rbach44

Joined on Nov 4, 2011

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On article Sample gallery: Nikon 180-400mm F4E TC1.4 FL ED VR (109 comments in total)

"The autofocus hit-rate from the soccer match was nearly perfect"

Impossible. Not enough AF points, FPS too low for action, mirror blackout hides subject all the time. Should've used an A9.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2018 at 14:17 UTC as 30th comment | 5 replies
On article Opinion: the Sony a7 III could be the new Nikon D750 (1208 comments in total)
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JEROME NOLAS: Almost as big and heavy as Nikon. Why buy Sony?

@T3

Specs, specs, specs. I’m talking about photography here. More X does not equal better images. Show me one example of a shot that Sony’s 693 AF points saved where Nikon’s AF would have failed. Because I can give you plenty of examples where I missed shots with my old A7 because it didn’t want to wake up, or because that feature I wanted was locked out without explanation, or where I didn’t bring it because I didn’t trust the build. With Sony’s propensity for huge lenses, the size advantage falls apart with anything bigger than a pancake attached.

“Why stop at being the same? Mirrorless is the next generation of cameras.”

Maybe one day. The A7 series is a great concept, no doubt, but even after the third revision they still haven’t gotten it right they’re still paying catchup to SLRs. The Sonys can be at a million FPS, 5 million AF points, and be the size of my iPhone, but until they are as dependable and ergonomically sound as my old sub $1000 Nikon, I’ll stay put.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2018 at 13:58 UTC
On article Opinion: the Sony a7 III could be the new Nikon D750 (1208 comments in total)
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JEROME NOLAS: Almost as big and heavy as Nikon. Why buy Sony?

I’ve owned Sony full frame before, and I don’t doubt that are pushing technology forward. But the actual photographic rewards seem a bit dubious to me. Any you give me an example of a shot taken with a Sony that would be impossible or difficult with a Nikon or Canon.

99% of the photographers shooting the Olympics or in the White House Press Pool seem fine with the feature set offered by an SLR, so what is it that they are missing out on?

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2018 at 20:37 UTC
On article Opinion: the Sony a7 III could be the new Nikon D750 (1208 comments in total)
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JEROME NOLAS: Almost as big and heavy as Nikon. Why buy Sony?

To what end?

The D5s and 1Ds of the world, are known as the best AF cameras onto market with or without the gazillion point AF system. The D750 and 5Ds are probably not far behind.

Whats the point of a wider lens selection when the ergonomics are horrible? Why not just stick to the native system with a huge lens choice anyway?

Besides the spec sheet, how does the Sony offer “more” for photography?

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2018 at 19:18 UTC
On article Sony 'striping': here's the fix (714 comments in total)
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rbach44: Again, issues, fixes, workarounds, and for what? Some of the best performing AF cameras on the market don’t have the on-sensor PDAF and they perform wonderfully.

Why deal with the myriad of Sony issues when there are plenty of other cameras that perform just as well without the headache?

selrezi:

Exactly my point.

In what way? I'm aware of the spec sheet but in what way does this help to produce better images? When there are so many camera that are supposedly lower specced, but perform similarly (or better) and without the workarounds, whats the net gain?

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2018 at 18:36 UTC
On article Sony 'striping': here's the fix (714 comments in total)

Again, issues, fixes, workarounds, and for what? Some of the best performing AF cameras on the market don’t have the on-sensor PDAF and they perform wonderfully.

Why deal with the myriad of Sony issues when there are plenty of other cameras that perform just as well without the headache?

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2018 at 14:28 UTC as 155th comment | 5 replies

It was only a matter of time. And given that you can spend $40K on a cropped medium format sensor the price is, relatively speaking, not so bad. It seems like the sensor has about 1/4 the features of a modern camera, but still. Give it a few years and let the price come down, let the technology improve, release a 4x5 version and there will be some happy photographers out there.

The thing I really wonder is how it will handle movements. I wonder how any digital sensor will handle extreme tilt, for example.

Also, cue the perpetual equivalency debate!

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2018 at 13:35 UTC as 37th comment | 1 reply
On article Nikon dominates World Press Photo 2018 camera breakdown (374 comments in total)
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mmm good: The underpaid grunts in the press don't dictate the market's trajectory. Nor are they even remotely representative of the public at large.

Nobody cares what tools they use.

Its interesting to see the tastes of those who cameras as, know, photographic tools rather than gadgety techno-toys to debate on forums.

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2018 at 20:06 UTC
On article Nikon dominates World Press Photo 2018 camera breakdown (374 comments in total)

Impossible! Nikon? Those cameras are unusable.

The aging and inaccurate OVF? The lack of on-sensor Phase Detection? That thunderously loud and unreliable Mirror mechanism? The lack of 4K? How could these pictures exist without these necessary features? Don’t these pros know that the SLR is dead?

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2018 at 20:04 UTC as 103rd comment | 5 replies
On article Opinion: the Sony a7 III could be the new Nikon D750 (1208 comments in total)
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tinternaut: My first thought, when looking at the price/performance on offer, was of a spiritual successor to the D700. I think the A7 III is pretty much that. That said, what is the D750 if not the DSLR form perfected? Hence the arguments here.

