Occasional visits (DPR) to pass the time
Donglei: I do love the way dpr compares several p&s cameras with a graph of equivalent aperture and focal length. But it only appears in the camera news and later we can never find it again. Could you make such a chart tool and embed it into your comparison system? And it would be greater if dslr lenses are also included in this tool!
@forepetes: I am confused by your comment. Please explain what you mean I assume you are not referring to "pinhole" aperture or a fixed aperture camera, like disposable film cameras.
A what????Color blind taking colored photo needing to see the colored chart!!!
Papi61: If you're looking for a do-it-all travel camera with a big zoom, look no further than the Panasonic FZ1000. Since it's no longer new, you can easily find it for only $150 more than this Nikon. Totally worth the extra money. Night and day.I bought it as a B cam for 4K tests and I was surprised by its very high IQ.
Having had Panasonic-Lumix 12X zoom pocket camera and having tried a Nikon pocket camera with (I think 26X) my vote goes to Panasonic. I have been using Nikon SLR since the early 1960 and had own Nikon DSLR D90, D600, and currently D800, D5100, and D5300, hence, I am not attempting to bash Nikon. I just call it as I see it.
Eighty-Three X zoom !!!I would need a tripod to keep the subject in sight, much more to stay in focus.
Macist: I don't get it: why no GPS?
Superzooms are presumably aimed at those who travel, right?
Unless one travels on a scheduled tour or a cruise, or to see the Statue of Liberty or the Eiffel Tower, a GPS tag is invaluable a few months or years later, when memory fades. Heck, sometimes I don't even know the precise locations I've been and taken a shot at.
I know the manufacturers try to shave every penny they can, but it kind of defeats the purpose for many who travel.
Nikon's "built-in" GPS is a joke! I bought a D5300 for the built-in GPS three months before taking a cruise from SF to Australia, with several port of call in Polynesia and Micronesia. At the open top deck of the cruise ship, the built-in GPS took more than 5 minutes to lock on to the satellite signal and when it does, failed to lock-on. In the entire 30 day trip, the built-in GPS was practically useless.
Luckily, I have "ECO Pro-F GPS” a third party GPS from Dawn Technology fitted to my D800. The drain of the battery of this GPS is more than tolerable. Eco Pro GPS locks-on to the satellite signal within 10 seconds and keep lock. If the signal is lost for whatever reason, the last position is stored in memory until a new position is obtain from the satellite. Heavy cloud did not affect the Eco-Pro GPS
ecube: I accidentally accepted the upgrade to PHOTOS and was panicked that it replaced my iPhoto on my selected Apps bar. Forcing myself to overcome my anxiety, I plunge-on, half-heartedly, and was impressed by the various options for organizing my photo files. I notice very strong similarities to a database (Access) app I wrote for a client 20 years earlier. . . I'll definitely explore more of PHOTOS.
Meanwhile, I restore the iPhoto icon back on my apps bar . . . for my wife to be able to view the recent shots from our two-week tour.
You maybe 100% correct, however, I am NOT looking for replacement nor for better app than my current app.
ecube: Being frequent traveler on Bus Tours, I use an oversize flexible lens hood made of rubber. With the lens hood flushed against the glass pane, all shots I take of the scenes are reflection free. I do not block the views of my fellow tourist passengers and they get a good laugh at my improvised contraption. I don't have to waste time on post processing too.
Where do I get those hood? From any store that sells plumber's helper.
IMHO and my hundreds of shots thru rain soak glass pane , the rain did not affect the reflection, check for yourself. Same for the glass being clean, smudges on and clarity of the image would be affected but reflection is not. Do you think the MIT developed process would not be affected by dirty glass? Would you take photos through dirty window pane?
Being frequent traveler on Bus Tours, I use an oversize flexible lens hood made of rubber. With the lens hood flushed against the glass pane, all shots I take of the scenes are reflection free. I do not block the views of my fellow tourist passengers and they get a good laugh at my improvised contraption. I don't have to waste time on post processing too.
ecube: I will not buy this camera ONLY because I do not have a need for MF because I am too old to carry heavier camera.
I have had Asahi Pentax in the 1960s and have always been impressed by the Takumar lenses. I also like the feel of the original Asahi Pentax in my hand.
