Frank_BR: The winning photo has a lot of noise, chromatic aberration and poor definition. The opposite of what is expected from a picture taken with a Zeiss lens...
Definitely, you do not need a Zeiss lens to win a Zeiss Photography Award top prize. Now, the student will receive Zeiss lenses worth €15,000 and may never win another Zeiss prize. Who knows?
It's more than one photo. It's a series. Check it out on the ZEISS site before passing judgment.
Biowizard: Only two filters are necessary in this day and age: a polariser, and a multi-stop ND, because both let you create images that cannot be achieved in any other way. Arguably, an IR filter too, if you do IR photography.
But graduated NDs are not necessary, Indeed, they nearly always produce unnatural results. For any landscape photo where you want to darken part of the image relative to others, you can simply take a bracketed exposure sequence, and merge as desired in Photoshop.
This approach lets you follow irregularities in the skyline (like mountains, buildings, trees) that an ND grad would artificially darken.
Unless I am mistaken these new filters are "very hard neutral density grads".
If you get the shot using your method then great for you.
But to suggest what "everyone should be doing in the first place" is a bit rich.
If ND grads reduce flare for you, again, good for you. Most of my photos of this type have no sun in the frame, so no flare issues here.
I have a bunch of grad NDs as well as a reverse grad ND. The only times I use them now is for doing time lapses.
For me this is the only advantage of using such filters.
@Digitalis32If all you do is to shoot seascapes then yes.
But if you don't have a flat horizon and have objects of interest on one side you will get heavy shadowing on these things which will need PP to fix.
And with cameras like the D800 you very rarely need to bracket. You can just use Lightroom with their inbuilt grad/reverse grad ND filter and then brush in/out the shadowing on the sides.
It takes less than a minute. Far less than messing around with filters when the light is changing quickly or you are working in near darkness.
AksCT: Much better, cheaper, easier and practical solution: Averaging several shots taken without any ND filters. You easily adjust exposure and number of shots needed to acheive results that you can get from any ND filter that you may need. It also avoids some of inherent pitfall with extremely long exposures when using ND filters.
There are many situations where you need an ND filter for a specific effect.
The most obvious one is to give this milky look to water. If the shutter speed is faster than 1/50 sec at f22 what are you going to do if you want 1 to 30 seconds exposure time?
There are other examples that I can give but I am interested in how you would deal with the above?
sleibson: Yow! $175 for a filter. I've bought entire lenses that are less expensive.
I don't have a Haida but do have a 5 stop Hoya ($50) and a 10 stop Heliopan ($100).
Even though the Hoya is 5 stops less dense, the Heliopan has less colour cast.
A good 10 stop ND costs at least $100 so $175 for 15 stops is not really that expensive. Especially for the size.
endofoto: Olympus has just killed those 1'' sensor point and shoot like too expensive cameras with pen-F. D500 wont sell much although it is very good. Bec you have D7200 for birding. Pros wont use it for other purposes than birding. Pros will buy an extra D750 to carry to weddings instead of D500. If D500 was a fullframe it would sell enormously but it would kill D750. This is a show business to prove that I can do what Canon can do or cant do. For birding pros are changing to 3/4 systems, bec the long lenses are very small and you dont get neck disk hernia. Nikon has to produce a new mirrorless full frame, cheap and low weight around 1300 bucks to kill its rivals especially Sony.
You have no "real world" idea what your are talking about.
A wedding moves fast. There is no time to change lenses. For example, the bride gets in a carriage and you are a few feet away. You shoot with a wide angle lens one second and 5 seconds later you are shooting with a tele.
No one shoots an entire wedding (or anything else) that needs shallow depth of field 100% of the time.
My partner sometimes stay down inside the church close to the couple while I am up high way behind with the chorus shooting only with a long tele.
Don't make stupid comments unless you actually have first hand experience.
ap356: I saw Nikon's own photo samples, which with nearly any camera look very good because the manufacturer creates them in controlled conditions, etc. But Nikon's don't impress at all. Same with actual samples from the J5.
I have been leaning towards the RX100 IV but the DL is more the control style that I prefer. Sadly it seems like the photos just don't compare.
@Biological_Viewfinder"You see, the problem with RAW is that it's just a little bit better than JPEG and it never teaches you anything. JPEG forces you to learn photography, but with RAW you can always sort of wing it and just deal with mistakes later."
This is not really true because it's impossible to define "just a little bit better".
If your hightlights have blown in the JPEG they are gone. In RAW they are not (all gone). But you need to have a very good understanding of your camera's metering as well as the amount of highlights you are going to get back in the RAW file.
So, whether you shoot JPEG or RAW you still need to know what you are doing. You don't learn less just because you shoot RAW. Nor do you learn more just because you shoot JPEG.
People need to learn when to shoot JPEG and when to shoot RAW.
What do you know what “pros” will and will not do?
I currently cover weddings with a D600+70-200mm II and D800+16-35mm f4. I also use the 105mm f2 DC for portraits.
My D600 is up for sale because I want to use the D500 with the 70-200.
How many pros do you actually know?
p5freak: I dont understand these cameras. Why didnt Nikon make just those lenses for its 1 series bodys, and release the body as V4 ? Also, why didnt they make a 50-500, instead of 24-500, which would a perfect addon to the 18-50 ? That way you could cover 18-500 without compromise in image quality.
Your problem and people like you is that you have no idea about lens design. Not that I know a whole lot more.
