keepreal

keepreal

Lives in United Kingdom Enfield, United Kingdom
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Joined on Mar 24, 2007
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Amateur with a passion for pictorial photography of more than fifty years.

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On Nikon D7100 Hands-on Preview preview (492 comments in total)
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keepreal: I suspect the D7100 is partially an excuse to replace the D300 with less quality but still for a similar price.

If the D7100 is anything like the D600 - probably not even as good - then the durability and the repairability of the D7100 may be an issue and the camera not a genuine replacement for the D300/D300s.

Besides, are D7100 features in all respects as good? Other comments here suggest not. The ergonomics of the D300 are superb and the camera is regarded as a classic. Will that be said of the D7100? We'll see but I think I already have the answer.

http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Nikon+D600+Teardown/10708/1

Nikon D600 Repairability Score: 2 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair)

Daakku "low repairability is good." One born every minute.

Yes, JakeB just like those Leica trolls.

Let's see some of your pictures, or do you spend so much time on talking such crap you don't have any time for actually getting some decent results, decent that is for such brain dead camera users?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2013 at 18:35 UTC
On Nikon D7100 Hands-on Preview preview (492 comments in total)
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keepreal: I suspect the D7100 is partially an excuse to replace the D300 with less quality but still for a similar price.

If the D7100 is anything like the D600 - probably not even as good - then the durability and the repairability of the D7100 may be an issue and the camera not a genuine replacement for the D300/D300s.

Besides, are D7100 features in all respects as good? Other comments here suggest not. The ergonomics of the D300 are superb and the camera is regarded as a classic. Will that be said of the D7100? We'll see but I think I already have the answer.

http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Nikon+D600+Teardown/10708/1

Nikon D600 Repairability Score: 2 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair)

Is this a bad joke? See also

http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Nikon+D5100+Teardown/5271/1

Nikon D5100 Repairability Score: 2 out of 10

All that extra money significantly for nothing

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2013 at 15:20 UTC
On Nikon D7100 Hands-on Preview preview (492 comments in total)

I suspect the D7100 is partially an excuse to replace the D300 with less quality but still for a similar price.

If the D7100 is anything like the D600 - probably not even as good - then the durability and the repairability of the D7100 may be an issue and the camera not a genuine replacement for the D300/D300s.

Besides, are D7100 features in all respects as good? Other comments here suggest not. The ergonomics of the D300 are superb and the camera is regarded as a classic. Will that be said of the D7100? We'll see but I think I already have the answer.

http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Nikon+D600+Teardown/10708/1

Nikon D600 Repairability Score: 2 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2013 at 14:47 UTC as 165th comment | 4 replies
On Nikon D7100 Hands-on Preview preview (492 comments in total)
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keepreal: No intention of replacing my D300, but I do like to look at current options. No doubt the D7100 is a real improvement but the better older cameras like mine are perfectly acceptable for sufficiently sharp prints from RAW up to 2 feet long. Besides, I see no practical benefit in having 24.1 mp instead of 12.3 mp and half the number of shots on my memory cards.

The D7100 is slightly smaller and considerably lighter, but the two function buttons are gone from the front, the ideal spot for regular use between the lens mount and the handgrip. That space also is rather smaller and I believe will be less comfortable especially for larger sized hands. I do find the D300 rather heavy but, on the other hand, ergonomically it is superb and I can handhold at slow exposures of 1/40 sec and get sharp results every time except with a long lens.

However, it will be very interesting to see the progress in design that the low pass filter no longer is needed. That might in truth be real progress.

Referring to ThomasSwitzerland immediately above, I also have a D5000 and IN PRACTICE the results from it are as good as the D300. It is not nearly as nice to use though! I cannot see any real benefit in more pixels in the D5100 or D5200 unless you want to take a shot for an advertising hoarding! More likely the real benefit is more bucks to Nikon for gullible people constantly switching models.

Also, in regard to my posting above, I just found the enlarged view when you click on the third image at http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Nikon-Products/Product/Digital-SLR-Cameras/1513/D7100.html shows that the two buttons are still there on the D7100 between the lens mount and the grip and that the gap is probably large enough for a comfortable hold.

So my comments above on that can be ignored provided that the D7100 compares with the exceptional ergonomics of the D300 (which I doubt) and that other features are as good as in the older model, which a few other people here seem to question!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2013 at 14:04 UTC
On Nikon D7100 Hands-on Preview preview (492 comments in total)

No intention of replacing my D300, but I do like to look at current options. No doubt the D7100 is a real improvement but the better older cameras like mine are perfectly acceptable for sufficiently sharp prints from RAW up to 2 feet long. Besides, I see no practical benefit in having 24.1 mp instead of 12.3 mp and half the number of shots on my memory cards.

