nunatak

Lives in United States Los Angeles, CA, United States
Works as a Design Guy
Joined on Dec 29, 2003
About me:

I live 2 design books and magazines. I'm slowly hitch-hiking my way across the globe, and currently reside in southern california.

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On article Nikon Z fc Review (2120 comments in total)
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nunatak: while not a high performance camera, it is a nice stylish rebuild of the Z50. every photographer should at least consider carrying one as a spare in their man, ER, camera bag for those times the big guns are tucked away. 😎

i wouldn't say "specialize", but i do run into them a lot while photographing birds of prey. without a second camera, many of those "encounters" would be lost.

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2021 at 16:36 UTC
On article Nikon Z fc Review (2120 comments in total)
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nunatak: while not a high performance camera, it is a nice stylish rebuild of the Z50. every photographer should at least consider carrying one as a spare in their man, ER, camera bag for those times the big guns are tucked away. 😎

i often carry two cameras. i don't have time to take off my 500mm and put on a 28mm while my subject slithers away. i don't need two high performers, so a smart phone usually does the job. how nice if this more compact than a Z50 camera would let me fit a 16-50mm. "better" is always relative.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2021 at 14:18 UTC
On article Nikon Z fc Review (2120 comments in total)

while not a high performance camera, it is a nice stylish rebuild of the Z50. every photographer should at least consider carrying one as a spare in their man, ER, camera bag for those times the big guns are tucked away. 😎

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2021 at 15:41 UTC as 79th comment | 4 replies
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papajohnny: So he signed a contract in good conscience giving the rights to the agency and now wants to play it over? He didn't object when he signed the contract and when he was paid, he just wants to squeeze extra from the employer. Not a good tactics. He may or may not win the case, but he ruined his reputation and nobody will want to hire him in the future.

@papajohnny

I read his argument as you can't contract outside the law, so there needs to be a case which rules who, under these circumstances, is "the originator".

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2021 at 15:44 UTC

"So what does the additional $850 over the Peak Design carbon-fiber travel tripod buy you? In a word - stability."

this is, IMO, a 'bold claim' considering the author of the article has presented no photos which demonstrate these apparent virtues. there are a variety of 'techniques' available to enhance stability which might level the playing field with any of these tripod legs — depending on the subject matter.

don't get me wrong. a high degree of measured and proven stability can be critical for some applications, but if it's demonstrable, a demonstration needs to be forthcoming. otherwise it's just loosey-goosey opinion. just like my comment. :)

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2021 at 21:49 UTC as 31st comment | 4 replies

"The Best" is, 'at best', a slippery bar of soap which surely varies amongst readers.

so, wouldn't a 'best in class' site present readers with their own 'write in slot' rather than the 'forced choices' above? (and yes i realize these are forced choices distilled from another 'less than best' designed poll)

perhaps i'm just suffering from "best fatigue", but i feel it lends credence to the notion that this isn't a "reader's choice" at all — but another "fake" candle to commemorate this years flattened cake. JMO.

Link | Posted on Dec 22, 2020 at 13:59 UTC as 25th comment | 2 replies
On article DPReview TV: Sony a7C review (418 comments in total)
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Halftrack: Sony came *so close* to having an incredible camera here. If they could have found a way to give it a decent viewfinder, their new menus, and either a joystick or a better touchscreen this thing would absolutely slay. Unfortunately, some of the compromises they made really hurt, as far as I am concerned. (I don't care about the dial situation, others may disagree.) Manufacturers seem bound and determined to never make a camera that is truly all you would ever need. Every single one on the market has some really annoying shortfall. So frustrating! Why can't any of them ever get it 100% right?

if they included all the 'popular features' people wanted, it wouldn't fit the price point the market wants, and potential customers would be put off until it was further discounted.

live, die, repeat.
all camera makers seem to be stuck inside this loop.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2020 at 19:46 UTC
On article Nikon Z50 review (2010 comments in total)
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Bodkins Best Photography: Horrible aperture ranges on those lenses... f/6.3 on something that only goes to 50mm!?

yes, but apparently the wider mount and closer flange distance makes it look more like an ‘f5.6’. 🤫

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2019 at 16:05 UTC
On article Nikon Z50 review (2010 comments in total)
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OremLK: Is it just me or is this one of the best-looking digital cameras Nikon has ever made? Not sure why I find it so appealing, and I'm not really in the market for one, but every time I see a picture of it, I think "Damn that's a nice-looking camera".

IMHO, the V1 and V3 were nicer looking, and more compact. i’m glad Nikon reduced this Z size from FF, but really wish they kept the EN-EL15, than invent a new $70 battery model to fit inside.

