jtan163

Lives in Australia Adelaide, Australia
Joined on Oct 25, 2010
About me:

Just another guy with a camera.

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Francis Sawyer: You had to question Flickr from day one, though: What genius created a site with "flick" in the name, but no video hosting?

Flickr does (or did) have video hosting.

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2016 at 23:04 UTC
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Retzius: So Nikon recommends DX lenses with its professional level DX camera (the D500) and then doesn't make a professional level DX lens lineup.

Ok then

No the D500 is an advanced amateur camera.
It has 2 different card slots.
So be happy with the amateur DX range....

I just hope there will be an FX version of the high end amateur D500.
Like the D700 replacement so many DPR readers are asking for.

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2016 at 11:25 UTC
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jtan163: @Rishsi.
Thanks Rishi. Great article.
IMO shows the total superiority (again IMO) of the Nikon control/menu model over all others I have tried. Total control over every important, fundamental parameter/setting/feature in the camera with eye to the view finder and hands in shooting position. A beautiful concept, well executed.

HOWEVER...

One question: Have setting banks changed on the D5/D500/EXPEED 5 generation?

Can you save banks on the EXPEED 5 models so that you can later return to the exact same settings you started with in a session as you can with the U1/U2 settings on the lower in the range models?

Has Nikon finally allowed what should be an incredibly useful feature to reach it's huge potential?
Or are banks still just a disappointing tease and a total waste firmware bytes, menu and manual space?

ZJ24 - with U1/U2 you "set" the changes in the menu.
At some time in the future you select U1 and shoot your session and can make changes to the camera settings.
Then next session you can select U1 and you camera settings will be set the same as they were when you first set/saved the changes.

If you do the same thing with banks at the start of the second session the bank would have the same settings as at the end of the end of the first session, not the same settings as the start of the first session.

Basically you need to set up banks at the start of every session. U1/U2 are set until you save the settings.

Intended for 2 different purposes, but a lot of ppl (like me) really find banks less useful and less powerful.

You can emulate banks behaviour with U1/U2 but not vice versa.

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2016 at 11:55 UTC
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jtan163: @Rishsi.
Thanks Rishi. Great article.
IMO shows the total superiority (again IMO) of the Nikon control/menu model over all others I have tried. Total control over every important, fundamental parameter/setting/feature in the camera with eye to the view finder and hands in shooting position. A beautiful concept, well executed.

HOWEVER...

One question: Have setting banks changed on the D5/D500/EXPEED 5 generation?

Can you save banks on the EXPEED 5 models so that you can later return to the exact same settings you started with in a session as you can with the U1/U2 settings on the lower in the range models?

Has Nikon finally allowed what should be an incredibly useful feature to reach it's huge potential?
Or are banks still just a disappointing tease and a total waste firmware bytes, menu and manual space?

Ah yep, know the dial you mean.

What modes does it preclude?

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2016 at 10:41 UTC
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jtan163: @Rishsi.
Thanks Rishi. Great article.
IMO shows the total superiority (again IMO) of the Nikon control/menu model over all others I have tried. Total control over every important, fundamental parameter/setting/feature in the camera with eye to the view finder and hands in shooting position. A beautiful concept, well executed.

HOWEVER...

One question: Have setting banks changed on the D5/D500/EXPEED 5 generation?

Can you save banks on the EXPEED 5 models so that you can later return to the exact same settings you started with in a session as you can with the U1/U2 settings on the lower in the range models?

Has Nikon finally allowed what should be an incredibly useful feature to reach it's huge potential?
Or are banks still just a disappointing tease and a total waste firmware bytes, menu and manual space?

@Rick - a system can be totally superior overall to all other systems, but still have some annoying features. Nothing is perfect, but of all the imperfect things, one might be superior.

Not sure what control/setting you mean by "release dial".

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2016 at 21:00 UTC
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MANZURul: A built in flash in D500 would be very useful.

The "dongle" as far as I can tell is not all that expensive.
Sure it's not cheap (about $150 as fas as I can tell) , but given the cost of some accessories, and the fact you only need one it's not too bad.
The downfall for me is you need to keep menu diving into the Commander Flash menu to adjust the flash settings/power.

