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On article Peak Design Everyday Backpack Review (114 comments in total)
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Potemkin_Photo: Maglatch seems prime target for pick pockets. Why not add zipper or at least velcro.

The Maglatch isn't an issue. The flap for that compartment is so large that it would be VERY obvious if someone were trying to get into it. And it's up high on the bag, making it even more obvious if someone were trying to get in. Overall, it's a three step process you have to do. First you have to unfasten the Maglatch (which has to be done is a specific way for it to detach; you can't just yank at it). Secondly, you have to lift the flap all the way up. It's a stiff flap, stays very rigid. It practically lifts up like the trunk door of your car. Then once the flap is up, the fabric panel on which the metal attachment pieces are mounted needs to be pulled back to open up the bag. This whole process is very quick and easy to do in real life, but it's not something a pickpocket can do without being noticed. And like I said, it's up high on your back. The opening is at shoulder height. Not easy for a pickpocket to reach into.

I felt very secure walking through a crowd with this bag.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2017 at 16:31 UTC
On article Peak Design Everyday Backpack Review (114 comments in total)
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T3: I bought the 30L. It's a beautiful bag, and has great functionality, but it's HEAVY. That's the most disappointing thing about this bag. It really needs to go on a diet. Even when it's totally empty, it feels like there's gear in it. I don't think it's just the metal hardware they are using, but also the weight of the fabric itself that makes the bag weigh so much. I spent a week in Taiwan with it (hot, humid), and I can not say that it was enjoyable to wear. I switched to mirrorless gear to lighten my load, but now with the EDP I feel like I put the weight back on. I'm going to sell it.

I got the light grey bag with the tan leather accents. It's a great color, nice look. But that's why I call it a "yuppy bag." Looks fancy, looks quality, but just overbuilt and too heavy for long travel days.

Another gripe: I *hate* the sternum strap. Instead of plastic clasps like every other sternum strap, they use a metal hook that hooks into the tiny space between two sewn layers of fabric on the other shoulder strap. This is super annoying because for one thing, you have to orient the metal hook piece correctly (up side or down side). It's like trying to plug in a USB cable in that there's an up side or a down side. I hate this! I shouldn't have to look! There shouldn't be an up or down orientation to this piece! Just give us a normal plastic click-in thingy at the center of the sternum strap. Also sliding the hook in between the pieces of fabric can be tricky. Sometimes I have to try several times, because the space that you are targeting is literally a millimeter high, if that. It's just an annoying design. Dump it. You might think: "just don't use the sternum strap." Well, there's a big difference in comfort. Using the sternum strap makes the bag a lot more comfortable.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2017 at 16:13 UTC
On article Peak Design Everyday Backpack Review (114 comments in total)

I bought the 30L. It's a beautiful bag, and has great functionality, but it's HEAVY. That's the most disappointing thing about this bag. It really needs to go on a diet. Even when it's totally empty, it feels like there's gear in it. I don't think it's just the metal hardware they are using, but also the weight of the fabric itself that makes the bag weigh so much. I spent a week in Taiwan with it (hot, humid), and I can not say that it was enjoyable to wear. I switched to mirrorless gear to lighten my load, but now with the EDP I feel like I put the weight back on. I'm going to sell it.

I got the light grey bag with the tan leather accents. It's a great color, nice look. But that's why I call it a "yuppy bag." Looks fancy, looks quality, but just overbuilt and too heavy for long travel days.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2017 at 16:04 UTC as 35th comment | 4 replies
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Edmond Leung: No business will take such high risk to use this a9 for major sport events.
Also, even if Sony can make tele primes, will you trust its quality and performance? Questionable!

@tonywong - "I bet Canon and Nikon are thinking hard about what A9 tech can be cloned into the 1Dx3 and D6, respectively."

The problem is the a lot of the tech that the A9 has doesn't work with a mirror in the way of the sensor. Because a lot of that tech is on the sensor itself, and is designed for mirrorless cameras. That's a slight problem, unless Canon and Nikon intend on removing the mirror, and replacing the OVF with an EVF. That would be a big move for them. And it gets back to Richard Butler's article:

https://www.dpreview.com/opinion/5187078750/maintaining-a-legacy-or-building-for-mirrorless-who-benefits

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2017 at 00:15 UTC
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rfsIII: ¡Quel surprise! Who would think that kludging one of Canon's most exotic lenses onto another brand of camera wouldn't work out so well. Corvette engine in a Camry? What could go wrong?

