Foto4x4

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Ruff Ruffman: Canon is profitable selling cameras. Sony is losing money.

Sony EP&S lost 9B Yen this quarter. Sony didn't break out the camera losses, but did day mobile made 11B yen during this time. EP&S is mobile, TV, camera/video.
Doing the math TV and Camera lost 20B Yen.

With the market rapidly contracting and Sony losing sales and money, I'd expect a lot of cuts.

Well the shareholders have a different outlook. Sony share price is 8,525 JPY about the same as 6 months ago, meanwhile Canon share price is 1794 JPY down from nearly 3,000 in the same period. If I were a Canon shareholder I'd be a bit more worried than a Sony one!

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2020 at 10:45 UTC
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Foto4x4: Why is everyone so attached to OIS? Back in film days we didn’t have it. You just dealt with it via appropriate shutter speeds. Besides most recent Sony bodies have IBIS which means you should be able to use this lens at 1/100s at 300mm. Though if you’re shooting anything that moves you’d need faster than that anyway. If you need to shoot slower, then use a tripod/monopod or spend the extra on something with OSS.

I guess most of you missed the last sentence of my comment. Oh well...

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2020 at 14:59 UTC

Why is everyone so attached to OIS? Back in film days we didn’t have it. You just dealt with it via appropriate shutter speeds. Besides most recent Sony bodies have IBIS which means you should be able to use this lens at 1/100s at 300mm. Though if you’re shooting anything that moves you’d need faster than that anyway. If you need to shoot slower, then use a tripod/monopod or spend the extra on something with OSS.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2020 at 04:29 UTC as 23rd comment | 12 replies
On a photo in the Tamron 28-200mm F2.8-5.6 Di III RXD sample gallery sample gallery (3 comments in total)

A couple months in and looking at my copy, I believe this is an early or even pre-production copy as mine is very sharp at 28/f.8. There is also a flaw in the initial firmware that sometimes reports focus attained but slightly off. New firmware is to be soon released.

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2020 at 10:30 UTC as 1st comment
On article Sony a7S III initial review (2312 comments in total)
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luigibozi: Crushes everything (for now).
Bravo to Canadian reviewers: Gerald Undone and Chris and Jordan.

;)

@luigibozi, isn’t interesting that the most ardent critics, have no gear list and no photos in their galleries. Just keyboard warriors and trolls.

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2020 at 23:05 UTC
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Richie S: Most people just want a camera to record their lives, pictures of,their,family, what they are doing - it has always been that way. Instead of being served by a film camera they would replace every decade with it being left in the drawer and wheeled out for holidays / vacations.

Some people want to take it further down the hobby route as they always have.

We are going back to an industry that looks a lot like it did before the digital boom.

Perhaps, but pre-digital, we didn’t have smartphones with good cameras.

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2020 at 23:39 UTC
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Petak: His explanation of how short product life cycles benefit consumers and prevents R&D makes literally no sense at all. How does making people regularly spend on a pricey product that doesn't have much R&D and manufacturing cost (very little model to model difference and often only software) benefit them and harms the one selling it? The only possible explanation is that they got greedy and a lot of people just got enough and stopped playing this stupid game by moving to smartphones or just stopped constantly"upgrading". And good for them! Clearly, this does not include the members of this site but we are insignificant in scale. except in terms of ego, obviously :-)))

@Petak, fair point. I can’t think how many computers I purchased since my first PC in 1984. But it slowed during the 2000s and I’m still using a 2014 Windows 10 notebook that’s still fast and specs barely improved since then. There comes a point in many products life cycles where they meet the needs current and for the foreseeable future and require little further development but do need replacement due to failures or failure avoidance. That’s why the 747 has had such a long life and really only being superseded by more fuel efficient craft that can match the old girl’s range. For me, my A7RIII will likely get me off the upgrade merry go round for some time to come in a way my EM1.2 could not.

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2020 at 23:29 UTC
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snapa: If Olympus would have been able to put CP & AI in their small outdated sensors like smart phones, they might have been able to stay in business. The size, weight, price of the E-M1 Mark III pretty much put them out of buisness. Not to mention all of those super expensive "Pro" lenses needed to squeeze the most out of those super old 16-20MP sensors.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the E-M1 Mark III the largest, heaviest, most expensive camera with the smallest outdated camera ever made? If yes, I rest my case. Also, the video compared to Pansonic was not even close.

@snapa, now that’s just childish! Grow up.

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2020 at 00:00 UTC
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underxposed59: Instead of worrying how to compete with smartphones,because it's too late for that, camera companies should consider what technology will replace smartphones.
Olympus may be in a better position than others.
;-)

Shouldn’t that be a colonoscope?

