Rick DeBari

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And why wouldn't Adobe make huge profits after forcing photographers into the monthly subscriptions model? If digital camera makers simply made the DNG file format universally built into firmware, photographers would not need monthly subscriptions to Adobe to cover raw updates for new camera models. Then "poor" Adobe would only make profits like they did in the old days. By actually making good software updates that photographers actually wanted to purchase outright. Most Photoshop users updated at least every other revision anyway just to keep up. Personally, I find perpetually buying into a monthly subscription a very distasteful option. Nikon, Canon, Sony, Olympus, Panasonic, etc please make DNG an available file format option in firmware.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2017 at 01:03 UTC as 19th comment | 5 replies

It will be interesting to see which sensor size Nikon embraces for mirrorless. Nikon may go with full frame because they feel that will yield them maximum profit margins and also to compete with Sony Alpha. My hope is that they go with APS-C size for their mirrorless. There is a fair chance Nikon may actually do this to compete directly with the new Canon EOS-M 5/6 series. It would be great if Nikon could come up with a way to make their mirrorless cams compatible with existing Nikkor lenses WITHOUT an adapter. This could be done with a groundbreaking lens-mount having a flange distance that matches DSLR size. Just make the rest of the camera smaller around the flange. Another way to do it would be to design a pop-out lens-mount that is normally retracted for native lenses. The mount could then pop-out to accommodate legacy Nikon lenses, FX or DX, thereby giving the correct flange distance. Hopefully Nikon will design a complete lightweight set of lenses for their mirrorless system.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2017 at 22:09 UTC as 34th comment

I'll stick with my good old Photoshop CS6 thank you. It works fast and there's no monthly payment fee because it's paid for outright. I tried a Lightroom free trial several years ago and didn't like the experience all that much. I prefer managing my images within Photoshop using Bridge. I'm not sure if the newest LR version can still be purchased outright but it most likely won't be for long if it is. Adobe has been greedy about forcing its end-users into Creative Cloud subscriptions. And that ticks me off! I wish digicam makers would simply build the universal DNG Raw format as an option within their firmware. Then photographers would not be forced to constantly invest in new versions of software to handle their Raw files every time a new digicam comes out. ☺

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2017 at 22:59 UTC as 72nd comment | 1 reply

I'll stick with my good old Photoshop CS6 thank you. It works fast and no monthly payment fee because it's paid for outright. ☺

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2017 at 22:41 UTC as 73rd comment | 1 reply
On article Ask the staff: electronic or optical viewfinder? (890 comments in total)

Perhaps you asked the wrong question. Do we even need a viewfinder at all anymore? A good high resolution LED or OLED screen that remains usable in sunlight is much more convenient to use than either an EVF or OVF. The availability of histograms, focus peaking, virtual horizons, rule of thirds grid and most importantly an accurate live view of the image that gives instant feedback of how your exposure choices will look in the final image make makes LED screens, for me at least, the most convenient way to shoot. I do realize that, in certain bright sun situations, a viewfinder may be necessary but I find that 95% of the time I prefer the LED screen for shooting. It frees me to see more of what is going on around me when I'm shooting. I also find that using a viewfinder, particularly on a small DSLR or mirrorless camera, can cause problems when my nose touches either the control buttons or the touchscreen and unexpectedly changes settings while I'm shooting.

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2017 at 14:20 UTC as 324th comment | 5 replies
On article Throwback Thursday: Olympus E-10 (162 comments in total)

The E20n was my first serious digicam. It was a great camera! I won first place in the NECCC modeling photo competition in Amherst, MA with my photo from that 5mp camera! I always dreamed of a modern version of that design, which was an early idea similar to the Sony SLT cameras. Instead the E10/20n series used a prism between the lens and sensor and a mirror in the viewfinder. This allowed both live view and the optical viewfinder to be usable at the same time. I believe there was a half-stop loss of light with that prism design. I never found any issue with image quality due to light loss because the 35-140mm f2-2.4 Olympus lens was superbly sharp and bright. The main issue with the camera was that the CPU and card reader were very slow. If only Olympus could make a modern metal-body version of that camera with a new 20mp 1" sensor, a really fast processor, large LCD, optical viewfinder and the SAME lens formula. It would be a killer fixed-lens system that would be very popular.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2016 at 16:22 UTC as 49th comment | 1 reply
On article DPReview Asks: What was your first camera? (766 comments in total)

Kodak Instamatic, the one that used the flashcubes. Also had one of those cheap plastic Polaroids. My older sister had TLR's(Twin Lens Reflex) but I never used them. My first real SLR was a used Petriflex fully manual with one normal lens. Went to a Minolta SRT101 in high school with only a normal lens for many years, then much later went Nikon F2, F3, F4, D2x. My currently most-used camera is a Canon G12 because of the portability.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 16:11 UTC as 496th comment

The robbers were later caught with his gear. Here is the updated story with security video.
http://www.couriermail.com.au/sport/olympics-2016/rio-thief-who-robbed-news-corp-photographer-caught-using-stolen-gear/news-story/5af7e72c2e06a3839c3269a4bb678089

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2016 at 11:59 UTC as 44th comment | 4 replies

Another DX "yawn."

