NCB

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tinternaut: Is X-Trans still as relevant given the quality of the best APC-C sensors?

First generation X-trans had very odd greens.

Link | Posted on May 24, 2018 at 22:55 UTC
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LamePhotog: Fake news, MFT will dominate.

Not dominate, but reckon MFT will continue to have a good future. Forget about the recent trend towards (some) larger bodies; they're aimed at niche markets. Where MFT scores is decent image quality using significantly smaller cameras and lenses. The appeal of that to many people will continue.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2018 at 16:06 UTC
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roweraay: I think Canon/Nikon have already run out of time. They need to be introducing a mirrorless design that not only competes with the best that Sony has bought out till date, but also competes and outclasses their legacy DSLR products. The days of incremental baby steps are over. They now need to introduce mirrorless products (cameras and lenses) that will uproot and toss out their legacy DSLR products.

Nikon and Canon aren't competing against their own DSLRs. With ML offerings they'll be competing against the other ML players. And they have the clout to do it. Expect them to make a big splash. Other ML players need to worry.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2018 at 15:57 UTC
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NCB: Richard. This must be about the most illogical thing you've ever written :-)

You can have a ML camera with short lens mount, and stick a converter on it for when you want to use DSLR lenses. Win, win. No sense in deliberately crippling the mount so there's no way for Canikon to allow their DSLR lenses to be used.

ML is hugely important to Canikon's survival. They're big companies and need big sales to match. Forget about niche cameras. Nikon from time to time does produce niche cameras, like Coolpix A, or the Df. But they have to get more than that out of ML.

Canikon make a point of shoving comfortable effective grips on their cameras, and they won't drastically curtail their sales by having no zooms.

Reckon they can still produce a good handling ML with a quality EVF and a core of native lenses, while still providing size and weight advantages over their DSLRs.

I get your point, although I think it depends on how good their adapter is; they'll obviously try to make it as good as possible, at least for their more modern lenses.

But maybe the point of an adapter is to say "hey, you can use your existing DSLR lenses with this camera (if you want to)". Its existence is meant to reassure their existing customers.

Practice might be quite different. Buyers of the ML product may end up by sticking to the ML native lenses, and continue to use their DSLRs for their DSLR lenses. So the two ranges remain complementary rather than overlapping. But having the option of the adapter there would be good for marketing.

Link | Posted on May 22, 2018 at 20:31 UTC

Richard. This must be about the most illogical thing you've ever written :-)

You can have a ML camera with short lens mount, and stick a converter on it for when you want to use DSLR lenses. Win, win. No sense in deliberately crippling the mount so there's no way for Canikon to allow their DSLR lenses to be used.

ML is hugely important to Canikon's survival. They're big companies and need big sales to match. Forget about niche cameras. Nikon from time to time does produce niche cameras, like Coolpix A, or the Df. But they have to get more than that out of ML.

Canikon make a point of shoving comfortable effective grips on their cameras, and they won't drastically curtail their sales by having no zooms.

Reckon they can still produce a good handling ML with a quality EVF and a core of native lenses, while still providing size and weight advantages over their DSLRs.

Link | Posted on May 22, 2018 at 19:46 UTC as 178th comment | 4 replies

About time Fuji admitted that its X-trans sensor has had its day. Maybe this is another small step in the right direction.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2018 at 22:41 UTC as 71st comment | 17 replies
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Pritzl: Not sure how embarrassing it is. Bugs happen. If anything, Fuji deserves kudos for how quickly and openly they responded to the issue. I sense a bit of kaizen-envy-schadenfreude going on here.

Of course it's embarrassing. Nikon, Canon, etc, would be hauled over the coals if such a thing happens. Why not Fuji?

The report was just that, and a pretty objective one.

Link | Posted on May 17, 2018 at 15:47 UTC
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Mateus1: For me this is another proof that m4/3 is most overprcied system for what it offers and Panasonic jpg colours are behind all the competitors.

Panasonic colours are great. I'm a Nikon shooter myself, mainly, but I know a number of fellow landscape photographers in the UK who produce some excellent pics using Panasonic cameras. The quality of the browns and similar shades capture the magic of the UK uplands in way few other cameras do.

Whatever, a good selection of shots.

Link | Posted on May 1, 2018 at 15:57 UTC

It all boils down to the fact that we don't know at all what Nikon's intentions/strategy are. They've said that for mirrorless they must have full frame. What they haven't said is that they will have full frame ONLY.

I reckon Nikon can't afford to ignore APS-C. So I'd be surprised if they don't do APS-C mirrorless. If anything, they need to bring that out sooner. Nikon needs new products on the market across the board; at the moment there's a bit of a hiatus, so they need to start getting new products out pretty soon.

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2018 at 19:18 UTC as 109th comment
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Decooler: I would be patient but changing the mount means that with millions of others, I may just as well use my Nikkors on a Sony body. This could finish Nikon: its an insult to every Nikon user, bar none to expect them to COMPLETELY re-equip to get what we all have now anyway!!

