PatMann

PatMann

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On Nikon 1 V3: a quick summary article (597 comments in total)
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VENTURE-STAR: It looks as if Nikon has actually produced a worthwhile non-SLR for once.

However, Nikon must offer a better (affordable) standard zoom as the 10-30mm is limited in range with a poor maximum aperture. The accessories seem rather overpriced. It remains to be seen what the build quality and reliablility of the V3 are like and the remarks by Jeff Keller about the control dials are a little off-putting.

I would really like to see a 5x zoom for these cameras, like an 8-40 or 9-45 f/2-3.5 or so, in the 24-120 territory that covers most anything other than architecture and birds, for which we need a specialty lens anyway.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 14, 2014 at 00:29 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3: a quick summary article (597 comments in total)
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whtchocla7e: Based on features and price, this must the D400 replacement.
Why settle for 1.5x crop factor when you can have 2.7x. Haha.

This may very well be my D400. I'm tired of waiting for a full range of lenses for DX, and the only reason I need DX is for birds. This one looks like a nice birding camera with the 70-300 lens. If it gets results as good as the RX100, then I'm in.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 14, 2014 at 00:26 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3: a quick summary article (597 comments in total)
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Edymagno: Poor Nikon. They produce a totally outstanding camera just to convert it into a real commercial flop by Micro SD card. Nikon needs desperately a new management.

What's the big deal with card format? I bought two cards for the life of my last camera and done. I take them out and read them and put them back in. If I get another camera, I'll want it to have a couple of cards too. I'll take them out and read them and put them back in.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 14, 2014 at 00:17 UTC
On Nikon D4s: CP+ Hands-on and interview article (54 comments in total)
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Cheezr: ok i officially give up! you got me Barney!
so where is the link to read the interview?
if i click interview it takes me to a list of interviews and if i click the d4s title it takes me back here, if i click any of the labels above the "you may also like" they just circle around but afaik there is no link to the interview.

If this is a test i surrender and maybe this is why there are only 5 comments, something broken???

Yes it is a test. Find the counterintuitive user interface. You did!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2014 at 11:35 UTC
On DSCF0229 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (4 comments in total)

Nice. The X-cameras and this lens appeal to me a lot as an environmental portrait combination. Takes me (far) back to the days when an M4 and 35mm Summilux were my walkaround combo at UW.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2014 at 12:58 UTC as 2nd comment
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1657 comments in total)
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Bernard49: Any firmware update yet? :-))

Yes - the update provides AF for legacy lenses by moving the sensor back and forth (only CDAF, sorry). This is a major feature that Nikon has demanded for when they rebadge this as the D400, reversing the old relationship with Fujifilm. Also added is instaflip, which will put a selfie, taken through a sensor in the finder, in the corner for Instagram and Facebook. Instaflip can be turned off in the menus, but must be turned off frame-by-frame, which has been a minor irritation to some (mostly older) photographers who have tested the firmware.
The next update will stretch and compress the sensor in 2axes to provide zooming with all your old Leica Summiluxes (limited to 2:1 zoom) and flex the back of it to deal with curvature of field. Combined with a differential stretch/compress function at the corners, there will be no more pixel moving required to correct lens distortion.
The XPro, X-E and X-100 sensors are not flexible, so these updates will only work on the X-T1.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 31, 2014 at 22:33 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1657 comments in total)
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Allen Yang: I can't understand why people would buy Fuji SLRs since it doesn't have as many lens as Canon or Nikon system. In addition, its camera bodies are much less competitive than Canon or Nikon cameras.

Nikon may have (a lot) more 18-xx zooms for its APS-C cameras, but Fuji has exactly the RIGHT lenses for a useful system. A clue on their utility - I don't use a single 18-xx zoom in my DX system. You won't find a more useful lens range for any APS-C camera than you will in what's available right now from Fujifilm. When you inclue the Fujifilm lens roadmap - which they have shown a commitment to in the past - you have a system far superior to Nikon or Canon, unless you just must have a 400mm f/2.8 lens, or a PC lens, or other exotics.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 31, 2014 at 13:01 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1657 comments in total)
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Olivier 23: Looks nice. That ISO dial with a lock does bother me though. I imagine myself fumbling with that dial to change the iso setting while looking in the viewfinder and this could become annoying real fast.

