Adrian Van

Adrian Van

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On Real-world test: Nikon D750 at the Museum of Flight article (274 comments in total)
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UncleLary: What, not text review?

Do not have the time, nor the patience for the video. Might be useful as a conclusive detail after analysis.

But not at first.

In my office we bill by the hour and every moment has value. And economically, we are the target audience for a camera like this ( or the D810 too ).

Nobody on our staff of 4,500 professionals wanted to view it either.

I only write this so that maybe you guys will go back the written reviews, with the video as augmentation. We like your tone. Approachable. Low key. Reasonable accurate-a rare thing in today's online world. We would like to continue to use DP for info. But life is short, and honestly, to many competitors that do give us the aforementioned format.

Hopefully, we will see the text back.

LG

All I know is that if I was considering buying this camera, I would want as much information as possible, including I would watch a video on a user review. I would have the time before making an investment into a camera body. Keep up the good work dpreview. Still considering either D810 or D750 maybe in coming year.( D610 is out, I rented it and although the photo quality was okay the AF was not as consistently accurate in low light compared to AF in my D700). D750 would be better no doubt.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 3, 2014 at 06:05 UTC
On Enthusiast mirrorless camera roundup (2014) article (300 comments in total)

I would have put the XT1 as number 1 and EM1 as second or close to first.
XT1 may edge for APSC sensor overall image quality and low noise in low light, however the lens range available on Olympus EM1 is extensive and can produce great images and great colour images out of camera.
GH4, if looking at video would be the number one, but image quality I would put Fuji and Olympus ahead in their great out of camera jpegs, useful to the general consumer or enthusiast not always wanting to process Raw for personal photos. Sony should have been in this list, and although Nikon has great cameras in its DSLRs as does Canon, they really need to develop a mirrorless with a larger sensor as the 1 sensor cannot match the quality of any of the others. Sony has some impressive cameras out this year, one should have been on this list. My thoughts anyway. Yours may vary.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 28, 2014 at 03:42 UTC as 48th comment | 5 replies
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (1422 comments in total)
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beavertown: When will Nikon release a close to professional grade DX format like 70D Mark II with at least a few decent prime lenses?

Thanks Skulls
that is the best news I have read all day. Rumor is only rated at 30 per cent as of Nov. 3, 2014 but the specifications on Nikon Rumors look exactly what people have been wanting in a D7200 or D9300 with D810 type body and lots of pro features. About time. Lets hope it comes about finally. I think if they use a better D810 type body, they should call it D9300, so to imply much different than D7100 type body and more pro, to take on the 7d2 for speed and build. True upgrade to D300s, lets hope it turns out right this time.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2014 at 05:21 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (1422 comments in total)
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beavertown: When will Nikon release a close to professional grade DX format like 70D Mark II with at least a few decent prime lenses?

If Nikon would make a f2.8 zoom like Tamron 17-50mm F2.8 VC that would be great. After reading reviews though, the Tamron is sharp but the focus motor can be very slow in low light conditions, so not ideal for fast moving objects, Nikon if they made one like this (at reasonable cost) could be a better lens focus motor that is quick to AF.
I agree Nikon is lacking in Nikon DX F2.8 zooms, to keep the whole DX camera system (for the advanced users) small and lightweight compared to FX. So far it looks Nikon wants serious users to upgrade into the D750/D610 with lenses (FF) rather than put out a D400 body, I think anyway. Fuji is doing good with their APSC system, with lenses and image quality, however consistent accuracy in quick AF capture still needs working out for them. The body of the D300s is why I keep the camera, rather than go with D7100 and I also have D700 FX so covered for now, and Lightroom does a great job in image adjustments.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2014 at 16:57 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (1422 comments in total)
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beavertown: When will Nikon release a close to professional grade DX format like 70D Mark II with at least a few decent prime lenses?

Halfwaythere: I do not shoot the D300s indoors with slow zooms as I know it would be noisy on an older camera, D7100 would be better. I have my FX D700 for that and F 2.8 FX lenses. The D300s is actually great outdoors for sports in midday daylight hours with any of these less expensive Nikon DX slow zoom like 55-300mm (sharp, quick AF, and priced for consumers, photozone reviews are good also). Do not knock it until you try it. The D300s is not for indoor sports in low light unless using a f2.8 70-200mm or the new f4 constant (or primes), and keeping the iso below 1600 (100 to 800 iso is actually quite very good still on D300s). I agree with sandyb, the following have good reviews for sharpness for average user: Nikon DX 18-140mm (don't have but reviews are very good) and the Nikon 16-85mm VR (I have and it is sharp and worth the cost, this one Thom Hogan says is very good!).

