Royal Majesty

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On article Modern Mirrorless: Canon EOS M5 Review (1643 comments in total)
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GiovanniB: What do you mean by "JPEG colors are still second-to-none"? IMO Canon's green hues still miss the richness of any of their competitors, resulting in almost uniform green areas with brownish shadows. Skin colors are quite good but for landscapers, Canon means trouble - lots of effort in post-processing and some irrecoverably spoiled shots, particularly in challenging high-contrast lighting conditions. Of course my observations are based more on RAW files than JPEGs but in the JPEGs I've shot and seen so far I found nothing yet to support any claim of a particularly good color fidelity, again except for skin tones for which Canon equipment seems to be primarily optimized.

Lol, there are people that still shoot JPEG? :D

Yeah, I find the A7RII's RAW images just take so much work. Nikon RAW is a lot easier to get to where I want. I just set up a Lightroom User Preset for Importing and now when I Import into LR6, the heavy lifting is taken care of and I just fine-tune. But I just find that with the A7RII, there's too much of a difference in look from scene to scene and no single User Preset can really be too effective.

Now if only Nikon would come up with an FX body with IBIS, dagnammit!

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2017 at 02:37 UTC
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Royal Majesty: I just do not understand why the A7RII gets sooo much low-light/high ISO praise! I have an A7RII and its images are very noticeably noisier than my D800E's and D610's images. I mean, it's not even close. To say the A7RII's images look like an APS-C's (D7200) images isn't much of an exaggeration.

Also, Fuji glass vs. Nikon glass... this will nearly always be a nod for Fuji. Not to mention Medium Format glass vs. Full Frame glass... Of course the nod goes to Medium Format.

Fuji sensor vs. Sony/Nikon sensor, well, personal taste. I love them both for different subjects. Skintone easily goes to Fuji whereas vivid color easily goes to Sony/Nikon.

If I had an extra 15 grand lying around specifically for photo gear, I'd love to grab this new Fuji system.

Medium format is just better, megared. Don't let Rishi confuse you. And Fuji glass is exceptional, truly top shelf in performance and construction. The downside to MF is price and speed (as in frame advance, AF speed, etc.). So if you're not ready to invest around $10,000 in a new system, or need a sports/action rig and/or diverse lens selection, then this is not the system for you. But if you've got the money, don't need the speed and are satisfied with current and anticipated lenses, this is a wicked sweet system.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2017 at 21:01 UTC
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Royal Majesty: I just do not understand why the A7RII gets sooo much low-light/high ISO praise! I have an A7RII and its images are very noticeably noisier than my D800E's and D610's images. I mean, it's not even close. To say the A7RII's images look like an APS-C's (D7200) images isn't much of an exaggeration.

Also, Fuji glass vs. Nikon glass... this will nearly always be a nod for Fuji. Not to mention Medium Format glass vs. Full Frame glass... Of course the nod goes to Medium Format.

Fuji sensor vs. Sony/Nikon sensor, well, personal taste. I love them both for different subjects. Skintone easily goes to Fuji whereas vivid color easily goes to Sony/Nikon.

If I had an extra 15 grand lying around specifically for photo gear, I'd love to grab this new Fuji system.

Okay, for you, Bustard, I'll make a little comparison. Set your alerts for this thread...

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2017 at 05:46 UTC
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Royal Majesty: I just do not understand why the A7RII gets sooo much low-light/high ISO praise! I have an A7RII and its images are very noticeably noisier than my D800E's and D610's images. I mean, it's not even close. To say the A7RII's images look like an APS-C's (D7200) images isn't much of an exaggeration.

Also, Fuji glass vs. Nikon glass... this will nearly always be a nod for Fuji. Not to mention Medium Format glass vs. Full Frame glass... Of course the nod goes to Medium Format.

Fuji sensor vs. Sony/Nikon sensor, well, personal taste. I love them both for different subjects. Skintone easily goes to Fuji whereas vivid color easily goes to Sony/Nikon.

If I had an extra 15 grand lying around specifically for photo gear, I'd love to grab this new Fuji system.

Lol, Bustard. You have to forgive me. I don't really post here. How do I post RAW images?

