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mmditter: I don't mean to be negative or start anything, but I think when we hear of things like this, it's important to not overreact. It's a sad tragedy to see all those eggs that will never hatch, and what those people did with their drones is inexcusable... BUT... the terns involved will not go extinct because of this. I remember back in the 70's the news would go crazy when there'd be an oil spill somewhere, and they'd show us video of people washing oil covered birds. Yes, it was sad to see, but the bird populations have always recovered and the environment was not ruined.

Time changes a lot of things. Habitat loss has grown considerably since the 1970's, which was 50 years ago. How many species have gone extinct or become endangered over the last half-century? And people like you were saying in the 1970's: "No need to overreact! Species and habitats have unlimited resilience. We can do whatever we want to them. They'll always bounce back unphased, unchanged, unaltered!"

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2021 at 20:00 UTC
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Abel89er: Everyday there's something new for Sony E mount. Great times!

@Gesture - Are you talking about the new generation or old generation of working pros? I think a lot of younger working pros are now using Sony. The old-timer, older-generation working pros...those guys are still using DSLRs! Of course, that's not good for Canon and Nikon because a lot of those old-timers probably aren't going to upgrade their DSLRs and lenses. They are set, and are probably not far from retiring.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2021 at 00:50 UTC
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BackToNature1: Panasonic LUMIX S5 Mirrorless Camera with 20-60mm F3.5-5.6 Lens....... Your price for this item is $1,999.99
Save $300
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Sony Alpha 6600 APS-C Mirrorless 4K Video Camera (Body Only).....Your price for this item is $1,199.99
Save $200
Tamron 11–20mm F2.8 Di III-A RXD MSRP of $829.
Total: $2,028.99
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So if DSLR are supposedly dead, than APS-C mirrorless cameras are next. Unless pricing changes and or tech does. FF is the future as most if not all R&D Dollars will flow there. The only exception, Fuji. For now.

Consider CURRENT models.

Sony A7C is basically the FF version of the Sony A6400. (These are the prices listed on Sony's website):

A7C $1,799.993
A6400 $899.99

Everything about the A7C is bigger: price, size, weight, lenses. And the specs aren't even as good. For Sony to release the A7C at the A6400's price, they'd have to cut the price by 50%. You might say, "That's so easy!" but it's not. It would be financial suicide. That's why the A6400 and A7C both exist.

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2021 at 15:28 UTC
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BackToNature1: Panasonic LUMIX S5 Mirrorless Camera with 20-60mm F3.5-5.6 Lens....... Your price for this item is $1,999.99
Save $300
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Sony Alpha 6600 APS-C Mirrorless 4K Video Camera (Body Only).....Your price for this item is $1,199.99
Save $200
Tamron 11–20mm F2.8 Di III-A RXD MSRP of $829.
Total: $2,028.99
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So if DSLR are supposedly dead, than APS-C mirrorless cameras are next. Unless pricing changes and or tech does. FF is the future as most if not all R&D Dollars will flow there. The only exception, Fuji. For now.

@BackToNature1 - APS-C still isn't going away. FF still can't hit the very low price points APS-C can hit, while still preserving a reasonable profit. You seem to be extremely dismissive of the need for camera companies to make a profit on the cameras they sell.

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2021 at 14:53 UTC
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BackToNature1: Panasonic LUMIX S5 Mirrorless Camera with 20-60mm F3.5-5.6 Lens....... Your price for this item is $1,999.99
Save $300
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Sony Alpha 6600 APS-C Mirrorless 4K Video Camera (Body Only).....Your price for this item is $1,199.99
Save $200
Tamron 11–20mm F2.8 Di III-A RXD MSRP of $829.
Total: $2,028.99
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So if DSLR are supposedly dead, than APS-C mirrorless cameras are next. Unless pricing changes and or tech does. FF is the future as most if not all R&D Dollars will flow there. The only exception, Fuji. For now.

Sony A6100 is $748. Sony A6000 (which is still available) is $648. The cheapest FF cameras Sony still sells are double these prices. Sony isn't going to be selling FF at the $648 and $748 price points in today's market because that would eviscerate their profits on FF. But Sony can sell APS-C cameras at $648 and $748 all day long, and still make a comfortable profit at these prices. They can even sell them for less and still make a profit. Remember, companies want to make a PROFIT. There's not much profit in selling FF at $700, or even sub-$1K. Also remember that camera sales volumes are nowhere close to what they used to be, which is even further incentive for camera manufacturers to reap as much profit from every camera they sell. So camera manufacturers have little to no incentive for selling FF cameras at APS-C prices when they can sell APS-C cameras at APS-C prices and still make a decent profit.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2021 at 18:10 UTC
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Noah Yap: Oh darn... why aren't they for Nikon Z and Canon RF as well?! 150-500 looks pretty appealing.

