Dan DeLion

Lives in United States Billings, USA, MT, United States
Works as a Photographer
Joined on May 6, 2008

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On article Opinion: the Sony a7 III could be the new Nikon D750 (1226 comments in total)
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Dan DeLion: IMO, Sony has four problems: 1) poor ergonomics, 2) reliability issues, 3) design issues, 4) and short product lifecycles. Until the many problems involved in those issues are resolved, it is ridiculous to compare the fragile, clumsy, soon to be replace a7iii to a sturdy reliable camera such as the D750.

For the ill-informed Sony fanboys, I’ve shot over 275,000 cycles on two D750s with never a hiccup, never a shutdown, and never a drop of oil. That dead-on reliable shooting is done with bodies that have been dropped, kicked, frozen, fried, and rained upon.

If you don’t care whether you get the shot or not, Sony is an acceptable choice!

osv -Your referenced “err”message was traced back to the use of non-Nikon batteries. I’ve had a similar problem with non-Nikon batteries in Nikon grips. Should Nikon take responsibility for non-Nikon products?

A few very early D750s had very rare issue with the blackening of the AF module in the mirror box. I never met anyone who had any pictures with light banding at the top of the frame from that or any other issue. I bought my first D750 about three months after its introduction, it was a non-issue at that point.

There’s been ONE shutter issue that has been extended twice to additional serial numbers. Nikon’s excellent response is a free new shutter, free roundtrip shipping, and a one week turn around. My two D750s worked perfectly at all times. I did have Nikon replace one shutter at 40K and the other at 70K cycles. They worked perfectly before and after the replacements but, now I have new shutters. Both cameras look like they’ll easily go to 200,000 cycles.

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2018 at 23:51 UTC
On article Opinion: the Sony a7 III could be the new Nikon D750 (1226 comments in total)

IMO, Sony has four problems: 1) poor ergonomics, 2) reliability issues, 3) design issues, 4) and short product lifecycles. Until the many problems involved in those issues are resolved, it is ridiculous to compare the fragile, clumsy, soon to be replace a7iii to a sturdy reliable camera such as the D750.

For the ill-informed Sony fanboys, I’ve shot over 275,000 cycles on two D750s with never a hiccup, never a shutdown, and never a drop of oil. That dead-on reliable shooting is done with bodies that have been dropped, kicked, frozen, fried, and rained upon.

If you don’t care whether you get the shot or not, Sony is an acceptable choice!

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2018 at 17:42 UTC as 29th comment | 15 replies
On article Opinion: the Sony a7 III could be the new Nikon D750 (1226 comments in total)
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osv: beware, nikon junk batteries can hurt you!

"Nikon Inc. is asking your cooperation in connection with a voluntary recall of certain lot numbers of its Nikon Model EN-EL15 rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack. The battery pack can experience a short circuit causing it to overheat and possibly causing the outside casing to become deformed, posing a potential hazard to consumers."
https://www.nikonusa.com/en/service-and-support/service-advisories/en-el15-rechargeable-li-ion-battery-pack-recall.html

Of all the Nikon batteries in all the world, seven batteries had swelling cases. With this year-old recall, Nikon is replacing all the possibly affected batteries. Sounds like GREAT customer service to me. You do know that Nikon does not make LION batteries?

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2018 at 17:14 UTC
On article Opinion: the Sony a7 III could be the new Nikon D750 (1226 comments in total)
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Dan DeLion: Sony makes fine cameras, I own three (RX100, RX100 mkii, RX10.) Whether their FF bodies are up to pro standards is really the question. The article is comparing the Sony to the D750. That Nikon is a sturdy workhorse capable of pro results all day long under all kinds of conditions. I wonder whether you can say that about the new Sony a7 iii?

I own 2 D750s (and 3 other Nikon bodies.) I’ve never had any oil spots and I don’t know of anyone who has. Obviously there may be someone who carelessly spilled oil on their 750s sensor but, that’s not Nikon’s problem.

