Adrian Van

Adrian Van

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On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (976 comments in total)
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ScottRH: I would like to know when the replacement for the D700 will be. This D750 is essentially a D620.

Anyone using a D700 would use only FX mode. The DX mode on D700 is about 5.5 MP, while on the D800 is 15MP. The DX mode on D750 is 10MP.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 17:38 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (976 comments in total)
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Adrian Van: While this new camera might not be considered a true successor to the D700 in body build quality like D810, however many will think it is an upgrade to D700 as it has many of the D810 features - back screen same type and resolution, same video at 1080 60P, and power aperature control for video and tilt screen, most features but expect body of D810 and a CF slot.

However raw files now full frame at 24MP for smaller files in a pro/semipro body, and faster workflow for heavy shooters, and the top AF system and 6.5fps, at a $2299 body price (much lower than D810) and not too much more than a D610 which is good.

With limited high quality Nikon DX lenses (only a few), and lots of great FX lenses, including primes not too expensive, this could be the camera to get for upgraders from D700 or D300. Or a second camera to your existing D700 or D810. Pros need 2 for backup purposes anyway. And enthusiasts have a better choice then D610 now for a very modest increase in price. I say worth it.

Now the dilemma that many might face - which to get?
The rugged D810 with ideal button configuration, and 25MP in 1.2 crop mode, and 36MP at full frame with CF/SD slots, or the lighter D750 at 24MP in full frame and tilt screen which is useful and dual SD slots.
For the amateur enthusiast or semi pro, or travel photographer, the D750 might be the choice. For the full time pro, the D810 may make more sense. Then again, for a pro with a D810 already, the D750 might be useful for second body. I realize this is my opinion, and other people's views would be different.

If they had put the insides of a D750 into a D810, I would be willing to pay more. Some may not.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 15:50 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (976 comments in total)

While this new camera might not be considered a true successor to the D700 in body build quality like D810, however many will think it is an upgrade to D700 as it has many of the D810 features - back screen same type and resolution, same video at 1080 60P, and power aperature control for video and tilt screen, most features but expect body of D810 and a CF slot.

However raw files now full frame at 24MP for smaller files in a pro/semipro body, and faster workflow for heavy shooters, and the top AF system and 6.5fps, at a $2299 body price (much lower than D810) and not too much more than a D610 which is good.

With limited high quality Nikon DX lenses (only a few), and lots of great FX lenses, including primes not too expensive, this could be the camera to get for upgraders from D700 or D300. Or a second camera to your existing D700 or D810. Pros need 2 for backup purposes anyway. And enthusiasts have a better choice then D610 now for a very modest increase in price. I say worth it.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 14:04 UTC as 164th comment | 4 replies
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (431 comments in total)
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tedolf: The more I look at this, the more I think I can't do it. Front-OK. Top plate-OK. But, look at the back of this thing. Look at those tiny buttons crammed together and that shiny, slippery ring thing. That is supposed to be a 4 way controller? How am I supposed to use this thing with gloves on? At least my humble E-pl1 has reasonably sized buttons. And what about all that real estate where the flash should be? Why not put some buttons there that you wouldn't use with the camera at eye level with an EVF (like delete) to free up some real estate for a larger controller, more buttons, etc.?

I don't care about the lens b/c I am going to buy it body only anyway. Besides, the regular kit lens is fine as kit lenses go.

Really, it looks like they designed this thing as a fashion accessory for a Japanese teen age girl!

TEdolph

I have an Panasonic LX5 with tiny buttons for my medium-large hands and do not have problem clicking. Until you try the camera for a day, then you will know if it is a problem or not. I actually think the back design layout of EPL7 is bit better than the EPL5 which button layout looks more crammed.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2014 at 13:57 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (431 comments in total)
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EricoftheNorth: I'm just going to whine about that lens on every post related to this camera. The only thing that sells these cameras is the touch screen. The lens in the American market is hands down the ugliest kit lens PERIOD.

Aesthetics aside, it makes the camera far larger than a Sony equivalent, and the Sony has a better grip. O-MD is all I can sell Olympus!! Get it together! EZ lens or go home!

My FL36R is still working okay, as I only take in out indoors in dim lighting to do portraits of family gatherings, as I do not have F2/F2.8 lens yet. Have taken it out for social weddings when I am just the guest. Do not really have misfire, however with only 2 batteries this does not last too long, and I change batteries every so often, as I like to shot a lot and my main lens is 14-150mm which is F4-5/6. Taking photos at 640 and 800 iso can help make batteries last longer. But smaller than a 4 battery flash and I like the easy rotate dial on back of flash for flash compensation power + or -. I did not want to put too much more money in lenses as yet, as I also have bigger Nikons also. 14-150mm is a sharp lens, best for outdoor day use. The flash has very good bounce to ceiling power to spread light especially in low ceiling rooms. Happy overall, but on a pen, flash can look large still, but balanced well with a long 14-150mm lens on my EPL1. A new sensor EPL7 could also help.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 30, 2014 at 00:09 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (431 comments in total)
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Adrian Van: Anyone know what type of adaptor you need to plug in an external microphone with 1/8 plug slot. Is it possible? I cannont find a socket anywhere on body or the hot shoe area. Would this be an adaptor to the hot shoe and what is the product code of it. They finally have 1080 30P, but I prefer small external mic for clean sound.

