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SheepStar

Joined on Mar 6, 2017

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Dirtistasty2: And they're still the best deal in web-hosting / storing

IF you do a lot of online photo embedding, they're really one of the only options left, with flexible sizing options as well.

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2020 at 19:15 UTC
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iamraz: It's been two years since SmugMug took over. I didn't renew my subscription when it was up back in December.

I've seen ZERO worthwhile changes in the two years. Sure, they are doing alot of backend stuff. I don't care. That stuff should be a given and shouldn't be touted by the CEO as a "feature".

Flickr needs a desperate coat of paint on the desktop and mobile app. It's looks TERRIBLY dated, especially the mobile app. It's ridiculous.

It's a shame. I like Flickr. I like see EXIF data. I like searching for pics by camera or lens type. I like organizing by albums and making collections.

Unfortunately, in two years, Smugmug has done jack squat to revitalize the platform.

I'm well under the 1000 limit so I won't be giving them another dime until I see some changes in the UI and engagement.

If you're under the 1000 limit you're not really a user they're catering to. They are one of the only places that gives you right-protected image hosting for free (up to 1000) so I have no issue with paying a fee to use them, and when I went over I had no issues paying for it, it's a great service and it works - all my photos embedded in forums are always there, always working.

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2020 at 19:13 UTC
On article Canon RF 85mm F1.2L USM review (768 comments in total)
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panther fan: I will never buy a portrait lens over 1kg but damn that's sharp.

I have seen comparisons with the Sony GM, and while the bokeh on the Sony actually holds up really well well due to a lack of cat eyes, the Canon is a fair bit sharper wide open.
It's definitely not the lens for me as even the GM is too heavy for my use case. But if you don't need to travel with the lens it seems perfect. Let's hope Canon designs their F1.8 primes to the same standard and doesn't do the usual slow aperture = cheap aproach

"You don't seem to have grasped the point. It doesn't matter whether they still sell old F1.2 lenses, the point is they didn't design any new ones..."

Except they did, for the RF mount. Full Frame F1.2 is F1.2, regardless of DSLR or Mirrorless, that just dictates the Mount specs. They've made it for their DSLRs, and did a revamp on them at one point, and now they're focusing on their RF mount, and making F1.2 glass for it.

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2020 at 17:19 UTC
On article Canon RF 85mm F1.2L USM review (768 comments in total)
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panther fan: I will never buy a portrait lens over 1kg but damn that's sharp.

I have seen comparisons with the Sony GM, and while the bokeh on the Sony actually holds up really well well due to a lack of cat eyes, the Canon is a fair bit sharper wide open.
It's definitely not the lens for me as even the GM is too heavy for my use case. But if you don't need to travel with the lens it seems perfect. Let's hope Canon designs their F1.8 primes to the same standard and doesn't do the usual slow aperture = cheap aproach

"Canon updated it's 85mm L lens with a new design in late 2017. It made it F1.4, not F1.2. That tells you all you need to know."

Except they still sell the F1.2 versions, so it's not a replacement, it's an alternative.

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2020 at 15:52 UTC
On article Canon RF 85mm F1.2L USM review (768 comments in total)
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panther fan: I will never buy a portrait lens over 1kg but damn that's sharp.

I have seen comparisons with the Sony GM, and while the bokeh on the Sony actually holds up really well well due to a lack of cat eyes, the Canon is a fair bit sharper wide open.
It's definitely not the lens for me as even the GM is too heavy for my use case. But if you don't need to travel with the lens it seems perfect. Let's hope Canon designs their F1.8 primes to the same standard and doesn't do the usual slow aperture = cheap aproach

There was compatible lenses, and since DSLRs didn't exceed the resolution of film for quite some time, it was a moot point in the first place.

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2020 at 23:44 UTC
On article Canon RF 85mm F1.2L USM review (768 comments in total)
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panther fan: I will never buy a portrait lens over 1kg but damn that's sharp.

I have seen comparisons with the Sony GM, and while the bokeh on the Sony actually holds up really well well due to a lack of cat eyes, the Canon is a fair bit sharper wide open.
It's definitely not the lens for me as even the GM is too heavy for my use case. But if you don't need to travel with the lens it seems perfect. Let's hope Canon designs their F1.8 primes to the same standard and doesn't do the usual slow aperture = cheap aproach

"The F1.2 lens is an anachronism from the film era. Canon has revived it because their mirrorless tech was behind the curve. Now they've started an arms race that will result in huge F1.2 lenses landing from every manufacturer."