To me, Pentax 645Z is a WINNER.
While I did settled on Nikon, I started with Spotmatic in the very early 1960s. The bayonet style mount of Nikkor lenses versus the screw mount of Asahi Pentax was the deciding factor. Regardless, I always am impressed by the Pentax products. I hope you find some extra greens for you to get the 645Z.
ecube: Have bought Nikon SLR since the early 1960s. Started Digital with D90 in the mid 2000s then D600, D5100, D800, and recently D5300 AND was considering getting D750 to complement my D800. Have four prime and and five zoom lenses.
BUT . . . I'm getting tired of the problems that seem to have started with the D600. I guess I'll stop buying anymore Nikon bodies.
@marma - I used to repair film cameras. Except to accidental drops or "forced trauma" I have never had to repair Nikon. It was always built to last. Most of the cameras I repaired were Canons. For that reason, I stayed with Nikon. But then, all Nikon cameras, lenses, flash were designed and manufactured in Japan. Moreover, Nikon made the components that were used in their cameras.
If your D600 and D750 has no problem, why waste your investment on the cameras and lenses that works very well for you?
Perhaps this "globalization" that forced Nikon to manufacture outside Japan is the problem. It appears Nikon did away with Systems Engineering and Systems Integration resulting in lack of coordination and very poor communications between component design engineering and manufacturing.
Based on my experience repairing cameras, I would not buy Canon.
Have bought Nikon SLR since the early 1960s. Started Digital with D90 in the mid 2000s then D600, D5100, D800, and recently D5300 AND was considering getting D750 to complement my D800. Have four prime and and five zoom lenses.
Not cute but it works
sorry . . . I can't erase this post
I purchased three post 2008 Nikkors FX made in Japan few months ago. I'm surprise that the serial numbers are printed on the boxes but not on the lenses. However, the SN are engraved on my DX lenses, the boxes, and the registration cards.
Looking at my (film) cameras and lenses made before 1980, serial numbers are engraved on the front element bezel on Nikkor and Konica lens and on the aperture ring on Canon.
I am not an advocate of government intervention, but perhaps government should mandate uniform labeling by engraving of SN on lenses similar to the VIN on motor vehicles.
I have registered with the respective manufacturers all my lenses, camera bodies, electronic flash. Have taken pictures and created an inventory stored in my computer and copies on multiple portable drives stores in fireproof box and safety deposit box, incase of insurance claim from theft, fire, & losses.
Recovery of items that has no SN is impossible but I'll not waste my time engraving the SN.
I'll return the camera for a full refund.
Having a piece of left over 4 inch of rubber backed laminated hardwood. I cut a 6 inch piece, drilled 3/8" through the center, push through a 3/8" x 1-1/4" stove bolt. Secured with washer and lock nut. Mounted an Acra-Swiss ballhead from my tripod. Since I leave the QR mounting plate attached to my camera, mounting the camera to the ballhead is a snap I mount this gizmo on top of the table or any flat surface. My hard shell camera bag or books afford the height adjustment, if needed. Takes less than a minute to assemble or disassemble. Fits nicely inside my camera bag. This is very handy in gatherings where tripod is not practical. This easily supports my Nikon D800 fitted with 85mm f/2.8 lens. Except for the ballhead, this contraption is practically free.
ecube: Ho hummmm . . . Good eyes, great imagination, and good technique makes better photos than the best camera in the hands of a wannabe photographer.
What happen to Joe Mama, I hope he was not "kick-out", he was such a gentleman. I just remember the name of the guy from Montreal, I think it is Pierre.
Thanks for the update.
Papi61: If six rotors allegedly make the craft perfectly stable, how do you explain that the professional octocopters used in movies/tv/commercials/etc. *STILL* have gimbles? See images below, in my answer to m3. Those are very expensive drones used by major Hollywood productions.
@cgarrard - LOL
I wonder if those who freely throw jargons around understand what they are saying. LOL
I have flown a single engine Cessna. I have work for NASA JPL as a design engineer in the early 1970s. But to paraphrase Sargent Schultz, "I know nothing" about helicopters nor do I care what makes this gizmo tick. If I can afford it, I'll buy one.