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Where's the pocket for my Sigmonster?! LOL

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2017 at 19:26 UTC as 8th comment
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MikeDPR: LR Cloud version is cleared targeted toward casual (i.e. smartphone) shooters. But I'm not sure these people are the type that spend extra money on such things. Maybe couple bucks on apps but not monthly subscription. Adobe is trying to create a new market but will fail hard IMO.

If it does, it couldn't happen to a nicer company...

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2017 at 18:50 UTC

Yeah, they'll "keep investing in" Lightroom CC Classic." Just like they would continue to have Lightroom perpetual license "indefinitely." Take your rental software model and shove it, Adobe.

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2017 at 18:47 UTC as 150th comment | 1 reply
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Barlowephoto: This is a fine example of Nikon thinking outside the box. If this system converts color negs into well balanced positives, it could be a game changer for many! But what would really thrill me, would be a film holder for medium format ( 120 film ) negs and chromes. I'd be in "photographer's heaven" with that. For the many decades I shot film, it was a mix of 35mm and medium format. I hope someone could come up with a low cost solution!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Don't think the ES-1 is "discontinued." You can still buy it new from B&H, for example.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2017 at 19:07 UTC
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Jay A: Nice idea but it honestly makes me wonder why, if Nikon feels that people have a need to copy slides or negatives, have they not supported their own film scanners for years.

Probably because the demand for film scanners dropped off precipitously after the demand for film did so...

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2017 at 18:54 UTC
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sharkcookie: Yeah and you get every dust particle at 46 mp resolution. Scanning film or slides is not as easy as this little adapter. Nikon actually made some excellent scanners that have an infrared light and detector that looks for dust and automatically removes it. Works brilliantly. Without that feature, you get a lot of dust on it, no matter how much time you spend cleaning the negative or slide beforehand.

Doesn't work so brilliantly if you're scanning Kodachrome slides. Digital ICE (the dust removal tool) screws up the focusing on Kodachrome slides and you can't use it. So no labor saved there!

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2017 at 18:49 UTC
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trungthu: I have done it with my Fujifilm Finepix S2Pro at about 2000...
It's normal, not specific to a new camera...

@trungth, not necessarily about "current" film users - many have yet to "digitize" their collection of old slides and negatives, and this provides an easy way to do it with top-notch results.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2017 at 18:20 UTC
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anyway: Worse than scanner due to Bayer filter.

In theory, perhaps. In reality, no.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2017 at 18:18 UTC
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aris14: Ι would still prefer slide scanners for a thousand reasons, even if their scanning resolution is lower than those 46 mp... Those who use a Nikon slide scanner or even else, know why...

I have (used a Nikon scanner), and I'm scratching my head. Wanna buy mine? ;-D

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2017 at 18:07 UTC
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mahonj: Just get an Epson 4490 or better if you want to scan slides.
They are two very different beasts.

@guyfawkes, You can "set" scanners for "correction' at capture, but if it's Kodachrome you're using, you'll be disappointed in the results, and will ultimately have to re-do the scan WITHOUT "correction" (i.e., "Digital ICE") which throws off the focus when scanning Kodachrome. So you're stuck with the post processing anyway. And if you're NOT scanning Kodachrome, chances are your slides will have faded and color shifted, and you're still going to spend some time post processing, just on a different aspect of it.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2017 at 17:59 UTC
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Edmond Leung: Even though I am currently mainly using Canon, I will consider the D850 and the macro lens because of this device.
I am still using my old Nikon SCSI film scanner but it is extremely slow (for 2700 dpi, it takes about 1 minute to scan one 24x36mm film). This new device definitely will help me to speed up the film scanning process.
A really wonderful product. The only question is the quality of this device will be as good as my Nikon film scanner?

With a D850, it will be better than your scanner. With a D810 for that matter.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2017 at 17:45 UTC
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spunksters: I had the film to digital kit for the Nikon E5400 back in... 2003 or 2004 or something. It was fun shooting 5MP raw files and fiddling with them and realizing that I needed about 10x that resolution to really get the info from the slides and film.

You didn't need 10x the resolution. 2x (i.e., 20MP - remember, you need 4x the pixel count to DOUBLE resolution, which is expressed in linear terms) would have done more than enough (I'm assuming you're talking about 35mm film).

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2017 at 17:43 UTC
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Marksphoto: ur never going to get the quality of a real film scanner here. I already tried photographing negatives with a macro lens and compared it to the scans from the Nikon coolscan 5000. I can say there is no comparisson -- a much cleaner and sharper image. I invert my negatives in lightroom so they only go through one post process step and I scan them saved in DNG format. here is a link to my recent scan.

