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On the morning of my ruin

I will dress in a vest of bees

as the sun crimps the sky

and light spreads, tight,

intricate as a honeycomb

over the home I’ve chosen.

The bees will cloak me; goldenly

close they’ll wander me,

those I once feared,

those who seal the suit of mail

no other ruin can sting.

  

Sarah J. Sloat

 

This is a composite of several shots I did for this picture.

I have a step by step series and a setup shot on my FACEBOOK page if you would like to see that.

 

Strobist:

AB800 x1 in octabox to camera left.

Cybersync trigger & receiver.

 

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www.glennkarlsen.com

European Bee-eater is a beautiful and elegant bird similar to a rainbow when flying. They darts across the sky in a gaudy patchwork suit: a chestnut crown, black mask, turquoise breast, and throat feathers the hue of ripening wheat. The call of the European bee-eater sounds like a rolling ‘prrt’.

Size: Length: ±28 cm Steamers: Male: ±2,5 cm & Female ±1,8 cm Weight: ±44-78 g

Hope you will enjoy this photo.

Have a great weekend.

 

Please don't use this image on websites, blogs or other media without my explicit permission. :copyright: All rights reserved

 

A texture seemed to suit this one.

We have a few hives in the back yard.

They get checked by Clive to make sure they are doing well.

He checks that there is still a queen, lots of bees and if any frames are filled with honey and capped.

The other hives are in the bush.

Back ground my own

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Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.

I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size

But when I start to tell them,

They think I’m telling lies.

I say,

It’s in the reach of my arms

The span of my hips,

The stride of my step,

The curl of my lips.

I’m a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.

 

I walk into a room

Just as cool as you please,

And to a man,

The fellows stand or

Fall down on their knees.

Then they swarm around me,

A hive of honey bees.

I say,

It’s the fire in my eyes,

And the flash of my teeth,

The swing in my waist,

And the joy in my feet.

I’m a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered

What they see in me.

They try so much

But they can’t touch

My inner mystery.

When I try to show them

They say they still can’t see.

I say,

It’s in the arch of my back,

The sun of my smile,

The ride of my breasts,

The grace of my style.

I’m a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.

 

Now you understand

Just why my head’s not bowed.

I don’t shout or jump about

Or have to talk real loud.

When you see me passing

It ought to make you proud.

I say,

It’s in the click of my heels,

The bend of my hair, the palm of my hand,

The need of my care,

‘Cause I’m a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.

~Maya Angelou

Top Of The World

 

I hope you all like this shot and I think that the songs suits it too. Have a wonderful afternoon flickr friends. (View Large if you would like to, and see details.)

 

Hugs,

Kim

I found a newly blooming bush in a neighbor's yard today that had some big, fat bees sniffing around it in the afternoon. I went back this evening sans kid but the bees were mostly gone. The mosquitoes, unfortunately, had not followed suit. Even though I hosed myself down with Off I still got all sorts of chewed up.

 

It was worth it, though -- I'm really pleased with the way this shot turned out, even though there's not a bee in sight.

Phenomenal Woman

 

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.

I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size

But when I start to tell them,

They think I'm telling lies.

I say,

It's in the reach of my arms

The span of my hips,

The stride of my step,

The curl of my lips.

I'm a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,

That's me.

I walk into a room

Just as cool as you please,

And to a man,

The fellows stand or

Fall down on their knees.

Then they swarm around me,

A hive of honey bees.

I say,

It's the fire in my eyes,

And the flash of my teeth,

The swing in my waist,

And the joy in my feet.

I'm a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,

That's me.

Men themselves have wondered

What they see in me.

They try so much

But they can't touch

My inner mystery.

When I try to show them

They say they still can't see.

I say,

It's the arch of my back,

The sun of my smile,

The ride of my breasts,

The grace of my style.

I'm a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,

That's me.

Now you understand

Just why my head's not bowed.

I don't shout or jump about

Or have to talk real loud.

When you see me passing

It ought to make you proud.

I say,

It's in the click of my heels,

The bend of my hair,

the palm of my hand,

The need of my care.

'Cause I'm a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,

That's me.

--Maya Angelou

Lavender flowers.

 

The lavenders have just started to come out in my garden. This is a rather lovely compact variety that we got a while back from a local specialist lavender nursery (I think it's called Little Lady). It suits a small bed and its scent is heavenly.

 

I took this for the Macro Mondays Broken theme this week. I wasn't sure I'd bee able to do anything this week as I a pushed for time just now and it was a bit of a last minute rush job, but I was pleased to be able at least to take part. I am sure I shall (eventually) enjoy looking at other folks ideas :)

 

Often when I see a broken flower stem in the garden I feel a bit sad - the plant aspires to so much and it's a shame when it doesn't quite get there.

 

But in a way that's a metaphor of life and something we all have to contend with from time to time, and more often when we are young...

 

In all the image covers just over 2 inches in width and most of the flower heads are within 2 inches except the very blurred ones perhaps which are a little more.

 

Thanks for taking time to look. I do appreciate it. I hope you enjoy the image :)

 

With thanks to Pascale for giving me the emotional inspiration for this image!

