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Der Steppenwolf: Great quality. I can see Nikon and Canon sh****** their pants now. Thank you Sony for giving us an alternative.

@samhain - OVF whiner eh? Small FF with an OVF is an oxymoronic statement (contradiction in itself).

You guys juz don't get it.

*Hint -
1. Look inside Sony OLED EVFs on the A7/7R, RX, A99/A77.
2. Turn on all or some of the following:
- Pitch & Level real-time indicators
- focus peaking
- rule-of-third/square/rectangle grid lines
- real-time HISTOGRAM
- press depth of field preview
- point up at the bright sky (highlights), then down at the ground (shadows)
- shoot video like a pro thru the EVF, not like an amateur holding it at arms length
- review stills/video like deja vu in the EVF in bright noon sunlight in Omnimax sharpness.

*Hint 2 - No more
- tilted horizontals
- looking at silly [-3, -2, -1, 0, +1, +2, +3] exposure meters
- spot, partial, centre-weighted, matrix metering BS
- spending silly money on focusing screens for yr stupid OVF
- spending on silly massive eye cup over your LCD to shoot video like a pro
- shoot 1st, lower cam, chimp at LCD, bring up cam
- wanting OVF

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2013 at 14:07 UTC
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spiderhunter: It appears that Canon and Nikon are so complacent with their toaster-sized DSLRs that they are blind to what is going around them. They can reduce the size of things but they just don't do it. The song "the times they are a-changing" comes to mind. Sure, they still have their lion's share of the pro market but I feel Sony has rocked the boat. The Sony FF mirrorless are still not there yet when it comes to AF tracking abilities ( but great for non-action work) and battery life
but given time and more RD, they will get there. I hope the size of truly capable pro models will get lighter, not heavier.

Hand phones got lighter and smaller. The early models were gigantic by comparison. Compactness and portability is what manufacturers should aim for. Yes, there is a limit as to how small FF lenses can go but striving to reduce sizes and making things lighter are surely the way to go.

Go Sony, go! Show them the way!

@Hugo808 - Yet another one mouthing off without actually having tried it.

Its the same excellent one in the A99 (1 yr ago) & A77 (~2 yrs ago). Only goes to show how outdated ppl can be. Still clutching to yr sacred cow periscope-technology OVF invented more than a century ago for submarines & film eh?

The thing that only allows framing & guessing what the picture will look like?

Those using it know they'll NEVER go back to pentaprism/OVFs. U forget it's not an OVF because it's so real. I won't bother listing the whole laundry list of advantages but suffice to sum up the conceptual breakthrough.

Its about seeing EXACTLY what the sensor is seeing BEFORE the shot. Which in turn is EXACTLY what the image looks like in Photoshop. Sony OLED EVFs can do that. Not LCD EVFs in other crap.

Understand the implications? Nope, cos u're still chimping at the LCD display like a chimp. *Hint - Its truly real time image preview, not delayed-near-real-time-trial-&-error-shoot-1st-think-later-BS.

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2013 at 13:06 UTC
On article Zeiss announces 'no compromise' Otus 55mm F1.4 (488 comments in total)
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Kodachrome200: All this stuff about how you dont need AF is sort of misguided. modern cameras are not designed to be manually focused. without using live view or the focus confirmation light your not going to get tac sharp focus. certainly you wont be able to manually focus on the fly the way you were able to with old school SLRs

Maybe that's cos you all are stuck on the old paradigm of optical view finders.

Heard of focus peaking? Electronic viewfinders ...

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2013 at 06:26 UTC
On article Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Review (361 comments in total)

High praise indeed and long may it continue for innovation's sake.
My next prime lens (macro) decision would certainly involve considering Sigma.

This also brings to mind what I have said long ago. Optical View Finders are dinosaur/submarine/WWI tech. That is why the focus is impossible to ascertain in the viewfinder.

EVFs are the only way to go. They are so good nowadays, they even offer focus peaking which would allow the photographer to see the point/areas of focus. Its an essential feature which any photographer needs (if only they ditch the OVF).

Link | Posted on Sep 4, 2013 at 07:08 UTC as 66th comment | 3 replies
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mpgxsvcd: Crack! Did you hear that? That was Sony hitting a home run off of Canon's washed up pitcher.

