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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 3 Days Ago  
(Un)popular Opinion: Pentax AF Doesn't Suck
Posted By Dan Rentea
Replies: 80
Views: 3,539
There are a few things that you can try:
1. Use 1 or 5 af points for large subjects like people running, especially when there are other people running side by side. If you use more than five af points you give too much freedom to the af and it can jump from one subject to other. For birds against busy background you may be better with the same af choice selection. If the background is not distracting you can use af zone (15, 19, 21 af points, depending on what camera you use)

2. If there are 2 people running neck to neck and you don't have a specific person that you have to focus on, choose the more contrasy one to help your af system. If you need to focus on the less contrasty one, choose the most sensitive af points and use a single af point and focus on composition. On Canon for example I have the option to disable the af points that are not f2.8 sensitive and this helps me to use the best af points in low light for example. I don't use the center point af on moving subjects because I want to have some negative space on the direction that people are running. A joystick gives you a little more speed in choosing the af points but it's doable with 4 wheel buttons.

3. Avoid as much as possible contrasty backgrounds; in other words try to position yourself by keeping always an eye on the background

4. Try to anticipate the next move; if you have time, spend a few minutes and just observe the game if you are shooting sports, or try to see if the bird has a clean and straight flight or has a chaotic flight. If it has a chaotic flight you have to practice to keep the bird in flight

5. Try the release priority on the first shot instead of focus priority (focus priority on the second shot) and try to start shooting when the subject is just a litter further than you would normaly start shooting. Dont take too much images in a burst with this approach. It's better to take 2 sets of 4-5 images rather than one with 8-10 images.

6. Read the af manual of the Canon camera from the link posted a few comments back and see what settings can be applied on your cameras. You will find some similarities that you can try.

Remember that these are general tips and tricks that may work or not, depending on the photographer, the lens used, etc. :)

Later edit. Try also panning shots. It will give you lots of satisfaction because action doesn't mean always to freeze the action. On cars, bicycles, athlets, etc. you can get beautiful images if you use the panning technique. :)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 3 Days Ago  
(Un)popular Opinion: Pentax AF Doesn't Suck
Posted By Dan Rentea
Replies: 80
Views: 3,539
When I said basic I didn't refered to equipment (cameras, lenses and accesories). I was talking about learning/knowing the proper technique. Youtube influencers (Northrup, DPreview, etc.) will not help enthusiastic photographers in this regard. :) There is a photographer in Romania who took a shot a few years ago with a D7100 and a 70-200mm f4 lens (I may be mistaken about the lens) and recieved an international award for that image and after that his photo career changed. Now he is a Nikon ambasador in Romania and because he has as target to sell Nikon gear, he posted on Facebook a picture taken with Z7 saying "Z7 making the difference!". The funny thing is that despite the fact that he participated at a lot of similar photographing contests in the last 3-4 years, he never managed to get close to the awarded image that changed his career. So, my question to him was "Where does the Z7 makes the difference in your case? I'm asking because you've shot in the last 3-4 years with D750, D810, D850, Z7 and yet, an image taken with D7100 made the difference in your case." He never answered... :D

In photography there are 3 elements that can break or make the difference:
1. The subject
2. The background
3. The light

If all 3 elements are combined well, the name of the camera is not important. As I said, I can take quality images with Canon 6D, Nikon D610, Pentax K1, Sony A7 III. With some cameras you have to work a little harder, but in the end you will do your job as long as you know how to control your gear, you know your subjects and you anticipate the next move.

Sure, there will be times when you can miss a shot that you know that you could have taken it with other camera and for those shots pros are willing to pay the money. :)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 3 Days Ago  
(Un)popular Opinion: Pentax AF Doesn't Suck
Posted By Dan Rentea
Replies: 80
Views: 3,539
People don't change from Canon to Pentax, from Pentax to Sony, from Nikon to Canon and so on for image quality. At least none of the pro photographers that I know or I follow don't jump ships for this reason. It's the enthusiastic crowd that look all day long at DPreview, Tony Northrup and all the Youtube influencers and think that by changing the system they will get better quality images.

