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Shooting photos for about 30 years (with a little hiatus in my twenties), I am an "aspiring" art photographer with a little experience shooting products, portraits, fashion, weddings, glamor, landscapes and various other stuff.


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On a photo in the Nikon PC Nikkor 19mm F4E ED Sample Gallery sample gallery (1 comment in total)

Well, it doesn't seem bad, but I'm not impressed with this lens compared to the samples I've seen from the Canon 17mm TS lens.

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2017 at 17:33 UTC as 1st comment
On article Hands-on with the Canon EOS 77D (441 comments in total)
In reply to:

henhen: compared to the 80d, this 77d has most everything the 80d has AND:
higher iso
newer DIGI 7 processing
Isnt the 77d going to chomp on 80d sales? I mean its basically the same camera...some may say with improvements!

Even now the prices for body only 80d is about the same as the 900$ 77d!!
...mind blown!

im still going to get an 80d for the weather sealing...but I would have loved an 80d with the new processing system and Bluetooth and all the other bells and whistles...

I know...they are going to put those extra features of the 77d into the 80d and call it the 90d next year!!! I BET YA!

When the 90 D comes out you will know why the 77 D was introduced.

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2017 at 20:21 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Canon EOS 77D (441 comments in total)
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proxy: Sony Nex and what followed were a breakthrough, same goes for Panasonic cameras. Oly and Fuji less because of rather restrictive pricing (with some exceptions). It seems that Canon, Nikon and Sony recently too, spend more time on underdevelopment, hampering innovation, combined with a very sophisticated scheme "how not to undersell anything we do" then on camera development. There is more juggling of features and price equilibristics then ever. The whole game is hugely disgusting. Hardly any camera worth looking at is sold at less then 1000 bucks (exception - Panasonic). Same with lenses. And then they complain about shrinking market. With this policy it's bound to shrink even more. That's a given. Customers are not stupid, they see what's going on and... walk away from "new and exciting products" like that. I foresee a rather bleak future for this industry. 57 channels and nothin' on.

I agree wholeheartedly. Canon could make a camera with an APS-C sensor and everything photographers would ever want for less than $1,000. THAT camera would sell like crazy! It would double their profit. But they don't, because they have some weird idea that taking market share would be wrong or something. Instead they just keep giving up market share to Sony.

Imagine a weather sealed 8 fps 30 MP camera with 2 memory card slots (UHS-II) and a buffer big enough to hold 50 raw shots. Imagine including not only Wi-Fi, but GPS too, like they have in the 7 D Mk II. Imagine an articulating 3.2" high resolution screen on the back and a high quality viewfinder. No, they don't have to include an EVF, but they need to include that little screen on the top, so photographers can see how much battery power is left or how many shots are left or what ISO and other settings are being used, without having to turn on the screen on the back or look through the viewfinder.

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2017 at 20:12 UTC

They make it for Windows XP, but not Mac OSX 10.7.5? That sucks. I guess I won't be upgrading.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2017 at 00:15 UTC as 25th comment | 3 replies
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1500 comments in total)
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GabrielZ: A purportedly new semi pro/pro camera being released with just UHS-I speed SD card slots in this day and age strikes me as rather obsolete. The video capabilities I assume will be good as Sony similar to Panasonic excels at that sort of thing. But 10bit 4:2:2 video would of been nice considering all the buzz over 4K TVs with HDR nowadays. It just seems this camera is a year or so too late to market imho.

It could be they tried a prototype with USH-II, but they could not make it work reliably with a variety of cards, so they decided to release the camera without it. As far as USB 3 vs. USB 2, my opinion is that using the USB port is an emergency or last resort type of measure, which means I would prefer to have the most common and compatible plug. It would be nice if they were to include both a USB 2 plug AND a USB 3 plug, if they eventually upgrade to an A99 III, which might have a pair of UHS-II card slots, more buffer memory, a GPS, and 4Kp60 video capabilities.

This upgrade is a good one though, with better focusing (adding all sorts of stuff, including 399 focus points vs 19), higher resolution image capture, faster operation, Wi-Fi, a slightly smaller form factor, 4K video capability, and more buffer memory, which was a pretty major issue with the original A99, right? That's a LOT of upgrades!

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 20:01 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1500 comments in total)
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hikerdoc: I am sure the a99 II is an excellent camera, and Sony users should be excited. I am a Nikon user, heavily invested (yes I know camera gear is not an investment), and very happy with my gear with capabilities that far exceed my abilities. The question for Sony will be how much of that greater than 90% of the market for DSLT/SLT that prefers Canon, Nikon, and Pentax would switch to Sony. Sony users may think that switch is a no brainer, but I suspect the vast majority of us in the camp of targets for conversion are just not interested.

Many A77 and A77 II users will buy the A99 II. There are a few A65 users out there who will buy it too. That's all Sony needs to make the A99 II a viable and profitable camera. No doubt it will convince a few Nikon and Canon users to switch over too, knowing that their Minolta, Sony, and other A-mount lenses will work on an A7r II or its replacement, if they decide to try mirrorless. The Sony SLT cameras have gained some momentum over the years, and a lot more people are using Sony cameras now, because of them and the new full-frame mirrorless cameras. I think it's at a point now that Sony is a major competitor to Nikon, and that means they are on the heels of Canon too. Pentax has not been a serious competitor, in the running against Nikon or Canon for a long time, if ever. Sony is getting there. They have the biggest share of the mirrorless market. I believe they have gained a significant share in the DSLR style camera market too. As the years go by, they are gaining, and will win.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 17:50 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1500 comments in total)

The A99 II is obviously a vast improvement over the A99, but I don't think it matches the A7r II, and I am hoping there will be an A9 with the same sensor coming soon (with a fully articulating screen, faster performance, and GPS). If Sony makes an A9 with the performance we are hoping for, I don't think I'll ever buy the A99 II, because it just doesn't give the same super-fine image quality, can't use my Art lenses from my Sigma SD Quattro H, and doesn't have GPS built into the body, like the A99 has.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 17:38 UTC as 231st comment | 14 replies
On article Hands-on with Ricoh's compact Pentax KP (632 comments in total)

The different grips are a good idea. I wish other companies did that. Still . . . for $100 more I can get a Sigma SD Quattro H.

