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"Time is more valuable than money. You can get more money, but you cannot get more time." - Jim Rohn

 

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

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"O amor ao dinheiro é a raiz de todos os males"

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... la felicidad es un estado de ánimo... que nada ni nadie os desanime!!!

 

... happiness is a state of mind ... that nothing and nobody discourage you!!!

 

... salud, buenas luces y muchísimas gracias a todos/as, colegas!!!!

 

... health, good lights and many thanks to all, mates!!!!

 

... Series: "Parejas" / "Couples"

 

... Music: "The Loco-motion".... (a) by Little Eva (Goffin & King) + (B) cover by Grand Funk Railroad ... enjoy it!!!!

 

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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.

 

View on black

 

Its April 1975 I'm inside the station platform waiting for my employee Rock Island friend Chris Rummary to get off the Quad cities Rocket at La Salle st station.The glow of the sun comes in on the E-unit and commuter train .After this was taken the railroad went down the tube with no money and shut down forever within five years after i took this shot

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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.

"oggi è il compleanno di keith richards.

se fosse ancora vivo avrebbe 60 anni"

 

Daniele Luttazzi

 

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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...]

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 ...

 

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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).

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.

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

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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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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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

  

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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.

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.

 

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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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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.

         

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the light of the park incessantly changed and the camera always needed to adjust the WB accordingly.

  

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: At the CP + show in Yokohama, I asked a few A mount related questions to a couple of Sony guys, and I got interesting answers to my questions.

Basically, Sony said the A7RMK2 is the ' the E mount' flagship, but not the real flagship for the Alpha system. The 2 different lines of Alpha systems will be merged but not the E takes over the A kind of merging. Sony says it will be very interesting to many and technologically shocking to the public. But it is really difficult to do that right, and Sony needs to improve or waiting for a few key techs for that. This is why Sony has had to cancel out the planned announcement of the A99VMK2 or whatever called(Sony guys said at least 2 times they canceled it).

A few new techs not available at the time of the planned announcement became available right after that and Sony thought that would surely improve it further. Sony thinks we should wait to see it before making any firm decision on buying into any existing camera system because it will be Sony's first true pro-grade, grand-breaking true game changer. I hope it will be true, but how long will we have to wait? Why not just release a temporal stop gap solution camera with current best technology available? This company is really odd.

 

Update 2 : now, we have detected 5 new Nikon FF mirrorless patents here in Japan and 2 of which use Nikon's legendary but very venerable F mount, it is interesting.

But the rest 3 are all use new different mount designs with about 18 mm - 24 mm flange back distance.

The mount diameter is a bit wider than the F and the E but not as wide as the EF.

 

I tried the SL last week at a local event, I actually love it wish I could buy it there. Now I will have to wait a long year to get it or I may just get the Leica Q?

  

UPDATE 3: The biggest problem with buying too many FE A7 glass is that we can never re-use it if or when we ditch our Sony FE mount bodies. Buying Nikon or Canon lenses are safer because, even if, we ditch their camera bodies, we will always able to re-use their lenses on our Sony or m43 or Fuji or Samsung.

Also, there are no third party native mount lenses for the FE system besides the overpriced Batis and Loxia line Zeiss.

It is a huge issue for some one actually needs a good set of really PRACTICAL f1.8 or f2 compact primes or f2.8 zooms at reasonable prices..With Canon and Nikon we have the luxury to choose some reasonably priced third party lenses such as the Tamron 35 mm f1.8 VC, the 45 mm f1.8 VC, the 24-70 mm f2.8 VC, the 15-35 mm f2.8 , the 90 mm f2.8 VC macro and the 70-200 mm f2.8 VC. But in the Sony FE mount there is no such a choice, just overpriced, overly pompous so-called Zeiss inanely named Batis that actually made by Tamron and selling for 3 times more than the usual Tamron prices.

