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Lives in Switzerland Berne, Switzerland
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Joined on Mar 11, 2010

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universal appreciation, has to be almost a first on DP :-)

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2017 at 09:42 UTC as 28th comment
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justmeMN: From Thom Hogan:

"Simply put, some of the Nikon crowd seems to have lost faith in the Nikon brand. Generalized, we see these five complaints:"

"Nikon quality has eroded — the D500, D600, D750, D800, D810 all shipped with clear issues that needed fixing, some particularly bad (D600 shutter splatter and D750 vignetting). Even the very minor ones, such as the D810 white dot one, now get amplified."

http://www.dslrbodies.com/newsviews/perception-is-everything.html

This is just another incident that reinforces that negative stereotype. :-(

@Average User: the D7200 came out in 2015 and has a higher DXoMark score than either the D7500 or Canon D80, whatever that proves..

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2017 at 07:47 UTC
On article Review: Nikon D7500, speed and capability (447 comments in total)
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Dante Birchen: Nikon could have gotten a gold award if they just would have retained dual slots, the grip and AI aperture metering. I guess they didn't want one.

Yes, strange about the dual slots, for me it was a major factor in the decision process to buy a D7200 and come upgrade time, it will be again (e.g. 6D ii v. D750..)

Having had a Kingston SD card fail on me after leaving the emperors palace in Istanbul, and the loss of all those images, is not something I will forget any time soon.

I also think it's odd that the D7500 AF Auto fine tune is (if I understand) next to useless for zoom lenses(only does one focal length), does it really work the same was on the D500?

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2017 at 11:02 UTC
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Paul Petersen: So much good but please enough with the gelding of features. Does it really cost that much more to add a headphone jack, faster flash sync & 1/8000th shutter? My D7200 has all that and a built in flash. Nikon's next affordable full frame will pack most of those features.

You forgot dual SD card slots.. Something I expected the 6D II to have, a let down really..

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2017 at 08:16 UTC
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kierenlon: Pretty good. If I didn't already have the Tokina 11-16 F2.8, then I think I would go for this. I love the Tokina but prefer smaller & lighter these days.

If I was just getting a system, this lens, the 35 & 85 primes would have covered. Would quite like to see a set of F2.8 cheap primes in 28, 50, 100mm also but unlikely.

I have the 11-20 version of the Tokina, but somehow I notice quite a difference at the 11 end, compared to the 10 end of the Canon 10-18mm I had before I jumped ship.. (that extra 1mm seemed to get much more in..)

I really liked the 10-18mm and somehow prefer it to the Tokina..

Link | Posted on May 31, 2017 at 15:10 UTC
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Peter von Reichenberg: Even if it would be made of gold, it's just another PC/Windows. I have had enough of all the freezes, crashes, reinstalls...since I switched to MC (I was resisting many stupid years) my life has changed and the sun shines every day.

I use windows 7 (home desktop) & 10 (work laptop) all day long at work and I don't think windows 7 crashed ever - windows 10 had issues with an external VPN client until Zywall fixed that - so, other than Win10's (still) infuriating UI, it's fine.

Annoyingly invasive MS presence in Win10 though, spyware and advertising. Classic shell solved some of the UI issues, otherwise I might have left windows completely..

I also use a 2015 Macbook Pro as my personal laptop and until Microsoft and the hardware manufacturers realise that the reason many people use a macbook is because of the amazing millimetre precise integration of hand gestures and OS, enabling a much quicker and better user experience, and until they can do this they won't ever get this people back into windows..

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2017 at 11:57 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1579 comments in total)
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TheEmrys: "The biggest mistake with this new menu system, especially with the daunting growth of settings, is the lack of a customizable quick menu to save frequently changed settings"

Isn't this what the FN menu button does,described just below this quote?

"This main menu is used alongside a user-configurable Fn menu. This allows up to twelve options to be arranged in up to two rows of icons, for semi-fast access to features you access or settings you change semi-regularly."

@G1Houston Again, you can't compare your use case to that of a camera, the priorities are different as are usage scenarios.

The primary problem for me is that of speed, and needing instant access to x. y or z and no amount of elegant and versatile menus on touchscreens can replace that, as you can see from the efforts by Sony and Olympus which are mostly criticised despite years of tweaking and re-designs, model after model..

