balico

balico

Lives in Indonesia Bali, Indonesia
Works as a Indoor, Outdoor Photographer
Joined on Mar 21, 2012

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On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1311 comments in total)
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marcus anthonius: MarkIV is gonna smoke this

Wishful thinking!? There have to be a revolution in sensor technology at Canon to achieve this. The current 5D3 cannot be compared with D8xx regarding shadow detail and noise.
http://www.fredmiranda.com/5DIII-D800/index_controlled-tests.html

Beside that, every time I have a 5D in my hands, it feels like a toy compared to a D8xx

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2014 at 18:44 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1311 comments in total)
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ajamess: @ DPR - you spec list is incorrect. You should update the spec list to include that we finally get more than 1EV bracketing :).

http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/dslr/d810/spec.htm

"2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV; 2 to 5 frames in steps of 2 or 3 EV"

That is great news, thanks for sharing. The sensor's high dynamic range can cover this easily and makes shooting brackets for exposure fusion more convenient.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2014 at 18:33 UTC
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photofilmatwork: Coming from the old analogue school i do not see the need of these high iso values....Even noise is not obvious at Iso 1600 for the A99 and not problematic until you set an Iso above 6400, I am just happy using the camera's highest and workable performance setting iso 1600-

When higher shutter speeds are needed to shoot a performance like ballet or dance at low light (and you would like to retain some DOF or sharpness by not opening the lens fully), every improvements in high iso noise are welcome!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2014 at 06:21 UTC
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jackf00: Strange that small upgrades makes 4 articles in 2 days for Nikon, when huge changes on Panasonic GH3 to GH4 (including 4K video) made only a short half-page quick summary article at annoucement and then NOTHING more after 5 month !

Shame on DPR for being so partial, that's NOT PROFESSIONAL at all !

Do you have a link to those statistics RedFox?
Are you talking about the 5DI or 5DII or 5DIII?
The 5DI was released in 2005, so I hope for Canon that they sold more 5D's in 9 years then Nikon sold D800's in 2 years ;)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2014 at 02:49 UTC
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Camediadude: Oh, isn't that a cute business model. Way to make millions of enemies overnight, Adobe! I will NEVER buy your garbage.

@Stu 5 - There are 3000 likes but as there is no "dislike" button on Facebook (which I would like) it is difficult to see the balance.

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2013 at 12:13 UTC
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don_van_vliet: This is making me look at ditching Lightroom for Aperture, well done Adobe.
They might never change Lightroom to subscription only for all I know, but it's a chance I don't really want to take. I would rather make the switch now, as opposed to racking up thousands more LR processed photos before being forced to move.

Using Apple (MacBook Pro's) for several years now, but they are not much smarter then Adobe, I can guarantee you! Apple also tries to tie it's customers up in many ways. My MacBook Pro has a 2,2GHz i7 but when I only open Photoshop the temperature skyrockets as they make the enclosements to small..
Only 2 USB ports (USB2!?) to close placed together and include a built in SD card slot..
Now the new Retina MacBook Pro is to thin to house a wired ethernet port, so Apple ditched that as "people only use wireless"..

And I can continue a bit more if you like!

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2013 at 12:08 UTC

Canon feels the breath of Nikon ;)
This update doesn't make the crappy shadow detail any better compared to the D800, I suppose :)

Direct link | Posted on May 3, 2013 at 13:49 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
On Just Posted: Nikon D600 In-depth Review article (499 comments in total)
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GarysInSoCal: I waited and waited for what I saw as a worthwhile (and affordable) replacement for my beloved D700... and I have finally found it. Been shooting with the D600 for over 2 months now... LOVE IT! At first I didnt think the extra resolution (12 megapixal VS 24 megapixal) was something that I really needed... but man-o-man was I WRONG! And this camera works even better in low light. Have recently shoot some 64,000 ISO images deep in a local forest with minimal noise... VERY HAPPY with those results as I couldn't accomplish that with my D700. Lenses I've recently used on it with amazing results are the 24-120 F4 Nanocoat ED-VR, 16-35 Nanocoat ED-VR and the 70-300 ED-VR. NO spotty sensor issue and I'm extremely happy with this purchase.

