digiart

Lives in Portugal Aveiro, Portugal
Works as a webdesigner
Has a website at -
Joined on Feb 13, 2006
About me:

Amateur photographer
Equipment:

Cameras:
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Nikon D50
Panasonic Lumix FZ-20
Nikon Coolpix 4300
Pentax MZ-50

Lenses:
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Nikon 50 f1.8 D
Tamron 11-17 Di - II
Tamron 70-300 Di - II
Sigma 18-50 f3.5 - f5.6
Sigma 55-200 f4 - f5.6
Sigma 28-200 f/3.5-5.6
Sigma 70-300 f4-5.6 DL
Pentax FA 50 f/1.7

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Shocking revelation!
Dynamic range is the Holy Grail of digital sensors. You would expect a new camera to be better or the least as good as an older model, not significantly worst!
If word spreads, Canon may have a hard time selling this camera.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2017 at 09:38 UTC as 164th comment | 4 replies
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Dostoy: I've been a Mac user for many years, but I agree it was foolish and unnecessary for Apple to ditch so many useful ports on the latest MacBook Pros.
I still want: an SD card slot, at least one USB-A port, and a full-size HDMI port.
Why do I want these ports? Because I use them now, and I expect to be using them regularly for the next 2 years or more.
Apple clearly didn't check with its user base on this decision!

"Apple clearly didn't check with its user base on this decision!"
They don't have to care about their user base! Apple is more like a cult than a brand. Once you have enough members to keep the "cult" well alive you can stop caring about their needs because the faithful will follow you no matter what.
They simply do with computers what they do with the iPhone: remove all connectivity that can work with cheaper 3rd party devices and sell expensive Apple adapters instead.
It's all about making more money for the shareholders!

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 10:48 UTC

For the time its taken them it better be better than the competition!
They will focus on the mid-range and high-end DSLR, so probably will drop the D3xxx and D5xxx line.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2017 at 09:09 UTC as 90th comment
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JamesVo: If thinking of buying this for an existing camera body be sure to check compatibility before you commit the funds. The use of stepper motor (AF-P) and electronic aperture control in this lens creates various compatibility issues for older bodies even though the lens will mount on them. Firmware upgrades can fix some of the issues but there is no commitment at this stage as to which bodies might get firmware upgrades

Where is the FIRMWARE UPDATE FOR THE D5100?
Nikon minions need not reply!!!

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2017 at 19:20 UTC
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JamesVo: If thinking of buying this for an existing camera body be sure to check compatibility before you commit the funds. The use of stepper motor (AF-P) and electronic aperture control in this lens creates various compatibility issues for older bodies even though the lens will mount on them. Firmware upgrades can fix some of the issues but there is no commitment at this stage as to which bodies might get firmware upgrades

"Really not such a big deal. The D500 and 5D already have the firmware update available."
So, what? Did you actually read my comment? D500 and 5D are *recent* cameras!
What about D5100, D3100, D3200? How many D5100 cameras are in use? I bet much more than D500 and 5D!

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2017 at 23:10 UTC
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JamesVo: If thinking of buying this for an existing camera body be sure to check compatibility before you commit the funds. The use of stepper motor (AF-P) and electronic aperture control in this lens creates various compatibility issues for older bodies even though the lens will mount on them. Firmware upgrades can fix some of the issues but there is no commitment at this stage as to which bodies might get firmware upgrades

"Firmware upgrades can fix some of the issues but there is no commitment at this stage as to which bodies might get firmware upgrades"

I wouldn't have high expectations for firmware upgrades. Other AF-P lenses came out long ago and no firmware updates addressing lens compatibility for older cameras were released. It seems the only firmware upgrade you'll get from Nikon will be through buying a new camera.

And in *some* markets it's now difficult to buy some older (but compatible) Nikon lenses at discount prices. Though choices for some Nikon users...

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2017 at 19:35 UTC

What about compatibility?!
If it's like the previous AF-P lenses it's NOT compatible with most Nikon bodies, only the most recent ones!
DPR should address compatibility IMHO.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2017 at 09:55 UTC as 28th comment | 2 replies

Copper is heavier but a better thermal conductor than aluminium. That heat sink seems much bigger than needed. Before attaching an heatsink to the back of the camera I would open the camera and check if sensor heat dissipation was properly addressed during camera design. If the back of the camera is metal, improving the heat transfer from the sensor to the camera case could do the trick without the need for an external heatsink. It could be as simple as replacing thermal tape with thermal paste. Manufacturers seem to love using lower efficiency thermal tape instead of thermal paste. I've been doing this simple mod on computers and other devices for over 20 years!

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2017 at 16:20 UTC as 21st comment | 1 reply

With 18-400mm zoom range, image quality will probably be low. Hope Tamron releases modern 55-300 or 70-300 for APS-C, since Nikon newest offerings are not compatible with most older camera bodies.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2017 at 21:00 UTC as 20th comment | 1 reply
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dash2k8: Probably not entirely on subject, but here's a thought regarding zooms:

Too often newbies will allow the zoom of a lens to become his/her crutch: they don't remember that you should move to get the shot and just let the zoom save them from walking a few steps forward or backward. The problem with this over-dependence of zooms is that you have to take into account the scale of objects at different zoom lengths. Wide produces a stronger sense of 3D, while telephoto helps project density. A shot at 18mm looks far different than 100mm, let alone 200mm or the 400mm offered here. Instead of using the various zoom ranges for effect, it often becomes a trap of laziness for newbies. It's something to keep in mind for the inexperienced.

