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On article Pentax KP Review (668 comments in total)
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Marty4650: Pentax keeps proving, over and over again, that having outstanding cameras that are jam packed with features, and that deliver incredible image quality and value just isn't enough to make a serious dent in the shrinking DSLR market that is dominated by two 800 pound gorillas.

It just seems like an exercise in futility. What a pity.

As an old person who grew up in the film SLR days, I settled on Nikon after trying several camera brands. However, I truly wish Nikon had its brand on this beautiful Pentax. I was very excited when I first read about the Nikon Df several years ago and then looked at the $3,000 price tag. That automatically excluded me. Now, I see this very tempting Pentax with all of the features that I might want at a price I can afford. Nikon should take a lesson here. This camera would, likely, be very popular with older photographers who have a limited budget for their hobby.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2017 at 16:54 UTC
On photo Tactical Approach in the Wildlife - Birds in Flight challenge (33 comments in total)

Fantastic shot. I was surprised to see how many small fish this one bird captured to carry home. Everything just comes together in this one.

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2016 at 06:01 UTC as 12th comment | 1 reply
On photo Nickerson Skimmer... in the Motion challenge (14 comments in total)

Checking out the Fred Miranda series, it looks like the skimmer scooped, then his forward motion propelled his body forward and his neck back and he corrected at some point. Totally amazing the way animals obtain their food in the wild. Shopping at WalMart can twist your neck around on some days, too!

Thanks for sharing the beauty of this moment.

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2016 at 01:15 UTC as 3rd comment
On photo Nickerson Skimmer... in the Motion challenge (14 comments in total)

Thinking about what Erik Ohlson said about the skimmer possibly hitting a rock, I wonder if the OP recalls anything that happened after he shot this scene. Did the skimmer continue on and pull his head up or crash? A hard impact on his bill at high speed could cause some serious damage, but he does have a fish contained in the bill. Great photo!

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2016 at 18:09 UTC as 7th comment
On photo Nature's Gift in the A Gift From Nature challenge (10 comments in total)

Beautiful shot, Stevie Boy. As usual! I do love these beautiful birds and their ability to capture their dinner. Thank you for being in the right place at the right time to be able to share what you witnessed through your camera lens.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2016 at 19:14 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On photo Toss.....catch.....swallow in the Tryptics challenge (6 comments in total)

Wonderful series. Gives me the creeps thinking about those legs and wings still moving on the way down the gullet. Guess it's an acquired taste that Anthony Bourdain would enjoy!

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2015 at 08:21 UTC as 4th comment
On photo BIF-Bats in Flight in the Magnificent Mammals-No Pets challenge (12 comments in total)

This is both wonderous and beautiful. I probably would never have seen these much-maligned mammals enjoying soaring and searching for food. Thank you for this gorgeous entry.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2015 at 00:52 UTC as 10th comment
On photo Pussycat in the B/W photo of 1 cat challenge (9 comments in total)

Looks like the rats that are used in laboratory experiments. No hair. Just skin.
Fantastic shot of an unusual cat.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2015 at 06:25 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
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Norman B: I was planning on buying LR or Elements in the fall when I upgraded my computer from XP to Windows 7. That should tell you I am a hobbyist and do not need the latest bling including photo editing software.

I am watching this with interest. It seems to me that it is only a matter of time before LR and Elements are available by subscription only with unreasonable terms and conditions. The ball is in Adobe's court but I am a potential customer with the money. Time will tell if Adobe wants my money or not.

Microsoft started the ball rolling with its word processing software update for 2013. Must pay every year for it, one computer instead of three uses, etc. etc. All companies are seeing green when in reality they are oozing greed. Can't even get a soft drink on an air flight anymore. Greed + power = corruption. Maybe Adobe's move will lead to a return to film!!

Link | Posted on May 11, 2013 at 05:58 UTC

I'm just wondering about quality control. The lower end and midrange DSLR cameras will be made in Laos with final assembly in Thailand. I see potential for many QC issues in new trainees, shipping of cameras from one plant to another, etc. But, Nikon is going into survival mode by keeping costs down. I know no one likes to think of iPhones replacing DSLRs, and we all know that they don't really, but people might be thinking twice about buying a D3000 generation camera when their phone takes "perfectly good shots." I'd prefer to have my camera made in Japan, but my D80 is from Thailand! I wish the new plant well. Just don't want to hear about any more oil spatters and sensor dust in new cameras.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2013 at 19:59 UTC as 10th comment | 2 replies

I think these aren't ducklings, but swanlings or rather cygnets. Nice shot of the family.

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2013 at 08:26 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Safe with mom in the Protection challenge (2 comments in total)

Great title to go with a great photo. Congratulations. Hopefully the Canadian goose decided not to push the swan's patience any further.

