tomjar

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On article 2017 Buying Guide: Best cameras for video (136 comments in total)
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Nukunukoo: where thou Lumix G80/G85?

Not to mention the fully articulated LCD that G80/G85 has and GX80/GX85 lacks...
It seems that the G80/G85 is not liked all that much among DPR staff except by Dan Bracaglia who reviewed the camera. This camera doesn't get recommended in any buying guide (not even in the "below $1000" one). Excellent review results (better than direct competition) and its popularity in the Micro four thirds forum obviously don't play a role in these recommendations.

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2017 at 09:52 UTC
On article 2017 Buying Guide: Best cameras under $1000 (117 comments in total)

Just curious: are these recommendations (in each category) based on the opinion of a single DPR staff member or are they based on a consensus? And if the later, do the results of the reviews of individual cameras play any role in these recommendations? Obviously I am biased since I own a Panasonic G80, but if I stayed with Nikon the D5600 would most probably be my latest camera. According to the reviews G80 came out substantially ahead of D5600 and Olympus OM-D M10 III so it is kind of strange to see the Nikon and the Olympus as the "winners" in this recommendation (I am sure they are both fine cameras, no doubt).

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2017 at 14:59 UTC as 3rd comment
On article RIP Lightroom 6: Death by subscription model (1633 comments in total)
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Naveed Akhtar: I adopted lightroom from its earlier versions and then every new version they were releasing I was upgrading it; for all those new features. so if you are like me .. subscription model simply makes more sense; and you are also getting photoshop

True, but if you don't upgrade to every new version and if you also don't use/need Photoshop (and mobile applications), then it doesn't make sense at all. Previously we had a choice (perpetual vs subscription), now we don't any more.
Well, we do, drop Lightroom and Adobe and find something else to replace it.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2017 at 11:12 UTC
On article RIP Lightroom 6: Death by subscription model (1633 comments in total)
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afm: There is plenty of other software out there which provides similar tools both free or inexpensive and sometimes better. For some reason it is believed that Adobe has a monopoly. It has'nt. Move on to something else.

absquatulate:
Thanks, I will check it out. Luckily I have no immediate need to change anything, I bought LR 6 perpetual in August and it covers my newest camera, so I am good for the time being.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2017 at 08:54 UTC
On article RIP Lightroom 6: Death by subscription model (1633 comments in total)
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tomjar: I fully agree with you Richard.
I used to upgrade my software every 4-5 years. I started with PS Elements 4, followed by PS Elements/Premiere 6, Lightroom 4 (in 2012) and finally Lightroom 6 this year. I have exactly zero need for "real" Photoshop or mobile applications and have never had a need for constant upgrading. I liked Lightroom and for my use and purpose I am happy to pay 150 EUR for a new version every couple of years or so. But asking 150 EUR per year from me for the same use as before is a rip-off. Adobe obviously doesn't care for users like me anymore. So be it.
Is there any serious alternative, a combination of DAM and image processing software?

Thanks Marucha, I will.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2017 at 08:34 UTC
On article RIP Lightroom 6: Death by subscription model (1633 comments in total)
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afm: There is plenty of other software out there which provides similar tools both free or inexpensive and sometimes better. For some reason it is believed that Adobe has a monopoly. It has'nt. Move on to something else.

Which software combines DAM and image processing functionality comparable to Lightroom?

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2017 at 08:08 UTC
On article RIP Lightroom 6: Death by subscription model (1633 comments in total)

I fully agree with you Richard.
I used to upgrade my software every 4-5 years. I started with PS Elements 4, followed by PS Elements/Premiere 6, Lightroom 4 (in 2012) and finally Lightroom 6 this year. I have exactly zero need for "real" Photoshop or mobile applications and have never had a need for constant upgrading. I liked Lightroom and for my use and purpose I am happy to pay 150 EUR for a new version every couple of years or so. But asking 150 EUR per year from me for the same use as before is a rip-off. Adobe obviously doesn't care for users like me anymore. So be it.
Is there any serious alternative, a combination of DAM and image processing software?

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2017 at 07:49 UTC as 380th comment | 4 replies
On article Nikon reshuffles management structure (244 comments in total)
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tomjar: I know zero about corporate management and I know Nikon is involved in different areas of industry. I can only comment as a consumer of let's say cheaper "prosumer" cameras. I have been on a lookout for new cameras to replace my two Nikons, D5000 and P7700 (an exchangeable lens camera and one highly capable and versatile compact camera), since more than a year now. I don't have money to throw around and for trying out this and that. I would love to stay with Nikon since I don't like changing platforms if not necessary, but I don't think I will be buying another Nikon anytime soon. It will be a Panasonic mirrorless camera and a Canon compact instead, most likely and soon.

To me Nikon's decisions in the "prosumer" segment (except for the DSLRs) over the last years look like those of a headless chicken. South Park episode Margaritaville comes to mind...

I know, but I am looking for something smaller now. If I wanted to stay with a DSLR I would pick a D7500. The m43 format looks very appealing to me right now...

