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On article Nikon Z fc Review (2107 comments in total)
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mosc: Well done. Nearly as good as the S-10 minus the IBIS, the grip, and about 50 lenses.

Don't think this is going after those who want APS-C as their main system.
There are seemingly many Nikon users with a small Fujifilm or Olympus camera matched with a compact lens.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2021 at 05:20 UTC
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fmian: Too big. I prefer my cameras small enough for body cavities.

Which body cavity?
Wait.. don’t answer. I don’t want to know.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2021 at 23:58 UTC
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fPrime: I get it, it’s reasonable that lenses should be tested to avoid receiving a bad copy. But it’s also a shame that photography is dominated by perfectionists who obsess over copy variation. The worst offenders are those who selfishly order multiple copies of a lens to determine which is “best” and then callously return the rest.

Interesting. It says it applies to distance selling ie. online purchases that are delivered to you. So no change of mind returns for bricks and mortar purchases?
Is the US the same or does it vary store to store?

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2020 at 18:42 UTC
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fPrime: I get it, it’s reasonable that lenses should be tested to avoid receiving a bad copy. But it’s also a shame that photography is dominated by perfectionists who obsess over copy variation. The worst offenders are those who selfishly order multiple copies of a lens to determine which is “best” and then callously return the rest.

It requires company policies that allow for ‘change of mind’ returns.
Seems it might be a US thing but none of the countries I’ve lived in allows for that. Returns would be for defects only.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2020 at 18:00 UTC
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More MegaPixels: What is troubling for Sony is, even if you only look at the graph starting in Oct. 2018 after they lost 30% to Nikon and Canon, there is still a solid downward trend. New models and big sales may have temporarily gave a bump, but then the trend went right back to the consistent downward angle.
There is no reason to think it will magically change. A new model might again give a bump back up briefly, but the data over a 2 year period is solid evidence Sony's market share will continue to fall. There is no way to sugar coat this.

At the same time Canon has a solid upwards trend. As they release new models and new lenses, this is very likely to continue.

I kinda doubt there’s much profit in Sony’s camera group at all. Sony marketing are at the top of their game so they wouldn’t miss an op to show off if it was pulling in great numbers. After all the investors would want to know if the camera group is highly profitable. Instead that group keeps getting shuffled around and lumped into other groups.
I think they invested heavily to gain market share and have probably only been profitable relatively recently. As Canon and Nikon are going through it’s expensive to build a system. I can’t see them maintain the market share especially against Canon though so I really don’t know about the camera group’s financial position.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2020 at 13:59 UTC
On article Nikon Z6 II and Z7 II: Should you buy one? (450 comments in total)
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fPrime: Ken Rockwell has concluded that Nikon is now too far behind Canon and Sony in mirrorless to ever catch up again. “Yes, I'm suggesting no one buy any more Z full frame bodies or lenses. The prudent thing is to save that money and jump up to Canon when you can” he wrote.

Meanwhile the Northrup’s determined that the lackluster Z II’s mean that Nikon has ceded the technology race against Canon and Sony and that Z now serves as the low-end value brand for mirrorless. Basically they suspect Nikon is managing their decline on the way to exiting the imaging business.

So the answer to the question of “Should you buy one” might actually be better phrased as “Is it unwise to buy one?”

I think he’s seething cos Nikon keeps getting great new glass out with lots of elements.
Each additional element is like a slap in his face.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2020 at 13:47 UTC
On article Hands-on with the new Sony a7C (288 comments in total)
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ramyun boy: Like every Sony camera everyone will say it's too expensive, and yet they'll manage to sell millions

Oh I got it. I'm just allergic to BS exaggerations. When the figures are off by up to an order of magnitude it needs to be called out.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2020 at 14:36 UTC
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panther fan: The new Nikon 50mm F1.2 is longer than the new Canon RF 70-200 F2.8 (150mm vs 147mm)

And also heavier (1090g vs 1070g)

What a weird world

Believe it or not the Otus is also actually f/1.4 and manual focus.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2020 at 09:05 UTC
On article Hands-on with the new Sony a7C (288 comments in total)
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ramyun boy: Like every Sony camera everyone will say it's too expensive, and yet they'll manage to sell millions

Those are world wide total ILC numbers. It's not difficult to deduce a ballpark figure for Sony's ILC numbers based on market share even if it's not disclosed in their financial docs.
In any case, it's not going to be in the millions for one particular model, especially a FF one.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2020 at 03:35 UTC
On article Hands-on with the new Sony a7C (288 comments in total)
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ramyun boy: Like every Sony camera everyone will say it's too expensive, and yet they'll manage to sell millions

Hmm.. maybe 4m units of ILC this year (maybe 6.5m if not pandemic hit).
Sony holds around 20% market share so between 800k and 1.3m units for APS-C and FF combined.
You still think A7c’s gonna sell in the millions?

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2020 at 17:08 UTC
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User1234567890: I think it would be better to cut price of Z6 to $1500-1600 and bring its successor.