But it's not possible to design an 18-50mm f1.8-2.8 for the 1 system to be as compact as that for a fixed/built-in as in the DL18-50.
Go and check out the 6.7-13mm (18-35mm equiv) or the super compact 11-27mm and you will see that both are still longer than the lens on the DL18-50.
And neither are nowhere near as fast!
GSD_ZA: Good work Nikon! In the world of compacts there's no longer a space for anything other than premium quality. iPhones have taken over the "consumer" end of the market, and that's just fine.
Do you seriously think that Nikon read Thom last weekend and all of a sudden came out with 3 new cameras yesterday?
It takes years to come up with a road map and then some to get a prototype before the actual announcement.
If Thom is whom Nikon is reading, how is it that he is the one guy who never even gets a prototype?
Dames01: "Unfortunately, the ring around the lens barrel of the DL24-85 is not customizable (same goes for the other DL's). It can only be used for manual focusing."
That is really disappointing... :-( would have been nice to be able to use to set the Aperture, Shutter speed, etc.
Not sure if I understand your question.
Basically, you just touch one of the buttons and the LCD goes into 10x magnification. So, one hand holds the camera and the other fine tunes the focus.
Of course, if you have the camera on a tripod you have both hands free.
You would be surprised how much easier it is to manual focus by just using the LCD.
Nikon is not exactly stupid, you know. They have this thing called 10x magnification which allows you to see pretty clearly on the LCD what is and is not in focus.
ThomasH_always: There it is again: No Viewfinder, No purchase. Got it, Nikon?
By the by, it always fascinates me that the new cameras are proudly presented how _others_ see them, not you, the photographer and user. I am interested in the outlook of the back side and of the top side rather. This is what I will see while using the device. Of course, in the vague understanding of physics, no LCD display will be able to compete with the energy of the sun light. The sun is bigger, and will always win. We need a viewfinder, or "the device" is not "a camera". I will not be plugging in some external contraptions for $200, which can get lost. Ridiculous.
Nikon will be very happy when you and all the other "No view finder, blah blah blah" go and buy a Sony and get off this forum.
Let the rest of us buy what we want.
Oh, in case you are seriously thick, there is a view finder on the DLs. Two are optional and one is built-in!
Fog Maker: Finally.
Bridge has such a potential to be really great.
So hope the keep their ''promise'' to develop it further.
My workflow has always been Bridge/Camera Raw, Photoshop
I thoroughly dislike Lightroom.
If you want to compare say 10 images at 100% then you need Bridge. AFAIK, you can compare maximum 2 images at 100% in LR.
In Survey mode you can select 10 or more images but as soon as you try to view at 100% you drop back to just one image.
I could be wrong but I couldn't get LR to do what I wanted to do.
I like Bridge for some things but if you “thoroughly dislike Lightroom” then I think you are living in some of fog as your name suggests.
The best use of Bridge for me is to compare say 10 images or more side by side. This is great when I am testing lenses at various apertures or against one another.
DenWil: What weak feeble wusses look upon 3 pounds with such intimidation? THREE POUNDS!
"Big" and "heavy", "tank" "behemoth"... did I mention "big" ? Brick brick brick brick brick brick brick...
So lucky that bread comes in one pound loaves. That double loaf bag at Costco could be problematic... regardless, a gallon of milk is likely still terrifying...oh the weight ...your poor shoulders.
I'll bet Nikon will even sell a vertical grip for the D500.. more weight more size...the swine.
I used to laugh at people who used hiking poles.
I don't anymore because my knees are gone and only now I understand why people use them.
You might think that you are "a hard-cock" but I have bad news for you. One day you are gonna wake up and find that you are not as strong as you may be.
3 pounds is no big deal? Put it with the 70-200mm around your neck plus another body with say the 16-35mm f4 across your shoulders and shoot 4 or 5 hours every weekend for a couple of years. (I shoot with a D800 and D600 with these lenses)
What you write now will come back and haunt you.
burnin: My arms hurt just looking at the pictures.
@GuenterWould you let your neighbor's trustworthy 12 year old son use your D4s? I'm sure he wouldn't complain either.
I don't even let my 11 and 8 year olds in the same room as my camera gear.
gianniviola: Is a beautiful camera with a lot of new features. But why buy an Aps camera that costs more than a full frame? a few years ago maybe it made sense. Gianni Viola
What is the cheapest FF that gives you 10 fps?
photomedium: Not convinced. $2k APSC? Only time I see pro shooting crop is when they are ambassador-ing in some YouTube vid. Weighs almost 1kg, it can only record a blazing 3min of 4K (and 10 min HD) footage (enough to earn the 4K tramp stamp). Wonder if it overheats...It does have a touchscreen and 10fps but no flash, it's only 20mp...what else...I rather get the d750 and a plastic bag for when it rains? Thanks.
The two new Nikon bodies are the absolute highest pro-grade models ever.
The A7RII weighs 625g vs the D5 which is 1415g.
You realize, of course, that the difference is not just the mirror box in the D5, right?
There may be a whole host of features in the NX1 and A7RII that "trump" the D5 and D500. Or maybe not.
But if 1000 pros got stuck individually on 1000 deserted islands and had to chose a camera body as a hammer to build a shelter, which do you think they would take?
So, I disagree with you that this is "a reaction from Nikon to remain competitive".
I would say that this is Nikon making a strong statement: "We make the best full frame and crop professional DSLR cameras - bar none".