VadymA

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On article Shiftcam is a 6-in-1 lens case for the iPhone 7 Plus (3 comments in total)

If this product sparks even slightest interest in you, just get yourself a good dedicated camera.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2017 at 03:55 UTC as 1st comment

Excellent example of what happens when the caliber of the lens meets even greater caliber of the photographer.

Link | Posted on May 11, 2017 at 03:02 UTC as 10th comment
On article Updated: Sony a9 samples with Raw support (450 comments in total)

Sony just cancelled movie rental service on their smart TV's with no alternative app. Easy movie rental was one main reason I bought their smart TV in the first place. Speaking of Sony customer care...

Link | Posted on May 9, 2017 at 23:07 UTC as 14th comment | 7 replies
On article Updated: Sony a9 samples with Raw support (450 comments in total)
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VadymA: So other than 20FPS without AF, what are other advantages of A9? I am wondering because my Nikon J5 can shoot 20FPS with AF on (!), and 60FPS with AF off. Buffer clearing seems on par with Sony as well :) So Nikon definitely has the technology and can easily incorporate it into a high-end MILC with the same or even better specs as A9 as early as this year. And with the JPEG color issues and who knows what other problems A9 may reveal, I don't see many Nikon pros ditching their systems in favor of A9 so quickly. So Sony may be helping to end of era of DSLR sooner, but not the end of Nikon / Canon dominance in the pro photography market. Just saying.

Please stop comparing J5 to A9. The only thing that they have in common is 20FPS which is was my point to say that Nikon can potentially release next ILC with these specs. So for any Nikon user it would make more sense to wait and see what Nikon next model will look like instead of taking financial losses by running into Sony. There are also other reasons for Sony system being less attractive, like lens selection and support. So saying that Nikon and Canon are dead because Sony now has A9 is rather premature IMO.

Link | Posted on May 9, 2017 at 18:55 UTC
On article Updated: Sony a9 samples with Raw support (450 comments in total)
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VadymA: So other than 20FPS without AF, what are other advantages of A9? I am wondering because my Nikon J5 can shoot 20FPS with AF on (!), and 60FPS with AF off. Buffer clearing seems on par with Sony as well :) So Nikon definitely has the technology and can easily incorporate it into a high-end MILC with the same or even better specs as A9 as early as this year. And with the JPEG color issues and who knows what other problems A9 may reveal, I don't see many Nikon pros ditching their systems in favor of A9 so quickly. So Sony may be helping to end of era of DSLR sooner, but not the end of Nikon / Canon dominance in the pro photography market. Just saying.

Well, if Sony can cut the supply of sensors to Nikon then this may turn bad for Nikon for sure. Although it would be very surprising if Nikon didn't consider this risk years ago and didn't come up with proper mitigating strategy. I guess we'll have to wait and see.

Link | Posted on May 9, 2017 at 02:22 UTC
On article Updated: Sony a9 samples with Raw support (450 comments in total)
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VadymA: So other than 20FPS without AF, what are other advantages of A9? I am wondering because my Nikon J5 can shoot 20FPS with AF on (!), and 60FPS with AF off. Buffer clearing seems on par with Sony as well :) So Nikon definitely has the technology and can easily incorporate it into a high-end MILC with the same or even better specs as A9 as early as this year. And with the JPEG color issues and who knows what other problems A9 may reveal, I don't see many Nikon pros ditching their systems in favor of A9 so quickly. So Sony may be helping to end of era of DSLR sooner, but not the end of Nikon / Canon dominance in the pro photography market. Just saying.

Ok, everyone seems to be hung up on me mentioning the J5 instead of my question regarding advantages of A9 other than questionable AF system. Yes, I do consider the AF questionable because I am not convinced that Nikon is too far behind in this area. I agree that at this point we will be speculating about the future, so there is no point to argue. My core question remains open though :)

Link | Posted on May 9, 2017 at 01:43 UTC
On article Updated: Sony a9 samples with Raw support (450 comments in total)
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VadymA: So other than 20FPS without AF, what are other advantages of A9? I am wondering because my Nikon J5 can shoot 20FPS with AF on (!), and 60FPS with AF off. Buffer clearing seems on par with Sony as well :) So Nikon definitely has the technology and can easily incorporate it into a high-end MILC with the same or even better specs as A9 as early as this year. And with the JPEG color issues and who knows what other problems A9 may reveal, I don't see many Nikon pros ditching their systems in favor of A9 so quickly. So Sony may be helping to end of era of DSLR sooner, but not the end of Nikon / Canon dominance in the pro photography market. Just saying.

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I am not comparing J5, a $400 camera, to A9 which costs 10x more. I only mentioned J5 as an illustration that something like 20FPS is nothing special in today's world, especially without continious AF, like A9 which drops to 12 FPS with continious AF (to answer your second question). So I am struggling to understand the excitement about A9 and the sentiment that it will be a DSLR killer alone with Nikon and Canon as businesses all together.