Or would I have to consider another model with this feature.

Perfect. Thanks for info.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2014 at 17:52 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (431 comments in total)

Anyone know what type of adaptor you need to plug in an external microphone with 1/8 plug slot. Is it possible? I cannont find a socket anywhere on body or the hot shoe area. Would this be an adaptor to the hot shoe and what is the product code of it. They finally have 1080 30P, but I prefer small external mic for clean sound.

Or would I have to consider another model with this feature.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2014 at 16:57 UTC as 38th comment | 3 replies
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (431 comments in total)
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EricoftheNorth: I'm just going to whine about that lens on every post related to this camera. The only thing that sells these cameras is the touch screen. The lens in the American market is hands down the ugliest kit lens PERIOD.

Aesthetics aside, it makes the camera far larger than a Sony equivalent, and the Sony has a better grip. O-MD is all I can sell Olympus!! Get it together! EZ lens or go home!

I was just wondering which flash you meant that you have which is poor quality.
I have the Oly. FL36R which is same flash in Oly and Panasonic and should work with either body. Some of the others I know may not be in both product lines. I thought the FL36R has good build quality.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2014 at 16:52 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (431 comments in total)
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EricoftheNorth: I'm just going to whine about that lens on every post related to this camera. The only thing that sells these cameras is the touch screen. The lens in the American market is hands down the ugliest kit lens PERIOD.

Aesthetics aside, it makes the camera far larger than a Sony equivalent, and the Sony has a better grip. O-MD is all I can sell Olympus!! Get it together! EZ lens or go home!

Which flash? Unless you are talking about the one that comes with the new Pen camera as attachment, there are also several that can be used on this pen, including FL36R (Panasonic has the same flash, I like my Oly version), FL300R (small), FL600R (newest and bigger and can be used with video in close range with LED of front, plus flash titlable at top). Some of these are small and some may appear big on a Pen.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2014 at 14:01 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 compact mirrorless camera announced article (80 comments in total)

A very attractive looking body, should appeal to a lot of people, even nicer looking than EPL5. Video at 1080 HD 30P is good. At this price you would not get 4K but I do not need it. Lucky number 7 or Epl-7 should do well for consumer or enthusiast and personal use second camera for semi-pro or pro who do not want to spend more for body.

Capable camera, save the rest of your money for lenses to add, or upgrade your old body. Time to move up from my Epl-1, as this sensor I already know outperform in low light (as did the epl5). Maybe not for APSC sensors with bulkier lens, but I think this will meet a lot of peoples needs, and able to keep zoom lenses much smaller than apsc mirrorless which has always been m43 strength.

Adding an option to have epl7 body with the retractable lens in a kit at a cost savings instead of buying separately, might be something they may want to add to make this camera more attractive at a small form factor. That would be ideal for everyday carry around.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 14:16 UTC as 15th comment
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StevenMajor: I understand the image having value but not the camera. The buyer will be someone's vain moneyed attempt to associate themselves with greatness. Or maybe an investor who will seek a similar client.

Nice to see some cameras go up in value.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2014 at 12:21 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1531 comments in total)
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phazelag: I am surprised they put that much thought into video and left it 1080. Thats a huge investment to make on a format is not the latest and greatest. I think for video I would get the GH4 to future proof my work.

I would agree for the professional videographer 4K is very useful, as it has the ability to crop. However most end user consumers, buying videos, are mostly requesting no more than HD quality at the moment anyway. Most specifications I see for 4K do not do 4K at 60p, maybe 60i or 30P. Full HD with 60p is very useful for slow motion for half speed conversion with smooth video, which is very popular right now. Polytropia, are you a video professional and are considering or have 4K already or only speculating on what most pros would want. I agree that some full time pros may want 4K and it has distinct advantages. However, many pros are still happy with 1080 at 60p, and frame their shot, by zooming when taking video. I think for 4K a dedicated video pro camera may be a better option, like the next Canon Cxxx line. Or the GH4. Would we see 4K on an update on D4? Who knows. Maybe.
For the film industry who output for the large screen, 4K is definitely their choice, but how many other pros?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2014 at 19:41 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1531 comments in total)
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larrytusaz: Why does anybody care about the video specifications of this high-grade stills camera? If I had $3000 to drop on this I'd do so for the amazing pictures it can take, not the Vimeo or YouTube clips it can record. It's an SLR, not a camcorder.

