Mike Fewster

Lives in Australia Adelaide, Australia
Joined on Oct 13, 2003
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Sony A900, Nex 5, Nex 5n, Rx100, Minolta 5D, Minolta a2, Minolta G4, Konica hexar, Minolta XD7, Mamiya C330, Kodak 290Z

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NDT0001: Maybe Sony finally realised that their software based image transfer is overly buggy, complex and confusing, something us customers have always known. My personal experience has been horrible. Too may counter-intuitive menus, protocols, buggy apps, wont connect for no apparent reason etc.. Why must it be so difficult..

It isn't only Sony that has trouble with this. But Sony might be the one with a solution.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2024 at 20:49 UTC

I imagine that this will be popular with pro photographers at the Olympics.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2024 at 05:31 UTC as 10th comment | 1 reply

Technically very impressive but I wouldn't buy it. 28mm as a transfer point between focal lengths would be hopeless fro me (and of course, this depends on your shooting style). This is a travel/walk around lens. On the street I'd be forever swapping backwards and forwards between this and something wider. You can always crop on FF to get a bit more length but you can;t go back to get wider, and I need wider all the time when traveling This is where Sony hit it out of the park with their very sharp 20-70 F4..

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2024 at 20:25 UTC as 14th comment | 1 reply
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kwerty_quays: With the cost of a roll of film averaging at £12, and people talking about shooting them daily, I guess it's only a matter of time until some enthusiasts start pondering over whether it would be possible to invent some kind of reusable film to cut down on costs, chemicals and waste.

Maybe they'll eventually work themselves around to fashioning it as some sort of photo sensitive material that could convert the the detections of photons into voltages that could be quantised and then digitised, and Film Friday gradually works its way around to Silicon Saturday

Change is the only constant

I know that his solution was intended to be funny. The point remains however that film today is expensive. It always was. Today even more so. Us old film users had ways around it that may, or may not, still be available today.
Just googled. Reloadable canisters and bulk film can be found but they don't seem to be as good as those we used.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2024 at 08:17 UTC
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kwerty_quays: With the cost of a roll of film averaging at £12, and people talking about shooting them daily, I guess it's only a matter of time until some enthusiasts start pondering over whether it would be possible to invent some kind of reusable film to cut down on costs, chemicals and waste.

Maybe they'll eventually work themselves around to fashioning it as some sort of photo sensitive material that could convert the the detections of photons into voltages that could be quantised and then digitised, and Film Friday gradually works its way around to Silicon Saturday

Change is the only constant

There used to be another solution. I have no idea whether or not it is still possible. In my film days we bought bulk reels of film and downloaded them into film canisters in the darkroom. It was easier to reuse some film canisters than other brands. Kodak crimped theirs to make it harder. You could also buy reusable film canisters that could be used over and over,.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2024 at 06:36 UTC
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Threaded: I think the XA2 probably ought to get more of a mention here, principally because it gives you a lot of the same camera for a much lower price, since it’s much more common on the used market. I have one, it’s dumbed down certainly in that it loses the rangefinder and is zone focus only, but then that’s how you end up shooting the XA a lot of the time anyway. Aside from that the lens is the same, and the exposure system, and it’s built just as well with the same sliding cover design and A11 compatibility. Great camera.

Thank you for the clarification re the lens. I had the original XA and never felt that the lens on later models was as good.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2024 at 06:30 UTC
On article Nikon Zf review: updated with video reel and impressions (1600 comments in total)
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fabio riccardi: I bought the Zf about a week ago. Lovely Camera.
I didn't buy any Nikon lenses though, I bought a Megadap for E-Mount and the Sigma DG DN 24mm, 35mm and 65mm f/2. I also got the Sony G 40mm f/2.5.
Everything works awesomely. Focus is fast and accurate, aperture rings work as intended.
The Sigma lenses look amazing on the Zf body, and the Sony 40mm looks way better than the Nikon 40mm.

The ability to take Sony lenses is a big plus for this camera. They work even better though on Sony bodies, especially the AF.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2024 at 10:42 UTC
On article Nikon Zf review: updated with video reel and impressions (1600 comments in total)
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gaul: Very nice but TOO BIG .. TOO HEAVY !!!!

Why NIKON?!?

