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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Excellent idea! This kind of market driven profit motive at the cost of the environment is absolutely wrong. It's only regulation that will curb the desire to make money at any cost. This includes controlled obsolescence in the appliance industry and the failure of car manufacturers to provide parts for older vehicles. All this is rampant and utterly destructive to the environment. The free market cannot solve every human problem.

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2021 at 13:26 UTC as 74th comment | 1 reply
On article Why have cameras and lenses become so expensive? (757 comments in total)
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unhappymeal: Richard, these analyses always miss the other side of the equation: wages. Real wages have been stagnant (or declining) since the late-1970's and the share of corporate profits gone to workers hasn't recovered since the Great Recession. Income inequality in North America is at a level not seen since the Gilded Age with Boomers holding the vast majority of gains in the economic recovery. Household savings are at an all time low and household debt is at a record high. At the same time, the ticket price of tuition has increased 17-fold since the 1970's. Health insurance costs have exploded in the US, as has the cost of housing. Yes, the cost of camera equipment is fairly stable in real terms, but that doesn't matter if people do not have the disposable income to buy it.

Mightymike is right. People don't realize that in every generation people had to suffer low wages and lack of disposable income, especially young people who still haven't mastered the specialized skills that society needs and is willing to pay top dollar for. I see young people complaining all the time about the cost of housing or other commodities, yet they are out spending hundreds of $$ every weekend or buying expensive bikes or skis. That's not to say that there isn't a huge income disparity between the rich and poor, but in a free society, we have the choice on how to spend our time and money. Managing our financial affairs and exercising delayed gratification are personal choices. I'm 59 and have never purchased a new car in my life since I know that they are tools that depreciate quickly, so I look for a used 2-5 yr old vehicle that's been very well maintained.

Link | Posted on May 30, 2021 at 15:33 UTC
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StoneJack: Every time I think of buying a drone, DJI releases a new one. And I have to wait until the next time :)

I'm in exactly the same boat. Thinking I'll have to get one of these one day, but I don't want to be an early adopter, so I usually wait a couple months to see what users say. But then WHAM, there's a new and better one right when I'm thinking of biting the bullet.

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2021 at 05:46 UTC

A question for the experienced photographers out there: why did he choose f1.4 and 1/1000 for shutter speed, when he could've used f2.8 for example and got a lot less shallow depth of field, yet had a shutter speed that was fine hand held?

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2020 at 04:39 UTC as 36th comment | 2 replies
On article Hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DC-G100 (110 comments in total)

This is why camera manufacturers are losing money. Instead of giving us their best, which will entice those away from smart phones, they keep watering down their cameras and giving us their worst. In order to...I have no idea...save money?

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2020 at 20:02 UTC as 41st comment | 2 replies
On article Are mechanical film cameras better than electronic? (376 comments in total)

The main issue for those of us who used to shoot manual focus mechanical SLRs vs the current DSLR is the actual joy of using them.

Two main things are vastly different.

First, the viewfinder of manual film SLRs are huge compared to DSLRs. That alone makes the experience of shooting so much nicer.

Second, manual focus lenses have a very smooth focus action. It's very a wonderful experience to use manual lens with a huge split prism viewfinder, especially when shooting portraits. It makes the experience so much more intimate.

For those who've never shot film, go into a vintage store someday and grab a Nikon FM2 or something similar with a manual focus lens and try it out. You will be blown away.

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2020 at 17:22 UTC as 110th comment | 3 replies
On article The gear that got away: reader responses (237 comments in total)
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William Loney: D700 was bound to be a classic -we knew that practically when we bought them new. I just kept thinking 'Nikon seems to have made a very big mistake here. They've accidentally put most of the guts from the D3 into it!!' ;-)

I still have mine. It's a phenomenal camera and at just 12mp, files are super easy to process. And colour rendition is also amazing and looks a lot like film.

The ONLY drawback to it is the 95% viewfinder. I like to know what I'm shooting, and still bothers me. However, I guess a small price to pay for an otherwise perfect camera.

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2020 at 04:57 UTC
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phoenix15: So what is called street photography thing ? The people should be in scene right ?
I guess, picture no.6 is not suitable in this gallery.

Intelligent critique is very important to the advancement of any art. I certainly would appreciate it if it was meant to educate and inform instead of deride.

These photos are just random shots of people doing random things with no story or emotion or even interesting backgrounds or compositions.

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2020 at 17:33 UTC
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CaNikonianite: Those images aren't particularly interesting. I could've gotten similar photos with my iphone.

I would thank the author for the write up, but I agree with your assessment. It's the compositions, or lack thereof.

They lack intimacy, which is important in street photography. Random shots with many people in the frame doing random things isn't that interesting.

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2020 at 17:24 UTC
On article Film Fridays: Pentax MX – a nuts and bolts review (164 comments in total)

For those who've used this camera and other old SLRs like the Nikon FM2, if you were to purchase one today, which would you buy and why?

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2020 at 15:48 UTC as 8th comment | 11 replies
On article Opinion: Film photography has found its feet again (621 comments in total)

The only reason I still shoot film on occasion is because of the experience of shooting a fully manual SLR camera with a manual focus lens.

The huge split prism viewfinder of manual focus SLRs like the Nikon FM2 + the smooth action of a MF lens pulls you into the scene unlike anything you'll ever experience with a modern digital camera. It really makes you slow down and appreciate what your are seeing.

