ecube

ecube

Lives in United States Sterling Heights USA, MI, United States
Works as a Registered Professional Engineer (ME-EE) retired
Joined on Nov 22, 2005
About me:

Returning to photography after 30 year hiatus.
To learn the finer points of digital photography.

To capture the precious moments of my grandsons' formative years with the marvelous new tool, the digital camera.

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On Photokina 2014: Nikon stand report article (37 comments in total)
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Cane: Does Nikon try to make all their lenses as big and plastic as possible? Someone needs to serve them pancakes for breakfast and see if anything clicks in their heads.

I prefer glass over polycarbonate camera lenses. But then, I prefer polycarbonate over glass eyeglasses because of the poly is thiner and lighter. I know glass is stable and would last for centuries abut I just don't know the stability of polycarbonate, maybe decades. More likely than not, I am mistaken.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 21:43 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (929 comments in total)
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ScottRH: I would like to know when the replacement for the D700 will be. This D750 is essentially a D620.

@Adrian Van - How do you know what gotglasses is using? Are you speaking for him? Is there a law against using the 5.5mp in D700 or any camera?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 20:16 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (929 comments in total)
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ScottRH: I would like to know when the replacement for the D700 will be. This D750 is essentially a D620.

@gotglasses -
My FX body is the D800. I do not have D700. Did you get FX lenses for the D700? If not, did you set the area selection to automatic DX mode or did you turn-off the DX mode and opted for the FX area sacrificing the quality of the periphery? There is no right or wrong, I do both with my DX lens depending on my mood / stubbornness. 98% of the time, I use FX lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 14:51 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (929 comments in total)
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Dyun27: I am amazed at the amount of criticism on the net regarding the D750. This is the cheapest, most well-featured full frame body currently on the market. For the money it just doesn't get better than this. It's got;

- A kick-ass sensor that will give you a ton of dynamic range and resolution, plus incredible high ISO performance.

- Kick-ass AF system that will track and capture your subject better than any other Nikon body, including the pro models even in the dark.

- Built in Wi-Fi, something many of you have been whining about for a couple of years now.

- It's lighter, but also weather sealed to the same extent as the D810 (from what I've heard)

- It has great video features and you can change the aperture in live view now.

- It has 6.5 FPS without a grip at full resolution while the D700 has 5 FPS even with the grip, unless you use AA batteries.

etc. etc.

I can't even begin to imagine how someone might have trouble making incredible photos or videos with this camera.

Here is my button line - To me, this is a GREAT camera in terms of features and price. I will NOT buy one because it lacks the built-in GPS that is important to me. I expect the next iteration (D750s or whatever designation) to have the GPS. My D5100 and D800 would suffice for now. My Samsung Tab's GPS is sufficient at this time.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 05:21 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (929 comments in total)
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Photographer2: After D600 disaster lost 100% confidence in that brand, now 100% happy with my Canon 6D, not missing anything.
I had to send in my US 6D to Canon Canada for a button not working, this was done on warranty using the Canon service website, the service experience was fantastic. Nikon service I totally hated, what a difference.

@Photographer - Reading several post you made on D750 makes me wonder if you have second thought with your Canon. You are lucky that your Canon is still under warranty. I used to repair cameras and lenses. I have repaired more Canons than all the major brands combined. I hope your LUCK stays.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 05:00 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (929 comments in total)
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waxwaine: I missed when the world crack and suddenly every enthusiat photographer have usd2.500 + 1000 dollar lenses to spend and jump from one new model camera to another and on the way get an Otus or a pair of L lenses.

@Ben Stonewall - Your response to Isoruke reminds me of my parrot who regurgitate words. I assume you are trying to be funny.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 04:51 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (929 comments in total)
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Isoruku: Scene modes?? Really? Scene modes?

Could you be specific on what you consider a "PRO Camera".

Your profile states that you are a journalist writing for a Swiss "Think Tank" organization, hence, I am sure you would not have problem articulating your points. Would I be too far off in expecting your knowledge on the need for measurable quantitative properties to define ruggedness? I asked because I am an engineer / scientist accustomed to quantitative measurable properties to rate the quality of an item.

Extend the above quantitative concept, the word SIMPLE means different things to different individuals. What specific SIMPLE features do you expect? While you did not claim to be a Pro photographer, what constitute a Pro type camera?

You singled Nikon "can't build an affordable, simple, rugged pro camera". Because you are a journalist writing for a Think-Tank organization, I am sure you have the resources to name manufacturers who meet your "under $2k, simple, rugged pro camera. BTW, what camera do you use?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 04:35 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (929 comments in total)
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beavertown: Still no touch screen in 2014?

