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This is the photograph I was missing to complete the monastery of Los Jeronimos in Lisbon. Besides, I think it's worth seeing it in detail that would not have been seen if I included it in the whole monastery.

The crowd grouped in front of the door was huge, so I was forced to lift the camera above my head and shoot several photos by eye. Finally in the foreground appeared an infinity of heads, reason why I have been forced to cut half a door. I do not think it matters.

The immense quality and quantity of sculptures that adorn it, well worth it.

In the edition, I have tried to enhance the detail to the maximum so that it can be seen in all its splendidly beautifully preserved beauty.

Some may think that the Manueline style is excessively overburdened, but we should understand that in the days when this style prevailed, money in the hands of absolutist kings did not matter. Dozens of anonymous sculptors could be allowed to work in their buildings for years because they thought history would remind them of their works. And in fact, it is.

This is the penultimate photo of the Lisbon series because I still have the cloister. But that is another topic.

  

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Esta es la fotografía que me faltaba para completar el monasterio de Los Jerónimos de Lisboa. Además, creo que merece la pena verla con detalle que no hubiera salido si la incluyo en el conjunto.

El gentío agrupado frente a la puerta era enorme, por lo que me vi obligado a levantar la cámara por encima de mi cabeza i disparar varias fotos a ojo. Finalmente en primer plano salían una infinidad de cabezas, por lo que me he visto obligado a recortar media puerta. No creo que importe.

La inmensa calidad y cantidad de esculturas que la adornan, bien merece la pena.

En la edición, he tratado de realzar el detalle al máximo para que se pueda contemplar en toda su esplendida belleza magníficamente conservada.

Quizá, algunos opinen que el estilo manuelino es excesivamente recargado, pero deberíamos comprender que en los tiempos en los que este estilo prevalecía, el dinero en manos de reyes absolutistas, no importaba. Podían permitirse decenas de anónimos artesanos escultores trabajando en sus edificios durante años pues pensaban que la historia les recordaría por sus obras. Y en el fondo, así es.

Esta es la penúltima foto de la seria Lisboa pues aun me queda el claustro. Pero esto ya es otro tema.

  

"The love of money is the root of all evil"

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Okay, so shooting this was really fun, cause of the obvious reason: CHOCOLATE

 

I paid myself after the shoot, not with money, but with chocolate :D

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Ladybug was flying into the green world.

 

She made a short break and enjoyed the gorgeous greens, she was flying through.

    

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Una delle cose che più odio del mio lavoro, e soprattutto della mia situazione di precariato, è che ogni anno mi spediscono in una nuova scuola, in posti sempre più lontani e sperduti...il che comporta innanzitutto il dispiacere di lasciare gli alunni e i colleghi a cui mi sono affezionata nel corso dell'anno passato, poi cambiare il "solito bar" dove prendevo il caffè....e infine spese maggiori di benzina per raggiungere la nuova sede. :P

Nonostante ciò, questo cambiamento ha anche degli aspetti positivi che amo.

Tutto sommato visito nuovi posti, conosco nuovi bambini, colleghi, gente comune dei paesi in cui vado a lavorare....

La signora nella foto è una delle mie nuove amicizie :)

Qualche giorno fa, durante un'ora libera, ho deciso di esplorare il nuovo paesino in cui trascorrerò il resto dell'anno scolastico e mi sono imbattuta in questa dolcissima donna che sostava sul balconcino di casa sua.

Iniziai a scattarle qualche foto, quando mi notò e mi chiese: "Mi fai una fotografia?"....io ovviamente continuando a scattare le dissi "già fatta signora"! :)

Cominciammo a chiacchierare del più e del meno, cose del tipo "quanti anni hai, di dove sei, cosa fai...." ecc ecc.

Dopo neanche 5 minuti mi abbracciò e mi disse "Ti sento come una mia nipotina!" e quelle parole suonarono alle mie orecchie come se venissero pronunciate da mia nonna :)

Poi mi invitò ad entrare per prendere un caffè...mi mostrò la sua casa indicando con fierezza uno per uno tutti i suoi mobili e dicendomi dove e come li aveva acquistati nel corso degli anni.

Mi parlò di come si svolgevano le sue giornate, facendo le pulizie in casa, ricamando, recitando il rosario aspettando ansiosamente l'ora della messa per andare in chiesa. In quel momento mi assalì un dubbio...mi domandai cosa farei io una volta arrivata a quell'età.....come trascorrerei le mie giornate? E intanto la guardavo piena d'ammirazione per la tenacia e l'attività con cui affrontava il peso dei suoi 87 anni.

Quando presi per andar via, davanti l'uscio si fermò e mi raccontò di suo marito, morto 17 anni fa...mi guardò e disse "io gli voglio ancora bene, gliene vorrò sempre" e i suoi occhi luccicavano come due supernove pronte ad esplodere...mi venne un groppo in gola, l'abbracciai, e dopo averle promesso che sarei tornata a trovarla andai via.

Mi voltai a guardarla un'altra volta, lei mi stava salutando, ci sorridemmo, voltai le spalle e andando via piansi.

  

One of the things I hate most of my work, and especially of my precarious situation, is that every year they send me to a new school, in places increasingly distant and remote ... which means above all the sorrow of leaving pupils and colleagues to whom I have fond during the past year, then to change the "usual pub" where I took my daily coffee....and finally to spend more money for fuel to reach the new venue. :P

Nevertheless, this change also has some positive aspects I love.

After all I visit new places, meet new pupils, colleagues, common people of the villages where I go working ....

The lady in the picture is one of my new friends :)

A few days ago, during a free hour, I decided to explore the new village where I'll spend the rest of the school year and I stumbled on this sweet woman who was stopping on the balcony of her house.

I started taking some pictures when she noticed me and asked: "Can you take picture of me?".... obviously I continued taking shots and said "already done lady!" :)

We began to talk about the more and less, things like "how old are you, where are you from, what are you doing ...." and so on...

After not even 5 minutes she hugged me and said "I feel you as a niece of mine!" and those words sounded to my ears as if they had been said by my grandmother:)

Then she invited me to come in and have a coffee ... she showed me her house, pointing proudly each single furniture and saying where and how they had been bought over the years.

She told me of how she spent her days, cleaning her house, embroidering, reciting the rosary and waiting anxiously for the mass to go to the church. In that moment I felt attacked by a doubt...I wondered what I would have done once I would have reached that age.....how would I spend my days? And in the meanwhile I looked at her with lots of admiration toward the tenacity and the activity with which she was facing the weight of her 87 years.

When I was going away, she stopped in front of the door and told me about her husband, who died 17 years ago ... she looked at me and said "I still love him, I'll always do" and her eyes were sparkling like two supernovae ready to explode ... I felt a lump in my throat, hugged her, and after having promised that I would have come back to visit her I went away.

I turned to look at her again, she was waving at me, we smiled at each other, then I turned my back and whilst I was leaving I cried.

 

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If I was the Queen I would surely have this as my picture on my money.

Muah ahahahaaaaa <--- (evil laugh).

 

I would also give myself a few more of these. That would be nice. I'm so poor. All my shoes have holes in the soles. No joke.

 

Anyway, this is kinda burning a hole in my pocket. I'm going to go shopping soon and buy some hole-less shoes :)

 

P.S. If anyone else comments about 'the tones', I am going to knock their block off.

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Achei esse bonequinhos na loja de brinquedos da minha cidade, quando bati o olho não pude deixar de notar que são quase iguais ao Sonny Angel, obviamente larguei um money e comprei comprei alguns hhuhu

O que eu mais queria era o patinho, que só consegui porque comprei um kit que vinham 3 e dava pra ver que ele vinha, porque assim como os Sonny Angels funciona aquele esquema de "aleatórios" e vem lacrado sem saber qual virá..

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[11/25/08: This is the 'phone booth' at the Vedanta Olema Retreat Center in Marin County. My friend Alison and I stopped here to look around while we were on a little photo-roadtrip this past weekend. I especially love the jar marked "telephone money." There were about 40 cents in the jar, including a few pennies; I don't get the impression they're doing a lot of talking on the telephone up there...]

Gesucht wird wegen Geldwäsche im großen Stil der Blaue Max, er ist 180 mtr. groß,er hat eine Glatze, trägt meist ein blaues Shirt und rote Hosen. Vorsicht: er ist bewaffnet! Bitte verständigen Sie die nächste Polizeistation, Danke.

 

The Blue Max is looking for money laundering in big style, he is 1,80 m tall, he has a bald head, usually wearing a blue shirt and red pants. Caution: he is armed! Please contact the nearest police station, thank you.

 

Est recherché pour le blanchiment d'argent sur une grande échelle, le Blue Max, il est 1,80 m. grand, il est chauve, porte habituellement une chemise bleue et un pantalon rouge. Attention: il est armé! S'il vous plaît contacter le poste de police le plus proche, merci.

 

es buscado por lavado de dinero a gran escala, el Blue Max, que es de 1,80 m. de altura, es calvo, por lo general con una camisa azul y pantalones rojos. Precaución: está armado! Por favor, póngase en contacto con la estación de policía más cercana, gracias.

 

é procurado por lavagem de dinheiro em grande escala, o Blue Max, ele é 1,80 m. de altura, ele é careca, geralmente usando uma camisa azul e calças vermelhas. Cuidado: ele está armado! Entre em contato com a delegacia mais próxima, obrigado.

 

é procurado por lavagem de dinheiro em grande escala, o Blue Max, ele é 1,80 m. de altura, ele é careca, geralmente usando uma camisa azul e calças vermelhas. Cuidado: ele está armado! Entre em contato com a delegacia mais próxima, obrigado.

 

Vielen Dank für Eure tollen Kommentare und Faves!

 

Thank you for your kind comments, I appreciate every single one, and your faves!

 

Merci pour vos gentils commentaires, j'apprécie chacun, et vos favoris!

Gracias por sus amables comentarios, agradezco cada uno, y sus favoritos!

 

Gracias por sus amables comentarios, aprecio cada uno, y sus favoritos!

Grazie per le gentili commenti, mi rendo conto ogni singolo, ed i vostri preferiti!

280m high, 360 degree view over Tehran and mountains. Including antenna, the Milad is 435m high and the tallest tower in the Middle-East. Finished in 2009. Fee is 350k Rials (=EUR 10) to go up (April 2017). With this ticket you can also get into the Skydome, the closed observation deck, a museum and the revoloving restaurant. There is also a cheaper ticket which only allows you onto the Open-Air Observation Deck not sure what the price of that is. This is, with clear views, very well worth the money!

 

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Tarifa, in the southern end of Spain, is a very popular town with windsurfers and kitesurfers. The strong habitual winds in the Strait of Gibraltar are the main basis of its economy at present. Tarifa, en el extremo sur de España, es una ciudad muy popular entre la gente que practica windsurf y kitesurf. Los fuertes vientos habituales en el estrecho de Gibraltar son actualmente la principal base de su economía.

Escucha...

Money for nothing

Money for nothing... o sí? o no? Estas son dos fachadas de un banco, llenas de contrastes en el centro de Bilbao.

 

El dinero no da la felicidad, pero procura una sensación tan parecida, que necesita un especialista muy avanzado para verificar la diferencia ( Woody Allen).

 

¡Hay tantas cosas en la vida más importantes que el dinero! ¡Pero cuestan tanto! (Groucho Marx).

 

Mi sueño es el de Picasso; tener mucho dinero para vivir tranquilo como los pobres (Fernando Savater).

Two of my photos merged together in a double exposure type technique.

Got myself a new toy - my first DSLR!!! I'm so excited. It's an Olympus E-600 and is such fun to play with. I got some extra money by doing a mentoring programme at work and don't often buy myself things these days so thought I deserved it for Christmas! :P

 

LOTS to learn so just mucking around at the mo. The editing on this isn't great but it's just trial and error.

 

Can't wait to see Dan tomorrow!!! Hope you're all having a happy Christmas full of fun, love and laughter. x

  

A chance spot last year, not that I could miss it. A somewhat modified Mini City E. I wonder how much money the owner has wasted on this? I suppose if it makes him happy then it's all good...

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This specific image was made with Sony A7R

 

Now amazing Capture One pro 10 is out, and for Sony users the express version is free.

The Capture One 9.4 before it was simply outstanding RAWC, much better than anything from Adobe or Raw Therapy.

 

Unfortunately, the free version of C1 does not handle Canon, Nikon or Olympus RAW, only Sony or DNG(Pentax and Leica).

 

So I guess It is another big reason for many of us to choose Sony over anything else. If you use Sony, you can get a full copy of Capture One pro 10 for just 50 USD.

AS far as I am concerned, this is an incredible deal, great Christmas gift for us from Phase One, the greatest company in Photography ever.

 

I think both Capture One 10 Pro and DXO 11 produce a bit better color than LR CC or LR6 for Sony, Canon,Olympus, or Nikon.

