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About me:

I have an Nikon D2X, Panasonic GF1, 20 1.7, Canon 5D MK II, 5D, Canon 20D, 80-210mm 2.8, Sigma DP2 Merrill, Sigma DP1, Sigma SD14 with a 18-50MM 2.8 EX Macro lens, and a 70-300MM Sigma. A Fuji F20. A lot more stuff but too lazy to type it all in lol.



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On article Red introduces 'Weapon' camera with 8K sensor option (104 comments in total)
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Renzokuken: Noob Question: Someone was saying that this thing much actually take better photos (Stills) than most Full Frame DSLRs in the market.

Fact or Fiction?

I would imagine that it probably will. 4k takes a 8mp frame grab, 8k takes a I think 33.2mp frame grab. So it would pretty much be equal to say a Nikon D810 or a Sony A7r.

So you have hundreds ,thousands of frames to pick from. I would imagine you could find just the right one you want, need, from that many exposed right, or have the right content in it.

I really think down the road there will be less and less pictures taken with a single shot camera, and more taken with a grab from a short video clip.

I have a Galaxy Note 4 Smartphone and I use the 4k frame grabs now. Pretty impressive stuff.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 22, 2015 at 15:15 UTC
On Connect post Beastgrip Pro is a customizable smartphone camera rig (6 comments in total)

I have a Galaxy Note 4 and the 4k video and 8mp frame grabs are pretty amazing. OIS and all. I have no clue why there is so much hate on DPR against Smartphones. If you don't like them don't come to this forum and knock people that DO like them.

Not everyone has tons of money to throw at 4k pro rigs. And just even buying a GH4 is just the tip of the Iceberg cost wise to do 4k.

I have rigs to hold my phone and tripods for it also. Editing software to boot. Don't knock it till you try it. You might just be amazed what they are capable of.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 6, 2015 at 15:20 UTC as 1st comment
On Connect post DPReview recommends: Best smartphone cameras (365 comments in total)

I have a Galaxy Note 4 and my son bought a iPhone 6+ the same day. In the daytime my Note 4 is definitely better than the Apple but in low light I have to admit the Apple is better.

But for web use, emails, Facebook they both are way more than is needed. I bought the Galaxy mostly for the 4k video which is pretty amazing and the 8mp frame grabs are as good as his Apple in good light. YMMV.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 6, 2015 at 14:30 UTC as 53rd comment
On Connect post DPReview recommends: Best smartphone cameras (365 comments in total)
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larrytusaz: I picked up a Nikon D5000/18-55mm kit for only $175 around two weeks ago, it even included a portrait grip, 2 spare batteries, a Toshiba case and a 4G card. It would totally blast any of these to pieces. Yes it's large--so? When you care about quality, you only use the good stuff, not the stuff the Kodak/Polaroid crowd is using. Besides, if you can't deal with an SLR, there's always a Sony RX100 or Panasonic LX100, or the Sony NEX-6 which I also have and which, with Wi-Fi, can beam your images to a device for instant sharing, if that really matters so much.

I don't think you can stick a Nikon D5000 and a few lenses in your pocket.

The article is about cell phones not Phase One MF Digital Backs.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2015 at 16:01 UTC
On Fujifilm X100T Review (679 comments in total)
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Boxbrownie: It's a lovely little camera but that's one hell'o'va price for a compact, the new Oly 5II with lens costs same/less.

A lot of margin for fashion in there.

Yeah I agree. They are just too expensive anymore for what you get.

Sort of reliving the past is nice but this is 2015 not 1995. I will pass on this one. Not worth the upgrade to me.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2015 at 15:39 UTC

You have to admit in the beginning Panasonic Jpegs sucked. They were terrible. They have come a long ways. I like them better now then the over saturated Oly Jpegs. Not that the Oly ones are terrible. Just not really realistic.

Both are doing well and that is a good thing. Rocky start for sure, but they may have made the right idea in the long run. Grats too both of them.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 14, 2015 at 20:41 UTC as 15th comment | 1 reply

I am afraid with the Mirrorless statement and still not having the new camera out yet they are just WAY late to the dance. I have no clue how they are going to make a go of it in the long run. Having 2 FF lenses is not very encouraging either.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 8, 2015 at 22:24 UTC as 43rd comment | 11 replies

This has got to be one of the most overpriced cameras on the market. And I thought Hasselblad and their limited wood hand grip crap was stupid.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 14:55 UTC as 7th comment | 4 replies
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mosc: I don't buy the mechanical motor will work on a smaller pixel pitch (so no more than 16mp from m43) or get better than 2.5x resolution out of the sensor. I buy they could take full resolution shots at 1/60s but you still need 8 of em which slows you down to 1/7.5 s. Also your image stabilization is off, being borrowed for multi-shot work. Handheld 1/60s no stabilization is not going to be terribly still to begin with let alone 1/7.5s effective.

I think this feature will always be limited to essentially still objects while tripod mounted. Useful, but not anywhere near to the point where you'd consider this a 40mp sensor.

Yeah, and who thought you would have OIS and 4k in a Smartphone 3 years ago either??

Never second guess computer geeks.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2015 at 14:10 UTC
On photo Travelling by air in the Sky traveller challenge (3 comments in total)

Would love to see a whole view of that aircraft. Baby Blimp I guess lol.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 13:40 UTC as 2nd comment

These stupid cameras will not even Shoot 4k, let alone 8k. Total fail on their part.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 16:50 UTC as 647th comment | 5 replies
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nikheat: I checked my serial number (2004727) and the site says it is affected, but I have run every test I can and have read/seen and am unable to replicate any banded flare (not even a little bit).