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2014 at 15:53 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (1422 comments in total)
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beavertown: When will Nikon release a close to professional grade DX format like 70D Mark II with at least a few decent prime lenses?

Nikon has 35mm f1.8 prime for DX rated very highly.
Lots of people use the somewhat small sized Nikon 50mm f1.8 and f1.4 (both work on FX) on DX bodies. Also the Nikon 60mm f2.8 is an incredibly sharp macro 1:1 lens, although FX, it is small and fits nicely with my D300s and focuses to 6 inches. I have taken great razor sharp extreme closeup detail photos with it. Although there may not be a lot of DX lenses to choose from, lots of people use some of the FX lenses on DX bodies.
Also Sigma, Tokina and Tamron have a few good lenses.
The inexpensive Nikon 55-300mm DX lens is also very sharp and compact compared to 70-300mm, although does not go to f2.8. I use my Nikon 55-300mm for school sports (in decent light), a lot with D300s and over 98 per cent of images in focus and very sharp, and extended at 300mm still sharp. D300s AF system is still top notch for an older model. It would be nice if a D7100 sensor went into a D300s body.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2014 at 14:34 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (1422 comments in total)
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mcrazza85: Seriously, it's been two months since this first impressions writeup and there is still NO review of the D750. And what about the D810? Why, DPR? What gives?

After reviewing the Studio Comparison on dpreview for D750 and D610 this possibly makes sense, more smoothness applied to Raw in D610 and less to D750 so touch sharper from 100 iso up to 3200 iso in Raw. By iso 6400 and higher the noise levels seem similar.
Not seeing any big increase in iso performance at 6400 iso from the scene. Could be mostly tweaked in Raw output settings. Who knows how this is?
That said the big advantages of a D750 are the improved video modes to 1080 60p and the better AF system, and better grip than D610 plus titlable screen very useful for high and low shootings and if you like your Raw output a bit sharper, to apply your own levels of noise reduction later from Lightroom for example.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 25, 2014 at 22:46 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (1422 comments in total)
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mcrazza85: Seriously, it's been two months since this first impressions writeup and there is still NO review of the D750. And what about the D810? Why, DPR? What gives?

Use the Studio Comparison setup in item 7 on this first impressions and enter D750 and D610 and look at the Raw from 100 through to 3200 iso. Next look closely at the 4 portrait photos (2 on each side) and you will notice sharper images in the Raw view on D750 and D610 bit softer in all iso 100 to 3200 in Raw in this studio scene. Definitely better sensor I think, and at least evidence shows better raw performance with sharper fine detail. Is this a difference sensor or improved sensor for raw? Having rented the D610, I felt Raw on D610 not as crisp like my older model D700, unless sharpened later. D750 looks much better in this Raw studio comparison. Good news to buyers of D750.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 25, 2014 at 19:10 UTC
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Adrian Van: Nikon's answer to the Sony 7 series is the DF and possibly the D750 (very thin body if you have ever held one, thinner than D610, although D750 is not mirrorless, but D750 has HD 1080 60p video). DF is a bit pricey and lacks video and a niche product, but I would wager that Nikon is already working on a newer model in mirrorless (in future development stages maybe), as Sony is getting very popular in the last year or so among enthusiasts, pros and semipros, including dslr videographers and I have seen a Sony 7(s) nicely setup with video rigs from Zacuto at recent Toronto show. Just whatever Nikon is working on, may not be ready for release anytime soon or who knows when?

As always there is no perfect camera, just choice A or B. Which we want is the one closest to our needs. All cameras have there pros and cons. Some have a lot of Pros indeed.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 22, 2014 at 13:43 UTC
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Adrian Van: Nikon's answer to the Sony 7 series is the DF and possibly the D750 (very thin body if you have ever held one, thinner than D610, although D750 is not mirrorless, but D750 has HD 1080 60p video). DF is a bit pricey and lacks video and a niche product, but I would wager that Nikon is already working on a newer model in mirrorless (in future development stages maybe), as Sony is getting very popular in the last year or so among enthusiasts, pros and semipros, including dslr videographers and I have seen a Sony 7(s) nicely setup with video rigs from Zacuto at recent Toronto show. Just whatever Nikon is working on, may not be ready for release anytime soon or who knows when?

