mark25

mark25

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On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)
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mark25: The Nikon Df catalog says:

"Free from haste and competition, I become my true creative self again, choosing unhurried inspiration over the frantic rush of speed and efficiency."

i think this is what best describes the camera design philosophy. it is a camera for those who are not in a hurry - those who take their time making pictures and those who don't always feel 'compelled' to bring home a load of pictures on their 16GB memory card :)

for those who like to be modern, fast and 'in', then there is the D610 or the D800 for them :)

Sigma DP1, DP2 and DP3 are slow performing cameras but those who use them, don't complain why the other cameras from Canon/Fuji/Nikon are so fast... they know what their photographic needs are, what their camera is capable of, and more importantly, what they as photographers are capable of, and hence, no complains :)

i like this design and believe it is going to make a terrific imaging tool! (in the right hands, that is!)

thanks. i agree with you about the physical controls being dialed in even with the camera set to off.

there is no single camera in the world that can be called 'everyone's camera' :) but most people today fail to understand that... they just want an incredible all-in-one package of some sort!

that old man you mentioned: well i believe he went out 'with an idea... so that a picture could come out of it... and when it did not, he left.

many others would have photographed anyway, just for the heck of it. i, at times, load a 120 roll in my Mamiya RB67 and end up being the same as the old man you mentioned. not finding the right shot or composition and coming back empty handed. this is what i would call patience and discipline.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 17:06 UTC
On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)

The Nikon Df catalog says:

"Free from haste and competition, I become my true creative self again, choosing unhurried inspiration over the frantic rush of speed and efficiency."

i think this is what best describes the camera design philosophy. it is a camera for those who are not in a hurry - those who take their time making pictures and those who don't always feel 'compelled' to bring home a load of pictures on their 16GB memory card :)

for those who like to be modern, fast and 'in', then there is the D610 or the D800 for them :)

Sigma DP1, DP2 and DP3 are slow performing cameras but those who use them, don't complain why the other cameras from Canon/Fuji/Nikon are so fast... they know what their photographic needs are, what their camera is capable of, and more importantly, what they as photographers are capable of, and hence, no complains :)

i like this design and believe it is going to make a terrific imaging tool! (in the right hands, that is!)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 14:31 UTC as 674th comment | 2 replies
On Retro Nikon 'DF' emerges from the shadows article (1514 comments in total)
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Spectro: O_o....of course this is my dream camera (if I can afford it). I started to collect manual cameras (Fm2, F3hp) this year. This look like my F3hp mated with my d600 and had a DF.

agree with you over the F3HP comment. i too have a F3HP and this does look like its been inspired by the F3 design.

waiting for the announcement, and most probably will buy one. especially to use it with manual focus lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 2, 2013 at 05:32 UTC
On Retro Nikon 'DF' emerges from the shadows article (1514 comments in total)
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chkproductions: The Sony A900/850 had a big prism mirror box and looked much like a 70's/80's designed camera and people weren't up in arms over those. My Leica Digilux3 has a dedicated shutter speed dial with actual shutter speeds on it. So this Nikon is really only a morph of what's been and what's out there now. If it has the simplicity of operation and build of the original FM's, then I am for it if the price is realistic.

And yes, the teasers do get old, fast.

yeah, but i can say that whoever used the sony a900/850 didn't complain about the ergonomics or the handling overall. those cameras still feel great in hand, offer 24mp and Full Frame. of course we all move forward, but that doesn't mean those cameras were bad in any way...

'bad' is pentax k-01, 'bad' is hassleblad clones of sony cameras for $8000... 'bad' was the way sigma priced their 'sd1' camera.. bad is 'nikon 1' system cameras.. :)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 2, 2013 at 05:30 UTC
On Retro Nikon 'DF' emerges from the shadows article (1514 comments in total)
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ajamess: I'm excited. F- all the haters. Just thinking about this camera made me pick up my Mamiya 645 again and shoot a roll of 120, and that makes me smile.

that particular feeling you shared about shooting a roll of 120 film all over again is something many, many here just won't understand. ever.