So the question would be, should I still send it in? My initial reaction is no, how do they fix something that isnt broken? As I understand it, the D600 had a shutter replacement, but it seems the D750 only needs an adjustment.

"I'd suggest that you do have it checked out by Nikon anyway.

It won't cost you and there is no harm in having the "fix" black dot if selling. Though, I doubt that many people will remember to check for the dot when buying these secondhand a couple of years from now."

I bet the people that will have enough money to buy one used WILL be smart enough to check for the repair. You are shooting yourself in the foot for not sending it in down the road.

Nikon's track record as of late is pretty bad. Anyone serious about buying a used one is in the know about each bodies problems.

Nikon needs to pick up the pace big time on the QC part. They may end up being # 3 or #4 if they keep this up. Sony, and Samsung, yes Samsung, are out to eat their lunch down the road.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 25, 2015 at 11:27 UTC

Heh, I can see it now. Some Chinese site selling Black Dots for Nikon 750's for 99 cents on Ebay. What a crazy world we live in lol.

I can't spell today lol.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2015 at 14:44 UTC as 8th comment | 2 replies
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sfpeter: My 750 is in the affected range, and after some trial and error I've been able to reproduce it. Use a wide open prime, in my case a 50mm f/1.4, in live view. Point a bright light source at the lens from high up and gradually move it down. At about a 45 degree angle, give or take 2-3 degrees, it will appear. You're basically pointing it right at the AF sensor.

How big this is depends on the type of shooting you do--and as been repeated ad nauseum, it's not flare but an internal reflection off the AF sensor, and in a very limited 2-3 degree range. The "dark band" would be completely black if something was blocking it.

If I shot video all the time and used flare this would be an issue, I'm not sure if this is important enough for me to bother--I haven't seen it any actual photos I've taken.

Yeah but if you decide to sell it, the person buying it might find it important to bother. That is the problem, re sale value without getting yours fixed by Nikon..

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2015 at 12:16 UTC
On article Sony shows off upcoming full-frame lenses at Photokina (337 comments in total)
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Zeisschen: It seems some people expect Sony to catch up to DSLR mounts from 1987 (Canon EF) and 1959 (Nikon F) in less than one year in lens selection, otherwise just whining and complaining... Looking at their own shelves those people probably look at 2-4 lenses they actually bought from which they use 1 lens 90% of the time on their bodies. Still enough to complain about this rediculous Sony who doesn't fit their needs because they only have around 50-70 lenses available per mount.

Some of the best photographers used just one length all their life, and that how they became good.

Today it seems noone can take pictures anymore without F0.95-F1.4 primes and F 2.8 zooms. Those must be really be bad times today for photography...

Yeah pretty crazy how people complain. At the price of each of these lenses are going to cost and good quality costs a lot, I really doubt that the average person will have 2 maybe 3 of them ever.

So why are people complaining there is Only 5 lens to buy. I would have to win the Lotto just to buy 2 lens and a A7r body.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 13, 2015 at 15:08 UTC
On article Video Product Overviews (15 comments in total)
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ovatab: dvreview

You are missing the boat then.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 3, 2015 at 14:12 UTC
On photo Crocodile Feeder-8791 in the -Dumb Ways 2 Die- (Full Colours Only + Border ) challenge (10 comments in total)

Talk about a hard way to make a living! I would think it is only a matter of time. Wow.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 30, 2014 at 09:40 UTC as 2nd comment
On article Lytro software update introduces Focus Spread feature (104 comments in total)

This would be a dream camera for a Wedding photographer if they get the MP up and further refine it. Never have to worry about missing focus would be a huge relief, and being able to just pick people out of the crowd like the Brides mother etc. would and could be a deal breaker for the client.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 11, 2014 at 13:42 UTC as 18th comment | 3 replies
On article Medium well done: Two takes on the Pentax 645Z (250 comments in total)

The problem I see with this camera is not only the initial cost of the system, it is the cost of a really good Tripod, ball head for it and a Printer to take advantage of its output, not counting paper costs.

This is a pretty big outlay of money to even begin to see why you bought it. Too rich for my blood with probably few shots you are ever going to print large, and I mean large to take advantage of the MP. I have shot tons of weddings and portraits and I really doubt many women want to have them taken with a 50mp camera. My old Canon 5D is just about perfect for that and is the reason I still have and use it at times.

So I think the 645 Z is more of a Landscape, Fine Art camera. I will pass on it.

The Nikon 810 is really pretty much what most people would ever need. So I think that is the biggest hurdle it has to rise above. I have had all the Hassy's, Mamiya's I ever want to hand hold lol. The Sony 7 series cameras are looking better to me every day!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 11, 2014 at 09:20 UTC as 21st comment
On article Tamron 16-300mm Di II VC PZD real-world samples (111 comments in total)
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tsk1979: The zoom range is impressive. I guess only a full test with MTF graphs will reveal how good or bad it is.
But this lens has one thing going 24mm equivalent at the wide end. For landscapes, and basic architecture, that is the bare minimum must have.

At the tele end even 200mm is fine for a walkabout, but most 18-2xx lenses are limiting at the wide end.

The day someone makes a 14-140 kind of lens for APS-C or a 20-200 10X lens for full frame, it will be the ideal walkabout!

Why do people always say you need that wide of a lens for landscapes? How wide do you think your own eyes see? Oh I bet it is about 45mm. So if your own eyes are impressed at 45mm to take a landscape shot why on earth do you think a 24mm is better?

And don't come back and tell me you get to see more of the landscape in it, because that is NOT the same perspective you were looking at to start with. The trees etc. where not a mile away like they are with the 24mm shot.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 9, 2014 at 10:14 UTC
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