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 Interview: Canon's Chuck Westfall on the new XC10 article (305 comments in total)

"It’s easy enough to create a jpeg, but creating raw files would have required some different programming on the processor, which we decided was not a cost effective option. "

too bad. how long before the XC10 Mark II will address this deal breaker?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 19:58 UTC as 104th comment | 6 replies
On Video Field Test: Tamron SP 15-30mm F2.8 Di VC USD article (81 comments in total)
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Peiasdf: Why is the Nikon logo and D810 tag taped over? Are you guys reviewing some unreleased camera? Also, you have a 36mp FF DSLR in the Pacific northwest forest but no photo of bigfoot? Why is it that only people using a 80s' camcorder can capture bigfoot? Haha

Good lens and good review. Tamron should make one for the alpha-mount.

so ... in the video you stated you got "quite excited ever since tamron showed you the prototype" — so maybe my mind is the one that's messing up as that's clearly several layers removed from what i was referring to above.

if that was my mistake then i apologize for wasting your time. great article, video, and an impressive lens. :)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2015 at 02:37 UTC
On Video Field Test: Tamron SP 15-30mm F2.8 Di VC USD article (81 comments in total)
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Peiasdf: Why is the Nikon logo and D810 tag taped over? Are you guys reviewing some unreleased camera? Also, you have a 36mp FF DSLR in the Pacific northwest forest but no photo of bigfoot? Why is it that only people using a 80s' camcorder can capture bigfoot? Haha

Good lens and good review. Tamron should make one for the alpha-mount.

ok, i see "prototype" is now gone. thanks for clearing that up.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2015 at 00:49 UTC
On Video Field Test: Tamron SP 15-30mm F2.8 Di VC USD article (81 comments in total)
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Peiasdf: Why is the Nikon logo and D810 tag taped over? Are you guys reviewing some unreleased camera? Also, you have a 36mp FF DSLR in the Pacific northwest forest but no photo of bigfoot? Why is it that only people using a 80s' camcorder can capture bigfoot? Haha

Good lens and good review. Tamron should make one for the alpha-mount.

i "think" it was optimized because prototypes are typically one-offed and fine tuned. unless you meant something other than prototype. it was then handed over to you by Tamron to review.

the reason a production sample might differ is because it's mass manufactured and tolerances might deviate. i have no idea if the Nikon was optimized before testing, but as you didn't disclose it i'm assuming not.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2015 at 23:14 UTC
On Video Field Test: Tamron SP 15-30mm F2.8 Di VC USD article (81 comments in total)
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Peiasdf: Why is the Nikon logo and D810 tag taped over? Are you guys reviewing some unreleased camera? Also, you have a 36mp FF DSLR in the Pacific northwest forest but no photo of bigfoot? Why is it that only people using a 80s' camcorder can capture bigfoot? Haha

Good lens and good review. Tamron should make one for the alpha-mount.

Barney, did you test this shipping sample against the earlier optimized prototype which was used against the Nikon 14-24mm? if so were the test results consistent?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2015 at 20:45 UTC

this is the second year in a row the DPreview interview with Nikon comes across as weak. this despite a number of concerns expressed by readers last year, and Barney blaming the interpreters.

for the N1 series alone, Nikon could have been pressed on why so many batteries for different models? why no CLS or hotshoe? why no N1 lens roadmap?

just a thought, but perhaps next time DPreview will open the floor to let readers ask some of the questions, and hire journalists with a bit more spine to press the questions?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2015 at 22:28 UTC as 134th comment | 2 replies
On Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal article (809 comments in total)
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nunatak: i have to hand it to Canon for attempting to innovate.
perhaps this will be Canon's version of the Nikon 1?

meh — they each have their merits. Nikon's taking a cautious evolutionary approach to 4K, whereas it seems Canon is revolutionizing a new 4K system from the ground up.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2015 at 19:09 UTC
On Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal article (809 comments in total)

i have to hand it to Canon for attempting to innovate.
perhaps this will be Canon's version of the Nikon 1?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2015 at 16:00 UTC as 77th comment | 4 replies

were these all tested on the same tripod, and if so which one?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 7, 2015 at 18:58 UTC as 40th comment | 1 reply
On Nikon 1 J5 offers 20.8MP BSI sensor and revamped look article (152 comments in total)
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John Roy: No EVF. They just don't get it, do they?

beyond the obvious, i don't buy the argument that microSD saves space. there is no proof the space reserved for a full SD card would much more significant. i feel any initiative for microSD should be grass roots driven instead of top down.

my concerns have more to do with workflow, as microSD cards don't lend themselves as well to being frequently removed and re-inserted into card readers. thus a barrier. microSD is better suited to devices that require occasional removal of the card — like a GPS device, or low data recycling where small data files can be off-loaded with wi-fi. the files sizes, and frequency of transference required for RAW files makes microSD highly fussy for human handling. in other words it's a nuisance, and thus a barrier to adoption. JMO.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 7, 2015 at 12:37 UTC
On Sony FE 28mm F2 samples gallery posted article (96 comments in total)

any samples from the W.A. or fisheye converters?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 5, 2015 at 17:55 UTC as 21st comment
On Nikon 1 J5 offers 20.8MP BSI sensor and revamped look article (152 comments in total)
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John Roy: No EVF. They just don't get it, do they?

