PIX 2015
Stephan Def

Stephan Def

Lives in Europe
Joined on Aug 27, 2011
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On Nikon releases ViewNX-i image browsing software article (103 comments in total)
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rugosa: It's free and works well. As usual mostly bitching in the comments section!

"The reason thet Nikon dumped Capture was the company that owned it decided not to support/distribute it any more. "

I doubt that Story, and Nikon has never come out and said what really happened. Nikon could have bought out the Capture-NX2 product, the IP and the developers working on it. In the real software industry such deals happen all the time, especially if the new owner had no interest in pursuing that product line themselves and could have made some nice cash by spinning it off to Nikon. Looks to me more like someone was stubborn, greedy and unwilling. Its just so much easier to leave customers standing in the rain.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2015 at 14:06 UTC
On Nikon releases ViewNX-i image browsing software article (103 comments in total)
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rugosa: It's free and works well. As usual mostly bitching in the comments section!

Since you seem to be so clever, please explain why Nikon had to dump Capture-Nx2? (which was really a strong product)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2015 at 12:18 UTC
On Nikon releases ViewNX-i image browsing software article (103 comments in total)

Nikon would be better off to support Darktable.org, its already there and it works.
After Nikon discovered that they can no longer continue with Capture-Nx2 they should have changed something conceptually in their Software-Cubicle. Free and open Software is the way to go.

It's obvious that Nikon can't compete in the Software space, they don't have the skill or the experience or the budget apparently.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2015 at 12:15 UTC as 30th comment | 5 replies
On Aloha! We go shooting with Samsung's new NX500 article (186 comments in total)
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Stephan Def: I'm so underwhelmed I don't know what to say. Wonder whats going on.

its hard to tell what all may be going on, 28MP may very well create a lot of issues with camera shake.

There may also be some issues with backlighting and lens flare. I know when I do backlit scenes that will always flatten the image.

Other than that maybe samsung just needs to treat themselves to a more advanced jpeg engine, which will allow for more tweaking in the settings.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 17, 2015 at 08:04 UTC
On Aloha! We go shooting with Samsung's new NX500 article (186 comments in total)

I'm so underwhelmed I don't know what to say. Wonder whats going on.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 16, 2015 at 21:19 UTC as 29th comment | 1 reply
On CP+ 2015 Sigma Interview article (197 comments in total)

Thanks for the Interview, it is very good to get a deeper insight into what kind of a company Sigma is. I learned many things from the Interview that I did not know before. Thank You.

I plan to buy one or two of Sigma's lenses. I consider the USB dock to be a key advantage. I think you forgot to mention that Sigma offers a mount conversion service. This is of huge value, all Sigma lenses should participate in that offering.

I found the part about how Sigma has been using Computers for lens design particularly interesting. Good thing that 'Moore's Law' is affecting lens design at Sigma.

I am very confused about the Sigma Foveon Sensor, is it better or not? Why? What about BSI?

Finally I feel though, that it is not enough to produce good hardware, software is also of primary importance. If everybody depends on Adobe to render their final images, then that is not a good situation. There are very good open source packages for image rendering that need to get some key support.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2015 at 10:24 UTC as 37th comment | 1 reply
On Nikon D7200 First Impressions Review preview (1114 comments in total)
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justmeMN: I guess Real Photographers aren't supposed to use articulated LCD screens. I don't understand why.

(The Nikon D5500 has one, but this camera doesn't.)

dropping the Camera?? I wouldn't expect it to survive a drop.

Actually if you fold the screen inward it is even more protected, because then the display is not exposed.

I have had an articulated screen now for 3 years, it is still in perfect condition.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 3, 2015 at 13:29 UTC
On Nikon D7200 First Impressions Review preview (1114 comments in total)
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justmeMN: I guess Real Photographers aren't supposed to use articulated LCD screens. I don't understand why.

(The Nikon D5500 has one, but this camera doesn't.)

If it is indeed such a big problem then why does the D750 have it??

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2015 at 15:01 UTC
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QuarryCat: so true!

a man with the courage to speak out why is fact!
Thank you Mr. Iida

Fujifilm has really good prime lenses, but they are all slow and the are all missing stabilization!

And a even better camera with a better AF won't change this on the lenses we have right now. That should be clear.
It is not a camera fault alone - so for faster AF they will need new lenses.
It was the same with Nikon before AF-S, Sony, Olympus E-Mount and others more.

