MrHollywood

MrHollywood

Lives in United States Burbank, CA, United States
Works as a Screenwriter
Joined on Oct 23, 2017
About me:

5 years of experience shooting 8X10 format studio product photography before getting into a bunch of other things. Also ran a commercial studio and darkroom for a while (back in the film days). Still doing pro still work, but less and less as I've gotten deep into screenwriting here in Hollywood. I show my photos and gear without fear. Anyone who doesn't is pretty hard to take seriously...for obvious reasons. I consider myself competent at what I do and every now and again I do manage to take a good photo. But I never pretend to be remotely close to those who have devoted their lives to the art...few of which are rattling around forums like this.

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themacguy: No built-in EVF but have to rely upon an external unit? Bwa-ha-ha-ha! Wow; Canon really screwed up here. To paraphrase Netanyahu: "Canon never passes up an opportunity to pass up an opportunity."

What choice did you have? It's a hassle to use.
I wish people would be more honest about this. I own a lot of cameras. No one can see the LCDs in bright light, certainly not well enough to compose with any refinement and it's VERY tough to see your settings.
If you want a camera to shoot it like a smartphone, go ahead. But the MAJORITY of enthusiasts and pretty much ALL professionals want a viewfinder. They don't want it as a secondary add-on that ruins the form factor either.
Why this type of terrible engineering is accepted by anyone is beyond reason. The Canon has room for the pop-up EVF and then you'd have the OPTION to use it as conditions warranted. In photography an OPTION tends to be nicer than NO OPTION.
There's just no reason to have an external finder anymore. It's yesteryear thinking. You gained nothing for its removal.

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2019 at 21:57 UTC
On article 2019 Buying Guide: Best enthusiast long zoom cameras (108 comments in total)
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Stefano Rugolo: Sony is everywhere. Sony is the future, is technology.... The more I hear Sony the more I stick to my slow antique Pentax gear!

George, I agree 100%.
I shoot Nikon and see no reason to switch. But I have to be honest about what Sony's doing. They've jumped ahead of Canon and Nikon in several respects. That doesn't make my Nikon D850 a bad camera, but Sony is clearly hyper motivated to push the market hard. There's no cell phone that can replace any real camera for an enthusiast. I do shoot with my phone, but not when I'm seriously looking for good results.

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2019 at 19:11 UTC
On article Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II review (205 comments in total)
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MKiisseli: On paper this is the best "pocket camera". Canon did it right here, pushing the boundaries. Learn from them Sony. It also can be hand-holded unlike Sony.

I'll address you comments as follows:

1) The Canon and Sony sensors, relative to ISO noise handling, are the same. They take different approaches with the JPEG engines, but the Canon has zero inherent advantage. They're both nicely tweaked 1" sensors. I think the Sony has a small edge, but not enough to matter in practical shooting.

2) With it's strong advantage in reach, the Sony actually produces fairly reasonable bokeh at 200mm at F4.5, more so than the Canon. The Sony also has zero AF issues at the long end.

3) Sony listens to customers and makes adjustments quickly. There are only TWO models with the 24-200mm Zeiss optics and I'm not upgrading to the VII since the VI never misses focus and I don't need a audio jack. I'll wait for the VIII version and see what that has. Sony isn't forcing anyone to buy anything.

My problem with Canon is that they're too reserved, too guarded. I'd like them to take Sony's torch away and build something even better than the VII.

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2019 at 19:04 UTC
On article 2019 Buying Guide: Best enthusiast long zoom cameras (108 comments in total)
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Stefano Rugolo: Sony is everywhere. Sony is the future, is technology.... The more I hear Sony the more I stick to my slow antique Pentax gear!

Yeah, I used to make that argument about Sony myself. But the truth is that Sony gear has made inroads. The market is no longer ignoring Sony. Cell phones? LOL! I've been at 6 events in 3 weeks here in Hollywood and no one is shooting cellphones. This Thursday I'll be shooting for a charity event and I expect to see Canon, Sony and Nikon...no phones except maybe the guests. No one makes a cellphone that can do what these larger cameras can do. Demand will shrink and the market will change, but better cameras with larger sensors and lenses will remain.

