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Lucas_: Good for Nikon, but isn't the image sensor still a Sony?

Actually joint venture between Panasonic, who owns 49%, and Isareli company (remaining 51%). Plants are in Japan.

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2017 at 05:08 UTC

It seems like the only major thing that made it score higher than the Sony A7rII is it has a lower base ISO and higher DR at lower ISO. HIgher ISO, it is actually not that great.

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2017 at 05:04 UTC as 6th comment
On article OnePlus 5 camera review (84 comments in total)
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blackcoffee17: Just horrible. Can't believe the image quality of these super expensive phones is still miles away from my ancient Canon Powershot A630.
What are they doing? Running a 10 step noise reduction on each ISO 100 photo and then applying an artistic smear and water paint filter?

blackcofee17, you are also missing the point. Look at the form factor. The A630 also has a way bigger/better lens.

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2017 at 20:24 UTC
On article OnePlus 5 camera review (84 comments in total)
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ybizzle: Put a 1 inch sensor in it like the CM1 and we'll talk.

It will be a thicker phone then. The Nokia N8 is easily twice as thick as this phone.

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2017 at 20:21 UTC
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pancho_rivera: This camera cost more than my D850, so I presume it's better. I watched Tony and Chelsey Northrup and they loved this camera. I'm not getting very sharp images and have dark corners with the Nikon 18-200mm VR lens. I think the Sony A9 might be the better camera for me!

Pancho, you haven't realized it yet...but it is all about the brand. Nikon is a better brand that Sony, so even though the 18-200VR doesn't work too well with the D850 for now, it will eventually. The more you use Nikon, the more you believe in it. Even people will believe once you tell them you shoot with the D850. It's simply the best. But Nikon body has to use Nikon lens in order for you to squeeze the best quality out of it. I'm sorry you are thinking about Sony but I would advice against buying Tamron. You should use only Sony lens with it. Using 3rd party lens with Sony body makes it even more less of a camera compared to the D850.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2017 at 04:41 UTC
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chshooter: Again Sony sells their best Sensor rather than use it themselves. The d850 finally kills the Sony a99II as the best combination of speed and resolution without the limitations of the flawed SLT design.
That shows that Sony have abandoned their own product in favour of supplying the competition

Nikon "designed" the sensor argument has been an ongoing since the days it was discovered Nikon uses Sony sensors. Do you think they can "design" the sensor if they don't collaborate closely with the manufacturer of the sensor (the one that has the actual fab to make it)? A likely scenario is, Sony already has the new sensor in the pipeline, Nikon has a new camera being planned, so they decide that, hey, use the sensor. It won't be the first time. Sony makes money cuz it just makes sense to start manufacturing and selling it rather than wait for their camera division to finish their new camera design. What makes Nikon different anyway is their microlens designs and SoC/processing, which seems to squeeze more IQ from the same sensor.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2017 at 08:40 UTC
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chshooter: Again Sony sells their best Sensor rather than use it themselves. The d850 finally kills the Sony a99II as the best combination of speed and resolution without the limitations of the flawed SLT design.
That shows that Sony have abandoned their own product in favour of supplying the competition

The SLT light loss is 1/3 stop. Comparisons between A7rII and the A99II shows hardly any loss of IQ. AF speed and tracking done by numerous tests shows the AF is very capable. And the Nikon needs a grip/battery pack to go up to 9fps.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2017 at 07:52 UTC
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John: Wow 45.7MP at $3300? If this sensor has the same DR as the 810, my attention has been grabbed!

So do you think the D850 will have the same DR as the D810? Methinks not.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2017 at 07:31 UTC

The more I looked a the 'star' guide, the more I see a Transformer...

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2017 at 08:22 UTC as 55th comment
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pleatreet: So...Nikon for action photography and Canon for videos?

You might also think of the Pentax K-70 if you need a weather resistant camera, which is being marketed to outdoorsy types. It's heavier, the AF on most affordable Pentax lenses is old tech, and the battery life is not what I would hope.

But...it has a nice pentaprism instead of mirror prism viewfinder, a swiveling screen, and in body image stabilization and good through the lens light metering for legacy lenses. It also has a pixel shift app for even higher resolution still life photographs.

If you have some good Minolta Maxxum lenses you want to use, there is the Sony α58. At 8 fps, it might be even better than Nikon for action photography.

I agree, I did not like the plastic lens mount of the A68. But besides the plastic mount, it is not more plasticky than the SL2 or the D3400. I had Canon EOS and Minolta AF SLRs in the past with plastic mounts, never an issue.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2017 at 04:32 UTC
On article Vintage lens shootout: three lenses, one model (76 comments in total)
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Daniel Lauring: I don't get using an optically inferior lens to create an effect when you can do the same thing, in post, with a filter, unless it is just about saving money on a newer, better lens.

