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On article DPReview TV: Best camera under $500 in 2021 (147 comments in total)
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snapa: I thought cameras like the FZ300 with 12.1 Megapixel, 1/2.3-Inch Sensors were pretty much obsolete by now? I guess if you need a 25-600 mm zoom, it's serviceable. :/

As for the Rebel T7, most new cell phones match or beat it in IQ with it's 18-55 kit lens, and are a lot smaller/lighter and always with you. How is the video on it, 4K? ;)

Any entry level DSLR (APSC sized sensor) , some can be had on sale for as low as $399 new clearance if you look around with their 18-55 kit lens, way better picture quality than any smartphone, when viewed on larger screens, bigger prints, etc.

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2021 at 21:56 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Nikon Z7 II review (253 comments in total)
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nordilux: A pretty fair and balanced review, I think it is worth pointing out that the AF system is very good and useful, certainly not class-leading in terms of speed and accuracy, but still very useful and far better than what we all used until only a few years ago.

While Nikon is not stealing the headlines these days in terms of winning camera of the year, yada, yada, yada, I think they are the sleeper at this point. The Z native lens lineup is finally good enough, the color science and flexibility of the files are great, and the UI/handling is second to none. I think many of us happy enthusiasts/amateurs will take a look at this current offering and realize that it delivers pretty much everything we need.

@DarkShift, I shoot most portraits, sports and weddings. I have never really had a problem with my D850 (same autofocus module as D5) not getting the shot. Rarely happens, same with my now older D4. As for balancing, I disagree, especially when I've done photo shoots for many hours. I tested it in the camera store. Z's are nose heavy, unbalanced to me with pro glass attached, esp. FTZ adapter and F glass.. Main reason I use battery grip on D8XX and D7XX series cameras is to properly balance it with heavier pro glass and portrait orientation shutter, alot less fatigue. One thing I like is that Nikon now offers the battery grip for the Z7ii, extra battery length and better balancing with the big primes and fast zooms. If I'm forced down the road to switch, the battery grip is a must have for me.

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2021 at 02:16 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Nikon Z7 II review (253 comments in total)
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nordilux: A pretty fair and balanced review, I think it is worth pointing out that the AF system is very good and useful, certainly not class-leading in terms of speed and accuracy, but still very useful and far better than what we all used until only a few years ago.

While Nikon is not stealing the headlines these days in terms of winning camera of the year, yada, yada, yada, I think they are the sleeper at this point. The Z native lens lineup is finally good enough, the color science and flexibility of the files are great, and the UI/handling is second to none. I think many of us happy enthusiasts/amateurs will take a look at this current offering and realize that it delivers pretty much everything we need.

@DarkShift, I have no problem with the 105 F1.4 on my D850, mostly all keepers, even shot wide open F1.4. Speaking of the 105 F1.4, with FTZ adaptor doesn't balance too well on the Z7, nose heavy for prolonged photo shoots. You will need optional battery grip to help. The D850 still has better autofocus for tracking fast moving sports. Some love the EVF, I don't, I prefer not messing with my vision and using a real optical viewfinder, and the far better battery life and less lag. Those LED's are not good for your vision on EVF with prolonged use. Short use is ok.

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2021 at 23:59 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Nikon Z7 II review (253 comments in total)
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Class A: The D850 sensor is great but it does not reach its full potential in a mirrorless camera due to the banding (and striping) caused by the on-sensor PDAF pixels.

If one really wants the best possible dynamic range, the D850 should be the better choice.

@20thCentury, Not even close.. the best landscape camera on the market is the 102mp Fuji GFX 100 medium format. As for Nikon's best landscape camera, D850 in real world prints will match the Z7 ii unless you are one of those that really pixel peep on your monitor. The Z7 ii isn't as well rounded a camera, it can't do sports/fast moving subjects as well as the D850, (D6 is best for that) and has far less battery life. I don't like EVF viewfinders for my all day photo shoots, not good for your eyes either, lights the LED emits. Don't forget Z7ii and the holy trinity F2.8 zoom Lens (14-200mm coverage)in Z System costs alot more $$ that the F mount/D850 with Nikons sale that ended 12/31? Nearly $3k less for body and 3 lens. Big diff.

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2021 at 05:12 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Nikon Z7 II review (253 comments in total)
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Class A: The D850 sensor is great but it does not reach its full potential in a mirrorless camera due to the banding (and striping) caused by the on-sensor PDAF pixels.

