Douglas F Watt

Lives in United States Boston, MA, United States
Works as a Neuropsychologist
Joined on May 15, 2008

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On article Back to the action: Nikon D500 Review (674 comments in total)
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Douglas F Watt: Nice camera, and no doubt a great choice for pro sports shooters with a big library of Nikkor glass, but once again, the video is kind of a kludgey compromise, and the cost is higher than a lot of FF bodies. I suspect it will still sell, since it's a Nikon, but given that the A6300 has roughly the same abilities for half the price, it doesn't seem like a great value.

Sure, that's a clear issue, but is being mitigated slowly. It doesn't change the question of whether it's a bit overpriced or perhaps simply not a great value. They'll still sell a lot of them at $2k. But that's a boatload of $ for an APS-C camera, even in a pro body. But still, since it's a Nikon, they'll get lapped up.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2016 at 18:38 UTC
On article Back to the action: Nikon D500 Review (674 comments in total)

Nice camera, and no doubt a great choice for pro sports shooters with a big library of Nikkor glass, but once again, the video is kind of a kludgey compromise, and the cost is higher than a lot of FF bodies. I suspect it will still sell, since it's a Nikon, but given that the A6300 has roughly the same abilities for half the price, it doesn't seem like a great value.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2016 at 17:59 UTC as 111th comment | 6 replies
On article Samsung offers NX1 and NX500 firmware updates (168 comments in total)

Very sad to see that Samsung has basically abandoned these two fine cameras. Hard to fathom except as a business decision that going all in (which would have meant a bunch of very expensive lens development projects to close the lens ecology gaps) was not worth it in the context of big body cameras being a constricting market, and where brand loyalty is so high (due to lens ecology costs) that they expected to not be able to dent the CaNikon hegemony.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2016 at 17:17 UTC as 13th comment

are you kidding? The K-1 simply blows the Nikon 810 away any time it utilizes the pixel shift technology.

Link | Posted on May 10, 2016 at 16:28 UTC as 23rd comment

most impressive.

Link | Posted on May 5, 2016 at 19:32 UTC as 163rd comment
On article Hands-on with the Sony RX10 III (307 comments in total)
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tom1234567: Same crap 1inch sensor IQ is. Not g.ood at all
if I buy an all in one camera
I want one with a decent sensor
And I want decent images

How about getting a decent spell checker first?

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2016 at 17:25 UTC
On article First sample images from 20MP Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III (197 comments in total)

Amazing image quality on the long tele shots for a bridge camera! This becomes a real alternative for shooting wildlife with just a cheap light weight tripod, when someone doesn't want to tote (or buy!) expensive tele primes like the 600 f4 or the even more expensive Sony 500 f4. I'm going to get one.

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2016 at 17:24 UTC as 59th comment

Rishi - Many thanks for this report. It seems like a comparison just begging to be done is a really fine grained and detailed functional comparison of the latest Metabones adapter and this new Sigma adapter (with data on AF functionality esp). And it is a shame, as you point out, that Sony doesn't seem to really support adapting their decent library of A mount glass to the A7Rii without severe compromises of one kind or another. WUWT?

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2016 at 16:45 UTC as 98th comment
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chriscotec: I missed the fact that this probably only works for cropped sensor (E) bodies or full frame (FE) bodies in crop mode, looking at the size of the camera side aperture in the mount. Still, it is useful for video in cropped mode on FF bodies. A FE mount adapter would have been better though.

where is it posted that this is cropped only (APS-C sensor vs. cropped mode in FF)?? That would make this adapter of only marginal utility. It seems to me that you are making this stuff up on the fly?

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2016 at 16:29 UTC
On article Field Test: The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 IV in Mexico (135 comments in total)

Nice job DPR. It is an amazing camera. But it should be for that much $. We will take one of those on our trip to Europe next year.

Link | Posted on Feb 29, 2016 at 16:39 UTC as 61st comment
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bobfonte: "This site" disseminating information of a Sony engineer (“Distinguished Engineer”) demonstrates that is engaged deeply in Sony's product marketing. "This site" loses credibility and impartiality in its editorial line.