 

Now, I think it is really wise to hold off all new Sony Zeiss lens purchase plans, at least until we are sure about Sony is actually winning the FF war over Canon and Nikon.

But hey, we've got be honest Sony is not winning anything over anyone, their market share has been the same 11 .2 percent since 2009.

That is clearly shown in the recent Flickr report of their users' preferred devices. Mirrorless cameras seem to account for just 3 percent and DSLR cameras seem to account for 33 percent of Flickr uploads in 2015 and 2016 Q1.

 

This was shocking to me. I wonder if Mirrorless ,especially the Sony A7 line is as successful in this business as many many forum fanatics say it is, then why is mirrorless so unpopular at Flickr?

Maybe the current form of tiny mirrorless cameras are really doomed? Maybe most of people actually do not care about the tiny form factor of the current poorly designed mirrorless systems from minor camera brands, but just sheer functionality?

 

I ,for one, much prefer a 6D or a D750 sized mirrorless with EF or F mount to anything Sony is now offering with the relatively poor Sony FE lens line, especially for a zoom lover.

 

I am sure I was one of the earliest mirrorless adapters with more than 23 mirrorless cameras(mostly Sony and Panasonic cameras), but now I really doubt any of the current form of mirrorless system actually replacing the EF and the F systems.

I honestly think Sony, Olympus , Panasonic Fuji,etc are actually barking up the wrong tree with the"mirrorless must be tiny" kind of silly design concept, and IMO, they will all fail in this business. A few days ago I was trying out the Fuji XT10 for casual walk and I was really strongly re-convinced that it would not be for me, it is just simply too awkward to hold and the ergonomics and UI are horrible.

The XT10 was not just much smaller than my D750 but much much smaller than my A7M2 and A7R2 ,which I have considered the best mirrorless body design in terms of ergonomics. Every time I think about the Fuji option and try it out for a short walk for a day, I end up hating it more.

 

Now,I actually suspect emerging trend of the Samsung Nikon rumor thing is something to do with Sony. Like our detectors used to say, we should think who will get that money coming from this move behind the thick curtain ? Asians are all about keeping their faces, so it is impossible Nikon or Samsung intentionally leaks it out to silly rumor sites like mirrorlessrumors. I think I respect Photorumors and Nikon rumors, but not the mirrorlessrumors or SAR.Their hit rate is very low and thus almost no credibility.

The guy made so many silly mistakes, in fact, he almost never got it right.

  

UPDATE4: Looks like Sony has actually done something right this year.

Sony was the only one of those 3 camera companies to break even this time, and was actually profitable for the year in Imaging, though it’s difficult to say how much of that is contributed by pro video gear. The Imaging Products group at Sony posted slightly lower sales (-1.7%) but a very healthy profit (up 30.4b yen and hitting about 10% of sales).

In terms of unit volume, digital cameras at Sony dropped from 8.5m units to 6.1m units year-to-year. That’s mostly compact camera sales that dried up. Sony won’t say exactly how that shift is working other than to say “improvement in the product mix of digital cameras.” In other words, they suggest that by getting rid of compact camera volume and focusing all its effort on high priced ILC units they are getting a better profit margin.

The other two camera companies still making some money out of their camera business are Fuji and Canon. We do not know Canon's result in detail yet.

I think it is fair to say Fujifilm has a hobby camera business as their Digital cameras are about 2.5% of the company’s overall revenue stream. That they give us any insight into how that business is working is actually a bit surprising. Sales for digital cameras were down 8.2% year-to-year, yet it is still quite profitable.Fujifilm Japan says the imaging business earned 9 percent more profit to them and it was the best of the last 9 years.

To me, the most surprising finding is that Casio's camera division is still profitable and they sell only compact cameras.

But how do they make any serious money out of that compact camera sells is a big mystery to me.

     

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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-...

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

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.

 

But it is what it is. And all the razzle and dazzle and nice architecture 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.

 

Photo tip: The airplanes usually land and take off from east to west, so having a window seat on the right side of the airplane will offer some nice photo opportunities of 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.

