Deliverator

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On article Canon EOS-1D X Mark II: What you need to know (143 comments in total)
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Truebar: I have neither of Canon DX Mak II nor Nikon D5. What I do have is canon 5D Mk3. Very good camera. AF works in most situations really well, however in really critical moments it let me down more often than not. And I am interested in getting one of these 2 cameras, provided I can afford it and test them of course. I'm listening more and more about D5's AF, and I'm more and more interested. I love Canon's ergonomics of their cameras and lenses, and I'm invested in them too. However if I could test D5's AF, and if it convinces me, I would make a switch in a heartbeat to Nikon. To be continued.

Rent them both and choose the one you like more. What's so complicated about that?

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2016 at 10:13 UTC
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Old Cameras: Nikon has always sold non-VR versions of the 18-55 and 55-200, and now they sell this 70-300 DX lens in both flavors. The camera is announced at $649, same price as the D3300, and I imagine it will be quickly discounted too. They are reducing cost and taking out features that may not be used and are therefore of little benefit. It's harder to design a product at the bottom of the market than at the top because you have to watch every penny. Think about it. Most people never take the kit lens off the camera, which certainly helps keep the sensor clean. Snap bridge can send a web ready file to your smart phone. I think it has the features most likely at be appreciated by the target customer. Purchased in Walmart and Target stores by people who don't want to read the 500 page manual. The new 18-55 is simplified too, you have to go into a menu to enable manual focus - because hardly anyone manually focuses it. They eliminated the switch on the lens. But they also added an additional element to the optics so it may indeed be a better performer. These changes make perfect sense to me.

Huh.
http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/18-55mm-af-p.htm
"...it focuses essentially silently, and most importantly it focusses instantly and has instant manual-focus override."

I don't put a lot of weight in his opinions, but I'm assuming he's right about this, as he's owned one (and raved about it) for a while.

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2016 at 22:39 UTC
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Old Cameras: Nikon has always sold non-VR versions of the 18-55 and 55-200, and now they sell this 70-300 DX lens in both flavors. The camera is announced at $649, same price as the D3300, and I imagine it will be quickly discounted too. They are reducing cost and taking out features that may not be used and are therefore of little benefit. It's harder to design a product at the bottom of the market than at the top because you have to watch every penny. Think about it. Most people never take the kit lens off the camera, which certainly helps keep the sensor clean. Snap bridge can send a web ready file to your smart phone. I think it has the features most likely at be appreciated by the target customer. Purchased in Walmart and Target stores by people who don't want to read the 500 page manual. The new 18-55 is simplified too, you have to go into a menu to enable manual focus - because hardly anyone manually focuses it. They eliminated the switch on the lens. But they also added an additional element to the optics so it may indeed be a better performer. These changes make perfect sense to me.

I'm pretty sure the new 18-55 has instant manual focus override, like many of NIkon's G lenses.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 23:42 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: when studio lenses retire (203 comments in total)
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Deliverator: What might be interesting is a nifty fifty showdown between Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony, etc. Not that anyone would switch systems for one, but it would be nice to see the strengths and weaknesses of the most commonly owned prime lenses.

Sure, or a comparison on D610/6D/A7's. Or even a D7200 and an 80D and an A6300, since a lot (most?) of these are the first lenses bought after the kit lenses that came with the camera. The cameras would mask some of the differences, but I'm sure some general comparisons could still be made.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2016 at 23:37 UTC
On article Getty employs robots for underwater shots in Rio (40 comments in total)
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vscd: And when do they push the shadows by +6EV? They really use a Canon?

Well, you can't say there aren't any blown highlights in that image above...

...that said, what a shot!

Blown highlights aren't the devil they're made out to be.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2016 at 07:48 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: when studio lenses retire (203 comments in total)

What might be interesting is a nifty fifty showdown between Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony, etc. Not that anyone would switch systems for one, but it would be nice to see the strengths and weaknesses of the most commonly owned prime lenses.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2016 at 00:30 UTC as 16th comment | 2 replies
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mchung: I agree for the most part, but I have to comment on the customization aspects of the cameras. Custom shooting banks are a mess on the Nikon and much better implemented as custom modes on the Canon. I tried, but could never use them well on Nikon; on Canon, they are easy and useful.