 

[Hand-held in daylight; auto-focused with Vibration Reduction on. Processed first in LR to darken; add contrast; slightly increase clarity (no vibrance or saturation adjustment though); quite a lot of attention to the crop and angle (finally used rule of thirds with the diagonal emerging from the corner; interestingly a horizontal flip didn't work). Then to Affinity Photo and soften in Topaz Detail for dreamier look; strong dark vignette; depth of field blur and then finally unsharp mask to recover some of the texture detail.]

Today is my RL birthday, so I decided to pose in my Bee-Day suit. ;o) And what better place for a bee, then a gorgeous field of flowers.

 

Bee happy.

Bee kind.

Bee silly.

Bee flexible.

Bee naughty.

Bee a good friend.

 

Bee what ever you want to bee today. :o)

 

The Bee Costume is a freebie! You can find it at Dernier Cri.

Hair - "Hello Goodbye" from Gritty Kitty

"The moment you doubt whether you can fly... you cease forever to be able to do it "

honey bee wonders what kind of chickens these are.

they don't look like they'd be good 'layers'...

 

A redo, with a rewrite. Orig. 2008. ~ View On Black

 

www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSuy_58S9kg – Angelou, “Phenomenal Woman”

 

Sometime after 50, depending upon how well we have taken care of ourselves, and our luck in this life, I believe we begin to acquire a particular “succulence.”

 

As I am a man, I don’t see it in men quite the way I see it in women.

 

A woman’s succulence shows in the way she crosses her legs, arches her foot or turns her ankle; it is in the two dimples behind her knees; the curve at the back of the thigh, the small gap between her thighs as she stands straight; painted toes and nails; a slight bulge to her belly from her navel to her pubis; hips round with an slight indentation in the cheek of her butt; the round part of the butt, two dimples just above and to the left and right of the butt; the shape and hollow of her spine as it snakes up her back.

 

It is in the wrinkles that are beginning to show, that touch the corner of her eyes, in her looks - wise, sparkling, still on fire; in the way she smiles, and the tilt of her head when she feels joy.

 

Succulence is the smooth skin across the upper curve of her back, and the slope of her shoulders; the curved shape to her neck as she arches her head back; the lips, and tongue, and nose laying against yours. It is in her hair – in it coarser texture and colors in shades of gray, brown, red, and blonde – loose, undone. Succulent too, is her laughter; deeper, assured, but still girlishly feminine at moments, but with the timbre of a woman. Eyes still seductive, her gaze a mix of openness, assertiveness and experience.

 

Nothing is as firm as it once was, but it is as savory as it ever was. Pieces come up missing, or they ain't quite situated the way they used to be. (Life is like an bumpy airplane ride - contents may shift during flight). No matter. Ode to the "Juicy Ms Lucys of Later Life." Though the juices may not flow like the rivers of old, they now move with the power and heat of lava, and the rich viscosity of warmed honey.

 

Succulence is being ready to caress and be caressed; to command and be commanded.

 

As to why these tomatoes brought about these feelings; well, I know why. I just can’t tell out loud. Such revelations are only to be whispered.

 

So, how does one prefer their succulence; soft or firm? Well, each has its own virtues, its own time and place. As my Dad would say upon looking, "hummm, must be Jelly, 'cause Jam don't shake like that. But both are equally sweet".

 

Maya Angelou

"Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.

I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size

But when I start to tell them,

They think I'm telling lies.

I say,

It's in the reach of my arms

The span of my hips,

The stride of my step,

The curl of my lips.

I'm a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,

That's me.

 

I walk into a room

Just as cool as you please,

And to a man,

The fellows stand or

Fall down on their knees.

Then they swarm around me,

A hive of honey bees.

I say,

It's the fire in my eyes,

And the flash of my teeth,

The swing in my waist,

And the joy in my feet.

I'm a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,

That's me.

 

Men themselves have wondered

What they see in me.

They try so much

But they can't touch

My inner mystery.

When I try to show them

They say they still can't see.

I say,

It's in the arch of my back,

The sun of my smile,

The ride of my breasts,

The grace of my style.

I'm a woman

 

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,

That's me.

 

Now you understand

Just why my head's not bowed.

I don't shout or jump about

Or have to talk real loud.

When you see me passing

It ought to make you proud.

I say,

It's in the click of my heels,

The bend of my hair,

the palm of my hand,

The need of my care,

'Cause I'm a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,

That's me."

 

Source: www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/phenomenal-woman-by-maya-a...

Family Friend Poems

 

Texture by Distressed Jewell: Buttercream-Dream - www.wix.com/DistressedJewell/Distressed-Textures

 

crap! Maktober is already over? I just got started -_- damn N.O.R.A. took too long

www.flickr.com/photos/madlegoman/8098679737/

well atleast i got one saf built.. better late to the party than miss it all together

Explore Nov 12, 2009 #27

 

These fuzzy little Chinese Hat flowers sparkle in the morning sun. Chinese Hat, Holmskioldia sanguinea, is a medium-sized bush here in Miami... green, plain, sprawling until suddenly these delicate pastel blossoms bloom and last for months! Also called Cup and Saucer plant and Parasol Flower.

 

I am especially fond of this small beauty because it reminds me of young children in traditional dress playing on the streets of China. And the little Chinese porcelain dolls my mother had on her dresser when I was a girl, neatly dressed in blue silk suits and tiny black-tassled caps.

 

Chinese Hat, Holmskioldia sanguinea

Biscayne Park FL

www.susanfordcollins.com

From my garden - my first photograph of a flower with my canon..:)

 

Educated by June - Tongues on Fire - so suits the flower..:) thanks June..

