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cdembrey: If you are a PRO, this could be a good match for your x-system. And have a good ROI.

For NON-PROS who are hung-up on equivalency, this camera is not aimed at you.

But, these aren't 6x6s are they? All the current MF are a significant crop from MF of old. The f/2 will be very nice.
Using the right tool, agreed!

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 16:15 UTC
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cdembrey: If you are a PRO, this could be a good match for your x-system. And have a good ROI.

For NON-PROS who are hung-up on equivalency, this camera is not aimed at you.

Methinks Pro's that understand equivalency would understand this stretches the shooting envelope slightly, and comes with the same old baggage.
Where are the really fast lenses?
Likely there will never be an f/1.4 let alone an f/1.2.
Is it responsive enough?
It will be very nice for some.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 00:14 UTC
On article Under pressure: Canon vs. Nikon in a hydraulic press (296 comments in total)
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shinan: this is what japanese call 暇すぎる.

暇すぎる = Too bored

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2016 at 17:59 UTC
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MarioV: This is awesome.
Imagine, aberration-free lightweight lenses for cameras.
Tamron can use this to make an optically perfect 16-500mm lens.

But it can't focus or change focal length. You would need a different metamaterial for each focal length and focus distance.
Can you say impractical?

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2016 at 15:28 UTC
On article Setting new standards: Nikon D5 Review (522 comments in total)
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Sean65: Nice. They're certainly passing on the costs to their customers though. I'm pretty sure their flagship press cameras were about half this price 6 years ago.

That would have been the D3S, adjust for inflation and about the same price.
http://www.dpreview.com/articles/1848719795/nikond3s

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2016 at 19:25 UTC
On article Sony finalizes buyout of Toshiba's sensor business (91 comments in total)
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netudiant: It is wonderful to watch a new Kodak style dominance emerge.
Sony should have more than 50% of the camera sensor market with this acquisition, which means they can underprice their competitors and still make money. Rinse and repeat for a few cycles and market dominance emerges.
In theory, Samsung has the chops to block Sony, but Samsung has so many interests that cameras aren't even a hobby. Smart phone sensors however might be sufficiently important for Samsung to take a more aggressive role.

Do you actually think Sony Imaging gets a better deal on any given sensor than say, Nikon? Nikon sells many more large format Sony sensors than Sony Imaging. Therefore they get a better deal.
If you think Sony Semi is going to take a bath for another division, you don't know much about Sony Corp.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2015 at 21:34 UTC
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steelhead3: Are there any greater than 30 mpix cameras out there that are considered sport cameras? Seems like most of them are low resolution. 2 aps-c cameras that can be considered sports cameras with high fps and continuous AF are higher resolution than the 1dx and d4s (Sony A77II and Samsung nx1).

As Jordan says DSLRs from both Canon and Nikon are the current choice of pros because they have spent decades writing the best AF algorithms.
Shooting sports and motorsports with both Nikon and Canon for 40 plus years, I find their idiosyncrasies different but both get the job done splendidly once you acclimate.
Nikon seems to have a slight edge in accuracy, but nothing beats the Canons for rapid acquisition.
The Sony did really well with its lack of an OVF in this particular type of shooting.
Jordan did a great job contrasting the Sonys capabilities vis-à-vis the DSLRs.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2015 at 19:16 UTC
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Priaptor: I am pretty amazed at the Apple fans (and I happen to be one, but am not married to Apple) berate Windows and their new products. Granted, Microsoft has had a questionable past, however, those of you old enough to remember, even with Jobs, Apple also had a questionable past.

Microsoft IS getting their act together. Their newest products are sold out. Quite frankly, if it were not for the entrenched ecosystem of their apps on iOS, they would be facing more competition from Microsoft than they currently are. Microsoft is waking up, have indeed released some fantastic products over the last month and the cross platform capabilities of Windows 10 IS BETTER than iOS and El Capitan. Windows 10 still has some work to do before I can truly embrace it in a "tablet" format BUT it is very close.

While I am not calling for the demise of Apple or its entrenched user base, Microsoft is making great headway

Did MS take their eyes off the ball? Absolutely, their mobile strategy has been an epic fail. Can they come back? Only time will tell.
Merging the splendid NT6 kernel with mobile will help. Buying Nokia probably didn't.
With their head start, Apple and Google will continue to dominate the phone business for years.
The really big question is can they un-segment the market they segmented.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2015 at 16:56 UTC
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Priaptor: I am pretty amazed at the Apple fans (and I happen to be one, but am not married to Apple) berate Windows and their new products. Granted, Microsoft has had a questionable past, however, those of you old enough to remember, even with Jobs, Apple also had a questionable past.

