Old Ed

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On article Have Your Say 2017: the winners (204 comments in total)

It's good to read that the D850 has great "blending speed!" Just throw in some carrots and celery, and wham! You've got a health drink. But I might stick with my old Vitamix, which is paid for. 8<)

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2018 at 17:03 UTC as 34th comment
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David610: It is Kodachrome we all miss. I don't remember any popular songs about Ektachrome or E6.

I shot hundreds of rolls of these films "back in the day," and I have to throw in the following comments:
David610, you're right on. I would only add that there were several Kodachromes: Original (ASA 10), Kodachrome II (ASA 25), Kodachrome 25, Kodachrome 64, and Kodachrome 200. Of these, Kodachrome II was the hands-down champ... best IQ slide film ever.
Davinator, I agree with you about Ektachrome color. I found it festive but unnatural, with oversaturated blues and reds. Hence I preferred the more balanced Kodachrome colors. But I don't know where you got the idea that Ektachrome had finer grain, unless you were comparing it to Kodachrome 200. The slower Kodachromes were the finest-grain slide films available. In fact, when you sent a 35mm Kodachrome slide to Kodak for an internegative, they made it on medium format film so as to capture the Kodachrome detail.
Regards...

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2017 at 06:22 UTC
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goactive: Mirrorless APS-C and FF is what is killing Nikon. After many many years i am looking to move to Fujifilm next year the Fuji X-T2 seems to be a great camera that is as good as the D750 or D500 but with all the benefits of mirrorless. I will start with one and if it is as good as all the reviews say I will buy a second one and sell off all my Nikon gear, Getting Tired of waiting on a Nikon mirrorless. I do have the V2 and J5 and love both of them and will keep them for the zoom range.

dg... Perhaps DPR will read your comments in this thread, and revise their XT-2 review downward. With the exception of AF action tracking, they didn't seem to notice your 'issues.'

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2017 at 20:15 UTC
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goactive: Mirrorless APS-C and FF is what is killing Nikon. After many many years i am looking to move to Fujifilm next year the Fuji X-T2 seems to be a great camera that is as good as the D750 or D500 but with all the benefits of mirrorless. I will start with one and if it is as good as all the reviews say I will buy a second one and sell off all my Nikon gear, Getting Tired of waiting on a Nikon mirrorless. I do have the V2 and J5 and love both of them and will keep them for the zoom range.

I recently spent some time in a brick-and-mortar camera store, trying out an X-T2, X-T20, and G85. One thing for sure: an X-T20, while nice, is no X-T2. For me, handling the X-T20 was meh. But handling the X-T2 was so lovely it almost gave me goose bumps. Of course, the X-T2 should be much better, given the price difference. Roughly in the X-T20 price range, my preference was the G85: rather plastic-y and non-retro, but VERY capable. YMMV

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2017 at 23:44 UTC
On article Nikon's official D850 lens recommendation list (310 comments in total)

Just in case anyone is taking this seriously, note that the famously unsharp 58 is on the list--along with some so-so zooms. Come on Nikon, is this your overstock list?

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2017 at 02:32 UTC as 80th comment | 1 reply

It's not April 1st, so I can think of NO explanation for this waste of bandwidth. There are so many better, funnier jokes already on the internet. Oh well, DPR is still a fine site.

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2017 at 05:44 UTC as 36th comment | 1 reply

It's a mystery to me why anyone bothers posting photos here on DPR. It seems that most of the time, they just get a load of cr@p from armchair critics.

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2017 at 18:37 UTC as 56th comment | 2 replies
On article Shooting experience: how the Nikon D7500 won me over (196 comments in total)
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Joed700: It's nice to see that Nikon has put so much effort into their APS-C sensors and bodies. I wish they would have done the same thing with their FF systems. The only reason I'm not getting the D500 or alike is that there are not too many good dedicated lenses for APS-C from Nikon. Sigma have some good ones, but they are not , as always, consistent with AF performance...

