tjacobs

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On article Hands-on with new Nikon Z 105mm and 50mm macro lenses (222 comments in total)
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Anastigmat: For the time being, these 2 lenses have a very small number of potential customers because they are not usable on F mount DSLR cameras. There are comparatively few people who have Z series camera bodies, and they have to love macro photography to buy one of these lenses.

@Thecylon
Nikon hasn't even publicly addressed this, only dealers were informed. Hardly a marketing move. Amazon took down the ability to preorder after a few days.

It's actually the same old story for Nikon, they need to sell product and once again underestimated demand. You must be new to photography or Nikon to suggest they are capable of marketing tactics of any kind.

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2021 at 17:55 UTC
On article Hands-on with new Nikon Z 105mm and 50mm macro lenses (222 comments in total)
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Anastigmat: For the time being, these 2 lenses have a very small number of potential customers because they are not usable on F mount DSLR cameras. There are comparatively few people who have Z series camera bodies, and they have to love macro photography to buy one of these lenses.

@Thecylon
Are you jealous? Amazon even took them offline because they had so many preorders. Perhaps do some research instead of making foolish comments.

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2021 at 05:04 UTC
On article Hands-on with new Nikon Z 105mm and 50mm macro lenses (222 comments in total)
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Anastigmat: For the time being, these 2 lenses have a very small number of potential customers because they are not usable on F mount DSLR cameras. There are comparatively few people who have Z series camera bodies, and they have to love macro photography to buy one of these lenses.

Except that demand has been so great for preorders that Nikon has stated they will not be able to meet demand. For those that didn't preorder, I imagine there will be a long wait for a second production run.

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2021 at 20:00 UTC
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ZilverHaylide: Good to see some macro (or micro) AF lenses finally being released for Z-mount cameras. I wonder about two things:

1) what are their effective focal lengths at 1:2 and 1:1? (Sony 50mm and 90mm macro lenses are nowhere near their nominal focal lengths when used close up).

2) how well do they play with Nikon focus bracketing? (Jim Kasson has previously said that he thinks Nikon focus bracketing step sizes are bigger than desirable for best results, but those tests weren't done with these lenses).

They are rolling out firmware updates just for these lenses so I assume step sizes will be tweaked if necessary.

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2021 at 08:38 UTC
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ottonis: I think that Jony Ive's design work is massively overrated.
I wholeheartedly recommend everyone to study Dieter Rams' designs for Braun electric devices: modern, minimalist, slick, but extremely pleasing to the eye and exceptionally and fully functional.
Ive is not bad, but doesn't come remotely close to Rams.

I see the jealous trolls are alive and well in this thread

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2021 at 06:29 UTC
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Erwann Loison: The way I see it Nikon has been chasing Canon ever since they were overtaken. But I'm not so sure Canon took the lead because they were vastly better.
I've spent almost 15 years working for a company that stubbornly chased the bigger ones, trying to do the same. Obviously it never worked because by the time you get closer, the others have moved on already. Those others companies succeeded where mine failed, in my view, for these reasons:
- they had (a bit) shorter development cycles (see point 3 as for why/how).
- they were user-centric, trying to address pitfalls common to the majority of users, and answer needs users didn't know they had.
- they didn't put perfection before everything else and actually released flawed products, but released them, fixing whatever was fixable afterward. When not fixable, release a new product (paid), avoiding failure in perfection resulting in an even bigger failure.
I'm not saying I have the answer to Nikon's problems, but I see similarities.

@erwann That's a very rudimentary look at Nikon and ignores what has always been their core focus and business model.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2021 at 19:13 UTC
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Skromny Tomasz: We should all root for Nikon to stay afloat, even the hardcore fanboys of systems other than Nikon. We don't want an Intel vs. AMD situation in photography where one dominates for 2 decades and has complete control over pricing, then the other player catches up in performance and PRICES, and in the end we the customers are at a loss.

Can't stress this enough, there has to be competition, and we need as many competitors as we can to get the best product at the lowest price

@M Lammerse Settle down, we're talking about cameras here. No matter what your use case, you can pretty much find a camera that would meet your needs for the rest of your life within the current offerings.

By the way some talk it's amazing that photography survived until now.

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2021 at 19:09 UTC
On article Nikon Z7 II review (1515 comments in total)
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tjacobs: 89% Silver for Nikon Z6, Z7, Z6II & Z7II

A few snippets from the review:
"excels in performance, even over cameras priced higher and there aren't many that can beat it"

It's "hugely competent", "less expensive than its peers"

"higher image quality and greater flexibility than its peers in situations where it's practical to use ISO 64"

"Z7 II feels incredibly solid in the hand and is a supremely comfortable camera to hold and use for extended periods of time",

"In terms of Raw detail capture, the Z7 II puts up a really strong showing against its competition. The Canon EOS R5 looks just a bit softer than the others."

"At the highest ISO values, the Nikon Z7 II pulls ahead of Panasonic handily with respect to noise levels, outstrips the Canon EOS R5 by a hair and looks to be pretty much neck-and-neck with the Sony a7R IV."

