PLShutterbug

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WJMWJM: Nice 'immersive' POV footage.
'For those of you who always wanted to star-gaze into fireworks straight from below, but for obvious reasons were never allowed to do so)

Just a bit puzzled why/how the 'barge' from the title would/could make it any more special....;))
(most practical aspect: less likely the camera gets stolen....:))
(but perhaps also the lack of any other possible fireworks nearby, spoiling the footage by things going off in different/cross directions)
(though both arguments/risks less likely with professional/centralised fireworks, of course)

It is common to ignite fireworks from a barge in water. Since he wanted a view from right in the middle of the batch of fireworks, his vessel was a barge.

Nothing more to it than that.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2022 at 01:08 UTC
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PLShutterbug: Slide 8: “ Nikon doesn't allow other lens makers to produce Z-mount lenses …”

Really? What about all the third-party Z mount manual lenses?

To be accurate: “Nikon doesn’t open its Z mount electronics specifications to third-party lens manufacturers, making it difficult for them to make lenses that work with Nikon’s AF systems …”

It’s poor grammar. “Doesn’t allow” means that Nikon would prohibit manufacturer of any third-party lens regardless whether it is manual or contains electronic contacts. That is clearly not the case.

All Nikon can do is make it difficult to duplicate the electronic connections. They cannot ban creation of any Z mount lens.

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2022 at 15:53 UTC

Slide 8: “ Nikon doesn't allow other lens makers to produce Z-mount lenses …”

Really? What about all the third-party Z mount manual lenses?

To be accurate: “Nikon doesn’t open its Z mount electronics specifications to third-party lens manufacturers, making it difficult for them to make lenses that work with Nikon’s AF systems …”

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2022 at 14:39 UTC as 36th comment | 9 replies

Thank you! For not using “EST” in your “July12 at 10am” sentence.

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2022 at 01:37 UTC as 16th comment
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PixelMeister: I'm waiting for a camera manufacturer who will build some quality filters inside the lens or camera, so you can easily swap them in and out without fiddling on the lens. Old school style like in the epoch of the super 8 cameras. Putting a filter on and off is relatively very time consuming and the circumstances are often very difficult to do so. Crowded environment, risk of dust, the need of a support while leaving the filter from its protection, etc.

About the filter itself, no word about multicoating, and also no longer abillity to use a lens hood. As the picture of the filter shows it's a full reflection, with no coating at all. No, thank you. If I use a filter, I want to maintain the initial image quality.

So.

Filters in the camera body, maybe as a rotary/disc? How big are you willing for that body to be, for the 5%? 15%? of your images that need ANY filter, much less one of the few that would be provided?

You complain about not being able to use with a lens hood. How are you going to adjust an in-body polarizer or VND?

You trade off inconveniences with products. I will gladly screw on filters to have my choice of brand and quality in trade for a smaller, lighter, less-expensive body.

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2022 at 22:48 UTC
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Geripsychdoc: Amazon has had the ‘K&F Concept Variable ND2-ND400 Filter’ for a while now. Looks similar. That one had bad vignette a strong x band and color cast. I returned it immediately. PolarPro sells a CPL with a fixed stop nd filter. Way more expensive but works well enough if you don’t need variable nd and can live with fixed strength.

I think that’s only ND. This combines a VND and a polarizer in one filter.

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2022 at 22:44 UTC
On article NASA wants your help classifying vortices on Jupiter (37 comments in total)
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cosinaphile: would you like a list of the things i wish NASA would do ?..... sheeesh!

Someone forgot his pills this morning …

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2022 at 22:42 UTC
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moga: Why?

“ Seriously, 2000 bucks for the body and 200 for the lens.”

Why not? You could easily go the other way: $400 for a D3400 and $14,000 for a super-tele.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2022 at 12:24 UTC
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moga: Why?

Brings budget conscious amateurs into hobby. (Cannot use “t-h-e” because Ohio State U has trademarked that word.)

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2022 at 22:46 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Nikkor Z 400mm F4.5 VR sneak peek (209 comments in total)
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FKS: Chris really hates vertical grips. Guess he doesn't understand how much more stable the camera is when you use the vertical release, or how much better that is for his hand.

I haven’t used either the Z9 or D6, but looking at their user manuals online shows the control placement is the same. The D6 has three buttons between the mount and grip; the Z9 has two.

With both cameras, holding them in landscape orientation the Fn buttons are an easy reach with the 2nd or 3rd fingers of the right hand. In portrait, you have to reach your forefinger quite a ways to reach other.

A second set of Fn buttons arranged below the mount (in landscape orientation), would make it easy to acces them in landscape mode.

