Beaverhelmet

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Not liking how the displays are recessed far down into the keyboard. The buttons look like bottoms of small square glass bottles now. Would look and work so much better if the displays were right up at the button face behind a thin protective glass.

And the tactile feedback needs to be good. Nobody will want to pay hundreds of bucks for a mushy keyboard, even if it has amazing tiny displays in the buttons.

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2019 at 09:20 UTC as 3rd comment
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Snapper2013: Plastic gears LOL !

Sony hating trolls who think they know more about lens design than Roger Cicala who has decades of experience of practical lens testing, repair and maintenance. THAT is humour.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2019 at 08:10 UTC
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GinoSVK: Mirrorless needs mirror to produce art.

Or mirrored needed mirrorless to become art.

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2018 at 09:48 UTC
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cdleon: if you have to push your files 6 stops, you are in the wrong business, you may be good with any camera post 2010 at that point. just a thought.

If you watched Jared Polins Z7 Real World Review (@25m50s), he used the Z7 on a poorly lit concert. For some weird reason the EVF on his Z7 showed him a way brighter representation of the exposure than it actually was, so he had to bump exposure in post by one stop or more. Add to that a couple of stops for vignetting correction, lift some shadows and presto, you are getting very close to that what-idiot-photographer-pushes-his-photos-5-6-stops-territory faster than you know it.

Get off that high horse and face it, having extra latitude is of great benefit, even if you are a skilled and experienced photographer. Especially if you expect to get paid for the shots.

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2018 at 20:02 UTC
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lightwriter: The video is hilarious! Really, is it already 1st of April?

Holy smokes... That video... Let's just hope they are better at building cameras than directing video shoots and setting up audio. :)

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2018 at 19:32 UTC
On article Nikon Z7 Review (4474 comments in total)

GG Nikon! Not enough to sway me away from Sony yet, but a solid effort nonetheless!

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2018 at 15:42 UTC as 255th comment
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keepreal: IMO digital equipment has taken entirely the wrong path. When camera manufacturers first devised autofocus on compact film cameras, at first it worked crudely but it was not long before it worked well enough.

Now we have equipment which can do a lot better than that. If you make a habit of demanding work like high action shots this is a great benefit, but I do not think the average photographer needs it, certainly relatively few amateurs.

Also I do not think that many photographers needed improvements beyond what was necessary for a top quality 16 X 20. 12mp on DX is enough for that, certainly 24mp on FX is.

We would have been better off with a full frame camera no large and heavier than the Olympus OM1 and the lenses that were made for it. Cameras making a smaller image size should be considerably smaller and lighter.

Instead what has happened is a marvel of technology and a crude assault on our wallets which most people have accepted without a whimper. I am not one of them.

@ UncoyDP:
1) OP and I discuss FF cameras, where does the Fuji fit in?
2) You had three Sony cameras, good for you. I have had eight of them, five APS and three FF. I have no problems nailing focus manually and fast with my Sony cameras. And you know what, with lenses like the Loxia or Sony FE lenses, you don't even need to push one single button to get magnified view, and no need to push an extra button to get out of it since a half press on shutter takes care of it. If you only need ballpark accuracy, that works brilliantly, and will yield just as accurate focus as any old split prism SLR (the experience OP was wishing for). If critical focus is needed, you can get that as well with a slightly slower approach.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2018 at 10:25 UTC
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keepreal: IMO digital equipment has taken entirely the wrong path. When camera manufacturers first devised autofocus on compact film cameras, at first it worked crudely but it was not long before it worked well enough.

Now we have equipment which can do a lot better than that. If you make a habit of demanding work like high action shots this is a great benefit, but I do not think the average photographer needs it, certainly relatively few amateurs.

Also I do not think that many photographers needed improvements beyond what was necessary for a top quality 16 X 20. 12mp on DX is enough for that, certainly 24mp on FX is.

We would have been better off with a full frame camera no large and heavier than the Olympus OM1 and the lenses that were made for it. Cameras making a smaller image size should be considerably smaller and lighter.

Instead what has happened is a marvel of technology and a crude assault on our wallets which most people have accepted without a whimper. I am not one of them.

