Stephan Def

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On article Nikon reportedly eliminating 1000 jobs in Japan (535 comments in total)

Well... this wouldn't come as much of a surprise, even though Nikon is currently denying it.

I have been following Nikon Cameras since 08-09. Nikon has made such a boat load of mistakes during that time, its too many to get into details about here. One of the more serious ones is not making a serious effort for reliable software support, it seems like software has zero meaning or priority to them. Discontinuing Capture/NX2, without even offering a decent explanation about what went wrong, and why they were not able to make an effort to continue that product is exemplary to how oblivious their management is about what to do. They don't have a clue when it comes to software or how to properly handle the business aspects of software.

It seems like they have consistently worked against what their customers actually need. They have a really weird business model, and an even stranger view of the world down there. It seems like they are in a virtual reality time capsule.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 11:08 UTC as 76th comment | 9 replies
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PeterTahl: Inside information! The next Apple Macbook Pro has no out or input ports anymore. Everything will go by wifi and wireless charging :-)

Yep, no more keyboard either.

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2016 at 11:15 UTC

What Apple should do is admit their their mistakes and announce a new Model MBP that will hit the shelves in the next 12 Months which will address all or most issues based on actual customer feedback and input. That would be a true sign of greatness. Technically its possible to do this, question is if Apple internal corporate game playing will get into the way of doing the right thing yet again.

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2016 at 10:58 UTC as 34th comment | 3 replies
On article DPReview Asks: What was your first camera? (762 comments in total)

First Camera 1979 Canon AE-1, with the 50 1.4, later I got a Vivitar zoom 70-210 to go with it. I was never able to get quite the shots with it that I wanted. Sold all of it in 84. My next SLR was the Minolta 7000 AF, first auto focus camera ever and it was truly awesome, I was shooting mostly Fuji Slide film with it and 90% of my shots were very satisfying. Later I upgraded to the Minolta 9000 AF Body which I still own today. I had a 35-70 and a 50 1,4 lens to go with it, which I still own and enjoy using today on my Sony DSLR. I always thought it would be special to own a Nikon, but I will be selling all of my Nikon Gear soon. Don't know yet where I will go from there, maybe back to Sony again, or maybe a smartphone Camera will be enough for me in the future.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 21:16 UTC as 345th comment
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PeteHolland89: This camera is packed with features and I applaud Sony for that, but for a €1700 body-only price, I'd rather pick the Fuji X-T2. At least they provide their customers with regular free firmware updates and not entirely new models 8 months after the release of their previous camera. Pass.

I don't see how doing a new Model every 8 - 12 months can be a disadvantage by any stretch of imagination, we know this from the smartphone market. The A6500 is indeed a bit of a shock, however in a very positive way.

Fujifilm does have a bit of a problem now, because 5-axis IBIS has suddenly become the elephant in the room.

Sony is doing things that is standing this market on its head, Canikon have been in cycles of 4 to 6 years for new models, which is definitely way too long.

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2016 at 13:51 UTC
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Yxa: I'll take the D500 over this Gameboy

At least this "Gameboy" has proper 802.11b/g/n + NFC connectivity.

Try that with your D500 "Gameboy".

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2016 at 12:36 UTC

Wow, this is nearly stunning. So Sony is matching Canon on the touchscreen and raises the bet by 5 axis Ibis. Throws in some additional buffer and processing power. This is what I call going head to head. I wonder what Fujifilm is thinking, maybe they are now thinking that they are glad they have gotten into medium format.

Anyway, this hobby is getting way to expensive for me.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2016 at 16:49 UTC as 211th comment | 5 replies

looks like a really nice piece of camera equipment. If the aps-c pricing is any indication, prices of lenses/relative to the price of the body, then the full package price could well be in the area of a Model 3 BMW. So maybe they should start early on setting up a marketing scheme for leasing this Hardware for a 3 year period or something like that, similar to how company cars are marketed. I don't know, maybe this is already being done in that bracket of the market, it just comes to mind thinking about the size of those deals and the target audience.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2016 at 11:35 UTC as 46th comment
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Stephan Def: What are the file sizes? Would you shoot raw or jpeg with this? What kind of a computer would you need to process these file sizes in raw?

Is Fujifilm thinking of Film simulations for this, would this even make sense? I imagine you need quite a bit of horsepower to process these images in the Camera at shooting speeds. What kind of processors does it have?

This interesting stuff, I would like to know more details.

Well you know, if I were a Pro considering this kind of a setup then I would not be willing to settle for anything less than a highend MacBook Pro. I just checked prices, Highend MacBook Pro 8200€ without software or extras. The Apple iMacs are outdated, Apple hasn't announced the latest generation yet.

I have not done a survey on it, but I don't think most of the professional Photographers would tend to go for a Windows Box. I know I sure wouldn't and I am not even an Apple Fan.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 14:59 UTC
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Stephan Def: What are the file sizes? Would you shoot raw or jpeg with this? What kind of a computer would you need to process these file sizes in raw?

Is Fujifilm thinking of Film simulations for this, would this even make sense? I imagine you need quite a bit of horsepower to process these images in the Camera at shooting speeds. What kind of processors does it have?