Nikon wasn't even in the game and Olympus and Panasonic were playing against each-other on the Pee-wee field.

Hasselbad was in the stands cheering on Sony and Pentax was absolutely dominating a game of tether-ball that no one cared to watch.

Fuji was artistically creating a master piece at a beautiful pond nearby. However, their brush broke and they spilled the paint everywhere which just made a huge mess.

@ mpgxsvcd

& where is your source regarding the profit margin for this item? Right then... another post pulled out of your a** ...

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2013 at 11:46 UTC
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mpgxsvcd: Crack! Did you hear that? That was Sony hitting a home run off of Canon's washed up pitcher.

Nikon wasn't even in the game and Olympus and Panasonic were playing against each-other on the Pee-wee field.

Hasselbad was in the stands cheering on Sony and Pentax was absolutely dominating a game of tether-ball that no one cared to watch.

Fuji was artistically creating a master piece at a beautiful pond nearby. However, their brush broke and they spilled the paint everywhere which just made a huge mess.

@yabokkie

For a persistent troll like you, probably only thing left for you is to use a Zeiss lens FIRST before you mouth off... duh!

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2013 at 11:43 UTC

What is it with writers nowadays. Its not the shutter sound that needs muffling!

Its the mirror slap - a dinosaur legacy of hte film era!

Even during the film era, we used rangefinder cameras for theatre productions that demanded it.

Today, if you want silent, any of the gazillion mirrorless or Sony SLT cameras are already inherently so.

Duh...

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2013 at 04:43 UTC as 21st comment | 4 replies
On article What Apple announcements mean for mobile photographers (67 comments in total)
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Nikonworks: Apple was and is always over priced.

Android works for me at a much better price.

Ferrari is priced according to the cost of its genuinely expensive high end components and raw materials that is sold to really knowledgeable buyers.

Ford doesn't try to cheat by pricing its cheap low end components to con silly consumers who don't know better.

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2013 at 03:05 UTC
On article What Apple announcements mean for mobile photographers (67 comments in total)
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Zalllon: I like the idea of the android platform better, however the reality is most of us don't have time to spend learning how to tweak. From a marketing perspective Apple has it right, the proof is in the numbers. At work we are all given blackberry phones, but there is a large enough group that have iPhones that they are considering iPhone usage. 4 out 5 people I work with have an iPhone, and my whole team we all have iPhone 5's except for one Samsung Note 2. I have friends with the new Samsung S4, and they both carry extra batteries with them. The girl who has it is looking to switch to an iPhone after yesterday's iOS review.

The proof with the numbers?

70% of the smartphone users in the world are using Android. 20% using iPhone.

Most of the people around me are using Android, as befits the stats from IDC/Gartner et al.

You pulled your stats from where? Some figment of your imagination? Some cuckoo world you dreamed up?

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2013 at 03:00 UTC
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Amateur Sony Shooter: Many wining photos were taken with Nikon cameras. Only one winer with NEX5.

@Raincheck, what and how long have you been smoking to make u so really dumb when it comes to semi-conductor manufacturing matters huh... such sensors are made to the same specs off a production line because any change or customisation increases cost tremendously.

Nikon isn't a semi-conductor company so to even suggest they can tell someone like Sony what engineering to build... tsk tsk... All Nikon did was come up with the firmware and software.

Of course, I'm NOT KIDDING! Yes, no, not, maybe? Go ahead Nikon users, poke back.

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2013 at 21:24 UTC

Problem is, this 8K prototyping work is not going to be of any help to Sharp for quite a few years yet. Being too far ahead of the times (no available 8K content) may not necessarily be that good for a company in bad financial shape.

If they can beat all their competitors with excellent but affordable 4K or even 1080P OLED 3D displays, that would certainly bring them out of their financial doldrums pronto.

Problem is not the tech sitting in Sharp's R&D divisions. Its their awful strategic mis-steps and poor implementation and execution to market that got them into their current mess.

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2013 at 10:54 UTC as 1st comment

This is an interesting development indeed. Focusing the image circle from a full frame lens onto a smaller sensor does make good physics sense if you need greater light intensity (+1 stop light) and resolution (MTF increase).