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2017 at 04:32 UTC
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Royal Majesty: I just do not understand why the A7RII gets sooo much low-light/high ISO praise! I have an A7RII and its images are very noticeably noisier than my D800E's and D610's images. I mean, it's not even close. To say the A7RII's images look like an APS-C's (D7200) images isn't much of an exaggeration.

Also, Fuji glass vs. Nikon glass... this will nearly always be a nod for Fuji. Not to mention Medium Format glass vs. Full Frame glass... Of course the nod goes to Medium Format.

Fuji sensor vs. Sony/Nikon sensor, well, personal taste. I love them both for different subjects. Skintone easily goes to Fuji whereas vivid color easily goes to Sony/Nikon.

If I had an extra 15 grand lying around specifically for photo gear, I'd love to grab this new Fuji system.

PART 2:

IBIS is the sole reason I bought the A7RII. So that I could have "VR" on my old Russian, and Lomography, and non-VR (AF and manual focus) Nikkors. I was thinking the same thing too about how awesome it would be to shoot my 14-24mm indoors with IBIS so I could lower my ISO and have just awesome grain. Meh, turns out I like the results better shooting my D800E and D610 2-stops higher ISO without IBIS than I do 2-stops lower ISO with IBIS on the A7RII. Not to mention that the ergonomics and menu of the A7RII is truly just horrible and makes the camera borderline unusable. So, though I really planned to use the A7RII with the 14-24mm Nikkor indoors and all kinds of other non-VR Nikkors, all I ever actually use my A7RII for is my Petzval 85mm or Achromat 64mm or Helios 44-2 or Pentacon 50mm outdoors with bright points of light to create trippy bokeh.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2017 at 04:00 UTC
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Royal Majesty: I just do not understand why the A7RII gets sooo much low-light/high ISO praise! I have an A7RII and its images are very noticeably noisier than my D800E's and D610's images. I mean, it's not even close. To say the A7RII's images look like an APS-C's (D7200) images isn't much of an exaggeration.

Also, Fuji glass vs. Nikon glass... this will nearly always be a nod for Fuji. Not to mention Medium Format glass vs. Full Frame glass... Of course the nod goes to Medium Format.

Fuji sensor vs. Sony/Nikon sensor, well, personal taste. I love them both for different subjects. Skintone easily goes to Fuji whereas vivid color easily goes to Sony/Nikon.

If I had an extra 15 grand lying around specifically for photo gear, I'd love to grab this new Fuji system.

Geez with this character limit, lol...
PART 1:
Regarding the A7RII's noise, yes, I'm looking at the pixel level, which is awful. But also just editing in LR6 in "Fill Screen" view where all photos from all cameras will render at the same screen dimensions.

For my Nikon bodies, DX and FX, I just set Noise Reduction for Color (CNR) at +10 and don't think about it. That's all I ever need with Nikon. With the A7RII, I'm often at CNR +50. And the A7RII is just grainier too, but I rarely deal with Luminance NR (LNR).

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2017 at 04:00 UTC
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Royal Majesty: I just do not understand why the A7RII gets sooo much low-light/high ISO praise! I have an A7RII and its images are very noticeably noisier than my D800E's and D610's images. I mean, it's not even close. To say the A7RII's images look like an APS-C's (D7200) images isn't much of an exaggeration.

Also, Fuji glass vs. Nikon glass... this will nearly always be a nod for Fuji. Not to mention Medium Format glass vs. Full Frame glass... Of course the nod goes to Medium Format.

Fuji sensor vs. Sony/Nikon sensor, well, personal taste. I love them both for different subjects. Skintone easily goes to Fuji whereas vivid color easily goes to Sony/Nikon.

If I had an extra 15 grand lying around specifically for photo gear, I'd love to grab this new Fuji system.

PART 5:
But their sensors just seem like a whole lower grade that are 8 years behind. And you can check your DPReview Test Scene to confirm that, HA! ;)

Ah, you got me. I forgot the GFX 50S went Bayer. I'm thinking X-T1, which in my opinion, renders the best skin tone of any digital camera at any price in any format (but I haven't shot the X-T2 yet). And it's got pleasing saturation but it simply can't pop the colors the way Nikon/Sony does, nor deliver the dynamic range the way Nikon/Sony does.

