Joed700

Joed700

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On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1135 comments in total)
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lacroix75: I learned great lesson in the past couple years from Nikon, never buy their first release of anything. Case in point, D800 (early on focus issues, etc..) vs D810 (much more refined version of practically the same thing with minor upgrades), D600 (Oil issues) vs. D610 (again cleaned and refined version). So for me going forward, wait for the second pass, i.e., D910 instead of D900 (if there's such a thing in the future)... ;)

Good point, but I would like to add one more thing to your suggestion. Just because Nikon comes up with their latest products, it doesn't always equal to better performance. I own both the D800 and the D600, but my D600 is already one stop better in terms of noise performance than my D800. Thus, the D810 is not worth the upgrade in that regard...the differences between 24 MP & 36MP is not that big of a deal unless you are printing wall size photos.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2014 at 22:36 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1135 comments in total)
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lensberg: The 5D Mark III is an all-round class act... definitely superior to the D800 / 800E / 810 in low light...

As for DXO... well I suppose the average Nikon fan needs their egos propped up from a "scientific" point of view... thus its existence...

Its amazing how many pro's use Canon... despite DXO's claims of Nikon's vast sensor tech prowess... at most major international sporting events white lenses still reign supreme... with perhaps with a thin speckling of black glass here and there... :)

Here is something you should know about 5D III. Yes, it has better WB and other nonessential features compared to the D800. The secret to the 5D III's low light performance is that it smudges the finer details of the images so that they will look smoother, which means that it lacks details in shadow areas. This works find for small prints...Canon's targeted customers are not pure photographers, but people who rely on the video features of the 5D III, while Nikon has the pure photographers in mind. Therefore, their approach to the design of their cameras are quite difference. Take two identical images with the 5D III & D800 and check out the shadow areas, and you'll see what I mean. BTW, Canon overpriced the 5D III because it is old technology by today's standards....Quick frankly, either 5D III or D800 are perfect cameras, and they both have their goods and bads.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 28, 2014 at 05:52 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1135 comments in total)
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Lassoni: The ergonomics are getting worse and worse with every new nikon body. Not only did it take 2 years for nikon to make "movie record" button customizable for ISO, but they also happened to move the meter mode selector to somewhere really really awkward. How are you supposed to hold those top left buttons, while simultaneously trying to spin the wheel with right hand finger. You could do this with a light lens, but even then it seems risky. You run into risk of damaging your mount, because there is no ergonomical way of doing this without losing the support of your lens, which in turn is big risk when you go into lenses that start weighting more (teles are obvious and heavy, but I struggled even with a 24-70).

This is really an inexcusable design choice. As if it's not bad enough when trying to switch between AF-S and AF-C whilst trying to support a lens... Why did they even had to put the movie button in there in the first place? D7000 had it right. Y fix something that isn't broken?

@Lassoni & Reality Check - I would agree with you in regards to the ergonomics. Nikon had it right when they introduced the D300 and D700 in terms of ergonomics, colors, LCD display, etc. However, the only improvement they made with the D800 was higher MP, and they screw up on the WB, AF button, low light performance and LCD display. I had to paid $35 for Nikon to adjust the color on LCD color display to rid of the green tint. I've recently acquired a used D600 (no wants them due to dust/oil issues) and it's a better camera compared to the D800 in terms of speed, colors and low light performance. 36MP is better some say...compared the images size by size and the differences are minimal. I can go on about all these half-ass products Nikon's been producing lately...

