Jonath

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On article Hands-on with new Sony FE 35mm F1.4 GM (224 comments in total)

I'd made peace with my camera kit in 2020 and told my wife I didn't need any more stuff for my system.

Now Sony release this, lots of 35mm options already but a GM version is welcomed (just not by my wife).

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2021 at 07:42 UTC as 4th comment

I've had the One R for a while and use the 360 camera regularly when I'm out for the day walking, it's a great way to document where you are and for scouting new locations, its amazing what you miss when you pan round afterwards.

One point I wanted to make is viewing the 360 footage and photos in VR headsets, this was one of the things I wanted to use the footage for most, reliving days out etc. on my oculus quest 2.

Simple fact is, even in good light, and even at 5.7k the 360 footage isn't that crisp or detailed in VR headsets, particularly if your subject isn't close to the camera. It looks good on a flat computer screen, but the resolution simply isn't high enough for immersive VR where you're surrounded by the footage. Don't get me wrong, its good enough, it's just not that detailed.

Fact is, even the PRO 360 cameras at 8k+ resolution aren't that good either. To get immersive video it's going to take some innovation and some huge files to make things look clearer.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2021 at 07:39 UTC as 10th comment
On article Sony a7C review: Compact size, big sensor image quality (2234 comments in total)
In reply to:

jkokich: The camera may be smaller, but the lenses aren’t, so... why?

Some lenses aren’t smaller. Sony f1.8 primes are small, Samyang f2.8 primes are small, Tamron F2.8 primes are small too, Sigma also now designing smaller lenses specifically for mirrorless and dispensing with the extension tube design. If you’re OK with MF the Voigtlander lenses are tiny in most cases. If you want a tele-zoom, then the new Tamron’s are pretty compact for what they are, but that’s physics for you.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2020 at 06:48 UTC
On article Sony a9 II review (1282 comments in total)
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Funny Valentine: This comment section is both hilarious and pretty sad at the same time...

Another Sony review, and Sony fans are asking to censure negative criticism and comments. Really ? this is an online forum about gear and it's very important that users can report the good points and the bad points about a camera.

So Sony fans want to silence all negative criticism so they can enjoy their products in a confirmation biased bubble. Echo chamber positive thinking bubbles are what corporations want. Not good for consumers.

I agree. I don't think censorship would be a good idea, and people should be able to post whatever they like (within reason).

But at the moment guaranteed prominence is given to every comment due to the basic functionality of this feature, and this is encouraging and rewarding poor etiquette. You can see this in seeded comments repeatedly from the same people or from trolls (as I type this there two have just appeared) and then the first reply on others comments.

What we need is not censorship but some form of individual control and a way of discouraging this behaviour through there being no guarantee you'll appear first.

At the moment there is none. So if you want to post 100 times about the same thing, everyone has to read it, again and again. Some may want to read it, but what if I don't want to? I have no options (other than to never come back).

Unless I'm mistaken this will work for all brands and is self-moderating, surely more sustainable than expecting DPR to staff up.

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2020 at 10:01 UTC
On article Sony a9 II review (1282 comments in total)

There is one thing we're all united on, whether your tool of choice be Sony or Canon branded.

The comments aren't working.

Accusations fly; repetition, retribution for previous ills, something isn't working. Even Roger C isn't happy!

These comments streams are one of the oldest bits of the internet, others have faced the same problems and defeated them. Let's do the same.

There have been some good suggestions, up and down votes, muting, limits on # of posts per article... lets lobby DPR to fix it, because from where I'm sat, no one is happy and what used to be one of the better bits of this website is becoming worthless.

Also, what about crowd funding for counselling for anyone who posts more than 50 comments on an article, actually lets make that 100.

Link | Posted on Aug 21, 2020 at 22:33 UTC as 52nd comment | 6 replies
On article Sony a9 II review (1282 comments in total)
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mferencz: Out of the 832 comments I would bet 45 of them are Thoughts R Us repeating himself over and over. You should get a job with Dpreview and make some money at least while your at it.

Don’t forget the R5 review, they posted over 190 on there.

