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DualSystemGuy: 14 fps sounds nice until you read the laundry list of restrictions required to get that speed, including battery type, battery charge percentage, ISO selection, AF modes, lens choices, and a variety of other camera settings.

Not surprising in the least. Pretty much all flagship sports cameras have similar qualifications with respect to achieving the maximum possible frames per second in high speed continuous drive modes, including the D5 (page 117 of the D5 manual has Nikon's laundry list).

Link | Posted on May 18, 2016 at 20:03 UTC
On article Day at the track: Canon EOS-1D X Mark II samples (77 comments in total)
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SmilerGrogan: I'm concerned by the amount of postprocessing that needs to be done with all these new cameras because it seems like none of them can nail the correct exposure. And it's not just this Canon. Looking at the meta-data from all these cameras it seems like you guys are constantly dialing in exposure compensation in the field, and are still having to come home and do more exposure twiddling in ACR.

The amount of time needed in post is highly dependent on the photographer and the settings they choose to shoot with. For this set, we can't really place much blame on the camera for exposure errors because 18 out of the 20 RAWs provided are fully manual exposures - the photographer manually set ISO, aperture, and shutter speed - so blame the photographer if you consider any of those to be poor exposures.

Of the 2 that were exposed automatically (#'s 10 and 15 in this set), neither had exposure compensation activated, and looking at the RAWs and associated histograms, they seem to be reasonable exposures given the metering mode selected and scenes captured.

Link | Posted on May 17, 2016 at 04:02 UTC
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tech_head: I have the MkI. I wouldn't even consider the MkII. I love the push/pull zoom.
That is one of my favorite aspects of the lens. It makes zooming while tracking very easy. I shoot cars and they approach or move away very fast.
I can't imagine getting my shots having to twist to zoom.

FYI: If you keep the lens hood on and set the zoom tension to minimum, you can use the new lens like a push-pull. Not quite as smooth as the MkI but it works pretty well.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2016 at 19:20 UTC
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bloodycape: I understand the G9X comes with a 28-89mm lens starting at F2, but it's still a pretty big camera when considering the Sony RX100 II and above are pretty much the same size(thickness too), while offering a tilting display. Not to mention a Panasonic GM1, body wise, with it's larger m4/3 sensor is about the same size. Sure a zoom lens will make the GM1 bigger, but the point still stands the G9x is a tad large.

G9X is 5mm thinner than the original RX100, and almost 10mm thinner than the RX100II.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2015 at 04:53 UTC
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MrTaikitso: I'm surprised no one has commented on how terribly noisy this pictures are! And at ISO 100 too. Anyway, this article has just validated why paid sports photogs use the still Canon 1D or on a lesser scale, the Nikon D3/4. You don't see those white lenses dotted around the edges of a sports arena for nothing.
All said, I had a Sony NEX 5R a year or so ago, and the 10fps shooting mode did get me a few very good sharp in focus clean shots, but I had to preplan the shots, which were of some canoeists, not football players.
We all know as photogs that LIGHT is the key to it all, and if you don't have a large hunking fast zoom lens and a large hunking sensor, you're never going to be able to get tack sharp CLEAN pictures of a moving object. The laws of physics are not negotiable! :)

EXIF indicates that the first RX10II image in the article was shot at ISO1000, not ISO100.

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2015 at 01:08 UTC
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visionaer: Sadly Apple is doing the same with all new products. They dont care about the Pros anymore.

The University of Minnesota's Mesabi supercomputer is your personal machine?

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2015 at 20:23 UTC
On article Canon USA drops prices on 31 high-end L lenses (58 comments in total)
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Karl Summers: You can find the 70-200 f/2.8 IS II at Canon Price Watch from an authorized dealer for $200 less.

Worth noting that the CPW street price also decreased at the same time this price drop was announced.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2015 at 17:49 UTC
On article Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal (814 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: This is going to be a pathetic stills camera. Low resolution, small sensor, and less than stellar focal ratios. I really do not agree with this article at all.

From the perspective of a news reporter, still image quality is more than good enough. An 8MP 4K frame grab will get resized to 900x600 or smaller for web use and 8MP is more than sufficient for newspapers (honestly you could get away with far less resolution) - it's the image content and speed of delivery that matters here.

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 17:23 UTC
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Just a Photographer: I think a 15.4" Surface Pro 4, with proper i7 processor, 512GB SSD, 32GB memory and 802.11AC would have been a better choice.

At least it would then make it an interesting device for photographers and illustrators.

If you want a mobile device for illustrators/pen-heavy photo retouching, why aren't you looking at the Cintiq Companion 2? Real wacom pen tech with tilt recognition instead of n-trig, plus you get shortcut keys on the side. The top spec version with i7, 512GB SSD, 16GB RAM sells for $2500.

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2015 at 15:10 UTC

The test lens is apparently pretty sharp, although there are not really any great examples to examine bokeh character with.

