MrMojo

MrMojo

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On Nikon to offer D600 replacements if 'spots' continue news story (173 comments in total)
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hydrospanner: This entire debacle is a big missed opportunity for Nikon.

In the end, they're having to do what should have been done in the first place anyway, but now it's perceived as a negative, with them grudgingly providing customer support because they've been forced into it, and every time someone reads a story about it, it reminds them of the negativity.

Had they been proactive, and as soon as the issue was discovered, offered free maintenance/replacement/upgrading to all D600 owners, it would have been less costly for them, and great for their PR image.

We need consumer-protection regulations and class action lawsuits because it is often necessary to compel corporations to do the right thing.

Corporations may be considered to be "persons" under the law but they seldom react to public shaming like real people do. Corporations may be created and staffed by people but legal protections often prevent responsible corporate officers from being punished with fines or jail time. Most of the time corporations simply buy their way out of any substantive legal consequences.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 28, 2014 at 18:34 UTC
On Nikon D610 Review preview (286 comments in total)
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justmeMN: "CHINA - Industrial and commercial authorities have launched a probe into Nikon China after the company was accused by China Central Television of selling defective products.

Many consumers have complained of dust buildup on the image sensor of the Nikon D600 camera, CCTV said on its annual 3/15 Gala news programme on Saturday."

"Many D600 users including Du have asked for a refund or a free upgrade to the newer model D610, but Nikon has refused their demands, even though some D600 owners in the United States have been offered a free upgrade to the D610, according to CCTV."

http://news.asiaone.com/news/science-and-tech/nikon-china-probe-launched-after-cctv-report-defective-products

I think that it is appropriate because the D610 is Nikon's rather feeble attempt to address a major problem with the D600. What should have been a major recall of a defective DSLR morphed into the introduction of a new camera model… and there are apparently online reports that the D610 suffers from the same sensor issues that plague the D600.

The Chinese government is getting involved because Nikon simply refuses to do the right thing for its loyal customers. It's amazing that a barely functional government does more to protect its citizen-consumers than the "exceptional" good ol' USA...

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2014 at 17:21 UTC
On Nikon D610 Review preview (286 comments in total)
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justmeMN: "CHINA - Industrial and commercial authorities have launched a probe into Nikon China after the company was accused by China Central Television of selling defective products.

Many consumers have complained of dust buildup on the image sensor of the Nikon D600 camera, CCTV said on its annual 3/15 Gala news programme on Saturday."

"Many D600 users including Du have asked for a refund or a free upgrade to the newer model D610, but Nikon has refused their demands, even though some D600 owners in the United States have been offered a free upgrade to the D610, according to CCTV."

http://news.asiaone.com/news/science-and-tech/nikon-china-probe-launched-after-cctv-report-defective-products

This seems like an appropriate place for your post as far as I am concerned…

Nikon's handling of the D600 debacle in the U.S. has been terrible. I've been a loyal Nikon customer since 1981 and its recent problems with some of its rather pricey cameras have made me gun-shy about purchasing a new DSLR.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 17, 2014 at 17:31 UTC

What amazes me is that any photographer with half of a brain would agree to Getty's terms and conditions. Essentially, the photographers assume all of the risk and cost of creating the images. Then Getty pays a fee that comes nowhere close to covering those costs, much less the photographer's time. Getty is doing very well under its business model while its content creators earn very little.

When stock licensing started out photographers saw it as a way to earn more income by licensing images that were outtakes from paid gigs. Then some photographers began producing images on "spec" in the hope that they would recoup their investment. The downside of stock photography is that clients can license images at less cost than assigning someone to create the photos. It didn't take long for companies to switch from assignments to sourcing images from stock agencies and photographers.

Now that images have been commodified and fees are so low stock is lose-win business model. Guess who wins!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 6, 2014 at 18:42 UTC as 16th comment | 5 replies

By doing this Getty has essentially given up protecting its photographers from unauthorized use of their images in a narrow set of circumstances. At the same time Getty is making it possible to monetize unauthorized use and it appears that its photographers won't get a cut of the pie.

As far as the difference between "commercial" and "non-commerical" use goes, here is my definition of a commercial website: If the website generates income in any form it is commercial, period. Be it advertisements or simply promoting a service, the website is generating income for the website's owner. If the website owner makes money and my images are used on the website, then I am going to license my images for a fee, period.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 6, 2014 at 18:30 UTC as 17th comment | 2 replies

Nikon isn't the only large company that ignores a serious hardware defect that affects many people.

Apple had a problem with a third-party part in some of its MacBook Pro models. The part failure required replacing the entire motherboard which is an expensive repair.

The online reports about the problem continued for over a year before Apple announced a program similar to Nikon's. Unfortunately, Apple replaced the part with an identical part and some people experienced multiple failures.

