primeshooter

primeshooter

Lives in United Kingdom Scotland, United Kingdom
Joined on Jun 13, 2012

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Dixon5: Why not include Ratio 4:5 or 4:3 ??? So useful for editorial work .

People need to stop bleating on about gridlines - it was stupid that it wasn't included at release, yet alone in 2.0 firmware...

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2024 at 20:48 UTC

Looks good. That overlap does look a bit annoying though. I wish Sigma would bring out their 14/1.4 and 20/1.4 to Z mount...

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2023 at 12:29 UTC as 27th comment
On article Nikon Z8 review: a supercharged D850 successor (1635 comments in total)
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marc petzold: Interesting...compare the D850 with the Z8, and one does see clearly, that into 3 terms, the D850 is (still) a bit better, which is:

1) build quality
2) Viewfinder (i do love that kind of bright, 100% all glass pentaprism OVF)
3) RAW image quality

https://ibb.co/N9JBG4p

A fine weekend, good light.

Good light

I think you can be a pro without flying a body through the air. I have this image of you doing a sort of Die-Hard with your camera, gunfire, ducking obstacles and flames etc. Some just shoot in the studio. Some are landscape guys that don't drag their camera's on the ground or knock them? All my bodies are in mint condition. One is 10 years old.

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2023 at 08:40 UTC
On article Nikon Z8 review: a supercharged D850 successor (1635 comments in total)
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marc petzold: Interesting...compare the D850 with the Z8, and one does see clearly, that into 3 terms, the D850 is (still) a bit better, which is:

1) build quality
2) Viewfinder (i do love that kind of bright, 100% all glass pentaprism OVF)
3) RAW image quality

https://ibb.co/N9JBG4p

A fine weekend, good light.

Good light

I won't sit and argue that a d3 or d4 is a step up from a d700 - I think that is quite obvious and a design goal of the one digit series. I've owned several d700 and never had an issue. I consider it it very well built. Never had flash electronics problems or grips coming off or anything really.

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2023 at 13:03 UTC
On article Nikon Z8 review: a supercharged D850 successor (1635 comments in total)
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marc petzold: Interesting...compare the D850 with the Z8, and one does see clearly, that into 3 terms, the D850 is (still) a bit better, which is:

1) build quality
2) Viewfinder (i do love that kind of bright, 100% all glass pentaprism OVF)
3) RAW image quality

https://ibb.co/N9JBG4p

A fine weekend, good light.

Good light

Body quality is important. Not sure if you gave your d700 a very hard life or whatever but it was one of the best. D810 and d850 too. Z 8 seems great to me fine. It's only with time will we know.

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2023 at 18:49 UTC
On article Nikon Z8 review: a supercharged D850 successor (1635 comments in total)
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marc petzold: Interesting...compare the D850 with the Z8, and one does see clearly, that into 3 terms, the D850 is (still) a bit better, which is:

1) build quality
2) Viewfinder (i do love that kind of bright, 100% all glass pentaprism OVF)
3) RAW image quality

https://ibb.co/N9JBG4p

A fine weekend, good light.

Good light

Granted yes. But my other point is, the z8/9 "LV" is so much better than any dslr in the dark. I can compose in pitch black with only starlight without zero test shots. Starlight view is like night vision.

So anyhow, tool to task. I still love OVF.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2023 at 00:05 UTC
On article Nikon Z8 review: a supercharged D850 successor (1635 comments in total)
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marc petzold: Interesting...compare the D850 with the Z8, and one does see clearly, that into 3 terms, the D850 is (still) a bit better, which is:

1) build quality
2) Viewfinder (i do love that kind of bright, 100% all glass pentaprism OVF)
3) RAW image quality

https://ibb.co/N9JBG4p

A fine weekend, good light.

Good light

I spent years shooting weddings with flash and without it depending on what I was going for. And yes...I agree. For portraits and flash I still prefer OVF. I do much less of that these days. Shooting manual mode and for the most part, maintaining settings with a fast prime to maintain background exposure consistency was key for me. Either TTL or completely manual. Either way...I'd still say at ultra low light even if you need flash ML is better and I'm a dyed in the wool OVF fan.