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2020 at 23:48 UTC
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snapa: If Olympus would have been able to put CP & AI in their small outdated sensors like smart phones, they might have been able to stay in business. The size, weight, price of the E-M1 Mark III pretty much put them out of buisness. Not to mention all of those super expensive "Pro" lenses needed to squeeze the most out of those super old 16-20MP sensors.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the E-M1 Mark III the largest, heaviest, most expensive camera with the smallest outdated camera ever made? If yes, I rest my case. Also, the video compared to Pansonic was not even close.

Pot calling kettle black there snapa. I see you’re still shooting a NEX-5T (16Mp) and a 4yo A6300. I ditched my A6300 for an EM1.2 and Pro lenses because at the time Sony’s lenses for APS-C were rubbish and the camera featureless by comparison.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2020 at 23:44 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Tamron 28-200mm F2.8-5.6 review (187 comments in total)
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PAntunes: One week you're talking about how nice it would be to have slow, f8 or f11 teles, the next you're talking about how you're struggling with light with a 200 5.6.

Dpthoughts, yes of course this is a travel lens primarily. But WRT lack of in-lens IS, I think Tamron expect most buyers to be using an A7II or later which all have IBIS which at out to 200mm will be adequate for most uses.And APS-C buyers would surely prefer the good and cheap Sony 18-135 OSS with their non-IBIS models.

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2020 at 02:26 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Tamron 28-200mm F2.8-5.6 review (187 comments in total)
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PAntunes: One week you're talking about how nice it would be to have slow, f8 or f11 teles, the next you're talking about how you're struggling with light with a 200 5.6.

“One week you're talking about how nice it would be to have slow, f8 or f11 teles, the next you're talking about how you're struggling with light with a 200 5.6.”

Precisely... how the heck are we managing with the 100-400GM at 400mm and f5.6 or the 200-600 at f6.3 when fully zoomed in? I was somewhat confused with what Chris’s conclusions really were. Statements like “it’s sharp” then qualified by “for a superzoom“. The sample shots here look very good to me and so do many of the users’ photos in the forums. The only so so photos I’ve seen so far were the ones in the initial DPR sample gallery. Was Chris trying to appease the boss? 😉

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2020 at 02:16 UTC
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Foto4x4: In 1981, an AE-1 was my first SLR. Remained my only used camera for almost 2 decades and accompanied us on countless trips both here in Australia and abroad. I’m only part way into digitising the slides and may get to the old photos but I don’t think I will have time to do them all. But like others a have said, they were a wonderfully reliable camera and dead easy to use. The ability to set shutter speed worked well for me as many of my early images were taken from trains and buses while travelling so needed to ensure I shot fast enough to minimise blur. What that camera helped me learn has stayed with me into today and I remained loyal to Canon until a few years ago. This article brought back many memories. Thanks.

Almost forgot, although I sold mine in a garage sale in 2011, my daughter, a photographic artist, bought one a few years ago and uses it as her most commonly used camera. And she’s got dozens and dozens to choose from.

Link | Posted on May 22, 2020 at 23:40 UTC

In 1981, an AE-1 was my first SLR. Remained my only used camera for almost 2 decades and accompanied us on countless trips both here in Australia and abroad. I’m only part way into digitising the slides and may get to the old photos but I don’t think I will have time to do them all. But like others a have said, they were a wonderfully reliable camera and dead easy to use. The ability to set shutter speed worked well for me as many of my early images were taken from trains and buses while travelling so needed to ensure I shot fast enough to minimise blur. What that camera helped me learn has stayed with me into today and I remained loyal to Canon until a few years ago. This article brought back many memories. Thanks.

Link | Posted on May 22, 2020 at 23:35 UTC as 52nd comment | 1 reply

A long time since anyone has posted a comment and none since it’s release. Should you land on here looking for info, I got this lens last week and so far it’s proving to have nice centre sharpness wide open and attractive bokeh which is what I bought it for. Edges and centre improve as you stop down and reaches very good sharpness from f4. Christopher Frost has a YouTube review and his assessment matches what I’m seeing. He shows images of his test chart as is his usual comprehensive yet succinct review style. Worth a look if wanting to know more about this lens. For the cost and quality it’s a good value buy. And the 45mm field of view is more useful than I expected.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2020 at 22:58 UTC as 5th comment
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broodrooster: capture one are great at keeping up development. And I just love that they don't force you into subscription model. I think adobe stinks and people like David are great for the likeability factor of capture one. Every week I have been seeing him or hearing him online and he is doing a great job. Thumbs up!

I understand some people’s aversion to subscription models, but knowing what fully fledged Ps cost in the past, the nominal monthly fee I pay now is peanuts. Every update is included. And compared to film processing days, the subs are nothing at all. Ever have a roll of 36 prints developed?

