G Davidson

G Davidson

Lives in Japan Kashiwa, Japan
Works as a Teacher
Joined on Jan 14, 2007
About me:

Future plan- to make books with my photos fused with poetry. At the moment, they are in online galleries and photo-blogs, like-

http://daylifepics.blogspot.com/
http://momentsofinfinity.blogspot.com/

Equipment-

Nikon D300,
Nikon D5100
Nikon D3100
Panasonic LX5
Canon G9

SB-800 Flash
Velbon QHD-41 Monopod

Lenses-

Note- I try to stick to 'bright' lenses, so as to control the depth of field and to have a brighter image in the viewfinder, though for traveling and ultra-wide angles I compromise on this.

Nikon 24mm f/2.8D.......................(street photography, walk-around)
Nikon 28mm f/2.8D.......................(events, walk-around)
Nikon 35mm f/1.8 D.....................(my other walk-around)
Nikon 50mm f/1.4D.......................(low light and portraits)
Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX................(events, weddings)
Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR..........(for traveling light)
Nikon 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 VR........(travel)
Nikon 35-70mm f/2.8D...................(my DX portrait zoom)
Nikon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 VRII.........(nature, travel, candids)
Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8 ED AF..........(candids, nature)

Tokina 12-24mm f/4 ATX Pro-DX.......(wide landscapes, events)
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 HSM....................(portraits, details, bokeh, low-light)
Tamron 90mm SP AF f/2.8 Di...........(macro with amazing, beautiful bokeh)

I recently sold on my Nikon 24-50mm AF, Nikon 70-300mm ED AF and Tokina 28-70mm AT-X AF SV, as they are not so useful on DX and their ranges are covered better by the lenses above.

Most Wanted Lenses-

70-200mm VR
85mm f/1.4D
17-55mm f/2.8 AF-S DX Nikon/ another equivalent zoom for DX, like the Tamron 17-50mm version

Comments

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I actually think this is still an idea with potential, even if the appeal is not so wide. There are some beautiful, simple, not to mention affordable film cameras out there, in many ways as cameras surpassing their digitized descendants.

It would need a better crop factor, presumably modern high ISO and great auto white balance. Also, achieving perfect focus might be a challenge with the risk of back-focus. Aside from that all the disadvantages listed are features of film and just by being digital it's much more convenient to use with those old cameras.

As far as economics goes, no I don't think it makes too much sense unless you absolutely love using those cameras. But after all, who collects digital watches?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 20, 2013 at 17:12 UTC as 70th comment
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reginalddwight: The forecast for Nikon and other Japanese camera makers is grim.

Nikon shares are trading 32% lower this year.

Their biggest slide comes from the 48% decline in compacts (with "only" a 6% drop in DSLRs).

As their company President Kimura hinted last month, Nikon are looking to tap into the smartphone market by creating a product that will "change the concept of cameras".

A Nikon smartphone, anyone?

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Well why not, if it's Smartphones that are selling an replacing compacts. They don't even have to dominate there to make a nice little earner, perhaps just with camera modules/processing with 'Nikon Colours'.

I feel the concept of connected cameras isn't enough- the Smart advantage is only needing to take along one item. It's not only a threat to compact cameras, but game consoles, MP3 players, GPS and everything else. Now how about a Smartphone with interchangeable camera modules, with tiny folding optics? Don't be surprised if Nikon thinks outside the box on this.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 12, 2013 at 09:14 UTC
On Nikkor 18-140mm F3.5-5.6G ED VR hints at mid-range DSLR article (191 comments in total)
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ruicarv79: WTH?
The first question that pop out my mind was: why?
What about an update for the big, heavy and old Nikkor 17-55 f/2.8G?
Or a new f/4 lens?
Or a f/2.8-4?
Helloooo?
Clearly seems to me that this was made to compete with Canon's 18-135... It's 5mm longer! What a selling point!

(Sorry for repost, the site said it didn't go up.)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 11, 2013 at 15:55 UTC
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svx94: If Nikon pay attention to Fuji's X forums, and how many Nikon-Fuji adapters sold, it is not hard to figure out that those are the people Nikon LOST (with me being one of them). Nikon 1 is a disaster, face it.

Too true. Most Nikon users want a mirrorless they can effectively use third lenses on, not with a 2.7x crop. I'm personally hoping for the DX mirrorless system that will support AF, lens corrections and so on. But right now Fuji looks like the best option in that area.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 11, 2013 at 13:22 UTC
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marike6: Notice Olympus made virtually the same announcement about disappointing PEN sales (see DPR front page).