As for the shutter replacements. I’ve never had a shutter failure, or any problems with a 750’s shutter. NikonUSA replaced one 750’s shutter at 40K cycles and the other shutter at 70K cycles. In neither case was there any shutter malfunction, but the replacement was free, Nikon paid for the shipping both ways, and the turnaround time was one week. So why not have it done? It’s interesting to note that NikonUSA’s service was performed on bodies bought in Sydney, Australia and Dubai.

I’ve dropped, kicked, frozen, dunked, and broiled 750 bodies with never a hiccup, never a problem. The question is, how rugged and reliable is the a7iii’s body. After reading the water resistant article (referenced above), I certainly know that moisture resistance a weak point.

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2018 at 01:32 UTC
On article Opinion: the Sony a7 III could be the new Nikon D750 (1226 comments in total)

Sony makes fine cameras, I own three (RX100, RX100 mkii, RX10.) Whether their FF bodies are up to pro standards is really the question. The article is comparing the Sony to the D750. That Nikon is a sturdy workhorse capable of pro results all day long under all kinds of conditions. I wonder whether you can say that about the new Sony a7 iii?

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2018 at 19:54 UTC as 59th comment | 5 replies
On article Opinion: the Sony a7 III could be the new Nikon D750 (1226 comments in total)
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Dan DeLion: I don’t follow Sony closely, so I have a couple of questions.

Is the battery life still bad? I’ve heard pro’s say one needs four or five batteries for a day’s shooting.

Does the camera still readily over heat? I’ve talked to people who say the only way to have worry free shooting is to put the battery in an attached grip. Probably due to Sony making the body too small to dissipate heat.

How does the camera balance when using heavy glass?

Does the EVF still have delays when panning as do other Sony cameras?

Sony has a reputation for overly optimistic spec claims. Is that the case with this new camera?

Is the weather sealing as bad as reported?

Thanks for all the info. Sony makes fine cameras, I own three (RX100, RX100 mkii, RX10.) Whether their FF bodies are up to pro standards is really the question. The article is comparing the Sony to the D750. That Nikon is a sturdy workhorse capable of pro results all day long under all kinds of conditions. I wonder whether you can say that about this new Sony?

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2018 at 19:51 UTC
On article Opinion: the Sony a7 III could be the new Nikon D750 (1226 comments in total)

I don’t follow Sony closely, so I have a couple of questions.

Is the battery life still bad? I’ve heard pro’s say one needs four or five batteries for a day’s shooting.

Does the camera still readily over heat? I’ve talked to people who say the only way to have worry free shooting is to put the battery in an attached grip. Probably due to Sony making the body too small to dissipate heat.

How does the camera balance when using heavy glass?

Does the EVF still have delays when panning as do other Sony cameras?

Sony has a reputation for overly optimistic spec claims. Is that the case with this new camera?

Is the weather sealing as bad as reported?

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2018 at 17:21 UTC as 173rd comment | 16 replies

A failing company raising prices to offset declining sales. How long will that last?

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2018 at 15:43 UTC as 57th comment | 2 replies

Sounds like Hassy is reacting to the D850.

Link | Posted on Sep 6, 2017 at 14:51 UTC as 31st comment | 3 replies
On article Should you upgrade to a Nikon D850? (659 comments in total)

Hopefully, DPR will not take 2 years to review the 850. Remember the 810!

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2017 at 16:02 UTC as 21st comment | 1 reply
On article Hands on: Nikon D850 (372 comments in total)

I hope it isn't going to take 2 years for DPR to review the 850. Remember the 810.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2017 at 14:53 UTC as 7th comment

It has been a long time since Leica produced competitive bodies or lenses. Recently they’ve tried to be competitive in the fashion accessory realm with mixed results right along with murses (man purses.) It is tough to be a small company in an evolving segment when the competitors are large, hungry, innovative, and financially strong. Obviously, Leica can no longer compete and must look for rich savior. The question is: “will there be anything unique about the Leica brand after it is absorbed into whomever comes to its rescue”?

