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On Nikon D750 Review preview (648 comments in total)
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steelhead3: The last time DPreview gave such a high award was to the Nikon 600 (whatever happened to that camera?)

It got a lifetime warranty on a supplier (Copal) defective shutter. It still spanks the 5DIII for a grand less if image quality maters.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2014 at 17:47 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1121 comments in total)
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Tilted Plane: A pretty careful avoidance of Nikon (or Sony) comparisons, overall. Too bad. Head-to-head comparisons are really (!) helpful. Does this hold up next to a D750? Or even the D610? Or the similarly priced A7II? If so, when, where, under what shooting conditions?

If you are looking for high FPS, there are several mirrorless cams that get there or faster, with AF. My N1s all do that.
An $1800 investment requires more than a one trick pony.
I am sure the 7Dii has many more tricks than 10fps.
That fact makes those comparisons valid.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2014 at 16:44 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1121 comments in total)
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Tilted Plane: A pretty careful avoidance of Nikon (or Sony) comparisons, overall. Too bad. Head-to-head comparisons are really (!) helpful. Does this hold up next to a D750? Or even the D610? Or the similarly priced A7II? If so, when, where, under what shooting conditions?

Probably because they priced it like one.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 11, 2014 at 23:21 UTC
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Stanley Hoffman: Few corporations have loser lines supported by winner lines, like other medium format companies Hasselblad would sell its product if it does not work, it clearly makes money. These camera were just a stab at the huge profit margins of the point and shoots market.
I try to look at Nikon's quarterly reports to make sense of from where the profit comes. They tell us it is in the point and shoots. Volume and profit margin is in these and they are hoping for the mirrorless lines to replace the point and shoot because the constantly improving cell phone camera is eating into the point and shoot sales.
I think Hasselblad just did super bad marketing research. The target sales group was not responsive to the product because the product did not ever appeal to the targeted sales customer. Lets face it a studio photographer probably never owns a point and shoot and his family does not either. They probably all think Leica for a small camera.

Wow, I don't know where you got your information, but it didn't come from Nikon's financials. In the first half of this year, 2.18m DSLR/N1, 3.09m lens units, and 3.57m Coolpix. If you think the margins on coolpix are even close to the margins on ILC, I have a bridge to sell you.
I do agree Hasselblad got a #Fail on market research.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2014 at 20:04 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1578 comments in total)
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beavertown: What a joke, Nikon can't even produce its sensors.

You really don't know how it works, do you. Sony Semi is NOT Sony Imaging. Nikon Precision has a relationship on one end selling Lithography components to SS and on the other end, Nikon is SS's biggest customer. How do you think they got the 36mp sensor exclusively for 2 years? Shopping for FAB is the right answer. Having competing sensor development units is also the right answer.
Canon has a portfolio of GREAT lenses, it keeps them at the top of the market. Sony has a few, and that will keep them from knocking Nikon out of 2nd place.
In ILC its the system!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2014 at 18:17 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1578 comments in total)
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beavertown: What a joke, Nikon can't even produce its sensors.

Yes, Nikon is making the same mistake as Apple, Qualcomm, ARM Holdings, Kyocera, Sharp, HTC, LG, Broadcom and many others.
FAB is expensive and quickly obsolete. Canon's biggest problem if you pay any attention to their forum is the sensor technology that results from old steppers.
http://www.eetimes.com/document.asp?doc_id=1322324
http://beta.fool.com/ddelony/2012/09/14/5-fabulous-fabless-chip-makers/11957/

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2014 at 20:40 UTC
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ovatab: now he is public enough to get more publicly by complaining about how bad the publicity is.

That is just turning lemons into lemonade.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 26, 2014 at 13:04 UTC
On Getting off the ground: Cheap drones for photography article (149 comments in total)
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Mikael Risedal: I have been flying DJI for several months, whats the problem to get good pictures?

Come on Mikael, how can you compare $800 to $80?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 4, 2014 at 19:27 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (432 comments in total)
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Just Ed: Just don't understand the appeal of the Nikon 1 system.
Had the V1 when it was discounted and while it seemed well made the images were just way to noisy for me, got rid of it. That was a 900 dollar retail camera with evf, the new one is 1200 sans evf.

Just doesn't work for me......

Sorry Ed,
That would be $1200 with the $300 EVF, the grip and the 10-30 kit lens. Sadly that is the only way it is available in the US.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2014 at 22:42 UTC
On Nokia releases update to its Camera Beta app post (18 comments in total)

Nokia's Camera Beta makes a huge difference in the capabilities of my 928 vs. my Galaxy Nexus.
Apple apparently agrees and has kidnapped the creative lead from the Nokia imaging division. I hope that like most technology developers the workers were the creators that made the department head look good.
Try a Nokia, you will be amazed at the creative options and the speed at which they can be accessed.

Direct link | Posted on May 15, 2014 at 11:50 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply
On Sony SLT-A77 II First Impressions Review preview (672 comments in total)

With the engineering folks from KM, there is a lot of talent for extending the legacy technologies. Add that to the bright folks at Sony Imaging that think in terms of electronics anyway. How is it surprising that there are multiple forks in the Alpha line?
I say more power to them. They need to scare Canon and Nikon to death. Competition is a good thing!

