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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On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 flips for selfies article (373 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 (1839 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 (1839 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 (1839 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 (1839 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 (1839 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
On Nikon D750 Review preview (1839 comments in total)
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km25: Bottom line, Nikon will fix it and stands behind their product. Give'em that.

Tell that to a D600 owner.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2015 at 07:57 UTC
On Nikon D750 Review preview (1839 comments in total)

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.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2015 at 07:54 UTC as 133rd comment | 6 replies

"Better" or "just as good" depend entirely on what you're shooting. Under the right conditions and in the right presentation media the phone will do nicely next to a much more expensive DSLR. If you're buying a DSLR purely to take medium wide angle photos in bright even light only to post them on social media then you may well be wasting your time.

This accessibility is fantastic. It allows people to play with framing and composition without an additional financial outlay. It means where 10 years ago you'd normally be caught out because you didn't have your camera with you, you MIGHT just have something suitable sitting in your pocket to capture that shot.

If that moment you're capturing involves long zoom action sports, wildlife, astrophotography, architecture, extreme low light etc. your phone won't cut it and your current DSLR might not be enough. You might be able to capture something complimentary that would suit your phone. (Crowd watching sports for example).

Direct link | Posted on Jan 19, 2015 at 03:44 UTC as 14th comment | 1 reply
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BrumNewsPhotos: How exactly do you replicate this issue, I have taken a few thousand images on mine and don't think I have seen it, but then I don't know what I am looking for!

You're lucky. My experience with Nikon service in Australia has been to be ridiculed because they were unable to replicate an intermittent shutter issue (warranty serviceproduced video to prove it was happening with error code clearly displayed. Retailer replaced camera after 3 attempts under consumer law). Another shutter fix on another camera 2 years later required 4 trips including initial drop off for them to get it right and fix the thing. Never mind the inconvenience of having only 1 repair center within 1000km of me and I live in the largest city in Australia.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 17, 2015 at 14:31 UTC
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Karl Summers: This camera wasn't ready to be released prior to Christmas, yet Nikon did it anyway before the camera was thoroughly tested for defects. Now there is a major recall and Nikon is taking a huge hit for it. The company has poor leadership. I remember a poster stating the Canon 5D Mark III had the same issue, yet I don't remember a major recall for that camera.

I don't need the constant headaches that Nikon inspires. Canon may not have the latest greatest sensor tech, but at least I can rely on my camera.

And one more thing, this is what you get for buying the first incarnation of a new product line...suckers.

Except that Canon are refusing to even admit some faults. Like the 70D focus issue above. So you would be just as stuck since they won't fix what they don't admit exists.

Don't fool yourself. The camera companies have all had their customer service go into the toilet in the last decade or so.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 17, 2015 at 03:36 UTC
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riveredger: It's quite interesting that SO many digital cameras have issues. I am not sure there is any other tech sector that sees so many defective products come to market.

You're not looking very hard. GPS. Computer components (Even the CPU). You have to look for problems on all tech gear now. I blame the shortened development and testing cycle. Every piece of tech has to be replaced with a newer model every betwee 18 and 24 months . Nothing gets time to be done properly and yet people keep buying.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 16, 2015 at 02:43 UTC
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Karl Summers: This camera wasn't ready to be released prior to Christmas, yet Nikon did it anyway before the camera was thoroughly tested for defects. Now there is a major recall and Nikon is taking a huge hit for it. The company has poor leadership. I remember a poster stating the Canon 5D Mark III had the same issue, yet I don't remember a major recall for that camera.

I don't need the constant headaches that Nikon inspires. Canon may not have the latest greatest sensor tech, but at least I can rely on my camera.

And one more thing, this is what you get for buying the first incarnation of a new product line...suckers.

I own Canon and Nikon now. Both companies can behave very VERY badly.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cA6JnzYSDJE
So what happens if you send it in?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlmAvqEt63I

That was enough to put me off buying a 70D. I bought the 700D - good enough for me for now.

Here are problems with the 7D. I believe this has somewhat been addressed with a firmware upgrade, but again I don't own the camera and I've only shot with it twice.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrJDjftcgX0

What about the 1DMkIII?
http://photo.net/canon-eos-digital-camera-forum/00bWvt

Nikon are just as bad. Some (too many) D7000 had focus issues. D800 left/right focus not alligned. D600 should be sold as a vacuum cleaner and replacing it in the lineup with a D610 was abhorrent. Now the D750 is kinda sorta but not quite recalled. I haven't bought a Nikon DSLR in 4 years or so now.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 16, 2015 at 02:40 UTC
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BrumNewsPhotos: How exactly do you replicate this issue, I have taken a few thousand images on mine and don't think I have seen it, but then I don't know what I am looking for!

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

Not my video and I don't own a D750. Just search Youtube for "D750 flare" without the quotes for more info.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 16, 2015 at 02:27 UTC

"Senior Vice President of Samsung's R&D team in the company's Mobile (formerly Digital Imaging) division"

So does this mean
A) He use to be VP in the Digital Imaging division and now is one in the Mobile division.
or
B) Samsung's Digital Imaging division has been renamed Mobile.

Because if the later, I'd say that screams stay away from Samsung if you want a serious camera and don't mind their opinions on the topic.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2015 at 05:15 UTC as 33rd comment | 1 reply
On Quick Look: The art of the unforeground article (85 comments in total)

Sorry but sand dunes in the foreground are a foreground. So are reflections of stars. How about "don't stick anything in the foreground that doesn't add to the image and if that leaves you with a simple foreground so be it".

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2015 at 21:12 UTC as 36th comment | 1 reply
On Nikon D750 Review preview (1839 comments in total)
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Carlos Loff: Nikon has become overpriced on its top cameras - If Nikon does´t care about that it will run down hill - The Market is Out There !!!

Electronic shutter still rocked and I miss it's uses. I kept my D70 cameras though I rarely use them.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 25, 2014 at 08:21 UTC
On Nikon D750 Review preview (1839 comments in total)
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Carlos Loff: Nikon has become overpriced on its top cameras - If Nikon does´t care about that it will run down hill - The Market is Out There !!!

I miss the 1/500th sync (and 1/8000th with a simple physical hack) of the D70. Fast shutter + full flash power made for some awesome zoo photos with that camera....but the IQ of today's cameras blows it away.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 24, 2014 at 00:09 UTC
On Nikon D750 Review preview (1839 comments in total)
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Carlos Loff: Nikon has become overpriced on its top cameras - If Nikon does´t care about that it will run down hill - The Market is Out There !!!

Cameras use to last decades. Now if they break after 5 years good luck getting parts. if they break out of warranty good luck with it being economical to repair. And if you have a problem good luck making use of your warranty without a lot of hassle. My customer service experience for the last 10 years has been shocking. I avoid servicing my cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 24, 2014 at 00:07 UTC
On Nikon D750 Review preview (1839 comments in total)
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David Kinston: I just dusted off my D80. (I have D300, D7000, D750).

All modern cameras are great.
Results are 1% camera - 99% you.
The D750 is a brilliant piece of equipment.

IMO anyone who cannot pick up a D80 and be 99% satisfied is not a photographer - just a pedantic nitpicker and whinger.

:P

It depends entirely on what you're shooting. If you're shooting sports at an international event, particularly paid, you're not going to rock up with a D80 no matter how good you are. A D4 will be your axe. If you're shooting a wedding reception in low light, you won't turn up with a 10 year old point and shoot. The equipment always matters. It doesn't take the picture for you. The photographer always matters too. Any weak link will ruin the photos.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 24, 2014 at 00:04 UTC
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