Philnw2

Lives in United States WA, United States
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AlexisH: CIPA figures for April illustrate ... nothing at all.

Drawing conclusions from data representing one month means nothing at all.

If you check the Note 4 column of the cipa report, it includes the first 4 months of the year compared to the same period in 2016. I'm surprised at how quickly mirrorless products are invading DSLR market space. I don't doubt that Canon will quickly get a FF mirrorless into the marketplace.

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2017 at 05:14 UTC
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PVCdroid: One thing is for sure. Places like Costco need to pull their head out and get some mirrorless offerings on display. It's a pathetic shrine to cheap Canikon DSLR crap as it is.

For justme, that may be true of units, but in value terms, the math is:
12,861,000/36,572,000 = .35 or 35% in revenue terms. So units may matter for some kinds of predictions, but 35% of the revenue is nothing to be sneezed at, IMO.

Since Costco is only selling Canikon, their records would show 100% of sales going to DSLRs. That shows the mistake of making predictions based on a marketplace that predetermines the kind of product that will be sold. That's why i don't buy cameras from Costco anymore - no choice.

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2017 at 19:57 UTC
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PVCdroid: One thing is for sure. Places like Costco need to pull their head out and get some mirrorless offerings on display. It's a pathetic shrine to cheap Canikon DSLR crap as it is.

I don't even stop at the camera counter anymore because of that altho i do shop a lot at Costco. No Fuji's, no Sony, no Canon mirrorless - boring.....

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2017 at 21:42 UTC
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justmeMN: CIPA figures also show that 64% of ILCs shipped this year were DSLRs, and 36% were mirrorless.

In the first 4 months of 2017, i've seen some drastic increases in shipments to the Americas. Which to me indicates that the Americas are finally becoming more aware of what mirrorless has to offer. Although overall numbers compared to DSLRs are behind other regions. Trends are important.

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2017 at 19:18 UTC

Mirrorless has had 4 months of very nice increases in sales (in the 40% plus arena) in 2017. After each month, the "deniers" state that its an anomaly and meaningless. Well the dslr owners may consider such information to be too short term for any conclusions, but i'm pretty certain that the number of articles criticizing Nikon shows that the mfr are not ignoring the mirrorless trend.

One criticism i've seen of mirrorless is these "compare pictures" posts which typically show a f1.4 85mm lens on a Sony FF camera compared to a DSLR - and the conclusion by that writer says: "See there is no value to a mirrorless camera". Well the thing is small mirrorless camera designs such as the Sony FF cameras, will allow one to put large or small lenses on. Its your option. An FE 85 F1.4 is going to weigh more than an A-mount 85 f2.8 or even an FE 85 f1.8.

It will be interesting when Canon and Nikon go FF with a mirrorless, whether they try to go with a small body or large body or both.

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2017 at 20:31 UTC as 25th comment | 13 replies
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Philnw2: Not to worry, Sony is doing OK. The only expanding segment of the ILC market is the mirrorless cameras which are now 36% of ILC. Mirrorless were up 44% year on year in 2017 and its growth seems relentless. DSLRs were down year on year, but only about 9%, was it?
In the mirrorless ILC segment, these are the BCN 2017 rankings:
Olympus 26.8%
Canon 18.5%
Sony 17.9%

I think these are in terms of units, but the graph i was reading was not labelled.

Of note - Sony is the only maker of FF mirrorless which gives it a diversity that Canon doesn't have, at the moment. Sony is also the maker of MF sensors for the Pentax, Hasselbad and Fuji cameras of that size.

So yeah, i think Sony is doing well in an expanding marketplace of mirrorless, esp since the recent introduction of the A9.

I agree. Altho both CIPA unit and value numbers are up over 2016, the value numbers are up more. I think that increase in value numbers is due to FF sales by Sony, but don't know for sure. I do know that the A7rII costs significantly more than the D810. Folks grumble about the Sony prices, but it tells me that Sony can charge more for comparable FF bodies because they can get more. Mirrorless are desirable at the moment for whatever reason.
I don't begrudge Sony the higher prices because the development costs for these new features and lenses must cost a fortune. One criticism i've read is that noone needs 20fps on the A9, well then one can choose 10 or 5fps I understand. But i don't doubt that having higher fps rates for some sports activities will be highly desirable for those shooters wanting to sell the best pics to demanding customers.