 

I suspect that Adobe programs are optimized for Canon but even for Canon CR2 files, LR6 and CC are not good enough, never produce the amazing amount details that Capture One 10 or DXO 11 does.

 

Seriously C Oen 10 pro for just 50 US is an amazing deal. nothing beats it for that price.

Capture One 10 is a much better more serious program than the LR crapware, and the biggest deal here is not need to deal with the Adobe subscription stuff. Many many Adobe users used the license and repaid it to re-activate it, it is really terribly unstable. I had one time could not use it when I was editing my images on site in a mountain area and they say my account is just trial although I paid it for full CC version.

So after coming back from the mountain, I decided to cancel all Adobe CC crap, and I just got Capture One express 8.32 for Sony free,then later in the same month (last April)I upgraded it to the pro version. I could not be happier.

Now, also DXO is offering me a copy FULL copy of DXO 11 Pro version for just 99 USD. I will get that too.

Honestly, there are still times we need Photoshop but I do have full copy of CS6, so I do not need CC anymore, and I've found life without Adobe CC crap is really much more relaxing and easier.

  

The new race:

 

Now we got another APS-C E mount camera supposed to be the flagship camera for Sony E mount but lacks many key features and I ordered it a few days ago and got it last night. I am talking about the A6500 here.

 

I've owned a7II, a7R, a7,A6000,A6300,A6500,NEX5n, NEX6,NEX7, A100, A350, A700,A99V and A900.You may not easily find a bigger Sony camera supporter than me.....So I am obviously not an anit-Sony or mirrorless kind of person. I think I was one of the very first Emount adapters in the world, and I have probably spent more money than most of just temporarily moved to Sony because of the A7RMK2 kind of guys out there. But I am realistic and know the Sony system is still incomplete, on many levels it is not comparable to Nikon and Canon D-SLR systems and even not comparable to Sony's own A mount system just yet.Yes, the EMount cameras produce great images in right conditions.But they have ignored maybe minor but actually very important subtle evolutions that larger cameras earned through decades of camera companies listening to their customers, including pros.

 

Please do not be overly defensive about Sony, and definitely not deny or ignore the facts, ignoring or denying it,or overly defending Sony just spoils Sony and stops the potentially the most interesting and advanced arguably almost universal mount system from fully developing its full potential. I honestly believe the E mount is an almost universal hybrid mount system that might replace all of the current camera mount systems to make it just simple one mount if Sony listens to its customer base..

The EMount system would be better for everyone if Sony listened to a few annoyingly loud but honest professionals like Ming, Thom and Michael,who raise valid issues/points. No one will be hurt if Sony engineers understand it some subtle nuances that many photographers have actually relied on for decades for their real life work projects in the filed, and only way for Sony engineers to be able to get it correctly is to listen to likes of Ming or Thom or like that even if they are not Sony fan. Only listening to likes of Michael Reichemann,who seldom criticize about Sony or any camera, just spoil the E mount and stop it from fully development.

Some of us are really crippled by Sony ignoring these minor but important features.

Face it and see the reality, Sony is not listening, but rather mean to its user base.

Try not to express strong opinion on Sony or Mirrorless l keep that to myself and just write about the facts of the current state of the E mount system and its main issues in real life use:

 

1>Even the most avid Sony enthusiast has to admit that Sony really screws their customers over with a new model in every few months

far as depreciation. This is as opposed to Canon, say the 5D3

loosing 2/3rds of an A7 resale value in 14 months is just hard to stomach. Ming is right that wait a year for the R3 and the R2 will be way way down probably 1200-1500 used. And even now, at least in Japanese market there a quite few used A7RMK2 floating around the internet.

thats a tough bite in a year for all but the professionals. wait 2 years, and its likely under a grand...and there is no serious FW update to any of the original A7X cameras,I mean there were a few FW updates but they were all minor bug fixes not like Samsung adding many super new features to its NX1 every time Samsung updates it.

 

I think this is a very important point, and I think this actually hurts Sony not helps in the long run since this really scares those who buy the"system" rather than just a body kind of guys away from the E mount system, and those buying into the system not a camera actually spend much more money in the long run for Sony. I still have the original A7, along with the a7R, A7M2 and A6000 just because it is almost impossible to sell my A7 without losing too much money, and sheer IQ wise, none of newer A7X cameras is a huge upgrade to my ancient A7 and A7R(I know in a lab they are much better tested,but I mean in real life)

I actually have NEX5n andNEX6 too, although I haven't even touched them for a couple of years or so.

I tried to sell my NEX6 and NEX5n,which I hate but I could not get any significant money for them,so I just kept it for days I would have to shoot in intense rain, or in risky or dangerous places.

I know the a7M3 is coming very soon, and I'm already preparing for it, but I have feeling that I might just avoid it even if it is a great camera, I just hate Sony keeps depreciating every single body it releases in a matter of a few months, most of Sony cameras do not even have a couple of years of life even the expensive A7RM2 will have just a year of life, it is really silly.

2>The widely reported promise of adapted lenses working as well as their native mounts is a big marketing lie. In reality even with Sony's own LAEA 1, 3, 4 adapters, AF-C is incompatible with Continuous High bust mode. Must use Cont Low at 2fps, and it's about as accurate as an old Sony A100 focus system. Also, no Sony/Minolta tele-converters are compatible. It is not a replacement for DLSR or SLT tracking. I'd be interested to know if Canon teleconverters work with Metabones adapter,though. Yes native EMount lenses focus better. But the selection doesn't present itself as a full DSLR replacement. Where is SEL70-400 mm SSM?

3>In my rent studio shoot comparison, two A7M2 with the external battery grip got 710 shots writing RAW only. One D750 without the external battery grip got 1560 writing RAW+JPG on two cards. The A7M2 required computer/hard drive backing up, lens adapter, battery grip, making it the larger system to carry around than any Nikon or Canon or even Sony's own A mount camera such as the A99V,which I had a year ago.

And even more serious problem for studio shooting is the external vertical grip with two batteries will not transfer power to second battery when tethering. Sony Remote Camera Control software shuts down with low battery warning at 20% left on battery one. Will not clear until first battery replaced, regardless if second battery is present. Second batt is useless in tethering mode.Less power, less shots, more tether software startups. Same thing happens when installing software from Play Memories App Store. a99/900 transfer VG battery power smoothly for tethering.

So,Sony can actually do proper tethering for the A, but for E mount system Sony chooses not to do it properly, this is extremely odd to me.

4>EMount really complicates its AF usability with at least minimum two button push for AF selector points. No diagonal scrolling available to get there faster,... the same usability issue for magnifier and playback for manual focus. Two hurdles which make it slower than regular DLSR joystick instant control with horizontal scrolling for AF selector, magnifier, and magnified playback viewing.

For small bodies like the A7X, there may be no space for the simple joystick UI of the DSLRs, but at least Sony can put some sort of touch-AF feature in the A7X.

It is a big mystery to me that Sony always refuses to put touch screen UI in the A7X and A99X cameras.

As Tony Northrup says, touch screen U.I is really practical,especially for small cameras.

As an Olympus and Panasonic user, I know this very well.

I think every EVF camera needs touch AF feature and even better touch pad featre of the latest Olympus EM10M2.

5>The dumb metal thumb bracket accessory for RX1 has a lock for so-called muti interface shoe fit... but the flash adapters and microphones of any Sony A7X don't have any locks. Should that be the other way around? CaNikon have full metal locking sleds on their flashes, yet Sony has four plastic toes... not even full sleds.

It may get some unwanted water or any kind of liquid in side of the main board of the camera. So I taped it with some vinyl tape.

6>Sony actually fixed the plastic lens mount flexing with a A7m2 and R2, but never actually bother to recall the A7R and A7 to fix that issue. Even worse when it used with lens adapters, the mounting points are doubled, causing rotational wobbles when the bigger lenses are zoomed, even the size of my relatively small SAL 85 mm f1.4 ZA.. and, the adapters the only way for any A7X to use any f 2.8 zoom or f1.2 prime, that is really annoying.

7> there are many features that would cost nothing to implement and are clearly better in pro cameras but Sony tends to ignore those,as far as I remember Sony seldom adds new features with FW updates, but forces us to buy a new minor update or even worse just some annoying usability issue fixed model like the A6000 or the A7M2. All Sony cameras are not weather sealed, I think neither are all Sony lenses. I am sure assemblance of real water resistance isn't that expensive as the myriad of inexpensive water resistant consumer products proves these days. A hot shoe lock is simple and effective. Why would Sony decide their cameras shouldn't have one? What possible advantage is there eliminating it? Speaking of flash, why can't Sony implement real slow sync fill flash or real ring flash for proper macro shooting? It is beyond my understanding, and really shocks me how careless some of so-called pro camera designers are, I am sure they are not ignorant or obtuse people but careless, choose not to listen to the real user base. This kind of arrogance is always found anything Asian electronics company produce, they do not listen because of their silly egoistic pride, especially Japanese.

 

10> Sony cameras may switch raw bit rate to 12-bit output,which actually has about 11.9 bit of info to deal with, in a few specific shooting modes;in continuous, in bulb mode, and I think also in silent shutter mode..Actually,this really odd phenomenon/behavior of the A7X cameras is much more annoying and a serious issue than the lossy compressed 11-7 RAW that always criticized by likes of Loyd Chamber, Thom Hogan, and Ken Rockwell,because the sudden bit change in silent, continuous,bracketing and bulb modes may actually cause visible compression artifacts. The 11-7 raw compression actually does not cause any visible artifact except in extremely harsh bright high contrasty scene or super long exposure image.

 

In addition:

 

•Rear dial is horrible. Cheap and fiddly.

•Sony's menu system is confusing. Things are not grouped logically even for a guy like me having used almost every single Sony camera since about 2006.

•Shutter button is mushy, and makes the shooting experience feel slightly laggy, sometimes even slow.

•Startup is inconsistent. Sometimes it is almost instant, but most times, it takes a few seconds to get going, especially once it goes sleep or needs to format the card.

•Back button focus is very poor, because the button around the AEL switch is small and fiddly, even for my relatively small hands it is too small and awkward to navigate..

•Flash system is limited compared to Canon/Nikon, and it feels old dated without proper radio control mode.

To me, the slow formatting time is a really annoying problem, and Sony cameras cannot share the same card with some other brands cameras in a shooting session. It is really annoying for a person like me who shoot many brands camera systems at once.

Last week I was shooting macro with my Olympus EM5M2 and Sony A7 and A7M2(my A7R and A6000 are at Sony for sensor replacement service), I tried to use the card I was using in the Olympus in my Sony, my Sony A7,A7M2 and NEX5n rejected the card with saying something like this card needs to be re-formatted since it has corrupted files.

I put it back into my EM5M2, it then worked properly and properly read at least jpeg files although they were not Olympus but Sony files.

I found all other manufacture cameras can share one SD cards for one shooting session if forced to, but Sony, Sony cameras require dedicated cards that are formatted in the PC or Sony cameras.

This is really really annoying, sometimes SD cards used in the Sony become full, and sometimes take out the card from my Oly or Nikon and use it in my Sony, then Sony tries to format it every time. This never happens in other brand cameras, so the cards can be shared between Canon, Nikon and Olympus safely without any issue, but need some dedicated cards for Sony.

And, I do not know what my A7,A7M2,A6000 and A7R doing but every time I try to format a card in them, they take a several minutes or at least a couple of minutes to do it. Because of this I've missed a several shooting opportunities in last week.

 

I, like Michael and Kevin,see real advantages to many features in the A7 series and other mirrorless cameras vs. DSLR's. And I strongly believe EVF is the future, and that is the main reason why I use Sony and Olympus.I would have totally adopted them by now and sold all my DSLR gear if it weren't for the above mentioned idiocracies in design.

As I wrote above,proper weather sealing is quite cheap to apply these days, but Sony refuses to use it even for the flagship A7RMK2 that costs about 2 times more than the Nikon's real pro camera D810 in its home market Japan. Again, it is really beyond my comprehension, and quite stupid. If Sony listens to its users and fix all above issues, I am sure they will outsell Nikon, maybe not Canon, but at least beat Nikon.

All my Nikon cameras are sealed, and I think some of my Canons are too, If Nikon and Canon had it covered , professionals or any one shooting in harsh environment would not deal with the idiosyncrasies and broken U.I of Sony cameras to use them even if they actually prefer the EVF and mirrorless design of Sony.

 

I think It will be the new race contest.Will Sony actually listen to its user to fix its terribly awkward UI, general usability of the E system first, or will CaNikon loosen their silly pride guard down to answer to Sony with some more sophisticated true pro grade mirrorless camera first.

  

UPDATE:Another serious issue all the camera makers will have to face but I did not really realize before is that all ILC cameras are big to most of NORMAL non-photographer people, and they are very intimidating to most of NORMAL people(I mean regardless of mount type or sensor type).

