jhinkey

jhinkey

Lives in United States Seattle, WA, United States
Works as a Aerospace Engineering Consultant
Has a website at www.hinkey.zenfolio.com
Joined on Dec 27, 2005

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On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)

I have no problem with the DF for what it is, but I have a major problem with the price.
For the cost of a D800 you get a lot less camera in almost every regard except for size/weight, external dials, and high ISO DR.
The price should be out of silly land at $2800 and down towards $2K, then I'd be interested in picking it up as a complement to the D800.
Now it would have been worth $2800 if it had removable screens, standard split prism screen or a built-in EVF. I guess the built-in EVF will be on a really high end Dx body first . . .

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 16:45 UTC as 601st comment | 3 replies
On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)
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reginalddwight: OVF with split-image screen? Nope.

Hybrid OVF with EVF and focus peaking? Forget about it.

Nikon, what's the point of having a retro-style camera that supports a slew of legacy manual focus AI and non-AI lenses but offers only a small green dot in the OVF as the primary focusing aid?

You got it. I would have considered getting the DF as a complement to my D800 that would have great MF capabilities, but what's the point at that price and it's crippled specs?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 07:38 UTC
On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)

Hmm . . . high end, back to basics camera with lots of external controls. Great!
Fixed focusing screen. Ugh
No split prism. Ugh.
No integral VF cover. Ugh
No 10 pin connector. Ugh
No mechanical mirror lockup. Ugh.
16MP sensor. Ugh
$2800 - you must be kidding.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 04:55 UTC as 985th comment
On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)

No innovation in this camera. Nothing worth $2800.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 04:20 UTC as 1025th comment
On Retro Nikon 'DF' emerges from the shadows news story (1513 comments in total)
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Nukunukoo: Nikon is in financial turmoil, so the execs figured that it's better to release this niche product rather than the D400?

I suspect they constantly try to figure out what the best return on an investment will be - good managers should do that. Will they make more net profit from a D400 (whatever that will look like) or this new DF model?
The DF is not looking so niche-like - we'll see what it's final specs are.
If they price it under $3K it will be back-ordered for a long time.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2013 at 23:18 UTC
On Retro Nikon 'DF' emerges from the shadows news story (1513 comments in total)
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jhinkey: Seems to me, based on the rumored specs thus far, that Nikon needs to come out with some compact primes to go along with this camera. Primes that don't need to be super fast, but have excellent IQ and very good MF characteristics.
I'd love a set of compact MF primes with electrical contacts:
20/2.8 AI-P
45/2.8 AI-P (already have one, but needs some optical tweaks)
100/2.8 AI-P

What a great travel prime kit this would be . . . doubt it will happen soon if ever.

Because with AF the lenses are more complicated and significantly larger than non-AF in most cases.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2013 at 20:33 UTC
On Retro Nikon 'DF' emerges from the shadows news story (1513 comments in total)
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jhinkey: Amazing how many comments there are from people who quite clearly have not read any of the rumored specs (and many of the rumored specs are quite firm).
- It's huge
- It has no LCD
- It's bigger than the A7 so it's not for me
- It's mirrorless why is it so big?
- It's the same as the D800
- It's the same as the D600
- etc.
- etc.

There have already been size comparisons and it's slightly less tall and slightly wider than the D610, but much thinner and overall less bulky.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2013 at 19:28 UTC
On Retro Nikon 'DF' emerges from the shadows news story (1513 comments in total)

Seems to me, based on the rumored specs thus far, that Nikon needs to come out with some compact primes to go along with this camera. Primes that don't need to be super fast, but have excellent IQ and very good MF characteristics.
I'd love a set of compact MF primes with electrical contacts:
20/2.8 AI-P
45/2.8 AI-P (already have one, but needs some optical tweaks)
100/2.8 AI-P

What a great travel prime kit this would be . . . doubt it will happen soon if ever.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2013 at 19:27 UTC as 365th comment | 3 replies
On Retro Nikon 'DF' emerges from the shadows news story (1513 comments in total)
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ThomasSwitzerland: Nikon: Are you sleeping?

I don’t need a „look-a-like“ of the Olympus retro mistake. Nikon, I need from you a real mirrorless innovative hi-end camera in order to avoid buying the Sony, and I want to have less weight without plastic lenses.

You ask a lot. Are you really sure you want that small Sony body with those big lenses (only one of which is native mount)?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2013 at 19:22 UTC
On Retro Nikon 'DF' emerges from the shadows news story (1513 comments in total)

Amazing how many comments there are from people who quite clearly have not read any of the rumored specs (and many of the rumored specs are quite firm).
- It's huge
- It has no LCD
- It's bigger than the A7 so it's not for me
- It's mirrorless why is it so big?
- It's the same as the D800
- It's the same as the D600
- etc.
- etc.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2013 at 19:16 UTC as 368th comment | 7 replies

Excellent.
Just goes to show how creative the human mind can be using a boring digital still camera.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 28, 2013 at 18:09 UTC as 38th comment
On Nikon video hints at long-desired 'digital FM' news story (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.

"no one involved with writing this story has been briefed" is the same as saying we have it here at DPR, but I've not personally been briefed on the camera.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 26, 2013 at 15:44 UTC
On Nikon video hints at long-desired 'digital FM' news story (554 comments in total)

Stop quoting the $3K price!
That rumor along with the associated specifications have been debunked by NR. They are still standing by the original rumored specifications which make way more sense.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 26, 2013 at 15:40 UTC as 94th comment | 1 reply
On Nikon video hints at long-desired 'digital FM' news story (554 comments in total)
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Nukunukoo: Nikon Rumors has rescinded all reported specifications, including pricing. The video above is in truth a new set of Nikon binoculars, great for the Scottish landscape. The images are so clear that it leaves a perfect picture in your mind...

