Stephan Def

Stephan Def

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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 (318 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 (318 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 (318 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 (318 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
On Opinion: Canon EOS 750D and 760D article (318 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...

The problem with all digital cameras is you never can know from the start if it will have quality issues or defects. You only ever figure that out after about 6 months into the new model. So if you are a conservative investor you will likely be better off with a somewhat older and proven DSLR. If you are invested into Nikon you probably have a bunch of decent lenses, that's a big issue imo. I'm in a similar situation and I want to leave Nikon behind me, but actually I find the Canon Mirrorless aps-c offerings more interesting like the eos M3.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2015 at 09:11 UTC
On Opinion: Canon EOS 750D and 760D article (318 comments in total)
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Intermittentoverexposure: They're both still clunky mirror box machines. Consumers are catching on to systems like the Sony A6000. The newbie at work that asked what to upgrade his Nikon to just switched after I suggested it. He dumped a Nikon D5100, which really isn't much different than the "new" 5500. Once more consumers figure out there's ZERO reason to buy these old clunkers, Canikon will be playing catch-up.

Unfortunately though Sony is not known for their great attitude regarding customer service.

"Consumers are catching on to systems like the Sony A6000." ... maybe, however at the end of the day you have to stick a decent lens on it, and that is where the big troubles begin. Ever try mounting the Sigma 18-35 1.8 on a A6000? Does the A6000 have in-Body stabilization, no? Well maybe then better the A58.

The only real reason to buy nikon or canon anymore is the vast lens selection and the huge used market for all that stuff.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2015 at 08:59 UTC

IMO Nikon has lost it. Instead of putting focusing motors and image stabilization on all of their DSLR's they do this ... I mean how many will they actually sell? Will they even be able to recover their costs on that model?

p.s. oh, nearly forgot this: and they discontinue capture-nx2 with no adequate alternative, leaving their niche professional clientele scratching their heads about how to do any serious post processing of their highly customized nikon raw files.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 11, 2015 at 12:06 UTC as 12th comment | 13 replies
On Hands-on with Samsung's new NX500 article (347 comments in total)
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Stephan Def: The price seems to be too high for that Camera. I don't see the average consumer needing 4K Video at 28MP today. Its unrealistic, in post processing you need huge processing power which most users are not going to have.

What Samsung should do is release a Model with 28MP for still images and reasonably good HD Video along with a good EVF and some other value added functions. I also think its very important to concentrate on rendering best possible jpegs right out of the box. The price range such a camera should be around 599€ I think that would sell really good.

Post processing Software is a huge issue for most if not all users. This is where the Japan manufacturers have their by far, biggest open flank. Digital Cameras today have to go hand-in-hand with good integrated post processing software in the box.

Well since you ask :-) ... I think it would be nice to have a 28MP BSI Sensor for still images, as I already wrote above: I would prefer to have the camera produce superior jpegs from that sensor write out of the box. That would be awesome. I would like that for the cropping advantages it would give me. The camera as such is nice, because of its compactness.

I am really very uncertain about the 4K Video portion of the equation. I don't even have any 4K Displays and I wasn't planning on buying any soon. I also don't have a computer that could handle 4K video processing, again I wasn't planning on spending top dollars for a new computer any time soon either, as I am quite happy with what I have now.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 8, 2015 at 12:10 UTC
On Hands-on with Samsung's new NX500 article (347 comments in total)
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Mr Olympian: In the forums I saw Microsoft updated ICE to work with Samsung 4K video. Anyone saying average consumers can't do much with or don't want 4K video are either ill-informed or happy with their 480i CRTs.
So Samsung smartphones, TVs and ILCs all now support 4K. Nice :)

oh OK, image composition editor for 4k video editing :-) ...

so please tell us about the hardware configuration needed to post process, cut, edit etc, 4k Video. What I want to know is what kind of CPU's, how much memory, Graphics processors and so on... what software is also of interest.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 8, 2015 at 11:54 UTC
On Hands-on with Samsung's new NX500 article (347 comments in total)

The price seems to be too high for that Camera. I don't see the average consumer needing 4K Video at 28MP today. Its unrealistic, in post processing you need huge processing power which most users are not going to have.

What Samsung should do is release a Model with 28MP for still images and reasonably good HD Video along with a good EVF and some other value added functions. I also think its very important to concentrate on rendering best possible jpegs right out of the box. The price range such a camera should be around 599€ I think that would sell really good.

Post processing Software is a huge issue for most if not all users. This is where the Japan manufacturers have their by far, biggest open flank. Digital Cameras today have to go hand-in-hand with good integrated post processing software in the box.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 09:51 UTC as 14th comment | 7 replies
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vladimir314: The main difference between MLs and DSLRs is do the VF!
The only role of the mirror is to provide the camera with optical viewfinder.
The ML camera can never have precise OVF.

If it is for you absolutely necessary to use OVF then go DSLR,
if you like to use EVF or no VF go ML

Lot of Ca, Ni, Sig etc. lens can be used on both camera types, there is no subst. difference. Im now e.g. using old Exakta Zeiss lens on my new Sony A6000 and it works too.

