Over the course of the past several weeks there have been numerous reviewers who have given their comments based on their test of this new camera. While everybody is entitled to their own opinion as to whether they would recommend a product sometimes a closer look at a reviewers testing methodology has to be examined.
Tony Northrup has many years of photographic experience and is a credible reviewer when it comes to examining new photographic equipment. However, it doesn't mean that the testing methodology is perfect. After looking at a number of his videos on specific Sony product there some very specific issues that I take with the way that the test out new products. I took a close examination at his recent videos on the new Sony A7rII and found specific issues with this testing methodology that I would like to address.
1. Lab testing
There are many reviewers who used lab testing as their primary means of examining whether or not a piece of gear is worthy of your hard-earned dollars. The biggest problem with lab testing is that they do not show the capability of a piece of photographic equipment in a real world situation. Take for example the testing that the popular DXO uses to evaluate sharpness of lenses. The results are based off shooting at charts and not actual objects that the typical photographer would actually shoot. Much of Northrup image detail, sharpness, dynamic range and noise performance testing was done either in a lab or in a studio. The second problem is that in a studio or lab environment the quality of the light will have just as much impact on the final result as the piece of gear that is being tested or even more so.
2 Adapted lenses
One of the greatest parts about the Sony mirrorless cameras is the ability to use adapters for a wide variety of lenses. With the release of the A7rII new adapters are now available for Canon lenses. Many of Northrup's test were done with Canon lenses. The issue is that only one Sony e-mount lens which is the 70-200 f/4 G with use during the testing of the A7rII. None of the Sony A-mount via the LAEA-4 was used during this test. Sony has released a number of great lenses for their FE mount. It is surprising that he would not use more of these lenses on his testing. He pointed out that he did not have a lot of Sony gear to use. Given the fact that he does many reviews, he could have simply rented a number of these lenses from our borrowlens.com or lumad.com.
3. Lighting conditions
As I mentioned earlier the quality of the light can affect results of meeting imaging test. So it was rather interesting when Northrup said that simulated the life of a gym in a indoor sporting situation. The problem is that as I'm sure you knows the distance of a light source from the subject will affect the exposure level and that will lead to whether the camera's autofocusing system can keep up. This test was done in his home not in an area where an actual indoor sports lighting situation could be effective. Most gyms are not surrounded by hallways, they usually wide-open area.
Tony Northrup gives you a lot of information but the way that he gets to his results at least for the a7rII are questionable. Best reviews that I've seen are the ones that are tested in actual situations where the majority of the photographers would find themselves. From my understanding there will be a third part to his review of the Sony a7rII. Once I've had an opportunity to his next review I will certainly update my opinion.
For many cosplay is not simply just a hobby but a way of life. It incorporates a very diverse group of participants stressing across the globe. People of different ages, nationalities, religions, education level and genders participate in this unique and very interesting culture. Cosplay photography gives a face and maintains a record of the culture. This is why it becomes important to examine cosplay photography as a whole to find strengths and weaknesses, in addition attempt to plot a course for future growth.
Inside of the photography industry there are many different kinds of photographers stretching from sports to landscapes. Cosplay photography has three different types of distinct photographers these includes hallway photographers, cosplay portrait photographers and digital artist. Hall way photographers are very close to event photographers. Their work revolves around photographing unique and interesting cosplay at conventions and in many cases taking great photos of the many activities occurring at conventions. Cosplay portrait photographers focused their work on taking interesting and captivating photos of single cosplayers. Many of the techniques utilized by portrait photographers can be found in their work. This could be from shooting in a studio to framing and lighting their subjects is very unique and interesting ways. Digital artist share many of the same characteristics and technique of cosplay portrait photographers. What makes it different is that during post processing they will add interesting backgrounds and effect to their images. There work make it seem as though their images were listed straight out of a movie, video game or anime series.
These three groups of cosplay photographers face unique challenges to each group. Hallway photographers usually publish large numbers of photos taken at conventions. This can become a repetitive and uninteresting process. Event photographers usually tried to create a story of the event that they shot at. This will be a great technique for hallway photographers to employ. Giving the viewer an opportunity to experience what happened at a convention through your photos creates a different experience for the viewer. Cosplay portrait photographers face a variety of challenges but the most is for one to address is posing a cosplayer. The very nature of portrait work requires that the photographer understands how to pose the body to make it look its best. For cosplay portrait photographers must not only pose the body properly but make sure that the pose reflects the character in the best way. Digital artist must ensure superior image quality. There are many good digital artist that are able to create amazing effects and backgrounds. However the best special effects will not cover up an image that is not of high quality.
One of the primary strength of cosplay photography is the huge wells of subjects that can be photographed. These days he's new subject seem to pop up overnight. Many of the subjects come from manga, anime, video games, and animated cartoons. But other sources also include Renaissance festivals, lolita fashion and original characters. At this rate there will never be a time when there is not something new and fresh to photograph in cosplay.
However, cosplay photography in general faces some significant challenges. Training and education is always an issue in photography. The difference with cosplay photography is there is not adequate educational resources for cosplay photographers. While there are blogs on cosplay photography many of them only focus on new cosplay photographers. More blogs are needed that discuss issues involving shooting and lighting technique. Cosplay photography panels at conventions is a important way in which training and education can take place. Information in these panels to cover more advanced subjects such as lighting at a convention or posing.
Working with cosplayers continues to be a significant challenge in cosplay photography. Many convention attendees talk about how they have been asked to engage in awkward poses, assaulted or subject to "sneaky" photos. Cosplay photographer must make it a priority to make sure that any person that they are photographing is comfortable, that the feel respected and that images of them be used for legitimate purposes.
The issue of charging for photos shoot continues to be one of the most significant issues facing cosplay photography. There are strong feelings on both sides of the issue. In the end this issue will be settled by cosplayers choosing if they want to pay for photo shoots or not.
As interest in cosplay grows, cosplay photography must set its sights on becoming a legitimate form of photography. By addressing these challenges in a comprehensive way will take a simple hobby and turn it into a viable industry.
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