Dan DeLion

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On article Why are modern 50mm lenses so damned complicated? (911 comments in total)
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Dan DeLion: Great article Roger.

What I like best about high res. bodies and lenses is that they make Z-S primes into a compact zoom lenses. An 85 f1.8 on a Z7 easily becomes a 85-135 f1.8 zoom. And possibly an 85-200 zoom. To top it off, I decide how much zooming I want after the pic. is taken.
Stay safe - Dan

ecka - I give up. Believe whatever you want to. I won't waste anymore time.
Stay safe - Dan

Link | Posted on May 25, 2021 at 13:50 UTC
On article Why are modern 50mm lenses so damned complicated? (911 comments in total)
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Dan DeLion: Great article Roger.

What I like best about high res. bodies and lenses is that they make Z-S primes into a compact zoom lenses. An 85 f1.8 on a Z7 easily becomes a 85-135 f1.8 zoom. And possibly an 85-200 zoom. To top it off, I decide how much zooming I want after the pic. is taken.
Stay safe - Dan

Hi Ecka - I think you’re confusing tele-converters with cropping. Think it through. TC’s spread the light of a small part of the sensor over the entire sensor. Hence a loss of f-stop, but not of pixels. That’s what you are thinking of. There’s no spreading of the light when you crop, but there is a loss of pixels. I’ve been doing this for years – believe me.

In the original post I specified high res sensors and lenses. There’s no noticeable loss of IQ cropping a 46MP sensor down to 23MP. If you start with a 24 MP sensor and crop it to 12MP there may be a slight loss of IQ.
Stay safe - Dan

Link | Posted on May 24, 2021 at 18:53 UTC
On article Why are modern 50mm lenses so damned complicated? (911 comments in total)
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rubank: Okay, sure.
But are these gigantic 50 mm lenses better than the Leica APO Summicron f/2?
And do the sensors microlenses really take full advantage of the f/1,2 lens?

It used to be "behind the scenes" trickery with such fast lenses, and I wonder if there has been a breakthrouhg in microlens physics.

Hi - When you’re discussing superb lenses from Leica, Zeiss, Nikon, Canon, or Sony, they all yield great results. IMO it is a fool’s game to try to say which one is better.

When you look at the element design in one of the Z-S lenses you’ll see a fully packed lens barrel. Very little space is left. – That is the consequence of a 12 element design. The results from these 12 elements designs v. say 6 elements is sharper wide-open corners and edges. In my experience that advantage goes away by f5.6 or f8.

I would guess they played with the micro lenses’ design. You’ve got about 2/3’s of an inch (16mm) between the back of the lens and the center of the sensor, yet you get extreme sharpness in the corners. Wide open!

Stay safe - Dan

Link | Posted on May 24, 2021 at 15:39 UTC
On article Why are modern 50mm lenses so damned complicated? (911 comments in total)
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Dan DeLion: Great article Roger.

What I like best about high res. bodies and lenses is that they make Z-S primes into a compact zoom lenses. An 85 f1.8 on a Z7 easily becomes a 85-135 f1.8 zoom. And possibly an 85-200 zoom. To top it off, I decide how much zooming I want after the pic. is taken.
Stay safe - Dan

I'm not trying to be insulting. You need to rethink your position. With cropping you change the equivalent magnification, not the amount of light hitting the sensor. So, for example, an 85 at f1.8 stays a 1.8 regardless of how much you crop it. Try it in Photoshop or some other app. Or, print a full frame and the lay 4 pieces of paper over the print to show a crop. The image doesn't get darker because you cropped.

Stay safe - Dan

Link | Posted on May 22, 2021 at 18:49 UTC
On article Why are modern 50mm lenses so damned complicated? (911 comments in total)
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Dan DeLion: Great article Roger.

What I like best about high res. bodies and lenses is that they make Z-S primes into a compact zoom lenses. An 85 f1.8 on a Z7 easily becomes a 85-135 f1.8 zoom. And possibly an 85-200 zoom. To top it off, I decide how much zooming I want after the pic. is taken.
Stay safe - Dan

I agree! But, the f-stop doesn't change. All you're doing is cropping.

Stay safe - Dan

Link | Posted on May 22, 2021 at 14:33 UTC
On article Why are modern 50mm lenses so damned complicated? (911 comments in total)

Great article Roger.

What I like best about high res. bodies and lenses is that they make Z-S primes into a compact zoom lenses. An 85 f1.8 on a Z7 easily becomes a 85-135 f1.8 zoom. And possibly an 85-200 zoom. To top it off, I decide how much zooming I want after the pic. is taken.
Stay safe - Dan

Link | Posted on May 20, 2021 at 21:58 UTC as 13th comment | 27 replies
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DimensionSeven: Can it remove PDAF striping already?

Get over it!

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2021 at 15:29 UTC

Excellent Software – Runs Fast

My previous workflow was:
NEF -> Adobe DNG converter -> DNG -> Bridge -> ACR -> Photoshop.

Now it is:
NEF -> NX Studio (TIFF) -> Photoshop.

The results are excellent and the software is quite speedy and the new workflow is much quicker. Thanks Nikon for a great professional grade, free, software.

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2021 at 15:48 UTC as 13th comment
On article Nikon Z7 II review (1500 comments in total)
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Rolen: After reading some comments, it seems the eternal war between Nikon, Canon, and now Sony, is ongoing. I'm so glad I switched to a different brand (we don't need to discuss), things are much boring there because we only talk about photography...oh well.

Arguing about camera brands is a tribalism thing. - Us/them. - IMO there are three reasons for the behavior. 1) Some people love to run with the mob, so much easier than thinking. 2) It is less threatening and easier to talk about equipment than to express yourself through photography. 3) And, don’t forget all those trusted bloggers and reviewers who have to do and say things to keep your eyeballs on the site.