If you think this only about an OVF than your missing the bigger picture.

The nx1 is running a new opensource operating system named Tizen. This allows the nx1 to connect seamlessly to enabled samsung devices right out of the box. It can use a Smartphone or Tablet or Samsung television as an external viewing device remote control device. And there is much more connectivity via Bluetooth, wifi, nfc.

This is also the case for the nx300 and nx300m. and there are many more products in the pipeline that will be running tizen. There is also an open SDK for software developers. Canikon are not even close to anything like this.

Yes of course, more electronics will require more power, but those problems can be solved.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 18, 2015 at 20:04 UTC

Samsung: "Mirrorless to outsell DSLRs 'in three years' " ... its a hint! He's saying that there will be more coming where that came from. More affordable Models in the 600€-850€ range. 1699€ is a bit much for many buyers, so bring down the price into the entusiast price range while putting in the core technology out of the nx1 and increase market share. They probably also should partner with Sigma or buy them outright.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2015 at 11:19 UTC as 68th comment
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II: A professional's opinion article (502 comments in total)

Just out of curiosity, what cameras do have sound recording per image?

I think its a very important function that has very many uses, to capture the atmosphere of some situation its very important. Technically it seems like a no brainer to me. So what is it about marketing departments that are intentionally crippling functions in Cameras?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2014 at 09:09 UTC as 83rd comment | 3 replies
On Photokina 2014 Video: The Samsung NX1 article (98 comments in total)
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Just a Photographer: Samsung might have had the biggest stand at Photokina, it was also the most empty stand. Next to the fact that the NX1 didn't focus when I tried it. Might be due to the fact that the touch screen can't be turned off, I don't know. It didn't work for me at least.

Samsung seems to be a gadget company, not a camera company. Its just a thing they do too.

This kind of comment does not sound credible to me, Samsung is investing a lot into their anouncement of this Camera from their Introductory text: "Samsung’s fastest autofocus system to date, the NX AF System III. Photographers can quickly focus on subjects, making this camera ideal for photographing a football player as they run down the field or baseball action at home plate. "

Samsung would hardly be making this kind of an announcement with an untested Camera that does not focus at all or way to slow. Sounds more like their Demo Model has all of its settings screwed up by visitors playing with the Camera.

I would never risk that kind of a comment unless I had diligently verified that there is indeed not a user error at issue, screwed up settings low battery whatever.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2014 at 16:06 UTC
On Photokina 2014 Video: The Samsung NX1 article (98 comments in total)

Do another Video, go into more details, post samples somewhere, Flickr, Google+ whereever. This stuff gets looked at... practice presenting more, if your first Video is just so so, then pull it off and do a better one...

Anyways Kudos to Samsung and Dpreview for the coverage from Photokina, lets see some more of this :-)

p.s what you could consider doing is letting people ask questions about the nx1 online and then give the answers to them... for example I'd be interested to see how some of those permium lenses look on other smart cameras like the nx300 just for fun... I'd also like to know much more about the connectivity options, wifi, nfc, bluetooth. lets see some action fotos with high frame rates...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2014 at 09:53 UTC as 25th comment | 1 reply
On Nikon D750: What you need to know article (110 comments in total)

Thanks I really enjoyed your "cheet sheet" its good to have concise summarys like that one.

You say:
"but judging by the amount of energy Nikon is putting into creating affordable FX optics" ...

Which affordable FX optics are you talking about? And can you say a word or two about their quality. It would be good to have kind of a quality index for FX lenses. The only FX lens that comes to my mind is the 24-70 2.8, which is kind of expensive, However it does not have OIS, which is a shame for a lens in that price range. If Nikon wants to convince people to move to FX they need to get much more serious about their lens lineup in that area. Alternatively Nikon could put OIS into their bodies, which would solve most of those issues and other Vendors are just that.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 10:35 UTC as 25th comment | 3 replies
On Samsung NX1 First Impressions Review preview (1444 comments in total)
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Anastigmat: Not inventive enough. Same APS-C format that is losing popularity among enthusiasts, most of whom want to upgrade to a full frame but they can't because of the high cost of FF cameras.

I don't think this is FF vs aps-c. Rather this is Korea vs Japan and Korea is winning technologically by innovation.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 16:15 UTC
On Samsung NX1 First Impressions Review preview (1444 comments in total)
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EthanP99: $2799 for a kit...

You can buy the Sony A77 II kit for $1000 less

Nice pricing, Samsung

that body will come down in price quickly by about 400-500.

Its the very expensive lens 16-50 2-2.8 which is making most of the big price difference, over the equivalent sony offering. However you can also use that lens on any samsung smart camera which may make ii worth it.

However if you get the zeiss lenses with the sony you will be right up there price wise...

So I guess the question would be are the samsung lenses as good or better than Zeiss? Time will tell I guess

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 15:10 UTC
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