Ednaz

Ednaz

Lives in United States United States
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Has a website at www.onemountainphoto.com
Joined on Feb 4, 2004

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On Niko announces service advisory for D810 'bright spots' article (354 comments in total)
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Frank C.: Dlsrs are a dying breed, passé, living in the past, yes the core (pros) will always be there but the masses, the masses! Nikon needs large sensor mirrorless cameras or Sony et al. will eat them up! Nikon will end up catering to a niche market only! Hey Nikon, how about a mirrorless Df to compete with the A7r? As Sony gets mightier day after day there will come a time when they may consider cutting sensor supplies to 3rd parties completely, and then what Nikon? run to Canon?

Frank, tell me what amount of money that would result in you begging in the street for the rest of your life, and I'll take your five year bet at a match level. Full disclosure... I do economic research on disruptive technologies, and have done so for 20 years, and am currently paid by some of the camera manufacturers. (fuller disclosure: they don't agree with you either, and I'm not talking Nikon or Canon.) I believe it's "dominance in five years." To me that means being first in market share in interchangeable lens cameras. Five years it is (I'd take the bet - as would my clients - at 10 years.) Come on down! I'll bring the lawyers and the contracts.

Even in the internet economy, that's been a sucker's bet. I love being on the other side of suckers' bets.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 20, 2014 at 00:36 UTC
On Niko announces service advisory for D810 'bright spots' article (354 comments in total)
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Ednaz: Put the recalls into perspective - auto defects that need recalls can kill you. GM is recalling near 100% of several model lines over five years. Makes Nikon's track record look pretty good - and nobody died from D600 oil spots.

Complex stuff breaks in complex ways. More complexity equals more complex ways to fail, and less certainty in stress testing. That's true whether it's cameras, cars, or word processing software.

Hmmm. $1800 and the need to clean sensors frequently versus $40,000 and dying. Hmmm.... Yep, I must have my values out of whack.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 20, 2014 at 00:29 UTC
On Niko announces service advisory for D810 'bright spots' article (354 comments in total)
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newe: Personally I think this camera is already out of date...bright spots should never be happening at this point in imaging. I'm waiting for the D820...in the meantime my camera phone will suffice.

I think that a camera phone is perfect for your needs, based on a quick check of your posts in the last 12 months. You shouldn't have a hobby that makes you so unhappy - assuming the posts reflect how you really feel. BTW, hope your iPhone isn't one of those that Apple is recalling...

Direct link | Posted on Aug 19, 2014 at 21:25 UTC
On Niko announces service advisory for D810 'bright spots' article (354 comments in total)

Put the recalls into perspective - auto defects that need recalls can kill you. GM is recalling near 100% of several model lines over five years. Makes Nikon's track record look pretty good - and nobody died from D600 oil spots.

Complex stuff breaks in complex ways. More complexity equals more complex ways to fail, and less certainty in stress testing. That's true whether it's cameras, cars, or word processing software.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 19, 2014 at 21:21 UTC as 43rd comment | 9 replies
On Niko announces service advisory for D810 'bright spots' article (354 comments in total)
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Frank C.: Dlsrs are a dying breed, passé, living in the past, yes the core (pros) will always be there but the masses, the masses! Nikon needs large sensor mirrorless cameras or Sony et al. will eat them up! Nikon will end up catering to a niche market only! Hey Nikon, how about a mirrorless Df to compete with the A7r? As Sony gets mightier day after day there will come a time when they may consider cutting sensor supplies to 3rd parties completely, and then what Nikon? run to Canon?

Define "mighty". The highest share of any mirror less manufacturer in Japan is 9% of total DSLR sales in Japan, a market that's way more into mirror less than most of the rest of the world. And that largest share is NOT Sony, they're behind Olympus. Nikon and Canon split over 90% of the DSLR market 50/50 with everyone else in single digits, and Sony declining in that market. For interchangeable lens cameras, it's a Nikon/Canon world. The overall interchangeable lens camera market declined - ILCs 16.5%, DSLRs 15%. Fixed lens cameras declined too. "Mighty" may optimistically define Sony in the mirror less market alone (#2 in market share is "mighty"?) but in interchangeable lens cameras (you're comparing DSLRs with mirror less...), that's probably not the right word to use. The facts pretty much contradict you 100%. Facts are good.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 19, 2014 at 21:16 UTC

