Photomonkey

Lives in United States CA, United States
Works as a Photographer
Joined on Oct 28, 2002

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techjedi: If they really want people to think about medium format differently, just price this camera like a full frame camera. It will be one of the best selling camera launches of all time. No idea what the margin is on a camera like this, but it feels like they could still make money at around $3500 for body and keep lens prices as they are expecting.

The public estimates of costs are always sorely off base.
THAT is why the average small business goes out of business.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2017 at 02:06 UTC
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khurtwilliams: Interesting that cameras keep getting better but the quality of photographers gets worse.

I actually like the images as they represent what most of the world is shooting. If I really need pixel peeping exercises with lens charts, I go elsewhere.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2017 at 02:04 UTC
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Richard Schumer: I owned an Asahiflex I, which I bought used in 1957, when I was 14 years old. The slow f:3.5 lens wasn't fast enough (this in the days before Tri-X) for available-light shooting, so I traded it for a Pentacon with F:2 Biotar, and found the eye-level prism finder much better than either the waist-level reflex finder or the eye-level optical finder without focus aid of the A'flex. When I visited Japan in 1966, I bought a black Spotmatic with its f:1.4, 8-element "radioactive" lens (wonderful!) and used it until the K-mount was introduced, at which time I traded it for an ME. That kit was stolen, so I tried a Nikon F, but it didn't feel as well-made as Pentaxes nor did it fit my hands as well. After a few years, I traded it for another ME, which I used until the *ist DS was introduced; that was replaced by a K10D, which I still use. About the same time, I acquired a 645 with four lenses for film use.

I guess that makes me a long-time Pentaxian!

I bought my H3V used when I was 14. Must appeal to us teenagers.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2017 at 02:00 UTC
On article Nikon PC Nikkor 19mm F4E sample gallery (87 comments in total)
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eno2: To bad it costs a fortune. :(

For those using it for business it makes money. There may not be too many of those sales but at the price , Nikon makes money

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2017 at 16:42 UTC
On article Nikon PC Nikkor 19mm F4E sample gallery (87 comments in total)
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daciangroza: Too late.
Everybody who shoots architecture has been doing so for years with the Canon 17mm TS. After 10 years of using Nikon gear I switched to a Sony body and Canon tilt shifts.
The Canon is about $1200 cheaper and 2mm wider.
Nikon shows an unclear design direction too: They moved the little switch that flips the shift mechanism sideways to the other side of the lens. Like it is on Canon. Now if you have a 24mm pc-e and a 19mm pc-e the switches will be on opposite sides. Confusing. I agree with the new location, it's more comfortable to use. But it should have been like that from the beginning, on all shift lenses.
Does the shifted lens still hit the pop-up flash of every camera that has one?

While I agree that the Canon may be a better value I have to say that Nikon did the right thing in bringing out this lens.
I use my 17TS-E almost daily and it paid for itself on the first job. The Nikon might take two jobs but it will be worth it.

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2017 at 16:41 UTC
On article Nikon PC Nikkor 19mm F4E sample gallery (87 comments in total)
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digilux: Nice, although a bit soft. It lacks real sharpness (like my PC-E 24mm). I wonder, is it that better compared to corrected (in PS) images from a prime lens ? And is it's price justified in that regard?

Using Live View simplifies the focusing.

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2017 at 16:38 UTC

For all the "advice" posted here about what Nikon or any other camera manufacturer should do it seems obvious that the posters are unaware of the high costs of development and the uncertain markets the planners have to contend with.

It is always easy to be an armchair engineer and make pronouncements but sadly the real world doesn't work out that way.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 17:50 UTC as 224th comment | 7 replies
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Leonp: Said that it's the Seattle rooftop test setup that I like the most, I don't really understand lens sample galleries anymore. Lenses of the same category (price, length, speed) are are that equally good that even in a test setup it's mostly hard to distiguish between them.

Shhhh. Don't say that. What will we do if we can't scream our tribe's favorite cliches?

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2017 at 02:37 UTC
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Kiwisnap: A shame that this comes just as my debate is actually whether to move away from DSLR and into mirrorless...!

@arbux, Yes you can because the world is not all about the minimal DOF.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2017 at 02:34 UTC
On article Sigma 85mm F1.4 Art DxO results: a new king is crowned (246 comments in total)
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Fred Joseph: Measured focal length of 79.7mm???? What does that mean? Is the lens short-changing the owner by 5mm?

