Richard Butler

Richard Butler

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Lives in United Kingdom Seattle, United Kingdom
Joined on Nov 7, 2007

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On article Nikon D850 vs Sony a7R III: Which is best? (1049 comments in total)
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ldmosquera: Richard, you mention "while we wouldn’t recommend buying an a7R III if you plan only to shoot with adapted lenses".

What's the problem with using adapted lenses with the A7R III?

I'm thinking of getting it to use my old lenses (Canon FD, Nikon AI-s, some M42, etc), so I don't care about adapted autofocus performance. It has to be these lenses because I REALLY enjoy using them.
Would you still not recommend the A7R III for this use case? What else would you recommend for it?

Thanks!

A variety of the reasons above, really.

Part of these cameras' appeal is their ability to shoot high pixel counts at high speeds, so limiting the camera to 3fps by shooting with adapted AF lenses or throwing away AF completely doesn't seem like the best use of money (you could buy an a7R II if you don't need the speed or AF benefits of the Mark III, for instance).

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2017 at 20:50 UTC
On article Sony a7R Mark III review (1096 comments in total)
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Michael1000: Can the menus be selected by touching the screen on the back? It's not really clear from this article (or I am missing it).

No

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2017 at 20:28 UTC
On article Nikon D850 vs Sony a7R III: Which is best? (1049 comments in total)
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dmanthree: Good comparison, but lenses? A tossup? Even considering Nikon's vast array of lenses? I don't get that one.

Which is a point made in the article.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2017 at 18:16 UTC
On article Nikon D850 vs Sony a7R III: Which is best? (1049 comments in total)
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Matto715: No clear winner when it comes to "lenses"? Come on, give me a break! Nothing compares to Nikons huge choice of excellent lenses - not to speak of fantastic third party lenses for Nikons F-mount. For exactly this reason I bought the D850 and would never consider a Sony camera, sorry.

The article makes clear that Nikon has more lenses, even if you just limit yourself to the modern ones that the company recommends.

For many people, Sony offers the lenses many people need, though (and can adapt - with reduced performance - others). I know architecture photographers who prefer shooting their Canon Tilt/Shift on a live view camera, for instance.

For anyone who will never use a 600mm lens, its existence in the Nikon lineup is not an advantage.

So, while the lineups are not equal, it would be ridiculous for me to declare for Nikon simply because they have more niche lenses. It's impossible for me to declare a *clear* winner. If your specific needs require a lens that Nikon makes and where 3fps isn't sufficient, then of course that makes the decision easier for you, but I felt Sony has enough bases covered now that it won't make a difference to enough people for me to call it.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2017 at 18:55 UTC
On article Nikon D850 vs Sony a7R III: Which is best? (1049 comments in total)
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Max Iso: Hmmm.....

"it’s simply a question of whether you prefer a mirror in your camera or not"....

But then....

"you can no longer summarily decide which camera is going to be better for a given situation, based simply on whether it's Mirrorless or a DSLR."

Am i missing something?

The first quote should have said: "you **shouldn't** take that to mean it’s simply a question of whether you prefer a mirror in your camera or not."

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2017 at 20:53 UTC
On article Nikon D850 vs Sony a7R III: Which is best? (1049 comments in total)
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mick232: What a misleading title! It was obvious right from the start that DPR wouldn't dare to declare a winner in that duel.

Wouldn't dare?

I'd have preferred to be able to draw a decisive conclusion: at least one set of brand loyalists would be happy that way.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2017 at 20:48 UTC
On article Nikon D850 vs Sony a7R III: Which is best? (1049 comments in total)
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Dr_Jon: Does Nikon not have a Log profile or is it, like most Canon cameras, where they don't come with a Log profile but have several custom slots where you can load readily available Log profiles, but DPReview mark it down anyway?

You can build custom profiles but I think these can only be approximations of a logarithmic response.

The Sony has Log profiles for which LUTs are widely available, as well as a display mode that corrects for the Log gamma to give a useable preview. That's an advantage.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2017 at 20:47 UTC
On article Nikon D850 vs Sony a7R III: Which is best? (1049 comments in total)
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io_bg: The Nikon obviously wins in the lens and operation departments. Nikon's button layout and ergonomics are quite more polished. Strangely, IBIS wasn't mentioned in the article and it's a big advantage of the Sony.