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

 

Vrrroooooooooooooooomm Vrooooooooooooooom!

 

Woah! So happy my street photo got EXPLORED! www.flickr.com/photos/ertamayo/6203587714/ INKED CAR. weeeeeeeeeeeee =)) Thanks everyone!

  

La nostra morale, l'aria, il cibo, ogni cosa è corrotta dal denaro.

Our life, the air, the food is corrupted by love of money.

Leaded by a Diablo VT Affolter LeMans and a beautifull LP640

see also the coins:)))

 

Rabbit Island - St. Petersburg, Russia

for Giulia

 

video Neva River Cruise

 

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.

 

L'Isola del Coniglietto bianco, si trova vicino alla Fortezza di Pietro e Paolo, si chiama Isola del Coniglio perché li si trova un coniglietto bianco in pietra, a cui la gente butta delle monete, come nella Fontana di Trevi, augurandosi che porti loro fortuna:))).

 

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Il più importante non l'ho raggiunto col denaro. E neanche nessuno è riuscito a comprarmi.

The new race.

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.

      

There were about 45 dust spots on this image when I opened the RAW file in Photoshop and had to carefully remove them all before converting the RAW.

I think it is a big issue of any interchangeable lens system camera(both ILC and DSLR).

 

Why the Sony FE system is doomed 1: Is Sony the final loser as usual in the ILC market too?

 

Everybody in a camera forum claims MILC,especially the Sony FE system is winning this ILC game over the rest, Canon Nikon are really stupid losing all their market to the Sony, is that really true?

 

Between 2006 and 2008 Sony was the fastest growing company on the DSLR market, reaching about 13% market share in 2008(in unit sales) to become the third largest DSLR company in the world.

But then Sony switched to SLTs and dropped DSLRs. After that they switched to focus more on their new E mount and the 'NEX' APSC mirrorless system, which I personally loved and supported with my own money. After that they dropped the 'NEX' name and quit releasing new APSC mirrorless lenses while solely focusing all their effort on FF mirrorles-the 'FE' mount(Fullframe E mount)...........

The results? Sony now commands about a 11% market share for ILC cameras, so despite of the common forum myth that Sony is taking over this industry with the series of the quick A7X camera launches, Sony is actually losing their sales and market share-they have been losing more A mount guys to CN than they have been taking CN guys with the FE series plus the obscure adapter strategy.

So Sony still remains the 3rd largest ILC (DSLR, SLT and Mirrorless) company in the world but not by unit sales any more, by value. This is significant because they are no longer selling as many affordable cameras as they used to be , and most of their sales loss coming from younger gen market because many of young new photogs no longer afford Sony ILC cameras or like many of our friends here, they cannot justify the prices(even the supposed to be lowend A6300 costs over 1k).

 

Now, the question we might want to ask to Sony is, if they stuck with DSLRs or SLTs, could they have done the same or better? Or would just the simple mirrorless A99 type body without the SLT have actually done any better than over hyped but awkward A7X series? I actually think so. Sony has never tried to advertise the A mount properly, never promoted it seriously at their sites or via DPR, LL ,etc, but the A mount line has been just doing as well or slightly better than the E mount. So if they seriously advertise and promote the A mount line, I think they will sell better than the E mount line.

 

Please do not get me wrong I am a A/E mount user and definitely not a DSLR fan any more. I am a big EVF fan, so I am not DSLR biased. In fact, IMO, high resolution EVF is one of the most important features-almost a must-have feature in any camera system. So I will never go back to OVF camera myself, to me it feels very awkward and even anachronistic.

 

But I have to be realistic and honest, the E mount seems to be a failing effort, and it is clearly seen in the sales number. The A mount is not as insignificant as it supposed to be to Sony sales.