Or Environmental portraits, and low light settings. I would love to have the option of F1.2 on all my lenses, as I can choose when to use it, versus never having the option.

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2020 at 22:03 UTC
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Horshack: I think many are interested in what these cameras actually cost to make vs their price, to get a sense of how much profit is being made on their purchase as a proxy for intrinsic value. The recent EDU sale on the Sony A7r IV is instructive. The camera started shipping in September at its listed price of $3500. In November Sony had a weeklong EDU sale on the camera for $2450, with a dealer price likely below that. Sony is likely still making a profit even at that price if you consider this math: The A7 II currently sells for $900. That's a FF MILC just like the A7r IV but with a lower-spec'd LCD/EVF/body/image sensor - if we take a swag and say the higher spec parts of the A7r IV cost Sony ~$300 more vs A7 II then Sony can likely make a profit on the A7r IV even at a selling price of $1200 (with dealer cost below that).

That's an enormous per-unit margin. Yes it excludes amortized costs such as R&D and tooling but considering iterative models many of those costs are already sunk.

It might not be now, now that the R&D and design costs have been recouped. But during launch there was not that much margin in that camera, not for Sony, even if there was a set "cost" and "list" price.

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2020 at 16:49 UTC
On article Canon RF 85mm F1.2L USM review (768 comments in total)
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panther fan: I will never buy a portrait lens over 1kg but damn that's sharp.

I have seen comparisons with the Sony GM, and while the bokeh on the Sony actually holds up really well well due to a lack of cat eyes, the Canon is a fair bit sharper wide open.
It's definitely not the lens for me as even the GM is too heavy for my use case. But if you don't need to travel with the lens it seems perfect. Let's hope Canon designs their F1.8 primes to the same standard and doesn't do the usual slow aperture = cheap aproach

"Probably because they would have been ridiculed if their first premium 85mm was a 1.2 kg lens that costs 2700$"

Ah so making F1.8 glass is okay, unless Nikon does it.

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2020 at 15:42 UTC
On article The Nikon D750 vs D780: Should you upgrade? (321 comments in total)

I might actually be one of the few people that would greatly benefit from the D780. I need the better ISO range and performance for concert photos, and I don't want to invest in new memory or use an adapter (I switch lenses a lot) that I would need to with a Z6. I also like the battery life and don't really care about the grip as I didn't fork out the $600 that Nikon wants for the D750 one. I would gain a lot of the Z6 features minus the faster memory and better Z glass, but again comparing prices I would be better of just getting the body vs the Z6, memory, adapter, and lenses to match what I have.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2020 at 16:12 UTC as 51st comment
On article The Nikon D750 vs D780: Should you upgrade? (321 comments in total)
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chev3100: Last Nikon is my 7100. I would not upgrade to 780. Not enough difference to justify buying the same with a higher product number. Japanese camfacturers develop 2 steps and then step back one. That is bs. MF is the new high end and FF+ the new lowend. APS is for point and shoot and phones. Tech wise they are way behind most consumer electronics today. Too many negatives to invest in another still cam. BMP, Kinefinity, Qualcom show the way its done. We have 4, 6 and 8k cinecams with up to 13 stops starting from 1200 to 5k. None of the pampering frilly japanese designerrors and featureitis. Good wholesome manual lenses and professional touchscreen interfaces in boxy and practical cases...and fully customisable. The future is past for Japans manufacturer. Too little to late at too high a price. Count me out.

He has a D3100, not 7100, it's in his name.

I borrowed a D7100 when my D750 was in the "shop", yeah it's not even close to the D750, let alone the D780.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2020 at 16:08 UTC
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Mike Marris: 100mm macro is not the L series. I wonder about their decision actually. Z has no macro lens yet so transferring L would make sense at least, no?

Yeah, but using the 105mm AF-S with the FTZ will be the most compatible setup, so buying a Canon lens and adapter is not really the smartest move.

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2020 at 15:52 UTC
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FuhTeng: Neat. One way to get less expensive 3rd party glass on my Z6! But my FTZ makes more sense since I have F-mount. Still, that Canon 16-35 III is very appealing.

There's also the Sony E to Z adapter, from Techart as well, for some of the designed-for-E-mount lenses like the newish Sigma 14-24, the 24-70, Tamron 17-28, Tamron 28-75.

I like where this is going for me.

It's stuff like this that is making not want to pull the trigger on a D780 and instead get a Z6.

