stuntmonkey

stuntmonkey

Lives in Canada Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Joined on Jul 31, 2008

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Dr Blackjack: I'm always impressed to see how many parts there are inside cameras. No wonder they are so expensive. You have to wonder if there is any way to simplify the layout and make manufacturing easier and cheaper.

> Because designing a new camera from scratch,

The development costs aren't anything new. E.g., D850 is substantially different from the D810 but costs are more or less in line with the D810 after inflation. The DL series was "from scratch" but they priced in competitively with the RX100's before the whole program got canned. There isn't anything revolutionary about a mirrorless system today; full frame mirrorless is new to Nikon, but mirrorless not new to the industry so the engineers weren't starting from square one even. As consumers, we shouldn't just give in and pay a higher price for something that that is cheaper to make just because of hype.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2018 at 22:44 UTC
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Dr Blackjack: I'm always impressed to see how many parts there are inside cameras. No wonder they are so expensive. You have to wonder if there is any way to simplify the layout and make manufacturing easier and cheaper.

> does have are more expensive.

Pentax has IBIS and costs less than the a Nikon using the same chip. The EVF panels are bought in bulk from suppliers, but things like the PDAF mirrorbox array and the exposure sensor in the prism housing are usually proprietary to the DSLR makers. So yes... the profit margin thing is the key gonig on here....

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2018 at 17:18 UTC
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Dr Blackjack: I'm always impressed to see how many parts there are inside cameras. No wonder they are so expensive. You have to wonder if there is any way to simplify the layout and make manufacturing easier and cheaper.

Here's the thing: a mirrorless camera has far less parts and tolerances than a DSLR, so why is the price (more or less) comparable?

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2018 at 15:54 UTC
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entoman: I'm a DSLR user, and like many others. I'm still toying with the notion of switching to mirrorless. Some will protest, but whether they like it or not, the age of the DSLR is rapidly drawing to a close.

It strikes me as very odd then, that Nikon should launch another DSLR - if they want to bring newcomers into the Nikon system, they would be better advised to design an affordable crop sensor mirrorless ILC for novices, as Canon and Sony have both already done.

> Nikon's bestseller

This is also generally true for the low-end Canons. Not everybody reads enthusiasts sites, there are still a lot of entry level cameras sold to average people, especially parents with kids. DSLRs are still the way to go on a budget if you have kids in sports.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2018 at 18:41 UTC
On article Which is better: Nikon Z7 vs Sony a7R III (1515 comments in total)
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Terkwoiz: Pretty good for Nikon’s first release. The XQD card utilization seems a bit early though - they may have been better off just going with dual SD at this point.

One of the biggest mistakes is the battery life though. What were they thinking? They chose to go bleeding edge with the memory card but were super conservative and backward-looking with the battery. Huge mistake. One of the biggest complaints with the A7 series from professional shooters was battery life (until Sony fixed this). Really surprising.

> The XQD card utilization seems a bit early though

It's been out since the D4. It's a novelty for a lot of DPR readers, but if you've used it, there's no going back.

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2018 at 17:33 UTC
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(unknown member): Sounds Familiar...who else produces a 58mm That is way too soft and over priced.

If you think the AF-S 58mm is 'soft' then you clearly have never used it in person, or understand how to use it. If you think it's over-priced, then you are just stating the obvious.

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2018 at 16:49 UTC
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mr.izo: when selling company buys reviewing site, you know it's game over. so sorry guys, not so much happy for you.

I'm amazed they let you get away with the year end TCStv episodes. I think that speaks for itself.

Link | Posted on May 1, 2018 at 17:48 UTC

I wish the camera manufacturers would stop doing this. Trade in programs are gimmicks, the cameras get binned if they are ever accepted.... you could just recycle it yourself for less effort. Its just a way of offering a discount without saying that they are cutting the price in order to protect "brand equity".

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2018 at 16:09 UTC as 13th comment
On article Sigma interview: 'This is just the beginning' (336 comments in total)

I've been fortunate to meet Mr. Yamaki in person. He's an amazingly curious CEO, and asks lots of questions. Doesn't do a hard sell, but spends much more time listening than he does talking.

Link | Posted on Mar 19, 2018 at 17:28 UTC as 82nd comment
On article A letter from the Publisher (333 comments in total)
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justmeMN: "Traditionally, like most websites, DPReview has generated the majority of its income via conventional 'banner' advertising." - S.E.

So, moneybags Amazon is too cheap to be financially supportive of their own website? For them, financially sponsoring this site would be a minor marketing expense.