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2016 at 17:52 UTC as 17th comment
On article Nikon announces development of flagship D5 DSLR (442 comments in total)
In reply to:

Rick DeBari: Yes, we at Nikon realize that our best-selling line is DX and that many serious photographers have been begging us for years to design and build a prosumer D400 to replace the popular D300s. It is foolish for you, our customers, to think you know what you want. What you really need are more low-end, consumer-build, plastic-bodied DX cameras. If you really do need a pro-body camera you should invest $3,000 for an FX body like the D810 or $6,000 for a D4s or the new D5. Not enough magnification with FX? Well then, you will just have to buy super-expensive FX glass like the new 500mm AF-S VR f/4 FL for only $10,200! If you are a serious wildlife or sports photographer and absolutely need a new D400 APS-C crop-sensor pro body Nikon doesn't really care about you. We suggest either the new Canon 7D Mark II or the Samsung NX1 as alternatives. :) lol Wake up Nikon!!!

Senn_b I fully am aware that the D7200 is an excellent camera. And it is good enough for maybe 85% of DX shooters. But there are many pros and serious enthusiasts who need and want a rugged, metal, prosumer body with functionality optimized for pro use. There is a big untapped demand out there for a Nikon pro DX body among pros and enthusiasts. Yes it would be more expensive than the D7200. But I think that Nikon DX shooters will buy tons of them.

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2015 at 01:58 UTC
On article Nikon announces development of flagship D5 DSLR (442 comments in total)

Yes, we at Nikon realize that our best-selling line is DX and that many serious photographers have been begging us for years to design and build a prosumer D400 to replace the popular D300s. It is foolish for you, our customers, to think you know what you want. What you really need are more low-end, consumer-build, plastic-bodied DX cameras. If you really do need a pro-body camera you should invest $3,000 for an FX body like the D810 or $6,000 for a D4s or the new D5. Not enough magnification with FX? Well then, you will just have to buy super-expensive FX glass like the new 500mm AF-S VR f/4 FL for only $10,200! If you are a serious wildlife or sports photographer and absolutely need a new D400 APS-C crop-sensor pro body Nikon doesn't really care about you. We suggest either the new Canon 7D Mark II or the Samsung NX1 as alternatives. :) lol Wake up Nikon!!!

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2015 at 16:49 UTC as 82nd comment | 5 replies
On article The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 (1290 comments in total)

The GX8 looks like a great camera design mostly. Too bad they ruined it by eliminating the built-in flash and using an utterly useless 2.5mm mic input. The fancy tilting EVF adds unnecessarily to the cost. A built-in flash would be more useful. I do love the fully-articulated LCD. Its about time other camera makers got rid of the stupid tilt-only LCD designs. I am anxious to see the new Lumix GH5 which, I assume, will also use the new 20MP sensor.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2015 at 14:26 UTC as 45th comment | 6 replies
On article Richard Franiec offers Canon PowerShot G7 X custom grip (112 comments in total)

Nice add-on but Canon made a mistake not building even a small a grip into the design of the body. Especially for an advanced enthusiast-level 1" sensor compact camera such as this. BTW Sony is guilty of the same grip-less issue on their RX100 series cameras with which this competes. I know some will say having no grip makes the camera truly pocket-able but, for me, a grip is essential.

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2014 at 01:49 UTC as 39th comment | 1 reply
On article Nikon D4s First Impressions Review (1032 comments in total)

Wait a minute! DP Review hasn't posted the full D4 review yet after two years! Still waiting! Sorry couldn't resist. ☺ lol

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2014 at 17:22 UTC as 197th comment

These are release candidates and NOT final versions! Personally I will wait until the final versions are released. It most likely will only be a few weeks until this happens.

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2014 at 23:53 UTC as 17th comment | 3 replies

Really amazing and touching portraits. Truly inspiring!

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2014 at 13:33 UTC as 240th comment
In reply to:

GPW: NIKON, ENOUGH with the BULL S#$T entry level cameras, and release a D300/s replacement. If you can release a niche camera like the DF, you surely can release a much wanted camera like a pro DX (D400).

Ditto, what he said!!!

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2014 at 00:42 UTC

The fast new lens and 12 fps rate are nice but why no articulating LCD on the G16? No good for me without it. What a huge disappointment again from Canon!

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2013 at 05:06 UTC as 118th comment
On article Nikkor 18-140mm F3.5-5.6G ED VR hints at mid-range DSLR (181 comments in total)

Yawn...

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2013 at 00:53 UTC as 29th comment
On article Nikkor 18-140mm F3.5-5.6G ED VR hints at mid-range DSLR (181 comments in total)
In reply to:

djwuk: Surely a revised 17-55mm f2.8 VR would be a more likely portent of a D400(which surely by even Nikon knows it needs to produce) not this. They serious stuff they need to be offering (revised 135mm f2 for one) not rubbish like this.

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Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2013 at 00:52 UTC
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