To add insult to injury the warranty extension wasn't long enough. Some people experienced a premature failure after the warranty expired while others who had the part replaced under the extended warranty got burned again when it failed after the warranty expired.

The only people who think that Apple's solution was fair are those who think that the useful life of a high-end computer is only three years…

I do not recall if Apple was hit with a class-action lawsuit.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2014 at 18:31 UTC as 80th comment | 1 reply
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Kurt_K: I guess that class-action lawsuit was all the incentive they needed.

People (usually conservatives…) who decry class-action suits just don't get it: class-actions are the only option to obtain redress for average people who have been damaged by large and powerful corporations.

Unions are demonized because they also give some power to workers who would otherwise be at the mercy of their employers.

People who do not see the value in learning history in school and turn-off their minds in class tend to be ignorant about the history of unionization and class-action lawsuits in the U.S. (if that history is taught at all…) Both were instrumental in empowering the lower and middle-classes. Heck, before unions there wasn't much of a middle class in America!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2014 at 18:14 UTC
On Nikon D5300 Review preview (235 comments in total)
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Eric Glam: I've had the D5300 with Nikon 35mm f/1.8G lens for a few months now.
I agree with every word in this review.

The still & video quality is very good.
But the camera is so frustrating to use and handle, that it takes away the fun and joy of shooting photos. The lack of touch capability, the lack of real aperture control in LiveView, the sluggishness of the LCD when zooming to check focus, the complicated menu, the missing dial - all of these make the camera very hard to use.

One other thing that this review neglected to mention is the fact that the D5300 is almost useless with fast glass, when using the viewfinder. In this review they mainly used the kit lenses which go to f/3.5 max. My lens opens up to f/1.8, and let me tell you - the focus point is never where I intended it to be when I use the viewfinder, even stopped down to f/4.0.

Eric, if you haven't used AF-ON then I think that you will be pleasantly surprised at how well it works. AF-ON combined with AF-C is used by many pro photographers because it gets the job done.

I'm a long-time pro who started out with film and manual focus lenses. I have always disliked the shutter release engaging auto focus. Frankly, I want a DSLR that operates more like a manual focus camera; using AF-ON gives me what I want. All I need the shutter release to do is turn on the camera meter and release the shutter. And using AF-ON replaces the clumsy AF-L button "feature", which is as counter-intuitive as camera controls get...

My main user-interface complaint with the D5300 and similar DXXXX bodies is the lack of a dedicated AF-ON button and the location of the user-mappable AE/AF-L button. It is simply not in the ideal location for my thumb while the AF-ON button is spot-on.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 15, 2014 at 20:09 UTC
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SergioSpain: I sincerely hope that none of the people complaining about this own any Apple products, because nobody is worse than Apple when it comes to locking down their system.

I just received a set of third-party Lightning/USB cords and AC/car chargers to use with my iPhone 5S. I haven't tested the car chargers but the cables/AC chargers are compatible.

$16 for 3 AC, 2 car and 3 6' cables. I found the deal at Dealmac.com.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 10, 2013 at 01:17 UTC
On Adobe now offers Photoshop and Lightroom for everyone news story (625 comments in total)
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Confused of Malvern: "Through December 2, 2013...." ? What ghastly grammer!

Come on DPReview, you can do better than that - either "Until 2nd December.." or "Up to and including 2nd December..."

EssexAsh, you are certainly doing your part:

"oh come on, this is america. The mangling of the mother tounge (tongue) continues apace.

Anyway, Adobe are (is) offering this crap to all now? No thanks. Do they get commission off each account that gets stolen?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2013 at 23:27 UTC
On Adobe now offers Photoshop and Lightroom for everyone news story (625 comments in total)
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howardroark: Adobe does not realize that the threshold for many of us to care is not making it cheap to rent, it is making it available to purchase. As I see it Adobe has three options: 1) Rent the software and hack a lot of people off, 2) Sell the software as a perpetual license to one owner, 3) Give the software away for free since that is the only monthly sum many people would be willing to pay as a rental fee.

Adobe, blow it out your a-hole.

Wrong thread...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2013 at 23:26 UTC
On Adobe now offers Photoshop and Lightroom for everyone news story (625 comments in total)
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victor china: Ti bad that the clowd service isnt international!
I cant use it in israel, and i assume many other countries are also not included...

If the cloud service is blocked because of your geographical location you can bypass the restriction by subscribing to a personal VPN service. Witopia.net has VPN servers in many countries; you can select a server location via a drop-down menu that is in a country that isn't blocked.

The monthly cost is between $5-$7 depending on the plan and there is a 30-day refund period. https://www.witopia.net

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2013 at 17:55 UTC
On Nikon 1 AW1 preview (587 comments in total)
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Sangster: Throw in waterproof feature and expect consumers to pony up $800 for the privilege. Worst of all it is only good to 49'. Basic PADI OW divers are certified to 60'.

