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nnickn: When the 18-55 AF-P was released, there was speculation that it would only work on three bodies. Some people said that AF would not work at all on anything from the D7X00 line, while others said that VR was disabled. What's the truth to this, and does the new 70-300 suffer any issues on older bodies such as the D7100? The Nikon website notes that "1Because AF-P lenses incorporate a stepping motor, the number of compatible cameras is limited. Even for compatible cameras, firmware update may be required." What does this mean? All I can see is that a user would not be able to turn toggle VR on or off, since the menu option does not exist.

I've had the 18-55 AF-P for several months now (it's already available in non-US markets and on Ebay). It works fine with both my D7200 and D500.

You are correct that the VR seems to be always on. Other than that AF works fine and seems reasonably fast (no, I haven't conducted scientifically verifiable tests), and I am happy with the IQ for what it's worth. I purchased the lens to create a reasonably compact kit with my D7200. Since Nikon doesn't make any current pancake lenses, the collapsible AF-P is about as small as it gets. Although it's no substitute for my Sigma 35mm Art or Niikon 85mm 1.4G lenses, I'm satisfied with what it produces.

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2016 at 17:38 UTC
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User8303410032: I don't see a VR-Off button, is it permanent VR?

Released in the US in September, but the 18-55 AF-P lenses have been available in other parts of the world for months now. You can pick up one off of Ebay now for a little more than $100.

It is a nice lens. Other than the lack of controls, I'm impressed with its compact size--it's noticeably smaller than its Canon counterpart (I bought it specifically for its size)--and its IQ.

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2016 at 14:05 UTC
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User8303410032: I don't see a VR-Off button, is it permanent VR?

The VR version does not have an option to turn off the VR. There may be a way to disable it from a camera menu option, but I haven't searched for it. I picked up one of these lenses off of EBay a couple of months ago. It is a nice, compact, lens with decent to very good IQ on my D500.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 15:16 UTC
On article The price is right: Canon EOS Rebel T6 / 1300D Review (416 comments in total)
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Thermidor: I wish Canon would come up with a successor to the 100D. It's a far better beginner's camera than a 1000D series. All they need to do is deepen the hand grip and update the sensor, and if they can give it Dual Pixel live view as well, it'd be outstanding.

Oops! I responded to the wrong thread. Oh well. Just ignore my previous response.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2016 at 18:04 UTC
On article The price is right: Canon EOS Rebel T6 / 1300D Review (416 comments in total)
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Thermidor: I wish Canon would come up with a successor to the 100D. It's a far better beginner's camera than a 1000D series. All they need to do is deepen the hand grip and update the sensor, and if they can give it Dual Pixel live view as well, it'd be outstanding.

Yep, just one more thing to keep track of--or to remember to take--on an outing or trip.

Unless an add-on adds significant value over a built-in (e.g., an external flash that provides far more flexibility, control, and power), then it is always inferior to having that capability built into the camera's feature set.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2016 at 16:46 UTC
On article The price is right: Canon EOS Rebel T6 / 1300D Review (416 comments in total)
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FRANCISQUAN: DPR by their own admission find the two and a half year old Nikon D3300 pretty well wins in all situations here.
But then the EOS 1300D has Wi-Fi which according to this DPR review makes it the best ????

Wow?

At Thanksgiving, I pulled out my DSLR. I attached the flash. However, after less than 20 shots, the flash died (I forgot to charge the batteries). I then cranked up the ISO, and felt that I'd have decent results to share in a day or two. Meanwhile, the youngsters were firing away with their smartphones which shots were immediately posted to a gallery that was shared with everyone present. The shots were good enough, and we all enjoyed the pictures in real time.

So, yes, Wi-Fi--because beginners might actually use the camera instead of their smart phones--makes an entry-level camera unequivocally better than one without.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2016 at 15:47 UTC
On article The price is right: Canon EOS Rebel T6 / 1300D Review (416 comments in total)
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007peter: Can T6 do Video Tracking in Live View (like EOS-M). I'm thinking about buying one for vlog. Its a cheap DSLR, my only complain is the inclusion of old 18-55 IS instead of the newest 18-55mm STM lens. Had T6 comes with the 18-55 STM, It would have been a head & shoulder above Nikon.

