Duckie

Duckie

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Joined on Feb 6, 2006
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401s->801s->Coolpix 950->D50->D90 D7000 D610 SB-26 SB-600 Coolpix A, Q, LX3

20/2.8 AIS
35/1.4 AIS
45p
50/1.4 AI S.C.
55/1.2 S.C. AI
105/1.8 AIS
180/2.8 AIS ED
28/2 AIS

Sigma 10-20mm
24/2.8 AIS
28/2 N.C. AI'd
35/2 AIS
50/1.8S AIS
50/1.8 AF
85/1.8 AI'D
105/2.5 AI
25-50/4 AIS
TC-14A
Sigma AFD 17-35/2.8-4
55-200 AFS DX
105/2.8 AIS Micro
55/2.8 AIS Micro
Sigma 24/2.8 AIS Macro Superwide II
Tamron 35-105/2.8 AF SP
Sigma AFG DC 18-50/2.8
Tamron 2X MC7 TC - Sluggish AF
135/2.8 AI
85/1.4 AIS Polar
16-85 AFS

Tokina 20-35 F3.5-4.5 still beats nikon AFD 20,24,28
18-55dx I & II
Tamron Adaptall: Bad coating
- 28/2.5
- 135/2.5
- 200/3.5
- 300/5.6 SP
Kenko Macro Tube - electronically unreliable

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Much better than the megapixel wars!
Looks like innovation at more fundamental levels. I like this development!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 22, 2014 at 11:43 UTC as 3rd comment

Pro-violence and pro-gun-lobby propaganda. So pernicious to start at childhood!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 9, 2014 at 22:31 UTC as 24th comment | 1 reply

In focus areas are stunning (for this size). Slightly off focus areas seem smeared to degree unreasonable considering the stunning in focus areas. I 'd guess it may be the processing rather than the lens'bokeh. This is a gem, just that it arrived only after I've done most purchases I wanted.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 1, 2014 at 21:52 UTC as 12th comment
On A look at the Lomography Petzval 85mm F2.2 lens article (164 comments in total)

The bokeh makes me lose my sense of balance. Very funny effect but not enjoyable!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 6, 2014 at 09:47 UTC as 17th comment | 2 replies
On Nikon Coolpix A firmware 1.11 available article (21 comments in total)
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RidgeRunner22: Can't believe I'm biting on this but here it goes. Just because the Ricoh GR is better on paper I n certain regards doesn't mean much in practice. I've owned both and I like the A slightly more. For one in many respects they are totally the same. I find the simpler UI of the A quicker, the nikon has better WB and exposure period, I don't whAt anyone says. Sure PP raw that's great but I hate spending a bunch of time in lightroom. As for AF whatever, the GR isn't that great, and the Manuel focus is much nicer on the A, at least for me. Last thing, the A is weapons grade built, the GR is NOT. I won't go into details but have fun trying to get Ricoh US to fix anything.

I chose A for the colours. A's AF is not satisfactory. It takes the same amount of time as my totally manual shotting (with heavier cameras) to properly AF focus a shot or else if may NOT get focused at all using the A. With that time spent in proper AF, then it turns out lovely photos, especially for its size.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 10:09 UTC

Great!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 16, 2014 at 10:05 UTC as 23rd comment

Haven't touched my Dp1 for ages. Hoping to see samples. 45m equiv. should be good.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 13, 2014 at 09:30 UTC as 9th comment
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AbrasiveReducer: Why the emotional attachment? If you are a Nikon user but not a fan, this is just an unfortunate case of mismanagement. It doesn't have any bearing on any other Nikon product. If you are a fan, there's betrayal, lost of trust, etc.

They made a mistake, they denied it, they got caught. It's not like G.M. having a safety issue going unaddressed for 9 years.

If you are a real Nikon user you put money in the Nikon system. If they sink, your investment sinks as well. That's why it hurts so much.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2014 at 09:10 UTC
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peevee1: "the company says that it is taking the matter very seriously, and 'will be taking steps to restore confidence in the Nikon brand'."

Like releasing firmwares just to break 3rd party compatibility, instead of adding useful features like Canon, Olympus and especially Fuji do? Riiight...

Ricoh/Pentax as well.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2014 at 09:05 UTC
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BillGarrett: Nikon talks about "taking steps to restore confidence" in the brand but this isn't a mea culpa for Nikon customers or an outline of how business practices will change. It's simply a disclosure to investors about the money they've set aside for their belated fix.

If they don't damage their own brand to start with, it may have caused them less, in both cash and goodwill.

I must say I am thankful to DPreview for early exposure of the issues or else I would have been one of the victims.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2014 at 09:01 UTC

If they put it to glasses, they would earn so much money that they can give up their camera business!

