Steve Huff v3 first impression/review

Started May 2, 2014 | Discussions thread
photoreddi Veteran Member • Posts: 7,973
Re: Remember when he wasn't a fan of the V2?

DesertCat wrote:

Steve's certainly entitled to his opinion, but I also remember when he gave a fairly non-glowing mini-review of the V2. What did it really come down to at that time? Price. That was when the V1 wsa on fire sale for about $300. The V2 was going for its initial release price of $800 at that time. So... in his assessment of image quality versus the cost of the camera, he felt that the V1 was the clear winner. I suppose it was, to a certain degree, at those prices at that time. Does that mean that the V2 was somehow a highly flawed product? Well no, he never really cited any evidence of that, he just didn't think the V2 offered enough image improvement over the V1 to justify the cost difference. As a result of Steve's relatively negative review, a whole bunch of people wrote off the V2.

Well, here we are again. The V3 is even more expensive, the pictures aren't a gigantic leap forward in IQ, and Steve declares he's may not do a full review of the V3 due to his disappointment. Well... he only gave a very brief review of the V2 but... wait for it... now he says:

"I have some nice 1 system lenses so I may buy a V2 once it goes to fire sale clearance."

Ahh, I see. So there really wasn't anything so wrong with the V2, it's just the price issue. My conclusion is that Steve only likes Nikon 1 V-series cameras when they are $400 or less. That's when he wrote his glowing reviews of the V1. That's why he initially bagged on the V2 (at $800 it was too expensive). That seems to be his largest complaint with the V3 (at $1200 it's too expensive). He even says he wants the V3 to sell for $399. Well don't we all? I do think he is correct in that Nikon's initial prices are too high. Once the dust settles, though, people need semi-objective reviews to know whether the camera is good or bad, regardless of the price tag. He never gave us that article on the V2. Given his initial negativity towards the V2, I'm laughing that it is now suddenly just fine in comparison to the V3 (if it goes on a fire sale).

It's really strange about his fixations over price. He complains that at the introductory price of $1,200 the V3 is too expensive, comparing it to a $200 J1 kit. But I'll bet that he paid more for his J1 than that - the J1's introductory price was $650, and it didn't include accessories like the V3's grip and EVF. It's as if he wants to show that he's "one of the guys" that needs to count his pennies, yet he has tons of Leica lenses and wrote the longest, glowingest review of the $7,000 Leica M 240. Add 3 M mount lens and the price could be pushing $20,000.


Happy V2 owner here. I bought it in spite of Steve's opinion. Though I don't expect to buy a V3 any time soon, I sure wouldn't be swayed away from it by this semi-rant of a semi-article.

Huff wrote :

With such disappointment out of the gate I may not even do a full review.


The Olympus E-M10 with lens for under $700 is a much better buy than the V3 and will outperform it in every way


I will be skipping the V3.

THREE HOURS LATER UPDATE: I boxed it back up after 2 more hours of use. No go for me.

No more V3 so it looks like there won't be a V3 review. As for the E-M10 outperforming the V3 in every way, how about shooting full resolution RAW+JPEG bursts at 60fps or focusing while tracking at up to 20fps?


is a step backwards from the V1 and V2 in build, feel and maybe even IQ.

Really? "maybe even IQ"? I guess that Huff really likes the 'soap bar' feel of the V1 and J1 (he apparently still owns both of these) and I doubt that any reasonably competent reviewer would conclude that with its 18mp sensor (with no AA filter) the V3 might not be able to match the IQ of the 10mp J1 and V1. There are a number of pretty good reviewers, but with this "1st Impression report", Steve Huff, who writes like a fanboy and who has admitted many times in reviews that he's proud to be a fanboy (read his Leica M240 review if you doubt have doubts) has crossed the line into Ken Rockwell territory.

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