EXX

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On article Throwback Thursday: Our first cameras (381 comments in total)

First:
Konica-Minolta DiMAGE A2

Succeeded by:
Sony A55

Most Recent:
Sony A77II

All 3 cameras are still in use.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2017 at 12:09 UTC as 267th comment
On article Sigma Announces 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM lens (151 comments in total)

Why Sigma does not make a Sony A-mount and Pentax K-mount version of this (and some other recent ART lenses) is beyond me.

The flange focal distance of Sony A-mount and Pentax K-mount are shorter than the Nikon F-mount, so it is just a question of extending the lens size a little bit, together with the appropriate bayonet for the specific mount. No change in optical lens design required.

For Sony A-mount users, this lens would be a great modern alternative to the old Minolta AF 100-400mm F4.5-6.7 APO.

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2017 at 07:50 UTC as 28th comment | 13 replies
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AndroC: No A mount versions?

A-mount and E-mount require a different optical design, due to the different flange distance. You can use A-mount lenses by using an adapter, which brings the flange distance to the value required for A-mount, but not the other way around.

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2017 at 09:25 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1558 comments in total)
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MikeDeane: Semi transparent mirror is a no-no in my humble opinion - Canon had that back in the 60'[s with it's PELLIX...and it bombed....not enough light entered the viewfinder for most people....MD

That was a different era with different technology. The viewfinder problem Canon experienced is a non-issue in SLT, since it uses an EVF.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2017 at 18:27 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1558 comments in total)
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Eloise: Now I may be missing the point ... but doesn't this camera offer the worst of all worlds. It doesn't have a optical view finder, yet has the translucent mirror in the way and taking up room - or is the fact that they still use the mirror for the focusing sensor an admission that mirrorless focusing still isn't as good?

Is this camera just for existing A-mount users? Wouldn't anyone buying into a new system do better with Sony FE-mount?

Well, it is all how you look at it: one could say this is the best of both worlds: wysiwyg EVF viewfinder, no difference in operation and performance between viewfinder and LCD view (unlike a traditional DSLR, where live view impacts e.g. AF performance), combined with the fast PDAF of a DSLR.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2017 at 12:42 UTC
On article SLT strikes back: Sony a99 II real-world sample gallery (272 comments in total)
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entoman: Very impressive. OOC JPEGs are a bit contrasty and greens too vivid but that's easily corrected in processing. Sharpness and noise levels at ISO 3200 (fan image) very good - hard to compare without a side-by-side shoot, but looks to be about the same as my Canon 5DS at the same settings. a99ii will go to higher ISO though, with excellent results (judged on basis of a7Rii high ISO images). Hard to judge dynamic range from these shots, but with Sony's reputation it has to be market leading.

The a99ii offers several advantages over DSLRs, especially regarding low light high ISO usage, and very good image stabilisation.

This is a camera I'd be very happy to own and use on a daily basis - all I need now is for Sony to make their 90mm macro available in A-mount (their rebadged Minolta 100mm macro is lousy) and add a 300mm F4 prime to the range. Then I'll be sold.

I see what you mean. The things you mentioned never bothered me ( I mainly use manual focus), but I can understand that you do not like the lens extending and the noise.

What about the Tamron SP 90mm F2.8 Di Macro USD then?

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2017 at 14:14 UTC
On article SLT strikes back: Sony a99 II real-world sample gallery (272 comments in total)
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entoman: Very impressive. OOC JPEGs are a bit contrasty and greens too vivid but that's easily corrected in processing. Sharpness and noise levels at ISO 3200 (fan image) very good - hard to compare without a side-by-side shoot, but looks to be about the same as my Canon 5DS at the same settings. a99ii will go to higher ISO though, with excellent results (judged on basis of a7Rii high ISO images). Hard to judge dynamic range from these shots, but with Sony's reputation it has to be market leading.

The a99ii offers several advantages over DSLRs, especially regarding low light high ISO usage, and very good image stabilisation.

This is a camera I'd be very happy to own and use on a daily basis - all I need now is for Sony to make their 90mm macro available in A-mount (their rebadged Minolta 100mm macro is lousy) and add a 300mm F4 prime to the range. Then I'll be sold.

What is wrong with the Sony/Minolta 100mm F2.8 Macro? I use it on the A77II (which has a higher pixel density then the A99II) and it performs great.

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2017 at 13:03 UTC
On photo CargoPlane in the Military cargo aircraft challenge (1 comment in total)

This is an Ilyushin IL-76.

Link | Posted on Jan 1, 2017 at 20:13 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Christmas Express in the Nifty fifty challenge (2 comments in total)
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aspexil8: nice shot. Where was this?

