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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nicoboston: I went to a brick and mortar Best Buy store and the digital camera section is virtually gone... I could see only a few old (and broken) DSLRs and about 5 cheap compacts. The "high end compacts" section is completely gone.
Well, now I have to admit that digital cameras are about to become a niche market. I remember the same BB store (not such a long time ago) with at least 50 cameras displayed.
My recent Panasonic camera is probably the lat member of its family! It's unbelievable though. Even my oldest functional compact camera makes much better images that my iPhone 7! And I'm not even talking about my DSLR.
QUALITY : 0 - QUANTITY : 1
On the positive side, let's hope that there will be room in the niche only for really good cameras.

Best Buy never wanted to be in the camera business, they believed it was just a way to attract customers into their stores for an easy sale, then they found out how poor the profit margin was in cameras.
2 years in to selling cameras Chinon was their #1 camera line in SLR's and compacts!!!
To increase year to year store sales they paid bonuses to buyers for increased sales $, so the best way to do that was to stock all the different models, at one point they had over 100 different cameras and you don't want to run out of anything so have a lot of each!!! Managements mistake was not including inventory $$$ control, they had to rent warehouse space to store all the extra stock, not cameras as they're small but for other lines, TV's, VCR's ect. Best Buy then set $$$ inventory levels on each buyer and fired some.
Today they have put super camera dept. in key their top stores in each market and very little in their other stores; they still don't know why they're in cameras.

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 22:23 UTC
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mandm: The Veydra Mini Prime lenses range from $799. to $1249. at B&H, so not that expensive.
The guys that took them likely heard that there were expensive lenses in the building and believed they would be an easy sell to photographers; not knowing that the lenses were very specialized.
Back in the film days Nikon had a truck from the docks to their NY warehouse disappear. 1990's
Canon Chicago had guys break in to their warehouse and use Canon’s forklift to load pallets of Canon stuff into a semitrailer parked at the warehouse for a long weekend. The Canon stuff ended up in Eastern Europe. 1980±.

I was questioned by the FBI in the Canon warehouse issue.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 03:37 UTC
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PTSC: Does anyone have link to the actual uk government issued ban text. I would like to confirm exactly what is and what is not included.
For example my song a7r2 is smaller that the stipulated dimensions of 16cm x 9cm but thicker than the listed 1.5cm. Does this means it's allowed?
Where's the official government law ruling?

If only there was a way to say 'uk electronics ban Government Statement' and the site below appears!
https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/additional-airline-security-measures-on-some-routes-travelling-to-the-uk

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 02:25 UTC
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WordsOfFarewell: Hm, I wonder if the 14mm 1.8 will also be that expensive. Then I guess I'll stick to the 14-24 and the 20mm 1.8 Nikons.

If Not More!!!
The Nikon 14mm f2.8 is $1891.95 and the Canon EF 14mm f2.8 is $2099.00; All Prices are B&H Prices.
But you can get the Canon EF 135mm f2 L lens for $999.00 making the New Sigma $400.00 more to gain 1/4 stop, it better be very sharp.

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2017 at 16:45 UTC
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Contra Mundum: Were there any lenses to begin with? Police should probably look at the company first. It would be very unusual for the thieves to target such unusual goods, which are hard to sell, and easy to catch. Unless, it was some clueless teenager, in which case we'll hear about him soon. On the other hand, it's strange that the company would offer a reward right away, as if they are trying to divert attention from themselves.

The guys that took them likely heard that there were expensive lenses in the building and believed they would be an easy sell to photographers; not knowing that the lenses were very specialized or even knowing what that is.

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2017 at 23:43 UTC

The Veydra Mini Prime lenses range from $799. to $1249. at B&H, so not that expensive.
The guys that took them likely heard that there were expensive lenses in the building and believed they would be an easy sell to photographers; not knowing that the lenses were very specialized.
Back in the film days Nikon had a truck from the docks to their NY warehouse disappear. 1990's
Canon Chicago had guys break in to their warehouse and use Canon’s forklift to load pallets of Canon stuff into a semitrailer parked at the warehouse for a long weekend. The Canon stuff ended up in Eastern Europe. 1980±.

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2017 at 21:32 UTC as 24th comment | 3 replies

It’s likely a bigger fine in California to not have recyclables in their proper container than stealing the lenses.

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2017 at 19:41 UTC as 30th comment

Pentax sold the smallest and the largest format SLR cameras at the same time; the 110 SLR with optional lenses including a zoom, motor drive and 2 flash units, then there's the 67 SLR, a over-sized 35mm camera that shoots 120/220 film.
The K1000 was and still is the best camera to learn film photography.
The LX outperformed the Nikon F2 and Canon F1, but didn't have a pro lens lineup to go with it.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2017 at 21:37 UTC as 39th comment | 1 reply
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maljo@inreach.com: Nikon Financials - perhaps they are just charging too much. D500, new 24-70, 870-200, 105/1.4 - all very pricy. High prices hurt sales.

Every product you list is expensive, but they are all selling well, the D500 is a major hit and selling great. Can't afford the D500, buy a D7200, can't afford a 70-200 2.8, buy the 70-200 4.0. Nikon is not going to sell them at a loss, quality costs.

