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wri7913: I wonder how many of the Sonikon fanboys could shoot without "chimping" their screen every shot.

Back in the days of film, you had to know how to make a photograph using the fundamentals of Photography. You had to think through each shot and imagine how it would look or know how it would look based on your settings.

Today its pixel peepers galore, chasing after the largest megapixel (while either not printing or small prints under 11x14) while preening about their sonikon gear. LOL

I have Sony and Nikon cameras and I never use the rear screen for anything other than formatting and the occasional setup that I can't get at with the camera's knobs. This Leica is a great idea. Nikon please take note.

You'll find that quite a few of us on here shoot the odd roll of film as well as using digital but don't suffer from sour grapes.

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2016 at 18:09 UTC

There's nothing here for anyone who wants a ruggedised waterproof camera with simple controls that can be operated in extreme conditions. Why does Nikon ignore such a large number of photographers? There is a huge photographic tradition in many exterme sports as exemplified by the success of the GoPro video cameras and Olymus Tough but for stills, these cameras are only useful in good light and so are not good in caves or under water.

Please NIkon give us a DL version of the AW1 or even better, a ruggedised fixed lens DX.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2016 at 11:52 UTC as 76th comment

Good move Google. Works with Win10 and CS3 too. Perfection would be these filters with Nikon Capture NX2.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2016 at 09:20 UTC as 108th comment
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StIves: "Western Digital upgrades its My Cloud NAS system with multi-tasking processor"

What does that title mean, that the previous CPU somehow wasn't capable of multi-tasking? Pretty hard to imagine these days.

Processors don't multi-thread or multi-task - that's OS functionality. Most modern processors are multi-core, allowing a certain amount of parallel processing in some curcumstances, which is where the confusion may lie in these comments.

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2016 at 09:14 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 First Impressions Review (993 comments in total)
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Maxfield_photo: "It's worth keeping in mind, though, that a 36MP sensor is likely to be fairly demanding on older glass, and our initial impressions of shooting with one older 50mm Pentax prime aren't wholly encouraging."

I don't think anyone expects a budget kit lens from 1979 to be a stellar performer, but out of curiosity was metering part of the problem? If so, try shooting in M mode, and use the green button to set your shutter speed. The KAF3 mount lacks an aperture coupler to estimate the exposure from an M series lens like you are using. (My apologies if you already knew that.)

Many of Nikon's old primes are excellent on the 36mp D800 and are as good as modern lenses. I should expect old Pentax lenses to behave similarly.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 09:05 UTC
On article Retro through-and-through: Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review (2471 comments in total)
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LEGACYMOMENTSPHOTOGRAPHY: I remember the time when a camera was a still camera and a video camera was for video. great that you can on a still camera now, but i dont need video.

wish they would make simple just still cameras and lower the price, i love my canon 20D its a camera without the extra stuff i dont need. imaging if the used a 20D body with a 7D mark II sensor. You would get a good strong body and good images in a no frills to modern standards body. I am happy still using my 20D/30D though. seems they keep cramming stuff in to keep the prices high. Unlike computer which have gone down in price, cameras still remain quite expensive for the higher end ones.

The problem is partly that the manufacturers assume that photographers do nothing other than to stand around gawping at stuff when in reality, many photographers are also participants in action sports such as scuba, caving, climbing and mountain biking. For these activities, a very simple camera with a large sensor is essential. You don't want to have to fiddle around with face recognition, scene selections or other such nonsense when in extremis as these featuroids get in the way, and a large sensor is needed due to low light levels.

Apart from all that, having worked in software for the past 40 years, I'm bored out of my tiny mind by technology and recon that I'm not the only one. Please Nikon give me a digital FM.

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2016 at 13:56 UTC
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maxnimo: Seriously, if this camera was pink with a Hasbro label it might make sense. All those sharp edges look positively ridiculous ... laughable actually. But then, I would never endanger my child with such sharp edges, which to me makes this camera unacceptable for either children or adults. So who is it for ... clowns?

Good troll maxnmo. Made me laugh.

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2016 at 15:59 UTC
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aut0maticdan: Sounds like it had a lot to do with competition from smartphones, if he thinks the solution is to better integrate it with users' smartphones.

I wonder what happens if the iPhone 7 is truly ruggedized and waterproof.

Surely you're not serious aut0. Either that or you need to get out more. Action cameras are sold by the million to surfers, divers, canoeists, climbers, cavers, mountain bikers etc. etc. etc. You can't take a smartphone anywhere where it might get wet or bashed about.

