Tonio Loewald

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On article Microsoft Pix aims to capture better people pictures (56 comments in total)
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Mike FL: So Microsoft developed this APP for Apple and Apple only, but NOT for Windows' Phone.

It seems Microsoft thought Microsoft's Phone is hopeless, and should be dead.

BTW, all camera makers make remote APP for smartphone. but NOT for windows' phone.

Nikon flashes adjust their color temperature automatically? News to me.

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2016 at 00:26 UTC
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ZJ24: Dang, didn't see this coming. Looking forward to seeing user reviews, and good to see Nikon innovating.

It's a shame AF "rattles up" lenses in a couple of years. I must be lucky to have had zero AF lenses do any such thing in fifteen years.

Link | Posted on Jul 30, 2016 at 05:37 UTC
On article Zenmuse Z3 is DJI's first aerial zoom camera (53 comments in total)
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MikeinBKK: So, how many ways did they break the rules here ?
Did they even have a commercial permit and the required CASA license ?
The permit has a height restriction of around 130m from memory, and the Harbour Bridge is higher than that !
It also requires a 30m pedestrian exclusion zone ...hard to do considering the popularity of this tourist area !
DPreview, are you condoning illegal acts ?

Sorry, I missed part of what you wrote.

All they need is CASA certification, a flight plan, and a permit. Getting the certification is a 5 day course, and if I were a drone maker I'd probably think it worth my while to get some of my people certified. (Oh, and if you're a qualified pilot you may be able to skip the certification.)

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2016 at 18:04 UTC
On article Microsoft Pix aims to capture better people pictures (56 comments in total)
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Mike FL: So Microsoft developed this APP for Apple and Apple only, but NOT for Windows' Phone.

It seems Microsoft thought Microsoft's Phone is hopeless, and should be dead.

BTW, all camera makers make remote APP for smartphone. but NOT for windows' phone.

That's a really clever feature and another example of how camera companies need to turn over the software-side of their cameras to Google/Microsoft/Apple — anyone but them (the camera companies). (Apple's introduction of flashes that automatically adjust for lighting is another one in the eye of camera companies, as is the camera app that uses time lapse techniques to filter people out of landscape/architecture shots. The camera makers haven't a hope of keeping up with this and need to open up their systems.

To be fair, Sony is pretty good at software, but lousy as UIs.

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2016 at 17:53 UTC
On article Zenmuse Z3 is DJI's first aerial zoom camera (53 comments in total)
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MikeinBKK: So, how many ways did they break the rules here ?
Did they even have a commercial permit and the required CASA license ?
The permit has a height restriction of around 130m from memory, and the Harbour Bridge is higher than that !
It also requires a 30m pedestrian exclusion zone ...hard to do considering the popularity of this tourist area !
DPreview, are you condoning illegal acts ?

How do you know the photo was even taken from a drone? They may have just bought a stock photo for publicity purposes, the way Samsung advertises its phones with pictures taken using DSLRs, or Intel's famous fly through the chip ads were made on PowerPC Macs.

Second, the photo was taken from WAY up. Assuming a 100 degree field of view for the wide angle and the length of the bridge at 500m, do some math and figure out how high the drone is.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2016 at 16:07 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1275 comments in total)
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Jostian: Can anyone from DPR (or anyone else) comment on the rubber cladding, I had lots of issues with the rear cladding coming loose after only a few months, not what I was expecting from a flagship, does the cladding on the X-T2 seem more robust? mine became 'mushy' quite quick and then proceeded to lift off the body (specifically around the rear thumb rest area). I loved the IQ and ergonomics etc. but the lack of build robustness (or toughness) was an issue for me.

How long is the warranty? I've had rubberized plastic deteriorate so badly on some devices (stored in perfectly reasonable conditions) as to render them unusable, this includes a no-name tripod and my Nikon FM-10.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2016 at 01:26 UTC
On article Setting new standards: Nikon D5 Review (516 comments in total)
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armandino: This New Standard gets a pretty lame score on DXO...

"and its most trivial use" — actually expose to the left is more versatile than ISO invariance. E.g. because the Nikon D5 is only ISO invariant beyond 800 you can expose to the left based on your knowledge of the sensor. (AFAIK that's what the D5 does for you anyway, i.e. it plays games with sensor output below ISO 800, and beyond that it just shoots at ISO 800, so you lose 1.5 stops of DR at base ISO, but gain 1 stop of DR above ISO800. So you don't need to know any of this, just as long as you ignore the ETTR nutjobs)

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2016 at 06:38 UTC
On article Setting new standards: Nikon D5 Review (516 comments in total)

dpreview's scoring system has to be the dumbest ever. Ratings are relative to "other cameras in the category" and also within the current generation. What category? What generation? Is this camera better or worse than the D750? Or the D610? (Or even the RX10 or whatever other random cameras have comparable ratings?) One of the reasons people like DxO's scores (flawed as they may be) is that a better score is a better score. A lens released two years ago isn't graded on a curve. Personally, I preferred "highly recommended" etc. because it wasn't precise enough to allow you to ignore the review itself.