i think of photography as being on a date, the longer, the better! at times, i just take out my RB67 and just do framing without shooting, just to be able to spend sometime with the camera... i develop my own film (Black & White) and seldom feel tired or bored... then there's the scanning or the enlarger printing... many folks today tend to focus solely on how beautiful or ugly a camera is, without realizing that its a photographic tool and can be immensely enjoyed if one slows down a little :) i feel like i'm in heaven when i photograph my wife with my 'ancient' Olympus EP-2 and a minolta 50 1.2 lens!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 2, 2013 at 05:22 UTC
On Retro Nikon 'DF' emerges from the shadows article (1514 comments in total)

i think it is going to be a digital 'F3' of some sort. i am basing my assumption on the prism and the straight-lined design...

i also think it is going to have a video feature, although it may not be as fancy as on the other models today.

yes, it will be a niche product, but there are buyers for such products and many photographers, including myself, don't mind the simplicity of dialing in one setting (aperture or shutter) and carry on shooting!

that said, there is nothing wrong with the D800 or the D610.. nikon makes interesting products and this is, i believe, their attempt to show that they can do retro style cameras, and do them well.

there 'will be' some criticism on the front v/s the back design, because i can sense that the back will be more in line with the current camera design, i.e. buttons and LCD and the 4-way controller etc... the same that happened with the Fuji X100... many people thought it was beautiful from the front, but the back was not so much...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 2, 2013 at 05:13 UTC as 243rd comment
On Nikon video hints at long-desired 'digital FM' article (554 comments in total)
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Digital Suicide: DPR has to have it in the office. They publish "hands on" of every camera along with announcement.

exactly. this news piece is as if they themselves are following the rumors... the actual rumored may well be in their hands, waiting for the announcement and, as you said, hands-on...

Direct link | Posted on Oct 26, 2013 at 07:44 UTC
On Just Posted: Pentax K-5 II / K-5 IIS Review article (268 comments in total)
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mark25: sadly, another camera review with horrible sample photos... i'm afraid no one pays attention to the samples anymore here on dpreview.com... back in the day, when most reviews were done by Phil Askey, the samples were so much better in terms of content and composition...

You need to see some grainy, moody, over-processed monochrome street scene to judge the capabilities of the sensor?...

since when does a proper, old school, good composition include grain, over-processed monochrome?

i was only referring to the samples as not being well-composed... they seem to me as though they're merely hasty shots lacking in aesthetics, primarily good content, appealing subject etc... thats it... you did not have to FRY me for that.. ;)

some good samples from dpreview.com:

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canoneos5d/33
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikond200/32
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canoneos1dsmkii/27
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/olympuse1/24
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/olympuse300/30
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/konicaminolta7d/27

Direct link | Posted on Jun 4, 2013 at 17:14 UTC
On Just Posted: Pentax K-5 II / K-5 IIS Review article (268 comments in total)

sadly, another camera review with horrible sample photos... i'm afraid no one pays attention to the samples anymore here on dpreview.com... back in the day, when most reviews were done by Phil Askey, the samples were so much better in terms of content and composition...

Direct link | Posted on Jun 4, 2013 at 10:23 UTC as 49th comment | 7 replies
On P1030378 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (2 comments in total)

that's got to be phil askey!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2013 at 10:37 UTC as 2nd comment

SMARTCAMERA. obviously.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 2, 2012 at 04:03 UTC as 46th comment
On Just Posted: Hands-on Nikon D600 preview article (376 comments in total)

THE D600 DOES HAVE AUTOFOCUS FINE TUNE.... that's what i found out on nikonusa.com

have a look...

http://www.nikonusa.com/Nikon-Products/Product/Digital-SLR-Cameras/25488/D600.html#tab-ProductDetail-ProductTabs-TechSpecs

Direct link | Posted on Sep 13, 2012 at 10:21 UTC as 84th comment | 1 reply
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wlachan: 4/3 was supposed to be smaller, lighter & less expensive, but looks like Olympus has been sidetracked by their greed again, just what happened to the E system. History is repeating itself again.

i think 'loadbang' was quoting himself. and i agree with him that this lens is less expensive than those lenses he mentioned.

the argument that this is an equivalent of a 150 f/3.6 lens is pointless because comparing a full frame 105mm f/2.0 (like nikkor)Mamiya Sekor 210mm f/4.5 or a 135 f/2.0 (canon, nikon) to Mamiya Sekor 250mm f/4.5 would tell us that the medium format lenses are just plain slow as compared to the 35mm ones.

