mandm

Lives in United States USA, United States
Works as a Pro Photographer for over 40 years, Photo Industry
Joined on Jan 27, 2006
About me:

First Nikon purchased in 1969 the 'F' with 50mm 2.0; Honeywell 800 Flash with 510 Volt batt. pack.
Current Cameras: Nikon Df, D750, D300s, D100, The F (3 Bodies), Yashica Mat 124G, Graflex 4x5 Speed Graphic; AF Nikkors: 14mm 2.8, 24mm 1.4, 17-35 2.8, 60 2.8 Macro, 105 2.8 Macro, 50 1.4, 24-120 4.0, 70-200 4.0. 14 non Ai lenses, 24 to the 500 mirror and 200-600.

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On article LensRentals tests the Nikon 70-200mm F2.8 FL ED (122 comments in total)
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livelong: disappointing price. For $3000 dollars I can buy a car.

'livelong' get the car for $3000.00, you don't need the 70-200 in any mount as you don't even own a SLR camera to put it on.

Link | Posted on Nov 25, 2016 at 18:39 UTC
On article LensRentals tests the Nikon 70-200mm F2.8 FL ED (122 comments in total)
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Frank C.: ever increasing prices reveal ever diminishing customer base, and not just Nikon... and please cut me the 'inflation' rhetoric, all these camera companies are desperately trying to sustain 1990s like profit margins, they live in denial of the times

The 1990's were not good years for the Japanese as the value of the yen to other major currency widened, as for photo equipment they were forced to increase prices, but not as much as they needed to as it would have slowed/killed sales, so they had layoffs in Japan, their production areas and subsidiaries around the world, even top management took pay cuts and early retirements.
DPR is a worldwide site and for some, they can only dream of owning the new Nikon 70-200 2.8 (or a camera to put it on) as it may cost ½ or more of the average household income of some countries.
I owned the 1st 70-200 2.8 VR, I sold it and got the 70-200 4.0 VR.
Bottom line, the new Nikkor 70-200 is a Pro Lens, with a Pro Price.

Link | Posted on Nov 25, 2016 at 18:32 UTC
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Alxy: If I choose "low light" in the comparison tool E-M1 mark II looks worse than any other cameras I tried - PEN-F, E-M1, E-M5, Panasonic GH4, etc. What is going on???
Olympus promised a newly developed sensor. They claimed to spend many years developing it. They charge much higher price for this camera.
This is very disappointing to be lied like that.
I am going to sell all my M43 gear. This system came to a dead end.

That was fast; you already sold your Olympus stuff within an hour of stating you would.

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2016 at 23:42 UTC
On article Nikon reportedly eliminating 1000 jobs in Japan (535 comments in total)
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mxx: I'm not too worried about Nikon. It's a difficult time for many companies, not just Nikon. I'm sure they'll weather any storm.

Just look at Pentax. For the last two decades the favourite saying on DPR was that Pentax's days are numbered. Yet here they still are in one form or another, producing cameras.

Pentax Cameras are still being produced, most in the same factories with the same employees as 20 years ago, just a different owner.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 17:26 UTC
On article Nikon reportedly eliminating 1000 jobs in Japan (535 comments in total)
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mxx: I'm not too worried about Nikon. It's a difficult time for many companies, not just Nikon. I'm sure they'll weather any storm.

Just look at Pentax. For the last two decades the favourite saying on DPR was that Pentax's days are numbered. Yet here they still are in one form or another, producing cameras.

There have been predictions of the demise of Pentax all the way back to the 1980's, yet Pentax was selling 4 formats, 110 SLR, 35mm, 645 & 67. Then there was ‘Pentax can’t survive in a digital world’ well they have and now in 3 SLR formats plus compacts. Not everyone wants/needs a D500, D5 or EOS 1D X Mark II or 5D.
Before Ricoh they were owned by Hoya. Before Hoya they were family owned and as is common for Japanese’s companies to own part of companies they do business with, Hitachi owned part of Pentax as Pentax made the lenses for their camcorders.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 03:07 UTC
On article DPReview Asks: What was your first camera? (762 comments in total)

#1: Kodak Brownie Starmite II, 127 film; Santa gave it to me when I was 12 years old back in 1964.
#2: Kowa Set 35mm SLR with 50mm 1.8 fixed lens; 1967.
#3: Nikon F Photomic FTN finder, 50mm 2.0; 1969.
#4: Yashica Mat 124G; Mid 1970's.
#5: Bronica ETR with 75mm 2.8; Late 1970's.
#6: Nikon D100 (2 of them); 2003.
#7: Nikon D70; 2004.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 12:58 UTC as 614th comment
On article DPReview Asks: What was your first camera? (762 comments in total)
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Old Cameras: Kodak 110 instamatic circa 1972. Somewhere I still have pictures from Yellowstone, Washington DC, the Smithsonian, the White House and congress.

Instead of using the adapters to use 110 slides in a standard 2x2 projector, you could have got the Kodak 300 Pocket Carousel for 110 Slides, it was a mini version of their standard Carousel projectors.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 12:35 UTC
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Dheorl: Do the Chinese even have a word for copyright?

If it's lead paint, it will look good for a long time, just don't chew on it.

