DesmondD

DesmondD

Lives in New Zealand (Aotearoa) Hamilton, New Zealand (Aotearoa)
Works as a Auto electrician
Joined on May 9, 2009

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On article Throwback Thursday: Nikon D40 (174 comments in total)

One of my favourite cameras that, along with the 18-200mm VR lens, produced some of the best images I have every taken. 6 meg is more than enough for my needs and the versatility of a superzoom meant that I never missed any shots.

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2016 at 17:43 UTC as 9th comment
On article Throwback Thursday: Nikon D40 (174 comments in total)
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Dyun27: The D40x was my first Nikon camera and I loved shooting with it. I kept it all these years since early 2008. Two or three years ago when I was between cameras, I pulled it out of the bag again and used it with better lenses. I was impressed with the results!

That being said, it's far too easy to blow highlights with it when photographing white birds or clouds for example, even when setting the EV to -0.7. High ISO images are OK, but shooting above ISO 400 was something I tried to avoid at all cost. Colors are nice, but I sure love the dynamic range and color out of the D610 and D750! As soon as I picked up a D610, the D40x went right back into the bag.

Yet still I can't help but keep it around. :)

D40X is a totally different camera with a 10 meg sensor compared to the 6 meg CCD of the D40.

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2016 at 17:37 UTC
On article SanDisk 1TB SDXC card prototype unveiled at Photokina (109 comments in total)

My camera can be my new external HDD for my laptop :) [joking of course]
My first 4 megapixel Panasonic DMC-LC5 cost $1500 while the 128meg SD card cost $220. How technology has advanced.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 19:21 UTC as 27th comment
On article Striding Forth: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Review (2092 comments in total)
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munro harrap: Its like they all just cant stop themselvesfrom updating the necessary basics in design. If you take a look at the new Sigma mirrorless, or a Nex, it becomes immediately obvious that shooting video on this style and design of camera is the way to go . Yes, I know Sigma has not reached this point yet, but the layout of the new SD mirrorless is already where Canon and Nikon should have been ten years ago.
I love my fast responsive sharp big sensor DSLRs, and a big part of my choice of the D800 was HD video, BUT I never used it, or the 5DII Canon for video, at all, because of the faff the extras you need the tripod for live view, and the rest.

The 5D Mk1V SHOULD look like the Sigma and take all the CAnon EOS series of lenses with 4K video in a live view direct viewfinder, but....... it doesn't, and it cant.

Fz1000 and A7x are better for video. So why go on pretending and including it?? Why not just make a better neater cheaper stills only camera? Or go mirrorless (enfin!)

I'm not saying it isn't, I'm simply replying to the suggestion that video should be l left out. [ it is better than the D800 though http://www.eoshd.com/2013/02/nikon-d5200-review/ ]
The fact still remains that there are people who can make good use out of video in a DSLR.

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2016 at 01:06 UTC
On article Striding Forth: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Review (2092 comments in total)
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clager: Its like reading the Canon MIII review all over, small changes etc. Not true 4K? why? whats wrong?
Not leaving my MIII and 5Dsr/Ds. That slight DR improvements is only of intresst for the night-crawlers.

Not only for night crawlers but for all high contrast scenes like wedding photography in broad daylight if you look at the discussion with the bride and groom back-lit.

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2016 at 20:17 UTC
On article Striding Forth: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Review (2092 comments in total)
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munro harrap: Its like they all just cant stop themselvesfrom updating the necessary basics in design. If you take a look at the new Sigma mirrorless, or a Nex, it becomes immediately obvious that shooting video on this style and design of camera is the way to go . Yes, I know Sigma has not reached this point yet, but the layout of the new SD mirrorless is already where Canon and Nikon should have been ten years ago.
I love my fast responsive sharp big sensor DSLRs, and a big part of my choice of the D800 was HD video, BUT I never used it, or the 5DII Canon for video, at all, because of the faff the extras you need the tripod for live view, and the rest.

The 5D Mk1V SHOULD look like the Sigma and take all the CAnon EOS series of lenses with 4K video in a live view direct viewfinder, but....... it doesn't, and it cant.

Fz1000 and A7x are better for video. So why go on pretending and including it?? Why not just make a better neater cheaper stills only camera? Or go mirrorless (enfin!)

Just because there are other cameras better at video doesn't mean that people who want to won't be able to use video in a DSLR. Why limit a DSLR to stills when there was no difference in cost when video was introduced? The D5200 is a very highly regarded video camera and useful to many, who also use it for stills. The problem isn't so much that Canon can't give it good video if they wanted but rather that they more than likely want to protect their pro video cameras by limiting what these bodies can do.

