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 Hands-on with Nikon's new D5500 article (268 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 (268 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 (268 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 (214 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 (214 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 (214 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 (214 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 (214 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
On Nikon D5500 adds touchscreen and flat picture profile article (214 comments in total)
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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 (1835 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 (1835 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 (1835 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 (1835 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 (1835 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 (1835 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
On Nikon D750 Review preview (1835 comments in total)
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SeeRoy: As someone who has rather a lot of money "invested" in high-end Nikon lenses which sometimes hang off a D700, I now mostly shoot M43. Obviously I'd like the option of shooting higher resolution FF now and again (mainly for the capacity to crop heavily when shooting wildlife). But there's no way I'm buying another DSLR. Maybe when Nikon eventually introduce a mirrorless FF camera that will accept my lenses I'll spend some more money with Nikon. It's long overdue. I'm well aware what DSLRs can do that mirrorless can't - yet - but for me the DSLR is a dinosaur and the sooner it's extinct the better.

Never say never. You should read the Nikon forums to see how mirrorless users are coming back to DSLRs because of the D750. And you should try it before making such proclamations.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2014 at 13:36 UTC
On Nikon D750 Review preview (1835 comments in total)
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Peter Evans: I don't understand the weird mix of entry level and semi-professional features in the D750. I see the logic of dropping the 1/8000 shutter speed at this price point but fail to see the reason for Scene Modes. Does the purchaser of a camera of this quality really want 'Food' and 'Blossom' modes?

And if someone is really attracted by such a comprehensive metering and autofocus system, wouldn't they be the sort of photographer who would appreciate a dedicated AF-ON button? (The AE-L/AF-L button is really too far to the left to be a naturally comfortable substitute for a dedicated AF-ON)

I honestly think Nikon has fallen between two stools with this model and reduced the potential market for the camera as a result.

Oh, and just for the record, I've used Nikon SLRs for a long time. I find the ergonomics and menu systems very intuitive - far moreso than other manufacturers' cameras I've handled (and, as a photography holiday host and teacher, I handle a lot).

Just my 2 euro cents

For the price, it appeals to a big market. Pros looking for its pro features and upgraders looking for an easy to use, well handling FF Nikon DSLR. I've had several pro cameras over the years and scene modes on the D750 didn't give me pause at all in acquiring it. I just choose not to use them. Even the D4s has the ability to in camera edit a shot to have a "miniature" effect or (lord have mercy) selective colour. It's there if people want it, but the choice is there not to use it.
The lack of AF-ON button is a non issue for how I shoot. Id rather shoot in manual than press AE-L, so with the ability to reprogram that button to AF-ON only it's not as big an issue for many. It's placement, I find, is fine. I'm sure it's position is a compromise for 95% of users.

And you're right, Nikon has the $1600 D610 and the $3300 D810. They have correctly assessed the market that some don't want the D610 and can't afford not need the D810. The D750 fits squarely and perfectly between the two.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2014 at 13:26 UTC
On Leica M9 users report sensor corrosion issue article (379 comments in total)

Oops.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 11, 2014 at 04:30 UTC as 24th comment
On Ten things you need to know about the Sony Alpha 7 II article (270 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
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