Brev00

Brev00

Lives in United States Tulsa, OK, United States
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On article Nikon Z8 review: a supercharged D850 successor (1634 comments in total)
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Brev00: I have never liked the grip on the Z6 and Z7 cameras. Can't fit all my fingers comfortably on it. The Z9 solves that but is too large for most of what I do. I think the Z8 is likely that happy medium and would make for an easy transition from my current DSLR bodies. The only problem is that my local store won't let me handle one though they have many in stock. They won't take one out of the box. Because it is such a premium camera, in their words, they don't want to spoil the experience of the actual buyer. I think this is odd especially because a couple of years ago they let me try out anything in the store. I tried out every f mount telephoto zoom they sold before buying my Tamron 100-400 from them. Isn't that the biggest advantage of a brick and mortar store? I guess I can buy it from an online vendor with a good return policy. But, I have been trying to avoid that focusing on buying local. Hmm.

The mini sd card was chosen due to the limited space inside the Zf. Nikon thought it was better that than nothing. I think it will be used. I would just pop it in and leave it there as a back up.

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2023 at 00:08 UTC
On article Nikon Z8 review: a supercharged D850 successor (1634 comments in total)
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Brev00: I have never liked the grip on the Z6 and Z7 cameras. Can't fit all my fingers comfortably on it. The Z9 solves that but is too large for most of what I do. I think the Z8 is likely that happy medium and would make for an easy transition from my current DSLR bodies. The only problem is that my local store won't let me handle one though they have many in stock. They won't take one out of the box. Because it is such a premium camera, in their words, they don't want to spoil the experience of the actual buyer. I think this is odd especially because a couple of years ago they let me try out anything in the store. I tried out every f mount telephoto zoom they sold before buying my Tamron 100-400 from them. Isn't that the biggest advantage of a brick and mortar store? I guess I can buy it from an online vendor with a good return policy. But, I have been trying to avoid that focusing on buying local. Hmm.

I went to my local Best Buy and spoke to a clerk. He was not from the camera department and had no camera knowledge. He wasn't sure he was allowed to unbox it but went with the flow and did. Wow! What a beautiful camera! The ideal form factor for a smooth transition from my DSLRs. I think Nikon hit it out of the park. Now it just comes down to price (ouch) and committing to the evf. I don't have to decide anything now as my photography goes into hibernation during Tulsa's miserable winter months.

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2023 at 15:19 UTC
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charlyw64: It's a negative if the standalone, less able software costs more per year to keep up than the subscription of the full kaboodle...

The whole idea of getting licensed software is not to be upgrading all the time. Still, though, it's $79 to upgrade. One reason I am occasionally forced to upgrade is because an older version can become incompatible with a new mac OS. I'm having one feature glitch with the new Sonoma but it's probably not enough to make me upgrade.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2023 at 20:06 UTC
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BackToNature1: I think I have the 2018 and 2022 versions of Photoshop Elements.

I mostly use the ACR feature and rarely use anything else.

So with the so called major updates, apparently still no inclusion of the Adobe new noise reduction tool which is found in their subscription models. So Until they add just that one feature to Photoshop Elements, I am done with buying their products.

Elements ACR will forever lack some of the features included in Photoshop and Lightroom. But this is no different from other software providers. For example, you only get prime noise reduction in DXO's elite version which sells for considerably more than the essential version. Adobe does upgrade the ACR of elements every few iterations. And that is when I upgrade. Otherwise, I use plug-ins to compensate for the limitations of PSE. I find Elements to be a fantastic home base for my suite of plug-ins. But then the total price tag starts to resemble or even surpass Photoshop's.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2023 at 15:16 UTC
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Horshack: Looks promising but I only buy subscription software and can't countenance the idea of owning something outright and not paying someone rent for it. Put it in the cloud and charge me $10/month and you've got yourself a deal Adobe.

Reilly, he is being sarcastic

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2023 at 15:10 UTC
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Lan: How well does PSE 2024 handle being offline? I currently have a subscription to the full version of PS, but it always bricks itself if I don't connect to the Internet every two days or so, which is really annoying when I'm travelling and not connected to the Internet... Is PSE any better?

