FBoneOne

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If the rumours are right, the part I don’t get are two ultra bright lenses that weigh more than Mack trucks. 1.4kg for the f:2 zoom, almost 1kg for the 50mm when the body is 0.6kg with battery. And all that without Ibis. I am sure they are awesome lenses but I can’t help to wonder how usable they will be.
Everybody cheers a realease with more lenses than Nikon and numerically it is true, but practically will it be? Time will tell and the lens roadmap might be very agressive after first release but for now their logic escapes me a bit. A 14-35 f:4 IS would have seemed far more logical to me but again, neither brand has prioritized one upfront so I guess I am unique in liking that focal range :-)

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2018 at 14:56 UTC as 135th comment

16 Z-related articles in 48hrs is a big step for DPR but they need to keep being brave - also talk about the new 500mm f:5.6 that was announced at the same time... I am thinking that might have been a missed opportunity :-)

I know I am far more excited about putting that lens on my D500 than I am about any Zed madness (and it is zed, not zee ), so one article out of 16 would have been nice.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2018 at 20:00 UTC as 173rd comment | 1 reply

"for all of the doom and gloom spoken about the company in the past couple of years, the D850 proves one essential fact: Nikon knows how to make great cameras."

My feelings exactly. I fell in love with the F5 about 20 years ago and couldn't afford one back then... but Nikon is getting really close to recreating that feeling of excellence and best in class with the trio D5, D850, D500 as I experienced with the F5 (and I was shooting an Eos 1V at the time)

Link | Posted on Nov 25, 2017 at 14:38 UTC as 80th comment | 1 reply

Checks date...
Nope, not April 1st.
I could have sworn.

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2017 at 22:34 UTC as 26th comment

Just gave in to Macphun Luminar. There are some powerful tools in there and the preview of their file managing system looks excellent, which would make it a complete replacement to LR with a bunch of additional features. I am not stopping using LR but over the next 12 months I will learn Luminar and see if it is indeed the expected replacement it looks like it could be. For $69 it seems like a cheap insurance policy for when I really need to transition (i.e. LR6 stops working with one of Apple's OS updates... which will happen sooner or later).

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2017 at 17:49 UTC as 45th comment | 1 reply
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tbcass: "Only more time and more testing will tell if the D850 can truly stand up to the D5's autofocus performance, though we should reinforce that D5-level subject tracking is an awfully lofty benchmark to reach for. In our experience, it's a benchmark that has remained out of reach of any camera to date, and whether or not the D850 measures up will be revealed in our full review."

I remember the AF of the A99ii was criticized for the same reason, not on D5 level. It's time for DPR to take the price of the camera under consideration when doing comparisons. It's a $3200 45mp camera with great IQ. Let's leave it at that and not make such a big deal about AF tracking. Mention it? Yes but don't overemphasize it.

On the other hand, wouldn't they be accused of pandering to Nikon if they didn't check their core marketing claims? For me personally, I'd be delighted with "almost as good as D5" performance, but I'd like to know if Nikon oversold the feature so that I buy in full knowledge of what I am paying for, not based on what a marketing department claims. It in no way means the D850 is not a stellar camera, but that way I set my expectations to the right level. When I bought the D500 the AF lived up to the hype and more, but the noise performance was slightly below what I expected. The D850 beating that much more expensive, I am even more sensitive about knowing what I am buying.

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2017 at 14:57 UTC
On article Fujifilm XF 50mm F2 R WR sample gallery (155 comments in total)
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Kostasm: some very very sharp results with iridient developer (as always) but I don't understand photographer settings. Portrait at 400iso 1/8000 s, what's the point?

My guess is that it was auto DR forcing ISO up to maximize DR. Which means although it shows ISO 400 the gain on the sensor was set for ISO 200 resulting in a one stop underexposure then pushed in the JPEG engine. I could be wrong but only explanation that makes sense (well besides forgetting manual settings which I have done often too)

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2017 at 15:18 UTC
On article Nikon D850: What we hoped for – and what we got (404 comments in total)
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(unknown member): "This feature could potentially be very useful for some kinds of macro photography (the image above is a conventional single-exposure capture) where deep depth of field is difficult or impossible due to diffraction."

Is diffraction the cause of small DOF in macro photos? I don't think so.

Large DOF requires small aperture which causes diffraction. If you want extreme sharpness and great DOF you will hit a point where you need to pick one or the other unless you focus stack. That's all they meant to say I believe.

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2017 at 13:22 UTC
On article Leica TL2 sample gallery (57 comments in total)

Like everybody else... those in camera jpeg files are horrible but the processed raws look quite nice. I wonder if you got a beta without final software but if that's the commercial version of the JPEG engine, it's unusable at least at its default settings.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2017 at 16:04 UTC as 21st comment
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2740 comments in total)
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FBoneOne: I really struggle with the sony ergonomics so this is not the camera for me, but I can't help applauding the innovation and the ability to push the envelop in many ways. It will push Sony further forward as I expect to see them get the feedback and improve the A9 just like they did the A7/A7S/A7R - this is just the start of a new platform for them which they will want to make stronger. And then it will challenge Nikon, Canon and Fuji to compete - probably not head to head but they will need to find the area they want to claim for themselves and win in. All in all, users win, especialy when the new product comes in quite a bit cheaper than the competitors it claims to target. I won't change system because the A9 exists but I sure hope it will drive the system I use to be even better.

