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sandy b

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On Fujifilm teases upcoming SLR-style X system camera article (921 comments in total)
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Richard Murdey: You almost feel sorry for Nikon. Almost.

Deeply compromised. Except for those that use it instead of talk about it.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 22, 2014 at 03:50 UTC
On Fujifilm teases upcoming SLR-style X system camera article (921 comments in total)
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Richard Murdey: You almost feel sorry for Nikon. Almost.

Unless your talking about sales figures. Then you almost feel sorry for Fuji. Almost.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2014 at 18:49 UTC
On Fujifilm teases upcoming SLR-style X system camera article (921 comments in total)
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Caerolle: It will be interesting to see how this camera falls out in 'popularity' thing once DPR puts it in that system.

Though for some reason all cameras don't seem to get put there, I don't think the A7s did?

They were there, just not for very long.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2014 at 18:41 UTC
On Fujifilm teases upcoming SLR-style X system camera article (921 comments in total)
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KGP: Poor Df...

Yeah, poor Df, it will only outsell, out perform and have better iq. Oh, wait, what camera has been number 1 here since announcement?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2014 at 14:03 UTC
On Fujifilm teases upcoming SLR-style X system camera article (921 comments in total)
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Stephan K: This design shows up the Nikon Df design with it's dials at different heights, faux leatherette moulding on the side of the hump and busy front of hump. Full marks to Fujifilm for it's exquisite design.

Too bad it won't show it up in IQ, AF or sales. And the Nikon actually has a prism,

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2014 at 13:58 UTC
On Battle of the titans: Top ball heads tested article (269 comments in total)
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ManuelVilardeMacedo: "Aside from it's questionable build quality"
"Its", not "it's".
Illiteracy is taking over. Maybe most don't care, or maybe I'm just being picky, but where will it end?
Grammar aside, the Benro and Induro ball heads seem to be little more than OEM, made in China products that can be purchased under other brands for less with only slight differences between them. One of those brands is Triopo, which appears to be a polish-chinese venture. Worth checking out for its good price-quality ratio.

yes, illiteracy is definatey taking over Manuel. Good call. Grammar aside, of course.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 13, 2014 at 15:46 UTC
On Sigma announces all-new 50mm F1.4 DG HSM 'Art' lens article (245 comments in total)
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SystemAgnostic: I almost bit on a Canon 1.4 which has been just over $300 recently, but I expected a new Sigma was coming, and I'm sure it will kick the pants off the Canon. I just hope they don't raise the price much above the current Sigma 50mm 1.4 which is $500...

I think like most of the new Art series lens, this will not be cheap, and hopefully the quality to match the price.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 03:23 UTC
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Mirrorless Crusader: Nothing from CANIKON on this list, because they make garbage products! Oly won last year and is going to win again!

Of course, Nikon, or Canon, will sell more cameras than the others combined. And actually make a profit.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 4, 2014 at 10:18 UTC
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mpgxsvcd: I am still stunned that there is not a single product from Canon or Nikon on that list. Oh how the mighty have fallen.

So, what was the voting percentage by brand?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 4, 2014 at 00:57 UTC
On Nikon Df Review preview (1617 comments in total)
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davaodoc: I am an avid Nikon user. Between me, my wife and my son, we have the Df, D4, D800, two D7000, D3100 cameras as well as almost all the current nikon lenses, yet I hate the Df and I regret buying it.
I made the mistake of getting a Df as soon as it hit the market. I agree that it is a D610 with a 50% markup. In Nikon's desire to create a "retro camera", they ended reinventing the wheel.
How else can you justify: it costs the same as the D800, but has no video, NO HISTOGRAM IN LIVE VIEW (a mortal sin for landscape photographers), no built in viewfinder cover (again, a must for long exposures), can't adjust the ISO with one hand (try it) and a single SDHC slot?
I also have the mirrorless Fuji X-E2 and a side by side comparison shows the X-E2 beating the Df in every aspect. I'm sending it back.

