sandy b

sandy b

Lives in United States Southern Minn, United States
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Joined on Jan 4, 2002

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On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Sony a99 II (427 comments in total)
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Nikonandmore: Kudos for Sony.. a great camera & price point. This combines about the best of all other DSLRs on the market into one, lightweight, tech-packed killer gear. All the Nikons, Canons & everything else, chewed in one gulp! Sony made nearly obsolete just about most of the competition w/a camera outputting awesome stills & video (& codec), great AF & insane burst rate @42MP (everyone else needs use sensors about 1/2 the resolution to achieve similar speeds).

Now the next step is up the sensor, put the same tech in a bit larger Pro-grade A7xx or A9xx body & everyone else will be in serious trouble to catch-up. The other guys need either be very worried or if they are not, they're delusional.

And I say this not being a Sony fan.. most of my gear is Nikon. I ask myself, what excitement did Nikon being to Photokina? A new 105mm lens & Key Mission cameras? What a joke. In a word: NOTHING!

Sony did very well. And so did Fuji. I wish them both much success w/their products, well deserved!😊😊😊

If it can out track a Nikon pro AF, which the 810 has, it will be a first. It sure isn't all about the points. Canon has more and still trails Nikon in tracking AF.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 19:25 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Sony a99 II (427 comments in total)
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Nikonandmore: Kudos for Sony.. a great camera & price point. This combines about the best of all other DSLRs on the market into one, lightweight, tech-packed killer gear. All the Nikons, Canons & everything else, chewed in one gulp! Sony made nearly obsolete just about most of the competition w/a camera outputting awesome stills & video (& codec), great AF & insane burst rate @42MP (everyone else needs use sensors about 1/2 the resolution to achieve similar speeds).

Now the next step is up the sensor, put the same tech in a bit larger Pro-grade A7xx or A9xx body & everyone else will be in serious trouble to catch-up. The other guys need either be very worried or if they are not, they're delusional.

And I say this not being a Sony fan.. most of my gear is Nikon. I ask myself, what excitement did Nikon being to Photokina? A new 105mm lens & Key Mission cameras? What a joke. In a word: NOTHING!

Sony did very well. And so did Fuji. I wish them both much success w/their products, well deserved!😊😊😊

Sony has never had a camera that could track moving targets as well as a Nikon.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 14:55 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Sony a99 II (427 comments in total)
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Nikonandmore: Kudos for Sony.. a great camera & price point. This combines about the best of all other DSLRs on the market into one, lightweight, tech-packed killer gear. All the Nikons, Canons & everything else, chewed in one gulp! Sony made nearly obsolete just about most of the competition w/a camera outputting awesome stills & video (& codec), great AF & insane burst rate @42MP (everyone else needs use sensors about 1/2 the resolution to achieve similar speeds).

Now the next step is up the sensor, put the same tech in a bit larger Pro-grade A7xx or A9xx body & everyone else will be in serious trouble to catch-up. The other guys need either be very worried or if they are not, they're delusional.

And I say this not being a Sony fan.. most of my gear is Nikon. I ask myself, what excitement did Nikon being to Photokina? A new 105mm lens & Key Mission cameras? What a joke. In a word: NOTHING!

Sony did very well. And so did Fuji. I wish them both much success w/their products, well deserved!😊😊😊

Maybe. But I have a feeling for AF the Nikon D810 will chew it up and spit it out in little pieces. It's a nice camera, and Sony has upped their game. And the D500 and 105 are not a joke. But your post is.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 13:42 UTC
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JEROME NOLAS: Great move by Canon but what about Nikon..?

Why is it a great move? Why would I spend twice as much for this as one of their compact DSLR's? Why wouldn't I buy a 80D for about the same money. Nikon does seem to napping on its mirrorless, ( I can't believe its going to take a year for the DL line, really Nikon?) but I really don't think this is the direction.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2016 at 13:14 UTC
On article Striding Forth: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Review (1919 comments in total)

Sweet looking camera. Pushing that envelope further and further..

