nathantw

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The video looks good, but truthfully I never thought video was as critical with image quality as still photos. Yes, there's some sharpness, CA needs to be corrected (or not, as was the case in the movie Contagion) and the out of focus highlights are perfectly round most of the time, but the lens characteristic doesn't get subjected to scrutiny (and 100% magnification) as still photography.

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2018 at 05:36 UTC as 37th comment | 2 replies

If the picture quality is better than the Fuji W3 (not a hard task whatsoever), then I might be in on this one. Then again, this Yi doesn't have two zoom lenses.

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2018 at 03:52 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply
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Rensol: Did you see a tendency of manufacturers to go into higher/more expensive markets?
Sub 1000 unit goes to ProPhoto filed already.
However (at least original godox ad600 (as well as other Godox flashes are built like garbage. I have over 10 units and 6 of them are dead. Once you took them apart you can see that quality of PCB assembly is on par with some really cheap stuff! Some of them have hanging interconnects inside to bypass defective copper lines, etc... Spilled solder pieces, broken ferrite transformers, you name it.
Read reviews. Majority of broken units have E1 error (no high voltage detected).
Before increasing price they should think about improving assembly quality.
Again, I am talking about PCB assembly, not about external appearance!

Your post makes me happy I purchased Paul C Buff lights. Over 2 decades of use without a failure. Made in the good ol' USA.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2018 at 17:56 UTC

Thank you for the insightful tour.

I was struck by the fact that there will be a lens FASTER than f/2. Wow! Are you sure that wasn't a secret? ;-)

Link | Posted on Jan 2, 2018 at 14:50 UTC as 66th comment

What's it like shooting in space? Let's put it this way, if you shot a Hasselblad EL camera in space (not on the ISS) it'll be more silent than a Leica M in a courtroom. ;-)

Link | Posted on Dec 27, 2017 at 19:34 UTC as 25th comment

My only complaint about this camera is that the red color lens isn't available any longer. It seems like such a tease showing it with the red lens that can't be purchased.

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2017 at 07:16 UTC as 17th comment | 1 reply
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2017 (526 comments in total)

Wow,a few surprise winners.

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2017 at 07:11 UTC as 15th comment
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Barleyman: Doesn't support the most popular platform, with the best cameras...Android? Huh// No thanks.

That's what I heard. Fight!

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2017 at 18:37 UTC
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Father Bouvier: The first video is well made, there is definitely a professional hand holding this gizmo. But the second video is a garbage that an average Joe will take with this device.

I'm sure that person who made the second video would just love to hear how his best work was just put down by a stranger who called his masterpiece "garbage." I guess you can't grow if you're surrounded by a bunch of yes-men.

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2017 at 18:35 UTC
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George1958: High praise and undoubtedly deserved but what makes it so? When I look at D850 images or for that matter 5D mk IV against the images from the Sony A7 mk iii I don’t see “greatest” that is distinguishable between the images form the D850: 5D mkIV bar the colour. What I see I see very good images all round but nothing that is head and shoulders above it’s peers.
If the end output is what matters, then the A7 mkiii is another great camera but I don’t see how it’s the greatest?

It sounded like price also was a factor in determining the best.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2017 at 22:44 UTC
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nathantw: I haven't made this comment in a while but it's just an observation about how the people using expensive Leicas seem to always have one or two photos of a homeless or some down and out person. It just doesn't seem right.

That said, a young man with his friend passed me on the street. He had a really nice looking black camera. The bright as day red dot gave away what camera it was. All I kept thinking was "man, you better hang onto that camera a little better than that, especially in this city." The city has been known for brazen daylight robberies of people with camera gear.

Personally I don't feel right photographing people that are down and out on their luck with expensive cameras. I know photographers do use their cameras to document those unfortunate people and I'm not going to say anything to prevent or stop them. I just make those observations, especially when people are giving examples of their expensive cameras by showing street scenes, which, more times than not show at least one homeless person. I have expensive equipment also and enjoy taking street scenes, but I try to take photos of just regular people. Different strokes for different folks.

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2017 at 07:07 UTC

I haven't made this comment in a while but it's just an observation about how the people using expensive Leicas seem to always have one or two photos of a homeless or some down and out person. It just doesn't seem right.

That said, a young man with his friend passed me on the street. He had a really nice looking black camera. The bright as day red dot gave away what camera it was. All I kept thinking was "man, you better hang onto that camera a little better than that, especially in this city." The city has been known for brazen daylight robberies of people with camera gear.

