he is alswyas alone here and stiting in front of a big mall , just watching people going by there.
he looks so sad , always mumbling something and it looks really sad
as though he was completely deserted from the society.........
he has this black plastic bag always with him and wearing the same white shirt every day , he gets more and more dark every day, I see him every day when I go to a big studio of my co-worker's.
the Canon Nikon Pentax DSLR color is terrible, especially the skin
with any Sony mirrorless or SLT camera there is no WB color issue like this, just any photo I shoot with it comes out almost perfect , it is as close to perfect as it gets.
if I wanted to get this kind of almost perfect color balance with my
D800E, I would have had to spend more than 40 munites for each photo
in CS 6.
now, I am kind of busy so I tend to use my Sony, my Sony NEX +LR4 or 5 make my life easier than ever before.
I am still debating the A7 vs the A7R or just get the 6D.
I tried several beta version A7R but I did not try the final product version of it yet.
and if the AF of the A7R is as bad as the beta version of it that I tested for a few days, I would not get it. if the AF is a bit better, I might go for it since it is the best FF camera in terms of IQ and resolution (at least for now).
update: I think I will get the normal Alpha 7 since I am tired of
processing many many D800E NEF files almost everyday , and I think I
know how annoying it might be....
plus, the AF of the 7 is much better , the 7 does a bit better video and most importantly , I did not see real life IQ difference between these 2 in A2 size prints(I do not print any D-SLR image bigger than that).
update2:this moring , I got the Alpha 7R and I also tested Alpha 7
with the kit lens.
I was a bit excited to open the box and went out of my room for an hour with a final product version of 7R.......
but I jquickly found the EVF not any better than the EVF of the A99v, it is a bit slow and freezes up sometimes, and once it happens it is almost impossible to do anything , just need to take out the battery to turn it down.
when I saw a nice looking violet flower on a side walk near me, I put my Nikon F to E mount adapter on my Alpha 7R and tried to shoot close up of the violet flower.........then , the camera suddenly froze up for 2 minutes , refused to write into the card or shoot anything.
so I am sure it is a defective product and I am returning the crap.
as usual with Sony, it was completely unreliable and impractical in real life use.
also , I found some older F to E mount adapters do not work on the Alpha 7 and 7R.
so I guess I will wait for Fuji or Samsung or any one more reliable than Sony to come up with something similar with better more reliable system than this FE mount crap, which in nature has too narrow mount diameter to fully utilize the FF sesnor.
update 3: the biggest issues of the 7R for me are:
1 super loud shutter sound.
2 extremely bad close focus and also lowlight AF.
so I cancelled my second order of that camera. Instead, this time I ordered the Alpha 7 kit + the 35mm f2.8ZA.
the 7 feels a bit cheaper , less metal , more plastic.
the Af of the 7 is at least 2 times faster than that of the 7R, in lowlight the 7 is almost 3 times faster or feels like that.
the 7 has no moire issue , it was a bit serious issue of the 7R imho.
so I think the A7 makes a bit better total package at the cost of a bit better resolving power.
for landscape , architecture and commercial work, use MF and tripod most of times any way, the 7R is the right choice , but for everything else even for wedding or event type of work , the 7 is the right choice, which is faster , quietter and cheaper with a bit better lowlight performance.
the 7 kit lens is not bad optically, but it seems to have some unknown focus issue.
remember the A7/R is obviously the first FF mirrorless system camera , but it is just the first one , and there are many many similar FF mirrorless cameras with more matured system design following it.
so the end of the annoying slapping mirror is coming very soon.
update 4:today , I used a final product version of Alpha 7 and 7r
again ,and I have to say I am very very impressed.
the final version was much better than beta version I borrowed by Sony a month a go.
the AF of the A7 was quite accurate, and while it was not as fast as the pro level D-SLRs, it was fast even moderately lowlight.
the EVF was a huge improvement over the EVF in the Alpha 99v and NEX7
the video mode is quite good too.
the A7R was a bit better built but it was noticeably slower in terms of operation, writing , AF,etc.
so for me , as I use it for night time street snap and mountain hiking, the A7 kit + the 35mm Zeiss is the my choice , I will get my own copy of it this weekend.
or I might get both the A7 and A7R as they are so cheap here , the A7
costs only 132000yen, the A7 kit costs only 158000yen, and the A7R
costs about 187000yen.
I thought I liked the detail level produced by the A7R and I did in fact , though I did not like its slow AF and operational speed......
so as over all pacakge , I kinda prefer the A7 , but I may change my mind when I actually buy it on this Friday.
update5 : I may just got the A7 kit and I like it but I may just
exchange it to the A7R since I may sell my D800E for the 6D or the
imho, SLR design cannot fully optimize high resolution sesnor like the one in the D800E due to the long flange back and stupid mirrorshock.
to get best out of the 36mp FX sensor , it must be a mirrorless with short flange back mount design.
so I think for landscape high resolution work , there is nothing better than the A7R.
btw, the Sony Zeiss 55mm f1.8 ZA blows the Nikon 58mm f1.4G out of the water.
so with the A7R or 7 , we do not need hugely overpriced ugly lens like Otus, and it is a big plus for me.
update6:LR 4 and 5 really suck in terms of color and over all IQ but
it is cheap and almost free , so I keep using crap.
but in next week , I will re-buy a copy of Phase One Capture One 7.6 since it is the best RAWC when it comes to image quality.