 

Nice Large On Black

While in the field, we came upon that little house and you kneel with your camera to take a picture while I stood nervously at your side. After a while you asked me what I was doing. I simply replied that's the house of the old catwoman and her husband always carry a loaded gage 10 shotgun. You stood up nervously and you followed me before noticing my shoulders were jumping up and down. You've asked me what was going on and I laughed that the old woman was as sweet as candy and her husband died 10 years ago.

 

//

Une fois au champs, nous tombons sur cette petite maison pitoresque et tu t'accoupies afin de prendre une image alors que je reste debout, nerveux, à côté de toi. Tu me demande alors ce que je fais et je répond que c'est la maison de la vieille femme-chat et que son mari transporte toujours une arme calibre 10 chargée. Puis tu te lèves nerveusement et me suit pendant un petit bout avant d'appercevoir mes épaules qui sautent légèrement. Tu me demandes alors ce qui se passe et je ris parce que la dame aux chats est gentille comme pas une et que son mari est mort depuis plus de 10 ans !

 

Strobist: Ab1600 in parabolic reflector with defuser 1/8 pwr camera top left. Wireless trigger.

honey bee on scabious flower

i felt a lot of rapport with this bumble bee. After days of rain we have a breathing space with a little gentle sunshine of the sort that suits me well. I took my little photo stool outside and sat gently watching the bees for a while, most of them not still for a moment for they were in such a hurry to collect food. But this one, after frisking about a little was content to sit still and savour the essences of the allium, quite undeterred by my camera.

 

I wish you all well in whatever way is most appropriate for you but cannot take on the extra work of writing it to you individually. Thankyou for your good wishes and to those who have made me their contact. Due to poor health, eye problems and low energy I regret I can't take on any new contacts but nearly always manage to reply to your comments. Please no more than 1 invite.

Portrait of Thai young woman farmer with buffalo

Is there more candy?

 

甘いものがある所にひとっ跳びʕ→ᴥ←ʔ

 

suit:*katat0nik* (yellow / L) Bee Costume@collabor88

hair:AMITOMO.HAIR 001 - Light Blond

Friend:MishMish - Love Bug @collabor88

fruit:[La Baguette] Fruit Brochette ~ Lemon@SaNaRae

[La Baguette] Candy Apple ~ Red@SaNaRae

pot:Intrigue Co. - Frantic Cactus@collabor88

 

[SaNaRae]

[collabor88]

I upgraded my old SAFS Bee onto my SAFS frame Mk. II.

 

I hope you like it!

 

Ma.Ktober 2014 ROOOOOCKS!

Another iffy bee-fly shot, but in this one I like the shapes made by the legs and proboscis.

Strobist: SB900 1/4 power in shoot through umbrella upper camera right, AB ring light rear camera left 1/16 power, optical trigger.

Hit "L"

 

www.dylanrazophoto.com

 

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Gear:

Canon 60D

Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6

Alien Bee B800

 

©Dylan Razo 2013

All rights reserved.

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.

  

A few months after coming back from Hokkaido with my broken 6D, I realized was kind of missing it. It has technically no real advantage over any of my current cameras, but I kind of miss it.

So I have been checking through my old but not updated 6D images. I have also tested thorough them with some custom made software I bought a month ago from my old friend working as a Tsukuba university practical physicist.

 

I think I will re-measure it but as far as I remember the numbers I got from my test with the special made program, it was not even half as good as I thought it would be.......and I was deeply disappointed, in fact almost immediately depressed.

 

I just wish Canon to get its act together and makes a great sensor or even just buy off from Samsung or Renasus, whose sensor patents and designs are, imho, more advanced than that of Sony.

As long as we expose it to the right and or apply so-called ETTR it is fine, but a bit of under or over exposing makes it really bad. This is the reason why some call the Canon sensors like slide film in terms of exposure tolerance and the way we should use our Canons, and I guess I used to be able to some how manage it well to make my Canon look just fine.

 

But now, I am just too used to shooting my A7 A7R A7M2 A6300 and A7R2 other Sonys, with a couple of stops better dynamic range at ISO100, or more precisely better latitude. So now I tend to intentionally underexpose it to save the highlight, and in the post I lift the shadow up.

 

I think Sony sensors are like negative film, and Canons are like positive slide film, they are both good and bad , but for most of non-tripod handheld work, Sony has the edge since it allows us to underexpose intentionally to save the highlight and later on we can easily get the hidden shadow data back in PP.

 

With Sony A7 series I think we do seldom need CPL filters or ND filters, and it is hard to screw the exposure in normal use.

 

But I think Sony sensor quality is just plain overrated by DPR kind of sites, if any one challenge the assessment numbers or so called reviews they write, we must be labelled as naive fanboy or poor guy in short of cash and defending his old choice hard, or inane technically challenged morons.

 

Sony sensors are good in harsh day light high DR required scenes,but usually not great at high ISO.

I think many many people deliberately misguided by DPR DXO ,etc and without measuring the sensors in question themselves , just bashing one type of sensors that they dislike or reviews say bad, but in reality there is no such dramatic difference there.

 

Really, it is not that simple, the 5DS sensor is excellent in many regards, but it can not score well at DXO, and I am sure why the biased DPR guys rated it much lower than the Sony 36mp sensor ignoring the fact it is a very very different type of sensor than the Sony 36mp or 42mp chip, or even very different design than the Canon's own 6D sensor or 5DMK3 sensor.

