mmartel

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SmilerGrogan: Jeez, what a loser. Doesn't he know that fill flash is anathema to the DPR philosophy.
The only acceptable method to deal with contrast is to spend hours analyzing dynamic range charts, buy the camera with the best specs regardless of price and ignoring any investment in the camera system he already owns, shoot to over-expose the photo to a very specific, though maddeningly undefined and arbitrary, ""ETTR" value and then spend countless hours processing the photo to recover image data which may or may not be there due to his belief in the theory that there's no such thing as a "correct" exposure.

Nailed it.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2017 at 02:42 UTC
On article Don't buy another lens, buy a flash instead (347 comments in total)

I agree very much with this advice for family amateur photographers (or moms and dads).

Once I learned about bounce flash, I enjoyed the results from indoor family portraits and casual events much more than struggling to get the right ambient/natural light and balancing depth of field with a fast prime. Most homes have terrible lighting for good photography!

For family casual photographers: Better results and way cheaper to go kit lens and hotshoe mounted flash than fast prime. (Of course fast primes have their place, too!)

Link | Posted on Aug 21, 2017 at 14:02 UTC as 112th comment
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firesurfer: ah, excuse me. The cell phone killed the Nikon 1, as well as many others.

@BarnET

I own 1" and APS-C. In decent light, the quality difference is negligible. Yes, you'll get some potential for shallower depth of field with the larger format and that had its charms. Aside from a that, I've looked at the image tests here and at sites like imaging resource. In ordinary print sizes, the difference in quality between m4/3 and 1" in decent light is negligible.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 15:31 UTC
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firesurfer: ah, excuse me. The cell phone killed the Nikon 1, as well as many others.

@BarnET

Because some people already have lens investments, and the quality difference between 1" and m4/3 in decent light is negligible. But yes, of you were buying new, it would make way more sense to buy m4/3.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 14:59 UTC
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firesurfer: ah, excuse me. The cell phone killed the Nikon 1, as well as many others.

The cell phone has diminished demand for all compact cameras.

That said, I think the Sony RX line and Nikon's own product waffling around 1" (fixed lens vs interchangeable) had more to do with the failure of the N1 line.

The J5 is actually a pretty decent body with the same very capable sensor as the Sony RX line. It's just that most people don't want interchangeable lenses in a compact consumer body.

The J5s biggest problem is that it really should have been a V4 - with detachable EVF and grip, dual shutter, and external flash option. But Nikon had already decided to go down the DL path instead.

I still think a V4 could be a hit product. It'd just be a hit within a very, very limited market. And probably wouldn't make enough money to be worth the risk.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 19:38 UTC
On article Nikon announces midrange D7500 DSLR (396 comments in total)
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redhed17: The more Nikon does, the less I understand their reasoning. Make minor improvements on a previous model, but then take features away that were on the previous model. :-/

You would think one of the aims of a new camera is to appeal to users of the previous model, and yet they take stuff away that those users may have been using on the previous camera, muddying the water on whether an upgrade is worth it.

It seems penny pinching at its worse, and a lack of respect to their users, which may improve their profits per unit, but maybe not if people pass on the lukewarm update.

Because product strategy.

D7xxx was originally supposed to be high end enthusiast, not pro. But somewhere near the start of the D7200 planning cycle, Nikon planners decided that the distinction wasn't significant enough or market niches large enough to build both products. So they added the cheapest features they could to the 7200 to try to keep some pro appeal while also keeping cost down: double SD slots, for example.

After launching the D7200, of course it became apparent that the strategy failed. If anything, it hastened the departure of Nikon pro DX users to alternative systems.

They then decided to build the D500 to retain the pro DX users. Previous features are distinctly pro needs like dual SD slots get tossed.

Sucks for pros who want a D500 at a D7XXX price. Makes sense for Nikon.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2017 at 15:53 UTC
On article Lenovo Moto G5 Plus camera first impressions review (66 comments in total)
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JCoolowski: This will probably be my next phone.
I have the G3 and It's a good cameraphone, I especially like the motorola camera app with the easy exposure compensation, and quickstarting the camera via handmotion or double tap on the powerbutton.

I think you'll be very happy. I upgraded from a G3 to a G4 Plus and although it took some adjustment to get used to the larger size, I love it - camera, battery, display all superior. The G5 Plus with its slightly smaller size should be even easier to move over to and love. Heck, I'm even considering moving over to it.

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2017 at 14:35 UTC
On article Lenovo Moto G5 Plus camera first impressions review (66 comments in total)
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thx1138: It still seems that smartphones are given a free pass because they only have their IQ examined at smartphone size. The 100% jpg's still blow chunks, painterly mush and over sharpened, what we used to get from cheap P&S 10 years ago. The IQ is only fit for social media.

Disagree, but of course this might vary depending on what phone and p+s you're comparing.

