jonikon

jonikon

Lives in United States State of, CA, United States
Works as a Retired engineer
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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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 41st 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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AllOtherNamesTaken: Too bad about the 1/1.7" sensor. Looks like an OK camera other than the sensor. With how small M43, Nikon V1, and Sony RX100 type cameras are, there is no excuse to be using such a small sensor IMO. Just not for me, but I'm sure some will like it.

What about the Fujifilm X10 with a f2.0-f2.8lens? It at least has a somewhat larger 2/3-inch sensor with better high ISO image quality and probably a stop more dynamic tonal range at base ISO than this Pentax "enthusiast" camera.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2013 at 20:24 UTC
On Just Posted: Pentax MX-1 hands-on preview article (173 comments in total)
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acuberosm: The camera the same lens, the same sensor and the same screen as the Olympus ZX-2. Probably these cameras were made by the same manufacturer.

I just compared those two cameras and the similarities are so similar that I think you are correct, they are made by the same camera manufacturer. Good catch!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2013 at 16:36 UTC
On Just Posted: Pentax MX-1 hands-on preview article (173 comments in total)

I don't understand why Pentax is so intent on designing and marketing higher end cameras around a tiny 1/1.7" sensor at a time when most photo enthusiasts are moving to larger sensor cameras in this market segment. The Sony RX-100 with a much larger 1" sensor appears to be smaller and lighter than this clunky Pentax MX-1 retro design.
Unfortunately, It appears that the Pentax acquisition by Ricoh has not improved the marketing savvy of the old Pentax, and the MX-1 (like the Pentax Q), will be yet another poor selling over-priced camera with a tiny 1/1.7" sensor for a very small niche market. Too bad the more savvy and technology innovative Fujifilm did not acquire the Pentax camera division. Oh well....

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2013 at 16:26 UTC as 49th comment | 6 replies
On Dpreview Users' Poll: Best Camera of 2012? article (1511 comments in total)

Kind of silly that the Olympus OM-D EM-5 is in second place when it has the old CDAF focusing issues of not being able to track a moving subject with PDAF when other cameras costing hundreds less have this feature.
The only thing "best" about the OM-D EM-5 is the best sensor of any m4/3 camera to date,( and they have Sony to thank for that one). Unfortunately the IQ still does not match the best of the APS-C sensors though.

The marketing hype for this camera not withstanding, there is just not anything new or special about the Olympus OM-D EM-5 that we have not seen before.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2012 at 08:05 UTC as 530th comment | 3 replies
On Roundup: Enthusiast Zoom Compact Cameras article (420 comments in total)
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viking79: I would have liked to see a bit about how the ND filter works in the Samsung EX2f. It would be nice to know how well it works, if it is an optical type, etc. I think the feature is unique to all the tested cameras.

Eric

Internal ND filters are a kludge compared to having a super fast electronic shutter with speeds of 1/16000 sec, like the Nikon 1 cameras have.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 19, 2012 at 01:09 UTC

No. DxOmark's lens test results are already bewildering, and not very helpful in choosing a lens for me at least. DxOmark' rates most lenses closer to poor than any test site I have ever seen and gives the impression that one would have to pay at least $2000 to get a decent lens for their Nikon D3200!

I much prefer SLRgear.com's interactive blur index graphics for an indication of what one can expect from a lens in the real world. DxOmark is for those few who like to t contemplate the String Theory of the universe, but not for those interested in doing photography in the real world.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2012 at 20:17 UTC as 20th comment
On Just Posted: Sony Alpha SLT-A99 review article (498 comments in total)
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falconeyes: Strange, DPR gives the A99 a better low iso rating than the full frame cameras w/o light absorbing SLT mirror and same sensor tech. Must clearly be a mistake. Moreover, DPR finds no nice words for the A99 AF system. Still gets the top score. Strange I find.

More than just strange, and more like an early Christmas present to Sony and their fans! Maybe the DPR staff does not care, but at some level they must know these kind of overreaching scores, awards and and recommendations for a camera with some major shortcomings (such as entry level APS-C- like AF performance in a $2800 FF camera body), only hurts their credibility as camera reviewers. I know it has with me.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 14, 2012 at 00:48 UTC
On Just Posted: Sony Alpha SLT-A99 review article (498 comments in total)

With the recent price drop announcements* for the Nikon D800 body to $2799.95, and the Nikon D600 24-85 VR kit now reduced by $700, to only $1999.95, it is obvious to any reasonable person that the Sony a99 is WAY overpriced at $2800 for the body only. A thousand dollars to high!