People who know more than the basics when comes to photography will change systems for different reasons:
1. I left Pentax because at the time I had K-3 II there wasn't options when comes to:
- shooting with flashes (Cactus wasn't released back then for triggers, Godox wasn't back then supporting Pentax, etc.)
- wildlife lenses (300mm f4 was basicaly the only decent lens with superb optical quality but with very slow focus; with 1.4x TC is even slower)
- lack of renting options for lenses
- lack of third party lenses

I still shoot with Pentax gear from time to time and is better now with Godox support for strobists and with new full frame lenses.

2. Photographers like Kenspo who also got into video and who also benefit from some lenses like 85mm f1.4L which in Pentax didn't came yet, or the exotic lenses like 400mm f2.8, 500mm f4, etc.

3. Photographers who want to go to mirrorless route due to EVF, eye af (even on birds with new Sony cameras), etc.

If you ask me, I can go back any time to Canon 6D from my 5D Mark IV and be happy with the image quality. 5D Mark IV does the same thing as 6D, but much faster. The same I can say if someone will stole my gear and someone else will give me a K1 or a KP. I would be very happy with image quality, but I will have to adapt my shooting style based on my needs. In the end, I will get the same images with K1 as I will get with 5D Mark IV, but for what I do, 5D will do the job faster. If you ask a landscape photographer he will tell you the opposite (you can do with Canon what you can do with K1, but with a little more effort). :)
Forum: Pentax K-1 5 Days Ago  
Results from a really repeatable AF.C test (no Pentax inlcuded) as reference
Posted By Dan Rentea
Replies: 14
Views: 1,486
I have 6 user cases for Af-C and each case has 3 individual adjustments. I needed a few shooting sessions with different subjects in order to learn when I have to switch the entire Af case or only one or two adjustents out of three from each case. And after I learned how to deal with those 6 user cases, I jumped to the next adjustments: focus priority, release priority and how/when to use one or the other. Then there is the af point selection (one, 5, 9, iTR, etc.) which is also very important. And so on... If they didn't take the time to learn each system and how the af works on each system and they just relied on what they read in the user manual, then the test is not that acurate. But even so, it's a test that can increase the confidence of beginers in their cameras, which is a good thing.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 6 Days Ago  
How does Pentax AF-C compare to other brands?
Posted By Dan Rentea
Replies: 62
Views: 3,049
The important thing is to know what you are doing, what you want to achieve and how good you know your gear. Fast subjects can be photographed also at low shutter speeds, like 1/50s for example. :)



Or, you can photograph birds in flight with a 35mm lens. :)



Or, you can use AF-S when you have to deal with subjects that are lazy and don't move too much. :)



There is no recipe that will work for everybody, no settings that will be good for every situation and no camera will give you best results as long as you don't know the behaviour of the bird you're going to photograph or if you know nothing about the sport that you are going to photograph or if you don't try to anticipate the subject intentions/moves. :) When comes to autofocus, what I see on internet is that everybody seems to be some kind of International awarded sport/action photographer and the demands in terms of af are as high as possible, even when comes to cameras that have nothing to do with sports cameras. :D
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 02-20-2019, 10:53 PM  
Canon Full Frame Mirrorless $1,299
Posted By Dan Rentea
Replies: 129
Views: 4,059
You pretty much experienced the same thing as me with EOS R. I do like the EVF from this camera but I love OVF from DSLRs. The AF-C will be improved with the upcoming firmware update if we are ready to belive what Canon said in a press release. But the af on stills seems super fast. And the new Canon mirrorless lenses are really interesting.

As for handling EOS RP, Canon offer an optional small "grip" that once it attached to the camera the grip will become similar to EOS R. Knowing the short positive experience that I had with EOS R, I'm intrigued about EOS RP as a small travel camera. I have to wait for the stores to start renting this camera and see how enjoyable is to use it.

---------- Post added 02-21-19 at 05:58 AM ----------



If you like Youtube videos (I know I don't), here is a video where these guys tested EOR R vs. Sony A7 III even in low light.
















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Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 02-19-2019, 11:18 PM  
Canon Full Frame Mirrorless $1,299
Posted By Dan Rentea
Replies: 129
Views: 4,059
If he knows nothing about photography, this camera is already too capable for him. Someone posted on the Facebook group where I'm admin that he bought a Nikon D5600 with an 18-140mm lens and he wants us to tell him how he can take portraits with blurred background. Many of these people will not invest time in learning photography and they will not buy another lens either so any camera can do the job for them. :)

And I agree with Surfar: because of the low price, because you will find it in any camera store, because Canon is well known as a brand and because it's new and good looking, it will sell good for beginners and for the ones that want a decent travel camera.

