Smack53

Smack53

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I'm still a little miffed over the whole Nikon DL 1" sensor cameras from a few years ago. Lots of hype, YouTube videos, and then it never did get to market. I hope this EOS R3 doesn't follow in the same footsteps as the DL.
Gordon Laing is well respected, so I'm hoping this is a good sign that he got to "review" even a pre-production model.

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2021 at 17:16 UTC as 36th comment | 1 reply

My first digital camera was the Canon PowerShot A510, with a 3.2 MP sensor. I had the barrel adapter with all kinds of filters, teleconverter lenses, and a macro lens. How I loved that camera! Followed up with the G12, the SX150 IS, and finally the SX530 HS. For relatively inexpensive cameras, they did the job.

Link | Posted on May 22, 2021 at 14:00 UTC as 16th comment
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amitava bhowmik: Dear Viltrox.....could you make DX Nikon Z users like us, a reason to be happy by coming up with a 17-55 2.8/2 please?? Many videographers like me, are eagerly awaiting upon this one for long! With only two DX Z lenses for the Nikon Z 50, I am really not sure what Nikon had up in mind! Had I realized that this is what it would come to, I would have had gladly chosen Sony or Fuji. Nikon loves keeping us cussing and ranting!

I think Nikon was counting on Z50 users like myself to invest in the FTZ adapter and use our old F mount glass. They do have a Z Mount DX 18-140mm on the horizon, which suits me for my landscape photography. but I would also like some macro glass as well. For now, the old glass will have to do.

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2020 at 21:07 UTC
On article The gear that got away: reader responses (237 comments in total)
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Chris5685: Canon Powershot SX-150 IS. Bought it brand new as a pocket camera, a guy broke into my apartment 4 months later and stole it among other things. Fast forward half a year, the police called because they managed to catch the guy, and they used the serial number of my camera to pin a series of burglaries on him, and I can collect it at the local police station.

I love that camera. I've taken over 45,000 images with it. It's now very worn out, I no longer use it, but I will not part with it. It was for me the ultimate pocket camera.

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2020 at 13:26 UTC
On article Opinion: Film photography has found its feet again (620 comments in total)
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Smack53: To this day I still loved shooting with my old Ricoh EFS Rangefinder. Inexpensive but I sure got a lot of great images out of it. Just can't get the light meter batteries for it anymore. And now the seals are dried up, so light leak is an issue. But there was a real anticipation about the photos that I took until I got them processed. Anytime you had to work at getting those images sure made you appreciate the effort more so than digital where I just pick the best out of 20 or so images. But I sure learned a lot about the basics and to be patient in getting the right shot!

Thanks for the input! I think I'll give it a try!

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2020 at 21:45 UTC
On article Opinion: Film photography has found its feet again (620 comments in total)

To this day I still loved shooting with my old Ricoh EFS Rangefinder. Inexpensive but I sure got a lot of great images out of it. Just can't get the light meter batteries for it anymore. And now the seals are dried up, so light leak is an issue. But there was a real anticipation about the photos that I took until I got them processed. Anytime you had to work at getting those images sure made you appreciate the effort more so than digital where I just pick the best out of 20 or so images. But I sure learned a lot about the basics and to be patient in getting the right shot!

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2020 at 18:02 UTC as 21st comment | 2 replies
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Gesture: Is a Nikon Z50 really twice as good as a D3500.

I have the D300 and the Z50 is every bit as good or better. Much faster and more capable especially in low light. Not a perfect camera, but awesome for what I need. Makes my D3100 look like a toy!

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2020 at 18:30 UTC

I had issues with the login when the changeover took place. Seems the original credentials got corrupted, so the support team reset my account to allow me to redo my login. I lost one photo, but that has mysteriously reappeared, otherwise just about everything else is running faster with no issues. I'm on just about every day, uploading about five days a week.
But on the negative side, it was not easy to find out how to get in touch with the proper people to get the login issues resolved. That took about one long long frustrating week. But once I had the right contact, the problem was resolved within hours.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2019 at 00:02 UTC as 40th comment | 4 replies
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Smack53: On the positive side, the A1000 has RAW and full manual controls with a really nice reach. Small enough to carry around on a hike and catch a bird or two without disturbing it. Macro mode gets in pretty tight. There is a certain fun factor with that kind of reach. Price is doable for a "throw away" camera when the lens mechanism eventually fails.
On the negative side, that tiny sensor should have been at least a 1/1.7" sensor for the RAW to pick up all the detail, and have a little edge with image quality. However, a larger sensor would mean a larger lens to have the same focal length. Build quality on A900 is not exactly stellar, so I'm guessing it's about the same on the A1000.
This would be a good camera for concerts where larger cameras are not allowed in, but all the flashing lights can wreak havoc on the metering. Focusing on the long end gets real slow. But that RAW holds potential.
Still, Nikon disappointed me when they ditched the DL18-50. I REALLY WANTED that camera.

Typically I buy refurbished gear to save some money, but I did have the money set aside for the DL18-50 camera and EVF. But I like your proposed camera idea with the DX sensor. The $1000 price tag doesn't bother me much if the camera build quality and IQ are there. The small size would have made it easy to carry around a nice wide angle camera that fit in a coat pocket.

