Marty4650

Marty4650

Lives in United States NC, United States
Works as a Retired Industrial Engineer
Joined on May 20, 2005

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I had this camera, and I loved it. Sure, this was no low light shooter, but it was great in good light, and had a very useful range for travelers and casual shooters.

This is the camera that created a whole new category. And just to show you how far the concept has been pushed we have the latest successor the ZS100, which also has a 10X zoom range, and is better in every way possible, but costs three times more.

And is probably well worth it....

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2017 at 13:34 UTC as 42nd comment | 2 replies

Ahhhh.. the Rolex of convertible laptops!

This will probably be a big seller in Dubai.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 13:06 UTC as 19th comment | 2 replies
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leonche64: This is the right direction. Sony went from 20+ models a year down to around 8 and the move was financially beneficial to them. Not many people are missing the pink and purple $120 models.

Isn't that the truth!

If anyone needs any further proof that the market is shrinking, then just look at the number of new cameras models on Dpreview's timeline for the past few years:

2012 - 166
2013 - 131
2014 - 101
2015 - 73
2016 - 58

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 12:58 UTC

It did seem overly ambitious to introduce not one but three high end large sensored DL compact cameras into an already crowded market. It had all the markings of a big money loser for Nikon.

My guess is that the bean counters at Nikon overrode the design engineers and convinced the board to drop the whole concept. And this sort of thing happens more often than you would think, but it usually happens much earlier in product the development cycle.

In this case, the product was announced and even produced in small quantities before being shut down. It really makes one wonder how much money Sigma is losing on their four Dp fixed lens cameras? And how much they will probably lose on their sd MILC line?

These decisions have very little to do with "what someone wants" and more to do about "what we can sell at a profit." And it probably is a good thing for Nikon that the accountants prevailed.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 12:52 UTC as 111th comment
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LFPCPH: Does it come with a powerfull computer with a fantastic screen to see the pictures on ?

No, but you could buy a Fuji XT2, a powerful computer, and a fantastic screen for less money than a GFX 50S body would cost.

I know... its not the same. Medium Format just isn't for folks on a tight budget.

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2017 at 18:54 UTC
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Stejo: Are we getting similar articles for all manufacturers or canon was the only one who paid?

I think this article is necessary because Canon's product line is so confusing. Someone had to explain and clarify it.

They even cluttered their full frame lineup with 5 different models (1DX II, 5D IV, 6D, 5DS, 5DS R) with 4 of them being very similar in most ways. Although it is fair to say the entry level buyer needs this sort of information more than the high end buyer does.

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2017 at 09:46 UTC
On article Fujifilm updates X-mount lens roadmap (56 comments in total)
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racin06: NEWSFLASH TO SONY: This is how a lens lineup should look. The key is to actually have lenses in the lineup ;) .

Sony is actually doing a pretty good job of designing lenses for their full frame FE cameras. It is the APSC camera lenses that are lacking. They seem to be following the Canikon path of forcing their APSC users to buy full frame lenses.

Fuji doesn't have that temptation to deal with, because they have no full frame cameras. At least not yet.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2017 at 22:47 UTC
On article Leica SL Review (1089 comments in total)
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Peiasdf: You buy Leica for the lens, not the camera. And good news everyone, you can buy SL and adapt to A7R II as SL's flange distance is 1mm longer than E. Other people should just buy an A7R II and 3/4 Zeiss/GM lenses

Or, for the price of the SL alone you can buy a pretty decent used car....

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2017 at 22:06 UTC
On article Leica SL Review (1089 comments in total)
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Marty4650: If I didn't know better, I would swear that the Leica SL was designed to make the Sony A7RII look good by comparison. It even makes those Sony FE G Master lenses look like bargains....

I'm not certain of this, but I think the R3 was based on the Minolta XD/11. It was built in Portugal by Leica, but all the electronics came from Minolta. And yes, it was a pretty ugly beast of a camera.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2017 at 22:04 UTC
On article Leica SL Review (1089 comments in total)
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Bhima78: This is the best TL:DR from the review, and really sums up this whole camera:

"In the SL, Leica has undeniably created their most practical, well-rounded camera yet. In doing so, in making a camera seemingly aimed at maximum practicality - as a tool for creating images and less as an experience - they've robbed it of some of that intangible charm that usually accompanies their products."

It is really true!

Leica robbed this camera of the intangible charm of having to remove the bottom plate to change a battery or memory card. This could be a serious blunder by Leica.

No intangible charm, no sale!

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2017 at 18:52 UTC
On article Leica SL Review (1089 comments in total)

If I didn't know better, I would swear that the Leica SL was designed to make the Sony A7RII look good by comparison. It even makes those Sony FE G Master lenses look like bargains....

