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Michel F

Lives in Canada Quebec, Canada
Joined on May 20, 2001


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On photo In the Dark in the Black & White Photo of the Week #21 challenge (19 comments in total)

Beautiful. A timeless portrait and a wonderful shadow/highlight study.

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2016 at 16:55 UTC as 6th comment

I appreciate the samples. I didn't expect some so soon. I would have liked more portraits done wide open against diversified backgrounds to better judge bokeh. They will come soon enough I guess.

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2016 at 01:24 UTC as 10th comment
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Richard Franiec: For the size/weight/price, this lens should require tweaks to reduce some serious issues regarding color fringing to qualify as an Art series lens.
Just look at high contrast areas (in 100% view): plenty of purples and greens on the edges.

I'm with you Rishi. There is some CA in very high contrast areas (dark tones on white) mainly but it's far from intense. I've seen so much worse from well regarded lenses. This will be easy to correct if bothersome IMHO.

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2016 at 01:21 UTC
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historianx: Fine and dandy Sigma, but what about updating your woefully mediocre 24-70/2.8 to Art status?

Yeah and it's missing 35mm of very useful focal length at the long end.

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2016 at 01:39 UTC
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oopsibrokeit: I have not used an APS camera for quite a while , a sigma pair of 18-35 along with the 50-100mm would cover a lot of my needs. They would cover in FF AOV the 28mm, 35mm,50mm, 85mm and 135mm lenses those are by a margin my most used lenses . I will be looking at the D500 samples RAW when we get a chance a lot more seriously than I would have before, exciting times

Interesting indeed. The 50-100mm if it is sharp enough wide open and has good bokeh could be good for portraits with that range. To me the 18-35mm as good as it is optically needs to loose a few mm in focal length at the wide end. It's not wide enough for landscapes or indoor architecture on DX.

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2016 at 01:36 UTC
On photo Looking Back in the Outdoor Portrait challenge (6 comments in total)

Great portrait and expression. I like the processing as well.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2016 at 00:08 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Delayed: Nikon Japan pushes D500 to end of April (139 comments in total)
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Josh152: I have a feeling there was a lot more demand for this camera than Nikon suspected. Which is probably why it took so long to be offered in the first place and when it finally was, probably just so Nikon had an answer to the 7DII, the high demand for the camera took Nikon by surprise. I love how everyone is making absurd conspiracy theories about defects and slamming Nikon for the delay. These same people would be even more critical of Nikon if they released on time and then immediately had a 3 month back-order just to fill the pre-orders.

Don't want to sound cynical but it's probably what is going to happen. If the demand is so high, they will ship the first batch worldwide and then what ? BO for a month or more. Why would Nikon be surprised at the high demand ? You really think they had no clue ? Serious amateurs, semi-pro's and pro's have been waiting for this camera for several years.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 21:02 UTC
On article Delayed: Nikon Japan pushes D500 to end of April (139 comments in total)
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The Silver Nemesis: Good - this means better QC from Nikon.

You wish.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 20:55 UTC
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Sannaborjeson: Forever? Sounds a bit silly.
The only lenses we now use 'forever' are those with MF and mechanic aperture.

Silly indeed. Forever is a long time when modern electronics are used.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 20:36 UTC
On article Top 5: Hands-on with Nikon D500 (799 comments in total)
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rekky: The D500 is a great camera for sports and wildlife shooters. For landscape/people shooters, the hope is that some of the new features will trickle down to the D7200 successor. For my purposes, I don't want to make the sacrifice of a lower MPix count in order to boost the shutter rate. Although I rarely use it, it's nice to have a fill-in flash available when you're not packing your external flash. But, the main feature that I'd like to see on the D7200 successor is the tilt-able LCD screen; it would eliminate some contortions that I am forced to make when shooting low to the ground.

If it wasn't for the cost of selling DX lenses and then buying the equivalent FX lenses, I would upgrade to a D750 based on it's current pricing.

