sandy b

sandy b

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On article Sony a9 shooting experience: Here's why I'm impressed (787 comments in total)
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sandy b: The Nikon D5 buffer vs the Sony buffer. The D5 can shoot 200 jpgs and clear the buffer in one second. Or 180 14 bit raw and clear the buffer in 5 seconds. At 12 FPS, full AF

That horrible blackout time? .13 seconds. Barely a flicker. the blink of your eye, in contrast, is .333 seconds.

And an incredible AF where the subject can actually leave the frame and stay in focus when it comes back in.

And it can do it in a monsoon or after driving nails.

And NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit, lossless compressed, compressed, or uncompressed, L/M/S; RAW+JPEG; TIFF.

The Sony looks cool, and sooner or later Nikon will introduce some or all of its features. But it has ways to go where it can compete with D5 multi media monster.

T3, just to repeat, I am not against Sony, my first 3 serious cameras were the 707, 717, R1. I think it's great they push the envelope.
I does iritate me off at the lack of respect Nikon gets, all this crap about burying Nikon, when the D5 is still vastly superior the A9 as a sports shooter. As far as the Sony shutter? Awesome. I think in a generation we will see a global shutter in a D5 body.
Oh, still say the shutter blackout is largely imperceptible. Blink, see how fast that was, now divide by three. That the D5 shutter blackout.

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2017 at 13:59 UTC
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Terry Breedlove: I wish they would do a suicide mission and fly into the rings or attempt to hover right above them photographing as they go. I want to see them close up.

They are going to later this summer.

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2017 at 04:19 UTC
On article Sony a9 shooting experience: Here's why I'm impressed (787 comments in total)
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sandy b: The Nikon D5 buffer vs the Sony buffer. The D5 can shoot 200 jpgs and clear the buffer in one second. Or 180 14 bit raw and clear the buffer in 5 seconds. At 12 FPS, full AF

That horrible blackout time? .13 seconds. Barely a flicker. the blink of your eye, in contrast, is .333 seconds.

And an incredible AF where the subject can actually leave the frame and stay in focus when it comes back in.

And it can do it in a monsoon or after driving nails.

And NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit, lossless compressed, compressed, or uncompressed, L/M/S; RAW+JPEG; TIFF.

The Sony looks cool, and sooner or later Nikon will introduce some or all of its features. But it has ways to go where it can compete with D5 multi media monster.

Not dissin the Sony, just the posters burying Nikon and Canon. And the 5 has 4k.

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2017 at 01:59 UTC
On article Sony a9 shooting experience: Here's why I'm impressed (787 comments in total)

The Nikon D5 buffer vs the Sony buffer. The D5 can shoot 200 jpgs and clear the buffer in one second. Or 180 14 bit raw and clear the buffer in 5 seconds. At 12 FPS, full AF

That horrible blackout time? .13 seconds. Barely a flicker. the blink of your eye, in contrast, is .333 seconds.

And an incredible AF where the subject can actually leave the frame and stay in focus when it comes back in.

And it can do it in a monsoon or after driving nails.

And NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit, lossless compressed, compressed, or uncompressed, L/M/S; RAW+JPEG; TIFF.

The Sony looks cool, and sooner or later Nikon will introduce some or all of its features. But it has ways to go where it can compete with D5 multi media monster.

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2017 at 01:43 UTC as 59th comment | 17 replies
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1878 comments in total)
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entoman: Fantastic specification for a sports camera, but the same old ergonomics.

I was rather hoping that Sony would change the form factor on this highly anticipated device, so that it handled as well as a Nikon D500 or a 5-series Canon, but it looks now that we'll have to wait another 5 years for Sony to deliver a new design with better ergonomics.

A missed opportunity, and I suspect that, despite the specification, most sports photographers will stay with Nikon or Canon.

I think it's going to be a great camera, but as far as a small form factor attracting pro sports shooters, not so much. They will use it with a grip.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 15:45 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1878 comments in total)
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Cheng Bao: Now I want baby a9. 8fps+, 50buffer or so.
Same battery, 1/3 of price tag.
a7 iii?

