57even

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On article Nikon reportedly eliminating 1000 jobs in Japan (535 comments in total)
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57even: Great engineering, dubious quality control and no imagination.

At a guess, the engineers and management are still stuck in their silos, not willing to make products that compete internally.

The Nikon 1 was technically a great product with over-adventurous styling and an inadequate sensor. If they had made it with an APSC sensor then I may still be using Nikon today.

@Norman shearer

That is too little too late, but probably a reflection of their real market value to consumers. When first announced, they were very expensive, and continued to be so for quite some time.

However, I can't find a regular store price less than £329 and a Panny GF7 from the same store is £299.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 21:05 UTC
On article Nikon reportedly eliminating 1000 jobs in Japan (535 comments in total)
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57even: Great engineering, dubious quality control and no imagination.

At a guess, the engineers and management are still stuck in their silos, not willing to make products that compete internally.

The Nikon 1 was technically a great product with over-adventurous styling and an inadequate sensor. If they had made it with an APSC sensor then I may still be using Nikon today.

The trouble with the Nikon 1 concept was that it was overpriced, and it bombed.

The cameras were never much cheaper (if at all) than MFT and APSC alternatives, and didn't replace an APSC DSLR. So, they were strictly for people that wanted a highly portable adjunct to their usual kit.

The didn't appeal too much to casual photographers because they were ILC system cameras. If they had just attached a fixed zoom lens (1 high quality, 1 superzoom model) they would have had a much bigger market.

As it was, the 1 series for all its technical brilliance was merely a curiosity.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 19:00 UTC
On article Nikon reportedly eliminating 1000 jobs in Japan (535 comments in total)

Great engineering, dubious quality control and no imagination.

At a guess, the engineers and management are still stuck in their silos, not willing to make products that compete internally.

The Nikon 1 was technically a great product with over-adventurous styling and an inadequate sensor. If they had made it with an APSC sensor then I may still be using Nikon today.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 03:16 UTC as 137th comment | 8 replies
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iainlea: A point that seems to not be getting the news it should from a photographers perspective is microsofts decision to use a 3:2 screen ratio/resolution on the surface studio and also their surface book.

I applaud them for delivering this specification as it is something I can appreciate everytime I edit an image from numerous cameras I own. Bravo MS! and why didn't apple deliver this "innovation" as the self styled digital artist platform for photographers!?

Now microsoft should do the same thing to Canons Printer products and deliver a 3:2 60x40 printer for the professional instead of one having a Canon Camera that shoots 3:2 and a Canon A3 photo printer.

A full set of 3:2 supported workflow tools/systems/printers would be something I would seriously look at purchasing irrespective of company.

That's why I use my Surface Pro with an external monitor for editing. The editor and tool windows are on the Surface screen, the image is cast onto the larger 27" graphics monitor. With a 3:2 screen it would look fine.

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2016 at 15:54 UTC
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57even: For those that seem to find it hard to accept any criticism of Canon, I don't think it is this article that is 'unbalanced'.

Canon's sensor tech has lagged for years, but now they are doing something about it by moving the ADC on chip (about 6 years after everyone else). Previous mirrorless iterations were pretty lacklustre, and DPReview said as much, now they have done something about it (about 6 years after everyone else).

There is a whole emerging enthusiast market out there that is avoiding DSLRs, and Canon needed to give them an entry point. Finally, they have.

Nikon need to get their act together even more. The 1 series was a flop by all accounts. Even though the tech was pretty good, a 1" ILC is overpriced and under-specced. Good for a fixed zoom, not for a system.

It cost Canon very little to have a foot in both DSLR and MILC camps. If one takes sales from the other, Canon still get the revenue.

What way would that be? The only growth market right now is mirrorless.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 23:14 UTC
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57even: For those that seem to find it hard to accept any criticism of Canon, I don't think it is this article that is 'unbalanced'.

Canon's sensor tech has lagged for years, but now they are doing something about it by moving the ADC on chip (about 6 years after everyone else). Previous mirrorless iterations were pretty lacklustre, and DPReview said as much, now they have done something about it (about 6 years after everyone else).

