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On article Nikon PC Nikkor 19mm F4E sample gallery (78 comments in total)
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ozturert: That's one thing Nikon does best: Lenses.
But marketing and strategy, not so good...

It's probably unfortunate for Nikon that Canon has also done a spectacular job with most of their recent lenses too, but has a far better focussed marketing and strategic function.

That said, this does look like a cracking lens :)

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2017 at 22:01 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: the Nikon D80 (236 comments in total)

My first real camera, back in the days of film, was a Canon T70. It came with a mid-range zoom, the Canon FD 35-70, which was actually pretty good! I bought a few more lenses, some better (FD 50mm Macro, FD 200mm Macro), some worse (Tokina 70-210, Sigma 600mm f8).

There were a number of things I really wanted to do that I couldn't do with the T70 (can't remember what) - so, since FD was dead, I bought myself a Canon EOS 33 (Elan 7E) and a 28-135 IS. That was augmented with a variety of lenses (good: 100mm Macro, 200mm f2.8 L/II, 17-40L), (bad: Sigma 17-35EX)

I shot with a variety of compact digitals (DC210, DSC-F505V) in parallel with the EOS 33, until a dSLR arrived that I could afford - a Canon EOS 10D. Once I had the 10D I didn't shoot 35mm film again - the dSLR was addictive, and the instant feedback made photography so much more fun/better.

While I haven't taken a frame of 35mm since I went digital; I do have a Fuji 6x17 panoramic which I take out for the occasional film foray.

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2017 at 00:05 UTC as 10th comment
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Lan: I absolutely love that lava shot Erez!

If I might make a suggestion? Try experimenting with the cropping a bit more - I'd be tempted to remove the sky and perhaps a little off the left hand side?

Thank you for replying Erez :)

I do agree with you, it does provide a connection to the environment; but personally I find the brightness of the sky draws my eye away from the lava, which is the focal point of the image. For me, it's in contention with the lava rather than in harmony.

Although conversely you could also say it's dynamically in contrast to the sky; which makes the composition more exciting - this is where you're coming from I think :)

As a compromise position; perhaps darken the sky in the top left a little? That's the region I find distracting.

That's the thing about art though - there's no right or wrong answer. As the photographer it's your own view that's the important one here (as it's your artistic vision); just as my view should be the important one for my shots. At the end of the day it's all a matter of personal taste!

Whichever way you slice it, it's a cracking shot :)

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2017 at 21:05 UTC

I absolutely love that lava shot Erez!

If I might make a suggestion? Try experimenting with the cropping a bit more - I'd be tempted to remove the sky and perhaps a little off the left hand side?

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2017 at 20:09 UTC as 6th comment | 2 replies

Law of unintended consequences - papier-mâché mask courses are suddenly taking off in criminal circles around the world ;)

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2017 at 19:22 UTC as 81st comment
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Anastigmat: I thought the world is moving to full frame. It looks like the camera makers still hope that people will buy the APS-C models because of the big profit margin on these cameras.

Revenant: Unfortunately it's not a matter of production volume, it's a matter of fabrication yield (and sensor size).

You can fit 24 full frame sensors on an 8" wafer, by comparison you get 244 1" sensors on the same wafer. When you get to smartphone size sensors; you can fit approximately 2000 x 1/3" sensors on that same wafer; due to improved fill factor and the sensor size difference.

Also if you have a defect on a small sensor, you can just throw away that little sensor. If you have a defect on a larger sensor you throw away much more of the wafer comparatively. So, if you have ten defects, and each lands on a different sensor (admittedly unlikely), then your yield of full frame sensors is 14/24, for 1" sensors its 234/244, while your yield of phone sensors is 1990/2000.

Each wafer costs the same to produce, so unfortunately a full frame sensor will always cost more to produce, regardless of manufacturing volume.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2017 at 22:57 UTC
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Anastigmat: I thought the world is moving to full frame. It looks like the camera makers still hope that people will buy the APS-C models because of the big profit margin on these cameras.

The world is not moving to full frame for one very signifcant reason: Cost. A full frame sensor costs way more to manufacture than an APS-C one.

The other advantage is that smaller sensor lenses can be smaller than full frame ones. That's an advantage that's only really going to be apparent with mirrorless though, as the flange distance on dSLRs usually results in a longer product anyway. FFD on EF-M 18mm, on EF it's 44mm. In other words an EF lens has to be nearly an inch longer (than it's mirrorless equivalent) in most cases, and that greater flange distance also makes wide angle designs bigger and heavier than they need to be too.

I'd say in the long term, we're going to move to mirrorless not full frame. What size sensor that mirrorless camera will have is harder to predict though!

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2017 at 17:50 UTC
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ProfHankD: I really hate that a camera targeted at "entry-level photographers" starts at the body-only price of $750. I know that's partly due to lower expectations for DSLR sales volume, but pricing helps cause the lower sales volume too. By now, I was expecting to see FF bodies in that price range....