If one really wants the best possible dynamic range, the D850 should be the better choice.

Numerous reviews point out that to get the most of the 45mp Sensor, the D850 is superior. The Z's exhibit a pattern of “banding,” or line pattern noise, when recovering shadows too much. As long as you. don't have to recover shadows or shoot fast moving sports you are fine on a Z. Until than, D850 is superior.

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2021 at 14:30 UTC
On article Nikon Z 50mm F1.2 S sample gallery (273 comments in total)
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matthewbrady: I'd really like someone to show me what this lens can do that older 50mm 1.4 or even inexpensive 1.8 Nikkors can't do. I've owned many 50mm Nikkors over the years including a 50mm 1.2 AIS manual focus lens, and I don't see the value in these. What am I missing? Is bokeh at 1.2 really that much better than 1.4 or 1.8??

@cosmicnode, His findings are exactly what I just posted and explained to you before, if you actually read it, lol. F1.4G is sharp enough at f1.4, gets better as you stop down. Bottom line. No more to say. Have a great day.

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2021 at 04:40 UTC
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Relaxed: $2100? Did someone forgot to tell dell that you can get an entire iMac 5K for this outrageous list price? 🤣

@relaxed. Agreed. One can buy a 43” 4k tv to use as their monitor for about $199 on sale and save alot of $ to edit pictures and as a general computer screen, works great for me. Way better than my old small 27 inch. I dont do gaming, so the lower refresh rate is fine for me.

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2021 at 09:35 UTC
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Lion-O: Meh, at the distance I sit from my screen, 40" is just way too big. It's really just a TV at that point.

@OremLK. Agreed. I use a 43 inch screen as well. 4k tv. To edit my photos. Far cheaper at $200 and does the job.

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2021 at 09:27 UTC
On article Nikon Z 50mm F1.2 S sample gallery (273 comments in total)
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matthewbrady: I'd really like someone to show me what this lens can do that older 50mm 1.4 or even inexpensive 1.8 Nikkors can't do. I've owned many 50mm Nikkors over the years including a 50mm 1.2 AIS manual focus lens, and I don't see the value in these. What am I missing? Is bokeh at 1.2 really that much better than 1.4 or 1.8??

@cosmicnode. I Will agree with you that to get the sharpest results you have to stop down the F1.4 G. The same is true for the expensive heavy Sigma Art 50 as well I will disagree with you that it is not sharp wide open. It's more Than usable/sharp enough wide open even on the 45mp D850. At least the copy I tried. As you know some lenses have calibration issues usually caused during shipping, being banged around Most nikons I've gotten have been very good. 3rd party lens I've gotten way more duds .

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2021 at 02:08 UTC
On article Nikon Z 50mm F1.2 S sample gallery (273 comments in total)
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matthewbrady: I'd really like someone to show me what this lens can do that older 50mm 1.4 or even inexpensive 1.8 Nikkors can't do. I've owned many 50mm Nikkors over the years including a 50mm 1.2 AIS manual focus lens, and I don't see the value in these. What am I missing? Is bokeh at 1.2 really that much better than 1.4 or 1.8??

@cosmicnode. F1.4 has better bokeh, thats why you pay more for it. and the F1.8 Nikon can't do F1.4. F1.4 has The F1.8 focuses much faster, if you shoot sports etc. I had both lens.

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2021 at 15:45 UTC
On article Nikon Z 50mm F1.2 S sample gallery (273 comments in total)
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matthewbrady: I'd really like someone to show me what this lens can do that older 50mm 1.4 or even inexpensive 1.8 Nikkors can't do. I've owned many 50mm Nikkors over the years including a 50mm 1.2 AIS manual focus lens, and I don't see the value in these. What am I missing? Is bokeh at 1.2 really that much better than 1.4 or 1.8??

@stujomo, Agreed, that the Nikon F1.4G is not great. It's average. It is the weakest F1.4. However it's also by far their cheapest F1.4. Based on the price, not bad. You can get mint used copies for $250 or less. I prefer to stop it down to F1.8 - F2.0 on FX bodies. Images there with post processing are good. If they aren't, it's you lens copy or technique. On DX you can use it all way down to F1.4 fine. I've seen a few pros I know still use the old, worse F1.4 AFD for part of their paid shoots, go figure? The Sigma Art is better wide open, but by F4.0 and beyond, esp. F5.6, the Nikon is just as sharp in the technical reviews I've read. For weight/size of Sigma, (it's 3x weight of Nikon F1.4)

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2021 at 15:43 UTC
On article Nikon Z 50mm F1.2 S sample gallery (273 comments in total)
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matthewbrady: I'd really like someone to show me what this lens can do that older 50mm 1.4 or even inexpensive 1.8 Nikkors can't do. I've owned many 50mm Nikkors over the years including a 50mm 1.2 AIS manual focus lens, and I don't see the value in these. What am I missing? Is bokeh at 1.2 really that much better than 1.4 or 1.8??

