Mike Sandman

Mike Sandman

Lives in United States Brookline, United States
Works as a Retired management consultant
Joined on Mar 20, 2003
About me:

Sony Alpha 7Riii; Sony 16-24mm f/4 FE; Sony 24-105 mm f/4 FE; Sony 70-200 f/4 FE; Canon 24mm TSE II; Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Macro; Sigma 15mm f/2.8 fisheye; Leica R f/2.8 135mm Elmarit; Novoflex R to EF converter. Epson 3880 printer. Sony NEX 6. Started with a Balda 35mm rangefinder in 1956.

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I respectfully disagree with the "short prime lenses" premise. I think most customers want the flexibility of zoom lenses -- thus the popularity of 24-105mm zooms for FF ILCs. Limiting a new FF mirrorless camera to primes would significantly reduce the potential market. It's fine to cite Leica for their prime lens approach, but Leicas are niche products by virtue of their cost. Leica sells prestige, not utility.

The difference between a Canon 5D IV and a Sony 7Riii is about 8 ounces, a nice but not massive (pun intended)) advantage. An arguably more significant difference is the size of the body. An a7Riii is about 2/3rds the size of its DSLR competitors. But once you start to use it, you see that the real advantage of MILCs is in technology, not size or weight. I think the target audience for FF Canon & Nikon MILCs will be much more interested in that advantage, not in the weight or size difference.

Link | Posted on May 22, 2018 at 15:01 UTC as 277th comment | 3 replies
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Jegruller: Will this update reset all my custom functions for C1, C2 and C3. And will some of my custom button features be affected?

No settings will change or be reset.

Link | Posted on May 12, 2018 at 17:49 UTC
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Mike Sandman: I'm having trouble updating the firmware on my alpha 7Riii with the 1.10. It updated previously from 1.0 to 1.01, but can't update to 1.10. Looking for some help.

When I run the Mac version of the updater, it ejects devices attached by USB, including attached hard drives and, apparently, the camera. The camera is set for USB Mass Storage. I'm running OSX 10.13.4 and had previously installed the patch for OSX 10.13. But 10.13.4 is very recent and was a "security" update. I wonder whether the Apple OSX update conflicts with the Sony updater.

FWIW, I tried installing the Windows version using Parallels on my Mac, but the application got only as far as trying to reset the camera, and then it hung. (That was scary.)

Anyone having similar problems? Anyone with a solution?

Yup... Gave up trying on my Mac when even safe mode failed, and used my wife’s Windows 10 PC. Update went perfectly.

Link | Posted on May 12, 2018 at 17:45 UTC
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Mike Sandman: I'm having trouble updating the firmware on my alpha 7Riii with the 1.10. It updated previously from 1.0 to 1.01, but can't update to 1.10. Looking for some help.

When I run the Mac version of the updater, it ejects devices attached by USB, including attached hard drives and, apparently, the camera. The camera is set for USB Mass Storage. I'm running OSX 10.13.4 and had previously installed the patch for OSX 10.13. But 10.13.4 is very recent and was a "security" update. I wonder whether the Apple OSX update conflicts with the Sony updater.

FWIW, I tried installing the Windows version using Parallels on my Mac, but the application got only as far as trying to reset the camera, and then it hung. (That was scary.)

Anyone having similar problems? Anyone with a solution?

Be careful...! Tomorrow I'm going to get my old Windows 7 PC out of retirement and try on that, since the Windows application did actually start running under Parallels on my Mac.

Link | Posted on May 12, 2018 at 02:29 UTC
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Mike Sandman: I'm having trouble updating the firmware on my alpha 7Riii with the 1.10. It updated previously from 1.0 to 1.01, but can't update to 1.10. Looking for some help.

When I run the Mac version of the updater, it ejects devices attached by USB, including attached hard drives and, apparently, the camera. The camera is set for USB Mass Storage. I'm running OSX 10.13.4 and had previously installed the patch for OSX 10.13. But 10.13.4 is very recent and was a "security" update. I wonder whether the Apple OSX update conflicts with the Sony updater.

