Fri 04-Jul-08 06:04 AM | edited Fri 04-Jul-08 06:11 AM by Bangkok Paul
Sony is an interesting company. It used to be that no one could match Sony's packaging. I'm not very impressed with Sony's cameras. I purchased several Sony laptops for both my business and myself and girlfriend. They were just JUNK. Everyone of them had something major die within 6 months. They were enough to get me to switch to Macbooks, which are built like tanks. I have a Macbook, a Macbook Pro and a Mac Air. As well as Apple Timecapsules at home and at work. (Timecapsules are 1Terebyte HD with 802.11N high speed wireless and networking built in. My only complaint there is that Epson doesn't support wireless printing via the USB port on the TimeCapsule.) But, Apples build in software and even their iLife picture and video programs are just STUPID for a real photographer. Even their $199 Final Cut Express assumes that you keep all your video project on your laptops hard drive forever. Thank God for Lightroom.
Apple has beat them badly on the mobile music front. I could not live without my Ipod Touch for pictures, video and music.
The one area where I'm still a Sony fan is their camcorders. I just got a Sony HDR-TG1 1920 x 1080i HiDef camcorder. It takes incredible video, is only slightly larger than my N95 Nokia cell phone. It have a 3 level flash that is almost too powerful for its decent 4MB still mode. Only problem is that it cannot focus in still mode in extremely low light. In video mode is seems to focus fine. I got both a 4GB and, as part of a limited time promotion, a free 16GB Memory Stick Pro Duo that lets me take over 2 hours of high def video. I REALLY love this little toy. It disapears into my pocket and I can take it everywhere.
So, I find a lot of companies, like Sony and Apple, do some things brilliantly and other important things just plain stupidly.
I'd like to see some F1.2 or F1.4 primes at the wide end, but Nikon is the ONLY company I know that really satisfies me. Not perfect, but darn close to it. At first I said to myself No D700 but I already know I'm going to have to get one. It's down right embarrassing, I'm starting to feel more like a collector than a photographer.
D3, D300, D2X & D200 New 14-24 F2.8 too! If your not shooting Nikon your doing it WRONG!