mgblack74

mgblack74

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

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groucher: Shouldn't that say "lack of sharpness at F1.4 across the frame and lack of sharpness across the entire aperture range.

Think I'll stick with my 20 year old Nikkor 24mm f2.8. It doesn't manage f1.4 but it was cheaper (paid about £20), lighter, sharper and has less CA than the Sigma from f2.8 onwards.

Ok.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 10:57 UTC
On Sigma goes wide with 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens article (184 comments in total)
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G1Houston: Why isn't anyone making a 16/2 or 16/2.8 lens specifically designed for the APS-C cameras?

@g1houston....many 18mm lenses, yes. But nothing faster than f/2.8 or even f/2

Direct link | Posted on Feb 11, 2015 at 18:07 UTC
On Sigma goes wide with 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens article (184 comments in total)
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G1Houston: Why isn't anyone making a 16/2 or 16/2.8 lens specifically designed for the APS-C cameras?

Sigma has the 18-35 f/1.8 for APS-C. How's that selling? If I were shooting APS-C, I'd get it in a heart beat.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 18:10 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (2272 comments in total)
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Roland Schulz: Ok, 1st I´m a Nikon D4 shooter and many will cry "low res" camera now.
I also tried a D800 those days but went for the D4. I´m doing weddings and other stuff and for the very most of at least my work 16MP is plenty enough!

What I like very much with this "low noise" camera is the capability to push the curves in PP hard with much headroom, without getting noise problems. No other camera can do this like a D4/s these days. Even the A7s loses some of the D4/s´s color, punch and "look".

50MP is fine for people who need it - but who does really?! Are you really cropping so hard or printing A0+?
Most of my client´s are watching the pics on an iPad or on TV these days.
What about the lenses, especially the corners? What about AF?! If Sony would bring a A7RII with good live view AF I would say "ok", but with all these submirror PD AF systems we are lost. You may get a sharp shoot, but that´s hardly reproduceable.

For me already 36MP was a bit over - just my 2 cents...

I agree for the most part. But having used 16mp along side 36 there is a palpable difference in IQ in most situations (at wedding receptions the D4/s excels of course). Personally, why I like more pixels is simplified by this: I would rather have 34 shades of grey (haha) inbetween pure white and pure black (B&W = 2 more blocks) than 14. As someone who defended my D700's 12mp vs Canon's 21, I've become a pixel lover but not for sole reason of more pixels in and of itself. It's the many more shads of grey.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 12:45 UTC
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lacikuss: It looks interesting and shows creativity, something canikon forgot to have long time ago.

40mp in 1 second. Nikon can't do 40. But they can do 36mp. All the way up to 1/8000 of a second. 1 second exposures limits a lot of what you can do. Clouds, leaves, grass, water, people, tungsten lights (flicker) all move enough in 1 second to make those 40mp useless. If it took a rapid series of images and then took a second to combine them in camera, that's different.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2015 at 15:36 UTC
On Hands-on with Nikon's new D5500 article (283 comments in total)
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nerd2: $900 entry DSLR with single control dial? WTF?
Nikon put two dials in D70, their cheapest model back then and now they are putting one for $900 body?

D1 was their first DSLR. Then D100. Then D70. Flagship/Pro, then prosumer. Then consumer.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 8, 2015 at 06:27 UTC
On Hands-on with Nikon's new D5500 article (283 comments in total)
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Nindy5: I really don't understand why nikon hasnt released a video focused Dslr, canon want to protect their cinema line and so won't budge on giving consumer level anything except moosh. But nikon have no such cinema line to protect, it couldn't be more obvious the opportunity in front of them, they have better quality video on their consumer Dslrs but it's so poorly implemented. This d5500 release is another nail in their coffin.

The video in the D800 is, by most accounts, excellent. The last 2 seasons of Dexter, for example, were filmed with it. It was also the first DSLR form factor to be able to record uncompressed video to an external device. Other than Canon's video dedicated C series, Nikon's offerings stand up well to Canon's video DSLRs.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2015 at 13:23 UTC
On Hands-on with Nikon's new D5500 article (283 comments in total)
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nerd2: $900 entry DSLR with single control dial? WTF?
Nikon put two dials in D70, their cheapest model back then and now they are putting one for $900 body?

D50 was the cheapest model in its day.
D70->80->90->7000->7100
D50->D40->D60-D3000->D3100--->D3500
D5000 was a new line. It begat the D5100->D5500

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2015 at 13:15 UTC
On Nikon D5500 adds touchscreen and flat picture profile article (213 comments in total)
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John Pennington: It has a smaller viewfinder than the D3300. That's ridiculous.

