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On article Yashica is teasing a comeback to the camera market (277 comments in total)

First decent camera was a Yashica Minister III, inherited from my father in 1979. Later on I had a Yashica FX3 Super 2000, a terrific camera, just basic metered manual but dead easy to use, well-made and compact. I used a Zeiss 50mm 1.7 with it, great combination. Still have it and use it.

I think the Yashica and Contax SLRs were made by Cosina, also the Zeiss lenses. If the new owners of the trade-mark went down the same route, could effectively be back to the Yashica of old. Cosina is still very much in business. I have a sneaking suspicion they might be involved with Fuji's cameras and lenses.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2017 at 12:35 UTC as 31st comment
On article Nikon D850 sample gallery (188 comments in total)
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Nick Brundle - Photography: Why are so many complaning about the pictures? Maybe they expected to see Ansel Adams like landscapes. As the title says "samples"

Think they're fine. The sort of pictures I might take if I was out for a day's shooting. As to the D850, I'm sensitive to the colours which are actually out there, and as I said a day ago it seems to me the D850 does great with colours.

Ansel Adams would spend days if not weeks planning a single shot.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2017 at 15:42 UTC
On article Nikon D850 sample gallery (188 comments in total)

Wow! Nikon doing what Nikon does best. Great colour which gels.

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2017 at 18:00 UTC as 35th comment

Expensive for a consumer-grade camera.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2017 at 11:56 UTC as 24th comment | 2 replies
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Jeff Freeland: I've just completed a three day summit of Mt. Whitney in California (along with various alpine training hikes this summer). I photographed the entire trip with the Pen-F and the M.Zuiko 14-42mm 3.5-5.6 EZ. This setup was truly lightweight. I simply kept the camera in the top compartment of my backpack and it was an absolute pleasure to use. I've been a Nikon user for 25 years and I converted to 4/3 Mirrorless just 6 months ago. I've dragged various Nikon SLRs and DSLRs into the mountains and all over the world these past 25 years and boy am I glad those days are over...

It's also nice to have your travel partners and fellow photographers/hikers tell you how cool your camera is!

Yep, I always stick the camera in the rucksack, either in the top if it's an ILC or side pocket if it's a suitable compact. Stopping to get it out gives me a well-earned rest!

Never an ultra-light trekker though. Like room and comfort too much.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2017 at 21:41 UTC

Smartphones are convenient, for taking snaps on the move. But for someone who specifically wants to enjoy going out and take pics, a DSLR is a much more involving experience. Smartphones don't come close.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2017 at 15:47 UTC as 238th comment | 4 replies
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fedway: New youngish photographers will be moving up from smartphones. The Canon seems to have a better understanding of this audience. Then again, the mirrorless makers might have an even better understanding of that segment. Which includes Canon eos-m btw, and makes Nikon's lack of anything mirrorless as Nikon-1 dies a glaring deficiency.

Some (a lot) of people like DSLRs, precisely because of the optical viewfinder. Shooting experience matters. These are two perfectly good cameras, for beginners, but also for others; it depends on what you like to shoot and what your needs are. Some will want more up-front controls, and other features; others won't.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2017 at 19:35 UTC

Doesn't mention price. In the UK, prices for lower-end Nikon cameras with kit lens are around: D3400 £449, D5300 £529, D5600 £590 - £729. The Canon SL2 (200D in UK) with kit lens is £679.

Also doesn't mention Nikon's outstanding Active D-lighting.

So the D3400 offers ADL, better battery life for £230 less than the SL2, which offers an articulating touch sensitive screen and better live view and video experience.

The D3400 wins on price; if you're prepared to spend £679 for the SL2 then you need to look at what the D5600 will give you, for around the same money.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2017 at 16:16 UTC as 43rd comment | 3 replies

Good pro photographers are worth what they get paid; they put an awful lot of skill and effort in getting out the product they're being paid for.

The overwhelming majority of enthusiast photographers aren't in that category. For one thing many have day jobs and can't afford the time which a good pro puts into it.

I can't see many pros using Unsplash. They will have a website, and if any snaps are being given out free then it makes sense to put them on that website. They can still retain control of the pics if they make them available under something like the Creative Commons licence.

If Unsplash used that licence, it would make more sense; People can still use the pics for free but must acknowledge who took them. Unsplash could attract amateurs who are wondering what to do with their pics, but I think they'd have a better chance if they allowed the photographer to retain the copyright.

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2017 at 16:33 UTC as 28th comment | 1 reply

There are other options; a Creative Commons license is one. One example is

Essentially, you retain the copyright, which must be displayed with any derivative work. Subject to that, the licensee can make almost any use they see fit of the work, including adapting it and selling it for profit.

Most of my pics end up on the Geograph Project, which aims to collect representative pics of every 1 km square in Britain and Ireland:
Great fun; gives one an incentive to go out and take pics, and somewhere to put them afterwards, while feeling they may be of use to someone somewhere. The BBC makes use of the pics frequently.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2017 at 16:55 UTC as 81st comment

I'm OS neutral; to a large extent it's a question of software availability and usability. I use a desktop PC, and a 13" Macbook Pro for portability.