Disagree; I digitized an image that I had already scanned using my Nikon film scanner (Supercool Scan 4000) using a D810 with the above-mentioned ES-1/55mm Micro AI lens/PK-13 Extension Tube setup, and the D810 digitized file was every bit the equal of the Scanner result. In some ways better, IMO.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2017 at 17:38 UTC
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olstrup: In fact, this kind of film scanning with any FF camera has been possible for decades with the ES-1 film/slide holder and say a 55mm micro AI lens on a PK-13 extension tube. It has worked well for me. The only new thing here is the in-camera negative to positive conversion which has to be done in PP with the older setup. With the older setup, the scans can also be done as raw files. I believe one can still buy the ES-1 NOS from Hong Kong eBay sellers.

You can still buy it brand new from B&H - I have the exact setup you described.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2017 at 17:25 UTC
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olyflyer: Nothing new. It's been possible to use any camera to copy slides and negatives but you had to flip the colour of the negatives (very simple thing) and clean the images from scratches and this is the biggest problem. This is why a film scanner is much better. Also for colour corrections. So I will continue using my scanners even in the future, even though I have the recommended Nikon 60mm macro lens and a D800, which is good enough also.

A film scanner isn't better if you're digitizing Kodachrome, because you can't use the "Digital ICE" crap with Kodachrome - it throws off the focus and ruins your scans.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2017 at 17:22 UTC
In reply to: An easy way to digitize old slides - I'm in.

AND old negatives - was trying to conjure up a way to do that with the old slide holder attachment setup I already have, now there's a "global" solution for digitizing 35mm film. Who-hoo!

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2017 at 17:20 UTC
On article Should you upgrade to a Nikon D850? (659 comments in total)
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Yake: "wider Raw dynamic range" than the 5DIV? True? According to testing so far, the cameras are very close. There is one ISO setting at which the D850 has an advantage, another at which the 5DIV has an advantage. DR at most ISO settings is too close the matter.

@Yossarian1, now you're comparing apples and oranges. If I were a Canon shooter getting a 5D Mk IV, I would be getting the grip too, as I do for any camera that doesn't have one built in. So that's another $309 plus an extra battery (plus two additional extras for back-up). That makes the price closer to the D850/grip/D5 battery package, and for no performance gain absent longer battery life. As a current D810 user, I already have the D5 batteries and charger, since that's exactly how I configured my D810 (gripped always, and using the D5 battery). So all I'll have to spend is the grip price for the full functionality of faster shooting WITH 1.5x the pixels.

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2017 at 20:10 UTC
On article Should you upgrade to a Nikon D850? (659 comments in total)
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Miike Dougherty: A benefit of the a7R II over any DSLR is that what you see in the EVF is exactly what you get. No surprises when you get home. Additionally, previewing your images in the viewfinder is also extremely helpful. That's why a lot of people were hoping for a hybrid viewfinder.

Sorry, but a low resolution, low dynamic range approximation of what a Jpeg would look like at current settings is not "closer to what I'll finally get." What I see in an optical viewfinder is closer to what I'll get after I process the images I take more frequently than what appears in any EVF will.

EVF is not a "better solution," since it brings a lot of baggage with it (battery consumption, sensor heating, lag behind real time, etc.). This sweeping assertion of yours seems to fly in the face of your second paragraph. :-I

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2017 at 19:56 UTC
On article Should you upgrade to a Nikon D850? (659 comments in total)
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Franglais91: The autofocus on the D850 is mentioned as being "better than the Canon 5D Mk4" but not a word on the Sony A7 R2 autofocus. Does this mean that the autofocus on the A7 R2 is as good as the D850 (now)? When the A7 R2 came out I met several owners who were dismayed by how slow it was.
For D800 owners (like me) - yes I think we've understood that it's time to upgrade

Maybe they're living by that "golden rule" you were told as a child regarding the A7RII - "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything." ;-D

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2017 at 16:52 UTC
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Gesture: When I see these cameras, I always feel like I am looking at brilliant dinosaurs. No doubt the technology and capabilities are great but few (Ricoh, Fuji) are willing to push the envelope of design, whether viewing system or modular design.

The D850 is a serious TOOL. "Pushing the envelope of *design*" is not the objective - providing the best photographic instrument is. You sound like the idiots at Apple who touted the epic failure Mac Pro "trash can" model for its "design brilliance," which did nothing but undermine its usefulness as, you know, a COMPUTER.

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2017 at 16:30 UTC
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