Valkenburg station, the Netherlands.

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2016 at 10:17 UTC
On article Striding Forth: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Review (2124 comments in total)

A head to head between the Canon Eos 5D MKIV and the Sony Alpha 99-II would be interesting.

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2016 at 13:46 UTC as 68th comment | 2 replies
On photo Water Lily in the A Single Flower challenge (2 comments in total)
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RuthC: Congratulations, EXX, on your well-deserved win in 'A Single Flower' challenge, with your beautiful image of a waterlily. You've captured the serenity and grace in this most ancient flower, which has been loved and revered by many nations world-wide. A very evocative picture.
RuthC :-)

Thank you very much for your positive and kind words :-)

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2016 at 18:43 UTC
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EXX: Great specs! But why no pop-up flash? A pop-up flash can be very handy as a last resort or as wireless controller.

What is next, an A88 budget version, with a 24 MP sensor similar to the A7II sensor?

Well, I really use the pop-up flash of my A77II regularly. Sometimes as fill flash outside in the sun to eliminate shadows or as a flash of last resort, but most often as controller to trigger a wireless flashgun. I find this much more comfortable than putting a big external flashgun on the camera, and also the result is better.

Yes, you can put a smaller flashgun on the A99/A99II, but that is again additional hardware you need to carry around and as Gary Friedman demonstrated on the A99, it introduced an additional delay in the triggering of the wireless flash.

The A900 and A850 had no pop-up flash, but these were DSLRs with a big pentaprism and so there is probably no room for a pop-up flash. But the A99 en now the A99II are SLTs and IMHO there is no real reason the ommit the pop-up flash. "Professional camera's have no need for a pop-up flash" is no reason at all.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 09:03 UTC

Great specs! But why no pop-up flash? A pop-up flash can be very handy as a last resort or as wireless controller.

What is next, an A88 budget version, with a 24 MP sensor similar to the A7II sensor?

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 19:20 UTC as 76th comment | 14 replies

What about the problem of parallax?

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2016 at 18:34 UTC as 8th comment | 1 reply
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EXX: Good, an affordable 50mm lens. This will make the A7 line more attractive to people who want full frame, but not have lots of money. An A7 or A7II combined with this lens is way below the price point of full frame not so long ago.

As a next step I would say: take the Minolta 70-210 F4 "beercan" and make a modernized E-mount version of it.

I hope this 50mm F1.8 is the first one in a series of cheaper primes, like a 28mm, 35mm, 85m and 135mm version. Sony made these cheap lenses for A-mount (SAL35F18, SAL50F18, SAL85F28) : they preform great and are really great value for money.

@abortabort:
No, the G lens is in a different class. It would be nice to have a new "beercan". A basic 70-210 F4 lens without OSS (no need for that on the new A7 bodies with IBIS, and no focus limiter stuff, etc. just like the beercan. Simple. reasonable optics (let's face it, in spite of all the praise for the legendary beercan, the optics are not super but average), well built and price friendly.

You are correct that the SAL35F18 and SAL50F18 are APS-C (although IIRC the SAL50F18 almost covers full frame). Sony indeed did a 28mm F2. So now a FE 35mm F1.8 and 85mm F2.8 budget lens (like the FE 50mm F1.8) would be great. I think it would attract a new class of buyers who now think it is all too expensive.

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2016 at 17:38 UTC

Good, an affordable 50mm lens. This will make the A7 line more attractive to people who want full frame, but not have lots of money. An A7 or A7II combined with this lens is way below the price point of full frame not so long ago.

As a next step I would say: take the Minolta 70-210 F4 "beercan" and make a modernized E-mount version of it.

I hope this 50mm F1.8 is the first one in a series of cheaper primes, like a 28mm, 35mm, 85m and 135mm version. Sony made these cheap lenses for A-mount (SAL35F18, SAL50F18, SAL85F28) : they preform great and are really great value for money.

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2016 at 07:47 UTC as 17th comment | 5 replies
On photo Oops! in the "Make Me Smile" challenge (4 comments in total)

Thanks!

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2016 at 08:30 UTC as 3rd comment
On photo Anchored before Athens. in the Aircraft carrier challenge (1 comment in total)

This is the USS Enterprise.

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2016 at 10:59 UTC as 1st comment
On photo The Engineer in the All things Railway challenge (9 comments in total)

Thanks guys for your positive comments!

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2016 at 11:47 UTC as 4th comment
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vinrouge0: Lower resolution than expected but more than enough in reality. Lack of IBIS is a disappointment though many will disagree

I suspect IBIS would not fit inside the compact body of this camera.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2016 at 15:23 UTC
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