With a 40mm f2.8 pancake lens that weights 130g it will be lighter than some Olympus cameras and for street photography will also be a good combo.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 02-19-2019, 02:06 PM  
Canon Full Frame Mirrorless $1,299
Posted By Dan Rentea
Replies: 129
Views: 4,059
I don't have a problem with camera A being better than camera B or B being better than C and so on. But I don't like when people give verdicts for cameras like EOS RP in this case based on some random internet reviews published after one day after the launch of the camera. It was the same when DPReview made that stupid test with the bicycle and gave the verdict for K1. The same said Winder when he spoke about Canon vs Sony without arguments. For him A7 II is better than EOS RP, the A9 is better than 1Dx II and so on.



In Romania the wedding starts at 10:00 AM and it ends next day at 5:00 or 6:00 AM. :D The image from the "comparation test" was taken at 3:25AM, after an entire day of dancing and going from church to the restaurant to the photo shoot and so on. She wanted lots of photos but she was very tired and is visible in a lot of images.




I don't have to imagine because I have lots of images with her when her smile is natural. For me the attitude in the portraits makes or breaks a portrait. It is more important than noise, camera used, etc.

Here is the genuine smile that I'm looking for when I shoot portraits. :)

Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 02-19-2019, 10:16 AM  
Canon Full Frame Mirrorless $1,299
Posted By Dan Rentea
Replies: 129
Views: 4,059
If you stop adding comments like the one that I was responding to a few hours back, I really don't have a reason to comment. But if you add comments like the funny one with the big high resolution monitor and if you only add Youtube videos, then I must show you that you don't have real arguments for any of your comments. :) And I can do that with my own photos or with Youtube videos also. Because there are tons of reviews where Sony cameras are not the best, but on Youtube is normal to find lots of videos to back-up your comments if you don't have your own images as arguments.

I really hope that you are not a marketing victim. In terms of image quality between cameras that are in the same class there aren't differences as visible as you think.

For example, I said on many occasions that I didn't left Pentax because of image quality, but because of the weak system at the time when K-3 II was released and because of the poor representation of Pentax in Romania. From the things I was interested in Pentax, lots of them are not a problem today.

1. Flash system seems to be solved with Cactus, Godox and Yongnuo that started to add Pentax compatibility
2. Lenses - with the trinity of modern lenses and with the 85mm and 70-200mm f4 on the way, my problems with lenses are solved
3. Lack of a full frame as an upgrade from K-3 II - Pentax released K1 and K1 II and solved this problem also.

If the next Pentax full frame camera will improve the af by 25-30% and if it will solve also the clearing buffer problem, then as a photographer with some experience it will be very difficult to recommand Sony or Canon or Nikon given the price of Pentax cameras and lenses. I mean, Sony with all the technology and investments still can't beat Pentax or Nikon or Canon DSLRs when comes to image quality. Or maybe it does, but it seems that only on DXO tests or on Youtube videos. :D And they can't beat Pentax, Canon or Nikon not even with the 3th generation when comes to build quality, menus, grip and handling. And they didn't managed to find a solution not to get the sensor full of dust when you change lenses. :D

There is one thing that I'm afraid of when comes to Sony. They are close to do something very bad with this AI technology. They may take away all the fun when comes to shooting by giving to their cameras too much control. If the photographer will just be the person that will press the shutter button, then I really do hope that DSLR will be available at least 20 years from now.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 02-19-2019, 03:14 AM  
Canon Full Frame Mirrorless $1,299
Posted By Dan Rentea
Replies: 129
Views: 4,059
I assume you know the difference between shooting with flashes and without flashes in restaurants with lights that have different temperature and how the WB is influenced by flashes, right? And I assume also that you know the difference in detalis of an image taken at ISO 2500 without flash compared to an image taken at ISO 1000 with flashes. :D




This is the funniest discussion ever. :D :D :D

The image I posted on this topic has a resolution of 1400x805px. At a 15" laptop monitor you will see the image almost as big as the screen. If you look at the same image on a 24" monitor, the only difference that you will see is the negative space around the actually image. See below how the image looks on a 24" monitor on top and how it looks on a 15" monitor (the image from the bottom). Do you want me to show you how it looks also on a 32" color calibrated Asus PA328Q monitor? :D :D :D It looks the same, with the only exeption being even more negative space around the actual image. :D






It doesn't look bad at all. Looks quite good at full resolution.



