rbach44

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On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2648 comments in total)

Pros:

• Lots and lots of specs*
• Catching up to the state of SLRS in the current decade in the areas of battery life, responsiveness, and UI
• E-Shutter and related artifacts not THAT bad
• Less of the trademark Sony weirdness

= “the dawn of the true digital age”

Exactly as we could’ve guessed the review would be, given DPReviews coverage of the rollout.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2017 at 15:35 UTC as 110th comment
On article First shots from new Nikon 28mm F1.4E ED (223 comments in total)

Seems to have similar look to the 58 1.4, which is a great thing IMO. Its nice to see how Nikon is developing a certain “look” for each line. Looks like the new 1.4s are a sharp but a bit creamy, with very nice bokeh and a definite “look”. Just like the 1.8Gs I have had all seems to have a similar balance between sharpness and bokeh. Each line has a unique signature, and they all seem to match eachother nicely.

Anyway, I would like one…

Link | Posted on May 31, 2017 at 21:37 UTC as 79th comment
On article Sony a9: more speed, less dynamic range (666 comments in total)

All this 12-bit compression, EFC shutter, and ISO invariance weirdness really turns me off to the AX Series. I’m a sucker for preserving the highlight shoulder (the opposite of the old “expose for the shadows, develop for the highlights” adage). This is no good for me. It reminds me of my time with my A7, a camera that always felt like IQ should be a bit better than it was. I’m waiting for Sony to deliver the perfect camera, seems like they have the tech to do it, but theres always some caveat that keeps me uninterested.

I suppose when it comes down to it, I’ll take a clean, malleable, ISO invariant, raw file over 20FPS and a silent shutter. Why do we have to make that choice. All of those asterisks in the product announcement are adding up.

If Sony were to make a camera that works like SLRs have for years, but with the clear advantages of mirrorless, I would buy one in heartbeat. But there are so many irrelevant features and weirdness that I’ll stick with my Nikons. Maybe next time…

Link | Posted on May 18, 2017 at 16:10 UTC as 90th comment | 6 replies

I’ve been working on a dream compact in my head for while now.

I think my Coolpix A is about the best digital compact so far, its about as small as an APS-C compact can get. I don’t like smaller than APS-C because rendering gets a little funny with wides. So lets start there.

* Use a collapsible lens that unfolds with the rotation of the focus ring (like the Fuji X20). This should control power on/off too.
• The lens can be f2.8 to keep it small. It never seems to be a limitation on my Coolpix A.
• Add an optical finder, but doesn’t need to be the best in order to keep the size down (Like the X20)
• Decent built-in flash like the X100
• Size should be between a Coolpix A and an X100. Reasonably pocketable.
• Come out with a 28mm and 50mm version. I’ll buy both. (I guess most people would want 35 though.)
• Bonus if you can implement manual focus something like the Leica Q with distance markings. perhaps a focusing tab to save size?

I’m dreaming here, but it isn’t THAT crazy is it?

Link | Posted on May 16, 2017 at 14:59 UTC as 50th comment | 3 replies
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kreislauf: Many people today would use their f2/100s, f1. 2/85s or f1.4/50s on their pro-am camera to blur out everything but a single detail.
Glad that these images have a huge DOF

…but what about the Flickr awards?

Link | Posted on May 11, 2017 at 14:37 UTC
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rbach44: Can someone explain to me how this is a pro camera besides the fact that Sony's marketing says so? The feature set looks like a mid-level SLR with 20 FPS (with the right settings), an AF-ON button, and some autofocus tricks. How does that make it a pro camera anymore than say a D600?

The D600 is not my reference for a pro camera, its just what I have. And besides the AF features I still at a bit of a loss as the real differences.

The 1Ds/D5s in particular (and to a lesser degree the 5Ds/D8XXs) just exude confidence when you hold them. The build is great, the AF is confident, and they have a certain refinement that really makes them feel like professional machines. Its more than just a matter of specs. If the next Rebel has 1000 AF points and 30 FPS will that become the next pro camera? I think not. The Sony has tech for sure, but I think it will take more than that to actually gain traction in the pro market.

I reserve judgment until I can use one and the reviews come out, but something makes me think the A9 is not yet up to this level.

Link | Posted on May 3, 2017 at 14:09 UTC
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rbach44: Can someone explain to me how this is a pro camera besides the fact that Sony's marketing says so? The feature set looks like a mid-level SLR with 20 FPS (with the right settings), an AF-ON button, and some autofocus tricks. How does that make it a pro camera anymore than say a D600?

Are FPS and AF points the new/only metrics for pro cameras? I'm still not convinced the A9 will be a hit with the pros...

