Biowizard

Biowizard

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On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)
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carabas: Am I the only one finding it hilarious and ironic that Nikon unleashes this monstrosity on Raymond Loewy's birthday ?

Wonderful comment! And yes, brilliant irony! :-)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 10:26 UTC
On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)
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vin 13: The faux leather around the pentaprism area and on the dial on the front looks horrid, especially on the silver model. Otherwise I think it looks ok, if a bit on the chunky side.

Yeah, I was thinking that. In fact, it's one of those design features of old 70's Nikons that I thought was really ugly back then too! Leatherette should have been buried forever back in about 1950!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 10:24 UTC
On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)
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cinemascope: I was just thinking a bit more about this camera...
How dare they put a 1/4000 shutter in this and try to charge $3K for it?
Honestly...
How much extra would a "proper" shutter would have cost? 3 dollars?
Enough of this artificial crippling and methodical segmentation...
Maybe the Japanese need to start thinking outside the box a little bit more...
Huge opportunity lost here...
Sad really...

Perhaps the slower shutter is to try to stop it from spraying oil over that lovely D4 sensor ...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 09:58 UTC
On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)

I love the IDEA of an analogue-dial-controlled DSLR. But this looks unbelievably clunky. I bought an OM-1n back in1976, rather than a high-end Canon or Nikon, because it felt streamlined, sophisticated, and took amazing photos with what turned out to be some of the best glass available back then (the wonderful Zuiko primes). Nikon and Canon were making behemoths that weighed half a ton, and even got tennis players angry at Wombledon because of the noise and clatter they made (Olympus famously pushed out a full-spread ad for the OM-1 the day after Ilie Năstase flicked his towel at the photographers, with the slogan, "A camera quiet enough even for Romanian tennis players", or somesuch - but I digress).

The Df reminds me most of the Contax RTS III, which was a very bulky 35mm SLR, largely due to its "vacuum back" designed to suck film flat over the pressure plate. A body this size could reasonably contain a larger sensor than 35mm - medium format, mmm, now that would be tempting!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 09:51 UTC as 800th comment | 2 replies
On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)
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Haim Hadar: In the 'retro' spirit, Nikon should add a feature that blackens the photos in the camera if you open the back cover by mistake while shooting. I'm sure that the firmware can handle this.

Of course, since you are shooting "reversal" "film" (ie, positive images), opening the back would WHITEN the film! :-)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 09:34 UTC
On Retro Nikon 'DF' emerges from the shadows article (1514 comments in total)

Oooh Salivating ... a "real" body with a metal-barrelled Zeiss Prime on the front ... at last, a CAMERA rather than a blob of plastimetal!

Whuhahaha

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2013 at 18:40 UTC as 383rd comment | 3 replies
On Sigma USB Dock quick review article (139 comments in total)
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1singur: For a moment there I thought this was a module to take pictures via usb, and it would've been such a great concept: have a "dock" that houses the sensor, mount a lens on it, and control everything from the provided software!
Then I read the article introduction...

Yeh, you can buy that too - it's called a DSLR! 8-)

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Oct 31, 2013 at 09:58 UTC
On 'Rising Waters' documents Superstorm Sandy devastation article (29 comments in total)
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Biowizard: Can't help wondering if the Merkins built their houses on proper foundations, a sensible distance above sea level, out of bricks rather than wooden planks - whether the likes of Sandy would have been anything like so much of a problem.

Brian

Sure - but every few days in early Spring, we watch videos of tiny F1 tordanos destroying houses in Kansaas that would have simply brushed off the twister if built to the standards of any West-Coast UK house. Heck, over the years, I've lost two garden sheds, and several wood-slat fences to the wind. Personally, I have chosen NEVER to live in a house built in the same style.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 30, 2013 at 22:45 UTC
On 'Rising Waters' documents Superstorm Sandy devastation article (29 comments in total)

Can't help wondering if the Merkins built their houses on proper foundations, a sensible distance above sea level, out of bricks rather than wooden planks - whether the likes of Sandy would have been anything like so much of a problem.

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Oct 30, 2013 at 20:09 UTC as 5th comment | 2 replies

FINALLY a possible reason to switch to the OM-D EM-1 ... I would be happy to walk around all day and night with this piece of glass as my "standard" zoom.

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Oct 30, 2013 at 19:48 UTC as 2nd comment
On Aluminium Overcast in the Strategic Bombers challenge (12 comments in total)

Fantastic image of an amazing aircraft! Well done!

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Oct 25, 2013 at 15:18 UTC as 8th comment

This is 100% the fault of the lens manufacturer: the lens design should allow clearance between the front lens element and the base of the filter screw thread. It's a poor design that lets the front element protrude into the same plane as the threads.

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Oct 21, 2013 at 16:58 UTC as 27th comment | 7 replies

I love prime lenses. I love wide apertures. And for nearly 10 years I've been living with a zoom that maxes out at about F3.5. My next DSLR *will* live with prime lenses only. BUT ...

