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 II
Fujifilm Finepix S2pro
DJI Phantom 4 Pro
Nikon F4s
Sony PXW-X70
Sony FDR-AX53
Sony FDR-X1000
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

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
EIZO CG276
EIZO CS240
X-Rite i1 Publisher Pro 2 (i1Pro2)
X-Rite i1 Display pro
Wacom INTUOS Pro S
etc.

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Len-Lex: 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
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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 (2194 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 139th 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 7th comment | 6 replies
On article Sony a7 III Review (2194 comments in total)
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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 (2194 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 345th comment | 2 replies
On article Sony a7 III Review (2194 comments in total)
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Jonathan Brady: Do you guys think any work got done at Sony's headquarters when the image quality tests started coming out from the Canon 6D Mark II, or did the overwhelming chorus of laughter keep them distracted all day?

6DII shot is one stop slower regarding shuttertime, no lighting EV stated.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2018 at 15:18 UTC
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Jefftan: "In particular, the backside-illuminated (BSI) and dual gain architecture of most recent Sony sensors helps squeeze every last bit of performance out of these already low noise imaging chip"

This apply to A6500 too?
anyone know?

From my tests the a6500 sensor even has triple gain ISO!
Put it on a waveform monitor via HDMI and increase the ISO of the covered sensor.
ISO100 is undercranked (lifting dark level), ISO125 first native ISO, second is ISO500 and third is ISO2000. Makes more sense than the ISO125/ISO640 gains on the a7III.
Noise is about 1,5 stops worse to my a7III, but that´s quite fair for S35 vs. 35mm! I had expected the a7III even better because pixel pitch is about 233% lager and a7III is BSI where a6500 is not (only copper wired).

a6500 is still a groundbreaking camera with brilliant video output!!

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2018 at 11:08 UTC
On article Sony a7 III sample gallery updated (175 comments in total)
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Roland Schulz: I "inspected" the images using Lightroom (change the EXIF-Data data using exiftool with " exiftool -sonymodelid=ILCE-7M2 *.ARW ").

a7III performance looks good, like the colors and ISO performance should also be ok, but without a direct comparison this is only subjective.

What I found is that the samples with the stripes are all compressed RAW (23,7MB vs. 47MB). For little chance we have a bug there, but to be honest it always looks that flare from the corner of the frame (lightning) causes the effect in combination with PD-AF sensors. With simple straight backlight there is no stripe effect.

What I also found is that some photos, especially in probably darker surroundings (higher ISO used) may have bad focus, mostly frontfocus. If that´s a camera error and not a user error that would be alarm bells for me since I want to exchange my whole Nikon gear with Sony (have a7III on preorder).
Maybe I´ll see what happens next week if Calumet proofs it´s forecast.

Hi Rishi,
after I checked back I would say only one or two photos:
in DSC00164.ARW I see the focus on the mirror of the motorbike, not on the eyes of the model.
Things happen, maybe you liked the mirror more than this cute girl ;-)?!

Got my a7III this morning and from what I´ve seen yet it looks very fine, especially the precision of the AF rocks!

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2018 at 13:51 UTC
On article Sony a7 III sample gallery updated (175 comments in total)
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Decooler: At last, a digital machine that delivers!!!
Looking at the water and woman pics I am suitably stonked by the lack of noise and the retention at 5000iso AND -3stops of a full enough dynamic range.

Are Nikon putting this sensor with no AA filter into a Nikon machine? Please do tell.

Great pics by the Sony photographers by the way!!

@Decooler: The D750 sensor/IQ wise shows very similar performance to the a9 that will probably be equal to a7III. So maybe give the D750 a try if high ISO performance of the D800 isn´t good enough for you.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2018 at 11:30 UTC
On article Sony a7 III sample gallery updated (175 comments in total)

I "inspected" the images using Lightroom (change the EXIF-Data data using exiftool with " exiftool -sonymodelid=ILCE-7M2 *.ARW ").

a7III performance looks good, like the colors and ISO performance should also be ok, but without a direct comparison this is only subjective.

What I found is that the samples with the stripes are all compressed RAW (23,7MB vs. 47MB). For little chance we have a bug there, but to be honest it always looks that flare from the corner of the frame (lightning) causes the effect in combination with PD-AF sensors. With simple straight backlight there is no stripe effect.

