zakk9

Lives in Thailand Samut Prakan, Thailand
Works as a Graphic designer
Has a website at http://epixx.wordpress.com/
Joined on Sep 18, 2004
About me:

Some Fujis, Nikons and a Panasonic,
and a few Nikkor, Zuiko, Tamron, Panasonic and Zeiss lenses

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On article Benchmark performance: Nikon D810 in-depth review (255 comments in total)
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zakk9: I'm amazed over the number of negative comments here. The fact that the D810 is two years old and still highly relevant shows what a great camera this is. To me, it's the first truly universal DSLR camera, and as the article mentions, it strikes way above its class. At the same time, I've been using it for motor racing and air shows and never really missed a D5 or D500 enough to consider one of those instead of the D810.

Dial in ISO 64 and go out shooting. There are few photography experiences that top the D810 in a good mood :)

I find this review particularly valuable since it says something about how the camera, in this case the D810, holds up against newer competition, like the 5Ds and A7R II. Apparently, it's doing rather well.

Link | Posted on May 13, 2016 at 03:45 UTC
On article Benchmark performance: Nikon D810 in-depth review (255 comments in total)

I'm amazed over the number of negative comments here. The fact that the D810 is two years old and still highly relevant shows what a great camera this is. To me, it's the first truly universal DSLR camera, and as the article mentions, it strikes way above its class. At the same time, I've been using it for motor racing and air shows and never really missed a D5 or D500 enough to consider one of those instead of the D810.

Dial in ISO 64 and go out shooting. There are few photography experiences that top the D810 in a good mood :)

Link | Posted on May 12, 2016 at 22:21 UTC as 60th comment | 9 replies
On article Benchmark performance: Nikon D810 in-depth review (255 comments in total)
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Don Sata: Nice review but is it still relevant two years late?

It's not only relevant, it's still maybe the best all round DSLR out there. I recently sold mine, but will buy it back as soon as monies allow.

Link | Posted on May 12, 2016 at 22:14 UTC

These are "most influential gadgets in history in the industrialised world", and some of them are hardly known outside of The United States. There are two mobile phone models that have sold better than the 3210, both of the Nokias, the 1100 and the 1110 hat sold 250 millions each. But those are models mostly sold in the Third World, a part of the world that has little meaning to most people who don't live there.

Link | Posted on May 7, 2016 at 01:58 UTC as 29th comment | 1 reply
On article Hands-on with the Nikon D5 (409 comments in total)
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mgonda: Image 2 shows D5 being held by someone with SONY lanyard...hummmmm.

Industrial espionage - maybe, sensor support - maybe, benchmarking against alphas - perhaps.

.... just say'n :)

Hereby proven!

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2016 at 02:43 UTC
On article Here at last: Nikon announces D500 (1175 comments in total)
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zakk9: Now, this is silly:
According to Nikon's website, their WiFi applications will only be compatible with iOS and Android devices. However, the only tablet computers that can run Photoshop and other advanced photo editing software are those that feature Windows, like the Surface 3 and Surface Pro 4. Why didn't you think about that, Mr. Nikon?

Here's how I would use it:
When shooting at an event, carrying a tablet device in a small backpack with automatic upload from the camera. During breaks, I would be able to review photos and send important shots, high-res edited or low-res samples to clients, photo agencies or media or simply post them on my website or FB.

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2016 at 01:05 UTC
On article Here at last: Nikon announces D500 (1175 comments in total)

Now, this is silly:
According to Nikon's website, their WiFi applications will only be compatible with iOS and Android devices. However, the only tablet computers that can run Photoshop and other advanced photo editing software are those that feature Windows, like the Surface 3 and Surface Pro 4. Why didn't you think about that, Mr. Nikon?

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2016 at 08:40 UTC as 33rd comment | 5 replies
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daowei: This is pretty fantastic. Never thought I'd live to see the day when medium format became digital.
The next step in craziness is to make it video capable as well... at 100+ fps. Imagine the file sizes!

The new thing is that the sensor size is actually medium format or at least very close at 53.7 x 40.4 mm. 645 format is 56 x 42 mm. Other MF sensors are smaller, some of them considerably smaller.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2016 at 07:21 UTC
On article Gear of the Year Part 4: Dale's pick - Samsung NX1 (409 comments in total)

Their engineers might be committed, but their marketing people are clearly not. I've been to countless camera shops since the NX1 was launched, particularly in Thailand, but also in other countries, and I haven't seen a single one anywhere.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2015 at 14:16 UTC as 14th comment | 2 replies
On article Primer: Why would I buy a mirrorless camera? (560 comments in total)
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zakk9: After 5 years with Panasonic mirrorless, 5 years that ended a year ago when I sold it all and replaced it with a D810, there would be only one reason to stay with mirrorless for me: One can shoot video while looking through the viewfinder. Apart from that, the question for me is: Why do I need mirrorless when DSLR cameras offer such a great shooting experience with optical live view through the viewfinder? Because the electronic giant corporations want me to? Not me!

So true. I will be 60 next year, unless I'm run over by a truck or something. Still, I have no problems walking around a race track for 8-10 hours per day with 3 heavy DSLR cameras. I do visit the gym though, 2 times per week, and I do lift weights, as heavy as I can without breaking anything, and I swim, play with the children, run, dive and so on. It's possible to stay fit more or less forever for those who are willing to invest a little time. Some, unfortunately, have physical conditions that make this difficult or impossible. Unfortunately, many of those physical conditions are results of the unhealthy lives most people live.

