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Hasa: I am used to Canon-Nikon bashing at work as we simulate ardent entrenched fanboys. So to alleviate the misery of Canon fanboys here is a consolation link full of Ken`s praise, e.g. "Superb technical image quality", and: "The low cost comes from having fewer controls than fancier Canons like my 5DSR." : http://www.kenrockwell.com/canon/6d-mk-ii.htm

I was so upset that Canon had produced a lousy camera I wasn't going to buy anyway. But now...the Rock has spoken.

Ken knows more about cameras than Fro's barber. But he really needs to introduce numbers. If he rated one camera an 88 and another a 91, that would be huge.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 18:30 UTC

With mechanical cameras they had no equal. With electronic gadgets, not so much.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 18:12 UTC as 14th comment

Pretty dismal. But the way it sells or doesn't sell will provide 1000 times more information than a DxO number. Customers vote with their money. If low dynamic range doesn't concern them, Canon will have little incentive to do better. Still, it's amazing how upset DPR readers are, when no one is forcing them to buy this product.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2017 at 07:29 UTC as 291st comment | 1 reply
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cdembrey: Photokina may well go the way of Codex. The death of traditional hobbyist photography isn't helping.

This isn't about photography; its about photo shows like PMA which finally had to acknowledge that photography is now consumer electronics, and there are already shows for that.

The supermodel guy is correct that things change too quickly for a bi-annual show but the problem is that Photokina is extremely expensive for exhibitors, most of whom are not European.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 23:28 UTC
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justmeMN: From Thom Hogan:

"Simply put, some of the Nikon crowd seems to have lost faith in the Nikon brand. Generalized, we see these five complaints:"

"Nikon quality has eroded — the D500, D600, D750, D800, D810 all shipped with clear issues that needed fixing, some particularly bad (D600 shutter splatter and D750 vignetting). Even the very minor ones, such as the D810 white dot one, now get amplified."


This is just another incident that reinforces that negative stereotype. :-(

This seems a bit overblown but lets not rationalize. Nikon innovates more than Canon and that's why they've had problems. This sounds good, but what is so innovative about the shutters on the D600 & D750?

Sooner or later, every manufacturer has a QC problem or worse, a design flaw. Nikon seems to be on a hot streak but this could just as easily have been Canon, Sony, Fuji, etc.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2017 at 07:15 UTC

There was a time when companies would give stuff like this away for free. It was called promotion and the idea was to gain exposure to new users, not fleece existing customers.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2017 at 05:26 UTC as 3rd comment

It's almost enough to make you feel sorry for them. Why is it that some companies are able to make the transition from complicated, mostly mechanical cameras to ridiculously complex electronic cameras with much difficulty, while others can't? Nothing in Leica's history points to electronics expertise so no surprise there, but Nikon made auto-everything cameras long before digital.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2017 at 05:18 UTC as 39th comment | 1 reply
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Photo_AK: Wake up DPR, this is NOT a new recall!

If the batteries started overheating in 2012, they must be pretty hot by now.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2017 at 18:56 UTC
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Dan_168: That's a great news, as a multiple system user, I use mostly Canon and Nikon SLR lenses on my Sony A7RII, two of my all time favorite lenses for both buildings and landscape is the Canon TSE17 and TSE 24 II, due to their optic quality and Tile/Shift capability, hope this adapter add more capability to my Nikon 14-24, Samyang 14, Zeiss 15, Zeiss 21....... Anyone know the price?

$300 but I doubt you'd want to use it on your 14-24 lens. The examples on their website look pretty good, at least with their lens.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2017 at 15:57 UTC
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BrightTiger: "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics." - British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli
That's the issue I have with these DPReview CIPA regurgitation articles. It's so "just now" to be pointless except to ignite flame wars. This is on top of whether a camera has a piece of glass in it or not. Really? It's not film vs digital. That was a huge culture shift. Why don't we have the great lens shift vs in-body shift sales differences? It's marketing you Pavlovian suckers. Just gotta work you up so you salivate over mirrorless and get you to spend money today before you even come close to wearing out your DSLR gear. Ring! Ring!