I guess the live view focusing is as sluggish as the D800.

@beavertown: If touchscreen is a deal-breaker for you, Canon maybe your best bet. I'm surprise hearing your sluggish live view focusing on your D800, my D800 is fast and spot-on. I wonder why.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 20:02 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (929 comments in total)
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elf kerben: Should a D750 have a D610 body Nikon? I stay at D700 and F6, i give you another try and i have more time then you. :)

Also i can change the mount, if you are not willing to bring me a really good option to upgrade from my D700. thats all i can say. :)

I am sure Nikon will miss your business.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 19:57 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (929 comments in total)
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Hauer: Dear Nikon,

Can you please advise your loyal customer base what your strategy is in terms of the DX-format???

As far as I'm concerned an official statement is very long overdue!

My conclusion thus far is that Nikon's communication is poor and that very little notice is taken from its customers.

Yours sincerely,
Herman Auer (D50 & D300 user)

@Hauer: I am guessing the Nikon DSLR entry level D3000 series, the intermediate level D5000 series and the pro-sumer level D7000 series answers your question on their DX format strategy.

With no intention of a putdown, I suspect your D50 and D300 is relatively way behind the times as far as DSLR are concern. In my humble opinion, Nikon's best DX format DSLR are the D90 and the D300.

I don't take Nikon's silence on their intention as an insult. I interpret their silence as a business strategy in relation to their competitor. My first Nikon was the F1 in the very early 1960s. While I have several other Nikons and Nikkors since, I don't expect communique from Nikon to let me in oh their strategies. I hope Nikon makes an exception for you.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 19:55 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (929 comments in total)
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ScottRH: I would like to know when the replacement for the D700 will be. This D750 is essentially a D620.

I think the D800 was the replacement for the D700.

I agree with you that the D750 is a close iteration of the D610. I wish Nikon use a simpler / rational designation than their haphazard irrational naming practice.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 19:36 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (929 comments in total)
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Isoruku: Scene modes?? Really? Scene modes?

Why not? Pros like you might not want nor need it but it's great for enthusiast who does not want to bother with manually setting the camera to get a professional quality photos for difficult lighting conditions. I am NOT a professional photographer but I have consistently taken museum quality photos of extremely unusual and difficult lighted scenes with my D800 I manually set. An artist friend who claims complete ignorance of the technology take stunning photos with the camera set at the appropriate scenes on her D5300. I recommended the D5200 but by the time she decided to buy, The D5300 was release which she opted for.

I think Nikon is positioning the D750 and D610 as a pro-sumer. I will wait for and hope the next iteration of the D750 (D760 perhaps) would include a built-in GPS.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 19:32 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (929 comments in total)

What an entertainment reading comments, specially those threatening Nikon with ultimatum that they will jump ship if Nikon does not give them the specific feature they want.

I wonder if those enthusiast even have the Nikon bodies they claim to have. If they do, I wonder if they have the collection of lenses needed to take the appropriate photos. Assuming those enthusiast have the Nikon bodies and matching Nikkor lenses, I wonder if they know how to take advantage of the features for which they paid for when they purchase their toys. I am puzzled by the logic of jumping ship if Nikon does not provide the features some of these enthusiast DEMAND. Are they going to sell their lenses at bargain basement to prove their point to NIkon?

I wonder if enthusiast who are die-hard Canon, Pentax, Sony/Minolta, Olympus, Fuji owners does similar childish threats.

Me? I just buy the product that has the features I like. I do not like to part with the my superb collection of lenses

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 14:46 UTC as 19th comment | 2 replies
On Opinion: Do we really need the Fuji X30? article (303 comments in total)

Do we really need the Fuji X30? I don't know about you but I certainly don't! But just because I don't and you too may not, it does not mean others don't. It is also likely that some who might not need it would WANT to get one for themselves or as a gift to their love one or friends. I am sure Fuji is hoping it will sell.

I don't want to buy the Fuji X30 because my wife will nag me if I got another camera to add to my Nikon D5100 and D800. I might want to get the Fuji X30 for my wife but she does not want anything more than her 5 year old $99 Kodak EasyShare M575 which she consider complicated.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 04:46 UTC as 1st comment
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ecube: The "quick release" strap as shown is commonly used in relatively light weight key rings. I would not bet my camera on such design. Moreover, engaging this quick release requires two hands. Having the quick release by the hips is an awkward position that will more likely result in dropping the camera. More likely than not, the user would have to take the strap off their body in order to engage the quick release mechanism, thus defeating the purpose of quick release. Contrary to the claim of "quick draw from hip" into shooting position, the strap would not easily slid around the shoulder, try it with the narrower neck strap and decide for yourself.