Do you actually think that a professsional photographer hired to shoot a wedding where I'm the godfather would have shot JPEG insted of RAW with a Sony A9 and 3 flashes? :D And again, you forgot that I shot at f2.8 and ISO 2500 and he shot at f3.5 with a G Master lens and 3 flashes? What would you expect, to have the same details in the Canon shot? :D :D




And I showed you a video where Sony doesn't do as good as Canon, but again:

1. I told you to look at the video with a grain of salt
2. I asked you to show some of your files where A9 or A7 III is better than EOS RP or 5D Mark IV or 1Dx II

But since you insist in proving nothing, here is another image taken with 5D Mark IV vs A9 at a real wedding. Your latest tech from A9 has no real advantage over the "average at best" technology when comes to image quality. And A7 III wouldn't have had any advantage also. These are real situations, where 2 photographers (one hired to take pictures and one as a guest/godfather at a wedding) took some similar shots without trying to compete with each other. And guess what, side by side I think the Canon image looks better in this comparation from below when I look at details on both images on a 32" monitor, knowing also the settings from each image. :D :D

Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 02-18-2019, 01:24 PM  
Canon Full Frame Mirrorless $1,299
Posted By Dan Rentea
Replies: 129
Views: 4,059
Those are both RAW files just converted in Lightroom in JPEG. :D The 5D image was resized to 24mp to match the A9 resolution.

Asumptions, guessing, verdicts based on specs... Please feel free to quote me when you will have:

- your files taken in real life shooting condition in which we can see how A7 III is better than 5D Mark IV, EOS R, EOS RP
- your files where A9 is better than 1Dx Mark II in image quality

I'm not asking for af tests because those takes too much time, patience and a photographer that has enough experience in shooting with both systems.

Until then, with all the respect I have for you and for all the forum members, I'm not buying anything you said in this topic. :)
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 02-18-2019, 12:56 PM  
Canon Full Frame Mirrorless $1,299
Posted By Dan Rentea
Replies: 129
Views: 4,059
Are you willing to lose your A9 if I prove you that the 5D image has no noise reduction applied?

And please stop telling me how cameras compare on specs. Show me how they compare in real life.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 02-18-2019, 12:35 PM  
Canon Full Frame Mirrorless $1,299
Posted By Dan Rentea
Replies: 129
Views: 4,059
Because you said you have A9. That's why I posted the comparation image where the top of the line camera (Sony A9) has no advantage over an older camera in terms of image quality. And because for weddings your A9 has no advantage over 5D Mark IV except a little better af-c.

And because you keep saying about Canon cameras that have average technology at best but you don't have arguments or images to back up your comments. And because you say that A7 II is a better camera than EOS RP but again, you don't have any arguments except reading specs.

Start proving something rather than just posting comments with no arguments. Post some of your images in which Sony A7 III or A9 have better image quality than 5D Mark IV or 1Dx II. Because you keep posting some other people reviews and nothing from your side. I posted just for fun a Youtube video where A7R III is not blowing EOS R as it should have if you read specs and internet reviews. So, you see, people can demonstrate anything on internet. I just want to see arguments by your side for each comment in which you say Sony is better, Sony does better and so on. :)

Again, I have more images to show you taken with Sony but as long as you don't show anything to prove your point, I'm not going to search images on my hard drives.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 02-18-2019, 10:52 AM  
Canon Full Frame Mirrorless $1,299
Posted By Dan Rentea
Replies: 129
Views: 4,059
Ha ha, you really like specs, don't you? :D

See in the video how A7R III compares to EOS R, just for the fun of the discussion. And I just pointed out that the user manual from A7II said that it has the af sensibility from -1 to +20. Not only that, but even the guy of who's review you posted said that A7 II struggled in low light and that he should have kept his 6D and wait for A7 III. So, it seems that there are a lot of arguments that you like to skip and you just like to throw in some comments with no real back-up, exactly like this afirmation "The A9 competes with the 1DX which it matches or beats in pretty much every measurable category including price". But I will wait for the RP to become available for rent and if you are still think that A7 II is a better camera, I will show you by filming how good the af is in low light and how the dynamic range is so much better in real life.

