sandy b

sandy b

Lives in United States Southern Minn, United States
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Joined on Jan 4, 2002

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On Hands-on with the Pentax K-3 II article (499 comments in total)
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fisherman_lol: To DPR Moderators; This jpino79 guy is been flooding this forum all day with his inflammatory comments and you are not doing anything about it? I think if he was bashing CANIKON he would be banned for life. ;)

While I agree with you mostly, you surely haven't read the comments under a Nikon review lately. Pretty harsh.

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On Hands-on with the Pentax K-3 II article (499 comments in total)
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sandy b: Nice looking upgrade to a great camera. Pentax maybe be small but they are giants at keeping their customers happy. I can't afford two systems, if I could, this would be the camera.

Arn't you just spreading the joy around today.
Observing the Pentax forum, they appear happier than most. i have not seen a poll, but if I did, I would believe they are more satisfied than most. The FF is coming, if the K3 is any indicator, it should be a fine camera.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 19:52 UTC
On Hands-on with the Pentax K-3 II article (499 comments in total)
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dodgebaena: I too am not a Pentax shooter but I know friends who swear by Pentax, and have heard glowing testimonials. What I don't understand is why more manufacturers don't incorporate an articulating/tilting/swiveling LCD. After I used one with the Canon 60D (I'm now a Sony a99/a7II/RX10 shooter), I can't see myself shooting without one.

The K3 is well sealed, as good as any. Pentax warranty, like all camara warrantys, still warns water damage is not covered under warranty.

BTW, I almost always am agreement with you HBR, but from what i have read in reviews, and comparing my D750 to an 810, I believe the sealing is identical. And last year I shot an outdoor wedding in the rain with a 600, with zero problems. I think with Nikons, as long as the lens is sealed and it's not a drving rain, should be ok. again, no warranty, obviously.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 19:49 UTC
On Hands-on with the Pentax K-3 II article (499 comments in total)

Nice looking upgrade to a great camera. Pentax maybe be small but they are giants at keeping their customers happy. I can't afford two systems, if I could, this would be the camera.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 19:36 UTC as 27th comment | 9 replies
On Samsung NX1 Review preview (1132 comments in total)
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RichRMA: Think the the fact this review got almost 900 responses makes an impact on Nikon's management? It should. Had Nikon released a decent high-level DX camera a while ago, this one wouldn't have gotten the interest it has, mirror-less(ness) aside.

Lets see, the D7200 isn't even reviewed yet and its previews have almost 1100 hits.

It will also outsell the Samsung by what maybe 5-1?
It has the highest test score ever for a crop sensor, it has incredible AF, the buffer has been inproved. Rich is in his usual whine at nikon mode. The samsung looks to be a fine camera, but the D7200 stands just fine on its own.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2015 at 17:51 UTC
On Samsung NX1 Review preview (1132 comments in total)
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D Webb: Very well done Samsung. This is a very capable company which outsells Apple in the smartphone market and I am very pleased they have been so ambitious and pulled this off as well as anyone could ask them to. I love the fact that this is a mirrorless DSLR. AF as good as the supposed king of sports crop cameras, wonderful video, great DR, great ergonomics. What's not to like?
IF this had been made by Nikon, the faithful would have been dancing in the streets and announced A New Age come.

We did when the D750 came out.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2015 at 13:11 UTC
On Samsung NX1 Review preview (1132 comments in total)
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RichRMA: Your choices:
This camera or:
The latest Nikon DSLR with whatever QC problem it had this time.
The latest Canon with sensor tech from 5 years ago.
The latest Pentax, the K3 is a good one, but limited lens group.
The latest Olympus, you need to like m4/3.
The latest Fuji, mushy as the images are due to excessive noise reduction.
The latest Panasonic, if video is your main goal.
The latest Sigma, well, Foveon...
The Sony DSLRs, hybrids, mirror-less. Good choices

"I think the kindest thing an engineer with a heart could do is to put a Nikon bayonet and the name, "D400" on the Samsung body. Nikon serious DX'rs would weep for joy.'

Until they hadd to shoot or AF in low light.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2015 at 16:09 UTC
On Samsung NX1 Review preview (1132 comments in total)
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shademaster: for all the "arm-chair" pros out there complaining about lack of glass, I imagine the *real* pros are very happy with: i) fast standard zoom, ii) fast tele zoom, iii) fast portrait lens for 95% of their work. FWIW, as an amateur, the 30mm + 45mm + 85mm makes a great arsenal. I don't know what you "we need more glass…. it's all about the system" people want, really.

Ehhmm, Pretty sure the "real" pros are not shooting with this camera. I have a D750, and even that is an "enthusiast" camera, ot a "pro".

It's a very nice camera, but lets not get carried away.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2015 at 15:59 UTC
On Samsung NX1 Review preview (1132 comments in total)
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King of Song: This is war!

Samsung seems to have the ambition, and the technology to trump the Japanese? Their big problem is with their lens line. It's a very big deal to compete with Canon and Nikon in the lens department. But... if they can put out a camera with a full frame sensor, and get Zeiss, and Sigma Art to start building lenses with Samsung mounts. Then the Japanese may wind up with an unexpected kick in the teeth. Samsung has very deep pockets these days, and I'm sure has the desire to dominate this market.

I wait in anticipation for Samsung to put out a high-end full frame camera, that will kick the butts of Canon, Nikon, and Sony... When that happens, I'll be the first to put my current system on eBay..

This is a disturbing post in so many ways.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2015 at 13:58 UTC
On Samsung NX1 Review preview (1132 comments in total)
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dominic2: Hope they will improve the low light performance. Then they can wipe out the rest of the market.

