Absolutic

Absolutic

Lives in United States Los Angeles, CA, United States
Works as a attorney
Joined on Jan 6, 2004

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will probably produce the best picture out of all compacts, and could be on the same level with M4/3 when pictures downsampled from 20MP to 12 or 16MP.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 6, 2012 at 04:49 UTC as 74th comment | 5 replies

amazing! a 24-70 F/2.8 IS lens weighing only 305 grams!!!! That is an amazing. Makes me wanna go m4/3 again. Unless this lens is cost prohibitive. Nicely done, Panasonic, not much I can tell. Sony NEX, are you watching?

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2012 at 08:55 UTC as 24th comment | 6 replies

I went through every m4/3 camera and lens. I also
Own
D800. Just got Sony NEX 5n recently and has been kicking myself ever since for not getting it earlier. U get a brilliant sensor the same
That $1200 d7000 has for $649. It's crazy. The low ligjt
High ISo
Actually seems
Better than d7000 and DXO mark
Agrees. I am astounded by iso3200 in PASM and iso6400 in twilight mode. M4/3 and my last one was 16mp g3 was not even
In same league in dynamic range and low light. 10fps and 4fps modes are excellent. AF after firmware 1.01 update this march is superb and focuses in low light for me no problem. And I am using the slow kit 18-55 lens and I could care less because low light pic are that good. Only full frame is better. It kills my canon 7d in low light. Now
My Nikon d800 is better but it cost five times as much and is a large camera

Direct link | Posted on May 17, 2012 at 08:31 UTC as 22nd comment | 5 replies
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Jefftan: F3 it is so similar to 5N now, even appearance is about the same.

Now no reason to buy 5N just battery life increase to 470 in F3. $600 is a good price

What will the rumor F5 (5N successor) be? Got NEX 7 sensor?

Missing high speed 10fps and high speed with focus 4fps. No iso3200 auto iso. Not sure what other omissions are but these above are pretty important

Direct link | Posted on May 17, 2012 at 08:19 UTC
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Joel Pimenta: One body and 3 lenses, 25000? Not expesive (for Leica), incluides a 10000 50/0.95...

The extra 25000 for a "limited" serie, now thats expensive!

Yes I was not sure on that. I thought the whole kit was $25K and $50K was for super pupper kit. 50mm itself costs $10K, the camera costs $7K, so I am not sure that much more for the 25K kit. And the fact that these lenses are hard to find anyway.

Direct link | Posted on May 13, 2012 at 19:41 UTC
On Just Posted: Nikon D3200 preview samples gallery article (499 comments in total)

Images until ISO3200 are very good. Images at ISO12800 are terrible. Obviously, when Sony came out with 16MP sensor that became NEX5n, Nikon D7000 and 5100 and Pentax, it was amazing. When Sony announced NEX7 with 24MP sensor, I told myself, that means all the new Nikons in DX will come out with the same 24MP. The problem is of course, NEX7 low light noise is worth than NEX5n, and NEX5n is a better low light camera than NEX7. 24MP proven to be too mcuh for Sony to crample in this little sensor. When Nikon announced D3200 (and I am sure 7100 and 5200 will all have the same sensor this year) I was concerned that same thing would happen to Nikon. At the same time, I was hoping that Nikon would prove me wrong, that they will do some tweaking and their 24MP images will be better than Sony NEX7. Judging from the first pre production photos of D3200, the magic did not happen. But I do feel that it is at least better than Sony NEX7/A77

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2012 at 21:23 UTC as 82nd comment

Gold Ring Lens for under $700!!!! That's a First. Great Job, Nikon. Nikon has been on a tear with 1.8 Primes lately. realizing that not all of us can afford $2000 1.4 primes.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 19, 2012 at 05:29 UTC as 37th comment
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Kevinator: Wow this is entry model? Sounds like a D90 that weighs 200g less to me!