microSD and new battery styles are some of the chief barriers to buying into this system — but they're not necessarily deal breakers. not, IMO, at this price point.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2015 at 20:01 UTC
On Nikon 1 J5 offers 20.8MP BSI sensor and revamped look article (152 comments in total)
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GodSpeaks: Hey Nikon.... No EVF, NO SALE. Got it yet?

the V3 has an EVF. got it yet? :)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2015 at 19:58 UTC
On Nikon 1 J5 offers 20.8MP BSI sensor and revamped look article (152 comments in total)
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Markol: 20.8 vs. 20 is undoubtedly a boost in resolution. I would add an adjective but ok.
But 15 fps 4k is useful for what? Slow panning shots of a landscape, but anything moving? Some cellphones did better a year ago. This is a dedicated camera.
I'm sure some will find this a nice camera but I'd be surprised if it sold well.

former microsoft CEO steve ballmer stated he'd be surprised if the iPhone sold well too. just say'n.

the 4k@15fps is an affordable way to get introduced to 4K. if you want a realistic 4K solution you'll need to spend much more than what this camera is selling for. JMO.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2015 at 19:57 UTC
On Nikon 1 J5: What you need to know article (492 comments in total)
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instamatic: I generally agree with Richard. I also think, than unless we have a camera that is Android (or iOS) based, fully connected via a cellular network (yes cellular, not only WI-FI) I don't see this market going anywhere but into further erosion.

The smartphone has pretty much significantly subdued, or even killed this market, and smartphone photos look excellent nowadays (I only have iPhone experience). The typical image-maker these days does not care about interchangeable lenses, and rarely knows (or cares for that matter) what depth-of-field, or lens wide-angle distortion is, so it does not matter to them, as long as they are happy with what their smartphone gives them.

i'm not aware of any smartphones which can do 4K any better, or are faster at AF or with lag time. for people who want a portable sidekick to their DSLR, and much better than their smartphones, this looks like a very interesting alternative. JMO.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2015 at 16:27 UTC
On Nikon 1 J5: What you need to know article (492 comments in total)
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sandy b: Finally, they look to have gotten the right camera at the right price. Now if the sensor is the Sony, it maybe will live up to the hype.

i'm hoping it'll be better. if not, then the sensor they put in the V series upgrade.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2015 at 16:23 UTC
On Nikon 1 J5: What you need to know article (492 comments in total)
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Summi Luchs: Yes Nikon, it would have been better to omit the ridiculous 15fps 4K mode. The camera has decent 1080p specs, so this nonsense is absolutely unnecessary.

Otherwise the camera seems to be a big step towards the right direction.The BSI sensor adresses the biggest disadvantage of the 1 system (noise / DR). Tests will show if that move was successful.

I don't understand much of the bashing here. The Nikon 1 system offers really small and capable lenses and one of the best AF systems in the mirrorless world. If the new sensor is good and they manage to bring out a V-model (with EVF) using the new sensor I will buy one.

the 4K at this price point is more akin to an introductory feature, and ensures Nikon stays "interesting" amongst alternative offerings.

i have no problem with this first time rendition of 4K. JMO.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2015 at 16:22 UTC
On Nikon 1 J5: What you need to know article (492 comments in total)
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Stanny1: 2.7 crop factor? Widest lens gives 27mm? I'm so glad I own a Sony NEX-3 with real 18mm capability. Go APS-C or you don't have a serious mirrorless. Only a real amateur with too much money will buy this Nikon.

the nikkor 6.7-13mm gives an 18mm equiv at it's widest. the 70-300mm an 810mm equiv at it's longest. when sony offers glass that much the equiv. range in such a compact package, i'll gladly look at Sony too.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2015 at 05:07 UTC
On Sony sells half of its Olympus stake article (90 comments in total)

the imaging division is still losing money, and camera sales are projected to get worse. i wonder if Chase might motivate the imaging division to shut down?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2015 at 20:52 UTC as 14th comment | 4 replies
On Island life: Samsung NX500 Shooting Experience article (163 comments in total)
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dynaxx: sorry Barney but the blogger below is right - if it was the "shoot" was paid for by Samsung then it has to be stated up front very explicitly. I know many people that would have given up on Samsung with that many firmware bugs

"was supplied by Samsung".

doesn't have the same ring to it as "paid for by Samsung".

" It's clearly stated in this article. "

which article? the first two, or the one that's just hinted at in this one? i mean, if you feel you need to conceal this fact in some articles, and only hint at it by way of innuendo in another — it's your site and your credibility. not mine. all i'm saying is that if you're serious about offering an independent perspective, rather than a sponsored perspective, you should supply a blurb like Thom, Ming Thein, Imaging Resources acknowledged, or many other credible independent reviewers. otherwise you leave yourself open to "conflict of interest" charges. plain and simple.

if you strongly disagree, you're welcome to send me some private mail rather than continuing to draw attention to it here.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 29, 2015 at 16:17 UTC
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