The D7100 is slightly smaller and considerably lighter, but the two function buttons are gone from the front, the ideal spot for regular use between the lens mount and the handgrip. That space also is rather smaller and I believe will be less comfortable especially for larger sized hands. I do find the D300 rather heavy but, on the other hand, ergonomically it is superb and I can handhold at slow exposures of 1/40 sec and get sharp results every time except with a long lens.

However, it will be very interesting to see the progress in design that the low pass filter no longer is needed. That might in truth be real progress.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2013 at 13:20 UTC as 169th comment | 3 replies

I note there is a review of the D600 but I will not bother reading it. Maybe DP Review could flag up equipment which is jerry built and make a habit of telling us at the outset to save wasting our time.

I usually like to read the more interesting articles at DP Review even though I am quite happy with my D300 and regularly get quality more than adequate for prints about 2 ft long. That's just as well because there is no way I would get a D600 if its build is such crap. I suspect Nikon are building to the market and lowering quality favouring their profit margins, unconcerned except with their top professional grade equipment.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 17, 2012 at 16:33 UTC as 2nd comment
On Nikon D5200 Hands-on Preview preview (213 comments in total)

According to Nikon ithe D5200 is for 'Advanced Beginners'. That is their shallow ploy to lure people into spending a sizeable amount of money when most do not need anything as good or expensive for their modest ambitions. Most will be point and shoot with no interest in photography per se or intention to learn what most of the features are for, let alone use them.

Good luck to them but for whom then do Nikon and the other manufacturers make their fixed lens compacts for?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 9, 2012 at 22:35 UTC as 91st comment | 4 replies

Sounds to me as though iFixit.com have taken apart Nikon. At the prices you pay for these high end cameras, you are entitled to expect a lot better than this.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 8, 2012 at 20:20 UTC as 29th comment | 3 replies
On Nikon unveils 24.1MP D5200 DSLR with optional Wi-Fi article (392 comments in total)
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keepreal: Can someone tell me how to change my display name to havalarf? If not I shall have to stop commenting here.

I have given up taking DP Review seriously. I do have a look here from time to time curious about the new thrown at us. A lot of it is pointless but the march of science and technology is wonderful, the appetite for manufacturers to design and sell anything and the public to spend money like there is no tomorrow.

But as for the reader comments, i get the impression that the majority of these guys should be in a psychiatric ward.

With my D300, D5000, three zoom lenses covering from 12mm to 300m between them, an Epson 3880 printer and the ability to use my smart TV to display in HD directly from a connected PC, I am all set for the rest of my days even if by the time I am on my death bed they are making cameras with 640 mp, lenses with barrel distortion of 80%.

I have taken some really good pictures with my equipment while many here are bent on talking nonsense, nothing else.

Yes of course because I like to listen to music, especially classical music and that's what most albums still come on.

Besides, the CDs are very useful when you reseed your lawn. Stretch strings across with CDs on them suspended from sticks stuck in the turf and that frightens the birds away as they move in the breeze. For some reason DVDs do no work as well. It must be something to do with the dual layer making them catch the light less. I have tried + and - but it makes no difference.

You'd know about that sort of thing, wouldn't you Antonio?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 7, 2012 at 00:25 UTC
On Nikon unveils 24.1MP D5200 DSLR with optional Wi-Fi article (392 comments in total)
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keepreal: Can someone tell me how to change my display name to havalarf? If not I shall have to stop commenting here.

I have given up taking DP Review seriously. I do have a look here from time to time curious about the new thrown at us. A lot of it is pointless but the march of science and technology is wonderful, the appetite for manufacturers to design and sell anything and the public to spend money like there is no tomorrow.

But as for the reader comments, i get the impression that the majority of these guys should be in a psychiatric ward.

With my D300, D5000, three zoom lenses covering from 12mm to 300m between them, an Epson 3880 printer and the ability to use my smart TV to display in HD directly from a connected PC, I am all set for the rest of my days even if by the time I am on my death bed they are making cameras with 640 mp, lenses with barrel distortion of 80%.

I have taken some really good pictures with my equipment while many here are bent on talking nonsense, nothing else.

3 years old, so Francis Carver thinks that means golden oldie. Utter madness. Things have progressed in that time but not by enough that it actually matters. For example, unless you make huge prints can you actually tell apart 600 DPI from 300? I doubt it.

I have a CD player that I bought about 25 years ago, the Denon DCD-1700 which at the time was their second model. Since then the technology has changed and on paper the specs may look better but I defy anyone whose says mine in a near audiofile system is not a match in practical terms even today.

You have exactly the same in photography except these paranoid individuals thinks real change is near to instantaneous. Most assuredly, it is not.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 6, 2012 at 21:23 UTC
On Nikon unveils 24.1MP D5200 DSLR with optional Wi-Fi article (392 comments in total)

Can someone tell me how to change my display name to havalarf? If not I shall have to stop commenting here.

