Dibyendu Majumdar

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I think that the camera industry is just right-sizing.
To get an idea of what sales used to be like before the digital boom have a look at http://www.photosynthesis.co.nz/nikon/serialno.html. You will see even today more lenses are sold in a year than used to be over the whole lifetime of a lens.

So to put things into perspective, the inflated sales during the digital boom was the anomaly.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2020 at 17:14 UTC as 152nd comment | 1 reply
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Dibyendu Majumdar: I certainly remember the joy of looking through an SLR viewfinder the first time. Sadly Nikon (at least) do not make good viewfinders these days (I don't know about Pentax). The magnification is poor, the view is fuzzy (and doesn't work without a battery - I suspect due to overlaid lcd) and the eye-point is increasingly poor so if you wear glasses you have a tough time. It is all designed for f2.8 lenses and for auto-focus. Viewing pleasure and accuracy is sacrificed. If you have never tried an FM2 I suggest try it. It has a magnification of 0.86x. Using the viewfinder is sheer pleasure. Kudos to Pentax for their efforts on the SLR.

I also think the older cameras had ground glass optimized for faster lenses. Of course with some cameras you could switch the focusing screen to a better one for slower lenses. Newer AF cameras and all DSLRs optimize for slower lenses - so they are brighter for slower lenses ... but at the cost of effectiveness with faster lenses. The reduction in magnification and eyepoint does not help. The mirrorless Z6 is much superior to the current crop of DSLRs for manual focusing due to instant magnification. But the view lags sometimes ... you can't win!

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2020 at 10:13 UTC
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Dibyendu Majumdar: I certainly remember the joy of looking through an SLR viewfinder the first time. Sadly Nikon (at least) do not make good viewfinders these days (I don't know about Pentax). The magnification is poor, the view is fuzzy (and doesn't work without a battery - I suspect due to overlaid lcd) and the eye-point is increasingly poor so if you wear glasses you have a tough time. It is all designed for f2.8 lenses and for auto-focus. Viewing pleasure and accuracy is sacrificed. If you have never tried an FM2 I suggest try it. It has a magnification of 0.86x. Using the viewfinder is sheer pleasure. Kudos to Pentax for their efforts on the SLR.

I tried DK17-M with my F6. The problem is it is not great if you wear glasses as it gets harder to see the full image.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2020 at 10:08 UTC
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Dibyendu Majumdar: I certainly remember the joy of looking through an SLR viewfinder the first time. Sadly Nikon (at least) do not make good viewfinders these days (I don't know about Pentax). The magnification is poor, the view is fuzzy (and doesn't work without a battery - I suspect due to overlaid lcd) and the eye-point is increasingly poor so if you wear glasses you have a tough time. It is all designed for f2.8 lenses and for auto-focus. Viewing pleasure and accuracy is sacrificed. If you have never tried an FM2 I suggest try it. It has a magnification of 0.86x. Using the viewfinder is sheer pleasure. Kudos to Pentax for their efforts on the SLR.

In general digital SLR viewfinders are poor compared to even those in AF film SLRs. For instance the F6 has a very good viewfinder. Those days the AF markers used to be permanently etched on the screen, and a different technology was used to show the selected point. If you take the battery out of the F6 it has no impact on the viewfinder, but any modern DSLR viewfinder will go completely hazy if you take the battery out. I think it is all to do with how they overlay the lcd so that they can display all those active AF points.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2020 at 00:51 UTC
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Dibyendu Majumdar: I certainly remember the joy of looking through an SLR viewfinder the first time. Sadly Nikon (at least) do not make good viewfinders these days (I don't know about Pentax). The magnification is poor, the view is fuzzy (and doesn't work without a battery - I suspect due to overlaid lcd) and the eye-point is increasingly poor so if you wear glasses you have a tough time. It is all designed for f2.8 lenses and for auto-focus. Viewing pleasure and accuracy is sacrificed. If you have never tried an FM2 I suggest try it. It has a magnification of 0.86x. Using the viewfinder is sheer pleasure. Kudos to Pentax for their efforts on the SLR.

No, haven't tried the D850. I have the D750 which is poor.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2020 at 19:23 UTC
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Dibyendu Majumdar: I certainly remember the joy of looking through an SLR viewfinder the first time. Sadly Nikon (at least) do not make good viewfinders these days (I don't know about Pentax). The magnification is poor, the view is fuzzy (and doesn't work without a battery - I suspect due to overlaid lcd) and the eye-point is increasingly poor so if you wear glasses you have a tough time. It is all designed for f2.8 lenses and for auto-focus. Viewing pleasure and accuracy is sacrificed. If you have never tried an FM2 I suggest try it. It has a magnification of 0.86x. Using the viewfinder is sheer pleasure. Kudos to Pentax for their efforts on the SLR.

I think it is because of trying to overlay lcd on top of the screen - with all those AF markers lighting up. Also cost cutting I think.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2020 at 18:42 UTC

I certainly remember the joy of looking through an SLR viewfinder the first time. Sadly Nikon (at least) do not make good viewfinders these days (I don't know about Pentax). The magnification is poor, the view is fuzzy (and doesn't work without a battery - I suspect due to overlaid lcd) and the eye-point is increasingly poor so if you wear glasses you have a tough time. It is all designed for f2.8 lenses and for auto-focus. Viewing pleasure and accuracy is sacrificed. If you have never tried an FM2 I suggest try it. It has a magnification of 0.86x. Using the viewfinder is sheer pleasure. Kudos to Pentax for their efforts on the SLR.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2020 at 18:11 UTC as 163rd comment | 16 replies

Isn't it funny that DPreview doesn't report on Z5?
Reason?
Z5 = real, so can't report
Z6s/Z7s = rumor only so can report

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2020 at 23:30 UTC as 92nd comment | 2 replies

It's odd you say Canon is conservative. That is hardly true. The EOS series is case in point. Also first with CMOS. And dual pixel AF. I think a more accurate assessment would Canon like to use in-house technology exclusively so until they have implemented something in-house it won't appear in their pro products.

