samhain

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On article Nikon announces prices for 100th Anniversary products (114 comments in total)
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Satyaa: My first reaction was shock and as I thought, it turned into utter confusion. What the heck is Nikon trying to do? Is this really meant for someone that enjoys using Nikon gear? If so, how??

It reminds me of all the great cultures that I studied in history that rose to greatness, ruled the world, lavished in their richness (rulers having their statues made of gold, or buying toilet seats made of gold) then finally collapsed as they were rolled over by smaller, emerging, agile and innovative cultures. Those lavish moves only feed their own ego - not provide any value to customers.

I use the D7200, which is arguably the best APS-C camera even two years after its introduction, only surpassed by D500 if you need the speed. I don't need a 100th anniversary label or that price to enjoy this camera. It just works! Nikon also makes the D810, D5 and V3 (with CX 70-300, only surpassed by P900 for its reach), and all of them are best cameras in their class.
...

That DF-100 sounds amazing.

Sadly, it appears Nikon put ABSOLUTE minimum amount of money, time & effort into these 100th anniversary products.
Half of that stuff looks like it came out of a Nikon gift shop, the other half is existing products they just slapped some stickers & paint jobs on.

I'm not trying to be harsh here...
It really looks like they just called up their Chinese mfg plant and said "whip up some cheap stuff with this logo on it, nothing over $50 cost. Then when you're done- pull these items off the assembly line & slap some stickers and grey paint on em".

It's really a bummer, I've been looking forward to this for a while.
'100 year anniversary' is a monumental milestone. I can't believe this is their showing.

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2017 at 02:15 UTC
On article Nikon announces prices for 100th Anniversary products (114 comments in total)

Am I seeing that right? Nikon slapped a little 100th anniv. decal on the D500, painted it grey and jacked the price up $1500 to 'celebrate' it's 100th anniversary?

That's... um...
I don't know what to say.

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2017 at 02:00 UTC as 25th comment

Nice!
If it does indeed have the 24mp sensor & A9 autofocus system, then this will be the camera that finally lures me to buy into Sony mirrorless.
I hope the rumor is true.

(And hopefully the next RX1 model will get the same 24mp sensor as well!)

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2017 at 10:04 UTC as 5th comment
On article Nikon reshuffles management structure (248 comments in total)
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samhain: If the old saying "lenses are the heart of a camera system" is true, then it's pretty easy to see why Nikon is flailing while Sony is creeping into the #2 position.

Nikon makes great bodies, but the only lens from Nikon in the past 10 years that's been even remotely appealing to me is the 58mm, and sadly that one didn't live up to expectations.

Contd- which brings me back to my original point- if I was buying into Nikon(again), as a 35-50-85-135 shooter, they don't have one single lens that excites me.
I'd end up buying the sigma 30mm, tamron 85mm, sigma 135mm, and 50mm... I don't even know. Probably have to buy both the 58 and the 50/1.8 so I could have sharp & fast + nice rendering. I don't know. To be honest, it bums me out just having to think about buying a Nikon 50mm lens.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2017 at 05:12 UTC
On article Nikon reshuffles management structure (248 comments in total)
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samhain: If the old saying "lenses are the heart of a camera system" is true, then it's pretty easy to see why Nikon is flailing while Sony is creeping into the #2 position.

Nikon makes great bodies, but the only lens from Nikon in the past 10 years that's been even remotely appealing to me is the 58mm, and sadly that one didn't live up to expectations.

@agrumpyoldsod all I shoot are fast primes.
The 105mm is nice. But it's a $2200 plastic lens that's made in China, and an odd focal length to me. I shoot with an 85 & 135. I shot with it, makes great images, but it's a focal length I have no use for. Also- It's made in China? i won't choose a Made in China product when there's an alternative. May not matter to some, but it matters to me.

As for the 58mm... perhaps it's my fault for getting hopes up & thinking it'd be what Nikon marketed it as: an updated/replacement 58/1.2 AIS.
It wasn't. It renders nice, but not enough to separate it from the 50/1.4g(or most other 50's on the market). And the sharpness(or lack of) meant it wasn't up to the task of a 'do it all' standard focal length lens, for me. And then there's the price.
To your remark "you should've got the otus"- not my cup of tea. And it doesn't take an Otus to best it. The Sony/Zeis 55mm will eat its lunch, in rendering & in sharpness. As will other 50's...

Link | Posted on May 23, 2017 at 04:57 UTC

"We put faulty sensors in your $5,000 camera. But give us another $1,000 and we'll replace it... "

Link | Posted on May 23, 2017 at 03:54 UTC as 36th comment | 9 replies
On article Nikon reshuffles management structure (248 comments in total)

If the old saying "lenses are the heart of a camera system" is true, then it's pretty easy to see why Nikon is flailing while Sony is creeping into the #2 position.

Nikon makes great bodies, but the only lens from Nikon in the past 10 years that's been even remotely appealing to me is the 58mm, and sadly that one didn't live up to expectations.

Link | Posted on May 20, 2017 at 04:29 UTC as 41st comment | 8 replies
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Colin Stuart: I think Sigma could be quite a contender in the Camera market if they wanted to be. They have a STUNNING set of lenses now... just no camera of their own to back it up. Sure there's this and the SD1 Merrill but really they're quite obscure and easily lose out compared to Nikon/Canon/Sony/Pentax's offerings.