I have given up taking DP Review seriously. I do have a look here from time to time curious about the new thrown at us. A lot of it is pointless but the march of science and technology is wonderful, the appetite for manufacturers to design and sell anything and the public to spend money like there is no tomorrow.

But as for the reader comments, i get the impression that the majority of these guys should be in a psychiatric ward.

With my D300, D5000, three zoom lenses covering from 12mm to 300m between them, an Epson 3880 printer and the ability to use my smart TV to display in HD directly from a connected PC, I am all set for the rest of my days even if by the time I am on my death bed they are making cameras with 640 mp, lenses with barrel distortion of 80%.

I have taken some really good pictures with my equipment while many here are bent on talking nonsense, nothing else.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 6, 2012 at 17:33 UTC as 50th comment | 4 replies
On Nikon unveils 24.1MP D5200 DSLR with optional Wi-Fi article (392 comments in total)
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justmeMN: I'm waiting for the 48MP D5300. :-)

Good lad. Plenty of time to sell off the wife's jewelry and you definotly will have enough money by then. Sandisk are bringing out a new SDHC card with 2048 gb on it, which you will need with the new model. The price has yet to be fixed but they are waiting until they find out what the largest figure dealers can process for a single sale is first.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 6, 2012 at 16:34 UTC
On Nikon unveils 24.1MP D5200 DSLR with optional Wi-Fi article (392 comments in total)

iGNORE WHAT I JUST SAID IN THE MESSAGE BELOW.

I have just learned that Nikon are going into partnership with Yamaha and will be coming out with a new KSLR range with a touch screen and an 8 octave keyboard on the rear LCD so you can play a musical sound accompaniment and add it to your video clips. You can even take stills with the new models and through a 5.1 speaker system that plugs into the camera, you can even use it to have a rave up gig on location without lugging around your full size amplifiers and speakers.

According to the press release I got this information from, Nikon were not going to announce this until next April but thought there were enough fools out there already not to wait until then!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 6, 2012 at 15:51 UTC as 58th comment
On Nikon unveils 24.1MP D5200 DSLR with optional Wi-Fi article (392 comments in total)
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Cane: Why do all the Nikon designs now look like they're plastic melting?

Because they have a deal with stores that sell them and through them take back all the models people dispose of. They melt down the plastic and use it again.

They do this because the planet will run out of many of the natural resources civilisation relies upon by mid-century and so that they can put a little sticker on their products claiming to be green. It is nice to have companies with a conscience, isn't it?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 6, 2012 at 15:36 UTC
On Nikon unveils 24.1MP D5200 DSLR with optional Wi-Fi article (392 comments in total)

Save £399 on the D3200 and £719 on the D5200. Similar deals outside the UK.

If you already own a camera that preceded either in their respective Nikon ranges go to the Warehouse Express to see what you can save just by not buying there. Give the dosh that is burning a hole in your pocket to the Haiti Earthquake Fund, Mary's Meals or something like that instead.

Cameras like these are pretty advanced and not inexpensive. They are only described as entry level to tempt you into something more exotic to keep up with ? Well nobody really, because I am pretty sure most of you never get to the point of regularly taking decent pictures running into two digit numbers in total (not per session) by the time you trade up to something new in a few months time.

And take note. Amazing though it may seem, reliable sources indicate that manufacturers such as Nikon and Canon make quite a lot of money selling to people who have cheap compacts or no cameras at all. They do not need your spare cash.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 6, 2012 at 15:27 UTC as 60th comment
On Nikon unveils 24.1MP D5200 DSLR with optional Wi-Fi article (392 comments in total)
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Devendra: I loved my D5000 as a backup to my D300. Often time it was the go-to camera for trips and it never failed to disappoint. Worked consistently well despite being refurbished.
The swivel screen is perfect for composing shots and doing the video from unconventional angle.
I sold off both and have a D800E now. This lil camera might be my replacement instead of the D300/D7000 hybrid. Will wait for the hybrid specs to come out before get this one. But either one of them will certainly be my backup camera!

Once again.. GOOD JOB NIKON! Giving spot metering at all AF points, large bracketing D7000 AF etc in a small affordable bundle!

Once again.. GOOD JOB NIKON! Getting people to trade up and line your pockets.

I'd love to see if these guys actually get around to taking pictures of sufficient quality to justify their spend!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 6, 2012 at 15:00 UTC
On Nikon unveils 24.1MP D5200 DSLR with optional Wi-Fi article (392 comments in total)
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MichaelKJ: I'm sure this camera has a lot going for it and will do very well, but personally think most buyers would be better off with 16MP

I am not sure in most circumstances that you need more than 12MP. I have a D5000 as a second lighter weight alternative to the heavier bodies and lenses but A2 size prints (23.4 inches long) from either that or my D300 look pretty sharp enough for me.