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2016 at 17:43 UTC as 48th comment | 1 reply
On article Setting new standards: Nikon D5 Review (516 comments in total)
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armandino: This New Standard gets a pretty lame score on DXO...

"FOR AN AVERAGE CAMERA" that shoots 12fps with the world's best AF system.

Nikon puts its best sensors in the D5500 and the Df, neither of which are flagship cameras. At the high end, other stuff comes into play.

ISO invariance is, in essence, "expose to the left". It's the latest fad of the same people who were espousing "expose to the right" two years ago.

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2016 at 17:41 UTC
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Thanatham Piriyakarnjanakul: More light loss, bigger, added weight and need to increase ISO or change shutter speed when use teleconverter that very great idea. face palm.

You do realize you can still stick this on a crop sensor camera. It's not like Nikon sells any serious DX format telephoto lenses (the most reach you can get is 300mm). The only thing this has over Nikon is the built-in 1.4x extender. Nikon's is an add-on extra.

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2016 at 17:31 UTC
On article Virtual Reality: It's not just for gamers anymore (155 comments in total)
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Artak Hambarian: Current VR combining two challanges:
1. 3D, which faces non existance of good high res viewers, and I, as a photographer, care about this the most - I have been in stereophotography more than 30 years. I have done really stunning (for at least me and my friends and family) 3d macro and architectural shots that one can view over and over...
2. Interractive immersion via turning your head or by directing your sight. This is an entirely different beast, that in my opinion has some specific applications. I can see guided movies here.
I think these tasks should target different markets and shall be solved separately. E.g. the first task is relatively easy to solve by creating a 3d (stereo) digital viewer with really high resolution, e.g. 4-8 mp for each eye.
Later the audio related issues should be solved. BTW, its hard to see how could binocular effect be seemless when turning one's head.
I am waiting for the good 3d stills viewer, and not so much for the "interactive" experience.

We'll have to wait and see how well it works, but Facebook is claiming to have addressed VR in stereo with their open source pipeline:

https://code.facebook.com/posts/1755691291326688/introducing-facebook-surround-360-an-open-high-quality-3d-360-video-capture-system/

Lytro's far more complete solution does not appear to handle stereo.

Resolution is probably the easiest problem to solve, but it will require another generational improvement in both display and GPU technology (4K60 is pretty difficult right now and barely sufficient).

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2016 at 18:22 UTC
On article Setting new standards: Nikon D5 Review (516 comments in total)
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armandino: This New Standard gets a pretty lame score on DXO...

Suddenly Canonista's are keen on DXO and ISO invariance? If you shoot at fixed ISO 400 and use that as your base for ISO invariance then the D5 will perform admirably and allow you to adjust for a couple of stops of overexposure instead of only allowing for under exposure.

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2016 at 18:05 UTC
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ILoveAsianWomen: Why are TV ads perceived to have value but social media influencers aren't?

Because there's decades of data showing that they impact sales (exactly how is still something of a mystery). E.g. Pepsi decided to switch away from TV advertising (towards Internet advertising and social media) and sales plummeted.

Social influencers probably have value but it will take time to understand it. (TV ads are still not well understood.)

Link | Posted on May 27, 2016 at 14:22 UTC
On article Back to the action: Nikon D500 Review (1090 comments in total)
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photomedium: Great camera in absolute terms but I handled at the store and it's way too hefty for me for an APSC and in my mind it has created the expectation for the D810/D750 successor.
I understand the price policies but If I have to carry the weight of an D810 and pay the money of a D750 I want full frame.

Obviously that's a perfectly reasonable point of view. Just like if I were going to pay for a DSLR and have something as big as a DSLR, why buy an RX10?

Camera heft and ruggedness are particularly important with larger, especially telephoto, lenses, which can vibrate on a less solid mount, and unbalance a lighter body.

That said, it's clear that Nikon grossly underestimated demand for a camera like this, and probably priced it based on expected low volumes.

Link | Posted on May 26, 2016 at 14:32 UTC
On article Benchmark Performance: Nikon D810 review (1984 comments in total)
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Lan Kasu: As a Sony user I must admit Nikon, with it's excelling D7200 and D810, almost become my brand of Choice if not because of a7RII's timely arrivel to derive my mind at the last minute. Even then, if oneone with a vast interest into landscape/ doesn't want petty mirrorless/ has a desire to burn through their cash stash, D810 is still my No.1 recommendation.

