TrojMacReady

TrojMacReady

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I had a Mju-II to replace a Yashica T4 after it developed an electronic issue. Loved the form factor of the Olympus but the Zeiss lens on the Yashica blew it out of the water. Incredibly sharp and contrasty, to the point where many SLR shooters checking the pics started doubting their own gear... The Yashica is the only film camera that I still miss from time to time. Not because it was better than today's cameras, but the images still appeal today...

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2016 at 20:29 UTC as 75th comment | 1 reply
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Howard: The Achilles' Heel of the Sony APS-C E-Mount lineup is the lack of native lenses, especially a compact and quality standard zoom (e.g. 16/17 -- 70/85/105 f/4-ish). The 16-70 f/4 sounds good on paper but is mediocre at best from what I've seen, and suffers from quality control issues. The 16-50 is rather awful. The 18-105 f/4 is not quite wide enough at the wide end and is a bit too bulky. Sony hasn't released a lens for their APS-C E-mount in 3 years. This lack of lens support is really hindering the adoption of this segment.

And long glass is designed to cover the full frame circle, since the same true focal length would be of similar size if covering just the APS-C circle. See practically any 70-200 in existence for example.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2016 at 15:02 UTC
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Suntan: The Sony doesn't look all that much smaller than an SLR. If Sony had a couple of decent quality pancake lenses, it would win that argument, but the kit lens still makes it bulky.

There's pants pockets and jacket pockets. The A6300 easily fits the latter, the 80D does not.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2016 at 14:16 UTC
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Suntan: The Sony doesn't look all that much smaller than an SLR. If Sony had a couple of decent quality pancake lenses, it would win that argument, but the kit lens still makes it bulky.

What you see in the pictures, isn't the kitlens, that's the 24mm f/1.8 prime. The kitlens is the 16-50, which is close to being a pancake (at a cost, as mentioned in the article).

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2016 at 12:45 UTC
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Nobby2016: i owned the A6000 for quite some time, then i decided to update to the A6300 this year. mainly becasue of the 4K video... boy what a disappointment.

not that the quality is bad but i was visiting the USA this year (arizona, texas) and i had constantly overheating problems.
and i did not even shoot 30 min at once.
but filming a few minutes, stopping for 20 seconds, flliming again for a few minutes was enough to oveheat the A6300. i was very disappointed to be honest.

Recent firmware updates apparently help avoid overheating.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2016 at 12:42 UTC
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Vanitas Photo: I just wish that someday mirrorless manufacturers start someday to design their cameras to use bigger batteries (bigger grips et voila!) :(

And no having a ton of batteries isn't the solution... it is cumbersome :P

I agree that the mirrorless cameras would really benefit from a larger battery. I understand that Sony likes to have its cameras backwards compatible with previous ones in terms of batteries, but they already have a larger sized one too....

That being said, the CIPA ratings can be misleading once you start shooting LV or video with both mirrorless cameras and DSLR's, even if just a certain percentage of your usage. Because the Sony is vastly more power efficient here, the tables could turn eventually, especially in LV (400 shots for the A6300, 300 for the 80D, depsite the latter having a 73% larger battery capacity). In defense of the 80D though, it improved 43% over the 70D.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2016 at 12:28 UTC
On article Canon EOS M3 real-world sample gallery updated (97 comments in total)
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Nobby2016: the eos-m is a nice camera on it´s own.
unfortunately it does not exist alone.

i have around 18000$ worth in canon lenses and i still decided to buy a sony A6000.

i wanted a mirrorless for when i travel light.
i don´t need 10 lenses for it.
i don´t want to carry them with me when i travel anyway.

all i wanted was a small camera with an EVF that has an up-to-date sensor, blazing speed, good AF.

in all of these specs the A6000 was the better camera.

i really want canon to give me mirrorless i can love.
but for that it has to be at least as good as the competition.
just cheaper does not cut it for me.

@thetechhimself:
Those lenses scored a higher peak sharpness on the 20MP A3000 than the 24MP A6000 according to the same DXO, even though studio comparisons between the two show the opposite results (as one would expect with similar AA filters). Either way, a MP or two here or there doesn't make or break a lens, similar to how certain G Master lenses don't turn their L equivalents into laughing stock for resolving more.