Now, despite of crazy shill marketing and internet promotion for the FE system,Sony only has about 11 percent or less of market share which is about 8 percent and 3 percent of MILC and D-SLR market respectively. If you read the numbers superficially it seems like the E is selling much better, but is it really so? No. Because the MILC market is about 1/3rd of the D-SLR market size, so the 8 percent sales in MILC market is about identical to 3 percent sales in D-SLR market.

 

The reality is the E mount share is getting worse and worse every year as the prices going up every new generation, and it is expected to become much worse than what Sony has presented it would be in their recent presentation to the dealers throughout the world, because Sony now thinks "market share" is ILC's+lenses+accessories and "by value" to obscure the data. They seem to be deliberately ignoring the negative unit sales numbers.

 

So again, despite of the common forum myth the FE is not a very successful mount system in terms of sales. I am a FE mount user and I use it for now(there is no better choice for me) but I am not committed to it, and in fact, I much prefer the A6300 plus the A99vMK2 combo if they are fully supported with a good lens lineup by Sony(and Zeiss and Tamron). Actually, the only one reason why I still have to use my FE A7X series is the lens line, mostly the Batis line and that is all. If it is not for the Batis, I am not using it. IOW, if there is proper lens support from Zeiss, Sony and Tamron for the original APS-C E mount, then there is no reason for me to use the overpriced over-hyped, awkward FE mount system.

 

Many of dealers(except big US online sellers like Amazon or B&H) throughout the world actually not very happy about Sony and their stupid policy of forcing all potential E mount buyers to the FE by intentionally disabling the APS-C lens line.

Many of dealers think the FE system will fail in the long run ,the FE system will not win, it is a temporal success, in deed a very short time success........and it is even an euphemism..........to put it polite.

 

What's hilarious about Sony camera business is that if you read the numbers carefully, you quickly realize Sony's SLT to MILC focus shift in ILC market has not actually improve anything in terms of their overall camera sales, but their E mount MILC has just deprived some serious sales from their A mount. And the even sadder fact is their MILC sells overall, regressed significantly in the past 4 or so years. The year 2013 was the peak year for them and after that it has been steadily declining.

 

What's really sad is that they failed to gain anything on their forceful focus shift from the A to the E to the FE and probably cost them a significant amount of momentum. By forcefully shifting their marketing focus from the A to the E to the FE in a very short time,they've created many many disappointed Sony haters.......just like they did with the Vaio PC business a few years back.

 

Despite of all the purported success Sony supposed to have got, Sony is still a small player in the ILC business, and probably even less significant after this year because only those well-heeled rich guys or spec-obsessed landscapers buy their FE cameras due to their unfair sudden price hikes.

 

Even domestically(here in Japan), as of last year, they are 4th for market share in ILC's, and actually further losing sales to CNFO.. And Japan is supposed to be the most mirrorless friendly market.

 

After all, maybe Canon Nikon Fuji were not as stupid as they always thought to be by those armchair camera market experts?

 

Unlike Sony and Fuji,Canon Nikon have not wasted much of their very limited RD money on quickly contracting current consumer camera market, but they have effectively invested that in something more important for their future such as medical imaging, automobile camera system, and surveillance camera tech. For us gearheads, maybe being mirrorless or mirrored is a very important issue, but for most of NORMAL people it is not important at all, and the A7 form of camera is not really disruptive in any way. It will not change the way we use our cameras or anything: It is not connected, It is not programmable, It is not dust-free(most important issue to me), It is not significantly lighter than Canon or Nikon fullframe system as opposed to how Sony has originally marketed it to be, It is not a true hybrid system. The FE FF has just made the great NEX extremely awkward, if not useless.

I mean many E mount users have bought into it for the promised smaller SYSTEM size(it was a lie) and extremely affordable lens system(another lie), not for the oversized overpriced FE lenses.

Again if not for the Batis, I am even not writing this crap about the A7X since there is nothing else interesting about the FE mount system.

