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On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1071 comments in total)
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thx1138: The only improvement I can see (and I'm talking only RAW) is that at high ISO the D810 has less chroma noise, otherwise they are so close as to not matter, at any ISO. Clearly Sony won't be getting any more out of its current sensor technology, not that it needs to do much more. The main reason I'd get a D810 is if I had a D700, it's not worth a D800 user upgrading. The native ISO 64 and increased shooting speed are welcome but not reason enough to upgrade.

I wonder if there are many real breakthroughs left on the sensor front using current technology. Canon needs to deliver a 7D II with a sensor that is line-ball with the Sony efforts, lest they face the nightmare of Sony releasing all new sensors that further widen the considerable gap that already exists.

Actually, as a D800 user I don't really care what real world samples are like. I know they will only be good. But thanks for trying to think like a D800 user. What has sold me on the upgrade is the multitude of refinements, specifically in AF, AF accuracy, and group AF and a new warranty to replace my early D800. ISO 64 may not sound significant but it buys me some f/stops when using a big flash outside that only syncs to 1/250. The IQ may be a tick better without an AA filter but it's the easier operability that will sway D800/E users.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2014 at 23:07 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1071 comments in total)
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57even: Perfect. Such a relief. I have no need to upgrade my D800.

Now back to the 1980s when I only had to upgrade a camera every 10 years because I wore it out. That's worth spending $3k for.

The rate of wearing cameras out has increased now too. In the 80's with manual focus and 24 or 36 frames per roll, one shot far less than now. Frame rates and video but more strain on mirrors and shutters. While not an upgrade necessary for all, for some they are approaching the D800/e shutter life expectancy and the upgraded features and a zero shutter count are worth it. Even after only 2 years.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2014 at 16:54 UTC
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simon62: What a waist !


Direct link | Posted on May 26, 2014 at 15:01 UTC
On Canon announces 16-35mm F4L and 10-18mm F4.5-5.6 lenses article (367 comments in total)
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Richt2000: $1199 or £1199 - canon is ripping the brits off again.

For an f4 zoom, thats expensive...

Lets hope its better than the 17-40 L, which is only 'ok' in my book.

U.S. price does not include sales tax. UK price does. So add 5-15% tax depending on what state/province you live in.

Direct link | Posted on May 13, 2014 at 21:12 UTC
On Drone films SpaceX rocket launch and landing article (74 comments in total)
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rfclark: One reason this didn't crash and burn like a lot of our early military test rockets is that this rocket is built with private money!
The engineers made sure they knew what they were doing before they lit the fuse!

Or that modern toaster ovens have more computing power than early rocket testing. Gyro sensors and algorithms for stable flight are not of our parents/grandparents generation.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2014 at 02:33 UTC

That deep grip would sure do well on a Nikon Df too.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2014 at 18:58 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
On Hands on with the Pentax 645Z article (649 comments in total)
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quezra: Where are all the m4/3 fanboys to explain how the EM1 is better?


Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 11:34 UTC
On Mockups emerge of new Olympus OM-D 'OM-G' article (332 comments in total)
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instamatic: Insertable cartridges? Could it be that this camera will have replaceable sensor modules? Perhaps user-replaceable? That would be super nice and quite innovative.

You know what day of what month it is right?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2014 at 18:48 UTC
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Mssimo: Go Pro does a much better job with marketing. You just want to buy the camera because of the footage, excitement and emotion in the videos. This Panasonic camera is much better but they already started on the wrong foot by making these boring videos of people doing boring stuff around SF.

Why anyone would want a 4k video of an awkward lunch or watching glaciers whip past you as you crawl along on Segways is beyond me. Horrible launch Panasonic. Horrible.

People may have boring lives indeed. But marketing is based on what you "could" do with it. Most guys drinking beer are not surrounded by blonde Norse goddesses waiting to be asked to get laid after they drink a dozen beers. But commercials to that effect sell the lifestyle of beer. Same with GoPro. Am I likely to jump out of a capsule at 120,000 ft? No. But GoPro is a much sleeker product at capturing a selfie video of me and my 4 year old daughter going a water tube slide than this concept from Panasonic is.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2014 at 20:32 UTC

So Panasonic comes out with a camera that does just about everything a GoPro does except they add a fragile cable that attaches to a Sony Walkman like device to strap to your arm. Or that necessitates 2 points of contact on any board sport. Or is not quad copter friendly at all. But hey, your aunt can film her hat making and your dad can get close ups of his carburetor like its 1983 again. Wicked.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2014 at 20:20 UTC as 22nd comment | 3 replies
On Nikon D4s and Lexar 400x or 1000x memory card problems article (38 comments in total)
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Just a Photographer: Nikon doesn't care they ship first, let you buy into a product that has faults. Then they let you down...

Time for Nikon to bring on the D4-10s coming September.

This is a Lexar problem, not a Nikon problem. That's why if you call.... Lexar, they will swap out your defective card.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2014 at 18:44 UTC
On Nikon D4s and Lexar 400x or 1000x memory card problems article (38 comments in total)
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TomasJacko: World-shattering news... but:

It seems to have slipped your mind, today again, to put online your review of Canon 1DX.

