mgblack74

mgblack74

Lives in Canada Burlington, Ontario, Canada
Has a website at www.mikeblackphotoworks.com
Joined on Oct 31, 2007

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On Leica M9 users report sensor corrosion issue article (369 comments in total)

Oops.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 11, 2014 at 04:30 UTC as 22nd comment
On Ten things you need to know about the Sony Alpha 7 II article (263 comments in total)
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Infared: Very very attractive improvements...Sony is getting there. Not enough for me to change systems...but they are getting there....slowly but surely.

With all the iterations of DSLR, SLR, APS-C mirrorless, alpha.... it's nice to see that this design might actually stick to the wall and give them something to build off of instead of changing directions every 18 months.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2014 at 03:27 UTC
On DJI launches Inspire 1 drone with 4K video recording article (97 comments in total)
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AbrasiveReducer: I wonder if the name was inspired by Inspire, the monthly magazine from the folks at Al Qaeda. Seems like a good fit for a drone.

...... or because a quad copter with camera can inspire amazing visuals?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 14, 2014 at 20:31 UTC
On Canon introduces new $78K 50-1000mm cine lens article (174 comments in total)
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jaykumarr: omg.. the style of dpreview titles.. superb..

"new $78K lens" - loudly says everyone "not for you" even before clicking the link. Canon should have released this lens two week back as "impossible".

It is canon's business to price and sell whatever.. we should not intervene in their business. Moreover, it is clear that Nikon is not offering anything close to Canon like this or 100-400mm or 200-400mm 1.4x . I haven't seen them doing any improvement in their lens side.

I and thousand others here will be happier if Canon gives a sharper,faster version of already good 100-400 L , rather than these kind of professional only lens. I think that will be more profitable for Canon.

Except that the average person will have one 100-400 or 200-400. TV broadcasters will most definately have more than 10 of these. Think of a typical pro sports game, and all the camera angles they have. That x $78,000.... Canon goes where the money is.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2014 at 18:32 UTC
On ACDSee Pro 8 and ACDSee 18 announced article (51 comments in total)

Holy cow, what did I miss? I'm still ysing Pro5. LR is amazing for editing volume, but ACDSee is still the best at organizing, burning, doing batch actions like resizing and watermarking and sharpening all at the same time. And batch renaming.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 26, 2014 at 17:58 UTC as 8th comment
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photoway: Hi,
On my side, as à "Pro" photographer... the D750 is not exactly matching my needs to replace my D700 's
I was hopping to have the D4S sensor in the D800 Body... with all "PRO Specs" packaged inside (like Almost the D700 was in regard to the D3)
(Not need a fragile, flip screen,... but Need a 1/8000 sync and 1/250 (320) flash Sync)

and I need 2 lighter (and cheaper) bodies to carry arround ( than the D4's)
Please Nikon, please....!

On the possible "D400" side, Still Waiting too, for my familly photos to a real good replacement for the D300s

Richard -
(have a look at my new gallery : http://www.photoway.com/photos/

As a pro photographer, would you give customers 80% of your best product at a 60% discount? No? Either is Nikon. The Df is 40% a D4 at 40% of the price.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 23, 2014 at 18:34 UTC
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justmeMN: Breaking News: Nikon endorses Sony mirrorless cameras.

D'oh!

Sony is no angel. There is a lot of room for improvements in their FF mirrorless. But credit given where credit is due; Sony has finally hit their radar. Now you'll see Nikon react to market or create a market faster.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 23, 2014 at 18:22 UTC
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mpgxsvcd: The very root of Nikon’s problem is that they have lost some die hard Nikon fans. The oil issue was devastating to their brand. What it did was take some users who wouldn’t even consider switching to another system and make them think twice about staying.

They have always made cameras with excellent image quality. However, some of their customers now question their reliability. In a Professional Photographer world reliability is paramount and all of their recent cameras are geared more towards Pro users.

They really need to convince everyone that the oil issue has been resolved and will never happen again. The statements he made make it sound like they are almost willing to leave it up to chance.

Not just the D600 oil issue but the D800 AF issue too. The latter I would argue is more important. That said, they have demonstrated with the 610 & 810 that QC is back to where we expect it.

It's also one thing for Nikon to acknowledge the problem corporately, but it's another for Nikon to be able to handle it regionally. There seemed to be a level of inconsistently of user experience from region to region on how their local Nikon tech services handled the problem or even knew about it. You would expect a Nikon tech in Canada to have the same abilities as the one is the U.S. or Australia or Japan. But anecdotal reports gave the impression that abilities and knowledge were different. Which can weight perceptions as a whole.

That said, I am convinced the oil problem is past them. Going from a D800 to D810 has shown me their AF issues are certainly past them.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 23, 2014 at 18:14 UTC
On Opinion: Bring on the 70-200mm equivalents article (328 comments in total)

Sigma of old had a reputation of having great ideas but with poor excecution. When I shot Nikon DX I so wanted the 50-150 but inconsistent reports scared me away. If it were an Art series level of build and optics..... No question.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 22, 2014 at 11:21 UTC as 25th comment
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (1434 comments in total)
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beavertown: Still no touch screen in 2014?

I guess the live view focusing is as sluggish as the D800.

Touch screen isn't really needed when all the adjustments you need to actually shoot are found on buttons on the outside if the camera.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 14:15 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2709 comments in total)

This is good news from Nikon forum perusers. As Nikon users, crying for a D300 replacement, migrate to the 7DII, we'll hear less and less about the lack of a D300 replacement. Thank you Canon. :-). Looks like a nice evolutionary improvement.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 12:55 UTC as 600th comment
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (1434 comments in total)
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The Name is Bond: Am I the only person who appreciates the benefit of an AA filter?

