jhinkey

jhinkey

Lives in United States Seattle, WA, United States
Works as a Aerospace Engineering Consultant
Has a website at www.hinkey.zenfolio.com
Joined on Dec 27, 2005

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Bambi24: lol

$1200 for an f/4.5 fisheye zoom

And your point is you think it's a great price or not-so-great price?

I paid ~$500 for a 1970's vintage 16/3.5 AI full-frame fisheye (which is Nikon's best FF FE ever made), so if this brand new model equals the old AI's performance, but has zoom capability, AF (not so useful), full electronics, etc. then I'd say it's a decent price.
If it has sub-par optical performance (sharpness, flare, ghosting, etc.) then I'd say it's over-priced.
It's all relative.

Link | Posted on May 31, 2017 at 13:29 UTC
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hotdog321: The big question is did they fix the various software issues? The Surface Pro has always boasted some very nice specs and really nice display, but a large number of users (I'm guessing 25%) had serious software glitches in the power, keyboard, display, operation, sleep, etc. I was going to buy the loaded i7 version, but there were so many Surface Pros being rated one star or simply returned that I decided to give it a miss.

Bought two surface Pro 3's for my daughters and yes they have some minor issues (similar to what mosc described), but overall pretty decent machines for the large variety of use that they get.
Plus they seem to be pretty rugged as teenagers are not the most careful computer users (lots of falls).

Link | Posted on May 25, 2017 at 16:47 UTC
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jhinkey: Don't know much about Canon, but Nikon has at least 4 basic generations of F-mount lenses to support with their digital cameras:
AI - Manual Focus, Aperture Ring, Mechanically Controlled Aperture
AF(-D) - Screw Drive AF, Aperture Ring, Mechanically Controlled Aperture
G - AFS, No Aperture Ring, Mechanically Controlled Aperture
E - AFS, No Aperture Ring, Electronically Controlled Aperture
(or something like the above anyways).
There are a lot of these F-mount lenses, many of which are still excellent performers and still for sale today despite their age.

Nikon risks alienating many of their Nikon loyal if they do a mount/adapter combination that excludes the use of many of these non-G and non-E lenses.

Thus I suggest they should make a mirrorless full frame with a short mount distance along with immediately available excellent mechanical/electrical adapters to allow use of all that legacy glass. Being able to mount M-mount lenses (via adapter) would be a huge plus.

Certainly the non-AI lenses are there, but they are far fewer and can be physically converted/modified to become AI. The AF/AF-D variation is subtle and not a big issue for converters or compatibility.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2017 at 15:24 UTC

Don't know much about Canon, but Nikon has at least 4 basic generations of F-mount lenses to support with their digital cameras:
AI - Manual Focus, Aperture Ring, Mechanically Controlled Aperture
AF(-D) - Screw Drive AF, Aperture Ring, Mechanically Controlled Aperture
G - AFS, No Aperture Ring, Mechanically Controlled Aperture
E - AFS, No Aperture Ring, Electronically Controlled Aperture
(or something like the above anyways).
There are a lot of these F-mount lenses, many of which are still excellent performers and still for sale today despite their age.

Nikon risks alienating many of their Nikon loyal if they do a mount/adapter combination that excludes the use of many of these non-G and non-E lenses.

Thus I suggest they should make a mirrorless full frame with a short mount distance along with immediately available excellent mechanical/electrical adapters to allow use of all that legacy glass. Being able to mount M-mount lenses (via adapter) would be a huge plus.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2017 at 14:43 UTC as 125th comment | 3 replies

I suspect the GoPro DID NOT save his life, as just about any high velocity round would go directly through a GoPro and still kill the person on the other side. Though hard to tell from the video, this was likely a very near miss that just took out the GoPro.

Scary nonetheless.

Link | Posted on May 22, 2017 at 19:07 UTC as 30th comment | 2 replies
On article Sony a9: more speed, less dynamic range (669 comments in total)
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bilcobarnes21: Am I the only one getting a little tired of DP Reviews obsession with the A9 and Sony in general?
It makes me wonder what involvemt Sony have with DPR 🤔

That's just plain silly. Sony is putting out some very innovative products and DPR is doing a good job reviewing them. If Nikon or Canon did the same DPR would have the same kind of coverage.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2017 at 13:48 UTC
On article Sony a9: more speed, less dynamic range (669 comments in total)

As expected - no free lunch! Wait for the A9R (or A7RIII) if you want the best DR at low ISO. Still an amazing camera.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2017 at 13:44 UTC as 108th comment

For extended tripod use this, though a little pricey, is a great thing.
Maybe wait to grab a used one or when the prices settles down a bit after they are actually available to buy (currently pre-order only).