D7500.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 15:42 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1878 comments in total)
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cmc1: You can't deny that Sony are going for it. They now need some big ass primes for sports 300 & 400 2.8's.
Sony's next hurdle will be to get people who have already heavily invested in Nikon and Canon Glass to swap. Maybe they'll introduce a scrapage scheme or something. One thing is for sure though, Canon and Nikon will be crying into the sake about now.

They also need 500- 600

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 15:40 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1878 comments in total)

That looks pretty awesome.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 15:39 UTC as 399th comment
On article Canon EOS 77D Review (257 comments in total)
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steve6543: This part is concerning:

"Not only do you get greater autofocus coverage in Live View than through the viewfinder, but it's also even more accurate much the time (and you'll never need AF microadjustment in Live View, since focus is measured at the imaging plane). It even subject tracks better than Canon's through-the-viewfinder iTR tracking by a wide margin - see more on our Autofocus page."

I'm not going to take the extra size/weight of a mirror camera just to resort to having to use live-view to get the best AF performance :O Am I missing something?

Is there any reason to buy this over the a6300?

Well, if you're a canon shooter, yes, there is a reason.

And I know this is a personal point, other may or may not care, but when I pick up any of the new A line Sony's, excepting the new superb 99, I hate the feel. Unergonomic bricks. Especially with any kind of heavy glass. I like my sculpted handgrips and bodies with the buttons, all laid out. Not detracting from the features and IQ, obviously, they are very good. Did not like the Nikon 1 for the same reason.

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2017 at 22:37 UTC
On article Nikon D7500: Should I upgrade from my D7200? (262 comments in total)
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Nukunukoo: have two D7200s as backup for Weddings and Events, without a second card slot IS flirting with danger and a possible lawsuit. Believe me, in the real world, card failures DO happen. Plus, the additional 4MP on the D7200 (am also a D750 user) makes a significant difference for us who do a lot of post-edits. Don't get me wrong, the D7500 is a good camera, but Nikon needs to listen more and make more competitive models, especially since they are on a financial rut and lost to Sony for the #2 spot in just 8 years!

A D700? Sorry, just kidding. But I bet 1/4 to 1/3 do. And I never have my D750 set to backup, always to overflow. But I chimp often.
This is NOT a pro camera by any stretch. But I totally get why someone has a line in the sand at 2 slots. And I am gad we have so many cameras to cater to all the users.

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2017 at 20:51 UTC
On article Nikon D7500 vs Nikon D500: Which is better for you? (387 comments in total)
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Serban Claudiu: Actually none. I just bought a new kit Nikon D300S with Nikon 16-85 VR for 634 US dollars. Great value. :)

The 8 year old Nikon has better tracking AF than any Fuji. Truth.
And the D7500 will run circles around all of them.

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2017 at 19:05 UTC
On article Nikon D7500: Should I upgrade from my D7200? (262 comments in total)
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wolfie: One confused company - now lost out to Sony in the FF market, messing with 1 inch compacts and ILCs. Cant get a sensible hierarchy in its APS format. And people think M43 has no future ...

The D7500 will outsell the entire Olympus lineup.
For real. That's how small Olympus is.

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2017 at 14:21 UTC
On article Nikon D7500: Should I upgrade from my D7200? (262 comments in total)
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ozturert: I think it's reasonable to upgrade from D7000. From even D7100, I'd reconsider (banding in shadows, shallow buffer, WiFi important for you?).
If you want the latest, D7500 may make sense.

The OP's post was clear.

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2017 at 19:14 UTC
On article Nikon D7500: Should I upgrade from my D7200? (262 comments in total)

Shockingly? Really? Can already see the score on this one.

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2017 at 17:49 UTC as 31st comment
On article Nikon D7500: Should I upgrade from my D7200? (262 comments in total)
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citrate: Nikon should have used Sony's 24MP sensor on A6300/6500 and XT2, which is a high performer with 4K capability.

