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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
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
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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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 15th comment
On Ricoh to offer limited edition Pentax Q7 Premium Kit news story (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 news story (173 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 news story (173 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 news story (173 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?


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 news story (173 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 news story (173 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 news story (173 comments in total)

Reminds me of a prominent German auto manufacturer

Direct link | Posted on Mar 29, 2014 at 06:12 UTC as 30th comment | 1 reply
On Nikon D610 Review preview (286 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
On Chinese government orders Nikon to stop selling D600 news story (227 comments in total)
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One_Oldman_4U: Where's the D600 made?

It is designed and QC-ed by Nikon. Don't you get it?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2014 at 09:53 UTC

No control point? No need for Nikon software!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2014 at 23:25 UTC as 12th comment
On Eye-Fi Mobi Wi-Fi SD card review article (96 comments in total)

My Eye Fi card has persistent flash memory error and has been rejected by a long list of cameras

It also refuses to handle raw files. They are milking you indiscriminately. The capability is there, there just refuses to handle this file type because they have deemed that you have not paid enough. They are abusing their market position.

Also they will require your login to work and so works like a big brother.

All I want is point to point file transfer to my device. They have made a mess out of it and try to ask for more money in the way.

I am thoroughly frustratedby Eye Fi. I long for the days when the competition like EzShare, Toshiba, PQI and the like catches up.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 23, 2014 at 05:21 UTC as 11th comment

While I appreciate their attempt for a radically different shape, it does not look like space efficient. It would take a camera bag of very weird shape and elongated size to carry it. I'd rather they make the camera controls more useable, or colours more balanced instead. My DP1 has bee archived in the dry cabinet.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2014 at 10:05 UTC as 233rd comment | 4 replies
On Nikon issues statement on rumored D600 / D610 swap-outs news story (118 comments in total)

Thank you for DP Review for early exposure of this issue. For Nikon, I still need this company alive, not that I like it; I just need it! A company you hate to love!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 1, 2014 at 23:09 UTC as 11th comment

If Sony wants to make money, try producing more dual SIM higher end phones and easy to use phones with Skype for elderly users.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 31, 2014 at 12:27 UTC as 1st comment
On Nikon unveils D3300 with new sensor, processor and kit lens news story (200 comments in total)

Not sure if the AF subsystem is good enough for such high resolution. Nikon used to deliberately limit the capabilities of lower end cameras with the AA filter and the AF Subsystem (and the optical view finder as well but this may not matter to a lot of users). Now there is no AA filter and the only major trick left is the AF subsystem.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 26, 2014 at 11:30 UTC as 4th comment
On 10 fascinating Instagram photos from North Korea post (29 comments in total)
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Photog74: These photos are anything but fascinating. If you want to see some truly interesting shots from that country, take a look at the North Korean themed photosets in Moravius's Flickr stream:

Some of his images are truly fascinating indeed. Alas, they don't have the "hip factor" of being shot on a camera phone (I think most of them were captured with a Sony digital SLR camera).

Good link!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2014 at 20:45 UTC
On Nikon launches AF-S Nikkor 35mm F1.8G for FX format SLRs news story (114 comments in total)

F1.8 lenses have to be reasonably good. They can't just sell by vanity marketing. In the mean time still hanging on to the manual 1.4.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 17, 2014 at 22:39 UTC as 3rd comment
On Have Your Say: Best Lens of 2013 news story (89 comments in total)

How can one vote across different mounts and categories? Do the high volume low cost lenses win just by sheer numbers?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 21, 2013 at 03:29 UTC as 10th comment | 1 reply
On Nikon Df real-world samples gallery news story (224 comments in total)

I doubt if the shots were well taken. Some of them look unusually blurry to my eyes, as deliberate formal samples. I choose not to draw any conclusions from this set of samples.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 11, 2013 at 10:32 UTC as 19th comment | 1 reply
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