Thanks for the typo correction. I know what the D3300 is. 4k is not going to hit this price point for years. Right now the only 4k options hover around $2000. One needs and external recorder and the other is u4/3 based. Compared to the D3300 and the D7100, the features of the D52/53/5500 leans towards video. At any rate, this and the other cameras mentioned are not my cup of tea.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2015 at 07:13 UTC
On Nikon D5500 adds touchscreen and flat picture profile article (213 comments in total)
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Homam: Now Nikon knows what to do in D5700... add GPS and lose Wifi... :-)

I usually know where I take my photos, but being able to upload them quickly, in the field, is a nice feature.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2015 at 07:04 UTC
On Nikon D5500 adds touchscreen and flat picture profile article (213 comments in total)
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Thoughts: I would not recommend any one to buy a DSLR cameras that has no in-body autofocus motor.

The market for this camera probably doesn't have AF-D lenses anyway. Poor argument my friend.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2015 at 13:18 UTC
On Nikon D5500 adds touchscreen and flat picture profile article (213 comments in total)
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John Pennington: It has a smaller viewfinder than the D3300. That's ridiculous.

Well, the D3300 doesn't have swivel out touch screen nor heavily weighted to video. Maybe the D3300 is rediculous.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2015 at 13:16 UTC
On Nikon D5500 adds touchscreen and flat picture profile article (213 comments in total)
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nunatak: unless the above specs are in error ... seems strange Nikon would downgrade the IQ by removing the lossless NEF compression option.

This level of camera has always had compressed, lossy RAW.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2015 at 12:39 UTC
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Eric Glam: I own a D5300, and I can tell you with 100% confidence:
Don't buy this D5500. It is now a dinosaur amongst the new crop of mirrorless cameras.
The physical upgrades over the D5300 are just the touch-screen and newly-designed (single) control dial. You can basically create a flat picture profile on your own.
So many things here that Nikon has done to handicap the 5-series:
- missing front control dial
- no real live-view
- no aperture control during live-view
- the Fn (ISO) button is still small and easy to miss
- battery not as good as the 7-series
- video is still capped at 1080p60 @ 36Mbps
- no PGS time-code in video
- 14bit RAW is lossy compressed (they don't even tell you that)
- flash cannot act as trigger
....and so on.

Much better options over at the Sony and Panasonic camps. I'm disappointed.

Any sub $1000 mirrorless cameras with a flip out screen?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2015 at 12:36 UTC
On Nikon D750 Review preview (1876 comments in total)
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RomanP: I don't get what the big deal is here, for the price:
- same body as 610 (except tilt screen)
- same toy-like 4way selector...really inferior to the 810's and 5D's.
- same sensor
- same 6fps. Wait, that's now 6.5fps.
- same buffer! Really, they couldn't double the RAM?

Is it worth an $800 difference between the two models? Yes, better autofocus system, but IQ will be very close, and you won't get more shots at an event than with a D610. It's like Nikon is crippling this model only to queue up a truly high speed 760s next year.

Just see the D750's buffer in glorious action here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1wXGdaNvko

If both are the same price, but one costs you more, and one saves you (in both aggrevation and financially), which one do you pick? Now bring them back to their $800 price difference. Some people upgrade to a camera for the sole purpose of better AF. The value of peace of mind is far, far greater than $800.

Now let's talk about the Wi-fi built in. Let's imagine at a wedding that there is an Instagram hashtag created that everyone with their iPhones are sending pics to. All of a sudden an image or two or three come into the feed that makes people go "wow". It's the hired photog sending pics of dramatic protraits and timely candids right from his camera to phone to instagram. Without taking time out to download and upload via laptop or missing any action. Imagine he books 2 weddings as a result. That $800 you spent over the D610 (just for the AF!) came back into your pocket, + some because of a "toy" feature. Value? The D750 outspecs the 5DIII and is $1000 less. How's that for value?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 29, 2014 at 16:27 UTC
On Nikon D750 Review preview (1876 comments in total)
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RomanP: I don't get what the big deal is here, for the price:
- same body as 610 (except tilt screen)
- same toy-like 4way selector...really inferior to the 810's and 5D's.
- same sensor
- same 6fps. Wait, that's now 6.5fps.
- same buffer! Really, they couldn't double the RAM?