Because you D7200 won't have any better IQ, worse metering, Xspeed 5, less weather sealing, group AF, Tilt, touch screen, 8 FPS 50 shot buffer @ 14 bit lossless....etc etc etc

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2017 at 17:41 UTC
On article Nikon D7500: Should I upgrade from my D7200? (262 comments in total)
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citrate: Nikon should have used Sony's 24MP sensor on A6300/6500 and XT2, which is a high performer with 4K capability.

Did you look at the test. ^^^

Less than half a stop, both are over 14, excellent.

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2017 at 16:48 UTC
On article Nikon D7500: Should I upgrade from my D7200? (262 comments in total)
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citrate: Nikon should have used Sony's 24MP sensor on A6300/6500 and XT2, which is a high performer with 4K capability.

With the A6300 in the mix

https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/image-comparison?attr18=lowlight&attr13_0=nikon_d500&attr13_1=nikon_d7200&attr13_2=pentax_k3ii&attr13_3=sony_a6300&attr15_0=raw&attr15_1=raw&attr15_2=raw&attr15_3=raw&attr16_0=12800&attr16_1=12800&attr16_2=12800&attr16_3=12800&attr126_2=normal&attr171_3=off&normalization=full&widget=1&x=-0.8923619740355824&y=-0.1739896242041485

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2017 at 16:23 UTC
On article Nikon D7500: Should I upgrade from my D7200? (262 comments in total)
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citrate: Nikon should have used Sony's 24MP sensor on A6300/6500 and XT2, which is a high performer with 4K capability.

Almost certainly not available, Sony probably purchased that for themselves.
And Nikon has to get more return on its investment for the 21 mp sensor.
Not to mention its, really, really good.

https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/image-comparison?attr18=lowlight&attr13_0=nikon_d500&attr13_1=nikon_d7200&attr13_2=pentax_k3ii&attr13_3=sony_a7_ii&attr15_0=raw&attr15_1=raw&attr15_2=raw&attr15_3=raw&attr16_0=12800&attr16_1=12800&attr16_2=12800&attr16_3=12800&attr126_2=normal&normalization=full&widget=1&x=-0.8923619740355824&y=-0.1739896242041485

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2017 at 16:18 UTC
On article Nikon D7500: Should I upgrade from my D7200? (262 comments in total)
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sandy b: How many people actually buy every cycle? I would say probably less than 10%, and that's, here, in Nerdville. In the real world, it's probably less than 5%. This camera is probably aimed more at people who had lesser models and wants to upgrade, or wanted a D500 but could not afford it.
Other than that, great article. This is going to be a good camera, and once again better than the completion in IQ and AF. Oh, it's funny seeing people put down the "old" AF like it sucks or something. Basically the same AF as the D810, D750, D4 etc.

And once again good to see the usual band of idiots crawling out of the woodwork to bash Nikon, predicting and hoping for it's demise. Back under your rocks, idjits.

And thank you Stan, for your unable to refrain from criticism.

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2017 at 16:11 UTC
On article Nikon D7500: Should I upgrade from my D7200? (262 comments in total)
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sandy b: How many people actually buy every cycle? I would say probably less than 10%, and that's, here, in Nerdville. In the real world, it's probably less than 5%. This camera is probably aimed more at people who had lesser models and wants to upgrade, or wanted a D500 but could not afford it.
Other than that, great article. This is going to be a good camera, and once again better than the completion in IQ and AF. Oh, it's funny seeing people put down the "old" AF like it sucks or something. Basically the same AF as the D810, D750, D4 etc.

And once again good to see the usual band of idiots crawling out of the woodwork to bash Nikon, predicting and hoping for it's demise. Back under your rocks, idjits.

Didn't want to. After 17 years here, I got tired of ijits. I don't bash cameras, or camera makers. Just Idjits.

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2017 at 15:44 UTC
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