I for one am happy with the current state of hands-off-ed-ness of Amazon. They can very aggressive with market positioning if they want, and we don't want that. I wouldn't mind if there was a well marked "Amazon marketplace" available, but it would have ben be separate from editorial and plain as day.

Link | Posted on Jan 3, 2018 at 17:09 UTC
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Battersea: Interesting but they should try to keep it simple

Yeah, it's a good idea, the details will probably need tweaking over time, but heading in the right direction if you want to divert attention away from 1st party.

Link | Posted on Dec 27, 2017 at 17:04 UTC
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Androole: "... indicating that mirrorless is continuing its rise while simultaneously cannibalizing market share from its DSLR cousins."

To the surprise of no one at all.

Mirrorless is climbing from a smaller number, so it should be posting a higher growth rate. Canon use their own sensors for DSLR's, so they weren't as affected last year by the earthquake (so the drop in overall DSLR wasn't that big if you lump Canon/Nikon together), but Sony/Panasonic/Fuji are all on Sony-based sensors, so basically any number they post this year has to be bigger than last year.

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2017 at 19:34 UTC

‘China is our number-one growth market,’ is the secret sauce. Coach, Leica, Ferrari... the answer is right there. One and the same trend.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2017 at 23:56 UTC as 47th comment | 1 reply
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ZeBebito: How many chinese photographers are actual Leica users??? Let me guess... This means their core target has little to do with photography, Leica has become a jewel instead of a tool.

Most places are selling Q's and M10's as fast as they come in, but 'fast' is relative since it's nowhere near the volume that the Japanese do.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2017 at 23:08 UTC
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stuntmonkey: I've briefly used the M10 and the M240's, the m10 is what Leica shooters wanted all along. It's not a rational decision, but the M-system does do some things better than what other systems can do. Take a Summilux 24mm and mount it on an A7rII; the corners aren't going to come out as good as they do on the native body. Basically for full frame primes, Leica is unique for optical rendition at the size of lens that they produce.

Having seen samples, it's not just the sensor cover thickness; converted A7rII's still don't have as good corner rendition as the Leica bodies; apparently the unique oblong micro-lenses on the m240 and m10 really do make a difference.

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2017 at 19:03 UTC

I've briefly used the M10 and the M240's, the m10 is what Leica shooters wanted all along. It's not a rational decision, but the M-system does do some things better than what other systems can do. Take a Summilux 24mm and mount it on an A7rII; the corners aren't going to come out as good as they do on the native body. Basically for full frame primes, Leica is unique for optical rendition at the size of lens that they produce.

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2017 at 17:43 UTC as 130th comment | 3 replies
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Superka: There are lots of perfect film cameras.
People need perfect scanner, not camera.

The number of perfectly good AE-1's or FE2s out there is certainly not unreasonable.

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2017 at 23:33 UTC
On article Leica M10 added to the studio comparison tool (212 comments in total)
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fPrime: Oh, Leica... if you'd only made the M10 with a full frame CCD sensor like the M9 then maybe more people would care. Now the output looks, smells, tastes like any old CMOS sensor from Sony. Undifferentiated. Boring.

Still with the CCD thing. Yes, the colours were different back then, but was because all manufacturer's used strongly colour separation in their colour filter arrays... it's not something that is inherent to the CCD itself, not mostly. "High ISO" and CMOS took off together, and people equated them to one another, but what was happening was that the sensor makers started to trade off the strength of the colour separation to tune for ISO performance. you really saw that happening when Nikon switched from D3 to D3s, CMOS to CMOS but the D3s had an ISO bump but with the trade off of some colour separation.

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2017 at 16:03 UTC

As mentioned before , I find it odd that DPR posts about camera rumors now, considering how often they have pre-production units for launch day material. If they are sitting on a press-embargo'd unit while they are commenting on another site's rumors, that's cutting it a bit close, non-disclosure wise. And if they aren't, it seems weird that they wouldn't have a pre-production unit at this point in their history.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2017 at 20:45 UTC as 29th comment | 1 reply
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RubberDials: 'If genuine'. LOL.

For the people who haven't quite got it. DPreview isn't reproducing rumours here, they're telling you without telling you. See the 'wishlist'...

It does seem strange; if the camera exists in pre-production form, DPR certainly will have it now, or will be getting it, so commenting on Nikon Rumors would raises eyebrows.

a) Either DPR is cutting close to the NDA line....

b) They don't have a camera yet and haven't signed an NDA yet. This would mean that the camera is still far off from shipping.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2017 at 16:16 UTC
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