Direct link | Posted on Jul 27, 2014 at 16:17 UTC

I got this lens while visiting Tokyo several weeks ago. This is one amazing lens w/o distortion at any focal length. The OIS really works. I can get sharp pictures always at f/5.6, 1/20 @ 206mm; I did get good pix at 1/10 at times. The images quality are comparable to the other XF prime lenses (35mm f1.4, 23mm f1.4, 56mm f1.2) Since I own all the mentioned lenses, I did the comparison myself. This lens even outperformed my Nikon 80-200mm f2.8 AF-D in terms of sharpness among other things. The only complain I have is the lack of shallow DOF, something you should expect from a crop sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 25, 2014 at 00:08 UTC as 2nd comment
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1135 comments in total)

I'll consider the upgrade if the D810's low light performance is comparable to the D4s...we'll wait and see.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 21:20 UTC as 40th comment
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Joed700: I've been a Nikon fan for over two decades, and I must say I'm disappointed at Nikon. I've seen their products going down the drain in terms of build quality and performance as each newer generation of cameras and lenses that came out. I doubt that Nikon would admit there's a problem with the D600 if it wasn't for the fact that China had asked them to stop selling the defective D600s. Here some suggestions for those of you who haven't heavily invested in Nikon lenses/bodies: buy the art series Sigma lenses (50mm f1.4 or 35mm f1.4) or go with Fuji X-series cameras/lenses if dof is not as critical for your photos. I still have my D800, but I use my Fuji XT-1/x100s 99% of the time...

Wow, we are going from photography to spelling lessons...LOL! I looked at your work, and find that your photos are very colorful for portrait. I personally prefer a softer kind of portrait....again, that's your skills and taste, and I'm sure you can accomplish the same thing with Canon or other brands. I've seem work from many talented amateur photographers in Instagram, and I'm sure they used a variety of cameras. I could get amazing shots with just my iPhone sometimes...the point is, Nikon products don't guarantee magazine covers and that's a fact! If you are happy with Nikon, that's fine, but I'm not!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 14, 2014 at 15:30 UTC
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Joed700: I've been a Nikon fan for over two decades, and I must say I'm disappointed at Nikon. I've seen their products going down the drain in terms of build quality and performance as each newer generation of cameras and lenses that came out. I doubt that Nikon would admit there's a problem with the D600 if it wasn't for the fact that China had asked them to stop selling the defective D600s. Here some suggestions for those of you who haven't heavily invested in Nikon lenses/bodies: buy the art series Sigma lenses (50mm f1.4 or 35mm f1.4) or go with Fuji X-series cameras/lenses if dof is not as critical for your photos. I still have my D800, but I use my Fuji XT-1/x100s 99% of the time...

THIRYT YEARS! Assuming you are telling the truth, I'm just wondering why you still haven't noticed that the quality of Nikon products are not what it used to be????? The point here isn't about whether you can make magazine covers...that's the part of the photographer's talent and not so much of the equipment. BTW, where are your magazine covers? I'm sure there are plenty of Canon pros out there that could use your argument to back Canon. I feel bad for you because you've turned a name brand into a religion. Funny how people would leave a comment and then click like for themselves....LOL!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2014 at 23:32 UTC
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Joed700: I've been a Nikon fan for over two decades, and I must say I'm disappointed at Nikon. I've seen their products going down the drain in terms of build quality and performance as each newer generation of cameras and lenses that came out. I doubt that Nikon would admit there's a problem with the D600 if it wasn't for the fact that China had asked them to stop selling the defective D600s. Here some suggestions for those of you who haven't heavily invested in Nikon lenses/bodies: buy the art series Sigma lenses (50mm f1.4 or 35mm f1.4) or go with Fuji X-series cameras/lenses if dof is not as critical for your photos. I still have my D800, but I use my Fuji XT-1/x100s 99% of the time...

