raztec

Lives in Canada Canada
Joined on Nov 13, 2005
About me:

Traveling and paragliding is what I used to love.
But now it's my boy.

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On article Nikon reshuffles management structure (248 comments in total)
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D. Bruce Yolton: What's sad about the Japanese manufacturers decline is how they've forgotten about when to be proprietary and when to develop standards. They used to set standard to move the market along. Now they're doing proprietary things to protect their declining market shares.

The battle isn't Canon vs. Nikon vs. Sony vs. micro 4/3. It's prosumer cameras vs. phones/go pros/drones.

For example, all of the prosumer cameras have wifi video feeds either built in or as an option, but do they work with Facebook Live or Periscope? For the most part, they only work with crappy proprietary software only for monitoring.

So, folks use their phone to broadcast weddings, concerts, etc.

To survive in a fast changing world, you have to be willing to eat your young. Japan has stopped doing this and will fail.

But the big manufacturers could do a ton by making their cameras at least social media convenient.

I use my phone to take shots I know I will be sharing with friends on FB or chat for example. If my camera could post as easily to social media, I would prefer to use that over my phone

Link | Posted on May 22, 2017 at 17:22 UTC
On article Nikon reshuffles management structure (248 comments in total)

Too little too late. I sincerely hope they don't sink, but their marketing department are to blame more than anyone.

They missed the boat on mirrorless completely not wanting to cannibalize the sales of their DSLRs. A simple digital FM2 or rangefinder would've sold by the buckets.

Link | Posted on May 21, 2017 at 06:16 UTC as 18th comment | 3 replies
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icexe: I find it hilarious that while many of you are sitting on your butts obsessing over shadow noise and depth-of-field, he was actually outside taking pictures, having fun and getting paid for it.

It doesn't have to be mutually exclusive.

One can still go outside and take videos AND critique a camera. That's what the authors of this piece wanted - people to assess for themselves a camera's capabilities.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2017 at 16:48 UTC

First they came for a dollar, and I didn't speak up...

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 19:22 UTC as 33rd comment

I love to boogie.
I love to dance, dance, dance.
...but I'm not so good at staying alive!

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2016 at 20:13 UTC as 56th comment | 1 reply
On article Apple revamps MacBook Pro lineup, adds 'Touch Bar' (866 comments in total)

Steve Jobs is rolling in his grave. This is the beginning of the end for Apple. Time to short their stock.

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2016 at 18:41 UTC as 71st comment | 2 replies
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raztec: Why is this camera even newsworthy? All the cheap, low end DSLRs do about the same thing.

Barney, I thought you would like to get some feedback about the types of cameras that your audience deems newsworthy. It's only my opinion, but it may be shared by others as well.

My take is that kind of people who frequent this forum aren't into low end DSLRs. Though I know the value is there in terms of image quality, this has been recognized for a long time.

I'd like to think you guys have much better things to do...:)

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2016 at 15:50 UTC

Why is this camera even newsworthy? All the cheap, low end DSLRs do about the same thing.

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2016 at 15:08 UTC as 33rd comment | 8 replies
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10/LX15 Review (387 comments in total)

No ND filter and viewfinder is a real shame. This would have been a great alternative to the Sony RX100 series.

I don't know what Panasonic are thinking. Perhaps they just don't have the production capability that Sony has with respect to miniaturization.

I'd have bought both this and the LX100 if the former had a viewfinder and ND filter and the latter a tiltable LCD screen.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2016 at 04:30 UTC as 103rd comment | 2 replies
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raztec: I don't understand all the negative comments. I totally get what Richard is talking about. This is a classic case of Johnny-come-lately. Too little too late.

Pretty well everyone who has wanted a lighter, smaller camera with image quality far better than any point and shoot but didn't want to lug around a DSLR has had to buy into the Sony, m43 or Fuji camp.

Canon and Nikon are tepid and fearful and have tried not to cannibalize sales of their DSLRs, but in the meantime have driven many people away from their products. They don't realize that many people actually own 2 or 3 cameras and would prefer to stick with one brand.

I've got a Nikon DSLR which I'll take out for the occasional sports shoot or macro shot, but am migrating to m43. I would have happily given my money to Nikon had they had a high quality mirrorless like the a6300 that could use existing Nikon lenses.

Oops, sorry Barney.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 04:23 UTC

I don't understand all the negative comments. I totally get what Richard is talking about. This is a classic case of Johnny-come-lately. Too little too late.

Pretty well everyone who has wanted a lighter, smaller camera with image quality far better than any point and shoot but didn't want to lug around a DSLR has had to buy into the Sony, m43 or Fuji camp.

