Roland Schulz

Lives in Germany NRW, Germany
Works as a electrical engineer
Joined on May 16, 2004
About me:

Nikon D4
Nikon D3
Nikon D2X

Sony a7M3
Sony a6500

Ricoh GR
Panasonic LX100
Sony RX-100 Va
Sony RX-100 II
Fujifilm Finepix S2pro

DJI Mavic 2 Pro
DJI Phantom 4 Pro

Nikon F4s
Sony PXW-X70
Sony FDR-AX53
Sony FDR-X1000
GoPro Hero 7 Black (2x)
GoPro Hero 6
Apple iPhone X

Nikon 70-200 VRII 2.8G AF-S ED
Nikon 24-70 2.8G AF-S ED
Nikon 14-24 2.8G AF-S ED (sold)
Nikon 24-120 VR 4.0G AF-S ED
Nikon 85 1.4G AF
Nikon 60 2.8D AF micro (sold)
Nikon 50 1.4G AF (sold)
Nikon 35 1.4G AF
Nikon 105 2.8G VR micro
Nikon 18-35G AF (sold)
Nikon 16-35 4.0G AF
Sigma 50 1.4 Art

Sony SEL 18-105 4.0
Sony SEL 10-18 4.0
Sony SEL 16-35 4Z
Sony SEL 24-105 4.0G
Sony SEL 70-200 2.8 GM
Sony SEL 28-70 3.5-5.6
Sony SEL 70-300 4.5-5.6G
Sony SEL 24 1.8Z
Sony SEL 28 2.0
Sony SEL 35 1.8
Sony SEL 50 1.4Z
Sony SEL 85 1.4 GM

Nikon SB900
Nikon SB910
Nikon SB800 (4x)
Nikon SB28s

Godox V860II-s (2x)
Neewer NW880s (Godox TT685s)
Godox AD600B / SMDV Alpha 100

Epson Stylus Pro 3880

Gitzo 1541
Gitzo 2542L
Gitzo 3542L
several Gitzo ballheads
Manfrotto 055Pro MF3 + MGRC0 + others

i7 8770k (Win10/64) - 32GB
MacBook Pro Retina 13" 8/512GB
X-Rite i1 Publisher Pro 2 (i1Pro2)
X-Rite i1 Display pro
Wacom INTUOS Pro S


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Sony´s HVL-F60RM HAS an AF illuminator that works with the a7M3 for example.
Red, white, green... who cares - it´s working, that counts!

See here:

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2018 at 10:13 UTC as 90th comment | 7 replies
In reply to:

idahodoc: What am I missing? The Godox Sony flashes have illuminators, the Sony A7Riii has a built-in white illuminator, and the Sony HVL-F60RM wireless radio controlled flash has tuned white illuminators for autofocus. So it's a white light? Who cares? It's built in and it cycles just the length of the autofocus process. The Sony focuses like crazy, so I think it is covered. And I believe the Godox projects a pattern, but I have never used it. So...this is a non-issue, now back to your work folks!

Godox currently has no working AF illuminators for Sony cameras.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2018 at 10:12 UTC
In reply to:

Michael - Visual Pursuit: Does one still need to have an online-account at Woodman Labs/GoPro to use the app? Is registration required to work? Do they still try to claim the right to look into usage statistics and even user content "to learn how people use their cameras"?

That was the reason for me to drop all GoPro stuff, after they sabotaged the app.

No, no need to registrate anymore.

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2018 at 07:21 UTC
On article Sony announces lightweight FE 24mm F1.4 G Master prime (398 comments in total)
In reply to:

LiangMing: Before cheering up the small size Sony native lens. The picture is misleading.

It use a Canon mount Sigma 24mm f1.4 lens, on top of the MC-11 adapter, to make up the size difference. In fact, The Sony native is longer than the Sigma (92 mm vs. 90 mm).

OK, the Sony is indeed lighter weight. But I am still looking for Sigma, since it is 1/3 cheaper.

Right and wrong - if you carry several Sigma's you'd only need to carry one adapter ;-)!

But who cares, GREAT WORK Sony, looks like a great lens as also my 85GM and 70-200GM are!!
I'd liked an 28mm or "better/smaller" 35mm more but I'm sure there is a market for the 24GM!!