How DPR ignored these huge price discrepancies in their value rating for the a99 is anyone's guess, but unless Sony substantially reduces the exorbitant price on the a99, they will not be able to sell very many of them, DPR gold award notwithstanding.

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http://nikonrumors.com/2012/12/13/for-tonight-200-price-drop-on-the-d800-free-24-85mm-lens-with-the-purchase-of-the-d600.aspx/#more-50272

-Jon

Direct link | Posted on Dec 13, 2012 at 21:23 UTC as 35th comment | 6 replies
On Just Posted: Sony Alpha SLT-A99 review article (498 comments in total)
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marike6: Sony made a big gamble by dropping the OVF on all their cameras. A top level pentaprism OVF will always be the state-of-the-art, while in one or two years time, the A99 EVF will be old technology, superseded by new models. Just ask Fuji X-Pro1 users how they felt when the X-E1 came out with a higher specified EVF.
So perhaps one of the negatives of adopting an evolving technology like EVF is an increased need to upgrade. Whereas a 100% OVF of a 5D3, D800 or A900 will always be about as good as it gets.

This is an excellent point that I had not really considered until your post! Sony is enjoying extremely high profit margins with their SLT cameras, but their cameras low resale values makes upgrading to a new camera with an improved EVF even more costly for Sony SLT owners. I think I'll stick with my Nikon DSLRs with their optical viewfinders that are not obsolete and worthless in a few years.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 13, 2012 at 16:31 UTC
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NikonScavenger: It's garishly ugly... but that isn't really an issue. It has a built in EVF, hot shoe, and probably wouldn't look comical with an F-mount lens attached to it--that and you could probably still wield the camera semi-effectively with most reasonably sized lenses.

I have a GX1 with the LVF2, despite having invested in Nikon DSLRs.

Why?

Bigger sensor and more lenses. You can't convince me that the tiny little sensor of the entire V line is worth investing in. Or that there are no lenses for it, despite it being now a full year since the system was introduced.

Is anyone that brand conscious that they wouldn't buy a mirrorless camera just because of brand name? Because obviously Sony and Panasonic/Olympus have better offerings in the segment.

Not better in focusing though! I don't think it is a stretch to say that in decent light, the V1 and V2 can focus faster and more accurately than 95% of DSLRs in the world, but you have to experience it to believe it.
As for image quality, I think this article proves the V1 is very capable.
http://www.stevehuffphoto.com/2012/12/05/the-nikon-18-5-f1-8-cx-lens-review-for-the-1-series-by-craig-litten/

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2012 at 22:26 UTC
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Jeff Morris: I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt, these Fuji lenses are built to a very high order. The 18-55 f2.8-4 is all metal, built like a Zeiss or Leica lens. Fuji builds many Hassy bodies and lenses, a highly under rated company. My 18-55 has a build and feel at least as good as my Nikkor pro glass had.

So, anyone out there that doubts the quality of the Fuji lenses needs to go to the store and handle Fuji glass. You will realize in short order it is nothing like the Plastic stuff we get from Nikon and Canon, and forget Sigma and Tammy, it's in a complete different league.

The Nikon's CX mount lenses (for V1,V2,F1,F2), have machined aluminum barrels, as do most Sony NEX lenses, so just handling the Fuji lenses proves nothing. I would want to see a lens test before I agree with your assessment of the Fuji lenses.

-Jon

Direct link | Posted on Dec 4, 2012 at 16:06 UTC
On Just Posted: Nikon D600 In-depth Review article (498 comments in total)
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IrishhAndy: Happy with my D700. This camera has too many compromises for me and the lens selection is poor.

How can the lens selection be poor when Nikon has the largest selection of compatible (F mount), lenses of any brand in the world? For someone who claims to owns a Nikon D700 you don't seem to know much about Nikon lenses. Maybe you are spending too much time in the M4/3 forum??

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2012 at 22:05 UTC
On Just Posted: Nikon D600 In-depth Review article (498 comments in total)
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mckracken88: the pentax k30 has almost as good noise levels, inbody stabilization but "only" 16mp.

And costs like, an arm and a leg, less.