Such absent-mindedness must be annoying also in ordinary life, am I right?

Really, do think of it tomorrow, ok? It's just one click..

It's been out for 2 years. Just buy it or search else where for equally competent reviews.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2014 at 18:43 UTC
On Apple patents remote control for iPhone camera post (50 comments in total)

So we can use iPhones and iPads to remotely trigger our cameras. And now we can have a remote to trigger our iPhones and iPads? Genius! That's like my wife telling me to tell the kids to clean up.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2014 at 18:41 UTC as 24th comment
On Nikon D4s First Impressions Review preview (1047 comments in total)

You a7, Canon and D4 users are right. There is no need to be concerned about the D4s. It's an inferior camera to what you're using now. And hardly improves on what the D4 offers and hardly justifies it's price. DPR got it wrong, so did Nikon.

Feel better? That's what you wanted to hear right?

Most people will never use 400,000 ISO. But like the power rating of a car, the top end number gives an indication how the camera performs at lesser values. We really don't need more than 50hp to cruise at highway speeds, but most are way beyond that. An ISO rating of. 400,000 means more mortal values of 3200-8000 will be usable to the point of understatement.

The level of measure beating here is what amazes me. The back and forth of debate over 1% of 1% of what the camera can do makes a Star Trek convention look like a room of well hung thoroughbreds. Your 1Dx is amazing. Your 5DIII is amazing, your Fuji is amazing, your a7/r is amazing with its 3 system lenses. The D3s, D4 are still amazing too. It's a good time to be shooting. And cost? It's irrelevant. People buying this have not just picked up photography. They are likely selling something in irder to upgrade. $6500 is not $6500. It's $6500 minus was they sold to subsidize it. Many are making money with it and will pay it off in one week. So talk about cost is pointless.

I'm looking forward to getting my $1300 D4s soon. ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2014 at 11:01 UTC as 74th comment | 6 replies
On Nikon D4s First Impressions Review preview (1047 comments in total)
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topstuff: People comparing a $6000 camera for pros with a $1500 mirrorless. Welcome to the world of gear heads.

Meanwhile, in the real world, dozens of cameras of interest to hobby photographers remain unreviewed.

Fact is that for most people a review of a D4S is about as useful as a review of the Space Shuttle for a compact car purchaser. It's a waste of time.

While so many cameras remain untested , DPR has lost the plot.

I agree mostly, but even in the car world, people like to read reviews of the "unobtainable".

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2014 at 13:12 UTC
On Nikon D4s First Impressions Review preview (1047 comments in total)
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Peter62: Absolutely no visible difference to D4. In fact, the Fuji X-A1 is only very slightly worse than the D4s.


Is that the only difference between the D4s and X-A1?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2014 at 13:09 UTC
On Nikon D4s First Impressions Review preview (1047 comments in total)
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steelhead3: This is a very good camera...the trouble is that it has to use Nikon glass, a step behind Canon and a big step behind Sony. Look at their newest 58 1.4, price wise their highest achievement.

You should comment only when you know what you're talking about and/or have used it first hand over hundreds of actuations.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2014 at 05:02 UTC
On Nikon D4s unboxing: It's arrived! article (265 comments in total)
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jackspra: Nikon cant even match the little GH3 video specs.

The GH3 can't match the D4s in anything. What's your point?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 14, 2014 at 05:41 UTC
On Nikon D4s First Impressions Review preview (1047 comments in total)
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ThomasSwitzerland: I am still a loyal customer of Nikon. But this uninspiring D4s confirms my move. Step by step I get rid of those old world huge cameras. They seem to me like dinosaurs from the past.

I do not want to bash because I believe in Nikon’s excellent sensors’ computer code and ergonomics. I also had the Canon FF cameras with L-lenses. I sold them at very good prices some time ago. I questioned more and more to hike in the mountains with those “tons” of black cases with a huge backpack limiting moves and fun.

Now I still got the D5200 – pros will smile – and mirrorless; and wait for the next generation of cellphone/integrated cameras to migrate to. It’s like with the stock markets. Buy early and sell into the last waves.

In a couple of years, no one can imagine that we took photos with those huge, heavy, and strange looking cameras.

Sometimes it is decision point to liberate. Less load is more joy. More joy and dedication produce better pictures.

I tell you, I'd rather carry a D4 around all day than a D5200 or RX. I'd rather heavy and comfy than light and hand cramps.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 27, 2014 at 00:53 UTC
On Nikon D4s First Impressions Review preview (1047 comments in total)
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mantra: hi
but can't understand one thing
a friend of mine bought the d4 about 4 or 5 month ago
and it was not cheap!!
now nikon releases the D4s
what's about the d4?
it's already devalued or?
thanks That would have warned him. On the plus side, he's been using it for 5 months already. If he's still using it, it still has great value.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 27, 2014 at 00:25 UTC
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