Marty4650

Marty4650

Lives in United States NC, United States
Works as a Retired Industrial Engineer
Joined on May 20, 2005

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On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2222 comments in total)

If someone tried to give me this camera as a gift, I would take it.

Then I would put it on ebay, and sell it for $1,850, since it is currently out of stock at Amazon. Then, I would use the part of the money to buy an Olympus 75mm f/1.8 lens, and put the other thousand dollars in my pocket.

I would send a nice thank you note to the kind person who gave me that gift.

And Barney would take the camera too, if it wasn't for Simon's rule about accepting gifts from camera companies. In fact, I'd guess that Barney's own sense of integrity would prevent him from taking it without a rule forbidding it.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2014 at 21:08 UTC as 61st comment | 1 reply
On Drone lighting could be coming soon to your studio article (119 comments in total)

Someday.... all these drones will form a union.... and demand actual wages.

And when that happens we will be so dependent on them, that we will give them anything they want, so we can stay planted in our lazy boy recliners, while they do all the real work.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 19, 2014 at 03:09 UTC as 5th comment
On Drone lighting could be coming soon to your studio article (119 comments in total)
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Marty4650: In the future, one drone will take a photo, of another drone acting as the model, while a third drone hovers around with the lights.

You can file this nonsense under "we did it to prove it could be done, and we think it is very cool."

And the sixth posts it on Dpreview... who now has more drones than people as website memebers.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 19, 2014 at 03:05 UTC
On Dronestagram contest winners announced article (114 comments in total)
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ManuelVilardeMacedo: I'm still very skeptical about drones in general, but I have co concede it expands photographic possibilities. What this needs is better image quality, though.

There is nothing preventing anyone from mounting a Canon 1Dx to a drone large enough to lift the weight, if outstanding image quality is required.

Right now, people are all jazzed up over the novelty of getting a fresh perspective. In time, the novelty will fade, and they will start asking for photos with better technical quality.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 18, 2014 at 19:59 UTC
On Drone lighting could be coming soon to your studio article (119 comments in total)

It is just a matter of time before someone starts a "Drone Equivalency" thread.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2014 at 21:30 UTC as 19th comment
On Drone lighting could be coming soon to your studio article (119 comments in total)

In the future, one drone will take a photo, of another drone acting as the model, while a third drone hovers around with the lights.

You can file this nonsense under "we did it to prove it could be done, and we think it is very cool."

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2014 at 13:54 UTC as 31st comment | 3 replies

This just boggles the mind....

Perhaps bright colored frames around photos will appeal to hipsters? Who knows?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2014 at 21:14 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply
On Olympus takes Pen E-PL6 beyond Asia article (75 comments in total)
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chiane: Another slow 14-42 kit zoom. How many does that make?

chiane...

This is the fourth 14-42mm lens from Olympus for M4/3, but the first pancake powerzoom version.

Does it matter that Canon has five versions of their 18-55mm kit lens?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2014 at 00:32 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3 stock shortage prompts official apology article (288 comments in total)

Let's see if I understand this....

Nikon "apologizes" for not making the V3 fast enough to meet demand... and this took all of three weeks. But it took Nikon two full years to apologize for dust and oil on the D600 sensor, after denying the problem existed, claiming the camera was "within spec" and blaming their customers for having unreasonable expectations from a $2,000 camera.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2014 at 12:57 UTC as 57th comment | 3 replies
On Nikon 1 V3 stock shortage prompts official apology article (288 comments in total)

Nikon has accomplished the seemingly impossible.

They are selling a toy camera for the same price as the high end Nikon D7100, and now they have a waiting list and irate customers who have back orders!

You gotta give Nikon a lot of credit for this. I know I am impressed.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2014 at 00:39 UTC as 102nd comment | 5 replies
On Sony drops list price of Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 article (201 comments in total)

Sony has just done a very smart thing, and has demonstrated how competition works to the advantage of all customers. This price drop was strictly a response to the Panasonic FZ1000, which is a very similar camera priced much lower.

