brendon1000

brendon1000

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ProfHankD: I have to say that I don't like the pricing trends. It used to be that the next generation was more features and better for the same or slightly lower price, but now there are a bunch of body-only crop sensors in the $1200-$2000 range. This sounds a lot like boosting prices to make-up for a dwindling market -- potentially the start of a cycle that doesn't end well for anybody.

^^ There is a reason why the E5 failed and Olympus shut down that line. It was largely due to the perceived notion that with the sensor being the most expensive component paying so much $$$ for a smaller sensor wasn't the best idea.

Hopefully the Em-1 II does well and Olympus gets back to making profit.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 11:49 UTC
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cloudlessdays: Dear all, I'm more then surprised about most of the replies/comments in particular with regards to the pricing??? No one is forced to commit their funds to the new Olympus flagship - it is purely another choice or option. Assuming that most of the contributors live in countries where choices are abounds, or are hoping to live in such, I am totally appalled about all of the negative responses/comments. Short - it's usually called supply and demand. All "dogs" evetually crash and burn, the "stars" keep on! I for one, want to live in a society where competition, innovation, freedom of speach AND CHOICE exists, not least with regards to our children. Finally I feel more then sorry for all the TROOLS. As the saying goes, "You cannot ad days to your lives, but you can ad lives to your days :-)" For all the TROOLS and NEGATIVES, that may not be on the cards... Thank you DPR for your site - for good and for bad :-)

@cloudlessdays - Any new camera sells quickest at the beginning and then sales taper off as newer models are launched.

A $2000 m43 camera however good is not going to make DSLR users lust after such a thing unless it is a specialist tool like the GH5

So that leaves largely m43 users looking to upgrade & you can see a lot of them are finding it hard to digest the price.

So if Olympus doesn't set the sales registers on fire at the beginning of its life cycle then by the time the camera is discounted you are going to face far reduced demand anyways as newer cameras will be launched by both Pansasonic and other mirrorless and DSLR manufacturers.

However good the EM-1 II is a camera it is STILL a 1/4 frame sensor which is a factor at this price range. And lets not forget Olympus is probably the only major camera maker today which is still not making any profits.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2016 at 06:01 UTC
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Kashim: Sorry, but the price of this thing is ridiculous. The newly announced Sony A6500 for example costs $600 less and blows this thing away in just about every category. I've been waiting for this camera to be announced for a long time and hoped it would be priced competitively. There's zero chance I would even consider paying this price for it though. So good luck to you Olympus trying to sell this thing, you're definitely going to need it.

Dude if you want to argue please try and use a little bit of logic.

A Hassy/Phase One/645 system isn't even remotely in the ball park of this cameras price.

And like it or not sensor size at this price point is a pretty darn compelling feature for most camera buyers.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2016 at 03:29 UTC
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Kashim: Sorry, but the price of this thing is ridiculous. The newly announced Sony A6500 for example costs $600 less and blows this thing away in just about every category. I've been waiting for this camera to be announced for a long time and hoped it would be priced competitively. There's zero chance I would even consider paying this price for it though. So good luck to you Olympus trying to sell this thing, you're definitely going to need it.

@QuarterToDoom - The sensor is the most expensive part of the camera. If sensor size doesn't matter to you then stick to an Iphone.

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2016 at 16:41 UTC
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Kashim: Sorry, but the price of this thing is ridiculous. The newly announced Sony A6500 for example costs $600 less and blows this thing away in just about every category. I've been waiting for this camera to be announced for a long time and hoped it would be priced competitively. There's zero chance I would even consider paying this price for it though. So good luck to you Olympus trying to sell this thing, you're definitely going to need it.

^^ Not a big fan of the A6500 but the G85 has a 50% smaller sensor than the A6500 and hence not everyone will be happy about that.

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2016 at 13:43 UTC
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Zakzoezie: Of course stock will be low, only diehard A-mount users who heavily invested in A-mount lenses will buy it. Looking at the price of this beast, the other part of the remaining A-mount users will simply continue to switch to other systems, no matter how good this camera is. That is a logical consequence of the superintelligent Sony strategy to abandon its former A-mount customers by introducing a completely new & different FF mount system in parallel. It almost looks like a suicide fairy tail ...