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2016 at 19:52 UTC
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VadymA: Hmm, according to Nikon, there are two distinctive categories of customers for their compact cameras. Those who value DSLR-like handling and IQ in a smaller body but don't like changing lenses will be buying the DL series. And those who don't care much about DSLR-like handling and IQ but enjoy changing lenses will be attracted to Nikon 1 series. Interesting.

The DL cameras will have a menu system like their SLR's.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2016 at 21:01 UTC
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nebulla: but why is Nikon remaking most of their lenses? Is this a marketing hype by adding fluorine and then charging premium prices? and Nikon is not the only one. The whole photography industry has gone completely wild with high prices . My 70-200mm VR1 is still a very sharp, and completely useful lens so I really do not care, but I am very much put off by these steep prices , and if by chance this has to do with video, this makes even better for me as I do not do video.

I also had the 70-200 VR-1, very sharp, but it didn't cover full frame very well, big fall-off in the corners; that's the fix the VR-2 offered.

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2016 at 03:54 UTC
On article Modest Updates: Nikon D3400 Review (374 comments in total)
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Jon Porter: You do the camera a disservice by narrowly categorizing it as just for novices. Nikon's tiny SLRs are excellent for travel, vacation or snapshot photography – anytime you want a light, compact camera to carry around. Plus, unlike the higher-end SLRs, they can use almost every Nikkor lens ever made. And they're one of the least expensive cameras you can buy thanks to Nikon's heavy discounts, the refurbished market and the glut of them on eBay. When I shot FX I always had a 3000 series camera as well.

My Df can take any Nikkor bayonet mount lens, and meter with them.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2016 at 03:23 UTC

This is a lens I'll have to rent for a few days.

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2016 at 03:21 UTC as 17th comment
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Favorable Exponynt: 50mm F/2 nah already have enough fifties. Call me when you make a 50mm F/1.0

It's a little faster than you asked for; LEICA NOCTILUX-M 50mm f/0.95 ASPH at just under $11,000.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2016 at 17:38 UTC
On article Hands on with the Hasselblad H6D 50c/100c (267 comments in total)
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fzrTom: A little question : who is using this kind of camera and what for ?

As many companies sale medium format cameras with a very high pricing (10k$, 20k$, 30k$, much more$) I'm curious to know who use them ?

50 & 100 MP is for today’s pros doing what I did back in the 1970’s with 4x5” sheet film and the Pentax 6x7; I added the Pentax 645 in the 1980’s for the small stuff, up to 20x30” and 645D in 2011 for the few clients that wanted/expected to see it now.
30x40” was the start for department store product displays, the sides & back doors of Semi-truck trailers were the big stuff.
4x5” sheet film was used for the best quality and will likely outperform the new 100MP sensors; I’ll do that challenge.
The hobby from my teens turned into an enjoyable & profitable career.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2016 at 03:42 UTC
On article Hands on with the Hasselblad H6D 50c/100c (267 comments in total)
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WesPerry: This thing looks like a cheap children's toy compared to the PhaseOne XF. I'm sure performance will be comparable.
Also, even though I'm a Sony fanboy, it's a little sad to see that Sony is supplying all the medium format sensors. Is there no one capable of competing with them??

Kodak use to make the sensors for medium format cameras, the Pentax 645D, Hasselblad H3DII-50 & H4D-40 and others.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2016 at 21:51 UTC
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alexs79: As all commenters here know, photography was invented by Sony. But now Canon is catching up and maybe, maybe we will see some photos taken with Canons in magazines, books or, gasp!, galleries!

Dec 2015: Sony has announced that it's buying Toshiba's image sensor business for 19 billion yen ($155 million). Plans to do so were first rumored in October, but Sony has now confirmed the price, with the transfer of Toshiba's fabrication plant, equipment, and employees set to be completed within the fiscal year ending March 31st, 2016.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2016 at 18:44 UTC
On article Seriously sharp: Sony FE 85mm F1.4 GM samples (257 comments in total)
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Gregm61: It should be sharp, as big as the freakin' thing is.

I make a simple comment of it should be sharp with the cost and you respond with ‘A sucker born every day’!
Wow, your last response is just hard to believe; what a rant.
FYI: I pay cash for all my photo equipment and I always have; a camera in my hand has supported my family very well for over 40 years.

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2016 at 16:01 UTC
On article Seriously sharp: Sony FE 85mm F1.4 GM samples (257 comments in total)
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Gregm61: It should be sharp, as big as the freakin' thing is.

'A sucker born every day'; Sounds like something people say when they can’t afford the good stuff.

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2016 at 19:01 UTC
On article Seriously sharp: Sony FE 85mm F1.4 GM samples (257 comments in total)
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Gregm61: It should be sharp, as big as the freakin' thing is.

It should be sharp as it cost $1798.00; The Canon 85mm 1.2 sells for $1899.00 & Nikon 85mm 1.4 at $1496.95. Note: Prices are from B&H.

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2016 at 15:19 UTC
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GRUBERND: slide #18.. Nikon has now Image-Rating in camera?
oh, my goodness, a workflow dream is coming true! <3

yeah, yeah, rub it in our faces, canonians. ;)

High end Canon cameras have had these features, but the're now on a $1999.00 Nikon.

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2016 at 18:17 UTC
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