Ken Aisin

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On article Review: Affinity Photo 1.5.2 for desktop (291 comments in total)
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mainger: For a one-off $50, this is very tempting indeed. Great to know that some "independent" developers are releasing such complete packages.

Very successful in terms of milking customers. Very unsuccessful in terms of software development and innovation though.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2017 at 20:40 UTC
On article Review: Affinity Photo 1.5.2 for desktop (291 comments in total)

I shoot quite a lot of HDR panoramic pictures for fun. Affinity's auto stitching tool does a surprisingly good job. This auto panoramic feature alone is worth $50 USD to me already. However, Affinity still has a lot to catch up to do when it comes to HDR. I still have to rely on Photomatix Pro to get my HDR pictures done before I stitch them all with Affinity.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2017 at 22:42 UTC as 30th comment
On article Review: Affinity Photo 1.5.2 for desktop (291 comments in total)
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mainger: For a one-off $50, this is very tempting indeed. Great to know that some "independent" developers are releasing such complete packages.

I have a copy, and I'm liking it very much. For $50 USD one-off, it's pretty much a no-brainer. Thanks to Affinity Photo, I won't ever need to buy into Adobe's subscription based bullsh!t.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2017 at 22:33 UTC
On article Nikon D7500 vs Canon EOS 80D (251 comments in total)

Enough coverage of the D7500 already.... No matter how you look at it, it is a downgrade from the D7200, and a rip off for $1250 USD.

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2017 at 13:00 UTC as 65th comment | 6 replies

Nikon certainly knows how to charge an arm and a leg for the F1.4 Nikkors :( I'll wait for the Sigma Art version instead.

Link | Posted on May 31, 2017 at 04:14 UTC as 41st comment | 1 reply
On article Nikon reshuffles management structure (244 comments in total)

Does this re-structuring mean we'll finally get to buy the DL18-50? If not, what's the point?

Link | Posted on May 19, 2017 at 22:55 UTC as 52nd comment | 1 reply

Please keep Lightroom a standalone product. I want to own my tools, not rent them.

Link | Posted on May 11, 2017 at 01:49 UTC as 14th comment | 6 replies

Very nice pictures. Nikon user here. The Sigma 12-24/4.0 is on my wishlist. This article reaffirms my desire for the Sigma.

Link | Posted on May 6, 2017 at 22:54 UTC as 54th comment
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luck002: No. 2 will shock you! The next number will blow your mind!

I like number 4.

Link | Posted on May 6, 2017 at 22:47 UTC
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2750 comments in total)
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Dan Vincent: Carey,

Canon and Nikon don't warrant against water intrusion in their bodies, even on the pro ones. The bodies are rugged, yes, but when the rubber hits the road, they won't cover it. I've taken my Sony a99 out into sea spray, rainy weather, and dusty conditions, and when I've had it serviced (for regular reasons like cleaning and adjustments) no one has mentioned anything about contamination.

If you want to believe, take one out yourself and you'll see that while no, you can't dunk it in the lake like a Pentax, it will shrug off the elements.

Found an article here on DPR,

https://www.dpreview.com/articles/3864522077/survival-of-the-fittest-weatherproof-splashproof-waterproof-et-al

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2017 at 17:52 UTC
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2750 comments in total)
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Dan Vincent: Carey,

Canon and Nikon don't warrant against water intrusion in their bodies, even on the pro ones. The bodies are rugged, yes, but when the rubber hits the road, they won't cover it. I've taken my Sony a99 out into sea spray, rainy weather, and dusty conditions, and when I've had it serviced (for regular reasons like cleaning and adjustments) no one has mentioned anything about contamination.

If you want to believe, take one out yourself and you'll see that while no, you can't dunk it in the lake like a Pentax, it will shrug off the elements.

Olympus OM-D EM-5 Mark II claim: " its all metal body is sealed for splashproof, dustproof and freezeproof protection. With a full array of similarly “proofed” accessories."