Better to have the ISO setting stay where you put it than find out too late that it wandered off to some other setting when you knocked the camera against something while you were getting out of the car, climbing up the ladder, setting up the tripod, running to the scene, etc. The locks are a highly desirable feature for a klutz like me.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 31, 2014 at 12:56 UTC
On Phase One announces IQ250 50MP CMOS medium format back article (197 comments in total)
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BobYIL: Let's be patient until we see a comparison against the D800E. (How much we can pay over $3.000 just for some 25% more linear resolution?)

Yes, I'm waiting for Full Medium Format too. These puny sensors are like DX vs Full Frame when compared to 6x6.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2014 at 17:22 UTC
On Pictures emerge showing widely-leaked Fujfilm 'X-T1' article (373 comments in total)
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KonstantinosK: So, basically, you can have a camera with an x-trans censor in a body with an hybrid viewfinder, in a body with an hybrid viewfinder but with fixed lens, in a body with an electronic viewfinder, in a body with no viewfinder at all, and now in a body with an electronic viewfinder in a different position. I feel a bit it's the same camera, recycled all over again, with updated tweaks. I don't see why this should me more exciting than the X-Pro1.

This camera is for a completely different market than the rest of the X-cameras. This is an approach to the top-of-the-line action-shooting camera in mirrorless form, complete with battery pack to give it a full day's worth of shooting. And it has a plan for a lens lineup complete enough to take it seriously. This camera, with its full range of wide-angle primes, has the potential to seriously challenge Nikon and Canon APS-C systems.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2014 at 11:41 UTC
On Pictures emerge showing widely-leaked Fujfilm 'X-T1' article (373 comments in total)
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mr.izo: this is not ff camera right? not so good idea, if you ask me..
sorry for repeating ff mantra, didn't see comments bellow.

Full frame requires big bulky lenses. I want a compact, lightweight system, and I need APS-C for the long reach for wildlife without spending for monster exotics. Fuji doesn't have a long lens yet, but what's that out there on the roadmap? No hint on the focal range yet. I'll still have my D800 and a couple of lenses for those things I used to use medium format for, but this looks perfect for my everyday shooting. And it has an APS-C lens lineup that puts Nikon APS-C to shame.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2014 at 11:26 UTC
On Fujifilm teases upcoming SLR-style X system camera article (921 comments in total)

With a full-function F-mount adapter (they could call it the X-400 just to make clear their intent), Nikon could rebadge this as the D400 without actually having to develop or produce it. Perhaps the buffer and focus tracking won't be quite up to snuff, and the EVF one generation short of action photography, but we're getting close. And you would have access to all those great APS-C lenses from Fujifilm too, many of which Nikon seems to have forgotten in their DX lens lineup (which seems to have been focused entirely on 18-xx zooms lately): 35 f/1.4, 23 f/1.4, 16mm f/2, 14 f/2.8, 12 f/2.8 (Zeiss).

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2014 at 14:19 UTC as 171st comment
On Fujifilm teases upcoming SLR-style X system camera article (921 comments in total)

People criticize the SLR look as fake retro. Don't they realize that this is the future? They forget that having the finder closer to the middle allows you to operate the touchscreen with your nose, leaving your hands free for aperture, shutter and other controls. Very hard with finder at the corner.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2014 at 14:02 UTC as 175th comment | 2 replies
On Have Your Say: Best DSLR / SLT of 2013 article (339 comments in total)
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SulfurousBeast: What the Pentax fanboys / followers came out in full fore to vote or is it just a sympathy vote for the underdog? I am not saying K3 is not a good camera by any measure, in fact it is at par and even above par with its comparable peers in several areas. But given that majority voters would be (assumed) CanNikon owners, surprising to see Pentax K3 leading this poll which means it has garnered 'non-pentaxian' votes too. Good for Pentax.