The foveon sensor is interesting but its small size has its drawbacks. They need to refresh the Sigma SA mount. Have it support at least an APS-C but preferably a full-frame size sensor, even better if they can integrate their Foveon technology, otherwise get a nice one from Sony. From there, work on the ergonomics, handling, and the AF system and they might have something here.

Whoever is designing/engineering the Art/Sport series of lenses, get that team involved with building a proper DSLR.

I'd love a Sigma full frame foveon sensor camera.
Probably wouldn't sell many but it'd be awesome.

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2017 at 21:29 UTC

I've recently been contemplating one of these sigma cameras, good to see they're actively supporting them with firmware updates.

Now if they would just make a full frame DP-2m or DP-3m camera :)

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2017 at 21:24 UTC as 11th comment

Can we get a full frame X100 (non x-trans) already?

For me, that's THE Fuji camera to own. I'd even choose it over the GFX...

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2017 at 16:47 UTC as 80th comment | 3 replies

Easy:

1. 85/1.2
2. 50/1.2

For me, these are the lenses that separate Canon from everyone else. I really hope they bring out new updated versions(ideally with IS).

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2017 at 16:37 UTC as 32nd comment
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DenWil: If these photos are representative then the lens is a non issue. One more example of a company and consumers reveling over results easily attainable 30 years ago. If people would take half the time spent fawning over the next new lens and concern themselves with subject matter, styling, light, and framing the medium would be so much better off.

You do realize that those photos are from Instagram, right?

Not exactly an ideal platform for judging lens performance & characteristics...

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2017 at 16:26 UTC

Nice!

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2017 at 18:32 UTC as 19th comment
On article Sigma 85mm F1.4 Art DxO results: a new king is crowned (249 comments in total)
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villagranvicent: A new king is crowned... why Fuji lenses are not part of that kingdom??

Again, because Fuji insists on using Xtrans pattern sensor while everyone else uses Bayer.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 01:46 UTC
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Light Pilgrim: Good looking and a capable compact camera. Would have been a better product with a better lens (sharper and F/1.8 or faster). Forth iteration and yet the same lens. All in all, it capable hands will produce great images. I am interested and will likely purchase.

@Majuaskasson when I owned x100's, I shot them f2-f2.4 almost 80% of the time. Just because you do something one way doesn't mean everyone else's way is wrong.
And frankly, saying it like that makes me wonder if you've ever shot with a fast prime lens at all.

The lens is soft at f2. Making it 1.8 would greatly improve f2.
*And no, making it f1.8 would not drastically change the
size(in fact it might not change the size at all).

No offense my friend, but you're speaking on subjects that are clearly above your pay grade(and mine too, tbh).

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2017 at 17:50 UTC
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Pat Cullinan Jr: Would anyone care to address the question, Is it worth its price?

If it brings you happiness, then yes.
But only you can put a price/worth on that.

I say rent one and find out for yourself. Or buy it, and if you don't love it, sell it & chalk up the difference as 'a rental fee'.

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2017 at 17:40 UTC
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Daniel Lauring: Since this camera doesn't require working with Fuji's existing APSC interchangeable lenses Fuji should consider making it a FF or even MF camera. Barring that leap they should have at least upgraded it's weather protection. More than one customer have had dust infiltration issues and failed X100's from water encounters.

Photographers (who shoot all brands) have been begging Fuji to bring out a full frame X100 since its initial release.
It would be THE compact camera to own.
Even DPR staff has publicly expressed their desire for one.

Unfortunately, Fuji thinks that aps-c is 'good enough' :/

It's a shame, for us and for Fuji. That camera would sell like crazy.
A 24mp FF bayer sensor, 35mm f2(or faster), the hybrid viewfinder and the x100 body is a recipe for perfection.
Throw in weatherproofing seals and image stabilization... It might win the 'best digital camera ever made' award.
And if they wanted to double down on perfection, they could drop a future version with a longer focal length.

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2017 at 17:37 UTC

As someone who bought the x100 in 2011, owned the x100S & spent 2 weeks with the X100T...
I'll be rebuying the original X100, and won't upgrade to any future x100 model that doesn't have an improved lens and/or a return to Bayer sensors.
(Fuji had better spent a couple of dollars & throw in some weatherproofing gaskets as well).
In the mean time, I'll continue hoping that the Sony RX5 rumors are true, and that Leica brings out a Q with a longer focal length.

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2017 at 17:20 UTC as 35th comment | 7 replies
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DanielFjall: To those complaining about Fujifilm keeping the same old lens - the IQ is improving each time the sensor gets upgraded. Theoretically there isn't a digital sensor capable of capturing the full resolution of lenses. We're just starting to see what this lens is actually capable of. It's a fantastic lens for it's wonderful small size.

It's still soft wide open and has close focusing issues.
No sensor in the world can negate those sort of optical properties/faults.

Its a decent lens.
The issue people (like myself) have, is that after 6+ years and numerous x100 iterations, Fuji has done nothing to improve it.
*And what's particularly disappointing, is that we all know Fuji could. We know they're highly capable of making
outstanding lenses. But instead, they choose to milk that same old lens for all its worth, rather than put any effort & innovation towards improving & upgrading it.

Link | Posted on Jan 30, 2017 at 17:02 UTC
On article Leica M10 real-world sample gallery (345 comments in total)

Those files look really good.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2017 at 13:04 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply
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