TrojMacReady

TrojMacReady

Lives in Netherlands Netherlands
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On article 2015 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $1200-2000 (328 comments in total)
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Just Ed: Owned a D600 and now have two 6D's and also use a 5D mkiii. The 6D is quite uderrated. In my experience it focuses far better than Nik's D600 particularily in low light. My point is more focus points does not equal a better focusing system. I recently took a frame of a luminous flashlight in a dark room using autofocus and exposure and the 6D did quite well. Yesterday took pics of a friend and her foster 9 month old hyper energy pointer. Not a single frame was out of focus on the 6D. Now, had I taken the 5D mkiii with me that would have been my go to. But Canon's under rated ff can be had refurbed for under a thousand bucks and will probably be cheaper if they replace it next Spring. It is an image taking machine which adds wifi and gps (use the latter often for travel and events). All my glass is L glass so that helps overall performance. 24-70L, 70-200 f/4 L and also use 100-400 mkii L..

Betamax was a failure in the consumer market but lived on as Betacam in the camera market for a very long time.

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2015 at 13:22 UTC
On article What's missing? Ming Thein on the state of mirrorless (744 comments in total)
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qwertyasdf: Fairly speaking, Canon and Panasonic mirrorlesses have decent battery life, Sony's bad, and Olympus is absolutely miserable (less than 200 shots per charge on EM5, IBIS off)

I want to suggest something out of the ordinary, how about a collapsible telephoto lens to keep everything small?! Since telephotos really have a lot of air space in them.

Since the picture is showing a Fuji camera, I'm particularly disappointed with them, why the heck are their lenses becoming bigger and bigger?!?!?! I love Fuji, but stopped with the X-A1 and 18--55mm F2.8-4, I have no desire to buy any of their huge lenses.

Try shooting Canon and Nikon DSLR cameras in full-time live view and their battery life is lower than Sony's by quite a margin (see their CIPA ratings for live view use) despite the significantly smaller Sony battery. In other words, the Sony cameras are very efficient, they just would be helped with larger batteries. That however would compromise backwards compatibility too, if they use something larger than the ones in the A mount cameras.

Canon mirrorless actually have a horrible track record for battery life, much worse than Sony. Even using the same Sony 1 inch sensor, Canon compact cameras show significantly worse battery life, while being slower to boot.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2015 at 20:41 UTC
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The Squire: How much longer can Canon keep 'protecting' their DSLR revenues by under-investing in ILCs? There wont be much revenue to protect soon...

Canon could easily be the next Kodak.

The 1 inch sensors have small pixels and exceed 70%, the A7RII sits between 63% and 71% based on DXOmark and Bclaff measurements (between 1/3 and 1/2 EV improvement over the A7R in sensitivity for midtones and highlights, not accounting for read noise improvements at higher ISO'S).

The Canon 7D markII is the exception and marks the top of the Canon range that I mentioned earlier ("topping out below 60%"), the rest, including all FF, sits at or below 51%.

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2015 at 08:54 UTC
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davev8: t costs $£$£$£$£ to develop a camera ..what Sony are doing is developing anther before the development cost is payd for by the 1st camera now canon who have maybe the only profitable camera division takes a sensible route for long term stability ...how much development cost is left in every 5Dmkiii sold?...i think Canikon will have the last laff

You do realize this is about Imaging, not the whole of Sony. Current forecast for the whole fiscal year is an operating income above 8% and 39% increase in operating income. Margin for the fiscal year ending march this year was 5.8%.

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2015 at 08:25 UTC
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Richard Murdey: I admit, I find this stuff interesting.

The impression you might get from the internet is Sony cameras are just killing it right now, financial reports allow for some cross checking. Unfortunately just a single quarter like the above doesn't tell you much.

Here's the bigger story:

Income IP&S, 2012-2013-2014-2015: 761-730-741-720 billion yen.

In other words whatever success Sony has had with the A7 and RX100 lines has been largely offset by declines in other areas, whether SLT, P&S, or camcorders. In keeping income largely constant, however, and always at a profit, it is fair to say they are performing above average.

