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justmeMN: Mirrorless enthusiasts like to point out that mirrorless cameras are smaller than DSLRs. So what? Not everyone is obsessed with camera size.

Where is the Professional support?
Those pros have spent years developing the timing to get the shot with an OVF, an EVF has very different lag characteristics, not an easy change to adapt to.
You see endless arguments about spray and pray vs timing. I love the fact that my N1s can do 10 and 20 fps with AF.
That does not negate the fact that shooting sports/racing it is just easier to get the money shot with my D700.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 18:02 UTC
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AKH: In my opinion mirrorless cameras do not sell very well because they are too expensive for just the size advantage. Most people that upgrade from point and shoot are much better off buying an entry level DSLR. This is also what I see on my holidays here in Europe - many people, including young people, use DSLRs besides a lot of people using mobile phones.

And yet, Sony's annual report says they have 9% of the ILC market vs Canon's +40% and Nikon's +30%. So as it appears Sony is taking sales from Oly and Pany, NOT Canon or Nikon.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 15:57 UTC
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justmeMN: Mirrorless enthusiasts like to point out that mirrorless cameras are smaller than DSLRs. So what? Not everyone is obsessed with camera size.

@Viva; I use both. Smaller - yes, cheaper -sometimes, more fun to use -?, more innovative -because they are trying everything. Better? you have to be kidding. In the end look at the sidelines of any sports event or car race, the pros use what gets the shot, and it is not mirrorless.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 15:48 UTC
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tonybelding: My impression. . . Well, obviously getting any kind of useful info out of these guys is like pulling teeth. That seems to be typical of most Japanese corporations, though. It's not unique to Nikon.

The other thing that strikes me is. . . It seems like they're still struggling to work around the limitations and problems of DSLRs: micro-focus, mirror slap. And yet, when the subject of mirrorless cameras comes up, all they can say is that DSLRs have the "advantage" of an optical viewfinder that lets you take pictures "as you see them". That's a disadvantage, dammit! It's much more useful to know what my camera is capturing. The image my camera captures is the one I'm going to have at the end of the day, and I need for it to be good.

Really?
What about Lockheed, Boeing, Microsoft, Dow? Do you think any technology company is going to spill their guts?
You are quite incorrect about the viewfinder.
My mirrorless cams show me what I would have gotten if I had taken the shot a few milliseconds ago.
Shooting BIF, motorsports, or even active small children is easier with an OVF.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2015 at 13:37 UTC
On Nikon 1 J5: What you need to know article (499 comments in total)
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worldcup1982: thats great!!!
now all it needs is a fast zoom (like 24-70mm eq?)
and an EVF...
oh wait....

Sorry Barn,
Hogwash.
For motorsports and BIF the m43 have made a lot of progress but still lag.
The compacts do not have the bandwidth to do CDAF fast enough.
None of them do 20fps with AF.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 3, 2015 at 23:07 UTC
On Nikon 1 J5: What you need to know article (499 comments in total)
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worldcup1982: thats great!!!
now all it needs is a fast zoom (like 24-70mm eq?)
and an EVF...
oh wait....

None of the small cameras you mention focus like the N1s.
I use my N1s for motorsports and birding. In good light I find the N1s much more accessible than my D700.

Ill bet you have never tried one.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 3, 2015 at 18:18 UTC
On Nikon 1 J5: What you need to know article (499 comments in total)
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pew pew: seems a good camera, and priced nicely

It's OK Dark Goob hates his m43 as well.
See below.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 3, 2015 at 14:35 UTC
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rallyfan: I think the pricing is actually bad news for J fans and Nikon 1 fans.

In the past, the 1s were priced a bit high IMO and they didn't seem to sell very well. Maybe I'm mistaken but that's the impression I got. Then, 1s would show up at deep discounts and there were bargains to be had.

As a result I learned that this is a nice system. It's very small and has great burst/AF performance compared to other small MILCs, and with the deep discounts previously available it was very compelling.

The new J seems nice. Granted, the 4K/15fps thing seems silly at first (upon closer examination, it's borderline idiotic, but oh, well -- the other features are great). However the new cam is priced well from the start, and may sell better, meaning there may not be deep discounts.

I hope it flops and is sold off in fire sales, because I think this is a great camera! I can get by with a single battery and sell the lens anyway.

Dark Goob quote;"I've been trucking with my 50-200 SWD for many years now and the longer I use it for birding, the longer I am frustrated with how the AF always wants to come all the way back to the closest point before going all the way to the farthest point, which takes forever."
Try a Nikon 1, it punishes your m43 AF.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 3, 2015 at 11:41 UTC
On Nikon 1 J5 offers 20.8MP BSI sensor and revamped look article (152 comments in total)
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zorgon: Nikon's lens selection does not realise the potential of the smaller sensor in key areas such as long telephoto wildlife photography and macro photography.

I would like to see a dedicated 100mm macro in native CX mount.
And for birding, I want to see a 300mm f4 PF or 400mm f5.6 PF in CX mount. I don't want FF lens designs with a new mount fitted, but lenses that are optimised for the smaller sensor and the higher pixel density.

If Nikon release these lenses, I would absolutely buy into the Nikon 1 system. I'm tired of carrying around a heavy DSLR and tele lens, and the image quality of super zoom cameras (e.g P900) just doesn't cut it.

So, take a look at the Kites, or the Swift!
https://www.flickr.com/photos/brandon_birder/sets/72157628774050455/

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2015 at 15:03 UTC
On Nikon 1 J5 offers 20.8MP BSI sensor and revamped look article (152 comments in total)
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zorgon: Nikon's lens selection does not realise the potential of the smaller sensor in key areas such as long telephoto wildlife photography and macro photography.

