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 Nikon D4s First Impressions Review preview (1042 comments in total)
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Brilliantine Stick Inesct: Nikon and Canon are rapidly becoming dinosaurs. Mirrorless cameras will kill their business model. The mirror less efforts from both these guys have been poor. Olympus and Fuji are showing the way.

Yes.... vesa1tahti... you are right.

Everyone SHOULD want a three pound camera that costs $6,000. I just don't understand why anyone would want to settle for anything less.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2014 at 14:01 UTC
On Nikon D4s First Impressions Review preview (1042 comments in total)
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M Jesper: Actually only about 1 stop better than a Olympus E-P5.
(3200 compared to 1600) :-O

I'd say "one stop better" isn't enough for a sensor four times larger in a camera that costs seven times as much. I would expect the Nikon to do much better than that.

I think Olympus is doing fine.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2014 at 13:54 UTC
On Am I missing something here? article (626 comments in total)

Richard,

The problem with aiming Nikon 1 at enthusiasts is that enthusiasts really feel that larger sensors are more important than lighter or smaller lenses. You can tell by the gazillion equivalence threads in the forums here.

I think Nikon fails three ways, as far as enthusiasts are concerned:

1. They fail on value. Both the Olympus EM10 and the Sony A6000 are cheaper when configured with EVF and kit lens.

2. They fail on performance when compared to any other MILC system except the Pentax Q, which sports an even smaller sensor.

3. They even fail on size. The V3 body weighs almost twice as much as a Panasonic GM1, and even outweighs the Sony A6000 by a little.

They should have stuck with those soccer moms.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 21:34 UTC as 123rd comment
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Marty4650: Wait.... can this possibly be right?

$2,000 for a Nikon V3 with a 3X normal zoom lens, an optional EVF, and a battery grip to make it larger? $1,000 more for a telezoom lens?

Suddenly.... a Fuji XT1, or an Olympus EM1 looks like a bargain!

OK... it's $1,199. Somehow I thought it was $1,999 or perhaps it was edited. Still... way too high.

Point being.... why create a camera with a very small sensor when it costs just as much and weights just as much as a Sony NEX6 or a Fuji XE2 after you "bulk it up" with an EVF?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 10:48 UTC

Wait.... can this possibly be right?

$2,000 for a Nikon V3 with a 3X normal zoom lens, an optional EVF, and a battery grip to make it larger? $1,000 more for a telezoom lens?

Suddenly.... a Fuji XT1, or an Olympus EM1 looks like a bargain!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 10:32 UTC as 32nd comment | 3 replies

I don't think Nikon gets it.

Small MILC cameras exist because they are tiny, and perfect for street shooters and travelers. They are great for a large pocket or purse and are perfect for social events, or any time you want to travel light or be discreet.

They work best with fast primes and pancake zoom lenses.

Birders and wildlife photographers don't need tiny cameras. They need image quality and reach. Do you really need a tiny camera if you are already hauling an eight pound tripod around with you?

So... along comes Nikon with a camera twice as big and twice as expensive as a Panasonic GM1. And it has a sensor half as large. But they saved you a whopping 1 gram of weight by using a memory card designed for a cell phone!

Exactly what is the point?

Nikon has created yet another overpriced MILC camera that will sit on the shelves and end up being sold at clearance prices six months from now. And this will validate their decision to keep making DSLRs for another 50 years.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 09:50 UTC as 33rd comment | 8 replies
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Marty4650: I hope the folks who say "Sigma should stop making lenses with Nikon mounts" realize that is precisely how Sigma makes a living. The lions share of their revenue comes from selling lenses to Canon and Nikon users.

You could probably take all the Sigma SA mount users and have a group meeting with them in a two car garage.

Yes, of course. The Foveon sensor can produce stunning results. But that wasn't the point I was making.

A third party lens maker cannot exist if they stop making lenses for 40% of the people who own ILC cameras. Sigma can survive without Olympus, Pentax, Fuji or even Sony mount lenses, but they cannot "stop making" lenses for Nikon, or Canon.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 12, 2014 at 12:25 UTC

I hope the folks who say "Sigma should stop making lenses with Nikon mounts" realize that is precisely how Sigma makes a living. The lions share of their revenue comes from selling lenses to Canon and Nikon users.

You could probably take all the Sigma SA mount users and have a group meeting with them in a two car garage.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 12, 2014 at 02:22 UTC as 39th comment | 5 replies

This seems like a really nice invention that would be highly desirable for GoPro users.

Which makes me wonder why the inventor doesn't license it to GoPro or some other larger company?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 9, 2014 at 10:36 UTC as 24th comment | 1 reply
On Pentax O-FC1 FluCard: The wireless details article (124 comments in total)
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Greg VdB: It's exactly five months ago that the K-3 First Impressions article was posted on DPR. Good to see that the wireless control app had priority over the full camera review...

@ Heie2...

I actually agree that the K3 is interesting and innovative. I was just suggesting that Dpreview might have felt it wasn't "interesting or innovative ehough" so they gave the review a low priority.