"In other words whatever success Sony has had with the A7 and RX100 lines has been largely offset by declines in other areas,"

Over the whole year the forecast for revenues was just moved upwards to a 39% increase in operational income compared to last fiscal year and a margin that increases from 5.8% to 8.1% at almost flat total sales, mostly due to an improved product mix (less camcorders and P&S, more high value cameras).

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2015 at 18:55 UTC
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GlobalGuyUSA: The biggest losers in Sony buying up the scandal-ridden Toshiba's sensors division will be us -- the consumers. Toshiba was a pressure against Sony getting a monopoly on advancement. You can already see Sony is implementing its sensors in its own cameras first, more than a year before other companies have access to it. It didn't used to be this way -- previously, they gave them to competitors first and only later implemented them in Sony cameras. Nikon, etc, could have had the option to use a Toshiba sensor instead.... but now that option doesn't exist.

I really wish Nikon & Canon had bought Toshiba's sensor business, instead of Sony. It doesn't seem that this is good for consumers. Especially now that Samsung is exiting the camera market, there will be no Samsung surprise. Instead, we're going to feel a Sony monopoly.

Right now, Sony is incredibly innovative, though. So let's see if that holds up. No criticism unless they drop the ball. But they have a responsibility now.

"Sony is currently the leader in sensors, but mostly due to their contract with Apple."

Sony sells more sensors to Samsung on a yearly basis. Only a small portion of the Samsung phones carries Samsung sensors and Samsung still sells >50% more phones than Apple (almost 80% more in q3 this year).

And indeed, Sony already led sensor sales before Apple came into play.

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2015 at 18:44 UTC
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The Squire: How much longer can Canon keep 'protecting' their DSLR revenues by under-investing in ILCs? There wont be much revenue to protect soon...

Canon could easily be the next Kodak.

A7S and A7RII sensors hover around 70%, all recent 1 inch sensors from Sony do, the Canon 6D sensor sits around 50%.

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2015 at 22:10 UTC
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The Squire: How much longer can Canon keep 'protecting' their DSLR revenues by under-investing in ILCs? There wont be much revenue to protect soon...

Canon could easily be the next Kodak.

Their actual "pixels" aren't top of the line anymore either with a QE around 50% and topping out below 60% at best where competition is moving towards or past 70%. Granted, a difference between a third to half a stop in sensitivity isn't earth shattering but still easily a generation.

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2015 at 16:39 UTC
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mvmv: Projected operating profit for Imaging system is +15% for 2015, still excelled unlike others. Without ground facts article is little confusing.
http://www.canon.com/ir/conference/pdf/conf2015q3e.pdf

"Unlike others"
October projection for FY2015 from Sony Imaging expects 39% growth of operating income compared to 2014.

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2015 at 15:56 UTC
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TwoMetreBill: 99.9+% of all sensors are made for phones and cars with this rapidly trending to 99.99%. Sensors for phones/cars are sold in the billions, for cameras in the millions. Then there are all the new smart devices which need billions more. Sensors for traditional cameras just don't matter financially to a corporation.
The only thing saving camera sensors at this point is that cameras are marketing tools that manufacturers use to show off their technology. Sony, Fuji and Panasonic have always lost money on camera gear.

What we photo enthusiasts have to hope is that somebody decides to keep making sensors for cameras.

Sony is currently making a profit from its Camera division.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2015 at 17:31 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Sony a7S II (288 comments in total)
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rfsIII: But does it have XLRs with phantom power? I just used a camera this weekend with a pair of them (and autofocus that let you adjust how quickly or slowly it would bring your subject into focus) and I don't think I can live without those two features anymore. There's a lot of tech that still needs to make its way from camcorders to mirrorless and DSLR.

Depends what you want. the Canon you mention offers a larger zoomrange and better ergonomics, but weighs more than an A7S plus prime and XLR adapter, similar to the same kit with 24-70 and doesn't offer the DR and DOF flexibility, nor the much higher quality EVF.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2015 at 21:37 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Sony a7S II (288 comments in total)
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rfsIII: But does it have XLRs with phantom power? I just used a camera this weekend with a pair of them (and autofocus that let you adjust how quickly or slowly it would bring your subject into focus) and I don't think I can live without those two features anymore. There's a lot of tech that still needs to make its way from camcorders to mirrorless and DSLR.

