joelR42

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I think this is exactly the design ethos that inspired the original A7 cameras and the market immediately demanded (and continues to cry/whine) for larger and larger bodies and lenses. Admittedly Sony's legacy mount was never as popular and their adapters for the their own legacy mount lags behind even 3rd party adapters but while I like the idea (my only complaint about the size of the original A7 was I wished it was a side mounted EVF like a rangefinder) I don't see it as viable.

Link | Posted on May 22, 2018 at 20:45 UTC as 234th comment

Most software is still not optimized for multiple cores so the fewer cores, higher clock speed CPU has a big effect. Also Adobe software (to my knowledge) is still better with CUDA. The PC is only test system with NVIDIA graphic. When the task could be evenly split into threads and wasn't CUDA optimized the Macs did well. If you're Adobe-only, PC may be the best choice.

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2018 at 01:20 UTC as 69th comment | 2 replies
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Scottelly: I should make a line of flashes that use the 20 volt lithium MAX batteries for Black And Decker cordless tools . . . or better still, a set of 8 Eneloop AA batteries.

My sarcasm detector may be glitchy . . . but they do make a line of AA flashes the work just fine with Eneloops. The TT600 (not TTL), TT685, and TT350.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2018 at 14:41 UTC

Assuming the A7R3 follows the same pattern as the R2, then ISO 50 should yield almost identical results as ISO 100 (according to Bill's models of the R2). So shouldn't that further erode the D850's small lead at ISO64? Perhaps I'm missing something since ISO 50 on the Sony's is a digital pull.

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2017 at 22:20 UTC as 50th comment | 2 replies
On article Sony announces lightweight FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens (295 comments in total)
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philosopherkk: The extra zoom range compared with 24-70 F4 is good but I am worried whether it can be sharper. Also it is not light at all.

@fuhteng this has been debated ad naseum but here yah go. From about 50mm and below mirrorless lenses CAN be smaller because the design can be more symmetrical and they don't need a retro focal throw to get over the mirror box. At 50mm, which is about the size of a DSLR mirror box, you do get some advantage with DSLRs because a more symmetric design can actually take advantage of the empty space (the Sony FE 50 vs Canon 50 1.8, the Sony has empty space at the rear). So telephoto are less likely to be smaller (though there are exceptions, but Sony doesn't seem to prize compactness as much these days, too many internet pundits screaming for edge sharpness at super wide apertures). Mirrorless always has the advantage of being able to put elements closer to the sensor which Sony utilizes on most of their designs.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2017 at 11:48 UTC
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tdkehoe: The full frame pictures all look better to my eye, except the first, where the full-frame lens caught the sun. Better tonality in her skin, mostly. And the a9 sensor is said to have somewhat worse dynamic range than the a7. I'll take my $1150 used-on-eBay a7 with a Zeiss 24-70mm f/4 over both of those cameras.

Don't believe the hype. I've got both and the A9 sensor is a real step up. That said, at low ISOs, the A7 will still hold it's own as more than "good enough".

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2017 at 10:14 UTC
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JonPB: Sony: higher ISO/lighter filters FTW!
Phase One: between filters and speed, thicker Bayer filters win. Full stop.

I can only hope we’ll see more trickle-down of color-emphasis and luminance-emphasis (monochrome) cameras in the enthusiast market.

I believe Sony was listening to the market. Their first DSLRs had thicker filters and generally better color but worse ISO performance. I also believe that this tech is being implemented in the Venice CineAlta system but Sony isn't using the same branding so that's just speculation.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2017 at 13:48 UTC
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George1958: Given I use other brands and also canon I would appreciate a universal trigger solution but at this price, wishful thinking?

Godox's flashes are cross-compatible. So a Godox flash with a Nikon shoe can be triggered (with TTL) by a Canon-type Godox trigger. However, the triggers themselves are not universal so you need one per camera type. Luckily they are relatively affordable.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2017 at 13:46 UTC
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joelR42: The X1 transmitter is a weakness in an otherwise amazing system. The same protocols are used for everything from these flashes to full size studio strobes! Funny how the onflash interface is so good and the X1 is so bad.

A couple corrections: there is a "close range" mode that should fix some of your triggering issues. Canon and Sony version will use five groups, three seems to be a Nikon restriction. The lithium-ion flashes (like the V860) don't have an external battery port—so they cannot be used with the 960 battery pack. However the Godox TT series does.

I find the interface awkward and slow even compared to their other triggers or using the master mode on one of their flashes.

Link | Posted on Aug 31, 2017 at 16:49 UTC
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WastingTime: But what if the wife calls you and the cellphone is buried inside all that stuff. What will you do then?

If you're using the device inside one of these massive build outs chances are good you didn't buy it as "phone" anyway.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2017 at 13:34 UTC
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Aberaeron: I believe that more than a few people here fail to think outside the box. Forget about thinking of the base unit as a phone but think of it as a powerful computer/facilitator that not only allows physical modules to be added to it, but also the apps that are now intrinsic to the phone and tablet experience that facilitates the flexible use of any modules plus the real-time connectivity.
We can only imagine what future modules and uses and functions these modules will allow.