I can wait though, see what Mark 2 brings for the Z mount (either featuers or discounts on old bodies).

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2020 at 23:46 UTC
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Mike Marris: 100mm macro is not the L series. I wonder about their decision actually. Z has no macro lens yet so transferring L would make sense at least, no?

Or use the already excellent F mount one....

There is a couple macros in the lens road map, so it's not such an issue that you would need a Canon one.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2020 at 23:42 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Nikon D780 (346 comments in total)
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Chuck Yadmark: Has anyone ever NOT lost their DK-21 eyecup?

Hey that was mine! *goes to amazon and orders another dozen*

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2020 at 18:21 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Nikon D780 (346 comments in total)
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panther fan: Removing vertical grip compatibility on the Z6, Z7 and now the D780?
That's definitely the way to go Nikon. You probably saved 50 cents by that and none of your users are complaining.

Next, I would release a mid-range pro body without a focus joystick. Oh wait.....

D750 owners never used a grip because it was WAY to expensive ($600 Canadian where I live, I could buy another D750 used for that).

One option that the aftermarket uses is a battery grip with a Remote cable that connects to the grip and remote port. Gives you a functioning shutter button, but no command dials. I had one on my D5000 and it never skipped a beat, the cable was short and used proper connectors and never really got in the way.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2020 at 16:01 UTC
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Mariano Pacifico: USD$200.00 firmware upgrade !!! Buyers of Nikon Z just got suckered. Tough luck !😢

They never said it was free, at any point. I don't know where you'll pulling that from. They said there would be a firmware upgrade to add raw video - that statement doesn't not state either way if it was free or a paid service.

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2020 at 15:42 UTC
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Mariano Pacifico: USD$200.00 firmware upgrade !!! Buyers of Nikon Z just got suckered. Tough luck !😢

Like I said, go find a different pro-res raw MILC and switch systems. What you'll soon realize that no one else really has this, in this format. After that sinks in, you might want to learn about business and how to make one, and keep it going. Offering upgrades for free, especially ones with licensing agreements and major changes isn't exactly good for the bottom line. Canon and others have charged for upgrades like this, and since no one else has it right now it's not outlandish for Nikon to follow suit.

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2020 at 01:03 UTC
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Mariano Pacifico: USD$200.00 firmware upgrade !!! Buyers of Nikon Z just got suckered. Tough luck !😢

I mean, if $199 is not your cup of tea, just go buy one of the other Full Frame Pro Res raw capable cameras then. I don't think it'll be less than $199 though.

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2020 at 18:51 UTC
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D Gold: FWIW, I wish Nikon had build this camera, fully mirrorless, to support their old lenses and give Nikon users what a lot of us have been waiting for. It easily could have had an EVF instead of a an OVF/Mirror, and Nikon could have carried on with their legacy of supporting their lens line in the mirrorless era.

Instead we got the limited functionality F to Z adapter on the Z series and Z lenses are considerably more expensive than the old F mount equivalents. Plus the adapter makes a Z6 weight as much as the D780, but has limited lens functionality.

Just my 2 cents,

@zakk9,

Yeah, you use them, but Nikon needs to focus on the users the camera is made for. The Z mount isn't doing itself many favours trying to add focus motor compatibility - something no adapter on the market has anyway i might add. Most people using AF-D and older glass are a niche user in the eyes of the Z system, and those lenses don't warrant the extra cost or R&D in adapters right out of the gate. The DSLR line will service you well for years to come and still keeps the revenue in the manufacture.

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2020 at 15:40 UTC
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Mariano Pacifico: USD$200.00 firmware upgrade !!! Buyers of Nikon Z just got suckered. Tough luck !😢

"Nikon does not specify precisely why you need to send in your camera for service to gain this new feature, but perhaps there are some deeper software changes required that a typical firmware update can't patch. It seems similar to Canon's previous paid C-Log Upgrade for the 5D Mark IV, which also required sending your camera into a service center"

"With the release of Firmware v2.2, which adds support for super-fast CFexpress memory cards, Nikon has also announced details on how to add RAW video support to your Z6 or Z7 cameras. But unfortunately, it's not just a simple software update for this new feature, but rather a standalone service upgrade that costs $199.95 and requires you to send your camera into a Nikon Service Center."

https://www.imaging-resource.com/news/2019/12/16/nikon-releases-long-awaited-raw-video-feature-upgrade-for-z7-z6-cameras

It requires tools that are not publicly available.

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2020 at 17:05 UTC
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