EvilTed

EvilTed

Joined on Mar 2, 2012

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On Nikon Df Review preview (1611 comments in total)

I got one from B&H.
The box was covered in finger prints, as was the camera.
The camera had 932 actuation's!

As for the camera, the thing is a toy compared to other DSLRs.
Flimsy and nowehre near as stylish as some think.
I thought it quite badly executed and cheap looking and feeling.

It was shipped right back to B&H for a refund.

ET

Direct link | Posted on Dec 25, 2013 at 19:43 UTC as 90th comment | 6 replies
On Fujifilm X100S Review preview (485 comments in total)
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Ophicleide: The Fuji X100s is very disappointing. I bought this camera to shoot like a digital rangefinder camera. The f/stop ring is nice but works in full stop increments only !!! Where have these Fuji guys been for the last 40 years ? The shutter speed dial is perfect, Bulb, T, and 1/4sec through 1/4000th sec. plus A. Then there is that exposure knob to the right of the shutter speed dial that allow 1/3 f/stops from -2 to +2. Perfect for dialing in that exposure that full stop increments wont give you, except is doesn't work in the manual mode. You have to use that rotating thumb wheel that I hate because if you press it just a tad too much you go into different modes.
Fuji had an excellent idea, a digital rangefinder, fixed focal length lens that could have been a perfect digital replacement to a Leica rangefinder of yesteryear - and they screwed it all up. I played with the camera trying to get used to the myriad of options that are all unnecessary. Sent it back.

It is not a digital rangefinder.
Only Leica makes those and they handle and perform completely differently.
You have confused yourself expecting it to behave like a Leica.
It is more analogous to the old Contax G2...

Having 3 Leicas and now my 3rd Fuji in the X100s, I think it is a great camera.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 7, 2013 at 16:39 UTC
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svx94: If Nikon pay attention to Fuji's X forums, and how many Nikon-Fuji adapters sold, it is not hard to figure out that those are the people Nikon LOST (with me being one of them). Nikon 1 is a disaster, face it.

Yabokkie, you should wash that foot before you stick it in your mouth!

ET

Direct link | Posted on Aug 10, 2013 at 15:03 UTC
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deleted-13120401: Pretty sure all you need to be a 'street photographer' is to call yourself a street photographer. Better yet, International Street Photographer.

Or TOSSER :)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 25, 2013 at 14:56 UTC
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starwolfy: Eric KIM on DPreview ? Now it's 100% sure that in today's society one just need to be good at social media and blogging to become famous...

Eric Kim has posted many excellent photographs, unfortunately NONE OF THEM WERE TAKEN BY HIM.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 25, 2013 at 14:54 UTC
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bed bug: Some of the images are blurry, some are out of focus, some have very strange compositions...yet they all work!

Excellent article DPR, thanks for posting.

Stephen

If you have learned so much Eric, how about showing us some of YOUR photographs for once?

Direct link | Posted on May 3, 2013 at 03:31 UTC
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Kinematic Digit: Great upgrade! I installed it before a model shoot yesterday and the focus was snappy and fast with the Fujinon 35mm in mixed lighting.

I agree about the lack of minimum shutter control. The X100 has this and it really makes a difference if you're not paying attention to the warning on the screen (or have it turned off).

I would love to have focus peaking as well (I have it now on my 5DmkIII and love it). But I also found a different technique to help with focusing.

Turn on RAW+JPG, change film simulation to BWg, Custom WB, 2500K, WB Shift to top right corner of R9 B9, Sharpness to +2, Highlight Tone -2, Shadow Tone -2. This will create a high contrast over sharpened image that should make it much easier to focus manually with. Throw out the JPG image after downloading.

It also helps in AF mode as you'll see the image peak for a brief second to lock onto focus.

Given how it looks like FujiFilm is committed to incremental updates, I'm sure more will be coming down the pipe.

There is no focus peaking on the 5D MK3...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2012 at 20:32 UTC
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edcastanho: this is a very special camera with great potential. unfortunately fujifilm released its firmware only for pc computers... thats umbelievable! when some makers will respect all their customers???

Just use FireFox on a Mac and it works fine.
Safari seems to garble the files.

Even so, the body firmware wouldn't initially read but the lens did and updated.
I tried the body afterwards and it worked?

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2012 at 05:01 UTC
On First Impressions: Using the Nikon D4 article (183 comments in total)
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raztec: Where is the D700 in the samples comparison so we can compare them together?

Even if The D800 had close to D700 iso capability it would be a penomenonal camera. But somehow, I doubt that will

Sure, I think I'd have more use for the D4 vs the D800 but size and price are huge deterrents.

I'm the typical amateur photographer that takes indoor and low light sport shots and of kids running around in the house. I do take some scenery shots but have never blown my 11x19. So I need a good high ISO camera in a small body.

Make the D4 in a smaller body and drop the price to the D800 range, and I'm sold.

Raz

They did, it's called the 5D MK3 ;)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 9, 2012 at 07:11 UTC
On Canon announces EOS 5D Mark III 22MP full-frame DSLR article (488 comments in total)
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DarkShift: So folks at Canon are confident that USB 2.0 is satisfactory for its loyal users for the next 3 1/2 years, and the 24-70mm/2.8 doesn't need IS? Really?

and the Nikon 24-70 has VR does it?
No, but wait they have a new 16-35 F/4 that does.
Sound familiar?
Really?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2012 at 21:54 UTC
On Canon announces EOS 5D Mark III 22MP full-frame DSLR article (488 comments in total)
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EvilTed: For all you wishing you had more MP.