At 6400 with lowlight clicked, the nikon easily beats the NX. Not even close. with the normal lighting they are very close.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2015 at 13:56 UTC
On Samsung NX1 Review preview (1132 comments in total)
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vesa1tahti: Fortunately, can't reach the same IQ as D7200 does. But, anyway, congratulations to Samsung !

Maybe, but over 3200 lowlight the 7200 is clearly better. and not a little.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2015 at 21:07 UTC
On Samsung NX1 Review preview (1132 comments in total)
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sandy b: Beautiful camera, great feature set. I'll take another look when they get the low light hi ISO figured out.

Your right, I was looking at the 7200 where is is clearly lagging. Never thought to check the 5300.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2015 at 19:09 UTC
On Samsung NX1 Review preview (1132 comments in total)

Beautiful camera, great feature set. I'll take another look when they get the low light hi ISO figured out.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2015 at 18:40 UTC as 256th comment | 3 replies
On Sony sells half of its Olympus stake article (90 comments in total)
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Sad Joe: Its all about money people (and power) understand that Canon may be the only camera maker who is actually making any profits and camera production is only part of the Canon brand. As for Olympus - try to find the BBC programme on the net about their 'dealings' - I use Olympus (as well as several other brands) and love their Zukio glass - but their SMT - No way, Never. Sad.

Nikon has never NOT made a profit in a quarter.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 6, 2015 at 18:26 UTC
On Nikon 1 J5: What you need to know article (492 comments in total)
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Mike FL: It was then:
FUJI X100 = Leica M Body + Fuji sensor

Now:
Nikon 1 J5 = Pana GM1 body + SONY (?) sensor

But:
At least that Fuji's sensor is developed by Fuji self so does Pana.

BTW:
Pana GM1's kit zoom is much wide/useful than Nikon, not mention M43 sensor is larger than 1" even (possibly) this J5's body is larger than Pana GM1.

Not bad as a later start.

What, you want a book or something? So, Ok, for my book, why do you spend so much time attacking Nikon. Is it an impulse you can't control? They make pills for that.

Anyway, for the price this looks like a pretty decent camera, without knowing the quality of the new sensor. We already know the AF will be class leading, and the new controls are a big plus. The price is where it should have been years ago. It will be interesting to see if the new sensor and other improvement make there way into a new V series camera.

Nikon has pretty much said with this new release that they are in it for the long haul with the 1 system.

And maybe they are getting it (more) right.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 3, 2015 at 17:55 UTC
On Nikon 1 J5: What you need to know article (492 comments in total)
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Mike FL: It was then:
FUJI X100 = Leica M Body + Fuji sensor

Now:
Nikon 1 J5 = Pana GM1 body + SONY (?) sensor

But:
At least that Fuji's sensor is developed by Fuji self so does Pana.

BTW:
Pana GM1's kit zoom is much wide/useful than Nikon, not mention M43 sensor is larger than 1" even (possibly) this J5's body is larger than Pana GM1.

Not bad as a later start.

Sorry Mike, you spend so much time spreading FUD about Nikon it's rather easy to give you a dig. You do set yourself up, you know.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 3, 2015 at 17:41 UTC
On Nikon D5500 Review preview (321 comments in total)
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dynaxx: Re the long debate below about DPR's policy on the prioritisation of camera reviews ; what happened to the old pre-commercialisation DPR's aim to be a leader of opinion not a follower ?

When DPR staff/journalists say they are responding to the volume of interest from their followers it is a feeble cop-out when most photography enthusiasts urgently want to know about the groundbreaking/state of the Art cameras to keep in touch with developments in the industry. Devoting all that time and effort to reviewing re-hashed Canikons must be as frustrating for the journalists as it is for the bloggers.

The point is that the lesser lights in terms of camera sales ( Sigma, Samsung, Pentax, etc. ) have no choice but to innovate to grow their market shares forcing them to differentiate their products by innovating.

( when this comment finds its way into the DPR stat's it will give another "tick" to Nikon !!! )

Like it or Not, Canon and Nikon drive a much higher rate of hits. Business is business, you publish what the most people want to see. I think DPR does an excellent job reviewing all brands. Sony is third in DSLR sales and yet had more camera reviews than Canon and Nikon last year.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 3, 2015 at 17:29 UTC
On Nikon D5500 Review preview (321 comments in total)
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dfsaqwe: I recently sold an EM1 kit looking to downgrade to something more midrange (life+priority changes, etc). Was hoping to look back into a Nikon but I'm just thoroughly unimpressed. The technology seems almost a generation or two behind what I left behind on m43.

Also being spoiled by 5 axis sensor IS ...

Maybe so, but which of them will have better IQ and AF for the same price?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 3, 2015 at 17:22 UTC
On Nikon 1 J5: What you need to know article (492 comments in total)
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Mike FL: It was then:
FUJI X100 = Leica M Body + Fuji sensor

Now:
Nikon 1 J5 = Pana GM1 body + SONY (?) sensor

But:
At least that Fuji's sensor is developed by Fuji self so does Pana.

BTW:
Pana GM1's kit zoom is much wide/useful than Nikon, not mention M43 sensor is larger than 1" even (possibly) this J5's body is larger than Pana GM1.

Not bad as a later start.

Kinda stepped in it there, didn't ya Mike. Oh well, your used to it by now.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 3, 2015 at 15:27 UTC
On Nikon D5500 Review preview (321 comments in total)
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Brucies Heroes: Incredible to see the noise performance of this 24 MP sensor. I would say all in all that is currently the best APS-C sensor on the market.

Looking at the NX1 low light raw iso 3200, the Nikon is clearly showing more detail, and a bit more noise, the samsung is loosing some detail, looks like the samsung has some default NR going on in raw.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 3, 2015 at 03:02 UTC
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