But here there are hundreds of comments about the Nikon 1 system, how it's not this or that. But as I said earlier this announcement has less to do with the quality of the Nikon 1 (or the PEN) as a system and more to do with a shrinking enthusiast market.

Very true. The main defense of the 1 series was its practicality for novices and small size. The only thing is, a lot of those upgraders are hard people to convince to invest in lenses and accessories. With the V2, Nikon finally reached out to its enthusiasts with more standard features and ergonomics. Yet for many of those enthusiasts (not including some notable pros who love the system for its autofocus), the small sensor is just too limiting, particularly when other mirrorless cameras can be just as small.

Personally I find the images produced to similar to those of a compact, especially the poor dynamic range. It's hard to justify buying expensive lenses when the sensor is so limited, though this too might improve.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 11, 2013 at 13:08 UTC
On Nikkor 18-140mm F3.5-5.6G ED VR hints at mid-range DSLR article (191 comments in total)
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ruicarv79: WTH?
The first question that pop out my mind was: why?
What about an update for the big, heavy and old Nikkor 17-55 f/2.8G?
Or a new f/4 lens?
Or a f/2.8-4?
Helloooo?
Clearly seems to me that this was made to compete with Canon's 18-135... It's 5mm longer! What a selling point!

Maybe soft is the wrong word if we are just talking about, say edge definition. I find there is a lack of micro-contrast and 'pop', or detail like you say. The images just seem flat and lifeless compared not only to my primes, but also to my Tamron 17-50mm. I find the 18-55mm VR kit lens also has more dynamic, vibrant images. I never owned one, but judging by samples the original 18-70mm was a much better performer, too.

Of course, the 18-105mm has a much greater zoom range than any of these and might be doing well for it but I wonder how much better a consumer zoom can get? Nikon's lens technologies have moved on and so has the competition. Also, I've heard the 18-135mm was a very nice lens, lacking only VR capabilities. So I can see this, potentially, offering a significant IQ advantage to the 18-xxx VR lenses before it. On the other hand it might just be the slight iteration most here seem to be expecting.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 8, 2013 at 06:32 UTC
On Nikkor 18-140mm F3.5-5.6G ED VR hints at mid-range DSLR article (191 comments in total)
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ruicarv79: WTH?
The first question that pop out my mind was: why?
What about an update for the big, heavy and old Nikkor 17-55 f/2.8G?
Or a new f/4 lens?
Or a f/2.8-4?
Helloooo?
Clearly seems to me that this was made to compete with Canon's 18-135... It's 5mm longer! What a selling point!

Maybe soft is the wrong word if we are just talking about, say edge definition. I find there is a lack of micro-contrast and 'pop', or detail like you say. The images just seem flat and lifeless compared not only to my primes, but also to my Tamron 17-50mm. I find the 18-55mm VR kit lens also has more dynamic, vibrant images. I never owned one, but judging by samples the original 18-70mm was a much better performer, too.

Of course, the 18-105mm has a much greater zoom range than any of these and might be doing well for it but I wonder how much better a consumer zoom can get? Nikon's lens technologies have moved on and so has the competition. Also, I've heard the 18-135mm was a very nice lens, lacking only VR capabilities. So I can see this, potentially, offering a significant IQ advantage to the 18-xxx VR lenses before it. On the other hand it might just be the slight iteration most here seem to be expecting.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 8, 2013 at 06:26 UTC
On Nikkor 18-140mm F3.5-5.6G ED VR hints at mid-range DSLR article (191 comments in total)
In reply to:

ruicarv79: WTH?
The first question that pop out my mind was: why?
What about an update for the big, heavy and old Nikkor 17-55 f/2.8G?
Or a new f/4 lens?
Or a f/2.8-4?
Helloooo?
Clearly seems to me that this was made to compete with Canon's 18-135... It's 5mm longer! What a selling point!

Well the 18-105mm 'standard mid-level kit lens' was designed back in the days of 12mp sensors. Even on my D5100 it's noticeably soft.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 7, 2013 at 16:47 UTC

Interesting findings, but as they are going to resize it for various platforms anyway, maybe the old logic of giving the biggest and the best (compression quality) you can still holds true.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2013 at 06:31 UTC as 12th comment

Well I suppose the main differences are the rear camera making at least suitable for picture-taking of something other than a selfie and the sharper screen, though the screen on my older Nexus 7 is pretty sharp itself. For me a 7-inch tablet isn't all that big and I might use it now and then for snaps.

