ZorSy

Lives in Sydney
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Joined on Dec 15, 2006

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It seems the market share is more valued than profit. Go figure the 21st Century economics. One big online retailer is to step in to Australia (not to name it but we all know). Their aim is 'not to make profit but to win the market share'!? Seriously?
This will generate a lot of unemployed here because the profit (and the part of THAT is what pays the salaries, which then pay the bills). So if CIPA numbers are the same, where is the truth? Shipments, market share, profit, success, survival - it's all relative. Or just a gamble, hope or even a lie? Hmm, truth for sure it is NOT.

Link | Posted on May 5, 2017 at 07:57 UTC as 16th comment | 2 replies
On article Nikon announces midrange D7500 DSLR (396 comments in total)
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ZorSy: Just when I was thinking of upgrading my 7100. I like DX format, don't need more. But while a few things are steps forward, there are again a few steps back. Tilt screen is the right direction, so the sensor despite lower pixel count. But that single card slot and cropped video are quite an opposite. Too much of the compromise camera, Nikon. I know you think it's good, but is it good enough?

@Deliverator - no, taking the second card slot off is not only in my mind. It is not there, cannot be simpler. 7100/7200 users got used to it and expect it stays there.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2017 at 11:09 UTC
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photo_rb: I spent a good part of my childhood on the train tracks.

OH YES! Nothing flattens the soft drink bottle lid better than gazillion ton train. Of course, someone had to put them on the track first. Today, one would say that the bottle lid could derail the train, not to mention the legality of the process... Then, the cars did not have seat belt and as a kid, I would very likely be travelling the long distance drive to the seaside in the back of the station wagon (no seat either). And the whole list of other things we had to 'endure' before good-doers came and convinced the World how dangerous those things were. Saving life became the phrase. The Vietnam war was in its full swing. That did not matter, it was elsewhere. Soon we will have to wear the helmet when walking or even better - the full hockey gear.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2017 at 23:39 UTC
On article Nikon announces midrange D7500 DSLR (396 comments in total)
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ZorSy: Just when I was thinking of upgrading my 7100. I like DX format, don't need more. But while a few things are steps forward, there are again a few steps back. Tilt screen is the right direction, so the sensor despite lower pixel count. But that single card slot and cropped video are quite an opposite. Too much of the compromise camera, Nikon. I know you think it's good, but is it good enough?

@beatboxa - step back or compromise, the same. With D500 let's say Nikon rushed 4K video and the crop was a quick fix for the total absence of it. The gap between the releases of D500 and D7500 should have allowed them to work out how to read out the complete sensor. Staying still today is perceived as the step back, it is just a ruthless world out there. I may have been loyal to Nikon for the last 40 years (Ftn onward), yet to continue to support them by buying products Nikon has to understand what we think. They better read DPR.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2017 at 23:21 UTC
On article Nikon announces midrange D7500 DSLR (396 comments in total)

Just when I was thinking of upgrading my 7100. I like DX format, don't need more. But while a few things are steps forward, there are again a few steps back. Tilt screen is the right direction, so the sensor despite lower pixel count. But that single card slot and cropped video are quite an opposite. Too much of the compromise camera, Nikon. I know you think it's good, but is it good enough?

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2017 at 06:35 UTC as 96th comment | 5 replies

Must say a bit surprised some models (prototype F 1957) are in rather poor shape - the skin peeling off, the prism bashed on the corner.. My 2 production F (OK, they might be from late 60s') had been used heavily, one saw Vietnam close and are still in better shape). The only excuse would be if these were used for drop tests as well....But yes, the F has been one awesome piece I will never part with.

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2017 at 23:23 UTC as 16th comment | 2 replies
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Johnny Optimism: Wow, and the Tamron undercuts the Nikon by thousands of dollars!

P.S. To those who are curious, that hollow, thunking sound is from the final nail being driven into Nikon's coffin.

Sure, if Nikon goes into oblivion (and nobody knows who else could follow) what is the point of having excellent lenses when no bodies to put them on?

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2017 at 01:34 UTC
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ZorSy: It is a plain stupid thing to do: all flights in Australia forbid bringing Note7 on board or in the checked luggage. Selling the 'new' Note7 while some 'old' N7 are still out there (yes, they did not do a proper safety recall as it did not include 'grey' models purchased overseas/elsewhere) will cause the massive confusion and for airline it's much simpler to stick with pre-recorded messages about it. As far as I can tell, it will be a disaster for Samsung here.

@badi - the stupid part is insisting in calling it Note 7: nothing can beat a bad reputation. You don't call even a dinghy 'Titanic' or the power plant Chernobyl mark IV. It will never work.

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2017 at 12:02 UTC

It is a plain stupid thing to do: all flights in Australia forbid bringing Note7 on board or in the checked luggage. Selling the 'new' Note7 while some 'old' N7 are still out there (yes, they did not do a proper safety recall as it did not include 'grey' models purchased overseas/elsewhere) will cause the massive confusion and for airline it's much simpler to stick with pre-recorded messages about it. As far as I can tell, it will be a disaster for Samsung here.