Good to hear your opinion and would love to see your iso 64,000 shots. Tried my 70-300 on a D800 recently and although I expected bad results because of all the "best lenses needed" blabla on the net, it turns out to give very good results even at 300mm (vr off) and matches the sharpness of the 70-200 at 200mm.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 17, 2012 at 03:22 UTC
On Just Posted: Nikon D600 In-depth Review article (499 comments in total)
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ThomasSwitzerland: You will never find a "perfect" product.

The same way as no perfect software can be developed.

This Nikon D600 is more than “fit for use”. To get FF at this price in this ergonomic body is a masterpiece of digital photography in the present technology life cycle.

Excellent FF quality becomes available now for many more aspiring users as ever before. And this is a major contribution from Nikon to the benefit of the markets.

Sure the 5DmkII sells cheaper than the D600, the sensor is inferior, no built in flash etc etc :)

The sensor of the D600 beats the 5DmkIII for dynamic range and shadow detail and the mkIII sells a "bit" more expensive..

Don't talk about the 5Dmk0, that is outdated technology now and worth US$0!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 16, 2012 at 14:53 UTC
On Hands-on with the AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/4G ED VR article (258 comments in total)

.."potentially allowing you to get sharp pictures at shutter speeds as low as 1/6 sec at 200mm. Although this can't do anything about subject movement, it should greatly expand the usability of the lens in marginal lighting conditions."

When shooting non moving subjects in low light it is best to use a tripod!?
I understand the "Should greatly expand usability", but my idea is that although VR can be handy in some situations, it is mainly marketing and for people who don't (want/can) bring or use a tripod. Although this new lens sounds like a nice option, the 1 stop advantage of the f/2.8 is worth the extra money.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 28, 2012 at 00:08 UTC as 16th comment | 3 replies
On HDR for the Rest of Us article (199 comments in total)
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toomanycanons: I've used "HDR" quite s bit. Actually, exposure blending is what I call it. I had this one scene that I tried every type of HDR (Photomatix) I could, tried blending the exposures in Enfuse and was never happy with any of them.

Then I took a single fairly underexposed raw pic and just messed with it in CS5 and came up with the best rendition yet. I would never have thought I could bring up the shadows like I did. The sky looked natural whereas in the blended images they didn't.

It's like Stan on South Park says "Ya know, I learned something today..."

HDR and Exposure Fusion (Blending) are two complete different things. HDR involves rendering several images to a 32bit image and tone mapping this image to 16bit output.

Exposure fusion doesn't create a 32bit image, so tone mapping is not necessary. Exposure Fusion generally gets more natural results.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 7, 2012 at 03:04 UTC
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jdh99: D600 looks great in RAW at high ISO. To my eyes equals if not betters 5dmiii which costs $1400 more. Combine that with amazing dynamic range and you have an amazing product.

The JPEG performance at high ISO isnt as good as the RAW. I get the impression Nikon purposely does that to ensure the D800 and d4 remain top of the pile. Most online comparisons only look at JPEG noise which is meaningless to most shooters who use RAW converters

Don't know what you base your assumption on by saying DxO sensor ratings are questionable. When you understand their way to compare sensors with "screen" and "print" ratings, it shouldn't be that questionable.

Sure the 5DIII is a great product, but was showing in several tests to have considerably less shadow detail (2,5 stop dynamic range advantage) then the D800. It seems that the teaming up of Nikon with Sony has given Nikon a clear edge over Canon in terms of sensor performance in the latest models.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 2, 2012 at 02:33 UTC
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Puneet Vikram Singh: ISO 6400 of Nikon D5100= ISO 12800 of Nikon D600 (RAW)

For me, high ISO performance is one of the most important improvements in current sensor technology.

Try doing some street photography around sunset or late afternoon on a cloudy day with people as subject and it is great to be able to keep shutter speed up with low noise.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 2, 2012 at 01:29 UTC
On Photokina 2012: Interview - Dirk Jasper of Nikon article (220 comments in total)
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Turbguy1: Hmmm...

Out-of-focus thumb, lens and camera...