Link | Posted on May 9, 2017 at 00:17 UTC
On article Updated: Sony a9 samples with Raw support (450 comments in total)
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VadymA: So other than 20FPS without AF, what are other advantages of A9? I am wondering because my Nikon J5 can shoot 20FPS with AF on (!), and 60FPS with AF off. Buffer clearing seems on par with Sony as well :) So Nikon definitely has the technology and can easily incorporate it into a high-end MILC with the same or even better specs as A9 as early as this year. And with the JPEG color issues and who knows what other problems A9 may reveal, I don't see many Nikon pros ditching their systems in favor of A9 so quickly. So Sony may be helping to end of era of DSLR sooner, but not the end of Nikon / Canon dominance in the pro photography market. Just saying.

Yes, J5 shoots Raw at both 20 and 60 fps, and even raw+JPEG if I am not mistaken. I am not a tech expert, so I wasn't aware of a difference b/w small and large sensor AF, but taking into account Nikon's benchmark AF on pro-DSLR, I think it is not a problem for them. Keep in mind that Sony drops to 12 fps with continuous AF. Not much different from a DSLR to make a switch IMO. As to 20 FPS, when you shoot sports at F2.8 or F4 on telephoto without AF, you are guaranteed a lot of out of focus results. How useful is that for a pro?

Link | Posted on May 8, 2017 at 21:44 UTC
On article Updated: Sony a9 samples with Raw support (450 comments in total)
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VadymA: So other than 20FPS without AF, what are other advantages of A9? I am wondering because my Nikon J5 can shoot 20FPS with AF on (!), and 60FPS with AF off. Buffer clearing seems on par with Sony as well :) So Nikon definitely has the technology and can easily incorporate it into a high-end MILC with the same or even better specs as A9 as early as this year. And with the JPEG color issues and who knows what other problems A9 may reveal, I don't see many Nikon pros ditching their systems in favor of A9 so quickly. So Sony may be helping to end of era of DSLR sooner, but not the end of Nikon / Canon dominance in the pro photography market. Just saying.

Well, I am speculating in response to all this euphoria about imminent death of Nikon/Canon with introduction of A9, which is also nothing but speculation. So I am just trying to put things into perspective. Nikon's super fast AF for MILC cameras is not speculation but reality. So what other advantages A9 offers to kill the competitors?

Link | Posted on May 8, 2017 at 20:04 UTC
On article Updated: Sony a9 samples with Raw support (450 comments in total)

So other than 20FPS without AF, what are other advantages of A9? I am wondering because my Nikon J5 can shoot 20FPS with AF on (!), and 60FPS with AF off. Buffer clearing seems on par with Sony as well :) So Nikon definitely has the technology and can easily incorporate it into a high-end MILC with the same or even better specs as A9 as early as this year. And with the JPEG color issues and who knows what other problems A9 may reveal, I don't see many Nikon pros ditching their systems in favor of A9 so quickly. So Sony may be helping to end of era of DSLR sooner, but not the end of Nikon / Canon dominance in the pro photography market. Just saying.

Link | Posted on May 8, 2017 at 19:15 UTC as 23rd comment | 29 replies
On article In praise of shooting monochrome landscapes (335 comments in total)
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TN Args: These examples reinforce many, many other recent examples in B&W and colour, in that they give me the impression that landscape photography, these days, is all about fake hyping up of the natural character that the glory of nature represents, instead of just trying to reveal that natural character at its best for us to admire and love. Which might sound easy but isn't.

Art is a very subjective thing, and many artists find inspiration in exactly avoiding extreme realism in their expressions. In fact, when color was first introduced in photography it was rejected by many artists for the results being too close to reality. I can't tell what each artist is looking for in monochrome work, but most likely it is not realizm and not even landscape alone, but more of a balance between bright and dark, letting pure light sketch an image without being interrupted by color. Which is also more difficult than it sounds. At least this is how I look at it.

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2017 at 16:59 UTC
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VadymA: I like my J5 with 6-13VR and 32 1.2. No other camera with 1'' sensor allows for such freedom of creative choice in such a tiny package as Nikon 1. Nikon literally has no competition in this segment. All other brands only offer fixed lens options. Too bad Nikon doesn't see it as an opportunity to offer something unique. Kind of like that salesman who thought that there was no market for a shoe company in a courtly where everyone walks barefoot. Sometimes all that's needed is to show the alternative to create the market.

Well, they are not even close in functionality, but yes, body size is similar. Panasonic is also more expensive and, of course, it's a Panasonic :( . But I don't really want to argue with you, this market is changing too fast anyway to be hung up on anything specific. They talk about nano-lenses that could be sprayed directly on a sensor for crying outloud. If that will get into production, we will all be shooting sport events with our sunglasses. On the other hand, people will still be arguing which sunglasses are better in IQ here on DPR.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 20:42 UTC
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VadymA: I like my J5 with 6-13VR and 32 1.2. No other camera with 1'' sensor allows for such freedom of creative choice in such a tiny package as Nikon 1. Nikon literally has no competition in this segment. All other brands only offer fixed lens options. Too bad Nikon doesn't see it as an opportunity to offer something unique. Kind of like that salesman who thought that there was no market for a shoe company in a courtly where everyone walks barefoot. Sometimes all that's needed is to show the alternative to create the market.