No, I want to see the shot of the Fuji beating the Nikon in every aspect. Pictures please.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 27, 2013 at 16:17 UTC
On Happy Holidays from dpreview article (117 comments in total)

Merry Christmas to the entire staff at DPR, thank you all for all you do.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 25, 2013 at 07:23 UTC as 108th comment
On Nikon Df Review preview (1617 comments in total)
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marike6: In case you missed, Steve Huff reviewed the Nikon Df and he absolutely loves it. So much so that he bought one.

http://www.stevehuffphoto.com/2013/12/20/the-nikon-df-camera-review-by-steve-huff/

He talks about all the things this review didn't care to mention: the fact that the Df has dethroned legendary D3s on DxOMark as the low-light king, the quiet shutter compared to the A7's somewhat loud shutter sound, the outstanding battery life and body as the lightest FF DSLRs on the market.

Knowing that almost ALL cameras get awards on this website, with all those positives and class leading low-light performance going for it, the fact that the Df received a high score of 81 but no award was an uncalled for insult to Nikon users and readers of this website.

Huff, like most of the reviewers here, is a mirrorless and rangefinder fan, but he gave nothing but raves for the Df. And the quality of the images he made with the Df speak for themselves.

Almost as hilarious as reading you whine about it.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 24, 2013 at 05:19 UTC
On Nikon Df Review preview (1617 comments in total)
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sebastian huvenaars: Played with a silver one today, its big! In my mind i've been falsely comparing it with an FE all this time. The D800 feels smaller and lighter, less pressure points.

http://www.dpreview.com/products/compare/side-by-side?products=nikon_df&products=nikon_d800

The Df is 5 oz lighter, about a half inch shorter and a half inch thinner. It is the smallest FF Nikon

Direct link | Posted on Dec 23, 2013 at 19:36 UTC
On Nikon Df Review preview (1617 comments in total)
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cgarrard: I think the problem is that Nikon is trying to make two cameras into one while they should have just made one - a classic camera. Fusion isn't necessary when Nikon already has such excellent DSLRS in its lineup.

Make a classic styled camera go full bore with it, don't hold back. Go simpler than this and don't try to fuse so much.

It's only good that Nikon is even thinking at all about making a classically styled camera, my complaint is that they didn't nail this.

Carl

Problem is, if they made an all manual camera, very few would buy it. I sure wouldn't I kike the idea of fusion. If I want all manual, I'll throw a roll of film in my FE.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 23, 2013 at 08:21 UTC
On Nikon Df Review preview (1617 comments in total)
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HetFotoAtelier: http://www.stevehuffphoto.com/2013/12/20/the-nikon-df-camera-review-by-steve-huff/

D200 did have good skin tones, it was also lo res and barely usable @ 1600. In its day a great shooter and still a nice low iso shooter but thats it.

And as far as 16 mp not being enough, well, personal needs must dictate that, if you need ultra high resolution, than its the D800 or something similar.

I'm saving for it. A lot of guys I have respected around here for more than a decade are happy with it, and to me, that carries more weight than a commercial review.

It's clear this camera is not for you, but its also clear that the vast majority of owners love it.

So Nikon made a low volume expensive camera that some very experienced shooters seem to love. I don't see a problem. Kinda like the D3x, horribly overpriced, but those that bought it, the very few, loved it.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 23, 2013 at 08:17 UTC
On Nikon Df Review preview (1617 comments in total)
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davaodoc: I am an avid Nikon user. Between me, my wife and my son, we have the Df, D4, D800, two D7000, D3100 cameras as well as almost all the current nikon lenses, yet I hate the Df and I regret buying it.
I made the mistake of getting a Df as soon as it hit the market. I agree that it is a D610 with a 50% markup. In Nikon's desire to create a "retro camera", they ended reinventing the wheel.
How else can you justify: it costs the same as the D800, but has no video, NO HISTOGRAM IN LIVE VIEW (a mortal sin for landscape photographers), no built in viewfinder cover (again, a must for long exposures), can't adjust the ISO with one hand (try it) and a single SDHC slot?
I also have the mirrorless Fuji X-E2 and a side by side comparison shows the X-E2 beating the Df in every aspect. I'm sending it back.