I have C1-C3 assigned to different features (e.g. For still subjects, Single AF + Single shot + Quiet shutter = C1; For sports, Continuous AF +Dynamic AF + high speed drive = C2, etc.). You can literally switch camera personalities with a single button press.

On Nikon, the above is impossible; for example, drive mode is a physical dial, so you cannot switch it through a custom bank.

There is also customizability of the AF (registered AF function) through buttons which I find similar to the Nikon, but due to button placement is easier on the Canon to implement what I call dual-back-button focusing, each with a different AF pattern/mode, using the AF-On and the "*" (AE-Lock) button.

@mchung -- I don't think it would even take a big, generational break. Just get rid of the banks, and create custom settings accessible from the mode button/dial combination currently available on Nikon pro bodies. If it can be done with a mode dial on a D7200, why not with the mode button on a D820? Am I missing something here?

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2016 at 00:15 UTC
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mchung: I agree for the most part, but I have to comment on the customization aspects of the cameras. Custom shooting banks are a mess on the Nikon and much better implemented as custom modes on the Canon. I tried, but could never use them well on Nikon; on Canon, they are easy and useful.

I have C1-C3 assigned to different features (e.g. For still subjects, Single AF + Single shot + Quiet shutter = C1; For sports, Continuous AF +Dynamic AF + high speed drive = C2, etc.). You can literally switch camera personalities with a single button press.

On Nikon, the above is impossible; for example, drive mode is a physical dial, so you cannot switch it through a custom bank.

There is also customizability of the AF (registered AF function) through buttons which I find similar to the Nikon, but due to button placement is easier on the Canon to implement what I call dual-back-button focusing, each with a different AF pattern/mode, using the AF-On and the "*" (AE-Lock) button.

While I understand that pros don't like too much change in the handling of their bodies, I think even longtime pro Nikon shooters would dance a jig if Nikon dumped their shooting banks for true custom modes a la D750/610/7200.

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2016 at 05:56 UTC
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Ruy Penalva: Two must cameras but I think Canon is better. From still to video, passing by GPS, Canon is better and cheaper.

He was talking about zebra stripes in video. And most serious videographers manually focus anyway.

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2016 at 00:02 UTC
On article Rock Solid: Canon 1D X Mark II Review (403 comments in total)
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Bart2016: It seems on specs side to side with the Nikon D5 vs the Canon here, the D5 has more to offer perhaps

With the new firmware, the D5 records nearly 30min of 4k video, and has flicker reduction for stills under lights, so a couple of advantages disappear for the 1DX II. That said, I totally 'get' the review. These cameras are so close in capability, it comes down to what you're used to.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2016 at 07:46 UTC
On article Nikon D500 versus D750: Which one is right for you? (369 comments in total)
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MHT: I've been trying to decide between the D750 and D500 for months. I shoot primarily landscapes but also everything else at times and I can only justify one (expensive) body.
I've been leaning towards the D750 but didn't anyone else find this a bit disturbing:
"...the D500 provides an electronic first curtain shutter option, which allows landscape photographers to ensure vibration-free images – something that can be a challenge with the D750."
Is the "challenge" met by the firmware update, turning off VR when tripod mounted, locking up the mirror, or something else?? The last two are my common operating practice but a statement like that certainly deserves more of an explanation! I get why the D500 may have an advantage but wouldn't this "issue" affect portraits and pretty much anything other than moving targets? If I buy the D750, how do I go about meeting this "challenge" I wonder?

I find shooting in quiet mode helps a lot with shutter shock as well. It introduces a small lag between the mirror and shutter activations, so it's not that great for bursts, but for single shots it works quite well in my experience.

