ecube

ecube

Lives in Morocco Morocco
Works as a Retired
Joined on Nov 22, 2005
About me:

Occasional visits (DPR) to salivate on Gears I will never buy
Amuse myself on forums where everybody present themselves as experts.

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ThePhilips: As cameras' high ISO performance improves, a need for a proper flash lessens.

Otherwise, as an amateur, I was always surprised by the lack of advancements in the lighting equipment. Flash designs, and the accompanying technics, are very old. The problems with them - are as old. Yet pretty much nobody tries to improve something there. Flash is still the same largish expensive-ish clunky device I have hard time to justify to buy and dedicate the space in my bag for it. As if interchangeable lenses weren't enough of the hustle.

Yes, I did mistook the Lumix GX7 with the Canon G7 X. That is the reason for the correction. In my opinion, the Lumix is far better.

Since I did not know the Nissin 140, I asked if it has optical remote trigger to make it a slave, precisely the the same reason you envision, EXCEPT that what you have in mind seem to be for RF (radio frequency) trigger. Perhaps you mean up to tree slaves, not GROUP. Grouping required dedicated RF Transmitter / Receiver system, meaning, a dedicated Flash for the Lumix. Regardless, you are right about the capability of the Lumix built-in flash to remotely photo trigger other slave flash and the slave is not limited to just three. I also have Lumix (much primitive version) but I know it is a GREAT camera. My everyday camera is Nikon D5100. My camera for serious photography is Nikon D800.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2014 at 03:55 UTC
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ThePhilips: As cameras' high ISO performance improves, a need for a proper flash lessens.

Otherwise, as an amateur, I was always surprised by the lack of advancements in the lighting equipment. Flash designs, and the accompanying technics, are very old. The problems with them - are as old. Yet pretty much nobody tries to improve something there. Flash is still the same largish expensive-ish clunky device I have hard time to justify to buy and dedicate the space in my bag for it. As if interchangeable lenses weren't enough of the hustle.

Nissin is an EXCELLENT speed light. In my humble opinion, a lot of photographers ar caught up by the marketing of gears. The so called "dedicate flash" is only good if the user knows how to marry the dedicated flash to their sophisticated camera.

Pardon my ignorance about GX7, it seems to me that GX7 is basically a P&S camera. I know it has a pop-up flash but can it accept an external flash such as the Nissin 140? Is the Nissin 140 capable of being a remotely optically triggered slave? If not, I suggest you instead look at other model (regardless of make) that has optical remote slave capability.

Like you, I prefer available light but there are scenes that require the use of flash. Here is a link to NISSIN creative lighting website that give ideas confiner aspects of using speedlights.

Correction - I mistook the Panasonic GX7 with Canon G7 X.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 25, 2014 at 19:48 UTC
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The outfitter: I wouldn't consider the high end Nikon and Canon flashes "overpriced crap".
The circuitry in them is frighteningly complex (and well made), called upon to direct precise bursts and pulses of high energy through that flash tube many times a second.
What they are is over-engineered, and that comes at a price.
It's not surprising many photographers are turning their backs on all that complexity and opting for simpler, cheaper units.
Unfortunately, Metz was never one for keeping things simple once the dedicated flash wars began.

There is no such thing as "over engineered". Engineers design according to specifications. Specifications are dictated by the needs of the customer. In this case, the customer of METZ Engineering Department is the Marketing and Sales. I am a retire Professional Electrical and Mechanical Engineer who have work on practically all aspects of engineering from plant/ manufacturing floor to R&D, Design and management.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 25, 2014 at 19:00 UTC

When manufacturers in Europe, North America, and Japan outsource their product to China, it is inevitable that China will reverse engineer the product or steal the design outright and make their own carbon copy… and sell their product at a fraction of the asking price of the original manufacturer. That is the easiest way to industrial espionage.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 25, 2014 at 18:34 UTC as 4th comment
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ThePhilips: As cameras' high ISO performance improves, a need for a proper flash lessens.

Otherwise, as an amateur, I was always surprised by the lack of advancements in the lighting equipment. Flash designs, and the accompanying technics, are very old. The problems with them - are as old. Yet pretty much nobody tries to improve something there. Flash is still the same largish expensive-ish clunky device I have hard time to justify to buy and dedicate the space in my bag for it. As if interchangeable lenses weren't enough of the hustle.

@ThePhillips - since you stated you are an amateur and associate HIGH ISO to acceptable exposure, does that mean you are not aware of the so called "fill-in and modeling flash". The are more to the use of flash than just directly lighting the subject. I have posted a few shots in my gallery where I employed flash other than just direct lighting. Feel free to take a look.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 25, 2014 at 18:02 UTC
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doctor digi: "We have reached out to Metz"

No, you didn't. You emailed or rang them and asked them to comment. They aren't living in a tree. They aren't painted on the roof of the Sistine Chapel.

