Sammy Yousef

Sammy Yousef

Lives in Sydney, NSW
Works as a Computer Software Analyst/Programmer/Engineer
Joined on Jul 15, 2004

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pacnwhobbyist: One thing that caught my eye is that this new fluorine coating Nikon is advertising on its DL to repel dust and moisture from getting inside the lens. If it works as advertised that gives it a huge advantage over the RX100s and Canon 1" G series line because I've had issues with dust particles getting inside the lens on both cameras from Sony and Canon.

Excellent point. I'd rather a DX DSLR anyway. Even if I don't do it often I'd rather the ability to change the lens and clean the sensor.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2016 at 12:51 UTC

I'm not going to rain on anyone's parade. If this thing excites you I hope you can get your hands on one and enjoy it. But am I the only person over 40 who looks at something like this, shakes his head and thinks "thank heavens I no longer have to deal with that mess anymore?" The things I'm able to do to an image today, without having to wait for processing and the quality coming out of digital just makes me feel relieved I'm no longer at the mercy of some cranky underpaid person in a photo lab. There are features and functions that have been removed from cameras that I miss but analog recording and manual process aren't on the list!

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2016 at 08:58 UTC as 61st comment | 7 replies
On article Here at last: Nikon announces D500 (1174 comments in total)
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kandarv: Finally now I can give my beloved D300s a nice rest

If you can't get a good shot with the built in flash, I wouldn't go around calling other people chumps. A manual flash and trigger is not a replacement for the built in TTL flash. It's fine for you guys who don't know how to make good use of it as you won't miss it. But for some fo us it makes the camera less useful and less attractive. The built in flash also makes an excellent wireless commander which is no newbie auto function and not something you can replace with a single flash trigger unless you have a lot of receivers.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2016 at 04:59 UTC
On article Here at last: Nikon announces D500 (1174 comments in total)
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Sammy Yousef: Too little too late, and leaving out the built in flash is a huge mistake. The pros won't care as much but enthusiasts who don't exclusively shoot sports won't be as tempted to upgrade. I know it's a deal breaker for me. I love the popup flash for casual shots and i like being able to use it as a commander without lugging extra gear.

Do hope the auto AF fine tune trickles down to non pro bodies.

I own D200, D90, D7100, D7200. Usually take 2 camera bodies w/ external flashes for serious stuff. But oftenI don't want to lug a lot of gear, so just 1 camera. I've always been able to use the built in flashes to good effect when needed. The 2 cameras I own at any given time need to be able to do the things I need. I have no intention of buying a single camera for sports and another for social photography, and another for macro. There was no need for that with the D300S and there's no reason for it now. You guys can be as condescending as you like but you're right about one thing - this isn't the camera for me. In fact I HATE what Nikon did to dumb down the display on the D7200 (LCD and rear info). If I were to buy another backup body I'd probably save myself a third of the cost and buy another D7100 at the moment. Though I've done weddings and like to do airshows I just can't justify the spend on a special purpose camera.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2016 at 04:56 UTC
On article Here at last: Nikon announces D500 (1174 comments in total)

Too little too late, and leaving out the built in flash is a huge mistake. The pros won't care as much but enthusiasts who don't exclusively shoot sports won't be as tempted to upgrade. I know it's a deal breaker for me. I love the popup flash for casual shots and i like being able to use it as a commander without lugging extra gear.

Do hope the auto AF fine tune trickles down to non pro bodies.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 01:24 UTC as 172nd comment | 8 replies
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BattleBrat: This is AWESOME! I hope this makes it to the entire photo world of programs as a standard. This will greatly help Web pages with lots of large images load much faster, although I hope these pages also have click on image for PNG image, I've seen a few sites set up that way and I love it!

Won't happen if it sells for $149 a pop.

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2015 at 23:23 UTC

I had a look at the very first image and I see a tiny drop in sharpness in the jpgmini. Definitely worth it for the size reduction. But at $149 I'm out.

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2015 at 23:21 UTC as 55th comment
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alphaumi: Why MULTI PURPOSE? It has ONLY one purpose to me. Shooting video in the dark.

When you have no imagination everything is a dark room.

Astronomy, microscopy, wildlife, medicine (sleep studies). Might not interest you but to classify them as "one purpose" is ridiculous. After all by that definition a camera has "one purpose" - to make images.

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2015 at 07:42 UTC

Note to self. Avoid Panasonic, box and all.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2015 at 10:03 UTC as 9th comment
On article Nikon offers AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm F2.8-4E ED VR (335 comments in total)
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Meerkato: Everyone is crying about the price. Yeah it is not low, and it's not constant 2.8, but as far as I know there are more to a lens than its speed. I believe it will be a pretty darn good lens with awesome optical performance, it is still fast and has a wide focal range. I think there is a lack of good normal zoom lenses for dx, as they either slow, not wide enough, not long enough or has other flaws.
Of corse I would like it for 100$, but be realistic. This will probably be the best zoom for nikon dx so far and Nikon is not in a position in which they can push down the prices.