Shamael - this seems a bit of rant. Suggesting that the D500 and the A6300 are really competitors is hard to follow. And the notion that the A6000/6300 are marginal niche products ("that few will buy") as you suggest due to the less than great lens ecology doesn't remotely square with the sales of the A6000 - probably the biggest selling mirrorless camera. I agree that the lens lineup for APS-C isn't great, esp the lack of a great walk around lens that would equal the performance of the A Mount 16-50 2.8, but aside from that concession, not sure why you are so dismissive of the A6300. It's likely to be a major home run, just as the A6000 was.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2016 at 15:41 UTC
On article Heavy hitter: Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM first shots (350 comments in total)
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Douglas F Watt: And BTW,it's clear that Sony is concerned about having a reputation for small and light cameras with great sensors and a barely average zoom lens ecology. This lens kills two birds with one stone.

Too bad Miksto you don't have a sense of humor. That was a joke. It kills the small and light. Get it??

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2016 at 18:56 UTC
On article Heavy hitter: Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM first shots (350 comments in total)
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Douglas F Watt: And I thought the Sony Zeiss 24-70 2.8 for A Mount was heavy at ~1 lb, and expensive at $2k. More than twice the weight, at least not twice the price. I'm sure it will test out brilliantly, but really? Forget about the mantra of FE mount - light and compact. Oh well, it's all tradeoffs anyway.

Sorry, got the previous F4 FE Zeiss 24-70 and the A mount 2.8 Zeiss specs mixed up. Good reason not to post much past 9pm!

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2016 at 02:39 UTC
On article Heavy hitter: Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM first shots (350 comments in total)

And BTW,it's clear that Sony is concerned about having a reputation for small and light cameras with great sensors and a barely average zoom lens ecology. This lens kills two birds with one stone.

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2016 at 01:45 UTC as 24th comment | 23 replies
On article Heavy hitter: Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM first shots (350 comments in total)

And I thought the Sony Zeiss 24-70 2.8 for A Mount was heavy at ~1 lb, and expensive at $2k. More than twice the weight, at least not twice the price. I'm sure it will test out brilliantly, but really? Forget about the mantra of FE mount - light and compact. Oh well, it's all tradeoffs anyway.

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2016 at 01:37 UTC as 25th comment | 3 replies

Are you guys serious? Film technology is called a star of the show? What have you been smoking? It does fit in with those vinyl albums that I haven't played in 28 years (can put it in the attic right next to a big box of them in fact!!).

Wait - I just have to process the sound and the visuals separately? What??? Will they sell more than 100?

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2016 at 13:12 UTC as 57th comment
On article Opinion: Pour one out for Samsung cameras (324 comments in total)
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Douglas F Watt: On a lighter note . . . Come to think of it why can't they turn a refrigerator into a cell phone? Or perhaps you can plug your cell phone into the refrigerator and have it play the MP3 files in your library . . .

it would be the frig of course for foodies that need to post to Facebook/Instagram every 5 minutes, esp. if it took pictures of you everytime you told it to make a large vanilla latte with cinnamon. Plus it could play different music, depending on what food was going bad inside.

The possibilities are boundless and limited only by our imagination. . . .and stupidity!! And none of us even knew that we were missing out on a connected Frig!!! :-) . Where have we been??

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 20:50 UTC
On article Opinion: Pour one out for Samsung cameras (324 comments in total)
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Low Budget Dave: The NX1 is an amazing camera. It is not even all that dated; the technology is still competitive with the best that Sony, Canon, and Nikon have to offer.

But very few people will buy a camera from a company that desperately wants out of the camera business.

On that prediction about nothing except high end pro gear and cell phones, that seems like a safe bet - perhaps just a smattering of high end compacts and APS-C, but even those may get squeezed out of existence. Very few will be willing to pay the weight and hassle penalty of a dedicated cam over what cell phones can do at that point.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 20:32 UTC
On article Opinion: Pour one out for Samsung cameras (324 comments in total)

First, the Samsung frig has to make coffee (with at least a 20 item menu that includes cinnamon vanilla latte and every other conceivable Starbucks option). Then start your car and warm it up for you, then set off your smartphone alarm clock, as you have been no doubt tired out by all this technology and your frenetic lifestyle, and have badly overslept. Then if you try to turn off the smartphone alarm to sleep in, it has to drop kick you out the door to your warmed up car, simultaneously uploading the most embarrassing picture possible to Instagram and Facebook to alert all your digital friends that you are a complete Shlub.

Damn, how'd we survive without all this digital crap for so long???

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 03:23 UTC as 69th comment
On article Opinion: Pour one out for Samsung cameras (324 comments in total)
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PKDanny: Who buy Samsung NX System? Nikon? Fujifilm? Ricoh??

that's all too true, but perhaps someone outside of Japan might pick up the camera division?

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 03:06 UTC
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