Peter CS

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Peter CS: Not sure if the rumor is true, but one reason for Nikon's decline was cited as not having access to Sony's newer, better sensors. Hence, no Nikon D820! Maybe Sony is stifled their greatest and best partner and purposely holding back Nikon? One thing I know for sure, the new D7500 is underwhelming and the D810 added little to the D800 series. I think Pentax and their FX cameras will suffer the same fate - no access to the state-of-the-art in fx or dx sensors. After handling the Sony, I will not be switching anytime soon...

O.K. I will bite...what makes the D810 so vastly better than the D800e?
Also, Can anyone tell the difference in a very large print? Also, please let me know exactly what the D500/D7500 sensor can do better than the Sony 6500/6300 sensor, besides lower resolution.
All that said, the state-of-the-art sensor is in the Sony a7RII and that would or should be the basis for the next top Nikon and Pentax FX camera. DXO labs would likely agree...

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2017 at 21:34 UTC
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lehill: You know, I'm a Sony guy and this news discourages me. I wait for Canikon to pull a rabbit out of their hats - they're certainly capable of it. But these two companies continue to sit on their laurels just like Kodak. What's wrong with these guys?

Note that Nikon and Pentax rely on Sony for their sensors! Also consider the rumor, Sony is no longer granting access to their top Sensors to other manufacturers. Hard to innovate under these circumstances...

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2017 at 19:50 UTC

Not sure if the rumor is true, but one reason for Nikon's decline was cited as not having access to Sony's newer, better sensors. Hence, no Nikon D820! Maybe Sony is stifled their greatest and best partner and purposely holding back Nikon? One thing I know for sure, the new D7500 is underwhelming and the D810 added little to the D800 series. I think Pentax and their FX cameras will suffer the same fate - no access to the state-of-the-art in fx or dx sensors. After handling the Sony, I will not be switching anytime soon...

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2017 at 19:26 UTC as 129th comment | 10 replies
On article Nikon D7500: What you need to know (533 comments in total)
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falconeyes: If I understand correctly:

Now, the D5600 is Nikon's DX camera for landscape shooters, D500 for sports shooters. And the D7500 is a product cheap to make but with no use case left.

Nikon d5600 is definitely not for Landscape shooters for the following reasons: Not weather-sealed, Non 100% Viewfinder, Not robustly built, low battery life, especially in cold weather. D7200, unfortunately, fits the bill the best...

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2017 at 04:25 UTC
On article Nikon D7500: What you need to know (533 comments in total)

So I do not understand this camera. Sensor-wise, a downgrade from the D7200 for resolution, dynamic range, etc. For true sports, people, and action photographers, the D500 is a better choice! Only advantage I see - lower price. However, instead of big cost, tooling up for this one, why not just lower the price of the D500? Big yawn!
What we really need is a great, new arsenal of high resolution, weather-sealed primes and zooms for DX Nikons!

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2017 at 21:04 UTC as 47th comment | 1 reply

Let's see - boring focal length, boring aperture, manual everything. Many great 24mm at f2 and f2.8, manual lenses available that cost about 1/8- 1/10th as much, including a good adapter. No matter how great the resolution, the price is the most defining aspect of this lens. If you want truly great/best resolution, go medium format mirrorless - Pentax, Hasselblad, or Fuji!

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2017 at 22:23 UTC as 35th comment | 2 replies

...also want to call out the fantastic 50mm macro, 40-150mm, and 14-54mm and 12-60mm lenses for their great qualities and resolution! Excellent lenses for reasonable money!

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2017 at 15:29 UTC as 52nd comment

Still love the E330, a complete innovation with built-in sensor cleaning and live view! If only they would have used the great Kodak 4/3 sensor and IS in this model, it would have been a home run...

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2017 at 15:24 UTC as 53rd comment

Wow, with the resurgence of film photography and the explosion of digital photography, this is the last thing I thought would happen to a great online and print magazine! Who can forget Modern Photography and Keppler (before they were merged with Popular Photography- a former rival) They launched and supported my passion for photography, which at one time was professional. Exposed us to great photographers like Adams, the Westons, Baer, Gowland, Kenna, etc., and great equipment over the years. They also introduced me to B&H and Adorama a long time ago. Their tests helped me find the best lenses, cameras, and films! Popular helped me find the best digital cameras and lenses. Agree with others, there is nothing like a printed magazine to take on an outing or trip - a welcome break from looking at laptop and phone screen. That said, i hope they put all their magazines on disk like National Geographic...

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2017 at 16:03 UTC as 22nd comment

Hope that the new sensor provides some additional benefits in low light, resolution, etc., otherwise a big yawn for everyone except maybe videographers! Battery life without big grip and battery is pitiful. On the plus side, swivel screen is highly desirable! 4K should have been a no-brainer. Grip does not seem to add capabilities such as with the Panasonic GH4 and GH5.

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2017 at 22:35 UTC as 68th comment
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1374 comments in total)

What happened to the dynamic range comparisons? These are very important for us landscape photographers!

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2016 at 19:24 UTC as 67th comment | 1 reply

hate to say anything negative, but just wish that the second lens was a 70-80mm, 35mm equivalent, instead of 56mm. Just my own wishlist! Not sure how I feel about the omission of a earphone jack, given the state of BT...

