Latest or all posts or last 15, 30, 90 or 180 days.
Welcome to diglloyd.com
In-depth review coverage is by subscription.
Also by Lloyd: MacPerformanceGuide.com and WindInMyFace.com
First-time visitor
Up to 1527MB/s sustained performance

DZ SAVE $300 Swann 8-Channel 3MP DVR with…

SAVE $300 Lenovo 14" ThinkPad X1 Yoga Mul…
SAVE $250 Apple 27" iMac with Retina 5K D…
SAVE $400 Fujinon 12x32 Techno-Stabi JR I…
SAVE $70 Steiner 10x26 Predator Pro Bino…
$9 FREE ITEMS SAVE $160 Steiner 8x32 XC Binocular
$19 FREE ITEMS SAVE $25 Celestron 15x70 SkyMaster Binoc…
$19 FREE ITEMS SAVE $500 Canon 18x50 IS Image Stabilized…
$9 FREE ITEMS ZEISS 10x42 Terra ED Binocular, 2017 Edi…
SAVE $200 Sony a7R III Mirrorless
NEW! Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro with T…
SKU OLEM10M2S50K
SAVE $300 ZEISS 18mm f/2.8 Milvus ZF.2
SAVE $200 ZEISS 25mm f/2 Batis
SAVE $200 ZEISS 21mm f/2.8 Loxia
SAVE $150 ZEISS 35mm f/2 Loxia Biogon T*
SAVE $150 Cineo Lighting Basic Matchbox L…
SAVE $30 Samsung 500GB T5 Portable Solid…
SKU SOA7R3PROK
SAVE $900 Nikon D750 DSLR with 24-120mm
SAVE $800 Nikon D810 DSLR with 24-120mm
SAVE $2500 Hasselblad X1D-50c Medium Forma…
SKU ZCE1
SAVE $1251 ZEISS 15mm f/2.8 Distagon T* ZF…
SKU ZE1352ASZEC
SAVE $1251 ZEISS 15mm f/2.8 Distagon T* ZF…
SKU ZE1352ASZEC
$20 FREE ITEMS SAVE $450 Canon EOS 77D DSLR with 18-135m…
SAVE $400 Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Mirro…
SKU SOA7R324704K
SAVE $300 Nikon D750 DSLR
SAVE $100 Sigma 30mm f/1.4 sd Quattro Mir…
DZ SAVE $1400 Teradek Bolt Pro 3000 3G-SDI…
DZ SAVE $16 Vello Softbox for Portable F…
DZ SAVE $17 Vello Softbox for Portable F…
DZ SAVE $60 Porta Brace Cargo Case Camer…
DZ SAVE $20 Vello Softbox for Portable F…
DZ SAVE $2000 Teradek Beam Transmitter & R…
DZ SAVE $15 Vello Softbox for Portable F…
View all 39 deals…

Hits and Misses: Ultra Low Light Photography—Sony A7s vs Nikon Df (and of sleeping gorillas)

It might be a “miss” on price, but the new Sony A7s with its 12-megapixel state-of-the-art sensor poses an interesting contrast to the traditional form factor of the other full frame low-res / low light cameras on the market, the Nikon Df (and D4/D4s).

In Thoughts on Nikon Df back in November, I articulated all the things the Nikon Df lacked or did wrong that precluded it from being a convenient contender for all-around carry. Now along comes the Sony A7s and from what I see it hits the nail on the head, and adds 4K video to boot (which appears to be its primary selling point).

In a nutshell, the Sony A7s offers a much more compact form factor, compatibility with a vast array of lenses of many brands including two high-performance native lenses, a high-res EVF, superior rear LCD, ultra high ISO capability, on-sensor contrast-detect focusing (avoids phase-detect AF errors as with Nikon DSLRs), 4K video.

The A7s will have its issues, but will Nikon and (Canon) see what dinosaur cameras they are building any time soon, or just let Sony be the only innovator and walk away with their business over time? The form factor and EVF factors alone can hardly be underestimated.

Readers know I am unhappy with the shutter vibration of the Sony A7R (it’s why I have not bought one; it undermines viability of all lens tests) and a few other issues, but those are current-offering issues. Over time, flaws usually are removed and with Sony’s aggressive move into professional areas (4K video), some good sense is bound to leach across and improve the lineup.

But with Nikon and Canon, nothing happens: the D800/D800E are now 2+ years old with zero updates that could drive new sales (optional EVF support, fix the mangled Live View, current-tech sensor, time exposure modes, higher-res time lapse). Canon’s DSLR offerings are really 5+ years old now (the 5D Mark III hardly counts vs the 5D Mark II, and both are lower resolution than even the Sony A7). This is the way to abandon a market to a vigorous competitor. Meanwhile, Sony innovates with three new mirrorless full-frame cameras spanning the usage scenarios from low light to high res to 4K to better “hit rate”, etc. The Sony offerings are (mostly) not for sports and the support network is essentially non-existent (for pros), but so what—the action is in the prosumer market.

Our trusted photo rental store
B&H Deal ZoneDeals by Brand/Category/Savings
Deals expire in 12 hours unless noted. Certain deals may last longer.
$1199 SAVE $500 = 29.0% $19 FREE ITEMS Canon 18x50 IS Image Stabilized Binocular in All Other Categories
$1049 SAVE $450 = 30.0% $20 FREE ITEMS Canon EOS 77D DSLR with 18-135mm USM in Cameras: DSLR
$65 SAVE $25 = 27.0% $19 FREE ITEMS Celestron 15x70 SkyMaster Binocular in All Other Categories
$1697 SAVE $300 = 15.0% Nikon D750 DSLR in Cameras: DSLR
$2197 SAVE $900 = 29.0% Nikon D750 DSLR with 24-120mm in Cameras: DSLR
$3297 SAVE $800 = 19.0% Nikon D810 DSLR with 24-120mm in Cameras: DSLR
$300 SAVE $160 = 34.0% $9 FREE ITEMS Steiner 8x32 XC Binocular in All Other Categories
$1099 SAVE $200 = 15.0% ZEISS 25mm f/2 Batis in Lenses: Mirrorless
$1299 SAVE $200 = 13.0% ZEISS 21mm f/2.8 Loxia in Lenses: Mirrorless
$1999 SAVE $300 = 13.0% ZEISS 18mm f/2.8 Milvus ZF.2 in Lenses: DSLR

diglloyd Inc. | FTC Disclosure | PRIVACY POLICY | Trademarks | Terms of Use
Contact | About Lloyd Chambers | Consulting | Photo Tours
RSS Feeds | Twitter
Copyright © 2008-2017 diglloyd Inc, all rights reserved.