ecube

ecube

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On 2014 Readers' Polls: The results are in! article (322 comments in total)

I did not designate a single product as the "best" because except for the D750, I do not have firsthand knowledge of all the rest. As I avoid comparing an apple to an orange, I would not compare the Nikon D750, a full-frame DSLR to any camera in the list because not one is a full-frame DSLR, so why would I say D750 is better than other product from different class of camera. How Could I compare a lens from a camera body?

If DPR instead asked my opinion "Best in the class", then I would pick D750 over any full-frame DSLR, even ahead of the D810 and despite the "flareGate".

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2015 at 20:35 UTC as 11th comment
On Nikon D750 Review preview (1835 comments in total)
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ecube: What is "Quality"?
To me, it it conformance to SPECIFICATION

There is "Fit and Tolerance" in "Machine Design" or "Design of the Elements of Mechanism". Precision machines such as watches have tight "fit and tolerances". Camera is considered a precision machine. Within this set of precision machines are subsets of classes. The high end Swiss and Japanese Certified Chronographs have ultra-fine fit and ultra tight tolerances approaching single digit microns.

Quality Assurance program is to ensure that the product is BUILT to meet or exceed the "Design Specifications". Good specification is NOT SUBJECT TO INTERPRETATION. Good specification is quantifiable and measurable. For this reason, a good design does not call for a Fit & Tolerances that cannot be measured by any existing instrument

The above barely scratch the surface of design, manufacturing, and Q/A but I feel is enough to ask: Does the Nikon D750 meet the basic of good DESIGN, MANUFACTURING, and QUALITY ASSURANCE?

Mike - AGREE on Corporate Culture but that does not address the CORRECT AND PERMANENT solution to the "Flaregate".

If Nikon's solution is to move the AF sensor, then it is only a temporary fix. Over time, that sensor could and most likely move thereby resulting in the recurrence of the problem.
Again, I am well aware of the Q/A transformation at Ford. The Director of Engineering at Ford in Cleveland was my classmate at the Executive MBA program in the early 1980s.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 26, 2015 at 15:48 UTC
On DPReview Readers' best shots of 2014 article (46 comments in total)
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Jim Salvas: OK, these are better than mine. Well, most of them.

PandaSA - I like your humor and attitude. I am sure you have some GREAT ones, if not keep on trying and good luck.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 26, 2015 at 04:49 UTC
On DPReview Readers' best shots of 2014 article (46 comments in total)

I am disappointed that my one entry did not make it to the selected few, BUT am very impressed with 99% of the DPR's selection. Congratulation to ALL who participated, specially to the "Cream of the Crop".

Direct link | Posted on Jan 26, 2015 at 04:46 UTC as 24th comment
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ecube: Unknowingly click something that displayed this article about SI. Only time I open an SI magazine is at my physician's waiting room. Great action shots but... It is inevitable that print magazines will eventually join the dinosaurs and the hairy mammoths. Just like the Life magazine that folded shortly after I completed college, another magazine which thrives of excellent photography will shortly be biting the dust. I hope the National Geographics does not follow suit.

All good things must come to an end, I'm afraid SI . . . will.

In case you have some extra cash you want to put to good use and at the same time earn 5% interest (not much but much better return than CD or savings account), consider an endowment to NGS. I think I made a $10K endowment 4 years ago.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 25, 2015 at 19:16 UTC
On Nikon D750 Review preview (1835 comments in total)
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ecube: What is "Quality"?
To me, it it conformance to SPECIFICATION

There is "Fit and Tolerance" in "Machine Design" or "Design of the Elements of Mechanism". Precision machines such as watches have tight "fit and tolerances". Camera is considered a precision machine. Within this set of precision machines are subsets of classes. The high end Swiss and Japanese Certified Chronographs have ultra-fine fit and ultra tight tolerances approaching single digit microns.

Quality Assurance program is to ensure that the product is BUILT to meet or exceed the "Design Specifications". Good specification is NOT SUBJECT TO INTERPRETATION. Good specification is quantifiable and measurable. For this reason, a good design does not call for a Fit & Tolerances that cannot be measured by any existing instrument

The above barely scratch the surface of design, manufacturing, and Q/A but I feel is enough to ask: Does the Nikon D750 meet the basic of good DESIGN, MANUFACTURING, and QUALITY ASSURANCE?

@Mike - Agree with your last post on Deming, in fact, I am well aware of and had admired Ford's Q/A progress

Without the data on the Root Cause Analysis on the Nikon D750 flare issue I am not in any position to pin-point the root of the problem. If Nikon stopped their investigation at the placement of the AF Module, I am afraid this issue is not completely resolved.

I can only be an detachedly amused observer.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 25, 2015 at 18:44 UTC
On High-end full frame roundup (2014) article (576 comments in total)
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ecube: Ho hummmm . . .
Good eyes, great imagination, and good technique makes better photos than the best camera in the hands of a wannabe photographer.

