Sammy Yousef

Sammy Yousef

Lives in Sydney, NSW
Works as a Computer Software Analyst/Programmer/Engineer
Joined on Jul 15, 2004

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Note to self. Avoid Panasonic, box and all.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2015 at 10:03 UTC as 7th comment
On Nikon offers AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm F2.8-4E ED VR article (329 comments in total)
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Meerkato: Everyone is crying about the price. Yeah it is not low, and it's not constant 2.8, but as far as I know there are more to a lens than its speed. I believe it will be a pretty darn good lens with awesome optical performance, it is still fast and has a wide focal range. I think there is a lack of good normal zoom lenses for dx, as they either slow, not wide enough, not long enough or has other flaws.
Of corse I would like it for 100$, but be realistic. This will probably be the best zoom for nikon dx so far and Nikon is not in a position in which they can push down the prices.

While I still prefer my Nikon kit for anything serious I was shooting with my Canon 600D and kit 18-55STM in a dimly lit nightclub restaurant (as my wife was concerned I'd have my good gear stolen) and was blown away by how sharp that STM lens is wide open. The 55-250STM is also a cheap gem. If Nikon continue to pursue premium status symbol prices in this economy they're going to fail in the long run and deservedly so.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2015 at 09:51 UTC
On Nikon offers AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm F2.8-4E ED VR article (329 comments in total)
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jukeboxjohnnie: really stupid pricing just buy a latest FF 16-85mm lens mint on ebay for £200 and have loads left over for any wideangle options you fancy

Nikon may have just blown you off. I assume you tried micro adjustment? I have an 18-70dx that works fine without adjustment on D70, D90, D200, D7200 but on my copy of the D7100 required adjustment. Once I did that it was fine. No other lens seems to be giving me trouble on the D7100.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2015 at 09:47 UTC

UTTER MADNESS

Direct link | Posted on Jul 6, 2015 at 11:21 UTC as 33rd comment
On Nikon offers AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm F2.8-4E ED VR article (329 comments in total)
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Sammy Yousef: Why wait to find out what it's actually like. Ken Rockwell already has a review, complete with conclusion. *shakes head*

Why do I read it if I don't like it? Because I'm not an ostrich. I also read the newspapers even though I often hate what I read. The world's not just about what I like.
Is what he writes mostly true? No. He writes a lot of junk that is detrimental to those who don't know better. Every camera is the best since slice bread. Every beginner lens is all you need. Just rubbish.
He doesn't say he's handled the lens. Yep, you're right, he doesn't say it but he sure implies it. When you review something you've never held and recommend for or against the onus is on you to state very clearly that you're basing your opinion on specs rather than personal testing.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 5, 2015 at 09:48 UTC
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Fri13: The video is falsified, it shows recording from the moon, but you can hear wildlife on soundtrack. Everyone knows that space doesn't have air, so the moon wildlife could be heard from the moon to earth.

You can clearly see rotation of the earth in an exposure as low as a 25 seconds with a 24mm lens. It's an annoyance that will cost you considerable cash to remove with various tracking gear if you get into astrophotography. This entire video is a marketing gimmick for ignorant amateurs with too much cash and gear acquisition syndrome.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2015 at 03:27 UTC
On Nikon offers AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm F2.8-4E ED VR article (329 comments in total)

Why wait to find out what it's actually like. Ken Rockwell already has a review, complete with conclusion. *shakes head*

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2015 at 03:20 UTC as 28th comment | 9 replies
On Nikon releases ViewNX-i image browsing software article (102 comments in total)

View-NX-i-dont-want-it

Direct link | Posted on Mar 23, 2015 at 08:52 UTC as 5th comment
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Prixnobeldefoot: wish they had included a bigger flash, 12m range is a bit short for my astrophotography....

Yes in real time is not an exaggeration or rhetoric. In this video ISO 204800 looks best to me for seeing dust lanes etc. in the milky way. Taken with a 50mm f/1.1. My jaw dropped. Of course you'd use lower ISO for actual hi-res image capture.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRzXgSMbBu0

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 20:11 UTC
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Sammy Yousef: Terrible timing. Most who want to do astro are drooling over the innovation on the A7R of being able to see the Milky Way in real time at ISO 409,000.