 

The 5DS sensor is simply optimized for the best skin tone in a studio or great out of the camera color for landscape, so it has very strong intense color filters. I think it is about 1.6 times stronger than that of the 5DMK3,whose sensor design focus was high ISO or low noise throughout the ISO range, thus used weak thin CFA design.....So the 5DS sensor tends to produce better stronger punchier colors out of the camera compared to the previous Canon with weaker CFA design but at the cost of a tiny bit more shot noise at the base ISO.

 

I think Sony and its Alpha community is becoming like a fanatic religious group(like young earth creationist group let by Kent Hovind), never even accept or listen to any kind of different voice, opinion and preference, and it seems to be all review communities are misled by them or their excessively loud voice.

 

If you even mildly pan or hard on any Sony Alpha line camera, they will attack on you, or if you prefer something other than their preferred ones, they call you a troll or a fanboy, to turn the debate into a name calling contest.

 

It always happens at DPR fora ,especially in the Canon and the Open talk forums, Sony E mount fanboys really act like some sort of cult-worshipers intrude into other forums and bash others choice or force others to believe in Sony cult. If any one says anything good about Nikon, Canon, Fuji or Samsung compared to Alpha 7 line cameras, then they freak out and turn it into a name calling contest(it is always their tech to win any debate there), so it is impossible to logically argue or even talk anything about the A7X with presence of some die-hard Sony fanatics there. It is really that ridiculous.

 

It is like being in a Catholic church, these real die-hard Sony Alpha 7 fanboys in camera fora never accept any different belief, value or different opinion on any camera. If someone prefer the other sensor manufacture than Sony then they insult his or her technical knowledge or sometimes even his or her personality that they don't even know...........For example a few days ago, some one (obviously a wedding guy) mildly criticized(not even seriously bashed or panned) about terrible battery life of the A7S and he said the real issue for "HIM" was not the terrible battery life itself or having to carry many of tiny, lousy batteries for the Sony, but it was difficult to change it over and over many times without missing many important decisive moments.......I think it is very correct and I experienced it myself many many times, too, as a long time A7 user. But they(A7 fans)got obviously hurt by his comment because it is a fact, and they have to gather to attack on his personally. A few hours later the thread was closed as usual, and it was sad.. Well, I sometimes wonder if there are many kindergarten kids in the camera forums, they are seriously thin-skinned and easily hurt, maybe their self-esteem or pride (more like ego)is totally dependent on their so-called FF cameras? or winning the debate at DPR or some moronic rumor sites like SAR or CR really important for them to keep themselves calm and sane or just alive?

 

I have now several people asking me about my opinion on A7M2 vs 6D vs D750 issue, and I told them it is a personal choice, and there is no objectively or absolutely better one for every one, and I don't even believe there is any absolutely objective review at all. Then they said I have been intentionally closing my eyes, trying hard not to see the fact Sony is taking over the industry.........if I do not admit it then I have to be called a Canon or a Nikon or a Samsung or a Fuji fanboy, silly to say the least........... A few days ago I criticized about A7RMK2 pricing a bit, and I also said I began to realize how reasonably priced D810 was, and comparing the price of the D810 to the price of my own A7RMK2 or the5DS shows it very glaringly.

Then, a couple of usual Sony fanboys criticized me of being super ignorant about the A7RMK2, and told me that the Sony camera would be like having a great pro 4k cinema camera and a high resolution stills camera in one tiny body, so it is a historic game changer and nothing on the market compete well with it. And according to them the A7RMK2 sensor is really great at high ISO, even slightly better than the A7S or the Pentax 645Z........although all lab test results say otherwise.....I am sure they never used the 645Z if they think the A7R2 beats it.

  

Well I partly agree with them, but I say it is not a pro video camera, or it is not really innovative cinema camera that replaces real super 35mm pro cinema cameras; the battery life is too short, the heat dissipation issue is really bad, the FF is not suited for serious video, especially for running gun type of event or documentary work, etc. The bigger the sensor the more battery power consuming, and therefore, many of us do not want a FF video camera. In addition to all the above issues, it does not even have dual card slots, and it is a big issue for me and any one using it for serious video work.

 

But according to them the Red dragon, BMCC , Canon cinema EOS,etc are all immediately thrown into camera coffins by the advent of the Sony A7RMK2 and the A6300.

 

I think it is getting a bit too ridiculous although I admit it is an amazing camera mostly for stills landscape and studio work, it may or may not replace all, or it may even change the history of hybrid camera world.

 

But do not forget we all have preferences and different needs, different views on cameras, and sometimes technical numbers or feature set does not matter, sometimes we simply prefer one even if it is just technically a inferior camera or tool, we cannot measure usability and practicality of each system to each of us but it is very important to consider when we choose a new camera system.

 

That all said though, I think Sony has been right , it is really shaking the conservative camera world, just slowly but surely increasing its market share by introducing a great compact FF hybrid camera system.

 

Do not forget the biggest sales point of the A7 series is not any specific camera feature or the BSI sensor,etc, but it is being the only one hybrid open mount camera system that takes all mounts lenses,including the A mount lenses,the EF lenses, the F mount lenses with several times more accurate AF than any D-SLR type of cameras.