If you factor in the lower prices of the F1.8 G lenses from Nikon, and add to D750 (small body), then you are right, Nikon seems more attractive as a system with multiple lenses less costly, than Sony A7 series.

Sony A7x series have phase detect on sensor for very good auto AF video performance still missing in Nikon. Liveview AF on Nikon in tracking continuous still not ideal, so most pros use manual in Nikon, due to jumps in auto AF on Nikon or back and forth hunting for AF liveview tracking. So Apples and Oranges & different features to choose on which brand. How good is Nikon live AF tracking?

Choices by consumer may also come down to cost with lenses, or as second body with your already existing lens collection (if Nikon). If starting FF for first time, Sony looks very attractive as a small FF system. Nikon needs to add phase detect on sensor in next round of cameras to catch up in the ideal continuous AF performance in video use, like latest Sony and Canon DSLRs (7D2 and 70D).

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2014 at 15:58 UTC
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ekaton: And the A7III will have a touch screen and no AA filter and will be a available in 11 months. Oh, and the A7rII and A7sII will be launched in between.

Not so sure about the no AA filter, as without filter, video may not be as good, and these cameras from Sony are both good at stills and video. The Fuji X cameras have no AA filter which improves image still quality detail capture, but the video from Fuji is not very good and not Fujis best feature, still photos are though!
Not sure about the Nikon D800e series without AA filter if video is okay, anyone know? D810 is said to be great at video quality and a Nikon dealer in my area at a show, recommended the video features of the D810 over the D750 for serious pro use.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2014 at 14:40 UTC

Nikon's answer to the Sony 7 series is the DF and possibly the D750 (very thin body if you have ever held one, thinner than D610, although D750 is not mirrorless, but D750 has HD 1080 60p video). DF is a bit pricey and lacks video and a niche product, but I would wager that Nikon is already working on a newer model in mirrorless (in future development stages maybe), as Sony is getting very popular in the last year or so among enthusiasts, pros and semipros, including dslr videographers and I have seen a Sony 7(s) nicely setup with video rigs from Zacuto at recent Toronto show. Just whatever Nikon is working on, may not be ready for release anytime soon or who knows when?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2014 at 14:34 UTC as 63rd comment | 5 replies
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2702 comments in total)

So Nikon, when will you be putting out the D400 or D9300 rumored model, with more pro body features than a D7100. (D7100 has a great sensor, just needs a more robust body and other features, such as dedicated button layout and CF slot for pro DSLR videographers or photographers who want it.) Will Nikon put phase detect on sensor in the next version for better video AF, or is there a patent issue?

Canon certainly thinks that there is a market for a pro body high spec APSC camera like this 7D2, as its earlier 7D was very successful. Hope to see something new in DX from Nikon for more demanding photographers who want it.

The D750 although a very good camera, is not a replacement in my opinion for a D400 pro body (similar to D300s pro body). D400 may never happen, or will it? now that 7D2 is out.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2014 at 05:27 UTC as 71st comment | 5 replies
On Manfrotto introduces new lens filter lineup article (125 comments in total)
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DonnaRead54: I see this as just a result of a brainstorming session with the marketing people who said, "hey, let's do filters! We'll slap a stencil on some good filters, get DPReview to reveal them for us and let our name do the rest! It'll be brilliant!" LOL No thanks, Manfi .. I'll just stick with my good old B+W and Hoya. Been fine for years, will be fine for years to come.

I will take a DSLR anyday for professional use and also for advanced hobby use, with its extensive lens available and filters can help in lots of lighting situations for improvements in image clarity. Mirrorless has its place for small street portability. However DSLRs are still far outselling them. Mirrorless is just getting a bit more sales in recent years with better cameras offered. Pros and amateurs often use both, not one or the other. There is value in both, DSLRs are far from being in danger.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 10, 2014 at 05:32 UTC
On Nikon D750 real-world samples gallery posted article (348 comments in total)
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PowerG9atBlackForest: That photograph with the seemingly happy young lady and the painted horse on the beach may meet the comtemporary feeling of modern good life today but from an equestrian (and photographic) point of view it is a no-go.