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2019 at 18:20 UTC
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Stefano Rugolo: Sony is everywhere. Sony is the future, is technology.... The more I hear Sony the more I stick to my slow antique Pentax gear!

The praise is not a factor. I'm heavily invested in Nikon pro gear. But I recently got a Sony RX100 VI as a gift.

Any bias I might had lingering was shoved aside because the little Sony is basically a small miracle of engineering that has very good IQ and amazing IQ at every focal length. I started using it with a "Meh" attitude. But it won me over.

Rob

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2019 at 15:08 UTC
On article Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II review (205 comments in total)
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MKiisseli: On paper this is the best "pocket camera". Canon did it right here, pushing the boundaries. Learn from them Sony. It also can be hand-holded unlike Sony.

Again, ISO range and results will be largely the same. Using DXO's NR software will produce results that would be tough to tell apart. You can download samples and see for yourself. These sensors aren't very good for low light work. Period.
As for SUV's...yup, I drive a Mercedes SUV. This summer we've been out to the Mojave Desert 3 times. Next month we'll be heading out to take photos at the Amboy Crater, a dead volcano in the desert. Mountain driving? I take my AMG. Good tools are pretty useful, cars and cameras both.
Seduced by AF??? LOL! You're absolutely right. Photographers have been seduced by sharp images for a long time. Controlling DOF at 200mm or tracking things that move is also kinda useful. There's nothing ostensibly "good" about weaker AF. When reviews call the RX100 VII the best travel & family camera ever made, are they all lying? BTW, I was bashing the tiny Sony for the price and small sensor not long ago. I changed my tune after I tried one.

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2019 at 13:25 UTC
On article Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II review (205 comments in total)
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MKiisseli: On paper this is the best "pocket camera". Canon did it right here, pushing the boundaries. Learn from them Sony. It also can be hand-holded unlike Sony.

The ISO is almost identical on the Canon vs. Sony. Anyone can see that via the samples. Sony's latest color science is very close to Nikon standards. DPreview says the Sony holds more detail and less chroma noise at high ISOs vs. the Canon, so I have no idea where you got the idea that the Canon is better. It's not.
Yes, if you don't shoot stuff that moves much, the Canon will be fine. I never said the Canon was a bad camera, just not as good as the Sony overall. You get what you pay for.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2019 at 21:57 UTC
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toni2: Canon G5 X mkII With EVF? Why not with a shabby "optional EVF" as Canon M6 mkII?

Spoken like someone who doesn't make money with their cameras and has no training.
I don't know a single photographer who'd buy a camera without a viewfinder. The single exception would be the Ricoh GR series, which occupy a very narrow niche that's important to some shooters.
Bringing up smartphones as some sort of reasoning to drop the advantages of the EVF is redonkulous. One of the primary advantages of the mirrorless designs over DSLRs is the EVF, which allows you to see your exposure, composition and settings even in bright light.
Inexperienced amateurs are the primary market for finderless cameras.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2019 at 18:12 UTC
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MKiisseli: On paper this is the best "pocket camera". Canon did it right here, pushing the boundaries. Learn from them Sony. It also can be hand-holded unlike Sony.

Regarding ergonomics:

The RX100 VII is smaller and quirky to use. But it's much more pocketable than the Canon, if that's among your needs.
I put a Small Rig on mine and now it handles like a baby DSLR with a nice wood grip. My wife wanted a perfect travel camera that could fit in her purse and so I removed the grip. But I prefer it with the grip, which also has a small cage to protect the camera.

So the little Sony's versatility from an ergonomic standpoint is actually going to be better for some shooters.
On the other hand, the Sony's menus and controls can be tough for people who don't adapt easily. Not everyone is tech-crazy like I am and so I always suggest trying the camera out before buying regardless of what reviews claim.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2019 at 18:06 UTC
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MKiisseli: On paper this is the best "pocket camera". Canon did it right here, pushing the boundaries. Learn from them Sony. It also can be hand-holded unlike Sony.