They don't need to re-equip at all. Z-mount plus an adapter would mean they could use all their existing glass on a new Nikon.

I reckon there's still a huge mileage in the Nikon DSLR market. Nikon mirrorless would mean adding a new dimension to an existing market. A lot of Nikon users would see it as usefully complementing what they already have,

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2018 at 19:09 UTC
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Mariano Pacifico: I'll hold on to my dollars while the early buyers sort out the kinks for us and for Nikon. Mirrorless is at infant stage to Nikon meaning they do not know mirrorless yet unlike Sony that is 5 light years ahead of Nikon and Canon.

And to those early buyers, GOOD LUCK!

Nikon 1 had a lot going for it. Fast, compact. Maybe they started off at too low a level but they corrected it. Problem was that the 1" sensor which gave them that performance also lagged a bit behind the IQ of other 1" sensor cameras, in particular Sony. And it was a bit pricey. But some clever design went into it, and am sure they learnt from the experience.

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2018 at 15:47 UTC
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NCB: Think it's a mistake if they don't do a DX mirrorless as well. They need something like a more compact, lighter, mirrorless equivalent to the D7500 to remain competitive.

Sure the D7500 is competitive. My point is that Nikon would need to do that sort of level of camera to make inroads into the mirrorless APS-C market. There's a place for both DSLRs and mirrorless; why not do both?

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2018 at 15:41 UTC

Think it's a mistake if they don't do a DX mirrorless as well. They need something like a more compact, lighter, mirrorless equivalent to the D7500 to remain competitive.

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2018 at 14:18 UTC as 186th comment | 4 replies
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NCB: If you're going to do this, then why not use 120 roll film? Is it that the overall quality is too poor to do a good job with 120 film?

Happily, I believe such a camera already exists, if you have the money:
https://www.dw-photo.eu/cameras.html
A Rolleiflex with both film and digital backs. Nice!

DW Photo is the direct successor of Rollei, via one or two other incarnations. Unfortunately one of those incarnations appears to have sold the company name Rollei to an entirely different company, probably that producing this new camera. But it appears DW Photo still has the right to use the name Rolleiflex.

Yep, since looked in more detail. New DW Photo products are unlikely to have the Rolleiflex trade mark. Like the look of the products though; shove a Leaf back on it and a very nice camera, if one can afford it.

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2018 at 12:43 UTC

If you're going to do this, then why not use 120 roll film? Is it that the overall quality is too poor to do a good job with 120 film?

Happily, I believe such a camera already exists, if you have the money:
https://www.dw-photo.eu/cameras.html
A Rolleiflex with both film and digital backs. Nice!

DW Photo is the direct successor of Rollei, via one or two other incarnations. Unfortunately one of those incarnations appears to have sold the company name Rollei to an entirely different company, probably that producing this new camera. But it appears DW Photo still has the right to use the name Rolleiflex.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2018 at 22:17 UTC as 89th comment | 3 replies
On article Buying Guide: The best cameras for parents (264 comments in total)
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NCB: What a horrible selection! Are parents really going to cough up that sort of dough to snap their kids?

The Nikon 1 J5 is still around. Great for action. No brainer.

Loads of cameras have good enough IQ. IQ is not the issue. The issue is ability to capture fast moving and unpredictable kids. The J5 has that in bundles, and for this application the IQ is easily good enough.

If by snapping kids you're thinking of taking professional portrait quality snaps of the latest addition to the menagerie taking a snooze, then maybe you need a different sort of camera. But looking at the blurb at the start of this article that's not what this article is about.

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2018 at 17:21 UTC
On article Buying Guide: The best cameras for parents (264 comments in total)

What a horrible selection! Are parents really going to cough up that sort of dough to snap their kids?

The Nikon 1 J5 is still around. Great for action. No brainer.

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2018 at 16:19 UTC as 30th comment | 5 replies
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photoaddict: I only use iPhones because they have way much better operating system and the other features are as competitive as others. I am same with MacOS. I only buy Macs because they run MacOS which is far better than any other operating systems overall and they can run non-Mac operating systems as well.

The UX matters more than many people realize.

Never understood the hype surrounding operating systems. Generally I'm operating system neutral; it's what I can do with the system which matters and that's down to apps. I have a desktop PC and a Macbook Pro; neither is better than the other.

With phones it may be different because the interface on tiny gadgets matters more. I have an iPhone 5; mixed feelings about it.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2018 at 16:19 UTC

So the DSLR era is about to end ... again!

DSLRs have always had competitors. Nothing new. Competition through more mirrorless cameras may have an impact, but the competition is as much between mirrorless cameras as it is between mirrorless and DSLRs. A lot of people like using DSLRs as they appreciate using optical viewfinders. More mirrorless choice isn't going to change that. But it may mean the mirrorless market itself is going to get more competitive.

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2018 at 21:29 UTC as 211th comment | 8 replies
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Felts: "Consider features like face / eye-detection AF, full-frame autofocus coverage and 4K video.."

I have and I don't need / use any of them.

I still don't need more than 1 focus point ...

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2018 at 18:36 UTC
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