Until then, put some images taken with A9 and with 1Dx II and let's see where does Sony beats Canon. In fps? Yes. Other than that...it's just smoke for beginners or for the ones in love with comments like that. :D

1Dx II is also designed for speed and durability. And strangely, it also has a better dynamic range than A9 with it's latest tech. :D

Here is a file taken with 5D Mark IV. I will take A7 III to a wildlife session and see how good it is in image quality and tracking compared to my 5D. I have some doubts that A7 III has more details in the files, but until I put both of them to real work I don't want to make false assumptions like you do. :)

Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 02-18-2019, 03:35 AM  
Canon Full Frame Mirrorless $1,299
Posted By Dan Rentea
Replies: 129
Views: 4,059
Acording to those test charts, Sony A9 has 13.3EV when comes to dynamic range and Canon 5D Mark IV has 13.6EV. 5D Mark IV also has 30mp instead of 24mp so just by resizing the Canon images from 30mp to 24mp, the small advantage of Sony A9 at high ISO is gone. But Sony users have some cameras like A7R III with a dynamic range above 14.3EV and when they try to make a point they just say that Canon lags behind when comes to dynamic range. I don't disagree with this as long as Sony users specify also the cameras instead of speaking in general. That's why I came with examples and with arguments in response to Wider's comments regarding:

1. Canon and their average sensors at best - yet, his A9 which costs 1000$ more than 5D Mark IV has weaker dynamic range than the average Canon technology (by the way, the dual pixel af from the mediocre Canon technology is still unmatch by any mirrorless cameras) :)
2. A7 II has better af than Canon cameras; when I told him my experience with A7 II's af in low light he disagreed with me, but:

- the Sony manual seems to say that the af sensitivity of A7 II is -1EV instead of -3EV like Canon has on 6D/6D Mark II or -5EV for EOS RP
- the guy who posted his review after shooting with Sony for 4 years (the link posted by Winder) said the same thing I said when comes to the af in low light of Sony A7 II and I quote him "The A7 II’s autofocus struggled in low light, there was no autofocus point selector, and battery life was horrendous, especially in cold weather."

So, let's wait for EOS RP to become available and then we can talk again about how good the A7 II is compared to EOS RP. Because cancan reviews or test charts from tripod for me are equal to zero interest.

By the way, remove Nikon from the ecuation and see what J.P. Morgan has to say about EOS R vs Sony A7R III. And he is a Sony user and A7R III has 14.7EV dynamic range. Take the video with a grain of salt. :)














You Tube



Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 02-17-2019, 01:11 AM  
Canon Full Frame Mirrorless $1,299
Posted By Dan Rentea
Replies: 129
Views: 4,059
Yes, the Sony image looks better. It would be odd not to look better when you add quality light from flashes on the subject and on the ambient. :) But how much better is the Sony image given the fact that the Sony image was taken at ISO 1000 with flashes and the Canon image was taken at ISO 2500 with no flash? Not to mention that I shot at f2.8 with a cheap lens at he shot at f3.5 with a G master lens.

I'm telling you, if I had a flash, or if the Sony photographer would have shot with no flash at ISO 2500 instead of ISO 1000, you couldn't tell the difference in a blind test between the files. :)

And I have some other files taken with A9 and my 5D in the same day, but my wife doesn't want me to use the images with her as example on forum or social media. :)
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 02-16-2019, 09:31 AM  
Canon Full Frame Mirrorless $1,299
Posted By Dan Rentea
Replies: 129
Views: 4,059
Winder, here is another example from where people can draw some conclusions. These 2 images are from a wedding were I was the godfather. The photographer hired to shot the wedding was using a Sony A9. He had 2 flashes on stands aimed at the white ceiling and one flash on his camera. I didn't had a flash with me because I was there to party, not to take pictures. :D But my wife wanted a image with her parents and I took a shot of them between 2 glases of wine. :D The official photographer was next to me and he also took a shot. I inserted in the print screen the exif for both images.

