DarkShift

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On article Nikon announces development of D850 (489 comments in total)
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DarkShift: I very much hope the D850 would also have sensor based AF like in 5D mk IV. Very useful for video and live view stills shooting.

Also 16-bit sensor is on my wishlist but maybe in the next model after this one.

And IBIS we can forget at this point as I think it requires EVF to be really useful. Hybrid viewfinder with both optical and EVF would be cool if possible.

For high contrast scenes every stop of DR counts and makes post-processing easier.

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2017 at 07:12 UTC
On article Ten things we're hoping for from the Nikon D850 (409 comments in total)
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ovlov: Canon's about to fall behind again.

Well... I have both the D810 and 5D mk IV.

What Nikon needs to introduce IMO is sensor based AF similar to Canon's dualpixel AF. Excellend for video and live view shooting.

Integrated wifi and GPS would be good but Nikon propably wants to milk pro photographers with their nearly 1000 eur external wifi solution :/

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2017 at 06:03 UTC
On article Nikon announces development of D850 (489 comments in total)

I very much hope the D850 would also have sensor based AF like in 5D mk IV. Very useful for video and live view stills shooting.

Also 16-bit sensor is on my wishlist but maybe in the next model after this one.

And IBIS we can forget at this point as I think it requires EVF to be really useful. Hybrid viewfinder with both optical and EVF would be cool if possible.

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2017 at 05:51 UTC as 21st comment | 7 replies

Lack of decent DR is truly disappointing here.

The 5D mk IV has so much better DR with better resolution. Also first Canon DSRL with almost as good DR compared to other top models.

Why did Canon choose to cripple performance of lower cost model so much. I don't really understand.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 06:34 UTC as 121st comment | 3 replies
On article DPReview on TWiT: Is the Sony a9 worth $4500? (223 comments in total)
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DarkShift: I think Sony is a bit too optimistic with the pricing as the A9 sells for whopping 5300 eur in my country. Compared to other options out there, that makes only sense if one really needs silent shutter and 20FPS speed for professional use.

At the moment, the 5D IV can be had for around 3150 eur with battery back. It has better overall IQ and excellent AF system with dual pixel AF. The dynamic range has improved a lot compared to previous generations, whereas the A9's fully electronic shutter seems a step backward.

For use with EF lenses 5DIV is obviously a more robust choice. Adapters are not that practical.

Naturally would be more interested about hi-res model A9r, but it will most likely have even higher price tag. My guess is ca. 5900 eur =)

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2017 at 22:05 UTC
On article DPReview on TWiT: Is the Sony a9 worth $4500? (223 comments in total)
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DarkShift: I think Sony is a bit too optimistic with the pricing as the A9 sells for whopping 5300 eur in my country. Compared to other options out there, that makes only sense if one really needs silent shutter and 20FPS speed for professional use.

At the moment, the 5D IV can be had for around 3150 eur with battery back. It has better overall IQ and excellent AF system with dual pixel AF. The dynamic range has improved a lot compared to previous generations, whereas the A9's fully electronic shutter seems a step backward.

For use with EF lenses 5DIV is obviously a more robust choice. Adapters are not that practical.

@RubberDials

What is so weird about that? For a pro who don't need those features, the A9 don't make much sense compared to other camera bodies.

A7rII may be allright for its IQ, but the user interface is not particularly great and its battery life sucks. Also, using adapters for EF lenses is not so good solution...they often may not be correctly produced to the standards and might be a bit too loose, too tight, or slightly tilted. Had 1st gen A7r at some point and have gone through that show.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2017 at 21:46 UTC
On article DPReview on TWiT: Is the Sony a9 worth $4500? (223 comments in total)
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DarkShift: I think Sony is a bit too optimistic with the pricing as the A9 sells for whopping 5300 eur in my country. Compared to other options out there, that makes only sense if one really needs silent shutter and 20FPS speed for professional use.

At the moment, the 5D IV can be had for around 3150 eur with battery back. It has better overall IQ and excellent AF system with dual pixel AF. The dynamic range has improved a lot compared to previous generations, whereas the A9's fully electronic shutter seems a step backward.

