zakk9

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 Hands-on with the Nikon D5 (405 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!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 13, 2016 at 02:43 UTC
On article Here at last: Nikon announces D500 (1173 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.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 8, 2016 at 01:05 UTC
On article Here at last: Nikon announces D500 (1173 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?

Direct 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.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 4, 2016 at 07:21 UTC
On article Gear of the Year Part 4: Dale's pick - Samsung NX1 (407 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.

Direct 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? (551 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.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2015 at 01:10 UTC
On article Primer: Why would I buy a mirrorless camera? (551 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.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 10, 2015 at 19:55 UTC
On article Primer: Why would I buy a mirrorless camera? (551 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.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 9, 2015 at 22:01 UTC
On article Primer: Why would I buy a mirrorless camera? (551 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?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 9, 2015 at 10:44 UTC
On article Primer: Why would I buy a mirrorless camera? (551 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!

Direct 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.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 6, 2015 at 23:05 UTC
On article A lot to Leica? Hands-on with the Leica SL (Typ 601) (1500 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.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 21, 2015 at 17:59 UTC
On article A lot to Leica? Hands-on with the Leica SL (Typ 601) (1500 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.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 21, 2015 at 01:46 UTC
On article A lot to Leica? Hands-on with the Leica SL (Typ 601) (1500 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.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 21, 2015 at 01:45 UTC
On article A lot to Leica? Hands-on with the Leica SL (Typ 601) (1500 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 :)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 20, 2015 at 20:53 UTC as 402nd 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.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2015 at 05:51 UTC as 35th comment | 8 replies
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Rod McD: This is certainly faster than Zeiss's DSLR Distagon 21/2.8, but it weighs almost a kilo by itself and we've yet to see how it compares in IQ. Add Nikon's new 20/1.8 into the comparison. For mirror-less adapters it will also be interesting to see how its IQ compares to the newly announced Zeiss Loxia 21/2.8 which like the Nikon only weighs 350gms.

I'm into landscape, hiking and travel and I don't want mega weight WA primes at all. For me UWA images are all about what happens in the foreground, not shallow DOF. So again for me personally, f1.4 in UWA lenses is a complete waste of time. I'd love to see modern optical design expertise applied to give us better high grade *small* lenses. Yes they'd be slower, but in an UWA lens, that's fine for many people.

... and 3 stops slower.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2015 at 05:47 UTC
On Connect post Apple reveals 12.9-inch iPad Pro (209 comments in total)
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zakk9: "Apple claims it'll let you edit three 4K video streams at the same time." Yeah, right and 128GB of memory that can't be expanded plus no way to connect any professional device, not even a DSLR.

Apple has launched yet another selfie device.

I have a MacBook Retina, but what nags me is that the MS Surface Pro 3, which is around the same size as the iPad Pro, has 4 times as much memory as the iPad, a USB 3 contact and can run full versions of Adobe Photoshop, Premiere etc. If MS can, Apple can too, but apparently they won't.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2015 at 06:00 UTC
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Jetfly: I'm still waiting for a Zeiss lens which offers autofocus capabilities for Nikon mount. Just like Batis for Sony FE.

Also, if they made these lenses with AF, they would be larger, more difficult to focus manually and in direct competition with the lenses from Sigma and more recently Tamron. Zeiss is simply doing what they are best at.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 11, 2015 at 02:37 UTC
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dbm305: Hmm. Zeiss says the 50 and the 85 are "completely new designs" and all the lenses have new coatings. Does that mean that the two macros and the 21 and the 35 are just the old ZE/ZF2 lenses in new housings with new coatings? The only one I checked was the 21 2.8, and it has the same number of elements and groups. ON the other had, the promo for it says "virtually distortion free" which couldn't be further from the truth for the (otherwise lovely) 21. So either that's marketing fluff (my suspicion) or it has been recalculated. If the latter it'd be a tempting lens...

Compared to most other 21mm lenses, the distortion of the Zeiss 21mm is pretty low, although with a shape that makes it tricky for architecture. I use mine for events, and it's amazing how undistorted people look, even towards the edges of the image. The Panasonic 7-14mm I used earlier on my m4/3 cameras was a nightmare in that respect.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 11, 2015 at 02:34 UTC
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