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BeaverTerror: Great camera. I might have been in the market for one of these, but in 2014 when Panasonic decided to price their long-anticipated 42.5mm prime at $1600 instead of the expected $1000, I laughed out loud, dumped all my M43 gear, went to Fuji and never looked back. I probably would have paid up to $1300 for that lens. Three years later this lens is now selling for a price of $1225 on Amazon. Losing thousands over three hundred, talk about short sighted greed and stupidity.

This camera is priced almost the same as the Sony A7II. Somebody tell me why a buyer would spend $1700 on this instead of the full frame Sony. The bodies are of comparable size, and the Panasonic's one quarter sized sensor means you have to use a lens two stops faster to achieve the same result, negating any lens weight savings.

And by the way, $1700 is body only for the Panasonic, while the Sony includes a kit lens. The Sony body only is $100 cheaper than the Panasonic.

Except that the G9 is much faster camera and will kill the A7II in video quality. It has 4K 60fps 150M pbs vs the 1080p 50Mpbs with A7II.

Different league entirely.

FF sensor also requires to shoot two stops smaller aperture, if I need as long DOF as with M4/3... not always good thing.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2017 at 06:40 UTC
On article Nikon D850 Review (2116 comments in total)
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Paul20: Interesting camera. I'd be more interested if Nikon produced a decent tilt shift lens to use with it, until then I'm still stuck with Canon/Sony.

As I told, it is unfortunately not as wide as Canon's version. Also, the lack of similar lens mounting brackets makes it not ideal for perfectly aligned shift and stitch operation.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2017 at 19:40 UTC
On article Nikon D850 Review (2116 comments in total)
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Paul20: Interesting camera. I'd be more interested if Nikon produced a decent tilt shift lens to use with it, until then I'm still stuck with Canon/Sony.

@Scottelly

There's really not much lacking with the Canon TS-E 17mm lens. One of the best lenses ever for interior and architecture. Certainly sharp enough for professional use. It's quite disappointing that Nikon didn't release a wide enough UWA PC-E lens.

Also, for Canon only, there's this must have adapter by proPsolution that allows mounting the TS-E 17mm & 24mm lenses directly to a tripod. This allows perfect shift movement by moving only the camera while keeping the lens still. Works like a charm really...AFAIK there's no such solution available for Nikkor PC-E lenses.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2017 at 18:31 UTC
On article Nikon D850 Review (2116 comments in total)
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f100cream: While I can understand Nikon's emphasis on photo image capability (and it is undeniably cutting edge performance), the company can afford to make a few concessions to video users. The most important is the focusing design.

It's not that Nikon lacks the engineering prowess to put out better video. But the company really needs to acknowledge that even hardcore Nikon photo shooters will want to shoot video with at least phase detection focusing. With a high-end model like the D850, the user shouldn't tolerate focus hunting. With the company's current approach to designing DSLRs, they may keep most of their loyal customers but some will inevitably jump ship.

The lack of a built-in flash is a convenience that really shouldn't be taken out if previous flagship models had it. If weather sealing is the issue, then I'm sure NIkon can devise a foolproof cover of some type over the hotshoe.

I bet fixes are planned for future models, though.

I disagree about the built in flash. It's recycling time vs power output was way too long compared to external flashes... so framerate dropped to very slow. Not much use for serious shooting.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2017 at 21:12 UTC
On article Nikon D850 Review (2116 comments in total)
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Olymguy: I have no idea why your review score downplays D850,
Autofocus still clunky! Q; comparing to what?
Snapbridge is still finicky, even for basic image transfer: How many use that?
Subject tracking not quite up to D5 standards! Q; Does D850 supposed to be a D5 clone?
Lens calibration becomes absolutely critical at this resolution, and can be a pain point: That's the lens weak point not the camera. D850 is upfront.
Focus peaking unavailable when shooting 4K video! I leave it to your imagination.
And 89% ! realy? Shall we switch to D750?

Need for lens calibration and accuracy issues is like achilles heel of the PDAF in general. Sensor based focusing is more accurate but sadly Nikon's AF solution is slower than competition.