I don't believe any price is "over priced" if enough people are willing to buy it at that price. (e.g.....Leica). Notice that Sony didn't drop their price UNTIL they had some real competition.

It is always easier to drop a price than to raise it, so I understand why manufacturers start out by setting a high list price, and then look to see if it sells well at that price.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2014 at 20:06 UTC as 48th comment
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (432 comments in total)
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hrt: DxO's analysis of Nikon's 1 cameras have been unimpressive compared to Sony's RX100 series with the same 1 inch sensor.

Likewise, NIKON 1's V Series is much larger and heavier than Sony's RX100 series.

Nikon's Coolpix P7000 series with 1/1.7 inch sensors have constantly been losing to Canon's G series as well as to other brands' high-end compacts.

Who are the target users for Nikon 1's V series, who are people other than those choosing Nikon 1's J series ????

Where is Nikon driving at, when it comes to high-end compacts ????

But are they the same sensor?

True, they both have 1" size sensors, but I think Nikon's are made by someone like Aptina, and of course Sony makes their own sensor.

Sony seems to know how to make sensors since everyone except Canon and Samsung uses their sensors in their cameras. In fact Nikon even uses Sony sensors in their DSLRs. But for the Nikon 1, Nikon designed their own sensor and had it fabricated by Aptina. This might explain why the Sony 1" sensor seems to do a lot better.

Perhaps they might have been better off just using the 1" Sony sensor?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2014 at 19:00 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (432 comments in total)

Everyone has different preferences. The real question is... who is this camera designed for?

This camera is confusing.

It is bigger than it needs to be. So it isn't the best design for a compact carry camera. It is more expensive than some semi-pro DSLRs are, so it isn't a good value. Is this camera worth more than an E-M5 or an X-E2 or a NEX-6? Because it sure costs more.

It uses a cell phone memory card, for some reason that no one can seem to understand. Perhaps they just wanted it to be different?

Having a separate and "optional EVF" might seem like a good idea on paper, but in reality it just creates the need to carry something else around. Something that could be lost, dropped or misplaced. This might be why Olympus has been more successful with their OMD line than their Pen line.

To me, it looks like this camera only makes sense for a Nikon fan who wants a "companion camera" for his Nikon DSLR, and cannot tolerate any other brand name sitting in his camera bag.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2014 at 08:39 UTC as 51st comment | 5 replies
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (432 comments in total)
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Marty4650: Somehow....

Nikon uses a Micro SD card to save weight... and ends up with a camera that:

* weighs a 175 grams more than a Panasonic GM1,
* is larger in every dimension than a Panasonic GM1,
* has a sensor half the size of the one in a Panasonic GM1,
* costs more than a Panasonic GM1.

What was Nikon thinking?

Good point. A camera can be too small.

But if you prefer a "medium size" camera rather than a small one, then why not have the better ergonomics of a normal sized memory card? And since you don't want a really small camera, why settle for a really small sensor?

Fotogeneticist was absolutely right. Nikon has miniaturized everything but the camera. The advantage of using a small sensor is lost when you end up with a bigger camera. It seems like such a shame to give up image quality to build a "medium sized camera" when you could have easily used a larger sensor, as the GM1 demonstrates.

If all you wanted was "more DOF" then there are cameras with even smaller sensors that can do it better.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2014 at 08:30 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (432 comments in total)
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Retzius: Dumb dumb camera. Good technology but poorly marketed. Nikon had no idea who they are making these cameras for.

If you are an enthusiast you will want to use the grip and viewfinder. But, if you use the grip you have to remove it every time you want to change the battery and the tripod socket is now off-center. In addition, you can't use a Arca Swiss style plate.

The external EVF actually made the camera more expensive and if you use it now you can't use a flash... Dumb dumb dumb

OTOH, its too expensive for casual shooter or soccer moms when they can get a competent APS-C Dslr for half the price.

