jonikon

jonikon

Lives in United States State of, CA, United States
Joined on Nov 19, 2010
About me:

Nikon D7000
Nikon D3000
Nikon D40
Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM
Tokina AF 16-50mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro DX
Tamron SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di-II LD
Tokina AF 50-135mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro DX
Nikon 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR ED
Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED IF AF-S VR
Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX
Nikon 85mm f/3.5 DX VR Micro-NIKKOR
Tamron AF 18-250mm F/3.5-6.3 Di-II LD
Nikon SB-600 Speed light

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On Samsung NX mini First Impressions Review preview (524 comments in total)
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BG_CX3_DPREVIEW: There must be a market for these things,

Nikon keeps investing in their 1 series, now Samsung.

I don't get it really, The NX300 costs almost the same, with a18/55.

Probably a style exercise, a model to create as thin lenses as possible.

Now their engineers have a platform to try thsoe thin lenses, if it fails, than it is because of the mini, so the mini dies and the other cameras do not suffer from it.

Still i don't get it, there is absolutley no benfit whatsoever in using a 1 sensor over a 1/1.7.

Enough enthousiasts cameras in the same price range that perform just as good.

A 1 cannot create bokeh with these small and slow lenses anyhow.

"no benefit whatsoever in using a 1 sensor over a 1/1.7."
I disagree.
The 1" sensor in the V1 has greater dynamic range and better high ISO IQ than any of the dozen 1/1.7 sensor cameras I have owned, so I can't agree with you.
In fact the Nikon 1" sensors IQ is superior to the older DSLRs like the Nikon D40, but with better AF and much higher frame rate with video capability as well, all in a much smaller package. As an owner of APS-C DSLRS, I was skeptical of the the 1" sensor as well, at least until I actually purchased and used the Nikon V1.
I have been favorably impressed with the Nikon One image quality to the point that I now use it more than my DSLRs and I never use my drawer full of P&S cameras anymore. Different strokes for different folks!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2014 at 17:50 UTC
On Samsung NX mini First Impressions Review preview (524 comments in total)

The Nikon One J1 with 10-30mm VR lens can be purchased for under $180 in the US, and the V1 with EVF for less than this Samsung as well , and (unlike the Samsung), both have fast and accurate on sensor phase detection auto focus capability for stills and video. The Nikon NI cameras also have a much larger and better native lens selection going out to 300mm (same FOV as 800mm on FX), and the ability to use Nikon FX and DX lenses in full auto mode with the FT-1 adapter. For these reasons, I don't see Samsung's 1" sensor cameras competing successfully with the Nikon 1 system cameras, (especially in the US where Samsung is only thought of as a television and appliance company.)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2014 at 17:30 UTC as 54th comment | 3 replies
On Am I missing something here? article (563 comments in total)

Richard,
You missed the Nikkor 18.5mm f1.8 in your list of enthusiast lenses.
It's hard to take your opinions seriously Richard, when you don't even bother to vet your research before you go about bashing a camera system you don't use and know so little about.
You are missing something else Richard: Journalist objectivity.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 04:55 UTC as 201st comment | 4 replies

I have been into photography long enough to remember when serious 35mm primes were expected to be f2.0. Making a sharp 35mm f2.8 prime is cheap and easy. Too bad Sony took the low road and made this consumer grade lens a full stop slower than the excellent Minolta 35mm f2.0 legacy lens of yesteryear, and adds insult to injury by pricing it like a pro f2.0 lens. I just don't see how Sony's new FE mount camera system will be successful without a full set of pro quality FE lenses, and in terms of maximum aperture, this lens does not qualify as such.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2014 at 05:20 UTC as 15th comment | 9 replies
On Sony Alpha 7 Review preview (1594 comments in total)
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Abhiru: I used to value dpreview information a lot, but this review struck me as strongly biased; there must be a VERY GOOD REASON for dpreview to risc their reputation in such a blatant way.

