HSway

HSway

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HSway: Probably a superb lens, and lighter. 70-200 is perhaps most useful zoom on Fx in what can still be considered a normal range (just as useful for UWAs). And it’s really good idea to split that utility into 2.8 and f4 versions. Nikon eventually followed the Canon’s very nice lens with its modern f4 zoom. With all these choices now (four, five?) it’s going to be really good including for those unhappy about the focus breathing. The price should settle lower after a while (in UK).

Professional equipment.. And the real value of the currency plays its part. The version II was £ 2000 at launch but that was 7 years ago. Wex has 70-200/2.8 FL for £ 2650. Add to it the trouble the pound experiences recently, this will reflect in import prices. The large fluorite lens costs extra. If the price cycle is on the track with the version II the pricing of the 70-200/2.8 FL wouldn't be unreasonable. If the pound recovers in the near future it should improve the price.
The new 105/1.4 may be a bit more expensive for what it is. I now noticed at camerapricebuster there were two £ 200 drops yesterday (Castle and Park Cameras), the lens is sold barely two months, it will go down. The 19 PC has some devilishly complex optical formula. yes it seems expensive. OTOH my 24/1.8G and 200-500 VR were excellent value.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2016 at 16:30 UTC
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HSway: Probably a superb lens, and lighter. 70-200 is perhaps most useful zoom on Fx in what can still be considered a normal range (just as useful for UWAs). And it’s really good idea to split that utility into 2.8 and f4 versions. Nikon eventually followed the Canon’s very nice lens with its modern f4 zoom. With all these choices now (four, five?) it’s going to be really good including for those unhappy about the focus breathing. The price should settle lower after a while (in UK).

@Guy Swarbrick This perhaps can go both ways at this point. The next direction for the pound probably set by the High Court ruling...

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2016 at 15:35 UTC

Probably a superb lens, and lighter. 70-200 is perhaps most useful zoom on Fx in what can still be considered a normal range (just as useful for UWAs). And it’s really good idea to split that utility into 2.8 and f4 versions. Nikon eventually followed the Canon’s very nice lens with its modern f4 zoom. With all these choices now (four, five?) it’s going to be really good including for those unhappy about the focus breathing. The price should settle lower after a while (in UK).

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2016 at 21:07 UTC as 34th comment | 4 replies
On article Nikon D3400 Review (387 comments in total)
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HSway: That looks like an upgrade for the connectivity.
And the minor changes could well be a deliberate change in configuration in connection with the 5xxx series.
Perhaps the typical buyer doesn’t know much about the external microphones. In that light, I could understand that the vibrating filter cleaning aid isn’t all that crucial either for most people running with these cameras as you still need to have it cleaned or clean it.
I’d rather worry about the negative feedback (reviews) many can use as a guide or conformation for their decision which can make the buyer look elsewhere. So this might be a little problematic. This group people are probably well used to the features-packed gadgets and can quickly spot the 'disadvantage'. And you can't blame them - it's still a default (useful) feature.

The review is fair imo and very positive. I was thinking more from the manufacturer’s (Nikon) point of view to get the sense of the upgrade as debated in the comments. So in my view on what I see as a little problematic change in the feature set I think that it could be rather 'smart' to include the cleaning aid even if it wasn’t seen as very important for this line.
As for the review again, it is very useful and needs to be pointing out things and be a real review, absolutely!

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2016 at 21:54 UTC
On article Nikon D3400 Review (387 comments in total)

That looks like an upgrade for the connectivity.
And the minor changes could well be a deliberate change in configuration in connection with the 5xxx series.
Perhaps the typical buyer doesn’t know much about the external microphones. In that light, I could understand that the vibrating filter cleaning aid isn’t all that crucial either for most people running with these cameras as you still need to have it cleaned or clean it.
I’d rather worry about the negative feedback (reviews) many can use as a guide or conformation for their decision which can make the buyer look elsewhere. So this might be a little problematic. This group people are probably well used to the features-packed gadgets and can quickly spot the 'disadvantage'. And you can't blame them - it's still a default (useful) feature.

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2016 at 19:14 UTC as 81st comment | 2 replies
On article Fast and light: Nikkor 24mm F1.8G ED lens review (159 comments in total)

The Nikkor can surprise with hexagon-shaped flare when shooting handheld and the sun is just outside the frame. These were some quick shots off the boat and with the target moving so more time will tell about this.
I noticed this less intensive blur and slower transition when comparing it to other lenses. I am satisfied with the bokeh from it though, and with overall rendition like the colour. With regard to CAs I have minimum problems on my D600/750. This lens impressed me and as mentioned, it is very compact for such a lens. The Sigma brings its advantages, less of vignetting and the speed probably most tangible.