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2017 at 18:30 UTC as 151st comment | 12 replies
On article Leica SL Review (1089 comments in total)

Carey, thanks for a well written and comprehensive review of a very interesting camera. It isn't a camera for me, but it is arguably the first modern ILC camera produced by Leica.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2017 at 18:26 UTC as 152nd comment | 1 reply
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Marty4650: This was a pretty generous use of the word "mesmerizing."

Somewhat interesting, perhaps.

But there is nothing mesmerizing about flashing all 166 years of front pages in 55 seconds.

You really need to look at the definition of the word to understand why I said it was used "generously" in this case.

"To hold the attention of (someone) to the exclusion of all else or so as to transfix them. Hypnotizing." Were you transfixed by seeing all those front pages flashing by at lightning speed?

If you want examples...there have been several time lapse videos posted by Dpreview that I would call mesmerizing. Plus many good photographs can be mesmerizing.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2017 at 15:29 UTC

This was a pretty generous use of the word "mesmerizing."

Somewhat interesting, perhaps.

But there is nothing mesmerizing about flashing all 166 years of front pages in 55 seconds.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2017 at 14:04 UTC as 36th comment | 4 replies
On article Women Photograph is a directory of female photographers (218 comments in total)
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Mark Turney: The ultimate goal should be to stop labeling ourselves and each other. Treat each other as human and judge individual merits. I'm not sure another cause that isolates and alienates is the answer.

Allison... lets think it through.

You need to hire a photographer for some project. If your first instinct is to find one on the "Women Photograph Directory" then this means you wanted a woman photographer. For whatever reason you have, this is strictly your right.

And this is precisely my point. This online directory of women photographers is a resource for people who feel they need "women photographers" rather than simply hiring any photographer. Since this client already has a predisposition for this, then it just makes it a bit easier for the client to find the right gender professional for their job.

If anyone set up a directory for "Male Airplane Pilots" or "Male Police Officers" someone would call it sexist. Because today, even the Boy Scouts aren't allowed to limit their membership to boys only.

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2017 at 18:42 UTC
On article Women Photograph is a directory of female photographers (218 comments in total)
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Mark Turney: The ultimate goal should be to stop labeling ourselves and each other. Treat each other as human and judge individual merits. I'm not sure another cause that isolates and alienates is the answer.

Mark... without a doubt you are right.

No one seeks a "woman surgeon" when they need surgery. They simply want the best surgeon they can find. The very notion of selecting professional artists or technicians by gender is downright silly.

Unless of course... the photographer's gender is somehow important for the client. And I believe this is what we are seeing here. This is a marketing device for female photographers to find those clients for which this makes a difference. Or the reverse.

Believe it or not, for some it is vitally important. And the customer is always right.

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2017 at 14:05 UTC
On article Yongnuo YN 85mm F1.8 lens now available (251 comments in total)

While the rest of the industry rapidly moves upmarket to deal with shrinking unit sales, a few Chinese companies head for the bottom of the market (like Yongnuo and Yi) with cheaply made knock offs of lenses that are already moderately priced.

Will this strategy work? Perhaps it will, but I think it would have made much more sense to knock off higher end lenses for systems that have pretty expensive lenses, like Fuji X and Sony FE.

No doubt they selected Canon and Nikon for their huge base of users. It is just hard to imagine enthusiasts pairing expensive full frame bodies with cheaply made copycat lenses. I suppose we shall see it it pays off.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2017 at 11:51 UTC as 44th comment | 6 replies
On article Extremely dramatic video touts Canon's CMOS technology (196 comments in total)
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bakhtyar kurdi: Where is that Moonbow? I can't find it

WOW Matthew! That really is much better. Thanks for posting the link.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2017 at 17:52 UTC
On article OnePlus 3T camera review (97 comments in total)
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Marty4650: Yet another nice phone.... for people who are into phones. It is sometimes interesting to read about these when patiently waiting for real camera and lens reviews.

Oh well.... I suppose Dpreview knows what they are doing.

Oh, I don't deny that at all.

Great photos are all about subject, composition, emotion and vision. They have very little to do with technical quality. There are some absolutely wonderful photo that were taken by all sorts of devices that were much more limited than a camera phone. That wasn't my point.

My point was... if you want technical quality.... which is something many Dpr users seem to want judging by the constant discussions here about "finding the best copy or a lens" or "why anything smaller than full frame is rubbish" then you should be using a real camera. After all, this is a site about gear, and not about art.

Given a choice between my camera and my phone, I use my camera for taking photos, and my phone for convenient snaps. And so do most other people here. Lets not pretend that professional photographers are showing up for wedding shoots with their iPhones only. Sure, it "can be done" but that doesn't make it a good idea to do it.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2017 at 12:43 UTC

I suppose it was too good to be true.

But it is a real shame. The DL series had great design, lots of features, and was planned at a competitive price.

Some of us assumed this would replace their Nikon 1 products, in offering the one inch sensor. But now I guess both product lines are officially dead.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 17:56 UTC as 216th comment | 1 reply
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