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On article Nikon Z fc Review (2131 comments in total)
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cameron2: OK, other than the lack of IBIS (and I guess the lack of lenses), this is the first camera from Nikon in a long time that has my attention.

Smaller. Lighter. Good styling. Good feature set.

Looks like Fuji has some competition.

Regardless of the limitations, kudos to Nikon for a beautiful kit, in a smaller package.

I do like IBIS, but it's not a deal killer.

The lack of lenses is probably a bigger concern. We'll see what they do ...

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2021 at 17:46 UTC
On article Nikon Z fc Review (2131 comments in total)

OK, other than the lack of IBIS (and I guess the lack of lenses), this is the first camera from Nikon in a long time that has my attention.

Smaller. Lighter. Good styling. Good feature set.

Looks like Fuji has some competition.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2021 at 19:18 UTC as 122nd comment | 9 replies
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Oceanvista: The current sensor in my EM1 II is creating images as good as my D7500 and D750, at 200 iso (i never have the need to go more than 800) My 12-100 pro is the big differentiator, which is sharper than than my 24-120, 18-140 or the 16-80, and gets much closer without any loss of acuity. DR is never an issue for me, I've learned how to expose properly for highlight recovery in raw, well to the right, which gives fantastic results when processed in Camera RAW. I normally have no reason to use a higher iso than 200-400, I can tell you from experience, you cannot see any reasonable difference in 20X30 prints made with my Epson Stylus pro 7880, 24 inch Printer when printed on smooth fine art stock! I thought it through before making the switch, sometimes had some remorse for the change, but have found Micro four thirds is just such a joy to work with. I really welcome the new sensor if used, and despite all the hype, 20 mp is plenty! Hey, its not for everyone!

It should, theoretically, be 4x noisier. Reality may be slightly different, but 4x noisier than the brilliantly good A9 sensor (for example) should be plenty good for me. And for 99% of photographers.

Physics is a hard game to beat. But the photos I get from my iPhone are dramatically better than what I could get 30 years ago on film and 20 years ago on an APS-C sensor and 10 years ago on a 1/2.3" sensor, so the silliness of people thinking that they need (vs. want) a bigger sensor just allows me to quickly bucket people into the appropriate categories of reasonable vs. ridiculous. (p.s. There is nothing wrong with wanting a bigger sensor ... and nothing wrong with buying what you want.)

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2021 at 16:49 UTC
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Anastigmat: 4/3 format is so irrelevant. It was modeled after old analog TV screens with cathode ray tubes, TVs now come with 16:9 ratio LCD screens. Few people with get rid of their full frame cameras and get a M4/3 camera.

> "300/4 on mft is equivalent to 600/8 on ff, so most ff lenses are faster and cheaper to boot"

Equivalent for framing and depth of field, but not for total light.
https://www.dpreview.com/articles/2666934640/what-is-equivalence-and-why-should-i-care/2

Strictly speaking, 300/4 on mft is equivalent to shooting 300/4 on 35mm, and then only keeping the middle portion of the image (rougly 1/4 of the area of the 35mm frame). Which would typically be pretty silly.

> oly 300/4: $2900
> sony 200-600/6.3: $2000
> rf 600/11: $700

The first one is a seriously good lens.
The second one is good lens (and a compelling price), but twice the weight (over 5 pounds).
The third one is a fixed-aperture joke.

Out of those three, I'd buy the Olympus.

All other things (size, weight, cost) equal, I'd rather shoot a 600mm f4 on 35mm than a 300 f4 on m43. All other things, unfortunately, are not equal. (And I don't even care about the cost.)

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2021 at 02:44 UTC
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Oceanvista: The current sensor in my EM1 II is creating images as good as my D7500 and D750, at 200 iso (i never have the need to go more than 800) My 12-100 pro is the big differentiator, which is sharper than than my 24-120, 18-140 or the 16-80, and gets much closer without any loss of acuity. DR is never an issue for me, I've learned how to expose properly for highlight recovery in raw, well to the right, which gives fantastic results when processed in Camera RAW. I normally have no reason to use a higher iso than 200-400, I can tell you from experience, you cannot see any reasonable difference in 20X30 prints made with my Epson Stylus pro 7880, 24 inch Printer when printed on smooth fine art stock! I thought it through before making the switch, sometimes had some remorse for the change, but have found Micro four thirds is just such a joy to work with. I really welcome the new sensor if used, and despite all the hype, 20 mp is plenty! Hey, its not for everyone!