... over $1500 for an F1.4 lens with the same focal length as the Helios F2 that came with my original Zenit E? When I could buy a Zeiss Planar T* F1.4 50mm for my Contax S2 for a mere $500 or so just a few years ago? This is NUTS!

Noct[ilux] suggests F1.0 to me, not the bog-standard F1.4 we all used to enjoy before the Age of Zoom hit us!

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2013 at 12:51 UTC as 35th comment | 2 replies
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babalu: NOKIA and NIKON should both sue each other for copying their brand names backward AND getting it wrong, to boot.

In fact CANON should sue everyone else that uses 5-character names including the letter pairs "NO" or "ON". And the descendants of Galileo should sue everyone for using lenses made out of glass to focus images.

Oh, to be a lawyer ("attorney")! $$$$$$$$$

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Oct 15, 2013 at 11:12 UTC

WTF? This is a boring box-shaped body with a boring cylinder-shaped lens stuck on the front. Leica should sue Everyone.

NUTS.COM

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Oct 15, 2013 at 10:09 UTC as 65th comment

Beautiful camera - lousy English ...

"and no FEWER than 1000 prototype parts."

:-)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 9, 2013 at 10:24 UTC as 122nd comment | 5 replies

Bye bye Adobe Reader XI - never liked you anyway.

Just hope my Photoshop CS6 has not been compromised by source code hacks.

Brian

Direct link | Posted on Oct 4, 2013 at 14:07 UTC as 49th comment
On Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review preview (2143 comments in total)
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rfsIII: ....

I agree. 4/3 has (er, had?) lenses which were proud successors to the OM-mound Zuikos. Utterly gorgeous glass in search of the perfect body. Sadly m4/3 was built as a CSC system, with toy-sized bodies and delicate little attachments. There are no m4/3 lenses to compare with the best Pro-spec (full)4/3 ones. And this latest Olympus will fall because of that.

Actually, even though I am devoted to real optical viewfinders, I would ALMOST be tempted by a second version of the new Oly, with a slightly bigger body (and perhaps an info LCD on the top plate) - with a (full)4/3 mount.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2013 at 17:08 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review preview (2143 comments in total)
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Biowizard: As an E-1 user of around 10 years' standing, and having shot many thousands of images on its "mere" 5Mp sensor, I have been waiting patiently for the "right" successor. It wasn't the E-3. Nor the E-5, and I have been very happy hanging onto the E-1. Never had even one single dust speck on an image, so have never needed to clean the sensor. Only ever had one stuck pixel, and the in-camera pixel mapping sorted that out within a few seconds. I love everything about the E-1, though miss the option a higher pixel count, and newer features like wireless flash, WiFi, etc.

Sadly for me, the OM-D E-M1 is NOT the replacement I've been waiting for. I wanted full-size 4/3, with optical viewfinder. Doubtless I will motor on for a while with my beloved E-1, but sorry Olympus, my NEXT camera is going to be Nikon or Canon :-(

[Edited to correct a couple of typos]

Actually to be fair, NO, I do NOT regret it. The Oly E-1 is a MASSIVELY LOVELY camera, which I have totally enjoyed for nearly 10 years, and thanks to Oly's latest change of direction, I hope to keep enjoying for many more years to come!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2013 at 17:04 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review preview (2143 comments in total)
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Biowizard: As an E-1 user of around 10 years' standing, and having shot many thousands of images on its "mere" 5Mp sensor, I have been waiting patiently for the "right" successor. It wasn't the E-3. Nor the E-5, and I have been very happy hanging onto the E-1. Never had even one single dust speck on an image, so have never needed to clean the sensor. Only ever had one stuck pixel, and the in-camera pixel mapping sorted that out within a few seconds. I love everything about the E-1, though miss the option a higher pixel count, and newer features like wireless flash, WiFi, etc.

Sadly for me, the OM-D E-M1 is NOT the replacement I've been waiting for. I wanted full-size 4/3, with optical viewfinder. Doubtless I will motor on for a while with my beloved E-1, but sorry Olympus, my NEXT camera is going to be Nikon or Canon :-(

[Edited to correct a couple of typos]

I agree that the E-1 sucked at "high" ISO - so apart from a couple of indoor theatre shoots, when I had to resort to a tripod, I've always shot at 100. But for a "mere" 5Mpixels, I have to say the overall pictorial quality of my Oly is stunning. And yes, I've produced A2 posters, spectacular processed images and of course endless lovely web pages with this camera. It produces better images than I could previously achieve by scanning Kodachrome 25 trannies, taken on a Contax S2 with a Zeiss Planar 50mm F1.4 lens, on my dedicated Nikon LS-1000 film scanner (effectively, 27Mpixel). And given that at the time I bought my E-1, the nearest alternative was the horrible Canon D-10, I have never regretted my choice. Until today, with Oly's new announcement. :-(

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2013 at 17:03 UTC
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