Direct link | Posted on May 25, 2014 at 06:58 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply

Had a few Tamron SP lenses in the past. I don't trust this brand again.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2014 at 21:49 UTC as 17th comment
On Ricoh to offer limited edition Pentax Q7 Premium Kit article (89 comments in total)

08 would be nice but way too expensive. So the initial Q with so called standard prime is still the minimalist toy kit (plus spare batteries, plural). The tele is not bad at all for closer distances. Long distance is not that good. Q is very expensive as a system for what it delivers. Best way to enjoy the fun is to keep it minimalist (and put your money elsewhere)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 5, 2014 at 04:51 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
On Nikon to offer D600 replacements if 'spots' continue article (175 comments in total)
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Richard3: Nikon you can kiss my Ass , i spent a lot of money on ur gear , and was slapped in the face many time with this camera . i was told that the D600 had no issues that you were aware of now that its a know fact you care about ur customers after so many have invested hard earned money .

I will never buy another nikon product again , not that you care .

They used to put less competent AF, narrower view finder and slower frame rate in the lower end products. Now they just sprinkle stuff onto your photo!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 31, 2014 at 10:49 UTC
On Nikon to offer D600 replacements if 'spots' continue article (175 comments in total)
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Tripeiro: Nikon behaviour regarding this issue has been shockingly bad. The way they treated their customers before the Class action and the Chinese government ban was disgusting. Igonring the issue and then launching a new model with the fixed issue (making the D600 value plummet). Truly disgusting. Nikon seems to be going downhill, uninteresting products at riculous high prices (V3, DF), treating their loyal customers like s*it, afraid to go into what is likely the future of cameras to not cannibalize its bread and butter DSLR business... They depend mostly of the camera divison, unlike most other competitors, so it wouldn`t surprise me if they go bust in some years.

I suspect they want the bulk of the customers to go down the path of smaller, higher profit margin products. Over the decades the "film size" has been shrinking and may be they are ahead of themselves this time.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 29, 2014 at 22:30 UTC
On Nikon to offer D600 replacements if 'spots' continue article (175 comments in total)
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Boky: Truly unbelievable.... one of well-known Japanese companies that should pride on implementing Lean Manufacturing Principles, where quality is built into the product; NOT inspected and checked for at the end of manufacturing when the product is produced.(Actually, was there any quality control of any kind in case of D600 manufacturing???)

Furthermore, denials for more than a year about the issue, and the latest announcement that the shutter will be replaced if NECESSARY (*determined by whom? Nikon? they already stated for more than a year the problem did not exist!!!) are all just adding to total hypocrisy, and all that coming from a Japanese company?

The future is bleak indeed... how can a consumer possibly expect to buy a quality product these days?

Nick

Quality control has become complacent and they would rather replace their products if faulty rather than check it. It is cheaper and done at the costs of the consumer's inconvenience. Why not?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 29, 2014 at 22:19 UTC
On Nikon to offer D600 replacements if 'spots' continue article (175 comments in total)
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ovlov: Nikon's quality control isn't even good enough for the Chinese.

Don't bash Chinese consumers. People in China who buys high end cameras are very high end consumers, probably richer than the combined wealth of all of us in this thread!

AND mostly important, one should respect the customer for if not one would look like NIKON!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 29, 2014 at 22:16 UTC
On Nikon to offer D600 replacements if 'spots' continue article (175 comments in total)
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justmeMN: Spots are a feature, not a defect. They make your photos unique. :-)

If Nikon is serious, they should go down this road and advertise this as a new and unique feature that no other manufacturer has delivered so effortlessly! What class action? This is a feature!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 29, 2014 at 22:14 UTC
On Nikon to offer D600 replacements if 'spots' continue article (175 comments in total)

Reminds me of a prominent German auto manufacturer

Direct link | Posted on Mar 29, 2014 at 06:12 UTC as 32nd comment | 1 reply
On Nikon D610 Review preview (328 comments in total)
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munro harrap: Well, a deliberately missed opportunity... WHY is there STILL an AA filter? The D7100 at base iso will have greater resolution and acutance than a D610, so this move backwards , this photographically, optically , morally and visually retrograde step makes no sense.

What is needed simply is less. No AA filter. No uncontrollable auto AF, but a return (sighs of relief!) to the D200-D700 rocker switch arrangement of moving groups of AF points to where YOU want them, with Face recognition too-excellent, and can we buy one with a cover for the screen now? No, they have even dropped that on the D7100.

For those who know not, the lack of AA filter makes all the difference-things look like a photograph again. Its why Leitz and Sigma and Hasselblad don't have them, and you can see all the detail that the AA filter filtered out.

And then you have a great machine with not much noise. THe noise kills that resolution- the 1600ISO shots here are mushy,not all the fault of the dreaded 24-85G

One deliberate strategy of Nikon is to stop the cheap camera from being as good as the top line ones. This has been difficult given the improvement of technology. They used to use less effective AF systems but now that the huge amount of pixel really demands some good AF, they will have to make it annoying instead!

Likewise a D610 entirely without AA would be too close to a D800E (less the seemingly diluted extra pixels of D800E).
If you are into conspiracy theories, this is s big one of self sabotage!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 22, 2014 at 21:06 UTC
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