However, I find a lot of info lacking regarding the other irrefutable laws of physics. Additional lens elements between the lens and the sensor entails not just possible diffraction issues as mentioned by some but also additional distortion (pin cushion or barrel), chromatic aberrations, internal reflections and light loss.

The price may well be justified if the 4 additional elements introduced are top drawer ones - ultra low dispersion or fluorite elements or with state of the art coating. The pedigree of the lens designers seem impressive enough.

Jury's out until the real world review results roll in.

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2013 at 10:36 UTC as 18th comment | 1 reply
On article Best Camera of 2012: And the Winner is... (1413 comments in total)
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Everdog: According to "Just Posted", only P&S cameras and smartphones can be "Camera of the Year" because they sell the best. The D800e and D800 must be terrible!
Please tell us who you really are and quit creating new IDs for posting here!

I think the D600 should have won or come in 2nd. Compare it to the Sony A99 which cost twice as much and performs 1/2 as well.

@Everdog - there are so many of you amateur whiners here it is unbelievable.

The A99 is Sony's top of the line pro body. Compared to other mid-tier bodies like the 5D Mk III and D800 which it is pitched against, its actually great value. If you can't afford it despite the value proposition, just suck it up and make do with your D600. A pro would never regard a D600 as a main body, at most a spare.

The A99 cost more than your D600 because of the pro feature sets - 200K shutter cycle life, 50ms shutter release lag (beating the default setting in the EOS 1DX), in body stabilisation up to 4.5 stops with ANY LENS, zero mirror vibration at ANY FOCAL LENGTH & SHUTTER SPEED, focus peaking, articulated screen, EVF for video and real-time preview, full-time PD autofocus, Carl Zeiss glass - the laundry list is way too long.

It therefore performs way better than the D600. But obviously all that is beyond your level of amateur comprehension. Especially one who has clearly never used the A99.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2013 at 09:04 UTC
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JacquesBalthazar: When I buy stuff, I look at the price/performance ratio like everyone else, and price is important. But I try and add another dimension to the value equation, and put a high weight on the sustainability/CSR side of things. I am prepared to pay a higher price for items that carry brands that belong to companies who have a publicised policy on those matters. That includes production conditions, fair employment, sourcing policies, environmental impact, etc.

I try and avoid giving my money, directly or indirectly, to sweatshops and environmentally irresponsible producers.

Nikon has a CSR policy. The Nikon point of view is here:

http://www.nikon.com/about/csr/index.htm

I tried to find information on Pixel's supply chain and CSR policies, and found nothing. They might be a good outfit (their management is proud of their production lines) or they might be pirates, I do not know at all, but if I purchase a grip for my D800, I'll buy it from Nikon, partly for that reason.

That's the kind of blinkered ignorance (cultural or otherwise) that I find sad.

Nikon et al pay a pittance to these same Asian contract manufacturers to OEM these cheap accessories and forbids them from selling to the end users (us). Artificially creates scarcity of supply and bangs a logo on it to reap astronomical profit margins. Ignorant customer gets duped into playing by these ridiculous rules.

Pixel Enterprise makes these same/similar items to sell to the end users at a much fairer price ($100 bucks ain't small change either please), minus the middleman. Pixel also makes a far healthier margin per unit sold. Employees are more likely to be better remunerated if the employers have a healthy bottom line. Both buyer and seller win.

Which is more sustainable? Remove your Western blinkers & think through it please. Its more a kind of values-based, cultural and economic stereotyping you are labouring under.

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2012 at 05:36 UTC
On article Canon EOS 6D sample images added to hands-on preview (252 comments in total)
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3systermuser: it does not matter how small these new FF D-SLRs get , the future is mirrorless and EVF SLT or more like A99v mirrorless version.

Once you use and understand the benefit and power of the EVF , you wont like to go back to tunnel vision of the Optical VF.

and as for sure still life IQ , the Fuji X-E1 (that I just bought last night) or the NEX7 at base ISO easily compete well against any huge bulky D-SLRs.

so, as Sony marketing dept concluded , in near future , most of us (unless our main interest is BIF or sports)downgrading to either NEX , Fuji or Samsung type of cameras.