"Pure Photography"

=)

No, NR has NOT rescinded ALL reported specifications. Just the one that called it the D4H and listed it for $3K. The initial reported specifications he still stands by.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 26, 2013 at 15:30 UTC
On Nikon video hints at long-desired 'digital FM' news story (554 comments in total)
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gerard boulanger: Well, I hope future users of the Nikon DF will be happier than the guy on the video. At first when I heard the click sound, I thought he was loading a bullet in a pistol to end his life right there

Those two clicks immediately reminded me of an aperture ring click (first one) and the click of an on-body dial (second).
The shutter sound also was reminiscent of a FX shutter actuating in a small FX metal body.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 26, 2013 at 03:30 UTC
On Nikon video hints at long-desired 'digital FM' news story (554 comments in total)

If I want video I pull out my GH-2 - waaay better than my D800.

I want a simple design digital FX camera that works really well with my MF glass (some of which have absolutely no peers in today's AFS Nikkors and do excellent on FX sensors) that is more compact than today's DSLRs.

I don't want a direct copy of an FM2 or FE2, or F3/HP, etc. because this is the digital age. I want the in-use and ergonomic spirit of those cameras with inclusion of modern digital technology - best of both worlds per se.

We'll see in a couple weeks if Nikon has done the above. Will it replace a D800, D610 or D3s/X, or a D4? No way, but it likely was not intended for such a use anyways.

Oh, and don't tell me that inclusion of video costs nothing - because that's totally not true.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 26, 2013 at 03:27 UTC as 126th comment
On Nikon video hints at long-desired 'digital FM' news story (554 comments in total)
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vFunct: It would be genius of Nikon if they actually did come up with a cheap FF digital camera with manual controls.

One thing about cameras like the FM2 is that they were SUPER cheap.

A digital version of a Nikon FM2 needs to be super cheap as well. I would hope Nikon targets a sub $1000 price for this. (Maybe they can make more money selling the lenses instead.)

Also, we don't need video at all. SLR cameras are exactly the WORST type of body for video, because they have their grips close to their center of gravity, providing a quick, responsive axis of rotation - you can flick the camera instantly to get a shot.

The negative side effect of this is that it introduces instability - dSLR videography is known for it's excessively violent shakiness, and no professional shoots dSLR video without some sort of shoulder mount or stabilization system, ever.

A beginner would likely not know this and how to stabilize, thus making video a pointless lost cause for a beginners SLR.

Super cheap?
The FM2 had a list price of $364 in 1982 - that's $889 in 2013 $. In 1988 it was $525 ($1,045 in 2013 $). In 1995 it was $745 ($1143 in 2013 $).

Why does it have to be the same relative price as an FM2?
If the rumored configuration is true you'd get a much more capable camera that has:
- Variable ISO
- 16MP (about what you can really get out of a slide)
- Autofocus
- Variable white balance (no color filters!)
- No film costs
- High ISO that beats any film
- Instant image review
- OVF/EVF combo that's likely a way better system
- F-mount that can use hundreds of discontinued and existing lenses (and some alt lenses)
- Roughly the same size as FM2, F3, FM3A, etc. (smaller than current DSLR)

So the thing better cost more than an FM2 in today's $$ - it's a heck of a lot of capability that an FM2 never had hopefully in a similarly designed size.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 26, 2013 at 03:15 UTC
On Sigma announces pricing and availability of 24-105 F4 lens news story (167 comments in total)
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rubank: The MTF charts doesn´t look very promising. No better than the Nikkor 24-120/4 - and that is not the best lens.

+1 That's the first thing I noticed. For all it's size and weight the wide open performance does not look all that good . . .

Direct link | Posted on Oct 25, 2013 at 16:00 UTC
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bossa: The night shot on the official samples page doesn't show point sources for the street lights. They are all triangles and sheared. There's also lots of blue fringing around lots of the lights (purple fringing).

Looking at the portraits the lens doesn't seem as contrasty or sharp at f/2 as one would like. My DA*55 seems better.

I'll take a look at one when they are available though as I love my 35/1.4 G despite what people say about it.

I see the same thing in the night shot - not impressed - for the price I was expecting much better wide open performance.
The wide open portrait shots also don't look all that sharp either - look at the eyelashes.
Good grief - another Nikon lens that few people were wanting an update on. Plenty of other lenses that far more people would be willing to buy if Nikon would update them.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2013 at 16:11 UTC
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technotic: Any good for D800 in terms of IQ I wonder.

Well, the MTF charts don't look spectacular - not any better than 24-85AFS VR or the 24-120/4 AFS VR, two lenses that are mediocre at 36MP. I had hoped for better from Sigma for such a large/heavy lens. Perhaps it becomes spectacular when stopped down to f/5.6 . . . .

http://www.sigmaphoto.com/product/24-105mm-f4-dg-os-hsm-art

I'm still wanting a replacement for the 28-105/3.5-4.5AF-D that would have much improved IQ, but the same usefulness (i.e., the pseudo-macro capability and semi-wide to short-tele focal lengths).
I had great hopes for the 24-85AFS VR, but that lens left me very disappointed since it was really no better than it's 24-85AFS non-VR predecessor.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2013 at 17:56 UTC
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