Link | Posted on Aug 21, 2020 at 18:00 UTC
On article Sony a9 II review (1282 comments in total)
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Jonath: It’s worth remembering this is essentially a 3.5 year old camera, both the sensor and the Bionz X professor are from the original. I remember when it was released it was roundly slated for being ‘disappointing’ because it represented only minor iterative updates targeted at pros, one would presume pre-olympics. Also remember the original A9 was a contmeporary of the 5D mkIV which was released only 6 months earlier. This is important context.

It’s going to be fascinating to see what Sony does next. They seem to stick with sensors for a maximum of two body versions (A7S & II, A7rII & III). They already have some much more sophisticated sensor tech in production. Will they put finally put this in the A9III?

Clearly I meant processor not professor!

Link | Posted on Aug 21, 2020 at 07:01 UTC
On article Sony a9 II review (1282 comments in total)

It’s worth remembering this is essentially a 3.5 year old camera, both the sensor and the Bionz X professor are from the original. I remember when it was released it was roundly slated for being ‘disappointing’ because it represented only minor iterative updates targeted at pros, one would presume pre-olympics. Also remember the original A9 was a contmeporary of the 5D mkIV which was released only 6 months earlier. This is important context.

It’s going to be fascinating to see what Sony does next. They seem to stick with sensors for a maximum of two body versions (A7S & II, A7rII & III). They already have some much more sophisticated sensor tech in production. Will they put finally put this in the A9III?

Link | Posted on Aug 21, 2020 at 07:00 UTC as 67th comment | 2 replies
On article Sony a9 II review (1282 comments in total)
In reply to:

KoroSPS: To anyone bewildered by the Gold Award:
1. It's a great camera.
2. DPR are actively 'shepherding' readers towards the most expensive upgrade paths of companies actively developing new camera tech hardware. This is informally dubbed 'Operation Northrop'.

Other cameras may give you 93% of what this camera will do at half the cost, but that's $2k not going towards the camera industry. Do you think it'll work? Is that fair consumer advice?

@careyrose I've said it before, we need a 'conspiracy theories' tab at the top.

Link | Posted on Aug 19, 2020 at 17:57 UTC
On article Sony a9 II review (1282 comments in total)
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panther fan: Scan time is still the thing that put the A9 above all the competition. Simply no other camera can deliver images silent and blackout-free with so little banding/ rolling shutter.

That said if you don't need that there are better options in the Sony lineup.
They should have waited with the A9 II release and give it the new processing platform they introduced with the A7S III. Like that people who don't need a camera right now will wait for the A7 IV or A9 III

@willoww can you post links to the Matt Granger and Jared Polin videos you reference please? I want to see the tests that your reference re High ISO and AF performance.

Link | Posted on Aug 19, 2020 at 16:49 UTC
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Thoughts R Us: Here's that guy who's been miles ahead of most in his coverage on the video features of the R5...he has a new video out showing how to optimize the standard 4K mode on the R5 to get very close to the 4K HQ in terms of quality. Instead of complaining he gets to work solving problems and delivers the results. BTW he was also the one who discovered that using the Atomos Ninja without the cards is the way to get virtually unlimited 4 HQ from the R5.

If I were hiring someone for a video project he would be the one as opposed to those who whine about the gear.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=759&v=uadz_0Ogc1A&feature=emb_title

@TRU, any claim you make of being constructive is undermined somewhat by your proliferation of comments. Did you know you’ve posted 172 comments on this thread alone? That’s 7.7% of all the comments, and there are over 2000 in total! I am not prone to conspiracy, but I can see how others may question your motives. Note that that’s also over 50% of all the comments I’ve ever made and I’ve been a member since Oct, 2013.

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2020 at 07:26 UTC
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Thoughts R Us: Interesting thoughts from Thom Hogan on why there's this growing emphasis on higher res video, at least for pro productions:

Netflix is probably the easiest to see and understand in terms of what's happening with professional video. They have clear, published guidelines on what they want creators to be shooting ("90% of the total runtime should be [captured using our camera/format guidelines]"). 4K is the bottom of their requirements, and generally only with raw or very high codec capabilities. 4.5K, 6K, and 8K cameras are abundant on their "approved" list.

