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 Fast and full-frame: Nikon announces 24MP Nikon D750 article (406 comments in total)
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SantaFeBill: This seems a most strange camera: It's billed as an action camera, but the fastest shutter speed is 1/4000 sec. My D200 goes to 1/8000. I know, smaller sensor in the D200, so less distance to travel, but still ... . Then, you've just introduced your top of the line xxx FX model, the D810, and now you introduce a less expensive camera with AF _improved_ over your top of the line one? Didn't the developers of the one talk to the developers of the other?
And the F6 (obviously full-frame :-) ) will flash sync at 1/250, according to its specs on Nikon U.S., although to me the difference between 1/200 and 1/250 sync wouldn't be in itself a deal breaker. But note that the F6 will do 8fps with the battery pack (moving film!). So I don't understand why the D750 'action camera' doesn't have the same frame rate.

I don't believe I saw anything from Nikon saying it was an action camera. I think that came from NR

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 19:37 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (994 comments in total)
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JackM: I wonder if this will force 5D3 prices down. Besides people with a lot of Canon lenses (like me), only a fool would buy a 5D3 now.

Absolutic, Did you get this angry at canon over your 6D only having 1/4000?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 19:17 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (994 comments in total)
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bmoag: From a marketing perspective I do not see why this is not a "replacement" for the 610 as it is in all respects a "better" 610. This camera should just divert sales from one SKU to the other. As an "advanced amateur" the main reason I moved to full frame (d600: terrific for my purposes) was the abysmal price/performance and lack of innovation in Nikon's APS-c lens catalog as the cameras and sensors are quite good performers for what they are.Perhaps consumer reliance on cell phones, the Instamatics of the 21st centrury, has Nikon seeing just a future that is high end for dSLRs and they do not see a future for the DX format.

Right. Thats why they update the D3xxx, D5xxx, and D7xxx more often than anyother segment of their lineup.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 19:11 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (994 comments in total)
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Hugo808: Welcome to the same camera as last year!

At least it's got an OLPF though, and a flippy screen that might come in useful.

But all in all it looks to me like the camera the D610 should have been but without a decent RAW buffer depth. Maybe that'll come in next years D760....

Scratch that, that buffer info is wrong.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 16:11 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (994 comments in total)
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Frank C.: 1/200 x-sync
1/4000s
No focus-peeking
AA filter
No AF-ON button
Expensive grip with no fps boost

hmm tough call.... wish it was a pro DX instead that maxed out all specs instead as it would pose no threat to Nikon's current FX lineup plus fill up a gaping hole on the DX side, 1/200s x-sync is sooooo 1990ish

No try a list of the positives-its longer.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 14:47 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (994 comments in total)
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HomoSapiensWannaBe: $485 for yet another battery grip model -- which uses the same EN-EL15 battery as the D600/610. I doubt there was any need other than greed to change the battery grip from the D600/610. Oh well, in a few months we'll have one or more compatible 3rd party grips for $80 or less.

Someone on the forum said they ordered one for 385, that B&H pricematched Adorama i think.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 14:46 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (994 comments in total)
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Hugo808: Welcome to the same camera as last year!

At least it's got an OLPF though, and a flippy screen that might come in useful.

But all in all it looks to me like the camera the D610 should have been but without a decent RAW buffer depth. Maybe that'll come in next years D760....

Buffer size:
47 RAW lossless compressed 12-bit, 28, lossless compressed 14-bit. Look at page 489 of the manual for the full table.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 14:34 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (994 comments in total)
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brendon1000: As a Sony user I am happy more and more manufacturers are getting on the Vari angle LCD bandwagon. Those who don't need it can keep it in the default position and those (like me!) who love using such a feature is free to use it to our hearts content.

Nikon needs something like the dual AF pixel tech from Canon to take full advantage of the vari angle LCD though IMO.

A few posts below someone mentioned the RAW buffer as 12. Don't know if that is true but I seriously hope not given the D610 has a much larger buffer.

I think my D600 does 13-15 shots in 14 bit raw with jpg fine. It will do jpg only forever. I think this is pretty good.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 06:21 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (994 comments in total)
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The Photo Ninja: I already have this camera - it's called a 5D Mark III

How much are they again?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 04:54 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (994 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: Look! An Enthusiast camera with a Professional Price.

C'mon, you can rip on Nikon better than that, try harder.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 04:51 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (994 comments in total)
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RStyga: Does it come with free oil replacement in the first 2000 shots?

In all fairness to Nikon, they never referred to the D750 as an action camera, or anything. The rumor sites did.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 04:48 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (994 comments in total)
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VadymA: Looks like Nikon let go their entire R&D department; all their new models look like rearrangement of the same parts; no innovation, no new ideas, nothing ;(

Yup, nothing but great IQ, AF, speed and build. What in the world were they thinking?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 04:45 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (994 comments in total)
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cs hauser: "24MP may well be perfectly adequate - Canon certainly thinks so, having yet to exceed the 21MP mark in any of its DSLRs."

Technically, that statement in the review is incorrect. Canon already exceeded the 21MP mark with the EOS 5D Mark III, which has 22 megapixels.

