Joed700

Joed700

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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
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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
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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
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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

Beside the D600 issue, Nikon has also failed to acknowledge the fact that the D800's LCD has a green tint; something people's been talking about...I found out recently that if you call up Nikon, they will take your D800 back and fix the green tint issue free of charge. BTW, they will say you need to pre-approved $250 for the repair, but they never charge you in the end...

Anyhow, I thought Nikon had it chance to be ahead when the D800s came out, but all we got is a bunch half-ass products...including the Df...I switched over to Fuji and very happy with my XT-1...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 27, 2014 at 02:08 UTC as 62nd comment
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arhmatic: Fuji, it would be great if it you can start shipping it as promised, in March.

Funny you mention that, I got mine from a local camera store last week. This is one amazing camera; the jpegs look better than RAW before post processing...it's a winner!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2014 at 00:55 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 real-world samples gallery article (187 comments in total)
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Joed700: @ Barney Britton -- First, I'd like to thank you for doing this! I already have the X100s, and is considering getting the XT-1. However, one of the biggest complaints about the XE-1 was the color renditions are not good for anything other than photographing people because of the excellent skin tone...do you see a big difference between the X-T1 and the XE-1/XE-2?

@calking - Did you ever compare your images with another camera? Try image resource...the X100s' images look way better than XE-1 in terms of colors and sharpness on the same subject...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 15, 2014 at 08:21 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 real-world samples gallery article (187 comments in total)
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klopus: Imaging Resource also posted their first batch of X-T1 sample images - http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/fuji-x-t1/fuji-x-t1GALLERY.HTM

Thanks for the link, but the images are not that impressive at all. Many of them were shot in monochrome, which doesn't really do the xT-1 justice...I believe they were all shot w/XF 23mm f1.4.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2014 at 07:48 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 real-world samples gallery article (187 comments in total)

@ Barney Britton -- First, I'd like to thank you for doing this! I already have the X100s, and is considering getting the XT-1. However, one of the biggest complaints about the XE-1 was the color renditions are not good for anything other than photographing people because of the excellent skin tone...do you see a big difference between the X-T1 and the XE-1/XE-2?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2014 at 02:31 UTC as 25th comment | 2 replies
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