Link | Posted on May 20, 2017 at 11:12 UTC
On article Nikon reshuffles management structure (244 comments in total)
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tomjar: I know zero about corporate management and I know Nikon is involved in different areas of industry. I can only comment as a consumer of let's say cheaper "prosumer" cameras. I have been on a lookout for new cameras to replace my two Nikons, D5000 and P7700 (an exchangeable lens camera and one highly capable and versatile compact camera), since more than a year now. I don't have money to throw around and for trying out this and that. I would love to stay with Nikon since I don't like changing platforms if not necessary, but I don't think I will be buying another Nikon anytime soon. It will be a Panasonic mirrorless camera and a Canon compact instead, most likely and soon.

To me Nikon's decisions in the "prosumer" segment (except for the DSLRs) over the last years look like those of a headless chicken. South Park episode Margaritaville comes to mind...

What I meant was that I was looking at cheaper prosumers to replace my present cameras. I am looking at cameras such as Oly EM5 II, Panasonic G85 or Canon M5 to replace the D5000. If I was looking for a DSLR camera it would be on the level of Nikon D7500 or Canon 80D. And in the compact segment it was the never realized DL line that I was looking forward to to replace the P7700. I think all these new cameras can be safely categorized into the lower and of "prosumers". And the P7700 was Nikon's "prosumer" compact camera of the day. The only thing that Nikon has to offer now are competent DSLR cameras - no mirrorless and no prosumer compact cameras over several years.

Link | Posted on May 20, 2017 at 11:03 UTC
On article Nikon reshuffles management structure (244 comments in total)

I know zero about corporate management and I know Nikon is involved in different areas of industry. I can only comment as a consumer of let's say cheaper "prosumer" cameras. I have been on a lookout for new cameras to replace my two Nikons, D5000 and P7700 (an exchangeable lens camera and one highly capable and versatile compact camera), since more than a year now. I don't have money to throw around and for trying out this and that. I would love to stay with Nikon since I don't like changing platforms if not necessary, but I don't think I will be buying another Nikon anytime soon. It will be a Panasonic mirrorless camera and a Canon compact instead, most likely and soon.

To me Nikon's decisions in the "prosumer" segment (except for the DSLRs) over the last years look like those of a headless chicken. South Park episode Margaritaville comes to mind...

Link | Posted on May 20, 2017 at 09:51 UTC as 33rd comment | 8 replies
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Triplet Perar: Sorry, Nikon is right on money re this one.
Sony fanboys, time to go to bed, and stop cheering at anyone who hooks against Nikon. Your real problem are your own nappies.

How can you be so sure? Are you privy to all the details? You may be right of course, I cannot tell, but to me it looks as if Nikon, with all its troubles, is shooting in all directions and hoping to hit something valuable once in a while.

Link | Posted on May 1, 2017 at 08:48 UTC
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ihv: The whole IP concept should be revised. So much money and time goes into disputes and the legal bodies and legislation needed to support all that which by itself produces nothing and would cease to exist like a parasiite without the host environment. I hihgly doubt in the fear everybody starts to hold back inventions.

Yeah, except that lawyers always win, no matter what the outcome...

Link | Posted on May 1, 2017 at 08:47 UTC
On article Sphere of frustration: Nikon KeyMission 360 review (202 comments in total)
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tomjar: Is there any area of photography/video gear (except the high-end DSLR segment) in which Nikon still manages to get it right and to actually deliver a competent new product once in a while? Really sad and hard to believe, it seems as if they have lost their compass, what happened to this company??

Who knows... but it does not look well for the "prosumer" end either: the DL fiasco ... apparently abandoned Nikon 1 system ... no other mirrorless attempt at all. As far as I can tell they haven't had a decent "prosumer" camera out since V3. I was sooo looking forward to the DL line, oh well...
The newest D5xxx and D7xxx cameras are probably still competitive, I'll give them that.
And why are they bothering with KeyMission at all? It seems they cannot get it right there either...

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2017 at 08:46 UTC
On article Sphere of frustration: Nikon KeyMission 360 review (202 comments in total)

Is there any area of photography/video gear (except the high-end DSLR segment) in which Nikon still manages to get it right and to actually deliver a competent new product once in a while? Really sad and hard to believe, it seems as if they have lost their compass, what happened to this company??

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2017 at 06:15 UTC as 41st comment | 5 replies
On article Beta: try out our new 'light' color scheme (722 comments in total)

I will stick to the old dark scheme, it is less tiring and more pleasant to my eyes, but kudos to dpreview for offering the light scheme as an option.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2016 at 19:15 UTC as 244th comment
On article Opinion: Enthusiast compacts have finally come of age (469 comments in total)
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tomjar: As much as I try to agree with Jeff's posting's title and conclusions - I cannot.
Case in point: I am looking for a replacement for my Nikon P7700/7800 camera and none of the current 1" compact enthusiast cameras cuts the mustard, every single one of them is missing not one, but several features that I am looking for in a relatively small take-it-everywhere camera (and that the manufacturer miraculously managed to include in P7700/7800). And yes, I am aware of advantages that these newer cameras have over older 1/1.7" enthusiast cameras, but why oh why do these have to come at the price of omitting a bunch of useful features that older cameras combined in a single body? Or if they are not omitted, why do they only come in big packages of super zooms?

