Duckie

Duckie

Lives in Australia Australia
Works as a Dabbling
Joined on Feb 6, 2006
About me:

401s->801s->Coolpix 950->D50->D90 D7000 D610 SB-26 SB-600 Coolpix A, Q, LX3

25/2.8 ZF.2
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
20/2.8 AIS
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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On New samples from the Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens article (222 comments in total)

DPR, we need real life side by side comparison with other brands. This would be helpful. Otherwise people would scream great whenever they see the word "Art".

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2015 at 05:48 UTC as 13th comment | 3 replies

The CA is high and I would not call it a sharp lens. Good to have more choices in the market but not my cup of tea.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 08:38 UTC as 21st comment | 2 replies

Long live the D760!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 16, 2015 at 10:09 UTC as 19th comment | 6 replies
On Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path article (1414 comments in total)

If size and weight and picture good quality are so important then high end single focal length compact cameras should be highlighted (Sigma DP series, Nikon A, Ricoh GRD, Sony and Fuji). This article is too narrow focused on formats. 2 to 3 such cameras can cover much shooting needs and is lighter and smaller and more versatile than a body (be it full frame or crop) plus 2 to 3 lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2015 at 19:38 UTC as 158th comment
On Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path article (1414 comments in total)

APS-C crap is a serious topic. Not that APS-C is bad of cheap but the money grabbing mentality of manufacturers.

Who can remember the Disc camera and the APS film camera? They sold you simplified stuff, easier and cheaper to manufacture together with the format change to maximise profit.

Luckily in modern digital world progress is still plentiful. But they modify the format to create new markets e.g. Remember the outrageous claims that old lenses are so unsuited for new digital cameras of the same DSLR mount. This is untrue and I can attest to that since the 6 mega pixel age (with Nikon lenses, not the cheapest tier though). Shooting ancient lenses with modern digital bodies is not rare as the forums can show.

Format change is good if it really suits you. If you have already invested in something and that something is good, think twice before giving up good stuff!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2015 at 09:47 UTC as 216th comment | 1 reply
On Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path article (1414 comments in total)

I find this opinion confusing and unhelpful. There is no single dimension truth!

E.g., I have both benefited and suffered from using full frame lenses on APS-C body. (Benefiting from clear edges. Suffering from lower peak sharpness of PARTICULAR lenses).

Yes careful choice of focal length is required with aps-c + full frame but it is not rocket science with a multiplier. Come on!

Incidentally 64mm on full frame would be great for me!

Wrong: only lens that will be useful for both are tele. No way!! E.g., 28mm is great for full frame and good standard (42mm equiv) for aps-c. 24mm becomes 36mm equiv (1.5 crop factor). 20mm becomes 30mm equiv, which I like a lot.

There are real catches that are not mentioned by this article (unless you borrow/rent the missing equipment for actual trial):
1. Edge performance of full frame lenses can't be judged from aps-c body
2. Full frame lenses with lower peak sharpness can still perform great in full frame bodies but will suffer in aps-c bodies.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2015 at 09:29 UTC as 221st comment
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Valiant Thor: It seems that many people who purchase the first release of a Nikon DSLR these days often find that when the defecation excrement impinges upon the rotary oscillator, they find themselves stranded in the proverbial tributary without the necessary implements of propulsion.

Very well put!

There may be a D760 soon (just like D610 coming out of the ashes of D600).

Direct link | Posted on Jan 8, 2015 at 10:08 UTC
On Starstruck: Adam Woodworth's nighttime photography article (60 comments in total)

Wonderful!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 28, 2014 at 04:52 UTC as 1st comment
On 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: $25-100 article (17 comments in total)

Unexpected items from a supposedly photography site? I am confused! I'd better wonder off to proper shopping sites!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2014 at 10:27 UTC as 9th comment | 2 replies
On Lytro software update introduces Focus Spread feature article (104 comments in total)

Let's hope Lytro diversify and survive. Very daring company with guts and innovation. Should not deserve to serve to die yet.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2014 at 20:11 UTC as 10th comment | 1 reply
On 'See Impossible': Canon counts down to... something. article (1658 comments in total)

I had very limited Canon equipment before. Still disappointed. We need Canon alive to keep the other guys honest. I don't want to see Canon flatline.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 8, 2014 at 11:47 UTC as 127th comment | 1 reply
On Ricoh expands Q series with Pentax Q-S1 article (362 comments in total)

Q has poor body size to image quality ratio. If you want a tiny system. It is very much fun. If you want IQ at the same time, can't accommodate.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 13:19 UTC as 4th comment
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nerd2: We used to have this kind of portable backup devices like 10 years ago - I used one with D2X. That said, this looks much better than those ones.

I still have that thing, though even back then I found it slow!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 6, 2014 at 11:18 UTC

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 4th 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 (166 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 22nd 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 28th 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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