Nikon has no idea who they want to sell these cameras to. They are hoping to create a market that won't intrude on their slr sales but it is priced far too high to do that. The fact that they drop in price my 50% a year later doesn't help things much...

dumb dumb dumb

@Studor13

You certainly CAN command high prices if you deliver something that justifies it. Leica proves that every day, even if all they deliver is extremely high build quality and prestige, they are still delivering something.

The Nikon 1 V3 delivers absolutely nothing to justify the pricing.

* Not really great image quality like Fuji
* Not a great lens selection like M4/3
* No prestige or luxury image like Leica
* Not even as small as a Panasonic GM1

So what does it deliver? The Nikon Brand Name on a MILC camera that costs twice as much as better MILC cameras made by other companies. And then they design it with a Micro SD card to add insult to injury.

This camera is an epic fail. It makes you really wonder if Nikon has a real marketing strategy for this market niche, and it explains why their Nikon 1 cameras only sell when the price is cut in half. Because when they do that, they sell pretty well.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2014 at 15:07 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (432 comments in total)
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HMeYe: The pricing is not that bad guys : it includes a cam , a kit lens, an EVF and a grip ... I only wished it had a built in GPS like the AW1 and an additional external hot shoe for Flash !

Sure.... the pricing isn't bad at all.

I'm holding out for the Hasselblad version of the V3.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2014 at 14:26 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (432 comments in total)
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Michael Piziak: $1200 ???

Come on Michael....

You KNOW you will want one when Nikon clears them out at $399 in a few months!

Nikon deliberately overprices these little cameras so they can create excitement at their "close out" sales.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2014 at 13:04 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (432 comments in total)

Somehow....

Nikon uses a Micro SD card to save weight... and ends up with a camera that:

* weighs a 175 grams more than a Panasonic GM1,
* is larger in every dimension than a Panasonic GM1,
* has a sensor half the size of the one in a Panasonic GM1,
* costs more than a Panasonic GM1.

What was Nikon thinking?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2014 at 12:59 UTC as 75th comment | 6 replies
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Marty4650: It may be unrealistic for anyone to expect revolutionary leaps and bounds from a mature technology.

Digital Imaging is now a mature technology, and we can expect much more of this evolutionary continuous improvement in new models. This might give us very little reason to replace last year's model, but will be wonderful for first time buyers, people switching systems, and people who upgrade every five to ten years. They will be shocked by the sum total of all the small improvements combined.

Just like with cars, no one expects the 2015 Toyota Corolla to be very much better than the 2014 Toyota Corolla, but we all know it will be much nicer (and much more expensive) than a 2003 Toyota Corolla.

John.... capabilities might converge, but ergonomics just can't do that. Some people will always have a preference of smaller and lighter. Others might never be happy with an EVF, no matter how good it is.

The Swiss Army Knife is the best example of convergence I can think of.

It is a very handy tool, but it isn't the best screwdriver, it isn't the best saw, it isn't the best scissors, and it isn't even the best knife you can buy. It just can do a lot of things, while doing none of them exceptionally well.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2014 at 17:35 UTC
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Marty4650: It may be unrealistic for anyone to expect revolutionary leaps and bounds from a mature technology.

Digital Imaging is now a mature technology, and we can expect much more of this evolutionary continuous improvement in new models. This might give us very little reason to replace last year's model, but will be wonderful for first time buyers, people switching systems, and people who upgrade every five to ten years. They will be shocked by the sum total of all the small improvements combined.

Just like with cars, no one expects the 2015 Toyota Corolla to be very much better than the 2014 Toyota Corolla, but we all know it will be much nicer (and much more expensive) than a 2003 Toyota Corolla.

You are probably very right about budget issues. Those with budget issues will keep demand high for for old models that were replaced by new models with insufficient improvement to justify the new price vs. discount price differential.

Examples that come to mind are the Canon 60D, Olympus EM5, and Pentax K5.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 28, 2014 at 12:05 UTC
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