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2016 at 06:04 UTC
On article Nikon D500 versus D750: Which one is right for you? (369 comments in total)
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MHT: I've been trying to decide between the D750 and D500 for months. I shoot primarily landscapes but also everything else at times and I can only justify one (expensive) body.
I've been leaning towards the D750 but didn't anyone else find this a bit disturbing:
"...the D500 provides an electronic first curtain shutter option, which allows landscape photographers to ensure vibration-free images – something that can be a challenge with the D750."
Is the "challenge" met by the firmware update, turning off VR when tripod mounted, locking up the mirror, or something else?? The last two are my common operating practice but a statement like that certainly deserves more of an explanation! I get why the D500 may have an advantage but wouldn't this "issue" affect portraits and pretty much anything other than moving targets? If I buy the D750, how do I go about meeting this "challenge" I wonder?

If you use live view and/or mirror lockup for landscape images, you shouldn't have any vibration problems with your images.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2016 at 02:25 UTC

Clearly, those guys at Getty don't know what their doing. The A6300 or the NX1 can do the job better for a lot less $.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2016 at 00:04 UTC as 30th comment | 5 replies
On article Setting new standards: Nikon D5 Review (516 comments in total)
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allkar: Same total point score as 1d Mark IV from 2010.
Worse than EOS in RAW quality, features etc.
I miss 1dx and 1dx Mark II test for fair comparison

This article is about the D5.

You said it is worse in RAW quality. I don't really see that. Comparing the examples, at higher ISOs, where these kinds of cameras live, the D5 is IMHO better in color saturation and tonality, as well as having much finer grained noise, which I find preferable to the 1 DX MkII's or the D4s's. You also said it is worse in features, but said nothing in clarification. I'm wondering what features you had in mind?

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2016 at 04:40 UTC
On article Setting new standards: Nikon D5 Review (516 comments in total)
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allkar: Same total point score as 1d Mark IV from 2010.
Worse than EOS in RAW quality, features etc.
I miss 1dx and 1dx Mark II test for fair comparison

"Worse than EOS in RAW quality, features etc."

How so?

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2016 at 07:13 UTC
On article Setting new standards: Nikon D5 Review (516 comments in total)
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howard barnett photography: I have been using 2 X D5 for 4 months the images are stunning. Colour tomes as nice as my Hasselblad.

Have a look at my recent images at www.howardbarnettphotoraphy.co.uk

Bad link.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2016 at 16:00 UTC
On article Setting new standards: Nikon D5 Review (516 comments in total)
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Mrkunty: Better than d500 in every way

There are also the Nikkor 11-24, and 12-24, and the Tokina 11-16 at the wide end. Not primes, true, but pretty good nonetheless.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2016 at 13:31 UTC
On article Setting new standards: Nikon D5 Review (516 comments in total)
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vscd: DXOMark recently showed that the ISO/Noise is still not catching up to the *old* Canon 1DX. So, impressive as the pure numbers seem to be, the truth is that the old D3s or 1DX are still better than the D5.

Comparing the 1DXMII and the D5 using Bill Claff's DxO Mark derived charts, the two cameras are essentially identical from ISO3200-51,200. Given that's where most sports shooters do their work, I'd say the sensors are pretty much equivalent in real-world use.

http://www.photonstophotos.net/Charts/DXOPDR.htm

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2016 at 14:26 UTC
On article Setting new standards: Nikon D5 Review (516 comments in total)
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Mrkunty: Better than d500 in every way

Firmware 1.10 adds flicker compensation in photo shooting, and increases the 4k video shooting time to ~30min. So, that leaves reach, size and price as possible D500 'wins'. Whether they matter depends entirely on the photographer's needs.

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2016 at 14:13 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2651 comments in total)
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Gesture: If I could get 80 percent of the quality of a Rolls Royce, Ferrari, whatever for 1/2 the price, I might consider it Golden?

Downsampled 4k is clearly better quality than straight 1080p footage. And, as has already been pointed out, it has much more flexibility in post processing as well.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2016 at 19:42 UTC
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