What I also found is that some photos, especially in probably darker surroundings (higher ISO used) may have bad focus, mostly frontfocus. If that´s a camera error and not a user error that would be alarm bells for me since I want to exchange my whole Nikon gear with Sony (have a7III on preorder).
Maybe I´ll see what happens next week if Calumet proofs it´s forecast.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2018 at 11:17 UTC as 13th comment | 5 replies
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Roland Schulz: So many argueing for 4:2:2 - know what 4:2:2 even is?!. 4:2:2 has NO benefit on a non oversampling (GH5s) camera, just marketing here. 4:2:2 makes sense on oversampling- or 3-chip cameras.
Also don’t compare 10bit to 8bit Panasonic - compare to Sony/Canon C100, 200... output and rethink about „10bit“. Compare noisy 4/3 output to S35 performance.
S35 has about 74% more imagersize!
16:9 in 36mm even is 334% over GH5!!
Have a look at native (!!) a7III videos (http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/sony_a7_iii_review/preview_images) and push these hard, do the same with ANY Panasonic clip. If you‘re to blind to realize a6500 kicks GH5/s in IQ at least you will „feel“ the a7MIII will beat nearly anything else!
GH5/s keeps the UHD 50p advantage but that‘s it.

...you still think a MFT Sony sensor in a 3rd party camera (GH5) is better than a larger APS-C Sony sensor in the own camera?! Stay away of drugs - they show only wishful "virtual reality"!!

What about the native a7III files?!?! Still 8bit 100Mbps BS *LOL*?!?
Maybe a6500 was already to much unable to handle DR for you...

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2018 at 22:00 UTC
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Roland Schulz: So many argueing for 4:2:2 - know what 4:2:2 even is?!. 4:2:2 has NO benefit on a non oversampling (GH5s) camera, just marketing here. 4:2:2 makes sense on oversampling- or 3-chip cameras.
Also don’t compare 10bit to 8bit Panasonic - compare to Sony/Canon C100, 200... output and rethink about „10bit“. Compare noisy 4/3 output to S35 performance.
S35 has about 74% more imagersize!
16:9 in 36mm even is 334% over GH5!!
Have a look at native (!!) a7III videos (http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/sony_a7_iii_review/preview_images) and push these hard, do the same with ANY Panasonic clip. If you‘re to blind to realize a6500 kicks GH5/s in IQ at least you will „feel“ the a7MIII will beat nearly anything else!
GH5/s keeps the UHD 50p advantage but that‘s it.

And again yes, the a6500 has only 24p/25p (30p has little lower res, don´t care since I´m PAL) and slow rolling shutter and a dim display in UHD and no headphone jack - but IQ wise it´s running burning circles around any GH5/S - without any traces of overheating!!

To calm you down, my upcoming a7III doesn´t dim the display any more, has a headphone jack (I never needed), faster rolling shutter and will even be cleaner with even more DR and depth. Maybe I already get it next week.

I´m out here, Kindergarten! Go out and try a a6500 YOURSELF (avoid S-LOG, take Cine1) and we will never hear from you pushing a GH5 against it here again.
Start comparing resolution of the DPR videoscreenshots. If you´re "blind" start with the playing cards, there you even "feel" the resolving power of the a6300/a6500!!

Over...

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2018 at 18:38 UTC
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Roland Schulz: So many argueing for 4:2:2 - know what 4:2:2 even is?!. 4:2:2 has NO benefit on a non oversampling (GH5s) camera, just marketing here. 4:2:2 makes sense on oversampling- or 3-chip cameras.
Also don’t compare 10bit to 8bit Panasonic - compare to Sony/Canon C100, 200... output and rethink about „10bit“. Compare noisy 4/3 output to S35 performance.
S35 has about 74% more imagersize!
16:9 in 36mm even is 334% over GH5!!
Have a look at native (!!) a7III videos (http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/sony_a7_iii_review/preview_images) and push these hard, do the same with ANY Panasonic clip. If you‘re to blind to realize a6500 kicks GH5/s in IQ at least you will „feel“ the a7MIII will beat nearly anything else!
GH5/s keeps the UHD 50p advantage but that‘s it.

Ok, one last try: load the native videofiles from this site on the bottom:
http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/sony_a7_iii_review/preview_images

These are 8bit 100Mbps XAVC files of the new a7III. Push these very hard in Resolve but don´t cry to much tears you wasted so much money on your 400Mbps 10bit noisy low DR/depth MFT BS.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2018 at 18:38 UTC
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Roland Schulz: So many argueing for 4:2:2 - know what 4:2:2 even is?!. 4:2:2 has NO benefit on a non oversampling (GH5s) camera, just marketing here. 4:2:2 makes sense on oversampling- or 3-chip cameras.
Also don’t compare 10bit to 8bit Panasonic - compare to Sony/Canon C100, 200... output and rethink about „10bit“. Compare noisy 4/3 output to S35 performance.
S35 has about 74% more imagersize!
16:9 in 36mm even is 334% over GH5!!
Have a look at native (!!) a7III videos (http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/sony_a7_iii_review/preview_images) and push these hard, do the same with ANY Panasonic clip. If you‘re to blind to realize a6500 kicks GH5/s in IQ at least you will „feel“ the a7MIII will beat nearly anything else!
GH5/s keeps the UHD 50p advantage but that‘s it.