There is a whole emerging enthusiast market out there that is avoiding DSLRs, and Canon needed to give them an entry point. Finally, they have.

Nikon need to get their act together even more. The 1 series was a flop by all accounts. Even though the tech was pretty good, a 1" ILC is overpriced and under-specced. Good for a fixed zoom, not for a system.

It cost Canon very little to have a foot in both DSLR and MILC camps. If one takes sales from the other, Canon still get the revenue.

It's only a loss if they don't cover the cost from sales. All the parts are bought off the shelf or common to other cameras.

In other words, the only reason they didn't was some internal politics. They are afraid that if they finally admit that mirrorless is 'OK' after all, then it makes their DSLR line look a bit pointless and clunky. Which of course, it is.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 22:58 UTC

For those that seem to find it hard to accept any criticism of Canon, I don't think it is this article that is 'unbalanced'.

Canon's sensor tech has lagged for years, but now they are doing something about it by moving the ADC on chip (about 6 years after everyone else). Previous mirrorless iterations were pretty lacklustre, and DPReview said as much, now they have done something about it (about 6 years after everyone else).

There is a whole emerging enthusiast market out there that is avoiding DSLRs, and Canon needed to give them an entry point. Finally, they have.

Nikon need to get their act together even more. The 1 series was a flop by all accounts. Even though the tech was pretty good, a 1" ILC is overpriced and under-specced. Good for a fixed zoom, not for a system.

It cost Canon very little to have a foot in both DSLR and MILC camps. If one takes sales from the other, Canon still get the revenue.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 13:58 UTC as 71st comment | 4 replies

Easily the best thing about going mirrorless was that I have not had to invest in a complicated carrying solution for a while now. Just some inserts and a cheap canvas satchel bag and I'm done. Looks anonymous and, unlike most camera bags, I actually have some large pockets I can use for other useful stuff.

Now I just have to dispose of a bunch of useless rucksacks. Must get around to putting them up on the for sale forum.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2016 at 11:49 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 Review (2175 comments in total)
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agentlossing: Looks like a nice pro-grade camera, as long as the pro doesn't mind using APS-C. That's a lot of money when combined with some of Fuji's better primes, but I guess you gotta find writeoffs where you can! I can't personally imagine spending this much, but then I'm not the target market, obviously.

@Bluebomber

To decimate means to kill 1 in ten of a Roman legion as punishment or a large proportion of an enemy population.

How is this appropriate? Are we in a war?

I don't shoot sport or wildlife, so there's nothing interesting for me in the Nikon camp.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 20:19 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 Review (2175 comments in total)
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agentlossing: Looks like a nice pro-grade camera, as long as the pro doesn't mind using APS-C. That's a lot of money when combined with some of Fuji's better primes, but I guess you gotta find writeoffs where you can! I can't personally imagine spending this much, but then I'm not the target market, obviously.

"The D500 will decimate it in every possible way, except maybe video and IQ".

So, in other words it won't 'decimate' it at all.

Do you know what 'decimate' means you silly boy?

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 19:06 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 Review (2175 comments in total)
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justmeMN: The "No 4K, no sale!" crowd will be disappointed that they can't complain. :-)

They can complain that it overheats in boost mode all the time... as it probably will.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 14:24 UTC
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1188 comments in total)
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57even: Landscape and location photographer's dream camera.

I assume there will be a few more lenses in the future.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 09:41 UTC
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1188 comments in total)

Landscape and location photographer's dream camera.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 19:04 UTC as 105th comment | 2 replies

Panasonic seem to be turning out lots of nice, functional, easy to use all-rounders.
I tend to recommend them a lot to friends and family looking for a compact but good quality camera. The good lens range with lots of affordable options and adapters is a real bonus.

In fact, I don't think I have recommended any other brand for a while now.
I'm a huge Fuji fan, but even I fully admit that the terms 'all rounder' and 'Fuji' don't really mix. A little experience and effort is required, and a definite preference for stills over video. Most people don't have such clear cut preferences.

It's the difference between a camera that most people would really like (Panasonic), and one that some people will totally adore and others will find frustrating (Fuji).