Oh I wasn't talking about durability. Yes Sony can't compete with canon for durability but honestly largely I was very happy with my SLT cameras. And my friend has already managed to send a few of his Canon cameras also to the service center!

My point was this old wine in a new bottle that Sony did was only because they are concentrating on E mount and so this was a short cut method to show that they are still supporting the A mount.

However for those who shoot for a living this strategy is not cutting it. This is why my friend left Sony. Not durability but support from Sony.

Yes the Canon 70-200mm f2.8 mk 1 was cheaper at launch than the mk 2. And I have no doubt the mk 3 will be more expensive too at launch.

However optically each lens is better than the predecessor.

So even though the A99 II had a massive jump in resolution the lenses will be the same since optically they are very old.

With canon or Nikon you know that the new Canon lenses will match the higher MP sensors of their new cameras.

That is why my friend shifted. He felt Sony is cheating their customers with this shortcut method of new lenses. Not the durability which is not much worse than Canon actually

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2016 at 11:02 UTC
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abortabort: "The camera was the surprise launch of Photokina this year, as many assumed Sony had abandoned its SLT cameras in favor of the more popular mirrorless models."

Sorry DPR but you need to stop listening to internet pundits that claim these things and seemingly everyone repeats until it is 'fact'. I mean what was it exactly that made DPR think it was dead? Honestly question? And why was it a surprise? I mean that's like saying the 5D IV was a surprise. Was it really?

So was it that all models were clearly up to date? Or that Sony clearly spent a lot of time / money / effort developing a new AF sensor module for a 'dying' system, something you questioned when the A77 II came out. Something that 'surprised' you when the A68 came out and now 'surprises you' again when the A99 II was announced. Will you be 'surprised' when the A77 III comes out?

I guess the only time you won't be 'surprised' is when they finally do stop making them.

This is after being 'surprised' by Sony introducing a whopping third camera to their APS-C E-Mount line up, I mean that's way too many right? This of course not that long after DPR made claims that Sony seems likely to be dropping APS-C E-Mount all together (just prior to A6300 being announced).

It seems to me that if Sony don't release something every 3 minutes they are abandoning it, but releasing 'too much' is equally a terrible injustice to your expectations.

Stop listening to internet pundits, maybe it might be worth listening to people when you interview them and they say...

"We are continuing to support XYZ, even though we can't talk about upcoming products".

Lol the whole world knows A mount is dead ! :P

The A mount has exactly 3 cameras in its current portfolio OVER 2 sensor formats ! Know which other major camera company has exactly 3 models or less in its portfolio ? Well the Sony A mount is only ahead of Sigma. Thats it !

Every one else including Pentax has more current models. That is the sign of a brand that is competing for market share.

And in certain markets Sony doesn't even sell all 3 A mount cameras.

In Australia for instance they ONLY sell 1 A mount camera. That shows you how much little confidence customers have for a mount which has got zero new lenses for over 3 years now. And no old designs with better AF and coatings at higher prices do not make a new lens.

So to sum up almost everyone knows that A mount is not a system likely to receive much support from Sony w.r.t new lenses. However a few fanbois still believe A mount is very much alive and kicking when even Sony doesn't sell it in some markets.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2016 at 05:43 UTC
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Zakzoezie: Of course stock will be low, only diehard A-mount users who heavily invested in A-mount lenses will buy it. Looking at the price of this beast, the other part of the remaining A-mount users will simply continue to switch to other systems, no matter how good this camera is. That is a logical consequence of the superintelligent Sony strategy to abandon its former A-mount customers by introducing a completely new & different FF mount system in parallel. It almost looks like a suicide fairy tail ...

^^ He did nothing much with them. He is a professional wedding photographer and he shoots about 130,000 photos per year as weddings in my country are generally 2 - 3 day affairs if not more.

My own case I had a 16-105mm where the AF motor died on me with very limited usage and zero drops. And my Zeiss 24-70mm f2.8 aperture ring broke again with limited usage.

It happens if your luck is bad. In my friends case his usage is very rough as weddings are a very fast paced hectic affair over here.

Canon and Nikon are releasing brand new lenses with every iteration. Each better than the last. Its not the same as old wine in new bottle trick Sony is implementing.

And your answer to Sony's old wine new bottle strategy is there for everyone to see - complete lack of sales and shifting of systems.