Most of the times I would need stabilization, it's included in the Nikon (or Canon) lens I'm using, so the real-world impact isn't that pronounced.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2017 at 20:42 UTC
On article Nikon D850 vs Sony a7R III: Which is best? (1049 comments in total)
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mikeodial: More political correctness which will not offend either vendor, or their advertising budget. Yet still keeps both cameras in the limelight. Pardon my skepticism.

I disagree they's apples and oranges. They're both high speed, high res full frame cameras costing the same amount that perform similarly well in almost every respect. That was kind of the point of the article. And we didn't find we used them differently, with the exception that Rishi will shoot video on the Sony because it has usable video AF. For stills shooting, they're directly comparable.

As I say, I mentioned that Nikon has more lenses (even if you limit yourself to the ones the company recommends) but whether it makes a difference is situation dependent. If you never shoot 400mm or tilt/shift then those lenses *existing* is of literally no benefit to you.

Both cameras are so new that no one really knows anything about durability, shutter life or cost of ownership yet. I've seen lots of assumptions thrown around but until a7R IIIs (or a9s as a proxy in some respects) have been out in use for a while, it's just speculation. How durable is the D850's new shutter mechanism?

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2017 at 18:39 UTC
On article Nikon D850 vs Sony a7R III: Which is best? (1049 comments in total)
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Raintitan: Well played for clicks and engagement.

You realise that our job is to provide content that people find interesting and want to read?

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2017 at 18:28 UTC
On article Nikon D850 vs Sony a7R III: Which is best? (1049 comments in total)
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sts2: You guys really didn't take any risks in this article, right? ;-) Can't blame you given how controversial this can become... but come one... no mention whatsoever of:

Edge to D850: ergonomics, build quality/ruggedness, faster cards, battery life, lens choice (really, a tie?), OVF
Edge to A7Riii: no AF-fine tuning needed, IBIS, ~50% faster frame rate, lighter weight, pixelshift, focus peeking in the viewfinder, EVF

That's right, I mentioned both OVF and EVF as an advantage. Whichever you prefer. But this is probably the key differentiator between the two systems. Your window into the world is the most important tool to a photographer, leaving it out makes this comparison very tame.

st2 - at least if I had picked a winner then half the audience would be happy.

This article started life as a Gear of the Year choice but the more I dug into it, the harder it was to make the case either way. I'd much rather be able to say 'this is better for X, this is better for Y,' but in this case I really don't think it's that simple.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2017 at 18:26 UTC
On article Nikon D850 vs Sony a7R III: Which is best? (1049 comments in total)
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frankmv: Nice article, and all comparisons are well and good.

But the bottom line is this: a camera is simply a tool. How well it helps you craft your vision determines its efficacy. Specs aside, virtually ANY camera today will do the job: that means Sony, Nikon, Fuji, Olympus, Canon, Leica, Panasonic, Hasselblad, Pentax, etc. (I probably missed a few).

In arriving at our current crop of selected tools, we have shot virtually every other camera make/model. Our conclusion: every one of them is capable of producing fantastic images in the right hands.

A great photographer can get a great photo with pretty much any camera (hence the 'this camera shot the Olympics with an iPhone!' articles you get every four years), but it doesn't follow that gear doesn't matter.

A better camera won't ensure you take better photos but it can improve the technical qualities of any photo you do take (less noise, fewer aberrations, greater detail and sharpness) and it can make it easier to get that photo.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2017 at 18:21 UTC
On article Nikon D850 vs Sony a7R III: Which is best? (1049 comments in total)
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Geekapoo: Just buy both from Amazon and return the one that comes in 2nd place before the refund "window" expires...tell 'em dpr sent you. 😁

I should go back and check the latest imaginary memo from Amazon. I can't remember whether our new goal is to confuse buyers by making their choice harder and contributing to inertia or the opposite.

[If Amazon cares what we say or what we should favour, they've been pretty quiet about it, the past ten years]

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2017 at 17:07 UTC
On article Nikon D850 vs Sony a7R III: Which is best? (1049 comments in total)
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dmanthree: Good comparison, but lenses? A tossup? Even considering Nikon's vast array of lenses? I don't get that one.

Most people don't use tilt/shifts or 400mm lenses, so having the basics covered means there's not a big difference for the vast majority of people.

I made clear that Nikon has more lenses. I didn't think I needed to spell out that if a lens exists in one system and not the other, then that should be a decisive factor.

If you need a 400mm lens then, yes, until [the one Sony announced](https://www.dpreview.com/news/9932035277/sony-developing-of-400mm-f2-8-g-master-lens) hits the market, Nikon is a better choice.