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2016 at 03:23 UTC as 258th comment | 1 reply
On article Sony announces FE 50mm F1.4 ZA prime lens (293 comments in total)
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whyamihere: This lens is emblematic of what I find wrong with Sony: they make brilliant products that are marred by confounding business decisions.

This is, what, the 6th lens that covers this focal length from Sony and/or Zeiss? (I count 4 primes and 2 zooms.) Were users really clamoring for this lens? Why didn't they consider other focal lengths? Even if it's a high quality optic, does Sony expect people are willing to spend $1500 for a 50mm f/1.4?

There's also the question of branding. Why is this a Zeiss and not a GM, other than the blue badge and the T* coating, and perhaps the exclusion of the XA element that makes the bokeh slightly different? Should we expect yet another 50mm that is a GM, which will make for a 5th 50mm prime? Why can't Sony just make GM and G lenses while Zeiss just makes their own brand products? Right now, we have Sony G & GM, Zeiss Batis and Loxia, and Sony/Zeiss. That's 5 lens brands from only two companies.

Sony needs to pick a direction and stick with it.

Over how many years (decades)?

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2016 at 15:12 UTC
On article D500 owner formally accuses Nikon of false advertising (475 comments in total)
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Vintagecamera1930: This is not false advertising, wifi can be utilized using their proprietary app or purchasing the WT-7. The manual explains how to switch from Bluetooth to wifi (Page 354) on the smart device and also makes a reference on page 256 on how to upload over a network using the Wt-7. Page 354 tells what the snapbridge app can and cannot connect to as well.

Mr. Andreas V needs to be a big boy and buy the adapter if he does not want to use the app.

This.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2016 at 17:56 UTC
On article D500 owner formally accuses Nikon of false advertising (475 comments in total)

Apple software out soon, DPR obviously thought the wifi was not an issue based on its scoring. Most of the people complaining here have no D500, or ever used one, and the D500 knocks the snot out of what they are shooting.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2016 at 04:41 UTC as 113th comment | 2 replies
On article Back to the action: Nikon D500 Review (1093 comments in total)
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jrsjs: Given its price and its size, I am not sure why one would buy this instead of a full frame model. I don't think that the D810 is much more expensive now. The D810 has a crop mode so you can obtain the extra reach if needed but there again with 36MP you can simply crop.
I appreciate that if you own many DX lenses it could appeal but even so.

The D810 is not a sports cam. This is. The pro sports cams start at $6000.00.

Thats why.

Link | Posted on May 27, 2016 at 20:30 UTC
On article Back to the action: Nikon D500 Review (1093 comments in total)
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rz350: I have to stop reading Thom Hogan. With all of the issues that are reported by his readers to him, I would find it hard to buy one. On the other hand, if I were to go by DPR, I couldn't wait to get my hands on one.
Canon should fold their tents and disappear into the night if DPR is to be believed.
I must admit to be somewhat cynical as to the test reports being supplied by DPR. Have you secretly hired Ken Rockwell because your reviews are tending towards his except that he does seem to like what Canon has done.

Lets see, I have never kept the battery of an old car when I bought a new one. A bit weird. You sell the extra battery with the cameras, the 20 are updated for an updated camera. I guess you should have bought Sandisk cards, there is a reason they are number 1, and they work perfectly in the 500, whats with that, I guess Nikon forgot to tell them how to make them fail. You don't want to upgrade? fine, but don't come in here trash talking DPR about being "believable".

Link | Posted on May 27, 2016 at 17:35 UTC
On article Back to the action: Nikon D500 Review (1093 comments in total)
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zakaria: I suggest you dpr to return to the old system score which is
Highly recommended
Average
The new trend is misleading.

Can you elaborate on the "trend"?

Link | Posted on May 25, 2016 at 20:10 UTC

Great loss. Spent much time at his site when I first got into the hobby. Condolences to his family, RIP Michael.

Link | Posted on May 19, 2016 at 20:16 UTC as 144th comment
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Favorable Exponynt: TC's should go no further than 1.4 and still you have to use excellent glass as a basis. It effectively blows up the middle part of your lens so sharpness is going to give. Also because it darkens your image AF is going to deteriorate.