Hey Deliverator...
Assuming you're correct about the 7500 dropping AI vs. (screw) AF, I thank you for the correction. I'd have to re-find the description I relied on to be sure whether it was badly worded, or I read it wrong.
But the bottom line would be the same for me:
A deal-breaker downgrade from 7200. I only have four screw-drive AF lenses I like to play around with; but I have about a dozen AI and AI-S lenses. So for me, losing the indexing would actually be worse.
Happy shooting, OE

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2017 at 05:00 UTC
On article Shooting experience: how the Nikon D7500 won me over (196 comments in total)
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Joed700: It's nice to see that Nikon has put so much effort into their APS-C sensors and bodies. I wish they would have done the same thing with their FF systems. The only reason I'm not getting the D500 or alike is that there are not too many good dedicated lenses for APS-C from Nikon. Sigma have some good ones, but they are not , as always, consistent with AF performance...

Hi CT23,

I'm going to guess that you're responding to my post, so I'll respond to yours.

You seem to be missing the fact that FOV is crucial for primes--hence the notion of "equivalent" focal lengths.

The "point" of a DX 50mm would be to do what 85mm does on FX. And the inexpensive FX nifty 50's do approximate that.

But ideally, the DX should be 55-60 mm, and a stop faster.

The only FX fitting that description would be the (relatively) big, heavy, expensive, and soft 58mm.

Compare it, for example, to the Pentax 55mm f/1.4 DA* SDM lens. Another comparison would be the gorgeous Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2 R Lens. (But that comparison wouldn't be quite "fair," as the Fuji also has the mirrorless advantage.)

And what about the 28mm "equivalent" for DX? That would be 18-20mm, say the FX Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED.

Compare that to the Pentax DA 21mm f/3.2 AL, or the (mirrorless) Fujifilm 18mm f/2.0 XF R.

P.S. Canon's APS-C lineup looks as pathetic as Nikon's. I'm surprised.

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2017 at 21:15 UTC
On article Shooting experience: how the Nikon D7500 won me over (196 comments in total)
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Joed700: It's nice to see that Nikon has put so much effort into their APS-C sensors and bodies. I wish they would have done the same thing with their FF systems. The only reason I'm not getting the D500 or alike is that there are not too many good dedicated lenses for APS-C from Nikon. Sigma have some good ones, but they are not , as always, consistent with AF performance...

Hi Joe, I agree with most of what you say.

But I think you're letting Nikon off the hook waaaaay too easy when you say "...there are not too many good dedicated lenses for APS-C from Nikon."

Not too many? How about a grand total of four DX primes, and only one of those general purpose? This is FAR worse than any other APS-C camera maker I can think of, even the much-maligned Sony.

Another note: Losing a card slot, although bad, wouldn't be a big problem for me. But losing (screw drive) AF is absolutely a deal-breaking downgrade for me. If I needed another prosumer DX body, it would be a 7200.

BTW, I say this as a faithful Nikon system guy for about 45 years.

Happy shooting, Ed

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2017 at 20:01 UTC
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PeaceKeeper: Maybe not the best bit of PR, but in retrospect I think it will be an important piece of documentation. It's journalism. It isn't supposed to be all rainbows and unicorns.

The rise of this man into a position of power is the most prominent(if disheartening) piece of political news that has happened in the US in decades, and it may turn out to be even more important as time passes. Documenting and understanding history as it happens will help the future make better decisions.

Good morning, marike6!

Your assertion about "previous presidents," is of course false if your intended meaning was ALL previous presidents. But if you had in mind only those presidents who were (also) Constitution-flouting leftists, then your assertion is correct.

As for your assertion that Presidential divesture is Constitutionally required, it reveals epic ignorance of not only that document, but also its historical context. (Billion-dollar American multinationals did not even exist in 1787.)

Should you choose to acquire some knowledge on this subject, this would be a good place to start:
https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/conflicts.pdf

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2017 at 17:10 UTC
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GinoSVK: What is the keymission of the next president?