I never realized it before but while walking around down town Fukuoka with one of my long time friends here forced me to understand it. A friend of mine told me that he thinks all interchangeable lens cameras are huge and intimidating to most of average people regardless of sensor size or format, it's just simply annoying!

I guess a big lens scares or annoys people more than a big body......I never saw it his way but I got his point and I decided to carry my tiny Canon G5X when I just walk around the city area with other people. If I am alone shooting something, then I usually carry my big camera, and I think it does not matter it's a m43, a FF, an APS-C, it is all big to most of NORMAL people, anyway.

Then why not just go all the way up to FF or MFDB, or at least APS-C?

 

So maybe the one really doomed is not Nikon F or Pentax K or Sony A but m43?

Nikon and Pentax have historically had very enthusiastic and even fanatic core shooters and they are usually too old to adapt themselves fast to new EVF based gear even if they understand it is the more logical thing for them as they are aged. So D-SLRs may survive as antique cameras, but m43 or Nikon One?

  

Update2:now, I think FF mirrorless is, like self-driving car, it is the future, definitely, but not really mature enough to be practical for many real life tasks, and they are both still immensely overpriced just because newer tech relatively to their older more practical rivals.

The Sony a7R2 should be cheaper than the D810 considering it does not have the complex mirror and proper weather sealings on the shutter. The X-T2 should be as cheap as the D7200 or the 80D. The A6300 should be as cheap as its predecessor(about 650US), no more than that, it is a great camera but still not able to shoot from a fast running car or train like the 7DMK2 or the D500, and so if you were a paparazzi or anything like that, you would not choose the A6300 as your main camera.

When I wrote my previous A6300 vs D500 hands-on experience,I was very very impressed with the A6300 AF, especially with the FE55mm f1.8Z. But now I am sure if my work is completely relying on the best AF in the game, I'd definitely choose the D500, not the A6300, which could not focus well on a super fast moving thing from a fast running train or a car unless the light level is perfectly ideal.

In last week,I tried to shoot street snaps from a fast running super express train with my A6300, A7M2 and A7R2, none of my Sonys could focus on anything moving from a 300km/h fast running train, I was really glad I also brought my D750 with me for my last short train trip.

Like Thom Hogan said, the Sony Alpha E mount cameras are too slow for anything moving fast, I mean their single AF speed is very fast, but it cannot track fast, especially when the light level is not really ideal.

Plus, the general operation speed of the Sony is just painfully slow, even the most expensive A7SMK2 is very slow. I mean it takes about 30 seconds to format a card, about 5 seconds or more to wake up from a long sleep, etc, and is too slow for anything unpredictably moving or decisive once a life time kind of shot. Another big issue of the Sony FE system is terribly short battery life. I know if I bring this up, many Sony fans would tell me after adding a couple of extra batteries it is still lighter than any of Nikon Canon FF D-SLRs. Maybe so, but the real issue here is because we need to change the battery almost every couple of hours, we would miss many decisive moments, and it is really annoying.

 

Now, it is obvious this is the most difficult time to spend some serious amount of money into any of these already existing camera system since they all suck in some ways and all the camera companies are too arrogant or stupid to listen to the actual users.

 

The FE50mm f1.4Z is an amazing lens that may change the direction of the entire industry but it is a huge lens, honestly, if I knew where Sony were heading to at very first place in 2013, I would not have spent this much money into Sony FE system......I wanted it to be small, light and simple, but now it is a big, heavy, expensive and very complex system.

Really, why every new lens must be AF and this huge is beyond me. It is just making the system impractical with the terribly oversized lenses. I have never seen any 50 this big(except my Otus 55 and the old Sigma Art I hated both of those huge 50 primes), seriously it is as big as the 85mm f1.4 GM and is an ugly looking lens, too.

Sony should not try a D-SLR replacement system with the A7 system, but a great RangeFinder replacement system.

Hope they wake up soon.

  

UPDATE3: now I am 95 percent sure the A7M2 will be replaced in next April NBA show in USA.

There is a small chance we will see it in the next CP+ show but I doubt it now.

I never thought the A7M3 comes late, I thought the A7M2 would have only 12months of life but it already lived more than 18 months. Now we are sure the A7M3 is finally coming but in next year not in this year.

Those who attended Sony dealers meeting know it is coming very soon but not exactly when it will be announced, just yet. I think it will be either at NBA show or next CP+.

I think the A7M3 will get the improved version of the 36mp chip first used in the D800E in 2012 as it is the base model line of the A7X series. But Sony may use the new 24mp sensor or the 42.4mp chip since it is already getting cheap as it is clearly seen in the A99MK2 pricing in the US and in Asia(including Japan).

Sony says now the cost of producing the 42mp BSI chip is about 30 percent cheaper than that of the last year 2015.

And we all know that Canon's new FF mirrrorless camera will be announced very soon, we do not know exactly when it will be announced but everybody knows it will be in next year 2017.

  

So it looks like Nikon is finally dying, if not already dead yet.

  

UPDATE 4: after I got the prices for the new Nikon PCE lenses a few days ago, I realized that I was too hard on Sony and Olympus. I think Nikon's recent lens pricing is even worse.

The PCE19mm f4 is a bit too late and it is a much more expensive lens than the Canon 17mm f4 TS lens although it is much easier to design than the Canon. So this one is definitely a bad deal. The new 70-200mm f2.8 E FL VR lens is definitely the worst value 70-200mm ever that instantly makes the Sony 70-200mm f2.8GM and especially the Canon 70-200mm f2.8L IS MK2 lens look like super bargain lenses.

So I really think Nikon is doomed and now it is really difficult to justify the incredible amount of price hike in just a few months in Nikon system. And Nikon system seems to have the worst warranty policy especially if you get some grey market deals.

So for now maybe it is wiser to keep multi mount system, Sony FE and Olympus or Panasonic m43, or Fuji APS-C system.

I realized that I do not have to get a whole set of lenses for all camera systems I have. I guess I keep my Sony for just wide to normal range use and then add some Olympus or Fuji for long shot use since Sony and Nikon over 200mm lenses are huge and ridiculously expensive.

But for me the biggest issue with the recent trend of super gigantic oversized lenses in FF land is that they are often rejected by budget airlines. So as airline regulation is getting more and more strict these days, the much lighter and compact m43 system may survive for foreseeable future...at least 5 more years.

 

It really looks like Nikon is the real loser in this business since it has nothing to support its ever contracting camera business.

Olympus has very strong medical division and portable audio business. Fuji is a very diversified company, Fuji owns Fuji Xerox , Fuji medical, Fuji industrial scientific lab, Fuji semi conductor, Toyama pharmaceutical corp,etc.

Panasonic is also a very diversified company with core investment in house and automobile electronics industry.

Sony is also a very diversified company and its main business is insurance and realestate.

Canon is also a far more diversified company than Nikon.

Even Ricoh is more diversified than Nikon is.

So Nikon seems to be the most vulnerable one and I bet it will be the first to go out of the camera market.

  

UPDATE 5: as I said A7M3 will not come until next year..........

However, Sony will announce FS8 or FS7MK2 at Inter Bee 2016......not at Photo Plus NY. So SAR was wrong again.

The FS7 successor will have APS-C sized sensor multi aspect sensor for super 35 output. It has the new processor Sony calls "Front side LSI", which was recently introduced in A99MK2 and A6500.

 

UPDATE6: Many people including myself thought Nikon is dying, if not already dead by now, but in reality Nikon still sells many many more units than Sony and Nikon is now working on new type of sensor design and they may collaborate with Pentax and Olympus to set up a new sensor company. If this plays out well, then Sony will be the loser since they will have no one to sell their mediocre so-called Fullframe sensors any more. And as a result their highend camera prices will go up significantly.

And now Sony has just announced they've just decided to spin off their imaging division and now it is an independent business under Sony corp's supervision, just like their sensor group.....

This means now Sony imaging is not a part of Sony but their subsidiary, and therefore, to Sony device group, the imaging group is just a customer,nothing special, in fact,considering its size of market share in relation to that of Nikon, Sony imaging group is a lower class customer to the device group.

So there is no more reason for Sony device technology to keep the best sensor for in-house use. In fact now Sony device tech must compete with the new sensor company Nikon Olympus Ricoh have just established here and some European sensor designers such as CMOSIS, who makes the Leica SL sensor and M sensor.

And do not forget there is always Canon if Sony does not sell anything to Nikon.........Canon will start selling it and there will be Panasonic and Tower Jazz also........so Nikon will not have any problem choosing sensor suppliers any more.

Sony must sell their best sensors to Nikon, Olympus, and Pentax , or Sony will lose them, Sony cannot choose customers any more.

If Sony is smart, it will not compete with Nikon or Olympus in camera market. After all, Nikon is the biggest customer of Sony.......but Sony also buys steppers from Nikon anyway. So Sony is not dominating the sensor market, or controlling Nikon as many Sony fanboys think..........and the just announced Spun-off of their imaging division makes Sony camera business less trust-worthy........... Sony thinks every business as a short term investment and runs it to make it temporarily profitable and then spins it off.

After that? of course sells it to anyone willing to buy it.........like Sony did with the Vaio PC business, TV business, etc,etc.

That is why no one really trust Sony in the long run, we long term Sony users just use its cameras but always know it is a back-up plan or step-gap solution......

After all no serious camera buyers are as obtuse as many spec-chasers and review sites think they are. None one buys into a big expensive camera system just for an amazing set of features in a body or two...................there are many many more important aspects to a system camera than just a set of great features...

  

UPDATE7: Now my first 2 copies of FE16-35mm f4 suddenly died and I just bought my 3rd copy of it.........and sadly found it terrible this time.

It is obvious buying any Sony Zeiss FE lens is like picking up an extremely difficult to win lottery ticket..........it might be great but most of times you get mediocre copies of it.

My first 16-35mm f4 was excellent , the second one was even better-almost outstanding, then this third one is literally lousy. I am returning it and get a new copy but I am not expecting to get a better one, I guess I was extremely lucky with my first two copies of this lens........I guess I will force the dealer to exchange my FE16-35mm f4 for the Voiklander 15mm f4.

 

Sony QC is just terrible, and it is not worth any premium over other cheap off-brand lens maker like Samyang, Tamron and Sigma. In fact, Sony is even worse than Tamron and much worse than Sigma Art series with respect to QC. I have had 4 Tamron VC lenses in EF and F mount and they performed fairly consistent....

I really miss Tamron 90mm macro, now I guess a brand name means nothing when it comes to QC and general after sales support. In fact, Tamron and Voiklander provided me the best service of any lens maker I have ever dealt with. It is extremely frustrating every time I spend more than 110000 yen or 1075 USD, I still have to worry about terrible sample variations.

I think we have to appreciate Roger Cicala's excellent site. He is the only one guy testing more than 5 copies of any given lens. All other reviewers just merely test one copy of each lens.........useless.

         

SPANISH

 

La fotografia es mi pasion y comenzo en las calles. Cuando salgo a la calle . cualquier persona puede ser un modelo para mi si se encuentra en el momento oportuno entre la camara y mi ojo.

  

La vida en las calles es dura, pero te endurece porque pone a prueba tu instinto de superviviencia. Aun asi,puedo encontrar sonrisas o miradas tranquilas. Me alegro de no vivir la situacion tan lamentable que muchos sufren pero me gustaria poder solucionar esos problemas de alguna manera.

 

Esta es la vida en las calles de Fredrikstad.

 

ENGLISH

 

Photography is my passion and started in the streets. When I go out to the street. anyone can be a model for me if you are in the right time between the camera and my eye.

  

Life on the streets is tough, but you harden because it tests your survival instinct. Still, I can find quiet smiles or looks. Glad I did not live so many suffer unfortunate situation but I would like to solve these problems somehow.

  

This is life on the streets of Fredrikstad.

 

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A shot from the Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art. This exhibit "Brazilian Bank" by Meschac Gaba centred around the display of banknotes of various colours and nations. The colour and array of mixed bills was unusual so I took a few shots, trying to isolate the notes in the foreground will retaining some information about what was going on behind.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OM-D E-M1 with lens Olympus M.Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO. HDR from 3 exposure bracketed pictures taken hand held at f/5.6, ISO 400.

I have learned through experimentation and experience that a compelling color image is created mostly by working with light and colors and not so much by investing tons of money in the sharpest lenses or the most advanced cameras. That is good news for my wallet because I have spent unreasonable amount of my hard earned money into photographic gear with diminishing returns on my final images. My images improved significantly when I started to post-process them learning from various tutorials.

Since I could learn through the generosity of others who posted their free advice, I will share with you the technique I used to produce an image like this one, using the split toning function of Lightroom.