I'd say certainly the JPG output on my Moto G4 Plus phone is equivalent or better than my Panasonic LX7 (defaults) or TS5 shot at the same ISO. In fact I slightly prefer the G4 Plus output.

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2017 at 14:32 UTC
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runbei99: The Nikon 1 Series were the cameras that everyone panned and frowned at until they actually used them. And then - wow, did Nikon squeeze some special juice out of that tiny sensor. My V1 pics (in good light) still look wonderful to me, even though I'm shooting with a Canon full-frame 6D these days. In low light, ugh, ISO 3200 that destroys skin. Not sorry I sold the V1, but in the right conditions it was spectacularly ... nice.

Mostly agree, with the sentiment of your post.

That said, in low light, the Nikon 1 with 18.5/1.8 is faster than the RX100s, which are roughly a full stop slower at medium-range focal lengths.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2017 at 07:54 UTC
On article Nikon D5600 sample gallery (163 comments in total)
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marc petzold: According to DxO Mark, the D5600 Performance is the same as the D5500 - so 1st Timers should get (if into the Market buying a 1st DSLR from Nikon) the D5500 with 18-55 AF-P for a bargain price, and upgrade Lenses later.

Instead of dropping all 2 years new DX Bodies on the Market - Nikon should finally start to produce a decent DX Lens Lineup, not always these 18-55, 18-xxx Iterations - that nobody needs or wants.

How about a decent 24, 35mm DX Prime in FF-terms focal length? A 23mm/1.8 DX (35mm FF-equal) , since the D100 - not there - check....a 16mm/1.8 DX - check, not there (24mm FF-equal)...and so on...Nikon really lost it's way here - the only DX Lens which is good, albeit very expensive from the latest Zooms: 16-80E VR - but still, for this price, i'd go -if i wouldn't have that focal length- 100% for a FF 24-70 2.8 VC Tamron, or even better, the Tokina ATX-Pro 24-70/2.8 - because both lenses are worth the price.
In APS-C terms, i go Fuji - because Fujifilm cares about lenses.

@calxoddity Same boat. I do love my D5100, though! I don't see any reason to upgrade the body either, given what I shoot and my workflow and print size needs.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2017 at 01:05 UTC
On article Nikon D5600 sample gallery (163 comments in total)
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digitallollygag: With the camera industry in overall decline I have to wonder how much longer the DX bodies will be a cash cow for Nikon, especially with small incremental enhancements on new releases. Some out there don't see the need for a D5600 when their D5200 does most everything they want. Introducing a camera like the D5600 with minor tweaks here and there is becoming old hat for Nikon, but something potentially "revolutionary" like the DL series is a year overdue. Nikon has lost its way IMHO.

DSLRs are pretty mature at this point, like laptops or iPads or TVs or cars. Most people probably don't depend on one enough to benefit substantially from upgrading to a new one except every 4-7 years. I think it's unrealistic to expect a new blow-your-mind model every year. And the improvements around wireless connectivity are not to be underestimated. It's been one of the most glaring and awful gaps in the feature set for way too long. I welcome Nikon finally getting around to improvements here.

Sincerely,
A Nikon D5100 owner

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2017 at 01:00 UTC
On article Nikon D5600 sample gallery (163 comments in total)
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Terry Breedlove: If they made a simple camera built like this one but with morecontrol buttons and dials. That is all I would ever buy. They take a great photo but are hindered by the need to dive into the menus to much or hit to many button combinations to control the simplest things. Such as shutter and aperture settings.

@Terry Yes, they've got you covered. It's the D7xxx or D500. As you already know.

You just want a pro body at a consumer price. Can't blame you. Can't really blame Nikon either for forcing you pros to pay pro prices for pro-specific bodies.

As a consumer, though, I personally benefit from Nikon's current approach of pro-quality sensors with consumer body and prices. Works for me. 😉

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2017 at 00:52 UTC
On article Nikon D5600 sample gallery (163 comments in total)
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Old Cameras: In my opinion the main problem with this body, and the D3xxx series, is the small viewfinder. Optical viewfinders on DX cameras are already small but the prism finder on the D7xxx is acceptable. This was the main reason I bought a D7100. (Plus the ability to mount older AI lenses and the built in motor for AF screw drive lenses), but the smaller viewfinder hurts the user experience.
D3300/3400: 0.85x
D5500/5600: 0.82x
D7100/7200: 0.94x
D500: 1.0x
A D610 is something like 0.7x with a full frame lens mounted, but if you account for the crop factor it ends up being about the same or just slightly larger than the D500.
It makes a big difference to the user experience.

You're probably right.

But as a happy D5100, and as someone who's never used a pentaprism/big bright OVF that covers 100% of the frame, and doesn't shoot that often in such low light that I can't see what I'm doing, it's also not a feature that I personally miss. And if it would mean a larger camera body, and a higher price tag, I'm not sure I'd love the trade-off.

