Lardinio

Lives in United Kingdom Hailsham, United Kingdom
Works as a Head of Business Strategy for an IT company in UK
Has a website at lardinio.zenfolio.com
Joined on Jun 4, 2006
About me:

Nikon D300 & D50, 80-200/2.8 and 60/2.8 Micro both Nikkors, Tamron 17-50/2.8 and Sigma 50/1.4 HSM & 10-20/4-5.6 HSM. Just an amateur currently, learning about stuff and suffering from a bit of lens lust. I got into DSLRs to take pics of my kids growing up ie reportage and portraits, but have since got into sports. I have an interest in wedding photography and would like to develop that (perhaps commercially) and am toying with landscapes.

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On article Here at last: Nikon announces D500 (1175 comments in total)
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matthew saville: The most shocking, unbelievable thing? The fact that it actually does look more like a D810 than a D7200. Plus, the fact that they finally omitted the pop-up flash. Clearly, a statement to all the D300 lovers / D7200 haters: this is how a true DX flagship is done.

The thing that makes me the happiest, though? That, after at least a half-dozen different iterations of (increasingly impressive) 24 MP DX sensors, Nikon still decided to bust out an all-new 21 MP sensor in order to optimize the balance of resolution, image quality, and shooting speed.

Bravo, Nikon, bravo.

This is not a "too late" camera either; it fits perfectly into the lineup: it's an affordable version of the D5, and a killer 2nd camera to someone who already owns any flagship, or a D810 or D750.

In other words, just because many folks have "upgraded" to FX doesn't mean this camera missed the boat. Because a serious photographer will either 1.) buy whichever camera does the job, or, 2.) own multiple cameras.

CIA Spook. I'm not a bird shooter, so I don't know if autofocus is a big issue with the way you shoot them. I presume you'd want it though. So please don't add a 2x converter onto that 200-500. Find yourself a used 1.4 and shoot away to your hearts content knowing you have a 1050mm (FF equivalent) autofocusing at f/8 and the ISO to pull it off in low light and still keep most detail and dynamic range.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2016 at 22:14 UTC
On article Here at last: Nikon announces D500 (1175 comments in total)
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matthew saville: The most shocking, unbelievable thing? The fact that it actually does look more like a D810 than a D7200. Plus, the fact that they finally omitted the pop-up flash. Clearly, a statement to all the D300 lovers / D7200 haters: this is how a true DX flagship is done.

The thing that makes me the happiest, though? That, after at least a half-dozen different iterations of (increasingly impressive) 24 MP DX sensors, Nikon still decided to bust out an all-new 21 MP sensor in order to optimize the balance of resolution, image quality, and shooting speed.

Bravo, Nikon, bravo.

This is not a "too late" camera either; it fits perfectly into the lineup: it's an affordable version of the D5, and a killer 2nd camera to someone who already owns any flagship, or a D810 or D750.

In other words, just because many folks have "upgraded" to FX doesn't mean this camera missed the boat. Because a serious photographer will either 1.) buy whichever camera does the job, or, 2.) own multiple cameras.

@CIASpook - I have a D700 too and thought my whole shooting strategy was going FX. Then they do this! Wow. I think the high-ISO on this baby's gonna blow my D700 away. At least by 2 stops, possibly more. This is a killer camera, Nikon have nailed it.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 23:38 UTC
On article Am I missing something here? (627 comments in total)
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Rascati: Breaking News - Seattle, WA
DPR and Ken Rockwell are pleased to announce that they will be merging their sites now that actually holding and testing a camera are no longer necessary before writing about them. Gotta drive people to the site somehow. Why else would they leave this article on the front page if they weren't trying to stir the pot. Really inexcusable. Every camera and system has flaws or deficiencies in some way. So why do they choose to single this one out. The new site will be called the "DPR Enquirer". Before you start with the replies, please be advised that I'm ok with them stating this opinion. I'm having more issues with their journalistic approach vs the comments. I can't help but feel that they are leaving this article up just to get hits on the site.

Why have you got to test one before you can form an opinion of it? And they chose this camera because 1) it's a Nikon and a lot people get emotional and have interest in Nikon solutions and 2) very few people understand the Nikon strategy based on what they are seeing, not just the V3 either. The whole Nikon 1/CX platform.

So here's my opinion, because I have one (not a Nikon 1, but an opinion that is)

If the V3 was half the price (ie $500/600), I'd get it because it would make sense as an ocassional walk around/travel/second camera system. If the sensor was a DX and we could use existing Nikon lenses at their current lengths and it supported CLS, then I'd buy it at it's current price.

I just don't get who this camera is aimed for. It seems to me that unless you are a birder there are plenty of other systems out there that are better or less money or both.