No internet connection is necessary to operate PSE. It is a fully licensed software package.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2023 at 15:08 UTC
On article Nikon Z8 review: a supercharged D850 successor (1634 comments in total)

I have never liked the grip on the Z6 and Z7 cameras. Can't fit all my fingers comfortably on it. The Z9 solves that but is too large for most of what I do. I think the Z8 is likely that happy medium and would make for an easy transition from my current DSLR bodies. The only problem is that my local store won't let me handle one though they have many in stock. They won't take one out of the box. Because it is such a premium camera, in their words, they don't want to spoil the experience of the actual buyer. I think this is odd especially because a couple of years ago they let me try out anything in the store. I tried out every f mount telephoto zoom they sold before buying my Tamron 100-400 from them. Isn't that the biggest advantage of a brick and mortar store? I guess I can buy it from an online vendor with a good return policy. But, I have been trying to avoid that focusing on buying local. Hmm.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2023 at 15:31 UTC as 29th comment | 10 replies
On article Nikon Z8 review: a supercharged D850 successor (1634 comments in total)
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ModelA1: I do not agree. If you have used the Nikon Z8, apart from the size and weight, the first thing that really shocks you when using it is the (very) low battery life of the body and it is very annoying on a daily basis (you might as well take the Z9). The same goes for the rear screen which really limits its use in video and photos. We are very, very far from the ergonomics of the A7RV.
Then, why did they put 2 different card formats with controversial management methods?
I really didn't like this camera body and frankly, I should have gone for the Z9, if it had had the dimensions and superb ergonomics of the Canon R3 despite a limited optical range.
I hope that Sony will take inspiration from this for its future high-end cases with integrated grip because optically, they are very far ahead, and that is what remains my main choice.

All the issues you have with the camera, from its weight to its lack of a flip screen to its mp count, were all well known before you bought the camera. So you are criticizing the camera for performing exactly as advertised.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2023 at 15:18 UTC
On article Nikon Zf review: updated with video reel and impressions (1596 comments in total)
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Spectro: at least it has a mechanical shutter, one of the biggest omission on the z9 and z8. Will see what the z6iii specs is hopefully next year (probably a diffent sensor) as my 2nd camera.

Unless Nikon is able to improve this with a software upgrade, you will get the occasional banding. If the frustration is intolerable, you have a camera with a mechanical shutter. Nikon simply does not offer the sort of precision shutter speed options of the Sony A1. Nikon bet that 99.9% of users would not run into this problem. Unfortunately, you fall in the 0.1%.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2023 at 13:36 UTC
On article Nikon Zf review: updated with video reel and impressions (1596 comments in total)
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Spectro: at least it has a mechanical shutter, one of the biggest omission on the z9 and z8. Will see what the z6iii specs is hopefully next year (probably a diffent sensor) as my 2nd camera.

The Sony A1 has anti flicker controls that the z9 lacks. A careful look at the specs would have revealed this. I know this and I don't own either camera.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2023 at 15:50 UTC
On article Nikon Zf review: updated with video reel and impressions (1596 comments in total)
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Spectro: at least it has a mechanical shutter, one of the biggest omission on the z9 and z8. Will see what the z6iii specs is hopefully next year (probably a diffent sensor) as my 2nd camera.

It was clearly stated in the info about this camera that it did not have a mechanical shutter. If you needed a camera with a mechanical shutter, you should not have bought a Z9. It is not an omission. Simply not the camera for you. Were you just wishing you would not run into this problem?

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2023 at 03:25 UTC
On article Nikon Zf review: updated with video reel and impressions (1596 comments in total)
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Inspired Shot: So many never-Nikon people chiming in about the weirdest complaints. At this price point, this is a terrific camera. I never go to Fuji product and complain about aesthetics. I just leave it. I don't go to Sony and complain about the color. What about put up some realistic criticisms?

Pro:
8 EV VR
Z9/Z8 AF speeds
Common EL-15C battery
Pixel Shift
BnW choices
Price
Build quality

Con:
Card choice
No sensor guard
Ergonomics

Neutral:
Styling
EVF

There's a lot of good in this camera. No camera is perfect. This is also why many people have more than one-or more than one brand of camera! Retro not for you? Just move along. Why even comment about that?

The lack of a sensor guard comes from the fact that it has a mechanical shutter. The sensor guard was introduced to protect the Z9 sensor since the camera has only an electronic shutter. Since the Zf has a mechanical shutter, the reason for the sensor guard does not exist. Ergonomics is likely a main issue for me but that is what you get with the film styling. If ergonomics is a con then shouldn't styling also be? They go hand in hand. I don't consider the card choice a con either since it was forced by the size limitation of the design. A pretty creative solution. Better than just one card slot like the Z5.