Original A7R was/is excellent to manually focus, I have used it with 60+ different vintage maual lenses, mostly primes ranging from 17mm to 300mm. I would gladly take the challenge to accurately nail focus in 300 quick shots with my A7R vs a OM1, any day of the week.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2018 at 18:56 UTC
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keepreal: IMO digital equipment has taken entirely the wrong path. When camera manufacturers first devised autofocus on compact film cameras, at first it worked crudely but it was not long before it worked well enough.

Now we have equipment which can do a lot better than that. If you make a habit of demanding work like high action shots this is a great benefit, but I do not think the average photographer needs it, certainly relatively few amateurs.

Also I do not think that many photographers needed improvements beyond what was necessary for a top quality 16 X 20. 12mp on DX is enough for that, certainly 24mp on FX is.

We would have been better off with a full frame camera no large and heavier than the Olympus OM1 and the lenses that were made for it. Cameras making a smaller image size should be considerably smaller and lighter.

Instead what has happened is a marvel of technology and a crude assault on our wallets which most people have accepted without a whimper. I am not one of them.

"We would have been better off with a full frame camera no large and heavier than the Olympus OM1 and the lenses that were made for it."

Buy a Sony A7R (first gen) and a couple of Zeiss Loxia lenses. Can't get much closer to that old SLR hands on handling than that.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2018 at 10:24 UTC
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Battersea: We need a combination of the Z and the R the Canikon ZR.

That's one way to solve the single card slot. :D

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2018 at 18:32 UTC

Too late Kodak! All true analogue hipsters have ditched 135 rolls in favor of APS by now. Your own inventions, 110 Cartridge and Disc film are expected next big trends.

(Yes, I was just kidding. Might actually pick up a couple of rolls of this new film and use in my beloved Contax G1.)

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2018 at 10:33 UTC as 37th comment | 1 reply
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MIC37: I am waiting for FTZ-2 adapter. It must allow to rotate the lens between landscape and portrait modes without removing the camera from the tripod. What was Nikon thinking about when they designed it?

Not a common solution, but at least Novoflex made a rotatable tripod collar for their Sony E-mount adapters. Contact them and they might do something similar for the Z. :)

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/758213-REG/Novoflex_ASTAT_NEX_ASTAT_NEX_Tripod_Collar_for.html

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2018 at 18:12 UTC
On article Canon EOS R review (3298 comments in total)
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Arizona Sunset: Over the past few months, I planned to buy the EOS R and new lenses. I sold my Fuji/Sony kits ($$$$) in preparation, not tied to anything in particular. However, with the Canon camera and lenses in the cart, I can't pull the trigger. Usually there is a competitive advantage or new capability to play with, to compel the purchase. Here I see none.

@Clayton1985: Exactly. He doesn't troll at Sony forums because he's a coward. However, he bashes Sone every chance he gets on Nikon and Canon Forums. I've been lurking several brand forums lately, and the frequent compulsive Sony bashing Thoughts R Us is spewing is making him one of the worst trolls of DPR presently.

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2018 at 07:09 UTC
On article Canon EOS R review (3298 comments in total)
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smokinman88: I think all the Sony Trolls on here secretly wish they had Canon or Nikon gear.....why else would they spend so much time and effort bashing a brand that they should have no interest in?

@smokinman88: Yes, trolling is childish. I am not defending it, just explaining it. It should not come as a surprise for Canon and Nikon shooters that there are quite a few Sony shooters that are more than willing to bite back.

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2018 at 23:01 UTC
On article Canon EOS R review (3298 comments in total)
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smokinman88: I think all the Sony Trolls on here secretly wish they had Canon or Nikon gear.....why else would they spend so much time and effort bashing a brand that they should have no interest in?

@smokinman88: I'll give you a hint; check the commentaries on Sony related articles, and you should be able to figure it out.

For years, CaNikon trolls have been pestering anything related to E-mount, bashing something they allegedly weren't even interested in. You reap what you sow mate, it's just that simple.

Check this article as an example. The A9 had an early firmware that threw up a temperature warning way too early, already at 48C (it did however never overheat or turn off). When Sony fixed this, DPR wrote an article about it, and yet, the troll army just couldn't hold back. And it has been like that for years now, pretty much ever since the first A7x camera was introduced. https://www.dpreview.com/news/4228347869/new-sony-alpha-a9-firmware-fixes-overheating-warning

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2018 at 22:08 UTC
On article Canon EOS R review (3298 comments in total)
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Thoughts R Us: I've seen this movie before. When I was growing up I was really into audio (still am) and we had all sorts of HiFi equipment. It was the golden age. There were plenty of magazines with all sorts of reviews as well. And boy were there specs thrown around everywhere.