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2017 at 17:34 UTC
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2750 comments in total)
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Dan Vincent: Carey,

Canon and Nikon don't warrant against water intrusion in their bodies, even on the pro ones. The bodies are rugged, yes, but when the rubber hits the road, they won't cover it. I've taken my Sony a99 out into sea spray, rainy weather, and dusty conditions, and when I've had it serviced (for regular reasons like cleaning and adjustments) no one has mentioned anything about contamination.

If you want to believe, take one out yourself and you'll see that while no, you can't dunk it in the lake like a Pentax, it will shrug off the elements.

Pentax 24-70/2.8 WR claim: "This lens features a dependable weather-resistant construction with special seals to effectively prevent the intrusion of water into the lens interior. By pairing it with a weather-resistant PENTAX Digital SLR camera body, it assures a durable, dependable digital imaging system that performs superbly in demanding shooting settings — even in rain or mist, or in locations prone to water splashing or spray."

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2017 at 17:33 UTC
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2750 comments in total)
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Dan Vincent: Carey,

Canon and Nikon don't warrant against water intrusion in their bodies, even on the pro ones. The bodies are rugged, yes, but when the rubber hits the road, they won't cover it. I've taken my Sony a99 out into sea spray, rainy weather, and dusty conditions, and when I've had it serviced (for regular reasons like cleaning and adjustments) no one has mentioned anything about contamination.

If you want to believe, take one out yourself and you'll see that while no, you can't dunk it in the lake like a Pentax, it will shrug off the elements.

Canon 1Dx Mark II claims: "A robust magnesium alloy body design is both dust- and weather-sealed to permit working in harsh environments." " For professionals who demand nothing less than the best, the EOS-1D X Mark II camera is designed to perform superbly even in the most treacherous environments, every time.... The EOS-1D X Mark II and accessories like the new Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E8A have extensive gasketing for improved dust and water resistance, even at their connection points."

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2017 at 17:33 UTC
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2750 comments in total)
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Dan Vincent: Carey,

Canon and Nikon don't warrant against water intrusion in their bodies, even on the pro ones. The bodies are rugged, yes, but when the rubber hits the road, they won't cover it. I've taken my Sony a99 out into sea spray, rainy weather, and dusty conditions, and when I've had it serviced (for regular reasons like cleaning and adjustments) no one has mentioned anything about contamination.

If you want to believe, take one out yourself and you'll see that while no, you can't dunk it in the lake like a Pentax, it will shrug off the elements.

Nikon D5 claims: " The Nikon D5 delivers with rugged construction and robust weather sealing." "... in a light and durable magnesium-alloy body with extensive weather sealing."

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2017 at 17:32 UTC
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2750 comments in total)
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Dan Vincent: Carey,

Canon and Nikon don't warrant against water intrusion in their bodies, even on the pro ones. The bodies are rugged, yes, but when the rubber hits the road, they won't cover it. I've taken my Sony a99 out into sea spray, rainy weather, and dusty conditions, and when I've had it serviced (for regular reasons like cleaning and adjustments) no one has mentioned anything about contamination.

If you want to believe, take one out yourself and you'll see that while no, you can't dunk it in the lake like a Pentax, it will shrug off the elements.

Just FYI, below is a list of claims that I have come across from their advertising material.

Sony A7rII claim: " The body itself also features greater sealing for dust and moisture resistance, providing more protection when shooting out in the elements."

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2017 at 17:32 UTC
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2750 comments in total)
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Dan Vincent: Carey,

Canon and Nikon don't warrant against water intrusion in their bodies, even on the pro ones. The bodies are rugged, yes, but when the rubber hits the road, they won't cover it. I've taken my Sony a99 out into sea spray, rainy weather, and dusty conditions, and when I've had it serviced (for regular reasons like cleaning and adjustments) no one has mentioned anything about contamination.

If you want to believe, take one out yourself and you'll see that while no, you can't dunk it in the lake like a Pentax, it will shrug off the elements.

@Dan, wetsleet, and Carey,

I think an article written on this subject at DPReview is warranted. Torture tests such as number 2 and 4 proposed by Dan are certainly welcomed.