The official photographer image details are: Sony A9, f3.5, 1/200s, ISO 1000, 3 flashes (2 on stands and one on camera). Total cost of the gear (without flashes and stands): 6196$
Sony A9 body: 3998$ at B&H
Sony 24-70mm f2.8 GM: 2198$ at B&H

The details of my image are: 5D Mark IV, f2.8, 1/200s, ISO 2500, no flash. Total cost of the gear: 3648$
Canon 5D Mark IV: 3099$ at B&H
Canon 35mm f2 IS USM: 549$

Look at the details on my father in law wrinkles (without the help of the flash, as the photographer shooting with Sony A9 had). Do you think that if I was shooting at ISO 1000 instead of ISO 2500, with flashes, at f3.5 instead of f2.8 and with the 24-70mm f2.8L lens instead of 35mm f2, the Sony images would have been better? I really really doubt it.



But, people are influenced by Tony Northrup or DPreview reviews, they are also influenced by lab tests where someone shoot a paper with camera on tripod and with controled light and they actually think that in real life shooting conditions the differences in image quality between Pro full frame cameras are big enough to make a difference... :) The real differences are on:
- af (depending on what you are shooting)
- the fps and the buffer of the camera (depending on what you shoot)
- the system behind the camera (lenses and accesories)

And one major part (or influence) has the photographer behind the camera. :) Mirrorless will be the future, but for the moment the "average at best" DSLR cameras can challenge the high end mirrorless cameras anytime. :) The secret is to stop watching cancan reviews and go out and shoot and gain confidence in yourself.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 02-16-2019, 06:20 AM  
Canon Full Frame Mirrorless $1,299
Posted By Dan Rentea
Replies: 129
Views: 4,059
I would really love to see some files from A9 and 5D Mark IV from you where the A9 files are much better. Again, I'm not a fan of DXO charts, but the dynamic range from 5D Mark IV is rated better than A9. In practice, there is no difference in recovering shadows. Yes, the A9 has a better af-c, but as all other cameras from all manufacturers will miss focus from time to time in restaurants with dim light, even with the famous eye af. Maybe with the upcoming update they will make A9 af perfect. And yes, A9 also has a little better high ISO than 5D Mark IV. But, if you resize the 5D Mark IV from 30mp to 24mp to match the A9 files, the noise will be similar.

Here is a print screen with 2 zoomed images taken with A9. It's my father in law in the images, dancind with his wife. He knew he is being photographed so he didn't moved too much. These are 2 images from a series of 3 consecutives images. If you look at both images, you will see that on the left image the focus is on the nose, not on the eye like it is on the right. And I have quite a few similar images from that event where A9 missed focus. Yes, my 5D also misses focus from time to time, but it's far from being "average at best" to quote you. :D :D

Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 02-16-2019, 05:43 AM  
Canon Full Frame Mirrorless $1,299
Posted By Dan Rentea
Replies: 129
Views: 4,059
At least the Sony A7 II's manual gives me some credibility when I said that the af is bad in low light based on my experience with that camera. :D :D :D
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 02-15-2019, 03:08 PM  
Canon Full Frame Mirrorless $1,299
Posted By Dan Rentea
Replies: 129
Views: 4,059
I had 6D for a long time, I've shot with A7 II and for indoor shooting with people at business conferences the af wasn't what I expected.



I can use OM-D E-M1 even tomorow. A friend of mine has it for sell. I've shot with 45mm f1.2 and with 300mm f4 (both beautiful lenses). The focus is better in low light than the one from A7II, but the viewfinder and the high ISO are bad. At corporate events I don't have the luxury to shoot at ISO 800. I shoot at ISO between 1600 and 4000.

Again, it is interesting that you talk about how Canon lag behind but you haven't use a Canon since the original 5D.



I learned long time ago that internet reviews are just paid orders from producers or from stores. Look at A6500 for example. At the initial review, the percentage of images in focus using eye af was between 60 and 80%, depending on who you asked. Now that A6400 came out, the percentage of images in focus with A6500 using eye af dropped to 25-35%. :D

As I said, I can make any camera to work in my advantage if needed, but I prefer to talk from my experience rather than "quoting" the online reviewers. I don't have a problem with people who have different experiences than mine, but it's not funny to talk to someone who never shot with one of the cameras that he talks about and has as an argument internet reviews.



