hikerdoc

hikerdoc

Lives in United States New England Region, United States
Works as a Anesthesiologist
Joined on Feb 14, 2011
About me:

Husband, father, grandfather; and when I get freetime: a hiker, cyclist, runner with a bunch of photo gear.

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On article GoPro's poor holiday sales lead to staff layoff (124 comments in total)

Market saturation and attrition. Everyone that needed such a camera on the end of their skis has either already purchased one, gotten injured and no longer needs one, or just plain grown up!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 17, 2016 at 23:24 UTC as 12th comment
On article Hands-on with the Nikon D5 (405 comments in total)
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deanfuller: I can't believe they're still putting that 1960's flappy mirror thingy in a camera. When will they learn . . .

I believe it was designed for the needs of their Nikon professional users. They may placed less emphasis on the preferences of fuji compact users. Just a guess. 😀

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2016 at 19:01 UTC
On article Top 5: Hands-on with Nikon D500 (786 comments in total)
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tecnoworld: For dpr: if you ever do a comparison test with nx1, please at least care to update nx1 to fw 1.4. You tested and reviewed it with ancient fw 1.22 and the camera is at least twice as better in focus speed, other than having added loads of features, like DIS for video.

With fw 1.4, nx1's af, both in good and bad light, never misses one shot even at 15fps. So I'm curious to see an unbiased comparison.

They are not going to do a head to head comparison of a newly released DSLR and an MILC, which is in all likelihood, being withdrawn from the market. You will just have to proudly use your Samsung, an excellent camera, without the validation you seem to be craving.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 11, 2016 at 11:00 UTC
On article Top 5: Hands-on with Nikon D500 (786 comments in total)
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tecnoworld: I'm curious to see which score this camera will get on DPR. If more than Samsung NX1, then I won't read this site anymore, since NX1 has been out for more than one year and every spec is better than D500.

Given you are already deeply invested into a Samsung mirrorless setup this camera or its DPR rating as a DSLR is of little relevance to you. You have highly rated excellent equipment and should use it proudly. For those of us similarly invested into Nikon system or those interested in an additional body from a company which is likely to still be producing high end cameras next year the D500 is appealing and exciting.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2016 at 14:39 UTC
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Suhas Sudhakar Kulkarni: As a one time m43 user, I feel that the lens is a bit heavy for the original promise of compact system of m43. Given the small camera bodies it seems to be challenging to balance this big lens. The price is also higher than expected.
I do not have any doubt about sharpness and focusing ability of the lens though.

Toni, Canon 600 weighs less than 4 kg

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 13:05 UTC
On article 2015 Roundups: Fixed Prime Lens Cameras (223 comments in total)
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petr marek: The continuous denial of any full RGB sensor Sigma/Foveon camera for various funny reasons, especially in studio comparsion scene makes me laugh...
What will dpreview do, when future cameras will end up (and they will :)!) with layered sensors?
For now, dear photofriends, we can get insight into Quattro image quality at dpreview comparsion scene this way: select Pentax K-3 II with pixel shift...
Get it?:)

If you go to the camera calibration panel of lightroom you can choose the 2010 process rather than the current one and have fill light and recovery sliders for an image in lightroom. I have never seen or used SPP or Sigma cameras, so I can not compare the fill light process between those two programs, but with virtual copies you could compare results with your current non Sigma cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 7, 2015 at 18:18 UTC
On article 2015 Roundups: Fixed Prime Lens Cameras (223 comments in total)
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petr marek: The continuous denial of any full RGB sensor Sigma/Foveon camera for various funny reasons, especially in studio comparsion scene makes me laugh...
What will dpreview do, when future cameras will end up (and they will :)!) with layered sensors?
For now, dear photofriends, we can get insight into Quattro image quality at dpreview comparsion scene this way: select Pentax K-3 II with pixel shift...
Get it?:)

Lightroom did have "fill light" slider several versions back. It is now replaced with the highlight, shadow, white, and black sliders.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 6, 2015 at 22:34 UTC

I was under the impression Sony was attempting to compete with the best of today's cameras. I did not realize the question was whether the AF could perform in a way so as to be competitive with manual focus cameras of thirty years ago.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2015 at 12:58 UTC as 37th comment | 4 replies
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samhain: Very impressive lens, sigma is really on a roll.
Making Canon/Nikon lens division look like they're stuck in molasses :)

In the US those flagship DSLR cameras were already over $6k at last release. (1Dx and D4s). Sigma's own flagship SD1 was introduced at over $9k until they dropped price to under $2k!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2015 at 11:41 UTC

How many professional DSLR's have been released this year? Nikon's last release was early 2014. (Unless you include the 810A astro camera).