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2019 at 14:49 UTC as 70th comment | 10 replies
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Dibyendu Majumdar: Sad news but not unexpected. Wherever Amazon goes, there is destruction of independent retailers. On the high streets so many shops are closing down as they cannot compete with Amazon.

Irony is that the demise of IR is being posted by an Amazon site.

Its not the words that are the problem ... imagine the situation was reversed and IR had posted this about DPReview. It would have been better to wait until IR announce it publicly, and also to ask users to go to IR website and leave their comments there.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2019 at 17:49 UTC
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Dibyendu Majumdar: Sad news but not unexpected. Wherever Amazon goes, there is destruction of independent retailers. On the high streets so many shops are closing down as they cannot compete with Amazon.

Irony is that the demise of IR is being posted by an Amazon site.

@Barney Not sure what the question mark meant ... I found this news item unkind and offensive, particularly as IR hasn't posted anything about this on their site, and as (anyone can see who has been around), this site's success is largely responsible for the shutting down of other competing sites. This is not to detract from the credit that goes to DPR's team for making this site a success.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2019 at 09:31 UTC

Sad news but not unexpected. Wherever Amazon goes, there is destruction of independent retailers. On the high streets so many shops are closing down as they cannot compete with Amazon.

Irony is that the demise of IR is being posted by an Amazon site.

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2019 at 23:26 UTC as 45th comment | 7 replies
On article What the Z50 tells us about Nikon's APS-C strategy (682 comments in total)
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Dibyendu Majumdar: Here is a more plausible explanation.

Nikon and Canon did not anticipate the full frame mirrorless market when they originally introduced their initial mirrorless systems. For Canon it would be crazy to ditch their young APS-C mirrorless system as well as the EF mount for new mirrorless. For Nikon only one mount system needed ditching.

Sometimes we read too much into things. Of course it is good journalism of a kind; the kind where you can say anything and it is worth it if it gets a discussion going.

I disagree with the view that everyone knew. I don't think anyone anticipated Sony's success.

Number of other issues with your article.

Nikon and Canon do not introduce high priced lenses for APS-C because it doesn't make sense. The lens is what people own for a long time. It doesn't make sense to buy expensive APS-C lenses given they will not work when you decide to go full frame. Only brands that lack full frame will do this. That is why the APS-C lenses tend to be budget ones from these two.

BTW Nikon pioneered APS-C and 1-inch formats. They were also the amongst the first to introduce APS-C lenses.

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2019 at 20:42 UTC
On article What the Z50 tells us about Nikon's APS-C strategy (682 comments in total)

Here is a more plausible explanation.

Nikon and Canon did not anticipate the full frame mirrorless market when they originally introduced their initial mirrorless systems. For Canon it would be crazy to ditch their young APS-C mirrorless system as well as the EF mount for new mirrorless. For Nikon only one mount system needed ditching.

Sometimes we read too much into things. Of course it is good journalism of a kind; the kind where you can say anything and it is worth it if it gets a discussion going.

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2019 at 20:05 UTC as 127th comment | 3 replies

The haters are going to hate hate hate...

We love what Nikon is doing with the Z mount. Very reasonable lineup of lenses to start with. And one special, precious lens to treasure for years and years. Well done Nikon.

Link | Posted on Oct 9, 2019 at 19:15 UTC as 7th comment | 3 replies

Really looking forward to this lens. It is rare for lens designers to be freed from constraints such as size, autofocus etc. With this lens Nikon has given its designers a rare chance to just go for an elaborate design. A mechanical all metal Lens too.

For folks that don't get it or are complaining, no one cares about your views. Go and buy what you like and enjoy. There is room for everyone.

Link | Posted on Oct 9, 2019 at 06:55 UTC as 40th comment | 1 reply

This is silly. You have to compare the production numbers against other super telephoto lenses to see how it stacks. 1000 units a month is on the very high range I believe.

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2019 at 06:40 UTC as 41st comment | 3 replies
On article Nikon Z 35mm F1.8 S Review (363 comments in total)

Another set of tests worth looking at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/161850083@N04/albums/72157697151133910

https://www.cameralabs.com/nikon-z-35mm-f1-8s-review/

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2019 at 21:06 UTC as 39th comment
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panther fan: 0.1 lbs lighter than the Sony. Nice!

Did they also arrange the elements, so that weight is shifted towards the body?

https://cweb.canon.jp/ef/lineup/super-tele/ef400-f28l-is-iii/spec.html

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2018 at 23:50 UTC
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Dibyendu Majumdar: Hmmm I guess DPR wasn't told about the new camera/lenses? Else we wouldn't hear about it, right? There was no mention of the Nikon Z leaks here.

Except I don't recollect DPR mentioning a rumor this close to an announcement by Canon or Nikon. So either the rumor is false or DPR hasn't been told is my guess. We shall find out soon no doubt!

Link | Posted on Aug 31, 2018 at 21:47 UTC
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