Microsoft IS getting their act together. Their newest products are sold out. Quite frankly, if it were not for the entrenched ecosystem of their apps on iOS, they would be facing more competition from Microsoft than they currently are. Microsoft is waking up, have indeed released some fantastic products over the last month and the cross platform capabilities of Windows 10 IS BETTER than iOS and El Capitan. Windows 10 still has some work to do before I can truly embrace it in a "tablet" format BUT it is very close.

While I am not calling for the demise of Apple or its entrenched user base, Microsoft is making great headway

@EvokeEmotion, And it did, just ask anyone trying to support 10s of thousands of Windows machines. The Vista kernel lives inside 7, 8, 8.1 and 10. And it did change the world.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2015 at 15:52 UTC
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Raintitan: The article is spot on. It is all about the software and I believe memory constraints will prevent a full Suite from running. However all new apps will pop up.

For now, the Surface Pro 3 is a great tablet like solution with stylus. I really like using it to edit.

R

But the OS remains iOS, no real apps here.

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2015 at 17:08 UTC

Unless it runs OS X, oh wait that would mean no touch.
Its still just a big phone with a free Photoshop branded app due soon, most functionality missing.

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2015 at 16:17 UTC as 73rd comment
On article Sony Alpha 7R II: Real-world ISO invariance study (370 comments in total)
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Arizona Sunset: What's the context on this? Does it exist elsewhere, in other cameras? To what extent? Please help me understand.

Their initial example was the Nikon D810 (The Horse picture) it uses a Sony sensor that is ISO invarient. But it is more than Sony sensors, the Toshiba sensors in Nikons also have an on sensor ad converter that is ISO invarient. Also Nikon's own sensors in the D3, D4 and Df exibit this "ability".
It is most useful in a high key shot where you either blow the highlights, or send the dark bits to mush.
Pentax uses Sony as do some Olys so many of them can be used the same way.
I personally have gotten some very nice Arizona Sunsets using this technique. ;~}

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2015 at 20:10 UTC
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justmeMN: Mirrorless enthusiasts like to point out that mirrorless cameras are smaller than DSLRs. So what? Not everyone is obsessed with camera size.

Where is the Professional support?
Those pros have spent years developing the timing to get the shot with an OVF, an EVF has very different lag characteristics, not an easy change to adapt to.
You see endless arguments about spray and pray vs timing. I love the fact that my N1s can do 10 and 20 fps with AF.
That does not negate the fact that shooting sports/racing it is just easier to get the money shot with my D700.

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 18:02 UTC
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AKH: In my opinion mirrorless cameras do not sell very well because they are too expensive for just the size advantage. Most people that upgrade from point and shoot are much better off buying an entry level DSLR. This is also what I see on my holidays here in Europe - many people, including young people, use DSLRs besides a lot of people using mobile phones.

And yet, Sony's annual report says they have 9% of the ILC market vs Canon's +40% and Nikon's +30%. So as it appears Sony is taking sales from Oly and Pany, NOT Canon or Nikon.

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 15:57 UTC
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justmeMN: Mirrorless enthusiasts like to point out that mirrorless cameras are smaller than DSLRs. So what? Not everyone is obsessed with camera size.

@Viva; I use both. Smaller - yes, cheaper -sometimes, more fun to use -?, more innovative -because they are trying everything. Better? you have to be kidding. In the end look at the sidelines of any sports event or car race, the pros use what gets the shot, and it is not mirrorless.

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 15:48 UTC
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tonybelding: My impression. . . Well, obviously getting any kind of useful info out of these guys is like pulling teeth. That seems to be typical of most Japanese corporations, though. It's not unique to Nikon.

The other thing that strikes me is. . . It seems like they're still struggling to work around the limitations and problems of DSLRs: micro-focus, mirror slap. And yet, when the subject of mirrorless cameras comes up, all they can say is that DSLRs have the "advantage" of an optical viewfinder that lets you take pictures "as you see them". That's a disadvantage, dammit! It's much more useful to know what my camera is capturing. The image my camera captures is the one I'm going to have at the end of the day, and I need for it to be good.

Really?
What about Lockheed, Boeing, Microsoft, Dow? Do you think any technology company is going to spill their guts?
You are quite incorrect about the viewfinder.
My mirrorless cams show me what I would have gotten if I had taken the shot a few milliseconds ago.
Shooting BIF, motorsports, or even active small children is easier with an OVF.

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2015 at 13:37 UTC
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