I don't know anything about JPEG color rendition as I never shoot in JPEG.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2017 at 03:46 UTC
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Royal Majesty: I just do not understand why the A7RII gets sooo much low-light/high ISO praise! I have an A7RII and its images are very noticeably noisier than my D800E's and D610's images. I mean, it's not even close. To say the A7RII's images look like an APS-C's (D7200) images isn't much of an exaggeration.

Also, Fuji glass vs. Nikon glass... this will nearly always be a nod for Fuji. Not to mention Medium Format glass vs. Full Frame glass... Of course the nod goes to Medium Format.

Fuji sensor vs. Sony/Nikon sensor, well, personal taste. I love them both for different subjects. Skintone easily goes to Fuji whereas vivid color easily goes to Sony/Nikon.

If I had an extra 15 grand lying around specifically for photo gear, I'd love to grab this new Fuji system.

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Afterall, a $2,000 Nikon lens is really expensive. A $2,000 Hasselblad lens is, well, typical, maybe cheap.

I don't shoot Canon. No offense to Canon-ites, but I think their sensors are rubbish. I also think their lenses are crap. The glass, yes, but really the lens bodies. I remember pulling a 50mm F1.2L out of a box, sticking it on a 5D and the thing totally squeaked as it focused. Lol, brand new and everything! That sums up my experiences with Canon. It's just always been like that. They do make really nice PNS cameras though. I love my S100 and S120 and SX60 HS. Not that Nikon's lenses are great, because they're crap too, just not as crappy as Canon's. I definitely prefer Nikon's consumer lenses over Canon's. Canon's L lens glass I have always been impressed with though. Still crappy body construction, but great glass and a nice offering of lengths. They're as good as Nikon's pro glass, and often in cooler zoom lengths (i.e. 11-24mm).

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2017 at 03:45 UTC
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Royal Majesty: I just do not understand why the A7RII gets sooo much low-light/high ISO praise! I have an A7RII and its images are very noticeably noisier than my D800E's and D610's images. I mean, it's not even close. To say the A7RII's images look like an APS-C's (D7200) images isn't much of an exaggeration.

Also, Fuji glass vs. Nikon glass... this will nearly always be a nod for Fuji. Not to mention Medium Format glass vs. Full Frame glass... Of course the nod goes to Medium Format.

Fuji sensor vs. Sony/Nikon sensor, well, personal taste. I love them both for different subjects. Skintone easily goes to Fuji whereas vivid color easily goes to Sony/Nikon.

If I had an extra 15 grand lying around specifically for photo gear, I'd love to grab this new Fuji system.

PART 3:
If it's not common knowledge already, Nikon's lenses suffer such a horrible consistency problem that experienced reviewers even on Amazon.com mention that they have a "good copy" or "bad copy" of even Nikon's pro lenses. No need to make such differentiations with Fuji as there is a very solid even consistency.

And, lol, seriously? Fuji's "only had an APS-C ILC system up until now?" Um, they've been making TV lenses for over 50 years... Large format lenses for 70-something years. Probably what they're most known for are their Medium Format lenses that they've also been making for decades. Oh yeah, and recently they started making APS-C lenses. ;)

While the simple fact that a lens is Medium Format doesn't make it any good, the more obvious fact that Medium Format is a more serious and drastically more expensive format graced by the names Hasselblad, Bronica, Mamiya... and Fuji... should be an obvious indicator that the design and quality control will be substantially higher.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2017 at 03:45 UTC
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Royal Majesty: I just do not understand why the A7RII gets sooo much low-light/high ISO praise! I have an A7RII and its images are very noticeably noisier than my D800E's and D610's images. I mean, it's not even close. To say the A7RII's images look like an APS-C's (D7200) images isn't much of an exaggeration.

Also, Fuji glass vs. Nikon glass... this will nearly always be a nod for Fuji. Not to mention Medium Format glass vs. Full Frame glass... Of course the nod goes to Medium Format.

Fuji sensor vs. Sony/Nikon sensor, well, personal taste. I love them both for different subjects. Skintone easily goes to Fuji whereas vivid color easily goes to Sony/Nikon.

If I had an extra 15 grand lying around specifically for photo gear, I'd love to grab this new Fuji system.

PART 2:
There have been several DXO/DPReview sensor assessments that my eyes have had very big disagreements with and have led me to believe that DXO/DPReview may be fudging results for whatever reason(s).