Large market of new videographers would jump at a camera like this.
These days, photographers can also be videographers with the same tools. Another reason to justify the body price, as video features are better in D810 over D610's video, in a more robust body, and better menu/hardware features.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2014 at 05:29 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1531 comments in total)
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phazelag: I am surprised they put that much thought into video and left it 1080. Thats a huge investment to make on a format is not the latest and greatest. I think for video I would get the GH4 to future proof my work.

Only a small percentage of consumers own a 4K TV.
For the majority of users and consumers, Full HD is plenty, and while the larger market still is. Now Nikon has 1080 at 60P which is new for D810, so better to playback at half speed slow motion effects which is popular, plus smoother fast action scenes.
Could be awhile, maybe 5 years before 4K is more mainstream to consumers, in my guess.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2014 at 05:24 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1531 comments in total)
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Beckler8: I'm pleased others here are also talking about 4K video. HD-only can't really be justified on a top-end SLR and especially when 4K TV's are now readily available. Essentially you're forced to decide whether you want higher quality video or stills (i.e. GH4 or D810). Who will be the first to have both? (Not counting Canon 1DC because of 10k price.)

4K TV while available is not really mainstream popular to the general consumer. Full HD (at 60P now available) has the larger market over 4K. If you are selling video for a living, Full HD and Blu Ray would be enough for majority of todays market. Could be awhile before 50 per cent of consumers are watching 4K video and buying 4K TVs. Video File sizes are easier to handle at HD than 4K, when watching 2 hour productions.
Unless you are thinking 4K will dominate market within 5 years.

Nikon did enough for D810. 4K available in other cameras for those that need it.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2014 at 13:20 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)

I was impressed with the image quality at 20MP in range of iso up to 3200iso looks great. Better than I anticipated for a 1" sensor. Possibly a good alternative to an m43 for many photographers for hobby/travel or second camera. With long lens and f2.8 to f4 and potentially great video (once samples are released to be seen) these are very good features. For more serious shooters there is the GH3/GH4.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 13, 2014 at 14:21 UTC as 226th comment
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Remo Pierri: Next a LX-9 with 1" sensor, please!!

I imagine in the next round of advanced small compacts, LX9 and Nikon Pxxxx series and Canon G__ series, should use a 1" sensor instead of the current one. Who knows though. I would like it!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 19:08 UTC

Wow. Could be the next family cam. Sell off my LX5 and EPL1 and spend a little more for this one.
Image quality for latest Olympus m43 or Pany m43 will be better in low light (with bigger sensor than 1" naturally), however for personal use this one has it all and a long lens and looks to be good video for personal / travel family use and photo hobby use. F2.8 to F4 lens sounds very good. In a camera like this, Full HD 1080 at 60p is enough which it has, do not need 4K.

For pro use, I would recommend the GH3 or GH4 in staying in the panasonic line. Perhaps this could rate as a backup or B camera to someone who owned the GH4, if video is clean enough for the 1" sensor size. Mind you, go back a couple of years and lots of entry pro video cameras were 1/3" sensor size (with pro cam and pro lens features though).

Any opinions on how pro this FZ1000 video camera with 4K can be, or is just intended for advanced consumer or serious enthusiasts? There are some great specs/features in it.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 18:52 UTC as 8th comment
On Nikon 1 V3: Real-world Sample Images article (175 comments in total)
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Barney Britton: Apologies for the dead link which was in place a short time ago - it should be fixed now.

The Nikon DF was likely made to be a small body camera (like the Sony A7 series) so enthusiasts and professionals could get the portability and size of the mirrorless cameras but with top sensors in them. Sorry, you are right DF has OVF not EVF so not really mirrorless. For the money I would pick a better featured D610 over a DF with no video in DF and some other limits in features, despite the pretty DF body. Nikon 1 will appeal to some users, not me, over an m43 small body.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 9, 2014 at 14:54 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3: Real-world Sample Images article (175 comments in total)
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Barney Britton: Apologies for the dead link which was in place a short time ago - it should be fixed now.

I think the samples show that the Nikon 1 has reasonably very good quality for its sensor size, especially in good to moderate light and the F1.2 lens is nice, however it would be nice if Nikon would work on a mirrorless APS-C ILC or sensor about the size of m43. The Nikon DF is pricey and aps-c or m43 size in sensor would be ideal at a reasonable price, especially with lens adaptors if needed. These Nikon 1 are good for consumer, prosumer and second personal use cameras for pros/semi-pros, at better than 1/1.7" sensor quality and close to m43 quality. My opinion only, yours may vary. The body for these cameras are about the same size as many m43 cameras, so I will keep my PEN for now. Sensor size does make a difference to my eyes. I believe Nikon will have such a camera eventually. Love my other Nikons regardless (D300s and D700).

Direct link | Posted on Jun 9, 2014 at 14:38 UTC
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