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
Fujifilm Finepix S2pro
Ricoh GR
Sony a6500
Panasonic LX100
Sony RX-100 II
DJI Phantom 4 Pro
Nikon F4s
Sony PXW-X70
Sony FDR-AX53

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
Nikon 50 1.4G AF
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 24 1.8z
Sony SEL 35 1.8
Sony SEL 20 2.8

Nikon SB900
Nikon SB910
Nikon SB800 (4x)
Nikon SB28

Epson Stylus Pro 3880

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

i7 6770k (Win10/64) - 32GB
MacBook Pro Retina 13" 8/512GB
EIZO CG276
EIZO CS240
X-Rite i1 Publisher Pro 2 (i1Pro2)
X-Rite i1 Display pro
Wacom INTUOS Pro S
etc.

Comments

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On a photo in the Sony a6500 Sample Images sample gallery (4 comments in total)

STUNNING PERFORMANCE and nice pics, especially this one!!
SONY beat´s them all!!

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2016 at 16:25 UTC as 1st comment
In reply to:

keeponkeepingon: ".

"while the camera is writing to the card, you can't enter playback, or magnify the displayed image (if you have image review on). We're particularly happy to see that last limitation go, as it makes the camera eminently more usable."

So it's something that bugs you that hampers using the A6300/A6000 yet you failed to mention it at all in the A6300 review and left it out of the A6000 multipage conclusion?

And you wonder why some folks think you have a sony bias?

...what about the "dark screen" that we have using 4K - the only setting the a6300 is useful in video since FHD is very low on resolution. Where was this mentioned?!

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2016 at 15:54 UTC

I´m very happy with my a6300s´s 4K video quality - there´s hardly any other camera to date with such a good performance!
The 5 axis stabilizer is a nice welcome for me since handheld shooting will hardly suffer from rotational movements any more despite I´m using a tripod or gimbal most time.
Rolling shutter is no real issue for me, but, what is nearly nowhere critisised, is that the screen and the viewfinder get somewhat dark when 4K recording is used. The brightness extension isn´t working any more in 4K while it is working on an AX53 for example.
THAT´S A REAL ISSUE, especially in bright sunlight!!! I hope this is fixed with the a6500, but no comment on this yet...

Videoquality in FHD could also be somewhat improved, especially vertical resolution that was better with the old a6000!!

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2016 at 11:17 UTC as 63rd comment
In reply to:

samfan: Interesting. I have a 2.5k monitor and usually there's very little difference between 1080p and 4k video, but in this sample it's very obvious.

Makes me think it's rather the 1080p not being at its best rather than anything else. In other words it probably wouldn't take that much to make 1080p better, but this works as a selling point for 4k I guess.

The slo-mo is pretty though and generally still more useful than 4k methinks.

(I'm looking forward to 4k future but at this point it's still quite a pain IMO.)

...go for an UHD TV and you will see that everything below an oversampled UHD recording is pain, especially when you compare to native stuff from the a6300 which is even better than the RX100V!

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2016 at 16:14 UTC
In reply to:

1elementin7groups: Bought my last Gitzo a few years ago. If I need a new tripod in the future I will look at Feisol or Induro or RRS. My experience with Gitzo service has not been good.

...then don't be disappointed by RRS service ;-)!!

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2016 at 09:33 UTC
On article Setting new standards: Nikon D5 Review (505 comments in total)
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Roland Schulz: Nice review, thanks, but disappointing performance in regards of IQ for the previous reputation. That's a pity shame!

I often pull out the very last bits when doing night shoots with my D4. I won´t buy a camera worse to my current.
For sure, the AF system performance and other things will be improved over the D4´s but for me I don´t need that, others do of course.
I don´t like things that improve in one regard and lose in another, but that´s just my opinion.
We find it everywhere now, D5´s DR is clearly worse to the D4´s.

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2016 at 20:19 UTC
On article Setting new standards: Nikon D5 Review (505 comments in total)

Nice review, thanks, but disappointing performance in regards of IQ for the previous reputation. That's a pity shame!

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2016 at 03:48 UTC as 108th comment | 4 replies
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Ramjager: Interesting well actually not interesting that in a camera designed for field action, news and wildlife that the forum is swarmed by comparisons with the Nikon rightfully and the Sony?
Why?
The Sony has actively been reviewed here as having AF which doesn't not work well in a cluttered environment.
The Nikon D3 and D4 have well earned reputation for poor AF performance.
Yet the only discussion here is regarding sensor performance.
The single most important feature of any of these cameras is AF and the 1Dx has a well earned reputation for clearly the best AF ever put in an SLR yet we see no mention of it?
Would that be because it is the Sony's primary failing and that 15 stops of DR means nothing if the picture is out of focus?
Canon bodies with Nikons DOMINATE the field when it comes to news sports and action imagery.
Yet NONE of those reasons seem worthy of consideration in reviews here.
Let's see, focus acquisition time, accuracy in single shot first shot, tracking.
Just to start..

What have you smoked?!?! Bad AF on D3/4 compared to Canon?!?! Nikon came up with working 3D tracking first, Canon was one generation behind, don't forget!
There are some cases Nikon's AF fails, but these are also present with Canon AF.

Link | Posted on May 8, 2016 at 10:15 UTC

ABSOLUTELY IMPRESSIVE how good the Nikon D500 performs in a comparison to the fat boys!!!
Being a D4 guy I´m still a bit disappointed of the D5´s DR performance while high ISO is really good, but the D500 again shows that Nikon is still the king in APS-C!