Link | Posted on May 2, 2017 at 21:23 UTC

Can someone explain to me how this is a pro camera besides the fact that Sony's marketing says so? The feature set looks like a mid-level SLR with 20 FPS (with the right settings), an AF-ON button, and some autofocus tricks. How does that make it a pro camera anymore than say a D600?

Link | Posted on May 2, 2017 at 20:32 UTC as 69th comment | 26 replies
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Gimli son of Gloin: For those who are "tired" of seeing A9 articles and are trying to say Rishi is getting paid: it is not his fault that your favorite brand is not realising anything worth talking.

Perhaps spending some more time whining for your favourite manufacturer to release something decent is a better employed time than coming here and crying over another article. I am a interested in seeing advancements in any camera.

The worst thing about this A9 camera is how much is angering the fanboys in other brands. Sheesh...

Perhaps “Canon and Nikon still own most of the professional market because Sony still can’t get it right” isn’t the most buzzworthy headline….

Link | Posted on May 2, 2017 at 17:28 UTC
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rbach44: Does anyone else think this stuff sounds overly complicated? I never really wished for any one these features in my Nikons and AF has never been an issue for me.

If its anything like my old A7, you can customize everything except the things you would actually want to customize. App download for the function buttons? Sure. One click 100% focus magnification? Nowhere to be found… Thats why their cameras feel more like a computer games than cameras to me.

Lets stop praising Sony for a million “steps in the right direction” and start admitting that Sony seems to have ignored half the UI advances made in DLSRs in the past 10 years.

“If you don't appreciate the capability to quickly change subject tracking AF to eye AF, then the A9's not for you“

Exactly my point. In all my years of photography I’ve never felt I was missing out by not having this feature, and I almost never have any focus issues. To be honest, I can’t even really grasp what it means even after reading the article. I have a feeling I can live without…

We’ll see. Sony has been providing “the answer” to their past half blunders and “advancing photography” for while now. Maybe this is on the one that will finally be there.

Link | Posted on May 2, 2017 at 16:55 UTC
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rbach44: Does anyone else think this stuff sounds overly complicated? I never really wished for any one these features in my Nikons and AF has never been an issue for me.

If its anything like my old A7, you can customize everything except the things you would actually want to customize. App download for the function buttons? Sure. One click 100% focus magnification? Nowhere to be found… Thats why their cameras feel more like a computer games than cameras to me.

Lets stop praising Sony for a million “steps in the right direction” and start admitting that Sony seems to have ignored half the UI advances made in DLSRs in the past 10 years.

My point was not to criticize the explanation of the features but questioning the usefulness of all of these hot new features. Sonys have always has lots of features that seem like solutions looking for problems. I wonder if the A9 is actually that different... and if these new features really add up to a better shooting experience than the competition.

Link | Posted on May 2, 2017 at 16:04 UTC

Does anyone else think this stuff sounds overly complicated? I never really wished for any one these features in my Nikons and AF has never been an issue for me.

If its anything like my old A7, you can customize everything except the things you would actually want to customize. App download for the function buttons? Sure. One click 100% focus magnification? Nowhere to be found… Thats why their cameras feel more like a computer games than cameras to me.

Lets stop praising Sony for a million “steps in the right direction” and start admitting that Sony seems to have ignored half the UI advances made in DLSRs in the past 10 years.

Link | Posted on May 2, 2017 at 14:32 UTC as 94th comment | 9 replies

I seriously doubt that there are any full time pros that would go to an adapter based solution for all their lenses just to get 20 FPS…

Pros use what makes consistant and predictably good images. They don’t gamble reliability/familiarity for specs. They would need a VERY good reason to switch. I would honestly like to know what some full time pros think about what the A9 has to offer to them, I have a feeling it may be a bit different than what Sony is touting.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 14:12 UTC as 180th comment
On article Sony a9: Why being better might not be enough (766 comments in total)

I think this article outlines why, at least for now, Nikon and Canon will remain the top choices for sports pros. Despite what the Sony fans say, the A9 is NOT going to be the death knell of the pro SLR. Perhaps what Sony is actually doing is staking their claim, that at least they are planning on making a serious effort at the pro market. Its an ambitious move, but one that will most likely not pay off immediately.

What I would also like to know is how many pros feel that the advantages of the A9 are worth leaving the gear that they are presumably comfortable and happy with (and dealing with some of the glaring disadvantages that the A9 + system undeniably has…). How many shots have they missed due to the 10 vs 20FPS frame rate? How much of annoyance do they see viewfinder blackout being? And, something I seriously wonder myself, will the shooting experience (without blackout or a shutter sound to give some feedback) feel a little too far off from what they are used to?