But not having access to native fast primes is a bad showing compared to plenty of faster primes in different quality (good too) and price regions (Sony, SZ, Zeiss, Sigma, Samyang, etc). More than 30 faster than f2.8, almost half of which were designed for APS-C, if that matters.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2016 at 22:47 UTC
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1Dx4me: that is what i said to my friends: i'll take a LOOOOOONG LOOOOOng time for public to accept 4K monitors and for manufacturers to provide and make it a household item!!!!! it'll take another 10years for consumers to catch on with this new technology--actually it'll probably an old tech. by the time public understand and accepts it ;-)

Here (also in Europe) most of the popular channels are FHD and there is a lot more than "zero" 4k content. Video cameras and even phones have bee able to create 4k video content for about 3 years (most of the popular phones sold today can), there's parties like Netflix who offer 4k content, you can buy 4k blu ray movies online and our still cameras have been able to create content for over 15 years. My monitor is 4k and so is my new TV next year.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2016 at 10:50 UTC
On article Samsung launches first removable UFS memory cards (177 comments in total)
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TrojMacReady: A sparkle of light regarding possible backwards compatibility concerns, since Samsung stated in a recent interview with Droid-Life:
"The new UFS cards are not compatible with the current microSD card socket. However, we have developed a socket design that can support both UFS cards and microSD cards. We are working with different partners in the industry on this integration for next-generation devices.”

Sony has had hybrid slots for Memorystick/SD cards for a couple of years too. I can see growing demand for cameras supporting and actually taking advantage of faster cards growing now that we see more and more 36+MP cameras and their framerates going up too.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2016 at 04:46 UTC
On article Sony Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA Sample Gallery (269 comments in total)
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PPierre: Well, it confirms what I was fearing : if you're not rich/don't want to spend $1000 more for a 2MP difference (which is nothing if you consider the whole picture), don't invest in Sony's system. Sony is definitely aiming at the high-end FF market, which is nice, but also feels like a let-down for those who trusted Sony and invested in the A7 or the A6000, hoping they would at least have some "affordable" options, like a $500 50f1.4, or a $500 85f1.8...

I'm really wondering if I should leave Sony or not...

" and almost 2 1/2 the price compared to the 50/1.8 EF STM..which is also optically better"

In its dreams. It's much softer wide open, especially in corners and even stopped down doesn't offer the sheer detail the 55mm can offer.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2016 at 01:08 UTC
On article Samsung launches first removable UFS memory cards (177 comments in total)

A sparkle of light regarding possible backwards compatibility concerns, since Samsung stated in a recent interview with Droid-Life:
"The new UFS cards are not compatible with the current microSD card socket. However, we have developed a socket design that can support both UFS cards and microSD cards. We are working with different partners in the industry on this integration for next-generation devices.”

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2016 at 00:47 UTC as 7th comment | 3 replies
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justmeMN: Nikon recently announced delays of two Coolpix models, and there is still no word on when their DL line will ship.

http://www.nikon.com/news/2016/0624_cpx_01.htm

As also covered by Dpreview:
http://www.dpreview.com/news/6159429716/nikon-announces-compact-camera-delays

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2016 at 18:59 UTC
On article Apple Photos gets smarter in iOS 10, macOS 'Sierra' (61 comments in total)
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Scott Birch: For 'smart' read 'creepy'. It's not Apple's business who's who or where. Puke.

"much better" if you're affraid that your privacy is at risk, but 25 pictures analyzed locally on your iPhone now takes up to several minutes. Never mind hunderds or thousands... You lose cloud computing: instant.

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2016 at 13:55 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: Semi-Pro Interchangeable Lens Cameras (262 comments in total)
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dmanthree: Uh...what about the ignored fact that you're buying into a system, not a single camera? The Sony is nice, but not if you need fast native teles, or numerous other lens options (native, not adapted).

Plenty of A-mount options, if you don't mind one little extra ring.

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2016 at 14:15 UTC
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FencerPTS: Most of this is not good news for camera consumers.

IP&S SALES ARE DOWN 1.7% TO 711.2 B JPY. Q4 to Q3 sales down 16%; Q4 CY to Q4 PY down 9.5%. Not good news for Sony imaging. Only good news is the restructuring charge is behind them.

SONY INCREASING PROFIT FROM IMAGING: IP&S is now the second highest ROI at 16.5%. Cheap cameras are going away (we've already seen this with the A6300 replacing the A6000).

SONY REDUCING IMAGING R&D: contracted 4.75% to 64 B JPY. Look for either less prolific or less profound updates.

"nobody said the A6000 would go away"

"cheap cameras are going away (we've already seen this with the A6300 replacing the A6000"

If the A6000 isn't going away, I'm not sure why you would use exactly that camera as an example of "cheap cameras going away".

As for your R&D comment, you most have forgotten your original claim again"look for less... updates "

Projects that never reached the market to begin with, are hard to "look for" and wouldn't be considered updates, when there wasn't anything to follow up on. Plus there are many other ways of cost cutting, other than cutting projects. In other words, there's also a good chance the consumer won't notice, contrary to your original premise of "bad news for the consumer".