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2023 at 20:28 UTC
On article Nikon Z8 review: a supercharged D850 successor (1635 comments in total)
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marc petzold: Interesting...compare the D850 with the Z8, and one does see clearly, that into 3 terms, the D850 is (still) a bit better, which is:

1) build quality
2) Viewfinder (i do love that kind of bright, 100% all glass pentaprism OVF)
3) RAW image quality

https://ibb.co/N9JBG4p

A fine weekend, good light.

Good light

Matthias...I exposure blend 3 to 4 shots sometimes with lum masking. I don't need this concept explained to me! What I am stating is your OVF showing you more range than you have is thus completely irrelevant in a way to the process of creating a final image. As a landscape and astro photographer an OVF doesn't really have any advantages. I only use them for portraiture.

Ps you will see with ML when you are clipping things. Enable the histogram...OVF and metering csn get you close but there are always situations where test shots are required to get critical exposure and you know it.

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2023 at 17:11 UTC
On article Nikon Z8 review: a supercharged D850 successor (1635 comments in total)
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marc petzold: Interesting...compare the D850 with the Z8, and one does see clearly, that into 3 terms, the D850 is (still) a bit better, which is:

1) build quality
2) Viewfinder (i do love that kind of bright, 100% all glass pentaprism OVF)
3) RAW image quality

https://ibb.co/N9JBG4p

A fine weekend, good light.

Good light

"While the human eye still sees exact gradients in much more extreme contrasts which allows you to set correct exposure and flash amount in advance. With an EVF that's close to impossible."

Yes it does. A pity the camera, mirrorless or DSLR isn't going to see them so it's not much help. It's actually useful to see when things clip etc.

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2023 at 08:56 UTC
On article Nikon Z8 review: a supercharged D850 successor (1635 comments in total)
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marc petzold: Interesting...compare the D850 with the Z8, and one does see clearly, that into 3 terms, the D850 is (still) a bit better, which is:

1) build quality
2) Viewfinder (i do love that kind of bright, 100% all glass pentaprism OVF)
3) RAW image quality

https://ibb.co/N9JBG4p

A fine weekend, good light.

Good light

marc petzold
Doesn't sound like you do much night photography, especially from the way you worded that. Try astrophotography, or really dark conditions. OVF are great for day use (I love them) but this is a fools argument.

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2023 at 08:53 UTC
On article Sigma 14mm F1.4 DG DN sample gallery (102 comments in total)
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Astro Landscapes: Professional assessment as a 15+ year nightscape photographer who has reviewed literally ever fast-aperture wide-angle lens on the market:

The number 1.4 itself is its most impressive feature. In the real world, it appears as I'd expect: severe vignetting at f/1.4-2.8 makes for a much darker reality, so you're only going to get a numerical, measurable light-gathering advantage in the dead-center of the image. Elsewhere, you're subject to various optics' actual and profile-corrected transmission capabilities.

In other words, this Sigma may get brighter and better at f/1.8 when compared to the Sony GM, and even brighter and better at f/2.8 when compared to the various 14-24mm f/2.8 options, or the Sony 12-24mm f/2.8. However, the differences will likely be muddied by which profile correction causes any of the various dreaded artifacts such as a donut effect of posterization, or a nasty moire pattern from distortion correction.

TLDR, it's impressive on paper, and visually, but...

True. The 14-24S is a better lens than the G or sigma though, too so there is that. I use primes for aurora. We yet it regularly here luckily at this latitude. 14, 24, 35, 50 are my mains too. So this boat anchor sigma makes in a way makes less sense as I don't shoot wide open hardly ever.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2023 at 22:43 UTC
On article Sigma 14mm F1.4 DG DN sample gallery (102 comments in total)
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Astro Landscapes: Professional assessment as a 15+ year nightscape photographer who has reviewed literally ever fast-aperture wide-angle lens on the market:

The number 1.4 itself is its most impressive feature. In the real world, it appears as I'd expect: severe vignetting at f/1.4-2.8 makes for a much darker reality, so you're only going to get a numerical, measurable light-gathering advantage in the dead-center of the image. Elsewhere, you're subject to various optics' actual and profile-corrected transmission capabilities.

In other words, this Sigma may get brighter and better at f/1.8 when compared to the Sony GM, and even brighter and better at f/2.8 when compared to the various 14-24mm f/2.8 options, or the Sony 12-24mm f/2.8. However, the differences will likely be muddied by which profile correction causes any of the various dreaded artifacts such as a donut effect of posterization, or a nasty moire pattern from distortion correction.