Is the NX500 really that noisy at at ISO200? There is more noise visible in the 100% crops than I would have expected at such a low ISO.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2015 at 04:00 UTC as 13th comment | 1 reply
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nathantw: I'm really impressed. But, how well does the Tamron perform at 14mm? For those that say it's only one mm, look at the comparison photo. That one mm was the difference between seeing the top of the Space Needle and just seeing the support structure.

Some people may prefer the 15-30mm range over 14-24mm even if they also own a 24-70mm - I know I do.

A 12-24mm would either be a monstrosity at f/2.8 or would need to sacrifice aperture (or image quality) for a more reasonable size. I've used this new Tamron, it's gigantic, far bigger than any 24-70mm. Completely serious when I say this - it's not that much smaller/lighter than a 70-200mm f/2.8, the overall length (especially with the front lens cap installed) is surprising.

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2015 at 16:21 UTC
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nathantw: I'm really impressed. But, how well does the Tamron perform at 14mm? For those that say it's only one mm, look at the comparison photo. That one mm was the difference between seeing the top of the Space Needle and just seeing the support structure.


Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2015 at 19:37 UTC
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nathantw: I'm really impressed. But, how well does the Tamron perform at 14mm? For those that say it's only one mm, look at the comparison photo. That one mm was the difference between seeing the top of the Space Needle and just seeing the support structure.

So how well does the Nikon perform at 30mm?

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2015 at 19:34 UTC

With a rated capacity of 4Kg, this is the least heavy-duty geared head in the Manfrotto line-up - why is it being touted it as an option for "photographers who use weighty equipment?"

One of their heads with a higher capacity rating (such as the Manfrotto 400/405/410 geared heads) would most likely allow for more precise adjustment to composition when using a full-size DSLR kit.

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2015 at 22:22 UTC as 27th comment | 2 replies
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Simon97: Where's the review already! ;)

You're in luck, as I've just finished my review:

The mockup has a very solid, yet plasticky feel to it, and is apparently capable of mounting Pentax K mount lenses - dismounting them, however, is another story altogether. According to Pentax reps on hand, the lens you see attached to the body in our photos is a permanent fixture, greatly decreasing the flexibility of the camera.

The viewfinder is large yet disappointingly dark, and the buttons and wheels are difficult to actuate and provide essentially no tactile feedback. Additionally, the lack of labels and top LCD makes changing and confirming settings somewhat of a challenge.

The camera autofocuses silently and the shutter is impressively quiet (we couldn't hear it!), but the metering system needs work - based on image review on the rear LCD, the camera massively underexposed every shot we took.

There were certainly some disappointments, but overall the mockup shows promise. With a few adjustments, it could be a real camera.

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2015 at 16:52 UTC
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erotavlas: EDIT: Actually I found this so everyone can relax now :)

U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell told the Washington Post today that the embattled agency would make changes in the language of rules governing media access, photography and video in federal wilderness areas.

"If you're news media, it has no effect at all," he said. "If you're a private individual, this doesn't apply."

Individuals who want to shoot on wild lands won't need a permit, even if they plan to sell their photographs, except if it involves props, the report said

This article is not very clear and appears to rely on somewhat outdated information, anyone interested in this issue might want to read this:


"The public originally had until Nov. 3, 2014, to comment on the proposal. Based on the high level of interest, the agency will extend the public comment period to Dec. 3, 2014.

The proposal does not change the rules for visitors or recreational photographers. Generally, professional and amateur photographers will not need a permit unless they use models, actors or props; work in areas where the public is generally not allowed; or cause additional administrative costs."

Unless you are doing a model shoot or using the land as back drop for a similar professional shoot, you likely will not need a permit.

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2014 at 23:30 UTC
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MAubrey: You know...traditionally in headline writing, if there's a question the answer is invariably know. So the question is: are you communicating the right thing or the wrong thing?

@Matt - the text is different for each photo in the slideshow.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2014 at 02:23 UTC
On article Behind the Shot: Spot the Shark (67 comments in total)
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RichRMA: No perceptible cloud motion, yet the water was obviously moving.

Not really too surprising that no cloud movement is noticeable, as this was a 4 second exposure (exposure info is given away in the ACR window, top right corner) - that's plenty of time to smooth water for the receding wave, but generally not long enough to show much in the way of cloud motion, especially at web sizes.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2014 at 23:28 UTC
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Alphoid: I'm not sure if the premium Tamron thing will play out. Virtually all of their lenses fail with moderately heavy use, and they don't really honor warranties. That's not the kind of reputation higher-end consumers would go for. Moving up-scale from there would either involve dramatically shifting economics on their low-end craptics, and starting to make things out of materials which don't fail with a bit of use, starting to honor warranties, etc. It would break economics on everything they make, and it would take years for reputation to catch up.

Price leader is where they are, and probably where they should stay. Or a clear split in branding.

The 15-30mm f/2.8 clearly has a rear gasket in the photos above, judging from that I assume that lens has some amount of sealing. In addition, the new 28-300 is advertised as "splash-proof" on tamron's website.

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2014 at 17:26 UTC
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