six34sigma

six34sigma

Lives in United States Albany, NY, United States
Works as a Managing Director Continuous Improvement
Joined on Jun 21, 2010
About me:

Been shooting since age 16, discovering the joys of digital. Enjoy the hobby.

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On article Nikon Z 24-70mm F2.8 S field review (492 comments in total)
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ericbowles: I don't get it. You test a lens focus speed using a 3.5 year old camera rather than any of the three newer cameras including the Z9.

Your complaint about AF speed is based on going from completely out of focus to in focus. Who actually shoots a fast lens like that? All you see is a blurred screen. A real scenario where you can see the subject through the viewfinder and are focusing on that target would make a lot more sense.

The AF response can be improved by optimizing camera settings. The AF Lock-on is used to make target acquisition faster or slower. A slower setting makes it stickier - sticking on your existing target rather than choosing a new subject. It's up to the photographer to choose the setting they want rather than using the default.

Nikon's flagship cameras are faster focusing that the enthusiast models. Put a D5 and a D500 side by side with the same lens, and the D5 is faster focusing due to the bigger and more powerful battery powering the system.

Eric,

Have pretty much given up on dpreview reviews. Use 3.5 year old cameras and much more. Plus you have fanboys from Canon and Sony who insist that the Z9 and 24-70 are garbage. Thats okay, Rarely post or read here anymore.

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2022 at 10:47 UTC
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garyknrd: RIP R3

D6, not here. D750 --> Z9. Think I am not the sole representative of such a move. Time will tell. Its a good/great camera and will do everything I need.

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2021 at 05:03 UTC
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Foskito: Let's see what Sony Northrop is about to say next.

Who cares.

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2021 at 04:55 UTC
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Jesse_Just_Him: A Top Notch design~!!!

Good pun, thats funny.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2021 at 08:34 UTC
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six34sigma: I don't know about these and other reviews on DPreview, Somehow the camera in terms of best has to be described with a use case. I don't know what 10 bit log whatever is. I don't want to be a videographer. The CIPA numbers are a joke, you can get significantly more shots than the claimed CIPA number, that was said but then what use are they quoting and scoring those CIPA ratings. Dump the rating. I don't want a confusing menu system, Sony is off my list right off. I do want to shoot birds in flight, astro, portraits, landscapes and I will bet that each of those will result in a different winner. Anyway this need to distill things down to a single number does not work for me. Makes it simpler for the reviewer but not the end user. It's the nut behind the camera that makes the picture. We as photographers have only our creativity and composition left, everything else has been automated. Just need the right tool .....

Thats what I want the revew to do. These reviews are the easy way, lets mix in a bunch of stuff and spit out a single number, does not work for me ...... what would the rating be for a use case. Stop watching and reading is the correct answer. Whatever.

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2021 at 10:46 UTC

I don't know about these and other reviews on DPreview, Somehow the camera in terms of best has to be described with a use case. I don't know what 10 bit log whatever is. I don't want to be a videographer. The CIPA numbers are a joke, you can get significantly more shots than the claimed CIPA number, that was said but then what use are they quoting and scoring those CIPA ratings. Dump the rating. I don't want a confusing menu system, Sony is off my list right off. I do want to shoot birds in flight, astro, portraits, landscapes and I will bet that each of those will result in a different winner. Anyway this need to distill things down to a single number does not work for me. Makes it simpler for the reviewer but not the end user. It's the nut behind the camera that makes the picture. We as photographers have only our creativity and composition left, everything else has been automated. Just need the right tool .....

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2021 at 04:18 UTC as 58th comment | 4 replies
On article DPReview TV: How to photograph snowflakes (37 comments in total)

Excellent ......

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2021 at 10:37 UTC as 9th comment

Makes me sad that I will not be able to see Notre Dame as it was again. This is the a labour of at least 20 years, perhaps more. Perhaps my son and his generation will will get the chance. Paris endures and it's an artistic masterpiece. Just going through my Notre Dame shots and always thought next time I will get a better picture ....

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2019 at 14:29 UTC as 16th comment

Managing a declining market is going to be tricky for all the players. It's also going to drive prices of items up, smaller economies of scale and you got to squeeze revenue out of the remaining market. But am committed to DSLR's or MILC's. Cell phones will not allow me to do what I want, - print big anytime I want say 20x30, take shots of the milky way and other astro, get creamy bokeh for portraits and so much more. Am guessing what is being said it will drop in half and then hit some kind of steady state, perhaps still in decline but at a smaller rate. There has to be a change in technology and it's going to have to be in size, weight of both lenses and cameras. It's also going to have to integrate some other technology that is portable and needed. It can't be something that the cell phone makers can easily replicate. A tall order, probably a mountain too far.

Link | Posted on Jan 29, 2019 at 07:53 UTC as 154th comment
On article Nikon Z6 Review (1151 comments in total)
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the_fstop: Z6 focus- We used to make fire with flint and sticks. So when our HVAC only works at random times - it is still better than freezing in a cave? Who needs focus anyway, I like to play where it focused game.
Heck, we should take that screen off the back and put a random engine into the camera that changes focus at random so we can really appreciate when we get something that worked out. Oh, it is coming into focus for me. This is Nikon's way to help the photographer truly appreciate getting a good shot. Clever, I say.

