DarkShift

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On article Nikon D850 vs Sony a7R III: Which is best? (1079 comments in total)
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John Koerner: Actually, the conclusion is false. They rate the lens availability as equal, which is a joke. Sony only has a bare-bones lens profile, and nothing that can come close to matching Nikkor's super-telephoto lens profile. Not by a country mile.

The AF acquisition of difficult subjects decidedly goes to Nikon, while the 'eye focus' of Sony for human portraits is overrated.

To compare the functionality of the menus, etc. as 'even' is also false, as 100% of users favor this to Nikon.

They didn't even discuss the ergonomics, where Nikon wins by another country mile.

The tiny bodies of mirrorless, used on heavy glass, is an impediment, not a virtue. The claim of "less weight" is a myth, given the hungus glass Sony keeps putting out.

If 100 photographers were asked to hold a camera all-day, shooting top-tier glass, 100% would find the curved shape/grip of the D850 to be more comfortable and better suited to serious use ... than the thin/dinky, right-angled Sony.

Anyway you're still talking about the older version of Nikkor 70-200 which is beaten by the latest FL model in every optical aspect.

Also, the 70-200mm /2.8 can hardly be called a "niche" lens, as it is very important tool for many pro photographers. So Sony's failure to keep up with competition there may be a turn off for many.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2017 at 21:26 UTC
On article Olympus 45mm F1.2 Pro sample gallery updated (345 comments in total)
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lacikuss: My $300 Canon 85mm f1.8 does better than this lens without correction. Wake up Olympus I'm talking about a lens created in 1992.

@ZeBebito

As said, I was talking about the old 6D and 5D mkII which are previous gen. models and perform about similar.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2017 at 06:42 UTC
On article Olympus 45mm F1.2 Pro sample gallery updated (345 comments in total)
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lacikuss: My $300 Canon 85mm f1.8 does better than this lens without correction. Wake up Olympus I'm talking about a lens created in 1992.

@ecka84

Listen, I've got D850 for professional and other hi-res work. Also do often multiple image panoramas etc. with my 5D mk IV.

The question is that the 5D mk II and 6D era crappy sensors don't give much of an advantage over good m43 sensor, and loose about 1 stop of DR in base ISO. Also, If you favore amount of detail over other qualities, then surely m43 sensor with 2 stops wider DOF would suit your style propably well =)

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2017 at 17:39 UTC
On article Olympus 45mm F1.2 Pro sample gallery updated (345 comments in total)
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lacikuss: My $300 Canon 85mm f1.8 does better than this lens without correction. Wake up Olympus I'm talking about a lens created in 1992.

I've made the comparisons before, and the difference is not as big as you falsely suppose. 6D may have advantage at higher ISO, but the shadow noise is really as bad as with other Canon sensors of that age.

No IBIS, slow framerate, barebones AF...unfortunately left to dust by more advance m43 cameras.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2017 at 10:21 UTC
On article Olympus 45mm F1.2 Pro sample gallery updated (345 comments in total)
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lacikuss: My $300 Canon 85mm f1.8 does better than this lens without correction. Wake up Olympus I'm talking about a lens created in 1992.

@ZeBebito

6D is unfortunately very barebones FF camera with old sensor tech and abysmal DR performance. The EF 85mm 1.8 is nothing special compared to what others have to offer. Bad AF system and slow speed.

Even OM-D EM-5 with its Sony made sensor beats it in base ISO DR by far.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 19:11 UTC
On article Olympus 45mm F1.2 Pro sample gallery updated (345 comments in total)
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lacikuss: My $300 Canon 85mm f1.8 does better than this lens without correction. Wake up Olympus I'm talking about a lens created in 1992.

You assume that ISO1600 FF sensor gives similar quality than ISO400 m4/3, but previously mentioned you're still using 5D mk II?

