Nikonparrothead

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Platinumkid: I'm pretty sure for Nikon shooters things like 2 card slots, improved AF and more Z lenses are more important. Just saying...

Pancake DSLR lenses weren’t big sellers. The Z50/kit lens comes close, maybe th rumored Z5 kit will too. It sounds like you’d be happiest with a fixed lens travel camera. If you actually change lenses, pancakes are less relevant (I owned one and barely used it.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2020 at 22:59 UTC
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24Peter: Dual card slots and an optional vertical grip seem like more than incremental updates. These and 4K60p and USB-C powering are attractive features for me since I do video. But... in terms of still photography, I would prefer a 60+MP sensor to seal the deal. I suspect this will be the higher end Z8.

Curious now about the Z5 discussions. Dual card slots seem to make sense on higher end bodies, not a Z5. Of course we'll find out Thursday what Canon is up to with new mirrorless bodies. I shot Canon for 15 years and wouldn't be opposed to running a dual system.

These are basically the cameras as they should have been released initially. The Z5 with SD cards makes perfect sense — yes, two of them. It harkens back to the days when Nikon used CF cards in their upper bodies and SD in their value models.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2020 at 22:55 UTC
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Jack McBeer: I wish a Nikon mirrorless APS-C like the Fuji X-E3, PEN-F or GX-9 with electronic viewfinder and new small lenses (superwide, small primes), please Nikon!

My Z50 is smaller than my GX8. That 16-50 kit lens is on par with the smaller kit zooms in m 4/3. All the fast primes in m 4/3 are substantial in size. I don’t see Nikon spending it’s limited resources on primes that only fill the aps-c image circle.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2020 at 22:50 UTC
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psartman: Having only one head outlet instead of 2 or 3 is an inexplicably bad decision. Godox doesn't seem to get it that pro photographers use multiple sources in their setups. That also goes for the advanced monolights such as the 300, 400 and 600 pro. They have extension heads available, why not build a socket into the body of the light so they can be used WITH the built-in head? They would have to add to the controls and internal electronics to allow ration settings, but it's possible. Balcar used to do it with their monolights. (Don't you hate how moonlight autocorrects to moonlight? And Godox to Good?)

Consider it a 1200 watt light that Godox wisely figured would be too unwieldy if it was a moonlight. Could they have added another outlet and been another version of Elinchrom’s 1200 watt pack (but with HSS)? Sure. Would the accompanying electronics drove up the price point? You betcha.

If you need two lights, but two. Heck, buy three 400 watt lights or four 300 watt lights.

If the AD 1200 doesn’t suit your needs, that’s OK. Every piece of gear isn’t meant for every photographer.

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2020 at 19:14 UTC
On article 12 Things Not To Do When Buying Your First Film Camera (237 comments in total)
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dstate1: The advice I wish someone had given me when I started developing my own film in the early 80 is “ignore 35mm, it will never match medium format”.

I wasted a lot of time chasing the “best” 35mm results when I could have blown away any Leica with a Yashica 124.

Today’s liquid concentrate developers make black and white film easier than ever. Get a decent scanner for medium format film (v700) and you can have the best of both worlds, digital and analog.

Yeah, I’ve owned both from Leicas and a Yashica 124G. While the Yashica was an interesting experience, it didn’t come close to an M with a similar focal length Summicron. (Granted the buy in with the Yashica was a lot lower).

My observations are based on shooting similar slide film stocks with both.

Link | Posted on May 30, 2020 at 12:48 UTC
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Teila Day: I hope Godox increases their quality, and focuses on cust. support and goes after Profoto and Broncolor, who have sat on their behinds over the years. Bron. still doesn’t offer a battery pack that can reasonably charge (not trickle charge) while being used in studio. Even trickle charging while in-use reportedly has a negative affect on the battery.

God ox needs to put its fangs out and light a fire under Profoto and Broncolor. The more competition, the more tech. and power related updates brom the big two :)

Customer support isn’t in the business model. It’s high volume. Profoto and Broncolor have iterated new products. Profoto especially, with 500 watt and 300 watt battery strobes.

Link | Posted on May 13, 2020 at 12:31 UTC

That’s wonderful! Congrats Lindsay!

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2020 at 20:13 UTC as 31st comment
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devidasa: When I don't need the ultra performance of Profoto products, I like Elinchrom products a lot, but it's hard to deny the better value represented by the Westcott FJ400 400Ws (!!!), Godox and Paul Buff Einsteins.

The Westcott FJ400s, manufactured by Jinbei but distributed in the U.S. by Wescott is an intriguing light. Westcott offers a warranty (Godox, famously does not, except for those offered by vendors such as Adorama in the U.S. — which is essentually a two-year replacement program) and the TTL trigger is usable by several major brands. With an adapter, that trigger works on Sony too.

Lensrentals is renting out the Wescott units, which may put them in the hands of potential buyers looking to test the market.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2020 at 18:43 UTC
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Richard Hopkins: But... this is the the wrong product. Fast flash durations might be handy, but TTL and HSS are no use at all in the studio, only outdoors - where you need battery power. And where is the fully integrated ecosystem, from speedlights to studio strobes to battery location heads at affordable prices, that we use and expect today? The once-great brands have stood by for years and just watched as Godox ate their lunch - they're well into the pudding now.