And a much under-sold virtue of M43 is the fact that the 4:3 aspect ratio is perfect for most iPads, which I suspect is the preferred viewing medium for many users.

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2016 at 17:26 UTC as 41st comment | 2 replies
On article Virtual Reality: It's not just for gamers anymore (140 comments in total)
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57even: I can see a big future for VR in some areas, such as CGI gaming, videoconferencing, remote control, tourism and real-estate, and it will probably develop in many directions we have not even imagined yet.

However, for me the benefit of the rectangular frame is what it edits out. I can see the problems on a film set, so it has limited applications for video and stills imaging...

Can't wait for the first VR Google Earth maps and flight sims though.

It's good for all sims. I have a friend who used it on War Thunder and said it was absolutely mind blowing... ;-) I'd love a full blown VR flight sim.

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2016 at 21:39 UTC
On article Virtual Reality: It's not just for gamers anymore (140 comments in total)

I can see a big future for VR in some areas, such as CGI gaming, videoconferencing, remote control, tourism and real-estate, and it will probably develop in many directions we have not even imagined yet.

However, for me the benefit of the rectangular frame is what it edits out. I can see the problems on a film set, so it has limited applications for video and stills imaging...

Can't wait for the first VR Google Earth maps and flight sims though.

Link | Posted on Jun 4, 2016 at 07:33 UTC as 20th comment | 2 replies
On article Benchmark Performance: Nikon D810 review (1988 comments in total)
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zodiacfml: "Second, Nikon implemented ISO 64 on the D810 by actually extending the saturation capacity of pixels (we're not sure how) relative to ISO 100"

I hope someone has an answer here as I a really wonder why modern cameras has lost "true" and low ISO settings. Is it because of tuning to higher sensitivities?

I'd rather have this camera feature than cleaner files at high sensitivities.

Looking at Bill Claffs read noise data the D800 ISO 100 has the same RN as the D810 at ISO 64. This would imply the same saturation capacity so I guess what actually happened was that they lost a little fill factor using a dual gain photosite and reduced the sensitivity.

Which is puzzling because this is not reflected in DxOs DR data but it is in Bill's - his data shows DR in the 800 to be identical but offset by 2/3 stops.

In other words DR is the same at ISO 100 as the D810 at ISO 64. Now why is this not the same as DxO?

Did Nikon use a different tone curve to change exposure for middle grey? In other words, did they just recalibrate the ISO?

Link | Posted on May 20, 2016 at 01:50 UTC

Very sad indeed. One the real pioneers of the online 'magazine-style' blog before blogging was even heard of.

71 sound like middle age these days. A reminder to us all not to put off doing the interesting things now while you still can.

Link | Posted on May 19, 2016 at 20:41 UTC as 137th comment
On article Benchmark Performance: Nikon D810 review (1988 comments in total)
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zodiacfml: "Second, Nikon implemented ISO 64 on the D810 by actually extending the saturation capacity of pixels (we're not sure how) relative to ISO 100"

I hope someone has an answer here as I a really wonder why modern cameras has lost "true" and low ISO settings. Is it because of tuning to higher sensitivities?

I'd rather have this camera feature than cleaner files at high sensitivities.

It would be better to get more DR at ISO 100, which would also translate into more at ISO 3200.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2016 at 00:34 UTC
On article Benchmark Performance: Nikon D810 review (1988 comments in total)
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zodiacfml: "Second, Nikon implemented ISO 64 on the D810 by actually extending the saturation capacity of pixels (we're not sure how) relative to ISO 100"

I hope someone has an answer here as I a really wonder why modern cameras has lost "true" and low ISO settings. Is it because of tuning to higher sensitivities?

I'd rather have this camera feature than cleaner files at high sensitivities.

All cameras 'clip' minimum ISO saturation to cut out the non-linear part of the photon response curve.

However, this does mean there is some leeway to be exploited. If your ISO amplifier has enough range you can start at a lower point and still have enough amplification steps to get past the ISOless point at ISO800.

Link | Posted on May 14, 2016 at 16:49 UTC
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