These are ILC. What you need to be looking at is the camera and the lenses, That's what you will be carrying. It's also worth thinking about the camera when you travel. Travel requirements have changed. I want my camera and lenses in the cabin with me, not where they may disappear forever down in the hold.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2024 at 10:38 UTC
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pollup: This paragraph is key: "Second, accept that you decided the camera was worth what you paid for it when you made the purchase. If a new or more expensive model comes out, you're not entitled to any additions it brings, even if you believe your camera could offer them."

I disagree, to a point. A camera is now part of a system, it isn't a stand alone item. Up to a point, I expect that there will be improvements in the firmware. A point is reached however where the next level of improvements requires hardware that isn't in the model I bought. At that point, I don't expect upgrades.
Consider Windows or Apple. When i buy a computer with either system, I expect that there will be a certain number of upgrades that will improve performance beyond what the initial purchase was capable of. At some point, the hardware will have moved to new levels and an expectation of upgrades is unreasonable. This is the nature of digital technology.

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2024 at 11:16 UTC
On article Hasselblad 907X / CFV 100C sample gallery (153 comments in total)
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tolleknolle: Dunno... From this alone, I don't see anything that can't be done with other formats, save for the resolution in a single shot of course. Would love an FF cam in that form factor though!

Now there's a thought. Shooting street photos from the hip with Yashicamats and Mamita c330s was a pleasure decades ago. A camera designed just for street shooting in this format.....
Usually I scorn comments of the "I want this camera because it is beautiful" kind, but it might hold up for this Hassy.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2024 at 20:00 UTC

I don't see any sense in going film unless you intend doing your own developing and printing as well. You might buy a film camera first but you should understand and want to go the full analogue road. I don't see any purpose in starting with colour film. Start B&W and get the feel of the whole process from shooting to printing. B&W prints remain things of beauty to me.
I'd also suggest film as a path, not the only path, to a young photographer looking for a niche in which to establish themselves. Finding a niche and getting established there is important to a career. I can see a market building for analogue prints and things like platinum prints. AI is destroying the value of digitally produced images.

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2024 at 20:49 UTC as 25th comment
On article Nikon Zf review: updated with video reel and impressions (1600 comments in total)
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LiuLi: This chunky, heavy, low resolution camera with doubtful ergonomics gets a higher score han the A7CR and as high as the R6II? Well...

Agreed. I think a finger loop is the answer for smaller camera bodies, then store them in a small bag for general walking around. My forefinger goes straight into the loop when I reach in to take it from the bag. I used a small rig L plate on my previous camera with Peak Design anchors top right and bottom left attached to the L plate. I used these to attach to a strap when I was using a larger tele. This set up meant the camera and larger lens hung vertically without the lens sticking out at the front as usually happens with a neck strao held at the top points. The finger loop was permanantly attached top right. The L plat was great for tripod use and a little more protection of the camera. Unfortunately, I can't find an arca L plate for the A7C models. The Sony A7RC comes with an add on base plate but incredibly Sont didn't design it to be arca plate compatible. Mad.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2024 at 20:45 UTC
On article Nikon Zf review: updated with video reel and impressions (1600 comments in total)
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Jagganatha: On it's own merits I'd give it Gold 5 stars and a gong!!
BUT, if you have a look at what happens to 24MP full-frame sensored mirrorless machines secondhand,(check s/h S5 Panasonic prices!!), you need to be mean with your pixels to settle now for less than 45MP in a mirrorless body.
Nikon, like others, have deliberately underfunded this machine in maintaining that 24MP is sufficient, and I hold that unless it is for telephoto shots of athletes etc, that it isn't, not even for birds!! because if you have the choice of 2 bodies, one 20-26MP and the other 36-60MP you will ALWAYS choose the letter, simply because the detail resolution on a 45MP sensor with no low pass filter is VISUALLY so much greater that the same exposed results of the same subject on a 24MP sensor.
Further, the monitors we look at images with now, and depend on are 4K-8K. You NEED all those extra pixels to be able to see the details....
If you care about your work, that is....