@photomedium: The D5500 doesn't have focus fine tune which is a deal killer for a lot of us. It might have everything else but without the possibility to fine tune focus with specific lenses it's a seriously crippled camera IMHO.

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2016 at 22:27 UTC

Is it just me or there is a banding issue with the sample images posted ? I can't see it in the stadium shot but it's apparent in the rear wall at right in the second shot and more apparent in the left wall in the third pic (lady with the wine glass). High ISO noise reduction doing weird things perhaps ?

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2015 at 16:18 UTC as 7th comment | 4 replies

Nikon is so not on the ball these days. It's time for a management change and with it a change in company philosophy. In the last few years they seem to have utterly lost their way. Being more transparent with their loyal customers would be a good start.

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2015 at 01:42 UTC as 14th comment | 3 replies
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Michel F: so the The EOS 7D Mark ll is a prosumer camera now ?

@thk1138: Tell me why the 7D Mark II is considered a prosumer camera ? Don't tell me it's because it has an APS-C sensor because we both know that would be a silly answer.

You say only the 1 series are considered pro... According to who ? Canon and you ? And Eisa ?

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2015 at 23:54 UTC

so the The EOS 7D Mark ll is a prosumer camera now ?

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2015 at 23:45 UTC as 106th comment | 9 replies
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nunatak: this is the second year in a row the DPreview interview with Nikon comes across as weak. this despite a number of concerns expressed by readers last year, and Barney blaming the interpreters.

for the N1 series alone, Nikon could have been pressed on why so many batteries for different models? why no CLS or hotshoe? why no N1 lens roadmap?

just a thought, but perhaps next time DPreview will open the floor to let readers ask some of the questions, and hire journalists with a bit more spine to press the questions?

@Vlad: You can't read between the lines with Nikon. Everything seems to be shrouded in absolute secrecy.

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2015 at 00:29 UTC
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AbrasiveReducer: Well, no one's going to lose their job due to spilling the beans, that's for sure. Going out on a limb, I think they haven't ruled anything in or out. Also, nothing is on or off the table. Going forward, they're considering a lot of things they may or may not do.

When you look at the interview in its entirety, one seems to be left with more questions than answers.

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2015 at 00:15 UTC

Polite but vague and abysmal responses to direct questions regarding future products. Those who have been wishing for a pro DX body for years are still left with possibly and maybe as an answer. It's been the same answer for years. There is not much substance to the responses to most of the questions asked. Why am I not surprised ?

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2015 at 00:11 UTC as 125th comment

At $200 less it could be appealing for budding macro shooters on a tight budget but I don't understand how this product can be relevant in a crowded market segment of 90-105mm macro lenses that are already excellent.

A 150 or 200mm manual focus macro f/3.5 to f/4 manual with a similar price tag would make much more sense.

Me thinks that if the price doesn't go down substantially Samyang will be stuck with a product that doesn't sell.

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2015 at 23:08 UTC as 36th comment | 5 replies
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SmilerGrogan: Please do your part to keep Ken Rockwell-isms out of DPR. If you're going to use the term "coma" please also use the right term for sunstars.

It is my understanding that the correct term is "diffraction spikes."

Are people who use the word Tammy instead of Tamron suffering from Ken Rockwellism too ? Personally I find this more annoying than sunstars vs diffraction spikes.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2015 at 14:25 UTC
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rrccad: They aren't the first full frame camera for astrophotography.

there's a ton of full framed based astro cameras based upon the Kodak KAI11002 CCD.

now they are right that it's the first full framed DSLR's with a company based IR filter "tweak" for hApha.

since it's also just a narrow band filter for hAlpha - it's a lot more limited as not everything photographed by a astro camera is based upon hAlpha emissions.

@LSE: Consumer wins only if the cameras have no QC/design issues. Otherwise the consumer is paying for the company's lack of "road testing".

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 23:51 UTC
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