Film is being manufactured again, so I doubt it is 'dead'. Newer lenses are not necessarily better, only the more expensive ones are. Nowadays, anyone thinks they can be a 'good' photographer just because they carry a digital camera and being a laptop warrior. Back in the film days, many won't make the cut. I don't use film anymore but thank God it's not dead yet. People need to appreciate how photographers like Ansel Adams were able to take amazing pictures. Or how sports photographers back then took pics without autofocus. People nowadays can take better pictures because advances in technology makes everything dumbed down for them; it doesn't make them better photographers.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2017 at 04:24 UTC
On article Canon EOS 6D Mark II Review (1117 comments in total)
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RyanBoston: I have a 6D and was willing to upgrade to a Mark II, but with the Dynamic range worst then the first one is a no go for me. I do automotive photography and I hated opening shadows even with the 6D. Now this newer model will be even worst.

Last week I decided to get a Sony A7RII and I am blown away. The colors and the ultra clean shadows are amazing. It's easy to use, eye detection is amazing, 42 MP is amazing, 4K is amazing, and the I wish I bought it a year ago.

Selling the 6D and buying all new Sony lenses. I am honestly done with Canon. I am also thinking of adding a Fuji to my setup too. These mirrorless camera are amazing. I did like Canons skin tones on the Canon till I used a Fuji XT20/XT2. Fuji has the best skin tones. Xt2 is a masterpiece!

The images are manipulated 'to taste'. Sharpening artifacts, etc.., a lot of things happened to the image.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2017 at 04:08 UTC
On article Vintage lens shootout: three lenses, one model (76 comments in total)
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Daniel Lauring: I don't get using an optically inferior lens to create an effect when you can do the same thing, in post, with a filter, unless it is just about saving money on a newer, better lens.

The old school way of making images without any sort of digital manipulation is, IMO, the more artistic way of taking pictures. Knowing the lens, what it does, and applying it to your subject makes you think things through. Back in the days, you also need to know your film characteristics. There is no preview and once you take the picture, that's it. You also try to make each shot count because, well, film is expensive, lol.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2017 at 03:52 UTC
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pleatreet: So...Nikon for action photography and Canon for videos?

You might also think of the Pentax K-70 if you need a weather resistant camera, which is being marketed to outdoorsy types. It's heavier, the AF on most affordable Pentax lenses is old tech, and the battery life is not what I would hope.

But...it has a nice pentaprism instead of mirror prism viewfinder, a swiveling screen, and in body image stabilization and good through the lens light metering for legacy lenses. It also has a pixel shift app for even higher resolution still life photographs.

If you have some good Minolta Maxxum lenses you want to use, there is the Sony α58. At 8 fps, it might be even better than Nikon for action photography.

The Sony A68 with kit lens is only $20 than the Canon SL2 and kit lens.

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2017 at 04:06 UTC
On article Nikon announces development of D850 (538 comments in total)
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xsamie: looks good

What looks good? the plan?

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2017 at 06:38 UTC
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RED i: Just wait till the Ryzen APU chips start to ship in laptops. Oh man good competition is great...

Just wait 'till Apple starts to carry and support AMD CPUs in their notebooks and desktops. Suddenly, everybody looks cool because they now have a Mac (and they can afford them too..).

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 02:15 UTC

Since time began, image and video editing belonged to Apple. Your pictures and videos looks better with Mac than PC, every pro worth their salt knows this. If you want to be a successful pro, use Mac. You go in and show your work in a MacBook Pro, it is already sold.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 01:09 UTC as 250th comment | 3 replies

I would say mechanical shutter problems is a bigger issue than electronic shutter 'banding'.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2017 at 14:09 UTC as 55th comment
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A Owens: I must be getting old but "reaching out" to Nikon sounds melodramatic and like the florid language of a sugary gospel preacher. Just contact them. Unless your warm battery has left you on the brink of total breakdown in which case "reach out" by all means.

They try to paint a picture where you 'reach out' to Nikon, and Nikon swoops in for the rescue like it wasn't their fault in the first place.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2017 at 03:23 UTC
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rjp85: That video was almost like a comedic parody...

An old man walking around with a 4x5 to show the young kids how dumb they are with their phones and their digital cameras, talking about how art is more important than technical quality, yet his images are neither technically good or artistic in any way, and are, in fact, very amateurish and extremely cliche. Is this a joke?

Well played.

Your train of thought is all over the place. Seriously, has anybody told you that you come up with some really random stuff out of nowhere? You have a problem, go get some help. Talk to your mother.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2017 at 03:13 UTC
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