While I still prefer my Nikon kit for anything serious I was shooting with my Canon 600D and kit 18-55STM in a dimly lit nightclub restaurant (as my wife was concerned I'd have my good gear stolen) and was blown away by how sharp that STM lens is wide open. The 55-250STM is also a cheap gem. If Nikon continue to pursue premium status symbol prices in this economy they're going to fail in the long run and deservedly so.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2015 at 09:51 UTC
On article Nikon offers AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm F2.8-4E ED VR (335 comments in total)
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jukeboxjohnnie: really stupid pricing just buy a latest FF 16-85mm lens mint on ebay for £200 and have loads left over for any wideangle options you fancy

Nikon may have just blown you off. I assume you tried micro adjustment? I have an 18-70dx that works fine without adjustment on D70, D90, D200, D7200 but on my copy of the D7100 required adjustment. Once I did that it was fine. No other lens seems to be giving me trouble on the D7100.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2015 at 09:47 UTC

UTTER MADNESS

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2015 at 11:21 UTC as 38th comment
On article Nikon offers AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm F2.8-4E ED VR (335 comments in total)
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Sammy Yousef: Why wait to find out what it's actually like. Ken Rockwell already has a review, complete with conclusion. *shakes head*

Why do I read it if I don't like it? Because I'm not an ostrich. I also read the newspapers even though I often hate what I read. The world's not just about what I like.
Is what he writes mostly true? No. He writes a lot of junk that is detrimental to those who don't know better. Every camera is the best since slice bread. Every beginner lens is all you need. Just rubbish.
He doesn't say he's handled the lens. Yep, you're right, he doesn't say it but he sure implies it. When you review something you've never held and recommend for or against the onus is on you to state very clearly that you're basing your opinion on specs rather than personal testing.

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2015 at 09:48 UTC
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Fri13: The video is falsified, it shows recording from the moon, but you can hear wildlife on soundtrack. Everyone knows that space doesn't have air, so the moon wildlife could be heard from the moon to earth.

You can clearly see rotation of the earth in an exposure as low as a 25 seconds with a 24mm lens. It's an annoyance that will cost you considerable cash to remove with various tracking gear if you get into astrophotography. This entire video is a marketing gimmick for ignorant amateurs with too much cash and gear acquisition syndrome.

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2015 at 03:27 UTC
On article Nikon offers AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm F2.8-4E ED VR (335 comments in total)

Why wait to find out what it's actually like. Ken Rockwell already has a review, complete with conclusion. *shakes head*

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2015 at 03:20 UTC as 31st comment | 9 replies
On article Nikon releases ViewNX-i image browsing software (112 comments in total)

View-NX-i-dont-want-it

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2015 at 08:52 UTC as 11th comment
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Prixnobeldefoot: wish they had included a bigger flash, 12m range is a bit short for my astrophotography....

Yes in real time is not an exaggeration or rhetoric. In this video ISO 204800 looks best to me for seeing dust lanes etc. in the milky way. Taken with a 50mm f/1.1. My jaw dropped. Of course you'd use lower ISO for actual hi-res image capture.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRzXgSMbBu0

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 20:11 UTC
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Sammy Yousef: Terrible timing. Most who want to do astro are drooling over the innovation on the A7R of being able to see the Milky Way in real time at ISO 409,000.

Astrotripper, here's proof by counter example.
https://astroporn.wordpress.com/category/sony-a7s/

I encourage you to take a look at the full sized images. Now what is that you were saying?

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 11:19 UTC

Terrible timing. Most who want to do astro are drooling over the innovation on the A7R of being able to see the Milky Way in real time at ISO 409,000.

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 07:31 UTC as 77th comment | 6 replies
On article New GF: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 flips for selfies (401 comments in total)
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whyamihere: I like the adorable grumpiness and lack of awareness of the anti-selfie, anti-social media crowd. It's as if nobody in the history of the world ever photographed (or painted, or sketched) a self-portrait, published that picture in a public location for all to see (like an art gallery, or an online portfolio), or shared their photos with friends and family (photo albums, 35mm slide shows).

It's not narcissism. It's the same thing as before, just in a form you're all uncomfortable with because you don't know how it works.

It's those who excessively take 1 person selfies, often at inappropriate times, that give it a bad rap. We had people taking selfies outside a cafe that was under seige by a terrorist in Sydney Australia recently. And for days afterwards people took selfies in the vicinity instead of taking more outwardly focused pictures.

Just because you stand in a spot that doesn't mean you're a part of the story, or a part of history, or should be the focus of the situation. These people are missing the point. An analogy: Going to an airshow to take photos your own ingrown toenail.

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2015 at 08:41 UTC
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