FWIW, I tried installing the Windows version using Parallels on my Mac, but the application got only as far as trying to reset the camera, and then it hung. (That was scary.)

Anyone having similar problems? Anyone with a solution?

Thematic - The camera was OK. Just used it extensively tonight. The application crashed once and froze once at the point the camera was being reset, and I was concerned that to would be bricked, but it wasn't.

Link | Posted on May 12, 2018 at 02:06 UTC

I'm having trouble updating the firmware on my alpha 7Riii with the 1.10. It updated previously from 1.0 to 1.01, but can't update to 1.10. Looking for some help.

When I run the Mac version of the updater, it ejects devices attached by USB, including attached hard drives and, apparently, the camera. The camera is set for USB Mass Storage. I'm running OSX 10.13.4 and had previously installed the patch for OSX 10.13. But 10.13.4 is very recent and was a "security" update. I wonder whether the Apple OSX update conflicts with the Sony updater.

FWIW, I tried installing the Windows version using Parallels on my Mac, but the application got only as far as trying to reset the camera, and then it hung. (That was scary.)

Anyone having similar problems? Anyone with a solution?

Link | Posted on May 11, 2018 at 19:42 UTC as 6th comment | 7 replies
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Mike Sandman: The link to the download page points to the Windows version of the firmware update. Here's a link to a page that offers both Windows and Mac versions:
https://www.sony.co.uk/electronics/support/e-mount-body-ilce7-series/ilce-7rm3#downloads

OOPS - this is for the A7Riii, not the 7iii. There's a 7Riii update 1.01, but for a different issue.

Here's the link for both Mac & Windows for 7iii

https://www.sony.co.uk/electronics/support/e-mount-body-ilce7-series/ilce-7m3#downloads

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2018 at 03:51 UTC

The link to the download page points to the Windows version of the firmware update. Here's a link to a page that offers both Windows and Mac versions:
https://www.sony.co.uk/electronics/support/e-mount-body-ilce7-series/ilce-7rm3#downloads

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2018 at 02:19 UTC as 16th comment | 1 reply
On article Opinion: the Sony a7 III could be the new Nikon D750 (1232 comments in total)
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Spectro: I do like the ar3 features. Like most normal photographers not sitting here talking about gear, switching isn't really an option when you have many lenses or limit funds. So if nikon comes out with a milc that would be great reason for me to buy a new camera to take some video (grant I don't make hardly any video at all). I would like 100% coverage and touch screen AF. Now if Nikon added a good AF with PDAD on the sensor like canon did on their dslr, i would prefer that. Best of both worlds. If I wanted a small milc system I would get a Panny GM1 again for hiking.

If you lack inspiration and need to switch system and lose money then it is what it is. But with the amount of lenses already having, that money spent on travel will get you better photos. I am still waiting on electric cars to match and exceed their gas combustion friend. Get on it, maybe by the next time I am shopping for a new car.

It's possible to limit the cost of switching systems by using an adapter to mount Canikon-mount lenses on a mirrorless body. A good adapter gives you reasonable autofocus performance, even with Sigma or Tamron lenses.

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2018 at 19:38 UTC

No April 1st is complete without a thorough review from dPreview of a fascinating new addition to the photographer's arsenal.

I do think you were too lenient in your criticism of the Petzi Treat Cam's barrel distortion, but of course it can be corrected with the proper lens profile. And the night lighting seems very harsh. That will be a significant problem unless Gary Fong comes up with solution.

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2018 at 03:19 UTC as 35th comment

It's instructive to compare the photo of the three Canon execs with the photo of Sony's Kenji Tanaka. Mr. Tanaka looked a lot more contemporary and "with it" than the gentlemen from Canon. OK, an open collar doesn't make you an innovator, and a necktie doesn't;t make you a slug, but the photos do seem to capture the contrasting persona of the two companies.