It’s already happening during some sales period. But at some stage it bottoms out and you can’t go lower on a Z6.
The Z5 starts at $1400, it’ll probably be on rebates of $100-200 during sales and head towards $1k later in its life cycle.
So yes, you can drop Z6 prices but a Z5 can go lower in the future.

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2020 at 23:59 UTC
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bufo vulgaris: The M43 telephoto advantage is based on a high pixel density compared to the competition. If they don't have that, there is no real point. As an example, let's take this 150-400/4.5 behemoth, coupled to a recent Olympus 20MP camera.

I am provocatively saying that combo can't do anything that a sony 150-600 (or even a 70-400) with a A7R3 or 4 can't do...

Look at it like this; The FF camera, because it has rougly the same pixel density, will allow cropping and You will still have the same resolution as with the M43 system.

It's lika an A7r4 has a "built in" M43 camera.

To sing, that 150-400 lens needs a new high resolution camera. ...But that is obviously not going to happen since even the recent M43-cameras continue to use the medieval 20MP.

This lens/camera strategy makes no sense. What were Olympus thinking? It's like they forgot what the strong side of the M43 was and just went bezerk. The M43 squirrel tried to kill the FF-bear. No wonder they are going out of business.

Sooo... as soon as there are higher MP sensors in m43 your argument falls apart?
Looking on the horizon, there's a Sharp 8K m43 camera. So at least the sensor exists.

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2020 at 09:46 UTC
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Photodog2: Be interesting to compare with the Panasonic M43 10-25/1.7. That one costs 3x the 24-60. Put the 10-25 in front of a Panasonic M43 body that costs 3x less than the S1R and it would make an interesting comparison especially at 20mm equivalent.

That would be very interesting actually but what I'd like to see is the 20-60 on the S1 vs 10-25 on the G9.
Approximately $2600/1371g for the FF combo and $2800/1269g for the m43 combo so not much in it.
The 10-25 is a 20-50 f/3.4 equivalent so other than DR at low ISO, the m43 combo should have the theoretical advantage in IQ.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2020 at 08:13 UTC
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pdelux: so canon will go from no IBIS to literally 8 stops which is better than the best IBIS available (Olympus). I seriously doubt this part of the rumour.

I wonder how much headroom Canon are designing their R lens's image circles and how much that impacts on the IBIS ability.
This may be one of those things that may have been better to wait and learn behind the scenes.
Olympus may appear to have done the most work but may have made the most mistakes along the way.

Link | Posted on Jan 29, 2020 at 08:04 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Nikon Nikkor Z 70-200mm F2.8 S (622 comments in total)
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Greg OH: That recessed rear element suggests that the shorter flange distance made no difference in the design of this lens.

They should have just kept the F mount. Same for Canon EF.

Unless it's recessed more than 46.5mm, then no it can't be designed for the F-mount.
So whilst it hasn't needed every mm the new mount affords, the design still needed a more versatile mount than the F-mount.
Z-mount is about design flexibility. Not every lens must utilise the most extreme edge of envelope design.

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2020 at 07:29 UTC
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BWfoto: Spendy ouch ! The Olympus 40-150 which is 80-300 ff equivalent sure looks better and better at $1,300.

Wow.. going by that logic we can have a D850 with 120-300 f/2.8
D850 with 180-450 f/2.8 equivalent in DX crop
D850 with 240-600 f/2.8 equivalent with a 2X crop.
It’s like magic!!
Equivalence cherry pickers *facepalm

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2020 at 11:03 UTC
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Class A: Is the OSPDAF implementation prone to striping and/or banding?

If so, it would be a shame to water down DSLR advantages just in order to do well at video as well. There has to be a sufficiently big market of photographer who don't want still photography performance compromised by concessions made for video.

It's a very limited issue. For the LV AF gains, I think it's worth the small compromise.

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2020 at 07:18 UTC
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Serjojeee: It's a bit strange to see an AF system from 2008 in the camera from 2020. And no AF joystick when Z6/7 have one. It'll be tough to sell it to D750 users IMO.

Actually the Multicam 3500 FX II module was released at the same time as the D750 in 2014, not 2007/8. And others have pointed out further AF enhancements beyond the AF module unit.
The physical unit is smaller than the original, to be used inside the smaller D750 class body which resulted in a narrower AF point spread but also improved the EV detection range at the same time.

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2020 at 05:53 UTC

Two of their best ART series. I'm happy for L-mount users.

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2019 at 01:50 UTC as 14th comment | 1 reply
On a photo in the Nikon Z 58mm F0.95 S Noct sample photos sample gallery (15 comments in total)
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AeroPhotographer: Eye focused while tip of nose is blurry because depth of focus is too shallow for human face.

Same goes for most 85mm f/1.4 and 135mm f1/.8 lenses with similar framing when viewed at 100%. I'm not sure what's your point.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2019 at 02:53 UTC
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