I agree about the price strategy, and this correlates to my point, Nikon is not marketing this product as a potential winner, it is like they themselves don't believe in it. I disagree with the size argument. Nikon systems is still considerably smaller than anything else out there, lenses attached. And there are plenty of YT videos showing no significant advantage between 1" and m43 sensors, especially when using best quality lenses. In my view, it makes more sense for 1" and APS-C ILC systems to co-exist on the market than for m43 and APS-C systems, which are getting so much closer in size.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 19:06 UTC

I like my J5 with 6-13VR and 32 1.2. No other camera with 1'' sensor allows for such freedom of creative choice in such a tiny package as Nikon 1. Nikon literally has no competition in this segment. All other brands only offer fixed lens options. Too bad Nikon doesn't see it as an opportunity to offer something unique. Kind of like that salesman who thought that there was no market for a shoe company in a courtly where everyone walks barefoot. Sometimes all that's needed is to show the alternative to create the market.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 06:38 UTC as 14th comment | 14 replies
On article Sony a9 first look videos (301 comments in total)

Hmm, for the first time MILC camera makes DSLRs look like amateur equipment ;)

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 00:21 UTC as 55th comment | 1 reply
On article Light's L16 camera is in final stages of testing (305 comments in total)
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Lan: I see three challenges that it'll be interesting to see how they overcome:

The first is cost; the extra 15 camera modules aren't free.

The second is battery life, 16 camera modules eat 16x more power than 1, and interpolating that image data into a final image is likely to be hard on processor usage (and thus power) too.

Third is performance; processing those 16 images into one final image is going to take time; due to the interpolation process I expect it's going to take more than 16x the time. Yes, you can intelligently buffer, and use one single image as a proxy whilst you develop the image in the background, but you'll still need a more powerful processor etc (which again drives up cost and drives down battery life)...

Good to see someone thinking outside the box though!

I agree with your points, just one minor correction, I think the way I read it a while ago is that only up to four cameras can fire at once. This is probably why they mention 52 mp, which equals 13 x 4. I don't know why 16 cameras, one guess is 4 sets of cameras for four different focal length, for example four cameras with different apertures firing simultaneously for a select focal length or zoom range. I might be wrong, but it makes sense to me. Still doesn't negate your points. Stitching 4 x 13 mp takes a lot of resources too.

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2017 at 22:04 UTC
On article Light's L16 camera is in final stages of testing (305 comments in total)

No matter how many sensors and lenses you squeeze in a small box, it is still a tiny-sensor-slow-lens solution with all related consequencies to image quality. Stitching can mitigate some of the problems but not all of them and introduces new problems at the same time, like drain on battery life and slow operation. The fact that they already delayed the release by two years also tells that the results they are getting are not up to even their own expectations. Last time we heard they only managed to secure $30M of private funding, this is tiny for anything groundbreaking in imaging solutions other than gimmicy software tricks. So while I like their thinking, I don't expect any miracles here. Might as well just end up being another quirky device for collectors and museums.

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2017 at 17:31 UTC as 30th comment | 3 replies

The reality is that one half of the camera market has been eaten by the phone companies and the other half is being ripped apart between old and many new players in this business. There is just not enough pie for everyone to stay financially "healthy". Someone needs to go to allow for proper "ration" of this pie among remaining players. So I think we should see some mergers and wind-ups in the near future as a result of proper industry restructuring.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2017 at 04:45 UTC as 33rd comment | 3 replies

I don't care about the train tracks issue but I don't like the picture. The woman is standing too far, I wasn't even sure if it was a woman until I read the narrative, her pose is really confusing, the scenery is dull. Since it is on Instagram I assume it was taken with a phone. If that's what people give likes to on Instagram, I don't think I missed too much by not visiting this site.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2017 at 00:25 UTC as 193rd comment
On article Nikon announces midrange D7500 DSLR (396 comments in total)
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VadymA: I left a comment yesterday that “people don’t buy DSLR’s anymore” and many readers took it way too literally throwing all sorts of stones at me. I don’t blame them, but nevertheless would like to clarify my point. While D7500 looks like a perfect upgrade for my D300, I was quite disappointed to see this announcement knowing how deep in financial trouble Nikon is. Of course people still buy DSLR’s, but not nearly in enough volumes to make it a viable business. This was always the case, even 15-20 years ago we always heard that the real money are made by both C&N predominantly in P&S market. Now that this market is almost completely taken over by phones, and a big chunk of DSLR market is bitten off by mirrorless and large-sensor compacts, it is disappointing to see that Nikon is not fighting back to regain at least a fraction of that piece of pie. So my comment was mostly tongue-in-cheek pointing to Nikon’s ignorance of other sectors of ever shrinking camera market, that's it.

Nikon overall is profitable but their imaging division is recognizing huge impairment loss this year and undergoing substantial restructuring including cutting back on several already annaunced products. This to me sounds pretty much like deep financial trouble. OMMV of course. I hope I am wrong in any case.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2017 at 00:13 UTC
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