Lihkin

Lihkin

Lives in United States Los Angeles, CA, United States
Works as a Finance
Joined on Sep 8, 2007
About me:

Nikon D850, Nikon 16/2.8 Fisheye, Nikon 14-24/2.8, Nikon 24-70/2.8, Nikon 70-200/2.8 E FL, Nikon 105/5.6 El Nikkor, Nikon 200 F4 Micro, Sigma 150-600 Sports, Nikon PB-6 Bellows, SB910s, Pocketwizard Flex TT5s and Mini TT1, RRS TVC-33, RRS BH-55, RRS Panorama Kit.

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SRHEdD: I saw a tripod on amazon. It was silver and had three legs. It looked suspiciously like a Manfrotto. How dare they?

Yes, but unless Dalen had a patent on the design (which he did not), there is nothing he can do about it. The Chinese suppliers that made his product, probably sold it to other private label parties too - who then put their own label on the tripod and sold it under their brand name. That is what private label is, isn't it? I find it odd that Dalen is complaining about a generic product that he outsourced and sold in the US.

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2021 at 20:40 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 100S initial review (575 comments in total)
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Wide-Open: 500$ more and you get the Sony Alpha 1, Fastest AF, Fastest Shutter, Best low light performance and The best glass in any system, That's not even an unpopular opinion.

Thanks for the morning laugh - needed it! :-)

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2021 at 15:17 UTC

I loved Capture NX-2 (even though it was so clunky) until I discovered DXO Photolab. I have been using that software for the past 3 years now and am really happy with it. It is now in its v4 iteration and only seems to get better. Their PRIME noise reduction feature is stellar.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2021 at 15:52 UTC as 81st comment | 2 replies
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keepreal: Could DP Review please start a Lunatic Column and put this item in there. I do not care how good this tripod is but paying these sorts of prices ought to be enough to get one committed to an asylum, unless of course you own a Lamborghini and still have pockets bulging with cash.

How dare you be logical?

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2021 at 22:43 UTC
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redli0nswift: Can you review the Sirui AM series? Its comparable to this style but for way less $$$ IMO.

I ordered mine from https://store.sirui.com/ and the tripod was dispatched from their warehouse in NJ.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2021 at 04:36 UTC
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StefanD: Nothing more personal than a tripod. It must be a fantastic tripod, but for traveling I prefer my Sirui T-025X, which is much smaller and lighter. It still carries 6kg (which is enough to put my camera on top and hang my bag from the hook) and now that I've got a mirrorless camera, it doesn't matter to me that it doesn't extend to eye level. (even without a tripod, I rarely shoot at eye level)
And it leaves $1250 in the pocket...
I can see its point if you're traveling with a 600 f/4 though.

Their new AM line is excellent. I bought the AM 284 legs and coupled that with the Colorado Tripod Company's ball-head - excellent combo for hiking.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2021 at 23:11 UTC
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redli0nswift: Can you review the Sirui AM series? Its comparable to this style but for way less $$$ IMO.

I agree- I bought their AM 284 legs and coupled that with the Colorado Tripod company's 'Highline Small' ball-head (rated at 50 lbs) for under $350 total.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2021 at 22:34 UTC

I have the RRS TVC 33 with the BH-55 head and a lot of RRS accessories like the pano gear etc. i would never buy this tripod, especially at this kind of money. I also had tried the Peak Design TT (bought it during their Kickstarter), but sold it soon after getting it (recovering all my money due to the heavy demand at the time) as it was flimsy for my use (apart from the legs being skinny, one has to raise the head to rotate the head etc.). I needed a travel tripod for my long hikes and after much research, ended up with the Sirui AM-284 legs ($199 on their website) and coupled those with the excellent 'Highline Small' ball-head from the Colorado Tripod Company ($149 for the lever version - they have a knob one for $99). So for $348 total, I have a fantastic, light tripod setup, that works really well. RRS must be smokin' something really good to expect that price for this setup.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2021 at 22:30 UTC as 96th comment
On photo Birthday cake in the I, Me, Myself challenge (3 comments in total)

Congratulations! Well done...

Link | Posted on May 1, 2020 at 00:21 UTC as 3rd comment
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Lihkin: PD is a marketing genius. Launching products using KS, they shift the risk on to the consumer, while getting a good assessment of the prospective demand for their product. I was really looking forward to this tripod as I often hike long distances and would love to have a lighter tripod option. However, in my research, I have come across several issues with this tripod:

1) The legs seem to flex a lot. Check out from 3:28 at https://youtu.be/JKL5f4rU8yQ
2) It seems that the ball-head doesn’t rotate without raising the center column (so you have to raise the center column if you want to level the tripod, effectively reducing stability)
3) The center column has flex and play when putting on a DSLR with a mid telephoto zoom, like the 70-200
4) The bubble level on the tripod is useless as it gets covered by the camera and one can’t see it

If anyone has a different experience to what I stated above, I would love to hear your thoughts.