Few years ago there used to be a reasonably vibrant market for Sony A mount lenses. Now most everyone moved on.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2016 at 05:31 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 Review (2213 comments in total)
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Rainer2022: Without that monster grip only 333 photos available until running out of batt power!

With that monster grip a good portion bigger and heavier than the Nikon 500, I guess!

For comparison: on my Canon 60D I shooted 5.000+ shots with a single battery :)

@Adam007 - If you look at my gear list you will see I use a Sony A7 and A7 II camera and let me tell you that battery life is a pain for me. I shoot a lot on trips and battery drain is a real issue.

For a trip to Thailand I carried 3 batteries with me and I would run through one or two batteries daily which was a problem to charge as I had just the one charger. One one day I ran through all three as I dumped my camera in the bag and left the camera on by mistake and within an hour my battery was dead.

My friend who was shooting with a 60D however took two batteries and zero chargers as he knew each battery gives him around 1500 - 2000 shots per charge. He doesn't even need to switch off his camera. He keeps it on and ready to shoot most of the time.

So battery life is an issue. In other ways however mirrorless cameras are better.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2016 at 05:25 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 Review (2213 comments in total)
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Rainer2022: Without that monster grip only 333 photos available until running out of batt power!

With that monster grip a good portion bigger and heavier than the Nikon 500, I guess!

For comparison: on my Canon 60D I shooted 5.000+ shots with a single battery :)

I thought you might bring that up. I was more referring to the big two Canon and Nikon. Pentax is not readily available in many countries including mine.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2016 at 05:20 UTC
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Rainer2022: Without that monster grip only 333 photos available until running out of batt power!

With that monster grip a good portion bigger and heavier than the Nikon 500, I guess!

For comparison: on my Canon 60D I shooted 5.000+ shots with a single battery :)

Yes mirrorless cameras will never offer the battery life of a DSLR. NEVER !!!

That is one advantage DSLRs will always retain over mirrorless.

Conversely if you want a dedicated APS-C line up of lenses you aren't going to find it on DSLRs.

Just compare what your 60D with APS-C equivalent 35mm f1.4, 50mm f1.2 and 23mm f1.4 equivalents will cost you.

If you want a system with a bunch of primes then a mirrorless system is generally your best bet.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2016 at 18:50 UTC
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Zakzoezie: Of course stock will be low, only diehard A-mount users who heavily invested in A-mount lenses will buy it. Looking at the price of this beast, the other part of the remaining A-mount users will simply continue to switch to other systems, no matter how good this camera is. That is a logical consequence of the superintelligent Sony strategy to abandon its former A-mount customers by introducing a completely new & different FF mount system in parallel. It almost looks like a suicide fairy tail ...

@dbo - The problem is a lot of those lenses are old designs in new bodies at marked up prices. Not a very nice thing to consider when buying a lens.

A friend was using the old 24-70mm f2.8 and it broke so he bought a new 24-70mm for a significantly higher price and he expected to get better IQ but guess what. It was exactly the same lens with better AF and his photos weren't any better.

Then his 70-200mm f2.8 gave way and when he went to buy the new more expensive 70-200mm f2.8 he saw that it too was the same design at a much higher price.

He felt cheated so he sold off his Sony gear at a throwaway price since most people including me have dumped all our A mount gear when we felt the mount was abandoned.

He is now shooting Canon and while he misses the EVF of his A99 he is happy at least about the far superior lens choice available for Canon .

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2016 at 16:11 UTC
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tom1234567: I don't think there will be a great demand for this camera
there are plenty FF cameras that are better more affordable than this 99

Tom G

^^ In other words there doesn't exist a camera that can truly compete with the A99 II at its price point.

Your statement is like saying that the D5s and D750 are very similar. IQ is very close and while its only 6 fps it is sufficient.

5 fps on the D810 is hardly going to satisfy people needing to shoot sports.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2016 at 16:07 UTC
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abortabort: "The camera was the surprise launch of Photokina this year, as many assumed Sony had abandoned its SLT cameras in favor of the more popular mirrorless models."

Sorry DPR but you need to stop listening to internet pundits that claim these things and seemingly everyone repeats until it is 'fact'. I mean what was it exactly that made DPR think it was dead? Honestly question? And why was it a surprise? I mean that's like saying the 5D IV was a surprise. Was it really?

