Canon EOS 5D Mark IV review by Matt Granger, and why he ditches Sony for professional work (horrible service)

Canon Eos 5d Mark Iv Price

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon CA, KEH Camera, BestBuy, Canon CA, Canon USA

At a glance:

  • 30.4MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 6+ Image Processor
  • 3.2″ 1.62m-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor
  • DCI 4K Video at 30 fps; 8.8MP Still Grab
  • 61-Point High Density Reticular AF
  • Native ISO 32000, Expanded to ISO 102400
  • Dual Pixel RAW; AF Area Select Button
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF and Movie Servo AF
  • 7 fps Shooting; CF & SD Card Slots
  • Built-In GPS and Wi-Fi with NFC

Matt Granger posted an 18 minutes video (above) where he discusses the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV features, like 4K, high ISO, dynamic range and more stuff.

In another video (below), Matt Granger explains why he ditches Sony when it comes to professional work. In one word: horrible service.

Well, “horrible service” suits exactly my own experience when it came to solve issues with my nephew’s Playstation. Simply unbelievable.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV user manual download

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Debunking a myth: why Sony’s full-frame mirrorless cameras aren’t what Sony wants you to believe

Size advantage? Sony A7R vs Canon EOS 5Ds R (right), both with a 85mm lens.
Size advantage? Sony A7R vs Canon EOS 5Ds R (right), both with a 85mm lens (image courtesy of Camera Size)

I came over a very interesting and educated article at PetaPixel. It’s about why Sony’s full frame pro mirrorless was a fatal mistake that can’t hold up to the promises.

The article analyses five of the apparent advantages a full-frame mirrorless camera is supposed to have for the professional photographer, and systematically debunks those myths. A full-frame mirrorless camera is supposed to have the advantage of

  • Compactness
  • Weight
  • In-Body Image Stabilization
  • You can adapt non-native lenses
  • Live Exposure Preview

Well, it’s not as easy as Sony tries to sell it. The supposed advantages fail to deliver in the real world.. In the conclusion the author says:

So we find ourselves returning for the last time to the original question: what is the point of professional grade FF mirrorless? It isn’t for the compactness (beyond shooting with just one pancake type lens), certainly not for the faster autofocus, not for faster frame rates, not for EVF/exposure preview, not for access to a high cost-performance lens habitat, not for manual focus peaking, not for the ergonomics, and almost universally not for the sake of adapting lenses.

When it comes to FF professional grade mirrorless, the answer is that there is little or no point. People are buying into it because it is an irrational fad. You end up having to buy lots of big and expensive lenses for the one tiny body, when it is preferable to have lots of smaller lenses for the one big body, since the total lens-body combination is the same anyway due to physics. In actual fact the lens-body combination makes professional grade FF mirrorless multi-lens packages larger overall. Read the article…

An article that’s definitely worth to be read before you waste your money for something that will turn out not to be what you expected and what you have been told. Better go for serious gear.

[via PetaPixel]

Here is why the pros ditch (or avoid) Sony gear

In the 16 minutes video above, photographer Matt Granger explains why he decided to ditch Sony and to switch back to Nikon. It’s not about the quality of the gear, it is about the lack of quality when it comes to service and assistance – two factors that are critical to pros. And at least Sony’s service in Australia isn’t what a pro might expect.

It all comes down to SERVICE. For many types of my work the gear itself is suitable for me – The sensors are quality. The images and video are outstanding. For other work I have never used them (rough conditions, tricky focus). But with service like this – I just can’t use them at all.

As I said, this is my personal experience in Australia and is based on MY needs. The details of all the ‘pro support’ programs shown are the Australian offerings.

Stick with Canon if you want to avoid nasty experiences ;-) Canon’s CPS (Canon Professional Services) will not let you in the rain. See also my article about the Sony a7RII.

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Off Brand: Sony announce Sony Alpha A68 with new Auto-Focus technology, 4D Focus

Alpha A68

Sony announced the Alpha A68 camera, and introduces a new, innovative auto-focus technology, 4D Focus. The A68 has a 24MP APS-C sensor, and the same hybrid electronic OLED viewfinder (100% coverage) as on the Sony Alpha A77 II and Alpha A99 models. The key feature of the Alpha A68 is 4D Focus , a 79 points AF system based on phase-detection. 4D Focus is made possible by Sony’s translucent mirror tech. Canon filed some patents for translucent mirror technology.

Sony press release (via Sony Alpha Rumors):

Uncompromising features and performance for demanding amateur photographers

  • 4D FOCUS for fast, accurate tracking autofocus with world’s highest number of 79 AF points
  • Translucent Mirror Technology™ delivers constant AF tracking at up to 8fps continuous shooting
  • 24MP APS-C Exmor™ CMOS image sensor delivers wide ISO 100-25600 sensitivity range 
  • BIONZ X image processing engine enables the capture of high-quality images
  • Precise OLED Tru-Finder, tiltable LCD monitor, top display panel and custom controls
  • SteadyShot INSIDE works with all 34 A-mount lenses
  • Full HD video with high bit-rate 50Mbps XAVC S format 
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Off Brand: Sony Alpha a7SII announced (“out of darkness cometh light”)

A7sii

Sony today announced the a7sII (along with other gear). The Sony a7sII will be available in November 2015 at $2,999 (pre-order at B&H Photo).

  • 12.2MP Full-Frame Exmor CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ X Image Processor
  • Internal UHD 4K30 & 1080p120 Recording
  • S-Log3 Gamma and Display Assist Function
  • 5-Axis SteadyShot INSIDE Stabilization
  • 0.5″ 2.36m-Dot XGA OLED Tru-Finder EVF
  • ISO 100-102400, Expandable to ISO 409600
  • Fast Intelligent AF to -4 EV
  • Full Pixel Read-Out

Detailed specs and full Sony press release after the break.

a7sii

Sony a7SII

Cannot wait for the a7sII? Get the Sony a7rII: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon CA, KEH Camera, BestBuy, Canon CA, Canon USA

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