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2017 at 15:13 UTC as 27th comment | 6 replies
On article Review: Nikon D7500, speed and capability (525 comments in total)

Hell, if you want a body with only one card slot, no grip for handling long lenses in sports applications, no Ai-s tab for using older lenses, a reduced resolution sensor, and the replacement of metal with plastic – the D7500 is the perfect camera for you.

Nikon faced a problem with the D7500. Its predecessor, the D7200, was the top of the line DX body, and so had all the features you would expect. Now the D7500 is relegated to the second or third spot in the DX line up (is it as good as the D7200?) As such, it had to be gelded.

Link | Posted on Jul 30, 2017 at 15:13 UTC as 28th comment | 1 reply

Nikon is doing a great job of hyping the 850. What would you guess all the speculation is worth in terms of saved advertising dollars?

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2017 at 15:25 UTC as 30th comment | 2 replies

Nikon is doing the same thing with other body parameters. Canon dumbed down the 6Dii to force photographers into the more expensive (more profitable) FF models. Nikon dumbed down the D7500 (relative to the 7200) so as to push D500 sales. --- IMO - Those moves represent a technology plateau where top-of-the line cameras are slowing in technology improvements, and so cheaper bodies must lack easily applied features in order to differentiate the more expensive from the cheaper. As a strategy this might not be so good. It invites easy price competition by lesser known brands.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2017 at 16:59 UTC as 208th comment | 4 replies
On article Leica TL2 first impressions (381 comments in total)
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yahoo2u: APSC sensor...fine.
Body only $2695 AUS...No.
There are plenty of APSC cameras on the market with same MP for way less with lenses attached and still way cheaper.
.....and here's the secret...they all have the ability to take nice images.

Leica buyers, in general, aren't smart enough to look for lower prices.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2017 at 17:11 UTC
On article Leica TL2 first impressions (381 comments in total)

Nobody is saying that a Leica isn't worth its eye-watering cost. Where else can you get a $500 camera that’s a delight to hold and stroke. What other camera brings forth little beads of sweat as you manipulate it in your hands and lightly run your fingers over the milled wheels. Who can forget eagerly looking forward to spreading its SD door and slipping-in your high performance card? The only thing missing is a carrying holster that is attachable to your undies.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2017 at 14:30 UTC as 21st comment | 6 replies
On article Leica TL2 first impressions (381 comments in total)
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Jim Evidon: Note to you Leica haters who don't own one or never even used one:
Go to

http://www.stevehuffphoto.com/2017/07/10/hands-on-the-new-leica-tl2-camera-in-hand-first-look/

and read his initial impressions of the TL2 and then tell the world in your snarkiest best about iPhones, Galaxies and cheaper cameras measuring up to the Leica standards. This new TL2 makes gorgeous images and has little noise at ISO 10,000. And the colors are amazing. So go ahead and have your snark fest, I'm waiting to buy one.

You're dreaming. - second rate body and nothing-special lenses!

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2017 at 14:00 UTC
On article Leica TL2 first impressions (381 comments in total)

Second rate camera with pedestrian lenses. The funny part is that many (not all) Leica owners buy for status and because of the excessive cost. They hope the Leica will set them apart from the masses by indicating their good taste and deep pockets. They never recognize that their purchase IDs them as fools. But, hell, they did file the edges down. – That’s got to be worth something?

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2017 at 23:11 UTC as 37th comment | 7 replies
On article 2017 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $900-1200 (483 comments in total)

Of course it’s worth $4500. It's a multifunctional device. Hell, not only does it take pics but, you can toast your bread on it. What other device combines a camera with an electric range! That's right, the A9 overheats.

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2017 at 23:20 UTC as 18th comment
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