Good job, Ahmet!
You perfectly exemplify leftists who call hateful names because they're incapable of coherent debate.

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2017 at 16:16 UTC
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GinoSVK: What is the keymission of the next president?

An oversimplified answer:
First term: Repair as much of the Incumbent's damage as possible.
Second term: MAGA. (BIG job!)

-OE

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2017 at 03:53 UTC
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PeaceKeeper: Maybe not the best bit of PR, but in retrospect I think it will be an important piece of documentation. It's journalism. It isn't supposed to be all rainbows and unicorns.

The rise of this man into a position of power is the most prominent(if disheartening) piece of political news that has happened in the US in decades, and it may turn out to be even more important as time passes. Documenting and understanding history as it happens will help the future make better decisions.

It sure sounds like you're describing the Incumbent!
But cheer up, Constitutionalists are smiling: Help is on the way.

Regarding European history, you might read up on what happened when Germans elected a man who dismissed their Constitution with a "phone and a pen." Spoiler Alert: It ended badly.

-OE

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2017 at 03:40 UTC

A few quick thoughts from a long-time Kodak film user...
1. Ektachrome wasn't just one film, of course; there were many variations. I used most of them, and wasn't much impressed. They were grainy compared to Kodachrome, and the "standard" speed ones (e.g., 64) were over saturated, with an excessive emphasis on blues and reds.
2. Kodachrome also had several variations, notably 10, II, 25, 64, and 200. Below 200, all were incredibly fine grained, with unrivaled archival qualities.
3. Kodachrome 10 deserves great credit as the pioneer. I still have perfect Kodachrome 10 shots from the early 1940s (not shot by me).
4. The absolute standout, IMO unrivaled as the all-time greatest "slide" film, was Kodachrome II. It had the expected fine grain and archival qualities, but its COLOR made it the greatest: dead-on balance, neither over nor under saturated.
5. Kodachrome 25 and 64 were a BIG step down, with an awful tendency to cyan skies. (Thanks for ending the golden age, EPA!)

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 17:03 UTC as 41st comment

Great, wonderful, lovely imagery, no commercials, I love it! If people can figure out contact info for Mr. Carminati, he might have an influx of business.

Link | Posted on Dec 30, 2016 at 21:10 UTC as 48th comment
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Old Ed: Site selection was great, as was drone perspective. Kudos for that.

But here, the downsized 4K video is just nasty. Full of blur, artifacts, and jerkiness. Just about any HD video clip I've seen looked better, technically speaking. Are others seeing this?

Most other video clips play fine for me, but not this one. However, it seems to work for several other folks. So it's a bit of a mystery. No biggie.
Happy shooting... OE

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2016 at 03:17 UTC

Site selection was great, as was drone perspective. Kudos for that.

But here, the downsized 4K video is just nasty. Full of blur, artifacts, and jerkiness. Just about any HD video clip I've seen looked better, technically speaking. Are others seeing this?

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2016 at 16:19 UTC as 15th comment | 6 replies
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Michael J Davis: Lovely - my sort of photos!
But why do you call "gasholders" - "gasometers" ? - it has nothing to do with metering!

I would be grateful if G9 could explain how suppressing water vapor clouds constitutes a "major environmental advantage." And what percentage of the worlds clouds originate in cooling towers?
Perhaps G9 is referring to the frequent (and dishonest) use of water vapor emission images as symbols of "pollution." If so, there is a good case that eliminating them is useful in the PR/propaganda war.

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2016 at 16:32 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Olympus E-M1 Mark II overview video (280 comments in total)

The hardware in this looks very nice, even though it seems to be drifting towards big-camera territory. I'll look forward to seeing if there are significant UI/menu improvements. DPR has described Olympus' menus as somewhere between train-wreck and nightmare (not exactly their words) for a long time now.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 14:59 UTC as 45th comment | 4 replies
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