And Fujifilm needs to think about the stabilization - if the built an even higher resolution sensor - people have to use tripods or very fast times - so it will be better to have stabilization in every lens or even in the body.

And Fujifilm should rethink the aperture -
I don't like 1/3 steps,
I don't like the loose aperture rings and
I dislike the sunshades on Fujifilm lenses.
They should be harder and get precise in place.

I tend to agree on some of those points. It seems to be not possible to put stabilization in the body for some reason. Maybe its just the patents, who knows. IBIS would be the perfect solution, however sony is also not doing it and Samsung is also missing this on their Mirroless. It would be interesting to get some more info as to the technical why??

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2015 at 12:01 UTC
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JDThomas: Even Fuji can admit the AF isn't on par with the SLR. Something it's Fuji-fans refuse to do.

@JDThomas "@Just a Photographer: The D5300 focuses faster than the XT-1 and it's half the price."

Nope, with a comparable standard zoom it sure isn't half the price.

The point is though that very many Nikon Users are disappointed. Because Nikon is not wholeheartedly giving it their all. Why is it taking Nikon forever to announce the D7200? Where is the enthusiast aps-c Camera loaded with all state-of-the-art innovations available in today's day and age? Such as the latest Toschiba or Sony bsi-Sensor, IBIS, articulating screen, deeper buffer, wifi, nfc, focus peaking etc etc ????

Direct link | Posted on Feb 28, 2015 at 19:04 UTC

I always enjoy reading Interviews with Toshihisa Iida, please keep them coming. It looks like Fujifilm is having very good success with their strategy, especially that they take care to have excellent color rendering, film simulations etc.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 28, 2015 at 12:37 UTC as 79th comment
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J A C S: " We think that our 16MP X-Trans sensor delivers a higher effective resolution than conventional Bayer 16MP sensors ..."

LOL! This guy would make a very successful used car salesman!

Some of the very best Salesmen I ever met were used Car salesmen working for name brand dealerships, those guys have to kick butt. No irony whatsoever intended.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 28, 2015 at 12:30 UTC
On Opinion: Canon EOS 750D and 760D article (319 comments in total)
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(unknown member): I have sold my D80. Yes. My first and last, trusty Nikon. I wanted a second hand D90, but the current offers are inconsistent. I would buy a new one if possible... Now, I still have the 700D. I am seriously considering to sell it. So... D80+700D = 760D (good enough camera with top display)? What do you think?
P. S.: it might sound stupid, but the sec display is a handy tool...

I just happened to read this thread here: http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/55269447 ...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 11:28 UTC
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aarif: the A-mount is officially dead

I think Sony is a lot smarter than that, they would alienate many potential photography customers by dropping A-Mount. I think they will continue those products in kind of a maintenance mode. If I were Sony I would work on developing even better high-end Adapters for A to E-mount. Possibly even with Steady-Shot integrated in them. That would be a win for everybody and would make total business sense.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 11:13 UTC

Reading the comments below I can see everybody else is just as confused as I am. My gut feeling: Sony is in trouble and Samsung has been eating their Lunch.

Apparently the entire Japan Camera Industry is on a oblique and slippery slope. The good news is, its probably a buyers market. The bad news is, don't necessarily count on your hardware being relevant anymore in over 2 or 3 years, those expensive lenses have the potential to turn into heavy paperweights.

I have been looking much harder at Samsung lately, just on a hunch.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 03:58 UTC as 39th comment
On Adobe celebrates 25 years of Photoshop article (366 comments in total)

I try not to use Adobe software if I can, Flash and the Adobe Reader are real dangerous security exposures.

If NIK Software and Darktable.org did a good integration of the Nik Collection into Darktable then I think Adobe would be in very big trouble. And yes it could happen that fast.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 19, 2015 at 10:31 UTC as 78th comment
On Opinion: Canon EOS 750D and 760D article (319 comments in total)
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matthew saville: Nikon finds themselves in a similar situation, with the D3300 and D5300/5500. The D5300 / 5500 buyers probably should just get a D7100/7200 if they're super serious about photography, and the ones who THOUGHT they weren't serious enough about photography to buy any more than the D3300, will eventually regret not getting a D5300/5500.

