joelR42

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On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1879 comments in total)

PMR reports there's no Picture Profiles? Has Sony purposefully neutered the video functions? I was surprised that there was almost NO mention of video. With a fast readout and AF—even with the full sensor width—this should be a killer feature...

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 16:37 UTC as 306th comment
On article These are the four cameras that won Oscars in 2017 (112 comments in total)
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silentstorm: I'm wondering what does DPR mean by "true" RAW recording? Care to elaborate further? Sony seems to be the only one saying their F55 & F65 can record true 16bit RAW for video with wider than film colour gamut. Really curious to know more detail about "true" here.

Thanks.

Not 100% sure what Sony means but I do know RED records a lossy compressed RAW image. The Arri (until recently) didn't really shoot a full 4k image. The gamut and CFA of the F65 in particular is very unique and technically very advanced.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 16:44 UTC
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Matsu: Need to see a test for color consistency and flash duration. I like the idea, a lot, but the execution matters here. Theme is right on the money though. High time that a flash maker offered a flash system with a range of models from hot-shoe to studio strobe all playing nice on the same triggering system. How is product support from Godox?

Mixed, but Adorama's house (re)branding has good support in USA.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 16:35 UTC
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semorg: can't wait for the Chinese knockoffs become available in 2-3 months.

Um... Godox *is* a Chinese company.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 16:34 UTC
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GodSpeaks: UHS-II cards have barely entered the market and now they are bringing out UHS-III.
It would be nice if the SD Association was better organized.

Part of the barrier to UHS-II adoption was that UHS-II Requires an extra set of pins. The slots of physically backwards compatible but the upgrade is more complicated. I suspect the adoption of UHS-III will be faster because it uses the same interface as UHS-II. Time will tell of course.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2017 at 20:57 UTC
On article Action-packed: Sony a6500 review (1154 comments in total)

With the new menu system are you still limited in what function you can assign to the two custom setting on the PSAM dial? On my A7 none of the "gear" settings can be assigned and that drives me crazy. Hoping Sony has changed that.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2016 at 17:08 UTC as 214th comment
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tnonline: Any one know if there is a hot-shoe adapter to make this (for-Sony) flash to work with Fuji Camera, even in manual mode?

I mostly use Sony cameras, but still have a small Fuji cam, therefore don't want to buy a separate flash just for Fuji one. Thank for any recommendation.

Should work out of the box without HSS/TTL support. Can't say for sure because I haven't handled this unit yet.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2016 at 17:00 UTC
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Average User: A few of the comments have knocked the lens because of size. The a7rII is an interesting camera, because you can choose from among some really excellent small size lenses when small matters, but when absolute top iq is important, you can elect to use the camera with larger better, but more intimidating, less convenient lenses. It will be really interesting to see how the F 2.8 ends up rating at DXO Mark. With the F4 version having a pmp rating of 35, it is unlikely the f2.8 will rate significantly better. We always wish Sony success, bu Double the price for an extra stop for a telephoto that we usually use during the day anyway? Pretty tough sell.

Brendon1000 I agree in regards to DxO Mark being unreliable but Average User is correct. The results have more to do with sample variation. Check out the lens rentals blog. Rogers results are 100% indicative of what you'll get real world but he averages multiple copies and multiple corners giving a much more accurate representation of the lenses themselves. My first 28mm was awful. My second was amazing. Many people have complained about the 35mm 1.4 (Roger claims it is one of the worst lenses ever for variation) but yours is sharp.

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2016 at 02:28 UTC
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EXX: Great specs! But why no pop-up flash? A pop-up flash can be very handy as a last resort or as wireless controller.

What is next, an A88 budget version, with a 24 MP sensor similar to the A7II sensor?

That's the old A99. It even has the A7mkII sensor like you asked! Seriously though they are supposedly keeping it around as the low end full frame A-mount. It is still a good camera.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 21:14 UTC
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sdgreen: I can't believe they've ditched the GPS. It's such a useful feature. Maybe it affected battery life

Sdgreen I don't know the answers to those questions. Haven't used the camera yet! And yes, mick232, that's the principle I've never used a $200 smartphone so I can't speak to their quality. GPS speed and accuracy are basic requirements for mid and upper tier smartphones. A lot more research has been spent on them then any camera you can buy at any price. They are much faster to lock than any GPS enabled camera I've ever used.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 21:09 UTC
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sdgreen: I can't believe they've ditched the GPS. It's such a useful feature. Maybe it affected battery life

They haven't ditched it they've moved it off camera. The camera now gets the location data from your smart phone which has a better GPS chip anyway.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 21:39 UTC

It would be great if it were electronically coupled like the new Tokina or Loxia lenses but since it isn't mentioned I doubt

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2016 at 01:35 UTC as 22nd comment
On article Sony announces FE 50mm F1.4 ZA prime lens (271 comments in total)
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Roland Karlsson: I am a bit annoyed. In the 1960-1990ies they could make small and nice 50 mm F1.4. Or even smaller and nice 50 mm F1.7. Small jewels. I am mainly thinking about the Pentax M, K, F and FA lenses, and actually also the M42 Takumars.