I wouldn't use a 2x, even with quality glass. Seldom a 1.7. A 1.4 is usually good to OK, even then there is inevitable degradation, usually in the corners and resolution. This is only a general rule, but I think most wildlife shooters who use good glass would concur. Now, if all your after is getting the shot, well, sure. But to me putting a $400 dollar TC on a $2000 lens to get marginal shots just isn't worth it. Get longer glass or more megapixels.

Link | Posted on May 19, 2016 at 15:10 UTC
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Androole: Probably the only suitable lens in the Fuji system for this is the 90mm/f2, giving you a 180/f4. Not really much better then the 50-140/2.8, and no better when you as the 1.4x to that lens, but a little bit smaller, anyway.

2x TCs just degrade quality so much, I don't really know why they've introduced this other than to say "we have one."

But hey, maybe it signals the intro of a 200 or 300mm/2.8 soon enough?

Just physics. Look at any good test of the quality of an image with no TC, a 1.4 TC and a 2.0 TC. Will it work? probably. Worth the quality degradation? Probably not. If you need a 2x TC, get a longer lens or a camera with more mp.

Link | Posted on May 19, 2016 at 15:04 UTC
On article Back to the action: Nikon D500 Review (1093 comments in total)
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endofoto: This is a very good camera for birding and sports. However this high ISO lie still goes on, if you are not a paparazzi, beyond ISO 1600 image quality is not acceptable for art.

See the D500 forum for Hi ISO bird shots, incredible detail at astronomical ISO's. They are processed, but wonderful.

Link | Posted on May 17, 2016 at 15:55 UTC
On article Back to the action: Nikon D500 Review (1093 comments in total)
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steelhead3: I hope the reviewers will get into the few problems that the 500 exhibits and not whitewash the hiccups that seem to be happening with cards etc. I would hate to see a recall just as the review comes out. It seems like a great camera.

LOl, you would hate it , eh Steelhead? what a laugh, you would hate it as you posted it 400 times. And as much as you want it to be a Nikon problem, it's a Lexar issue. Again.

Link | Posted on May 17, 2016 at 13:17 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $800-1200 (216 comments in total)
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pannumon: Are "pro-level features like a wide-coverage 51-point AF system with -3 EV low light capability for all points" mentioned in the conclusions really benefits for D7200 compared let's say against GX8 or other mirrorless? In this price range and within these cameras, this kind of functionality seems like the standard. Am I missing something?

Yes, this kind of functionality is remarkable for a DSLR. Just as the AF performance (including C-AF) is remarkable e.g. on GX8 and EM-5 II, considering that they are mirrorless.

"We recommend Camera X, because it is (almost) as good as the others in terms of low light focusing / focus points coverage / continuous auto-focus / whatever". I don't get it, especially not in a roundup like this. I try be constructive, but I guess I already failed.

And still not as good as the Nikon.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2016 at 18:36 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $800-1200 (216 comments in total)
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pannumon: Are "pro-level features like a wide-coverage 51-point AF system with -3 EV low light capability for all points" mentioned in the conclusions really benefits for D7200 compared let's say against GX8 or other mirrorless? In this price range and within these cameras, this kind of functionality seems like the standard. Am I missing something?

Yes, this kind of functionality is remarkable for a DSLR. Just as the AF performance (including C-AF) is remarkable e.g. on GX8 and EM-5 II, considering that they are mirrorless.

"We recommend Camera X, because it is (almost) as good as the others in terms of low light focusing / focus points coverage / continuous auto-focus / whatever". I don't get it, especially not in a roundup like this. I try be constructive, but I guess I already failed.

They all strive for that functionality. The point is none of them can match the Nikon for AF or IQ.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2016 at 14:40 UTC

Looks like a nice new camera, and time for some new lens.

Link | Posted on May 6, 2016 at 13:25 UTC as 60th comment
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darngooddesign: Always entertaining to read comments from Leica-haters.

And defenders.

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2016 at 14:45 UTC
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