In short, the bottom-of-the-barrel camera is only there to entice, it's really not a camera that anyone serious enough to actually buy an ILC system would be OK with in the long run.

IMO Canon and Nikon could both benefit from just consolidating this "baseline" DSLR lineup to one model, charge as little as they can for it, and put the rest of their energy into working harder on a MILC system...

@ mathew saville
“Nikon is class-leading when it comes to image quality”, nope again, sorry I have to refute. You trying to tell me that oil and dust spots are the key to class-leading image quality? This is not the case. I know of a bunch of Nikon Fullframe Gearheads that would love to switch to Fujifilm if they were not already so deeply invested into Nikon hardware. Personally I am so fed up with the jpeg image quality coming out of Nikons that I am ready to dump Nikon for it. Fujifilm is spot on with their concept of best possible jpeg quality out of the box (amongst other things). I resent wasting my time and money post processing raw files, especially in the face of Nikon discontinuing Capture-NX2. In my opinion Nikon management does not have a clue, they just don't get it.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2015 at 17:44 UTC
On Opinion: Canon EOS 750D and 760D article (319 comments in total)
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matthew saville: Nikon finds themselves in a similar situation, with the D3300 and D5300/5500. The D5300 / 5500 buyers probably should just get a D7100/7200 if they're super serious about photography, and the ones who THOUGHT they weren't serious enough about photography to buy any more than the D3300, will eventually regret not getting a D5300/5500.

In short, the bottom-of-the-barrel camera is only there to entice, it's really not a camera that anyone serious enough to actually buy an ILC system would be OK with in the long run.

IMO Canon and Nikon could both benefit from just consolidating this "baseline" DSLR lineup to one model, charge as little as they can for it, and put the rest of their energy into working harder on a MILC system...

@ mathew saville
I have to disagree with some things you wrote, the historical lens compatibility is not given on any of the Nikon entry models and also not on the mid-level models of Nikon. This is a major disadvantage to the consumers and there is no good reason for it. There is also no image-stabilization in any of the Nikon Body's not matter how high-end or expensive they are. Sony has all of this on even their most dirt cheap A58. This stuff is important. I get the drift that its more of a lip-service & marketing ploy from Nikon than it is earnest that they claim to support all lenses going all the way back; I feel if they were earnest then it would be on all models (see sony) and they would have in-body image stabilization to go with it. Then it would be a credible claim. As it stands Nikon looses credibility by their half-hearted and grossly inconsistent dealings on their DSLR model politics.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2015 at 17:34 UTC
On Opinion: Canon EOS 750D and 760D article (319 comments in total)
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matthew saville: Nikon finds themselves in a similar situation, with the D3300 and D5300/5500. The D5300 / 5500 buyers probably should just get a D7100/7200 if they're super serious about photography, and the ones who THOUGHT they weren't serious enough about photography to buy any more than the D3300, will eventually regret not getting a D5300/5500.

In short, the bottom-of-the-barrel camera is only there to entice, it's really not a camera that anyone serious enough to actually buy an ILC system would be OK with in the long run.

IMO Canon and Nikon could both benefit from just consolidating this "baseline" DSLR lineup to one model, charge as little as they can for it, and put the rest of their energy into working harder on a MILC system...

on the original comment: going by my experience with Nikon digital Cameras, my opinion is that they have mismanaged their DSLR product line in far too many ways to detail here. Imo Nikon need an upper management change badly, I am very astonished that their upper management is still there after all that has happened. In a silicon Valley company they would have all gone through "group therapy" just only for that D600 fiasco alone. If they would have had a CEO like Elon Musk or the late Steve Jobs their middle and upper tier managers would certainly have come away with a radically changed outlook on life and with better products.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2015 at 11:20 UTC
On Opinion: Canon EOS 750D and 760D article (319 comments in total)
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Kaso: Strengthen the technical analyses of cameras and lenses. Stop the wimpy essays like this one, which is already one too many! No need for opinions by some pretender sitting in a cafe with a fruit-brand notebook and typing out a stupid stream of unconsciousness.

hmmm ... I have seen people banned for much less in other forums, its ok to have an opinion however nobody has to take abuse and shouldn't.

having said that, I liked the article and enjoyed reading it. Especially also the comments section. It gives a pretty good summary about what canon is maybe doing here. Of course there can always be other pov's.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2015 at 09:46 UTC
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