NCB

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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 40th comment | 2 replies
On article Fujifilm X-A3 Review (220 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 (95 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 33rd 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? (409 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 (170 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 23rd comment | 2 replies
On article Nikon D3: The camera that changed everything (283 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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NCB: Whatever Nikon or Canon do, it has to have a selling point. You can take top image quality from them for granted, which always helps, but they need something distinctive to take on the opposition, especially if they're asking for non-bargain-basement prices. And they have to have quality throughout, starting with a top quality built-in EVF.

Me, I'm a happy DSLR user. The only thing which would appeal to me would be something fairly compact and light, but which still handles well (good grip), with good controls and quality EVF, and a few relatively light and compact native lenses. Something which can replace the premium compact in my rucksack without too much of a size/weight penalty, and which provides an enjoyable shooting experience. But that's just me.

Was talking about potential offerings from Nikon. Sony? Personally I prefer Nikon colour, and colour to me is a big deal. So I'd be interested in the right mirrorless offering from Nikon.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2017 at 18:12 UTC

Whatever Nikon or Canon do, it has to have a selling point. You can take top image quality from them for granted, which always helps, but they need something distinctive to take on the opposition, especially if they're asking for non-bargain-basement prices. And they have to have quality throughout, starting with a top quality built-in EVF.

Me, I'm a happy DSLR user. The only thing which would appeal to me would be something fairly compact and light, but which still handles well (good grip), with good controls and quality EVF, and a few relatively light and compact native lenses. Something which can replace the premium compact in my rucksack without too much of a size/weight penalty, and which provides an enjoyable shooting experience. But that's just me.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2017 at 15:09 UTC as 119th comment | 3 replies
On article Analog gems: 10 excellent, affordable film cameras (828 comments in total)

Bought the Nikon F601 26 years ago, and it still gets used. For over 12 years it went in my rucksack on every backpacking trip, only giving way to digital. One of the smaller Nikon SLRs of the period, but feels terrific in the hand. It would feel familiar to the modern DSLR user; very good hand grip, metering and mode choices, etc. A joy to use.

When Nikon ditched (almost all) film cameras, I picked up an F75 cheaply as backup, but it didn't feel the same and never gets used.

Link | Posted on May 20, 2017 at 17:39 UTC as 307th comment
On article Analog gems: 10 excellent, affordable film cameras (828 comments in total)
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Jim Salvas: The Yashica FX or Contax RTS series are worth consideration, because they give you entry to the Zeiss T* lenses made for that mount. The Contax models were also made by Yashica, but are more pro-looking and more stylish, designed by Porsche. The Yashica glass was also darned good.

If they died on you why did you keep buying them? Can't talk about Contax but my FX3 is still going after 27 years.

Also have a Yashica T4 compact (35mm Zeiss lens), one of the best film compacts ever, but the T4 still commands quite high prices (3 figures). The Contax G1/G2 rangefinders fetch very high prices.

Link | Posted on May 20, 2017 at 17:31 UTC
On article Analog gems: 10 excellent, affordable film cameras (828 comments in total)
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Jim Salvas: The Yashica FX or Contax RTS series are worth consideration, because they give you entry to the Zeiss T* lenses made for that mount. The Contax models were also made by Yashica, but are more pro-looking and more stylish, designed by Porsche. The Yashica glass was also darned good.

Dead right. I have a Yashica FX3 Super 2000, paired with a Zeiss 50mm f1.7. Great combination. Basic metered manual; you have to remember to wind the film on, set aperture and speed, and focus, but the metering is spot on. Joy to use; I still use it.

Link | Posted on May 20, 2017 at 17:03 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Olympus C-8080 Wide Zoom (101 comments in total)

Seriously considered the C-8080, was highly impressed with the specs. Was into landscape photography and wanted something convenient to take up mountains. While dithering the Nikon 8400 came out, 24-85 lens but less than 2/3 the weight and it would easily fit in a rucksack pocket; I bought it, still have it and use it. I know of people who bought the C-8080 and likewise still have it and use it though. Both cracking cameras.

Often wondered why Olympus didn't continue to develop that line. Nikon brought out the D40 and decided that that was the way to go rather than high end compacts.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2017 at 18:38 UTC as 42nd comment | 1 reply
On article 2017 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras around $500 (348 comments in total)

In the T6 review, there's the statement:
"Its closest competitors in the category, both of which are getting rather long in the tooth, are the 24MP Nikon D3300 and Sony's a5100."

Why D3300? Why not the recent D3400?

Link | Posted on May 12, 2017 at 19:18 UTC as 17th comment | 4 replies

Those JPGs look fine to me. Like the colour. The overall balance is pretty good, and Panasonic is particularly good with browns of one sort or another.

Link | Posted on May 11, 2017 at 20:43 UTC as 52nd comment
On article Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM sample gallery (142 comments in total)

Nice

Link | Posted on May 10, 2017 at 20:49 UTC as 24th comment
On article 2017 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $500-900 (553 comments in total)

Couple of strange things about these reviews:

(1) why no Nikon D3400? Great image quality, good handling, good guide mode, good value for money. If you shove in the T7i then the D3400 ought to be in there.

(2) Don't get the love affair with Fuji. I have the X-E2S and it has some of the least attractive colour I've come across (compared to Nikon, Canon, Pentax, Panasonic). Dynamic range is comparatively poor, handling is more about looks than substance, and the EVF is no more than adequate.

Link | Posted on May 5, 2017 at 18:48 UTC as 30th comment | 4 replies
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