Link | Posted on May 30, 2017 at 14:56 UTC

Not to worry, Sony is doing OK. The only expanding segment of the ILC market is the mirrorless cameras which are now 36% of ILC. Mirrorless were up 44% year on year in 2017 and its growth seems relentless. DSLRs were down year on year, but only about 9%, was it?
In the mirrorless ILC segment, these are the BCN 2017 rankings:
Olympus 26.8%
Canon 18.5%
Sony 17.9%

I think these are in terms of units, but the graph i was reading was not labelled.

Of note - Sony is the only maker of FF mirrorless which gives it a diversity that Canon doesn't have, at the moment. Sony is also the maker of MF sensors for the Pentax, Hasselbad and Fuji cameras of that size.

So yeah, i think Sony is doing well in an expanding marketplace of mirrorless, esp since the recent introduction of the A9.

Link | Posted on May 30, 2017 at 02:11 UTC as 8th comment | 2 replies

I find all these disparaging remarks about Sony quite puzzling. Sony is rapidly pushing the technical boundaries of mirrorless cameras, e.g. 693 AF points, 20fps with tracking, no-lag viewfinders, etc. I bought my A7rii in August 2015, and i find it a lot of fun and also effective to shoot with. It has allowed me to change my shooting practices for the better.

Nikon currently has a larger market share, but its profits and sales are sliding. They do have a new management structure reported this month by DPR. Canon should be delighted Sony is in the game, Sony owners are buying enough of their Lenses from them :-)

Let's hope that as many photography companies as possible survive the smart phone era.

Link | Posted on May 29, 2017 at 01:54 UTC as 12th comment | 2 replies
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1905 comments in total)
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Philnw2: The complaint about "mirrorless blackout" from some DSLR owners has been eliminated. I have to admire the audacity of Sony in producing such a beast. Some have complained about the cost, but it is 2/3rds the cost of the Nikon D5 and yet has a much higher continuous frame rate at 20fps. The A9 is an amazing achievement!

"lamest and least informed" - how rude you are. Do you have to work at being rude are does it come naturally. Have you watched the Tony and Chelsea Northrup youtube video on the A9 comparing it to the D5 and the Canon??. Have you read the specs on the A9 or are you just making up your comments as i suspect. I have and the A9 outdoes the D5 i some critical areas. Silence and in 20fps compared to the D5's 14 frames per second. If you're trying to catch that baseball at the precise moment it hits the bat, you'd have a far better chance with the A9. If you'd done any research on the A9 you could write something intelligent instead of just throwing insults.

Link | Posted on May 6, 2017 at 17:45 UTC
On article Sony a9: Why being better might not be enough (766 comments in total)
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roweraay: There are several genres of photography, including events (meetings, weddings for instance), travel, landscape etc. The A9 (and associated native lenses) may be exactly what one needs, for such activities, where silent shooting and fast AF acquisition would be big pluses.

By assuming that Sony's sole target is Sports photography, one may be missing the forest for the trees.

Torn - thanks for pointing that out. Those pros that shoot Olympics are probably a minority compared to those pros that own/rent their own equpment and shoot wedding/portraits/commercial work, etc. Those pros should not have much difficulty in converting to the A9, A7rii, as appropriate. The longer lenses will come. The Silent Shutter feature is no minor advantage to shooting in meetings, plays, musical recitals, etc. I shot plays for 7 years and always wished for a silent shutter - now i have one in my A7rii. Folks have been disparaging Sony since they brought out the first mirrorless Nex cameras. Sony is racing to put out new innovations that i don't see coming from other camera companies - with the exception of Olympus. Sony is definitely needed in the photography field.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 21:52 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1905 comments in total)

The complaint about "mirrorless blackout" from some DSLR owners has been eliminated. I have to admire the audacity of Sony in producing such a beast. Some have complained about the cost, but it is 2/3rds the cost of the Nikon D5 and yet has a much higher continuous frame rate at 20fps. The A9 is an amazing achievement!