The mounting threaded socket on the baseplate of the camera is design for COMPRESSIVE loading. This product advocates tensile loading the baseplate. I wonder if the developer ever consulted with the camera manufacturer on their proposed tensile loading on the baseplate.

I have L Bracket Swiss Arca compatible mounting plate.

This is a free country. You do what you want and let me do what I want, please. End of discussion. Thank you

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 03:38 UTC
On Opinion: Do we really need the Fuji X30? article (303 comments in total)
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Bsadvies0104: it is always a pleasure to read all the posts about a camera which is not on the marketing yet. Also i love the discussion about pixels ( the more the beter it seems), sensor size (bigger=better), lenses and so on. I have a camera with only 5 milj. Pixels and the same (size) sensor, with a hell of a lens. The Leica digilux 2. I think most readers do not print postersize pictures. Mostly 13x19 inches, which is pretty big. When you print in this size, really 12 milj pixels and only a tiny sensor like X10, 20 and 30 is more then enough, unless you are looking to expose the photos, professionally, in a gallery. My old D2 is still spot on, cristal clear. It could be much better, but do i need it, or want. I think a perfect photo, and i do not mean the composition, has only a small effect on the technical data of the camera. It is the combination of things. Lens is the most important one. This count for the early ages of photography as well it is for today. Look for that and nothing else!

@Bsadv - - - As I recall, the D2 is a Nikon DX format camera with a 12 pixel sensor. I remember the outcry and resistance by some newsprint media photo processing department about their computer storage being overwhelm by the four-fold jump of file size (from 2.7 pixel of the D1 to the 12 pixel of D2.
I'm curious, to what extent do you do post processing?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 23:09 UTC
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ecube: GREAT!
I don't need to carry and fire my laptop for the wireless transfer to a hard drive. I used to attach the Wu-1a adaptor to the Nikon D600 for wireless connection to my laptop. I replaced the D600 with D800 because of the sensor / oil fiasco and bought SD and CF that has Eye-fi capability because the D800 cannot use the Wu-1a. I carry two card readers: (1) CF / SD Firewire 800 card reader and (2) CF / SD with 8 other card type, USB-3 for insurance.

@Jaywalles - ok genius . . . I guess you know it all. I hope you are happy . . . goodbye

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 04:45 UTC
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ecube: The "quick release" strap as shown is commonly used in relatively light weight key rings. I would not bet my camera on such design. Moreover, engaging this quick release requires two hands. Having the quick release by the hips is an awkward position that will more likely result in dropping the camera. More likely than not, the user would have to take the strap off their body in order to engage the quick release mechanism, thus defeating the purpose of quick release. Contrary to the claim of "quick draw from hip" into shooting position, the strap would not easily slid around the shoulder, try it with the narrower neck strap and decide for yourself.

The mounting threaded socket on the baseplate of the camera is design for COMPRESSIVE loading. This product advocates tensile loading the baseplate. I wonder if the developer ever consulted with the camera manufacturer on their proposed tensile loading on the baseplate.

I have L Bracket Swiss Arca compatible mounting plate.

@f8Be - Thanks but no thanks - I just don't trust the integrity of slings. I'm perfectly comfortable with the neck strap. Safety belt does not use a single "quick disconnect. I wish you luck.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 04:40 UTC
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ecube: GREAT!
I don't need to carry and fire my laptop for the wireless transfer to a hard drive. I used to attach the Wu-1a adaptor to the Nikon D600 for wireless connection to my laptop. I replaced the D600 with D800 because of the sensor / oil fiasco and bought SD and CF that has Eye-fi capability because the D800 cannot use the Wu-1a. I carry two card readers: (1) CF / SD Firewire 800 card reader and (2) CF / SD with 8 other card type, USB-3 for insurance.

Jaywalles - The Wu-1a came with the D600. Because there was no manual / instructions with it, I went to the NikonUSA website. Since I do not have the D600, I can't duplicate what I did to tell you how I did it. BTW, it worked with my Apple laptop and Samsung Tab but can only link with one device at a time.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 8, 2014 at 23:11 UTC

In the early 1960s, I used a bulky film spool and motor drive that enabled me to shot 200 or more farms without reloading film. I have to have two cameras, one for fine grain and the other for speed. Now, I can take at least 500 high quality (fine) large full frame JPEG and RAW simultaneously on a single camera using SD and CF card. The Wi-fi and Wi-Eyes makes it possible to wirelessly transfer the files to my computer ON-THE-GO or directly to my blue-tooth enabled printer.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 8, 2014 at 19:04 UTC as 12th comment
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