If you set out to go somewhere with photography specifically in mind then having a bunch of charged batteries is no big deal. But if you want a camera you can just rely on to be there and good to go, DSLRs are pretty much unbeatable. For that matter, if you see a shooting opportunity and grab your camera and the battery is dead, by the time you've switched in a fresh battery, the chance may be gone.

By the way, I carry spare batteries for my DSLRs… so are we talking 3 A7 batteries or 10? Also recharging lots of batteries is a pain in the butt.

I think the mirror less folks should design their cameras to work well with the USB bricks that smart phones and tablets have popularized — that will probably make the whole thing moot.

Link | Posted on May 17, 2016 at 16:01 UTC
On article Benchmark Performance: Nikon D810 review (1984 comments in total)
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Big Ga: Good info in the review folks. Well done.
One point - on P14 (the lighthouse shot), the D800 shot is fairly severely back focused. This doesn't make a difference of course when one is purely assessing the noise in flat areas, but if anyone is wanting to compare the sharpness of the non AA filtered D810 against the D800 (as I guess a number of people will), then the position of the default magnification box is going to give a very unrealistic result, as is looking at most of the foreground detail.
Check out the shoreline lights on the far right hand side and you'll see what I mean. Might just be worth making a note of that in the text!
Cheers.

Couldn't you simply add a naked lightbulb and a mirrored ball to your studio test scene?

Link | Posted on May 13, 2016 at 16:48 UTC
On article Benchmark Performance: Nikon D810 review (1984 comments in total)
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Lan Kasu: As a Sony user I must admit Nikon, with it's excelling D7200 and D810, almost become my brand of Choice if not because of a7RII's timely arrivel to derive my mind at the last minute. Even then, if oneone with a vast interest into landscape/ doesn't want petty mirrorless/ has a desire to burn through their cash stash, D810 is still my No.1 recommendation.

I find the Sony A7 bodies to be very tempting, and IBIS only adds to that, but I know that in practical terms if I switch then 50% of the time when I reach for the camera it's battery will be dead.

Link | Posted on May 13, 2016 at 16:46 UTC
On article Benchmark Performance: Nikon D810 review (1984 comments in total)
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l_d_allan: This "Canon f.f. defector" to the a7Rii is always surprised to read posts from people who have switched or considering switching from the D8#0 family to the a7Rii. They may be disappointed.

Especially since the adapter situation for Nikon lenses is much less mature than for Canon lenses.

How happy are you with your defection?

Link | Posted on May 13, 2016 at 16:45 UTC
On article Benchmark Performance: Nikon D810 review (1984 comments in total)
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RubberDials: Glad the 810 'rivals medium format image quality at ISO 64' since it is the size and weight of a medium format camera.

It's enormous. Every time I look at it I think; 'why is it so big?'
And; 'How come it's so big but it still doesn't have IBIS?'.

Nikon doesn't do IBIS for whatever reason. Neither does Canon though so you're basically left with Pentax. Pentax got its IBIS via cross-licensing with Olympus if I recall correctly (so did Sony) so it could be philosophical (optical correction is better in absolute terms, and also uses less power) or practical (Nikon has no tech to horse trade with Olympus).

Link | Posted on May 13, 2016 at 16:44 UTC
On article Benchmark Performance: Nikon D810 review (1984 comments in total)
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mmurph: I have been shooting Nikon, Canon, and Sony side-by-side for 7 + years now.

I love my Nikon D810. The ergonomics on the pro body are also much better than on the D750.

But Nikon ergonomics still lag other manufacturers:

1.) There is no "Quick Menu " , that let's you change all major settings on the rear LCD, using only the rear control pad and "ok " button. I miss this from my Nikon D5300, Canon 7DII, & Panasonic G7.

The limited functions available on the "i" menu are all things that I don't change as a Raw shooter- D-Lightning, etc.

2.) Most function buttons cannot be reassigned, or have a very limited set of possible assignments.

3.) The AF mode and AF area can only be changed using the lever on the front left. Along with the limitations inherited from the mechanical lever in their lenses- like no aperture changes in video. Which is why Canon lenses are so much better for adapting.

The best camera ergonomically I have used is the Canon 7DII. I love the ergonomics!

The canon cameras require you to take your finger off the shutter to use one dial, and pretty much take your eye from the viewfinder to use the other dial. They also have randomly positioned power switches. The rear dial on canon pro bodies is ridiculously awesome for image review (and beloved of pro sports photographers all the more for that reason) but the basic shooting ergonomics of canon bodies irk me.

Link | Posted on May 13, 2016 at 16:40 UTC
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