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2017 at 05:12 UTC as 120th comment | 1 reply
On article CES 2017: Hands-on with the Kodak Super 8 (426 comments in total)

This is interesting. I have a friend who will probably get one of these. I bet the image quality will be better than the original, but even it it's worse, my friend will probably love it.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2017 at 15:28 UTC as 8th comment
On article Meet two nomadic photographers who travel full-time (152 comments in total)
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sierranvin: This pair has made a strong choice about what to make of personal freedom.
I salute them for their boldness, esp. the initial "leap". I enjoyed their video.
I hope they pay some attention to what must be an extraordinary carbon footprint and do what they can to mitigate it when possible. All frequent travelers would do well to consider this, and what may or may not be left for future generations.

An extraordinary carbon footprint? Lol

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2017 at 19:09 UTC
On article Dell's 8K monitor goes on sale in March for $5000 (215 comments in total)

8K will come down in price over the next two or three years to a level that competes with 4K, just as 4K came down to compete with 1080 screens.

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2017 at 22:08 UTC as 16th comment | 3 replies
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Ken Aisin: Impressive!! $1799 sounds reasonable too.

How does that sound reasonable to you? I can buy a 27" IPS screen made by a major manufacturer for $173.

This thing has touch screen capability and some glass on it, with a special mount, which allows you to lay it flat. So what? Maybe that's worth twice as much as the standard 27" IPS display, or about $350. What makes it worth $1,800?

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 19:49 UTC

$1,800 for a 27" display? Because it has a touch screen and glass on the front and can be placed flat on the desk in front of you? Wow. That's GOOOOOOOD marketing! lol

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 19:38 UTC as 27th comment | 5 replies
On article 2016 DPReview Readers' Best Shots: Places (122 comments in total)

I don't know why number 10 was chosen . . . but then again, I don't know Yosemite Valley.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2017 at 15:08 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
On article Pulse: Extreme weather in black and white (56 comments in total)

What gives me the feeling that the Discovery Channel or some other nature show production company will pay this guy many thousands of dollars to use just one or two clips from that video?


Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2017 at 14:05 UTC as 24th comment | 1 reply
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mick232: I am not sure if we'd even call that a "nice to have" feature.

I just wish DNG was not made by Adobe. I fear they will try to hijack it in some way at some point. It would be better if there was a truly open-source raw file format that would stay the same far into the future (16 bits per color or something like that), and all camera companies would use it. I guess that's asking too much.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2017 at 05:51 UTC
On article Have Your Say: Best Gear of 2016 (100 comments in total)

I think the Nikon 105mm f1.4 makes sense to be a winner. That took some balls on Nikon's part. It's good to see companies doing stuff like that. I hope they make a 42mm f1.0 next. (They can do that if they can make a 105mm f1.4, can't they?)

Link | Posted on Dec 27, 2016 at 18:24 UTC as 6th comment
On article Have Your Say: Best Gear of 2016 (100 comments in total)
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alcaher: Im also suprised the pentax k-1 didnt make it to the final shortlist. But the k-1 and d500 users are the true winners of 2016. After an ´´almost forever´´ waiting, they finally got the camera they wanted, and both cameras are delivering. Cant wait to get d500 next year when it gets alittle bit cheaper i hope.

The Pentaxians have been waiting far longer for a full-frame camera than the Nikonians have been waiting for a D500.

Link | Posted on Dec 27, 2016 at 18:21 UTC
On article Have Your Say: Best Gear of 2016 (100 comments in total)
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Flowchart: Easy one for me; the Nikon D500. Been waiting for years for a camera like this.

Me too . . . so long in fact that I wish it has a 30 MP sensor rather than a 20 MP sensor. But it's for sports, and the D5 is a 20 MP camera too, so I understand why they did it. After-all, the Canon 7 D Mk II is 20 MP too, right?

Link | Posted on Dec 27, 2016 at 18:18 UTC
On article Have Your Say: Best Gear of 2016 (100 comments in total)
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dmiley: And it is impossible to vote for the Pentax K1 for any category. Apparently the highest resolution for still objects (full frame pixel shift) short of the top end Nikon and 5 stops of in camera anti-shake are just not terribly interesting. And at a price under $2000. Apparently too much related to actually taking pictures instead of scrolling through menus. Well just rock on. . .

It should be the camera of the year, but I rarely hear about it. It's shameful, isn't it? Pentax should be applauded . . . and I'm sure they are by Pentaxians . . . but I guess it took too long. Pentax is certainly late to the party. Maybe they'll keep at it and build a following akin to what Sony has done. I hope so. The more the merrier, in my opinion.

So did it come out in 2016 or 2015? (If it came out in 2015 it doesn't get a place in the running, because this competition is for 2016 products only.)

Link | Posted on Dec 27, 2016 at 18:15 UTC
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