P.S. I have been shooting with Z6 with various lenses, 85mm 1.8 2 weeks & the focus is a real issue. I recently attended Nikon event, and the representative set it up and it failed there too. It marked him, but failed to hit the actual focus in time for the photo. So all kidding aside, it is a serious issue. I walked around with a Sony A7iii with the 55 1.8, and the images where in a different league. I just wish I did not have a Nikon glass collection.
..please be nice

Buy a D750 for now or perhaps a D850. The D850 will let you hit focus no questions asked. The D750 is not a shabby camera for something that is 4 years old. The Z6 and Z7 are not going to be everyone's cup of tea.

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2018 at 08:16 UTC
On article Nikon Z6 Review (1151 comments in total)
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Deliverator: Thom Hogan's review indicated the Nikon Zs have difficulty tracking a subject against a brighter background. The conditions in both DPR and DPRTV's tests are exactly that, so it would appear they are a worst-case scenario.

Possibly, but I have to ask can I capture a bird in flight with the Z6/7 or somebody in a football/soccer game. Am sure the answer is yes. So I will not have the level of D5/D850 keepers but perhaps it regresses to a D810/D800 level or whatever. Am perfectly okay with that.

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2018 at 08:08 UTC
On article Nikon Z6 Review (1151 comments in total)
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DiffractionLtd: Sony's older A7II is $999.00 on sale right now, with its kit lens. Is this Nikon better "enough" to justify a much higher price?

The Nikon has several advantages. ISO up to 51,200, 12 fps vs 5, 273 AF points, better video, also don't forget about the S series lenses, so very good ..... but there is much to be said for a $1K kit with a lens. So tempting, you raise a good point. If I was starting out again may be something to consider. However being better educated now, the Z6 would be my camera of choice for my style of shooting and my collection of Nikkors. Am going to do neither but wait for the Z6/7 mk II. Cheers.

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2018 at 08:05 UTC
On article Nikon Z7 Review (4436 comments in total)
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six34sigma: I for one refuse to get worked up about a single XQD slot until someone can compare the probability of failure with a SD card and 2 SD cards. Running around saying there is only one and I would prefer 2. Leave the emotion out of it lets talk failure mathematics. Regardless of the math it won't change the mind of those insistent on two slots but I for one would like to understand. Suppose I could do the math myself but this seems like an issue that is being parroted.

The mechanical shutter, why would Nikon put it there. Good reason? Carry forward from DSLR, that is bad? They have to be in the business of reducing costs and I imagine that the mechanical shutter costs.

Lets keep banging away at Nikon.

@HenryDJP I never shoot video with my Nikons and that is the reason that I never considered that reason for a second card slot. Recording Video vs still images. However these cameras are designed for video and so I do appreciate your point. Its effectively a process issue and I do wonder if there is a reasonable workaround.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2018 at 23:49 UTC
On article Nikon Z7 Review (4436 comments in total)

I for one refuse to get worked up about a single XQD slot until someone can compare the probability of failure with a SD card and 2 SD cards. Running around saying there is only one and I would prefer 2. Leave the emotion out of it lets talk failure mathematics. Regardless of the math it won't change the mind of those insistent on two slots but I for one would like to understand. Suppose I could do the math myself but this seems like an issue that is being parroted.

The mechanical shutter, why would Nikon put it there. Good reason? Carry forward from DSLR, that is bad? They have to be in the business of reducing costs and I imagine that the mechanical shutter costs.

Lets keep banging away at Nikon.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2018 at 19:28 UTC as 713th comment | 4 replies
On article Nikon Coolpix P1000: what you need to know (600 comments in total)
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ThatCamFan: Holy crap from that size it should have a 1" sensor.

The lens is about 535 mm for real, the small sensor gives it an equivalent of 3000mm. So a 1: sensor would have only produced a zoom equivalent of 1446 mm. but with a surface area of 4x the 1/2.3 sensor the P1000 uses. Am very interested in the camera.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2018 at 16:20 UTC
On article Nikon Coolpix P1000: what you need to know (600 comments in total)

Very interested to see more of this camera. A friend was purchased a P900 and took it to Italy on vacation came back with a bag of great photos from his family to stuff zoomed in at 2000 mm.

As far as not being able to shoot hand held and zoomed out, fallacy. Sure its going to take some planning, a railing, tree or whatever else is helpful.

Love the fact that it will shoot raw.

Looking for more about the camera with a DPR review.

Cheers,
Sanjay

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2018 at 16:02 UTC as 66th comment | 1 reply
On article Video: Understanding the science of camera sensors (68 comments in total)

Well done Video for a basic explanation. Good job.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2018 at 21:07 UTC as 18th comment

They do know we have unpublicized events where the system is tested. Right.

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2018 at 08:21 UTC as 28th comment

Hmmm .... in addition get me the ability to run 8 hours and scan bar codes or RFID tags and this thing will sell like hotcakes. Its got to be competitive with a scanning gun in cost and durability. Also get the system so it can be signed out. Stick a passive RFID chip in or something. The eco system has to outdo scanning guns somewhere.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2017 at 00:06 UTC as 21st comment
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(unknown member): Wow if the D850 scores a 100, does this mean this is the world's most perfect camera. People keep saying mirrorless is the future though and that D-S.L.R.s are the past? Is there any wedding photographer professionals who can give their opinion? I notice wedding photographers are the best photographers ever, since they shoot in the most demanding situations, that even require them to work long hours. They obviously are the best in the world so their opinion about the best camera D850, must be taken as truth. Thanks again to everyone here, I'm learning so much!

@pancho_rivera - The sensor of the Pentax 645z is better than that of the D850 at least per DxOMark. It does not make for a better camera necessarily.

Link | Posted on Oct 9, 2017 at 22:38 UTC
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