Luigi Semenzato

Luigi Semenzato

Lives in United States Oakland, CA, United States
Joined on Apr 17, 2007

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On Will consumer DSLRs be 'dead in 5 years?' post (132 comments in total)

The "professional" DSLRs (I am using quotes because the professional/consumer distinction is fairly arbitrary) will not go out of business, because the higher image quality, even if by a small amount, makes a big difference in a winner-takes-all market. That market might shrink, but I doubt it.

The ease of migrating from a "consumer" DSLR to a professional one (consider how many FF lenses are mounted on small-format sensors) means that consumer DSLRs also will not go away. Small-sensor DSLRs may go away, though, if FF becomes cheap enough (which it should). In any case, the low-end DSLR market is more likely to shrink than the high-end one, given the other options.

Ultimately, light gathering ability and bokeh depend on the size of the front element of a lens. When the lens is large, there is little point in making the body small. And TTL viewfinders will always give more information than digital ones.

I am not worried we won't have DSLRs. But they may become costlier.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 29, 2013 at 04:59 UTC as 63rd comment
On Canon EOS 6D preview (1044 comments in total)
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Luigi Semenzato: I am in the market for a new camera and lenses. I have a Canon 20D with a few lenses, including the cheapest 70-200mm L series, but I am considering ditching everything and switching to a FF Nikon, and the main factor driving this is the extra 2 to 2.5 bits of dynamic range in the Nikon sensor at low ISO. There are a lot of high-contrast daytime situations in which those extra bits can make the difference between a good shot and a useless shot, by preserving important shadow or highlight detail.

In addition, Nikon seems to have a slightly better attitude toward lens compatibility, and a more sensible approach towards not limiting camera features in firmware to better capture a customer's willingness to spend money on those features.

I am wondering what other people feel about these issues. Am I way off?

First of all, thank you for your input, which is very generous considering that you think it's useless (although I really haven't made my mind up).

By "compatibility" I mean that I won't be able to use my Canon 10-22 and 17-85 EF-S lenses on the 6D, but I would be able to if I had the equivalent Nikon body and lenses (of course at a lower resolution). It's kind of ironic since at the time I chose Canon because they were the first to offer lenses optimized for the small sensor size.

Regarding exposure, I agree that if I were a better photographer I may be able to set the exposure more carefully. But I take a lot of impromptu pictures, and often I don't have the time to do that, so the extra help is nice.

On the other hand', although I don't care much for the GPS, I think WiFi is a great feature (for instance, for viewing an image on a tablet seconds after the shot), but the external WiFi adapter on the D600 just doesn't cut it. And the Nikon lenses use that awful gold lettering.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2012 at 04:18 UTC
On Canon EOS 6D preview (1044 comments in total)

I am in the market for a new camera and lenses. I have a Canon 20D with a few lenses, including the cheapest 70-200mm L series, but I am considering ditching everything and switching to a FF Nikon, and the main factor driving this is the extra 2 to 2.5 bits of dynamic range in the Nikon sensor at low ISO. There are a lot of high-contrast daytime situations in which those extra bits can make the difference between a good shot and a useless shot, by preserving important shadow or highlight detail.

In addition, Nikon seems to have a slightly better attitude toward lens compatibility, and a more sensible approach towards not limiting camera features in firmware to better capture a customer's willingness to spend money on those features.

I am wondering what other people feel about these issues. Am I way off?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2012 at 17:39 UTC as 103rd comment | 8 replies
On Nikon D800 preview (1118 comments in total)
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mantra: i'm watching the compare between the d800 and canon 5D mark 3

the 5d mark3 is extraordinary

2 or 3 steps better then the 5d mark2

... but if you compare the dpreview RAW samples for the mark 2 and 3, you will see that the mark 3 is only about 1/2 f-stop better than the mark 2.

Canon is basically lying on this one. I'd be happy if someone can convince me I'm wrong.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2012 at 05:45 UTC
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