- J

Link | Posted on May 6, 2017 at 16:27 UTC as 2nd comment
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Ivan Paganacci: He showed up to dinner without the camera, the date looked at him with disinterest and the evening went downhill from there. Later, he would realize that sometimes it's all about the camera, not the photographer.

Perhaps the lens attached to the camera wasn't big enough . . . always my problem!

Link | Posted on May 4, 2017 at 21:55 UTC

I don't think plunging it into Saturn to burn up is adequately described as "putting it out to pasture." Putting it out to pasture would be more like sending it off into deep space or a very large orbit that can't decay to hit a moon in a million years (both of which they can't do because that would take too much fuel). It's more accurately described as being like "sending it to the rendering plant", though that image is far less delicate.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2017 at 15:58 UTC as 30th comment | 1 reply

Wow, that's actually very useful!
Even though I don't do video, but sometimes I need to have the camera on a tripod for several hours and it would be great to be able to hook this up so I don't need to change batteries, which go quite quickly with continual use, especially in tethered mode.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 20:58 UTC as 26th comment | 5 replies

Seems like the tone of the last few corporate-wide moves is to not be status quo. Hopefully this marks the beginning of a much more proactive Nikon and hopefully a much more innovative Nikon.

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2017 at 20:56 UTC as 38th comment

Now that was fun and informative to watch!

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2017 at 02:57 UTC as 75th comment

Looks like the beginning of the end and my Pany G85 and PL lenses will have to keep going for a long long time then. Too bad as I really liked the Pany camera externals and UI.
Lets hope for the best. This could make m43 be not quite as stable with just one camera manufacturer supporting it.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2017 at 02:58 UTC as 65th comment | 3 replies
On article Atomos introduces Ninja Inferno off-camera recorder (63 comments in total)

When is the Ninja Flame price reduction going to actually hit the market? So far I've seen the old prices still in effect . . .

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 13:59 UTC as 7th comment
On article Atomos introduces Ninja Inferno off-camera recorder (63 comments in total)

I use an Atomos Ninja2 to remotely record video from my GH3 over HDMI when it's placed in an hazardous location during experiments in various labs that I've been in. If the camera gets taken out the video is just fine on the Atomos. Very interested in upgrading to the bigger, higher resolution screen than my Ninja2. Price doesn't seem too steep for the upgraded capabilities.

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2017 at 18:29 UTC as 8th comment
On article Atomos introduces Ninja Inferno off-camera recorder (63 comments in total)
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olsenn: Can someone tell me if this would be useful for a stills (only) photographer? Mostly I am interested in this to help me focus (w/ peaking) with my manual-focus Zeiss 135mm ZF.2 on my Nikon D810. However, having a large and bright screen to use in lieu of the small display built-in to the camera sounds useful in general.

As for alternatives, I do not need the recorder capabilities, just the display. However, if I do get a monitor, I want it to be high brightness and wide color gamut... preferably HDR, and it MUST have excellent focus-peaking etc features.

Get a tablet and one of the several tethered shooting apps and you are good to go. I use Helicon Remote with my D800 (should work with D810) when on a tripod so I can change camera settings, zoom in to 100% to check focus, and trip the shutter.

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2017 at 18:26 UTC

The LX-3 was a great camera. Eventually bought the LX-5, LX-7, and now the LX-100.
These cameras from Panasonic were great - compact, feature-rich, and good-enough IQ (noise and sharpness) for the camera size. True multi-aspect sensor was fantastic as well (too bad the LX-100 doesn't completely go that route . . .).

Looking forward to the LX-200.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2017 at 14:56 UTC as 24th comment
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Iloveaircraftnoise: People need apps to remind them when the sun sets and where the milky way shines?

This really is a sad indictment on humans in the digital age.

Why, yes they do if you are a photographer.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2017 at 04:33 UTC
On article GoPro to cut 270 jobs as part of restructuring effort (79 comments in total)

How many people do they have left? Seems like they had too many people for the number of products that they offered. Now it seems they don't.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2017 at 02:26 UTC as 26th comment
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