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 Just Posted: Nikon D7100 Hands-On Preview article (311 comments in total)
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mbrobich: Have to wonder if the buffer increases if you use the "M" 12MP setting ? Hopefully it does.

Especially if the LCD is welded into the back and the whole of that would have to be replaced. See what iFixit say about that in regard to the D600:

See http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Nikon+D600+Teardown/10708/2

"We were disappointed to find that the LCD is fused to the rear case, and cannot be replaced without replacing the entire panel.

If you scratch or crack the display glass on an older Nikon DSLR like the D90, it's possible to find an inexpensive replacement and fix it yourself. With the inseparable glass, though, D600 users will definitely want to opt for some type of screen protection."

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2013 at 17:56 UTC
On Just Posted: Nikon D7100 Hands-On Preview article (311 comments in total)

Those of us who say that the D7100 is not the legitimate successor to the D300s might be interested to learn that according to Businessweek Feb 7 Nikon are having financial problems. This might also have a bearing in problems with the D600 and lead to other quality issues. Let's hope not.

See http://www.businessweek.com/news/2013-02-06/nikon-plunges-most-since-1985-after-forecast-cut-tokyo-mover

"Nikon Corp., Japan’s third-biggest camera-maker, plunged the most since 1985 in Tokyo trading after cutting its profit forecast because of slowing demand in Europe and falling prices.

The company dropped 19 percent to 2,139 yen at the close. That was the biggest decline among the 225 members of the Nikkei 225 Stock Average."

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2013 at 17:52 UTC as 11th comment | 2 replies
On Nikon issues service advisory on D600's dust issue article (240 comments in total)
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daciangroza: I do architectural photography mostly at f/8-f/11 with a D600 and even though oil spots are visible in the top left corner when shooting a white wall, I have never had a problem with them in real photos.

I'll send the camera in sometime for cleaning and I'm curious if they'll show up again. My guess is that they won't. From what I read the shutter splutters oil on the sensor when the camera is new and stops after the excess oil is off the mechanisms. I don't worry too much about it, I found imperfections in all my gear. Nothing is flawless, unfortunately.

Your suggestion of Copper Hill is very reassuring as they give very detailed information. I have always been very careful to avoid external dirt getting into the camera body from outside, as I explain a little more just below, so far with complete success. Of course, if the source is within the camera no amount of care is going to help.

One of my concerns has been the risk of doing more harm than good by ever going near the plate in front of the sensor but, if the need arises, Copper Hill instructions avoid the need for guesswork on precisely how to go about it.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 22, 2013 at 23:12 UTC
On Nikon issues service advisory on D600's dust issue article (240 comments in total)

I have a Nikon D300 and a D5000. Once I had to gently blow away a speck of dust in the viewfinder of the D300 but that is all. In three years I have never even had to use the sensor cleaning utility built into either camera. I am always very careful when changing lenses, mind.

This just suggests as I have commented upon elsewhere at DP Review, specifically the preview of the D7100 that Nikon may be cutting back on quality, at least in its more recent cheaper and mid-range DSLRs. Some of the comments below also suggest the same thing.

Of course I have no proof but the general trends do make me and some other commentators at DP Review suspicious. In the case of the D7100, the reason for this is that it replaces the D300/D300s while in most respects it is more like the next range down, indeed the D7000. The only thing they defintely have in common is the price. Less features and less quality for the same price?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 22, 2013 at 20:23 UTC as 84th comment
On Nikon posts sample images from new D7100 article (95 comments in total)
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keepreal: Why are such galleries almost always such a joke? I think it is because the providers are far too lazy to do the job properly. Unfortunately, that also includes DP Review.

The pictures in the Nikon 6-image sample gallery have to be the worst selection I have ever seen. Usually the selection DP Review provides is pretty poor too but this is a new low, so much so I have not even bothered to download the full size images to take a closer look.

One needs a good amount of detail and colour to judge sharpness, distortion and chromatic aberrations right into the corners and at a typical distance one might use for taking real pictures.

DP Review uses a standard indoors setup but but why, oh why show a closeup of a coin in which the colours are limited and the sharpness of the minted coin original so inadequate to judge by?