For use with EF lenses 5DIV is obviously a more robust choice. Adapters are not that practical.

@Rdefen

I was speaking about dynamic range of the A9. No improvement due to the eletronic shutter.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2017 at 21:36 UTC
On article DPReview on TWiT: Is the Sony a9 worth $4500? (223 comments in total)

I think Sony is a bit too optimistic with the pricing as the A9 sells for whopping 5300 eur in my country. Compared to other options out there, that makes only sense if one really needs silent shutter and 20FPS speed for professional use.

At the moment, the 5D IV can be had for around 3150 eur with battery back. It has better overall IQ and excellent AF system with dual pixel AF. The dynamic range has improved a lot compared to previous generations, whereas the A9's fully electronic shutter seems a step backward.

For use with EF lenses 5DIV is obviously a more robust choice. Adapters are not that practical.

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2017 at 09:49 UTC as 20th comment | 6 replies
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Stitzer23: A 4 year reality TV episode begins.

Yeah, after first weekend in power, Trump and his team seems to be even more idiotic and chaotic than I ever thought they could be. Constant arguing with media about things everybody can see with their own eyes will end being very embarassing experience for him, and USA.

Similar to mr. Putin's ultranationalistic regime, one can find the truth just by thinking of complete opposite of what they preach people. Everytime I chose to follow this logic, I realized the real course of things behind Putin's lies (fe. about war in Ukraine, shootdown of MH17, massive state controlled doping scandal etc.). All were later confirmed by western media.

So if Putins says that Russia was never involved in US election hacking, well you got the picture.

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2017 at 07:34 UTC
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DarkShift: "That must be user error. Warranty will not cover."

That's my experience with Apple products.

I said the device was not dropped or any external force applied that I know of. I bet the screen glass would have broken too, if that was the case.

The alu frame must be too thin by design, or incorrecly produced. The device should obviously not get bent like that in normal use.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2017 at 17:09 UTC
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DarkShift: Nikon bragging their gear is being used for live streaming of one of the most dumpest man in history?

If this is not FAKE news, I'm considering selling my Nikon gear after reading this. Every single piece of them.

Tsar Putin may have some spare lens caps for free.

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2017 at 13:12 UTC

Nikon bragging their gear is being used for live streaming of one of the most dumpest man in history?

If this is not FAKE news, I'm considering selling my Nikon gear after reading this. Every single piece of them.

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2017 at 06:50 UTC as 70th comment | 5 replies
On article Sigma 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art Lens Review (274 comments in total)
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DMichael17: Had hoped to approach the Canon 11-24 Zoom at less money. Should have known. All I can say is that the Canon is absolutely fantastic, every time. Have rented through lensrentals.com for architectural work. Performance across the frame is pretty stunning. Can rent a number of times before paying for either. Might be worth trying Sigma before buying, but for my money, it's Canon based on this.

Btw. there is recent comparison of UWA zooms by Robert Cigala out there. Basically the Sigma competes very well with the Canon 11-24 at the widest setting. Just where it matters most for this kind of lens.

For achitecture the Sigma provides very low distortion and very low CA leves. Easy to work with less post-processing needed.

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2017 at 12:36 UTC
On article Sigma 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art Lens Review (274 comments in total)
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DarkShift: I think this review might be too concerned about performance at the longer end. That makes not much sense to me because most would buy ultra wide lens for its performance at the wide end. There's better options for 24mm focal length anyway (that allows use of filters etc).

I've got this lens for the D810 and will use it mainly at 12-20mm focal lengths stopped down to f8-11. The Nikon will autofocus in stopped down mode in live view. The Sigma can produce almost distortion and CA free images without need for much post-processing, which is always better. Correcting heavy distortion reduces focal length also, which is not so good if you need wider view. Flare performance seems to be excellent, and better than with the EF 11-24mm (according to Lenstip).

Field curvature and focus shifting might produce some headache, but for best results focusing with live view is the way to go anyway.

Not the Canon 11-24, but have read the reviews and have examined samples.