Licensing. Sony licensed their E-mount to Tamron. That gives Tamron authorized usage of the E-mount. Sony does that for third-party manufacturers. Nikon and Canon do not.

Plus, there is sales volume. E-mount sells in much greater volume than Z or RF mount and there is a much larger user base for E-mount.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2021 at 17:59 UTC
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inorogNL: Just wondering why not for nikon z?

Licensing. Sony licenced their E-mount to Tamron. That gives Tamron authorized usage of the E-mount. Sony does that for third-party manufacturers. Nikon does not.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2021 at 17:56 UTC
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TheRealYeats: I guess Sony would not allow Tamron to release an E-mount 150-600?

@Djehuty - "Same reason why Tamron went 70-180 instead of 200."

Tamron stopped at 180mm because it made a big difference in how small they could make the lens. According to Tamron, making the lens a 180mm lens rather than a 200mm lens allowed them to make the lens 25% shorter and 45% lighter (although I think much of the weight savings probably comes from it no longer needing a tripod collar).

https://www.digitalcameraworld.com/news/why-70-180mm-tamron-explains-why-its-sony-e-mount-zoom-is-not-a-70-200mm

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2021 at 17:46 UTC
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amitava bhowmik: Why??? why??...why nothing for the Nikon Z mount??? :(

Sony licensed their mount to Tamron for use. Has Nikon done the same? No.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2021 at 17:37 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Sony FE 14mm F1.8 GM (222 comments in total)
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Welsh: I’m a Canon shooter, but I have to say that Sony seem to be on somewhat of a roll with their recent primes. I’m a little jealous of the size and weight - I have the excellent but huge and heavy Sigma 14mm.

I think people dismiss how valuable smaller size and weight are. I find that as my camera gear has gotten lighter and more compact, I'm more likely to shoot with it. I don't miss the days of carrying a bag full of big, heavy, chunky bodies and lenses. Definitely not. I look back at my old Canon DSLR gear and say, "Wow, I used to carry that around?" These days, I like to go as compact and lightweight as I can.

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2021 at 19:41 UTC
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Georgescanvas: So, mirrorless is the future..... But the lenses are the same.

But the changes in the body are enough, even if the lenses were the same. At the end of the day, glass is glass, so you can't expect lenses to change *that* much.

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2021 at 21:48 UTC
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jst13: Who needs this? Who will use it in real world. Live wedding TV shows? Oh my hell the world is going crazy

Real time AI photo selection is huge. Anything that can speed up output is cool. There will definitely be photogs who will capitalize on this feature as tool to offer their clients. Just because you can't see the potential and the value doesn't mean those things don't exist. I still remember people laughing off the idea of smartphones and tablets.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2021 at 07:42 UTC
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RobPul: In the meantime, in one of the largest photography communities in Germany, Nikon just won the overall user choice award (Z7 II), the best APSC mirrorless award (Z50) and a bunch of other awards for best DSLRs and lenses.

There are specs-reading YouTubers, and then there are actual photographers who do use the gear...

Nikon's share of the mirrorless market has been slowly but consistently growing since when the Z system was introduced, and with mostly mid-level and therefore not cheap FF cameras, so they're doing more than one thing right.

@RobPul- Nikon has been late to the game and they have a very steep uphill battle to fight. Plus, the Nikon brand simply isn't as strong as it was in previous generations. I think if you look at the popularity of the Nikon name among the younger generation, it's pretty low.

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2021 at 14:35 UTC
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Jacques Cornell: Here's the thing: For about half the price, you can get a Panasonic GX9 and small, lightweight primes that greatly reduce the light gathering advantage of the larger 35mm format. That's 1 stop less light with a 12/2 or 20/1.7, and just 1/3 stop less with a 25/1.4. You get 20MP rather than the a7C's 24MP, but that's a piddling difference that evaporates entirely if you crop to 4:3 aspect ratio (which is MUCH better for portraits). A 35mm 24MP camera with dim lenses just doesn't make much sense to me when MFT can do the same job for less. OTOH, a 42MP body with f2 or brighter lenses opens up new possibilities in terms of low light and really big prints.

a7C with f2.5 primes? Meh.

P.S.: Come to think of it, an APS body with Sigma f1.4 primes seems a lot more compelling as a bridge between MFT and an a7R-series with bright primes. If only Sigma made an APS 24/1.4 Contemporary...

@Jacques Cornell - I'm not so concerned about print quality. I think all digital cameras have sufficient IQ for a good print. I agree that m4/3 offers a nice size advantage when it comes to zooms.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2021 at 19:15 UTC
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Jacques Cornell: Here's the thing: For about half the price, you can get a Panasonic GX9 and small, lightweight primes that greatly reduce the light gathering advantage of the larger 35mm format. That's 1 stop less light with a 12/2 or 20/1.7, and just 1/3 stop less with a 25/1.4. You get 20MP rather than the a7C's 24MP, but that's a piddling difference that evaporates entirely if you crop to 4:3 aspect ratio (which is MUCH better for portraits). A 35mm 24MP camera with dim lenses just doesn't make much sense to me when MFT can do the same job for less. OTOH, a 42MP body with f2 or brighter lenses opens up new possibilities in terms of low light and really big prints.

a7C with f2.5 primes? Meh.