Direct link | Posted on May 1, 2014 at 17:45 UTC as 104th comment
On Toshiba unveils UHS-II Class 3 microSD memory cards article (30 comments in total)

Remember when SD was too small and fiddley? Many users would not give up CF cards, and said they would never give up the cameras that used them. A pocket full of CF or SD would last all day. Eventually SD seemed just fine.
Now, one card lasts all day and changing in the field becomes rare. Less space for storage means smaller cam or more space for battery.
One size fits any device from your phone to your computer.
Fast enough for 4K or any data bus to keep the camera shooting.
This is a little/big win!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 21, 2014 at 12:14 UTC as 5th comment | 2 replies
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peevee1: 1/2.84-type sensor.

Or, for just $2K, you can buy Sony AX100 with 1" BSI-CMOS sensor (from RX10), f/2.8 25-300 eq zoom lens and 4K video.

You are kidding right?
Sony makes this kind of gear as well.
I am sure it will stop selling as soon as they realize they could get a AX100.
http://pro.sony.com/bbsc/ssr/cat-broadcastcameras/?XID=O:sony%20pro%20video:BPSEG_vtr_gglsrch:e&adparam=sem154p51125g-c&k_id=08b14f1b-e6d3-ef48-0b31-000055f1fdaf&searchdef=2444188&k_clickid=08b14f1b-e6d3-ef48-0b31-000055f1fdaf&affcode=51125&002=2444188&006=25990896882&007=Search&008=&009=e&012=sony%20pro%20video&021=24900432590&025=c&026=

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2014 at 14:55 UTC
On Mockups emerge of new Olympus OM-D 'OM-G' article (334 comments in total)

OMG its April 1

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2014 at 16:39 UTC as 212th comment
On Nikon D4s and Lexar 400x or 1000x memory card problems article (37 comments in total)
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Jack Zhang: My Sandisk Extreme Pro 32Gb CF just dead today in my D4s.

It was all good during shooting but after back to studio, the CF card is un-readable in Lexar CF+SD USB3 reader. So i think it was my fault to plugged out and plugged in again while the light was still blinking. No files inside. Zero photo when i insert into D4s, too.

Luckily i have duplicates in XQD.

Must be careful next time.

DONT PLUG OUT YOUR CARD WHILE LIGHTING IS BLINKING!

You probably corrupted your file allocation table (FAT) go here and download testdisk; http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk run photorec and get all your images back. It is open source - Free.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 20, 2014 at 22:59 UTC
On Chinese government orders Nikon to stop selling D600 article (228 comments in total)
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DuxX: Who cares about this anymore?? Problem is solved. Anyone who own D600 may fix shutter for free. Others will buy D610.

Ask Toyota or Audi if the unintended acceleration was their fault. Audi almost went out of business. Toyota was finally shown to have floor mat issues? News media and the internet?

ILC cameras have dust issues. It appears Nikon got stiffed by a shutter vendor issue that added to the issue. But the internet hysteria had all D600 users taking shots of white walls at f/16. That will show dust on any camera that has not gotten a wet clean in the last few days.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2014 at 20:37 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3: a quick summary article (597 comments in total)
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Sonyshine: Thoms views are worth a read:

http://www.sansmirror.com/newsviews/nikon-introduces-v3.html

"But let’s look at the elephant in the room: US$1200. That’s a very big elephant."

Thom has been moaning forever for a modular camera.
This is modular. We need a sportsfinder like my F1.
Thom has put up some great shots of BIF with his V1.
Like Jeff said in this preview, "The only camera that comes close to matching the V3's hybrid AF system is Sony's Alpha 6000."
I agree. Maybe my V1 is different, but it tracks motorsports like it has radar. Even when panning with multiple distractions coming into and out of the frame it stays locked on the bike or car. And at 20 FPS I can just imagine the crash sequences at the end of the halfway straightaway at Pikes Peak.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 15, 2014 at 22:27 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3: a quick summary article (597 comments in total)
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LANDSHOTS: sorry but this is a insult to photographers .

@Landshots
Sorry, you are an insult to micro 4/3 shooters.
At over 71% of the sensor diagonal of a 4/3 sensor this camera is nearly as capable as yours for most shots.
Add the fact that the V3 will AF at 20 FPS, mount and AF with AFS Nikkors, and is Modular.
Micro 4/3 has nothing like it at any price.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 15, 2014 at 22:12 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3: a quick summary article (597 comments in total)
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KameraFever: Nikon creates another mirrorless fail.

The value I place on one of these cameras is at max $500. Beyond that point there seems to be much better image producing cameras with generous bokeh.

And their portrait lens(32mm f1.2) in just ridiculously priced at $900. Nikon just doesn't get it. A 45mm 1.8 Olympus can be had for $400. I got my canon 85mm 1.8 for $350 ( a ton more glass).

If you really care about size then just get a sony rx100 II. Otherwise the OMD em10 which is not much bigger.

I don't understand the purpose of nikon's mirrorless system considering their price point. No bokeh (expect for overpriced 32mm) and poor high iso. I don't care about fast focus if I can't get the image look I want.

@T3 Have you done the math?
The 1" sensor is over 71% of the sensor diagonal of m4/3. Not tiny like bridge or call phone.
My V1 tracks motosports as well as my D700 in good light and this one does twice the FPS (20 vs 10) with full AF.
N1 is not for everyone, but some of us see significant value in the system.
The new 70-300 looks stunning. Nanocoat, all AF points and have you looked at the MTF 60 numbers published?
It may be the sharpest small zoom on the planet.
If it provides 20 FPS with full AF as the V1, D4 and even 1DX users will carry one for good light sequences.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 15, 2014 at 15:32 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3: a quick summary article (597 comments in total)
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beavertown: Has Nikon also removed mechanical shutter from the V3?

No, it still has a mechanical shutter, see here.
http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/53306898

Direct link | Posted on Mar 15, 2014 at 12:10 UTC
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