sportyaccordy

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sportyaccordy: I thought MFT shooters don't care about large formats? MFT has everything anyone ever needed lol

I kid but I do think Sony FE has pretty much killed Speed Boosters.

If the DL bodies live up to their promise they will definitely be a problem for MFT. Hell if they had been available this summer I may not have gone full frame. The DL1850 looks like the ultimate travel/vacation/tourist camera.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2016 at 14:45 UTC
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sportyaccordy: I thought MFT shooters don't care about large formats? MFT has everything anyone ever needed lol

I kid but I do think Sony FE has pretty much killed Speed Boosters.

Ha ha- oh Max ISO you never cease to entertain with your bias and misinformation.

"Sony FE makes you choose. Want good AF? Gotta pay out the wazoo."

Just like with any other system. The AF systems in the D5/1Dx are nothing like those in 6Ds and D610s. And the AF in my A7II is much closer to the AF in the A7RII which costs 2x the price than the AFs of cheap and expensive Canikons.

"Want a less expensive body? Both the IQ and features suffer."

Again, what system is this not the case for? Only one I can think of is Pentax, which makes you suffer with terrible AF and weak lens selection.

"The lenses are also overpriced,"

I agree, which is why I shoot EF glass through an adapter. AF performance? Much better than my C3 + kit lens. I know all us FE shooters are fanbois so here is a video of EF-NEX AF performance with OLD firmware:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N17iJoviMeM

So for the price of a Canon 5DIII I get to use EF glass with FF AND IBIS AND more DR. What a terrible setup LOL!

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2016 at 00:26 UTC
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sportyaccordy: I thought MFT shooters don't care about large formats? MFT has everything anyone ever needed lol

I kid but I do think Sony FE has pretty much killed Speed Boosters.

@Androole- problem is the only EF AF speed booster worth buying is the Metabones one for $650. And it realistically only autofocuses on the $1000 A6300. For $150 more you can have a new A7II and non MB EF AF adapter. If you don't need autofocus for several hundred dollars less you can get an A7. So there is really no point. If Sony/Metabones update the firmware so you get useful AF performance with the A6000/A7/A7R it's still cheaper to get the A7 over the A6000 + SB. It made sense when there were no FF MILCs that weren't Leicas.

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2016 at 03:17 UTC

I thought MFT shooters don't care about large formats? MFT has everything anyone ever needed lol

I kid but I do think Sony FE has pretty much killed Speed Boosters.

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2016 at 23:52 UTC as 19th comment | 31 replies
On article Still solid: Fujifilm X-E2S Review (229 comments in total)

This is a bummer. Looks like a much needed X-E3 with the new 24MP sensor will be a while

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2016 at 20:11 UTC as 63rd comment | 1 reply
On article Samyang introduces full-frame 20mm F1.8 ED AS UMC (146 comments in total)

Key spec will be the weight.... could be a cool replacement for the 17-40. I could see this doing really well for low light group shots and night scenes

Hoping their next release will be AF FE mount though....

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2016 at 02:57 UTC as 20th comment | 1 reply
On article Sony a7R II versus a7 II: Eight key differences (397 comments in total)
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sportyaccordy: I just bought an A7II. It can autofocus EF glass just fine with the latest software- I've been using it with various Canon glass and it works well, even in low light as long as there is some kind of contrast to grab focus with.

A7RII is awesome but just too pricey... even used the A7II is half the price. I would really love to have the full electronic shutter and the ability to configure minimum shutter speed, but other than that I think the A7II is cool. One thing BOTH cameras need to address is the weight- with a Fotodiox adapter my A7II weighs exactly the same as a 6D. 6D doesn't have IBIS though....

I don't know that I would call 150g (for the MkII) a significant advantage. Plus a lot of native FE glass has issues.... 50 1.8 is slow, 50 1.4 is expensive, 55 1.8 even more so; 28/2 has big distortion, 35/2.8 is not fast enough to justify over an F/4 zoom in my experience.

I am mostly OK with the weight... I just wish they hadn't switched to the all metal body. If they had to add weight, they should have made the body out of carbon fiber and moved to a bigger battery/grip.

But yea for me being able to use affordable, high quality Canon glass at shutter speeds of 2 or even 3/FL easily "outweighs" the weight penalty. Just seems like they missed an opportunity for weight savings. I think they got spooked by the A7R's shutter slap issues and went too far in the other direction.

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2016 at 11:50 UTC
On article Sony a7R II versus a7 II: Eight key differences (397 comments in total)
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sportyaccordy: I just bought an A7II. It can autofocus EF glass just fine with the latest software- I've been using it with various Canon glass and it works well, even in low light as long as there is some kind of contrast to grab focus with.