However, despite their slow apertures, Mamiya users have long used those lenses (with their advantages and disadvantages) and have seldom complained about why the 210mm f/4.5 and 250mm f/4.5 are not f/2.0 or f/1.8...

Olympus, as a camera manufacturer, has filled the void that existed in the 100 to 150mm area for their customers by introducing and producing this 75mm f/1.8. in all simplicity, someone who uses micro four thirds (myself included) looking for a fast telephoto lens in that category now has a lens that's portrait oriented...

bravo olympus!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2012 at 11:12 UTC

i am glad DPreview.com listened and updated the gallery, promising to add more photos. fair enough :)

looking forward to seeing some great samples here on dpreview.com soon :)

muhammad muhsin

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2012 at 05:52 UTC as 28th comment
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SteB: I don't normally criticise the Dpreview samples because as I see it they are representative of what an average photographer might achieve. However, you nevertheless still expect them to be in focus, or sharp. Take P6270021 as an example. Despite there being a number of people in frame none of them lie on the plane of focus. You can trace the plane of focus by looking at the pillars that are sharp.

What is the purpose of such a shot? For people to try and evaluate the lens on the basis of the odd cigarette butt in focus, or a sliver of pillar in focus in the background.

I think at the very least Dpreview need to commission a competent photographer to take sample images. Surely samples like this do not do the reputation of Dpreview any favours.

you actually re-phrased my complain in a much better manner :) better choice of words and to-the-point :) well done :)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2012 at 20:14 UTC

these are, quite simply 'sub-standard' bad samples. they look as though the guys went out for lunch and every photo taken during that time was posted here for a very large audience, of which a large number is the potential buyer.

Dpreview needs to up its game and they need to have a meeting on this; the quality of their samples has degraded over the years. just browse the site back to 2006 and see how good the samples used to be.

i hope dpreview.com is listening.

muhammad muhsin

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2012 at 15:24 UTC as 61st comment | 4 replies
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chiane: Am I the only one that doesn't want a camera that looks like it's from the '70's?

EM-5 or E-M5, doesnt make a difference, as long as one keeps in mind that it is from a class of OM-D cameras from olympus. EM-5 or E-M5 won't affect the camera's ability to capture and deliver great results, especially in the hands of an able photographer.

speaking of able photographers; an able photographer would be least concerned with the name of the camera , he would rather be concerned about the Image quality and functionality of the camera itself.

O-MD, OMD, OM-D, E-M5, EM5, EM-5... all are irrelevant from a photographic point of view.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 13, 2012 at 08:08 UTC
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chiane: Am I the only one that doesn't want a camera that looks like it's from the '70's?

the name is EM-5. OM-d is the series of which this is the first camera. just like Nikon D800FX, D800E,FX. canon EOS-5D, EOS-1dx, EOS-1DMkIV.

the name is EM-5. simple as that.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2012 at 23:21 UTC
On Just Posted: Pentax K-01 review article (358 comments in total)

i think the photo samples in the review are the best in a long time here on dpreview reviews. good work reviewer!

Direct link | Posted on May 31, 2012 at 05:05 UTC as 91st comment | 1 reply
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Mssimo: OK, one last time for the people that still don't get it:

This is a 75mm f1.8. It has the DOF of a 75mm f1.8. Its NOT a 150mm lens (Duh) Let me say it again. Its not a 150mm lens. This lens will produce the SAME DOF of a 75mm on a Pentax Q, u4/3, full frame, MF, LF or your kitchen wall. A 75mm will always be a 75mm. Do you get the picture? The image circle of this lens will over a u4/3 full frame.
Don't compare it to a 150mm because its not one. This is not that advanced...

@T3, you nailed it! very well said!

the company made it for those who are clear in their minds about its purchase and its use.

leica users pay thousands of dollars for their leica brand lenses knowing that those are manual focus only; because they know this is the best leica has to offer for the M series thats why they do not complain, neither in real life, nor in forums.

for a proper photographer, equivalency and format conversions matter less and 'image-making' matters more. the art is what matters more to them, not the 75 or 150, .6 or .55 mumbo-jumbo...

let this lens arrive, kids will see with their own eyes what this lens is designed for and what its output is like. they will figure it all out in black and white.

i have to go now, gotta do some photography now :) something i love.

Direct link | Posted on May 28, 2012 at 04:42 UTC
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