For tilt/shifts? I know which of these cameras I'd rather use (based on the experiences of an architectural photographer I discussed it with).

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2017 at 16:53 UTC
On article Nikon D850 vs Sony a7R III: Which is best? (1049 comments in total)
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mikeodial: More political correctness which will not offend either vendor, or their advertising budget. Yet still keeps both cameras in the limelight. Pardon my skepticism.

Which aspect of my point-by-point assessment of the two cameras do you think is false?

I started writing this article as a gear of the year piece that chose one of the cameras. The more I wrote and the more I discussed it with Rishi and Carey (the other two people in the office who've shot with these cameras), the more difficult I found it to choose between them.

I concluded that I couldn't choose between them (a decision helped/hindered by me not owning lenses for either). At no point did I think about brands or which cameras we as a team have recommended. No memos, no Simon. Barney asked for pull-quotes to break up the text a bit, which didn't seem like an unreasonable imposition.

If you really believe one of these cameras is unequivocally better than the other then by all means make your case, but don't just accuse me of lying because the outcome is more ambiguous than you expected.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2017 at 16:36 UTC
On article Sony a7R Mark III review (1096 comments in total)
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Michael D D: I've done a test to verify the 10fps continuous rate, HI+. With the camera on a tripod, I shoot an online stopwatch that I've found to be very accurate in the past. http://www.online-stopwatch.com/large-stopwatch/ (When I do this test with an a7rII at 5fps, the stopwatch shows consistent intervals at ~ 200ms, which is what it should be.)

With the a7rIII in HI+ mode, the interval between frames shown on the stopwatch is ~125ms, which equates to 8fps, not 10. When I shoot in HI mode (8fps), I get the same result but the shutter definitely sounds faster in HI+ and in HI. I've done this test several times and the results are consistent. I'm shooting RAW-only, compressed.

I'd welcome any ideas about what's going on here.

I'll give it a go next time I have a moment and a fast card, but checking against the internal clock, while not perfectly precise, makes clear that it must be very close to 10fps.

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2017 at 22:34 UTC
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lumberjack63: Picture No. 8/65: "95 mm" although taken with a 16-55 mm lens ?

I checked the EXIF and it should have said XF55-200mm. I've corrected it.

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2017 at 20:41 UTC
On article Sony a7R Mark III review (1096 comments in total)
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Michael D D: I've done a test to verify the 10fps continuous rate, HI+. With the camera on a tripod, I shoot an online stopwatch that I've found to be very accurate in the past. http://www.online-stopwatch.com/large-stopwatch/ (When I do this test with an a7rII at 5fps, the stopwatch shows consistent intervals at ~ 200ms, which is what it should be.)

With the a7rIII in HI+ mode, the interval between frames shown on the stopwatch is ~125ms, which equates to 8fps, not 10. When I shoot in HI mode (8fps), I get the same result but the shutter definitely sounds faster in HI+ and in HI. I've done this test several times and the results are consistent. I'm shooting RAW-only, compressed.

I'd welcome any ideas about what's going on here.

What shutter speed are you using? What's your focus mode (if AF, which's your 'Priority Set in AF-*x*' mode setting)? Have you got anything like ADL that might require additional processing turned on?

Looking at our AF testing, I've got runs of images in which there are sequences of ten consecutive images with the same timestamp (to the second), suggesting we go 10 fps.

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2017 at 20:31 UTC
On article Sony a7R Mark III review (1096 comments in total)
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lakkot: This isn't really a review now, is it? This is just Sony's press release combined with photos from all the events all youtubers went to.

I'm not sure what you mean by viewfinder modes, but I take your point about both the IS test and the AF extinction tests.

We're about to have our next round of discussions about review format, so I'll bring both up for discussion.

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2017 at 01:49 UTC
On article Sony a7R Mark III review (1096 comments in total)
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lakkot: This isn't really a review now, is it? This is just Sony's press release combined with photos from all the events all youtubers went to.

timberedplum - I appreciate your response. Let me know which bits of 'nitty gritty' you miss: we're constantly trying to strike a balance between making sure we test what matters and trying to make our reviews as accessible to the widest possible audience.

We now test Raw DR and Autofocus, which are things we didn't test in the past. We felt this was much more important that spending time confirming that cameras shoot at the rate the manufacturers claim (since they always do). But nothing is set in stone if you think we're skimping in one area or another.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2017 at 18:20 UTC
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