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sandy b

Lives in United States Southern Minn, United States
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Daniel Lauring: Truly revolutionary would be a hybrid SLR/mirrorless. With both Canon and Nikon their live view plays a distant second fiddle. They should make it as good as mirrorless cameras with fast focus and focus peaking.

From hardware zone: Thanks to a new image sensor readout method, the D810’s live view monitor can now be used to more easily find the focus peak even when zoomed in, allowing you to quickly confirm that you’ve achieved pinpoint focus. Playback images can be magnified up to approx. 46x (Large-size images in FX format) for quick and precise focus confirmation.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 28, 2014 at 17:03 UTC
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GlobalGuyUSA: Does anyone know if its possible to have "FOCUS PEAKING" in LiveView with a Nikon or Canon DSLR? I noticed they added Zebra stripes to the D810 -- but what about Focus Peaking in LIVE VIEW mode? Isn't this possible?

Its a shame Nikon named the new horizon level "Split Screen" because what I am thinking is that in a Df 2 camera, when in LIVE VIEW, the user should be able to have Focus Peaking + a simulated "split screen" (Katz Eye style) for manual focus (by magnifying a circle in the center and applying highlights when its focus).

Just a thought!

Hasn't the screen magnification on the D810 been drastically improved, mitigating focus peaking to some extent?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 28, 2014 at 16:53 UTC
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digiart: Four articles in just two days about a camera that is a small improvement on a previous model! No wonder CANIKON own the DSLR market ;)

You mean vs the ten articles on the Sony RX100 since May?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 28, 2014 at 16:42 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1051 comments in total)
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phazelag: I am surprised they put that much thought into video and left it 1080. Thats a huge investment to make on a format is not the latest and greatest. I think for video I would get the GH4 to future proof my work.

How much horsepower to shoot 36 FF mp @4K? How many other FF cameras shoot 4K? Or even crop cameras? GH4 and A7s, but its only 12 mp, and has to have a recorder for 4K. More pain than it worth at this point. SOrry, its fringe at this point.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2014 at 12:49 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1051 comments in total)
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lacikuss: Hey Nikon D800 owner, how do you feel about loosing 30% of the value of your not two year old camera in one day? I've got lucky when they fully replaced my D600 but you can{t say the same...

A company that keep churning nonsense upgraded cameras (read Thom Hogan) instead of passing on improved functionality with newer firmwares is a company that is only interested in milking their loyal customer base.

I wonder how many of the D810 upgrades could have been done with only a firmware update for the D800?

Most of the D810 improvements are hardware based. And electronic devices always fall in value on an upgrade. The D2x plummeted like a rock when the D300 came out. Same story as the D3x. Fact of life. These are cameras, not investments. And the D800, D3X and D2x still take pictures every bit as good as the day they were bought. And the D810 upgrade is a very strong upgrade for an "S" IMO.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2014 at 01:22 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1051 comments in total)
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Zoron: I am getting D900...not this incremental upgrade....who's with me?

"Bad" product, eh? Your an idiot. And I didn't even get paid for saying that.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2014 at 14:23 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1051 comments in total)
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Falko: While Nikon's traditional fan base may not be bothered by the lack of wireless, 4k video, 1080p at high frame rates, focus peaking or an articulated touch-screen, I think it makes the D810 look old fashioned before it's even out the gates.

And if it looks dated now, how's it going to look in two or more years during the typical lifespan of this product? Remember this is not a cheap camera and even now you can buy a Sony A7r with the same sensor size and resolution, Wifi, focus peaking and a tilting screen for two thirds the price...

It looks like the best high rez, state of the art DSLR on the market to me, that can actually do pro AF. Not sure what your looking at.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2014 at 14:06 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1051 comments in total)
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Beckler8: I'm pleased others here are also talking about 4K video. HD-only can't really be justified on a top-end SLR and especially when 4K TV's are now readily available. Essentially you're forced to decide whether you want higher quality video or stills (i.e. GH4 or D810). Who will be the first to have both? (Not counting Canon 1DC because of 10k price.)

This is primarily a stills camera, with very good video. You want 4k DSLR for $3000? Go get one from Canon, or Oly, or Fuji, oh, wait, nevermind.
4K is not even a standard yet, with almost zero market penetration. I think it won't be mainstream for 5 years.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2014 at 14:01 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1051 comments in total)
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select: nice improvements, but the lack of 4k video, wifi and gps, is a shame for a camera that costs over 3k euros

OK, Select, explain why Nikon is only one of two camera makers actually making a profit selling cameras. ALL manufacturers' are losing market share, its a down market.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2014 at 13:54 UTC
On Rare photos of Nagasaki destruction auctioned article (109 comments in total)
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Smeggypants: One of the world's most extreme acts of terrorism. We should never forget so that such a repulsive act never happens again!!!

The bombs were dropped on Aug 6th and 9th. Nagasaki was also leafleted warning its civilians to flee, many of whom did. Japan still did not surrender for another 6 days, on the 15th.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 9, 2014 at 02:16 UTC
On Rare photos of Nagasaki destruction auctioned article (109 comments in total)
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mcshan: These photos have a value and I have no trouble with the auction.