I think it may be like touch screen or live view or tilt/swivel screen. Makes a big difference to some, and those who love it feel the user experience is the worse for it. But many don't really feel the pain if it's not included.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2017 at 00:40 UTC
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Juzam: Although I understand this is more of a differently packaged review, this kind of bagging for a free lens feels weird and inappropiate to me.

I see your point but respectfully disagree. I saw this as a fun change of pace "opinion" style piece that I thought nicely captured the enthusiasm of the author for this genre of photography and how well suited he thought this lens was for that purpose. I actually wouldn't mind seeing more of this kind of "raw" opinion more often on this sight. Not instead of but in addition to the more traditional review content.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2017 at 17:09 UTC
On article Buying a second lens: what lens should I buy next? (297 comments in total)
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Vegetable Police: Kit lenses are lame. There has never been a good photo in the history of the world taken with a kit lens. You need at least f1.8 or you might as well just throw your camera in the trash. When I see someone taking a picture, I ask them if that's the kit lens. If they say yes, I throw my tea at their camera in hopes to short circuit the lens and save them the hassle of having to look at those awful pictures.

Unfortunately, some of these lenses are now weather sealed. I find a combination of tea and sand still works pretty well though.

As someone who's been around a bit, I thoroughly enjoyed the sarcasm. Cheers! 😁

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2017 at 23:01 UTC
On article DxOMark Mobile Report: Lenovo Moto G Plus (15 comments in total)
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mmarian: Who reads these reviews of mobile phones?? Don't dpr have anything more substantial to report on than yet another of hundreds of mobile phones flooding the already oversaturated market and DxO endless analyzing if the mobile camera has more or less artefacts and other totaly useless details ?? Who cares, I wonder. Has this world gone complete nuts or is it just me not undersanding it anymore ??????

I read them. I care.

Sincerely,
Current 2015 Moto G owner

Link | Posted on May 18, 2016 at 06:23 UTC
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Jefftan: why don't make the 18-50mm lens available for the Nikon 1 system?

Perhaps I'm not using the right term when I say "vignetting." Perhaps the better way to phrase it would be to say the image circle of the lens at full wide simply doesn't cover the full sensor. It requires lot of in-body processing and correction to get a rectilinear image without "cut off" corners, which makes these corners extremely soft (though not necessarily noisy) at wide angle. Here is a link to a DPReview forum discussing the effect I'm describing: http://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3732788

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2016 at 00:20 UTC
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Jefftan: why don't make the 18-50mm lens available for the Nikon 1 system?

Mato34: You are correct, and I was wrong. There were in fact several bug-fix firmware releases for N1.

The spirit behind my remarks, however, still stands. None of the firmware releases (AFAIK) actually added any new functionality. They were bug fix only. Even the seemingly trivial feature addition of allowing V1 users to disable image review was never released in a firmware upgrade.

If Nikon couldn't even bring itself to do that for its earliest N1 adopters, it seems totally inconceivable that they have either the will or capability to release new firmware capable of correcting massive lens distortion/vignetting for hypothetical new wide/fast lenses across their entire line of cameras (which span 4 different processors at this point - Expeed 3, 3A, 4A, 5A).

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2016 at 18:28 UTC
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Jefftan: why don't make the 18-50mm lens available for the Nikon 1 system?

I've heard it explained as follows: These compact, collapsible f1.8-f2.8 lenses (whether from Canon, Sony, Nikon or whoever), by optical engineering necessity have massive distortion and vignetting at the wide end (like totally black corners). These require significant in-camera software-based correction to both JPEG and RAWs to create a normal image. If any of these new DL lenses were to be available for the N1 bodies, they'd have to come with the proper software to handle it. And if you've been following the Nikon 1 saga, you'd know that in the last 5 years since Nikon launched the Nikon 1, they've done precisely zero firmware updates for any of the umpteen models they've launched. So, no chance that'll happen.

I suppose it's possible that Nikon could launch new N1 models which could mount and use such optically gifted (flawed?) lenses. Many (including me) would like to see that happen. But I think that Nikon chose to launch fixed lens models suggests that their 1" ILCs are dead.

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2016 at 04:33 UTC
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Retzius: Its a good thing cellphones with cameras aren't popular.

All the folks these days are marching right into their brick and mortar stores and asking for compact cameras to carry along with their cell phones with cameras.

That whole cell phone camera thing is just a fad... Digital is also a fad, Kodak told me so.

Wait, didn't Sony prove there is a substantial market for premium compact cameras with 1" sensors if spec'd and priced correctly? These cameras are (obviously) not aimed at people satisfied with cell phone images, but rather those who are NOT satisfied with them but don't want to carry a DSLR.

But don't let that stop you from declaring anything smaller than full frame DOA.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2016 at 20:38 UTC
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