Link | Posted on May 5, 2016 at 08:33 UTC as 54th comment

Not bad, but is this the full truth?! Is the PD AF now compensated in regards of light temperature?
With my D4 it is not. Simply do a test using a D4, 85 1.4G and the AF illuminator of a SB910 for example. This lens tuned to "daylight" is way off when using the SB910 AF illuminator. There were many talks about issues regaring AF accuracy using PD AF cameras under different lightning.
No problem with a mirrorless...

When I look at the latest samples here using the D5 with 35 1.4G I can´t ignore that some pictures are still OOF, even with this masterpiece of AF system.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2016 at 19:19 UTC as 44th comment | 1 reply

I also have mixed feelings with these results:

The good is that the D5 seems to hold up to the same good pixel level noise performance the D4/s already had - but here at a higher resolution now.

The bad is that base ISO DR went down the first time in the D2x, D3, D4 era. For me a no go!

Video is even becoming more important for me, but seems Nikon left out many chances in comparison to others, especially to the upcoming EOS 1DxII.

Maybe there will be other strengths like ground breaking AF performance that many photographers will like - but for me it seems that I will leave this generation out (had and still have D2x, D3, D4).

Sorry Nikon, for "me" the D5 seems becoming a fail...

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2016 at 09:18 UTC as 26th comment
In reply to:

vermaden: Why bother about X70 while SONY RX100III is superior to it in almost every aspect (even size) while having a lot more versatile 24-70/1.8-2.8 lens ... not to mention RX100IV ...

LOL!! ...my GR is running circles around my RX100II and III especially in regards of corner sharpness - but the RX100x is a very good allaround camera!!

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2016 at 15:13 UTC
In reply to:

PCN: Don't just compare with the Coolpix A or Ricoh, have a look at the Fuji vs. the Sigma DP1 (merrill), especially the RAW file.

...but don´t look at high ISO, lower contrast chroma resolution, overall speed... ;-)!

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2016 at 15:10 UTC
On article GoPro's poor holiday sales lead to staff layoff (116 comments in total)

Sony beat's them all...

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2016 at 10:37 UTC as 37th comment | 2 replies

Is it just me - sharpness of the samples isn't that great compared to the Ricoh GR!??
Beside of that nice camera, like the manual controls over the GR!

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2016 at 06:18 UTC as 37th comment
On article Nikon fills in the blanks on professional grade D5 DSLR (538 comments in total)

Thank you Nikon, you make me spending another 6.500 bucks!!!
Really great specs!! I´m looking forward for the real AF performance, especially precision! I´m also hungry for the real high ISO performance, I expect it somewhat better than the D4 - how much, we´ll see.
Also video became important for me, would have hoped for 60p UHD, but also 24/30p is ok for me.
Seems to become a really nice camera, looking forward to getting one!!

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2016 at 22:43 UTC as 80th comment
On article Apple reveals 12.9-inch iPad Pro (212 comments in total)

Hmm, I was looking forward to a larger iPad to present photos better.
Now also the 4K video train completely arrived - but what about the display resolution of this device?! Neither native 4K nor UHD resolution (+additional vertical pixels for the aspect ratio)?!?! Steve Jobs himself had stated this as a fail!!!

I bet iPad Pro 2 will have native 4K/UHD res...

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2015 at 19:18 UTC as 14th comment
In reply to:

Roland Schulz: Ok folks, nice test, but not completely honest: The Sony may beat Nikon´s or Canon´s best AF systems in low light using a F1.4 lens, but that´s only half the truth for wedding photographers that often take F2.8 zooms or even F4.0 to be more versatile. I bet Nikon and even Canon run´s smoking circles around the Sony using F4.0 zooms – why? Simply because common dSLR phase detect AF systems work with an internal let´s say F8 AF system, result is that lenses up to F8 doesn´t alter the AF performance. Not so with the Sony, here the AF system hitting light is limited only by the lens, but a hefty F5.6 500mm telezoom would influence the AF by 4 stops where Nikon and Canon work as before. This fact wasn´t “pronounced” in this video. So maybe the A7RII´s AF is not the holy grail for some (many) folks.
Would really be nice to see a comparison with F4 lenses!!

On the other hand on sensor AF has many advantages as described, compared to dSLRs there will hardly be a front-/backfocus.

I often shoot 24-70 and 70-200 2.8 in really dark conditions on a D4 and yes, there are several hit and miss but I don´t expect the 7RII to be any better here, no, I expect the opposite. Not to forget that there is no SEL 24-70 or 70-200 2.8 yet and because of the narrow E-Mount there will probably never be.

And yes, you can also shoot 500+mm in dark conditions doing wildlife from a tripod.

Don´t understand me wrong, the 7RII is for sure an OUTSTANDING camera, but I find this test and "promotion" a bit biased. Nikon and Canon is "rubbish", Sony beat´s them all - maybe one day...

Link | Posted on Aug 21, 2015 at 16:38 UTC

Ok folks, nice test, but not completely honest: The Sony may beat Nikon´s or Canon´s best AF systems in low light using a F1.4 lens, but that´s only half the truth for wedding photographers that often take F2.8 zooms or even F4.0 to be more versatile. I bet Nikon and even Canon run´s smoking circles around the Sony using F4.0 zooms – why? Simply because common dSLR phase detect AF systems work with an internal let´s say F8 AF system, result is that lenses up to F8 doesn´t alter the AF performance. Not so with the Sony, here the AF system hitting light is limited only by the lens, but a hefty F5.6 500mm telezoom would influence the AF by 4 stops where Nikon and Canon work as before. This fact wasn´t “pronounced” in this video. So maybe the A7RII´s AF is not the holy grail for some (many) folks.
Would really be nice to see a comparison with F4 lenses!!

On the other hand on sensor AF has many advantages as described, compared to dSLRs there will hardly be a front-/backfocus.

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2015 at 16:44 UTC as 191st comment | 8 replies
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