@CaptainCrash: the display is getting dim in UHD, right, but have you ever tried to use the GH5 viewfinder from a gimbal?! Nicely done on the a6500, easily can access the viewfinder on the side and there I see much more than on the brighter GH5 "screen" in the sun!

IQ wise there is NO competition to the a6500 until the a7MIII reaches the shelves. Go and compare yourself instead of talking about specs that tell you nothing about IQ.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2018 at 17:32 UTC
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Roland Schulz: So many argueing for 4:2:2 - know what 4:2:2 even is?!. 4:2:2 has NO benefit on a non oversampling (GH5s) camera, just marketing here. 4:2:2 makes sense on oversampling- or 3-chip cameras.
Also don’t compare 10bit to 8bit Panasonic - compare to Sony/Canon C100, 200... output and rethink about „10bit“. Compare noisy 4/3 output to S35 performance.
S35 has about 74% more imagersize!
16:9 in 36mm even is 334% over GH5!!
Have a look at native (!!) a7III videos (http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/sony_a7_iii_review/preview_images) and push these hard, do the same with ANY Panasonic clip. If you‘re to blind to realize a6500 kicks GH5/s in IQ at least you will „feel“ the a7MIII will beat nearly anything else!
GH5/s keeps the UHD 50p advantage but that‘s it.

Next the a6500 never had an overheating problem, that was only with the a6300, get better informed!
The GH5/s needs 400Mbps to fight with the noise these guys produce.
Watch some of the 10bit Panasonic vs 8bit Sony/Canon comparisons (e.g. Dave Dougdale) and realize that 10bit is only needed in a GH5/s, but is still beaten by cleaner 8bit a6500, a7s/r or C200 cameras.
AF is also weak without phase detection in tracking on the Panys.
Panasonic has 50p UHD, but doesn´t come any close to the 3D depth of a6500 recordings, nor the dynamic range nor the details nor ... the "IQ"!
Even if you upscale a6500 to DCI there is more detail where GH5/s is already noisy and "flat" at the base ISO!

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2018 at 17:32 UTC
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Roland Schulz: So many argueing for 4:2:2 - know what 4:2:2 even is?!. 4:2:2 has NO benefit on a non oversampling (GH5s) camera, just marketing here. 4:2:2 makes sense on oversampling- or 3-chip cameras.
Also don’t compare 10bit to 8bit Panasonic - compare to Sony/Canon C100, 200... output and rethink about „10bit“. Compare noisy 4/3 output to S35 performance.
S35 has about 74% more imagersize!
16:9 in 36mm even is 334% over GH5!!
Have a look at native (!!) a7III videos (http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/sony_a7_iii_review/preview_images) and push these hard, do the same with ANY Panasonic clip. If you‘re to blind to realize a6500 kicks GH5/s in IQ at least you will „feel“ the a7MIII will beat nearly anything else!
GH5/s keeps the UHD 50p advantage but that‘s it.

NONE of you overheating lowres guys ever had a a6500 in his hands ;-)!
I hardly can breathe so much I´m laughing!!
The a6500 has the highest video resolution beside the a6300 but will probably be equaled by the a7III. All the rest including the a9 is somewhat lower (a9 has AA filter). NONE of the others do 6k oversampling! Go and compare yourself instead of talking nonsense, start simply watching the dpreview video stills. GH5 has much less resolving power and GH5s is full of artifacts.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2018 at 17:30 UTC

So many argueing for 4:2:2 - know what 4:2:2 even is?!. 4:2:2 has NO benefit on a non oversampling (GH5s) camera, just marketing here. 4:2:2 makes sense on oversampling- or 3-chip cameras.
Also don’t compare 10bit to 8bit Panasonic - compare to Sony/Canon C100, 200... output and rethink about „10bit“. Compare noisy 4/3 output to S35 performance.
S35 has about 74% more imagersize!
16:9 in 36mm even is 334% over GH5!!
Have a look at native (!!) a7III videos (http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/sony_a7_iii_review/preview_images) and push these hard, do the same with ANY Panasonic clip. If you‘re to blind to realize a6500 kicks GH5/s in IQ at least you will „feel“ the a7MIII will beat nearly anything else!
GH5/s keeps the UHD 50p advantage but that‘s it.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2018 at 06:44 UTC as 13th comment | 18 replies
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