When companies take positions like this, you can be sure that they take similar liberties elsewhere. Ambiguities in the law like this are tests of character. I thought Wikimedia was better than this. I am wrong.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 6, 2014 at 21:50 UTC as 376th comment | 1 reply
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1484 comments in total)
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stevevelvia50: Comparing the paint tube lettering, and other small edge details at ISO 800 and above, the D 800 and D 800E appear to have slightly better detail. Perhaps the Nikon D 810s noise suppression is overly aggressive on extremely fine detail? Maybe they used a different lens? From these samples I see no "Visible advantage " to using the D810.

uh, did I say I was shooting directly at a light? Don't think so. I was shooting musicians performing in a 30x30 room that was lit only by a CF that was probably equivalent to a 60 watt incandescent bulb. I don't think there's a much better test of dim light. Also shot a rodeo recently where I was up to ISO 10000 from time to time but never below 6400 (which was only 1/180 at f2.8) and several of the shots are now posters for the show. No banding.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 2, 2014 at 12:12 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1484 comments in total)
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stevevelvia50: Comparing the paint tube lettering, and other small edge details at ISO 800 and above, the D 800 and D 800E appear to have slightly better detail. Perhaps the Nikon D 810s noise suppression is overly aggressive on extremely fine detail? Maybe they used a different lens? From these samples I see no "Visible advantage " to using the D810.

I routinely shoot my D800Es at 6400, and I've never seen cyan and magenta banding. Even higher. Even under light like a compact florescent (one of them) in a light fixture 10 feet from the floor in a huge room. It doesn't get much worse (compact fluorescents are missing huge parts of the spectrum, so colors can get very weird, but that's a light source problem not a camera problem.)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 1, 2014 at 23:21 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1484 comments in total)
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huyzer: Moire and color artifacts around such are worse in the D810.

it's funny, shooting with my d800e bodies since the camera came out, i've not had one issue with moire. shooting with my d700 bodies before that, i had a number of issues, some of them really horrible. (doing a waist-up portrait with the subject wearing a high end oxford cloth shirt is almost a guaranteed moire producer. one investment banker looked like he was wearing a psychedelic shirt.)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2014 at 20:34 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1484 comments in total)
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beavertown: What a joke, Nikon can't even produce its sensors.

sensors are commodities. system integration is where all the value comes from.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2014 at 20:29 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1484 comments in total)
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stevevelvia50: Comparing the paint tube lettering, and other small edge details at ISO 800 and above, the D 800 and D 800E appear to have slightly better detail. Perhaps the Nikon D 810s noise suppression is overly aggressive on extremely fine detail? Maybe they used a different lens? From these samples I see no "Visible advantage " to using the D810.

Lossy raw as the only raw option for the A7R means the performance is by no means equal. That decision made by Sony is still absolutely baffling to me. As to adapting old lenses, you may be quite disappointed by the results. Old lenses seem to do OK at 16mp, but at 24mp and above, many really show their age. Going from d700 to d800e was the jump that killed a number of favorite older lenses for me. If 36mp is important, cutting corners shouldn't be.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2014 at 20:28 UTC
On Surf's Up: Clark Little's incredible wave photography article (54 comments in total)

I would not want to be his health insurance company.

Really spectacular work. Proof that getting close pays no matter what you're shooting.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2014 at 15:13 UTC as 12th comment
On DxOMark recommends best lenses for the Nikon D800E article (72 comments in total)
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rfsIII: These guys aren't kidding. I have rented that Zeiss 135 and for portraits it is unbelievable on the D800E. People look beautiful with it.

telling a subject that their skin isn't so appealing is a great way to kill your portrait business.

Direct link | Posted on May 31, 2014 at 13:51 UTC
On Street photography tips with Zack Arias article (151 comments in total)
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montoniphotography: what Zack make is documentary and cityscape, but not street photography.

The idea that street photography involves shooting pictures of people without their awareness or tolerance is completely wrong. All of the legends had at minimum the indifference of their subjects, and often tacit agreement.

I've shot in countries and locations where I was the first camera they'd seen in years, and in places where there are thousands of cameras a day. The former is much easier. The latter, you're dealing with the result of the lack of respect and sneakiness of the few thousand pretend street photographers who came before you.