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2016 at 00:22 UTC as 356th comment

...just to point out, an O'Hara AR (anti-reflective) coating is not necessarily a multi-coating, so reflections and flare may be an issue and a problem, both in shooting lights at night as well as when the sun is around!

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2016 at 23:54 UTC as 17th comment
On article Opinion: Park vandals need to be stopped (334 comments in total)

Please increase these penalties substantially! Jail-time preferred, since a $400+ is not going to do it! Also, please do not lump respectful landscape photographers with shameless, disrespecting, self-aggrandizing, selfie-photographers who are only out to get more loves and likes on social media! To think that such a person risks life and limb to get themselves in a photograph, hurts themselves - a predictable risk factor/outcome- only to have them and their friends blame the natural artifact and ruin it for everyone else, is both despicable and beyond comprehension! I am personally going to no longer like or love (on FB and Instagram) any selfie photos of anyone on any kind of remotely fragile structure, and invite everyone else who cares to do the same....

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2016 at 19:03 UTC as 19th comment
On article Brooks Institute announces closure (132 comments in total)
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Melchiorum: As a European, I find the tuition fees in colleges and universities of USA to be simply insane. About $100,000 in total for a higher education? In Sweden, Denmark, Germany and many other European countries you get it for free. Like, totally free. And you don't even have to be a citizen of that country. I have studied for 7 years and got a double Master's without paying a cent with the exception of the entrance egzam fee (about 150 bucks in total) and some books (non-mandatory ones, because mandatory are provided as well).

On top of that, American big business likes to hire these foreign, debt-free graduates -through ever-increasing HB1 visas- from those European countries and other countries like India and China, to keep wages down in the U.S., while Americans become become indentured servants because of their crushing education, consumer, and housing debt!

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2016 at 21:17 UTC
On article Brooks Institute announces closure (132 comments in total)
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lester11: They could just re-incorporate as a not-for-profit, surely?

Maybe the real "profit center" for Brooks is the selling of their real estate. After so many years, it would be safe to assume we are talking about complete equity on some prime real estate, that can provide a real windfall for the owners, as compared to collecting ever-declining tuition!

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2016 at 21:07 UTC
On article Still solid: Fujifilm X-E2S Review (239 comments in total)
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Andrei L: You know what I don't get about DPReview's scoring bars ? The compare feature. If you compare the X-E2s to the X-T1, despite sharing the same sensor (and perhaps having some minimal sensor generation differences in the JPEG profiles), X-T1 comes out as better for High ISO and IQ overall. X-E2, same thing. I own X-E2, it's the same in every possible way, except for the protruding grip, back button labeling and the S having the actually quite welcome Auto (aka Hand it over to a noob to snap some).
While I do get it that the bar raises with each passing year, I'm wondering what value is there in the comparison feature, since it's so unreliable as long as 'expectations' change with almost every season?

They need to have numbers, either in place or on top of the current "poor to excellent" scale, which is way to arbitrary. These numbers could then just be raised to accommodate sensors, features, autofocus, etc., that become better and better. At least this way you could actually compare a XE-2 with a XT-2 and it's new sensor/image quality in an overview. In other words, if an old sensor scored 9 out 10, then a newer sensor could score 12 out of a maximum of 15, for example, which would show/denote a three point, significant improvement and indicate some kind of yardstick overall.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2016 at 13:53 UTC
On article Meyer-Optik Goerlitz launches 3-element 95mm F2.6 (124 comments in total)

Thank God I am mainly shooting Pentax cameras, so I can avoid all the nuanced thoughts and discussions on this lens, and save myself a bundle in the process! Willing to become a convert though, should posted results reveal an astounding "fourth dimension" to images and/or render super-natural bokeh!

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2016 at 17:15 UTC as 1st comment
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Peter CS: So this looks like a great and very full-featured camera for landscape photographers= bravo for Ricoh/Pentax!
However, much more important than the new version 55-300mm, we need a weather-sealed ultra-wide zoom and ultra-wide primes to really make this new DSLR useful outddoors! (11-24MM, 10-24MM, 10-20MM). Pentax now has a ridiculous amount of variations of the 18-55mm, 55-300mm, but keep avoiding those crucial , weather-sealed lenses...

Thanks for all the supportive comments! However, after using the Sigma, non-sealed 10-20mm for the last few years, I need at least a starting focal length of 11mm, but would prefer 8-9mm! Ultra-wides are addictive, once you start using them and often, the wider the better! That is why the best lenses for FX are the Nikon 14-24mm and the newer Canon 11-24mm, not to mention the Pentax 15-30mm! A WR, refreshed version of the 12-24mm just won't cut it for me and, I suspect, for many others...

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2016 at 19:10 UTC

So this looks like a great and very full-featured camera for landscape photographers= bravo for Ricoh/Pentax!
However, much more important than the new version 55-300mm, we need a weather-sealed ultra-wide zoom and ultra-wide primes to really make this new DSLR useful outddoors! (11-24MM, 10-24MM, 10-20MM). Pentax now has a ridiculous amount of variations of the 18-55mm, 55-300mm, but keep avoiding those crucial , weather-sealed lenses...

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2016 at 17:11 UTC as 36th comment | 6 replies
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