Perhaps. Canon dominates Nikon in video, but not in stills. In many markets Nikon is selling the D3300 with its latest 18-55mm AF-P lens. This lens has a stepper motor and, I believe, comparable IQ to the 18-55 STM (I have the Nikon lens and will have the Canon STM next week for comparison testing). The new Nikon kit lens removes some (but not all) of Canon's entry-and-consumer-level video advantages.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2016 at 19:26 UTC
On article Benchmark Performance: Nikon D810 review (1984 comments in total)
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JerryShots: Looking at the "Real World Dynamic Range
Image comparison tool" just below the main structure of the Space Needle there is quite a bit of CA present in the Nikon image provided. Almost none in the SONY shot.
There are many places where the detail (phone wires, etc) is missing in the Nikon shot. Obviously the Nikon shot is less noisy but was it well focused? The CA and the lack of detail make it tough to judge.
Isn't CA produced by the lens? With 'one button correction' right there in ACR, what was the decision making process in leaving so much CA in place on these otherwise highly processed shots?
Is the Nikon shot some kind of Penalty Shot? Would have been interesting to see a more direct comparison provided as well, both bodies set to the same ISO. That way we could have potentially seen the advantage of this 'new feature' more directly and the new sensor vrs the one in the SONY.
Omitting the D800 (or D800E) from the DR comparison chart while including the D7100 makes little sense.

"The Nikon simply doesn't look well focused and with greater CA in the shot - What's left to compare in the shot?"

Uh, noise levels perhaps, which I think is the purpose of the particular test you are referring to.

The "lack of focus" you are seeing is the six megapixel advantage that the Sony has over the Nikon.

So, what do you prefer, the slightly sharper, higher resolution image or the cleaner, lower noise one?

Link | Posted on May 14, 2016 at 00:31 UTC
On article Benchmark Performance: Nikon D810 review (1984 comments in total)
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JerryShots: Looking at the "Real World Dynamic Range
Image comparison tool" just below the main structure of the Space Needle there is quite a bit of CA present in the Nikon image provided. Almost none in the SONY shot.
There are many places where the detail (phone wires, etc) is missing in the Nikon shot. Obviously the Nikon shot is less noisy but was it well focused? The CA and the lack of detail make it tough to judge.
Isn't CA produced by the lens? With 'one button correction' right there in ACR, what was the decision making process in leaving so much CA in place on these otherwise highly processed shots?
Is the Nikon shot some kind of Penalty Shot? Would have been interesting to see a more direct comparison provided as well, both bodies set to the same ISO. That way we could have potentially seen the advantage of this 'new feature' more directly and the new sensor vrs the one in the SONY.
Omitting the D800 (or D800E) from the DR comparison chart while including the D7100 makes little sense.

Really?

I see the CA, but quite a bit? Note, the Sony has CA as well, albeit less, but CA nonetheless. It also has more moire than the D810. This is a test shot. You don't clean up RAW shots when you're trying to see how much noise the camera produces.

As for the missing detail, I'm not seeing it. I'm not doubting you, it's just that both images have more than enough detail for my taste. I have no desire to develop eye strain trying to track down a missing line that is only a few pixels wide in the Sony shot. The Sony shot does appear sharper. Perhaps, the sharpness edge and greater detail might be due to the 42 MP relative to the Nikon's 36MP?

Link | Posted on May 13, 2016 at 23:09 UTC
On article Benchmark Performance: Nikon D810 review (1984 comments in total)
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zakaria: first of all thanks to the talented photographer that push me quickly to see photos than reading the review since the d 810 is at the end of its life cycle!!
hope dpr use the same photographer when reviewing the pentax k1.

I don't think anyone outside of Nikon has a clue where the D810 is in its life cycle. Yes, the D810 was released a mere two years after the release of the D800/e twins. However, two years is a very short interval for releasing professional-level cameras. The D800 twins were released four years after the D700.

I suspect that the early release was, like the D610, due to the early problems with the D800. Nikon, thinking that the model was perhaps poisoned by all the bad publicity rushed to replace them. Fortunately, unlike the D610, they had enough upgrades to justify a new release.

Accordingly, I wouldn't expect to see a D810 replacement for another 2-4 years.

Link | Posted on May 13, 2016 at 20:57 UTC
On article Benchmark Performance: Nikon D810 review (1984 comments in total)
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zakaria: first of all thanks to the talented photographer that push me quickly to see photos than reading the review since the d 810 is at the end of its life cycle!!
hope dpr use the same photographer when reviewing the pentax k1.

Why is it at the end of its life cycle when it is unequivocally the best all-around DSLR on the market today? The landscape photography that this camera is capable of doing at ISO 64 has me rethinking my shooting strategy. I had seriously considered giving up FF, but this review makes it clear that would be a mistake. I see the D810 as my goto camera for years to come.