A7RII is awesome but just too pricey... even used the A7II is half the price. I would really love to have the full electronic shutter and the ability to configure minimum shutter speed, but other than that I think the A7II is cool. One thing BOTH cameras need to address is the weight- with a Fotodiox adapter my A7II weighs exactly the same as a 6D. 6D doesn't have IBIS though....

@lenoche what do I do with all my EF glass then?

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2016 at 18:40 UTC
On article Sony a7R II versus a7 II: Eight key differences (397 comments in total)

I just bought an A7II. It can autofocus EF glass just fine with the latest software- I've been using it with various Canon glass and it works well, even in low light as long as there is some kind of contrast to grab focus with.

A7RII is awesome but just too pricey... even used the A7II is half the price. I would really love to have the full electronic shutter and the ability to configure minimum shutter speed, but other than that I think the A7II is cool. One thing BOTH cameras need to address is the weight- with a Fotodiox adapter my A7II weighs exactly the same as a 6D. 6D doesn't have IBIS though....

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2016 at 14:20 UTC as 72nd comment | 6 replies
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sportyaccordy: Wow... my eyes lit up when I saw "New Samyang 35mm mirrorless lens"...

Imagine my disappointment when I saw that it wasn't for Sony FE. There are already a truckload of 35mms for mirrorless and 35mm isn't even a very useful FL for MFT. Blah.

Still holding out hope for a mirrorless full frame 35 F/2 with autofocus. If it can be done for <300g and $500 I will buy it tomorrow.

Have you used focus peaking? It is a huge step up from MFing through a DSLR OVF but it's no cure all or comparison to even half decent AF. It works off of edge detection... not very many sharp edges in a picture taken at F/1.2 for most subjects.

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2016 at 23:10 UTC
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sportyaccordy: Wow... my eyes lit up when I saw "New Samyang 35mm mirrorless lens"...

Imagine my disappointment when I saw that it wasn't for Sony FE. There are already a truckload of 35mms for mirrorless and 35mm isn't even a very useful FL for MFT. Blah.

Still holding out hope for a mirrorless full frame 35 F/2 with autofocus. If it can be done for <300g and $500 I will buy it tomorrow.

The less between a lens and the sensor the better IMO. Back to back comparisons with my FD primes on my (sold) A7 & NEX-C3 + LTII yielded significantly better IQ with the same lenses on the A7. Perhaps the A6000 is able to do much better than the NEX-C3, but I get satisfactory IQ with the C3 + kit lens and I got phenomenal IQ out of the C3 + 24Z.

A fresh design utilizing the small flange distance (and if Samyang is feeling adventurous the space behind the flange) has a ton of potential. If they can mimic the FE 28/2, but fix the distortion and give it some more character I think they could have a smash.

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2016 at 17:16 UTC
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sportyaccordy: Wow... my eyes lit up when I saw "New Samyang 35mm mirrorless lens"...

Imagine my disappointment when I saw that it wasn't for Sony FE. There are already a truckload of 35mms for mirrorless and 35mm isn't even a very useful FL for MFT. Blah.

Still holding out hope for a mirrorless full frame 35 F/2 with autofocus. If it can be done for <300g and $500 I will buy it tomorrow.

F/1.2 is a bridge too far. I shot with the Nokton 35 1.2.... granted it was MF, but it was just frustrating to use on the go below F/2. IQ wasn't there and it was impossible to focus more open than that.

Plus if Samyang's gargantuan 35 1.4 (750g, 83x138mm) is any indication of what they would have to do to get the lens to have decent wide open IQ, it's not going to be a good fit with tiny mirrorless bodies. Granted that is a retrofocal design and this wouldn't be; the FE 35 2.8 is an indication of how this would go; but there would still need to be a huge front element and tons more corrective elements and groups in the lens to get it to 1.2.

Plus with pixel vignetting and the eye-wateringly high ISOs modern cameras can shoot at, F/1.2 is not super necessary. F/2 would be plenty. F/2, autofocus, <400g, <$500.... easy peasy.

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2016 at 13:00 UTC
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sportyaccordy: Wow... my eyes lit up when I saw "New Samyang 35mm mirrorless lens"...

Imagine my disappointment when I saw that it wasn't for Sony FE. There are already a truckload of 35mms for mirrorless and 35mm isn't even a very useful FL for MFT. Blah.

Still holding out hope for a mirrorless full frame 35 F/2 with autofocus. If it can be done for <300g and $500 I will buy it tomorrow.

That 35mm is manual focus only.

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2016 at 00:25 UTC
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sportyaccordy: Wow... my eyes lit up when I saw "New Samyang 35mm mirrorless lens"...