@ rubberdials - yes I do struggle with Sony ergonomics. I have borrowed Sony cameras and I am not comfortable with the shooting experience. This is not meant to be a statement about how others should feel about handling a Sony body or a generalization- I specifically said I because I am well aware that it is a matter of personal preference. But shooting a Nikon and shooting a Sony are in no way identical experiences to me. I will keep on trying them because one day one of them might actually feel like the right fit for me and I like having more choices, but not up to now.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2017 at 03:36 UTC
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2740 comments in total)

I really struggle with the sony ergonomics so this is not the camera for me, but I can't help applauding the innovation and the ability to push the envelop in many ways. It will push Sony further forward as I expect to see them get the feedback and improve the A9 just like they did the A7/A7S/A7R - this is just the start of a new platform for them which they will want to make stronger. And then it will challenge Nikon, Canon and Fuji to compete - probably not head to head but they will need to find the area they want to claim for themselves and win in. All in all, users win, especialy when the new product comes in quite a bit cheaper than the competitors it claims to target. I won't change system because the A9 exists but I sure hope it will drive the system I use to be even better.

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2017 at 14:22 UTC as 117th comment | 21 replies
On article Fujifilm GF 32-64mm F4 R LM WR sample gallery (140 comments in total)
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peterm1: In my experience, the 32-64mm is an amazing quality zoom. I rarely feel the need to use the 63mm prime.

For samples in a more urban environment, see my blog post: https://www.mendelsonfineartphotography.com/blog/new-orleans-with-the-fujifilm-gfx-50s-camera

Beautiful series. "Chat Lunatique" is an absolute Classic!

Link | Posted on May 29, 2017 at 22:21 UTC
On article Roadtrip Review Redux: The Fujifilm X100F (174 comments in total)
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Hugo808: Unless my memory has failed completely, all X100 series used an X-Trans sensor with the original using the first generation 16mp.

The first generation X100 was a 12mp Bayer sensor. The first Xtrans X100 was the X100s which had the first generation sensor.

Link | Posted on May 28, 2017 at 17:29 UTC
On article In praise of shooting monochrome landscapes (335 comments in total)
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rfsIII: Heresy! But the right kind of heresy. Thanks for helping jolt me out of my color-centric complacency. As soon as the rain stops, I'm off to shoot some B&W.
The one thing I'd add is that if you download a few custom B&W picture profiles to your camera, or tweak with the profiles that are already installed by increasing the contrast or using filter effects, you can get a better idea of where you're going with your black and white while you're still out in the field.

Actually shooting in the rain is a great time for B&W. subtle contrasts and nuances, flat colors that bring little to the pictures, lots of details (droplets, reflections...) to highlight. Unpleasant as heck if wet and cold, but very rewarding.

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2017 at 15:31 UTC

Anniversaries should be about celebrating the past, the present and showing the future. They got past and present covered but still need to show what's ahead; that's what is missing at this point... that and 100 year anniversary underwear.

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2017 at 12:07 UTC as 50th comment
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FBoneOne: My biggest disappointment with the piece from Barney is that he did not use the currently hip "so-called" in his write-up and re-tweeted the darn thing. Of course in this case if he had written about the so-called "special" edition, it might have been an appropriate use of the term. Can't wait to see Nikon nailing DPR in a press conference for peddling fake news... oh wait, wasn't the DL line fake news? I am confused now.

Just trying to poke some friendly fun at you guys. Actually liked the tone of your article but re-reading my comment, it did not come across that way, did it? My bad.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2017 at 18:56 UTC
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photomedium: Ok Nikon is in bad shape. Fine. So, if you are Nikon CEO what do you tell your guys to do? Not show up at CP+ at all? Commit seppuku? What?
Suggestion box for Nikon.

You do the only thing that has ever worked and corporations hate to do. You get candid, tell your customer base what's going on and what you are doing about it, and you ask for their patience. Most your customers will stick with you but you'd better deliver on the revised plan and commitments. Your competition will try to use it against you and they will only reinforce the commitment of your loyal base, which are the ones you need to keep to get back on track fast once you get to the other end of whatever tunnel you are in. Amazing what honesty does in business, and the great thing is that is barely ever used so you stand out :-)

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2017 at 14:51 UTC

My biggest disappointment with the piece from Barney is that he did not use the currently hip "so-called" in his write-up and re-tweeted the darn thing. Of course in this case if he had written about the so-called "special" edition, it might have been an appropriate use of the term. Can't wait to see Nikon nailing DPR in a press conference for peddling fake news... oh wait, wasn't the DL line fake news? I am confused now.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2017 at 14:46 UTC as 73rd comment | 2 replies

Just like everybody else I am disappointed, but then I try and talk myself out of the accepted basic consumerism that has hit our hobby in the past decade. Are the D750, the D810 any less competitive today than a week ago? Are they left behind by competition or simply not as far ahead as they used to be? Didn't Nikon release the D5 and D500 in the past year? Slowed down innovation at Nikon is concerning, innovation in the wrong places even more so because it eventually catches up with you and you go from leader to me-too (getting there?) to lagger in a few years but it isn't not a disaster yet, especially because of the great glass out there. But the start of the year, or really lack thereof, is not trending right for Nikon. How many folks like me with a foot in multiple systems will take this as a sign to consolidate into another brand? Or, maybe, kill the consumerism in me and consolidate with cheap D810s on eBay... ready to gamble?

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2017 at 14:26 UTC as 77th comment | 5 replies
On article Grab a free copy of DxO OpticsPro 9 while you can (184 comments in total)

I was looking forward to trying it but then looked at the list of supported cameras and none of mine are on there :-( well, still a nice move for those who can.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2017 at 14:03 UTC as 33rd comment | 2 replies
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