At any given generation of sensors (and acknowledging that the "generation" may be staggered over a period of years, where the tech tends to show up first in cell phone sensors and work its way up eventually to small and medium format), the IQ in challenging situations (typically, not enough light) does tend to correlate with nearly perfect linearity with the total area of the sensor. This means that m43 will require as much as ~2x the ISO as APS-C and up to ~4x the ISO as 35mm.

With sufficient light, the ISO factor is no longer present, but the noise will still be up to 4x as much on the m43 compared to 35mm because the image is scaled more for the same resulting viewing size.

For some people (pros shooting fast-moving sports in an unlit coal-mine), m43 is simply unacceptable. But for the overwhelming majority of photographers, the sensor size is not a limiting factor.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2021 at 02:40 UTC
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vivaldibow: Could also consider selling on eBay, where you could get more of your current gear. But there might be some hassle than selling on KEH.

@tlinn My profile is slightly out of date. I think the last time that I updated it, Ansel Adams was still active in the forums.

The Hassy (long gone from my collection) still has advantages, e.g. flash work. So don't be too quick to pan them. That said, Fuji MF system is hard to ignore now, and outside of flash and tethered work, Fuji seems to win every technical comparison that I can imagine. In the end, though, they're both just too big for my uses 😞.

I'm more a Nikon 1 kind of guy (RIP Nikon 1 😒), so m43 is by far the closest system that matches my personal requirements. For my current trip: https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4586019 ... that's a lot of reach in a small backpack.

But I totally get that every person has their own taste and their own desires. Like the guy who wrote this article.

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2021 at 20:23 UTC
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Foskito: Nice reading, weird choice.

You wanted a more capable sensor with better dynamic range and end up with a 3-year old M43 camera?? πŸ€”πŸ€”

The 5D3 is an impressive camera, and in daylight, it makes shockingly beautiful photos. I don't have a G9, but I have friends who do, and I have an older version of that sensor (a GX8), and I'd *personally* be more than happy to be able to produce quality photos like I've seen from the 5D3. (I have friends still shooting the 5D3, though most are moving to the Canon mirrorless bodies.)

Like I said, I don't *personally* agree with the author's choice to to dump the 5D3 for the reasons that he gave, but I'm also pretty sure that he'll be super happy with the G9. The G9 is a great piece of kit; if it came in a smaller and lighter body, I'd probably consider one.

Edit: I would add that the G9 as a combo still/video camera does have some great advantages over the 5D3, even if you don't consider size and weight.

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2021 at 19:54 UTC
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WT21: Why was Sony not considered? An a7iii for example? I know why I stay away from Sony, but I’d still recommend others to consider it, given its af, clean RAW and wide lens selection. Or maybe the a7 series is missing dual cards? (Edit: a7iii is, I believe, dual cards?)

DPReview is Sony biased for good reason: No one has made more progress in a short period of time in this industry than Sony, and it's not even close.

Sony comes out with 17 new amazing cameras every month or so, and they are stuffed full of the latest tech that no one else is even talking about yet, and that's what a web site like DPReview lives for. Sony is a dream for a web site like DPReview. And for some photographers as well.

I'm very impressed with Sony cameras, but the only ones that I want for myself are the compact ones (R and RX). On the other hand, if I had a full time Sherpa, I might consider the A9.

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2021 at 01:59 UTC
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Foskito: Nice reading, weird choice.

You wanted a more capable sensor with better dynamic range and end up with a 3-year old M43 camera?? πŸ€”πŸ€”

@Foskito While I agree that he should have stayed with the 5D3, your comment about a "lesser format" is either a childish insult, or a poor translation.

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2021 at 01:55 UTC
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vivaldibow: Could also consider selling on eBay, where you could get more of your current gear. But there might be some hassle than selling on KEH.

@tlinn this article has really upset you, hasn't it?

Perhaps you could write and publish your own article, about what gear you would choose for your trip to _____?

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2021 at 01:39 UTC
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lnsmr: Interesting decision making process. Wasn't the reason, as the author stated, behind upgrading 5DIII for its lack of dynamic range and image quality? Somehow the newer MFT, with 1/4 of the sensor size, would be better choice? The smaller sizes certainly makes a lot of sense.
Good luck with the trip! All these cameras should take great pictures.

I don't think he'll get dramatically better DR results in real life; it is probably similar or worse. And the 5Diii is a brilliantly good camera in almost every way. Had he asked my opinion, I'd have told him to take the 5Diii and an iPhone.

Nonetheless, the G9 is a brilliantly good camera, and I think he'll love it.