This comes at a cost that a lot of you are missing completely.
This is from the Nikon Technical manual for D800/D800E posted on nikonrumors.com and available for download as PDF.

P4 - Shooting Techniques:
At the high resolutions off ered by the D800/D800E, even the
slightest camera motion can result in blur. The technique revealed
in this section minimizes blur through a combination
of live view photography and a tripod.

P6 - Same Shot No Live View
Live view photography was not used in creating the second
example below; consequently, the mirror was not raised until
the photo was taken and the results are blurred.

P9 - Shutter Speed
The superior resolution of the D800/D800E makes small
amounts of focus blur more obvious. Select a shutter speed
slightly faster than you would choose when photographing
the same subject with other cameras.

Diffraction
With the D800/D800E’s high resolution diffraction effects generally
become noticeable around f/11

Personally, I'd rather have a great, all round great camera, in the 18 - 22MP range, with high ISO and a faster shutter speed.

Nikon didn't deliver an upgrade to the D700 with the D800, but Canon did in the 5D MK 3.
This is why I'm leaving Nikon and moving to Canon.
I didn't have a FF Nikon, so that made the choice a lot easier.
Even Ken Rockwell is singing the praises of the 5D MK 3 :)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 3, 2012 at 04:57 UTC
On Canon announces EOS 5D Mark III 22MP full-frame DSLR article (488 comments in total)

For all you wishing you had more MP.

This comes at a cost that a lot of you are missing completely.
This is from the Nikon Technical manual for D800/D800E posted on nikonrumors.com and available for download as PDF.

P4 - Shooting Techniques:
At the high resolutions off ered by the D800/D800E, even the
slightest camera motion can result in blur. The technique revealed
in this section minimizes blur through a combination
of live view photography and a tripod.

P6 - Same Shot No Live View
Live view photography was not used in creating the second
example below; consequently, the mirror was not raised until
the photo was taken and the results are blurred.

P9 - Shutter Speed
The superior resolution of the D800/D800E makes small
amounts of focus blur more obvious. Select a shutter speed
slightly faster than you would choose when photographing
the same subject with other cameras.

Diffraction
With the D800/D800E’s high resolution diffraction effects generally
become noticeable around f/11

Direct link | Posted on Mar 3, 2012 at 04:53 UTC as 38th comment | 9 replies
On Canon EOS 5D Mark III hands-on preview and video article (270 comments in total)
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KlausP: Canon 5DIII a big disappointment for half the photo community and too expensive for everyone.

There are two photo camps that have somewhat divergent needs. They break roughly into the low light action shooters and the high resolution tripod shooters. Neither is right or wrong, just different needs for different types of photography. For low light, video, and action photogs, the improvements represent a desirable upgrade, at an undesirable price point. For high resolution, still work (and yes, there are plenty of pros that print big) the lack of resolution and perhaps dynamic range improvements are disappointing, to say the least. A previous poster said it right, the improvements amount to a 5D2.1 Most perplexing is the price point, particularly after Nikon released a much better speced camera for less. Unless Canon comes out soon with a high spec followup, they will have lost two sales here, one to the guy that buys my 5D2 and one to my new D800.

And don't forget the 75MB RAW file size from the D800!
No thanks!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2012 at 22:10 UTC
On Canon EOS 5D Mark III hands-on preview and video article (270 comments in total)
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KlausP: Canon 5DIII a big disappointment for half the photo community and too expensive for everyone.

There are two photo camps that have somewhat divergent needs. They break roughly into the low light action shooters and the high resolution tripod shooters. Neither is right or wrong, just different needs for different types of photography. For low light, video, and action photogs, the improvements represent a desirable upgrade, at an undesirable price point. For high resolution, still work (and yes, there are plenty of pros that print big) the lack of resolution and perhaps dynamic range improvements are disappointing, to say the least. A previous poster said it right, the improvements amount to a 5D2.1 Most perplexing is the price point, particularly after Nikon released a much better speced camera for less. Unless Canon comes out soon with a high spec followup, they will have lost two sales here, one to the guy that buys my 5D2 and one to my new D800.

LOL, I am coming over to Canon from Nikon specifically because of the huge disappointment with the D800 :)
Download the technical guide to the D800 and it quickly becomes that it is a studio/tripod camera, with a high risk of blurring if shooting hand held.
I mean to say, they even recommend taking pictures while in Live View to stop mirror slap and the resultant blur.

Add to this the horrible 4FPS and dismal low-light ability and you have a camera that is anything but general purpose.
This left me the decision of either spending $6K on a D4 or moving over to Canon after years with Nikon if the 5D MK3 specs were more encouraging.

You say there are two camps, but I think there are 3.
1) Specialist low light, high frame rate (1D X, D4)
2) Specialist high MP (D800, D800E)
3) Generalist that give a bit of both. I see the 5D MK3 filling this role.

The 5D MK3 is an excellent choice for the vast majority of existing D700 users that are unimpressed with the D800.

ET

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2012 at 22:05 UTC
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