@Satyaa [more]
If you are not an accomplished photographer, please stay away from complicated camera that requires steep learning curve. Such camera will only frustrate you. Having a sophisticated camera does not translate to having a perfectly exposed and stunning photos.

Consider buying a USED entry of mid-level digital camera to to get the feel for the essentials of digital photography.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 25, 2015 at 03:46 UTC
On High-end full frame roundup (2014) article (576 comments in total)
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ecube: Ho hummmm . . .
Good eyes, great imagination, and good technique makes better photos than the best camera in the hands of a wannabe photographer.

@Satyaa
Please let me clarify my above post. This is only my personal opinion. Almost all accomplished photographer participating in the DPReview forums could produce stunning photos. I believe majority of those advanced thru professional photographers prefer to shoot in RAW and do post processing (I'll assume Photoshop). That being the case, camera make and model is a mute point since the final photo is post processed.

The article provided 13 cameras to choose from. You may nominate other cameras not in the list. I do not have any of the cameras in the list. My camera closest to the models on the list are D600 and D800. I have only taken a few test shots with the Nikon D750 at the store. I only read the press release on D610 and D810, and not any other since I am not interested in any of the other cameras listed, thus, it is not fair for me to pick any over the others.

I am bias for Nikon and I am considering buying the D750 to supplement my other Nikon DSLR.

Good luck!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 25, 2015 at 03:33 UTC
On Nikon D750 Review preview (1835 comments in total)
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ecube: What is "Quality"?
To me, it it conformance to SPECIFICATION

There is "Fit and Tolerance" in "Machine Design" or "Design of the Elements of Mechanism". Precision machines such as watches have tight "fit and tolerances". Camera is considered a precision machine. Within this set of precision machines are subsets of classes. The high end Swiss and Japanese Certified Chronographs have ultra-fine fit and ultra tight tolerances approaching single digit microns.

Quality Assurance program is to ensure that the product is BUILT to meet or exceed the "Design Specifications". Good specification is NOT SUBJECT TO INTERPRETATION. Good specification is quantifiable and measurable. For this reason, a good design does not call for a Fit & Tolerances that cannot be measured by any existing instrument

The above barely scratch the surface of design, manufacturing, and Q/A but I feel is enough to ask: Does the Nikon D750 meet the basic of good DESIGN, MANUFACTURING, and QUALITY ASSURANCE?

Mike FL:
Sadly, NOT ONE photographic company in Japan nor any in the world won the W. Edward Deming Award in 2013. Winner for 2014 has not been announced yet but I would be surprise if Nikon and Canon would be in the Winners Circle.

Here is a link to the 2013 W. Edward Deming Awards:
http://blog.deming.org/2013/10/2013-deming-prize-winners/

I have about 40 books written by and written on Deming which I distributed (gave) to colleagues and subordinates before retiring 4 years ago.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 25, 2015 at 00:36 UTC
On High-end full frame roundup (2014) article (576 comments in total)
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WayneHuangPhoto: I'm seriously considering selling all my Canon lenses and my old 5D mkI to finance the purchase of a D750 and one really good super wide angle lens. What do you all think?

@Dougbm - "Best" is an often abused term. I'll limit to Nikkors.
From my limited basic knowledge of the Nikkor 14~24mm f/2.8 and the Nikkor 16~35mm f/4.0,I will take the faster 14~24 f/2.8.
For wide angle lens, I prefer a prime perhaps a 20mm f/2.8.

But to each is own. It possible, visit your local dealer and get a hands-on comparison.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 25, 2015 at 00:14 UTC
On Nikon D750 Review preview (1835 comments in total)
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ecube: What is "Quality"?
To me, it it conformance to SPECIFICATION

There is "Fit and Tolerance" in "Machine Design" or "Design of the Elements of Mechanism". Precision machines such as watches have tight "fit and tolerances". Camera is considered a precision machine. Within this set of precision machines are subsets of classes. The high end Swiss and Japanese Certified Chronographs have ultra-fine fit and ultra tight tolerances approaching single digit microns.

Quality Assurance program is to ensure that the product is BUILT to meet or exceed the "Design Specifications". Good specification is NOT SUBJECT TO INTERPRETATION. Good specification is quantifiable and measurable. For this reason, a good design does not call for a Fit & Tolerances that cannot be measured by any existing instrument

The above barely scratch the surface of design, manufacturing, and Q/A but I feel is enough to ask: Does the Nikon D750 meet the basic of good DESIGN, MANUFACTURING, and QUALITY ASSURANCE?

@Mike FL - Thanks.
Slight correction. In Engineering and Manufacturing, STANDARDS refer to the INDUSTRY or GOVERNING BODY minimum REQUIREMENTS or GUIDELINES.

