nunatak

nunatak

Lives in United States Los Angeles, CA, United States
Works as a Design Guy
Joined on Dec 29, 2003
About me:

I live 2 design books and magazines. I'm slowly hitch-hiking my way across the globe, and currently reside in southern california.

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On Canon's Q4 earnings report shows camera sales are down article (298 comments in total)
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volks 1: Until someone like Canon, Nikon and others reinvent the camera, sales will continue to drop. All we keep getting are minor updates but no real change. Iv'e been saying for a very long time now that the bulk of the market are amateurs.
I would further bet that the majority of amateurs use the auto and scene mode of their dslr's which produce so so results. Give them a camera that is as easy to use as the film cameras of the past with the same superb rich colors and sharpness. All we get is the same old same old. If you still need Photoshop to make your photos right, you have failed.

cameras are fine. it's photography that can stand to be reinvented. that requires supporting artists in their endeavors to change the status quo. JMO.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2015 at 18:39 UTC
On Canon's Q4 earnings report shows camera sales are down article (298 comments in total)
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Sonyshine: Canon and Nikon especially keep on churning out the same old cameras with annual 'updates'.

When are they going to really take a long hard look at the ease of use and convenience of a smartphone and start to bring all of those features to their cameras?

Proper WIFI, editing, GPS, mapping, linking to Facebook, Instagram, APPs, Decent touchscreens, 4k Video, etc etc.

Why not rethink lenses and lens mounts?

Why not some pioneering mirrorless from Canon and Nikon?

The longer they try and protect their existing concepts the more outdated they appear.

Its not just Canon and Nikon - ALL the manufacturers need to wake up to 21st century realities!

that's Thom's song. if he broadcasts it often enough, we may believe it's the most important barrier to successful growth.

at best, i believe these are incremental incentives, but not enough to address the over supply of cameras and the undersupply of newly profound uses. JMO.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2015 at 18:32 UTC
On Canon's Q4 earnings report shows camera sales are down article (298 comments in total)

cameras are now ubiquitous. cars, phones, satellites, security, self-aggrandized photographers.

the reason dedicated camera sales are dropping off, is photo-fatigue. we can get our trophy shots 1001 different ways. does it really matter if it's 1002, 1003 ... ?

what will get things moving again, is an innovative way to engage the audience other than flat, two dimensional representations of the world. until then we have an over-supply. JMO.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2015 at 18:21 UTC as 67th comment
On 2014 Readers' Polls: The results are in! article (356 comments in total)
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nunatak: sharpest mirrorless super-tele zoom: nikon 70-300mm Cx

the N1 sensors are 10MP; 14MP; 18MP. sure there are limitations, but if you tried one in good light ... it's a top shelf performer. also, easiest 800mm (equiv) i've ever handled in the field. a real contender. JMO.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2015 at 15:39 UTC
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nunatak: wasn't this the same camera DPreview was shilling the cr*p out of during Photokina? big spacey headers, left and right side bars, glowing quotes attributed to Nikon execs and pre-reviews screaming "buy me", "buy me" !

oops.

it's still a fine camera, and to Nikon's credit they're fixing this quickly. however, by contrast, the absence of those same flashy headers, sidebars, and now tempered quotes "oops~ing" this product seem to me somewhat deafening. JMO.

the combined synergy from your front page ad sponsoring the sale of the Nikon D750, along with the ab-fab editorials, tied to quotes by Nikon execs as to how successfully it was received — sucked readers into a vortex of glowing confidence.

this was in stark contrast to the low key and tepid "oopsie" announced after these problems became apparent. yes, the contrast in emphasis seemed to me at the time — and still does — deafening. JMO.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2015 at 01:50 UTC
On 2014 Readers' Polls: The results are in! article (356 comments in total)

sharpest mirrorless super-tele zoom: nikon 70-300mm Cx

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2015 at 19:56 UTC as 44th comment | 2 replies
On Manfrotto launches Off Road camera gear article (53 comments in total)

if Manfrotto built a competitively priced arca swiss line as good as some of their asian competitors, they wouldn't need to resort to these high margin gimmicks to stay in business. JMO.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2015 at 03:47 UTC as 7th comment
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Priaptor: Hey when Domino's admitted their pizza sucked and changed directions, sales sored. One of the great PR strategies that few understand. Nikon obviously learned from the Domino's pizza strategy, although, I still can't say I am a "Domino's pizza fan"

from my recent experience, Domino's still serves pizza that tastes like styrofoam and fake cheese. but hey, they got me to try another one.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2015 at 17:20 UTC