Manufacturers are making so many claims about how robust and how extensively sealed their cameras and lenses are, and how they can withstand harsh environment. These claims may lead customers to believe that their equipment can be used in the rain without any extra protection. But in reality, when I contacted the tech support of Canon, Nikon, and Olympus about using their products in the rain. Only Olympus gave me a rather positive response that their splashproof products are usable in the rain. Canon and Nikon simply said they do not cover any damage due to water intrusion (Canon would however cover it if it's due to manufacturing defect).

I think we as consumers and reviewers should push manufacturers to start backing up their claims. At least they should give us IP ratings of their sealed products.

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2017 at 17:31 UTC
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2750 comments in total)
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Dan Vincent: Carey,

Canon and Nikon don't warrant against water intrusion in their bodies, even on the pro ones. The bodies are rugged, yes, but when the rubber hits the road, they won't cover it. I've taken my Sony a99 out into sea spray, rainy weather, and dusty conditions, and when I've had it serviced (for regular reasons like cleaning and adjustments) no one has mentioned anything about contamination.

If you want to believe, take one out yourself and you'll see that while no, you can't dunk it in the lake like a Pentax, it will shrug off the elements.

"Canon and Nikon don't warrant against water intrusion in their bodies, even on the pro ones."

FYI, I have contacted both Canon and Nikon tech support regarding this.

Canon's policy is that if the water intrusion is due to manufacturing defect, they would cover the damage.

Nikon's warranty does not cover any water damage.

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2017 at 19:58 UTC

The A900 and a99's vertical grips are probably the best vertical grip designs ever. Full of buttons, plus joystick and dials. All at the right places.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 23:55 UTC as 36th comment
On article Nikon D7500 vs Nikon D500: Which is better for you? (393 comments in total)
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Wally Brooks: This goes to decisions by Nikon Management. This looks like lets get more money for less functionality by branding, marketing and trying to fool the public!

I give them the video and processing. The rest is largely a remade D5XXX. I get iteration. The branding to get money for less functionality--- less battery???? really????--- is a management decision.

Nikon management is less than stellar. A class managers hire A players and B & C managers hire C players because that is how to look good. Nikon management = C players making D level decisions.

Its telling in a year when we got lots of great products from Nikon; the 2-500 zoom, D5, D500 etc. that we also get mediocre management decisions.

The camera is good for what it is BUT not at $1200 which is the same price as a D 7200 - which I own - and is a better camera.

11) NFC: Another cost cutting move. But I won't argue with this one because I don't use it either.

Overall, I have to disagree that the D7500 has superior performance in virtually every single category when compared to the D7200. Indeed, with the $250 USD price difference. I personally find the D7200 a much better value proposition. Just my $0.02. Cheers :)

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2017 at 01:53 UTC
On article Nikon D7500 vs Nikon D500: Which is better for you? (393 comments in total)
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Wally Brooks: This goes to decisions by Nikon Management. This looks like lets get more money for less functionality by branding, marketing and trying to fool the public!

I give them the video and processing. The rest is largely a remade D5XXX. I get iteration. The branding to get money for less functionality--- less battery???? really????--- is a management decision.

Nikon management is less than stellar. A class managers hire A players and B & C managers hire C players because that is how to look good. Nikon management = C players making D level decisions.

Its telling in a year when we got lots of great products from Nikon; the 2-500 zoom, D5, D500 etc. that we also get mediocre management decisions.

The camera is good for what it is BUT not at $1200 which is the same price as a D 7200 - which I own - and is a better camera.

8) Battery grip: I disagree strongly about no one buying battery grip. With the battery grip, I find the camera much more stable when shooting hand-held vertically. I bought grips for all the DSLRs that I've ever owned except for the D70s. Give me a camera that has a square sensor, then I won't get a grip ;)

9) Second card slot: I learned my lesson when I broke an SD card with pictures in it. Better be safe than sorry with dual slots.

10) Screen resolution: D7500 got a lower resolution screen. Another cost cutting move by Nikon.

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2017 at 01:52 UTC
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