I just received the D850 and silent shutter and articulating screen make's it almost perfect for live view shooting...only if the AF speed would have been similar to 5DmkIV's dual pixel solution. Maybe little bit faster than D810, but not much.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2017 at 21:06 UTC
On article Nikon D850 added to studio scene comparison (464 comments in total)
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John Koerner: If you put the D850 at ISO 64, it crushes everything else available on the planet.
Including the D810 at ISO 64, the Sony A7rII at 100, and it demolishes the Canon 5DSr.

Only if you need to pull the shadows.

In the meanwhile Canon lens lineup is getting better and better. Five TS-E lenses now in total and 85mm 1.4 IS USM. Its not just camera you know...

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2017 at 05:34 UTC
On article Nikon D850 Review (2116 comments in total)
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Cocktail Time: This is pretty heartbreaking, but having dealt with the issue in the past I've got to say that the moire kills it for me. Most of my work involves product photography and lots of that is packaging and this thing is going to turn anything printed on a 4-color press into a zebra. DL the raw file of the test target and you can see how bad it is in the woodcut. Omitting the low pass filter gives you, in my opinion, a trivial amount of additional resolution but it does me no good if what it resolves is turned into swirls and rainbows.

@Lichtbild

Yes, middle apertures are usually the worst, but stepping down doesn't help always. With the D810 I've seen moire often even with f11, and don't want to use much smaller than that.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2017 at 06:23 UTC
On article Nikon D850 Review (2116 comments in total)
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Cocktail Time: This is pretty heartbreaking, but having dealt with the issue in the past I've got to say that the moire kills it for me. Most of my work involves product photography and lots of that is packaging and this thing is going to turn anything printed on a 4-color press into a zebra. DL the raw file of the test target and you can see how bad it is in the woodcut. Omitting the low pass filter gives you, in my opinion, a trivial amount of additional resolution but it does me no good if what it resolves is turned into swirls and rainbows.

I agree 100% with you. Landscape photos might benefit of extra detail, but otherwise I don't understand the lust for removing AA filter. Omitting AA filter creates too much post-processing difficulties in many cases.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2017 at 16:41 UTC
On article Nikon D850 Review (2116 comments in total)
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Slapstick Noir: I'm looking at the prices of both D850(3.3k) and 5DIV(3.5k) here, at the amazon links DP provides, and then I look at the features and sensor performance of the two... and a very serious question arises:
Who, in their right mind, would ever pick the mark IV over the D850? For what possible reason? What am I missing here: better IQ; better AF(wanna bet?); deeper buffer; better battery life; no AA filter; xqd slot; tilting screen?
Why pay more for less?

In my country it is currently 3995 eur for D850, and 3260 eur for 5D mk IV, so completely opposite situation.

Luckily was able to pick 5D mk IV & battery back combo for 3150 eur in June. Very good deal and very happy with the camera.

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2017 at 18:01 UTC
On article Canon unveils stabilized EF 85mm F1.4L lens (531 comments in total)
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DBCossini: That is all fine and dandy, but what about making a full frame camera that comes near the Nikon D850, that blows away anything Canon makes? What happened to you Canon??? your sensors are pure crap for todays standards.

Few more stops? I was talking about 5D mk VI which is at most 2/3 stop behind D810. Not several stops. You should update your knowledge.

Removal of AA filter is not always good because there's often lot of moire and false color effects which mean extra post-processing.

2 fps more speed is available only with costly accessories. No true Wifi or GPS.

Link | Posted on Sep 1, 2017 at 05:22 UTC
On article Canon unveils stabilized EF 85mm F1.4L lens (531 comments in total)
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DBCossini: That is all fine and dandy, but what about making a full frame camera that comes near the Nikon D850, that blows away anything Canon makes? What happened to you Canon??? your sensors are pure crap for todays standards.

I believe D850 too has touch focus. But without DPAF it will be slower.

