Horshack

Horshack

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On Nikon D750 Review preview (677 comments in total)
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Ramjager: The 5Dmk3 AF system is "behind the times"!
Talk about garbage hyperbole writing.
41 cross sensors? Seriously.
Maybe rather than writing hyperbole the author should spend some time taking photos that require AF rather than making up utter garbage on a keyboard.
The 1DX focus module is still THE BEST action AF system period and the 5Dmk3 uses that very system.
Typical of DPR these days authors with little if any knowledge of the subjects they discuss is a norm
Wakey wakey DPR stop writing hyperbole based off zero experience.
Given how dated the Canon AF module is 90% of the worlds sports photogs should be upgrading from there 1Dx's that dominate sidelines because it's AF is behind the times!
Yea right.

@BarnET, Thanks, I had read the review. My point was that for the Nikon's AF to be described as better it has to be demonstrated as being better, which means comparing it directly against the body it's supposed to best. To say it's better just because it has some technology or because it worked well in isolation is IMO not enough evidence to make the claim. Btw I've owned a 5DM3 and now have a D750.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 21, 2014 at 20:53 UTC
On Nikon D750 Review preview (677 comments in total)
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=VALOR=: I own a D800 and a catalogue of Nikon glass. Having played with the D750 briefly, i was shocked to learn that there is no real live-view implementation. Anyone considering purchasing this camera should know that just like the D600, there is NO real-time live view. I have not seen this fatal flaw mentioned anywhere. Nikon has crippled the D750 to yesteryears technology and yet it receives a GOLD award from dpreview? Giving the user live-view has been proven over and over to be beneficial for getting the exposure right before hitting the shutter. Entry level mirror-less cameras all have proper-real time live view but not Nikon. Not unless you buy the D800 and up.

With the announcement of the Sony A7II and now this glaring omission, it is one more nail in the coffin for Nikon.

Canon calls it "Exposure Simulation"

Direct link | Posted on Dec 21, 2014 at 15:55 UTC
On Nikon D750 Review preview (677 comments in total)
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jjlmoose: Had the D750 for a couple months now...this review doesn't even do this camera the justice it deserves. Having shot with the D70, D90, D7000, D7100, D300, D700, D3 and D800E I've witnessed the evolution of the DX and FX lines and the improvement of the sensors with each new model. With the amount of information that can be extracted from the D750s RAW files, it really is in a class of its own in that I've never seen a larger singular improvement. Other features like an orientation sensor that senses whether you're shooting in landscape or portrait mode and remembers and automatically changes your focus point for each, customizable auto ISO with a focal length dependent min shutter speed, being able to set the OK button to snap to a 100% crop of your chosen focus point all help to make this one of the best cameras I've owned. Great Job, Nikon.

@Kodachrome200, it goes back even further, to the Nikon D5000/D7000.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 21, 2014 at 12:47 UTC
On Nikon D750 Review preview (677 comments in total)
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Ramjager: The 5Dmk3 AF system is "behind the times"!
Talk about garbage hyperbole writing.
41 cross sensors? Seriously.
Maybe rather than writing hyperbole the author should spend some time taking photos that require AF rather than making up utter garbage on a keyboard.
The 1DX focus module is still THE BEST action AF system period and the 5Dmk3 uses that very system.
Typical of DPR these days authors with little if any knowledge of the subjects they discuss is a norm
Wakey wakey DPR stop writing hyperbole based off zero experience.
Given how dated the Canon AF module is 90% of the worlds sports photogs should be upgrading from there 1Dx's that dominate sidelines because it's AF is behind the times!
Yea right.

@Rishi Sanyal, that's a fair response but if you're going to list Nikon's RGB metering sensor integration into the AF system as an advantage over the 5DM3 then that advantage needs to be demonstrated in actual use, otherwise you're just requoting a marketing/engineering line item from the manufacturer rather than reviewing the camera's performance.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 21, 2014 at 12:44 UTC
On Nikon D750 Review preview (677 comments in total)
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=VALOR=: I own a D800 and a catalogue of Nikon glass. Having played with the D750 briefly, i was shocked to learn that there is no real live-view implementation. Anyone considering purchasing this camera should know that just like the D600, there is NO real-time live view. I have not seen this fatal flaw mentioned anywhere. Nikon has crippled the D750 to yesteryears technology and yet it receives a GOLD award from dpreview? Giving the user live-view has been proven over and over to be beneficial for getting the exposure right before hitting the shutter. Entry level mirror-less cameras all have proper-real time live view but not Nikon. Not unless you buy the D800 and up.

With the announcement of the Sony A7II and now this glaring omission, it is one more nail in the coffin for Nikon.

@VALOR, the D750 does have what you're calling "Real-Time Live View'. It's called Exposure Preview in Nikon's parlance and can be turned on by pressing the "i" button in Live VIew and then toggling the option. This is described on page 62 of the manual.

https://support.nikonusa.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/19237/~/users-manual---d750

Direct link | Posted on Dec 21, 2014 at 12:33 UTC
On Nikon D750 Review preview (677 comments in total)
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Horshack: Dpreview staff: Have you tried reproducing the D750 veiling flare "cut off" issue being discussed in the Nikon FX forum? I know many think the concern is overdone but for those who'd like to see it addressed by Nikon it would be nice if you guys could test it yourselves and bring it to Nikon's attention.