Canon and Nikon are tepid and fearful and have tried not to cannibalize sales of their DSLRs, but in the meantime have driven many people away from their products. They don't realize that many people actually own 2 or 3 cameras and would prefer to stick with one brand.

I've got a Nikon DSLR which I'll take out for the occasional sports shoot or macro shot, but am migrating to m43. I would have happily given my money to Nikon had they had a high quality mirrorless like the a6300 that could use existing Nikon lenses.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 07:32 UTC as 113th comment | 5 replies
On article 2016 Roundup: 4K action cameras (102 comments in total)

I'm surprised more manufacturers aren't doing these action cams and doing it right. A simple screen, stabilization, super slow mo, water/shock proof etc. They could replace all point and shoots for traveling except when shooting macro.

Garmin's new camera with the ability to overlay speed and altitude is on the right path. Just have to wait and see how the image quality is.

Link | Posted on Sep 6, 2016 at 16:32 UTC as 25th comment | 3 replies

For 10 seconds work and a $40,000 haul.
That translates to about $14 million/hour.
These guys belong on wall street.

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2016 at 04:24 UTC as 105th comment
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raztec: These subscription services are more of a cash grab and not particularly well thought out. Most people will become members for a maximum of one year and then bail when they've figured out what they need or want.

For example, this doesn't tell you how many pieces of gear you can rent at a time. What if you want to try a whole new format and 3 different lenses, are you allowed that many lenses? And why should "experts" determine what your needs are instead of you telling them exactly what you want.

Renting gear the old fashioned way - only paying for something you want for a specific time - works. So why change it?

I smell a rat.

Hi Melissa, Thanks for taking the time to write and good luck with this endeavor. I genuinely wish you guys the best with this. For myself, I know enough about the various cameras out there that I don't need an "expert" to send me something based on my needs, but rather based on my specific wants. I may join to try out a new camera + lens combo that I'm thinking of purchasing, but then cancel when I've figured out what I want.

I suspect, however, I'm not your target audience. I really dislike subscription services and would have switched out from Lightroom if Adobe didn't offer the stand alone option. I think many here are the same. I think you might be underestimating how gear savvy dpreview readers actually are...and how cheap too :)

All the best to you guys

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 20:02 UTC
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spontaneousservices: They try to make it sound hip and trendy by using the word "borrow", making allusions to the modern-day "sharing economy" but the proper verb is "rent".

I guess what they teach in business school these days is how to satisfy people's short term emotional needs. But hey if that sells...And short term profits is where it's at.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 13:52 UTC

These subscription services are more of a cash grab and not particularly well thought out. Most people will become members for a maximum of one year and then bail when they've figured out what they need or want.

For example, this doesn't tell you how many pieces of gear you can rent at a time. What if you want to try a whole new format and 3 different lenses, are you allowed that many lenses? And why should "experts" determine what your needs are instead of you telling them exactly what you want.

Renting gear the old fashioned way - only paying for something you want for a specific time - works. So why change it?

I smell a rat.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 12:21 UTC as 30th comment | 2 replies

Would have been the absolute perfect travel camera for both video and stills if it had a tilting LCD and ND filter.

Link | Posted on May 7, 2016 at 17:39 UTC as 14th comment | 4 replies
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Bill Ferris: Meanwhile back in the real world, photographers who actually use cameras and lenses to make pictures they sell to earn a living are blown away by the D5.

http://oleliodden.com/photo-gear/field-reviews/beta-test-report-nikon-d5/

@arbux. You really don't seem to understand the concept of subconscious bias and conflict of interest do you? Why do you think medical trails are all double blind studies where the observer and the subject are both unaware of the treatment? No matter how "professional" or "objective" someone is, there is always the potential of bias toward the hand that feeds you.

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2016 at 15:45 UTC
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Bill Ferris: Meanwhile back in the real world, photographers who actually use cameras and lenses to make pictures they sell to earn a living are blown away by the D5.

http://oleliodden.com/photo-gear/field-reviews/beta-test-report-nikon-d5/

There's always the potential for conflict of interest in any paid for trips. But the extent of bias has a lot to do with who has the most to lose or gain.

In DPR's case, since you guys have built a reputation for being fair and objective and have the largest user base of any photog site, it's in Nikon's interest to continue giving you access to these cameras and trips no matter what kind of review you write.

OTOH someone without the same financial resources or user base is more dependent on these paid for trips and therefore can't afford to write a very negative review as it would jeopardize similar trips in the future.

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2016 at 21:02 UTC
On article Small but mighty: hands on with the Panasonic GX85/GX80 (306 comments in total)

Wow, kudos to Panasonic. Their performance for price is unparalleled. We are getting so close to the ideal m4/3 camera.

If it a higher res EVF and mic input this would be the perfect camera.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2016 at 16:16 UTC as 30th comment | 1 reply
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