Imagine my disappointment when I saw that it wasn't for Sony FE. There are already a truckload of 35mms for mirrorless and 35mm isn't even a very useful FL for MFT. Blah.

Still holding out hope for a mirrorless full frame 35 F/2 with autofocus. If it can be done for <300g and $500 I will buy it tomorrow.

Like I said there are several 35mm-ish lenses available in those formats too. Off the top of my head, 35 1.8 OSS, Sigma 30 1.4 & 2.8, Fuji 35 1.4 & 2 WR, EF 35/2 with the adapter... and that's just with autofocus; you go MF like this you have Samyang's own 35 1.4 (which is admittedly a behemoth), Mitakon 35 F/0.95 and F/2, all the old legacy glass, list goes on and on.

But the cheapest 35mm AF for FE mount is the $800 35 2.8. Samyang can definitely do better than that and I know they would sell a ton if it were faster, cheaper and even just halfway decent.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2016 at 19:12 UTC

Wow... my eyes lit up when I saw "New Samyang 35mm mirrorless lens"...

Imagine my disappointment when I saw that it wasn't for Sony FE. There are already a truckload of 35mms for mirrorless and 35mm isn't even a very useful FL for MFT. Blah.

Still holding out hope for a mirrorless full frame 35 F/2 with autofocus. If it can be done for <300g and $500 I will buy it tomorrow.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2016 at 17:06 UTC as 22nd comment | 18 replies
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marcio_napoli: I can't help myself, I'll leave here my opinion. If you disagree, feel free to leave yours.

I simply fail to see why anyone within the target audience (smartphone users would ever care for such gimmicks).

Like M1963 wrote a few posts below: "Why do these guys believe people who take selfies are interested in correcting perspective? They aren't! They just don't care. "

Nailed.

Know what? I'd include everything quality-related in the same comment. That DOF app... Do you really think a smartphone user taking a dumb selfie, or a burger shot, will care for "ahh... should I go with f0.95 or 1.2 bokeh? Zeiss or Leica bokeh?"

And that 41 mp Nokia?

I have a friend that owns this cell phone. She has ZERO knowledge about what megapixels really mean, she continues taking less than 2 mp worthy of real details images (motion blurred, noisy) and somehow she thinks her 41 mp cell phone is a "real camera".

You need to stop thinking like a technophobe and start thinking like a normal person. For the layman the advantage of this technology is that it makes people look better in selfies. Pretty simple to demonstrate and a pretty easy sell if you ask me.

Why make apps for processing smartphone images? Same reason they make programs for processing ILC images- some people want to get more out of what they have. Every smartphone user doesn't have to use a program like this for it to be useful.

The bottom line is your gripe really boils down to an anger that most folks either don't approach or don't care about photography the same way you do. How dare people not fully immerse themselves in all the technical minutae of image quality! How dare folks choose the convenience and portability of a cameraphone over the hassle and cost of an ILC! It's an outrage!

Take a deep breath and try and put things in perspective. It's just cameras. There are more important things worthy of anger.

Link | Posted on Jul 30, 2016 at 16:46 UTC
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sportyaccordy: I'm surprised these are rated so high. DxO says my Xperia Z1 is rated the same as an Iphone 5S, but I've seen pictures from both- my Z1 gets blown out of the water by the 5S. Other sucky thing is the headphone volume is super low. I'm a Sony fanboy but my next phone will definitely not be a Sony.

What do you use the S-pen for? I prefer Android to iOS because of Swype. But like I said I'm definitely not going back to Sony next go round. I will most likely do HTC. Better IQ, louder headphone jacks, better design IMO.

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2016 at 12:01 UTC
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sportyaccordy: My first camera was an S6000fd.. what a piece of crap. AF mechanism died and I didn't get what it cost to fix back when I sold it. I paid about $450-500 for it in 2006 or 2007. Even back then that was entry level DSLR money, and all the major players had offerings. Caveat emptor....

I treated it the same, if not better than all my other cameras. Maybe I just got a lemon. I got good pictures out of it but that AF issue really turned me off.

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2016 at 11:32 UTC

I'm surprised these are rated so high. DxO says my Xperia Z1 is rated the same as an Iphone 5S, but I've seen pictures from both- my Z1 gets blown out of the water by the 5S. Other sucky thing is the headphone volume is super low. I'm a Sony fanboy but my next phone will definitely not be a Sony.

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2016 at 02:28 UTC as 12th comment | 3 replies

My first camera was an S6000fd.. what a piece of crap. AF mechanism died and I didn't get what it cost to fix back when I sold it. I paid about $450-500 for it in 2006 or 2007. Even back then that was entry level DSLR money, and all the major players had offerings. Caveat emptor....

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2016 at 16:50 UTC as 51st comment | 2 replies
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