The differences between the major brands are trivial. The differences in photographic abilities is immense.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2020 at 14:23 UTC
On article Nikon Z7 II review (1500 comments in total)

Insecure Photographers:

New Nikon pro cameras always bring out Sony owners and Canon owners equipment insecurities. All three major brands make excellent cameras with only slight marginal differences. And when truth is told, your pictures will be no better or worse regardless of which major brand you use. So, Sony and Canon guys, don’t worry about the inferiority or superiority of your brands. – It’s the skill you bring to the job, rather than the equipment, that makes the difference.

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2020 at 14:13 UTC as 200th comment | 20 replies
On article Nikon Z7 II review (1500 comments in total)
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whitelens: Why would Nikon charge $ 500 less than Sony and $900 less than Canon?
Are they not convinced they are competitive?

Whitelens - Why would Nikon charge less? MARKET SHARE - MARKET SHARE - MARKET SHARE - Any other questions?

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2020 at 21:59 UTC
On article Nikon Z7 II review (1500 comments in total)
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Daniel Bliss: The original Z bodies had serious flaws. Only one card slot which was just insane. Inadequate buffer which was bean-counting of the worst kind. No vertical grip which was just weird. And insufficient computing power to deal with the functions of the camera, which may or may not have been an engineering issue.

These new bodies go through the list one by one and fix all the flaws. They fix them in a way that for the Z7II in particular makes it work as a general-purpose fast camera as well as a high-resolution camera and for the Z6II means buffer competitive with anything else out there. The price is also competitive; hopefully for Nikon's sake the upgrade was a simple one and their margin restores them to some kind of profit.

All in all, nice work, though we'll have to wait and see if the reviews and reality in service vindicate Nikon's approach. They still probably need a high-end, ultra-high-speed body with the added strength of an integrated vertical grip though.

Daniel - I found none of the "flaws" you state. Perhaps you just don't know how to use a fine camera?

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2020 at 21:43 UTC
On article Nikon Z7 II review (1500 comments in total)

Congratulations Nikon! Sounds like an improved iteration of the world's best camera (for Me.) Just in time to replace my 2 year old Z7 that has about 200K cycles. I wonder if the new grip will fit on a Z7?

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2020 at 21:29 UTC as 225th comment | 2 replies
On a photo in the Canon RF 800mm F11 IS STM sample gallery sample gallery (2 comments in total)

The 5 pics I looked at are not very sharp. I'm not familiar with Canon equipment. Is the lack of sharpness due to the body or the lens?

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2020 at 19:43 UTC as 2nd comment
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Dan DeLion: Nikons screws up the Z’s:

-Very limited battery life – stupid
-Pathetic buffer – stupid, stupid
-One card slot – stupid, stupid, stupid

I own 5 Nikon DSLR’s and about 20 Nikkor lenses. Monday I’ll be calling B&H to cancel my Z7 and Z6 pre-orders.

Heads should roll at Nikon Headquarters!

I think Nikon gelded the Z7 to keep up D850 sales. Or perhaps the Z’s aren’t sturdy enough to stand up to pro use. Good luck to Nikon selling $3400 bodies to amateurs.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2018 at 17:05 UTC

Nikons screws up the Z’s:

-Very limited battery life – stupid
-Pathetic buffer – stupid, stupid
-One card slot – stupid, stupid, stupid

I own 5 Nikon DSLR’s and about 20 Nikkor lenses. Monday I’ll be calling B&H to cancel my Z7 and Z6 pre-orders.

Heads should roll at Nikon Headquarters!

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2018 at 16:31 UTC as 211th comment | 4 replies

Why would Nikon want to make a copy of a Sony camera with poor battery life, over heating problems, a lack of moister resistance, too small a body, with a small selection of native so-so lenses, a jumbled set of sluggish controls, and a menu system designed in hell?

I’d like to see a good sized body, say about the size of a D750, that doesn’t overheat because it is too small, and has plenty of room for a logical arrangement of controls. Further it would make sense to have the throat the same dimensions as Nikon’s current DSLRs for wide angle lenses and compatibility with current F mount lenses.

Leave the tiny cameras to Sony, make a camera body for pro’s.

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2018 at 15:30 UTC as 14th comment

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I’d like to see a good sized body that doesn’t overheat because it is too small, and has plenty of room for a logical arrangement of controls. Further it would make sense to have the throat the same dimensions as Nikon’s current DSLRs for wide angle lenses and compatibility with current F mount lenses.

Leave the tiny cameras to Sony, make a camera body for pro’s.
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Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2018 at 20:41 UTC as 31st comment | 2 replies
On article Sony a7 III Review (2195 comments in total)
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Dan DeLion: You get a much better understanding of “lemming psychology” by reading these Sony fanboy posts. But, who cares if it overheats, leaks, has very slow response, has poor ergonomics, has reliability issues, has flimsy build… - Its new, shiny, and electric - which way to the ocean?

AZheaven --- Here’s proof – Read DPR’s review. You’ll note that at the end of most sections they have a “con” section. You’ll have to ask DPR’s staff how all those negatives combine into such a favorable conclusion. Of course these Sony faults didn’t start with the a7iii, they are a continuing problem with their camera line. BTW did you see the horrible moiré in the “image quality” test shot? I’ve never seen worse moiré!

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2018 at 16:09 UTC
On article Sony a7 III Review (2195 comments in total)

You get a much better understanding of “lemming psychology” by reading these Sony fanboy posts. But, who cares if it overheats, leaks, has very slow response, has poor ergonomics, has reliability issues, has flimsy build… - Its new, shiny, and electric - which way to the ocean?

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2018 at 14:54 UTC as 133rd comment | 6 replies
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