Good luck.

Just two posts from Bamboojled and he/she is going on my ignore list. What an arsehole!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2013 at 18:07 UTC

I've been a long-time Photoshop user (since PS4, not CS4...) and the rental scheme is a non-starter at any price. I stopped buying Photoshop at CS3.

Fortunately, for most of us there are plenty of alternatives. And Photoshop Elements (add Elements+ for $12 for even more features) really is all many of us need. Simply do the higher bit edits in other software prior to converting to 8-bits. In most cases you won't notice the difference, particularly when producing inkjet prints.

I nabbed Elements 11 for around $40 at Newegg.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 4, 2013 at 22:46 UTC as 253rd comment
On Panasonic GX7 First Impressions Review article (1202 comments in total)
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Raist3d: Well see how good (or not) the sensor in this camera is, a Panasonic new design. Hopefully no banding. If the sensor is ballpark as good (ditto if better) as the EM-5/Pen5, I just can't see anyone in their right mind picking a Pen 5 over this model.

To Ed Buziak: Take a look at the R Strap. I use it with a D200 and it is a boon for street/travel photography. Your gear is out of the way and out of sight until you need it; getting the shot and returning the camera to its resting place takes a few seconds.

Since switching to the R Strap I am taking more and better street photos while leaving me more time to enjoy my companions and surroundings while traveling.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2013 at 00:46 UTC
On Epic fail? 70-200s of all makes among least reliable lenses news story (151 comments in total)

My "ancient" 80-200 Nikkor AF without an internal AF motor is looking real good after reading this article...

Let's face it... modern lenses are too complex for their own good. Prior to internal AF motors and IS we could count on Nikkors working for years without any problems unless one took a particularly bad hit/drop. I had a couple of lenses (105mm 2.5 and 20-35 2.8) that survived amazing drops and kept on clicking.

These days many Nikkors are fragile beasts that cost a small fortune to purchase. And the cost of repairing lenses has dramatically increased. I'm glad that I resisted the impulse to "upgrade" my lenses when my gear was still capable of doing everything I asked of the glass.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 13, 2013 at 18:52 UTC as 41st comment
On Fujifilm X100S Review preview (470 comments in total)

"Jpeg rules. RAW is for posers."

Johnsonj's post is meaningless. It only illustrates his ignorance about the advantages of shooting RAW vs. JPEG.

A knowledgeable photographer will be aware of the advantages/disadvantages of both RAW and JPEG and will select the image file format based on the situation and his/her particular requirements.

Good easily-understandable explanations of the advantages of RAW vs. JPEG can be found at http://luminous-landscape.com/tutorials/understanding-series/u-raw-files.shtml and http://bythom.com/qadraw.htm.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2013 at 15:56 UTC as 52nd comment
On Fujifilm X100S Review preview (470 comments in total)
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Johnsonj: Jpeg rules. RAW is for posers.

Only thing missing is face recognition.

Johnsonj's post is meaningless. It only illustrates his ignorance about the advantages of shooting RAW vs. JPEG.

A knowledgeable photographer will be aware of the advantages/disadvantages of both RAW and JPEG and will select the image file format based on the situation and his/her particular requirements.

Good easily-understandable explanations of the advantages of RAW vs. JPEG can be found at http://luminous-landscape.com/tutorials/understanding-series/u-raw-files.shtml and http://bythom.com/qadraw.htm.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2013 at 17:25 UTC
On Tokina offers US pricing for AT-X 12-28 F4 lens news story (19 comments in total)
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appelpix1: If the ”New Optical Design” addresses the problem that Tokina had with chromatic aberration, this one surely will be a success!

I've owned a first-generation 12-24 for over five years. CA is rarely noticeable and when it does occur it is easily corrected. My primary editing program fixes CA automatically so it's a non-issue as far as I am concerned...

I've been photographing for over 30 years, always been a Nikon guy and I own a slew of quality Nikkors. The Tokina 12-24 is my only non-Nikon lens. I would have bought the equivalent Nikkor but at twice the cost it simply isn't worth it; it is only marginally better optically and its build-quality is disappointing. It handles like a typical Nikon consumer-oriented lens while costing $1000+.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 7, 2013 at 16:55 UTC
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xarcex: Bold move! Good on you Sun-Times, good on you.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, a photo is just a photo and, of course, a bad workman blames his tools, so if you're a good photographer you can even use a disposable camera and you'll get good results. People should stop caring so much about insignificant labels, such as "mobile photography" and should start focusing on actual results. DSLRs will never beat neither versatility nor practicality of smartphones.

Times are changing. I'm just saying...

Don't feed the troll.

Just saying... ;)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 3, 2013 at 16:59 UTC
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