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2016 at 19:33 UTC
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AJG: I'd like to know which photo is the Canon 1DX MKII and which is the Nikon D5, I'm going with the first photo as the Canon 1DX MKII, as it just looks better quality ;-)

There's a lot more to photos than which camera they were taken with - they look like different shutter speeds. I'm sure at exactly the same settings and position we wouldn't see much difference.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2016 at 08:47 UTC
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sunilkumar: In past 8 years what is changed in DSLR? Sensor performance(low light and resolution) and may be bit of auto focus. Now if there is no significant changes then what is the point of relabeling the camera? Reason is us because we wait for the new model and craving for something new.

most of the people(at least i know) who just own great cameras do not print large and should be happy with 16 megapixels and decent 6400 iso performance for next 5 years.

I was the victim of GAS but slowly with time i changed and now i am more focused on photography then gear and being content with one i have(Nikon D800/pana GM5/olympus OM4 film), at least for few years.

As much as possible. You can never have too much high iso performance.
One day we will be able to snap astro images at f11 and 1/1000th sec - then I will say I am satisfied :)

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2016 at 07:39 UTC
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barrym1966: Seems completely pointless. No significant upgrade to the d3300.

It's actually a downgrade with dust removal gone.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 21:58 UTC
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sunilkumar: In past 8 years what is changed in DSLR? Sensor performance(low light and resolution) and may be bit of auto focus. Now if there is no significant changes then what is the point of relabeling the camera? Reason is us because we wait for the new model and craving for something new.

most of the people(at least i know) who just own great cameras do not print large and should be happy with 16 megapixels and decent 6400 iso performance for next 5 years.

I was the victim of GAS but slowly with time i changed and now i am more focused on photography then gear and being content with one i have(Nikon D800/pana GM5/olympus OM4 film), at least for few years.

I would even be happy with 6 megapixels and much better iso performance.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 21:58 UTC

I don't see the logic of leaving out dust removal when it should be a basic feature. The first mistake I made with my D70 years ago was to change lenses on a dusty road and introduce huge dust spots. Dust reduction became standard eventually - it seems like a huge step backward and if that trend continues into higher models I will be changing brands eventually.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 21:41 UTC as 26th comment
On article Back to the action: Nikon D500 Review (1118 comments in total)

Looks like a really good camera - based on the high iso samples and comments I'd be quite happy to stick with the D7200 and would advise anyone else interested purely in the image quality side of things [Those who don't need the high frame rate] to save their money and buy a D7200. For those who need the other features then I suppose you'll have to pay the extra :)

Link | Posted on May 27, 2016 at 20:51 UTC as 78th comment | 2 replies
On article Back to the action: Nikon D500 Review (1118 comments in total)

I will just be hoping this sensor is in the D7300 - but perhaps they will reserve the best iso performance for the D5XX series of bodies?

Link | Posted on May 20, 2016 at 20:37 UTC as 200th comment
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Artpt: With a genuine lack of insight, what reasonable situations would an iso of >1 million be necessary?....

Nothing wrong with pushing iso as high as possible - the only lack of insight would be to limit how far it is pushed. One day people will be able to shoot concerts at f11 and 1/1000th sec without worrying about iso ..... when we can take clean handheld astro-photography snaps at f11 and 1/1000th sec I'll believe we have as much as we need.... maybe

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2016 at 05:10 UTC

Beautiful work. But are the sharks shepherds or wolves? I don't think there are plenty of fish there because there are sharks there I think it's the other way around :)

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2016 at 21:19 UTC as 4th comment
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attomole: So much for ISO-less shooting.

Looks like people will have to get their exposure right :)

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2015 at 18:21 UTC

People taking photos for a living should be able to get their settings close enough for decent jpegs anyway. Too many people [not all who shoot RAW but still many] use RAW as a crutch for bad technique.
It has its benefits but if your settings are so bad you can't salvage a jpeg for a newspaper then you're in the wrong job.

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2015 at 07:51 UTC as 17th comment | 5 replies
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Michael Ma: They are going to lose engagement on their website. Terrible move. AWB is never going to be perfect. Nature is not always there for you to give you good lighting to compose your photos. Lighting is everything. Editing a jpeg is not going to fix these things. Jpeg offers so little room for corrections.

When people's skin starts looking alien because one of the RGB channels have clipped, should they add color to the photo? Sounds a lot more heavy handed than working with a raw file.

The solution is not to shoot AWB then.

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2015 at 07:47 UTC
On article Light L16 packs 16 cameras into a single portable body (401 comments in total)

Looks like "Lens RAW mode". You can choose your lens and depth of field later :)
It looks very interesting, especially for people who like spending time editing images. For $200 I'd get one simply to experiment with but not at that price.

Link | Posted on Oct 9, 2015 at 22:39 UTC as 68th comment
On article Updated: Nikon releases Capture NX-D 1.0.0 software (114 comments in total)

I've just installed NX-D version 1.2.1 on a brand new iMac and batch process works well for the first 50 images then gets really slow.

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2015 at 07:35 UTC as 2nd comment
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