Seems Nikon is continuing how it has always worked.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2022 at 12:53 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Nikkor Z 400mm F4.5 VR sneak peek (209 comments in total)
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FKS: Chris really hates vertical grips. Guess he doesn't understand how much more stable the camera is when you use the vertical release, or how much better that is for his hand.

Thanks. I agree that ergonomically it’s better. I just had a hard time remembering to use it. Now that I am in the Z system (Z7), that’s not an option since there is no connector for a smart grip.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2022 at 01:22 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Nikkor Z 400mm F4.5 VR sneak peek (209 comments in total)
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fpessolano: Now the question is keep the 100-400 order or turn it into a 400 and use a tc with the 70-200 … difficult!

… and availability.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2022 at 21:56 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Nikkor Z 400mm F4.5 VR sneak peek (209 comments in total)
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FKS: Chris really hates vertical grips. Guess he doesn't understand how much more stable the camera is when you use the vertical release, or how much better that is for his hand.

How did you get that impression from the video? Is he constantly switching to portrait orientation by rotating his arm rather than changing hand position to use the vertical controls?

My hunch is he does that from habit, not hate. I have a vertical grip for my D7100 but always forget to use it … I’m not used to it and while concentrating on my subject I simply don’t think about switching to a different set of controls.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2022 at 21:55 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Nikkor Z 400mm F4.5 VR sneak peek (209 comments in total)
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FuhTeng: At 1:29 it doesn't say PF on it? Not a PF lens? Interesting.

But the most important point is how much does it cost? I'm amused we don't know that yet.

Nikon hasn’t announced yet, and they get to set the suggested retail price. So until they announce it, no one will know.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2022 at 14:35 UTC
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coreyweb: it'd be cool to see 3D modeling easily doable for the masses straight from pictures.

Well … is this tool going to get the thickness of the instrument’s tube right? What about the complexity of the valves?

Or do you just end with essentially a wood block carved into the shape of a flute?

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2022 at 18:27 UTC
On article DPReview TV: The most expensive camera in the world (135 comments in total)
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Indohydra: Oh dear Lord, you drank the Leica cool aid.

All Leica really needs to do is make an affordable camera that is better than all the rest. It can be done. (It may have to use Sony sensors.)

Why do they NEED to do that?

Leica has never made "affordable" cameras. And they seem to be doing pretty well.

Nikon, Canon, Panasonic, Sony, and others make affordable cameras. Leica is a luxury and very high-end professional brand. That's just what they are.

They don't NEED to change anything.

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2022 at 00:59 UTC
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MarkGregor: It's interesting that a camera can have more monetary value than the images that were made with it. In fact this one sold for far more than the highest selling photograph ever. It's a sad commentary on the art of photographic image making. It makes me wonder what Picasso's brushes are worth.

Why is it interesting? The camera and my photos taken with it have no relevance.

Was Herr Barnack a world-famous photographer? No - he was an engineer. His legacy is to have provided the world a fantastic camera, not fantastic photographs.

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2022 at 01:10 UTC
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Name That Camera: Digital has become too sharp and too detailed and therefore we start using filters (digitally or physically) to get a more 'pleasing' look. Pretty ironic if you start thinking about it.

In the film world we moved to larger formats specifically to obtain “sharp” and “detailed.”

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2022 at 19:25 UTC
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Jon555: The main question is - can you just shoot the scene normally, and sort it out later, or do you have to have the filter on the camera and live with its results?
I had a Tiffen Black Pro-Mist 1/4 Filter but sent it back as I didn't think I wanted the original video to be like that...

I think you decide what you want. If you re an artist trying for a particular effect and you don’t plan a “clear” version then you use one of these filters. It simplifies your workflow in post. Particularly for video this will be a huge time saver.

If you don’t know then …but then I got to thinking. If you don’t know what you want your final product to look like when you press the shutter button then what kind of artist are you?

Anyway …

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2022 at 19:23 UTC
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PhotoKhan: It is impossible not to be mesmerized, baffled and enchanted by cosmic events like these.

However, one has to be careful when the limits of Human Knowledge are reached and tested in ways like this, with such "certainties" and a bit of scientific cockiness.

I, for one, in my relatively short stay on this earth, have taken due notice of the many times I've been told by the scientific community: "Remember what we knew about XYZ? We just found out that it is not like that, at all."

Did you and I read the same article here on DPR?

There was no certainty stated in what I read. I read “direct evidence” and “appears to be” and other “we think we’re right” language, but I also read language that stresses this is not Truth Just Because We Said It.

You might want to re-read the article.

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2022 at 19:03 UTC
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