I do like your list of pros. The BW picture control implementation is genius. Puts black and white shooting literally at your fingertips. It sets it apart from its competitors and solidifies the sense that this camera is a tool for artists.

Where do you stand on the fully articulating screen?

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2023 at 03:18 UTC
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Brev00: I have the Google 6 Pro. I like it but it also has its quirks. It generally chooses a too cool white balance so I find myself using the white balance slider quite often to bring up the natural warmth of a scene. NIght sight photos tend to be too bright so will often bring down the brightness using the exposure slider. One obviously needs a still scene and time to make these adjustments, and those settings revert to default quite easily. Scenes can often feel too HDR-ish so will often edit in camera adding blacks, lowering shadows, etc. to make the photos more lifelike. Plus, the camera app is prone to crashing.

So, why would I stick with Pixels given all this? The end results are often excellent! Better than what my friends get with their Galaxies. I am very happy with the Android ecosystem so am not about to get an iPhone. Plus, from what I have seen online, I prefer the colors of the Pixel. This fiddling becomes second nature. I hope the 8 is truly great!

Are you sure Edgar? I find using the night sight mode does a great job capturing detail in all sorts of conditions.

On another note, I've been processing a lot of pixel raws lately. Tricky to process as you lose all the automatic corrections including lens distortion and CAs. But you can get much more natural colors, less noise reduction and sharpening so you actually get more realistic detail. Still, some of the JPEGs out of camera are more appealing than my processed raws. Probably my own limitations at play. It is sometimes nice for Google to make the decisions for me.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2023 at 16:22 UTC
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Brev00: I have the Google 6 Pro. I like it but it also has its quirks. It generally chooses a too cool white balance so I find myself using the white balance slider quite often to bring up the natural warmth of a scene. NIght sight photos tend to be too bright so will often bring down the brightness using the exposure slider. One obviously needs a still scene and time to make these adjustments, and those settings revert to default quite easily. Scenes can often feel too HDR-ish so will often edit in camera adding blacks, lowering shadows, etc. to make the photos more lifelike. Plus, the camera app is prone to crashing.

So, why would I stick with Pixels given all this? The end results are often excellent! Better than what my friends get with their Galaxies. I am very happy with the Android ecosystem so am not about to get an iPhone. Plus, from what I have seen online, I prefer the colors of the Pixel. This fiddling becomes second nature. I hope the 8 is truly great!

@TPrior The Pixel Pro has three lenses, wide, normal, and a 4x telephoto. These are prime lenses. If you want to shoot at any other focal length, then you are using digital zoom. I try to use just those three focal lengths and have great success with them. I can digitally crop later on if I wish and still get real detail. Shooting raw helps a lot because I can avoid both Google's noise reduction which can eliminate fine detail and its oversharpening which can make an image look fake. The raw and night sight files are pretty big. I have to download and delete the raws to keep my cloud storage from exploding.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2023 at 23:22 UTC
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BosPhotoMan: I am still using photoshop elements 11. I had been using photoshop previously but abandoned it when Adobe went to the subscription model. By and large I find my old version of elements to be quite useful and I've felt little motivation to upgrade to any of the newer versions. It's not mentioned in the review but there are some downsides to upgrading. Newer versions require setting up an account on Adobe's cloud (doesn't appeal to me). It is also my understanding you cannot open the editor module directly (something I can do with my old version). I don't care for the organization features.
Personally, I wish Adobe chose a different path for photoshop elements upgrades. I would love to see enhancements to the basics, e.g., more refined masking and adjustments. Most of the AI stuff seems like gimmicks to me. Certainly something I wouldn't use frequently. To quote from the movie Amadeus, "Too many notes"

What is depth of field correction?

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2023 at 16:28 UTC
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M_Hector: Thank you for the review. I have been keeping my eyes on the Pixel 7a and wondering what photographers thought of its cameras and software. I have owned a 3a and a 4a and I loved both of them. It is a real bummer that we cannot access the native resolution of the non-selfie sensors, though. I don't get that.

I dunno. I have a full frame camera, two dx cameras, and the Pixel. Pixel works fine within my ecosystem. As I said, my phone images look good printed large right next to prints from my D610 and D500.