 

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In addition to the now classic HDR technique used to exploit the full dynamic range of the scene, I reinforced the blue colors captured by the white balance setting of the camera by using the split toning function of lightroom. Instead of making the entire image bluish by affecting all colors/tones, I made the dark tones bluish while keeping the highlights warm/orange. Then on the final image I increased the saturation of the red and orange colors by using the saturation slider of the HSL panel while decreasing the Luminance of the blue channel which saturates the blue color more naturally than the saturation slider.

 

This post processing technique is commonly used in the cinema industry where the trend of modern thriller movies is to have dark tones greenish (Bourne Supremacy) or bluish (Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol) while the skin tones or highlights are warm/orange: in the Transformers movie you will notice that the skin tones are too much orange, This is how you transform a video image into a cinematic image in post production and it is called color grading.

if you watch the first 2-3 minutes of the great video tutorial of this link below, you will understand quickly how every movie is color graded nowadays to create this cinema look. This is a good base to understand the parallel between cinema and photography using the split toning function (only 2 splits shadows/highlights in Lightroom vs the more complex 3 splits in Davinci Resolve with shadows/mid-tones/highlights).. Ignore the rest of the tutorial which is designed for movie experts.

juanmelara.com.au/the-summer-blockbuster-colour-grading-t...

 

I tried to accomplish something similar here to create this picture which seems to be extracted from a crime/thriller movie.

 

If you need instructions on using the split toning function of lightroom to create a cinematic look, here is a short and simple video tutorial I found on the internet:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihPJn2pxi68

 

If you do not use Lightroom but have photoshop, you can use Camera Raw to accomplish the same result. Here are a few examples before/after when you move your mouse over and outside of the image:

www.perfectphotoblog.com/how-to-make-film-look-photos-in-...

Why m43 is doomed 11.

When was the last time you actually spotted any Nikon camera in the field?

I am really shocked to realize we do no longer see any Nikon any more and even in a big anti Nuclear demo I encountered near Roppongi station no PJ guys using Nikon due to the poor LV and video performance of all Nikon FX bodies. Also many many guys shooting the demo told us the excessively loud shutter sound of Nikon DSLRs would make the cops really irritated or even angry.

I guess Nikon is rapidly becoming kind of an irrelevant player here in Japan , no longer a rival of Canon but seems really like a rival of Ricoh Pentax.......Nikon really needs serious fast APS-C mirrorless system with silent shutter, or Nikon may have to go bankrupt very soon, as all other divisions of Nikon INC are now losing some big money(the camera division is still profitable, now posting 21 consecutive profitable years).

 

Now Nikon has released the D7500 and I have tested it a several times at our shop basement(very dark)........ and I confirmed its LV AF speed is a tiny bit faster than the D500 or anything from Nikon since 2011, but still no where near the level of Canon dual Pixel AF or Fuji X-T2 or Panasonic G85, let alone the GH5 or the current fastest LV AF champion the Olympus EM1 MK2.

 

We all know that just a few months back, no Nikon users admitted the fact Nikon might be losing the game and they all insisted on there would never be a mirrorless camera that would rival the D500 in AF and overall speed, etc............but now it seems all changing rapidly. The game has changed and Nikon seems unable to adapt to the new rules set by Sony, Olympus, and Fuji..........it seems like Nikon has been and will be the most vulnerable one of the major consumer camera makers if not the all time biggest loser of this industry.

 

Typical camera forum experts do not understand how serious the LV AF issue is since they are mostly over 50 kind of old men and never carefully study how young boys of their sons' age shoot their cameras. They say most of them use Smartphones, yeah that is what they think, but there are many young guys coming to our shops to actually buy a SERIOUS camera system. They just do not get Nikon any more since they feel it as an obscure brand and they see how slow its AF in LV mode is and that is what they care since none of those smartphone generation boys shoot their camera through the OVF. To them(even to me) the ancient OVF feels really anachronistic, and the mirror slapping noise,etc, feel very annoying, kind of cranky junk.

 

Nikon fanboy experts like Kevin Raber and Tony Northrup do not get true value of fast LV AF system, but the main reason why Nikon is doomed and Canon is not is that Canon has already solved poor LV AF issue of their D-SLRs with the DP-AF tech but Nikon hasn't developed anything similar to that.

 

Nikon never learns to ignore all the annoying self-proclaimed experts such as Tony Northrup, Kevin Raber, and the guy runs Photography Life. They are simply ignorant narrowminded DR fanatics......to them every camera has a high DR sensor is outstanding.......

I think Mr.Hogan is an exception. He is more realistic and understanding the industry more broadly and therefore he sees it clearly that the so-called Mirrorless won't be the long term future that will ultimately save Nikon.

However, he clearly points out the so-called mirrorless is also important for the short term future......but it is not the long term solution....and many of us dealing with boys in his 20's know he is right.

  

As I said many times already the so-called mirrorless will not be the final answer to the manufacture, but they at least have to try designing a camera system that actually entice some of young boys and girls who are still interested in learning serious camera, and I think there are many of them out there, just the manufacture do not know how to market at them.

 

Nikon should listen to the young smartphone generation photographers instead of the annoyingly condescending self-proclaimed experts online.

 

I really think the excessive D800 popularity among the internet forum gave Nikon an wrong impression that was the direction Nikon would have to be focusing on......But out side of the internet DR freak community, no one cares about a camera like the D800......with lots of design and mechanical flaws.......

  

The current style of so-called mirrorless fans always write about the death of D-SLRs, or it's already too late for CN to get in the game, but is it really so?

 

Well I think Canon and Nikon simply have extreme wealth of existing users to pull from, so they stand less of a chance of customer upgrade exhaustion, versus smaller mount marketshare such as Fuji and m43, and so they will still have some time to prepare for the best possible way to play the game. Well, I know if I write this kind of thing, then m43 fans get furious and tell me," but then so did GM in cars until their loyal customers smelled the coffee and walked away in droves for better value and features. And as with GM, their loyal base is, based on what we see in the field, increasingly graying."

I think that's stupid, mixing up camera market with car market is really wrong. Camera business works more like PC or Mac than car. If you have too many Windows only programs that you must need, you can not easily cross over the fence to go Mac, or vice-versa..........Camera system works in similar way to that. Many of us have too many lenses for a particular mount or mounts to move out of the eco- system/s easily as Thomas Davis pointed out a few weeks back. Who is Thomas? He is our friend and customer.

So, Canon Nikon Sony do not become like GM or Kodak, but they are kinda MS of camera world. All that said, I think it is wrong to put Canon with 45 percent of the market share and Nikon with just 27.5 percent of the market share in the same league, but it is another issue.

Plus, GM is not dead as many GM haters believe it is, it is still a much better company than most of European car manufactures at lest in my area. I love Corvette ZR1 and that is the greatest sports car to me. So GM is nothing like Kodak or Toshiba, I mean GM is still a great company.

Then, m43 fans argue: Then, why do you think mirrorless got to be this popular? older people that couldn't handle the weight of DSLR at first and slowly moving in to m43, that is why!

On paper, it was maybe correct at the very beginning of mirrorless boom movement, but in reality that's too much of a generalization..and many of the early m43 adapters moved to a bigger sensor mirrorless system such as Sony E or Fuji X as they matured.

I know from walking around and observing in many places .. and also tourist places in Japan, Thailand and Korea.. DSLR's are being used by all generations, and I rarely see a mirrorless in the field. In fact, I have never met any m43 users in real world out side of forums or my camera mall. I saw a several Fuji, a couple of Sony A6000 guys in my last summer trip with my Chinese friend, but did not see any m43 at all. I also never saw any A6300 user in any where I have been to.........Many forum pundits exaggerate the number of the MILC sales or the switchers to it from the D-SLR world, but the actual recent trend in the real market place we have been observing is just opposite. In many occasions, I find myself only one mirrorless user every where I go to.

Many many guys mostly serious young guys going back to Nikon or Canon from Sony and Fuji.Or ditching m43 for a bigger sensor mirrorless or for one of the smaller One sensor cameras.

I thought it was only a trend at out shop, but seems every shops and internet used camera dealers agree with us that they are seeing the same trend.

So it seems to me is m43 is the true loser and will lose more and more customers as Sony E, Fuji X and Canon EF-M get more matured.

I know many mirrorless fans especially the most avid m43 fans do not believe the trend and still believe they are on the winning camp, and tell us, "This is like saying that if any manufacturer produces a truly great product, people will buy them and then never another. Seriously? Tell it to Apple about the iPhone, I'm sure it will have them shaking in their boots."

Well,actually it makes a lot of sense. Even reading through these forums, more and more you see / hear people saying......."what I got is good enough."6+ years ago, that was not as much the case. Camera equipment for a particular image / view size has become in most case, diminishing returns.Canon and Nikon try to extend this usually by extending the product life-cycle, and waiting longer than in the past to build up more pent up need to upgrade (age of camera, more features that they can add in over time,etc). However the fact remains that most cameras today are good enough to last through two generations of upgrades. And many many people realizing it and they now buy an used camera..........

If you only print / view at 20" and your AF is fast enough, and your images look good, and you like your camera.

Then why would you upgrade to the next one every year?

Camera companies and Sony fanboys think more MP always sale better but our houses or rooms sizes on average are not getting bigger, the printing size or displaying size of images is always the same for most of us. So why is more resolution needed if you already own a decent FF or APS-C camera with at least 20mp sensor?

And, as system capability is more serious concern now than a body alone spec sheet feature comparison for many serious use cases, many many photogs- especially serious users are realizing even their old D600 or 6D system was more capable than any latest greatest mirrorless from Fuji, Panasonic, Sony and Olympus(except A7 line). If you need a flash and decent power for it then you need a big body. Or, if you need a long lens, then you need a proper body to support it. So the current form of the puny toy-like mirrorless cameras will become less and less popular among the serious shooters who care about "system performance" rather than just a sensor alone performance in a lab.

And honestly in terms of IQ, no mirrorless out side of the A7 series keeping up with the best D-SLRs such as the 5DMK4, the D810 and the D750, and for IQ to IQ comparison the mirrorless cameras are a lot more epensive than the D-SLRs.

To be fair to the mirrorless companies, many many mirrorless are still playing the catching up game to the best D-SLRs in AF and ergonomics departments, and so they need to be replaced every year or so to keep enticing those must-have-the-latest kind of guys..........However, the writing is certainly on the wall with mirrorless that they will start facing the market saturation(above good enough issue) issue sooner than later(I think many logical guys and girls have already realized it and thus selling their m43 or Fuji and going back to Nikon, Canon or Sony).

I think this is why many many MILC shooters going back to Nikon or Canon recently and this trend is becoming more and more glaring every year. The peak sales for mirrorless guys was achieved in 2012 and then gradually going down, but most of the rumors sites do not want to bring this up, rather want to hide it, and I guess you guys already know why?

Actually, as opposed to a common forum myth-phone killing all ILCs, phone sales has nothing to do with poor camera sales, and even in that industry, they are seeing the supposed to be dramatic sales figures start to slow down dramatically because older phones are actually .. pretty good, or good enough now for many people. Only extremely foxy dishonest reviewers did not see it and blame everything on the phones. Honestly we sell a lot fewer phones at our mall than we did in a couple of years ago. And most of guys just buy iPhone or cheap Chinese phones no in-between products sell well. And even iPhone is now difficult to sell......

This is also why it would be corporate suicide for Canon or Nikon to wholly switch over to a new mount and ecosystem from their existing EF and F mount ecosystems now.

There are simply not enough people waiting for it. Remember, only those speak out loud about their requests for gear in gear forums are gear obsessed armchair pundits who prefer every newest and most hyped toys but in reality, the supposed to be amazing newest gimmicky cameras do not sell well..because there are not many armchair experts in real life and the most hyped toys are often overpriced, therefore many price sensitive buyers shun them..

In addition to that, in reality, for Canon and Nikon, the stable sales of their lenses, the majority older designs with long ago paid down R&D costs, is too much of a cash cow, so again, it is very very unrealistic to expect we see their "serious" mirrroless anytime soon.

The last three years or so many people have believed It's only the m43 system that may actually take full advantage of the format with the current line of extensive small lenses..to be actually small enough to be appealing to many light users.

But is the supposed to be cheaper and more compact system size with the extensive lens line up really helping m43 system sales wise? Most likely no.

As an example of m43 sales performance, we see Olympus' camera-imaging division has lost money for six straight fiscal years. And they are in trouble .. AGAIN this year.

 

www.nytimes.com/2016/04/10/business/international/olympus...

Further more,it's assumed that Olympus has around a 60 or so % of the m43 market - which would be reasonable and probably even under the actual share of their system considering Panasonic has fallen much off in Japan and in Asia. This is quite shocking, isn't it?

We're talking about around 510,000 / 60% or 850,000 units per year for mFT. let's round that up to 1 million just for giggles.