Must have been using FX....

Never understand why people stopping down beyond f/8 or f/11 to get larger DOF, talking about f/22 is talking about diffraction, period.

DOF is caused by a combination of sensor size, aperture and focus/subject distance. When f/8 or f/11 doesn't give enough DOF, f/22 will not get the whole picture sharp either, only taking more distance from the subject will (or taking a pocket camera with small sensor).

In this case Mr Dirk is the subject of post and not the camera, so the shallow DOF focusses on the subject, well done.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 27, 2012 at 17:34 UTC
On Photokina 2012: Interview - Dirk Jasper of Nikon article (220 comments in total)
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Nishi Drew: "it was important to include a 100% viewfinder, a good AF system with enough cross-type AF points, the ability to shoot with teleconverters and still focus at F8, a built-in flash…"

See Canon, Nikon understands that these specs in a camera are all important~
No "pros don't use that" or "amateurs don't need that" reasoning

Not including a built in flash on a non-pro body is lame in my view.
Not including it on a pro body like D800 or D4 is understandable for the integrity and sealing of the camera.
So I think it's good that the D600 has a built in flash, also for off camera triggering and flexibility of not having to lug around an SB for a family dinner..

Direct link | Posted on Sep 27, 2012 at 16:05 UTC
On Just Posted: Hands-on Canon EOS 6D preview article (590 comments in total)
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Sergey Borachev: Look at this comparison of the 6D and the D600. It is not funny!

http://mansurovs.com/nikon-d600-vs-canon-6d

Yep not funny at all.. Also the D600 was recently tested by DXO and had a 2,5 stop advantage in dynamic range over the 5DIII..

GPS and WiFi are nice added features on the 6D, but not including a built in flash on a consumer level camera is unbelievable to me.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2012 at 16:19 UTC
On Canon EOS 6D preview (1044 comments in total)

This 6D will have a hard time beating it's direct competitor D600 on sensor quality as the D600 is just tested on DXO ahead in all aspects on the D800 (100% zoomed image) and has a 2.5 stop advantage in dynamic range over the 5DIII.

Although GPS and WiFi are nice added features on the 6D, it baffles me why Canon choose not to include a built-in-flash on their consumer FF camera..

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2012 at 07:37 UTC as 188th comment | 2 replies
On Canon EOS 6D preview (1044 comments in total)
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dmshaposv: Sorry guys, couldn't resist...

http://i.imgur.com/MlEKC.jpg

Think a built in flash is also nice on a consumer camera.. - Nikon Wins

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2012 at 06:59 UTC
On Canon EOS 6D preview (1044 comments in total)
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Fluorite: This camera seems to be in the same spirit as the old Pentax K1000. In other words, a fantastic student camera which doesn't confuse with an oversupply of features.
Having said that, I can easily imagine myself using the 6D, even though I already own a 1DIV and 5DIII. The 6D is just a pure photography tool without feeling the need for chrome trimmings, fat tyres and 20" wheels.
From a marketing perspective, it's probably not a winner, but from a photography perspective (specifically portraiture, wedding and landscape), do you really need that much more?

Average mobile phone users are not going to pickup a DSLR for better pictures but probably go for a iPhone5 or Nokia PureView 808 with 41MPix (more is better, right? ;).
I am always amazed when so many people use cell phone cameras for sunsets etc, they just not know.

For a serious photographer, at which this new 6D is aimed, the availability of GPS and WiFi should not be decisive over image quality and to me is just added bling. . A built in flash would however be a very handy feature as many people don't have an external flash or don't want to lug around large photo bags on the road..

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2012 at 06:22 UTC
On Canon EOS 6D preview (1044 comments in total)

Seems just an enthusiast camera with some serious limitations;
No built in flash, Limited Auto focus system, No auto focus assist light, 1/4000 max speed, AEB max 3 shots at 1/2 Ev, Flash sync 1/180th, Mono sound, 97% viewfinder, single axis virtual horizon etc..

Better safe some more money and buy a (semi) pro body, either 5DIII or D800!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 18, 2012 at 00:10 UTC as 256th comment | 1 reply
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