@sgoldswo, I've reproduced it on all three D750 I've had access to, including the one I currently own. Again, I don't think it's as big an issue as some are making it out to be but it's still something I would like to see Nikon address.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2014 at 16:40 UTC
On Nikon D750 Review preview (677 comments in total)

Dpreview staff: Have you tried reproducing the D750 veiling flare "cut off" issue being discussed in the Nikon FX forum? I know many think the concern is overdone but for those who'd like to see it addressed by Nikon it would be nice if you guys could test it yourselves and bring it to Nikon's attention.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2014 at 06:59 UTC as 150th comment | 3 replies

Sony is keeping Adobe busy with all these camera releases :)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2014 at 19:37 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply
On Leica M9 users report sensor corrosion issue article (374 comments in total)
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Horshack: "Leica's solution for owners of affected cameras is a long-term sensor replacement program that covers free replacement for up to three years from the purchase date. After this time, replacement fees will be subsidized by varying amounts depending on the time since purchase, or since last sensor replacement."

Leica should dispense with the byzantine subsidy formula and guarantee a free sensor replacement for life since this appears to be a manufacturing or design defect. I wouldn't usually hold Nikon as an exemplar for customer service but this is exactly what Nikon finally did for D600 owners for the shutter oil issue.

Appears Leica has come through. Bravo.

http://en.leica-camera.com/World-of-Leica/Leica-News/About-Leica-News/Global/Important-Information-Concerning-the-CCD-Sensors

Direct link | Posted on Dec 10, 2014 at 18:01 UTC
On Leica M9 users report sensor corrosion issue article (374 comments in total)

"Leica's solution for owners of affected cameras is a long-term sensor replacement program that covers free replacement for up to three years from the purchase date. After this time, replacement fees will be subsidized by varying amounts depending on the time since purchase, or since last sensor replacement."

Leica should dispense with the byzantine subsidy formula and guarantee a free sensor replacement for life since this appears to be a manufacturing or design defect. I wouldn't usually hold Nikon as an exemplar for customer service but this is exactly what Nikon finally did for D600 owners for the shutter oil issue.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 10, 2014 at 03:47 UTC as 82nd comment | 1 reply
On High-end full frame roundup (2014) article (527 comments in total)
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ethern1ty: A7s : I am not sure about the low AF. it focuses up to -4EV. Was able to trigger several shot in really low light (e.g. underwater) that I couldn't with all my other camera.

The A7s is rated for -4EV but in my use the A7s struggles in low-light. I tested it side-by-side against a D800 and D750 and it consistently failed to lock AF in situations the D800/D750 had no problem with. I imagine its -4EV rating is based on some minimum level of subject contrast.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 9, 2014 at 01:00 UTC
On High-end full frame roundup (2014) article (527 comments in total)
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AKH: The D750 it is great for the price and it is nice with "only" 24MP, but it cannot touch D810 for ultimate image quality.

The D810 has these advantages:
- Better ergonomics (grip).
- AF-on button.
- Focus system is top notch with focus points spread over a larger area.
- Color depth is almost a stop better on the D810.
- Much larger buffer for continuos shooting.
- Shutter speed up to 1/8000s.
- No AA filter.
- Base ISO 64 compared to ISO 100.
- Shutter life 200.000 versus 150.000.
- Round eye piece which I think is nicer.
- 15 MP DX-crop versus 9MP on the D750.

The D750 has a few adavantages which are mainly:
- Tilting LCD.
- Low light AF down to -3EV versus -2EV.
- WiFi (don't care the least about it)
- Some would say 24MP versus 36MP and I agree.
- 140 grams lighter.

D750 has the better grip. It's much deeper and more comfortable to hold for extended periods of time. I imagine the D810 successor will inherit the D750's grip as well. Also, not sure where your color depth stat comes from and exactly what metric it represents.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 8, 2014 at 21:10 UTC

Sounds like a photo contest that Adobe's Creative Cloud would run :)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2014 at 21:48 UTC as 55th comment | 1 reply
On Real-world test: Nikon D750 at the Museum of Flight article (274 comments in total)

Great video, great camera.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 3, 2014 at 03:19 UTC as 74th comment

Based on the following image from an SAR message board post, the A7 II's IBIS will be compatible with manual lenses:
http://a.disquscdn.com/uploads/mediaembed/images/1466/1462/original.jpg

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 13:18 UTC as 203rd comment

50mm f/0.95 lens on FF sensor with 4 stops of stabilization = usable handheld photos in conditions so dark you can't even see the camera you're holding. Sony should include a flashlight to help with manual focusing :)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 06:31 UTC as 310th comment | 2 replies

Looks pretty nice to me. A tinge of luxury but without a hint of gaudiness.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2014 at 04:38 UTC as 100th comment | 1 reply
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Horshack: Q: We had an issue with the A7R with shutter vibration reducing resolution in certain situations. How do you incorporate feedback like this from your users?

A: We take the feedback and make note of it, and we use it to improve the next generation of products.

Reading between the lines this means the A7r will not be seeing a firmware workaround for the shutter vibration issue. Sony might want to consider a different firmware support strategy if they want to be seen as a maker of serious cameras and camera systems.

@austin, I suppose framing Sony's response as honesty is one way to look at it. That honesty is mighty expensive for us Sony users though :) Speaking seriously though, I guess we'll never know if a firmware workaround was possible; our best chance was a delay between the closing of the 2nd curtain and the opening of the 1st during the beginning sequence of an exposure. It's unclear whether their hardware design allowed for firmware intervention between those two steps.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2014 at 19:59 UTC

Q: Why did it take so long to replace the EOS 7D?
A: I will ask our engineers!

There's no way it took Canon's engineers 5 years to design a 7D replacement. The Sigma CEO praised his engineers during his interview; this one throws them under the bus.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2014 at 18:26 UTC as 139th comment | 1 reply

I predict the dpreview forum server will melt from overloading in 3..2..1

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2014 at 17:26 UTC as 151st comment
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