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 14:06 UTC as 67th comment | 4 replies
On article Ask the staff: electronic or optical viewfinder? (892 comments in total)

EVF definitely. Flexibility of display options is helpful. I have a full time histogram display and a level display. WYSIWYG. With OVF, all you get is blinking lights to show something is off. With EVF, you see what is wrong immediately. I once met with 2 friends in a cafe to compare our OVF cameras to a Sony A7r and a A7s. My aps DSLR had such a dim OVF compared to the Sonys that i thought it was broken. No more chimping for me. The other selling point for me is that when you throw out the pentaprisms and all that mirror stuff, you end up with a lighter smaller camera body. My FF A7rii body is smaller much lighter than my APS DSLR. If you combine that body with small lightweight primes or no more than F4 zooms, then one has something easy to carry and very capable.

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2017 at 15:01 UTC as 120th comment

A few years back I bought two of their manual flashes. Easy to figure out and very reliable. I wouldn't hesitate to buy this lens after we get a few reports back. I see copycat actions going on between Japanese photography companies as well.

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2016 at 17:19 UTC as 2nd comment
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Richt2000: Looks really really cheap and nasty build quality for the money.

Canon have been a bit dull for 5 years now. Just churning out incremental updates and half a55ed attempts.

Pull you socks up Canon.

When the Canon Chief Executive announced in 2014 that they were shortly going to build a large format mirrorless - i believed him. What a joke that is now. Here's Sony with a FF A7r2, which i love the resolution of, and Canon, with the best they can do, with the M5. I'm sorry, but the Canon body candidate is just not competitive 2 years later. It doesn't seem like Canon cares about the mirrorless type of camera - does it?????? If they had cared - they would have put more effort into it. Sad to see because i think Canon makes some really fine lenses, which i just bought one for my Sony FF mirrorless. And it works great!

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 04:57 UTC
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Philnw2: OK - point well made. But can anyone show me a camera that is perfect? There are none - they are all a set of compromises. I've only had my A7Rm2 a week today - but i love it - artifacts, warts and all. Its got the largest VF out there on a FF camera. Its quieter than the DSLRs i tried, and about 1/2 their weight. No micro phase calibrations anymore - Nearly every shot i've taken has been sharp with this camera, in manual mode or AF.
I've joined a really cool gallery recently, i'm the only photographer, and i've discovered that none of the painters is concerned about the artifacts with their paint strokes. I know that is a shocking fact for some.

I hope that Sony will fix this problem, but i won't be returning this camera, its too dang good in so many other ways. There is no other FF mirrorless camera out there. I shot with a Nikon D4 in a blind before i bought the Sony. And the racket from the shutter was so loud this stellar jay looked up to find the noise.

The question above about whether noise could cause deterioration of IQ. Noise is an indication that the cam. body is vibrating. That means that the mirror is also vibrating. Both the D800 and A7R were affected. There were complaints about blur on both cameras - a friend of mine sold his D800 because he was disastified with the clarity, then bought a D750 that he's been very happy with. Dpreview did a article on shutter shock in both cameras. Nikon and Sony both did compensatory design actions in follow-on cameras. Sony for example put a carbon fiber shutter in the A7RII. Nikon put an Electronic First Curtain shutter in some D810 version. Whether blurriness will show up is dependent on shutter speed as well.
I love the camera, wish it had better RAW, but each of us have to make choices.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2015 at 06:05 UTC
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Philnw2: OK - point well made. But can anyone show me a camera that is perfect? There are none - they are all a set of compromises. I've only had my A7Rm2 a week today - but i love it - artifacts, warts and all. Its got the largest VF out there on a FF camera. Its quieter than the DSLRs i tried, and about 1/2 their weight. No micro phase calibrations anymore - Nearly every shot i've taken has been sharp with this camera, in manual mode or AF.
I've joined a really cool gallery recently, i'm the only photographer, and i've discovered that none of the painters is concerned about the artifacts with their paint strokes. I know that is a shocking fact for some.

