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skookum8: Hopefully this shakes things up at Nikon - they just can't operate as they have been (imho a great engineering company run by accountants). FWIW, Google Trends (which compares keyword searches at the worldwide and country level) shows the ascendency in interest in "Sony mirrorless " versus "Nikon DSLR":
https://trends.google.com/trends/explore?q=sony%20mirrorless,nikon%20slr,canon%20slr

For an explanation of what Google Trends measures - https://medium.com/google-news-lab/what-is-google-trends-data-and-what-does-it-mean-b48f07342ee8

Take the Google Trends and NPD data as certainly not definitive but it reflects a trend that Nikon needs to aggressively address this year.

Or another context, people who have no clue what to buy, search.

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2017 at 12:09 UTC
On article Nikon D7500: What you need to know (537 comments in total)
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barrym1966: all jokes aside, lets see what they come up with to challenge the A99ii, the D810 is way behind and definitely needs an update , sure we will see that one soon

If A mount was a complete system they might worry, as it is?

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2017 at 17:50 UTC
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Karroly: Today, we can control a remote telescope from our computer through the internet. What Cape offers here is a similar service which is a true revolution for all those who cannot travel abroad for many reasons : cost, lack of time, disability, illness, etc...
What would be great, is the possibility to download the video recording at the end of the flight, to enjoy a better image quality than "Google street view"...
In the future we will control a rover on Mars from our living room as well...

I don't think there is any filtering of what they release. Mars is a hostile place. The rovers don't run 7x24. They all have to wait for the daily MRO flyovers to relay their pictures.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mars_Reconnaissance_Orbiter
Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity Photos and Videos
https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/mer/index.html
https://mars.nasa.gov/multimedia/videos/?SearchTerm=Mission%3AMSL

Unlike earthly sites, no-one is going to buzz over and wreck them.

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2017 at 19:29 UTC
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Karroly: Today, we can control a remote telescope from our computer through the internet. What Cape offers here is a similar service which is a true revolution for all those who cannot travel abroad for many reasons : cost, lack of time, disability, illness, etc...
What would be great, is the possibility to download the video recording at the end of the flight, to enjoy a better image quality than "Google street view"...
In the future we will control a rover on Mars from our living room as well...

Well, there is the little problem of 4 to 24 minute delay at the speed of light to Mars, but sure why not. $50K/minute?

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2017 at 18:29 UTC
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Zoron: D900's competitor....Nikon bring it

@quietrich, no just a borrower. My D700 won't match this Fuji.
@pepeta, no, simple geometry. The lenses available for the F mount are 2 to 3 stops faster than the Fuji lenses. So, not the sensor but as I said, the system that goes with it. Even the D800 and D810 can collect more light despite the smaller sensor with lenses as fast as f/1.2.
The D820 likely gets BSI and Lower base ISO.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2017 at 13:47 UTC
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Zoron: D900's competitor....Nikon bring it

The biggest benefit of Fuji's cams to date has been awesome OOC Jpegs.
This cam won't have the same system as Nikon for years if ever.
The sensor is not MF, its a crop and combined with the announced lenses won't put more light on the sensor than a D810.
End result; If you are a jpeg shooter great, but for everything else the D810 hammers it. The D820 will bury it alive.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2017 at 18:07 UTC
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steelhead3: Can this physically be used with all Nikon dlsr's without bumping into the body?

Tilt shift has always had issues with overhanging flash bumps like the D3xxx and D5xxx, less so the D7xxx or the D750. The workaround is shooting upside down. No big deal, unless you aren't prepared.

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2016 at 12:59 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.

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 (286 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 (505 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
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