It got to the point where all equipment was so good that reviewers looked for every little bit of difference to justify their jobs. They began obsessing over frequency responses outside of the realm of human hearing, for instance. Kind of like that phony banding issue when pushing 5 or 6 stops, etc.

The best equipment ironically fell short on the bells and whistles. I remember going to Service Merchandise and looking at Technics and Sony stuff; all sorts of flashy lights and specs thrown in my face. Then I went to a high end audio store and was shocked. No flashy lights. Sometimes less specs. But far better sound.

All this gurgitation just to continue your anti-Sony campaign? Pathetic.

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2018 at 20:15 UTC
On article Canon EOS R review (3298 comments in total)
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The Fat Fish: "1.83x crop". Wait, it's even worse than the 5DIV?

It's kinda poetic. All the tiresome Sony overheating jokes from the trolls, and this is what Canon manages to deliver? "We overcame (maybe) the overheating issues by turning your precious FF camera into a micro four thirds. Here you go. Shut up and pay at the door."

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2018 at 18:32 UTC
On article Canon EOS R review (3298 comments in total)
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matthew saville: "(you can either operate the dials or grip the camera firmly, but not both)"

EXACTLY. I feel like it's obvious that this is Canon's first attempt at doing a command dial on this part of the camera, versus to the usual "wheel" on other cameras. I always disliked that wheel for exposure control, and this dial feels much easier to reach, however it's still not nearly as easy to reach as a Nikon, or even a Sony.

"...so we don't consider this to be true USB charging."

I asked the engineers about this, and yeah, they basically said that they're working on the ability to charge using any cable/battery, (Anker, etc.) and they're R&D-ing the ability to run the camera directly off USB power, (like Sony's latest cameras, since the A7R2) ...but I guess we don't get that yet in this 1st-gen product.

All in all, having worked with the camera in a professional environment now for a few weeks, I'm cautiously excited about the future of the RF system. I really can't wait to see which body is next.

@matthew saville: Sony A7III and A7RIII has both USB-C and the old MicroUSB. Both can be used for charging. And all Sony FF mirrorless cameras use 7.2V batteries, still, they have no problem using a generic 5V USB port/charger/battery pack for charging or powering the camera. You might know a lot about Canon cameras, but not very much about Sony it would seem.

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2018 at 18:15 UTC
On article Photokina 2018: hands-on with eight stylish new bags (90 comments in total)
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ProfHankD: "The bag's main feature is dedicated film pockets on the inside and elastic film holders on the bag strap."

Well, that explains the "only 230 of which will be made" part -- because I'd estimate that's about how many people worldwide are looking for a new bag to hold their film. Seriously, anybody using film gets nice old bags for free when they buy old film camera bodies via eBay -- I very rarely use film, but buying old lenses to use on my mirrorless bodies I've incidentally acquired a fleet of old camera bags.

Numbered limited edition camera bag. Can it get much dorkier than that?
I own something far cooler for the hipster crowd, a genuine bright yellow NOS 70s Kodak camera strap with elastic film loops. Got it for free when I bought an old Olympus OM2 with a bunch of lenses and a power winder.

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2018 at 20:37 UTC
On article Canon RF 24-105mm F4L IS USM sample gallery (174 comments in total)
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GrapeJam: For all this advertising about the benefit of wider mount this lens strangely has way more vignetting than Sony equivalent, also less sharp.

This is just one comparison. I know, I know, one technical comparison doesn't say it all, but it is what it is. Considering the heavy banging on the large-mouth-drum, with statements like:

"This is a particularly interesting example of unusually large diameter rear elements capitalizing on the short flange back of the RF system" (Canon white papers)

... I did expect something more from the Canon, but it looks to be on par and even behind the Sony counterpart in sharpness. The Canon does however have less distortion, which probably even things out a bit after correction is applied on the Sony files. Still, I did expect more from that large mouth...

https://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?Lens=1222&Camera=1221&Sample=0&FLI=0&API=0&LensComp=1176&CameraComp=0&FLIComp=0&APIComp=0

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2018 at 17:13 UTC
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