Seriously, same LCD, same AF, almost same frame rate (4 vs 4.5), better ISO range, better processor, better movie mode, much better weight and size.

Only difference from D90 is lack of AF-D drive, less control buttons and small viewfinder.

Wow and guys I am calling it, in 3 years the D3500 will have better spec than D7000.

No, the ergonomics of lower models are what separates them from D90, not only the lack of prism viewfinder and lack of motor for non AF-S lenses. On these entry bodies, to get to a simple and often used function like ISO you need to go inside menus. I guess you can assign ISO to function button. There is also only one wheel etc.... D90 series - most everything is on the top of the camera at your fingers.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 19, 2012 at 05:21 UTC
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jonikon: I own the Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di II LD IF non-VC lens in a Nikon mount and bought the Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 VC version to replace it. However, after comparing the sharpness of these two lenses, I decided the non-VC lens was noticeably sharper at f2.8-f4.0. I could not justify the loss in sharpness for the occasional usefulness of VC in a lens of such short focal length, so I returned the VC version and kept the sharper non-VC version. There is little doubt in my mind that this new 24-70 VC Tamron would have been sharper without the VC. I'll bet the reviews of this lens will find the center sharp and the edges soft at f2.8-f4.0. The only good reason to have VC on a lens of this type is for shooting video where it matters, and softness does not.

So it appears, at least until now, that when Tamron puts VC in something, they screw up the optics. However, their VC is the best in industry, you can hand-hold pretty much anything. But I give them a benefit of the doubt; hopefully they finally figured it out and can stick the VC mechanism and not screw up the sharpness on the lens, in the new 24-70VC. I am also hopeful that they finally figured out how to do fast AF like Canon's USM (or even Sigmas HSM)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 16:20 UTC
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jonikon: I own the Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di II LD IF non-VC lens in a Nikon mount and bought the Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 VC version to replace it. However, after comparing the sharpness of these two lenses, I decided the non-VC lens was noticeably sharper at f2.8-f4.0. I could not justify the loss in sharpness for the occasional usefulness of VC in a lens of such short focal length, so I returned the VC version and kept the sharper non-VC version. There is little doubt in my mind that this new 24-70 VC Tamron would have been sharper without the VC. I'll bet the reviews of this lens will find the center sharp and the edges soft at f2.8-f4.0. The only good reason to have VC on a lens of this type is for shooting video where it matters, and softness does not.

Yes it is a universally known fact of course, that Tamron's 17-50 F/2.8 non-VC lens is sharper than its VC newer version. I've owned and used all of the versions of the Tamron 17-50 in both Nikon and Canon mount. By the way there are 3 versions in Nikon mount but that is besides the point.

Interestingly, the newer Tamron 18-270VC Piezo, which replaced the older Tamron 18-270VC, the users report that it is also softer than the old version (in the tele region of zoom). I personally owned the old version of that 18-270, and not the new version, so I cannot tell from experience, but the reviews I have seen seem to support that point.

The only other lens that Tamron made with VC was 70-300VC. I owned that lens and used it on Nikon D700 and D7000. I found the sharpness ok, but replaced it with Nikon's 70-300VR. What I did not like on Tamron 70-300, was, that despite the Ring Focusing that Tamron finally started to put inside lenses), the focusing was just slow.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2012 at 16:17 UTC
On Facebook buys photo sharing service Instagram for $1bn article (144 comments in total)

Shoot.... I need to come up with some idea that someone else has already done, so I can sell it to facebook. I'll take 100 mil, don't even need a billion.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2012 at 18:47 UTC as 47th comment | 1 reply

Tamron. I've gone through my share of Tamron lenses and I believe it will have typical Tamron's attributes:

1) Sharpness - almost as good as OEM (Canon or Nikon)
2) VC - superior to both Nikon/Canon (although they don't have in that range)
3) Contrast - always inferior to Nikon/Canon. Often yellow cast to photos. But can be dealt with in PP
4) AF - this is a biggie. Tamron has placed Ring AF in their latest 2 lenses (finally) but it just does not work nearly as good as Nikon and Canon AF (and Sigma is faster too). For some - it does not mater, it is silent but it is noticeably slower than OEM.