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2019 at 01:54 UTC

On the positive side, the A1000 has RAW and full manual controls with a really nice reach. Small enough to carry around on a hike and catch a bird or two without disturbing it. Macro mode gets in pretty tight. There is a certain fun factor with that kind of reach. Price is doable for a "throw away" camera when the lens mechanism eventually fails.
On the negative side, that tiny sensor should have been at least a 1/1.7" sensor for the RAW to pick up all the detail, and have a little edge with image quality. However, a larger sensor would mean a larger lens to have the same focal length. Build quality on A900 is not exactly stellar, so I'm guessing it's about the same on the A1000.
This would be a good camera for concerts where larger cameras are not allowed in, but all the flashing lights can wreak havoc on the metering. Focusing on the long end gets real slow. But that RAW holds potential.
Still, Nikon disappointed me when they ditched the DL18-50. I REALLY WANTED that camera.

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2019 at 23:18 UTC as 47th comment | 2 replies
On article Nikon Coolpix P1000: what you need to know (600 comments in total)

That is a huge camera! As far as the RAW capability, I would not see that as very useful. My Canon PowerShot G12 has RAW with the 1/1.7" sensor, and while I can pull more detail out of an image, it's not comparable to a larger APC-C sensor, or even the 1" sensors. Plus the Dynamic Range on 1/2.3" sensors like my Canon SX150IS isn't usually that good in my experience. I usually get more from just setting the I-Contrast on the Canon (or the Active-D lighting on the Nikon) than from the RAW files. But it could also be that I'm using PhotoShop Elements and not Lightroom for Post Processing, os who's to say. At any rate, the P1000 is out of my budget range, so I'll just stick to what I have for now.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2018 at 20:46 UTC as 147th comment | 1 reply
On article CP+ 2018: Nikon's space cameras (255 comments in total)
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silvano: Many years ago Nikon builded many cameras for NASA and space but today people is waiting one mirrorless ...

HowaboutRAW: Nikon USA website only has the Nikon 1 J5 available, all the others are archived and not available anymore. So for the USA, Nikon 1 is pretty much dead.

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2018 at 20:58 UTC
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NickyB66: Has Canon found a way to clear a load of old electronic parts in its factory?

These are the new "point and shoot" cameras of the DSLR world. It should generate enough income to do more R&D for the higher end gear.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2018 at 13:17 UTC

I guess that's one way to be environmentally friendly by using the old parts in "new" cameras and not dumping them in landfills. Kudos to Canon! ( I was taught to try and say something nice.)
Seriously, the price point will grab a few sales to those who are just getting into photography and don't have the cash to buy better. A lot of people don't want a used better camera, so the 4000D may be their answer. And the bean counters at Canon will be happy to get some revenue from that old parts bin. Come to think of it, that means there will be fewer parts available to repair the older cameras, so you'll have to buy a new one when you need a minor repair since there are no parts available. I see where this is going! Kudos Canon!

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2018 at 12:54 UTC as 38th comment | 3 replies
On article 2017 in review: a look back at February (80 comments in total)
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Rolandigital: Damn... That DL 18-50.. Really heart-breaking stuff. I had my money on the table for it.

I had my money set side for the 18-50 as well. Still trying to get over it.

Link | Posted on Dec 22, 2017 at 01:42 UTC
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LiSkynden: It's weird how much this looks like G5X :O I actually thought this was G5X MkII.

But anyway this has lens cap right? Why are we not seeing ANY pics of it with the lens cap on? IF i would be interested in this camera, i would wanna see what kind of lens cap it has, ...and to Canon i would wanna say: the lens cap on this size camera ... that trend passed a few years ago ;)
Just now i tried to find an image of this camera with the lens cap on ... NONE found.

It looks like the lens cap is a separate entity. From what I saw on youtube, the lens is threaded at the end for filters, so it looks like the lens cap would snap on there. Unlike the G5x, which has the built in lens cap. Of course this was with a pre production model, so who knows. The cost alone is just too high for me to consider this as a viable replacement for my venerable G12.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2017 at 19:34 UTC
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IdM photography: It's unfortunate that Nikon did not launch their DL line of cameras... One inch sensor cameras still deliver significantly better image quality compared to smartphones...

I was all set on the DL 18-50. The day I went to pre-order was the day Nikon announced they would not be making the DL cameras. The only other Nikon compacts I had any interest in were the P7000 Series, but that never did go the 1" route like Canon did with the G Series.

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2017 at 22:23 UTC
On article Shooting with a used DSLR kit that cost me just $80 (282 comments in total)

I had recently purchased a used Nikon D100 for $75.00 only a few months ago, and it is one of my favorite cameras, despite it being a very slow camera. The size is perfect for me, and the viewfinder is better than my newer D3100. A lot of these older cameras don't have high shutter counts either. My D100 had only 1249 shots taken on it when I purchased it. Now, it's over 10,000. It fills the bill nicely for what I do, since I mostly use this one for internet postings. And since it is rather slow, it forces me to really focus on what I'm shooting. Can't go too far wrong when the price is so low!

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2017 at 00:48 UTC as 28th comment
On article Ten ways to shake 'photographer's block' for good (89 comments in total)

I like to take out my old 3.2mp Canon A510 from time to time to challenge myself. That camera is slow, so I have to make sure of the composition and focus before I shoot. Plus it has a very small 256MB memory card, so I can't shoot a lot of photos. With a very limited ISO range, I also need to make sure of the lighting. Hard to believe I won a local photo contest with this camera. Brings a smile to my face and gives me a better feeling about why I love this hobby.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2017 at 14:25 UTC as 57th comment
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Sangster: The early G series did not suffer from rolling shutter effect. Canon used CCD sensors in them instead of CMOS which are the common today.

My PowerShot G12 also has the CCD sensor, and when the G15 came out with the CMOS sensor, I had seen the rolling shutter effect and decided not to upgrade. Still using the G12.

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2017 at 12:33 UTC
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