Gee - am I getting sick of this phrase...

Outfitter - of course it was exactly 99 feet- 11- 63/64 inches. Rule of thumb was to round it is to the nearest foot

Direct link | Posted on Nov 25, 2014 at 17:52 UTC

Built-in Ni-Cd powered Mecablitz was my first electronic flash back in 1963. I kept on replacing resistors in different parts of the circuit. That would have costs me an arm and I leg in repairs had I not known electronics.

There are now more choices of speedlights, including those from Metz, than what I had 50 plus years earlier. Currently, I have three Chinese made speedlights less than a year old that has auto-zoom, remote trigger master/slave, variable output, multi-flash, over-under output. I also have 1976 vintage Japanese made Vivitar 283 Tyristor with auto-sensor and manual variable power output. Surprisingly, this Vivitar outperforms my three other flashes. I have my eye on Nissin MG8000 Extreme

Direct link | Posted on Nov 25, 2014 at 17:45 UTC as 5th comment
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ecube: Will this gold plated edition improve the performance and picture quality over the standard edition? I doubt very much it will. If you could afford to buy this edition, how ofter will you use it? I am guessing the owner of this toy will have it boxed in an air sealed glass for viewing. I assume half of the buyers of this toy might consider this an investment, which would make sense if the gold content is at least 18karat and substantial, however, a mere 5 grams at the current open market price of $1,195 / ounce of 24karat would amount to $210, assuming the gold plating is 24k. This is not for me for any purpose. I am highly satisfied with my D800 and D5100 with my collection of Prime Nikkors.

Good luck to those "collectors"

@ravduc - Your right estimate is actually accurate. Nikon direct priced this body $2746.95, exactly as the regular Df. As I stated, Df is NOT for ME because I believe my D800 has better features that makes it possible for me to create the photos I doubt I could with the Df. As for your second post, I buy cars for primarily for transportation and my criteria include safety, reliability, drivability, dependability and what I can afford. As you surmised, I am practical, but it does not mean that I am imposing my practicality on you or others.

@viking79 - I read the original Df reviews (DPR and others) and have actually tried the Df. Since I cited the weight of the gold plating, does that not tell you that I read the article.

@lightandday - thanks, it seems you and I think alike.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 24, 2014 at 01:58 UTC

What about a Gold colored Danskin that fits over the body? At least the Danskin will protect the camera, moreover, is replaceable when it is worn. It seems to me that Marketing is dictating the design.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2014 at 20:00 UTC as 29th comment | 1 reply
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halfwaythere: The 50cent edition.

Are you referring to the Rapper? Come to think of it, your description fits to the TEE.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2014 at 19:54 UTC
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Marty4650: This really is a great camera, but the design just doesn't do it justice.

There is good retro (Fuji and Olympus) and bad retro (Nikon). Fuji did a nice job emulating Leica. Olympus did a nice job emulating their own OM1. What Nikon has done is to recreate an East German Praktica Pentacon... only uglier.

Nikon Df is like my icon, a Jacktelope of a camera. I have been a Nikon user for 56 years and am currently using D800 and D5100, so I do not have an ax to grind. This Df reminds me of Ford Edsel.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2014 at 19:49 UTC
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Caerolle: Wow, they made the ugliest camera in the world even uglier.

Curious, I went to the my local camera dealer who let me try the Df. While I disagree with Caeolle's claim of ugliest camera, I am simply not impressed by the Df. It is not a matter of ease of use, my D800 is much more complicated, yet I use the D800 like an extension of my hands. Df is simply not my cup of tea.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2014 at 19:44 UTC
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lightandday: Gold --- what for ?
The Df has a "Great sensor "but it is perhaps the clumsiest Nikon ever !
FUJIFILM's XT-1 (a FM2 mirrorless ) is what the Df should have been - a bit larger to house the larger sensor -- what a waste of engineering time ! WAKE UP NIKON !

I used to machine adaptors for cross manufacturer utilization of lenses and bodies. So what if an adaptor is required to use Nikkors to Fuji or other manufacturer's body?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2014 at 19:32 UTC
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ravduc: Jealous bunch! Can't afford the camera, so they need to slam it.