I guess I will give a few more months for Sony to see if they are actually serious about the APS-C line E mount lenses and how they treat the A mount and the user base. It is very important because I know the future of the A mount will also be the future of the E mount and FE. Sony throws anything against the wall to see what will actually stick and they will keep replacing everything even those commercially successful ones, as they always do in all markets they enter.

This really exhaust users and this is why Sony has so many haters.

 

Honestly, now I think only three real pros for Sony FE system are below:

1 DXO 11 support

2 cheap Capture One 9.4 Pro for Sony(50US)

3 Zeiss Batis line lenses.

   

UPDATE: There are many articles that explain about A mount license contract here in Japan.

It seems to be the type of odd contract is the reason why Sony has not really serious about the A mount development any more.

Many dealers here already reported Sony has already finished the A99V successor, but the management still want to hold on the announcement.

The problems are:

1 Sony has to pay license fee to Konika Minolta.

2 All Sony G and GM lenses are Konika Minolta designs and they want to or already raise design and production fee.

3 Technically, the A mount license is still owned by KM not by Sony.

4 if Sony quits the A mount business or quits supporting the mount, KM will charge 5 years of the annual license fee for it.

So even if the A99 successor sales really well, it may not be a very profitable product for Sony, and therefore, they want to be careful about it. Also, they have to calculate the risk of quitting it. Even if Sony has to pay 5 years of annual license fee to KM, it is still better terminate the A mount business.

It is again all about politics nothing else.

Many forum people tend to think Sony has bought KM business, but it is not that simple. It looks like much more complicated legal issues there. If you check the biggest customers list for KM optical business, Sony has always been listed there. And it looks like KM is charging quite significant amount of money annually for the A mount license.

 

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: I think I must correct some terrible lies spread by so called reviewers here:

1 Fuji X-Trans3 is just the same sensor design or some variant of the A6300 sensor. A lie. The Fuji 24mp sensor is Toshiba design, Sony produced sensor. Last year Toshiba sold out some of their CMOS plants to Sony, they made some specific contract conditions that they would continue to design core sensor designs and produce prototypes of them themselves, albeit a small number of each sensor they design, and then they take that to main fab process and Sony would mass produce that in Kumamoto Tech and Nagasaki tech.

And the Fuji X trans 3 sensor is the first practical case of this Toshiba Sony sensor business collaboration. So it is definitely not a Sony sensor. If you have both the A6300 and the X-Pro2 or X-T2 , you can easily tell that. The specs are very different and even the base ISO value is so dramatically different, I say the a6300 sensor is the better one here.

2 Nikon D7200 sensor is also Toshiba sensor but some similar variant of the X-Trans 3 sensor. No. Lit is another lie spread out by the so called reviewer community.

The D7200 sensor was initially produced at Toshiba Kyushu plant, and then moved to Renesas Mie plant.

Now it is produced at Sony Kumamoto or Kagoshima tech.

So it is definitely a Toshiba sensor used Renesas IP, and the 20mp Sony sensor used in the D500 seems also share the same tech used in the D7200 Toshiba sensor.

And they are nothing to do with Sony tech. Just now produced by Sony since Toshiba sold out their main CMOS factories to Sony last year. But it is a pure contract work and nothing like Sony designs it for others.

3 The Nikon D5 uses old Toshiba tech. No, wrong again. The Nikon D5 sensor is designed by Nikon and Renesas, produced by Renesas. All the high-speed read-out sensors from Nikon are designed by either Aptina or Renesas, nothing to do with Sony.

4 Canon does not sell sensors, it is another lie. They sell their industrial design sensors such as automobile and airplane sensors.

5 Renesas now has no their own CMOS factory. Wrong again, they still have 3 and 2 of which are small car use sensors but the last one in Mie still produces big sensors for Nikon. But their CMOS production capacity is not large enough for Nikon consumer grade bodies sold under 3k. So the D810 and the lower grade cameras use either Toshiba or Sony sensors produced at either Sony Kumamoto or Nagasaki, or some rare cases at Kagoshima.