I hope that Sony will fix this problem, but i won't be returning this camera, its too dang good in so many other ways. There is no other FF mirrorless camera out there. I shot with a Nikon D4 in a blind before i bought the Sony. And the racket from the shutter was so loud this stellar jay looked up to find the noise.

Dude, the D4 is a $6000 camera that has had a noisy shutter for years - Nikon has done nothing till this year to quiet shutters on the D800. I shoot a lot of dress rehearsal plays for the organizations. Noisy shutters are a turnoff, yet Nikon and Canon have done little on this issue.
You say my camera is crippled. I've been out shooting several times and not had a problem processing the photos - of course i wasn't pushing it 5 stops.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2015 at 19:12 UTC

OK - point well made. But can anyone show me a camera that is perfect? There are none - they are all a set of compromises. I've only had my A7Rm2 a week today - but i love it - artifacts, warts and all. Its got the largest VF out there on a FF camera. Its quieter than the DSLRs i tried, and about 1/2 their weight. No micro phase calibrations anymore - Nearly every shot i've taken has been sharp with this camera, in manual mode or AF.
I've joined a really cool gallery recently, i'm the only photographer, and i've discovered that none of the painters is concerned about the artifacts with their paint strokes. I know that is a shocking fact for some.

I hope that Sony will fix this problem, but i won't be returning this camera, its too dang good in so many other ways. There is no other FF mirrorless camera out there. I shot with a Nikon D4 in a blind before i bought the Sony. And the racket from the shutter was so loud this stellar jay looked up to find the noise.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2015 at 17:37 UTC as 66th comment | 8 replies

Big thanks for Rishi Sanyal for a ground-breaking test. There's tons of chatter on high-iso - but what good is high-iso if the camera can't focus at those low light levels???

After seeing Rishi's test, i went out and bought the A7RII and did my own low light test last night. I lowered the light in our family room until I couldn't make out the digital wall clock. I tested with the kit lens, a FE 28-70 f3.5 to 5.6. I also did the test with a Sony aps lens, a 50 f1.8 lens. With either lens, I could not see the wall clock, but just pointed the camera, and pressed the focus button. The viewfinder screen lit up momentarily and then it locked focus. With either the slow FE lens, or the fast APS lens, it locked focus 100% of the time on the wall clock. AMAZING.
I then shot the wall clock with my Pentax K3 DSLR, which is rated down to -3ev. With an f2.8 zoom, it locked focus on this wall clock about 1/3 of the tests i tried.

Winner of low light static focusing test: A7RII

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2015 at 17:56 UTC as 32nd comment | 3 replies

Thank you Rishi Sanyal and Richard Butler. You guys found a way to test AF in a meaningful way - not easy to do. All we had before was more anecdotal than anything else.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2015 at 05:12 UTC as 54th comment | 1 reply

Richard,
Congratulations on an excellent article. Instead of endless debates about this feature versus that feature, we should be celebrating the camera diversity and capability that is available to us.

When the first Sony Nex cameras came out in 2310, i thought they were ugly. Now i have 2 of them and there's nothing better IMO for casual walk arounds. When i shoot promos, program headshots and dress rehearsals for a local theatre company, i use my Pentax K3 for its ergonomics and control features. My Nex6 has EVF and my K3 DSLR has OVF. I switch between both camera types frequently and don't find it a problem using either. I currently use a non-proprietary flash system (Cactus V6) with RF60s and manual flashes that work well on both makes of cameras.

I think part of what Sony and other mirrorless makers benefit from, is the popularity of cameras that don't box one into just the equipment made by one camera mfr. All of my Pentax K-mount lenses are usable on my Sony Nexes.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2015 at 17:47 UTC as 19th comment
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