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2016 at 15:55 UTC
On article Hands on with Sony's a6300 and G Master lenses (306 comments in total)
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Thorgrem: Still no good enough standard zoom for APS-C. The new 24-70 can be nice but not for APS-C. So this A6300 is still part of a crippled system. Nice that Sony released a new A6xxx body but they again forgot about lenses for APS-C. After al these years I think they will never learn.

The 16-50 is indeed tiny and lightweight. Unfortunately this results in a lens that is so delicate that it is almost unusable. In fact the whole system lacks robustness, partly due to the horrible articulated screen which destroys the camera body's integrity. A simpler camera without all the featuroids and attendant controls would have been so much more, particularly given the a6000's amazing IQ.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 09:34 UTC
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Torstein Wold: No touchscreen. Hard to belive. Sony still only use touch on their toy cameras.

I don`t care if it has the fastest AF in the world if the camera gives me such a hard time choosing what to focus on!

A touchscreen won't help you to decide what to focus on - how is the camera supposed to know anything about your composition. Stck your eye to the veiwfinder, point it at your subject and the camera will do the rest for you. No need for impractical and useless featuroids.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 08:15 UTC
On article Extreme made easy: GoPro HERO4 Session review (62 comments in total)
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Mister Roboto: The lowlight shot/video is just plain horrible. Not sure why someone would use this other than for fun under broad daylight.

I use one for fun under broad daylight.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2016 at 09:18 UTC
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backayonder: I have yet to make a successsful Panoramic image in CC2015. Everytime I do it fails for some reason

Use PTGUI - very tolerant of parallax errors etc. when hand-holding and it uses all cores so is very quick. Adobe s/w has never been much use at producing panoramas.

Link | Posted on Jan 28, 2016 at 09:01 UTC

different use-cases? - less of the OO gobbledygook please. "different uses" will do.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2016 at 09:32 UTC as 9th comment
On article Hands-on with the Nikon D5 (409 comments in total)
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write2alan: The D5 is so big and heavy that you need TWO hands to hold it. LOL....

ha,ha - not if you're arsing around with a touch screen.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2016 at 12:54 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Nikon D5 (409 comments in total)
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Shifter: It looks olive green in the DPR post above. What's that about?

It's about your monitor needing a bit of adjustment.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2016 at 08:56 UTC

"possibly longest awaited" no. Still waiting for a digital Nikonos and a dFM.

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2016 at 09:36 UTC as 10th comment
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dr8: More resolution is all well & good, but when does it pass into the realm of not being detectable without a 10x loupe? even with such giant posters? (seems as the poster paper/medium ADDS lots of texture, so whats the big deal with 100Mp here?) This seems to be research grade or good for forensic post detailed study of a crime scene at a molecular level. Not complaining, but just wondering when more pixels will truly be overkill? Capturing images that we can't even see or display all the detail seems a bit much. Will the finished photo from a 40 or 50Mp sensor be distinguishable from this 100? Maybe I over think it.

Fuji's spec. for 35mm Provia states that the film has 26 to 28 million grains. A grain is a bi-stable analogous to a ROM bit in that it is either switched on by the incidence of light or remains switched off - there is no half-way house. Each grain is set within dye which flows according to the state of the grain when the film is developed. A grain is thus a unit of information just as is a bit.

Film is therefore the original digital medium whilst sensors are made of analogue components - somewhat ironic.

As 35mm provia contains 26-28 million grains, it is equivalent to around 4 million 8 bit pixels. The largest MF format Proviea is therefore equivalent to about 20 - 24 million 8 bit pixels, though of course there are much higher resolution film types out there.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2016 at 17:04 UTC
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HetFotoAtelier: Wake up Nikon and produce a digital Nikonos ;-)

Oh yes, yes yes. My money is waiting Nikon.

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2015 at 16:11 UTC
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MikeF4Black: "Face detection worked well for this shot"...

But it didn't; focus "fell short". Oh well, I always wonder whether one should spend time studying the manual, at length, learning to use one's camera, at length, or just apply "normal" shooting technique, if mastered at all obviously.

Just focus on the near eye? What could go wrong, that subject is miles away.

Another kick in the face for computerism against good old photography.

Despite all the tech designed to stop the photographer from making basic mistakes, he's still managed to chop the subject's feet off.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2015 at 16:34 UTC
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NCB: Sigh. After a couple of years of shooting with the Nikon Df I still don't understand the sly digs at it. It's fine.

Yes it's pathetic isn't it. Still the petty jealousy has brought the price of the camera down a fair bit.

I hope that at some point Nikon will have the guts to produce a digital FM - no ridiculous scene modes or face detection and no stupid great useless display stuck all over the back of the camera. A digital Nikonos would be very good too.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2015 at 16:29 UTC
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