There are a lot of frustrated APS-C Nikon and Canon owners like me who are losing patience with the manufacturers who are not incrementing their top-of-the-line cameras to top sensors. They're sending messages to Nikon and Canon. If the messages don't get through to products next year, the market share will drift farther to a variety of options including other DSLRs and mirrorless.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 23, 2013 at 22:35 UTC
On Have Your Say: Best DSLR / SLT of 2013 article (339 comments in total)
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GurcemZekai: As a Pentax user this is a proud moment. A Pentax Dslr leading a pool in DPreview!

well deserved K-3

As a Nikon DX user I concur. Now if they would just release it with a Nikon mount, I'd have my D400.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 19, 2013 at 12:29 UTC
On Have Your Say: Best DSLR / SLT of 2013 article (339 comments in total)
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Matt1645f4: Pentax K3 but i agree with some of the comments regarding lack of lens line up, I use Pentax but i do sometimes miss the large choices offered by both Canon and Nikon, and third party manufactures who seem content to just build for the "big 2". And before i get slated by my fellow Pentaxians i refer to long lenses the 560mm is just crazy be nice to see a 70-400 f4

@Zvonimir While Pentax has a long list of lenses for their APS-C system, many of these are marginal full frame holdovers not designed for APS-C, and that means a lot of duplication in a narrow range of focal lengths and slow apertures not very important for APS-C shooters. They don't have some key lenses that would make me switch. They need a budget 400mm lens to match the budgets of their customers who are wildlife shooters, and a 400 f/2.8 or f/3.5, 500 f/4 or 600 f/4 as an upgrade path and for the serious well-off ones. They need an f/1.4 35 and f/1.4 23 or 24 mm and an f/2 16 or 18mm and a PC in the 16 to 21mm range for a complete APS-C system (I'm not saying anybody else has one - only full frame and MFT systems are even close to complete right now). They get full credit for the 50-135 f/2.8 that Nikon and Canon should have also provided to their APS-C shooters, and for having some nice f/4 zooms in addition to the f/2.8s.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 19, 2013 at 12:12 UTC
On Have Your Say: Best Lens of 2013 article (89 comments in total)

Congratulations to Zeiss for giving me a reason to get the D800e.

The Fujifilm 23mm was important as the one lens that if it were the only one available for it would sell me on a Fuji X-E2, but you have to give Zeiss credit for a no-compromises effort on the Otus 55. I can't wait to see what they do with their Otus wide.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2013 at 23:11 UTC as 37th comment

I'm most likely to buy the next iteration of the Fuji X-E2 because it has the best or equal lenses for four of the seven lens slots in my target compact system (portrait yet to be released, f/1.4 35-equivalent prime, quality 90-degree wide, macro) It's missing wide PC, f/2.8 short tele zoom, 300 f/4 with 1.4 extender for birding, so my Nikon will have to pick up that slack. But the Olympus gets my vote as the best overall camera on this particular list.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2013 at 22:58 UTC as 71st comment
On Have Your Say: Best DSLR / SLT of 2013 article (339 comments in total)

Had the Df included some key Pure Photography features to keep it true to its concept, like a finder shutter (a plastic down-the-drain clip on a $2750 camera? puhleez! A mini-roll of gaffer tape would have been more useful) and interchangeable finder screens, it would have pushed past the Pentax.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2013 at 22:41 UTC as 111th comment
On Fujifilm announces XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS wideangle zoom article (172 comments in total)

Every new Fujifilm lens makes my Nikon DX system look more and more like a dead end. No significant new DX lenses since the 16-85, and not a single wide prime without going to an enormous heavy lens that needlessly covers the full frame format. With full frame 2x or more the weight, bulk and price, Fujifilm is looking like the way to go for everything but long telephoto and f/2.8 zooms. Bringing out that 58mm and mapping out a path to a 300mm f/4 with 1.4 extender for birding would absolutely seal the deal. A battery pack for extended operation when needed (or a new top-end camera with a bigger basic battery and a bit more of a grip) would neutralize another DSLR advantage.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2013 at 12:44 UTC as 14th comment | 2 replies
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