It's obvious that you have very limited experience with Nikon nor do you have the actual experience using Sigma Art Series lens to make comparisons...amateur...LOL!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2014 at 02:37 UTC

I've been a Nikon fan for over two decades, and I must say I'm disappointed at Nikon. I've seen their products going down the drain in terms of build quality and performance as each newer generation of cameras and lenses that came out. I doubt that Nikon would admit there's a problem with the D600 if it wasn't for the fact that China had asked them to stop selling the defective D600s. Here some suggestions for those of you who haven't heavily invested in Nikon lenses/bodies: buy the art series Sigma lenses (50mm f1.4 or 35mm f1.4) or go with Fuji X-series cameras/lenses if dof is not as critical for your photos. I still have my D800, but I use my Fuji XT-1/x100s 99% of the time...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 9, 2014 at 06:33 UTC as 1st comment | 7 replies

If this lens performance like their 35mm f1.4, it would be awesome. However, is it really necessary to make a standard lens so big? We are not even talking about telephotos here...everyone is making these big and long prime lenses. Way back, one of the advantages of using prime lenses is that you get nice IQ and compactness, but now everything you grab out of your camera bag is heavy and big...

Direct link | Posted on Apr 13, 2014 at 16:47 UTC as 3rd comment | 2 replies
On Adobe Camera Raw 8.4 and Lightroom 5.4 now available article (70 comments in total)
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Joed700: I updated the ACR 8.4 for my CS6, but I have both good and bad news for you. This update made all my RAW files look so much better in terms of color vibrance on the preview. However, upon opening the RAW file with CR, the color is no where near as good as the preview. Also, it takes forever for Adb Bridge to load the preview for RAW from my Fuji XT-1; some files have no preview at all. In addition, the rotation buttons became unavailable to all the RAW files. I'm waiting for the next update....

One more thing, the meta data is no longer available in the preview window in Adb Bridge.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2014 at 06:06 UTC
On Adobe Camera Raw 8.4 and Lightroom 5.4 now available article (70 comments in total)

I updated the ACR 8.4 for my CS6, but I have both good and bad news for you. This update made all my RAW files look so much better in terms of color vibrance on the preview. However, upon opening the RAW file with CR, the color is no where near as good as the preview. Also, it takes forever for Adb Bridge to load the preview for RAW from my Fuji XT-1; some files have no preview at all. In addition, the rotation buttons became unavailable to all the RAW files. I'm waiting for the next update....

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2014 at 05:48 UTC as 15th comment | 1 reply
On Chinese government orders Nikon to stop selling D600 article (230 comments in total)
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mainframedc: Now,China has done a good thing for its people and deserve praise and thanks for doing a good thing for its people' an example of what other real leaders should do.

China shows the world how governments should protect citizens against malicious practices of big business and big money.

Maybe one day, the US and other world leaders, along with state & local governments will put end to the corporate lobbyist, phony warranties and liabilities practices out of existence and bring in real consumer protection.

The the same malicious problems exist in almost every governments, industry and businesses that make their livelihood screwing the citizens and consumers while filling the tax coffers of governments and bankers with the ripped-off consumer funds and taxes that they really did not earn.

Unfortunately, China missed a lot of the same problems with Panasonic, Sony and a many others world conglomerates in other industries and services.

I think China's actions against Nikon could well be politically motivated by the recent dispute over an island off the coast of China with Japan. China is having a hard time controlling fake or unsafe products from their own people...dealing with a defective camera would not be their primary concern....

Direct link | Posted on Mar 22, 2014 at 05:01 UTC
On Chinese government orders Nikon to stop selling D600 article (230 comments in total)

I wish the US government would be that quit in response to bad products. Look at what happened to the GM recall fiasco....

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2014 at 23:53 UTC as 58th comment | 1 reply
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Joed700: I wonder if Nikon can sue Sigma for producing the Sigma 35mm FF f/1.4, a lens that outperforms Nikon's 35mm f/1.4 for half the price...

How about suing Fujifilm for its XT-1, a retro camera that actually functions better than the Nikon DF....

@Eric Calabros - I totally support IP; I'm just trying to be sarcastic about the fact that Nikon is losing the leading edge in terms of invnovation; Nikon really dropped the ball ever since they introduced the Nikon D800..D600, which followed by the half ass Nikon DF...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 00:12 UTC

I wonder if Nikon can sue Sigma for producing the Sigma 35mm FF f/1.4, a lens that outperforms Nikon's 35mm f/1.4 for half the price...