A UI needs to fit the use case, and primary importance for controls for tools or vehicles is speed of access in difficult situations

An example of where a physical control is better than a menu is that where most car companies have now reverted to using a rotary dial for sound volume whereas years ago we were all subjected to "cool" up-down buttons and which were much harder to locate just by feel *without* actually looking (sounds similar to a camera, right..?)

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 08:00 UTC
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1579 comments in total)
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TheEmrys: "The biggest mistake with this new menu system, especially with the daunting growth of settings, is the lack of a customizable quick menu to save frequently changed settings"

Isn't this what the FN menu button does,described just below this quote?

"This main menu is used alongside a user-configurable Fn menu. This allows up to twelve options to be arranged in up to two rows of icons, for semi-fast access to features you access or settings you change semi-regularly."

@G1Houston, Disagree - you simply can't compare an Apple devices and the interface rquired for a semi-professional (whatever that is..) camera.

Photographers need direct access to functions for speed reasons, and largely the only quick way to do that is with dedicated or programmable buttons, not menus and sub-menus, however elegant they are.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2017 at 19:17 UTC
On article OWC's Thunderbolt 3 Dock adds 13 ports to your MacBook (151 comments in total)
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deep7: If Apple threw something like this in with their more expensive models it would be a good pacifier. Leave it on your desk with everything plugged in and just take the lighter computer with you.

Alternatively, replace two of the up-to-date but mostly useless new ports with two so-old-fashioned but massively useful old USB ports and add an SD card reader. Might be cheaper, lighter and more useful for many...

If they did that, it would show admittance to what an idiotic decision path they've taken, which is to alienate there whole existing customer base 2-3 years (at least) before USB-C becomes ubiquitous..

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2016 at 10:02 UTC
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Stephan Def: What Apple should do is admit their their mistakes and announce a new Model MBP that will hit the shelves in the next 12 Months which will address all or most issues based on actual customer feedback and input. That would be a true sign of greatness. Technically its possible to do this, question is if Apple internal corporate game playing will get into the way of doing the right thing yet again.

Did exactly that, after seeing the (very accurate) mock-ups that were around in the summer and it was clear that USB-C was going to be the only port and the keyboard was going to be like the Macbook 12" (i.e. no feel whatsoever. So happy I didn't wait any longer.

(and to Stephan, they would never do that..)

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 10:37 UTC
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albert2014: The most worrying thing is that in 3-4 years they will redesign the ports anyway and you will now have a desk full of obsolete adaptors. What they should do, and I'm surprised no one has thotght of this, is to make some sort of Universal Stickyout Bit port that every device in the future ( but not the present ) will be able to connect to. Who knows you may even be able to ingeniously connect your iPhone to it. I guess one can only dream of this.

@ Michael DeLeon

The laptop I buy today will be EOL in 3-4 years (for me..), why do I have to be the guinea pig, or why does Apple put the cart before the horse..

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 10:12 UTC

I don't know what planet these guys live on really. I work in a Telecoms company with all manner of development and high-tech toys, but neither here at work (or at home) do I know one single person that has a usb-c device in any form.

Similarly, I don't know anybody that does or wants to transfer their SD cards data via wireless (I know an awful lot of people who supplement their tiny but super expensive Apple SSD with a cheap large capacity SD card though..Hmm...).

I don't know anybody who wants to use wireless earbuds, how long is that battery going to last. And it will run out just when I need it and have you seen the price, shocking.. I was going to buy an iPhone 7, not now. S7 Edge is the next one.

I recently bought (possibly the last one I'll buy..) a 2015 13" Macbook Pro, as i'd waited sooo long for an update, and then I realised I don't want the new one, so frustrating (but I love the one I got :-)

Sometimes bleeding edge is just bleeding annoying...

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 17:08 UTC as 159th comment
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1Dx4me: that is what i said to my friends: i'll take a LOOOOOONG LOOOOOng time for public to accept 4K monitors and for manufacturers to provide and make it a household item!!!!! it'll take another 10years for consumers to catch on with this new technology--actually it'll probably an old tech. by the time public understand and accepts it ;-)

but of course the hardware is now at such a price level that any future upgrades would sensibly be 4-5k screen (PC) and 4K (Tv)

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2016 at 09:54 UTC
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1Dx4me: that is what i said to my friends: i'll take a LOOOOOONG LOOOOOng time for public to accept 4K monitors and for manufacturers to provide and make it a household item!!!!! it'll take another 10years for consumers to catch on with this new technology--actually it'll probably an old tech. by the time public understand and accepts it ;-)

I disagree that there is useful commercial material available to drive this introduction: I live partly in Switzerland and Austria. In Switzerland I get 10-12 HD channels(from 150 or so), mostly the two main channels from each of the surrounding countries (2 Swiss, 2 austrian, 2-3 german, maybe some french and Italian I don´t watch) and 3 more from the Uk (from the 15 or so UK channels I get). In Austria my gf simply has zero HD channels available, she could have 2 if she paid some riduculous amount per month, it´s so backward it´s ridiculous.