There is an off-camera compatibility with the Phottix Juno TTL speedlight. Though it will reportedly work off camera with other Elinchrom Skyport Pro triggers, the only on camera option (still) is Canon. There’s even integration with Rotolight LEDs if you choose. Of corset using Godox pricing, there’s no comparison.

These won’t woo anyone over from the Godox camp, but they might be an interesting option for people already in the Elinchrom system (using Vagabonds or other portable battery packs) a less costly option than the ELB 500 to get into TTL and HSS.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2020 at 03:10 UTC

HSS and TTL bring them into the modern age. I’m more curious about the new value priced softbox line — though I suspect they’re the Phottix products with a different logo.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2020 at 22:13 UTC as 14th comment
On article Nikon's new D780 is a Z6 in a familiar DSLR body (167 comments in total)
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stepalex: Looks like a great upgrade, but at that price it’s DOA

In that case, the launch price is in line with the D750 launch and D700 launch. Early adopters pay for “ new tech” even if it’s recycled from the D3 (the D700), D600 (D750) and Z6 (D780).

If you don’t want to buy at this price point (I won’t) that’s your option. Early sales figures will show if Nikon was too aggressive with its price.

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2020 at 13:27 UTC
On article Nikon's new D780 is a Z6 in a familiar DSLR body (167 comments in total)
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stepalex: Looks like a great upgrade, but at that price it’s DOA

The price will drop eventually — it always does.

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2020 at 03:35 UTC
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Nikonparrothead: Why is a poll that’s clearly a popularity contest — where voters may have not necessarily even used the subject of their vote — labeled “Best of...”?

Mariano, I didn’t bother looking at the results in detail. It’s just the most popular gear.

Link | Posted on Dec 28, 2019 at 13:17 UTC

Why is a poll that’s clearly a popularity contest — where voters may have not necessarily even used the subject of their vote — labeled “Best of...”?

Link | Posted on Dec 28, 2019 at 05:33 UTC as 20th comment | 2 replies
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IdM photography: For such monolight units you need someone to help as they are heavy and break if they fall... If you want to sometime shoot without help, buy rather an Elinchrom ELB 500 TTL that has a very light head, the battery unit stays safely on the ground...

The key is monolight. ELB head has no complex parts. I had a Quadra head submerged in saltwater. A friend was able to clean it and it’s still going strong.

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2019 at 02:20 UTC
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IdM photography: For such monolight units you need someone to help as they are heavy and break if they fall... If you want to sometime shoot without help, buy rather an Elinchrom ELB 500 TTL that has a very light head, the battery unit stays safely on the ground...

Not disputing that and given that a remote head has significantly fewer moving parts, repairs would be easier. But the OP was saying that it’s easier to shoot solo with a pack and head system. For him (or you) it may be so. In my personal experience, I’ve found the opposite to be true — based on my own use with my own gear.

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2019 at 12:44 UTC
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IdM photography: For such monolight units you need someone to help as they are heavy and break if they fall... If you want to sometime shoot without help, buy rather an Elinchrom ELB 500 TTL that has a very light head, the battery unit stays safely on the ground...

At $499 for the ELB head vs $569 for the Westcott it’s a push. The ELB head won’t get much lower (if at all) price wise, while the Westcott will likely drop in price after six months or so. Granted there’s less to break in an ELB head. As I said, it’s a push.

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2019 at 12:02 UTC
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Spectro: wow that looks like my Orlit Rovelight 400 I got $350. ButI am trading it with my friend who has a Godox 400. Orlit ittl sucks and we both know about it. He has 2 other orlit so it would match his trigger. Manual mode it does fine and it does HSS what we really care for. Orlit is Jinbei for Adorama.

Elsewhere (Petapixel or FStoppers) it was noted that this is the “pro” version of your light — not yet marketed by Adorama. In a thread here, the Westcott rep insists they’ve beefed up QC for these units. Time will tell.

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2019 at 23:54 UTC
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IdM photography: For such monolight units you need someone to help as they are heavy and break if they fall... If you want to sometime shoot without help, buy rather an Elinchrom ELB 500 TTL that has a very light head, the battery unit stays safely on the ground...

As an avid Elinchrom user, I disagree. I have two ELB 400s and an ELB 1200. As fond as I am of them, I prefer to use them with help. I just got back from a shoot where I was solo and brought my Priolite Ultra because the all-in-one unit has its appeal. An ELB 500 head will break if it falls too.

That being said I’m more likely to buy an ELB 500 to add TTL to my own ecosystem. But someone with no skin in the game would be happy with this or Godox too.

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2019 at 23:51 UTC
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Duncan M: "Godox's new R1 and RF1 lights are compact LED discs that look a little familiar"

This title is highly dubious considering the fact that Godox made this introduction days before Profoto did. Its only DPR missed it.

The fact that Godox announced first was mentioned in the story (Elvis must be on vacation, since I haven’t seen a FlashHavoc post about either yet). Not sure of the value of any of these kits vs other LED panels. But it’s probably that they’re not in my niche of use.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2019 at 12:44 UTC
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