So was it that all models were clearly up to date? Or that Sony clearly spent a lot of time / money / effort developing a new AF sensor module for a 'dying' system, something you questioned when the A77 II came out. Something that 'surprised' you when the A68 came out and now 'surprises you' again when the A99 II was announced. Will you be 'surprised' when the A77 III comes out?

I guess the only time you won't be 'surprised' is when they finally do stop making them.

This is after being 'surprised' by Sony introducing a whopping third camera to their APS-C E-Mount line up, I mean that's way too many right? This of course not that long after DPR made claims that Sony seems likely to be dropping APS-C E-Mount all together (just prior to A6300 being announced).

It seems to me that if Sony don't release something every 3 minutes they are abandoning it, but releasing 'too much' is equally a terrible injustice to your expectations.

Stop listening to internet pundits, maybe it might be worth listening to people when you interview them and they say...

"We are continuing to support XYZ, even though we can't talk about upcoming products".

What mic drop ? You think one measly camera launch means the A mount is alive ?

Everyone I know has sold off their A mount lenses and moved on. I was a bit too late and I had to sell off my A mount gear for peanuts in my country and no one is using A mount anymore.

People look at body AND lenses releases and the only 'new' proper lens release in over 5 years was the Zeiss 50mm f1.4. All the other 'new' lenses were old designs with better coatings, faster AF and MUCH higher prices.

Nobody does that. The only reason Sony did it is because A mount is on life support. This camera only prolongs the life support.

Unless Sony starts launching proper new lenses everyone except a few fanbois wishing it to be different is going to believe A mount is a dead system.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2016 at 16:00 UTC
On article Got Reach? Tamron SP 150-600mm F5-6.3 G2 sample gallery (101 comments in total)
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TN Args: No, the *real* question is how does it rate against the Sigma Sports and Contemporary competition?

If you have both DSLR and mirrorless then a DSLR will be a better choice for wildlife with 3 times battery life, better focus tracking, OVF being far better suited for shooting moving subjects etc.

And only the Panasonic is comparable in reach. The Fuji is well short for birding and not a proper comparison.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2016 at 11:44 UTC
On article Got Reach? Tamron SP 150-600mm F5-6.3 G2 sample gallery (101 comments in total)
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TN Args: No, the *real* question is how does it rate against the Sigma Sports and Contemporary competition?

^^ Why not ? It is a 200-800 zoom range and the Tamron is a 225-900mm on APS-C in comparison.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2016 at 05:58 UTC
On article Got Reach? Tamron SP 150-600mm F5-6.3 G2 sample gallery (101 comments in total)
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TN Args: No, the *real* question is how does it rate against the Sigma Sports and Contemporary competition?

Why would anyone thinking of getting this consider Fuji or Panasonic ? This is a DSLR lens for DSLR cameras not mirrorless.

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2016 at 13:44 UTC
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Les Kamens: I'm ready for a new 70-200.... Not so ready for $2800.

The systems you mentioned don't have anything other than crop sensors. There is simply no option of using a lens designed for a bigger sensor.

Over here Nikon crop users have access to both crop lenses and 35mm lenses too.

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2016 at 05:53 UTC
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Les Kamens: I'm ready for a new 70-200.... Not so ready for $2800.

Because Nikon and Canon and now Sony have long known that they can squeeze more profits from 35mm lenses as both crop sensor users and FF users can use them.

Sigma had a modern 50-150mm f2.8 OS and now a 50-100mm f1.8 which isn't setting any sales charts on fire.

So basically a high end crop sensor only Tele zoom lens which costs a bit doesn't seem have much traction in the market.

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2016 at 04:19 UTC
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Maverick_: I guess there'll be always room for a camera like this. Some guy will pay just to have the red dot around his nick and I don't blame them. But the future as we all know is cell phone cams and pro DSLRs only. There would be no need for mid-levels. But you can sneak in a specialized item like this to diehards who still care to show off the label. But the number of whom are decreasing by the year. Good industrial design though.

^^ Leica isn't relevant to you or me but not everyone is happy to be part of a herd. There are many who want something different and Leica is very much a profit making company so they are definitely doing something right to set themselves out to cater to the high paying discerning few who don't mind paying for quality.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2016 at 04:45 UTC
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