Link | Posted on Sep 1, 2017 at 04:31 UTC
On article Canon unveils stabilized EF 85mm F1.4L lens (531 comments in total)
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DBCossini: That is all fine and dandy, but what about making a full frame camera that comes near the Nikon D850, that blows away anything Canon makes? What happened to you Canon??? your sensors are pure crap for todays standards.

5D mkIV is very fine camera, and has true Wifi (no gimmicks), GPS, DPAF with excellent IQ and decent DR. Canon lens lineup is at the moment best in the market IMO.

D850 has basically more resolution, 1/2-2/3 stop better DR and non-crop 4k video. Faster framerate after spending 1000 eur more to extra accessories.

Link | Posted on Aug 31, 2017 at 13:33 UTC
On article Should you upgrade to a Nikon D850? (663 comments in total)
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Joed700: Should I upgrade? This is a rather difficult question, because having the D810, D750, D600 and 6D made me realize that there is a catch to everything. I find myself always shooting with a 20ish MP body, and I rarely take out my D810 because more MP slows down my work flow. On top of that, unless I use VR lenses/tripod, I ended up with less keepers, especially shooting longer focal length lenses at wide aperture. Indoors shooting is out of the question for me; I wouldn't push the ISO on the D810 beyond ISO 1600. That's just from the technical aspect of my own debate, and the reliability issues on Nikon bodies certainly is a minus for me; I had the D600 and still own the D750..

With 45 MP on the D850, the mentioned issues will only get more challenging for sure. If I'm a videographer, this is a no-brainer...you get the best of both worlds.

I would need to see the high ISO performance results from either DXO Mark or equivalent, and that's is going to be a major deciding factor.

I guess you could shoot with the 25MP RAW mode then, and enjoy other improvements like better AF and much faster frame rate.

Link | Posted on Aug 31, 2017 at 09:17 UTC
On article Canon unveils stabilized EF 85mm F1.4L lens (531 comments in total)
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Arca45Swiss: Canon has great lenses too bad their cameras are so far behind the leaders

Not that far behind. I find the 5D mk IV very strong performing camera overall.

Excellent image quality with very good dynamic range, DPAF, fully functional Wifi, GPS, 7 fps speed. With this lens it will be killer combo for professional portraiture.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2017 at 20:14 UTC
On article Canon unveils stabilized EF 85mm F1.4L lens (531 comments in total)
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breschdlingsgsaelz: I wonder what you need an IS is a 85 f1.4 for? That one will be used for portraits mainly and wide open. I never missed an IS in my 85 1.8 even in low light situations.

What I would buy immediately would be an extender compatible 200mm f2.8 with IS. There it would be very useful and the 70-200 is much too big to haul around in many cases.

High resolution sensors show easily small blur even with higher shutter speeds.

IS and weather sealing makes this perfect lens for portraiture outside the studio.

Canon really has a killer lens lineup now compared to Nikon.

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2017 at 09:35 UTC
On article Nikon D850: First full-res sample images (362 comments in total)
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Sdaniella: higher rez ... great for day+night light landscape ... for all the desired details

higher rez ... great for high detail products ...

BUT
higher rez ... is going to make portraiture a nightmare in two (or more) ways:

1) for "beauty" shots (girls) WITHOUT make-up, her NATURAL FLAWS will stand out, and the photographer is going to either heavily photoshop it away (extra unwanted work), or excessively downsize the image, or both

2) for "beauty" shots (girls) WITH make-up, her MAKE-UP flaws will stand out, and the photographer is going to either heavily photoshop it away (extra unwanted work), or excessively downsize the image, or both, as well as her make-up artist will get extra unwanted work to ensure "flawless" near-photoshop make-up application

3) higher rez sensors with tinier CoC will have SHALLOWER DoF ... the subject will seem always "mostly oof" even if ONE eye is in-focus, even with narrower aperture diameters ... and only a huge image downsize can hide it

ah ... 40+ mp ...

Of course they claim so... but in reality it's just matter of detail size, pixel size, lens sharpness and aperture.

