designdog

designdog

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Joined on Jun 3, 2002

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Does it make any difference if the battery is in the camera or not? If so, it would be a simple fix to have travelers remove the batteries from their devices prior to going through security...

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2017 at 18:29 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply

I know a lot of pros and good photographers who, like me, never really liked Lightroom and use Bridge/Photoshop for everything. Don’t see that going away...

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2017 at 13:25 UTC as 66th comment | 1 reply
In reply to:

designdog: Unless I made a mistake (entirely possible) Adobe is not offering "Lightroom CC" to existing Creative cloud All Apps subscribers. My only download/upgrade options are for the Classic version...

Nope. Not there either...

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2017 at 14:25 UTC

Unless I made a mistake (entirely possible) Adobe is not offering "Lightroom CC" to existing Creative cloud All Apps subscribers. My only download/upgrade options are for the Classic version...

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2017 at 14:13 UTC as 303rd comment | 3 replies
On article Nikon D850 Review (2116 comments in total)
In reply to:

caravan: Could this be the last great mirror box cameras ?

Fine job Nikon.

You overlook the benefits of the DSLR, a major one being the ability to actually see the image through the lens, as opposed to viewing it on a baby monitor in the eyepiece. Someday there will be a bluetooth display you will wear like glasses, separate from the camera. Or maybe you will be able to take the photo from home, while the camera travels like a drone...

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2017 at 15:53 UTC
On article Nikon D850 Review (2116 comments in total)

Perhaps a dumb question, but how about high resolution sensors and the tiniest camera shake? Yes, I know it is autofocus, but there is a tiny piece of time between focus confirmation and shutter release - especially if you are doing back button AF. Probably impacts the D850 more than my D5, on primes with no stabilization, at wide apertures.

Were these shots nailed down on a tripod...?

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2017 at 03:06 UTC as 191st comment | 3 replies
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Albert Silver: Given that the hardware is identical, unless Nikon is being coy about some detail, then could it be something in the software that can be corrected in a firmware update?

The hardware is not identical. Nikon refers to the “technology” not the actual hardware...

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2017 at 14:58 UTC
On article Nikon D850 added to studio scene comparison (464 comments in total)
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King of Song: It seems to me that there are a lot of disingenuous people here.... For example "a new camera is announced, the same day the manufacture announces a forthcoming release, people here say they already have it, or have had it."

With this studio scene comparison, clearly the Nikon D850 smokes all of it's competitors. I have looked at the results on two different computers. The Sony A7R II is close, but not as good. Canon's 50mp cameras are close at ISO 100, but get destroyed at higher ISO's. For the moment Nikon has taken the lead for full frame 35mm cameras.

This is the one aspect of photography that is not subjective. The technical aspect is objective. This studio scene comparison is not a photo contest, it is an objective technical test.

I sure don’t see the IQ results you do, and I have 5k and Adobe colorspace monitors. Resolution yes. But who really needs it - for the price you pay? A handful of studio and landscape guys who print large. This camera is way over hyped...

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2017 at 11:47 UTC
On article Nikon D850 added to studio scene comparison (464 comments in total)
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shooter45: My D750 beats the D850 in the ISO department. There are 3 very important things that I look in any camera : ISO performance ( the best is the D5 ), Speed ( the best is the D5 ) and AF performance ( the best is still the D5 ).
Resolution is just for those who would like to printout wall size pictures. Between 4x6 and even 8x10, you won't see any difference between a 24 or 46 mega pixels.
So, can my D750 and my D500 do what the D850 can do ? Hell yeah .... you name it : macro, studio, portrait, sport ( indoor and outdoor ), architecture, street, etc, etc. ...
... so what is the whole deal about it ?
However, If you switch the D850 to DX mode, you will get 20 mp and this is nice. Other than that, nothing impressive IMHO. If you buy it, be prepare to have tons of external hard drives to store your pics. With enough dollars, I will go for the D5 and will sell my D750. Period.

Good comments. Remember too the requirement for lenses and camera shake.

I am loving the D5...

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2017 at 11:42 UTC
On article Nikon D850 added to studio scene comparison (464 comments in total)
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Dante Birchen: I can only see the sensor gaining traction over the K-1 (which is a little better than de D810) from iso 51200, becoming more obvious at 102400. At these ISO's there is already so much noise they are only practical for small magnifications. The Nikon D5 has less colour noise but not more detail at high iso. But the files are probably easier to work with in post. So for extremely high iso shooting a D5 would be preferable. A camera like the A7S shows it is not really useful as a high iso stills camera. There isn't less noise despite the larger pixels but detail suffers a lot. Probably caused by a warmer sensor. DSLRS are better for still photography.

The D5 has an aa filter, unlike the D850, D810. You need to apply capture sharpening.

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2017 at 11:40 UTC
On article Domke F-803 and F-5XB review (73 comments in total)

Here is an idea. Most shoulder bags do not fit pro bodies (Nikon D5 for example.) When you find one it is huge. Think Tank makes a small bag that fits a pro body only. You could get one of those, get the Domke for three lenses, and be in business.