I built the PC myself, which I like doing and can't do that with a Mac. Not only does it mean that I have exactly what I want, but I find it extremely reliable. I suspect problems people have with PCs are due largely to stuff installed by the PC vendor, rather than Windows itself. Windows updating is generally fine and W10 very reliable.

The Macbook was bought because I wanted something compact and light, but with a top-notch screen, good keyboard, and a reasonable amount of power. The Macbook came out tops. Never regretted it. The OS irritates me at times, too easy to enlarge a window or do something similar when you don't want to, but it's livable with.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2017 at 11:52 UTC as 43rd comment | 2 replies
On article Fujifilm X-A3 Review (238 comments in total)
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gearfreak: In the comparison table on the first page, I'm pretty sure the X-E2S only has one control dial, not two. Unless I'm missing one?

I have one in front of me. One control dial.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2017 at 10:22 UTC
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Shockwave: Right. So the camera has no pro glass in the right focal lengths but it won? Again? You must have the same management as Nikon. If we just out our fingers in our ears and say "there is no problem" enough times we'll believe it.

A good camera is only as good as it's glass. No pro wide angle lenses, no 70-200 equivalent, etc. it's useless for anything other than sports and birding.

All Nikon glass is good.

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2017 at 13:03 UTC
On article First pictures from the new Nikon 8-15mm fisheye (139 comments in total)
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NickyB66: Will this be the last Nikon lens produced by Fujifilm take the company over? Will be interesting how things work out for Nikon. I've never owned a Nikon but have a lot of respect for the products, especially the SLRs going way back. Having now adopted Fujifilm X series, I hope that it does indeed stay a Japanese firm and not get watered down with quality issues if China gets a hold on it.

And you don't think Fujifilm has quality issues?

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2017 at 23:15 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: The Canon PowerShot G3 (96 comments in total)

Like the optical viewfinder comment. The "optical tunnel" may be restrictive in some ways, but you can get used to getting the best out of them, and OVFs do have inherent attractions.

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2017 at 19:25 UTC as 34th comment

Nails it! And not a Raw in sight.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2017 at 22:50 UTC as 11th comment
On article Fujifilm GF 32-64mm F4 R LM WR sample gallery (140 comments in total)
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MrBrightSide: Even though these are well-done photos by the amazing Dan B., Adobe Camera Raw just isn't cutting it. The shadows are blocked and the general tonality is giving me the creeps. It's like seeing the northwest through the eyes of Stephen King.

I vote that DPR starts (returns to) processing photos with the manufacturer's software. I have never subscribed to the theory that Adobe is a wise and caring entity whose products treat every camera equally.
The coding is done by humans who bring to the task all the same moral flaws and aesthetic prejudices which have accompanied every endeavor in our civilization.

The blocked shadows bit is what puzzles me about Fuji output. Haven't seriously tried using Fuji raw, but the jpegs exhibit it the whole time. Anything veering towards dark is rendered very dark, and is almost impossible to recover. What I'm seeing in these example pics is what I see in jpeg output from my X-E2S. Any thoughts?

Link | Posted on May 29, 2017 at 22:07 UTC
On article How do you know you need a new camera? (410 comments in total)
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Rick Knepper: I do not shoot every day or even every month. I pick up a camera only to shoot landscapes/locales I may never see again so the image quality matters. My last minimum was 50 MPs. My next is 70 MP on FF and 100 MP for MF noise notwithstanding.

I ordered the D700 in Aug of 2008 but returned it when Canon announced their 21 MP 5D2. Nikon soon followed with the D3x. I owned both of those cameras. IMO, in terms of IQ, the D700 was obsolete within a month of release unless one was only going to post/print 4x6s.

Only 4x6 from a D700? Wow! For several years I used a Nikon Coolpix 800, all of 2Mp, resolution 1800x1200. As said above, that's fine for 4x6. I even have a number of prints at A4; about half of them work, the others definitely need higher resolution, but overall not bad.

My 16Mp Df happily produces A3 shots. This is all landscape stuff. And that 16Mp has top quality pixels. As Carey Rose found, you may get to a point where you realise that more pixels could get you something more, but it still doesn't invalidate what you're getting now. And for those extra pixels to be worth it; they also need to be top quality. Having tried it, I reckon 24Mp on an APS-C sensor, for example, as of now isn't worth it.

Link | Posted on May 27, 2017 at 15:09 UTC
On article 2017 Roundup: Consumer Long Zoom Compacts (175 comments in total)

Would have liked to have seen the Nikon B700 in there as well. Only 60% of the weight of P900 and distinctly smaller, but still has a 60x zoom and uses the same sensor as the P900.

I have the P900 and it's awesome, for what it manages to do. But as an all-in-one travel companion the B700 could be a better bet, and it would be useful to see how it stacked up against the FZ300 and the other offerings.

Link | Posted on May 26, 2017 at 16:24 UTC as 25th comment | 3 replies
On article Nikon D3: The camera that changed everything (285 comments in total)
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The Name is Bond: It needs two 'k's or 'ck' to be Nick-on. Otherwise it's monty python: the photographers who say 'Ni con'.

Depends what flavour of Brit you are; vowels vary enormously. Those in the more Celtic areas tend to use short vowels and don't slur them; I say Tom-a-toe.

Link | Posted on May 25, 2017 at 16:05 UTC
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