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2018 at 22:19 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-T3 added to studio test scene comparison (267 comments in total)

In camera noise reduction seems a bit stronger, even for RAW files.
The camera shows less noise especially in red, but red is also somewhat muted. "Live" and 3D effect is also somewhat muted. Maybe we see improvement when RAW converters improve.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2018 at 12:19 UTC as 28th comment
On article First impressions: DJI Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom (129 comments in total)

Unluckily the 28mm Full FOV video mode is quite soft due to pixel binning or lineskipping. The 2 years old Phantom 4 Pro managed to read the complete ("same") sensor and scaled the 5.5K image down to 4K what greatly improves IQ.
Me and others in forums had expected the same here since price/"class" is hardly of any difference.
Maybe DJI fixes that in a future FW update.

Link | Posted on Sep 4, 2018 at 15:49 UTC as 23rd comment | 1 reply

If DHL is right I‘ll get my M2Pro and the Fly More Kit already today.
I‘m „crossgrading“ from my Phantom 4 Pro since I want a drone that is more compact for transport.
Hope that (video-)quality is at least equal to my P4Pro that will be sold if the M2Pro shines.

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2018 at 09:13 UTC as 14th comment | 1 reply
On article Panasonic DC-LX100 II Review (1128 comments in total)

Ok Panasonic, I use my LX100 mainly for video.
What´s wrong with you guys?!
26mm 4K WW went down to a 30mm 4K WW crop - that a fail especially regarding the "new" sensor is inferior in pixel level SNR.
Still only 30p an no 50/60p in 4K?! You do it in the G/GH series, why not here, at least for 5mins. at this price!??
Now 949€ for what?!
Ok, keep it, I keep my MKI. Seems videowise we only got disadvantages, at least one.

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2018 at 15:29 UTC as 243rd comment | 3 replies

Sony will also show the a7SM3 on 23.08.2018 - maybe... ;-)

Link | Posted on Aug 19, 2018 at 12:28 UTC as 6th comment
In reply to:

Mariano Pacifico: Nikon FF mirrorless is on the 23rd, too! Along with rumored introduction of Panasonic Lumix LX100 MK2, here:

Why the 23rd of August?

2018 seems to become expensive:
invested in complete Sony a7M3 gear, will get the Hassy Mavic Pro 2, if the LX100II does 4K50p I‘ll also get it in addition to a a7SM3 if it get‘s 4K50p!

Link | Posted on Aug 19, 2018 at 12:23 UTC
On article Review: Palette modular photo editing system (141 comments in total)

I use a DJ Techtools Midifighter Twister and Midi2LR

You get 4x4 tactile endless encoders of good quality that can be used as relative encoders (no need for motors) and can be configured in 4 banks, so if you want 64 tactile encoders at all and 2x3 side buttons.

This really improves my workflow in Lightroom when editing hundrets of photos I shoot on weddings.
I´m SO MUCH faster adjusting the different settings and can see changes and interactions better and more instantly.

Until now this works really reliable and is easy and powerful to configure! (be fair - donate if you like it)

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2018 at 06:54 UTC as 18th comment
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Wilight: Unfortunately, at f/5.6-8.0 in a 1/2.3" 16mp sensor, the degradation of IQ caused by diffraction is already too much for my taste.
I wish it was a totally new sensor, let's say.. 1/1.7" 11-12mp with dual native iso, optimized for 4k. Not only the diffraction problem would be reduced, but it would also allow better high-iso performance, to compensate the small apertures.

Don‘t mix up diffraction due to small aperture with transmission factor (T)!

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2018 at 20:07 UTC
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Lexptr: Nice to see they make their good products even better! These days they successfully compete with Gitzo (pricewise too, though). With products of these two brands being +- the same technically, I do prefer the look of Gitzo :) ...but not that draws the bottom line. To buy RRS I have to deal with international shipping from US and don't have any chance to see the product before buying. At the same I can find Gitzo in any pro-store of photo equipment locally. I do order from RSS only some very unique or hard-to-find-better accessories. So, what I want to say here: I think, RSS needs better distribution to have even greater success :)

RRS is not even close to Gitzo yet! The upper ends of the legs are bordered to short to be as stable as Gitzo, Gitzo has sealed leg locks for long now, the leg angle locking mechanism on the top is way better to handle with the current Gitzos.
For how long does Gitzo have these "hooks" now ;-)?!?!
What about the asymmetric locking knob of the RRS head...
Gitzo spareparts can be bought/ordered nearly everywhere due to manfrotto distribution, RRS zero zero outside US.
No, they're only catching up a bit but are not really innovative and hardly competetive these days.