I've been looking through the specs sheets, and I can't seem to find the RAW buffer for the D750. That's a very important piece of information for what is purportedly a "sports" camera.

In all fairness, It wasn't Nikon that dubbed this an action camera, it was NR.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 04:43 UTC
On Fast and full-frame: Nikon announces 24MP Nikon D750 article (406 comments in total)
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JDThomas: This is pretty much what the D610 should have been in the first place. It's got a lot of great specs and will be a great camera for a lot of people.

However, this is not a D700 replacement. I think Nikon is trying to bury the D600 stigma by using a name that people equate with one of the best cameras Nikon ever produced.

It's relatively cheap at only $2300, but I would have paid $3000 for these guts in a D810 body.

Actually, it appears to me to be the best mid range FF camera.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 04:39 UTC
On Fast and full-frame: Nikon announces 24MP Nikon D750 article (406 comments in total)
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JDThomas: This is pretty much what the D610 should have been in the first place. It's got a lot of great specs and will be a great camera for a lot of people.

However, this is not a D700 replacement. I think Nikon is trying to bury the D600 stigma by using a name that people equate with one of the best cameras Nikon ever produced.

It's relatively cheap at only $2300, but I would have paid $3000 for these guts in a D810 body.

DPR does point out its magnesium build instead of plastic.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 04:32 UTC
On Hands-on with the Pentax K-S1 article (317 comments in total)
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Biro: No touchscreen, no native wifi, big K-mount lens with noisy autofocus. The problem with the K-S1 is that it's not going to appeal to its intended market: mobile-interface shooters. There've been only two devices that have resonated with this market in the past decade: the iPhone and the GoPro camera. Pentax and the rest of the traditional camera industry still don't have a clue about how to reach these people and I have to wonder what Pentax's next crack at mirrorless will look like. I just have to shake my head.

I think the KS-1 matches well with the 5300, and I like the red one.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2014 at 20:31 UTC
On Hands-on with the Pentax K-S1 article (317 comments in total)
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drummercam: Comparing the Pentax K-S1 to the Pentax K-50 is definitely a good way to avoid having to compare it to Canon's 2014 entry-level DSLR, the EOS 1200D (Rebel T5). I don't think the pentamirror, mono-microphone, 3fps, 0.8mag viewfinder, 460K-dot LCD EOS 1200D compares favorably at all, and the price difference is buying solid features, including build, no doubt.

And since "looks" get most of the troll action here, that black blob of a Canon lacks all distinction. Also obvious just by looking -- since looking is all that the complainers about the K-S1 have done as of yet -- is that if Pentax intended to present a less intimidating user interface, comparing K-S1 to the EOS 1200D wins the point easily.

DPR also again shows some anti-Pentax bias by listing (according to the "side-by-side" feature) the EOS as a "Compact SLR" and the Pentax as a "Mid-size SLR." The Canon is apparently 130 x 100 x 78mm, while the Pentax is 121 x 93 x 70mm. I guess compact is bigger than mid-size now?

This comptetes on price with the D5300 from Nikon.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2014 at 19:05 UTC
On Hands-on with the Pentax K-S1 article (317 comments in total)
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Biro: No touchscreen, no native wifi, big K-mount lens with noisy autofocus. The problem with the K-S1 is that it's not going to appeal to its intended market: mobile-interface shooters. There've been only two devices that have resonated with this market in the past decade: the iPhone and the GoPro camera. Pentax and the rest of the traditional camera industry still don't have a clue about how to reach these people and I have to wonder what Pentax's next crack at mirrorless will look like. I just have to shake my head.

This is the same price as the D5300, and i would take that everyday over this bling studded camera. And just for you, colors too. Seriously, that grip just looks wrong. Sorry, 750 is just to much.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2014 at 19:02 UTC
On Very flashy: Ricoh unveils Pentax K-S1 DSLR article (206 comments in total)
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Jonathan Wilson: Can't people just get past the LEDs - you can turn them off if you don't like them! I can actually see a case for them sometimes when shooting children (or when you want to distract the subject).
Yes I realise this is largely a Canon / Nikon site. People were still moaning left, right and centre even when the K-3 was announced. And most of the people moaning have never even tried a Pentax camera. BTW I used to own Canon and I have tried Nikon cameras too.

Uhh, are not the pretty lights covered by your hand when shooting?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2014 at 13:34 UTC
On Very flashy: Ricoh unveils Pentax K-S1 DSLR article (206 comments in total)
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Photoman: I have one question...why?

Deep financial crisis compared to what? "The company announced net income of 46.8 billion yen for last fiscal year, missing its own forecast of 50 billion yen." 47 billion yen is about $450,000,000 in US dollars. Again, thats income after all the dust has settled. Thats pretty bad, for Nikon. But they have lots of money in the bank, a great divisified product line, and exciting new offerings. They are in pretty good shape considering the horrendous camera market.

And I have seen no numbers indication ricoh is making any money on the Pentax line. I saw a statement from 2012 from Miura stating a 20 million dollar loss.

I wish they were profitable, they make great cameras. Hell, I wish ALL camera makers were profitable. Thats good for EVERYBODY.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2014 at 16:12 UTC
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