And no offense, but you sound like a statistically-inclined rookie by not readily acknowledging Fuji's lens superiority. No offense, sincerely, but I suspect I've been into photography longer than you've been alive and some things to people like us are simply "givens." Sure, everyone has their own preferences and when it comes to art, there is no right or wrong. But we're talking about lens technicalities here. Consistency from one copy to another, sharpness across the frame and across every F-stop, Build quality, etc. This isn't even a contest. Fuji blows Nikon. I wouldn't be surprised if MTF charts (something you may like ;) ) illustrate this, but I don't care. Naked eyeballs are all that's needed. And if the MTFs refute this claim, I still don't care. Naked eyeballs.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2017 at 03:43 UTC
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Royal Majesty: I just do not understand why the A7RII gets sooo much low-light/high ISO praise! I have an A7RII and its images are very noticeably noisier than my D800E's and D610's images. I mean, it's not even close. To say the A7RII's images look like an APS-C's (D7200) images isn't much of an exaggeration.

Also, Fuji glass vs. Nikon glass... this will nearly always be a nod for Fuji. Not to mention Medium Format glass vs. Full Frame glass... Of course the nod goes to Medium Format.

Fuji sensor vs. Sony/Nikon sensor, well, personal taste. I love them both for different subjects. Skintone easily goes to Fuji whereas vivid color easily goes to Sony/Nikon.

If I had an extra 15 grand lying around specifically for photo gear, I'd love to grab this new Fuji system.

PART 1:
It is exactly the DXO writeup on the A7RII that's a head-scratcher for me. And the DPReview Test Scene. I've been there. It absolutely does NOT corroborate, at all, what I see everyday with my own eyes. You can say "laboratory this and that." To that I say "whatever." If I can readily see it with my own eyes, no offense, but I don't care what lab results say. Or DXO/DPReview, for that matter.

Rishi, I invite you to line up a D800E, D610, D7200 and A7RII and shoot the same subject with them all at ISO 1600. And no, I'm not asking you to reference DXO again or DPReview's Test Scene again. I'm saying shoot them yourself. While it's arguable that the A7RII's grain/noise is finer than the D7200's, it is far from a night and day argument. Whereas the D800E's and D610's grain/noise vs. the A7RII's IS a night and day argument, with the D800E and D610 beating the A7RII embarrassingly so.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2017 at 03:42 UTC

I just do not understand why the A7RII gets sooo much low-light/high ISO praise! I have an A7RII and its images are very noticeably noisier than my D800E's and D610's images. I mean, it's not even close. To say the A7RII's images look like an APS-C's (D7200) images isn't much of an exaggeration.

Also, Fuji glass vs. Nikon glass... this will nearly always be a nod for Fuji. Not to mention Medium Format glass vs. Full Frame glass... Of course the nod goes to Medium Format.

Fuji sensor vs. Sony/Nikon sensor, well, personal taste. I love them both for different subjects. Skintone easily goes to Fuji whereas vivid color easily goes to Sony/Nikon.

If I had an extra 15 grand lying around specifically for photo gear, I'd love to grab this new Fuji system.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2017 at 01:48 UTC as 144th comment | 20 replies
On article Modern Mirrorless: Canon EOS M5 Review (1643 comments in total)
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Attilasz: I understand digital evolution cannot stop, but still think that 4k video is useless for most users. Few have 4k tv, and honestly how many are watching the videos on a tv screen? Not to mention that 4k is producing huge files that are hard to use, copy, etc.
And I know a lot of ppl have or getting 4k screens, but those who do probably wont buy a M5, but something more expensive.

Can't we all just get along? :D

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2017 at 22:20 UTC
On article 2016 DPReview Readers' Best Shots: Things (67 comments in total)
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Ebrahim Saadawi: In the People List:

Fujifilm: 3 photos
Canon: 2 photos
Nikon: 2 photos
Sony: 1 photo

In the Things list:

Nikon: 3 photos
Sony: 2 photos
Panasonic: 2 photos
Canon/olympus/fujifilm: 1 photos

Thanks for the list, Ebrahim. Cool stats.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2017 at 23:56 UTC
On article 2016 DPReview Readers' Best Shots: Things (67 comments in total)

7, 1, 4, 5...