So higher density helps when there's moire present with lower megapixel camera, when photo is shot from exactly same position. But moire may appear elsewhere in the image depending on magnification and detail size.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2017 at 12:49 UTC
On article Nikon D850: First full-res sample images (362 comments in total)
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Sdaniella: higher rez ... great for day+night light landscape ... for all the desired details

higher rez ... great for high detail products ...

BUT
higher rez ... is going to make portraiture a nightmare in two (or more) ways:

1) for "beauty" shots (girls) WITHOUT make-up, her NATURAL FLAWS will stand out, and the photographer is going to either heavily photoshop it away (extra unwanted work), or excessively downsize the image, or both

2) for "beauty" shots (girls) WITH make-up, her MAKE-UP flaws will stand out, and the photographer is going to either heavily photoshop it away (extra unwanted work), or excessively downsize the image, or both, as well as her make-up artist will get extra unwanted work to ensure "flawless" near-photoshop make-up application

3) higher rez sensors with tinier CoC will have SHALLOWER DoF ... the subject will seem always "mostly oof" even if ONE eye is in-focus, even with narrower aperture diameters ... and only a huge image downsize can hide it

ah ... 40+ mp ...

Yeah, and that's the exact reason for my opinion :D

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2017 at 11:45 UTC
On article Nikon D850: First full-res sample images (362 comments in total)
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Sdaniella: higher rez ... great for day+night light landscape ... for all the desired details

higher rez ... great for high detail products ...

BUT
higher rez ... is going to make portraiture a nightmare in two (or more) ways:

1) for "beauty" shots (girls) WITHOUT make-up, her NATURAL FLAWS will stand out, and the photographer is going to either heavily photoshop it away (extra unwanted work), or excessively downsize the image, or both

2) for "beauty" shots (girls) WITH make-up, her MAKE-UP flaws will stand out, and the photographer is going to either heavily photoshop it away (extra unwanted work), or excessively downsize the image, or both, as well as her make-up artist will get extra unwanted work to ensure "flawless" near-photoshop make-up application

3) higher rez sensors with tinier CoC will have SHALLOWER DoF ... the subject will seem always "mostly oof" even if ONE eye is in-focus, even with narrower aperture diameters ... and only a huge image downsize can hide it

ah ... 40+ mp ...

Extra resolution is not that bad, but removal of sensor AA-filter is IMO not that good idea for portraiture & fashion.

Without it, there's very often moire somewhere in clothing or hair. Skin details are so sharp that they require softening. AA-filter will smooth out things nicely.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2017 at 08:20 UTC
On article Hands on: Nikon D850 (372 comments in total)
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John: My question of the day is how well does this camera handle critical manual focusing? Not all good lenes are autofocus. Especially when we're talking 47mpix. I dont think focus peaking works consistently for this task either so I hope there's more in store.

Critical manual focus with 45MPIX sensor while using OVF? Just forget it...at least with apertures faster than f2.8.

The most accurate method to focus is to use live view and zoom in. Lack of EVF means this is usable only for certain situations. Lack of DPAF or similar tech makes focusing slow even with AF lenses, even if it's more accurate than using OVF.

Given the tilting screen, silent electonic shutter in live view etc. there's still room for focusing improvements in the next generation model.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2017 at 05:58 UTC
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D135ima: How will Canon respond to this ? An emergency update throughout the year ? Reduced price on 5d4 ?
No. No way. Canon likes to keep a good face in a bad game. We know this on many examples.
This camera does not compete with 5d4. This camera crushes 5d4, breaks into small pieces. Maybe next year, Nikon will release a camera in the 2000-2400$ segment. And it will compete with 5d4.

@fatdeeman

Excuse me, but when was that happening? :D :D

Canon 5D series live view implementation has been one or two steaps ahead of Nikon since 5D mk II (2008?). That model even had EFCS many years before D810.

Also LV blackout time between frames has been much shorter for ages. With D800 that was horrible 2-3s before camera became usable again.

Now, given Nikon's 3 years product cycle, usable AF solution for LV shooting will lag several years behind Canon.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2017 at 10:16 UTC
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