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Robert Collins

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  1. Yes I bought a Sony A mount 135 f1.8 and the Laea 4 adapter (the one with the translucent focus mirror.) There are 2 problems... 1) Because you have a mirror you have to make micro af adjustments for the lens rather like with a DSLR. I found this an incredible pain (never having owned a DSLR) and simply could not get my photos critically sharp - was it the lens? was it the af adjustment? So I didnt use it much and then sold it. 2) The af points are clustered in the center of the frame... ...its usable of course but is well short of an A7x experience. In fact the whole af experience feels 5 years old.
  2. No I 100% agree. At the point that noone can think of a sensible reason to have a mirror in front of a sensor, they will simply state the unassailable fact that a mirror in front of a sensor is incredibly useful because it will prevent 'dust'.
  3. I am 100% confident that putting 'something' in front of a sensor to prevent dust is better than not having 'anything' in front of a sensor to prevent dust. I do however agree, that if you consider the major advantage of having a 'mirror' is that it prevents 'dust' you are really stretching the argument for having a mirror in the first place...
  4. Yes, I agree. And very few people mention that the 5D4 also has a mirror which protects you from dust when you change lenses...
  5. Sensible stuff I guess. But, personally, I dont think a lot will change. Yes the Sony bodies (especially the A7iii) look great value when compared to their nearest competitors. But you still get bitten by the lenses one way or another - either expensive native lenses or adapters/reduced performance. I suspect the 6Dii and 5D mkiv prices will come down but that is because noone will buy them if they dont rather than they will switch to Sony.
  6. BTW Cinemascore scored this a 'C' (based on audience reaction on the opening weekend) which is pretty terrible (the worst of all the recent cinema releases.) So it appears to be a dud and that Paramount was 'right' to bin it off to Netflix for its international release.
  7. I actually liked the casting in the movie. I generally dont like women actors in action movies but it really worked here for me. And I think you misunderstood the ending. SPOILER ALERT. We can be pretty sure that Kane (Cain, first son of Adam and Eve) is not the real Kane (in fact we see it in the movie). We can also be pretty sure that at the end of the movie, Lena is not the real Lena but her doppelganger. We can see that in the 'inverted' view of her seen in the glass of water at the end. And rather more obviously in her 'glowing eyes' at the end.
  8. I took a look at 'Bright' (which I had never heard of) mostly because of this thread. In the UK we have an expression - a marmite film - meaning that you are going to either really 'love' it or 'hate' it and I do like watching marmite films. But Bright, I stopped watching after 20 minutes. It almost certainly isnt the worst film of the year but it was pretty terrible. According to Cinemascore the worst film of 2017 was 'Mother'. It received an 'F' - the lowest score you can get and the first film to receive an 'F' since 2012. Mother is definitely a marmite film - I loved it.
  9. I understand the point you are making but I still think it amounts to a 'glass half empty' argument rather than a 'glass half full'. On the other side, what Fuji has done (that would be important to me' is 1. introduce ibis (which has always been a dealbreaker for me with Fuji) and 2. higher bitrate video than its competitors (generally speaking). I think that when both Sony and Fuji are bringing so much to the party we should probably celebrate this rather than focus on the weaknesses. We are not talking Canon, Nikon and Olympus here because their relative deficiencies are rather more obvious.
  10. Still, honestly speaking, I think this whole Sony/Fuji feud is pretty silly. Reading this thread you would think that both companies had just introduced virtually unusable cameras when, in fact, both companies are pushing the boundaries of features for a hybrid and especially the features at the given price point. 6 months ago, few would have imagined we would get these hybrids at this price point.
  11. I bet you are fun at parties. Are we seriously suppose to judge science fiction films based on whether they are realistic or not? In 'Annihilation' Elena says about the concept that the 'shimmer' is refracting all elements and not just light - that it is 'literally impossible' - is she actually complaining about the script?
  12. I liked the movie a lot. A story line with many themes going through it. It was beautifully shot in parts but I did feel that certain moments jarred during the film. It was a fairly ambitious movie though - I think it will age well...
  13. Yes it does look very much like Panasonic's CDAF based video focusing. I have never experienced the same with my A7r3 - sure it misses focus but it doesnt shimmer. Incidentally, were you recording proxies with the 4K?