There is more to image quality than sensor noise levels. One of the most compelling reasons for professionals to use full frame cameras is the access to professional quality lenses with better optical qualities and with less distortion than APS-C can provide. Unfortunately, Nikon only has one professional zoom lens, (17-55 f2.8), designed for APS-C sized sensors. If you want to use professional lenses on the format they are designed for, full frame is the "must have" solution.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2012 at 21:55 UTC
On Just Posted: Nikon D600 In-depth Review article (498 comments in total)
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steelhead3: I noticed that the dim viewfinder wasn't discussed other than to say that the 600 experience is the same as the 800 and 4. Having tried the camera out in the store, I was impressed with its shutter and responsiveness. The viewfinder dimness was a real let down however.

Due to the electronic overlay screen, the viewfinder is darker when the camera is turned off. Turn on the camera next time!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2012 at 21:47 UTC
On Just Posted: Nikon D600 In-depth Review article (498 comments in total)
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jonikon: For some inexplicable reason in their evaluation of the AF settings of the D600, DPR fails to understand the advantage of software driven settings that allow the setting to be saved under the User Settings 1,2 on the mode dial, as opposed to hardware controls that would make that impossible. I feel DPR should at least point out the advantage of storing the AF settings that have been moved from a hard control to a software control.

Here is the quoted excerpts from page 11- Handling.:
"This 'simplification' comes at a cost, however. Specifically, it makes switching between AF-S and AF-C, and indeed changing AF pattern mode, slower than it was Nikon's previous generation DSLRs. Using the D300S, for example, a quick flick of the left thumb is all it took to go from single AF to continuous, and a quick flick of the rear lever would switch from single-point AF to multi-pattern. With the D600 (and the D800 and D4) there's an extra step - a button press - in both cases. " - DPReview

Your still missing the point that the hard switches come at a cost as well, which is that they can not be stored in the U1 or U2 settings, which cripples the settings option in this regard. Given the choice, I will take the software over the hard button approach so I can set up my U1 an U2 with different AF options. BTW, I own a D7000 which uses a similar method of selecting AF mode as the D600 and I find it quick and easy to change AF settings, even with my eye to the viewfinder.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2012 at 21:42 UTC
On Just Posted: Nikon D600 In-depth Review article (498 comments in total)

For some inexplicable reason in their evaluation of the AF settings of the D600, DPR fails to understand the advantage of software driven settings that allow the setting to be saved under the User Settings 1,2 on the mode dial, as opposed to hardware controls that would make that impossible. I feel DPR should at least point out the advantage of storing the AF settings that have been moved from a hard control to a software control.

Here is the quoted excerpts from page 11- Handling.:
"This 'simplification' comes at a cost, however. Specifically, it makes switching between AF-S and AF-C, and indeed changing AF pattern mode, slower than it was Nikon's previous generation DSLRs. Using the D300S, for example, a quick flick of the left thumb is all it took to go from single AF to continuous, and a quick flick of the rear lever would switch from single-point AF to multi-pattern. With the D600 (and the D800 and D4) there's an extra step - a button press - in both cases. " - DPReview

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2012 at 19:24 UTC as 135th comment | 3 replies
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jonikon: I'm not impressed at all with the image quality of the Oly XZ-2. I see a lot of smearing of details, very poor IQ at high ISOs, a de-centered lens causing OOF areas, poor color rendition, poor micro-contrast, lots of distortion, etc.

Why in the world would anyone buy this camera when the excellent Sony RX-100 can be had for about the same price and blows the XZ-2's image quality away! This camera would not be desirable even if it was priced at the current XZ1 price of $200, IMO.

-Jon

Years ago Fujifilm had the best straight out of camera JPEG colors, and still does. I used to like Olympus JPEG colors as well, but not anymore as they have changed for the worse, IMO.
I also don't understand the "It's not a Sony" remark. Smart buyers don't reject a better product for the same price because of the name on the outside. That would be just shooting yourself in the foot foolish!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2012 at 16:38 UTC

I'm not impressed at all with the image quality of the Oly XZ-2. I see a lot of smearing of details, very poor IQ at high ISOs, a de-centered lens causing OOF areas, poor color rendition, poor micro-contrast, lots of distortion, etc.

Why in the world would anyone buy this camera when the excellent Sony RX-100 can be had for about the same price and blows the XZ-2's image quality away! This camera would not be desirable even if it was priced at the current XZ1 price of $200, IMO.

-Jon

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2012 at 15:51 UTC as 10th comment | 7 replies
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