If I buy into the SB5000s I'd much rather pay a bit more for a controller that has a display and dedicated buttons for controlling the settings like the SU-800 or similar aftermarket units.

Even shooting tethered in a studio with a D750 so I can tilt the screen to easily see it from my usual shooting position, the fact you need to go into the menu system to make flash changes bites.

It'd be even worse through the VF. Take your face away from VF, bring up menu, adjust etc.

I now use YongNuos 622Ns with my SB900/700s now.
With the YN-622TX controller it is so much faster than the menus, especially now I know the button layout and can make changes "blind" .

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2016 at 07:02 UTC

@Rishsi.
Thanks Rishi. Great article.
IMO shows the total superiority (again IMO) of the Nikon control/menu model over all others I have tried. Total control over every important, fundamental parameter/setting/feature in the camera with eye to the view finder and hands in shooting position. A beautiful concept, well executed.

HOWEVER...

One question: Have setting banks changed on the D5/D500/EXPEED 5 generation?

Can you save banks on the EXPEED 5 models so that you can later return to the exact same settings you started with in a session as you can with the U1/U2 settings on the lower in the range models?

Has Nikon finally allowed what should be an incredibly useful feature to reach it's huge potential?
Or are banks still just a disappointing tease and a total waste firmware bytes, menu and manual space?

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2016 at 06:52 UTC as 12th comment | 9 replies
On article A closer look: Iconasys Product Photography Turntable (32 comments in total)
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WastingTime: It serves a purpose, but definitely it's not for every product.
I was contacted by a watch maker to create 360 images of their watches, which were full of tiny details. It would require careful hours-long retouching of each photo before been able to produce the rotating image. The price to be charged to produce such image is non-sensical, specially for e-commerce purposes.

But I guess it's fine for "easy" stuff. Still the main product image is the one that attracts the buyer and the 360 image (or a video) it's just additional visual information.

"main product image is the one that attracts the buyer and the 360 image (or a video) it's just additional visual information."

But the details and product description are what sell the item, especially with items where good design is a large part of the appeal.

So yeah you need a hero shot to attract people to look, but once someone is attracted to say 2-3 possible items they need to narrow down there choice - and that's where this kind of thing will be helpful.

Selling something like a vase, this might not be useful, but selling say phone, a camera, a car , a backpack, then this kind of thing should be useful.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 22:14 UTC

"If you don't cannibalize yourself, someone else will".

No C-Log no, zebras.
Are they really saying the only thing that differentiates a C100 from a D80 is C-Log and zebras?

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 21:59 UTC as 10th comment
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kff: USB 2.0 ? Not 802.11ac ?

They've been designing this thing for years - be grateful it doesn't have an RS232 serial port and ship with an adapter.
;-)

Seriously think how long this camera has been in design.
They can probably give you USB, but hike the price $100 (which would be worth it for some) and delay the launch for months.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 21:51 UTC
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mrbigjoe: You people do realize Sony is gearing up to release its new onslaught of Sony a7r's ... right?

You realise Sony is still not there on lens range and cost twice as much and has battery life issues?
And aren't all that useful for people with a Pentax lens set...

Some Sony shooters are really getting annoying - like new religious converts or recently stopped smokers or something..

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 21:48 UTC
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Franka T.L.: I used to do a lot of large format, still occasionally do. I see a couple of issue here. while the aperture control is great, does it have any signal feedback to the camera, also if I read this right, the rear need not always be a canon body ( or am I wrong ).

the other more pressing one is that most lens simply will not have the image circle required to allow for any degree of tilt and shift with reasonably delivered quality in the projected image. That's why we need those big TS-E lens.

What instead I think should be made is some sort of Electronic aperture control plate so we can put on some of the better current medium format lens like Leica S, Pentax 645, Phase One / Mamiya, or Hassy H series.

The whole idea of the Actus is that pretty much any lens with a big enough image circle gets all the benefits of a TS lens with out needing to actually be a TS lens.

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2016 at 21:51 UTC
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matthew saville: Continuous red illumination of all AF points within the camera’s Intelligent Viewfinder II.

STOP THE PRESS OMG.