In terms of market share, Pentax is no worse off than Olympus, Fuji, or Panasonic... yet those three seem to get reviews done faster.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 7, 2014 at 17:33 UTC
On Two photographers re-imagine city potholes article (147 comments in total)
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whawha: Personally, I just find it very, very silly. Imagine the time, money and logistics that went into these photographic inanities...

99% of what we amateur photographers do is a waste of time, money and logistics.

I fail to see why this should be held to a higher standard.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2014 at 17:38 UTC
On Two photographers re-imagine city potholes article (147 comments in total)
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Peter CS: Interesting series - please come to San Francisco too, where potholes abound... Also, how about filling the potholes after your done as a community service and positive, lasting effort!

Peter....

Believe it or not it is probably a crime for a private citizen to fill a pothole in the USA. They would need to be properly trained and licensed and would need to use approved materials, and even then, the unions would throw a fit.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2014 at 17:36 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M10 First Impressions Review preview (619 comments in total)
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Jogger: I guess the PEN line is officially dead. Aside from a stripper entry model, there's really no room for it in the current Oly lineup. And, it doesnt make sense for a small player like Oly to have ore models than Canon or Nikon.

There probably should be two Pen models for their entry level, and for people who don't feel the need for an EVF.

The EP5 makes absolutely no sense now. Once you add an optional EVF, you are almost at the price of the flagship EM1.

Once you add an optional EVF to even the cheapest Pen, you now are spending as much as buying an EM10. So the Pen line is now strictly relegated to the entry level.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 27, 2014 at 22:51 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M10 First Impressions Review preview (619 comments in total)
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cantsin: All currently available Micro Four Thirds cameras suffer from too many/too small pixels on their sensors, resulting in worse signal-nosie-ratios and limited high ISO/dynamic range compared to its APS-C competitors. In these days, there's not even a size or cost advantage of Olympus OM-D series over Sony's, Fuji's and Samsung's mirrorless offerings.

MFT could be much more competitive if Megapixels were cut. An MFT camera with a 9 Megapixel sensor could be as good in color, dynamic range and high ISO as a Nikon D800 with its 36 Megapixels (if one considers that MFT has 25% of full frame's sensor surface).

@ cantsin...

You're absolutely right.

There is no size advantage over Sony, Fuji, or Samsung's camera body offerings.... until you add a lens.

And you pretty much need a lens to take a photo.

So this point is very relevant.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 27, 2014 at 22:47 UTC
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Markol: What I don't get is pricing- The first 3 generations of PENs were sold at a 50% discount some 6 months after they were released, the P5 is still at the original price after 9 months, the PL5 dropped by less than 15% in much over a year. Compared to many competitors, they are just too expansive and the policy is confusing. I understand that for lenses, but cameras?

It is also possible that Olympus forecast much larger sales than actually materialized. And then they had to move the inventories to make way for the EP3 series cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2014 at 19:43 UTC

Cynical or not.... the timing of Nikon's new found generosity seems to coincide with several class action law suits being filed.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2014 at 19:27 UTC as 80th comment | 2 replies
On Nikon D4s: CP+ Hands-on and interview article (54 comments in total)

"The AF-on button is now easier to press, and the hand grip is better" just about sums it up.

Why did they bother with so many very minor improvements?

This is a very slightly better camera than a D4, but provides very little reason to upgrade from one. The probably should have waited two more years so they might have some more significant improvements to offer.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2014 at 11:23 UTC as 14th comment | 3 replies
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Mark Kalenian: The problem I see with mirrorless is that many of us in the USA who have bought into the Nikon line may have invested heavily over time in a number of lenses including long ones. For me to go mirrorless, I would want a new camera to interface all my old Nikon DLSR lenses. The mirrorless camera I would consider now with no more than 1-2 lenses at most would be one of the newer Fuji ones do to light-weight or weekend work, street photography or hiking and keep with the nikon dlsr system for mores serious work. Since I and others in our club prefer nature photography, we still await the D300 and D300S replacement since we like the DX reach and increased dof. The nikon D7100 doesn't have the buffer size nor fps that would crown it as a true D300S replacement, and the D7100 is not built with that pro feel. Also it takes years for a mirrorless system to develop out its full line of lenses, especially longer ones, and with falling consumer camera sales, product releeases are prolonged.

Jude, Nikon does make such an adapter.

http://www.amazon.com/Nikon-3613-FT-1-F-Mount-Adapter/dp/B005TMSN4E/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1393258784&sr=8-3&keywords=nikon+1+adapter+to+f+mount

If you buy that adapter, you can use use Nikon F lenses on a Nikon 1 camera and still have autofocus. Just like the Olympus MMF adapters do for M4/3.

The downside is the adapter is huge, and expensive ($239). The size and weight alone is enough to negate the advantage of buying a tiny camera.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2014 at 16:22 UTC
On Meet 'The Archivist' at National Geographic article (35 comments in total)

Since most were never published, National Geographic could create many great books by simply mining their own archives.

Imagine the value of this collection if it ever went up for auction.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 22, 2014 at 13:43 UTC as 20th comment
On Meet 'The Archivist' at National Geographic article (35 comments in total)

A dream job, if ever there was one for a photo enthusiast.

And he actually gets paid to do it!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 22, 2014 at 13:41 UTC as 21st comment | 3 replies
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