Grand prize to the only entrant!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 23, 2015 at 00:44 UTC as 14th comment

A "precall"

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2015 at 22:34 UTC as 30th comment | 1 reply

Has anyone had fit issues with Pocket Wizards, Vello, Metz flashes, other Phottix products, or is it specifically a Phottix Odin issue?

Direct link | Posted on May 8, 2015 at 19:31 UTC as 6th comment

Has anyone seen references to Nikon SB problems on D750 hotshoe that are reported other than by Phottix. I cannot find posts other than those referencing Phottix claims, which provide no documentation.

Take that report with the same level of legitimacy as the cardboard shim fix until documentation is provided.

Direct link | Posted on May 8, 2015 at 11:05 UTC as 10th comment
On article Nikon releases ViewNX-i image browsing software (105 comments in total)
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(unknown member): I have been using the Nikon View that came with my D90 in the mid-2000s. The version that came with my D5100 and then D800 and later on-line updates. It is not perfect but it served my needs. While I have Photoshop, I hardly waste my time on it.

I just downloaded this free ViewNX-i and will see how it works.
I can always get back to the previous NX2 if needed . . . regardless, no complaint here. Thanks Nikon for supporting your customer.

The website indicates update for edit function similar to NX2 by September

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2015 at 22:55 UTC
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Dave Oddie: The focal length range is very useful. On APS-C i use a Sony 11-18 which is similar. Usefully wider then the 16mm on my CZ 16-80.

The problem with the Tamron though is with it being a FF lens is size and weight.

I can't help thinking if I was a FF user I'd be happier with a 24-105 zoom complimented by a 17mm prime lens for the wide angle forgoing the flexibility of the zoom.

Does anyone make a 17mm FF prime these days? It all seems to be zooms which are large and expensive.

Zeiss also has a 15 mm prime, but it is large, and it is expensive (which appear to be the two parameters you were hoping to avoid)!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2015 at 00:05 UTC
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Colin Franks: I was recently considering a new wide angle, and my interest was piqued whenI heard of this new offering from Tamron, but the moment I learned that it doesn't accept filters, I went out and bought the Canon 16-35 f/4.
It seems strange to make a lens like this that will not accept filters. They're losing a lot of potential buyers.

Its target is the Nikon 14-24, the long time landscape standard, for which filters have always been the topic of discussion. Many Canon users have waited long for a comparable offering and this is for them. The less specialized 16-35's are there for the rest of us.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2015 at 11:44 UTC
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SRT3lkt: smaller company that sticks up gets hammered down by larger corporation.

No, the court in Japan, which is there to protect both of their interests, decided that Nikon was the wronged party, but not nearly as egregiously as Nikon had claimed!

Just because Sigma, who makes many great lenses, is smaller does make it alright to use and profit from another's intellectual property without appropriate license.

If a country allows its manufacturers to copy batteries or software and sell it we call it piracy, and condemn the country for not properly enforcing copyright and patent law. Explain to me; how does being a small corporation suddenly makes it right to live by a different set of laws?

Yes, I realize that typical piracy involves using the same name for a product. This seems similar, just hiding the issue inside another product and branding it as your own innovation.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 12, 2014 at 10:02 UTC

I copy material to a term paper it is plagiarism and I am expelled from university.
I walk out of walmart with a DVD it is shoplifting and I go to jail.
I copy someone's lyrics it is copyright infringement and I pay a penalty.
I use someone elses patented process to create a product I can sell to their customers at a reduced rate having avoided the R&D costs and .....I am a victim if the other company is larger?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 12, 2014 at 01:06 UTC as 42nd comment | 5 replies
On article Canon updates firmware for EOS-1D X (72 comments in total)

So, a 1Dx user wishes to improve AF performance he/she logs onto the Canon site to download a firmware upgrade. A D4 user wishes to improve AF performance he/she logs onto the B&H site and buys a new body at a cost likely north of $6k.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 11, 2014 at 22:48 UTC as 7th comment | 6 replies
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abcdefghijklmnop: Help me here, Nikon did not change anything on the existing batteries or lenses we already own. I know since they did not recall mine, at least. So nothing about how the lenses and batteries operate was changed. If the third party makers had done their jobs right and accurately reverse engineered a product this would not have happened. Some of the lenses were sold with a port for lens software update which pretty well confirms to me that the maker knew everything had not been figure out about those lenses by that company. And since all third party lenses and batteries apparently, from reports, have not been affected does that not also point so sloppy engineering by some.

agree with the biohazard, these are not new batteries which do not work, but batteries which were functioning properly and are now rendered obsolete. I have had lenses which needed to be updated by Sigma when purchasing a new body, but have not had an occurence where an updated and functioning lens is suddenly, and likely intentionally, rendered inoperable. That would seem to cross the line in regards to customer relations and respect.

If someone changes the locks and my old key does not fit it does mean it was poorly cut (sloppy engineering).

Direct link | Posted on Dec 10, 2013 at 19:31 UTC
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