 

6 Nikon is now completely dependent on Sony. Again, a big lie who want to promote Sony over Nikon or anything.

Nikon is now seeking another contract sensor producer who has large enough production capacity for their consumer grade camera sensors. And they are probably choosing Tower Jazz as their next sensor producers. Now, Panasonic, Tower Jazz and Sony are competing for that and I am sure Nikon will not use Sony for this. As fool as the current Nikon management is, they at least understand how risky to give Sony all prior info about all their upcoming cameras, so they want to go against Sony. But the sad part is Nikon cannot be 100 percent independent from the Sony tie since Aptina one inch sensor choice is now no longer available as they are now a part of On Semi.

  

Nikon crisis 7:Keep the F or not for better long term future.

 

Should Nikon keep the F or ditch it ?

 

A short registration distance has some advantages for some lenses but disadvantages for others.

 

For example if light rays from the exit pupil strike the sensor at an extreme angle, such as happens with various wide angle lens designs, you can have problems of vignetting and colour fringing. Leica experienced this with their early digital M bodies with certain of their lenses which had been excellent on film, and needed an special designed set of micro lens arrays.

 

This was a problem with some Leica film lenses on older sensors, such as the one in the NEX-7. It is not a problem with lenses designed for digital sensors, or for recent sensors with BSI. IOW, if the E mount had slightly wider mount diameter design or a bit longer registration distance,then the A7RMK2 would not have needed the special designed expensive microlens arrangement, and thus could have been a lot cheaper than it is now.

 

That's an important point - lenses that are specifically designed for digital sensors. A short registration distance doesn't automatically make this easier.

 

There are various ways of correcting this - a curved sensor being one; or a sensor with angled micro lenses at the periphery being another(this is the tech the A7R2 and the A6300/X-Pro2 sensors use). But both of these have a potential disadvantage when used with lenses that do not require correction. Alternatively software correction could be employed with the compromises that that involves.

Or the manufacturer could re-design lenses so that light rays are as near to parallel as possible when they strike the sensor, which in the case of some wideangles means utilising a retrofocus design. But if you do this your lenses are then back to the size of those used with DSLRs, so unfortunately you have lost most of the potential advantage of the short registration distance here already........this is why all the great E mount fullframe lenses are huge...........in fact, on average bigger than Canon Nikon Tamron equivalent lenses.

  

Sigma seem to be going down this line, and I don't think they will do well.

The big optical advantage is that almost any lens can be used.

That might be an advantage to some users but I'm not sure it's an 'optical' advantage.

  

A second one is that there is more space for tilt-and-shift adapters, bellows or other devices to go between lens and camera. You couldn't use the Cambo Actus with a DSLR.

But the hypothetical mirrorless A or F mount can take this and so able to get a better quality set of TS lenses than the current DSLR TS lenses from Canon, Nikon or Zeiss.

A marginal advantage for most people frankly. But for architecture photographers it is a huge advantage over the short flange distance mount design of the E mount.

And at least, it is a way better more practical design than the short registration mount design with an adapter option.

However, if your main point to have a mirrorless camera is to get better non-native lens adaptability, then it must have short registration distance which accepts more lenses from many different eras.

But I doubt there are many many mount adapter freaks in the FE mount world any more, since most of us already know adapted lenses do not perform very well, and adapters add extra weight, and deprive some serious amount of potential IQ of lenses adapted.

IMO, the main point of mirrorless is reducing mechanical and optical complexity and thus being able to increase profit margins; and to use an EVF for both the same visual experience for stills and video.

The optical advantages are for a very, very, very limited range of focal lengths and fields of view. As pretty much all MILC systems demonstrate, lens size is mainly driven by focal length, image circle, and max F number, if you doubt it look at the Panasonic Leica 12/1.4, is it really tiny? No, it is bigger than the Batis 25mm f2 or the Fuji 16mm f1.4......And then, you look at Sony FE glass... barring the 28/2 & 35/2.8 all the lenses are about the same size as their DSLR equivalents. No magic here.