I use the Sigma 12-24mm with my Nikon D810 for landscapes and architecture. Definitely worth it for its excellent wide end performance, and very low distortion and CA. Combined with ISO64 of the D810 it gives very smooth images with great dynamic range.

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2017 at 12:27 UTC
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dark goob: In fact I think this is an irresponsible headline on DPreview's part. It doesn't guve any context to the problem and makes it sound like a very widespread problem, when it may have been a tiny handful of devices with a faulty component.

How many reports are we talking here? 5 or 10 out of millions? Is that even worth reporting, since surely there are normally at least that many defective units in ANY run of cameras from ANY manufacturer?

Or is it that DPreview, being owned by Amazon, is deliberately trying to smear Apple's reputation?

Apple fanboys :D I can't believe how one corporation has so many blind followers.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2017 at 07:41 UTC
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DarkShift: "That must be user error. Warranty will not cover."

That's my experience with Apple products.

I have iPad Air 2 with bent frame (like banana). Not dropped or hit with something. No other measured damages, glass is scratch free, everything works. Battery was tested.

I guess it is a result of too slim & weak design and choice of materials (alu frame with glass). Never had this kind of problems with "plastic" devices (Samsung, LG etc) which I've even dropped to ground several times. Also most all people I've known having iPhone 4 has had the glass broken at some point. Not a sign of robust devices...

Maybe Apple has better customer service in USA. Here it seems mediocre (or they don't want to admit that iPad would have design fault).

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2017 at 07:30 UTC
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DarkShift: "That must be user error. Warranty will not cover."

That's my experience with Apple products.

"Maybe the problem is you."

That's what they suggested, too. Apple's warranty will not cover any physical damage, because their devices are apparently built faultless. Well, according to their engineers anyway.

Link | Posted on Dec 30, 2016 at 20:10 UTC

"That must be user error. Warranty will not cover."

That's my experience with Apple products.

Link | Posted on Dec 30, 2016 at 15:52 UTC as 31st comment | 16 replies
On article Sigma 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art Lens Review (274 comments in total)
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DarkShift: I think this review might be too concerned about performance at the longer end. That makes not much sense to me because most would buy ultra wide lens for its performance at the wide end. There's better options for 24mm focal length anyway (that allows use of filters etc).

I've got this lens for the D810 and will use it mainly at 12-20mm focal lengths stopped down to f8-11. The Nikon will autofocus in stopped down mode in live view. The Sigma can produce almost distortion and CA free images without need for much post-processing, which is always better. Correcting heavy distortion reduces focal length also, which is not so good if you need wider view. Flare performance seems to be excellent, and better than with the EF 11-24mm (according to Lenstip).

Field curvature and focus shifting might produce some headache, but for best results focusing with live view is the way to go anyway.

Ultra wide zoom is completely different thing than a 70-200mm lens and used for different situations. With telephoto zoom the longer portion of zoom range is the most interesting and should be the most used, with UWA zoom the wider end. Otherwise the choice of instrument might have been wrong. One doesn't buy a 70-200mm for shooting mostly at 70mm setting. It just don't make sense to me.

For "fast situations" the optical quality of the Sigma 12-24 @ 24mm is certainly good enough. It has much better corner resolution and less distortion than 24-105mm zoom lenses.

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2016 at 19:18 UTC
On article Sigma 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art Lens Review (274 comments in total)

I think this review might be too concerned about performance at the longer end. That makes not much sense to me because most would buy ultra wide lens for its performance at the wide end. There's better options for 24mm focal length anyway (that allows use of filters etc).

I've got this lens for the D810 and will use it mainly at 12-20mm focal lengths stopped down to f8-11. The Nikon will autofocus in stopped down mode in live view. The Sigma can produce almost distortion and CA free images without need for much post-processing, which is always better. Correcting heavy distortion reduces focal length also, which is not so good if you need wider view. Flare performance seems to be excellent, and better than with the EF 11-24mm (according to Lenstip).

Field curvature and focus shifting might produce some headache, but for best results focusing with live view is the way to go anyway.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2016 at 07:25 UTC as 18th comment | 11 replies
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