Still, if Canon gets rolling soon, they will be force in the high end mirrorless market. They may be slow, but they're not dead... no more dead than Digital Equipment was when the desktop PC started making inroads in the early 1990s.

Link | Posted on Mar 19, 2018 at 02:17 UTC as 111th comment
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super steel: as soon as nikon and canon release their FF ML, many who were on the fence or use a nikon/canon+sony hybrid system will leave the sony to go native nikon/canon.

its only a matter of time till they steal those ML shares sony has accumulated over the last 3 years back to them. canon and nikon arent worried.

its not a newcomer like sony slowly attracting people and trickle sales, its the big leading companies now delivering ff which will get people rushing back to them or the loyalists who will accept the new tech.

ah, sony doesnt stand a chance. work fast sony.

Will Sony users go back to Canon/Nikon? Not unless the Canon or Nikon FF mirrorless is significantly better than Sony's third series of FF bodies (a7Riii a7iii). That's a high hurdle for the Version 1.0 model, even from a company like Canon.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2018 at 15:05 UTC
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Patcheye: Browsing through a camera shop the other day and a guy was looking for camera to start to enjoy his retirement. He went for the Canon even though the sales person was trying to show him other options but the buyer just said he knew Canon and would go with that. He didn't handle the camera or try it, just bought it because he thought it was (rightly or wrongly) a reliable brand. I have used Canon for decades (and Fuji) but if people are buying gear without even seeing if it fits their hand - let alone their needs, then what value sale figures?

Age-ism is rampant here!

(Age: 74; Switched from Canon DSLR to Sony MILC in 2015)

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2018 at 04:32 UTC
On article 2017 in review: a look back at October (15 comments in total)

Wasn’t there some sort of announcement from Sony toward that last week of October?

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2018 at 19:03 UTC as 1st comment
On article Have Your Say 2017: the winners (202 comments in total)
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Mike Sandman: Interesting to total the results by company -- Fuji 13%, Nikon 28.7%, Sony 35.3, Sigma 6.9% etc. Of course the choices on the voting list were selected by dPreview's editors, but it's still notable that Canon is absent.

Thanks for the correction! It makes the results that much more interesting.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2018 at 23:55 UTC
On article Have Your Say 2017: the winners (202 comments in total)

Interesting to total the results by company -- Fuji 13%, Nikon 28.7%, Sony 35.3, Sigma 6.9% etc. Of course the choices on the voting list were selected by dPreview's editors, but it's still notable that Canon is absent.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2018 at 22:13 UTC as 23rd comment | 6 replies

Superb story, video, and videography on top of the bison images. Thank you.

A month ago during a snowstorm in Boston, I went out for a walk along the marshy Muddy River with a 70-200mm lens. There, lying the snow, was a photographer dressed in camo with what looked like a 600mm lens. He was focusing on waterbirds swimming on the river. He was there when I started my walk and still there two hours later in the same position, the snow an inch or so deeper around him. That kind of dedication is instructional and inspiring. And a little daunting.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2018 at 23:50 UTC as 32nd comment
On article Season's Greetings from DPReview.com (85 comments in total)

Merry Christmas, and thank you for taking dPreview from strength to strength.

Link | Posted on Dec 25, 2017 at 15:14 UTC as 47th comment
On article Sony a7R Mark III review (1255 comments in total)
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roneybr: OK!

"Buttons and dials still need more feedback, especially with gloves"
???????????

And now that I actually have the camera and used it with gloves in a snowstorm... I agree about the AF-ON button in particular.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 16:08 UTC
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2017 (526 comments in total)

Thanks for including a "best accessory" pick. The Godox flash is a deserving winner, and it has a twin, the FlashPoint Zoom Li-on sold by Adorama.

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2017 at 15:42 UTC as 87th comment | 2 replies
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