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2017 at 23:23 UTC as 8th comment
On article Modern Mirrorless: Canon EOS M5 Review (1643 comments in total)
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The Silver Nemesis: This is as expected as it can be: the first rather serious attempt from Canon to create a mirrorless camera. The competitors are obiously ahead, and that's just normal at this stage. However, the next iteration should come on top. Otherwise Canon will have a hard time to convince in this camera segment.

My thing regarding native lens selection for the M5 is that, frankly, i don't care. It's just an opportunity for Canon to overcharge for crappy/decent native lenses when Canon already makes an adapter that will accommodate all their APS-C and FF lenses. Just get the adapter and buy those lenses. Wait for the right native pancake lens(es) to come out if you're looking for tiny form factor.

The lack of native lenses doesn't bother me. It's the stupid firmware that is clearly intentionally crippled (lame Auto ISO, no 4K...) so as to sell the M5's successor. Looks like Canon is using a trick out of Nikon's bag. You expect this from Nikon, generally not from Canon...

Link | Posted on Jan 2, 2017 at 20:59 UTC
On article Modern Mirrorless: Canon EOS M5 Review (1643 comments in total)
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Attilasz: I understand digital evolution cannot stop, but still think that 4k video is useless for most users. Few have 4k tv, and honestly how many are watching the videos on a tv screen? Not to mention that 4k is producing huge files that are hard to use, copy, etc.
And I know a lot of ppl have or getting 4k screens, but those who do probably wont buy a M5, but something more expensive.

Yup. I have 2 4K TVs. And if you only watch your videos on a phone, and for that matter, view your photos on a phone, why even bother with real camera/video gear?

The video I shoot, I totally intend to watch at home on a TV. And I want it to look as real as possible. Who cares about big file size? 128GB memory cards are cheap and 4TB and even 8TB hard drives are cheap.

And that doesn't change the fact that you can pull 8MP still images from 4K video. Kinda pointless to pull 2MP stills (from 1080 video) so 4K is a game-changer for *usable* pulled images from video.

At this point in time it is inexcusable for a new higher-end camera (that shoots video) to not shoot 4K.

Link | Posted on Jan 2, 2017 at 00:03 UTC
On article Modern Mirrorless: Canon EOS M5 Review (1643 comments in total)
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khunpapa: Lack of 4k vdo is not just lack of 4k vdo.
You miss 8k photo which can extract from that 4k stream!

For "PRO" people, this 8k jpg is nothing. But for newbies and weekend warriors, it's brave new world!

Shoot first, select later: no more OOF macro shot, no more missing bird-in-flying, etc, etc.

Hope in the next year, DPreview would start thinking of 'ordinary people' in real life.

Right, lol101, you are limited to the shutter speed that your 4K video is shot with. No doubt you lose all kinds of photographic controls by "shooting" this way. However, I have never extracted a still frame from video until shooting 4K with my drone. For me, this is obviously not the way I take pictures. However, when you're shooting sick video, it's pretty cool to be able to pull an 8MP still. On a 1080 monitor that's more than adequate resolution and the results are very pleasing.

That's the thing. Almost every video deserves to have stills pulled from it. But when you're pulling 2MP (1920x1080) stills from regular HD 1080 video, they're hardly spectacular so nobody bothers to do it. 4K is a game-changer for pulling stills from video that results in some insane photographs.

Link | Posted on Dec 27, 2016 at 00:05 UTC
On article Modern Mirrorless: Canon EOS M5 Review (1643 comments in total)
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Intermittentoverexposure: So it's basically impossible for a Canon body to get less than a silver award on DP. They basically cover the fact that this camera is inferior to every other MILC system camera, then give it a silver. LOL.

@Richard Butler - it's not a video camera. It's a camera. And praising its video ease when it can't even shoot 4K, as even PNS cameras a fraction of its price have been doing for easily over a year now, makes your video praise moot anyway. I mean, if you wanna shoot video, get a video camera.

Yes, please stop overrating so many cameras, not just Canon cameras.

Link | Posted on Dec 26, 2016 at 22:54 UTC
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Nick Brundle - Photography: You can buy a new Nikon D7200 for the same price as this.

Lol at the potatoes and Toyota! :D

Link | Posted on Dec 26, 2016 at 22:48 UTC
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