Link | Posted on May 13, 2016 at 15:45 UTC
On article Benchmark Performance: Nikon D810 review (1984 comments in total)
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Gesture: "Autofocus hunts in low light more than expected, and accuracy is reduced
Non-central, non-cross-type AF points can hunt in challenging light
Low light, high ISO performance surpassed by peers
JPEGs not as sharp or detailed as some competitors"

Would knock it down to 84.

Your opinion is greatly appreciated.

Link | Posted on May 13, 2016 at 15:42 UTC
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doctor digi: Never mind the text. What's most telling is the etching on the left, of the people looking at the painting.

The K1 pixel-shift beats everything including the 645Z.

It beats the D810 in a lot of places. Look at the paper money in the bottom center, especially the bottom part of the bill. The pixel shift shows much more detail in the fine lines many of which are smudged in the other photos.

Link | Posted on May 6, 2016 at 12:36 UTC
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halfwaythere: Before this gets out of hand, the D5 looks better at ISO 25600 and up. If that matters to you and you are fine with the Nikon lens selection than by all means the Nikon might be a better choice.

OTOH the better low ISO, better video, better video AF of the Canon might swing some folks the other way.

Professionals from both camps are a bit spoiled these days.

Fair enough.

I never shoot jpg, and I understand most PJs only shoot jpg.

I took another look--this time using the jpg setting--and the D5 does indeed blow the D750 out of the water.

However, the call is much closer compared to the D4S and 1DMII. I think that the D5 is better at high ISO than both. But it isn't overwhelmingly better. The 1DMII image looks slightly softer at ISO512K, but I'm not detecting any less detail. And this is at 100%. Frankly, it strikes me a a matter of taste. Do you pefer the slightly softer Canon images to the more contrasty Nikon images albeit both provide the same amount of detail?

Clearly, the difference isn't such that I'd be willing to switch from Canon to Nikon. And if the lottery came through, this primarily Nikon shooter would likely opt for a 1DX MII over the D5 provided the AF is close.

Link | Posted on May 4, 2016 at 14:57 UTC
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halfwaythere: Before this gets out of hand, the D5 looks better at ISO 25600 and up. If that matters to you and you are fine with the Nikon lens selection than by all means the Nikon might be a better choice.

OTOH the better low ISO, better video, better video AF of the Canon might swing some folks the other way.

Professionals from both camps are a bit spoiled these days.

Nikon made a decision to focus on high-ISO performance at the expense of base-ISO performance. It was a gamble. However, from what I've seen so far, in my opinion what Nikon gained at high ISO, far from offsets what it gave up at low ISO. From these samples, the D5 at high ISO, is only marginally better than the 1DX II, but the D5 trails most other modern FF cameras (and some crop-sensor cameras) badly at low ISO.

Rather than crank up ISO, I prefer to shoot at base or low ISO and than crank up amplification on my computer. Yes, my shots are very dark or even black on my rear LCD, but as long as I trust the AF, I know I have a fast enough shutter speed to freeze action, and I have enough headroom to get the exposure right on the computer. This works well with other Nikon cameras, especially the D750 and D7200.

With the D5, I would not recommend that practice. I would, however, consider employing it with the 1D X II.

Link | Posted on May 4, 2016 at 13:22 UTC
On article The Canon that can: Canon EOS 80D Review (706 comments in total)
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mkbrkloster: My path started with Rebel, Rebel XT, and now T1i, all have served me well. I started with the kit lens, and upgraded and tweaked my lenses to match my shooting needs. 95% of my shots are of family and very rarely video (I've actually taken video on a DSLR 3 times, I think, over the years).

Given the lens investment, people like me don't switch from one brand to the other very often, if ever. A methodical upgrade in camera bodies that allows me to keep my lenses is all I need, even if some features (some of which I don't even care about) of other brands are better.

To switch from Canon to Sony would cost me a ton of money in lenses, and I would still not have the same lens set that I have now (converters are a hack).

I've been waiting for a new sensor to upgrade my T1i, and I got it in the 80d, which I will buy and use for the next 4-5 years. Sure, I'd love it if it were $999, but everything I buy I want a little cheaper.

There are a lot more of "me" out there than you think.

BuyDig on EBay is offering a camera-printer bundle for $1199 with a $350 rebate.

I think that gets you under your $999 bar even if you just throw away the printer.

