zakk9

zakk9

Lives in Thailand Samut Prakan, Thailand
Works as a Graphic designer
Has a website at http://epixx.wordpress.com/
Joined on Sep 18, 2004
About me:

Some Fujis, Nikons and a Panasonic,
and a few Nikkor, Zuiko, Tamron, Panasonic and Zeiss lenses

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On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1281 comments in total)
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MrTaikitso: Why no articulating display? Vital for video really. #GH4

You are supposed to buy D810 and GH4 ;)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2014 at 10:11 UTC
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bobbarber: "Why would anyone buy this for stills?"

Answer: 4k VIDEO = 8 MP stills @ 30/fps.

I guess it remains to be seen how well that works out in practice, but on the surface it is a pretty amazing spec. 8 Mp pretty much covers whatever you would need for journalism.

I use the GH3 for stills because it delivers excellent image quality and because the ergonomics are second to none. The GH4 is an improvement in most areas and is still a bargain compared to most competitors. Only when I need an OVF or PD AF will I choose another camera. Add to this the ability to switch easily between exceptional quality video and stills and to pull frames from 4K video, and there isn't really any competition out there.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 10, 2014 at 23:46 UTC
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jaygeephoto: Not a Canon 1DC by any stretch of the imagination but infinitely more affordable for the budding cinematographer.

Although it's not a 1DC, it does have features that the Canon haven't, like a viewfinder that can be used when shooting video and an articulated LCD. The difference between a contemporary camera and something based on an SLR from the nineties. Video quality? Time will show, but considering that one can buy 7 GH4 bodies for the price of a 1DC, it's more than a bargain.

Oh... and I believe it's one third of the weight as well :)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 10, 2014 at 23:37 UTC
On Nikon D4s First Impressions Review preview (1049 comments in total)
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Edmond Leung: An excellent pro camera!
Pro market only belongs to Nikon and Canon; others are just peanut.
I am wondering why Sony doesn't enter this market. They have very strong pro cameras in the broadcasting and movie industries.
Is the pro market of the still camera too small for them?

They tried and failed. The A900 was a great camera, but not enough sales probably. They couldn't even compete with the twice as expensive D3X that had more or less the same sensor. Many pros are using the A7r though. But for sports, Canikon are hard to beat.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2014 at 06:53 UTC
On Nikon D4s First Impressions Review preview (1049 comments in total)

There's a misprint on page one where you compare it with the D4. You say that the video transfer rate is "42 or 20MBps". That would be very nice, but I guess you mean "42 or 20Mbps".

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2014 at 06:25 UTC as 257th comment | 1 reply
On Nikon D4s: CP+ Hands-on and interview article (54 comments in total)

It's most probably a great tool. A dinosaur but a great tool nonetheless :)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2014 at 06:17 UTC as 20th comment
On Fujfilm interview: 'The only way is to keep innovating' article (228 comments in total)
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erichK: Innovation indeed, when they essentially copy not only the Olympus EM-1, but even the Olympus lens in a lensecap. But then I guess that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!

(It is true that Fuji has come up with some really interesting new technologies in very attractive cameras, but the provenance of the design parameters for their new flagship is painfully obvious!)

Actually, they copied the Contax RTS III. They copied it to a degree that I suspect they must have asked Kyocera for permission.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2014 at 02:28 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1657 comments in total)
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peevee1: Oly, Fuji, Sony keep pulling away...

Mirrorless cameras are much more popular in Asia than in the western world, and while the camera sales in Europe and North America are stagnate, they are increasing strongly in east and south Asia. Half of the world population live in that part of the world, and their buying power is increasing, which means that camera manufacturers have to cater for their needs.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2014 at 15:13 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1657 comments in total)
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topstuff: Frankly, this is all the camera most people will ever need.

I am glad it is not full frame - the lenses would be too large.

I am happy that it is APSC - because in size it can rival m43 while offering better IQ. I think many people prefer the 3:2 format over 4:3 anyway.

EVF looks exceptional. I would take an EVF like this over OVF every time.

The mirror box is dead ! We can look forward to a time when cameras are smaller, our backs are stronger and we only need a small camera bag rather than a big one.

Fuji seem to have nailed this. Well done.

I'm happy that there are still people who think that the mirror will survive. Makes it easy for me to sell off my DSLR bodies. I only use mirrorless anyway these days, and I can't see any reason to go back.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2014 at 10:43 UTC
On Nikon D700 Review preview (7 comments in total)
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Jamesbond6668: I've used this camera for many photo shoots for over 2 years and still have it as my backup camera. (My main one is the D4). If you don't care about video, this is the camera for you! Much better than the D600 and probably very similar to the D800 (though the D800 has way too large image files for most shooters.). The images from the D700 with the right Nikkor lenses will keep you very happy for many years! (I only switched to the D4 for it's low light ability and faster shooting speed.)