I mostly agree with you. Although pitching it as a PHONE is mostly silly. If it sees the light of day some will buy it just because it is flashy and cool or perhaps for the dedicated, compact modules. Most of those features can already be accomplished almost as well and cheaper with existing phones. However, I agree there is a more interesting way of looking at this product which is NOT A PHONE but an always connected, extendable CPU for image processing applications. For years manufacturers have known that the key to relevance was a connected camera but no one has "cracked the code" so to speak. The closest we've come is wifi enabled cameras and Sony's mediocre apps (I'm speaking of attempts that have made real market penetration, I know there were others). By aiming at a higher-end market and combining hardware and software modularity RED could be on to something.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2017 at 13:32 UTC
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joelR42: The X1 transmitter is a weakness in an otherwise amazing system. The same protocols are used for everything from these flashes to full size studio strobes! Funny how the onflash interface is so good and the X1 is so bad.

A couple corrections: there is a "close range" mode that should fix some of your triggering issues. Canon and Sony version will use five groups, three seems to be a Nikon restriction. The lithium-ion flashes (like the V860) don't have an external battery port—so they cannot be used with the 960 battery pack. However the Godox TT series does.

WickedMaPhoto, is that a radio flash commander? I shoot Sony and I believe the Godox system will work with Sony's optical wireless system but never saw the point. I often put my lights in modifiers so never wanted to mess with it.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2017 at 13:35 UTC

The X1 transmitter is a weakness in an otherwise amazing system. The same protocols are used for everything from these flashes to full size studio strobes! Funny how the onflash interface is so good and the X1 is so bad.

A couple corrections: there is a "close range" mode that should fix some of your triggering issues. Canon and Sony version will use five groups, three seems to be a Nikon restriction. The lithium-ion flashes (like the V860) don't have an external battery port—so they cannot be used with the 960 battery pack. However the Godox TT series does.

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2017 at 17:26 UTC as 42nd comment | 5 replies
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Vacilando Productions: Great, more 10 pound bricks...

They can and they do. The Contax G lenses were relatively slow. The FE 35z is definitely in that neighborhood size, speed, and price-wise. The Loxia 50mm is the same formula as the G 45mm. The difference in size is all down to flange difference (28 vs 18). There was only one zoom for the G series it wasn't huge but it slow, mid focal length, and limited range. Sony isn't making zooms like that because people aren't buying them. Much less for the premium Contax was charging back in the day.

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2017 at 20:50 UTC
On article Phase One introduces 'Styles Packs' for Capture One (62 comments in total)
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Nolivfr: What I want in C1 is a real photo database, like LR (with keywords, filtering, searching, etc.).
It keeps crashing everytime I try to import my LR catalog (not a big catalog, only 800MB), so I export each photo manually from LR to C1 to edit them, kinda PITA... :(

Sorry you're having problems, that hasn't been my experience but I didn't try importing from Lightroom.

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2017 at 11:04 UTC
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Richard B99: Looks like a good upgrade but... is the Lightning connector on this model USB 3 class now? The previous 9.7" Pro was USB 2 class while the large was 3. This makes a big import speed difference if you want to use this Pro as a basis for travel photography to replace a laptop. Small detail but important for photographers!

I can't find anything on Apple's website tech specs. Any idea?

Yes, they are both USB 3.0 now.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2017 at 20:49 UTC
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Josh Leavitt: Kodak should have emulated Panny by going for a 1" sensor like they did for the CM1. Photo enthusiasts will happily accept a phone with extra girth to accommodate a much more sophisticated imaging system. I'll pull the trigger on a camera-centric smartphone when a manufacturer incorporates a 1" sensor paired with a pancake lens similar to Oly's 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ. Even if the lens is 3/4" thick, that kind of focal length on a 1" sensor smartphone would be a game changer.

@Josh but Nikon doesn't have the background in cell phones. For that matter I think that was one of the big issues with the Panasonic camera/phone (never got one myself for other reasons not worth going into here). Of all the camera companies Sony is pretty unique at having quality products in both categories.

Link | Posted on May 25, 2017 at 19:30 UTC
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Josh Leavitt: Kodak should have emulated Panny by going for a 1" sensor like they did for the CM1. Photo enthusiasts will happily accept a phone with extra girth to accommodate a much more sophisticated imaging system. I'll pull the trigger on a camera-centric smartphone when a manufacturer incorporates a 1" sensor paired with a pancake lens similar to Oly's 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ. Even if the lens is 3/4" thick, that kind of focal length on a 1" sensor smartphone would be a game changer.

Yeah, its kind of funny Sony hasn't done that. They have one of the best 1" sensors and a smart phone division.

Link | Posted on May 24, 2017 at 17:56 UTC
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Herkybird: One thing going for the ol' obsolete CCD is none of these problems existed. Good example would be the Nikon D40 with its hybrid electro-mechanical shutter arrangement; reasonably clean up to ISO 1600, TTL flash sync up to 1/500 second and non-TTL sync up to 1/4000 second.

CCD are, by their nature, global electronic shutters. If you "trick" the old Nikons sometimes you can get them to sync above 1/500. There are CMOS sensors with global shutters (Sony and Blackmagic both have cameras available with them) but they haven't made their way to consumers stills-focused cameras. There is usually also a cost of DR.

Link | Posted on May 22, 2017 at 16:35 UTC
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lawny13: Nice explanation.

One thing I noticed and was not explicitly covered here is banding during HSS. I did so with my A7II and a Nissin flash. At 1/8000 down to 1/6000 there was banding in the image. It was only when I synced at 1/2000 or 1/4000 or there abouts that banding was not there.

Grive is correct but I would add (as an A7 owner) that if your electronic first curtain shutter is on you are exacerbating the issue. Switching to a fully manual shutter should ameliorate or eliminate the banding issue with HSS.

Link | Posted on May 22, 2017 at 16:32 UTC
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