TLDR, it's impressive on paper, and visually, but...

Tim, I used to shoot all primes for astro. I continue to do so. However that said, the stars on the 14-24/2.8 are so good I have little reason these days to get a prime in that range. The reason is, 2.8 is fine for me. At night I always use a star tracker. So I can even be at f4 and expose for several minutes. I generally though, prefer mosaics made from 35-85mm primes. However, sometimes and more recently I've went back to basics and enjoy hitting the ultra wide FL just for the fun, despite the less detail it is less ardous a shooting experience when you are out freezing your backside off I find!

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2023 at 21:40 UTC
On article Nikon Z8 review: a supercharged D850 successor (1635 comments in total)

D850 user since release. The Z 8 is without a doubt the best overall camera I have used, and I loved the D850. I checked out the exposure latitude section for the Z 9 which is identical. You'd be hard pushed to notice the extremely minor difference if you select ISO 64 and +6EV vs the D850, infact it is basically the same to my eyes. Interestingly it is more noticeable at ISO 100 when comparing the Z 9 to the D850, the D850 winning when comparing an ISO 100, 6EV push. So a caveat is due to the nature of the dual gain sensor, shoot either at ISO 64, or at ISO 500 (where the secondary gain level begins).

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2023 at 11:53 UTC as 40th comment
On article Sigma 14mm F1.4 DG DN sample gallery (102 comments in total)
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Astro Landscapes: Professional assessment as a 15+ year nightscape photographer who has reviewed literally ever fast-aperture wide-angle lens on the market:

The number 1.4 itself is its most impressive feature. In the real world, it appears as I'd expect: severe vignetting at f/1.4-2.8 makes for a much darker reality, so you're only going to get a numerical, measurable light-gathering advantage in the dead-center of the image. Elsewhere, you're subject to various optics' actual and profile-corrected transmission capabilities.

In other words, this Sigma may get brighter and better at f/1.8 when compared to the Sony GM, and even brighter and better at f/2.8 when compared to the various 14-24mm f/2.8 options, or the Sony 12-24mm f/2.8. However, the differences will likely be muddied by which profile correction causes any of the various dreaded artifacts such as a donut effect of posterization, or a nasty moire pattern from distortion correction.

TLDR, it's impressive on paper, and visually, but...

TimWild91 Looking to the skies hoping for a Z mount version from sigma!

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2023 at 11:34 UTC
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primeshooter: Can I just say, whenever I get a notification to a reply in comments on dpreview, that it never, ever, on any browser phone or desktop jumps to the right part of the page to see it.

It actually worked just there. More testing required.

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2023 at 08:08 UTC
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primeshooter: You simply have to hand it to Nikon; this is the way firmware updates work if you want to cement brand value, and ultimately add new features to your product in 2023 that customers want. Nikon are clearly continually training AF algorithms, and are willing to offer the latest and greatest via these updates, along with adding other, additional features. I look forward to seeing what they bring to the Z 8 next year.

Short answer. No.

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2023 at 17:21 UTC
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primeshooter: You simply have to hand it to Nikon; this is the way firmware updates work if you want to cement brand value, and ultimately add new features to your product in 2023 that customers want. Nikon are clearly continually training AF algorithms, and are willing to offer the latest and greatest via these updates, along with adding other, additional features. I look forward to seeing what they bring to the Z 8 next year.

@madeinlisboa lol

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2023 at 15:26 UTC

You simply have to hand it to Nikon; this is the way firmware updates work if you want to cement brand value, and ultimately add new features to your product in 2023 that customers want. Nikon are clearly continually training AF algorithms, and are willing to offer the latest and greatest via these updates, along with adding other, additional features. I look forward to seeing what they bring to the Z 8 next year.

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2023 at 07:40 UTC as 37th comment | 5 replies
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primeshooter: Can I just say, whenever I get a notification to a reply in comments on dpreview, that it never, ever, on any browser phone or desktop jumps to the right part of the page to see it.

Yeah it's been going on for years unfixed...

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2023 at 16:54 UTC

Can I just say, whenever I get a notification to a reply in comments on dpreview, that it never, ever, on any browser phone or desktop jumps to the right part of the page to see it.

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2023 at 08:25 UTC as 20th comment | 5 replies
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