@cosmicnode, It's probably your copy of the lens. Especially if Nikon didn't calibrate it. I went to a local camera shop today and tried a 50mm F1.4 AFS. Used it on a DX body they had. Images taken wide open at F1.4 were perfectly usable. I was surprised. Put it on my FX D850. Center and middle was sharp enough, which mostly what you care about at F1.4. Vignetting as expected at F1.4, but fully usable images, set vignette control to max in camera and minor fixing in post process. Know one is looking for landscape type pictures with perfect corner sharpness shooting at F1.4. I don't have other 50mm lens brands to compare it with. This lens isn't the problem (if you get a good copy). I believe it's poorly calibrated lens/body or technique. The only issue that plagues all of these F1.4 lens is slow autofocus. As long as you aren't shooting action, it's fine. Still's, portraits etc AF is acceptable.

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2021 at 02:16 UTC
On article Nikon Z 50mm F1.2 S sample gallery (273 comments in total)
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matthewbrady: I'd really like someone to show me what this lens can do that older 50mm 1.4 or even inexpensive 1.8 Nikkors can't do. I've owned many 50mm Nikkors over the years including a 50mm 1.2 AIS manual focus lens, and I don't see the value in these. What am I missing? Is bokeh at 1.2 really that much better than 1.4 or 1.8??

@cosmicnode, What was done in the service from Nikon? Are your images now any sharper? To calibrate it you usually have to send your body and lens together into Nikon. Agreed, you have to stop it down for best pixel peeping results, never argued about that. Corner sharpness isn’t, however, something really that important, esp on this type of lens at this price point, unless you are shooting a large group of people or maybe a brick wall or detailed landscape and you need every detail across the sensor to be tack sharp nobody pays too much attention to the corners. Really with these lens, it comes down to your photographic skills, unless the lens is defective. Even the much larger and more expensive Sigma Art 50mm F1.4 has to be stopped down to to get most resolution/sharpness too, for all the pixel peepers out there.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2021 at 02:32 UTC
On article Nikon Z 50mm F1.2 S sample gallery (273 comments in total)
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matthewbrady: I'd really like someone to show me what this lens can do that older 50mm 1.4 or even inexpensive 1.8 Nikkors can't do. I've owned many 50mm Nikkors over the years including a 50mm 1.2 AIS manual focus lens, and I don't see the value in these. What am I missing? Is bokeh at 1.2 really that much better than 1.4 or 1.8??

@wjan, I also used this lens on my D800 (36mp) it was adequate, not bad in anyway, other than slow autofocus. The images were more than usable from it, where I usually shot it at F1.8 to F2.0, I didn't need to use F1.4 that often, F1.4 was far better than the old AFD. I don't have it anymore to test on my D850. Dpreviews own review from June 2009 of this lens said that " this lens used on the 24MP D3X produces some of the most detailed, abberation-free images we've yet seen and their test results suggest there still plenty to spare for even higher resolution sensors" . It was given "highly recommended" rating.
Sharpness was "good" at F1.4 across the frame, but with it improving as you stop it down.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2021 at 02:07 UTC
On article Nikon Z 50mm F1.2 S sample gallery (273 comments in total)
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matthewbrady: I'd really like someone to show me what this lens can do that older 50mm 1.4 or even inexpensive 1.8 Nikkors can't do. I've owned many 50mm Nikkors over the years including a 50mm 1.2 AIS manual focus lens, and I don't see the value in these. What am I missing? Is bokeh at 1.2 really that much better than 1.4 or 1.8??