I never put my camera body back in the bag until I am finished shooting. Having two bags (you can leave the body bag in the car) may seem much, but it is better than the cumbersome pro bags...

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2017 at 12:53 UTC as 33rd comment | 2 replies
On article Nikon D3: The camera that changed everything (290 comments in total)

I have always felt there was something about that 12MP sensor that just made really great images. I have a "new" D3s alongside my D4, D810, and Df. The D3s is the camera I prefer. The most solid, best color (Df is second) and those files sharpen up most pleasingly without the tight edges of the more recent models. Mine's got only 14k actuations: what a camera!

Link | Posted on May 25, 2017 at 18:54 UTC as 73rd comment
On article Hopes of Kodachrome relaunch put on ice (165 comments in total)
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cdembrey: Since this was posted a few hours ago, 25% of the people who would be interested in Kodachrome have died of old age.

Funny comment, but you are missing something. The vast majority of film shooters, at least in the US, are under 50 - probably under 40. I certainly don't qualify, but I see three young folks for every old guy I see shooting film or bringing it to the local lab.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2017 at 14:41 UTC
On article Benchmark Performance: Nikon D810 review (2004 comments in total)

I have read this review several times, and have posted this question elsewhere on DPReview, but no one seems to get it:

Based upon the reviewer's observation of ISO 64 tonal range potential, what implications/suggestions to general use of the camera? I.E. set it at ISO 64, not auto ISO, and prepare to recover from the dark tones?

It is one thing to review a camera. Even better would be to tell us how to best enjoy it...

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2016 at 14:27 UTC as 46th comment | 2 replies
On article Benchmark Performance: Nikon D810 review (2004 comments in total)

Excellent review, but how does this change the shooting technique for an owner? I have found that my D810 seems to overexpose about ⅓ stop with my Zeiss 35 1.4. Maybe a bit more. but I am always able to bring detail out of the shadows when I shoot with a minus ⅓-⅔ stop adjustment - quite a lot of detail, actually. Of course at that point my ISO is well over 64...

Link | Posted on May 12, 2016 at 19:21 UTC as 126th comment
On article Sony may split off its imaging products business (71 comments in total)

For many reasons, companies venture into integrated back stream supply. At some point the "supply" entity can become more or less strategic, more or less profitable, more or less resource dependent.

When you strip the overall contributions to and from this entity, and look at it on its own, it sometimes makes sense to split it out. If the entity is doing poorly, you let it stand on its own and fail. If it is doing well, you sell it with right of supply contracts.

Business 101.

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2016 at 14:03 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
On article Primer: Why would I buy a mirrorless camera? (562 comments in total)
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designdog: Some of the basic pros/con for mirrorless seem unfairly skewed in this review. First, the size and weight issue. While it is true that camera size favors the mirrorless, when you factor in the size of the top lenses, the entire package weight and size difference becomes less significant. Also there is the ergonomics of a small(er) camera with a heavy lens to consider.

The "in the shot" feeling of shooting with a DSLR vs a mirrorless EV is also downplayed. Perhaps for those shooting sports and family action, but for images where composition and contemplation are important, the EV just did not cut it for me.

I tried an Alpha 7R II for a few months, and sold it to get a D810. thankfully I kept all of my F mount glass...

I use a DF for low light and portraits. works great with the 58mm 1.4G

One of my basic requirements is full-frame...

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2015 at 15:09 UTC
On article Primer: Why would I buy a mirrorless camera? (562 comments in total)

Some of the basic pros/con for mirrorless seem unfairly skewed in this review. First, the size and weight issue. While it is true that camera size favors the mirrorless, when you factor in the size of the top lenses, the entire package weight and size difference becomes less significant. Also there is the ergonomics of a small(er) camera with a heavy lens to consider.

The "in the shot" feeling of shooting with a DSLR vs a mirrorless EV is also downplayed. Perhaps for those shooting sports and family action, but for images where composition and contemplation are important, the EV just did not cut it for me.

I tried an Alpha 7R II for a few months, and sold it to get a D810. thankfully I kept all of my F mount glass...

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2015 at 15:22 UTC as 21st comment | 2 replies

I am not spending that kind of money for a camera keeps me from a true raw image. I don't care whether I can see it or not. If I cared about that, I would still be shooting 16MPX images.

Don't make excuses like "you really can't see it" or, "it really doesn't matter." That is condescending. What kind of thinking would have you introduce a high end camera with all those bells and whistles, yet cripple the output?

Do you like your Porsche that can go 200mph, or your Range Rover that excels off road? Let me (or the government) decide how far to take the technology...

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2015 at 13:23 UTC as 131st comment | 4 replies

Why is this a big deal? What is the real benefit of a mirrorless camera of this level versus a DSLR (when one is offered) similarly equipped?

-size/weight? When this lens is added not a big difference, and I don't see why DSLRs can't be made lighter/smaller.

-features? No reason a DSLR could not have all of this features when Sony releases the sensor, plus the better viewfinder experience.

To me it is one camera vs another camera: a D810 vs a A7R II, for example...

Link | Posted on Aug 31, 2015 at 13:45 UTC as 29th comment
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