This is the Disney Factor at work. Disney pretty much pioneered the notion of putting creative works into a vault and pulling them out from time to time to generate more revenue. But sometimes when they did that, they discovered that they needed to completely remaster things because technology had outdated the creation.

So basically, one reason why high res modes are valued it to make the video more future proof.

A perfectly reasonable point of view.

My point is that the pros and cons of 8K as a format are not the same as the pro's and con's of the R5's implementation of 8k.

8K is not a new format and I don't think it's value as a pro-format is in question.

8K in a MILC is new (and groundbreaking) but I think the way in which it has been implemented and the advantages and limitations of this implementation can be discussed.

I agree that the howling is over the top.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2020 at 22:17 UTC
In reply to:

Thoughts R Us: Interesting thoughts from Thom Hogan on why there's this growing emphasis on higher res video, at least for pro productions:

Netflix is probably the easiest to see and understand in terms of what's happening with professional video. They have clear, published guidelines on what they want creators to be shooting ("90% of the total runtime should be [captured using our camera/format guidelines]"). 4K is the bottom of their requirements, and generally only with raw or very high codec capabilities. 4.5K, 6K, and 8K cameras are abundant on their "approved" list.

This is the Disney Factor at work. Disney pretty much pioneered the notion of putting creative works into a vault and pulling them out from time to time to generate more revenue. But sometimes when they did that, they discovered that they needed to completely remaster things because technology had outdated the creation.

So basically, one reason why high res modes are valued it to make the video more future proof.

I don't think many would argue against 8k as a format for professional film production, for the versatility, latitude, colour reasons alluded to. I'd go as far as saying this is stating the obvious. As for 'other brands', there is one very unpopular brand on this thread that has an 8k pro-video camera that is over 4 years old this year.

The issue is the 8k implementation in this specific camera, it's advantages and limitations.

These are two very different discussion points.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2020 at 21:22 UTC

I’ve read and re-read these comments and others on the R5 (deja vu from some of the commenters - please can we have a ‘mute’ feature DPR?).

It’s a great camera, but it’s not perfect. From what I can see that makes it like every other leading FF camera out at the moment, all have issues. We have to decide for ourselves whether our individual needs or brand loyalties mean those issues are a problem for us or not. For all the videos, links, graphs, shared, it really boils down to this personal choice.

I’ve said it before (only once though, unlike some others!) and I’ll say it again. This is a great camera, more importantly Canon are taking risks, this is not the same Canon that iterated with very minor updates or white bodies. It should be applauded, it will drive Nikon, Sony and Panasonic onwards. We are all winners, no matter what brand we choose to buy.

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2020 at 07:08 UTC as 263rd comment
On article DPReview TV: Canon EOS R5 review (923 comments in total)

I have to say as a long time Sony user, this is a great camera. The image quality and AF seem superb, 20fps, fast readout... and frankly for most non-pro users (which although not as prestigious, will be the majority of purchasers) the biggest issue I foresee with 8k will be computer processing power and storage, and a suitable screen to do the footage justice, not overheating. If I was not committed to a system this would definitely be on my list of potential buys.

Good to see the camera industry doing more that just iterate model numbers...

And hopefully a little bit of objective balance before the fanboys from all sides hit these comments...

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2020 at 07:23 UTC as 189th comment | 1 reply
On article Sony a7S III review (2788 comments in total)
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Jonath: Not much proper debate here, just more petty and pathetic arguments.

Would it make any difference if I said most normal people don’t base their purchasing decisions on the person / opinion posted most in the DPR forums? That you’re not influencing opinion or changing the minds of buyers?

Would it make any difference if I said It is clear from 1,000+ comments, repeat after repeat after repeat postings of the same screenshots, videos, graphs... that 99.9% of you will never convince people with different opinions to yours to change their opinions? That you are destined to enter an infinite loop, where you share more and more and more trying to get to a point where you feel like you’ve won the argument or put someone in their place, or set the ‘facts’ straight? Acting like some kind of weird camera-truth police. It won’t happen.

I know this won’t make any difference, but just look at the comments... what a waste of space and time.

Spot on Mikeran, unless you have some kind of peer reviewed algorithm you’re using to deduce who’s worse, then it’s just another opinion. They both seem just as bad as each other to me.
This is my last comment, feel like I’m getting drawn in...