@A-Sign - No, the capability I was talking about was AF with adapted lenses. You can't put a Canon lens on a Nikon body and have it AF. But you can put a Canon lens on an A9 have it AF. That's what we're talking about here: adaptability. Eventually, we'll get to a point where it doesn't matter if you're putting a Sony lens, a Canon lens, or a Nikon lens on a Sony body; they'll all just work. Maybe not at full-speed AF tracking, and maybe not with eye AF tracking, but they'll be able to AF just fine. That's what I'm talking about here: adaptability.

Right now, users are stuck in their particular lens systems. That's partly why we have these insane brand arguments: it creates a bunker mentality where it's "us against them". But a lot of that goes away when we have more wide-spread adaptability between systems. If I'm using a mirrorless body that can take any lens, every lens becomes an option for me. I can pick and choose as I please. No more "us vs them" mentality.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2017 at 23:57 UTC
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bilcobarnes21: Really don't understand why people pay good money to purchase a lens then go stick it on a system body it was never designed for, stupid.

It's more a case of being able to use what we already own. I am a Canon user. I have a lot of Canon lenses. I think it's great to be able to also be able to use these Canon lenses on a Sony body. Also, there are certain Canon lenses that I wish had image stabilization. Putting them on a Sony IBIS body gives them image stabilization.

The other thing is that it eases the transition between systems. I can steadily migrate to the Sony system, without having to do it all at once, by using existing Canon lenses on new Sony bodies. Then, eventually I can sell off the lenses I don't want to keep, and replace them with native lenses.

It's really not so stupid when you think about it. It allows users to phase one system in while phasing another system out, as time, options, and money permits

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2017 at 23:48 UTC
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rfsIII: ¡Quel surprise! Who would think that kludging one of Canon's most exotic lenses onto another brand of camera wouldn't work out so well. Corvette engine in a Camry? What could go wrong?

@oldfashioned - Which bloggers were saying that the A9 would be able to operate at full 20fps AF tracking with adapted lenses? Please cite the particular blog posting. The claim was simply that you'd be able to adapt Canon lenses, with AF. That's exactly what is being demonstrated. The fact that you can also achieve lower-frame-rate focus tracking is also a bonus. That's still well beyond the capacities of adaptability for any other camera brand.

What we're talking about here is a bonus feature developed by third-party vendors. I'd be perfectly happy to have 4-5 fps focus tracking with my Canon lenses on a Sony body with IBIS.

You are clearly a conspiracy theorist, LOL. What exactly is the conspiracy? What sin have bloggers committed? Again, please cite the credible claim that adapted super telephotos would be able to work at full 20fps AF tracking speed on Sony bodies?

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2017 at 23:38 UTC
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rfsIII: ¡Quel surprise! Who would think that kludging one of Canon's most exotic lenses onto another brand of camera wouldn't work out so well. Corvette engine in a Camry? What could go wrong?

Apparently some people don't realize that Sony doesn't make *any* adapters to use Canon lenses on Sony bodies. All these adapters come from 3rd party vendors, independent of Sony's involvement. People seem to be assuming that Sony is "falling short" because they aren't able to achieve full-level performance with Canon lenses. People are forgetting that Sony bodies aren't designed to support Canon lenses. It's simply something that third party vendors are doing, by bridging the gap (electronically and physically) between Canon lenses and Sony bodies.

We also have to remember that it wasn't long ago that there was NO AF capability with adapted lenses. Then AF capability was decoded with these adapters. That, in an of itself, is a significant achievement. What people are complaining about now is that the focus tracking is a lower fps than what the A9 is capable of?!? Is that really such a thing to go nuts about? Focus tracking with adapted lenses, at all, is an achievement.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2017 at 23:25 UTC
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Satyaa: This article itself, and all the comments on top of it, are just ridiculous. I feel that DPReview started posting all these news from other sites knowing very well the type of arguments that will come up in these comments. May be, the parent company is evaluating them by the number of page visits/clicks.

I am currently a Nikon system owner, but still have my 11 year old rebel that I don't use anymore. Sony system neither interested me, nor bothered me. Prompted by these comments, I went to look up what's available...

FE 16-35 F/4.0 OSS
FE 24-70 F/4.0 OSS
FE 70-200 F/4.0 OSS
FE 100-400 F/4.5-5.6 OSS
FE 24-240 F/3.5-6.3 OSS (often ignored, but good)

FE 24-70 F/2.8 (no OS?)
FE 70-200 F/2.8 OSS

FE 28, 35, 50, 85 and 90 mm primes
Some Batis and Loxia primes

Really? People have used those lenses, found that they are missing a 500 or 600 mm, and are worried that another brand lens won't work with an adapter?? That's what I call ridiculous.
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"FE 24-70 F/2.8 (no OS?)"