IMO, to get best out of the Sony 7R , the Nikon D800E or the Sony Alpha 7, we do need the C1 7.5.
I prefer C1 but DXO 9 is actually also very good.
update7: the Df was there at Nikon plaza today, I re-tested it for a
couple hours , they hated me having played with it for that long
the Df is a fast , small , very well made camera,I think it is a good camera despite of harsh useless reviews by likes of DPR.
it was I think usable till ISO 3200 , even 6400 was relatively clean and many think it is usable.....I 'd say it it a stop better than my D800E and a half stop better than my D610.
for me , the best feature of the Df was the small sody but I was also postively surprised how quiet it is compared to my D600 , D610 and D800E.
so I did not expect to say this but I might get the Df to back my A7 up.
now, the D800 is really truly doomed and I am sure it will not sell
well any more. true it was the DXO champion for a long time but the
DXO score really does not show the real life IQ as a whole system.
the biggest issue with Nikon high resolution FX system is there are many many lenses out there but most of these are of crappy quality, imagine if here are no Zeiss 25mm f2 , Sig 35mm f1.4A, Zeiss 50mm f2 MP , Zeiss 135mm f2 APO, how many people really get interested in the D800E camera?
Nikon really sucks big time here.
Nikon should have focused its resources on smaller faster D-SLRs since it is the strength of the NikonF mount design.
update 11: I may return both the A7 and 7R and the Fuji X-E2, they all
have some serious usability issues
I might just go A99v + Oly EM1.
still undecided but I have been seriously re-considering the FE system , it has no lens , slow not able to track anything moves, so it is a very limited system for now.
I may just wait the 4k A mount mirrorless camera coming in next Feb.
finally, many expect to use Canon Nikon Leica mount lenses on the 7R via an adapter , but ti does not really work well, especially the M glass always have corner smearing issue on the 7R body.
so unless you expect to use the native FE primes which are all amazingly good optics , do not get the 7R.
update 12: today , I tested Voiklander 35mm f1.2 Aspherical , which is
about 1100USD M mount lens I use on my film cameras. surprisingly
though, it perfromed quite well on the A7R and A7.
so, it looks like from 35mm and on , there is no issue with M mount lens or other mount FF primes.
I also tested my Zeiss 50mm f2 ZM planar on the Alpha7 , it was very easy to MF and it is sharp across the FF.
so , the above 2 cheap M mount non-Leica lenses are good , I may just return the dim Sony 35mm f2.8 Zeiss although it is a super sharp lens and optically there is almost no issue with it.
I think just being f2.8 is a bit of issue , when you can get a Zeiss 35mm f2 ZM for about 750USD , why do you want to go for a stop slower the Sony FE35mm f2.8ZA?
some say, the 35mm f1.2 Voikt or others are still expensive , but they can be also used on the EM1 or GX7, which I also own and also on my NEX5n /6 and 7.
So it is a very good velue lens for me , and I think for most of people unless you do have to have the silly red dot on any lens you use.
update 12: until today I used it with a flash, I did not realize it was useless when we need proper speed light and wireless trigger option. It did not work , so I used my D800E with my 3 SB 700 speedlites and 2 YongNuo flash guns.
I do not know why I forgot about this aspect of photography , but there are times we need a big speed lites at least as big as the SB700 or EX430. So I think until the next gen tiny wireless flash system tech breakthrough ,the big cameras will survive , albeit even the big cameras will become mirrorless with better EVF than the ones used in the A7 series(the A7 EVF is not as good as the EVF in the OM-D EM1).
And even more serious design flaw of the A7 /7R is its complete lack of any kind of tethering solution.
so for landscapes the A7 works but for events or anything requires a great zoom or speed lite system , it does not work.
so in the end ,it was sad but I decided to keep my D-SLR for a bit
anyway, I think what I have been looking for is FF OM-D.
update 12: now I re-rented a EOS6D , a Fuji X-E2 and an Alpha7.
I thnk I will re-do several ISO test sets and some base ISO shadow lifet up test sets.
I guess I will use the Zeiss 35mm f2.8ZA SSM for both the A7R and the
the Canon 35mm f2 IS USM for the Canon 6D.
the Zeiss 35mm f2 ZF2 for my Nikon D800E and rented Df.
the Sigma 35mm f1.4 for my Alpha A99v.
the 18-55 kit zoom for the Fuji X-E2(I know it is not fair but I do not have the excellent Fuji XF23mm f1.4R).
I will use ACR8.3RC for all.
I guess it takes a few days to complete all , I might not have any free time in this weekend to do all in this week or next week , but I will try to complete all sets of tests with the above mentioned 8 cameras by Dec 19th since I must return my Alpha 7, X-E2 and A99v by19th of this month.
One thing I am already very sure about these cameras by now is I am
quite disappointed with the A7 (I prefer the 7R now), the A7 sensor is
not as good as the A7R sesnor in terms of read noise , color depth and
Surprisingly,even at high ISO settings, the higher resolution A7R actually looks a bit better.
Oh a minor but serious issue I found for this series of tests I will do is there is no RAWC for the new Nikon Df yet.
now, I realize how great the A99v was, it was out a couple of years a go, but it still competes against the latest very well in terms of low ISO IQ and over all usability, still one of the best FF camera package to date today.
the Canon sensors are really crappy in terms of DR and color range.
in my world Canon Nikon are already dead , so I should not beat the deadhorses too often , but I think they deserve it.