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2018 at 10:40 UTC
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Jostian: Now if Sony could just sort out their weather sealing issues...

Maybe that may become a problem - if so get a Nikon D3/4/5 or Canon EOS 1D body - that are the only cameras that survive a war.

For nearly everything else a Sony a7 is also fine.

Link | Posted on May 12, 2018 at 10:32 UTC
In reply to:

walker2000: Technically, what prevents the interval to be shorter? Is it due to precise movement of the sensor?

Could also have reasons in patent or licence limitations by Pentax and/or Olympus.

Link | Posted on May 11, 2018 at 08:55 UTC
On article Sony a7 III Review (2193 comments in total)

I was one of the very first a7III owners, also own a a6500 (6300 before) and much Nikon gear (D4, D3...).
The medal has two sides: yes, the a7III delivers stunning image quality, beats my D4 in the end because of higher RES, DR and at least equal SNR.
In "good conditions" AF is very precise, more precise than I am used from my Nikon gear. About reliabilty I can only say that Sony did a very good job for me in the past remembering my first walkman decades ago. I had hardly any issue with Sony to date (despite decentered lenses I also had with Nikon) where Nikon showed me some issues with occasionally non operating AF (D4/70-200 2.8G VRII).
Yes, actually I´m changing completely to Sony, mainly because of video.
But, Sony is also not perfect today. Ergonomy is miles ahead on Nikon, there are functions I really liked/used (R,G,B, RGB highlight warning, magnificated "face scrolling" in playback...), AF performance with not so bright lenses.
Race is not completely won for Sony in my eyes.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2018 at 05:20 UTC as 179th comment | 3 replies

In my eyes this was a quite fast response from Sony fixing this bug. Kudos!

...but there are some others to fix:
We have the AF frame still shown even when AF is disabled, so in many displaylayouts there is no chance to see if AF is on or off.

We still have exposure control disabled when we are in focus magnification. The wheels are only scrolling the crop but do not alter aperture, shutter or ISO.
This is not documented in this way und unlikeable.
We can scroll the crop with either the joystick, the crossbutton controller or the touchpad. We don´t need any more redundancy, we ("I") need exposure control even in crop/magnification.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2018 at 10:39 UTC as 9th comment | 2 replies

Ok, I was not the greatest GoPro friend in the past, I always hoped Sony to catch up much earlier! But what do we have today?! We have the Hero 6 with really great 4K 50/60p for an actioncam, Sony has not! Xiaomis 4K+ is also not in the same league.
GoPro has this really tiny Hero Session that nobody else has in this formfactor.
The only problem was the quality in the past and that the market is saturated now. They have to slim down and continue their business.
The big bucks are made, that will not come back but that's still a business worth running.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2018 at 11:43 UTC as 8th comment | 6 replies
On article Sony a7 III Review (2193 comments in total)
In reply to:

Roland Schulz: Ok, the a7M3 shows only "little" better performance than the D750 for example, but what about liveview- and videoperformance in comparison to a D750?!
That's night and day so the a7M3 with it's sensor is a significant step further.

Without question both D750 and D850 have outstanding sensors and I would say Nikon has the best photo (!) sensordesigns in the field.

But - some people say the D750 is "better" than the a7III and from my experience (already have the a7III since >1 week) that´s not the case.
Beside that Nikon and others are far from the liveviewperformance as also the videoperformance this camera delivers.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2018 at 19:08 UTC
On article Sony a7 III Review (2193 comments in total)

Ok, the a7M3 shows only "little" better performance than the D750 for example, but what about liveview- and videoperformance in comparison to a D750?!
That's night and day so the a7M3 with it's sensor is a significant step further.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2018 at 15:31 UTC as 380th comment | 2 replies
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