The UK has more (5 HD channels from freeview) but this is still not many is it..?! 4k, forget it..

My kids tried Netflix 4K (they have a sony Bravia 4K tv) and it was laughably bad they said, constant buffering issues.. (using the BT Infinity..) making it totally unusable.

I don´t regard home generated material as driving the mass market introduction of 4k/8k, most people are only just getting there heads around full HD ..

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2016 at 09:52 UTC
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1Dx4me: that is what i said to my friends: i'll take a LOOOOOONG LOOOOOng time for public to accept 4K monitors and for manufacturers to provide and make it a household item!!!!! it'll take another 10years for consumers to catch on with this new technology--actually it'll probably an old tech. by the time public understand and accepts it ;-)

I don´t know anybody with a 4-5k screen, and nobody uses them at the 2 companies I work at..

I also don´t know anybody with a 4K tv, and yes they´re looking pretty cheap now but there is zero content available at the moment, in fact I only have about 10 HD channels (from about 150..), which is pretty lame and this is in one of the most "advanced" countries in Europe..

Your perception of the speed of take-up of new technology is lagging far behind reality (unfortunately..)

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2016 at 09:42 UTC
On article Nikon D500 versus D750: Which one is right for you? (385 comments in total)
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User9953865401: Nikon D750 vs D500 !? Here in Japan, the D750 is 20% less expensive than the D500 !! Therefore the Fx model is a no brainer for those who do not need the speed of the latter.

Similarly also in Switzerland - street price starting at $1730 for a D750 body and $2075 for a D500 body (and $900 for a D7200 body, or $1200 with the 18-140mm)

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2016 at 08:39 UTC

The statement about visitors staying twice as long with the white pages could be something as simple as those using dark pages have been here 100 times before (i.e. more experienced users..) hence i'm not sure that's a good metric to use..

Personally, I like the black pages, and would also really prefer that you don't put facebook/twitter/youtube reading mode bar at the top, it's just an additional waste of page space and yet more distraction..

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2016 at 10:24 UTC as 8th comment | 1 reply
On article Benchmark performance: Nikon D810 in-depth review (253 comments in total)
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kewlguy: Usually a review helps us to decide whether or not to buy, but this one is the first that helps us to decide whether or not to sell! Luckily based on the review, it's a keeper :P

Or is the D820 on the horizon.. :-)

Link | Posted on May 13, 2016 at 06:13 UTC
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DukeCC: One of the few music artists that would be deserving of a large scale photo study. Nice work.

Somehow, I think that there's more than a few people who don't really understand what pornographic actually means and I find it quite offensive to even be discussing this word in the same sentence as Prince and these photos.

Prince certainly had raunchy lyrics ("if I was your girlfriend" comes to mind), but they were in context to the song and what he was trying to say.

Prince was a landmark artist and these photos are really hitting the mark as to how I remember him (and how I'd like to). Thank you!

Link | Posted on May 3, 2016 at 11:04 UTC
On article Video: Meet the Nikon D500 (182 comments in total)
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Tungsten Nordstein: 'Nikon's *freshly-revived* flagship APS-C line'

you make it sound bad - like it was on the verge of expiring or something.

I´m glad you (like many other owners it seems) value your D300 for so long despite the direct paper (i know..) comparison over the D7200 perhaps hinting otherwise (e.g. resolution, max iso, colour depth, dynamic range, same number of focus points and so on) but having never picked up a a D300, nevermind used one..) I am totally unable to make any meaningful comparison!

I wonder if ther D500 will also be as popular for so long..? I will definitely be looking at it soon.

I also hope Nikon intend to back up this investment in APS-C with some decent and not outrageously expensive APS-C glass, but the recent 16-80mm seems very expensive for what it is.,.

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2016 at 09:34 UTC
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