Maybe you should go to the Dxomark site and check how the DR values at 1:1 resolution (screen mode) will look like compared to the latest gen. m4/3 cameras like OM-D EM-1 II =)

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 18:32 UTC
On article Olympus 45mm F1.2 Pro sample gallery updated (345 comments in total)
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lacikuss: My $300 Canon 85mm f1.8 does better than this lens without correction. Wake up Olympus I'm talking about a lens created in 1992.

@looker

Obviously you don't know what aperture value means?

Answer: lens diameter divided by focal length.

So, f1.2 is NOT f2.4.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 17:55 UTC
On article Olympus 45mm F1.2 Pro sample gallery updated (345 comments in total)
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lacikuss: My $300 Canon 85mm f1.8 does better than this lens without correction. Wake up Olympus I'm talking about a lens created in 1992.

@ecka84

Allright, but 45mm @ f1.2 gives you 4x faster shutterspeed, or two stops lower ISO value vs. f2.4.

What makes you think, that everybody wants shallower DOF?

Also, several years ago, I was shocked to find out that my OM-D EM-5 had better shadow noise, and DR than my 5D mkII did. Thank god I got rid of the latter =)

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 17:50 UTC
On article Nikon D850 vs Sony a7R III: Which is best? (1079 comments in total)
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John Koerner: Actually, the conclusion is false. They rate the lens availability as equal, which is a joke. Sony only has a bare-bones lens profile, and nothing that can come close to matching Nikkor's super-telephoto lens profile. Not by a country mile.

The AF acquisition of difficult subjects decidedly goes to Nikon, while the 'eye focus' of Sony for human portraits is overrated.

To compare the functionality of the menus, etc. as 'even' is also false, as 100% of users favor this to Nikon.

They didn't even discuss the ergonomics, where Nikon wins by another country mile.

The tiny bodies of mirrorless, used on heavy glass, is an impediment, not a virtue. The claim of "less weight" is a myth, given the hungus glass Sony keeps putting out.

If 100 photographers were asked to hold a camera all-day, shooting top-tier glass, 100% would find the curved shape/grip of the D850 to be more comfortable and better suited to serious use ... than the thin/dinky, right-angled Sony.

Yeah, the latest generation Nikkor 70-200mm 2.8 FL ED VR is most likely the best lens in its class at the moment.

And yes, lens resolution comparisons should be made with sensors of similar resolution.

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2017 at 22:42 UTC
On article Nikon D850 vs Sony a7R III: Which is best? (1079 comments in total)
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BokehFanatic: I do get that this "article" is meant to be short and clear, but saying that the Sony is the best for portraits is too black and white in my opinion.

Citation from the article: "when working with calibrated lenses, we simply wouldn't expect an off-center DSLR AF point to match the focus precision that the Sony will effortlessly achieve." Although I must say that I was (unexpectedly very) impressed by Sony's feature, I've been using C-AF with back-button focus on eyes for a decade with very little problems. Sure, theoretically the Sony would be better, but there are exceptions when it will not detect or track the eye properly. Also, I would still much prefer the OVF to assess the lighting and details more realistically.

I'm not saying the D850 should be better for portraits (although for me personally, it is), but I don't think that the A7r is "THE choice for portraits".

@osv

OVF has more natural look and gradations which I prefer when shooting portraiture. Pixelated EVF viewfinder is not too much fun for long term use. Maybe they'll get better in the future.

And when shooting with strobes, both are not accurate for judging final exposure anyway.

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2017 at 11:19 UTC
On article Nikon D850 vs Sony a7R III: Which is best? (1079 comments in total)
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John Koerner: Actually, the conclusion is false. They rate the lens availability as equal, which is a joke. Sony only has a bare-bones lens profile, and nothing that can come close to matching Nikkor's super-telephoto lens profile. Not by a country mile.

The AF acquisition of difficult subjects decidedly goes to Nikon, while the 'eye focus' of Sony for human portraits is overrated.

To compare the functionality of the menus, etc. as 'even' is also false, as 100% of users favor this to Nikon.

They didn't even discuss the ergonomics, where Nikon wins by another country mile.

The tiny bodies of mirrorless, used on heavy glass, is an impediment, not a virtue. The claim of "less weight" is a myth, given the hungus glass Sony keeps putting out.