That is why I think, Tamron needs to price this thing much less, like $700 to make it work.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 6, 2012 at 22:08 UTC as 45th comment | 6 replies
On First Impressions: Using the Fujifilm X-Pro1 article (228 comments in total)

Guys love your reviews but subject of your samples after you moved from London to Seattle....so depressing. Seattle just cannot be compared to London when it comes to picture taking. You are running of ideas there. Can't you guys ask remaining people in London to take sample photos for you. Seattle is boring.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 3, 2012 at 22:11 UTC as 87th comment | 1 reply
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walliswizard: D800 is a great camera, but unlike the D700 it seems like it will always need great glass, a super-powerful computer, and a good technique to get the best from it.

The D700 on the other hand was/is an awesome camera that could be used by a lot more people.

So it seems to me the D800 is great but is very much in the pro-user league. I do hope Nikon fills the gap somewhat with a 16-20MP D700s (D750?) for the rest of us...

Absolutely. I've owned several D7000 and D700. D7000 requires a good technique. The great thing about D700 is that it is so good, that one can cheat and be lazy and still get amazing shots, because it is simply impossible to get bad shots with D700. Well, I love D700. I did have to sell mine to afford D800. I fully realize that with D800 I would have to be very very careful, and keep my shutter speed up, etc, etc, etc, to use good techniques otherwise I would be disappointed

Direct link | Posted on Mar 22, 2012 at 22:58 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 low light high ISO sample series article (283 comments in total)
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nicolaiecostel: As I've been saying, this is not a valid test for low light. 2 years ago, when the guys from DPR were taking low-light shots in museums and pubs the low-light photos were much more eloquent in judging low-light capability.

And if the argument is that there has to be reproductibility, well, just use the same locations when testing other cameras.

Well they can't go to the same pub, because they used to be in London and now they are in Seattle. You want them to fly to London to visit that favorite pub for every camera?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 9, 2012 at 23:31 UTC
On dpreview.com gets mobile article (110 comments in total)

Is Apple App finally coming?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 7, 2012 at 04:04 UTC as 80th comment
On Just Posted: First Impressions - Using the Nikon D4 article (84 comments in total)
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Robert Morris: That wouldn't be Phil with the Red Dot camera would it. In town for a little visit?

PS. Nice article thanks.

By the way, Whatever happened to Phil? You guys should do a feature on the founder of this site, what he is doing.... we have not heard from him in years!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 7, 2012 at 01:47 UTC
On Just Posted: First Impressions - Using the Nikon D4 article (84 comments in total)

Barnaby, finally someone echoes what I've been saying since I got my first D7000. The new AF switch makes things much slower, the old lever systems in D3/D300/D700 was super fast. Yet many have been trying to convince me that the D7000' system is faster and easier. I disagree completely, I will always take a lever/knob over a "press and scroll through mirriad of af modes" I was afraid Nikon was going to adapt that system on all their future cameras and it looks like they did.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 7, 2012 at 01:38 UTC as 24th comment
On Canon EOS 5D Mark III low-light ISO series samples article (319 comments in total)

I think these images are fantastic. These are probably the least noisy high iso images I've seen to date at extreme ISOs of 12800 and 25600. Resize these to 12MP size and they will easily beat Nikon D3s, the current low light king. If it cost $2500 and not $3500, I might have even considered this camera. At $3500 though.....nope. I am comfortable with my pre-order of D800

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2012 at 14:34 UTC as 105th comment
On Hands-on with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 article (215 comments in total)

Agree with everyone RE: Dramatic Tone II Art filter. I wonder if there is a Lightroom filter that is similar so I can attempt to create similar results from my Nikon and/or Canon DSLRs

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2012 at 22:13 UTC as 62nd comment | 3 replies
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