BackToNature1

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btnapa: Thank you for doing this. I cannot count the number of times I have used it to compare various cameras I have either bought or considered buying. It is my go to test target for accurate and telling sensor related comparisons.

Although it is not meant for lens testing, it also shows lens quality differences between manufacturers. I have noticed corner softness and CA issues with my Pentax K1 test chart.

But if one has a Bad copy of a given Len, the test would then be useless. So how is that being tested.

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2023 at 15:09 UTC
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PIOT: Does it mean that Nikon users are just buying their equipment, and Canon and Sony shooters have to rent them because of high prices ?

"For the week of December 19-25, 2021, the Alpha 7 IV had the highest single-week sales of any mirrorless interchangeable lens camera line in the last four years"

Then also look at who is Number 1 and 2 currently in sales.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2023 at 20:36 UTC
On article Gear of the Year: Richard's Choice Nikon Z8 (264 comments in total)

The Nikon Z8 would never be My gear of the year simply because it is still Priced far beyond what most folks can spend these days. I would give that honor to the something like Canon R8, which currently, $2400 cheaper.

Heck, even though I wouldn't upgrade my a6600 to the current a6700, even that is far more in line with folks might be able to spend. $1400.

So sure, I know this is a personal choice, however with the Rampant Inflation hitting far too many folks these days. Nearly $4,000 including taxes and that's before lens is still a bit much for most. It's a reskinned Z9. So nothing new here other then slightly lower weight and size.

However I would say it was a brilliant move by Nikon to make it. Just as the Zf is. It's what keep the lights on for the Nikon Camera division. That would make those 2 cameras, clearly the saving Grace for Nikon.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2023 at 17:17 UTC as 55th comment | 4 replies
On article Have your say: Vote now for best camera of 2023 (209 comments in total)
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DuxX: Why the best camera of 2023 is not on the list? Sony a9 III?

Sony a9 III Mirrorless Camera

Est. Ship Date: Wed Feb 21, 2024

B&H Photo Video Electronics and Camera Store

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2023 at 11:02 UTC
On article Have your say: Vote now for prime lens of 2023 (81 comments in total)
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Ilia Snopchenko: Viltrox 16 looks like a game changer.

Right Company, wrong lens.

" Viltrox has announced a new “LAB” series lens that will have ultimate image quality. There first lens will be the 135mm f/1.8"

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2023 at 15:06 UTC
On article Have your say: Vote now for best camera of 2023 (209 comments in total)

Sure, nobody can actually own the a9iii until next year but anyone can now Preorder it. So the fact that the Global Shutter has arrived for these type cameras is HUGE. That sets the clock ticking for everyone else.

So the a9iii is clearly the hands down winner. Because in the long Haul, everyone Wins because of it. Even the vast the majority of folks that still don't get why yet. There we a lot of decent cameras released this year. Problem is, most were just recycled parts from other older cameras.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2023 at 14:49 UTC as 62nd comment | 11 replies
On article Fujifilm X-S20 review (405 comments in total)
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Husband80: I now realized that EOS R7 is only 100USD more expensive than XS20.

Don't underestimate the impact of Canon's recent released Canon RF 200-800mm f/6.3-9 IS USM Lens. I suspect that more then a far share of those in Photography love having a cropped and FF body. I also suspect more than just a few Folks love having the benefit of that extra Reach when it comes to things like Wildlife.

1280mm of Reach is extremely interesting to a ton of folks inside and outside of Canon. Which is why MFTs has seen so much interest for certain folks. With Fuji, one can only get cropped and MF. While with Sony, Nikon, and Canon, one can get cropped and FF. Also, don't underestimate the impact of the Nikon Zf.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2023 at 10:30 UTC
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BackToNature1: 2023 was more of rehashing aka small upgrades/reskins to older models, aka Canon, Sony, and Nikon. 2024 will really get the ball rolling with the all new versions, aka a9iii, a7s4, R1, R5ii, z6iii, and a proper replacement for the D500.

The big limit these days is folks really understand what they might be shooting and basically nobody else. Out of camera IQ has basically been at a Standstill for almost a decade.

What hasn't been answered from my so far limited research, what was the biggest tradeoffs with camera sensor switching change, CCD vs CMOS. I have seen some older cameras with remarkeably clean, Out of Camera images with Old CCD sensor while I see plenty of brand New CMOS out cameras images that beg the questions about just how far Out of Camera quality has actually come.

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2023 at 14:45 UTC

2023 was more of rehashing aka small upgrades/reskins to older models, aka Canon, Sony, and Nikon. 2024 will really get the ball rolling with the all new versions, aka a9iii, a7s4, R1, R5ii, z6iii, and a proper replacement for the D500.

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2023 at 16:21 UTC as 6th comment | 8 replies
On article 6 of the Best Cameras You Can Buy Right Now (112 comments in total)

To qualify for best moving forward, a camera has to have things like the Nikon Zf full frame subject detection modes in manual focus with Manual only lens, Proper RAW Pre Capture, and more than just a half way decent EVF/LCD. Especially for any camera over $2000. This should be the Bare Min Standard moving forward.

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2023 at 11:58 UTC as 15th comment | 2 replies
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Snoddas: The famous photographer Robert Capa once said: "If your pictures aren't good enough, they won't get any better with the latest camera gear."

Well that's not exactly true and it never was.

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2023 at 20:39 UTC
On article Sony a7CR review: high resolution in a small package (1163 comments in total)

This is a $3000 camera. So folks spending that money might ought to be able pick over what should or shouldn't be included. Especially seeing how at various times, the far more complete version, the a7rV, the price difference can be as little as $500.