If 100 photographers were asked to hold a camera all-day, shooting top-tier glass, 100% would find the curved shape/grip of the D850 to be more comfortable and better suited to serious use ... than the thin/dinky, right-angled Sony.

@RE Alpha

I don't find my D850 heavy camera at all. For me, it has excellent ergonomics and controls are easy to use with good layout. The body size matches the larger professional zoom or large aperture lenses much better.

Having used the original A7R, I could even say that small sized body with controls designed for small hands is not by any means more ergonomic, but more difficult and slower to use. Only for longer travels, where one have to carry all equipment by foot, the lesser total weight might be more beneficial.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2017 at 17:45 UTC
On article Nikon D850 vs Sony a7R III: Which is best? (1079 comments in total)
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Anulu: Both of them are amazing cameras, but the Nikon has one big engineering flaw: it has a mirror :)

Having experience with both EVF and SLR cameras, I think good OVF offers much natural view to see and compose image. While EVF gives some nice tools to check focusing, it is not as nice for my eyes.

Hybrid viewfinder would be the ultimate solution offering best of both.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2017 at 23:02 UTC
On article Nikon D850 vs Sony a7R III: Which is best? (1079 comments in total)

Sony A7RIII is a nice camera, but sadly the lens lineup is not complete without some help from Canon and its EF lenses =)

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2017 at 16:50 UTC as 163rd comment | 8 replies
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DarkShift: Tried this with my D850 hoping that it would finally be much better. All I basically want is fluent preview of photos with reasonable quality, while shooting with the camera.

However was disappointed how slow and cumbersome this is compared to fe. Canon 5D mkIV with more freely configurable wi-fi.

Some observations:
- Had to uninstall and reinstall the app completely, before it could find my D850. This happened with both iPad Air 2 and Galaxy S7.

- Downloading of images is still slow and cumbersome.
- 2M previews are actually not with 2M resolution, but 1680x1020. Which look pixelated on my iPad's screen with native resolution of 2048x1536. I hope the downloaded resolution would match the viewing device better. Also, there should be option to download original image directly from the browsing view without going to "Download images" menu.

- Switching from bluetooth to wifi is really slow (both iOS and Android).

Sadly Nikon is still behind the competition with its Snapbridge app.

Also, there's seem to be no way of pushing selected images directly from the camera to smart device. If auto download is set to 'off', there's no way to refresh the browser view with any new images, that were set for transfer from the camera.

When auto download is set 'on' again, the app doesn't refresh the image browser until I shoot new images with the camera. I think it should check for new images instantly.

Liveview screen is very low res... with Canon's app one can zoom to selected focuspoint.

No histogram...atleast didn't find it.

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2017 at 13:36 UTC

Tried this with my D850 hoping that it would finally be much better. All I basically want is fluent preview of photos with reasonable quality, while shooting with the camera.

However was disappointed how slow and cumbersome this is compared to fe. Canon 5D mkIV with more freely configurable wi-fi.

Some observations:
- Had to uninstall and reinstall the app completely, before it could find my D850. This happened with both iPad Air 2 and Galaxy S7.

- Downloading of images is still slow and cumbersome.
- 2M previews are actually not with 2M resolution, but 1680x1020. Which look pixelated on my iPad's screen with native resolution of 2048x1536. I hope the downloaded resolution would match the viewing device better. Also, there should be option to download original image directly from the browsing view without going to "Download images" menu.

- Switching from bluetooth to wifi is really slow (both iOS and Android).

Sadly Nikon is still behind the competition with its Snapbridge app.

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2017 at 12:05 UTC as 20th comment | 2 replies
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BeaverTerror: Great camera. I might have been in the market for one of these, but in 2014 when Panasonic decided to price their long-anticipated 42.5mm prime at $1600 instead of the expected $1000, I laughed out loud, dumped all my M43 gear, went to Fuji and never looked back. I probably would have paid up to $1300 for that lens. Three years later this lens is now selling for a price of $1225 on Amazon. Losing thousands over three hundred, talk about short sighted greed and stupidity.