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2017 at 17:17 UTC as 85th comment | 1 reply
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rbach44: The more I think this camera over the more I am confused. Who is this camera meant for? They say sports shooters and the specs confirm this, but considering the whole ecosystem, I doubt many sports shooters will be using these:

No native fast telephotos, unpredictable AF, poor battery life (even though it is improved it is still nowhere near that of pretty much any decent SLR), so-so build and reliability reputation, and then the typical Sony weirdness/slowness will drive actual working pros away. Besides, there have been excellent sports shots since the days before high frame rate cameras.

Also, the pricing just seems bizarre… an A7 with small ergonomic improvements and a high frame rate for 3x the price?

I’m sure all of those asterisks and footnotes will add up and the experience will be the typical Sony spec sheet/press release king that ends up being weird and awkward in use. I doubt too many working pros will be dropping their 1Ds/D5s for these…

In what way is it a D5/1Dx challenger? Because Sony said so? Because it has a high frame rate? Doesn’t the EM-1 from 2013 have a similar frame rate to a D5/1Dx? And there were none of these on the sidelines for the Olympics. Frame rate is not the only reason pros use these cameras. The forum “pros” will flock to it, but I doubt real pros will be as interested.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 20:48 UTC
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steviewa: Too small and too light

I agree… I had an A7 in the past and I often wished it were bit bigger. It could accommodate a bigger battery (much needed…), have a better grip, and balance with something besides the few small Sony/Ziess primes.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 17:49 UTC

The more I think this camera over the more I am confused. Who is this camera meant for? They say sports shooters and the specs confirm this, but considering the whole ecosystem, I doubt many sports shooters will be using these:

No native fast telephotos, unpredictable AF, poor battery life (even though it is improved it is still nowhere near that of pretty much any decent SLR), so-so build and reliability reputation, and then the typical Sony weirdness/slowness will drive actual working pros away. Besides, there have been excellent sports shots since the days before high frame rate cameras.

Also, the pricing just seems bizarre… an A7 with small ergonomic improvements and a high frame rate for 3x the price?

I’m sure all of those asterisks and footnotes will add up and the experience will be the typical Sony spec sheet/press release king that ends up being weird and awkward in use. I doubt too many working pros will be dropping their 1Ds/D5s for these…

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 17:25 UTC as 31st comment | 3 replies
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1905 comments in total)

As a former Sony A7 now happily back to Nikon user, this camera looks promising. It finally has the nice little ergonomic features that make pro cameras so enjoyable. Also. if the battery life really is twice the previous generation, they are at least on track. AF. in theory at least, looks great. But mostly I hope (though probably in vain) that they fixed the Auto ISO, weird RAW files, confusing menus, and general Sony wonkiness that drove me batty with my A7.

Some questions I have from the press release:

Am I missing something or does the viewfinder seem oddly underspecced? 1280 x 960?
Why is it so expensive? Its not THAT different than an a7 but its 3x the price…

I’m deeply skeptical. It looks like it could be one of Sony cameras built to make a good looking spec sheet. But I hope for the best. We’ll see…

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 17:11 UTC as 275th comment | 2 replies
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S Review: Modern MF (904 comments in total)
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rbach44: “Slow native lenses do not take full advantage of camera's sensor size”

Still touting that strange logic that the maximum F-stop of available lenses is indicative of the IQ potential for an entire format. Backed up yet again by 100% JPEG crops and some pseudo-scientific equivalency equations. Viewing the birth of flawed forum logic in real time is fascinating.

If we’re talking about total light, we should take into account actual transmission of lenses, vignetting (as much as a few stops in the corners with the f1.2/1.4 lenses), the fact that lenses are not even remotely at their peak resolution at full aperture, and all sorts of other aberrations that limit your resolution at extreme apertures. I would be willing to bet the the f2 Fuji lenses are closer to their advertised aperture than the f1.2/f1.4 35mm lenses, and with less resolution limiting aberrations too. And this is without even getting into the fact that maybe we’re not all shooting handheld in dim conditions or want paper thin DOF.

It’s misleading to say that maximum F stop of available lenses is indicative of total light and therefor image quality, there are many other variables. Besides, just open up the shutter a bit longer and theres your light. The IQ potential of medium format is not limited by the lack of extreme aperture lenses lenses.

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2017 at 14:55 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S Review: Modern MF (904 comments in total)

“Slow native lenses do not take full advantage of camera's sensor size”

Still touting that strange logic that the maximum F-stop of available lenses is indicative of the IQ potential for an entire format. Backed up yet again by 100% JPEG crops and some pseudo-scientific equivalency equations. Viewing the birth of flawed forum logic in real time is fascinating.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2017 at 15:37 UTC as 52nd comment | 2 replies
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