P.S.: Come to think of it, an APS body with Sigma f1.4 primes seems a lot more compelling as a bridge between MFT and an a7R-series with bright primes. If only Sigma made an APS 24/1.4 Contemporary...

I used to be an m4/3 user, but with FF getting so affordable and compact, I no longer use m4/3. It just can't give you the low light, high ISO performance that FF can, and it's so much harder to get shallow DOF on m4/3. I just like the rendering you get from a 35mm or 50mm prime on FF. It takes me back to my 35mm film days when I almost always shot with a 35mm or 50mm prime.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2021 at 17:03 UTC

Good to see Sony's hood design for these lenses keeps the size of the lenses compact, even with the hoods attached. Lens hoods that angle inward keeps the whole lens + hood combo small.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2021 at 16:55 UTC as 71st comment | 1 reply
On article Sony announces new ultra-fast FE 50mm F1.2 GM lens (549 comments in total)
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Clavewifi: The Voigtländer Nokton 50mm 1.2 SE weights 383 g, and costs roughly 1k and may be half the size. Hence, you have to weigh in with a lot to obtain autofocus, maybe too much

I'd pay more for the higher hit rate that comes from AF. Not only that, you have Eye AF. It's easy to ruin a shot if they eyes are not in focus. On the other hand, if you just want a low-light, a manual lens might be fine.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2021 at 22:02 UTC
On article Sony announces new ultra-fast FE 50mm F1.2 GM lens (549 comments in total)
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peeyaj: Out of Topic: Hopefully, Nikon and Canon would open their mount like Sony does with E-mount. Choices are good for consumers and having an open ecosystem for lenses would enable more cheaper lenses for consumers.

@MattyMustng - No it's not the same thing as reverse engineering. Sony licenses the mount to third-parties. This is authorized use. This is one reason why there are SO MANY third-party lens makers making SO MANY lenses for Sony: Sony makes it easier for third-party companies to do so.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2021 at 01:03 UTC
On article Sony announces new ultra-fast FE 50mm F1.2 GM lens (549 comments in total)
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peeyaj: Out of Topic: Hopefully, Nikon and Canon would open their mount like Sony does with E-mount. Choices are good for consumers and having an open ecosystem for lenses would enable more cheaper lenses for consumers.

@Mr Bolton - Please provide evidence to support your claim. The reality is that you're wrong. For example, take a look at Cosina, which is licensed to make lenses for Sony E-mount, Even though Cosina's lenses are manual focus, they are fully electronically interfaced with Sony bodies:

From Cosina-Voightlander Japan website:
"The E-mount lens series is a set of interchangeable lenses that can be directly connected to a Sony E-mount without using a mount adapter. It is designed specifically for manual focus, but since it is equipped with electronic contacts, the usage of the lens is reflected in the Exif information of the shooting data. In addition, since it has a built-in distance encoder, it corresponds to the 5-axis image stabilization on the camera body side. It is also possible to zoom in on the viewfinder by operating the focus ring."

So even Sony-licenced manual lenses are taking full advantage of the Sony E-mount interface.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2021 at 00:57 UTC
On article Sony announces new ultra-fast FE 50mm F1.2 GM lens (549 comments in total)
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m_black: Sony users are really a fascinating. Sony releases a great lens, and most of the comments are what other brands aren't doing or can't do or won't do. Other brands release a great lens and most of the comments are from Sony users reminding everyone how great Sony is. So let me summarize. $100 or $300 is not a great difference in price. Take it easy. 280 grams in weight difference is less than your morning dump. Put a Nikon or Canon 50 1.2 in a bag, Sony in another and hold them. You'd be hard pressed to tell any difference in weight. Stop being such weight weenies. I'm sure all the people who used to use a Mamiya RB67's and such are laughing and what people call "heavy" now a days. Suck it up buttercups.

Why carry more weight than is necessary? It just ends up being dead weight that serves no practical purpose. Also, it's not just about losing weight on a single lens. It all adds up.

I'm happy to not carry as much gear weight as I used to. I'm glad that my camera gear is lighter just as I'm glad that my laptop is lighter. Just because we put up with larger gear and greater weight in the past doesn't mean we have to today. Heck, I even care that the camera bag (empty) I use today is lighter than bags I've used in the past. I used to have a Peak Design Everyday Backpack, but I sold it because I ended up switching to a lighter camera bag. The bag was a great design, but it was more weight than I wanted or needed to carry around. Less weight just makes shooting all day long more comfortable.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2021 at 00:24 UTC
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