Link | Posted on Jul 30, 2020 at 17:39 UTC
On article Sony a7S III review (2788 comments in total)
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Jonath: Not much proper debate here, just more petty and pathetic arguments.

Would it make any difference if I said most normal people don’t base their purchasing decisions on the person / opinion posted most in the DPR forums? That you’re not influencing opinion or changing the minds of buyers?

Would it make any difference if I said It is clear from 1,000+ comments, repeat after repeat after repeat postings of the same screenshots, videos, graphs... that 99.9% of you will never convince people with different opinions to yours to change their opinions? That you are destined to enter an infinite loop, where you share more and more and more trying to get to a point where you feel like you’ve won the argument or put someone in their place, or set the ‘facts’ straight? Acting like some kind of weird camera-truth police. It won’t happen.

I know this won’t make any difference, but just look at the comments... what a waste of space and time.

Where did I say comments are a waste of time?

Link | Posted on Jul 30, 2020 at 16:56 UTC
On article Sony a7S III review (2788 comments in total)

Not much proper debate here, just more petty and pathetic arguments.

Would it make any difference if I said most normal people don’t base their purchasing decisions on the person / opinion posted most in the DPR forums? That you’re not influencing opinion or changing the minds of buyers?

Would it make any difference if I said It is clear from 1,000+ comments, repeat after repeat after repeat postings of the same screenshots, videos, graphs... that 99.9% of you will never convince people with different opinions to yours to change their opinions? That you are destined to enter an infinite loop, where you share more and more and more trying to get to a point where you feel like you’ve won the argument or put someone in their place, or set the ‘facts’ straight? Acting like some kind of weird camera-truth police. It won’t happen.

I know this won’t make any difference, but just look at the comments... what a waste of space and time.

Link | Posted on Jul 30, 2020 at 15:24 UTC as 256th comment | 11 replies
On article Sony a7S III review (2788 comments in total)
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Jonath: A7s series has always been a niche camera, so I just don’t get the R5 comparisons either here or elsewhere. I think the points DPR makes are spot on. This is a different product strategy to Canon, it is not an all things to all people camera, it is niche. If you don’t see it’s appeal then it’s probably not for you. I know it’s not for me. Some good points by DPR about implied product strategy for other Sony cameras based on this one too and pointing to the future for the R and standard A7 models. New GUI, better integrated touch functionality, properly articulate screen, more versatile card slots, iteration yes, but all very welcome. Now Canon have stolen the specs-appeal mantle with the R5 it will be interesting to see if Sony try and regain this with the A7IV / A7RV or double down on iteratively improving the general product.

R5 is a great product with impressive specifications and if I was in the market for a new system or a Canon Fan I’d be genuinely excited too, let
them have their moment (although I do wish they wouldn’t ‘have their moment’ by telling us all how great it is repeatedly on every loosely related article on DPR).

These cameras have two very different purposes though as I said before, and they signal different things. Canon is clearly laying down the gauntlet, like Sony did with the ground breaking (but flawed) A7R2. Amazing specs but with some rough edges (no one has mentioned how canon is 5 yrs late to the overheating sensor party). Sony is demonstrating it is listening to its users, and specifically its A7S users. Speak to anyone who is in this market niche and they’ll tell you Sony have listened.

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2020 at 05:33 UTC
On article Sony a7S III review (2788 comments in total)

A7s series has always been a niche camera, so I just don’t get the R5 comparisons either here or elsewhere. I think the points DPR makes are spot on. This is a different product strategy to Canon, it is not an all things to all people camera, it is niche. If you don’t see it’s appeal then it’s probably not for you. I know it’s not for me. Some good points by DPR about implied product strategy for other Sony cameras based on this one too and pointing to the future for the R and standard A7 models. New GUI, better integrated touch functionality, properly articulate screen, more versatile card slots, iteration yes, but all very welcome. Now Canon have stolen the specs-appeal mantle with the R5 it will be interesting to see if Sony try and regain this with the A7IV / A7RV or double down on iteratively improving the general product.

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2020 at 20:38 UTC as 368th comment | 2 replies
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