This camera is priced almost the same as the Sony A7II. Somebody tell me why a buyer would spend $1700 on this instead of the full frame Sony. The bodies are of comparable size, and the Panasonic's one quarter sized sensor means you have to use a lens two stops faster to achieve the same result, negating any lens weight savings.

And by the way, $1700 is body only for the Panasonic, while the Sony includes a kit lens. The Sony body only is $100 cheaper than the Panasonic.

Except that the G9 is much faster camera and will kill the A7II in video quality. It has 4K 60fps 150M pbs vs the 1080p 50Mpbs with A7II.

Different league entirely.

FF sensor also requires to shoot two stops smaller aperture, if I need as long DOF as with M4/3... not always good thing.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2017 at 06:40 UTC
On article Nikon D850 Review (2101 comments in total)
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Paul20: Interesting camera. I'd be more interested if Nikon produced a decent tilt shift lens to use with it, until then I'm still stuck with Canon/Sony.

As I told, it is unfortunately not as wide as Canon's version. Also, the lack of similar lens mounting brackets makes it not ideal for perfectly aligned shift and stitch operation.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2017 at 19:40 UTC
On article Nikon D850 Review (2101 comments in total)
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Paul20: Interesting camera. I'd be more interested if Nikon produced a decent tilt shift lens to use with it, until then I'm still stuck with Canon/Sony.

@Scottelly

There's really not much lacking with the Canon TS-E 17mm lens. One of the best lenses ever for interior and architecture. Certainly sharp enough for professional use. It's quite disappointing that Nikon didn't release a wide enough UWA PC-E lens.

Also, for Canon only, there's this must have adapter by proPsolution that allows mounting the TS-E 17mm & 24mm lenses directly to a tripod. This allows perfect shift movement by moving only the camera while keeping the lens still. Works like a charm really...AFAIK there's no such solution available for Nikkor PC-E lenses.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2017 at 18:31 UTC
On article Nikon D850 Review (2101 comments in total)
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f100cream: While I can understand Nikon's emphasis on photo image capability (and it is undeniably cutting edge performance), the company can afford to make a few concessions to video users. The most important is the focusing design.

It's not that Nikon lacks the engineering prowess to put out better video. But the company really needs to acknowledge that even hardcore Nikon photo shooters will want to shoot video with at least phase detection focusing. With a high-end model like the D850, the user shouldn't tolerate focus hunting. With the company's current approach to designing DSLRs, they may keep most of their loyal customers but some will inevitably jump ship.

The lack of a built-in flash is a convenience that really shouldn't be taken out if previous flagship models had it. If weather sealing is the issue, then I'm sure NIkon can devise a foolproof cover of some type over the hotshoe.

I bet fixes are planned for future models, though.

I disagree about the built in flash. It's recycling time vs power output was way too long compared to external flashes... so framerate dropped to very slow. Not much use for serious shooting.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2017 at 21:12 UTC
On article Nikon D850 Review (2101 comments in total)
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Olymguy: I have no idea why your review score downplays D850,
Autofocus still clunky! Q; comparing to what?
Snapbridge is still finicky, even for basic image transfer: How many use that?
Subject tracking not quite up to D5 standards! Q; Does D850 supposed to be a D5 clone?
Lens calibration becomes absolutely critical at this resolution, and can be a pain point: That's the lens weak point not the camera. D850 is upfront.
Focus peaking unavailable when shooting 4K video! I leave it to your imagination.
And 89% ! realy? Shall we switch to D750?

Need for lens calibration and accuracy issues is like achilles heel of the PDAF in general. Sensor based focusing is more accurate but sadly Nikon's AF solution is slower than competition.

I just received the D850 and silent shutter and articulating screen make's it almost perfect for live view shooting...only if the AF speed would have been similar to 5DmkIV's dual pixel solution. Maybe little bit faster than D810, but not much.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2017 at 21:06 UTC
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