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2017 at 06:39 UTC as 15th comment | 3 replies

"Suppress panic mode' style statement. No big company wants their employees know what's behind the bend. I bet the new line of managers is already in place 'restructuring' the company and driving 'new directions'. It would be sad seeing Panasonic stepping out of the camera business altogether (and I am hoping this not to be the case). But morphing the 'unsuccessful' part of the business with other parts (still considered OK) is never a favorable thing for them and don't expect the R&D budget distribution would be the same....

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2017 at 01:03 UTC as 70th comment
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PapiSnarf: This is a great idea! I always want to practice using new Software and just touch up on skills.

They will not offer you the new software, just images you can practice on. BYO Raw converter of your choice, showcase what it can do with their image. Already 'free' in Retouch forum....

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2017 at 00:25 UTC
On article Lumee Duo is an iPhone case with built-in illumination (22 comments in total)

Well, I do not know how 'new' this is - the other day in Blacktown shopping center (Australia, Sydney) the discount store is selling these covers for some <$10 for most popular models, prominently new iPhones. The same technical data (up to 36 hours light etc). But this is a discount store, usually selling the end-of line stuff and clones. If it was a clone, then whoever made them was really quick.....

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2017 at 22:52 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply
On article LG G6 comes with dual-cam and 18:9 FullVision display (69 comments in total)

I must admit I am a bit of LG phone fan. But I think they are making one step forward and 2 back. LG G Pro had great HD screen but more importantly home button panel. LG G4 got great screen, great back camera and very decent selfie one. Yet it lost home button (occupying the screen so the useful area got smaller. The screen though is awesome, so the whole family got one (3 to say, I have Samsung S6 as CO provided). G5 got great dual camera at the rear but the front went to lower pixel count. At least still removable battery. G6 has the same camera setup (and still OS on wide angle only, why?), same low res selfie cam and the battery is now sealed in. The other poster is right, 2-3 years and the battery will swell....

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2017 at 08:49 UTC as 2nd comment
On article Throwback Thursday: the Nikon D80 (244 comments in total)
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Donald B: The d80 was the first dslr I looked at at camera house, but sadly I couldn't justify $2000 au on a camera so I picked up a pentax k100d twin lens kit for $1100. never looked back as the Nikons and pentax cameras used the same sony sensors.

@Donald - I bought Pentax iST and returned it 3 days later in favour of D80, which I still have and is used by my daughter *which reminds me the charger died just a few weeks ago, time to get a new one...because D80, despite almost 90K clicks (for a 50K shutter) still works 100%

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2017 at 09:13 UTC

Will that extend the battery as well? It should if the IS was on all times..

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2017 at 21:42 UTC as 15th comment
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bubblyboo: Well at least lens design and construction look much better than those from half a decade ago. Same with Sigma. God those old 3rd party lenses looked and felt cheap.

No, my 10-24 SP DII looks good and solid - but Oh My! it is soft until f8... and for THAT it wasn't cheap....

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2017 at 12:23 UTC
On article Google AI adds detail to low-resolution images (150 comments in total)

So we finally know what those billions of photos people uploaded to picassa and google photos (and other cloud based image storage solutions going through various servers) will be used for - pure guesswork based on random pixels to generate some 'enhanced' image. Hopefully none could be used for legal purposes as we are all, collectively, guilty if they start 'enhancing' security video grabs for police to catch the crims....Second to this, we will finally know the identity of the Minecraft character....well done Google.

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2017 at 02:19 UTC as 45th comment
On article Apple selling more Plus models than ever (63 comments in total)
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otto k: There is an obvious trend to go big or go home. Most phones I see today are ~5.5" and that's as big as the original Note phablet (remember how weirdly huge that was back then?)

If you prefer smaller phones <5" (one hand use anybody?) you're so out of luck - even when you find them (xa, a3 2017, etc) they are actually lower grade or at best midrange phones, nowhere near the flagships. Oh well...

Some of my Apple friends finally gave up on saying 5.5" is 'too big, cumbersome etc' and are in love with big screen (and the camera, of course). I think Apple was silly insisting on 'small is good' while everyone moved on. Good for them as now they can catch up with the screen resolution (LG4 screen is much better IMO, which is much older device). IPhone 7+ screen appears to be the same as used in LG G Pro (2013)... Like the iPhone 7+ cameras, though..

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2017 at 22:01 UTC
On article Spoilt for choice: which Sony RX100 is right for you? (306 comments in total)
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springsnow: Bought the mark 3 as an upgrade from RX100 1. Expensive, but one of the best compact camera I've ever used. Excellent photos and videos. Although I wish the newer models would shift the price downward instead of adding up, I kinda understand why Sony can do this. They simple got no competition. The others in the class are usually bigger, or missing features. I think one solid competition now is the Canon GX7 mark 2. Would've gotten the Canon if it was out when I bought the mark 3.

True, Nikon DL concept gave it a flash of hope there would be something worth looking at. Magnesium flash, sadly.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2016 at 22:17 UTC
On article Canon is selling a gray version of the Rebel T6 (147 comments in total)
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Mark B.: Sorry, but that is one ugly camera. It looks like they got halfway through the design and just...stopped.

Agree - half dressed. Like wearing the jacket with no pants....something is wrong with the 'big two' lately.

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2016 at 02:08 UTC
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