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11.16.18         instagram  

Sony A9, A7riii, and A7iii owners! I found a great...


Sony A9, A7riii, and A7iii owners! I found a great dual Sony charger on amazon. It was like $8, charges off of USB and will do 2 at a time in the same footprint as a 1 battery normal charger, even has an lcd charge amount display. A7iii’s don’t even come with a charger. it’s been great and I’m very happy with it. If you need one check it out! #a7iii #sonyA7iii #batterycharger #a9 #A7riii

11.15.18         photography  

Fuji XT3 vs Sony A7iii Buffer Tests




I have published my buffer performance tests for the Fuji XT3 and the Sony A7iii:




My analysis on this is that the Sony A7iii has a deeper buffer and good pipeline speed, the bottleneck seems to be in the conversion to JPEG files. This is a processor speed thing. The Fuji X-T3 doesn't seem to have this problem.

FWIW- I have also tested the Fuji at 8FPS with Normal Compression and with those settings shot over 1000 images before I finally just gave up. I can't think of a setting where someone would need to do this, but the only other camera Ive seen this on is the Canon 1DXii.


Michael's Fuji X-T3 Crash Course Training Tutorial:

Michael's A7III / A7Riii Crash Course Tutorial

Alik Griffin's XT3 Buffer Tests

Alik Griffin's A7iii Buffer Tests

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11.12.18         video  

Nikon Z6 / Z7 Crash Course Wish List


Michael is considering making a Nikon Z6 / Z7 Crash Course, which would be in addition to the free youtube video and wants to know who would be interested and what topics you would like covered?

Please enter your requests in the comments below so that we can start planning which topics to cover.

Thank you!

11.12.18         photography  

Fuji XT3 vs Sony A7iii vs Nikon Z7 vs Canon EOS R Dynamic Range


Ive completed my tests of for dynamic range on the Fuji XT3, Canon EOS R, Nikon Z7 and Sony A7iii. Also included is a discussion on each of their artifacts (they all have them). Most surprising was the similarity of the EOS R to the Canon 5D4, this is potentially the same sensor issue, and was something I reported extensively on when it first came out.

Enjoy!

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11.11.18         instagram  

Taken at my last football game by my uncle jay,...


Taken at my last football game by my uncle jay, Liberty Bowl Dec 31st, 1998. I don’t have many of these so I treasure them. Some of the best memories of my life were playing football at BYU. Just a bunch of great, quality guys. #byu #bandofbrothers #byufootball

11.11.18         instagram  

Would you rather have the Z7 or the Z6? I’ve had...


Would you rather have the Z7 or the Z6? I’ve had the Z7 for about a month now, there are some really nice things about it, specifically the size and weight, way more compact than a full size DSLR. Very good dynamic range (that test is coming on Monday). Minimal banding- but they do have one problem, that 24-70 f4 lens is not very sharp, stll it’s probably the best 1st FF mirrorless ever for a company, I’ve been very impressed. Looking forward to the Z6, which should be better for video. #nikon #z7 #z6 #nikonz7

11.10.18         movie reviews  

Overlord


I just wasn't a fan of this movie. We have literally seen all of it from other films, half war movie, half zombie movie. Its a maybe rental if there is literally nothing else.

11.08.18         photography  

Fuji XT3 vs Sony A7iii Sports Focusing Tests!


Here is my latest video on the Sports Focusing Between the Fuji XT3 & Sony A7iii:



Two of the hottest mirrorless cameras on the market go head-to-head in Michael The Maven's Sports focusing tests! Michael adds the Eye - Detection Sports focusing test as well as his analysis as to why each camera performs a little better in different tests. Enjoy!

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* If you purchase something from my affiliate links, I will get a small commission with no extra cost to you.
* Everything stated here is my opinion, and I sometimes make mistakes. I will never recommend a product I do not either use, truly love or think would be the best fit for the situation (often determined by budget).

Fuji X-T3

FUJIFILM XF 50-140mm f/2.8

Sony A7iii

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11.07.18         instagram  

Which would you choose if you could only have one?...


Which would you choose if you could only have one? #squadgoals #nikonz7 #eosr #xt3 #a7iii #a7riii #gh5 #d850

11.05.18         photography  

Canon EOS R vs Nikon Z7 - Usability differences




Canon, please fix these things! For the record, I paid for the EOS R with my own money. It was not provided to me by Canon, nor do I attend press launch events. These are my own thoughts and comments, and when I find issues with cameras, I speak freely about it. (Note: and yes I know there are ways to customize ISO and Exposure Compensation such as the control ring, but....lets say you bump it? Then what. Now we get to lock that control? Great!)

After the lack of continuous tracking with a high speed burst, there was one thing in particular that drove me crazy about the EOS R - its usability.

Usability is the number of steps, button presses and options to change certain settings. Dont get me wrong, there are many things I really like about the EOS R system. The 24-105 f4 R lens was outstanding, but I felt so frustrated from a speed stand point when shooting with it.

I do not think the R is junk camera, I just think its overpriced for the body. It feels like Canon is dipping their big toe in to test the waters, and it's obvious great things are coming from Canon in FF mirrorless.

If you are really interested in getting an EOS R, watch this carefully to understand what you are in for in terms of basic operations like changing your focussing squares or going back and forth from your modes. I believe a price drop will eventually come a few months after Christmas, probably around the same time the higher end model is announced.

Contrast this with the Nikon Z7 and you you can see Nikon is way ahead of the game in terms of Usability, if both companies plan on sticking with the same basic camera bodies.

Enjoy!

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