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On article CP+ 2016: Nikon shows off new D5, D500 and DL compacts (114 comments in total)
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Morpho Hunter: Wow! .. physically.. that camera is way too huge.. given it's pixel resolution.

"Wow! .. physically.. that camera is way too huge.. given it's pixel resolution."
Exactly! But, when you push all these pixels into the camera, a few may overflow or get squeezed out. Some companies stir the camera and pixels to make more room.

Seriously now, some folks have no idea what a camera like D5 is about.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2016 at 00:06 UTC
On article Nifty fifty: Hands-on with the Hasselblad H5D-50c Wi-Fi (123 comments in total)
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fossilized light: Great review. This is the same sensor as the PENTAX645Z. It would be nice to see a review of both cameras.

Hasselbald doesn't have to allow anything if you don't ask them for a camera. There are thousand cameras on the market and a few renting places.
That said, what's the point? There might some differences, but they both share much together. It won't be a day and night comparison.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2016 at 00:21 UTC
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Jetfly: I'm still waiting for a Zeiss lens which offers autofocus capabilities for Nikon mount. Just like Batis for Sony FE.

Its not that. Zeiss expertise is with optical glass. If they introduce autofocus. their solution may be inferior to the existing lenses. So, they risk consumers rejecting their optics due to poor autofocus performance and they don't want to take the risk.
Also for many, the manual focus on autofocus lenses is a kind of joke. People who desire serious manual focus will have their solution now.

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2015 at 00:25 UTC
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DenWil: I really expected to get to the end and see starting prices a bit more in line with the Pentax Z. Leasing, professional use, tax deductible aspects aside- I do not see the P One cameras at these price points reflecting a commensurate improvement in IQ , functionality or day in day out usability over what I can already accomplish.

A 25% bump for modular advantages - not that all that attaching and detaching is so kind to sensor based cameras- would have been somewhat realistic , but with Pentax coming in at 7700 for the 51 MP Z (4250 for the previous generation 40 MP D) unless the shooter is already locked in to Phase I believe this will not be the most appealing option for many shooters with the current options available.

I have a drawer of very nice Mamiya 645 lenses that fit natively on the Phase cameras but I do not see it happening with the direction they are going.

Sorry, you don't really understand.
Phase One, is all they sell. All their revenue is coming from these digital backs. The units sold are manufactured in very small numbers when compared to any photographic equipment.
Pentax (though still struggling) are getting their income from many other items, SLRs, and lenses. They may be aiming at selling lenses for the 645Z.
Phase one, is a very narrow operation. Changing the photography world, being fair, etc. is not part of what they think.

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2015 at 22:25 UTC
On article Mono a mono: Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) hands-on (716 comments in total)
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deano7000: I may be displaying my ignorance here, but... why? Monochrome? Completely baffles me.

"On the spot? I guess you change mid roll and throw away a lot of film."

Did it a few times, though it wasn't always necessary. I could rewind the film back and restart later from the known frame #
But you are discussing a $3 expense vs. many thousands ...
This type 256 is a limited tool, but everyone is free to decide what they prefer and how to spend their money.
Good Luck!

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2015 at 22:13 UTC
On article Mono a mono: Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) hands-on (716 comments in total)
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deano7000: I may be displaying my ignorance here, but... why? Monochrome? Completely baffles me.

With a film camera, I can switch on the spot to negative color, transparency, etc.. Here it is what it is.

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2015 at 06:22 UTC
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Jim Evidon: What many of you fail to realize is that Leica has no aspirations to be a cookie cutter camera giant. Canon, Nikon (at least some), Olympus and Fuji all make very fine cameras. Leica has never made cameras for the masses. The very first Leica I was unlike any other camera in the world and was predicted to be an absolute failures. So here we are 90 years later and the Leitz/ Leica camera company is still going strong in its own small way. It has a loyal customer base.

Leica knows it's market. Customer relations are excellent, IMO. It is an excellent camera and a unique shooting experience providing superb images again and again.