Not always possible. How do get "closer" to your subject when you are at the edge of a cliff?

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2017 at 20:52 UTC

Fujifilm not only makes good gear, they don't abuse their user base like some other brand I won't name. They actually improve their cameras for free.

Meanwhile that other brand is too "busy" rolling out the nth variation of the D3x00, D5x00 and D7x00, who's features and specs are carefully selected to deliver the absolute minimum improvements necessary to get the target sales figures. And it seems they are now doing with lenses what they have been doing with bodies.

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2017 at 20:01 UTC as 39th comment | 16 replies
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Tommi K1: Olympus E-M1 Mk2 + Panasonic 100-400mm f/4-6.3
Olympus E-M1 Mkl2 + Olympus 300mm f/4 + 1.4x TC = 420mm f/5.6

You don't need any rigs as either one is hand holdable for whole day and will deliver excellent IQ up to ISO 3200 at 25-30" prints.

Oh... Or how about just the monopod with a adjustable fluid ballhead/videohead?
All those works for wildlife shooters etc.

But nevermind... Just add a 12V motorcycle battery, few wheels, a few kg iron so you can hold that 800mm f/5.6 and DSLR on your shoulders!

Jesus, some people just don't get it!
So, you think Jim would go to the trouble and expense of developing a custom rig if a tripod or monopod would do the job as well? It doesn't!!

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2017 at 12:58 UTC
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qaz111111: This is genius. Creative mind at work! This is clearly not too heavy, despite the whining of others, since people have been carrying heavy weights for many generations without ill effects; ie golf bags and backpacks.
(Lawsuits GeorgeD200?!? The only concern of a true american.)

At the end of the day you need to come home with some great shots and Jim Winters came to play. Hats off to Jim and his 'get the shot' determination and engineering!

The rig may not even be that heavy if he built it with aluminium tubing. And anyway, more weight = more stability = more sharpness.

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2017 at 20:35 UTC
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Tommi K1: Olympus E-M1 Mk2 + Panasonic 100-400mm f/4-6.3
Olympus E-M1 Mkl2 + Olympus 300mm f/4 + 1.4x TC = 420mm f/5.6

You don't need any rigs as either one is hand holdable for whole day and will deliver excellent IQ up to ISO 3200 at 25-30" prints.

Oh... Or how about just the monopod with a adjustable fluid ballhead/videohead?
All those works for wildlife shooters etc.

But nevermind... Just add a 12V motorcycle battery, few wheels, a few kg iron so you can hold that 800mm f/5.6 and DSLR on your shoulders!

"how about just the monopod with a adjustable fluid ballhead/videohead?"
That may work with short focal lengths, not 800mm. With that 800mm, by the time you adjusted the ball head the plane would be gone!
I can tell you jets are a bit faster than wildlife ;-)

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2017 at 12:51 UTC
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digiart: I'm not a fan of "protective" filters. However, circular polariser filters are really useful. But they do noticeably soften images at the longer focal lengths.

No, I'm not confusing the two. I know perfectly well they are different types of filters. I said I'm not a fan of "protective" filters but CP filters are useful. From that you infer I don't know what a CP filter is?
It makes sense bringing up CP filters because both affect image quality, specially when used with lenses at long focal lengths. Even if they are fully multi-coated.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2017 at 00:23 UTC

I'm not a fan of "protective" filters. However, circular polariser filters are really useful. But they do noticeably soften images at the longer focal lengths.

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2017 at 21:06 UTC as 6th comment | 3 replies

Probably an excellent lens, but mostly for Pro's due to price.
A sharp 28mm or 30mm F/2 for would give 42-45mm on APS-C, a FOV similar to the human eye in contrast to the 35mm F1.8 Nikon sells. It could be considerably cheaper and sell much, much more than this 28 F1.4!

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2017 at 14:11 UTC as 4th comment

Their marketing BS reminds me of the Batteriser :)

Link | Posted on May 26, 2017 at 13:42 UTC as 58th comment

“Today's cameras have amazing optics, but they do very little to actually help you take a good photo”
RUBBISH! Entry level DSLR's have assistant mode that help beginners take excellent photos. And if you are a "pro" you don't need this type of "help".

“You can go spend a thousand dollars and out-of-the-box it will take worse photos than your smartphone.”
Again, RUBBISH! DSLR's come in fully automatic mode out-of-the-box. Spend 10 minutes reading the camera manual and your first pictures will be better than your smartphone.

So, basically your pictures are taken by a "robot" and you end up spending most of your time tapping and scrolling on an app? This is for people who clearly don't enjoy photography enough to devote time to learn photography and their camera and be better at it by themselves. "Clueless" would be a more appropriate name for this gadget. No thank you!

Link | Posted on May 26, 2017 at 11:33 UTC as 66th comment
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Krevvy: There are already plenty of star photos out there... Get over it & move in😎

Sometimes I wish there was a DISLIKE button! SAD.

Link | Posted on May 5, 2017 at 17:56 UTC
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