How about suing Fujifilm for its XT-1, a retro camera that actually functions better than the Nikon DF....

Direct link | Posted on Mar 11, 2014 at 23:18 UTC as 51st comment | 3 replies
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1657 comments in total)
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AlexRuiz: PART # 2

My set-up is:
Front command dial = aperture (for lenses without the aperture ring)
Rear command dial = shutter speed adjustments
Front fn = select custom setting (I have some for portraiture in color and BW, and the rest for landscapes and things like street photography, again, in color and BW)
Top fn = timer
Top arrow = macro
Right arrow = WB
Bottom arrow = focus point selector
Left arrow = focus mode

What I don’t like about it:
While the little flash is good, the system is not. Why is the flash compensation buried in the menus?
The SD card door feels weak even when closed. It does not attach firmly to the camera body.
The arrow buttons were not designed correctly…they are a bit concave (vs. domed in the X-E1) which makes pressing them a bit of a pain. Thankfully, once you set up your custom settings, there is not much of a need to mess around with these things.

@White Shadow - in regards to the Luminous landscape web link: The custom setting issue is somewhat irrelevant in many real life shooting situations. Even if you have the customer settings like U1, U2...like the Nikon/Canon camera bodies, you may still run into having the wrong lens mounted on the camera at the time. This is why pros carry at least two bodies on the field, one wide and one tele. The true to the matter is that no single camera is perfect for everything, we need to decide what's our priorities are and take the appropriate equipment on the field. For me, I'll take my D800 if IQ is #1 priority and the x100s or XT-1 for portability...to be honest, I'd grab either X-series cameras 95% of the time over my D800.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 9, 2014 at 16:36 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1657 comments in total)
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Joed700: I’ve been shooting with the XT-1 w/both 35mm f/1.4 & 23mm f/1.4 for about a week now. Here is what I’ve notices:

IQ better than my X100s indoors under same ISO and lighting condition
Tends to have a bit more red on the skin tone outdoors just like X100s
Jpegs are sharper and have less noise than RAW images, especially at higher ISO
AW is right on in many indoors lighting situations
AF is right on even at f1.4

Final Thoughts: x100s vs XT-1
If money is an issue; no need for interchangeable lenses; portability is important, wants retro look and feel, less post-processing, the x100s is definitely a winner over the XT-1.
If you want the look and feel of a retro camera, less post-processing, dedicated interchangeable lenses with large aperture, XT-1 is the way to go. High ISO performances are quite similar between the two up to ISO 1600.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2014 at 02:53 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1657 comments in total)
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Joed700: I’ve been shooting with the XT-1 w/both 35mm f/1.4 & 23mm f/1.4 for about a week now. Here is what I’ve notices:

IQ better than my X100s indoors under same ISO and lighting condition
Tends to have a bit more red on the skin tone outdoors just like X100s
Jpegs are sharper and have less noise than RAW images, especially at higher ISO
AW is right on in many indoors lighting situations
AF is right on even at f1.4

One more thing after trying with different ISO and comparing jpegs vs RAW:
Best IQ is at or below ISO 1600
RAW files require quite a bit sharpening into to match sharpness of jpegs
Jpegs excel RAW in terms of sharpness/noise performance all the way...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2014 at 01:55 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1657 comments in total)

I’ve been shooting with the XT-1 w/both 35mm f/1.4 & 23mm f/1.4 for about a week now. Here is what I’ve notices:

IQ better than my X100s indoors under same ISO and lighting condition
Tends to have a bit more red on the skin tone outdoors just like X100s
Jpegs are sharper and have less noise than RAW images, especially at higher ISO
AW is right on in many indoors lighting situations
AF is right on even at f1.4

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2014 at 00:51 UTC as 42nd comment | 2 replies
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