How about more value, not less. This is why I like Samsung. Maybe, the processing engines aren't the same, but they don't seem to hamstring models. Even the entry models are full-featured interface, just less capable in FPS, processing speed, etc.
How does $1,500 stack up against Nikon or Canon high-end APS-C camera.
Nice camera-for about $450.
Nikonparrothead: They use contract photographers now (Dave Black comes to mind) and will do that or take advantage of wire services. Heck, contract photographers have been shooting the swimsuit issue for how long now? Stock photography doesn't enter into it.
But I looked at a recent SI and it had virtuallyno advertising. I suspect a cutback to monthly is in its future as well.
The issue is this:what is a publication? It is the interactions between its staff and its readers. When everything is contracted, that mutual benefit is lost. It becomes simply a product.
I remember a lecture from an academic who was also the editor of a journal in the visual arts. He said: the best experience I've had is being editor, since you hear directly from your audience, etc.
Dan Wagner: SI could just run photos of bikini models every issue, and change their name to SCI (Sporty Chicks Illustrated). I would love it if the fired photogs formed their own on-line mag to compete. Why not fire the director of photography Brad Smith? Too many chiefs and not enough Indians. Seriously, the cost of 6 full page ads would cover the photogs yearly salary. If mags want to stay relevant, then they need to provide more content, and better content. Go to a newstand and look how skimpy and crappy most magazines have become.
Ironic battle. Most publications, including online, don't seem to understand that readers and potential subscribers want more content, not less. The current print magazine is so thin, don't understand why anyone would subscribe.
The print magazine is pretty slim. Next step would seem to be online only. This is where it's at today, especially with advent of fantasy sports. Look at Time Magazine, similar very slim print magazine.
ecube: What is "Quality"?To me, it it conformance to SPECIFICATION
There is "Fit and Tolerance" in "Machine Design" or "Design of the Elements of Mechanism". Precision machines such as watches have tight "fit and tolerances". Camera is considered a precision machine. Within this set of precision machines are subsets of classes. The high end Swiss and Japanese Certified Chronographs have ultra-fine fit and ultra tight tolerances approaching single digit microns.
Quality Assurance program is to ensure that the product is BUILT to meet or exceed the "Design Specifications". Good specification is NOT SUBJECT TO INTERPRETATION. Good specification is quantifiable and measurable. For this reason, a good design does not call for a Fit & Tolerances that cannot be measured by any existing instrument
The above barely scratch the surface of design, manufacturing, and Q/A but I feel is enough to ask: Does the Nikon D750 meet the basic of good DESIGN, MANUFACTURING, and QUALITY ASSURANCE?
Yes. It is hard to believe one can detect differences of placement of the AF module "by eye," let alone with precision instruments. If this is an assembly and inspection issue, hard to believe it could be a design one, then that is interesting.
Thanks for boosting to top of page, as this is an important topic in contemporary DSLR design and manufacture.
Michael MacGillivray: This article and the comments that follow are why today’s quality assurance is less than stellar. In the 1970’s, I was in my 20’s and purchased a number of different cameras. They were built like tanks and none of them were sent in for repairs. We didn’t have a “… hope I get a good copy” mentality, or a wait for firmware to correct design flaws. That was taken care of by camera companies BEFORE they shipped product.
It’s time to put the fan boy mentality in the trash when it comes to consumer electronics. Nikon has had a number of defective releases and should hardly be cheered for removing the D750 from shelves. Of course, this issue isn’t unique to Nikon, though they seem to have moved to the head of the ‘issues’ pack. Articles like this -- that put a “what’s the big deal?” handle on the thing, should be called on it. I appreciate the fact that DP Review, no doubt, was embarrassed by their initial rating after another botched launch.
Good points. The high-end DSLR is a pretty refined product. I think the OEMs may be chasing targets that don't need chasing. 56,000 vs. 128,000 ISO. 17 vs 24 FPS. Work on 3 things if anything: dynamic range of the sensor; focus accuracy and POWER CONSUMPTION.
Look at the absurd # of buttons, dials, interface points on these cameras. No one has done the hard work of refining the modern digital camera interface so it is less complex but more powerful.
Same old. The key is this: the camera industry should issue formal Technical Service Bulletins as is done in the automotive industry for "professional" models, by which I mean ones over a certain cost threshold.
These are posted online. If your camera is impacted, the repair is free. Next stage, a formal recall system by an industry-wide governing board. Some of the high end models are quite expensive and merit this approach.
Tieu Ngao: My D750 is affected by the flare but it doesn't have the front focusing problem. Wonder what other people experience with their affected D750?
Hard to believe the AF module doesn't sit in precisely the same position in each camera produced?????????
borno: I don't think testing two of anything would show if there is a real problem that is much worse for some other bodies. Looks to me like you could just do a mirror lock up and check the af sensor. If it sticks up, send it back for a good one. My first dslr (pentax k10d) had a bad flash capacitor fry the main board. I loved the second one they sent me. : )
Mikael Risedal: well , why worried about anything like flare? look at 1DX flare http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikon-d750/9, . regarding high dynamic range, you don't need it as long Canon not can provide us with large DR at base iso. Use ETTR and nail the exposureResolution, you don't need any more than 21Mp because Canon has no sensor today with more than 21Mp ?
censorship, as long Canon not can provide us with great DR and higher resolution a lot of messages in the Canon forum are censored but flare in a Nikon as in 1DX make it sound that Nikon releases second-cameras
why throw stones in a glass house?
It seems as if the manufacturers are chasing targets that don't need chasing.
Gesture: Neat Camera. Panasonic gets it. Except this should sell at $325.
There really are so many 4/3rds models out there now between Olympus and Panasonic. The E-PL series is a great value, for example.
whyamihere: I like the adorable grumpiness and lack of awareness of the anti-selfie, anti-social media crowd. It's as if nobody in the history of the world ever photographed (or painted, or sketched) a self-portrait, published that picture in a public location for all to see (like an art gallery, or an online portfolio), or shared their photos with friends and family (photo albums, 35mm slide shows).
It's not narcissism. It's the same thing as before, just in a form you're all uncomfortable with because you don't know how it works.
Exactly. Selfies have been in vogue since Julia Margaret Cameron. Without being critics of taste, all these new formats are to the better, keeping photography alive and well.
Neat Camera. Panasonic gets it. Except this should sell at $325.
To be of value, the new model should cost less at introduction than the previous one. Development costs have already been amortized. Too many models chasing too few enthusiasts just because modern manfacturing makes it so easy to issue different models.
Right spirit and audience, can be fun with all the Glamour Retouching and Special Effects modes.
Next generation: memory card is also a camera. This is the era of convergence.