The total World Wide camera market shipped is around 13 million units .. mFT makes up around 1/3 of mirrorless, E mount makes up around another 1/3 .. and the rest of the vendors (Fuji, Nikon, Canon) make up the remaining 1/3. The Olympus and Sony share seems huge if we look it this way, though,m43 plus E mount share only make up around 14% of the entire ILC(Mirrorless + D-SLR) market is the sad reality for them.

It strikes me as puzzling that ANYONE would think that mFT is anything but niche when the most successful (sort of) mFT vendor can only ship out 510K units PER YEAR, and it only has about 7 percent of the entire ILC market share. Canon, on the other hand, has been always criticized by forum marketing experts but they've actually owned and still owns about 45.2 percent of the entire ILC market and it is actually increasing up to 47.4 percent.

Thom Hogan projected Sony at 1.1 million ILC last year. However that may be too high because Sony's again playing games with the numbers.

Canon, Nikon, Olympus and others will TELL you how many units they ship. But Sony and Fuji .. have just obfuscated that data for the longest of times.

Why? Probably because it's not as good as what they want people to believe or what they feel comfortable to reveal to us. You only hide something if it doesn't look good, and you find stats that make it look better than it is, but still be technically accurate.

What are they doing? they are reporting marketshare based upon "value" and including ILC's and lenses value combined and not reporting marketshare based upon units sales.

Now considering that Sony and Fuji do not really ship out any mass quantity cheap ILC's anymore AND their lenses tend to be overpriced and to the high end of the money spectrum, the 11% marketshare claims of Sony and the 8.1 percent of Fuji seem dubious at best, we suspect it much lower than that in terms of unit sales. So those losing sells are not just m43 guys but also Sony and Fuji.

Even IF we take Sony's 11% number as being accurate .. the interesting element here to note, is that Sony has LESS of a marketshare than before they went on this lovely E mount adventure.

What's probably more accurate is that Sony's actual mount marketshare is declining on a YoY basis .. but it's hidden by the fact that they are now selling more expensive units.......

As for Fuji, I cannot comment anything more than I already did since it does not have long enough history with the X system yet.........but I am not very optimistic about that either.

So where is the successful mirrorless maker? And I cannot help but I have to ask: May Sony/Olympus be the next Kodak? I guess Samsung knew it away ahead of the time and therefore they called it quits just like IBM was smart enough to know the upcoming PC market crash...........I guess Samsung was the only one MIC maker realistic enough to see through this miserable fail of the so-called mirrorless camera industry.

Who will pull out from this next? I think it will be Olympus or Pentax but they are not really logical companies, so they may continue it for their egoistic corporate pride even though they will continue to lose a lot of money every year.

In the end, I must conclude that the current safest choicees are Canon, Nikon and Sony E mount with adapted lens solution. In that way, even if Sony E mount fails, you can re-use your lenses with adapters on a new system.

But most likely, in the long run, the mirrorless version of current EF and F cameras will become the next decade standard for serious or more action/hybrid related market.

The recent focus on the E series lenses from Nikon is their way of saying they will use the F mount for their serious mirrorless camera and therefore keep your lenses.

I think Canon already showed that with all the new series of STM lenses.

And the E mount, the EOS-M mount will take the rest of the market.

  

UPDATE: At CP+ show I tried the EM1MK2 and GH5 and compare them to the XT20, and to my own Sony A6500.

I was very impressed with all of these, the sensor is much better than the previous version at least in the area of read noise and pattern noise. But still, it is not quite as good as the sensor in the A6500. But the gap is definitely narrowed with this new sensor, and IMHO, it may already be better than the Canon 80D sensor or the Fuji XT20 sensor which only has ISO 200 and crippled by the terrible Fuji X-Trance filtration tech. I think Fuji definitely needs to ditch the horrible X-trance thing and the terrible film-like U.I., which all the current Fuji X-Trance cameras share, and they definitely need to produce some really usable RAW developer.

I think Fuji is already worse than the best m43 in terms of IQ and speed, real-life usability,etc, and definitely much worse than the best Sony APS-C.

 

Fuji guys claim that their X-Trance bodies are already almost as good as the 36mp FF sensor, and it definitely better than any other APS-C sensor out there due to the better X-Trance filtration combined with elimination of the AA filter.

But in reality the Fuji 24.3mp sensor resolves about 14mp or less , while the normal Sony or Nikon 24.3 mp APS-C without the silly X trance resolves about 17-18 mp with a good lens, so it is much worse than the normal 24mp APS-C with copper wiring tech used in the A6300 and the A6500, let alone the A7R sensor.

But I like the XT20 for its very intuitive touch screen and very fast and easy menu system, but it is not enough to make me actually buy it in addition to my Sony and m43 kit.

If I have to choose a EM1MK2 or a XT2 or XT20, I would definitely choose the EM1MK2. The IS of it is incredible, nothing short of truly outstanding, it allows me to shoot at 1/2th at 100mm f4! It has really perfect dust reduction system as Olympus CEO himself describes it as one of the best (but most underrated)feature of any Olympus camera to Dave Etchells of IR. It is truly incredible and I also agree it is really underrated. I always wish my Sony cameras had it too, then I no longer need to worry about annoying 45 or more dust spots appear on my A7R2 and A7M2 sensors.

The Panasonic GH5 also have incredibly effective dust reduction system, and it is a blazingly fast camera both in AF and in operation. The DF-D really works inredibly well and its low light AF is nothing short of amazing.

As I already wrote about it a few times I think it is the best hybrid camera currently available under 3k. The A7R2 is a better camera for stills but it is not a good video camera, so not a very good hybrid camera and I am tired of cleaning its sensor every month and I also hate its very erratic slow lowlight AF.

I think the A6500 is the best Sony camera to date but I prefer to have the A7R2 sensor or A7R sensor in it, however, if Sony gives us the FE level of strong lens line for the APS-C E mount, I will definitely prefer the APS-C E mount for the size and deeper DOF at any given F number reason.

I am still debating to go all APS-C or keep so-called FF for a while , but I am tired of the dust issue and traveling with a huge camera bag I need for it.

Now I am busy and I do not have much time to write about detailed hands-on experience or detailed comparison the Fuji XT20vs the EM1M2 vs the GH5 vs the A6500 vs the XT2.

But I think I will write about it as soon as I get the Voiklander 40mm f1.2 for my A6500.

In any case , for the modest size and price, the A6500 is a great camera, very versatile, very fast with a huge buffer that is about two times better than the buffer of the A7M2 and about 45 percent better than the buffer of the A7R2 , it records the best looking 4k of all Sony consumer cameras, and it has a decent touch screen and touch AF feature.

Its AF is really good in day light and decent even in bad light, this is the first Sony camera that's actually able to focus well in decent lowlight, but in real lowlight like minus 4 EV light level, it cannot touch the Panasonic or Nikon, and even a bit worse than the Fuji XT20. And it really needs the best FE lenses to really shine, however , if you are like me already have a full set of FE lenses, then it is a great camera.

 

UPDATE2:The last two weeks or so, I have been testing my Batis 85mm f1.8 (I have 2 copies of it and I have access to 6 extra copies of it at my shop) vs the new Sony FE85mm f1.8.

And surprisingly enough I found the Sony cheap lens actually quite a bit sharper at f1.8 and probably throughout all f stops.

The bokeh or out of focus area rendition of the Batis seems to be a bit smoother, it has a bit less lateral CA, but it seems to be softer, actually obviously so. It is not a copy issue since I have also tested 6 extra Batis we have at our store.

Another big con of the Batis vs the Sony FE 85mm f1.8 is that the Batis has noticeably more pincushion distortion , if you turn off the in camera lens correction, you will see it in the EVF of any Sony A7X camera.

The color tone is also different, the Batis produces a bit warmer color than the Sony and many say they prefer the look of Zeiss, but honestly if you objectively blind test it you will soon realize the Sony renders everything more naturally with a bit more neutral tone. Many Zeiss fanboys just say it is a Zeiss, so it is a special lens, well really? Not all Zeiss lenses are great, only a very few Zeiss are actually great, and these days everything is designed with computer with using the same software, so every lens in the same size range is actually identically sharp, no dramatic difference there, really..

The Tamron 85mm f1.8VC, the Batis 85mm f1.8E, the Sony FE85mm f1.8, are all similarly sharp wide open, and from f2.8 the Sony is noticeably better than the Batis and the Tamron.

I also prefer the cooler out of the camera color of the Sony lens over the Tamron and the Zeiss Batis.

Now, we all know that Zeiss is not a better lens designer than Sony or Tamron , or any one..........maybe this fact is really hard for the fanboys to admit, but it is the reality.

IMHO, the only one minor drawback of the new Sony FE85mm f1.8 is the a bit harsh out of focus area rendition in strong back lit scene, and I think almost all Sony FE lenses share this issue.

The AF of the FE85mm f1.8 is much faster than the AF of the Batis 85mm f1.8E, so for shooting my cats indoor, I think the Sony is a much better lens. For weddings, I think the Batis may be a bit better since it renders our of focus area a bit smoother in extreme back lit scene. However, I do not like the warmer color signature of the Batis and many Japanese Zeiss lenses. I suspect the actual lens designer for the Batis series is Tamron, and therefore they share very similar look to the Tamron 85mm f1.8VC. I may be wrong here but I think I am right since the look Batis series lenses share is quite different from my MF Zeiss lenses including my Loxia lenses and ZF ZE lenses.

It is sad but I have to admit that almost all Zeiss Batis and Loxia lenses are just ok , nothing really special about these, except the 25mm, which is my favorite lens, and Loxia 21mm f2.8 and may be also the 50mm f2 Loxia.

The 18mm f3.5 Batis is a poorly designed lens, really should not carry the Zeiss blue badge. The Batis 85mm f1.8E was a great lens, at least I thought so until I compared it to the new cheap Sony 85mm f1.8, but now it is the softest 85mm in the current Sony E mount lens line up. The FE85mm f1.8, the Tamorn 85mm f1.8VC, the Sigma 85mm f1.4 Art, the Sony 85mm f1.4GM are all sharper than the overpriced plastic coated bulky Batis 85m f1.8.

I am selling the Batis and get the Sony FE50mm f1.4 soon to replace my Loxia 50mm f2 and Sony Zeiss 55mm f1.8.

 

But the most important change that this very humble Sony FE85mm f1.8 has induced in this industry is that it has kind of killed all charms of the m43 system and the Fuji X system.

The Fuji 56 f1.2 and the m43 fake Leica 42.5 mm f1.2 lens are great optically, but as a whole system, they are a much less capable system than a cheap Sony lens on a FF body.

E C B & the Euro Sign Sculpture

 

Counting Golden Stars & Gold Ingots in the "Magic Money Tree",a bit further down the Gigantic Eurotowers ... as I was thinking of the uncertain future of the institution.There were some black ominous clouds above,but I removed them in order to write the story under blue skies.As I craned my nake up to capture its entirety,it looked like the Leaning Tower of Pisa,the "Campanile",which the architect intended to stand straight and tall,but the foundation was poorly laid,and soon began to lean ...

 

German artist Ottmar Hörl made the sculpture to symbolise a unified euro at a time when the currency was still in its infancy ...

 

A spokesperson for the ECB said that the sculpture’s fate lies with the culture committee and not with the bank ...

 

Thoughts outside the ECB's headquarters,the New ECB Premises,previously resided in the Eurotower.

Soon,escorted,I'd be "elevated" towards higher levels,from where I could clearly read Homer in the "Iron Bridge" and see from above the "Magic Money Tree" with the "gold ingots",actually,its gilded leaves,which I'll show in another shot ...

 

Apart from the gilded leaves there is a ball lodged amongst the barren upper branches,but who is going to start the ball rolling with the hot EU issues?

 

Architecture - Art & the story of the Blue & Gold structure under the Temples of Plutolatry in times of austerity ...

 

♥ Many thanks for all your visits,comments & your pink ☆s ♥

   

Whole lot of money down there.

 

It's been changing, the city. Some bartender friends of mine are saying the hotel & casino CEO's & CFO's are rearranging their business models these days. They say the hotels have prioritized conventions and food and beverage sales higher up and above gaming.

 

The bartenders have told me the hotels aren't comping folks who gamble a lot as much as they used to. One told me of a rather well-to-do Canadian couple who come to town and regularly wager 10k-15k per trip on the machines. He said they were once treated like royalty, i.e. comp'ed meals and rooms. But not as much as before.

 

It's not hard to believe when so many visitors are willing to go in restaurants and pay $100.00 for a steak and the young ones will throw down $60.00-$75.00 for a bucket of 6 iced-down beers at the pool areas. I can't imagine what the tabs for hotel and food bills are for the companies that have conventions out here.

 

But it is what it is. All the razzle and dazzle and mini-fortunes are still out there for the lucky ones. It's not unusual to hear on the local news that someone's hit a several hundred thousand dollar jackpot on a machine at a casino on the Strip.

    

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...then it wouldn't be money anymore!?