Don't forget that there is a model line beneath this one (the SL/1000d series), and this is the introductory price; it should be signficantly cheaper once they've finished the "mug trawling" pricing period.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2017 at 14:14 UTC
On article Canon debuts EOS M6 mirrorless with optional EVF (634 comments in total)
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David Birkin: Still no GPS for geotagging; seems odd

As blackcoffee17 says GPS kills battery life, particularly storage battery life. With my dSLR I can leave the battery in the camera for weeks without using it - and there's no difference in battery levels.

I've had several compact cameras with GPS (from a variety of manufacturers) and they will all completely flatten a battery in a week, even if you never turn them on! You can configure the GPS to update less, but then you just end up with all your photos geotagged with the previous location you used the camera, not where the photos were actually taken.

Add the fact that GPS adds extra cost, size and weight - and I'd say it makes perfect sense *not* to include it. Most customers won't know how to use the geotagging anyway!

The only reason it works on smartphones is that other things will kill the battery far more quickly, so you're already charging them most days.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2017 at 13:58 UTC
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wilsonlaidlaw: Bad decision from day one to use a 1" sensor. The movement today is for cameras to aim for the enthusiast market, who don't want to take photos with their phones. The P&S or small camera market is dying. For the current market, I feel a 1" sensor would be regarded as too small. Maybe today, even the micro 4/3rd's sensor is perceived as being at the bottom end of acceptable sensor size. The enthusiast market wants APS-C sensors or larger for interchangeable lens cameras.

Wilson, I disagree - I think the 1" sensor is a great choice for a fixed lens compact, in fact it's probably the best choice for it!

A 1" sensor offers significantly better image quality than the average smartphone sized sensor; and is a fair chunk cheaper than an APS-C sensor - and more importantly it allows a far smaller and lighter lens than APS-C.

If 1" is so terrible, why is the RX100 series so popular amongst enthusiasts?

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 22:25 UTC
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dgc4rter: "Nikon announce a 100th Anniversary S Rangefinder style Full-Frame Mirrorless and Df2 incorporating D5 technology".... only kidding folks!

But this is the kind of announcement they desperately need for CP+ methinks!

As they've already proven; announcements are the easy part...

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 22:18 UTC
On photo steam and electricity in the Train or Trains challenge (3 comments in total)

Excellent shot! Perhaps try a vertical crop?

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2017 at 23:23 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Study: people don't actually like looking at selfies (200 comments in total)

... new study also finds water wet. News at eleven!

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2017 at 20:20 UTC as 92nd comment

Summary: Excellent sharpness for the price. LoCA can be problematic.

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2017 at 20:09 UTC as 9th comment
On a photo in the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM Samples sample gallery (1 comment in total)

Muy LoCA!

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2017 at 20:03 UTC as 1st comment

Interesting result for me, it suggested Cinestill 800 or Fuji Natura 1600. Back in the film days I was actually a Provia/Velvia/Kodachrome shooter.

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2017 at 21:53 UTC as 28th comment

Is anyone else getting bored of this "oh look how great our product is, it's selling out" malarkey? As with any other manufacturer they control the amount of inventory available at launch, so it's really easy to engineer these "shortages".

I do wish companies would learn from the positive things that Apple brought to the marketplace, not the annoyances like the fake "shortages".

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2017 at 20:43 UTC as 32nd comment | 8 replies
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Shlomo Goldwasser: When I look at this, I'm like: I want it. But when you think about it there are not that many things to film in slomo that are not gimmicky. You could film your cat jumping or attacking or a watergun squirting. This is cool once or twice, but it hardly warrants a three layer sensor specifically made for this functionality.

I can only think of two frequent uses for this: sports and adult industries.

Anyone who wants to pan quickly would be a key user, and that's a good many videographers.

Meanwhile I'd have thought the adult industry would want more of the jello effect ;)

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2017 at 19:55 UTC
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Lan: Impressive that they already have samples of the sensor capable of shooting in full HD. It's just a shame they didn't include any fast pans in the video to show the other advantage of a global shutter!

Thank you Lars; I'd missed that!

Otto: LOL; yes, in my first version of the post I put "(almost) global shutter", but I concluded I was being too picky. I should know better when it comes to these forums ;)

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2017 at 19:54 UTC
On article Leica Summilux-SL 50mm F1.4 sample gallery (363 comments in total)
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marc petzold: I don't like the latest thing which happened here often "all images are processed to taste...." no offense - DPR should release 1:1 JPEGs OOC, or 1:1 OOC RAW conversions from ACR or other RAW converters. In this price class, just unmodified RAW Files would have been better to show the lens quality in general, not only this 50/1.4 Leica now here, nothing bad meant.

It's the same common thing when reading lens reviews onto the web from some amateurs testing old MF lenses for example, and other websites, they do always show (heavy) post-processed samples, so one can be sure for real that a picture would look never that way from lens xyz.

I meant, for an "art" experience or to show some artists work, nothing about post processing, it's all way fine - but not into the terms of reviewing a lens or camera, i would say.

Marc: Sorry, I wasn't clear - I meant SooC JPEGs alongside RAW.

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2017 at 19:47 UTC
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