  14. Yes, that is true. But part of the attraction of FF is that you dont have to use 'really fast lenses' to get good low light performance or limited DOF. Lenses such as the Sony FE 28 f2, 50 1.8, 85 1.8, the Rockinon 35 2.8 or 14 2.8 are not particular large or expensive (US$200-US$700 ea). The same could just about be said of the F4 zooms.
  15. I dont really see flash support as much of an issue for MILCs. Godox has the largest range of flashes of any manufacturer with power from 35w speedlights all the way up to 1200w. Cordless/li-on battery speedlights even batteries cross compatible with their LEDs. They offer TTL/HSS across the board for M43, Fuji and Sony as well as Nikon and Canon. Their prices are pretty friendly too.
  16. Anyone seen this film yet as it is out? Reviews are mixed from 'masterpiece' to 'pretentious crap dressed up as...' - probably the sign it is a good film. Anyways looking forward to seeing it when I can.
  17. The viewfinder is the same as such cameras as the A7ii or A7rii. With the A7riii and A9 there is an upgraded viewfinder which appears larger and has many more mega-pixels. It is clearly an area that Sony decided to save some bucks in order to meet the US$2k price point. I have both an A7rii and an A7riii - I honestly dont really notice the difference but, then again, I am not often punching in focus for video...
  18. Are you really saying that the typical pro photographer is a glamorous female earning big bucks? My comments were based on the BLS data on photographers... (the fat bit was for effect ;)) https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes274021.htm The figures show that the 'annual mean wage' of a professional photographer is US$42k and that only 10% of professional photographers in the US earn over US$76k a year. This might not seem too bad to you - it is 10% above the national mean wage. However, professional photographers are generally well educated with a high percentage holding a university degree.
  19. I dont necessarily disagree but for instance when I state that 'Pro photogs only make up around 2% of ILC camera buyers' do you really want me to explain that... The BLS data from 2016 shows 48,000 thousand professional photogs in the US... https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes274021.htm The CIPA data for 2017 shows 2.9m shipments of ILCs to the US... http://www.cipa.jp/stats/documents/e/d-201712_e.pdf So if you assume that every pro photog buys one camera a year, they represent 1.7% of the total ILCs sold....??
  20. Sadly. Absolutely correct. And I totally respect those people who have managed to succeed in turning their passion into a career - it is simply a risk I am not prepared to take - in that I dont want to risk killing my passion. Back on topic. I do buy some stock footage occasionally because I am too lazy to shoot it myself. Stuff like 'smoke' or 'chalk dust'... My guess is that it is this that sells ...or say glitches, flares or flashes - rather than the sexy girl on the beach shots we take on holiday.
  21. I think I am right in saying that the incremental video cam tax is 12% which equates to some US$200. So a better question might be 'how many people would pay an extra US$200 to be able to record longer than 30 minutes in one shot?' My guess is very few as I suspect that 90% of A7iii users dont shoot video at all.
  22. Really? In Bangkok? I seriously doubt it? That is seriously disrespectful....
  23. Well it was you who said that car manufacturers invested in F1 for the knock on effects of exposure. I do 100% agree that the knock-on effects of exposure isnt great in a 'bacon' advert when you are a 'pig' Honestly Ajay your logic is 'back to front'. I 100% agree that if Sony wants to 'woo' birders over to their platform they need a 400 f2.8. However I simply not convinced that birders are an economic platform. Furthermore if you happen to be a birder with a 400 2.8, I really dont think it is economically realistic to switch to Sony. And simply betting that 2 in a million is higher than 1 in a million is still a heroically optimistic business plan!!
  24. And seriously? I 100% get why people aspire to be Cristiano Ronaldo in this photo, why people pay in millions of dollars to wear his shoes or the shirt he is wearing and I fully understand that every person involved to be in the scrum to take his photo, is being paid good money to wrestle with everyone else for that photo. BUT do you really think in 2018 that people aspire to owning a camera or lens that people like THIS use... you are hardly invoking a glamorous lifestyle...
  25. Honestly you are entitled to your opinion that 'pro photographers' are seen as 'objects of desire' in 2018 much in the same way as F1 drivers. Personally I see 'pro photographers' as overweight, underpaid and increasingly impoverished second class citizens. Where you see professional photography as glamorous - I see 'wedding photographers' 'oap photographers' 'child sports photographers' 'funeral photogs' (in my country) etc... If Sony really thinks pro photography is glamorous, they could do better than sponsoring a fat chap with a hat....
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