...then again, someone would have undoubtedly found a way to horde it and fuck everything up for everyone else.

...there would probably be NO trees left on the planet.

...so never mind.

 

Let's think of another way to redistribute the wealth more evenly.

Don`t take it too personal; but I did write it for you.

So, you overlooked a tiny detail? Every time you spend MONEY you cast a vote for the kind of world you want? Nothing takes lives like poverty. Ever noticed? Poverty is man-made. You should drop whatever it is you`re holding in your hands right know, move on to civilized behavior, taking care of your next. What do I mean by that? You are my greatest responsibility in life, and I hope to be yours. Taking care of your next is taking care of yourself, being "ego +". You don`t have life where survival is non-existent. We`re an organism at war with itself, and a such organism is dying. Would you please go home and look up: FASCISM? You`re behaving like a prick, and although fascists got table manners too they`re not cool to have around.

 

What you did not know until now: Survival through a physical currency is not po$$ible. Even better: there simply is no actual need to do so. At best it is following the idea of a crazy mind. Why bother then? Nowadays flies live longer than we do. Talk about a sick culture.

How about a look in the direction of feeling? You`ll eventually get there, intuition says. That`s your currency for perfect survival right there, life itself. Too cryptic?

 

To Bertolt Brecht it is not:

 

"It is easier to rob by setting up a bank than by holding up a bank clerk."

 

"The law was made for one thing alone, for the exploitation of those who don't understand it, or are prevented by naked misery from obeying it."

 

“In the dark times

Will there also be singing?

Yes, there will also be singing.

About the dark times.”

 

“Nowadays, anyone who wishes to combat lies and ignorance and to write the truth must overcome at least five difficulties. He must have the courage to write the truth when truth is everywhere opposed; the keenness to recognize it, although it is everywhere concealed; the skill to manipulate it as a weapon; the judgment to select those in whose hands it will be effective; and the running to spread the truth among such persons.”

 

“Denn die einen sind im Dunkeln

Und die anderen sind im Licht.

Und man sieht nur die im Lichte

Die im Dunkeln sieht man nicht.”

 

“Das Volk hat das Vertrauen der Regierung verscherzt. Wäre es da nicht doch einfacher, die Regierung löste das Volk auf und wählte ein anderes?”

 

>> "Die Schriftsteller können nicht so schnell schreiben, wie die Regierungen Kriege machen; denn das Schreiben verlangt Denkarbeit.“ <<

 

"Mad, følgende derpå: moral!"

 

“The worst illiterate is the political illiterate, he doesn’t hear, doesn’t speak, nor participates in the political events. He doesn’t know the cost of life, the price of the bean, of the fish, of the flour, of the rent, of the shoes and of the medicine, all depends on political decisions. The political illiterate is so stupid that he is proud and swells his chest saying that he hates politics. The imbecile doesn’t know that, from his political ignorance is born the prostitute, the abandoned child, and the worst thieves of all, the bad politician, corrupted and flunky of the national and multinational companies.”

 

"Though the rich of this earth find no difficulty in creating misery, they can't bear to see it."

 

"The man who laughs has simply not yet had the terrible news."

 

"When crimes begin to pile up they become invisible. When sufferings become unendurable the cries are no longer heard. The cries, too, fall like rain in summer."

 

"If art reflects life, it does so with special mirrors."

  

And the list goes on.

Cuanto más vivo, más me doy cuenta de las repercusiones de la actitud de la vida. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. Actitud, para mí, es más importante que los hechos. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. Es más importante que el pasado, la educación, el dinero, que las circunstancias, de fracaso, de éxitos, que lo que otros piensan o dicen o hacen. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. Es más importante que la apariencia, giftedness o habilidad. It will make or break a company... Que hacer o deshacer una empresa ... a church... una iglesia ... a home. un hogar. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. Lo notable es que tenemos una elección diaria con respecto a la actitud que adoptará el de ese día. We cannot change our past... No podemos cambiar nuestro pasado ... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. no podemos cambiar el hecho de que las personas actúen de cierta manera. We cannot change the inevitable. No podemos cambiar lo inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. Lo único que podemos hacer es jugar por una cadena que tenemos, y que es nuestra actitud. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.” ~Charles R. Swindoll Estoy convencido de que la vida es 10% lo que me pasa a mí y el 90% de cómo reaccionar ante él. "~ Charles R. Swindoll

The new race:

 

I've owned a7II, a7R, a7,A6000,A6300,NEX5n, NEX6,NEX7, A100, A350, A700,A99V and A900.You may not easily find a bigger Sony camera supporter than me.....So I am obviously not an anit-Sony or mirrorless kind of person. I think I was one of the very first Emount adapters in the world, and I have probably spent more money than most of just temporarily moved to Sony because of the A7RMK2 kind of guys out there. But I am realistic and know the Sony system is still incomplete, on many levels it is not comparable to Nikon and Canon D-SLR systems and even not comparable to Sony's own A mount system just yet.Yes, the EMount cameras produce great images in right conditions.But they have ignored maybe minor but actually very important subtle evolutions that larger cameras earned through decades of camera companies listening to their customers, including pros.

 

Please do not be overly defensive about Sony, and definitely not deny or ignore the facts, ignoring or denying it,or overly defending Sony just spoils Sony and stops the potentially the most interesting and advanced arguably almost universal mount system from fully developing its full potential. I honestly believe the E mount is an almost universal hybrid mount system that might replace all of the current camera mount systems to make it just simple one mount if Sony listens to its customer base..

The EMount system would be better for everyone if Sony listened to a few annoyingly loud but honest professionals like Ming, Thom and Michael,who raise valid issues/points. No one will be hurt if Sony engineers understand it some subtle nuances that many photographers have actually relied on for decades for their real life work projects in the filed, and only way for Sony engineers to be able to get it correctly is to listen to likes of Ming or Thom or like that even if they are not Sony fan. Only listening to likes of Michael Reichemann,who seldom criticize about Sony or any camera, just spoil the E mount and stop it from fully development.

Some of us are really crippled by Sony ignoring these minor but important features.

Face it and see the reality, Sony is not listening, but rather mean to its user base.

Try not to express strong opinion on Sony or Mirrorless l keep that to myself and just write about the facts of the current state of the E mount system and its main issues in real life use:

 

1>Even the most avid Sony enthusiast has to admit that Sony really screws their customers over with a new model in every few months

far as depreciation. This is as opposed to Canon, say the 5D3

loosing 2/3rds of an A7 resale value in 14 months is just hard to stomach. Ming is right that wait a year for the R3 and the R2 will be way way down probably 1200-1500 used. And even now, at least in Japanese market there a quite few used A7RMK2 floating around the internet.

thats a tough bite in a year for all but the professionals. wait 2 years, and its likely under a grand...and there is no serious FW update to any of the original A7X cameras,I mean there were a few FW updates but they were all minor bug fixes not like Samsung adding many super new features to its NX1 every time Samsung updates it.

 

I think this is a very important point, and I think this actually hurts Sony not helps in the long run since this really scares those who buy the"system" rather than just a body kind of guys away from the E mount system, and those buying into the system not a camera actually spend much more money in the long run for Sony. I still have the original A7, along with the a7R, A7M2 and A6000 just because it is almost impossible to sell my A7 without losing too much money, and sheer IQ wise, none of newer A7X cameras is a huge upgrade to my ancient A7 and A7R(I know in a lab they are much better tested,but I mean in real life)

I actually have NEX5n andNEX6 too, although I haven't even touched them for a couple of years or so.

I tried to sell my NEX6 and NEX5n,which I hate but I could not get any significant money for them,so I just kept it for days I would have to shoot in intense rain, or in risky or dangerous places.

I know the a7M3 is coming very soon, and I'm already preparing for it, but I have feeling that I might just avoid it even if it is a great camera, I just hate Sony keeps depreciating every single body it releases in a matter of a few months, most of Sony cameras do not even have a couple of years of life even the expensive A7RM2 will have just a year of life, it is really silly.

2>The widely reported promise of adapted lenses working as well as their native mounts is a big marketing lie. In reality even with Sony's own LAEA 1, 3, 4 adapters, AF-C is incompatible with Continuous High bust mode. Must use Cont Low at 2fps, and it's about as accurate as an old Sony A100 focus system. Also, no Sony/Minolta tele-converters are compatible. It is not a replacement for DLSR or SLT tracking. I'd be interested to know if Canon teleconverters work with Metabones adapter,though. Yes native EMount lenses focus better. But the selection doesn't present itself as a full DSLR replacement. Where is SEL70-400 mm SSM?

3>In my rent studio shoot comparison, two A7M2 with the external battery grip got 710 shots writing RAW only. One D750 without the external battery grip got 1560 writing RAW+JPG on two cards. The A7M2 required computer/hard drive backing up, lens adapter, battery grip, making it the larger system to carry around than any Nikon or Canon or even Sony's own A mount camera such as the A99V,which I had a year ago.

And even more serious problem for studio shooting is the external vertical grip with two batteries will not transfer power to second battery when tethering. Sony Remote Camera Control software shuts down with low battery warning at 20% left on battery one. Will not clear until first battery replaced, regardless if second battery is present. Second batt is useless in tethering mode.Less power, less shots, more tether software startups. Same thing happens when installing software from Play Memories App Store. a99/900 transfer VG battery power smoothly for tethering.

So,Sony can actually do proper tethering for the A, but for E mount system Sony chooses not to do it properly, this is extremely odd to me.

4>EMount really complicates its AF usability with at least minimum two button push for AF selector points. No diagonal scrolling available to get there faster,... the same usability issue for magnifier and playback for manual focus. Two hurdles which make it slower than regular DLSR joystick instant control with horizontal scrolling for AF selector, magnifier, and magnified playback viewing.

For small bodies like the A7X, there may be no space for the simple joystick UI of the DSLRs, but at least Sony can put some sort of touch-AF feature in the A7X.

It is a big mystery to me that Sony always refuses to put touch screen UI in the A7X and A99X cameras.

As Tony Northrup says, touch screen U.I is really practical,especially for small cameras.

As an Olympus and Panasonic user, I know this very well.

I think every EVF camera needs touch AF feature and even better touch pad featre of the latest Olympus EM10M2.

5>The dumb metal thumb bracket accessory for RX1 has a lock for so-called muti interface shoe fit... but the flash adapters and microphones of any Sony A7X don't have any locks. Should that be the other way around? CaNikon have full metal locking sleds on their flashes, yet Sony has four plastic toes... not even full sleds.

It may get some unwanted water or any kind of liquid in side of the main board of the camera. So I taped it with some vinyl tape.

6>Sony actually fixed the plastic lens mount flexing with a A7m2 and R2, but never actually bother to recall the A7R and A7 to fix that issue. Even worse when it used with lens adapters, the mounting points are doubled, causing rotational wobbles when the bigger lenses are zoomed, even the size of my relatively small SAL 85 mm f1.4 ZA.. and, the adapters the only way for any A7X to use any f 2.8 zoom or f1.2 prime, that is really annoying.

7> there are many features that would cost nothing to implement and are clearly better in pro cameras but Sony tends to ignore those,as far as I remember Sony seldom adds new features with FW updates, but forces us to buy a new minor update or even worse just some annoying usability issue fixed model like the A6000 or the A7M2. All Sony cameras are not weather sealed, I think neither are all Sony lenses. I am sure assemblance of real water resistance isn't that expensive as the myriad of inexpensive water resistant consumer products proves these days. A hot shoe lock is simple and effective. Why would Sony decide their cameras shouldn't have one? What possible advantage is there eliminating it? Speaking of flash, why can't Sony implement real slow sync fill flash or real ring flash for proper macro shooting? It is beyond my understanding, and really shocks me how careless some of so-called pro camera designers are, I am sure they are not ignorant or obtuse people but careless, choose not to listen to the real user base. This kind of arrogance is always found anything Asian electronics company produce, they do not listen because of their silly egoistic pride, especially Japanese.

 

10> Sony cameras may switch raw bit rate to 12-bit output,which actually has about 11.9 bit of info to deal with, in a few specific shooting modes;in continuous, in bulb mode, and I think also in silent shutter mode..Actually,this really odd phenomenon/behavior of the A7X cameras is much more annoying and a serious issue than the lossy compressed 11-7 RAW that always criticized by likes of Loyd Chamber, Thom Hogan, and Ken Rockwell,because the sudden bit change in silent, continuous,bracketing and bulb modes may actually cause visible compression artifacts. The 11-7 raw compression actually does not cause any visible artifact except in extremely harsh bright high contrasty scene or super long exposure image.

 

In addition:

 

•Rear dial is horrible. Cheap and fiddly.

•Sony's menu system is confusing. Things are not grouped logically even for a guy like me having used almost every single Sony camera since about 2006.

•Shutter button is mushy, and makes the shooting experience feel slightly laggy, sometimes even slow.