@HowaboutRAW. So sick of the snobbish dinosaurs still stuck on the OVF treadmill.

The D600's nowhere near the A99-5D Mk III-D800 class. The A99 beats them & even the 1DX in so many ways.

The A99 has full PD AF in any mode, even video and live view. Its default 0.05s shutter release lag beats even the 1DX's default setting (similar front e-curtain tech).

Articulated LCD. I've shot @ waist & ground level more now than in my entire life. A real pro rated body has 200,000 shutter cycles btw.

Plus all the EVF benefits I've been raising. See my other posts.

Fools crap about unnoticeable -0.4EV loss of light. But I've shot the Carl Zeiss 24-70 f2.8 with up to 4.5 stops of in-body image stabilisation. I've had 1/8th s shots at 70mm perfectly usable. U can dream about the shooting possibilities lost with your D600 (& all other makes where they feed you BS about in-lens stabilisation).

I shoot @ ISO 800 you shoot @ ISO 12800. W/o mirror vibration. Which one has better image quality now?

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2012 at 11:28 UTC
On article Canon EOS 6D sample images added to hands-on preview (252 comments in total)
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7enderbender: Oh, and just because somebody in a marketing department somewhere knows what "the future" is should drive my decision? I'm not intrested in EVF and mirrorless. It's good for what it is but I'm still not interested. Yes, "modern" optical viewfinders often stink. But that doesn't make looking at a screen any more desirable. I can't see myself buying anything Sony for a number of reasons. And I looked carefully the last time around when I had to make a "system" decision. And I will not buy the Fuji X-E1 either. No optical viewfinder, no business from me. While it's still possible at least. We've see enough denigration of quality already thanks to the gizmofication of photography.
Oh, and the 6D I would only consider as a backup emergency body. I don't really get that either. Weird priorities with a lot of this stuff these days.

@7enderbender. Precisely the ignorant snobbish dinosaur I referred to. Do I know OVF? Been shooting for 20 yrs, 15 on Canon. In the film era, OVFs were all you had (and FF too).

Obviously u've only looked at the LCD on yr P&S. Give us a break, all digicams have one. Instead of sounding off, try looking into a contemporary EVF. Sony & M4/3s are a good start. Not those u saw 1-2 years ago.

The OVF-mirror nonsense is a film era relic & really has no place in the digital age. Think: bulk, cost, mirror vibration, shutter lag while waiting for the mirror to lift. How many of yr OVFs are actually 100% view? Bet most of y'all never had one. OVFs are only framing tools!

EVFs are the most significant breakthrough since Live View. U see exactly what the sensor sees REALTIME - BEFORE the exposure! Colour temp, focus peaking, level indicator, histogram, DOF, low light boost, even in outdoor sun! What value being able to "chimp" & shoot less while increasing your keepers?

Paper? Real-time is it?

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2012 at 11:07 UTC
On article Canon EOS 6D sample images added to hands-on preview (252 comments in total)
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7enderbender: Oh, and just because somebody in a marketing department somewhere knows what "the future" is should drive my decision? I'm not intrested in EVF and mirrorless. It's good for what it is but I'm still not interested. Yes, "modern" optical viewfinders often stink. But that doesn't make looking at a screen any more desirable. I can't see myself buying anything Sony for a number of reasons. And I looked carefully the last time around when I had to make a "system" decision. And I will not buy the Fuji X-E1 either. No optical viewfinder, no business from me. While it's still possible at least. We've see enough denigration of quality already thanks to the gizmofication of photography.
Oh, and the 6D I would only consider as a backup emergency body. I don't really get that either. Weird priorities with a lot of this stuff these days.

All you snobs & dinosaurs ... Try demonstrating that you understand an iota of what an EVF is and the laundry list of features it offers (stuff that optical view finder users can only dream about), before you even sound off.

Its the future because of the paradigm shift in how it makes a camera a far better tool for the photographer. Its a REAL TIME enabler. Its as significant as using online web services as opposed to paper.

Try reading my other posts on this topic cos I can't be bothered to explain again.

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2012 at 16:18 UTC
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