I would like to see a dedicated 100mm macro in native CX mount.
And for birding, I want to see a 300mm f4 PF or 400mm f5.6 PF in CX mount. I don't want FF lens designs with a new mount fitted, but lenses that are optimised for the smaller sensor and the higher pixel density.

If Nikon release these lenses, I would absolutely buy into the Nikon 1 system. I'm tired of carrying around a heavy DSLR and tele lens, and the image quality of super zoom cameras (e.g P900) just doesn't cut it.

There are many Birders that find the N1s perfectly suited when used with either the native 70-300 or Nikon's F-mounts.
Take a look at Marianne Oelund's results with the 200 f/2 here.
http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/55574516

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2015 at 13:23 UTC
On Nikon 1 J5 offers 20.8MP BSI sensor and revamped look article (152 comments in total)
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falconeyes: Sounds like the ubiquous Sony 1" 21MP BSI sensor.

However, there is a slight resolution mis match, so, may be a different source.
Any info on source of sensor?

The sensor was a weak point with past Nikon 1 cameras.

Probably Aptina/ON semiconductor. They started doing BSI in 2012.
http://www.aptina.com/news/press/aptina_introduces_18mp_bsi_sensor_to_compact_dsc_market/
The Exmor architecture does have some flaws, purple haze and higher read noise for example.
Nikon has only used Aptina from the beginning and has had good results with on sensor PDAF with the Aptinas.
BSI is a good step in the QE direction.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2015 at 12:34 UTC
On Nikon 1 J5 offers 20.8MP BSI sensor and revamped look article (152 comments in total)
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CameraLabTester: If an ugly Nikon camera is born in the middle of the forest...

Will photographers hear the sound of it falling plop on the quicksand?

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If a Canon troll appears in a Nikon thread will they ever have anything nice to say?
What exactly did Nikon do to you?
Have you ever tried any Nikon 1?
I thought so.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2015 at 12:28 UTC
On Nikon D7200 First Impressions Review preview (1114 comments in total)
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Sucama: If I change my d7100, will by 7DMKII . not d7200 BYe Bye Nikon, Welcome Canon...

Ultimately it is the resolution and image quality of the system. Canon has always had some superior lenses (so has Nikon) so ultimately the system choice depends on variables outside just the sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 21, 2015 at 15:43 UTC
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Sucama: If I change my d7100, will by 7DMKII . not d7200 BYe Bye Nikon, Welcome Canon...

True that

Direct link | Posted on Mar 17, 2015 at 12:40 UTC
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Sucama: If I change my d7100, will by 7DMKII . not d7200 BYe Bye Nikon, Welcome Canon...

Sorry Segaman IQ of D7100 is better than 7DII by any measurement. Not by a lot, but enough.
D7200 certainly won't be worse.
Really, 20 fps with really good AF tracking? I don't think 7D2 is in that range.
The one thing the Canon has going for it is some really great lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 16, 2015 at 23:57 UTC
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Sucama: If I change my d7100, will by 7DMKII . not d7200 BYe Bye Nikon, Welcome Canon...

Lots more money, lower image quality.
I don't get it.
If it is frames per second there are ways to go much faster.
I use my N1s for motorsports when I want extreme fps, 7DII can't compete with V3 for af or fps.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 7, 2015 at 13:08 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (3412 comments in total)
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RichRMA: Well, at least it's different, an attempt at offering something new. Each change in MP count results in less improvement. The jump Nikon made from 24mp to 36mp was a notable jump, 67% more pixels. 36 to 50 is about 47% so not as large. But, even with Canon's less than stellar sensor performance at high ISO, this camera will be the standard for low-ISO landscapes, at least in 35mm format.

And they have T/S lenses right? What about f/1.2? And you can use those lenses on your sports Pentax?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 18:53 UTC
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munro harrap: Part III .
Note too that the video is crippled. No 4K. only 30fps at HD1080p. There isn't even a headphone socket. You can get all that for far less than £3.2K on a Sony.

And this has me asking why there is no declaration here of buffer depths.
Why is there no declaration here of shutter-lag?

Both of which cripple earlier models and the Sony A7R. I am waiting until CAnon reduce shutter lag to 0.42 m/secs or less.

IN fact I am wondering why this is not a mirrorless machine sold with an AF adaptor for all EF and EF-S lenses? Really.

Is that in 6 years and 2 "upgradeson" ? Well as a Nikon user annoyed that the D810 was not produced first, I'm sure Canon users will learn here from how we were treated, at OUR expense to below par specification- as you can now buy a second-hand D800 that cost £2.4K in spring 2012 for £1K with a years warranty, so expect your depreciation on the non R model to be the same....

Did you notice the target audience? Landscape photographers are not interested in video, buffer depth, headphone sockets or the rest of the junk you are ranting about.
They are interested in an upgrade for every lens they own and resolution you can lose yourself into.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 18:51 UTC
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RichRMA: Well, at least it's different, an attempt at offering something new. Each change in MP count results in less improvement. The jump Nikon made from 24mp to 36mp was a notable jump, 67% more pixels. 36 to 50 is about 47% so not as large. But, even with Canon's less than stellar sensor performance at high ISO, this camera will be the standard for low-ISO landscapes, at least in 35mm format.

The Pentax just doesn't have the lenses.
Also, for the Pentax body price a landscape photographer could get a complete Canon kit.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 18:15 UTC
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wildbild: I really don't understand why they can't upscale their powershot sensors and come up with an Eos camera equipped with 274 megapixels.
That would be a real leap foreward.
And dynamic range would be 11.7 fstops too.

Twin digic 10s might be able to move that much data @5fps.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 13:23 UTC
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