"We'll be sure to keep on top of this story in the weeks to come."

a good move. thank you for listening.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2015 at 17:18 UTC as 67th comment

wasn't this the same camera DPreview was shilling the cr*p out of during Photokina? big spacey headers, left and right side bars, glowing quotes attributed to Nikon execs and pre-reviews screaming "buy me", "buy me" !

oops.

it's still a fine camera, and to Nikon's credit they're fixing this quickly. however, by contrast, the absence of those same flashy headers, sidebars, and now tempered quotes "oops~ing" this product seem to me somewhat deafening. JMO.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2015 at 15:42 UTC as 5th comment | 4 replies
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HeyItsJoel: Great photos. Maybe it's just me, but I don't get the redundancy in the focal lengths in his equipment. He has an 80-400 and a 200-400? A 17-35 when there's already a 14-24 + 24-70?

they render differently. each lens has it's own signature traits.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 12, 2015 at 19:33 UTC

was that a captive lion? the mane looks nicely fluffed and shampooed. some people don't distinguish between wild or captive shots. i was just curious.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 12, 2015 at 19:26 UTC as 18th comment | 1 reply
On Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path article (1346 comments in total)

perhaps this article is better entitled: the myth of objective opinion pieces & the fallacious benefits of creating controversy

"I'm not trying to argue for or against upgrading: it's the path and the assumption of destination that I'm questioning."

it should already be obvious that there are multiple paths to get to what's "good enough". much of this has to do with budget. then there's the "froth" stirred up by marketing new technology.

what's "good enough" for today is a moving target. it changes over time. what's "good enough" over a lifetime is another question. no one wants to pay multiple times for the same outcome, so they like to be "smart" about how they hedge their bets, and before they settle for something.

creative thinkers will find ways to make their gear work. even if they're shooting a camera and lens not optimized for classic perspectives. there's a reason why experience draws people to optimal end points, rather than indulging opinion pieces like this one. JMO :)

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2015 at 16:19 UTC as 145th comment
On Nikon D5500 adds touchscreen and flat picture profile article (214 comments in total)
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nunatak: unless the above specs are in error ... seems strange Nikon would downgrade the IQ by removing the lossless NEF compression option.

nikon usually states if it's lossless. it did for the 5300, along with 12/14 bit compression options.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2015 at 05:32 UTC
On Nikon D5500 adds touchscreen and flat picture profile article (214 comments in total)

unless the above specs are in error ... seems strange Nikon would downgrade the IQ by removing the lossless NEF compression option.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2015 at 05:14 UTC as 43rd comment | 3 replies
On Happy Holidays from dpreview article (125 comments in total)

DPreview ... frohe weihnachten und ein glückliches neues jahr. :)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 26, 2014 at 15:57 UTC as 31st comment
On Starstruck: Adam Woodworth's nighttime photography article (60 comments in total)

i like that you were very creative with both your compositions and your challenges. i feel further enriched by having to look up the definition of "air glow". thank you for sharing with us. :)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 21, 2014 at 17:54 UTC as 28th comment

kind of hard to comment on such a small image. =:-/

Direct link | Posted on Dec 13, 2014 at 06:38 UTC as 69th comment
On Leica M9 users report sensor corrosion issue article (379 comments in total)
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nunatak: leica has no choice but to fix their jewelry. they can't afford to have the next generation perceive them as tarnished. JMO.

"By a repair, we replace the CCD sensor with a sensor of the same type we use for serial production. We can thus not exclude totally a new case of corrosion after repair."

to me it reads exactly like what Nikon did under warranty with their D600 shutter mechanisms. it appears they have followed Nikon's replacement policy until the outcry was so large something further had to be acknowledged. perhaps Leica will eventually need to replace M9's with M910's too.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 11, 2014 at 16:42 UTC
On Leica M9 users report sensor corrosion issue article (379 comments in total)
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nunatak: leica has no choice but to fix their jewelry. they can't afford to have the next generation perceive them as tarnished. JMO.

it's not like the old days when Leica's chammy shutters used to rot. Leica now takes their electronic outsourcing seriously.

they'll fix this so the next generation can enjoy their red dots too.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 10, 2014 at 23:28 UTC
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