You look at E glass... 20/2.8 is the same size as the EF 24/2.8. 16/2.8 is small but really bad. If there are advantages they haven't been realized or capitalized on.

Also the optical benefit is only for lenses under around 44mm-50mm in the case of Canon or Sony A , and actually you gain that back for longer focal lenses. for instance Olympus made some pretty small and good primes for the OM mount which was even longer then the EF mount. So small lenses are indeed possible even without short registration distance as opposed to many tiny mirrorless fans claim.

Also while there is some optical advantages (not really major because the lenses have to be designed for the sensor stack), there's also counters which has to worry more about sensor reflections, vignetting and color casting,etc that don't occur with a more relaxed registration distance. This is a big part of reason why Nikon F mount cameras using the same sensor usually have less sensor reflection or color casting issues than the Sony E mount rivals using the same sensor. But no reviews talk about this since they do not want to displease Sony and its fanboys........

So, if the size potential reduction is not the main point for Nikon to go mirrorless, then why not just keep the very popular F mount with excellent lens line?

I used to be agaist this idea-keeping the venerable F mount, but now I am kind of supporting it since I have learned the only one real advantage of going really short with flange distance is better legacy lens adaptability.

I think keeping the F makes more sense as Thom Hogan and others say, because, by now, most of people already using mirrrorless(especially the FF ones) already understand the short mount registration distance does not make FF lenses really small unless seriously compromising on max F number or edge sharpness.

  

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: I think I must correct some terrible lies spread by so called reviewers here:

1 Fuji X-Trans3 is just the same sensor design or some variant of the A6300 sensor. A lie. The Fuji 24mp sensor is Toshiba design, Sony produced sensor. Last year Toshiba sold out some of their CMOS plants to Sony, they made some specific contract conditions that they would continue to design core sensor designs and produce prototypes of their own sensors themselves, albeit a small number of each sensor they design, and then they take that to main fab process and Sony would mass produce that in Kumamoto Tech and Nagasaki tech.

And the Fuji X trans 3 sensor is the first practical case of this Toshiba Sony sensor business collaboration. So it is definitely not a Sony sensor. If you have both the A6300 and the X-Pro2 or X-T2 , you can easily tell that. The specs are very different and even the base ISO value is so dramatically different, I'd say the a6300 sensor is the better one here.

2 Nikon D7200 sensor is also Toshiba sensor but some similar variant of the X-Trans 3 sensor. No. Lit is another lie spread out through internet by the so called reviewer community.

The D7200 sensor was initially produced at Toshiba Kyushu plant, and then moved to Renesas Mie plant.

Now it is produced at Sony Kumamoto or Kagoshima tech.

So it is definitely a Toshiba sensor used Renesas IP, and the 20mp DX sensor used in the D500 seems also share the same tech used in the D7200 Toshiba sensor.

And they are nothing to do with Sony tech. Just now produced by Sony since Toshiba sold out their main CMOS factories to Sony last year does not mean they are Sony chips. It is a simple contract work and nothing like Sony designs it for others.

3 The Nikon D5 uses old Toshiba tech. No, wrong again. The Nikon D5 sensor is designed by Nikon and Renesas, produced by Renesas. All the high-speed read-out sensors from Nikon are designed by either Aptina or Renesas, nothing to do with Sony or Toshiba.

4 Canon does not sell sensors, it is another lie. They sell their industrial design sensors such as automobile and airplane sensors to Toyota or some other car airplane manufactures in Japan.

5 Renesas now has no their own CMOS factory. Wrong again, they still have 3 and 2 of which are small car use sensors but the last one in Mie still produces big sensors for Nikon. But their CMOS production capacity is not large enough for Nikon consumer grade bodies sold under 3k. So the D810 and the lower grade cameras use either Toshiba or Sony sensors produced at either Sony Kumamoto or Nagasaki, or some rare cases at Kagoshima.