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2013 at 06:50 UTC as 1st comment
On article Nikon issues service advisory on D600's dust issue (240 comments in total)
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(unknown member): Even allowing for the fact that 'noise' gets amplified on the interwebs, this issue has made me reluctant to purchase a D600. There is very little useful information in this advisory, although simple acknowledgement of the problem is welcome. I would like Nikon to put a number on it. If they could say, "20% of customers have experienced this issue" or whatever the actual number is, that would at least let us know the scale of the gamble. Even at 20% (I'm just making this number up) I would be more rather than less inclined to go ahead and get one. The main dissuader has been Nikon's silence, and simply not knowing.

I think some corporate transparency would be nice. Updating Nikon customers on a regular basis about what is being found regarding the cause of the problem and the fix and then, of course, some serious internal soul searching about how to do a better job.

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2013 at 04:51 UTC
On article Nikon issues service advisory on D600's dust issue (240 comments in total)
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Jahled: Jesus, the usual brand war in the comments. Fair play to Nikon for addressing the issue and offering their customers support over something they obviously didn't anticipate. I've just been reminded why I seldom visit this place anymore.

These are not $500 cameras we're talking about. If you spend $1500-3000 on a camera body, you should be able to expect a quality product. I'd like to stick with Nikon, but frankly, I don't have the patience to send a camera off to the service center multiple times for sensor cleaning. I really don't like for anyone to handle my camera, so if it's something fairly simple, I'd rather do it myself. But, from what I'm reading, oil is more problematic than dust. And why in the heck are these cameras splattering oil around? Does that make sense even?

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2013 at 04:36 UTC
On article Nikon issues service advisory on D600's dust issue (240 comments in total)
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WT21: I don't understand all the negativity. Nikon has put out a tech advisory, and seems willing to repair. I think that's a good thing. Much like the mirror fix on the Canon 5D classic.

I've been a Nikon fan since buying my Nikon FA film SLR back in the '80s. I've had a D50, D70s and D80, which I still have. I've read of the frustrations of D7000 owners with oil drops and now problems with the D600 and D800. Something is seriously wrong and as much as I might like to upgrade to the D7100, I sure wouldn't do it until I could reasonably expect it to not have these kinds of dust and oil problems. Maybe Canon and Sony have their unique problems, but I think Nikon is starting to suffer some credibility problems as a leader in the field.

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2013 at 04:20 UTC
On article Just Posted: Hands-on Nikon D600 preview (376 comments in total)

Nikon decided against the magic $1,999 price point. The D600 will sell, but not to as many enthusiasts as I once assumed.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2012 at 04:29 UTC as 119th comment | 4 replies
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IcyVeins: next year they'll probably make something even more stupid like 28-500mm

I'm holding out for the 15-500 VR due out in 2015.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2012 at 04:31 UTC
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Northgrove: $1000 for a lens aimed at travel photography? How about a Fujifilm X-S1 at $600 for more compact and lighter travel photography with a 24-624 mm equivalent zoom? After all, users of this will be looking for range, not optics.

My point is that all the corners Nikon will have to cut to get to such an extreme focal range means the focal range will be more important than the optical quality to them. And then a $1000 price tag for that aim. Just buy a long range compact camera? Optical quality will be priority in: neither of the cases. So you can just as well focus on travelling light and both your neck and credit card will be happier.

I have both the 18-200VR and 70-300VR for a total investment of $1250. But, frankly, since I bought a Panasonic FZ150 24x zoom with very nice IQ, my Nikon lenses haven't been getting much use. The weight of the 18-300VR will be more of a detractor than the price.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2012 at 04:24 UTC
On photo Sedona Golf Resort #10 in the Golf course picture for commercial purposes challenge (3 comments in total)
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Gehyra: As an ecologist I hate to imagine what the application of fertilisers and pesticides would be doing to the streams downslope... There is always a cost. Nice photo though!

I totally agree. The plants and wildlife are always the ones to suffer because of man's indulgences.

Link | Posted on May 1, 2012 at 02:24 UTC
On article Kodak to stop making digital cameras (141 comments in total)
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oldshutterbug: Pity they never continued with the old DX and P Series cameras they really had something worth buying back then.

Kodak should be ashamed of themselves so hang your head in shame CEO.

Like most CEOs of failed companies, Kodak's most likely has a multi-million dollar golden parachute and retirement plan. Only the guys and gals working the production line will suffer--they've lost their jobs. Maybe the CEO will share his retirement plan with the workers so everyone has a share. Ha Ha Ha! Has this ever happened in the history of mankind?

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2012 at 01:53 UTC
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