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 Google applies for contact lens camera patent post (29 comments in total)

creepy. i guess we best prepare for every private facet of our life being leveraged as assets against us. paranoia here we come.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2014 at 03:38 UTC as 21st comment
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toomanycanons: Nikon is just about to release yet another 18-300. I wonder how hard it would have been to have made it 16 as well.

Oh well, all Nikon has to do is release a 16mm DX lens along the lines of their 35 f/1.8 (lightweight, pretty darn sharp and cheap) to recapture some momentum amongst us DX shooters.

there's a very good chance tamron is making this lens for nikon. the specs seem to be nearly identical. nikon may have just chosen 18mm to be it's floor. other small differences could be attributed to proprietary technology, including nikon's version of VR and their integrated coatings (NIC). tamron's made lenses for nikon before. nikon added their cachet after the fact for an additional premium.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2014 at 20:10 UTC
On Nikon 1 J4 sports new sensor, improved AF system, and Wi-Fi news story (206 comments in total)

"To keep the size of the camera down, Nikon is now using microSD cards, instead of the traditional SD cards found on previous models."

please, is there any proof to this claim or was it just peeled verbatim off the press release? given some of Nikon's earlier Coolpix designs, Nikon should have been able to design this camera to accept both an SD and microSD card — and still decrease the overall size of the camera.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2014 at 04:26 UTC as 68th comment
On Get the story behind the photograph news story (11 comments in total)

artist statements and technical processes are critical metadata which should typically accompany every published piece. if unavailable, the audience fills in the blanks and takes ownership of methods, ways, and meaning.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2014 at 14:43 UTC as 4th comment
On Ricoh to offer limited edition Pentax Q7 Premium Kit news story (89 comments in total)

the free naugahyde men's purse is priceless.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 3, 2014 at 14:53 UTC as 9th comment
On Nikon to offer D600 replacements if 'spots' continue news story (173 comments in total)

... just to think, if the DPreview editors had probed Nikon on these matters at CP+ — rather than the list of softball questions they tossed Nikon execs — DPreview could have taken some credit for this change of heart.

dear editors, please don't waffle on these matters just to repeat the same mistakes next time. :)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 29, 2014 at 20:10 UTC as 18th comment
On Am I missing something here? article (563 comments in total)

the microSD isn't a show-stopper, but if they wanted to make it a customer friendly option, they would have included a second slot for SD.

the smaller, less powerful, third variation battery limits both video and stills, and is just another barrier they placed in the way of purchase.

the price is what it is, and for those whom need speed, it's also not a show-stopper.

however put all these barriers together, and Nikon will sell a small fraction of the number they might have sold were these artificial barriers lowered. a real shame. JMO.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 14, 2014 at 18:46 UTC as 69th comment | 1 reply
On Nikon 1 V3: a quick summary article (580 comments in total)
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Edymagno: Poor Nikon. They produce a totally outstanding camera just to convert it into a real commercial flop by Micro SD card. Nikon needs desperately a new management.

also, i wouldn't be surprised if the micro-SD lobby is offering "incentives" to manufacturers whom migrate over to their technology. however such "incentives" rarely transfer over to consumers.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 19:46 UTC

Barney Britton wrote:

"With respect, questions about specifics, especially regarding certain models or future plans will almost always be met with 'no comment'. With people as senior as this, you're going to get 'big picture' questions and responses..."

******
specifics aside, the interview reads as one purchased from some dewey eyed school girl in awe with the power of nikon execs tossing back softball questions.

if the interview opened up with a strong statement such as "on behalf of the members of DPreview, the largest int'l online forum, who've asked us to express their concerns:"

1. in light of quality control issues exhibited by the D800/e & D600, is Nikon taking steps to ensure future product roll outs don't have significant calibration or design issues?

2. many of our members have requested a product roadmap, like other vendors offer, to help them decide what product to purchase. would Nikon consider the same?

n. etc ... limited by number of characters in post.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2014 at 19:08 UTC as 121st comment | 1 reply

"... in between visits to the various booths we made time to sit down with four senior Nikon executives to get their thoughts on the state of the market, future opportunities and the inevitable coming together of stills and video."

did DPreview staff bother to visit the nikon forums and read the questions and concerns most pertinent to their members, or did they pull these questions out of, er, their ... hat? just curious.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2014 at 13:48 UTC as 160th comment | 2 replies

the clean, sensible, european styling demands a Gucci man purse to carry it.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2014 at 14:25 UTC as 172nd comment

powerful composition, great story telling potential!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 8, 2014 at 23:09 UTC as 2nd comment
On CES 2014 Nikon Stand Report news story (66 comments in total)
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nunatak: is it possible this lot of balding, pot-bellied, middle aged, nikon men are catering to the wrong demographic?

"Hey, I'm a balding, pot-bellied middle aged man! And a Nikon user! "

then that probably makes me your elder, but, er, neither balding, nor pot-bellied. if Nikon wants to grow their systems, they need to cater to an up-and-coming audience, of mixed gender, experiences, and age — not just the mid-to-old age men which [it looks like] these guys best relate to. as with any monoculture — diversity is the key to survival.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 8, 2014 at 22:25 UTC
On CES 2014 Nikon Stand Report news story (66 comments in total)

is it possible this lot of balding, pot-bellied, middle aged, nikon men are catering to the wrong demographic?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 8, 2014 at 18:13 UTC as 15th comment | 4 replies

"Adobe is also offering customers, whose credit or debit card information was involved, the option of enrolling in a one-year complimentary credit monitoring membership where available."

as if this gets them off the hook. their security lapses are causing additional work (time and money) for all those involved, and at a bare minimum should compensate customers with a full years rebate or a full years free subscription. customer's choice. i trust Adobe to keep my data safe, and if they can't guarantee security they should go back to physical releases.

how many times should we renew our credit card numbers and passwords because of lame assed security? deeply aggrieved.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2013 at 03:24 UTC as 71st comment | 2 replies

Nikon patents revive the dream of a digital back for film SLRs

http://www.dpreview.com/news/2012/12/19/Nikon-patents-mechanism-for-mounting-and-aligning-sensor-in-film-slr

Direct link | Posted on Aug 20, 2013 at 18:16 UTC as 62nd comment
On Sinking at Sunset II in the My best picture this week challenge (8 comments in total)

i'm not a fan of the overly saturated colors — nor that the starboard side lighting looks entirely unnatural from what was probably shadows — but aside from such distractions, a great photo op and story none the less. thanks for sharing this moment.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 20, 2013 at 18:10 UTC as 2nd comment

It's still a good idea for those folk who enjoy the novelty of shooting classic film gear. It presents them with another opportunity to rant why film is much better.

The bigger question is why stuff newer generation technology into a decades old product — unless it's strictly for show?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 20, 2013 at 17:26 UTC as 67th comment | 2 replies

just because someone owns one system, doesn't mean they can't own two — or more. especially at this price differential. that said, all superior optics built for high rez digital cameras are going to be much more expensive from now on. this lens, as well as the 800mm f5.6 VR nikkor, and the new 80-400mm G VR are just a few examples of the increases people are seeing.

get used to it, and get the gear which best suits what you photograph, you're preferred workflow, and what fits your budget. in the end, all photography is about story telling. if your story telling ability is weak, it doesn't matter what lens or system you buy into ... does it?

Direct link | Posted on May 15, 2013 at 01:11 UTC as 40th comment
On Carsten Krieger takes us on a photographic tour of Ireland news story (11 comments in total)

ahhhh Ireland, a photo opportunity not far from every home. :)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 20, 2013 at 04:00 UTC as 6th comment
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