I have a 5D Mark IV and I don't see any reason to look at A9 or D850, Z7, etc. I would choose anytime 1Dx Mark II for fast action instead of A9 due to lenses that I have for Canon. Biz-Engineer has K1 and from what he said, he doesn't have a reason to change K1 for a camera from other brand. The Canon RP has nothing to do with the above cameras or with replacing our cameras with Canon RP. For me, as I said in the first place, Canon RP it can be the lighter camera that I was waiting for that can be used with my current lenses, not as a replacement for my main camera.

If I would have had K1 and if I would have been happy with it, my first choice would have been KP, not A7III, RP, X-T30. Or, if Pentax had also a cheaper and lighter full frame camera than K1, I would take a close look at it.

The best selling point for Canon RP is the impressive marketing strategy behind it, the small and light body and the price. Look at how well Canon M50 is selling and it's an entry level APS-C camera. The RP will probably sell as good as M50.

By the way, E-M1 Mark II has a better dynamic range than Nikon D5 (if you like DXO statistics; I don't like them). The new Oly will probably also have a better dynamic range than D5. Do you think just for a second that if I will need a sport oriented camera, I will pick EM1-X over D5? :)
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 02-15-2019, 11:49 AM  
Canon Full Frame Mirrorless $1,299
Posted By Dan Rentea
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I really like Fuji the most from all the current mirrorless cameras/brands. But it is expensive to add a Fuji in my backpack as a second system. But, if my gear would be stolen tomorow, I would consider Fuji to start a new system and I would also keep a close eye at the prices of their medium format cameras. :)
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 02-15-2019, 11:30 AM  
Canon Full Frame Mirrorless $1,299
Posted By Dan Rentea
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Please tell me that you tested at least for a week the EOS RP and the above conclusions are based on your direct experience. :)

I tested lots of cameras and Olympus and Fuji were on top of my list because I'm in the market for a small camera for vacations and as a backup for my DSLR. The EM1 Mark II's EVF is mediocre at best, it has some lag that is frustating when shooting some action and it's horrible in low light, the af is not even close to 7D Mark II or 80D (or even with 6D Mark II, despite the fact that Canon has the af points not to well spreaded) and high ISO is again, mediocre.

I don't shoot video and I can't comment on this. Yes, the build quality is great and IBIS is impressive on Oly cameras. But at 1699$ for me as a photographer E-M1 Mark II is way, way overpriced. And try to replicate a portrait taken with K1, 6D, D610 and a 50mm f1.4 or f1.2 lens with an Oly. And then do that again in a small restaurant and see the differences in bokeh, colors and noise at high ISO.

And don't get me started with A7 II. The af from that camera is decent in daylight. I took it at one indoor event and boy, what a joke of a camera in low light. Af was hunting and jumped from the subject as soon as something contrastly was near the subject, the images at ISO 3200 looks without details in some areas, the viewfinder is miles away from A7R III...

Sony got it right with A7R III/A9 and almost right with A7 III. But telling me how good is A7 II or E-M1 Mark II compared with a camera launched today it tells me that you have too much faith in internet reviews. :)
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 02-15-2019, 08:51 AM  
New Canon entry level mirrorless
Posted By Dan Rentea
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Maybe they applied the same treatment as with Canon 400mm f2.8, which is 30% lighter and smaller than the previous version. Some say that the new Canon 70-200mm f2.8 for miirorless will extend like Pentax 60-250mm f4. Who knows what they did to reduce size?! Being a Pro lens as 400mm f2.8 also is, I don't think that Canon did compromises with this lens. We will find in a couple of months what's all about with this lens.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 02-15-2019, 08:18 AM  
Canon Full Frame Mirrorless $1,299
Posted By Dan Rentea
Replies: 129
Views: 4,059
I rather see the new Fuji X-T30 as a competition to KP instead of Canon RP.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 02-15-2019, 08:10 AM  
Canon Full Frame Mirrorless $1,299
Posted By Dan Rentea
Replies: 129
Views: 4,059
Olympus is way overpriced in my opinion. The E-M1 Mark II costs 1699$ at B&H, it's heavier than EOS RP and it has a micro 4/3 sensor. And Olympus did a bad move in my opinion with the launch of the E-M1X, a brick of a camera with:
- the same sensor as E-M1 Mark II
- the same not so good EVF as E-M1 Mark II
- the size which is bigger than K1, D850, 5D Mark IV
- the weight of 1kg
- the price of 3000$+

And with the launch of Fuji X-T30, Oly doesn't look good at all.
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