is superior to the EOSR.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2020 at 22:42 UTC
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