spiderhunter

spiderhunter

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It appears that Canon and Nikon are so complacent with their toaster-sized DSLRs that they are blind to what is going around them. They can reduce the size of things but they just don't do it. The song "the times they are a-changing" comes to mind. Sure, they still have their lion's share of the pro market but I feel Sony has rocked the boat. The Sony FF mirrorless are still not there yet when it comes to AF tracking abilities ( but great for non-action work) and battery life
but given time and more RD, they will get there. I hope the size of truly capable pro models will get lighter, not heavier.

Hand phones got lighter and smaller. The early models were gigantic by comparison. Compactness and portability is what manufacturers should aim for. Yes, there is a limit as to how small FF lenses can go but striving to reduce sizes and making things lighter are surely the way to go.

Go Sony, go! Show them the way!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 22, 2013 at 04:58 UTC as 23rd comment | 9 replies
On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)

Damn it, they should have incorporated the D4 AF system into the Df. Doesn't matter even if it's only 5.5 FPS.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2013 at 14:38 UTC as 142nd comment | 1 reply
On Tamron to develop 150-600mm F5-6.3 ultra-telephoto zoom article (193 comments in total)

In the end, it is all about sharpness and performance. Can this lens deliver?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2013 at 12:35 UTC as 12th comment | 1 reply
On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)
In reply to:

spiderhunter: I was hoping that someone who have tried out this camera for action photography would tell me how good is the AF for tracking purposes, like for fasting moving subjects ( like cheetahs or eagles) coming towards or moving away from the camera.

@marike6

Many thanks!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 10, 2013 at 14:25 UTC
On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)
In reply to:

spiderhunter: I was hoping that someone who have tried out this camera for action photography would tell me how good is the AF for tracking purposes, like for fasting moving subjects ( like cheetahs or eagles) coming towards or moving away from the camera.

I have not used a Nikon DSLR since my "Nikon divorce" in 2005. I really would like to know the capability of that D600 AF capability in tracking, anyone? My secret wish was that the Df inherited that entire AF system of the D4 minus the frame rate .... If that was the case I 'd toss away my Canon system and just live with this camera and go back to real photography (to me) all over again. How good is the D600 in AF tracking compared with the D4? Like night and day? Pardon me for my question if it does sound foolish to some people. Better to ask "a foolish sounding question" than to remain a fool ...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 10, 2013 at 00:26 UTC
On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)

I was hoping that someone who have tried out this camera for action photography would tell me how good is the AF for tracking purposes, like for fasting moving subjects ( like cheetahs or eagles) coming towards or moving away from the camera.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 9, 2013 at 17:23 UTC as 187th comment | 5 replies
On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)

My only question remains: How useful it is for action photography?? Can I rely on its tracking abilities to capture an eagle flyng towards the camera?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 6, 2013 at 00:52 UTC as 435th comment | 1 reply
On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)

I am thrilled as it brings back the nostagia of a time gone by. For me, my romance with photography is suddenly resurrected. I miss photographing with the old style era camera.

But having divorced Nikon since 2005 (used the film system professionally since 1973) when I dumped Nikon DSLRs in favor of the Canon, this is the first that my heart started to race when I saw a Nikon new model. Since 2005, I have since invested heavily in Canon and sold every single Nikon lens I owned ... But I felt I was never really back into photography. It was as if something went missing. Now I know, it was all those missing manual dials that made me feel that way.

My first thought was: how good is the AF tracking system? Is it as good as the D4 minus the FPS? 5.5 is ok.

However, I do wish that they have made it thinner and slightly smaller. In any case, if it can fulfill my needs, I will buy one.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 06:16 UTC as 912th comment | 3 replies
On Is this the new Leica 'Mini M'? article (370 comments in total)

I have given up on Leica a long time ago. The issue is that you can't take any better pictures with this camera compared to any other mirrorless ones. So why pay the premium? And like someone said, there is not even a EVF built into it! That said, this is my opinion.

Direct link | Posted on May 30, 2013 at 00:32 UTC as 109th comment | 2 replies
On SDIM2351 photo in swedishnerd's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Excellent. Do you find the jena flektogon 35mm sharp at 2.4 as it is at f8?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2013 at 02:58 UTC as 1st comment

It weighs a ton and it had better have exceptional IQ otherwise it's a white elephant.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 21, 2013 at 00:50 UTC as 15th comment
On World Press Photo announces 2013 contest winners article (298 comments in total)

I meant "well said" to King Penguin's comments.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2013 at 14:05 UTC as 17th comment
On World Press Photo announces 2013 contest winners article (298 comments in total)
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King Penguin: I am amazed by the responses to this piece, most posters seem to be very sensitive about anything that shows Israel or the US in a negative way.......the truth hurts and denying it will do nothing to bring peace in a place which has been meddled with and manipulated for so many years.

I'm not anti Israel or US, but the current leadership of Israel do not want peace, if they did there would be, it's in their control but they chose to keep the status quo of conflict, sadly their attitude is no better than the apartheid regimes of South Africa before Nelson Mandela came to power.

History will not judge the current leadership of Israel well.

It's all very sad.

Well said!!!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2013 at 14:02 UTC
On World Press Photo announces 2013 contest winners article (298 comments in total)

How can there be winners for war images? Judges sit in the comfort of their offices and decide the best pictures to depict suffering and the photographer wins prizes and gain fame? This is morally wrong. Winning is corrupting.

The Pulitzer prize, for example, is a political tool. One of the world's greatest irony was the Peace Prize that was awarded to Barack Hussein Obama, a prize so hurriedly put together for man who could hardly represent peace.

Some of the best war images and videos come from unsung heroes ... unknown photographers. Tragically the world needs winners ... it reflects on the fallen nature of man.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2013 at 01:55 UTC as 36th comment

In this day and age, nothing is impossible. We are only limited by our own minds, afterall we are only finite.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2012 at 00:52 UTC as 69th comment | 2 replies
On Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM preview article (149 comments in total)

Overpriced.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 10, 2012 at 12:58 UTC as 14th comment
On Just Posted: Canon EOS M preview samples gallery article (130 comments in total)

Waste of money. Sony NEX series is king.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 8, 2012 at 01:38 UTC as 12th comment
On Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Preview preview (125 comments in total)

The price had better justify the performance.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 7, 2012 at 14:53 UTC as 24th comment | 1 reply

Absolutely preposterous. Update available six months from now? They should do it immediately - together with the announcement.

WHAT EXACTLY IS CANON UP?

Time to jump ship!!!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 24, 2012 at 05:22 UTC as 10th comment | 7 replies
On Just Posted: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 sample images article (294 comments in total)

There is no WOW factor. IQ looks pretty mundane to me. I think the Fuji x100 might do better than this one but then I only guessing at this stage. Another thought - how does this compares with the NEX 6 IQ, I wonder ...

Direct link | Posted on Oct 9, 2012 at 10:59 UTC as 60th comment | 1 reply
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