OK - the big monsters of today are better - much better. But, with today's computers and exotic glasses and aspheric lenses, you are bound to be able to make much better small lenses than yesterday's small lenses. Even better small jewels. And those small things could, of course come at a lower price than the monsters of today.

But, no, big and expensive. That is it. Or zooms. And more zooms.

I mean - an improved FA 20 mm F2.8? Not bigger, but much better. Sounds possible! Or maybe F4, if that is easier? Then it might even have a 49 mm thread.

And when they are at it - maybe also the mechanical quality of the Takumars? I mean, they are 50 years old. I mean, 2016 it should be easy and cheap to make what they did 1960?

Because that's not what (the vocal and spendy) customers want. When Sony made the A7 series that started out on that track. The first four lenses were right along that ethos—well except for price. People complained the lenses weren't fast enough or sharp enough in the corners. After enough complaints Sony seems to have decided that if they build huge, expensive, overly corrected lenses they will make more money. It actually seems to be working.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2016 at 01:26 UTC
On article Sony announces FE 50mm F1.4 ZA prime lens (271 comments in total)
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Raist3d: I just don't understand why Sony gave priority to do with lens with the great FE 55mm f1.8 around.

The FE 55 f1.8 is one of their very best lenses and much smaller. I don't get it. Can someone with a need for this new lens that shoots Sony with real world photography experience tell me what his promises that would be wanted over the 55mm?

Thanks (honest question)

Needs? Most probably don't but many, many, many people have complained about it. For some that 1.4 aperture is a mark of being "pro" or "good enough". Like a lot of things it appears marginally better for a lot more money. I think Sony didn't set out with this lens map in mind but this is what (the most vocal and spendy) customers wanted so they did it.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2016 at 01:22 UTC
On article 8K Helium Super 35mm sensor on the way from RED (86 comments in total)
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sportyaccordy: Hopefully this will come with a discounted subscription to one of Amazon's server farms... as that's the kind of computing power 8K processing will require.

That's assuming scalability which isn't always the case. Can you really use all 24 cores to handle playback? There are also issues of data thru put. Not saying it can't happen but it likely isn't going to be that easy. We'll see though. Back when RED came out it was difficult to get, or even build, a machine fast enough (hence the necessity of the RED rocket).

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 00:06 UTC
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futurewah: For the life of me I cannot understand why Leica didn't source the 36mp sensor available from Sony. Sure, Nikon and Pentax use it too, and it's not as advanced as Sony's newer 42mp BSI sensor, but it's a proven sensor with good DR and ISO capabilities. I just think given the cost of this camera and its lenses, and its position in the Leica line-up, this would have been a smarter move.

Moving the S to Sony's 50mp and/or 100mp CMOS should be a no brainer too.

"speed" in this case is not FPS but rather the scanning speed of the sensor. The SL manages very competitive AF with only CDAF and 4K video as well. Both of these point to fast scanning regardless of how many full-quality frames the camera actually takes per second. The known Sony 24 & 36MP 135 format sensors don't scan that fast. The 42MP in the A7R2 might (without the heat constraints) but since only Sony uses it and the specs are not public we can only guess.

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2016 at 00:18 UTC
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futurewah: For the life of me I cannot understand why Leica didn't source the 36mp sensor available from Sony. Sure, Nikon and Pentax use it too, and it's not as advanced as Sony's newer 42mp BSI sensor, but it's a proven sensor with good DR and ISO capabilities. I just think given the cost of this camera and its lenses, and its position in the Leica line-up, this would have been a smarter move.

Moving the S to Sony's 50mp and/or 100mp CMOS should be a no brainer too.

Speed. Sony's sensor are relatively slow scanning compared to whatever the SL has. Plus it would put pressure on the S and M cameras. This way they have somewhere to go in a year with the version 2.

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2016 at 19:06 UTC
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abortabort: I will seriously consider one as soon as Zeiss starts making their Loxia and Batis lenses for the SL.

That would be very interesting. But the SL/T mount isn't open like the M mount and I doubt Leica will make that mistake again. The Batis lenses are good enough and so much less expensive than the Leica SL lenses they would be some serious competition.

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2016 at 19:04 UTC

Wait. Are they saying that this turns the aperture into a pseudo leaf shutter? I assumed everything above 1/8000 was all electronic.

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2016 at 19:03 UTC as 6th comment
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joelR42: Now if Sony will just support write speeds faster than 30MB/s...

@Richard Butler as @photominion has illustrated Fuji (as well as Nikon and I believe Oly & Panasonic) have cameras with SD cards that write faster than the minimum spec. It isn't hard to design faster than there are serious benefits—especially when you've got a camera (A7RII) with 42MP that write 40-80MB raw files! Supporting the even the UHS-I max write speed would be a big improvement. A serious oversight on Sony's end.

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2016 at 20:21 UTC
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