1) The comment about the AF is dead wrong. How many pictures can be taken with the RX100 that can't be taken with the Canon? If you plan to be on the move and shoot any action, the answer is A LOT. I'd put it on the same level as comparing the AF on my Nikon Df to my Nikon D810 or D850, which was in another league. DPR isn't lying when they rave about the RX100 VII AF. It's amazing and useful.
2) The RAW files of the cameras are very close and I prefer the color output of the Sony, which more closely matches my Nikon gear. You're on fantasy island if you think the Canon is better. I wouldn't use either above ISO 1600 if I could help it.
3) I own cameras that are ideal for different tasks. For hiking, travel, sailing and family, the RX100 VI or VII are the top of the game. All of those things require the best possible AF modules and Sony understands that. For any kind of serious work, ALL of these cameras are toys. That's when I'm going to shoot with a FX camera and top tier glass.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2019 at 17:35 UTC
On article Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II review (205 comments in total)
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MKiisseli: On paper this is the best "pocket camera". Canon did it right here, pushing the boundaries. Learn from them Sony. It also can be hand-holded unlike Sony.

The game is the AF.
The Sony focuses with uncanny accuracy and speed and the competition is well behind. The rest is fairly pointless if your shots are not in focus.
The tiny Sony has DSLR level AF. If you don't need that, you can likely do well with one of the lesser models.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2019 at 13:27 UTC
On article Best fixed prime lens cameras of 2019 (374 comments in total)
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MrHollywood: I sold my Fuji X100f, but it's a fine camera and I had few complaints. The Ricoh GRIII is a disaster and DPreview isn't asking you to read between the lines...poor AF, no flash, poor JPEGs, no viewfinder, ouch, terrible battery life, double ouch. Sales are now dead, so expect the price to drop soon.
The Leica Q2 looks beautiful, but few people will pay for it. Sigma's and Sony's RX1 remain half baked, though output is excellent. The Sony IQ is amazing, but it's weighed down by a hefty price tag and so-so ergonomics. Somehow the Sony feels dated and not in a good way.
I think they got it right. Fuji for the win! Sony is probably the 2nd best pick, though I don't know why I'd grab it over my D850.

"Leica Q2 are selling insane."

LOL. Relative to WHAT? Armadillo skin chairs? I know people at two of the largest camera sellers in the world. I've never ever heard of a Leica selling fast because they've been a low volume product for many years. The Q2 is beautiful, but it's not a high volume product.

As for the Ricoh, it may be selling well to Japan and maybe to Eskimo's with green eyes, but it's a FACT that sales in the USA tapered off even faster than the GRII sales did 6 years ago. Even as a niche product, it's not the execution fans of the GR (People like ME) were asking for. Ricoh completely ignored their own market research. How do we know this? Because some folks, who took part in that research, said exactly that. The GRIII price will likely drop like a stone pretty soon.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2019 at 13:23 UTC
On article Best fixed prime lens cameras of 2019 (374 comments in total)
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Doug Janis: Ricoh GR III all the way for the win. Brilliant, proven concept, design, execution, IQ, and that lens!!

Keep trying. The only person who brings up the RX100 is YOU. It's not a factor here and another TOY camera. Sorry.
And so sorry about the GRIII. Hopefully you can do something useful with it.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2019 at 00:00 UTC
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AndreasHD84: With the recent firmware updates of the Ricoh GR III, the low light AF has significantly improved. And I really like their JPEGs, tacksharp, colorful and their Multi-AWB is awesome.

I'm not "bashing" the GRIII by pointing out the well known substandard AF. It's just a FACT. The buyer then decides if they want to live with that particular fact and weighs the positives against the negatives. I do this with ANYTHING I buy, whether it's a camera or a boat.
Your comment about the GRIII ownership and first-hand experience would be more relevant if I had not already owned the GRII and tried the GRIII. Did the GRIII grow a EVF? Did the buffer get larger? Did it sprout a flash? Did the AF become competitive?
The answers to those questions are NO, NOPE, NO WAY, and NOT AT ALL.
When I had my GRII and heard the GRIII was coming, my wish list was pretty simple: Better sensor (Yup!), competitive AF (didn't happen), pop-up EVF (didn't happen) and no one wanted the flash pulled. They basically updated the sensor and the rest of the camera remained 5 years old. Anyone can see this.
As many people said, "I waited five years for THIS???"
Standby for a major price reduction.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2019 at 18:08 UTC
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AndreasHD84: With the recent firmware updates of the Ricoh GR III, the low light AF has significantly improved. And I really like their JPEGs, tacksharp, colorful and their Multi-AWB is awesome.

