mgblack74

mgblack74

Lives in Canada Burlington, Ontario, Canada
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On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (930 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 (1334 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 323rd comment
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (930 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 33rd 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 (336 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 (23 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 (23 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 (23 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
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1529 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 (1529 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 !

Waste.

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 (660 comments in total)
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quezra: Where are all the m4/3 fanboys to explain how the EM1 is better?

Lol!!!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 11:34 UTC
On Mockups emerge of new Olympus OM-D 'OM-G' article (334 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
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