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2017 at 21:05 UTC
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nicolaiecostel: Might be the beggining of the end for Nikon.

Nikon is a member of the Mitsubishi group of companies.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 23:03 UTC
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ninja250: Premium compacts never made much sense to me. At $650-$1000 a buyer can get a mirrorless camera with a much larger APS-C sized sensor, interchangeable lenses for the same price and at about the same size and weight. A Fuji X-T20 ($900), Canon M6 ($750), or Canon M3 ($480) would be a great choice compared to:

DL18-50 $850
DL24-500 $1000
DL24-85 $650

" the company's concern that it wouldn't sell enough units to make up for the increased costs, due to a slow down in the market." A valid concern. The compact market has gone from 40+ Coolpix models in 2015 to twelve today. Even 12 seems too many. When my friend asked me what camera to get his son and daughter, my response was "your old iPhone or an iPod touch. If they want more camera after using either the iPhone or iPod touch let me know."

Nikon, please focus on an APS-C and FF mirrorless camera and lens line. Your DSLR line is solid, so focus on Mirrorless please.

It was the lens and a menu like their SLR cameras, a 18-50mm 1.8-2.8.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 22:43 UTC
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sarenz: The specs on the 70-200mm look great, and the retail price is still less than a used copy of Nikon's 70-200mm G series lens. Can't wait to see some reviews!

The new Tamron is 23 elements in 17 groups, the same as the old Tameron 70-200 2.8, so image quality may be the same.

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2017 at 18:11 UTC
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montxsuz: Eagerly awaiting a review of the 70-200mm. I have a gap in my collection at that length. I have two Tamron VC lenses already, and happy with the quality of both (15-30mm & 24-70). Quality has been improving. It would be great if Sigma will update theirs at the same time for a bit of competition. The new Nikon is quite expensive.

The new Tamron is 23 elements in 17 groups, the same as the old Tameron 70-200 2.8, so image quality may be the same.

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2017 at 18:09 UTC
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walgarch: I'd love to see this in a Pentax K mount. I wouldn't mind upgrading my existing Tamron 70-200 to one with a silent motor and weather resistance

The Pentax HD D FA 70-200mm f2.8ED DC AW has 19 elements in 16 groups, the new Tamron is 23 elements in 17 groups, the same as the old Tameron 70-200 2.8.

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2017 at 18:06 UTC
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kobakokh: no words! 24-70/2.8 vc is best in class, Fix lenses - 35, 45 and 85 are the best in class, now new 70-200/2.8 and, especially, 10-25/3.5-4.5 VC! No words! And all of this in best price! We must wait just redesign 17-50/2.8 VC, with new af motor and little better optics... Any TOkina lens is great except CA (just 14-21 has low CA, and new 24-70/2.8), Tamron lenses usually have very low CA and very high resolution and very high effective image stabilization. Maybe at one day we will be happy to see something like 16-80/2.8 with normal image quality and fast AF? Also in normal price? Am I dreamer? But why again just Canon and Nikon? Where is a Pentax mount? Sony E-mount?

The Pentax is not a Tamron, different design; the Pentax HD D FA 70-200mm f2.8ED DC AW has 19 elements in 16 groups, the new Tamron is 23 elements in 17 groups, the same as the old Tameron 70-200 2.8.

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2017 at 18:05 UTC
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lambert4: what feature am I missing in the spec's that the footnote refers to for electromagnetic aperture and not compatible with D500?

The footnote above for Tamron's new 70-200 2.8 with their electromagnetic aperture lists that it's compatible with D500.

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2017 at 17:07 UTC
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Esstee: Anyone know if this lens comes in a-mount?
If so, I'm thinking this could make an excellent addition to an a99 II kit

It only lists Canon EF, Nikon F (FX).

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2017 at 16:54 UTC
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LiveFromPhilly: They made a smart move investing in sensor tech and cornering that market. If you buy any camera aside from a Canon (and even some of those too), you're almost always getting a Sony sensor.

Their phones look cool but don't win on specs and don't offer stock Android so there isn't much compelling there. They also don't seem to be particularly popular, at least here in the US. If they put a 1" camera in there they might turn some heads, and trimming down the product line might be a good move as well. Looking at their site I can't even tell what the latest/flagship model is.

Dec 4, 2015 - Sony has announced that it's buying Toshiba's image sensor business for 19 billion yen ($155 million).

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2017 at 21:46 UTC

Wow, No comments that it will not sell because it’s priced to high; where are all the hundreds of people who gave their reasons it would not sell when you could get a D500 or D750 for the same price or less.
FYI: It’s on Backorder at B&H, Adorama and others.
There was 1 comment of ‘For too many, price is high at half the price’.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 22:16 UTC as 34th comment | 6 replies
On article Sony SLT a99 II Review (1560 comments in total)
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OlyPent: Someone said that back-lighting and other such techniques didn't have much impact on larger sensors. Seems right. At 1600 ISO RAW, the Nikon D810 output looks as good as the more modern Sony.

The article states 'The downside is the loss of around 1/2 stop of light'.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 01:44 UTC
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