Then the review ends with:
"It only misses out on a Gold because it doesn't really out-do its rivals in any specific respect."

Shameful.

@Richard Butler I appreciate you responding, the clarification and your patience - I can't begin to imagine what it's like. Despite my criticisms I also appreciate the reviews and effort. It just appeared to me that there seemed to be some bias in this review. I still believe the Z7II is worthy of gold across most use cases especially given the price/performance and quality of Z glass.

Also, keeping eye focus on a subject wearing glasses and a dark mask is pretty difficult task for all AF systems. Unfortunately these are the times in which we live.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2021 at 09:18 UTC
On article Nikon Z7 II review (1515 comments in total)
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santiagoelmarino: I'm an owner of a Nikon Z7 II, so I'll try to put my 2 cents.
Overall I agree with the review. I'm coming from a D750 so the focusing system still feels a little bit awkward to me. I'm used to always use AF-C with back button focusing. And I find that it hunts back and forth sometimes in low light compared to the SLRs. But using AF-S is always spot-on IMHO. I agree that a more versatile touchscreen (as on the Fujis) can be useful, although I'm used to the same on the D750. Those are my main complains. On the Pros side, I really like the IQ and the high ISO performance is unrivalled to my eyes, only equal to the Sony RIII. The ergonomics are the best of the bunch together with the Canon. The EVF although having a lower res panel, it simply just feels better than any of the contenders. Don't ask me why, you just have to try and feel it by yourself.
What really stands out, are the lenses. Are simply magnificent if you can accept that using 1.8 doesn't make you any less "professional".

@Kona Mike the mount isn't crippled by hardware it's literally just a physical mount with connectivity pins. Not sure where you're going with this, everything else can be modified.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2021 at 08:38 UTC
On article Nikon Z7 II review (1515 comments in total)
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Herco: For my fashion and make-up portrait work I've tested the various hi-res FF cameras last winter (albeit the Z7 at that time). Based on that I decided for the Z7II and a few new Z lenses. I haven't been disappointed. The AF is indeed not up there with the A7R and the R5 (one firmware update away), but the IQ is stellar. You have to consider the lenses too and there the Z system shines. As for the viewfinder, it is not the latest with its 3.69MP but it easily outperforms that of the Sony and to some degree also the Canon. With its larger magnification and eye point it is particularly good for people wearing glasses (such as me) and it is brighter, has better color and is less cluttered than that of esp. Sony. By the way, the LCD of the Sony is an insult compared to the R5, Z7II and SL2. It goes to say that specs don't tell the entire story...

I wasn't aware of that review, that's very interesting.

In their previous issue - The Nikon Z6II is the best mirrorless full-frame camera with 24 megapixels that we have tested.

Need to learn German.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2021 at 10:34 UTC
On article Nikon Z7 II review (1515 comments in total)
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Richard Murdey: Being "competent" isn't winning Nikon hearts and minds, or marketshare for the Z system.

In DSLR sales Nikon had 4 of the top 10 slots, the rest were Canon. With Nikon fully investing in mirrorless, this will no doubt be reflected in sales going forward. From what I've read Nikon far exceeded their sales estimates on Z cameras last quarter.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2021 at 10:06 UTC
On article Nikon Z7 II review (1515 comments in total)
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hteasley: I cannot make heads or tails out of the gold/silver awards, the bar graphs, the percentage scores, and how they relate to one another. They seem to have no influence on one another, and no consistency across cameras. It all looks like drapery on an absolutely subjective conclusion.

@99tollap I have another post that goes into a little more detail about this review. The Z5 did get a gold but they compared it to lesser cameras for the most part. I also have no experience with the Z5 so I can't speak to the accuracy of the review. I guess it's something.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2021 at 09:53 UTC
On article Nikon Z7 II review (1515 comments in total)
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tjacobs: 89% Silver for Nikon Z6, Z7, Z6II & Z7II

A few snippets from the review:
"excels in performance, even over cameras priced higher and there aren't many that can beat it"

It's "hugely competent", "less expensive than its peers"

"higher image quality and greater flexibility than its peers in situations where it's practical to use ISO 64"

"Z7 II feels incredibly solid in the hand and is a supremely comfortable camera to hold and use for extended periods of time",

"In terms of Raw detail capture, the Z7 II puts up a really strong showing against its competition. The Canon EOS R5 looks just a bit softer than the others."

"At the highest ISO values, the Nikon Z7 II pulls ahead of Panasonic handily with respect to noise levels, outstrips the Canon EOS R5 by a hair and looks to be pretty much neck-and-neck with the Sony a7R IV."

Then the review ends with:
"It only misses out on a Gold because it doesn't really out-do its rivals in any specific respect."

Shameful.

Online reviews are a mixed bag - too many profit from being sensationalist or have ulterior motives. I tend to look for insight from working professionals. I find them to be critical and fair without the negativity.