All I did was list the critical comments from DPreview. They're all 100% true regarding the issues with the GRIII.
The only one bringing up the neat little toy RX100 VI is you. But it's not part of this discussion because we're discussing fixed lens cameras. The GRIII and cheaper Fuji are the worst of the lot. The others, including the superior Fuji X100f, are very good, though more expensive.
DPreview's negative comments about the GRIII are spot on. But they had good things to say about it as well, so why are you worried? Enjoy what works for you.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2019 at 06:41 UTC
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AndreasHD84: With the recent firmware updates of the Ricoh GR III, the low light AF has significantly improved. And I really like their JPEGs, tacksharp, colorful and their Multi-AWB is awesome.

Yup....paid by Sony, except I prefer the Fuji to the Sony listed here. As for the RX100 series, it's not a fixed lens camera.
As for my comments about the GRIII, why listen to me? Let's get DPreview's comments:
"GR III focuses swiftly and accurately in good light, but it slows significantly as light levels drop."
"GRIII battery life is disappointing at a CIPA rated 200 shots per charge."
"we continue to have reservations regarding dull JPEG colors."
"You can capture 1080/60p footage with it (no 4K), the quality is extremely soft, the autofocus lackluster, and you have no control over your exposure parameters."
"Screen reflections are an issue in sunny conditions."
"No EVF option."
"We had held out a vain hope that the GR III might feature some kind of built-in EVF."
"there's no workaround for the GR III's autofocus system, which – sadly – is still pretty hopeless in low light."
Gee wiz! Any other camera would get the royal raspberry.
I guess everyone's on the Sony payroll. ;-)

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2019 at 03:41 UTC
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Doug Janis: Ricoh GR III all the way for the win. Brilliant, proven concept, design, execution, IQ, and that lens!!

Agree 200%.
No viewfinder, no sale. My pocket camera is now a RX100 VI. Everything else is FX DSLRs. The tiny Sony has proven to be better overall than my Ricoh GRII.

Cameras need viewfinders...and they should focus!

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2019 at 23:00 UTC
On article Best fixed prime lens cameras of 2019 (374 comments in total)

I sold my Fuji X100f, but it's a fine camera and I had few complaints. The Ricoh GRIII is a disaster and DPreview isn't asking you to read between the lines...poor AF, no flash, poor JPEGs, no viewfinder, ouch, terrible battery life, double ouch. Sales are now dead, so expect the price to drop soon.
The Leica Q2 looks beautiful, but few people will pay for it. Sigma's and Sony's RX1 remain half baked, though output is excellent. The Sony IQ is amazing, but it's weighed down by a hefty price tag and so-so ergonomics. Somehow the Sony feels dated and not in a good way.
I think they got it right. Fuji for the win! Sony is probably the 2nd best pick, though I don't know why I'd grab it over my D850.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2019 at 22:56 UTC as 23rd comment | 3 replies
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AndreasHD84: With the recent firmware updates of the Ricoh GR III, the low light AF has significantly improved. And I really like their JPEGs, tacksharp, colorful and their Multi-AWB is awesome.

AF is still weak compared to others. Ricoh did one of the worst updates of any camera ever with the GRIII. And you're the first person to say the JPEGs look good. The colors are terrible.
I sold my GRII and gave up on Ricoh. They forgot what a camera actually is.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2019 at 22:53 UTC
On article Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II review (205 comments in total)
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TN Args: Dear DPR:

"....the G5 X Mark II cannot compete with the best of its peers when it comes to autofocus and video."

"its peers" means at the same price point, right?

Otherwise you are comparing apples to oranges, like comparing a Canon RP with a Sony A7RIV, right? Just because they have the same size sensor and vaguely similar size, does not a peer make.

Please clarify.

Sorry, George, but that's not an educated comment. I own quite a few cameras, from the amazing Nikon D850 to the Fuji X100f. Variances in low light ability, corner sharpness and overall operational speed DO make a difference. The Canon has inferior AF compared to the Sony. In fact, the Sony is the only small camera I've owned with AF on par with my DSLRs. Better AF does make a difference. The IQ of the Canon and Sony are very close, but the AF advantages for the Sony are very real, especially if you shoot anything that moves.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2019 at 15:08 UTC
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