 

I think something like below is always happening now:

Some Canon guys buy an A7R2 or an A7M2, with use of adapted Canon lens line in mind and use it for a while with their adapted EF lenses or A mount lenses..

But in a few months, they'd realize they need some native FE mount lenses and buy some Zeiss Batis and Sony Z, G and GM series lenses, then they'd be like fragile insects trapped into a big spider nest. At this point, there is no more way back to Canon or Nikon even if either of these 2 makes something similar to the A7RMK2 in the near future because selling used FE mount lenses is very difficult because the FE lenses cannot be adapted to any other mount system as they have the shortest flange back design.

 

So, while I think Sony has succeeded converting many Canon guys into FE mount users, I am not sure if it will take over the market entirely so soon. The A7 system is just a temporal stop gap solution for many of us. After a few years it may be completely abandoned just like most of so-called Sony's great innovative products. Remember Mini disc or Memory Stick Duo?

I just think the future is open mount system but it is not the A7 or any Sony or Samsung.

The A7 system prevails for a short time but it will not be able to replace all Canon Nikon fast enough, and the Sony will be overlooking or dismissing minor brand but truly innovative small players emerging out to rival against Sony.

 

I think something like BMCC or Red of stills will take over the market.....I think the open mount is a dual-edged-sword for Sony it will help Sony to get many many Canon Nikon users temporarily coming to their mount but at the same time give a serious opportunity for a Red-like company to truly invent(not just innovate) something really new to take over the entire industry.....

 

But in any case I am sure the D-SLRs are dying, I re-confirmed this again in Thailand and Malaysia last year:

I went to Malaysia for work for a few hours(wished I had had more time to spend there shooting around Penang) in last December and then visited Thailand for about several hours(very sad to have just 2 hours there), and I saw the camera industry of SE Asia changed a lot like below.

It changed a lot there these 2 countries. I spent a lot of time in Thailand in 2011 and 2010. Back then, Canon and Nikon were the definite dominant players for sure. Now? I passed several of the chain stores in a few malls in Pinklao, Skumvitt and Platunam area that did not even carry Canon in the windows. Nikon, yes but not many were displayed there either.

Went to a photography trade show in Georgetown, Malaysia, the Nikon and Canon booths were there without any people. The mirrorless cameras, Sony, Fuji(especially popular), Olympus were packed with folks trying and buying.

For now, Canon and Nikon have lost their momentum over here for sure. Let's hope they can come back strong, but I feel it is too late now already.

 

Everything changes very fast in Asia and anything considered to be uncool cannot sell well there, it is even more drastic in Japan and South Korea, so I believe the sales numbers for CN are even worse there.

  

UPdate : now, Canon has just announced its new sensor development policy. Canon seems to have built a new sensor plant in Mie prefecture of Japan. It seems like Canon is going on new 65nm process rule and all upcoming Canon sensors will be produced at there.

I think the 1DX2 and the 80D sensors are processed at the new plant.

Sony is still leading the CMOS imaging industry, but giants like Samsung are in close pursuit. Also big players like Panasonic are forming joint ventures with the likes of TowerJazz to offer 12-inch wafer fabrication with state-of-the-art quantum efficiency and dark current performance at 65 nano meters, and additional 45nm digital technology, and added available capacity of approximately 800,000 8-inch wafers per year in three manufacturing plants in Japan, according to TowerJazz.

 

The stakes are huge. The CMOS image sensor market will reached the historic $10 billion milestone in 2015, according to Yale, and with new applications popping up in automotive, medical and surveillance, while smartphones begin adopting high-definition front facing cameras, the industry is likely to hit the $16 billion mark by 2020. So nobody is just sleeping and Sony has to consolidate its position ASAP, or probably Sony will lose it again just like its short-lived TV business.

  

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: 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.

 

UPDATE4: 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.

  

UPDATE5: Many people including myself though 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...

  

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.

      

WEBSITE: www.willbphoto.com

BlOG: www.willbremridge.tumblr.com

 

strobist: AB800 into triple diffused octobank at ceiling. speedlight with 1/4 CTO aimed at back of jonty's head

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.

I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size

But when I start to tell them,

They think I’m telling lies.

I say,

It’s in the reach of my arms,

The span of my hips,

The stride of my step,

The curl of my lips.

I’m a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.

 

I walk into a room

Just as cool as you please,

And to a man,

The fellows stand or

Fall down on their knees.

Then they swarm around me,

A hive of honey bees.

I say,

It’s the fire in my eyes,

And the flash of my teeth,

The swing in my waist,

And the joy in my feet.

I’m a woman

Phenomenally.

 

Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.

 

Men themselves have wondered

What they see in me.

They try so much

But they can’t touch

My inner mystery.

When I try to show them,

They say they still can’t see.

I say,

It’s in the arch of my back,

The sun of my smile,

The ride of my breasts,

The grace of my style.

I’m a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.

 

Now you understand

Just why my head’s not bowed.

I don’t shout or jump about

Or have to talk real loud.

When you see me passing,

It ought to make you proud.

I say,

It’s in the click of my heels,

The bend of my hair,

the palm of my hand,

The need for my care.

’Cause I’m a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.

Maya Angelou

Portrait of Thai young woman farmer with buffalo

A long exposure of the West Pier using the Firecrest 16 Stop filter. Unfortunately the file does not stand up to scrutiny when viewed large as there is a lot of digital noise and I have come to the conclusion that the E-M1 is not best suited for ultra long exposures, 348 s in this instance. I've bee experimenting with the live composite feature on the camera and I think that this will be the way to go in the future.