OK in all seriousness, the most exciting thing about this whole announcement is that they are finally actually mentioning dynamic range improvements in their press release. And if ADC is now on-sensor, they do stand a chance at a solid 1-2 EV worth of shadow noise improvement.

Hopefully, Canon won't....pull a Canon, and withold such a "flagship feature" as on-sensor ADC from anything but a 1-series for ~3 generations before letting it trickle down. *cough* 5-series AF *cough*

And the only evidence I have seen that the issue is a component issue are blogs.

Control motors only being able to control accurately in on direction does not make sense to me and I have seen no real evidence that that is the case.

But i know that modern companies try to minimise the number of components they have to hold and differentiate their products by downgrading (often in software) features to protect higher models.
That's a much better fit explanation (for me) based on the info I have seen.

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2016 at 01:13 UTC
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matthew saville: Continuous red illumination of all AF points within the camera’s Intelligent Viewfinder II.

STOP THE PRESS OMG.

OK in all seriousness, the most exciting thing about this whole announcement is that they are finally actually mentioning dynamic range improvements in their press release. And if ADC is now on-sensor, they do stand a chance at a solid 1-2 EV worth of shadow noise improvement.

Hopefully, Canon won't....pull a Canon, and withold such a "flagship feature" as on-sensor ADC from anything but a 1-series for ~3 generations before letting it trickle down. *cough* 5-series AF *cough*

Bloggers/authors have the same info that is available to me an you if we look for it.
The really good ones, like Thom notice little factoids from the public sources, apply some analysis, deduction and interpolation and come up with what to a lot of people appears to be definitive info.

That then gets cross propagated around the blogs and then filters out to the forums as lore.

The example of the knowledge base article above shows that even internal sources don't actually necessarily know how the features work or it's capabilities, let alone why it is different from one model to another.

What I am saying is that I don't find statements on blogs by themselves to be persuasive evidence unless they make sense to me or they have experiments to back them up or identify the source - e.g. "an engineer in Nikon's blah team told...".

They need to be taken as possible truth and they need to be critically analysed.

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2016 at 01:12 UTC
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matthew saville: Continuous red illumination of all AF points within the camera’s Intelligent Viewfinder II.

STOP THE PRESS OMG.

OK in all seriousness, the most exciting thing about this whole announcement is that they are finally actually mentioning dynamic range improvements in their press release. And if ADC is now on-sensor, they do stand a chance at a solid 1-2 EV worth of shadow noise improvement.

Hopefully, Canon won't....pull a Canon, and withold such a "flagship feature" as on-sensor ADC from anything but a 1-series for ~3 generations before letting it trickle down. *cough* 5-series AF *cough*

@Mathew Saville - same with me. I read a lot of blogs including Thom's, scour through manuals, knowledge base articles etc.

I've seen Thom (and others) make comments about the aperture arm, but I haven't seen actual evidence that is physical as opposed to a software feature - quote from a Nikon engineer or product manager images of two different components from disassembled bodies or the like.

I've seen a Nikon knowledge base article stating that Power Aperture allows 1/8th instead of 1/3rd stop aperture adjustments, but I have not seen anything definitive that attributes that to hardware rather than software or that the motors can only control in one direction with accuracy - that actually sounds absurd from my (limited) understanding of electric motors.

The article also says that Power Aperture can be used when recording via HDMI but not in camera
Which is incorrect - at least on my D750
https://nikoneurope-en.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/55542/~/what-is-power-aperture%3F.

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2016 at 00:47 UTC
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armandino: I was really hoping to see innovation from the D5 and 1DXII. We will have to see the performance in the field, but such incremental changes. To me this was the time to show off some significant new trades, the next generation will be too late. This segment will become even more niche than what it is right now. DSLRs are doomed before the next generation of these cameras will be out. Only the most demanding photographers for ruggedness and AF speed will need such monsters. But even these features will not be domain of this elite of dinosaurs for very long.

@photomedium:
If no one else, science and medicine still value stills for sports (medicine, science) and wildlife (science).
In any case sport and wildlife stills are probably more extensively used now than ever before - the web allows for more images to be presented than the one or two you'd see in a news paper or the 5-6 you'd see in a magazine article.

The big, reliable fast cameras are also used by organisations such as the military and police for documentation of events and operations.