•Startup is inconsistent. Sometimes it is almost instant, but most times, it takes a few seconds to get going, especially once it goes sleep or needs to format the card.

•Back button focus is very poor, because the button around the AEL switch is small and fiddly, even for my relatively small hands it is too small and awkward to navigate..

•Flash system is limited compared to Canon/Nikon, and it feels old dated without proper radio control mode.

To me, the slow formatting time is a really annoying problem, and Sony cameras cannot share the same card with some other brands cameras in a shooting session. It is really annoying for a person like me who shoot many brands camera systems at once.

Last week I was shooting macro with my Olympus EM5M2 and Sony A7 and A7M2(my A7R and A6000 are at Sony for sensor replacement service), I tried to use the card I was using in the Olympus in my Sony, my Sony A7,A7M2 and NEX5n rejected the card with saying something like this card needs to be re-formatted since it has corrupted files.

I put it back into my EM5M2, it then worked properly and properly read at least jpeg files although they were not Olympus but Sony files.

I found all other manufacture cameras can share one SD cards for one shooting session if forced to, but Sony, Sony cameras require dedicated cards that are formatted in the PC or Sony cameras.

This is really really annoying, sometimes SD cards used in the Sony become full, and sometimes take out the card from my Oly or Nikon and use it in my Sony, then Sony tries to format it every time. This never happens in other brand cameras, so the cards can be shared between Canon, Nikon and Olympus safely without any issue, but need some dedicated cards for Sony.

And, I do not know what my A7,A7M2,A6000 and A7R doing but every time I try to format a card in them, they take a several minutes or at least a couple of minutes to do it. Because of this I've missed a several shooting opportunities in last week.

 

I, like Michael and Kevin,see real advantages to many features in the A7 series and other mirrorless cameras vs. DSLR's. And I strongly believe EVF is the future, and that is the main reason why I use Sony and Olympus.I would have totally adopted them by now and sold all my DSLR gear if it weren't for the above mentioned idiocracies in design.

As I wrote above,proper weather sealing is quite cheap to apply these days, but Sony refuses to use it even for the flagship A7RMK2 that costs about 2 times more than the Nikon's real pro camera D810 in its home market Japan. Again, it is really beyond my comprehension, and quite stupid. If Sony listens to its users and fix all above issues, I am sure they will outsell Nikon, maybe not Canon, but at least beat Nikon.

All my Nikon cameras are sealed, and I think some of my Canons are too, If Nikon and Canon had it covered , professionals or any one shooting in harsh environment would not deal with the idiosyncrasies and broken U.I of Sony cameras to use them even if they actually prefer the EVF and mirrorless design of Sony.

 

I think It will be the new race contest.Will Sony actually listen to its user to fix its terribly awkward UI, general usability of the E system first, or will CaNikon loosen their silly pride guard down to answer to Sony with some more sophisticated true pro grade mirrorless camera first.

  

UPDATE:Another serious issue all the camera makers will have to face but I did not really realize before is that all ILC cameras are big to most of NORMAL non-photographer people, and they are very intimidating to most of NORMAL people(I mean regardless of mount type or sensor type).

I never realized it before but while walking around down town Fukuoka with one of my long time friends here forced me to understand it. A friend of mine told me that he thinks all interchangeable lens cameras are huge and intimidating to most of average people regardless of sensor size or format, it's just simply annoying!

I guess a big lens scares or annoys people more than a big body......I never saw it his way but I got his point and I decided to carry my tiny Canon G5X when I just walk around the city area with other people. If I am alone shooting something, then I usually carry my big camera, and I think it does not matter it's a m43, a FF, an APS-C, it is all big to most of NORMAL people, anyway.

Then why not just go all the way up to FF or MFDB, or at least APS-C?

 

So maybe the one really doomed is not Nikon F or Pentax K or Sony A but m43?

Nikon and Pentax have historically had very enthusiastic and even fanatic core shooters and they are usually too old to adapt themselves fast to new EVF based gear even if they understand it is the more logical thing for them as they are aged. So D-SLRs may survive as antique cameras, but m43 or Nikon One?

  

UPDATE2 : Now once again, it's proven that Sony and its E mount fanboys are all bark but never actually bite kind of dogs. Thanks to DXO for proving this, the over hyped, expensive, almost ridiculously huge Sony FE24-70mm f2.8G-Master is really just as good or a tiny bit better than the infamous so-called Zeiss fisheye zoom FE24-70mm f4Z even at the huge cost of the oversized barrel with the 82mm filter thread design. In fact , the expensive oversized FE24-70mmf2.8 G-Master(WTF is the G master anyway) is optically much worse than the Canon EF24-70mm f2.8L MK2 that all mean, ill-spirited Sony A7 fanboys despised a few months back(when the G master line was announced). And even sadly, the Sony G master is even worse than the equally huge but a bit lighter Nikon AF-S24-70mm f2.8E VR. Yeah Sony has again proved the E mount means overpriced trendy toy for old men, it might be taken as cool fashion item or cool old man's toy for the silly mount adapter game for a while(at least).

But for cost effective real world solution, Sony is not the answer to most of us. I am not anti mirrorless but becoming anti-Sony, and I am tired of all their immature products coming with their extremely condescending marketing.

 

Hope Red or someone like that will challenge the A7X line with better video minded ergonomics design.

  

Update3:now, I think FF mirrorless is, like self-driving car, it is the future, definitely, but not really mature enough to be practical for many real life tasks, and they are both still immensely overpriced just because newer tech relatively to their older more practical rivals.

The Sony a7R2 should be cheaper than the D810 considering it does not have the complex mirror and proper weather sealings on the shutter. The X-T2 should be as cheap as the D7200 or the 80D. The A6300 should be as cheap as its predecessor(about 650US), no more than that, it is a great camera but still not able to shoot from a fast running car or train like the 7DMK2 or the D500, and so if you were a paparazzi or anything like that, you would not choose the A6300 as your main camera.

When I wrote my previous A6300 vs D500 hands-on experience,I was very very impressed with the A6300 AF, especially with the FE55mm f1.8Z. But now I am sure if my work is completely relying on the best AF in the game, I'd definitely choose the D500, not the A6300, which could not focus well on a super fast moving thing from a fast running train or a car unless the light level is perfectly ideal.

In last week,I tried to shoot street snaps from a fast running super express train with my A6300, A7M2 and A7R2, none of my Sonys could focus on anything moving from a 300km/h fast running train, I was really glad I also brought my D750 with me for my last short train trip.

Like Thom Hogan said, the Sony Alpha E mount cameras are too slow for anything moving fast, I mean their single AF speed is very fast, but it cannot track fast, especially when the light level is not really ideal.

Plus, the general operation speed of the Sony is just painfully slow, even the most expensive A7SMK2 is very slow. I mean it takes about 30 seconds to format a card, about 5 seconds or more to wake up from a long sleep, etc, and is too slow for anything unpredictably moving or decisive once a life time kind of shot. Another big issue of the Sony FE system is terribly short battery life. I know if I bring this up, many Sony fans would tell me after adding a couple of extra batteries it is still lighter than any of Nikon Canon FF D-SLRs. Maybe so, but the real issue here is because we need to change the battery almost every couple of hours, we would miss many decisive moments, and it is really annoying.

 

Now, it is obvious this is the most difficult time to spend some serious amount of money into any of these already existing camera system since they all suck in some ways and all the camera companies are too arrogant or stupid to listen to the actual users.

 

The FE50mm f1.4Z is an amazing lens that may change the direction of the entire industry but it is a huge lens, honestly, if I knew where Sony were heading to at very first place in 2013, I would not have spent this much money into Sony FE system......I wanted it to be small, light and simple, but now it is a big, heavy, expensive and very complex system.

Really, why every new lens must be AF and this huge is beyond me. It is just making the system impractical with the terribly oversized lenses. I have never seen any 50 this big(except my Otus 55 and the old Sigma Art I hated both of those huge 50 primes), seriously it is as big as the 85mm f1.4 GM and is an ugly looking lens, too.

Sony should not try a D-SLR replacement system with the A7 system, but a great RangeFinder replacement system.

Hope they wake up soon.

 

The real reason why mirrorless cameras are not already successful replacing supposed to be primitive D-SLRs is they are bad value for our buck. Maybe it is newer better tech, but still very bad value.......almost all current mirrorless cameras are overpriced considering the fact most of them are still playing the catching-up game, every year they are replaced.

The A7MK2 was the first mirrorless camera to have stayed in the market for longer than a year. And the A7R2 seems to follow that trend.

 

Money can buy everything except L.O.V.E... but we still need it for our cameras and lenses =) LOL

 

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Rabbit Island, right off to the Peter and Paul fortress, it is called Rabbit Island because there is a small statue of a white rabbit, that people throw money at for good luck.

 

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I've owned a7II, a7R, a7,A6500,A6000,A6300,NEX5n, NEX6,NEX7, A100, A350, A700,A99V and A900.You may not easily find a bigger Sony camera supporter than me.....So I am obviously not an anit-Sony or mirrorless kind of person. I think I was one of the very first Emount adapters in the world, and I have probably spent more money than most of just temporarily moved to Sony because of the A7RMK2 kind of guys out there. But I am realistic and know the Sony system is still incomplete, on many levels it is not comparable to Nikon and Canon D-SLR systems and even not comparable to Sony's own A mount system just yet.Yes, the EMount cameras produce great images in right conditions.But they have ignored maybe minor but actually very important subtle evolutions that larger cameras earned through decades of camera companies listening to their customers, including pros.

 

Please do not be overly defensive about Sony, and definitely not deny or ignore the facts, ignoring or denying it,or overly defending Sony just spoils Sony and stops the potentially the most interesting and advanced arguably almost universal mount system from fully developing its full potential. I honestly believe the E mount is an almost universal hybrid mount system that might replace all of the current camera mount systems to make it just simple one mount if Sony listens to its customer base..

The EMount system would be better for everyone if Sony listened to a few annoyingly loud but honest professionals like Ming, Thom and Michael,who raise valid issues/points. No one will be hurt if Sony engineers understand it some subtle nuances that many photographers have actually relied on for decades for their real life work projects in the filed, and only way for Sony engineers to be able to get it correctly is to listen to likes of Ming or Thom or like that even if they are not Sony fan. Only listening to likes of Michael Reichemann,who seldom criticize about Sony or any camera, just spoil the E mount and stop it from fully development.

Some of us are really crippled by Sony ignoring these minor but important features.

Face it and see the reality, Sony is not listening, but rather mean to its user base.

Try not to express strong opinion on Sony or Mirrorless l keep that to myself and just write about the facts of the current state of the E mount system and its main issues in real life use:

 

1>Even the most avid Sony enthusiast has to admit that Sony really screws their customers over with a new model in every few months

far as depreciation. This is as opposed to Canon, say the 5D3

loosing 2/3rds of an A7 resale value in 14 months is just hard to stomach. Ming is right that wait a year for the R3 and the R2 will be way way down probably 1200-1500 used. And even now, at least in Japanese market there a quite few used A7RMK2 floating around the internet.

thats a tough bite in a year for all but the professionals. wait 2 years, and its likely under a grand...and there is no serious FW update to any of the original A7X cameras,I mean there were a few FW updates but they were all minor bug fixes not like Samsung adding many super new features to its NX1 every time Samsung updates it.

 

I think this is a very important point, and I think this actually hurts Sony not helps in the long run since this really scares those who buy the"system" rather than just a body kind of guys away from the E mount system, and those buying into the system not a camera actually spend much more money in the long run for Sony. I still have the original A7, along with the a7R, A7M2 and A6000 just because it is almost impossible to sell my A7 without losing too much money, and sheer IQ wise, none of newer A7X cameras is a huge upgrade to my ancient A7 and A7R(I know in a lab they are much better tested,but I mean in real life)

I actually have NEX5n andNEX6 too, although I haven't even touched them for a couple of years or so.

I tried to sell my NEX6 and NEX5n,which I hate but I could not get any significant money for them,so I just kept it for days I would have to shoot in intense rain, or in risky or dangerous places.

I know the a7M3 is coming very soon, and I'm already preparing for it, but I have feeling that I might just avoid it even if it is a great camera, I just hate Sony keeps depreciating every single body it releases in a matter of a few months, most of Sony cameras do not even have a couple of years of life even the expensive A7RM2 will have just a year of life, it is really silly.

2>The widely reported promise of adapted lenses working as well as their native mounts is a big marketing lie. In reality even with Sony's own LAEA 1, 3, 4 adapters, AF-C is incompatible with Continuous High bust mode. Must use Cont Low at 2fps, and it's about as accurate as an old Sony A100 focus system. Also, no Sony/Minolta tele-converters are compatible. It is not a replacement for DLSR or SLT tracking. I'd be interested to know if Canon teleconverters work with Metabones adapter,though. Yes native EMount lenses focus better. But the selection doesn't present itself as a full DSLR replacement. Where is SEL70-400 mm SSM?