The proper technical terms is: REQUIREMENTS SPECIFICATIONS which would flow down to create various documents that details system and subsystems function and performance measures, methods of testing, etc.

I will not get into details but I am sure you get my point.
You are welcome to contact me off-line (personal message).

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2015 at 22:04 UTC
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jtan163: This is the wrong venue really but I believe that the photography industry across the world should take a page from Fair Trade's book.

They should create a public education campaign to explain the value and cost of good photography and to publicise the exploitative corporate practises that are forcing them to shoot for free.

Worked for coffee.

If storytellers can tell the story for coffee farmers and workers surely they can do the same for themselves.

Not everyone (business, their customers and individuals who buy imagery) will buy Fair Trade imagery, but the same people who buy Fair Trade coffee probably will. Those who believe in social justice.

When you go to buy a greeting card you'd see some have the Fair Trade Media logo, and some that don't. Same when you visit a web site (and by extension a business).

If imagery really is as valuable as we believe surely visual story tellers can tell that story.

Another approach is the similar but sell artisanal instead of Fair Trade.

It is human nature to get something for free. There are those who abuse the "one per person". While I only take photos now only for my enjoyment, I sometimes post it on social medium to share with friends. A few copy my photos and pass it as their own not giving credit to the source, instead of just providing a link. To combat that, I started putting watermark on the photos I share on social medium.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2015 at 20:31 UTC
On Nikon D750 Review preview (1835 comments in total)
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jadmaister2: I wonder if the layout of DPReviews comments section needs some thought.
It's quite cramped, and reading through this thread it appears that either:
No-one bothers to read previous posts, because there is endless repetition, or:
DPR has a very high proportion of Trolls per poster.
It's such a shame that we, who apparently share photography as a passion, can evince such bitterness over an innocent fault from a manufacturer.
Of course we all wish this hadn't happened for goodness sake, but the D750 is still a tool that will take superb pictures.
I wonder if the posters here can say the same?

@laclx - Phil Askey could not find dedicated or acceptable site on digital camera reviews, thus, he founded Digital Photography Review in England. As you might likely know, Amazon purchased DPReview. The fact that DPR does not censor our post that contradicts DPR means, to me, that we are tolerated to choose our own passionately loved brand.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2015 at 18:44 UTC
On Nikon D750 Review preview (1835 comments in total)
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PH61: Just like the 600 got a successor (the 610) very soon (after the "oil" incident), Nikon probably will have a 760 very soon (to "solve" the flare incident) :-)

I'll also wait for at least 6 months before buying the D750 just in case... I hope D760 has built-in GPS.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2015 at 18:32 UTC
On Nikon D750 Review preview (1835 comments in total)
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ecube: What is "Quality"?
To me, it it conformance to SPECIFICATION

There is "Fit and Tolerance" in "Machine Design" or "Design of the Elements of Mechanism". Precision machines such as watches have tight "fit and tolerances". Camera is considered a precision machine. Within this set of precision machines are subsets of classes. The high end Swiss and Japanese Certified Chronographs have ultra-fine fit and ultra tight tolerances approaching single digit microns.

Quality Assurance program is to ensure that the product is BUILT to meet or exceed the "Design Specifications". Good specification is NOT SUBJECT TO INTERPRETATION. Good specification is quantifiable and measurable. For this reason, a good design does not call for a Fit & Tolerances that cannot be measured by any existing instrument

The above barely scratch the surface of design, manufacturing, and Q/A but I feel is enough to ask: Does the Nikon D750 meet the basic of good DESIGN, MANUFACTURING, and QUALITY ASSURANCE?

The fact that you were able to illustrate the difference and for Nikon to NOW make the "fix" means they skipped the process or did not make that procedure in their manufacturing/assembly and testing process. Perhaps I am expecting too much from Nikon, however, I believe Nikon has at it's disposal design and testing hardware and software for ND Simulation and test.

In my decades of Systems Engineering (complex systems) practice, EVERYBODY communicate with each other. Everything is documented. I won't go into details.

But back to reality. While I feel the "flare" is blown out of proportion, I sadly fear that there will be several who will never be satisfied. Some of those do not even own a D750, nor even any Nikon camera. I do not have the D750, YET!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2015 at 18:28 UTC

Unknowingly click something that displayed this article about SI. Only time I open an SI magazine is at my physician's waiting room. Great action shots but... It is inevitable that print magazines will eventually join the dinosaurs and the hairy mammoths. Just like the Life magazine that folded shortly after I completed college, another magazine which thrives of excellent photography will shortly be biting the dust. I hope the National Geographics does not follow suit.