The A7III is the successor of the D700 by spec only. The D700 was a joy to use: physical buttons galore, everything in the right place, as responsive and intuitive as they come. The A7s can theoretically do the same thing but feels like woking on a computer with buggy software instead of a camera. Not conducive to creativity at all IMHO.

I switched form a D700 to the A7 series and it was one of the worst decisions I ever made.

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2018 at 15:18 UTC

Weak execution of a mildly interesting concept. Looks like the stuff I saw in my old Intro to After Effects classes. Needs a bit of color correction and something to make it look like more than just two scenes slapped on top of each other.

Also why do these types of photographers/videographers seem to exclusively shoot only the most touristy and overdone locations?

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2018 at 21:08 UTC as 44th comment
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Max Iso: Im so confused. I remember, not long ago really, when people insisted that BG blur (DOF control) were not important. Everybody said oh i like seeing everything in the shot. Why on earth are so many companies taking the time and money to introduce fake bokeh?

And it seems to be welcomed with open arms. It's almost as if people didn't like it bc they couldn't have it, then once they could, it became great all of a sudden. It's very confusing bc i know people would never be dishonest like that, there must be some kind of misunderstanding.

Because thoughtful subject/background choice, lightning, and composition take a bit of brainpower and skill, many modern photographers are aversed to this. Plus, fast lenses are expensive, impressive, and “cool”.

Fast lenses give gearheads much to talk about in terms of AF accuracy, quality of bokeh, optical quality, etc. Simulating it on a phone pushes this further by then bringing in conversation about algorithms, obscure optical topics, and sensor size. The beloved equivalency discussion will make its way in there too. Lots of opportunity for pixel peeping and comparison images.

It gets the gearheads talking. But what does this have to do with actual photography? Not much…

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2018 at 15:17 UTC
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BJN: Sad to see a specific and useful term like bokeh slide into clueless shorthand for out-of-focus backgrounds. And especially sad to see it from professionals at DPReview who know better.

Max ISO:

Agreed. Joel Meyerowitz, for years, would carry his massive 8x10 setup with him literally everywhere when he lived in Cape Cod. He would bring it to the grocery store or for a walk down the street to say hi to a friend. He was never without it.

Think about that dedication next time you complain about the size/weight of your SLR :)

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2018 at 11:57 UTC
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BJN: Sad to see a specific and useful term like bokeh slide into clueless shorthand for out-of-focus backgrounds. And especially sad to see it from professionals at DPReview who know better.

It bothers me when people spend thousands on equipment just to get blurred out background to avoid thinking about their subject placement.

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2018 at 21:33 UTC

The really ups the ante in the current "great lens attached to crappy sensor" fad.

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2018 at 20:03 UTC as 71st comment | 1 reply
On article Behind the scenes with some incredible camera robots (32 comments in total)

Is a Youtuber considered a job now?

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2018 at 18:15 UTC as 12th comment | 9 replies

This will be great. As a designer by profession, I create content all day. But the ultimate content creation experience? That sounds revolutionary.

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2018 at 16:47 UTC as 14th comment | 1 reply

CIPA should give up and have the DPReview forum users write these reports instead, they seem to be a smart bunch. Everyone can cite some dubious mathematical, statistical, or conspiratorial model as to why their chosen brand is better than others, and how their least favorite will be going out of business within the next few years.

Extra credit if you can mention the mirrorless vs SLR debate in a way that mentions the immanent doom of either format.

GO!

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2018 at 17:30 UTC as 25th comment | 1 reply
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tomjar: While I have no doubts about the compact camera segment shrinking, I have to wonder how much this downward trend is contributed to by the lack of new compact camera models. The release rate of new advanced compact cameras by all manufacturers combined is down to zero (almost). The chicken-egg dilemma...

Agreed. This is from a guy that still carries a Coolpix A around everyday. High-end compacts wipe the floor with the phone images they are supposedly competing with, and many photographers would love a high quality, compact camera a-la the X100 series. Look how popular high-end film compacts have become over the past few years.

But why haven’t the manufacturers really introduced anything in the category in the past 4-5 years?

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2018 at 14:34 UTC
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Jonathan F/2: Good job Sony, it took you almost 3 years to slightly edge out the D750! :D JK

I think what makes the A7 III more compelling is that it's probably the most well-rounded 24mp camera on the market. It's the total sum of it's parts that make this camera interesting.

Beats it at making good looking images. Maybe its a point on of difference between you and I but I’d much rather have better skin tones, highlight handling, and better dynamic range than AF points. I’ve owned both and shot with them extensively and can say that despite what the tests say, Nikons reliably produce more pleasing images under a wider range of conditions than my Sony ever could.

On sensor phase detection? Still not really sure who that helps. Most of the Olympics photographers seemed to get by just fine without on on-sensor phase detection, so I don’t feel like I’m missing out much…

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2018 at 14:32 UTC
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