I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Maj. Charles Sweeney (who was born on a street nearby to where I type this). He was a fine man. I also met Col. Paul Tibbets (post war Big. Gen.) and I consider it an honor to have spent some time with him. Tibbets was the best of the best. For an earlier generation it was not uncommon to hear "there goes Paul Tibbets.. the man who ended the war."

A ground war with Japan would have been costly. An additional loss of 700,000 to 1 million lives would have been worse.

And a ground war with Japan would have been very costly, the small island battles exacted a terrible toll. Japan had committed terrible atrocities before and during the war, the Allies and people of the west were in no mood to accept anything but unconditional surrender. The Japanese government NEVER initiated peace overtures prior to Hiroshima.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 8, 2014 at 04:01 UTC
On Rare photos of Nagasaki destruction auctioned article (109 comments in total)
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mcshan: These photos have a value and I have no trouble with the auction.

I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Maj. Charles Sweeney (who was born on a street nearby to where I type this). He was a fine man. I also met Col. Paul Tibbets (post war Big. Gen.) and I consider it an honor to have spent some time with him. Tibbets was the best of the best. For an earlier generation it was not uncommon to hear "there goes Paul Tibbets.. the man who ended the war."

A ground war with Japan would have been costly. An additional loss of 700,000 to 1 million lives would have been worse.

Boss, not quite true, see...http://skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/17313/were-the-japanese-suing-for-peace-prior-to-the-bombings-of-hiroshima-and-nagasak

Direct link | Posted on Jun 8, 2014 at 03:51 UTC

I have had 6 cameras from Nikon in the last twelve years. This is the first one with any issue, and they fixed it for free and it works perfectly and will fix the shutter for free as long as I own the camera. Could they initially been more upfront? Of course. Did they eventually do the right thing. Yes. Good enough for me.

Of course, there are an incredible amount of non nikon owners at DPR that love to shred on them every chance, real wing nuts. They are overjoyed by this.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2014 at 14:16 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply
On Just Breathe: Portraits of adults with Cystic Fibrosis article (13 comments in total)

Hey Staff, thanks for sharing this. I enjoyed it.

Direct link | Posted on May 9, 2014 at 13:40 UTC as 10th comment
On Sony SLT-A77 II First Impressions Review preview (599 comments in total)
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PK24X36NOW: False: "the camera has all the elements implied by the term 'DSLR.'"

Nope! It's missing the "Reflex" part. It's name is therefore moronic in more than one respect. It's mirror is not "translucent" (as you pointed out) AND it is not a "Reflex" camera.

I guess they should call it "DSLST" for Digital Single Lens Semi-Transparent...

Or maybe they should just make DSLRs again, and then they could call them what they are.

I stand corrected and educated. Thanks.

Direct link | Posted on May 1, 2014 at 16:44 UTC
On Sony SLT-A77 II First Impressions Review preview (599 comments in total)
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xmeda: Poor Sony users, still no formidable DSLR..

As a presently non Sony user, this camera for its price looks very formidable.

Direct link | Posted on May 1, 2014 at 14:16 UTC
On Sony SLT-A77 II First Impressions Review preview (599 comments in total)
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PK24X36NOW: False: "the camera has all the elements implied by the term 'DSLR.'"

Nope! It's missing the "Reflex" part. It's name is therefore moronic in more than one respect. It's mirror is not "translucent" (as you pointed out) AND it is not a "Reflex" camera.

I guess they should call it "DSLST" for Digital Single Lens Semi-Transparent...

Or maybe they should just make DSLRs again, and then they could call them what they are.

Reflex in a DSLR or SLR refers to the movement of the mirror. It always has.

Direct link | Posted on May 1, 2014 at 14:14 UTC

Nice camera, Sony!

Direct link | Posted on May 1, 2014 at 13:25 UTC as 17th comment
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2269 comments in total)

Beautiful. And smart. The body itself would be cheaper to make than you might think. I work for an engineering firm and we have multi tool five axis CNC milling machines that could put out the raw machined body shown in about 15 min, we regularly churn out parts more complicated than that. Raw aluminum is not very expensive, and machines very easily. Hand finishing the body and assembling the electronics are certainly the most expensive part of the production.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2014 at 05:38 UTC as 482nd comment
On Nikon D3300 Review preview (232 comments in total)
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Black Box: Nice, light, quite interesting DSLR. Yes, there are "more exciting" cameras. However, given a choice, I'd pick Nikon any time any day. Just think about it for a moment.

In the past 2 years, Sony has started and buried a whole new line of cameras, and is now burying one of the oldest mounts.

In the past 10 years Canon has started EF-S, then EF-M, and didn't do much good with any of them.

Even Samsung already introduced NX Mini in addition to barely breathing NX mount.

The only two mounts with hundreds of legacy lenses are Nikon F and Pentax K. For better or for worse, Nikon respects their customers' habits, providing them with cameras to use their lenses with. And consistency is the sign of class.

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/40932921

Direct link | Posted on Apr 22, 2014 at 17:35 UTC
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