Other than for professionals into top notch imaging for Vogue magazine or the like, I think that the higher numbers for MP are more to get foolish people to upgrade and thereby for manufacturers to get more sales. And there are plenty such people. For example, budi0251 above asks if he should trade in his D3200 which he has had a few weeks. By the end of 2013 he will probably be onto the D5400 and heavens knows what he is going to do after that. Take any decent pictures?

It's a bit like Felix Baumgartner travelling faster than the speed of sound. They didn't even have time to put the kettle on for a cup of tea when he landed, so what he gained is very open to question.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 6, 2012 at 06:02 UTC
On Adobe announces Photoshop Elements 11 article (68 comments in total)
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Bangers and Mash: I think I will stay with Elements 10. It does fine for me so why change or upgrade, unless, of course, its absolutely necessary. I switched from 8 to 10 only because of the RAW editing feature for the Olympus E-P3, which was not available in version 8.

Perhaps I'm old school, but I don't understand why they incorporate an organizer. I'm sorry, but I like to take care of my own filing/organizing and not let a program take it over for me. That's just me I guess. Why, when loading the program, don't they provide the option for selecting or deselecting the organizer. Like I said, that's me.

In case anyone reading my comment above wants to try Oloneo PhotoEngine (PE) I should warn you of its pros and cons.

Its tonemapping is superb even from a single frame and it is lightning fast so adjustments are hugely easier than anything else. Tonemapping is very intuitive and often the results are amazing even from single RAW. Usually it recovers so much detail in highlights/shadows you did not even know you had. PC only, not MAC.

For HDR and bracketing you cannot rely upon PE unless you use a tripod. It will not align properly but there is a no-cost solution. Use the Photomatix Pro trial version and save HDR (32 bit) as it is very good on ghost removal automatically or manually - you choose which. Just be sure when you start a project you check to say you want to save an HDR before mapping and stop there. It looks awful when you get there before saving but only because the monitor image is not 32 bit or tonemapped. To open the hdr in PE just drag from Explorer into the PE editor.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2012 at 02:41 UTC
On Adobe announces Photoshop Elements 11 article (68 comments in total)
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Bangers and Mash: I think I will stay with Elements 10. It does fine for me so why change or upgrade, unless, of course, its absolutely necessary. I switched from 8 to 10 only because of the RAW editing feature for the Olympus E-P3, which was not available in version 8.

Perhaps I'm old school, but I don't understand why they incorporate an organizer. I'm sorry, but I like to take care of my own filing/organizing and not let a program take it over for me. That's just me I guess. Why, when loading the program, don't they provide the option for selecting or deselecting the organizer. Like I said, that's me.

Like inohuri I would not spend the price for PS. I have CS2 only because I won it in a photo competition judged by Martin Evening for what I showed I could do with PSE2.

I too dislike the PSE organizer but have one use for it in PSE8 which came free with my Wacom Bamboo tablet. For RAW conversion and tone mapping I usually rely upon Oloneo PhotoEngine but I want to view NEF thumbnails from my Nikon D300 and D5000 and PSD bigger than I can with FastStone Viewer. CS2 Bridge will not open my NEFs, so I use the PSE8 organiser merely to view thumbnails as large as I choose but there is no point for me in the editor when I can have 16 bit in CS2.

Adobe line their pockets selling upgrades to gullible customers mostly by adding bells and whistles. Forget them and learn ALL you can with what you already have. I have run trial versions of later PS/PSE but did not like any of them. The GUI has become too busy, less space for the image you want to edit where CS2 is streamlined, neat and tidy.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2012 at 02:05 UTC

The 10-18mm and 16-50mm are good news for NEX afficionados who like wide angles for landscapes and shoot JPEG.

But I also imagine they and the 35mm F1.8 will retain the absurd curvilinear distortion that I believe makes most Sony E lenses and many others for APSC and Four-Thirds a joke for serious work where you want to shoot RAW. I also insist upon a RAW developer of my own choosing, not SONY's because I am out for the best tone-mapping on the planet, IMO currently Oloneo PhotoEngine.

For that and want of a decent OVF since the NEX-7 EVF is also a bad joke, I will stick to my DSLR in spite of the size and weight which I admit is a serious nuisance.

By the time EVFs get up to 14 mb instead of the present 1.4 mb, maybe they will be able to distill electronically every last ounce of refinement and equal an optical viewfinder system. By if/when that ever happens, I will no longer be around, so who cares? Just get a caddy and keep to shooting through mirrors.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 21, 2012 at 11:34 UTC as 4th comment
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