Impulses, I'm agreeing with you 100% again. It's a key reason I got the Sony A7CR. The crop ability allows for a very small walk around package. I also shoot and sell large landscape images that print easily A1 and larger size. I used to need a camera for travel walk around and another set up for the big landscapes. Now I can do both with the same body.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2024 at 21:57 UTC
On article Nikon Zf review: updated with video reel and impressions (1600 comments in total)
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NowHearThis: "Body becomes uncomfortable with large lenses." Is that really the intent of this camera? Is it that really a con or just an FYI? To me this 'con' is as unnecessary as saying 'the Z9 looks big and clunky with the Z 26/2.8 on it' (my words, not a quote from anyone). I think some things can just not be "con's" but just given as information in the review. Your thoughts DPR?

Complete agreement Impulses. I use a Sony A7CR and a finger loop is all I need to lock the camera to my hand ready to shoot and then I use the very nicely designed designed grip so the camera simply dangles from finger tips when I'm looking but not shooting. It all goes into a small bag when I'm travelling around. The finger loop makes it easy to take the camera out of the bag and lock it to my hand in a flash. If you like wrist straps, try a finger loop. I much prefer wrist straps and finger loops to neck straps, although I sadly miss the opportunity neck straps give to shout to the world about the brand of camera I carry.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2024 at 21:46 UTC
On article Nikon Zf review: updated with video reel and impressions (1600 comments in total)
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LiuLi: This chunky, heavy, low resolution camera with doubtful ergonomics gets a higher score han the A7CR and as high as the R6II? Well...

Hendrik, I agree with you and that's the way classic slrs were held. The left supported the weight, and allowed thumb/finger control of shutter/iso shutter release from the right hand. The left supported weght which could be done also operating F stop and focus. Nikon of course hasn't made barrel aperture control lenses for the Zf which makes this retro concept kind of weird.
Don't agree on camera straps though. They were always a PITA, except for TLR.
Most of the camera straps that come from manufacturers today are for advertising. Look, I shoot Canon or Sony or whatever.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2024 at 21:32 UTC
On article Nikon Zf review: updated with video reel and impressions (1600 comments in total)
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LiuLi: This chunky, heavy, low resolution camera with doubtful ergonomics gets a higher score han the A7CR and as high as the R6II? Well...

Agreed. I was amused to see the defence of this camera sited the A7CR as an example of poor ergonomics. The C range are designed for specific uses. That's what form and function are about. They achieve this quite brilliantly. I suspect that the CR critiques have never handled one or looked closely at what Sony offers in that body. I can't wait for the probable TLR Rollei classic to be released as a digital and hailed for its aesthetics.
It's sad to see Nikon going this way. Meanwhile the faithful have problems accepting that photography is now an electronic rather than analogue optical technology.

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2024 at 04:16 UTC
On article Nikon Zf review: updated with video reel and impressions (1600 comments in total)
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SmokeAndMirrorless: Can we please stop making cameras based on the physical design requirements of rolling 35mm film between two spools? Please? Why is this appealing? There are unlimited ergonomic design options with digital and somehow this archaic model wins?

Sounds like you want a Sony A7CR

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2024 at 02:33 UTC
On article Nikon Zf review: updated with video reel and impressions (1600 comments in total)
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madeinlisboa: If you don't like the grip move ahead. It's not a camera for you. For me, it is the most beautiful and best camera I ever had and that's what matters to me. I use it with any lens and a lot of vintage ones.
Negative comments are just pure envy or hate.

A camera is a tool. It ain't a fashion accessory. The style of a Sony is derived from its effectiveness and that is what a camera should be about. It's sad to see the once proud Nikon name go this way. What next? The snakeskin and gold lug models?
I'll choose a Sony A7CR anytime.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2024 at 02:29 UTC
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photography-lover: Interestingly, the main reason why I feel the Z system offers the best value proposition among mirrorless systems isn't even impacting the overwhelming dominance of Nikon in this year's awards. The main reason being the ability to adapt Sony FE mount lenses.

Any one else find it somewhat odd that a camera designed around its retro ethos requires third party lenses before it can used accordingly? A sheep in wolf's clothing.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2024 at 04:14 UTC
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photography-lover: Interestingly, the main reason why I feel the Z system offers the best value proposition among mirrorless systems isn't even impacting the overwhelming dominance of Nikon in this year's awards. The main reason being the ability to adapt Sony FE mount lenses.

That is significant, especially for the Zf. A retro hankering camera that doesn't offer barrel aperture control lenses. Really?

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2024 at 06:25 UTC
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