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On article Nikon D3: The camera that changed everything (233 comments in total)
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User9362470513: "2. In addition to the cameras, the presentation was also memorable for a closing appeal from a very senior Nikon executive to the assembled US press. Please - he requested - please pronounce 'Nikon' correctly as 'Nick-on' not 'Nye-con' - a plea that was of course completely ignored by all concerned. That trip was also the first time I encountered a Geisha (it would not be the last)."

I am sure Americans would pronounce Japan as Nye-pon instead of Nippon.

Most Americans I have heard pronounce it juh-pan'.

Link | Posted on May 25, 2017 at 19:06 UTC
On article Nikon D3: The camera that changed everything (233 comments in total)
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TheCollector: I don't think that this is the camera that actually changed everything.

This was the first Nikon digital camera that finally could catch and even exceed Canon.
Mark III really was plagued by troublesome AF.
It began more challenging competition between the two camera giants, we all really benefited from this.

I don't think that this camera could pull Canon users, because migration costs a lot of money for all the lenses. It only could stop Nikon users from migrating to Canon because of FF.

Hmm. Barney specifically said, "I sold all my Canon gear" to buy this camera. I imagine others did as well.

Link | Posted on May 25, 2017 at 18:57 UTC
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PLShutterbug: I've had the i7 SP3 for about a year. Despite its low weight I will go back to a laptop next time, simply because of the hinge (or lack thereof). I find the four-point support mechanism of the SP to be extremely irritating.

Yes, I looked at one of those a couple of weeks ago. Had not realized that while it acts like a true laptop with the keyboard attached, the board does detach for use without.

Frankly I have only used my Surface without the keyboard a few times. I find its onscreen keyboard behavior baffling, unpredictable and frustrating. Perhaps just because I have not used it that way enough, though the iPad I am typing on has a very simple-to-fathom onscreen keyboard.

Link | Posted on May 24, 2017 at 22:14 UTC

I've had the i7 SP3 for about a year. Despite its low weight I will go back to a laptop next time, simply because of the hinge (or lack thereof). I find the four-point support mechanism of the SP to be extremely irritating.

Link | Posted on May 24, 2017 at 13:16 UTC as 28th comment | 4 replies
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ChrisH37: How does it compare to the Surface Pro 4? They, oddly, seem to be comparing this to the 3 in the marketing blurb, odd when presumably SP4 users are those most likely to be early adopters looking for another upgrade (if all other specs are at least equal I'd switch just to get a fanless i5, the SP4 is in permanent noisy fan mode when using Lightroom).

The SP3 is quiet but not silent. I have the i7 SP3 Pro too and I hear the fan frequently.

Link | Posted on May 24, 2017 at 13:06 UTC
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(unknown member): When this site prepare a report like the one you did yesterday informing how the rolling shutter work and teach the way to prevent it you guys do a great job, but when you prepare an "report" based on rumours and use those rumors to try to "teach" the biggest camera producers what they should be doing with their company you guys completly loose my respect. I have no clue why do you think you have the rigth to say Canon or Nikon what they have to do, but you have to remember what this site is about. Is cool when Thom post some of his tougths on his blog, but thats a blog and not a review. This thread seems to pretend that you are explaning the users how things have to be done and what you are posting is just an opinion based on rumours.

Everything about this thread should just be just deleted from a site that is supposed to provide reviews and suddenly is just gossip show. End line "I hope to be proven wrong" Really? this a report or using the site as a blog with that title?

Tomi O, I didn't read "you need to do this" here. I read an analysis of historical choices and thoughts on why one thing might be better than the other. Then I read reader thoughts here in the comments, which might also sway the manufacturers.

My own opinion about this kind of opinion/inform piece rather than just reviews: DPReview needs to continue to expand to remain relevant. There are lots of articles here I don't read because the don't interest me, but that doesn't mean they are not worthwhile to produce or that others won't find them interesting.

Maybe you just skip the non-review articles from now on?