Astrotripper, here's proof by counter example.
https://astroporn.wordpress.com/category/sony-a7s/

I encourage you to take a look at the full sized images. Now what is that you were saying?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 11:19 UTC

Terrible timing. Most who want to do astro are drooling over the innovation on the A7R of being able to see the Milky Way in real time at ISO 409,000.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 07:31 UTC as 77th comment | 6 replies
On Samsung NX1 First Impressions Review preview (1444 comments in total)
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Sammy Yousef: No thanks. OVF when shooting action...at least until OVF is killed off or EVF genuinely becomes better than OVF.

Ok I'll have to eat my words here and apologise for being incorrect. I wasn't aware Sony had managed to do this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRzXgSMbBu0

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2015 at 02:10 UTC
On Samsung NX1 First Impressions Review preview (1444 comments in total)
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Sammy Yousef: No thanks. OVF when shooting action...at least until OVF is killed off or EVF genuinely becomes better than OVF.

Moonlight isn't extreme. An OVF handles it fine. Try doing some wide field astrophotography some time. You're trying to avoid moonlight! And a high ISO EVF will be very little use.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2015 at 07:07 UTC
On Samsung NX1 First Impressions Review preview (1444 comments in total)

No thanks. OVF when shooting action...at least until OVF is killed off or EVF genuinely becomes better than OVF.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2015 at 01:15 UTC as 63rd comment | 8 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 flips for selfies article (392 comments in total)
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whyamihere: I like the adorable grumpiness and lack of awareness of the anti-selfie, anti-social media crowd. It's as if nobody in the history of the world ever photographed (or painted, or sketched) a self-portrait, published that picture in a public location for all to see (like an art gallery, or an online portfolio), or shared their photos with friends and family (photo albums, 35mm slide shows).

It's not narcissism. It's the same thing as before, just in a form you're all uncomfortable with because you don't know how it works.

It's those who excessively take 1 person selfies, often at inappropriate times, that give it a bad rap. We had people taking selfies outside a cafe that was under seige by a terrorist in Sydney Australia recently. And for days afterwards people took selfies in the vicinity instead of taking more outwardly focused pictures.

Just because you stand in a spot that doesn't mean you're a part of the story, or a part of history, or should be the focus of the situation. These people are missing the point. An analogy: Going to an airshow to take photos your own ingrown toenail.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2015 at 08:41 UTC
On Nikon D750 Review preview (1932 comments in total)
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Sammy Yousef: You can't sweep things under the rug with such assurances.

1. There is cost and inconvenience to the customer. Some will have a much harder time than others getting theirs serviced. Some will have to wait for a long time without a camera. Some will have to pay shipping. Some will be out of luck because they bought grey market.

2. Nikon will recoup the cost of service from subsequent sales. Which means customers pay more again.

3. There will be shots ruined. That is not and never will be the photographer's fault. Cameras that can't autofocus properly or have internal reflection issues are squarely the camera company's fault.

4. It's not the first time. There have been a long line of issues with Nikon camera. D70 blinking green LED of death. D80 exposure issues. D7000 focus issues. D800 focus alignment. D600 should be sold as a vacuum cleaner. As more customers get burnt, more move to cheaper options like their phone. The camera companies only have themselves to blame.

I think advanced users would enjoy the ability to setup a presribed focus chart in a prescribed way and for say 3-5 different focal lengths and say 3 distances (near focus, mid distance, infinity) enter an AFMA value.

Something like
f dist AFMA
70 near -2
70 mid -2
70 inf -1
100 near -1
100 mid -1
100 inf -1
170 near -1
170 mid 0
170 inf +2
230 near +2
230 mid +2
230 inf +3
300 near +2
300 mid +4
300 inf +5

Details would depend on how wide a range and other factors. Camera could confirm dist and focal length roughly correct. Taking 15 or so shots or validating with liveview view dot tune would be time consuming. Only dedicated users would do it. But much better than having to take it in to the factory at least where I live as there is a long lead time and you're without the camera.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2015 at 05:15 UTC
On Nikon D750 Review preview (1932 comments in total)
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Sammy Yousef: You can't sweep things under the rug with such assurances.

1. There is cost and inconvenience to the customer. Some will have a much harder time than others getting theirs serviced. Some will have to wait for a long time without a camera. Some will have to pay shipping. Some will be out of luck because they bought grey market.

