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On Getting off the ground: Cheap drones for photography article (140 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 (599 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 67th comment
On Toshiba unveils UHS-II Class 3 microSD memory cards article (40 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 4th 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 (332 comments in total)

OMG its April 1

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2014 at 16:39 UTC as 210th comment
On Nikon D4s and Lexar 400x or 1000x memory card problems article (38 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 (230 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
On Nikon 1 V3: a quick summary article (597 comments in total)
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BuckarooBanzai: Nikon's strategy is confusing. I know they don't want mirrorless sales to encroach on their DSLR sales when they price their new mirrorless kit higher than all their other DSLR kits except the D7100 (which can be purchased for $96 more on Amazon in the US).

I sold 10 FPS crash sequences at Pikes Peak Hill Climb last year, all in focus. Yes DOF of small sensor helped, but tracking is amazing! I would not have gotten those sequences with my D700, it is not 10 FPS.
Take a look at the 10 FPS sequence in the review of the V1 here at DPreview.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 20:12 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3: a quick summary article (597 comments in total)

Comparing Apples to Apples, the tiny sensor comments are just uninformed. A tiny sensor like a 1/3.6” has a 5mm diagonal. 35mm has a 43.3 diagonal, APS-C is 30mm 4/3 is 22.5mm and 1’ is 16mm. Micro 4/3 folks frequently claim that there is little advantage to FF vs. 4/3 in most photos and that is true. Unless you are looking for extreme low light, or very narrow DOF an equivalent photo can be taken with 4/3. So with just about half the diagonal 4/3 is sufficient.
The Nikon 1 sensor has 71% of the diagonal of 4/3. Once again if we are talking equivalent photos the Nikon 1 sensor can take the same photo, but then add the stunning AF tracking and for action there is nothing like it.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 17:29 UTC as 108th comment | 6 replies
On Nikon 1 V3: a quick summary article (597 comments in total)
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BuckarooBanzai: Nikon's strategy is confusing. I know they don't want mirrorless sales to encroach on their DSLR sales when they price their new mirrorless kit higher than all their other DSLR kits except the D7100 (which can be purchased for $96 more on Amazon in the US).

@BobBarber, How is the focus tracking on that GH4? Can it track Race Cars and Bikes like my V1 or this new V3?
I thought so.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 17:05 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3: a quick summary article (597 comments in total)
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BuckarooBanzai: Nikon's strategy is confusing. I know they don't want mirrorless sales to encroach on their DSLR sales when they price their new mirrorless kit higher than all their other DSLR kits except the D7100 (which can be purchased for $96 more on Amazon in the US).

There is no m4/3, NEX, or DSLR including D4S and 1DX that will do 20 FPS with AF. I might just buy one, in good light my V1 runs away and hides from my D700, the V3 is twice as fast. The only thing missing when taking an equivalent photo is very low light and very narrow DOF.
P.S. my V1 and 2 lenses fit in my wader pouch, I just can't seem to do that with the D700 and 300 f/4.
This V3 looks perfect combined with the 70-300.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 16:04 UTC
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larrytusaz: I'd always been a loyal Nikon shooter for years, but anymore I shoot Sony NEX for what matters and a Nikon J1 for "who gives a rip, a snap will do" stuff that's still above a smartphone output, because my Sony 3N and F3 give me the same image quality as my D5100 did, and a D7000 would, in a smaller package. The new models apparently match the 24mp Nikon DSLRs, and the A7 and A7r give you D610 and D800 quality in a small package. Nikon seems to be too worried about cannibalizing their DSLR sales it seems, but they sure have enough time to design firmware that locks out 3rd party batteries.

Or, if Americans really do automatically dismiss a camera just because it doesn't have a certain "look" to it, that's just stupid.

As for video--who cares. I'm a photographer, not a videographer. If I wanted video I'd buy a camera made for that purpose.

Hi Larry,
You have always been a thoughtful poster. How about this thought? Nikon thinks most users are happy with their DSLRs unless they are hiking/fishing/treking or a Soccer MOM. Then they are looking for something really small. They did come up with the first mirrorless that tracks moving objects! I used my V1 at the Pikes Peak hillclimb and was amazed. My V1 also provides a fits in my waders alternative to my D700.

Sony on the other hand is looking for the disruptive technology that expands their user base. They have lots of resources and are finding some success. The camera customer is not a single needs user.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2014 at 17:48 UTC
On Using third-party lenses on Sony Cyber-shot a7 / a7R article (490 comments in total)
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Photato: Vignetting is the weakest aspect of most mirrorless systems IMO besides AF.
I hope it is addressed in the full review.
I don't recall Sony doing anything especial to the sensor to reduce it other than software correction.

Sony does what everyone does with FF sensors, they use offset microlens to mitigate the high angle light from exit pupils between 20 and 50mm from the image plane.
Even Leica wides are retrofocal to keep the exit pupil far enough from the image plane.
Reference; Joseph Wisniewski Here
http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/24788406

Direct link | Posted on Jan 22, 2014 at 23:53 UTC
On Canon announces EOS M2 in Japan article (619 comments in total)

From DCwatch translated by Google "Wi-Fi feature was not in EOS M is equipped. Through the use of the free app "EOS Remote", it became possible to shoot while looking at the live view from the smartphone. I can also MF operation. It also corresponds to the transfer and viewing of images on the camera."
Many users will see this as essential for social media.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 3, 2013 at 12:52 UTC as 203rd comment
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