So I don't recall what's the shutter life expectancies between the 2.

Higher MP, especially this one will render differently then lower MP ones, all things else being equal. Aka more detail, so the user won't have to do anything differently. See how Sony Up the IBIS, apparently in both versions.

Wildlife shooters essentially get 2 cameras in 1. Seeing how Crop Mode is around 26mp. Again, the user suddenly will have far better reach, and yes, that can make a Huge difference between getting a usable shot or not.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2023 at 23:29 UTC as 24th comment | 2 replies
On article Sony a7CR review: high resolution in a small package (1163 comments in total)

So for all the excuses in the World why one of the leading Tech Companies anywhere currently can't provide a better EVF without compromising the smaller Form Factor. Well then, what's the real excuse then for not at least providing a better Resolution LCD. How much extra would that have costed. Not much.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2023 at 13:08 UTC as 40th comment | 5 replies
On article Five key points you need to know about the Sony a9 III (284 comments in total)

Reflecting on just how many in the Forums not only own multiple camera systems but multiple cameras within the same system, why only those mostly commenting in the negative about this new release. I say it has more to do with Ego then anything else.

The biggest provider of Sensors to biggest consumer camera Brands other then Canon is introducing technology, which just like everything else before it, will eventually trickle down to the lower tier. Yet every Year some behave as if this is some horrible thing. Well it's not.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2023 at 16:27 UTC as 16th comment | 15 replies
On article Five key points you need to know about the Sony a9 III (284 comments in total)

MFTs was apparently the first to properly put in RAW pre capture and now Sony has followed. MFTs should have been first to put in a Global sensor for these types of Cameras. Hence the steady decline in overall Camera sales apparently stopped that.

So yes, Proper RAW Pre capture is Game changing for a ton of Pros. As is No distortion for images. The game changing for the rest of us, it will eventually trickle down to all cameras at some point.

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2023 at 20:06 UTC as 35th comment
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IEBA1: "3 ways it'll change photography" is a title that only comes from someone who doesn't know that all digital cameras actually started out with all these benefits in the first place.

CCD's are global and it was only with the move from CCD to CMOS that we _lost_ all these features.

It's not going to "change" photography.
It will return it to what we had becfore CMOS shutters.

EE-TV • Senior Member • Posts: 1,484
CCD Sensor vs CMOS Sensor
Dec 10, 2018

"CCD sensors, as mentioned above, create high-quality, low-noise images. CMOS sensors, traditionally, are more susceptible to noise.
Because each pixel on a CMOS sensor has several transistors located next to it, the light sensitivity of a CMOS chip tends to be lower. Many of the photons hitting the chip hit the transistors instead of the photodiode.
CMOS traditionally consumes little power. Implementing a sensor in CMOS yields a low-power sensor.
CCDs use a process that consumes lots of power. CCDs consume as much as 100 times more power than an equivalent CMOS sensor.
CMOS chips can be fabricated on just about any standard silicon production line, so they tend to be extremely inexpensive compared to CCD sensors.
CCD sensors have been mass produced for a longer period of time, so they are more mature. They tend to have higher quality and more pixels."

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/62026978

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2023 at 19:33 UTC
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IEBA1: "3 ways it'll change photography" is a title that only comes from someone who doesn't know that all digital cameras actually started out with all these benefits in the first place.

CCD's are global and it was only with the move from CCD to CMOS that we _lost_ all these features.

It's not going to "change" photography.
It will return it to what we had becfore CMOS shutters.

If cost of entry and or to manufacture was the reason of the switch from CCD to CMOS, then that alone has dramatically altered photography. It's easy to say, well this feature, then so very easy to omit the rest.

So no, I highly doubt it will return to what was before CMOS. There need to be a feature Story detailing the benefits and or not of each before anyone wants to draw such definitive conclusions.

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2023 at 18:24 UTC

I fully expect the MFTs and Advanced Photo System type-C (APS-C) companies to release Flagships for those models with a Global Shutter within 5 years. The Sony A1 came out with a fast Stacked Sensor in 2021. How long did it take Fuji, Nikon, and Canon to do the same in mirrorless. Or even MFTs.

I would believe the camera Manufactures, as this tech matures, are loving the thought of building cameras without the Cost of a Mech Shutter. I also believe the process of camera firmware update will be become more comprehensive.

I think of all the Tech that initially came out at very expensive price points. And Now, almost nobody gives it a second thought to buying those very same items. How quickly some forget about that. How large scale reduces costs. I don't expect that change in this case.

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2023 at 13:34 UTC as 28th comment

By far the biggest benefit will be the Trickle Down Effect as Global Shutter Tech becomes more mature. Which is the primary reason I am excited about it.

I don't really need it personally concerning Flash or Banding issues for my case usages. However Zero Distortions is HUGE. Proper RAW Pre capture is also Huge. Sony introduced a Global Shutter in their FF Camera at a price point lower then the A1. I say that in itself is huge. Seeing how so many thought it would either never happen anytime soon much less at this price point.

Forums have been claiming ISO is just a number. Now since the base ISO of this camera is 250, seems some are singing a different Tune. Well I know I can't wait until this gets far deeper reviews by everyone and we get to see far more about this camera.

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2023 at 17:17 UTC as 49th comment
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The Silver Nemesis: There are many white papers on this topic, and it would be advisable for people to read them. If you are an engineer, the wow factor might be slightly lower.

Average Folks reading White paper and then coming on internet sites to talk about it might be the worst thing. We need actual Engineers doing that.

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2023 at 15:25 UTC
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