Sony has In-Body Image Stabilization (IBIS), so you don't need OSS in the lens. Adding image stabilization elements to some lenses, such as the 24-70/2.8, can make they quite large. For example, take a look at the size differential between the Nikon 24-70/2.8 non-VR with the new Nikon 24-70/2.8 VR:

http://camerasize.com/compact/#567.327,567.479,ha,t

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2017 at 23:18 UTC
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El abuelito: Canon lenses on Sony A9 work much better than Sony lenses on Canon body.

@J A C S - LOL, I think that's what you are wishing. But the reality is that Sony is clearly in it for the long haul. They started making sensors for other brands years ago to gain expertise in camera sensors. Now, other companies are dependent upon Sony for sensors, and Sony have stated that they will save the best sensor technology for themselves. https://petapixel.com/2017/03/22/sony-keeps-best-sensors-cameras/ They also own 50% of the worldwide sensor market, with most of their money coming from smartphone sensors, so they don't even need to sell their sensors to other camera brands.

They bought Minolta's system years ago to learn about the camera market. Then, after gaining experience, they launched into the new mirrorless market where they are the tech and system leaders well ahead of Canon/Nikon. I don't think any of this is an accident. I think it's been part of a long term plan.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2017 at 22:06 UTC
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PVCdroid: Then use the A-mount lenses that do shoot 10fps continuous. Or, wait for Sony's new E-mount telephotos. I don't get why this is newsworthy at all.

@A-Sign - I'm not the only one who realizes that Nikon is in a bit of trouble in the camera market. As Nikon watcher Thom Hogan wrote:
"The problem is that they shot for the moon with the Nikon 1, shot for a moon orbit with the KeyMission, shot for the moon again with DL but had a launch failure, got the D3400 and D5600 off the launch pad but not near the moon, and so on. All the dollars that the products below the D7200 would have brought in have collapsed into the nothingness of space. Negative growth."

He does optimistically say, "But will Nikon fail or be acquired or declare bankruptcy? No, no, and no. At present the best guess is that they're just going to get smaller. Have fewer products." Like I said, he's being optimistic. At best, they'll get smaller. At worst? Maybe bought out by another company. Maybe bankruptcy. Nikon has seen better days.
http://www.dslrbodies.com/newsviews/grim-nikon-financials.html

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2017 at 21:40 UTC
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LightBug: Title is misleading. It's the combo of A9 plus adapter that are being evaluated, title seems to suggest A9 is solely responsible for the performance reported.

@A-Sign - It's about focus acquisition, and holding onto focus. When you have focus points in the corners, the camera can lock onto a subject earlier, as it enters the frame, before it moves into the central region. It also means that the camera can hold focus on the subject over a wider, broader area of the frame.

And yes, it does matter if the camera is full frame or not. DSLR phase detection modules only cover a certain amount of area. If you have a small frame, the PD unit can cover a larger area of the frame. If the frame is larger, the PD unit only covers a smaller area of the frame. That's why the focus point coverage area of a D5 is so much smaller than a D500, even though they share the exact same focus module (the Multi-CAM 20K focusing module).

D5 focus coverage area:
https://cdn.photographylife.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Nikon-D5-AF-System.png

D500 focus coverage area:
http://cdn.agilitycms.com/the-camera-store/Nikon%20D500-Focus%20Points.jpg

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2017 at 21:32 UTC
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PVCdroid: Then use the A-mount lenses that do shoot 10fps continuous. Or, wait for Sony's new E-mount telephotos. I don't get why this is newsworthy at all.

@A-Sign - You are a hopeless troll. LOL. Sony will be fine. Let's see if Nikon is even around a couple decades from now. Nikon is heavily dependent on DSLR sales, far more than any other company in the camera market. And their sales are declining, as all DSLR sales are. And in the mirrorless market, they spent millions on the ill-fated 1-series mirrorless system, which went nowhere. At last count, they made 13 different lenses for this near-dead system. A lot of time, money, and resources down the drain.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2017 at 21:16 UTC
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PVCdroid: Then use the A-mount lenses that do shoot 10fps continuous. Or, wait for Sony's new E-mount telephotos. I don't get why this is newsworthy at all.