This interesting stuff, I would like to know more details.

"If you have that kind of money, you presumably have the money to buy a modern computer and plenty of storage." ... thats kind of unqualified and very blanket statement and its not what I meant.

Processing one single image of say 60 MP is likely not going to break the equation just yet, however if you have to batch process a few thousand of images, perhaps overnight, then you will have some planning to do regarding the capacity and performance of your IT system. I imagine the Professionals who will want to afford this Camera usually do not do the planning of their IT requirements themselves, rather they will have a professional service provider do it for them. Which needless to say, adds additional cost. But thats not all there is, it gets a lot more technical.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 10:03 UTC
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Pritzl: It it just me or is this year's Photokina one of the more eventful ones in recent memory? The volume and magnitude of new product announcements is quite encouraging.

It seems that way... I remember the last one, everybody was going on about the Samsung NX1, now if that isn't a blast from the past...

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 18:59 UTC

What are the file sizes? Would you shoot raw or jpeg with this? What kind of a computer would you need to process these file sizes in raw?

Is Fujifilm thinking of Film simulations for this, would this even make sense? I imagine you need quite a bit of horsepower to process these images in the Camera at shooting speeds. What kind of processors does it have?

This interesting stuff, I would like to know more details.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 18:57 UTC as 81st comment | 8 replies
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King of Song: Something that must be remembered when comparing this camera to the new Hasselblad X1D.... This camera has a shutter...

The Hasselblad X1D relies on leaf shutter's in the lenses. This make the two camera's totally different animals. There are pros and cons to both systems.

I don't actually see much of an advantage to having a mechanical shutter in the lens when you can do these things electronically nowadays.

I'd go for a high-speed electronic shutter. Hopefully they will be able to do fast full frame read outs down the road. What Fujifilm needs to do is innovate, transferring concepts and ideas from their aps-c line xt-2. That will give the competition a run for their money.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 18:53 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 Review (677 comments in total)

What about Audio quality? I have read the reviews on amazon.de and they say that the audio has a lot of noise in it. Noisy Audio would be a showstopper for me, because very good Audio quality is actually very important.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 15:01 UTC as 175th comment | 1 reply
On article Canon EOS M5: What you need to know (563 comments in total)

This is a very interesting Camera from Canon, I will certainly be following it closely over the next 3 Months. It seems to me what has been holding Canon back was Sensor development of the dual pixel AF. Now that they have got that worked out they can move forward.

Touchscreen is a big deal and I think a big selling point. The only other thing that really matters a lot is image quality and "Canon Colors". I sincerely hope they did a good job on that. I am looking forward to the review.

I can see room for a high-end Model based on similar technology coming our way if Canon wants to do this. The M5 looks kind of mid-tier to me, there is room upwards.

If this does not put formidable pressure on the competition then I don't know what will.

What Canon might also try is surprising everybody by doing more new functions by firmware upgrades, that would be a beautiful move.

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2016 at 15:04 UTC as 20th comment
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skanter: Looks nice, but a bit bigger and heavier than Sony a6000/6300. a6300 seems like a better camera, more full-featured, 4K video.

I like the touch screen, though!

4K is just a big deal on paper at this point in time. You need a lot of stuff to really make it work, the INTERNET for one thing is not designed to handle 4k videos. Next your computer isn't powerful enough either, also you don't have the software and you also probably don't have a television that handles it either.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2016 at 10:44 UTC
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crashpc: I was about to buy this little beast, but 1150€? Come on! That's a joke.

"I was about to buy this little beast, but 1150€? Come on! That's a joke."

Its the introductory price, 20% will come off pretty fast. Furthermore if you look at the competition Sony a6300 is at €1200 with no lens, lenses are limited and really expensive if you want some good stuff. . Fujifilm is also way more, plus the lenses are generally exorbitantly priced.

The offer from Canon is really interesting. Especially because of the lens selection you get with a Canon adapter.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2016 at 10:36 UTC
On article Sony Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA Sample Gallery (269 comments in total)

So what does this lens do that other 50mm 1.4 lenses won't? (Sigma Art 750€, Nikon 50mm 1.4 for 300€, I think that list could go on for a long time).

I didn't even see a dof scale on this Zeiss lens. It also seems like OIS is needed on new lenses at current pixel rates, it does not matter if some Sony bodys have IBIS a lens at this price point should have that option anyway.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2016 at 14:21 UTC as 73rd comment | 10 replies
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 Review (2175 comments in total)

It will be interesting to see how prices develop in the next couple of months for the x-t1 and the xt-10. It looks like they are trying to sell out the x-t1 with their cashback program that is currently going on.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 09:44 UTC as 345th comment | 1 reply
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 Review (2175 comments in total)
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Henry McA: Raw files look very soft, even at base iso, compared Nikon D7200 or even some mft cameras.

I am not impressed with the samples dpreview hat given in general. Softness can have any number of reasons, I think it is essentially a software problem and should be addressable via software. Having said that, I did have doubts in general about going to 24MP, there are known downsides to more pixels.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 09:41 UTC
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