2. Nikon will recoup the cost of service from subsequent sales. Which means customers pay more again.

3. There will be shots ruined. That is not and never will be the photographer's fault. Cameras that can't autofocus properly or have internal reflection issues are squarely the camera company's fault.

4. It's not the first time. There have been a long line of issues with Nikon camera. D70 blinking green LED of death. D80 exposure issues. D7000 focus issues. D800 focus alignment. D600 should be sold as a vacuum cleaner. As more customers get burnt, more move to cheaper options like their phone. The camera companies only have themselves to blame.

No it's not. What's the point in microadjusting at 70mm if it doesn't focus properly at 200mm...or vice versa? The best you can do is even out the blur between 2 focal lengths you use commonly...or you could go back to a prime which you have some hope of adjusting perfectly (assuming it doesn't differ by focal distance)...

I repeat MFA as it currently stands is a kludge. It's better than nothing....JUST. What you need is a value based on distance and focal length for each lens. Then you can nail it. But it's not a perfect world.

All that said I will agree with you that +4 is not a lot. Expecting better is as reasonable as expecting perfect sharpness. But for larger variances MFA doesn't fix the problem.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 22, 2015 at 09:57 UTC
On Nikon D750 Review preview (1932 comments in total)
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Sammy Yousef: You can't sweep things under the rug with such assurances.

1. There is cost and inconvenience to the customer. Some will have a much harder time than others getting theirs serviced. Some will have to wait for a long time without a camera. Some will have to pay shipping. Some will be out of luck because they bought grey market.

2. Nikon will recoup the cost of service from subsequent sales. Which means customers pay more again.

3. There will be shots ruined. That is not and never will be the photographer's fault. Cameras that can't autofocus properly or have internal reflection issues are squarely the camera company's fault.

4. It's not the first time. There have been a long line of issues with Nikon camera. D70 blinking green LED of death. D80 exposure issues. D7000 focus issues. D800 focus alignment. D600 should be sold as a vacuum cleaner. As more customers get burnt, more move to cheaper options like their phone. The camera companies only have themselves to blame.

Well I'm certain you understand this better than me. Try a 70-200 f/2.8 zoom lens instead of a prime? How consistent is that micro-focus adjustment across the range of focal lengths? Or do you have to MFA for a specific focal length and compromise at others? As it currently standsa MFA is a primitive tool for zoom lenses. You need to be able to set numbers for at least 5 points in the zoom range. We may see that one day...or CDAF may take over - I'd guess the later.

You don't do the camera companies any favours by convincing people the problems are small. QC continues to go down because those companies temporarily find themselves getting away with ti. Then you reach a saturation point where too many users have been burnt and sales crash with very little hope of medium term recovery because you either burnt professionals that had to manage a client's expectations or you burnt amateurs that often save up for months or years to get their gear.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2015 at 09:58 UTC
On Nikon D750 Review preview (1932 comments in total)
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Photographer2: As a former D600 user and now Canon 6D I know I made the right choice.
It's not even worth reading those "reviews", much better taking pictures and good not having to worry about quality issues. How many models after the D600 came out for Nikon to get it right with the D750?... And still no D300 replacement...

Sadly your faith is misguided. Take a look at the autofocus through viewfinder issue the 70D has. I would have bought it otherwise.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cA6JnzYSDJE

I have been a Nikon shooter since 2005 and I now own both Nikon and Canon bodies. I will never buy a really expensive body and I'll never buy one until it has been thoroughly tested (at least 6 months, preferably 1 year after release). All the camera companies care little about the consumer. You just have to look at some of the responses people have been getting when they've complained.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2015 at 08:04 UTC
On Nikon D750 Review preview (1932 comments in total)
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ealvarez: D750 is basically 5D Mark III with

Better sensor
flippy screen
Wifi
-3EV focusing capability
Highlight weighted metering
ability to spot meter exposure with focusing point from other than middle
Better auto ISO system
Face and eye recogniton

and

$1000 less money.

And you still complaining for flare non-issue that Nikon will be fixing for free? Seriously?

Is it a non-issue or is it an issue they'll be fixing for free? I really must insist that you don't contradict yourself at least within the one sentence!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2015 at 07:58 UTC
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