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FlyinDoc: The way I see it, the next gen are not beholden to DSLRs. Even if current pros can't switch due to existing glass and associated costs, someone getting into professional photography today has a real and competitive offering from Sony, where it was previously a two horse race.

Pro sports and wildlife was the last bastion of the venerable DSLR, and if nothing else, Sony has made a loud statement that there is no real weakness to going mirrorless and that anything is possible with this tech. They are not mechanically limited.

Switch today or not, point out A9 and Sony's weaknesses today and come up with reasons to not buy the camera, know that the possibilities are endless with completely electronic cameras and that Canon and Nikon better come up with answers fast.

Well said. This is a technology marvel. It's the camera that really eliminates the gap between DSLR and mirror less. It's not a camera that is going to destroy Nikon and canon. That's silly talk by mindless brand fanatics as Sony still has some way to go before their lens line up can be considered complete.

But it's the camera by Sony to show people that mirrorless is no longer restricted by the loss of the flapping mirror that helped DSLRs maintain a lead in the AF speed and tracking for countless years

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 12:55 UTC
On article Sony a9: Why being better might not be enough (765 comments in total)
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Kitschi: some of you mention that there are new photographers which get into the market of weeding photography and need a gear and will now choose the A9

I think you forgot, that these people also compare the brands and offer they'll get from each and then there is the big problem I see ->

Sony might have a IBIS in the camera and Zeiss AF lenses, but first most of them are only F1,8 at max aperture, then the price is in some points higher or same as the CaNikon lenses and the variety of lenses is very small also the lack of 3rd party lenses

and then everybody compares the A9 with it's high price against the D1X MkII and D5, but for wedding photographers those are not the first choice, there are the 5D Mk4 and D810/750 the working tools and those cameras are in a other price range compared to the Sony which plays against Leica with that price...

I am a small time wedding photographer. This camera isn't for me as I don't have the budget or business to justify the cost but I really don't think any lens is lacking in the E mount for wedding photography at least.

I use a Sony Zeiss 35mm f1.4 and a Sony G master 85mm f1.4. While I do shoot at f1.4 I find DOF to be too shallow and so I generally stop down to f2 at least if light is sufficient else I stick to f1.4

Both the lenses are new and focus very quickly in all different kinds of lighting.

In comparison the Canon lacks a fast focusing 85mm lens. The Canon 85mm f1.2 is pretty soft wide open and focusing in low light is painful !

You do get the Sigma 85mm f1.4 Art but most wedding photographers in my country avoid Sigma due to many instances of focusing inaccuracies from time to time which causes people to miss shots.

And now with wedding films becoming so common many photographers are ditching Canon and Nikon systems to shift to Sony since you get great video as well.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 08:03 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1878 comments in total)
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zakk9: Please explain this to:
Olympus E-M1, which at $2,000 has been critisised for being expensive, has similar specs, apparently better weather sealing, fully articulated LCD, dual IS and uses USB-3 vs. the USB-2 on the Sony. How is the larger sensor and lower specs of the A9 worth $2,500 extra for a camera that doesn't even offer the long lenses I would need shooting sports?

Lol if you think a bigger sensor is meaningless then its pointless arguing with you. Sell your silly 5d and use your phone since many phones are now waterproof and you don't seem to worry about IQ too much anyways. Why did you even spend so much money on a 5d mk 3 then ? You should have bought a cheap Olympus m43 camera which is also weather resistant and been happy with that.

If you were a lawyer you would be laughed out of court for having all circumstantial evidence to back up your phony claims and no real evidence whatsoever! :P

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2017 at 11:07 UTC
On article Canon will add C-Log to the EOS 5D Mark IV for $99 (463 comments in total)
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Sdaniella: OK ...