@A-Sign - "that's why you see this problem on the A9 now not perfoming well because super telephoto lenses for the target market arent't available in native E-mount."

*Sigh* Let's talk when the 2020 Olympics roll around. Let's see how ignorant you'll look then. Heck, let's talk later this year, when Sony is supposed to release a 400mm lens. Clearly, you've proven you know very little about these camera companies.

The reality is that no company can produce every lens all at once. Every company has limited resources and a limited number of engineers. So they need to prioritize and knock out lenses over time. To give you an idea of just how new the Sony FE system is, Sony just released their 16-35/2.8, 24-70/2.8, and 70-200/2.8 lenses in the last year or so! Yep, that's how young the system is. Next up are obviously the super telephotos. So what you see as "this problem" of not knowing how to produce native lenses is really an issue of steadily working through a roster of lenses.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2017 at 20:59 UTC
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LightBug: Title is misleading. It's the combo of A9 plus adapter that are being evaluated, title seems to suggest A9 is solely responsible for the performance reported.

@A-Sign - D500 is not a FF body. It's easier to get wider focus coverage in a DSLR when the frame is a lot smaller. Plus, it's a $2000 body. The Sony A6300 is a $900 body that has wider focus coverage, with 425 AF points. A lot less money, and much better focus coverage (truly into the corners) than the D500!

http://mirrorlesscomparison.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/a6300-AF-points-720x540.jpeg

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2017 at 20:40 UTC
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PVCdroid: Then use the A-mount lenses that do shoot 10fps continuous. Or, wait for Sony's new E-mount telephotos. I don't get why this is newsworthy at all.

Your statement "The left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing in this company" was certainly ignorant. Sony certainly knows what it is doing. Sony has been playing the long game from the beginning. They started making sensors for others so they could learn the sensor market. Now, other companies are dependent on Sony for sensors. And they own 50% of the world wide sensor market. As for cameras, they bought Minolta to learn about the camera market. And rather than trying to compete in the old-tech DSLR market, they launched into the new mirrorless market where they are now the dominant force. DSLR sales continue to decline, while mirrorless sales are rising. Sony has positioned itself as a huge contender because they own the sensor market and they are the tech leader in mirrorless, well ahead of Canon/Nikon. None of this happened by accident. I think this has been part of Sony's long-term plan all along. The next stage in their strategy is the 2020 Olympics.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2017 at 20:30 UTC
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El abuelito: Canon lenses on Sony A9 work much better than Sony lenses on Canon body.

@A-Sign - Like i've said before, that argument has a very limited life span. Cling to it while you can!

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2017 at 20:20 UTC
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PVCdroid: Then use the A-mount lenses that do shoot 10fps continuous. Or, wait for Sony's new E-mount telephotos. I don't get why this is newsworthy at all.

@A-Sign - You should at least know what you are talking about before posting. Otherwise you just sound ignorant.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2017 at 20:18 UTC
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PVCdroid: Then use the A-mount lenses that do shoot 10fps continuous. Or, wait for Sony's new E-mount telephotos. I don't get why this is newsworthy at all.

@A-Sign - A-mount was the system that Sony inherited from Minolta for their DSLR system. E-mount is Sony's mirrorless system, which is the future for Sony. Sony chose to allow adaptability of their legacy A-mount system on E-mount bodies. A-mount was never designed for E-mount, so it shouldn't be expected to use the full potential of the A9 camera. It's not a situation where "the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing."

Any time you move to something new, the old system and products may not have full compatibility. For example, most new Nikon DSLRs no longer have screw-drive focus motors, so they no longer support screw-drive Nikon lenses. Or look at Canon: Canon abandoned their entire FD system when they went to EOS. Imagine being a Canon customer at that time!

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2017 at 20:12 UTC
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LightBug: Title is misleading. It's the combo of A9 plus adapter that are being evaluated, title seems to suggest A9 is solely responsible for the performance reported.

@A-Sign - It's not all about you. We're talking about where things are headed. Companies that fail to heed the signs of change run the risk of falling behind, or being left behind. Look at Kodak, Nokia, and Blackberry. These companies absolutely dominated their markets. Now look at where they are now. Or look at Microsoft, which failed to see where things were headed in the mobile market. Now they are almost shut out of the mobile market. Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer famously laughed off the iPhone when it was introduced. All these companies only looked at the moment they were in, thinking "Oh, we'll be fine. Nothing to worry about. Nothing's going to change for another 20 years."

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2017 at 20:07 UTC
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