NEVER use a wide-angle lens for photographing a horse! Unevitably, it will disturb the otherwise harmonic proportions of the animal.

The way the horse moves and (because) the lady takes her seat (as she takes it) she must feel uncomfortable while bumping up and down.

I know this is how today's photographers who do not know about horses usually take pictures - easy and cool but profoundly improper. Sadly, it is the expression which counts.

Despite the wide angle creating unusual proportions to horse front and back body in photo 1434, I actually thought the use of wide angle successfully gave it a very dramatic viewpoint and added to the sense of motion of the horse. Well done. Rules can be broken when the photo works!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 15, 2014 at 04:00 UTC
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mikeydread: What will ultimately happen to that beautiful fixed lens is it will go in the trash in a few years time when the LX100 is outdated. What a waste.
Why could they not just make it removable, then it could be in use for decades.

I love the sarcasm. It is like saying the top DSLRs from Nikon and Canon that are 5 years old stop making good photos in 3 years. Even Rebels 3 years and older can make great photos. A camera like a LX100 will still be taking great photos in 5 years, if the photos look great today they will look the same in 3 years.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 8, 2014 at 03:53 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Real-world samples (beta) article (268 comments in total)
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Ontario Gone: For the love of all that's healthy, how can we tell anything with smaller samples like that? Not to mention it's jpeg of course which further muddles the water. Considering it's a Canon sensor im not expecting miracles, but we know nothing till full size samples hit the web.

I find the colour saturation or density of the images a little weak in the Canon line (or maybe these samples anyway) for default jpeg settings, and much prefer the Nikon cameras for better richer colour and colour density in jpeg or raw.
I imagine that could be reset to more saturation in camera on Canon though. My personal thoughts anyway. Other peoples opinions may differ.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 30, 2014 at 17:54 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Real-world samples (beta) article (268 comments in total)
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George Veltchev: here’s a compilation of the best selling DSLRs based on Amazon Reports, where Canon has managed to convince the users with 11 models, Nikon 4, Pentax 1 and Sony with a single model .... Long live 7D MarkII ...the rest is just a fudge.

1 Canon EOS Rebel T3i
2 Nikon D3100
3 Canon EOS Rebel T2i
4 Canon EOS Rebel T3
5 Canon EOS Rebel T1i
6 Nikon D5100
7 Canon EOS 60D
8 Nikon D7000
9 Canon Rebel XS
10 Nikon D3000
11 Pentax K-5
12 Canon Digital Rebel XTi
13 Canon Digital Rebel XT
14 Canon EOS 7D
15 Canon Digital Rebel XSi
16 Canon EOS 5D Mark II
17 Sony Alpha SLTA33L

A list of inexpensive camera bodies (or recent sale items for clearance) in the top 10 at least. This list does not mean much for best camera or IQ of camera, however maybe it shows popularity for consumers based on price. Regardless Canon and Nikon are the top consumer choice for the masses that I agree.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 30, 2014 at 17:50 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Real-world samples (beta) article (268 comments in total)

The 3200 iso bar room scene looked good, not sure about 6400 iso and above as a bit noisy or fine grain as you may call it. Some of the other portraits looked quite good for sharpness at lower iso. I am sure Raw would be better for 3200 iso after post processing. This camera is a high speed shooter, so lots of value for sports shooters, once samples become available for evaluation. Performance should be good with a bit more resolution than previous 7D.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 30, 2014 at 03:42 UTC as 57th comment
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Deardorff: Until these cameras can autofocus quickly enough to be used in the field with reliable results - they will remain niche products for people with plenty of time to wait.

From what I have seen on other websites and asking friend photographers, are that there are some pros buying the XT1 and using it as a lighter weight second body in the field for recording pro work when speed is not critical, as the excellent image quality produces very usable pro results. For a lighter less bulky camera, great also for travel and personal use for image quality exceeding top m43 compact cameras and images comparable to bulkier body top APSC cameras from Nikon/Canon. Rapid speed is not always needed to get many types of shots however I agree with you that accurate AF is. I am considering Fuji again as an personal camera after having 2 in the past 10 years - S2Pro and S5Pro which are older DSLRs. Love the Fuji colours.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 26, 2014 at 15:27 UTC
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