AbrasiveReducer

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Davejl: Can't Nikon make money, or at least break even by charging to repair camera equipment that is not under valid warranty? When my extended warranty expired Olympus still serviced my camera for the cost of the parts and labor to fix my shutter - about $150. Why not maintain a presence in the country and service gray market goods - just charge for it. It would not be a significant profit center, but I would hope it would not lose money and it might help maintain market share in the country.

But neither Nikon nor anybody else can have it both ways. Sure, they want to sell "official" cameras for top dollar and refuse to service gray. (There are also issues with denying internatonal warranties, espcially in EU, UK and Australia/NZ.)

But where do you think the gray cameras come from? And why are unauthorized sellers able to get their hands on the product so cheaply? Yes, there is some overhead with regional distributors and currency fluctuations. But if the manufacturers weren't focused on maximizing the number of units sold, they could close the tap on gray. But at the home office, they don't see it that way.

When you're in good shape, you can absorb this but it may not make sense to do so. The current price difference between a "official" Canon 5D4 and a gray one is almost $1000.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2018 at 00:40 UTC
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Emmanuel Barreto: The true History About Nikon Operation in Brazil is Bureaucracy.

I wrote a letter some time ago and had a opportunity to talk with CIO in Brasil, the operation here is to expensive for several reasons:
1 - Tax, our government still the biggest part of profit. Some times more than 60%.
2 -Parts Importation for replacement, our Post Office Service "Correios" is one of worst service in the world. They expend some times 1 or 3 moths to deliver some thing.
3 - Expensive Dollar, the currency actually is 5x times more than in USA. To generate profit we have to pay 6 or 7 times more to same product in USA.

For me that I'm Nikon Fan, and have around $12k USD in equipment, is a worst notice....

Any opportunity for a tirade about socialism. But it is true that even in other socialist countries with a really high standard of living, necessities like cameras are more expensive to pay for frills like free college and free healthcare.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2018 at 00:22 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Sony 24mm F1.4 G Master (166 comments in total)
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LessMirrored19: Another masterpiece from Sony ..

Who wouldn't want a customer like this?

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2018 at 16:49 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Sony 24mm F1.4 G Master (166 comments in total)
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nflanders2: So much buzz for a lens. How many more articles do you plan to write about it?

With new camera systems from Nikon and Canon there was a period of almost 2 weeks without much on Sony. It may not be possible to make up for this omission, but worth a try.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2018 at 16:46 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Sony 24mm F1.4 G Master (166 comments in total)
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Michiel953: "It's compact given its size"??? What that's supposed to mean?

It means it's faster than you'll probably need in exchange for being larger than you'd like. But it could have been even bigger.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2018 at 16:43 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Sony 24mm F1.4 G Master (166 comments in total)
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blank_: how did we get to the point where 94mm long wide angle prime is extremely compact anyway?:)

At least the rear element is not mile away from the end of the lens this time.

You just have to get used to full frame mirrorless reasoning. To quote DPR, the lens is "extremely compact for it's size."

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2018 at 16:39 UTC
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matthew saville: Galen Rowell would approve this lens. Metal scallops are a nice throwback bonus, too. Hope it's tack-sharp in the corners by f/5.6-8!!!

And Sensomat.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2018 at 23:07 UTC
On article Sony announces lightweight FE 24mm F1.4 G Master prime (370 comments in total)
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panther fan: Here some numbers to give the launch some perspective. The launch prices of native 24mm F1.4 lenses:
Canon 24mm F1.4 1997: 1700$ (2670$ adjusted for inflation)
Canon 24mm F1.4 II 2008: 1749$ (2049$ adjusted for inflation)
Nikon 24mm F1.4 2010: 2199$ (2540$ adjusted for inflation)
Sony 24mm F1.4 2018: 1400$

And here the weight of the lenses:
Nikon 24 1.4 -620g
Canon 24 1.4 II -650g
Sony 24 1.4 -445g

Might as well get used to it. Should be fine, so long as they don't charge Made in Japan prices.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2018 at 17:32 UTC
On article Sony announces lightweight FE 24mm F1.4 G Master prime (370 comments in total)
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JamesJimmy: What does this mean?

"Realizing consistently high resolution across the entire frame, even at F1.4, the FE 24mm F1.4 GM boasts a new optical design comprised of 10 groups with 13 elements, including two XA (extreme aspherical) and three ED (Extra-low Dispersion) elements. The incorporation of two XA elements effectively suppresses sagittal flare[ii] to ensure that point light sources like distant stars can be accurately reproduced, making the FE 24mm F1.4 GM a compelling proposition for astrophotography.
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[ii] A phenomenon that results in an unnatural spreading of point light sources that appears somewhat like a bird spreading its wings and becomes more pronounced towards the image periphery."