#1 - agree, but that amount of flex would translate to being less stable during windy conditions or if you are shooting running water in a creek (e.g. say you are at The Narrows in Zion and want some water shots with the river running at its normal flow rate).

#2 - the issue is that you have to raise the center column if the tripod is not level. The ball-head doesn't rotate without raising the center column. So if you need to level the tripod, you need to raise the column, level and then lock the center column in place with the column raised. Is that not true? Thanks.

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2020 at 01:18 UTC

PD is a marketing genius. Launching products using KS, they shift the risk on to the consumer, while getting a good assessment of the prospective demand for their product. I was really looking forward to this tripod as I often hike long distances and would love to have a lighter tripod option. However, in my research, I have come across several issues with this tripod:

1) The legs seem to flex a lot. Check out from 3:28 at https://youtu.be/JKL5f4rU8yQ
2) It seems that the ball-head doesn’t rotate without raising the center column (so you have to raise the center column if you want to level the tripod, effectively reducing stability)
3) The center column has flex and play when putting on a DSLR with a mid telephoto zoom, like the 70-200
4) The bubble level on the tripod is useless as it gets covered by the camera and one can’t see it

If anyone has a different experience to what I stated above, I would love to hear your thoughts.

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2020 at 00:56 UTC as 3rd comment | 4 replies
On article Sony a7R IV sample gallery (678 comments in total)

Why this discrimination against cats, especially given the camera will mostly be used to photograph them? On the sill, on the counter, on the lap, on the... well, you get the idea! So many dog photos, but no cats?

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2019 at 22:19 UTC as 147th comment | 2 replies

Nikon must be jumping for joy, since they can finally release their 61MP Z8 (after the obligatory wait time imposed by Sony).

Meanwhile, upcoming posts:

... a7R IV is the best Mirrorless ever
... Sony does it again
... Canon and Nikon need to play catchup
... RIP Pentax, Fuji
... Kanye divorces Kim

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2019 at 14:26 UTC as 485th comment | 6 replies

I don't think 61MP is enough for most people who will use it to photograph their cats in bad lighting. We need 100MP.

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2019 at 14:18 UTC as 505th comment | 13 replies
On article Hands-on with the new Peak Design Travel Tripod (308 comments in total)

Apart from having a center column that might reduce stability, I came across TN's review of the tripod and it definitely has some weaknesses (for instance going from landscape to portrait) that will make me pass on this one. I also think PD should have allowed the hex tool to slide into the tripod somewhere (like the hex tool on the new RRS plates) so that it was easily accessible. I think it is cleverly designed and hopefully PD addresses these weaknesses in the next iteration.

In summary - great looking tripod, but functionally a little deficient.

https://youtu.be/EAbytL3almE

Link | Posted on May 23, 2019 at 05:43 UTC as 18th comment | 1 reply

Jared's video (starting from 14:15) has a pretty comprehensive Eye AF tests. I am a Nikon guy, but man, that Sony's Eye AF is just super impressive.

https://youtu.be/gxqa_f6LsQI

Link | Posted on May 17, 2019 at 02:58 UTC as 18th comment | 14 replies
On article Sigma 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 Sport sample gallery (127 comments in total)

I feel these shots don't represent the lens. Not sure why sample shots always appear to make any lens look weaker than it really is. I have the Sigma 150-600 Sports (paired with a D850) and it provides really good IQ (for the price). I did a thread a while ago with sample images at https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/62145264

Those shots really don't lack sharpness. I only wish it was an F4 lens, but then I understand for the price I paid, I ain't getting that

TLDR: The samples in these reviews need to better represent what the lenses are actually capable of.

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2019 at 16:02 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply

Had it been an Apple product, they would tout this flicker as a unique feature of the lens.

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2019 at 15:20 UTC as 15th comment | 1 reply

Awesome - now you can take selfies of your behind from unique angles for instagram.

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2019 at 23:09 UTC as 12th comment
On article Nikon introduces 14-30mm F4 ultra-wide zoom for Z-mount (388 comments in total)
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azinheira: They made cameras with a wider flange and putting out F4 lens??

We are in the Future , At list 2.8 or F2

Did you bother to follow their roadmap? They will release a 2.8 EOY. If you don't know what an F4 lens is for, then you don't need it.

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2019 at 02:11 UTC
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