Summary on Hi-Continuous Shooting: RAW (Uncompressed) = Maximum IQ

Canon FF EOS dSLRs:

1Dx MkII:
Pro-Action Max 16fps (Mirrorless-LV-Mode)
Pro-Action Max 14fps (Mirror-OVF-Mode)

and

5D MkIV:
Prosumer Max 7fps (Mirror-OVF-Mode)

SONY FF LV-capable dcams:

Mirrorless A9:
Pro-Action Max 12fps (Electronic Shutter)
Prosumer Max 5fps (Mechanical Shutter)

and

SLT A99II:
Prosumer Max 3fps*? or 6fps**? see notes below (Transparent Mirror)

*If A99II Max 12fps (=JPEG); then Max 6fps (Compressed RAW)
**If A99II Max 12fps (=Compressed RAW); then Max 6fps (=Uncompressed RAW)
i.e.
... Sony only willing to admit in their A99II owner manual that Uncompressed RAW is "slower" than 12fps, and never admitting file type for max 12fps (may only be JPEG).

Sony A99II does, however, show their relative file sizes:
Uncompressed RAW is double the size of Compressed RAW
Uncompressed RAW is triple the size of Finest JPEG

Lol this is a thread about Canon and the OP is making some confusing post about Sony ? Some people have no other work in life it seems :P

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2017 at 10:56 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1878 comments in total)
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notpc: Interesting I guess, but it's the upper end. What do these tech advancements mean for the lower end? What is Sony going to give us for $500, and how does it compare with what Pentax and Nikon offer for the same? Especially for those of us who get no benefit from more fps.

What rubbish is being spread. Sony is offering a 24 MP camera today at $600. What Pentax offers is the K50 that is only 16 MP.

If you find the K70 in some store that is fine but its NOT a current Pentax model.

So if IQ is your prime concern you are ill suited to go with Pentax.

And please please stop spreading lies.

Here is what Image-resource had to say about the K70 vs A6000.

"The best of the bunch at base sensitivity, though, has to be the Sony A6000. Sure, it's pink swatch is rather too warm compared to the Canon T6i, but it is still closer than the Pentax K-70's magenta rendering. And the Sony definitely holds onto the most detail of the group, despite lower levels of sharpening. (Note the absence of halos in the bottle crop, where the Pentax cameras and Canon T6i in particular show noticeable halos around the printing on the label.) And for bonus points, the A6000 also has the best contrast in the difficult red fabric swatch."

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2017 at 16:59 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1878 comments in total)
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zakk9: Please explain this to:
Olympus E-M1, which at $2,000 has been critisised for being expensive, has similar specs, apparently better weather sealing, fully articulated LCD, dual IS and uses USB-3 vs. the USB-2 on the Sony. How is the larger sensor and lower specs of the A9 worth $2,500 extra for a camera that doesn't even offer the long lenses I would need shooting sports?

MEDISN - Please stop trolling. If you are happy with your tiny quarter frame sensor no worries. Go out and shoot.

This is a 4 times larger sensor and is meant for those that care for IQ.

If you don't care for IQ thats fine. That is what the m43 cameras are there for. A compromise in IQ for smaller faster cameras and there is nothing wrong with wanting a small fast camera.

HOWEVER for those who DO want the best IQ AND a fast camera then this is a very good choice for those who can afford it. Those considering this camera isn't going to be interesting in a small 1/4th sensor

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2017 at 15:55 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1878 comments in total)
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Every Crook and Nanny: I honestly don't get a lot of people. They treat brands like they are sports clubs, putting down users of other systems and using words like " Canon/Nikon/Sony fanboys", "DSLR killer", "the final nail in the coffin for C/N". Why should you care what others use? I think that the A9 is a marvelous feat of tech and it would be interesting to see it put through the wringer. Stuff like this drives competition and improves the overall level of imaging technology. It's never a good thing if brands die out and only a single brand is left to monopolize the market.

Also, why are DSLRs considered obsolete/dinosaurs? Did everything suddenly become too difficult for DSLRs to take pictures of? Truth is, we are absolutely spoiled with what modern cameras are capable of and if a Speed Graphic can still take jaw dropping pictures, I don't see why a DSLR can't. We all should be happy with the immense selection of camera bodies and systems we can choose from.

Isn't modern technology wonderful?

@Preternatural Stuff - Err NO. Look at the hard disk market. Earlier it was Maxtor, Seagate, Western Digital, Toshiba, Hitachi and many others all competing to drive the technology upwards.

Then Seagate and Western Digital both swallowed up the competition, saw there was no need to innovate anymore and stopped completely.