Hey guys so I need help naming this gorgeous ghoul even though I already had a name for her which was "Jazzy Bee",but I'm not so sure if the name suits her now.So if you have any name suggestions for her feel free to comment them down.

Strobist Info:

- 1 x Alien Bees B800 into Photoflex 5' Octodome Key, camera right, 1/2 power

- 1 x Alien Bees B800 into Photoflex 36"x48" Litedome Q39 softbox Fill, camera rear, 1/8 power

- 1 x Alien Bees B800 into 48" Black/White Umbrella, background left, full power

- triggered with CyberSync CST & 1 x CyberSync CSRB+ (attached to rear Fill strobe/softbox)

model: Dani Dikeman

strobist: one Alien Bee 1600 socket beauty dish camera left, reflector camera right, Pocket Wizard Trigger

  

Along a winding road

 

If no one paints the land, will we still have bees, if the flowers don't fix us with delight, will the stars still shine so bright, if no one mends the trees, will we still have leaves and breeze, if fruit went sour, within the hour, would tides stand still, would the clouds want payment for the rain, would ideas and tears and fears fall in vain.

 

If the land can't hold back the sea, and fish could fly with ease, would flowers swim, and oceans brim, with pesticides and flowers. If dogs could talk, and cats could walk, would mice get jobs, and chimps turn knobs, to bring us news and music on the hour.

 

If the sky should fall, would forests rust and deserts bloom with icy crust. Would life recoil till the small and meek came from the soil. If bacteria got big, would they put on suits and wigs, then make us dance their merry jig.

 

If I bought a dream on faith and trust, would water turn to dust. Would everything I believe dissolve into uncertainty, would I be shaken and stirred, would my fists fly in rage, or celebrate a brand new day. Will change make free, the chains in you and me.

 

I feel the sting of love, when all I want is peace, a piece of you and me. Stay well and love, constant, all else can shift and change and re-arrange.

 

From "The Book That Dreams"

  

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:copyright: G P F for All images and text, please do not use without my express permission.

One of my favorite plants. Pleasant in all season with little tiny pink flowers and gorgeous colored leaves. From the original (below) I enlarged and cropped a little. This tiny bee suits the flower. They are made for each other. lol...

 

(I learned the ID of the bee from my friend Celeste, that it is a hover fly)

Taken at Temple city, CA.

 

Beautiful on black too. Please see it in large also. The wings of the bee looks fantastic.

a suiting capture for one of my favorite bands.. this bee in in Nirvana.. floating in the air and enjoying life Ü

 

Camera: Nikon D700

Exposure: 0.004 sec (1/250)

Aperture: f/6.3

Focal Length: 60 mm

ISO Speed: 200

Crop: True

Tripod: None

Filter: None

Software: Adobe Photoshop CS4 Windows

 

processed PS RAW

did little cropping on this after raw edit. .. thank you All!

 

e x p l o r e d

   

For some reason someone got a Blind Melon song No Rain stuck in my head. I had to watch the video.. AND if you have seen it it has a cute little fat girl in a bee suit :3

 

Stock images used

 

night-fate-stock.deviantart.com/art/poppy-field-03-89441749

stock-devil-breath.deviantart.com/art/clouds-and-meadow-2...

 

Pose my LAP

Outfit by... It was a halloween freebie from last year

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.

  

A few months after coming back from Hokkaido with my broken 6D, I realized was kind of missing it. It has technically no real advantage over any of my current cameras, but I kind of miss it.

So I have been checking through my old but not updated 6D images. I have also tested thorough them with some custom made software I bought a month ago from my old friend working as a Tsukuba university practical physicist.

 

I think I will re-measure it but as far as I remember the numbers I got from my test with the special made program, it was not even half as good as I thought it would be.......and I was deeply disappointed, in fact almost immediately depressed.

 

I just wish Canon to get its act together and makes a great sensor or even just buy off from Samsung or Renasus, whose sensor patents and designs are, imho, more advanced than that of Sony.

As long as we expose it to the right and or apply so-called ETTR it is fine, but a bit of under or over exposing makes it really bad. This is the reason why some call the Canon sensors like slide film in terms of exposure tolerance and the way we should use our Canons, and I guess I used to be able to some how manage it well to make my Canon look just fine.

 

But now, I am just too used to shooting my A7 A7R A7M2 A6300 and A7R2 other Sonys, with a couple of stops better dynamic range at ISO100, or more precisely better latitude. So now I tend to intentionally underexpose it to save the highlight, and in the post I lift the shadow up.

 

I think Sony sensors are like negative film, and Canons are like positive slide film, they are both good and bad , but for most of non-tripod handheld work, Sony has the edge since it allows us to underexpose intentionally to save the highlight and later on we can easily get the hidden shadow data back in PP.

 

With Sony A7 series I think we do seldom need CPL filters or ND filters, and it is hard to screw the exposure in normal use.

 

But I think Sony sensor quality is just plain overrated by DPR kind of sites, if any one challenge the assessment numbers or so called reviews they write, we must be labelled as naive fanboy or poor guy in short of cash and defending his old choice hard, or inane technically challenged morons.

 

Sony sensors are good in harsh day light high DR required scenes,but usually not great at high ISO.