Even with large MP sensors, fine textures get aliased.

I've used a d810 for weddings, specifically the brides veil over her face.... no aliasing. The new processors have aliasing correction algorithms. Even LR has a brush for fixing moire.

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

So it's not an imminent release... it's "being developed". Which means it's at least a year away from see the light of day. Did Tamron just hear that Photokina was now? No one else has been suprised by the date and actually has products to launch. These "cock block" announcements make me laugh.... "Thinking of getting a Canikon wide angle? Don't! We're thinking about making one". Lol

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 10:56 UTC as 36th comment | 4 replies
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Paulyd0021: On one hand I like how Apple is focusing on improving the sensor and image quality rather than just bumping up the megapixels. However on the other hand I don't think 8 mp is the sweet spot for a fixed lens. If you can't crop in much without distorting the image, which means you'll need to get a lot closer to whatever it is you're taking a picture of to keep the quality high. I think 12-13mp would have been a better choice and make the phone slightly thicker for increased sensor size. Phone thinness is as thin as it ever needs to be IMO. I'm all for weight reduction, but ergonomically I'd rather have something to grip on to that fits the form of my hand. A wafer thin phone isn't that. I'm still excited to see what the image quality will be for the 6+ with OIS. I hope it helps with low light shots. Still, I don't think I'll be switching any time soon from my Samsung K Zoom. With manual controls, 10x optical zoom, and xenon flash, its the best P&S replacement out there right now.

@nerd2; Apple came out with this smart phone concept first. Before Apple, when BlackBerry ruled, all Samsung's had a QWERTY keyboard and some sort of track ball. After Apple, Samsung phones had the "rectangle with round corners" look pioneered by Apple. Samsung doesn't even develop their own software, so really what have they brought new to the world?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 02:03 UTC
On Zeiss introduces 'no distortion' Otus 1.4/85mm article (338 comments in total)
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munro harrap: I own a NEX7. You can pay at John Lewis £5300 for the same camera in a Hasselblad joke body if you like, but it will take exactly the same photographs (if people dont laugh at what you are holding,).

Once a factory has tooled up for a lens it can produce them in unlimited quantities at far cheaper prices than what only stupid snobs pay now.

This is snobbery. I am glad that the standards are improving, but they have to improve for us all, not the idle rich! It's bad enough that you have a class system of sensor sizes and prices already-its disgusting to be discriminated against because you have less money.I had to wait and save for years to be able to use a decent machine at all- and it was secondhand.When film was around, it was a level playing field IQ-wise.

No autofocus means no go except for video-its a cine lens for Hollywood, Bollywood and St.John's Wood.

Classes exist in all purchase-able products. Cars. Houses for example. It's like not understanding that Porsches are not priced at VW price points. Price points exist so everyone can own a name brand. Whether it be a Nikon D3200 or a D4s. Zeiss has never been a low price point brand. Always an air of exclusivity. But talk about diminishing returns. I think someone who is looking for image quality at this level is looking at medium format. With AF'ing lenses too. Matt Granger says the Otus 85 is possibly out-resolving the D800E sensor. What's the point then?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 9, 2014 at 11:47 UTC
On Nikon releases D4S firmware C:1.10 article (24 comments in total)
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brycesteiner: This is probably the best 35mm camera out there.

I wonder though if it really costs that much more to build than any other SLR? The R&D does cost, and will trickle down. If they lowered the price in half, they probably would sell 10x more. It might even make some other cameras obsolete and then have a smaller product line.

Partially true, but remember the target market is people who are likely to buy more than 1 and have it paid off (i.e. the market can bare the cost) on one or two assignments. But the other factor is that Nikon only makes 3000 of them a month, for a worldwide market. At that pace, a cheaper camera would get on backorder pretty quickly.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 2, 2014 at 16:56 UTC
On Nikon releases D4S firmware C:1.10 article (24 comments in total)
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beavertown: Nikon firmware update = bug fixing

Too early to have so many bugs!

Also it is a hardware downgrade for break 3rd party lenses and battery grip support.

Never update their firmware.

Is that a burn? That makes no sense. Your comment above suggested to not bother updating D4s firmware because Nikon doesn't support 3rd party battery grips. I was reminding you that the D4s has a built in battery grip (and by default a batter). So your reason for banning firmward updates is null for this reason.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 2, 2014 at 16:23 UTC
On Nikon releases D4S firmware C:1.10 article (24 comments in total)
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beavertown: Nikon firmware update = bug fixing

Too early to have so many bugs!

Also it is a hardware downgrade for break 3rd party lenses and battery grip support.

Never update their firmware.

This just in.... Nikon D4s has built in battery grip!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 1, 2014 at 13:15 UTC
On Very flashy: Ricoh unveils Pentax K-S1 DSLR article (206 comments in total)

Pentax users, I am sorry for you.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 04:38 UTC as 48th comment | 2 replies
On Quick Review: Zenfolio's Photograher Central article (16 comments in total)
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Jogger: When people need a photographer, they just go to Google and type in "photographer [city]" .. done. No one is going to think: "hmmm.. i need a photographer.. im going to use Zenfolio to find one"

This is one of those useless companies that offers no tangible products or services and demands money from the people who are actually providing the service.

Agreed. When someone thinks of searching for something, they think Google, Yahoo, Bing. Not Zenfolio. There is potential though, and I hope part of that $400 fee goes towards Zenfolio making this known to professions who hire photographers, commerical and the like.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 22, 2014 at 15:36 UTC
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