Go someplace where people are relatively affluent and fond of technology, say, Japan. Look at the number of cameras, the vintage, the age of the users. Go to areas that attract lots of tourists and look for the same things. Not super-scientific, but it gives you a real world idea.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2017 at 04:45 UTC

I think, as we get older, we get more interested in others and their lives. The point is well taken, don't expect great photos of people unless you are good with people. That said, other than the bridge in the fog, this seemed to be mostly standard stuff, from hot air balloons to hood ornaments.

By the way, for those who focused on the gear, even in the glory days, a Cambo was the second to least expensive 4x5 monorail and these days you can probably get one for next to nothing.

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2017 at 19:24 UTC as 45th comment | 4 replies

I liked the guy who showed us how a pro mounts his 24-70 lens with one hand, and then dropped it. You can learn so much online.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2017 at 02:58 UTC as 7th comment

Yesterday it was phones with Zeiss lenses. Today, someone has taken the name of the company that made Dagors and Artars and put it on a box camera lens.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2017 at 15:58 UTC as 80th comment

We need Thom Hogan to translate this. As for Americans preferring cameras that are more expensive pre-tax, hardly suprising since sales and VAT taxes are so much higher outside the US.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2017 at 19:49 UTC as 19th comment | 6 replies
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Edmond Leung: Why do they need to collaborate with other brands? Only one reason, they are not good enough to compete in the market.
I don't think Apple needs to collaborate with Zeiss or Leica.

Because people are vaguely aware of certain brand names that are associated with high quality. This is why Leitz became Leica; because more people are familiar with the name. We used to call Leitz binoculars Trinovid but who remembers that?

Once you have an established quality name, you can slap it on anything.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2017 at 17:17 UTC
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DGrinb: "....the company never entirely managed to shed its 'they make fridges, don't they?' image"
I heard some rumors they got into mobile industry as well :))))
Yamaha makes watercrafts, bikes and contactors. Mitsubishi makes cars and electric motors...
Funny...funny guy...

I think (I hope) the point was that cameras are not refrigerators and to ask the question, did Samsung have the expertise to make a product more specialized than a fridge or a TV?

To take the Yamaha example, I'm sure Sony could develop electronic musical instruments overnight, but could they make a fine accoustic piano? Not unless they bought a piano company.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2017 at 17:08 UTC
On article Domke F-803 and F-5XB review (71 comments in total)

Bravo, made in the USA. But otherwise, add a little padding on all sides, a nice shoulder pad and Velcro silencers and you have a ThinkTank Retrospective. Oh, and they have top handles, too.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2017 at 03:15 UTC as 14th comment
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Paul Grupp: This is hardly news. Since the 1960's, many pro Nikon shooters routinely eschew the high-priced "professional" F series and bought cheaper Nikkormats instead. When the F3 was king, plenty chose the delightful FE2 instead. When the F4 and F5 were the kings of the pro gear world, the F100 was the choice of many savvy pros. And so it goes right up to today.

There is a limit to how low you should go though. These examples were all capable cameras at bargain prices. Many of today's bargain consumer DSLRs have tiny viewfinders, small buffers slow to empty, inadequate af speed and accuracy, poor ergo of and so forth. Yes, you can still make great photos on thse cameras, but make even better photos on a more capable box.

Yes, but the cameras you mentioned were all "full frame" so in essence, no image quality was sacrificed by using a Nikkormat instead of a Nikon F. And the "sensor" in each camera was identical as well.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2017 at 00:27 UTC

I love how the box looks like its been on the shelf since Sputnik. Russian film has always had the coolest packaging.

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2017 at 17:10 UTC as 21st comment | 2 replies
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Marty4650: "An amazing journey" funded with someone else's money. And the other folks got stuck holding the bag.

To be precise about this... "crowd funding" means "professional venture capitalists and investors didn't think our idea had any merit, so we will offer a nice discount on a very inflated price to amateur backers instead. And they may or may not get anything in return."

I miss the old days when a company or product could fail and the the amateur investor could watch, but could not lose money.

Link | Posted on Jul 4, 2017 at 17:15 UTC
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