What may surprise many is how much some people love to use their tablet for photography. The large screen, as big as a print, gives you a great sense of the final result and it is easy to touch to focus. It's a bit like the experience of a large format camera, so yes, before too long some pro or other will popularise it in Chase Jarvis style.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 28, 2013 at 05:50 UTC as 24th comment | 1 reply
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ZAnton: Same camera & specs with 1/1.7" sensor please.

I'm with the above. Better to evolve the smaller sensors than try making a camera that is too large to be compact, but still no-where near the level of something like a Nikon V or m4/3.

What might be interesting though would be a lens for something like the Pentax Q mini-system that has a very long reach, say 800-1500mm. That way you can shrink the set-up with smaller lenses for everyday usage.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2013 at 05:00 UTC
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RichRMA: One question is, why is the point in a huge zoom number if at the end of that zoom the actual resolution is lower than at a shorter focal length? Why not just do the zooming electronically, and avoid the issues of hand movements, slow f-ratio, etc? This presupposes the camera will be delivering pretty poor images at the long end but who knows?

With my Nikon P510, I've gotten some very good quality images at the long 1000mm end, especially when you boost clarity and sharpness in post. I don't know how well this will handle it, but the Nikon's stablisation works surprisingly well.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 18, 2013 at 01:44 UTC

Wow what a range! For me the Nikon P510's was 24-1000mm a revelation in convenience and I found myself capturing many shots that would have been impossible with my DSLR, often in decent quality. Now this seems to throw some ultra-wide into the mix.

As to anyone questioning the desirability of the zoom range, just look at it as a compromised version of what pros have been struggling to get for so many years; exotic perspectives that bring you in close to the action you might not otherwise even see.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 18, 2013 at 01:42 UTC as 110th comment | 2 replies

So this kind of card could be the fix for cameras with a fast shooting speed, but too small a cache memory? (I'm thinking of the D7100 here).

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2013 at 01:48 UTC as 17th comment | 4 replies

Ha ha what a waste! But when you remember it's basically jewelry, at least it takes pictures with a nice, sharp lens.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2013 at 23:22 UTC as 150th comment
On IMG_23.acr photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (3 comments in total)

Really lovely sharpness and bokeh. This looks like a lens I'd trust to stand in for and even better some primes.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 14, 2013 at 12:36 UTC as 1st comment

Can't see why it won't let you process photos from your galleries. Having to use their camera means I'll never use it much- and it is a 'darkroom' app after all.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 8, 2013 at 22:04 UTC as 9th comment
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white shadow: Sigma (and Tamron) has a tradition of making lenses for the budget conscious consumers. Once in a while they may make some better quality lenses like the recent 35mm f/1.4 full frame lens. Usually, they have some quality issues with them. The 17-50 f/2.8 is a good example. Eventhough it is generally above average, there is no fulltime manual focus and manual focus may not be smooth. In most cases, the built quality reflects its lower price. There will be soft corners as well. In order to get a better performance for the 17-50 f/2.8, for example, one must stop down to f/4.0.

So, let see what this lens will be. If we have to stop down to f/2.8 or f/4.0, then we might as well go for the 17-50 f/2.8.

It's true, but in my case, I have the pro-build Nikon 17-55mm and a Tamron 17-50mm (non-VR). The Tamron is capable of excellent results, even printed large, especially with lens profiles to deal with the distortion. Unless I'm specially shooting an event, that's the one that comes out and it's also the class of lens I'd recommend to others. Good enough is good enough and it leaves more funds for other lenses.

This lens may even go one stop further and replace the bright primes, something an f/2.8 lens on DX isn't bright enough to do.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2013 at 09:19 UTC

Well I'm a 'waiter' and look forward to trying this when he price has dropped after a while. Really, you're paying not just for abilities, but ergonomics. Whilst the EPL-5 seems to be the best 'deal' in this range, along with all the new features, this looks like a camera to enjoy shooting with.

Direct link | Posted on May 31, 2013 at 08:23 UTC as 21st comment

So it's the year of 35mm lenses.

Direct link | Posted on May 15, 2013 at 23:09 UTC as 18th comment | 1 reply
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