rkodama1

Lives in United States Southern, United States
Joined on Apr 25, 2004

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Unless there is a minimum 1 stop improvement in DR at base ISO, I am not buying the X.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2017 at 02:55 UTC as 108th comment | 1 reply

Nikon's recent operating profits have been dismal and unless they are able to shore it up, they could be in serious financial trouble in the near future. I assume that they sunk a ton of R&D dollars into the D850 and are selling it at relatively thin margins with the hope that volume will make up the dollars. If they run into any kind of design/quality hiccups this could be the beginning of the end. Here's to hoping they have a successful launch and future.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2017 at 02:37 UTC as 29th comment | 2 replies

Great balanced perspective of considerations in product features/benefits and the challenges and/or missteps in product differentiation. There is a delicate balance between what to provide in a camera body and achieving your revenue and profit targets. Not an easy thing and each company will go to market with a different strategy depending on their market position, technology, etc. As consumers, it is great that we have so many different camera system options although I fear that some of the competition will eventually be squeezed out.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2017 at 19:49 UTC as 33rd comment

Another example of how antiquated our laws are in today's world. In any case, I am not letting my cat anywhere near my camera.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2017 at 15:25 UTC as 101st comment | 1 reply

Awesome! About 20 minute drive for me. Unfortunately I don't need anything fixed these days but back in the day I had both a 24-70 2.8L and 70-200 2.8L that had to have multiple service visits and driving to Orange County was painful.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2017 at 00:41 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply

Technologically impressive body. Mediocre system.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2017 at 13:52 UTC as 140th comment | 6 replies
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2750 comments in total)
In reply to:

Androole: The thing that most people don't seem to be discussing is price point. The AF tracking may not be as supremely perfect as the D5 (though apparently just as good as the 1DX II), but in terms of market segmentation, at $4500 this is closer to the $3500 5D IV than it is to the $6000 1DX II.

So yeah, you should expect some trade-offs. But maybe it would be interesting to also seem comparisons to the more "mid-range" Canon and Nikon FF DSLRs (5D IV and D750) rather than just the ultimate top-of-the-line $6K pro beasts. Maybe the outcomes would be the same, but I think it would be very illustrative...

Presumably there will be a Nikon D760 at some point soon, possibly with the D5 AF system. But we can also count on such a camera coming in at least $2500, given the general trend in camera pricing. Maybe a D620 will materialize to move into the D750 slot. Prices sure aren't going to come down, that's for certain...

Pricing is not necessarily how the market should be segmented in this case. Sony is targeting the 1DX and D5 segment. They have aggressively priced the body to lower the entry price to capture short term market share. Let's see what happens.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2017 at 20:42 UTC

DPR - if you are going to continue this series of articles of switching brands/gears, I would like to see a survey of pro's that are actually planning to switch from Canikon to Sony. I anticipate this to be a very small number. I would also like to see feedback on what changes/offerings that Sony would have to make to entice photographers to switch brands. Your two articles highlight that just having a high performance, technological marvel is just one aspect of switching brands but other considerations will have greater influence on actually transitioning to different gear. Sony has a major uphill battle in the pro action market.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 14:44 UTC as 173rd comment | 1 reply
On article Canon will add C-Log to the EOS 5D Mark IV for $99 (464 comments in total)
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moimoi: Ouch! Not that I care for that feature but the concept of charging for an upgrade is fundamentally wrong, specially at 3.5 kUSD. That attitude may drive current and potential customers away from Canon, specially with the rise of the Sony E-mount. Hopefully they will rectify this, and will make that upgrade for free. This is the LEAST they could do for their customers. Canon, you ought to make your customers happy! This is probably the lesson that needs to be learned over the C-log upgrade.

Sony sometimes doesn't even offer minor upgrades. They have you buy a new camera if you want additional features/functions.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 19:49 UTC

I have a 3 year old solar panel charger that can be hung off any backpack or used stand alone. I don't see any advantages to this product.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 13:57 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
On article Canon EOS 7D Mark II: A professional's opinion (502 comments in total)

Yet another blatant example of Canon crippling their non-pro cameras. How long do we have to wait until the 7D series gets a state-of-the-art voice recorder?

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2014 at 19:28 UTC as 142nd comment | 2 replies
On article Rumors hint at pair of new Canon lenses (56 comments in total)

If these lenses are going to be officially announced soon then DPR already has the information. They are using a loophole (in the form of quoting a "rumor site") to unofficially announce the lenses without breaking any confidentiality agreement. Very clever indeed.

Link | Posted on May 13, 2014 at 03:29 UTC as 7th comment
On article 8 months with the Vanguard Up-Rise 33 camera bag (49 comments in total)

I'm a fan of Vanguard products. They do not have a high profile name but they make both quality bags and tripods. I have an Uprise 38 and have used it for business trips as well as a general work bag. It is well made, has tons of pockets, expandable and has a professional clean look. Glad to see Vanguard getting some visibility here.

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2013 at 01:14 UTC as 28th comment
On article Roger Cicala compares three 24-70mm F2.8 lenses (142 comments in total)
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marike6: What did we learn? That the 24-70 Nikkor is still the best standard zoom money can buy, the D800E the highest resolving camera DSLR in existence, and that the Tamron 24-70 VC, especially on the D800, is a great value.

What did we learn? That people will continue to believe what they want to believe regardless of what the information and data show.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2013 at 14:06 UTC
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