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2015 at 01:10 UTC
On article Primer: Why would I buy a mirrorless camera? (560 comments in total)
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zakk9: After 5 years with Panasonic mirrorless, 5 years that ended a year ago when I sold it all and replaced it with a D810, there would be only one reason to stay with mirrorless for me: One can shoot video while looking through the viewfinder. Apart from that, the question for me is: Why do I need mirrorless when DSLR cameras offer such a great shooting experience with optical live view through the viewfinder? Because the electronic giant corporations want me to? Not me!

At the age of almost 60, I don't do racquetball for that very reason. Fun but damaging. Although I'm in better shape now than 10 years ago, i pick my physical activities with care. I've also chosen a job/employer that allows me to move around and not spend endless hour at the desk. Good health is more important than great pay.

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2015 at 19:55 UTC
On article Primer: Why would I buy a mirrorless camera? (560 comments in total)
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zakk9: After 5 years with Panasonic mirrorless, 5 years that ended a year ago when I sold it all and replaced it with a D810, there would be only one reason to stay with mirrorless for me: One can shoot video while looking through the viewfinder. Apart from that, the question for me is: Why do I need mirrorless when DSLR cameras offer such a great shooting experience with optical live view through the viewfinder? Because the electronic giant corporations want me to? Not me!

Your friends probably get a bad back from shoveling all that snow a couple of times every winter and doing nothing the rest of the year. The key is in the "nothing".

Yes, my m4/3 lenses were smaller/lighter, but the image quality of the m4/3 cameras is nothing near what one can achieve with a full frame one. The Sony A7 II series bodies are around 200g lighter than a D750, but the lenses weigh more or less the same. Add to that that you need to carry 3-4 times as many batteries due to the higher battery consumption and smaller size of the batteries, and the weight advantage is quickly reduced to zero.

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2015 at 22:01 UTC
On article Primer: Why would I buy a mirrorless camera? (560 comments in total)
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zakk9: After 5 years with Panasonic mirrorless, 5 years that ended a year ago when I sold it all and replaced it with a D810, there would be only one reason to stay with mirrorless for me: One can shoot video while looking through the viewfinder. Apart from that, the question for me is: Why do I need mirrorless when DSLR cameras offer such a great shooting experience with optical live view through the viewfinder? Because the electronic giant corporations want me to? Not me!

Last weekend, I spent two days with a D700/80-200mm f/2.8 on one shoulder, a D2Xs with a 300mm f/4 on the other and the D810 with the 24-120mm f/4 in a belt bag, or sometimes around my neck. With lenses like that, I couldn't care less if the camera bodies were a couple of hundred grams lighter. And that's the point; the lenses for a full frame mirrorless camera are just as heavy as those for a DSLR. When I travel, I carry one body and up to 5 lenses. Who cares what the body weigh then?

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2015 at 10:44 UTC
On article Primer: Why would I buy a mirrorless camera? (560 comments in total)

After 5 years with Panasonic mirrorless, 5 years that ended a year ago when I sold it all and replaced it with a D810, there would be only one reason to stay with mirrorless for me: One can shoot video while looking through the viewfinder. Apart from that, the question for me is: Why do I need mirrorless when DSLR cameras offer such a great shooting experience with optical live view through the viewfinder? Because the electronic giant corporations want me to? Not me!

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2015 at 23:33 UTC as 99th comment | 15 replies
On article What's missing? Ming Thein on the state of mirrorless (751 comments in total)
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cgarrard: Post #2 here: Another way to get the point across to manufactures...

Vote with your wallet. Buy the best camera that would meet your needs. If none such camera exists, don't buy. Enough do that, the rest works itself out.

Ideally, of course.

Carl

I already did, and went back to DSLR after 5 years with mirrorless.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2015 at 23:05 UTC
On article A lot to Leica? Hands-on with the Leica SL (Typ 601) (1512 comments in total)
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rsf3127: Either Leica hired a hobbit to pose with the camera or it is akwardly big for a mirrorless.

That was my point.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2015 at 17:59 UTC
On article A lot to Leica? Hands-on with the Leica SL (Typ 601) (1512 comments in total)
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rsf3127: Either Leica hired a hobbit to pose with the camera or it is akwardly big for a mirrorless.

Why not carry a D810? Doing video without a viewfinder sucks.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2015 at 01:46 UTC
On article A lot to Leica? Hands-on with the Leica SL (Typ 601) (1512 comments in total)
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rsf3127: Either Leica hired a hobbit to pose with the camera or it is akwardly big for a mirrorless.

I don't know what "awkwardly big" is, but it's supposed to be a camera for professional use. I find the A7 series to small for that. It feels "awkwardly small" when I fit a large and/or heavy lens to it. This one seems smaller than my D810, which is fine. Time will show.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2015 at 01:45 UTC
On article A lot to Leica? Hands-on with the Leica SL (Typ 601) (1512 comments in total)

Let's see.... 200 grams heavier than an A7 II. Big deal.

Price around half of what a Canon EOS 1D C launched for 3 years ago and around the same as Nikon D3X launched for in 2008 (and that was 2008-dollars). No, this Leica is not expensive. Not for a professional photographer anyway. Compared to what Leica has offered previously, it's a bargain.

Yes, I would like to have one... but I can't afford it of course :)

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2015 at 20:53 UTC as 404th comment

For those who wonder why this lens isn't launched in E-mount:
The DSLR market, of which Canon and Nikon has around 90%, is still 3 times as large as the mirrorless market, of which Sony has somewhere around 35%. In addition, the are literally millions of DSLR cameras out there that can mount this lens.

For Sigma, it's a question of what mounts will sell the most lenses. To make an E-mount version of this that is practical to use on an A7 camera, they would in reality have to re-design the lens completely. Few people would by a giant lens like this to mount on their little Sony.

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2015 at 05:51 UTC as 36th comment | 8 replies
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