That is why over the past few years HDD technology has come to a complete standstill. When SSDs start getting more affordable with bigger capacities you will see WD and Seagate start innovating again

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2017 at 15:50 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1878 comments in total)
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MistaHaid: With an optical viewfinder you can observe your scene over a long period of time and wait for the right Moment without loosing battery or heating up your Sensor. Thats important for me. Besides that i think this camera brings a lot new Life in the camera Industry.

^^ Lol good burn ! :P

Seriously don't know why fanbois have to be so rabid. Yes its a good camera and it is really innovating in many ways but there are still areas where DSLRs are simply superior and there are options for people wanting either or. No need to get so defensive over an electronic item !

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2017 at 15:43 UTC
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miksto: Another camera from Sony with crappy ergonomics. It is still too small which means you do not get full hand grip and one or two fingers (depending on the hand size) will hang off the bottom with reminder not providing as good a grip as with full hand.

Furthermore, another proof of the crappy ergonomics is on this youtube video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AREGOD7jf2s

They made battery compartment larger without making the camera larger and the reviewer's fingers are crashing into the lens being squeezed between the lens and the battery compartment.

Seems that Sony still has not learnt much on good ergonomics and just focused on rearranging the buttons around similarly sized body. They even made ergonomics worse than A7 series given not enough room for fingers between the lens and the grip.

Sony ergonomics is still a failure. If they have not reworked their too cumbersome menu then it is double failure.

@miksto - I think you will find India and China are where the vast majority of the people live and they have generally smaller hands than people from Europe and USA. So majority of people in the world have smaller not larger hands. Heck I am 6 feet tall but my hands are comparatively smaller than my US based friend who is a few inches shorter than me.

I am surprised by your low light AF issues. I have shot regularly in low light with lots of lenses and never faced any issues with my A7rII. Even Dpreview did a test and the A7rII came out on tops. So its surprising to read about your user experience there.

https://www.dpreview.com/articles/6884391759/sony-alpha-7r-ii-can-match-or-beat-dslr-low-light-af-performance

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2017 at 13:31 UTC
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miksto: Another camera from Sony with crappy ergonomics. It is still too small which means you do not get full hand grip and one or two fingers (depending on the hand size) will hang off the bottom with reminder not providing as good a grip as with full hand.

Furthermore, another proof of the crappy ergonomics is on this youtube video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AREGOD7jf2s

They made battery compartment larger without making the camera larger and the reviewer's fingers are crashing into the lens being squeezed between the lens and the battery compartment.

Seems that Sony still has not learnt much on good ergonomics and just focused on rearranging the buttons around similarly sized body. They even made ergonomics worse than A7 series given not enough room for fingers between the lens and the grip.

Sony ergonomics is still a failure. If they have not reworked their too cumbersome menu then it is double failure.

You do realise that one persons version of ergonomics won't match anothers.

I love the size of the A7 series which match my hands size very well.

While I like gripping the 5D series bodies the weight does lead to fatigue after a days shooting.

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2017 at 06:30 UTC
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Individual11: Questions to answer in your review: (1) can it shoot 4K uncompressed (as you have noted the A7 didn't (ultimately corrected in firmware) A6xx doesn't); (2) sample video of 20 fps show focus points moving from hand to face to elsewhere, can you turn on face-detect/change tracking speed to avoid erratic focus placement? (3) stupid niggle: I shoot NTSC (I'm in Hong Kong where Sony cameras default is PAL). Each time I turn on my A6300, I get a viewfinder blackout/warning slowing start-up (press the shutter - wait), how's the A9? Lastly, any interviews coming? As I age (and ache) I'd love a lighter camera than my 5D/1DX (so experimenting w/an A6300). Impressed they equate the size of the A9 with that of a Leica, hopefully with 5-stop in-body stabilization we will start seeing those smaller, light-weight lenses of yesteryear! This will also deal with the unbalanced lens-to-body weight ratio. It would be interesting to know Sony's lens pipeline for this body and professional-market strategy.

Their pro lenses are SAME size as any Canon or Nikon lens.

However their budget lenses aren't terribly big and are reasonably light weight.

The MF lenses are the main draw as they are MUCH smaller than their DSLR counterparts.

