joelR42

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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 23rd comment | 3 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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Sdaniella: Sony FE 12-24mm F4
@ USD 1,700 CAD 2,300
is not a Rectilinear Ultra-Wide-Angle Lens ... (at least according to imaging-resource)

its slight (barrel) distortion likely accounts for its compactness compared to others, such as Canon's EF11-24mm F4L, being quite a bit heftier, but offering rectilinear optics

The Canon also has distortion. Guess it isn't rectilinear also...

Link | Posted on May 19, 2017 at 15:42 UTC
On article Sony a9: more speed, less dynamic range (666 comments in total)
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MayaTlab0: Could that be one of the reasons why S-log has been dropped ?

LOG encoded files viewed on an HDR capable system (that understands how to interpret your particular flavor of LOG) will show a much more "normal" looking image—just with more dynamic range. FYI, LUTS are a way a remapping the LOG image into a more traditional format (and often adding a certain color or tonal signature as well). Hope that helps.

Link | Posted on May 19, 2017 at 15:34 UTC
On article Sony a9: more speed, less dynamic range (666 comments in total)
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MayaTlab0: Could that be one of the reasons why S-log has been dropped ?

Not underexposed, the exposure or sensitivity doesn't change. LOG is a method of compressing more visual data into a smaller container. When a camera renders the raw sensor data as a JPG or video file it usually chops off values that fall outside of a certain range. The bit rate of an image container dictates how many steps it can represent between complete white and complete black. If you're dealing with 8-bit JPG or video files (and most cameras are) then that's a lot of data compared lost compared to what the camera is capturing. To achieve this visual compression LOG essentially trades the amount of information contained in each step for more steps. When displayed through a system that expects traditional values/steps that usually means a washed out image.

Link | Posted on May 19, 2017 at 15:34 UTC
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joelR42: I was just wondering if Sony was going to continue making "G" rated lenses or just "G Master". Both lenses are nice additions.

cd cooker I was aware of that's how it worked in theory but since the announcement of the G Master lenses there haven't been many G series lenses. That was all.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2017 at 21:28 UTC
On article Sony a9: more speed, less dynamic range (666 comments in total)
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MayaTlab0: Could that be one of the reasons why S-log has been dropped ?

Also because the A9 downscales video files the video dynamic range should be (and preliminary test bear this out) higher than A7RII despite the latter having better pixel-level dynamic range. Same reason DxO Mark award some cameras a higher DR than their pixel-level DR—they downscale everything to 8MP to equalize resolution differences.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2017 at 16:24 UTC
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Vacilando Productions: Great, more 10 pound bricks...

Did you read the words?

Link | Posted on May 17, 2017 at 17:01 UTC

I was just wondering if Sony was going to continue making "G" rated lenses or just "G Master". Both lenses are nice additions.

Link | Posted on May 17, 2017 at 16:58 UTC as 29th comment | 3 replies
On article Are we impressed by Eye AF on the Sony a9? Yes and no (48 comments in total)
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joelR42: I don't know at :35 it certainly looks like it is switched to lock onto him as a subject. We really can't say if concern #2 is still valid—unless DPReview has done some more testing of the camera.

Sorry Rishi, you may be right in the end but I don't agree with your conclusions based on this video—yes, the green focus lock boxes only flash for second but the focus doesn't actually shift. That's different/better than what I've seen in the past. However, I haven't handled the camera yet and you have. Will be interesting to see further testing. Thanks for responding.

Link | Posted on May 17, 2017 at 14:20 UTC
On article Are we impressed by Eye AF on the Sony a9? Yes and no (48 comments in total)

I don't know at :35 it certainly looks like it is switched to lock onto him as a subject. We really can't say if concern #2 is still valid—unless DPReview has done some more testing of the camera.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2017 at 14:59 UTC as 12th comment | 7 replies
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jwilliams: How about a RX100 MKI or MKII? f1.8 at 28mm. Reasonably priced AND you have other focal lengths up to 100mm. Priced cheaper than most of the options in the article. Seems like a much more sensible option and it is pocket friendly.

I have been waiting for someone to make a 1" fixed FL camera with an approx 35mm FL. That would be really compact and you should be able to get top notch IQ by going with a fixed lens.

Also if they quit trying to shove a 24mm equiv in all the 1" compacts you could get a decently fast aperture at a FL you would use more often. All current iterations of the 1" compacts start at 24mm and the aperture goes up rapidly so at 35mm or so they are usually already at their slowest aperture.

Like Everythingis1 I'd rather see Sony make an APS-C fixed 35mm equivalent but in the general body size of the RX100. Happy for forgo IBIS/OSS and deal with a slightly telescoping lens if that made it possible!

Link | Posted on May 15, 2017 at 15:44 UTC
On article Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF gallery and first impressions (316 comments in total)
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Bombastic: Interesting addition to Sony's lens layout.
How does this compare to Nikon and Canon''s soft focus offerings? This one is much more expensive?

Bombasitc you are right about the Fuji. I believe it was technically the first lens of this type to AF but the anodization element was not nearly as strong and therefore the effect not as pronounced. The Canon and Nikon work on a totally different principle and if you look at side-by-side comparisons are not nearly as effective. There are several that use the older Sony 135 STF. Those comparisons will give you a good idea of whether STF tech is worth the premium to you or not.

Link | Posted on May 10, 2017 at 12:44 UTC
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