VREN

VREN

Lives in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
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Joined on Sep 2, 2010

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I have had this lens (Nikon version) for a couple of weeks and it has opened up a new world of opportunities for me and other APS-C shooters. I have a few focusing issues which I hope will improve when I get my USB Dock, but to be fair I sometimes have inconsistent focus with my Nikon 35mm f1.8 as well. In my opinion it does 35mm f1.8 better than my f1.8g prime. CAs are better controlled on the Sigma.

Some persons complain about the limited zoom range. I look at it another way. It is a flexible prime that goes into territory that Nikon has refused to approach. It is a tool that if used carefully and patiently, can produce some stunning results. Canon, Nikon and others should thank Sigma for creating new opportunities for their cropped bodies...or maybe they want to curse Sigma for keeping us away from their full framed bodies and lenses.

This definitely has been my "Gear of the Year."

Direct link | Posted on Dec 4, 2013 at 22:58 UTC as 33rd comment
On Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Review preview (331 comments in total)
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vesa1tahti: I have this lens and D7000. Several focusing problems. Only in live-view focusing is accurate when wide open.

I have had this lens now for one week and have the same issues that you have been complaining about with my d7000 and d5100. Inconsistent focus. Great sometimes and out at others. I ordered the USB Dock but haven't received it yet as usps messed up. When I compare the focus of this lens with my 50 f1.8g, I find that the 50mm tries harder on a difficult subject but gets it right while this one confirms focus quickly and often gets it wrong. I have been trying different modes and surprisingly I find it noticeably more consistent using continuous focus mode when focusing on stationary objects. The only drawback is no focus assist light, but it is so bright it does fairly well in conditions that will normally require focus assist

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2013 at 00:28 UTC
On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)

This product may be a runaway success. It looks nice, in my opinion, but the feature set and pricing confuses me a bit.... just like the Nikon 1 did.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 16:56 UTC as 599th comment
On Nikon D610 preview (634 comments in total)
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VREN: I have used my brother's D600 and it is a really great camera, but I have also experienced the mess and understand the additional work required in post processing (to clean dirty pictures) or to regularly clean the sensor. Nikon response to these owners have been unsatisfactory.

Nikon's management seems to have used up all their "innovation fuel" after a period of exciting products. They need to refuel and remain profitable through good honest service to their customers. They also need to stop trying to manipulate money from their customers by crippling the exciting products that their engineering teams have developed and also replace what appears to be successful products like the D300s.

M DeNero. I don't think this camera is critically crippled. As I said I think it is a great camera. I have used it. It just has some small annoying omissions most of which are probably firmware related. Take a good look at the D7100 and D600. The Focusing system in the D7100 is more sophisticated and it allows exposure bracketing up to 5 frames but they crippled the buffer and it doesn't have dual axis virtual horizon which I really love on the d600. The D600 has dual-axis virtual horizon, comparatively generous buffer, but you can only bracket up to 3 shots. I don't necessarily think the 39 point focusing as a huge disadvantage (apart from its coverage), just wondered why a camera costing so much less has the 51 point system. Even the 1.2 crop on the d7100 sounds usefull, why leave it out of the d600? I know my brother would have loved a 1.2 crop on the d600.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 9, 2013 at 00:20 UTC
On Nikon D610 preview (634 comments in total)

I have used my brother's D600 and it is a really great camera, but I have also experienced the mess and understand the additional work required in post processing (to clean dirty pictures) or to regularly clean the sensor. Nikon response to these owners have been unsatisfactory.

Nikon's management seems to have used up all their "innovation fuel" after a period of exciting products. They need to refuel and remain profitable through good honest service to their customers. They also need to stop trying to manipulate money from their customers by crippling the exciting products that their engineering teams have developed and also replace what appears to be successful products like the D300s.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 8, 2013 at 17:26 UTC as 153rd comment | 7 replies
On Nikkor 18-140mm F3.5-5.6G ED VR hints at mid-range DSLR article (191 comments in total)
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VREN: Another slow 18-something slow lens. I have been a DX user for the past 4 years. Tempted by the 17-50 F2.8 from Tamron and Sigma, but wanted Nikon....an average sized fast standard lens not the behemoth (size and price) that is the 17-55mm. Even an F4 lens equivalent to the full-frame 24-120. For some reason they refuse to fill the huge gap between the 18-*** slow lenses and the 17-55. I have had good experiences with Nikon lenses and wanted to remain Nikon. However, they have convinced me that Sigma is the way to go. With USB dock we can now be "future proof" and this was my main concern with third party. I think I agree with the opinions of many experts, they are trying to push us towards full-frame, where they have more lens options. Too bad for persons like me who think APS-C is the sweet-spot between size and performance.

You are correct when comparing with Full-frame. My only comparison with full-frame is the "standard" field of view. I am comparing the F2.8s to the 3.5 which gets slower very quickly to 5.6. I have shot low-light with my 35 at F 2.8. The difference between using this and my kit 18-105 is huge. So for me (and many others), F2.8 is fast compared to F5.6.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 6, 2013 at 11:33 UTC
On Nikkor 18-140mm F3.5-5.6G ED VR hints at mid-range DSLR article (191 comments in total)

Another slow 18-something slow lens. I have been a DX user for the past 4 years. Tempted by the 17-50 F2.8 from Tamron and Sigma, but wanted Nikon....an average sized fast standard lens not the behemoth (size and price) that is the 17-55mm. Even an F4 lens equivalent to the full-frame 24-120. For some reason they refuse to fill the huge gap between the 18-*** slow lenses and the 17-55. I have had good experiences with Nikon lenses and wanted to remain Nikon. However, they have convinced me that Sigma is the way to go. With USB dock we can now be "future proof" and this was my main concern with third party. I think I agree with the opinions of many experts, they are trying to push us towards full-frame, where they have more lens options. Too bad for persons like me who think APS-C is the sweet-spot between size and performance.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 6, 2013 at 11:01 UTC as 68th comment | 3 replies
On Nikon D7100 Hands-on Preview preview (493 comments in total)

The output is a definite improvement on the D7000. But to my eyes, a bit of a disappointment when you compare its output to that of the K5-IIs. Maybe the raw converters have not been optimized for the D7100. The colours are a bit less saturated on the Pentax. But it is possible that Pentax is cooking its raw output more than Nikon. I don't know, but I thought the 7100 would be notably better that the K-5IIs and it isn't in my opinion.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2013 at 20:24 UTC as 77th comment | 4 replies
On Just Posted: Nikon D3200 preview samples gallery article (497 comments in total)

Very nice. My entry level DSLR the in 2009 was the D60. It definitely couldn't deliver low light images like this. I wish my skill as a photographer can move at the same speed as the technology :).

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2012 at 00:03 UTC as 159th comment
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