If anything DPR was too kind to the A7 in their review. In no way does this camera deserve even the Silver Award based on IQ, handling, AF, and performance, not to mention the pitiful FE lens offerings. Sony may someday produce an improved version of the A7 with some pro FE lenses to mount on it, but until they do, the FE line of cameras is merely a plaything for those fascinated with expensive mirrorless cameras, rather than a serious and competent photographer's tool.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2014 at 03:33 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7 Review preview (1594 comments in total)

Based on the DPR review of the A7, it is obvious that Sony has overreached with their new line of full frame mirrorless FE cameras. which can not even match the capabilities of Nikon and Canon DSLRs introduced over a year ago.
If Sony still has any ambitions of taking FF market share away from Nikon and Canon after this fiasco , they will have to do a lot better than this feeble attempt of mediocre bodies and FE lens selection. Maybe Sony should instead stick with what they do best, whatever that may be.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 26, 2014 at 05:23 UTC as 90th comment | 9 replies
On Sony Alpha A7 / A7R preview (2381 comments in total)
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tesch: These cameras are going to make Canon the next Blackberry!

Or Sony the next Minolta!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 19, 2013 at 03:38 UTC
On Sony Alpha A7 / A7R preview (2381 comments in total)
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Scottelly: Frankly, I think someone at Sony is on crack. They should have been ready at launch with a whole group of 9 or 10 lenses, including a kit zoom (like a 28-90mm f3.5-5.6), a premium zoom (like a 24-105mm f4), a long zoom (like a 100-300mm f4-5.6), a standard prime (like a 50mm f1.4), a premium wide prime (like a 35mm f1.4), a macro (like a 100mm f2.8), a portrait lens (like a 135mm f2), a premium long telephoto (like a 300mm f2.8), and a super-wide zoom (like a 15-24mm f2.8). Then they could go from there, offering a longer telephoto, like a 500mm f4 prime and a super wide prime, like a 14mm f2.8. Eventually they could make an 85mm f1.2 to compete with the Canon L flagship lens. ALL of the new lenses should be weather sealed, and they could all be very good quality and priced to beat Nikons and the Canon L lenses. You don't launch a new line of cameras with no lenses! It's not like they don't have the ability to make lenses or something! I don't think I'll ever understand Sony.

Using the existing Alpha mount lenses with the A-E mount means no image stabilization and very slow CDAF focusing with the A7R and probably the A7 as well, (assuming AF works well at all). It also remains to be seen if the A-E adapter will cut off UWA lenses or ruining the bokeh of large aperture lenses by clipping. There are a lot of unknowns for such an expensive camera. Hopefully the professional reviews will answer them.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 19, 2013 at 03:36 UTC
On Sony Alpha A7 / A7R preview (2381 comments in total)
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wcan: Am I understanding this correctly...the A7 with phase detect autofocus does not focus as well as the A7r which does not have any phase detect AF? What is the speculation as to the reason for this?

Sony has struggled for years to perfect on-sensor PDAF and it appears they are still struggling! Wise buyers will wait for the reviews on the A7 PDAF accuracy and speed before buying!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 17, 2013 at 00:34 UTC
On Sony Alpha A7 / A7R preview (2381 comments in total)

With the A7s alongside their a99 and RX1, it appears Sony is aiming to be the king of of full frame niche cameras using two different lens mounts four different lens adapters and two different flash shoe mounts . Unfortunately for Sony, it is very unlikely that these niche cameras with their pedestrian performance and image quality that can be found in the much more popular Nikon lens mount cameras will ever be sold in quantities large enough to make them profitable for them. The only question is, how long will they keep trying?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 16, 2013 at 18:16 UTC as 141st comment | 17 replies
On Olympus PEN E-P5 Review preview (415 comments in total)
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SHood: "shutter shock" is a problem with all mirrorless cameras. Smaller body is part of the problem but also due to the shutter requiring a close/open to start the exposure and then another close/open to end it. This quick double shutter action is different than DSLRs which just need to open to start the exposure and then close to end it.

I have found with my GH3 that shooting at hi-speed continuous shooting does help as liveview is disabled so you don't have the double shutter action except to start the first image and end the last image in the sequence. The electronic shutter on Panasonic bodies also helps but is limited.

The new 1/8000s shutter speed on the E-P5 and E-M1 has probably made it even worse as the shutter is now designed to move even faster. Only the global shutter will totally eradicate this.