I had often seen a measured FL in lens tests way back in the 70's. Generally the FL was very close to the marked value.
However when it comes to zooms my experience has been that they can diverge from marked values dramatically. After noting this I was scolded by a number of people that said "of course they do, shut up".
My response to that is if my Tamron 28-75 actually measures 28-60, they should mark it as such.
Of course AFAIK there is no requirement that lens makers mark the lenses realistically.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2017 at 20:28 UTC
On article Leica M10 real-world sample gallery (343 comments in total)
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Cameracist: No one complains about luxury sport cars (they are uncomfortable, expensive and difficult to operate and you cannot transport your family with them); the exact opposite is true. Even people who cannot afford them put their pictures on their desktop background.

But when a camera maker does something similar, people on the internet whine all the time.

AdamKozlowski, my comments are not meant to be snark. I am a full time professional and have owned Leica since my first M4 in 1973.

My point is that the joy is in the use of the camera just as a Porsche owner delights in their car while stuck in L.A. traffic.

And yes, today people do stop and ooh about my camera.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2017 at 14:52 UTC
On article Sigma 85mm F1.4 Art sample gallery updated (94 comments in total)

While some may carp about CA, the real test would be side by side against another 85. Easy to be snarky in a comparison free environment.

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2017 at 15:13 UTC as 31st comment | 1 reply
On article Leica M10 real-world sample gallery (343 comments in total)
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Cameracist: No one complains about luxury sport cars (they are uncomfortable, expensive and difficult to operate and you cannot transport your family with them); the exact opposite is true. Even people who cannot afford them put their pictures on their desktop background.

But when a camera maker does something similar, people on the internet whine all the time.

Super luxury cars do for cars what Leica does for cameras.
In a super luxury car you can still feel the quality of the vehicle when stuck in traffic. When you get to the office people admire your car.
With a Leica you can feel the quality when you take pictures of your cat. When you get to the office, people admire your camera.

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2017 at 15:41 UTC
On article Leica M10 real-world sample gallery (343 comments in total)
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IvanM: mmmm downloaded and processed raw image 20 in LR and I must say there is nothing more I see here that i cant get from my regular common and garden variety camera...But of course I dont know what aperture was used or if there was a bit of camera shake etc etc...i did notice that the shadows pushed to +100 in LR was noisy but it could be cleaned up and nice HL recovery...the problem with images like these is that not knowing the capability of the photographer etc etc its really difficult to come to a conclusion....but the overall quality of this specific image is nothing special...

I feel virtually every RAW file form any APS-C camera and above made in the last 5 years would give the same result.

The "I was blown away" statement I see all too often is hyperbole.

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2017 at 15:38 UTC
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Ellis Vener: Looks very promising! Fujinon lenses are generally excellent and the last time I used a Fuji digital camera i was impressed with the native color rendition which as more to do with the the color sensibilities of the at Fuji as the sensor's technology.

Fujinon enlarging lenses were great too.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2017 at 04:23 UTC
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Photomonkey: Another way to spend my kid's inheritance.

There certainly wouldn't be any left for the funeral needed after my wife finds out.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2017 at 21:46 UTC

It seems that DPR is a great place to lose perspective.

"It is not MF!!"
Until very recently, the vast bulk of sensors for the classic MF cameras were all smaller than 645 film(which itself was frequently sneered at by 6x6 and 6x7 users).

"Way too much money" The Nikon D5 $6500 the Canon 1Dxmk2 is $6000. Premium lenses in both their lines sell for $1500 and up. Fuji, Pentax, Canon and Nikon are very cognizant of who is buying those cameras and they know the bulk are amateurs.

They also know that the bulk of amateurs shoot landscapes (many with cats) or scenes not requiring extreme lenses. They also know that pros using or aspiring to MF are, for the most part, not looking for extreme lenses.

Thus the stars align for the GFX and the 645z and X1-D.
While many will squawk at the price/features and make comparisons to other cameras that buttress their position, Fuji and Hasselblad will work furiously to meet demand and reduce the waiting lists.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2017 at 16:22 UTC as 52nd comment | 4 replies
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halfwaythere: 1/125s flash sync speed, ouch.

Large FP shutter. Unlikely to get better because IIRC Copal is the only supplier of this very low volume item.

What you want is the H-adapter for Hasselblad lenses that allows you to use Hassy lenses and sync up to 1/800 sec.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2017 at 06:15 UTC

Another way to spend my kid's inheritance.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2017 at 06:13 UTC as 98th comment | 2 replies
On article Leica Boss: Hands-on with new Leica M10 (169 comments in total)
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faterikcartman: Is it really as large as it appears in the photos? Is the size really a technological necessity, or a design choice?

"Fun size"

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2017 at 01:41 UTC
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