@cosmicnode, if you have to stop down the AFS G 50mm F1.4 to F2.8 to get it sharp. it's probably your depth of field, it's very small at F1.4, a defective lens?, or your technique. I had the 50mm F1.4, it was a slow autofocusing lens. But my copy was sharp back than on my D3S and D700, no problems with sharp enough photos at F1.4, better/sharper than the old AF-D versions of the lens at F1.4.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2021 at 01:09 UTC
On article Nikon Z 50mm F1.2 S sample gallery (273 comments in total)
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matthewbrady: I'd really like someone to show me what this lens can do that older 50mm 1.4 or even inexpensive 1.8 Nikkors can't do. I've owned many 50mm Nikkors over the years including a 50mm 1.2 AIS manual focus lens, and I don't see the value in these. What am I missing? Is bokeh at 1.2 really that much better than 1.4 or 1.8??

@wjan. Agreed. BTW....The 50mm F1.8 F mount AFS is 2 years newer and focuses noticeably faster than the F1.4 did. I dumped the F1.4 due to the slow autofocus.

Link | Posted on Jan 3, 2021 at 12:01 UTC
On article Nikon Z 50mm F1.2 S sample gallery (273 comments in total)
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matthewbrady: I'd really like someone to show me what this lens can do that older 50mm 1.4 or even inexpensive 1.8 Nikkors can't do. I've owned many 50mm Nikkors over the years including a 50mm 1.2 AIS manual focus lens, and I don't see the value in these. What am I missing? Is bokeh at 1.2 really that much better than 1.4 or 1.8??

I sure hope the Nikon F1.8 Z lens is better than the F mount F1.8 50mm, it's almost 3x the price, $599 vs $219, twice the weight and noticeable larger. That said, I have the cheap 50mm F1.8 AFS, came out in 2011, it's usable at F1.8. I can live with it's issues for it's cheap price. Yes, the Z lens is better. I used to have 50mm F1.4, never had a problem achieving focus reliably. The problem was it's very slow autofocus, lol. If someone did have issues reliably achieving autofocus either their lens or body is not in proper spec.

Link | Posted on Jan 2, 2021 at 21:17 UTC
On article Nikon Z 50mm F1.2 S sample gallery (273 comments in total)
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matthewbrady: I'd really like someone to show me what this lens can do that older 50mm 1.4 or even inexpensive 1.8 Nikkors can't do. I've owned many 50mm Nikkors over the years including a 50mm 1.2 AIS manual focus lens, and I don't see the value in these. What am I missing? Is bokeh at 1.2 really that much better than 1.4 or 1.8??

@matthewbrady, agreed. This F1.2 will have better bokeh over the F1.4 and F1.8's 50mm but not worth the $, but bokeh also depends on the zoom as well. Usually for portrait you aren't shooting 50mm. You are shooting 85mm or longer. Nikon F mount 105mm F1.4 will have better bokeh, due to the larger zoom and with the current sale is about $200 cheaper? One of the best Nikkor I've ever used for portraits. It came out in 2016, so the optical formula is still very good. The 105mm F1.4 is also a shorter and lighter lens too.

Link | Posted on Jan 1, 2021 at 02:55 UTC
On article Nikon Z6 II review (1272 comments in total)
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Michiel953: Still no reason to ditch my D850 and assorted F-mount primes.

OK, that was predictable.

Bulk issue on Z is worse than DSlR. The Body maybe be lighter\smaller but the pro glass Isnt which leads to the Z being highly unbalanced, nose heavy with pro F2.8 zooms. I have to use battery grip on D8xx series to better balance it with bigger pro zooms. The battery life pales in comparison to the D8xx series. I did a photo shoot over 8 hours, 1300 shots. I still had 50% battery left on my D850. On a Z you be on your 2nd or 3rd battery.

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2020 at 12:49 UTC
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MohsinWadee: No, don’t do it kid, do NOT do it. Get a holiday job, and save up for an X-S10. And you’re not gonna pull chicks with that in your hands. An old fashioned, dated SLR is not representative of your manhood, no matter what Waldo tells you.

I said, that know one needs to spend $750 for a entry level DSLR. Even the current Nikon D3500 with kit lens is $499. Many times I look at close out sales at the stores around me, I ask them when it goes on closeout. It's same or cheaper than buying used, and I get a full mfg warranty. Or demo model in the store that many times has very low shutter count and a significant savings vs the new price, but with piece of mind with. full mfg warranty.. I never said anyone was getting ripped off, you said that. Used? Be very careful. No mfg warranty and with lenses, it might be used because it was a bad copy variation, they dump them on Ebay, etc. If you look at Nikons sale now, the new price, esp on some of the pro glass isn't much higher than used price.

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2020 at 04:31 UTC
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