I have never experienced shutter shock with my Nikon V1, so no, it is not a problem with all mirrorless cameras. Maybe Olympus just can't get good engineers since they are having financial problems?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2013 at 02:41 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-P5 Review preview (415 comments in total)

A thousand dollar camera body and it doesn't come with a viewfinder? Really? So you have to buy the big ugly VF4 EVF separately for another $300 which makes the camera body $1300 and to top it off, it takes blurry pictures! Who in there right mind would buy the E-P5 when the OM-D E-M5 with an EVF and no blurry pictures can be had for around $900? With designs and marketing like this it is little wonder Olympus is in financial difficulties.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 3, 2013 at 23:51 UTC as 146th comment | 8 replies
On Nikon Coolpix P7800 Real-world Samples news story (80 comments in total)

The images show an amazing amount of detail for such a small sensor camera. No doubt in large part due to the excellent Nikkor lens in the P7800 and excellent noise handling that retains detail as well. This is about as good as it gets for a camera with a tiny sensor!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 2, 2013 at 03:37 UTC as 32nd comment | 5 replies
On Nikon 1 AW1 preview (587 comments in total)
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Marty4650: For those of you offended by the comparison of this rugged camera to the classic Nikonos, please remember that Dpreiew never made that assertion. They merely posed the question in the headline for this new item. ("Nikonos reborn?")

Most likely the question was asked to draw attention and elicit response, and not to claim that the Ruggedized Nikon 1 is in the same league with the classic underwater SLR.

Like a dog with a bone, they just won't let it go until they are done chewing on it!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2013 at 17:29 UTC

I like Fujifilm's innovation approach with their sensors, but unfortunately Fujifilm missed the mark with the uninteresting XA-1. There is nothing new or special about this XA-1. No EVF and no on-sensor PDAF. There are so many other cameras that use this 16 MP sensor right now that I don't see a compelling reason to chose this one.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2013 at 03:45 UTC as 8th comment | 1 reply
On IMGP0163 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (3 comments in total)

I am not impressed with these images at all. IMGP0213 looks like a poorly exposed flat P&S shot, and the guys white shirt in IMGP0163 is blow and shows no detail. I could go on, but let's just hope the problem is the operator and not the Pentax camera.
-Jon

Direct link | Posted on Jun 13, 2013 at 02:49 UTC as 1st comment | 2 replies
On Just Posted: Our Nikon Coolpix A review news story (352 comments in total)
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Cailean Gallimore: I'll buy the Ricoh, but the Nikon doesn't seem to have any special appeal... It's a decent camera, but nothing special. The Ricoh is driven by incredibly photographer friendly software, and in that lies it's special appeal.

The Coolpix A does have special appeal for Nikon DSLR owners because their Nikon flash units will work with it, but not so with the Ricoh. That's reason enough for Nikon owners to skip the off-brand cameras like Ricoh. It's just the way it is.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 7, 2013 at 02:18 UTC
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fmian: The question is, will this lens perform well wide open, or will it have to be stopped down?
Most good fast prime lenses benefit greatly from being stopped down.
For example, a 1.4 prime will perform much better stopped down to 2.8, and will still give you a decent shallow dof when required. A 2 stop sacrifice for sharpness.
Will this lens need to be stopped down as well? Cause if it needs to be by say, 2 stops, then you are left with a dof equivalent of >5.6, which is not very shallow.

All Nikon CX prime lenses are sharp wide open. This is what SLRgear said about the $200 18.5mm f1.8:
"The 18.5mm ƒ/1.8 lens produces tack-sharp images, even straight out of the gate at ƒ/1.8."~ SLRgear.com
At $900, I would expect the 32mm f1.2 to do at least as well.
And keep in mind the more closely spaced photosites of the 1" sensor puts more demands on the resolving power of any lens. None of the FX Nikon lenses can resolve as well on the 1" sensor as the little an inexpensive 18.5 f1.8!

Direct link | Posted on May 15, 2013 at 16:13 UTC

Although this 32mm f/1.2 lens is no doubt a stellar lens, it is also an outlier in terms of price compared to other Nikon CX mount lenses for the Nikon 1 cameras. On the plus side, at least all the other Nikon 1 lenses are reasonably priced, and most Nikon 1 owners can easily live without this lens, and purchase the superb 18.5 f1.8 for a mere $200 instead. I doubt Nikon will sell many of the 32mm f/1.2 at this lofty price, but it is nice to know that Nikon is committed to making excellent lenses for the Nikon 1 cameras. The future of the Nikon 1 system is looking brighter all the time!

Direct link | Posted on May 15, 2013 at 04:58 UTC as 39th comment | 7 replies

Why isn't there a tripod mounting foot and collar for this rather large and heavy lens? Even my much smaller and lighter Tokina 50-135 f2.8 has one Hopefully the final version of this lens will have one as well, otherwise this lens becomes a real mount puller!
- Jon

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2013 at 17:00 UTC as 13th comment | 2 replies
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