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2016 at 17:22 UTC
On article The Canon that can: Canon EOS 80D Review (706 comments in total)
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dwill23: When Canon ruled the DSLR cameras from 2002-2010ish DPReview NEVER said Nikon lags behind. They wouldn't even hint that Canon's CMOS was cleaner. You could see comparisons, but that's about it.

The way DPR bashes Canon is simply amazing, and sad.

This is the best Canon sensor EVER! of all time! This is like Canon taking over next year and saying how horrible Sony's brand new sensors are,...they are still better than what they are today.

People who complain don't realize these sensors are the very best from Canon, and in most shooting it's not that easy to see Sony's 1-1.5 stop current lead.

This frustrates the majority of DLRS shooters,....Canon shooters.

Excuse me for being provincial. I was only considering DSLRs. There are too many things I dislike about Sony cameras (menus, buttons, and yes, ergonomics), that I forgot that they actually have a following.

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2016 at 14:39 UTC
On article The Canon that can: Canon EOS 80D Review (706 comments in total)
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PhotoKhan: Could the reviewer be less enthused with this camera?
The stance he approached the review is almost palpable browsing through the "let's get on with it and head back home" images in the gallery.
The feeling I am getting from this review is a complete "meh-of-mehs!", in contrast with other online resources.
It is so much so, that I am now decided to get a loaner just to evaluate things for myself.
It is sad that after all these years, I am starting to get the feeling that I simply can't trust DPR anymore when it comes to evaluate Canon cameras.

I'll give you cutting edge, but not ground breaking.

Didn't the 70D--released almost 3 years ago--have DP AF? The 80D may improve on it, but three-year-old technology is hardly ground-breaking.

It's very much like the high DR in Sony sensors. The latest is the best ever, probably cutting edge, but hardly ground breaking. Improvements in Sony sensor DR and Canon DP AF are evolutionary, not revolutionary, and just not all that exciting for reviewers.

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2016 at 14:34 UTC
On article The Canon that can: Canon EOS 80D Review (706 comments in total)
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PhotoKhan: Could the reviewer be less enthused with this camera?
The stance he approached the review is almost palpable browsing through the "let's get on with it and head back home" images in the gallery.
The feeling I am getting from this review is a complete "meh-of-mehs!", in contrast with other online resources.
It is so much so, that I am now decided to get a loaner just to evaluate things for myself.
It is sad that after all these years, I am starting to get the feeling that I simply can't trust DPR anymore when it comes to evaluate Canon cameras.

I thought that it was positive as well, but admittedly I just reviewed the IQ and summary pages. Didn't the camera get the same score as the Nikon D7200?

Frankly, this camera is not cutting edge stuff like the D500 or the 7DMII when it was released. In terms of DSLR technology there just isn't anything groundbreaking in this package. It's simply a workmanlike upgrade that adds (significant) value to an already highly competent product line. It catches Canon up in some areas where it has lagged, and improves in other areas were Canon's XXD line has already been strong. Given that reality I'm pleased that the review is as enthusiastic as it is.

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2016 at 13:06 UTC
On article The Canon that can: Canon EOS 80D Review (706 comments in total)
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dwill23: When Canon ruled the DSLR cameras from 2002-2010ish DPReview NEVER said Nikon lags behind. They wouldn't even hint that Canon's CMOS was cleaner. You could see comparisons, but that's about it.

The way DPR bashes Canon is simply amazing, and sad.

This is the best Canon sensor EVER! of all time! This is like Canon taking over next year and saying how horrible Sony's brand new sensors are,...they are still better than what they are today.

People who complain don't realize these sensors are the very best from Canon, and in most shooting it's not that easy to see Sony's 1-1.5 stop current lead.

This frustrates the majority of DLRS shooters,....Canon shooters.

The whine is really good here.

Why do you care what DPR thinks? The Canon 80D is a great camera. You can do things with it that we couldn't conceive of doing with a crop-sensor camera as recently as five years ago. And let's not even talk about 10 years ago.

Yes, cameras with Sony sensors do perform better in certain IQ dimensions. However, Canon still remains on top in portraiture, ergonomics and video. I daresay that there are few things photographic that the deficiency prevents one from doing.

So please, let's not get our panties in a bunch about technical trivia. DPR is just reporting facts, period. But those inconvenient facts should do nothing to prevent Canon users from enjoying a phenomenal tool with the best lens system ever produced to support it.

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2016 at 12:54 UTC
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