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2017 at 20:07 UTC as 58th comment | 4 replies
On article Hands-on with Zeiss Milvus 25mm F1.4 (119 comments in total)
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lightandaprayer: I've never missed having a 1.4 aperture with my WA lenses. I think that I will just keep using my Nikkor 24mm 2.8 MF lens that I bought in the early 80s. Small, light, sharp, very smooth focus and it makes perfect "sunstars" without adding an accessory filter.

I agree with you that you can save a lot of money on gear for those that don't need all those pixels. Even though I knew that the successor to the D810 was around the corner (D850) I decided to purchase a used digital back for my Hasselblad instead. Even though I liked shooting and developing film, there were times the developing would mess up somehow and my negatives would be shot. That made my entire shoot worthless. That's why I decided to buy the digital back -- insurance I came back with something. It was far cheaper than a D850, especially since it's tech from 2004 (22MP), but now I'm back to not cropping since it's kinda like having a D700 but in medium format.

So to make this relevant to the Carl Zeiss lens, I use the Hasselblad Carl Zeiss lenses on my Nikons. I have the Nikon 24mm f/1.4G version when I need a fast wide angle so I'm all set.

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2017 at 03:03 UTC
On article Hands-on with Zeiss Milvus 25mm F1.4 (119 comments in total)
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lightandaprayer: I've never missed having a 1.4 aperture with my WA lenses. I think that I will just keep using my Nikkor 24mm 2.8 MF lens that I bought in the early 80s. Small, light, sharp, very smooth focus and it makes perfect "sunstars" without adding an accessory filter.

For your purposes, lightandaprayer, I don't think a newer camera body with more megapixels is for you. However, there are others that do like to crop and many times it does make for a more compelling photograph. I was like you at one time trying to make sure I carefully composed and never cropped, especially when shooting slide film. Once I started going into the darkroom, though, and saw what could be done, well, the sky was the limit with pictures within pictures. When I got my D700 I was back to my "slide film" days composing carefully and only "cropping" when necessary. Then came the D810 and suddenly it was like having an enlarger that can crop and I could see pictures within pictures again. So, cropping outside the viewfinder isn't a bad thing. Sometimes it's helpful.

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2017 at 22:02 UTC
On article Hands-on with Zeiss Milvus 25mm F1.4 (119 comments in total)
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lightandaprayer: I've never missed having a 1.4 aperture with my WA lenses. I think that I will just keep using my Nikkor 24mm 2.8 MF lens that I bought in the early 80s. Small, light, sharp, very smooth focus and it makes perfect "sunstars" without adding an accessory filter.

I have the 75-150 too. It's a nice lens with the D700 (which I still own). I agree that 12MP is great, but there's not much room for cropping. That's where the 36MP - 46MP come in handy. They're fantastic for cropping a small part of the frame.

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2017 at 05:10 UTC
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bjphotolabs: What happened to the January 11th announcement

"DxOMark gives RED Helium 8K sensor a record-breaking 108 score"

https://www.dpreview.com/news/3766267151/dxomark-gives-red-helium-8k-sensor-a-record-breaking-108-score

https://www.dxomark.com/red-helium-8k-dxomark-sensor-score-108-a-new-all-time-high-score2/

This is another reason why I don't trust their findings. Their findings just disappear after a while.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2017 at 17:56 UTC

Now that I know that DxO is "fixed" depending on how much companies are paying them they lost credibility with me.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2017 at 17:54 UTC as 75th comment | 1 reply
On article More Nikon D850 samples images added (163 comments in total)

Hate to sound like a Debbie Downer, but these photos could have been taken with any camera, literally. I'm sure it's just me, but I feel that CMOS has gotten to a point where all photos appear to look the same.

Then again, I'm sure the D850 pictures can be cropped heavily and still look great. I know because my D810 has this capability.

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2017 at 17:47 UTC as 16th comment
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nathantw: If Nikon cameras had focusing screens that were conductive to accurate focus with manual focus lenses, then these would be great. However, last I looked Nikon doesn't manufacture split image rangefinders or microprisms into their focusing screens. There may be third parties that do it, but the vast majority of people aren't going to change their screen out. So, here you have a $2400 lens that you may or may not have the eyes to focus accurately with.

Yes, I had forgotten about the focus confirmation. I have used it myself numerous times with my Ai-S lenses. However, watching an image snap into focus is a lot easier than looking at the bottom of the screen. I guess it's just a preference. I've grown up with Nikon film cameras and Hasselblad V, so I'm just used to looking at the subject on the screen to focus and not looking down to the bottom of the screen.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2017 at 15:46 UTC
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LessMirrored19: Why DSLRs lenses are heavy compared to mirrorless lenses ?

But LessMirrored19, how many GLASS elements does the Sony use and the material Sony uses to surround the glass make all the difference in the world.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2017 at 18:46 UTC
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