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2023 at 22:36 UTC
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Jagganatha: I just wish I could see some RAW photographs, and some panoramas. Reviews that miss both out cannot help us know what something is capable of, so video too!

The 16 megapixel preferred here to 12 is better than nothing because I know that full frame 35mm format 16MP has a quantum leap in detail resolution over any 12MP sensor, but it is still nowhere near enough resolution for fine details to be both recordable and viewable except close up IMHO. I demand panoramas as I have rediscovered my LG G4's ability to make good ones that are over 5000 pixels in height using its vertical sweep, and with a good, sharper than these cameras ! old 24mm f1.8 equivalent field of view. I need though, a machine that fixes exposure to that of the first frame, as the older models like mine vary exposure continuously as you sweep where the scenes overall lighting varies from frame to frame, often with disastrouis results. And knowing RAW dng file quality is surely not too much of an ask, if they do it???

I was shooting raw and jpeg with my Pixel 6 Pro a few weeks ago to see what improvements, if any, were possible. I found that, yes, there are major benefits to shooting raw. One can elude the overprocessing and get tasteful images with a natural vibe. The raws are about as blah as one can get. Amazing how little highlight recovery is visible in them compared to the jpegs. In general, they look washed out. But, they take processing well. It is a steep ask to reject the convenience of jpeg shooting, however, and I now shoot raw only on an al a carte basis. Raws do take up a lot of space in the cloud. I don't like Google reminding me all the time to upgrade my subscription! I have not been very successful shooting panoramas. With few positive results, I don't practice so can't speak to the potential of Pixel's panoramas. They are set up to view in a very awkward way. On another note, magical eraser is 95% of the time a waste of time.

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2023 at 21:33 UTC
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M_Hector: Thank you for the review. I have been keeping my eyes on the Pixel 7a and wondering what photographers thought of its cameras and software. I have owned a 3a and a 4a and I loved both of them. It is a real bummer that we cannot access the native resolution of the non-selfie sensors, though. I don't get that.

The Pixel images do not look a mess at 100%. They look fine on my 27" Mac and can show quite nicely on 13x19 prints.

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2023 at 21:19 UTC
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Brev00: I have the Google 6 Pro. I like it but it also has its quirks. It generally chooses a too cool white balance so I find myself using the white balance slider quite often to bring up the natural warmth of a scene. NIght sight photos tend to be too bright so will often bring down the brightness using the exposure slider. One obviously needs a still scene and time to make these adjustments, and those settings revert to default quite easily. Scenes can often feel too HDR-ish so will often edit in camera adding blacks, lowering shadows, etc. to make the photos more lifelike. Plus, the camera app is prone to crashing.

So, why would I stick with Pixels given all this? The end results are often excellent! Better than what my friends get with their Galaxies. I am very happy with the Android ecosystem so am not about to get an iPhone. Plus, from what I have seen online, I prefer the colors of the Pixel. This fiddling becomes second nature. I hope the 8 is truly great!

That is disappointing to hear, barry. Because of the default overprocessing, I have spent some time with the Pixel 6 raws. Clearly all the extra spin has been eliminated as the raws are incredibly drab. But, obviously, that is just a starting point for raw conversion and processing. Which resulted in some much better images. Just a lot of work which flies in the face of what smartphone photography is all about for me: speed and convenience.

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2023 at 16:54 UTC
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Brev00: I have the Google 6 Pro. I like it but it also has its quirks. It generally chooses a too cool white balance so I find myself using the white balance slider quite often to bring up the natural warmth of a scene. NIght sight photos tend to be too bright so will often bring down the brightness using the exposure slider. One obviously needs a still scene and time to make these adjustments, and those settings revert to default quite easily. Scenes can often feel too HDR-ish so will often edit in camera adding blacks, lowering shadows, etc. to make the photos more lifelike. Plus, the camera app is prone to crashing.

So, why would I stick with Pixels given all this? The end results are often excellent! Better than what my friends get with their Galaxies. I am very happy with the Android ecosystem so am not about to get an iPhone. Plus, from what I have seen online, I prefer the colors of the Pixel. This fiddling becomes second nature. I hope the 8 is truly great!

My Pixel 3 was better. Once upon a time Motorola sold a Z Force with a separate Hasselblad camera module. Total manual control and optical zoom with an actual shutter button. When they discontinued the upper tier version of the phone, I was left with these now useless modules. That is when I switched to the Pixel.

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2023 at 02:22 UTC
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