3>In my rent studio shoot comparison, two A7M2 with the external battery grip got 710 shots writing RAW only. One D750 without the external battery grip got 1560 writing RAW+JPG on two cards. The A7M2 required computer/hard drive backing up, lens adapter, battery grip, making it the larger system to carry around than any Nikon or Canon or even Sony's own A mount camera such as the A99V,which I had a year ago.

And even more serious problem for studio shooting is the external vertical grip with two batteries will not transfer power to second battery when tethering. Sony Remote Camera Control software shuts down with low battery warning at 20% left on battery one. Will not clear until first battery replaced, regardless if second battery is present. Second batt is useless in tethering mode.Less power, less shots, more tether software startups. Same thing happens when installing software from Play Memories App Store. a99/900 transfer VG battery power smoothly for tethering.

So,Sony can actually do proper tethering for the A, but for E mount system Sony chooses not to do it properly, this is extremely odd to me.

4>EMount really complicates its AF usability with at least minimum two button push for AF selector points. No diagonal scrolling available to get there faster,... the same usability issue for magnifier and playback for manual focus. Two hurdles which make it slower than regular DLSR joystick instant control with horizontal scrolling for AF selector, magnifier, and magnified playback viewing.

For small bodies like the A7X, there may be no space for the simple joystick UI of the DSLRs, but at least Sony can put some sort of touch-AF feature in the A7X.

It is a big mystery to me that Sony always refuses to put touch screen UI in the A7X and A99X cameras.

As Tony Northrup says, touch screen U.I is really practical,especially for small cameras.

As an Olympus and Panasonic user, I know this very well.

I think every EVF camera needs touch AF feature and even better touch pad featre of the latest Olympus EM10M2.

5>The dumb metal thumb bracket accessory for RX1 has a lock for so-called muti interface shoe fit... but the flash adapters and microphones of any Sony A7X don't have any locks. Should that be the other way around? CaNikon have full metal locking sleds on their flashes, yet Sony has four plastic toes... not even full sleds.

It may get some unwanted water or any kind of liquid in side of the main board of the camera. So I taped it with some vinyl tape.

6>Sony actually fixed the plastic lens mount flexing with a A7m2 and R2, but never actually bother to recall the A7R and A7 to fix that issue. Even worse when it used with lens adapters, the mounting points are doubled, causing rotational wobbles when the bigger lenses are zoomed, even the size of my relatively small SAL 85 mm f1.4 ZA.. and, the adapters the only way for any A7X to use any f 2.8 zoom or f1.2 prime, that is really annoying.

7> there are many features that would cost nothing to implement and are clearly better in pro cameras but Sony tends to ignore those,as far as I remember Sony seldom adds new features with FW updates, but forces us to buy a new minor update or even worse just some annoying usability issue fixed model like the A6000 or the A7M2. All Sony cameras are not weather sealed, I think neither are all Sony lenses. I am sure assemblance of real water resistance isn't that expensive as the myriad of inexpensive water resistant consumer products proves these days. A hot shoe lock is simple and effective. Why would Sony decide their cameras shouldn't have one? What possible advantage is there eliminating it? Speaking of flash, why can't Sony implement real slow sync fill flash or real ring flash for proper macro shooting? It is beyond my understanding, and really shocks me how careless some of so-called pro camera designers are, I am sure they are not ignorant or obtuse people but careless, choose not to listen to the real user base. This kind of arrogance is always found anything Asian electronics company produce, they do not listen because of their silly egoistic pride, especially Japanese.

 

10> Sony cameras may switch raw bit rate to 12-bit output,which actually has about 11.9 bit of info to deal with, in a few specific shooting modes;in continuous, in bulb mode, and I think also in silent shutter mode..Actually,this really odd phenomenon/behavior of the A7X cameras is much more annoying and a serious issue than the lossy compressed 11-7 RAW that always criticized by likes of Loyd Chamber, Thom Hogan, and Ken Rockwell,because the sudden bit change in silent, continuous,bracketing and bulb modes may actually cause visible compression artifacts. The 11-7 raw compression actually does not cause any visible artifact except in extremely harsh bright high contrasty scene or super long exposure image.

 

In addition:

 

•Rear dial is horrible. Cheap and fiddly.

•Sony's menu system is confusing. Things are not grouped logically even for a guy like me having used almost every single Sony camera since about 2006.

•Shutter button is mushy, and makes the shooting experience feel slightly laggy, sometimes even slow.

•Startup is inconsistent. Sometimes it is almost instant, but most times, it takes a few seconds to get going, especially once it goes sleep or needs to format the card.

•Back button focus is very poor, because the button around the AEL switch is small and fiddly, even for my relatively small hands it is too small and awkward to navigate..

•Flash system is limited compared to Canon/Nikon, and it feels old dated without proper radio control mode.

To me, the slow formatting time is a really annoying problem, and Sony cameras cannot share the same card with some other brands cameras in a shooting session. It is really annoying for a person like me who shoot many brands camera systems at once.

Last week I was shooting macro with my Olympus EM5M2 and Sony A7 and A7M2(my A7R and A6000 are at Sony for sensor replacement service), I tried to use the card I was using in the Olympus in my Sony, my Sony A7,A7M2 and NEX5n rejected the card with saying something like this card needs to be re-formatted since it has corrupted files.

I put it back into my EM5M2, it then worked properly and properly read at least jpeg files although they were not Olympus but Sony files.

I found all other manufacture cameras can share one SD cards for one shooting session if forced to, but Sony, Sony cameras require dedicated cards that are formatted in the PC or Sony cameras.

This is really really annoying, sometimes SD cards used in the Sony become full, and sometimes take out the card from my Oly or Nikon and use it in my Sony, then Sony tries to format it every time. This never happens in other brand cameras, so the cards can be shared between Canon, Nikon and Olympus safely without any issue, but need some dedicated cards for Sony.

And, I do not know what my A7,A7M2,A6000 and A7R doing but every time I try to format a card in them, they take a several minutes or at least a couple of minutes to do it. Because of this I've missed a several shooting opportunities in last week.

 

I, like Michael and Kevin,see real advantages to many features in the A7 series and other mirrorless cameras vs. DSLR's. And I strongly believe EVF is the future, and that is the main reason why I use Sony and Olympus.I would have totally adopted them by now and sold all my DSLR gear if it weren't for the above mentioned idiocracies in design.

As I wrote above,proper weather sealing is quite cheap to apply these days, but Sony refuses to use it even for the flagship A7RMK2 that costs about 2 times more than the Nikon's real pro camera D810 in its home market Japan. Again, it is really beyond my comprehension, and quite stupid. If Sony listens to its users and fix all above issues, I am sure they will outsell Nikon, maybe not Canon, but at least beat Nikon.

All my Nikon cameras are sealed, and I think some of my Canons are too, If Nikon and Canon had it covered , professionals or any one shooting in harsh environment would not deal with the idiosyncrasies and broken U.I of Sony cameras to use them even if they actually prefer the EVF and mirrorless design of Sony.

 

I think It will be the new race contest.Will Sony actually listen to its user to fix its terribly awkward UI, general usability of the E system first, or will CaNikon loosen their silly pride guard down to answer to Sony with some more sophisticated true pro grade mirrorless camera first.

  

UPDATE: Now, I just confirm that Nikon DL series actual shipment date would be next January 17th as planned in last Nikon conference at Nikon D3400 launch. But it may delay even further to next CP+ show in Yokohama Japan(in Feb 2017).

 

So it is already promised to be a failed product line before the actual launch. I think Nikon is really stupid, I mean I don't think phones or mirrorless killing Nikon but itself, it obtuse marketing killing it.

  

UPDATE2: I find Fuji's "Kaizen" policy very very attractive and their repair service seems excellent. I also like the new Joystick AF selector. So I may test my X-T2 a bit longer than I expected. However, I find the X-Pro 2 still a bit better body than the XT2 in terms of build and ergonomics.

The X-T2 Joystick is sometimes unusable when I look into the EVF since my nose sometimes touch the Joystick.

The quality of the body is obviously worse than that of the X-Pro2. The X-Pro2 is generally faster(I don't mean AF speed, but general operation speed). But when using a tele photo zoom or any big lens I think the X-T2 is better since it has the external grip option that counterbalances the weight of a big lens better.

The Sony A6300 really needed a similar grip to really take all its AF and speed advantages over the A7X series.

So I always saw the Sony A6300 as a halfhearted effort of Sony that was carefully deigned not to invade the A7X territory. It is a shame, since the A6300 has the potential to be the best camera for the most majority of ILC users.

In the end, for now, I decided to keep Canon, Fuji, Sony and Nikon and eventually pick one and sell all the others.

IMHO, Canon EF and Sony E seem to be the most future-proof systems, but I have feeling I may be happier with Fuji than either Canon or Sony in the long run.

In my mind, Nikon is ,like Leica's CEO kindly points out , already one leg in the grave kind of system, and I do not think they are any relevant now unless they some how just really immediately come up with a serious F mount mirrorless camera that takes full advantage of the F mount eco system.

I think until I get comfortable with the Fuji AF system, I keep my D750, but once I get hang of it, I do not need Nikon any more.

So in near future, I will be using just 3 system rather than 4 systems.

  

UPDATE3: Many people including myself thought Nikon is dying if not already dead by now, but in reality Nikon sells many many more units than Sony and Nikon is now working on new type of sensor design and they may collaborate with Pentax and Olympus to set up a new sensor company. If this plays out well, then Sony will be the loser since they will have no one to sell their mediocre so-called Fullframe sensors any more. And as a result their highend camera prices will go up significantly.

And now Sony has just announced they've just decided to spin off their imaging division and now it is an independent business under Sony corp's supervision, just like their sensor group.....

This means now Sony imaging is not a part of Sony but their subsidiary, and therefore, to Sony device group, the imaging group is just a customer,nothing special, in fact,considering its size of market share in relation to that of Nikon, Sony imaging group is a lower class customer to the device group.

So there is no more reason for Sony device technology to keep the best sensor for in-house use. In fact now Sony device tech must compete with the new sensor company Nikon Olympus Ricoh have just established here and some European sensor designers such as CMOSIS, who makes the Leica SL sensor and M sensor.

And do not forget there is always Canon if Sony does not sell anything to Nikon.........Canon will start selling it and there will be Panasonic and Tower Jazz also........so Nikon will not have any problem choosing sensor suppliers any more.

Sony must sell their best sensors to Nikon, Olympus, and Pentax , or Sony will lose them, Sony cannot choose customers any more.

If Sony is smart, it will not compete with Nikon or Olympus in camera market. After all, Nikon is the biggest customer of Sony.......but Sony also buys steppers from Nikon anyway. So Sony is not dominating the sensor market, or controlling Nikon as many Sony fanboys think..........and the just announced Spun-off of their imaging division makes Sony camera business less trust-worthy........... Sony thinks every business as a short term investment and runs it to make it temporarily profitable and then spins it off.

After that? of course sells it to anyone willing to buy it.........like Sony did with the Vaio PC business, TV business, etc,etc.

That is why no one really trust Sony in the long run, we long term Sony users just use its cameras but always know it is a back-up plan or step-gap solution......

After all no serious camera buyers are as obtuse as many spec-chasers and review sites think they are. None one buys into a big expensive camera system just for an amazing set of features in a body or two...................there are many many more important aspects to a system camera than just a set of great features...

  

UPDATE4: Now my first 2 copies of FE16-35mm f4 suddenly died and I just bought my 3rd copy of it.........and sadly found it terrible this time.

It is obvious buying any Sony Zeiss FE lens is like picking up an extremely difficult to win lottery ticket..........it might be great but most of times you get mediocre copies of it.

My first 16-35mm f4 was excellent , the second one was even better-almost outstanding, then this third one is literally lousy. I am returning it and get a new copy but I am not expecting to get a better one, I guess I was extremely lucky with my first two copies of this lens........I guess I will force the dealer to exchange my FE16-35mm f4 for the Voiklander 15mm f4.

 

Sony QC is just terrible, and it is not worth any premium over other cheap off-brand lens maker like Samyang, Tamron and Sigma. In fact, Sony is even worse than Tamron and much worse than Sigma Art series with respect to QC. I have had 4 Tamron VC lenses in EF and F mount and they performed fairly consistent....

I really miss Tamron 90mm macro, now I guess a brand name means nothing when it comes to QC and general after sales support. In fact, Tamron and Voiklander provided me the best service of any lens maker I have ever dealt with. It is extremely frustrating every time I spend more than 110000 yen or 1075 USD, I still have to worry about terrible sample variations.

I think we have to appreciate Roger Cicala's excellent site. He is the only one guy testing more than 5 copies of any given lens. All other reviewers just merely test one copy of each lens.........useless.

      

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