To some extent, you maybe right. However, there are several posts that have legitimate objections. I for one am not impressed by the standard Df. I have been using Nikon since the SP rangefinder in 1958, original F, D90, D200, D5100, D600, and now the D800. I tend to favor function and performance over form. Although Nikon /Nikkor are my preference, my equipment is not exclusively Nikon/ Nikkor. I am NOT a Nikon troll fanboy. I call a spade spade. To me, The Df Gold is a terrible camera.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2014 at 19:22 UTC

Will this gold plated edition improve the performance and picture quality over the standard edition? I doubt very much it will. If you could afford to buy this edition, how ofter will you use it? I am guessing the owner of this toy will have it boxed in an air sealed glass for viewing. I assume half of the buyers of this toy might consider this an investment, which would make sense if the gold content is at least 18karat and substantial, however, a mere 5 grams at the current open market price of $1,195 / ounce of 24karat would amount to $210, assuming the gold plating is 24k. This is not for me for any purpose. I am highly satisfied with my D800 and D5100 with my collection of Prime Nikkors.

Good luck to those "collectors"

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2014 at 18:27 UTC as 30th comment | 7 replies
On Nikon releases Capture NX-D 1.0.3 and View NX 2.10.2 article (40 comments in total)
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ecube: I'd rather take time taking pictures than trying to fix the pictures with computer software. I maybe the only one in 100,000 photo-hobbyist who stay away from shooting raw and spend countless hours manipulating the photos with software.

Other than crop, straighten, and reduce size (for posting here in DPR) I don't have use to sophisticated software. VewNX2 and Picasa is more than enough for my need.

Great! I am glad for you.
For shooting around, I use a Nikon D5100 with a 18~55mm and a 55~300mm kit lenses. Most of the built-in scenes are sufficient for 80% of the photography I do. Still, I prefer manual settings.

I use a Nikon D800 for serious photography and three high-end Nikkors. I customized 4 settings, plus four scene settings each of which I recall on the fly. These gives me a combination of 16 settings at my finger tips. As needed, I override appropriate setting to get the effect I want for some specific shots.

I took time to learn my camera and the lens combination I FAVOR for specific shots. While I very seldom bracket my shots, the wide array of bracketing available in the D800 gives me the tool I need in tricky lighting conditions. Call me lazy. I am lazy to spend time sitting in front of a computer to "Photoshop" my photographs. I have full blown Photoshop plus several other computer program I beta tested for software companies who seek my input.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 11, 2014 at 16:15 UTC
On A second glance: two takes on the Leica X article (378 comments in total)
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ecube: I looked at all the photos in this article BEFORE reading the text.
To my dismay, the sailboat is the only one close to what I expect from a Leica.
I wish I kept my old (vintage 1930s) Leica so that I can objectively make comparison.

As for the car, I tend to avoid assessing the ability of a camera to take photo that are enhance by post processing.

I wonder if David Wentworth purposely took those unflattering shots.

Excuse my ignorance, what is DNG?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 11, 2014 at 08:47 UTC
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ecube: REAL-WOLRD sample, what does it mean?
Does it mean JPEG photos direct from the camera or some RAW photos corrected by the shooter to his/her pleasure. Does it mean JPEG photos enhance by post processing?

Why bring it up? All the casual shutter bugs that asked for my recommendation on what camera to buy does not care about RAW or Photoshop to take a pleasing photographs.

I am pleased by (practically) all the images I've (so far) viewed in this article.

I wish the photographer /author of the article mention that out front.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 11, 2014 at 08:44 UTC
On Nikon releases Capture NX-D 1.0.3 and View NX 2.10.2 article (40 comments in total)
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ecube: I'd rather take time taking pictures than trying to fix the pictures with computer software. I maybe the only one in 100,000 photo-hobbyist who stay away from shooting raw and spend countless hours manipulating the photos with software.

Other than crop, straighten, and reduce size (for posting here in DPR) I don't have use to sophisticated software. VewNX2 and Picasa is more than enough for my need.

I wonder if you are aware of the standards of NGS and Black Star.
I concede that ANY photograph could be improved, none-the-less, each of us has our own preferences. I am very much satisfied with the JPEG photos I take as is. I prefer not to waste my time perfecting those photos. In this digital world of photography, I simply take few shots from slightly different angle, use the built-in feature of exposure bracketing and discard what I do not like. If the color is faded, I like the photo of that object faded as well, not vibrant which maybe more pleasing to the eyes BUT does not represent the actual color of the subject. I am not criticizing your choice to do post processing to make your photographs PERFECT, THAT IS YOUR CHOICE, but please, let me do my choice.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 11, 2014 at 08:41 UTC

REAL-WOLRD sample, what does it mean?
Does it mean JPEG photos direct from the camera or some RAW photos corrected by the shooter to his/her pleasure. Does it mean JPEG photos enhance by post processing?

Why bring it up? All the casual shutter bugs that asked for my recommendation on what camera to buy does not care about RAW or Photoshop to take a pleasing photographs.

I am pleased by (practically) all the images I've (so far) viewed in this article.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 7, 2014 at 15:12 UTC as 5th comment | 2 replies
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