6 Nikon is now completely dependent on Sony. Again, a big lie.

Nikon is now seeking another contract sensor producer who has large enough production capacity for their consumer grade camera sensors. And they are probably choosing Tower Jazz as their next main sensor producer. Now Panasonic, Tower Jazz and Sony are competing for that and I am sure Nikon will not choose Sony for their main sensor producer this time. As obtuse as the current Nikon management is, they at least understand how risky to give Sony all prior info about all their upcoming cameras, so they want to go against Sony. But the sad part is Nikon cannot be 100 percent independent from the Sony tie since Aptina one inch sensor choice is now no longer available as they are now a part of On Semi.

 

UPDATE4: 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.

        

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Lo primero daros las gracias a TODOS los que habéis visitado este espacio durante las vacaciones. Y a los que habéis dejado alguna evidencia os visitaré en breve. Salu2.

 

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1ª foto del viaje a Eurodisney, resume un poco la experiencia vivida en París: mal tiempo, ilusión (en todos los sentidos) y colas y colas de espera.

 

Para los niños es todo fantasía y para los "menos niños" un gasto considerable que más vale olvidar para vivir la fugaz experiencia. Al final queda el recuerdo.

 

Essa é para Tuvy, que faz aniversário hoje.

  

HELP CHILDREN Positive, HIV/AIDS in Bahia ,Brasil

These children need support or died.

Our flickr-friend, Margarida Perola, who is quite engaged in the fight against AIDS in Portugal, Africa and Brazil is claiming for help once more.

The institution IBCM in Bahia, Brasil,who shelter childrens HIVpositive children had to close on October 11 due to lack of financial support.

The institution supports 40 children. Since the situation got worst, one child died because of lack of money to buy medicines and other necessities.

Let's do some for those who need it: you can depposit anything in their behalf.

Please, don't be late.

FATHER ALFREDO DOREA is the director of this instituction - his email is padrealfredo@gmail.com -

The email of the institution is: ibcm33@terra.com.br.

 

Donations

 

Banco do Brasil

Agency: 0904-0

account number: 254.651-5

 

AJUDE A AJUDAR COM O SEU OLHAR, ABRACE ESTA CAUSA

FOTOS PARA A VIDA .

 

Faça um donativo e coloque uma fotografia sua ajudando a campanha a crescer.

A sua doação, pode salvar vidas de crianças com HIV-AIDS em Salvador-Bahia-Brasil

Poste sua foto e faça sua doação:

 

Instituição Assistêncial Beneficente Conceição Macedo

País: Brasil

Banco: Banco do Brasil

N. do Banco: 001

Agência: 0904-0

Conta corrente: 254.651-5

Código SWIFT: BRASBRRJSDR

 

Instituição Beneficente Conceição Macedo

Cuidando de crianças com AIDS

Rua Santa Veruza, 108 – Pernambués

Salvador .Bahia .Brasil

 

www.flickr.com/photos/margaperola/2077089942/

80 friends flickr with the children aids positive in bahia

 

Thank you. Obrigada

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Of all the money that e'er I had

I've spent it in good company

And all the harm that e'er I've done

Alas it was to none but me

And all I've done for want of wit

To memory now I can't recall

So fill to me the parting glass

Good night and joy be with you all

 

Of all the comrades that e'er I had

They are sorry for my going away

And all the sweethearts that e'er I had

They would wish me one more day to stay

But since it falls unto my lot

That I should rise and you should not

I'll gently rise and I'll softly call

Good night and joy be with you all

 

A man may drink and not be drunk

A man may fight and not be slain

A man may court a pretty girl

And perhaps be welcomed back again

But since it has so ought to be

By a time to rise and a time to fall

Come fill to me the parting glass

Good night and joy be with you all

Good night and joy be with you all ..

   

www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOjdXSrtUxA

 

Thanks a LOT to Angie and Abbey for helping me , love yous <333

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