For example: In Panasonic ZS100 (which in some ways comes closest to what I am looking for) just at first glance I miss (at least): an articulating screen, a hot shoe, an external mic connector.

Rant over. ;-)

sbansban:
These are all features that I have available in P7700/7800 and I really use them - some of them all the time - the articulating screen and decent zoom range, the others only occasionally, but they ARE important to me (EVF, external flash microphone). in P7700/7800 the built-in flash can even act as a commander for an off-board external flash (very convenient!).

Examples of important features missing (from my POV):

Panasonic ZS100: NO articulating screen (a total deal-breaker for me in such a camera), NO external flash, NO mic port, less external controls than P7700/7800 (or so it seems).

- Nikon DL25-85: NO external mic, NO EVF, zoom range too limited, less external controls.

- Canon GX7 II: NO EVF, NO hot shoe, NO mic port, zoom range too limited, less external controls.

- Canon G3X, Nikon DL24-500 etc.: simply too big!

You see what I mean?

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2016 at 11:04 UTC
On article Opinion: Enthusiast compacts have finally come of age (469 comments in total)

As much as I try to agree with Jeff's posting's title and conclusions - I cannot.
Case in point: I am looking for a replacement for my Nikon P7700/7800 camera and none of the current 1" compact enthusiast cameras cuts the mustard, every single one of them is missing not one, but several features that I am looking for in a relatively small take-it-everywhere camera (and that the manufacturer miraculously managed to include in P7700/7800). And yes, I am aware of advantages that these newer cameras have over older 1/1.7" enthusiast cameras, but why oh why do these have to come at the price of omitting a bunch of useful features that older cameras combined in a single body? Or if they are not omitted, why do they only come in big packages of super zooms?

For example: In Panasonic ZS100 (which in some ways comes closest to what I am looking for) just at first glance I miss (at least): an articulating screen, a hot shoe, an external mic connector.

Rant over. ;-)

Link | Posted on Feb 29, 2016 at 15:28 UTC as 41st comment | 3 replies
On article CP+ 2016: Hands-on with Nikon DL compacts (310 comments in total)

It's funny how you say at the beginning of the hands-on that the DL24-85 is probably going to be the most popular of the three cameras, but then you and up talking about (and showing) almost exclusively the other two cameras... :)

DL 24-85 is indeed closest to what I was hoping for (I am looking for something to replace my P7700 which is starting to malfunction too frequently), but it unfortunately lacks a few things I would like in a relatively small (not pocketable) take-it-everywhere camera. In my eyes (and compared to P7700/7800) it lacks (at least):
- the reach on the tele side,
- an external mic port
- a built-in viewfinder,
- a possibility to attach an external lens to extend the reach,
- and it will cost a lot more.
But at least it has a hot shoe. On the bright side, its lens starts wider than P7700/7800, it has a brighter lens, much better fps rates and AF capabilities and of course a larger sensor. So I might bite the bullet when the prices come down a bit ...

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2016 at 07:02 UTC as 73rd comment | 2 replies
On article 2014-15 Waterproof Camera Roundup (255 comments in total)
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peevee1: Look at the right lower corner of the Real-world Comparison (daylight) on page 10, where there is a SeattleBioMed sign, and railings under it, and tell me which do you think image quality is the best and the worst.

I think the order is very clear:

The worst - of course Nikon AW120, so bad it is unbeleivable.
Next - Canon D30, both softness and CA
Next - WG-4, pretty sharp but CA and color noise in smooth surfaces
The best - Oly WG-3, sharp (wall and rail texture is clearly seen), no noise, no CA, good color.

Yes, but look on the left side and the Nikon is no longer the worst (at least not worse than the rest).

It looks there was something wrong with this particular AW120's lens. The right side of the frame is all blurry, while the left side is much better. It is very obvious also on page 12 (studio comparison). Compare the portraits on the right side - the Nikon is the worst by far. Then look at the portraits on the left side - the Nikon is as good as the rest (in my opinion it is actually better than the Oly and the Ricoh, especially at higher ISOs and only slightly worse than the Canon). The same stark discrapancy can be observed by comparing the greenery in the left bottom corner with the right upper corner of the frame.

Did the reviewers not notice this apparent problem with the Nikon?

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2014 at 19:54 UTC
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Janoch: What 3rd part batteries?
All of them? Reports say some, but is there a list anywhere?
Some 3rd part batteries are really poor. I mean, really, really REALLY poor...
Would love to see a list, and would love to see brands like JapCell, Duracell, Hähnel a.o. *not* to be found there...

Well, I can confirm that it affects the Patona battery (a German company) on P7700. Luckily, reinstalling the previous firmware on this camera removed the problem.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2013 at 16:57 UTC
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