sandy b

sandy b

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On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1578 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 (1578 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 6th 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 (673 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 (673 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 (673 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 (2307 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 487th comment
On Nikon D3300 Review preview (242 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
On Nikon D3300 Review preview (242 comments in total)
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sandy b: Lets see, best 24 mp sensor, class leading AF, advanced carbon fibre build, a real optical viewfinder, Excellent FPS for its class, access to the best lens lineup, upgrade possibilty to the best FF camera lineup.

Nothing exciting here, it must suck because its a Nikon.

No Nikon has ever had a 6 shot burst limitation. They are universealy 100 shot. http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Nikon_D3300/verdict.shtml
"The D3300 offers slightly faster 5fps continuous shooting, compared with 4fps on the EOS SL1 / 100D, but offers a longer JPEG burst rate of 100 frames ( though in practice I found the D3300 slowed significantly after around 70 frames) compared with 28 on the EOS SL1 / 100D. And with a battery that delivers enough power for 700 shots the D3300 will outlast the 380-shot EOS SL1 / 100D between charges."

Direct link | Posted on Apr 22, 2014 at 16:47 UTC
On Nikon D3300 Review preview (242 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.

I call BS. No Nikon entry level camera has had AF with screw drive lens, not just this one. And Nikon did not "break" anything with 3rd party lens. Sigma refused to licence the mount, so their reverse engineered AF is prone to issues, and not only with Nikon. Nikon has no responsiblity to to provide this info free to a competitor. Tamron and tokina licence and have no such issues. If you are going to attack, at least be informed.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 22, 2014 at 15:45 UTC
On Nikon D3300 Review preview (242 comments in total)
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sandy b: Lets see, best 24 mp sensor, class leading AF, advanced carbon fibre build, a real optical viewfinder, Excellent FPS for its class, access to the best lens lineup, upgrade possibilty to the best FF camera lineup.

Nothing exciting here, it must suck because its a Nikon.

The Nikon has a 100 shot buffer burst rate in jpg. And I bet it still focus tracks better than any of the others, one point or not. And the Nikon takes all Nikon lens other than screw drive, a minor point in a entry level camera, IMO.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 22, 2014 at 15:35 UTC
On Nikon D3300 Review preview (242 comments in total)

Lets see, best 24 mp sensor, class leading AF, advanced carbon fibre build, a real optical viewfinder, Excellent FPS for its class, access to the best lens lineup, upgrade possibilty to the best FF camera lineup.

Nothing exciting here, it must suck because its a Nikon.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 22, 2014 at 13:25 UTC as 42nd comment | 7 replies
On Nikon D3300 Review preview (242 comments in total)
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Gazeomon: I think there are more exciting 'entry level' cameras available than this lame plastic 'iteration of an iteration'. Look @ Fuji, Sony, Olympus, Panasonic, Samsung and Pentax.

And none of them have better IQ or AF or build. But that doesn't seem to matter around here anymore if it's not "exciting".
Nikon will sell more D3300's than Fuji, Oly, sony and pentax comparable cameras combined.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 22, 2014 at 13:18 UTC
On Nikon D3300 Review preview (242 comments in total)
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Stollen1234: Not > fan of Nikon at all.. but what is going on at Nikon first dust on sensors then the oil leak or what ever now this entry level camera which can not focus..

Is Nikon now facing the worst crisis since the its foundation?

Of course you don't like them, you pile on them every chance you can get. As far as focus, it can focus as well or better than any camera in its class, with better IQ.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 22, 2014 at 13:14 UTC
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toomanycanons: Nikon is just about to release yet another 18-300. I wonder how hard it would have been to have made it 16 as well.

Oh well, all Nikon has to do is release a 16mm DX lens along the lines of their 35 f/1.8 (lightweight, pretty darn sharp and cheap) to recapture some momentum amongst us DX shooters.

Because if it was 16 it would be a good lens? Not bloody well likely.
These super zooms suck. For the same price grab a couple of primes from KEH. Then you would have something.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2014 at 19:04 UTC
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