Will I buy a M240? No. The M9-P satisfies me very much. It is built to last and I love the fact that its functions are basic, and the images are tack sharp with the right balance of contrast and color; that illusive Leica look that non-Leica people believe is a fiction. Believe me, it is very real. The M240 and 240 Monochrom appear to be worthy successors.

Leica has its appeal and I owned two film M cameras. I only felt the need to answer Jim Evidon's post that aims to "educate" illiterate and ignorant photographers from an elitist perspective.
Leitz should be judged (as all other camera makers), with facts and less mysticism. As I said, they struggled for decades bringing little new to the market, regurgitating the same old. And they have their share of reliability issues, some of which are highlighted in that youtube clip, from a Leica lover. We need to look at things as they are and make educated decisions.

Link | Posted on May 1, 2015 at 20:38 UTC
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Jim Evidon: What many of you fail to realize is that Leica has no aspirations to be a cookie cutter camera giant. Canon, Nikon (at least some), Olympus and Fuji all make very fine cameras. Leica has never made cameras for the masses. The very first Leica I was unlike any other camera in the world and was predicted to be an absolute failures. So here we are 90 years later and the Leitz/ Leica camera company is still going strong in its own small way. It has a loyal customer base.

Leica knows it's market. Customer relations are excellent, IMO. It is an excellent camera and a unique shooting experience providing superb images again and again.

Will I buy a M240? No. The M9-P satisfies me very much. It is built to last and I love the fact that its functions are basic, and the images are tack sharp with the right balance of contrast and color; that illusive Leica look that non-Leica people believe is a fiction. Believe me, it is very real. The M240 and 240 Monochrom appear to be worthy successors.

"The M9-P satisfies me very much. It is built to last..."
Speaking of "built to last" here is what a Leica owner and fan had to say about Leica M9 reliability:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5a_Szpfbh20

Link | Posted on May 1, 2015 at 01:46 UTC
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Jim Evidon: What many of you fail to realize is that Leica has no aspirations to be a cookie cutter camera giant. Canon, Nikon (at least some), Olympus and Fuji all make very fine cameras. Leica has never made cameras for the masses. The very first Leica I was unlike any other camera in the world and was predicted to be an absolute failures. So here we are 90 years later and the Leitz/ Leica camera company is still going strong in its own small way. It has a loyal customer base.

Leica knows it's market. Customer relations are excellent, IMO. It is an excellent camera and a unique shooting experience providing superb images again and again.

Will I buy a M240? No. The M9-P satisfies me very much. It is built to last and I love the fact that its functions are basic, and the images are tack sharp with the right balance of contrast and color; that illusive Leica look that non-Leica people believe is a fiction. Believe me, it is very real. The M240 and 240 Monochrom appear to be worthy successors.

"What many of you fail to realize is that Leica has no aspirations to be a cookie cutter camera giant.."

Is that an answer to a question? Apparently you answered a question that haven't being asked...
Just for you to know - Leica survived decades, selling anniversary cameras warped in pink python skin for $30,000 to collectors. (But I have no problem with how they bring in revenue).
Good Luck!

Link | Posted on May 1, 2015 at 01:12 UTC
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Frank_BR: Those guys seem to believe in "Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door".

If they really think they have a good idea, it would be much simpler to sell this idea to Leica than trying to design a camera from scratch.

Man, you don't know anything about this prototype yet you are sure they have to sell it to Leica and Leica is certainly interested...
Did you consider the fact that Leica could have built it themselves and decided in favor of other things?

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 02:18 UTC

Isn't the prize one of those Italian designed wood cameras (lunar, or luna?)

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2015 at 01:00 UTC as 27th comment | 2 replies

People may ridicule these "creations" from Hasselbald, but in essence they are a desperate company. How can any medium format company generate enough cash these days? They have very few options left and the future seems dim.
Purists always miss the good ol days, but is making cameras like in the 1970s going to save Hasselblad and Leica?