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2016 at 12:28 UTC as 10th comment

Just had the little NEX 6 in hands when packing the car for our trip and it reminded me how nice form factor these cameras are. We have seen quite impressive evolution since this camera, especially in shape of the a6300 and now this a6500 with IBIS which looks like an excellent higher-end compact camera and a timely entry for the market. The lens system isn’t developed as systematically and particularly as some other APS-C/MFT systems but you can still get some excellent lenses for the system.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2016 at 17:03 UTC as 205th comment
On article Going wide: Irix 15mm F2.4 sample gallery (111 comments in total)
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DamianFI: How would this compare to the Zeiss 2.8/15 Distagon?

If it was anything like this it would be famous by now. The new Samyang 14/2.4 may flare less. Well I think that’s probable. It could also be corrected for the mixed distortion the older version has.

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2016 at 09:35 UTC
On article Going wide: Irix 15mm F2.4 sample gallery (111 comments in total)
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(unknown member): I don't see much appeal to rectilinear super-wides, flare or no flare.

Exactly, you have control over this and can minimise or to emphasise the effect. Wider angles like 14-11 mm are more special effect FLs, sort of rectilinear "fish eye". UWAs generally can also help shooting with preferred (corrected) perspective like straight lines some less wide angle can struggle with for a given shot. (Followed by aspect ratio adjustment.

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2016 at 09:28 UTC
On article Going wide: Irix 15mm F2.4 sample gallery (111 comments in total)
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Contra Mundum: Going wide: why?

That's the question an average reader is going to ask after looking at those extremely boring pictures. Readers aren't going to mull in their heads if the lens worth the money, they are going to question the very need for that lens.

Average reader will likely search for articles on use of UWA if he feels the need. It's easier than it ever was. Luminous Landscape will be one of the destinations. These are ideal samples that can easily spare you buying a lens – or encourage to for that matter, lots of flat surfaces/landscape, apertures, resolution, field curvature etc.

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2016 at 09:09 UTC
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Jorginho: I seriously do not know about all brands, but for mFTs we have 25 mm f1.2, f1.4, f1.7 and f1.8 and they range from a nice price to quite expensive. So we have a choice there.
I honestly wonder a bit about Sony A6xxx etc system. Here it seems to be fully directed/geared towards FE and I think most lenses now are expensive?
Fuji? Canon seems to have almost nothing yet. Nikon1? Dead?

We can wonder: where are the mirrorless cams going? Samsung NX dead, Nikon1 almost dead, Sony NEX/A very little development...Currently only mFTs and Fuji seems to get some real development and SOny A7. That is it.

Depends on the country. Dirk Jasper was citing 2 – 10% for Europe and over 10% in Japan. I’d say cameras like J5 (1-inch sensor) could be sold for some 5 years reasonably well. Though the typical buyer will want zooms or DL rather than the primes, this concept will sell more and for much longer, I think. The higher-end compacts have larger sensors for a reason. They won’t sell well with 1-inch imo, that’s where the dead is fitting.

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2016 at 14:34 UTC
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Jorginho: I seriously do not know about all brands, but for mFTs we have 25 mm f1.2, f1.4, f1.7 and f1.8 and they range from a nice price to quite expensive. So we have a choice there.
I honestly wonder a bit about Sony A6xxx etc system. Here it seems to be fully directed/geared towards FE and I think most lenses now are expensive?
Fuji? Canon seems to have almost nothing yet. Nikon1? Dead?

We can wonder: where are the mirrorless cams going? Samsung NX dead, Nikon1 almost dead, Sony NEX/A very little development...Currently only mFTs and Fuji seems to get some real development and SOny A7. That is it.

Nikon is happy with J5 sales, they say it’s very effective for the market share it gets in this niche. I am not that surprised, this is a nice little camera. But developing N1 beyond this niche will hardly work.

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2016 at 10:14 UTC
On article Nikon 105mm F1.4E ED sample images (279 comments in total)
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tissunique: Made in China but damned expensive...it's beyond me that Nikon have forgotten the great value photographers place on 'Made In Japan' - like makers such as Canon, Fuji and many others

Yah, the place where things are made has not much relevance today. Criticise the actual quality not the place.