I think many many people deliberately misguided by DPR DXO ,etc and without measuring the sensors in question themselves , just bashing one type of sensors that they dislike or reviews say bad, but in reality there is no such dramatic difference there.

 

Really, it is not that simple, the 5DS sensor is excellent in many regards, but it can not score well at DXO, and I am sure why the biased DPR guys rated it much lower than the Sony 36mp sensor ignoring the fact it is a very very different type of sensor than the Sony 36mp or 42mp chip, or even very different design than the Canon's own 6D sensor or 5DMK3 sensor.

 

The 5DS sensor is simply optimized for the best skin tone in a studio or great out of the camera color for landscape, so it has very strong intense color filters. I think it is about 1.6 times stronger than that of the 5DMK3,whose sensor design focus was high ISO or low noise throughout the ISO range, thus used weak thin CFA design.....So the 5DS sensor tends to produce better stronger punchier colors out of the camera compared to the previous Canon with weaker CFA design but at the cost of a tiny bit more shot noise at the base ISO.

 

I think Sony and its Alpha community is becoming like a fanatic religious group(like young earth creationist group let by Kent Hovind), never even accept or listen to any kind of different voice, opinion and preference, and it seems to be all review communities are misled by them or their excessively loud voice.

 

If you even mildly pan or hard on any Sony Alpha line camera, they will attack on you, or if you prefer something other than their preferred ones, they call you a troll or a fanboy, to turn the debate into a name calling contest.

 

It always happens at DPR fora ,especially in the Canon and the Open talk forums, Sony E mount fanboys really act like some sort of cult-worshipers intrude into other forums and bash others choice or force others to believe in Sony cult. If any one says anything good about Nikon, Canon, Fuji or Samsung compared to Alpha 7 line cameras, then they freak out and turn it into a name calling contest(it is always their tech to win any debate there), so it is impossible to logically argue or even talk anything about the A7X with presence of some die-hard Sony fanatics there. It is really that ridiculous.

 

It is like being in a Catholic church, these real die-hard Sony Alpha 7 fanboys in camera fora never accept any different belief, value or different opinion on any camera. If someone prefer the other sensor manufacture than Sony then they insult his or her technical knowledge or sometimes even his or her personality that they don't even know...........For example a few days ago, some one (obviously a wedding guy) mildly criticized(not even seriously bashed or panned) about terrible battery life of the A7S and he said the real issue for "HIM" was not the terrible battery life itself or having to carry many of tiny, lousy batteries for the Sony, but it was difficult to change it over and over many times without missing many important decisive moments.......I think it is very correct and I experienced it myself many many times, too, as a long time A7 user. But they(A7 fans)got obviously hurt by his comment because it is a fact, and they have to gather to attack on his personally. A few hours later the thread was closed as usual, and it was sad.. Well, I sometimes wonder if there are many kindergarten kids in the camera forums, they are seriously thin-skinned and easily hurt, maybe their self-esteem or pride (more like ego)is totally dependent on their so-called FF cameras? or winning the debate at DPR or some moronic rumor sites like SAR or CR really important for them to keep themselves calm and sane or just alive?

 

I have now several people asking me about my opinion on A7M2 vs 6D vs D750 issue, and I told them it is a personal choice, and there is no objectively or absolutely better one for every one, and I don't even believe there is any absolutely objective review at all. Then they said I have been intentionally closing my eyes, trying hard not to see the fact Sony is taking over the industry.........if I do not admit it then I have to be called a Canon or a Nikon or a Samsung or a Fuji fanboy, silly to say the least........... A few days ago I criticized about A7RMK2 pricing a bit, and I also said I began to realize how reasonably priced D810 was, and comparing the price of the D810 to the price of my own A7RMK2 or the5DS shows it very glaringly.

Then, a couple of usual Sony fanboys criticized me of being super ignorant about the A7RMK2, and told me that the Sony camera would be like having a great pro 4k cinema camera and a high resolution stills camera in one tiny body, so it is a historic game changer and nothing on the market compete well with it. And according to them the A7RMK2 sensor is really great at high ISO, even slightly better than the A7S or the Pentax 645Z........although all lab test results say otherwise.....I am sure they never used the 645Z if they think the A7R2 beats it.

  

Well I partly agree with them, but I say it is not a pro video camera, or it is not really innovative cinema camera that replaces real super 35mm pro cinema cameras; the battery life is too short, the heat dissipation issue is really bad, the FF is not suited for serious video, especially for running gun type of event or documentary work, etc. The bigger the sensor the more battery power consuming, and therefore, many of us do not want a FF video camera. In addition to all the above issues, it does not even have dual card slots, and it is a big issue for me and any one using it for serious video work.

 

But according to them the Red dragon, BMCC , Canon cinema EOS,etc are all immediately thrown into camera coffins by the advent of the Sony A7RMK2 and the A6300.

 

I think it is getting a bit too ridiculous although I admit it is an amazing camera mostly for stills landscape and studio work, it may or may not replace all, or it may even change the history of hybrid camera world.

 

But do not forget we all have preferences and different needs, different views on cameras, and sometimes technical numbers or feature set does not matter, sometimes we simply prefer one even if it is just technically a inferior camera or tool, we cannot measure usability and practicality of each system to each of us but it is very important to consider when we choose a new camera system.