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2014 at 23:46 UTC as 57th comment | 3 replies
On article Melt: Portrait of an Iceberg (40 comments in total)
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peterstuckings: What really interests me about this article is what Simon had to do to get DPreview to put his website address right up front and drive potentially a ludicrous amount of traffic to his site. Is there somewhere on this site I can apply to get an article and website mention about my work, please? I expect there's a fee involved but you can't put a price on this kind of PR.

Envy is apparently a very strong motivator...

Link | Posted on May 19, 2014 at 18:50 UTC
On article Cameras get 'smart' to stay competitive (58 comments in total)
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wildwilly: But, how do these devices, cameras and/or wi-fi cards work with tablets? I have no interest in "sending" photos from my cameras to my phone but I do use my tablet as a viewer and storage device while traveling.

Don't understand the question...
iPad and iPhone are (almost) identical. If one works, the other will probably work with WiFi as well.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2012 at 18:58 UTC
On article Cameras get 'smart' to stay competitive (58 comments in total)

I really don't understand why camera manufacturers do not provide full WiFi control over the camera from a device like iPad or similar. The infrastructure exists for a long time already. Tethering via cables is possible, so why not wireless?
Ideally, photographers would like full control over the camera: exposure settings, shooting modes and Live-View with remote focusing. High end cameras in use by pros, should make possible checking focus by zooming in, and triggering the camera when focus is set. Event photographers may want to download images to a remote PC or iPad for backup and review, while they are still shooting.
The only real obstacle to full remote control via wifi may be the limited battery life. Other than that, it is all marketing decisions.

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2012 at 20:32 UTC as 28th comment
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ProfHankD: The FF 24MP sensors are nice... but I don't find them all that compelling on IQ vs. my APS-C 24MP NEX-7 (substitute that for the A77; the sensor does better without the SLT). The difference is minor in JPEGs with the NEX-7 looking particularly good in the graph. In the raw graph, the 24MP D600 is about as much quieter than the pack as the NEX-7 is noisier.

All good, but I'm still looking forward to the 54MP FF you'd get by scaling-up the NEX-7's APS-C 24MP... perhaps that'll be in a FF NEX next year? ;)

I am waiting for 87M pixels from an APC sized sensor. Without 87M, I won't buy any camera!

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2012 at 22:58 UTC
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Dirk67: It is better looking than the Aptus series but the only big important difference is Liveview, which I don't have on my back. Output-wise it may be the same. Can a D800E challenge this? I don't know about the 40Mp but the 80Mp is still miles away. Plus you get a different aspect ratio, which is closer to 4x5 and 8x10 film. Personally I prefer that and with 35mm I would have to crop a lot to get to that aspect ratio. My lab support structure disappeared and I don't even get my 5x7 film anymore. The 80mp back is getting close to LF film, with smooth, detailed files. It can't do anything meaningful above 200 ISO (That's why DXO numbers suffer) but at ISO 50-200 it really pushes out fantastic files. I wish the D800E would give me that detail but it does not. It would save me a lot of money.

Really?
For Pete's sake, why would you mention a 35mm camera (that sells for $3K) next to a $20-30K beast?
Back in the film days, I don'r recall anyone comparing an 8x10 Sinar with his Nikon.
And BTW, I expect images from the 80Mp back to surpass those from LF cameras.

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2012 at 21:41 UTC

This camera is aimed mostly at studio, advertising, fashion and landscape photographers. I have no idea why people jump first at high iso results. Its like saying well, I checked the latest 80Mp digital back from Phase One and its not so good at sports photography. I am not impressed !
The real question about D800 is if it will become the tool of choice for pros who otherwise use a top of the line Canon, or MF. Will those considering buying a 40Mp Hasselblad, Leica S2 or Leaf digital back abandon them in favor of this Nikon? Will pros who currently use EOS 1 in the studio, jump from Canon to Nikon's wagon, while still remaining in "affordable" territory? And no less important to Nikon, will the large prosumer market chose to upgrade current Nikons to D800?

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2012 at 21:47 UTC as 102nd comment
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