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2016 at 05:45 UTC
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matthew saville: Continuous red illumination of all AF points within the camera’s Intelligent Viewfinder II.

STOP THE PRESS OMG.

OK in all seriousness, the most exciting thing about this whole announcement is that they are finally actually mentioning dynamic range improvements in their press release. And if ADC is now on-sensor, they do stand a chance at a solid 1-2 EV worth of shadow noise improvement.

Hopefully, Canon won't....pull a Canon, and withold such a "flagship feature" as on-sensor ADC from anything but a 1-series for ~3 generations before letting it trickle down. *cough* 5-series AF *cough*

@Matthew Saville - I did google you - I assume you're the photographer not the motion picture guy? If so nice site and lovely work.

I've bookmarked your site and I look forward to our E -lens reviews. It surprises me that people have been complaining about the LV aperture issue in the lower end bodies for so long and yet I have not seen a clarification about the E lens aperture behaviour in LV.

Re the aperture arm without actually controlling it we don't know how the arm works - we can see it spring back in one direction but that does not mean it can't also be controlled under different circumstances. e.g. when power is applied and the camera is in some specific state.

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2016 at 03:41 UTC
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matthew saville: Continuous red illumination of all AF points within the camera’s Intelligent Viewfinder II.

STOP THE PRESS OMG.

OK in all seriousness, the most exciting thing about this whole announcement is that they are finally actually mentioning dynamic range improvements in their press release. And if ADC is now on-sensor, they do stand a chance at a solid 1-2 EV worth of shadow noise improvement.

Hopefully, Canon won't....pull a Canon, and withold such a "flagship feature" as on-sensor ADC from anything but a 1-series for ~3 generations before letting it trickle down. *cough* 5-series AF *cough*

Well it's said the aperture control in LV is a mechanical limitation.
I haven't seen any real evidence of that.
After all the mechanism has the required power to actually open and hold the aperture open for however long in LV and to adjust the aperture, so it kinda sounds like a control/software matter, primae facie rather than a mechanical one.

I do understand that the mechanical aperture has been a limitation for fast stills shooting - Nikon have stated that.
I would like to see any evidence you have re the LV issue being mechanical though if you know of any because it does interest me.

Also like I'd like to see any evidence either way about how the E lenses work re LV aperture on lower end models if you happen to now of any - I think that will be kinda telling.

And the other stuff I mentioned proved my point.
Nikon do gimp their lower end cameras to protect the high end.

None of the examples are particularly obscure nor were they particularly difficult to come up with.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 15:17 UTC

Sound like awesome lenes - really good that Sony is stating the resolution they are designing for - I have not seen this mentioned by any of the usual suspects.

But it also looks like what a lot of people have been saying/speculating is now confirmed.
Once you put fast zooms on, and a couple of batteries any size and weight saving is minimal.

Also interesting Sony hasn't gone the Zeiss branding route.
I assume that means that optically they think these lenses are on or near par with Zeiss - I gather the t* is worth the license fee?

I guess mirrorless is "there", now.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 15:03 UTC as 34th comment | 6 replies
On article X-Factor: Canon's EOS-1D X Mark II examined in-depth (623 comments in total)
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Joed700: Okay, it's great to see something new from Canon. However, the fact that there is no mention of improvement in DR worries me. Also, this baby is $500 less that the Nikon D5 confirms my suspicion...Canon usually charge way more than Nikon....

@Ssantana - No one has said "I'm an X therefore you should listen to me".
Why should we listen to you?
Because you work "next to" a photographer? What does that mean? Security guard? Drinks vendor?
No gallery, no link to site in your profile. If you want to talk about chops show us your work.

Re Rishi's point.
Using a single piece of evidence that records a single instance to support a general point IS bad argument or science.
Try doing a google image search for "Sports photographer" to get a more representative view.

Re your point:
Anyway good photographer would realise that white relfects light and black absorbs it - white is therefore easy to see and black hard.

There are at least 10 Nikon lenses in that image BTW.
So it's actually easy to see the Nikon lenses in that forrest of Canons.

They're harder to see because they're black (and you need to look).

I guess the shot was taken with a Canon camera.
Poor DR - makes it hard to see detail in the shadows.
:-)

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2016 at 21:13 UTC
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