@ Siobhan A:
The original RX and A7 series are still in production alongside the new cameras, so no, they didn't go away either.
If I was into marketing, I'd be using more than a dozen accounts like you (....). I prefer using my time in a more pleasant manner, YMOV.

Link | Posted on May 3, 2016 at 18:02 UTC
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FencerPTS: Most of this is not good news for camera consumers.

IP&S SALES ARE DOWN 1.7% TO 711.2 B JPY. Q4 to Q3 sales down 16%; Q4 CY to Q4 PY down 9.5%. Not good news for Sony imaging. Only good news is the restructuring charge is behind them.

SONY INCREASING PROFIT FROM IMAGING: IP&S is now the second highest ROI at 16.5%. Cheap cameras are going away (we've already seen this with the A6300 replacing the A6000).

SONY REDUCING IMAGING R&D: contracted 4.75% to 64 B JPY. Look for either less prolific or less profound updates.

"6300 not replacing 6000 is a premise I can't take seriously."

It's very similar to how they started treating the RX series and A7 series and Sony already stated that the A6000 will remain in the lineup. I can't take the claim serious that the cheaper A6000 "will go away", since it's not supported by anything.

"Regarding R&D, unless you believe in a free lunch (there are none), less money means less per project or less per year, i.e. Profound or prolific."

Again built on some kind of assumption that there is no other way to save costs, than cutting projects and it also ignores the possibility that many projects in the past, never made it to actual products. Think A mount for example. A rather simplistic view of R&D departments and cost cutting in general. And even if the only way to cut costs, was to cut projects that do reach the market, there are many P&S cameras/camera lines being discontinued, i.e., the P&S lineup has been thinning for years. That alone could explain lower R&D.

Link | Posted on May 3, 2016 at 14:32 UTC
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FencerPTS: Most of this is not good news for camera consumers.

IP&S SALES ARE DOWN 1.7% TO 711.2 B JPY. Q4 to Q3 sales down 16%; Q4 CY to Q4 PY down 9.5%. Not good news for Sony imaging. Only good news is the restructuring charge is behind them.

SONY INCREASING PROFIT FROM IMAGING: IP&S is now the second highest ROI at 16.5%. Cheap cameras are going away (we've already seen this with the A6300 replacing the A6000).

SONY REDUCING IMAGING R&D: contracted 4.75% to 64 B JPY. Look for either less prolific or less profound updates.

As for less R&D spending, last year they reduced their spending with 3.4% as well, yet the updates weren't exactly disappointing the market. In other words, without knowing how that reduction is achieved, there's nothing to say about how "prolific" or "profound" or not those next updates will be.

Link | Posted on May 3, 2016 at 13:12 UTC
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FencerPTS: Most of this is not good news for camera consumers.

IP&S SALES ARE DOWN 1.7% TO 711.2 B JPY. Q4 to Q3 sales down 16%; Q4 CY to Q4 PY down 9.5%. Not good news for Sony imaging. Only good news is the restructuring charge is behind them.

SONY INCREASING PROFIT FROM IMAGING: IP&S is now the second highest ROI at 16.5%. Cheap cameras are going away (we've already seen this with the A6300 replacing the A6000).

SONY REDUCING IMAGING R&D: contracted 4.75% to 64 B JPY. Look for either less prolific or less profound updates.

The A6300 does not replace the A6000. As with their other cameras, they add higher value cameras, while keeping the older (cheaper and with discount) models in the lineup.

Link | Posted on May 3, 2016 at 12:56 UTC
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JBTravel: The results are for the imaging division not the camera division, specifically. Sony currently has the momentum regarding digital sensors (consumer and industrial) and more and more companies around the world use their sensors. They also restructured in the last two years which may explain this financial exercise. That being said, it is good news for the camera division in the short and long run.

Sony sensors are part of the division "Devices" (not the Imaging division), which actually posted an operating loss.

Link | Posted on May 3, 2016 at 12:06 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: Compact Enthusiast Zoom Cameras (289 comments in total)
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technomad: Started reading: as soon as I came across the fatuous 'aperture equivalence' dross that DPR seems so keen to foist on the world, I gave up. Outta here.

"That's the huge issue with equivalence, though, since similar sensor technologies are actually pretty hard to find."

Not really, most of the recent sensors perform within 0.5 EV in terms of quantum efficiency (between 50-70%) and this goes especially for smaller sensors (mostly made by Sony) discussed in this article. That's a relatively small difference in light of the aperture graph presented by Dpreview where we see differences even exceeding 2 EV.

Sure there are exceptions and caveats, but it's far more useful to determine how a camera/lens combination performs than say, just the aperture value listed on the lens (i.e. manufacturer specs).

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2016 at 17:20 UTC
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