Zach connects with his subjects, at some level. That's the source of what works.

Direct link | Posted on May 25, 2014 at 23:41 UTC
On Street photography tips with Zack Arias article (151 comments in total)
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forpetessake: Fuji is offering lessons in voyeurism, aka "street photography".

Jay Maisel, after the 9/11 attacks...

Direct link | Posted on May 25, 2014 at 23:34 UTC
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Ednaz: As someone who's tried to get sea spray off of a multi-coated filter, taking countless lens tissues and eclipse fluid...

...and who's had to try to clean elephant snot (or whatever it is that comes out of an elephant's nose) when it snorts a foot or two from your ultra-wide angle lens, depositing disgusting slime on the front element of a 17-35mm zoom...

I here and now demand that Nikon create a retrofitting service so I can replace the front element of the half-dozen lenses that I use the most.

I shoot a lot in bad weather, worry about the image first and gear last, and swore off UV filters long ago other than when I know I'm going to be in a lens coating risky situation, like shooting in the surf. Whatever fluorine coating adds to the cost of the lens, I'll sign up for, because it would give me back hours of time every year.

I have a friend whose 2 year old recoated one of his lenses with crayons and Sharpie marker who'd probably sign up for the coating too.

My emergency filters are a combo of b&w and hoya hmc thin, but they only go on the camera when needed for a dodgy shoot. I shoot into the light a lot, and even those filters add a reflective artifact to an image that wouldn't have one without them.

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2014 at 18:07 UTC

As someone who's tried to get sea spray off of a multi-coated filter, taking countless lens tissues and eclipse fluid...

...and who's had to try to clean elephant snot (or whatever it is that comes out of an elephant's nose) when it snorts a foot or two from your ultra-wide angle lens, depositing disgusting slime on the front element of a 17-35mm zoom...

I here and now demand that Nikon create a retrofitting service so I can replace the front element of the half-dozen lenses that I use the most.

I shoot a lot in bad weather, worry about the image first and gear last, and swore off UV filters long ago other than when I know I'm going to be in a lens coating risky situation, like shooting in the surf. Whatever fluorine coating adds to the cost of the lens, I'll sign up for, because it would give me back hours of time every year.

I have a friend whose 2 year old recoated one of his lenses with crayons and Sharpie marker who'd probably sign up for the coating too.

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2014 at 12:31 UTC as 33rd comment | 7 replies
On DxOMark recommends best lenses for the Nikon D800E article (72 comments in total)

Articles like the DxO are in the category of "huh, that's interesting." But in terms of actionable, not so much.

The best lens for a D800E is the one you have on it when something amazing happens. All the rest is chatter.

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2014 at 12:17 UTC as 4th comment
On DxOMark recommends best lenses for the Nikon D800E article (72 comments in total)
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rfsIII: These guys aren't kidding. I have rented that Zeiss 135 and for portraits it is unbelievable on the D800E. People look beautiful with it.

Agree with RichyjV - portraits with a D800E require an ungodly amount of post processing to make your subject look great, unless you're shooting half-body shots.

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2014 at 12:14 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2978 comments in total)
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Ednaz: Now there's enough difference to get me thinking about upgrading from my "ancient" RX100. In my regular camera gear, I seldom shoot above 85mm, and shoot a lot below 35mm, so the focal length range on the III is a better match for me. I can certainly believe it won't be such a good match for others, but with 20mp to work with, you can crop to a 140mm equivalent and still have enough pixels for an 8x10 print.

Tilt screen is one thing I really missed on the original. The EVF I'm not so sure about. On a camera this small, won't it feel like you're putting your fist in your face? Even if, getting the camera up to your face leads to a much steadier holding geometry, so it is likely to improve low light shooting.

I never go anywhere - not even to the pharmacist - without my RX100. It's captured some lovely pictures for me. The II wasn't enough of a difference, but the III will tug cash out of my wallet.

Maybe... I had an Olympus XA, which was smaller than the Rollei and had an OVF, and it felt pretty crowded to me. I distinctly remember holding it a tiny bit away from my face as opposed to right up on it, but that didn't keep me from using the daylights out of it.

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2014 at 16:11 UTC
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