All good things must come to an end, I'm afraid SI . . . will.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2015 at 04:15 UTC as 44th comment | 3 replies
On Nikon D750 Review preview (1835 comments in total)
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Michael MacGillivray: This article and the comments that follow are why today’s quality assurance is less than stellar. In the 1970’s, I was in my 20’s and purchased a number of different cameras. They were built like tanks and none of them were sent in for repairs. We didn’t have a “… hope I get a good copy” mentality, or a wait for firmware to correct design flaws. That was taken care of by camera companies BEFORE they shipped product.

It’s time to put the fan boy mentality in the trash when it comes to consumer electronics. Nikon has had a number of defective releases and should hardly be cheered for removing the D750 from shelves. Of course, this issue isn’t unique to Nikon, though they seem to have moved to the head of the ‘issues’ pack. Articles like this -- that put a “what’s the big deal?” handle on the thing, should be called on it. I appreciate the fact that DP Review, no doubt, was embarrassed by their initial rating after another botched launch.

Rishi - I agree with your [this] article and a good majority of your responses but cannot accept the above. I agree and support Nikon's response of this D750 issue and you have articulated that very well.

I would not be surprise to read a post like the above from a fanboy but not from a DPReview staff.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2015 at 02:47 UTC
On Nikon D750 Review preview (1835 comments in total)

What is "Quality"?
To me, it it conformance to SPECIFICATION

There is "Fit and Tolerance" in "Machine Design" or "Design of the Elements of Mechanism". Precision machines such as watches have tight "fit and tolerances". Camera is considered a precision machine. Within this set of precision machines are subsets of classes. The high end Swiss and Japanese Certified Chronographs have ultra-fine fit and ultra tight tolerances approaching single digit microns.

Quality Assurance program is to ensure that the product is BUILT to meet or exceed the "Design Specifications". Good specification is NOT SUBJECT TO INTERPRETATION. Good specification is quantifiable and measurable. For this reason, a good design does not call for a Fit & Tolerances that cannot be measured by any existing instrument

The above barely scratch the surface of design, manufacturing, and Q/A but I feel is enough to ask: Does the Nikon D750 meet the basic of good DESIGN, MANUFACTURING, and QUALITY ASSURANCE?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2015 at 18:16 UTC as 79th comment | 14 replies
On Nikon D750 Review preview (1835 comments in total)
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Michael MacGillivray: This article and the comments that follow are why today’s quality assurance is less than stellar. In the 1970’s, I was in my 20’s and purchased a number of different cameras. They were built like tanks and none of them were sent in for repairs. We didn’t have a “… hope I get a good copy” mentality, or a wait for firmware to correct design flaws. That was taken care of by camera companies BEFORE they shipped product.

It’s time to put the fan boy mentality in the trash when it comes to consumer electronics. Nikon has had a number of defective releases and should hardly be cheered for removing the D750 from shelves. Of course, this issue isn’t unique to Nikon, though they seem to have moved to the head of the ‘issues’ pack. Articles like this -- that put a “what’s the big deal?” handle on the thing, should be called on it. I appreciate the fact that DP Review, no doubt, was embarrassed by their initial rating after another botched launch.

Call me a Nikon fanboy if you wish because i will buy Nikon over other FF DSLR. I agree that Nikon dropped the ball on the design and perhaps manufacturing of the D600, hence, I return the D600 3 weeks after purchase. My D800 has auto focus problem with one of my four FX lens, so I chalk that as a lens issue but still a Nikkor. While the D750 I had a hands-on was flawless, this article documented some flaws. While I will still buy the D750 when the dust clears, I agree that Nikon needs to do a better job at design, validation, verification, manufacturing and Q/A.

Complexity of the product is not an excuse. Prior to the D600, there were no problems with Nikon high end DSLR, at least not I am aware of. I believe more precise and sensitive test equipment also kept pace with the more complex technology.

Not knowing how Nikon engineer and make their product, I can only wonder if components, other than the Sony Sensor, are not 100% Nikon.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2015 at 07:51 UTC
On Nikon D750 Review preview (1835 comments in total)

In 1962, F with 50mm f/1.4 was my first Nikon SLR. My Last Nikon film camera was the 1976 Nikomat EL. Both were purchased at Ginza in Tokyo. Both were built like a tank. Sold the F in 1978. The EL is still in perfect working condition

My first Nikon DSLR is the D90, is built like the Nikon SLR, rugged, precise, and dependable. I bought a D5100 in December 2011 for it's lightweight and the articulated LCD. While it looks flimsy and does not seem to be as durable as the D90, I have no complaints. Bought a D600 in December 2012 but return it 3 weeks later for problem with the memory card slots and the "infamous" sensor contamination. Gun shy from the D600, I waited for a year before getting the D800. A year after owning the D800, there is a slight autofocusing problem with one of my lens, an FX 24~120mm lens. my other three FX lens are not affected.

While I am somewhat disappointed with the Nikon as of late, I will still buy the D750 but will get the Tamron or Sigma telephoto

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2015 at 07:30 UTC as 85th comment | 1 reply
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