The ratings here (post Phil) seem to be predetermined, the review findings don't seem to match the scores. This particular review was among the more egregious examples I've seen.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2021 at 09:40 UTC
On article Nikon Z7 II review (1515 comments in total)
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santiagoelmarino: I'm an owner of a Nikon Z7 II, so I'll try to put my 2 cents.
Overall I agree with the review. I'm coming from a D750 so the focusing system still feels a little bit awkward to me. I'm used to always use AF-C with back button focusing. And I find that it hunts back and forth sometimes in low light compared to the SLRs. But using AF-S is always spot-on IMHO. I agree that a more versatile touchscreen (as on the Fujis) can be useful, although I'm used to the same on the D750. Those are my main complains. On the Pros side, I really like the IQ and the high ISO performance is unrivalled to my eyes, only equal to the Sony RIII. The ergonomics are the best of the bunch together with the Canon. The EVF although having a lower res panel, it simply just feels better than any of the contenders. Don't ask me why, you just have to try and feel it by yourself.
What really stands out, are the lenses. Are simply magnificent if you can accept that using 1.8 doesn't make you any less "professional".

You're confusing mount with software. The mount really has nothing to do with what can be supported by software. If we're talking pins, it has 11, Sony E mount has 10. Not that it matters.

The advantages of the mount are several, increased stability and durability, larger diameter which allows for more room for the sensor and IBIS implementations and more flexibility with lens design, shorter flange. Nikon could also move to a larger sensor with this mount in the future.

It's an advantage. It will be interesting to see how it plays out.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2021 at 09:17 UTC
On article Nikon Z7 II review (1515 comments in total)
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Francis85: Only those who own this camera know its excellent value for money.

Well there goes my desire to pick up a Fuji X series body. More Z glass it is.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2021 at 08:53 UTC
On article Nikon Z7 II review (1515 comments in total)

89% Silver for Nikon Z6, Z7, Z6II & Z7II

A few snippets from the review:
"excels in performance, even over cameras priced higher and there aren't many that can beat it"

It's "hugely competent", "less expensive than its peers"

"higher image quality and greater flexibility than its peers in situations where it's practical to use ISO 64"

"Z7 II feels incredibly solid in the hand and is a supremely comfortable camera to hold and use for extended periods of time",

"In terms of Raw detail capture, the Z7 II puts up a really strong showing against its competition. The Canon EOS R5 looks just a bit softer than the others."

"At the highest ISO values, the Nikon Z7 II pulls ahead of Panasonic handily with respect to noise levels, outstrips the Canon EOS R5 by a hair and looks to be pretty much neck-and-neck with the Sony a7R IV."

Then the review ends with:
"It only misses out on a Gold because it doesn't really out-do its rivals in any specific respect."

Shameful.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2021 at 08:41 UTC as 66th comment | 9 replies
On article Nikon Z7 II review (1515 comments in total)
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Peak freak: Hi DPR, thanks for these reviews.
Just something to note about the 'negative' of a tilting screen vs a fold out screen: Fold out screens interfere with L brackets.
This will probably mostly affect landscape photographers, which is right where the Z7II excells.
As a landscape photographer who has a couple of Canon cameras with L brackets, I would much prefer tilt screens.

I miss the days when photography and videography were two very different ecosystems. Rating cameras based on what vloggers may want and expecting all cameras to have identical functionality is disheartening.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2021 at 08:35 UTC
On article Nikon Z7 II review (1515 comments in total)
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hteasley: I cannot make heads or tails out of the gold/silver awards, the bar graphs, the percentage scores, and how they relate to one another. They seem to have no influence on one another, and no consistency across cameras. It all looks like drapery on an absolutely subjective conclusion.

I'm sure longtime readers could have guessed this was going to get an 89% silver award. I certainly didn't expect any more for a Nikon camera. The original z6 & z& both got the same identical scores, improvements be damned.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2021 at 07:54 UTC
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blank_: why does this amazon critique here feels so cringy? :)

Perhaps I misunderstood your post. I read the 'no one really cares' part as though you could care less about copyright infringement. If it's happened to you, I'm sure that's not the case.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2021 at 07:45 UTC
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wcan: I think whatever Nikon does, they need to be class-leading or at least match "best-in-class" in terms of auto-focus on the flagship mirrorless to regain "respect".

Have you used the new Z's? They eye-AF isn't anywhere near as bad as you'd think if you listened to the internet. I personally, have never encountered an issue with it. However, I don't shoot birds in flight or YouTube reviewers humiliating themselves in an attempt to break AF.

There are plenty of professionals using these cameras without issue, it's not hard to find them, several have successful YouTube channels.

If you want a perfect example of how YouTube reviewers are inherently dishonest and perpetuate misinformation for interactions, take a look at the pReview of the z50 from the guy that wishes he was Bob Ross. Quite a contrast to what you see him peddling now.

These folks monitor their channel statistics and interactions with the eye of a day trader and the precision of a Vegas bookie. They know exactly what to say to boost their revenue. I think there was a QA video by Tony & Chelsea where they shared how poorly their instructional videos do and how controversy sells.

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2021 at 19:08 UTC
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