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2017 at 05:16 UTC
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zzzxtreme: Would a dc type dummy battery from ebay/aliexpress and xiaomi 20000mah powerbank be a cheaper solution?

Lol thats a clever way of doing things ! :P

Out of the sleeve (err box) thinking !!! :D

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2017 at 04:59 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1878 comments in total)
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amateurphotographer: I can't see existing pro sports photographers suddenly buying into a new system just because of this camera. When I shoot sports I often use three cameras, 200-400 f4, 70-200f2.8 and 24-70 f2.8. Two pro bodies. That's a massive expenditure for someone using this A9 x2 for work. Weather sealing is a big factor, knowing your gear is protected against constant drizzle. For large downpours, yes we use covers. However, I do like the silent mode at high FPS, useful for golf. I can see this camera, would be great for wildlife photographers - well indoor wildlife photographers :)

Well Sony does say this camera is better sealed against the elements. Of course that remains to be seen but their cameras were crap outside.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 14:09 UTC
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great Javier: So expensive, so fuji.

^^ Again if all you have to go on is charts and what you see online then you will never get it. People don't click brick walls and charts. You shoot things and process them, see the latitude of working with files, see the colours you get etc etc.

Reading reviews is not going to help you. I never cared for FF till I actually tried it and now I can't go back to APS-C.

Similarly in future if MF becomes affordable and I start earning much more from photography I will probably shift if I find the IQ differences enough for me. Currently the lenses for MF aren't fast enough.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 14:07 UTC
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zzzxtreme: Would a dc type dummy battery from ebay/aliexpress and xiaomi 20000mah powerbank be a cheaper solution?

^^ You do realise that this also charges 4 batteries at a time ! If this was available for the old batteries I would pick it up for the sheer convenience over anything else.

I keep running out of juice regularly when shooting outside my city for multiple day trips and making sure all your batteries are charged is a royal pain.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 14:01 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1878 comments in total)
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notpc: Interesting I guess, but it's the upper end. What do these tech advancements mean for the lower end? What is Sony going to give us for $500, and how does it compare with what Pentax and Nikon offer for the same? Especially for those of us who get no benefit from more fps.

The A6000 is still available and still a very nice option at $500. Yes it's an old model but it's still very good. Nice 24 MP sensor, pretty fast AF, good video, a usable viewfinder, 11 fps shooting and a very small body.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 09:59 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1878 comments in total)
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Spicer: in a game of chess this is where Sony kills Canikon's queen

Rabid fanbois are best ignored! :p

Plenty of them around here!

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 09:55 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1878 comments in total)
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Najinsky: £4500 - USB 2

<shakes head>

£4500 - USB 2

<shakes head harder>

£4500 - USB 2

Nope. It won't compute. My head just doesn't want to let it in.

A lot of people including myself use SD card readers so for a lot of us it's not as issue. Those who do plug in the camera of course will be affected but the plus side is all existing accessories that connect to the port will be usable with the new camera.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 09:51 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1878 comments in total)
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AndroC: How do these small bodies go for people with large hands like myself? And with big long glass mounted? Any views?

Your best bet would be to rent and see. I love huge mag alloy bodies but after a day of shooting my hands hurt. The slight weight savings are beneficial to me at least and my hands don't hurt as much

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 09:47 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1878 comments in total)
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User9362470513: Why are so many photography fans such repellent, one-eyed dicks?

So Sony announce an impressive camera and people revel in the thought that it might mean the end of Canon and Nikon etc. Why such delight in the possible demise of another company? The schadenfreude is appalling. Are you really so insecure about your choices in life?

I have used Canon, Nikon, Sigma, Sony and Ricoh cameras. I wish them all well. They all make exceptionally capable cameras and the more brands in the market, the better it is for consumers.

I think a world where everyone is limited to one or two camera brands would be a disaster. Weird that so many fanboys on here seem to think it would be nirvana.

Couldn't agree more! I use Sony but I have shot with canon and Nikon extensively and each system has their own strengths. One isn't much better than the other except in rare situations like Sony bad battery life, Canon DR limitations and Nikon live view AF etc.

All of them are very capable systems and if any of them died off then we the consumers will suffer as they wouldn't need to innovate anymore.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 09:43 UTC
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