"I also have the mirrorless Fuji X-E2 and a side by side comparison shows the X-E2 beating the Df in every aspect. I'm sending it back."

Right. NOW I believe you.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 22, 2013 at 23:50 UTC
On Nikon Df Review preview (1617 comments in total)
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HowaboutRAW: _Federico:

At ISO 12,800 the D800 has serious magenta and cyan blotching problems, this is not simple noise.

And no resampling does not remove noise, it makes the photo (and the noise) smaller.

For someone who claims to own a D800, you don't seem real familiar with it. It's a plenty good camera but has significant problems above ISO 6400, in fact lower.

The D800 never seems to have the dynamic range of the D610 or D4/Df either.

The D800 does have excellent DR, but falls behind the Df after ISO 400. But not by miuch.
http://www.dxomark.com/Cameras/Compare/Side-by-side/Nikon-Df-versus-Nikon-D610-versus-Nikon-D800___925_915_792

Direct link | Posted on Dec 22, 2013 at 13:53 UTC
On Nikon Df Review preview (1617 comments in total)
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HowaboutRAW: raztec:

Okay, did you put an SD card in the body and shoot some raws? Take the card home and extract?

The focus spread on the Df and D610 is 1/8 inch narrower on a side than the 51 pt spread of the pro line up. Unfortunate, but hardly a catastrophe.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 22, 2013 at 13:45 UTC
On Nikon Df Review preview (1617 comments in total)
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marike6: Frankly, this review as a hachette job. I've always defended them against the claims of bias, but after this absurdly negative, nick-picky review, I feel zero compunction to defend anyone anymore.

Erroneous claims that the Df is the same price as the D800 and a high number of nit-pick Cons that were never mentioned for other reviewed cameras, i.e., 1/4000 max shutter speed, SD card on bottom, etc.

It could be that there are few if any DSLR shooters on staff but there are several extremely positive reviews of the Df on-line by top pros, see Sam Hurd, Nasim Mansurov, et al. But DPR couldn't be bothered talking about the the extremely quiet shutter, great battery life, or the fact that the Df beat the score of the legendary D3s the previous low-light champ on DxOMark. Instead they lamented the lack of time lapse mode. :-) The phrase "jumped the shark" comes to mind. Sorry guys.

And by the way, the DF seems to be selling just fine, Users have seemed enthusiastic, and this includes many respected long time posters here who do not pull punches.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 22, 2013 at 01:37 UTC
On Nikon Df Review preview (1617 comments in total)
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marike6: Frankly, this review as a hachette job. I've always defended them against the claims of bias, but after this absurdly negative, nick-picky review, I feel zero compunction to defend anyone anymore.

Erroneous claims that the Df is the same price as the D800 and a high number of nit-pick Cons that were never mentioned for other reviewed cameras, i.e., 1/4000 max shutter speed, SD card on bottom, etc.

It could be that there are few if any DSLR shooters on staff but there are several extremely positive reviews of the Df on-line by top pros, see Sam Hurd, Nasim Mansurov, et al. But DPR couldn't be bothered talking about the the extremely quiet shutter, great battery life, or the fact that the Df beat the score of the legendary D3s the previous low-light champ on DxOMark. Instead they lamented the lack of time lapse mode. :-) The phrase "jumped the shark" comes to mind. Sorry guys.

Marike, I wasn't crazy about the review, but hatchet job is over the top. There have been plenty of reviews I have seen both in the Phil days and currently that I disagree with, but they all have been presented with the integrity we all expect. DPR does not take payoffs, or cheat to push amazon sales. They review, and do their best, which is pretty damn good. This camera will stand fine on its own merits, the shots and user reviews will see to that. But as a niche camera, it will polarize, you either get or don't get it.
I do think the Df deserved gold, or at least silver, based on its strengths, but that's my opinion, and DPR reviewers are equally entitled to theirs. It is their review site after all. I believe Richard said that they would review the AF aspect of the review if there was a faulty camera, and that's more than fair.
Bjorn said that this camera is not for everybody, and Thoms review was critical, even if he did say he is keeping it.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 22, 2013 at 01:32 UTC
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