You can attach the matching XLR-K2M XLR adapter with phantom power.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2015 at 06:38 UTC
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The Squire: I'd usual say 'what no 4k', but I get the impression Canon want these cameras to sell to the mid-market where 4K still scares manufacturers becuase 99% of their customers haven't got the hardware to play or edit it.

Canon Customer: "Hey, why's it taking so long to transfer my [2GB] video over bluetooth to my phone?"

Still hard to sell to those too when many of the phones (Galaxy S series since 2014, Note since 2013, iPhone since this year, etc.) sold to the same people do have 4K recording capabilities.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2015 at 23:09 UTC
On article ZEISS goes wide with Loxia 21mm F2.8 for Sony E-mount (224 comments in total)
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Boss of Sony: What is the point of a lens without AF in this day and age? AF is one of the functions most photographers need more than any other.

Video and some don't need AF for their needs, especially for wider lenses like these and with all the MF aids. Leaving it out helps reduce size too.

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2015 at 22:01 UTC
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supeyugin1: Good move. Now Sony is free to close their mobile phone and camera departments, as those are not profitable.

They no longer do, but in several interviews and presentations they have shown the consumer ILC sales to be increasing and the professional video market to show a small declining trend.

Link | Posted on Oct 10, 2015 at 18:55 UTC
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km25: This is good. Not a Sony hater, but a front running sensor maker, not so good at making cameras.

Sony batteries are about half the weight of Canon ones. With 2 spares, you have the same or longer rated battery life than the longest lasting Canon body, despite running the sensor while framing. Thus weight differences due to batteries are minimal..., unless you use live view on your Canon or Nikon a lot for critical focus, in which case they last shorter on a single charge and need more spares than the Sony.

The EVF gives access to menus without having to take away your eye from the viewfinder, time saved too.

Link | Posted on Oct 9, 2015 at 18:56 UTC
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roustabout66: I would not feel very comfortable owning a Sony camera now. My understanding is that most of any profits generated were by sensors not cameras.

Their camera division shows the most growth in the industry (many others are actually shrinking). So reality already made such speculation rather unfounded.

Link | Posted on Oct 9, 2015 at 18:49 UTC
On article Recipe for 6S: iPhone 6S Real-world Sample Gallery (122 comments in total)
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xeriwthe: Not impressed, the LGG4 toasts this camera for low Iso detail.

I think the lens is just not as good as the best android Cameras these days.

I am still impressed with the quality of the LGG4

Not just larger sensors but also faster lenses. With these small sensors, up to 2/3 EV extra light can make a good difference too.

Link | Posted on Oct 9, 2015 at 08:08 UTC
On article Recipe for 6S: iPhone 6S Real-world Sample Gallery (122 comments in total)
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JeanPierre Thibaudeau: This should be good enough for most people, I mean not fussy gear addicts like us on this web site...

The good news is that the colours seem very accurate, very pleasing and not over saturated, like most cameras, straight out of the box.

Nice.

There's actually pretty severe clipping in the red channel, see for example image 32 (IMG_1381.JPG), where the guy's face is turned into a even colored mess. It's also demonstrated in flower shots in galleries elsewhere, showing little to no detail left in red flowers.

I wouldn't call colors anywhere near accurate either, since daylight shots have the yellow veil seen in the previous iPhone images and videos too, probably in an attempt to fake golden hours in every daylight shot. These shots were mostly during the golden hours, which partially hides that flaw.

Those are not things only noticed by " fussy gear addicts", especially red channel clipping (read: loss of detail) is usually fairly obvious.

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2015 at 22:48 UTC
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new boyz: So.. Canon can finally buy Sony sensor from a non-competitor company? I hope so. I would like to see more flavors of Sony sensor. Pentax flavor is the best for now.

Mwoah, even if we somehow decide that the ADC's aren't part of the sensors, around 50% QE vs 60-70% QE still isn't exactly the same.

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2015 at 22:22 UTC
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