I guess people are fustrated that Nikon don't give them what they want.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2014 at 16:10 UTC
On article Nikon 1 V3: a quick summary (596 comments in total)
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capanikon: I like it. I like the V1-style body. I like how a grip is option (ala Nikon FM2n or F3). I think Nikon is trying hard to satisfy too many people ... as an enthusiasts, this camera still has a ton of "noob" features such as tilt screen and touch screen and photo effects modes. I don't consider lack of EC dial to be a drawback but is instead a very positive thing!

Do you like the $1,200 price? And have you considered how many better camera systems you can get for much less money?

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 07:28 UTC
On article Nikon 1 V3: a quick summary (596 comments in total)

Welcome to the Nikon 1 V3 - Fast Everything, except fast moving off the shelves!

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 07:24 UTC as 214th comment | 1 reply
On article Hands-on with the Nikon D3300 and 35mm F1.8G lens (140 comments in total)
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Scottelly: $650. That's $150 less than the D5300, and the D3300 comes with a lens. Nice work Nikon. Still . . . I wish you could make a camera that can compete on price against the Sony A65! The A65 is only $500 without a lens, and only $600 with a lens (cheaper than this slow camera). And the Sony A65 has built-in GPS and a fold-out screen, like the Nikon D5300. One more very important feature most of the Sony cameras have is built-in image stabilization (in the camera body), something that should be a serious consideration for people trying to choose what entry-level camera to buy. Frankly I'd say Sony wins for the entry level photographer who doesn't expect to spend a lot of money on lenses in the future. Sony offers a few good upgrade options too.

But if you want a Nikon, this is a really good starter camera that can be used to capture very sharp, high quality photos, I'm sure.

Sony has always brought out cheaper innovative bodies, so they can snare you with their overpriced, average lenses. It's a cheap trick and Sony is a wizard at it.

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2014 at 16:45 UTC

I applaud Canon for having the guts to use an APS-C sensor in their mirrorless. I've been using Nikon for years and was appaled at their overpriced lump of sub micro 4/3's uselessness that they spewed onto the market with the launch of the Nikon 1. I still have yet to find a decent review of their product and even with the prices coming down have found no reason to purchase one. I'm not a 'pro' shooter, but I want a decent sensor, manual controls etc. I will NEVER invest in their CX format, but will remain loyal to Nikon for the DSLR's. Canon may have made a mistake by dumbing down their initial offering (it's hardly inspiring), but at least they have a good sensor and the right size to attract a decent audience. In my mind this is a great solution for those potential canon shooters who don't like the bulk of a DSLR but want optical performance and a system they can grow into. Nikon 1 users have no migration path at all. Stoopid.

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2012 at 16:45 UTC as 189th comment
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Sdaniella: Looks like Sony has set the dinner buffet of sensor densities and Nikon has made its selections. Whilst Sony is chancing higher Mp for its higher APS-C model line and lower Mp for lower APS-C model line, Nikon has inverted it instead so lower models have higher Mp for lower APS-C model and maybe keep the lower Mp for its higher APS-C/FF models.

Sony Sensor Densities:

SLT-A57 = ~212.7 pixels/mm (lower APS-C model) = ~16.7Mp
NEX-5N = ~213.1 pixels/mm (lower APS-C model) = ~16.5Mp
NEX-7/SLT-A77 = ~259.7 pixels/mm (higher APS-C model) = ~24.7Mp

Nikon Sensor Densities (Inverted):

D3200 = ~262.8 pixels/mm (lower APS-C model) = ~24.7Mp
D7100* = ~206.7 pixels/mm (higher APS-C model) = ~15.7*Mp

D800 = ~206.7 pixels/mm (lower FF model) = ~36.8Mp
D4 = ~138.9 pixels/mm (higher FF model) = ~16.6Mp

*Based on the above Nikon sensor density inversions:
I would predict they will select for their upcoming D7100 (updated D7000) to be ~15.7Mp APS-C sensored and 15.4Mp effective (4800 x 3200 Image).

So you think the D7100 will have less pixels than D7000 and the D400 no increase at all? Ummmmm. I would hazard a guess that both D7100 and D400 (if indeed these models are produced, this year or at all) will have a minimum of 18mp and probably the same 24mp sensor with improved image processing pipeline offering higher ISO capability.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2012 at 15:34 UTC
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Lisa O: All DSLRs should have built in WiFi (especially the $3000 ones) at least the add on is only $60. But it looks weird sticking out the back. I like the Red one!

Wifi has different standards in different countreis, having it build it would increase production costs and create potential inventory/production issues.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2012 at 14:42 UTC
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magneto shot: well a sensor of 1" might be smaller than 4/3 but bear in mind that means the Image quality is better than any enthusiast compact u have seen including S95 and lx5.

1" is bigger than 1/1.8

no?

When you start comparing the Nikon 1 to an S95 or LX5, Nikon has failed. no?

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2011 at 08:28 UTC
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