Link | Posted on May 6, 2020 at 10:56 UTC
On article The best lenses for Sony mirrorless cameras (234 comments in total)
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EdU51: First I know everyone wants a fast lens! But with a Sony the high ISO with less noise beats the fast lens thinking, know your camera's capabilities BEFORE getting an expensive lens. I started with the A7S in 2014 and with only three Sony FE lenses I used my old Canon FD and EF-S lenses. But for wide angle there were none till I learned of the of the APS-C SEL1018 which can be used also on full frame from 12-18mm (18 if you remove the light shield) and in APS-C mode you get 15-27mm. It is small, uses screw on filters and IS!!! I still have in my bag. Lastly I do not understand the want for a 24-70 or 24-105 when you have the SEL24240. I have many lenses but carry mostly the SEL1224G and the SEL24240. Whether on a A7S, A7R2 or A7M3 both are sharp and easy to travel and capture the most of anything. The SEL1224 is the most excellent for astro Milky Way as is the SEL1635Z (No Coma). But day or night anywhere you can not beat the Combo!!!! Know your camera no longer FILM!

I understand the appeal of the 24-240 but it is a good example of the compromise of a super zoom in that it has variable sharpness at different focal lengths and isn’t a constant f4. The 24-105/4 is almost uniformly sharp across its entire range as pointed out in the editorial. And it’s very sharp for a zoom. Anyone serious about longer than 100mm will most likely invest in a longer zoom anyway. Don’t get me wrong, I can see that the 24-240 would satisfy some, but with 42Mp, it seems a waste to use a lesser quality lens. If you spend any time with the 24-105 you’d see what I mean.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2019 at 22:31 UTC
On article Best compact zoom cameras in 2020 (439 comments in total)
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fstopx2: For about $400 you could get the Canon EOS M100 with a lens. Its actually slightly smaller than the Lx100 but larger than the RX100. There are also M4/3 cameras that are no bigger as well from both Olympus and Panasonic as well.

The big question for all these little cameras at $1000 is what happens when dust gets inside. Or the lens jams open/closed. I have had both happen.

Although my comments relate more to it’s brother than the VA, I agree to some of what you say, but I found carrying and swapping between a compact 12-32 and 35-100 on my GF8 very inconvenient. Having had an RX100ii and iv before, I knew how good the Sony could be. With the vi’s range, it was just a matter of time and prices becoming closer to reality before I bought one. What a gem! And far better built than the GF’s plasticky body. The EVF is stunning too. As for dust, well I’ve had dust get between the sensor and top coating on a M4/3 body and it was impossible to remove. Still, I do take care to avoid dust on the barrel of all in ones. I do believe Sony are much better at dust sealing than Lumix from personal and friends’ experiences.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2019 at 01:57 UTC
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Clint Dunn: 'Bowie says the insurance company is currently working on its own investigation and is expected to settle, albeit for far less than what Ffordes paid for the equipment'

Oh look, another insurance company ripping off consumers. Insurance is sold to consumers on the basis of fear. What consumers should really be afraid of is how many insurance companies actually protect you the way you would think they should.

Case in point is Long Term Disability. Here in Canada if you actually need to go on LTD the insurance companies will want to stop paying after a year or two and will stop payments to force a one-time settlement, saving them heaps of dough. I personally know two people this has happened to.

Rant over.

Commercial insurance is different from personal insurance and certainly the car analogy is irrelevant. The big danger for the retailer is were they adequately covered for the loss. Usually, businesses make a judgement, “do I insure for the full value of my stock or for an agreed value for the likely loss?”. Most insure full value for fire loss which is cheaper than theft but take a risk that the business complete inventory won’t be stolen. If they underinsured, the insurer has every right to discount the valuation by the proportion of undercover. It’s just business and has nothing to do with ripping the shop off. But I only speculate and don’t know the facts, but having spent a lifetime in business I can tell you theft premiums are horrendous and few small businesses fully protect themselves. Just saying.

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2018 at 23:04 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 review (878 comments in total)
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BIOGONS: Comparing my 4 years old and 24 Mp APS-C SONY A6000 with this new 20 Mp m4/3" GX9 from Pana, I can say that the ISO results are very similar, just a little bit more sharpness for the SONY at low ISO. But the AF speed in the AF-C mode in photo and video and the distracting "hunting" in the viewfinder and video, as the burst rate, are disappointing.
It adds IBIS, touch screen and 4K, and could be compared to the A6500, but the main advantage of the GX9 vs. the APS-C systems as SONY is the availability of compact and lower cost tele zoom lenses (1/2 crop factor). But not the body syze, autonomy or cost.
If Oly-Pana start using PDAF in new fast AF cameras, APS-C format could go away. This seem to be the trend in the recent FF SONY body/lens designs...

No experience with the EM1, only quoted the specs. But the EM1.2 AF is excellent and latest FW improved it further. It’s C-AF and C-AF+tracking are better than my GX9 as well as my A6300... as it should be given its cost!

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2018 at 11:58 UTC
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