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2021 at 01:34 UTC
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Platinumkid: In 2019 I replaced Nikon Z6 with Oly E-M1 mk2 and trust me, guys - if he is only shooting during the day, the difference in the sensor DR and resolution will be impossible to detect. I needed a faster shooting camera with 2 slots, I was shooting during the day, and I was more than happy with the results of the micro(b) 4/3 sensor. Having said that, for his trip I would chose different system. 7III by Sony, 17-28/2.8 and 28-200 by Tamron are 3800 brand new. Minus 2400 he has, it comes down to a decent sum out of pocket and trust me, it will be much easier to work with just 2 lenses. They are not even much bigger than the 4/3 ones he chose. And both work great. I currently use them on my 7R III.

The 20mp sensors are fine. There's noise even at relatively low ISOs when you view at 100%, which is not surprising to physicists, but seems to always surprise photographers.

Measurebating is fun, but it's not reality. The G9 is a brilliantly good camera, and more than enough for this challenge. And he'll have a lot more fun carrying m43 than any of the other options.

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2021 at 01:32 UTC
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DFPanno: LOL - best one to own, CalDigit, is nowhere to be seen.

There are some incompatibilities apparently with the M1 macs ...

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2021 at 00:55 UTC
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Eric Nepean: I don't understand why you didn't review the Caldigit TS3+
I'm guessing that Caldigit does not have a "preferred relationship" with Amazon.

It's likely that the m1 Macs simply don't have all the hardware in place to support what everyone wants. TB is originally an Intel standard, and Apple is a licensee (and also a major contributor to the tech, since the beginning when they helped make it real). The next MBPs should be much better (I sure hope they are!)

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2021 at 00:53 UTC
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Osa25: Why ignore the most obvious question which is how does the rehashed GH5 II stack up in comparison with the products that well heeled buyers willl actually be considering?

Yeah, but 3% of the buyers is a huge market share for one camera.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2021 at 03:22 UTC
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TONY SAM: Who buy GH5 when Nikon z6 is 1400usd?
Video? you can die from Z6 video.

Makes you wonder why Nikon has to cut their price so low and they still can't sell many ...

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2021 at 03:21 UTC
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Jon555: Really no GH5 owners should consider a GH5 II unless they have a really unusual usage set...

Most of us doing any long work with a camera already have solutions in place (fake batteries with external power, etc.)

That said, the USB-C thing is nice.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2021 at 03:20 UTC
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Chris_2017: Hmm.
*Looks down at MacBook Pro 13" Retina, early 2015, with MagSafe, SD card reader, no Touch Bar, normal USB ports, zero dongles.*
*Looks at exactly the same MacBook Pro I bought for my mum for £600 in mint condition.*
Oh Apple. When will you learn.
Too late for my switch to a PC workstation, but good luck with that.

Early adopters of the new M1 MacBook Pros (a mistake to get them in their current state with only 16GB RAM - the same as my 2015 MacBook Pro - and the same body as before) should be annoyed at this news. I read that the M1 GPU is only about as powerful as a 1650, which is pretty slow in 2021, really. The newly announced 3060, 3070, and 3080 laptop GPUs will wipe the floor with the M1 MacBook Pros when it comes to graphical performance, with 3080 laptops starting at about the same price as the 16GB RAM M1 machine.

The M1 is anything but slow. I recently had to replace an Intel MBP with an M1 MBP and the M1 is faster than the fastest Intel MBP ... and it's not close. It even runs (translated) Intel code faster than the fastest Intel chips.

Link | Posted on May 21, 2021 at 01:11 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-E4 review: small size, big image quality (742 comments in total)
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cameron2: This looks like a great camera, with some obvious trade-offs to keep it small and inexpensive. The only thing that makes it an automatic no-go for me is that silly X-Trans color filter on the sensor :-( but I know that the whole X-Trans thing still has some religiously die-hard fans from the olden days of super low resolution sensors.

It's simpler than that: Most software was designed to work with Bayer sensor output, and makes a mess of the X-Trans photos. Dealing with PP is hard enough when everything is working ... why make life harder for negative benefit?

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2021 at 02:32 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-E4 review: small size, big image quality (742 comments in total)
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cameron2: This looks like a great camera, with some obvious trade-offs to keep it small and inexpensive. The only thing that makes it an automatic no-go for me is that silly X-Trans color filter on the sensor :-( but I know that the whole X-Trans thing still has some religiously die-hard fans from the olden days of super low resolution sensors.

I think this is supposed to retail for less than the X-T30 ... but I guess sometimes when a body is first released, the prices are sometimes higher initially.

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2021 at 01:11 UTC
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