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2016 at 09:55 UTC

@Richard: I like your perspective. As for the delays there seem to be some difficulties. I guess just as we get into problems they can get as well, it’s the real world. But I very much doubt some of the DL cameras wouldn’t materialise.
The Sigma 12-24/4 uses the largest aspherical element made to get the results in a smaller package. According to Sigma, they have invested into a machine capable of producing these large elements without inflating the costs too much. It's a very interesting lens.

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2016 at 09:44 UTC as 14th comment

@Dan: "stinkin' action cams."
Nikon introduced two projects on the show, one major - the 105/1.4, and you’ve got to admit it deserves the spotlight. And one less "groundbreaking" - the KeyMission system that has no stabilisation but is tough. A lot of hard work, including the advertising campaign. Nikon isn’t 'nobody' so you see it in this perspective too. Earlier at the CES, another major project was launched – D5 and D500. It’s the whole year I am looking at. The thing that tehy are launched for the user first and then for the particular show - I like this view.

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2016 at 09:31 UTC as 15th comment
On article Photokina 2016: Nikon stand report video (75 comments in total)

Agree with mgblack74 Nikon did very good this year. You may not find this on photography-related sites but expansion of its FPD system to China brought Nikon important success for the first Q.
Let them work on their projects nothing good comes out of the rushed out releases. To be fair the N1 doesn't look like a success. That space attracts a lot of attention, I get that.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 10:41 UTC as 4th comment
On article Photokina 2016: Nikon stand report video (75 comments in total)
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bogdescu: Truth is, in the next months/years they will either release a completely new camera (=concept) or they will be gone.

By completely new I mean probably a mirrorless with top notch image quality and with a simplicity of use and size on par with a Nikon FM or FE.
I have been a loyal customer for years but there is a limit to my appetite for giant SLRs, and I will not compromise on quality, so – unless the above is realized – my D800 will be my last Nikon.

Seems very probable Nikon will release new cameras as well... They do it fairly often. Maybe waiting for that would be better than big words that in fact have no truth in them. Apart from this, did you miss d750? The d800 was a legendary release and success but a few more cameras got released since. At some point, people don’t really care about the facts. They just want their new dream toy. People overwhelmed by the choice today changing brands/concepts to end up where they started are another part of the picture.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 10:07 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Nikon stand report video (75 comments in total)
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mgblack74: D5
D500
105 f/1.4
D3400
Key Mission x3

Not sure what more you expect from Nikon in a calendar year. Yes they messed up on the DL, and that's probably why they have a conservative Photokina. Yes, the 105 1.4 is not cheap, but Olympus released an effective 24-200 f/8 for $1200. The 105 1.4 has no equal.

Brits crying about prices? Go to Australia or Canada. Since the Canadian dollar has fallen out of par with the U.S. dollar, prices have gone up at least 25%. 70-200 f/4 was $1100 two years ago. Now it's $1800. It's not just you. The D750 is $200 more than I bought it for and it's slowly coming down in price. Imagine.

Cameras and lenses tend to be more technologically advanced than 5, 8 years ago. It actually makes sense. Claiming that the prices should be going down is complicated by this fact. And the sales are lower as simpler and related gadgets occupied considerable space of their previous territory. That puts more pressure on the price. Nikon in particular seems keen on exploiting any chance for that in the UK.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 09:15 UTC
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HSway: The KeyMission looks very good, like a higher-end GoPro. I don’t know about the pricing etc. People need to be realistic and deal with the fact that 105/1.4 is a specialist lens (exotic). Initially higher price is typical for UK (EU?) for a period of a few months to access profit of particular sources that wouldn’t be made otherwise. After the adjustment the pricing is much more stable long term.

I will take your word for it. But it still looks very good (which is what I say). Today you enter saturated markets as well. It doesn’t automatically rule out a success.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 11:37 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Nikon stand report video (75 comments in total)

The KeyMission looks very good, like a higher-end GoPro. I don’t know about the pricing etc. People need to be realistic and deal with the fact that 105/1.4 is a specialist lens (exotic). Initially higher price is typical for UK (EU?) for a period of a few months to access profit of particular sources that wouldn’t be made otherwise. After the adjustment the pricing is much more stable long term.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 09:01 UTC as 18th comment | 5 replies
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