nunatak

nunatak

Lives in United States Los Angeles, CA, United States
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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 Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2252 comments in total)

put in perspective, the price/performance ratio of the Leica-T makes the criticisms of the Nikon V3 seem relatively trivial in comparison. i did not think that possible.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2014 at 22:15 UTC as 64th comment
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (618 comments in total)
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Sad Joe: It'll be a bargain at 1/3 price ! Sorry but whilst the V3 is a step forward neither Nikon nor Canon (I use both brands) have got serious about mirror less (yet) my fav camera is an EOS-M (don't laugh) which must be the most underated Canon ever. Yep - V3 for £300 - bargain - start the que here - cause at £800+ Nikon aint gonna sell any….I strongly suspect that many leading retailers have REFUSED to stock it…..

as B&H, Adorama, and the big box chains (Best Buy) can't seem to get enough to fill the back-orders they already have ... the issue doesn't appear to be a "REFUSAL" to stock V3's, but one of Nikon building enough to meet demand.

the budget minded chains (Walmart, Target, etc.) or smaller camera stores may no longer carry the N1 line, but they typically have trouble moving any MILCs costing more than $400~$500.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2014 at 12:50 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (618 comments in total)
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nunatak: all comparisons are relative. the IQ coming out of the V series is still much better than what was remotely possible from the film based Pentax Auto 110 or Minolta 110 SLRs. to improve IQ, the film manufacturers poured $$$ into new technology with the resulting innovations percolating upward and eventually finding their way into larger formats ... thus benefiting everyone.

at this time, the main benefits of the N1 system are speed, stealth, and a breadth and reach of top shelf glass other systems have yet to match. with improved sensors, a standard hot shoe, better wi-fi access, focus peaking, and a strong value proposition ... Nikon can still snatch victory back from the jaws of despair. JMO.

the N1's native 6.7~13mm, 32mm f1.2, and 70-300mm are stealthy AND at the top of their class. there are no other 1" systems that offer anything near the quality of these nikkors.

that said, IQ remains a function of sensor + high quality glass + accurate focus and nikon still has some work to do on the sensor portion — albeit mostly addressing marginal light.

"If you are really after the Nikkor DX/FX glass, you'd be better served by e.g cheaper D5300."

actually you'd be better served by a D800E/810. however there are trade offs including size, weight, and $$$. the N1 series is as close to perfect a companion for addressing those trade-offs. the few barriers the V3 force onto the user can be addressed by making it a better (more competitive) value proposition, and addressing most of it's shortcomings in the V4. JMO.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2014 at 19:08 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (618 comments in total)

all comparisons are relative. the IQ coming out of the V series is still much better than what was remotely possible from the film based Pentax Auto 110 or Minolta 110 SLRs. to improve IQ, the film manufacturers poured $$$ into new technology with the resulting innovations percolating upward and eventually finding their way into larger formats ... thus benefiting everyone.

at this time, the main benefits of the N1 system are speed, stealth, and a breadth and reach of top shelf glass other systems have yet to match. with improved sensors, a standard hot shoe, better wi-fi access, focus peaking, and a strong value proposition ... Nikon can still snatch victory back from the jaws of despair. JMO.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2014 at 12:55 UTC as 79th comment | 3 replies
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (432 comments in total)
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Xoden: So, N1 system finally starts approaching 'sane' level? Except the price, of course. And microSD is just bizarre.

it's not nearly as convenient to ingest hundreds of RAW files from a microSD card as it is larger and faster cards. especially if you need to handle the microscopic sized memory.

if Nikon wanted to encourage adoption of this format, they would have assisted users with a dual slot, dual format flash memory instead of forcing it upon customers. it's the wurst of practices.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2014 at 21:25 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (432 comments in total)

the price is what it is, but the value remains far below what competitors offer. now that Nikon has some real competition for a change, it would behoove them to design a Nikon 1 V4 which DSLR users would naturally want. some suggestions:

-- batteries compatible with other top Nikon DSLR's
-- standard flash memory option (SD), tested and true
-- 1-1.5 stops improved sensor IQ
-- desktop accessible wi-fi
-- compatible with Nikon's creative lighting system (CLS)
-- standard hot-shoe
-- uncompressed HDMI out, XLR in/out
-- etc, etc ... or poll Nikon 1 users on DPreview

Kudos for the high speed continuess AF; tiltable LCD; and broad array of native Nikon 1 lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2014 at 18:10 UTC as 124th comment | 1 reply

DxO has previously verified* that Sony partially cooks their RAW data for noise reduction purposes — so rendered files "appear" to have less noise and better performance characteristics.

quote: "If reducing noise is so easy, why is it not always applied? Well, there is a price to pay: averaging pixels increases SNR, but introduces some correlation between pixels. This creates a grainy aspect to the image which is often as annoying as noise itself. Moreover, if pixels are blindly averaged, fine details may simply be erased."

a similar high ISO benefit could be achieved in post using non-sony sensors, with the exception that the photographer selects which regions and compromises are applied. as DxOmark hasn't broken out how different RAW files from different sensors are treated, comparisons of this kind appear much like RAW batter to cooked fudge. while fudge tastes great, i'm not sure DxO's recipe is absolute.

*http://www.dxomark.com/Reviews/Half-cooked-RAW/Noise-reduction

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2014 at 17:21 UTC as 24th comment | 5 replies
On Nikon 1 V3: Real-world Sample Images article (175 comments in total)
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tennjed: I appreciate the images.