Their out of doors shots from one review to another are never the same, so making a judgement about the results is always a case of comparing apples and oranges.

Interesting replies already:

Revenant, you are perfectly correct - only I would choose real-world sample images like that part in sunlight of one of mine at http://www.flickr.com/photos/contrajur/8360729475/in/set-72157632473974640/

(Click on it to see it larger.)

With that kind of image you'd really be able to make a significant judgement - not with the even toned wing of a plane and no detail on it apart from the edges. And on your point about different conditions for different reviews I'd agree if you said different kinds of apple!

In the close-ups, they could have chosen something better than the coin to start you off with in the first place so you could just view as is!

IMO Hugo808 is spot on - prosumer cameras are all so good it is splitting hairs from a practical point of view. Clever point about the missing LOPF. So much for what marike6 thinks – Nikon can do no wrong!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 22, 2013 at 15:13 UTC
On Nikon posts sample images from new D7100 article (95 comments in total)
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yabokkie: good lenses,
but it's very unefficient shooting APS-C with full-frame lenses,
but it's more difficult to make same good lenses for APS-C DSLRs
at the same quality and cost, that APS-C DSLRs deserve to die.

btw, 24.00MP DX translates to 56.56MP FX, that we know there should be no problem we go double D800, and maybe quad D800 resolutions.

I totally agree with Digitall, just above. When I moved from film to digital, I was glad to have some good FX lenses and kept them all.

The only DX I have is the Nikkor 18-55mm VR along with a D5000 body which I sometimes use instead of my D300 and three FX lenses as collectively the latter are very heavy.

Most APSC or smaller provide noticeable distortion. In many DX, distortion is downright ridiculous. If not for that I would have bought a 4/3 as a second camera but instead got the D5000. Other than cutting off the edges, maybe that's no worry if you use jpeg or a RAW developer that uses the Nikon profiles, but I do not, as others out there give superior tonal mapping.

In Digital, the DX format has its advantages for those who realise that the resolution already is more than good enough even for large blow-ups. That also gives the advantage that FX lenses on DX bodies only use the centre of their coverage, delivering good edge sharpness and next to no vignetting either.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 22, 2013 at 11:31 UTC
On Nikon posts sample images from new D7100 article (95 comments in total)

Why are such galleries almost always such a joke? I think it is because the providers are far too lazy to do the job properly. Unfortunately, that also includes DP Review.

The pictures in the Nikon 6-image sample gallery have to be the worst selection I have ever seen. Usually the selection DP Review provides is pretty poor too but this is a new low, so much so I have not even bothered to download the full size images to take a closer look.

One needs a good amount of detail and colour to judge sharpness, distortion and chromatic aberrations right into the corners and at a typical distance one might use for taking real pictures.

DP Review uses a standard indoors setup but but why, oh why show a closeup of a coin in which the colours are limited and the sharpness of the minted coin original so inadequate to judge by?

Their out of doors shots from one review to another are never the same, so making a judgement about the results is always a case of comparing apples and oranges.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 22, 2013 at 11:06 UTC as 12th comment | 7 replies
On Nikon D7100 Hands-on Preview preview (492 comments in total)
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midimid: As a long-time D5100 amateur photographer, I've been waiting forever for this release. But at $1200, I now have to contemplate jumping up to the D600 and replacing all of my lenses (18-105, 35, 11-16, 60 macro). The D600 body can easily be had for ~$1600.

Any thoughts on a D600 / D7100 comparison?

"As a long-time D5100 amateur photographer"... The D5100 has only been out for about a year, so if a year seems such a long time to you, you must be about five years old. I suppose if you do buy the D600, in a year or two that also will have to go!

Isn't it ludicrous how people talk as if only a short time ago was ancient history and anything produced then totally out of date? That is anything but the case but the manufacturers are quite content to pander to people with more money than sense who trade up for the tiniest of changes which make absolutely no significant difference to what they add in most respects to one's ability to take good pictures or, these days, is that the last thing on anyone's mind?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2013 at 19:50 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)

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
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