Link | Posted on May 23, 2017 at 13:01 UTC

To me the best part was watching all the traps go off when he bumped one by mistake. That was hilarious - so fast!

Not the mistake, I'm not making fun, but just seeing how fast it happened. Puts dominoes to shame.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2017 at 01:48 UTC as 3rd comment
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REDred Photo: I was a bit surprised not to find the 737 Max 9 listed under the usual Buying Options section... I suppose retail price is yet to be determined?

These editors are gettin' so sloppy ... :)

Link | Posted on May 14, 2017 at 20:04 UTC
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Iloveaircraftnoise: Apart from the wingtip fences or sharklets or whatever they are called I can't see much external difference between this 737-9 max and the 737-900. Is it another plastic plane like the 787?

I think Boeing made a huge strategic mistake when they decided to focus on twin engine long haul products like the 777 and 787. Disregarding the 747 heritage gave huge ground to Airbus.

Sorry . Is this a camera forum?

"...huge strategic mistake ..."

There is a LOT of press and analysis and documentation that four-engine commercial aircraft are on their way out. Twins have essentially the same range, are more fuel efficient and can carry as many passengers as airlines want on routes the 747 used to serve. This provides airlines more flexibility to add point-to-point routes rather than stay with traditional hub-and-spoke routing - which passengers want.

Airbus has admitted that the A880 won't pay back its development costs.

Why would Boeing decide on a strategy that is provably not wanted?

Let's get back to cameras now ... I am looking at both the RX10 III and the FZ2500 so look forward to a side-by-side comparison while viewing these wonderful machines (both the cameras AND the planes).

Link | Posted on May 14, 2017 at 15:29 UTC
On article Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM sample gallery (142 comments in total)
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John C Tharp: 4x zoom is 'super-zoom'? Might that be better as 'tele-zoom'?

Tharp: I think "super" refers to maximum reach, not zoom range.

Link | Posted on May 10, 2017 at 14:08 UTC

Off topic I know, Barney, ... but the beginning of your post really bothers me.

"... I was drunk because I hadn't eaten any dinner."

You were drunk because you drank too much. Please don't deflect.

Had you ended the sentence at "... drunk," no problem. I have been there as have many of us. But don't blame your irresponsible action on lack of food. You decided to drink more than you should and you were drunk as a result.

Link | Posted on May 4, 2017 at 13:42 UTC as 90th comment | 5 replies
On article Panasonic Lumix FZ80/FZ82 real world samples gallery (77 comments in total)
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NicoPPC: In Europe, this camera cost about the same as the EOS M10 with kit lens... and you get a lot of better quality in a small package...

In the US the M10 with 3x kit lens is $449.

How is the IQ on a cropped frame that gets you to 1200mm equivalent on that M10? Or 800mm? 600? 200?

Link | Posted on May 1, 2017 at 19:10 UTC
On article In praise of shooting monochrome landscapes (342 comments in total)

Lots of talk good/bad about HDR in the comments here. I think Ansel Adams was all about HDR. He invented the zone system specifically to extend the range of tones.

Second, I doubt that Adams would have rejected digital just because it is digital. He was an artist, not a technician. He used film because nothing else was available and 8x10 because it provided him the best tool to accomplish his goal of great photographs. There are fantastic digital cameras available today. Not yet to the standard of 8x10, but once someone comes up with a 4x5 digital back at 250-300MP ... the gain from no longer having to go from negative to print will eliminate the advantage of the large film formats.

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2017 at 15:58 UTC as 85th comment | 9 replies
On article Nikon D7500: Should I upgrade from my D7200? (269 comments in total)
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leonardotonin: It depends, if someone has a big lens. There is no vertical grip.

If we could just buy new sensors and processors, and swap as we do with lenses...

Most big lenses I have seen come with their own tripod mount ...

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2017 at 16:45 UTC
On article Nikon announces midrange D7500 DSLR (396 comments in total)
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p5freak: Boring, ancient mirror slap technology from the stone age. The future is mirrorless. Nikon cancels the 18-50 DL, which would have been unique, but releases this dinosaur. USB 2.0 ?? No 4k/60fps ?