The whole v3 thing is getting kind of weird here in Midwest of U.S.. I know this is an exaggeration, but, it seems like the camera debuted last year; I have yet to see one anywhere. I don't even know of anyone who has seen one. Seems like Nikon is usually pretty good about getting things in the stores, once they are announced. Its like they are having second thoughts on distributing the thing.

what's funny is that you appear informed, yet you pretend not to be informed enough to admit Nikon has had their fair share of QC and design conflicts. things users in these forums have spent a significant amount of time expressing. i don't object to you having a different opinion ... just your shallow tactics of bait and troll. it makes your words ring hollow. adieu.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 20:38 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3: Real-world Sample Images article (175 comments in total)
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tennjed: I appreciate the images.

The whole v3 thing is getting kind of weird here in Midwest of U.S.. I know this is an exaggeration, but, it seems like the camera debuted last year; I have yet to see one anywhere. I don't even know of anyone who has seen one. Seems like Nikon is usually pretty good about getting things in the stores, once they are announced. Its like they are having second thoughts on distributing the thing.

wow, you are seriously trolling for some action. you must think yourself worth bandying words with?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 19:19 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3: Real-world Sample Images article (175 comments in total)
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nunatak: i just want to know if DPreview editors are going to do their job and press Nikon execs about issues raised by Nikon 1 users here on DPreview the next time interviews are taken? thanks.

read my previous comments.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 18:34 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3: Real-world Sample Images article (175 comments in total)
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tennjed: I appreciate the images.

The whole v3 thing is getting kind of weird here in Midwest of U.S.. I know this is an exaggeration, but, it seems like the camera debuted last year; I have yet to see one anywhere. I don't even know of anyone who has seen one. Seems like Nikon is usually pretty good about getting things in the stores, once they are announced. Its like they are having second thoughts on distributing the thing.

according to my contacts inside Nikon, half the V3 kits in the USA suffered from QC (quality control) issues with their EVF's, and are awaiting replacement from Japan. this has caused an artificial shortage of V3 kits. recently, QC has been one of the major issues plaguing Nikon.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 18:32 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3: Real-world Sample Images article (175 comments in total)
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nunatak: i just want to know if DPreview editors are going to do their job and press Nikon execs about issues raised by Nikon 1 users here on DPreview the next time interviews are taken? thanks.

visit the nikon 1 forum, and BYOnotebook.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 02:52 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3: Real-world Sample Images article (175 comments in total)

i just want to know if DPreview editors are going to do their job and press Nikon execs about issues raised by Nikon 1 users here on DPreview the next time interviews are taken? thanks.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2014 at 18:36 UTC as 13th comment | 5 replies

one wonders how desperate Hasselblad has become? :(

Direct link | Posted on Jun 4, 2014 at 01:10 UTC as 50th comment
On Journey to the center of the Earth with Robbie Shone article (49 comments in total)

great photos. helpful narrative. thanks for sharing your work.

Direct link | Posted on May 11, 2014 at 19:13 UTC as 16th comment
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2252 comments in total)
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SDPharm: > DPR: Most interestingly, we were told they relied on optical corrections, rather than software to project the best possible image onto the sensor. <

After re-reading this above statement, I guess one has to sigh and throw his hands up in the air.

Of course Leica uses optical correction to project the best image on the sensor. How would you otherwise apply software correction BEFORE the light hits the sensor?

The key is in three little words "rather than software."

Did Leica lie? Technically, no (not publicly anyway.) Did DPR lie? Does not seem so either. But it sure pointed a big finger at Leica. Fact is, regardless what was said and what was heard, most people will just start calling Leica a lier from now on.

Now we just have to decide if DPR is doing a good journalist's job, or it's another Reddit.

the whole "Leica is best" phenomenon is a distortion of the truth. full disclosure helps to separate the facts from the fluff, and we should all welcome it. JMO.

Direct link | Posted on May 3, 2014 at 17:28 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2252 comments in total)
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Greg in London: Who gives a monkey's ?
Bottom line is a would prefer a Leica camera starting point for optics and build quality for any photography.
My experience is not insignificant ....there is hardly a brand of gear that I have not used and I keep on coming back to Leica, the only way I know to get the image and future proof my images.
Nowadays software is a part of everything , even a diswasher !

I think too few on this thread are actually using/pushing their gear, get off the couch !

Leica build quality, at least for this model, appears to rival Apple's. by this logic, an Apple may perform better than a PC. people whom believe this will pay the premium. nothing wrong with that. however let's promote full disclosure of all the facts so people can make their own value judgements.

Direct link | Posted on May 3, 2014 at 17:23 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2252 comments in total)

LEICA — busted to the bone.
maybe now they'll be free to compete on features instead of fluff.

Direct link | Posted on May 3, 2014 at 16:31 UTC as 184th comment
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2252 comments in total)
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nunatak: why is it anyone who is critical of Leica's business practices is a hater? Leica is the Louis Vuitton of cameras. a famous brand which caters to people who like to wear famous brands.

for some people this camera will be a great value. for most others, not so much.

not all Leica's offer "extraordinary optical performance". some of them are relatively "ordinary" and mediocre. the real issue people concern themselves with, is Leica's "perceived value". it's a subjective trait which has polarized opinion and precipitated defensive reactions.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2014 at 17:43 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2252 comments in total)

why is it anyone who is critical of Leica's business practices is a hater? Leica is the Louis Vuitton of cameras. a famous brand which caters to people who like to wear famous brands.

for some people this camera will be a great value. for most others, not so much.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2014 at 16:42 UTC as 575th comment | 6 replies
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