The D700 is an excellent camera if you don't need video or long telephoto lenses. It's particularly ideal if you want to use wide aperture primes and play with shallow depth of field. When it comes to image quality, it's a 5 year old camera, and many of the smaller sensors approach the once unique qualities of the D700 (I use a Panasonic GH3 in addition to the D700 myself). There are no obvious choices, and it mostly boils down to the user experience. Do you prefer an OVF or an EVF? Are you ok with a camera that is twice as heavy? The rational choices nowadays are probably a mirrorless camera, but the D700 is a classic. They are all good :)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 09:27 UTC
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Manfred Bachmann: I have no problem to spend 1700.- for a good lens, but why this cheap plastic garbage look?? It´s really a pain if you compare the latest Sigma A build quality with this 100.- toy look
manfred

The "old style" Nikkors, like the 105 and 135mm lenses certainly looked more classy :)

Won't prevent me from buying one though. It's just a tool after all.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 20, 2013 at 03:09 UTC
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jmb2560: I bought a used 50 f1:1.2 while traveling in Japan: $450 and virtually new.

I'm not sure why I would spend that much money for a G lens that is not going to be compatible with my "old babies" F3, F4 and F5.

Simply buy a new "baby", the F6 :D

Direct link | Posted on Oct 20, 2013 at 03:02 UTC
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bossa: The night shot on the official samples page doesn't show point sources for the street lights. They are all triangles and sheared. There's also lots of blue fringing around lots of the lights (purple fringing).

Looking at the portraits the lens doesn't seem as contrasty or sharp at f/2 as one would like. My DA*55 seems better.

I'll take a look at one when they are available though as I love my 35/1.4 G despite what people say about it.

What triangles and fringing are you talking about? I see none.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2013 at 12:32 UTC
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Mr Fartleberry: Homage to Noct? What marketing pig hooey. Maybe if it was 1.2 or 1.0. It's a 1.4 lense, nothing to see here.

But they sure are hooked on grabbing two thousand dollars for mid-range primes now. The Vampire is back as Hogan would say.

I believe it is dpr that talks about homage to Noct, not Nikon. It's less than half the price of the Zeiss and it has AF. What's no to like?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2013 at 12:28 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review preview (2143 comments in total)
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motofoto54: First time posting and simply want to share candidly without any attempt to convince anyone of my beliefs or opinions.

I've been a professional photographer for over 35 years and was originally a Nikon user back in the days of the F2/F3/F4S. With the advent of auto-focus, I tried the EOS 1 system and immediately sold my Nikon gear, lenses...everything. Since that time, I have been a die-hard Canon EOS, 5D/7D user and most recently, the Sony NEX 7.

I will purchase this new Olympus OM-D E-M1 for the following reasons:

1. I've always had great respect for M. Zuiko lenses. Truly great optics.
2. Although I like the physical size and portability of the Nex 7, I miss the ergonomic feel and familiarity of shooting with an slr type camera. I also now understand that it's not just about the megapixel count, but also about the optics (Zuiko)
3. The E-M1 appears to be a well built camera and simply (imho) the best designed dslr camera I have ever seen. Can't wait to get my hands on one!

I tried it today and can confirm what you say. Best ergonomics ever, particularly with the vertical grip. It even bests my previous favourite, the F6 in this respect. I won't sell all my Nikons, mostly for nostalgic reasons, but for most of my work, the E-M1 is a vastly more practical camera and as is mentioned above: The optics are second to none.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2013 at 07:07 UTC
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forpetessake: "Low-light performance is bolstered by a blazing fast f/2.0-4.0 glass lens" -- an advanced advertising method known as bold lies. Who would ever call f/9.3-f/18.6 FF zoom blazing fast? Blazing slow is a better description.

At least learn how to calculate:
f/2.0 @ ISO100
equals f/2.8 @ ISO200
equals f/4.0 @ ISO400
equals f/5.6 @ ISO800
equals f/8.0 @ ISO1600 etc.

Which means that at f/9.1 with your 35mm camera, you're approaching ISO2000. As if it matters. With that 28-200 zoom, it's still not really pocketable, is it?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 7, 2013 at 02:57 UTC
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forpetessake: "Low-light performance is bolstered by a blazing fast f/2.0-4.0 glass lens" -- an advanced advertising method known as bold lies. Who would ever call f/9.3-f/18.6 FF zoom blazing fast? Blazing slow is a better description.

The aperture, exposure time and ISO values of this camera will be the same with this camera as with a 35mm camera with an f/2.0-4.0 zoom, period. If you don't like small sensor cameras, I suggest that you take your pocketable 35mm camera with 28-300mm f/2.0-4.0 zoom and go out take some photos.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 6, 2013 at 02:39 UTC
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Joe Ogiba: The Nokia 808 smartphone has a much larger sensor and cameras like this are dead meat.
http://4.static.img-dpreview.com/files/articles/8083837371/NokiaSensor.jpeg
http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=Nokia+808&s=int

I have the 808, and although the image quality is amazing and I can make phone calls and a few other things with it, it lacks absolutely everything that makes a camera user friendly.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 5, 2013 at 13:42 UTC
On Panasonic DMC G6 preview (199 comments in total)

You are all wrong. Google Leica R8 or R9. The G6 is a miniature copy :)

Apart from that, it looks like a capable camera. Pity that they omitted the multi-aspect feature though. Now the question is: Did they invent yet another battery or does it use one from another camera?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2013 at 01:46 UTC as 68th comment | 1 reply
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JDThomas: Sigma breaks a barrier and everyone is complaining that it's not full-frame. :)

Pretty amazing, isn't it? I wonder why all the geniuses on this forum don't design and make their own lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 18, 2013 at 05:44 UTC
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