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2019 at 16:04 UTC
On article Nikon Z50 review (2010 comments in total)
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LoneTree1: Lack of IBIS should have put the camera score into the high 70's. These days, no IBIS is ridiculous.

to date, none of Nikon’s native FF Z glass has VR, so it’s a harder sell to argue it can benefit from other lenses in the line.

the ‘proposed’ 28/40mm compacts aren’t very wide on APS-C.

adapters do help to open up the system, but also make it a bit of a kludge. should Nikon be promoting alternative mounts to make this system whole?

the 16-50mm works ‘well enough’, but if the key selling point is at 50mm the f6.3 looks more like an f5.6 — it’s not going to win over a lot of converts.

i believe Nikon missed the boat. it’s a ‘good enough’ starter, but with IBIS the Z50 could have leapt frog the competition rather than delivering another median level “me too” model. w/IBIS, it might have even inspired some of the adventurous to climb the ladder and buy Z glass w/o VR. IMHO, w/o IBIS, it falls short of a home run, and feels more like a base hit.

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2019 at 15:55 UTC

it didn't look like the box had a very legible 'fragile: handle with care" sticker.
not that any of the shippers (B&H, Amazon, Ebay) do that anymore.

by law, shippers do have to put 'lithium battery' warning labels on a box, but not 'fragile, handle with care.'

that 'gentle toss' was probably only the last one in a long journey. i'd give him an 8/10 for his effort. JMO.

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2019 at 02:36 UTC as 12th comment
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GlobalGuyUSA: Why don't they just Sell the site, instead of Close it down??

Seems like the content & viewers have some kind of value.

cuz unlike other sites, including this one, IR was run as a labor of love. they had a penchant for truth, honesty, and 'transparency' which the typical 'for profit' sites only pay lip service to.

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2019 at 13:21 UTC
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nerd2: Now people are rather buying $2,000 smartphone than standalone cameras.

or, perhaps more accurately ... now $1,000 smartphones capture, process, organize and transmit relatively high IQ images better than your typical $1000 stand alone camera.

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2019 at 13:17 UTC
On article Nikon Z 14-30mm F4 S sample gallery (240 comments in total)
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Einride: To the luddites whining about software correction: you're very welcome to explain why lenses should be fully optically corrected. Make your case, present your arguments. It means heavy, huge, expensive and fragile lenses. Why would that be preferable for a general purpose lens?

don't ya' think that kind of trolling invites a "to all the imperfection apologists", you're welcome to explain why customers have to settle on relatively poor optical instruments for their top dollar?

do you believe one will ever get satisfactory output from this glass if :

01: the correction software is incompatible with a third party RAW converter
02: you were to attempt to use this glass on some future camera which was unfamiliar with how to correct for it's imperfections?

personally, i prefer to choose from an abundance of vintage "well corrected" glass, and then apply software to correct, if necessary, than purchase modern "poorly corrected" glass requiring multiple complex transformation of RAW data. depending on the target output, it stands to reason that the more rounding errors, — the poorer the IQ. hth.

Link | Posted on May 4, 2019 at 20:05 UTC

"... but maybe after carrying around full-frame lenses they’ll find they’re too big and give up!"

maybe after carrying around Olympus's ultra-wides, ultra-tele's they'll ask "what's the difference"? oh yes, they'll say IQ! :)

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2019 at 21:55 UTC as 22nd comment

the Nikon 1 system (albeit crippled and dearly priced) was such a system, if one could live with a crop sensor.

There, I've said it! :)

Link | Posted on May 27, 2018 at 02:19 UTC as 59th comment

they used to plate those special LE's in gold.

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2018 at 23:27 UTC as 6th comment
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Retzius: So I guess no DX primes then...

@ Richard Butler: what's ideal is shooting wide to normal on an Fx, and long on a Dx. the size and weight differences between Dx and Fx are less consequential to the user than the IQ differences of the sensor size. the point being why should Nikon make Dx equivalents of Fx glass, when the solution is simpler to shoot both a Dx and Fx?

what would be ideal is a significant weight and size advantage for compactness and stealth — which is what the Nikon 1 would offer if the bodies mimicked the performance of DSLRs and there was a sufficient catalogue of small high speed glass. JMO.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2016 at 05:03 UTC
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Retzius: Thanks for posting the interview but I have to ask why the questions we all want to know were not asked...

Mirrorless? DX primes? Future of the DSLR? Response to Canon's M5? Why haven't they embraced the touchscreen?

like most DPreview interviews with Nikon, this one was weak. more pointed questions and follow ups would have reduced many ambiguities. it could just be "lost in translation", but DPreview comes across as being afraid to press Nikon on the questions DPreview's members want answered most. JMO.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2016 at 04:53 UTC

this photo essay could be retitled "When Walmart Ruled The World". :)

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2016 at 13:10 UTC as 51st comment
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