I really wish a manufacturer would make a manual focus no frills digital camera like the Nikon FM2. Then I'd probably drop film all together as I don't see any advantages to shooting film that requires so many chemicals to process.

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2020 at 07:12 UTC as 78th comment | 8 replies
On article DPReview TV: Nikon D780 review (146 comments in total)

I think this spells the death of the DSLR.

Had they added IBIS, pop-up flash and option for vertical battery grip, there would have been compelling reasons to stay with this, but I strongly suspect Nikon is purposely trying to kill their enthusiast DSLRs and get everyone to switch over to their Z line. Not smart in my opinion, since their MLC is still behind both Fuji and Sony, so anyone starting out with MLC won't likely choose Nikon.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2020 at 18:05 UTC as 29th comment | 11 replies
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mwhyte: This is a great example of ethics...whether he is legally aloud to do this or not...does not matter, what is more important is whether this is ethical. Is this ethical to scare or startle another person in the name "art". I would say no. Anytime your "art" hurts another it crosses that line. No one should be harmed to create "art". Just my opinion...

@TN Args. You are conflating two unrelated things. Invading someone's personal space without their permission and forcing them to shoo you away in order to capture a photo is just rude and bad manners. Your examples about football teams etc. is completely inappropriate. They are not similar in the least.

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2020 at 05:34 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Video tripods vs photo tripods (88 comments in total)

You fail to mention which hybrid tripod would work best for a very LIGHT MLC, like the SonyA6600 that does both excellent photos and video.

Not everyone uses a big video camera.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2020 at 18:05 UTC as 26th comment | 3 replies
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raztec: The best part about vintage MF lenses is how incredibly smooth the focus ring is. It is really a joy to use.

Also, if anyone's shot with the old MF SLR cameras like the Nikon FM2 with a split-prism focusing screen, you will appreciate how big and engaging the viewfinder is. It really pulls you into the image.

I've always said, that if they make an FM2 equivalent DSLR that is manual focus only, I'd buy it. I just don't like processing film.

@ Mike. And this was the exact reason I passed on the Nikon DF. I was expecting a proper focusing screen, but it wasn't there. But, any auto focus SLR (digital or analogue) will not have the same quality of OVF that the MF SLRs do. The reason is the auto focus apparatus that is necessary forces the OVF to be much smaller. Hence, the OVF in my old Nikon FM2 is way nicer and larger than on my Nikon F100.

So, one really needs a manual focus DSLR to get the same type of OVF that the old MF SLRs had. Sadly, I don't think any manufacturer will ever create a MF DSLR. If they did though, I bet they could revive the dying DSLR market. I doubt any mirrorless camera would offer the same shooting experience.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2020 at 07:46 UTC

The best part about vintage MF lenses is how incredibly smooth the focus ring is. It is really a joy to use.

Also, if anyone's shot with the old MF SLR cameras like the Nikon FM2 with a split-prism focusing screen, you will appreciate how big and engaging the viewfinder is. It really pulls you into the image.

I've always said, that if they make an FM2 equivalent DSLR that is manual focus only, I'd buy it. I just don't like processing film.

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2020 at 21:04 UTC as 48th comment | 8 replies
On article Hands-on with the Nikon D780 (346 comments in total)
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Jonathan F/2: "By now it should be apparent that, in creating the D780, Nikon has chosen not to mess with the basics of what made the D750 a great camera."

Getting rid of an optional battery grip that has existed in the $2000 USD DSLR-range since the Nikon D100, seems like messing with the basics. I could do without the pop-up flash, but why omit the grip?

Agreed. It's typical Nikon. Make an exceptional camera, but cripple it in a banal and petty way so as to not cannibalize the sale of their other cameras. They never want to offer the perfect camera that does everything you want it to. Like the D700 with a 95% viewfinder, or D750 with its crippled buffer and lack of AF-on button. yadayadayada.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2020 at 16:46 UTC
On article Nikon D780 Review (1193 comments in total)
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sunyfotos: Anybody know that why nikon release D780 without VERTICAL GRIP connections...?

At this point, I think the question of who's to blame is moot. Of course the executive has the final say. Engineers generally tell what is feasible. Crippling a camera like this is more a marketing decision than anything.

Nikon engineers are really the best in the business as evidenced by the D850. If Nikon ever fails as a company, one shouldn't blame them. It's the marketers (or executives) that are to blame. I know many people who will give this camera a pass because of its failure to accommodate a battery grip. Really sad, because it is otherwise a remarkable camera in specs and features.

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2020 at 14:42 UTC
On article Nikon D780 Review (1193 comments in total)
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sunyfotos: Anybody know that why nikon release D780 without VERTICAL GRIP connections...?

gameshoes: I believe the marketing department is usually the one who gives an opinion which the executive decide to follow or not. It's very obviously not a cost or design issue as much lesser cameras have this option. It's more likely a way to cripple it so it doesn't cannibalize their D850 sales. I cannot see any other reason.

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2020 at 05:54 UTC
On article Nikon D780 Review (1193 comments in total)
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raztec: Typical Nikon!. Excellent engineers who know how to make and design a product, but really bad marketing department that make stupid and silly decisions like eliminating the batter grip option. It's just a couple contacts folks and you have to cripple it in a petty way.

Like the D700 with a 95% viewfinder. It's petty and banal on the part of Nikon. If they ever fail as a company, blame the marketing department and not the engineers.

No, it's not possible. Doesn't have the ability to take any battery grip. The contacts aren't there.

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2020 at 16:39 UTC
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