keepreal

keepreal

Lives in United Kingdom Enfield, United Kingdom
Works as a Retired, was Information Technology Manager
Joined on Mar 24, 2007
About me:

Amateur with a passion for pictorial photography of more than fifty years.

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On article Just Posted: Nikon D7100 Hands-On Preview (311 comments in total)
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sunkenbranch: Where is the monitor cover!! I think they eliminated that. Make the LCD bigger and not protect it. Brilliant.

Sorry - my entry below the next entry was intended to be a reply to this!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2013 at 19:39 UTC
On article Just Posted: Nikon D7100 Hands-On Preview (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 article Just Posted: Nikon D7100 Hands-On Preview (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 article Nikon issues service advisory on D600's dust issue (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 article Nikon issues service advisory on D600's dust issue (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 article Nikon posts sample images from new D7100 (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 article Nikon posts sample images from new D7100 (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 article Nikon posts sample images from new D7100 (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

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

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 article Nikon unveils 24.1MP D5200 DSLR with optional Wi-Fi (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 article Nikon unveils 24.1MP D5200 DSLR with optional Wi-Fi (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 article Nikon unveils 24.1MP D5200 DSLR with optional Wi-Fi (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 article Nikon unveils 24.1MP D5200 DSLR with optional Wi-Fi (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 article Nikon unveils 24.1MP D5200 DSLR with optional Wi-Fi (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 article Nikon unveils 24.1MP D5200 DSLR with optional Wi-Fi (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 article Nikon unveils 24.1MP D5200 DSLR with optional Wi-Fi (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 article Nikon unveils 24.1MP D5200 DSLR with optional Wi-Fi (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 article Nikon unveils 24.1MP D5200 DSLR with optional Wi-Fi (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 article Adobe announces Photoshop Elements 11 (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
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