 

That all said though, I think Sony has been right , it is really shaking the conservative camera world, just slowly but surely increasing its market share by introducing a great compact FF hybrid camera system.

 

Do not forget the biggest sales point of the A7 series is not any specific camera feature or the BSI sensor,etc, but it is being the only one hybrid open mount camera system that takes all mounts lenses,including the A mount lenses,the EF lenses, the F mount lenses with several times more accurate AF than any D-SLR type of cameras.

 

I think something like below is always happening now:

Some Canon guys buy an A7R2 or an A7M2, with use of adapted Canon lens line in mind and use it for a while with their adapted EF lenses or A mount lenses..

But in a few months, they'd realize they need some native FE mount lenses and buy some Zeiss Batis and Sony Z, G and GM series lenses, then they'd be like fragile insects trapped into a big spider nest. At this point, there is no more way back to Canon or Nikon even if either of these 2 makes something similar to the A7RMK2 in the near future because selling used FE mount lenses is very difficult because the FE lenses cannot be adapted to any other mount system as they have the shortest flange back design.

 

So, while I think Sony has succeeded converting many Canon guys into FE mount users, I am not sure if it will take over the market entirely so soon. The A7 system is just a temporal stop gap solution for many of us. After a few years it may be completely abandoned just like most of so-called Sony's great innovative products. Remember Mini disc or Memory Stick Duo?

I just think the future is open mount system but it is not the A7 or any Sony or Samsung.

The A7 system prevails for a short time but it will not be able to replace all Canon Nikon fast enough, and the Sony will be overlooking or dismissing minor brand but truly innovative small players emerging out to rival against Sony.

 

I think something like BMCC or Red of stills will take over the market.....I think the open mount is a dual-edged-sword for Sony it will help Sony to get many many Canon Nikon users temporarily coming to their mount but at the same time give a serious opportunity for a Red-like company to truly invent(not just innovate) something really new to take over the entire industry.....

 

But in any case I am sure the D-SLRs are dying, I re-confirmed this again in Thailand and Malaysia last year:

I went to Malaysia for work for a few hours(wished I had had more time to spend there shooting around Penang) in last December and then visited Thailand for about several hours(very sad to have just 2 hours there), and I saw the camera industry of SE Asia changed a lot like below.

It changed a lot there these 2 countries. I spent a lot of time in Thailand in 2011 and 2010. Back then, Canon and Nikon were the definite dominant players for sure. Now? I passed several of the chain stores in a few malls in Pinklao, Skumvitt and Platunam area that did not even carry Canon in the windows. Nikon, yes but not many were displayed there either.

Went to a photography trade show in Georgetown, Malaysia, the Nikon and Canon booths were there without any people. The mirrorless cameras, Sony, Fuji(especially popular), Olympus were packed with folks trying and buying.

For now, Canon and Nikon have lost their momentum over here for sure. Let's hope they can come back strong, but I feel it is too late now already.

 

Everything changes very fast in Asia and anything considered to be uncool cannot sell well there, it is even more drastic in Japan and South Korea, so I believe the sales numbers for CN are even worse there.

  

UPdate : now, Canon has just announced its new sensor development policy. Canon seems to have built a new sensor plant in Mie prefecture of Japan. It seems like Canon is going on new 65nm process rule and all upcoming Canon sensors will be produced at there.

I think the 1DX2 and the 80D sensors are processed at the new plant.

Sony is still leading the CMOS imaging industry, but giants like Samsung are in close pursuit. Also big players like Panasonic are forming joint ventures with the likes of TowerJazz to offer 12-inch wafer fabrication with state-of-the-art quantum efficiency and dark current performance at 65 nano meters, and additional 45nm digital technology, and added available capacity of approximately 800,000 8-inch wafers per year in three manufacturing plants in Japan, according to TowerJazz.

 

The stakes are huge. The CMOS image sensor market will reached the historic $10 billion milestone in 2015, according to Yale, and with new applications popping up in automotive, medical and surveillance, while smartphones begin adopting high-definition front facing cameras, the industry is likely to hit the $16 billion mark by 2020. So nobody is just sleeping and Sony has to consolidate its position ASAP, or probably Sony will lose it again just like its short-lived TV business.

  

UPDATE2: Nikon has just announced a new sensor fab development with Toshiba and it seems like their new sensor design uses very similar AF tech to the DP AF of the Canon EOS M5 sensor without losing almost no amount of light getting into the sensor.

 

Canon also patented a few new curved sensor designs with Toshiba. Toshiba seems to work as a special sensor designer for many companies rather than producing it themselves now.

 

And it found out that the Sony's old curved sensor patent is no longer effective, and it was originally a Toshiba patent.

So if Sony really lost the patent to Toshiba , then Sony would have a big problem since Sony would not be able to use the curved sensor tech for their FF camera lines that helps them to design smaller and sharper lenses for the FE system.

  

UPDATE3: Now, I've just confirmed that Nikon DL series actual shipment date would be next January 17th as planned in last Nikon conference at Nikon D5600 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.

  

UPDATE 4: 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. And all of those may just be well specified but never work well as promised by Sony or many moronic Sony shill sites..........

 

UPDATE5: 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...

 

Now even Tamron has sensor division in house and actually they designed the best sensor in the CMOS history and announced it recently. So sensor is becoming a large part of commodity kit. Now any one has the knowledge can design it.

  

UPDATE6: 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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