Is it worth an $800 difference between the two models? Yes, better autofocus system, but IQ will be very close, and you won't get more shots at an event than with a D610. It's like Nikon is crippling this model only to queue up a truly high speed 760s next year.

Just see the D750's buffer in glorious action here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1wXGdaNvko

.... from previous:

Having used a crippled D800 for over 2 years next to a flagship D# body I can tell you the value of a camera that gets out of your way. The D610 is a work around camera. As long as things are predictable and repeatable, I can shoot a camera with gremlins. I can "work around" the gremlins. But there is always that seed of doubt that the shot wasn't acquired in focus. That seed of doubt knaws at you. Maybe today it doesn't bother you today or tomorrow, but just like a plant, it grows. I had that experience with the D800 and I traded it like a hot potatoe for a D810 and what a revelation that was. Now those two are virtually the same on paper, but I can tell you, from experience, they are two completely different cameras, the D810 and the D800 I had. The same goes for the D610 and D750. While specs may show very close similarities, the shooting experience is vastly different. And they are further apart than the D800/810.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 29, 2014 at 15:58 UTC
On Nikon D750 Review preview (1876 comments in total)
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RomanP: I don't get what the big deal is here, for the price:
- same body as 610 (except tilt screen)
- same toy-like 4way selector...really inferior to the 810's and 5D's.
- same sensor
- same 6fps. Wait, that's now 6.5fps.
- same buffer! Really, they couldn't double the RAM?

Is it worth an $800 difference between the two models? Yes, better autofocus system, but IQ will be very close, and you won't get more shots at an event than with a D610. It's like Nikon is crippling this model only to queue up a truly high speed 760s next year.

Just see the D750's buffer in glorious action here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1wXGdaNvko

@RomanP. Re: the value of price difference. Let's pretend you're right. Let's say they are the same price and you have the opportunity to shoot a wedding with both. It's the type of event you get one chance on. Over the course of the wedding you notice the D750 is having a much easier time not only acquiring focus but nailing focus. You're getting great shots with the D610, but it requires more efffort. Sometimes requiring focus and recompoising, sometimes you miss a moment because of this. Certainly a very good camera, but one that requires more work to get what you want. The D750 seems to just stay out of your way. Goes about it's business and AF is spot on. If they were the same price, which do you keep? Easy choice right? What if missing shots or more post production is needed when using the D610? What's your time worth? What if the D750 actually lowers the hours spent on a job. Time saved is money earned, no? What if the D610 cost you money on the back end. Cont'd....

Direct link | Posted on Dec 29, 2014 at 15:50 UTC
On Nikon D750 Review preview (1876 comments in total)
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pboehi: I would jump on this camera right away, but why does it offer the dreadful 3:2 image ratio only? I am used to 4:3 and 5:4 (shooting with the D3x and D3s for years), so the range of high end FX cameras that fulfill my needs is a bit limited.

D800/e/810 has a selectable 5:4 mode.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2014 at 18:38 UTC
On Nikon D750 Review preview (1876 comments in total)
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RomanP: I don't get what the big deal is here, for the price:
- same body as 610 (except tilt screen)
- same toy-like 4way selector...really inferior to the 810's and 5D's.
- same sensor
- same 6fps. Wait, that's now 6.5fps.
- same buffer! Really, they couldn't double the RAM?

Is it worth an $800 difference between the two models? Yes, better autofocus system, but IQ will be very close, and you won't get more shots at an event than with a D610. It's like Nikon is crippling this model only to queue up a truly high speed 760s next year.

Just see the D750's buffer in glorious action here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1wXGdaNvko

Same body? You should use both before making stupid comments.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2014 at 16:58 UTC
On Nikon D750 Review preview (1876 comments in total)
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R Neihi: For some complaining about the drawbacks to the camera, do you actually own the camera? I do and have had it for a while now. I use it for interior, portrait, and event work. As far as the cross type AF only being in the middle, I haven't been in a spot where even focusing with one of the side AF squares can I not lock focus. If I can see through the OVF, my camera can lock focus. Also as far as the max shutter speed, yes 4000th of a sec is bad, but if I find I need more, I drop the ISO down to 50. I get no reduced dynamic range and it's better than an ND filter.

Amen. I've had mine for a few months and there is little it can't do compared to even the D810 I own. Ultimately the D810 is a better camera in most respects and especially in IQ, but I 'enjoy' using the D750 more. The AF is exemplary. Even if I can see what I'm looking at, it has acquired focus. There is no exaggeration in its AF specs or in practical use.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2014 at 13:45 UTC
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