I've never seen this reference to a bird spreading its wings. Is there some examples of this effect?

I think they mean points of light at the edge are round, not oval but my translation may be too simple.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2018 at 17:26 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Sony 24mm F1.4 GM (53 comments in total)
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zsedcft: You would think the camera manufacturers would be able to make smaller and lighter lenses than the 3rd parties. They have the unique luxury of not having to reverse engineer anything and they can design lenses specifically for the camera architecture. I imagine that Sigma creates a lens design and adapts it depending on the camera - which results in bigger lenses.

I think pixel peerers have ruined mirrorless for the average photographer. It's supposed to be compact and lightweight but keyboard warriors start complaining about corner sharpness at f/1.4 (who cares about that, anyway?) and the lens designers add 5 extra elements to the next iteration.

I would like Nikon to create 2 lines of lenses for the Z series - one that is heavy and optically fantastic for all the pixel peepers and another line that is high quality but as small as possible (like the f/1.8 primes for f mount, but smaller). I would buy the lighter ones.

Call it pixel peeping but for $1400 it should be reasonably good even in the corners, wide open. If they can do this and make a lens small enough to be appropriate for mirrorless, it's worth the money.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2018 at 17:24 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Sony 24mm F1.4 GM (53 comments in total)
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SteB: Wow, I never remember this sort of launch for a 24mm lens before.

24mm f/1.4 was a breakthrough at the time.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2018 at 17:17 UTC
On article First lens adapters for Nikon Z already appearing (236 comments in total)
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entoman: I'd really like to see an adaptor that allowed my Canon EF glass to be used on the Nikon Z7 with full compatibility. It would save me from waiting another 5 years for Canon to release a decent FF mirrorless.

I'm a lot more impressed by the Z7 than by the gimmicky prosumer EOS-R.

Great & fairly priced lens selection + body with decent menus and human ergonomics + the best sensor. A shame it takes 3 sets of engineers to accomplish, but this is the competition DPR users say is so great.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2018 at 07:20 UTC
On article First lens adapters for Nikon Z already appearing (236 comments in total)
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Old Cameras: Thank God it has no electronic contacts, they’d be made by Lucas: Loose Unsoldered Connections And Splices.

If the car starts, it's a Triumph.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2018 at 07:15 UTC
On article First lens adapters for Nikon Z already appearing (236 comments in total)

Pricey adapters for early adopters.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2018 at 07:08 UTC as 12th comment | 2 replies
On article Canon RF 50mm F1.2L USM sample gallery (601 comments in total)

Unlike the sun in Seattle, the Canon color really shines.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2018 at 17:39 UTC as 100th comment
On article Canon RF 50mm F1.2L USM sample gallery (601 comments in total)
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Yake: There is a mystery here. How were any of these pictures made without 5-stop shadow pushes for saving highlights, IBIS for stabilization, and dual card slots for redundancy? ;)

I thought the photos looked great until I realized it was a Canon camera and lens.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2018 at 17:36 UTC
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falconeyes: I never understood in this internet age why every country needs its own sales network. Not if volume is so low that it blows up overhead cost and sales price. Doesn‘t serve anybody.

Tell that to the people who work in those sales networks. It serves them.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2018 at 02:28 UTC

Makes sense. Pull out, thus compelling people to buy gray, and refuse to repair gray. People can still buy Nikon but they're on their own. If fewer cameras are sold, this is offset by savings from closing or reducing support. People think of gray as a massive criminal conspiracy but it's not. When they count sales in Tokyo, a unit sold is a unit sold.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2018 at 02:26 UTC as 36th comment | 3 replies
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NRBlack: "Illusion of customization" Looking at the manual one can see patterns. AE Lock cannot be assigned to certain buttons like the D-pad. I think it reasonable to assume that "photographers" will not want to move their hand on the grip, while their eye is in the viewfinder, so their thumb can get down to the D-pad. Buttons that low are not easily accessible. It seems Canon thinks this function is something one wants fingertip access to while in a shooting position. You can assign AE lock to all those fingertip buttons. Editorial decision. Yes. Reasonable? To each his/her own.

I believe this pattern shows with other "restricted" customization functions.

These posts are limited so I'll stop here. i.e. Exposure comp and threshold comment. Quickly the Canon has two dials. Where do you expect something to go? What do you give up fingertip access. Menus are quick, customizable, one touch away. Illusion? Hmmm.

This smells like trying hard to be negative.

I see you and I understand.

This button assignment seems like something easily fixed with firmware, no?

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2018 at 16:06 UTC

Is it too soon to get close-out pricing on the green? Seriously, these look like the usual, thoughtfully designed, affordable ThinkTank cases. Certainly the price is reasonable.

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2018 at 23:27 UTC as 10th comment | 1 reply
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