@wetsleet, I spent the weekend with a friend's Hasselblad H6D/100c kit and I can tell you Hasselblad is still far more than just a company who slaps exotic wooden grips on cheap cameras. They learned that lesson, and their current offerings are amazing.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2017 at 13:02 UTC
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Boss of Sony: $200 a day pay is way too low for a job like this. It's barely above the minimum wage in Australia. How on earth are people supposed to accumulate wealth in the US? Do you all just accept that wealth is limited to the top 2% or top 5%?

According to Wikipedia, Australian minimum wage for 2014 (most recent year shown) is $16.87/hour. That is just a bit more than AUD$33,000, not $52,000.

While the average worker may make at least $52,000/year that is not what "minimum wage" means.

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2017 at 06:19 UTC
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Mr Bolton: I wonder if they'd consider doing 126 cartridge film. I have a couple of old cameras including a Rollei C26, which would be worth priming with some of these films.

Well ... the worst case scenario is that you ask and they say no.

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2017 at 06:21 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Our first cameras (391 comments in total)

When I was 8 I bought a half-frame 127 plastic camera at a general store in Waverly, KS while on vacation with my parents. I think it cost sixty-nine cents. My dad, who had done pro work earlier told me that he would pay for B&W film to process in our home darkroom but not color.

First serious camera was a 35mm Voigtlander Vitrona with a fixed 50mm lens. No rangefinder so I got pretty good at estimating distance.

Having grown up around really film good cameras (dad had a full Hasselblad 500c kit I started using at 11) I didn't buy a digital until 2001 when resolution finally approached 35mm. It was an Olympus 3.2MP job with 10x zoom and a "resolution enhancement" technology. I remember using it to do a last-minute banner for a trade show booth when FedEx missed a shipment. Amazing that in two hours with Photoshop and Kinko's I could save the day. What would that have been like even five years earlier?

Today I use a Nikon D7100 with several Nikkor zooms and primes.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2017 at 13:51 UTC as 230th comment
On article Ask the staff: electronic or optical viewfinder? (892 comments in total)
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Luisifer: ... i prefere http://www.photoextract.com/photo/568263.html
(it looks like electronic, isn't it) ,-)

Ooh. A trivial argument to commemorate the day we trivially switch to DST. I'll bite!

A viewfinder is just a mechanism to see what the camera will record. My Rollei and Hasselblad both had ground glass, waist level VIEWFINDERS.

And your 4x5 with its focusing screen? You're under the light shield peering at it to FIND the right VIEW, and you're at ... wait for it ... EYE LEVEL! You must be because your eyeball is only 15cm from the glass.

Take THAT for a reply, sir! Respond at your peril.

:)

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2017 at 16:31 UTC
On article Ask the staff: electronic or optical viewfinder? (892 comments in total)
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Tom K.: I guess I'm not really qualified to answer the question because I haven't used an OVF since I quite using my Olympus film SLR. I can say that I'm very happy with the EVF on my Panasonic FZ1000.

The few times I've looked through an OVF on a DSLR that I could potentially afford, it's been like looking through a dim tunnel. Maybe on a pro level body they're worthwhile.

I have to laugh at this comment by Carey Rose: "There's a lot to be said for being able to preview your results with an electronic unit, but I still enjoy that brief 'moment of discovery' when I see an image on the back of the camera." It seems like DSLR users chimp every shot which I find ridiculous.

Tom K: "chimp every shot?" Not sure what you mean. Are you denigrating photographers who check the image they just took to ensure they got what they wanted? For action obviously you have to get it right at the instant, but to me the ability to determine that I need to reshoot a scenic is one of the greatest time savers I have ever encountered. No more shooting five rolls, bracketing the heck out of things to ensure that five days later when the proofs come back I probably got it right - I love being able to see instantly what worked/failed.

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2017 at 16:21 UTC
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